Category Archives: Events

October 20, 2014

why life got big

Fall Soap Box: Why Life Got Big Oct. 21

On Tuesday, 10/21: 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, discuss “Why Life Got Big.” For much of the earth’s history, microbes were the only living organisms on the planet. What spurred the evolution of larger-sized and more diverse animals? Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. For more information, visit the MIT Museum. Photo by Jon Rawlinson.

October 20, 2014


SEEK dinner and conversation Mondays

SEEK welcomes you to kick start your spiritual journey Mondays at 7PM in W20-303. Have dinner and informal conversation with similarly curious people. Explore faith in Jesus and connection with God. This is for those new to faith or anyone looking for a fresh start with faith and desire a practical and experiential approach to connection with God. Visit here for more details and for questions, contact

October 17, 2014

Jupiter Quartet

Jupiter Quartet Oct. 17

Visiting artists Jupiter Quartet will be performing the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. Featured compositions include Beethoven, C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4; F Minor, Op. 135; C# Mino, Op. 131. This event will be on Friday, October 17 at 8PM in Kresge Auditorium. Admission: $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email address. Buy tickets online or at the door.

October 17, 2014


Tang Japanese Theme Sushi and Origami Social Oct 18

Like folding origami or eating sushi? Come to the Japanese themed social event at Tang Hall (W84) in the 24th Floor Lounge to learn how to fold swans and prepare sushi rolls! On Saturday, October 18 starting at 8PM, take in the beautiful skyline of Boston at night in the company of friends and delicious sushi. Take a break, socialize, and learn some more about Japanese culture. Please bring plates and utensils to help Tang go green. This event is open to all MIT graduate students. Photo by Barron Fujimoto.

October 17, 2014


Gatsby Boat Party on Oct. 18

Join MIT, Harvard, and Wellesley students at the ISA Gatsby Boat Party with breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $20 per person and will be sold in Lobby 10 or online.  Partners and spouses are welcome, but this event is not suitable for children.  The boat will leave Long Wharf, Boston Harbor at 8:30pm, and you will not be able to board after this time!  Contact for more information.

October 16, 2014

color bias

Dark is Beautiful Campaign Discussion and Reception Oct. 16

On Thursday, October 16 at 6 PM in E62-223, come to a discussion and reception held by Nandita Das on the topic of color bias in India. Das, currently a Yale World Fellow, has received accolades in India for her work in cinema and theatre. She is a strong advocate of social justice and human rights and has come to discuss her Dark is Beautiful campaign fighting against color bias that is present in different areas of Indian life.

October 16, 2014


MIT Energy Night on Oct. 17

The MIT Energy Night will take place on Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the MIT Museum.  Hosted annually at the MIT Museum and organized entirely by students, the MIT Energy Night is a celebration of ingenuity, innovation, and imagination that features over 70 interactive poster presentations from every energy affiliated department at MIT as well as early stage start-ups based on MIT technologies.  Presentation topics span conventional energies, renewable energies, energy storage, energy efficiency, and other areas.  Complimentary food and soft beverages will be provided.  The event is free and open to the general public.  No registration is required.  See the website for more information.

October 16, 2014

Samantha Sutton

Career Engineering 101: How to find the career you really want… and have the guts to go get it! Oct 16

Do you ever wish you could find a career that you are truly passionate about or doubt you are “good enough” to make your dream career happen? Then on Thursday, October 16 at 5:30 attend Career Engineering 101, an interactive seminar featuring speaker Dr. Samantha Sutton that dares you to step outside of your current mindset to see yourself and your passions from a new and exciting perspective. You will learn the tools to cultivate a mindset that works for you, not against you. Using principles of neuroscience, positive psychology, and life coaching, find a “you” that you can believe in whole-heartedly and confidently pursue the career that is right for you. A well known life coach, Sutton also holds a Ph.D. in science and engineering from MIT. With her unique combination of science and coaching, she has created a ‘life engineering’ methodology to teach you how to achieve a career you love, build great relationships, master your time, and overcome negative emotions like anxiety and anger that have you paralyzed. Register and learn more about this free event open to everyone. The seminar takes place on the 5th floor of Venture Café in the Cambridge Innovation Center (One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142). Visitors must comply with Venture Cafe attendance policies. The event is cosponsored by GW@MIT, GECD, Brain and Cognitive Science, the Venture Cafe.

October 16, 2014


Children’s Diwali Party Oct. 18

Come celebrate the Indian festival of light at the Children’s Diwali Party on October 18th at 4PM in Westgate lounge. There will be an Indian dance class, snacks, crafts, painting with colored salt, and lantern making. For questions, contact Register here. Photo by sowrirajan s.

