3Qs: What to watch for in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have begun. We asked Philip D’Agati, an expert in patri­o­tism, pol­i­tics, and the Olympics, in the Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to dis­cuss Russia’s role as host and which Olympic events he has his eye on.

Ask the Entrepreneur: 3Qs with Flytenow

North­eastern stu­dents Matt Voska, E’17, and Alan Guichard, L’14, have launched a small plane-​​sharing ven­ture called Fly­tenow, which con­nects recre­ational pilots with flight enthu­si­asts to make flying more afford­able and accessible.

3Qs: Safety concerns in Sochi

Ter­ror­ists have both the will and a way” of attacking civil­ians at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, says Max Abrahms, a ter­rorism the­o­rist and assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence. Nev­er­the­less, he said, “Let the Games go on.”

3Qs: When Web reviews aren’t what they seem

Crowd­sourced social media plat­forms such as Face­book and Yelp are increas­ingly being infil­trated by fake accounts and reviews that cloud the legit­i­macy of some online rating sys­tems. Assis­tant pro­fessor Christo Wilson dubbed this phe­nom­enon “crowd­turfing,” and he’s deter­mined to make these sys­tems more secure.

3Qs: Could circuits’ face-​​lift mean faster, smaller phones?

North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering Nian Sun has devel­oped a method for power effi­ciently tuning the induc­tors of inductor – capac­itor tank cir­cuits widely used in cell phones and other radio-​​frequency devices allowing a much large tun­able fre­quency range, a feat that has eluded sci­en­tists for decades.

3Qs: Target’s security breach

Asso­ciate pro­fessor and cyber­se­cu­rity expert Engin Kirda dis­cusses the data secu­rity breach at Target last week that affected up to 40 mil­lion cus­tomers and how cyber­at­tacks have evolved in recent years.

3Qs: New ways to treat injuries like Gronk’s

Pro­fessor Thomas Web­ster, chair of the Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, is exploring nanomed­i­cine approaches that could have a major impact on healing sports injuries like those suf­fered by Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski, who tore his ACL and MCL.

3Qs: The ‘Anchorman 2’ marketing blitz

The movie’s mar­keting cam­paign ranges from social media out­reach to tele­vi­sion appear­ances by char­acter Ron Bur­gundy. The strategy is inno­v­a­tive, if not some­what lim­ited in its ability to be repli­cated, says Bruce Clark, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of marketing.