Monthly Archives: December 2015

December 30, 2015

Sign up for January Community Wellness classes

Join a Community Wellness class and begin to nourish your path to more balance and acceptance. Classes are welcoming to all ability levels. Space is limited. Last week to sign up!

Featured offerings:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Qigong
  • Wu Shu Basics (new!)
  • Koru Mindfulness (new!)
  • iDiet (web based weight loss program)

To learn more about all classes provided visit Community Wellness at MIT.

December 29, 2015

Teach It Yourself! Register by Feb. 10

Showcase your creativity and help your peers at the same time! Participate in MIT’s inaugural Teach It Yourself Contest and contribute your ideas to MIT’s new Life Learning platform for sharing your experience, accessing information, and making connections. Support other MIT students by sharing what you’ve learned about taking care of yourself, connecting with others, and making the most of MIT. Express your ideas through creative microlearning: 2-5-minute videos, short articles and listicles, infographics, etc. Don’t know how to craft those?  Sign up for our IAP Microlearning Boot Camp.  Not on campus?  No worries: register for the contest and we’ll send you resources. Besides the satisfaction of helping other students, you may win one of our many prizes. Check them out and register.

Register for the contest now through February 10. Sign up for the Microlearning Boot Camp by January 3.  See more deadlines, judging criteria, categories, prizes, and example topics on the website! Please contact with questions or comments.

December 29, 2015

Kickstart your spiritual journey with MIT Seek

New to faith or looking for a fresh start with faith? Seek is a dinner discussion series exploring faith in Jesus and connection with God. Join in Mondays and Wednesdays of IAP at 7:00pm, in W20-303 (Student Center PDR #3). Seek is designed to be a non-preachy, non-dogmatic and zero-pressure environment that includes an emphasis on the practical aspects of faith, ample opportunities to ask questions, and informal discussions with a consistent group of similarly curious people. Contact: with questions.

December 28, 2015

Managing Impostor Syndrome and Perfectionism in Your Career, Jan. 8

Join us for a workshop on managing impostor syndrome and perfectionism during your career with Steven Steinke, LICSW and staff clinician: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM at Tufts University – M&V Building Rm. 412 (136 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA). Registration is free, but required. Enter “tuftspda” at the prompt.

December 23, 2015

Learn about home buying, Jan. 6

As part of MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP), the MIT Federal Credit Union will host Homebuying 101 on January 6, from 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Stata Center, Room 141. Whether it’s your first time or you’re in the market again, learn what’s involved in buying a house. Come meet the experts from MIT Federal Credit Union and Members Mortgage Company to talk about:

  • Effective property search tips
  • Current area market housing trends
  • Financing options
  • And much more

Registration is required. Photo by Universal Pops.

December 22, 2015

figuring out what to do after graduation

“Figuring out where you want to land after graduate school”

If you’re in a doctoral program, you’re supposed to want to work at a research university. But when I was mulling my career options in graduate school, what I mostly felt was uncertain. In fact, the only thing I knew I didn’t want was a job at a research university. Read more in VitaePhoto by Luftphilia

December 21, 2015

Learn collaboration skills through Global Fellows; apply by Jan. 18

Now in its sixth year, MIT and Imperial College London are jointly offering an intensive 4 ½ day Global Fellows Program for PhD students. 20 MIT participants will join 20 Imperial College PhD students in a UK location for 4.5 days of presentations, interactive work, and hands-on activities. Participants work in small groups with either an MIT or Imperial facilitator. Faculty members present on the topic of developing and managing international collaborations as an integral part of a research career. Imperial College London is a science-based institution, consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities.

Attend an info session:

Thursday January 7  5:00-5:30 – Location: 4-145
Friday January 8  1:001:30 – Location: 4-145

Fellowship covers cost of travel, housing, program and most meals. (Most international students will need to complete a required visa application process. This cost is covered by the student and typically is around $150).  The program will run June 13-17, 2016. Apply by Monday, January 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Interviews will begin the week of January 25. See the GECD website for more information.

