SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of Oct. 16

Ideas Global Challenge winner videos
Videos from DUSP alumni-founded startups that won the 2017 Ideas Global Challenge are now available online. Learn about Nesterly, an online marketplace that matches university students who need affordable housing with empty-nesters founded by Rachel Goor MCP ’17, Dennis Harvey MCP ’17, and Noelle Marcus MCP ’17; Joro, an app that promotes increased resource use efficiency by providing real-time emission tracking for smartphones, co-founded by Cressica Brazier MCP ’17; and Pukini Community House, an energy-autonomous, community-size education and communication hub, co-founded by Francis Goyes MCP ’17.

Bing Comic Con heads into its fifth year
Architecture alum Sean Wang ’93 is among those scheduled to attend Bing Comic Com later this month. Wang got his start in the comics industry writing and drawing seasonal specials for The Tick and in 2000, he began self-publishing his highly-acclaimed sci-fi adventure series “Runners,” which follows the exploits of a crew of alien smugglers. The first graphic novel collection Runners: Bad Goods made several reviewers' Best of 2005 lists. The reminder.

Does public space still exist?
A new book co-edited by Ann Lui SMArchS ’15 (HTC) explores the uncertain nature of common space in the contemporary world. Abitare.

CAVS alum Damon Rich wins MacArthur “Genius” Grant
Alum of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Damon Rich, an urban designer working at the intersection of design, policy, and the public and founder of the nonprofit Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), will receive the fellowship’s no-strings-attached $625,000 stipend over the course of five years to further pursue his work and creative endeavors. Architectural Digest.

The new robot in school
Social robot Tega, from MIT Media Lab's Personal Robots Group, led by Cynthia Breazeal SM ’93, ScD ’00, helps children enter school ready to learn through storytelling and conversation. Spectrum.

A new Environment and Sustainability Minor
Launching this fall, the new minor, hosted by the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, led by Architecture's John Fernández ’85, will enable students to apply what they learn about critical issues such as environmental pollution, resource scarcity, and the consequences of climate change and develop real-world solutions. Spectrum.

A startup that wants to make every cyclist feel like a Superhero
Superpedestrian, from Assaf Biderman ’05 and MIT’s Senseable City Lab, is launching its 'Copenhagen Wheel' in Europe. The wheel consists of a rechargeable electric motor in a red hub, and can be retrofitted onto the rear wheel of any conventional bike, effectively turning it, on demand, into an e-bike. Fortune

Technologies that will improve and/or ruin everything
Work by Skylar Tibbits SM ’10 to develop technologies to make our physical objects shrink, grow or bend to our whims was noted among new scientific advances that could improve lives–or destroy them. New York Post.