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October 22, 2014

Tirole wins Nobel Prize in economic sciences

Jean Tirole PhD ’81, a scholar whose longstanding ties to MIT include service on the economics faculty from 1984 to 1991, has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in economic sciences for his work on the behavior and regulation of powerful firms. Research by Tirole, 61, now a professor of economics at the University of Toulouse in his native France, has highlighted the need for regulation to be tailored to individual industries, while creating a general framework for understanding the nuances of regulation across industries. Tirole received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1981 under the supervision of Eric Maskin, a former MIT professor (now at Harvard University) who was himself a winner of the Nobel Prize in economic sciences in 2007. Continue reading at MIT News.

October 22, 2014

GWAMIT Leadership Conference Oct. 27-31

The 2014 Annual GWAMIT Leadership Conference will take place from Monday, October 27th to Friday, October 31st:

Opening Keynote: Jenn Gustetic
Monday, October 27, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Jenn Gustetic is MIT TPP ’07, Assistant Director for Open Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the former Head of Challenges and Prizes at NASA.

Education Panel
Tuesday, October 28, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Featuring Wedy Cebula, President/COO of EdX; Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code; and Maureen Alphonse-Charles, SVP/COO of The Partnership

Implicit Bias Workshop
Wednesday, October 29, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Led by Carlee Hawkins, Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago and researcher with Project Implicit; Co-hosted by SWIM (Break the Mold) and the MIT Institute Community and Equity Office

Keynote Address: Susana Malcorra
Thursday, October 30, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Susana Malcorra is  Chef de Cabinet to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Status of Women: Past, Present, Future
Panel and film screening
Friday, October 31, 12pm
MIT Room W20-307
Featuring MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart; MIT Dean for Graduate Education Christine Ortiz; Kamilla Tekiela; and Carline Chin ’16

Read more about these events and register on the Leadership Conference website.

October 22, 2014

authors@mit presents Ellen Harris: “Handel: A Life with Friends” Oct. 22

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm in the Lewis Music Library (160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge), attend the inaugural lecture of the revitalized authors@mit series welcoming Ellen Harris. A professor emeritus at MIT, Harris is also an internationally recognized scholar in Baroque opera and a performing soprano. In this lecture, Harris will discuss her latest book, an intimate investigation of the life and work of the Baroque composer George Frideric Handel.

George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends, is the consummation of Ellen Harris’s long professional life with Handel. It is the work of a wise scholar who views musicians as social beings and music as social activity. That outlook, and the author’s fresh and supple prose, make this a most appealing, finally endearing, book.” — Richard Taruskin, University of California, Berkeley

This event is open to the public, free, and wheelchair accessible. For more information call (617) 253-5249, email, or visit the event web page. This event is sponsored by authors@mit, a lecture series cosponsored by MIT Libraries and the MIT Press Bookstore.

October 22, 2014

Euro Club Coffee Hour Oct. 22

Take a short break from work and join the European Club for coffee on Wednesday, October 22nd at 3:00pm in Stata Cafe.  Pay for your coffee, and the Euro Club will provide delicious snacks!  The break will be held at the low tables around the MIT libraries cubicle.  This is a perfect opportunity to meet the current executive team and learn how to get involved.  Visit the website for more information.

October 21, 2014

Adler builds an eBay for recycling fracking water

Entrepreneur Josh Adler (Sloan ’13) was attending a lecture on fracking at MIT’s Sloan School of Management when the magnitude of the domestic oil and gas boom hit him. Like many Americans, he had no idea that fracking had exploded—there’s on the order of 20 times more drilling with fracking—in just the last six years. “I just knew anything growing that fast must bring some chaos and performance gaps in the basic activities. Plus I knew the industry is slow to innovate,” Adler says. “Clearly, there are going to be some growing pains—the question was what they are.” Read the rest of the article on Xconomy.

October 21, 2014

Luce Scholars Program Deadline Oct. 23

Don’t miss the fellowship deadline on Thursday, October 23rd for the Center for International Studies (CIS) administered Luce Scholars Program. The Luce Scholars Program is open to seniors, graduate students, alumni from recent classes and junior faculty.  It places young scholars from a wide variety of intellectual fields in 10-month internships in selected countries in Asia. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Candidates may have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses on a U.S. campus (without majoring in Asian Studies). They may have spent up to a total of twelve weeks, or have participated in a university-organized summer program, in one or more countries where Luce Scholars are placed. If in doubt as to whether your prior experience disqualifies you, please contact me. Nominees must be American citizens not yet 30 years old on July 1, 2015 and who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree or expect to receive one by July 1, 2015.

Prospective MIT candidates must apply through CIS. MIT/CIS is permitted to forward THREE applications this year to the Luce Foundation. Applications must be received by CIS by Thursday, October 23rd. More information is available here. Many of your questions can be answered on the FAQ page. The Application Form is also available for download online as a Word document.

October 21, 2014

MLK Lunch Seminar: Juma on “Freedom to Innovate” Oct. 22

The next luncheon seminar in the MLK Visitors program series is Wednesday, October 22nd from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PMat the MIT Sloan School (E62-350). Dr. Calestous Juma, MLK Visiting Professor, Urban Studies and Planning Department will be presenting on “Freedom to Innovate: Science, Technology and Engineering in African Development.” Juma is an internationally recognized authority on the application of science and technology to sustainable development. He is Professor of the Practice of International Development, Faculty Chair of the Innovation for Economic Development Executive Program and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The lecture examines the evolution of Africa’s vision for technological innovation, outlines the main features of the vision, maps emerging patterns of technology-oriented cooperation between Africa and the rest of the world, and identifies potential areas of cooperation between MIT and African science and technology universities. Lunch will be served. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at For more information about the MLK Visitors program and the current scholars visit the program web page.

