Category Archives: Events

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

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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

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

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

March 15, 2016

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

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

March 14, 2016


Invitation to Future of Libraries Open Forum, Mar. 15‏

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

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

March 14, 2016


Tuesdays in the Chapel

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

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

Spring 2016 Schedule:

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

March 11, 2016


Authentic Confidence & Effective Teamwork, Mar. 16

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

March 10, 2016


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

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

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

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

March 10, 2016


Family Day at the List, Mar. 12‏

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

March 9, 2016


A Conversation with Guy Maddin, Mar. 10th

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

March 8, 2016


MIT Education Technology Case Competition, Mar. 11-12

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

March 8, 2016

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

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

March 7, 2016


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

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

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

March 7, 2016

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Celebrate MIT Excellence, Mar. 8

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

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

March 7, 2016


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

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

March 4, 2016

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MIT Asia Business Conference, Mar. 5th

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

March 4, 2016


7th Annual Graduate Arts Soiree, Mar.12

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

March 3, 2016


One-day Dissertation Boot Camp, Mar. 5th

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

March 2, 2016


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

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

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

March 2, 2016

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MIT Energy Conference, Mar. 4-5

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

March 1, 2016


International Student Career Symposium, Mar. 2

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

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

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

February 29, 2016


Seminar with Prof. Kristala Jones Prather, Mar. 1

Join us on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 12:00-1:00pm in E25-202 for A [POWER] Seminar with Prof. Kristala L. Jones Prather!

POWER’s professional career development seminars focus on the speaker’s personal experiences, insights into their current work, as well as work-life integration issues. Prof. Prather will discuss what has contributed to her success, the challenges she has overcome, and advice for current postdocs. She will also talk about maintaining a balanced life, in light of the rigors of an industrial and academic career. We hope that the interactions will assist women postdocs in navigating their careers and will also help them build the professional connections. RSVP today and read for information!

This event is organized by the Postdoctoral Organization for Women Engaged in Research (POWER), sponsored by Committee on Race and Diversity- a diversity & inclusion event. Refreshments will be provided. Read more

February 29, 2016

Senior Ball (110 of 268)-1

Grad Gala ticket sales open today

Enjoy an evening out in Boston with friends and good company! This year’s Grad Gala will be at Sheraton Boston on April 16! Dress up and mingle with the MIT graduate community! Treat yourself to a seated dinner, live music, and a night of dancing! The theme for this year is Starry Night (Van Gogh)! Have fun at the photobooth or chat with friends as you sip on delicious drinks! Early bird tickets: $45. Regular tickets: $50. Limit 2 per person. Must be MIT graduate student to buy tickets. Tickets go on sale on February 29th, 2016 at noon. Must be 21+ to attend event. Event is sponsored by Graduate Student Council, MIT Federal Credit Union, and Grad Rat. Contact:

February 26, 2016


Assistive Technologies Hackathon, Feb. 27

Come hack for a good cause at this multidisciplinary hackathon. Student teams will be paired with members of the Cambridge and Boston communities who live with disabilities. Students will be given access to machine shop, tools, and materials to successfully brainstorm, design, and prototype solutions to client problems. February 27, 8 am – 10 pm at Beaverworks.

February 26, 2016


Headspace meditation trial and raffle‏, sign up by Feb. 29

Interested in brief meditation? Meditation has been associated with stress reduction, better focus, and better relationships. We are taking a survey of MIT student experiences with the Headspace meditation app:

  • Meditate 10 minutes a day for 10 days using the Headspace app or
  • Once in Headspace, click: “Sign up for free” 10-day trial
  • After you complete 10 days of meditation, complete a 6-question survey.
  • That’s it! Just begin your Headspace trial by February 29, 2016.

You’ll be eligible to win a $250 TechCash card or one of two $50 TechCash cards

To participate, email your name and MIT year to Zan Barry at We will send you a link to the survey and results will be shared with participants. Photo by Charis Tsevis

February 25, 2016


Healthcare & BioInnovations Conference, Feb. 26

You’re invited to attend the Sloan Healthcare and BioInnovations Conference at the MIT Media Lab, February 26th, 8am-6pm. This year’s conference theme is Strategic Analytics: Changing the Future of Healthcare. With the latest trends in collecting and studying enormous amounts of healthcare data, analytics is growing immensely in the industry. Keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Gentleman of 23andMe, will share how genetic & trait data in the 23andMe database can be used to identify new therapies. Visit our website to learn more and get tickets. Are you working on a research project or start-up? Apply to the poster session! Free tickets for presenters & prizes for top 3. Contact:

February 25, 2016


Thank-a-donor Project Pub Night, Feb. 26th

The Annual Fund is thrilled to announce the return of the thank-a-donor project! This project aims to gather as many heart-felt video expressions of gratitude from students so that we can share these videos with our donors. Come film a short expression of gratitude in the Hulsizer room in Ashdown on Friday, Feburary 26th, 6:30pm-9:30pm and receive a free cupcake! Bonus: after you film your expression of gratitude come join us across the hall in The Thirsty Ear Pub for free drinks and Wings over Somerville. Contact: Sarah Levesque ( ).

February 24, 2016


Immigration Strategies for Entrepreneurship, Feb. 25

The Immigration Strategies for  Exploring Entrepreneurship workshop will take place February 25, 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. in 35-225, and is aimed at helping MIT postdocs and PhD students to understand the options available to them for working in the U.S. after leaving MIT. Topics covered include key immigration issues and the importance of developing appropriate strategies well in advance. Attendees must register here. The workshop will be held by MIT Venture Mentoring Service. Contact with questions or concerns. Photo by John Collins