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July 23, 2014

Arida, Ghole, and Wang take high school students out of the classroom with NuVu

The brainchild of MIT alumnus Saeed Arida PhD ’10, NuVu (pronounced “new view”) enrolls students from local schools — both during the academic year and the summer — to focus on real-world projects. In so doing, students are exposed to the collaborative, experimental, and demanding design process typical of architectural design studios. The NuVu Studio is located down an alley off Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. It’s a place where local high school students leave their classrooms behind to design robots, websites, board games, medical devices, and clothing, among other things. But they’re not playing hooky — in fact, it’s part of their education.

Co-founded with Saba Ghole SM ’07 and David Wang, a PhD student in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, NuVu brought in about 150 students last year. Around 400 students have participated in the studio, creating more than 130 projects including robotic arms, modular shelters, sustainable and futuristic clothing, documentaries about Boston’s Tibetan population, and strategy games. Read more about NuVu at MIT News.


July 23, 2014

Spotting a bad adviser and how to pick a good one

Universities have a lot of names for the professor who works with a graduate student on a thesis or dissertation and later signs off on it. The main titles are “adviser,” “director,” and, more rarely, “sponsor.” Some universities, including my own, call a professor in this position a “mentor.” I like “adviser” because I think that’s the best description of the job when it’s being done well.

The relationship between advisee and professor (whatever that person’s title) is the longest and most important one in a graduate student’s formal education, a unique blend of the professional and the personal. Continue reading this article online on The Chronicle.

July 23, 2014

Mind-body yoga dance party Jul. 24

On Thursday, July 24th, join other MIT community members for a mind-body yoga dance party in the Stratton Student Center (W20-491) at 7:00 pm. This event will begin with mingling and eating snacks, some light music and warm-up dance games, partner yoga, and guided meditation. At 8:25 pm, the music will start up again for anyone who wants to dance the night away! If you have any questions,  email or kgnayar@mit.eduPhoto by Tucker Sherman

July 22, 2014

Bamiduro and Adepetu are turning waste into energy, one community at a time

On a good day, residents in Lagos, Nigeria, get eight hours of electricity—far from enough for a rapidly growing city of 18 million. To address this shortfall, students from across MIT have teamed up to launch a waste-to-energy company that will provide Lagos residents with cheap, reliable electricity.

“Lagos has a severe waste problem, severe unemployment, and an environmental problem. Millions of people are running diesel generators on a daily basis,” said Adetayo “Tayo” Bamiduro, an MIT Sloan MBA ’15 student from Nigeria. The company the students founded, NovaGen Power Solutions, aims to supply biogas to apartment buildings while providing local jobs. “The impact is social, environmental, and economic,” Bamiduro said.

The brainchild of Adeyemi “Yemi” Adepetu, a student in MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) program, NovaGen will collect organic waste from apartments and convert it into biogas to fuel generators. Continue reading the article here. Adepetu pictured at left. 

July 22, 2014

Sign up for the International Student Mentorship Program by Jul. 25

Interested in mentoring first year international graduate students? Give them an opportunity for cultural exchange and to learn more about Cambridge, Boston, and the MIT culture. Mentees and mentors will be matched up based on national/regional origins, mutual interests, and similar considerations. The deadline to register as a mentor is Friday, July 25th, and the sign-up link and more about the program can be found online. Should you decide to participate in the program, you have to be in e-mail contact with your mentee throughout August. During Fall Orientation, the new student will have the opportunity to meet his/her mentor at the Mentorship Mixer and International Dance Festival. Direct any further questions to

July 22, 2014

Israeli Dancing Jul. 23

The MIT Folk Dancing Club and Hillel MIT are planning an night filled with Israeli Dancing for Wednesday, July 23rd, to take place at the Student Center in room 491. Teaching and beginner dances will start at 8:00 pm, followed by open requests until 11:00 pm+. Kosher snacks will be provided. The event is free for all MIT students, but there is a suggested donation of $1. Don’t miss out on the fun! The event begins at 8:00 pm and will end at 11:30 pm. Email with any questions. Photo by U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv


July 21, 2014

De Montjoye helps you own your own data

Graduate student Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye is working on a new system that would allow individuals to pick and choose what data to share with websites and mobile apps. The example I like to use is personalized music,” says de Montjoye. “Pandora, for example, comes down to this thing that they call the music genome, which contains a summary of your musical tastes. To recommend a song, all you need is the last 10 songs you listened to — just to make sure you don’t keep recommending the same one again — and this music genome. You don’t need the list of all the songs you’ve been listening to.”

De Montjoye says “You share code; you don’t share data. Instead of you sending data to Pandora, for Pandora to define what your musical preferences are, it’s Pandora sending a piece of code to you for you to define your musical preferences and send it back to them.” Read more about de Montjoye’s new system at MIT News.


