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2007 News Releases



Speed plays crucial role in breaking protein’s H-bonds

By Denise Brehm Civil & Environmental Engineering Researchers at MIT studying the architecture of proteins have finally explained why computer models of proteins’ behavior under mechanical duress differ dramatically from experimental observations. This work could have […]

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Joseph Sussman named AAAS Fellow

By Denise Brehm Civil & Environmental Engineering Joseph M. Sussman, the JR East Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Engineering Systems Division, is one of six MIT faculty members to be elected Fellows of […]

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Rafael Bras to receive AGU’s Horton Medal

The American Geophysical Union will award Professor Rafael Bras the 2007 Robert E. Horton Medal at a ceremony in December, the AGU announced. An internationally recognized researcher in hydrology and hydroclimatology whose work encompasses many aspects […]

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Increase in corn ethanol production could prove costly

By Denise Brehm Civil & Environmental Engineering A committee of the National Research Council said in a report released yesterday that boosting ethanol production in the U.S. through increased corn crops nationwide without considering the quality […]

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Revolutionary Minds: The Ambassadors

Excerpted from Seed Magazine. The full text of “Revolutionary Minds: The Ambassadors” appears in the October 2007 issue of Seed, on newsstands now. By Emily Anthes Modern science is necessarily international, and geographic borders play a […]

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CEE alumnus harnesses the wind in Nicaragua

A CEE alumnus received the CNN Heroes award in July for his persistent hard work and ingenuity in providing sustainable electricity to isolated communities along Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. Just after getting his S.M. degree from MIT […]

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London’s deputy mayor meets with CEE faculty

London’s Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron met with MIT faculty, including half a dozen members of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Aug. 24 to discuss ways of reducing that city’s carbon dioxide emissions. Gavron has […]

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MIT probes secret of bone’s strength

By Denise Brehm Civil & Environmental Engineering Scientists and engineers are eager to understand the secret behind bone’s lightweight toughness so they can mimic it in the design of new materials, but experimental studies have revealed […]

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