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September 21, 2016

Workshop: Leveraging your international Experience, Sep. 23

Today’s employers want graduates with cross-cultural expertise and global competency. How do you let them know you have what they’re looking for? Learn how you can incorporate your global experiences into your resume, interviews, and other conversations with employers. Come to the GECD-MISTI workshop at W11 (Religious Activities Center) on Friday, September 23 from 10 am to 11;30 am. Please bring a sample job description and your resume. Light refreshments will be provided! Register here.This workshop is co-sponsored by MISTI and GECD.

September 20, 2016

Intel Lunch n’ Learn – Getting the First Job, Sep. 22

Join a panel of women engineers from Intel as they discuss their experiences working in industry, and dispense invaluable advice about getting that first job out of school. Be sure to stay around for lunch and networking after their talks! This event will be taking place at MIT building HST-119 on Thursday, September 22 at 12:00 pm. Register here to attend. GWAMIT’s Professional Development Lunch n’ Learn series is a monthly seminar devoted to helping MIT’s graduate students learn about careers outside of academia. If you have suggestions or ideas about this series,  please email. Food will be provided.

September 19, 2016

Roxane Gay talk and book signing, Sep. 20

Please join us on Tuesday, September 20 at 3 pm on the 6th floor of E14 for a talk and book signing with the incredible Roxane Gay. She is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism.  With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism.  NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her latest book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, is a painstaking examination of body image.

Roxane is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, co-editor of PANK, and was the non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on social media and when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament. Part of the MAS Diversity Speaker Series, Sponsored by the MIT program in Media Arts & Sciences.

September 16, 2016

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship information session, Sep. 19

The ODGE is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an informational session on the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm  in the Coffeehouse Lounge in the Stratton Student Center (W20-308). Craig Harwood, director of the Soros Fellowship will be on hand to provide a brief presentation on the fellowship and to answer questions. More information on the fellowship can be found on their website. An MIT news article on last year’s recipients can be found here.  For those students who are unable to attend, the fellowship also offers informational webinars.Get more information about this. If you should have any questions, contact stirrell@mit.edu.

September 16, 2016

Career Paths for PhDs and Postdocs: A Panel Discussion Sep. 19

PhDs and postdocs will learn more about career options other than being a professor at this panel discussion on Monday, September 19 from 5:30 – 7pm in 32-123. Panelists are employers who have hired PhDs and postdocs and represent a range of career paths. Representatives will be present from various industries, including healthcare, startups, consulting and education. This discussion will also enhance understanding about the culture of various organizations that hire PhDs and postdocs. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge. Photo by Kajvin.

September 15, 2016

Living in the Future, Sep. 17

Living in the Future: When Science Fiction Meets Science Reality!  Grab some pizza and popcorn at the MIT Museum, watch film clips and learn from scientists and inventors about how close we are to realizing Hollywood’s hopes for the future.

September 14, 2016

Advocating for Science symposium and workshop Sep. 16-17

GSC External Affairs is co-hosting the 2016 Advocating for Science Symposium with Future of Research and Academics for the Future of Science! The symposium will take place at the MIT campus on September 16-17, 2016. AAAS CEO and former congressman Rush Holt will deliver the keynote address after discussion with an expert panel on Friday evening. Saturday will feature 4 workshop sessions on effective science communication and advocacy strategies and techniques. More information is available. Register here or contact gsc-eab@mit.edu with questions.

September 13, 2016

Pitch2Match, Sep. 14

Got 60 seconds to pitch yourself? Come to Stata Center, 32-123 on Wednesday September 14 from 6:30 -8:30 pm. This networking events brings together MIT and students from other Boston area schools to meet collaborators and make an impact. Sign up ASAP for your pitch slot here or contact trustcenter@mit.edu.

September 12, 2016

MIT Spouses & Partners Connect campus tour, Sep. 14

Reserve your place now for the MIT Spouses & Partners Connect Campus Tour on Wednesday September 14. Meet in front of the Inbound Kendall Square T-station at 1:30pm. This tour is designed for you:

  • Find offices and spaces such as the International Students Office, MIT Medical, MIT List Arts Center, Work Life Center, Fitness Center (Gym), and the Student Center.
  • Learn the pathways for strollers and find the right places for kids
  • Get to know other newcomers!

