Category Archives: Events

November 25, 2015

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‘Getting from Here to There’ faculty talk: Prof. Robert Langer, Nov. 30

The final ‘Getting from Here to There’ faculty talk of the semester will take place on Monday, November 30 at 4:15 pm in 6-120.  Come hear David H. Koch Institute Professor Robert Langer talk about how he became “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine,” and how he is developing treatments for cancer and other devastating diseases.

November 25, 2015


Chain Reaction With Arthur Ganson, Nov. 27

Some wait all year to bring their contraptions to this family-oriented event organized by the Museum — and some just love to watch! On the day after Thanksgiving, the Chain Reaction with Arthur Ganson will take place Friday, November 27, 2015, 1 – 4 PM in Rockwell Cage Gymnasium (120 Vassar Street). Tickets needed.

November 20, 2015

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Project Fusion: A Collision of Music & Technology, Nov. 21

On Saturday, November 21 at 8 pm, the Juventas New Music Ensemble will come to Killian Hall at MIT to put on PROJECT FUSION, a performance exploring the intersection between music and technology.  The program will feature works that take the technology we use every day and turn it into music. There will be robotic instruments interacting with live instrumentalists; a cantata that explores genetic engineering; and a piece that invites YOU as audience members to take part in the music-making on your smart phones.  Discounted tickets of $8 for MIT students can be purchased here.


November 19, 2015

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POWER Pizza and Movie Night, Nov. 20

Come join the Postdoc Organization for Women Engaged in Research (POWER) for a showing of Mulan on Friday, November 20, from 7-10 pm in E17-517. The Postdoc Organization for Women Engaged in Research (POWER) aims to support the personal and professional development of women postdoctoral researchers at MIT. For more information about POWER, check out their Twitter.  Photo by jeffreyw 

November 19, 2015

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Organize for cycling, Nov. 20

Want to be part of a vibrant community of active cyclists? Are you entrepreneurial? Do you like helping out others? Join PN2K’s MIT chapter and help grow projects that are meaningful to the community from product design to kids’ education in bike safety. They are a committed bunch that loves having fun and going on bike adventures 3-4 times each month; some of them started biking only a few months ago. Come enjoy some snacks and meet the team in a casual setting; the meetings are conversational, productive, and team/goal-oriented. Learn more and sign up at Don’t forget to join their monthly bike safety events and upcoming bike rides (see calendar at The meeting is on Friday, November 20, from 6-7 pm in 1-132.  


November 18, 2015


Community Service Work-Study, Nov. 19

Take a break for IAP 2016 and earn some extra money. Use your skills for a time-limited project and build your career. Expand your network, serve a community, and have fun in Boston or anywhere else in the U.S.! Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to create your own service project. This applies to federal Work-Study eligible undergraduate and graduate students only. The information session is in Room 4-145 on Thursday, November 19, at 7pm. RSVP to

November 18, 2015


GSC ski trip 2016, purchase tickets, Nov. 19–20

The MIT GSC and MIT Snowriders are once again bringing you three amazing days of skiing, boarding, and fun at Jay PeakSki Resort in Vermont!  The Ski Trip will take place from January 8-11, 2016 and is open to all MIT graduate students, post-docs, and alumni. Ticket options include driving yourself ($305) or riding the bus ($365). Ticket sales will occur in two rounds:

  • Round 1: Thursday, November 19, starting at 10am
  • Round 2: Friday, November 20, starting at 10am

Sales will remain open until tickets sell out.  For more information please visit the Ski trip site.  Contact:  Photo by Daniel Hoherd

November 17, 2015


Computing, Cryptography, and the Tape Recorder Novel in Latin America, Nov. 18

In November of 1960 the Argentine writer Rodolfo Walsh decoded a cable accidentally received by a telex machine in the Havana offices of the news agency Prensa Latina, where Walsh worked alongside Gabriel García Márquez. The cable was a communiqué from a Guatemalan military base to the CIA in Washington, D.C. about plans for the Bay of Pigs invasion. Walsh informed Fidel Castro of the news, and the rest of the story is world history. But is it also world literature? This talk examines what led Walsh to decode the telex message in Havana, that event’s consequences on the category of literature, and Walsh’s subsequent creation of a new global form: the tape recorder novel.
Tom McEnaney is assistant professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. His work in media studies, sound studies and Latin American literature has appeared in Cultural Critique, Variaciones Borges, The Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies, La Habana Elegante, and elsewhere. He is currently completing his first book Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas. He will be presenting The Art of Reception: Computing, Cryptography, and the Tape Recorder Novel in Latin America on Wednesday, November 18 in 14E-304 at 5pm on behalf of MIT Global Studies and Languages.

November 17, 2015

Wendy Landman WalkBoston

CTL Distinguished Speaker Series: Wendy Landman, Nov. 19

Come to the latest talk in the CTL Distinguished Speaker series on Thursday, November 19 from 12-1 pm in 56-114.  Wendy Landman, Executive Director of WalkBoston, will discuss the critical role walking plays in the overall transportation network.  Lunch will be served.  For more information visit this site.  Contact:

November 16, 2015


Conflict Management Workshop, Nov. 17

Do you find it difficult to talk to your advisor with the challenges you are facing in your research? Do you find it difficult to express the problems you are facing to your roommate? To help you navigate through the various conflict situations, Tang Hall presents a conflict management workshop. Titled “Conflict Styles and Strategies”, it will be conducted by Libby Mahaffy, the assistant director of conflict resolution at MIT. The workshop will be followed by dinner, limited seats, please signup: It will be on Tuesday, November 17, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. It will be in Tang Hall on the 24th floor lounge. Contact to learn more.

