Monthly Archives: November 2016

November 23, 2016

CoSI Lecture with EECS Head Prof. Chandrakasan, Nov. 29

SP-CoSI is pleased to invite you to “Ultra-Low Power, the Internet of Things, and Heading the World’s Top EECS Program,” an evening with Professor Anantha Chandrakasan, on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 pm at MIT Sidney-Pacific Graduate Residence, 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge, MA. RSVP is required, and you can register here.

Anantha P. Chandrakasan is currently the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests include ultra-low-power circuit and system design, energy harvesting, energy efficient RF circuits, and hardware security. He received the 2009 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award and the 2013 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid State Circuits. In 2015 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Chandrakasan is an IEEE Fellow. He has served in various roles for the IEEE ISSCC including Program Chair, Signal Processing Sub-committee Chair, and Technology Directions Sub-committee Chair. He has been the Conference Chair of ISSCC since 2010. He was the Director of the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories from 2006 to 2011. Since July 2011, he is the Head of the MIT EECS Department.

November 22, 2016

Apply for the Engine Ad Hoc Working Groups by Nov. 28

MIT will be forming four ad hoc working groups related to MIT’s recent launch of The Engine, as streamlining MIT policies and procedures in these areas will be critical to The Engine’s success.

Access to MIT equipment and facilities:
Building on the MIT Mobius platform, we are launching the Engine Room to enable the Institute and the surrounding regional entities to make space, equipment and specialized expertise available to local entrepreneurs, with the goal of drastically improving access for early-stage endeavors. The Engine will work with partners/hosts to establish terms of access as opposed to each startup needing to negotiate individual terms. The Facilities Access Working Group will work through issues surrounding access to specialized equipment and services at MIT. These may include establishing a system to certify that startup personnel have the qualifications and training needed to use requested equipment; determining how startup use of equipment is prioritized among internal MIT needs; reviewing fee structures for outside usage in comparison to internal users; and considering questions surrounding intellectual property. This may also include evaluation of opportunities to create an open access consortium, similar to the one created at Western University, for participating universities. Read more

November 22, 2016

Professional Development Exploration Grant, Apply by Dec. 1

The Professional Development Exploration (PDE) Grant is designed to support MIT graduate students from all schools and departments in their pursuit of local professional development opportunities outside their area of study or research. Specifically, this fund is allocated to cover registration fees that are not currently funded by the student’s advisor or other funding sources. Registration would be covered, up to the $200 cap, for professional development activities including but not limited to seminars, workshops, conferences, and meetings.We hope to facilitate your exploration of alternative career options beyond what MIT currently offers! For more information and to submit an application, visit the PDE grant website. Contact us with questions or concerns at

November 21, 2016

Open Forum on the Future of Libraries Preliminary Report, Nov. 22

Last month the Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries released its preliminary report, which includes a set of 10 recommendations that outline a comprehensive vision for the Libraries in the coming decades. Just as collecting broad input from the MIT faculty, staff, and students was a key part of our initial process, we encourage feedback from the entire community on the vision laid out in the preliminary report. You are invited to attend an upcoming forum with members of the Task Force so you can share your thoughts. The forum will be on Tuesday, November 22, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at 4-163. Register here (while registration is encouraged to ensure adequate room size, walk-in participation will be welcomed depending on space constraints.) If you are not able to attend, we still encourage you to share your feedback on the preliminary report by emailing the Task Force at or by joining the discussion on PubPub, a new publishing platform from the MIT Media Lab. Thank you, and we hope to see you on November 22.

November 21, 2016

Apply for iREFS by Nov. 27: Become a resource to support peers

iREFS is a low barrier, informal, confidential peer-support group for graduate students across the Institute. iREFS are available to their fellows to support, informally mentor, and mediate during times of uncertainty, stress or conflict. Applications for iREFS to join can be found here and are due by November 27th. Successful applicants will receive a free 40 hour training in conflict management. Get more information about the program.

November 18, 2016

2016 Election Debrief Panel, Nov. 18

The MIT Libraries, in collaboration with GSC and the UA are organizing an election debrief panel on Friday, November 18 at 4 pm at 32-123. The event will be moderated by Prof. Bertschinger, the Institute Community and Equity Officer. The panel will include:

Ceasar McDowell, Professor of the Practice of Community Development
Amy Glasmeier, Professor of Economic Geography and Regional Planning
Ariel White, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ken Oye, Associate Professor of Political Science and Engineering Systems
David Elwell, Associate Dean and Director, International Students Office

November 18, 2016

The Office of Multicultural Programs: The Feast Nov. 22

The Office of Multicultural Programs is proud to announce that we will be holding our 4th Annual event, THE FEAST, on November 22, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Morss Hall (Walker Memorial). Join us as we celebrate the diverse backgrounds found in the MIT community over cultural food, performances by Sakata and Casino Rueda, and great raffle prizes. Feel free to stay for the entire time or drop in as you can!

