In Memoriam: Calestous Juma (1954-2017)

From Quartz Africa, 15 December 2017 Africa’s leading innovation scholar, Calestous Juma, has died   Calestous Juma [MIT MLK Visiting Professor 2014-15 in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning], the luminary Kenyan scholar who championed the cause of innovation and technology in transforming African countries, and whose books and papers about the environment, biotechnology, education, artificial

Nomination deadline: 11:59 pm on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017 The MLK Jr. Leadership Awards are given annually to students, alumni, staff, groups, and faculty who embody the spirit of Dr. King’s work. “Service to the community” is defined in the broadest sense and includes academic, research, religious, and secular contributions in which integrity, leadership, creativity, and

Garnette Cadogan: The Future of New Writing

The Future of New Writing: Introducing Freeman’s Issue Four Garnette Cadogan is among the 29 writers whose work “will continue to be traveling into the future—perhaps even define it,” according to Freeman’s. The literary journal is a new biannual of unpublished writing by former Granta editor and National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) president John Freeman, which brings together the best

From Truthdig, 9 June 2017:  Although headlines about Russia and James Comey have dominated mainstream media for most of Trump’s presidency thus far, damage to democracy has been going on behind the scenes. Advocates of net neutrality are watching in horror as Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission, works to destroy net neutrality

Former MLK Visiting Professors Christopher Rose and Sylvester James Gates, Jr. are part of Brown University’s diversity and inclusion action plan, which is committed to doubling the number of faculty from historically underrepresented groups, two initiatives are already attracting both early-career and experienced scholars to Brown. From “New programs seek to diversify faculty at Brown and beyond,” News

 From MIT Technology Review March/April 2017 issue: Research physicist Sekazi Mtingwa, the first African-American to win the American Physical Society’s Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators, has a history of helping others overcome obstacles in science. Mtingwa, who was born in Georgia as Michael Von Sawyer, says his elementary school classmates

Because nurses are at the forefront of patient interactions, it seems only fitting that nurse scientists lead the charge in genomic research that can be translated from the bench to bedside and be the agent for change in health policy related to genomic screening recommendations worldwide. –Jacquelyn Taylor Jacquelyn Taylor and her colleagues have published “Genome

From “Ta-Nehisi Coates on Creating Black Superheroes,” The New York Times (2 March 2017): When Marvel Comics announced in September 2015 that Ta-Nehisi Coates would be writing a new Black Panther series, the timing could not have been more fortuitous. That same month, Mr. Coates, who writes regularly for The Atlantic, was awarded a John D. and

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office February 16, 2017 Aerospace engineer Aprille Joy Ericsson ’86, a mission manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and an alumna of MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, recalled Wednesday how a conversation with Martin Luther King Jr. affected a Hollywood actress’s career decision — and

Jacquelyn Taylor is among the 102 scientists and researchers to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. “I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,” said President