Category Archives: Events

June 26, 2015


Outreach outing to the CASPAR Homeless Shelter Jun. 28

Join your fellow grad students in cooking for our neighbors at the CASPAR homeless shelter this June 28th from 2-6 pm at 240 Albany St, Cambridge. We will make a full dinner from scratch and serve 70-90 patrons & staff of the shelter. Volunteers will be invited to dine at the end of the event. This event is funded by the GSC/PSC Service Fund.
Priority will be given to graduate students, however all MIT affiliates and their significant others will be considered. Sign up here! Contact for questions. Photo by Rob Nguyen

June 25, 2015


Sidney Pacific Summer Dance Party Jun. 26

Dance the night away at the Sidney Pacific summer dance party! Bust some moves while enjoying great music and great company this Friday, June 26th from 9pm – 1am at the Sidney Pacific Courtyard. Refreshments will be served (21+ with ID required for alcohol). Contact with any questions. Photo by Alex Naanou

June 24, 2015


FREE FUN FRIDAYS @ MIT Museum! Jun. 26th

Visitors are welcome to enjoy an activity-filled day, sponsored by the Highland Foundation. Held across many venues throughout the summer, Free Fun Fridays (June 26th 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) helps students stay engaged with art, culture, and science. The MIT Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting materials that serve as a resource for the study and interpretation of the intellectual, educational, and social history of MIT and its role in the development of modern science and technology. Come and enjoy the dynamic set of exhibitions! Photo of Ferrofluid, Felice Frankel (MIT Museum)

June 22, 2015


MIT-ETH: Conversations and Reception Jun. 25

The MIT Alumni Association, in partnership with Swissnex, is excited to bring together two of the world’s leading researchers in synthetic biology on Thursday June 25th, 6pm at the Koch Institute Auditorium. Professors Ron Weiss SM ’94, PhD ’01 (MIT) and Yaakov (Kobi) Benenson (ETH Zurich) will share their latest research in enabling sophisticated synthetic gene circuits in human cells. Contact: for questions. Click for more info and to register before June 24. Photo by amattox mattox

June 19, 2015


Indian Games Day Jun. 21

The winter has had a good and super-long inning this year and summer is finally in! Sangam, The Association of Indian Students at MIT, invites you to celebrate the opening of the season with a cricket tournament. It will be held this Sunday June 21, 4 PM at MIT North Court. We will also have other traditional games like Lagori and Kho-Kho. Delicious snacks will make sure you never run out of energy! Contact: Photo by Dhammika Heenpella

June 19, 2015


CAST and ROCSA Dragon Boat Festival Parties Jun. 20

Organizations across MIT will be celebrating the 2015 Dragon Boat Festival this SAT June 20th. The Dragon Boat Festival, also often known as the Tuen Ng or Duanwu Festival, is a traditional and statutory holiday originating in China.

Join the Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) Dragon Boat Festival Party from 6pm-10pm at W20-208, where Chinese traditions of the Dragon Boat Festival will be introduced to all the attendees. Participants will be taught to make Zongzi – a traditional dessert in dragon boat festival – and can partake in different Chinese cuisine. Contact: with questions.

The Republic of China Student Association (ROCSA) will be hosting the Dragon Boat Festival celebration at the Sid-Pac seminar room at 6:30pm. They will serve traditional rice dumplings and offer guests the opportunity to play traditional games!! $5 for ROCSA members; $10 for Non ROCSA members. Contact: with questions.

Photo by YourCalvert

June 19, 2015


Duanwu Festival Social and Game Night Jun. 20

Enjoy a social event based on the Duanwu Festival celebration this Saturday June 20th, 6-10pm at the Ashdown Hulsizer room. We will show some of the interesting traditions to the attendees of this festival. Food will be provided, especially rice dumplings. We will also introduce some traditional and modern Chinese games to the audience. Contact with any questions. Sponsored by GSC. Photo by P Bibler

June 18, 2015


Mass Ave Monopoly Jun. 19

MIT PN2K invites you to our June bike event: The Mass Ave Monopoly this Friday, June 19​, 2015 2:00 – 6:00 PM* at the Student Center Plaza/Front Steps (W20). We will offer:

  • Free minor bike repairs/tune-ups courtesy of Bike Boom​, who will also have (student-priced) tires, tubes, cables, brake pads, locks, and chain oil
  • Bike pressure washing
  • Learn to change a flat tire station
  • Free food​, games, music​​
  • Cyclists’ rights emergency wallet-sized cards
  • $20 donations for PN2K bike helmets
  • $15 donations for Planet Bike lights

Volunteer with us here.