This tour is stroller friendly, so bring the kids along. Find more information and register for the tour. Newcomers can also sign up for our weekly updates.

September 9, 2016

Part time educator, MIT museum

Are you interested in teaching or science outreach? Would you like some informal education experience on a part-time basis? The MIT Museum is seeking MIT graduate students to teach science, technology, and engineering workshops for middle and high school students from September 2016 to June 2017. The MIT Museum is seeking graduate students to facilitate STEM/STEAM workshops for middle and high school students. The ideal candidate should be flexible, interested in learning, teaching best practices, and available 1-2 days a week between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. Compensation of $15-18 /hour and training will be provided. To apply, please send cover letter, two references, and resume to edsearch@mit.edu. Read more at the MIT museum website.

September 8, 2016

Bui integrates user-collected data in city planning

“It’s the community engagement that’s most important,” says Lily Bui, a recent graduate of MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program and a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She has long been interested in how to engage people in technology-driven change.

There is no doubt that technology has transformed the way we interact with the world. Since the rise of the smartphone and the boom of applications that came with it, handheld devices have created a new technological revolution and transformed daily life. On average, most people check their phones over one hundred times a day. Many applications utilize these interactions, not only to improve the app itself, but to crowdsource data for the benefit of humanity. Science has also begun to tap into this powerhouse of data acquisition through projects that request input from members of the general public. Read more at MIT News.

September 7, 2016

“In the Trenches” Seminar Series for new TAs

“In the Trenches” is 7-seminar series designed specifically for TAs who have limited teaching experience and who would like a regular discussion group that focuses on issues related to their teaching. Registration is open to TAs from any MIT department.  Sessions will meet every other Thursday during the semester from 2:30-4:00 p.m beginning on Sep. 8th and attendance is required at all sessions. TLL facilitators will briefly present background information on various teaching topics during meetings, but program content will be largely driven by participants currently teaching “in the trenches.”  Most of the meeting time will be spent discussing teaching situations encountered by TAs and options for applying research-based best-practices to support learning in these situations. General topics of discussion will include classroom presentation skills, strategies to encourage student discussion, tailoring recitation sections to meet the needs of students, and receiving and using student feedback to improve teaching. REGISTER for the seminar here: Registration for “In the Trenches”.

September 6, 2016

Apply for the Fall 2016 MIT Graduate School Leadership Institute by Sep. 9

Supported by The MIT Leadership Center, Office of the Dean of Graduate Education, and Student Activities Office, the MIT Graduate School Leadership Institute (MIT GSLI) is a first-of-its-kind, peer-led collaboration across all MIT graduate schools to further develop the leadership skills, experience, and network of outstanding MIT graduate students who have already exhibited strong leadership capacity. Out of the hectic pace of studying at MIT, the program carves out dedicated time and space for purposeful, authentic reflection and connection across disciplines.

According to past participants, this is an intense and deeply rewarding program. A kick-off retreat on Cape Cod and six mandatory weekly meetings build strong friendships, leadership skills and reflections, and a peer network bolstered by alumni programming that continues after the MIT GSLI semester is over.

Come meet us! Please join past MIT GSLI fellows on Friday, Sept 9, from 10:00am to 11:00am in Killian Courtyard by the Institute steps, we will be hanging out for any questions and hoping for nice weather (otherwise we’ll be in Lobby 10!). Read more

September 1, 2016

Enroll in a dental plan by Sep. 15

Enrollment in the MIT Delta Dental PPO Value Plan is now open, and will continue through Thursday, September 15th. This plan is also known as the MIT Graduate Student Dental Plan. Delta Denal is the insurance provider and Crosby Benefit Systems (a division of WageWorks) is the enrollment administrator. 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 10/1/16 – 9/30/17. 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 29, 2016

2016 Orientation for new Families! Aug. 31 & Sep. 14

Newcomers can get to know all that MIT Spouses & Partners Connect has to offer through two upcoming Orientation programs: The  Learning Fair on Wed, Aug. 31 (from 1pm-3pm in W20-307) is an event to teach you about all MIT has to offer, from English classes to campus resources. The Campus Tour on Sep. 14 (from 1pm- 5pm starting in Kendall Square) will help connect your with other newcomers and show you an inside perspective on all the facilities and campus life. Find more information and REGISTER for the tour. Newcomers can sign up for our weekly updates.