October 21, 2014

MIT Medical walk-in flu shots clinic Oct. 22

MIT Medical wants to help you stay healthy this fall and winter with a walk-in flu-shot clinic on Wednesday, October 22, from 10 AM to 4 PM, in the Walker Memorial Lobby! This clinic is open to MIT Medical patients (age 10 and up), MIT retirees, and all MIT employees, students, and affiliates. Please bring your MIT ID if you have one! Even if you got a flu shot last year, each year’s active influenza strains are different, so you need to get the 2014 shot to be protected. For information about how to get a flu shot at one of the campus-wide clinics, eligibility questions, and more details about the flu vaccine, check out the Flu FAQ page. After that, take some time to browse the information and resources available on the rest of MIT Flu Central to learn more about how to protect yourself from influenza. Check in at the MIT Medical homepage periodically to find up-to-date health and medical information for the MIT community. Photo by Claus Rebler.

October 20, 2014

Barrett trades banking for mentoring

Orane Barrett, a Jamaican immigrant, attended MIT Sloan School of Management with a concentration in finance and entrepreneurship, MBA Class of 2006.  Upon graduation, he worked as an investment banker at UBS Investment Bank and then as a project manager at Credit Suisse Investment Bank.  Now, Barrett has started Kool Nerd Clothing (KNC), an urban apparel company based in New York City, with the aim to use quality clothing to boldly market the core values of today’s nerd – hard work, intelligence, individuality, and passion.  With KNC as a start-up venture, Barrett aims to apply his educational knowledge and experiences gained from working in corporate America to oversee the launch and growth of his apparel company, which is being used to fund mentoring programs for inner city youth.  Barrett was recently featured on MSNBC.

October 20, 2014

Fall Soap Box: Why Life Got Big Oct. 21

On Tuesday, 10/21: 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, discuss “Why Life Got Big.” For much of the earth’s history, microbes were the only living organisms on the planet. What spurred the evolution of larger-sized and more diverse animals? Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. For more information, visit the MIT Museum. Photo by Jon Rawlinson.

October 20, 2014

SEEK dinner and conversation Mondays

SEEK welcomes you to kick start your spiritual journey Mondays at 7PM in W20-303. Have dinner and informal conversation with similarly curious people. Explore faith in Jesus and connection with God. This is for those new to faith or anyone looking for a fresh start with faith and desire a practical and experiential approach to connection with God. Visit here for more details and for questions, contact

October 17, 2014

Jupiter Quartet Oct. 17

Visiting artists Jupiter Quartet will be performing the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. Featured compositions include Beethoven, C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4; F Minor, Op. 135; C# Mino, Op. 131. This event will be on Friday, October 17 at 8PM in Kresge Auditorium. Admission: $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email address. Buy tickets online or at the door.

October 17, 2014

Tang Japanese Theme Sushi and Origami Social Oct 18

Like folding origami or eating sushi? Come to the Japanese themed social event at Tang Hall (W84) in the 24th Floor Lounge to learn how to fold swans and prepare sushi rolls! On Saturday, October 18 starting at 8PM, take in the beautiful skyline of Boston at night in the company of friends and delicious sushi. Take a break, socialize, and learn some more about Japanese culture. Please bring plates and utensils to help Tang go green. This event is open to all MIT graduate students. Photo by Barron Fujimoto.

October 17, 2014

Gatsby Boat Party on Oct. 18

Join MIT, Harvard, and Wellesley students at the ISA Gatsby Boat Party with breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $20 per person and will be sold in Lobby 10 or online.  Partners and spouses are welcome, but this event is not suitable for children.  The boat will leave Long Wharf, Boston Harbor at 8:30pm, and you will not be able to board after this time!  Contact for more information.

October 16, 2014

Dark is Beautiful Campaign Discussion and Reception Oct. 16

On Thursday, October 16 at 6 PM in E62-223, come to a discussion and reception held by Nandita Das on the topic of color bias in India. Das, currently a Yale World Fellow, has received accolades in India for her work in cinema and theatre. She is a strong advocate of social justice and human rights and has come to discuss her Dark is Beautiful campaign fighting against color bias that is present in different areas of Indian life.

October 16, 2014

Khosla, An, and Lim write deep-learning algorithm for neighborhoods

Human beings have a remarkable ability to make inferences based on their surroundings. Is this area safe? Where might I find a parking spot? Such decisions require us to look beyond our “visual scene” and weigh an exceedingly complex set of understandings and real-time judgments. This begs the question: Can we teach computers to “see” in the same way? And once we teach them, can they do it better than we can? The answers are “yes” and “sometimes,” according to research out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Researchers have developed an algorithm that can look at a pair of photos and outperform humans in determining things like which scene has a higher crime rate, or is closer to a McDonald’s restaurant. To create the algorithm, the team — which included PhD students Aditya Khosla, Byoungkwon An, and Joseph Lim, as well as CSAIL principal investigator Antonio Torralba — trained the computer on a set of 8 million Google images from eight major U.S. cities that were embedded with GPS data on crime rates and McDonald’s locations. They then used deep-learning techniques to help the program teach itself how different qualities of the photos correlate. Continue reading on MIT News.