November 17, 2016

New Video Resources for Teaching Assistants at MIT

The User-friendly Classroom, a free, video-based resource for TA training, is now available online on MIT’s OpenCourseWare site. These videos are used in the subjects 21G.217 (Workshop in Strategies for Effective Teaching/ELS) and 21G.232 (Advanced Speaking and Critical Listening Skills/ELS), both of which help International Teaching Assistants to succeed at MIT. Designed for International Teaching Assistants, they can be useful to all TAs. The five videos include advice from MIT undergraduates and experienced International TAs, as well as examples of those TAs teaching classes, all with interactive transcripts:

  • Expectations
  • Phase diagram class
  • Lift class
  • The First Day
  • Introductions

The site also includes assignments for the videos and suggestions for teacher trainers. Questions or comments? Please write to

November 16, 2016

Ethical Community-based engagement workshop, Nov. 18

We may have the best of intentions when we want to work for a better world and undertake projects that will have a positive social impact, but what does it take to actually work wisely, effectively, and ethically when doing community-based research? In this session we’ll cover theory of change, visualizing how innovations fit into complex contexts, and hands-on stakeholder analysis tools.This session will be held at MIT D-lab (N51-310) on Friday, November 18 from 12 pm to 2 pm. Lunch will be served!  RSVP is required.


November 15, 2016

Basics of Grant Writing, Nov. 16

Dr. Sonal Jhaveri’s talk on “Basics of Grant Writing” will focus on NIH applications, but the basic principles she emphasizes are applicable to all types of grant writing. The talk will be on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002. Register for the talk here. Dr. Jhaveri is an MIT alumna (BS, MS). She received her PhD from Harvard University, has been Principal Investigator on a number of grants from NIH, NSF and other private foundations, has co-authored 60 professional articles, and has consulted on a number of science and medical writing projects. She teaches Science Communication and Language Skills to graduate and medical students as well as to postdocs at MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

November 14, 2016

FAQs about graduate student unionization

As you may have read, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in a case involving Columbia University, has determined that students holding appointments as teaching and research assistants are eligible to organize under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  This reversed a long standing decision involving Brown University where the NLRB determined student assistants were not employees under the NLRA, but were students.  The NLRB in the Columbia case determined that student assistants could be both students and employees. As a result of this decision, we provide the following Frequently Asked Questions to provide answers to questions the community may have in light of this new decision.

November 11, 2016

Nominate for the MLK Leadership awards by Dec. 9

It is hard to think of a moment when our nation more urgently needed the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even at the distance of decades, we can take inspiration from his character and his conduct – his dignity, integrity, selflessness and moral vision, and his relentless focus on what really matters, in the quest for a more just, peaceful and unified society. Let us pause, here in our own time and place, to contemplate the example of those members of our community who, in the spirit of Dr. King, lift us up and bring us together. Nominate those whose inspiration you find meaningful – students, faculty, staff or alumni, pursuing their work as individuals or as groups – to receive the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award. Please submit your nomination by December 9 here.  We will honor the winners as part of our annual MLK program, to be held on February 15, 2017.

November 10, 2016

Apply for the The Marvin E. Goody Award by Dec. 5

The Marvin E. Goody Award of $5,000 is awarded to an MIT graduate student in any department at MIT who is expecting to complete his or her Master’s* thesis in June 2017. The aims of the award are to extend the horizons of existing building techniques and use of materials, to encourage links between the academic world and the building industry, and to increase appreciation of the bond between good design and good building.To be appropriate for the Goody Award a thesis proposal must address one or more of the stated aims. Submit an application form, resume, two-page thesis proposal, a budget indicating the proposed use of funds, and two letters of recommendation. The application deadline is December 5, 2016. The winner will be announced on December 22, 2016. Apply and get more information here. Questions? Please contact Cynthia Stewart at The Award was established in 1983 by Joan A. Goody in the name of Marvin E. Goody (1929-1980), an MIT alumnus and faculty member.

November 9, 2016

An Evening with John Hodgman, Nov. 10

On Thursday, November 10 at 26-100, Hodgman brings his razor-sharp wit to MIT for a moderated discussion on his career and the state of comedy today. In 2005, a little-known author was invited on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote his book, an almanac chronicling fake histories ranging from the story behind Theodore Roosevelt’s fictional lobster canal to the disappearing 51st US state Hohoq. Since then, humorist John Hodgman has parlayed his wit into New York Times best-selling books, a Daily Show correspondent position, a Netflix stand-up special, and his own podcast.

