May 18, 2019
In an excerpt from her new book published in The Wall Street Journal, President Emerita Susan Hockfield explores how the convergence between biology and engineering is driving the development of new tools to tackle pressing human problems. Hockfield writes that for these world-changing technologies to be realized requires “not only funding and institutional support but, more fundamentally, a commitment to collaboration among unlikely partners.”
Second-year student Danielle Geathers has been elected president of the MIT Undergraduate Association (UA), reports David Williams for CNN. Geathers, who will be the first black woman to serve as president of the UA, noted that: “Although some people think it is just a figurehead role, figureheads can matter in terms of people seeing themselves in terms of representation.”
President L. Rafael Reif underscores the importance of a national strategy for strengthening America’s scientific and technological prowess. Reif writes that the Endless Frontiers Act, “would provide a visible, focused and sustained commitment to U.S. research, education and technology transfer, as well as to economic development.”
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.