*Please note that we might have to close our bike-repair line early if our line exceeds capacity before 6:00 PM. Basic bike repair lines (e.g., oiling chain, pumping up flat tires), pressure washing, and games will remain open. Rain location will be outside the MIT Z-Center entrance under the Johnson Overhang. Details also can be found on our website.

June 17, 2015


Join the Canadian Faculty Lunch Jun. 22

Come join the Canadian Club for a social lunch with Canadian faculty members at MIT this Monday, June 22nd, 12:30-2:30pm! The lunch will provide an excellent opportunity to meet Professors Nicholas Roy and Krishna Rajagopal. Attendance is limited, so please fill out this poll with your name and email. Location TBD. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and Canadians Club. Contact with questions. Photo by ankakay

June 15, 2015


SP Summer Celebration Ice Cream Coffee Hour Jun. 17

This Wednesday, June 17th, 9-10pm come to the SP Multipurpose Room to celebrate the start of summer with an Ice Cream Social, part of SidPac’s bi-weekly Coffee Hour. Enjoy coffee, tea, fresh fruits, homemade guacamole, charcuterie, and fancy cheeses.
Funded through SidPac & The GSC Funding Board. All graduate students are welcome! Contact with any questions. Photo by sea turtle

June 12, 2015


GAME Field Day Jun. 13th

This Saturday, June 13, from 12-3pm the Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers invites you to let out your inner child with GAME Field Day. Bring teams of 4-5 to the Briggs Field E to compete in a wide assortment of exciting games. Also, compete for the title of GAME Field Day Champions! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact: Photo by Brandon Atkinson

June 11, 2015


MIT Museum hosts the MIT Glass Band Jun. 12

Part of the MIT Museum’s program Second Fridays, this June 12th at 5-8 p.m. the museum will host an evening of unique sounds with the MIT Glass Band. Meet the artists and learn more about the design and creation of their one-of-a-kind instruments during this fun, sonic experience. Also, hear from Cambridge Rindge and Latin student filmmakers who will share their creative, behind-the-scenes look at the MIT Glass Lab. CRLS documentary funded in part by the Cambridge Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

June 11, 2015

Shabbat Dinner

Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner Jun. 12

Want to enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with an awesome community of MIT graduate students on Friday June 12th at 7:30pm? RSVP by sending an email to The gathering will be at the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room
This event is sponsored by Hillel at MIT and the MIT GSC. Photo by Noel Hidalgo

June 10, 2015


Grad Orientation Needs You!

Be a part of the largest student run orientation in the nation! Graduate orientation welcomes new grad students and introduces them to MIT and the Boston/Cambridge area. Coordinators take the lead on each of orientation’s events – the boat cruise, presidential welcome, ​and ​the list goes on! Find more information about the events. Which events are you interested in coordinating? Let us know! Questions? Contact

June 9, 2015

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Economic Dimensions of Gender Inequality, A Human Rights Perspective Jun. 11

Internationally renowned economist, Dr. Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group, is coming to speak at MIT. He will share findings from the Women, Business and the Law 2014 report this June 11th, 7pm at the Maclaurin Building 4-231. It will be a fascinating presentation, with opportunity for Q&A at the end of the event. Contact for more info. Photo by Vic Voytek

June 8, 2015

Phd Networking

Postdoc & PhD – Employer Networking Evening Jun. 10

Please join us for an evening to learn about Jobs and Opportunities for Postdocs & PhD’s outside of Academia on Wednesday June 10th 5:15pm – 7:30pm, in 34-101. Register now to hear what the following companies have to say about their industry and roles for Postdocs/PhD’s:

