Public opinion study in Europe shows drop in anti-immigration sentiment, among other changes

Surveys spanning recent decades also reveal geographic differences and gender gap in economic views.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | May 16, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science social-sciences immigration government women research europe policy alumniae

‘Next to zero’ chance that apelike fossil is our direct ancestor

A new analysis challenges the claim that a 2-million-year-old fossil came from a human ancestor.

Matt Wood-U. Chicago | May 14, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology early-humans evolution fossils human-evolution skeletons

Caught between criminals and cops

Using virtual reality, doctoral candidate Andrew Miller gauges citizens' faith in law enforcement in the face of gang violence.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Political Science | May 13, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: political-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences security-studies-and-military police research students graduate graduate postdoctoral profile augmented-and-virtual-reality

Building a community for statistics and data science at MIT and beyond

Third annual MIT Statistics and Data Science conference gathers a growing interdisciplinary community of researchers and practitioners.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society | May 10, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: special-events-and-guest-speakers statistics data idss research economics algorithms electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

The (evolving) art of war

In new book, political scientist Taylor Fravel uncovers the modern history of Chinese military strategy.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | May 8, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: sciences political-science social-sciences china faculty books-and-authors research international-relations school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Harvard, Tufts, MIT stage 3-day humanitarian disaster simulation

About 250 faculty, students, and volunteers descended on Massachusetts’ Harold Parker State Forest last weekend for a disaster simulation aimed to prepare students studying humanitarian disaster response for the real thing.

Alvin Powell | May 3, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine ahmed-nasser alvin-powell benjamin-aiwonodagbon disaster-relief field-hospital global-disaster-response-program harold-parker-state-forest harvard-humanitarian-initiative harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health humanitarian-academy-at-harvard lindsey-martin massachusetts-general-hospital sarah-klem simulation stephanie-kayden

Denisovans: Primitive humans lived at high altitudes

Scientists find evidence an ancient human species called a Denisovan lived at high altitudes in Tibet.

By Paul Rincon | May 1, 2019 | bbcnews
~4 mins   

Tags: human-evolution fossils tibet

Harvard fellow and ex-astronaut Ochoa reflects on Apollo landing

Fifty years ago this summer, Neil Armstrong took his “giant leap for mankind” on the moon. In his wake hundreds of others have flown into space, including Ellen Ochoa, a four-time shuttle astronaut who stepped down as director of the Johnson Space Center in 2018 and is currently a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.

Alvin Powell | April 19, 2019 | harvard
~18 mins   

Tags: science-technology alvin-powell apollo-moon-landings astronaut center-for-public-leadership ellen-ochoa harvard-kennedy-school human-spaceflight johnson-space-center space-shuttle visiting-fellow

MIT faculty launch collaborations around the world

MISTI Global Seed Funds program awards another $2 million to researchers across the Institute.

MISTI | April 17, 2019 | mit
~3 mins   

Tags: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences misti research faculty funding international-initiatives global center-for-international-studies collaboration

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