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Four MIT Students Named Schwarzman Scholars, Will Study at Tsinghua University

Kimberly Benard | Office of Distinguished Fellowships, MIT
December 2, 2016
From MIT News

Three undergraduate and one graduate student from MIT have been selected as Schwarzman Scholars. They are among the 129 members of the program’s class of 2018, who will pursue a year of study and leadership training at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

MIT’s four students — Alix de Monts ’14, Lisa Ho, Anita Liu, and Melody Liu — will study public policy, economics and business, and international studies, and spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators, and senior leaders in business, politics, and society. Expenses for each scholar are fully funded by the program, which is housed at Tsinghua University.

Clockwise from top left: Alix de Monts ’14, senior Anita Liu, senior Melody Liu, and senior Lisa Ho have been selected as Schwarzman Scholars (photo credit: MIT News).
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MIT Alumni and Entrepreneurs Team up to Guide Young Startups

Innovation@ONE business pitch competition features startups and ideas out of Course 1.

Carolyn Schmitt | Civil and Environmental Engineering
December 29, 2016
From MIT News

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is at the forefront of identifying problems and finding new solutions for existing industries and infrastructures to make a big impact around the world. On Nov. 17, eight CEE students and researchers pitched business ideas to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs at the second Innovation@ONE competition, offering solutions to problems at many scales, from public health to physical infrastructure.

At Innovation@ONE, the Most Inventive Business Idea was presented to Jingjie Yeo (left) of Accuro Pressure Silk; the Business Pitch Champion was awarded to Justin Chen (center) of Motus View; and the Best Early Stage Idea was awarded to Paige Midstokke (right) of Safe Tap. (Photo: Allison Dougherty/Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
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Haier Products Assist MIT Professor in Cutting-edge Research

By Season Ji

Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 19, 2016, — The Pew Charitable Trust recently named its annual list “37 Scientists Who Could Change the World”, among which there’s a Boston-based scholar, Omer Yilmaz. He is a young associate professor at MIT, focusing on cancer research. Prof. Yilmaz became famous for his latest research that was published on the academic journal Nature. After repeated experiments, he found why obese people are faced with higher risks of cancers: the stem cells are stimulated and a kind of protein that controls metabolism is activated.
Chia-wei Cheng(left) and Prof. Yilmaz at the lab. (photos by Season Ji).
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Video: Duet of Pianist Yidan Guo and Violinist Shaoqing Xu at MIT

By Xinming Li, bostonese.com

Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 15, 2016, — Pianist Yidan Guo and Violinist Shaoqing Xu gave a wonderful performance at start of Ms. Guo’s Student Piano Recital on Saturday at MIT. The duet was a classic Chinese piece, and was well received by near 100 in the audience.
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President Reif’s Letter to MIT Community

With our eyes on the future
Nov. 9, 2016

To the members of the MIT community,

Today, we learned that we will have a new administration in Washington that promises a great deal of change.

Within the global MIT community – more than 26,000 of us here in Cambridge and at Lincoln Lab, and 134,000 alumni – some will find those changes welcome. Some will not.

As I saw this afternoon, students have wrapped the six great columns in Lobby 7 with huge sheets of paper. Three ask that you “Share Your Hopes,” three to “Share Your Fears.” They are covered with handwritten responses. People are lingering to read and add their own. Many say they fear for the future of the country, some for their personal safety, for their civil rights or that “my values no longer matter.” Others fear that their peers will never take the time to understand why they voted for the winner. One hope struck me in particular: “I hope to understand the 48% of Americans who disagree with me.” Nearly all the writers express some kind of pain. Yet together they have created a wonderful example of mutual respect and civil dialogue.

Whatever may change in Washington, I believe there is great power in remembering that it will not change the values and the mission that unite us.

As a community and as a practical force for good, MIT is a quintessential expression of America at its best: Bold, optimistic and focused on inventing the future. Delighted and energized by our diversity, with a meritocratic openness to talent, culture and ideas from anywhere. Humble, pragmatic, crazy about science and insistent on seeking the facts. A place of rigor, ingenuity and real-world problem-solving, where generations of bright young minds have come from every corner of the Earth to make something of themselves and work together to make a better world.

That is MIT.

Nothing can change that. And nothing can change our commitment to tackling big, important problems for humanity – climate change, clean energy, cybersecurity, human health – with colleagues of every identity and background.

As an institution, we do some of our best work when we turn outward to the world. Let’s continue to do that now. And, following our students’ lead, let us find ways to listen to one another – with sympathy, humility, decency, respect and kindness.


