Category Archives: Events

February 27, 2015


Personal Branding Workshop Feb. 28

Whether you’re starting a business or entering the job market, having a strong brand can help you leave a lasting impression on your audience. But how do you do this? Where do you even begin? To help you market yourself and your ideas, the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) and the Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers (ACME) will be hosting its 2nd Annual Personal Branding Workshop on February 28, 2015, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The workshop will take place in 32-155 and will include guest speakers from successful start-up companies. If you’re interested in attending, be sure to purchase your ticket for the event ($5 for MIT Students and $10 for general admission). For more information, visit the Personal Branding Workshop website. Photo by thinkpanama 

February 27, 2015


Love to Velo Feb. 27

MIT PN2K presents Love to Velo, an afternoon all about bikes! The event will consist of bike clinics (flat tires, brakes, etc.), bike registrations, and free food and music. Free minor bike tune-ups/repairs will be done courtesy of Bike Boom, who will also have (student-priced) tires, tubes, cables, and other bike necessities. The event will take place in the front steps of the Student Center between 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, February 27, 2015. Photo by Juan Jose Aza

February 26, 2015


IMES Lecture Series: Dr. Uri Alon on Biological Circuits Feb. 26

The Institute of Medical Engineering and Science presents the next segment of its Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, February 26th. Dr. Uri Alon, a pioneer in systems biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel will present his lecture “Design Principles of Biological Circuits” at 4:30 pm in room E25-111. Come learn about recent advances in the study of biological circuits regulating functions in organisms big and small. A welcome reception will be held prior to the lecture at 4:00 pm in the nearby room of E25-119.

February 26, 2015

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AeroAstro International Potluck Feb. 26

If you like to cook and eat delicious food from all over the world, then cook up a dish from a country of your heritage and come share in the AeroAstro International Potluck at 6:30 pm on February 26th in 33-116! The most popular dish will win Taza chocolates and tickets to visit the Taza chocolate factory. Expenses for cooking will be reimbursed up to $20 upon presentation of receipts. Photos by Craig DugasWally Gobetz, and Anushruti RK.

February 25, 2015

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TPP Indian Culture Night Feb. 25

Join TPP in celebrating the cultures of your fellow classmates! On February 25th, come to Indian Culture Night from 6 to 8 pm in Chapman Room (6-104) to enjoy Indian food and learn about the cultural diversity of the Asian subcontinent. There will be a short presentation put on by the TPP and plenty of delicious dishes to choose from. This event is open to the MIT community and is co-sponsored by the GSC funding board. Photo by Y’amal.

February 24, 2015


MIT Artists Beyond the Desk performance Feb. 25

When they’re not working, some MIT affiliates are playing their favorite instrument(s) and performing in their free time! Every now and then, the MIT Artists Beyond the Desk (ABD) subcommittee brings some of these scientists, researchers, professors, alumni, etc. together to host a concert in Killian Hall (14W-111).  This upcoming February 25th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm watch Richard Poole play his drums and vibraphone and Pat Battstone play the piano. The show will also feature Todd Brunel alternating between his Bass Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone and Chris Rathbun playing his Double Bass.

Artists Beyond the Desk is a subcommittee of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (WGSSI), and is funded in part by WGSSI, the Council for the Arts at MIT, and MIT Human Resources. To find out more information, take a look at the Artist Beyond the Desk website here.  Photo by Ryan Egan

February 20, 2015

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Mardi Gras Dance Feb. 21

This Saturday night, attend the first ballroom social of the spring semester to celebrate the colorful occasion of Mardi Gras. The festivities start at 7:30 pm with beginner chacha lessons and run until midnight in La Sala de Puerto Rico. General dancing begins at 8 pm. This event is free for all MIT students, $6 for other students, $8 for MIT affiliates, and $10 for general admission. Photo by Joe Penniston.

February 20, 2015


International Mother Language Day 2015 Feb. 21

International Mother Language Day is this coming Saturday, February 21st! From 6 to 9 pm in the Mezzanine Lounge of the Stratton Student Center, join an observance put on by the Bangladeshi Students’ Association and share what your mother tongue means to you. With multilingual cultural performances, authentic bangladeshi dinner, and fun activities for all guests, this event will be a celebration of heritage and spoken word. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information and to RSVP. Photo by Tobias Mikkelsen.

February 19, 2015


MIT Infinite Labs 2015 Tech Conference Feb. 21

)Want to meet Zero to One Co-author Blake Masters? Join an involved discussion with innovative leaders at this year’s MIT Infinite Labs Tech Conference! Starting at 9 AM on Saturday, February 21st in the MIT Media Lab (E14), come learn and meet exciting new people. Check out the Infinite Labs website for more information and to get your ticket today!

February 19, 2015


TGIF Social at Flat Top Johnny’s Feb. 20

Don’t have plans this Friday evening? Come hang out at Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Square between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. BE and HST are hosting a joint TGIF social event and are inviting everyone to relax, socialize, and have a good time at the close of the week. Play pool, eat snacks, and meet new people! Photo by Derbeth.

