Monthly Archives: March 2012

March 28, 2012

Spring Career Fair 2012

Spring Career Fair on April 5

Are you still seeking jobs or summer opportunities? Did you know there is one final Career Fair this year? The Spring Career Fair (SCF) is the Thursday after spring break, April 5th from 11am-4pm in La Sala de Puerto at the Stratton Student Center. In response to the cry for diversity of employers, this fair will host organizations seeking candidates across the curriculum.  Be sure to register on CareerBridge.

March 28, 2012

Shirin Ebadi

Nobel Peace Prize winner Ebadi to speak on April 4

2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Shirin Ebadi will come to MIT to talk about “Women’s Rights in Iran and the Islamic World.” Join us for this thought-provoking and inspiring event on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, from 4 – 5pm in the Wong Auditorium (E51 – 115). A book signing and reception will follow the talk. Photo by Amir Kholoosi, ISNA.

Co-sponsored by: Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue; Center for Bilingual and Bicultural Studies; Committee on Race and Diversity; Council on Staff Diversity and Inclusion; MIT Chaplains; Muslim Students Association; Physics Department; and Women’s and Gender Studies. Read the MIT News Story here.

March 27, 2012


Contribute to the MIT Clothesline project

The MIT Clothesline Project will be on display for Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout April, and we would love to see it grow! Contributions are welcome. If you would like to make a shirt to add to the project and need supplies, please contact Kelley Adams. There will be a drop box for completed shirts (just make sure they’re dry before dropping them off!) near the Community Wellness desk at E23-205. This is to offer the ability to contribute to the project while remaining anonymous.

March 26, 2012

Science Writing

A Celebration of 10 Years of Science Writing at MIT

The Graduate Program in Science Writing hosted a celebration for their 10th anniversary on March 24th, 2012.  The event, which consisted of two panels and a dinner, was free and open to the public.  Alan Lightman hosted the first panel, discussing the brain and memory along with Robert Desimone, Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science at MIT and Director of the McGovern Institute of Brain Science at MIT, Suzanne Corkin, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at MIT, and Florian Engert, Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology at Harvard University.  The second panel was hosted by Marcia Bartusiak, along with Angela Belcher, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, Seth Lloyd, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, who discussed what we expect science to be doing in 50 years.  Finally, the MIT Museum held dinner and conversation with Seth Mnookin, Amy Harmon (both from The New York Times) and Kurt Andersen (from Studio 360).  Read the MIT News story here.

March 24, 2012

Cambridge Science Festival

Connect inner city youth to your work through sports on April 22!

Sign up to run a table or activity showcasing your work at the Science of Sports Day on Sunday, April 22 at Madison Park High School in Roxbury! The event is free and open to the general public, with a particular focus on inspiring inner city families to excel in science and math.  MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programsis collaborating with Mayor Menino, the Red Sox, the MIT School of Engineering, and BU on the event.

This is a great opportunity to reach a part of the community that isn’t often exposed to the amazing work that MIT professors an students are involved in. Any connection at all to sports is welcomed.

March 22, 2012

Robin Chase

Talk by Zipcar founder Robin Chase on April 4

The Transportation@MIT initiative and the MIT Transportation Club are hosting a talk by transportation innovator and entrepreneur (and MIT alumna) Robin Chase on Wednesday, April 4th at 5:30 pm in MIT Room 32-123.  Robin Chase is founder and CEO of GoLoco, an online ride-sharing community.  She also founded and leads Meadow Networks, a consulting firm that advises city, state, and federal government agencies about wireless applications in the transportation sector, and impacts on innovation and economic development.  Robin is also the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car sharing company in the world. Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment.  Robin graduated from Wellesley College and the MIT Sloan School of Management, and was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow.

March 21, 2012


Grad students help peers through REFS programs

Graduate students, especially at MIT, don’t have it easy. “As a grad student, most of the work you do is individual and unstructured,” says former MIT graduate student Patrick Schmid, who graduated in January. “There is a lot of stress, and everyone has different sets of issues.” In response to graduate student stress, a peer-to-peer, confidential support network is gaining momentum on campus. The Resources for Easing Friction and Stress, or REFS, programs serve as confidential, low-barrier resources for graduate students who seek support but prefer not to go through “official” channels.  Continue reading the article on MIT News. photo by Patricia Sampson

March 16, 2012


To purify water, Dydek and colleagues create an “HOV lane” with ions

Researchers at MIT and Ben-Gurion University in Israel have discovered a way to exploit the mild electric charge that covers most surfaces to remove ions from fluids. The discovery, detailed in a theoretical paper published in September 2011 in the journal Physical Review Letters, points to an alternative way to purify water.