November 16, 2015

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A Conversation w/ US Senator William “Mo” Cowan, Nov. 17

Come join us for a conversation with former US Senator William “Mo” Cowan on Tuesday, November 17 at 4:30 pm in 4-270.  Senator Cowan will reflect on his career in politics and public service and discuss the current political landscape.  The event will be moderated by MIT Professor Andrea Campbell of the Political Science Department and refreshments will be served.  Contact:

November 16, 2015

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Challenges Faced by Successful Women in STEM, Nov. 17

Women in STEM are important contributors in today’s society, however they are still surrounded by gender bias on a regular basis. This event is a fantastic opportunity to hear from a panel of powerful women from a multitude of ethnic backgrounds, succeeding in STEM fields, and speaking openly about the obstacles they have faced.  It will be held on Tuesday, November 17, at 5:45-8 pm in the Venture Café, Cambridge Innovation Center 5th floor (One Broadway, Cambridge).  For more information and to register for the event, visit this site.  Photo by ITU Pictures

November 16, 2015


Canadians Club Poutine Night, Nov. 17

Come out and meet your friendly MIT Canadians at the Thirsty Ear Pub! The Thirsty will have all the comforts of a classic Canadian pub, with plenty of free poutine! Poutine is a Canadian delicacy consisting of fries, cheese curds, and hot gravy. The event will take place on November 17, from 8-10PM. Please contact

November 13, 2015

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How to stay in the US after you graduate, Nov. 16

Are you an international student? Do you want to stay in the United States after you graduate?  Come to our presentation about immigration options after graduation on Monday, November 16 from 6-7:30 pm in 4-237.  Dana Bucin, an attorney with Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C., will be covering immigration options for international students.  You must RSVP here for this event.  Contact:  Photo by Bart

November 13, 2015

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OrigaMIT Convention 2015, Nov. 14

OrigaMIT will be holding its fifth annual origami convention on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in the MIT Student Center (W20). At the convention you will have the opportunity to:

  • Take classes on how to fold specific origami models
  • Browse a high quality origami exhibition
  • Purchase origami paper and books
  • Fold paper

The convention is open to anyone who would like to participate! Registration cost for this convention will be $20.  MIT students can register at a discounted rate of $5.  Registration will increase to $30 on November 12th, so register early! Unfortunately, online payments will not be accepted so please bring cash or Techcash to pay at the convention check in.  To learn more and to register for the event, please visit this site.

November 12, 2015

personal Budgeting workshop

From Student Loans to Credit Cards, noon workshop, Nov. 16

The next workshop in the ODGE Financial Literacy for Graduate Student series will take place on November 16 from 12–1:30 pm, in W20-308 (Coffeehouse Lounge), where you can learn about how to manage debt. Many people carry student loans or other forms of debt. However, some people do not know how to manage their debt carefully. Make sure you have the information you need in order to manage your current debt load, strategize future borrowing, and save money in the long run.

This workshop is part of the Financial Literacy for Graduate Students Series, an initiative aimed at providing new and better access to financial literacy resources for MIT’s graduate students. If you want to learn more about this or any other workshops in the series, join the mailing list: You can also sign up for online portal by visiting: and follow them on Twitter: @MITGrad Finances. Photo StockMonkey

November 12, 2015

bglo fall mixer 2015

Boston Graduate Leadership Organization (BGLO) Fall Mixer, Nov. 13

Interested in meeting graduate students from around the Cambridge/Boston area? Come to the Boston Graduate Leadership Organization (BGLO) fall mixer for a night of socializing and dancing!  This event will take place on Friday, November 13 from 8-11 pm at Wild Rover (61 Chatham St, Boston MA 02109)  and will be open to graduate students from Babson, Bentley, BC, BU, Brandeis, Harvard, HULT, MIT, Northeastern, Suffolk, and Tufts. Must be 21+. RSVP and get more ticket information here.  Interested in volunteering to hel check-in guests, hand out names tags, direct people and get a free cover?  Signup to volunteer here.  Contact:,  Photo by Raj Taneja

November 11, 2015

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MIT Water Summit, Nov. 13-14

The 3rd annual MIT Water Summit will take place on November 13 from 2:30-7 pm and November 14, from 9:30 am – 4 pm, in the Wong Auditorium, Tang Center (E51).  Join us to explore the world of water!  The Summit is a panel-based conference which brings together students, faculty, industry, and government.  This year’s theme is “Thriving with Change”, with three panels titled “Interpret”, “Innovate”, and “Implement” featuring experts from around the world.  We will also be featuring key note speakers Curt Spalding of the EPA, and Professor Kenneth Strzepek of MIT. Visit the MIT Water Summit site for more information and to reserve your spot!  Contact:  Photo by Janet Ramsden

November 11, 2015

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GSC Thursday @ The List, Nov. 12

Graduate students: meet up at the List for a special night of conversation, art making, and delicious food and drinks in celebration of the exhibition Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space.  The event will be held on Thursday, November 12, from 6-8 pm at the List Center (Building E15).  This program is open to MIT Graduate Students and their guests only.  Contact:

November 10, 2015

astropreneurship panel

Astropreneurship Panel, Nov. 11

On Wednesday, November 11 from 6:30-9:30 pm in 32-155, come learn about the current and future state of space entrepreneurship, including trends in the industry and advice for students.  Panelists include the founders of Deep Space Industries, Accion Systems, Alliend Minds, and Earth2Orbit.  The panel will include time for Q&A and will be followed by a reception with the panelists in the R&D Commons.  Please RSVP here.  Contact:  Photo by nasamarshall

November 10, 2015

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Prof. Broadhead on path from student to historian, Nov. 10

Want to know how your professors went from being students to historians? Come hear Associate Professor of History Will Broadhead talk about his journey from Connecticut to London to MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT. Learn about how he brings ancient Greece and Rome to life for today’s students. He will give this lecture on Tuesday, November 10 at 5:15pm  in 3-133.

