Category Archives: Events

May 4, 2015

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Off-Campus Housing Fair May 5

The Sidney-Pacific HVAC Committee, GSC HCA Committee, and MIT Housing has gotten together create an Off Campus Housing Fair for grad students looking for off-campus housing for next year. Students will have the opportunity to meet landlords early, schedule viewings, see housing offers, and learn about community resources. The fair will take place on Tuesday, May 5th, from 4-6 pm at the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. Photo by Xynn Tii

May 1, 2015

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May Dissertation Bootcamp May 4-8

Is the May 8th deadline looming on you and you have yet to finish your thesis? Or maybe you haven’t even started?! Calm down, calm down. Take a deep breath and relax, and know that the GSC is providing a quiet place for you to work on your thesis with other graduate students during the May Dissertation Bootcamp! Located in the Hayden Library Basement, this will be everyday from May 4th through 8th from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Breakfast will be provided everyday, and you can sign up to attend everyday or just the days that work best for you. Writing your thesis doesn’t have to be isolating. RSVP now! Photo by PJ R.

May 1, 2015

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GEM Conference and Grad Lab Aug. 5 – 7

Register for the Boston GEM Conference coming August 5th through 7th! Interested in being a potential GEM Fellow? Come meet role models who can inform you about the benefits to a graduate degree in STEM related fields. Already a GEM Fellow? Come explore all that is possible in your future by connecting with the 4,000 person GEM Alumni Association (GAA)! This event is perfect for those wanting to learn from or help progress engineering and science education practices for advanced leadership careers, especially among underrepresented ethnic groups within the United States. For more details visit the conference schedule website.

The conference will also feature GRAD Lab (Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees Lab) , an interactive one-day event that offers underrepresented students exposure to the benefits of research and technology careers. GRAD Lab encourages young people of color to consider graduate engineering or science education and applying for the GEM fellowship, so if you are interested in what could lie ahead for you with GRAD Lab, check it out at the conference on Thursday, August 6th!

May 1, 2015

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GSC Battle of the Bands! May 2

Come rock out this Saturday, May 2nd at the GSC Battle of the Bands! Four bands enter, and only one band shall leave victorious. The show will feature Jill McCrakin and the Misadventures, Slim Overdrive, The WangStars, and Love and a Sandwich. Come join your fellow rockaholics with music and refreshments! Find out which of your fellow MIT community members are secretly rock legends! The night begins in Morss Hall (50-140) at 7pm. A 21+ ID is required for the cash bar. Original photos by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and alonis.

April 30, 2015

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Discussion: Best Practices on Graduate Student Advising May 7

On Thursday, May 7th in room 3-270, The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) and the Academic, Research, and Careers Subcommittee (ARC) of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) will host a one-hour discussion starting at 4pm on Best Practices in Graduate Student Advising. This event is intended to discuss a new set of written guidelines that were drafted in collaboration with the Committee on Graduate Programs over the past year. The content of the two resulting documents, “Common Values on the Graduate Student Experience” and “Institute Policy Guiding the Graduate Student Experience” can be found incorporated into the Graduate Policies and Procedures on the ODGE website. Hardcopies of these documents will be available at the panel event and in the ODGE offices.Graduate student advising is critical to the success of our students, our disciplines, and to MIT, so your thoughts and comments on these documents are welcome at odge@mit.edu. The following panelists will be participating in this conversation: Professor Randall Davis (Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Professor Jeffrey Grossman (Department of Materials Science and Engineering), Professor Bengt Holstrom (Department of Economics/Sloan School of Management), Professor David Hardt (Department of Mechanical Engineering), Professor Leslie Kolodziejski (Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), and Professor Kay Tye (Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences). They will be asked to describe effective advising, and how they and their respective graduate programs embody specific advising values. The discussion will be facilitated by MIT Ombudsperson Judi Segall.

April 30, 2015

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New England Philharmonic: 2 world premieres May 2

The New England Philharmonic will perform its final season program at BU’s Tsai Performance Center May 2nd at 8:00 p.m. The exciting program includes 2 world premieres: Matthew Browne’s How the Solar System was Won (DMA composition candidate, the University of Michigan and this year’s Call for Scores competition winner) and Andy Vores’ Violin Concerto No. 2 – “Drive” (Featuring the NEP concertmaster, Danielle Maddon, as soloist). MIT students, faculty, and staff can receive the admissions tickets at a reduced price of $10 each if they visit this link. Photo by Henry Burrows

 

April 29, 2015

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Claire Tomlin CCE Seminar Apr. 30

The Distinguished Seminar Series in Computational Science and Engineering is excited to announce Claire Tomlin as their guest speaker for Thursday, April 30th! Tomlin will be discussing reachability and learning for hybrid systems. She’s a Charles A. Desoer Chair in the College of Engineering and a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley. The event will take place in 37-212. Lunch will be provided at 11:45 AM, and Tomlin’s seminar will begin at noon. Photo by Adam Greig 

April 29, 2015

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Join us at the Collier Memorial dedication Apr. 29

In honor of Sean Collier, an MIT Police Officer who lost his life protecting the community in the week of the Boston Marathon bombings two years ago, MIT has created the Collier Memorial. On Wednesday, April 29th, a ceremony for Collier will be held at noon at the memorial, and afterwards there will be a picnic for the MIT community at North Court. Photo by Lorianne DiSabato

April 28, 2015

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SLUT: The Play May 1-3

For the conclusion of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, VPR has organized the showing of SLUT the Play, a production that addresses the impact of rape culture, gang mentality, and the over-sexualization of girls and women on individuals and communities. SLUT follows the journey of 16-year-old Joey Del Marco, who is assaulted by three of her friends during a night out in NYC. Through Joey’s story and those of girls in her community, audiences witness the damaging impact of slut culture and the importance of being heard. The play was developed by The Arts Effect in collaboration with high school students over two years of weekly creative sessions. Come get a chance to see it on May 1st and 2nd at 8 pm in Wong Auditorium and on May 3rd at 12 pm in Kresge! Buy your tickets online!