BCG – Management Consulting – MIT Alum
Novartis – Pharmaceutical
Wolf Greenfield – Legal – MIT Alum
Exponent – Engineering and Scientific Consulting
Sensata – Technology – MIT Former Postdoc
Nature – Science Publishing

Pizza will be served from 5:15-6:00pm, followed by company information presented in a panel format from 6:00-7:00pm, with the evening ending with casual networking with employers. Event sponsored by MIT GECD with support from the Vice President for Research Office and the MIT Postdoctoral Association. Photo by Chris Potter

June 5, 2015

UROP Mentoring

Facilitating Effective Research luncheon series for UROP mentors Jun. 10-11

UROP and the Teaching and Learning Laboratory are offering a two-day Facilitating Effective Research luncheon series for UROP mentors Wednesday, June 10 & Thursday, June 11, from 12 noon – 2pm each day. Lunch will be provided. The series is geared toward graduate students and post-docs, who are currently or soon plan to be mentoring undergraduate researchers, especially those new to mentoring and those planning to mentor students this summer/fall. The goal is to facilitate discussion about UROP mentoring best practices such as how to realistic expectations, manage expectations, and foster effective mentor-mentee communication among other topics. Ultimately, we hope these discussions foster more effective UROP research and advising relationships between undergraduates and their mentors. Interested attendees should RSVP ASAP. Attendance is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Accepted attendees will receive registration confirmations with additional details including room #, etc. Photo by NASA APPEL

June 4, 2015


GAME Service Event with the Greater Boston Food Bank Jun. 10

Enjoy a summer evening in a volunteer service event this Wednesday June 10th, 4:30-8pm at the Greater Boston Food Bank (70 S Bay Ave, Boston, MA). Help sort donated food which gets divvied out to all the regional food pantries. There will be Pizza ordered for dinner. If you travel with the group, transportation via the MBTA will be covered. The group is leaving together from 77 Mass Ave at 4:30.  All grad students are welcome. Sign up today! Contact with any questions. Photo by Sterling Communications

June 3, 2015

Tech Poster Reunion

Tech Reunions Graduate Poster Session Jun. 6

Want to present your research in poster format and network with MIT alumni? The GSC and MIT Alumni Association are sponsoring a networking lunch and poster session for graduate students and alumni during Tech Reunions on June 6, 2015 from 12 – 2pm in Maseeh Hall. Presenters can network with alumni, gain feedback on their research, and will receive free lunch and a $10 gift card for participating. Space is limited. Sign up today. Presenters are eligible to attend Toast to Tech, our festive late-night party with live music and hosted bar. Contact Greg Batcheler ( Photo by Justin Knight

June 1, 2015


Register now for traditional arts classes

Are you interested in figure drawing from a live model or learning how to develop your own color photographs in a darkroom? Have you always wanted to learn how to throw a vase on the potter’s wheel or further your understanding of color theory in an oil painting class?Look no further—the MIT Student Art Association offers classes in all of the above and more. Classes start June 15 and will fill up quickly—register here today! Photo: MIT SAA

May 29, 2015

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Join MIT in Boston Pride Parade Jun. 13

Show your MIT pride at this year’s annual Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 13th from 10 am to 1 pm. All MIT students, staff, faculty, and alumni are welcome! The march is 2.7 miles from Copley Square to Boston City Hall Plaza. If you are unable to walk but would still like to participate, there is a trolley that will be a part of the parade (please RSVP trolley needs to Not up for marching? You are also more than welcome to come cheer us on from the sidelines (there will be a small group meeting with an MIT sign with the You Are Welcome Here logo at the corner of Charles St and Beacon, on the Boston Commons side). Free T-Shirts are available (the same as last year’s design so please recycle). Please email Abigail on or before 5pm on June 9th with the subject line “Pride Parade RSVP and T-Shirt Size” and provide the following information: your name, your MIT Affiliation, your email address, your “Female cut” or “Male cut” style, and your size. Photo by yuan2003.