December 18, 2015

Program Assistants

Now Hiring: Program Assistants for MSRP, apply by Jan. 4

The ODGE is hiring Program Assistants (PAs) for the MIT Summer Research Program. All grad students can apply! The deadline is January 4. You will provide mentorship and facilitate a positive research experience for undergraduate summer interns, and receive a stipend of $5,000 for 10 weeks (9 week program from June 5 – August 6, 2016 + pre-program meetings). Find more information and the application.

December 18, 2015

Winter Solstice Gathering, Dec. 19

Make Tangyuan for yourself or have already-made Tangyuan with us on Saturday, December 19 at 7:00pm. Meet up with members of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Student Associan (ROCSA) in the lobby of Sidney Pacific. Please have dinner before the event. It is free for everyone, but please RSVP so that we can have estimation about the amount of Tangyuan we need. Contact with any questions.

December 17, 2015

Dissertation Boot Camp, Jan. 12-20

Is the Jan deadline looming on you and you have yet to finish your thesis? Or maybe you haven’t even started?! Calm down, calm down. Take a deep breath and relax, and know that the GSC is providing a quiet place for you to work on your thesis with other graduate students during the January Dissertation Bootcamp! This will take place at Dewey Library, January 12-20, 20169-5pmMonday to Fridays, in room 212. Please note that there are two exceptions. On January 14, the room is 208, and on January 18, (which is an institute holiday), it starts at 12-5pm. Breakfast will be provided everyday, and you can sign up to attend everyday or just the days that work best for you. Writing your thesis doesn’t have to be isolating! Students who are graduating earlier get prioritized! Please email if you have questions.

December 17, 2015

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Take an art class this IAP

Registration is now open for IAP classes at the Student Art Association! Reserve your spot in one (or more) of our traditional arts classes in ceramics, photography, painting and more. Please familiarize yourself with the IAP studio policies and register here. Feel free to email Stacy Pyron DeBartolo with questions or to confirm your registration.

December 16, 2015

Life Learning Website and IAP Workshops; sign up by Jan. 3

The Life Learning program is designed to enable the MIT community to help MIT students learn what they need and want to know to enhance their lives at MIT and beyond. The Life Learning website explains more about the program. To help staff, students, and faculty develop online resources for students, IAP Microlearning Boot Camp is being offered. Experts were recruited from across MIT to offer sessions to get you started in communicating your ideas effectively online. Sign up for one session or all four (please indicate which session(s)) — and sign up soon, since space is limited.  Enrollment closes January 3, but the sessions are expected to fill up well before that since the workshops are open to everyone. Sign up right away since space is limited.

  • Introduction to microlearning and instructional design for online learning on Tues, Jan 5, 2-4 pm.
  • Quick guide to “fair use,” copyright, and citation online on Tues, Jan 12, 2-4 pm.
  • Quick guide to making short educational videos on Thurs Jan 14, 2-4 pm.
  • Quick guide to articles, listicles, blogs and infographics on Tues Jan 19, 2-4 pm.

December 15, 2015

Innovation between academic and industrial research panel, Dec. 16

Biomedical researchers in academia and industry have the common goal of improving human health through science. The objective of this panel is to challenge the entrenched paradigms of both research environments, and engage local research communities in a discussion about how the different approaches to R&D contribute to the health of society. The discussion will hopefully evolve to include a variety of perspectives in this area. By examining differences that emerge, we hope to explore the interrelation between academia and industry, and how the diversity of science and opinions enrich the research areas related to medicine and healthcare. In addition, we hope to start discussions about potential collaborations between academia and industry during the event.

The panel members will be Susan Windham-Bannister (Biomedical Innovation Advisors & former Mass. Life Sciences Center CEO), Kenneth Kaitin (Professor and Director, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts University), Harvey Lodish (Professor of Biology; Member, Whitehead Institute; Professor of Bioengineering), and Derek Lowe (Research Fellow at Vertex Pharmaceuticals & blogger of “In The Pipeline”). The panel discussion will take place on December 16th at 3pm at 250 Mass. Ave. in the Novartis auditorium with a reception to follow at 4:15pm. This event is open to the public and free; registration is required.

