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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
March 15, 2018

MIT News: around campus


A weekly digest of the Institute’s community news



A new era in fusion research at MIT


MIT Energy Initiative founding member Eni announces support for key research through MIT Laboratory for Innovation in Fusion Technologies.




Contact lenses that deliver drugs directly to the eye win health care prize


Eight teams pitched novel inventions at MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovations Prize competition.




Students build assistive technologies at MIT’s annual ATHack


Citizens with disabilities from Greater Boston and students gathered to build prototypes of personalized assistive devices.




The "Infinite" in the Bay Area


MIT faculty and students bring their health care research, and enthusiasm, to alumni in California.




Garden of ideas


With a new multimedia website, landscape architecture professor Anne Whiston Spirn makes a secret garden public and explores how ideas create form.




CLIx project receives UNESCO award


The Connected Learning Initiative offers effective, quality education at scale in India.



In the Media



In this opinion piece published by The Boston Globe, Vice President for Research Maria T. Zuber writes that fusion energy is within reach: "The MIT design uses established science for the plasma confinement, and thus puts fusion power plants within reach on a faster time-scale than previously thought possible."




Prof. Junot Diaz speaks with Karen McPherson of The Washington Post about his new children’s book, Islandborn, about a girl from the Dominican Republic growing up in an urban immigrant community. “The best stories provide us with opportunities for recognition and estrangement — to be spoken to most directly, or to feel that we are eavesdropping,” Diaz says.




The Koch Institute has chosen 10 new scientific images from MIT researchers to display in a public gallery in its lobby. The images “span a range of subject matters and approaches, capturing both fundamental biology and how that biology is upended by disease processes,” writes Lisa Raffensperger of STAT.




Prof. Bill Aulet and Aman Advani ’13, CEO of Ministry of Supply, speak with Brian Burnell of NECN about The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and why it’s a great resource for students. "We came in with enough humility to know that we didn’t know what was next,” said Advani, “and that’s where the Trust Center was such a helpful resource.”



research & innovation



Evading in-flight lightning strikes


MIT study shows electrically charging planes would reduce their risk of being struck by lightning.




Study finds early signatures of the social brain


Children as young as 3 have brain network devoted to interpreting thoughts of other people.




Scientists find seismic imaging is blind to water


Findings may lead scientists to reinterpret seismic maps of the Earth's interior.



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