Category Archives: Events

April 24, 2014

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Pfizer Executives at MIT Apr. 25

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Belen Carrillo, Pfizer Group Senior Vice President of Research and Development, and Jose Carlos Gutierrez, Group Senior Director of Biotherapeutics Research and Development, as part of the Spain@MIT Industry Series on Friday, April 25th, 2014 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in MIT Room 56-114.  Come learn about Pfizer’s most innovative research and business dilemmas as well as their perspective on diversity and inclusion.  Light refreshments will be served.  Contact spaniards-request@mit.edu for more information.

April 24, 2014

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International Conference on Transatlantic Literature Apr. 24-25

Come to Spaces of Dialogue: International Conference on Transatlantic Literature from Thursday to Friday, April 24th through 25th, 2014.  Explore space, how the human experience revolves around it, and how this has been one of the common tropes of literature.  No matter the nature of the written or oral text, the common frame has been the interaction between men and women locked up within a frame – be that domestic, work, or even natural – in which and against which the self is defined.  The aim of this conference is to revise, revisit, and question the meaning and cultural impact of such spaces and the physical. psychological, and aesthetic distance between them.  Through the lens of comparitive literature, this conference attempt to bring together scholars working on American, Latin American, South American, and/or European literary studies so as to delve into the complexities of spatial constructions and depictions with the written piece.  Everybody is welcome, but admittance will be on a first-come first-served basis.  The keynote speakers are Mary Gaylord, Sosland Family Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, and IIan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College.  More information is available hereSee the conference schedule here.

April 24, 2014

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Community Response to Sexual Assault at MIT TODAY

Join the Chancellor Cindy Barnhart at the community conversation event Breaking Silence: A Community Response to Sexual Assault @ MIT on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 6:30pm in MIT Building W20, PDR 1&2.  Discuss the problem of sexual assault at MIT, as well as to create a shared hope for the future.  All members of the MIT community are welcome to join in this conversation, which will include space to look forward to possible solutions, space to reflect, and space to just listen and observe.  Please RSVP here!

April 23, 2014

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Make the Leap on Apr. 24!

The MIT Consulting Club is holding their next big event, Make the Leap, on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in MIT Room 1-190.  Make the Leap brings together a panel of ex-graduate students who have embarked on careers at top consulting firms.  The event addresses the transition process from graduate school to life as a consultant.  More specifically, the moderated panel will discuss why and how to make the transition, how an advanced degree fits into a consulting career, the application process and interview tips, among other interesting topics.  Participating firms include BCG, ClearView, Exponent, McKinsey & Company, and Putnam Associates.  The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A, so attendees can ask their own questions.  Dinner will be provided.

April 23, 2014

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Informal dinner with Professor Edmund Bertschinger TONIGHT

Are you interested in having an informal dinner with one of many MIT professors?  The next GSC student-faculty dinner will be on Wednesday, April, 23rd, 2014 at 6:00pm with Professor Edmund Bertschinger.  Professor Bertschinger is a physics professor working on cosmology and astrophysics.  As a member of the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, he leads a research program studying dark energy and dark matter.  This is a great change to talk with Professor Bertschinger about his research, your interests, jobs, MIT in general, in a less formal and less crowded way.  The first eight students who sign up will go the dinner.  However, please sign up even if there are already more than eight students, as the next few people will be on the wait list in case there are any last minute cancellations.  For more information, contact alina-22@mit.edu.

April 23, 2014

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YesPlus: Stress Management & Happiness Workshop (Apr. 25-29)

Attend YesPlus, a stress management and happiness workshop April 25-29, 6-10PM (Friday, Monday, and Tuesday) and 10AM-6PM (Saturday and Sunday). 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. Tuition is $250. Register now. Photo by Cornelia Kopp.

April 22, 2014

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MLK Luncheon featuring Julio D’Arcy Apr. 23

The Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) invites you to attend the next MLK Luncheon Seminar Series presentation.  This series highlights the work of MIT’s MLK, Jr. Visiting Scholars and Professors.  The next luncheon seminar in this series is on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in MIT Room E51-372.  Lunch will be served.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at sfenty@mit.edu.  Julio D’Arcy (chemical engineering) will speak about Strong Energy in Plastics.  Julio D’Arcy received his Ph.D in Chemistry at UCLA in June 2012.  His areas of expertise are conjugated polymers, electrochemistry, and thin film composite devices with a particular interest in energy applications.  As an MLK Visiting Scholar he will work closely with Professor Paula Hammond’s research group in the Department of Chemical Engineering.  He will be the new assistant professor of chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis beginning summer 2014.

