As a whole, MIT is always looking to connect with the rest of the world in innovative ways that bring change. Students are a crucial part of that mission. Today you get to hear from two MIT undergraduates who are committed to inspiring their community to learn more about Africa.
Also in the episode, we hear from our own faculty. It’s probably no surprise that a country’s response to a pandemic is correlated to the social norms of that country. At a recent panel, professors shared insights on how culture has played a role in a country’s shared response to the pandemic.
In this episode, we have our students and partners from the U.K. and Denmark who are addressing inequities related to food and STEM spaces. While these are issues that are prevalent in the U.S., we wanted to share the work others are doing in those countries. What are the similarities? What are the differences?
We also have interviews with MISTI alumni who have extensive experiences with the countries where they have interned. Conor Kirby is one of our students who had to convert his in-person internship at Sumitomo Heavy Industries in Japan, to a remote one, where he would continue working in his home country of England. Andrea McClave, a MISTI alum who interned at the FoodLab at Denmark Technical University was hired permanently.
On this episode of MISTI Radio Podcast we talked with program partners from India and Denmark. With Covid continuing to spread, how does India adapt to ensure the security and safety of its people? Sloan graduates Hank Levine and Anirudh Sharma discuss how their companies are adapting to keep people employed and provide PPE sustainably in India, respectively.
Though 66% of families in Denmark are traditional nuclear families living together, 44% are either co-parenting, single, in an open relationship, or in another living arrangement. The type of housing that will be built needs to adapt. So what can city planners and architects do? How can housing be more flexible for an unknown future? Ofri Earon, Architect and PhD at Ramboll, a consultancy in Denmark, discusses these questions and more.
Finally we have an interview with Evan Lieberman, Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa at MIT and the new Faculty Director for the MIT-Africa program. In his interview with Managing Director Ari Jacobovitz they talked about what they’re looking forward to for the program.
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On this episode we have a special interview and talk to share; both about how COVID-19 affects things from communications to climate change.
Ari Jacobovitz, Managing Director of MIT-Africa, interviews Michala Mackay, the Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Sierra Leone. DSTI seeks to “transform Sierra Leone into an innovation and entrepreneurship hub.” In her work Mackay implements Sierra Leone’s National Innovation and Digitization Strategy to make technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship integral to the development of the country.
In this interview Mackay discusses how the people and the government of Sierra Leone are responding to COVID-19, what the Directorate is doing, and how technology is playing an important role in conducting real-time analysis, communicating updates, and connecting people with each other in this situation.
Next are excerpts from a Starr Forum hosted by MIT-Brazil and the MIT Center for International Studies. On April 24th they invited Dr. Carlos Nobre, an MIT-Brazil program partner, to talk about how the COVID-19 crisis reveals how balancing tropical ecosystems can actually reduce this risk of future pandemics.
Dr. Nobre is Brazil’s leading expert on the Amazon and climate change. He is currently a Senior Scientist at University of Sao Paulo's Institute for Advanced Studies, chair of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change and co-chair of the Science Panel for the Amazon. Nobre received a PhD in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
MISTI Radio is a project from MIT International Science and Technology initiatives.