Monthly Archives: October 2014

October 31, 2014

Former rocket engineer Patel creates smart home startup

Ecovent makes sensors that plug into electrical outlets and “smart” vents equipped with motors and a wireless chip. Using a smart phone app, people can create temperature settings for individual rooms for forced-air heating and cooling systems. The vents adjust the airflow to control temperature. The system uses algorithms to optimize the comfort level of each room—making the guest room cooler and the living warmer, for instance—drawing on data, such as temperature and the flow of heat through homes. Ideally, it connects to a wireless thermostat, says CEO and co-founder Dipul Patel (MBA ’14), a former Lockheed Martin engineer who started the company while at MIT. Continue reading the article on Xconomy.

October 31, 2014

Bad advice

More Bad Advice Grad Students Get

Really, the list of bad advice could be endless—there’s an unfortunate number of people who are spouting terrible things on this subject, all the time. Some of the lousy advice I heard myself, and some I heard from colleagues’ horror stories. Since I won’t ever have a tenure-track job, I feel it’s my moral obligation to put some giant, flashing warning signs around the bad advice that perfectly well-meaning people might offer to graduate students. Continue reading this article on Vitae.

October 31, 2014

Kopitiam: A celebration of Singaporean food Nov. 1

On Saturday, November 1st join a celebration of Singapore-style food, proudly prepared by Singaporean students at MIT, at Kopitiam 2014! From 12PM to 3PM in the Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence Multi-Purpose Room, savor some “shiok”, flavorful and delectable Singaporean delights such as Chilli Crab, Chicken Rice, and Pandan Cake in a  festive Kopitiam setting! “Kopitiam” means “Coffee Shop”, where a huge variety of dishes are sold. “Kopi” means “Coffee” in Malay and “Tiam” is the Hokkien term for “shop”. This event is presented by MIT Singapore Students Society and sponsored by GSC Funding Board and LEF/ARCADE. Cash only! Come while stocks last! Open to entire MIT Community. Photo by Aaron Olaf.

October 31, 2014

Chongyang Festival Celebration Nov. 1

On Saturday, November 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in W20-307, join the festivities and celebrate Chongyang! Chongyang, also known as Double Ninth Festival, is a traditional Asian festival for driving away danger. Come taste the special Chinese Chongyang cake and play some exciting games from another culture. All MIT students and employees are welcome! This event is organized by MIT CAST and sponsored by GSC funding board. Photo by Francis Chung.

October 31, 2014

Cupcake Wars Nov. 1

Show off your decorating skills and meet with other pastry chefs at the grad dorm-wide Cupcake Wars!  The event will take place on Saturday, November 1st at 7:00pm in Tang Hall on the 24th floor.  A judging panel consisting of representatives from each dorm will decide which team made the best MIT Hack-themed cupcake.  Open to families and children.  Inspired by Food Network.  Contact for more information.

October 30, 2014

16 teams compete in 2014 Hacking Arts fest

The Hacking Arts festival and hackathon returned to MIT for a second year October 3rd–5th, creating a unique opportunity for artists, engineers, business people, and entrepreneurs to collaborate. Its purpose, according to student organizers, is to foster new thinking that may spur advances in creative industries. The event featured multi-disciplinary panels, musical performances, presentations, exhibits, and a hackathon. “I don’t think there’s any event that brings together artists, people in business, and engineers in this way,” said Michael DiBenigno, MBA ’15, who attended last year’s inaugural Hacking Arts event and was one of the student organizers this year. “I think that combination is what makes it special. There’s that technology piece that you may not find anywhere else.” Continue reading on MIT Sloan.

