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April 24, 2014

U.S. News ranks MIT’s grad program in Engineering No. 1

MIT’s graduate program in engineering has been ranked No. 1 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings — a spot the Institute has held since 1990, when the magazine first ranked graduate programs in engineering.

As was the case last year, MIT’s graduate programs led U.S. News lists in seven engineering disciplines. Top-ranked at MIT this year are programs in aerospace engineering; chemical engineering; materials engineering; computer engineering; electrical engineering (tied with Stanford and Berkeley); mechanical engineering (tied with Stanford); and nuclear engineering (tied with the University of Michigan). MIT’s graduate program in biomedical engineering was also a top-five finisher, tying for third with the University of California at San Diego.

The MIT Sloan School of Management ranked fifth this year among the nation’s top business schools, behind Harvard Business School, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Read the rest of the article on MIT news.

April 24, 2014

Pfizer Executives at MIT Apr. 25

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Belen Carrillo, Pfizer Group Senior Vice President of Research and Development, and Jose Carlos Gutierrez, Group Senior Director of Biotherapeutics Research and Development, as part of the Spain@MIT Industry Series on Friday, April 25th, 2014 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in MIT Room 56-114.  Come learn about Pfizer’s most innovative research and business dilemmas as well as their perspective on diversity and inclusion.  Light refreshments will be served.  Contact for more information.

April 24, 2014

International Conference on Transatlantic Literature Apr. 24-25

Come to Spaces of Dialogue: International Conference on Transatlantic Literature from Thursday to Friday, April 24th through 25th, 2014.  Explore space, how the human experience revolves around it, and how this has been one of the common tropes of literature.  No matter the nature of the written or oral text, the common frame has been the interaction between men and women locked up within a frame – be that domestic, work, or even natural – in which and against which the self is defined.  The aim of this conference is to revise, revisit, and question the meaning and cultural impact of such spaces and the physical. psychological, and aesthetic distance between them.  Through the lens of comparitive literature, this conference attempt to bring together scholars working on American, Latin American, South American, and/or European literary studies so as to delve into the complexities of spatial constructions and depictions with the written piece.  Everybody is welcome, but admittance will be on a first-come first-served basis.  The keynote speakers are Mary Gaylord, Sosland Family Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, and IIan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College.  More information is available hereSee the conference schedule here.

April 24, 2014

Community Response to Sexual Assault at MIT TODAY

Join the Chancellor Cindy Barnhart at the community conversation event Breaking Silence: A Community Response to Sexual Assault @ MIT on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 6:30pm in MIT Building W20, PDR 1&2.  Discuss the problem of sexual assault at MIT, as well as to create a shared hope for the future.  All members of the MIT community are welcome to join in this conversation, which will include space to look forward to possible solutions, space to reflect, and space to just listen and observe.  Please RSVP here!

April 23, 2014

Shen designs way to filter light by incoming angle

Light waves can be defined by three fundamental characteristics: their color (or wavelength), polarization, and direction. While it has long been possible to selectively filter light according to its color or polarization, selectivity based on the direction of propagation has remained elusive.

But now, for the first time, MIT researchers have produced a system that allows light of any color to pass through only if it is coming from one specific angle; the technique reflects all light coming from other directions. This new approach could ultimately lead to advances in solar photovoltaics, detectors for telescopes and microscopes, and privacy filters for display screens.

The work is described in a paper appearing this week in the journal Science, written by MIT graduate student Yichen Shen, professor of physics Marin Soljačić, and four others. “We are excited about this,” Soljačić says, “because it is a very fundamental building block in our ability to control light.” Continue reading on MIT News.

April 23, 2014

Make the Leap on Apr. 24!

The MIT Consulting Club is holding their next big event, Make the Leap, on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in MIT Room 1-190.  Make the Leap brings together a panel of ex-graduate students who have embarked on careers at top consulting firms.  The event addresses the transition process from graduate school to life as a consultant.  More specifically, the moderated panel will discuss why and how to make the transition, how an advanced degree fits into a consulting career, the application process and interview tips, among other interesting topics.  Participating firms include BCG, ClearView, Exponent, McKinsey & Company, and Putnam Associates.  The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A, so attendees can ask their own questions.  Dinner will be provided.