July 21, 2014

International Care Critical Data Marathon: Register by Jul. 31

In collaboration with Hacking Medicine, the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology is holding the second International Critical Care Data Marathon at the MIT Stata Center on September 5th7th. The event will bring together nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and physicians with data scientists to address clinically relevant questions in a large clinical database over the course of a weekend. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a large, open-access ICU database called MIMIC (created in collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), MIT, and Philips Healthcare).  In 48 hours, teams of clinicians and data scientists will generate novel questions to address which will hopefully result in lasting relationships and clinically relevant projects. Be sure to register for the data marathon if you’re interested. The deadline to register is July 31, 2014.

July 21, 2014

Burgers and beers with LGBTQ students and allies Jul. 22

Come hang out with your fellow MIT LGBTQ graduate students and allies on Tuesday, July 22nd at Tasty Burger in Harvard Square. Delicious burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hotdogs are subsidized, so your dinner will be cheap! A group will be leaving Lobby 7 at 6:45 pm, or you can meet everyone at Tasty Burger at 7:30 pm. Don’t forget your ID and MIT student ID! RSVP online if you’re attending, although you can show up without RSVPing, and contact with any questions. Photo by Jennifer

July 18, 2014

A foreigner teaching in America

In his first year on the job, Jamie Miller, a faculty member at Quinnipiac University, grapples with culture clash: “You only need to stay one week ahead of your students.” “You are always smarter than they are.” “You can definitely teach a book you haven’t read yet.” Such was the advice I received in the summer of 2013. The first year of teaching is daunting for anyone, no doubt, but for me there was an additional complicating factor: I was a foreign Ph.D. teaching at an American university. Continue reading this article on The Chronicle of Higher Education.

July 18, 2014

Ashdown brunch Jul. 20

All graduate students are invited to the Ashdown June Brunch on Sunday, July 20th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Hulsizer room of Ashdown House. They will have pancakes, chocolate croissants, sausages, scrambled eggs, yogurt & granola, home fries, and fruits, so come to enjoy some great food and the summer! Please bring your own plates and utensils to reduce waste and receive an extra food item as incentive. Also, don’t forget your brunch punch card if you received one last time.  If you want to help out, contact, and direct all questions to All volunteers should show up at 10:00 am in the Hulsizer room to set up. Photo by Brian.

July 18, 2014

CAST summer outing for the sun and beach Jul. 19

Summer is the best time in Boston to enjoy the sunshine, the sea, and sports! On Saturday, July 19th join the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology on a summer outing to Revere Beach for the National Sand Sculpting Festival. A lunch box will be provided to all participants. The group will meet at the Kendall Square T station at a time that will be announced in an email following trip sign-up. If interested, sign up online. Contact with any questions. Photo by John O’Neil

July 18, 2014

MIT/WHOI Summer Picnic Jul. 19

Graduate students of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography invite you to a summer picnic and beach day in Cape Cod on Saturday, July 19th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. There will be grilled burgers and hot dogs (vegan options included), fruits and veggies, light snacks, and drinks provided! The event will take place at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ballfield, minutes by foot to volleyball and basketball courts, a soccer/softball field, and the beach! Transportation will be via chartered buses for MIT graduate students and their guests, and tickets can be purchased online.

Contact with any additional questions, and the group would like to give a huge thanks to their co-sponsors: LEF, GSC MEF, MIT Biology, EGSAC, EECS GSA, and Off-Campus Housing. Photo by Abaconda Management Group

July 17, 2014

Chong improves system for timing of urban lights to minimize commute times

A new optimization process developed by Carolina Osorio, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at MIT, and graduate student Linsen Chong can time traffic lights in large urban areas while accounting for the complex and diverse reactions of individual drivers. Their approach uses high-resolution traffic simulators that describe, in detail, the behavior of drivers in response to changes in travel conditions. In detailed simulations of Lausanne’s traffic, they found that the timings produced by their approach reduced the average travel time for commuters by 22 percent, compared with timings generated by commercial traffic-light timing software. Read more about Chong’s research at MIT News.


July 17, 2014

eMIT Science Outreach Meeting Jul. 17

If you find science or engineering intriguing and would like to teach and inspire other people then check out eMIT, a student group for science outreach. You can learn more about eMIT at their next meeting on July 17th at 6:00 pm. There will be free food and good company. RSVP if you would like to attend their upcoming meeting. The location is still to be determined. Photo by Martin Cron

July 17, 2014

Tang Hall BBQ and movie night Jul. 19

All MIT graduate students are invited to take a break from research to chill out over some delicious barbecue food and a movie with some friends on Saturday, July 19th. The event will take place on the Tang lawns and BBQ pits with food from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and the movie starting around 8:15 pm. If weather is bad, the rain location is the Tang 24th floor lounge. Please bring your own utensils to go green and contact with any questions.

Photo by Håkan Dahlström.

