Category Archives: Events

October 25, 2016


MIT CONNECT: Free one-on-one Lunches

Are you interested in having lunch with fellow MIT students, faculty, staff and alumni this semester? MIT Connect is designed to create a more connected campus by arranging for friendly, informal, platonic lunches between individuals from all over campus, and all walks of life. We are providing $10 in Tech Cash towards selected lunches for participating students! Sign up and get more information here.

October 21, 2016


Making Feminist Fitna: A half day conference on Islamic Feminism, Oct. 22

Making Feminist Fitna is a half-day event bringing together local Muslim feminists and allies from academia, activist and art spaces to share, discuss and celebrate Islamic feminist thought. Come to W20 Lobdell (W20-208) on Saturday October 22nd from 12 pm to 5:30 pm for panels and breakout group. Open mic will be from 7 pm to 9 pm at W20 Mezz (W20-307).This event features Dr. Kecia Ali (Department of religion, BU), Saadia Yacoob (Department of religion, Williams college), Dr Zahra Ayubi (Department of religion, Dartmouth college), Dr Elora Chowdhury (WGS, Umass Boston), and Naila Baloch (Associate chaplin and Muslim advisor, Middlebury college). Lunch will be provided. Register today!

October 20, 2016


ICC info session: Cross-Cultural Communications, Oct. 21

Back by popular demand: Information session on cross-cultural communications, sponsored by the International Coordinating Committee (ICC).  MIT’s global activities continue to grow, as does the size and diversity of our international community. This information session offers background and practical examples– as well as raising awareness to help us work together in this increasingly global and multi-cultural environment. We are fortunate to have a few experts among us who will be leading the session on this very important topic: Bhaskar Pant, Executive Director of Professional Education, and Bernd Widdig, Director of International Activities. This information session will take place on Friday, October 21 from 10:00 am to 11;30 am at Chipman room, 6-104. RSVP at

October 20, 2016


GWAMIT Leadership Conference “Lady Bosses: Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship” Oct. 24-28

GWAMIT is proud to announce the dates for the 2016 Fall Leadership conference! Events will be held during the week of October 24th, and will be geared towards this year’s conference theme of “Lady Bosses: Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship”. Events include:

  • Entrepreneurship Without Borders: A Keynote by Christine Souffrant Ntim
  • Movie Night: Makers, a double-feature
  • Succeeding in Male-Dominated Fields: A Panel
  • Taking Control of a Meeting
  • Negotiating Your First Job Offer
  • Designing the World Through Entrepreneurship: A Panel
  • MIT Student-Alumnae Mixer
  • Spitfire: Engineering + Entrepreneurship
  • Strictly Strength Training Class

There is an amazing lineup of speakers and events scheduled, and we hope to see you there! Keep yourself updated through the GWAMIT website. Please contact this year’s committee at with questions.

October 17, 2016


Failures in Grad School: A Discussion with Prof. Robert Langer, Oct. 18

Feeling overwhelmed with classes or research? Are you terrified of failure? Join MindHandHeart and Dr. Robert Langer on October 18, 5:30 – 6:30 pm  at the Hulsizer Room, Ashdown House for the first discussion in our monthly lecture series on “Failures in Grad School”. RSVP for dinner with Professor Langer. 10 -15 Dinner attendees will be selected by lottery. This event will be photographed and/or filmed.

October 14, 2016


Financial Literacy Workshop on Fellowships, Oct. 17

On October 17 from 12 pm – 1:30pm in 68-181 there will be a second presentation on applying to Graduate Fellowships. In most cases this will be the same presentation offered on September 30 with a little more emphasis on the NSF GRFP as the deadlines are at the end of the month. During this presentation we will be going over the reasons why fellowships are great, how to find them, the application process, tips on personal statements and research proposals, the types of resources. This presentation will be mainly geared towards those interested in applying in the fall and winter of 2016/17 for funding during the 2017-2018 academic year, but it is never too early to think about this process! It is suggested that interested students RSVP here (Free pizza!).  Find more information on the ODGE Financial Literacy Initiative. Remember that there is a free iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union). Customized for MIT with videos, articles, games,  job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending-smarts, etc. it is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general. More information can be found here. Please sign up and check it out!

