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The iconic MIT home page Spotlight features a daily-changing image and design that focuses on advances in research, technology and education taking place at the Institute. Though some Spotlights do run multiple days - for example Friday's spot usually runs through the weekend, we work very hard to maintain the daily-changing tradition. We've combed our servers and have compiled a digital archive of the Institute home page through the years - well over 2000 images. Enjoy!
Striving for change Today’s spotlight features a photograph, taken by Casey Atkins, of senior Alyssa Napier.

Whenever Alyssa Napier sees a problem, she feels an overwhelming urge to fix it — and she has found plenty of opportunities to problem-solve in pursuit of a stronger, more inclusive MIT community.

Napier, a senior chemistry major with a powerful sense of social justice, has thrown herself into numerous organizations and committees dedicated to improving life at MIT. Her passion for activism has inspired her to try new approaches to familiar problems, such as organizing a dialogue between local police and the students of Black Lives Matter, and initiating conversations about what MIT culture means to students, faculty, and staff.

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The MIT home page Spotlight showcases the research, technology and education advances taking place at the Institute every day.

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