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MIT Energy Initiative eNewsletter
April 2014

Excitons observed in action for the first time

Technique reveals the motion of energy-carrying quasiparticles in solid material.

A molecular approach to solar power

Switchable material could harness the power of the sun — even when it’s not shining.

Strain can alter materials’ properties

New field of "strain engineering" could open up areas of materials research with many potential applications.

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

New power plant design could provide enhanced safety, easier siting, and centralized construction.

How electrodes charge and discharge

New MIT analysis probes charge transfer in porous battery electrodes for the first time.

Improving the Pollution-Mortality Link

Harvard, MIT researchers show the need for an improved approach to measuring pollution’s effects on human health.

Nominate a Colleague for a C3E Award!

Recognizing outstanding mid-career women in clean energy with $8,000 awards for excellence in eight different categories. Submit your nomination by May 15th.

C3E Student Poster Competition

Are you a female graduate student researching clean energy policies, tools, or technologies that cities are - or could be - employing?
Then apply to enter the poster competition by June 1st!

Reseacher Profiles         Around Campus               In the News   

Michael Greenstone on the experimental method in environmental economics

MIT economist makes the case for new quasi-experiments as a way of studying environmental issues.

MIT’s Glasmeier Awarded for Economic Development and Policy Work

Energy Education Task Force Co-Chair receives honor from the Association of American Geographers.

MIT Soft House Wins Architizer A+ Award

Housing design wins the jury’s vote for Residential Low Rise category

MIT Earth Week 2014 Continues

The MIT community is challenged to Re:Think Consumption - a critical exploration of how we design, produce, consume, and dispose of the “stuff” in our lives.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame visits MIT

MIT President L. Rafael Reif and Professor Maria Zuber host discussion about collaborations; climate-change observatory in the works.

Schlumberger Awards NSE Grad Student

Yan Chen is awarded the Faculty for the Future fellowship supporting women role models.

Nanoparticle Networks Promise Cheaper Batteries for Storing Renewable Energy

via MIT Tech Review

MIT's Yet-Ming Chiang works to address the intermittency of solar and wind power.

The Cost of Limiting Climate Change Could Double without Carbon Capture Technology

via MIT Tech Review

MITEI’s Howie Herzog comments on the development of CCS technology

Crowdsourcing climate change, one contest at a time

via The Guardian

At MIT's Climate CoLab, competitors battle for the ultimate prize: a sustainable future
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