Monthly Archives: March 2016

March 28, 2016

Why Are Relationships So Hard? Mar. 29

In this panel we’re seeking to address challenges encountered by students, staff and faculty in both cultivating and maintaining romantic and non-romantic relationships while in academic institutions, with particular focus on gender, sexuality and race. Join us on Tuesday March 29th, from 6-7:30 pm in 32-155. We’ll have three distinguished panelists: Amanda Hankins, Education and Prevention Specialist from the VPR, Abigail Francis, Director of LGBT Services in the Rainbow Lounge at MIT, and Dr. Ophera Davis, Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. There will be refreshments from 6:00pm – 6:30pm and the Panel Discussion from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. RSVP today! We hope to see you there!  Sponsored by GWAMIT, BGSA, and GSC. Photo courtesy of Ulisse Albiati

March 28, 2016

‘Graditude’ Soiree, Apr. 14

As part of MIT’s celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us for Graditude: a Cocktail Soiree from 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, April 14 at the MIT Museum. Look for your personal invitation in your e-mail to RSVP! Limited space available.

March 25, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week‏, starts Mar. 28th

RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) week is a time for the members of the MIT community (undergrads, grads, faculty, staff, alumni, associates, etc.) to connect through Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).  We hope these little acts of kindness will remind people that they are not invisible. We mainly want to make everyone’s day a little brighter during one of the toughest times of the academic year. Each day comes with an overarching theme: Read more

March 21, 2016

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Academic Research and Leadership Network Symposium at MIT‏, Mar. 25-26

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Academic Research and Leadership Network Symposium (ARLS).  This year’s symposium will be held in conjunction with the NSBE National Convention from March 23-27th, 2016 in Boston, MA. ARLS events will occur on March 25-26 and consist of a research symposium held at MIT on March 25th followed by a faculty/career development symposium on March 26th at the NSBE Convention site (Boston Convention & Exhibition Center). This year’s research symposium features eleven renowned African American faculty from across the nation, including several MIT alumni (Dr. LaShanda James Korley, Dr. Kristala Jones Prather, and Dr. Muyinatu Lediju Bell). You do not want to miss it!  If you have questions please contact Prof. Cullen Buie, crb@mit.edu.  This event is free and open to the public, we hope to see you there. See schedule below: Read more

March 21, 2016

Do you have a story?‏ Share it!

 We all have our story — our triumphs, our failures, our happiest moments, our saddest moments. Maybe it’s a story that impacted you so much, that defines who you are, that you can’t not share it. Or maybe it’s a story so personal that you may just not be ready to share it, but you wish you could. This year, you will have a chance to share your story, anonymously, in the first Tales From the Homefront at MIT. Your story can be in any format- an essay, a poem, lyrics, and about anything-something you struggled with, something you’re proud of, or maybe just advice you want to pass along. It can be as long or as short as you want. And as personal as you want. These stories will be reviewed by a select group of students, with all the information kept confidential, and a couple of the stories submitted will be read anonymously at the Tales From the Homefront in late April by selected readers that did not write the stories themselves.

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March 17, 2016

The New Age of Smart Medical Devices, Mar. 22

On March 22nd from 5-6 pm, scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Jonathan Rothberg will speak at Harvard (Northwest Building-Lecture Hall B103) about his journey from engineer/biologist to an entrepreneur that has founded 10 businesses, most focused on medical devices in a talk entitled “How Imaging, Artificial Intelligence, Moore’s Law and DNA Sequencing are Transforming Healthcare.” Dr. Rothberg has been successful in large part by his ability to figure out ways to do things that a lot of people say can’t be done. To do that, he builds multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists from every discipline. His message is come and do the best work of your life and build something that will help people. New advances in imaging, artificial intelligence, computer processing and DNA sequencing are converging to create a revolutionary new generation of smart medical devices. Dr. Jonathan Rothberg discusses how this technology is enabling healthcare workers to learn more about their patients, improve treatment and reduce costs. Please register for the event. Reception to follow from 6-8pm. Event sponsored by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

March 16, 2016

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Recognizing and Mitigating Unconscious Bias, Mar. 17th

Intuitive decision-making is subject to unconscious bias — the automatic cognitive reliance on a stereotype. Stereotypes are often suboptimal and reinforce group inequities, with implications for hiring/promotion, as well as student-faculty relationships. Join us for this two-hour workshop on March 17th, 11-1pm in W20-307 (Stratton Student Center). It is open to all of MIT, and will help participants recognize unconscious bias and develop strategies to mitigate it. Each attendee will receive lunch and a copy of “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People,” by Mazharin R. Banaji and Anthony Greenwald. RSVP today! Photo by JD Hancock.

