Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 30, 2015

Weidman shows how to synthesize lead sulfide nanocrystals of uniform size

Lead sulfide nanocrystals suitable for solar cells have a nearly one-to-one ratio of lead to sulfur atoms, but MIT researchers discovered that to make uniformly sized quantum dots, a higher ratio of lead to sulfur precursors – 24 to 1 – is better. MIT chemical engineering graduate student Mark C. Weidman developed the synthetic recipe in the lab of William A. Tisdale, the Charles and Hilda Roddey Career Development Professor in Chemical Engineering at MIT, with colleagues Ferry Prins, Rachel S. Hoffman and 2013 Summer Scholar Megan Beck. Uniformity of size can promote long exciton diffusion lengths in lead sulfide (PbS) quantum-dot films, Weidman says.

Usually quantum dots are synthesized as a colloid, with particles suspended in a liquid. If the quantum dots are all of the same size, they can self-assemble into an ordered lattice. “If they are monodisperse enough, it’s the thermodynamically favored state,” Weidman explains. Read on at MIT News. Photo by Denis Paiste.

January 30, 2015

Experiencing: How “the other” worships Jan. 30

Join the Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue program and learn more about the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian by attending their services! On Friday, January 30th at 12:00 pm, the group will leave for Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center/Mosque. Women are requested to wear long sleeves and bring a head scarf. On Friday, January 30th at 4:00 pm, the group will leave for two very different Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming the Sabbath) services in Brookline. Participants may not use electronics in the first synagogue, and women must wear long sleeves and long skirts. On Sunday, February 1st at 10:15 am, the group will leave for St. Paul’s AME Church. Register with Ora Gladstone by email at or by phone at 617-610-1060 if you’re interested in taking part in this opportunity.

January 30, 2015

All-Brahms Recital Feb. 1

Watch MIT alumnus Vincent CK Cheung, a current research scientist at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, perform with other musicians in the All-Brahms Recital this Sunday, February 1st, at 3:00 pm. The concert will feature classical melodies, such as, the Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor Op. 38, Two Songs for Contralto Viola and Piano Op. 91, etc and watch Vincent Cheung, part-time active freelance pianist, play in these performances! The concert will take place in Killian Hall and will feature artists, Mikiko Fujiwara, Chester Brezniak, Mea Cook, Krista River, and Amanda Wang. Photo by Brenda Clarke.


January 29, 2015

Investment projects from alternative points of view Jan. 30

Friday, January 30 in room E17-128, join as you will develop a framework for evaluating investment projects from alternative points of view (sponsor, society, stakeholders) and technical lens (financial, economic, distributive, fiscal, risk). This framework will be used to assess how effective investment incentives are in guiding private firm project choice, maintaining fiscal space, and aligning private return objectives to social ones. It will run from 12-2:30pm and light refreshments are provided. Contact with any questions.

January 29, 2015

Sing with the Meridian Singers, rehearsals begin Feb. 3

Directed by Todd Beckham, Meridian Singers, an a cappella chorus open to all in the MIT community, is seeking new members for the spring  season, as they prepare for their May concert. Music for the spring will include a 16th century Mass by the English composer, John Sheppard. Rehearsals: noon to 1 PM, Tuesdays, beginning February 3, 2015. Most rehearsals, are in room 13-1143. Prospective singers should contact to make arrangements to meet with the conductor and learn the location of the first rehearsal: Visit the Meridian Singers’ website for additional information. Photo by Sara Nelson.

January 28, 2015

Chen and Tillberg on enlarging brain samples for better imaging

Fei Chen and Paul Tillberg are lead authors of paper on enlarging brain tissue samples. Beginning with the invention of the first microscope in the late 1500s, scientists have been trying to peer into preserved cells and tissues with ever-greater magnification. The latest generation of so-called “super-resolution” microscopes can see inside cells with resolution better than 250 nanometers. A team of researchers from MIT has now taken a novel approach to gaining such high-resolution images: Instead of making their microscopes more powerful, they have discovered a method that enlarges tissue samples by embedding them in a polymer that swells when water is added. This allows specimens to be physically magnified, and then imaged at a much higher resolution. This technique, which uses inexpensive, commercially available chemicals and microscopes commonly found in research labs, should give many more scientists access to super-resolution imaging, the researchers say. Read on at MIT News.

