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May 3, 2018

MIT News: around campus


A weekly digest of the Institute’s community news



Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to headline Solve at MIT annual meeting


May 16-18 event, hosted by MIT Solve, will include remarks from Eric Schmidt, Ursula Burns, Yo-Yo Ma, and Luis Alberto Moreno, among other luminaries.




National Academy of Sciences elects four MIT professors for 2018


Finkelstein, Kardar, Wen, and Zhang honored for research achievements.




Brad Pentelute: In search of novel proteins


Chemistry professor builds on nature to design new drugs and engineer better ways to deliver them.




3 Questions: Melissa Nobles and Craig Steven Wilder on the MIT and Legacy of Slavery project


MIT Community Dialogue series is underway as multi-year research continues.




Empowering refugees worldwide by providing tools for social change


New collaboration joins together MITx MicroMasters, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and MIT Refugee Action Hub.




Featured video: On alien typos and self-care, in conversation with Seth Meyers


Grad student Jonny Sun jokes on late-night TV about his alien persona and the unique challenges of working on a PhD while creating a graphic novel.



In the Media



60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker sits down with Prof. Feng Zhang, “a scientist at the center of the CRISPR craze,” to help explain how the gene-editing tool works and its potential. “There are about 6,000 or more diseases that are caused by faulty genes,” says Zhang. “The hope is that we will be able to address most if not all of them.”




Katie Kindelan of Good Morning America reports on the “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” hackathon at the Media Lab, which examined physical, socioeconomic and cultural factors affecting new mothers. “We really thought, ‘How do we attack this problem from all angles, not just technology and design but also policy and access,’” explains researcher Alexis Hope.




In an opinion piece for The Boston Globe, two Sloan students and their co-authors argue that “business school leaders, instructors, and students must bring workers’ perspectives into the MBA curriculum.” They caution that, “an economy that delivers gains only to the top will suffer ills far worse than inefficiency.”  



research & innovation



Calcium-based MRI sensor enables more sensitive brain imaging


System detects direct signals of neural activity; could reveal patterns underlying behavior.




Cognitive scientists define critical period for learning language


Study shows children remain adept learners until the age of 17 or 18.




How much does infrastructure boost an economy?


MIT economist’s historical study details how railroads helped India trade and grow.




How to assess new solar technologies


MIT analysis shows when and where advanced photovoltaics would be economic to install.



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