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COP26 is bringing many calls for action. Some are already taking action.
Washington Post | November 9, 2021

“One of the really important aspects of addressing climate change is bringing everyone into the discussion,” says Jessika Trancik, IDSS core faculty.

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School of Science appoints 11 faculty members to named professorships
MIT News | November 3, 2021

Ankur Moitra, an IDSS core faculty member and the director of the SDSC, is now the Norbert Wiener Professor of Mathematics.

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Aerial image of Ganvie village on Lake Nokoué in Cotonou, Benin

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers
Wired Magazine | November 3, 2021

Danielle Wood, TPP alumna, is part of a team that has published findings showing how Earth observation technologies can map and monitor hard-to-reach areas to inform local decisionmaking.

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a diagram of the difficulties AI software may have telling an image of a cow from the grass surrounding it

Avoiding shortcut solutions in artificial intelligence
MIT News | November 2, 2021

A new method in a paper from researchers including IDSS affiliates Suvrit Sra and Stefanie Jegelka forces a machine learning model to focus on more data when learning a task, which leads to more reliable predictions.

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Making machine learning more useful to high-stakes decision makers
MIT News | October 28, 2021

Findings could be applied to high-risk fields where humans use machine learning models to help them make decisions, but lack data science experience, says LIDS principal research scientist Kalyan Veeramachaneni.

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Yossi Sheffi next to the cover of his book A Shot in the Arm

Chronicles of the epic mission to deliver Covid vaccines to the world
MIT News | October 28, 2021

“A Shot in the Arm,” a new book from IDSS affiliate Yossi Sheffi, reveals lessons about overcoming global threats.

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How AI could solve supply chain shortages and save Christmas
MIT Technology Review | October 28, 2021

Stress testing with AI-powered simulations can identify issues before they happen, says IDSS core faculty David Simchi-Levi.

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Climate experts: Clean tech is here, now we need people power
MIT Sloan | October 28, 2021

“Thanks to policy investments over the last decade, we have a toolset available of mature technologies that [are] cheap and ready to scale, including wind and solar power,” said Jesse Jenkins, IDSS alumnus.

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3 Questions: Administering elections in a hyper-partisan era
MIT News | October 27, 2021

MIT professor of political science and IDSS affiliate Charles Stewart III discusses the status of US election administration.

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Noelle Selin

MIT Collaborates with Biogen on Three-Year, $7 Million Initiative to Address Climate, Health, and Equity
MIT Campaign for a Better World | October 26, 2021

“Our work with Biogen has allowed us to make progress on key questions that matter to human health and well-being under climate change,” said IDSS core faculty Noelle Selin.

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