Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 29, 2013

Science Art Blender on April 1

The Science Art Blender (presented by Climate Art Pizza, Nonhuman, and Broader Impacts Group, in collaboration with journalist Eli Kintisch) is taking place on Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 8:00pm at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Stubbins Room).  This event will feature a program of mini-talks by artists, scientists, and designers exploring collaborative efforts in the fertile nexus.  Presenters include RISD journalist Eli Kintisch, oceanographer and Synergy exhibit coordinator Whitney Bernstein, artist Andi Sutton, and many more!  A lively networking session over drinks will follow.  To RSVP or to be a presenter, please contact Eli Kintisch on Facebook through this page, or send an email to srosengard@whoi.edu.

March 28, 2013

Celebrate the Restoration of MIT’s Great Dome on April 10

Come to a community open house celebrating the historic restoration of MIT’s Great Dome, and the opening of Barker Library’s 24-hour reading room on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the Barker Library Reading Room.  President L. Rafael Reif will make remarks; refreshments will follow.

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March 27, 2013

Music @ Whitehead on April 3

The 2012-2013 Whitehead Concert Series continues with A Jazz Concert: Brothers with Colors for Others on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 6:00pm in the Whitehead Auditorium, with a cocktail reception beginning at 5:30pm.  Program includes original music by Luke and Matt Marantz.  In a contemporary music world dominated by complexity, Matt and Luke Marantz find their home with beautiful melodies and heartfelt lyrics.  With both brothers having attended prestigious conservatories, Matt at the Manhattan School of Music, Luke at the New England Conservatory of Music, both are well versed in everything from the bebop cannon to the more contemporary improvisational language of modern jazz.  While jazz elements are obviously present in the music, the band leans more toward folk and rock influences citing musicians and bands such as Elliott Smith, the Beatles, Iron and Wine, Sufjan Stevens and others.  The quartet featured at this concert also includes John Lockwood (bass), Lee Fish (drums), and Greg Duncan (guitar), with Luke Marantz on the piano and Matt Marantz on the saxophone.  All concerts in this series are free to the Whitehead community and friends.

March 27, 2013

Register now for the GWAMIT Spring Empowerment Conference

Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT) is pleased to announce the annual GWAMIT Empowerment Conference will be held at MIT from Tuesday, April 9th to Thursday, April 11th, 2013.  The Spring Empowerment Conference, started in Spring 2010, seeks to provide resources for and promote discussion of issues relevant to the personal development and life choices of graduate women.  Registration is now open.  Come to any or all Empowerment Conference events at no cost! (Events requiring an RSVP may fill up quickly).

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March 26, 2013

Cash Prizes for Martin Luther King Inspired Art & Performance!

The Committee on Race and Diversity and the MIT Political Science Department are sponsoring the first annual MIT Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired Art and Performance Contest.  Express yourself by entering your visual art (painting, photography, sculpture, video), performance art (music, song, spoken word, dance, theater) or literary work (poetry, short story, speech) to win cash prizes up to $250 each.  This contest is open to all MIT Undergraduates and Graduate Students.  Your entry should be related to or inspired by any of the ideals of Dr. King and/or other civil rights leaders in the past or current human rights activists in the US and the World.  These ideals include freedom, justice, peace, equality, civil rights, human rights and/or social justice. The contest event and performances will be held on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 7:00pm in Walker Memorial.  The visual art will be displayed in the Lobby and performances will begin at 7:00pm.  Following the performances there will be a reception with refreshments, and judges will award the prizes.  Be sure to submit your proposal by Monday, April 12th, 2013.  Use this entry form.  For more information, visit the Committee on Race and Diversity website or contact Tobie Weiner at iguanatw@mit.edu or (617) 253-3649.