October 16, 2014

MIT Energy Night on Oct. 17

The MIT Energy Night will take place on Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the MIT Museum.  Hosted annually at the MIT Museum and organized entirely by students, the MIT Energy Night is a celebration of ingenuity, innovation, and imagination that features over 70 interactive poster presentations from every energy affiliated department at MIT as well as early stage start-ups based on MIT technologies.  Presentation topics span conventional energies, renewable energies, energy storage, energy efficiency, and other areas.  Complimentary food and soft beverages will be provided.  The event is free and open to the general public.  No registration is required.  See the website for more information.

October 16, 2014

Career Engineering 101: How to find the career you really want… and have the guts to go get it! Oct 16

Do you ever wish you could find a career that you are truly passionate about or doubt you are “good enough” to make your dream career happen? Then on Thursday, October 16 at 5:30 attend Career Engineering 101, an interactive seminar featuring speaker Dr. Samantha Sutton that dares you to step outside of your current mindset to see yourself and your passions from a new and exciting perspective. You will learn the tools to cultivate a mindset that works for you, not against you. Using principles of neuroscience, positive psychology, and life coaching, find a “you” that you can believe in whole-heartedly and confidently pursue the career that is right for you. A well known life coach, Sutton also holds a Ph.D. in science and engineering from MIT. With her unique combination of science and coaching, she has created a ‘life engineering’ methodology to teach you how to achieve a career you love, build great relationships, master your time, and overcome negative emotions like anxiety and anger that have you paralyzed. Register and learn more about this free event open to everyone. The seminar takes place on the 5th floor of Venture Café in the Cambridge Innovation Center (One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142). Visitors must comply with Venture Cafe attendance policies. The event is cosponsored by GW@MIT, GECD, Brain and Cognitive Science, the Venture Cafe.

October 16, 2014

International Students Office moving on Oct. 21!

The MIT International Students Office will  relocate to the second floor of Building E39, in Kendall Square on the corner of Main and Hayward streets.  To accommodate the move, the ISO will be closed on Tuesday, October 21st and the morning of Wednesday, October 22nd.  Limited services will be available on Monday and Wednesday, with normal services scheduled to resume on Thursday, October 23rd (regular hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm).  ISO’s last day in its current location, MIT Room 5-133, is Monday, October 20th, from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  If you need to reach ISO for any urgent assistance during the move, please call (617) 253-3795 or email  All future mail should be sent to: MIT International Students Office, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building E39-278, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

October 16, 2014

Children’s Diwali Party Oct. 18

Come celebrate the Indian festival of light at the Children’s Diwali Party on October 18th at 4PM in Westgate lounge. There will be an Indian dance class, snacks, crafts, painting with colored salt, and lantern making. For questions, contact Register here. Photo by sowrirajan s.

October 15, 2014

Bhattacharyya designs underwater robot for port security

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans. Originally designed to look for cracks in nuclear reactors’ water tanks, the robot could also inspect ships for the false hulls and propeller shafts that smugglers frequently use to hide contraband. “It’s very expensive for port security to use traditional robots for every small boat coming into the port,” says Sampriti Bhattacharyya, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, who designed the robot together with her advisor, Ford Professor of Engineering Harry Asada. “If this is cheap enough — if I can get this out for $600, say — why not just have 20 of them doing collaborative inspection? And if it breaks, it’s not a big deal. It’s very easy to make.” Continue reading on MIT News.

October 15, 2014

Attend the 2015 Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates: Deadline Oct. 20

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) is accepting applications directly from students for the internal competition for nominations to the 2015 Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany (June 28 – July 3, 2015). This year’s meeting will focus on the fields of physics, physiology/medicine and chemistry or related fields. Please note that transportation, lodging and registration expenses of nominees selected by the Lindau committee will be arranged and paid for by the sponsoring agency (Mars, Inc.). Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, currently enrolled as a full-time graduate student, have completed by June 2015 at least two academic years of study toward a doctoral degree in physics, physiology or medicine, chemistry or related disciplines, but not planning a dissertation/thesis defense before December 31, 2015, and be an active researcher who is performing research funded by public or private sources. Preliminary Internal Applications should consist of a completed nomination form, a two-page personal resume of the nominee, a two page letter of reference from the nominee’s research advisor, an essay of no more than one page written by the nominee describing why participation in the Lindau meeting is important for the nominee’s graduate education, and an unofficial transcript. The internal MIT deadline is 5PM on Monday, October 20th. All submissions must be sent electronically to Scott Tirrell at

October 15, 2014

IMES Broshy Fellowship 2015: Apply by Oct. 17

The purpose of the Broshy Graduate Fellowship in Medical Engineering and Science is to support the research and education of an exceptional graduate student whose work focuses on a novel, interdisciplinary project that has a good likelihood of being translated into an innovative commercial product and/or service that positively impacts health care outcomes and cost.  The Broshy Fellow will receive $50,000 for one year toward support of her/his stipend and tuition, and research. Any MIT graduate student in good standing, pursuing either a Masters or a Doctoral degree, and who has completed at least one year of study at MIT is eligible. Photo by Mer Chau.

