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Día Internacional de la Mujer 2011.

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Entrega de Silla de Ruedas.

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Compartiendo con nuestras socias y socios de la tercera edad de Molino Abajo, Temoaya, Estado de México.

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Día de la Niñez 2011 con nuestras socias y socios de San Lorenzo Tepaltitlán, Toluca, Estado de México.

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Entrega de Silla de Ruedas.

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“Yo Me Declaro Defensor” de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos

Participación en la campaña “Yo Me Declaro Defensor” de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos por la Alta Comisionada de los Derechos Humanos de la ONU Navy Pillay. Más »

Entrega de Reconocimiento al Lic. Enrique Peña Nieto por su apoyo como gobernador a los grupos vulnerables de nuestra Asociación.

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Compartiendo con nuestras socias y socios de la tercera edad en Molino Abajo, Temoaya, Estado de México.

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Compartiendo con nuestras socias y socios de la tercera edad en Molino Abajo, Temoaya, Estado de México.

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Thelma Dorantes Autora y Actriz principal de la obra de Teatro \\\\

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Premio Nacional del Trabajo 2012.

Entrega a los trabajadores de la Dirección de Organización y Desarrollo Administrativo de la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México del Premio Nacional del Trabajo 2012 por la Secretaría de Trabajo y Previsión Social del Gobierno de México. Más »


Houston gives a Texas-sized welcome to the MIT Better World Tour

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A series of MIT Better World events has shined a spotlight on a number of MIT communities across the globe and the unique strengths that each region shares with the Institute and its mission to build a better world. On Jan. 19, these connections had special resonance when more than 400 alumni and friends gathered at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, for the largest-ever MIT event in Texas. 

Greg Turner ’74, MArch ’77 president and founder of Turner Duran Architects, and recipient of the MIT Alumni Association Bronze Beaver Award, welcomed attendees and introduced MIT president L. Rafael Reif.

“Last August, the whole world had its eyes on Houston,” said Reif. “Since then, this city has demonstrated exceptional resilience, creativity, and strength.” Like Houston, Reif noted, MIT relies on courage to explore new ideas, particularly in the face of daunting challenges. Other guest speakers in the evening’s program included MIT faculty members Dina Katabi and Paulo Lozano, and Olympic gold-medalist and Texas native Jordan Malone.

Dina Katabi SM ’99, PhD ’03 traces the start of her career in wireless technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to a childhood obsession with the “Star Wars” films. “I really wanted to feel the force,” she said, “[and] I have continued to search for that force here at MIT as a student and … faculty member.” Katabi, who is originally from Damascus, Syria, is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. She and her colleagues developed Emerald, a groundbreaking tool for wireless monitoring of physiological signals like respiration, heart rate, medication response, and sleep quality. Katabi believes that Emerald will be a powerful force in health care and credits MIT’s unique culture for enabling her to develop these “outside-the-box” ideas.

The forces that propel the work of Paulo Lozano SM ’98, PhD ’03 are revolutionary micropropulsion systems for satellites. Lozano studied space propulsion as an MIT student and is now the director of MIT’s Space Propulsion Laboratory. He also teaches space and rocket propulsion, fluid mechanics, and plasma physics to undergraduates for which he received MIT’s Outstanding Faculty UROP Mentor Award. Lozano hopes that his work will accelerate discovery by enabling more countries, like his native Mexico, to engage in space exploration. Lozano sees a kinship between MIT and space: “Like space, MIT doesn’t belong to one country, it belongs to the whole world.”

For Jordan Malone, it is the forces of acceleration — up to 3.2Gs in a turn — that have shaped his career as an Olympic speed skater and MIT mechanical engineering major. Malone took up speed skating to boost his chances of getting into MIT and, along the way, won bronze and silver Olympic medals (at the Vancouver and Sochi games, respectively) and dozens of other championship titles. Today, he pairs his passion for skating and engineering prowess to improve the technology and tools of the sport. At MIT, he said, “it takes everything you’ve got just to keep up,” and yet “we are all trying to make an impact. It’s impossible not to have that attitude when you’re exposed to the momentum that is MIT.”

President Reif returned to the stage to thank Malone, Lozano, and Katabi for sharing a “sample of the future” created by the people of MIT, and he encouraged the MIT community of Houston to support the MIT Campaign for a Better World. With their help, he said, MIT can realize its vision of “a future where prosperity is measured not in dollars alone,” but in the currencies of art and culture, innovation and technology, “and the richness of human understanding.”

The Better World tour continues with events on Feb. 20 in Seattle, Washington, and March 8 in Miami, Florida. To learn more or reserve your seat at either event, visit the MIT Better World Events webpage

“American Panda,” set on MIT campus, explores cultural stereotypes

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The young adult novel, “American Panda,” recently arrived in bookstores for the Lunar New Year. The book, the debut novel of dentist-turned-writer Gloria Chao ’08 is set on the MIT campus. The protagonist, Mei, struggles between Taiwanese and American cultural values, particularly involving romance and career. The interview below with Chao reveals her motivations, what’s next in her writing career, and her favorite holiday foods.

