MIT Media Lab names new director, 15 months after Jeffrey Epstein scandal
Previous director Joi Ito resigned in 2019 after it was revealed the school had taken donations from the convicted sex offender.
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In her academic work, Newman has integrated engineering, design, and biomedical research, including the development of the BioSuit concept for spacesuits that could be worn on missions to the moon and Mars. Newman has been a principal investigator for four space missions, developing experiments and techniques for studying astronaut activity on the space shuttle and the International Space Station.
She served as deputy administrator of NASA under the Obama administration from 2015 to 2017.
"I really see the MIT Media Lab as the best place in the world to bring together science, engineering, art and design, to creatively deal with the huge challenges humanity is facing," Newman said in a statement.
Ito, her predecessor, resigned in September 2019 after it was revealed that he had accepted donations to the Media Lab from Jeffrey Epstein, the financier and convicted sex offender, and that the lab had worked to conceal those dealings.