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October 15, 2014

Costco cards available at Copytech

The GSC is proud to announce the launch of the Costco Card program, which allows any graduate student to borrow a Costco Card from Copytech for their personal use. Costco Cards can be picked up from Copytech (11-004) during normal business hours (weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Loan period is 6 days.  Cards are available on a first-come, first served basis. Take the Costco Shuttle on Saturdays! The Shuttle runs every Saturday from 11 am to 4:30 pm. For more details, see here. For additional questions, please contact GSC HCA co-chairs at

October 14, 2014

Galston featured in new exhibition at Peabody Essex Museum

Beth Galston (SMVisS’81) is featured in a new show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA called Branching Out: Trees as Art. Galston is a sculptor who builds architectural-scale environments based on a interest in light and the quality of space. Using delicate materials such as metal mesh, resin, and plants, she creates multilayered spaces through which viewers move and interact. For this exhibition, Galston created a 300-foot rope made of acorn caps she collected from under a single red oak in Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. The exhibit will be on view through September 20, 2015.

October 14, 2014

2015 Presidential Management Fellows Program deadline Oct. 15

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus – developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government. For detailed eligibility requirements, check out the Eligibility webpage. The application closes promptly on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. For questions, please contact Scott Tirrell at

October 14, 2014

2015 Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship: Info session Oct. 15

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) is now accepting applications. The IDRF program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies. Open to a range of methodologies, research can range from archives and manuscript collections, to fieldwork and surveys, and to quantitative data collection. The program provides support for nine to twelve months, and the amount varies depending on the research plan but is on average $20,000 per fellowship. Tune in for an informational webinar on October 15th from 3:00pm-4:00pm EDT to learn more. Reserve your seat now! For eligibility requirements and more information visit the fellowship website.

October 14, 2014

Comedy Night with Ken Reid Oct. 14

Join us for another MIT Comedy Night, with headliner Ken Reid (Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, Riot LA Festival) on Tuesday, October 14 at 8PM at the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35). Snacks and soda provided. 21+ govt ID & MIT ID required for entry. Please have ID ready to show at the door. If you have questions, please contact

October 13, 2014

Chan named one of Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40

Janelle Chan (MCP’07) has been named one of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 business and civic leaders who are making a major impact in the Boston area. Chan has led the Asian Community Development Corporation for the past eight years, helping to preserve and bring affordable housing into the Greater Boston area. She’s directly managed the Participatory Chinatown Project which aims to transform the planning practices that shape neighborhoods from disjointed transactions between developers and communities to a persistent conversation shaped by participatory learning. Over the past decade, Janelle has worked with and for the Asian/Asian American community and broader coalitions of color on a wide range of initiatives on equity and housing. For more information on Janelle, visit here.

October 13, 2014

Path of Professorship 2014: Deadline EXTENDED to Oct. 18

Path of Professorship will have its annual 1.5 day workshop on Friday, November 1th and Saturday, November 16th. This workshop provides women who are considering academic careers in science, technology, engineering and math with insights, tools, strategies and insider information that will help them to be successful in their job search and on the tenure track. Over the course of the workshop, participants will hear from more than 20 extraordinary women faculty from diverse institutions, and they will have an opportunity to network with approximately 70 women with similar aspirations. Preference is given to graduate students who are within 2 years of degree completion. Applications are due by October 18. For more information and to apply, visit here.

October 13, 2014

Fall Soap Box: The Invisible Majority Oct. 14

On Tuesday, 10/14: 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, join us on a discussion about “The Invisible Majority.” Most fossils are too small to see since most of life’s history is microbial. However it is possible to identify signatures of microbial life in rocks. Find out what they tell us, and how might we use them to recognize life elsewhere. Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. For more information, visit the MIT Museum.

October 13, 2014

De Florez Fund for Humor deadline Oct. 13

Think you’re funny? Prove it!  Apply for a grant from the de Florez Fund for Humor. That’s right, at MIT you can be funded for being funny. Each year, the de Florez Fund supports projects that pass the hilarity test. Are you funny enough to meet the challenge? MIT students, staff, and faculty can all apply for funding. Proposals for grants under $500 are considered on a rolling basis, throughout the year. Proposals for larger amounts are accepted once a semester, in fall and spring of each academic year. The 2014 fall due date is October 13, 2014. Get more information or apply now.

October 11, 2014

Ballroom Social: Dancing through the Decades Oct. 11

Join us for Ballroom Social: Dancing through the Decades on October 11 at 7:30PM at the Sala de Puerto Rico. Come dressed as your favorite decade and participate in our costume contest! Free foxtrot lesson with admission at 7:30PM and general dancing begins at 8PM. This event is free for MIT students, $6 for other students, $8 for MIT affiliates, and $10 for others.

October 10, 2014

CODE @ MIT on Oct. 10-11

Come to the Conference on Digital Experimentation at MIT (CODE) on Friday and Saturday, October 10th and 11th, 2014 at MIT Sloan.  The purpose of the conference is to bring together leading researchers conducting and analyzing large scale randomized experiments in digitally mediated social and economic environments, in various scientific disciplines including economics, computer science and sociology, in order to lay the foundation for ongoing relationships and to build a lasting multidisciplinary research community.  The Fireside Panel from 6 – 7:30pm on Friday is free and open to the public.  Visit the website for more information.

October 10, 2014

One and One Less live Performance Oct. 10

MIT List Visual Arts Center presents One and One Less: A Spoken Word and Percussion Performance Installation featuring David Grubbs and Eli Keszler. This performance is part of the Open Tunings exhibition series. Join us on October 10 at 6PM at the List Visual Arts Center (E15). This event is free and open to all. For questions, please contact Visit here for more information about the show.

