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March 4, 2015

MIT Bitcoin Expo Mar. 7-8

On Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th come to 26-100 to be a part of the MIT Bitcoin Expo, an event featuring two days of panels and presentations from leading professionals and academics in the cryptocurrency space. Delve into recent developments with experts like Gavin Andresen, Jeremy Allaire, Charlie Lee, Adam Ludwin, Constance Choi, Peter Todd, Joi Ito, and more. Day One will provide insight into the Bitcoin mainstreaming process as well as the legal and security challenges for Bitcoin companies to overcome. Day Two will detail the inner workings of bitcoin and the new technologies that will emerge as the industry develops. For more info on tickets, visit the event page on Eventbrite.

March 4, 2015

MIT Police Laptop Tagging and Registration Mar. 4

Protect what’s valuable to you! The next MIT Police laptop tagging and registration event will be held on Wednesday, March 4th from 11:00 am-1:15 pm in Memorial Lobby. For more information visit the Knowledge Base website. If you scroll down on the page there is a list of all future dates and locations that will hold laptop tagging and registration.

March 4, 2015

Free admission to a BMOP concert Mar. 5

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) will be hosting a free concert, Blizzard Voices, on Thursday, March 5th, at 8:00 pm at Jordan Hall in the New England Conservatory. A pre-concert talk will also take place one hour prior to concert. If interested, reserve your tickets on the BMOP webpage. Photo by sushieque

March 4, 2015

Celebrate Purim at Queen Esther’s Ball Mar. 4

Come one, come all to Queen Esther’s Ball, a LGBT/Jewish costume party in celebration of the holiday of Purim! MIT Kablim (MIT’s LGBT Jewish group) and Grad Hillel are hosting this dance party/costume contest/drag extravaganza on Wednesday, March 4th from 7 to 10 pm in Lobby 13! Prizes will be given for best individual costume and best group costume, with a special category for best drag costume. Please bring a 21+ ID if you wish to be served alcohol. Photo by Kira Okamoto.

March 3, 2015

When Raghuram Rajan needed to pull up his socks

If you had dropped in at Asilo, the rooftop restaurant at Mumbai’s Palladium Hotel, on Wednesday evening, you would have thought that the eager, smartly-dressed crowd of 20-something professionals were waiting for a celebrity. Yes, they were indeed waiting for one, but of the bureaucratic kind — RBI governor Dr. Raghuram Rajan (MIT Sloan School of Management PH.D. recipient in 1991). Rajan was a guest speaker at an event organized by Green Batti Project, where young professionals mentor children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Rajan said that while it’s important to cultivate entrepreneurs, there is also a need for sound mentors. Admiring the work the initiative was doing, Rajan spoke about an incident in his own life where he missed having a mentor. As a student in IIT, he had gone for a Rhodes scholarship interview, “where everybody’s ‘propah'”. He hadn’t given much thought to his clothes and went for the interview wearing white socks with a black suit. “I didn’t realize wearing mismatched socks was inappropriate for this kind of interview. Read more about Rajan’s address to these young professionals at The Economic Times. Photo by World Economic Forum 

March 3, 2015

Third Annual Water Night Mar. 5

Like water? Yeah you do! Come see the latest achievements in water-related fields at MIT on Thursday, March 5th at 5-8 pm! Network with water researchers and professionals in La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202) while having refreshments (bring 21+ governmentt ID for alcohol). This event is free and everyone is invited. Please register if you are attending. The third annual Water Night is presented by the MIT Water Club and Sponsored by Graduate Student Life Grants and the Large Events Fund. Photo by Mohd Althani.

March 3, 2015

Free non-credit Intro to ASL and Deaf Culture Mar. 4

Learn more about Deaf culture and basic American Sign Language (ASL) through free classes taught by Carol Zurek, Statewide Coordinator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. Co-sponsored by the Committee on Race and Diversity and MIT Global Studies and Languages non-credit Intro to ASL and Deaf Culture class will take place on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm starting on March 4th. It’s free for MIT students, professors, and staff and will take place at E17-121. Enrollment is limited, so be sure to reserve your space by emailing learn-asl@mit.edu if interested. Visit MIT’s Diversity page if you would like more information. Photo by daveynin

March 2, 2015

Dhawan: How Connectional Intelligence Can Make You Successful

Erica Dhawan is the founder & CEO of Cotential, a global consultancy that accelerates the connectedness of employees, teams, customers and other stakeholders. Erica has spoken on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos to companies such as Fedex, Pepsico, and McGraw Hill Financial. Her writing has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company and the Huffington Post. She has a MPA from Harvard University, a MBA from MIT Sloan, and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School. In this interview, she talks about why “connectional intelligence” is the thoroughly modern skill we all need to develop to succeed today, some of the fascinating people who are utilizing it best, how she researched for the new book, and her best pieces of career advice. Continue reading about Dhawan’s advice regarding connectional intelligence on Forbes. Photo by World Economic Forum 

March 2, 2015

Jewish-Buddhist Dialogue: The Nature of Speech Mar. 3

On Tuesday March 3rd, come to the W-11 Main Dining Room for a Jewish-Buddhist dialogue about the nature of speech in a world where talk is cheap, featuring the venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi and Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder. As part of an ongoing series to explore similarities and differences between two paths, this event is free and open to the community. Sushi dinner will be served at the start of the event at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP to ensure there is enough food. Photo by judy_and_ed.