Q: What are some of the important messages in “American Panda” about how young Asian-Americans can balance their heritage and their contemporary life in the U.S.?

A: I wanted “American Panda” to show readers that they aren’t alone, that it’s okay to not feel wholly one thing or another, and that cultural gaps can be difficult. I wanted to capture the struggles I went through as a teen that were difficult to explain to my friends, and to write a character that was relatable to many but also specific enough to show a window into another world. I also wanted readers to know that things can get better, as they did for me in real life. It took 30 years, but my parents and I learned how to communicate, and a large part of that was in thanks to this book, which forced us to talk through some of the past and, more importantly, the present.

There isn’t one right answer for balancing heritage and a contemporary life in the U.S., but I tried to capture one Taiwanese-American experience in the book: mine. I’m still figuring things out, but I hope some of my experiences can help others.

Q: Why did you decide to focus on writing young adult novels? And what’s next?

A: When I was in dental school, I fell in love with young adult novels, and when I decided to switch careers, I wanted to write the book I needed as a teen. I had a very windy path here, but writing is what I’m most passionate about. I just wish I had discovered it sooner so I could have taken advantage of MIT’s impressive creative writing curriculum! I took one class, [21W.021/21W.024] Writing and Experience, with Lucy Marx, and absolutely loved it, and one of my regrets is not exploring 21W more!

My second novel recently sold to Simon Pulse and will be released fall 2019. “Misaligned” follows a teen outcast who is swept up in a forbidden romance and down a rabbit hole of dark family secrets when another Asian family moves to her small, predominantly white Midwestern town.

For an MIT insider’s comments, read The Tech review by first-year student Patricia Gao.

Happy Year of the Dog!

Q: What are your best personal memories of Chinese New Year?

A: My family is very food-oriented, especially at the New Year. We like to follow some of the fun traditions, like ordering fish because the Chinese word for “fish” (魚) is a homonym for “surplus” (餘), and eating dumplings because they look like old Chinese money. Some of my favorite Chinese New Year memories involve big family gatherings with my grandmother and aunts flying in from Minnesota for a huge feast with several courses. Fish slathered in sweet-and-sour sauce, pork shoulder, sometimes even Peking duck. And we’d always finish with my favorite Chinese dessert: eight-treasure rice with candied fruits, nuts, plums, and other deliciousness. Another one of our Chinese New Year traditions is to pay respect to my late grandfathers. After honoring the deceased, my brothers and I used to receive a red envelope with money inside.

A version of this article originally appeared on the MIT Alumni Association’s Slice of MIT blog.

Geophysicists and atmospheric scientists partner to track typhoons’ seismic footprints

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Fuente: Princeton University Science and Technology Stories

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Climatologists are often asked, “Is climate change making hurricanes stronger?” but they can’t give a definitive answer because the global hurricane record only goes back to the dawn of the satellite era. But now, an intersection of disciplines — seismology, atmospheric sciences and oceanography — offers an untapped data source: the seismic record, which dates back to the early 20th century.

An international team of researchers has found a new way to identify the movement and intensity of hurricanes, typhoons and other tropical cyclones by tracking the way they shake the seafloor, as recorded on seismometers on islands and near the coast. After looking at 13 years of data from the northwest Pacific Ocean, they have found statistically significant correlations between seismic data and storms. Their work was published Feb. 15 in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Lucia Gualtieri, a postdoctoral researcher in geosciences, superimposed an image of the seismogram recording a tropical cyclone above a satellite image showing the storm moving across the northwest Pacific Ocean. Gualtieri and her colleagues have found a way to track the movement and intensity of typhoons by looking at seismic data.

The group of experts was assembled by Princeton University’s Lucia Gualtieri, a postdoctoral research associate in geosciences, and Salvatore Pascale, an associate research scholar in atmospheric and oceanic sciences.

Most people associate seismology with earthquakes, said Gualtieri, but the vast majority of the seismic record shows low-intensity movements from a different source: the oceans. “A seismogram is basically the movement of the ground. It records earthquakes, because an earthquake makes the ground shake. But it also records all the tiny other movements,” from passing trains to hurricanes. “Typhoons show up very well in the record,” she said.

Because there is no way to know when an earthquake will hit, seismometers run constantly, always poised to record an earthquake’s dramatic arrival. In between these earth-shaking events, they track the background rumbling of the planet. Until about 20 years ago, geophysicists dismissed this low-intensity rumbling as noise, Gualtieri said.

“What is noise? Noise is a signal we don’t understand,” said Pascale, who is also an associate research scientist at the National and Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

Just as astronomers have discovered that the static between radio stations gives us information about the cosmic background, seismologists have discovered that the low-level “noise” recorded by seismograms is the signature of wind-driven ocean storms, the cumulative effect of waves crashing on beaches all over the planet or colliding with each other in the open sea.

One ocean wave acting alone is not strong enough to generate a seismic signature at the frequencies she was examining, explained Gualtieri, because typical ocean waves only affect the upper few feet of the sea. “The particle motion decays exponentially with depth, so at the seafloor you don’t see anything,” she said. “The main mechanism to generate seismic abnormalities from a typhoon is to have two ocean waves interacting with each other.” When two waves collide, they generate vertical pressure that can reach the seafloor and jiggle a nearby seismometer.

