Monthly Archives: August 2013

August 30, 2013


Dimson plans for renewable energy, affordable housing in Tanzania

On the long, bumpy drive to her grandmother’s house in Accra, Ghana, seven-year-old Sarah Dimson began to notice some stark disparities between her home in Norman, Okla., and the country of her parents’ birth. The car hit pothole after pothole, and the lights in her grandmother’s home didn’t come on at the flick of a switch.

“That experience has lived with me for quite some time,” says Dimson, now an MIT graduate student in urban planning with a specialization in international development. “It was the seminal moment when I really started to realize the stark differences between the U.S. and the developing world.”

Dimson is determined to make a difference of her own. With the support of a fellowship she recently received from MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, Dimson will found a real-estate development and energy-infrastructure company in Tanzania after she graduates from MIT next year. Her vision is to provide grid and microgrid-scale renewable energy and affordable housing to regions across sub-Saharan Africa. Continue reading at MIT NEWS. Photo by Allegra Boverman. 

August 30, 2013


Grad Hillel Welcome Back BBQ on Sep. 2

Come to attend the 8th Annual Graduate Hillel Welcome Back BBQ! All MIT graduate students are welcome. Start your semester off right with kosher burgers, hot-dogs, veggie burgers and more as well as learn about Jewish life at MIT. The event will be held on Monday, September 2, 2013 from 7-9pm at the Kresge Oval. If it rains, the event will be moved to W11-Main Dining Room. For more information or questions, please contact

August 30, 2013


Ashdown House Dessert Night: Make Brigadeiros on Sep. 1

Try your hand at being a pastry chef by making brigadeiros (one of Brazil’s most popular desserts)! The event will be held on Sunday September 1 from 2-5pm at Ashdown NW-35 Hulsizer Room. Reserve your spot by signing up. For more information, please contact Sponsored by GSC Orientation Committee and Ashdown House. Photo by Kanal von heinhhv.

August 29, 2013

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Ashdown Orientation Dance Party on Aug 30

Break the ice with incoming grad students before the heat of the semester on August 30 at 9pm at Ashdown House. There will free food, great DJ’s, and music! You can play interesting games and participate in ice breakers! ID verification is required for alcohol consumption. For more information please email ashdown-social@mit.eduPhoto by Ryan Somma.

August 29, 2013

Submit an Article for “The Graduate” by Sep. 6

The first issue of the school year will be entitled Rewind: ReflectionRewind: Reflection will present the stories behind the summer research, collaborative work, projects, or internships completed by MIT graduate students. Students should submit short, descriptive profile pieces about themselves and their summer work. Profiles should provide the audience with a clear understanding of the author’s summer activities, their overall goals, and how they were able to allow their research at MIT to transition into the real world. The deadline to submit the articles is Friday September 6th, 2013 by 6pm. Each profile should be 900 words or less, and written in article form. A high-resolution photo should be submitted as well. More details and a list of questions to guide your writing process are available here. If your article is chosen for publication, you will receive a $15 gift card! For questions or more information please contact

August 28, 2013

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Feizi develops new method for understanding network connections

Network science, the study of complex interconnected systems, has grown over the past few years as it has become pivotal in understanding a wide variety of fields ranging from molecular and cell biology to social and information sciences and big data. By studying the structure and connectivity patterns of a network, researchers are able to gain insight into how different variables within a network are related and the strength of individual relationships, as well as make predictions about emerging network properties.

In engineered networks, the connections between elements are directly observable. For most social, biological and information networks, the connections are only inferred based on the behavior of elements in the system across time or conditions.“The challenge is that some elements may appear correlated in their activity patterns solely because they are both connected to a third party,” says Manolis Kellis, an associate professor of computer science at MIT. “For example, if my son comes to several genomics conferences with me, it may seem like he is part of the genomics community, but the link is only indirect.” These indirect links have plagued the field of network science since its inception, and as data mining capabilities are able to capture increasingly subtle interactions in increasingly dense networks, the challenge is only greater.

In a new paper appearing in the August edition of Nature Biotechnology, Kellis, graduate student Soheil Feizi, and fellow researchers describe a new algorithm that can infer direct dependencies in a network. Continue reading at MIT NEWS. Photo by Soheil Feizi, Daniel Marbach, Manolis Kellis and Steven Lee.

