Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 30, 2014

Panel on Economic Transformation in Africa TODAY

Join us for a discussion on Economic Transformation: Industrialization, Growth and Inclusion in Africa on Wednesday April 30th at 4PM in Long Lounge (7-429). Light refreshments will be served. This panel is presented by UrbanAfrica, in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and sponsored by Graduate Student Life Grants. Photo by Evan Bench.

April 30, 2014

MLK Series: Luncheon with Miloon Kothari TODAY

The Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) invites you to attend the next MLK Luncheon Seminar Series presentation with Miloon Kothari on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in the Chipman Room (6-104).  The talk will compare the legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr. with Mahatma Gandhi and examine whether practiced strategies of resistance have current relevance – especially the varied forms of non-violent struggle.  An exploration of examples from India that prove the legacy of Gandhi is alive and well continues to inspire civil society movements.  Whether the same is true for the legacy of MLK here in the US will be discussed at the talk.  Mr. Kothari is a public scholar/activist from India and an outspoken critic of the countries and institutions that see the neo-liberal and military/security policies as a means to achieving democracy and human rights.  His work covers the areas of housing, land rights, homelessness; evictions and displacement; the right to the city; the human rights dimensions of poverty, segregation and ghettoization; economic globalization and its impact on human rights.  More information about the MLK Luncheon Seminar Series is available here.

April 30, 2014

Get support for your community service project! Apply by Apr. 30

The MIT Community Service Fund gives grants to support the public service initiatives of MIT faculty, staff, students, and retirees.  Apply by Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 for the spring cycle!  More information is available on the websitephoto by Alex Chan

April 30, 2014

Whitehead Spring Concert Series: An Evening of Jazz Apr. 30

The Whitehead Spring Concert Series continues with a special Evening of Jazz with the Marantz Brothers Quartet.  The concert will take place on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, with a cocktail reception at 5:30pm in the First Floor Lobby and the concert beginning at 6:00pm in the McGovern Auditorium.  All concerts are open to the Whitehead Community and friends.

April 29, 2014

Li uncovers secrets of animal’s tough but clear armor

The shells of a sea creature, the mollusk Placuna placenta, are not only exceptionally tough, but also clear enough to read through. Now, researchers at MIT have analyzed these shells to determine exactly why they are so resistant to penetration and damage — even though they are 99 percent calcite, a weak, brittle mineral.

The shells’ unique properties emerge from a specialized nanostructure that allows optical clarity, as well as efficient energy dissipation and the ability to localize deformation, the researchers found. The results are published this week in the journal Nature Materials, in a paper co-authored by MIT graduate student Ling Li and Professor and Dean for Graduate Education Christine Ortiz. Continue reading on MIT News.

April 29, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. – inspired Art and Performance Contest entry deadline May 1

Are you inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr or other civil rights leaders such as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez and Harvey Milk? Express yourself by entering your artwork or performance to the Second Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. – Inspired Art and Performance Contest, open to all MIT Undergraduates and Graduate Students and Wellesley students cross registered at MIT this semester. Your entry should be related to or inspired by any of the ideals of Dr. King and/or other civil rights leaders in the past or current human rights activists in the US and the World. These ideals include freedom, justice, peace, equality, civil rights, human rights and/or social justice. Entries can be visual art (painting, photography, sculpture, video), performance art (music, song, spoken word, dance, theater), or literary work (poetry, short story, speech, play). Win cash prizes up to $250 each! The deadline to submit entries is Monday, May 5th, and the contest/performance date is Thursday, May 8th at 7PM in W20-407. Here is your chance to show off your creativity and artistic skills to the MIT community. Have fun and win money! Visit the website for more information. Photo by Will Marlow.

April 29, 2014

SloanCoders – Intro to UX Design Workshop TODAY

Interested in UX design? Come to the SloanCoders Introduction to UX Design Workshop on Tuesday April 29th, 6:30-8:30PM in E62-250. Learn the basics of UX, design principals and methodology, and how to conduct user testing. Best suited for people with little or no design experience. Please RSVP and bring your own laptops. There will be free food! Photo by Luca Mascaro.

April 29, 2014

Screening of “War Dance” Apr. 29

Come join others to watch War Dance, a documentary about Uganda, on Tuesday April 29th at 5:30 PM in 5-217. Dinner will be provided. This event is organized by MIT Amnesty International, which also organizes weekly discussion series every Friday at 5:30 PM in 50-020. For more details on the screening, the weekly discussions, or MIT Amnesty International, visit their website. Like them on Facebook to get updates on future events and information.