March 25, 2013

Tax Workshop for Domestic Grad Students: April 1

Experts from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) conducted a tax workshop on Monday, April 1, 1-2 pm in the Wong Auditorium (E51-115) for domestic graduate students.  The presentation covered general guidelines for reporting RA, TA, and fellowship stipends, and will include information on possible educational tax credits and available resources.  Unfortunately, the presenters were not be be able to sit one-on-one with students. PWC representatives have made their slides available. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

March 22, 2013

Robert Levin performs Harbison, Rands, Turk, Wyner on March 27

Pianist Robert Levin will be playing at the Sanders Theatre on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at 8:00pm.  Both tickets and parking (at Broadway garage, on the corner of Broadway and Felton Streets, Cambridge) are free; tickets are required and are available at the Harvard Box Office, (617) 496-2222.  In a unique concert to celebrate Levin’s two decades at Harvard, the world-renowned pianist will perform pieces that he commissioned, premiered or have been commissioned for him.  These include Bernard Rands’ 12 Preludes, John Harbison’s Piano Sonata No. 2, Hans Peter Türk’s Träume (Dreams; a premiere) and Straccio Vecchio and Sauce 180 by Yehudi Wyner.  As Levin is known for his skill in improvisation, there may be other surprises as well.

March 22, 2013

Hacking Arts: Ideate event on April 6

Entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, designers, engineers, developers: come to the Hacking Arts: Ideate event on Saturday, April 6th, 2013, from 10:00am to 4:00pm in MIT Room E62-233.  This is a cross-disciplinary IdeaStorm and Pitchathon where participants can produce entrepreneurial visions for technology-based projects and ventures in music, film/TV, performing arts, visual arts, and fashion.  Register here; contact kstetson@mit.edu for more information.

March 21, 2013

Canadian Culture Night on March 21

Join the MIT Technology Policy Students Society for an evening of Canadian culture on Thursday, March 21st, 2013 from 8:30pm to 10:00pm in the Warehouse (NW30).  The event will feature Canadian food, a Canadian raffle, and an opportunity to mingle with real, live Canadians.  Plaid or red serge attire is strongly encouraged.  Contact jdls@mit.edu for more information.

March 21, 2013

Write an Article About Your Research for The Tech!

Gain practice writing about your research for a broad audience by submitting an article to the Tech.  An anecdotal or informal tone is fine, and you’ll end up with a great link to send to friends and family.  Articles should be 500 to 1000 words, and will be edited by Campus Life editors before appearing in The Tech. Email emoberg@mit.edu or cl@the-tech.mit.edu for more information or to submit an article.

March 20, 2013

12 Bloopers to Avoid in Job Interviews

In the course of my academic career, I’ve been interviewed for junior and senior faculty positions as well as for administrative posts like the provostship I now hold. I have also been on more search committees than I care to count. Over time, I’ve observed (at least) a dozen bloopers to avoid at all costs in job interviews.

1. Good question, but now let me answer the question I wish you had asked. When you receive media training, you learn a technique called “bridging.” The idea is that, in an interview with a reporter, you briefly (perhaps super-briefly) answer the question that was asked and then bridge to the point you really want to make. In that way, you appear to have heard and paid attention to the journalist’s question but get the opportunity to say what you really want to say.

Read the rest of the bloopers in The Chronicle of Higher Educationphoto by Brian Taylor

March 20, 2013

Got video? Submit to the CMS Media Spectacle by Apr. 22!

The CMS Media Spectacle showcases video projects of all genres created  by MIT students, staff, faculty and affiliates. Prizes include the Chris Pomiecko Award for Best Undergraduate Entry, as well as awards for Best Non-Undergraduate Entry, Animation, Experimental, Narrative, Nonfiction/Documentary, and Audience Favorite. The deadline for submissions is April 22, and the films will be shown on Monday April 29, 32-141 at 6pm. For any questions, or to submit an entry, send your inquiry or video to: Becky Shepardson, E15-325, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, bshep@mit.edu. Please include with your submission: contact email, video title, brief description, and running time. The maximum running time is 15 minutes. Photo by Tim Sainburg.

March 19, 2013

Michael Slama and Dayan Li Win Soros Awards

The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.  One of the fellows is HST SHBT ’11 Michael Slama, who is currently a second year MD student in the New Pathway program at HMS.  Dayan “Jack” Li, also HST, won a 2013 Soros award as well.

 

March 19, 2013

Staging Shakespeare in Afghanistan Presentation on March 20

When Corinne Jaber decided to stage the Shakespeare comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost in Afghanistan with local actors, she knew it was an ambitious project.  The year was 2005; Shakespeare’s plays hadn’t been performed since the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, and both language and post-Taliban cultural barriers proved nearly insurmountable.  Despite many obstacles, Jaber and her Afghanistan production triumphed.  Now, see a presentation by Corinne Jaber on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, at 5:30pm in MIT room 14E-304.

