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Associated Press

The Associated Press reports that Professor Hugh Herr, postdoctoral associate Xi Liu and graduate student Steve Ramirez have been awarded American Ingenuity Awards. Herr was honored for his work “developing a highly functional bionic leg” while Ramirez and Liu were recognized for their work examining how memories form. 

National Public Radio (NPR)

Professor Hugh Herr speaks with NPR about the loss of his legs during a climbing accident almost 30 years ago. The experience inspired Herr, head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, to develop functional prosthetic technology to help other amputees. 

Boston Globe

Michael Farrell of The Boston Globe reports on a robotic ankle created by Professor Hugh Herr’s startup, BiOM. “The BiOM ankle is programmed to replicate all the natural functionality of the foot and ankle,” writes Farrell.

USA Today

USA Today reporter Kelly Whiteside highlights Professor Hugh Herr’s work developing bionic prosthetic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs. Herr developed a bionic leg that allowed Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis to dance again.

HuffPost

Catherine Taibi of The Huffington Post previews an Anderson Cooper documentary in which he follows the recovery of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis. Haslet-Davis has regained her ability to dance thanks to a bionic leg designed by Hugh Herr of the MIT Media Lab.

Boston Herald

Boston Herald reporters Gayle Fee and Joe Dwinell report on dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis’s return to the stage after losing part of her left leg during the Boston Marathon bombings. Haslet-Davis danced at the 2014 TED Conference thanks to a bionic leg specially designed for her by Professor Hugh Herr.

Associated Press

The Associated Press highlights Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis’ performance on a bionic leg designed by MIT researchers at the 2014 TED Conference. The AP reports that, “MIT professor Hugh Herr started designing the bionic leg specifically for dancing after visiting Haslet-Davis in the hospital.”

BBC News

BBC News reporter Jane Wakefield features Professor Hugh Herr’s work developing bionic limbs. Herr recently unveiled a bionic leg he designed for Boston Marathon bombing survivor and dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who performed on stage for the first time since the Marathon at the TED 2014 conference.

Boston Globe

“Professional dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her lower left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, took to the stage Wednesday afternoon to do a short rhumba wearing a prosthetic leg made for her at the MIT Media Lab,” writes Boston Globe reporter Bella English.

WBUR

WBUR’s Andrea Shea reports on Professor Hugh Herr’s work to develop a bionic leg for Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis. Herr and his colleagues designed a prosthetic leg that Haslet-Davis, a dancer, will premiere during a performance at the 2014 TED conference.