MIT-USAID program releases pioneering evaluation of solar lanterns

First report of Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation offers new framework for assessment.

When a person lives on less than $2 a day — as some 2.7 billion people around the world do — there isn’t room for a product like a solar lantern or a water filter to fail.

It’s a challenge development agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and consumers themselves face every day: With so many products on the market, how do you choose the right one?

PhD Alum Wins Banamex Award

DUSP Alum Roberto Guerrero Compeán (PhD 2014) has been awarded the Banamex Economics Award from the Banco Nacional de Mexico for his dissertation on "Vulnerability, livelihoods, and global warming in Mexico: the impact of climatic shocks in global welfare."

DUSP Alum named Head of Mass DHCD

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has named Chrystal Kornegay (DUSP MCP 1997) to be the new head of the Commonwealth's Department of Housing and Urban Development.  For the past 15 years, Chrystal has worked at Roxbury's Urban Edge, most recently as president and CEO. 

For more details, see the full story in the Boston Globe.

DUSP Student Named Switzer Fellow

Each year, 20 promising environmental leaders are selected by their academic institution or environmental experts to be named as the year's Switzer Fellows.  In 2014, this select group inclued DUSP student Brian Bowen.

DUSP Students Present in Somerville, MA

Students in DUSP's "Community Growth and Land Use Planning" practicum class, taught by Terry Szold and Susan Silberberg, presented their findings to a public meeting in the City of Somerville.  See http://www.scatvsomerville.org/snn/mit-students-pitch-visions-in-brickbo... for some local coverage, including a video of their presentation on recommendations for the revitalization of the city's Brickbottom neighborhood.

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