August 28, 2013


English Language Learning Fair on Aug 28

The MIT Graduate Student Council Orientation Committee and MIT spouses&partners have organized an information fair for International newcomers – students, post-docs or spouses – who want to find opportunities to improve their English. The Learning Fair is this Wednesday, August 28, from 12-1pm in the Stratton Student Center (W20-307). Please take a look at the flyer and consider sharing it with newcomers to your department. The organizations represented at the Learning Fair (listed on the flyer) offer low-cost or free English classes and other practice opportunities. Also included are a few continuing education organizations for MIT family members who want to study while they are here in Boston. The Learning Fair is open to anyone in the MIT community. Some of the opportunities featured are only open to members of the MIT community. Photo by The New Ruffian.

August 28, 2013


Join the VP of IS&T Selection Committee! App due Sep. 1

MIT is searching for the next Vice President for Information Systems and Technology (IS&T)! In this position, the VP will meet and work with MIT administers, faculties and staff and learn about the high level leadership team at MIT. The VP will interview potential candidates and provide your input on the VP-IST position as well as gain knowledge about the IS&T vision of support to the academic and research mission. The time commitment is one full day followed by a debrief session (date TBD). To apply, please email a resume and short statement by September 1, 2013 to For more questions or information, please contact the GSC Nominations Board. Photo by Steve Jurvetson.

August 27, 2013

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Boston Harbor Cruise on Aug 28

Come join us for the Boston Harbor Cruise on August 28, 2013 at 7pm on The Provincetown II (dock is at 200 Seaport Blvd). Enjoy dancing, meeting the first years, and making new friends! Dress to impress. Food will be served and attendees must be 21 or older. To get tickets visit the Orientation Info Booth or the events registration site. For more information, please contact Photo by Teresa Chrzanowski Flisiuk.

August 27, 2013

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Graduate Economics Association Welcome BBQ Aug. 28

Join us in welcoming the new economics graduate students to MIT on Wednesday August 28, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm at the Eastgate Courtyard. Socialize over burgers, hot-dogs, and cold drinks. Discuss life as an MIT graduate student and share ideas. All are welcome! For more information, please email abartik@mit.eduPhoto by Bev Sykes.

August 27, 2013

MSRP Alumnus Camilli embarks on Nautilus Expedition as Chief Scientist

Dr. Richard Camilli is an Associate Scientist in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering. Camilli is a former NOAA Aquanaut and Ocean Explorer; he has led or participated in over 40 major oceanographic expeditions throughout the world, been a crew member on over two dozen human occupied submersible operations, and logged several hundred hours of bottom time as a technical diver. He is currently Chief Scientist on the 2014 Nautilus expedition to document the myriad natural and cultural resources that lie in U.S. waters. Read more about Camilli and the 2014 Nautilus Expedition on the Nautilus Live website.

August 26, 2013

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Benjamin receives grant for melanoma research

David C. Benjamin, a graduate student in the Hynes laboratory at the Koch Institute and a student in the Biology Department, has been awarded one of 10 nationally competitive 2013 Research Scholar Awards from the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation (JMNMF). The $10,000 grants support exceptional graduate student melanoma research and also provide distinction to lab directors, universities and cancer research institutions across the United States.

Benjamin will use the award to investigate the mechanisms that melanoma cells use to spread to distant sites throughout the body. This process, known as metastasis, is the primary cause of melanoma-related death. Through real-time imaging in a transparent strain of zebrafish, Benjamin hopes to discover exactly how metastasizing cancer cells manage to move out of the bloodstream and form new tumors at metastatic sites. In particular, he is interested in understanding the roles that certain “normal” immune cells play in helping cancer cells accomplish metastatic spread. Continue reading at MIT NEWS. Photo by The Koch Institute. 

August 26, 2013

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New Shuttle Line for Fall 2013!

The MIT Transportation and Parking Committee and the GSC Transportation Subcommittee are pleased to announce a new 4-month pilot program to offer an additional Shuttle line to the MIT Community. The new line will serve Imman Square, Union Square and East Cambridge. It will run every day of the week, from 6 pm to 2:30 am on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 6 pm to 3:30 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Its continuation after December 2013 will depend critically on ridership numbers. So if you want it, use it! Exact routing can be found here. For questions or for more information, please contact the GSC Transportation Subcommittee. Photo by Patrick Gillooly.