January 28, 2015

Developing your Teaching Philosophy Statement Jan. 28 & 30

Virtually all job-postings for faculty positions in the US require applicants to submit a Teaching Philosophy Statement. While the format, length and emphasis of a teaching philosophy may vary considerably across institutions, disciplines and positions, many elements of a TPS are invariant. In this 2-day, hands-on workshop, led by Amanda Sobel from the Writing & Communications Center (WCC)  and Janet Rankin from the Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL), participants  will:

·         Discuss the elements of an effective teaching philosophy statement
·         Assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of TPSs from various disciplines
·         Brainstorm ways to incorporate goals, strategies and evidence in their own statements
·         Consider writing and communication strategies and practices to improve the impact of their TPSs
·         Draft sections of their own teaching philosophy statements
·         Provide feedback to, and receive feedback from peers on elements of their TPSs

The workshop will be held January 28 & 30 from 11am-3pm.
Sign-up by January 27. Enrollment limited to 20 participants.
Contact Leann Dobranksi (E39-207) at with questions.

January 27, 2015

Wong’s vision system for household robots

For household robots ever to be practical, they’ll need to be able to recognize the objects they’re supposed to manipulate. But while object recognition is one of the most widely studied topics in artificial intelligence, even the best object detectors still fail much of the time.

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory believe that household robots should take advantage of their mobility and their relatively static environments to make object recognition easier, by imaging objects from multiple perspectives before making judgments about their identity. Matching up the objects depicted in the different images, however, poses its own computational challenges.

In a paper appearing in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Robotics Research, the MIT researchers show that a system using an off-the-shelf algorithm to aggregate different perspectives can recognize four times as many objects as one that uses a single perspective, while reducing the number of misidentifications.

Read more at MIT News as PhD student and lead author on the new paper, Lawson Wong, talks about the project. Photo by John Boyd.

January 27, 2015

The Trick to Being a Prolific Scholar

I am most productive as a writer on days when I wake up before the crack of dawn and get an hour of writing in before everyone in the house is awake and and, most important, before checking email or social media. I know several highly productive academics – some of them chairs, deans, and provosts – who do the same thing. For people with administrative duties, that is often the only time they have to write.

You don’t have to wake up at 5 a.m. to be a prolific scholar. You do have to write however. And nearly all of the prolific academics I have met are daily writers. Daily writing is one of the most important strategies I can recommend to boost your productivity. Theresa MacPhail calls daily writing a “no-fail secret to writing a dissertation.” That advice is just as crucial for new (and older) faculty. It’s also backed up by research. Read more of Tanya Golash-Boza’s article on Vitae. Photo by Christopher.

January 27, 2015

Institue Diversity Summit – Jan. 29 & Feb. 12

On two upcoming days — January 29 and February 12 — MIT will hold its annual Institute Diversity Summit, to share experiences candidly and listen to one another in a spirit of understanding and kindness. One highlight will be opening remarks by MIT’s Institute Community and Equity Officer, Ed Bertschinger, who will discuss what he learned through an MIT listening tour and share his thoughts about building our strength in community, diversity, empowerment and respect. Each day will have registration 12-1pm and the program 1-5pm in Kresge and the Student Center. Visit the Institute Community and Equity Office website for a complete itinerary and to register. Photo by Frerieke.

January 26, 2015

Volunteer reviewers needed for IDEAS Global Challenge Jan. 29 & Feb. 3

From 6-8 pm, Thursday, January 29 and Tuesday, February 3 the IDEAS Global Challenge is requesting volunteer reviewers for the Round 2 Scope Statements submitted by teams working on innovative projects to help benefit the world. No prior experience is required, just good critical thinkers interested in helping teams strengthen their projects! Great opportunity to use your skills and knowledge for social good, with a minimal time commitment. Reviewers would be responsible for reading and commenting on about 4 brief proposals and attending two meetings in person (Jan. 29 and Feb. 3). Contact Keely at to arrange a quick training or with questions.