July 17, 2014

Berry picking trip Jul. 19

On Saturday, July 19th, join the MIT CSSA in a trip to Russell Orchards farm in Ipswich, MA to pick farm fresh raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries and try their famous cider donuts! Tickets are $13 when you register online, and include transportation and the entry fee. The trip will meet in front of Ashdown (235 Albany St.) at 9:00 am and return at around 2:30 pm, so consider bringing some spending money and a light lunch. Contact with any questions. Photo by Ray Bodden

July 16, 2014

Liu founder of Procyon Ventures, the newest venture firm in Cambridge

Millie Liu, who graduated in 2012 from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, says that her “overarching theme is data — data processing, analytics, algorithms, machine learning.” This was the very quality that helped her startup her own company, Procyon Ventures. Her first fund, $10 million, comes from “successful business leaders in China.” And so part of her pitch to entrepreneurs she may invest in is that Procyon can be “the bridge between startups here in the U.S. and their global market, more specifically, the Asia market.” Liu, who speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese, says she travels to China regularly and works to help startups forge business relationships there.

Liu has already made investments in three startups: Infinite Analytics, which uses social network profiles to help e-commerce sites understand their customers; Seven Bridges Genomics, which helps researchers manage genomic data; and Contastic, a new web-based sales automation tool. Learn more about Liu’s success at BetaBoston.

July 16, 2014

GWAMIT and MITaly Networking Reception Jul. 17

Interested in pursuing a career in science and engineering? Would you like to know more about the bitter and sweet of the life of a scientist and learn how to face those situations? Join MITaly and GWAMIT in this networking session with Italian women in science and hear about the experiences of MIT Professors Paola Cappellaro and Paola Rizzoli and Harvard Professor Katia Bertoldi! The event will take place on Thursday, July 17th from 6:45-8:30pm in room 32-155 of the Stata Center. Pizza and desserts from Boston’s North End will be provided. Submit your questions for the speakers online, and contact with any inquiries about the event. Pictured: Cappellaro (left) and Rizzoli (right). 

July 16, 2014

Isabella Stewart Gardner Gala Jul. 18

Sip chardonnay, enjoy the company of other MIT graduate students, and get a look at the breathtaking artwork at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Friday, July 18, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Art historians will be available at the museum to answer students’ questions that evening. Tickets are $10 (single) or $18 (with a guest) and include the price of one drink ticket.  Remember to purchase your ticket online, and send additional questions to Photo by Maitri

July 16, 2014

Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner Jul. 18

On Friday, July 18th join MIT Hillel for a delicious Shabbat dinner with an awesome community of MIT graduate students. The dinner will be held from 7:30 – 10:00 pm in the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP by sending an email to

July 15, 2014

Lupoli and Marcus’ startup connects demand to supply

Sal Lupoli and Christine Marcus met as classmates at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where they noticed two thing: The school hosted a vast number of catered events, and it seemed to offer the same boring food on rotation. It would be great, they concluded, if there were an easy way to serve a wider variety of food, from a local restaurant that specializes in a particular style: burritos from the MexiCali Burrito Cabana, falafel and tabbouleh from Aceituna Cafe, and vegetarian options from Clover — all at the same event.

In 2012, the pair launched Phoodeez, an online catering service founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that handles just about every aspect of a client’s meal plan. It can supply a smorgasbord of cuisines, keeps track of gluten-free dishes and other dietary needs, and plans a different menu for the office every week. Read more about Lupoli and Marcus’ new startup on The Boston Globe.

July 15, 2014

Dear Kate: Understanding feminism and how to respond to misogyny

What should you do if a close friend offhandedly says a misogynistic comment like “when women smile when they say no, they’re really just saying ‘try harder’” or “women falsely accuse men of rape all the time”? And how do you navigate the conversation to avoid being negatively branded as an overzealous feminist? The latest edition of the GWAMIT Mentoring advice column, Dear Kate, addresses the nationwide debate on misogyny, male privilege, and feminism.

Kelley Adams at the Violence Prevention and Response office at MIT Medical, rather than the usual mentor/volunteer Kates, responds to these concerns in a two-part column. Part I discusses the idea of “rape culture,” and how feminism historically has — and likely will continue to have — negative connotations. Part II suggests multiple strategies for responding to misogynistic comments such as asking where that belief came from or cultivating empathy. Even though violence and beliefs that foster it are prevalent throughout our society and culture, every individual has the ability to change this by starting discussions and getting more people to think critically.

If you would like to submit any questions (pseudonymously) for a future column, go to the Dear Kate Google Doc. Photo by Kayla Sawyer

July 15, 2014

Contra Dance with live music Jul. 15

On Tuesday, July 15th, take part in some contra dancing with live folk music by Autumn Rose Lester (fidde) and Max Newman (guitar, banjo, mandolin). Contra dancing is a high-energy dance, directed by caller and accompanied by exciting live folk music. It’s easy to learn, beginners are welcome, and no partner is necessary. The event will take place from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm in lobby 13 and is open to the public. The event is free for all MIT students, but a $3 donation is suggested at the door. Contact the MIT Folk Dance Club at if you would like more information. Photo by Joanna


July 14, 2014

Luther named 2014 Point Foundation Scholar

Every year, the Point Foundation awards a collection of deserving LGBT students in college and graduate school scholarships to continue their education and enable them to give back to the communities from which they came. All of the Point Scholars have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership within their communities, despite facing harsh discrimination, rejection, and homophobia from those communities, and sometimes even from their own families. Every Point Scholar is paired with a professional mentor and receives training to further cultivate their leadership skills.  As an MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management from 2013-2015, Samir Luther is focusing on operational excellence and change management through data analytics. He is passionate about sustainable economic development through information and communication technology and financial inclusion. Continue reading about the award on Advocate.

