Past Issues

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Spring 2015

Announcing the MIT Innovation Initiative
The contours of this new effort make one thing clear: it’s a natural extension of MIT’s established culture of creative, collaborative problem solving.
Also: Pioneering the science of innovation at MIT

Why an Innovation Initiative Now?
MIT has always been an innovation powerhouse, so why does it need an innovation initiative now?

Introducing MIT.nano
MIT is placing a big bet on small with the construction of a new 200,000-square-foot nanoscience and nanotechnology facility.

Summer 2015

J-WAFS: A Nexus for Water and Food Research at MIT
Professor John Lienhard discusses the transformative work of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab.

Securing Water and Food for a Growing Global Population
“The time is right now to look at water and food security,” says Mohammed Jameel ’78, founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab at MIT.

Cheaper, Energy Efficient Ways to Desalinate Water
Jeffrey Grossman and Evelyn Wang are searching for ways to make clean water.

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.

Nanoscale Work Yields Big Results
Silvija Gradečak’s nanoscale work creates big-scale results that could transform energy production, storage, and lighting.

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.

Advocating for US Investment in Science and Technology
Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research, is advocating for US investment in science and technology.

Winter 2014

The Future Is Cities
Cities are growing faster than you can say megalopolis, and thanks to social media and the Internet, global climate change and a bad economy, the American dream of ownership is changing, and we are finding ourselves living in inclusive cities, sharing our houses, cars, bikes, offices, and more.

Shaping Vibrant Cities
Alumni from Toronto to Beijing meet to discuss urbanism.

Urban Physics
Franz-Josef Ulm’s serendipitous observation leads to research linking physics and urban planning.

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.

Jazzing Up
Dylan Sherry ’12, who played tenor sax before a crowd of 9,000, is jazzed about music and artificial intelligence.

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.

Trickle Down Effect
Ruben Juanes’ work has profound implications for carbon sequestration, which can help prevent global warming.

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.

Minuscule Medical Monitors

Smarter Quantum Dots

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.

New Heights

Inspired By Generosity

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.

Playing with Atoms
Martin Zwierlein works with the coldest matter in the universe - at temperatures more than a million times colder than interstellar space.

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.

Disaster-Proofing the Tap

Wee Denizens of the Sea

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.

Energy From Dirt

Education In Green Energy

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.

Engineering Brain Circuits

The Importance Of Being Inhibited

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.

Real-World Learning

Advocate for the Disabled

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.

A Solar Revolution

Sunless Solar Energy

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.

Understanding the Universe

Improving Lives

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.

A Green Future

Aiding At-Risk Cities

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.

Improving the Environment

Healing Others

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.

Custom Home Magic

Precision Pictures

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.

Transforming a Community

Rebuilding after Katrina

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.

Better Energy Solutions

Hands-on Work Across the Globe

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.

Catalyzing Biofuels

Super Efficient

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.

Mildred Dresselhaus

Phillip Sharp

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.

Stunning Discovery

Submicroscopic Healers

Fall 2005

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

World Understanding

Blending art and science

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.

Brain and vision

Teaching from the Web

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.

National Leadership

We Can’t Do It Alone

Spring 2004

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

Mad About Mad

The Best of Vest
Top accomplishments of Charles Vest's presidency.