January 26, 2015


Advancing toward the equality of women and men Jan. 27 & 29

What is identity? How is it defined by our current society? What role does it play in the pursuit of gender equality? Come explore these and other related topics at 7-9pm, January 27 & 29, in a roundtable discussion over a meal. Light dinner will be provided on both nights. Dinner will be held in Room 4-144 on both nights. Organized by the MIT Baha’i Club and the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs and Sponsored by GSC. For more information contact shraayai@mit.eduPhoto by Nietnagel.

January 23, 2015

Family Day Sculpted Paper Workshop Jan. 24

Explore the art of paper sculpture on Family Day with your children on Saturday, January 24 at the Westgate Lounge (W85). Families can work together to create a hands-on artwork and take it home. The morning session from 10-11:30 am is for children under 5 years old, and the afternoon session is from 1-2:30 pm for children over 5. The event is free and open to all! Emaili with any questions. Photo by Wellsbring 

January 23, 2015

What are your values? Jan. 24

Ehsan Afkhami and Sahar Hakim-Hasemi ’13 will be hosting the seminar What are your values? They create your life… on Thursday, January 24, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. This free seminar is designed to help participants align their personal values with their goals so they can live happier lives and contribute to others in a fulfilling way. The workshop will take place in 4-237 and will have interactive exercises and audience discussions. Remember to register for this event if you would like to attend. Photo by cybrarian77

January 23, 2015

Beginner tango bootcamp, Jan. 24-25

1-5 pm, January 24 – 25 in room 36-112 Robin Thomas will be instructing an intensive two day introduction to Argentine Tango designed to get you from no dancing to tango in two quick days. No dance partner or experience is required, but space is limited and the bootcamps have been wilding popular in the past so be sure to sign up now! Light refreshments are provide. Wear comfortable clothing and pivotable shoes. For more information and to register visit the Argentine Tango Club’s website.

January 23, 2015

Graduate ice skating social Jan. 24

Saturday, January 24, from 2-4pm enjoy ice skating, at the Johnson Ice Rink, with other graduate students on campus. Free hot drinks and snacks will be provided. Skate rentals at Johnson Ice Rink is subsidized, but limited to 50, first come first serve. Contact  for more information.

January 22, 2015

Dura watches how cells interact

The immune system is a complex network of many different cells working together to defend against invaders. Successfully fighting off an infection depends on the interactions between these cells. A new device developed by MIT engineers offers a much more detailed picture of that cellular communication. Using this device, which captures pairs of cells and collects data on each as they interact with each other, the researchers have already learned more about how T cells — major players in the immune response — become activated during infection.

The device is based on microfluidic technology developed by Joel Voldman, an MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), in 2009. His team used that earlier version to fuse adult cells with embryonic stem cells, allowing the researchers to observe the genetic reprogramming that occurred in these hybrids. Read more at MIT News, as graduate student and lead author on the new paper, Burak Dura, talks about her research.

January 22, 2015

Discover and Practice Your Inner Art Jan. 22

On Thursday, January 22, Ehsan Afkhami and Sahar Hakim-Hasemi ’13 will be leading a free workshop designed to help you recognize and develop your inner art in 56-114 at 6:00 pm. The workshop consists of self-discovery exercises and many peer-to-peer interactions that will help you create a fulfilling, personalized professional path. Pre-register if you’re interested, or email if you would like more information. Photo by Doug Brown 

January 22, 2015

Learn about the art of persuasion with Dr. Jean-luc Doumont Jan. 22

Dr. Jean-luc Doumont is back, and he’s ready to deliver his phenomenal presentation on communication skills in his seminar, Persuading Others, this IAP! He will be teaching all interested students the key to persuasion and the different persuasion tactics we might need to land a new job or get others to respond to our requests more easily. His presentation will take place on Thursday, January 22, from 2:00-4:00 pm in 10-250. Remember to register in advance if you’re interested. Photo by reihayashi

January 21, 2015

MIT students represented in Forbes “30 under 30”

Forbes recently released its “30 under 30” lists for 2015. For its fourth annual celebration, the publication has selected 600 movers, makers, and game changers in 20 fields — all under the age of 30. This year’s lists are populated with numerous MIT faculty, students, and alumni. Check out MIT News for a complete list of students honored, and see the MIT Alumni Association’s Slice of MIT for a complete list of alumni honorees.