August 24, 2016

Volunteer on MindHandHeart Working Groups

Volunteer spots are open for 2016 on the MindHandHeart Working Groups, primarily for students—undergrad and grad. And we’d love to have you! In each Working Group, a coalition of students, faculty, and staff focus on a key area—Connectedness, Wellness, Life Skills, Academic Environment, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, or Increase Help-Seeking—in order to promote well-being and a healthy community here at MIT. If interested, please follow the link to the Volunteer Interest Form. Feel free to contact MindHandHeart staff with follow-up questions: mindhandheart@mit.edu.

August 23, 2016

Register for Community Wellness September classes!

Community Wellness is proud to offer a wide range of classes in a number of topic areas to help improve the quality of life for members of the MIT community. Our classes are offered in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere with knowledgeable instructors. Classes offered include: iDiet (more info and register here), Self Defense and Workout (more info and register here), Creating the Healthy Life you Want (more info and register here), Koru Mindfulness and meditation (more info and register here). Take advantage of these wonderful opportunities- register today!

August 22, 2016

Conflict Management Training, Apply by Sep. 2

Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates.  Application deadline is Sep. 2 (apply here) and the class dates range from Sep. 13 to Nov. 22  (dates listed here).The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels, with each tier building on the previous session. The tiers are as follows:

Tier 1: Conflict Management for Self-Reflection (16 hours) Tier 1 consists of 16 hours of conflict management training for those interested in learning more about their own orientation towards and engagement with conflict.
Tier 2:
Conflict Management for Coaching (12 additional hours; 28 hours total) is an additional 12 hours of in-class time for participants who are in the role of supporting others through one-on-one interactions.
Tier 3: Conflict Management for Advanced Practice (12 additional hours; 40 hours total) adds an additional 12 hours of formal mediation instruction and practice. Find more information on dates and apply.

August 22, 2016

MIT Reads: Join the entire community for reading and discussion

This fall, the MIT Libraries is launching MIT Reads, an Institute-wide program that aims to build community and foster understanding through a series of shared reading and discussion events. This new initiative invites the entire MIT community — students, faculty, staff, and affiliates — to read selected titles and join open discussions.

For the 2016-17 academic year, MIT Reads will explore the theme of diversity and inclusion. Staff from the Libraries will partner with cultural and identity-based groups on campus throughout the year to select the reading and plan discussion events. A grant from MIT’s Committee on Race and Diversity is supporting the program. Read more at MIT News.

August 12, 2016

Indian Independence Celebration Aug. 13

On Sat. August 13 at 11:00am join us for Flag hoisting in front of the Student Center and after enjoy a dance performance by the talented MIT Bhangra Club. Then come feast on North and South Indian food in La Sala (W20 second floor)! For questions please contact sangam-exec@mit.edu. Photo courtesy of Meena Kadri

August 1, 2016

GSC Six Flags Trip Aug. 20

On Sat., August 20, from 9:30am-6pm join the GSC at Six Flags New England (Agawam). For the trip you can buy tickets at a group discount rate of $37!
There will be a bus (45 spots), but you can also arrange your own transportation
Ticket sales open Aug. 1  until Aug. 6 on adMIT (http://mit.universitytickets.com)
The tickets are limited to 2 tickets per person, and make sure to select the right bus or no-bus option. It’s almost the end of summer- enjoy every minute of it! Any questions please contact: gsc-ac@mit.edu Photo courtesy of Jeremy Thompson.