October 14, 2014

beth galston

Galston featured in new exhibition at Peabody Essex Museum

Beth Galston (SMVisS’81) is featured in a new show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA called Branching Out: Trees as Art. Galston is a sculptor who builds architectural-scale environments based on a interest in light and the quality of space. Using delicate materials such as metal mesh, resin, and plants, she creates multilayered spaces through which viewers move and interact. For this exhibition, Galston created a 300-foot rope made of acorn caps she collected from under a single red oak in Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. The exhibit will be on view through September 20, 2015.

October 14, 2014

Ken Reid

Comedy Night with Ken Reid Oct. 14

Join us for another MIT Comedy Night, with headliner Ken Reid (Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, Riot LA Festival) on Tuesday, October 14 at 8PM at the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35). Snacks and soda provided. 21+ govt ID & MIT ID required for entry. Please have ID ready to show at the door. If you have questions, please contact

October 13, 2014

path of professorship

Path of Professorship 2014: Deadline EXTENDED to Oct. 18

Path of Professorship will have its annual 1.5 day workshop on Friday, November 1th and Saturday, November 16th. This workshop provides women who are considering academic careers in science, technology, engineering and math with insights, tools, strategies and insider information that will help them to be successful in their job search and on the tenure track. Over the course of the workshop, participants will hear from more than 20 extraordinary women faculty from diverse institutions, and they will have an opportunity to network with approximately 70 women with similar aspirations. Preference is given to graduate students who are within 2 years of degree completion. Applications are due by October 18. For more information and to apply, visit here.

October 13, 2014

invisible majority

Fall Soap Box: The Invisible Majority Oct. 14

On Tuesday, 10/14: 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, join us on a discussion about “The Invisible Majority.” Most fossils are too small to see since most of life’s history is microbial. However it is possible to identify signatures of microbial life in rocks. Find out what they tell us, and how might we use them to recognize life elsewhere. Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. For more information, visit the MIT Museum.

October 13, 2014

de florez fund

De Florez Fund for Humor deadline Oct. 13

Think you’re funny? Prove it!  Apply for a grant from the de Florez Fund for Humor. That’s right, at MIT you can be funded for being funny. Each year, the de Florez Fund supports projects that pass the hilarity test. Are you funny enough to meet the challenge? MIT students, staff, and faculty can all apply for funding. Proposals for grants under $500 are considered on a rolling basis, throughout the year. Proposals for larger amounts are accepted once a semester, in fall and spring of each academic year. The 2014 fall due date is October 13, 2014. Get more information or apply now.

October 11, 2014

ballroom dance

Ballroom Social: Dancing through the Decades Oct. 11

Join us for Ballroom Social: Dancing through the Decades on October 11 at 7:30PM at the Sala de Puerto Rico. Come dressed as your favorite decade and participate in our costume contest! Free foxtrot lesson with admission at 7:30PM and general dancing begins at 8PM. This event is free for MIT students, $6 for other students, $8 for MIT affiliates, and $10 for others.

October 10, 2014

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CODE @ MIT on Oct. 10-11

Come to the Conference on Digital Experimentation at MIT (CODE) on Friday and Saturday, October 10th and 11th, 2014 at MIT Sloan.  The purpose of the conference is to bring together leading researchers conducting and analyzing large scale randomized experiments in digitally mediated social and economic environments, in various scientific disciplines including economics, computer science and sociology, in order to lay the foundation for ongoing relationships and to build a lasting multidisciplinary research community.  The Fireside Panel from 6 – 7:30pm on Friday is free and open to the public.  Visit the website for more information.

October 10, 2014

open tunings

One and One Less live Performance Oct. 10

MIT List Visual Arts Center presents One and One Less: A Spoken Word and Percussion Performance Installation featuring David Grubbs and Eli Keszler. This performance is part of the Open Tunings exhibition series. Join us on October 10 at 6PM at the List Visual Arts Center (E15). This event is free and open to all. For questions, please contact Visit here for more information about the show.

October 10, 2014

la scala

La Scala Chamber Orchestra Oct. 10

The La Scala Chamber Orchestra presents “The Eight Seasons,” a program featuring the music of Vivaldi and Piazzolla, on Friday, October 10th at 7PM in the Kresge Auditorium. All are invited but free tickets are required. Please register via Eventbrite. This program is presented by eni and MIT. MIT has a strategic alliance with the Italian energy company eni, a relationship forged when eni became a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative, and it is through eni’s position as a corporate ambassador for the La Scala Chamber Orchestra that we are fortunate to host this concert. Please join on October 10 for a wonderful celebration of our partnership, our community, and the arts at MIT.

October 10, 2014


Take Back the Night Oct. 10

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in an effort to give voice to the survivors of violence, their stories will be read on the steps of the Student Center on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 7:00pm.  If you would like to submit your story to be read, visit this page.  If you would like to read someone’s anonymous story, sign up here.

