October 8, 2019
Dr. Francis Collins writes for the NIH that MIT researchers have developed an imaging technique that makes it possible to view dozens of proteins in the human brain in rapid succession. The technique, “may shed light on key differences among synapses,” writes Collins, and “provide new clues into the roles that synaptic proteins may play in schizophrenia and various other neurological disorders.”
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.
During his Commencement address, Admiral William McRaven called MIT graduates the “real heroes,” reports Collin Binkley for the AP. As he grew up, “I came to the hard truth that Captain America isn’t coming to the rescue," said McRaven. "You — the brilliant minds of MIT — you are going to have to save the world.”
Washington Post contributor Michele L. Norris highlights Prof. Evan Lieberman’s writing about the potential consequences of collecting disaggregated racial data on Covid-19. “It is not difficult to imagine that if Covid-19 comes to be understood as a ‘Black’ epidemic,” he wrote, “this will create false impressions for many white Americans…that the virus is ‘not our problem,’ leading to decreased demand for and compliance with public health directives.”