March 19, 2013

Write for “The Graduate” with Cash Prize! – Deadline April 8

The Graduate is looking for submissions for its next issue, “AFTER LIFE,” and is holding a competition open to the MIT community! If you have any interest in journalistic writing, want an article to be published in your name, and have tips to help graduate students transition into life after MIT, write an article for The Graduate! One submission is chosen for publication, and the author will receive a $15 gift card! For ideas and details, see The Graduate webpage. Articles must be around 600 words. Please submit a photo with your article, if possible!

 

March 18, 2013

Q&A: U.S. immigration policy and entrepreneurship

For U.S. citizens, the initial challenge of starting a business in America could be scraping together startup funds; for foreign-born entrepreneurs, the challenge is usually staying in the country. Under U.S. immigration policy, foreign nationals face strict visa requirements to get a company up and running, which can chase them back to their homelands or to nations offering easier visas. Because of this, policy reform has become a hot topic, recently gaining traction in Congress with the proposal of Startup Act 3.0, which would facilitate special “startup visas” for qualified immigrants.

But should we be trying to retain foreign talent? How will reform affect our nation? MIT News recently spoke about these issues with three MIT experts: Bill Aulet, senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship; Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, associate dean and director of MIT’s International Student Office; and Edward Roberts, the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology at MIT Sloan and founder and chairman of the Trust Center.

Read the interview on MIT newsphoto by Christine Daniloff

March 18, 2013

$10K Creative Arts Competition – March 22 Deadline

The MIT Creative Arts Competition is a $10,000 prize, awarded every year at the MIT $100K Launch Contest, for the innovative use of the arts as a core component of a business plan. Any MIT student team in the $100K Launch Contest is eligible to win $10K if the arts or design are a core component of the proposal. It is possible to win the $10K competition even if the team does not win the entire MIT $100K Launch Contest. The funds awarded help support the launch of the team’s enterprise and are awarded as a grant. The same rules that apply to MIT $100K Launch Contest prizes apply to those of the $10K Creative Arts Competition. The deadline to apply is March 22; visit the official competition website for more information.

March 15, 2013

MSA Goodwill Baking on March 17 and 18

The MSA’s Goodwill Baking is an event to increase awareness about Islam in the MIT community and spread the message of peace and tolerance.  The event will take place on Sunday, March 17th, 2013 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, as well as Monday, March 18th, 2013, from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the McCormick Country Kitchen and Lobby 10.  In an open for all study break, come and bake delicious cupcakes with us and then attach a favorite Islamic proverb with ribbons to them.  A group of volunteers will then set up a table at Lobby 10 and give away the cupcakes for free to the general MIT community as a sign of goodwill.  Contact alsaeed@mit.edu for more information.

March 15, 2013

Cambridge Science Festival: April 12-21

The Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the MIT Museum, is an annual ten day festival taking place this year during the 2013 Massachusetts April vacation week, Friday, April 12st through Sunday, April 21st.  Visit the festival website to plan activities, or check out the interesting programs at the MIT Museum during Festival Week.  From learning about the ocean with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution educators, to bridge building with Museum workshop leaders, to presenting concerts and plays for adults, the MIT Museum explores the worlds of science and technology from many angles.

March 14, 2013

Tang, Tatarchenko, and Prof. Miller (CSAIL) create new online learning tool

In an effort to bring a more human dimension to the online-education experience, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Associate Professor Rob Miller has developed a new computer system that will help provide students with feedback on their homework assignments and create more interaction between students, teachers and alumni.

Called Caesar, the system was developed by Miller, a principal investigator at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), and two of his graduate students, Mason Tang and Elena Tatarchenko, to address the challenge of how to facilitate instructor feedback to the hundreds of students taking his introductory computer science course each semester. Many of the students taking the course, “Elements of Software Construction” (MIT course 6.005), are new to the subject matter, and Miller thought they would benefit from more hands-on guidance. In particular, he wanted to find a way to critique the thousands of lines of code that his students write as part of each of their homework assignments. Read the rest of the article on at the MIT EECS page.

