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MIT Better World

Repair / Spring 2018

Cover of the Spring 2018 issue of Spectrum magazine featuring five wooden tools on a wood table

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From the President

President's Letter: On a Quest for Knowledge

Since announcing the MIT Campaign for a Better World nearly two years ago, I have been on the road extensively telling anyone who will listen about the work our brilliant


David Siegel on MIT's "Challenging and Collaborative Culture"

Intelligence Quest founding advisor was inspired by his time in Tech Square


Eric Schmidt Provides Support to MIT Intelligence Quest

Gift from founding advisor will address evolving needs of the initiative

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To the Letter

In the Zhang lab, a leap forward in CRISPR-based genome editing offers precision RNA fixes with major therapeutic implications

To Your Health

From head to toe, MIT remedies for what ails us

Shore Lines

The Nepf lab is helping to restore wetlands by modeling how and why they are so beneficial

Regaining Consciousness

The best path to unbiased algorithms? Recognize bias at the source, says marketing expert Renée Gosline

Culture Shift

Expanding engineers’ horizons beyond engineering is essential to addressing the field’s gender imbalance, says sociologist Susan Silbey

New Life for Metals

Cem Tasan aims to invent repairable, reusable alloys

Redefining Resilience

MIT experts mobilize to help hurricane-struck islands not only repair, but rebuild for a safer future

Detecting Leaks from Inside the Pipe

A soft robot that senses the suction of escaping water

Greening the Block

Anne Whiston Spirn has made the West Philadelphia Landscape Project a model of urban restoration and community empowerment

Minding the Gap

The first US-focused MIT Sloan action learning course grapples with the divides in American society

How to Make Almost Anything Better

A grad student debugs, with a little help from her friends

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