December 15, 2015

Winter Break Airport Shuttle, Dec. 17-20

The Parking and Transportation Office will once again provide shuttle service to Logan Airport for the Winter Break. Shuttles will be available from Thursday, December 17 through Sunday, December 20 at the scheduled times.  Advance reservations are required; please visit the Parking and Transportation Office reservation page for shuttle times and to reserve a seat.  The shuttle fee is $10.00. Shuttles will depart from the Kresge parking lot at the scheduled times and will not wait for late arriving passengers. Normal trip time from MIT to Logan Airport is about a half-hour, but please allow up to one hour for this trip. Traffic construction and Airport Security delays should be expected. Have a great Winter Break!

December 14, 2015

Race & Reality: a Community Dialogue on Race and Diversity at MIT, Dec. 16

To support more open dialogue about the experience of race at MIT, you are invited to join a broad cross section of the MIT community, including students, postdocs, staff and faculty of all races and other identities, to a set of small-group discussions on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, from 11:45 a.m – 1pm. Please RSVP.



December 11, 2015

hackNY Fellows Program, apply by Dec. 15

Now in its seventh year, the hackNY Fellows program invites talented undergraduate and grad students to experience is NYC’s tech community. Each fellow is paired with a paid technical internship at an exciting New York startup where they ship real code and contribute to impactful products. The fellows are provided housing together in the heart of Manhattan and attend a hackNY curated bi-weekly speaker series which includes informal talks by CEOs and founders of major companies, venture capitalists, media and legal experts, and tech pioneers in public service. Other activities include mixers and events with local technologists and exploring the city with friends. The recent Class of 2015 along with their startups is displayed here, and a recap of last summer (including the full schedule of speakers) is shown here on our blog.  

After graduation from the program, the Fellows go on to be great members of the startup community and our tight-knit community of AlumNY. Many of the AlumNY have been hired full time by their hackNY startups, where they play key roles in engineering and leadership. hackNY Fellows have been matched with startups like Buzzfeed, MongoDB, Etsy, Business Insider, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Tumblr, Venmo, and Meetup. This year’s Fellowship will run from May 30 through August 5. The final application deadline is  Tuesday, December 15. In applications, coding skill, enthusiasm for learning outside the classroom, and involvement in school and local communities are all things looked for. See for more information, and email with any questions!

December 10, 2015

Barn Babies and Chocolate Fondue, Dec. 11

Happy that classes are done? Need a break from studying? This Friday, December 11, from 2-3:30 pm, join the MIT Transportation Club in 1-050 to cuddle with baby animals and melt your stress away. Because playing with baby animals won’t help you get an ‘A’ in zoology, but it will make you #1 in a bunny’s heart. And if that isn’t enough, there will also be chocolate fondue. This event is sponsored by the GSC Funding Board.

December 10, 2015

Mathematics of Society, Art, Industry, and Culture (MoSAIC), Dec. 11-12

MoSAIC is a national festival of mathematical artwork and the connections between math and society. The program includes:

  • A gallery of work by nationally acclaimed artists.
  • Workshops on creating mathematically inspired art.
  • Lectures and panels by speakers such as George Hart, co-founder of the Museum of Mathematics in New York City.

All events are FREE and open to the public. This event will take place on December 11-12 at MIT Museum on 265 Massachusetts Avenue. Funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and the Bridges Organization.  Hosted by the MIT Museum and Communicating Science @ MIT.