March 2, 2015

BGSA Movie Night: “It’s Intuitively Obvious”  Mar. 2

This Monday evening at 6pm, join MIT’s BSGA in viewing It’s Intuitively Obvious, a film about race relations at MIT in 1996. Taking place in the historic BSU Lounge (50-105) where the original series was filmed, the screening will be followed by a discussion. This event, featuring complimentary food and drinks, is open to the entire MIT community. Photo by Chris Devers.

February 28, 2015

MIT Clean Earth Hackathon Apr. 1

On April 17-19, 2015, Sustainability at MIT will host a hackathon event like no other in which participants hack on environmental challenges put forth by industry and academic partners. Teams will have two days to develop a solution to a real-world challenge of your choice. We are seeking participants eager to tackle complex puzzles and passionate about helping our community reach more sustainable practices and lower environmental impact. The hackathon is open to students and young professionals. All disciplines, backgrounds and experiences encouraged to apply and registration is free. The deadline to apply is April 1st. For more information visit the Clean Earth Hackathon webpage. Photo by epsos 

February 27, 2015

Borenstein makes chess more accessible to spectators

Graduate student Greg Borenstein spoke with BBC News about his efforts to turn chess into a spectator sport like American football or poker. His group in the Media Lab wants to make the game more accessible to the uninitiated, by presenting complex information on matches in a simple, visually appealing way and give an expert insight into the state of a game. “There’s really something magical about the ability to use computation and statistics to take that drama and that excitement and those brilliant moments an make them visible,” Borenstein explains. To watch Borenstein’s interview visit BBC News. Photo by maorix

February 27, 2015

Apply to the 2015 Open Style Lab Summer Program by Mar. 2

There are quick fixes, and then there are solutions. A good solution fixes a problem, but an awesome solution changes our worldview beyond the problem. At Open Style Lab, you are invited to come up with awesome solutions! Join 24 students as part of the second Open Style Lab summer program at MIT (June 12-Aug 15). Over 10 weeks, work with others to design, prototype and refine a clothing solution for a client with a disability. Rigorous engineering concepts will be combined with a strong sense of design and aesthetics to develop skills that will be useful for solving real world problems. Applications are open from now until March 2nd! To be eligible to participate, you must be currently enrolled in a college degree program, or not more than 2 years post-graduation, and a background in design, engineering or occupational/physical therapy. For more information visit the program website or contact Lea Yoon.

February 27, 2015

Personal Branding Workshop Feb. 28

Whether you’re starting a business or entering the job market, having a strong brand can help you leave a lasting impression on your audience. But how do you do this? Where do you even begin? To help you market yourself and your ideas, the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) and the Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers (ACME) will be hosting its 2nd Annual Personal Branding Workshop on February 28, 2015, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The workshop will take place in 32-155 and will include guest speakers from successful start-up companies. If you’re interested in attending, be sure to purchase your ticket for the event ($5 for MIT Students and $10 for general admission). For more information, visit the Personal Branding Workshop website. Photo by thinkpanama 

February 27, 2015

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 26, 2015

IMES Lecture Series: Dr. Uri Alon on Biological Circuits Feb. 26

The Institute of Medical Engineering and Science presents the next segment of its Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, February 26th. Dr. Uri Alon, a pioneer in systems biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel will present his lecture “Design Principles of Biological Circuits” at 4:30 pm in room E25-111. Come learn about recent advances in the study of biological circuits regulating functions in organisms big and small. A welcome reception will be held prior to the lecture at 4:00 pm in the nearby room of E25-119.

February 26, 2015

AeroAstro International Potluck Feb. 26

If you like to cook and eat delicious food from all over the world, then cook up a dish from a country of your heritage and come share in the AeroAstro International Potluck at 6:30 pm on February 26th in 33-116! The most popular dish will win Taza chocolates and tickets to visit the Taza chocolate factory. Expenses for cooking will be reimbursed up to $20 upon presentation of receipts. Photos by Craig DugasWally Gobetz, and Anushruti RK.

