Category Archives: Events

March 27, 2015


BGSA Billiards Night Mar. 30

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

March 27, 2015


Latin Culture Night Mar. 30

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

March 26, 2015


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

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

March 25, 2015

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Power and (In)Visibility Graduate Symposium Mar. 28

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

March 24, 2015

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

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

March 23, 2015


Networking Evening with Employers Mar. 27

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

March 23, 2015

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MIT Grad Gala Apr. 11

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

March 20, 2015


Volunteer with Cradles to Crayons Mar. 21

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

March 19, 2015


Women in Leadership Symposium Mar. 24

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

March 19, 2015


Muddy Charles Grand Reopening Mar. 19

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

March 18, 2015


Animal Rescue League Volunteer Event Mar. 18

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

March 17, 2015


e4Dev Speaker Series: Qorax Energy Mar. 17

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

March 17, 2015

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

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

March 17, 2015

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Cambridge Science Festival Apr. 17-26

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

March 13, 2015

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Sign up for Spark Security Mar. 14-15

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

March 13, 2015


Sixth Annual Graduate Arts Soiree Mar. 14

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

March 13, 2015

Feel the love: Appreciation Week April 6 – 10

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

  • Every weekday morning from April 6 – 10, stop in to ODGE headquarters at 3-138 for coffee and light refreshments.
  • Learn new ways to de-stress at a grad student panel Wednesday, April 8, from 5:30 – 7pm in 34-101. Pizza will be served.
  • Find out about everyone at MIT who’s here to serve you at the Graduate Student Resource Fair on Thursday, April 9, from noon to 2pm at the Vest Student Street in the Stata Center.
  • …and more to come!

This post will be updated as details become available… because grad students are AWESOME.

March 13, 2015


MIT Wind Ensemble: Awakening Mar. 13

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

March 12, 2015

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Rebuilding the Philippines Forum Mar. 13

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

March 12, 2015


Nautical Night Mar. 13

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

March 12, 2015


Opera in the Whitehead Auditorium Mar. 12

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

March 11, 2015

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2015 MIT CCE Student Symposium Mar. 12

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

March 11, 2015


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

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

March 11, 2015


TPP Pizza Nights at the Muddy Mar. 11

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

March 10, 2015

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MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal Ceremony Mar. 11

Please join your fellow MIT community members on Wednesday, March 11th in honoring the 2015 recipients of the MIT Excellence Awards and the Collier Medal. Everyone at MIT is invited to attend and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our colleagues in Kresge Auditorium from 3 pm to 4 pm, followed by a reception in Krege Lobby until 5 pm. The MIT Excellence Awards acknowledge our community members’ extraordinary efforts to put MIT’s goals, values and mission into action. These are among the highest honors that MIT awards to staff. Professionalism, commitment to best practices, and high standards of excellence are at the heart of these awards. The Collier Medal was created to honor the memory of Officer Sean Collier. On April 18, 2013, Officer Collier was shot and killed while protecting and serving MIT. In honor of Sean’s model citizenship, which far transcended the duties of his job, the Collier Medal will be given to an individual or group whose actions demonstrate the importance of community.

March 10, 2015

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Sustainable Management of Urmia Lake Lecture Mar. 11

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

March 9, 2015


Tax Preparation Tips for graduate students Mar. 10

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

March 9, 2015


Mexican Muddy Social Mar. 9

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

March 6, 2015

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

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

March 6, 2015


BGSA Community Lunch Mar. 7

Socialize with MIT grads, undergrads, alumni, and other members of the MIT community at the BGSA Community Lunch on Saturday, March 7th from 12 to 1:30 pm in the BSU Lounge (50-105). Bring your friends to enjoy free food and drink together and meet new people. A guest speaker from the MIT community will also be presenting! Please RSVPPhoto by J P.

March 6, 2015


Holi Puja Mar. 7

On Saturday, March 7th at 6:30 pm, get your friends and come to the Mezzanine Lounge to celebrate Holi, the festival of colors. Puja, meditation, songs, Bhajan, and flowers will all be present at the event and led by Swami Tyagananda. A delicious dinner to go with the festivities will be served as well. Please sign up for this eventPhoto by PaulaLyn Carvalho.

