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Lucas Mason-Brown named 2017 Echoing Green Fellow

Math grad student Lucas Mason-Brown has been named one of 35 Echoing Green Fellows for his work with Data for Black Lives (D4BL), an organization he recently co-founded to mobilize scientists to use data science to fight racial bias in real estate, finance, criminal justice, and other areas.

John Bush kicks off SPUR/RSI lecture series

To a packed classroom, Prof. John Bush kicks off the summer SPUR/RSI lecture series June 28 with his lecture “Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogs.” Led by SPUR/RSI faculty advisors David Jerison and Ankur Moitra, the afternoon series will continue: Wednesday, July 5, Tanya Khovanova, “How to Write and not to Write a Math Paper” at 3pm; Tuesday, July 11 3 pm, Elchanan Mossel, “The Math Behind Some Games” (audience is encouraged to play MineSweeper and Mafia before talk); Wednesday, July 12 Semyon Dyatlov, “Open Quantum Maps”; and topics will be announced for Wednesday, July 19 with Ankur Moitra, and Wednesday, July 26 with Jared Speck. The lecture series is part of SPUR and RSI, the department’s summer research programs for MIT undergraduates and nationally selected high school students.

Alum Mitch Rothstein returns to MIT to claim throne

Mitch Rothstein ’77 played the title character in the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble production of King John. “I know of no other example of a college repertory company mounting a production with both current students and 40 years of alumni,” said Mitch, now a math professor at the University of Georgia and one of the ensemble’s first actors. The cast and crew included four current students and 19 alumni that have graduated as far back as 1974.

Allan Gottlieb ’67, returns for 50th reunion, and profiled for his work as the Puzzle Keeper

Allan Gottlieb ’67, a pioneer in parallel computing and New York University professor, recently celebrated his 50th reunion this week at MIT. But since he was a junior in the math department he’s been creating The Puzzle Corner, a math and puzzle column that still appears in MIT Technology Review magazine. Gottlieb, who was profiled by Tech Review in 2015. spoke to Slice of MIT about the evolution of the Puzzle Corner.

Profile of a Math Senior: Raul Boquin

MIT Senior Raul Boquin remembers the assignment from his freshman year as if it were yesterday. During a leadership workshop, he was asked to write a headline for a newspaper in his imagined future. The words that came to mind resonated so strongly that they now hang on the walls of his dorm room: “Equal opportunities in education for all.”

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