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Celebrating open data
The inaugural MIT Prize for Open Data, which included a $2,500 cash prize, was recently awarded to 10 individual and group research projects. Presented jointly by the School of Science…
From LGO to PhD
Many students in MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program return to the workplace primed to tackle complex operational problems. But sometimes their research sparks deep scholarly interest, and they…
Uncovering the rich connections between South Asia and MIT
In 1884, an article in a widely circulated Indian nationalist newspaper expounded on the value of a technical education for Indians who were being denied such opportunities by the colonial…
New faculty join the School of Science in 2022
This fall, the MIT School of Science welcomes seven new faculty to the departments of Biology; Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Studies (EAPS); Mathematics; and Physics. Wanying Kang researches large-scale…
Ila Fiete wins Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has awarded the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience to Ila Fiete, professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, associate member of…
MIT wins world finals of the 45th International Collegiate Programming Contest
On Nov. 10, MIT’s team of student coders made history by winning the globe’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest — the world finals of the International Collegiate Programming…
3 Questions: Looking to Artemis I for a return to the moon
This week, NASA will attempt to launch the Artemis I mission. Artemis I is an uncrewed test flight that will launch the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and send the…
Nonabah Lane, Navajo educator and environmental sustainability specialist with numerous ties to MIT, dies at 46
Nonabah Lane, a Navajo educator and environmental sustainability specialist with numerous MIT ties to MIT, passed away in October. She was 46. Lane had recently been an MIT Media Lab…
3 Questions: Robert Stoner unpacks US climate and infrastructure laws
This month, the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) takes place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, bringing together governments, experts, journalists, industry, and civil society to discuss climate action…
MIT PhD students shed light on important water and food research
One glance at the news lately will reveal countless headlines on the dire state of global water and food security. Pollution, supply chain disruptions, and the war in Ukraine are…
Advancing the energy transition amidst global crises
“The past six years have been the warmest on the planet, and our track record on climate change mitigation is drastically short of what it needs to be,” said Robert…
3 Questions: Supporting student veterans at MIT
Last spring, Liam Gale joined the MIT Office of the Vice Chancellor’s staff in a newly created role to provide services geared for student veterans and their families. As the…
Professor Emeritus Louis Braida, speech and hearing scientist and hearing aid innovator, dies at 79
Louis Braida, the Henry Ellis Warren (1894) Professor Emeritus in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), died Sept. 2. He was 79. Braida was a principal…
Why the 2022 elections might determine the future of democracy in the US
Voters need to pay attention to races up and down the ballot — especially to more obscure county-level contests — to protect democracy, panelists said during an Oct. 12 discussion…
Liang Fu and Patrick Lee receive Larkin Awards in Theoretical Physics
MIT condensed matter theory professors of physics Liang Fu and Patrick A. Lee received the inaugural Larkin Awards in Theoretical Physics, awarded by the William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute at…
Geophysicist Leigh Royden looks at Earth from the top down
The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has counted some of the greatest scientists in history among its ranks. Founded in 1652, and named in honor of the Holy Roman Emperor…
Community members greet MIT’s 18th president
On a warm, sunny afternoon last Thursday, MIT’s community gathered under a tent on Hockfield Court to meet the Institute’s next president, Sally Kornbluth. Amid a festive, celebratory atmosphere that…
Pesticide innovation takes top prize at Collegiate Inventors Competition
On Oct. 12, MIT mechanical engineering alumnus Vishnu Jayaprakash SM ’19, PhD ’22 was named the first-place winner in the graduate category of the Collegiate Inventors Competition. The annual competition,…
Frank Sidney Jones, professor emeritus of urban affairs, dies at 93
Frank Sidney Jones, professor emeritus in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), passed away on Aug. 28 at the age of 93. In 1971, Jones was named Ford…
3 Questions: How AI image generators could help robots
AI image generators, which create fantastical sights at the intersection of dreams and reality, bubble up on every corner of the web. Their entertainment value is demonstrated by an ever-expanding…
Seven with MIT ties receive awards from the American Physical Society
The American Physical Society (APS) recently honored a number of individuals with ties to MIT with prizes and awards for their contributions to physics. They include: Institute Professor Arup Chakraborty;…
Math enthusiasts take aim at STEM glass ceiling
A good math problem is like a walled, secret garden, according to Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) head and MIT Professor Asu Ozdaglar, who was addressing an…
Doubling down on sustainability innovation in Kendall Square
From its new headquarters in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, The Engine is investing in a number of “tough tech” startups seeking to transform the world’s energy systems. A few blocks away,…
Celebrating the life of undergraduate Mohamed Magdi Taha
Mohamed Magdi Taha, an undergraduate student in Course 6-9 (Computation and Cognition) passed away in August. A native of California and Khartoum, Sudan, the rising junior and New Vassar resident…
Toward compassion and equity
Ice hockey may not be the first hobby that jumps to mind when it comes to economists, but MIT professor of economics David Autor has proudly captained his department’s intramural…
Finding community in high-energy-density physics
Skylar Dannhoff knew one thing: She did not want to be working alone. As an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University, she had committed to a senior project that often…
On campus, a warm welcome for MIT’s next president, Sally Kornbluth
Incoming MIT President Sally Kornbluth greeted members of the Institute community at a campus event on Thursday afternoon, outlining her vision and values, and thanking everyone for the reception she…
Sally Kornbluth is named as MIT’s 18th president
Sally A. Kornbluth, a cell biologist whose eight-year tenure as Duke University’s provost has earned her a reputation as a brilliant administrator, a creative problem-solver, and a leading advocate of…
Reprogrammable materials selectively self-assemble
While automated manufacturing is ubiquitous today, it was once a nascent field birthed by inventors such as Oliver Evans, who is credited with creating the first fully automated industrial process,…
“Drawing Together” is awarded Norman B. Leventhal City Prize
“Drawing Together,” a social and ecological resilience project in New York City, has been awarded the 2022 Norman B. Leventhal City Prize.  The project is a collaboration between MIT faculty,…
Remarks by President-Elect Sally Kornbluth to the MIT community
The following remarks were given by President-Elect Sally Kornbluth to a gathering of community members in room 10-250 on Thursday, Oct. 20. Thank you, Madam Chair, for the warm introduction. And…
Q&A: Melissa Nobles on guest-editing Nature to examine racism in science
The venerable British journal Nature is publishing four special issues in 2022 that delve into matters of racism and science, including the way racist thinking has imbued the content of…
Ad hoc committee releases report on remote teaching best practices for on-campus education
The Ad Hoc Committee on Leveraging Best Practices from Remote Teaching for On-Campus Education has released a report that captures how instructors are weaving lessons learned from remote teaching into…
Five with MIT ties elected to the National Academy of Medicine for 2022
On October 17, the National Academy of Medicine announced the election of 100 new members to join their esteemed ranks. MIT faculty members Laura L. Kiessling ’83 and Mark Bear…
Unlocking the mysteries of how neurons learn
When he matriculated in 2019 as a graduate student, Raúl Mojica Soto-Albors was no stranger to MIT. He’d spent time here on multiple occasions as an undergraduate at the University…
Developing community around design
When the creation of the MIT Morningside Academy for Design (MAD) — a major interdisciplinary center housed in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) — was announced last…