Building on an enduring bond

October 20, 2023

Robert Robinson Taylor’s impressive legacy straddles two institutions. There’s MIT, where he studied architecture and became the Institute’s first African American graduate; and then there is Tuskegee University, originally the Tuskegee Institute, where Taylor spent most of his career, heading the architecture department of the historically Black college, helping to shape its educational philosophy that […]

To excel at engineering design, generative AI must learn to innovate, study finds

October 19, 2023

ChatGPT and other deep generative models are proving to be uncanny mimics. These AI supermodels can churn out poems, finish symphonies, and create new videos and images by automatically learning from millions of examples of previous works. These enormously powerful and versatile tools excel at generating new content that resembles everything they’ve seen before. But […]

A new way to integrate data with physical objects

October 18, 2023

To get a sense of what StructCode is all about, says Mustafa Doğa Doğan, think of Superman. Not the “faster than a speeding bullet” and “more powerful than a locomotive” version, but a Superman, or Superwoman, who sees the world differently from ordinary mortals — someone who can look around a room and glean all […]

Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu Wins A.SK Social Science Award

October 18, 2023

Daron Acemoglu, Institute Professor and the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics in MIT’s School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, is the 2023 recipient of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center’s A.SK Social Science Award, one of the most highly endowed international awards in the social sciences. Acemoglu received the award for “his vastly […]

Analyzing pathways to persuasion

October 18, 2023

As political conversations shift online, Chloe Wittenberg PhD ’23 is learning how the information Americans consume shapes their attitudes and beliefs. An MIT postdoc in political science who recently earned her doctorate at the Institute, Wittenberg is interested in comparing the persuasive powers of video-based political content to text-based content. As Americans increasingly turn to […]

Presidential Graduate Fellows Reception honors 2023 cohort

October 17, 2023

On Tuesday, October 10, Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz and the Office of Graduate Education co-hosted the annual Presidential Graduate Fellows Reception. MIT established this prestigious program to recruit the most outstanding students worldwide to pursue graduate studies at the Institute. The 24th cohort of fellows were honored with speeches and certificates. Students enjoyed the celebration […]

Ariel Furst and Fan Wang receive 2023 National Institutes of Health awards

October 16, 2023

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded grants to MIT’s Ariel Furst and Fan Wang, through its High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. The NIH High-Risk, High-Reward Research program awarded 85 new research grants to support exceptionally creative scientists pursuing highly innovative behavioral and biomedical research projects.  Ariel Furst was selected as the recipient of the NIH […]

Designing a revolution

October 16, 2023

It is widely recognized that the period in the early 1970s in which Salvador Allende was president of Chile was a moment of political innovation, when people thought they could bring about socialist transformation peacefully and within existing democratic institutions. “People thought that this would be a political third way,” says Eden Medina, an associate […]

Printing a new approach to fusion power plant materials

October 14, 2023

When Alexander O’Brien sent in his application for graduate school at MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, he had a germ of a research idea already brewing. So when he received a phone call from Professor Mingda Li, he shared it: The student from Arkansas wanted to explore the design of materials that could […]

From MIT to Burning Man: The Living Knitwork Pavilion

October 13, 2023

Set against the vast and surreal backdrop of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, Burning Man is an annual gathering that transforms the flat, barren expanse into a vibrant playground for artistic and creative expression. Here, “Burners” come to both witness and contribute to the ephemeral Black Rock City, which participants build anew each year. […]

How to Get Unstuck introduces to 50+ graduate students to support structures

October 12, 2023

Last month Beth Marois, Assistant Dean for Graduate Support and Advising, presented at an event at Warehouse put on by Claudia and Dave Darmofal and the rest of the residence hall leadership team. Entitled “How to Get Unstuck,” the event included dinner, a giveaway, and an introduction to various support structures on campus including GradSupport […]

Nathaniel Hendren wants to understand the conditions of opportunity

October 12, 2023

The U.S. is a land of opportunity, but it’s a complicated thing. People in the workforce today are much less likely to earn more than their parents did, compared to people born around 1940. Some parts of the country generate much more economic mobility than others. And even with other matters being equal, there are […]

