News – 2019

Meucci Ilunga spent his summer in the MIT Department of Biology researching protein interactions as part of MIT’s Summer Research Program.

A summer at the MSRP-Bio reveals connections between proteins, people, and passions

Undergraduate Meucci Ilunga spent 10 weeks investigating protein interactions, exploring career options, and making new friends.

Image: courtesy of Ramona Allen, edited by MIT News

Ramona Allen named vice president for human resources

Ramona Allen, who has served the Institute for 30 years in a variety of progressively senior human resources roles, has been named as MIT’s next vice president for human resources.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif addresses the incoming class of 2023 at this year’s President’s Convocation.  Image: Jake Belcher

A warm reception for the Class of 2023

With audible enthusiasm, students in the Class of 2023 and their families gathered under a tent in front of Kresge Auditorium on Monday at one of the first events of orientation week, the annual President’s Convocation for the first-year students.

“The human body is so sensitive to environmental and social conditions,” says Mariana Arcaya. “We should be aiming for cities that are supportive of human health for everyone.”

Health, wealth, and cities

MIT associate professor of urban studies Mariana Arcaya examines health disparities within metro areas.

Jesus Dones-Monroig  Image: Adam Glanzman

Jesús Dones-Monroig: Creating space for everyone in chemistry

“If we are not given support at a personal level, our educational and professional potential is going to be directly affected,” the PhD student says.

An MIT study suggests that mindfulness can improve mental health and academic performance in middle school students.

Two studies reveal benefits of mindfulness for middle school students

Focusing awareness on the present moment can enhance academic performance and lower stress levels.

When Yamilée Toussaint Beach ’08 sees stars like Beyoncé and Rihanna perform, she watches intently—not just because she loves the music and dancing but also because she is interested in the tech involved in the performance.

What STEM Requires, Dance Provides

Yamilée Toussaint Beach ’08 sees dance as “a natural breeding ground of confidence and fun and teamwork and just being empowered.” Her nonprofit, STEM From Dance, uses the art form to engage girls of color in science, technology, engineering, and math.

2019 MIT Summer Research Program students gather to present the results of their work.

Mentorship and scholarship keep summer biology research program strong

Support from Squire Booker PhD ’94 and the Bernard S. and Sophie G. Gould Fund helps MSRP-bio students excel.

Brooke Wages

Throwing lifelines to job seekers after incarceration

Through her startup, MBA student Brooke Wages seeks to prepare people for high-skilled trade jobs after they’ve served time.

Professors Modiano, Kelly, and Li

Portraits of mentoring excellence

Committed to Caring honors professors Modiano, Kelly, and Li, and calls for nominations.

Rebecca Winthrop

Making high-quality education accessible to all

Researchers and educators gather at MIT to discuss how to meet the educational needs of a new learning society.

Philip Freelon

Philip Freelon, professor of the practice and champion of diversity in architecture, dies at 66

Noted architect designed landmark civic, cultural, and educational buildings.

Lisa Volpatti  Image: Bryce Vickmark

Caring for her community

PhD candidate and co-founder of Graduate Women in Chemical Engineering Lisa Volpatti works to support her fellow graduate students.

"The efficacy and success of medical advances must always be evaluated within a larger social context,” says Ankita Reddy ’19, who aims to be a physician-anthropologist. “In order to do the most good for individual patients and to slow the spread of disease, our interventions need to take into consideration the public health capacity of communities as well as local ideas of health and sickness."

Ankita Reddy ’19 blends anthropology and biology to improve public health

Recent graduate says culturally-aware approaches lead to more-effective medical interventions.

Gita Manaktala  Image courtesy of MIT Press

Gita Manaktala receives 2019 Association of University Presses Constituency Award

MIT Press editorial director recognized for service to the university press community.

"We don't want to lock anybody out because they haven't had a chance to program before," says MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff member Andrew Fishberg, of the RACECAR program he developed and taught at the Roxbury Innovation Center in Boston.

Lincoln Laboratory staff use race cars as a vehicle to teach coding

Laboratory staff teamed up with the Timothy Smith Network to offer a four-week coding course for middle school students.

Mens et Manus

Immigration is a kind of oxygen

“MIT has flourished because it has been a magnet for the world’s finest talent, a global laboratory where people from every culture and background inspire each other and invent the future, together.” – L. Rafael Reif

Mason Grimshaw  Image: Jake Belcher

A data scientist dedicated to social change

MBAn student Mason Grimshaw seeks to bring business solutions to overlooked communities.

  Credit: Mimi Phan

When good jobs go bad

Even in “good jobs” workers are experiencing overload. But new work strategies can decrease burnout, increase worker satisfaction, and help you keep your best people.

PhD student Clare Kim studies the history of mathematics and the ways that mathematicians interacted with artists, humanists, and philosophers throughout the 20th century.  Image: Jared Charney

A scholar and teacher re-examines moments in the history of STEM

“I love teaching,” says PhD student Clare Kim. “It’s not that I’m just imparting knowledge, but I want [my students] to develop a critical way of thinking.”

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