August 24, 2013

Ren, Yu, and Fletcher are protecting data in the cloud

Cloud computing, while convenient, raises privacy concerns. A bank of cloud servers could be running applications for 1,000 customers at once; unbeknownst to the hosting service, one of those applications might have no purpose other than spying on the other 999. Encryption could make cloud servers more secure. Only when the data is actually being processed would it be decrypted; the results of any computations would be re-encrypted before they’re sent off-chip. In the last 10 years or so, however, it’s become clear that even when a computer is handling encrypted data, its memory-access patterns — the frequency with which it stores and accesses data at different memory addresses — can betray a shocking amount of private information.

The “trivial way” of obscuring memory-access patterns, Professor Srini Devadas explains, would be to request data from every address in the memory — whether a memory chip or a hard drive — and throw out everything except the data stored at the one address of interest. But that would be much too time-consuming to be practical. What Devadas and his collaborators — graduate students Ling Ren, Xiangyao Yu, and Christopher Fletcher, and research scientist Marten van Dijk — do instead is to arrange memory addresses in a data structure known as a “tree.” A family tree is a familiar example of a tree, in which each “node” (in this example, a person’s name) is attached to only one node above it (the node representing the person’s parents) but may connect to several nodes below it (the person’s children).

Read the rest of the article on MIT NewsPhoto by Christine Daniloff.

August 23, 2013


Ghaffari models fluctuation in link reliability

Now that the Internet’s basic protocols are more than 30 years old, network scientists are increasingly turning their attention to ad hoc networks — communications networks set up, on the fly, by wireless devices — where unsolved problems still abound. Most theoretical analyses of ad hoc networks have assumed that the communications links within the network are stable. But that often isn’t the case with real-world wireless devices — as anyone who’s used a cellphone knows.

At the Association for Computing Machinery’s Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing in July, past and present researchers (graduate student Mohsen Ghaffari, Professor Nancy Lynch, and Cal Newport) from the Theory of Distributed Systems Group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory presented a new framework for analyzing ad hoc networks in which the quality of the communications links fluctuates. Within that framework, they provide mathematical bounds on the efficiency with which messages can propagate through the network, and they describe new algorithms that can achieve maximal efficiency.

“When people start designing theoretical algorithms, they tend to rely too heavily on the specific assumptions of the models. So the algorithms tend to be unrealistic and fragile.” In the past, some researchers have tried to model the unreliability of network links as random fluctuations.“But if you assume real randomness, then you can count on the randomness,” Lynch says. Continue reading at MIT NEWS. Photo by MIT NEWS.

August 23, 2013


TEEC Barbeque on Aug 25

Come out to Ashdown House (NW35) for the TEEC BBQ on August 25 from 2-6. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers will be served. You must be 21 years or older and present a government ID to attend. Sponsored by the ODGE Graduate Student Life Grants and GradRat and hosted by the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee (TEEC). The Thirsty Ear is MIT’s on-campus pub, serving dinner and drinks at grad student prices. For more information, please contact

August 22, 2013


Welcome-Back BBQ & Game night on Aug 24

Join the Persian Student Association for a  BBQ and game night on Saturday Aug 24 from 6-10pm at Sidney-Pacific (Multi-Purpose Room & Courtyard). Burgers, hot dogs, snacks, dips, music and more will be present at this event! The cost for MIT affiliates is five dollars. For more information, please contact Photo by Phil Gwinn.

August 22, 2013


Ashdown & Edgerton IKEA Trip on Aug 24

Need any new furniture for your apartment? Ashdown and Edgerton are providing a $5 IKEA bus trip on August 24th (Saturday)! Choose your preferred departure trip (9AM, 11AM) and return trip (12PM, 1PM, 3PM, 4PM)! Higher priority will be given to new incoming students. Current residents, please sign up here. New coming students, please sign up here. Participants are asked to meet in front of Ashdown 15 minutes before departure. For more information, please contact event is sponsored by Edgerton House, Ashdown House and the GSC Funding Board. Photo by redjar.