October 9, 2014


FACTS Climate and Economy Conference Oct. 9

The FACTS Climate and Economy Conference will be held on October 9th at 4PM at the Wong Auditorium. Building up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be hosted by France in December 2015 (COP 21-Paris Climate 2015), the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States are organizing events with the goal of promoting Canadian and American public engagement with climate challenges. Theses conferences are open to a general public and aim at raising awareness about COP21, bringing new ideas and promote innovations to fight Climate Change. FACTS is a public conference series that will take place in seven cities in the United States and Canada involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures, journalists and leaders of the cleantech industry. For more information, visit here or register for this free event here.

October 9, 2014


Dussehra Celebration on Oct. 9

Join MIT Sangam on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Lobdell Dining Hall to celebrate Dussehra amidst fun activities, Indian snacks, and chai!  Auditions for Sangam’s flagship event, Diwali Night, will also be held in parallel.  Sign up is available here.  Contact for more information.

October 9, 2014

list art opening

Opening Reception at List Visual Arts Center Oct. 9

Enjoy an opening reception for the List Visual Arts Center’s fall shows: “Thea Djordjadze” and “Opening Tunings” on October 9 at 5PM at E15.  Get to know your friendly, on-campus contemporary art museum! Enjoy free food and drinks while meeting art lovers from across Boston. Visit here to discover more about the exhibitions. For more information, please contact

October 8, 2014

mit center for entrepreneurship

Cleantech Entrepreneurs Panel Oct. 8

Four entrepreneurs with varying backgrounds will discuss their paths to entrepreneurship, their experiences starting companies, and their advice for those thinking about pursuing entrepreneurship on Wednesday, October 8th at 7PM at E40-160. Panelists: Melinda Sims founded Loci Controls and has a PhD and SM from MIT in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Sarah Haig founded Silverside Detectors and has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University. Eliza Becton founded Refresh Water and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and a Master of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Emily Reichert is the CEO of Greentown Labs and has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and an MBA from MIT. RSVP here.

October 8, 2014


Technology and Policy Student Society Pizza Night Oct. 8

Come join the Technology and Policy Student Society for pizza and conversation on October 8 at 4:30 PM at the Muddy Charles Pub (MIT Building 50). This event is co-sponsored by the GSC Funding Board and is open to all in the MIT community. For questions, please contact Photo by Robert Duncan.

October 7, 2014

Susan Solomon

Prof. Susan Solomon: How We Learned to Love Environmental Challenges Oct. 8

The MIT Sidney Pacific/Presidential Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series presents A Brief History of How We Learned to Love Environmental Challenges and Why We Will Again by Professor Susan Solomon on Wednesday, October 8th at 6PM at the Mark Multipurpose Room at the Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence. This event is open to all students. RSVP here. For questions, please contact

October 7, 2014

life on earth

Fall Soap Box: Origins of Life on Earth Oct. 7

Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. On Tuesday, October 7, from 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, discuss the Origins of Life on Earth. Discover what we can we infer about the origin of life from the genomes of living organisms and what the geological record tell us about the Earth’s environments during life’s beginnings. What does this mean for the search for life beyond Earth? For more information, visit here. Photo by Peter.

October 7, 2014


MLK Luncheon Series: Dr. Coco Fusco “Dangerous Moves” Oct. 8

The Institute Community Equity Office (ICEO) invites you to attend the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Seminar Series presentation of the term:  Dr. Coco Fusco, MLK Visiting Scholar-Comparative Media Studies & Writing Department, will present “Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba” on Wednesday, October 8th from 12:00 to 1:30 pm in the Chipman Room (6-104). Lunch will be served. The ICEO is delighted to coordinate the hosting of these distinguished MIT’s MLK, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars who representing a broad range of academic disciplines. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at  More information is available about the MLK Visitors program and the current scholars.

October 6, 2014


Celebrating Youth Leadership in Bangladesh Study Break Oct. 6

Bangladeshi Students Association will be hosting Ejaj Ahmad, founder of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center on October 6 at 6PM in West Lounge, Student Center (W20-201). Learn about internship opportunities in Bangladesh and enjoy delicious Bangladeshi snacks!

