Monthly Archives: June 2013

June 27, 2013


Beaver Quest: A GSC Scavenger Hunt June 29

Ready for a themed adventure that will take you off-campus? GSC is having a scavenger hunt on June 29 at 1pm on and off campus. Tickets are three dollars per person and one guest is allowed per student. For more information, click details, tickets, or contact Photo by OCAL.

June 25, 2013

First US exhibition by photographer Joël Tettamanti through Aug 31

The MIT Museum presents Compass Points: Joël Tettamanti.  The exhibition in the Kurtz Gallery for Photography at the MIT Museum features over 70 works by the contemporary photographer in his first US exhibition, on view through Saturday, August 31st, 2013. This exhibition, curated by Gary Van Zante, MIT Museum Curator of Architecture and Design, is sponsored by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, and swissnex Boston.  The Swiss photographer Tettamanti creates works that focus on the impact of human settlement on the landscape, from Asia to the Arctic Circle.  The images are often without people, examining instead the contradiction of human frailty and resilience, and the relationships people form with the land.  His work is a vast archive of the structures, villages, and cities people create, and of the landforms and climates that shape them.  Admission to the MIT Museum is free for all MIT students.

June 24, 2013

Emori and Bauer discover efficient control of magnetism in chiral ferromagnets

A magnetic phenomenon newly discovered by MIT researchers could lead to much faster, denser and more energy-efficient chips for memory and computation. The findings, reported in the journal Nature Materials, could reduce the energy needed to store and retrieve one bit of data by a factor of 10,000, says the paper’s senior author, Geoffrey Beach, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at MIT. The paper’s co-authors are graduate students Satoru Emori and Uwe Bauer, postdoc Sung-Min Ahn, and Eduardo Martinez of the University of Salamanca in Spain.

Beach says that hints of the new phenomenon have been reported for several years, but these had remained unexplained until now. The new results could overcome “a lot of what had seemed like fundamental limitations” in the control and use of magnetic materials, he says, adding: “It’s a whole new approach to the design of magnetic materials.” Read more on MIT News.

June 20, 2013


Hands-on at the MIT Museum starting June 24 (daily)

Join in for summer demonstrations and drop-in activities each week, Monday through Friday beginning June 24 from 1-3pm. You can dabble in techno-art, try your hand at computer programming and other hands-on activities with Museum educators. All activities are free with Museum admission (free for MIT students) and appropriate for ages 8 and up. Learn more…

June 19, 2013

isabella museum

Explore Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (free)

All MIT students receive free admission to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by showing their MIT Student ID. A new Composite Landscapes exhibition opens June 27, examining one of landscape architecture’s most recognizable representational forms, the montage view. “Community Creations” showcases original work inspired by the Gardner Museum from local students; available now through July 1. To find out more information on exhibits and activities being held at the Gardner Museum, please visit their website. Supported by the Council for the Arts at MIT.

June 18, 2013

Pearlson: LAE researcher and co-founder of Bow-Tie startup

MSRP Alumnus Matthew Pearlson does three things when he’s not making bow ties:

1. He is a research specialist in the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics working on renewable jet fuel for the commercial jet aviation industry.

2. He works at Citizens Energy Corporation running a project for our chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy II. The project provides solar electric systems for low-income families in Southern California’s Imperial Valley. This project helps over 100 households a year reduce their electric bill while allowing them to turn their air conditioning on in their homes.

3. He trains for long-distance running. A few years ago he ran the Boston Marathon as a “bandit,” which means he didn’t have a number but ran for fun.

Continue reading Pearlson’s interview on JewishBoston, or more about his research on MIT’s Lab for Aviation and the Environment website.

June 17, 2013

ODGE renovations

ODGE Headquarters makes temporary move Jun. 24 – Jul 31

To allow for renovations in the 3-138 ODGE headquarters suite, the staff will temporarily move our operations to the second floor of E34 (across Carleton Street from MIT Medical, very close to the Kendall T stop). Please note, in order to accommodate the move, ODGE headquarters will be closed on June 24 and June 25.

Student advising services will still be available through Assistant Dean Jason McKnight (, 617-253-5427) on June 24 and June 25, and the satellite ODGE offices in building 9 (Dean McKnight) and building 35 (Fellowships, Diversity, Communications) will remain unaffected throughout the move period.  The International Students Office will also remain open during its regular business hours.