October 30, 2014

Turning Agricultural Waste into Fuel Pellets in India Oct. 30

Do you want to learn how to turn unmanaged agricultural waste into valuable fuel? On Thursday, October 30th 3 – 4 PM, listen to Mukund Deogaonkar, CEO of First Energy, speak about how he took his company to half a million customers in India. First Energy is an alternative energy company based in Pune, India that applies biomass and gasification technology to heating applications. Their alternative fuel, Oorja, offers an integrated solution that delivers efficiency & value higher than conventional LPG and diesel cooking devices. This event will take place in the MITei Large Conference Room (E19-319). RSVP is requested. Photo by Jes.

October 30, 2014

Joan Jonas on her Venice Biennale exhibition Oct. 30

Celebrate Profesor Emeritus Joan Jonas and her upcoming exhibition in the 2015 Venice Biennale.  The Lavine Lecture featuring Joan Jonas will take place on Thursday, October 30th at 6:00pm in Bartos Theater (E15-070).  Hear from art critic Gregory Volk about Jonas’s work, including performance, photography, and video.  Discover how Jonas will represent the US in Venice.  The lecture is free and open to everyone!  Contact for more information.

October 30, 2014

Murder Mystery Halloween Party Oct. 31

Get your spook on with the MIT graduate community this Friday, October 31! Enjoy appetizers and pumpkin carving at Edgerton from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, followed by dinner at Ashdown and the Warehouse from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Come to Sidney Pacific after dinner for an all-grad dance party from 9:30 PM – 1 AM. Remember your ID if you’d like to drink (21+). Prizes will be awarded to the top costumes! Get creative! Photo by PumpkinWayne.

October 29, 2014

Business Insider ranks 25 most successful MIT Sloan Graduates

The Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has powerful connections throughout the world, as evidenced by the 92% of the Class of 2013 with job offers within three months of graduation. Sloan was founded in 1914 and is named for Alfred Pritchard Sloan, the MIT grad who drove General Motors to dominance in 23 years as a CEO. The school turns out private and public sector leaders like former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Microsoft chairman John W. Thompson. Continue reading on Business Insider to view their ranking of the 25 most successful Sloan graduates.

October 29, 2014

EMT applications due Oct. 31

Emergency Medical Technicians are the students who drive the ambulance and go to help people who are in need of emergency medical care!  Applications to become an EMT are due by Friday, October 31st, as the IAP class begins in January.  Contact or visit the website for more information.

October 29, 2014

GEMS Training Program info session Oct. 29

Are you interested in learning about medicine and how your work may have relevance to medicine? Do you want first-hand clinical experiences to see where engineering and science meet real world health care? Do you want to build a professional network that includes physicians and physician-scientists from the Harvard Medical community? Are you early in your program and interested in ideas for medically-relevant thesis research?Are you near graduation and interested in post-doc opportunities in a medical setting? Do you aspire to create a biomedical business? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to the Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS) Training Program Information Session on Wednesday, October 29 from 1PM to 2PM in E25-101! RSVP to For more information on the GEMS Program and to download an application visit the program website. The application deadline for the program is Friday, November 14, 2014. Photo by RajivShah.

October 29, 2014

Sign up to perform at Warehouse Coffee House by Nov. 5

Looking for a place to showcase your performance talent? The Warehouse Coffee house (NW30), is currently calling for performers to enliven the atmosphere on Sunday, November 16th, 5PM-6:30PM. All types of performers are welcome, from instrumentalists and singers to comedians and magicians. Sign up by November 5th! For more information contact Joy Louveau, The Warehouse Arts Chair. This is sponsored by the GSC Funding Board. Photo by zpeckler.

October 28, 2014

Bhatia receives 2014 Lemelson-MIT Prize

I’m mostly driven by how to fix things,” states Sangeeta Bhatia. “I’m always thinking about how to solve problems by repurposing tools.” Although not a mechanic, Bhatia, the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), does run a repair shop of sorts. As director of the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies, she tackles some of medicine’s most intractable problems, developing sophisticated devices and methods for diagnosing and treating human disease.