March 14, 2013

Don Byron Concerto Premiere on March 16

Come see the world premiere of Don Byron’s Concerto for Clarinet, and works by Mendelssohn, Arnold and Bach.  Featuring the MIT Wind Ensemble; Frederick Harris, Jr., music director; Kenneth Amis, assistant conductor; Don Byron, guest composer; and Evan Ziporyn, guest soloist.  The concert is on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 8:00pm in Kresge Auditorium.  This event is open to the public.  Admission is free in advance or $5 at the door.  Register here.

March 14, 2013

2013 Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge – Deadline April 15

The National Science Foundation has announced a prize contest for graduate students, asking for innovative ideas about graduate education. Individuals or teams of current graduate students are eligible.  Contest winners will be awarded cash prizes from $1000 to $3000. Submissions close on April 15th. Entries are solicited for ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward, for example, students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Make your voice heard on STEM graduate education!

March 13, 2013

Cradles to Crayons Day of Service on March 16

Cradles to Crayons is hosting a Day of Service on Saturday, March 16th, 2013, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit in Brighton that collects and packages essential items children need to live.  This includes school gear, winter coats, shoes and clothing.  BGLO will be volunteering our time to help organize pack up these goods to be dispersed among Boston’s youth.  If you would like to help out but can’t give time donations of winter coats, scarves, hats and gloves are greatly appreciated!  The maximum number of volunteers we can bring is 20 people, so if you would like to join us be sure to RSVP soon!  More information is available here.

March 13, 2013

Cool Japan premieres anime film “Wolf Children” & Condry book launch “Soul of Anime,” March 14

The MIT community is invited to two free events on March 14 (Thursday) sponsored by the MIT Cool Japan research project. First, Ian Condry is having an author talk and discussion for his new book, “The Soul of Anime,” starting at 4:00pm in room E151-149. Afterwards, join Director Mamoru Hosoda for the New England premiere of his new award-winning anime “Wolf Children,” followed by a Q&A. There will be one show only, 7pm in room 26-100. Both are free and open to the public, and they look forward to welcoming all participants! Keep reading for plenty of details.

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March 13, 2013

Clash Zones: a conference at MIT on April 5th and 6th, 2013

The Boston-area Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies is sponsoring Clash Zones: Identities in (R)evolution, a graduate student conference at MIT.  The conference is taking place on Friday and Saturday, April 5th and 6th, 2013 in the Stata Center.  Events begin at 4:00pm on Friday and 9:00am on Saturday.  This interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies conference will showcase cutting edge research in the field.  The event is free and open to the public.
The borders and boundaries where political, ethnic, religious, racial, national, and other factions meet are hotbeds for ideological and psychological tensions that affect marginalized gender and sexual identities. Within these “clash zones,” anything from eruptive transformations (revolutions) to gradual modifications (evolutions) might occur.  This interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender studies conference will investigate how frictions produced in these “clash zones” impact individual and communal bodies and alter the identity categories by which we define those bodies.  Register online.

March 12, 2013

New rankings acclaim MIT’s graduate programs in engineering, business

Extending a decades-long run, MIT’s graduate program in engineering has again been ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. MIT has held the top spot since 1990, when the magazine first ranked graduate programs in engineering. U.S. News awarded MIT a score of 100 among graduate programs in engineering, followed by No. 2 Stanford University (95), No. 3 University of California at Berkeley (87), and No. 4 California Institute of Technology (78).MIT’s graduate programs led U.S. News lists in seven engineering disciplines, up from four No. 1 rankings last year. Top-ranked at MIT this year are programs in aerospace engineering (tied with Caltech); chemical engineering; materials engineering; computer engineering; electrical engineering (tied with Stanford); mechanical engineering (tied with Stanford); and nuclear engineering. Other top-five graduate programs at MIT include industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering (No. 3, tied with Northwestern University, Stanford and Berkeley) and biomedical engineering (No. 5). Read the rest of the MIT News Office story.
 

 

March 12, 2013

GA^3 Pi Day Celebration! March 14, 11am-12:30pm

The Graduate Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics is hosting a Pi Day celebration with as many different kinds of pie as possible! Bake your favorite recipe for a pie-baking contest, bring your appetite for some pie-eating contests, and sharpen your mind for the pi-recitation contests. Celebrations begin at 11am, March 44 in the AeroAstro Grad Lounge in Building 33.