April 29, 2014

LSC Presents: The Monuments Men Apr. 29

Come see The Monuments Men on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:00pm in MIT Room 26-100.  Admission is free courtesy of MIT Libraries for National Preservation Week!  Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by Franklin Delano Roosevelt with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.  Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett.  See the LSC website for more details.

April 28, 2014

Tap into’s Monday Productivity Pointers

Looking for a few good tips – not on stocks or the races – but on ways to punch up your productivity? Then has a series for you.

Monday Productivity Pointers features lynda staff author Jess Stratton, who shares insights about using your devices and software more effectively. Every Monday she’s back with tips on a new topic; most of these tutorials run from two to ten minutes. She also posts a blog entry on each of her weekly installments, so you can find out more about a topic up front.

Stratton’s episodes are all over the map in terms of content, from fixing browser annoyances to presenting from an iPad. Some focus on personal productivity, while others can be useful at work, home, or on the road.

See the IST website for more information.

April 28, 2014

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge: Innovation Showcase TODAY

Come to the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge: Innovation Showcase on Monday, April 28th, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Stata Center.  This is an annual event that showcases the participating teams and their work with the MIT community and the greater Boston area.  The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge is a competition that encourages MIT students and their collaborators to develop innovative solutions to community problems. It’s one of the best chances to hear the over 35 ideas that have the potential to make substantial impact around the world. For more information, visit the website.

April 28, 2014

Clean Energy Prize Showcase and Awards TODAY

Come to the MIT Clean Energy Prize Showcase and Awards on Monday, April 28th, 2014 in the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Constitution Ballroom, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  The showcase will take place from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and the awards will be presented from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  Come learn about the technologies that will power the future as twenty semifinalist teams from a dozen universities across the country compete for $225,000!  RSVP here.  Learn more by visiting the Clean Energy Prize website, or contact for more information.

April 28, 2014

Staged Reading of It Wasn’t Me Apr. 28

MIT Theater Arts Senior Lecturer Anna Kohler, in collaboration with Bozkurt Karasu, Technical Instructor, and MIT students, will present a staged reading with video of It Wasn’t Me, a play based on the novel by Kristof Magnusson, Berlin-based writer-in-residence at MIT.  The reading will take place on Monday, April 28th, 2014, at 7:30pm in Killian Hall.  Admission is free and open to the public.  In the play, Kristof Magnusson seeks – and finds – answers as to who was actually responsible for the recent banking and financial crisis that convulsed the world economy and sparked profound global change.  Magnusson has received numerous fellowships for his work as a dramatist and fiction writer from such institutions as the Academy of Arts, the Cultural Foundation of Saxony, and the German Literature Fund.  Currently, he is teaching a course in Theater Writing in German at MIT as the ninth Max Kade writer-in-residence.  For more information, visit the MIT Music and Theater Arts News website.

April 28, 2014

Taste of Belgium Apr. 29

Meet Belgians and friends while enjoying a taste of Belgium on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Dertouzos Amphitheater outside Stata Center (nice weather) or in Stata Café (in case of rain).  There will be free Belgian waffles, fries, and beer!  Bring your 21+ ID for beer.  Contact for more information.

April 26, 2014

Cinematic Migrations Lecture Series: Elvan Zabunyan Apr. 28

On Monday April 28th 7-9PM at the ACT Cube (Wiesner Building, E15-001),Elvan Zabunyan, Art critic, historian, and Associate Professor at the University of Rennes (France), will talk about Korean-born American artist and poet Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and her work. Cha’s recent film project Translations of Memory works with words as images and with images as words, using the structure of language and translation to create a multiplicity of narratives in time, space, and memory.

Elvan Zabunyan is a contemporary art historian and art critic based in Paris. Her research focuses on the redefinition of contemporary art history through postcolonial and feminist art and theory in the context of the genealogy of cultural displacement. Her essays on contemporary visual arts have appeared in books, exhibition catalogues, and journals. She is an Associate Professor at the Rennes University (Brittany, France) and Director of the Curatorial Program in the Art History Department. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Just come on by!

April 25, 2014

Nominate a caring faculty member by May 7!