Bhatia’s research defies traditional academic categories, drawing simultaneously on biological and medical sciences, and multiple engineering disciplines. She has generated dozens of patents, several business spinouts, and earned a host of major scientific honors, including the 2014 Lemelson-MIT Prize, a $500,000 award recognizing an outstanding American midcareer inventor, and the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, given to the nation’s most promising young professors in science and engineering. Continue reading on Spectrum.

October 28, 2014

Intellectual Forum with T.L Taylor Oct. 29

Women and Gender Studies will host an Intellectual Forum on Wednesday, October 29th from 12PM to 1:30 PM in 14N-417. Associate Professor T.L. Taylor will present “Athletes, Geeks and Gamers: Exploring Gender and Professional E-Sports.” With an introduction by Professor Jing Wang, T.L. Taylor will discuss her research in the areas of the internet and game studies and how they relate to gender identity. Lunch will be served. RSVP to and note any dietary restrictions.

October 28, 2014

solar system

Fall Soap Box: Life Beyond Earth Oct. 28

On Tuesday, 10/28: 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, discuss life beyond earth. Discover what we know about the possibility of life in the rest of our solar system and beyond, and join a discussion about what that means for humanity in the future. Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. For more information, visit the MIT museum. Photo by Kabsik Park.

October 28, 2014

student loan art program

Student Loan Art Program allows students to “adopt” artwork

Visitors to MIT earlier this month may have spotted what looked like a slow — and highly participatory — art heist: Over the course of three days, from Sept. 10 to 12, 593 students entered the List Visual Arts Center and left with pieces of its collection. This year marks the 45th anniversary of MIT’s Student Loan Art Program: After viewing the collection, choosing their favorites, and participating in a lottery, lucky graduate students and undergrads are given the opportunity to bring home one of the List’s works of art. In this year’s lottery, Desi Gonzalez, a graduate student in comparative media studies, received her first choice, after trying for it last year and coming up short. She can’t wait to begin her relationship with Frances Stark’s “Untitled.” “Looking at a work over time changes how you see,” she explained in a blog post. “Having a work hanging on your wall for nine months — it allows you to experience art in a way you never could within a museum.” Continue reading on MIT News.

October 27, 2014

Papagiannakopoulos and Sanchez-Rivera model effects of cancer-linked genes

Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of genetic mutations linked with cancer. However, sifting through this deluge of information to figure out which of these mutations actually drive cancer growth has proven to be a tedious, time-consuming process. MIT researchers have now developed a new way to model the effects of these genetic mutations in mice. Their approach, based on the genome-editing technique known as CRISPR, is much faster than existing strategies, which require genetically engineering mice that carry the cancerous mutations. Led by Papagiannakopoulos [a postdoc at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research], graduate student Francisco Sanchez-Rivera, the paper’s other lead author, and Koch Institute director Tyler Jacks, the paper’s senior author, the team used CRISPR to accurately reproduce the effects of two well-known lung cancer genes. Continue reading on MIT News.

October 27, 2014

Compton Lecture: Dr. Francis S. Collins Oct. 28

On Tuesday, October 28 at 3:30 PM in 10-250, attend the next segment of the Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series with Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Collins will present on Exceptional Opportunities in Biomedical Research. The event is free and all are welcome to attend! For more information, visit the Compton Lecture Series webpage.

October 27, 2014

Coastal Resilience Science Cafe Oct. 27

Interested in climate change and how it’s affecting the oceans and coastlines? Stop by the Coastal Resilience Science Cafe on Monday, October 27th, 6:30PM-8:30PM in Meadhall (Cambridge, MA)! COSEE (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence) and GrOE (Graduate Students for Ocean Education) are hosting this science cafe to bring attention to climate change in New England. There will be three great speakers, free food, a cash bar, and a fantastic funding opportunity! For more information check out COSEE and like GrOE on Facebook! Photo by Scott Smithson.