November 9, 2015

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Info Session on Hult Prize, Nov. 10

Interested in social entrepreneurship? Want practice pitching your idea? Or hear about other ideas from MIT students?  Join a team and compete for a chance to win $1M in seed capital through the Hult Prize Competition, an annual global competition for students. The 2016 Hult Prize challenge is on Crowded Urban Spaces – Can we build sustainable, scalable, enterprises to better serve people in urban spaces?  Teams of 3 or 4 students will pitch their idea at MIT on December 7, 2015 and the winning team will compete to attend the Hult Prize Accelerator. Come to the info-session that will be held on November 10, from 6-7 pm in E51-345, to learn more about the competition and meet other people within the MIT community who are also committed to social change!  Contact:  Photo by JD Lasica

November 9, 2015

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2016 OGMESTI International Exhibition: Registration deadline Nov. 10

The International Exhibition on Oil, Gas, Material Energy, Services & Technology Innovations (OGMESTI’2016) committee invites you to present and display your research results, projects, contributions and ideas at the International Exhibition.  OGMESTI’2016 is open to: Students, Researchers, Oil And Gas Companies, Firms, Patent Brokers, Private and State Organizations, Laboratories Holding Inventions Already Protected by Intellectual Property Rights, Etc.  The exhibition will be held from January 11-13, 2016 in Sousse, Tunisia.

A catalogue of the Exhibition will be sent to all participants as source of intra-communication to extend the cloud network of the Exhibition fields.  OGMESTI invites contributions in the topics (but not limited to) listed here. Entry Form submission and registration is due November 10, 2015; Exhibition Dates are January 11-13, 2016.  Contact: for more information.  Photo by Enrico Strocchi



November 9, 2015

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MIT Comedy Night at the Thirsty Ear, Nov. 10

Join us for another MIT Comedy Night, with headliner Ryan Donahue (Strange Behavior) on Tuesday, November 10 at 8 pm in the Thirsty Ear Pub.  Snacks and soda will be provided. 21+ govt ID & MIT ID required for entry. Please have ID ready to show at the door.  Contact:  Photo by That Other Paper

November 6, 2015

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Graduate-UROP Mixer: Meet and Hire UROPs, Nov. 9

Finding a talented UROP who has the same interests as you is hard! The MIT Biotech Group is helping like-minded UROPs find industry/entrepreneurship-oriented UROP advisors.  The mixer which will be held on Monday, November 9, from 7-8:30 pm in the Bush Room (10-105), will be organized as a speed-dating process where graduate students can meet many UROPs rapidly.  Refreshments will be served.  Contact:  Photo by asianartmuseum


November 5, 2015

MIT Sangam Annual Diwali Celebration

Diwali Night, Nov. 8 at MIT Kresge Auditorium

This coming Sunday, November 8, at 6 pm MIT Sangam  invites you to the Annual Diwali Celebration, co-sponsored by the GSC. There will be a Diwali Dinner in Lobdell, from 6–7:30 pm, activities and stalls at MIT Kresge Auditorium, between 6–8 pm, followed by a Cultural Show, performance, at Kresge, from 8–10 pm. For tickets and program visit the event site.

Packed with back to back cultural performances by members and students within and outside of MIT, the organizers promise “unrestrained entertainment with Bollywood jhatka-matkas, folk dances, filmy gaane, classical krithis and a cappella music!” There’s also a three-course dinner before the cultural show starts, along with fun evening activities, such as henna making.


November 5, 2015

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Community Lunch @ MIT with Mayor Setti Warren, Nov. 6

The next part of “The Community Lunch @ MIT” series will take place on Friday, November 6, at 12 pm, in 2-105.  The guest speaker will be Mayor Setti Warren of the City of Newton, MA.  Mayor Warren will discuss his career in public service and his experiences leading the City of Newton, which is one of America’s top-rated communities.  This event is open to the entire MIT community and lunch will be served.  Please RSVP here.  Contact:  Photo by settiwarren

November 3, 2015


“Don’t Tell Anyone” film screening Nov. 5

On Thursday, November 5, from 7-9 pm in 3-133, the MIT Urban Planning Film Series will feature a screening and panel discussion of Mikaela Shwer’s Don’t Tell Anyone (No Digas a nadie).  After the film, please join us for a discussion with special guests Justin Steil (Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT) and Cristina Jo Perez (Visiting Scholar, MIT Department of Women’s and Gender Studies). Visit this site for more information.

Summary: Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views. She steps out of the shadows a second time to share her story of sexual abuse, an experience all too common among undocumented women. Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) follows Rivera’ss remarkable journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times.  Visit this site for more information.

November 2, 2015

Bettencourt Boulevard it's alive play reading series

“Bettencourt Boulevard” It’s Alive! play reading, Nov. 5

The It’s Alive! semi-staged play reading series presents Bettencourt Boulevard: A Story of France by Michel Vinaver, directed and translated for the first time into English by French director and actress Gabriella Maione, with the participation of MIT students and faculty.  The play will be performed on November 5, at 7:30 pm in Kresge Little Theater.  Reservations are not required.

