3Qs: The aid response to Nepal

Nepal’s “harsh geog­raphy” will make the rescue and human­i­tarian aid efforts in response to the dev­as­tating earth­quake rather chal­lenging, but tech­nology and social media are improving the effi­ciency of these efforts, says North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Ozlem Ergun, an expert in large-​​scale networks.

From a devastating earthquake, a blueprint for recovery

Matthias Ruth, a North­eastern pro­fessor of public policy and engi­neering, and an inter­na­tional team of scholars studied how the response to a 2009 earth­quake in Italy can guide future city-​​planning efforts.

Amid the collapsing K’NEX, lots of intuitive science learning

A summer sci­ence camp at North­eastern gives middle-​​school stu­dents cre­ative ways to under­stand the foun­da­tional con­cepts that govern tech­nology and engineering.

Roving robot to the rescue

Student-​​researchers have cre­ated a roving robot named WiLU that may be able to locate and rescue vic­tims of nat­ural disasters.

3Qs: Surviving the trauma in Japan

Fol­lowing last month’s severe earth­quake, Japan has endured two strong after­shocks in less than a week, knocking out power in some areas and undoubt­edly inten­si­fying the anx­i­eties of res­i­dents. Here, Hort­ensia Amaro, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor and asso­ciate dean in Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, dis­cusses the role post-​​traumatic stress dis­order (PTSD) may be playing in the lives of the Japanese people today.

3Qs: Assessing the effects of Japan’s earthquake

On Friday, a mas­sive 8.9-magnitude earth­quake struck off Japan’s north­east coast, causing wide­spread destruc­tion and thou­sands of deaths. It was one of the world’s largest quakes of the last cen­tury. Jerome Hajjar, chair of the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, studies earth­quakes as a struc­tural engi­neer. Here, he assesses the impact of this quake and the field of earth­quake engineering.