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President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea visits MIT

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol visited MIT on April 28 and participated in a roundtable discussion with MIT faculty about the future of biotechnology research.

MIT in the world

José Maria Neves, president of Cape Verde, tours MIT

The visit featured a public seminar on African governance, as well as meetings with faculty, students, and staff.

MIT D-Lab students collaborate with adaptive design center in Mexico

Project helps make learning more accessible for children with multiple disabilities.

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Detecting dengue, Zika, and chikangunya within minutes

An MIT Tata Center funded research team led by MIT Professor Lee Gehrke and collaborator Irene Bosch has developed a paper-based diagnostic test to detect Zika, dengue, chikungunya and other related viruses within minutes. To commercialize the venture, they recently formed life sciences startup, E25Bio, to not only change the way mosquito-borne illnesses are diagnosed, but also […]

Sarah Tress wins 2019 Rhodes Scholarship

MIT senior Sarah Tress has been named a Rhodes Scholar. She will commence graduate studies at Oxford University next fall. Each year, 32 Rhodes Scholars are chosen from among hundreds of American applicants. At Oxford, they will join an international cohort of Scholars selected from more than 60 countries. The scholarship provides full funding for […]

INALUM collaborates with MIT Energy Initiative to advance low-carbon energy technologies

Indonesia’s state-owned holding company PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero), also known as INALUM, is joining the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) as a member company to support research that advances development of low-carbon energy technologies and explore ways to reduce the company’s carbon footprint through MITEI’s Low-Carbon Energy Center for Materials in Energy and Extreme Environments. […]

3 Questions: Chappell Lawson on U.S. security policy

The year 2020 has featured an array of safety and security concerns for ordinary Americans, including disease and natural disasters. How can the U.S. government best protect its citizens? That is the focus of a new scholarly book with practical aims, “Beyond 9/11: Homeland Security for the Twenty-First Century,” published by the MIT Press. The […]

3 Questions: Richard Lester on the MIT China Summit

On Nov. 12 and 13, leaders in industry, government, and academia will convene at the inaugural MIT China Summit in Beijing, to explore topics at the frontiers of science and technology and the role of research and education in shaping tomorrow’s world. MIT News spoke with Richard Lester, the associate provost of MIT who oversees […]

Civil rights in a complex world

For as long as he can remember, Bruno Perreau hoped to teach others. “Being a teacher was something I wanted from the youngest age,” says Perreau, recalling his childhood in France. That wish has come true: Perreau taught for a decade in the French university system and is now the Cynthia L. Reed Associate Professor […]

J-WAFS awards grants for commercialization of food and water technologies

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) has announced two new J-WAFS Solutions grant recipients, who are developing technologies that will provide powerful solutions for improving food and water access in the Global South.  One technology turns agricultural waste into inexpensive fertilizer, and another will enable rural communities in developing countries to test […]

What Paris shows us about the history of photography

Imagine a photo of Paris you’ve seen before, whether it’s the Eiffel Tower or an urchin carrying a baguette. Have you ever considered the story behind that picture — why it was taken, and why it’s in circulation today? If you haven’t, MIT scholar Catherine Clark certainly has. Clark, an associate professor of French studies […]

China could face deadly heat waves due to climate change

A region that holds one of the biggest concentrations of people on Earth could be pushing against the boundaries of habitability by the latter part of this century, a new study shows. Research has shown that beyond a certain threshold of temperature and humidity, a person cannot survive unprotected in the open for extended periods […]