Category Archives: Student life

October 31, 2014

Bad advice

More Bad Advice Grad Students Get

Really, the list of bad advice could be endless—there’s an unfortunate number of people who are spouting terrible things on this subject, all the time. Some of the lousy advice I heard myself, and some I heard from colleagues’ horror stories. Since I won’t ever have a tenure-track job, I feel it’s my moral obligation to put some giant, flashing warning signs around the bad advice that perfectly well-meaning people might offer to graduate students. Continue reading this article on Vitae.

October 29, 2014

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EMT applications due Oct. 31

Emergency Medical Technicians are the students who drive the ambulance and go to help people who are in need of emergency medical care!  Applications to become an EMT are due by Friday, October 31st, as the IAP class begins in January.  Contact sgoel@mit.edu or visit the website for more information.

October 28, 2014

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Student Loan Art Program allows students to “adopt” artwork

Visitors to MIT earlier this month may have spotted what looked like a slow — and highly participatory — art heist: Over the course of three days, from Sept. 10 to 12, 593 students entered the List Visual Arts Center and left with pieces of its collection. This year marks the 45th anniversary of MIT’s Student Loan Art Program: After viewing the collection, choosing their favorites, and participating in a lottery, lucky graduate students and undergrads are given the opportunity to bring home one of the List’s works of art. In this year’s lottery, Desi Gonzalez, a graduate student in comparative media studies, received her first choice, after trying for it last year and coming up short. She can’t wait to begin her relationship with Frances Stark’s “Untitled.” “Looking at a work over time changes how you see,” she explained in a blog post. “Having a work hanging on your wall for nine months — it allows you to experience art in a way you never could within a museum.” Continue reading on MIT News.

October 20, 2014

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SEEK dinner and conversation Mondays

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

October 16, 2014

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Children’s Diwali Party Oct. 18

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

October 15, 2014

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Costco cards available at Copytech

The GSC is proud to announce the launch of the Costco Card program, which allows any graduate student to borrow a Costco Card from Copytech for their personal use. Costco Cards can be picked up from Copytech (11-004) during normal business hours (weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Loan period is 6 days.  Cards are available on a first-come, first served basis. Take the Costco Shuttle on Saturdays! The Shuttle runs every Saturday from 11 am to 4:30 pm. For more details, see here. For additional questions, please contact GSC HCA co-chairs at gsc-hca@mit.edu.

October 14, 2014

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Comedy Night with Ken Reid Oct. 14

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

October 13, 2014

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De Florez Fund for Humor deadline Oct. 13

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

October 11, 2014

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Ballroom Social: Dancing through the Decades Oct. 11

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

October 10, 2014

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One and One Less live Performance Oct. 10

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

October 10, 2014

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La Scala Chamber Orchestra Oct. 10

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

October 10, 2014

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Take Back the Night Oct. 10

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

October 9, 2014

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Dussehra Celebration on Oct. 9

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

October 9, 2014

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Opening Reception at List Visual Arts Center Oct. 9

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

October 8, 2014

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Technology and Policy Student Society Pizza Night Oct. 8

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

October 7, 2014

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

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

October 6, 2014

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STEM Teaching MOOC begins Oct. 6

An Introduction to Evidenced-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching, an open, online course for those preparing for future faculty and higher education teaching careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is being offered by our colleagues in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network. The online course runs for 7 weeks from Oct. 6 – Nov. 23. Detailed course description and registration information can be found here. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN MIT COURSE.  Course registration and management occurs through Coursera. If you have questions about joining the local learning community, please contact Leann Dobranski at leann@mit.edu.

October 6, 2014

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Money to improve grad student life: Apply by Oct. 17

Submit a proposal to improve student life! The Graduate Student Life Grants program is a request-for-proposal process inviting graduate students, spouses, faculty, or staff to submit creative, community building ideas for possible funding. Students are encouraged to apply for funds – especially in collaboration with other students or student groups. Proposals may address a specific constituency such as families; they may cross departments or focus within a discipline; and they may even target several residence halls, or a variety of student groups. Their purpose should be to explore the role and relevance of community in creating a more balanced and fulfilling graduate experience.  Previous successful grants include Weekly Wednesdays at the Muddy Charles, Teaching MIT to Code and Collaborate, Science Policy Bootcamp, Ballroom Dance Workshop, and Skydive Saturday. Proposal authors will have the opportunity to answer any questions from the selection panel. The application deadline is midnight on Friday, October 17, 2014, and funds will be released in early December 2014. For more details visit the GSLG webpagePhoto by Arts at MIT.

