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MIT student inventor honored for transformative work in genomics and linguistics
Date:3/3/2010

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Creative Networks Drive Success

Mentorship drives much of Lieberman-Aiden's success and innovative cross-disciplinary career. He stresses the importance of supportive mentors and the need for freedom to explore one's passions. "One of the most powerful things a mentor can do is to point you to things you're good at and give you productive ways to use those skills; it's also crucial that they encourage you to seek out areas outside of your comfort zone," Lieberman-Aiden claims. "One of the greatest lessons I apply to my work and share with my own mentees is that from big mistakes, you learn the ingredients for big successes."

Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prizes

In addition to Lieberman-Aiden's pioneering work, the other winners of the annual $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prize will be announced today at their respective universities:

  • Lemelson-MIT Caltech Student Prize winner Heather Agnew contributed to the development of an innovative technique that creates inexpensive, stable, highly reliable biochemical compounds that have the potential to replace antibodies used in many standard diagnostic tests.
  • Lemelson-MIT Illinois Student Prize winner Jonathan Naber and the Illini Prosthetics Team developed an affordable, durable, extremely functional prosthetic arm for people in underdeveloped countries, made from recycled materials.
  • Lemelson-MIT Rensselaer Student Prize winner Kayvan Rafiee developed a new method for manufacturing and using graphene, an atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged like a nanoscale chain-link fence, to store hydrogen at room temperature opening the door to better and safer on-board fuel storage systems for hydrogen vehicles.


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