February 18, 2015


Around the World with the MIT Waste Alliance Feb. 19

Over IAP, MIT students traveled to various locations across the globe to participate in waste management projects. Now that they have returned to campus, come hear them tell tales and lessons from their experiences at 4 pm on Thursday, February 19 in 3-333. Internationally flavored cuisine will be served. RSVP here. If you have a project to share, the event is still open to speakers with a speaking time of between 5 and 10 minutes. Email to be included. Photo by Andrew Allio.

February 16, 2015


Febfest this week: Feb 16-21

Every year, during the Massachusetts school vacation week in February, the MIT Museum celebrates National Engineers Week with engineering-specific activities, workshops, and afternoon demonstrations led by MIT students. This year’s theme is Lights, Cameras, Science, and workshops range from putting together a Rube Goldberg chain reaction to building a moving kinetic sculpture. From Monday, February 16th to Friday, February 21st, explore these and many other workshops offered. Registration is now open!

February 13, 2015


Guy Consolmagno at the MITSFS Library Feb. 15

The MIT Science Fiction Society is bringing Guy Consolmango to MIT on Saturday, February 15 at 6:30 pm! Consolmagno was an MIT course 8 and MITSFS alum and is now the Vatican astronomer. He published the book The Heavens Proclaim in 2009 and received the Carl Sagan Medal in 2014. Conosolmango has also been on Comedy Central’s late night talk-show “The Colbert Report” and has spoken at numerous science fiction conventions and at commencement at Georgetown College. He will be visiting this weekend in W20-473, the MITSFS Library. Contact for more information.

February 11, 2015


MIT Asia Business Conference 2015: Demystifying business practices in Asia Mar. 7

The Asia Business Conference, taking place Saturday, March 7, 8:00am-7:00pm, provides a platform for business leaders to speak about the key business challenges, practices, and innovations that are shaping Asia. This year, the primary aim is to take a deep dive into leading sectors such as manufacturing, technology and finance. Selected companies/speakers are:

·  AT Kearney Japan – Tak Umezawa, Chairman
·  Giti Tire – Enki Tan, Chairman
·  Rocket Internet, Asia Pacific Internet Group – Koen Thijssen, Co-CEO
·  Startup Alliance Korea – Jungwook Lim, Managing Director
·  Vantone Holdings – Charlie Jiang, CEO
·  Yamaha Motor – Masahiro Takizawa, Managing Executive Officer
·  Alibaba – TBD

Selected sponsors:  Alibaba, Sohu, MIT ILP, Monex Group, MIT Technology Review. To join, purchase your ticket here, or click here to learn more.

February 10, 2015


MIT Assistive Technologies Hackathon Feb. 28

The goal of ATHack is to bring awareness to the important field of developing assistive technologies. We pair teams of students with clients in the Boston/Cambridge community who live with a disability. Each client has a problem in mind which they face because of their disability. Over the course of the hackathon, students brainstorm, design, and create prototype solutions for their client. February 12, 2015 there will be a meet-the-clients dinner 6-8pm in 10-205 and February 28, 2015 the hackathon will go from 9am-7pm. Visit ATHack’s website to register. Any additional questions can be e-mailed to 

February 5, 2015


2015 MIT Energy Conference Feb. 27-28

February 27-28, the MIT Energy Conference invites you to come celebrate our ten year anniversary. In the ten years since the conference’s inception, more changes have occurred in global energy than in the 100 years prior. As a key contributor to the development of solutions at the knowledge frontier, MIT brings together energy visionaries and a host of creative, passionate, motivated individuals for fact-based discussion and innovative problem solving. Join the MIT energy community and meet the leaders that are shaping the world for tomorrow. The MIT Energy Conference offers its guests premier opportunities to interact and network throughout the event. Buy tickets, or to find out more information on the conference, visit the MIT Energy Conference website.

February 4, 2015


MIT Sloan Bioinnovations Conference: Redefining Value in Healthcare Feb. 20

The MIT Sloan Club presents the 12th Annual Bioinnnovations Conference! The conference will focus on innovations and issues in modern day healthcare and will be held on Friday, February 20, from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm at the Boston Marriott Cambridge. Keynote speakers include: Mark Fishman (President, NIBR), Jamie Heywood (CEO, PatientsLikeMe) and Dr. Gary Kelloff (Special Advisor, NIH). If interested, purchase a ticket for the event or email further questions to Photo by Maryland GovPics 

February 2, 2015


Communicating Science Workshop 2015 Mar. 1

Learn how to communicate complex technical information to a variety of audiences at the Communicating Science Workshop from June 18th to June 20th. The workshop is open to all graduate students in all fields of science and engineering in US institutions. Participants will build the communication skills that technical professionals need in order to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public. The workshop will include expert panels and interactive discussions and will be held at the Microsoft NERD center in Cambridge.  You will also get to meet other graduate students from across the country who are also interested in learning more about science communication. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Sponsored in part by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education. Email with any questions. Photo by Lian-udom

February 2, 2015


MLK celebration luncheon Feb. 4

Wednesday, February 4 in Walker Memorial (building 50), MIT will be hosting its 41st annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The MIT community gathers every February to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Speakers have included leaders who are prominent both nationally and within the local Boston/Cambridge community, in accordance with Dr. King’s dual emphasis on global and local issues. The 2015 speaker will be Rinku Sen. The program followed by a luncheon will run from 11am-1pm, but seating is limited so RSVP today and visit the Institute Community and Equity Office website for more information.

