February 1, 2019
National Geographic reporter Catherine Zuckerman spotlights the work of research scientist Felice Frankel, a photographer who captures images that are intended to captivate and inform viewers about complex scientific advances. Frankel explains that the goal of her new book is to help scientists “understand that beautiful images can engage the public.”
Boston Globe reporter Bryan Marquard memorializes the life of alumnus Martin Trust, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who helped found the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. “We would not have been able to get started without his generous gift, and we would not have been able to reach the heights we have today without his continued support,” says Prof. Bill Aulet, managing director of the Trust Center.
MIT researchers have found that the ability to detect musical octaves is gained through exposure, reports Eva Amsen for Forbes. The researchers found to “match a note to the same note in a different octave, is not really all that natural. It’s a skill we got from being surrounded by music in which the octave is an important element.”
Axios reporter Kaveh Waddell writes that a working paper by postdoctoral fellow Baobao Zhang examined whether informing people of the impacts of automation on the labor market could shift views on immigration and trade. Zhang found, “even when presented with evidence that automation was by far the more salient risk to jobs, people continued to hold anti-immigration, anti-trade views.”
Prof. Joseph Formaggio speaks with Clara Moskowitz of Scientific American about how an international team of researchers (including MIT scientists) has found that a neutrino cannot weigh more than one electron volt. “Neutrinos seem to have broken our understanding of what the Standard Model was supposed to be,” says Formaggio.
Ruth Lehmann, a former member of the Whitehead Institute and faculty member at MIT, has been selected as the new head of the Whitehead Institute, reports Jonathan Saltzman for The Boston Globe. Lehmann is a “renowned biologist who is considered a world authority on the cells that give rise to sperm and egg.”