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The iconic MIT home page Spotlight features a daily-changing image and design that focuses on advances in research, technology and education taking place at the Institute. Though some Spotlights do run multiple days - for example Friday's spot usually runs through the weekend, we work very hard to maintain the daily-changing tradition. We've combed our servers and have compiled a digital archive of the Institute home page through the years - well over 2000 images. Enjoy!
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Happy Labor DayToday’s Spotlight features images of MIT staff members from Campus Construction, Facilities and Maintenance and Utilities. A special thanks to everyone for participating in the spotlight, and thanks to all the facilities staff who work so hard, often behind the scenes, to keep MIT running. All photographs are by M. Scott Brauer.

In order of appearance:
Sogna Scott: Administrative Assistant II; Dept. of Facilities; Grounds Services; 17 years
Albert Gray: Mover; Dept. of Facilities; 13 years
Varin Ang: Senior Project Manager; Campus Construction; 8 years
Denise Guillette: Construction Safety Engineer; Campus Construction; 1.5 years
Raul Ortiz: Custodian; Dept. of Facilities; 16 years
Sharon Clute: Locksmith; Maintenance and Utilities; 29 years
Juan Hernandez: Custodial Services Supervisor; Dept. of Facilities; 1 year

Read more about MIT’s Department of Facilities on their website.
The MIT home page Spotlight showcases the research, technology and education advances taking place at the Institute every day.

What makes it as a Spotlight image is an editorial decision by the MIT News Office based on factors that include timeliness, promotion of MIT's mission, the balance of interest to both internal and external audiences, and appropriateness.

We do welcome ideas and submissions for spotlights from community members, but please note we are not able to accommodate all requests. We are unable to run event previews or promotions as spotlights; for those looking to promote an event, we are happy to include your listing as an event headline on the homepage (when space is available) and you are free to submit an Of Note to the MIT News office. For more information, e-mail the spotlight team.

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Today’s Spotlight features images, by Aprotim Mazumder, showing a cell producing different colored fluorescent proteins, indicating whether it has successfully repaired one of four different types of DNA damage.

Our DNA is under constant attack from many sources, including environmental pollutants, ultraviolet light, and radiation. Fortunately, cells have several major DNA repair systems that can fix this damage, which may lead to cancer and other diseases if not mended.

The effectiveness of these repair systems varies greatly from person to person; scientists believe that this variability may explain why some people get cancer while others exposed to similar DNA-damaging agents do not. A team of MIT researchers has now developed a test that can rapidly assess several of these repair systems, which could help determine individuals’ risk of developing cancer and help doctors predict how a given patient will respond to chemotherapy drugs.

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