January 30, 2015

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All-Brahms Recital Feb. 1

Watch MIT alumnus Vincent CK Cheung, a current research scientist at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, perform with other musicians in the All-Brahms Recital this Sunday, February 1st, at 3:00 pm. The concert will feature classical melodies, such as, the Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor Op. 38, Two Songs for Contralto Viola and Piano Op. 91, etc and watch Vincent Cheung, part-time active freelance pianist, play in these performances! The concert will take place in Killian Hall and will feature artists, Mikiko Fujiwara, Chester Brezniak, Mea Cook, Krista River, and Amanda Wang. Photo by Brenda Clarke.


January 28, 2015


Developing your Teaching Philosophy Statement Jan. 28 & 30

Virtually all job-postings for faculty positions in the US require applicants to submit a Teaching Philosophy Statement. While the format, length and emphasis of a teaching philosophy may vary considerably across institutions, disciplines and positions, many elements of a TPS are invariant. In this 2-day, hands-on workshop, led by Amanda Sobel from the Writing & Communications Center (WCC)  and Janet Rankin from the Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL), participants  will:

·         Discuss the elements of an effective teaching philosophy statement
·         Assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of TPSs from various disciplines
·         Brainstorm ways to incorporate goals, strategies and evidence in their own statements
·         Consider writing and communication strategies and practices to improve the impact of their TPSs
·         Draft sections of their own teaching philosophy statements
·         Provide feedback to, and receive feedback from peers on elements of their TPSs

The workshop will be held January 28 & 30 from 11am-3pm.
Sign-up by January 27. Enrollment limited to 20 participants.
Contact Leann Dobranksi (E39-207) at with questions.

January 27, 2015


Institue Diversity Summit – Jan. 29 & Feb. 12

On two upcoming days — January 29 and February 12 — MIT will hold its annual Institute Diversity Summit, to share experiences candidly and listen to one another in a spirit of understanding and kindness. One highlight will be opening remarks by MIT’s Institute Community and Equity Officer, Ed Bertschinger, who will discuss what he learned through an MIT listening tour and share his thoughts about building our strength in community, diversity, empowerment and respect. Each day will have registration 12-1pm and the program 1-5pm in Kresge and the Student Center. Visit the Institute Community and Equity Office website for a complete itinerary and to register. Photo by Frerieke.

January 26, 2015


Advancing toward the equality of women and men Jan. 27 & 29

What is identity? How is it defined by our current society? What role does it play in the pursuit of gender equality? Come explore these and other related topics at 7-9pm, January 27 & 29, in a roundtable discussion over a meal. Light dinner will be provided on both nights. Dinner will be held in Room 4-144 on both nights. Organized by the MIT Baha’i Club and the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs and Sponsored by GSC. For more information contact shraayai@mit.eduPhoto by Nietnagel.

January 23, 2015


Family Day Sculpted Paper Workshop Jan. 24

Explore the art of paper sculpture on Family Day with your children on Saturday, January 24 at the Westgate Lounge (W85). Families can work together to create a hands-on artwork and take it home. The morning session from 10-11:30 am is for children under 5 years old, and the afternoon session is from 1-2:30 pm for children over 5. The event is free and open to all! Emaili with any questions. Photo by Wellsbring 

January 23, 2015


What are your values? Jan. 24

Ehsan Afkhami and Sahar Hakim-Hasemi ’13 will be hosting the seminar What are your values? They create your life… on Thursday, January 24, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. This free seminar is designed to help participants align their personal values with their goals so they can live happier lives and contribute to others in a fulfilling way. The workshop will take place in 4-237 and will have interactive exercises and audience discussions. Remember to register for this event if you would like to attend. Photo by cybrarian77

January 23, 2015


Beginner tango bootcamp, Jan. 24-25

1-5 pm, January 24 – 25 in room 36-112 Robin Thomas will be instructing an intensive two day introduction to Argentine Tango designed to get you from no dancing to tango in two quick days. No dance partner or experience is required, but space is limited and the bootcamps have been wilding popular in the past so be sure to sign up now! Light refreshments are provide. Wear comfortable clothing and pivotable shoes. For more information and to register visit the Argentine Tango Club’s website.

January 23, 2015


Graduate ice skating social Jan. 24

Saturday, January 24, from 2-4pm enjoy ice skating, at the Johnson Ice Rink, with other graduate students on campus. Free hot drinks and snacks will be provided. Skate rentals at Johnson Ice Rink is subsidized, but limited to 50, first come first serve. Contact  for more information.