October 10, 2014

La Scala Chamber Orchestra Oct. 10

The La Scala Chamber Orchestra presents “The Eight Seasons,” a program featuring the music of Vivaldi and Piazzolla, on Friday, October 10th at 7PM in the Kresge Auditorium. All are invited but free tickets are required. Please register via Eventbrite. This program is presented by eni and MIT. MIT has a strategic alliance with the Italian energy company eni, a relationship forged when eni became a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative, and it is through eni’s position as a corporate ambassador for the La Scala Chamber Orchestra that we are fortunate to host this concert. Please join on October 10 for a wonderful celebration of our partnership, our community, and the arts at MIT.

October 10, 2014

Take Back the Night Oct. 10

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in an effort to give voice to the survivors of violence, their stories will be read on the steps of the Student Center on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 7:00pm.  If you would like to submit your story to be read, visit this page.  If you would like to read someone’s anonymous story, sign up here.

October 9, 2014

MIT students win Howard Hughes Medical Institute Student Fellowships

Five new MIT international graduate students out of the ten nominated were selected to receive the Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Graduate Student Fellowship competition in 2014-2015. To date, this is the largest number of new recipients that we have had and brings our total number of current HHMI international fellows up to nine (also our largest total group). We also have four students continuing their support by this fellowship. Below are short biographies of these outstanding students. Read more

October 9, 2014

FACTS Climate and Economy Conference Oct. 9

The FACTS Climate and Economy Conference will be held on October 9th at 4PM at the Wong Auditorium. Building up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be hosted by France in December 2015 (COP 21-Paris Climate 2015), the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States are organizing events with the goal of promoting Canadian and American public engagement with climate challenges. Theses conferences are open to a general public and aim at raising awareness about COP21, bringing new ideas and promote innovations to fight Climate Change. FACTS is a public conference series that will take place in seven cities in the United States and Canada involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures, journalists and leaders of the cleantech industry. For more information, visit here or register for this free event here.

October 9, 2014

Dussehra Celebration on Oct. 9

Join MIT Sangam on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Lobdell Dining Hall to celebrate Dussehra amidst fun activities, Indian snacks, and chai!  Auditions for Sangam’s flagship event, Diwali Night, will also be held in parallel.  Sign up is available here.  Contact for more information.

October 9, 2014

Opening Reception at List Visual Arts Center Oct. 9

Enjoy an opening reception for the List Visual Arts Center’s fall shows: “Thea Djordjadze” and “Opening Tunings” on October 9 at 5PM at E15.  Get to know your friendly, on-campus contemporary art museum! Enjoy free food and drinks while meeting art lovers from across Boston. Visit here to discover more about the exhibitions. For more information, please contact

October 8, 2014

MADMEC: Design competition winners envision the future

School kids at soccer practice could use solar panels lying out in the field to charge their smartphones. A mix-in for concrete could keep buildings cooler longer, cutting the cost of air conditioning. A gel that dries to a crisp could soak up water and swell, transforming into a single-layer, mess-free base on which you can grow a garden indoors. These are the visions of a better world from emerging engineers tackled at MADMEC, the annual design competition hosted by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. After submitting proposals in the spring and developing their projects over the summer, graduate students Alina Rwei and Chris Lai led their team to first place; Alan Ransil and Wenhao Sun came in second place; Brent Keller, Ritchie Chen, and Yu-Sang Yang won third place. Graduate students Sangtae Kim, Soon Ju Choi, Wenbin Li, Anna Cheimets, and Olivia Hentz were also finalists. Continue reading on BetaBoston.

October 8, 2014

HHMI International Student Research Fellowship: Apply by Oct. 10

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) is now accepting applications for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship Program in the biomedical and related sciences. Interested students should send preliminary application materials directly to the ODGE by 5 pm on Friday, October 10, 2014. Preliminary Applications must be submitted electronically as a single consolidated PDF file to and include a CV, a letter of recommendation from a thesis advisor, a transcript including cumulative GPA (WebSIS report is acceptable), and a one-page research summary. Letters of recommendation may be sent by advisors as separate PDF files if the contents are sealed.

HHMI will award three-year fellowships to international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships and training grants through U.S. federal agencies to support years three, four, and five of a Ph.D. program. Eligible fields include those in the biomedical or related sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, interdisciplinary research at the interface of the physical and biological sciences, among others. For more information on eligibility and further details visit the program website.

The final 10 nominations will be sent by the ODGE to HHMI by 2:00 p.m. on November 18, 2014. HHMI will then contact the nominees directly with instructions for submitting a full online application in early December. It is the individual nominee’s responsibility to submit a complete application, including letters of recommendation, to HHMI by the February 12, 2015 deadline. MIT and applicants will be notified of the outcome in June 2015, and the fellowships begin on September 1, 2015. Photo by Enrique T.

October 8, 2014

Cleantech Entrepreneurs Panel Oct. 8

Four entrepreneurs with varying backgrounds will discuss their paths to entrepreneurship, their experiences starting companies, and their advice for those thinking about pursuing entrepreneurship on Wednesday, October 8th at 7PM at E40-160. Panelists: Melinda Sims founded Loci Controls and has a PhD and SM from MIT in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Sarah Haig founded Silverside Detectors and has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University. Eliza Becton founded Refresh Water and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and a Master of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Emily Reichert is the CEO of Greentown Labs and has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and an MBA from MIT. RSVP here.

