DUSP Alum Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala -"100 Influential People"

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:24pm

DUSP Alum Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (PhD 1981) has been named one of Time Magazine's "100 Influential People." Ngozi is currently Finance Minister of Nigeria -- "one of the toughest jobs on the planet," according to Time.   In naming her to this   prestigious group, the magazine notes that she "has made corruption her enemy and stability her goal."

To read the magazine's profile of Ngozi and her work -- written by U2's Bono -- see http://time.com/70846/ngozi-okonjo-iweala-2014-time-100/.

MIT announces new initiative on environment

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 9:53am

MIT has announced a major new campuswide initiative to promote transformative, cross-disciplinary research relating to the environment.

The initiative will be formally launched in the fall, and its founding director will be Susan Solomon, the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science. Maria Zuber, MIT’s vice president for research and the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, stewarded the establishment of the new initiative, and expressed gratitude to Solomon for having agreed to serve as its first leader.

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