August 22, 2013

MSRP 2013

Building community for underrepresented minorities may be key to American competitiveness in the sciences

On the blackboard in this MIT classroom, a list of positives and negatives are represented not with pluses and minuses but with pluses and deltas.  The Greek letter here stands for “change,” as it does in myriad formulas familiar to these undergraduate students of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  The distinction in symbols comes from a spirit that favors momentum to inertia, because here — where the ultimate goal is innovation — an outcome that isn’t positive needn’t be final or permanent.

The two graduate students who serve as advisors to this group of 11, POD 2, are leading them through a call-out session where everyone must share something good and something that needs to be changed from their past week as summer research interns.  A young woman records the running tally. The students are almost entirely women and minorities severely underrepresented in the STEM fields — African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans — the target demographic of the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP).

Every summer, MSRP brings approximately 50 undergraduate students from different universities and colleges to MIT for nine weeks, hoping that by the time they return to their home campuses for the new school year, they will have decided to pursue a graduate degree in STEM. Continue reading at Aljazeera America. Photo by Justin Knight Photography. 

August 21, 2013

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Xu applies predictive modeling to improve emergency-room wait times

While long lines repel some people, they intrigue MIT PhD student Kuang Xu: After all, maybe there’s a way to reduce such lengthy waits. A native of Suzhou, China, who enjoys rock climbing and ballroom dancing, Xu earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, and arrived at MIT in September of that year. Since coming to MIT, Xu has studied queuing networks that include stochastic, or random, dynamics with his advisor, John Tsitsiklis, the Clarence J. LeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

In work beginning with his master’s thesis, Xu has shown that having even a little flexibility in resources drastically improves wait times. For example, Xu says, “In call centers, you just need to train your staff so that each person speaks a few languages or knows a few disciplines. If they are mixed and matched in a smart way, then together they are very powerful.” A few years ago, Xu saw himself becoming an engineer, but his interests have since shifted. “I started from engineering and slowly evolved into a more mathematical kind of blend,” Xu says. “I like the idea that math is a juncture between practical impact and elegant ideas. You see something that’s very conceptual, but if you know how to tweak it the right way, it will have very profound practical applications.” Continue reading at MIT NEWS. Photo by Allegra Boverman.

August 21, 2013

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Third Thursdays @ the List Aug 22

Explore the current exhibit featuring Ken Okiishi, enjoy kickass cupcakes, drinks, and listen to a live DJ on Thursday August 22, 2013 at 7pm at the List (E15 lobby)! Make your own videos and enter the VINE contest. To be served an alcoholic beverage, you must be 21+ and present your ID. For more information, please contact Photo by Eric Gelinas.

August 20, 2013


MIT-GCF Dessert Socials Aug 24 – Sep 4

Hungry for more? Wet your palate at one of our dessert socials! Come join us for dessert and check out the Christian community on campus. All are welcome! Co-sponsored by Graduate Christian Fellowship and the GSC Funding Board. Locations: Sat 8/24 at 8-9pm – Ashdown floor kitchen; Sun 8/25 at 8-9pm – Edgerton large lounge; Mon 8/26 at 8-9pm – Tang 24th floor lounge; Thurs 8/29 at 8-9pm – Sidney Pacific seminar room; Wed 9/4 at 6pm – Arch/Planning Room 9-451. For more information, please email Photo by Prayitno.

August 20, 2013

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MIT Museum Part-Time Educators Needed

The Museum is seeking MIT graduate students to teach science, and engineering workshops for middle and high school students during the school year (Sept 2013-June 2014). Three-hour shifts will be available Monday through Friday between 9:30 and 3:30, depending on school demand. The ideal candidate will have a flexible schedule and should be available for “on call” work 1-2 days a week, with two weeks advance notice. Anticipated commitment is 6-12 hours/month with the possibility of additional hours. Compensation of $12/hour and training will be provided. Please send a cover letter and resume to Review of applications will begin in late August with hiring to occur in late September. For more information, please email Photo by Biswarup Ganguly.