March 12, 2013

Sloan Africa Business Conference on March 15 and 16

The Annual MIT Sloan Africa Business Club conference is taking place on Friday and Saturday, March 15th and 16th, beginning at 4:00pm on the 15th and ending at 7:00pm on the 16th, at the MIT Media Lab.  Keynotes include Makhtar Diop (VP World Bank Africa), Hakeem Belo – Osagie (Chairman, Etisalat Nigeria), Njeri Rionge (Serial Entrepreneur East Africa).  Panels on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Entertainment, Technology & Food and Agriculture.  Top entrepreneurs from Africa will be present: Vinny Lingham (Yola), Claude Grunitzky (TRACE), Nivi Mukherjee (eLimu Kenya)… and so many more.  For more information, visit the website or contact sloanafrica@gmail.com.  MIT students get 60% discount (e-mail for code).

March 12, 2013

Alumna Silberman competes for a shot in the NFL

MIT alumni are known for a “do-anything” mindset but Lauren Silberman SM ’10 may have set the loftiest goal yet. Despite not playing on the football team at MIT (or anywhere else), she is attempting to become the first Institute alum and first woman to play in the National Football League (NFL). Read more about Silberman on the MIT Alumni website.

March 11, 2013

Salzberg receives President’s Award from US Water Alliance

The US Water Alliance is honoring Dr. Aaron Salzberg, Special Coordinator for Water Resources in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science Affairs at the U.S. State Department. The President’s Award recognizes Dr. Salzberg for his public service as a U.S. water diplomat, providing environmental and humanitarian assistance to those in need and advancing global water security, at home and abroad. Dr. Salzberg manages the development and implementation of U.S. policies on drinking water and sanitation, water resources management, and transboundary water. At several international events on water, including the G8, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the UN Commision on Sustainable Development, and the World Water Forums, he has served as the lead water representative for the United States.

March 11, 2013

MIT PE Registration opens Monday at 8AM!

Just as an important reminder, PE Registration for the fourth quarter opens online today, Monday at 8AM! Try to register as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Offerings for this quarter include SCUBA, Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboard, Golf, Tennis, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Zumba, Yoga, and Boot Camp for Athletes. Registration is first come first serve, so try to catch your favorite sport as early as possible! Feel free to contact MITPE for any questions at mitpe@mit.edu. Photo by the MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation.

March 11, 2013

Full Scholarship to Study in China! Deadline: March 15

The Chinese Government is sponsoring a comprehensive scholarship for MIT students interested in studying in China this Fall or next Spring. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 15th, 2013.  Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.  Students either devote the semester to Chinese Language and Culture study, or take the semester (or year) to study at a Chinese University (Chinese V or comparable language proficiency required).  The program waives tuition, housing and medical insurance costs, plus offers a monthly living stipend.  Chinese citizens are not eligible to apply.  For more details on this scholarship, visit the scholarship website.  Send questions to studyabroad@mit.edu.

March 8, 2013

Rubinstein and Wadhwa honored for ‘Revealing Invisible Changes’

The National Science Foundation (NSF), along with the journal Science, honored a team of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) for their video “Revealing Invisible Changes In The World,” where they used an algorithm to reveal subtle motions unseen by the naked eye. The CSAIL team — graduate students Michael Rubinstein and Neal Wadhwa, alumni Eugene Shih SM ’01, PhD ’10 and Hao-Yu Wu MNG ’12, associate professor Frédo Durand, and professors William T. Freeman and John Guttag — earned honorable mention for their video at the 10th annual International Science & Technology Visualization Challenge, a highly competitive international contest.

In the video, the researchers demonstrated an algorithm they developed that amplifies and allows for analysis of subtle movements and variations in color in ordinary videos. “Imagine you had special glasses that allowed you to see subtle changes that cannot be seen with the naked eye,” says Freeman, the video’s narrator. Continue reading the article on MIT news.

