Category Archives: Student life

February 27, 2015

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Love to Velo Feb. 27

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

February 17, 2015

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GSC Institute Awards: Nominate by Mar. 16

If you know of someone who deserves to be honored for their services to the MIT graduate class, consider nominating this individual for the Institute Awards Convocation! Every year, the Graduate Student Council gives input in the decision-making process of four Institute Awards to be presented at the Institute Awards Convocation. These awards are given out to students and faculty who have made significant contributions for the graduate class. The four GSC Institute Awards include: the Graduate Teaching Awards (for each school), the Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising, the Edward L. Horton Fellowship Award, and the Irwin Sizer Award for Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education. The application will be live from through March 16th.

February 17, 2015

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Volunteer to tutor English in MIT ESL Program

Have a good command of English and an interest in helping people who would like to as well? The MIT English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor night shift employees for one hour each week or to serve as a substitute when needed. No experience is required. The goals of the program are to build student confidence, help them become more productive employees, and open up an opportunity to advance their positions. Tutoring takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 pm to midnight, beginning on Tuesday, February 17th. Please contact the ESL administrators for more details. Photo by Jonathan Kim.

February 13, 2015

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Guy Consolmagno at the MITSFS Library Feb. 15

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

February 3, 2015

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Student Art Association (SAA) Spring Term Registration Open

Create your own work of art this semester with the Student Art Association (SAA)! Reserve a spot in the SAA’s traditional arts classes in ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, printmaking and more! Enrollment is only confirmed with full tuition payment.  To learn more about the SAA organization and their policies visit their webpage. If you have any questions or would like to confirm your enrollment email Stacy Pyron at stacyp@mit.edu.

 

January 30, 2015

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Experiencing: How “the other” worships Jan. 30

Join the Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue program and learn more about the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian by attending their services! On Friday, January 30th at 12:00 pm, the group will leave for Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center/Mosque. Women are requested to wear long sleeves and bring a head scarf. On Friday, January 30th at 4:00 pm, the group will leave for two very different Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming the Sabbath) services in Brookline. Participants may not use electronics in the first synagogue, and women must wear long sleeves and long skirts. On Sunday, February 1st at 10:15 am, the group will leave for St. Paul’s AME Church. Register with Ora Gladstone by email at ora@mit.edu or by phone at 617-610-1060 if you’re interested in taking part in this opportunity.

January 29, 2015

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Sing with the Meridian Singers, rehearsals begin Feb. 3

Directed by Todd Beckham, Meridian Singers, an a cappella chorus open to all in the MIT community, is seeking new members for the spring  season, as they prepare for their May concert. Music for the spring will include a 16th century Mass by the English composer, John Sheppard. Rehearsals: noon to 1 PM, Tuesdays, beginning February 3, 2015. Most rehearsals, are in room 13-1143. Prospective singers should contact meridians-www@mit.edu to make arrangements to meet with the conductor and learn the location of the first rehearsal: Visit the Meridian Singers’ website for additional information. Photo by Sara Nelson.

January 26, 2015

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Volunteer reviewers needed for IDEAS Global Challenge Jan. 29 & Feb. 3

From 6-8 pm, Thursday, January 29 and Tuesday, February 3 the IDEAS Global Challenge is requesting volunteer reviewers for the Round 2 Scope Statements submitted by teams working on innovative projects to help benefit the world. No prior experience is required, just good critical thinkers interested in helping teams strengthen their projects! Great opportunity to use your skills and knowledge for social good, with a minimal time commitment. Reviewers would be responsible for reading and commenting on about 4 brief proposals and attending two meetings in person (Jan. 29 and Feb. 3). Contact Keely at globalchallenge@mit.edu to arrange a quick training or with questions.

January 23, 2015

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Family Day Sculpted Paper Workshop Jan. 24

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

January 23, 2015

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Graduate ice skating social Jan. 24

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

January 20, 2015

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Fixit Clinic Jan. 24

Saturday, January 24 from 12:00-3:00 pm, fix your broken stuff — Or at least learn more about it disassembling it. Bring your broken, non-functioning things — electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc.– to the third floor of building N51 for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you’ll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited! The event is free, but preregistration is required. Register here. More information on the event here.

