Monthly Archives: August 2011

August 31, 2011

School of Science honors graduate teachers

Mark Behrens, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, and Frank Solomon, a professor in the Department of Biology, have been selected to receive the 2010-11 School of Science Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Behrens was nominated for his enthusiasm and clarity with which he taught Algebraic Topology II (18.906), while Solomon was nominated for his dedication to mentorship, as well as his outstanding teaching. Both will be presented their awards at a luncheon in their honor later this fall.

August 31, 2011

Diverse interns participate in MIT Summer Research Program

This year a cohort of  talented and diverse interns participated in the nine week MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP). Meet the interns here. These undergraduate students came to MIT from all over the United States, including Puerto Rico, to conduct research in preparation for graduate school. 70% are undergraduate juniors, 17% are sophomores, and 13% are seniors.

August 28, 2011

Sergio Cantu paper featured on Physics Today

Sergio Cantu, a two-year participant of the MIT Summer Research Program, just published a paper entitled Teaching introductory undergraduate Physics using commercial video games.  “Commercial video games are increasingly using sophisticated physics simulations to create a more immersive experience for players. This also makes them a powerful tool for engaging students in learning physics. We provide some examples to show how commercial off-the-shelf games can be used to teach specific topics in introductory undergraduate physics. The examples are selected from a course taught predominantly through the medium of commercial video games.”  The paper was featured on Physics Today‘s Facebook page as well as on their homepage.

August 8, 2011

Microsoft Office now available to MIT students at no cost

Information Services and Technology is now offering Microsoft Office Professional licenses at no cost to MIT students through the Institute’s Microsoft Campus Agreement (MSCA). Each MIT student is entitled to install Microsoft Office on one personally owned machine. Students can download the software from the Microsoft Campus Agreement for Office download site (certificates required). For additional information on installing and using Microsoft Office products, visit the Obtaining Microsoft Office page in the Hermes knowledge base. Members of the community can also freely access online training on Microsoft Office products at Questions or comments can be sent to

August 4, 2011

Biology, HST, CSBi students awarded HHMI fellowships

Four MIT doctoral students nominated by ODGE were among 48 students from 60 research institutions and from 22 countries chosen to receive the International Student Research Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI):

  • Carlos Pardo-Martin (Health Sciences and Technology)
  • Jonathan Rameseder (Computational Systems Biology)
  • Ying Qi Shirleen Soh (Biology, Presidential Fellow)
  • Xuebing Wu (Computational Systems Biology)

The HHMI International Student Research Fellowship is highly competitive and supports doctoral students in their 3rd, 4th, and 5th year of graduate school.

Read the HHMI press release:

Congratulations to the winners!