News – 2020

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.

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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.

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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.

Image: Jose-Luis Olivares

Surveying the quality of life at MIT

A new survey of MIT students, faculty, and staff will inform initiatives to improve the work-life experience on campus and at Lincoln Laboratory.

Candorful uses video conferencing to facilitate mock job interviews between volunteer coaches and military personnel to help prepare them for civilian job interviews.  Image: Candorful

Helping military veterans nail that interview

Interview coaching startup Candorful helps veterans transitioning to civilian life prepare for job interviews.

 Left to right: MIT faculty members Anna Frebel, Wesley Harris, and Harry Tuller are recognized as “Committed to Caring.”  Photos: Joseph Lee

Communicating respect for graduate students

Anna Frebel, Wesley Harris, and Harry Tuller honored by graduate students as “Committed to Caring.”

MIT to donate to four nonprofits supporting survivors of sexual abuse

Institute’s Committee on Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response recommends recipients for $850,000 pledge.

The majority of U.S. college students spend hours each day on social media platforms, which can impact mental health and overall well-being.

Nine tips for healthy social media use

MindHandHeart is finding new ways to encourage healthy, positive social media use.

Jesse Tordoff  Image: Gretchen Ertl

Hacking life inside and outside the laboratory

Managing her own synthetic biology project helped graduate student Jesse Tordoff overcome imposter syndrome and hit her stride.

Angelique Scarpa, an administrative assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering, is encouraging MIT community members to spend time in nature.  Photo: Maisie O'Brien

Reasons to go outside

A MindHandHeart Innovation Fund project spearheaded by staff member Angelique Scarpa is bringing elements of nature to MIT.