March 15, 2016

Sydney Do: Getting Real on Mars

NASA wants you to know that it’s only a matter of months before you can wake up in a Martian habitat, grab some breakfast, jump into your spacesuit, and head out for a stroll across the Red Planet’s surface. Granted, the experience will be virtual, but it promises be the most realistic vision of human Mars habitation that a team comprising NASA engineers, a digital media developer, and MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics doctoral candidate Sydney Do can generate.

“Mars 2030” is a multiplatform virtual reality (VR) product that features a Mars surface expedition based on actual NASA concepts. To create as authentic an experience as possible, VR developer FUSION partnered with NASA in creating the narrative, user interface, and 3-D assets. Read more.

March 15, 2016

Apply for Summer Public Service Fellowships by Mar. 18

The Fellowships program supports MIT students working on capacity-building service projects. Students work with community-focused organizations including non-profits and social enterprises. These can include a student’s own social enterprise. You can create your own project, continue work on an enterprise you already started, or intern with a service organization. The Fellowships program welcomes a wide range of service projects and supports work in the U.S. and abroad. For questions, contact Alison at hind@mit.edu. Visit the MIT Public Service Center website to learn more. Photo by Elliot Haney

March 15, 2016

Dissolve Inequality: Music Summit @ MIT‏, Mar. 16th

This one-day event, a continuation of the Dissolve Inequality series, will explore the question: What can a new era of music teach us about reducing inequalities—gender, racial, economic, and more? Come join in discussions with artists and scholars, and join the networking dinner and musical performance in the evening featuring internationally acclaimed rapper Shing02 (from Japan), local funk legends The A-Beez, and a rare stateside appearance of Toshiya the Tribal (also from Japan). This event is free and open to the public. The timeline for the day includes:
2pm-5pm – Musicians Panel and Ignite Talks
Room 4-237, MIT (Building 4, room 237)
6pm-midnight – Dinner and Dance Party
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA 
If under 21 years of age, YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER by emailing dissolve@mit.edu. Space is limited, everyone encouraged to RSVP.

March 14, 2016

Invitation to Future of Libraries Open Forum, Mar. 15‏

Last fall Provost Marty Schmidt requested the convening of an Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries, charged with examining “how the MIT Libraries ought to evolve to best advance the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge; and to serve as a leader in the reinvention of research libraries.”  In pursuing this task, it is essential that the Task Force collect broad input from the MIT community, including faculty, staff, and students. To that end, you are invited to attend an open forum scheduled specifically for graduate students  to share your ideas for what a bold new vision for MIT Libraries ought to include.

Register and join us on Tuesday, March 15,  3:30pm-5pm in 4-270. Key members of the Task Force will attend each of these meetings, and we are eager to hear your thoughts and engage in open discussion about the future of our Libraries. While registration is encouraged to ensure adequate room size, walk-in participation will be welcomed depending on space constraints. More information about the work of the Task Force can be found at our website. Thank you, and we hope to see you at one of these upcoming forums.

March 14, 2016

Tuesdays in the Chapel

Every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., the Chaplains at MIT invite all members of the MIT community into the Chapel for an interdenominational gathering to reflect, pray and meditate. The service, known as Tuesdays in the Chapel, features musical selections and guest speakers of all faiths. Each gathering is followed by coffee, donuts and conversation next door in W11.

Spiritual but not religiously oriented, the gatherings feature different perspectives from the community and center around a broad theme. “Tuesdays in the Chapel offers people the opportunity — at the beginning of the day, early in the week — to reflect and pause,” says Robert Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute, who has organized the weekly gathering since September 2009. “One of the things I’m aware of, having been here for a long time, is that MIT people do not pause very often, so this is an institutionalized way to do that.”

Spring 2016 Schedule:

February 2 | Robert Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute, MIT | LISTEN 
February 16 | Tyler Coquillard, Sojourn Collegiate Ministry Chaplain, MIT | LISTEN
February 23 | Claude Muhinda, DSL Finance, MIT
March 1 | Julie Rothhaar-Sanders, Assistant Dean, Residential Life
March 8 | John Wuestneck, Protestant Chaplain, MIT
March 15 | Brian Aull, Bahá’í Chaplain, MIT
March 29 | Dave Thom, Leadership Connection Chaplain, MIT
April 5 | David Um, Asian Baptist Student Koinonia Chaplain, MIT
April 12 | Matthew Bauer, Director of Communications, MIT DSL
April 19 | Sarah Rankin, Chancellor’s Office, MIT
April 26 | Sign up to speak!
May 3 | Sign up to speak!
May 10 | Sign up to speak!

