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Leveraging schools for political influence

March 4, 2022

“When I began graduate school, the issue of states losing control over their central functions piqued my interest,” says Blair Read, a sixth-year doctoral candidate in political science. To tackle such a broad agenda, she zeroed in on the case of private schooling. “It has exploded worldwide, especially in lower- and middle-income countries, and I’m […]

Unlocking new doors to artificial intelligence

March 4, 2022

Artificial intelligence research is constantly developing new hypotheses that have the potential to benefit society and industry; however, sometimes these benefits are not fully realized due to a lack of engineering tools. To help bridge this gap, graduate students in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science’s 6-A Master of Engineering (MEng) Thesis […]

3 Questions: Fotini Christia on racial equity and data science

March 3, 2022

Fotini Christia is the Ford International Professor in the Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science, associate director of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), and director of the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC). Her research interests include issues of conflict and cooperation in the Muslim world, and she has conducted fieldwork […]

Launchpad for health care entrepreneurs

March 3, 2022

When computation and systems biology PhD student Elvira Kinzina was diagnosed with Lyme disease during her first year at MIT, she struggled to find a doctor specializing in the disease — even though Boston is renowned for its thriving health care community. She soon found out this was common for Lyme patients, with many specialists […]

Training STEM teachers to uncover students’ full potential

March 3, 2022

In the summer of 2011, MIT PhD student Heather Beem traveled to a rural region of Ghana to try engaging students from low-resource schools in hands-on learning projects.

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Fostering an enriching and compassionate research environment

March 2, 2022

While her research focuses on the study of language acquisition, MIT professor Athulya Aravind also helps her students acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their field.

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Four from MIT named Meta Fellows for 2022

February 28, 2022

Meta, the parent organization of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and other subsidiaries, recently announced the winners of its highly competitive 2022 Meta Fellows program. The incoming group of fellows includes four MIT graduate students from three programs around the Institute. Jaume Vives i Bastida is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics, advised by Alberto […]

Responding to the tragedy in Ukraine

February 28, 2022

The following letter was sent to the MIT community on Saturday by President L. Rafael Reif. To the members of the MIT community, Though 4,500 miles separate Kyiv and Cambridge, several factors make the shock of the Russian invasion and its terrible consequences feel very close to home. I write to let you know how […]

School of Engineering welcomes new faculty

February 28, 2022

The School of Engineering is welcoming 17 new faculty members to its departments, institutes, labs, and centers. With research and teaching activities ranging from the development of robotics and machine learning technologies to modeling the impact of elevated carbon dioxide levels on vegetation, they are poised to make significant contributions in new directions across the school and […]

Bridging the worlds of research and industry

February 27, 2022

Graduate student Nidhi Juthani was not content with just one graduate degree. Instead, she decided to earn two in one fell swoop, via MIT’s PhD in Chemical Engineering Practice (PhDCEP) program, which allows her to obtain a doctorate and an MBA concurrently. The combination is a perfect fit for Juthani, who wants to pursue a […]