Monthly Archives: March 2014

March 31, 2014

Sellon finds nanopores in the ear that control selective hearing

Even in a crowded room full of background noise, the human ear is remarkably adept at tuning in to a single voice — a feat that has proved remarkably difficult for computers to match. A new analysis of the underlying mechanisms, conducted by researchers at MIT, has provided insights that could ultimately lead to better machine hearing, and perhaps to better hearing aids as well.

Our ears’ selectivity, it turns out, arises from evolution’s precise tuning of a tiny membrane, inside the inner ear, called the tectorial membrane. The viscosity of this membrane — its firmness, or lack thereof — depends on the size and distribution of tiny pores, just a few tens of nanometers wide. This, in turn, provides mechanical filtering that helps to sort out specific sounds.

The new findings are reported in the Biophysical Journal by a team led by MIT graduate student Jonathan Sellon. Continue reading on MIT News.

March 31, 2014

Blog about science on eMIT! Kickoff event Apr. 7

Do you like to write about science?  Submit to eMIT, the GSC’s new science outreach blog.  You can repost an article from your own blog.  Or a published article, if the publisher agrees.  Don’t know where to start? Attend “How to write a science blog” workshop with Prof. Tom Levenson, Director of the MIT Science Writing Program, on Monday, April 7th, 5 – 6:30pm in W20-491. Send article submissions to emit-editor@mit.edu. eMIT is a project of the Graduate Student Council.  Contact gsc-emit@mit.edu for more information.

March 31, 2014

Calling all comedians, storytellers, and improvisers! Register by Apr. 1

An on-campus comedy show will center around funny and absurd stories from MIT researchers of all disciplines.  The show needs comedians, storytellers, and improvisers to come and share their experiences!  The focus is on the MIT community, so while comedic performance is a plus, novices and amateurs are encouraged to sign up.  The show will be held in April.  Please fill out the registration form, and the coordinators will contact you regarding the next steps in getting the show together.  Submit the form online by Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 12:00pm.  Contact scihumor@mit.edu for more information.

March 28, 2014

Marchese builds soft robotic fish that moves like the real thing

Soft robots — which don’t just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels — have become a sufficiently popular research topic that they now have their own journal, Soft Robotics. In the first issue of that journal, out this month, MIT researchers report the first self-contained autonomous soft robot capable of rapid body motion: a “fish” that can execute an escape maneuver, convulsing its body to change direction in just a fraction of a second, or almost as quickly as a real fish can.

The robotic fish was built by Andrew Marchese, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and lead author on the new paper, where he’s joined by postdoc Cagdas D. Onal and Daniela Rus, a professor of computer science and engineering, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and one of the researchers who designed and built the fish. Each side of the fish’s tail is bored through with a long, tightly undulating channel. Carbon dioxide released from a canister in the fish’s abdomen causes the channel to inflate, bending the tail in the opposite direction.

“We’re excited about soft robots for a variety of reasons,” says Rus. “As robots penetrate the physical world and start interacting with people more and more, it’s much easier to make robots safe if their bodies are so wonderfully soft that there’s no danger if they whack you.”

Read the article on MIT news photo by M. Scott Brauer

March 28, 2014

Get CPR certified on Apr. 1!

Get CPR certified with MIT EMS on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm in La Sala de Puerto Rico in the Stratton Student Center.  Learn how to help a victim on cardiac arrest!  Upon completion, you will receive an official AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED Certification.  This is free for MIT undergraduates and only $5 for everyone else.  For more information and to register, visit the MIT EMS website.

March 28, 2014

Get out and row with the MIT Rowing Club! Season starts Apr. 1

The MIT Rowing Club encourages people at all skill levels from the MIT community to join.  Those who are new to rowing can join the summer and fall programs for complete beginners.  The season starts on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, with practice Monday through Friday, 6:00am to 8:00am on the Charles River.  Coxswains are highly encouraged to join.  The Rowing Club overs full coach-supervised training for novice coxes throughout the year.  Find out more at rowingclub.mit.edu and join the mailing list.