March 5, 2015

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Tour a Recycling Facility in Boston! Mar. 6

Have you ever wondered where our recycling goes? Are you curious about how recycling works? Join the trip to a recycling plant next Friday, March 6th to find out! The tour will be from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at Casella Materials Recovery Facility in Charlestown, and a shuttle will be provided. There are 20 spots available so sign up as soon as possible! Photo by David Tames.

March 5, 2015


Socialize at the March Social Science Happy Hour Mar. 6

Socialize with social people at the March Social Science Happy Hour. On Friday, March 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in E18-202, join others to discuss the latest and greatest in social science research. Hang out and chat over complimentary food and beverages. Meet other social science researchers in your field or in a field that is completely new to you. All are welcome! Photo by The Open University.

March 5, 2015


The Boston Camerata Mar. 6

The Boston Camerata is coming to MIT! On Friday, March 6th at 8 pm in Walker Memorial Building, come hear their performance Of all the Flowers: Song of the Middle Ages. In this specially commissioned program for MIT, you will hear music spanning the worlds of God and Man by the greatest composers of those ancient days: Machaut, Landini, da Bologna, and others. The constantly evolving and inventive musical minds of Italian and French masters during the fourteenth century has left us with repertoires, both sacred and secular, that successfully unite the search for new and different creative paths with astonishing lyricism and sensual beauty. Boston Camerata is collaborating with musicologist and programmer Michael Cuthbert, MIT Professor of Music, whose open-source software music21 allows scholars to find patterns and “fill in the gaps” among pieces of music from vast data sets. Their performances at MIT will include the first performances in over six hundred years of newly reconstructed works. Tickets are free for MIT students, faculty and staff, $10 for students, seniors, and alumni, and $20 for general admission. This event is made possible by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST).

March 4, 2015


MIT Bitcoin Expo Mar. 7-8

On Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th come to 26-100 to be a part of the MIT Bitcoin Expo, an event featuring two days of panels and presentations from leading professionals and academics in the cryptocurrency space. Delve into recent developments with experts like Gavin Andresen, Jeremy Allaire, Charlie Lee, Adam Ludwin, Constance Choi, Peter Todd, Joi Ito, and more. Day One will provide insight into the Bitcoin mainstreaming process as well as the legal and security challenges for Bitcoin companies to overcome. Day Two will detail the inner workings of bitcoin and the new technologies that will emerge as the industry develops. For more info on tickets, visit the event page on Eventbrite.

March 4, 2015

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MIT Police Laptop Tagging and Registration Mar. 4

Protect what’s valuable to you! The next MIT Police laptop tagging and registration event will be held on Wednesday, March 4th from 11:00 am-1:15 pm in Memorial Lobby. For more information visit the Knowledge Base website. If you scroll down on the page there is a list of all future dates and locations that will hold laptop tagging and registration.

March 4, 2015


Free admission to a BMOP concert Mar. 5

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) will be hosting a free concert, Blizzard Voices, on Thursday, March 5th, at 8:00 pm at Jordan Hall in the New England Conservatory. A pre-concert talk will also take place one hour prior to concert. If interested, reserve your tickets on the BMOP webpage. Photo by sushieque

March 4, 2015


Celebrate Purim at Queen Esther’s Ball Mar. 4

Come one, come all to Queen Esther’s Ball, a LGBT/Jewish costume party in celebration of the holiday of Purim! MIT Kablim (MIT’s LGBT Jewish group) and Grad Hillel are hosting this dance party/costume contest/drag extravaganza on Wednesday, March 4th from 7 to 10 pm in Lobby 13! Prizes will be given for best individual costume and best group costume, with a special category for best drag costume. Please bring a 21+ ID if you wish to be served alcohol. Photo by Kira Okamoto.

March 3, 2015


Third Annual Water Night Mar. 5

Like water? Yeah you do! Come see the latest achievements in water-related fields at MIT on Thursday, March 5th at 5-8 pm! Network with water researchers and professionals in La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202) while having refreshments (bring 21+ governmentt ID for alcohol). This event is free and everyone is invited. Please register if you are attending. The third annual Water Night is presented by the MIT Water Club and Sponsored by Graduate Student Life Grants and the Large Events Fund. Photo by Mohd Althani.

