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MIT's energy initiative reaches a milestone.
Energy for the Future
Since the creation of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) five years ago, the world’s energy landscape has changed.
COVER STORY: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology — which emerged as a field about 25 years ago — now has an impact that will one day rival that of electricity, transistors, antibiotics, and the Internet — thanks in part to MIT research.
A major gift from Terry Kohler will allow for smooth sailing this spring as the Institute celebrates the 75th anniversary of MIT Sailing.
Freeing the Mind
Prof. Craig Wilder teaches American Colonial History to inmates at a maximum-security prison in upstate New York.
COVER STORY: One Gorgeous Celebration
MIT celebrates the Campaign for Students, a remarkably successful effort that to date has raised nearly $555 million to support generations of MIT students — a striking achievement in the most difficult economy since the Great Depression.
MIT Historian’s Tale
David Kaiser’s upcoming book contends that a group of hippie physicists helped launch a new field.
Sherry Turkle’s new book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other reveals that we’re so busy communicating that we neglect each other.
MIT’s Innovation Gene at Work
A discussion of a few of the turning points and contributions that have helped make MIT great.
General Anesthesia and the Brain
Dr. Emery Brown aims to solve a medical mystery.
COVER STORY: Water: An Urgent Challenge for the 21st Century
Water is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century, and now more than 50 faculty members from across the Institute are working to find new solutions to this growing crisis.
Campaign for Students Enters Final Year
Philanthropy enables MIT to remain a meritocracy, admitting students without regard to their family’s ability to pay.
Allies of Nature
Audrey Buyrn and Alan Phillips — backpackers who have cherished the Earth's beauty for 40 years — take the lead to preserve the Earth.
COVER STORY: Changing the World Through Service
Thousands of MIT students are participating in public service projects across the globe to gain leadership skills and to better serve the world.
Prof. Forest White of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research is working to develop novel drug treatments.
Stephen '74 and Anne Cucchiaro of Boston make a major gift to MIT - the largest gift ever to the Sailing Pavilion.
COVER STORY: MIT Brainpower
Institute experts are now addressing one of the greatest intellectual and scientific challenges of the 21st century — understanding the human brain and mind.
Prof. Darrell Irvine is using new materials to power up the immune system against disease.
“Remember These Words”
George Elbaum '59 and Mimi Jensen of San Francisco make a continuing commitment to support graduate fellowships in the Department of Physics.
COVER STORY: UROP at 40
MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) matches students with faculty in research partnerships. This year, the landmark program celebrates its 40th year.
Ed and Joyce Linde, along with the Linde Family Foundation, announce a $25M gift for undergraduate financial aid.
Buzz Aldrin, alumnus and former astronaut — who has written a new book to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing — reflects on his life and work.
COVER STORY: Here Comes the Sun
MIT's faculty and students are working to make affordable easy-to-use solar power a reality, and have already made impressive contributions to this critical effort.
Thanks to a new finding by biologist Ram Sasisekharan, the bird flu virus may not endanger human life.
Prof. Heidi Nepf says that plant life can help repair damage to nature.
COVER STORY: Telescoping Genius
Graduate fellowships make it possible for MIT to draw the best students in the world and for these scholars to make progress in various fields of study.
Life Is Not Virtual
Journalist Tom Brokaw visits MIT, urging the community to use technology wisely.
Upholding a Dream
Judy Swanson, along with MIT alumni, establish a biotechnology center in the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research to honor Bob Swanson, '69. Photo courtesy Judy Swanson
COVER STORY: The Magic of Learning by Doing
Students say sitting in a classroom is a great way to learn, but when you add hands-on work, the experience is amplified. It’s like learning in stereo.
Committed to Uncertainty
Prof. Alan Lightman’s latest novel focuses on the natural vs. the supernatural.
Irwin and Joan Jacobs, who never forgot their lean days as students, give MIT $30 million to support graduate fellowships.
COVER STORY: Nurturing a Dream
A scholarship is the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s a chance to realize your dreams. MIT scholarship recipients tell what this gift means to them.
Prof. Ted Selker says we learned many lessons from the 2000 voting debacle, ones we’ll use as a guide in 2008.
Empathy for Others
Cancer survivor David Koch makes a $100 million gift to create an integrative cancer research center that he hopes will find the cure.
COVER STORY: Aiming High
MIT’s young faculty members are doing amazing work in both teaching and research. Not only is their passion and creativity invigorating, but it ultimately will help shape the future.