Headquarters staff will occupy the temporary quarters from June 24 through July 31, 2013.  Many thanks for your patience as we upgrade our facilities!

June 17, 2013

Grad Families

New pilot program provides backup childcare for MIT students: Starts July 1

Resources for the student families in MIT’s community abound, including organizations such as spouses&partners, the Graduate Student Council Housing and Community Affairs Families Subcommittee, the Work-Life Center and its Work-Life Resources 24/7 program; policies such as childbirth accommodation (paid maternity leave) through the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE); and funding for new initiatives through the ODGE Graduate Student Life Grants.  Nonetheless, finding affordable childcare continues to be an ongoing challenge for all members of the MIT community, and students are no exception.  After spending considerable time and effort finding the most suitable care solution, many students find that gaps in the overall childcare picture still exist.  What if the child is mildly sick, and unable to go to care for the day?  What if the student has an evening commitment with no other coverage? Read more on MIT News.

June 17, 2013


Postdocs Share their Science/vendor fair event: June 18

Come join the first annual Postdoc Share their Science event on Tuesday June 18 from 2-5pm in Morss Hall (Walker Memorial 50-140). Postdocs from around the institute share their research in an easy to understand fashion and get introduced to new fields by experts. The event is combined with a vendor fair, including vendors such as Airgas, Westnet, Digital Science and more. You can enter a raffle to win amazing prizes (an ipad with retina display, coffee makers, backpack and amazon gift cards)! Finger food and drinks will be provided. For more information or questions, please contact Photo by Westminster College.

June 15, 2013

Sugrue explores thermal hydraulics in nuclear reactors

Whether soloing on tenor saxophone in a jazz band, souping up a racing coupe, or serving as the lone woman operator at a nuclear power plant, Rosemary Sugrue seizes opportunities to stretch herself and learn. This second-year graduate student, who says she has always “enjoyed problem-solving, critical thinking and mechanical things,” arrived at MIT as a freshman in 2007 restless to explore new domains. All it took was one class in Course 22, and Sugrue leapt, saying, “I declared nuclear; I was sold on it.” This was the start of a long-term commitment to a discipline that offers a wealth of exciting challenges for her. “I am passionate about doing research in this field, helping the broader community understand the continued need for nuclear power, and recruiting other students to work in the field,” she says.

Continue reading about Sugrue in MIT NewsPhoto by Justin Knight

June 14, 2013


Sidney-Pacific Brunch on June 16

Sidney-Pacific is having its June Brunch, on Sunday the 16th at 12pm in the Multipurpose Room (NW86). Come out and enjoy great food while gathering with friends. If you have any questions, please contact Photo by By Katrine Thielke from Copenhagen, Denmark.

June 14, 2013


MIT-CAST Chinese Dragon Boat Festival Party on June 15

Dragon Boat Festival is a very important festival for Chinese people. Join MIT-CAST to celebrate the festival, have fun, eat chinese food and the traditional dessert “Zongzi” on June 15 from 6-9:30pm in w20-407. Then go out to enjoy dragon boat racing at the Charles River near Harvard square. For more information, please contact:

June 14, 2013

Mit math mentors

Local fifth graders explore math with MIT grad students

“We’re going to explore math.” That’s the adventure MITxplore co-founders Leon Dimas, Narges Kaynia and Debbie Nguyen say they are trying to bring to the lives of local fifth graders through a weekly after-school program focused on participatory mathematics. Every week, about 10 students at both the Fletcher Maynard Academy in Cambridge and the Hurley School in Boston meet with three MITxplore mentors to discuss mathematical concepts, engage in fun activities and learn from each other.

MITxplore’s founders saw a need for more math-focused after-school enrichment programs, specifically those which convey the beauty and creativity inherent in the art of mathematics. They noticed that such programs are more prevalent for science, where exciting hands-on projects draw students, and they wanted to show that math is captivating as well. Continue reading on MITNews.