May 22, 2015

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MIT Connect Tea and Honey Party May 23

The MIT CONNECT program is throwing a Honey and Tea Party on Saturday, May 23rd! Everyone will have the chance to reCONNECT one last time during this celebration filled with exotic honey and tea tasting, desserts, and several light-hearted activities. There will be freshly baked croissants, fruit tarts, 60 varieties of honey from nearly as many countries, a dozen of the highest quality teas and spices, a live string-quartet, and secret prizes for the activities! The party starts at 6 pm and goes until 9 pm in the 6th floor Multi-purpose Room of the MIT Media Lab (E14). Attire can be as formal and as quirky as possible (Top hats, Fedora, monocles, Saris, etc.) Please email Tuka with an RSVP if you plan to come! Photo by Flood G..

May 21, 2015

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The Negotiation Tool Kit Jun. 10

Looking for a job and wondering how to negotiate the salary? Have a job and want to re-negotiate? Take part in the Negotiation Tool Kit! This highly interactive workshop focuses on the nuts-and-bolts of negotiation and is designed to help current and future employees navigate negotiations with ease and confidence. Global career strategist Sarah Cardozo Duncan (and founder of will be the guest speaker and will lead the workshop. In 2003, she was recognized by Boston Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in Boston. Her commitment and dedication to helping scientists transform their career paths earned her the 2014 MASS AWIS Mentor of Excellence Award. The Negotiation Tool Kit will take place in the Monadnock Room of the Broad Institute (415 Main St, Cambridge) on Wednesday, June 10, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Keep in mind, the event is $5 for MASS AWIS members and $10 for non-members. Register before June 3rd for a chance to win an exciting prize! Photo by usembassyta.

May 21, 2015


ESD Spring BBQ May 22

On Friday, May 22nd join the MIT Engineering Systems Division for a community-wide barbecue to celebrate the end of the Spring Semester! Grab some friends and head down to the Ashdown courtyard for some food and fun in the sun! The event starts at 5:30 pm and goes on until 8:30 pm. This event is open to the entire MIT community and is co-sponsored by the GSC funding board. Photo by daijo1.

May 20, 2015


MIT Comedy Night May 21

On May 21st come laugh your worries away at the MIT Comedy Night in Kresge! Starting at 7 pm, comedian Jimmy Tingle will be delivering a one of a kind comedic experience with Orlando Baxter, Patty Ross, and Paul Gilligan. Tickets are $15 with a MIT Student ID, $20 otherwise, and are available online, at CopyTech (11-004), or at MITAC (Stata Center). The first 100 students who register online will get free tickets thanks to generous support from the de Florez Fund for Humor! Ticket sales will benefit the MIT Community Service Fund, which funds public service initiatives. Free refreshments will be served afterward!

May 19, 2015


Music at Whitehead May 20

Come and watch the return of the MIT Meridian Singers at the Whitehead Auditorium, on Wednesday, May 20, beginning at 12:00pm. They will be presenting their program, “Pastime with Good Company: Consorting musics from the time of the Tudors.” Todd Beckham, an artistic director who has performed as a singer, harpsichordist, organist, and conductor in the United States and Europe, will be directing this concert. This event is free and open to the Whitehead community and friends.

May 19, 2015

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Transportation Club End-of-year BBQ May 20

Join the Transportation Community at MIT to celebrate the end of the semester! Eat to your stomach’s content, choosing from the delicious selection of classic BBQ favorites. Socialize with friends and reminisce over this year’s best moments. Even get the chance to meet the new members of the Transportation Club Executive Board! The celebration begins Wednesday, May 20th at 5 pm at the Kresge BBQ Pits. Original photos by raghavvidya and Chris Campbell.

May 18, 2015

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Mega Muddy Monday May 18

Think Monday, May 18th 2015 is just another regular Monday? Think again! It’s Mega Muddy Monday! Head over to the Muddy Charles at 5:30 pm for free food and drinks, making new friends, and the promise of having a great time on a Monday. This event is hosted by the Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry departments. Original photo by Gemma Amor.

May 15, 2015


Colorful Shapes Workshop for Babies and Toddlers May 16

The List Visual Arts Center hosts its first ever workshop for babies and toddlers on Family Day! On Saturday, May 16th from 10:30 am to 12 pm in Building 6C and Lobby 7, drop in at two stations for play, exploration, stories, and art-making designed for kids under 3 years old. Discover colors and shapes works, MIT’s public art collection by Sol LeWitt and Martin Boyce. Take a look at the station locations onlinePhoto by Inez Valdez.