October 3, 2014

iron chef

Edgerton Iron Chef Competition Oct. 4

Are you ready to show off your cooking/baking skills? The Iron Chef Competition is returning to Edgerton House on Saturday, October 4 at 1PM at Edgerton Large Lounge (NW10)! Cooking will be from 1-5 PM and the public tasting will be from 5-6 PM. Three gift certificate prizes of up to $50 will be offered to the winning teams! Teams can consist of MIT graduate students from ANY residence hall. Each team will get a reimbursement for ingredients used up to $30, and should prepare to make food that can be shared among 3-6+ people. A special theme ingredient will be announced at the competition, and entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges. For questions, please contact

October 3, 2014

stage beauty

Free screening of ‘Stage Beauty’ and popcorn Oct. 4

The MIT Shakespeare Ensemble presents Stage Beauty. See a free movie with popcorn on Saturday, October 4th at 8PM at the Kresge BBQ Pits and Lawn. The movie is set in 17th-century England, and – with only male actors allowed on stage – Ned Kynaston is London’s best “female” performer. But when Ned’s pride gets the best of him and he insults an aspiring actress (who happens to be the King’s mistress), the King decrees that only female actresses can play female parts. Ned is rejected by the new London stage. The only person willing to help him is Maria, Ned’s former assistant…who also took his role as Desdemona. Can Ned swallow his pride long enough to accept her help? For questions, email For more details, visit here.

October 3, 2014

Fall Fest! 2014

Fall Fest Comedy Show feat. HBO’s Silicon Valley stars Oct. 4

Come take a break and treat yourself to some laughter and good times at the Fall Fest Comedy Show on Saturday October 4th at 8 PM in Kresge Auditorium! This year’s fest will feature standup from HBO’s Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch and Kumail Nanjiani.  Tickets are on sale now for $10 for MIT students and for $15 for the whole MIT community. Doors open at 7pm.

October 2, 2014

2014 Hackathon

Hacking Arts Oct. 3-5

The 2nd Annual Hacking Arts will be October 3 – 5. Hacking Arts is the MIT festival and hackathon that explores the intersection of arts & entertainment, technology and entrepreneurship. Hosted at MIT’s Media Lab, Hacking Arts is designed to inspire new advances in the creative industries by fostering collaboration among entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and engineers. Hacking Arts 2014 is even bigger than last year! The event has grown from two to three days and now includes a live kick-off performance by Grammy-nominated artist Ryan Leslie; a Hackathon ideation session led by Kiran Gandhi, M.I.A.’s lead drummer; incredible panelists such as Benji Rogers, CEO of Pledgemusic; Elliot Lum, VP of Strategic Marketing at Columbia Records; and Marco Tempest, cyber illusionist; virtual reality demos and insights from panelists like Laird Malamed from Oculus Rift; amazing APIs to hack on and fantastic prizes. Visit here for a full schedule and to register.

October 2, 2014


Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions Oct. 3

On October 3, 2014, 9 am-3:30 pm, at the Best Western Royal Plaza (181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752), attend a day-long workshop about teaching at regional comprehensives, community colleges, and liberal arts schools. Free and open to all PhD students, adjunct faculty members, recent PhDs, and anyone interested in a faculty position at a teaching-intensive institution, this event will provide guidance, information, and skills necessary to a profession of enlightening the minds of others. In addition to job counseling, there will also be sessions on Work-Life Balance, Teaching-Research Balance, What You Need to Know About Community Colleges, Engaging Your Inner Entrepreneur as a Junior Faculty Member, Giving Student Feedback, and more! Photo by Forty Two.

October 2, 2014

Work Life Seminar

Work-Life Center’s Fall Seminar Series

MIT Work-Life’s Center is proud to launch its Fall Seminar Series. Its presenters, who are experts in their fields, will share research-based strategies, tips, and information on more than 25 topics, including eldercare; grief and loss; adoption; parenting black children, teens and LGBTQ youth; parenting teens and young adults with mental illness; paying for college; mindfulness to reduce stress and maintain focus; and navigating life as a young professionals. All seminars are free of charge and open to the entire MIT community and their families; however, registration is required.

October 1, 2014

Future of Research

Future of Research Symposium Oct. 2-3

The Future of Research Symposium is a postdoc-organized meeting on October 2-3rd at Boston University’s CGS Auditorium. We will focus on factors shifting the landscape of scientific research: tight budgets, evolving models of both publishing and evaluation, and questions about training and workforce stability. Talks and panel discussions will be followed by highly interactive workshops designed to give students and postdocs a voice in the ongoing dialog about policies that shape our scientific future. After the symposium, we will generate a consensus opinion to be published and circulated to administrators, journals, and policy-makers. Register here!

October 1, 2014

Silent Technical Privilege

Challenging Technical Privilege Oct. 3

Challenging Technical Privilege: How Race and Gender Matter will be on Friday, October 3 from 12-2 PM in W20-307 (Mezzanine Lounge). Silent Technical Privilege occurs when those who “look the part,” or conform to society’s stereotype of what a tech-savvy, number-crunching programmer or engineer looks like, receive the benefit of the doubt or implicit endorsement in technical settings. The flipside of Silent Technical Privilege is Stereotype Threat, and other hidden obstacles that those who do not fit the profile often experience in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education or technical careers. Women, particularly women of color, have been largely marginalized and underrepresented in STEM. This interactive symposium will ask how Technical Privilege, Stereotype Threat and other forms of Implicit Bias contribute to this underrepresentation. We aim to highlight, elaborate, and develop strategies to address these issues. Register here.