February 25, 2015

Kim coauthors paper on crowd sourced video annotation

Educational researchers have long held that presenting students with clear outlines of the material covered in lectures improves their retention. Recent studies indicate that the same is true of online how-to videos, and in a paper being presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing in March, researchers at MIT and Harvard University describe a new system that recruits viewers to create high-level conceptual outlines.

‘That addresses one of the fundamental problems with videos,’ says Juho Kim, an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science and one of the paper’s co-authors. “It’s really hard to find the exact spots that you want to watch. You end up scrubbing on the timeline carefully and looking at thumbnails. And with educational videos, especially, it’s really hard, because it’s not that visually dynamic. So we thought that having this semantic information about the video really helps. Continue reading on MIT News.

February 25, 2015

Apply for Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability by Feb. 28

Each MIT faculty member is invited to nominate one outstanding student to become a member of the Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability for 2015-2016. The student should presently be a second- or third-year graduate student pursuing doctoral research and should be a resident at MIT during the Fellowship period. Nominees should be working in, or interested in, an area of environment and sustainability as indicated by his/her clearly articulated statement of interest, subjects taken, and proposed research area. Nominations for Martin Fellowships for Sustainability are due February 28, 2015. See the MITEI nominations website and the attached PDF’s for additional information. Photo by photologue_np

February 25, 2015

TPP Indian Culture Night Feb. 25

Join TPP in celebrating the cultures of your fellow classmates! On February 25th, come to Indian Culture Night from 6 to 8 pm in Chapman Room (6-104) to enjoy Indian food and learn about the cultural diversity of the Asian subcontinent. There will be a short presentation put on by the TPP and plenty of delicious dishes to choose from. This event is open to the MIT community and is co-sponsored by the GSC funding board. Photo by Y’amal.

February 24, 2015

Applications for L’Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program due Mar. 30

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers for their outstanding contributions in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each for their postdoctoral research. Launched in 2003, the program is the U.S. component of the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships. The program’s U.S. partner, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), manages the peer-review and selection process. Read more

February 24, 2015

MIT Artists Beyond the Desk performance Feb. 25

When they’re not working, some MIT affiliates are playing their favorite instrument(s) and performing in their free time! Every now and then, the MIT Artists Beyond the Desk (ABD) subcommittee brings some of these scientists, researchers, professors, alumni, etc. together to host a concert in Killian Hall (14W-111).  This upcoming February 25th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm watch Richard Poole play his drums and vibraphone and Pat Battstone play the piano. The show will also feature Todd Brunel alternating between his Bass Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone and Chris Rathbun playing his Double Bass.

Artists Beyond the Desk is a subcommittee of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (WGSSI), and is funded in part by WGSSI, the Council for the Arts at MIT, and MIT Human Resources. To find out more information, take a look at the Artist Beyond the Desk website here.  Photo by Ryan Egan

February 23, 2015

Nominate for the 2015 Goodwin Medal by Mar. 16

As part of this year’s MIT Awards Convocation on April 28th, the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education is issuing a call for nominations for the Goodwin Medal, an award given each year to a graduate TA or instructor (G) who has excelled beyond expectations with teaching efforts that can only be described as “conspicuously effective.” The Goodwin Medal is an award honoring Harry Manley Goodwin, the first dean of MIT’s graduate school, that consists of an engraved bronze medal designed by Katharine Lane and a cash gift of $2,500. Consider submitting a nomination on behalf of an extraordinary graduate TA or instructor. Any member of the faculty or any organized student group may submit a nomination to the candidate’s department head, who in turn will submit final nominations (one allowed per department). The final nomination from each department is due to the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education by 5 pm on Monday, March 16, 2015. The recipient will be announced at the MIT Awards Convocation on Tuesday, April 28 at 4 pm in 10-250. For more details on the Goodwin Medal, eligibility, and the nomination process, please visit the ODGE website.

February 23, 2015

Apply for a grant from the De Florez Humor Fund by Mar. 8

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 2015 spring due date is March 8th. For more information visit the online application website.

February 20, 2015

Sanchez and Tsai designing quicker multicore chips

“Computer chips’ clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores, which can execute computations in parallel. But the ways in which a chip carves up computations can make a big difference to performance. In a 2013 paper, Daniel Sanchez, the TIBCO Founders Assistant Professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and his student, Nathan Beckmann, described a system that cleverly distributes data around multicore chips’ memory banks, improving execution times by 18 percent on average while actually increasing energy efficiency.” Continue reading on MIT News.

February 20, 2015

Mardi Gras Dance Feb. 21

This Saturday night, attend the first ballroom social of the spring semester to celebrate the colorful occasion of Mardi Gras. The festivities start at 7:30 pm with beginner chacha lessons and run until midnight in La Sala de Puerto Rico. General dancing begins at 8 pm. This event is free for all MIT students, $6 for other students, $8 for MIT affiliates, and $10 for general admission. Photo by Joe Penniston.

