How badly do foreclosed homes affect a neighborhood? Does foreclosure spread like a virus? Michael Seiler (Old Dominion University) and researchers at the Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center have created a “Foreclosure Contagion Model,” which uses economic forecasting, modeling and simulation to help policymakers revive distressed real estate markets. Also featured: The oceans are slowly rising due to ice melt and the warming of the waters. And at least one east coast city has hired a Dutch firm to evaluate options for keeping the sea at bay. Oceanography professor Larry Atkinson (Old Dominion University) and a team of experts are examining ways vulnerable businesses and communities can stem the tides.