October 27, 2014

Pre-Halloween Pumpkin Carving Oct. 27

Join the Engineering Systems Division for pumpkin carving on Monday, October 27th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in MIT Room E40-380.  Kids and families are welcome!  Contact for more information.

October 25, 2014

Jeremy Huw Williams in concert Oct. 26

A recital of new music by Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams with pianist Paula Fan will take place on Sunday, October 26th at 4:00pm in Killian Hall.  They will be performing music of composers Peter Child, Edward Cohen, John Harbison, Elena Ruehr, and Charles Shadle.  Admission is free.

October 24, 2014

McCaughan designs simpler superconducting circuit

Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today’s chips, an attractive trait given the increasing power consumption of the massive data centers that power the Internet’s most popular sites. In the latest issue of the journal Nano Letters, MIT researchers present a new circuit design that could make simple superconducting devices much cheaper to manufacture. And while the circuits’ speed probably wouldn’t top that of today’s chips, they could solve the problem of reading out the results of calculations performed with Josephson junctions.

The MIT researchers — Adam McCaughan, a graduate student in electrical engineering, and his advisor, professor of electrical engineering and computer science Karl Berggren — call their device the nanocryotron, after the cryotron, an experimental computing circuit developed in the 1950s by MIT professor Dudley Buck. Continue reading on MIT News.

October 24, 2014

Climate Change on Trial Panel & Discussion Oct. 27

Last summer, Jay O’Hara and Ken Ward anchored their lobster boat in the path of a coal freighter on its way to the largest coal plant in the Northeast. At their trial last month, they argued that their actions were necessary to prevent the greater danger of climate change. This led District Attorney Sam Sutter to drop their criminal charges because “climate change is one of the gravest crises the planet has ever faced.” At this panel discussion featuring Jay O’Hara, Ken Ward, DA Sam Sutter, and Marla Marcum, hear the story and take part in the conversation about the role of civil disobedience in defense of the climate. The panel will take place in 6-120 on Monday, October 27, 6 PM-7:30 PM. Photo by Thomas.

October 24, 2014

Family Day at the List Oct. 25

Discover art exhibitions at the List Visual Arts Center through events just for families!  As part of the Family Day series, the List will host the Everyday Objects Sculpture Workshop on Saturday, October 25th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm in the Upper Atrium of MIT Building E15.  Make an abstract sculpture from simple materials to take home!  Also, explore “Thea Djordjadze” and view the artist’s clean, modern sculptures.  Take a family-friendly tour of the exhibition at 2 PM.  This event is free and open to all.  No registration is required.  Contact for more information.

October 24, 2014

Cena a las Seis Oct. 25

Cena a las Seis, “Dinner at Six,” is an annual semi-formal event hosted by the Latino Cultural Center and its affiliated organizations.  This dinner is going to be held on Saturday, October 25th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the Walker Memorial.  Students, families, staff, faculty, and alumni are all invited during Family Weekend to experience a showcase of MIT’s Latino community.  Enjoy some delicious Latino cuisine, become inspired by our special guest speaker, Junot Díaz, and watch some amazing performances!  RSVP here.  Contact for more information.

October 23, 2014

Weiner and Sun: cost-effective desalination for fracked well water

The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface. Now researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia say they have found an economical solution for removing the salt from this water. The new analysis appears this week in the journal Applied Energy, in a paper co-authored by MIT professor John Lienhard, postdoc Ronan McGovern, and four others. The research team also included graduate student Adam Weiner, graduate student Lige Sun, and undergraduate Chester Chambers at MIT, and Professor Syed Zubair at KFUP. Continue reading on MIT News.

October 23, 2014

Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellowship: Apply by Nov. 14

The Faculty for the Future program awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide. Ultimately, grant recipients are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers, to further their research, to teach and to become inspirational role models for other young women, especially in the STEM fields.