March 11, 2016

Digital strategies in emerging markets‏

Boston-based mobile Internet company Jana, founded by Media Lab alum Nathan Eagle PhD ’05 focuses exclusively on providing free connectivity to emerging markets using the model of “marketing for megabytes.”  Jana just raised $57 million in new venture capital funding led by Verizon Ventures 0.94% . However the 85-employee company does not have a single user in the U.S. Nor does it ever plan to. Instead, Jana is focused exclusively on providing free connectivity to emerging markets, via a novel strategy through which smartphone owners “purchase” data by doing such things like agreeing to send a message via Tencent’s WeChat service. Or perhaps by watching a video from a multinational brand like Unilever. Continue reading the story at Fortune.com.

March 11, 2016

Authentic Confidence & Effective Teamwork, Mar. 16

How can you assert yourself most effectively on a team? What can you do when your teammates get off-track? How can you improve the trust on a team? How can you get the best from the people around you? We can’t answer these questions in 1 hour, but but we will explore how to communicate in collaborative environments! Come to 2-105 on March 16th, 2016 (12:45pm-2:00pm)You are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend this session as well as the Dissertation Bootcamp. Sign up today! Contact gsc-arc@mit.edu if you have questions! Photo by ILO in Asia and the Pacific.

March 11, 2016

Apply for CIS Summer Study Grant‏ by Mar. 14

Doctoral students in international affairs may apply for summer support for dissertation research. Research on a broad range of international issues will be considered. Support may be requested either for fieldwork and/or archival research, or for home-based research and write-up. Grants will not exceed $3,500.The main criteria for determining which proposals will be funded are: (1) the importance of the research question and the quality of the research proposal, and (2) the strength of the letter of support. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 14th. Consider visiting our webpage for more information about the CIS Summer Study Grant or our FAQ page for answers to most of your questions.

March 11, 2016

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts, apply by Mar. 14

The submissions platform for the 2016 Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts is  live. MIT students, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to apply. The Schnitzer Prize was established in 1996 through an endowment from Harold and Arlene Schnitzer of Portland, Oregon. Schnitzer, a real estate investor, graduated from MIT in 1944 with a degree in metallurgy. The prizes are awarded to MIT students, undergraduate and graduate, for excellence in a body of artistic work. The deadline for completed applications in March 14, 2016.

March 10, 2016

Alumnus Wilson launches innovative start-up

For someone who has devoted his life to helping cities, Jase Wilson MA ’08 grew up in a decidedly small town. Maryville, Missouri, has a population of 12,000 people, with civic life revolving around “farms, factories, and football.” Its one claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Dale Carnegie, the promoter of American self-improvement, and Wilson followed in his footsteps as a self-taught whiz kid. “Most kids have a social life or play sports; I was in my bedroom taking apart computers and figuring out how circuit boards fit together,” he says.

His diligence earned him a free ride to attend engineering school. But during a visit to the University of Missouri at Kansas City, he happened on a pamphlet about “Urban Planning and Design.” After a 20-minute conversation with the department head, he was hooked on cities — structures as intricate as the most complex circuit board. “Cities are the sum of all other endeavors,” Wilson says. “They are co-created by the wants and desires of all the people inhabiting them. There are so many forces at work.” Read the rest of his story on MIT News.

March 10, 2016

Data Science Fellowship Opportunity, begins Mar. 21

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares Masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from dozens of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship. All sections will be from March 21, 2016 to May 13, 2016. Anyone within one year of graduating from a masters or PhD program or who has already obtained a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign up for a future session. There is a common application for both the online and in-person sections.

