May 13, 2019
Graduate student John Urschel visits the Today Show to discuss his new book and what inspired him to pursue a PhD in mathematics. Urschel explains that his mother tried to ensure that “whatever I wanted to be the only thing that would limit me was a lack of talent, bad luck, lack of hard work, but it wasn’t going to be the household I was born into or a lack of resources.”
Boston Globe reporters Kay Lazar and Felice J. Freyer spotlight a study by MIT researchers that lack of coordination in reopening strategies could lead to increased spread of Covid-19. “We don’t advocate a one-size-fits-all policy. We recognize different localities with different circumstances may need different policy responses,” explains Prof. Sinan Aral. “But our work suggests that they should coordinate with each other.”
Prof. Eran Egozy speaks with Boston Globe reporter Grace Griffin about “Comusica,” a musical celebration of the Class of 2020 that combines audio and video clips of graduating MIT students to create a cohesive song. Egozy hopes the piece creates “that feeling of coming together and celebrating and basically seeing everyone’s smiling, happy faces.”
New York Times reporters Quoctrung Bui and Emily Badger spotlight how MIT researchers have captured audio recordings of walks through city parks throughout the world and found that ambient urban noise has declined during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s almost like the countryside melody coming into the city,” explains Prof. Carlo Ratti.
A study by MIT researchers finds uncoordinated reopening strategies during the Covid-19 pandemic could cause regional issues, reports Jim Braude for WGBH’s Greater Boston. “One state’s or counties policies significantly affect mobility in other states or counties,” explains Prof. Sinan Aral, “and it’s not just in geographically proximate states, but often at great distance through behavioral influence over social media or other communication.”
A study co-authored by MIT researchers finds that more than 200 evictions were filed in Boston before a lockdown was imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports Crystal Haynes for Boston 25. “We know that 78% of eviction filings in housing court occurred in census tracts where a majority of residents are people of color," says graduate student Benjamin Walker.
Postdoctoral associate Seth Benzell speaks with Marketplace’s David Brancaccio about a new study by MIT researchers that assesses the cumulative risk of opening different types of businesses. “Every time we have an interaction with another human, especially in a dense space, that’s a chance for the virus to spread,” says Benzell. “So we really need to ration our social contact.”