April 27, 2015

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GWAMIT Empowerment Conference: Speak Out, Speak Up! THIS WEEK

This year’s Spring Empowerment Conference will take place during the week of April 27th, and the theme is Speak Out, Speak Up! Many of the speakers will be people who have had to (in some way) stand up for themselves or something in which they believe.

  • On Monday April 27th the week starts with the Kick-off Luncheon (RSVP) from 12 to 1 pm in Walker Memorial Hall.
  • On Tuesday the Feminism Showcase (RSVP) will take place in Stata from 11 am to 2 pm, followed later by the Comedy Night (RSVP) in the Thirsty Ear Pub from 8 to 10 pm.
  • On Wednesday from 10:30 am to 12 pm in the Mezzanine Lounge, the first event is Deconstructing Gender & Power @ MIT (RSVP), a workshop where participants will work together to define gender, power, and control and how this may impact the dynamics here at MIT. The second, from 6 to 7:30 pm in 32-155, is Trailblazing @ Any Age (RSVP), an event where two local students will be speaking about their experiences as minorities and how they have spoken out via their actions or words.
  • On Thursday come see a screening of the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell (RSVP) from 8 to 10 pm in 26-100.
  • Finally, the week concludes on Friday with Women, Politics, & the World (RSVP), a discussion from 12 to 1pm in 3-270 that will explore why women’s political participation is essential to building and sustaining democracy globally.

Also, for those that are interested, there are still ways you can get involved with the  running and advertising of the conference. If you’d like more information or are interested in helping out, email the conference organizers. Photo by Daniela Vladimirova.

April 27, 2015

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Joan Jonas: Selected Films and Videos, 1972-2005

The MIT List Visual Arts Center presents seven seminal film and single-channel video works by pioneering artist and MIT Professor Emerita Joan Jonas, accompanying the List’s presentation of They Come to Us without a Word, Jonas’s new work made for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Selected from Jonas’s four-decade-long, distinguished career in video, performance, and installation art, the works are featured in an intimate exhibition in the List’s Bakalar Gallery at the MIT List Visual Arts Center for public viewing. The exhibition will be available until July 5th, 2015, so be sure to check it out soon! Photo by svennevenn

April 24, 2015

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Interfaith Evening Film Screening & Conversation Apr. 26

On Sunday, April 26th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, come to a free film screening of Out of Cordoba, directed by Jacob Bender. This compelling documentary about Averroes the Muslim and Maimonides the Jew, the two leading thinkers of Islamic Spain, explores the historical importance of these two “wise men of Cordoba” and their contemporary impact on today’s Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and interfaith relations. The film will begin promptly at 5:40 pm and will last 82 minutes. A conversation with the director, moderated by Beena Sarwar, will be held following the conclusion of the film screening. Both events will take place at Christ Church Cambridge (Zero Garden Street, Cambridge, Ma 02138) in the auditorium located on the upper level. Light fare and refreshments will also be served, so don’t be late! To RSVP, please email Polly Malcolm.

April 23, 2015

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Sustainability Summit on Food, Farming, and the Future Apr. 24, 25

The 2015 MIT Sustainability Summit on Farming, Food, and the Future is right around the corner. Buy your early bird ticket today! The summit, taking place in McDermott Court on Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th, consists of two intensive days exploring food and farming challenges through the systems-thinking lens of the “Circular Economy.” Learn what it takes to build a flourishing, sustainable world from production to consumption, from farm to table and back again. In addition to a range of engaging panels with industry leaders, this year’s keynote speakers include Fedele Bauccio (CEO, Bon Appetit Management Company and 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year), Paul Matteucci (Operating Partner, U.S. Venture Partners), Ray Offenheiser (President, Oxfam America), and Britt Lundgren (Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Stonyfield Farm). Plus, there will be tasty food from in-kind sponsors such as Boloco, Stonyfield, and Ben and Jerry’s! Original photo by fishhawk.

April 23, 2015

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Boston Symphony Chamber Players May 3

On Sunday, May 3rd welcome the Boston Symphony Chamber Players to MIT as they perform a complimentary community concert in Kresge Auditorium at 6 pm. The program will consist of DVORÁK (arr. Ingman) Octet-Serenade in E for winds, strings, and piano, Op. 22, followed by BRAHMS (arr. Boustead) Serenade No. 1 in D for winds and strings, Op. 11. All are invited and the concert is free, but tickets are still required, with a maximum of two tickets per individual. Please register via Eventbrite, providing your MIT email address as the contact. It is important to note that because this is a community concert, a separate pool of tickets will be made available to the public. Registration will be monitored to ensure that those reserving MIT community tickets are affiliated with the Institute. A waitlist will begin when capacity has been reached.

