Growing a network of role models

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Growing up in Pasadena, California, in JPL's backyard, Reeves developed a love of all things outer space, and the lab was a regular destination for school field trips. Even as a child, Reeves, now an MIT senior, knew she wanted to work in the space industry: "I realized that the engineers at JPL really enable astrophysicists to make their discoveries, so that was what I wanted to be a part of, expanding that knowledge." Her love of space was nurtured at home, too. "My dad had a telescope when we were growing up. I loved science fiction books and movies.

A strategy for "convergence" research to transform biomedicine

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The report, "Convergence: The Future of Health," was co-chaired by Tyler Jacks, the David H. Koch Professor of Biology and director of MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research; Susan Hockfield, noted neuroscientist and president emerita of MIT; and Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor at MIT and Nobel laureate, and will be presented at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington on June 24. Accordingly, the report's authors call for increasing NIH funding for convergence research to at least 20 percent of the agency's budget. And the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, launched earlier this year to accelerate research to develop cancer vaccines and early detection methods and genomic tumor analysis, will also operate largely using convergence tools and approaches. As a concrete next step, the report's authors recommend establishing an interagency working group on convergence with participation from NIH, the National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies involved in funding scientific research, such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Energy.