Paradigm Shifts: From Biology to Technology to Medical Applications
After years of working out the genetic and molecular machinery of cancer, scientists are gaining significant ground on the disease, and are on the verge of a new generation of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Three researchers who have spearheaded this biomedical revolution describe how increasingly fast and cost-effective techn
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Personalized Cancer Care
In the final of four symposia on pathbreaking cancer research, Tyler Jacks expresses “great optimism that we’re getting close, that we can see over the horizon...and we will be successful in controlling the disease in the not too distant future.” Personalized medicine will pave the way to this future, explains moderator Mic
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The Status of Women in Science and Engineering at MIT
It’s difficult to imagine that at one point in her career, National Academy of Science member Nancy Hopkins thought to quit. In her talk, she relates the historical challenges facing women in science and engineering at MIT, the university’s responses to these problems, and how in the end Hopkins avoided becoming a poster child o
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Air Pollution Trends and Impacts: Assessing Transportation in Context of Global Change
It is a complicated matter mapping the movement of pollution in the atmosphere, but Noelle Eckley Selin models not just the chemistry of the atmosphere as it absorbs emissions and responds to climate change, but its potential impact over time on human health and world economies. She takes a systems approach “to understanding
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Academic Leaders: Perspectives and Current Challenges
Two influential academic leaders, both holding a significant place in MIT’s history, reflect on efforts to achieve gender equity in science and engineering at MIT and other institutions of higher learning.

“In spite of steps to promote diversity, underrepresentation of women at all faculty levels persists,” says Shirl

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Celebrating Science and Engineering Breakthroughs II
Four women who have made ground-breaking contributions in different disciplines describe their research, which has not only involved ‘thinking outside the box,’ but in some cases persevering in the face of skepticism.

Two presenters work on the frontier of biological systems and materials science, and find both inspiration and

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Celebrating Science and Engineering Breakthroughs I
Three eminent scientists in biology and medical engineering discuss their pioneering work at MIT -- a research base they regard as unmatched for its collaborative environment and enthusiasm for even the most marginal and offbeat ideas. Moderator and colleague Hazel Sive hails these speakers as among those who have helped “move wo
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Celebrating Science and Engineering Breakthroughs III
Although these three speakers travel in quite disparate worlds -- natural language processing, mechanics of tiny organisms, and violent cosmic events -- they convey a comparably infectious enthusiasm for their research.

In the early days of artificial intelligence, “people had the naïve idea that if you took a computer, and fe

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The Future Automotive System: The World That Changed The Machine
The world economic order has shifted considerably since 1990, when Daniel Roos and his coauthors wrote The Machine that Changed the World, the story of lean production in the auto industry. Once dominant as a global industry, car manufacturing “has undergone tremendous stress,” says Roos, and has now reached an “infle
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Shaping Policy in Academia and Across the Nation
Issues of work/life balance and campus climate dominate this panel looking at policies to foster and retain girls and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). As moderator
Marc Kastner notes, in spite of dramatic improvements at places like MIT, significant challenges remain.

The University of C

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Quantifying Uncertainty in Complex Physical Systems: Application to Energy Conversion and Environmen
In search of better-burning fuels, or more accurate projections of climate change, researchers inevitably work through multiple models, sometimes at great cost. Youssef Marzouk hopes to provide energy and environmental scientists constructive and efficient new approaches to modeling complex engineered systems.

In this

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Afghanistan: Mending it Not Just Ending It
While the U.S. and coalition allies may have an end date in mind for the war in Afghanistan (2014), they have not yet articulated an end game, which to David Miliband threatens “both the substantive long-term interests we have in Afghanistan, and the final narrative of the Afghan drama that began on 9/11.” In h
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A Conversation with Sherry Turkle
Please don’t confuse Sherry Turkle with a latter-day Luddite; she knows from email and Twitter, and appreciates the benefits of digital technology. What she worries about are people who are inseparable from their devices, who can’t enjoy, as she does, “a solitary walk across the dunes.”

In conversation with David Thor

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Effective Practices for Recruitment, Mentoring, and Retention
With many years of academic and corporate workplace experience among them, these panelists share expertise and best practices for recruiting and retaining women to science and engineering careers.

Mildred Dresselhaus came to MIT to teach physics to engineering students. Although she received a scholarship funding women

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Celebrating Science and Engineering Breakthroughs IV
The wind-up session of this multi-part symposium on women at MIT brings together brains and brine -- two researchers’ pioneering work in neuroscience and ocean microbes.

In 1985, Sallie (Penny) Chisholm discovered Prochlorococcus, a “tiny, round, green thing that’s not so beautiful but extraordinary.” Lined up, 1

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Paradigm Shifts: From Biology to Technology to Medical Applications
After years of working out the genetic and molecular machinery of cancer, scientists are gaining significant ground on the disease, and are on the verge of a new generation of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Three researchers who have spearheaded this biomedical revolution describe how increasingly fast and cost-effective techn
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Celebrating Science and Engineering Breakthroughs I
Three eminent scientists in biology and medical engineering discuss their pioneering work at MIT -- a research base they regard as unmatched for its collaborative environment and enthusiasm for even the most marginal and offbeat ideas. Moderator and colleague Hazel Sive hails these speakers as among those who have helped “move wo
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Engineering Solutions to the Problems of Cancer
Engineers “bring a new set of tools and a new way of looking at problems posed by biologists,” says
Paula T. Hammond
, and are proving integral to advances in cancer diagnostics and therapies. Hammond cites evidence of bioengineering breakthroughs against the disease: the design of micron-sized posts that can identi

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Paradigm Shifts: From Biology to Technology to Medical Applications
After years of working out the genetic and molecular machinery of cancer, scientists are gaining significant ground on the disease, and are on the verge of a new generation of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Three researchers who have spearheaded this biomedical revolution describe how increasingly fast and cost-effective techn
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Personalized Cancer Care
In the final of four symposia on pathbreaking cancer research, Tyler Jacks expresses “great optimism that we’re getting close, that we can see over the horizon...and we will be successful in controlling the disease in the not too distant future.” Personalized medicine will pave the way to this future, explains moderator Mic
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