Bettencourt Boulevard takes a retrospective look at the famed Bettencourt Affair around the heiress to the L’Oréal fortune, while wading through France’s muddy contemporary history. Michel Vinaver draws upon the searing Bettencourt case and analyzes the intimate, political, and economical aspects that compose it by putting into words the most salient information from the case. Tracing the history of L’Oréal founder Eugéne Schueller back to World War II, the author intermingles timeless components of legends and myths with a story that still attracts media attention today.  For more information visit this site.  Photo by Leo Hidalgo


October 30, 2015

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MIT Work-Life Center Fall Seminar Series, Oct. – Dec.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the MIT Work-Life Center’s Fall Seminar Series.  The presenters, who are experts in their fields, will share research-based strategies, tips, and information on more than 25 topics, including:

  • Student loan repayment strategies
  • Developing your negotiation and communication skills for challenging conversations
  • Eating healthy and staying active on your own schedule and budget
  • Buying your first home
  • Parenting
  • Eldercare

All seminars are free of charge and open to the entire MIT community and their families; however, registration is required.  Photo by Nan Palmero

October 30, 2015

introduction to spoken sanskrit workshop

Introductory Spoken Sanskrit Workshop, Oct. 31

Join us on October 31, 2015 10 am – 4:30 pm in 1-242 for an introduction to our weekly Sanskrit Beginner classes.  This free workshop will be a great opportunity to get introduced to the Sanskrit language.  Listen to, speak and learn the first things about the language through the language itself.  No prior knowledge of the language needed.  Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP here.  Contact:  Photo by Paul Simpson

October 30, 2015

day of the dead celebration

Day of the Dead celebration, Nov. 2

Come celebrate the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) on Monday, November 2, from 10 am – 4 pm in Lobby 10!  We will be setting up the altar at 10 am.  We will have traditional bread (pan de muerto).  Contact:  Photo by Señor Codo

October 29, 2015

water innovation dinner

Water Innovation Prize Generator Dinner, Oct. 29

Learn about water innovation at MIT and in the community on Thursday, October 29, 6-9 pm in the Lobdell Dining Hall (W20-208).  Pitch your water-related solution or challenge.  Network and find teammates for the competition. Catered dinner provided!  For more info and to RSVP for the dinner please visit this site.  Contact:  Photo by Christine und David Schmitt

October 29, 2015

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Johnny Gandelsman musical performance, Oct. 30

Acclaimed violinist Johnny Gandelsman will be bringing his powerful interpretation of J.S. Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin to MIT on October 30 at 8 pm in MIT Kresge Auditorium (W16). Payment is $20, $10 for students outside of MIT, and free for students with MIT ID’s.  Please reserve/purchase your ticket here.

October 28, 2015

ICMECT 2016 Conference paper deadline

2016 Intl. Conf. Material Energy & Control Technology: deadline Nov. 19

The 2016 International Conference on Material Energy & Control Technology (ICMECT 2016) will be held on January 11-13, 2016 in Sousse, Tunisia.  And the deadline to submit a paper for consideration is November 19, 2015.  All accepted papers  will be published in the proceedings of ICMECT’ 2016.  The  proceedings will be indexed in science citation databases that track citation frequency/data. Extended versions of selected papers of the conference will be invited to submit to ISI journals.

The 2016 MECT International Conference invites paper submissions from diverse communities, including researchers from: universities, corporations, government agencies, and standardization bodies. Papers are sought that address solutions to problems in all areas of material energy & control technology and the 2016 MECT International Conference is interested in a list of topics accessible here.

Papers should be typeset by using the general typesetting instructions  available on this site.  Submissions are to be uploaded to the submission/evaluation web site portal

Deadlines and dates:

  • November 19, 2015:  Submission of Papers (see instructions)
  • December 20, 2015:  Notification of acceptance (+/- 2 days)
  • December 30, 2015:  Final papers and Registration for Authors of Accepted Papers
  • January 11-13, 2016: The 2016 International Conference on Material Energy & Control Technology (ICMECT’ 2016) in Sousse, Tunisia

Contact:  Photo by David Gilford

October 26, 2015

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MIT Police Awareness Lunch, Oct. 28

Captain Cheryl Vossmer (MIT Police) will be leading a session on safety and awareness when walking around a college campus on Wednesday, October 28, 12–1 pm. Food will be provided.  For more information and to register for the event, please visit this site.  Photo by J J

October 22, 2015

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MIT Technology & Policy Program Fall Open House, Oct. 26

The Technology Policy Program (TPP) fall informational open house will be on Monday, October 26, from 3:30-5:30 pm in room E40-380.

TPP is a research based two year master’s program that is housed in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society within the MIT School of Engineering. In addition to coursework in subjects such as policy making, leadership, law and economics; TPP students conduct research in labs, research centers and working groups, thus developing a dual competency in their respective field and that of policy. Since the format of TPP is that of a standard School of Engineering masters degree, it can often be done as a dual degree with one single thesis satisfying both programs.

TPP graduates enter fields in industry, government, regulatory agencies and consulting, and they help to guide in technology development and deployment. TPP fills a gap that traditional policy or science programs leave behind.

If you are unable to attend the open house, TPP hosts informational webinars throughout the fall. To RSVP for a webinar, please visit our TPP web site.  Photo by Jeff Kubina

October 21, 2015

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Effective Presentations workshop, Oct. 21

Do you present your work to your lab, at conferences, or to hiring committees? If so, this workshop is designed to provide you with strategies for delivering an effective presentation.  The workshop will be held in 3-370 on Wednesday, October 21 from 2:30-4 pm.  Discussions will include room set-up, proper dress, room management, and actual professional delivery to your audience. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration is requested via CareerBridge.  Photo by kris krüg


October 21, 2015

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“A Window Into the Underwater World” photography seminar, Oct. 21

Please join us on October 21, 5 pm in Physics’ Cosman Seminar Room, 6C-442 for A Window Into the Underwater World: Framing Fish at the New England Aquarium, the next seminar in MIT CAST visiting artist, Keith Ellenbogen’s underwater photography series.  Presentation and discussion by Ellenbogen and Steve Bailey, Curator of Fishes New England Aquarium.  Photo Keith Ellenbogen

October 20, 2015

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Andrew Lo and the importance of finance in biotech, Oct. 21

Are you a life sciences researcher? Are you considering in a career in biotech?  Come listen to Andrew Lo shine light on the financial side of the biotechnology industry!  The talk will be held on October 21 at 4 pm in the Broad Institute First Floor Auditorium.