January 21, 2015

Application for the Clean Energy Prize due Feb. 8

The MIT Clean Energy Prize is a multi-stage, student-organized business plan competition in which teams compete for a $250,000 Grand Prize and category prizes. University teams from across the United States enter their business ideas in one of three categories: Energy Efficiency Renewable, Energy Infrastructure, and Resources. 15-21 semifinalists receive cash prizes, access to mentors and other resources to help develop their startups into world-changing companies. Semi-final entries must be submitted no later than February 8, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. Late entries will not be considered. Visit the MIT Clean Energy Prize website for more details on the competition and how to submit a project. Contact with any questions.

January 20, 2015

Breaking the Mold SWIM Conference Feb. 6

Breaking the Mold is an initiative by MIT SWIM (Sloan Women in Management) aimed at starting a conversation about unconscious bias. The Breaking the Mold Conference on Friday, February 6th, starting at 8am in the MIT Media Lab, will foster a conversation about unconscious bias and developing approaches to manage them on the road towards equal opportunities. The Keynote Speakers of the night will be Robin Chase (Founder of Zipcar & Buzzcar) and Jan Fields (former President of McDonald’s). Panel topics will include: bias against men, role of media in perpetuating stereotypes, bias across industries, and relationship-building at work. For more information and ticket sales visit the Breaking the Mold website.

January 20, 2015

Fixit Clinic Jan. 24

Saturday, January 24 from 12:00-3:00 pm, fix your broken stuff — Or at least learn more about it disassembling it. Bring your broken, non-functioning things — electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc.– to the third floor of building N51 for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you’ll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited! The event is free, but preregistration is required. Register here. More information on the event here.

January 16, 2015

Position available on the Campus Sustainability Task Force

The Offices of the Executive Vice-President and Treasurer is looking for a graduate student to serve on the newly formed Campus Sustainability Task Force. If you are interested, please submit your resume and a brief statement by Friday, January 23rd to

The Campus Sustainability Task Force’s primary activities include:

  • With guidance from the Steering Committee, initiate a process to agree upon a shared and actionable vision for campus sustainability at MIT through 2025, and design a roadmap for achieving this vision.
  • Facilitate collaborative activities with faculty, students and staff across MIT’s departments, laboratories, and centers to advance the overarching goal of using the campus as a living lab for sustainability.
  • Review outcomes and recommendations from the Sustainability Working Groups coordinated by the Office of Sustainability, and present recommendations and findings to the Steering Committee for endorsement.
  • Attend Task Force meetings which are anticipated to meet on a monthly basis.

For any question on the application itself, please e-mail the GSC Vice-President

January 16, 2015

Najafi: Toward quantum chips

A team of researchers has built an array of light detectors sensitive enough to register the arrival of individual light particles, or photons, and mounted them on a silicon optical chip. Such arrays are crucial components of devices that use photons to perform quantum computations.

Single-photon detectors are notoriously temperamental: Of 100 deposited on a chip using standard manufacturing techniques, only a handful will generally work. In a paper appearing today in Nature Communications, the researchers at MIT and elsewhere describe a procedure for fabricating and testing the detectors separately and then transferring those that work to an optical chip built using standard manufacturing processes.

In addition to yielding much denser and larger arrays, the approach also increases the detectors’ sensitivity. In experiments, the researchers found that their detectors were up to 100 times more likely to accurately register the arrival of a single photon than those found in earlier arrays. Read on at MIT News as graduate student and first author on the new paper, Faraz Najafi, talks more about building the detectors.

January 15, 2015

Maimon’s app saves teachers time and offers immediate feedback

As a teaching assistant at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2010, Amit Maimon MBA ’11 witnessed the origins of a technological phenomenon: Smartphones and tablets had started creeping into the classroom in the hands of students. But instead of dismissing these devices as distractions, Maimon saw a way to leverage them to help teachers get a better idea of what students grasp during lectures.

