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Contents | VOLUME 122 NUMBER 3
Right: Cullen Buie, a recently tenured associate
professor of mechanical engineering, is developing
tools to help speed up genetic engineering (p19).
3 From the President
A frank examination of MIT’s past
When new data disrupts our old assumptions,
it’s up to us to make a better model.
4 My View
Still looking for Levi
Investigating MIT’s connections to slavery.
By Nora Murphy
5 Seen on Campus
6 77 Mass Ave
False news flies faster
On Twitter, falsehoods spread more quickly
than the truth.
The power of talking with children
Chatting with adults boosts brain development.
Gridlike cities retain more heat
More chaotic layouts make for less intense
Robotic sorting gets a grip
Robots learn to pick up and classify items.
App makes credentials portable and secure.
10 Meet the Author
Daniel Jackson’s Portraits of Resilience
focuses on narratives of depression at MIT.
Piece of nuclear history springs back to life
A long-forgotten experimental device is
restored for research and teaching.
By David L. Chandler
24 Alumni Connection
STEM evangelists and sailing on air
Clubs promote science and engineering education; designing an America’s Cup boat.
26 Class Notes and Course News
Lew Aronin ’ 40; Thomas P. Barnwell III ’ 65, SM
’ 67, PhD ’ 70 and William Jouris ’ 61; Grethe
Barrett Holby ’ 71, MArch ’ 73; Akhtar Badshah,
SM ’ 83, PhD ’93; Fay Darmawi, MCP ’90; Daniel H. Daneshvar ’05
62 Puzzle Corner
12 The Stabilizer Institute Professor and aero-astro pioneer
Sheila Widnall ’ 60, SM ’ 61, PhD ’ 64,
tackles sexual harassment in academia
and tricky problems in rocket science.
By Cara Giaimo, SM ’ 15
19 Engineering Microbial Worlds A family loss intensified Cullen Buie’s
interest in harnessing bacteria for good.
By Christina Couch, SM ’ 15
22 Looking Concussion in the Eye Eye-tracking technology could help take the
guesswork out of diagnosing brain injury.
By Robin Kazmier, SM ’ 17
Chief Creative Officer
Alumni Connection Editor
Nancy DuVergne Smith
Puzzle Corner Editor
Allan Gottlieb ’ 67
David L. Chandler; Jennifer Chu;
Christina Couch, SM ’ 15; Peter
Dizikes; Cara Giaimo, SM ’ 15;
Courtney Humphries, SM ’04;
Robin Kazmier, SM ’ 17; Nora
Murphy; Francesca Schembri, SM
’ 18; Anne Trafton; the MI T News
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