Monthly Archives: February 2012

February 29, 2012

What They Didn’t Teach You in Graduate School 2.0

Check out the Chronicle of Higher Education for a recent article on what graduate students need to know after they’ve finished their education and are seeking a job in academia.  Paul Gray, a professor emeritus of IS&T, and David E. Drew, a professor of education, cover when to apply for faculty positions, whether you should go for a profit or non-profit first job, how to engage and effectively teach undergraduates, how to make use of travel opportunities, making money through publishing and public appearances, and various other topics that help with the transition from graduate student to faculty member.   photo by Brian Taylor

February 27, 2012

Energy Conference logo

MIT Energy Conference: March 16-17, 2012

On March 16-17, the 2012 MIT Energy Conference will bring together thought leaders from industry, academia and government to tackle the greatest challenges in energy. Friday’s events include workshops, a keynote address, and the Energy Showcase; all are free and open to the public. For the first time, the conference will host a fireside chat on the MIT campus with Mark Vachon, the VP of ecomagination at GE, and Professor Ernest Moniz. Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in fact-based discussions with peers and industry leaders
  • Learn about cutting-edge industry and trends
  • Discover MIT’s analytical approach for addressing the most significant energy challenges

The Saturday keynote address will be delivered by Shell Oil Company President Marvin Odum. For more information and to register, visit the Energy Conference website.

February 17, 2012


MIT “Fire & Ice” Grad Gala 2012

Tickets sales are open for the MIT “Fire & Ice” Grad Gala will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston on Saturday, April 14th, 2012.  All MIT graduate students and post-docs are welcome with 1 guest per student/post-doc. Come for a night of contemporary, sophisticated elegance.  This is a formal event.

February 16, 2012

Grad Student

ODGE Competitive Fellowship Nominations due March 15th

The nomination process is now open for the ODGE competitive fellowships! 15 fellowships are available for academic year 2012-2013.  Students should contact their graduate administrator regarding nomination; all nominations must be submitted by departments.  With the exception of the Ida M. Green Fellowship and the Endowed Fellowships of the Arab Republic of Eqypt, the ODGE accepts one nomination per department for each award.

February 16, 2012


Susan Hockfield to step down

Susan Hockfield, the 16th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, announced today her intention to step down from her position. Hockfield has served as president since December 2004 and will continue to serve until the next president takes office. Hockfield’s tenure has been marked by her energetic response to two seemingly competing imperatives: to keep MIT at the forefront of research universities by continuing its history of bold action, to the benefit of its students and in service to the nation and the world; and to preserve MIT’s financial resources in the midst of the most pronounced economic downturn in United States history since the Great Depression. Despite the difficult global economic context, Hockfield’s presidency has featured the most successful period of fundraising in MIT history, during which MIT has raised nearly $3 billion.  Read the rest of the article on MIT NewsPhoto by Donna Coveney

February 14, 2012


Choose to Reuse!

The third Thursday of every month, choose to reuse clothes, appliances, clean toys, and books!  Folks are gathering in the Stata TSMC lobby (the one with the funny mirror).

Drop off reusable items from 8am to 1pm. If you wouldn’t buy it, don’t bring it!

Pick up freebies from 11am to 1pm . You don’t have to give to get!

Upcoming dates include February 16, March 15, April 19, and May 17. Brought to you by Sustainability at MIT, the Working Green committee, and the Department of Facilities.

February 14, 2012

MIT dome

MITx prototype course opens for enrollment

In December, MIT announced the launch of an online learning initiative called “MITx.” Starting this week, interested learners can now enroll for free in the initiative’s prototype course — 6.002x: Circuits and Electronics. Students can sign up for the course at The course will officially begin on March 5 and run through June 8. Modeled after MIT’s 6.002 — an introductory course for undergraduate students in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) — 6.002x will introduce engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction, helping students make the transition from physics to the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. It will be taught by Anant Agarwal, EECS professor and director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL); Chris Terman, CSAIL co-director; EECS Professor Gerald Sussman; and CSAIL Research Scientist Piotr Mitros. Read the MIT News story.

February 13, 2012

Art Munin Diversity

Diversity event on February 22: White Privilege 101

Co-sponsored by the MIT Libraries’ Committee on the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion and the Council on Staff Diversity and Inclusion, White Privilege 101 will uncover how while privilege has evolved, how it persists, and what we can do about it. “Whiteness is a concept that must be defined historically. The power of White privilege has subverted history, perpetuating the lie that Whiteness does not exist nor is it privileged.”

Diversity and Social Justice Advocate Art Munin will present on Wednesday, February 22 from 10am-12pm in the Bartos Theater (E15). Art Munin is the Dean of Students at DePaul University; he has an M.A. in Multicultural Communication from DePaul University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola University.