July 14, 2014

When Doubts Bedevil Your Writing, Invite Your Demons in for Tea

In my experience, no amount of time, space, or energy will make you a more productive writer if you let your inner writing demons (that is, your secret fears and self-doubts) sabotage you. So let’s examine them and talk about how to deal with them. These demons can surface even when (and sometimes especially when) we are deploying effective writing strategies on a project we care about. They may manifest as unconscious, self-perpetuating assumptions about who we are and what our writing should be. If we allow them to take hold, they can petrify us and keep us from writing. Continue reading this article on the ChroniclePhoto by Mark Seton

July 14, 2014

Dart Night at Thirsty Ear Pub Jul. 14

Come out for Dart Night at the Thirsty Ear Pub every Monday starting on July 14th. Doors open at 7:30 pm, darts are from 8:00 -10:00 pm, and the kitchen closes at 11:00 pm. Free food will be provided, and a 21+ government ID and an MIT ID are both required to attend! Contact with any additional questions. Photo by Manuel Noah Angeja.

July 11, 2014

Academia, Industry or Both? Academic Careers Series Jul. 14

The Graduate Student Council’s Academic, Research, and Careers (ARC) committee has put together a panel of professionals that will help you figure out what type of career path you should choose after graduation. Would you prefer working in an industry or teaching in academics? You will get to hear stories from Charles Cooney, a professor in MIT’s Chemical Engineering Department, Jack Turner, an Associate Director of the MIT Technology Licensing Office, and David Weitz, a professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard when these professionals were once in your shoes. Learn how they made this huge decision on July 14th at 2:30 pm at 32-123 (Stata). Email if you have any questions regarding the event.  Photo by IDS

July 11, 2014

Family Day at the List: Peculiar Portraits Workshop Jul. 12

On Saturday, July 12th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the List Visual Arts Center (E15 Upper Atrium) will be open to the public for free. Enjoy a day of artmaking and exploration. You’ll even be able to create your own deconstructed self-portrait collage to take home. See how contemporary artists explore identity in the 9 Artists exhibition and go on a family-friendly tour of the exhibition at 2:00 pm. No registration is required. Email with questions regarding the event.

July 11, 2014

Indian Barbecue Social Jul. 12

MIT Sangam and the Graduate Students Council have organized an Indian Barbecue to take place on Saturday, July 12th. There will be paneers, chicken kebabs, burgers, and hot dogs! The event will begin at 6:00 pm at the Kresge BBQ Pits. Email if you would like more information. Photo by Jun Seita

July 10, 2014

What Writing and Running Have in Common

When people ask me what running and writing have in common, I tend to look at the ground and say it might have something to do with discipline: You do both of those things when you don’t feel like it, and make them part of your regular routine. You know some days will be harder than others, and on some you won’t hit your mark and will want to quit. But you don’t. You force yourself into a practice, the practice becomes habit and then simply part of your identity. A surprising amount of success, as Woody Allen once said, comes from just showing up.

Or perhaps I’ll mutter something about sought-after outcomes: You want to nail it; you want, if nothing else, to beat yourself, to beat your best self. You want something to show for the effort. You want the applause that comes when you’ve finished, and finished well. You want the markers of achievement—you’d like to think you are just doing it for you, but most of us are not that self-realized. The material rewards mean something. Continue reading this article at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

July 10, 2014

Tanglewood Trip: All Dvorak Program Jul. 11

The MIT Friends of Art club has organized a trip to Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on July 11th. The show begins at 8:30 pm and will include an All-Dvorak Program featuring violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Remember to RSVP if you’re interested, or contact with questions. To stay updated with other activities planned by MIT Friends of Art be sure to join their mailing list. Photo by Stephen A. Wolfe

July 10, 2014

Egyptian Annual Iftar Jul. 11

On Friday, July 11th, MIT’s Egyptian Club will be hosting their annual Iftar at 8 PM at W20-208! Join in on a night filled with fun, live music, great company, and free Egyptian food and dessert! Contact for more information. Photo by vipez

July 9, 2014

Ramirez and researchers explore the cross-section of memory

Can you install a false memory in the brain? Researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, including graduate student Steve Ramirez, have shown it’s possible in lab animals. First they locate where in the brain the memory is formed; then they use optogenetics to manipulate the memory neurons. One day such techniques could be used to help people with debilitating traumatic memories. Watch the video on Technology Review.

