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November 22, 2013


The Business of Robotics: 1-day intensive workshop over IAP on Jan. 13

Are you interested in separating hype from opportunity in robotics? Come to this one-day intensive workshop during IAP, The Business of Robotics (15.S62), featuring a panel of experts from industry, mature robotics companies, startups, accelerators, and more. The workshop will take place on Monday, January 13th, 2014 from 8:30am to 5:00pm in MIT Room E62-233.  Enrollment is limited to 105.  Learn more here.

November 13, 2013


Thanksgiving Break Airport Shuttle on Nov. 26-27

The Parking and Transportation Office will provide shuttle service to Logan Airport for the Thanksgiving Break. Shuttles will be available on Tuesday, November 26th, and Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at the scheduled times available at the Parking and Transportation Office’s website reservation page. Seats must be reserved. The shuttle fee is $10. All reservations will be processed via the website, and the shuttle fee will be billed to student bursar accounts or via employee payroll deductions. Shuttles will depart from the Kresge parking lot at the scheduled time and will not wait for late-arriving passengers.  Normal trip time from MIT to Logan Airport is about half an hour, but please allow up to one hour for this trip. Traffic, construction, and airport security delays should be expected.

November 6, 2013

UN Internship Programme

United Nations Internship Program; Deadline for first session Nov. 19

The United Nations provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate program to undertake an internship at its headquarters in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Santiago, Arusha, and The Hague.  Eligible candidates interested in doing an internship at the United Nations Headquarters in New York or any of the mentioned countries can apply.  The program is offered on a two month basis three times a year:

  • Spring Session 2014 (January to March): Deadline for submission is Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
  • Summer Session 2014 (June to August): Deadline for submission is Thursday, February 20th, 2014
  • Fall Session 2014 (October to December): Deadline for submission is Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Interested undergraduate or graduate students should write via email only to the Ad Hoc Internship Coordinator, Human Resources Operations Section, Human Resources Management Service, United Nations Office (  For more information, visit the website.

October 11, 2013


New space opens for MIT’s youngest attendees

“What a joyful occasion!” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said at Friday’s dedication of the Institute’s newest child-care facility, the David H. Koch Childcare Center. Reif praised the “wonderful impact of this center on the life of our campus” — doubling MIT’s capacity to provide care for the preschool children of faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. The ceremony, held on a second-floor porch of the 14,000-square-foot modular building on Vassar Street, featured comments from members of the MIT community whose lives have already been affected by the Institute’s on-campus childcare services.

“This project depended from start to finish on the initiative, vision, and generosity of David H. and Julia Koch,” Reif said in his introduction. “They saw the urgent need for high-quality child care to help MIT’s parents succeed in balancing demanding careers.” They responded to that need, Reif said, with “a big gift to make this center happen, and then cheered its progress every step of the way.” That gift, Reif said, will help to “make the MIT family stronger and happier for many years to come.”

Continue reading the article on MIT NewsPhoto by Dominick Reuter.

October 10, 2013


Tutor Night Shift Employees in English

The MIT English as a Second Language Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor night shift employees for one to two hours per week, or to serve as substitutes as needed.  No experience is required.  All that is needed is an active command of English and an interest in helping individuals whose first language is not English.  The goals of the program are to build student’s confidence, to help them become more productive in their jobs, and to perhaps open up further opportunities for advancement.  Tutoring takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00pm.  Contact for details.

September 27, 2013


Come to the One Community Room

MIT’s One Community Room is a private and safe space intended to help build community at MIT.  It is designed to foster a sense of belonging and unity on the MIT campus by providing a home for members of our community seeking a quiet space for reflection, meetings, or working groups with a community-based charge.  Hours of operation are 6:00am to 11:00pm, seven days a week, year-round.  The space may be used without reservation each day between 11:30am and 1:30pm.  Entrance to the room is granted via a valid MIT ID card swipe.  Room accommodations include a table with six seats, a sofa and chairs which can seat up to six, and additional chairs, which are stored.  Cell phones may only be used when one is alone in the room.  Visit the website for more information.

April 30, 2012


My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Dissertation

I am the proud owner of a nearly finished first draft of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad dissertation. When I started writing, I realized that I couldn’t aim for perfection because perfection would paralyze me. I don’t know that I’ve been aiming for terrible, but letting go of the idea that my first draft had to be brilliant has helped me put a lot of words on my computer screen. Read the rest of the article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. photo by Brian Taylor

June 24, 2011

LaShanda Korley

LaShanda James Korley (Chemical Engineering) is one of 18 worldwide named Dupont Young Professor

LaShanda Korley, Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor in the Case School of Engineering, was one of 18 faculty members from around the world to become part of the 43rd class of DuPont Young Professors. The DuPont Young Professor program provides start-up assistance to promising young and untenured research faculty working in areas of interest to DuPont’s long-term business. Korley will receive $75,000 (three annual grants of $25,000) for her work on bio-mimetic approaches to toughening and mechanical enhancement of polymers.  -From Case Western Reserve University’s the dailyPRWeb has also covered this story.