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.

Researchers to address critical need in tracking young students’ progress

With a $1.6 mil­lion grant from the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, North­eastern pro­fes­sors will develop a Web-​​based system that teachers can use to more easily track the progress of chil­dren with emo­tional or behavior disorders.

Preparatory program offers Boston youth a second chance to succeed

Northeastern’s Foun­da­tion Year pro­gram, which helps Boston high school grad­u­ates pre­pare for col­lege suc­cess, has trans­formed the life of Prince Kalu and hun­dreds of other stu­dents. “I owe every­thing I have to this pro­gram,” he says.