News – 2020

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A campaign to spread notes of kindness is coming to MIT, inspired by alumni Nick Demas and Jerry Wang.

MindHandHeart announces a record 21 new Innovation Fund winners

The 10th round of MindHandHeart Innovation Fund projects is bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion, wellness, and community-building programming to campus.

Brit d’Arbeloff and David Page (both seated) with Page lab postdoc Adrianna San Roman (left) and Sahin Naqvi PhD '19, a former Page lab grad student  Photo: Whitehead Institute

Whitehead Institute receives $10 million to study sex chromosomes’ impact on women’s health

Gift establishes the Brit Jepson d’Arbeloff Center on Women's Health.

Lobby 7 at MIT.  Image: Jake Belcher

3 Questions: Maria Zuber on guidance for foreign nationals following recent Homeland Security memo

Vice president for research clarifies the memo’s intention and provides guidance.

"Lately I have been trying to think of African history from the perspective of goodness and basic human decency," says Kenda Mutongi, an MIT professor of history. "Of course, conflicts exist, and do a great deal of damage in our lives, and we must confront them — but we must also allow ourselves to appreciate basic goodness and kindness when we see it."  Photo: Jon Sachs/MIT SHASS Communications

3 Questions: Professor Kenda Mutongi on Africa, women, power — and human decency

Mutongi discusses the connection between Kenyan widows and the #MeToo movement, myths of African entrepreneurship, and the wider implications of her research.

K. Renee Horton, NASA scientist and past president of the National Society of Black Physicists, speaks with students at a recent physics conference. Due to a climate that has consistently excluded African-Americans from succeeding in physics and astronomy, a new task force report urges significant cultural changes in these fields.  Image: American Institute of Physics

Making physics and astronomy more welcoming to African-American students

Report co-chaired by MIT professor cites need for “sweeping changes” in academic culture.

“She” goes missing from presidential language

Even when people believed Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election, they did not use “she” to refer to the next president.