Portraits of the nine visiting MLK professors and scholars

MIT welcomes nine MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars for 2023-24
MIT News Office | September 29, 2023

Tawanna Dillahunt from the University of Michigan will be jointly hosted by IDSS and Urban Studies and Planning, with research that focuses on equitable and inclusive computing.

Asu Ozdaglar

Computing at MIT: A Q&A with Professor Asu Ozdaglar SM ’98, PhD ’03
Slice of MIT | September 26, 2023

The EECS department head, IDSS core faculty member, and deputy dean of academics in the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing describes how new computing technologies are shaping the Institute and the world.

A skyline of smokestacks

Improving U.S. air quality, equitably
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | September 19, 2023

A new study by IDSS Interim Director Noelle Selin, TPP alum Paul Picciano, and SES alum Minghao Qiu finds that climate policy alone cannot meaningfully reduce racial/economic disparities in air pollution exposure.


MIT scholars awarded seed grants to probe the social implications of generative AI
MIT News Office | September 19, 2023

The 27 finalists include many IDSS faculty and research within the IDSS Initiative on Combatting Systemic Racism. 


New machine learning techniques boost predictions for virtual drug screening with less data
Broad Institute | September 18, 2023

Schmidt Center researchers including senior author and IDSS core faculty Caroline Uhler have found a way to improve kernel methods, which are a simpler alternative to neural networks, for biomedical applications. 


“Our future will be very dystopian”
Spiegel International | September 11, 2023

In an interview, IDSS core faculty Daron Acemoğlu dives into the question of whether Silicon Valley is plunging humanity into destitution.

A man releases smoke from a flare during a political protest against vaccine mandates

How to wage war on conspiracy theories
Politico | September 11, 2023

In his new book, IDSS affiliate Adam Berinsky examines attitudes toward both politics and health, which are undermined by distrust and misinformation in ways that cause harm to individuals and society.

Noelle Selin

Noelle Selin to serve as interim IDSS director
September 5, 2023

Selin, a joint appointee with EAPS who has directed the Technology and Policy Program (TPP) within IDSS since 2018, will lead IDSS during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Dean Eckles

Advancing social studies at MIT Sloan
MIT News Office | August 30, 2023

IDSS Associate Director Dean Eckles studies how our social networks affect our behavior and shape our lives.

Red line driver looking out of a train window. Photo by Craig F. Walker/Boston Globe via Getty Images

21 ways to fix the MBTA now: AI for the win
Boston Magazine | August 28, 2023

Boston’s public transit system is on the verge of disaster. Boston Magazine spoke with twenty-one insiders on how to solve the crisis, including IDSS affiliate Jinhua Zhao.


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