March 2, 2015

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Jewish-Buddhist Dialogue: The Nature of Speech Mar. 3

On Tuesday March 3rd, come to the W-11 Main Dining Room for a Jewish-Buddhist dialogue about the nature of speech in a world where talk is cheap, featuring the venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi and Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder. As part of an ongoing series to explore similarities and differences between two paths, this event is free and open to the community. Sushi dinner will be served at the start of the event at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP to ensure there is enough food. Photo by judy_and_ed.

March 2, 2015

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BGSA Movie Night: “It’s Intuitively Obvious”  Mar. 2

This Monday evening at 6pm, join MIT’s BSGA in viewing It’s Intuitively Obvious, a film about race relations at MIT in 1996. Taking place in the historic BSU Lounge (50-105) where the original series was filmed, the screening will be followed by a discussion. This event, featuring complimentary food and drinks, is open to the entire MIT community. Photo by Chris Devers.

February 28, 2015


MIT Clean Earth Hackathon Apr. 1

On April 17-19, 2015, Sustainability at MIT will host a hackathon event like no other in which participants hack on environmental challenges put forth by industry and academic partners. Teams will have two days to develop a solution to a real-world challenge of your choice. We are seeking participants eager to tackle complex puzzles and passionate about helping our community reach more sustainable practices and lower environmental impact. The hackathon is open to students and young professionals. All disciplines, backgrounds and experiences encouraged to apply and registration is free. The deadline to apply is April 1st. For more information visit the Clean Earth Hackathon webpage. Photo by epsos 

February 27, 2015


Personal Branding Workshop Feb. 28

Whether you’re starting a business or entering the job market, having a strong brand can help you leave a lasting impression on your audience. But how do you do this? Where do you even begin? To help you market yourself and your ideas, the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) and the Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers (ACME) will be hosting its 2nd Annual Personal Branding Workshop on February 28, 2015, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The workshop will take place in 32-155 and will include guest speakers from successful start-up companies. If you’re interested in attending, be sure to purchase your ticket for the event ($5 for MIT Students and $10 for general admission). For more information, visit the Personal Branding Workshop website. Photo by thinkpanama 

February 27, 2015


Love to Velo Feb. 27

MIT PN2K presents Love to Velo, an afternoon all about bikes! The event will consist of bike clinics (flat tires, brakes, etc.), bike registrations, and free food and music. Free minor bike tune-ups/repairs will be done courtesy of Bike Boom, who will also have (student-priced) tires, tubes, cables, and other bike necessities. The event will take place in the front steps of the Student Center between 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, February 27, 2015. Photo by Juan Jose Aza

February 26, 2015


IMES Lecture Series: Dr. Uri Alon on Biological Circuits Feb. 26

The Institute of Medical Engineering and Science presents the next segment of its Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, February 26th. Dr. Uri Alon, a pioneer in systems biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel will present his lecture “Design Principles of Biological Circuits” at 4:30 pm in room E25-111. Come learn about recent advances in the study of biological circuits regulating functions in organisms big and small. A welcome reception will be held prior to the lecture at 4:00 pm in the nearby room of E25-119.

February 26, 2015

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AeroAstro International Potluck Feb. 26

If you like to cook and eat delicious food from all over the world, then cook up a dish from a country of your heritage and come share in the AeroAstro International Potluck at 6:30 pm on February 26th in 33-116! The most popular dish will win Taza chocolates and tickets to visit the Taza chocolate factory. Expenses for cooking will be reimbursed up to $20 upon presentation of receipts. Photos by Craig DugasWally Gobetz, and Anushruti RK.

February 25, 2015

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TPP Indian Culture Night Feb. 25

Join TPP in celebrating the cultures of your fellow classmates! On February 25th, come to Indian Culture Night from 6 to 8 pm in Chapman Room (6-104) to enjoy Indian food and learn about the cultural diversity of the Asian subcontinent. There will be a short presentation put on by the TPP and plenty of delicious dishes to choose from. This event is open to the MIT community and is co-sponsored by the GSC funding board. Photo by Y’amal.

February 24, 2015


MIT Artists Beyond the Desk performance Feb. 25

When they’re not working, some MIT affiliates are playing their favorite instrument(s) and performing in their free time! Every now and then, the MIT Artists Beyond the Desk (ABD) subcommittee brings some of these scientists, researchers, professors, alumni, etc. together to host a concert in Killian Hall (14W-111).  This upcoming February 25th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm watch Richard Poole play his drums and vibraphone and Pat Battstone play the piano. The show will also feature Todd Brunel alternating between his Bass Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone and Chris Rathbun playing his Double Bass.