March 27, 2014

How to Deliver a Halfway-Decent Job Talk

Karen Kelsky, an academic career coach at The Professor Is In, offers the following advice on job talks:

I’m deep in job-talk editing the past month or so, and I’m really startled at how bad many of these are, and with no good reason. It’s not the research that is bad, or the ideas of the writer, or the candidate’s credibility for the job. It’s the talks’ lack of simple organization, and their failure to grasp of the ethos and point of the genre.

So here’s a simple checklist for your job talk:

1) Do you have a clear one-paragraph intro that lays out the topic and sketches the basic plan of the talk? Don’t argue with me about this; just do it. “Thank you for having me. Today I’ll be speaking about XX. In the talk, I’ll be exploring XX from the perspective of XXX and will be relating it to XXX. I will show that XX is XXX, and ultimately argue that XXX can be understood as XXX.” Seriously, this is not that hard.

Continue reading at Vitae. Photo by GuestBlogIt.

March 27, 2014

Enter the $25,000 Engineering for You Video Contest by Mar. 31!

The National Academy of Engineering wants to know how engineering creations serve the welfare of humanity and the needs of society.  Enter the Engineering for You (E4U) Video Contest by submitting a one to two minute video that highlights engineering achievements of the past, present, or future.  The most inspiring video will receive a $25,000 grand prize, while the top videos in each competition category are eligible for a prize of up to $5,000.  A “People’s Choice Award” of $5,000 will also be given.  The deadline for submission is Monday, March 31st, 2014Learn more online or email E4Uvideocontest@nae.edu.

March 27, 2014

Alumna Zurovcik’s WiCare named finalist for Hult Prize

MIT spinoff WiCare, founded by mechanical engineering alumna Danielle Zurovcik SM ’07, PhD ’12, has been named one of six finalists in this year’s Hult Prize competition. The Hult Prize Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on supporting social entrepreneurs. This year’s challenge is to solve non-communicable disease in urban slums, and winners receive $1M in seed funding. Zurovcik, who developed a revolutionary negative pressure wound therapy pump (NPWT) as a PhD student in MechE, started WiCare (Worldwide Innovative Healthcare Inc.) with the goal of bringing high-quality medical devices to low-income countries. She is currently a fellow in the D-Lab Scale-Ups fellowship program. Continue reading about Zurovcik’s project at MIT News.

March 26, 2014

Ahmed & Mauldin empower farmers & support nutrition

Aleem Ahmed and Caroline Mauldin, both MBA ’15, are staking their future on teff, a tiny East African grain. The MIT Sloan classmates launched Love Grain in January 2013 with two goals: to produce gluten-free products from teff and to improve the lives of farmers in Ethiopia.

“We’re really excited about bringing new, healthier foods to market in the U.S., and at same time we’re really passionate about the social mission of the company, which is to help farmers double their output and triple their profits,” Ahmed said. “It’s a powerful way to help farmers live a better life.”

Teff is a high-protein, high-fiber grain, a staple in Ethiopia that Love Grain is incorporating into a line of gluten-free products. People with celiac disease or those who are sensitive to gluten—a complex protein found in wheat, barley, and rye—need gluten-free options in their diet, and the gluten-free category has grown dramatically in the United States in recent years. Love Grain’s first commercial run—1,400 units of a pancake and waffle mix that sells for $8.95 a package—went on the market just before Christmas, selling online at lovegrain.co and at Violette Gluten Free Bakery in Cambridge, Mass. The company is already profitable.

Continue reading on MIT Sloan Newsroom.

March 26, 2014

2014 Data Science Challenge; Deadline Apr. 30

The Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics has launched a Data Science Challenge in partnership with the City of Chicago.  The challenge will use the City of Chicago’s open data sets with the objective to deliver potential positive impact to City of Chicago residents, visitors, and businesses.  Analyze the data, make visualizations, and possibly win one of three financial prizes of $5,000.  The challenge ends on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014.  It is open to full-time graduate or undergraduate MIT students.  For more information, visit the website.

