MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XXI No. 5
Summer 2009

This Special Edition MIT Faculty Newsletter, addressed to President Obama, his administration, and the U.S. Congress, includes articles on climate change; nuclear disarmament; the needs of science; infrastructure; energy; public health; the green initiative; the financial crisis; sustainability; the World Wide Web; and the environment and energy policy.

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Energy Transitions and Transformations
This brief "op-ed" outlines some of the energy challenges and solutions the authors have been conducting research on over the past eight years.
The Science We Need and the Needs of Science
MIT Dean of Science Marc Kastner offers his perspective on the science and engineering breakthroughs needed in the immediate future.
System at a Crossroads: Rethinking Infrastructure and Mobility
The authors suggest that a comprehensive and far-reaching response is necessary to truly solve the nation's failing infrastructure crisis.
A New Commitment to Science and Technology R&D
Editorial Sub-Committee
The Obama Administration has refreshing support for a renewal of investment in science and engineering. The appointments of Steven Chu, John Holdren . . .
The Role of Oceans in Climate Change
Paola M. Rizzoli and Peter H. Stone
The crucial issues of climate change and global warming involve all the components of the earth system, atmosphere, oceans, land, biosphere, and cryosphere.
A New Method for Negotiating Arms Control Agreements
Aron M. Bernstein
As a physicist with a long-standing interest in arms control and a member of the National Board of the Council for a Livable World, I have been gratified by . . .
The Science We Need and the Needs of Science
Marc Kastner
The world urgently needs breakthroughs in science and engineering to meet two goals – renewable energy and global health. Without a reduction of CO2 . . .
System at a Crossroads: Rethinking Infrastructure and Mobility
Fred Moavenzadeh and Kyle Frazier
The U.S. infrastructure system is at a crossroads, and a new approach – encompassing research as well as practice – is needed to move the system forward.
Energy Transitions and Transformations
Stephen R. Connors and David H. Marks
The United States, as well as many regions of the world, needs to protect itself economically and environmentally by substantially reducing fossil fuel consumption.
Society's Nervous System: A Key to Effective Government,
Energy Efficiency, and Public Health
Alex Pentland
Mobile phones – and the twenty-first century networking infrastructure supporting them – are one of the few remaining bright spots in today's economic climate.
An Alternate Green Initiative
Leon R. Glicksman
Although considerable research is underway to develop energy supply technologies that limit environmental damage, the dearth of large-scale affordable solutions . . .
Rotten Apples or a Rotting Barrel:
How Not to Understand the Current Financial Crisis
Susan S. Silbey
What caused the financial crisis? Certain observers blame poor choices by victims and irresponsible decision-making by market actors – and say more regulation . . .
The Way to Sustainability
Leon Trilling
No objective is more urgent, more complex, or more encompassing than the passage from a world addicted to material growth to one built on the notion of sustainability . . .
Making the Web Work for Science
Hal Abelson and John Wilbanks
The World Wide Web was created for science. Tim Berners-Lee's invention of the Web (1989) was motivated by the need to manage information about experiments . . .
A Note to Energy Secretary Steven Chu
David Gordon Wilson
This is a note from an academic colleague with something in common with you: we are both fascinated by what science and engineering could do to improve the . . .
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