January 20, 2015

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Breaking the Mold SWIM Conference Feb. 6

Breaking the Mold is an initiative by MIT SWIM (Sloan Women in Management) aimed at starting a conversation about unconscious bias. The Breaking the Mold Conference on Friday, February 6th, starting at 8am in the MIT Media Lab, will foster a conversation about unconscious bias and developing approaches to manage them on the road towards equal opportunities. The Keynote Speakers of the night will be Robin Chase (Founder of Zipcar & Buzzcar) and Jan Fields (former President of McDonald’s). Panel topics will include: bias against men, role of media in perpetuating stereotypes, bias across industries, and relationship-building at work. For more information and ticket sales visit the Breaking the Mold website.

January 20, 2015


Fixit Clinic Jan. 24

Saturday, January 24 from 12:00-3:00 pm, fix your broken stuff — Or at least learn more about it disassembling it. Bring your broken, non-functioning things — electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc.– to the third floor of building N51 for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you’ll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited! The event is free, but preregistration is required. Register here. More information on the event here.

January 14, 2015


Multicultural conference Feb. 6-7

The mission of the Multicultural Conference (MC^2) is to bring students together across race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of cultural identity. The conference offers a provocative day and 1/2 of workshops, speakers, community building, action, and reflection centered on issues of culture, identity, and social justice at MIT and beyond.

At the conference, we will facilitate an honest, open, and interactive dialogue about the cultural climate at MIT, learn from people’s experiences, and develop plans to cultivate a campus environment that promotes equality, not simply tolerance. As MIT’s mission statement clearly promotes a diverse campus community, it is crucial for students to discuss the role of diversity and inclusion in education and campus life. Find more information or register.

January 12, 2015


GetFit 2015 registration now open

It’s that time again. Time for what’s become an annual wintertime tradition at MIT. You know, the one that keeps us stronger, healthier, and better looking than Harvard, Wellesley, and Boston College combined? Well, okay, maybe just stronger and healthier? That’s right! Register now for MIT Medical’s annual fitness challenge, getfit@mit! Get your team of five to eight members registered before the end of the day on January 29, and get ready for all the fun, camaraderie, perks, and potential prizes that come with participation. The challenge begins on February 2. Looking for teammates? Connect with others in the find-a-team forum. More info here. Get ready, get set, get fit!

January 9, 2015


Science Hack Day Boston Jan. 24-25

Come to Science Hack Day Boston on Saturday and Sunday, January 24th and 25th, 2015 in the MIT Media Lab.  Have fun at this free hackathon devoted to anything science-related.  Build cool stuff, and eat free food.  MIT students are welcome to invite non-MIT friends, too!  All participants must register for the event.  Contact for more information.

January 8, 2015


CityDays: MLK Jr. Day, Jan. 20 (Register by Jan. 13)

CityDays: MLK Day is a one-day volunteer opportunity for all members of the MIT community. The Public Service Center will secure service placements and provide logistical support for all participants. All you have to do is register and show up Tuesday, January 20! Lunch will be provided to participants. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to sign up as a group or as individual participants. Register here by 12 pm, January 13. Volunteers will serve at either the Greater Boston Food Bank, Cradles to Crayons, or the Community Art Center.


January 5, 2015


Business of Robotics IAP workshop Jan. 26

Are you interested in separating hype from opportunity in robotics?  Come to this one-day intensive workshop during IAP, The Business of Robotics (15.S62), featuring a panel of experts from industry, mature robotics companies, startups, accelerators, and more.  The workshop will take place on Monday, January 26th, 2015 from 9:30am to 5:30pm in MIT Room e62-233.  Enrollment is limited to 105, so sign up here!

January 5, 2015


Film screening and artist talk by Redmond Entwistle Jan. 10

Join Redmond Entwistle 4pm, January 10 at the Bartos Theatre (E15 Lower Level), as he presents and discusses four of his film works created between 2000 and 2009. The works include:

  • Belfast Trio (Tea at Four O’Clock/The Hollow Ball/The Apprentice), composed of three three-minute films, combines a soap opera scenario with footage of Belfast’s redevelopment efforts and interviews with professionals from its film and IT industries, precisely those creative economies through which the city hopes to draw investment.
  • Satellite is composed of a broken tracking shot that traces the architecture around an intersection in Toronto, exploring the function of the storefront and gallery space in the economies of contemporary art.
  • Paterson-Lodz considers the history of labor and immigration in Paterson, New Jersey and Lodz, Poland by exploring the role of these cities’ Jewish populations in the Lodz insurrection of 1905 and the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike.
  • Social Visions uses interviews, panoramic photographs, and media reports to explore the layers and disjunctures in the experience and image of the city.

The event is free and all are welcome.