Afterward, there will be a reception in the Broad Institute Lobby. Contact:  Photo by Novartis AG

October 20, 2015

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Lecture & Dinner with Prof. Lawrence Susskind, Oct. 21

The MIT Sidney-Pacific Presidential Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series cordially invites you to a lecture and dinner with Prof. Lawrence Susskind on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 pm in the Sidney Pacific Multipurpose Room. The topic of the lecture is “The Theory and Practice of Conflict Resolution: From Global Conflicts Over Climate Change to Disputes in the Lab.”

Larry Susskind is Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.  He is also the co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and consults for resource disputes around the world.

All attendees must RSVP in advance. Contact:

October 20, 2015

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Improv comedy workshop to improve presentation skills, Oct. 22

Have you had that awkward moment in a presentation where someone asks a really weird question?  Do you fear what a committee member may ask in your thesis defense?  This improv workshop, held on October 22, 3-4:30 pm in 4-153, will help develop skills to respond to such situations and think on your feet.  We will be doing improv comedy exercises to develop a comfort with engaging others. Participants should expect to participate actively.  Please sign up here.  Contact:  Photo by John Morrison

October 19, 2015

mass awis science writing panel

Writing in Science, career panel, Oct. 20

Interested in a career in science writing? Having trouble finishing up that final paper? These panelists have seen and heard it all! Attend an intimate panel discussion with some of the industry’s top science writers hosted by MASS AWIS. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Janice Kranz and will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 6-8:30 pm, in The Broad Institute, Monadnock Room (415 Main St. Cambridge 02142).  Please register for the panel here.  Photo by Kirsten

October 19, 2015


Screening of FAUST on Oct. 30

There will be a film Screening of FAUST on October 30, at 8 pm at Killian Hall.  FAUST is  a 1926 Silent Film by F. W. Murnau, with live musical accompaniment, created and performed by Martin Marks, with soprano Divya Pillai (G).  Photo by Insane Focus

October 16, 2015

diversity towards institutional transformation panel

NRMN forum on diversity best practices, Oct. 16

The National Research Mentoring Network to Diversify the Biomedical Workforce (NRMN), headquartered at Boston College, invites you to a forum where outstanding leaders who have led innovative initiatives to address this issue on their campuses for undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, will discuss their programs.  The forum will be held on Friday, October 16, 12:30-4 pm in the Murray Function Room, Boston College.  This presentation will allow for an open discussion on the best practices and how you might implement change at your institution to create a more inclusive environment. Participate in our panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities of diversifying the science workforce, and network with other leaders committed to institutional diversity and inclusion in New England.

Following the panel presentation, one of our panelists Dr. John Matsui from the University of California, Berkeley and a recent awardee of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring will present a Keynote talk on his journey.  Please make sure to RSVP here.  Photo by tylerhoff

October 15, 2015

syria right to image film screening

Syria and the Right to the Image film screening, Oct. 19

The film screening and discussion with Charif Kiwan, Spokesperson, Abounaddara, Syrian Film Collective will be held on Monday, October 19 at 5 pm in 32-141.

About the film:

Since 2011, Abounaddara, an anonymous group of Syrian filmmakers, have released a weekly film on the web, spotlighting the lives of individual Syrians in the war. In order to avoid censorship, their short films offer anonymous fly-on-the-wall perspective of the conflict. Since 2013, they have been campaigning for the “Right to the Image”: maintaining the dignified image of the Syrian people instead of depictions of bodies and war shown in the more mainstream media.

Their work has been recognized by the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Abounaddara are the recipients of the second Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics. The exhibition Abounaddara, The Right to the Image is presented at The New School, New York, from October 22 through November 11, 2015, launched by a three-day international conference.

For more information please visit the event website.  Photo by Alessandra Kocman

October 13, 2015

committed to caring: Professors Solomon and Smith

Two new “Committed to Caring” professors, Solomon and Smith

The final two rounds of MIT “Committed to Caring” faculty honorees for 2014–2015 are being posted on the infinite display and on posters around campus: October 13 and December 7. Meanwhile, the Committed-to-Caring call for nominations for 2015–2016 stays open until Dec. 7 at 11:59 pm.

Each year, graduate students nominate MIT “Committed to Caring (C2C)” professors, who go above and beyond expectations to make a positive impact on the lives of graduate students. A selection committee chooses the top nominees, and ODGE has the pleasure of showcasing each professor’s work and the student testimonials to the professor’s impactful teaching.

Tuesday, October 13, Eboney J.N. Hearn, Assistant Dean of Diversity Initiatives in the ODGE, announces and congratulates two new Committed to Caring (C2C) professors.

  • Frank Solomon, Biology
    “Talk to Frank”
    Professor Frank Solomon cares about and respects students. He truly listens, and he understands. For these reasons, when someone in Course 7 is having trouble, be it academic, professional, or personal, they are advised, “Go talk to Frank.” One such student recalls, “That single conversation was more helpful to my professional life than any other I have ever had.” Frank Solomon’s caring and effective style of teaching has been recognized before, with the School of Science Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, in 2011. What makes Frank’s impact unique is that students come to him with the big issues. Solomon believes it is very important to ask, “How are we training people, and for what?” 
  • Kord Smith, Nuclear Science and Engineering
    A door always open
    In addition to Professor Kord Smith’s commitment to helping his students academically, he takes an interest in their personal development and well-being. Despite the norm of continual research throughout the summer, Kord encourages his students to pursue internships outside of MIT, and he has personally facilitated many of these connections. Smith relates to his students’ MIT experiences, having attained his PhD here, and he often shares stories of his own path. Additionally, he plans and organizes retreats for his students, to help them experience a balanced work life. According to his nominators, “His door has always been open to students,” even on some Saturdays.