June 13, 2013


Graduate Hillel Shabbat Picnic Lunch on June 15

On Saturday June 15th at 1:00pm Graduate Hillel will be having a Shabbat picnic lunch at the Kresage BBQ Pits. Food and drink will be provided. Come out and enjoy a wonderful meal. For more information please contact:

June 13, 2013


Through the Listening Glass: Concert June 14

Immerse yourself in a tapestry of glass-blown music! Hear members of the MIT Glass Band together with Mark Stewart, Glass Lab Artist-in-Residence, create unique symphonies of sound. On Friday June 14 from 5-8pm at the MIT Museum (265 Mass Ave), three 30 minute performances will be presented at the following times: 5:15pm, 6:15p, and 7:15pm all of which are free. The artist residency is sponsored by MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology. For more information, please visit the MIT Museum Calendar Website or contact

June 13, 2013

alumni to the corp

Grad Alumni join the MIT Corporation

The MIT Corporation, the Institute’s board of trustees, elected 12 term members — with terms ranging from one to five years — during its quarterly meeting held on June 6. Corporation Chairman John S. Reed ’61 announced the election results; all appointments are effective July 1.

Nine term members were elected to serve for five years: Bruce N. Anderson ’69, MArch ’73 (an Alumni Association nominee); Ursula M. Burns; Patricia R. Callahan ’75, SM ’77 (an Alumni Association nominee); R. Erich Caulfield SM ’01, PhD ’06; David L. desJardins ’83; Abigail P. Johnson; Paul M. Kominers ’12 (the recent classes nominee); Neil E. Rasmussen ’76, SM ’80 (an Alumni Association nominee); and Alan G. Spoon ’73, SM ’73. Read more on MIT News.

June 12, 2013

Photovoltaic Cells

Kim (Materials) finds balance is key to quantum-dot solar cell functioning

There has been great interest in recent years in using tiny particles called quantum dots to produce low-cost, easily manufactured, stable photovoltaic cells. But, so far, the creation of such cells has been limited by the fact that in practice, quantum dots are not as good at conducting an electric charge as they are in theory.

Something in the physical structure of these cells seems to trap their electric-charge carriers (known as electrons and holes), but researchers have been hard-pressed to figure out exactly what. Now, for the most widely used type of quantum dots, made of compounds called metal chalcogenides, researchers from MIT may have found the key: The limiting factor seems to be off-kilter ratios of the two basic components that make up the dots. The new findings — by Jeffrey Grossman, the Carl Richard Soderberg Associate Professor of Power Engineering, materials science and engineering graduate student Donghun Kim, and two other researchers — were reported this month in the journal Physical Review Letters. Continue reading on MITNews. Photo credit is to Donghun Kim and Jeffrey C. Grossman.

June 12, 2013

bowling MIT WHOI

MIT-WHOI Summer Bowling Night on June 13

Start on awesome summer in Cap Cod with the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. We’ll cover two games of bowling, shoes, food, and drinks. The event will be held at the Trade Center Bowling in Falmouth, MA on June 13th from 6pm -9pm. For more information please contact

June 12, 2013

movie theatre

Discussion and Film Screening of “Brides” on June 12

On Wednesday, June 12th from 8-10pm in 4-231, there will be a film screening and discussion of “Brides”. This award winning movie, displays the custom of arranged marriages and immigration to America through brilliant pictures and captivating music. Food will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact:

June 12, 2013


Get summer consulting experience: Apply by June 14

Every summer the Consulting Club of MIT offers the possibility for graduate students and postdocs to participate in the Volunteer Consulting Group (VCG) program, to gain experience volunteering with a start-up company on a business/strategy consulting project. This year, CCM proposes 3 VCG host-companies and will start the week of June 24, for 6 weeks total (includes first week of preparation). After a first week of preparation, you will need to commit approximately 10 hours per week for the following 5-week period of time, including two weekly meetings: one with the team and one with the host company. If you would like to participate, please send your short (200 word max.) statement of purpose about why you think this program would benefit you, by Fri June 14 at noon to Read more

June 11, 2013


Future of MIT Education Coffee Hour on June 12

What should the MIT grad student experience be like in 2030? The task force on the future of MIT Education seeks your input! The event is occurring jointly with Sidney Pacific’s coffee hour and delicous pastries from Flour will be provided. The event will take place on Wednesday June 12 from 9-10pm in the Sydney Pacific (NW86) Multipurpose room. If you have any questions, please contact Photo by adamgregor.