March 8, 2013

Have an Interdepartmental Mixer

Schedule an interdepartmental pub mixer and meet people outside of your department at the Thirsty Ear.  Getting started is easy; simply fill out this form and choose a Tuesday during the spring semester.  Food funding is available, supported by an ODGE Graduate Student Life Grant.  Contact teec-mixers@mit.edu for more information.

March 8, 2013

Learn Economics from Nobel Laureates in Summertime Italy!

The I.S.E.O Institute is organizing a special program to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the I.S.E.O international Summer School, the prestigious economic summer course reserved to post graduate students, researchers and young economists coming from all over the world which takes place every year in Iseo (Northern Italy) from Saturday 15th June 2013 to Saturday 22nd June 2013. 2013 will be a very special year for I.S.E.O. as they celebrate not only the 10th edition of the Summer School, but also the 15th anniversary of the activities of the Institute and the 10th anniversary of the founder Franco Modigliani’s death. Thus, the Summer School 2013 will feature an extraordinary panel of speakers with 5 Nobel Laureates teaching, together with well known international economists. Every day a different Nobel Laureate will run a lecture and, during the week, some talented participants will have the chance to discuss their research in front of Nobels. The deadline to apply is April 22nd; visit the official I.S.E.O. website for full details. Photo by the ISEO Institute. 

March 7, 2013

Designing a future at MIT Sloan

The city of Boston motivated a young Anne Gatling Haynes to become an architect. The Lexington native remembers riding into the city for nursery school in her parents’ car while the Back Bay skyline came into stunning focus. “I was inspired by the city of Boston as a kid. To me, it was the most exciting place on the planet,” said Haynes, who is a member of the MIT Sloan Fellows Class of 2013. MIT also provided some early memories, as her family hosted international students – including MIT Sloan students – during her childhood.

She spent two decades fulfilling her dream, first as a Yale University-trained architect for the world-renowned César Pelli, and later as Design Director in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Capital Project Development. While there, she was part of a new team of development and construction engineers who were charged with managing large, multi-agency projects, such as the future performing arts center at the World Trade Center site. Continue reading the article on News@MITSloan.

March 7, 2013

Cultural Celebrations on Sunday, March 10!

This year on March 10, join the MIT community to celebrate diversity with several events dedicated to cultures from around the world. Several cultural groups will be providing traditional food, music, performance and games. Spend the day traveling and experiencing the world, all on MIT campus! Click more for additional details. Photo by the American-Turkish Association of Washington DC.

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March 7, 2013

Screening and lecture with filmmaker and artist Karim Aïnouz on March 11

Karim Aïnouz, Brazilian-Algerian filmmaker and artist, will be lecturing and screening the film I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You on Monday, March 11th, 2013 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the ACT cube (Wiesner Building, E15-001, lower level, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA).  This event is free and open to the public.  Karim Aïnouz’s work addresses issues of gender, identity, and personal histories.  His films focus on characters who break universal taboos and transcend stereotypes.  For more information about this event, visit the website or contact Laura Anca Chichisan at clauraa@mit.edu.

 

 

March 6, 2013

DUSP grad students share IAP experiences in Africa on March 13

Master in City Planning (MCP) and the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) students will share stories about their 2013 IAP trip in an African country during the DUSP IAP in Africa Showcase on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in MIT Room 10-401.  Panelists will include Sarah Dimson (Tanzania), Anna Gross (Ghana)Abel Managni (Ghana), and Sofia Lopez (Egypt).  The panel will be moderated by Gabriella Carolini, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning.  Light dinner will be served.

March 6, 2013

Music @ Whitehead on March 11

The 2012-2013 Whitehead Concert Series continues with Earth Tones on Monday, March 11th, 2013 at noon in the Whitehead Auditorium.  Earth Tones is the collaboration of New England Conservatory students and alum.  This vocal quartet accesses the diversity of each singer’s’ musical background and personal styles combining them into one sound that is rooted in tradition, current in expression, and forward in its unlimited ability to create and re-create.  Musicians include Michael Mayo, Nedelka Prescod, Arielle Armstrong, and Joseph Copeland.  Music will include selections of Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Traditional Negro Spirituals, and Earth Wind and Fire.  Refreshments will be served.  The concert will end by 12:45pm.  Discount lunch tickets available at the door for the day of the concert.