October 13, 2016


Four Weeks for America info session, Oct. 17

Want to make a difference in the STEM education or medical fields while learning first hand from practitioners? Want to inspire kids from small rural areas or big inner cities about science and math? Want to help individuals families with their local healthcare needs? Come to the information session on Tuesday, October 176 pm at 5-233 and learn about Four Weeks for America, an IAP program that partners MIT students with practitioners in education and medicine. We collaborate with Teach for America teachers across the country and practitioners at Boston Medical Center. Note that the application deadline for this program is  Friday, October 21 at 5 pm. Email with questions. Learn more about Four Weeks for America.

October 12, 2016


Annual Path of Professorship (POP) workshop; Apply by Oct. 15

This is a 1.5 day workshop that provides women who are considering academic careers in science, technology, engineering and math with insights, tools, strategies and insider information that will help them to be successful in their job search and on the tenure track. Over the course of the workshop, participants will hear from more than 20 extraordinary women faculty from diverse institutions, and they will have an opportunity to network with approximately 70 women with similar aspirations.This year, we have the honor of hearing from former MIT President Susan Hockfield, who will be our reception speaker on Friday evening. Preference for participation in the workshop is given to graduate women students who are within 2 years of degree completion.  Applications open on October 1 2016 and are due by October 15 2016.  The workshop will run from Friday, November 18 to Saturday, November 19.

Attendees learn: key strategies for applying and interviewing for academic positions,the importance of networking and how to manage networking with peers and superiors, what to negotiate for once you have the offer,  things you can do now and during your hire to make your tenure-track years as smooth and successful as possible, characteristics of different types of universities, and how to maintain a balanced life in light of the rigorous demands of a career in academia

October 11, 2016


Public service fellowships: proposal writing workshops Oct. 13 – 19

As a Public Service Fellow, you have the opportunity to develop and implement a service project of your own design. You also have the option of interning with a service-focused organization to learn about how they operate and help them meet their mission. The PKG center will be hosting workshops on proposal writing at W20-555 on the following dates: Thursday, October 13, 12 pm–1 pmFriday, October 14, 2 pm –3 pmWednesday, October 19, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm. In these workshops we will learn how to structure a proposal, describe what the PKG Center is looking for, and avoid common mistakes in proposal submissions. Applications are due by Friday, October 21 ,12 pm. Learn more about the Public Service Scholarships.

October 7, 2016


Free weekly MIT Belly-Dancing Classes on Sundays

Wanna learn to belly-dance like a pro? Looking for a fun workout? Well it doesn’t get any more fun than this! Shahd, the founder of MIT belly-dancing Club, started belly dancing at the age of 5, and has regularly performed in various festivals in France, Spain, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Czech Republic since then. Currently, Shahd is a graduate student here at MIT, performing in various events on or off-campus and teaching belly-dancing every Sunday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the McCormick Dance Studio. Anyone is welcome to be a part of this amazing experience, no previous experience necessary and you don’t have to commit to the performances! Apply for this class here. Get more information on this class or contact if you have questions.

October 6, 2016


Therapy dogs at Hayden, Oct. 7 & Nov. 4

MIT Libraries continues Furry First Fridays, the popular therapy dogs program, for the fall term. On the first Fridays in October and November, 2-3:30 pm, you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with furry friends from Dog BONES:Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts. Dogs and their handlers will be outside the Hayden Library in the area near Killian Hall. No lines and no waiting! Furry First Fridays builds on the success of past therapy dog visits during final exams. These visits with dogs have been so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently.We hope you will take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress. All are welcome; no registration required. For those planning ahead: We expect dogs and their handlers will be also be available on Thursday, December 15, 2-3:30 pm, for the Cookies with Canines event during final exam week.

