Baratunde Cola and his research team use nanometer-scale components to demonstrate the first optical rectenna, a device that combines the functions of an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light directly into DC current. Based on multiwall carbon nanotubes and tiny rectifiers fabricated onto them, the optical rectennas could provide a new technology for photodetectors that would operate without

Sylvester Gates, Jr. will receive an honorary doctor of science degree from Memorial University in Canada. The honorary doctorate recognizes extraordinary contributions to society and exceptional intellectual achievement. The two other honorees are retired Supreme Court Justice and former member of the House of Assembly Robert Wells (honorary doctor of laws degree) and actor Robert Joy (honorary doctor of letters). The

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein stands with Ahmed

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein offers words of encouragement to 14-year-old budding engineer Ahmed Mohamed. The Muslim ninth-grader has been in the media spotlight since being arrested on September 14, 2015 at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas for bringing in a homemade clock. Ahmed says he’d built the device in the hopes of impressing his teachers. He was eventually arrested by police

News From Brown, September 2015:  Christopher Rose will continue his work in communications theory. As associate dean of the Brown University faculty, he will cobble together multidisciplinary faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate student teams by building on what he sees as the unusual technical breadth of underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines. Christopher Rose has a rather broad

Ainissa Ramirez and her work were featured on a segment of NPR’s “All Things Considered”:  This Teacher Wants To Excite Your Inner Scientist Imagine a space shuttle speeding toward Earth at 17,500 miles per hour, the friction outside heating the vessel up to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit as it enters the atmosphere. Those kind of temperatures

Latanya Sweeney was appointed editor-in-chief of Technology Science, a new journal published by the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard University. The journal was established by a group of 47 researchers, professors, and legal experts from 30 universities around the world. It will publish “original material dealing primarily with a social, political, personal, or organizational benefit or

Ainissa Ramirez: 2015 AIP Gemant Award

Ainissa Ramirez is the winner of the 2015 Andrew Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics (AIP).  The annual prize recognizes significant contributions to the cultural, artistic or humanistic dimension of physics. It includes $5,000 in cash and a grant of $3,000 to further public communication of physics at an institution of the winner’s choice.Ramirez is honored for reaching diverse audiences

“Spectral correspondences for Maass waveforms on quaternion groups” by Terrence Blackman and Stefan Lemurell has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Journal of Number Theory, available for download 7 July 2015. The work was supported by the MIT Mathematics Department and by the MIT Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professors & Scholars Program.

Terrence Blackman has joined the Medgar Evers College (CUNY) School of Science, Health & Technology as an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Mathematics Department, where he formerly served as an assistant professor. “Those of us who knew Terrence will attest to the fact that he cares immensely for the success and well-being of his students and colleagues,”

Huffington Post Q&A with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, the 63rd black woman in American history with a PhD in physics: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a 32-year-old theoretical astrophysicist. Her academic home is arguably the nation’s most elite physics department, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In one sense, she is among a dying breed. Prescod-Weinstein is a pen-and-paper theorist. “Basically I do calculus