Elchanan Mossel

Elchanan Mossel named 2020 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow
US DOD | May 13, 2020

The Department of Defense awarded Mossel the fellowship, which "aims to advance transformative, university-based fundamental research," for his work 'Information Flows on Networks.'

Jessika Trancik looks at data on a tablet while standing next to a busy city street

Mapping car emissions
Nature | May 12, 2020

IDSS professor Jessika Trancik has designed an app that helps users choose vehicles with low environmental impacts.

Isolat researchers have designed and applied a method to model policy impact that they call ‘Synthetic Interventions.’ Based on the statistical method synthetic control, Synthetic Interventions is a data-driven way to perform what-if scenario planning, leveraging information from interventions that have been enacted around the world and fitting it to another setting.

Isolat: a data-driven response to a pandemic
May 12, 2020

Isolat, a volunteer collaboration organized by IDSS, informs coronavirus policy at MIT and beyond by analyzing data associated with the pandemic.

The Hornsdale Power Reserve

Storing renewables
UNA-UK | May 11, 2020

"Our models tell us that to lean heavily on renewable energy, we will need much cheaper energy storage," writes IDSS professor Jessika Trancik.

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A checklist for effective COVID-19 public health messaging
MIT Sloan | May 8, 2020

Using insights from behavioral science, MIT Sloan professor and IDSS affiliate David Rand created a checklist for effective public health messaging that's based on the role of reputation and social enforcement.

Sarah Rovito

Capitol Hill’s COVID-19 response: a TPP alum’s inside perspective
AAAS | May 7, 2020

Systems engineer Sarah Rovito (TPP '16) is a Congressional Science & Technology Policy Fellow who was working on issues like AI and 5G when the pandemic hit — now it's all-hands-on-deck to address the coronavirus.

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How many jobs do robots really replace?
MIT News Office | May 5, 2020

MIT economist and IDSS faculty member Daron Acemoglu’s new research puts a number on the job costs of automation.

Whitney Newey

Whitney Newey named a 2020 Distinguished Fellow by American Economic Association
AEA | May 4, 2020

The award recognizes Newey, an IDSS affiliate and Ford Professor of Economics, as "one of the most influential econometricians of the last three decades."

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3Q with Adam Berinsky on the impact of the pandemic on U.S. political life
MIT SHASS | April 24, 2020

MIT political scientist and IDSS affiliate Adam Berinksy discusses trust in science, misinformation, and safeguarding democracy in a time of crisis.

A wind farm near the Nufenen Pass, Switzerland, September 2016 Denis Balibouse / Reuters

The paths to net zero
Foreign Affairs | April 22, 2020

Michael Davidson, Jesse Jenkins, and Valerie Karplus — TPP and IDSS alumni — explore how technology and policy can help save the planet from climate change.


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