June 13, 2016

ODGE stands with the LGBTQ community

As members of the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, we would like to magnify the words of President Reif (below). We will stand together at the vigil on Tuesday, June 14 at 5PM.
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To the members of the MIT community,

On Saturday, more than 80 members of our community marched in the Boston Pride parade, openly celebrating the rights of those who identify as LGBTQ to be fully themselves in the world.

Hours later, in Orlando, Florida, 49 people from the LGBTQ community, many of them Latino and people of color, people who were also celebrating the fullness of their identities, lost their lives to violence and hate.

The shocking contrast reminds us to treasure the openness we strive for in our own community and to cherish every individual, as we reject the impulse to answer hate with hate. Read more

May 17, 2016

Bicycle Awareness Day‏, May 18th

Join us for Bicycle Awareness Day on Wednesday May 18th, 11am-2:30pm outside the Stratton Student Center Plaza! Get a free minor bike repair from Cambridge Bicycle when you register your bike with MIT Parking and Transportation Office. Come enjoy refreshments and a DJ! Plus leg band and bicycle light giveaways! If you sign up of MassCommute Bicycle Challenge and bring proof of participation, you get a free t-shirt!

May 13, 2016

Ice cream social, May 15th

Do you have finals? Have you felt the pressure? Come and relax before it starts! This Sunday, we will have Tocanini ice-cream! Join us in Sidney Pacific lobby on May 15th from 6-8pm to celebrate the end of the term! Contact sp-social-chair@mit.edu with any questions. Photo courtesy of Pamela Graham

May 13, 2016

Animal Adventures Show, May 14th

Come for an exciting animal show by Animal Adventures in the Little Kresge Auditorium on May 14th at 11:30 am! The experienced animal handlers will come teach us a little bit about each of the animals! Expect to have tons of fun! Contact westgate-pres@mit.edu with any questions.Photo courtesy of Wendell

May 10, 2016

Active Minds @ MIT’s 4th Annual “Speak Your Mind”, May 11

Join us for dinner on May 11th from 5-7PM in the Student Center, Mezzanine Lounge (W20-407) as we wrap up the year and discuss mental health at MIT. We will have student speakers, who will talk about their own experiences with mental health. Keynote delivered by Professor Daniel Jackson, who founded the Portraits of Resilence in the Tech. RSVP! Contact jsmcp@mit.edu with any questions.Photo courtesy of Wendell

May 9, 2016

MIT Puppy Lab, May 10, 11, 17 & 18

Come meet the newest official therapy dogs of MIT in Lobby 10 Community Lounge on May 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th (3-5pm)! Enjoy a snack, grab a spot on the green couches, make some new friends, and stay as long as you like! Check out which pups will be there at mitpuppylab.tumblr.com or find us on Facebook and Instagram. Contact puppylab@mit.edu with any questions. Photo courtesy of Will Marlow

April 25, 2016

Grad students develop method for early detection of Leukemia

A unique pitch competition hosted by the MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research on Friday awarded a team of researchers $300,000 to further develop — and potentially commercialize — a diagnostic platform that promises to catch leukemic cells in blood tests at very early stages of the disease. The “Shark Tank”-style competition, dubbed “Mission: Possible,” called upon Koch Institute researchers to develop innovations that aid in the prevention and early detection of cancer, for a shot at a one-year $300,000 research grant. Teams of professors, students, and postdocs submitted ideas in January.

Winning team IllumiRNA pitched an idea for a diagnostic platform that profiles individual cells in blood tests, to identify single leukemic cells among a sea of normal cells — like finding a needle in a haystack. “Ultimately, cancer is a disease of single cells gone awry, so we have to meet it at a single-cell level,” said team member Salil Garg, a postdoc in the lab of Institute Professor Phillip Sharp, who was also part of the team.

The other IllumiRNA team members were: Andrew Bader, a PhD student in the Langer and Anderson labs; Anthony Chiu, a PhD student in the Sharp lab; Courtney JnBaptiste, a PhD student in the Sharp lab; Vikash Chauhan, a postdoc in the Langer and Sharp labs and Suman Bose, a postdoc fellow in the labs of David H. Koch (1962) Institute Professor Robert Langer and chemical engineering professor Dan Anderson, who were both part of the team.