April 23, 2014

Informal dinner with Professor Edmund Bertschinger TONIGHT

Are you interested in having an informal dinner with one of many MIT professors?  The next GSC student-faculty dinner will be on Wednesday, April, 23rd, 2014 at 6:00pm with Professor Edmund Bertschinger.  Professor Bertschinger is a physics professor working on cosmology and astrophysics.  As a member of the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, he leads a research program studying dark energy and dark matter.  This is a great change to talk with Professor Bertschinger about his research, your interests, jobs, MIT in general, in a less formal and less crowded way.  The first eight students who sign up will go the dinner.  However, please sign up even if there are already more than eight students, as the next few people will be on the wait list in case there are any last minute cancellations.  For more information, contact

April 23, 2014

YesPlus: Stress Management & Happiness Workshop (Apr. 25-29)

Attend YesPlus, a stress management and happiness workshop April 25-29, 6-10PM (Friday, Monday, and Tuesday) and 10AM-6PM (Saturday and Sunday). Learn techniques to overcome academic, personal, and professional stress and get closer to achieving one’s full potential. De-stress and learn powerful breathing techniques like the Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, yoga, meditation and practical wisdom through fun games. Trained faculty from the international non-profit Art of Living Foundation, an organization that operates in 152 countries, will be instructing. Tuition is $250. Register now. Photo by Cornelia Kopp.

April 22, 2014

Negotiated Out of a Job

The worst they can say is no. That’s the advice a new Ph.D. receives about negotiating with a department that has extended a job offer. Sure, you might not get everything you want, but there’s no harm in trying. This may be your best shot at getting good pay or working conditions and, after all, they have offered you the job and won’t take that away.

Or maybe not, according to recent post on Philosophy Smoker. The blog, popular among philosophy graduate students and junior faculty, recounts a job offer negotiation gone wrong at a small liberal arts college.

Read the rest of the article on Inside Higher Ed.

April 22, 2014

MLK Luncheon featuring Julio D’Arcy Apr. 23

The Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) invites you to attend the next MLK Luncheon Seminar Series presentation.  This series highlights the work of MIT’s MLK, Jr. Visiting Scholars and Professors.  The next luncheon seminar in this series is on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in MIT Room E51-372.  Lunch will be served.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at  Julio D’Arcy (chemical engineering) will speak about Strong Energy in Plastics.  Julio D’Arcy received his Ph.D in Chemistry at UCLA in June 2012.  His areas of expertise are conjugated polymers, electrochemistry, and thin film composite devices with a particular interest in energy applications.  As an MLK Visiting Scholar he will work closely with Professor Paula Hammond’s research group in the Department of Chemical Engineering.  He will be the new assistant professor of chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis beginning summer 2014.

April 22, 2014

MIT Earth Week 2014 (Apr. 22-26)

The MIT Earth Day Collaborative is excited to bring Earth Week 2014, starting April 22nd. To kick off Earth Week 2014, stop by the steps of W20 on Tuesday, April 22 between 12:30-2:30pm for delicious ice cream cones and more info! Other featured events during Earth Week include Choose to Reuse, a special Earth Day E-Waste Drive & Art Exhibit, “Finding Enough” – An Exploratory Lunchtime Seminar,  and The Clean Bin Project Screening. Volunteer for a Public Waste Audit at W20 on Friday at 10am. For more schedule information and to sign up for volunteering, visit the MIT Earth Week Page.

April 22, 2014

Family Week at the List (Apr. 22-24)

Discover exhibitions at the List Visual Arts Center through events just for families during Family Week, April 22nd – 24th, 12-4PM daily. The List will provide hands-on artmaking activities, exhibition tours, and more. Take a look at the full schedule. The events are free and open to all, but best for ages 3 and up No registration is necessary. Just drop in! Photo by sarah.