As you spot the newest C2C professors this week, we’re hoping it reminds you to recognize someone who’s shown a commitment to caring! Nominate your professors here. Who’s gone above and beyond to create a supportive and positive working environment? Who’s check in on your well-being, or provided stellar opportunities for networking and professional advancement? Who’s helped you or your fellow students professionally with outstanding formal or informal mentoring?

Over the course of the C2C campaign, we have been delighted to showcase many individual styles of teaching and caring at MIT! 

October 9, 2015


The Revere Piano Quartet on Oct. 11

The Revere Piano Quartet currently include: Jin-Kyung Joen, violin; Ronald Gorevic, violin/viola; MIT Emerson Instructor Eugene Kim, cello; and Tae Kim, piano.

Featured on this program is the rarely heard Suite for 2 Violins, Cello and Piano Left Hand, by Erich Korngold, and the Fauré, Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 45. The performance will take place in Killian Hall on October 11 at 7 pm.

Photo By: esc861

October 8, 2015

African wax-print cloth

Edoh: Intricacies of African print cloth, Oct. 8

MIT PhD candidate Amah Edoh will present the intricacies—historical, political, cultural, and technical—of African print cloth, October 8 at 4 pm in Bldg. 2-105. In this talk, Amah Edoh traces the trajectory of wax cloth (also known as “African print cloth”) from Holland to Togo to elucidate how African-ness is being imagined and produced visually and materially in the present historical moment.

Edoh’s research interests focus on the interplay of place and expertise in the politics of knowledge production, with a particular emphasis on Africa and material culture. She was a 2004 Fulbright Scholar to Zambia and holds a Masters in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Edoh is currently a PhD candidate in MIT’s Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society.

MIT Global Studies and Languages

October 7, 2015

ideas challenge fall dinner

IDEAS Fall Generator Dinner 2015, Oct. 8

Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need funding? Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don’t yet have an idea?

Join MIT IDEAS Global Challenge for dinner on October 8, 7-9 pm, in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall to pitch an idea and find a team for the challenge.

During the event, there will be openings for 20-30 sixty-second pitches from attendees. You must sign up in advance to request a slot.

Sign up to pitch an idea or your skills when you register for this event. Those selected to pitch will be contacted before the event with instructions on the process.

Note: Pitching is optional! If you don’t want to pitch, just attend to mix and mingle, meet potential teammates, or hear about some of the exciting projects already underway.  Photo by MITChallenge

October 7, 2015


Aeronautics guest speaker on Oct. 8

The lectures “Current Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Research at the FAA” and “Aerospace Medicine Implications of Exponential Medical Technologies” will be coming to MIT on Thursday, October 8 from 9:30–11am in room 1-190.

Photo by Oliver Holzbauer

October 6, 2015

Professor Miyagawa, Faculty Talk

Professor Miyagawa shares his Alabama roots, ed-tech career, Oct. 6

Want to know how your professors made their academic and career choices?  Come hear their stories at the new faculty talks series.

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 5:15 pm in 3-133, come hear Professor Shigeru Miyagawa share his journey from growing up in Alabama as a Japanese-American, to an academic career bridging Japan and America, linguistics and culture, and education and technology at MIT.

Dates and speakers for the rest of the series:

  • Maria Zuber, Oct. 14, 5:15 pm, 6-120
  • Paula Hammond, Oct. 28, 5:15 pm, 6-120
  • Will Broadhead, Nov. 10, 5:15 pm, 3-133
  • Robert Langer, Nov. 30, 4:15 pm, 6-120

October 6, 2015

re:making life discussions

MIT Museum “Re:Making Life” series, Oct. 7, 14, 21

Beginning on Sept 30, the MIT Museum is offering a series of discussions about synthetic biology (“Re:Making Life”), with short presentations by MIT and Harvard researchers and opportunities for conversations by all attendees.  Explore what “synbio” is, how scientists are using innovative techniques to modify organisms, and for what purposes.  These events are free, and light refreshments will be served.

All talks will be held at the MIT Museum (265 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA)

From DNA to Designer Genomes: Wed., Sept. 30 from 6:00-7:30 pm

Breaking the “SynBio” Barrier: Wed., Oct. 7 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Customizing Nature: Wed., Oct. 14 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Who Needs Rules?: Wed., Oct. 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm

For more information, please visit this site.

Photo by Mehmet Pinarci

October 6, 2015


One-Day NSF/NIH Grant Workshops at UMass Boston, Oct. 8–9

The Writing/Designing NSF Proposals workshop will be held at the University of Massachusetts Boston on October 9, 2015. This one-day comprehensive workshop is geared for those who wish to submit winning research proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is taught by experienced faculty who have received various NSF grants and serve as evaluators on NSF review panels.  Additionally, a Writing/Designing NIH Proposals workshop will be held at the University of Massachusetts Boston, on October 8, 2015.