December 9, 2015

big data healthcare

Making the Most of Big Data in Healthcare, Dec. 10

The aggregation of data can truly revolutionize the future of healthcare. Ranging from more traditional data sources, such as EMRs and payment/claims systems, to more cutting-edge sources, such as clinical trials and DNA sequencing, the breadth and depth of data available today is unparalleled. By effectively leveraging this data, every player in the healthcare ecoysystem can make more informed decisions. This big data in healthcare panel will be held on Thursday, December 10, from 6-8 pm in the Microsoft NERD Center (255 Main St.), and explore the various sources and uses of healthcare data as well as how your organization can best use this data to improve outcomes and performance in the ever-changing healthcare environment. The panel will also talk about areas for future innovation and entrepreneurship.  Tickets are available here (students are admitted for free).


December 8, 2015

gcws spring 2016 courses

Spring 2016 Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies graduate classes

The GCWS graduate classes that will be offered this spring are “Feminist Inquiry” and “The Secret Sex Life of Anthropological Artifacts: Gender and Race in the Museum.” GCWS graduate seminars are open to students across disciplines at all GCWS member institutions.  Masters and PhD students are eligible to apply as well as advanced undergraduate students doing work in a discipline related to the course topics.  For more information and the complete course descriptions, please visit this site.

There is an application process for GCWS courses.  The 2015-2016 Spring Application Deadline is January 4, 2016.  Applications are accepted until the enrollment deadline and are reviewed by the seminar instructors immediately following.  Students will be notified of their final acceptance two to three days after the deadline.  Students may apply after the deadline, pending available space in the class.  Contact:  Photo by pictures_in_the_cloud

December 7, 2015

aquafresco washing machine

3 Grad students invent washing machine that recycles its own water

Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted the inaugural MIT Water Innovation Prize, inviting attendees from around the world to pitch their water-conservation device or business to a panel of judges for a chance to win grants totaling $30,000. One of three big winners for the night was a new washing-machine filter that seeks to recycle 95 percent of laundry wastewater. AquaFresco was created by the MIT doctoral candidates Sasha Huang, Alina Rwei, and Chris Lai, who study materials science and engineering. When a sustainability competition opened up in their department, the trio made the prototype for what would become AquaFresco. In the process, they became de facto experts on the water consumption associated with laundry.  Read more

December 7, 2015

interview meal etiquette

Interview Meal Etiquette

As you prepare for the job market you are undoubtedly focusing on your research, polishing your job market paper, and honing your presentation skills. Those absolutely should be your highest priorities. However, when you have time, you should also be sure to brush up on your dining etiquette. It can save you stress and embarrassment later. When you visit a campus to give a job talk, your hosts will take you to a nice restaurant and you may be confronted with etiquette issues that you rarely face. During graduate school your typical meal may consist of eating pizza off a paper plate while watching PowerPoint slides in a lunchtime seminar, but now you’ll need to be polished and professional during a multi-course dinner.  Read more  Photo by Michael Lehet

December 4, 2015

alex tinguely nuclear fusion

Tinguely: cutting-edge research in nuclear fusion

Alex Tinguely wonders where he might be today if he had not taken an online physics class in high school. The second-year Department of Physics graduate student from Fort Madison, Iowa, attended a high school with a population of no more than 100 students, and with no available physics courses. In his junior year he decided if he was going to explore the world of physics he would need to do it online, and on his own. With no lab space available, Tinguely adapted the school chapel to his needs. “One experiment I did was stack our hymnals to form a ramp that I could roll a ball down. I was trying to calculate the acceleration due to gravity by varying the slope of the ramp. At least one teacher knew that I was in the chapel, but I’m not sure about the others. They probably would not have been too happy.”  Read more

December 4, 2015

big data science meet up

Data Science-Big Data Meet Up, Dec. 7

Join MIT GECD for a meet up with alums and representatives working in Data Science-Big Data, and learn about jobs and careers in this rapidly growing field.  This meet up will be held on Monday, December 7 from 5:30-6:30 pm in 10-105.  This is an opportunity for attendee to ask about the work, career paths, skills needed, trends in the field, and whatever else you would like to know. Light refreshments will be served. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Please register in advance via CareerBridge.  Photo by Kjetil Korslien

