Monthly Archives: September 2011

September 29, 2011

transparent language online formerly byki

Learn a New Language with Transparent Language Online

MIT Libraries now provides Transparent Language Online (TLO), formerly Byki Language Learning System, to the MIT community.  Learn over 70 different languages, including English, using flashcards to teach you sets of words or phrases and lock foreign words in your long term memory.  You’ll have to register so TLO remembers what you’ve covered and what progress you’ve made when you come back. Check out TLO here.

September 24, 2011

Diversity: MIT co-sponsors GEM GRAD Lab

MIT recently co-sponsored an all-day Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab symposium with The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Science and Engineering (GEM) and the Massachusetts Consortium of STEM Programs (MC-STEMP) at The Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA.  This event was designed to inform and motivate students from underrepresented groups in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to understand the importance of a graduate degree. Students learned how to successfully apply to graduate school and funding opportunities. A panel of speakers provided their insights and experiences on graduate school and beyond. More than 60 students from the New England area attended and Dean Ortiz gave the opening plenary presentation.

September 24, 2011

MIT Materials Day Symposium on Computational Materials

The MIT Community is invited to attend Materials Day, 2011. This year’s event will focus on Computational Materials. Students submitting posters are eligible for a $500 prize and are entered in a raffle to win an iPod Touch. The exciting full agenda included a talk by Professor Gerbrand Ceder, R.P. Simmons Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Department of Materials Science & Engineering, MIT, entitled, “Materials Discovery through Computation.”


September 24, 2011

MechE student William Polachecka researches tumor cells

Mechanical Engineering graduate student William J. Polachecka, supervised by Roger Kamm, Singapore Research Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering, was 1st author on a recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS), “Interstitial flow influences direction of tumor cell migration through competing mechanisms.” This paper discovered that the direction in which fluid flows through bodily tissue determines how likely the cancer cells are to spread, or metastasize, and that, armed with that information, it may be possible to limit the spread of cancer.

September 21, 2011

DMSE and EECS doctoral students awarded Intel Fellowships

Two MIT graduate students were among 21 students awarded Intel PhD Fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year: Marco Bernardi, a doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering advised by Professor Jeffrey Grossman, and Elliott Fleming, a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science advised by Professor Daniel Jackson. Read the Intel announcement. Congratulations to the winners!

September 20, 2011

MIT DUSP graduate student Jeffrey Juarez on YouTube

Watch a video interview with MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) graduate student Jeff Juarez (MCP 2011) about his pathway to MIT  after growing up in South Central Los Angeles, and also his plans for the future.

September 20, 2011

Read Articles by The Graduate Program in Science Writing

Scope is an online forum highlighting work by students in the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing. Scope features a wide range of content including news articles, features, essays, book reviews, radio podcasts, and videocasts.

September 20, 2011

New Graduate Curriculum in Nuclear Science and Engineering

MITs Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering is collaborating with Texas A&M and Penn State and in developing new nuclear security graduate curriculum through a $2.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). Read MIT news article here.

September 19, 2011

Four Architecture & Planning students win Schnitzer awards

All four of the top prizes in this year’s Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts went to graduate students in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) as follows:1st Prize Sarah Witt (Graduate student in the Art, Culture and Technology program), 2nd Prize Otto Ng (MArch student and graduate researcher in the SENSEable City Laboratory), 3rd Prize co-winners Sohin Hwang and Hannah Perner-Wilson (Hwang is a graduate researcher in the Program in Art, Culture and Technology and Perner-Wilson is a graduate student in the High-Low Tech research group at the Media Lab). More information can be found here.

September 9, 2011

250 Graduate women attend Women’s Orientation Lunch

This year’s graduate student orientation program included the Women’s Welcome Orientation Lunch on September 9, organized by GWAMIT and co-sponsored by ODGE. Over 250 attendees gathered in Morss Hall and to hear presentations from Dean for Graduate Education Christine Ortiz, MIT Medical, the Careers Office, the Cheney Room/Student Activities Office, the International Students’ Office, the Ombuds Office, and the Graduate Student Council. See more photos here.

September 8, 2011

Reflection on the anniversary of 9/11

 More than 200 members of the MIT community gathered Sunday morning in a hushed Lobby 10 to reflect on the events that transpired in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001. Read the MIT News Office story (includes ceremony video).


September 6, 2011

Jason McKnight

New ODGE Assistant Dean Jason McKnight

The ODGE is pleased to announce that Jason McKnight has joined the office as Assistant Dean for Graduate Education as of Tuesday, September 6, 2011. In this role, Jason will devote most of his time to providing assistance and support in the form of advice and referral to graduate students, faculty and department administrators. Additionally, he will serve as a liaison to offices and departments that work closely with graduate students, and he will contribute to graduate student centered activities and programs. Jason will work closely with Senior Associate Dean Blanche Staton. Read more

September 1, 2011

MechE student Mint Wongviriyawong at Singularity University

Mechanical Engineering PhD student Chanikarn (Mint) Wongviriyawong has completed the  graduate studies program at Singularity University, to which she was also awarded a scholarship.  To read more on this story click here.