Immersing youth in math and science research

Northeastern’s Young Scholars Pro­gram lets local high-​​schoolers broaden their knowl­edge through stim­u­lating university-​​level lab projects.

3Qs: Tech sector ‘bubble-​​ing’ over?

The leading social-​​media news site, Mash­able, recently released an info­graphic com­paring the suc­cesses and fail­ures of new new-​​venture com­pa­nies today to those in the dot-​​com era of the late 1990s and early– 2000s, beg­ging the ques­tion, “Are we in a tech bubble?” John Friar, an exec­u­tive pro­fessor of entre­pre­neur­ship at North­eastern and an expert in tech­nology strategy for start-​​up com­pa­nies, explains what it means to be in a tech bubble, if the world is in fact in one, and how start-​​ups can avoid the worst fall-​​out from a bursting bubble.

3Qs: The end of handwriting perhaps, but not writing

Indiana recently became the latest state to remove the require­ment for its schools to teach hand­writing, leading to the debate over whether cur­sive is out­dated in our dig­ital society or a crit­ical com­po­nent of youth learning. We asked Neal Lerner, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of Eng­lish and the director of the Writing Center at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, to weigh in.

3Qs: Productivity gains, but at a cost

In recent years, glob­al­iza­tion and advanced tech­nolo­gies have increas­ingly given com­pa­nies the ability to allow employees to work remotely. So how has this trend changed the game for busi­nesses and the lives of their workers? We talked to Jay Mulki, asso­ciate pro­fessor of mar­keting in the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, who is con­ducting research in this area and recently pre­sented at a con­fer­ence spon­sored by Care​.com in New York City.