3Qs: An engineer’s breakdown of a landslide

In the wake of the recent deadly mud­slide in Wash­ington state, Tom Sheahan, pro­fessor and senior asso­ciate dean for aca­d­emic affairs in the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, breaks down the anatomy of slides and offers poten­tial pre­ven­ta­tive measures.

3Qs: A perilous deal for the president

Ear­lier this week, Pres­i­dent Obama signed a bill passed by Con­gress that would raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. The com­bative nego­ti­a­tions that pre­ceded the deal, how­ever, high­lighted the deep polit­ical divide in Wash­ington. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor in Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to examine the polit­ical cli­mate in light of this deal, and what it means for the 2012 elections.