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Why is voting by mail suddenly controversial?
NPR | June 4, 2020

Most Americans support the expansion of mail-in voting, and claims of rampant fraud are easily debunked. IDSS affiliate Charles Stewart — director of the MIT Election Data and Science Lab — contributes to this mail-in ballot fact check.

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Professor Esther Duflo’s salute to advanced degree recipients
MIT News Office | June 1, 2020

IDSS affiliate and Nobel Economics laureate Esther Duflo, addressing the graduating class of 2020, says "it it is possible to make significant progress by focusing on small manageable issues."

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How often do vaccine trials hit paydirt?
MIT News Office | May 27, 2020

Vaccines find more success in development than any other kind of drug, but have been relatively neglected in recent decades, per a new study from researchers including IDSS and Sloan professor Andrew Lo.

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The cost of the patchwork response to coronavirus in the U.S.
WGBH | May 21, 2020

A new study co-authored by IDSS affiliates Sinan Aral and Dean Eckles and IDSS postdoc Amin Rahimian suggests that having uncoordinated reopening strategies may cause regional problems.

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Transportation policymaking in Chinese cities
MIT News Office | May 21, 2020

Using a novel methodology, IDSS affiliate Jinhua Zhao uncovered patterns in the development trends and transportation policies of China’s cities that may help decision-makers learn from one another.

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Optimizing for society’s function in the wake of Covid-19
Forbes | May 20, 2020

IDSS professor Dick Larson envisions a complex model of society's function that identifies and weighs many variables — including but not limited to reducing pandemic deaths.

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How can mobile phone data help to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic?
AAAS | May 20, 2020

Media Lab and IDSS professor Sandy Pentland joins former students and collaborators to explore how mobile phone data can help inform public health actions.

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The next generation of energy leaders
MIT News Office | May 20, 2020

"The focus on systems thinking that was being employed in TPP and at the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) has been very important in shaping my thinking around the biggest challenges in climate and energy." MITei profiles Addison Stark (TPP '10).

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Marshaling artificial intelligence in the fight against Covid-19
MIT News Office | May 20, 2020

The MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab supports a project led by IDSS affiliate and Sloan professor Roy Welsch and IDSS Senior Research Scientist Stan Finkelstein to use machine learning to find approved drugs that can treat Covid-19.

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Minghao Qiu named Martin Fellow by the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
MIT ESI | May 19, 2020

The fellowship, which supports MIT doctoral students pursuing sustainability research, was awarded to SES student Minghao Qiu for his work in air pollution and climate change policy.

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