July 9, 2014

Keep your finances in order

The MIT Federal Credit Union has recently created a blog to help students with their future financing and banking investments. Learn how to improve your credit score or learn how to start your own nest egg! Follow the new blog to stay updated on tips, hints, and lessons to improve your financing knowledge. Photo by Alan Cleaver 

July 9, 2014

An Evening of Painting Jul. 10

The Cambridge Community Art Center will be hosting a fundraiser led by an MIT art instructor on Thursday, July 10th starting at 6:00 pm. The event will take place on the lawn of E15, and art supplies, drinks (21+), and refreshments will be provided for the evening. Make sure to sign up if interested and contact if you have any questions. Photo by Diamond Farah

July 8, 2014

NSE’s Lulu Li wins best poster award at CASL workshop

Lulu Li, a graduate student in nuclear science and engineering, has won the award for the best poster presented at the 2014 CASL Annual Education Workshop. Li’s poster described a new physics-based multigrid acceleration method implemented and tested in the OpenMOC framework. At MIT, Li works with professors Kord Smith and Benoit Forget in the Computational Reactor Physics Group (CRPG). CRPG focuses on computational physics methods for modeling and simulation of nuclear reactor cores, including reactor physics analysis methods, core loading design and optimization, and transient safety analysis. Continue reading this article on MIT NewsPhoto by Justin Knight.

July 8, 2014

Brunskill Receives NSF CAREER Award

Emma Brunskill, an MIT alumna and current assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the agency’s most prestigious award for junior faculty.

The five-year, $670,000 award will support her research on data-driven, machine learning algorithms for automatically constructing personalized strategies. Brunskill will use these methods to help create self-improving tutoring systems that provide individualized learning experiences, focusing on mathematics education.

Brunskill, who joined the faculty of the Computer Science Department in 2011, received a 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, which recognizes pioneering young academic computer scientists. She was selected as a 2012-2013 Wimmer Faculty Fellow by the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence at Carnegie Mellon. Continue reading about Brunskill’s accomplishments at Carnegie Mellon University News.

July 8, 2014

The Professor Is In: The Problem With Passion

You’re always saying that we should focus on facts, not emotions, in our job documents. But I think that’s going to make my materials dry and boring. I need to show the search committee how passionate I am, to make my application stand out, right?

Job seekers at this point in time are all more or less desperate… When that desperation seeps into your job documents, it derails them. Whether it is expressed in the negative (I really, really need this job), or in the positive (I would be absolutely, positively thrilled to get this job) makes no difference. Desperation sabotages your chances. Why? Two reasons. Continue reading on ChroniclePhoto by andia.

July 8, 2014

Weekly Wednesday Wings at the Muddy Charles

FREE wings and veggies will be provided to MIT graduate students between 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Muddy Charles Pub in building 50 on July 9th and every Wednesday until May 27th, 2016! Don’t miss out! Photo by jeffreyw


July 7, 2014

MIT’s Mobile Fab Lab participates in White House Maker Faire

MIT’s Mobile Fab Lab — a trailer containing digital fabrication, design, and manufacturing tools, along with an electronics workbench — was on hand Wednesday for the first-ever “White House Maker Faire,” hosted by President Obama and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the White House.

Obama stopped by the Mobile Fab Lab for a briefing on digital fabrication and the future of manufacturing with Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA); Nadya Peek, one of his graduate students, who is working on machines that make machines; and Makeda Stephenson, from Boston’s first fab lab. Visitors to the lab included John Holdren, assistant to the president for science and technology and director of the OSTP, and two physicists who serve in Congress: Reps. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and Bill Foster (D-Ill.), who has introduced a House bill to charter a national network of fab labs based on CBA’s fab labs. 

Continue reading this article on MIT NewsPhoto by Pablo Martinez Monsivais; from left to right, President Barack Obama, Gershenfeld, Peek

July 7, 2014

GWAMIT Leadership Conference – Info Session Jul. 9

Want to help involved with planning the Graduate Women at MIT Fall Leadership Conference? Learn about this exciting annual event at the kick-off meeting on Wednesday, July 9th at 2:00 pm at the Stata Center cafeteria. If you are not able to attend the meeting but are interested in participating, email Mallory Bounds or Emily Mackevicius.

July 7, 2014

Robert Cummings: new Graduate Admissions team member

Robert Cummings, formerly Graduate Program Assistant in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), has joined the ODGE as Senior Administrative Assistant for Graduate Admissions as of Monday, July 7th. Robert has worked in BCS since 2011, where he provided integral support to the graduate admissions committee. He brings expertise in GradApply to the ODGE graduate admissions position, where he is also looking forward to working with MIT special students.

July 3, 2014

Daya and team unveil experimental 36-core chip

The more cores — or processing units — a computer chip has, the bigger the problem of communication between cores becomes. For years, Li-Shiuan Peh, the Singapore Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, has argued that the massively multicore chips of the future will need to resemble little Internets, where each core has an associated router, and data travels between cores in packets of fixed size. In a network-on-chip, each core is connected only to those immediately adjacent to it. “You can reach your neighbors really quickly,” says Bhavya Daya, an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science, and first author on the new paper. “You can also have multiple paths to your destination. So if you’re going way across, rather than having one congested path, you could have multiple ones.” Continue reading this article on MIT News.

