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When MIT moved from Boston to Cambridge in 1916, it built a new campus designed to foster collaboration across disparate disciplines. As the Institute celebrates the centennial of that historic move, more than a dozen faculty from multiple departments across all five schools will gather for a symposium in Kresge Auditorium on Tuesday, April 12, to present short, exciting talks on their groundbreaking research — tied together by an immersive, multimedia campus tour by foot, drone, and skateboard. Come explore!

President L. Rafael Reif will open the symposium session at 1:30 p.m., preceded by lunch and a graduate student poster session starting at noon. The faculty talks and multimedia tour run two hours (1:30-3:30 p.m.) and will be followed by a reception in Kresge Lobby from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Registration, including lunch and reception, is free for MIT staff, faculty, and students, and $20 for other attendees. Advance registration is encouraged and will be available until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. After the deadline, registration will be available onsite on April 12. Contact MIT Conference Services with questions.

Symposium program (1:30-3:30 p.m.)

L. Rafael Reif, MIT president
"Emerging Markets Drive Global Solutions"
Amos Winter, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

"Fluid Dynamics of Infectious Disease Transmission"
Lydia Bourouiba, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

"Exploring Quantum Behavior in Flatland"
Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Physics
"Uncovering Photosynthesis at the Nanoscale"
Gabriela Schlau-Cohen, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry

"What Inventions Are We Missing?"
Heidi Williams, Class of 1957 Career Development Assistant Professor, Economics

"Mobile Technologies and Financial Inclusion in Africa"
Tavneet Suri, Maurice J. Strong Career Development Associate Professor in the MIT Sloan School of Management

"Rethinking China’s Growth Model"
Yasheng Huang, International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business and associate dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management

"From Nature-inspired Design to Design-inspired Nature"
Neri Oxman, Sony Corporation Career Development Associate Professor in the MIT Media Lab
"Using Biology for Chemistry’s Sake"
Kristala Prather, Theodore T. Miller Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering

"Wireless Systems that Extend Our Senses"
Dina Katabi, Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

"Where the Wild Things Will Be (in 100 Years)"
Katharina Ribbeck, Eugene Bell Career Development Professor of Tissue Engineering in the Department of Biological Engineering

"Is There Music at MIT?"
Marcus Thompson, Institute Professor and Robert R. Taylor Professor of Music

"Cities of a New Future"
John Fernandez, associate professor in the Department of Architecture

Closing Remarks
Rebecca Saxe, symposium cochair and professor of cognitive neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

John Ochsendorf, chair of the MIT2016 Steering Committee, symposium cochair, and Class of 1942 Professor in the departments of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering
The symposium is part of MIT2016: Celebrating a Century in Cambridge, a program running Feb. 29 to June 4 as MIT commemorates 100 years at its “new” campus.

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