September 30, 2014

active minds

QPR Suicide Prevention Training Oct. 1

In honor of Suicide Prevention Month – please join Active Minds@MIT for their upcoming QPR training session on Wednesday, October 1 at 11:45 AM in the Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307). QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Register here.

September 30, 2014


Cultrunners Workshop, Symposium & Lecture Oct. 1-6

CULTURUNNERS is an artistic expedition seeking to promote empathy across borders. Private workshops on October 1-3. Public symposium is on October 5 and a public lecture on October 6. Over the next three years, artists and curators from MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), the Freer & Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institute, and Edge of Arabia (EOA), in partnership with Art Jameel, will set out to explore, communicate, and archive interconnected cultural histories between the Middle East and the United States.  These artistic journeys and institutional collaborations will allow for grassroots encounters, linking creative individuals across physical and psychological borders. The development of innovative cultural technologies to support artists in exploring and communicating alternative, and often unofficial, histories across cultures will be at the heart of the project. For more details, visit here.

September 30, 2014

word press

Introduction to Creating Websites Using WordPress Oct. 1

Learn the basics of WordPress and build your own website in 3 hours on October 1st at 7:30 PM at E62-250. Bring your laptops — this session is interactive. This introduction is best suited for people with little or no programming experience. A MIT Kerberos account required. If you do not already have a WordPress account through MIT, please come at 7:00 and we will help you set this up. RSVP here. If you have questions, please contact


September 30, 2014

Community Picnic

Community Picnic for Mary Rowe Sep. 30

Come help us honor Ombusperson Mary Rowe for more than 40 years of service to the Institute on Tuesday, September 30th at noon in Killian Court. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a picnic celebrating MIT’s culture of service. Donations of non-perishable food, school supplies, and books will be accepted at the picnic and will benefit our neighbors in Cambridge. For questions, please contact Rebecca Tyler at

September 29, 2014


MIT Community: All Doors Open Sep. 29

Over the last six months, our community has experienced many painful losses, at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty levels. MIT is a big, busy, distributed place, and there is no hall that will hold all 23,000 of us. So we invite you to participate in something that we have never tried before. We are calling it All Doors Open: Monday, September 29th at noon, we ask that everyone at MIT stop what they are doing and take 15 minutes or so to remember those we have lost, reflect on how their deaths have affected us and think broadly about how we as a community should respond. We urge you to open your doors, literally. Gather together – or get up, walk around and engage the people nearby, those you know already and those you don’t. If you prefer, we hope you will take the time for focused private reflection. If you wish, Community Wellness at MIT Medical is offering a special session of Meditation for Your Wellbeing; a guided meditation will focus on reconnecting with each other and finding balance in our busy lives. All are welcome. So that we can capture the wisdom, ideas and energy of the whole community, we also encourage you to share your insights at the following address:

September 29, 2014


Teach for America IAP Info Session Sep. 30

The MIT Public Service Center and Teach For America have teamed up to offer MIT students an exciting opportunity for IAP 2015. Spend your IAP solving problems that matter, learn about America’s education system, and make a difference for kids — all expenses paid. Please join us for an info session September 30, 7-8 pm, Building 4-231. Ever wonder what it is like to teach in a small, rural school or a big inner-city classroom? Want to inspire kids about science and math? Want to learn about educational change and policy? Or, have you wondered what Teach For America is like, and do not want to wait to find out? If you have questions, please contact

September 26, 2014

Jeffrey Grossman

Student-Faculty Dinner with Prof. Grossman Oct. 1

The GSC proudly hosts a student-faculty dinner which will be held on Wednesday, October 1st featuring Professor Jeffrey C Grossman. The dinner will be at 6PM, location TBD. Professor Grossman is in Department of Materials Science and Engineering and working on theoretic physics and energy applications.  He has appeared on a number of television shows recently to discuss new materials for energy including the Fred Friendly PBS series and the Ecopolis program on the Discovery Channel. This will be an excellent chance to talk with Professor Grossman about his research, your interests, employment, or MIT matters in general in an informal setting. As seating will be limited, we will need to restrict attendees to those meeting several of our qualifications. Sign up here! If you have any questions, please contact

September 26, 2014

Indian Dance

MITHAS presents Poetry in Motion Sep. 28

MITHAS presents: Poetry in Motion, an array of Indian Dance forms with dancers from the Greater Boston Area, on Sunday, September 28 at 3PM in the Kresge Auditorium. Free for MITHAS members and MIT students. Admission: $30, students & seniors: $10. Please check here or contact us at for final listings as changes may occur. Photo by Brendan.