Grant amounts are based on actual costs for eligible expenses up to a maximum of USD 50,000 per year and may be renewed through to completion of studies subject to performance, self-evaluation, recommendation from supervisors and strong evidence of re-integration plans into the home country. Candidates should have applied to, have been admitted to, or be currently enrolled in a university abroad when submitting their grant application. Candidates must hold an excellent academic record and illustrate their commitment to teaching and research or to using their scientific knowledge in public policy advocacy. Candidates should demonstrate leadership skills, community outreach interest and have a track record in encouraging young women into the STEM fields.

For more information visit the fellowship website. Apply before November 14, 2014.

October 23, 2014

Service Breakfast on Oct. 25

Come to the GAME Service Breakfast on Saturday, October 25th from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  The group will leave from Sidney Pacific Dorm for the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge (125 S Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA).  Activities include cooking breakfast for cancer patients residing temporarily at the Hope Lodge, conversing with them over the aforementioned breakfast, and hopefully performing an array of musical pieces.  All graduate students are welcome, although there are limited spots.  Sign up online!  Non-graduate students will be considered if there is space available, so please sign up regardless.  Contact for more information.

October 22, 2014

Tirole wins Nobel Prize in economic sciences

Jean Tirole PhD ’81, a scholar whose longstanding ties to MIT include service on the economics faculty from 1984 to 1991, has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in economic sciences for his work on the behavior and regulation of powerful firms. Research by Tirole, 61, now a professor of economics at the University of Toulouse in his native France, has highlighted the need for regulation to be tailored to individual industries, while creating a general framework for understanding the nuances of regulation across industries. Tirole received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1981 under the supervision of Eric Maskin, a former MIT professor (now at Harvard University) who was himself a winner of the Nobel Prize in economic sciences in 2007. Continue reading at MIT News.

October 22, 2014

GWAMIT Leadership Conference Oct. 27-31

The 2014 Annual GWAMIT Leadership Conference will take place from Monday, October 27th to Friday, October 31st:

Opening Keynote: Jenn Gustetic
Monday, October 27, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Jenn Gustetic is MIT TPP ’07, Assistant Director for Open Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the former Head of Challenges and Prizes at NASA.

Education Panel
Tuesday, October 28, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Featuring Wedy Cebula, President/COO of EdX; Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code; and Maureen Alphonse-Charles, SVP/COO of The Partnership

Implicit Bias Workshop
Wednesday, October 29, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Led by Carlee Hawkins, Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago and researcher with Project Implicit; Co-hosted by SWIM (Break the Mold) and the MIT Institute Community and Equity Office

Keynote Address: Susana Malcorra
Thursday, October 30, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Susana Malcorra is  Chef de Cabinet to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Status of Women: Past, Present, Future
Panel and film screening
Friday, October 31, 12pm
MIT Room W20-307
Featuring MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart; MIT Dean for Graduate Education Christine Ortiz; Kamilla Tekiela; and Carline Chin ’16

Read more about these events and register on the Leadership Conference website.

October 22, 2014

authors@mit presents Ellen Harris: “Handel: A Life with Friends” Oct. 22

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm in the Lewis Music Library (160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge), attend the inaugural lecture of the revitalized authors@mit series welcoming Ellen Harris. A professor emeritus at MIT, Harris is also an internationally recognized scholar in Baroque opera and a performing soprano. In this lecture, Harris will discuss her latest book, an intimate investigation of the life and work of the Baroque composer George Frideric Handel.

George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends, is the consummation of Ellen Harris’s long professional life with Handel. It is the work of a wise scholar who views musicians as social beings and music as social activity. That outlook, and the author’s fresh and supple prose, make this a most appealing, finally endearing, book.” — Richard Taruskin, University of California, Berkeley

This event is open to the public, free, and wheelchair accessible. For more information call (617) 253-5249, email, or visit the event web page. This event is sponsored by authors@mit, a lecture series cosponsored by MIT Libraries and the MIT Press Bookstore.