March 26, 2014

Creating Culture in Virtual Worlds (Mar. 27)

On Thursday March 27th, from 6 to 7:30 PM at the MIT Museum, join a conversation with MIT Professor D. Fox Harrell and MIT researcher Todd Harper as they discuss ways in which cultural values are both created and represented in digital media. Explore how online communities and computer code both give rise to shared values – through the interactions between people online, as well as the underlying computational structure of video games, websites, and other online communities. D. Fox Harrell is an Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT in the Comparative Media Studies Program and in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Todd Harper is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the MIT Game Lab. This is a free event part of the TalkBack 360 program series.

March 26, 2014

Silent Meditation on Thursdays

Are work and studies becoming too overwhelming? Get away from the stress and pressures of daily life every Thursday from 6 to 7 PM with Silent Meditation in the MIT Chapel. Sponsored by the Buddhist Student Club, it is open to all. Cushions are provided. Photo by holisticgeek.

March 25, 2014

MIT Clean Energy Prize Announces Semi-Finalists

Over 60 teams from 24 universities across the US expressed interest in this year’s Clean Energy Prize, and 21 were invited to enter the Semifinals.  These teams have been paired with mentors, and over the next month and a half, they will prepare for the Finals.  The Finals will take place on Sunday and Monday, April 27th and 28th, 2014, where contestants will compete for the $225,000 Grand Prize and three $25,000 Track Prizes.  They will come from 12 different universities ranging from UC Berkeley and Arizona State University to, of course, MIT.

March 25, 2014

When the job search becomes a blame game

Searching for a job is tough — and the nature of the hiring process in the United States makes matters far tougher, and more emotionally fraught for workers, than it needs to be.  That is the central assertion of MIT’s Ofer Sharone in a new book based on his in-depth study of the American and Israeli white-collar labor markets, which operate very differently.  In the U.S., Sharone says, job hunts emphasize the presentation of personal characteristics; job seekers play, in his terms, a “chemistry game” with prospective employers. In Israel, by contrast, the job-placement process is more formally structured and places greater emphasis on objective skills.  As a result, white-collar workers in the U.S. are more likely to take their job-market struggles personally, and find it harder to sustain searches. Continue reading the article on MIT news.

March 25, 2014

Screening of Fuel on Mar. 27

Come to the first-ever monthly green movie event to watch Fuel, a movie that “shows us the way out of the mess we’re in by explaining how to replace every drop of oil we now use, while creating green jobs and keeping our money here at home.”  The screening will take place on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 in the Sidney-Pacific Seminar Room.  Environmentally-friendly food will be served at 7:00pm and the movie will start at 7:15pm.  Fossil Free MIT will also join in to explain their petition for MIT to divest from fossil fuels during the film.  Contact nschnepf@mit.edu for more information.

March 24, 2014

Anderson covers new ground in search for dark matter

Scientists looking for dark matter face a serious challenge: No one knows what dark matter particles look like. So their search covers a wide range of possible traits — different masses, different probabilities of interacting with regular matter. Today, scientists on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search experiment, or CDMS, announced that they have shifted the border of this search down to a dark-matter particle mass and rate of interaction that has never been probed.

The analysis, led by Adam Anderson, an MIT graduate student in physics, is the first dark matter result using a new sensor technology — developed, in part, at MIT — that shows much better rejection of background events than the previous generation of CDMS detectors. The work was presented today at the Symposium on Sources and Detection of Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe, held at the University of California at Los Angeles.

“We’re pushing CDMS to as low mass as we can,” says Fermilab physicist Dan Bauer, the project manager for CDMS. “We’re proving the particle detector technology here.” Continue reading the article on MIT news.

March 24, 2014

Todai Innovation Summer Program 2014: Application due Mar. 31!

The Todai Innovation Summer Program (TISP) is a two-week program for students from both outside Japan and the University of Tokyo to experience classes, workshops and field research to hone their innovation skills in Tokyo and the Tohoku region (a disaster-struck area in the north-east of the country).  The program is built on two themes: Japanese culture and Tohoku issues.  The mission is to help participants develop skills around innovation as well as help solve social problems.  The program will take place from Wednesday, July 30th to Wednesday, August 13th, 2014.  30 international students and 30 Todai students will be selected.  Both masters and PhD students enrolled in a university, including those who will graduate in June 2014, are eligible to apply.  The application deadline is Monday, March 31st, 2014.  Apply online.  Candidates selected by Todai to participate in the program will be eligible for an ODGE internal competition for airfare sponsorship.  The top graduate student applicant will receive ODGE sponsorship for one coach class round trip airline ticket.  More details will be made available in late May or early June upon the completion of Todai’s selection process.  More information about the program is available online.