April 22, 2014

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MIT Earth Week 2014 (Apr. 22-26)

The MIT Earth Day Collaborative is excited to bring Earth Week 2014, starting April 22nd. To kick off Earth Week 2014, stop by the steps of W20 on Tuesday, April 22 between 12:30-2:30pm for delicious ice cream cones and more info! Other featured events during Earth Week include Choose to Reuse, a special Earth Day E-Waste Drive & Art Exhibit, “Finding Enough” – An Exploratory Lunchtime Seminar,  and The Clean Bin Project Screening. Volunteer for a Public Waste Audit at W20 on Friday at 10am. For more schedule information and to sign up for volunteering, visit the MIT Earth Week Page.

April 22, 2014

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Family Week at the List (Apr. 22-24)

Discover exhibitions at the List Visual Arts Center through events just for families during Family Week, April 22nd – 24th, 12-4PM daily. The List will provide hands-on artmaking activities, exhibition tours, and more. Take a look at the full schedule. The events are free and open to all, but best for ages 3 and up No registration is necessary. Just drop in! Photo by sarah.

April 21, 2014

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Cool Science Video Competition Film Showings (Apr. 22)

Students, staff, and faculty have all worked to produce videos that prove that science is cool. Come on Tuesday April 22nd from 7-9 PM to watch them all as a signature event of the Cambridge Science Festival! Many exciting guests will be there, including local radio show hosts. At the end of the showing there will be a public voting and award ceremony. All are welcome. For more details, visit the SciEx website.

April 21, 2014

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CMS Media Spectacle Apr. 28!

The 16th annual CMS Media Spectacle takes place on Monday, April 28th, 2014, at 6:00pm in MIT Room 32-155.  The Media Spectacle showcases video projects of all genres created by MIT students, staff, faculty, and affiliates.  To submit an entry, send your video to Becky Shepardson in MIT Room E15-325 or by email to bshep@mit.edu.  Cash prizes include the Chris Pomiecko Award for Best Undergraduate Entry, as well as awards for Best Non-undergraduate entry, Animation, Experimental, Narrative, Nonfiction/Documentary, and Audience Favorite.  Please include with your submission a contact email address, video title, brief description, and running time.  The maximum running time is 15 min.  Keep in mind that the deadline for submissions is Monday, April 21st, 2014.

April 21, 2014

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Spend some time this Patriots’ Day (Apr. 22) giving back

The MIT Public Service Center is hosting CityDays: Patriots’ Day on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014.  There will be various times and locations to volunteer, including CASPAR, Cradles to Crayons, Greater Boston Food Bank, and more!  The PSC will sponsor round-trip transportation and provide refreshments.  Sign up now to secure your spot!  CityDays are daylong events throughout the year in which the MIT community is encouraged to serve the local community.

April 19, 2014

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Spring Dissertation Bootcamp Apr. 21-May 2

Come to the Spring Dissertation Bootcamp from Monday, April 21st to Friday, May 2nd, 2014.  Enjoy a reserved and quiet space away from your lab and home to write.  Finish your thesis with maximum productivity.  Breakfast is provided each day.  Register  online by Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 5:00pm, and contact gsc-arc@mit.edu for more information.

April 19, 2014

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Cambridge Science Festival through Apr. 27

Come to the Cambridge Science Festival from Saturday, April 19th to Sunday, April 27th, 2014 in the MIT Museum.  Throughout the festival, the MIT Museum in collaboration with the City of Cambridge, community organizations, schools, universities, and businesses hosts a range of performances, discussions, and workshops and activities.  Some of the events will focus on Space Day, Printing 3D Ships, and Science You Can Eat.  Admission throughout the festival is only $10 for adults, and $5 for youth, students, and seniors.  Visit the website for more information.