October 5, 2016


“She Started It” screening and panel discussion, Oct 6

Martin Trust Center presents a feature length documentary on women tech entrepreneurs that highlights successful role models for young women. Following the film is an interactive panel with four female founders sharing their experiences. She Started It is a feature length documentary film on women tech entrepreneurs, shot on location in Silicon Valley, NYC, Europe, Vietnam, Mississippi & more, that aims to highlight successful role models for young women. It is the first film to show the behind the scenes of running a tech start-up as a young woman. We will be screening the hour long film, and hosting an interactive panel discussion focusing on the experiences of female entrepreneurs following the documentary. The screening will take place on Thursday, October 6  from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at MIT Stata Center Room 32-123. Panelists include Elsa Sze, Founder & CEO, Agora; Melissa James, President, Founder & CEO, The Tech Connection Inc.; and Alex Wright-Gladstein, C0-Founder & CEO, Ayar Labs. RSVP here to attend.

October 5, 2016


Free laptop tagging TODAY

MIT Information Systems & Technology is tagging laptops today in Lobby 10 from 10am to 2pm. You have a much better chance of recovering a lost or stolen laptop or tablet if you get it tagged with STOP Security Tracking plates. The STOP plate on a lost laptop or tablet can help return it to its rightful owner. The plate also works as a visual deterrent for thieves looking to quickly resell equipment. Laptop tagging and registration is a free service for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) community members. See additional information.

September 21, 2016

Workshop: Leveraging your international Experience, Sep. 23

Today’s employers want graduates with cross-cultural expertise and global competency. How do you let them know you have what they’re looking for? Learn how you can incorporate your global experiences into your resume, interviews, and other conversations with employers. Come to the GECD-MISTI workshop at W11 (Religious Activities Center) on Friday, September 23 from 10 am to 11;30 am. Please bring a sample job description and your resume. Light refreshments will be provided! Register here.This workshop is co-sponsored by MISTI and GECD.

September 20, 2016


Intel Lunch n’ Learn – Getting the First Job, Sep. 22

Join a panel of women engineers from Intel as they discuss their experiences working in industry, and dispense invaluable advice about getting that first job out of school. Be sure to stay around for lunch and networking after their talks! This event will be taking place at MIT building HST-119 on Thursday, September 22 at 12:00 pm. Register here to attend. GWAMIT’s Professional Development Lunch n’ Learn series is a monthly seminar devoted to helping MIT’s graduate students learn about careers outside of academia. If you have suggestions or ideas about this series,  please email. Food will be provided.

September 19, 2016

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Roxane Gay talk and book signing, Sep. 20

Please join us on Tuesday, September 20 at 3 pm on the 6th floor of E14 for a talk and book signing with the incredible Roxane Gay. She is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism.  With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism.  NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her latest book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, is a painstaking examination of body image.

Roxane is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, co-editor of PANK, and was the non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on social media and when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament. Part of the MAS Diversity Speaker Series, Sponsored by the MIT program in Media Arts & Sciences.

September 16, 2016

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship information session, Sep. 19

The ODGE is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an informational session on the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm  in the Coffeehouse Lounge in the Stratton Student Center (W20-308). Craig Harwood, director of the Soros Fellowship will be on hand to provide a brief presentation on the fellowship and to answer questions. More information on the fellowship can be found on their website. An MIT news article on last year’s recipients can be found here.  For those students who are unable to attend, the fellowship also offers informational webinars.Get more information about this. If you should have any questions, contact

September 16, 2016


Career Paths for PhDs and Postdocs: A Panel Discussion Sep. 19

PhDs and postdocs will learn more about career options other than being a professor at this panel discussion on Monday, September 19 from 5:30 – 7pm in 32-123. Panelists are employers who have hired PhDs and postdocs and represent a range of career paths. Representatives will be present from various industries, including healthcare, startups, consulting and education. This discussion will also enhance understanding about the culture of various organizations that hire PhDs and postdocs. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge. Photo by Kajvin.

September 15, 2016

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Living in the Future, Sep. 17

Living in the Future: When Science Fiction Meets Science Reality!  Grab some pizza and popcorn at the MIT Museum, watch film clips and learn from scientists and inventors about how close we are to realizing Hollywood’s hopes for the future.