October 6, 2014

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Celebrating Youth Leadership in Bangladesh Study Break Oct. 6

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

October 3, 2014

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Edgerton Iron Chef Competition Oct. 4

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

October 3, 2014

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

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

October 2, 2014

2014 Hackathon

Hacking Arts Oct. 3-5

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

October 2, 2014

Work Life Seminar

Work-Life Center’s Fall Seminar Series

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

October 1, 2014

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Future of Research Symposium Oct. 2-3

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

September 30, 2014

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QPR Suicide Prevention Training Oct. 1

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

September 29, 2014

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MIT Community: All Doors Open Sep. 29

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

September 29, 2014

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Teach for America IAP Info Session Sep. 30

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

September 26, 2014

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Student-Faculty Dinner with Prof. Grossman Oct. 1

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

September 26, 2014

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MITHAS presents Poetry in Motion Sep. 28

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

September 26, 2014

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2014 European Short Film Festival Sep. 26 – 28

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

September 25, 2014

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Engineering Systems Division Fall BBQ Sep. 25

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

September 24, 2014

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

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

September 24, 2014

Grad Arts

GSC Fourth Annual Natural History Gala Sep. 26

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

September 23, 2014

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Technology and Policy Program Social Sep. 24

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

September 22, 2014

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Therapy dogs at the Libraries this Fall

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

 

September 17, 2014

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Sangam Orientation Social Sep. 18

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

September 15, 2014

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Meet with President Reif

Come talk with President Reif about any issue you feel is important to you or the MIT community! Throughout the semester, Reif is setting aside time for 15-minute meetings with students, faculty, and staff. Apply to schedule a meeting to discuss whatever you would like, from research you find captivating to what you would most like to know about the President of MIT! President Reif’s time is of course limited so apply as soon as possible. Photo by Presidencia Perú.

September 12, 2014

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Eastgate Welcome BBQ Sep. 13

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

September 11, 2014

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

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

September 2, 2014

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Dental plan enrollment open through Sept. 19

Enrollment in the MIT Delta Dental PPO Value Plan is now open, and will continue through Friday, September 19th. This plan is also known as the MIT Graduate Student Dental Plan and is administered by Crosby Benefit Systems (Crosby) on behalf of MIT. The plan subscriber must be enrolled in a graduate program at MIT at the time of enrollment; re-enrollment each year is not automatic. The coverage period is 10/1/14 – 9/30/15. Read the full details on this plan and alternate coverage plans, and find the enrollment link on the dental information page. Photo by Hakan Dahlstrom.

August 26, 2014

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Israeli Dancing Aug. 27

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

August 25, 2014

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Join the GSC Green Team

Have you seen the GSC Green Team in snazzy shirts at brunch? Become a member to get your own shirt, work with event organizers to help make more sustainable events, and educate attendees on how to do their part. Other benefits include eating first, meeting new people, and helping promote sustainability across campus! If interested, contact gsc-sustainability@mit.edu for more information or to join.

August 21, 2014

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Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner Aug. 22

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

August 19, 2014

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Submit your questions to Dear Kate

Each month, the GWAMIT mentors answer questions anonymously posed by students on Dear Kate, the GWAMIT Mentoring Committee’s advice blog. Questions are now being accepted for next month’s edition. Submit yours for next month’s edition! If your question is chosen, it will be submitted to a panel of GWAMIT mentors and their replies will be featured in the GWAMIT blog. The namesake of the Dear Kate advice column is Katharine McCormick, a 1904 graduate from MIT. She was also a suffragist and a philanthropist. GWAMIT hopes to continue her legacy and dedication to the advancement of women through this advice column. Photo by Monty

August 15, 2014

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Indian Independence Day Celebrations Aug. 16

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

August 14, 2014

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GSC Summer Harbor Islands Day Trip Aug. 16

Spend the day outdoors and enjoy the harbor islands with your fellow grad students on a day trip planed by the GSC activities co-chairs. You’ll take ferry rides to George’s Island and Spectacle Island and get to explore the areas. Barbecue and games will be provided, and the event is also opened to families! The day trip will take place on Saturday, August 16th, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Students need to meet at Long Wharf by 9:30 am that morning. Tickets go on sale soon, so sign up to be notified when ticket sale information becomes available. Email gsc-ac@mit.edu if you have any concerns or would like more information. Photo by Beverley Goodwin