April 21, 2014

Cool Science Video Competition Film Showings (Apr. 22)

Students, staff, and faculty have all worked to produce videos that prove that science is cool. Come on Tuesday April 22nd from 7-9 PM to watch them all as a signature event of the Cambridge Science Festival! Many exciting guests will be there, including local radio show hosts. At the end of the showing there will be a public voting and award ceremony. All are welcome. For more details, visit the SciEx website.

April 21, 2014

CMS Media Spectacle Apr. 28!

The 16th annual CMS Media Spectacle takes place on Monday, April 28th, 2014, at 6:00pm in MIT Room 32-155.  The Media Spectacle showcases video projects of all genres created by MIT students, staff, faculty, and affiliates.  To submit an entry, send your video to Becky Shepardson in MIT Room E15-325 or by email to  Cash prizes include the Chris Pomiecko Award for Best Undergraduate Entry, as well as awards for Best Non-undergraduate entry, Animation, Experimental, Narrative, Nonfiction/Documentary, and Audience Favorite.  Please include with your submission a contact email address, video title, brief description, and running time.  The maximum running time is 15 min.  Keep in mind that the deadline for submissions is Monday, April 21st, 2014.

April 21, 2014

Spend some time this Patriots’ Day (Apr. 22) giving back

The MIT Public Service Center is hosting CityDays: Patriots’ Day on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014.  There will be various times and locations to volunteer, including CASPAR, Cradles to Crayons, Greater Boston Food Bank, and more!  The PSC will sponsor round-trip transportation and provide refreshments.  Sign up now to secure your spot!  CityDays are daylong events throughout the year in which the MIT community is encouraged to serve the local community.

April 21, 2014

Safety tips for Marathon Monday (Apr. 21)

Activities around the Boston Marathon have long been a tradition for MIT students. This year’s marathon has profound significance for the City of Boston, and the Boston Police have shared some tips for anyone who will be at or near the race on Monday. In particular, be alert and aware of your surroundings. “If you see something, say something.” All public drinking, open containers and intoxication will not be tolerated. Congregating on rooftops, fire escapes and porches is prohibited. Text “Boston” to 69050 to report suspicious activity and call 9-1-1 in an emergency. Be aware of security around the race, street closures, and other precautions. As you enjoy the Marathon festivities, please show your pride in Boston and MIT by being good neighbors. Photo by Vitor Pamplona.

April 19, 2014

Spring Dissertation Bootcamp Apr. 21-May 2

Come to the Spring Dissertation Bootcamp from Monday, April 21st to Friday, May 2nd, 2014.  Enjoy a reserved and quiet space away from your lab and home to write.  Finish your thesis with maximum productivity.  Breakfast is provided each day.  Register  online by Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 5:00pm, and contact for more information.

April 19, 2014

Cambridge Science Festival through Apr. 27

Come to the Cambridge Science Festival from Saturday, April 19th to Sunday, April 27th, 2014 in the MIT Museum.  Throughout the festival, the MIT Museum in collaboration with the City of Cambridge, community organizations, schools, universities, and businesses hosts a range of performances, discussions, and workshops and activities.  Some of the events will focus on Space Day, Printing 3D Ships, and Science You Can Eat.  Admission throughout the festival is only $10 for adults, and $5 for youth, students, and seniors.  Visit the website for more information.

April 18, 2014

Volunteer for Ask a Scientist! Apr. 19

Are you passionate about science?  Do you like teaching or explaining things?  Volunteer with the “Ask a Scientist!” team at the Cambridge Science Festival, to be held at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm or from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  Help answer the attending kids’ most intriguing scientific questions!  Register online.  Contact for more information.