March 24, 2014

Adèle Naudé Santos, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, stepping down

Adèle Naudé Santos, dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), announced to the school’s faculty that after 10 years as dean, she has decided to step down and return to the faculty, effective at the end of this semester. She is the ninth dean of the school and the second woman to hold the position of school dean at MIT.

Santos, who is a professor in both the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and a practicing architect, arrived at MIT with three goals for her deanship: She wanted to consolidate the School’s six locations, so that faculty and students from different research groups could more easily be together; she wanted to make crucial hires and promotions to add strength in key areas and encourage greater inter-school collaboration; and she wished to increase the School’s overall visibility.

In an email to faculty and SA+P staff today, Acting Provost Martin Schmidt praised Santos for her stewardship of the school. “Dean Santos has been a powerful force for MIT,” he wrote. “With focus and sustained effort, she has added strength and vitality to a School whose creativity and scholarship have become increasingly integral to the Institute.” Continue reading at MIT News.

March 21, 2014

2014 Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowships awarded to MIT grads

Sixteen postgraduate students have been chosen from twelve partner universities to receive the prestigious 2014 Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship.  The Fellowship program, a joint initiative between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the UK and the Schmidt Family Foundation in the US, offers an innovation platform for postgraduate students and academics from leading international design, engineering & business schools to redesign the economy. Two of these awards came from MIT: Ricky Ashenfelter and Emily Malina from MIT Sloan (mentor: Jason Jay), and Jonathan Krones from ESD (mentor John Fernandez).  Ricky, Emily, and Jason’s project concerned the reuse and reduced waste of food using circular economy principles.  Jonathan and John’s project was related to the reuse and recycle of industrial waste material back into industry.  The fellowship includes an exciting international experience via an all-expenses paid summer school in London, UK for both the students and their faculty mentor.

March 21, 2014

Cool Science Video Competition (Deadline EXTENDED to Mar. 31)

Can you make a short video about science or engineering that is just as thrilling as a video about extreme sports? Submit a 1-10 minute video showing exciting aspects of science or engineering, and the awesome scientists/engineers behind it all, and you could win cash prizes: 1st ($500), 2nd ($200), 3rd ($100)! The target audience for the video should be the general public (including kids), and they should think your video is cool. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014. The film showing will take place at 7-9 pm on April 22 as a Signature Event of the Cambridge Science Festival. We expect many exciting guests there, including local radio show hosts. At the end of the film showing will be a public voting and award ceremony! Visit the SciEx website for more details. Sponsored by an ODGE Graduate Student Life Grant.

March 21, 2014

Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner TONIGHT

Come enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with your MIT graduate student friends at the Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner!  The dinner will take place on Friday, March 21st, 2014, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm in the Sidney Pacific Multipurpose Room.  RSVP by sending an email to oderberg@mit.edu.

March 21, 2014

Celebrate Norouz on Mar. 22

Come celebrate Norouz, the beginning of both spring and the Persian new year!  The celebration will take place on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, from 7:30pm to 12:00am in Morss Hall, Walker Memorial, MIT.  Persian dinner and desserts will be served, and there will also be a range of musical and dance performances.  There will even be a dance party at the end!  Contact persian-officers@mit.edu for more information.

