Rising Ninth grader at Concord-Carlisle High School Naomi Miller part of the MIT-Concord Research Team presents findings at 2019 International Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference

September 13th, 20192019 News in Brief

On August 7, 2019, rising Ninth grader at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Naomi Miller, part of the MIT-Concord Research Team, presented their findings at the 2019 International Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference in Portland, Oregon. Miller and her colleagues have been working with the Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics (LAMM) and research scientist Dr. Kunal Kupwade-Patil since October 2018 on a NASA Challenge to research methods of making concrete by using synthetic Martian soil in order to print 3D print dwellings on Mars. This summer, the students also spent six weeks working with Concord Middle School science teacher and MIT visiting scholar Doug Shattuck at MIT furthering their research to develop a solar collector in order to melt Martian sand to form structural glass material. Read more here.

On August 7, 2019, rising Ninth grader at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Naomi Miller, part of the MIT-Concord Research Team, presented their findings at the 2019 International Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference in Portland, Oregon. Miller and her colleagues have been working with the Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics (LAMM) and research scientist Dr. Kunal Kupwade-Patil since October 2018 on a NASA Challenge to research methods of making concrete by using synthetic Martian soil in order to print 3D print dwellings on Mars. This summer, the students also spent six weeks working with Concord Middle School science teacher and MIT visiting scholar Doug Shattuck at MIT furthering their research to develop a solar collector in order to melt Martian sand to form structural glass material. Read more here.

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Former postdoc Wenbo Shi in Professor Desiree Plata’s lab and colleagues from Yale University research featured on cover of Advanced Functional Materials

September 12th, 20192019 News in Brief

Former postdoc Wenbo Shi in Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Assistant Professor Desiree Plata’s lab and colleagues from Yale University research is featured on the cover of Advanced Functional Materials. Their paper titled, “Engineering carbon nanotube forest superstructure for robust thermal desalination membranes,” can provide insight into an effective strategy to engineer carbon nanotubes to elucidate the structure-property-performance relationship of the nanocomposite membranes and to guide the design of robust thermal desalination membranes. Read more here.

Former postdoc Wenbo Shi in Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Assistant Professor Desiree Plata’s lab and colleagues from Yale University research is featured on the cover of Advanced Functional Materials. Their paper titled, “Engineering carbon nanotube forest superstructure for robust thermal desalination membranes,” can provide insight into an effective strategy to engineer carbon nanotubes to elucidate the structure-property-performance relationship of the nanocomposite membranes and to guide the design of robust thermal desalination membranes. Read more here.

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Professor Admir Masic and graduate student Janille Maragh publish research paper titled “The Temple Scroll: reconstructing an ancient manufacturing practice,” in Science Advances

September 12th, 20192019 News in Brief

Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Assistant Professor Admir Masic, Graduate student Janille Maragh, and colleagues published today a research paper titled, The Temple Scroll: reconstructing an ancient manufacturing practice,” in Science Advances. The Temple Scroll, one of the longest (almost 25 feet long), whitest, and best-preserved of all the texts from the Dead Sea scrolls collection, is significant due to the layered structure of its parchment, which includes a collagenous base material and an atypical inorganic overlayer.The researchers utilized advanced material characterization tools in order to analyze the chemistry of the materials. They found that evaporitic sulfate salts were used, indicative of a unique ancient production technology. Their findings could provide insight into how to preserve invaluable historical documents. Read more on MIT News.

Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Assistant Professor Admir Masic, Graduate student Janille Maragh, and colleagues published today a research paper titled, The Temple Scroll: reconstructing an ancient manufacturing practice,” in Science Advances. The Temple Scroll, one of the longest (almost 25 feet long), whitest, and best-preserved of all the texts from the Dead Sea scrolls collection, is significant due to the layered structure of its parchment, which includes a collagenous base material and an atypical inorganic overlayer.The researchers utilized advanced material characterization tools in order to analyze the chemistry of the materials. They found that evaporitic sulfate salts were used, indicative of a unique ancient production technology. Their findings could provide insight into how to preserve invaluable historical documents. Read more on MIT News.

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Professor Elfatih Eltahir, Jeremy S. Pal SM ’97, PhD ’01 and postdoctoral associate Suchul Kang published research paper in Geophysical Research Letters titled “Future heat stress during Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) projected to exceed ‘extreme danger’ levels”

September 4th, 20192019 News in Brief

Breene M. Kerr Professor Elfatih Eltahir, Jeremy S. Pal SM ’97, PhD ’01, and postdoctoral associate SuchulKang published research paperin Geophysical Research letters titled, “Future heat stress during Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) projected to exceed ‘extreme danger’ levels.” Researchers explain that soon the once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca, will be hot enough to pose extreme danger due to the combination of rising temperatures as well as humidity. Professor Eltahir stressed that substantial adaptation measures need to be taken to limit the impact of climate change. Read more on MIT News.

Breene M. Kerr Professor Elfatih Eltahir, Jeremy S. Pal SM ’97, PhD ’01, and postdoctoral associate SuchulKang published research paperin Geophysical Research letters titled, “Future heat stress during Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) projected to exceed ‘extreme danger’ levels.” Researchers explain that soon the once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca, will be hot enough to pose extreme danger due to the combination of rising temperatures as well as humidity. Professor Eltahir stressed that substantial adaptation measures need to be taken to limit the impact of climate change. Read more on MIT News.

