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 Phys.org.
Monthly Archives: June 2014
June 30, 2014
June 30, 2014
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Phalinn Ooi
June 28, 2014
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 ashdown-brunch@mit.
June 28, 2014
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 email@example.com with further questions. Photo by Scott Beale.
June 27, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Paolo Lottini
June 27, 2014
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 email@example.com. Photo by Stig Nygaard.
June 27, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by theleetgeeks
June 26, 2014
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 email@example.com
June 26, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, June 23rd if you’re interested in attending the dinner. Photo by julie
June 26, 2014
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 email@example.com. Photo by poissantfamily
June 25, 2014
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’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 nanotechnology. Learn more about MIT’s Writing and Communication center or set up an appointment. Picture by jeffery james pacres
June 25, 2014
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
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
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. For more information, contact The Consulting Club at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Dave Dugdale.
June 24, 2014
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 email@example.com if you would like to learn more.
June 23, 2014
- 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
- 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
June 23, 2014
The MIT Federal Credit Union will be hosting a free seminar on Tuesday, June 24th, for students and staff interested in learning more about investments. The seminar is geared to teach attendees how to identify financial goals and measure one’s risk tolerance. Attendees will also learn about the effects of inflation and get a better grasp of what stocks, cash equivalents, bonds, and asset allocations are in the field of finance! The event will take place from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm at MIT’s Lincoln Lab room AC-120. Register or call 617-324-7492 to reserve a spot in the seminar. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website if you would like to learn more. Photo by 401(K) 2012
June 23, 2014
On Tuesday, June 24th, come to McCormick Hall between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to be instructed in the traditional Japanese ceremony of serving and drinking tea by Mrs. Kyoko Wada. Each student receives 30-45 minutes of individual instruction, and students are guests when not being taught. Everyone in the general public is welcome, and the lesson fee is $10. For more information, visit the event page or contact Kyoko Wada at email@example.com. Photo by Nomadic Lass.
June 20, 2014
All graduate students may now apply to serve on the Presidential and Faculty Committees for the 2014-2015 academic year. Serving on one of these Committees will enable you to participate in the decision-making process of the Institute and have a significant impact on the MIT community. All information about the application process, including a complete list and description of all the Committees, can be found on the GSC website. If interested, fill out this application form by Wednesday, June 25th. Faculty Committees will be selected at the beginning of July, while Presidential Committees will be selected at the beginning of August. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions. Photo by European Union 2014 – European Parliament.
June 20, 2014
Trivia and food? To promote their culture, China Crossroads will be hosting a session in which a series of interesting videos are shown. After each video, trivia questions and discussions will be brought up. Chinese Dimsum will also be provided. If interested, show up to Tang Hall’s 24th Floor Lounge on Sunday, June 22nd, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm! If you would like to learn more, email Chinacrossroads_exec@MIT.edu. Photo by Pockafwye
June 20, 2014
On Saturday, June 21st, learn International Cha-Cha in a beginner-friendly Dance Camp! The camp will be taught by guest instructor Yulia Bobovick from Dance Fever Studio in four 45-minute sessions in Lobby 13, and the entire MIT community is welcome. If interested, find more information and register online at the MIT Ballroom Dance Club website, or contact email@example.com with any questions. Photo by Ailura.
June 19, 2014
June 19, 2014
Summer is finally approaching and to celebrate the beginning of the sunny season, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) Funding Board will be hosting an event on Friday, June 20th, at 6:30 pm where you can decorate and personalize your flip-flops! Bring your flip-flops, old or new, and the GSC will provide some yummy ice cream and fruits. Be prepared to learn techniques to make your flip-flops the talk of the town! The event will be held at the Westgate BBQ area (rain location: lounge). Be sure to sign up! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Photo by Chewy Chua
June 18, 2014
Solar-cell technology has advanced rapidly, as hundreds of groups around the world pursue more than two dozen approaches using different materials, technologies, and approaches to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Now a team at MIT has set a new record for the most efficient quantum-dot cells — a type of solar cell that is seen as especially promising because of its inherently low cost, versatility, and light weight.