February 20, 2015

International Mother Language Day 2015 Feb. 21

International Mother Language Day is this coming Saturday, February 21st! From 6 to 9 pm in the Mezzanine Lounge of the Stratton Student Center, join an observance put on by the Bangladeshi Students’ Association and share what your mother tongue means to you. With multilingual cultural performances, authentic bangladeshi dinner, and fun activities for all guests, this event will be a celebration of heritage and spoken word. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information and to RSVP. Photo by Tobias Mikkelsen.

February 19, 2015

MIT Infinite Labs 2015 Tech Conference Feb. 21

)Want to meet Zero to One Co-author Blake Masters? Join an involved discussion with innovative leaders at this year’s MIT Infinite Labs Tech Conference! Starting at 9 AM on Saturday, February 21st in the MIT Media Lab (E14), come learn and meet exciting new people. Check out the Infinite Labs website for more information and to get your ticket today!

February 19, 2015

TGIF Social at Flat Top Johnny’s Feb. 20

Don’t have plans this Friday evening? Come hang out at Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Square between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. BE and HST are hosting a joint TGIF social event and are inviting everyone to relax, socialize, and have a good time at the close of the week. Play pool, eat snacks, and meet new people! Photo by Derbeth.

February 18, 2015

Alumna Megan Smith goes to the White House

Megan Smith received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1986 and 1988, respectively. In 2014, she was appointed to the position of chief technology officer (CTO) of the United States of America.  As CTO, Smith serves as an assistant to the president, advising him and his team on how to harness the power of technology, data, and innovation to advance the future of the United States. Her team’s priorities include supporting the administration’s push for open data and information, advising on a wide range of technology policy topics, and recruiting more top technical talent to serve in government. Continue reading about Smith at MechE Connects. Photo by Joi Ito 

February 18, 2015

Around the World with the MIT Waste Alliance Feb. 19

Over IAP, MIT students traveled to various locations across the globe to participate in waste management projects. Now that they have returned to campus, come hear them tell tales and lessons from their experiences at 4 pm on Thursday, February 19 in 3-333. Internationally flavored cuisine will be served. RSVP here. If you have a project to share, the event is still open to speakers with a speaking time of between 5 and 10 minutes. Email trashiscash@mit.edu to be included. Photo by Andrew Allio.

February 17, 2015

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

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 16, 2015

Communicating Science Workshop in June 2015: Apply by Mar. 1

Applications are now open for the Communicating Science 2015 workshop, to be held in the Microsof NERD center in Cambridge, MA on June 18-20th, 2015. Graduate students at US institutions in all fields of science and engineering are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1st. Participants will build the communication skills that technical professionals need to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public. Workshop participants will produce an original piece of science writing and receive feedback from workshop attendees and professional science communicators, including journalists, fiction and non-fiction authors, public policy advocates, educators, and more.

February 16, 2015

Febfest this week: Feb 16-21

Every year, during the Massachusetts school vacation week in February, the MIT Museum celebrates National Engineers Week with engineering-specific activities, workshops, and afternoon demonstrations led by MIT students. This year’s theme is Lights, Cameras, Science, and workshops range from putting together a Rube Goldberg chain reaction to building a moving kinetic sculpture. From Monday, February 16th to Friday, February 21st, explore these and many other workshops offered. Registration is now open!

February 13, 2015

Ph.D. & Master’s Virtual Career Fair Feb. 17

Connect real-time with employers without having to leave your home or lab in the Ph.D. & Master’s Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, February 17. The virtual fair is a unique way to meet recruiters from 25+ well-known global, national, and research organizations, such as, Sirius XM, Intel, Mathworks, t-mobile, the CDC, etc. Ph.D., Master’s, and Post-Doc students & alumni are invited to register. If interested, upload your resume to the online platform and learn more about the exciting internships or full-time, part-time, or summer positions offered in the virtual career fair! Email gradtalent@careereco.com with any questions. Photo by EURES 

February 13, 2015

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 12, 2015

Daily teaches computer science to kids through dance

Shaundra Daily, a PhD alumna of MIT’s Media Lab in the department of Media Arts and Sciences, brings computer science education to younger generations through active hobbies:

“Sign your kids up for dance class, STAT. That is, if you want them to learn computer skills and survive the 21st century. Researchers at Clemson University are helping young girls learn computational skills through dance, in a surprising new attempt to fix the gender gap in computer science. And it’s quite a gap: 17 percent of Google’s technical workforce is female; Facebook’s even worse — only 15 percent of technical workers are women. The disparity starts early. Of the students who took the Advanced Placement computer science exam in 2013, only 23 percent were female, according to the College Board.

