A study finds that if the U.S. had introduced a uniform national mask mandate for employees of public-facing businesses on April 1, the number of deaths in the U.S. would likely have been 40 percent lower on June 1.

Causal impact of masks, policies, and behavior on the early spread of Covid-19
MIT News | August 5, 2020

A study led by IDSS and Economics professor Victor Chernozhukov suggests that nationally mandating face masks could have reduced pandemic deaths in the US.

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Automated health care system by Hussein Mozannar and David Sontag

An automated health care system that understands when to step in
MIT News Office | August 3, 2020

SES student Hussein Mozannar, working with Statistics and Data Science Center affiliate David Sontag, has developed a machine learning system that looks at chest X-rays to diagnose pneumonia — but also knows when to defer to a radiologist.

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How Hype Proliferates
Spectrum | July 31, 2020

IDSS affiliate and MIT Sloan professor Sinan Aral examines social media’s impact on health, the economy, and democracy.

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Windmill battery

Evaluating battery revenues for offshore wind farms using advanced modeling
MIT Energy Initiative | July 30, 2020

In a collaboration with MITEI, LIDS principal research scientist Audun Botterud and LIDS postdoc Mehdi Jafari aim to improve the models that estimate battery revenue in renewable energy storage systems.

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Ivan Rudnick and family

Alumni profile: Ivan Rudnick, TPP’s 2020 Best Thesis winner
TPP | July 28, 2020

Rudnick’s research, which earned him TPP’s Best Thesis Award for 2020, offers insights into designing energy policies that could help India achieve its decarbonization goals.

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Does ride-sharing substitute for or complement public transit?
MIT News Office | July 27, 2020

Researchers from MIT SMART's Future Urban Mobility interdisciplinary research group, including IDSS affiliate Jinhua Zhao, investigate the relationship between ride-sharing and public transit using ride-sourcing data.

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Jamie Kelly

Jamie Kelly wins Superfund Externship Award
July 24, 2020

IDSS postdoc Jamie Kelly won a 2020 K.C. Donnelly Externship Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program, a part of NIH.

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Tamara Broderick MIT

A fast track for machine learning
Spectrum | July 24, 2020

IDSS affiliate and EECS professor Tamara Broderick studies how machine-learning systems can be made to quantify the “known unknowns” in their predictions using Bayesian inference.

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Reshoring, restructuring, and the future of supply chains
MIT Sloan | July 22, 2020

IDSS professor David Simchi-Levi and IDSS affiliate Yossi Sheffi offer their thoughts about reliance on China, the possibility of reshoring, and how supply chains will — and won’t — change in the era of COVID-19.

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Igor Kadota wins MIT School of Engineering Graduate Student Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award
LIDS News | July 21, 2020

Kadota is a LIDS PhD candidate who researches communications networks, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, and smart factories.

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