Prof. Michael Cima of the department of materials science and engineering is inventing minuscule capsules that can be implanted in a tumor to guard against the tumor's return.
Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric who transformed the company from a bureaucracy into a powerhouse, is teaching a class at MIT Sloan.
COVER STORY: A Genius for Leadership
MIT’s amazing students believe they can change the world. At this institution, the best students on the planet are solving problems, sparking innovative solutions, and leading the way into society.
Value of the Arts
Arlene and Harold Schnitzer say the arts are essential because they help expand the mind.
Richard Resch makes a gift to crew — the sport that first brought him to MIT.
COVER STORY: Beyond Borders
International engagement is becoming more important than ever before, and to respond to the new environment, MIT is educating a new generation of global leaders and citizens.
On a New Track
The Daniel K. Ludwig Fund creates a new MIT research center, the most generous gift to U.S. cancer research in history.
Prof. Ian Hutchinson says graduate fellowships in nuclear engineering are vital to addressing the global energy crisis.
COVER STORY: Powering Up
The scope of today's energy challenge demands both a new level of understanding and brand new solutions. Researchers in MIT's five schools are busy providing both.
Fred and Carole Middleton give a series of gifts to help MIT lead the world.
Robert and Leslie Gladstone establish a fund to provide unrestricted support to MIT.
COVER STORY: Institute Professors
Institute Professor is the highest honor given by MIT’s faculty and administration. The 13 men and women who hold this title are key contributors not only to MIT but to the nation and the world.
Tom Peterson gives MIT $1.5 million to preserve rare books for generations.
Launching a Better Life
Richard and Linda Hardy give MIT $800,000 to support a fellowship in aeronautics and astronautics.
COVER STORY: New Strategies for Saving Lives
Are we turning the corner against cancer? Thanks in significant part to some remarkable new discoveries and technologies emerging from MIT, the outlook is getting steadily brighter.
Ron Crane establishes a professorship in the School of Engineering to support energy-related research.
Gift of a Scholarship
Larry and Jan Birenbaum establish a scholarship to promote the country’s diverse citizenship, because Larry says, “My heart goes out to immigrants.”
COVER STORY: Graduate Fellowships
Graduate fellowships are key to drawing the world’s best students.
Ted ‘55 and Mary Papastavros of Weston, Ma., endow a scholarship for first-generation college students.
Gift of Gratitude
Clay Struve of Chicago, who loved living in his fraternity, gives MIT $99,000 to help others build bonds.
COVER STORY: Welcoming Susan Hockfield
MIT's new president discusses her life and work.
Work and Family
Ann Bookman, executive director of MIT's Workplace Center, explores how workers in the new economy integrate work and family.
People of Principles
For 40 years, MIT's Technology and Culture Forum has provided discussions about the ethical implications of science and technology.
COVER STORY: Campaign Transforms MIT
The Campaign for MIT reaches its $2 billion goal.
A Time in the Sun
Barbara Stowe, vice president for resource development, reflects on the most successful campaign in MIT history.
The Campaign is catalyzed by the commitment of great volunteers.
COVER STORY: The Chance to Soar
Students say a scholarship is the chance of a lifetime - a chance to learn, grow, and succeed.
Over the Top
The Campaign for MIT reaches $2B goal.
David Thompson, ‘76, gives MIT a scholarship to honor his parents.
COVER STORY: Invested in MIT
Charles Vest reflects on his life and work as MIT's 15th president.
The campaign is in our Vest pocket.
Pat Callahan, '75, who grew up in Boston's inner city, gives $50,000 to inspire other inner-city children to pursue technical careers.
COVER STORY: Great Teaching
MIT students say that a great teacher is a gift for a lifetime.
The Campaign for MIT is picking up speed like a freight train, and among the big winners is financial aid.
Bert Forbes, '66, says an MIT professor once told him, "You've got to be open in order to receive." The advice, he says, changed his life.
COVER STORY: UROP
MIT’s UROP program — which matches students with faculty in research partnerships — has become the centerpiece of an MIT education.
Students emerge as major beneficiaries in the Campaign for MIT.
Al Wilson gives MIT $100,000 to educate students with the highest ethical standards. “Character,” he says, “is crucial.”
COVER STORY: Energy Efficiency
MIT experts are contributing ideas, inventions, and leadership to create a secure energy future.