Do you know an MIT faculty member who goes above and beyond to demonstrate his or her commitment to others?  The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) invites graduate students to nominate a faculty member as being Committed to Caring by 11:59pm on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014.  A number of the nominated faculty will be recognized through a broad campus poster campaign as well as the ODGE website.  Let’s celebrate the individuals whose daily actions of caring and support enrich the lives of others and the community as a whole!  Honorees will be determined by a selection committee made up on MIT graduate students and will be posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014.

April 25, 2014

HackFood+Ag Apr. 26

Come to the HackFood+Ag event on Saturday, April 26th, 2014, and collaborate on innovative new ideas for solutions to problems in four main areas: urban agriculture, food waste, financing sustainable food and agriculture, and local food systems.  This free event will culminate in a 2-minute pitch to a panel of judges, after which over $5,000 in prize money will be awarded!  In order to raise awareness for these problems, there will be two panels on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, and Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014, where representatives from industries, startups, and local government will speak about some of the outstanding problems needing solutions.

April 25, 2014

Gardening Tutorial Apr. 27

Come and learn about the basics of gardening on Sunday, April 27th, 2014, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the garden plots at the Tang-Westgate T-shuttle stop.  Tips will be shared about how to prepare the soil and start planting, as well as how to make your garden prosperous throughout the year!  Fruits and drinks will be provided.  Sign up here.  Contact or for more information.

April 25, 2014

Ballroom Dance Competition Apr. 26-27

Come to the ballroom dance competition all day on Saturday and Sunday, April 26th – 27th in Rockwell Cage, featuring a ballroom showcase by professional world champions on Saturday night at 9:30 PM. There is no spectator fee for the general competition. There is a fee of $5 for the Ballroom Showcase. For more information, visit the MIT Ballroom website.

April 25, 2014

Ping Pong Party Apr. 26

Come play a game or two at the Ping Pong Party on Saturday April 26th 7-9 PM in the DuPont Athletic Center (W32)! Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-US diplomatic relations, the party will provide balls, drinks, snacks, and a good time. Please bring your own rackets. Photo by rjp.

April 24, 2014

U.S. News ranks MIT’s grad program in Engineering No. 1

MIT’s graduate program in engineering has been ranked No. 1 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings — a spot the Institute has held since 1990, when the magazine first ranked graduate programs in engineering.

As was the case last year, MIT’s graduate programs led U.S. News lists in seven engineering disciplines. Top-ranked at MIT this year are programs in aerospace engineering; chemical engineering; materials engineering; computer engineering; electrical engineering (tied with Stanford and Berkeley); mechanical engineering (tied with Stanford); and nuclear engineering (tied with the University of Michigan). MIT’s graduate program in biomedical engineering was also a top-five finisher, tying for third with the University of California at San Diego.

The MIT Sloan School of Management ranked fifth this year among the nation’s top business schools, behind Harvard Business School, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Read the rest of the article on MIT news.

April 24, 2014

Pfizer Executives at MIT Apr. 25

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Belen Carrillo, Pfizer Group Senior Vice President of Research and Development, and Jose Carlos Gutierrez, Group Senior Director of Biotherapeutics Research and Development, as part of the Spain@MIT Industry Series on Friday, April 25th, 2014 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in MIT Room 56-114.  Come learn about Pfizer’s most innovative research and business dilemmas as well as their perspective on diversity and inclusion.  Light refreshments will be served.  Contact for more information.

April 24, 2014

International Conference on Transatlantic Literature Apr. 24-25

Come to Spaces of Dialogue: International Conference on Transatlantic Literature from Thursday to Friday, April 24th through 25th, 2014.  Explore space, how the human experience revolves around it, and how this has been one of the common tropes of literature.  No matter the nature of the written or oral text, the common frame has been the interaction between men and women locked up within a frame – be that domestic, work, or even natural – in which and against which the self is defined.  The aim of this conference is to revise, revisit, and question the meaning and cultural impact of such spaces and the physical. psychological, and aesthetic distance between them.  Through the lens of comparitive literature, this conference attempt to bring together scholars working on American, Latin American, South American, and/or European literary studies so as to delve into the complexities of spatial constructions and depictions with the written piece.  Everybody is welcome, but admittance will be on a first-come first-served basis.  The keynote speakers are Mary Gaylord, Sosland Family Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, and IIan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College.  More information is available here.  See the conference schedule here.