December 22, 2014


Grad Hillel Chanukah party Dec. 23

Celebrate the last night of Chanukah with MIT Hillel, all are welcome! Join us for candle lighting at 6 PM on Tuesday, December 23rd in the W11 Main Dining Room, followed by games and food including FREE latkes, sufganiyot (doughnuts), beverages, and gelt. Contact with questions.

December 18, 2014


5000 Moving Parts Exhibit extended through Jan. 19

The 5000 Moving Parts exhibit at the MIT Museum has been extended through January 19th, 2015! Come spend some time this winter admiring the kinetic art created by talented artists. Kinetic art revolves around motion, the dynamic that moves our everyday lives. Works include Machine with Breath, a collaborative piece of artwork created by Arthur Ganson and sound artist Christina Campanella. Don’t miss out!

December 17, 2014


ISO Holiday Open House through Dec. 19

The annual International Students Office Holiday Open house has begun and will continue through December 19th. There will be cider and cookies to spread holiday cheer! Please come and visit E39-278 any time. Have some fun with the people at the ISO and enjoy some goodies! Photo by esimpraim.

December 16, 2014


MLK Visiting Scholar Dr. James Mickens seminar Dec. 17

On Wednesday, December 17th, as part of the next installment in the MLK Visitors luncheon seminar series, Dr. James Mickens, MLK Visiting Scholar of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will be presenting on “Understanding Security Threats In Modern Web Browsers.” The seminar will take place from 12:00 to 1:30pm at MIT Sloan in E62-350, and lunch will be served. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty.

December 15, 2014

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MIT Meridian Singers at Whitehead Dec. 15

It’s the holiday season and it’s the perfect time to gather around friends and family and spend time together listening to live caroling! On Monday, December 15th come hear the MIT Meridian Singers present “A-Caroling We Will Go: Carols Through The Ages.” Starting at noon in the Whitehead Institute auditorium, this concert will feature some classics that are sure to spread holiday spirit. Refreshments will be served! Photo by Sara Nelson.

December 12, 2014


Rueda Workshop Dec. 13

Learn to dance a Cuban form of salsa at the last Rueda workshop of the semester on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm in the Student Center, room 491.  No prior dance experience is necessary.  This workshop is free for MIT students.  Admission for all others in $5.  Visit the Facebook page for more information or contact

December 12, 2014


Musical comedy The Mikado playing through Dec. 13

Come see the MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ production of The Mikado on Thursday, December 11th (8:00pm), Friday, December 12th (8:00pm), or Saturday, December 13th (2:00pm) in La Sala de Puerto Rico in the MIT Student Center.  Thursday is free for MIT and Wellesley students!  The Mikado is a truly hysterical tale of circumvention, blame-shifting, face-saving, excuses, scapegoats, and bald self-interest.  Reserve tickets online; tickets are also available at the door.

December 11, 2014


Hannah Weinberger: Clap Slap! Dec. 11

Hannah Weinberger makes sounding objects using freely accessible samples gathered from the web, sourced in sound libraries, or recorded from social gatherings such as art openings.  Her new work builds on her interest in participation, auditory and visual modes of perception by combining different sonic objects that respond to movement throughout the space.  The participatory activation is the final public event for Open Tunings in which attendees will engage with Weinberger’s works to create a kind of collective performance.  The event will take place on Thursday, December 11th at 6:00pm in the reference gallery at the List Visual Arts Center.  Weinberger’s installation remains on view through Sunday, January 4th, 2015.  The event is free and open to all.

December 11, 2014


Don’t Study on Dec. 11!

Come to the MIT Interfaith Dialogue on Thursday, December 11th at 8:15pm in the Main Dining room of MIT Building W11 (at the corner of Amherst and Massachusetts Avenue).  Bring a topic to discuss or join one about what really matters.  What is the meaning of what I am learning?  Does what I am studying relate to who I am and what I believe?  What is my role as a citizen of this country and the world?  The sky is the limit!  Food and dessert will be available, and all are welcome.  Learn more online.

December 10, 2014


Black Lives Matter dialogue Dec. 10

The Institute Equity and Community Office (ICEO), along with the Black Students Union (BSU), Black Women’s Alliance (BWA) and Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA), invite you to attend a panel discussion on Wednesday, December 10th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Wong Auditorium in the wake of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.  The discussion will feature a panel of community activists, MIT faculty, and students, who will offer commentary on US systems of inequality based on race, as well as potential strategies to affect change in race relations at MIT and beyond.  Dinner will be provided, and all members of the MIT community are invited to attend.  Community members are encouraged to wear all black on the day of the event.  Follow-up conversations will take place at the Institute Diversity Summit, which will take place from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on both Thursday, January 29th and Thursday, February 12th, 2015.  Visit the website for more information.

December 10, 2014


GCF Christmas Party Dec. 12

On Friday, December 12th, the Graduate Christian Fellowship invites all to join in on the festivities to celebrate the birth of Christ and the end of the semester. Scrumptious food and treats will be provided along with fantastic singing and entertainment. The merrymaking begins at 7:30pm in Twenty Chimneys (W20-306), so don’t miss out! This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate Christian Fellowship and the GSC Funding Board. Photo by Moyan Brenn.