April 22, 2015

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Inaugural Waste Research & Innovation Night Apr. 24

MIT Waste Alliance invites you to the first ever MIT waste poster night on Friday, April 24th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in Memorial Lobby (Lobby 10)! Highlighting research and start-ups around waste, this poster session will be a great opportunity for learning about different avenues being explored in waste research and waste-sector start-ups in the Boston area while connecting with others in the same field. This event is brought to you by MIT Waste Alliance, with funding from GSLG and collaboration with the MIT Sustainability Summit. If you have any questions please contact trashiscash@mit.eduPhoto by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – PNNL.

April 17, 2015

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CityDays: Patriots Day volunteer opportunity Apr. 21

CityDays: Patriots’ Day on Tuesday, April 21st is a one-day volunteer opportunity for all members of the MIT community, including all students, staff and faculty. As part of the annual CityDays campaign, the Public Service Center will secure service placements and provide logistical support for all participants. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to sign up with friends or as an individual! Registration closes Tuesday, April 14th. Email the CityDays staff with any questions you have.

April 16, 2015

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Edgerton Coffee House: Request for Performers Apr. 19

Edgerton will be hosting a Coffee House on Sunday, April 19th, from 6-7pm in the Edgerton Large Lounge. Sushi and desserts will be served. In addition, if you like to sing, read poetry, dance, play the guitar, play the piano, or play in a small band, consider performing in this event. Email prmindell5@gmail.com by April 5th if interested in performing. Photo by Sameer Vasta

April 15, 2015

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Volunteer for “Ask a Scientist!” Apr. 18

On Saturday, April 18th, Cambridge will be hosting the Cambridge Science Festival carnival at the Cambridge Public Library (near Harvard Square). If you’re passionate about science and like teaching and explaining things, consider volunteering with the “Ask a Scientist” team. The team will answer kids’ questions and chat about interesting topics in the science community. You can volunteer for a shift from 12-2 pm or 2-4 pm. Remember to register if you’re interested in volunteering or email commit-exec@mit.edu for more information. Photo by Martin Cron

April 14, 2015

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MIT Community Dialogue: You Are Not Alone Apr. 15

On Wednesday, April 15th from 6 to 7:30 PM, come to 32-123 in the Stata Center to listen and share with others at MIT in a community dialogue on mental wellness in the context of higher education led by Dr. Aileen Lee from South Shore Mental Health and undergraduate Karen Hao (’15). Hao will share her perspective as a student at MIT, will discuss her recent article in The Tech, and will offer recommendations for how the Institute can better “foster a truly safe and supportive community.” The conversation will focus on many issues, from how being first-generation or a student of color can present challenges to mental wellness to how to support and heal each other as a community. All are encourage to join the discussion and share their perspective.

April 13, 2015

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Panel on the Research in Learning More Apr. 14

Advances in cognitive psychology and neuroscience give new insight into how people learn. On Tuesday, April 14th from 2:30 to 4 PM, come to an interesting panel on the frontier of what we know in this field. Titled Research in Learning More: A Marriage of Cognitive Psychology and Digital Learning, this panel will explore applications of cognitive science for residential MIT and global learning. Please note this event will be in the new location of 20 Chimneys (W20). The panel moderators will be Karl SzpunarLaura SchulzJohn Gabrieli, and Sanjay Sarma.

April 10, 2015

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Sloan Health and Fitness Club hosts yoga and boot camp classes

The Sloan Health and Fitness Club will be hosting yoga classes on Sundays at 11:00 am (bring your own mat) and boot camp classes on Fridays at 10:00 am. The classes are free for MIT Sloan Health and Fitness Club members and SWIM members. Non-Club members must pay $5 per class. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Sloan Health and Fitness Club, they are currently accepting new members. There is a biennial $30 membership fee. For more details on the organization or the fitness classes, email HFofficers@sloan.mit.edu for more information. Photo by lyn tally

April 9, 2015

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MIT Clean Earth Hackathon Apr. 17-19

On April 17th through the 19th, Sustainability@MIT will host a hackathon event like no other in the MIT Media Lab Bartos Theatre: the MIT Clean Earth Hackathon. Tackle real-world challenges put forth by our industry and academic partners. Participants from all disciplines, backgrounds and work experiences are encouraged to apply! It’s free to register, and the deadline to do so is April 1st. For more information visit the event website.

April 9, 2015

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Socialize at the April Social Science Happy Hour Apr. 10

Socialize with social people at the April Social Science Happy Hour. On Friday, April 10th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in E18-202, join others to discuss the latest and greatest in social science research. Hang out and chat over complimentary food and beverages. Meet other social science researchers in your field or in a field that is completely new to you. All are welcome! Photo by The Open University

April 8, 2015

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Dr. Cato Laurencin on Regenerative Engineering Apr. 9

The Institute of Medical Engineering and Science’s next Distinguished Speaker, Dr.Cato Laurencin of University of Connecticut will be giving his lecture “Regenerative Engineering: The Theory and Practice of a Next Generation Field” on Thursday, April 9th at 4:30 PM in E25-111.   Dr. Laurencin is an MIT alumnus and was named a Huge Hampton Young Fellow during his time in the institute. More recently, he was named one of the 100 Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. A welcome reception will be held prior to the lecture at 4:00 pm in the nearby room of E25-119.