April 24, 2014

Community Response to Sexual Assault at MIT TODAY

Join the Chancellor Cindy Barnhart at the community conversation event Breaking Silence: A Community Response to Sexual Assault @ MIT on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 6:30pm in MIT Building W20, PDR 1&2.  Discuss the problem of sexual assault at MIT, as well as to create a shared hope for the future.  All members of the MIT community are welcome to join in this conversation, which will include space to look forward to possible solutions, space to reflect, and space to just listen and observe.  Please RSVP here!

April 23, 2014

Shen designs way to filter light by incoming angle

Light waves can be defined by three fundamental characteristics: their color (or wavelength), polarization, and direction. While it has long been possible to selectively filter light according to its color or polarization, selectivity based on the direction of propagation has remained elusive.

But now, for the first time, MIT researchers have produced a system that allows light of any color to pass through only if it is coming from one specific angle; the technique reflects all light coming from other directions. This new approach could ultimately lead to advances in solar photovoltaics, detectors for telescopes and microscopes, and privacy filters for display screens.

The work is described in a paper appearing this week in the journal Science, written by MIT graduate student Yichen Shen, professor of physics Marin Soljačić, and four others. “We are excited about this,” Soljačić says, “because it is a very fundamental building block in our ability to control light.” Continue reading on MIT News.

April 23, 2014

Make the Leap on Apr. 24!

The MIT Consulting Club is holding their next big event, Make the Leap, on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in MIT Room 1-190.  Make the Leap brings together a panel of ex-graduate students who have embarked on careers at top consulting firms.  The event addresses the transition process from graduate school to life as a consultant.  More specifically, the moderated panel will discuss why and how to make the transition, how an advanced degree fits into a consulting career, the application process and interview tips, among other interesting topics.  Participating firms include BCG, ClearView, Exponent, McKinsey & Company, and Putnam Associates.  The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A, so attendees can ask their own questions.  Dinner will be provided.

April 23, 2014

Informal dinner with Professor Edmund Bertschinger TONIGHT

Are you interested in having an informal dinner with one of many MIT professors?  The next GSC student-faculty dinner will be on Wednesday, April, 23rd, 2014 at 6:00pm with Professor Edmund Bertschinger.  Professor Bertschinger is a physics professor working on cosmology and astrophysics.  As a member of the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, he leads a research program studying dark energy and dark matter.  This is a great change to talk with Professor Bertschinger about his research, your interests, jobs, MIT in general, in a less formal and less crowded way.  The first eight students who sign up will go the dinner.  However, please sign up even if there are already more than eight students, as the next few people will be on the wait list in case there are any last minute cancellations.  For more information, contact

April 23, 2014

YesPlus: Stress Management & Happiness Workshop (Apr. 25-29)

Attend YesPlus, a stress management and happiness workshop April 25-29, 6-10PM (Friday, Monday, and Tuesday) and 10AM-6PM (Saturday and Sunday). Learn techniques to overcome academic, personal, and professional stress and get closer to achieving one’s full potential. De-stress and learn powerful breathing techniques like the Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, yoga, meditation and practical wisdom through fun games. Trained faculty from the international non-profit Art of Living Foundation, an organization that operates in 152 countries, will be instructing. Tuition is $250. Register now. Photo by Cornelia Kopp.

April 22, 2014

Negotiated Out of a Job

The worst they can say is no. That’s the advice a new Ph.D. receives about negotiating with a department that has extended a job offer. Sure, you might not get everything you want, but there’s no harm in trying. This may be your best shot at getting good pay or working conditions and, after all, they have offered you the job and won’t take that away.

Or maybe not, according to recent post on Philosophy Smoker. The blog, popular among philosophy graduate students and junior faculty, recounts a job offer negotiation gone wrong at a small liberal arts college.

Read the rest of the article on Inside Higher Ed.

April 22, 2014

MLK Luncheon featuring Julio D’Arcy Apr. 23

The Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) invites you to attend the next MLK Luncheon Seminar Series presentation.  This series highlights the work of MIT’s MLK, Jr. Visiting Scholars and Professors.  The next luncheon seminar in this series is on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in MIT Room E51-372.  Lunch will be served.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at  Julio D’Arcy (chemical engineering) will speak about Strong Energy in Plastics.  Julio D’Arcy received his Ph.D in Chemistry at UCLA in June 2012.  His areas of expertise are conjugated polymers, electrochemistry, and thin film composite devices with a particular interest in energy applications.  As an MLK Visiting Scholar he will work closely with Professor Paula Hammond’s research group in the Department of Chemical Engineering.  He will be the new assistant professor of chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis beginning summer 2014.

