“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.

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

Calestous Juma: Africa rebooting

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

Kimani Toussaint led research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that demonstrates the first-ever recording of optically encoded audio onto a non-magnetic plasmonic nanostructure, opening the door to multiple uses in informational processing and archival storage. To demonstrate its abilities to store sound and audio files, Toussaint and fellow researchers created a musical keyboard or “nano piano,” using the

Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Diego Chowell, Sri Krishna, Xiangguo Qiu, and Karen S. Anderson report that the effect of early diagnosis of pre-symptomatic infections is strongly dependent on the effectiveness of isolation of infectious individuals in health-care settings: “Our results suggest that a strategy that focuses on early diagnosis of high-risk individuals, caregivers, and health-care workers at the pre-symptomatic stage, when combined

Coco Fusco‘s commentary in The New York Times (12/15/2014) compares the recent protests over police aggression with Occupy Wall Street demonstrations: “Indeed, occupy activists are sharing tactics with organizers in Ferguson and elsewhere.” READ MORE

André Taylor‘s latest paper on improving carbon nanotube electronics was highlighted by theAmerican Chemical Society’s Chemical & Engineering News. In “Role of HF in Oxygen Removal from Carbon Nanotubes: Implications for High Performance Carbon Electronics,” Dr. Taylor and his team report that hydrogen fluoride plus electric current purifies nanotubes, improves their electronic properties. READ MORE

Carlos Castillo-Chavez on Ebola in Texas

Carlos Castillo-Chavez of Arizona State University and colleagues recently published “Temporal Variations in the Effective Reproduction Number of the 2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak” for the National Academy of Engineers. The second edition of Dr. Castillo-Chavez’s book, Mathematical Models in Population Biology and Epidemiology (with Fred Brauer) is now available for purchase online in Mandarin. In September, he and

Jason Sello and his colleagues at Brown and MIT will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this month. The paper is entitled “Crystal structure of Mycobacterium tuberculosis ClpP1P2 suggests a model for peptidase activation by AAA+ partner binding and substrate delivery”. Sello’s co-authors are MIT’s Prof. Robert Sauer (Sello’s MLK faculty host) and Karl R. Schmitza,

MIT News Q&A with Calestous Juma

How can Africa find new ways to spark economic growth? That was the focus of “Africa Rebooted,” a wide-ranging public symposium hosted by the Center for International Studies moderated by Calestous Juma on Sept. 24 at the Whitehead Institute. MIT News: You have worked with the African Union as a high-level advisor to develop its new 10-year Science, Technology