Artists Beyond the Desk is a subcommittee of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (WGSSI), and is funded in part by WGSSI, the Council for the Arts at MIT, and MIT Human Resources. To find out more information, take a look at the Artist Beyond the Desk website here.  Photo by Ryan Egan

February 20, 2015

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Mardi Gras Dance Feb. 21

This Saturday night, attend the first ballroom social of the spring semester to celebrate the colorful occasion of Mardi Gras. The festivities start at 7:30 pm with beginner chacha lessons and run until midnight in La Sala de Puerto Rico. General dancing begins at 8 pm. This event is free for all MIT students, $6 for other students, $8 for MIT affiliates, and $10 for general admission. Photo by Joe Penniston.

February 20, 2015


International Mother Language Day 2015 Feb. 21

International Mother Language Day is this coming Saturday, February 21st! From 6 to 9 pm in the Mezzanine Lounge of the Stratton Student Center, join an observance put on by the Bangladeshi Students’ Association and share what your mother tongue means to you. With multilingual cultural performances, authentic bangladeshi dinner, and fun activities for all guests, this event will be a celebration of heritage and spoken word. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information and to RSVP. Photo by Tobias Mikkelsen.

February 19, 2015


MIT Infinite Labs 2015 Tech Conference Feb. 21

)Want to meet Zero to One Co-author Blake Masters? Join an involved discussion with innovative leaders at this year’s MIT Infinite Labs Tech Conference! Starting at 9 AM on Saturday, February 21st in the MIT Media Lab (E14), come learn and meet exciting new people. Check out the Infinite Labs website for more information and to get your ticket today!

February 19, 2015


TGIF Social at Flat Top Johnny’s Feb. 20

Don’t have plans this Friday evening? Come hang out at Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Square between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. BE and HST are hosting a joint TGIF social event and are inviting everyone to relax, socialize, and have a good time at the close of the week. Play pool, eat snacks, and meet new people! Photo by Derbeth.

February 18, 2015


Around the World with the MIT Waste Alliance Feb. 19

Over IAP, MIT students traveled to various locations across the globe to participate in waste management projects. Now that they have returned to campus, come hear them tell tales and lessons from their experiences at 4 pm on Thursday, February 19 in 3-333. Internationally flavored cuisine will be served. RSVP here. If you have a project to share, the event is still open to speakers with a speaking time of between 5 and 10 minutes. Email to be included. Photo by Andrew Allio.

February 16, 2015


Febfest this week: Feb 16-21

Every year, during the Massachusetts school vacation week in February, the MIT Museum celebrates National Engineers Week with engineering-specific activities, workshops, and afternoon demonstrations led by MIT students. This year’s theme is Lights, Cameras, Science, and workshops range from putting together a Rube Goldberg chain reaction to building a moving kinetic sculpture. From Monday, February 16th to Friday, February 21st, explore these and many other workshops offered. Registration is now open!

February 13, 2015


Guy Consolmagno at the MITSFS Library Feb. 15

The MIT Science Fiction Society is bringing Guy Consolmango to MIT on Saturday, February 15 at 6:30 pm! Consolmagno was an MIT course 8 and MITSFS alum and is now the Vatican astronomer. He published the book The Heavens Proclaim in 2009 and received the Carl Sagan Medal in 2014. Conosolmango has also been on Comedy Central’s late night talk-show “The Colbert Report” and has spoken at numerous science fiction conventions and at commencement at Georgetown College. He will be visiting this weekend in W20-473, the MITSFS Library. Contact for more information.

February 11, 2015


MIT Asia Business Conference 2015: Demystifying business practices in Asia Mar. 7

The Asia Business Conference, taking place Saturday, March 7, 8:00am-7:00pm, provides a platform for business leaders to speak about the key business challenges, practices, and innovations that are shaping Asia. This year, the primary aim is to take a deep dive into leading sectors such as manufacturing, technology and finance. Selected companies/speakers are:

·  AT Kearney Japan – Tak Umezawa, Chairman
·  Giti Tire – Enki Tan, Chairman
·  Rocket Internet, Asia Pacific Internet Group – Koen Thijssen, Co-CEO
·  Startup Alliance Korea – Jungwook Lim, Managing Director
·  Vantone Holdings – Charlie Jiang, CEO
·  Yamaha Motor – Masahiro Takizawa, Managing Executive Officer
·  Alibaba – TBD

Selected sponsors:  Alibaba, Sohu, MIT ILP, Monex Group, MIT Technology Review. To join, purchase your ticket here, or click here to learn more.