While the overall efficiency of this cell is still low compared to other types — about 9 percent of the energy of sunlight is converted to electricity — the rate of improvement of this technology is one of the most rapid seen for a solar technology. The development is described in a paper, published in the journal Nature Materials, by MIT professors Moungi Bawendi and Vladimir Bulović and graduate students Chia-Hao Chuang and Patrick Brown.
The new process is an extension of work by Bawendi, the Lester Wolfe Professor of Chemistry, to produce quantum dots with precisely controllable characteristics — and as uniform thin coatings that can be applied to other materials. Learn more about Chuang and Brown’s on MIT News.
June 17, 2014
The MIT Federal Credit Union is hosting an event that will go through the “how-to’s” of retirement on Wednesday, June 18th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Learn how to design your retirement income plan, get the most from your Social Security and pension, and generate income after your retirement! The event will be located in Building 56 in room 154. Contact email@example.com for more information and register here if interested. Photo by 401(K) 2012
June 17, 2014
Join the MIT Outing Club (MITOC) for their June Circus, a weekend of hiking and climbing trips based out of MITOC’s Camelot cabin in Groton, New Hampshire. Everyone is welcome to join the community, meet fellow lovers of the outdoors, and explore the White Mountains of New Hampshire. You can find more information about the trip and sign up at the MITOC website, and the Circus will be over the weekend of June 21st–June 22nd. If interested, check out the page soon because trips can fill up quickly! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
June 16, 2014
A new algorithm could transfer acclaimed photographers’ signature styles to cellphone photos. Celebrated portrait photographers like Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, and Martin Schoeller made their reputations with distinctive visual styles that sometimes required the careful control of lighting possible only in the studio. Now MIT researchers, and their colleagues at Adobe Systems and the University of Virginia, have developed an algorithm that could allow you to transfer those distinctive styles to your own cellphone photos. They’ll present their findings in August at Siggraph, the premier graphics conference.
“Style transfer” is a thriving area of graphics research — and, with Instagram, the basis of at least one billion-dollar company. But standard style-transfer techniques tend not to work well with close-ups of faces, says YiChang Shih, an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science and lead author on the Siggraph paper. Continue reading on MIT News.
June 13, 2014
Michael Sipser, the Barton L. Weller Professor of Mathematics and head of the Department of Mathematics since 2004, has been named dean of the School of Science. Sipser has served as the school’s interim dean since December, when he was chosen to replace Marc Kastner, the Donner Professor of Physics; in November, President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Kastner to head the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. “In 10 years as head of MIT’s Department of Mathematics, Mike Sipser sustained its extraordinary stature while building a warm sense of community,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif says. “His integrity, fairness, and patience will serve him very well in the role of dean. And as the School of Science faces difficult trends in federal funding, I believe Mike’s gift for explaining complex scientific concepts will be a tremendous asset in Washington.” Continue reading at MIT News.
June 12, 2014
Last year, a CSAIL team developed a wireless system that can track movement through a wall. Their latest report demonstrates that they can now detect gestures as subtle as the rise and fall of a person’s chest. From that, they can determine a person’s heart rate with 99 percent accuracy. The research could be used for health-tracking apps, baby monitors, and for the military and law enforcement.
The team — which includes Robert Miller, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and graduate students Fadel Adib and Zach Kabalec — has also developed the capability to track the movements of up to four distinct individuals, which could be helpful for search-and-rescue operations (such as when emergency responders are trying to find survivors inside a burning building). Learn more about Adib and Kabalec’s work at MIT News.