October 8, 2014

Technology and Policy Student Society Pizza Night Oct. 8

Come join the Technology and Policy Student Society for pizza and conversation on October 8 at 4:30 PM at the Muddy Charles Pub (MIT Building 50). This event is co-sponsored by the GSC Funding Board and is open to all in the MIT community. For questions, please contact Photo by Robert Duncan.

October 7, 2014

Bhattacharyya’s sumbergeable surveillance robot

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side [so] that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans.

Originally designed to look for cracks in nuclear reactors’ water tanks, the robot could also inspect ships for the false hulls and propeller shafts that smugglers frequently use to hide contraband. Because of its small size and unique propulsion mechanism — which leaves no visible wake — the robots could, in theory, be concealed in clumps of algae or other camouflage. Fleets of them could swarm over ships at port without alerting smugglers and giving them the chance to jettison their cargo.

“It’s very expensive for port security to use traditional robots for every small boat coming into the port,” says Sampriti Bhattacharyya, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, who designed the robot together with her advisor, Ford Professor of Engineering Harry Asada. Continue reading on MIT News.

October 7, 2014

Prof. Susan Solomon: How We Learned to Love Environmental Challenges Oct. 8

The MIT Sidney Pacific/Presidential Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series presents A Brief History of How We Learned to Love Environmental Challenges and Why We Will Again by Professor Susan Solomon on Wednesday, October 8th at 6PM at the Mark Multipurpose Room at the Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence. This event is open to all students. RSVP here. For questions, please contact

October 7, 2014

Fall Soap Box: Origins of Life on Earth Oct. 7

Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. On Tuesday, October 7, from 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, discuss the Origins of Life on Earth. Discover what we can we infer about the origin of life from the genomes of living organisms and what the geological record tell us about the Earth’s environments during life’s beginnings. What does this mean for the search for life beyond Earth? For more information, visit here. Photo by Peter.

October 7, 2014

MLK Luncheon Series: Dr. Coco Fusco “Dangerous Moves” Oct. 8

The Institute Community Equity Office (ICEO) invites you to attend the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Seminar Series presentation of the term:  Dr. Coco Fusco, MLK Visiting Scholar-Comparative Media Studies & Writing Department, will present “Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba” on Wednesday, October 8th from 12:00 to 1:30 pm in the Chipman Room (6-104). Lunch will be served. The ICEO is delighted to coordinate the hosting of these distinguished MIT’s MLK, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars who representing a broad range of academic disciplines. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at  More information is available about the MLK Visitors program and the current scholars.

October 6, 2014

Stetson builds database for Boston cultural events

It’s a Friday afternoon in Boston, and you want a break from the regular romp at the local bar where you usually find yourself in the evening. You’re in the mood for real culture – be it a comedy show, a little-known band, or an independent play – but when it comes to finding out what’s going on, you often end up stumped. Since you’re not sure exactly what event it is you’re looking for, you don’t want to invest time in a web search that’s potentially leading nowhere. If this scenario sounds familiar, consider your problem solved. Kathleen Stetson, a Dallas native who moved to Boston and enrolled at MIT Sloan for her MBA, had worked in the arts for 10 years as both an opera singer and an acoustical engineer. Her experience led her to recognize a glaring lack of collaboration that could enhance the arts industry: producers and arts organizations, namely, weren’t working together to spread the word of local shows and performances to a broader audience. Continue reading on Bostinno.

October 6, 2014

STEM Teaching MOOC begins Oct. 6

An Introduction to Evidenced-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching, an open, online course for those preparing for future faculty and higher education teaching careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is being offered by our colleagues in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network. The online course runs for 7 weeks from Oct. 6 – Nov. 23. Detailed course description and registration information can be found here. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN MIT COURSE.  Course registration and management occurs through Coursera. If you have questions about joining the local learning community, please contact Leann Dobranski at

October 6, 2014

Money to improve grad student life: Apply by Oct. 17

Submit a proposal to improve student life! The Graduate Student Life Grants program is a request-for-proposal process inviting graduate students, spouses, faculty, or staff to submit creative, community building ideas for possible funding. Students are encouraged to apply for funds – especially in collaboration with other students or student groups. Proposals may address a specific constituency such as families; they may cross departments or focus within a discipline; and they may even target several residence halls, or a variety of student groups. Their purpose should be to explore the role and relevance of community in creating a more balanced and fulfilling graduate experience.  Previous successful grants include Weekly Wednesdays at the Muddy Charles, Teaching MIT to Code and Collaborate, Science Policy Bootcamp, Ballroom Dance Workshop, and Skydive Saturday. Proposal authors will have the opportunity to answer any questions from the selection panel. The application deadline is midnight on Friday, October 17, 2014, and funds will be released in early December 2014. For more details visit the GSLG webpagePhoto by Arts at MIT.

October 6, 2014

Celebrating Youth Leadership in Bangladesh Study Break Oct. 6

Bangladeshi Students Association will be hosting Ejaj Ahmad, founder of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center on October 6 at 6PM in West Lounge, Student Center (W20-201). Learn about internship opportunities in Bangladesh and enjoy delicious Bangladeshi snacks!

