Marshall Scholars + Commencement speaker + cooling without power + 3-D printed wedding

December 8, 2018
Greetings! Here’s a roundup of the latest from the MIT community.
Marshall Scholars
Clockwise from top left: Crystal Winston, Katie O’Nell, Kyle Swanson ’18, Anna Sappington, and Radha Mastandrea have won prestigious Marshall Scholarships.
Four seniors and a graduate student have been named Marshall Scholars, an honor supporting up to two years of graduate study at any U.K. institution. The five are among about 40 recipients nationwide, setting a single-year record for MIT.
Top Headlines
Michael Bloomberg to deliver MIT’s 2019 Commencement address
Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and three-term New York City mayor will address the Class of 2019.
MIT Heat Island
A preliminary report reassesses MIT’s relationship with Saudi Arabia
The MIT community is invited to offer feedback.
MIT Heat Island
A new way to provide cooling without power
A device developed at MIT could provide refrigeration for off-grid locations.
My big, fat, 3-D-printed wedding
MIT Technology Review Associate Editor Erin Winick 3-D printed her entire wedding, from the bouquet to the cake toppers.
MIT Heat Island
MIT well-represented in 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 lists
More than 30 from MIT were named “bold risk-takers who are putting a new twist on the old tools of the trade.”
MIT Heat Island
In the Media
GM thinks layoffs will boost its bottom line. The reality is more complicated // The Washington Post
Ashley Nunes of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics writes about the decision at General Motors to eliminate thousands of jobs and halt production at several plants.
Podcast: David Autor on trade // Financial Times
Professor David Autor emphasizes the need for the U.S. to “invest in people,” adding, “if you want to share the gains broadly, and you want to limit the economic and potentially the political pain, you need to find a way to bring people along.”
An electric scooter that repairs itself // The Washington Post
MIT startup Superpedestrian is creating an electric scooter that needs only a single charge for several days, can self-diagnose mechanical problems, and can remove itself from circulation.
See how this AI reproduces paintings // Forbes
MIT researchers have developed a new system, called RePaint, which uses AI and 3-D printing to replicate paintings.
Wonder Woman
Born Dec. 3, 1842, pioneering industrial and environmental chemist Ellen Swallow Richards was the first woman admitted to MIT and the Institute's first female instructor. She was also a co-founder of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). In the mid-20th century, her life story was summarized in comic form in “Wonder Women of History,” a feature of “Wonder Woman” comics that appeared in the 1940s and 50s.
Watch This
Today’s technologies are based, in large part, on semiconductors, a family of materials that appear in everything from cellphones to automobiles. But why are they so special, and how do they work? This episode of Science Out Loud from MITK12 Videos will clue you in.
Scene at MIT
Founded in 2005, Ridonkulous is a competitive hip hop dance group at MIT that embraces urban dance culture and offers a powerful expression of passion, commitment, and teamwork on the dance floor. Bryan Chen, a senior in electrical engineering and computer science and co-captain and president of Ridonkulous, appreciates this supportive community. “I enjoy being able to lead such a unique and diverse group of energetic people,” Chen says. “Although we are all MIT students, dance is an outlet for us where we can be carefree and have fun.”
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