April 22, 2014

MIT Earth Week 2014 (Apr. 22-26)

The MIT Earth Day Collaborative is excited to bring Earth Week 2014, starting April 22nd. To kick off Earth Week 2014, stop by the steps of W20 on Tuesday, April 22 between 12:30-2:30pm for delicious ice cream cones and more info! Other featured events during Earth Week include Choose to Reuse, a special Earth Day E-Waste Drive & Art Exhibit, “Finding Enough” – An Exploratory Lunchtime Seminar,  and The Clean Bin Project Screening. Volunteer for a Public Waste Audit at W20 on Friday at 10am. For more schedule information and to sign up for volunteering, visit the MIT Earth Week Page.

April 22, 2014

Family Week at the List (Apr. 22-24)

Discover exhibitions at the List Visual Arts Center through events just for families during Family Week, April 22nd – 24th, 12-4PM daily. The List will provide hands-on artmaking activities, exhibition tours, and more. Take a look at the full schedule. The events are free and open to all, but best for ages 3 and up No registration is necessary. Just drop in! Photo by sarah.

April 21, 2014

Cool Science Video Competition Film Showings (Apr. 22)

Students, staff, and faculty have all worked to produce videos that prove that science is cool. Come on Tuesday April 22nd from 7-9 PM to watch them all as a signature event of the Cambridge Science Festival! Many exciting guests will be there, including local radio show hosts. At the end of the showing there will be a public voting and award ceremony. All are welcome. For more details, visit the SciEx website.

April 21, 2014

CMS Media Spectacle Apr. 28!

The 16th annual CMS Media Spectacle takes place on Monday, April 28th, 2014, at 6:00pm in MIT Room 32-155.  The Media Spectacle showcases video projects of all genres created by MIT students, staff, faculty, and affiliates.  To submit an entry, send your video to Becky Shepardson in MIT Room E15-325 or by email to  Cash prizes include the Chris Pomiecko Award for Best Undergraduate Entry, as well as awards for Best Non-undergraduate entry, Animation, Experimental, Narrative, Nonfiction/Documentary, and Audience Favorite.  Please include with your submission a contact email address, video title, brief description, and running time.  The maximum running time is 15 min.  Keep in mind that the deadline for submissions is Monday, April 21st, 2014.

April 21, 2014

Spend some time this Patriots’ Day (Apr. 22) giving back

The MIT Public Service Center is hosting CityDays: Patriots’ Day on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014.  There will be various times and locations to volunteer, including CASPAR, Cradles to Crayons, Greater Boston Food Bank, and more!  The PSC will sponsor round-trip transportation and provide refreshments.  Sign up now to secure your spot!  CityDays are daylong events throughout the year in which the MIT community is encouraged to serve the local community.

April 21, 2014

Safety tips for Marathon Monday (Apr. 21)

Activities around the Boston Marathon have long been a tradition for MIT students. This year’s marathon has profound significance for the City of Boston, and the Boston Police have shared some tips for anyone who will be at or near the race on Monday. In particular, be alert and aware of your surroundings. “If you see something, say something.” All public drinking, open containers and intoxication will not be tolerated. Congregating on rooftops, fire escapes and porches is prohibited. Text “Boston” to 69050 to report suspicious activity and call 9-1-1 in an emergency. Be aware of security around the race, street closures, and other precautions. As you enjoy the Marathon festivities, please show your pride in Boston and MIT by being good neighbors. Photo by Vitor Pamplona.

April 19, 2014

Spring Dissertation Bootcamp Apr. 21-May 2

Come to the Spring Dissertation Bootcamp from Monday, April 21st to Friday, May 2nd, 2014.  Enjoy a reserved and quiet space away from your lab and home to write.  Finish your thesis with maximum productivity.  Breakfast is provided each day.  Register  online by Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 5:00pm, and contact for more information.