May 15, 2015


Eastgate Rainforest Animal Show May 16

The graduate student dorm Eastgate will be hosting a Rainforest Animal Show on Saturday, May 16th, at 10:30 am on the Eastgate Courtyard (rain location: Eastgate penthouse). The show will feature turtles, parrots, amphibians, and much more! For more information, visit the Eastgate webpage. Photo by Danny Chapman.

May 14, 2015


Acoustic BBQ May 15

The GSC Activities Committee has put together an Acoustic BBQ afternoon featuring The Cover Story, a popular Boston full service entertainment band! There will be free food galore: burgers (veggie and beef), hot dogs, pasta, and chips. In addition, there will be exciting music and free drinks (21+ ID required for alcohol). The BBQ will take place at the Stata Amphitheater (rain location: Stata Center – 1st floor) on Friday, May 15th, from 5 pm to 8 pm and is open to the whole MIT community. Photo by Jun Seita. 

May 14, 2015


i-Trek Benefit Dinner May 15

On Friday, May 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 in 10-105, help support i-Trek, a great non-profit working to increase diversity in STEM, and walk away with some great prizes! If you purchase $5 (students) or $10 (non-students) worth of raffle tickets you also get a complementary dinner. Raffle items include a case of wine (12 bottles – must be 21 or over to win), a foldable bike, gift cards and more! For more information visit the event website. Get excited to win big prizes, eat food, and watch live entertainment! Photo by Randy Heinitz.

May 13, 2015


Mentoring Matters Celebration May 14

Join MASS AWIS on Thursday, May 14th, for the “end of year” Mentoring Matters Celebration event with guest speaker Dr. Lindee Goh, a partner at Tapestry Networks. Dr. Goh has extensive experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical spaces, with particular expertise in strategy and organizational effectiveness. She will speak about her experience with and the importance of mentoring throughout her career. MASS AWIS is also welcoming those interested in participating in future mentoring circles either as a mentor or mentee — a great opportunity to learn about our renowned MASS AWIS Mentoring Circle Program! The event will be from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm and will be hosted in the Yellowstone Room of the Broad Institute (415 Main St. Cambridge). Keep in mind, the event is $5 for MASS AWIS members, $10 for non-members, and free for all circle participants. If interested, in the Mentoring Matters Celebration remember to register online. Photo by MC.

May 13, 2015


GAME and EECS Cookie Decorating Competition May 14

Celebrate the end of the semester with GAME and EECS! Join the cookie decorating battle to win fame, glory, and prizes! Or just come for a late afternoon snack… Cookies, milk, and edible decorations will be provided. All you need to bring is your creativity and sweet tooth. Get ready to create beautiful art and then eat it too! The event starts Thursday, May 14th at 3 pm in W20-491Photo by Lydia.

May 12, 2015


The Science of SciFi Panel May 13

How plausible are space battles? What might aliens really look like? Join engineers and SciFi creators in a panel discussion about the questions that every SciFi fan has mulled over and would love to see answered in his or her lifetime. The panel, taking place Wednesday, May 13th from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in 4-231, will feature Jim Cambias, Joseph Shoer, and Joshua Newman. Dinner will be provided at 7 pm. RSVP as soon as possible! This event is brought to you by Communicating Science @ MIT (ComMIT). Photo by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL).

May 12, 2015


Walk All Night to Fight Suicide Jun. 27

This 16-mile overnight walk is a fundraising event to prevent suicide. All funds that are raised will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Professor Leslie Kolodziejski and Janet Fischer have organized team REACH OUT; Clarice Aiello is the student contact. They welcome all participants to join their team, or to sponsor the team members with a donation. If you’re interested in taking part in this event be sure to register and/or donate! Email if you would like to learn more. Photo by pengrin.

