Washington, DC - Each year on World AIDS Day, The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announces its latest results. Since 2013, PEPFAR support in key program areas has expanded, including an increase in the number of people receiving live-saving antiretroviral treatment, pregnant woman receiving testing and counseling, and voluntary medical male circumcisions performed for HIV risk reduction.

Honolulu, Hawaii - Early one morning last January, MIT undergraduate Theresa Oehmke was eating breakfast at the Kilauea Military Camp on Hawaii’s Big Island when a colleague burst into the room, yelling, “Oh my god, the plume, it’s moving! We have to go chase it now!”

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Nearly a decade ago, Sasha Costanza-Chock - now an assistant professor in MIT’s program in Comparative Media Studies/Writing - volunteered at the Garment Worker Center in Los Angeles, an organization that advocates for the rights of low-wage workers. Activists at the group wanted to inform local garment workers, many of whom are immigrants, about their rights.

Ames, Iowa - An Iowa State University psychology professor is leading an international research team developing new interrogation methods designed to reduce false confessions and more effectively gather intelligence critical to national security.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Researchers have made great progress in recent years in the design and creation of biological circuits - systems that, like electronic circuits, can take a number of different inputs and deliver a particular kind of output. But while individual components of such biological circuits can have precise and predictable responses, those outcomes become less predictable as more such elements are combined.

Iowa City, Iowa - Jodeane Cancilla, director of the Macbride Raptor Project, holds Zephyr, a Swainson’s hawk on her gloved hand and tells a room full of middle school students how the bird lost its right wing after a collision with a car.