April 18, 2014

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Volunteer for Ask a Scientist! Apr. 19

Are you passionate about science?  Do you like teaching or explaining things?  Volunteer with the “Ask a Scientist!” team at the Cambridge Science Festival, to be held at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm or from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  Help answer the attending kids’ most intriguing scientific questions!  Register online.  Contact drolnick@mit.edu for more information.

April 18, 2014

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Teaching, Perception, and Public Space: Apr. 18 and 19

“Perception requires involvement,” warns Antoni Muntadas, ACT Professor of the Practice. After twenty-four years of teaching at MIT, Muntadas is retiring this spring to focus on his extensive projects. Spanning over four decades, his art and pedagogy are rich in aphoristic observations. His classes and artistic practice dissect and reveal encoded systems of control and power hierarchies within media culture, architecture, and urban life by examining the intersection of language, media, and public space. On Friday and Saturday, April 18th and 19th, 2014, ACT will host a symposium and exhibition on Public Space to celebrate the legacy of Muntadas’s artistic and educational practice.

Muntadas has marked his students profoundly. Alumnus Matthew Mazzotta, who recently designed Open House, a public theater and community center in York, Louisiana, writes: “Muntadas definitely had a huge influence on my time in grad school and now as a working artist. I still quote him to this day – successful art projects have ‘one point of entry, but many interpretations.’” More information is available here.

April 18, 2014

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Easter Dinner for CASPAR Apr. 19

Join the Graduate Christian Fellowship in cooking an Easter dinner for the CASPAR Homeless Shelter on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, either from 12:00pm to 3:00pm or from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.  Cooking will take place in the CASPAR Shelter, across from Ashdown.  The team will buy food from Costco during the first shift.  During the second shift, the team will cook and serve food at CASPAR.  Contact mit-gcf-steer@mit.edu if you are interested in helping.

April 18, 2014

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Dhoom: The Bollywood Dance Party Apr. 19

Sangam presents the Bollywood Dance Night “DHOOM” on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the Student Center, MIT Room W20-208.  Dance your heart out to super-hit Bollywood numbers as the DJ plays all of your favorite songs.  Dress up in bright Spring colors and get a chance to win some exciting prizes.  Enjoy Indian snacks and drinks as well!  For those affiliated with MIT, admission is free for those who register, otherwise it’s $2 at the door.  For all else, admission is $5 at the door.  Contact sangam-request@mit.edu for more information.

April 17, 2014

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National Differences in an International Classroom Apr. 18

On Friday, April 18 2 PM in 4-237, come to National Differences in an International Classroom, an Xtalk that highlights interesting systematic differences in performance and behaviors for students and countries with different characteristics such as language, internet availability, and income. Dr. Lori Breslow and Dr. Jennifer DeBoer will be speaking. Breslow is director of the Teaching and Learning Lab at MIT and a senior lecturer at Sloan. DeBoer is a post-doctoral associate for education research at TLL. For more information, visit the event page.

April 17, 2014

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Rebecca Richards-Kortum speaking TODAY

As part of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) Distinguished Speaker Series, Rebecca Richards-Kortum of Rice University will speak at MIT on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in MIT Room 3-270.  She is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University.  Her work focuses on translating research that integrates advances in nanotechnology and molecular imaging with microfabrication technologies to develop optical imaging systems that are inexpensive, portable, and provide point-of-care diagnosis.  She will talk about how these low-cost, high-performance optical technologies can meet the health needs of the world.  For more information, visit the IMES website.

April 17, 2014

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Strengthening Partnerships: A Free Interactive Workshop Apr. 19

Therapist Andrew Miser, Ph.D. and Martha Miser, Ph.D. are coming to MIT to give a free half-day workshop on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Stata Center, Star Room (32-D463).  They will provide tools for connecting with each other, communicating effectively, and decreasing daily stress.  The workshop is interactive and for everyone and all types of relationships (couples, individuals, spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends).  Space is limited and registration is required online.  Refreshments will be provided.  Contact gsc-hca-family-chair@mit.edu for more information.

April 17, 2014

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Remembrance for Officer Sean Collier Apr. 18

Friday, April 18th, 2014 marks the first anniversary of the death of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed while protecting our community.  President Rafael Reif says that he, “was a young man with a wonderful spirit of kindness, service, curiosity and play, and an extraordinary ability to touch the hearts of everyone around him. Through the example of his life, and through our shared experience after his death, he taught us the power of community in ways that no one present at the time will ever forget.”

