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MIT hosts community meeting about Title IX, professors win MacArthur Grants

Title IX concerns

Earlier this week, posters related to the removal of Burton-Conner murals were displayed around the MIT campus. Barbara Baker, the Title IX Co-Coordinator for MIT, wrote an email to the Burton-Conner community in response to concerns about these posters, encouraging residents to attend a community meeting to “discuss MIT’s policy against sexual harassment and misconduct in compliance with Title IX,” among other topics.

MIT recently selected Sarah Rankin to fill the newly-created position of Title IX Investigator. The position is a two-year appointment and falls under the Dean for Student Life, and responsibilities include reporting case findings to various Deans at MIT. Rankin served for seven years as director of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response at Harvard University.

MacArthur Grants

MIT professors Dina Katabi and Sara Seager, were two of the 24 recipients of the MacArthur “Genius Grants.” Katabi is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and much of her work focuses on wireless data transmission. She and her colleagues recently developed a method of tracking human movement through walls, which they call Wi-Vi.

Seager, a professor of Planetary Science and Physics, was recognized for her contributions to the study of exoplanets, which are planets outside of our solar system. One project she is leading is ExoplanetSat, which aims to build nanosatellites that are responsible for monitoring individual stars.

The Fellows each receive a five-year grant of $625,000 from the MacArthur Foundation.

—Stephanie Holden