March 10, 2016

Graduate Student Gallery Talks at MIT List Center‏, Mar. 11 & 24 Apr. 1 & 7

The MIT List Visual Arts Center invites you to enjoy a season of Graduate Student Gallery Talks presented in conjunction with the exhibition Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige: I Must First Apologize…  Join us for one (or more!) to get a fresh perspective on the exhibition through the lens of grad students’ research, experiences, and interests:

March 11 at 12:30 PM: Christianna Bonin (RSVP)
March 24 at 6 PM: 
Sarah Rifky (RSVP)
April 1 at 12:30 PM: 
Abdullah Almaatouq (RSVP)
April 7 at 6 PM: 
Amah Edoh (RSVP)

For more events + programs at the List, visit our website

March 10, 2016

Family Day at the List, Mar. 12‏

Visit the List during Family Day on Saturday March 12th from 12-4 pm for art and exploration celebrating our current exhibition, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige: I Must First Apologize… Join families to make a hands-on art project and take a family-friendly gallery tour. FREE and open to all; no advanced registration required. The location is 20 Ames St, Cambridge (Bldg. E15 Upper Atrium & Galleries). During the Trophy Workshop, Make a work of art to award yourself or a friend! Take inspiration from artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s installation The Trophy Room (2014) on view at the List and construct a totally unique, assemblaged trophy from materials found around the globe. Family-friendly tour at 2 pm. This event is open to the general public and is free for everyone. For more information, contact Courtney L. Klemens at cklemens@mit.edu

March 9, 2016

A Conversation with Guy Maddin, Mar. 10th

Guy Maddin and his partners are communing with the spirits of long-lost movies. In a conversation with William Uricchio, Maddin will discuss why we should bother digging up filmic and narrative memories from oblivion, how we can take advantage of the Internet to involve new publics, and how the act of doing so might help to create a new web-based art form. Maddin is an installation artist, writer and filmmaker, the director of eleven feature-length movies, including The Forbidden Room (2015) and My Winnipeg (2007). In the winter of 2015/16 he and Evan Johnson will launch their major internet interactive work, Seances, which will enable anyone online to “hold séances with” movies fashioned out of fragments of long-lost films. Join us on March 10th, 2016 in Building 56, Room 114 at 5:00pm.

March 9, 2016

Nominate friends and colleagues for the MIT Awards by Mar. 14th

To honor the inspiring contributions of our friends and colleagues across campus, submit a nomination for the 2016 MIT Awards, a suite of about 30 awards that recognize excellence in academics, teaching, the arts, athletics, leadership, entrepreneurship, community building and public service. Graduate student related awards include:
  • Edward L. Horton Fellowship Award – presented to any student group that fosters fellowship within the graduate student community
  • Frank E. Perkins Award – given to a professor who has served as an excellent advisor and mentor for graduate students
  • Goodwin Medal – presented to a graduate student whose performance of teaching duties is “conspicuously effective over and above ordinary excellence”
  • Graduate Student Council Teaching Awards – given to one professor or teaching assistant from each school, for excellence in teaching a graduate level course
  • Priscilla King Gray Award – recognizes graduate students who are committed to public service

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, March 14, 2016.

March 8, 2016

Yoo on optimizing your B-school experience

MIT Sloan student Julia Woo gives 3 pieces of advice crucial to optimizing your business school experience. Listen to her videoPhoto by Chris Boland 

March 8, 2016

MIT Education Technology Case Competition, Mar. 11-12

Want to reform education in Brazil with EdTech solutions AND take home $3500. Apply now to MIT Sloan’s 3rd annual Education Technology Case Competition. It will be held on March 11-12, 2016 on the Media/Sloan campus. The topic this year is: What technological solutions will improve teaching quality in Brazil, and how can we measure impact? It is an opportunity to network with like-minded students from other top business schools and gain free admission to the EdTech Conference. Contact joanapl@sloan.mit.edu for mored information. Photo by Scott Beale

March 8, 2016

Geeks and Greeks: The Making of an Epic Graphic Novel about MIT Hacks‏, Mar. 9th

Do you like MIT hacks? Do you like graphic novels? Are you a mammal? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you belong at: Geeks & Greeks: The Making of an Epic Graphic Novel about MIT Hacks on Wed, March 9, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Room 10-250. Featuring Geeks & Greeks writer Steve Altes (MIT ’84) and illustrator Andy Fish. Sponsored by the de Florez Fund for Humor and the Technology and Policy Program. Steve Altes, whose career spans engineering and entertainment, based his story on many actual events and hacks. This fun talk will feature humorous stories from his 30-year odyssey to get this story told as well as a behind-the-scenes look at pitching Hollywood, crowdfunding, and the graphic novel creation process.

