A new semester + future of nuclear + East Campus amusement park

September 8, 2018
Greetings! Here’s a roundup of the latest from the MIT community.
Ready, Set, Go!
Welcome, students, faculty, and staff to the Institute’s Fall 2018 term! As noted with chalk art, ice breaker exercises, and Dome snapshots, classes began on Wednesday. Best wishes for a successful semester!
Top Headlines
Model can more naturally detect depression in conversations
Neural network learns speech patterns that predict depression in clinical interviews.
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MIT Energy Initiative study reports on the future of nuclear energy
Findings suggest new policy models and cost-cutting technologies could help nuclear play a vital role in climate solutions.
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Students welcomed back to renovated New House
Redesigned building connects living groups with improved accessibility, new amenities, and more.
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Ana Miljacki: Scholar of designers and dreamers
Historian, curator, and designer studies architects and their quest to make a better world.
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In the Media
23 women in STEM they should teach you about in school // BuzzFeed
In a listing of underappreciated women in the STEM fields, Buzzfeed highlights Prof. Sangeeta Bhatia, who is noted as an “incredible role model for women in STEM.”
Study: Nuclear revival necessary for cutting global carbon emissions // Axios
A new MIT Energy Initiative report details how the increasing cost of nuclear power undermines its “potential contribution and increases the cost of achieving deep decarbonization.”
MIT No. 2 in Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education college rankings // The Wall Street Journal
MIT has been named the number 2 school in the country in this year’s WSJ/THE rankings. MIT Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz explains that MIT offers students a “candy store” of learning opportunities: “We invest a great deal in the students here.”
“The Last Days of Pompeii,” on view at MIT // The Boston Globe
Delia Gonzalez’s new exhibit at the MIT List Visual Arts Center turns to “ancient civilization in search of meaning — specifically the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii, in the year 79.”
Meet your MIT Neighbor
Name: Andrea Wirth
Affiliation: Academic administrator for the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Hometown: Midland, Michigan
Years at MIT: 16
Favorite holiday: An unexpected snow day
Hobbies: Rudimental drumming, Revolutionary War reenacting
Coolest person you’ve ever met: Herbie Hancock
Best past Halloween costume: The vines at Wrigley Field
Secret superpower: Ability to define a music piece’s tempo without a metronome
Favorite thing about MIT: The culture of learning for learning’s sake
Watch This
The MIT Central Utilities Plant is “the heartbeat of the campus”: Operating 24/7/365 (366 in leap years!), it supplies electricity, steam, and chilled water. An upgrade, currently in progress, will boost resiliency, allowing the plant to meet 100 percent of MIT’s electrical needs.
Printing Brains
“The McGovern Institute is collaborating with the MIT Museum on its current exhibit: ‘The Beautiful Brain.’ We thought it would be fun to have a human brain on display, and the easiest way to do that was to volunteer my own (3-D-printed) brain. I walked downstairs to our imaging center on my lunch hour, had my brain scanned in an MRI, then sent the coordinates to CopyTech to print. I’m told it’s the first brain they ever printed. Truth be told, my brain is a lot smaller than I had expected!” —Julie Pryor, McGovern Institute communications
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