SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of May 21

ACT alum awarded Herb Albert Award in the Arts
Interdisciplinary artist Michael Rakowitz SM ’98 is one of five mid-career artists this year to be recognized for experimental, innovative work. This year’s unrestricted $75,000 prizes were presented by the Herb Alpert Foundation and the California Institute of the Arts to Okwui Okpokwasili, Arthur Jafa, Courtney Bryan, Robert O’Hara, and Michael Rakowitz for their achievements in dance, film and video, music, theatre, and visual arts, respectively. ARTnews

Fighting corruption Is dangerous: The story behind the headlines
In her new book, Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous, DUSP alumna Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala MCP '78, PhD '81 has written a primer for those working to root out corruption and disrupt vested interests. Drawing on her experience as Nigeria's finance minister and that of her team, she describes dangers, pitfalls, and successes in fighting corruption. More at MIT Press.
Where VR is heading
A podcast conversation with Leigh Christie SM ’14 deals with virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360-degree video, where it’s all heading and how brands fit in. Listen at MediaPost.

MBTA’s real estate chief takes top state housing job
The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development has announced DUSP alumna Janelle Chan MCP '07  as Undersecretary for Housing and Economic Development, effective January 23. Learn more

DUSP alumna co-chairs SOLVE panel, “Frontlines of Health”
For the 2018 SOLVE challenge, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala MCP '78, PhD '81 will co-chair a panel that brings together healthcare policy-makers, program implementers, researchers, and healthcare providers to ask how communities can invest in frontline health workers and services to improve their access to effective and affordable care. SOLVE calls innovators around the world to submit solutions. Learn more and read a story about the most recent SOLVE conference.

U.S. - Mexico natural resource management partnerships: Tearing down walls
DUSP alum Bruno Verdini SM '13, PD '15, PhD '15 recently joined MITEI to discuss the best negotiation and dispute resolution strategies—proving mutual gain is always within reach. Watch a video of his talk.

SA+P alumni at the Venice Biennale
MIT returns to the Venice Architecture Biennale with significant contributions as curators and exhibitors from SA+P alumni. Participating alumni include Cino Zuchhi ’78, Ann Lui SM ’15, Gabriel Kozlowski SM ’15, Réjean Legault PhD ’97, Calvin Zhong ’18, James Shen SM ‘07, Catherine McMahon SM '09, among others. See a participant list and a map of exhibits from the MIT community. On view May 26-November 25.