There will be two events honoring Officer Sean Collier’s sacrifice and celebrating his life on Friday, April 18th, 2014.  These events will both take place on MIT’s North Court and are open to the entire MIT community.

  • Ceremony of Remembrance
    9:30am to 10:30am
    This formal ceremony will provide an opportunity to honor Officer Collier, to express respect and gratitude for the MIT Police and all first responders, and to preview renderings of the permanent memorial for Officer Collier designed by Professor Meejin Yoon.
  • Community Picnic and Rally for the “MIT Strong” Marathon Team
    1:00pm to 2:30pm
    This picnic will serve as a rally for the MIT Strong team, a group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are running this year’s Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21st, 2014 to honor Officer Collier and generate support for the Collier Fund at MIT.  If you plan to cheer the team on in person at the Marathon, you may pick up a free “MIT Strong” sign from CopyTech in MIT Room 11-004.

April 16, 2014

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GSC Student-Faculty Dinner with Prof. Solomon Apr. 17

The first GSC student-faculty dinner will take place on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 6:00pm with Professor Frank Solomon.  Professor Solomon is a biology professor working on personalized medicine at the Koch Institute at MIT.  This is a great chance to talk with Professor Solomon about his research, your interests, jobs, or MIT in general, in a less formal and less crowded way.  The first eight students who sign up will go to the dinner.  However, please sign up even if there are already more than eight students, as the next few people will be on a waitlist should there be any last-minute cancellations.  Please sign up here.  Contact alina_22@mit.edu for more information.

April 16, 2014

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Meet Master Printer Jim Stroud Apr. 17

Visit Center Street Studio in Milton, MA and meet with master printer Jim Stroud to explore contemporary printmaking on Thursday, April 17th, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Free transportation will be provided from the MIT campus.  Take this opportunity to view demos of printmaking techniques, browse completed works around the studio, help select a print to be added to the List Visual Art Center’s Student Loan Art Program, and more.  This event is open to MIT graduate students.  Spaces are limited.  Advanced registration is required by emailing cklemens@mit.edu.

April 15, 2014

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AeroAstro Centennial Seminar Series: General Janet Wolfenbarger Apr. 16

The year 2014 marks 100 years of aerospace studies at MIT, and the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is celebrating through a Centennial Seminar Series.  The first seminar will take place on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 10:00am in the Stata Center, Room 123.  The speaker will be General Janet Wolfenbarger, a Course 16 alum and Commander of the Air Force Material Command.  Breakfast will be available prior to the talk.

April 15, 2014

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Climate Change Speaker Series with James Hansen TODAY

Calling all youths (and those young at heart) to action!  As part of the Climate Change Speaker Series, world-famous climate scientist James Hansen will be giving a talk Combatting the Climate Crisis: The Path from Science to Action at MIT on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm in MIT Room 10-250.  Hansen is a former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.  He was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2006.  Contact fossilfree@mit.edu for more information.

April 15, 2014

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SpringFest Concert on Apr. 26!

Tickets are now on sale for MIT Students for the SpringFest Concert, to be held on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 8:00pm in the Z-Center (Johnson Athletic Center).  The doors will open at 7:00pm and will close at 9:30pm.  The concert features Capital Cities and Flosstradamus!  Tickets are $15 for MIT students and $20 for MIT affiliates.  If you’d like to volunteer, register online.  Contact ua-events@mit.edu for more information.

April 14, 2014

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Share your interview experiences on Apr. 15

Interview season is coming to an end.  Did you enjoy talking to people in various positions about your skills, experiences, and personalities?  Did you suffer solving problems with time slowly running out?  Share your interview experiences with fellow students over dinner on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in MIT Room 32-144.  Three recent graduates are invited to talk about their interviewing experiences for academic, engineering, and finance jobs.  Ask questions and get more skills!  No registration is required, but spots and food are limited, so please come on time.  Contact gsc-arc@mit.edu for more information.

April 14, 2014

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5000 Moving Parts at MIT Museum (through Nov. 30)

Melding art, science, history and technology, 5000 Moving Parts features sculptures by Anne Lilly, John Douglas Powers, Takis, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Arthur Ganson in collaboration with sound artist Christina Campanella.