Clemson’s method: Teach programming concepts by paralleling them with dance moves. Assistant professor of computing Shaundra Daily — a dancer herself — is working with colleagues in dance education and computer science; she says students get used to scientific concepts by actually moving and playing with their bodies.” Continue reading on USA Today.

February 12, 2015

ODGE competitive fellowships process open through Mar. 6

The Office o the Dean for Graduate Education is now accepting nominations for the ODGE competitive fellowships. All nominations must be submitted by departments; students may not nominate themselves. Students who qualify for one of the fellowships should contact their graduate administrator in order to be considered for nomination by Friday, February 27. The ODGE accepts one nomination per department for each award with the exception of the Ida M. Green Fellowship and the Endowed Fellowships of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Nomination packages for each candidate should be sent to the Manager of Graduate Fellowships, Scott Tirrell electronically as PDF files by 5pm on Friday, March 6, 2015. The Department, as nominator, will be notified first of all decisions; students will then receive confirmation of awards via email and written letter. For more information, including what a nomination package consists of, various exceptions between different fellowships, and minor changes to some past fellowships, visit the ODGE fellowships page. Photo by Maia Weinstock.

February 11, 2015

Julie Kukharenko joins the ODGE team

There’s been a new addition to the ODGE team! Julie Kukharenko is now part of the ODGE HQ front office team as a financial assistant. Her main responsibilities include providing financial and administrative support for the Administrative Officer, including processing financial transactions, reconciliation of accounts, responding to graduate dental plan inquiries, data entries, event planning and handling office maintenance issues. With a diverse background and an interest in how large organizations like MIT are run, Julie brings experiences and skills in non-profit finance and operations to the ODGE. Welcome Julie!

February 11, 2015

MIT Asia Business Conference 2015: Demystifying business practices in Asia Mar. 7

The Asia Business Conference, taking place Saturday, March 7, 8:00am-7:00pm, provides a platform for business leaders to speak about the key business challenges, practices, and innovations that are shaping Asia. This year, the primary aim is to take a deep dive into leading sectors such as manufacturing, technology and finance. Selected companies/speakers are:

·  AT Kearney Japan – Tak Umezawa, Chairman
·  Giti Tire – Enki Tan, Chairman
·  Rocket Internet, Asia Pacific Internet Group – Koen Thijssen, Co-CEO
·  Startup Alliance Korea – Jungwook Lim, Managing Director
·  Vantone Holdings – Charlie Jiang, CEO
·  Yamaha Motor – Masahiro Takizawa, Managing Executive Officer
·  Alibaba – TBD

Selected sponsors:  Alibaba, Sohu, MIT ILP, Monex Group, MIT Technology Review. To join, purchase your ticket here, or click here to learn more.

February 10, 2015

MIT Assistive Technologies Hackathon Feb. 28

The goal of ATHack is to bring awareness to the important field of developing assistive technologies. We pair teams of students with clients in the Boston/Cambridge community who live with a disability. Each client has a problem in mind which they face because of their disability. Over the course of the hackathon, students brainstorm, design, and create prototype solutions for their client. February 12, 2015 there will be a meet-the-clients dinner 6-8pm in 10-205 and February 28, 2015 the hackathon will go from 9am-7pm. Visit ATHack’s website to register. Any additional questions can be e-mailed to at-hack-core@mit.edu. 

February 9, 2015

Global Fellows Program: Info session Mar. 3, Apply by Mar. 11

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) & the Dean for Undergraduate Education (DUE), and Global Education & Career Development (GECD), MIT and Imperial College London are jointly offering an intensive 5-day Global Fellows Program for PhD students from June 8-12. Through presentations, interactive work and hands-on activities, PhD students from Imperial (20) and MIT (20) will develop professional skills required to launch and manage a successful research career. Emphasis will be on creating and sustaining successful international research collaborations. Please note that this program is overnight and five days total in a location off campus in Dover, MA.  Info sessions will be held on February 18 from 3 – 4pm in 66-144 and on March 3 from 3 – 4pm in 24-121 if you would like to learn more about the Global Fellows Program and the application process. In addition, this short video will provides more information about the program. Contact globalphd@mit.edu with any further questions. The application form is due by March 11, 2015.

February 6, 2015

Singh uses a smart thermometer for connected health

Inder Singh, MBA ’06, is looking forward to the day when anyone can tune into a health report for up-to-the-minute news on what colds, flus, and other contagious diseases are circulating nearby. To get there, in 2012 Singh founded Kinsa, a company creating and selling smart thermometers that not only take temperatures but also enable users to monitor symptoms and medications, keep records for the doctor, and connect with others to see what illnesses might be going around their neighborhood or school. “For the first time in history, we will have a system to track the spread of disease—what I like to call the ‘health weather,’ a real-time understanding of what’s going on,” Singh said. To continue reading, visit the MIT Sloan School of Management Newsroom. Photo by bfishadow

February 6, 2015

Oxford Summer Doctoral Program application due Feb. 23

Applications for the University of Oxford’s Summer Doctoral Program (run by the Oxford Internet Institute) are open until Monday, February 23rd, 2015.  This annual program brings together outstanding doctoral students from around the world for two weeks of study (from July 6th to the 17th, 2015) with faculty and colleagues in a multidisciplinary environment that aims to provide constructive advice and support for students’ doctoral thesis research.  Dissertation research relating to the social impacts of the Internet and other communications technologies is especially encouraged.  By sharing their work and learning from leading academics in their field, students can enhance that quality and significance of their thesis research.  More information is available online.

