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GBH reporter Esteban Bustillos spotlights former MIT women’s basketball coach Sonia Raman, who recently made the jump to coaching in the NBA. “I think that her legacy of creating just an incredible culture is gonna continue because I think these seniors and these juniors want to continue to perpetuate that,” says interim head coach Meghan O’Connell. “And it’s ingrained in them.”

WGBH

Esteban Bustillos of WGBH’s On Campus highlights the work of MIT Director of Athletics Julie Soreiro ahead of her retirement at the end of the fall semester. “Soriero's biggest contribution may be making the school’s athletic mission an extension of its academic one,” says Bustillos. “It’s best summed up in a phrase that’s become something of a mantra for her: ‘We will not apologize for winning.’”

New York Times

Writing for The New York Times, graduate student John Urschel recounts how his high school football coaches motivated him, noting that similar tactics might encourage more children to study math. “There are many ways to be an effective teacher, just as there are many ways to be an effective coach,” writes Urschel. “But all good teachers, like good coaches, communicate that they care about your goals.”

Boston Globe

In an article for The Boston Globe Magazine, Neil Swidey highlights MIT as a model of “what an athletics-affirming but recruitment-light culture might look like.” “Despite refusing to put a thumb on the scale for athlete applications, MIT has produced a successful sports program that enhances, rather than detracts from, its academic reputation,” explains Swidey.

Today Show

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

Boston Globe reporter Ben Volin speaks with graduate student John Urschel about his new book “Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football.” “I love solving sort of interesting and tough problems that have to do with our world in some way,” says Urschel of his dreams for after he graduates from MIT. “And I also love teaching.”

NESN

NESN’s Clubhouse visits Prof. Anette “Peko” Hosoi to explore how a baseball is manufactured. “The best way to understand how a baseball is manufactured is to actually see what’s inside,” Hosoi explains. After cutting the ball in half, Hosoi shows how the ball’s cork center is surrounded by rubber and wool, which is “what gives the baseball its springiness.”

Boston Globe

Boston Globe correspondent Jenna Ciccotelli takes the ice with fourth year student Kelsey Becker and the MIT curling club to learn the ins and outs of this winter sport. “It’s mostly about having fun,” says Becker. Coach Andy Willis adds that the sport is often referred to as, “chess on ice. It’s a mental game.”

The Washington Post

Ben Strauss of the Washington Post reports that during this year’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference there was growing interest in applying more statistical analysis into curling strategies. There are panels here this weekend about chess and poker,” says Nate Silver, creator of the website FiveThirtyEight. “So, it’s broadening the definition of analytics and sports — and also the overall geekiness of the conference.”

Associated Press

Associated Press reporter Jimmy Golen writes about this year’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, highlighting the growing use of analytics in sports. “Over two days, college math majors rubbed elbows with team and tech executives looking for fresh ideas and talented minds to implement them,” writes Golen.

New York Times

MIT researchers found that the silicone gloves football players wear are 20 percent stickier than a human hand, reports David Waldstein for The New York Times. Prof. Anette Hosoi explained that the “key to their performance was how soft and deformable the silicone is, meaning it covers and adheres to the tiniest variations on the surface of the ball,” writes Waldstein.

NESN

NESN spotlights MIT senior Riley Quinn, who was born without a left hand and forearm, and his success in the classroom and on the football field. “My only option was to outwork people, whether that was on the field, in the classroom, in relationships, day-to-day life,” says Quinn, “being a good person and taking that with me in everything I do.”

Boston Globe

Undergraduate Riley Quinn has been named the recipient of the Jerry Nason Award, reports Craig Larson for The Boston Globe. Larson explains that the award is “presented to a senior who succeeds in football against all odds,” adding that Quinn “was a four-year player at MIT, snaring three interceptions.”

WGBH

WGBH reporter Esteban Bustillos highlights MIT’s football team, which is “having a year for the books.” Head coach Brian Bubna explains that sports can help augment a student’s college experience, noting that “there's a lot of stuff that you can learn on a football field about yourself that you can't learn in a classroom.”

Boston Herald

Boston Herald reporter John Connolly spotlights the MIT football team, which is undefeated thus far this season. “We have 75 MIT football players. They’re smart. They don’t need us to tell them what to do,” explains coach Brian Bubna. “I’ve been here since 2010 and we’re moving in the right direction.”