The exhibition looks at the wide range of kinetic art being made now: from work that’s concerned entirely with motion and unpredictability, to sculptures that engage with contemporary political topics, to work that brings ancient myth into contemporary life.

Learn more about the artists and the exhibition at the MIT Museum page.

April 11, 2014

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Exploring Reality from a Baha’i Perspective on Apr. 14

Explore reality from a Baha’i perspective on Monday, April 14th. 2014 at 6:00pm in MIT Room W20-303.  Discover scientific faith and empirical religion, and discuss quotations from historic thinkers and passages from Baha’i writings.  This is part of an ongoing series through May.  Contact dsgray@gmail.com or visit the website for more information.

April 11, 2014

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April Social Science Happy Hour TODAY

Come to the April Social Science Happy Hour on Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 5:30pm in MIT Room E18-202.  Join the discussion on social science research while enjoying food, beverages, and the company of social science researchers.  All are welcome!  Contact gea-officers@mit.edu for more information.

April 10, 2014

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MIT Africa Innovate Conference Apr. 11-12

Join the MIT Africa Innovate Conference to hear from amazing speakers and learn more about the emerging ideas that are shaping Africa’s future.  The conference will take place on Friday, April 11th, and Saturday, April 12th, 2014 in the MIT Media Lab.  There will be panels on energy, healthcare innovations, investment, technology, women, and venture incubation.  There will also be a business plan competition, a hackathon, vision talks, and keynotes.  Buy tickets and find out more about the conference by visiting the website.  Email questions to africabcofficers@sloan.mit.edu.

April 10, 2014

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SIAM & CCE Student Seminar: Topological Microfluidics TODAY

Come to the SIAM & CCE Student Seminar on Thursday, April 10th, 2014, at 4:00pm in MIT Room 4-237.  The topic for this seminar will be Topological Microfluidics: Exploring anisotropic fluids in microfluidic environment, with speaker Anupam Sengupta, Roman Stocker group, CEE.  Light refreshments will be served.

Liquid crystals (LCs) are complex anisotropic fluids, well-known for display applications. Their properties are in contrast to the isotropic fluids which we typically encounter in state-of- the-art microfluidic science and technology. This allows us to explore LCs as a suitable functional material for developing a microfluidic technology which harnesses the coupling interactions between the flow, the molecular orientation, and the ordering or topology of the system.

The MIT chapter of The Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIAM) is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in applied mathematics, computational science and mathematical applications in an engineering field.  Visit their website for more information.

April 9, 2014

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2014 Legatum Conference on May 10

Come to the 2014 Legatum Conference Elements of Entrepreneurship on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in the MIT Media Lab.  This year’s conference will have four panels.  One panel discussion will focus on businesses created from the earth, agri-business in Africa.  We will explore Latin American technology ventures conducting business through the air.  Fire being the oldest form of energy used by man, we will look at some of Asia’s newest innovations in energy production.  Finally, we will learn about successful entrepreneurs and the investment in innovation springing up by the water of the Persian Gulf.  The experts and entrepreneurs speaking at this year’s conference will ground us, breathe life into new ideas, ignite our passion for innovation, and sustain us.  The speakers will include Jeff Hoffman, Founder & CEO, Priceline, uBid.com, Colorjar; David Auerbach, Co-Founder, Sanergy, Legatum Fellow, MIT 2011; and Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Ad Astra Rocket Company, MIT 1977.  Register online.

April 9, 2014

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Nautical Night at the MIT Museum on Apr. 11

Dive into a variety of exciting ocean-related activities ranging from marine biology to nautical design at Nautical Night in the MIT Museum on Friday, April 11th, 2014 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  Learn how metalwork and 3D printing are used in nautical engineering, and then explore a fascinating world of undersea microbes.  Try your hand at both traditional and modern shipbuilding techniques, and get a firsthand look at objects from the MIT Museum’s Hart Nautical Collection.  Explore activities by the MIT Foundry and Forge, Oceans at MIT, Sea Perch, and more!  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  MIT cardholders and alumni have free admission to the event.

