Monthly Archives: January 2021

January 28, 2021

Ronald McNair in space

“Hanging it over the edge”: Remembering astronaut and physicist Ronald McNair

“If anything is worth doing, if anything is worth living, you’ve got to take a chance,” said Charles Bolden, a colonel in the US Marine Corps, when describing his fellow astronaut Ronald E. McNair’s approach to life.

McNair earned his PhD in Physics from MIT in 1976, and went on to join the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He became the second African American in space during the 1984 launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, where he served as a mission specialist. Read more

January 14, 2021

Fiercely supporting student welfare and resilient growth

Professors Jesse Kroll and Cathy Drennan are enthusiastic, whether students are sharing exciting early experimental results or raising concerns about public speaking. The two have been honored by a student-driven process as “Committed to Caring” for their dedication to students’ well-being and futures and for their ardent advocacy for student needs. Read more on MIT News.