February 5, 2015

2015 MIT Energy Conference Feb. 27-28

February 27-28, the MIT Energy Conference invites you to come celebrate our ten year anniversary. In the ten years since the conference’s inception, more changes have occurred in global energy than in the 100 years prior. As a key contributor to the development of solutions at the knowledge frontier, MIT brings together energy visionaries and a host of creative, passionate, motivated individuals for fact-based discussion and innovative problem solving. Join the MIT energy community and meet the leaders that are shaping the world for tomorrow. The MIT Energy Conference offers its guests premier opportunities to interact and network throughout the event. Buy tickets, or to find out more information on the conference, visit the MIT Energy Conference website.

February 4, 2015

Mork on locking energy-transfer rates in quantum dots

MIT chemistry graduate student Jolene Mork examines rates of excitonic-energy transfer. Energy transfer in light-sensitive materials such as quantum dots is of interest for better solar cells, LEDs, and other devices. MIT chemistry graduate student A. Jolene Mork examines how fast energy transfers from one quantum dot to another, a phenomenon known as hopping. Mork is lead author of a Journal of Physical Chemistry paper that analyzed energy transfer in colloidal quantum dots. “It’s not looking at how far can an exciton go within a film; it is how fast does it transfer from one quantum dot to another,” she says. Mork is a fifth-year MIT graduate student in the lab of William A. Tisdale, the Charles and Hilda Roddey Career Development Professor in Chemical Engineering at MIT. Read on at MIT News. Photo by Denis Paiste.

February 4, 2015

MIT Sloan Bioinnovations Conference: Redefining Value in Healthcare Feb. 20

The MIT Sloan Club presents the 12th Annual Bioinnnovations Conference! The conference will focus on innovations and issues in modern day healthcare and will be held on Friday, February 20, from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm at the Boston Marriott Cambridge. Keynote speakers include: Mark Fishman (President, NIBR), Jamie Heywood (CEO, PatientsLikeMe) and Dr. Gary Kelloff (Special Advisor, NIH). If interested, purchase a ticket for the event or email further questions to bioinnovations15tickets@mit.edu. Photo by Maryland GovPics 

February 3, 2015

15 MIT grad students honored as 2015 Siebel Scholars

Fifteen students from MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Biological Engineering, and Sloan School of Management are among the 85 new Siebel Scholars for 2014-15. Selected based on academic excellence, leadership, and ability to play a significant role in addressing global challenges, graduate students receive a monetary award for the final year of their master’s degree program. With 15 scholars, MIT represents the largest group of Siebel recipients. This year’s MIT honorees are:

  • Madeline AbyPolina BinderMax Dunitz, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Josephine Bagnall, Department of Biological Engineering
  •  Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Isaac Chaim, Department of Biological Engineering
  • Samuel Clark, MIT Sloan School of Management
  •  Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Zachary Freeman, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Jing Ge, Department of Biological Engineering
  • Kevin Geehr, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Esther Jang, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Benoit Landry, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Christine Leach, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Rebecca Lescarbeau, Department of Biological Engineering
  • Alec Nielson, Department of Biological Engineering
  • Alexandra Wright-Gladstein, MIT Sloan School of Management

Read the full story at MIT News.

February 3, 2015

Writing about science, tech, and society? Apply for Siegel Prize by Feb. 27

The Benjamin Siegel Prize of $2500 is offered to the MIT student submitting the best written work on issues in science, technology, and society. The Prize is open to graduate and undergraduate students from any school or department of the Institute. Email one electronic (PDF) copy of a single-authored work of no more than 50 pages written within the last two academic years to: Randyn Miller at randyn@mit.edu. Include one cover page with author identification, contact information, year, and program of study. Do not include any identifiers within the body of the work. The deadline for submission is February 27, 2015. The Siegel Prize was established in 1990 by family and friends of the late Benjamin Siegal (S.B. 1938, Ph.D.). For more information, visit the website or call (617) 253-3452. Photo by Chase Elliott.

February 3, 2015

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.