April 8, 2014

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GWAMIT Spring Empowerment Conference Apr. 10-17

Come hear established women speak about secrets of their professional and personal success at the GWAMIT Spring Empowerment Conference, taking place from Thursday, April 10th to the 17th, 2014, in the Stata Center and Student Center.  The opening keynote will feature Debora Spar, author and President of Barnard College, speaking about “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and The Quest for Perfection.”  Mentoring discussion will include Eve Marder of Brandeis University and Kay Tye of MIT; they will discuss the keys to finding great mentors, as well as the secrets to becoming one yourself.  Judy Shen-Filerman, CEO of Dreambridge Partners, will speak about becoming a storyteller of your best self.  Ruha Benjamin of Boston University will conclude the event with the closing keynote, a talk entitled, “Playing the game or hacking the system: A talk and discussion on subverting systems of power.”  Register for the event online.  Contact gwamit-spring@mit.edu for more information.

April 8, 2014

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MIT Comedy Night TONIGHT

Come to MIT Comedy Night, featuring headliner Erin Judge from Comedy Central!  The event will take place on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, at 8:00pm in the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House.  The host is Thom Crowley, and featured comedians include Ian Blau, Bryce Hanson, Adam Langois, Emma Willmann, and Jeff Young.  Snacks and soda will be provided!  Keep in mind that a 21+ government ID and an MIT ID are required for entry.  Please have your ID ready to show at the door.  Contact teec-comedy@mit.edu for more information.

April 7, 2014

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MLK Visiting Scholar Luncheon on Apr. 9

The Institute Community and Equity Office invites you to attend their next luncheon seminar series presentation with LeManuel Lee Bitsoi, Ed.D. of Harvard University.  The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in MIT Room E51-372.  This series highlights the work of MIT’s MLK, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars, other MIT community members, and those connected to the program whose work honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Information about the MLK Visitors program and the current scholars is available online.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at sfenty@mit.edu.

April 7, 2014

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Interfaith Dialogue on Apr. 8

Please join MIT’s Addir Fellows at Reaching for the Heights: The role of women in Catholicism, Islam and Orthodox Judaism, an interfaith dialogue and panel on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30 PM in W11 (The Main Reading Room). The panelists will discuss their connection to the theology, spirituality and/or culture of their religion and talk about how the role of women is (or is not) changing. Dessert will be available. Photo by Dima Konsewitch.

April 4, 2014

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The Meaning of Suffering with Peter Kreeft TODAY

If there is a God who is all-powerful and all-loving, why is there suffering in the world?  Come join philosopher Dr. Peter Kreeft in the TCC Friday Night Supper The Meaning of Suffering on Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Burton Connor Porter Room.  Listen, ask questions, and share your opinions.  All are welcome!  A free community dinner will be provided, and vegetarian options are available.  Contact jdesa@mit.edu for more information.

April 4, 2014

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Keeril Makan performance Apr. 5

On Saturday, April 5th from 8 – 9 PM in Killian Hall, Either/Or presents works of MIT composer Keeril Makan. It will be the world premiere of Letting Time Circle Through Us. Jennifer Choi will be playing violin, Russel Greenber percussion, Taka Kigawa the piano, Wendy Law the cello, Dan Lippel the guitar, and David Shively the cimbalom. This is a free event! Check out other music and theater arts events happening in April.

April 3, 2014

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Tax Workshop TODAY

PricewaterhouseCoopers (pwc) will be returning to the MIT campus this week and speak at the tax workshop on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in the Student Center, Room 491.  The workshop is for domestic (US Citizens and US Permanent Residents) graduate students.  There was a separate tax workshop for international students back in February.  Please note that they will not provide individual tax advice to students.  The purpose of the workshop is to present general guidelines and resources that would be helpful for students to file their tax returns.  If you have any questions, please contact Keiko Tanaka at ktanaka@mit.edu.

April 3, 2014

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Dr. Pamela Bush to speak about diversity on Apr. 3

Dr. Pamela McCauley Bush, Ph.D., will be speaking at the True Diversity: A Multiplier in Global STEM Innovation event on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in MIT Room 1-190.  Dr. Bush will address the critical importance of holistic diversity in STEM education, leadership, and innovation.  She will present statistics, best practices, and practical examples to validate the impact of incorporating diversity into organizations.  Dr. Bush will offer implementable strategies for communities, organizations, and individuals to integrate diversity and achieve optimal outcomes for the next generation of global innovators.

