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

Thursday, 16 July 2015 by

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

On Sunday, September 15, 1963–just a month after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.–four Klansmen bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The church had served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders. Four young girls were killed, many other people injured. Over half a

Thomas H. Epps III (MIT ’98, MS ’99) received the 2015 Owens-Corning Early Career Award from the Materials Engineering and Science Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The award recognizes outstanding independent contributions to the scientific, technological, educational, or service areas of materials science and engineering by people who are under the age

Adriane Brown (MIT SM ’91) was eight years old in 1966, when she and her brother integrated a previously all-white school in Virginia. By sixth grade, she was class president. She’s been a leader ever since, in the corporate world and, most recently, in developing an intellectual property marketplace. This year, MIT recognized her professional and

Ainissa Ramirez‘s latest piece in the May 2015 issue of Science (Vol. 348, No. 6235):    “I have wanted to be a scientist ever since I was a little girl. I got the idea from a television program called 3-2-1 Contact, where I watched a young African-American girl solve problems. I saw my reflection in her and was transfixed. As

Calestous Juma: Africa rebooting

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 by

Calestous Juma‘s latest opinion piece in the April 2015 issue of NewAfrican Magazine: We all know Africa is a continent full of innovation. Now policy makers at all levels must put this strength, along with scientific and technical development, at the centre of economic strategies. Fortunately, the African Union has recently adopted a strategy that seeks to