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The U.S. Senate has confirmed Professor Dava Newman as the NASA deputy administrator, writes Janelle Nanos for BetaBoston. “It’s an enormous honor to serve at NASA in times when our country is extending humanity’s reach into space while strengthening American leadership here on Earth,” says Newman. 

The Hill

Jordain Carney writes for The Hill that the Senate has approved Professor Dava Newman to be NASA’s next deputy administrator.

Boston Globe

Matt Lee writes for The Boston Globe about the cybersecurity contest between stduents from MIT and University of Cambridge to devise better cybersecurity technologies and platforms. The competition will allow students an opportunity to tackle real-world cybersecurity challenges,  Lee explains


Students from MIT and the University of Cambridge will compete in a cybersecurity competition called “Cambridge v Cambridge” this fall, reports Nidhi Subbaraman for BetaBoston. “Each team will race as they seek access to coded secrets, while earning points for offensive and defensive strategies,” writes Subbaraman. 

Boston Magazine

Steve Annear writes for Boston Magazine about a cybersecurity contest between students from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the University of Cambridge. “The competition is part of the two allied nations’ efforts to team up and improve the cyber security infrastructure worldwide, and better respond to cyber incidents and threats,” writes Annear.

Financial Times

Financial Times reporter Kiran Stacey writes about how in an effort to combat global cyberattacks, students from MIT and the University of Cambridge will face off in a cybersecurity competition this fall. The event will be “a test of cyber skills lasting several days,” Stacey reports. 

CBS News

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus speaks with Julianna Goldman of CBS Evening News about her career at MIT and what continues to inspire her to come to work seven days a week. "Every year there's something new that comes along that's too exciting to quit," says Dresselhaus. 


Professor Mildred Dresselhaus speaks with NPR’s Audie Cornish about receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cornish explains that Dresselhaus got her nickname, the Queen of Carbon, based on her work with carbon, which “paved the way for the rise of nanotechnology.”


Nidhi Subbaraman of BetaBoston writes that Institute Professor Mildred Dresselhaus has been honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Subbaraman explains that Dresselhaus conducted early research into the electric properties of graphite, “and her work led to the discovery of graphene, the atom-thin carbon sheets that are expected to revolutionize the way we work with electronics.”

USA Today

David Jackson of USA Today writes about the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including two MIT honorees, Institute Professors Mildred Dresselhaus and Robert Solow. Dresselhaus was honored for “deepening our understanding of condensed matter systems and the atomic properties of carbon,” while Solow was recognized for “laying the groundwork for much of modern economics.”

Fortune- CNN

In the new book “Innovative Women: The Changing Face of Technology,” MIT alumna and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith co-authors a chapter about how to increase opportunities for women in technology. In an excerpt provided to Fortune, Smith writes that we’re at a “tipping point” and about to accelerate the path to lasting gender equality.

Bloomberg News

Bloomberg News reports that MIT alumna Megan Smith has been appointed as the White House Chief Technology Officer. In her new role, Smith will serve as a liaison between the White House and Silicon Valley companies, and advise the government on how to better use technology. 


Writing for Wired, Issie Lapowsky reports that MIT graduate Megan Smith has been named the White House Chief Technology Officer. “In addition to being a gifted programmer and technologist, Smith has been one of the country’s leading advocates in the movement to get more women into tech jobs,” writes Lapowsky. 

The Economist

The Economist spotlights increasing concerns about how private consumer data is accessed and employed, highlighting the recent White House big data privacy conference hosted at MIT and Professor Vinod Vaikuntanathan’s work with homomorphic encryption.


“To explore this new world where governments and companies have the ability to amass, analyze and use vast amounts of personal information, the president ordered a comprehensive review of what’s called ‘big data’,” wrote WBUR reporter Bruce Gellerman of the big data privacy workshop held at MIT March 3.