Two recent MIT graduates and 11 current students have won Fulbright Scholarships to study abroad for the 2009-‘10 academic year. This year’s tally of 13 Fulbright winners is MIT’s highest on record, eclipsing the nine MIT students who received the scholarships in 2003. Each year, more than 7,000 students apply for the program; about 1,500 are selected, on the basis of their achievement and potential.
Xaq Frohlich, a PhD student in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, will use his Fulbright to travel to Spain to continue his dissertation research. Frohlich is examining how differences in national standards for food safety and risk affect the globalization of the food market. As part of his research, he is analyzing food labeling laws and the nutrition science that influences labeling. He’s also looking at the impact of cultural concerns about preserving local agricultural and culinary traditions.
“The Spanish are very proud of their traditional cuisine,” says Frohlich. “We Americans, in contrast, often think of ourselves as not having a national cuisine but are proud of our innovation and food novelty. I’m interested in seeing how this shapes the way Spaniards versus Americans react to the new health arguments about certain foods being good or bad to eat.” As he studies the science behind the acclaimed Mediterranean diet, Frohlich looks forward to enjoying fresh produce overseas. “The freshness of food there makes eating in Spain a real pleasure,” he says.
For a full list of this year’s MIT Fulbright winners and synopses of their research, visit www.technologyreview.com/MITFulbright.
This new data poisoning tool lets artists fight back against generative AI
The tool, called Nightshade, messes up training data in ways that could cause serious damage to image-generating AI models.
The Biggest Questions: What is death?
New neuroscience is challenging our understanding of the dying process—bringing opportunities for the living.
Rogue superintelligence and merging with machines: Inside the mind of OpenAI’s chief scientist
An exclusive conversation with Ilya Sutskever on his fears for the future of AI and why they’ve made him change the focus of his life’s work.
How to fix the internet
If we want online discourse to improve, we need to move beyond the big platforms.
Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review
Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.