 

March 6, 2013

Nominate an outstanding grad teacher for the Goodwin Medal by March 15

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education is soliciting nominations for this year’s Goodwin Medal for outstanding teaching by a graduate student, as part of the MIT Awards Convocation.  Each year, MIT awards the Goodwin Medal to a graduate TA or Instructor who has performed above and beyond the norm, and whose teaching efforts can truly be characterized as “conspicuously effective.”  The award consists of an engraved bronze medal and a cash gift of $2,500.  If there is a graduate TA or Instructor in your department who has performed above and beyond the norm, please consider submitting a nomination (one allowed per department) on his/her behalf for the Goodwin Medal.  For more details on the Goodwin Medal, eligibility and nomination process, please see: http://odge.mit.edu/development/teaching/.  Any member of the faculty or any organized student group (through one of its responsible officers) may submit a nomination to the appropriate department officer (i.e. department head, assistant department head) in the candidate’s home department.  The final nomination from each department is due to the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education by 5:00pm on Friday, March 15th, 2013 — be sure to get your nomination to the department head several days prior.  Nomination letters may be addressed to Dean Ortiz; nomination packages should be sent to Jessica Landry (jlandry@mit.edu) in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education electronically as a single PDF file.  The recipient will be announced at the MIT Awards Convocation on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 4:00pm in MIT Room 10-250.

March 5, 2013

LGO overcomes cancer to shine at internship

Liz Katcoff began her industry internship along with most of her MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) classmates in June 2011. The plan was for her to work at Nissan in Smyrna, Tennessee, and return to MIT to write her master’s thesis, and graduate in June 2012. But after only three days of the six-month internship, everything changed when she was diagnosed with cancer. Katcoff and her family and friends were understandably much more concerned about her treatment and recovery than about her finishing her internship or graduating on time. Amazingly, however, she underwent chemotherapy, finished her classwork, and successfully completed her internship project. Continue reading the article on News@MITSloan.

March 5, 2013

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Announcement and Invention Showcase on March 5

The $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Announcement and Invention Showcase will take place on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in MIT Lobby 13.  This event will feature all of the 2013 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize applicants.  Applicants include Alexander Keller (Architecture, Building Technology), Peter DeMuth (Biological Engineering), Samuel Harmatz (Brain And Cognitive Sciences), Jingnan Lu (Chemistry and Biology), Mehdi Akbarian (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Ahmed Kirmani (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Benjamin Peters (Media Lab), and Nikolai Begg (Mechanical Engineering).  RSVP for the event here.

March 5, 2013

Michael J. Fox Foundation – Parkinson’s Disease Data Challenge deadline March 26

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is offering a $10,000 prize for people to use some data collected via an app/sensors in a smartphone among a group of patients with Parkinson’s Disease and a set of control patients.  The goal is to see if someone can find a way to objectively identify or quantify the condition using this passively collected data.  Read the contest information and submit by Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.

March 4, 2013

Le Cong and Ann Ran are editing the genome with high precision

Researchers at MIT, the Broad Institute and Rockefeller University have developed a new technique for precisely altering the genomes of living cells by adding or deleting genes. The researchers say the technology could offer an easy-to-use, less-expensive way to engineer organisms that produce biofuels; to design animal models to study human disease; and  to develop new therapies, among other potential applications. To create their new genome-editing technique, the researchers modified a set of bacterial proteins that normally defend against viral invaders. Using this system, scientists can alter several genome sites simultaneously and can achieve much greater control over where new genes are inserted, says Feng Zhang, an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT and leader of the research team.

“Anything that requires engineering of an organism to put in new genes or to modify what’s in the genome will be able to benefit from this,” says Zhang, who is a core member of the Broad Institute and MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Zhang and his colleagues describe the new technique in the Jan. 3 online edition of Science. Lead authors of the paper are graduate students Le Cong and Ann Ran. Continue reading the article on MIT newsphoto courtesy Christine Daniloff

March 4, 2013

BESSORA – March 5 – Literature in the Digital Age

MIT Foreign Languages and Literature presents Literature in the Digital Age: ‘And Roxane Created Cry@no…’ with Bessora on Tuesday March 5th, 2013 at 5:00pm in MIT Room E51-057.  Bessora, a French writer whose writings focus on the representations of identity, taboos and the need to categorize people, will present Cyr@no, her latest novel published in 2011 by Belfond.  Cyr@no is a free reinterpretation of the play by Edmond Rostand Cyrano de Bergerac. Roxane is a 21st century actress, Cyrano her imaginary friend, Christian her former lover, and Cyr@no the avatar Roxane created on the net in an attempt to regain the love of Christian.  Her witty and funny story mixing slang, numeric language, and language from the 17th century is a satire of the constant readjustment of identity, promoted by the web.

