Professor Martin Polz edits new book Population Genomics: Microorganisms

Professor Martin Polz edited a new book called Population Genomics: Microorganisms. The book discusses advances that have been made, promises of population genomics in microorganisms, and key theoretical and practical challenges for microbial population genomics.  

Professor Dara Entekhabi and graduate student Andrew Feldman publish research in Nature Plants

Feldman and colleagues published new research in Nature Plants. They used NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite mission measurements and evaluated short term, simultaneous changes of surface soil moisture and vegetation water content in the soil-plant continuum. Read more here.

Professor Markus Buehler and Zhao Qin create music through protein structures

McAfee Professor of Engineering and Department Head Markus Buehler and research scientist Zhao Qin create music by overlaying vibrations of protein structures. The protein synthesizer can be used for educational purposes, allowing participants to create their own sound combinations. It exemplifies how a complex harmony can be reduced to a simple melody and basic notes. [...]

Professor Charles Harvey publishes new research on haze in Singapore

Professor Charles Harvey and researchers confirm through radiocarbon measurements, that the severe haze in Singapore and neighboring countries, is caused by burning peatlands in Indonesia, and not the popular belief of deforestation and waste burning. Harvey and researchers are currently experimenting with the replanting of native trees on a new field area that was deforested and [...]

Assistant Professor Lydia Bourouiba publishes new study on bacteria in bubbles

Assistant Professor Lydia Bourouiba and graduate student Stephanie Poulain published a new study in the Physical Review Lettersthat shows how contaminated bubbles act as tiny microbial grenades, launching microorganisms and potential pathogens into the air. Read more on MIT News.

Professor Markus Buehler is selected as a 2018 highly cited researcher by Clarivate Analytics

McAfee Professor of Engineering and Department Head Markus Buehler is selected as a 2018 highly cited researcher by Clarivate Analytics, who runs the scientific index, “Web of Science.” Professor Buehler received this honor for producing multiple highly cited papers ranking in the top 1% for a publication field and year throughout the last decade. The [...]

PhD student Catherine Nikiel discusses her research on climate change at the regional scale

PhD student Catherine Nikiel, working in Breene M. Kerr Professor Elfatih Eltahir’s Lab, is studying the impact of climate change on different aspects of the hydrological cycle. In particular, she is investigating the impact of land-use change on regional climate in the midwestern United States. Read more on MIT News.

René García Franceschini ’19 aims to expand energy access for all Americans

René García Franceschini ’19, spent the 2018 Independent Activities Period traveling through southern Puerto Rico interviewing residents about their experience dealing with the aftermath of hurricane Maria last year. He is now working with Solstice, a company that aims to expand solar energy access to all Americans, regardless of their income. García Franceschini is interested [...]

CEE intramural soccer team wins championship game against DUSP

The undefeated CEE intramural soccer team led by team captain, He He, faced the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in the championship game, and won 3-2. The team was victorious after coming back from a 2-point disadvantage in the first half and scoring 3 goals in the last 10 minutes of the game, including [...]

CEE faculty share innovative research projects with alumni

On October 18, Breene M. Kerr Professor Elfatih Eltahir, Professor John Williams, and Associate Professor Caitlin Mueller shared updates on their innovative research projects. Topics covered ranged from machine learning and blockchain to regional impacts of global climate change, and creative computing for high performance design in structural engineering. Read more on MIT News.