April 8, 2015

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Partners In Health Engage: 2nd Annual Strides In Solidarity Apr. 11

Partners In Health and MIT GlobeMed have organized a walk-a-thon in solidarity with community health works to take place on Saturday, April 11th, from 10am to 2pm at the Johnson Athletic Track. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided, as well as chances to win prizes, including Partners in Health swag. A ticket will also include a free Partners in Health bracelet, and the first 100 registrees will even receive a free event shirt! Please remember to register if you’re interested. Photo by Kim Becker 

April 7, 2015

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YesPlus: Stress Mgmt. & Leadership Workshop Apr. 10-14

Attend YesPlus, a stress management and happiness workshop April 10-14, 6pm – 10pm on weekdays and 10am-4:30pm on weekends. Learn techniques to overcome academic, personal, and professional stress and get closer to achieving one’s full potential. De-stress and learn powerful breathing techniques like the Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, yoga, meditation and practical wisdom through fun games. Trained faculty from the international non-profit Art of Living Foundation, an organization that operates in 152 countries, will be instructing. The tuition fee might potentially be $80 depending on an MIT grant approval, but the usual tuition fee is $250. Register for the workshop if interested! Photo by Lyn Tally

April 6, 2015

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MassCPR – CPR Training Free For Grad Students Apr. 9

Receive American Heart Association CPR AED training and certification on Thursday, April 9th, from 6:00 – 10:00pm in La Sala (W20-202).The training is free for MIT students, and there will be free food and raffle prizes offered throughout the night. Sign up if you’re interested or email masscpr15@mit.edu to learn more information about the event. Photo by usagrc

April 6, 2015

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Meditation Sessions for MIT Community Building

The MIT community is invited to mediation sessions hosted by the MIT Art of Living organization. Meditation sessions will be held weekly on Mondays at 5:45pm in 56-180 and Thursdays at 6pm in 56-162. Come and build connections and community through destressing and mediation. You’ll also learn some simple yogic breathing techniques for stress-management. RSVP here for the Community Building sessions if you’re interested in participating in the mediation sessions or contact artofliving-officers@mit.edu to find out more information about the organization. Photo by Ian Burt

 

April 3, 2015

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Feel the love: Appreciation Week April 6 – 10

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) is thrilled to sponsor events for National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week!

  • Monday, April 6: From 2 – 4pm, stop in to ODGE headquarters at 3-138 for coffee and light refreshments.
  • Tuesday, April 7: From noon – 2pm in Lobby 10, we want to hear from you! Pick up some chocolate, and tell us what stresses you out and what brings you joy at MIT.
  • Wednesday, April 8: From noon – 2pm at the Vest Student Street in the Stata Center, we want to hear from you! Pick up some chocolate, and tell us what stresses you out and what brings you joy at MIT.
  • Wednesday, April 8: From 5:30 – 7pm in 34-101: How 5 Grads Got Their Groove Back: A Panel on Student Stress. Pizza will be served.
  • Thursday, April 9: From noon to 2pm at the Vest Student Street in the Stata Center, visit the Graduate Student Resource Fair and find out about everyone at MIT who’s here to serve you.
  • Friday, April 10: From 9:30 – 11:30am, stop in to ODGE headquarters at 3-138 for coffee and light refreshments.
  • All week: Check out just some of the incredible things that MIT grad students do!
  • This week and every week: Follow MIT GradLink on Twitter, Facebook, or Google + for daily wellness resources for MIT grad students.

Follow the love at #GradLove… because grad students are AWESOME.

April 3, 2015

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Symposium on Humanities “Devices” at MIT Apr. 3

A music-themed panel will take place as part of an interdisciplinary humanities symposium at MIT on Friday, April 3rd. The event is free and open to anyone who registers. The symposium, for which the overall topic is “devices” in the humanities, runs all day, but the music panel is 9:3011:15am in the Bartos Theatre. Emily Dolan (Associate Professor at Harvard), Daniel Callahan (Assistant Professor at Boston College), and Brad Balliett (an experimental bassoonist) will present work on technology and innovation in musical contexts. Photo by mediateletipos

 

April 3, 2015

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2015 MIT Africa Innovate Conference Apr. 4

What’s your big idea? Come share with and learn from others at the MIT Africa Innovate Conference 2015 on Saturday, April 4th on the 6th floor of the MIT Media Lab from 7:45 am to 6 pm! Africa Innovate is an intimate showcase of the latest ideas and innovations in entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare, energy and education. Visit the MIT Africa website for more information regarding the event or the MIT Africa group.

April 3, 2015

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Westgate Easter Family Brunch Apr. 4

Easter is coming! Celebrate this spring welcoming holiday with friends, family, classmates, and colleagues on Saturday, April 4th from 11 AM to 1 PM in the Lobdell Dining Hall of the Student Center. Send children hunting for eggs and follow it up with a delicious brunch! Make sure kids bring their own basket though. Registration is required. This event is sponsored by ARCADE and WEC. Photo by Edward Conde.

April 3, 2015

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BGSA Community Lunch Apr. 4

Take the opportunity to have a break, socialize, and eat lunch with grads, undergrads, postdocs, and other members of the MIT community! The lunch will go on from 12 to 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 4th in the BSU Lounge (50-105). The guest presenter at this free lunch will be Blonde Beauchamp, who is, coincidentally, a local food entrepreneur. Both food and drinks will be provided for all. See you there! Photo by elana’s pantry.