Organizing “spaghetti” software so it can be easily modified

October 12, 2023

As a software engineer, Dan Sturtevant SM ’08, PhD ’13 had jobs where making a small change to a codebase was easy — and jobs where a similarly small change would cause other, seemingly random parts of the codebase to break down or malfunction. Making these changes could remind Sturtevant what he liked about being […]

With Psyche, a journey to an ancient asteroid is set to begin

October 11, 2023

If all goes well, on Thursday morning a NASA mission with extensive connections to MIT will be headed to a metal world. Psyche, a van-sized spacecraft with winglike solar panels, is scheduled to blast off aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket tomorrow at 10:16 a.m. Eastern Time. Psyche’s destination is a potato-shaped asteroid by the […]

Twelve with MIT ties elected to the National Academy of Medicine for 2023

October 10, 2023

The National Academy of Medicine announced the election of 100 new members to join their esteemed ranks in 2023, among them five MIT faculty members and seven additional affiliates. MIT professors Daniel Anderson, Regina Barzilay, Guoping Feng, Darrell Irvine, and Morgen Shen were among the new members. Justin Hanes PhD ’96, Said Ibrahim MBA ’16, […]

One of MIT’s “best-kept secrets” offers an outlet for creative writing

October 10, 2023

They gather every Monday at noon from disparate corners of MIT. The group includes faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, alumni, and even spouses. Their discussions revolve around mythical dystopias, half-remembered dreams, and gripping personal dramas. An outsider overhearing fragments of conversation might not know what to make of the eclectic group. Given MIT’s […]

A reciprocal relationship with the land in Hawaiʻi

October 5, 2023

Aja Grande grew up on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu, between the Kona and ʻEwa districts, nurtured by her community and the natural environment. Her family has lived in Hawaiʻi for generations; while she is not “Kanaka ʻŌiwi,” of native Hawaiian descent, she is proud to trace her family’s history to the time of the […]

MIT SHASS Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship Program welcomes 2023-24 class

October 5, 2023

The MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship program recently welcomed its 2023-24 class. The purpose of the program is to enhance diversity in SHASS and to provide fellows with additional professional support and mentoring as they enter the field. The fellowships are intended to support scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, […]

Photos: Moungi Bawendi’s first day as a Nobel laureate

October 4, 2023

Today, MIT Professor Moungi Bawendi won a share of the 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his role in developing quantum dots — nanoscale particles that can emit exceedingly bright light. Bawendi, a professor of chemistry who has been on the MIT faculty since 1990, told MIT News this morning that he felt “surprise and […]

Celebrating Indigenous voices at MIT

October 4, 2023

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, we want to highlight recent scholarship at MIT celebrating Indigenous knowledge and identities. Please read about the exceptional work of graduate students, visiting scholars and MIT programs celebrating Indigenous culture.  Steven Gonzalez, PhD candidate in HASTS, has published his first book, “Sordidez,” a science fiction novella on rebuilding, healing, […]

MIT Professor Moungi Bawendi shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 4, 2023

Moungi Bawendi, the Lester Wolfe Professor of Chemistry at MIT and a leader in the development of tiny particles known as quantum dots, has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2023. He will share the prize with Louis Brus of Columbia University and Alexei Ekimov of Nanocrystals Technology, Inc. The researchers were honored for […]

“A whole world of potential learners and potential knowledge to gain”

October 2, 2023

When Aya Khalifa came to MIT from Egypt for her master’s degree in chemical engineering, she adapted well to a new educational system thanks to class 10.MBC (Math Boot Camp for Engineers). This online resource was developed by the MIT Digital Learning Lab (DLL) and the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering for first-year graduate students […]

Improving accessibility of online graphics for blind users

October 2, 2023

The beauty of a nice infographic published alongside a news or magazine story is that it makes numeric data more accessible to the average reader. But for blind and visually impaired users, such graphics often have the opposite effect. For visually impaired users — who frequently rely on screen-reading software that speaks words or numbers […]

Finding solidarity in the teachers’ lounge

October 2, 2023

In the United States, social institutions from church organizations to sports leagues occupy key roles in shaping political life, with unions perhaps the most familiar player, affecting change in realms from protest movements to elections.    But while these civil society institutions draw little notice in a democracy, they turn heads in settings where political […]