September 26, 2014


2014 European Short Film Festival Sep. 26 – 28

Please join us for the 10th Anniversary of the European Short Film Festival at MIT from September 26 to 28 in Room 10-250. There is a good reason to celebrate: For the past 10 years, the European Short Film Festival at MIT has offered a unique selection of recent short films from all over Europe – most of them screened for the first time in the US. Whether it’s ground-breaking cinematic experiments, unconventional comedies, imaginative animation, original documentaries or tense dramas, it’s all part of the wide-ranging programming for the ESFF’s much-anticipated weekend with screenings starting on Friday at 7:00 pm, an all-ages program on Saturday at 3:00 pm, adult themes on Saturday night at 7:00 pm and experimental films on Sunday at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit here.

September 25, 2014

ODL open house 2014

MIT Office of Digital Learning Open House Sep. 29

Join the MIT Office of Digital Learning for their Open House on September 29th from 11AM to 1PM in the Bush Room (10-105). Stop by to explore MITx and OCW, meet the Director of Digital Learning and the ODL team, and learn how to get involved. For more information, visit here.

September 25, 2014


Engineering Systems Division Fall BBQ Sep. 25

Join the Engineering Systems Division for our Fall BBQ at Thirsty Ear – Ashdown BBQ Pits on September 25 at 6PM. This event is organized by the ESD and TPP student societies and sponsored by the GSC Funding Board. If you have questions, please contact Photo by Allen Chu.

September 24, 2014


IEEE/IBM Smarter Planet Challenge: Apply by Oct. 1

IBM and IEEE are in search of creative team-based student projects that can help students at any level learn about applying engineering, science and other disciplines to solve real world problems. It’s a great opportunity to put your engineering skills to use and earn cash prizes too! The competition is open to college/university students from all geographic locations. Student teams should have three to five team members in any year of university study. At least one team member must be an IEEE member. The application deadline is October 1st. To learn more, visit here or email

September 24, 2014

Grad Arts

GSC Fourth Annual Natural History Gala Sep. 26

Join the MIT GSC and Grad Arts Forum for the year’s first graduate gala at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Friday, September 26th at 7:30 PM. Hor d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served and a live jazz band will perform. Try out the new Grad Rat! This event is 21+ only and you may bring a guest who is also 21+. Kids under 10 are also welcome. Dress to impress! If you have any questions, please contact For more information and to register, visit here.

September 23, 2014

Energy and Resources in the Wider Boston Area Sep. 25

Are you new to Boston and looking to get plugged in, or maybe just getting closer to graduating and considering jobs or internships in the energy field? Are you working in energy and want to meet others who are as well? Then don’t miss this introduction to the Boston clean energy ecosystem! On Thursday, September 25th at 7:30 PM in MIT room 6-120, important experts and members of this area of interest will guide you through the resources and events that make Boston one of the most vibrant energy communities in the world. Look forward to speakers Alicia Barton, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC); Peter Rothstein, President of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC); and Martha Broad, Executive Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)! This event is part of Energy Week. Photo by Trey Ratcliff.

September 23, 2014


Technology and Policy Program Social Sep. 24

The Technology and Policy Program will be having a social at the Muddy Charles Pub in Walker on Wednesday, September 24 at 4:30 PM. Come hang out with TPP after classes and enjoy great conversation and delicious food. There will be pizza and other refreshments provided. All are welcome! If you have questions, please contact

September 22, 2014


Dronological: The Art and Science of Unmanned Systems Lecture Sep. 22

The MIT program in art, culture and technology presents Dronological: The Art and Science of Unmanned Systems – A Tactical Transect across a Complex Techno-Social Domain by Marko Peljhan on Monday, September 22nd at 7PM in the Bartos Theater (E15-070). Unmanned aircraft systems have recently been rediscovered due to their use in the so-called “war on terror,” but are an invention more than 100 years old. The lecture will explore the histories and interconnectedness of these systems with geopolitical, scientific, techno-social, tactical media and conceptual contexts. It will also present cases of their real and imagined appearances, uses, and disappearances in order to track the potential future vectors of utilization and concurrent reflection. The lecture is free and open to the public.

September 22, 2014

Therapy dogs

Therapy dogs at the Libraries this Fall

The MIT Libraries have a lot of new exciting events planned for the Fall. New homepage, resources and upcoming events including the first Friday of every month for therapy dogs! For more information, visit the Library news page. If you have questions, contact Courtney Crummett, the HST Librarian, at


September 19, 2014

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IronNerd: Super Sprint Triathlon Sep. 21

On Sunday September 21 at 9 AM, test your physical abilities at the 2014 IronNerd Super Sprint Triathlon! The race, hosted by MIT Triathlon, is on campus, starting at the Z Center Plaza with a 200 yard indoor swim, followed by a 4.8 mile bike ride along Amherst Alley, and finishing with a 0.9 mile run around West Campus. Preregister for only $10! Register for $15 on race day. The event is open to everyone, so invite your friends and see who is the true IronNerd! Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details.