April 22, 2016

Katzschmann helps make first-ever 3-D printed solid and liquid robots

One reason we don’t yet have robot personal assistants buzzing around doing our chores is because making them is hard. Assembling robots by hand is time-consuming, while automation — robots building other robots — is not yet fine-tuned enough to make robots that can do complex tasks. But if humans and robots can’t do the trick, what about 3-D printers? In a new paper, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory(CSAIL) present the first-ever technique for 3-D printing robots that involves printing solid and liquid materials at the same time.

The paper, which was recently accepted to this summer’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), was co-written by MIT postdoc Robert MacCurdy and PhD candidate Robert Katzschmann, as well as Harvard University undergraduate Youbin Kim. Read more at MIT News…

April 21, 2016

Activist Research Methods in Science and Technology, Apr. 22

Sometimes our research is driven by wanting to do good in the world, make an impact, and create social or material change. Dr. Max Liboiron will lead a talk and discussion about how research can foster change during the entire research and development process on April 22, 2016 at 4PM in E51-345a. Dr. Liboiron is an Assistant Professor in Sociology, Geography, and Environmental Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Liboiron’s research focuses on how harmful yet invisible threats such as toxicants and marine plastics become visible in science and activism. This event is made possible with the support of Graduate Student Life Grants and the GSC Collaboration Fund. Contact: aregitsky@mit.edu

April 20, 2016

How to Negotiate your First Job, Apr. 21

Join us on April 21st, 2016 in Sidney Pacific Seminar Room for an interactive conversation about job offer negotiations with Paul Levy and Farzana Mohamed about their book How to Negotiate Your First Job. Learn to navigate the first important negotiation when transitioning to the world of work. Paul Levy ’72 has led several complex organizations during a multi-faceted career and now advises corporations throughout the world on negotiation. Farzana Mohamed ’99 is founder and principal of a consulting practice that advises organizations on change management, employee engagement. RSVP today! Contact: jzan@mit.edu.

April 19, 2016

Grad students honored with Lemelson-MIT prize

The prize of up to $15,000 apiece honors undergraduate and graduate students’ inventions in health care, transportation, food and agriculture, and consumer devices. The competition awarded a total of $90,000 to the makers of seven inventions. Inventors from 77 universities entered the competition, and MIT students placed in all but one category.

MIT PhD candidate, Achuta Kadambi, invented two camera systems that won in the “Use It!” category for inventions to improve consumer devices. His first invention uses inexpensive optics paired with complex algorithms to track light as it moves through space. PhD candidate Dan Dorsch invented an automatic transmission that shifts gears using two electric motors instead of the traditional clutch- optimal for high-performance hybrid vehicles. Read more at the Boston Globe…

April 19, 2016

How Uber is Changing the Transportation Landscape, Apr.21

Join us for a presentation in 1-190 on Thursday, April 21st, 11:45-1 pm by Andrew Salzberg – Global Mobility Policy Lead at Uber. He will discuss the effect of transportation network companies (esp. Uber) on transportation in cities in the US and around the globe. Lunch provided at 11:45. Seminar begins at noon. Visit our site for more information. Event sponsored by the GSC FB. Contact: t-club@mit.edu

April 18, 2016

Stepner and Abrahams: Rich, poor have huge mortality gap in U.S.

Poverty in the U.S. is often associated with deprivation, in areas including housing, employment, and education. Now a study co-authored by two MIT researchers has shown, in unprecedented geographic detail, another stark reality: Poor people live shorter lives, too. More precisely, the study shows that in the U.S., the richest 1 percent of men lives 14.6 years longer on average than the poorest 1 percent of men, while among women in those wealth percentiles, the difference is 10.1 years on average.

Michael Stepner and Sarah Abraham, PhD candidates in MIT’s Department of Economics, are among the co-authors of a newly published paper summarizing the study’s findings, and have played central roles in a three-year research project establishing the results. Read more at MIT News.