One scientist’s journey from the Middle East to MIT

October 1, 2023

“I recently exhaled a breath I’ve been holding in for nearly half my life. After applying over a decade ago, I’m finally an American. This means so many things to me. Foremost, it means I can go back to the the Middle East, and see my mama and the family, for the first time in […]

MIT announces 2023 Bose Grants for daring new research

September 29, 2023

MIT Provost Cynthia Barnhart has announced three Professor Amar G. Bose Research Grants to support bold research projects across diverse areas of study including engineering, animal behavior, and human movement. This year’s recipients are Kaitlyn Becker, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and the d’Arbeloff Career Development Professor in Mechanical Engineering; Canan Dagdeviren, associate professor and […]

Giving students the computational chops to tackle 21st-century challenges

September 28, 2023

Graduate student Nikasha Patel ’22 is using artificial intelligence to build a computational model of how infants learn to walk, which could help robots acquire motor skills in a similar fashion. Her research, which sits at the intersection of reinforcement learning and motor learning, uses tools and techniques from computer science to study the brain […]

Re-imagining the opera of the future

September 27, 2023

In the mid-1980s, composer Tod Machover came across a copy of Philip K. Dick’s science fiction novel “VALIS” in a Parisian bookstore. Based on a mystical vision Dick called his “pink light experience,” “VALIS” was an acronym for “vast active living intelligence system.” The metaphysical novel would become the basis for Machover’s opera of the […]

How I turned into a college journalist and met John David Washington

September 27, 2023

One of the first things that comes to my mind when I think of entertainment is, without a second thought, movies. As a child, I pestered my parents to take me to the cinemas for every new release in town. I like to call myself an empathetic person, and true to the quality, I am […]

MIT welcomes nine MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars for 2023-24

September 27, 2023

Established in 1990, the MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars Program at MIT welcomes outstanding scholars to the Institute for visiting appointments. MIT aspires to attract candidates who are, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “trailblazers in human, academic, scientific and religious freedom.” The program honors King’s life and legacy by expanding and extending […]

Five MIT faculty members named 2023 Simons Investigators

September 26, 2023

Five MIT professors have been selected to receive the 2023 Simons Investigators awards from the Simons Foundation. Virginia Vassilevska Williams and Vinod Vaikuntanathan are both professors in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and principal investigators in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Aram Harrow and Leonid Mirny are professors […]

HASTS Prospective Student Visit Day

HASTS Prospective Student Visit Day

September 26, 2023

The MIT Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society (HASTS) is pleased to announce that our Prospective Student Visit Day 2023 will be held on Friday, October 13, 2023.  Prospective applicants who would like to know more about our program and the application process are encouraged to attend the HASTS Prospective Student Visit […]

3 Questions: A new PhD program from the Center for Computational Science and Engineering

September 25, 2023

This fall, the Center for Computational Science and Engineering (CCSE), an academic unit in the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, is introducing a new standalone PhD degree program that will enable students to pursue research in cross-cutting methodological aspects of computational science and engineering. The launch follows approval of the center’s degree program proposal at […]

School of Science welcomes new faculty in 2023

September 25, 2023

Last spring, the School of Science welcomed seven new faculty members. Erin Chen PhD ’11 studies the communication between microbes that reside on the surface of the human body and the immune system. She focuses on the largest organ: the skin. Chen will dissect the molecular signals of diverse skin microbes and their effects on […]

Nicole Wilson: The politics of a shifting middle class in Nigeria

September 24, 2023

Before her time at MIT, Nicole Wilson worked as a research assistant for two graduate students studying informal trade in Lagos, Nigeria. She was quickly captivated by the nation’s vibrant commercial center, with its population of nearly 22 million. “I had never spent more than a week or two out of the country, but I […]

On the hunt for sustainable materials

September 22, 2023

By the time she started high school, Avni Singhal had attended six different schools in a variety of settings, from a traditional public school to a self-paced program. The transitions opened her eyes to how widely educational environments can vary, and made her think about that impact on students. “Experiencing so many different types of […]