January 14, 2015

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Multicultural conference Feb. 6-7

The mission of the Multicultural Conference (MC^2) is to bring students together across race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of cultural identity. The conference offers a provocative day and 1/2 of workshops, speakers, community building, action, and reflection centered on issues of culture, identity, and social justice at MIT and beyond.

At the conference, we will facilitate an honest, open, and interactive dialogue about the cultural climate at MIT, learn from people’s experiences, and develop plans to cultivate a campus environment that promotes equality, not simply tolerance. As MIT’s mission statement clearly promotes a diverse campus community, it is crucial for students to discuss the role of diversity and inclusion in education and campus life. Find more information or register.

January 12, 2015

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GetFit 2015 registration now open

It’s that time again. Time for what’s become an annual wintertime tradition at MIT. You know, the one that keeps us stronger, healthier, and better looking than Harvard, Wellesley, and Boston College combined? Well, okay, maybe just stronger and healthier? That’s right! Register now for MIT Medical’s annual fitness challenge, getfit@mit! Get your team of five to eight members registered before the end of the day on January 29, and get ready for all the fun, camaraderie, perks, and potential prizes that come with participation. The challenge begins on February 2. Looking for teammates? Connect with others in the find-a-team forum. More info here. Get ready, get set, get fit!

January 9, 2015

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Stay warm this winter

As the temperatures continue to drop this week, we seek your help in keeping our campus warm and trouble-free with these cold weather tips:

USE REVOLVING DOORS
Please use the revolving doors whenever possible to keep warm air in the buildings and cold air out. Use of revolving doors conserves energy and keeps our buildings warmer than use of swing doors that lets heat and energy escape.

CLOSE WINDOWS AND DOORS
Before you leave each day, please make sure that all windows and doors are shut securely. This will help avoid problems such as freezing and broken pipes.

REPORT BROKEN WINDOWS OR DOORS
If you notice any door or window that cannot close properly, please report the location via one of these methods:
1.) Contact our Customer Service Center at 617-253-4948
2.) Visit Atlas and submit a Service Request
3.) Use the MIT Mobile app and select the “Bldg Services” icon
4.) Send a text message with the location and a photograph to txtdof@mit.edu

Find more info on the Facilities website. Photo by Tom Burke.

December 31, 2014

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OneMIT takes off

MIT Sloan students and administrators are collaborating on a new Institute initiative. In his 2012 inaugural address, MIT President L. Rafael Reif challenged the Institute to work together as “One MIT” to address the world’s greatest challenges. MIT Sloan students — working with administrators and other graduate students across campus — have taken up the gauntlet with the launch of the OneMIT initiative, a multifaceted effort to connect graduate students across all five schools.

“It’s very much a joint initiative, backed not only by MIT Sloan but the Institute, and supported with groundwork being done by the students,” says Jake Cohen, who oversees student services as MIT Sloan’s senior associate dean for undergraduate and master’s programs. “We strongly believe that the world’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by one discipline alone.” Read more at MIT News.

December 30, 2014

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The Foundry at MIT

Within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering lives a place where students can come and put their materials knowledge into practice. The Foundry at MIT provides a space for students, like second year grad student, Zachery Cordero, faculty and staff to come innovate, create and get their hands dirty in the process. Photo by Stephen Scott Jenkins

December 29, 2014

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IAP MIT Flute Ensemble: “The Institooters!” Jan. 5 – 29

Jan. 5 to Jan. 29 on Mondays and Thursdays in room 4-160 join “The Institooters” Flute Ensemble. Improve your flute playing skills, whether rusty or not! Perform fun, beautiful music from the 16th-21st centuries, in a variety of styles. Bass flute, alto flutes and piccolos will be made available. Intermediate to Advanced Levels. Preferably prior experience in a music ensemble. Contact suellen@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by Michael Coleman

December 17, 2014

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How curiosity saved Keating’s life

MIT Mechanical Engineering PhD student Steven Keating shares how his innate curiosity shaped his personal experience as a cancer patient before, during, and after his 10-hour awake surgery to remove a baseball-sized IDH1-mutant brain tumor.