October 22, 2014

Euro Club Coffee Hour Oct. 22

Take a short break from work and join the European Club for coffee on Wednesday, October 22nd at 3:00pm in Stata Cafe.  Pay for your coffee, and the Euro Club will provide delicious snacks!  The break will be held at the low tables around the MIT libraries cubicle.  This is a perfect opportunity to meet the current executive team and learn how to get involved.

October 21, 2014

Adler builds an eBay for recycling fracking water

Entrepreneur Josh Adler (Sloan ’13) was attending a lecture on fracking at MIT’s Sloan School of Management when the magnitude of the domestic oil and gas boom hit him. Like many Americans, he had no idea that fracking had exploded—there’s on the order of 20 times more drilling with fracking—in just the last six years. “I just knew anything growing that fast must bring some chaos and performance gaps in the basic activities. Plus I knew the industry is slow to innovate,” Adler says. “Clearly, there are going to be some growing pains—the question was what they are.” Read the rest of the article on Xconomy.

October 21, 2014

Luce Scholar

Luce Scholars Program Deadline Oct. 23

Don’t miss the fellowship deadline on Thursday, October 23rd for the Center for International Studies (CIS) administered Luce Scholars Program. The Luce Scholars Program is open to seniors, graduate students, alumni from recent classes and junior faculty.  It places young scholars from a wide variety of intellectual fields in 10-month internships in selected countries in Asia. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Candidates may have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses on a U.S. campus (without majoring in Asian Studies). They may have spent up to a total of twelve weeks, or have participated in a university-organized summer program, in one or more countries where Luce Scholars are placed. If in doubt as to whether your prior experience disqualifies you, please contact me. Nominees must be American citizens not yet 30 years old on July 1, 2015 and who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree or expect to receive one by July 1, 2015.

Prospective MIT candidates must apply through CIS. MIT/CIS is permitted to forward THREE applications this year to the Luce Foundation. Applications must be received by CIS by Thursday, October 23rd. More information is available here. Many of your questions can be answered on the FAQ page. The Application Form is also available for download online as a Word document.

October 21, 2014

MLK Lunch Seminar: Juma on “Freedom to Innovate” Oct. 22

The next luncheon seminar in the MLK Visitors program series is Wednesday, October 22nd from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PMat the MIT Sloan School (E62-350). Dr. Calestous Juma, MLK Visiting Professor, Urban Studies and Planning Department will be presenting on “Freedom to Innovate: Science, Technology and Engineering in African Development.” Juma is an internationally recognized authority on the application of science and technology to sustainable development. He is Professor of the Practice of International Development, Faculty Chair of the Innovation for Economic Development Executive Program and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The lecture examines the evolution of Africa’s vision for technological innovation, outlines the main features of the vision, maps emerging patterns of technology-oriented cooperation between Africa and the rest of the world, and identifies potential areas of cooperation between MIT and African science and technology universities. Lunch will be served. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at For more information about the MLK Visitors program and the current scholars visit the program web page.

October 21, 2014

MIT Medical walk-in flu shots clinic Oct. 22

MIT Medical wants to help you stay healthy this fall and winter with a walk-in flu-shot clinic on Wednesday, October 22, from 10 AM to 4 PM, in the Walker Memorial Lobby! This clinic is open to MIT Medical patients (age 10 and up), MIT retirees, and all MIT employees, students, and affiliates. Please bring your MIT ID if you have one! Even if you got a flu shot last year, each year’s active influenza strains are different, so you need to get the 2014 shot to be protected. For information about how to get a flu shot at one of the campus-wide clinics, eligibility questions, and more details about the flu vaccine, check out the Flu FAQ page. After that, take some time to browse the information and resources available on the rest of MIT Flu Central to learn more about how to protect yourself from influenza. Check in at the MIT Medical homepage periodically to find up-to-date health and medical information for the MIT community. Photo by Claus Rebler.