April 19, 2014

Cambridge Science Festival through Apr. 27

Come to the Cambridge Science Festival from Saturday, April 19th to Sunday, April 27th, 2014 in the MIT Museum.  Throughout the festival, the MIT Museum in collaboration with the City of Cambridge, community organizations, schools, universities, and businesses hosts a range of performances, discussions, and workshops and activities.  Some of the events will focus on Space Day, Printing 3D Ships, and Science You Can Eat.  Admission throughout the festival is only $10 for adults, and $5 for youth, students, and seniors.  Visit the website for more information.

April 18, 2014

Volunteer for Ask a Scientist! Apr. 19

Are you passionate about science?  Do you like teaching or explaining things?  Volunteer with the “Ask a Scientist!” team at the Cambridge Science Festival, to be held at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm or from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  Help answer the attending kids’ most intriguing scientific questions!  Register online.  Contact for more information.

April 18, 2014

Teaching, Perception, and Public Space: Apr. 18 and 19

“Perception requires involvement,” warns Antoni Muntadas, ACT Professor of the Practice. After twenty-four years of teaching at MIT, Muntadas is retiring this spring to focus on his extensive projects. Spanning over four decades, his art and pedagogy are rich in aphoristic observations. His classes and artistic practice dissect and reveal encoded systems of control and power hierarchies within media culture, architecture, and urban life by examining the intersection of language, media, and public space. On Friday and Saturday, April 18th and 19th, 2014, ACT will host a symposium and exhibition on Public Space to celebrate the legacy of Muntadas’s artistic and educational practice.

Muntadas has marked his students profoundly. Alumnus Matthew Mazzotta, who recently designed Open House, a public theater and community center in York, Louisiana, writes: “Muntadas definitely had a huge influence on my time in grad school and now as a working artist. I still quote him to this day – successful art projects have ‘one point of entry, but many interpretations.'” More information is available here.

April 18, 2014

Easter Dinner for CASPAR Apr. 19

Join the Graduate Christian Fellowship in cooking an Easter dinner for the CASPAR Homeless Shelter on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, either from 12:00pm to 3:00pm or from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.  Cooking will take place in the CASPAR Shelter, across from Ashdown.  The team will buy food from Costco during the first shift.  During the second shift, the team will cook and serve food at CASPAR.  Contact if you are interested in helping.

April 18, 2014

Dhoom: The Bollywood Dance Party Apr. 19

Sangam presents the Bollywood Dance Night “DHOOM” on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the Student Center, MIT Room W20-208.  Dance your heart out to super-hit Bollywood numbers as the DJ plays all of your favorite songs.  Dress up in bright Spring colors and get a chance to win some exciting prizes.  Enjoy Indian snacks and drinks as well!  For those affiliated with MIT, admission is free for those who register, otherwise it’s $2 at the door.  For all else, admission is $5 at the door.  Contact for more information.

April 17, 2014

National Differences in an International Classroom Apr. 18

On Friday, April 18 2 PM in 4-237, come to National Differences in an International Classroom, an Xtalk that highlights interesting systematic differences in performance and behaviors for students and countries with different characteristics such as language, internet availability, and income. Dr. Lori Breslow and Dr. Jennifer DeBoer will be speaking. Breslow is director of the Teaching and Learning Lab at MIT and a senior lecturer at Sloan. DeBoer is a post-doctoral associate for education research at TLL. For more information, visit the event page.

April 17, 2014

Rebecca Richards-Kortum speaking TODAY

As part of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) Distinguished Speaker Series, Rebecca Richards-Kortum of Rice University will speak at MIT on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in MIT Room 3-270.  She is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University.  Her work focuses on translating research that integrates advances in nanotechnology and molecular imaging with microfabrication technologies to develop optical imaging systems that are inexpensive, portable, and provide point-of-care diagnosis.  She will talk about how these low-cost, high-performance optical technologies can meet the health needs of the world.  For more information, visit the IMES website.

April 17, 2014

Strengthening Partnerships: A Free Interactive Workshop Apr. 19

Therapist Andrew Miser, Ph.D. and Martha Miser, Ph.D. are coming to MIT to give a free half-day workshop on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Stata Center, Star Room (32-D463).  They will provide tools for connecting with each other, communicating effectively, and decreasing daily stress.  The workshop is interactive and for everyone and all types of relationships (couples, individuals, spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends).  Space is limited and registration is required online.  Refreshments will be provided.  Contact for more information.

