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Pathways to Policy / Winter 2018

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From the President

President's Letter: From Research to Policy

J-PAL's trademark rigor to complex policy challenges shows the world that optimizing for impact is how we make a positive impact in the world

Pathways to Policy

Hands on the Wheel

Excerpts from new faculty books pose questions we must answer as AI begins to reshape society

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Policy Research Targets Cybercrime

MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative funds cybersecurity projects

Space Detectives

A freshman advising seminar investigates clues from the formation of new worlds

Seminar XXI: Educating US National Security Leaders

Since 1984, the program has provided 2,100 military and civilian fellows with policy training

At the Intersection

Five grad students on finding their own routes into the policy sphere


MIT engineering students team up with Georgetown lawyers-in-training on internet privacy legislation

Defining the Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence

Media Lab researchers are part of a growing movement at MIT to explore the regulatory frontiers of AI—in society and in our hearts and minds

Tool Box

MIT-made online resources address Haitian education, banking reform, and global development

An Emphasis on Health

Retsef Levi and colleagues are helping to create a medical system focused on improving patient outcomes

Building the STEM-Capable Workforce of the Future

Why it’s time for policies that expand the nation’s vision for science and engineering education

Plumbing the Depths of Neural Nets

On a quest to demystify deep learning, Tomaso Poggio glimpses tantalizing implications for human intelligence

Breaking the Bottleneck in Genetic Engineering

A startup backed by The Engine harnesses microfluidics to reprogram cells with unprecedented speed

Laser Focus

A broad foundation in space systems helped grad student Raichelle Aniceto zero in on a social mission

MIT Premieres Its First Facility Dedicated to the Performing Arts

Inside W97, the new home for MIT’s growing theater program

Fundraising Update: MIT Campaign for a Better World

As of January 2018, $4B has been raised from more than 91,000 supporters

The MIT Intelligence Quest

New Institute-wide initiative will advance human and machine intelligence research

MIT to Construct New Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel

The new tunnel will permit increased test speeds, enable new classes, and more

Education Meets Innovation

Hemant ’97, MNG ’99 and Jessica Taneja

Rooted in Personal History, a Gift for Today’s Students

Caroline Huang SM ’85, PhD ’91 and Mike Phillips

Art and Tech, in Harmony

Tuning in to media-art history at the MIT List Visual Arts Center