September 14, 2016


Advocating for Science symposium and workshop Sep. 16-17

GSC External Affairs is co-hosting the 2016 Advocating for Science Symposium with Future of Research and Academics for the Future of Science! The symposium will take place at the MIT campus on September 16-17, 2016. AAAS CEO and former congressman Rush Holt will deliver the keynote address after discussion with an expert panel on Friday evening. Saturday will feature 4 workshop sessions on effective science communication and advocacy strategies and techniques. More information is available. Register here or contact with questions.

September 13, 2016


Pitch2Match, Sep. 14

Got 60 seconds to pitch yourself? Come to Stata Center, 32-123 on Wednesday September 14 from 6:30 -8:30 pm. This networking events brings together MIT and students from other Boston area schools to meet collaborators and make an impact. Sign up ASAP for your pitch slot here or contact

September 12, 2016


MIT Spouses & Partners Connect campus tour, Sep. 14

Reserve your place now for the MIT Spouses & Partners Connect Campus Tour on Wednesday September 14. Meet in front of the Inbound Kendall Square T-station at 1:30pm. This tour is designed for you:

  • Find offices and spaces such as the International Students Office, MIT Medical, MIT List Arts Center, Work Life Center, Fitness Center (Gym), and the Student Center.
  • Learn the pathways for strollers and find the right places for kids
  • Get to know other newcomers!

This tour is stroller friendly, so bring the kids along. Find more information and register for the tour. Newcomers can also sign up for our weekly updates.

September 7, 2016


“In the Trenches” Seminar Series for new TAs

“In the Trenches” is 7-seminar series designed specifically for TAs who have limited teaching experience and who would like a regular discussion group that focuses on issues related to their teaching. Registration is open to TAs from any MIT department.  Sessions will meet every other Thursday during the semester from 2:30-4:00 p.m beginning on Sep. 8th and attendance is required at all sessions. TLL facilitators will briefly present background information on various teaching topics during meetings, but program content will be largely driven by participants currently teaching “in the trenches.”  Most of the meeting time will be spent discussing teaching situations encountered by TAs and options for applying research-based best-practices to support learning in these situations. General topics of discussion will include classroom presentation skills, strategies to encourage student discussion, tailoring recitation sections to meet the needs of students, and receiving and using student feedback to improve teaching. REGISTER for the seminar here: Registration for “In the Trenches”.

September 6, 2016

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Apply for the Fall 2016 MIT Graduate School Leadership Institute by Sep. 9

Supported by The MIT Leadership Center, Office of the Dean of Graduate Education, and Student Activities Office, the MIT Graduate School Leadership Institute (MIT GSLI) is a first-of-its-kind, peer-led collaboration across all MIT graduate schools to further develop the leadership skills, experience, and network of outstanding MIT graduate students who have already exhibited strong leadership capacity. Out of the hectic pace of studying at MIT, the program carves out dedicated time and space for purposeful, authentic reflection and connection across disciplines.

According to past participants, this is an intense and deeply rewarding program. A kick-off retreat on Cape Cod and six mandatory weekly meetings build strong friendships, leadership skills and reflections, and a peer network bolstered by alumni programming that continues after the MIT GSLI semester is over.

Come meet us! Please join past MIT GSLI fellows on Friday, Sept 9, from 10:00am to 11:00am in Killian Courtyard by the Institute steps, we will be hanging out for any questions and hoping for nice weather (otherwise we’ll be in Lobby 10!). Read more

August 29, 2016


2016 Orientation for new Families! Aug. 31 & Sep. 14

Newcomers can get to know all that MIT Spouses & Partners Connect has to offer through two upcoming Orientation programs: The  Learning Fair on Wed, Aug. 31 (from 1pm-3pm in W20-307) is an event to teach you about all MIT has to offer, from English classes to campus resources. The Campus Tour on Sep. 14 (from 1pm- 5pm starting in Kendall Square) will help connect your with other newcomers and show you an inside perspective on all the facilities and campus life. Find more information and REGISTER for the tour. Newcomers can sign up for our weekly updates.

August 23, 2016


Register for Community Wellness September classes!

Community Wellness is proud to offer a wide range of classes in a number of topic areas to help improve the quality of life for members of the MIT community. Our classes are offered in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere with knowledgeable instructors. Classes offered include: iDiet (more info and register here), Self Defense and Workout (more info and register here), Creating the Healthy Life you Want (more info and register here), Koru Mindfulness and meditation (more info and register here). Take advantage of these wonderful opportunities- register today!