April 2, 2015

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SOLAR Cities Community Biodigesters Apr. 6

Join Ph D. Thomas H. Culhane, National Geographic Explorer and Co-founder of SOLAR cities. SOLAR cities is an international non-profit educational organization that aims to provide an open-source virtual Hackspace for “Biogas Innoventors and Practitioners.” SOLAR cities also provides training for all those researching, developing and deploying sustainable solutions for flourishing societies. The event will take place on Monday, April 6th, at noon in 4-237. RSVP if you’re interested in attending or email trashiscash@mit.edu for more information.  Photo by IntelFreePress

April 2, 2015

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Dr. Ruth: “A Multi-Layered Approach to a Better Life” Apr. 2

On Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the iconic bestselling author and media personality, is coming to MIT! The program will take place in the MIT Wong Auditorium – Building E-51 (Tang Center), on the corner of Amherst and Wadsworth Streets, and Dr. Ruth’s remarks will focus on “A Multi-Layered Approach to a Better Life.” Free parking is behind Building E-23 (MIT Medical), 25 Carleton Street. This event, sponsored by the MIT Fashion Club and MIT Car Club, is free and open to the MIT community, but seating will be limited so show up on time! Photo by Cliff.

April 2, 2015

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Discussion: A Godless Congregation at MIT? Apr. 2

On Thursday, April 2nd, join the Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue for a presentation by and discussion with Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and New York Times bestselling author of Good Without God. The presentation begins at 7:30pm in the W11 Main Dining Room (entrance on Amherst St. off MA Ave.). All are welcome to come listen, participate, and enjoy free dessert! The Addir Fellows Program aspires to build bridges of dialogue and understanding. Addir is co-sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain to the Institute in cooperation with the Board of Chaplains. Visit the Addir Fellows website for more information.

April 1, 2015

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Science Through Dance Apr. 1

Communicating Science at MIT will discuss the idea of learning by moving, how dance is successfully used to illustrate concepts in science, mathematics, and engineering that may be hard to put into words, and the tensions inherent in developing both interesting and scientifically accurate choreography. Panelists include Emily Benz (president of SHINE Boston), Mariah Steele (artistic director of Quicksilver Dance), Hans Rinderknecht (MIT postdoctoral fellow in Plasma Science and Fusion), and Courtney Peix (an artistic director of Contrapose Dance). Dinner will be also be provided. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, April 1st, at 7:00 pm in 4-231. If interested, be sure to RSVP for the discussion. Email commit-exec@mit.edu with any further questions. Photo by Dixie Lawerence 

April 1, 2015

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Dr. Susan Komives on “Leadership for the Real World” Apr. 1

Dr. Susan Komives will be featured in next the Division of Student Life Speaker Series. Her topic will be “Leadership for the Real World”. The event is open to the MIT community and will be on Wednesday, April 1, at La Sala de Puerto Rico in the MIT Student Center. The talk will begin at 2:00pm and will be followed by a meet and greet at about 3:00pm. Please send RSVPs to dsl-speaker-series@mit.edu. For more information visit the Division of Student Life webpage. Photo by photosteve101

March 31, 2015

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Professor Conceison on Revolutionary Nostalgia in Contemporary China Mar. 31

On Tuesday, March 31st, visiting Professor Claire Conceison (Duke University) will be talking about the expressions of collective identity and Maoist nostalgia on stage in contemporary Beijing at a Cultural Revolution-themed “red restaurant” and in Meng Jinghui’s hit play “I Love XXX. She is a scholar, translator, and director and is currently teaching 21M.848 (Topics in Performance Studies) here at MIT. Her areas of research and teaching are contemporary Chinese theater, cross-cultural exchange and performance, Asian American theatre, translation, and sport as performance. Conceison’s talk will take place in Killian Hall at 5:30pm. Photo by Roger Andrews

March 31, 2015

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Canadians Club Poutine Night Mar. 31

Meet your friendly MIT Canadians at the Thirsty Ear Pub on Tuesday, March 31st, at 8:00pm! Thirsty will have all the comforts of a classic Canadian pub, with plenty of free poutine, a Canadian delicacy which consists of fries, cheese, and hot gravy. Email b_smith@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by James

March 30, 2015

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Conexiones: Intercampus talks Mar. 31

Join the ClubMex organization and other students from Boston area universities and listen to presentations on topics ranging from science, economics and politics. Food will be provided. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 31st at 7pm in E5-372. Email clubmex-officers@mit.edu if you would like to learn more about the organization. Photo by Thomas Hawk

March 30, 2015

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MIT Transportation Club Spring Mixer Mar. 31

Come and meet MIT Transportation Club (TClub) members and network with others interested in transportation and mobility at MIT at the Asgard Pub on Tuesday, March 31st from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Share research and learn about opportunities to get involved with the TClub while munching on free hot snacks! Email tclub@mit.edu for more information. Photo by rik-shaw

March 27, 2015

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BGSA Billiards Night Mar. 30

The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) will be hosting a study break at Flat Top Johnny’s on Monday, March 30th. Play pool, pinball, or darts with fellow grad students. Other games, food, and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for free. The time will be announced at web.mit.edu/bgsa soon. Email kev1n@mit.edu with any further questions. Photo by Richard Matthews 

March 27, 2015

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Latin Culture Night Mar. 30

Join the Technology Policy Students Society in celebrating the international cultures represented by our classmates on Monday, March 30th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in 6-104.The event is opened to the MIT community and will include a Latin culture presentation and food. Email tpss@mit.edu for more information. Photo by borkurdotnet