April 15, 2016

Pitch To the Public: 4 Session Workshop, Apr. 18 & 25

Join us for the last two sessions of Pitch to the Public! Pitch your research to the Public at the MIT Museum! Prizes for the people’s choice.

  • Session 3: The Art of the Talk with Practice Session (April 18th at 6pm)
  • Session 4: The Art of the Slide with Practice Session (April 25th at 6pm)

Both sessions will be in 4-237. Contact drolnick@mit.edu with any questions.

 

April 11, 2016

Growth Mindset at MIT, Apr. 13

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us for a session on Growth Mindset at MIT on Wednesday, April 13, from 2-3pm in the student center, W20, Private Dining Rooms 1 and 2. Many students arrive at MIT riding on years of academic success and praise from teachers, parents, and colleagues. But what happens when you encounter uncertainty and failure? Have you encountered challenging situations when you worry about how others will perceive you if don’t sound smart enough? When you fail to achieve a specific goal, how do you manage and overcome discouragement and self-doubt? In this short talk, we will examine how our own notions of potential and ability can have a fundamental impact on how we approach our work, how much we learn, and how successful we can be in achieving our goals. The talk will focus on recent, evidence-based insights regarding human performance, neuroplastictiy, motivation and on how deliberately cultivating a “growth-mindset” can improve our willingness and ability to face challenges and to innovate, despite the risk of failure. Read more

April 8, 2016

Faculty on Resilience: Cathy Drennan‏, Apr. 14

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us on Thursday, April 14  at 2-3pm in 32-155 to hear from Professor  Drennan about the parts of her career path that don’t make it on to her biographical sketch. Based on official biographies, it is easy to assume that success requires professional perfection at every career step. The truth is that success often derives from the learned ability to bounce back from failure and set-backs.  Professor Drennan’s official Bio is below, but come hear about the details that are missing. Warning: Content may contain learning disabilities, stereotype threat, and hogs. Faculty talk will be followed by Q and A, and light refreshments.

Catherine Drennan is a professor of Biology and Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a professor and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is the only individual to be both an HHMI professor and an HHMI investigator. Drennan received an A.B. in chemistry from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan, working in the laboratory of the late Professor Martha L. Ludwig. She was also a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Douglas C. Rees at the California Institute of Technology. In 1999, Drennan joined the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has risen through the ranks to full Professor. Her research interests lie at the interface of chemistry and biology, combining X-ray crystallography with other biophysical methods in order to “visualize” molecular processes by obtaining snapshots of metalloproteins in action.

April 8, 2016

Planting Seeds with the Chancellor, Apr. 11

Need a quick pick-me-up? As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join Chancellor Cindy Barnhart on Monday, April 11  at 5:15-6:16pm in Lobby 10. Plant some spring flowers to take with you to warm your lab or home! Stop in for 5 minutes or stay and chat for a bit. Feel free to bring a friend or family members.

April 7, 2016

Michael Taussig‏, “Mooning Texas” Apr. 7th

Join us this Thursday, April 7 @ 4:30 pm in MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 155  for “Mooning Texas” – an adventure story involving social energy + art + Emile Durkheim’s “take” on Mauss + Hubert’s “take” on mana + the creativity of gossip. Michael Taussig, professor of anthropology at Columbia University, was dubbed by the New York Times as “Anthropology’s Alternative Radical.” Taussig has been doing fieldwork since 1969. He has written on the commercialization of peasant agriculture; slavery; hunger; the working of commodity fetishism; colonialism on “shamanism” and folk healing; the relevance of modernism and post-modernist aesthetics for the understanding of ritual; the making, talking, and writing of terror; and mimesis. He has also written “a study of exciting substance loaded with seduction and evil, gold and cocaine, in a montage-ethnography of the Pacific Coast of Colombia.”