May 12, 2015


GAME Service Event with the Great Boston Food Bank May 13

Help GAME sort donated food that will get divided out to all regional food pantries on Wednesday, May 13th, from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Greater Boston Food Bank (70 S Bay Ave, Boston, MA). A group will be leaving together from 77 Mass Ave at 4:30 pm. The event is funded by the GCC-PSC Service Fund, so don’t worry about dinner or MBTA costs – they’ve got that covered! There are limited spots available and non-grad students will be considered if there is space available, so sign up if you’re interested in taking part in this community service event.  Photo by Martha Coakley.

May 11, 2015

Clean Energy Prize 2015

MIT Clean Energy Prize Showcase & Grand Prize Ceremony May 11

The finalists have been chosen, and now its time to save the date for the Eversource MIT Clean Energy Prize Showcase & Grand Prize Award Ceremony on May 11, 2015! A prize of $75,000 and the grand prize of $200,000 will both be awarded at this event that will take place from 3:00 to 6:30 pm in Kresge Auditorium. All of the competitors and more information can be found on the 2015 Semi-Finalists page. Come for a night of amazement and wonder as the future of energy is discovered!

May 11, 2015


Theater Arts Design Exhibition May 11-15

Next week the Rinaldi Tile Building (E33) will be hosting the Theater Arts Design Exhibition! Come see the works of students and attend the opening reception Monday 5/11 at 8pm! The exhibition, open May 12th through 15th from 9am to 5pm, will feature works by students in Introduction to Design (21M.603), Costume Design (21M.732), Lighting Design (21M.734), and Drawing for Designers (21M.851). Photo by Sarah_Ackerman.


May 8, 2015


Compton Lecture: Climate Change Science, Policy, and Communication May 11

On Monday, May 11, 2015, Dr. Mario Molina, co-winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, former Institute Professor, and one of the world’s foremost scientists in atmospheric chemistry, will visit our campus on Monday, May 11th to deliver the Karl Taylor Compton lecture: “Climate Change: Science, Policy and Communication”.  The lecture will begin at 4:30 pm in the Wong Auditorium (E51), followed by a reception in Ting Foyer. Both locations are in the Tang Center. The work of Dr. Molina and his co-laureates provided the scientific basis for the international agreements that banned chlorofluorocarbons because of their role in depleting Earth’s protective ozone layer. His perspective is particularly relevant as we continue our campus conversation around the most effective actions to combat climate change. Currently on the faculty at UC San Diego, Professor Molina also presides over the Mario Molina Center for Strategic Studies on Energy and Environment and serves as a climate policy adviser to the president of Mexico. Hosted and moderated by President L. Rafael Reif, the lecture is open to the whole MIT community. Photo by Janwikifoto.

May 8, 2015


Tang Hall Brunch May 9

All MIT graduate students are invited to join the Tang Hall residents and enjoy the last Brunch of the semester on Saturday, May 9th, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Who wouldn’t want to unwind with friends and fellow students near the Charles River while eating breakfast? Enjoy the nice spring weather outside with some delicious food comprising pancakes, eggs, grit, bacon, fruits, beverages, and much more! Try to bring your own plates and utensils to help Tang Hall go green. The event will take place on the Tang Hall Lawn (Rain location: Tang Hall 24th Floor Lounge). Email if you would like to learn more about the brunch. Photo by Joe Hsu

May 7, 2015


Danielle Keats Citron: “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace” May 7

Most Internet users are familiar with trolling—aggressive, foul-mouthed posts designed to elicit angry responses in a site’s comments. Less familiar but far more serious is the way some use networked technologies to target real people, subjecting them, by name and address, to vicious, often terrifying, online abuse. In an in-depth investigation of a problem that is too often trivialized by lawmakers and the media, Danielle Keats Citron (Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law) exposes the startling extent of personal cyber-attacks and proposes practical, lawful ways to prevent and punish online harassment. A refutation of those who claim that these attacks are legal, or at least impossible to stop, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace reveals the serious emotional, professional, and financial harms incurred by victims. On Thursday, May 7th come hear Citron speak about the ever more relevant topics in her book from 5 to 7 pm in 4-231. For more information about the event visit the event page.

