MacArthur "Genius" Fellows + designing photonic devices + 60 years of smoots

 
October 6, 2018
Greetings! Here’s a roundup of the latest from the MIT community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guiding Light
PhD student Takian Fakhrul is studying the use of garnets in photonics, the harnessing of light for technical applications. After earning her degree, she’ll return to her home country to teach materials science. “Hopefully I’ll be able to create a bridge between MIT and Bangladesh,” she says.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Headlines
Amy Finkelstein, Lisa Parks win 2018 MacArthur Fellowships
Health care economist and media studies scholar are the latest MIT faculty to nab the prestigious “genius grant.”
MIT Heat Island
Celebrating the life of Colt Richter ’16
Friends, family, and colleagues remember the alumnus, aviator, nature lover, and selfless pilot who never failed to inspire.
MIT Heat Island
Thomas Friedman examines impact of global “accelerations”
In a Compton Lecture, noted columnist discussed problems and opportunities arising from a society in flux.
MIT Heat Island
A new way to manufacture small batches of biopharmaceuticals on demand
System can be rapidly reconfigured to produce a variety of protein drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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In the Media
Tim Berners-Lee’s plan to upend the web // Fast Company
Prof. Tim Berners-Lee discusses his spinoff Inrupt, a commercial venture built off of a new decentralized web platform developed by he and others at MIT.
MIT and IBM lab partnership to tackle AI challenges // Forbes
Researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab are bridging the gap between science and practical AI solutions for both commercial and social good.
Investments in nuclear-fusion startups are heating up // Quartz
Breakthrough Energy Ventures will invest in Commonwealth Fusion Systems, a startup collaborating with MIT to make nuclear fusion a viable source of renewable energy.
Is China’s economy losing steam? // The New York Times
In an op-ed, Prof. Yasheng Huang argues that Jack Ma’s retirement at Alibaba Group “adds to a gathering sense that China’s private sector, the engine of the economy, is losing steam — and faith.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Your MIT Neighbor
Name: Cheryl Vossmer
Affiliation: Captain of the MIT Police
Hometown: Arlington, Massachusetts
Years at MIT: 35 years, upon my retirement this month!
Favorite campus location: Collier Memorial
Hobbies: Photography and gardening
First job: Florist
Favorite emoji: ❤️
Secret superpower: Smiling and laughter
Favorite thing about MIT: Outstanding people making a commitment to make a difference
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Digit
999
Number of days it took to construct MIT.nano, MIT’s state-of-the-art nanoscience and nanotechnology facility, which opened Thursday
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smoot-iversary
This week we celebrate 60 years of smoots! On Oct. 4, 1958, Oliver Smoot ’62 became a unit of measurement when his fraternity brothers used him to determine the length of the Massachusetts Avenue bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge (unofficial length: 364.4 smoots, plus or minus one ๐Ÿ‘‚). These days the smoot, which equals 67 inches, can be found in many dictionaries and online unit converters. Photos: Emer Garland, Andy Ryan, MIT Archives
Watch the video via Standup Mathematician 
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