Newsletter, February 2016

    MIT Materials News that Matters
    February 2016
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    Faculty Highlight: Joseph G. Checkelsky
    Synthesizing new physics - Assistant Professor blends materials science and solid state physics to uncover new properties linked to collective behavior of electrons.
    MIT Assistant Professor of Physics Joseph Checkelsky (center) and graduate students Linda Ye (left) and Aravind Devarakonda are working to uncover new properties linked to collective behavior of electrons.
    MIT Assistant Professor of Physics Joseph Checkelsky (center) with graduate students Linda Ye (left) and Aravind Devarakonda.
    Behaviors in complex systems are often more than the sum of their parts, for example, in fast data storage devices enabled by magnetic interactions. Physicists call these distinctive collective behaviors "emergent" properties. 
    "In the context of solid state physics, emergent behavior often takes the form of collective behavior of electrons," MIT Assistant Professor of Physics Joseph Checkelsky explains.  
    "Our goal is to look at materials where the quantum mechanical nature of the underlying electrons is brought out in new types of such collective properties," he says.
    Four MIT faculty win Presidential Early Career Awards 
    Buie, Buonassisi, Tisdale, and Tye honored with the U.S. government's highest award for young scientists and engineers.
    On Thursday, Feb. 19, President Barack Obama named four MIT faculty among 105 recipients of the 2016 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
    MIT faculty 2016 PECASE recipients (clockwise from top left) are: Kay Tye, Cullen Buie, Tonio Buonassisi, and William Tisdale.
    In Other News
    Communication system could make it easier to design systems that enable humans and robots to work together in emergency-response teams. Image_ Jose-Luis Olivares_ MIT
    Members of LIGO Group at MIT. Photo, Bryce Vickmark
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    Enabling human-robot rescue teams
    System could help prevent robots from overwhelming human teammates with information.  
    Scientists make first direct detection of gravitational waves
    LIGO signal reveals first observation of two massive black holes colliding, proves Einstein right. 
    11 from MIT win Sloan Research Fellowships
    Faculty in eight School of Science and School of Engineering departments among awardees announced Feb. 23.
    New work shows that interactions of electrons in graphene lead to viscous current flows_ creating tiny whirlpools that cause electrons to travel in the direction opposite to the applied voltage - in direct violation of standard electrical theory.
    Pablo Jarillo-Herrero. Photo, Bryce Vickmark
    As part of the elaborate three-day ceremony that marked MIT_s move to Cambridge in 1916_ a reproduction of a Venetian barge was built to transport the Institute___s ceremonial mace across the river to its new home. Courtesy of MIT Museum
    How to make electrons behave like a liquid
    Analysis predicts exotic behaviors such as "negative resistance," based on fluid-like effects.  
    In Profile: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero
    Experimental physicist explores the wild frontiers of graphene and other ultrathin materials. 
    Celebrating centennial of MIT's river crossing
    Recalling Institute's 1916 move to Cambridge, events will include parade and campus open house. 
    Upcoming Events 
    MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Community Forum, Mon., March 7, 1-4pm,  Building E52, 7th Floor, Samberg Conference Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
    SCIENCE with/in/sight: 2016 Koch Institute Image Awards, Thurs., March 3, from 6-8:30pm, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Building 76, 500 Main St., Cambridge, MA
    MIT Energy ConferenceBoston Marriott Cambridge, Fri.-Sat., March 4-5, 50 Broadway [4 Cambridge Ctr.], Cambridge, MA
    Symposium: The Campus-Then, Now, NextWed., March 30, 12-5pm, Thurs., March 31, 9am-12pm, MIT Building W16, Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 
    Cambridge Science Festival, April 15-24, Cambridge, MA, 
    Open House - Under the Dome: Come Explore MIT, Sat., April 23, 10am-3pm, MIT Campus, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA
    MIT Glass Lab 2016 Mother's Day Sale Mon., May 9, 10am-8pm, Tues., May 10, 10am-5pm MIT Lobby 10 
    TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, May 22-25, Washington, DC
    MIT Commencement 2016 Ceremonies: Investiture of Doctoral Hoods: 11 am, Thurs., June 2;  Commencement: 10 am, Fri., June 3 
    CLEO: 2016, June 5-10, 2016, Convention Center, San Jose, CA
    SPIE Optics + Photonics, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2016, Convention Center, San Diego, CA 
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