March 20, 2014

Computation Lecture with Debra Weisberg on Mar. 21

Come to the MIT Computation Lecture Material Drawing: Exploration and Creativity with Debra Weisberg on Friday, March 21st, 2014 at 5:00pm in MIT Room 7-429.  The Computation Lectures seek to explore the correlation between our active being and computing.  Weisberg’s works are in numerous collections such as the Sonesta Hotel, General Hardware Manufacturing Company in NYC, Simmons College and Meditech.  She has also done private commissions in Mass Power and Electric and in private homes.  Weisberg has exhibited nationally: Gallery Kayafas, Boston; Art in General in NYC; the DeCordova Museum; Mills Gallery and Rose Museum in the Boston area; East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art.  Debra Weisberg teaches at Boston College and at New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University.  She is artist in residence at Meditech Corporation where she teaches creativity workshops.  Her practice includes creating large scale collaborative drawing installations as a visiting artist at schools and universities.  For more information, visit the website.

March 20, 2014

Authentic Movement Wellness Class: Fridays Mar. 21-Jun. 6

Come to the Authentic Movement Wellness Class on Fridays from March 21st to June 6th in MIT Room E23-297.  This is an opportunity to slow down and listen to what you body has to say.  The class is inspired by Carl Jung’s practice of Active Imagination.  It uses movement as a medium to discover and express your whole self.  The class takes place in a safe, non-judgmental place.  You will learn to listen deeply to your body’s wisdom, develop compassion for yourself and others, and gain personal insights, as well as access your potential for creativity and mindfulness.  Contact boud@med.mit.edu for more information.

March 20, 2014

Turkish Tea TODAY

It’s time for Turkish Tea!  Enjoy ruby red tea on Thursday, March 20th, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Bush Room (MIT 10-105).  Ruby red tea is produced in the eastern Black Sea coast of Turkey.  There will also be traditional Turkish bagels (simit).  Contact tsa-exec@mit.edu for more information.

March 20, 2014

Choose to Reuse on Mar. 20!

Choose to reuse on Thursday, March 20th, 2014, from 8:00am to 1:00pm in the Stata Center TSMC (white lobby) on the corner of Main and Vassar Streets.  Come pick up free, gently-used items, or donate your own.  Bring in clean, reusable things like clothing, dishware, household items, and anything else you don’t need anymore.  Drop-off begins at 8:00am.  Pick-up starts at 11:00am.  Everything that remains will be donated or recycled.  Sign up to volunteer!  Contact ro_br@mit.edu for more information.

March 19, 2014

Baugher and Yang work on two-dimensional optoelectronics material

A team of MIT researchers has used a novel material that’s just a few atoms thick to create devices that can harness or emit light. This proof-of-concept could lead to ultrathin, lightweight, and flexible photovoltaic cells, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and other optoelectronic devices, they say.

Their report is one of three papers by different groups describing similar results with this material, published in the March 9 issue of Nature Nanotechnology. The MIT research was carried out by Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, the Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Physics, graduate students Britton Baugher and Yafang Yang, and postdoc Hugh Churchill. Read the rest of the article on MIT news.

March 19, 2014

MIT Water Night Mar. 20

Come to MIT Water Night on Thursday, March 20th from 5-8 PM in Morss Hall, Walker Memorial (Building 50). MIT Water Night is an annual research event that connects members of MIT community and beyond who work on water-related issues. Over 40 members and industries will be presenting their research at this event. Come see the leading topics in the water field! There is free admission to the community. Light refreshments and alcohol will be served, and a 21+ Government ID is required for alcohol consumption. Register for this event. Photo by Chris Nuzzaco.

March 19, 2014

MLK Luncheon Seminar TODAY

The Institute Community and Equity Office invites you to attend the next MLK luncheon seminar series presentation with Professor Craig Wilder.  This series highlights the work of MIT’s MLK, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars and other MIT community members whose work honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in MIT Room E62-262.  Please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at sfenty@mit.edu.
Professor Craig Wilder is the MIT History Section Head in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.  More than a decade ago, Craig Wilder began exploring the journeys and struggles of black youth in the antebellum United States, an era when colleges almost universally barred African American students.  He intended to write an article about the paths that these young men and women took into the professions and into the leadership of the abolitionist campaign, but found himself increasingly drawn to the more complicated and longer story of the relationship between American colleges and American slavery.  Professor Wilder will be discussing the history beneath his latest book, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (Bloomsbury, 2013).  For more information, visit the Visiting Professors and Scholars program website.