April 6, 2016

Faculty on Resilience: John Belcher‏, Apr. 12

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us on Tuesday, April 12, 2-3pm in 32-155 to hear from Professor Belcher about his path from the West Texas oil fields to a spacecraft going to the stars, and how going to the stars is a breeze compared to reforming freshmen physics. He has been clinically depressed and has been on anti-depressants for 27 years, and he will reflect on that experience. Faculty talk will be followed by Q and A, and light refreshments.

Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, John Belcher was the Principal Investigator on the Voyager Plasma Science Experiment during the Voyager Neptune Encounter (“the end of the Grand Tour”), and is now a Co-Investigator on the Plasma Science Experiment onboard the Voyager Interstellar Mission. Professor Belcher has also been involved in the teaching of freshmen physics at MIT, and was awarded the 2016 Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers for that effort.

April 1, 2016

Workshop for International Students on US Financial Literacy, Apr. 5‏

On Tuesday, April 5 from 12:00-1:30 in 68-180, the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) will be offering a workshop on Navigating the U.S. Financial System. This workshop is open to international graduate students only. Some of the topics that will be covered include choosing a bank, types of bank accounts, ATMs and debit cards, credit cards, transferring money, budgeting, apartment hunting, ways to plan financially if they are planning on staying in the US, and more. We will be offering a presentation with plenty of opportunities for discussion. Along with members of the ODGE team, we will also have Dana Reichman, International Student Programing administrator and Advisor from the International Student’s Office on hand as well as representatives from the MIT Federal Credit Union.  Free pizza!

For the purpose of ordering enough food, we request that interested students RSVP by 2pm on Monday, April 4th. Feel free to read more information on the ODGE Financial Literacy Initiative and the MIT iGrad Financial Literacy platform offered for free to the entire MIT community. Photo courtesy of Chris Potter

April 1, 2016

Celebrating a Century in Cambridge‏, Apr. 2nd

Join us for a concert by MIT Music and Theater Arts on Saturday April 2, 2016 at 7pm in the Kresge Auditorium as we Celebrate a Century in Cambridge! Free admission! The concert will feature: the MIT Symphony Orchestra, Adam K. Boyles, director; MIT Concert Choir and MIT Chamber Chorus, William Cutter, director; Members of the MIT Chamber Music Society, Prof. Marcus Thompson, director: Miriam Nussbaum (G), flute; Austen Yueh ’17, clarinet; Henry Love ‘18, violin; Taylor Safrit ’18, cello; Joonwon Choi (G), piano; Michael Choi ‘16, clarinet; Divya Pillai (G), soprano. 

The program will include: The National Anthem (arr. William Cutter); the world premiere of a blessed unrest by William Cutter; Seeing the Unseen and The Reason Why the World by Prof. Peter Child; Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock; the world premiere of Nocturne: On the River by Charles Shadle; Copland’s Symphony No. 3; and the MIT song Arise, all ye of MIT.

March 28, 2016

Why Are Relationships So Hard? Mar. 29

In this panel we’re seeking to address challenges encountered by students, staff and faculty in both cultivating and maintaining romantic and non-romantic relationships while in academic institutions, with particular focus on gender, sexuality and race. Join us on Tuesday March 29th, from 6-7:30 pm in 32-155. We’ll have three distinguished panelists: Amanda Hankins, Education and Prevention Specialist from the VPR, Abigail Francis, Director of LGBT Services in the Rainbow Lounge at MIT, and Dr. Ophera Davis, Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. There will be refreshments from 6:00pm – 6:30pm and the Panel Discussion from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. RSVP today! We hope to see you there!  Sponsored by GWAMIT, BGSA, and GSC. Photo courtesy of Ulisse Albiati

March 28, 2016

‘Graditude’ Soiree, Apr. 14

As part of MIT’s celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us for Graditude: a Cocktail Soiree from 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, April 14 at the MIT Museum. Look for your personal invitation in your e-mail to RSVP! Limited space available.