August 14, 2014

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MITaly Ferragosto BBQ Aug. 15

The GSC Funding Board is sponsoring a BBQ in celebration of Ferragosto, a traditional Italian holiday. The BBW will take place on Friday, August 15th, starting at 5:00 pm at the Tang BBQ pits.  On Ferragosto, people gather together on the beach, grill food, and play soccer and volleyball on the sand. The Mitaly organization will be recreating that same atmosphere outside of Tang for the evening. Contact mitalyboard@mit.edu if you would like more information about the event. Photo by Beniamino Baj

August 13, 2014

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The worst advice grad students get

During my last year of grad school I participated in a professional-development workshop on crafting academic book proposals with A Real Editor. As long as we submitted our proposals in advance, she’d read them and offer a critique. We were all very excited—and scared. If she liked our work, we could’ve had an “in” at one of the best presses around; if she didn’t, it could’ve meant a pass from the press for years to come. Continue reading this article on Vitae.

August 13, 2014

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Torah & Tonics Aug. 14

The Graduate Hillel will be sponsoring a dinner and Torah study on Thursday, August 14th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Sidney-Pacific courtyard. Enjoy some grilled food and listen and take part in a discussion with guest speaker, Rabbi Fisher, as he talks about his studies in Israel these past few weeks. For more information about the event email grad-hillel-admin@mit.edu. Photo by Michael Maslin

August 12, 2014

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GSC BBQ hosted by GAME Aug. 12

The Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers (GAME) organization will be hosting a BBQ on August 12th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Kresge Pits. Burgers, hot dogs, sodas, chips, and juice will be provided! Join in on the good company and email misava@mit.edu if you would like to learn more about the event. Photo by Luke Jones

August 11, 2014

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Mega Muddy Monday Aug. 11

The MechE and Chemistry departments are hosting a dinner at the Muddy Charles on Monday, August 11th at 5:30 pm. Food and drinks will be available. Summer’s almost over, so take a break from your research, satisfy your hunger, and meet new people after a long day of working in the lab. Email snnagel@mit.edu if you have any questions. Photo by Frank Hebbert

August 8, 2014

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Singapore’s National Day Celebration Aug. 9

The MIT Singapore Students Society (MITSSS) will be hosting Singapore’s National Day Celebration on Saturday, August 9th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Singaporean food and drinks will be provided, so spend Saturday evening trying out new ethnic entrees, meeting new people, and celebrating with MITSSS. The event will be located in ‘The Warehouse’ (NW30) in the Colbert Room. Contact mitsss-com@mit.edu if you have further questions about the event. Photo by avlxyz

August 7, 2014

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Elitzer founds MIT Bitcoin Club and kickstarts bitcoin interest at business schools worldwide

An MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management helped kick-start a bitcoin storm at business schools across the globe. Dan Elitzer, founder and president of the MIT Bitcoin Club, along with sophomore Jeremy Rubin, raised $500,000 for a project to distribute $100 in bitcoin to every undergraduate student at MIT this fall. Plans for the MIT Bitcoin Project involve a range of activities – including working with professors and researchers to study how students use the bitcoin they will receive, as well as spurring academic and entrepreneurial activity within the university in this burgeoning field. Continue reading about Elitzer and bitcoin on BusinessBecause.

August 7, 2014

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MIT Water Club Summer BBQ Aug. 8

If you’re interested in learning more about the MIT Water Club and want to meet individuals in the Boston water sector from industry, policy, and academia then celebrate summer by barbecuing with the MIT Water Club. At the event, you can network, meet new friends and colleagues, and enjoy food from the grill in the close proximity to our own Charles River. All are welcome. The event will take place on August 8th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and the MIT Water Club. Photo by Jun Seita.