December 9, 2014


Assistive Technology Final Project Showcase Dec. 10

Come to the 6.811 Final Project Showcase on Wednesday, December 10th from 3pm to 5pm in 32-044! 6.811 (Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology) is a 12-unit project-based course in which small teams of students work closely with a person with disabilities in the Cambridge/Boston area to develop a practical product or solution that helps them live more independently. During the term, each team met with its client, iterated through multiple prototypes, and learned about the complexities of designing assistive technology (AT) for people with disabilities. Eleven projects will be on display and demonstrated, including a customized text-to-speech app for a woman with primary lateral sclerosis to communicate effectively, a pressure-sensitive glove that alerts its wearer if she’s about to lose grip strength, and an accessible iPad-based nurse call system for a wheelchair user with multiple sclerosis. Refreshments will be served at 3pm. RSVPs are appreciated!

December 9, 2014

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Peter Thiel at MIT Dec. 9

Come see Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, and PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel on Tuesday, Decemnver 9th at 6:30pm in MIT Building E51, Wong Auditorium.  Thiel will give a talk entitled “Developing The Developed World”, where he will also speak about his #1 New York Times bestselling book Zero to One.  Zero to One presents Thiel’s often contrarian ideas about competition, progress, technology, and how to find value in unexpected places – to build a future that we have yet to dream, but will someday become reality.  “Developing the Developed World” brings these ideas to life, including his philosophies on creating truly innovative startups in the world of atoms – not just digits and bits, and how to navigate a future marked by globalization in a world of scarce resources.  Admission is free.  Online registration is encouraged.

December 9, 2014


Dessert and Board Game Night with GAME Dec. 10

Want to celebrate the last day of classes doing something fun with friends? Come to Dessert & Board game night with GAME (Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers)! From 8pm to 10pm on Wednesday, December 10th in the Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307), go wild playing as many games as your heart desires. After gaming, head over to check out the provided desserts and hot chocolate and indulge your taste buds. It’s bound to be a great time! Photo by John Liu.

December 8, 2014


Waste Alliance/Bioenergy lecture: Harvest Power Dec. 9

Brandon Moffatt, SVP of Harvest Power, will be speaking about the company’s projects and experiences on Tuesday, December 9th at 12:00pm in MIT Room 3-133.  Harvest Power builds anaerobic digesters to turn organic waste into renewable energy.  Brandon has extensive management and technical experience in the environmental, waste and renewable energy sectors.  He leads project execution with a background in corporate/project development including engineering design, permitting, commercial negotiations, feedstock procurement and corporate/project finance.  Please register for this event online.

December 8, 2014


One-Person Gestures Workshop Dec. 9

The One-Person Gestures Workshop actively involves the community in one of legendary artist Gustav Metzger’s recent proposals regarding the construction and long-term activation of spaces for social change.  Participants will divide into five thematic groups, led by moderators, and will discuss aspects of making the project a reality.  Discussions will address structural materials, dome contents, dome activities, and strategies for garnering the interest of the community around and beyond the dome.  The aim of the workshop is to develop a variety of ideas that take into consideration participants’ expertise as well as environmental considerations, communication strategies, and social inequalities.  There are still a limited amount of spots left to participate in this workshop, which takes place on Tuesday, December 9th from 10:00am to 3:00pm in MIT Room E15-001 (the ACT cube).  If interested, please email Ilse Damkoehler, Public Programming and Communications Assistant, at  You will receive a link to the application and a confirmation email once completed.

December 8, 2014


MIT Chamber Music Society Concert Dec. 8

Come enjoy a night of chamber music on Monday, December 8th in Killian Hall! Starting at 7pm, students in the MIT Chamber Music Society will be performing their concert for all to hear. Pieces include Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 (1960), Hindemith’s Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1938), Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 (1887), Lange’s Kleine Musik fur drei Floten (1938), and Tchesnokov’s Tableaux Feeriques (2008). Rejoice for this wonderful concert is free!

December 8, 2014


Plastic Paradise screening Dec. 9

Sidney Pacific and Ashdown Cherry Pie Society will co-host a film screening of Plastic Paradise, a multi-award-winning independent documentary film that uncovers and explains the marine plastic pollution crisis.  As the film discovers, “every single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still somewhere on our planet.”  The screening will take place on Tuesday, December 9th at 7:00pm in the Hulsizer Room of Ashdown House, and will be followed by an optional, thirty minute discussion.  Dinner will be provided.  Please RSVP online.

December 5, 2014


Gustav Metzger’s Dome(s) Project Lecture Dec. 8

Patrick Charpenel and Daniela Pérez will introduce the life and work of the artist Gustav Metzger on Monday, December 8th at 7:00pm in MIT Room E15-070.  The aim of the lecture is to share Gustav Metzger’s project in Mexico with the MIT community in order to openly discuss the deep urgency and obligation around environmental challenges facing the world today. The lecture is proposed as a platform for conversation that aims to bring together intellectual and creative strengths that individuals from various backgrounds can provide.  The project itself explores questions regarding environment, climate change, architecture, humanity, biodiversity, consciousness, natural resources, science, technology, food, sustainability, the future, and art, among other topics.  For more information, visit the ACT website.

