I’ve written to you earlier than in regards to the expertise of reviewing younger college up for promotion—in my very first week because the Institute’s president. It was an intoxicating introduction to the human potential of MIT.
Getting this sort of preview of MIT’s mental future was so inspiring I believed we should discover a technique to share it. I additionally needed to grasp extra about our newly tenured college—their backgrounds, their profession paths, their tackle life at MIT. Why not chat with them immediately and let the world pay attention in? So the podcast Curiosity Unbounded was born.
Within the first episode, launched final spring, I interviewed Desirée Plata, affiliate professor of civil and environmental engineering. We talked about her work on the very laborious drawback of eradicating methane from the ambiance and her expertise elevating 4 youngsters whereas incomes tenure at MIT.
Since then we’ve recorded 5 extra episodes, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to spend time with these good lecturers and researchers, delving into their discoveries in fields from political science to engineering to geobiology. Our discussions touched on local weather options, AI alternatives, household histories, and the connection between life and work (is it a stability or an intermingling?).
Every of my friends spoke overtly and enthusiastically, and regardless of the variations of their experience and pursuits, all of them conveyed their pleasure at having discovered a house at MIT. I really feel that manner too. For any intellectually curious individual, there’s nothing higher than a spot the place you may ask a query on practically any matter and discover somebody who’s an professional on that very factor—and keen to share what they know.
After every dialog, I left the studio with attention-grabbing new details and concepts to discover—and a strong feeling of hope. The dedication of those passionate, artistic college makes me extremely optimistic about MIT’s capability to do massive issues for the world.
I hope you’ll tune in for vigorous dialogue, inspiring insights, and a glimpse into the way forward for information and the way forward for MIT.