June 11, 2013

group discussion

Recruiting: 2013 Institute Committee Grad Representatives

Applications for Graduate Representatives to the 2013-14 Institute Committees are now open. Want to make a lasting impact? Institute Committees form a vital link between the MIT administration, students, and the MIT community in providing recommendations for the future direction of the institute and making key policy decisions in a wide array of key areas. As an Institute Committee representative, you’ll have the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes with MIT faculty and administrators on critical issues with lasting impact. Click here to apply. For more information please contact: Photo credit is give to Michael Cardus.

June 10, 2013


MIT Student Art Association on June 10

The student art summer term begins Monday, June 10th consisting of various activities (i.e.: Ceramics, Photo, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking) and will be held in W20-429. The session lasts ten weeks along with eight studio classes. Members have 24 hour access to the studio and is a great deal for MIT Students. Please contact Sam Magee at for more information.

June 10, 2013

case practice

Ace your consulting case interview: Practice on June 12

The Consulting Club of MIT is organizing a summer kickoff session for case practice that consists of several short presentations by the CCM executive team followed by a practice session. The event is tailored to individuals who are curious about management consulting as a career as well as for people who want to learn how to effectively prepare for interviews in the Fall. It will take place on Wednesday June 12 at 5:30pm in building 56-154. If you want to join, please RSVP to as space may be limited. Read more for the outline of the program. Read more

June 7, 2013

collier memorial

Permanent memorial for MIT Police Officer Sean Collier

MIT Police Chief John DiFava (Director, Facilities Operations and Security) and Martin Schmidt’s (Associate Provost)

thank the MIT community for the tremendous generosity we showed as we mourned the loss of Officer Sean Collier. In their words, “The MIT community truly came together to support his family, friends, and fellow police officers. In many ways, people gathered together and expressed their grief. The MIT Police received personal visits, phone calls, emails, flowers, and food, and saw two shrines develop on campus. And together, we experienced a wonderful memorial attended by thousands of caring people. Two of the groups that Sean belonged to are selling t-shirts to keep “Collier Strong” alive.

June 7, 2013

President L. Rafael Reif’s Charge to the Graduates

To the graduates of 2013: Congratulations! I know I am the last thing standing between you and your diplomas – so, even though I have a great deal I want to tell you, I will be brief…

  • To everyone who has come here this morning to celebrate the graduates of 2013 – welcome to MIT!
  • And to the parents and families of today’s graduates – congratulations to you as well!

It is great to have you all here on Killian Court on this wonderful day, for this tremendously important occasion. Read the full charge at the Office of the President’s site.

June 6, 2013

Laura Popa (Physics) is making frequency-hopping radios practical

The way in which radio spectrum is currently allocated to different wireless technologies can lead to gross inefficiencies. In some regions, for instance, the frequencies used by cellphones can be desperately congested, while large swaths of the broadcast-television spectrum stand idle.

One solution to that problem is the 15-year-old idea of “cognitive radio,” in which wireless devices would scan their environments for vacant frequencies and use these for transmissions. Different proposals for cognitive radio place different emphases on hardware and software, but the chief component of many hardware approaches is a bank of filters that can isolate any frequency in a wide band.

There are two main approaches to hardware-based radio-signal filtration: one is to perform the filtration electronically; the other is to convert the radio signal to an acoustic signal — a physical vibration — and then convert it back to an electrical signal. In work to be presented in June at the International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, Dana Weinstein, the Steve and Renee Finn Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Laura Popa, a graduate student in physics, adopted the second approach. Read the rest of the article on MIT Newsphoto by M. Scott Brauer

June 6, 2013

passwords photo

Help, I Have Too Many Passwords!

Password breaches are happening in massive numbers. In one week last year, 500,000 Yahoo! passwords were exposed. While one exposed password may not cause you much grief, if you use that same password for your bank login and other accounts that protect your financial information, you could be in big trouble. Because companies can’t guarantee the security of your username and password, it is crucial to use a different password for every Internet site and/or service. Given the large number of sites most of us frequent while at work and at home, the only real way to ensure password security (and keep our sanity) is to leverage a password manager. Read more.

