In an online article for Directions Magazine, DUSP Geographic Specialist Mike Foster describes "The Lost Art of Critical Map Reading." Using examples pulled from around the web, he offers five simple habits that will improve map reading abilities, including:
A team of eight MIT undergraduate and graduate students won two awards in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Case Competition, out of more than 150 students from across the country. The win means MIT students have taken home not just one, but two, prizes from the competition each of the three years it has taken place.
Is a slow, shared lunch a radical act? In many corners of MIT, where 18 hour lab sessions are the norm, taking a lunch break may be viewed as a sign of weakness... So, on March 21, members of the DUSP-led New Economy @ MIT group decided to have an open, slow, and very homemade lunch in Lobby 7, the grand entryway to this excellent (and often overworked) institution.
This timely collection written by an interdisciplinary array of law professors, who specialize in legal and policy issues surrounding ecosystem management, and scholars and practitioners in areas such as environmental policy and planning, conservation, economics, and biology explore why ecosystems must be valued and managed in their own right. The importance of ecosystems has been underestimated. We cannot simply hope ecosystems will benefit from legislation focused on other environmental and natural resource protections, such as those for wildlife, trees, air and water.
The Indian Express features an editorial by DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal entitled "Humanity Denied," on the topic of the country's 2013 manual scavenging law. In summary, the law "does not go far enough."
Danya Rumore has been selected for the 2014 Global Fellows Program. The Global Fellows Program, a collaboration between MIT and Imperial College London, trains PhD students to create, sustain, and lead successful international research collaborations. Through presentations, interactive work and hands-on activities, PhD students from both schools will develop professional skills required to launch and manage a successful research career.
In the autumn of 2012, the Climate CoLab opened up 18 contests, each focused on a challenge the world is facing as we confront climate change. By June 15, nearly 400 proposals had been submitted from around the world, by non-profits, entrepreneurs, scholars and climate experts, students, business people, and concerned citizens. Proposals championed new technologies, community projects, online apps and websites, marketing strategies, business ideas, and government initiatives.