December 4, 2015

mentor relationships enriching

Enriching Your Mentoring Relationships, Dec. 7

We all hear the buzzword  “mentoring” in relation to career success, but most of us don’t know how to look for a strong mentor or how to use one effectively once we have found one. How can you maximize your mentoring relationship with your supervisor? How can you go about finding and benefiting from additional mentors? Find out at the Enriching Your Mentoring Relationships event that will take place on December 7 from 3-4:30 pm in Building 46-3002 (the Singleton Auditorium).  Joanne Kamens, Executive Director at Addgene, will offer practical advice on building and maximizing mentoring relationships, and is relevant for those on both sides of a mentoring relationship.  Please register for this event here.  Photo by JD Lasica

December 4, 2015

p2nk winter bike fest

P2NK Wild Winter Bike Fest, Dec. 6

As the days become shorter, don’t forget those bike lights (it’s the law!). Stop by the P2NK Wild Winter Bike Fest on Sunday, December 6, from 2-5 pm in the MIT Z-Center (Johnson Lobby)  for $15 bike lights, $20 helmets, $40 high-vis shirts, and PN2K membership (tax-deductible). Bring your bikes for free minor bike repairs, pressure-washing, registration, bike trivia (for a chance to win prizes), free food, music, and to learn more about joining PN2K.  Photo by Colville-Andersen

December 3, 2015

turkle digital age

Prof. Sherry Turkle on “Reclaiming Conversation”, Dec. 4

On Friday, December 4, at 2 pm in the MIT Student Center (W20-306, Twenty Chimneys ), Professor Sherry Turkle will share her recent research on our relationships with technology and observations on how the digital age is affecting our humanity. The talk will be followed by a reception where you can meet and speak with her directly. Her latest book will also be available for sale. Though the event is free of charge, it is important that all attendees RSVP to

December 3, 2015

mit spc network

MIT S&PC Career Connect Networking Event, Dec. 3

Come to the Career Connect Networking Event on Thursday, December 3, from 7-8 pm in E25-401 and meet MIT spouses who will share their experiences through an informal conversation. You will learn about their job search process and about their understanding and experience of the American workplace. After the discussion, you will be able to practice networking and make some new friends!  We hope this event will help you feel a sense of community and enhance your networking skills, as well as give you an opportunity to learn from each other, and have a fun time together. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Please register here.

December 3, 2015

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Lewis Music Library Open Mic, Dec. 4

Open Mic will be held on Friday, December 4, from 12-1 pm in the Lewis Music Library (Building 14E-109).  There will be a piano, a free audience, and refreshments.  Sing, bring your own instrument, wear your taps, or sit and enjoy a refreshing musical break in the middle of the day.  Photo by Rich

December 2, 2015

mit humanities top three

MIT named among three top universities in the world for humanities & arts fields

The Times Higher Education 2015 World University Rankings has named MIT one of the top three universities worldwide for arts and humanities education. The three top ranked universities — Stanford University, Harvard University, and MIT — are closely aligned in the evaluation metrics, which assess the arts and humanities at “research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.”

“I am delighted that MIT’s faculty members in the arts and humanities are receiving this public recognition as scholars and teachers for their remarkable research and creativity,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said. “Their work challenges us to think about the world in new ways, overturns fixed assumptions, and inspires novel connections across disciplines far beyond their own fields. Humanities and arts teaching is also central to guiding MIT students in their growth as human beings who understand the power of science and technology, are alert to its impacts on society, and are prepared to be bold, thoughtful leaders of constructive change.”  Read more

December 2, 2015

ADP’s Women’s Leadership Challenge, Apply by Dec. 7

McKinsey passionately believes in developing outstanding female leaders. They do so every day, internally and with clients. They have also published numerous acclaimed pieces that demonstrate the importance of women in leadership positions, including Women Matter and the Centered Leadership project. You are invited to take the next step of your leadership journey with them by participating in the APD Women’s Leadership Challenge. In this program, they will help you:

  • Shape your own leadership style by playing to your strengths
  • Develop your communication style
  • Network with other highly talented women

Leadership programming and material will be presented via video conference in our local offices. These large sessions allow us to connect every region while experts present material on leadership topics. After each video conference session, you regional group will meet in person to debrief on the content and practice the new skills you have learned. McKinsey women will lead the debrief sessions to help you practice what you have learned, to help set goals, and to mentor you through the program. Read more

December 2, 2015

committed to caring nominations

Nominate a caring professor for ‘Committed to Caring’ by Dec. 14!