L. Rafael Reif

NEACP’s 39th Annual Conference to Be Held on Oct. 29 at MIT

Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 24, 2016, — The 39th Annual Conference of New England Association of Chinese Professionals (NEACP) will be held this Saturday, Oct. 29, at MIT. This year’s conference features four distinguished speakers, and has a them of “Technology, Literature, Past and Future.
Picture from NEACP’s 35th annual meeting (bostonese.com file photo).
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World Tea Organization Holds Lecture at MIT

Cambridge, MA, August 5, 2016, — World Tea Organization (WTeaO) Lecture on Tea, Nanomedicine and human health at MIT was given by: Dr. Qizhen Du (ZAFU Food Science Professor) & Dr. Xingcai Zhang (Tea & Nano-medicine researcher) earlier this week. The lecture covered the History of Tea for Human Health, Chemistry and Health Benefits of Tea, Tea and Cancer Prevention/ Drug Delivery System etc by Dr. Zhang and Improving the Bioavailability of EGCG by Nanotechnology etc by Dr. Du.
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Feng Zhang, 34, among Five Faculty Members Granted Tenure at MIT School of Science

(Original title: Five School of Science faculty members granted tenure. From MIT News)

Cambridge, Mass., — The School of Science recently announced that five of its faculty members have been granted tenure by MIT.
Clockwise from top left: Oliver Jagoutz, Markus Klute, Elizabeth Nolan, Philippe Rigollet, Feng Zhang.
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MIT’s Feng Zhang Wins Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science

Boston, June 20, 2016, — MIT News reported on June 18 that Feng Zhang, a core institute member of the Broad Institute and an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, has been named a 2016 Tang Prize Laureate in Biopharmaceutical Science for his role in developing the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system and demonstrating pioneering uses in eukaryotic cells.
Dr. Feng Zhang (left) at his lab.
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Dr. Xiu-Min Li Wins 2016 Future of Health Technology Award

Cambridge, Mass., May 16, 2016, — Dr. Xiu-Min Li of Mount Sinai Hospital was recently awarded 2016 Future of Health Technology Award for Innovative Research on Botanical Drugs for Allergies and Immune System Diseases. The award ceremony was held at MIT. Counselor Xing Jijun of Chinese Consulate in New York City attended the event and congratulated Dr. Li for winning the prestigious award.
(L to R) Counselor Xing Jijun, Barbara Winston and Professor Xiu-Min Li at the award ceremony.
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Autobiography From Tsinghua to M.I.T. Released in Lexington

By Xinming Li, bostonese.com

Lexington, Mass., June 22, 2015, — Boston Bilingual Media and Publishing (BBMP) Inc. held a book release party at Yangtze River restaurant in Lexington on June 20. Over a dozen friends attended the party to congratulate Prof. Shih Ying Lee for releasing his auto-biography From Tsinghua to M.I.T. — My Journey from Education to Entrepreneurship, including Prof. Gang Chen, head of M.I.T. mechanical engineer department and Prof. Larry Ho of Harvard University.
Mr. and Mrs. Shih Ying Lee (2nd and 3rd from right, front row) at the book release party(photos by Yue Guan).
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Studying at M.I.T. During WWII

(Note: Prof. Lee graduated from Tsinghua University in 1940. Tsinghua University was relocated to Kunming in Southern China after Japanese troops started full-scale invasion to China on July 7, 1937. In the summer of 1942, he flow from Kunming to India with the help of the Flying Tigers, and then took a long boat ride to New York City. After completing his master’s and PhD studies in just two and half years, Prof. Lee later became a full professor at M.I.T. and started two companies successfully. This article is from his autobiography From Tsinghua to M.I.T., soon to be published by Boston Bilingual Media and Publishing Inc.)

By Shih-Ying Lee

I arrived in Cambridge in early October 1942 and immediately registered at M.I.T. Since I was rather late to register, there was no space in the dormitories for graduate students. Most of my classmates were foreign students from South America, Turkey, China and other countries. Most American students below age 30 were drafted to fight in WWII.
M.I.T. Chinese Students Club, 1942. Prof. Lee was in the front row, 2nd from left.
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Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus Becomes the First Woman to Receive IEEE Medal of Honor

Boston, May 4, 2015, — Information letter from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to its member Dr. Xingcai Zhang (who got five degrees in STEM, and is also known as Dr. Tea, the Founder of www.mylovetea.com) says: “This June, when the IEEE confers its highest accolade, the IEEE Medal of Honor, upon Mildred Dresselhaus, that will break a nearly century-long streak during which the award was given only to men.
Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus, Prof. Jing Kong (MIT), Prof Yingying Zhang(Tsinghua University) and Dr.Xingcai Zhang(Dr. Tea , Founder of My Love Tea) were speakers and they posed at 2010 MSNT conference (provided to bostonese.com)
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MIT Asian Economic Conference Attracts Business Leaders

By Jing Xia, bostonese.com

Cambridge, Mass., April 28, 2015, — The MIT fifth annual Asian Economic Conference was recently held the MIT Media Lab, which was organized by the MIT Sloan School of Management, Sohu, Yamah and other famous Asian corporate sponsors. Alibaba, MassMutual Holding and more than 20-well-known business executives were invited as guest speakers, with over 500 attendees.
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