July 3, 2014

Orientation logo contest submissions due Jul. 7

If you like to draw, design, or create things, then this is your opportunity to represent MIT to incoming graduate students! The 2014 Orientation Logo Contest is now accepting submissions. Submit a logo that features elements distinctive to MIT, such as the letters MIT, the MIT Dome, or Tim the Beaver. Your entry should also feature the year 2014 and be restricted to 2 or 3 colors. If your entry is chosen, you will receive a $250 prize and the pleasure of seeing your logo across the MIT campus this Fall. The second and third best entries will receive a $25 prize.  Email all submissions to the Orientation Committee at by  Saturday, July 7. For more details, see the competition website.

July 3, 2014

Ashdown BBQ Jul. 4

Celebrate the United States’ birthday with your fellow graduate students by eating some savory BBQ on the Ashdown House Courtyards on Friday, July 4th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm! There will be hot dogs, burgers, vegetarian options, and desserts. The Declaration of Independence will be recited and trivia with prizes will follow after. Email with any questions regarding the event. Photo by PaulD

July 2, 2014

MIT student group advocates for science funding on Capitol Hill

Joseph Azzarelli, president of the MIT student group Science Policy Initiative (SPI), describes “science for policy” and “policy for science” as separate but interrelated. By educating its members and advocating for science funding, he says, SPI is “connecting the dots between science and policy.” Scientific research informs government policy on a range of issues, from health care to climate change; lawmakers influence scientific progress through budgets and regulations. How many MIT students understand this relationship — or their potential role in it? Continue reading this article at MIT NewsPhoto by Len Reubenstein. Team members of the Science Policy Initiative include (from left): Arthur Yip, Erhardt Graeff, Dillon Gardner, Joseph Azzarelli, Yuly Fuentes-Medel, and Samuel Brinton.

July 2, 2014

Apply to be a Graduate Community Fellow

Graduate Community Fellows  are a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance graduate community in unique ways. Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the ODGE or in a partner organization, and focuses on a specific project. Fellows meet monthly to coordinate efforts, and to pool their observations and reflections. They have the opportunity to advise the Dean about the needs of the graduate student community, and serve as an important conduit for informing the Dean and staff about the graduate student experience. Open positions currently include:

To learn more and apply, visit the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education. Photo by vandycft

July 2, 2014

Preregister for backup childcare

The pilot program for subsidized backup childcare has recently been approved for recurring funding. Don’t forget you must preregister your child once each year to take advantage of this service, subsidized at only $5 per hour.  If you are currently taking summer term courses you can preregister now. If you are not enrolled in summer term courses, you can preregister your child once you have registered for the fall term. Email with any questions. Photo by Greens MPs

July 1, 2014

Robinson focuses on research in nuclear security

When she was accepted into the undergraduate business program at Florida A&M University (FAMU), Mareena Robinson thought she had her future all figured out: She would go to law school and become an attorney, like her father, or else a businesswoman. But when she and her father arrived on campus at the beginning of freshman year, he made an offer the self-described “obedient daughter” couldn’t refuse: to pay a visit to the physics department, where he had a distant connection to a friend-of-a-friend. “I said, ‘OK, I’ll just check it out,’” Robinson says. “I had no intention of going into physics. But when I got up there they treated me like a football player.” Continue reading at MIT News.

July 1, 2014

How to turn your dissertation into a book

Dear junior scholar: Congratulations! If you’re reading this, maybe you’ve recently submitted your dissertation, and your advisors think it’s terrific. Or perhaps you’ve just landed a postdoc or your first tenure-track job, and one of your next goals is working on your first academic book. Because you’re a good scholar, you’ve probably already done some initial research on which presses might be interested in your project. And you’ve probably looked up tips on how to write a winning book proposal. But as you sit down near the beginning of the summer to start in on revisions, you might realize that you don’t quite know how to turn that solid dissertation into a publishable book. Continue reading on Chronicle. Photo by Frits.

July 1, 2014

MIT Comedy Night at the Thirsty Ear Pub Jul. 1

When was the last time you had a good laugh? On Tuesday, June 10th, the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee (TEEC) will have an MIT Comedy Night featuring headliner Tim Mclntire from the Boston Comedy Festival. The show starts at 8:00 pm and will be hosted by Andrew Durso, Ethan Marsh, Alingon Mitra, Scott Oddo, Christa Weiss, and Jeffrey Wiles. Snacks and soda will be provided by the TEEC. This event will take place at the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35) and a 21+ government ID and MIT ID are required to view the performances.  Contact the TEEC at with any questions. Photo by TheeErin

June 30, 2014

MIT alum start-up is shrinking bulky laptop adapters

While laptops continue to shrink in size and weight, the “power bricks” that charge them remain heavy and bulky. But now, MIT spinoff FINsix has invented an adapter that’s roughly one-quarter the size and one-sixth the weight of a conventional brick, and just as efficient. Co-founded by four MIT alumni—Vanessa Green MNG ’08, MBA ’11; Anthony Sagneri SM ’07, PhD ’12; George Hwang PhD ’10; and Justin Burkhart SM ’10—FINsix has developed the world’s smallest laptop adapter, called the Dart. Around 2 1/2 cubic inches in size and weighing around 2 ounces, the adapter is only slightly larger than an ordinary plug. Continue reading on

June 30, 2014

New career advisor for MIT grad students

Jake Livengood starts the week of June 30 as Global Education and Career Development (GECD)’s new career advisor for MIT graduate students. He will be available by appointment through CareerBridge to meet with doctoral and graduate students needing assistance with career skills, and can help with preparation for  individual career paths. Throughout the year, Livengood will be hosting orientations, panels, and workshops with students to strengthen their career skills before entering the workforce.