When a storm is large enough — and storms classified as hurricanes or typhoons are — it will leave a seismic record lasting several days. Previous researchers have successfully traced individual large storms on a seismogram, but Gualtieri came at the question from the opposite side: can a seismogram find any large storm in the area?

Gualtieri and her colleagues found a statistically significant agreement between the occurrence of tropical cyclones and large-amplitude, long-lasting seismic signals with short periods, between three and seven seconds, called “secondary microseisms.” They were also able to calculate the typhoons’ strength from these tiny fluctuations, which they successfully correlated to the observed intensity of the storms.

In short, the seismic record had enough data to identify when typhoons happened and how strong they were.

“There is little doubt that this will be considered a landmark paper in the future,” said Andreas Fichtner, an associate professor of earth sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, who was not involved in this research. “We suddenly see that the data we [seismologists] collected for decades for totally different purposes contain much more information than we could have anticipated. … I am sure their work will stimulate the installation of new measurement networks dedicated to weather/climate research.”

So far, the researchers have focused on the ocean off the coast of Asia because of its powerful typhoons and good network of seismic stations. Their next steps include refining their method and examining other storm basins, starting with the Caribbean and the East Pacific.

And then they will tackle the historic seismic record: “When we have a very defined method and have applied this method to all these other regions, we want to start to go back in time,” said Gualtieri.

While global storm information goes back only to the early days of the satellite era, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the first modern seismograms were created in the 1880s. Unfortunately, the oldest records exist only on paper, and few historical records have been digitized.

“If all this data can be made available, we could have records going back more than a century, and then we could try to see any trend or change in intensity of tropical cyclones over a century or more,” said Pascale. “It’s very difficult to establish trends in the intensity of tropical cyclones — to see the impact of global warming. Models and theories suggest that they should become more intense, but it’s important to find observational evidence.”

“This new technique, if it can be shown to be valid across all tropical-cyclone prone basins, effectively lengthens the satellite era,” said Morgan O’Neill, a T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellow in geosciences at the University of Chicago, who was not involved in this study. “It extends the period of time over which we have global coverage of tropical cyclone occurrence and intensity,” she said.

The researchers’ ability to correlate seismic data with storm intensity is vital, said Allison Wing, an assistant professor of earth, ocean and atmospheric science at Florida State University, who was not involved in this study. “When it comes to understanding tropical cyclones — what controls their variability and their response to climate and climate change — having more data is better, in particular data that can tell us about intensity, which their method seems to do. … It helps us constrain the range of variability that hurricane intensity can have.”

This connection between storms and seismicity began when Gualtieri decided to play with hurricane data in her free time, she said. But when she superimposed the hurricane data over the seismic data, she knew she was on to something. “I said, ‘Wow, there’s something more than just play. Let’s contact someone who can help.’”

Her research team ultimately grew to include a second seismologist, two atmospheric scientists and a statistician. “The most challenging part was establishing communications with scientists coming from different backgrounds,” said Pascale. “Often, in different fields in science, we speak different dialects, different scientific dialects.”

“Lucia is a seismologist and Salvatore is a climatologist,” said Fichtner. “Admittedly, these two communities do not talk to each other very much — not because we do not like each other, but because we used to think that we do not have too many things to share. For me, this work is a beautiful example that great science can happen by talking to people outside our own domain.”

“This is how science evolves,” said Pascale. “Historically, it’s always been like that. Disciplines first evolve within their own kingdom, then a new field is born.”

The article, “The persistent signature of tropical cyclones in ambient seismic noise” by Lucia Gualtieri, Suzana Camargo, Salvatore Pascale, Flavio Pons and Göran Ekström, was published Feb. 15 in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Gualtieri’s research was supported by a Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship, Princeton University and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Camargo received support from NOAA grants NA15OAR4310095 and NA16OAR4310079. Pascale was supported by the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate Science grant NA14OAR4320106. This is Lamont–Doherty Contribution Number 8172.

Q&A: Henriette Huldisch on video, art, and technology

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“The history of time-based art and technology are entwined,” notes Henriette Huldisch, director of exhibitions and curator for the MIT List Visual Arts Center, in her catalogue for “Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995.” Yet, we rarely pause to consider how the physical attributes of our sleek, flat, and increasingly portable screens change our relationship to the content they deliver to us.

In “Before Projection,” Huldisch examines a time period when artists used the sculptural qualities of the cubic monitor for video installations of various scale and complexity. Now that the strong association between these boxy monitors and broadcast television has receded into media history, Huldisch feels the aesthetic qualities of these works can be newly appreciated. “Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995” presents and reappraises a largely overlooked body of media art — monitor-based sculptures created before large-scale, cinematic installation dramatically transformed video art. This tightly focused exhibition includes rarely seen works by artists Dara Birnbaum, Ernst Caramelle, Takahiko Iimura, Shigeko Kubota, Mary Lucier, Muntadas, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Friederike Pezold, Adrian Piper, Diana Thater, and Maria Vedder, several of whom were MIT artist fellows or faculty.

