a map of the districts of paris

More social, connected cities
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning | December 8, 2022

SES doctoral candidate Cate Heine co-authors a paper that examines how effective slow zones are at making cities more pedestrian friendly, encouraging alternative modes of mobility, and creating social gathering spaces.

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Wind Power Is Bringing Americans Real Health Benefits
Health Day | December 6, 2022

MIT study co-authored by IDSS core faculty Noelle Selin and SES alum Minghao Qiu (PhD ’21) finds increased usage of wind power improves air quality in U.S., however only a third of the health benefits are being seen in disadvantaged communities.

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Balancing Hope and Despair in Turbulent Times
The New York Times | December 6, 2022

An essay co-written by IDSS affliate Esther Duflo considers the opportunities and challenges facing the world in the new year and beyond.

a series of wind turbines

A healthy wind
MIT News Office | December 5, 2022

A new study co-authored by IDSS core faculty Noelle Selin and SES alum Minghao Qiu (PhD ’21) finds that the health benefits of using wind energy could quadruple if the most polluting power plants are selected for dialing down.

MIT students who traveled to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for COP27 included (left to right) Anushree Chaudhuri, Evan Gao, Youssef Shaker, and Serena Patel.

A breakthrough on “loss and damage,” but also disappointment, at UN climate conference
MIT News Office | November 30, 2022

Delegates from MIT including IDSS core faculty Jessika Trancik attended COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where international climate negotiations went down to the wire.

Aaron Schwartz

Championing a clean grid
TPP News | November 29, 2022

Aaron Schwartz’s TPP research on energy, economics, and policy helped prepare him for a new role in clean energy advocacy.

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Study: Automation drives income inequality
MIT News Office | November 22, 2022

A newly published study co-authored by IDSS core faculty Daron Acemoglu quantifies the extent to which automation has contributed to income inequality in the U.S.


Mitigating the impact of biased artificial intelligence in emergency decision-making
Nature Communications Medicine | November 21, 2022

The Healthcare vertical team evaluated the impact of AI models on human decision-making in an emergency setting. Descriptive rather than prescriptive advise from such models can help mitigate poor outcomes for minority groups.

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Policy Hackathon produces new solutions for technology policy challenges
TPP | November 10, 2022

The 2022 MIT Policy Hackathon explored policy solutions to sociotechnical challenges focused on post-pandemic efforts to build a better society, with challenges in cybersecurity, environmental justice, and city planning.

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Covid patients coming off ventilators can take weeks to regain consciousness
The New York Times | November 9, 2022

A study co-authored by IDSS core faculty Emery Brown examines the effects of a combination of Covid-19 and anesthesia on the human brain, with findings that "might point to new ways to save people from brain damage"


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