August 19, 2013

Finale Doshi-Velez

Finale Doshi-Velez on Artifical Intelligence’s 10 to Watch List

Four roboticists from MIT have been named to IEEE Intelligent Systems’ list of “AI’s 10 to Watch,” which celebrates 10 rising stars in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and MIT Media Lab members named to the list are: postdoc associate Nora Ayanian, graduate student alumna of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Finale Doshi-Velez, postdoc researcher W. Bradley Knox and research scientist Stefanie Tellex. IEEE Intelligent Systems publishes the list every two years. The list features researchers who have all completed their doctoral work in the past five years. “Despite being relatively junior in their career,” writes Daniel Zeng, “each one has made impressive research contributions and had an impact in the literature — and in some cases, in real-world applications as well.” Continue reading at MIT NEWS. Photo of Finale Doshi-Velez.

August 19, 2013

mega monday collage

Mega Monday Monday on Aug 19

Join the graduate students of MechE, EAPS and Chemistry departments for food and drinks after work on Monday August 19 at 5:30pm at The Muddy Charles Pub! For more information contact Photos by Mark Jones Jr.Simon Fraser University Public Affairs and Media RelationsNASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Wikimedia Commons (Chemistry) and Wikimedia Commons (Earth Planetary Sciences).

August 19, 2013

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Second Round: Apply for Institute Committees by Aug 20

The Second Round Applications for the GSC Institute Committee Representatives is now open. The deadline to apply is August 20, 2013. Serving on an Institute Committee enables you to impact important short and long term policy decisions made by MIT in a significant way. Institute Committees form a vital link between the administration, the GSC and the community as a whole. As an Institute rep, you’ll get to see how MIT works behind-the-scenes. A list of available positions and application form are here. For more information please email

August 16, 2013

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Pantano, Richenderfer, and Walsh awarded 2013 Nuclear Energy University Programs fellowship

Four students in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering have received awards from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP). Michael Pantano, Andrew Richenderfer and Jonathan Walsh are among 31 graduate students across the nation who were awarded 2013 NEUP fellowships, while NSE’s Vincent Kindfuller received an undergraduate NEUP scholarship.

Walsh is working with Associate Professor Benoit Forget and Professor Kord Smith in the Computational Reactor Physics Group. His research is on the development of Monte Carlo methods for neutron transport and reactor physics simulations. A particular area of recent interest is improving the computational efficiency of stochastic treatments of epithermal neutron scattering from resonant nuclei. Richenderfer is working with Associate Professor Jacopo Buongiorno and Dr. Thomas McKrell to develop new techniques in infrared (IR) thermography to study boiling heat transfer. His research involves the use of high-speed IR and visible light cameras to image bubble growth, which lasts on the order of milliseconds. The specific goal is to demonstrate an approach in which the temperature distribution and the liquid/vapor distribution on the boiling surface are measured simultaneously.

Pantano is working with Professor Mujid Kazimi to investigate the cladding material in accident tolerant fuels (ATF). In a LOCA scenario, high temperature steam may react with the cladding, which then experiences thermal stresses created when cold water is pumped into the core to keep the fuel cool. These two processes weaken the cladding, possibly causing fuel failures, and therefore must be well understood before new cladding materials can be used in a reactor. Continue reading at MIT NEWS. Photos from left are of Michael Pantano, Andrew Richenderfer, Jonathan Walsh.

August 16, 2013

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Chinese Valentine’s Day Movie Night on Aug 16

Chinese Valentine’s Day is one most important Chinese traditional festivals, which is a memorial to a romantic love story about Niu Lang and Zhi Nv. Researchers and students are invited to spend a romantic and nice evening with friends at Edgerton Lounge on August 16, 2013 from 6-9pm. A romantic movie (In English or at least with English subtitles) will be shown after dinner. Chinese food and drinks will be provided. For more information, please email Photo by Theresa Slayter.