The exhibit is on view at the MIT List Visual Art Center from Feb. 7 to April 15. The show is part of a region-wide collaboration, with 14 partner institutions, focused on art and technology, which was spearheaded by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

In this Q&A, Huldisch discusses the works in the List exhibition, MIT’s role in creating and presenting new media works, and how monitor-based video sculpture can illuminate our current relationship to screens.

Q: How did the idea for the exhibition come about? And, importantly, the collaboration with so many other local institutions?

A: The idea for this show has percolated for a long time. At the risk of going back a little too far, I have a background in film and video art. I started as assistant curator of film and video at the Whitney Museum and then later worked at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin where I was in charge of all the time-based media in the permanent collection.

When I entered the art world in the early 2000s, large scale projected cinematic installation was everywhere. Over the years, I became more and more interested in those works and collections that nobody seemed to be paying attention to — works made between the late ’70s and mid-’90s employing loads of monitors, whether those were stacks of video monitors, monitor walls, or large environments. It seemed like these works had instantly gone out of favor once cinematic projection developed. I’ve wanted to bring some of those works out again for years. I’ve joked that this exhibition is partly based on my love for unfashionable video art.

When the ICA announced their “Art in the Age of the Internet” show, Eva Respini and Jill Medvedow initiated a city-wide conversation to invite people to do related projects under the larger umbrella of art and technology. I thought the List show — despite being both analogue, in the original presentations, and largely pre-internet — would be an interesting counterpoint for two reasons. One, because, it also looks at the relationships between the availability and development of technology and equipment in relationship to certain artistic, aesthetic, and formal concerns. Secondly, it suddenly seems timely because after more than a decade of large-scale projections in the museum, in our daily lives we’ve returned to looking at quite small screens and having flat screens all around us. So this was an opportune moment to think about an earlier time when artists were using boxy CRT monitors as sculptural material.

Q: How did you narrow your focus to decide what to include in the show?

A: Our galleries are 5,000 square feet, so clearly this show had to be quite focused rather than aiming for comprehensiveness. Rather than show a paternalistic lineage of iconic firsts, I wanted  to highlight certain figures who have been rarely shown in the United States.  And I included a majority of female artists, to bring out the fact that women were on the forefront of picking up the video camera in the ’70s, and in fact throughout the medium’s history.

I started mid-1970s because I wanted to separate the show from very early experimentation in video and the discourse around what were at one time considered these essential properties of film and video, live feedback, and duration. The endpoint is when video projection equipment becomes more widely available and starts to replace monitor presentations in art exhibitions. To be clear, video projection was used sporadically as early as the 1970s, but the projectors were very cumbersome, very heavy, very expensive and simply not the norm.

When the technology became more accessible — whether cheaper, more geared toward the consumer market, or easier to handle — that’s the moment in the early mid-’90s when video projection comes in. And hand-in-hand with projection, actually comes the switch to digital video.

Q: You mentioned this type of work falling out of favor in the mid-’90s. Why did that happen?

A: I believe one reason was the monitor’s intractable association with broadcast television, which many considered to be vapid commercial entertainment and ideological instrument. Video sculpture, and video art in general, had to define themselves in relation to or in critical opposition against broadcast TV. Now that a cube monitor or a boxy television set is difficult to find and practically a nostalgic object, it’s easier for people to see the sculptural engagements that people were involved with from the beginning.

Q: There are several works by the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) Fellows included in the show. Could you talk about those works?

A: There are several direct connections to CAVS. We have on view an Ernst Caramelle work, “Video-Ping-Pong, 1974.” He was a fellow in CAVS and made this piece at MIT using video technology available here. It’s a very funny work, playing on the relationship between the human figure and the monitor, and the recorded image versus the live image.

It records a ping pong match between two people, which is then played back on two monitors on AV carts positioned in front of a “real” ping pong table. At times people can actually play, so you have this juxtaposition. This work premiered in the Hayden Gallery, the current List Center’s predecessor, in 1975.

We are also showing a sculpture called “Charlotte Moorman II” (1995), one of Nam June Paik’s video robots, from the collection of the Rose Art Museum. This piece employs small vintage monitors to form a sculptural portrait of Paik’s longtime collaborator and friend, Moorman. Moorman and Paik were both fellows in CAVS in 1986 and 1982, respectively.

Muntadas taught here for many years, and he had a solo show at the List Center in 1995. We’re showing his piece “​Credits,” presented on a wall-mounted monitor that you encounter toward the end of the exhibition.

Q: What would you say has been MIT’s influence on time-based work more generally?

A: One of the interesting points about early video history is that it wasn’t necessarily art institutions who were its main champions. Even though there were some museums that exhibited it quite early, experimental producing centers, like CAVS, played a major role. Also places like Electronic Arts Intermix in New York, Bay Area Video Coalition or WGBH in Boston were instrumental in  providing artists access to equipment and resources. Of course, CAVS did that too, and so played a critical role in facilitating artists’ engagement with that medium.

