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Play it again, Spirio
Seated at the grand piano in MIT’s Killian Hall last fall, first-year student Jacqueline Wang played through the lively opening of Mozart’s “Sonata in B-flat major, K.333.” When she’d finished,…
An MIT philosopher’s call for a civil discussion on gender and sex
MIT philosopher Alex Byrne knows that within his field, he’s very much in the minority when it comes to his views on sex and gender.  “As an example, I have…
MIT Solve announces 2024 Global Challenges and Indigenous Communities Fellowship
The driving mission of MIT Solve is inviting new voices and proposed solutions to world problems as a way to achieve a more sustainable and equitable future for all. To…
MIT community members elected to the National Academy of Engineering for 2024
Two MIT faculty, a principal staff member of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and 13 additional alumni are among the 114 new members and 21 international members elected to the National Academy…
A passion for innovation and education
Imagine you were planning a trek across Death Valley. Would you be better off setting out on foot with just a bottle of water in your hand, or in a…
MIT course aids social connection, better relationships, and happiness
As part of MIT Chancellor Melissa Nobles’s effort to educate the whole student, MIT’s chaplain to the Institute and associate dean Thea Keith-Lucas, along with colleagues Natalie Hill, a Methodist…
Anantha Chandrakasan named MIT’s inaugural chief innovation and strategy officer
Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named as MIT’s first chief innovation and strategy officer,…
Using AI to discover stiff and tough microstructures
Every time you smoothly drive from point A to point B, you’re not just enjoying the convenience of your car, but also the sophisticated engineering that makes it safe and…
Robert Langer receives Dr. Paul Janssen Award
MIT Institute Professor Robert S. Langer was recently honored with the 2023 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for his groundbreaking work in designing novel drug delivery systems that can deliver medications…
MIT community members honored with 2024 Franklin Institute Awards
The Franklin Institute recently announced its 2024 cohort of award winners, as part of its bicentennial celebration. Since its inception, the Franklin Institute Awards Program has honored the most influential…
Letter to the MIT community: Announcing the Climate Project at MIT
The following letter was sent to the MIT community today by President Sally Kornbluth. Dear members of the MIT community, At my inauguration, echoing a sentiment I heard everywhere on…
3 Questions: The Climate Project at MIT
MIT is preparing a major campus-wide effort to develop technological, behavioral, and policy solutions to some of the toughest problems now impeding an effective global climate response. The Climate Project…
Illustrating India’s complex environmental crises
Abhijit Banerjee, the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT, and Sarnath Banerjee (no relation), an MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology (CAST) visiting artist share a similar…
Six MIT students selected as spring 2024 MIT-Pillar AI Collective Fellows
The MIT-Pillar AI Collective has announced six fellows for the spring 2024 semester. With support from the program, the graduate students, who are in their final year of a master’s…
MADMEC winner creates “temporary tattoos” for T-shirts
Have you ever gotten a free T-shirt at an event that you never wear? What about a music or sports-themed shirt you wear to one event and then lose interest…
A chronicler of the biotech boom
For decades now, MIT’s Kendall Square neighborhood has been dotted by cranes, scaffolding, and construction sites — the unofficial symbols of the biotechnology boom that has made East Cambridge an…
DiOnetta Jones Crayton: Change-maker at MIT
Associate Dean and Office of Minority Education (OME) Director DiOnetta Jones Crayton has announced that she will step down from her role on Feb. 2. She has led the office…
Noubar Afeyan PhD ’87 to deliver MIT’s 2024 Commencement address
Noubar Afeyan PhD ’87, an inventor and parallel entrepreneur with a penchant for bold ideas, will deliver the address at the OneMIT Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 30. Afeyan is…
3 Questions: What can graduate students expect from MIT’s newest grad housing option?
In October 2017, MIT made a commitment to add 950 on-campus beds for graduate students as part of the Volpe zoning agreement with the City of Cambridge that allows the…
New fellowship to help advance science journalism in Africa and the Middle East
The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT has announced a new one-semester fellowship — the Fellowship for Advancing Science Journalism in Africa and the Middle East — that will start…
Nancy Hopkins awarded the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal
The National Academy of Sciences has awarded MIT biologist Nancy Hopkins, the Amgen Professor of Biology Emerita, with the 2024 Public Welfare Medal in recognition of “her courageous leadership over…
New MIT.nano equipment to accelerate innovation in “tough tech” sectors
A new set of advanced nanofabrication equipment will make MIT.nano one of the world’s most advanced research facilities in microelectronics and related technologies, unlocking new opportunities for experimentation and widening…
AgeLab’s Bryan Reimer named to US Department of Transportation innovation committee
Bryan Reimer, research scientist at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics’ (MIT CTL) AgeLab, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) to the Transforming Transportation Advisory…
Middle-school students meet a beam of electrons, and excitement results
Want to get middle-school kids excited about science? Let them do their own experiments on MIT.nano’s state-of-the-art microscopes — with guidelines and adult supervision, of course. That was the brainchild of…
School of Engineering fourth quarter 2024 awards
Faculty and researchers across MIT’s School of Engineering receive many awards in recognition of their scholarship, service, and overall excellence. The School of Engineering periodically recognizes their achievements by highlighting the…
Susan Solomon wins VinFuture Award for Female Innovators
Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies Susan Solomon has been awarded the 2023 VinFuture Award for Female Innovators. Solomon was picked out of almost 1,400 international nominations across…
Entrepreneur creates career pathways with MIT OpenCourseWare
When June Odongo interviewed early-career electrical engineer Cynthia Wacheke for a software engineering position at her company, Wacheke lacked knowledge of computer science theory but showed potential in complex problem-solving.…
Unlocking history with geology and genetics
Fatima Husain grew up in the heart of the Midwest, surrounded by agriculture. “Every time you left your home, you saw fields of corn and soybeans. And it was really…
Researchers demonstrate rapid 3D printing with liquid metal
MIT researchers have developed an additive manufacturing technique that can print rapidly with liquid metal, producing large-scale parts like table legs and chair frames in a matter of minutes. Their…
Generating the policy of tomorrow
As first-year students in the Social and Engineering Systems (SES) doctoral program within the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), Eric Liu and Ashely Peake share an interest…
Faculty, staff, students to evaluate ways to decarbonize MIT’s campus
With a goal to decarbonize the MIT campus by 2050, the Institute must look at “new ideas, transformed into practical solutions, in record time,” as stated in “Fast Forward: MIT’s…
Q&A: A blueprint for sustainable innovation
Atacama Biomaterials is a startup combining architecture, machine learning, and chemical engineering to create eco-friendly materials with multiple applications. Passionate about sustainable innovation, its co-founder Paloma Gonzalez-Rojas SM ’15, PhD ’21…
Professor Emeritus Peter Schiller, a pioneer researcher of the visual system, dies at 92
Peter Schiller, professor emeritus in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a member of the MIT faculty since 1964, died on Dec. 23, 2023. He was 92. Born…
Award shines a spotlight on local science journalism
Local reporting is a critical tool in the battle against disinformation and misinformation. It can also provide valuable data about everything from environmental damage derived from questionable agribusiness practices to…
Solving complex problems with technology and varied perspectives at Sphere Las Vegas
Something new, large, and round has dominated the Las Vegas skyline since July: Sphere. After debuting this summer, the state-of-the-art entertainment venue became instantly recognizable thanks to pictures and videos…
Getfit, MIT Health’s winter exercise challenge, turns 20 in 2024
“Getfit” isn’t a command, but rather a friendly challenge from MIT Health (formerly MIT Medical) to spend the cold months exercising with a group of people you choose in any…