December 5, 2014


Holiday Parties at Eastgate and Westgate Dec. 7

Two holiday parties will be held on Sunday, December 7th at 6:00pm!  The Eastgate Winter Party will take place in the Eastgate Penthouse with delicious food, gifts for kids, and a special visit from Santa Claus!  The Westgate Holiday Party will take place in Morss Hall in Walker Memorial.  These parties are open to all members of the MIT community.  Santa will also be present with gifts for the kids.  Register online.

December 4, 2014


How To Address Micro Inequities Workshop Dec. 5

On Friday, December 5th, from 12pm to 1:30pm, the MIT Latino Employee Resource Group is hosting a workshop on handling micro inequities titled How To Address Micro Inequities: Small Actions, Big Impact. Taking place in NE 18 on the 9th floor of 1 Cambridge Center (Over the Chipotle in Kendall Square), this workshop will be 12pm to 1:30pm. Please bring MIT ID to access the building. Because attendance is limited, please RSVP. Lunch will be provided. All ERG events are open to all members of the MIT community. Photo by Jon.

December 4, 2014


Townsend lecture on matrices Dec. 4

The MIT SIAM-CCE Seminar Series continues with Alex Townsend, who will speak on Thursday, December 4th at 4:00pm in MIT Room 56-114.  He will give a lecture about continuous analogues of matrix factorizations.  A fundamental idea in matrix linear algebra is the factorization of a matrix into simpler matrices, such as orthogonal, tridiagonal, and triangular. In this talk we extend this idea to a continuous setting, asking: “What are the continuous analogues of matrix factorizations?” The answer we develop involves functions of two variables, an iterative variant of Gaussian elimination, and sufficient conditions for convergence. This leads to a test for non-negative definite kernels, a continuous definition of a triangular quasimatrix (a matrix whose columns are functions), and a fresh perspective on a classic subject.

December 4, 2014


ISS Sweet Sixteen Party Dec. 5

Celebrate the 16th birthday of the International Space Station with the ESD Student Society!  The party will occur on Friday, December 5th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Sidney Pacific Multipurpose Room.  Experience weightlessness (sort of) in our bouncy castle.  Light snacks will be served and there will be a cash bar.  Contact for more information.

December 3, 2014


Marine plastic pollution seminar with Marcus Eriksen, PhD Dec. 3

On Wednesday, December 3rd from 5pm to 6pm in E51-325, attend a special seminar on marine plastic pollution that asks, “What can floating an airplane across the Pacific Ocean on 15,000 plastic bottles tell you about the world’s garbage patches?” This seminar title refers to the most recent adventure of the seminar speaker Marcus Eriksen, PhD, which sent him and a colleague across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii on JUNK, a homemade raft made up of 15,000 plastic bottles with a Cessina airplane fuselage as a cabin. The journey, 2,600 miles in 88 days, drew widespread awareness to the work of the 5 Gyres Institute and the “throw away” culture that has trashed the world’s oceans with plastic to the tune of 270,000 metric tons from 5.25 trillion particles. A majority of what people eat, drink, or use in contemporary society comes packaged in petroleum-based plastic – a material designed to last forever yet used for products that we throw away after a single use. During this seminar, Eriksen, Director of Research & Co-Founder at 5 Gyres Institute, will present results from field studies on the current state of the science of plastic marine pollution, including results from the upcoming global estimate of total plastic abundance – the first of its kind. With a focus on solutions, Eriksen will discuss how freshwater research discovered microbeads, which led to legislative victories within one year of publication. Refreshments will be served before the seminar at 4:30pm. Please RSVP for this event!

December 3, 2014

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Winter Bike Fest Dec. 5

On Friday, December 5th, come to Winter Bike Fest 2014! Starting at 2pm, say hello to PN2K, meet other cyclists, and enjoy a variety of perks and activities brought to you by PN2K in the first floor of the Student Center. Get free minor bike repairs and tune-ups from Bike Boom, learn about bike safety (especially on winter cycling), and take advantage of a pressure washer to blast off grime and prepare your bikes for the winter. There will be music. There will be refreshments. It’s sure to be a good time, so make sure to stop by before the end at 6pm! Photo by O.Taillon.

