Tag: Community

3 Questions: Tolga Durak on building a safety culture at MIT

Environment, Health, and Safety Managing Director Tolga Durak heads a team working to build a strong safety culture at the Institute and to implement systems that lead to successful lab and makerspace operations. EHS is also pursuing new opportunities in the areas of safe and sustainable labs and applied makerspace research.  Durak holds a BS […]

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Aurora-Skye Alavazo

Aurora-Skye Alavazo was born at 11:59 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at South Peninsula Hospital to Rashel and Isaiah Alavazo. She weighed 8 pounds. Aurora-Skye’s grandparents are Denice and Marianito Alavazo, of Molokai, Hawaii, Robin Smith, of Waianae, Hawaii, and Bruce Ka’aikalā, of Lanai City, Hawaii. <!– –> <!– –> Homer News

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Scientists and musicians tackle climate change together

Audiences may travel long distances to see their favorite musical acts in concert or to attend large music festivals, which can add to their personal carbon footprint of emissions that are steadily warming the planet. But these same audiences, and the performers they follow, are often quite aware of the dangers of climate change and […]

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MIT ID cards go digital

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 […]

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Community policing in the Global South

Community policing is meant to combat citizen mistrust of the police force. The concept was developed in the mid-20th century to help officers become part of the communities they are responsible for. The hope was that such presence would create a partnership between citizens and the police force, leading to reduced crime and increased trust. […]

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‘Let it Glow’ holiday lights campaign and competition announced

A team of local nonprofits have joined together to sponsor the first “Let It Glow” holiday lights campaign and contest, according to a press release. Co-sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Homer Electric Association, and South Peninsula Hospital, this event promotes neighborhood holiday activity, creates fun for families and individuals of […]

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Investigating pathogens and their life cycles, for the benefit of society

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 […]

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On the strawberry patch: Pasta by hand

The first kitchen job I interviewed for was a saute position in a trendy Italian bistro in Colorado. I had volunteered to work in restaurants and for catered events for experience many times throughout culinary school, but this would be my first real job in a professional kitchen. An interview in many kitchens consists of […]

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Managing Covid-19 at MIT this fall: “So far, so good”

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% […]

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MIT makes strides on climate action plan

Two recent online events related to MIT’s ambitious new climate action plan highlighted several areas of progress, including uses of the campus as a real-life testbed for climate impact research, the creation of new planning bodies with opportunities for input from all parts of the MIT community, and a variety of moves toward reducing the […]

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Pets of the week: Nyx and Lily

Double your fun with these two ladies, Nyx and Lily! These two ferrets are spayed, healthy and so playful! We don’t know much more about them, other than they’re a pair of cuddly goofballs! The animal shelter is located across from the Public Works Department off the Sterling Highway. The shelter’s business hours are noon-7 […]

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James Swan, associate professor of chemical engineering, dies at 39

James Swan, an associate professor of chemical engineering at MIT, died Nov. 5, following a medical event. He was 39. Swan, who joined the MIT faculty in 2013, had recently earned tenure and held the Class of ’22 Career Development Chair. His research focused on how microstructured materials, particularly nanoparticles, can be manipulated for the […]

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Task Force 2021 and Beyond submits final “blueprints for building a better MIT”

A task force charged with reimagining the future of MIT has released its final report, 18 months after it began work in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report, from Task Force 2021 and Beyond, offers 17 recommendations to strengthen and streamline MIT, and make the Institute more successful across its teaching, research, and innovation […]

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On the strawberry patch: Power puffs

It’s here again: the Thanksgiving potluck signup chart. Some of us relish the opportunity to dazzle our friends and family with traditional delicacies and complicated recipes, but for others the expectation is dreadful. Yet again you must scramble to put your name next to the beverages or crudité in the hopes of avoiding the embarrassment […]

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3 Questions: Maaya Prasad and Kathleen Esfahany on vision, perception, and the poetry of science

If you’re a frequent commuter through Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, or a visitor to Massachusetts General Hospital, you might catch a glimpse of an art exhibit featuring some familiar faces. The exhibit, “The Poetry of Science,” pairs photographs of notable scientists, including MIT students and researchers, with poems about their research areas of interest. […]

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Pet of the week: Laramie

Laramie is a sweet 1-year-old boy who came in as a stray. He’s been so friendly from the moment he was found. He’s gentle and affectionate and loves people. We don’t know how he is with other animals, but he’s a very cool cat, and with slow introductions, he should be able to adapt. Just […]

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First Friday art exhibit openings

Art Shop Gallery 202 W. Pioneer Ave. All things wood, by Gerard Garland 5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception Homer artist Gerard Garland has been woodworking since 1946. He moved to Alaska in 1963 and has lived in Homer for the past 10 years. Gerard’s many skills include architectural design, builder, cabinetmaker, mathematician and professor. […]

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Exploring the human stories behind the data

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, […]

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OMEGA scholarships awarded to high school students who fostered multigenerational connections

In a virtual ceremony, the MIT AgeLab awarded five $5,000 OMEGA scholarships to U.S. high school students who have demonstrated leadership in developing intergenerational programs in their communities. The scholarship winners stewarded programs that forged social connections with older adults and aided in their use of technology. Established in 2015, the AgeLab’s OMEGA program aims to […]

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MIT welcomes Virginia Rometty as its next Visiting Innovation Fellow

Virginia M. “Ginni” Rometty, a business leader and champion of diversity in the workplace, will serve as the next MIT Visiting Innovation Fellow for the coming academic year. Formerly chairperson, president, and CEO of IBM, Rometty helped streamline the company’s portfolio by transforming it into a leader in AI, hybrid cloud, and quantum computing, both […]

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