December 17, 2014

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Nominate for the MLK Leadership Awards by Dec. 19

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award is annually given to individuals or groups who embody his ideals and spirit in service to the community. Here, “service to the community” is defined broadly to include academic, research, religious, and secular contributions with integrity, leadership, creativity, and positive results. If anyone you know falls under this description, consider nominating them for the award. MIT alumni, undergraduate and graduate students, groups, faculty, and staff are all eligible. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 19th. Please submit nominations to mlkawards@mit.edu or to Tobie Weiner in Room E53-484. Members of the MLK celebration subcommittee of the Committee on Race and diversity will select awardees. Photo by InSapphoWeTrust.

December 3, 2014

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Winter Bike Fest Dec. 5

On Friday, December 5th, come to Winter Bike Fest 2014! Starting at 2pm, say hello to PN2K, meet other cyclists, and enjoy a variety of perks and activities brought to you by PN2K in the first floor of the Student Center. Get free minor bike repairs and tune-ups from Bike Boom, learn about bike safety (especially on winter cycling), and take advantage of a pressure washer to blast off grime and prepare your bikes for the winter. There will be music. There will be refreshments. It’s sure to be a good time, so make sure to stop by before the end at 6pm! Photo by O.Taillon.

November 21, 2014

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Survey: Grad Student Experience at MIT

The Baker Foundation and the Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO) are working together to learn about student experiences at MIT.  Please take this survey for a chance to win up to $50.  One student will win a $50 gift card, and two students will each win a $25 gift card.  If you choose to enter the lottery for one of these prizes, your Kerberos ID will not be associated with your survey responses.

November 12, 2014

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“It’s on Us MIT” campus-wide kick-off Nov. 12-14

The “It’s On Us MIT” Kick-Off is your chance to learn more about sexual assault prevention and pledge to be a part of the solution. Part of the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign to promote awareness about sexual assault on college campuses, this three day event from Wednesday, November 12th through Friday, November 14th focuses on empowering individuals to lead by example and commit to being active bystanders. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come by Memorial Lobby on the first floor of building 10 anytime from 9AM to 5PM to take the campaign pledge.
For more information on the Kick-Off, please visit the campaign website. This event was developed by the Title IX Working Group consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and staff working to promote a safe, inclusive and supportive MIT.

November 11, 2014

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Clinton Global Initiative University: Apply by Dec. 1

The Clinton Global Initiative University 2015 will be hosted by the University of Miami and will take place from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8, 2015. CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.  Each CGI U student must make a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on campus, in the community, or in a different part of the world. The early application and travel assistance deadline is Friday, October 17, 2014, and the final application deadline is Monday, December 1, 2014. Students selected for CGI U 2015 may be eligible to receive travel stipends and seed funding to support their projects if they apply by the early decision deadline. To find out more, visit here.

November 11, 2014

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Chancellor’s forum on sexual assault survey results Nov. 12

Have questions about the survey results on sexual assault at MIT? Come to the forum Chancellor Barnhart is hosting next Wednesday, November 12th in 10-250! She will discuss the results of the survey as well as the multitude of ways to get involved and what’s already being done here on campus. This forum will also have food provided. Photo by Tom Woodward.

November 3, 2014

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Mentor middle school students one Saturday a month

Would you like to inspire highly motivated students from the Boston/Cambridge/Lawrence area right on campus? We are looking for mentors for middle school students. Commitment is low – only one Saturday per month for 3 hours. Activities would include hands-on workshops, field trips, guest speakers, bowling, and more. Make a difference in these students’ lives! Contact stem@mit.edu for more details. Photo by US Department of Education.

October 31, 2014

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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

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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

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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

ESSF

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

ESD Fall BBQ

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

IEEE

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

TPP

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

Sangam

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

Eastgate BBQ

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

MIt Maker Fairee

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.