February 10, 2015


MIT Assistive Technologies Hackathon Feb. 28

The goal of ATHack is to bring awareness to the important field of developing assistive technologies. We pair teams of students with clients in the Boston/Cambridge community who live with a disability. Each client has a problem in mind which they face because of their disability. Over the course of the hackathon, students brainstorm, design, and create prototype solutions for their client. February 12, 2015 there will be a meet-the-clients dinner 6-8pm in 10-205 and February 28, 2015 the hackathon will go from 9am-7pm. Visit ATHack’s website to register. Any additional questions can be e-mailed to 

February 5, 2015


2015 MIT Energy Conference Feb. 27-28

February 27-28, the MIT Energy Conference invites you to come celebrate our ten year anniversary. In the ten years since the conference’s inception, more changes have occurred in global energy than in the 100 years prior. As a key contributor to the development of solutions at the knowledge frontier, MIT brings together energy visionaries and a host of creative, passionate, motivated individuals for fact-based discussion and innovative problem solving. Join the MIT energy community and meet the leaders that are shaping the world for tomorrow. The MIT Energy Conference offers its guests premier opportunities to interact and network throughout the event. Buy tickets, or to find out more information on the conference, visit the MIT Energy Conference website.

February 4, 2015


MIT Sloan Bioinnovations Conference: Redefining Value in Healthcare Feb. 20

The MIT Sloan Club presents the 12th Annual Bioinnnovations Conference! The conference will focus on innovations and issues in modern day healthcare and will be held on Friday, February 20, from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm at the Boston Marriott Cambridge. Keynote speakers include: Mark Fishman (President, NIBR), Jamie Heywood (CEO, PatientsLikeMe) and Dr. Gary Kelloff (Special Advisor, NIH). If interested, purchase a ticket for the event or email further questions to Photo by Maryland GovPics 

February 2, 2015


Communicating Science Workshop 2015 Mar. 1

Learn how to communicate complex technical information to a variety of audiences at the Communicating Science Workshop from June 18th to June 20th. The workshop is open to all graduate students in all fields of science and engineering in US institutions. Participants will build the communication skills that technical professionals need in order to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public. The workshop will include expert panels and interactive discussions and will be held at the Microsoft NERD center in Cambridge.  You will also get to meet other graduate students from across the country who are also interested in learning more about science communication. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Sponsored in part by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education. Email with any questions. Photo by Lian-udom

February 2, 2015


MLK celebration luncheon Feb. 4

Wednesday, February 4 in Walker Memorial (building 50), MIT will be hosting its 41st annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The MIT community gathers every February to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Speakers have included leaders who are prominent both nationally and within the local Boston/Cambridge community, in accordance with Dr. King’s dual emphasis on global and local issues. The 2015 speaker will be Rinku Sen. The program followed by a luncheon will run from 11am-1pm, but seating is limited so RSVP today and visit the Institute Community and Equity Office website for more information.

January 30, 2015

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All-Brahms Recital Feb. 1

Watch MIT alumnus Vincent CK Cheung, a current research scientist at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, perform with other musicians in the All-Brahms Recital this Sunday, February 1st, at 3:00 pm. The concert will feature classical melodies, such as, the Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor Op. 38, Two Songs for Contralto Viola and Piano Op. 91, etc and watch Vincent Cheung, part-time active freelance pianist, play in these performances! The concert will take place in Killian Hall and will feature artists, Mikiko Fujiwara, Chester Brezniak, Mea Cook, Krista River, and Amanda Wang. Photo by Brenda Clarke.