March 19, 2014

Third Thursdays at the List Visual Arts Center Mar. 20

Come to Third Thursdays at the List Visual Arts Center every third Thursday of the month! The next event will be Thursday, March 20th 6-8 PM at the List Visual Arts Center (E15). Mingle with fellow graduate students at the List while exploring contemporary art. There will be free guided tours of 3 current exhibitions and free pizza, beer, and wine. Visit the List Center site for more information about the Center.

March 18, 2014

Apply for a public service fellowship/internship by Mar. 20

Still don’t know what to do this summer? Consider doing a public service internship or fellowship! The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world. Fellows and Interns work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, government offices, international aid agencies, schools, grassroots groups, student-initiated service enterprises and even for-profit businesses if the business is using a social-entrepreneurship model to address the needs of an under-served community. Students in these programs receive a stipend for their work, which typically goes towards living and travel expenses. Applications for summer Fellowships and Internships are due Thursday, March 20, at noon. Visit the MIT Public Service Center site for more information on the programs and applying. Photo by USAID_IMAGES.

March 18, 2014

IMES Seminar with Bradley Bernstein TODAY

As part of the IMES Distinguished Speaker Series, Bradley Bernstein, MD, PhD, will discuss “Epigenetic Regulation and Heterogeneity in Cancer” on Tuesday, March 18th,  at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard Amphitheater, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142. The seminar will begin at 4:30 PM, preceded by a pre-seminar reception at 4 PM.

Dr. Bernstein will discuss emerging concepts and methods in epigenomics, and the application of emerging technologies to characterize the nature and functional significance of gene regulatory programs and epigenetic states in stem cells and human cancers. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scientist, who also is a professor of pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and an associate member at the Broad Institute. He is also affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Systems Biology and Center for Cancer Research, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. See the IMES website for more information.

March 18, 2014

Small-Group Interfaith Dialogue TODAY

Join the Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, at 7:15pm in MIT Building W11 (Main Dining Room) for an evening of conversation in small groups about a topic (there will be five to choose from) broadly related to religious diversity.  Snacks and desserts will be provided.  For more information, contact Ora Gladstone at (617) 610-1060.

March 17, 2014

Putnam-Farr investigates more effective email marketing

Program marketers can increase participation rates by simply giving people a chance to say “yes” or “no” on email solicitations, MIT Sloan School of Management PhD candidate Nell Putnam-Farr, MBA ’10, has found.

Putnam-Farr teamed with Jason Riis, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School (now visiting the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania), on a study focusing on how a “yes” or “no” email response option affected participation rates in corporate wellness programs offered by RedBrick Health, a health engagement and behavior change technology company.

Continue reading on MIT Sloan Newsroom.

March 17, 2014

Nominate a Student Leader by Apr. 18!

Nominate an exceptional student leader or group you know for a Student Leader Award! These awards are intended to recognize and honor accomplishments and hard work while paying tribute to efforts put towards developing the community. This year’s awards will take place Friday, May 16, 2014 in Walker Memorial at 12pm. The deadline for nominations is April 18th at 5 PM.

March 17, 2014

Migration Inside-Out: Contemplate, Imagine, Act… TODAY

On Monday March 17th 7-9 PM at the lower level of the Wiesner Bldg (E15-001), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA, come to the second installment of the Spring 2014 Cinematic Migrations lecture series: Migration Inside-Out: Contemplate, Imagine, Act… with art curator and professor Kazue Kobata. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

Kobata will explore themes of political and personal transformation in connection with aspects of technology, medium, and experience as they unfold in Japanese cinema. In 1982, Kobata opened Plan B in Nakano, Tokyo, Japan’s first alternative art space run by artists. Her expansive career includes working as an adjunct curator and producer at MoMA PS1 (New York) and De Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam). She has translated numerous books on philosophy, science, contemporary art, photography, music, performance, and fashion by authors including Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, Issey Miyake, Eiko Ishioka, Tony Godfrey, and Lyall Watson. Kobata has also worked with a number of established and experimental artists in film, video, and TV, including multimedia artist and film essayist Chris Marker. Currently she is Dean and Professor in the Department of Intermedia Art at the Tokyo National University of the Arts and she serves as a juror for a number of contemporary art awards, grants, and programs.