August 6, 2014

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Karaoke at the Thirsty Ear Pub Aug. 7

Serenade your friends and sing like a rock star at the Thirsty Ear Pub on Thursday, August 7th! The event will begin at 9:00 pm and a 21+ I.D. and MIT photo ID are required for entry. Karaoke night is free and only open to MIT. Email ear-info@mit.edu for more information.  Photo by Ed Schipul  

 

August 1, 2014

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‘She’s So Schizophrenic!': How Not to Alienate Your Colleagues with Psychiatric Disabilities

Dr. Joseph P. Fisher, a learning specialist at the Office of Disability Support Services at George Washington University, has worked throughout his career helping students with disabilities. One time he was working with a student earning a graduate degree in education. The student told him – in an offhand fashion, during a work session on a writing project – that her special-education professor kept using an acronym unfamiliar to her: “FLK.” When the student asked the professor what “FLKs” were, the professor told her: “Funny Little Kids” – that is, kids with learning or developmental disabilities. “The professor in question was being horrible about disabled children in front of a disabled adult with an invisible disability,” Joseph told me. “Someone was saying this in an instructional setting at the graduate level.” Someone should have known better. Continue reading at Vitae.

July 31, 2014

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Win $250 by entering the MIT Global photo contest

As recently announced by MIT News, providers of global opportunities for MIT students (GECD, MISTI, and D-Lab) have partnered for a campus-wide international photo contest! Current students, staff and faculty can submit pictures of their MIT-related travel and win Amazon gift cards of $250 value. See the GECD web site for contest details. View submissions at their tumblr and by following the hashtag #etmundus, and email srmurray@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by Worapol Sittiphaet.

July 30, 2014

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GSC Legislative Actions Subcommittee meeting Jul. 31

On Thursday, July 31st at 5:30 pm, join the GSC Legislative Actions Subcommittee (LASC) outside of 50-220 to discuss political issues concerning MIT graduate students. Learn about going to Washington DC with LASC to advocate on Capitol Hill for MIT graduate students, and contribute to op-ed articles on political issues! This meeting, LASC will also be discussing how negative data affect the scientific community. New members are always welcome and free food will be provided at the meeting. For more information, see the LASC website or contact gsc-lasc@mit.edu with any questions.

July 28, 2014

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Heber helps protect marine ecosystems in the Coral Triangle

When Kelly Heber goes snorkeling in Bali, she’s not exactly vacationing. In a few minutes, she’ll be onboard a nearby boat, asking the captain if he’s seen any comeback in his fish stocks in recent years. She’ll ask how he decides if a coral reef is healthy enough to support daily visits from boatloads of tourists, and if littering and pollution pose threats.

As a PhD student in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning working in the Science Impact Collaborative, Heber performs her environmental policy fieldwork in rural villages in Indonesia that are fringed by vibrant coral reefs. These reefs suffered during the period from the 1950s to the 1990s, when fishermen commonly exploded cyanide bombs in the water to kill and harvest all the fish in an area at once. Still in recovery, these “post-blast” coral reefs now attract thousands of tourists a year, generating the main source of income for village communities.

Learn more about Heber’s fieldwork on the Oceans at MIT website.

July 25, 2014

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Eastgate Summer Grill Night Jul. 26

Enjoy a scrumptious, finger-licking good  BBQ on Saturday, July 26th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Eastgate Courtyard. You bring the meat, and they’ll provide the heat. Sides and drinks will be provided by the Eastgate Community Association. Photo by xeeliz

July 25, 2014

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MIT Ballroom’s 2nd Annual Live Music Social Jul. 26

Join MIT’s Ballroom Dance Team for their 2nd Annual Live Music Social on Saturday, July 26th from 7:00 pm to midnight in the Walker Memorial building. Beginner Waltz and Swing lessons will start at 7:00 pm, and the band will begin playing for social dancing at 8:00 pm. Presale tickets are available online and cost $5 for MIT students, $10 for MIT affiliates, and $15 for the general public. Tickets will also be available at the door for an additional $5. Contact mitbdt-exec@mit.edu with any questions.

July 24, 2014

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MIT-BSA Iftar and pre-Eid celebration Jul. 26

On Saturday, July 26th, MIT’s Bangladeshi Students’ Association (BSA) will be hosting their annual Iftar and pre-Eid celebration in the basement lounge of Westgate. The organization will provide a wide variety of pre-cooked, unique, spicy, and colorful Bangladeshi food for MIT students to try. The event begins at 8:00 pm and ends at 9:30 pm. Contact bd-exec@mit.edu if you would like to learn more about the event. Photo by vipez

July 24, 2014

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Join the Eastgate community for a water party Jul. 26