The method, on which experimental work is underway, involves inserting fluids into microchannels, which are small-diameter tubes about the width of a strand of hair. Normally when an electric current crosses fluid in a tube, the transfer of ions through the fluid follows a single mechanism, called diffusion. The team of researchers, who include Vicki Dydek, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, has discovered a secondary mechanism for ions to move. Read more

March 14, 2012

MIT dome

Graduate programs in engineering, management excel in new rankings

The School of Engineering’s graduate program is once again No. 1 in the country, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. MIT has held the top spot since 1990, when the magazine first ranked graduate programs in engineering.  Continue reading the article on MIT News.

March 13, 2012

Grad Arts Soiree

Record attendance for MIT’s Graduate Arts Soiree

Arts at MIT’s Graduate Arts Soiree has gained in popularity, so much so that in just one year it is now among the largest graduate events at MIT. Nearly 600 graduate students attended the second annual event on the evening of Friday, March 9, hosted by the Graduate Arts Forum and the Graduate Student Council. Students from nearly every graduate program were in attendance, whose areas of study range from aeronautics and architecture to business and biochemistry. They came together in the Skyline Silverman room at the Media Lab for an evening that showcased the extraordinary creativity of MIT graduate students and publicized the many innovative arts opportunities at MIT. Continue reading the article on MIT News.

March 9, 2012


Corporation Names Members of Presidential Search Committee

Twelve members of the MIT Corporation and 10 faculty members have been named to a Presidential Search Committee tasked with identifying a successor to President Susan Hockfield. Additionally, three undergraduate and three graduate students have been named to a Student Advisory Committee that will assist in the search.  On Feb. 16, Hockfield announced her intention to step down as president following more than seven years of service. She will remain as president until a successor takes office. Read the rest of the article on MITNews.

March 8, 2012


Nominate Someone for an Institute Award by March 23rd

Help to recognize significant contributions to graduate life by nominating someone for an institute award!  Graduate awards include:

Goodwin Medal
Graduate Teaching Award
Edward L. Horton Fellowship Award
Irwin Sizer Award for Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education
Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising

Nominations are due by Friday, March 23rd at 3:00pm.

March 6, 2012

Jennifer Jordan

An EMBA student teaches self-defense for everyone

More than 20 years ago, a contentious relationship with an undergraduate thesis adviser inspired Jennifer Jordan, EMBA ’12,  to bolster her self-confidence with self-defense classes. She sought out a class for women, but when it wasn’t offered at the time she needed it, she enrolled in an Indonesian martial arts class instead. Today, she is a fifth-degree black belt in Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen, a traditional martial art form. The practice, which encompasses a whole system of healing and spiritual practice, has helped Jordan in every aspect of her life. Read the rest of the article on News@MITSloanphoto by Amy MacMillan

March 3, 2012

van Himbergen

Innovative tailor-made experiences for students: March 19

On Monday, March 19th, the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education will sponsor a talk on European science and research education by Professor Hans van Himbergen. Please join us from 9:30-11am in the Emma Rogers Room (10-340). Professor Hans van Himbergen is Deputy-Rector of International Educational Affairs at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and represents Utrecht University in the League of European Research Universities (LERU). He is a theoretical physicist and was chair of the department of Physics and Astronomy before taking office as Dean of University College Utrecht from 2003-2008. Dr. van Himbergen’s presentation will include Read more

March 2, 2012


GWAMIT Empowerment Conference 2012: March 12 – 16

The 2012 GWAMIT Spring Empowerment Conference will take place on March 12th-16th.  Events are planned to include: a keynote by Latoya Peterson (, Designing for Women (featuring Susan Fabry, Senior Design Strategist at Continuum), Digital Productivity (with Paul English, Founder and CTO of, Effective Communication and Negotiation (Barbara Tannenbaum, Brown University), and Working in Male-Dominated Fields (featuring Pamela Benkert from Phillips, Kate Randall from Tesla, and Dr. Leah Buechlev from the MIT Media Lab).  Read more about the program and RSVP. Volunteers are still needed!  Contact Manasi Vartak or Luyao Li if you want to get involved.