April 18, 2014

Teaching, Perception, and Public Space: Apr. 18 and 19

“Perception requires involvement,” warns Antoni Muntadas, ACT Professor of the Practice. After twenty-four years of teaching at MIT, Muntadas is retiring this spring to focus on his extensive projects. Spanning over four decades, his art and pedagogy are rich in aphoristic observations. His classes and artistic practice dissect and reveal encoded systems of control and power hierarchies within media culture, architecture, and urban life by examining the intersection of language, media, and public space. On Friday and Saturday, April 18th and 19th, 2014, ACT will host a symposium and exhibition on Public Space to celebrate the legacy of Muntadas’s artistic and educational practice.

Muntadas has marked his students profoundly. Alumnus Matthew Mazzotta, who recently designed Open House, a public theater and community center in York, Louisiana, writes: “Muntadas definitely had a huge influence on my time in grad school and now as a working artist. I still quote him to this day – successful art projects have ‘one point of entry, but many interpretations.’” More information is available here.

April 18, 2014

Easter Dinner for CASPAR Apr. 19

Join the Graduate Christian Fellowship in cooking an Easter dinner for the CASPAR Homeless Shelter on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, either from 12:00pm to 3:00pm or from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.  Cooking will take place in the CASPAR Shelter, across from Ashdown.  The team will buy food from Costco during the first shift.  During the second shift, the team will cook and serve food at CASPAR.  Contact if you are interested in helping.

April 18, 2014

Dhoom: The Bollywood Dance Party Apr. 19

Sangam presents the Bollywood Dance Night “DHOOM” on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the Student Center, MIT Room W20-208.  Dance your heart out to super-hit Bollywood numbers as the DJ plays all of your favorite songs.  Dress up in bright Spring colors and get a chance to win some exciting prizes.  Enjoy Indian snacks and drinks as well!  For those affiliated with MIT, admission is free for those who register, otherwise it’s $2 at the door.  For all else, admission is $5 at the door.  Contact for more information.

April 17, 2014

National Differences in an International Classroom Apr. 18

On Friday, April 18 2 PM in 4-237, come to National Differences in an International Classroom, an Xtalk that highlights interesting systematic differences in performance and behaviors for students and countries with different characteristics such as language, internet availability, and income. Dr. Lori Breslow and Dr. Jennifer DeBoer will be speaking. Breslow is director of the Teaching and Learning Lab at MIT and a senior lecturer at Sloan. DeBoer is a post-doctoral associate for education research at TLL. For more information, visit the event page.

April 17, 2014

Rebecca Richards-Kortum speaking TODAY

As part of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) Distinguished Speaker Series, Rebecca Richards-Kortum of Rice University will speak at MIT on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in MIT Room 3-270.  She is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University.  Her work focuses on translating research that integrates advances in nanotechnology and molecular imaging with microfabrication technologies to develop optical imaging systems that are inexpensive, portable, and provide point-of-care diagnosis.  She will talk about how these low-cost, high-performance optical technologies can meet the health needs of the world.  For more information, visit the IMES website.

April 17, 2014

Strengthening Partnerships: A Free Interactive Workshop Apr. 19

Therapist Andrew Miser, Ph.D. and Martha Miser, Ph.D. are coming to MIT to give a free half-day workshop on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Stata Center, Star Room (32-D463).  They will provide tools for connecting with each other, communicating effectively, and decreasing daily stress.  The workshop is interactive and for everyone and all types of relationships (couples, individuals, spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends).  Space is limited and registration is required online.  Refreshments will be provided.  Contact for more information.

April 17, 2014

Remembrance for Officer Sean Collier Apr. 18

Friday, April 18th, 2014 marks the first anniversary of the death of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed while protecting our community.  President Rafael Reif says that he, “was a young man with a wonderful spirit of kindness, service, curiosity and play, and an extraordinary ability to touch the hearts of everyone around him. Through the example of his life, and through our shared experience after his death, he taught us the power of community in ways that no one present at the time will ever forget.”

There will be two events honoring Officer Sean Collier’s sacrifice and celebrating his life on Friday, April 18th, 2014.  These events will both take place on MIT’s North Court and are open to the entire MIT community.