Q: Is the collaboration with the ICA, Harvard, and all the other institutions, a novel thing for the List? What would you like the audience to gain from this type of citywide survey?

A: I am not aware that art institutions in Boston have come together under a thematic umbrella like this before, so I think it is really exciting. It will function differently for different audiences. For people in Boston, it will provide very rich and diverse number of shows that allow you to think about how technology is used in art in general.

We’re also hoping that this critical mass of exhibitions will attract an art audience from out of town. People might not come for one good show, but if there are five or six to see, there’s a greater chance that people will actually make the trip.

Murthy receives BRAIN grant to study social interactions

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Mala Murthy is leading a team of Princeton researchers that has received a $2.2 million grant to investigate the brain’s mechanisms at work in social interactions between two animals, from processing each other’s cues to generating complex behaviors in response.

The research was selected by the National Institutes of Health for funding related to the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

“The BRAIN Initiative is absolutely critical for supporting pioneering projects like ours that aim to uncover fundamental principles of brain function,” Murthy said.

Impairments in processing social information and generating appropriate responses underlie several human disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and autism spectrum disorder. The work will focus in particular on the courtship interactions of the vinegar fly, Drosophila melanogaster.

“During courtship, flies both process myriad sensory cues from their partner and generate a number of dynamic behaviors, including the production of courtship songs,” Murthy said. The researchers will use this model system to uncover general principles of neural circuit function that will inform studies of sensorimotor integration in more complex systems.

The BRAIN Initiative is a large-scale effort to push the boundaries of neuroscience research and equip scientists to understand and treat a wide variety of brain disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, autism and traumatic brain injury.

The highly interdisciplinary project involves state-of-the-art methods in neural circuit analysis, behavioral analysis and theoretical modeling, so the researchers assembled “a multi-PI group” that covers all relevant expertise: Murthy herself, an associate professor of molecular biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute faculty scholar; William Bialek, the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics (LSI); Jonathan Pillow, an associate professor of psychology and the PNI; and Joshua Shaevitz, a professor of physics and the LSI.

Princeton seniors Berman, Varagur win Gates Cambridge Scholarships

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Princeton University seniors Adam Berman and Kaamya Varagur have been awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships. The awards give outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. The program was established in 2000 by a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Cambridge to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

The recipients are among 35 U.S. winners of the scholarship. A total of 90 scholarships are typically awarded each year, with international winners selected in the spring.

Adam Berman

Adam Berman

Adam Berman, of San Antonio, Texas, is a computer science major who is pursuing certificates in quantitative and computational biology, creative writing, and technology and society. He will study for a Ph.D. in medical science at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. His research will focus on how to apply computational methods to study the genetic basis of cancer.

After earning his Ph.D., Berman plans to continue using computational techniques to study cancer as a postdoctoral researcher, then as a professor. He is especially interested in examining the relationship between metabolic alterations and cancer development through the analysis of cancer genomes.

“My longer-term career goal is to make a novel contribution to our understanding of cancer metabolism via computational analysis,” he said. “Ideally, this contribution would be generalizable to different cancers, and would be useful to the development of new treatment therapies.”

Berman has worked closely with Mona Singh, professor of computer science and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, building a computational pipeline capable of utilizing publicly available genomic data to identify metabolites relevant to breast cancer development.

In 2017, Berman attended National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, where he built a mobile application with a team of graduate students. His contribution was an algorithm that could dynamically scale 3-D, augmented reality objects based on a user’s GPS location. Previously, he worked as a research intern in the biology department at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

A member of Mathey College, Berman has participated in the HackPrinceton hackathon and is co-president of Princeton’s Unix Users’ Group. He received the Morris W. Croll Poetry Prize for best undergraduate poem of the year.

“Adam is a talented and intellectually curious student, and I am thrilled he will continue to study computational biology,” Singh said. “His undergraduate research project has been extremely challenging, and the work he’s done is impressive.”

Kaamya Varagur
Kaamya Varagur 

Kaamya Varagur

Kaamya Varagur, of Edison, New Jersey, is a neuroscience major who is pursuing a certificate in vocal performance. She will study for a Master of Philosophy in Music Studies at the University of Cambridge Centre for Music and Science. Her research will examine the reciprocal effects of infant-directed singing on mother and child, looking at how lullaby singing modulates physiological arousal/stress.

Varagur plans to become a pediatric neurosurgeon and a community health professional involved with the music and medicine movement.

“I hope to better understand the effects of music on the brain, not only within the popular music and medicine narrative of the therapeutic value of music during the illness state, but also examining the effects of music on the healthy, developing brain; the value, for mothers, of singing to their infants; and the benefits of bringing music enrichment to underserved communities,” she said.

Varagur is conducting independent research about the influence of musical tempo changes on the physiological state of marmosets in the Developmental Neuromechanics and Communication Lab under the direction of Asif Ghazanfar, professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

She worked as a summer researcher at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, where she evaluated outcomes from the Lullaby Project, which provides songwriting resources to mothers and babies in underserved areas. Previously, she conducted independent brain research at the National Institutes of Health in the lab of Avindra Nath, clinical director for neurological disorders, and also in the lab of Michael Graziano, professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

A member of Wilson College, Varagur received the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence in 2015. She is a member of Princeton University’s Glee Club and Chamber Choir. She previously served as music director of Tigressions a capella group, and is committee chair of Women in Medicine. Varagur is a tutor in organic chemistry and biology at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. She also is a musician volunteer with Ascend Hospice Care.