August 16, 2013

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Volunteer as a grad student mentor! Signup by Aug 16

The MIT Graduate Student Council (GSC) is in the process of recruiting graduate students to volunteer as mentors to incoming international graduate students. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, sign-up today! The deadline to sign-up as a mentor is Friday, August 16. The goal is to provide first year international graduate students an opportunity for cultural exchange, to learn more about Cambridge and Boston and the overall culture of MIT. You are supposed to answer questions about the area and provide your mentee with an opportunity to improve their language skills if needed. Should you decide to participate in the program, you have to be in e-mail contact with your mentee in late August. Read more

August 15, 2013

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Free admission at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Garden Party Aug 15

MIT students will be admitted for free by showing ID at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for Third Thursdays and for the August 15 Garden Party. “Third Thursdays” will be from 5:30pm – 9 pm. Soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the Museum after hours and enjoy a sparkling night of music, conversation, art-making, and more. Get creative, make connections, linger over drinks. Enjoy moonlit gardens, enchanting landscapes, and colorful conversations, as of August, Jazz at the Garnder, concerts are included in the price of admission to Third Thursdays. For non-members, tickets are for sale at a price range of five to fifteen dollars. Museum members are also granted free admission. For information on how to become a member visit the membership page of the museum website. Photo by KevinDerrick.

August 15, 2013

Sydney Pacific

Graduate Housing Task Force Listening Session on Aug 15

As part of the Graduate Housing Task Force, the GSC is hosting a listening session on Thursday August 15 from 5:30-7:30pm in the Hulsizer Room, Ashdown for all graduate students who live in campus housing on or off campus. Refreshments will be served. Dean of Graduate Education Christine Ortiz and other task force members will be there to hear your opinions on and ideas for MIT graduate housing policy, plans and strategy. The purpose of this session is to understand the connection between quality of life and graduate housing (both on- and off-campus) with a focus on the trade-offs between proximity, productivity, the decision-making process you use to select housing, and your satisfaction with current graduate housing and housing resources at MIT. For more information, please contact

August 14, 2013

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Ampersand: A WMBR and List Visual Arts Concert series Aug 15

Ampersand is an eclectic new concert series organized by WMBR and the List Visual Arts Center to feature diverse facets of contemporary music-making bringing innovative musical expressions and visual art together. It will be held on August 15, 2013 at 7:30pm in the Bartos Theatre. It is open to the general public, tickets cost $3 for those with an MIT ID and $5 for the general population. This concert presents artist/composer Julia Kent, an electroacoustic cellist based in NYC.  In recent recordings Kent uses looped and layered cello, electronics, and field recordings to explore the intersections between the human world and natural world, the melding of the technological and the organic, the patterns and repetitions that exist in nature and are mirrored in human creations. Read more

August 14, 2013

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Social Dance Beginner Series: RUMBA Aug 14

Everybody can social dance – even with two left feet. NO experience necessary, NO partner necessary! Comfortable clothing and shoes recommended; tennis shoes are fine. Just come out and have some fun rumba dancing! It will take place on Wednesday August 14, 2013 from 8-9pm in the Sidney-Pacific Mark Multipurpose Room. Please sign up if interested! For questions or more information, please email: or mitbdt-exec@mit.eduPhoto by Ailura.

August 14, 2013

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Apply for Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies Fall 2013 courses

The due date for Fall 2013 GCWS courses has been changed. All applications for Fall courses will now be due on August 21st, 2013. The 2013-2014 Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies seminars  are courses are open to graduate students across disciplines; Masters and PhD students are eligible to apply as well as advanced undergraduate students doing work in a discipline related to the course topics.  Fall GCWS courses include: The Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women’s and Gender Studies and Understanding Pornography. Please call or email the GCWS for more information about application procedures, member institution cross-registration policies, or credit questions, and visit their web site. Continue reading for course descriptions and times.

August 13, 2013

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MIT Comedy Night at the Thirsty Ear Pub on Aug. 13

Join us for another MIT Comedy Night, with headliner Mehran Khaghani (voted Boston’s best comedian by the Boston Phoenix). The event is hosted by Wes Hazard featuring Shawn Armistead, Marc Basch, Chris Pennie, John Paul Rivera, Philip Wolfe. Doors open at 8pm August 13 and the show starts at 8:30 at the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35). Snacks and soda provided. Presented by the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee (TEEC). Sponsored by GSC Funding Board, Peter de Florez ’38 Humor Fund. Attendees must be 21 and/or older and must present a government photo ID only. Please have ID ready to show at door. The Thirsty Ear is MIT’s on-campus pub, serving dinner and drinks at grad student prices. For more information, please contact Photo by Thirsty Ear Pub.

