The Curiosity Unbounded podcast brings you behind the scenes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through conversations between MIT President Sall...
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Build your own superpower, then share it with the world — Fadel Adib
Fadel Adib is an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His work pushes the limits of wireless sensing: to monitor climate change in the oceans; to impact food production, health, and space exploration; and to see through walls.In this episode, MIT President Sally Kornbluth talks with Adib about his work and how he’s inspired to solve pressing global issues. Along the way, they discuss his belief in the importance of inspiring others and democratizing advanced tools and technologies, as well as his early life in Lebanon and his family-held belief that education has the power to change lives.Links:Fadel AdibThe Big Bang Theory episodeEmerald InnovationsSignal Kinetics groupCartesian SystemsMIT 100k Entrepreneurship CompetitionSenseaTimestamps:(01:38) - The superpower question(07:48) - Detecting emotions through walls and The Big Bang Theory episode(09:00) - Ocean work and implications for aquaculture, climate change, and space exploration(17:50) - Early life in Lebanon(21:10) - Democratization of technology(25:52) - Family and the importance of education(28:26) - Local impact(29:24) - Public education through videosShow notes and transcript:https://news.mit.edu/podcast/podcast-curiosity-unbounded-episode-4-build-your-own-superpower-then-share-it-worldJoin the mailing list or send us feedback:https://eepurl.com/ixPQPA
Decoding the tree of life — Greg Fournier
Greg Fournier is an associate professor of geobiology at MIT. Greg’s work focuses on the microbial world, and by studying the evolution of microbes, he and his team further our understanding of the history of life on Earth.In this episode, MIT President Sally Kornbluth and Fournier discuss fine-tuning our understanding of evolution; lab life and how research surprises often lead to new discoveries; and advice for those just beginning a career in science.Links:Greg FournierFournier LabCraters of the MoonWind CavePermian–Triassic mass extinctionPurgatory ChasmNASA postdoctoral fellowshipCourse 1EAPS (Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences)Show notes and transcript:https://news.mit.edu/podcast/podcast-curiosity-unbounded-episode-3-decoding-tree-lifeJoin the mailing list or send us feedback:https://eepurl.com/ixPQPA
Bureaucracies, dictatorships, and the power of Africa's people — Mai Hassan
In this episode, MIT President Sally Kornbluth sits down with associate professor of political science and faculty co-director of MIT-Africa, Mai Hassan. Her work looks at bureaucracy, public administration, and the state in Africa, and more recently, how people mobilize against repressive dictatorships.Links:Mai HassanMIT-AfricaRegime Threats and State SolutionsShow notes and transcript:https://news.mit.edu/podcast/podcast-curiosity-unbounded-episode-2-bureaucracies-dictatorships-and-power-africas-peopleJoin the mailing list or send us feedback:https://eepurl.com/ixPQPA
How a free-range kid from Maine is helping green-up industrial practices — Desirée Plata
In this episode, MIT President Sally Kornbluth sits down with newly tenured associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, Desirée Plata. Her work focuses on making industrial processes more environmentally friendly, and removing methane (a key factor in global warming) from the air.Links:Desirée PlataWoods Hole OceanographicPlata LabGlobal Methane Pledge2.00b Toy Product DesignShow notes and transcript:https://news.mit.edu/podcast/podcast-curiosity-unbounded-episode-1-how-free-range-kid-maine-helping-green-industrialJoin the mailing list or send us feedback:https://eepurl.com/ixPQPA
The Curiosity Unbounded podcast brings you behind the scenes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through conversations between MIT President Sally Kornbluth and the people working in its labs and in the field. Along the way, Sally and her guests discuss pressing issues, as well as what inspires the people running at the world’s toughest challenges at one of the most innovative institutions on the planet.