Do you know a faculty member who goes above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of grad students?  Perhaps they check in with you about your well-being, share their own struggles, or are generous with time? Nominate them for being “Committed to Caring!”  To nominate a faculty member, please fill out a short online nomination form.  Honorees are featured in a poster campaign across campus and the ODGE web site.  The deadline for nominations has been EXTENDED to Monday, December 14, at 11:59 pm.

December 2, 2015

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Bad Auditions by Bad Actors, Dec. 4

For the first time ever MS&PC will be premiering a comedy play on Friday, December 4, at 7:30 pm in Killian Hall (14W). Performed by amateur theater actors from all over the world, “Bad Auditions by Bad Actors” is about a casting director that has one day to find the leads for a community theater production of Romeo and Juliet. But what seems like a simple task will prove to be quite impossible. This comedy will bring you to the last place you’d ever want to be…behind the doors of a casting session. Tickets are available for purchase.

December 1, 2015

Yang: Harvesting more energy from photons

Yingyi Yang, a graduate student at MIT, along with other researchers at MIT, and elsewhere, have found a way to significantly boost the energy that can be harnessed from sunlight, a finding that could lead to better solar cells or light detectors. The new approach is based on the discovery that unexpected quantum effects increase the number of charge carriers, known as electrons and “holes,” that are knocked loose when photons of light of different wavelengths strikes a metal surface coated with a special class of oxide materials known as high-index dielectrics. The photons generate what are known as surface plasmons — a cloud of oscillating electrons that has the same frequency as the absorbed photons

The surprising finding is reported this week in the journal Physical Review Letters by authors including MIT’s Nicholas Fang, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, and postdoc Dafei Jin. The researchers used a sheet of silver coated with an oxide, which converts light energy into polarization of atoms at the interface.

December 1, 2015

breaking the mold conference

Breaking the Mold Conference, Dec. 5

Breaking the Mold is an initiative to help students develop approaches to managing unconscious biases in the classroom, workplace and board room.  The discussion is split across two conferences: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 8am-5pm and Friday, February 5, 2016 (half day) in the MIT Media Lab. The Conference features interactive panels, workshops and keynote speakers: Former President & CEO of the LA Dodgers and Chief Product Officer of OKCupid. Tickets can be purchased as a bundle (for both conferences) or for the December conference only here.  To learn more about the speakers, the conference and the Breaking the Mold initiative, please visit this site.  Contact:  Photo by Stewart Morris

December 1, 2015

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Supporting Friends and Loved Ones with Cancer, Dec. 2

When a loved one has cancer, you not only face an array of intense emotions, but also the responsibilities that come with being a caregiver. Juggling the care of someone with cancer has a great impact on a caregiver physically, psychologically, socially, and financially. Life can quickly become overwhelming, and caregivers typically put others’ needs before their own to meet the demands of each day. Unfortunately, when caregivers are less able to care for themselves, the care they provide to others suffers. Taking the time to meet your own needs is crucial when caring for a loved one with cancer, but where do you start? In this seminar, which will take place on Wednesday, December 2 from 12-1:30 pm in E19-603, Jill McNamara, LICSW, will discuss:

  • Coping with the issues when caring for someone with cancer
  • Setting realistic expectations and ultimately embracing the positive aspects of caregiving
  • Learning how to approach caregiving in a way that allows for self-care and the resources that are available to you

Please register for the event.  Photo by Thai Jasmine