August 13, 2013

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2013 Harvard-MIT Case Competition Aug 13-23

The Consulting Club at MIT (CCM) and the Harvard Graduate Consulting Club (HGCC) are pleased to announce the 2013 Harvard-MIT Case Competition, which will be held on August 13th-23rdThe MIT vs. Harvard Case Competition is a great way to learn about consulting, to get experience working in teams and exposure to real business problems, and network with consultants and other students across Harvard and MIT. During the competition, teams of participants will work together over 11 days to crack a real business problem and prepare for a presentation to a panel of judges from various top consulting firms. Throughout the competition, you will be mentored by consultants and industry experts, who will help you structure the case, find the needed resources, obtain industry specific insights, and cover other areas pertinent to the case. You may also find the feedback provided by judges to be helpful for you to hone your case solving skills. 

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August 12, 2013

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Collaborative Art Project @ MIT Museum on Sept. 13

Build community through textile art at the MIT Museum on Friday September 13 from 5-8pm. Contribute to a collaborative artwork with your lab, living group, family, and/or friends. MIT students, staff, and faculty are admitted for free. More information is provided  at MIT MUSEUM’s website. For more information or questions, please contactandhong@mit.eduPhoto by Steven Langton.

August 12, 2013


Make your Online Presence Presentable on Aug. 12

An opportunity to consult with the GECD staff on how you can improve your online professional social network profile on sites such as LinkedIn and Google Scholar has been scheduled for Monday August 12 from 11am-2pm in 12-170. Get ready for career fair and a new school year by getting a professional headshot, FREE! Join our LinkedIn group to win a $5 TechCash gift certificate. For more information, please Photo by Webtreatsetc.


August 9, 2013

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67th Indian Independence Day Aug 11

SANGAM celebrates 67th Indian Independence Day starting with Flag Hoisting at 11:45 a.m. onwards on Sunday August 11 in the Mezz Lounge (W20-307), MIT Student Center. Indian lunch will be served along with delicious ice-cream! Performances and Fun Activities to follow including a cricket match at 2 p.m. at Barry’s Field. Tickets are required; please buy your FREE ticket. For more information, please contact Photo by Flickr/chascarper.

August 9, 2013


Gilbert and Sullivan sing-through Aug. 3, orchestra play-through Aug. 10

The MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players are holding two participatory music events. Both events are free, open to everyone, and will have homemade snacks! RSVPs are helpful (email, but not required.

On Saturday August 3rd from 4-6pm in the Student Center room 407, join the chorus for the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ for an open sing-through of the Mikado! Full of colorful music and characters, unexpected plot twists, and death-defying leaps of logic, the Mikado has been one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operettas since its first appearance in 1885. Whether you’re a lifelong Gilbert and Sullivan fan or this is the first time you’ve heard of them, the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan players welcome you to a fun, friendly community drawn together by Gilbert’s witty lyrics and Sullivan’s catchy tunes.

Calling all orchestral musicians for an afternoon of Orchestral Gilbert & Sullivan Sight-Reading led by Barratt Park (conductor) on Saturday August 10 from 4-6pm in the Mezz Lounge (Student Center 3rd floor). Repertoire will include orchestral overtures from Arthur Sullivan’s beloved comic operettas as well as various other operatic greatest hits. If you’ve never heard of Gilbert & Sullivan, then this is the perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with their music as well as meet other G&S aficionados!  No audition necessary.

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August 8, 2013

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Edgerton Summer Barbecue on Aug. 10

Does research get you down? Do you miss the buzz on campus during the summer? Come and have fun on a midsummer night with your fellow graduate students. A barbecue will take place on Saturday August 10 at 6pm at the Edgerton House Courtyard. For more information, please contact: eh-officers@mit.eduPhoto by Frettie.

August 8, 2013


Circuit Symphony on Aug. 9

Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment driven by your own imagination on Friday August 9th from 5-8pm at the MIT Museum (265 Mass. Ave, Cambridge – building N51). Transform everyday objects into extraordinary instruments with MIT inventions. Experiment with Drawdio and MaKey Makey to create music with bananas and potatoes, paint and paper, or even stairs! Meet MIT Professor and founder of the Lifelong Kindergarten group, Mitch Resnick, and MaKey MaKey co-inventor Eric Rosenbaum. Experience the wonder of a singing Tesla coil. Explore electrical conductance and capacitance and push the boundaries of how music is made! For more information  contact brindha@mit.eduPhoto by Carlo Alberto Cazzuffi.

