August 6, 2019
New tools developed by CSAIL researchers allow users to design a pattern that can be used to 3D print knitted garments, reports Elizabeth Segran for Fast Company. “We’re exciting about how this can be used by everyday, nonexpert knitters,” says graduate student Alexandre Kaspar. “This lets anybody become a designer.”
Janelle Nanos spotlights Profs. Esther Duflo’s and Abhijit Banerjee work aimed at alleviating poverty as part of The Boston Globe Magazine’s “2019 Bostonians of the Year.” Duflo explains that she hopes to inspire future economists interested in tackling social issues, explaining that there “is this tool and way of working that allows you to immediately be helpful and have an impact beyond any individual project.”
Writing for STAT, Gideon Gil highlights how researchers from MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are developing a new operation that could improve the functionality and performance of prosthetic hands. “In the new surgery, the muscle couplings are recreated, using tendons as the pulleys linking opposing muscles,” Gil explains.
Boston Globe reporter Murray Whyte spotlights Alicja Kwade’s new exhibit, “In Between Glances,” on display at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. “Kwade’s work is about nothing so much as the futile joy of trying to make sense of forces beyond our understanding, forces that govern reality at cosmic scale,” writes Whyte.
MIT Profs. Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo as well as Prof. Michael Kremer of Harvard, who won this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics, will donate their $916,000 in prize money to the Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics. “The donations will fund research grants that support the work of development economists and students through 2035,” reports Abbi Matheson for The Boston Globe.
MIT will receive $260 million from the Lord Foundation of Massachusetts, reports Martin Finucane for The Boston Globe. “The unrestricted nature of these funds gives us the opportunity to use them to invest in pressing needs that are often difficult to support through other means," said MIT Provost Martin Schmidt.