December 2, 2014

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IMES Lecture by Dr. Stuart L. Schreiber Dec. 3

On Wednesday, December 3rd, the IMES Distinguished Speaker Series invites you to attend a lecture by Dr. Stuart L. Schreiber: Integrating chemistry and biology to discover small-molecule therapeutics. This lecture will illustrate examples of the evolving role of organic chemistry in therapeutics science relating to infectious disease and cancer. A pre-seminar reception will be held in E25-119 at 4pm, followed by the lecture at 4:30 in 32-155. Dr. Stuart L. Schreiber is the Director of the Center for the Science of Therapeutics and one of four founders of the Broad Institute, where he is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Schreiber is also the Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. Photo by

December 2, 2014


Pretty Faces: The Story of a Skier Girl screening Dec. 2

Want a study break and think watching a movie sounds good? On Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:30pm, come to a free screening of the film Pretty Faces: The Story of a Skier Girl in 26-100! With a focus on female skiing, this film shows what it means to be a girl carving her own path out on the snow covered slopes. To watch the trailer and read more about the film, check out Vimeo. Photo by Trysil.

December 2, 2014

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Campus Happiness Day Dec. 2

On Tuesday, December 2nd, you are invited to participate in Campus Happiness Day! This special day’s purpose is to promote happiness through meditation, celebration and belongingness among all. At 7pm in E51-115, join over 2000 students across the world in Simultaneous Meditation. After meditating, head to the Yoga-Dance Party in the ZCenter T-club Lounge at 8:15pm to start off with a rhythmic yoga practice and move into an ecstatic dance party! This event is open to the entire MIT Community. Bring your friends and de-stress before finals! Photo by Diane Main.

December 1, 2014

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iAmbassador event Dec. 2

Join the Technology and Policy Student Society in celebrating several of the international cultures represented by our classmates at the iAmbassador event for Turkey, Pakistan, and Kazakhstan on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 in MIT Room E40-380.  Lunch will be served.  This event is open to the MIT community.  Contact for more information.

December 1, 2014


GradRat Ring Delivery Social Dec. 1

Ready to finally get your GradRat? Come to the GradRat Ring Delivery Social on Monday, December 1st from 5:30 to 7pm! There will be chocolate fountains, desserts, beer, and wine (21+) to enjoy with all of your friends and classmates as you pick up your rings, try them on, or order new ones! Free goodies will be provided, of course, including t-shirts and stylus pens.

November 28, 2014


ART21 Screening: Fiction Dec. 2

Come to a free screening on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00pm in Bartos Theater (Weisner Building, E15, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts) to celebrate the newest season of ART21: Art in the 21st Century, the award-winning documentary series that showcases contemporary art and artists. The episode “Fiction” examines how artists tell compelling stories.  How do artists disrupt everyday reality in the service of revealing subtler truths?  This episode features Joan Jonas, Katharina Grosse and Omer Fast who explore the virtues of ambiguity, mix genres, and merge aesthetic disciplines to discern not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning.  We are pleased to screen this presentation featuring MIT Professor Emerita Joan Jonas, who will represent the United States in the 2015 Venice Biennale.  Curated by Paul C. Ha, Director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center and commissioner for the project; and Ute Meta Bauer, currently the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and previously the Founding Director of the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) at MIT, Jonas’s installation for the U.S. Pavilion in May 2015 will be an exceptional moment in her longstanding career.

November 26, 2014


Thanksgiving Movie Night: Xiu Chun Dao Nov. 29

Staying at school this Thanksgiving weekend? Going to be exhausted after Black Friday shopping? Take a break and chill on Saturday, November 29th by watching a kungfu movie called Xiu Chun Dao! The screening will be in 4-231 at 7:30pm and will have English subtitles. Snacks and drinks will be provided! Check out the trailer!

November 26, 2014


ISA Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 28

Join the International Students Association (ISA) for a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, November 28th! The feast will begin at 7pm in W4 (McCormick Dining Room). It will be the real deal. There will be Turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and all of the other delicious components that make up the classic Thanksgiving feast, and there will be plenty. Come and stuff your belly! An entrance fee of $5 will be charged at the door. Photo by David Goehring.

November 25, 2014

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Apply for the Caltech Space Challenge 2015 by Dec. 15

The Caltech Space Challenge 2015: Design the Next Human Spaceflight Mission will be from March 22-27, 2015 at Caltech in Pasadena, CA. Applications are due December 15, 2014. Design a human mission to extract resources from a redirected asteroid in lunar orbit! Thirty-two students, split into two teams, will be invited to Caltech to participate in a 5-day mission design competition supported by JPL scientists, Caltech faculty, and industry professionals.  Undergraduates and graduate students from universities around the world are encouraged to apply.  Expenses will be covered during the competition, and partial travel reimbursement will be provided. For more details, visit here. Please email questions to

November 25, 2014


ART21 Screening: Secrets Nov. 25

Come to a free screening on Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00pm in Bartos Theater (Weisner Building, E15, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts) to celebrate the newest season of ART21: Art in the 21st Century, the award-winning documentary series that showcases contemporary art and artists.  The episode “Secrets” examines how artists make the invisible visible.  What hidden elements persist in artists’ work?  Is it the artist’s role to reveal them, or not?  Featured in this episode is artist Trevor Paglen, who completed a residency project at the List in 2011 which culminated in the project The Last Pictures.  Discover the work of artists Elliot Hundley and Arlene Shechet as well.