June 5, 2013

Jacob Rubens (Microbiology) is designing cells that can compute logarithms, divide, and take square roots

MIT engineers have transformed bacterial cells into living calculators that can compute logarithms, divide, and take square roots, using three or fewer genetic parts. Inspired by how analog electronic circuits function, the researchers created synthetic computation circuits by combining existing genetic “parts,” or engineered genes, in novel ways. Lead author of the Nature paper is MIT postdoc Ramiz Daniel.  Jacob Rubens, a graduate student in microbiology, is also an author of the paper. Read the rest of the article on MIT News.

June 5, 2013


Graduate Christian Fellowship Summer BBQ on June 8

On Saturday June 8, 2013 from 5-8pm the Graduate Christian Fellowship will be having a summer kick off barbecue. The event will take place at the Sidney Pacific BBQ pits and all graduate students are welcome. For more information please contact: This event is cosponsored by the GSC Funding board and MIT GCF.

June 5, 2013

Earn money and enhance community through the GCF Program!

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education has 10 openings for Graduate Community Fellows beginning in the Summer and Fall of 2013. Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance MIT graduate community in unique ways. Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education or in a partner organization, and focuses on a specific project. Fellows receive partial stipend support for the length of their appointment period.  Read more about position descriptions and download an application form.  Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.  Contact Heather Konar with questions at

June 4, 2013


Tang Summer BBQ on June 6

The entire graduate community is welcome to celebrate the summer and Commencement with free food and music on Thursday June 6 from 5-7pm on Tang Lawns. For more information please contact: tang-social-chair@mit.eduPhoto by Michiel1972 

June 4, 2013

PhDs and Postdocs: attend Global Young Scientists Summit

MIT will nominate a total of five participants made up of 3 PhD students and 2 postdocs to attend the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore International Summit: “Global Young Scientists Summit @ One-North: An International Meeting of Bright Young Researchers, Nobel Laureates and Eminent Scientific Leaders” on January 19-24, 2014 in Singapore. The nomination process is being coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Research (for postdocs) and the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (for graduate students). Materials are due by  5:00 PM on Friday, June 21, 2013. Read more

June 3, 2013


3dim triumphs in MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition

3dim recently earned the grand prize at this year’s MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition after successfully pitching its business plan to merge two of today’s most popular, and profitable, technological phenomena: gesture-recognition and smart devices. Founded by this team of engineers: Professor Vivek Goyal, Andrea Colaco, Ahmed Kirmani, Nan-Wei Gong, Rahul (Hoolie) Tejwani, and Nathaniel Stewart, they sought  to revolutionize the way that users interact with their mobile devices.

The startup was one of eight finalists that pitched business plans to a capacity crowd in Kresge Auditorium. While only one team walked away with the $100,000 top prize, finalists received startup funds totaling $257,000. Continue reading this article on MIT NewsPhoto by L. Barry Hetherington

June 3, 2013

mit comedy

MIT Comedy Night at Thirsty Ear Pub on June 4

Join us for another MIT Comedy Night with Justin P Drew, Adam Elmachtoub, Kevin Harrington, Adam Langlois, and Steve McConnon. It will take place at the Thirsty Ear Pub on Tuesday June 4th at 8pm (show starts at 8:30). The headliner is Dan Boulger who has appeared on Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson and won the 2006 Boston Comedy Festival. Attendees must be 21+ and a government ID is required for entry. Snacks, free soda and beer available. The event is sponsored by the GSC Funding Board, Peter de Florez ’38 Humor Fund, and GradRat. For more information please contact Thirsty Ear Executive Committee at

June 1, 2013

Bike Market Proceeds to Collier Memorial

Bike Show and Market on June 2 from 9am-2pm

MIT, GSC Sustainability Subcomittee, ZipCar, and Working Green are sponsoring a Bike Show and Market on June 2, 2013 from 9am – 2pm at N4, Albany Garage (N4) and N10 Annex Lot. Show off your bike whether its fancy, creative, or has lots of spirit, for a chance to be voted the best in show or buy and sell parts. Come check out the variety, enter a raffle, and have fun. General Admission is $1(children 12 and under are free), Bike Registration is $5 (comes with commemorative token), and vendor spots are $20/spot. All proceeds will go to the Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund. For more information visit or contact