March 17, 2014

MIT Snowriders Quarterly Eat ‘n’ Greet Mar. 18

Come to the MIT Snowriders Quarterly Eat ‘n’ Greet on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Muddy Charles Pub.  The food is free; just be sure to bring a valid state 21+ ID.  Learn more about getting involved with the MIT Snowriders and discuss plans for next season.  Contact sr-officers@mit.edu for more information.

March 14, 2014

Special Workshop with Artist Pauline Curnier Jardin Mar. 15

Join artist Pauline Curnier Jardin for a special workshop exploring film and performance to celebrate her exhibition List Projects: Pauline Curnier Jardin.  The workshop will take place on Saturday, March 15th, 2014, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the Stratton Student Center, and will include a private screening of Curnier Jardin’s films followed by a participatory exploration of her method of “trans-narrative.”  Participants will mix sound, action, and ideas to create new stories, characters, objects, and environments.  Students with interests in film, narrative storytelling, theater and performance arts, French history and culture, or women’s and gender studies are encouraged to attend.  This is open to the MIT community only, and pre-registration is required.  Email cklemens@mit.edu to sign up.  For more information, visit the website.

March 14, 2014

CAMTech-IMES Global Health Tech Hackathon on Mar. 14-16

H@cking Medicine is working in collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation on the CAMTech-IMES Global Health Technology Hack-a-thon this Friday through Sunday, March 14th through 16th, 2014 in MIT’s Media Lab.  The Global Health Technology Track at Healthcare’s Grand H@ckfest will bring the world’s brightest minds together to develop innovative health technologies for low-resource settings.  Clinicians, engineers, entrepreneurs and end-users from low- and middle-income countries will co-create to solve pressing health challenges from the field.  In 48 hours, teams will move from ideas to prototypes that have the potential to transform healthcare around the world.  More information is available hereApply to participate.

March 14, 2014

Conflict Resolution Book Discussion TODAY

Conflict Resolution@MIT, in collaboration with the New England Association for Conflict Resolution, will hold a Brown Bag Book Discussion of Staying with Conflict by Bernie Mayer on Friday, March 14th, 2014, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in the Student Center, PDR4 (W20-308a).  Refreshments and dessert will be served.  In the book, Bernard Mayer, a pioneer in the field of conflict resolution, offers a new paradigm for dealing with long-term disputes.  Mayer explains that when dealing with enduring conflict, mediators and other conflict resolution specialists need to move past the idea of how quickly they can resolve the conflict.  Instead, they should focus on how they can help people prepare to engage with an issue over time.  Once their attention is directed away from a speedy resolution to a long-term approach, new avenues of intervention become apparent.  The book is filled with illustrative examples from a broad variety of conflicts, from the interpersonal to the international.  Sign up here.

March 14, 2014

Boston Trio in Jordan Hall on Mar. 16

Come see the Boston Trio on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 8:00pm in Jordan Hall (New England Conservatory of Music, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts).  The event is free.  The trio consists of Irina Muresanu on the violin, Astrid Schween on the cello, and Heng-Jin Park on the piano.  The selected compositions include Elena Ruehr’s Scarletti Effect, Beethoven’s Piano Trio in Eb Major, Opus 70, #2, and Arensky’s Piano Trio in D minor.

March 14, 2014

Twelfth Night Shakespeare Ensemble performance Mar. 14-22

The MIT Shakespeare Ensemble presents Twelfth Night on Friday, March 14th, Saturday the 15th, Thursday the 20th, Friday the 21st, and Saturday the 22nd at 8:00pm, and on Sunday, March 16th at 4:00pm, all in La Sala de Puerto Rico.  Admission is $5 for MIT, Wellesley, and Harvard students.  For other students, seniors, and members of the MIT community, admission is $9.  General admission is $12.  Reserve tickets online.  If you want free admission, consider volunteering for the event as an usher, board operator, or cameraman.  Email twelfth-night-request@mit.edu for details and questions.

