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Category: Student life

MIT students explore food sustainability | MIT News
January 6, 2022

As students approached the homestretch of the fall semester, many were focused on completing final projects and preparing for exams. During this time of year, some students may neglect their well-being to the point of skipping meals. To help alleviate end-of-term stress and to give students a delicious study break, the Food Security Action Team recently offered a group of first-year students the opportunity to join a food...

Climbing new heights across New England | MIT News
December 8, 2021

The MIT Outing Club (MITOC) is dedicated to helping the MIT and Cambridge communities enjoy the great outdoors. Whether it's hiking, climbing, skiing, biking, camping, backpacking, snow shoeing, or canoeing, think of an outdoor activity and they probably offer it. MITOC is a network of MIT community members — students, staff, alumni, faculty — and even affiliates from other area schools who come together for...

MIT ID cards go digital | MIT News
December 1, 2021

MIT community members have a new and easier way to navigate campus life at the Institute: the MIT Mobile ID, a digital version of the MIT ID card for iOS and Android devices. Developed prior to the pandemic and released by Information Systems and Technology (IS&T), the MIT Mobile ID can be used just like a physical ID. A simple wave of your device — an iPhone, Apple Watch, or Android phone — near a reader is all it...

Energy hackers give a glimpse of the postpandemic future | MIT News
November 29, 2021

After going virtual in 2020, the MIT EnergyHack was back on campus last weekend in a brand-new hybrid format that saw teams participate both in person and virtually from across the globe. While the hybrid format presented new challenges to the organizing team, it also allowed for one of the most diverse and inspiring iterations of the event to date. “Organizing a hybrid event was a challenging but important goal in 2021...

Investigating pathogens and their life cycles, for the benefit of society | MIT News
November 21, 2021

Desmond Edwards was a little kid when first learned about typhoid fever. Fortunately, he didn’t have the disease. He was looking at a cartoon public health announcement. The cartoon, produced by the Pan American Health Organization, was designed to educate people in his home country of Jamaica about the importance of immunizations for diseases like typhoid. The typhoid character in the cartoon was so unpleasant it gave...

Exploring the human stories behind the data | MIT News
November 20, 2021

Shaking in the back of a police cruiser, handcuffs digging into his wrists, Brian Williams was overwhelmed with fear. He had been pulled over, but before he was asked for his name, license, or registration, a police officer ordered him out of his car and into back of the police cruiser, saying into his radio, “Black male detained.” The officer’s explanation for these actions was: “for your safety and...

3 Questions: Supporting graduate student families | MIT News
November 19, 2021

When you have a family, life becomes a balancing act of supporting your loved ones while managing your personal responsibilities. At MIT, three offices play a pivotal role in supporting graduate students with families — their partners, their children — as they create that balance.  Naomi Carton serves as associate dean for graduate residential education (GRE), supporting the entire graduate residential community...

The poetry of physics | MIT News
November 16, 2021

“With skin brushed then tangled, with the apple touched at the supermarket then tangled,with the tear wiped then woven away,tangled with even things very distant like Mars dust,that unravel themselves when /touched by our gaze…”  —Excerpt from Miriam Manglani’s poem “Makinde’s Quantum World,” about Makinde Ogunnaike’s quantum physics research Senior MIT physics doctoral student Olumakinde “Makinde”...

Managing Covid-19 at MIT this fall: “So far, so good” | MIT News
November 16, 2021

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, nearly 20,000 people are now studying, working, or living at MIT on any given day. Thanks to a robust plan to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 on campus — masking, attesting, testing, and access control — the number of positive Covid-19 cases has remained very low (at or below 0.1% of tests conducted) in recent weeks. Because of that statistic, nearly all classes, labs, and offices...

An aspiring human rights lawyer, wielding tools from mathematics and philosophy | MIT News
November 8, 2021

Ana Reyes Sanchez and her family sat in the living room, watching a movie together, just like any other night. Although she can’t recall which movie it was, she remembers seeing a shot of MIT’s Great Dome surrounded by students, and declaring, “I’m gonna go there!” Her parents smiled, thinking little of what that their 7-year-old daughter had just said. Little did they know, this childhood dream would become a...

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