October 3, 2014

Li and Yuan help design robot fingertip sensor

Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called GelSight, which was developed by the lab of Edward Adelson, the John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Vision Science at MIT, and first described in 2009. The new sensor is small enough to fit on a robot’s gripper and its processing algorithm is faster, so it can give the robot feedback in real time. The researchers presented their results at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems this week. The MIT team — which consists of Adelson; first author Rui Li, a PhD student; Wenzhen Yuan, a master’s student; and Mandayam Srinivasan, a senior research scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering — designed and built the sensor.

October 3, 2014

Edgerton Iron Chef Competition Oct. 4

Are you ready to show off your cooking/baking skills? The Iron Chef Competition is returning to Edgerton House on Saturday, October 4 at 1PM at Edgerton Large Lounge (NW10)! Cooking will be from 1-5 PM and the public tasting will be from 5-6 PM. Three gift certificate prizes of up to $50 will be offered to the winning teams! Teams can consist of MIT graduate students from ANY residence hall. Each team will get a reimbursement for ingredients used up to $30, and should prepare to make food that can be shared among 3-6+ people. A special theme ingredient will be announced at the competition, and entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges. For questions, please contact

October 3, 2014

Free screening of ‘Stage Beauty’ and popcorn Oct. 4

The MIT Shakespeare Ensemble presents Stage Beauty. See a free movie with popcorn on Saturday, October 4th at 8PM at the Kresge BBQ Pits and Lawn. The movie is set in 17th-century England, and – with only male actors allowed on stage – Ned Kynaston is London’s best “female” performer. But when Ned’s pride gets the best of him and he insults an aspiring actress (who happens to be the King’s mistress), the King decrees that only female actresses can play female parts. Ned is rejected by the new London stage. The only person willing to help him is Maria, Ned’s former assistant…who also took his role as Desdemona. Can Ned swallow his pride long enough to accept her help? For questions, email For more details, visit here.

October 3, 2014

Fall Fest Comedy Show feat. HBO’s Silicon Valley stars Oct. 4

Come take a break and treat yourself to some laughter and good times at the Fall Fest Comedy Show on Saturday October 4th at 8 PM in Kresge Auditorium! This year’s fest will feature standup from HBO’s Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch and Kumail Nanjiani.  Tickets are on sale now for $10 for MIT students and for $15 for the whole MIT community. Doors open at 7pm.

October 2, 2014

Obropta helps design shrink-wrapping spacesuits

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils. She would then plug in to a spacecraft’s power supply, triggering the coils to contract and essentially shrink-wrap the garment around her body. Now MIT researchers are one step closer to engineering such an active, “second-skin” spacesuit: Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, and her colleagues have engineered active compression garments that incorporate small, springlike coils that contract in response to heat. The coil design was conceived by Bradley Holschuh, a postdoc in Newman’s lab. Holschuh and Newman, along with graduate student Edward Obropta, detail the design in the journal IEEE/ASME: Transactions on Mechatronics. Continue reading on MIT News.

October 2, 2014

Hacking Arts Oct. 3-5

The 2nd Annual Hacking Arts will be October 3 – 5. Hacking Arts is the MIT festival and hackathon that explores the intersection of arts & entertainment, technology and entrepreneurship. Hosted at MIT’s Media Lab, Hacking Arts is designed to inspire new advances in the creative industries by fostering collaboration among entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and engineers. Hacking Arts 2014 is even bigger than last year! The event has grown from two to three days and now includes a live kick-off performance by Grammy-nominated artist Ryan Leslie; a Hackathon ideation session led by Kiran Gandhi, M.I.A.’s lead drummer; incredible panelists such as Benji Rogers, CEO of Pledgemusic; Elliot Lum, VP of Strategic Marketing at Columbia Records; and Marco Tempest, cyber illusionist; virtual reality demos and insights from panelists like Laird Malamed from Oculus Rift; amazing APIs to hack on and fantastic prizes. Visit here for a full schedule and to register.

October 2, 2014

Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions Oct. 3

On October 3, 2014, 9 am-3:30 pm, at the Best Western Royal Plaza (181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752), attend a day-long workshop about teaching at regional comprehensives, community colleges, and liberal arts schools. Free and open to all PhD students, adjunct faculty members, recent PhDs, and anyone interested in a faculty position at a teaching-intensive institution, this event will provide guidance, information, and skills necessary to a profession of enlightening the minds of others. In addition to job counseling, there will also be sessions on Work-Life Balance, Teaching-Research Balance, What You Need to Know About Community Colleges, Engaging Your Inner Entrepreneur as a Junior Faculty Member, Giving Student Feedback, and more! Photo by Forty Two.

October 2, 2014

Work-Life Center’s Fall Seminar Series

MIT Work-Life’s Center is proud to launch its Fall Seminar Series. Its presenters, who are experts in their fields, will share research-based strategies, tips, and information on more than 25 topics, including eldercare; grief and loss; adoption; parenting black children, teens and LGBTQ youth; parenting teens and young adults with mental illness; paying for college; mindfulness to reduce stress and maintain focus; and navigating life as a young professionals. All seminars are free of charge and open to the entire MIT community and their families; however, registration is required.

October 1, 2014

Shirk to become new CEO of The High Companies

The High Companies said today that Michael F. Shirk will replace Nevin Cooley as CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Cooley announced in June that he will retire from the East Lampeter Township-based company in 2015. Shirk will begin as CEO-elect on Nov. 3. Shirk is vice president of architectural specialties worldwide at Armstrong World Industries and responsible for managing sales, engineering and manufacturing in North America, Europe and Asia. High, which was No. 3 on the Business Journal’s Top 100 Private Companies list in 2013, finished last year with $515.6 million in revenue. That was down from $595.9 million in 2012. High is the largest privately held company in Lancaster County. Continue reading on Central Penn Business Journal.

