News – 2018

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker gives remarks at the In Good Company Optimal Aging Challenge reception at MIT.  Photo: AgeLab

MIT AgeLab hosts Governor Baker, winners of In Good Company Challenge

Entrepreneurial ventures are developing technologies, community resources, and solutions to address social isolation and loneliness among older adults in Massachusetts.

MIT employee Pauline Dowell (center) and her seeing eye dog, Dora, hang out near the Charles River with MIT students from Team Pauline: (l-r) Sandy Yang, Tiffany Xi, Rebecca Agustin, and Temitope Olabinjo.  Photo: Lillie Paquette

Student group helps blind boater sail independently

Four seniors in the Principles and Practices of Assistive Technology program designed an audible device to help an MIT employee navigate on the water.

Students may arrive in this class expecting to learn about a straightforward roadmap to justice. They emerge with a more complex, nuanced and useful map — one that shows how power operates, as well as the many forms that justice and injustice can take. Seen here: Jordan Isler, senior in aerospace engineering and political science.

Looking at justice through the lens of political theory

In Bernardo Zacka’s class 17.01, students explore human values and the many ways of imagining a just society.

Left to right: BethAnne McLaughlin, Tarana Burke, and Sherry Marts have won the 2018 MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award.  Photos (l-r): BethAnne McLaughlin, Penn State, Tamzin Smith

2018 Media Lab Disobedience Award

The MIT Media Lab’s 2018 Disobedience Award will be shared by three leaders of the #MeToo and #MeTooSTEM movement.

The Rising Stars in EECS Class of 2018

Rising Stars in EECS supports women in electrical engineering and computer science

In a return to MIT, 2018 workshop drew 76 of the world’s top early-career women in electrical engineering and computer science to explore life in academia.

MIT senior and civil and environmental engineering major René García Franceschini

René García Franceschini: Engineering energy solutions for all

“The human impact that I have is equally, if not more, important to me than the technical rigor of the work I’m doing,” says the senior.

“If I want to be successful in my other endeavors or in my student groups, in my studies, it’s important that I continue to jump rope throughout my life to stay physically and mentally healthy,” says Stewart Isaacs, a PhD student in aeronautics and astronautics.

Jumping through life and his passions at MIT

Stewart Isaacs, a PhD student in AeroAstro and a world champion jump roper, credits his academic successes to his long career in competitive jump roping.

Left to right: MIT professors Emilio Baglietto, Rebecca Saxe, and Matthew Shoulders were nominated by their graduate students and are now honored by the Committed to Caring program as model mentors.  Image: Joseph Lee

Baglietto, Saxe, and Shoulders ensure grad students thrive

For three Committed to Caring honorees, mentorship is demonstrated through generosity and making connections.

Artist Ekene Ijeoma sits with “​Pan-African AIDS,” a sculpture representing the hyper-visibility of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and the hidden one in Black America.  Photo: Kris Graves, courtesy of Ekene Ijeoma

Ekene Ijeoma joins MIT Media Lab

The new media arts and sciences faculty member merges social justice with design, architecture, music, performance, and technology.

Thirty-four of the highest-achieving women graduate students and post-docs in mechanical engineering recently participated in the first-ever Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering Workshop hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  Photo: Tony Pulsone

Giving early-career women in mechanical engineering the tools to succeed in academia

The Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts its first-ever Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering Workshop.

MIT Provost Martin A. Schmidt at an MIT forum about the new MIT Schwarzman College of Computing.  Image: Jared Charney

To build new college, MIT seeks campus and alumni input

Opportunities and new challenges were at the forefront of discussions about the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing.

Author Min Jin Lee speaking at MIT’s CIS Starr Forum event on Oct. 30  Images: Laura Kerwin, MIT Center for International Studies

Novelist Min Jin Lee makes the case for understanding through fiction

At MIT event, “Pachinko” author talks about literature as a way of understanding outsiders in modern culture.

Letter from President Reif: Consoling each other and helping to heal the world

As our nation once again confronts heartbreaking mass violence, sending this annual reminder of MIT’s policies against harassment may feel to some as inconsequential and almost irrelevant.

BSU members began helping recruit black students in 1968. In 1972, assistant director of admissions John A. Mims and two MIT student guides (left) welcomed students visiting from 23 high schools.  Photo courtesy of the MIT Museum

The BSU at 50

The Black Students’ Union marks a half-century of making MIT more diverse.

Alyce Johnson  Image: Melanie Gonick

3Q: Alyce Johnson on upholding the rights of MIT’s transgender community

At MIT, “we are committed to looking after each other,” says interim Institute community and equity officer.

The BSU at 50

In 1968, the black student community at MIT was small and needed a way to amplify its voice.

MIT considering renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

In May 2016, the Cambridge City Council voted unanimously to name Indigenous Peoples’ Day a city holiday, which the city will celebrate instead of Columbus Day.

Eight IdentityX Ambassadors gathered at SPXCE Intercultural Center to discuss their international experiences. Standing: David Rich, Gabrielle "Gabby" Ballard; middle row: Carrie Watkins, Luisa Fernanda Apolaya Torres, Yara Jabbour Al Maalouf; front row: Enriko Kurtz Granadoz Chavez, Trang Luu, Johnson Huynh.  Image courtesy of Madeline Smith

Starting new conversations about identity abroad

New MISTI programs provide a platform for student dialogue on diversity in international travel, study, and work.

“After so many years of telling people MIT is my dream school, all my hard work has paid off,” Catlina Romero says.  Photo: Lillie Paquette/School of Engineering

Keeping confidence

The Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program helped Catalina Romero understand that she wasn’t alone on her MIT journey.

Reverend Kirstin Boswell-Ford was installed as MIT Chaplain at a ceremony on Sept. 28.  Image: Gretchen Ertl

Remarks from the installation ceremony for MIT Chaplain Kirstin Boswell-Ford

Reverend Kirstin Boswell-Ford was installed as MIT Chaplain at a ceremony on Sept. 28. Her remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below.