  • Ceremony of Remembrance
    9:30am to 10:30am
    This formal ceremony will provide an opportunity to honor Officer Collier, to express respect and gratitude for the MIT Police and all first responders, and to preview renderings of the permanent memorial for Officer Collier designed by Professor Meejin Yoon.
  • Community Picnic and Rally for the “MIT Strong” Marathon Team
    1:00pm to 2:30pm
    This picnic will serve as a rally for the MIT Strong team, a group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are running this year’s Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21st, 2014 to honor Officer Collier and generate support for the Collier Fund at MIT.  If you plan to cheer the team on in person at the Marathon, you may pick up a free “MIT Strong” sign from CopyTech in MIT Room 11-004.

April 16, 2014

Papers on bankruptcy protection, autism diagnosis win second annual MIT Sloan doctoral research forum

Felipe Severino won first prize at MIT Sloan’s 2014 doctoral research forum for his paper “Personal Bankruptcy Protection and Household Debt.” Severino, a PhD candidate in financial economics, showed that increased personal bankruptcy protection levels in the U.S. raised the volume of credit card debt, but did not increase credit card delinquency or correlate to increased riskiness in the pool of borrowers.

Second place went to Phech Colatat, a PhD candidate in economic sociology, for his paper “Imprinting Variation: The Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder at Two Specialty Clinics.” In the paper, Colatet examined autism diagnosis at clinics managed by Kaiser Permanente Northern California. He found “substantial variation” in diagnosis rates, but described ways work at the clinical level could stabilize those rates.

Read the rest of the article in the MIT Sloan School of Management Newsroom.

April 16, 2014

Seeking Graduate Reps for the MIT Grand Junction Planning Advisory Committee by Apr. 17!

Join the MIT Grand Junction Planning Advisory Committee, and have an impact on the future of MIT Campus Planning!  The first meeting in on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in the Aruba Conference room inside MIT Building NE49.  Email your resume and a short statement to by Thursday, April 17th, 2014.  MIT has agreed to conduct a study of the feasibility of allowing a regional bicycle and pedestrian path on the property it owns along the Grand Junction railroad track, focused on the land from Main Street to W59.  The City of Cambridge has been interested in this for some time, but MIT has had a number of unanswered questions about the compatibility and safety of such a pathway in this location.  MIT is hoping that this study can provide a shared understanding of the nature of the opportunity and the associated challenges.  MIT plans to have faculty and student representation, along with Cambridge residents and officials, on a small advisory group to respond to the study as it is performed by a consultant yet to be selected.  There will be approximately six meetings of the advisory group, starting with a review of the consultant RFP, proposal review, and then providing reaction to study progress and the draft report.  The final report is to be submitted to the Cambridge City Council no later than September 2014.  Have an impact on the future of MIT!

April 16, 2014

GSC Student-Faculty Dinner with Prof. Solomon Apr. 17

The first GSC student-faculty dinner will take place on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 6:00pm with Professor Frank Solomon.  Professor Solomon is a biology professor working on personalized medicine at the Koch Institute at MIT.  This is a great chance to talk with Professor Solomon about his research, your interests, jobs, or MIT in general, in a less formal and less crowded way.  The first eight students who sign up will go to the dinner.  However, please sign up even if there are already more than eight students, as the next few people will be on a waitlist should there be any last-minute cancellations.  Please sign up here.  Contact for more information.

April 16, 2014

Meet Master Printer Jim Stroud Apr. 17

Visit Center Street Studio in Milton, MA and meet with master printer Jim Stroud to explore contemporary printmaking on Thursday, April 17th, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Free transportation will be provided from the MIT campus.  Take this opportunity to view demos of printmaking techniques, browse completed works around the studio, help select a print to be added to the List Visual Art Center’s Student Loan Art Program, and more.  This event is open to MIT graduate students.  Spaces are limited.  Advanced registration is required by emailing

April 15, 2014

Should You Mention Your Blog in Your Job Application?

