October 4, 2019
The Economist spotlights “The Redemption of Vanity,” an artwork conceived by MIT artist in residence Diemut Strebe in collaboration with Prof. Brian Wardle, in which a diamond disappears behind the blackest material ever created. The Economist notes that the piece was a “stark demonstration of allotropy—the fact that a single element can come in many guises, depending on the arrangement of its atoms.”
Second-year student Danielle Geathers has been elected president of the MIT Undergraduate Association (UA), reports David Williams for CNN. Geathers, who will be the first black woman to serve as president of the UA, noted that: “Although some people think it is just a figurehead role, figureheads can matter in terms of people seeing themselves in terms of representation.”
President L. Rafael Reif underscores the importance of a national strategy for strengthening America’s scientific and technological prowess. Reif writes that the Endless Frontiers Act, “would provide a visible, focused and sustained commitment to U.S. research, education and technology transfer, as well as to economic development.”
Forbes contributor Adrian Bridgwater spotlights how MIT researchers are examining supply chain issues to gain a better understanding of the availability of Covid-19 testing equipment and PPE. “Having access to an integrated set of diverse COVID-19 data sources with a common data model can help accelerate analysis of critical supply chain issues in our work with FEMA and other agencies,” says research engineer Tim Russell.