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MicroRad template February 16, 2018 - 8:59am

Powerpoint template for MicroRad 2018 Poster Introduction.

How vegetation in flows modifies the turbulent mixing and spreading of jets. February 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
Estimating the effect of the reorganization of interactions on the adaptability of species to changing environments. February 15, 2018 - 6:59pm
Will a small randomly assembled community be feasible and stable? February 15, 2018 - 6:57pm
High resolution time series reveals cohesive but short-lived communities in coastal plankton. February 15, 2018 - 6:48pm
A major lineage of non-tailed dsDNA viruses as unrecognized killers of marine bacteria. February 15, 2018 - 6:47pm
Mars city living: Designing for the Red Planet February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

How will people live on Mars? An MIT team developed a design concept addressing this question as part of Mars City Design 2017, an international competition focused on sustainable cities on Mars to be built in the next century.

Show the flow February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

When it comes to teaching, seeing is a key to believing, or at least understanding.

This is the guiding principle of a new class, 1.079 (Rock-on-a-Chip), dedicated to exploring multiphase flow in porous media.

“This course is an opportunity to teach this subject in a completely different way, by visualizing the physics of flow,” says instructor Ruben Juanes, the ARCO Associate Professor in Energy Studies.

Four from MIT awarded 2018 Schwarzman Scholarships February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

Three MIT students — Henry Aspegren '17, Katheryn Scott, and Joshua Woodard — were selected as Schwarzman Scholars and will begin postgraduate studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing next fall. An alumnus, Han Wu MEng '15, was also selected for this highly competitive program.

Schwarzman Scholars are chosen based on demonstrated leadership qualities and potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences. They will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.

New nanowires are just a few atoms thick February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

“Two-dimensional materials” — materials deposited in layers that are only a few atoms thick — are promising for both high-performance electronics and flexible, transparent electronics that could be layered onto physical surfaces to make computing ubiquitous.

The best-known 2-D material is graphene, which is a form of carbon, but recently researchers have been investigating other 2-D materials, such as molybdenum disulfide, which have their own, distinct advantages.

School of Engineering welcomes new faculty February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

The School of Engineering has announced the addition of 16 new faculty members to its departments, institutes, labs, and centers during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. With research and teaching activities ranging from personalization in the microbiome to the application of machine learning to naval architecture, they are poised to make vast contributions in new directions across the school and to a range of labs and centers across the Institute.

Celebrating a decade of interdisciplinary microbiology February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

Ten years ago, MIT launched the Microbiology Graduate PhD Program. Today, it boasts 28 alumni and 33 current students, and offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to microbial science and engineering. Between five and eight trainees enroll each year and can choose among more than 50 labs spanning 10 departments and divisions — from biology and biological engineering to chemical engineering and physics.

Cleaner air, longer lives February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

The air we breathe contains particulate matter from a range of natural and human-related sources. Particulate matter is responsible for thousands of premature deaths in the United States each year, but legislation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is credited with significantly decreasing this number, as well as the amount of particulate matter in the atmosphere.

School of Engineering fourth quarter 2017 awards February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

Members of the MIT engineering faculty receive many awards in recognition of their scholarship, service, and overall excellence. Every quarter, the School of Engineering publicly recognizes their achievements by highlighting the honors, prizes, and medals won by faculty working in our academic departments, labs, and centers.

The following awards were given from October through December, 2017. Submissions for future listings are welcome at any time.

Microbial communities demonstrate high turnover February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

When Mark Twain famously said “If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes,” he probably didn’t anticipate MIT researchers would apply his remark to their microbial research. But a new study does just that.

Designing vehicle-sharing networks February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

The proliferation of smartphones, vehicle-sharing apps, and traffic sensors has amounted to a wealth of data that can be used to provide insight for increasing the efficiency and sustainability of transportation networks.

Such data is particularly valuable to graduate students like Tianli Zhou, a PhD candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Transportation in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who uses the information to design vehicle-sharing services.

New program from MIT offers refugees a career boost February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

In Amman, Jordan, last week, a class of students — half of them refugees — began a one-year course of study in computer science and entrepreneurship, designed by MIT. The program will earn them a certificate that, along with internships with local companies throughout the program, could help them advance to better-paying positions in the region.

New type of virus found in the ocean February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

A type of virus that dominates water samples taken from the world’s oceans has long escaped analysis because it has characteristics that standard tests can’t detect. However, researchers at MIT and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have now managed to isolate and study representatives of these elusive viruses, which provide a key missing link in virus evolution and play an important role in regulating bacterial populations, as a new study reports.

Coding, thinking, sharing, building February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

Sharon Kipruto knew giving birth was a precarious endeavor. In her home country of Kenya, the maternal death rate is much higher than in the United States — 510 deaths versus 23 deaths, per 100,000 live births. In part, that’s because there aren’t enough doctors to meet patient demand. And without visits, women aren’t getting prenatal information that could potentially save their lives.

Kipruto realized this was a problem ripe for intervention. Instead of relying on doctor visits to disseminate information, she thought: “Why not send the information directly to the women?”

Cities of the future may be built with locally available volcanic ash February 15, 2018 - 6:41pm

MIT engineers working with scientists in Kuwait have found that volcanic rocks, when pulverized into a fine ash, can be used as a sustainable additive in concrete structures.