“Among the many students I’ve worked with here at Princeton or anywhere else, and whose potential for research careers and leadership I must often assess, Kaamya is likely to turn out to be among the very best,” Ghazanfar said. “What impresses me most is her very high drive to think things through and really get moving on projects. For sure, part of this drive is that Kaamya wants to pursue many paths and time is finite; in Kaamya’s case the many paths converge at the intersection of child development, neuroscience and music. I’m excited to see what she’ll discover.”

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Arrives at Kennedy Space Center for Launch

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Fuente: Astrobiology Magazine: Latest News

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), shown here in a conceptual illustration, will identify exoplanets orbiting the brightest stars just outside our solar system. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA’s next planet-hunting mission has arrived in Florida to begin preparations for launch. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station nearby NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida no earlier than April 16, pending range approval. TESS was delivered Feb. 12 aboard a truck from Orbital ATK in Dulles, Virginia, where it spent 2017 being assembled and tested. Over the next month, the spacecraft will be prepped for launch at Kennedy’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF).

TESS spacecraft arrival to KSC Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility

TESS is the next step in NASA’s search for planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets. The mission will scan nearly the entire sky to monitor more than 200,000 of the nearest and brightest stars in search of transit events — periodic dips in a star’s brightness caused by planets passing in front of their stars. TESS is expected to find thousands of exoplanets. The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2019, will provide important follow-up observations of some of the most promising TESS-discovered exoplanets, allowing scientists to study their atmospheres and, in some special cases, to search for signs that these planets could support life.

TESS is a NASA Astrophysics Explorer mission led and operated by MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Dr. George Ricker of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research serves as principal investigator for the mission.  Additional partners include Orbital ATK, NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Space Telescope Science Institute. More than a dozen universities, research institutes and observatories worldwide are participants in the mission. NASA’s Launch Services Program is responsible for launch management. SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, is the provider of the Falcon 9 launch service.

Princeton graduate Diehl, senior Joseph named Knight-Hennessy Scholars

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Princeton senior Gabriel Joseph and Class of 2015 graduate Brett Diehl have been named Knight-Hennessy Scholars to pursue graduate studies at Stanford University.

Diehl and Joseph are among 49 students from around the world selected as the inaugural cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars. The recipients will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, including master’s and doctoral programs. Diehl plans to earn a J.D. from Stanford Law School and Joseph will earn his M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Brett Diehl

Diehl graduated from Princeton with a degree in history and certificates in Spanish language and culture and Latin American studies. He earned his master’s degree in economic and social history from the University of Oxford through Princeton’s Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship. He is currently working on Ann Kirkpatrick’s campaign for Congress based in Tucson, Arizona. 

Diehl said a series of “physical and intellectual journeys” during his time at Princeton and Oxford shaped his desire to “help dismantle systemic disadvantage,” which he hopes to do by earning his law degree.

In his application, Diehl said his concern with social inequality began when he spent nine months volunteering in rural Peru through Princeton’s Bridge Year Program and continued during a semester abroad at the University of Havana in Cuba. His interests in inequality and the American justice system were shaped by Princeton courses such as “Princeton and Slavery” and “Public Policy and the American Racial State,” as well as his role as president of Students for Prison Education and Reform.

His time at Princeton, along with his Oxford dissertation on the English prison state during the early 19th century and his experiences beyond the classroom, have shaped Diehl’s ultimate career goal: to champion increased fairness and opportunity for all.

“In order to accomplish this vision, I believe a nuanced knowledge of the foundations and contemporary implementations of law is necessary,” Diehl said. “Regardless of which specific path I choose, I am drawn to Stanford Law School for my legal education because it brings together a rigorous study of the law’s theoretical underpinnings with a plethora of opportunities to explore the practical interplay of law and policy at a local, national and international level.”

Gabriel Joseph
Gabriel Joseph

Joseph is a molecular biology major pursuing a certificate in engineering biology. He also is a member of the men’s varsity soccer team.

Joseph, who has various medical research and clinical experiences, said his grandmother inspired his dream of becoming a doctor. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University in 1966, after coming to the United States from Puerto Rico as a young woman.

“When my abuelita [grandmother] passed, I realized that I had to make my ambition my own — I realized that in order to see her compassion live on in my life, I would have to intentionally live it out,” Joseph wrote in his application. “And so, I wrapped that into my pursuit of a career in medicine, realizing in part, where my desire to help others has come from.”

By earning his medical degree, Joseph said he ultimately hopes to become a surgeon who also is dedicated to improving health care and making health care more accessible.

“Being a part of the Knight-Hennessy program will allow me to learn about the big ideas central to many different disciplines and fields as a collaborative and interdisciplinary scholar,” Joseph said.