That year, Maimon co-developed Socrative, an app that lets teachers design or select premade quizzes for students to answer, publicly or anonymously, on personal mobile devices during lectures. The app is now being used by about 1.1 million teachers and millions of students across the globe. Read on here. Photo by Allegra Boverma.

January 15, 2015

Coping with Criticism

Despite cutting my teeth writing for a daily newspaper, where critiques are often brief and harshly worded, I still react a tad poorly to editorial suggestions. First, I rant and rave; then I feel a little depressed that my writing wasn’t up to par; and finally, I sulk and eat an inordinate amount of snacks. I allow myself to go through that process because it gives me the much-needed time and space to get over the initial shock of being told that the thing I worked so hard on isn’t perfect. Of course it isn’t. It never is.

In some form or another, I’ve been a writer for more than 20 years. And in that time, I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or three about the craft, art, and (often frustrating) process of writing. And one of the things I’ve learned is how to cope with, and benefit from, criticism. Read more of Theresa MacPhail’s article on VitaePhoto by Jeffrey James Pancres.

January 15, 2015

Grad community fellow positions open for Spring term

Join a cadre of graduate students who work on projects that enhance grad community in unique ways. Create cool data visualizations, or support the REFS program (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Receive a monthly stipend while you gain experience.

Positions available:

  • Data-Visualization: Blacks at MIT History Project
  • iREFS (Institute-wide Resources for Easing Friction and Stress)
  • Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS)

For more information on the listed positions, visit the ODGE website or contact Photo by Nietnagel.

January 14, 2015

STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program: Apply by Jan. 30

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a congressionally chartered, federally funded research and development center operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). STPI provides analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal departments and agencies on science, technology, and innovation policy issues. The STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program provides recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology (S&T) policy areas. Fellows will work with a team of researchers to support a wide variety of S&T policy-related tasks. Over the course of the two-year program, experiences will include:

  • Training on specific analytical methods and tools
  • Mentorship from senior staff with extensive policy-related experience
  • Ongoing colloquia series on topics related to S&T policy
  • Attending and presenting at select professional society meetings

More info, including qualifications and application materials, can be found here. Ensure the application and supporting materials are submitted no later than January 30, 2015.

January 14, 2015

Multicultural conference Feb. 6-7

The mission of the Multicultural Conference (MC^2) is to bring students together across race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of cultural identity. The conference offers a provocative day and 1/2 of workshops, speakers, community building, action, and reflection centered on issues of culture, identity, and social justice at MIT and beyond.

At the conference, we will facilitate an honest, open, and interactive dialogue about the cultural climate at MIT, learn from people’s experiences, and develop plans to cultivate a campus environment that promotes equality, not simply tolerance. As MIT’s mission statement clearly promotes a diverse campus community, it is crucial for students to discuss the role of diversity and inclusion in education and campus life. Find more information or register.

January 13, 2015

Andrea Ippolito: Hacking Healthcare

A few blocks from the main hall of the South by Southwest Interactive festival on a sunny March morning, a healthcare hackathon is in progress. Having attended more than a dozen such gatherings, Andrea Katherine Ippolito, a biomedical engineer by training, can rattle off a long list of companies spawned at one of MIT’s previous Hacking Medicine events—a list that includes Pillpack, Smart Scheduling, Podimetrics, RubiconMD, Twiage, Eagle Health Supplies, and HermesIQ. Ippolito is a PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hacking Medicine’s codirector for 2013–2014 (along with fellow MIT student Allison Yost), and now a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more about the hackathons at HealthLeaders Media.

January 13, 2015

Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship opportunities: Apply by Feb. 3

MIT has partnered with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to take part in the annual Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship, a graduate fellowship on the circular economy for design, engineering and business students. The circular economy refers to an industrial economy that is restorative by intention; aims to rely on renewable energy; minimizes, tracks, and hopefully eliminates the use of toxic chemicals; and eradicates waste through careful design.

The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship is a fellowship program for graduate students and their faculty mentors on creative and innovative thinking around the circular economy. The program takes a multi-disciplinary approach with input across design, engineering and business. It is developed and run in partnership with a Core Team of three leading UK academic institutions – Cranfield University, Imperial College London and London Business School.