August 22, 2016


Conflict Management Training, Apply by Sep. 2

Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates.  Application deadline is Sep. 2 (apply here) and the class dates range from Sep. 13 to Nov. 22  (dates listed here).The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels, with each tier building on the previous session. The tiers are as follows:

Tier 1: Conflict Management for Self-Reflection (16 hours) Tier 1 consists of 16 hours of conflict management training for those interested in learning more about their own orientation towards and engagement with conflict.
Tier 2:
Conflict Management for Coaching (12 additional hours; 28 hours total) is an additional 12 hours of in-class time for participants who are in the role of supporting others through one-on-one interactions.
Tier 3: Conflict Management for Advanced Practice (12 additional hours; 40 hours total) adds an additional 12 hours of formal mediation instruction and practice. Find more information on dates and apply.

August 12, 2016


Indian Independence Celebration Aug. 13

On Sat. August 13 at 11:00am join us for Flag hoisting in front of the Student Center and after enjoy a dance performance by the talented MIT Bhangra Club. Then come feast on North and South Indian food in La Sala (W20 second floor)! For questions please contact Photo courtesy of Meena Kadri

August 1, 2016


GSC Six Flags Trip Aug. 20

On Sat., August 20, from 9:30am-6pm join the GSC at Six Flags New England (Agawam). For the trip you can buy tickets at a group discount rate of $37!
There will be a bus (45 spots), but you can also arrange your own transportation
Ticket sales open Aug. 1  until Aug. 6 on adMIT (
The tickets are limited to 2 tickets per person, and make sure to select the right bus or no-bus option. It’s almost the end of summer- enjoy every minute of it! Any questions please contact: Photo courtesy of Jeremy Thompson.

May 17, 2016


Bicycle Awareness Day‏, May 18th

Join us for Bicycle Awareness Day on Wednesday May 18th, 11am-2:30pm outside the Stratton Student Center Plaza! Get a free minor bike repair from Cambridge Bicycle when you register your bike with MIT Parking and Transportation Office. Come enjoy refreshments and a DJ! Plus leg band and bicycle light giveaways! If you sign up of MassCommute Bicycle Challenge and bring proof of participation, you get a free t-shirt!

May 13, 2016


Ice cream social, May 15th

Do you have finals? Have you felt the pressure? Come and relax before it starts! This Sunday, we will have Tocanini ice-cream! Join us in Sidney Pacific lobby on May 15th from 6-8pm to celebrate the end of the term! Contact with any questions. Photo courtesy of Pamela Graham

May 13, 2016


Animal Adventures Show, May 14th

Come for an exciting animal show by Animal Adventures in the Little Kresge Auditorium on May 14th at 11:30 am! The experienced animal handlers will come teach us a little bit about each of the animals! Expect to have tons of fun! Contact with any questions.Photo courtesy of Wendell

May 10, 2016


Active Minds @ MIT’s 4th Annual “Speak Your Mind”, May 11

Join us for dinner on May 11th from 5-7PM in the Student Center, Mezzanine Lounge (W20-407) as we wrap up the year and discuss mental health at MIT. We will have student speakers, who will talk about their own experiences with mental health. Keynote delivered by Professor Daniel Jackson, who founded the Portraits of Resilence in the Tech. RSVP! Contact with any questions.Photo courtesy of Wendell

May 9, 2016


MIT Puppy Lab, May 10, 11, 17 & 18

Come meet the newest official therapy dogs of MIT in Lobby 10 Community Lounge on May 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th (3-5pm)! Enjoy a snack, grab a spot on the green couches, make some new friends, and stay as long as you like! Check out which pups will be there at or find us on Facebook and Instagram. Contact with any questions. Photo courtesy of Will Marlow

April 21, 2016

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Activist Research Methods in Science and Technology, Apr. 22