November 8, 2016

Ski Trip Ticket Sales, Nov. 7 – Dec. 1

Join the Graduate Student Council on the annual GSC Ski Trip! We will go to Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont from January 20-23, 2017. Smugglers’ Notch is a local favorite, with three mountains containing numerous trails suitable for all levels, from beginners to experts. A variety of activities will be available to participants, to ensure a fun trip for all! Mingle with your friends in a relaxing atmosphere and take in the beauty of Vermont’s winter scenery! Included in the trip are: 3 days of skiing or snowboarding, 3 days/nights of high-quality lodging, tubing, ice skating, MIT-exclusive Saturday night party with DJ, bar, and food, and more! Discounts on rentals, lessons, and other activities such as snowmobile tours and winter ziplining will also be available. More info can be found here. GSC Ski Trip is open to all MIT graduate students and post-docs. Each ticket buyer may also bring a guest, who does not have to be MIT-affiliated. All participants must be 21+. Tickets are $310 per person if driving or $370 per person if taking the provided bus. Sales open Nov. 7 for grad students and Nov. 14 for post-docs and close Dec. 1 for all. Tickets can be purchased via the website. Get hyped for a snowy winter and hope to see you on the slopes!

November 7, 2016

Engineering Career Fair Collaborative, Nov. 16

Meet representatives from small engineering firms across the area seeking engineering students for full-time and internship opportunities in innovative fields including robotics, energy, medical devices, and civil/environmental design. All levels of engineering students from the five sponsoring institutions are invited to attend. Registration is required as attendance is capped for each participating university. MIT Students, to register you will need to log in CareerBridge, select Career Fair/Events Tab and Search for Event. This event is sponsored by the career offices of Harvard University, Boston University College of Engineering, Olin College, Tufts University, and MIT. This event will take place on 17 November from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm at  Sheraton Commander Hotel.

November 4, 2016

2016 MIT water summit: Sign up for the poster presentation session by Nov 7

The MIT Water Club and its sponsors are thrilled to announce the fifth edition of the MIT Water Summit, a gathering of students and faculty with leaders from industry, finance, and government to explore current problems and potential solutions surrounding water resources.  The theme of the summit  is Water Utilities of the Future. Turn on your faucet: clean water flows out, and wastewater disappears down the drain. Essential, yet not guaranteed. How do we create efficient and sustainable water cycles for our future, adapting to a changing climate and urban population growth? What role will new technologies and designs play? What’s the current economic landscape, how do we finance the future water utility, and what policy issues must be resolved? How do we increase the flow of ideas between academia and industry through markets, to ultimately reach water-taps. Early bird tickets are on sale till November 2nd and can be purchased here! Key highlights include panel discussions, a poster presentation session (sign up here), and technology showcase (contact us). More details about the program and the speakers can be found on our website. Please write to us at if you have questions! Remember to sign up for the Poster Presentation Session by Nov. 7th! The summit will take place in November 17-18 at Wong Auditorium, MIT.


November 3, 2016

DSL Wellness Fair, Nov 4

On Friday, November 4th from 2 pm – 5 pm MHH (MindHandHeart) and DSL (Division of student life) are hosting the Wellness Fair in the Z-Center Lobby! This is a community event that focuses on stress awareness, stress management, and stress relief. Put it on your calendar and come check out all the resources available to you at MIT.

November 2, 2016

Language Conversation Exchange Mixer, Nov 3

Please join us for an evening of fun and language exchange next Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 pm in 68-180 (Koch building). This is a great time to meet other members in the MIT language learning community, learn more about their culture and language, and enjoy some tasty snacks! If you haven’t yet found a language partner, we are here to help! There are a number of ways to find a partner: send an email to our new mailing list:, search the website at, or email We can help! Just let us know if you’re having trouble finding a partner!!! We are actively growing our community and new members are joining daily. Be persistent and flexible as you work to find a partner. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to seeing you next Thursday! Happy language learning, and see you soon.

November 1, 2016

MIT Hult Prize Challenge Info Session, Nov 2

Interested in entrepreneurship or launching a start-up taking on the world’s most pressing social issues with $1M in seed capital? Join or create a team and compete for a chance to win $1M seed capital through the Hult Prize Challenge. The 2017 challenge, introduced by President Clinton, is on building sustainable, scalable social enterprises that rest the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022. If you have an idea, want to join a team or just learn more, come to our info-session. Take advantage and meet other people within the MIT community who are also committed to social change. RSVP to attend the information session on Wednesday, November 2 from 5 pm to 6 pm at the Martin Trust Center, room 175 / 175 A. If already have a team, register here. If you have any questions, contact Gabriela Werneck ( or Marisa DeAngelis (

November 1, 2016

The ISO has moved!

As of November 1st, the International Students Office has a new home. Come visit us in the our new location at E18-219! Please make sure you enter at 50 Ames Street. The ISO’s regular business hours are still 9am to 4pm; however, now it will be closed on Wednesdays (instead of Tuesdays) from 10am to 11:30am for a staff meeting.