Prior to his new job on MIT’s campus, Livengood had experience serving in career service roles on other college campuses: Framingham State University, Boston University School of Management, the University of Nevada – Las Vegas Harrah Hotel College, and Loyola University. Moreover, he has taught career planning courses at Boston University’s School of Management, Loyola University in Chicago, Argosy University, and Nevada State University.

June 30, 2014

Canada Day BBQ Jul. 1

The MIT Canadian Club will be hosting a celebratory BBQ for Canada’s 147th birthday on Tuesday, July 1st, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sidney Pacific Courtyard. The BBQ will also include Canadian treats and a costume contest so make sure to sport some red and white at the event! Prizes will be given out to the best designed costumes. For more information email Photo by Phalinn Ooi

June 28, 2014

Ashdown brunch Jun. 29

All graduate students are invited to the Ashdown June Brunch on Sunday, June 29th from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Hulsizer room of Ashdown House. They will have pancakes, chocolate croissants, sausages, scrambled eggs, yogurt & granola, home fries, and fruits, so come to enjoy some great food and the summer weather! Please bring your own plates and utensils to reduce waste and receive an extra food item as incentive. If you want to help out or have any questions, contact All volunteers should show up at 10:00 am in the Hulsizer room to set up. Photo by Jaime Olmo.

June 28, 2014

Take an Art on Wheels Tour of MIT campus Jun. 29

Sunday June 29th, all graduate students and their friends are invited to participate in the Art on Wheels Tour. The group will meet at the List Visual Arts Center (E15) at 2:00 pm and embark on a bike/skateboard/scooter tour around the MIT campus to learn about public art installations. Cooling refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon. If interested, sign up online or contact with further questions. Photo by Scott Beale.


June 27, 2014

Kayaking Social Jun. 28

MIT Sangam has arranged a kayaking expedition with Charles River Canoe & Kayak scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 28th, starting at 11:00 am. The ticket price is $7 per person and only 40 spots are available. If interested, sign up online. Once you have registered for a spot, MIT Sangam will send you the link to purchase the ticket. Any questions regarding the weekend kayaking social or MIT Sangam can be emailed to Photo by Paolo Lottini

June 27, 2014

One Night in the Tropics, Ballroom Social Dance Jun. 28

The MIT Ballroom Dance Team is hosting its first summer ballroom social! Come escape to the tropics on Saturday, June 28th at 7:30 pm in Morss Hall. Admission is free for MIT students, $6 for non-MIT students, $8 for MIT Affiliates, and $10 for the general public. Everyone in attendance receives a free beginner Samba lesson and lei with admission. Please direct any questions to mitbdt-ec@mit.eduPhoto by Stig Nygaard.

June 27, 2014

LSC presents: The Breakfast Club Jun. 27

On Friday, June 27th, at 8:00 pm the Lecture Series Committee (LSC) will be showing ‘The Breakfast Club’ in 26-100. It’s open and FREE to the general public so don’t miss out! Before the showing be sure to get your tickets in lobby 16. For more information email Photo by theleetgeeks

June 26, 2014

Informal faculty dinner with Prof. Dava Newman Jul. 7

On Monday, July 7th at 7:00pm (location TBD), Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT) and the Graduate Student Council (GSC) are sponsoring an informal student-faculty dinner with Professor Dava Newman. Professor Newman is a professor in the Aero/Astro department working on multidisciplinary research that combines aerospace biomedical engineering, human-in-the-loop modeling, biomechanics, human interface technology, life sciences, systems analysis, design and policy.

This is a great chance to talk with Professor Newman about her research, your interests, or MIT in general, in an informal and uncrowded setting. A lottery will be held to select 8 students who sign up to attend the dinner. There will also be a wait list in case there are any last-minute cancellations. If interested, enter the lottery here. Please direct any questions to or

June 26, 2014

Grad Hillel Shabbat Dinner Jun. 27

Enjoy a scrumptious, mouthwatering Shabbat dinner with your fellow MIT graduate students on Friday, June 27th from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm! The Grad Hillel Shabbat dinner will take place in the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. Remember to RSVP to by Monday, June 23rd if you’re interested in attending the dinner. Photo by julie

June 26, 2014

Bangladeshi Students’ Assoc. kite flying and dinner Jun. 27

The Bangladeshi Students’ Association will have a night of fun on Friday, June 27th, at Tang Hall. Enjoy delicious Bangladeshi food, play board games with your friends, and fly a kite in the breezy summer air. Kites will be avaliable for use, but you are free to bring your own!  For more information email Photo by poissantfamily

June 25, 2014

Azzarelli: low-cost sensors to monitor environment and save money

Joseph Azzarelli, a third-year MIT graduate student in chemistry, works on developing inexpensive, low-power chemical sensors — but the spark that set him on his scientific path has an unlikely source: a presentation on fly-fishing in a bookstore near Kankakee, Ill. The speaker let Azzarelli, 9 years old at the time, practice casting a model fly rod in the store, and he was sold: “I was immediately captivated by the whole process,” Azzarelli says. He began saving money to buy a starter rod and learned to cast, fishing for largemouth bass and sunfish in the creeks and ponds around Kankakee. Read more about Azzarelli’s work on MIT News.