Sometimes our research is driven by wanting to do good in the world, make an impact, and create social or material change. Dr. Max Liboiron will lead a talk and discussion about how research can foster change during the entire research and development process on April 22, 2016 at 4PM in E51-345a. Dr. Liboiron is an Assistant Professor in Sociology, Geography, and Environmental Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Liboiron’s research focuses on how harmful yet invisible threats such as toxicants and marine plastics become visible in science and activism. This event is made possible with the support of Graduate Student Life Grants and the GSC Collaboration Fund. Contact:

April 20, 2016


How to Negotiate your First Job, Apr. 21

Join us on April 21st, 2016 in Sidney Pacific Seminar Room for an interactive conversation about job offer negotiations with Paul Levy and Farzana Mohamed about their book How to Negotiate Your First Job. Learn to navigate the first important negotiation when transitioning to the world of work. Paul Levy ’72 has led several complex organizations during a multi-faceted career and now advises corporations throughout the world on negotiation. Farzana Mohamed ’99 is founder and principal of a consulting practice that advises organizations on change management, employee engagement. RSVP today! Contact:

April 19, 2016


How Uber is Changing the Transportation Landscape, Apr.21

Join us for a presentation in 1-190 on Thursday, April 21st, 11:45-1 pm by Andrew Salzberg – Global Mobility Policy Lead at Uber. He will discuss the effect of transportation network companies (esp. Uber) on transportation in cities in the US and around the globe. Lunch provided at 11:45. Seminar begins at noon. Visit our site for more information. Event sponsored by the GSC FB. Contact:

April 15, 2016


Pitch To the Public: 4 Session Workshop, Apr. 18 & 25

Join us for the last two sessions of Pitch to the Public! Pitch your research to the Public at the MIT Museum! Prizes for the people’s choice.

  • Session 3: The Art of the Talk with Practice Session (April 18th at 6pm)
  • Session 4: The Art of the Slide with Practice Session (April 25th at 6pm)

Both sessions will be in 4-237. Contact with any questions.


April 11, 2016


Growth Mindset at MIT, Apr. 13

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us for a session on Growth Mindset at MIT on Wednesday, April 13, from 2-3pm in the student center, W20, Private Dining Rooms 1 and 2. Many students arrive at MIT riding on years of academic success and praise from teachers, parents, and colleagues. But what happens when you encounter uncertainty and failure? Have you encountered challenging situations when you worry about how others will perceive you if don’t sound smart enough? When you fail to achieve a specific goal, how do you manage and overcome discouragement and self-doubt? In this short talk, we will examine how our own notions of potential and ability can have a fundamental impact on how we approach our work, how much we learn, and how successful we can be in achieving our goals. The talk will focus on recent, evidence-based insights regarding human performance, neuroplastictiy, motivation and on how deliberately cultivating a “growth-mindset” can improve our willingness and ability to face challenges and to innovate, despite the risk of failure. Read more

April 8, 2016


Faculty on Resilience: Cathy Drennan‏, Apr. 14

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us on Thursday, April 14  at 2-3pm in 32-155 to hear from Professor  Drennan about the parts of her career path that don’t make it on to her biographical sketch. Based on official biographies, it is easy to assume that success requires professional perfection at every career step. The truth is that success often derives from the learned ability to bounce back from failure and set-backs.  Professor Drennan’s official Bio is below, but come hear about the details that are missing. Warning: Content may contain learning disabilities, stereotype threat, and hogs. Faculty talk will be followed by Q and A, and light refreshments.

Catherine Drennan is a professor of Biology and Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a professor and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is the only individual to be both an HHMI professor and an HHMI investigator. Drennan received an A.B. in chemistry from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan, working in the laboratory of the late Professor Martha L. Ludwig. She was also a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Douglas C. Rees at the California Institute of Technology. In 1999, Drennan joined the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has risen through the ranks to full Professor. Her research interests lie at the interface of chemistry and biology, combining X-ray crystallography with other biophysical methods in order to “visualize” molecular processes by obtaining snapshots of metalloproteins in action.

April 8, 2016

GRaduate Student Appreciation Week

Planting Seeds with the Chancellor, Apr. 11

Need a quick pick-me-up? As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join Chancellor Cindy Barnhart on Monday, April 11  at 5:15-6:16pm in Lobby 10. Plant some spring flowers to take with you to warm your lab or home! Stop in for 5 minutes or stay and chat for a bit. Feel free to bring a friend or family members.