March 26, 2015

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Institute-wide iREFS program launch event at the Muddy Mar. 26

Come meet the new iREFS team and enjoy free pizza at the Muddy Charles Pub on Thursday, March 26th, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. iREFS are grad students and post-docs trained in conflict management skills who are available to the entire Institute for confidential peer support. Be sure to RSVP here if you would be interested in attending. To learn more about iREFS, email irefs@mit.edu. Photo by Matt Harris 

March 25, 2015

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Power and (In)Visibility Graduate Symposium Mar. 28

Please join the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies (GCWS) in rooms 4-159 and 4-163 on Saturday, March 28th, for the Power and (In)Visibility Graduate Symposium. This exciting and interdisciplinary symposium features cutting-edge work across various fields of graduate study with presentations ranging from LGBT representation in comic books to theorizing digital performativity. Panel topics for the day include queer identities, visual representations of race and ethnicity, space and place, theorizing gender, literary analysis, transnational labor, political, and children’s issues. The day will conclude with a keynote speech by Professor Elora Halim Chowdhury. This event is free and open to the public. Please register by March 18th. Volunteers who would be willing to lend 2 to 4 hours to this event are also welcome. It’s a great CV item for graduate and undergraduate students and it will be an informative and rewarding experience! Please e-mail the Symposium coordinators for more information on volunteering or the event itself.

March 24, 2015

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Graduate Housing Webinars Mar. 26, Apr. 15, May 4

Have questions about housing? Want to learn more about what is offered on and off campus and how to pursue it? Tune into the upcoming graduate housing webinars! To register for a webinar, follow the registration link, click register, and then submit the required information. Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event. On Thursday, March 26th at 10am EDT, view the Graduate Housing and Allocation Overview webinar with host Tasha Coppett. On Wednesday, April 15th at 1 pm, Tasha will hold a Graduate Housing, Waitlist, and Sublicense Overview webinar. Then on Monday, May 4th at 11 am she will host a webinar on Navigating the Boston/Cambridge Off-Campus Rental MarketPhoto by MIT Student Life.

March 23, 2015

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Networking Evening with Employers Mar. 27

‘Networking Evening with Employers’ will give both students and employers the opportunity to exchange information about potential job and internship opportunities. Over 50 companies from a wide range of industries will be represented. This event is open to all MIT students and Postdoctoral Fellows. The event will be hosted on Wednesday, April 1st, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm on the 6th floor of the MIT Media Lab. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served. Advanced CareerBridge registration is required through the Events Search tab. The deadline to register is Friday, March 27th. If you have any questions, please contact careerbridge@mit.edu. Photo by maysbusinessschool

March 23, 2015

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MIT Grad Gala Apr. 11

Join us for the annual GSC Grad Gala, MIT’s premier formal event for graduate students! With two bands, two dance floors, and a luxurious cruise along the Boston Harbor, this year’s Gala will be like no other before. So put on your most glamorous dresses and most dapper suits, and get ready for an unforgettable night of mingling, dancing, and luxuriating aboard the Odyssey! The GSC Grad Gala will take place on Saturday April 11th, 2015 at 6:30 pm on board the Odyssey. Early bird ticket sales starts on Wednesday, February 18 at 12 pm. Any current MIT graduate student or post-doc may purchase up to two tickets. For more details please visit.

March 20, 2015

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Volunteer with Cradles to Crayons Mar. 21

Come volunteer with other members of the graduate community on Saturday, March 21st! From 1 to 3 pm volunteers will be at Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing homeless and low-income children the resources they need. Work will involve sorting clothes, school supplies, and other things the children need to lead a better life. Please sign up by Saturday March 14th! Transportation and lunch will be provided. Help make a positive difference in your community! Photo by Digitas Photos.

March 19, 2015

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Women in Leadership Symposium Mar. 24

This symposium brings together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who will discuss topics pertaining to today’s workforce. Some topics include: “Super Women: Can I Have it All?”, “Women of Color: Striving for Excellence,” “Changing Lanes: How Do I Know the Time is Right,” “Doing Business in Heels: Making the Workplace a Place of Your Own,” etc. Hear from Chanda Guth (HR Director at Biogen), Marika Reuling (Chief of Staff at Harvard University), Karen E. Spilka (Massachusetts State Senator), and four other women leading in their professions and learn how they paved their way to their powerful leadership positions. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 24, at the Microsoft New England R&D Center in Cambridge from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. If interested, register through the National Diversity Council. Photo by nasa_jsc_photo

March 19, 2015

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Muddy Charles Grand Reopening Mar. 19

Celebrate the reopening of the newly renovated Muddy Charles on Thursday, March 19th! Starting at 6 pm and ending at 9 pm in Morss Hall, members of the Muddy Charles Board of Governors will be conducting guided tours to explore the fresh changes. There will be a cash bar (21+) in Morss Hall throughout event, and free light food will be provided. Photo by Maya83.

March 18, 2015

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Animal Rescue League Volunteer Event Mar. 18

Would you like to help animals in the Boston area? Volunteer for the Animal Rescue League (10 Chandler St., Boston) on Wednesday, March 18th at 5pm! The Animal Rescue League has old cage latches that cannot be re-ordered, and a new solution is needed. Volunteers will get a tour of the ARL, learn more about the problem, brainstorm ideas, and have yummy snacks! Please contact Brandy Dixon for more information or to volunteer. Photo by Canopener Sally.