March 7, 2016

A conversation with Dr. Monique Morris, Mar. 8th

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., is an author and social justice scholar with expertise in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice. Dr. Morris is the author of “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools”(The New Press, 2016), a new and critically-acclaimed book on the criminalization of Black girls in schools, and “Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century” (The New Press, 2014). Also, Dr. Morris is the Co-Founder and President of The National Black Women’s Justice Institute. Previously, she served as the Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy and Research at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and as the Director of Research for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley Law School.

Please join us at 5pm on Tuesday March 8, 2016 in the BSU lounge for the event. Dinner will be served. Open to the entire MIT community. Please sign-up to register to attend. Hosted by the MIT Black Graduate Students Association & MIT Black Women’s Alliance. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, the Graduate Student Council, and the Institute Community and Equity Office.

March 7, 2016

Celebrate MIT Excellence, Mar. 8

Please join us on Tuesday, March 8 from 3-4 pm in the Kresge Auditorium as we honor the 2016 recipients of the MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal. Everyone at MIT is invited to attend and recognize our colleagues for their exceptional contributions to the Institute. A reception will follow in Kresge Lobby from 4-5pm.

The MIT Excellence Awards acknowledge our community members’ extraordinary efforts to put MIT’s goals, values and mission into action. These are among the highest honors awarded to staff by MIT. Professionalism, commitment to best practices and high standards of excellence are at the heart of these awards. The Collier Medal was created to honor the memory of Officer Sean Collier. On April 18, 2013, Officer Collier was killed in the line of duty while protecting and serving MIT. In honor of Sean’s model citizenship, which far transcended the duties of his job, the Collier Medal will be given to an individual or group whose actions demonstrate the importance of community.

March 7, 2016

Screening of “The Saddest Music in the World”, Mar. 8

In anticipation of Guy Maddin’s visit on Thursday, March 10th, our Comparative Media Studies graduate students of will be holding a screening of Maddin’s 2003 film, The Saddest Music in the World, on the evening of Tuesday March 8th. The film, set in Depression-era Winnipeg and shot in a combination of 8mm film and Technicolor that evokes the time, centers on a competition held by the glass-legged baroness Helen Port-Huntley (Isabella Rossellini) to devise the world’s saddest song–a complex gambit to promote her beer company as Prohibition comes to a close in the United States. The screening will be held at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 8th, in the third-floor atrium of the MIT Media Lab. It will run 1 hour and 40 minutes. Contact Lilia Kilburn, liliak@mit.edu, with any questions.

March 4, 2016

Three graduate alums tapped for Inventors Hall of Fame

Nearly one-third of the 2016 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees hail from MIT. On May 5, the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will recognize 16 individuals, described as having a revolutionary impact on the nation, at a ceremony in Washington. One MIT professor (Joseph Jacobson PhD ’93) worked with two other MIT alumni (Jonathan (JD) Albert ’97 and Barrett Comiskey ’97) to create electronic ink. Two additional alumni (Radia Perlman ’73, SM ’76, PhD ’88 and Ivan Sutherland PhD ’63) honorees worked on projects involving Internet advances, including the spanning tree protocol (STP) and the computer graphics breakthough Sketchpad. Read more.

March 4, 2016

MIT Asia Business Conference, Mar. 5th

Are you interested in knowing latest business challenges and innovation in Asia? Do you want to meet more prominent business professionals in Asia Pacific here in Boston? Come join us “Decoding Asia” with MIT Asia Business Conference at the MIT Media Lab on March 5th, 2016. Buy your early-bird ticket today! We have invited speakers from government, academia and industry including President of United Nation Economics and Social Council, Nobel Laureates in Economic Science and top executives from companies in technology, venture capital, finance and sustainability. For more information, please visit our website or Facebook Fanpage.

March 4, 2016

7th Annual Graduate Arts Soiree, Mar.12

Join us on Sat. March 12, 7-10pm on the 6th floor of the Media Lab for the 7th Annual Graduate Arts Soiree! Munch on canapes, sip some Chardonnay, enjoy phenomenal works of art… all FREE. All works are created by your fellow graduate students! Dress to impress. Register and submit your artwork to showcase at the Soiree. Contact gsc-arts@mit.edu if you have further questions.

