President Reif on China + optical on-chip filter + building big with wood

 
August 11, 2018
Greetings! Here’s a roundup of the latest from the MIT community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
America’s Opportunity
In a New York Times op-ed, MIT President L. Rafael Reif urges a more farsighted U.S. response to China’s ambitious national strategy to dominate cutting-edge technologies. America must, he writes, respond “urgently and deliberately” by redoubling its core strength in innovation, starting with federally funded research and including an immigration system that welcomes the best talent from around the world.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Headlines
On-chip optical filter processes wide range of light wavelengths
Silicon-based system offers smaller, cheaper alternative to other “broadband” filters; could improve a variety of photonic devices.
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Thinking big about sustainable construction
MIT class designs a prototype building to demonstrate that even huge buildings can be built primarily with wood.
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A targeted approach to treating brain cancer
With a new method, surgeons would remove a tumor, then implant microparticles that attack remaining cancer cells.
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At MIT, Thomas Piketty calls for policies and collaborations to reduce income inequality
French economist was a keynote speaker at the 2018 World Economic History Congress.
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Introducing the latest in textiles: Soft hardware
Researchers incorporate optoelectronic diodes into fibers and weave them into washable fabrics.
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In the Media

New tool for tracking police surveillance: a cryptographic ledger // Fast Company
MIT researchers have developed the Accountability of Unreleased Data for Improved Transparency, or AUDIT, system to provide the public with more access to police data.
“Edison of our times” shares his thoughts on entrepreneurship // Forbes
Institute Professor Robert Langer discusses his career as a biomedical inventor and entrepreneur.
MIT observatory is set to party with the Perseids // Westford Eagle
Tim Brothers, who manages MIT’s George R. Wallace Jr. Astrophysical Observatory, says researchers are excited to host their annual star party as “a way for locals to have the most scientific view of the Perseid [meteor] shower.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Your MIT Neighbor
Name: Dave Robertson
Affiliation: Technical instructor and Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel manager in AeroAstro
Hometown: Lynbrook, New York
Years at MIT: 32
Best past Halloween costume: Abraham Lincoln
Most influential teacher: Prof. Clyde Baker at Ohio University
Last great book you read: “The Arsenal of Democracy” by A.J. Baime
Secret superpower: Reaching top shelves (Note: Dave is 6’8”)
Favorite thing about MIT: Working with students in the lab and tunnel and sharing their enthusiasm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Watch This
MISTI — the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives — is MIT’s enterprising international education program. Each year, MISTI matches about a third of all MIT undergraduates with international internship, research, and teaching opportunities. This video explores the diversity and impact of MISTI experiences on MIT students.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artists have always used technology as a tool, and artists are always first to experiment with what becomes available to them.
—Paul Ha, MIT List Visual Arts Center director, in a discussion with Smithsonian on the role of art in society and at a place like MIT
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