With all these applications, it’s tough to find time to blog. There are lots of terrific applications! This will be a challenging year to choose from so many great applicants.
A quick roundup of some interesting news…
A nice article in today’s New York Times science section:
A charter fishing boat is only as good as its fish finder. That’s the sonar device that probes under water, looking for spots with plenty of catchable fish.
But a conventional fish finder examines only a small slice of the ocean directly under the boat. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a finder that can survey hundreds of square miles of the ocean and find millions of fish.
Rather than being used to catch them, though, it may help protect fish by enabling conservationists to study the behavior of large populations, what marine biologists call shoals.
The Tech: Once you leave MIT and get out into the real world, to what extent do you feel that the classes you took at MIT contributed to your overall success as opposed to extracurriculars or other activities that you were involved in?
Randal Pinkett: Almost as important as what I learned when I was at MIT was the way that MIT taught me how to learn. We live in a very rapidly evolving society, so a lot of what we learn has the potential to become obsolete. The material I learned in the classroom and from my books was just as important as learning an overall approach to learning. The latter gave me the ability to pick up new things and to learn new things because I was constantly being challenged during my time at MIT.
TT: Did MIT teach you any values or lessons in life?
RP: MIT taught me the value of excellence. There are so many talented people at MIT and they are all clearly accomplished