May 27, 2016
Prof. Emerita Suzanne Corkin, whose work with a famous amnesia patient was instrumental in uncovering the nature of memory, died on May 24, reports Benedict Carey for The New York Times. Carey writes that Corkin’s work “helped settle a debate about the function of the hippocampus in retrieving and reliving past experiences.”
Boston Globe reporter Cate McQuaid writes that a new exhibit of Otto Piene’s work at the Fitchburg Art Museum spotlights the late artist’s work with light and fire. McQuaid writes that through his art Piene, who served as director of MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, “insisted on a better, more hopeful future.”
New York Times reporter Janet Morrissey spotlights Prof. Regina Barzilay’s AI system that can improve the detection and diagnosis of lesions in mammograms and Prof. Dina Katabi’s wireless system that can monitor a patient’s health. “It’s absolutely the future; it’s even the present,” says Barzilay of technologies aimed at improving health care. “The question is how fast do we adopt it?”
A study by MIT researchers finds that climate change is causing pollution to linger longer over cities and making summer thunderstorms more powerful, reports Tanya Rivero for CBS News. “We found a way to connect changes in temperature in humidity from climate change to changing summer weather patterns that we are experiencing at our latitude,” explains graduate student Charles Gertler.