August 8, 2013

Congratulations to the International Students Office!

The International Students Office (ISO), part of the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education (ODGE) was selected to receive a 2013 MIT Infinite Mile Award.  These awards recognize exceptional individual employees or teams of employees who have made extraordinary contributions within their own departments, labs, and centers and have provided exemplary service and substantial contributions in helping the Institute carry out its mission.  The ISO staff being recognized includes Maria Brennan (Assistant Director), Antoinette Browne (Administrative Assistant), Aurora Brule (International Student Advisor), Emily Cheng (Technical Support Specialist), Carlene Green-Paul (Administrative Assistant), Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook (Director), Sylvia Hiestand (International Student Advisor), Janka Moss (International Student Advisor), Mayoka Takamori (Advisor for Visiting Students), and Joycelyn Thompson (Administrative Assistant).  International students depend on the ISO for orientation, help with visa issues, work permission, documents for travel or family members, and just to talk about the important things in their lives.  ISO staff always make themselves available to provide caring and specialized personal support, advising and mentoring to international students — in fact, they find it the most rewarding part of their job.  Congratulations to the ISO for a job extraordinarily well done! Read more

August 7, 2013

singapore national day

Singapore’s National Day Celebration Aug. 9

Celebrate Singapore’s National Day on the 9th of August with Singaporeans at MIT from 6:30-10:30pm in NW30 (The Warehouse, Colbert Room)! Share the festivities with friends, and enjoy local delights and board games. Organized by MIT Singapore Students Society; for more information, please contact Photo by chensiyuan.

August 7, 2013

fall career fair

MIT Fall Career Fair Sept 20

The Graduate Student Council, Society of Women Engineers, and Class of 2014 present the MIT Fall Career Fair. The event will take place at the Johnson Ice Rink on Friday, Sep. 20 from 10 AM – 4PM. Come and get noticed by companies; submit your resume today. For more information, visit Photo by MIT NEWS.

August 6, 2013

Georges Islands

Trip to Boston Harbor Islands on Aug. 11

Visit Spectacle and Georges Island and see Boston from a whole new perspective on Sunday August 11 at 11am at Boston Harbor Islands! You can have a picnic, hike, swim, and explore historic forts! Tickets includes ferry to both islands and a picnic lunch; to purchase tickets visit the MIT University Tickets Website. For more information, please contact Photo by Doc Searls.

August 6, 2013

family day at museum

Family Day at the List Visual Arts Center Aug 10

Discover exhibitions at the List Visual Arts Center (E15 Upper Atrium) through events just for families on August 10. There will be nautical-inspired art making activities all day from 12am – 4pm as well as family friendly tours of the galleries at 2pm. This event is free and open to all, but is best for children ages 3 and up. No registration is required, just come on in. For more information please contact: Photo by MIT List Visual Arts Center.

August 6, 2013

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MIT SAA Fall Term now open for Registration

The MIT Student Art Association Fall Term classes are now up and live on our website and open for registration. Sign up now to grab your spot in one (or more) of 15 traditional arts classes ranging from printmaking to ceramics to photography. The classes start September 16th and run for 10 sessions in a 12 week term. Many include 24 hour studio access. Find out more and register HERE. For questions please contact Sam Magee. Photo by Arts at MIT/Student Art Association.


August 5, 2013


BBQ and Kickball Tournament Aug 6

Come get some burgers and sausages hot off the grill, followed by a few games of kickball on Tuesday August 6 at 5:30pm in the Kresage BBQ Pits and Barry Field. All MIT grad students welcome. Rain contingency plan: The event will be pushed to Wednesday August 7. For more information: Photo by Eli Christman.

August 5, 2013

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The Process of Academic Publishing and Academic Portfolio Management Aug 6

A panel discussion on the do’s and don’ts of academic publishing with advice on how to build a good academic profile will be held on Aug 6 from 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Stata Center 32-123! The panel consists of an experienced publisher, an experienced editor, and an experienced reviewer. Don’t know the difference? You should come! Reception will follow the event. Submit topics and questions you would like to see discussed. For more information please contact gsc-arc@mit.eduPhoto by Lumaxart/Flickr.