October 20, 2014

Barrett trades banking for mentoring

Orane Barrett, a Jamaican immigrant, attended MIT Sloan School of Management with a concentration in finance and entrepreneurship, MBA Class of 2006.  Upon graduation, he worked as an investment banker at UBS Investment Bank and then as a project manager at Credit Suisse Investment Bank.  Now, Barrett has started Kool Nerd Clothing (KNC), an urban apparel company based in New York City, with the aim to use quality clothing to boldly market the core values of today’s nerd – hard work, intelligence, individuality, and passion.  With KNC as a start-up venture, Barrett aims to apply his educational knowledge and experiences gained from working in corporate America to oversee the launch and growth of his apparel company, which is being used to fund mentoring programs for inner city youth.  Barrett was recently featured on MSNBC.

October 20, 2014

why life got big

Fall Soap Box: Why Life Got Big Oct. 21

On Tuesday, 10/21: 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, discuss “Why Life Got Big.” For much of the earth’s history, microbes were the only living organisms on the planet. What spurred the evolution of larger-sized and more diverse animals? Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. For more information, visit the MIT Museum. Photo by Jon Rawlinson.

October 20, 2014


SEEK dinner and conversation Mondays

SEEK welcomes you to kick start your spiritual journey Mondays at 7PM in W20-303. Have dinner and informal conversation with similarly curious people. Explore faith in Jesus and connection with God. This is for those new to faith or anyone looking for a fresh start with faith and desire a practical and experiential approach to connection with God. Visit here for more details and for questions, contact

October 17, 2014

Jupiter Quartet

Jupiter Quartet Oct. 17

Visiting artists Jupiter Quartet will be performing the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. Featured compositions include Beethoven, C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4; F Minor, Op. 135; C# Mino, Op. 131. This event will be on Friday, October 17 at 8PM in Kresge Auditorium. Admission: $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email address. Buy tickets online or at the door.

October 17, 2014

Tang Japanese Theme Sushi and Origami Social Oct 18

Like folding origami or eating sushi? Come to the Japanese themed social event at Tang Hall (W84) in the 24th Floor Lounge to learn how to fold swans and prepare sushi rolls! On Saturday, October 18 starting at 8PM, take in the beautiful skyline of Boston at night in the company of friends and delicious sushi. Take a break, socialize, and learn some more about Japanese culture. Please bring plates and utensils to help Tang go green. This event is open to all MIT graduate students. Photo by Barron Fujimoto.

October 17, 2014

Gatsby Boat Party on Oct. 18

Join MIT, Harvard, and Wellesley students at the ISA Gatsby Boat Party with breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $20 per person and will be sold in Lobby 10 or online.  Partners and spouses are welcome, but this event is not suitable for children.  The boat will leave Long Wharf, Boston Harbor at 8:30pm, and you will not be able to board after this time!  Contact for more information.

October 16, 2014

Dark is Beautiful Campaign Discussion and Reception Oct. 16

On Thursday, October 16 at 6 PM in E62-223, come to a discussion and reception held by Nandita Das on the topic of color bias in India. Das, currently a Yale World Fellow, has received accolades in India for her work in cinema and theatre. She is a strong advocate of social justice and human rights and has come to discuss her Dark is Beautiful campaign fighting against color bias that is present in different areas of Indian life.

October 16, 2014

neighborhood algorithim

Khosla, An, and Lim write deep-learning algorithm for neighborhoods

Human beings have a remarkable ability to make inferences based on their surroundings. Is this area safe? Where might I find a parking spot? Such decisions require us to look beyond our “visual scene” and weigh an exceedingly complex set of understandings and real-time judgments. This begs the question: Can we teach computers to “see” in the same way? And once we teach them, can they do it better than we can? The answers are “yes” and “sometimes,” according to research out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Researchers have developed an algorithm that can look at a pair of photos and outperform humans in determining things like which scene has a higher crime rate, or is closer to a McDonald’s restaurant. To create the algorithm, the team — which included PhD students Aditya Khosla, Byoungkwon An, and Joseph Lim, as well as CSAIL principal investigator Antonio Torralba — trained the computer on a set of 8 million Google images from eight major U.S. cities that were embedded with GPS data on crime rates and McDonald’s locations. They then used deep-learning techniques to help the program teach itself how different qualities of the photos correlate. Continue reading on MIT News.