March 17, 2015

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e4Dev Speaker Series: Qorax Energy Mar. 17

On Tuesday, March 17th, as part of the e4Dev Speaker Series, come hear Christian Desrosiers speak about Qorax Energy, the tricks of the trade in social enterprise, and the role of social enterprise in the broader international development conversation. Qorax Energy is a renewable energy products & services channel that works in post-conflict regions. It was founded in 2012 to address market inefficiencies in Somaliland & is currently scaling throughout Somalia and moving into the DRC. The 3 co-founders iterated through several approaches, failing twice before identifying an effective, scalable model. This lecture will take place in the MITei Large Conference Room (E19-319) from 6:30 to 7:30 pmRSVP as soon as possible! Photo by Echoing Green NYC.

March 17, 2015

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Prof. Shahla Haeri: Sexuality and Youth Alienation in Modern Iran (Mar 17)

On Tuesday, March 17th, come to room 3-133 at 5:30 pm to listen to Professor Shahla Haeri of Boston University speak about the main topic of her book Law of Desire, Temporary marriage in Shi’i Iran, sexuality and youth alienation in modern Iran. The talk will be followed by a book signing so bring your copy! Light refreshments will then be served. Photo by Kamyar Adl.

March 17, 2015

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Cambridge Science Festival Apr. 17-26

Get ready to plan your visit to the Cambridge Science Festival during the week of April 17th-26th! Meet Alan Lightman, learn why you like coffee so much, and immerse yourself in a day of animation, or an afternoon of math. Whether it’s 3-D printing, science films, or game design that really float your boat, plan on spending your vacation week at the MIT Museum. More activities, tours and workshops will be present than ever before!

March 13, 2015

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Sign up for Spark Security Mar. 14-15

Spark is a program where over 1000 middle school students come to MIT to take classes from MIT students. To run smoothly, the program needs volunteers to check students in, run supplies, answer parent/student questions, and more. Volunteer for as much or as little as you want. For volunteering, you will get a shirt and free food. Work for four hours and you’ll get a laptop sticker. Six hours will earn you a nice hat. Volunteering will take place in the Bush room (10-105) on March 14th and 15th. See the volunteering page for more details and to sign up for shifts, and contact Spark Security with any questions. Original photo by Sadi Junior.

March 13, 2015

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Sixth Annual Graduate Arts Soiree Mar. 14

The Sixth Annual Graduate Arts Soiree is coming up, and it will be taking place on Saturday March 14th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm on the 6th floor of the Media Lab. Munch on canapés, sip some Chardonnay, enjoy phenomenal works of art—all for free. All works are submitted by your fellow graduate students! Register online to reserve a spot for you and a guest. Both of you must be 21+ to attend, and remember to dress to impress! Artwork is still being accepted to be showcased at the Soiree. Just fill out the relevant brief form and bring your artwork on the day of the event. Photo by Ulf Bodin.

March 13, 2015

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MIT Wind Ensemble: Awakening Mar. 13

On the night of Friday, March 13th, attend a moving performance by the MIT Wind Ensemble, an encore presentation of Jamshied Sharifi’s Awakening and works by Holst, Grainger, Francaix, and Chavez. Featuring MIT Wind Ensemble alumni, including Dr. Kirk Kolenbrander on trombone, the evening will celebrate the 2014 AMPS Emmy Award-Winning documentary Awakening: Evoking the Arab Spring Through Music, which aired on PBS. The program, beginning at 8 pm in Kresge Auditorium, includes an excerpt from the documentary. General admission is $5, but the event is free to community members with MIT addresses. Get your tickets at EventbritePhoto by Ken Colwell.

March 12, 2015

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Rebuilding the Philippines Forum Mar. 13

Friday, March 13th, join MIT community members as they share reflections on their work towards reconstruction efforts in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The event will run from 1:00 to 2:30 PM in Room 4-270 and will include brief presentations and an opportunity for discussion and networking. The destruction Typhoon Haiyan left in its wake in November 2013 was historic: damage estimated at $1.5 billion and a human cost of more than 6,000 people dead and nearly 2,000 missing. In writing to the community during the weekend of the typhoon, President Rafael Reif extended his condolences to the people of the Philippines and asked Provost Martin Schmidt and Faculty Chair Steven Hall to explore ways in which MIT might aid in the Philippines’ recovery efforts. Shortly thereafter, Provost Schmidt and Professor Hall wrote to the community to describe efforts already underway and to outline a relief process that would draw on MIT’s strengths. In the past 15 months, students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae from all five schools of MIT have joined together to provide relief to hard-hit communities, to aid existing organizations in recovery work, and envision a resilient and sustainable future for the Philippines and other geographically vulnerable sites.  We are proud of MIT’s contributions, but work continues, and we hope next week’s forum will generate further ideas and connections.

March 12, 2015

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Nautical Night Mar. 13

On Friday, March 13th come to Nautical Night at the MIT Museum! This annual evening event, starting at 5 pm and going on until 8 pm, brings together people from different departments at MIT who share their passion for the sea. From knot tying to RoboClam to better understanding what autonomous underwater vehicles do, this hands-on evening is a fun way to break out of the winter doldrums. Photo by Beverley Goodwin.