June 12, 2014
The Schnitzer Prize was established in 1996 through an endowment from Harold and Arlene Schnitzer of Portland, Oregon. Schnitzer, a real estate investor, graduated from MIT in 1944 with a degree in metallurgy. The prizes are awarded to MIT students, undergraduate and graduate, for excellence in a body of artistic work. The 2014 winners are:
June 12, 2014
MIT Sangam will be screening “Bombay Talkies,” a movie consisting of four short films which show how Indian cinema has evolved over the years. The movie is known for including one of the first mainstream films to take on the taboo of homosexuality in present-day India. “Bombay Talkies” was also created as a tribute to the centennial anniversary of Indian cinema. The film will play on Friday, June 13, in 6-120 at 7:00 pm and a short discussion will follow after the showing. Take your appetites, invite some friends, and spend Friday night watching a movie with good company! For more information email email@example.com. Photo by mlanghans
June 11, 2014
Hito Steyerl’s films and essays explore the impact of the proliferation and dissemination of digital images on our everyday lives. Steyerl often looks to how digital images constitute a new reality whose politics are determined by their being embedded in a specific economic regime, a new reality which may only be understood through other forms of moving or still images. In her recent film How Not To Be Seen. A Fucking Didactic Educational.MOV File, on view in the 9 Artists exhibition, Steyerl introduces a series of lessons on how to avoid being seen, how to escape either physical or mental forms of surveillance. How Not To Be Seen playfully instrumentalizes the methods of the digital world, exploring the potential of images that arrive already coded, inscribed with a variety of disparate, sometimes contradictory meanings. As Steyerl recently wrote, “images are not objective or subjective renditions of a preexisting condition…They are rather nodes of energy and matter that migrate across different supports, shaping and affecting people, landscapes, politics, and social systems.”
June 10, 2014
Imani Ivery, Elizabeth (Betsy) Granese, and Jason McKnight of the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education (ODGE) are among the 2014 recipients of MIT’s Infinite Mile Awards. Winners were chosen from across the Institute to recognize individuals and teams who make extraordinary contributions within their organizations to help the institute carry out its mission: to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.
Imani Ivery serves as Financial and Event Assistant for the MIT Graduate Student Council (GSC) and Betsy Granese serves as Administrative Assistant for the GSC. Ivery manages all financial transactions for GSC and coordinates GSC events such as the annual graduate orientation, Ski Trip, and Grad Gala. Granese works with Ivery, providing support for detailed logistics of the aforementioned events, in addition to other programs and meetings at GSC. They have demonstrated exceptional commitment to their jobs and the students both as individuals and a collaborative team.
Jason McKnight serves as Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Support and is recognized for his deep commitment to improving the academic climate and overall well-being of MIT graduate students. His experiences and contributions have allowed him to truly understand and communicate with the students. He also makes a special effort to support the LBGT community and other underrepresented or marginalized students, in addition to serving as the ODGE Title IX Deputy Coordinator.
Ivery, Granese, and McKnight have dedication and accomplishments that reflect the idea of “going the extra mile.” Pictured at left: Ivery, Granese, and McKnight.
June 9, 2014
“It’s all about the process,” says Warren Seering, a professor of mechanical engineering. He’s referring to his spring class, Course 2.739 (Product Design and Development). “We want 2.739 students to leave with a set of methods readily available to them to use at whatever stage they are at in the development process,” he says. “This is their introduction to a much more structured approach to developing new products.” The students experience that structure first-hand as they design and develop a new product throughout the semester in teams of six to eight. Each team consists of at least one engineering student, one MIT Sloan School of Management student, and one student from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) — which partners with MIT for the class. Continue reading on MIT News.
June 9, 2014
Get ready for a night of laughter and fun! On Tuesday, June 10th, the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee (TEEC) will have an MIT Comedy Night featuring Dan Boulger, known for his acting on the television series “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” The show starts at 8:30 pm and will be hosted by Rob Crean, Ryan Donahue, Scott McLaughlin, Arty P, Ted Pettingell, and Guitler Raphael. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
June 6, 2014
MIT’s 148th Commencement ceremony took place today under a cloudless blue sky, as a total of 990 undergraduate and 1,717 graduate students received their degrees before a gathering of some 11,000 guests in Killian Court.
Embracing a use of technology popular among today’s graduates, MIT President L. Rafael Reif injected a moment of spontaneous levity into the serious business of Commencement by posing, at the podium, for a “selfie” with senior class president Anika Gupta — with the entire graduating class as a backdrop — before beginning his charge to the graduates.
Gupta had just announced that the graduating class’s gift had set new records both for its participation rate and for the amount of money raised: a total of $21,207.50, donated by 86.5 percent of members of the Class of 2014. Gupta quipped that these records reflect dedicated work by volunteers, as well as “the fact that our class is the best that MIT has ever seen!”
Read on at MIT News.
