Associate Professor Amy Moran-Thomas is the recipient of a 2020 James A. and Ruth Levitan Prize. The prize is awarded to instructors in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to research.
Associate Professor Graham Jones and Seth Riskin, Manager of the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery, are offering a new class, Paranormal Machines: Technologies of Enchantment in Science, Art, and Culture. The class "explores the human experience of the disconcerting and the uncanny in relation to technology" and how "people and cultures build stories and beliefs around out-of-the-ordinary experiences".
Ankita Reddy, a graduating double major in Anthropology and Biology, will begin her post-graduation life as a researcher at the start-up E25Bio continuing the work on a globally deployed diagnostic device for mosquito-borne illnesses that she worked on as an undergraduate.
At the invitation of SHASS Dean Melissa Nobles, Professors Susan Silbey, Heather Paxson, and Stefan Helmreich were asked to offer their perspectives on the "societal and ethical dimensions of emerging technologies".
As part of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science's (SHASS) initiative on 21st Century Citizenship, several SHASS faculty have been asked to write about their research based perspectives for a series - Election Insights 2018. Professor Christine Walley writes on "Work, Stories, and American Identity".
The MIT-SenseTime Alliance awarded a grant to Anthropology for a project headed up by Professor Heather Paxson. The project hopes to prototype a search tool, "Relata", which will use machine-readable metadata looking for relations among literatures, authors, and publications in anthropology. The tool will be launched on the Society for Cultural Anthropology's website.
Professor Stefan Helmreich has been selected as 2018-2019 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University. He will be working on his current manuscript which is an "ethnographic account of how scientists measure, model, and monitor ocean waves in an era of climate change".
Professor Christine Walley has agreed to serve on the newly launched Task Force on the Future of Work which is comprised of faculty and researchers across the Institute. The mission of the Task Force is to address questions on what emerging technologies will mean for the future of work and what is the relationship between technology, work and society.