April 2, 2014

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Enjoy a Spring Interlude on Apr. 3

Come to the Spring Interlude, a special concert event to be held on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, at 12:00pm in Kresge Auditorium.  This event will feature performances by the Lavrova-Primakov Piano Duo, Cellist Adrian Daurov, and Pianist Amanda von Goetz.  The played music includes works by Scriabin, Brahms, Poulenc, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff.  Enjoy this cultural celebration where the gifts of international music and friendship combine, and the past meets the present at the home of the future, MIT.  Admission is free, but attendees are asked to register online.  For more information, visit the website. Sponsored by an ODGE Graduate Student Life Grant.

April 2, 2014

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Ebony Affair 2014 is on Apr. 5

Ebony Affair is an elegant and formal event that will include a cocktail hour, dinner, musical performance by the MIT Gospel Choir, keynote speaker Chris Jones (SM ’01, SM ’02), and an open dance floor.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 5th, 2014, at 6:00pm in Morss Hall, Walker Memorial.  This year’s theme, “Essence of Excellence,” allows reflection on the contributions and achievements of the community throughout the years as well as the recognition of the people who pave the way for future success and innovation.  All members of the MIT community are both welcome and encouraged to attend.  Reserve your ticket online.  Ticket prices are $15 for MIT students in advance, $20 at the door for all students, $35 for MIT faculty and staff, BAMIT members, and MIT alumni, and $45 for non-MIT guests.  If you’d like to pay in cash, there will be a booth in Lobby 10 during the week of March 31st through April 4th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  Formal attire is required.  Contact ea_2014committee@mit.edu with any questions.

April 1, 2014

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Transportation Camp New England on Apr. 5

Join the MIT Transportation Club and transport professionals from around New England for Transportation Camp New England.  This event will take place on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the Stata Center (Opening Session in 32-123).  This is not a traditional conference, it’s an unconference!  The organizers don’t plan sessions ahead of time. Instead, you plan and lead the sessions!  Registration is required to attend ($10 for students).  Visit the website for details and registration information.

April 1, 2014

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Perform at Warehouse Coffeehouse! Register by Apr. 2

Do you want to perform at Warehouse Coffeehouse?  The event takes place on Sunday, April 13th, 2014, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in The Warehouse (NW30, 224 Albany Street).  All performance arts are welcome, including instrumentalists, singers, comedians, solos, ensembles, etc…  If you’d like to perform, please register online by Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014.  Contact Samantha Dale Strasser, the Warehouse Arts Chair, at sdstrass@mit.edu with any questions.

March 31, 2014

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Calling all comedians, storytellers, and improvisers! Register by Apr. 1

An on-campus comedy show will center around funny and absurd stories from MIT researchers of all disciplines.  The show needs comedians, storytellers, and improvisers to come and share their experiences!  The focus is on the MIT community, so while comedic performance is a plus, novices and amateurs are encouraged to sign up.  The show will be held in April.  Please fill out the registration form, and the coordinators will contact you regarding the next steps in getting the show together.  Submit the form online by Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 12:00pm.  Contact scihumor@mit.edu for more information.

March 28, 2014

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Get CPR certified on Apr. 1!

Get CPR certified with MIT EMS on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm in La Sala de Puerto Rico in the Stratton Student Center.  Learn how to help a victim on cardiac arrest!  Upon completion, you will receive an official AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED Certification.  This is free for MIT undergraduates and only $5 for everyone else.  For more information and to register, visit the MIT EMS website.

March 26, 2014

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Creating Culture in Virtual Worlds (Mar. 27)

On Thursday March 27th, from 6 to 7:30 PM at the MIT Museum, join a conversation with MIT Professor D. Fox Harrell and MIT researcher Todd Harper as they discuss ways in which cultural values are both created and represented in digital media. Explore how online communities and computer code both give rise to shared values – through the interactions between people online, as well as the underlying computational structure of video games, websites, and other online communities. D. Fox Harrell is an Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT in the Comparative Media Studies Program and in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Todd Harper is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the MIT Game Lab. This is a free event part of the TalkBack 360 program series.