School of Engineering welcomes new faculty
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by Zach Goodale | School of Engineering
2d ago
The School of Engineering welcomes 15 new faculty members across six of its academic departments. This new cohort of faculty members, who have either recently started their roles at MIT or will start within the next year, conduct research across a diverse range of disciplines. Many of these new faculty specialize in research that intersects with multiple fields. In addition to positions in the School of Engineering, a number of these faculty have positions at other units across MIT. Faculty with appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) report into bo ..read more
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Q&A: Exploring ethnic dynamics and climate change in Africa
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by Leda Zimmerman | School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
1w ago
Evan Lieberman is the Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa at MIT, and is also director of the Center for International Studies. During a semester-long sabbatical, he’s currently based at the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town. In this Q&A, Lieberman discusses several climate-related research projects he’s pursuing in South Africa and surrounding countries. This is part of an ongoing series exploring how the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences is addressing the climate crisis. Q: South Africa is a nation whose ..read more
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MIT’s Master of Applied Science in Data, Economics, and Design of Policy program adds a public policy track
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by Brynn Fieldhouse | Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
1w ago
MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Department of Economics have announced an expansion of their jointly administered Master of Applied Science in Data, Economics, and Design of Policy (DEDP) program. This expansion adds a new public policy track to complement the existing international development track, opening up new avenues for student learning and research.  Designed to tackle poverty alleviation and other pressing policy challenges in the United States and other high-income countries, the curriculum of the new track spans a diverse set of issues, from domestic co ..read more
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Four from MIT named 2024 Knight-Hennessy Scholars
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by Julia Mongo | Office of Distinguished Fellowships
1w ago
MIT senior Owen Dugan, graduate student Vittorio Colicci ’22, predoctoral research fellow Carine You ’22, and recent alumna Carina Letong Hong ’22 are recipients of this year’s Knight-Hennessy Scholarships. The competitive fellowship, now in its seventh year, funds up to three years of graduate studies in any field at Stanford University. To date, 22 MIT students and alumni have been awarded Knight-Hennessy Scholarships. “We are excited for these students to continue their education at Stanford with the generous support of the Knight Hennessy Scholarship,” says Kim Benard, associate dean of di ..read more
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Three from MIT named 2024-25 Goldwater Scholars
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by Leah Campbell | School of Science
3w ago
MIT students Ben Lou, Srinath Mahankali, and Kenta Suzuki have been selected to receive Barry Goldwater Scholarships for the 2024-25 academic year. They are among just 438 recipients from across the country selected based on academic merit from an estimated pool of more than 5,000 college sophomores and juniors, approximately 1,350 of whom were nominated by their academic institution to compete for the scholarship. Since 1989, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has awarded nearly 11,000 Goldwater scholarships to support undergraduates who intend to pursue re ..read more
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Studies in empathy and analytics
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by Angelina Parrillo | MIT News correspondent
3w ago
Upon the advice of one of his soccer teammates, James Simon enrolled in 14.73 (The Challenge of World Poverty) as a first-year student to fulfill a humanities requirement. He went from knowing nothing about economics to learning about the subject from Nobel laureates. The lessons created by professors Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee revealed to Simon an entirely new way to use science to help humanity. One of the projects Simon learned about in this class assessed an area of India with a low vaccination rate and created a randomized, controlled trial to figure out the best way to fix this pr ..read more
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MITdesignX and MISTI in Dubai
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by Maria Iacobo | School of Architecture and Planning
3w ago
MIT has nurtured and celebrated its entrepreneurial culture for decades, with programs and courses supporting innovative startups. MITdesignX — the venture accelerator founded in 2016 in the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and now part of the MIT Morningside Academy for Design — has extended that ethos across the globe. Over the past four years, SA+P faculty have led venture-building workshops in Reykjavik, Iceland and Venice, Italy, along with academic programs and ideation sessions in Mexico City and Hong Kong. Collaborating with MIT International Science and Technology Initiative ..read more
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Exploring the history of data-driven arguments in public life
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by Peter Dizikes | MIT News
3w ago
Political debates today may not always be exceptionally rational, but they are often infused with numbers. If people are discussing the economy or health care or climate change, sooner or later they will invoke statistics. It was not always thus. Our habit of using numbers to make political arguments has a history, and William Deringer is a leading historian of it. Indeed, in recent years Deringer, an associate professor in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), has carved out a distinctive niche through his scholarship showing how quantitative reasoning has become part of pu ..read more
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A musical life: Carlos Prieto ’59 in conversation and concert
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by School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
3w ago
World-renowned cellist Carlos Prieto ’59 returned to campus for an event to perform and to discuss his new memoir, “Mi Vida Musical.” At the April 9 event in the Samberg Conference Center, Prieto spoke about his formative years at MIT and his subsequent career as a professional cellist. The talk was followed by performances of J.S. Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 3” and Eugenio “Toussaint’s Bachriation.” Valerie Chen, a 2022 Sudler Prize winner and Emerson/Harris Fellow, also performed Phillip Glass’s “Orbit.” Prieto was born in Mexico City and began studying the cello when he was 4. He graduated ..read more
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Seven from MIT elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 2024
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by MIT News
1M ago
Eight MIT faculty members are among the 250 leaders from academia, the arts, industry, public policy, and research elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy announced April 24. One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to academy publications, as well as studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and culture, and education. Those elected from MIT in 2024 are: Edward F. Crawley, profess ..read more
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