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Professor Cathy Wu’s PhD work on autonomous vehicles featured in Wired Insider article

August 30th, 20192019 News in Brief

Gilbert W. Winslow Assistant Professor Cathy Wu’s PhD work on Autonomous vehicles was featured in a Wired Insiderarticle. The article discusses the inevitable issue of traffic, and how researchers used reinforcement learning to create simulations and visualizations of traffic flow. At the University of Berkeley, the Director for the Institute of Transportation Studies and Liao-Cho Professor of Engineering, and Professor Wu who was a PhD student at the time, conducted research on the ways in which autonomous vehicles could positively impact traffic flow. Their studies found that if there are five to 10 percent of autonomous vehicles on the road, it can help alleviate localized congestion which would in turn, lessen traffic at the larger scale. Read more here.

Gilbert W. Winslow Assistant Professor Cathy Wu’s PhD work on Autonomous vehicles was featured in a Wired Insiderarticle. The article discusses the inevitable issue of traffic, and how researchers used reinforcement learning to create simulations and visualizations of traffic flow. At the University of Berkeley, the Director for the Institute of Transportation Studies and Liao-Cho Professor of Engineering, and Professor Wu who was a PhD student at the time, conducted research on the ways in which autonomous vehicles could positively impact traffic flow. Their studies found that if there are five to 10 percent of autonomous vehicles on the road, it can help alleviate localized congestion which would in turn, lessen traffic at the larger scale. Read more here.

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MISTI Chile: “Dos chicas solas en las montañas, Guau”

August 27th, 2019Uncategorized

By Shannon Wing '22 I woke up on Saturday morning at 9am to a text from a friend, “I am heading off to hike Cerro Provincia. I am assuming you and Lulu aren’t going to make it since you were up late last night, but just in case, I have my three person tent and you are still welcome to join me.” Jokes on her, I laughed. She clearly doesn’t know Lulu and I that well. I grabbed my backpack, a bar for breakfast and took off to the metro to meet Lulu. We then ubered to the start of the trailhead. 11am start - not bad. As you can probably tell by now from my last posts, I don’t tend to take rest days and I for sure do not miss a beautiful hiking opportunity. Neither does my friend Lulu and we have figured out from traveling with each other this summer that this is a bit of an unhealthy combination. I would argue, however, that it has led us to some pretty incredible experiences here in Chile. This past weekend we had a 2-day traverse of Cerro Provincia and Cerro San Roman planned. Our main goal was to get some acclimatization days in before we head to Peru for two weeks to hike one of the most beautiful alpine treks in the world, the Huayhuash. Can you tell I am excited? It has been on my bucket list ever since I figured out I enjoyed hiking. Our second [...]

By Shannon Wing ’22

I woke up on Saturday morning at 9am to a text from a friend, “I am heading off to hike Cerro Provincia. I am assuming you and Lulu aren’t going to make it since you were up late last night, but just in case, I have my three person tent and you are still welcome to join me.” Jokes on her, I laughed. She clearly doesn’t know Lulu and I that well. I grabbed my backpack, a bar for breakfast and took off to the metro to meet Lulu. We then ubered to the start of the trailhead. 11am start – not bad.

As you can probably tell by now from my last posts, I don’t tend to take rest days and I for sure do not miss a beautiful hiking opportunity. Neither does my friend Lulu and we have figured out from traveling with each other this summer that this is a bit of an unhealthy combination. I would argue, however, that it has led us to some pretty incredible experiences here in Chile.

This past weekend we had a 2-day traverse of Cerro Provincia and Cerro San Roman planned. Our main goal was to get some acclimatization days in before we head to Peru for two weeks to hike one of the most beautiful alpine treks in the world, the Huayhuash. Can you tell I am excited? It has been on my bucket list ever since I figured out I enjoyed hiking. Our second goal, was to have a great time. Both were accomplished, and we even made some new friends along the way.

The first night we were lucky enough to snag a spot in the refugio on top of Cerro Provincia. Our friend had chosen to camp below the summit, but since we were going for the traverse, we had to make the summit of Provincia that day. In the refugio we met 2 chileans, one who would be joining us on the traverse. We also got to experience one of the most incredible sunsets I have seen to date. This is the only time that I have appreciated the smog of Santiago; it for sure makes for a beautiful sunset. 

The next morning we headed out for 15km of snow-covered ridgeline, right in the backyard of Santiago! There were challenges in route-finding, wind and steep slope management that we met in stride. We made good friends with the Chilean who had an “I’ll just follow you” attitude. In sketchy terrain, we would wait for him to catch up to pass and made sure to include him whenever we made a route change or decision. He was alone and the weather the next morning was looking questionable, so we made sure he made it down with us. It felt as though we were in it together. 

There was some scrambling up and down rock, passing down packs, and glissading down snow slopes. We finished the last 2 miles in the dark with our headlamps, but we made it. We came out on a random sidestreet and sitting on our backpacks in an empty parking lot, eating our snickers bar, we ordered our uber. Crazy that such beautiful mountaineering can be just an ubers ride away. Our uber driver, very confused why there were two random girls at the end of this street asks, “Where did you both come from”, we reply “the mountains!” to which he goes “Two girls alone in the mountains, wow.”

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