September 19, 2014

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Tang Hall Welcome Fall Equinox Brunch Sep. 20

Saturday September 20th, 11AM -12:30 PM, Tang Hall is welcoming back all graduate students with the Tang Hall Welcome Fall Equinox Brunch, the first brunch of the semester. Come join fellow graduate students in enjoying scrumptious breakfast foods outdoors with a wonderful view of the Charles River. Meet new residents and mingle with old. The brunch will take place out on Tang Hall Lawn (Rain Location: Tang 24th Floor lounge). Please bring your own plates and utensils to help MIT go green. This event is open to all MIT Graduate students. Photo by Adam Fagen.

September 18, 2014

MIT Bike Auction

Parking Office and MIT Police Bike Auction Sep. 19

The MIT Police and the Parking & Transportation Office will hold a bicycle auction of old or abandoned bicycles. The auction will be on Friday, September 19, at noon at 290 Albany Street in Cambridge (close to Fort Washington). The lot will open at 11:30AM for an opportunity to preview the bicycles that are up for auction. Proceeds from the auction go towards campus bicycle initiatives. MIT makes no representations as to the condition of the equipment to be made available for auction. In all respects, transfer of ownership of equipment is made from MIT to the assenting buyer in “as is” condition.

Note: A valid and current MIT ID is required to participate. Payment options include cash or local check, with proper ID. For more information about the bicycle auction, email

September 17, 2014


Sangam Orientation Social Sep. 18

MIT Sangam welcomes all new graduate students. Join them Thursday, September 18th at 7PM in the Stata R&D Commons (Bldg. 32-G401) to meet fellow graduate students, old friends, and make some new ones! Find out about upcoming events and how to get involved. Dinner will be served. For more details, visit here. Contact with any questions.

September 15, 2014

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MIT Canadians Club Research Symposium Sep. 15

Join the MIT Canadians Club on September 15, 6-9 PM in 1-190 at 6pm and building 32 location at 7:45pm for their first event of the term, the MIT Canadians Club Research Symposium! The night begins with an excellent guest lecture by Professor Gabor Fichtinger from Queen’s University, followed by a poster session showcasing the research of Canadians at MIT. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. Come out to meet new friends and learn about what Canadians are up to at MIT! Everyone is welcome!

September 12, 2014

Energy Women

Evening with U.S. C3E ambassadors Sep. 15

The U.S. Clean Energy, Education, and Empowerment (C3E) Ambassadors will be gathering in September for the annual Women in Clean Energy Symposium. Join a select group of these ambassadors for a special night on September 15, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM in Room 4-163 to learn about their careers – important decisions made, challenges overcome, as well as the trends they see in clean energy technology and policy that will influence tomorrow’s energy landscape. Panelists include Rose McKinney-James, Managing Principal of Energy Works LLC and President of McKinney-James & Associates; Kim Saylors-Laster, VP of Energy for Walmart; Dymphna van der Lans, CEO of the Clinton Climate Initiative; Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, and Dian Grueneich, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University with a long history of government service. Take a look at full bios of the panelists and learn more about C3E! Networking begins at 6:30, and the panel at 7:00. Snacks will also be provided! An RSVP is requested for this event.

September 12, 2014

Eastgate BBQ

Eastgate Welcome BBQ Sep. 13

Eastgate Community Association welcomes the MIT community to join them for a delicious BBQ feast on Saturday, September 13 from 1-4PM at the Eastgate Courtyard (E55). Please bring your own utensils to reduce waste. Contact with questions. Photo by Thomas van der Weerd.

September 11, 2014

MIt Maker Fairee

MIT Mini Maker Faire calling for Makers: Apply by Sep. 15!

MIT is hosting its first Mini Maker Faire, an event to celebrate all makers! The mission of Maker Faire is to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages and backgrounds through the public gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. Have something you want to share in the spirit of the greatest show (and tell) on earth? All projects are welcome, including academic/research projects and hobbies; applications are due by September 15. Want to get inspired? Check out the history of Maker Faire. The Mini Maker Faire will be on October 4, at the North Court and Stata Center. For more information and to sign to volunteer as a helper, visit the MIT Mini Maker Faire website. Sponsored in part by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

September 10, 2014


Alumni Leadership Conference Graduate Poster Reception Sep. 19

The Alumni Leadership Conference Graduate Poster Reception, one of the largest Alumni Leadership Conferences held at MIT, is coming up on Friday September 19th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM in La Sala de Puerto Rico in the Student Center. Come meet and network with MIT alumni in various leadership positions at MIT and share your research with them! Sign up for one of a limited number of positions as a graduate student presenter and show off your poster full of your cutting edge research! The Alumni Association will be giving each presenter a $10 Amazon gift card. The deadline for signing up is September 12th at 5 PMPhoto by Benjamin Golub.