April 7, 2016

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Michael Taussig‏, “Mooning Texas” Apr. 7th

Join us this Thursday, April 7 @ 4:30 pm in MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 155  for “Mooning Texas” – an adventure story involving social energy + art + Emile Durkheim’s “take” on Mauss + Hubert’s “take” on mana + the creativity of gossip. Michael Taussig, professor of anthropology at Columbia University, was dubbed by the New York Times as “Anthropology’s Alternative Radical.” Taussig has been doing fieldwork since 1969. He has written on the commercialization of peasant agriculture; slavery; hunger; the working of commodity fetishism; colonialism on “shamanism” and folk healing; the relevance of modernism and post-modernist aesthetics for the understanding of ritual; the making, talking, and writing of terror; and mimesis. He has also written “a study of exciting substance loaded with seduction and evil, gold and cocaine, in a montage-ethnography of the Pacific Coast of Colombia.”

April 6, 2016


Faculty on Resilience: John Belcher‏, Apr. 12

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us on Tuesday, April 12, 2-3pm in 32-155 to hear from Professor Belcher about his path from the West Texas oil fields to a spacecraft going to the stars, and how going to the stars is a breeze compared to reforming freshmen physics. He has been clinically depressed and has been on anti-depressants for 27 years, and he will reflect on that experience. Faculty talk will be followed by Q and A, and light refreshments.

Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, John Belcher was the Principal Investigator on the Voyager Plasma Science Experiment during the Voyager Neptune Encounter (“the end of the Grand Tour”), and is now a Co-Investigator on the Plasma Science Experiment onboard the Voyager Interstellar Mission. Professor Belcher has also been involved in the teaching of freshmen physics at MIT, and was awarded the 2016 Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers for that effort.

April 1, 2016


Workshop for International Students on US Financial Literacy, Apr. 5‏

On Tuesday, April 5 from 12:00-1:30 in 68-180, the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) will be offering a workshop on Navigating the U.S. Financial System. This workshop is open to international graduate students only. Some of the topics that will be covered include choosing a bank, types of bank accounts, ATMs and debit cards, credit cards, transferring money, budgeting, apartment hunting, ways to plan financially if they are planning on staying in the US, and more. We will be offering a presentation with plenty of opportunities for discussion. Along with members of the ODGE team, we will also have Dana Reichman, International Student Programing administrator and Advisor from the International Student’s Office on hand as well as representatives from the MIT Federal Credit Union.  Free pizza!

For the purpose of ordering enough food, we request that interested students RSVP by 2pm on Monday, April 4th. Feel free to read more information on the ODGE Financial Literacy Initiative and the MIT iGrad Financial Literacy platform offered for free to the entire MIT community. Photo courtesy of Chris Potter

April 1, 2016


Celebrating a Century in Cambridge‏, Apr. 2nd

Join us for a concert by MIT Music and Theater Arts on Saturday April 2, 2016 at 7pm in the Kresge Auditorium as we Celebrate a Century in Cambridge! Free admission! The concert will feature: the MIT Symphony Orchestra, Adam K. Boyles, director; MIT Concert Choir and MIT Chamber Chorus, William Cutter, director; Members of the MIT Chamber Music Society, Prof. Marcus Thompson, director: Miriam Nussbaum (G), flute; Austen Yueh ’17, clarinet; Henry Love ‘18, violin; Taylor Safrit ’18, cello; Joonwon Choi (G), piano; Michael Choi ‘16, clarinet; Divya Pillai (G), soprano. 

The program will include: The National Anthem (arr. William Cutter); the world premiere of a blessed unrest by William Cutter; Seeing the Unseen and The Reason Why the World by Prof. Peter Child; Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock; the world premiere of Nocturne: On the River by Charles Shadle; Copland’s Symphony No. 3; and the MIT song Arise, all ye of MIT.

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

mit corporation board of trustees nominations

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,  This event is free and open to the public, we hope to see you there. See schedule below: Read more

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


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.