Space is limited and since this class fills up quickly, registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Workshop Fee: $375.00 (including tuition, materials, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast)

In order to register, please visit this site.  Contact: (866) 704-7268  Photo by Ramiro Ramirez

October 5, 2015

keith ellenbogen underwater photography seminar series

Keith Ellenbogen on underwater photography, Oct. 7, 21, and ongoing

Please join us on October 7, 5pm in Physics’ Cosman Seminar Room, 6C-442 for The Art of Underwater Photography, the next seminar in MIT CAST visiting artist, Keith Ellenbogen’s underwater photography series:

Visualizing Marine Conservation
featuring Caleb McClennen, Executive Director, Marine Conservation; Wildlife Conservation Society Merry Camhi, Director, New York Seascape Program; Wildlife Conservation Society Keith Ellenbogen, Photographer and MIT CAST Visiting Artist

Upcoming seminar dates (all 5 PM, Cosman Seminar Room, 6C-442):

A Window into the Underwater World: Framing Fish at the New England Aquarium
October 21, 5pm
Presentation and Discussion by:  Steve Bailey, Curator of Fishes New England Aquarium and Keith Ellenbogen

The White Sharks of Cape Cod: Science, Art and the Public Imagination
November 18, 5pm
Presentation and Panel Discussion:  Dr. Greg Skomal, Senior Marine Fisheries Scientist, MA Marine Fisheries, Great White Shark Researcher and TV Personality (shark week) and Keith Ellenbogen

Seeing the Invisible Ocean: Art at Technology’s Cutting Edge
December 9, 5pm
Presentation and Discussion: Keith Ellenbogen and Allan Adams, Associate Professor of Physics

500 P.S.I. Exhibition of Photographs by CAST Visiting Artist Keith Ellenbogen
Through May 1, 2016
Location: 6C 4th floor, Center for Theoretical Physics exhibition space

October 2, 2015

mit solve hubweek boston october 2015

HUBweek and Solve, Oct. 5–8

During the first week of October, there will be two huge events:

  • HUBweek (October 3–10), a first-ever weeklong celebration of the arts, science and innovation culture of Boston, co-sponsored in locations throughout Boston and Cambridge by MIT, Harvard University,The Boston Globe and Massachusetts General Hospital, and
  • Solve (October 5–8), the launch of an ongoing program on the MIT campus to bring together a global group of creative thinkers, doers and influencers to explore, model and test new solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

There are public sessions of Solve:

  • Monday afternoon, October 5, Kresge Auditorium: Solve’s opening convocation, featuring a keynote address from Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sachs and roundtables on Solve’s “Cure” and “Make” pillars
  • Tuesday evening, October 6, Bartos Theater: Roundtable on the “Fuel” pillar, with Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons Ltd.
  • Wednesday evening, October 7, Bartos Theater: Roundtable on the “Learn” pillar, with Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder, Emerson collective
    You must register in order to attend, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that any of these sessions become sold out, you can watch the live stream here.

At locations throughout Greater Boston, HUBweek will showcase the region’s strengths in art, science and technology through more than 80 events, most of which are free and open to the public, including “Inside Kendall Square,” on Thursday, October 8 – a day for celebrating the most innovative square mile on the planet. Registration for HUBweek is now open.

Additional details on HUBweek and Solve are available here.


October 2, 2015

How iGrad Works video

Where do I go? Who do I ask? Financial literacy talk, Oct. 6

The ODGE has recently partnered with the MIT Federal Credit Union to make an online financial literacy platform available to the entire MIT community including our graduate students!

The iGrad platform (link can be found at been customized for MIT and includes videos, articles, games, a job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending-smarts, etc.

To help roll out this exciting new tool, the ODGE is happy to announce a fall semester workshop (and pizza) series for graduate students on various financial literacy topics as part of the ODGE’s larger financial literacy initiative (an MIT news article will be out shortly providing more details on this initiative).

RSVP is required and spots are limited (free pizza!) so RSVP here.

  • 12:00-1:30 on Tuesday, October 6 (68-180): Financial Resources on Campus: Where Do I Go, Who Do I Ask?
  • 12:00-1:30 on Tuesday, October 20 (68-180): Securing Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • 12:00-1:30 on Monday, November 16 (W20-308): Navigating Credit and Debt: From Student Loans to Credit Cards
  • 12:00-1:30 on Tuesday, December 1 (W20-308): Personal Budgeting for the Uninitiated and Overwhelmed

Read more.

October 1, 2015

art studio visit

Field trip to an artist’s studio, Oct. 3

The List Visual Arts Center wants you to meet artist Lina Viste Gronli in her Somerville, MA studio! Visit the studio of a contemporary artist and see works in progress while enjoying light food and drinks with other arts enthusiasts from MIT.  The bus leaves from outside of the List Center (Bldg. E15) at 1 pm, on Saturday, October 3, returning just after 4. The exhibition “List Projects: Lina Viste Gronli” is on view at the List (Bldg. E15) until October 25.  LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE. Sign up here.  Contact:  Photo by cgc76

October 1, 2015


Fifth annual graduate arts gala at Harvard MCZ, Oct. 2

Join the MIT GSC and Graduate Arts Forum for this fall’s graduate arts gala on Friday, October 2, from 7:30–10 pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Mix and mingle amongst stuffed mammals, birds, and paleolithic-era fossils, while enjoying live jazz, complimentary wine, and hors d’oeuvres.

Space is limited and you must be 21+ to register. Students are permitted to bring a guest (who must also be 21+).  RSVP here or contact:  Photo by: Chris Devers

October 1, 2015

open mic lewis music library

Open mic lunch hour at the Lewis Music Library, Oct. 2

Open mic will be held in the Lewis Music Library, 14E-109, on Friday, October 2, from 12–1 pm.  Come jam, perform, or just listen.  This is your chance to play our piano or your own instrument.  Everyone is welcome. Free audience supplied for all performers. Light refreshments will also be provided.  Contact: 617-253-5636  Photo by Nic McPhee

September 30, 2015


Research paper submissions for IAAC due Nov. 30

The 6th IEEE International Advance Computing Conference (IACC- 2016) is accepting research papers for their conference on February 27–28. The deadline to submit is November 30, and the conference listing at IEEE can be viewed here.

Prospective authors are invited to submit full and original research papers in the areas of: High Performance Computing, Advances in Communication and Networks, Advanced Algorithms, Image and Multimedia Processing, Databases and Data Management, and Teaching and Learning Systems. For a detailed list of topics please visit the conference websitePhoto by Ivan Walsh

September 30, 2015


MIT MTA concert: Jeremy Huw Williams, Oct. 2

MIT Music and Theater Arts is hosting a concert by Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and pianist Paula Fan featuring music by Shadle, Child, Harbison, and Alwyn on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8pm in Killian Hall (160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge).  Admission is free.

Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and pianist Paula Fan will present the world premiere of Primordia: A Song Cycle to Early Poems of Wallace Stevens by Charles Shadle; the premiere of a new version of The Great Panjandrum by Peter Child; the US premiere of  William Alwyn’s Nocturnes, and John Harbison’s The Flute of Interior Time.

Visit this site for more information.  Photo by Christina Raphaelle

September 29, 2015

it's alive

“It’s Alive!” play reading on Oct. 1

Its Alive! play reading series presents an Homage to Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) the late British neurologist and author.

On Thursday, October 1 at 7 pm, in the Rinaldi Building (E33), there will be a free reading of The Man Who by Peter Brook, English theater and film director. The play is based on the 1985 Oliver Sacks book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, a best-selling collection of case histories about some of his neurologically impaired patients. Photo by C. Mario del Río

September 28, 2015

effectCV writing for academic jobs

Effective CVs for the Academic Job Search, Sep. 29

The CV is used for the academic job search and in some cases for PhDs seeking a research position in other settings. This workshop will be held on September 29, 2015, 1:30-3 pm in 5-217 and will cover the important elements of a CV, including strategies for how to showcase your particular knowledge and experiences effectively. We will also discuss some aspects of the academic job search – such as writing a research or teaching statement, or obtaining letters of recommendation. It’s helpful to bring a copy of your CV or a draft with you to refer to as we go through the material in the workshop.  Please register here in advance.  Photo by desiitaly

September 28, 2015


“Getting from Here to There” faculty talks, Sep. 30

Want to know how your professors made their academic and career choices?  Come hear their stories at the new faculty talks series.

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 5:15pm in 6-120, Professor Emery Brown will share his journey to becoming a renowned neuroscientist, anesthesiologist, statistician, and MIT faculty member.

Dates and speakers for the rest of the series:

  • Shigeru Miyagawa, Oct. 6, 5:15 pm, 3-133
  • Maria Zuber, Oct. 14, 5:15 pm, 6-120
  • Paula Hammond, Oct. 28, 5:15 pm, 6-120
  • Will Broadhead, Nov. 10, 5:15 pm, 3-133
  • Robert Langer, Nov. 30, 4:15 pm, 6-120

September 28, 2015

water pollution mit water club

Water Pollution Control Overview from Len Miller, Sep. 29

Leonard Miller, one of the Co-Founders of the US EPA, will be giving this month’s MIT Water Club Lecture Series talk on Tuesday, September 29, at 4:30pm in 1-150.  The lecture will provide an overview of the historical evolution of the US EPA, and the regulation of wastewater in the United States.  While discussing regulation development from the 60’s until now, relevant policy/engineering issues and some short case histories will be presented.  Not only does Len have extensive experience in government, but also in private practice as one of the leading environmental lawyers in the US.  The lecture is open to everyone, and snacks will be served!  Contact: Photo by Wilfredo Rodríguez

September 25, 2015

Game Controller

Dr. AnnMaria De Mars: as diverse as tech gets, Sep. 28

An informal discussion with a judo world champion on the psychology of success in the tech industry.

AnnMaria De Mars is the CEO and founder of 7 Generation Games, a startup that develops educational video games in which students learn about math and Native American history. She is also the president of The Julia Group, a consulting firm offering software development for statistical analysis and psychometrics. The mother of four daughters, she was the first American to win the world judo championships. In 2013, she was listed as one of Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40.

On Monday, September 28 Mars will host an informal discussions in Building 3-270 from 1–2 pm. Light refreshments will be available and it is recommended that you preregister using this form.

September 24, 2015


Sep. 24: Jim Crow and Segregation Outside of the South

Police shootings and the Black Lives Matter campaign have shone a spotlight on how different the everyday experiences are of white Americans and Americans of color. While much attention has been paid to these seemingly daily occurrences, the historical forces that led to our current situation have been less discussed: Is the de facto segregation that exists in many Northern cities a result of the lack of forced integration of the type that took place in the South? And is the mass incarceration of and police brutality inflicted on black Americans a result of these same forces?  The Communications Forum will be hosting a discussion, “Jim Crow and the Legacy of Segregation Outside of the South,” this Thursday, September 24 at 5 pm, in 3-270.


Melissa Nobles, the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at MIT

Tracey Meares, the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School

Moderator: Seth Mnookin, director of the Communications Forum and the associate director of the Graduate Program of Science Writing at MIT

For more information, please visit this site.  Photo by Tina Leggio

September 24, 2015


Scott: Code Wars lecture, Sep. 24

This lecture by Felicity Scott on Thursday, September 24 at 6 pm in the Long Lounge (7-429) will address the Open Land communes which emerged in Northern California during the late 1960s, focusing in particular on the escalating “code wars” and attempts to abandon private property rights, normative forms of life, and other trappings of modernity and capitalism elicited from the State.

September 23, 2015


Design Biennial at Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston

The Design Biennial is well underway, with a host art pieces to see in the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. The park itself serves as a stage to highlight the art and enhance the experience for the viewer. Many of the pieces are also interactive. A new mural, Lawrence Weiner’s “A Translation from One Language to Another,” is going up in Dewey Square Park. Permanent installations include Ross Miller’s “Harbor for Sculpture” and the animal sculptures on Jeff Briggs’s Greenway Carousel. The fully functioning carousel is open daily until October 12 and weekends until December 20. Many of the other featured works are leaving in late September or early October.

More information on the Greenway and many of the art exhibits can be found on their site.

Photo by deborahlee713