January 28, 2015


Developing your Teaching Philosophy Statement Jan. 28 & 30

Virtually all job-postings for faculty positions in the US require applicants to submit a Teaching Philosophy Statement. While the format, length and emphasis of a teaching philosophy may vary considerably across institutions, disciplines and positions, many elements of a TPS are invariant. In this 2-day, hands-on workshop, led by Amanda Sobel from the Writing & Communications Center (WCC)  and Janet Rankin from the Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL), participants  will:

·         Discuss the elements of an effective teaching philosophy statement
·         Assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of TPSs from various disciplines
·         Brainstorm ways to incorporate goals, strategies and evidence in their own statements
·         Consider writing and communication strategies and practices to improve the impact of their TPSs
·         Draft sections of their own teaching philosophy statements
·         Provide feedback to, and receive feedback from peers on elements of their TPSs

The workshop will be held January 28 & 30 from 11am-3pm.
Sign-up by January 27. Enrollment limited to 20 participants.
Contact Leann Dobranksi (E39-207) at with questions.

January 27, 2015


Institue Diversity Summit – Jan. 29 & Feb. 12

On two upcoming days — January 29 and February 12 — MIT will hold its annual Institute Diversity Summit, to share experiences candidly and listen to one another in a spirit of understanding and kindness. One highlight will be opening remarks by MIT’s Institute Community and Equity Officer, Ed Bertschinger, who will discuss what he learned through an MIT listening tour and share his thoughts about building our strength in community, diversity, empowerment and respect. Each day will have registration 12-1pm and the program 1-5pm in Kresge and the Student Center. Visit the Institute Community and Equity Office website for a complete itinerary and to register. Photo by Frerieke.

January 26, 2015


Advancing toward the equality of women and men Jan. 27 & 29

What is identity? How is it defined by our current society? What role does it play in the pursuit of gender equality? Come explore these and other related topics at 7-9pm, January 27 & 29, in a roundtable discussion over a meal. Light dinner will be provided on both nights. Dinner will be held in Room 4-144 on both nights. Organized by the MIT Baha’i Club and the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs and Sponsored by GSC. For more information contact shraayai@mit.eduPhoto by Nietnagel.

January 23, 2015


Family Day Sculpted Paper Workshop Jan. 24

Explore the art of paper sculpture on Family Day with your children on Saturday, January 24 at the Westgate Lounge (W85). Families can work together to create a hands-on artwork and take it home. The morning session from 10-11:30 am is for children under 5 years old, and the afternoon session is from 1-2:30 pm for children over 5. The event is free and open to all! Emaili with any questions. Photo by Wellsbring 

January 23, 2015


What are your values? Jan. 24

Ehsan Afkhami and Sahar Hakim-Hasemi ’13 will be hosting the seminar What are your values? They create your life… on Thursday, January 24, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. This free seminar is designed to help participants align their personal values with their goals so they can live happier lives and contribute to others in a fulfilling way. The workshop will take place in 4-237 and will have interactive exercises and audience discussions. Remember to register for this event if you would like to attend. Photo by cybrarian77

January 23, 2015


Beginner tango bootcamp, Jan. 24-25

1-5 pm, January 24 – 25 in room 36-112 Robin Thomas will be instructing an intensive two day introduction to Argentine Tango designed to get you from no dancing to tango in two quick days. No dance partner or experience is required, but space is limited and the bootcamps have been wilding popular in the past so be sure to sign up now! Light refreshments are provide. Wear comfortable clothing and pivotable shoes. For more information and to register visit the Argentine Tango Club’s website.

January 23, 2015


Graduate ice skating social Jan. 24

Saturday, January 24, from 2-4pm enjoy ice skating, at the Johnson Ice Rink, with other graduate students on campus. Free hot drinks and snacks will be provided. Skate rentals at Johnson Ice Rink is subsidized, but limited to 50, first come first serve. Contact  for more information.

January 20, 2015

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Breaking the Mold SWIM Conference Feb. 6

Breaking the Mold is an initiative by MIT SWIM (Sloan Women in Management) aimed at starting a conversation about unconscious bias. The Breaking the Mold Conference on Friday, February 6th, starting at 8am in the MIT Media Lab, will foster a conversation about unconscious bias and developing approaches to manage them on the road towards equal opportunities. The Keynote Speakers of the night will be Robin Chase (Founder of Zipcar & Buzzcar) and Jan Fields (former President of McDonald’s). Panel topics will include: bias against men, role of media in perpetuating stereotypes, bias across industries, and relationship-building at work. For more information and ticket sales visit the Breaking the Mold website.