 

February 2, 2015

Communicating Science Workshop 2015 Mar. 1

Learn how to communicate complex technical information to a variety of audiences at the Communicating Science Workshop from June 18th to June 20th. The workshop is open to all graduate students in all fields of science and engineering in US institutions. Participants will build the communication skills that technical professionals need in order to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public. The workshop will include expert panels and interactive discussions and will be held at the Microsoft NERD center in Cambridge.  You will also get to meet other graduate students from across the country who are also interested in learning more about science communication. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Sponsored in part by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education. Email kjmanke@mit.edu with any questions. Photo by Lian-udom

February 2, 2015

MLK celebration luncheon Feb. 4

Wednesday, February 4 in Walker Memorial (building 50), MIT will be hosting its 41st annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The MIT community gathers every February to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Speakers have included leaders who are prominent both nationally and within the local Boston/Cambridge community, in accordance with Dr. King’s dual emphasis on global and local issues. The 2015 speaker will be Rinku Sen. The program followed by a luncheon will run from 11am-1pm, but seating is limited so RSVP today and visit the Institute Community and Equity Office website for more information.

January 30, 2015

Weidman shows how to synthesize lead sulfide nanocrystals of uniform size

Lead sulfide nanocrystals suitable for solar cells have a nearly one-to-one ratio of lead to sulfur atoms, but MIT researchers discovered that to make uniformly sized quantum dots, a higher ratio of lead to sulfur precursors – 24 to 1 – is better. MIT chemical engineering graduate student Mark C. Weidman developed the synthetic recipe in the lab of William A. Tisdale, the Charles and Hilda Roddey Career Development Professor in Chemical Engineering at MIT, with colleagues Ferry Prins, Rachel S. Hoffman and 2013 Summer Scholar Megan Beck. Uniformity of size can promote long exciton diffusion lengths in lead sulfide (PbS) quantum-dot films, Weidman says.

Usually quantum dots are synthesized as a colloid, with particles suspended in a liquid. If the quantum dots are all of the same size, they can self-assemble into an ordered lattice. “If they are monodisperse enough, it’s the thermodynamically favored state,” Weidman explains. Read on at MIT News. Photo by Denis Paiste.

January 30, 2015

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 30, 2015

All-Brahms Recital Feb. 1

Watch MIT alumnus Vincent CK Cheung, a current research scientist at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, perform with other musicians in the All-Brahms Recital this Sunday, February 1st, at 3:00 pm. The concert will feature classical melodies, such as, the Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor Op. 38, Two Songs for Contralto Viola and Piano Op. 91, etc and watch Vincent Cheung, part-time active freelance pianist, play in these performances! The concert will take place in Killian Hall and will feature artists, Mikiko Fujiwara, Chester Brezniak, Mea Cook, Krista River, and Amanda Wang. Photo by Brenda Clarke.

 

January 29, 2015

Investment projects from alternative points of view Jan. 30

Friday, January 30 in room E17-128, join as you will develop a framework for evaluating investment projects from alternative points of view (sponsor, society, stakeholders) and technical lens (financial, economic, distributive, fiscal, risk). This framework will be used to assess how effective investment incentives are in guiding private firm project choice, maintaining fiscal space, and aligning private return objectives to social ones. It will run from 12-2:30pm and light refreshments are provided. Contact e4Dev-request@mit.edu with any questions.

January 29, 2015

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 28, 2015

Chen and Tillberg on enlarging brain samples for better imaging

Fei Chen and Paul Tillberg are lead authors of paper on enlarging brain tissue samples. Beginning with the invention of the first microscope in the late 1500s, scientists have been trying to peer into preserved cells and tissues with ever-greater magnification. The latest generation of so-called “super-resolution” microscopes can see inside cells with resolution better than 250 nanometers. A team of researchers from MIT has now taken a novel approach to gaining such high-resolution images: Instead of making their microscopes more powerful, they have discovered a method that enlarges tissue samples by embedding them in a polymer that swells when water is added. This allows specimens to be physically magnified, and then imaged at a much higher resolution. This technique, which uses inexpensive, commercially available chemicals and microscopes commonly found in research labs, should give many more scientists access to super-resolution imaging, the researchers say. Read on at MIT News.

January 28, 2015

Developing your Teaching Philosophy Statement Jan. 28 & 30

Virtually all job-postings for faculty positions in the US require applicants to submit a Teaching Philosophy Statement. While the format, length and emphasis of a teaching philosophy may vary considerably across institutions, disciplines and positions, many elements of a TPS are invariant. In this 2-day, hands-on workshop, led by Amanda Sobel from the Writing & Communications Center (WCC)  and Janet Rankin from the Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL), participants  will:

·         Discuss the elements of an effective teaching philosophy statement
·         Assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of TPSs from various disciplines
·         Brainstorm ways to incorporate goals, strategies and evidence in their own statements
·         Consider writing and communication strategies and practices to improve the impact of their TPSs
·         Draft sections of their own teaching philosophy statements
·         Provide feedback to, and receive feedback from peers on elements of their TPSs

The workshop will be held January 28 & 30 from 11am-3pm.
Sign-up by January 27. Enrollment limited to 20 participants.
Contact Leann Dobranksi (E39-207) at leann@mit.edu with questions.