Joseph’s research experience includes internships at the Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle; the Pacific Coast Hernia Center in Santa Monica, California; and the Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group. During these internships, he worked in the lab testing tumor samples, observed surgeries, shadowed doctors during patient consults and operative cases, and used his technical skills to create medical databases to analyze surgical outcomes.

While he was still in high school, Joseph was a lab intern at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, where he worked in Dr. Michael Jensen’s lab during the lab’s first successful clinical trial for CAR T-Cell immunotherapy treatment of a leukemia patient. 

In addition to his academic and research experience, Joseph served on the executive leadership team of Princeton Faith and Action, and previously served as a junior board adviser for House of Hope Uganda, a cancer awareness organization seeking to improve the lives of patients at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.

US-UK Accuse Russia of “NotPetya” Cyberattack, Offer Zero Evidence

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Fuente: Global Research

The US and European press have both published stories accusing the Russian government, and in particular, the Russian military, of the so-called “NotPetya” cyberattack which targeted information technology infrastructure in Ukraine.

The Washington Post in an article titled, “UK blames Russian military for ‘malicious’ cyberattack,” would report:

Britain and the United States blamed the Russian government on Thursday for a cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe last year, with London accusing Moscow of “weaponizing information” in a new kind of warfare. Foreign Minister Tariq Ahmad said “the U.K. government judges that the Russian government, specifically the Russian military, was responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyberattack of June 2017.” The fast-spreading outbreak of data-scrambling software centered on Ukraine, which is embroiled in a conflict with Moscow-backed separatists in the country’s east. It spread to companies that do business with Ukraine, including U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck, Danish shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk and FedEx subsidiary TNT.

British state media, the BBC, would report in its article, “UK and US blame Russia for ‘malicious’ NotPetya cyber-attack,” that:

The Russian military was directly behind a “malicious” cyber-attack on Ukraine that spread globally last year, the US and Britain have said.

The BBC also added that:

On Thursday the UK government took the unusual step of publicly accusing the Russia military of being behind the attack.  “The UK and its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity,” the foreign office said in a statement. Later, the White House also pointed the finger at Russia.

Yet despite this “unusual step of publicly accusing the Russian military of being behind the attack,” neither the US nor the British media provided the public with any evidence, at all, justifying the accusations. The official statement released by the British government would claim:

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre assesses that the Russian military was almost certainly responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyber-attack of June 2017.  Given the high confidence assessment and the broader context, the UK government has made the judgement that the Russian government – the Kremlin – was responsible for this cyber-attack.

Claiming that the Russian military was “almost certainly responsible,” is not the same as being certain the Russian military was responsible. And such phrases as “almost certainly” have been used in the past by the United States and its allies to launch baseless accusations ahead of what would otherwise be entirely unprovoked aggression against targeted states, in this case, Russia. The White House would also release a statement claiming:

In June 2017, the Russian military launched the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history.  The attack, dubbed “NotPetya,” quickly spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It was part of the Kremlin’s ongoing effort to destabilize Ukraine and demonstrates ever more clearly Russia’s involvement in the ongoing conflict. This was also a reckless and indiscriminate cyber-attack that will be met with international consequences.

Considering claims that this is the “most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history,” it would seem imperative to establish evidence beyond doubt of who was responsible. No Evidence From Governments Confirmed to Possess the Means to Fabricate Attribution Yet, so far, this has not been done. Claims that Russia’s military was behind the attacks seems to be built solely upon private analysts who have suggested the attacks appear to have originated in Russia.

However, as it was revealed by Wikileaks in its Vault 7 release, exposing cyber hacking tools used by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the origin of attacks can be forged. USA Today in an article titled, “WikiLeaks: CIA hacking group ‘UMBRAGE’ stockpiled techniques from other hackers,” would admit:

A division of the Central Intelligence Agency stockpiled hacking techniques culled from other hackers, giving the agency the ability to leave behind the “fingerprints” of the outside hackers when it broke into electronic devices, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks alleges as it released thousands of documents Tuesday.

The article continues by pointing out:

The documents also suggest that one of the agency’s divisions – the Remote Development Branch’s UMBRAGE Group – may have been cataloguing hacking methods from outside hackers, including in Russia, that would have allowed the agency to mask their identity by employing the method during espionage.  “With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types, but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the ‘fingerprints’ of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from,” Wikileaks said in a statement.

Not only does this ability allow the CIA to carry out espionage that if discovered would be attributed to other parties, it also allows the CIA to conduct attacks the US government and its allies can then blame on foreign states for the purpose of politically maligning them, and even justifying otherwise indefensible acts of aggression, either militarily, or in the realm of cyberspace.

Evidence provided by the UK and US governments would have to establish Russia’s role in the “NotPetya” cyberattack beyond mere attribution, since this is now confirmed to be possible to forge. The UK and US governments have failed to provide any evidence at all, likely because all it can offer is mere attribution which skeptics could easily point out might have been forged. NATO Had Been Preparing “Offensive” Cyber Weapons 

As previously reported, NATO had been in the process of creating and preparing to deploy what it called an “offensive defense” regarding cyber warfare. Reuters in an article titled, “NATO mulls ‘offensive defense’ with cyber warfare rules,” would state:

A group of NATO allies are considering a more muscular response to state-sponsored computer hackers that could involve using cyber attacks to bring down enemy networks, officials said.