June 25, 2014

MIT Writing and Communication Center open in new location!

MIT’s Writing and Communication Center (WCC) has been helping MIT affiliates and students with their writing techniques and oral presentations in building 12 for years. Once located between GECD’s Career Services, Global Education, and Prehealth Advising offices and the hall connecting building 12 to building 24, the WCC has now moved to 55 Hayward Street in building E-39, in the same building as Rebecca’s Cafe in Kendall Square. Building 12 will be the location of a new facility known as MIT.nano, expected to open in 2018. MIT.nano will consist of numerous state of the art laboratories for scientists working on research incorporating nanotechnologyLearn more about MIT’s Writing and Communication center or set up an appointment. Picture by jeffery james pacres

June 25, 2014

MIT Museum Summer Kickoff Jun. 27

On Friday, June 27th, the MIT Museum will be free for all visitors!  Participate in fun activities with the museum staff and see new exhibits and innovative inventions designed by MIT’s very own students. The “Science in the Streets” van will also be visiting in honor of the summer kickoff. See all upcoming events on the MIT Museum calendar.

June 24, 2014

Founder of Next Step Living on energy efficiency and fighting climate change

With a growing list of accolades – No. 84 on the Inc. 500 list of fast-growing companies; named to the Global Cleantech 100 and the TiE Silicon Valley’s “2014 Global Hot Technology Start-Up Watch List”; and recognized as the fastest-growing private company in Massachusetts – Next Step Living has almost 800 employees and is growing by 100% year over year.

The company is built on “practivism”, which its website describes as an “unabashedly activist agenda” to fight climate change and energy waste that’s coupled with practical get-it-done approach to building a sustainable business. I recently had the opportunity to speak with founder and CEO Geoff Chapin. A graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management who worked at both Bain & Company Consulting and the Bridgespan Group, a fully-independent non-profit that was founded by members of and incubated by Bain, Chapin recently was named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 award finalist for New England.  Continue reading at Forbes.

June 24, 2014

Introduction to Finance seminar Jun. 25

On Wednesday, June 25th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in room 56-154, The Consulting Club at MIT presents a lecture for all students who are interested in the field of finance. The presentation will be given  by an alumni of Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, and MIT with a special focus on concepts and jargons frequently used in consulting. Hand-outs will be distributed at the beginning of the lecture. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here. For more information, contact The Consulting Club at consultingclubmit@yahoo.comPhoto by Dave Dugdale.

June 24, 2014

MIT Snowriders End-of-Year BBQ Jun. 24

Do you like Blue Ribbon BBQ? Would you like to eat free food and meet new people? On Tuesday, June 24th, the MIT Snowriders club will be hosting a BBQ that will take place at Kresge BBQ pit #1 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The organization will also be electing the club’s new board for next year. If you’re interested in getting involved in the club or want to meet members of the Snowriders club, mark your calendars for Tuesday afternoon and take your appetites! Contact if you would like to learn more.

June 23, 2014

2014-2015 MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars announced

The new MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars who will join the MIT community for the 2014-2015 academic year have been announced. This program was established to recognize outstanding scholarship and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by increasing the presence of minority professors and scholars at MIT.
The Office of Institute Community and Equity is honored to sponsor the visits of the following distinguished scholars, whose bios are compiled online:
  • Dr. Coco Fusco, Visiting Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing, hosted by Professors Edward Schiappa and Junot Diaz, arriving July 2014
  • Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL, Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry, hosted by Professor Timothy Swager, arriving January 2015
  • Dr. Calestous Juma, Visiting Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, hosted by Professors Bishwapriya Sanyal, Phillip Clay and Lawrence Susskind, arriving September 2014
  • Dr. James Mickens, Visiting Scholar in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, hosted by Professor Frans Kaashoek, arriving September 2014
  • Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, Visiting Professor of Physics, hosted by Professor Sara Seager, arriving January 2015
  • Dr. Andre Taylor, Visiting Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, hosted by Professor Yang Shao-Horn, arrived June 2014
  • Dr. Kimani Toussaint, Visiting Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, hosted by Professor Peter So, arrived May 2014
The selection of these scholars was made with the advice of a newly constituted MLK Faculty Advisory Committee, whose members are:
  • Prof. Nittai Bergman of the Sloan School of Management  
  • Prof. Kenneth R. Manning of Comparative Media Studies/Writing
  • Prof. Muriel Medard of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Prof. Hazel Sive of the Department of Biology and Whitehead Institute
  • Prof. J. Phillip Thompson of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning
We are fortunate to host scholars of such distinction at MIT thanks to the generosity of the Office of the Provost, whose support is greatly appreciated.