March 12, 2015

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Opera in the Whitehead Auditorium Mar. 12

Spend a lovely time enjoying some opera on Thursday, March 12 at noon in the Whitehead Auditorium (Nine Cambridge Center), featuring selections from Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti and more sung by New England Conservatory sopranos Nataly Wickham and Elena Snow, tenor Rafael Delsid, and bass-baritone Josh Quinn, with piano accompaniment by Soyoung Yang. Refreshments will be served to accompany the wonderful entertainment. Photo by Trey Ratcliff.

March 11, 2015

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2015 MIT CCE Student Symposium Mar. 12

Students who have carried out original research involving computationally intensive methods will present posters highlighting their research at the 2015 Center for Computational Engineering Student Symposium on Thursday, March 12th. The poster session starts at 5 pm in 34-401B, followed by the Keynote Lecture at 5:45 in 34-401. Dinner will be served at 6:45 pm in the same room. Dr. William Morokoff, the speaker at this year’s symposium, is a managing director at Standard & Poor’s and heads the Quantitative Analytics and Research Group. In this role, William is responsible for leading the research, development and application of quantitative methodologies, as well as for quantitative support for ratings criteria and credit assessment products and services at Standard & Poor’s. William has worked extensively in credit and market risk modeling, with a research focus on numerical analysis for portfolio risk management problems. Register for the event now!

March 11, 2015

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Lecture by Prof. Sadoway: Electrochemical Pathways Towards Sustainability Mar. 12

On Thursday, March 12th, the MIT Sidney Pacific / Presidential Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series presents: Electrochemical Pathways Towards Sustainability, featuring Professor Donald R. Sadoway. In this talk, Professor Sadoway will share his research on electrochemical pathways towards sustainability, as well as his insights into science as a service to society and how to make the world a better place through innovation. Sadoway is the current John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry at MIT. Professor Sadoway’s research seeks to establish the scientific underpinnings for technologies that make efficient use of energy and natural resources in an environmentally sound manner. This spans engineering applications and the supportive fundamental science. In 2010, Professor Sadoway co-founded Ambri, which utilizes liquid metal battery to provide electricity storage solution that will change the way electric grids are operated worldwide, and is currently serving as its chief scientific advisor. In 2012, he was named one of Time magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” for his continuing work in improved batteries. This lecture will take place in the Mark Multipurpose Room of the MIT Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence (70 Pacific Street, Cambridge), with refreshments to be served at 6 pm, followed by the lecture at 6:30Photo by NTNU Trondheim.

March 11, 2015

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TPP Pizza Nights at the Muddy Mar. 11

Come join the Technology and Policy Student Society for the next installation of its pizza night series on Wednesday, March 11th at 5:30 in the Muddy Charles Pub (MIT Building 50)! Relax and socialize with other students while eating perfect slices of mouthwatering pizza. This event is co-sponsored by the GSC Funding Board and is open to the MIT community. Photo by Jasmine.

March 10, 2015

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MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal Ceremony Mar. 11

Please join your fellow MIT community members on Wednesday, March 11th in honoring the 2015 recipients of the MIT Excellence Awards and the Collier Medal. Everyone at MIT is invited to attend and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our colleagues in Kresge Auditorium from 3 pm to 4 pm, followed by a reception in Krege Lobby until 5 pm. 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 that MIT awards to staff. 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 shot and killed 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 10, 2015

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Sustainable Management of Urmia Lake Lecture Mar. 11

On Wednesday, March 11th at 4 pm, attend an exciting lecture in 66-144 with Dr. Mahdi Zarghami (Tufts University and University of Tabriz, Iran). In arid and semi-arid regions, lakes are subject to a high risk of drying, leading to deterioration of water quality and creation of wind-blown dust. Are engineering solutions sufficient to solve this critical problem or are better institutional design and more effective water governance needed? Dr. Zarghami will discuss the current condition of the Urmia Lake, Iran, and introduce a simulation model based on System Dynamics approach. More information can be found on the MIT Water Club website. Photo by Adam.

March 9, 2015

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Tax Preparation Tips for graduate students Mar. 10

Worried about doing your taxes? Unsure about how to prepare? Join the Graduate Student Council ARC Committee for its Tax Preparation Tips event on Tuesday, March 10th from 6 to 8 pm in 10-250! CPAs from MSCPA will provide tips and advice on tax preparation for graduate students. The presentation will be followed by an open Q&A session. Please note that the content will primarily be geared towards domestic students, but all graduate students are welcome to attend. Seats are limited, so sign up soonPhoto by Ken Teegardin.

March 9, 2015

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Mexican Muddy Social Mar. 9

Come join ClubMex at the Muddy Charles Pub (MIT Building 50) on Monday, March 9th from 7 to 9 pm for a fun social event! Hang out with fellow students and bond over the delicious traditional food that will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the GSC Funding Board and ODGE. A 21+ government ID is required for entry. Please have it ready to show at the door. Photo by sean dreilinger.

March 6, 2015

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Chill at the Tang Hall Game & Trivia Grad Dorm Mixer Night Mar. 7

Tang Hall is organizing an evening full of games, trivia, food and fun on Saturday, March 7th from 7 to 8:30 pm in the 24th Floor Lounge. This is a great opportunity for grad students from all dorms to mingle and chill over games and other fun filled activities. There will also be delicious food to munch on. The glorious view of the (frozen) Charles river from Tang top will make the experience all the more enthralling. Photo by Steve Berry.