Karen Kelsky, an academic career coach at The Professor Is In, discusses when it is appropriate to include one’s personal blog in a job application:

“This is one of those issues that is evolving very quickly. As of this moment, my advice is that you should consider listing your blog in applications, as long as it meets a few standards.

“First off, consider your blog from various angles. Take appearance: Does it look decent visually? It doesn’t have to be anything fancy—the world of academia continues to be a world of very bare-bones Internet style. But it does have to communicate a certain level of professionalism and orderliness consistent with the rest of your job market materials. You can’t have misspellings or glaring typos, for example, whereas you must have appropriate visuals, fonts, and a writing style that communicate a scholarly persona…” Continue reading on Vitae. Photo by photologue_np.

April 15, 2014

AeroAstro Centennial Seminar Series: General Janet Wolfenbarger Apr. 16

The year 2014 marks 100 years of aerospace studies at MIT, and the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is celebrating through a Centennial Seminar Series.  The first seminar will take place on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 10:00am in the Stata Center, Room 123.  The speaker will be General Janet Wolfenbarger, a Course 16 alum and Commander of the Air Force Material Command.  Breakfast will be available prior to the talk.

April 15, 2014

Climate Change Speaker Series with James Hansen TODAY

Calling all youths (and those young at heart) to action!  As part of the Climate Change Speaker Series, world-famous climate scientist James Hansen will be giving a talk Combatting the Climate Crisis: The Path from Science to Action at MIT on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm in MIT Room 10-250.  Hansen is a former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.  He was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2006.  Contact for more information.

April 15, 2014

SpringFest Concert on Apr. 26!

Tickets are now on sale for MIT Students for the SpringFest Concert, to be held on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 8:00pm in the Z-Center (Johnson Athletic Center).  The doors will open at 7:00pm and will close at 9:30pm.  The concert features Capital Cities and Flosstradamus!  Tickets are $15 for MIT students and $20 for MIT affiliates.  If you’d like to volunteer, register online.  Contact for more information.

April 14, 2014

Graduate engineers design ‘living materials’

Inspired by natural materials such as bone — a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells — MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.

These “living materials” combine the advantages of live cells, which respond to their environment, produce complex biological molecules, and span multiple length scales, with the benefits of nonliving materials, which add functions such as conducting electricity or emitting light.

The new materials represent a simple demonstration of the power of this approach, which could one day be used to design more complex devices such as solar cells, self-healing materials, or diagnostic sensors, says Timothy Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering. Lu is the senior author of a paper describing the living functional materials in the March 23 issue of Nature Materials.

The paper’s lead author is Allen Chen, an MIT-Harvard MD-PhD student. Other authors are postdocs Zhengtao Deng, Amanda Billings, Urartu Seker, and Bijan Zakeri; recent MIT graduate Michelle Lu; and graduate student Robert Citorik.

Read the article on MIT news.

April 14, 2014

Share your interview experiences on Apr. 15

Interview season is coming to an end.  Did you enjoy talking to people in various positions about your skills, experiences, and personalities?  Did you suffer solving problems with time slowly running out?  Share your interview experiences with fellow students over dinner on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in MIT Room 32-144.  Three recent graduates are invited to talk about their interviewing experiences for academic, engineering, and finance jobs.  Ask questions and get more skills!  No registration is required, but spots and food are limited, so please come on time.  Contact for more information.

April 14, 2014

Summer Teaching Certificate Program (Register TODAY)

The Teaching and Learning Lab will be offering its Teaching Certificate Program this summer in an accelerated format. This workshop series is for students and postdocs interested in developing their teaching skills as well as those who are planning careers in academe. To earn a certificate, students must participate in 7 classroom workshops and a videotaped teaching/lesson presentation. Registration is required and will open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14th. (Mark your calendars now! Space is limited and all sections are usually full 24-48 hours after registration opens).

The Summer Program kicks off on Tuesday, May 27th, with the first workshop: Students as Learners, You as Teacher. There will be five sections offered, with one reserved for students in NON-science/engineering departments. For more information, visit the program website. For any questions about the program, please contact Leann Dobranski ( Photo by Vandy CFT.

