SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of September 30

Mel Chin wins 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Award
MIT CoLab Mel King Fellow alumnus Mel Chin has received a 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Award. The multidisciplinary artist is known for his category-binding works on social, technological, and environmental issues. Hyperallergic.

SPURS alumna appointed managing director of the IMF
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director and Chair of the Executive Board for a five-year term starting on October 1, 2019. Read the press release and Georgieva's statement.

Proptech explosion, “Fracking” are transforming CRE
In a recent keynote at DLA Piper’s 15th Global Real Estate Summit, CRE Head of Industry Relations, Steve Weikal MCP '08, MSRED ’08 discussed key trends–the startup tsunami, real estate “fracking,” and shifts in coworking and stickiness. Commercial Property Executive.   

Manage your health
Media Lab Personal Robots group alum Cory Kidd SM '03, PhD '08 (MAS), founder and CEO at Catalia Health, discusses how social robots can help people manage chronic conditions. His solution, known as Mabu ("May-Bu"), launched in 2018, is 15 inches high, with highly expressive eyes and a lightly modulated and pleasing voice. Mabu encourages patients to monitor their health and take more care so they can stay well. PCMag.

Living her values: Cali Williams on our future city and the magic of uncertainty
In a recent interview with Madame Architect, DUSP alumna Cali Williams MCP ’08 talks about two decades of experience with city planning around the world and how that has shaped her approach to the projects in New York City, advising those just starting their careers to embrace the beauty of uncertainty.