News – 2020

Portrait courtesy of Katlyn Turner. Right photo: “Calutron Girls,” 1945, Wikimedia Commons / Ed Westcott, American Museum of Science and Energy. Edited by MIT News.

3Q: Fighting racism in the nuclear community

MIT’s Katlyn Turner and four other nuclear scientists issue a call for antiracist actions within their profession.

The game “Passage Home” puts the player into the first-person perspective of “Tiffany,” a talented and hard-working Black student who is falsely accused of plagiarism by her white female English teacher, “Mrs. Smith.” Credits:Image courtesy of MIT CSAIL.

Examining racial attitudes in virtual spaces through gaming

Computational model developed at MIT builds off of 2019 research examining colorblind racial attitudes through a video game.

The Media Lab houses 22 different research groups spanning subjects that include robotics, neuroscience, physical protheses, cognitive enhancement, education, music, sustainable urban living, the study of human networks, and more.

MIT Media Lab charts a course for the future

The high-profile research lab is retaining its unique form of creativity while building trust and inclusion.

Stephanie Lampkin started Blendoor in 2015 to match employers with diverse talent through anonymized profiles — no names, photos, or ages driving bias in hiring.

This CEO wields transparency and openness to crowdsource ideas

Use openness and transparency to your advantage by testing ideas with clients, customers, family, and anyone else you meet.

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MIT’s Environment, Health & Safety Office is offering resources, training, and support for Remote Work during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

MIT EHS is offering the MIT community workplace ergonomics resources, assessment tools, and safety guidance for remote work.

Moya Bailey, Jamie Macbeth, Ben McDonald, Luis Gilberto Murillo-Urrutia, Charles Senteio, Thomas Searles, and Patricia Saulis. Credits:Images courtesy of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars Program

MIT hosts seven distinguished MLK Professors and Scholars for 2020-21

Honorees will engage in the life of the Institute through teaching, research, and other interactions with the MIT community.

“I really don’t think of myself as a researcher,” third-year PhD candidate Kevin Lee says. “I’m first and foremost an organizer. That’s where I gained my purpose. That’s where I learned what love is in its most unconditional and revolutionary form.” Credits:Photo: Adam Glanzman

Listening to immigrant and indigenous Pacific Islander voices

As a community activist and scholar, PhD candidate Kevin Lee has a lot on his plate. But “when things matter so deeply in your bones, the energy just comes,” he says.

Emma J. Teng is the T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations at MIT and director of MIT Global Languages.

3 Questions: Historian Emma Teng on face masks as 公德心

“Doing something for the community good is good for me also” is known as gongdexin (in Mandarin), kootokushin (in Japanese), and kongdokshim (in Korean).

A Tokyo Tech student explains what she has learned about MIT.

Fostering friendships and films from across the globe

MISTI program connects MIT and Tokyo Tech students for an impactful summer experience.

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A 5-part framework for talking about racism at work

Workplace conversations on race and racism can be tough. With a willingness to listen and validate, and acceptance that learning can be uncomfortable, those conversations can be easier and productive.

Dayna Cunningham is the executive director of MIT CoLab.

3 Questions: Dayna Cunningham on urban planning's role in racial and social justice

Community Innovators Lab will provide hands-on, field-based training to students seeking to address the underlying causes of urban crisis.

MIT professor Azra Akšamija is an uncommonly versatile artist, architect, and scholar whose work explores cultural identity and conflict.

Rebuilding cultures through art, design, and community

Once displaced by war, MIT’s Azra Akšamija creates works of cultural resilience in the face of social conflict.

More than 1,000 people participated in MIT’s Day of Dialogue, a day meant to inspire conversation, reflection, and activism in spurring anti-racism.

Building empathy and sharing wisdom on MIT’s Day of Dialogue

With more than 1,000 participants, daylong event encourages anti-racism conversations in the MIT community.

MIT’s Day of Dialogue committee co-chairs Jason McKnight, left, and La-Tarri Canty.

3 Questions: La-Tarri Canty and Jason McKnight on dismantling racism

Co-chairs of MIT’s Day of Dialogue committee share their hopes for the Aug. 5 event.

Professor Hazel Sive (front, second from left) visits Tshimologing, a digitial innovation precinct in Johannesburg, South Africa, with some 2019 Global Startup Labs participants.

MIT-Wits Program continues to thrive

University of the Witwatersrand partnership, one of MIT’s most active programs in Africa, extends beyond international travel.

MIT's new captioning and accessibility website includes guidelines and tools for captioning media, as well as training and other resources for staff and MIT affiliates who post or have posted media that needs captioning (certificates required).

MIT launches website to help with captioning media content

Website, online tools will help MIT fulfill National Association of the Deaf lawsuit settlement terms.

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When It Comes to Culture, Does Your Company Walk the Talk?

Company practices often conflict with corporate values. Closing the gap starts with communication.

Hannah Clark Steiman, MBA ’13, COO Peak Support

Why this COO starts small when building a diverse team

“It’s never a coincidence; if the senior leadership is dominated by white, cisgender men, that’s happening for a reason.”

Md Sami Hasnine was instrumental in launching the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Seminar Series.

A voice for diversity, equity, and inclusion in civil and environmental engineering

Postdoc Md Sami Hasnine's work has been instrumental in forming CEE’s DEI committee.

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ICE rescinds rule on international students and online learning

President L. Rafael Reif reflects on the decision to withdraw the July 6th policy from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.