March 4, 2013

Global Fellows Program deadline extended to March 25!

MIT and Imperial College London are jointly offering an intensive 4 ½ day Global Fellows Program for PhD students.  Through presentations, interactive work and hands-on activities, PhD students from Imperial (20) and MIT (20) will develop professional skills required to launch and manage a successful research career.  Emphasis will be on creating and sustaining successful international research collaborations.  The program will take place from Monday, June 24th through Friday, June 28th, 2013 in Sharon, Massachusetts.  Morning programs will begin at 9:30am, and evening programs should be completed by 9:00pm.  Participants must commit to the entire program, which includes full day events and some evenings.  The Fellowship covers the cost of travel, the program, and some meals.  Topics covered will include building successful working relationships and global collaborations, team and project development, global intercultural skills and communication.  Participants will work in small groups with either an MIT or Imperial facilitator.  Faculty members from each university will present on the topic of developing and managing international collaborations as an integral part of a research career.  Eligibility is restricted to PhD students with a preference for students who have passed their qualifying exams and have a few years remaining before completing their PhD program.  The application due date is Monday, March 25th, 2013; finalists will be interviewed in April.  Apply online.  For more information, contact Kim Benard in the GECD at globalphd@mit.edu.

March 1, 2013

Chern and Teherani demonstrate record-setting p-type transistor

Almost all computer chips use two types of transistors: one called p-type, for positive, and one called n-type, for negative. Improving the performance of the chip as a whole requires parallel improvements in both types. At the IEEE’s International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in December, researchers from MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) presented a p-type transistor with the highest “carrier mobility” yet measured. By that standard, the device is twice as fast as previous experimental p-type transistors and almost four times as fast as the best commercial p-type transistors.

Judy Hoyt, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science; her graduate students Winston Chern, lead author on the new paper, and James T. Teherani; Pouya Hashemi, who was an MIT postdoc at the time and is now with IBM; Dimitri Antoniadis, the Ray and Maria Stata Professor of Electrical Engineering; and colleagues at MIT and the University of British Columbia achieved their record-setting hole mobility by “straining” the germanium in their transistor — forcing its atoms closer together than they’d ordinarily find comfortable. To do that, they grew the germanium on top of several different layers of silicon and a silicon-germanium composite. The germanium atoms naturally try to line up with the atoms of the layers beneath them, which compresses them together. Read the article on MIT newsphoto courtesy of Winston Chern, Pouya Hashemi and James Teherani

March 1, 2013

Sexual Trauma Support & Information Group

Kate McCarthy from Community Wellness at MIT Medical and Audra Bartz from Mental Health and Counseling will be running a Sexual Assault Trauma Support & Information Group this semester.  This is an eight week group open to women who’ve experienced sexual assault and abuse, and each week, this group will discuss a different topic.  Meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at MIT Medical.  Email Kate at kmcc@med.mit.edu or Audra at bara@med.mit.edu for more information.

March 1, 2013

Nominate a Graduate Woman of Excellence by March 15

Graduate Women of Excellence is an event meant to honor graduate women who exemplify leadership and outstanding accomplishment.  Nominate a graduate woman for this honor by Friday, March 15th, 2013.  A nominated graduate woman should be a leader among her peers in her example and her actions, dedicated to serving the MIT community to improve the graduate student experience, a provider of thoughtful and constructive feedback when asked for advice, and a catalyst for change when challenges arise.  A celebration event will be held on Tuesday, April 23, and posters created by selected nominees detailing their life journey, including their path to MIT and aspirations, will be displayed.  To nominate a graduate woman, fill out the online form.  If you are interesting in joining the planning team for Graduate Women of Excellence or have any questions, please contact agerman@mit.edu.