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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
April 19, 2018

MIT News: around campus


A weekly digest of the Institute’s community news



Eight from MIT elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 2018


Prestigious honor society announces 213 new members this year.




With The Herman Project, home bakers become citizen scientists


Network tracks the evolution of microbial communities in sourdough starter mixtures shared around the world.




MIT-Boeing educational collaboration aims to scale learning in additive manufacturing


New online course will enable professionals to invent and implement innovative 3-D-printing applications.




AFFOA and VMS launch Advanced Fabrics Entrepreneurship Program


Year-long program will give early-stage entrepreneurs a leg up in the functional fabrics industry.




Plan a wedding, save a farm


Sam McElhinney MBA '17 found a way to help New England small farms, family estates, and orchards by creating a system that enables them to host events easily.




P.L. Thibaut Brian, professor emeritus of chemical engineering, dies at 87


Longtime professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering was a champion of engineering and safety excellence throughout his career.



In the Media



Meghna Chakrabarti of WBUR’s Radio Boston talks with Sky & Telescope editor J. Kelly Beatty about what makes the launch of TESS, an MIT-led NASA mission to discover new planets, so exciting. “We should give a nod to the great minds at MIT,” says Chakrabarti, “because they had quite a significant role in the thought behind getting this satellite up in the first place.”




WHDH highlights an MIT Libraries exhibit at the Maihaugen Gallery in memory of Officer Sean Collier. “On display at the exhibit is a collection of items left in the officer’s honor after he was killed in 2013,” 7 News reports. Condolence materials left with the MIT Police in 2013 and 2014 are also included.




Prof. Duane Boning, faculty co-director of MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program, talks to Forbes contributor Jim Lawton about preparing future leaders and workplace learning in the digital age. “The LGO model,” says Boning, “gives students a different way of thinking about their roles.”



research & innovation



A graphene roll-out


Scalable manufacturing process spools out strips of graphene for use in ultrathin membranes.




Polymer synthesis gets a jolt of caffeine


Using the stimulant as a catalyst, researchers create new gels for drug delivery.




Fine-tuning fusion


Postdoc Theresa Wilks finds home on the west coast, helming an MIT collaboration with the DIII-D tokamak fusion reactor.




Artificial antimicrobial peptides could help overcome drug-resistant bacteria


With aid of computer algorithm, researchers develop peptides more powerful than those found in nature.



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