Mathematics

Nine MIT students awarded 2021 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Nine MIT students awarded 2021 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans An MIT senior and eight MIT graduate students are among the 30 recipients of this year’s P.D. Soros Fellowships for New Americans. In addition to senior Fiona Chen, MIT’s newest Soros winners include graduate students Aziza Almanakly, Alaleh Azhir, Brian ...
Providing kind networks
Providing kind networks Undeterred by the pandemic, professors Gigliola Staffilani and Daron Acemoglu persist in ensuring their students have fulfilling graduate school experiences. The two have been honored as “Committed to Caring” for their dedicated advocacy and for connecting students with wider intellectual ...
Scene at MIT: Ruth Anderson, pioneer of mathematics and computing
Scene at MIT: Ruth Anderson, pioneer of mathematics and computing Ruth Krock Anderson is a mathematician and computing pioneer who has seen a lot in her 102 years. Born in Boston in 1918, she was interested in math from an early age and earned a mathematics degree at Boston Teachers ...
2021 MacVicar Faculty Fellows named
2021 MacVicar Faculty Fellows named The Office of the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar’s Office have announced this year’s Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellows: professor of mathematics Larry Guth, associate professor of materials science and engineering Elsa Olivetti, associate professor of nuclear science and engineering professor ...
After cracking the “sum of cubes” puzzle for 42, mathematicians discover a new solution for...
After cracking the “sum of cubes” puzzle for 42, mathematicians discover a new solution for... What do you do after solving the answer to life, the universe, and everything? If you’re mathematicians Drew Sutherland and Andy Booker, you go for the harder problem.
In 2019, Booker, at the University of Bristol, and Sutherland, principal research ...
Exploring generations of influence between South Asia and MIT
Exploring generations of influence between South Asia and MIT When thinking about how to celebrate the approaching 60th anniversary of Sangam, the Association of Indian Students at MIT, Ranu Boppana ’87, president of the MIT South Asian Alumni Association (MITSAAA) began to reflect upon ways in which to explore ...
Kevin Costello: Exploring the intersections of math and music
Kevin Costello: Exploring the intersections of math and music “Good night, Kev. Think big.” His father smiled, tucking him in and closing the door. The next day, 13-year-old Kevin Costello III arrived for the first time to MIT. But his visit wasn’t for the average campus tour. Costello, a ...
Study reveals how egg cells get so big
Study reveals how egg cells get so big Egg cells are by far the largest cells produced by most organisms. In humans, they are several times larger than a typical body cell and about 10,000 times larger than sperm cells.
There’s a reason why egg cells, or oocytes, ...
QS World University Rankings rates MIT No. 1 in 12 subjects for 2021
QS World University Rankings rates MIT No. 1 in 12 subjects for 2021 MIT has been honored with 12 No. 1 subject rankings in the QS World University Rankings for 2021.
The Institute received a No. 1 ranking in the following QS subject areas: Architecture; Chemistry; Computer Science and Information Systems; Chemical Engineering; ...
Finding teammates on and off the field
Finding teammates on and off the field As a star athlete in high school, Ben Delhees never dreamed he would one day attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Delhees, an Ohio native, was more of a sports fanatic — he competed in everything from football to basketball ...
Eight from MIT named 2021 Sloan Research Fellows
Eight from MIT named 2021 Sloan Research Fellows The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced Feb. 16 that it has awarded Sloan Research Fellowships to eight MIT professors in the MIT Media Lab and in the departments of Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer ...
Institute Professor Emeritus Isadore Singer, renowned mathematician who united math and physics, dies at 96
Institute Professor Emeritus Isadore Singer, renowned mathematician who united math and physics, dies at 96 Institute Professor Emeritus Isadore M. Singer, an enormously influential figure in 20th-century science whose work united mathematics and physics, died on Feb. 11. He was 96.
In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Singer not only profoundly affected ...
Machine-learning model helps determine protein structures
Machine-learning model helps determine protein structures Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) allows scientists to produce high-resolution, three-dimensional images of tiny molecules such as proteins. This technique works best for imaging proteins that exist in only one conformation, but MIT researchers have now developed a machine-learning algorithm that helps ...
Scientists as engaged citizens
Scientists as engaged citizens The classroom in fall 2020 looked very different than it did when WGS.160/STS.021 (Science Activism: Gender, Race, and Power) ran for the first time in 2019. Zoom and virtual breakout rooms had replaced circles of chairs, but the shifts made ...
Three MIT faculty elected 2020 ACM Fellows
Three MIT faculty elected 2020 ACM Fellows Three MIT computer science faculty members have been elected as fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
The new fellows are among 95 ACM members recognized as the top 1 percent for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information ...
Model analyzes how viruses escape the immune system
Model analyzes how viruses escape the immune system One reason it’s so difficult to produce effective vaccines against some viruses, including influenza and HIV, is that these viruses mutate very rapidly. This allows them to evade the antibodies generated by a particular vaccine, through a process known as ...
“My whole heart is in that job”
“My whole heart is in that job” It was 9 p.m. on a Monday night during the spring of his first year at MIT. To Jack-William Barotta, this meant one thing — Physics Day. He had just taken on a tutoring role in the Office of Minority ...
Model could help determine quarantine measures needed to reduce Covid-19’s spread
Model could help determine quarantine measures needed to reduce Covid-19’s spread Some of the research described in this article has been published on a preprint server but has not yet been peer-reviewed by experts in the field.
As Covid-19 infections soar across the U.S., some states are tightening restrictions and reinstituting ...
MISTI shifts to fully remote global internships and cultural experiences amid pandemic
MISTI shifts to fully remote global internships and cultural experiences amid pandemic The 10.5-hour time difference between the eastern United States and India may seem like it would pose a challenge to collaborative teamwork. However, MIT junior Robert Koirala and sophomore Grace Smith quickly got used to scheduling team meetings as late ...
Exploring pandemic response through a coded simulation
Exploring pandemic response through a coded simulation When MIT seniors Therese Mills (mathematics) and Tuyet Pham (electrical engineering and computer science) started working together in late spring 2020, they were just settling into post-pandemic routines. In March, MIT had sent most students home due to Covid-19, and ...

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