To apply, nomination packages should be sent by February 3, 2015 at 5pm electronically to ODGE Manager of Graduate Fellowships, Scott Tirrell ( Packages should include: academic transcript, CV, link to Youtube video on circular economy, letter of support from academic mentor indicating their willingness to attend the week-long summer school at Cranfield University, in the UK, 22 – 26 June 2015, and completed student agreement (attached).

For more information visit here or email

January 12, 2015

IAP Course ESD.S21 User-Centered Design Approaches for an Aging Society

This IAP check out ESD.S21: User-Centered Design Approaches for an Aging Society. In this course, explore real-world issues related to population aging and develop solutions using user-centered design approaches. Engage in hands-on projects with practitioners and researchers from multiple industries and related fields. This class is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all departments and will take place in 66-160 every week day from Tuesday, January 20th to Thursday, January 29th, 10am-12:00pm each day. Pre-registration on WebSIS is requested. For more information, please visit the class website.

January 12, 2015

GetFit 2015 registration now open

It’s that time again. Time for what’s become an annual wintertime tradition at MIT. You know, the one that keeps us stronger, healthier, and better looking than Harvard, Wellesley, and Boston College combined? Well, okay, maybe just stronger and healthier? That’s right! Register now for MIT Medical’s annual fitness challenge, getfit@mit! Get your team of five to eight members registered before the end of the day on January 29, and get ready for all the fun, camaraderie, perks, and potential prizes that come with participation. The challenge begins on February 2. Looking for teammates? Connect with others in the find-a-team forum. More info here. Get ready, get set, get fit!

January 9, 2015

Science Hack Day Boston Jan. 24-25

Come to Science Hack Day Boston on Saturday and Sunday, January 24th and 25th, 2015 in the MIT Media Lab.  Have fun at this free hackathon devoted to anything science-related.  Build cool stuff, and eat free food.  MIT students are welcome to invite non-MIT friends, too!  All participants must register for the event.  Contact for more information.

January 9, 2015

Stay warm this winter

As the temperatures continue to drop this week, we seek your help in keeping our campus warm and trouble-free with these cold weather tips:

Please use the revolving doors whenever possible to keep warm air in the buildings and cold air out. Use of revolving doors conserves energy and keeps our buildings warmer than use of swing doors that lets heat and energy escape.

Before you leave each day, please make sure that all windows and doors are shut securely. This will help avoid problems such as freezing and broken pipes.

If you notice any door or window that cannot close properly, please report the location via one of these methods:
1.) Contact our Customer Service Center at 617-253-4948
2.) Visit Atlas and submit a Service Request
3.) Use the MIT Mobile app and select the “Bldg Services” icon
4.) Send a text message with the location and a photograph to

Find more info on the Facilities website. Photo by Tom Burke.

January 8, 2015

Graduate students power Scope website

Discover the emerging voices in science writing online at ScopeScope, the superb online publication of students in the MIT SHASS Graduate Program in Science Writing, publishes graduate student videocasts, news and feature articles, essays, book reviews, and radio podcasts. Students in the class of 2014-15 are: Rachel Becker, Christina Couch, Cara Giaimo, Michael Greshko, Anna Nowogrodzki, Sarah Schwartz, Joshua Sokol and Annie Tague. Their stories can be found here.

January 8, 2015

Green Climate Fund internship opportunities: apply by mid-Jan.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) announces internship opportunities open for (Masters and PhD) students and recent graduates. GCF internship program is designed for talented and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to GCF’s operations. The program allows selected candidates to gain insight into the work of GCF and provides assistance and training in various professional fields in a multicultural environment. The interns will be based at GCF’s headquarters in Songdo, Incheon City, Republic of Korea.

Please refer to here for more information on the organization and the specific vacancies. Most of the current internship vacancies are due mid to end of January 2015. However, there is also an ongoing internship roster where students are welcome to send their applications at any time. The applicants are to send their CVs and cover letters For more information about the Green Climate Fund visit their website.

