Narrow escape from Hurricane Katrina inspires professor to study post-​​disaster recovery

Daniel Aldrich and his family nar­rowly escaped the wrath of the cat­a­strophic storm, which made land­fall in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. Since then, Aldrich, now a pro­fessor at North­eastern, has ded­i­cated his career to exam­ining com­mu­nity resilience, with a par­tic­ular focus on the impor­tance of social capital.

Take 5: What students need to know about new media, political campaigns, and global co-​​op

Jonathan Kaufman, the new director of the School of Jour­nalism in the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design, shares how he fol­lows the news, what jour­nalism stu­dents should know before going on global co-​​op, and about the 2016 cam­paign course he’s teaching in the spring.

3Qs: Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Block Island will soon be home to North America’s first off­shore wind farm. Here, Andrew Myers, an assis­tant pro­fessor who studies off­shore wind struc­tures, holds forth on the envi­ron­mental effects of wind energy and his work to improve the design of hurricane-​​resistant off­shore wind turbines.

Northeastern community reacts to new Boy Scouts policy

Stu­dents and fac­ulty described the group’s deci­sion to lift its ban on openly gay leaders while allowing church-​​sponsored units to con­tinue excluding gays for reli­gious rea­sons in unequiv­o­cally strong terms. “Claiming ‘morality’ or ‘reli­gious beliefs’ cannot over­ride basic prin­ci­ples of equality,” noted soci­ology pro­fessor Suzanna Walters.

Professor turns into coral polyp for Comic-​​Con

Mark Pat­terson is dis­cussing Aquaman at a Comic-​​Con 2015 panel on Friday. But on Thursday he attended the pop-​​culture con­ven­tion in cos­tume as a coral polyp, raising aware­ness about the dan­gers of microplas­tics in the ocean and Northeastern’s research to address the problem.