March 25, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week‏, starts Mar. 28th

RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) week is a time for the members of the MIT community (undergrads, grads, faculty, staff, alumni, associates, etc.) to connect through Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).  We hope these little acts of kindness will remind people that they are not invisible. We mainly want to make everyone’s day a little brighter during one of the toughest times of the academic year. Each day comes with an overarching theme: Read more

March 21, 2016

Academic Research and Leadership Network Symposium at MIT‏, Mar. 25-26

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Academic Research and Leadership Network Symposium (ARLS).  This year’s symposium will be held in conjunction with the NSBE National Convention from March 23-27th, 2016 in Boston, MA. ARLS events will occur on March 25-26 and consist of a research symposium held at MIT on March 25th followed by a faculty/career development symposium on March 26th at the NSBE Convention site (Boston Convention & Exhibition Center). This year’s research symposium features eleven renowned African American faculty from across the nation, including several MIT alumni (Dr. LaShanda James Korley, Dr. Kristala Jones Prather, and Dr. Muyinatu Lediju Bell). You do not want to miss it!  If you have questions please contact Prof. Cullen Buie, crb@mit.edu.  This event is free and open to the public, we hope to see you there. See schedule below: Read more

March 21, 2016

Do you have a story?‏ Share it!

 We all have our story — our triumphs, our failures, our happiest moments, our saddest moments. Maybe it’s a story that impacted you so much, that defines who you are, that you can’t not share it. Or maybe it’s a story so personal that you may just not be ready to share it, but you wish you could. This year, you will have a chance to share your story, anonymously, in the first Tales From the Homefront at MIT. Your story can be in any format- an essay, a poem, lyrics, and about anything-something you struggled with, something you’re proud of, or maybe just advice you want to pass along. It can be as long or as short as you want. And as personal as you want. These stories will be reviewed by a select group of students, with all the information kept confidential, and a couple of the stories submitted will be read anonymously at the Tales From the Homefront in late April by selected readers that did not write the stories themselves.

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March 17, 2016

The New Age of Smart Medical Devices, Mar. 22

On March 22nd from 5-6 pm, scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Jonathan Rothberg will speak at Harvard (Northwest Building-Lecture Hall B103) about his journey from engineer/biologist to an entrepreneur that has founded 10 businesses, most focused on medical devices in a talk entitled “How Imaging, Artificial Intelligence, Moore’s Law and DNA Sequencing are Transforming Healthcare.” Dr. Rothberg has been successful in large part by his ability to figure out ways to do things that a lot of people say can’t be done. To do that, he builds multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists from every discipline. His message is come and do the best work of your life and build something that will help people. New advances in imaging, artificial intelligence, computer processing and DNA sequencing are converging to create a revolutionary new generation of smart medical devices. Dr. Jonathan Rothberg discusses how this technology is enabling healthcare workers to learn more about their patients, improve treatment and reduce costs. Please register for the event. Reception to follow from 6-8pm. Event sponsored by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

March 16, 2016

Recognizing and Mitigating Unconscious Bias, Mar. 17th

Intuitive decision-making is subject to unconscious bias — the automatic cognitive reliance on a stereotype. Stereotypes are often suboptimal and reinforce group inequities, with implications for hiring/promotion, as well as student-faculty relationships. Join us for this two-hour workshop on March 17th, 11-1pm in W20-307 (Stratton Student Center). It is open to all of MIT, and will help participants recognize unconscious bias and develop strategies to mitigate it. Each attendee will receive lunch and a copy of “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People,” by Mazharin R. Banaji and Anthony Greenwald. RSVP today! Photo by JD Hancock.

March 15, 2016

Sydney Do: Getting Real on Mars

NASA wants you to know that it’s only a matter of months before you can wake up in a Martian habitat, grab some breakfast, jump into your spacesuit, and head out for a stroll across the Red Planet’s surface. Granted, the experience will be virtual, but it promises be the most realistic vision of human Mars habitation that a team comprising NASA engineers, a digital media developer, and MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics doctoral candidate Sydney Do can generate.

“Mars 2030” is a multiplatform virtual reality (VR) product that features a Mars surface expedition based on actual NASA concepts. To create as authentic an experience as possible, VR developer FUSION partnered with NASA in creating the narrative, user interface, and 3-D assets. Read more.