January 27, 2015

Wong’s vision system for household robots

For household robots ever to be practical, they’ll need to be able to recognize the objects they’re supposed to manipulate. But while object recognition is one of the most widely studied topics in artificial intelligence, even the best object detectors still fail much of the time.

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory believe that household robots should take advantage of their mobility and their relatively static environments to make object recognition easier, by imaging objects from multiple perspectives before making judgments about their identity. Matching up the objects depicted in the different images, however, poses its own computational challenges.

In a paper appearing in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Robotics Research, the MIT researchers show that a system using an off-the-shelf algorithm to aggregate different perspectives can recognize four times as many objects as one that uses a single perspective, while reducing the number of misidentifications.

Read more at MIT News as PhD student and lead author on the new paper, Lawson Wong, talks about the project. Photo by John Boyd.

January 27, 2015

The Trick to Being a Prolific Scholar

I am most productive as a writer on days when I wake up before the crack of dawn and get an hour of writing in before everyone in the house is awake and and, most important, before checking email or social media. I know several highly productive academics – some of them chairs, deans, and provosts – who do the same thing. For people with administrative duties, that is often the only time they have to write.

You don’t have to wake up at 5 a.m. to be a prolific scholar. You do have to write however. And nearly all of the prolific academics I have met are daily writers. Daily writing is one of the most important strategies I can recommend to boost your productivity. Theresa MacPhail calls daily writing a “no-fail secret to writing a dissertation.” That advice is just as crucial for new (and older) faculty. It’s also backed up by research. Read more of Tanya Golash-Boza’s article on Vitae. Photo by Christopher.

January 27, 2015

Institue Diversity Summit – Jan. 29 & Feb. 12

On two upcoming days — January 29 and February 12 — MIT will hold its annual Institute Diversity Summit, to share experiences candidly and listen to one another in a spirit of understanding and kindness. One highlight will be opening remarks by MIT’s Institute Community and Equity Officer, Ed Bertschinger, who will discuss what he learned through an MIT listening tour and share his thoughts about building our strength in community, diversity, empowerment and respect. Each day will have registration 12-1pm and the program 1-5pm in Kresge and the Student Center. Visit the Institute Community and Equity Office website for a complete itinerary and to register. Photo by Frerieke.

January 26, 2015

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 26, 2015

Advancing toward the equality of women and men Jan. 27 & 29

What is identity? How is it defined by our current society? What role does it play in the pursuit of gender equality? Come explore these and other related topics at 7-9pm, January 27 & 29, in a roundtable discussion over a meal. Light dinner will be provided on both nights. Dinner will be held in Room 4-144 on both nights. Organized by the MIT Baha’i Club and the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs and Sponsored by GSC. For more information contact shraayai@mit.eduPhoto by Nietnagel.

January 23, 2015

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

What are your values? Jan. 24

Ehsan Afkhami and Sahar Hakim-Hasemi ’13 will be hosting the seminar What are your values? They create your life… on Thursday, January 24, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. This free seminar is designed to help participants align their personal values with their goals so they can live happier lives and contribute to others in a fulfilling way. The workshop will take place in 4-237 and will have interactive exercises and audience discussions. Remember to register for this event if you would like to attend. Photo by cybrarian77

January 23, 2015

Beginner tango bootcamp, Jan. 24-25

1-5 pm, January 24 – 25 in room 36-112 Robin Thomas will be instructing an intensive two day introduction to Argentine Tango designed to get you from no dancing to tango in two quick days. No dance partner or experience is required, but space is limited and the bootcamps have been wilding popular in the past so be sure to sign up now! Light refreshments are provide. Wear comfortable clothing and pivotable shoes. For more information and to register visit the Argentine Tango Club’s website.

January 23, 2015

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 22, 2015

Dura watches how cells interact

The immune system is a complex network of many different cells working together to defend against invaders. Successfully fighting off an infection depends on the interactions between these cells. A new device developed by MIT engineers offers a much more detailed picture of that cellular communication. Using this device, which captures pairs of cells and collects data on each as they interact with each other, the researchers have already learned more about how T cells — major players in the immune response — become activated during infection.

The device is based on microfluidic technology developed by Joel Voldman, an MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), in 2009. His team used that earlier version to fuse adult cells with embryonic stem cells, allowing the researchers to observe the genetic reprogramming that occurred in these hybrids. Read more at MIT News, as graduate student and lead author on the new paper, Burak Dura, talks about her research.