 

March 13, 2014

Deadline extended: Nominate for the GSC Institute Awards by Mar. 21!

Nominations are open for the 2014 GSC Institute Awards.  Every year, the GSC tries to recognize members of the MIT faculty and student body who have made significant impact on the community.  The GSC encourages graduate students to nominate individuals who have really stood out this past year for one or more of Institute Awards.  Nominations will close on Friday, March 21th, 2014 at 5:00pm.

March 13, 2014

Valerie Jarrett, Obama Senior Advisor, gives lecture TODAY

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, will visit the MIT campus on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 to deliver the Karl Taylor Compton lecture “Built to Last: Opportunity, and the Economics of Empowerment.”  The lecture, which will be hosted and moderated by President L. Rafael Reif, will be held at 3:30pm in Kresge Auditorium.  Since their inception in 1957, the Compton lectures have brought to our campus leaders who are noted for their universality of thought and their influence on human values.  Students, faculty, and staff from other institutions are welcome to attend.  No tickets are required, but attendees are asked to be prepared to present a photo ID at the entrance (college/university ID preferred).

March 13, 2014

MIT CCE Student Symposium 2014 TODAY

Come to the 2014 Center for Computational Engineering Student Symposium on Thursday, March 13th, 2014.  Cleve Moler, the chief mathematician, chairman, and cofounder of MathWorks, will examine the mathematics at the heart of some MATLAB and Simulink functions that affect, and possibly save, lives every day (at 4:00pm in 26-100).  Students who have carried out original research involving computationally intensive methods are invited to present a poster highlighting their research.  The poster session will take place at 5:00pm in 34-401B, and will be an opportunity to learn about cutting edge research on computational science and applied mathematics.  There will also be a dinner at 5:45pm.  Please fill out the registration form on the website if you plan to attend any part of the event.

March 13, 2014

YesPlus: Stress Mgmt. & Happiness Workshop Mar. 14-18

The YesPlus: Stress Mgmt. & Happiness Workshop will take place from Friday, March 14th to Tuesday the 18th, 2014 with timings 7:00pm to 10:00pm (Friday, Monday, and Tuesday) and 10:00am to 5:00pm (Saturday and Sunday).  The first day’s workshop will take place in MIT Room 4-261.  This is an opportunity to learn techniques to overcome academic, personal, and professional stress and to get closer to achieving one’s full potential.  Participants will de-stress and learn powerful breathing techniques like the Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, yoga, meditation, and practical wisdom through fun games.  Trained faculty from the international non-profit organization, The Art of Living Foundation, will run the workshop.  Tuition is $250.  Register online.  To attend an information and experience session, visit this website.  Contact artofliving-officers@mit.edu for more information.

March 13, 2014

TPSS iAmbassador – Nigeria on Mar. 14

Join the Technology Policy Students Society for a lunchtime presentation on Nigeria on Friday, March 14th, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in MIT Room E40-380.  It’s a great excuse to get together, have fun, and learn a little something about each other.  Contact tpss@mit.edu for more information.

 

March 12, 2014

Feminist Pedagogies symposium; RSVP by Mar. 12

Come to the half-day Feminist Pedagogies symposium and workshop on Saturday, April 12th, 2014, from 12:00pm to 6:30pm in Asean Auditorium, Cabot Hall, and Olin Hall, at Tufts University.  This event is for graduate students developing a professional teaching profile in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and for faculty wishing to explore teaching and syllabus development strategies with colleagues.  This event is free and open to graduate students and faculty from the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies member institutions (Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Simmons, Tufts and the University of Massachusetts Boston).  Space is limited, and RSVP is required to gcws@mit.edu by Wednesday, March 12th, 2014.  For more information, visit the website.

March 12, 2014

3D Seismic Interpretation With Dan Shaughnessy TODAY

The founder and president of Interpretation**3, Dan Shaughnessy, is coming to MIT on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in MIT Room 54-209.  He will provide an overview of 3D seismic interpretation, as understanding seismic images is key to locating subsurface resources such as oil and gas.  All interested in learning technical details of this important energy industry technology are encouraged to attend.  Contact techgs-exec@mit.edu for more information.