June 6, 2014
Saturday, June 7th, MIT’s Chinese Scholars and Students Association (CSSA) will be hosting a social and game night at the Ashdown House Hulsizer Room from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Come and eat some scrumptious Chinese food and Zongzi (rice dumplings) and learn more about the Dragon Boat Festival. The CSSA will also be providing lessons on making your very own Zongzi! Game night will start at 8:00 pm and multiple board games will be available for you to play! If interested, register online or email email@example.com with further questions. Photo by Stephen Rees.
June 5, 2014
We’ll Get It Right is a romantic musical comedy produced by a few members of MIT’s class of 1954 that has been reproduced for the summer of 2014 in honor of its 60th anniversary! Follow the story of Claire, an undergraduate music major at Harvard dating Harvard’s football team quarterback, and Joe, an undergraduate engineering student at MIT, as the two begin to fall for one another even through the rivalry between the two schools. Who will Claire chose? Does true love win? Attend the musical and find out! One showing will take place on Saturday, June 7th, at 3 pm at Kresge Little Theater; it’s free but tickets are required and will available at the door. The second showing will take place on Monday, June 9th, at 7:30 pm at Kresge Little Theater; it’s free and open to the public with no tickets required.
June 4, 2014
This past April, the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) invited graduate students to nominate MIT professors who go above and beyond to make an impact on the lives of graduate students through a new Committed to Caring campaign (C2C). We asked for stories about faculty members who, check in about a student’s well-being, who share their own struggles, who create a supportive and positive working environment and who provide outstanding mentorship. The response was moving. Nearly 90 nominations came in for 40 faculty members, and the descriptions of support for graduate students made us even more proud to be part of the MIT community.
To honor these wonderful expressions of caring, we will profile two faculty members each month in an ongoing celebration. The first two honorees have just been posted on the ODGE web site and on posters across campus:
John Belcher, Physics
Supporting mental health
Kay Tye, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Building an inclusive culture
Our hope with this campaign is that we are able to come closer to the vision President Reif articulated at commencement one year ago, “that the family members of MIT become known for the way we treat each other: famous for sympathy, humility, decency, respect and kindness.” The nomination process remains open so that we may continue to receive these impactful stories from graduate students. Over the course of this campaign, we would love to highlight and acknowledge the many faces of caring at MIT!
June 3, 2014
Elisabeth Stock, CEO and Co-Founder of CFY, the nonprofit behind PowerMyLearning, and former MIT Hugh Hampton Young Fellow, recently released a simplified approach to blended learning formalized in two gears: The first gear represents a cycle in which educational activities are selected for each student from a vast array of choices, then instruction is delivered through a number of modalities, then student learning is assessed, and finally that assessment data is used to select a new set of activities for each student so that the cycle can repeat again.
The second gear represents a cycle in which students drive their own learning at their own pace, receive immediate feedback, and try again. Students can find help with a topic they are struggling with in school (self-remediation), or they can explore something based on their own interests (self-enrichment). This cycle promotes the development of student ownership of learning — recognized as an essential element to college and career readiness. Read the full article on her research at EDUTOPIA
June 3, 2014
Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint, draw, or create ceramics or learn more about photography and printmaking? This summer the Student Art Association (SAA) will be hosting 2.5 hour weekly art classes for 8 weeks taught by professional instructors for a low cost! Classes begin on June 9th and will take place in the Stratton Student Center. If you’re interested in releasing your inner creativity and/or learning more about art please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
June 2, 2014
Talk about resourcefulness: An MIT team that has leveraged two novelty items to more rapidly and accurately diagnose one of the world’s most deadly diseases — malaria — captured the grand prize at last night’s MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.
“What if I told you I could save 1 million lives, every year, with just refrigerator magnets and a laser pointer?” John Lewandowski, a PhD student in mechanical engineering, posited during his winning pitch for Disease Diagnostics Group (DDG).
DDG’s device — called “RAM,” for Rapid Assessment of Malaria — uses these magnets to align, and lasers to illuminate, the iron-based crystals left behind by malarial parasites; this approach can determine infection level using a single drop of blood, in one minute, with 94 percent accuracy. This offers drastic improvement over traditional methods…
Continue reading on MIT News.