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MIT Better World

What's Next? / Spring 2024

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MIT’s Responsibility to Lead in a Challenging World

Vice president for resource development talks about the Institute’s vital role in addressing the most critical issues of our time

Community Highlights

Economics Research to Change the World

New fundraising effort keeps MIT Department of Economics at the vanguard of an evolving field


Our Fandoms, Ourselves

In Comparative Media Studies/Writing class, students explore fan culture as “a powerful tool for social engineering”

New Faculty at the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing is fulfilling its commitment to create 50 new faculty positions

Investing for Change

MIT Sloan research helps family enterprise investors amplify their impact with a systems approach

Polymers for People and the Planet

Researcher's pioneering work in polymeric chemistry and chemical engineering yields materials for highly targeted cancer treatments and sustainable plastics

The State of Elections

Charles Stewart III explores the way Americans vote, in all its extraordinary complexity

Moala Keshei Bannavti Wants Environmental Justice for All

Researching a class of “forever chemicals,” postdoctoral fellow advocates for equity in remediation efforts

Working at Light’s Quantum Frontier

Sahil Pontula ’23 sees endless possibilities for the future through quantum optics

A Plan for Plants in the Voigt Lab

MIT researcher and Biological Engineering department head uses synthetic biology to build a future of climate-resilient crops grown with lower emissions

The Roosevelt Project: A Fairer Path to Decarbonization

MIT researchers build case for cleaner energy that brings greater economic opportunity to low-income communities

Changing Real Estate’s Carbon Footprint with Data as a Guide

MIT researchers work to propel the industry toward sustainability

K–12 Education in the Era of Generative AI

MIT researchers explore how technologies like ChatGPT can be best harnessed to enhance learning and creativity

Worms + Math = New Insights Into Brains and Behaviors

Neuroscientist Steven Flavell and mathematics PhD students—with the help of a team of nematodes—zero in on the link between neural activity and how creatures act

The Next Quantum Revolution

MIT has long been a pioneer of quantum technologies. Now, Quantum@MIT is setting the stage for a new era

A Vision for Computing Research and Teaching Realized

As its new home opens, a look at the ongoing impact of the Schwarzman College of Computing

From CRISPR Breakthroughs, Life-Altering Therapies at MIT

Fast-moving discovery in gene-editing arena leads to promising new treatments