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Cutting mercury emissions in China
MIT Global Change | January 17, 2020

New research from TPP alum Kathleen Mulvaney and TPP director Noelle Selin shows how climate and air pollution policies can work together to maximize the reduction of mercury emissions.

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Caroline Uhler Granted Tenure
LIDS Communications Office | January 17, 2020

IDSS and LIDS faculty member Caroline Uhler has been granted tenure by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

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“In courses like Nuclear Technology and Society, which covered the benefits and risks of nuclear energy, I saw that some people believed the solution for climate change was definitely nuclear, while others said it was wind or solar,” says doctoral student Nestor Sepulveda. “I began wondering how to determine the value of different technologies.” Photo: Gretchen Ertl

Zeroing in on decarbonization
MIT News Office | January 15, 2020

TPP alum Nestor Sepulveda uses 'a unique computational framework blending optimization and data science, operations research, and policy methodologies' to describe potential pathways to combat climate change.

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Sending clearer signals
MIT News Office | January 13, 2020

IDSS & LIDS professor Yury Polyanskiy is working to keep data flowing as the “internet of things” becomes a reality.

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MITEI’s 2019 Annual Research Conference highlights “energy at scale” and engagement as levers of decarbonization
MIT Energy Initiative News | January 8, 2020

IDSS professor Jessika Tranick joined faculty, students, and research staff from IDSS, MIT, and beyond to discuss the urgency of the climate crisis, collaborating on decarbonization, and the role of policy in combatting global temperature rise.

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Cybersecurity Experts Are Leaving the Federal Government. That’s a Problem.
New York Times | January 7, 2020

The departures leave critical infrastructure, elections, data, and networks vulnerable, argues TPP alum and Tufts professor Josephine Wolff.

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Assistant Professor Valerie Karplus and her collaborators have demonstrated that measurements of air pollutants taken by NASA satellites are often a good indicator of emissions on the ground. Their approach provides regulators with a low-cost tool to ensure that industrial firms are complying with emissions standards. Photo: Kelley Travers

Tracking emissions in China
MIT News Office | January 2, 2020

New research from IDSS alum and MIT Sloan professor Valerie Karplus evaluates the impact of new air pollution standards on sulfur dioxide emissions by coal-burning power plants in China.

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Solutions For Economic Inequality From 2019 Nobel Prize Winners
WBUR | December 30, 2019

Nobel Prize in Economics winners Esther Duflo, an IDSS affiliate, and Abhijit Banerjee discuss tackling tricky global challenges like economic inequality. Includes an excerpt from their book "Good Economics for Hard Times."

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A pioneer of wearable technology explains how it can connect instead of divide us
QZ | December 19, 2019

IDSS affiliate Sandy Pentland says businesses, governments, and individuals can design for more meaningful interaction by using sophisticated mobile sensors and big data to detect hidden patterns of human interaction.

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Model beats Wall Street analysts in forecasting business financials
MIT News Office | December 19, 2019

A research team led by Devavrat Shah has built a model that outperforms Wall Street experts at predicting a company's sales using limited, noisy data like anonymized credit card transactions.

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