Reuters would also report:

The doctrine could shift NATO’s approach from being defensive to confronting hackers that officials say Russia, China and North Korea use to try to undermine Western governments and steal technology.

It has been repeatedly pointed out how the US, UK and other NATO members have repeatedly used false pretexts to justify military aggression carried out with conventional military power. Examples include fabricated evidence of supposed “weapons of mass destruction (WMD)” preceding the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the so-called “humanitarian war” launched against Libya in 2011 built on fabricated accounts from US and European rights advocates.

With UMBRAGE, the US and its allies now possess the ability to fabricate evidence in cyberspace, enabling them to accuse targeted nations of cyber attacks they never carried out, to justify the deployment of “offensive” cyber weapons NATO admits it has prepared ahead of time. While the US and European media have warned the world of a “cyber-911″ it appears instead we are faced with “cyber-WMD claims” rolled out to justify a likewise “cyber-Iraq War” using cyber weapons the US and its NATO allies have been preparing and seeking to use for years. Were Russia to really be behind the “NotPetya” cyberattack, the US and its allies have only themselves to blame for decades spent undermining their own credibility with serial instances of fabricating evidence to justify its serial military aggression. Establishing that Russia was behind the “NotPetya” cyberattack, however, will require more evidence than mere “attribution” the CIA can easily forge.


Ulson Gunnar is a New York-based geopolitical analyst and writer especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.  

All images in this article are from the author.

Applied sustainability: High Meadows Foundation supports campus-based projects that yield real-world results

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In the fall, Princeton junior Nico Viglucci taught himself to weld. His goal? Creating a rack to hold solar panels atop an old school bus Viglucci is painstakingly converting into a mobile “tiny house” filled with energy-saving add-ons and an experimental heating and cooling system. The bus will also be outfitted with monitors to collect data about its energy use.

“Princeton is very big on theoretical academics,” said Viglucci, who is majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Gesturing to the massive rack on the floor, he said: “This is very hands-on. On the spectrum, it’s all the way on the other side.”

Viglucci’s “School Bus Tiny House” is one of more than a dozen projects supported in 2017 by the High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund, which is administered by the Office of Sustainability. Since 2008, it has awarded grants of up to $10,000 to Princeton students, faculty and staff who have an idea that exists at the intersection of sustainability and tangible action. The fund highlights “measurable outcomes that will contribute to cultivating a sustainability ethos on campus.”

Junior Artemis Eyster is another student to receive support, for a student-initiated seminar titled “Analyzing Ecological Integrity: An Assessment of Princeton’s Natural Areas.” In the fall, the class sent Princeton students paddling on Lake Carnegie to measure bottom sediment, wading in feeder streams to install water-quality monitors, and trekking through patches of forest to catalog plant communities.

Eyster, a geosciences major, designed the class with an eye toward utility: she hopes the hard-earned environmental data will help inform decisions on campus restoration, construction and storm-water projects. She hopes the methodologies will spur more data collection at natural areas across campus.

“We’re trying to show the importance of quantitative measures of natural resources,” Eyster said, “to determine management strategies.”

Junior Artemis Eyster, a geosciences major, led a hands-on seminar last semester to catalog and measure natural resources around campus. Here she sketches a spicebush, Lindera benzoin, a native plant whose berries are an important source of food for migrating songbirds each fall.

Other recent projects the fund supports are the Princeton Vertical Farming Project, a pilot study of solar-powered golf carts for the Princeton University Art Museum, and the student design of an electric boat motor for use on the crew team launch boat. Over the past decade, the fund has awarded support for 110 projects that have included faculty research, senior theses and other campus-based initiatives.

“The early years of the fund supported some of the first ‘Campus as Living Lab’ academic and administrative projects at the University,” said Shana Weber, director of the Office of Sustainability. “Those efforts were test cases for whether using the local setting to really dig into scalable solutions to global issues was a viable idea here at Princeton. And clearly it is.”

The fund provides seed funding, and Weber notes that other opportunities for applied research have become available. Princeton faculty can now find support for sustainability-related research projects from the “Innovation Fund for the Campus as a Lab,” which is a multi-departmental pilot initiative launched in 2016 and administered by the Office of the Dean for Research.

“It’s exciting to see members of the campus community collaborating on applied projects, with increasing cooperation across courses, entrepreneurial programs, academic research, administrative processes and departmental initiatives,” Weber said. “Within my office, one of our priorities is to support the momentum around Campus as Lab wherever possible. That includes helping smooth the sometimes bumpy road between academic and operational endeavors.”

Princeton students, faculty and benefits-eligible staff members are encouraged to apply for 2018 funding from the High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund. Proposals with budgets up to $5,000 are accepted year-round, and proposals with budgets up to $10,000 are accepted three times per year.

This article is adapted from the Office of Sustainability’s February newsletter