January 8, 2015

CityDays: MLK Jr. Day, Jan. 20 (Register by Jan. 13)

CityDays: MLK Day is a one-day volunteer opportunity for all members of the MIT community. The Public Service Center will secure service placements and provide logistical support for all participants. All you have to do is register and show up Tuesday, January 20! Lunch will be provided to participants. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to sign up as a group or as individual participants. Register here by 12 pm, January 13. Volunteers will serve at either the Greater Boston Food Bank, Cradles to Crayons, or the Community Art Center.


January 7, 2015

Marchese on soft robotic fish

Watch as Andrew Marchese, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, helps to explain his soft robotic fish and why soft robotics have the potential to outperform hard robots in some tasks.

January 7, 2015

The Habits of Highly Productive Writers

Many writers I know love Joyce Carol Oates—some even refer to her as JCO, as if she were a brand as recognizable as CBS or BMW. But just as often, the mention of her name is met by groans and complaints about how much she’s written. Her productivity seems like an affront.

When someone’s doing a lot more than you, you notice it. It brings out your petty jealousy. And if you’re like me (occasionally petty and jealous), it might make you feel crappy about yourself. Which is, let’s face it, ridiculous. No one else’s achievements take anything away from yours, or mine. The fact that another writer is working hard and well should be nothing more than inspiration, or at least a gentle prod.

So I started to think about the practices of highly productive writers. What are the personality traits and habits that help people crank out the pages? Here are a few that occur to me:

Continue reading the article in The Chronicle of Higher Education photo by Drew Coffman

January 6, 2015

Lee receives Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award

Jinhyuk Lee, Graduate Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was recently awarded the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award for a presentation on Materials Challenges for Energy Storage Across Multiple Scales at the MRS 2014 Fall Meeting in Boston. PhD candidate, Lee, won the gold award for his work on high-capacity disordered Li-excess cathodes for Li-ion batteries.

The MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high order of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for future substantial achievement in materials research. Emphasis is placed on the quality of the student and his/her research ability. Read more on Lee’s research can be found on MIT News.

January 6, 2015

Communicating science through film Jan. 14 & 15

Drawing on examples from her broad experience, join Dena Seidel at 12 pm in room 54-915 as she gives two talks on creatively using film to communicate science to broad audiences.

“Creative Ocean and Earth Science Filmmaking”
Using examples of her own award winning films, January 14, Seidel will speak about ways oceanographers and atmospheric scientists can collaborate with filmmakers to create engaging documentaries about their research for large audiences.

“Communicating Your Research to the Public Through Film”
Public understanding of the work scientists do is essential for continued research funding and attracting young people to STEM fields. On January 15, hear how filmmakers and researchers can work together to create narratives that engage the larger public in science learning.

January 5, 2015

Business of Robotics IAP workshop Jan. 26

Are you interested in separating hype from opportunity in robotics?  Come to this one-day intensive workshop during IAP, The Business of Robotics (15.S62), featuring a panel of experts from industry, mature robotics companies, startups, accelerators, and more.  The workshop will take place on Monday, January 26th, 2015 from 9:30am to 5:30pm in MIT Room e62-233.  Enrollment is limited to 105, so sign up here!

January 5, 2015

Film screening and artist talk by Redmond Entwistle Jan. 10

Join Redmond Entwistle 4pm, January 10 at the Bartos Theatre (E15 Lower Level), as he presents and discusses four of his film works created between 2000 and 2009. The works include:

  • Belfast Trio (Tea at Four O’Clock/The Hollow Ball/The Apprentice), composed of three three-minute films, combines a soap opera scenario with footage of Belfast’s redevelopment efforts and interviews with professionals from its film and IT industries, precisely those creative economies through which the city hopes to draw investment.
  • Satellite is composed of a broken tracking shot that traces the architecture around an intersection in Toronto, exploring the function of the storefront and gallery space in the economies of contemporary art.
  • Paterson-Lodz considers the history of labor and immigration in Paterson, New Jersey and Lodz, Poland by exploring the role of these cities’ Jewish populations in the Lodz insurrection of 1905 and the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike.
  • Social Visions uses interviews, panoramic photographs, and media reports to explore the layers and disjunctures in the experience and image of the city.

The event is free and all are welcome.