News – 2020

Older adults and high school students collaborate during the MIT AgeLab’s 2019 OMEGA Summit.

In a time of physical distancing, connecting socially across generations is more important than ever

MIT’s AgeLab offers ways to maintain conversations between younger and older adults.

Drawing of man alone on laptop

How to manage the hidden risks in remote work

Remote work can work. But without careful attention, productivity and sound decision-making will suffer.

The three winning teams from the Hack for Inclusion 2020 and the crowd's favorite pose with their checks.

Hacking the challenges that are hard to talk about

Hack for Inclusion partnered with corporations and organizations to pose 14 challenges directly related to problems those groups are currently facing.

Geathers and Isidor

BCAP Fund Supports MIT Student Projects in Communities of Color

"I'm trying to impact the lives of people that I may not even get to see or that may not even go to MIT. Still, I know that over the course of the program our team will make a difference."

Renae Irving

3 Questions: Renae Irving on creating supportive learning environments for middle- and high-school students

Molecular biology researcher and MIT alumna is an Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) instructor.

Catherine D'Ignazio, head shot

The elephant in the server room

Catherine D’Ignazio’s new book, “Data Feminism,” examines problems of bias and power that beset modern information.

Christine Soh

MIT senior Christine Soh integrates computer science and linguistics

Knowledge in both a technical and humanistic field prepares her to make new tools in computational linguistics.

3 Questions: Joe Steinmeyer on guiding students into the world of STEM

Since 2009, Steinmeyer has taught more than 400 students in the MITES, MOSTEC, SEED Academy, and E2 programs.

Design, power, and justice

In new book “Design Justice,” Associate Professor Sasha Costanza-Chock examines how to make technology work for more people in society.

MIT students set records at this year’s Putnam Competition: (left to right) Shengtong Zhang, Yuan Yao, Kevin Sun, Daniel Zhu, Qi Qi, and Dain Kim. Not pictured: Ashwin Sah.

MIT students dominate annual Putnam Mathematical Competition

Participating MIT students make history by taking all top five spots — the first time this has happened for any school.

Ben McDonald in the lab

Answering "Why?"

MLK Visiting Scholar Benjamin McDonald uses synthetic organic chemistry in the Swager lab to answer questions with more questions.

A force for health equity

Through on-site projects in developing countries and internships in the business world, Kendyll Hicks explores the political and economic drivers of global health.

Ciara Sivels headshot

From culinary arts to nuclear engineering

Ciara Sivels ’13 takes unusual path to a research career in nuclear engineering for national security.

How Mareena Robinson Snowden is paving the way for women in STEM

Snowden, the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT, chats with Know Your Value about her journey and the ongoing challenges women and minorities working in STEM face.

Stratton Student Center

3 Questions: MIT’s Quality of Life Survey is here

The survey, deployed every four years, is a unique, confidential forum for community input.

Kevin Richardson, photo by Jake Belcher

MLK Luncheon speaker describes “dealing with scars nobody can see”

Exonerated Central Park Five member Kevin Richardson details his harrowing experiences and his hopeful vision for the future.

John H. Dozier joins MIT as its new Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO). Dozier was previously at the University of South Carolina, where he has been serving as chief diversity officer and senior associate provost for inclusion.  Image courtesy of John Dozier, edited by MIT News

John Dozier named Institute Community and Equity Officer

Experienced higher-education leader will develop and implement diversity and inclusion strategies for the Institute.

Democratizing the Lab

Five decades ago, Margaret MacVicar launched an experiment in inclusivity that became a cornerstone of MIT education.

Tuskeegee Airmen: Connecting Flights at MIT

At the outset of WWII, MIT contributed to the training of African-American military pilots popularly known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

Swarna Jeewajee  Image: Gretchen Ertl

Singing for joy and service

After surgery to correct childhood hearing loss, Swarna Jeewajee discovered a desire to be a physician-scientist, and a love of a cappella music.