May 7, 2015


ESD Spring Pizza at the Muddy May 8

Celebrate the end of a hard week and take a break before finals begin at the Muddy Charles. Join your fellow graduate students and eat some freshly baked pizza on Friday, May 8th, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Don’t miss out on the fun! Email if you have any questions pertaining to the event. Photo by rob_rob2001

May 7, 2015


Social Science Happy Hour May 8

Take part in the Social Science Happy Hour on Friday, May 8th, at 6:00 pm in E18-202 with your fellow grads! Join other students and faculty and discuss social science research and meet other social science researchers. Food and beverages will be provided. All are welcome to attend. Email if you would like more information. Photo by



May 7, 2015


Urban planning & Interfaith discussion May 7

On Thursday, May 7th join a discussion from 4 to 6 pm in 7-338 led by Ora Gladstone, Coordinator of the Addir Fellows Program at MIT, and Whitney Barth, of the Pluralism Project at Harvard. The talk will be about how radically different beliefs can be taken into account when public decisions need to made about the use of public space. Ms. Gladstone will facilitate a discussion on interfaith dialogue, particularly how to appreciate different beliefs. Ms. Barth will lead a discussion of a case study of public controversy entitled A Call to Prayer. Professor Larry Susskind will serve as moderator for the event. This discussion is organized in conjunction with the Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) and the exhibition currently in the Wolk Gallery: Female Faces in Sustainable Places: Malaysian Women Promoting Sustainable Development.

May 5, 2015

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Campus Planning / Kendall Community Meeting May 6

Exciting developments are taking place in MIT’s Kendall Square and east campus design process, the planning study for west campus, and key steps being taken regarding housing for graduate and undergraduate students., and opportunities are being created for the community to offer input to the process in the coming months. The proposed building designs for Kendall/east campus will be shared at initial community meetings on May 6th. Once broad feedback has been collected, design schemes will be submitted to the Cambridge Planning Board for its public hearing and review process. Both of these meetings will be on Wednesday, May 6th. The first will be from noon to 2 pm in the MIT Student Center, W20 Room 491. The second will be from 6pm to 8pm in the Kendall Marriott at 50 Broadway. Come and be an active, informed member of your community!

May 4, 2015


Off-Campus Housing Fair May 5

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

May 1, 2015


May Dissertation Bootcamp May 4-8

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

May 1, 2015

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GEM Conference and Grad Lab Aug. 5 – 7

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

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

May 1, 2015

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Greek Cooking Class May 3

Love Greek food? Then get ready because the MIT Hellenic Students’ Association is hosting a Greek Cooking Class! Learn how to make traditional greek dishes that will impress all of your Greek friends. The class will run from noon to 4pm on Sunday, May 3rd in the Colbert and kitchen room of the Warehouse graduate residence. Plenty of food will be provided, so bring your friends and come with an appetite! Photo by Zagat Buzz.

May 1, 2015

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GSC Battle of the Bands! May 2

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

April 30, 2015


Discussion: Best Practices on Graduate Student Advising May 7

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

April 30, 2015


New England Philharmonic: 2 world premieres May 2

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


April 29, 2015


Claire Tomlin CCE Seminar Apr. 30

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

April 29, 2015


Join us at the Collier Memorial dedication Apr. 29

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

April 28, 2015

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SLUT: The Play May 1-3

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

April 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

April 27, 2015


Joan Jonas: Selected Films and Videos, 1972-2005

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

April 24, 2015

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Interfaith Evening Film Screening & Conversation Apr. 26

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

April 23, 2015

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

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

April 23, 2015


Boston Symphony Chamber Players May 3

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

April 22, 2015


Inaugural Waste Research & Innovation Night Apr. 24

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

April 17, 2015


CityDays: Patriots Day volunteer opportunity Apr. 21

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

April 16, 2015


Edgerton Coffee House: Request for Performers Apr. 19

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

April 15, 2015


Volunteer for “Ask a Scientist!” Apr. 18

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

April 14, 2015

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MIT Community Dialogue: You Are Not Alone Apr. 15

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

April 13, 2015


Panel on the Research in Learning More Apr. 14

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

April 10, 2015


Sloan Health and Fitness Club hosts yoga and boot camp classes

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

April 9, 2015


MIT Clean Earth Hackathon Apr. 17-19

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

April 9, 2015


Socialize at the April Social Science Happy Hour Apr. 10

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