News – 2019

Frances Pinedo ’94

A network that empowers kids to dream big

“Mentoring and volunteering is a labor of love,” Pinedo says. “Empowerment changes one life at a time.”

Members of MIT Spouses and Partners Connect spread cheer during their RAK Week Kindness Crawl.

Spreading kindness for four years and counting

MIT community celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week by participating in lively events, connecting with campus resources, and practicing generosity.

Clockwise from top left: Agustin Rayo, Susan Murcott, Bradley Olsen, and John Lienhard  Photo: Joseph Lee

In it together: Faculty mentors and graduate students

Professors Lienhard, Murcott, Olsen, and Rayo honored as Committed to Caring mentors.

Beverly Daniel Tatum (left), president emerita of Spelman College, and Melissa Nobles (right), the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT, discussed racial relations in the U.S., on April 18 at MIT.

Candid conversation about race

In MIT talk, Beverly Daniel Tatum urges direct discussion about racial issues at a “polarized” moment in U.S. history.

2019 Change-Maker honorees and Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart: (left to right) Lisa Volpatti, graduate student in chemical engineering; Paula Hammond, chemical engineering department head; graduate student Sarah Goodman; graduate student Jay Dev; CAPD staff member Amanda Pickett; senior Madiha Shafquat; senior Gabby Ballard; Chancellor Barnhart.

2019 Change-Makers honored for fighting sexual misconduct

Violence Prevention and Response and Title IX and Bias Response Office celebrate individuals and departments for standing up to sexual harassment and assault.

Compensation bias is bad for business. Here’s how to fix it.

Compensation equity makes you a more competitive, attractive employer with a diverse, productive workforce that drives profit. But it requires hard work at long odds.

Vivienne Sze is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics.

Vivienne Sze wins Edgerton Faculty Award

EECS faculty member is recognized for technical innovation, educational excellence, and efforts to advance women and underrepresented minorities in her field.

First-year students Ifeoluwapo Ademolu-Odeneye (left) and Keith Murray work in the Digital Humanities Lab. While traditional digital humanities programs attempt to provide scholars with some computational skills, most MIT students already have or are learning basic programming, and all MIT undergraduates also take some humanities classes. Director Michael Cuthbert believes this difference will make MIT’s program a great success.

MIT Program in Digital Humanities launches with $1.3 million Mellon Foundation grant

Among the program's offerings, the Digital Humanities Lab applies computational tools to humanistic research — and builds a community fluent in both languages.

On March 14, Pi Day events such as this one in Lobby 10 were held across campus and hosted by alumni clubs around the world. While marking this MIT-cherished holiday that celebrates the mathematical constant that begins with 3.14, the Pi-themed activities also helped to spread the buzz about the MIT 24-Hour Challenge.

Summing up the 2019 MIT 24-Hour Challenge

The third annual MIT 24-Hour Challenge raised $3.75 million from 9,397 donors.

Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Zong, Indira Puri, Grace Zhang, Helen Zhou and Joseph Maalouf  Images: Courtesy of The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships

Five from MIT win 2019 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Award funds graduate studies for talented immigrants and children of immigrants.

MIT Provost Martin Schmidt

3 Questions: Provost Martin Schmidt on building a new college

Working groups of faculty, students, staff are meeting regularly to develop ideas for the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing.

Sarah Gallop, who serves as chair of the board at the Kendall Square Association (KSA) and co-director of MIT’s Office of Government and Community Relations, speaks to the crowd at the KSA’s 10th annual meeting April 3.

KSA meeting explores collaboration in 2019

The keynote speaker of the Kendall Square Association’s annual meeting discussed technology’s effects on collaboration and power.

Department of Mathematics Professor Gigliola Staffilani is a pioneering role model, mentor, and advocate for women in mathematics.

Q&A: Professor Gigliola Staffilani on women in mathematics

More than a decade after creating the Celebration of Women in Mathematics at MIT, Staffilani talks about the present and future of women in the field.

Leaders of the MIT Innovation Initiative say the new Proto Ventures Program will be unlike anything else in higher education.

With new Proto Ventures Program, MIT Innovation Initiative turns ideas into impact

MITii will hire experts to pursue new business opportunities by matching MIT expertise and innovation with real-world problems.

School of Science announces 2019 Infinite Mile Awards

Ten staff members in the School of Science are recognized for going above and beyond their job descriptions to support a better Institute.

MIT launches 2019 AAU survey on sexual misconduct, responds to National Academies report

Survey open to all students April 2-May 1; MIT creates presidential advisory board and helps launch national consortium to improve academic climates and cultures.

Officers of the MIT Postdoctoral Association gather after a successful homecoming event. Bottom (l-r): Man Ho Wong, Chi "David" Cheng, Wei Sun Leong, Rozzeta Dolah, Satish Kumar Iyemperumal, Tanimul Alam. Top (l-r): Mica Smith, Yiman Wu, Yu-Ja Huang, Aaron Persad.  Photo courtesy of the MIT Postdoctoral Association

Finding common ground

Inaugural homecoming event aims to build community among MIT postdocs, past and present.

Crystal Winston

Designing vehicles that drive, fly — and swim

Senior and Marshall Scholar Crystal Winston pursues her vision of a world where cars aren’t limited to roads.

A top competitor at the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, senior Danielle Wang will continue on at MIT to pursue a PhD after she graduates in June.  Photo courtesy of Danielle Wang

Solving for fun (and sometimes prizes)

Senior Danielle Wang, a two-time Elizabeth Putnam Prize winner, is well on her way to becoming a career mathematician.

Department of Mathematics graduate students Boya Song (left) and Juncal Arbelaiz Mugica revitalized the student-led MIT Women in Mathematics group in the fall of 2018.  Photo: Laura Carter

Women in mathematics aim for an equals sign

Female graduate students in the Department of Mathematics unite to encourage community and to extend an invitation to prospective MIT students.