April 14, 2014

5000 Moving Parts at MIT Museum (through Nov. 30)

Melding art, science, history and technology, 5000 Moving Parts features sculptures by Anne Lilly, John Douglas Powers, Takis, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Arthur Ganson in collaboration with sound artist Christina Campanella.

The exhibition looks at the wide range of kinetic art being made now: from work that’s concerned entirely with motion and unpredictability, to sculptures that engage with contemporary political topics, to work that brings ancient myth into contemporary life.

Learn more about the artists and the exhibition at the MIT Museum page.

April 11, 2014

The No-Fail Secret to Writing a Dissertation

Theresa MacPhail, an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow at New York University, explains the best way to write a dissertation:

“As a former journalist, assistant professor, and seasoned dissertation-writing-workshop coach at New York University, I can promise you there is only one fail-safe method, one secret, one guaranteed trick that you need in order to finish your dissertation: Write.

“That’s it. Seriously. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are no magical shortcuts to the production of prose, academic or otherwise. If you want to complete your dissertation in a reasonable amount of time—and trust me, you do—you must learn to prioritize the act of writing itself and write every day. Writing must become a non-negotiable part of your daily routine…” Continue reading on Vitae. Photo by jjpacres.

April 11, 2014

Exploring Reality from a Baha’i Perspective on Apr. 14

Explore reality from a Baha’i perspective on Monday, April 14th. 2014 at 6:00pm in MIT Room W20-303.  Discover scientific faith and empirical religion, and discuss quotations from historic thinkers and passages from Baha’i writings.  This is part of an ongoing series through May.  Contact or visit the website for more information.

April 11, 2014

Kids Clothing and Toy Exchange on Apr. 14!

Take part in the MIT Kids Clothing and Toy Exchange on Monday, April 14th, 2014, from 9:30am to 1:00pm in the Student Center, Room 491.  The exchange will include kids clothing, outerwear, shoes, toys, and books for children ages 0 to 5.  Items will be organized by gender and size so particular items can be found easily.  You do not need to bring clothes to participate!  Drop off will commence for the first hour and a half.  Pick up begins at 11:00am.  Contact for more information.

April 11, 2014

April Social Science Happy Hour TODAY

Come to the April Social Science Happy Hour on Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 5:30pm in MIT Room E18-202.  Join the discussion on social science research while enjoying food, beverages, and the company of social science researchers.  All are welcome!  Contact for more information.

April 10, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014-15 GSC officers!

The Graduate Student Council has elected a new officer team for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The incoming officers will begin their terms on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014.  The new officers are:

  • President: Kendall Nowocin (EECS) Pictured top right
  • Vice-President: Francesco Bellei (EECS) Pictured top left
  • Secretary: Christopher Aakre (Biology) Pictured bottom Left
  • Treasurer: Shabnam Raayai Ardakani (MechE) Pictured bottom Right

Congratulations to the new team!

April 10, 2014

MIT Africa Innovate Conference Apr. 11-12

Join the MIT Africa Innovate Conference to hear from amazing speakers and learn more about the emerging ideas that are shaping Africa’s future.  The conference will take place on Friday, April 11th, and Saturday, April 12th, 2014 in the MIT Media Lab.  There will be panels on energy, healthcare innovations, investment, technology, women, and venture incubation.  There will also be a business plan competition, a hackathon, vision talks, and keynotes.  Buy tickets and find out more about the conference by visiting the website.  Email questions to

April 10, 2014

SIAM & CCE Student Seminar: Topological Microfluidics TODAY

Come to the SIAM & CCE Student Seminar on Thursday, April 10th, 2014, at 4:00pm in MIT Room 4-237.  The topic for this seminar will be Topological Microfluidics: Exploring anisotropic fluids in microfluidic environment, with speaker Anupam Sengupta, Roman Stocker group, CEE.  Light refreshments will be served.

