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ISSUE #124

The Green Real Deal Edition

Anne White named the head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Anne White, associate professor of nuclear science and engineering, and associate director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at MIT, has been named the new head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, effective July 1. Joining MIT in 2009, White has taught a variety of nuclear science courses and has become one of the most prominent leaders in assessing and refining the mathematical models used in fusion reactor design.


WHAT TO READ
Innovating a Green Real Deal

Science Magazine

Ernest Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and founding director of MITEI, writes about the broad principles of his concept for a Green Real Deal. This plan would translate the aspirations of a Green New Deal for socially just greenhouse gas reductions into action within the constraints of technical, cost, and social realities.
A droplet walks into an electric field

MIT News

Justin Beroz, graduate student in the departments of mechanical engineering and physics and John Hart, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, have come up with a formula that determines when water droplets will burst in an electric field. This discovery could help engineers who are working in the fields of air or water purification, space propulsion, molecular analysis, and more.
Researchers solve mystery of how gas bubbles form in liquid

MIT News

A study by researchers at MIT and Princeton University shows that under certain conditions, air bubbles in liquid can be coaxed to form spheres as perfectly matched as droplets. This could have implications for the development of microfluidic devices for biomedical research and how we understand the way natural gas interacts with petroleum in the tiny pore spaces of underground rock formations.
Building the tools of the next manufacturing revolution

MIT News

From industrializing 3-D printing to creating nanomaterials at scale, John Hart is reimagining the way things are made. Hart, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, says we have a "prime responsibility to consider the sustainability of the manufacturing technologies that we develop."


WHAT TO WATCH
Point of inception: Creating sustainability-oriented innovations from the start

MIT YouTube

Professor Desiree Plata and her students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are finding ways to solve environmental problems of the past—and prevent those of the future.

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WHAT TO DO
MIT Clean Energy Prize

Apply by June 21, 2019

Are you ready to help lead the oldest and largest student-run venture competition in the energy space? The Clean Energy Prize at MIT is looking for Directors for 2019-2020. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Apply now.


 

Reshaping Development Pathways in Least Developed Countries Contest

Proposals due by July 1, 2019

The global community is invited to submit innovative, scalable solutions and best practices to restore degraded landscapes, helping vulnerable communities in Least Developed Countries to become more climate resilient. The most promising solution has the opportunity to win $10,000 in funding and an all expenses paid trip to the UN SG Climate Summit in September 2019 in New York to present their winning proposal.

This contest is sponsored by the MIT Climate CoLab, in partnership with Global Resilience Partnership, UK aid, and UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R. Submit your proposal.

 

C3E Poster Competition

Apply by September 1, 2019

The C3E Poster Competition is an opportunity for students and early-career female researchers to present their work and make new connections at the Eighth Annual U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. The Symposium will be held on November 13-14, 2019 at Texas A&M University.​Check out eligibility guidelines and apply.

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Mitigating climate change through technology and policy is critical for underserved communities, those hit first and worst by extreme weather .

⁠— Ernest Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, offers a "Green Real Deal."

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BEFORE YOU GO...

100 Million Degrees

Anne White, the incoming head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and her team have been developing diagnostic techniques that allow for simultaneous measurements of fluctuations in plasma density and temperature in the core and edge of tokamak reactors—large toroidal devices in which plasmas reach temperatures higher than 100 million degrees. 

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