October 1, 2014

Future of Research Symposium Oct. 2-3

The Future of Research Symposium is a postdoc-organized meeting on October 2-3rd at Boston University’s CGS Auditorium. We will focus on factors shifting the landscape of scientific research: tight budgets, evolving models of both publishing and evaluation, and questions about training and workforce stability. Talks and panel discussions will be followed by highly interactive workshops designed to give students and postdocs a voice in the ongoing dialog about policies that shape our scientific future. After the symposium, we will generate a consensus opinion to be published and circulated to administrators, journals, and policy-makers. Register here!

October 1, 2014

Challenging Technical Privilege Oct. 3

Challenging Technical Privilege: How Race and Gender Matter will be on Friday, October 3 from 12-2 PM in W20-307 (Mezzanine Lounge). Silent Technical Privilege occurs when those who “look the part,” or conform to society’s stereotype of what a tech-savvy, number-crunching programmer or engineer looks like, receive the benefit of the doubt or implicit endorsement in technical settings. The flipside of Silent Technical Privilege is Stereotype Threat, and other hidden obstacles that those who do not fit the profile often experience in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education or technical careers. Women, particularly women of color, have been largely marginalized and underrepresented in STEM. This interactive symposium will ask how Technical Privilege, Stereotype Threat and other forms of Implicit Bias contribute to this underrepresentation. We aim to highlight, elaborate, and develop strategies to address these issues. Register here.

September 30, 2014

Levine’s Innerscope finding authentic connections through market research

It’s often said that humans are wired to connect: The neural wiring that helps us read the emotions and actions of other people may be a foundation for human empathy. But for the past eight years, MIT Media Lab spinout Innerscope Research has been using neuroscience technologies that gauge subconscious emotions by monitoring brain and body activity to show just how powerfully we also connect to media and marketing communications.

“We are wired to connect, but that connection system is not very discriminating. So while we connect with each other in powerful ways, we also connect with characters on screens and in books, and, we found, we also connect with brands, products and services,” says Innerscope’s CSO, Carl Marci, a social neuroscientist and former Media Lab researcher.

With this core philosophy, Innerscope—co-founded at MIT by Marci and Brian Levine MBA ’05—aims to offer that’s more advanced than traditional methods, such as surveys and focus groups, to help content-makers shape authentic relationships with their target consumers. Continue reading on Medical Xpress.

September 30, 2014

QPR Suicide Prevention Training Oct. 1

In honor of Suicide Prevention Month – please join Active Minds@MIT for their upcoming QPR training session on Wednesday, October 1 at 11:45 AM in the Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307). QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Register here.

September 30, 2014

Cultrunners Workshop, Symposium & Lecture Oct. 1-6

CULTURUNNERS is an artistic expedition seeking to promote empathy across borders. Private workshops on October 1-3. Public symposium is on October 5 and a public lecture on October 6. Over the next three years, artists and curators from MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), the Freer & Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institute, and Edge of Arabia (EOA), in partnership with Art Jameel, will set out to explore, communicate, and archive interconnected cultural histories between the Middle East and the United States.  These artistic journeys and institutional collaborations will allow for grassroots encounters, linking creative individuals across physical and psychological borders. The development of innovative cultural technologies to support artists in exploring and communicating alternative, and often unofficial, histories across cultures will be at the heart of the project. For more details, visit here.

September 30, 2014

Introduction to Creating Websites Using WordPress Oct. 1

Learn the basics of WordPress and build your own website in 3 hours on October 1st at 7:30 PM at E62-250. Bring your laptops — this session is interactive. This introduction is best suited for people with little or no programming experience. A MIT Kerberos account required. If you do not already have a WordPress account through MIT, please come at 7:00 and we will help you set this up. RSVP here. If you have questions, please contact


September 30, 2014

Community Picnic for Mary Rowe Sep. 30

Come help us honor Ombusperson Mary Rowe for more than 40 years of service to the Institute on Tuesday, September 30th at noon in Killian Court. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a picnic celebrating MIT’s culture of service. Donations of non-perishable food, school supplies, and books will be accepted at the picnic and will benefit our neighbors in Cambridge. For questions, please contact Rebecca Tyler at

September 29, 2014

MIT Community: All Doors Open Sep. 29

Over the last six months, our community has experienced many painful losses, at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty levels. MIT is a big, busy, distributed place, and there is no hall that will hold all 23,000 of us. So we invite you to participate in something that we have never tried before. We are calling it All Doors Open: Monday, September 29th at noon, we ask that everyone at MIT stop what they are doing and take 15 minutes or so to remember those we have lost, reflect on how their deaths have affected us and think broadly about how we as a community should respond. We urge you to open your doors, literally. Gather together – or get up, walk around and engage the people nearby, those you know already and those you don’t. If you prefer, we hope you will take the time for focused private reflection. If you wish, Community Wellness at MIT Medical is offering a special session of Meditation for Your Wellbeing; a guided meditation will focus on reconnecting with each other and finding balance in our busy lives. All are welcome. So that we can capture the wisdom, ideas and energy of the whole community, we also encourage you to share your insights at the following address: