Past Issues

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Fall 2014

Giant Steps: Celebrating 100 Years of Flight
This fall, MIT celebrates 100 years of achievements in aeronautics and astronautics and its amazing history of leadership to the nation and the world.

MIT Firsts
Programs that launched at the Institute.

Spring 2014

The Brilliance of Basic Research
Basic research is the spark that creates new knowledge and solves big problems.

No Future on the Sidelines
Students are stepping up to Capitol Hill to speak out for science funding.

Spring 2013

In One Voice
Music resounds –– leading new technologies, criss-crossing disciplines, transcending bias, and leaving us resonating with ourselves, each other, and the cosmos.

Portrait of the Artists
The MIT community is alive with the arts.

Spring 2012

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.

Fall 2011

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.

Spring 2011

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.

Winter 2011

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.

Summer 2010

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.

Spring 2010

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.

Fall 2009

Institute experts are now addressing one of the greatest intellectual and scientific challenges of the 21st century — understanding the human brain and mind.

Summer 2009

MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) matches students with faculty in research partnerships. This year, the landmark program celebrates its 40th year.

Educating Leaders
Ed and Joyce Linde, along with the Linde Family Foundation, announce a $25M gift for undergraduate financial aid.

Spring 2009

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.

Fall 2008

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

Spring 2008

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.

Winter 2008

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.

Voting Procedures
Prof. Ted Selker says we learned many lessons from the 2000 voting debacle, ones we’ll use as a guide in 2008.

Fall 2007

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.

On Guard
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.

Summer 2007

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.

Spring 2007

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.

Winter 2007

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.

Summer 2006

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.

Library Gift
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.

Spring 2006

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.

Fall 2005

COVER STORY: Graduate Fellowships
Graduate fellowships are key to drawing the world’s best students.

Creating Opportunity
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.

Spring 2005

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.

Winter 2005

COVER STORY: Campaign Transforms MIT
The Campaign for MIT reaches its $2 billion goal.

Fall 2004

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.

Saying Thanks
David Thompson, ‘76, gives MIT a scholarship to honor his parents.

Spring 2004

COVER STORY: Invested in MIT
Charles Vest reflects on his life and work as MIT's 15th president.

Winter 2004

COVER STORY: Great Teaching
MIT students say that a great teacher is a gift for a lifetime.

Gaining Speed
The Campaign for MIT is picking up speed like a freight train, and among the big winners is financial aid.

People First
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.

Fall 2003

MIT’s UROP program — which matches students with faculty in research partnerships — has become the centerpiece of an MIT education.

Campaign Winners
Students emerge as major beneficiaries in the Campaign for MIT.

Ethical Foundation
Al Wilson gives MIT $100,000 to educate students with the highest ethical standards. “Character,” he says, “is crucial.”

Summer 2003

COVER STORY: Energy Efficiency
MIT experts are contributing ideas, inventions, and leadership to create a secure energy future.

Going strong
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.

Winter 2003

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.

Deep-sea Archeology
Assoc. Prof. David Mindell has developed technologies that launched a whole new field of study –– deep-sea archeology.

Fall 2002

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.

Campaign Update
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.

Spring 2002

COVER STORY: Scientists and Engineers Together
MIT researchers are working to spur the next revolution in medical care.

Campaign Update
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.

Fall 2001

COVER STORY: Calling the World Home
Students in MIT's MISTI program are learning to live, work, and succeed in a global society.

Campaign Update
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.

Spring 2001

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.

Campaign Update
The MIT Campaign hits the three-quarters mark.

Winter 2001

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.

Charming Company
Building a successful firm requires good communication skills, says Ken Morse, who is teaching networking skills at the Sloan School.

Creating Communicators
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.

Fall 2000

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.

Campaign Update
As we approach the one-year mark, the Campaign for MIT is a tremendous success.

Spring 2000

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.

Benefiting Society
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.

Winter 2000

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.

Fall 1999

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."

Spring 1999

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.

Expecting Success
"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.'

Winter 1999

Waking Up
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.

Firm Foundation
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."