On Saturday, July 26th at 4:00 pm, come to the Eastgate Courtyard (E-55) for a water party open to MIT families and kids. This fun afternoon party will have a lot of water activities, so come with clothes that can get wet and a bit dirty! If it rains, the event will be postponed to Sunday, July 27th or Saturday, August 2nd. For more details contact eastgate-pc@mit.eduPhoto by Reggie Alvey

July 22, 2014

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Sign up for the International Student Mentorship Program by Jul. 25

Interested in mentoring first year international graduate students? Give them an opportunity for cultural exchange and to learn more about Cambridge, Boston, and the MIT culture. Mentees and mentors will be matched up based on national/regional origins, mutual interests, and similar considerations. The deadline to register as a mentor is Friday, July 25th, and the sign-up link and more about the program can be found online. Should you decide to participate in the program, you have to be in e-mail contact with your mentee throughout August. During Fall Orientation, the new student will have the opportunity to meet his/her mentor at the Mentorship Mixer and International Dance Festival. Direct any further questions to azubair@mit.edu.

July 22, 2014

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Israeli Dancing Jul. 23

The MIT Folk Dancing Club and Hillel MIT are planning an night filled with Israeli Dancing for Wednesday, July 23rd, to take place at the Student Center in room 491. Teaching and beginner dances will start at 8:00 pm, followed by open requests until 11:00 pm+. Kosher snacks will be provided. The event is free for all MIT students, but there is a suggested donation of $1. Don’t miss out on the fun! The event begins at 8:00 pm and will end at 11:30 pm. Email fdc-request@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

 

July 21, 2014

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Burgers and beers with LGBTQ students and allies Jul. 22

Come hang out with your fellow MIT LGBTQ graduate students and allies on Tuesday, July 22nd at Tasty Burger in Harvard Square. Delicious burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hotdogs are subsidized, so your dinner will be cheap! A group will be leaving Lobby 7 at 6:45 pm, or you can meet everyone at Tasty Burger at 7:30 pm. Don’t forget your ID and MIT student ID! RSVP online if you’re attending, although you can show up without RSVPing, and contact rainbowofficers@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by Jennifer

July 17, 2014

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eMIT Science Outreach Meeting Jul. 17

If you find science or engineering intriguing and would like to teach and inspire other people then check out eMIT, a student group for science outreach. You can learn more about eMIT at their next meeting on July 17th at 6:00 pm. There will be free food and good company. RSVP if you would like to attend their upcoming meeting. The location is still to be determined. Photo by Martin Cron

July 17, 2014

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Tang Hall BBQ and movie night Jul. 19

All MIT graduate students are invited to take a break from research to chill out over some delicious barbecue food and a movie with some friends on Saturday, July 19th. The event will take place on the Tang lawns and BBQ pits with food from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and the movie starting around 8:15 pm. If weather is bad, the rain location is the Tang 24th floor lounge. Please bring your own utensils to go green and contact tang-government@mit.edu with any questions.

Photo by Håkan Dahlström.

July 16, 2014

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Gala Jul. 18

Sip chardonnay, enjoy the company of other MIT graduate students, and get a look at the breathtaking artwork at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Friday, July 18, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Art historians will be available at the museum to answer students’ questions that evening. Tickets are $10 (single) or $18 (with a guest) and include the price of one drink ticket.  Remember to purchase your ticket online, and send additional questions to gsc-arts@mit.edu. Photo by Maitri

July 15, 2014

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Dear Kate: Understanding feminism and how to respond to misogyny

What should you do if a close friend offhandedly says a misogynistic comment like “when women smile when they say no, they’re really just saying ‘try harder'” or “women falsely accuse men of rape all the time”? And how do you navigate the conversation to avoid being negatively branded as an overzealous feminist? The latest edition of the GWAMIT Mentoring advice column, Dear Kate, addresses the nationwide debate on misogyny, male privilege, and feminism.

Kelley Adams at the Violence Prevention and Response office at MIT Medical, rather than the usual mentor/volunteer Kates, responds to these concerns in a two-part column. Part I discusses the idea of “rape culture,” and how feminism historically has — and likely will continue to have — negative connotations. Part II suggests multiple strategies for responding to misogynistic comments such as asking where that belief came from or cultivating empathy. Even though violence and beliefs that foster it are prevalent throughout our society and culture, every individual has the ability to change this by starting discussions and getting more people to think critically.

If you would like to submit any questions (pseudonymously) for a future column, go to the Dear Kate Google Doc. Photo by Kayla Sawyer