Several Massachusetts colleges have moved to online classes due to rising concerns of the spread of the novel coronavirus. Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts.
Lean on Me—an anonymous student-to-student texting service—will be launching at Boston College this January. The service originated at MIT when, after a string of suicides at the university, a group of students decided to create something to support student mental health.
Rosalind Picard, co-founder of MIT born startup Empatica, is not only interested in helping people predict seizures through her team’s patented technology. She also wants to create a more supportive dialogue around seizures among college students.
“I love teaching students about biology. I love helping them to learn how to think critically…to see what we can accomplish and the power we have as individuals to change the world,” said Laura Anne Lowery, a biology professor at BC.
A group of MIT freshmen held the first BetterMIT Innovation Week with support from the administration and several on-campus organizations and centers. The event brought thought leaders and innovators together for conversations and workshops.
“In the brief, the signees argue that setting such a precedent would require these employees to make judgments they are not qualified to make.”
The brief contends that MIT should not be held responsible because it sets a precedent that university employees, even those without mental health expertise, are responsible for detecting students at risk of taking their own lives.
The Engine, MIT’s newest startup accelerator program, hopes to provide innovative businesses with easy access to workspace and equipment in order to promote their growth.