The Campaign for MIT continues its momentum.
Giving to Others
Sheldon Pang establishes a fund to say thanks to Helen Peake, who gave him a home away from home.
COVER STORY: The Build Up
MIT's new buildings are as diverse, innovative, and bold as the work that will go on inside them.
Raising Our Sights
MIT sets its sights on a $2 billion Campaign goal.
Assoc. Prof. David Mindell has developed technologies that launched a whole new field of study –– deep-sea archeology.
COVER STORY: Sharing The Wealth Within
MIT students -- who are involved in community service more than ever before -- say the more you give, the more that flows right back.
Thanks to the Campaign, the Institute is creating new buildings that are reshaping not only the campus but also MIT's educational life.
Spirit of Giving
SAE alumni continue a long tradition of service by being generous not only to MIT but also to the wider community.
COVER STORY: Scientists and Engineers Together
MIT researchers are working to spur the next revolution in medical care.
The Campaign for MIT now exceeds the 90 percent mark of its $1.5 billion goal.
Tribute of Love
Nancy Drapkin establishes a $20,000 scholarship to honor her late husband, Paul Drapkin, '57.
COVER STORY: Calling the World Home
Students in MIT's MISTI program are learning to live, work, and succeed in a global society.
With the campaign goal in sight, individual donors are the catalysts for MIT's success.
Gift of Love
John Henry Thompson, '83, pledges $50,000 to establish a scholarship to honor his Mom.
COVER STORY: The Greatest Work On Earth
Many MIT faculty — leaders in environmental studies — are now working on green building design, efficient energy production,and global climate change.
Dream For The Earth
Lee and Geri Martin's gifts to MIT are supporting the life and health of the world.
The MIT Campaign hits the three-quarters mark.
COVER STORY: The Art of Dialogue
Dialogue expert William Isaacs says that problems between people often stem from an inability to conduct a successful dialogue.
Building a successful firm requires good communication skills, says Ken Morse, who is teaching networking skills at the Sloan School.
Public speaking is a great skill to have in life, say members of MIT's Debate Team, where in the past year membership has nearly tripled.
COVER STORY: Winners For Life
MIT students say it's great to participate in athletics. Sports builds character, and in life that's the winning edge.
Life In Balance
Tom Gerrity, '63, who recently gave MIT $2M to support the new Sports and Fitness Center, believes in balancing work and play.
As we approach the one-year mark, the Campaign for MIT is a tremendous success.
COVER STORY: Brainwork
MIT experts are having an impressive impact on science's understanding of the brain — subjects from vision to memory to the building blocks of thought.
Couple commits $350 million to MIT
Sacrificing For Others
Junior Yee Lam skipped a week of sun during spring break this year to teach without pay in Washington, D.C.'s public schools as part of Teach for America, President Clinton's national service initiative.
Dear Mr. President
Freshman Sina Kevin Nazemi interviewed President Clinton when Nazemi was in the sixth grade. He now hopes to become a U.S. Senator.
We Become What We Believe
Freshman Margarita Marinova, who already has co-authored five scientific papers, intends one day to fly to Mars. "You've got to hold onto your dream," she says.
Fuel for the Future
Barbara Stowe, vice president for resource development, discusses MIT's upcoming capital campaign.
Having a Heart
"If you do have money, it's important to understand that there are others out there who don't," says Arthur Gelb, '61. "Once you recognize that, you need to give--if you have a heart."
COVER STORY: Drawing Us Together
Studying the humanities and social sciences enriches a technological education. It awakens the imagination, broadens the mind, and enables us to better understand not only ourselves, but each other.
Living In Style
At MIT's Charm School, students learn table manners, schmoozing, how to butter up big shots, and how to ask for a date.
"When opportunity knocks, I'm ready," says venture capitalist Bill Poduska, '59. "Opportunities knock repeatedly, but each opportunity only knocks once. So boy, be ready.'
Is it okay to alter your baby's genes before he is born? That's a question raised by MIT's Technology and Culture Forum, a lecture series that examines the moral and ethical implications of science and technology.
COVER STORY: The Right Stuff
William LeMessurier, '53, risked a lawsuit, bankruptcy, and professional disgrace, but he chose to do what he knew was right.
Ray Stata, '57, says that establishing strong values is the surest way to have a successful life. "When you're honest, responsible, and trustworthy," he says, "your life works better than when you are not."