Black Alumni/ae of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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WMBR Fundraiser 2014 - ending 19NOV14

WMBR (formerly WTBS)  is noncommercial radio, offering many hours of programming that cannot be found on any other radio station anywhere. We are 100% volunteer, with no paid staff. This is rare -- even among other local college and public stations. Our primary source of income is listener donations. Although we receive a small stipend from MIT, this has recently been reduced due to budget cuts throughout the Institute. More than ever, we rely on your support to bring you our diverse programming! Click here for more information. (Notification from Yolanda (Jinx) Hinton '77, SM '80)


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Dr. Sylvester James Gates, University of Maryland, MD

National Academy of Sciences elects physics professor Jim Gates
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 UMD physics professor Sylvester James Gates, Jr. is one of 84 U.S. researchers and 21 foreign associates newly elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. It is the latest honor in an extraordinary year for Gates. In January, he was named a University System of Maryland Regents Professor, and in February President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Science in a White House ceremony.That award cited Dr. Gates’ “contributions to the mathematics of supersymmetry in particle, field, and string theories and extraordinary efforts to engage the public on the beauty and wonder of fundamental physics.”reference: http://cmps.umd.edu/news-events/news/1022


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Black History Project Fund (3839050)

The project’s continuing objective is to place the black experience at MIT in its full and appropriate context, by researching and disseminating a varied set of materials and by exposing a larger community of interests—both inside and outside MIT—to this rich, historically significant legacy. 

This project is currently conducting video interviews with black tenured faculty at MIT.  The videos explore each faculty member’s passion for what he or she does, involving their professional fields, their research and teaching, and their personal journey.   How did they become who they are?   What was the path that led them to MIT?  The videos will be part of a web-based history, with multimedia access by the public, with particular outreach to young people. 

We are simultaneously doing research in the Institute Archives, the MIT Museum, and other sources, for a pictorial and narrative publication on the black experience at MIT.

Click here for an important message from Clarence G. Williams, MIT Professor of Urban Studies & Planning and Special Assistant To the President, Emeritus. Thank you. Gifts from alumni/ae and friends to support the Black History Project Fund (3839050) accepted at Giving to MIT | Blacks at MIT History Project


Spotlight on Alumni and Student Pursuits & Key Professors and Administrators

Kerry Bowie '94, MBA '06 Cleaning Up After Massachusetts' Toxic Past WGBH News

R. Erich Caulfied SM '01 PhD '06 Best of New Orleans Gambit's 40 Under 40 Gambit's

Dr. Cato Laurencin PhD '87 Wins National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award. UConn Today

Phillip Daniel S.B. '13 S.M. Candidate '15 Department of Mechanical Engineering --- I posted a manual about a class I taught on Instructables. It is called "DIY Solar Tracker", and my goal is to inspire young students to pursue engineering. So far the manual has over 50,000 views, was featured on the website's homepage, and was sent out over the Instructables email list. I would appreciate it if you checked it out, shared it and voted for me in the contest if you feel so inclined! http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Solar-Tracker/

PhD student Niaja Farve combines research, entrepreneurship, outreach, and indefatigable drive. MIT news

Herbert C. Buchanan, Jr. '80 has been appointed as the new president of both IU Health Methodist and University hospitals. iuhealth.org

Faculty highlight: Paula Hammond --- Engineering tiny paths to cancer treatment, bone regrowth, and wound healing, Paula Hammond serves as an exemplary researcher-educator within the MIT community. MIT news

MIT researchers have devised a novel cancer treatment that destroys tumor cells by first disarming their defenses, then hitting them with a lethal dose of DNA damage. In studies with mice, the research team showed that this one-two punch, which relies on a nanoparticle that carries two drugs and releases them at different times, dramatically shrinks lung and breast tumors. The MIT team, led by Michael Yaffe, the David H. Koch Professor in Science, and Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering, describe the findings in the May 8 online edition of Science Signaling. MIT news

Dr. Karl W. Reid '84, SM '85
National Society of Black Engineers Selects Karl W. Reid as Executive Director nsbe.org

Justin Bullock '14 nears the finish of four years of research and running at MIT, turning next to medical school. MIT news

Reggie Van Lee '79, SM '80
Mega fix: Big names unite to fix racial disparities in STEM education, employment District Chronicles

Anthropologist Erica James examines the effectiveness of aid to those on the margins of society. MIT news

Emery Brown, the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and professor of computational neuroscience named to National Academy of Sciences (NAS) MIT news

Nelly Rosario ‘94
Bridges Science and Writing - Slice of MIT MIT Alumni Association

Kristala L. J. Prather
Kristala Prather has been named a MacVicar Fellow. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program recognizes MIT faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and education of undergraduates at the Institute. Together the Fellows form a small academy of scholars committed to exceptional instruction and innovation in education. MIT news

Kelvin Doe
15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows MIT - mentored by David Sengeh (Ph.D. student, MIT Media Lab) http://youtu.be/XOLOLrUBRBY

Graduate student David Sengeh gives back to Sierra Leone
Media Lab doctoral student created a competition to help youth in his home country create their own solutions. MIT news

Irving McKenzie Birmingham '96
Irving McKenzie Birmingham passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2014. He leaves behind his wife, Susana, his four children, Rebecca, Andy, Ana Lucia and McKenzie Rose, his mother, Sallie Birmingham, sister Camille Birmingham, and a loving extended family. Irving was a loving and dedicated son, husband, and father, and a joy to those blessed to have him in their lives. May he rest in peace. http://irvingmbirmingham.weebly.com

Larry Sass
In Larry Sass’s vision of the future, new buildings will rise faster, use fewer resources, cost less, and be more delightful to the eye than ever before. This transformation will be made possible through digital fabrication, a new delivery system for buildings that will enable architects to send computer-designed plans directly to manufacturing—perhaps soon to be 3-D printed. Spectrum

Shirley Ann Jackson PhD '73
Shirley Ann Jackson PhD '73 was an MIT undergraduate preparing for graduate school when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. In this video, which is excerpted from the Infinite History project, Jackson remembers how King's life influenced her decision to stay at MIT and work for racial equality at the Institute. Jackson became the first African American woman to earn a doctorate from MIT and later became Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Today she is the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. MIT Video

Kristala Prather earns tenure  MIT Department of Chemical Engineering

Paula T. Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering elected this to the prestigious honorary society American Academy of Arts and Sciences. MIT news

Phillip Howard Daniel ’13
– MIT Student Initiative to Promote STEM – Funding Sought
We believe that the best way to inform students about engineering, and inspire them to pursue it, is to expose them through hands on engineering projects. However, many schools in underprivileged areas can’t afford conventional projects to supplement their curriculum. The result is that the engineering discipline is un-diverse both culturally and economically. Helios is a “Do it yourself” kit that harnesses the sun to inspire students to explore engineering early in their academic careers. Universities and industry partners are willing to financially support programs that will lead to a more diverse, technical employee base, from conversations with MIT faculty and Raytheon and Lockheed Martin representatives. The key to changing this metric is to inspire students with fun and informative projects that have real world analogs, such as Helios. kickstarter.com

Arthur Musah ’04
One Day I Too Go Fly, follows students from Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe as they seek to become engineers—they are majoring in civil engineering, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science—and make their way in America. Musah has launched a Kickstartercampaign to fund the upcoming year of the four-year project. Filming in Cambridge and in Africa, Musah aims to uncover how the relationships these students have with their home countries evolve and how their time at MIT influences their dreams to make an impact on the world.

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