September 9, 2014

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Water Opportunities Workshop (Sep. 12)

Come to the Water Opportunities Workshop this Friday September 12th2:30-6:00pm in room 34-101. The workshop is an annual event hosted by MIT Water Club and Imagine H2O (iH2O), a San Francisco-based non-profit. It is historically well-attended and comprised of three segments: a panel discussion, a business ideation session, and a reception. The panel discussion is moderated by iH2O COO Scott Bryan and consists of four panelists from academia, industry, startups, and government. The panel lineup so far for this year includes Karen Golmer from New England Water Innovation Network, Justin Buck from Cambrian Innovation and Christina Chase from The Martin Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. The business ideation session allows the audience to split into roundtable groups to discuss concepts and share ideas on Infrastrucutre in Water, the theme for this year’s iH2O challenge. The event will end with a catered reception. RSVP for this event.

September 8, 2014


2015 MIT Global Startup Workshop info session Sep. 10

Interested in entrepreneurship with a global impact? Apply to be a part of the organizing committee for the 2015 MIT Global Startup Workshop! MIT GSW is a student-led initiative that is dedicated to fostering cross-cultural connections and building entrepreneurial ecosystems throughout the world. The annual Workshop brings together hundreds of international attendees and features three days of panel discussions, networking, cultural activities, and elevator pitch and business plan competitions. MIT GSW is currently recruiting conference committee members for the MIT Global Startup Workshop to be held in Guatemala City, Guatemala over the spring break in March 2015. This is a great opportunity to be a part of the 2015 organizing team! To learn more, come to the MIT GSW information session on Wednesday September 10th at 7pm in 32-G449. Dinner will be provided!

September 8, 2014

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t=0 Fesival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Sep. 8-13

An event and exhibition that brings together MIT student clubs, startups, organizations, projects and labs, t=0 is hosting a variety of famous MIT professors and other speakers who have gathered to discuss some of the compelling innovations they are working on right now. Monday through Thursday, September 8-11, come to Innovation Nights to learn about the most innovative technologies and get to know some rockstar MIT startups in specific industries! The Innovation Expo will be on Saturday September 13, and it will be an entire day dedicated to showing off innovation taking place across MIT from clubs, startups and organizations. Also, there is free food! For more information and to RSVP visit the event website. Photo by Nietnagel.

August 29, 2014


Fun with flower arranging Aug. 31

Join Westgate residents on August 31 at 2pm to make a flower arrangement! No experience necessary; children 5 years old and up are welcome to participate. Participants will meet in the Westgate BBQ Area, or Westgate Lounge in case of rain. Register here to attend. Contact with any questions.

August 26, 2014


Israeli Dancing Aug. 27

The MIT Folk Dancing Club and Hillel MIT are planning an night filled with Israeli Dancing for Wednesday, August 27th, to take place 32-044, the Stata Center basement. Teaching and beginner dances will start at 8:00 pm, followed by open requests until 11:00 pm+. Kosher snacks will be provided. The event is free for all MIT students. Don’t miss out on the fun! The event begins at 8:00 pm and will end at 11:30 pm. Email with any questions. Photo by Embassy Tel Aviv

August 21, 2014


Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner Aug. 22

Enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with fellow MIT grad students on Friday, August 22nd, at 7:30 pm. RSVP to the event by sending an email to Isaac Oderberg at The dinner will take place in the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. Photo by Julie.

August 15, 2014


Free weekly yoga and meditation on Saturdays

Join the Art of Living at MIT every Saturday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm for some fun, relaxing yoga and meditation. These sessions are held year-round in 24-121 and feature group dance warmups, sun salutations, the lotus yoga sequence, pranayama, and meditation. In addition, the group participates in fun mindfulness games on days prior to the ‘YesPlus’ happiness workshops. If interested, please RSVP online or contact with any questions. Photo by Tucker Sherman.

August 15, 2014


Indian Independence Day Celebrations Aug. 16

MIT Sangam is inviting the MIT student body to join them in celebrating the Indian Independence Day on Saturday, August 16th, beginning at 11:30 am. Meet the organization at 11:30 am at the Student Center steps for the flag hoisting ceremony. Free lunch and a discussion led by the Association for India’s Development (AID-MIT) will follow afterwards at 12:00 pm at 1-190. If interested, signup for the event and and contact MIT Sangam at with any questions. Photo by T. A Joseph.