October 16, 2014

MIT Energy Night on Oct. 17

The MIT Energy Night will take place on Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the MIT Museum.  Hosted annually at the MIT Museum and organized entirely by students, the MIT Energy Night is a celebration of ingenuity, innovation, and imagination that features over 70 interactive poster presentations from every energy affiliated department at MIT as well as early stage start-ups based on MIT technologies.  Presentation topics span conventional energies, renewable energies, energy storage, energy efficiency, and other areas.  Complimentary food and soft beverages will be provided.  The event is free and open to the general public.  No registration is required.  See the website for more information.

October 16, 2014

Career Engineering 101: How to find the career you really want… and have the guts to go get it! Oct 16

Do you ever wish you could find a career that you are truly passionate about or doubt you are “good enough” to make your dream career happen? Then on Thursday, October 16 at 5:30 attend Career Engineering 101, an interactive seminar featuring speaker Dr. Samantha Sutton that dares you to step outside of your current mindset to see yourself and your passions from a new and exciting perspective. You will learn the tools to cultivate a mindset that works for you, not against you. Using principles of neuroscience, positive psychology, and life coaching, find a “you” that you can believe in whole-heartedly and confidently pursue the career that is right for you. A well known life coach, Sutton also holds a Ph.D. in science and engineering from MIT. With her unique combination of science and coaching, she has created a ‘life engineering’ methodology to teach you how to achieve a career you love, build great relationships, master your time, and overcome negative emotions like anxiety and anger that have you paralyzed. Register and learn more about this free event open to everyone. The seminar takes place on the 5th floor of Venture Café in the Cambridge Innovation Center (One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142). Visitors must comply with Venture Cafe attendance policies. The event is cosponsored by GW@MIT, GECD, Brain and Cognitive Science, the Venture Cafe.

October 16, 2014

International Students Office moving on Oct. 21!

The MIT International Students Office will  relocate to the second floor of Building E39, in Kendall Square on the corner of Main and Hayward streets.  To accommodate the move, the ISO will be closed on Tuesday, October 21st and the morning of Wednesday, October 22nd.  Limited services will be available on Monday and Wednesday, with normal services scheduled to resume on Thursday, October 23rd (regular hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm).  ISO’s last day in its current location, MIT Room 5-133, is Monday, October 20th, from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  If you need to reach ISO for any urgent assistance during the move, please call (617) 253-3795 or email  All future mail should be sent to: MIT International Students Office, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building E39-278, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

October 16, 2014


Children’s Diwali Party Oct. 18

Come celebrate the Indian festival of light at the Children’s Diwali Party on October 18th at 4PM in Westgate lounge. There will be an Indian dance class, snacks, crafts, painting with colored salt, and lantern making. For questions, contact Register here. Photo by sowrirajan s.

October 15, 2014

underwater robot

Bhattacharyya designs underwater robot for port security

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans. Originally designed to look for cracks in nuclear reactors’ water tanks, the robot could also inspect ships for the false hulls and propeller shafts that smugglers frequently use to hide contraband. “It’s very expensive for port security to use traditional robots for every small boat coming into the port,” says Sampriti Bhattacharyya, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, who designed the robot together with her advisor, Ford Professor of Engineering Harry Asada. “If this is cheap enough — if I can get this out for $600, say — why not just have 20 of them doing collaborative inspection? And if it breaks, it’s not a big deal. It’s very easy to make.” Continue reading on MIT News.