Liquid crystals (LCs) are complex anisotropic fluids, well-known for display applications. Their properties are in contrast to the isotropic fluids which we typically encounter in state-of- the-art microfluidic science and technology. This allows us to explore LCs as a suitable functional material for developing a microfluidic technology which harnesses the coupling interactions between the flow, the molecular orientation, and the ordering or topology of the system.

The MIT chapter of The Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIAM) is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in applied mathematics, computational science and mathematical applications in an engineering field.  Visit their website for more information.

April 10, 2014

CAMIT Grants Deadline Extended to Apr. 11!

MIT students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply for Council for the Arts Grants to support arts projects in all disciplines.  Awards range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.  The Grants Committee supports projects that offer MIT community members opportunities to create, participate in, and learn about the arts.  The next application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 11th, 2014.  Any student currently receiving academic credit from MIT, or current MIT staff and faculty are eligible to apply for Grants Program funding.  Applicants may submit proposals individually or on behalf of a group or organization.  See the website for more information.

April 9, 2014

Family and friends recall graduate student Hadi Kasab

When Hadi Kasab was a boy in Lebanon, he went through a phase of carrying a small briefcase to school. “He already knew that he wanted to be an engineer,” Kasab’s younger sister, Jana, recalls — and the young Hadi thought that carrying a briefcase was something all engineers did. Her brother never lost his sense of wonderment at the world, Jana Kasab says: “He was really always a 5-year-old on the inside.”

“He was very quiet most of the time,” Jana Kasab says. “We used to say that he lived in his own world.” At a kindergarten graduation ceremony, her distracted but driven brother marched straight across the stage, without even stopping to receive his certificate.

He was also humble, Jana Kasab says: “My mother was once chatting with Hadi via Skype. She was telling him about people’s reactions when they found out that her son is in MIT. Hadi hated that. He didn’t like to gloat about it — but Mom, as a proud parent, did. So he promised Mom that he’d buy her an umbrella with the MIT logo on it, so that she’d stop telling people that her son is in MIT, and instead people would take the initiative to ask her.”

Read the article on MIT news.

April 9, 2014

2014 Legatum Conference on May 10

Come to the 2014 Legatum Conference Elements of Entrepreneurship on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in the MIT Media Lab.  This year’s conference will have four panels.  One panel discussion will focus on businesses created from the earth, agri-business in Africa.  We will explore Latin American technology ventures conducting business through the air.  Fire being the oldest form of energy used by man, we will look at some of Asia’s newest innovations in energy production.  Finally, we will learn about successful entrepreneurs and the investment in innovation springing up by the water of the Persian Gulf.  The experts and entrepreneurs speaking at this year’s conference will ground us, breathe life into new ideas, ignite our passion for innovation, and sustain us.  The speakers will include Jeff Hoffman, Founder & CEO, Priceline,, Colorjar; David Auerbach, Co-Founder, Sanergy, Legatum Fellow, MIT 2011; and Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Ad Astra Rocket Company, MIT 1977.  Register online.

April 9, 2014

Nautical Night at the MIT Museum on Apr. 11

Dive into a variety of exciting ocean-related activities ranging from marine biology to nautical design at Nautical Night in the MIT Museum on Friday, April 11th, 2014 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  Learn how metalwork and 3D printing are used in nautical engineering, and then explore a fascinating world of undersea microbes.  Try your hand at both traditional and modern shipbuilding techniques, and get a firsthand look at objects from the MIT Museum’s Hart Nautical Collection.  Explore activities by the MIT Foundry and Forge, Oceans at MIT, Sea Perch, and more!  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  MIT cardholders and alumni have free admission to the event.

April 8, 2014

Explore HST research topics at the Forum on Apr. 10

Come to the 2014 HST Forum, an annual showcase of student research, to be held in the TMEC Atrium at Harvard Medical School on Thursday, April 10th, 2014, from 1:00pm to 6:30pm.  The Forum is a great opportunity to support HST students and the program as a whole, as well as discover current research projects. Take this opportunity to share ideas and connect with members of the HST community.  For more information and to RSVP, visit the website.