March 3, 2016

One-day Dissertation Boot Camp, Mar. 5th

Writing your dissertation? Come to 10-105 on March 5th, 2016 at 11am-6pm to write together with others! Sign up today! Please note you must be committed to writing during the entire duration of the one-day camp. Sign up only if you can make it! Contact gsc-arc@mit.edu for more questions! Photo by r. ail bradshaw

March 3, 2016

Cambridge to Cambridge (C2C), Friday Mar. 4th, 2016

Cambridge 2 Cambridge (C2C) is a two-part international cybersecurity challenge between MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and the University of Cambridge. C2C will engage participants to explore creative ways to combat increased global cyber attacks, influence policy trends and develop products unimaginable until now! C2C will feature two parts: a team-based ‘capture-the-flag’ style hackathon and a “Shark Tank” format start-up competition. The hackathon will include teams of students from MIT and Cambridge University who will compete in a 24-hour session at CSAIL beginning at 5pm on March 4, 2016. The event will be comprised of a graduated set of exercises in binary exploitation, web security, reverse engineering, cryptography and forensics in a scored CTF competition. There will also be several open interactive activities as well. The kick-off reception for C2C will be held at MIT’s Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, MA, at 2:00 p.m., hosted by MIT’s CyberSecurity@CSAIL to support initiatives advancing cybersecurity technologies. Winners from both competitions will be announced on March 5, 2016, and prizes of over $70,000 will be awarded! The event timeline is as follows: Read more

March 2, 2016

IMES Distinguished Speaker Series Nicholas Peppas, Sc.D., Mar. 3

Engineering the molecular design of intelligent biomaterials by controlling structure, recognition and specificity is the first step in coordinating and duplicating complex biological and physiological processes.  Recent developments in siRNA and protein delivery have been directed towards the preparation of targeted formulations for protein delivery to specific sites, use of environmentally-responsive polymers to achieve pH- or temperature-triggered delivery, usually in modulated mode, and improvement of the behavior of their mucoadhesive behavior and cell recognition.  We address design and synthesis characteristics of novel crosslinked networks capable of protein release as well as artificial molecular structures capable of specific molecular recognition of biological molecules. Molecular imprinting and microimprinting techniques, which create stereo-specific three-dimensional binding cavities based on a biological compound of interest can lead to preparation of biomimetic materials for intelligent drug delivery, drug targeting, and tissue engineering. We have been successful in synthesizing novel glucose- and protein-binding molecules based on non-covalent directed interactions formed via molecular imprinting techniques within aqueous media. We have also developed structurally superior materials to serve as effective carriers for siRNA delivery to combat Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis.

Nicholas Peppas, Sc.D. is the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #6 Professor, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School, and Division of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy Director, Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Texas at Austin. Join us in E25-111 at 4:30 PM, Thursday, March 3, 2016. More information about Dr. Peppas. 

March 2, 2016

MIT Energy Conference, Mar. 4-5

Join us at Boston Marriott Cambridge in Kendall Square, Mar. 4th -5th ,  as MIT hosts the world at “Big Meets Small: A New Era Emerges,” with keynote address by US Energy Secretary, Dr. Ernie Moniz. There will be coffee chats with energy companies, giving you the chance to expand your network with industry players. If you are a woman, consider enrolling in the Women in Energy Networking Lunch. There will also be a poster competition where you can present your technologies and energy ventures. For more information and to purchase your early bird tickets, visit us at The MIT Energy Conference.

March 1, 2016

Alumnus Cleroux on Canada’s economy

Canada’s economy can be divided into two parts, a senior official at the Business Development Bank of Canada said on Thursday. There are the seven provinces, including Ontario, with manufacturing bases benefiting from the low dollar and high exports to the United States; and Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, whose economies depend on the price of oil. And with Ontario in the first part, said Pierre Cleroux, who is vice-president, research, and chief economist at BDC, it is not all doom and gloom on the economic front in the province, despite the fact that the Canadian dollar is declining, the price of oil is low and the stock market is down. Continue reading on thewhig.com. Photo from thewhig.com

March 1, 2016

International Student Career Symposium, Mar. 2

Join us on March 2, 2016 at 1:00pm at Boston University, George Sherman Union, Metcalf Hall to hear from international career experts & build the tools to turn your U.S. education into a global career. The keynote address is  on being a competitive player in the global market for talent by Judy Shen Filerman, CEO, Dreambridge Partners LLC.  The line-up includes:

  • HOW-TO WORKSHOPS on job search strategies and interviewing
  • PANEL DISCUSSIONS with international students and alumni
  • NETWORKING with employers
  • SESSIONS on OPT and visa regulations
  • EMPLOYER MEET & GREET

Sessions and speakers will take place between 1:00-6:30pm; a networking reception will follow 7:30-9:00pm. Space limited. Register now! Photo by Dennis Behm