April 17, 2014

Remembrance for Officer Sean Collier Apr. 18

Friday, April 18th, 2014 marks the first anniversary of the death of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed while protecting our community.  President Rafael Reif says that he, “was a young man with a wonderful spirit of kindness, service, curiosity and play, and an extraordinary ability to touch the hearts of everyone around him. Through the example of his life, and through our shared experience after his death, he taught us the power of community in ways that no one present at the time will ever forget.”

There will be two events honoring Officer Sean Collier’s sacrifice and celebrating his life on Friday, April 18th, 2014.  These events will both take place on MIT’s North Court and are open to the entire MIT community.

  • Ceremony of Remembrance
    9:30am to 10:30am
    This formal ceremony will provide an opportunity to honor Officer Collier, to express respect and gratitude for the MIT Police and all first responders, and to preview renderings of the permanent memorial for Officer Collier designed by Professor Meejin Yoon.
  • Community Picnic and Rally for the “MIT Strong” Marathon Team
    1:00pm to 2:30pm
    This picnic will serve as a rally for the MIT Strong team, a group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are running this year’s Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21st, 2014 to honor Officer Collier and generate support for the Collier Fund at MIT.  If you plan to cheer the team on in person at the Marathon, you may pick up a free “MIT Strong” sign from CopyTech in MIT Room 11-004.

April 16, 2014

Papers on bankruptcy protection, autism diagnosis win second annual MIT Sloan doctoral research forum

Felipe Severino won first prize at MIT Sloan’s 2014 doctoral research forum for his paper “Personal Bankruptcy Protection and Household Debt.” Severino, a PhD candidate in financial economics, showed that increased personal bankruptcy protection levels in the U.S. raised the volume of credit card debt, but did not increase credit card delinquency or correlate to increased riskiness in the pool of borrowers.

Second place went to Phech Colatat, a PhD candidate in economic sociology, for his paper “Imprinting Variation: The Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder at Two Specialty Clinics.” In the paper, Colatet examined autism diagnosis at clinics managed by Kaiser Permanente Northern California. He found “substantial variation” in diagnosis rates, but described ways work at the clinical level could stabilize those rates.

Read the rest of the article in the MIT Sloan School of Management Newsroom.

April 16, 2014

Seeking Graduate Reps for the MIT Grand Junction Planning Advisory Committee by Apr. 17!

Join the MIT Grand Junction Planning Advisory Committee, and have an impact on the future of MIT Campus Planning!  The first meeting in on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in the Aruba Conference room inside MIT Building NE49.  Email your resume and a short statement to by Thursday, April 17th, 2014.  MIT has agreed to conduct a study of the feasibility of allowing a regional bicycle and pedestrian path on the property it owns along the Grand Junction railroad track, focused on the land from Main Street to W59.  The City of Cambridge has been interested in this for some time, but MIT has had a number of unanswered questions about the compatibility and safety of such a pathway in this location.  MIT is hoping that this study can provide a shared understanding of the nature of the opportunity and the associated challenges.  MIT plans to have faculty and student representation, along with Cambridge residents and officials, on a small advisory group to respond to the study as it is performed by a consultant yet to be selected.  There will be approximately six meetings of the advisory group, starting with a review of the consultant RFP, proposal review, and then providing reaction to study progress and the draft report.  The final report is to be submitted to the Cambridge City Council no later than September 2014.  Have an impact on the future of MIT!

April 16, 2014

GSC Student-Faculty Dinner with Prof. Solomon Apr. 17

The first GSC student-faculty dinner will take place on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 6:00pm with Professor Frank Solomon.  Professor Solomon is a biology professor working on personalized medicine at the Koch Institute at MIT.  This is a great chance to talk with Professor Solomon about his research, your interests, jobs, or MIT in general, in a less formal and less crowded way.  The first eight students who sign up will go to the dinner.  However, please sign up even if there are already more than eight students, as the next few people will be on a waitlist should there be any last-minute cancellations.  Please sign up here.  Contact for more information.

April 16, 2014

Meet Master Printer Jim Stroud Apr. 17

Visit Center Street Studio in Milton, MA and meet with master printer Jim Stroud to explore contemporary printmaking on Thursday, April 17th, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Free transportation will be provided from the MIT campus.  Take this opportunity to view demos of printmaking techniques, browse completed works around the studio, help select a print to be added to the List Visual Art Center’s Student Loan Art Program, and more.  This event is open to MIT graduate students.  Spaces are limited.  Advanced registration is required by emailing