Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 29, 2016

GSC’s De-stress your Dissertation! January 9-13, 2017

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) and MIT Libraries have again collaborated to provide a quiet writing space to graduate students working on their dissertations. To help you de-stress the process, we’ve reserved space in Barker Library, and will provide breakfast, lunch, and coffee to students who register! The space will be available from 9:30-5:30, Monday January 9th through Friday January 13th. Sign up here and indicate some (or all) of the days you plan to attend. Another week-long session will be held in April before the next thesis deadline.There will be a quiet space for writing, with large shared tables to spread out, an area to relax and lounge, and an area where the food will be located. There will also be resources available, including help from the writing center and tips on dealing with anxiety and stress. Please contact with any questions!

December 28, 2016

Language Conversation Exchange IAP events

Meet a Native Speaker Lunch Series
When: Wednesdays (1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1)
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: 14N-417
Come to this weekly lunch to meet other language enthusiasts, students taking learning languages, and native speakers of languages you’d like to practice. All MIT community members welcome! Multicultural foods will be served at each lunch. This is a great way to find a language partner!

IAP “Intro To” Language Series
Dates: Mondays/Tuesdays (to be confirmed), 3-4pm
Location: MIT One Community Room 8-219
Learn about the intracacies of a new language during these sessions! Language presentations may include Italian, Hebrew, Russian, and French. Take a break from work, enjoy some snacks, and learn about a new language!

Starr Forum International Film Series
Dates: Friday Jan 13, Jan 20, Jan 27
When: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Where: E15, 070 Bartos Theater
Showing of foreign films, sponsored by the Center for International Students and MIT Center for International Studies. The LCE is co-sponsoring these events. Films include: Amour (French), Caché (French), and White Ribbon (German)

December 27, 2016

Changes are coming to Hayden Library

This IAP, the Libraries will be making improvements to user spaces and ease of access to materials in Hayden Library. What’s changing? The Libraries will consolidate previously fragmented collections with the goal of providing better access and navigation. What’s not changing? No collections will be removed from Hayden; Course Reserves, the Information Desk, 24/7 Study Spaces, equipment and computing We will have regular updates on our progress on our website, as well as plenty of signage to ensure users can still get to all the materials they need. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns about these changes, please contact

December 22, 2016

MIT Reads: Hidden figures

In February, MIT libraries is partnering with the Black Women’s Alliance to read Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

“Imagine the first scientists and engineers trying to send rockets—and eventually people—into space. With no electronic computers, they relied on an elite group of mathematicians capable of doing the most challenging calculations by hand, calculations that would launch men into space and forever expand our knowledge of the universe. Among these “human computers” were the black women whose genius for numbers made space exploration and travel possible. They’re finally introduced to America in Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. It’s no surprise that this story was adapted for film even before the book was finished. It’s the inspiring yet largely unknown true story of the African-American female mathematicians at NASA whose work that helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Ironically, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were responsible for some of NASA’s greatest successes at a time when Jim Crow laws ensured NASA remained segregated.”

Community discussions will be held from February 2017 – details to follow. For more information on how to get the book, visit the MIT libraries website.

December 21, 2016

All things nuclear: A virtual tour

MIT has converted a row of former warehouses and cracker-storage facilities into one of the densest concentrations of nuclear science instrumentation and brain power on the planet. The future of safe, clean energy (among other things) is being discovered right now on the quarter mile of Albany Street between Massachusetts Avenue and Pacific.

Brandon Sorbom and Leigh Anne Kesler, both graduate students in the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (also known as Course 22), give a rare tour of what it’s like to work inside a network of facilities and labs that, all told, mimic the footprint of a national lab. Read more and watch the video at MIT News.

December 19, 2016

Enhancements to Housing Policies and Procedures for 2017-18

The division of student life has announced enhancements to some housing policies and procedures, which will benefit current and future MIT graduate students. First, there will be a graduate housing lottery (or “allocation”) during the summer. For valid reasons, some grad students miss the fall allocation’s May deadline and must wait for Housing’s waitlist process in July. Combined with a seasonal influx of housing agreement terminations in May and June, these factors suggested the creation of another opportunity to match available space with students who want fall housing. Students who enter the third allocation will receive confirmation of their housing assignment in mid-July, much earlier than the waitlist process. Second, the the 30-day advance notice requirement and lease termination fees will be eliminated for students who are taking a leave of absence approved by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education. We hope the change will remove a barrier for any grad student who is considering taking time away from MIT for personal, academic, or professional reasons.

This good news is the result of a partnership between the Graduate Student Council and the Division of Student Life’s housing staff. These enhancements will be implemented in the 2017-18 academic year. For more details please read this article on the DSL website. In the meantime, if you have any questions about these or other housing policies, please contact Jennifer Hapgood-White, associate director of housing assignments.


December 12, 2016

Activism in the Era of MLK: A Conversation on Dec. 14

Join us for a conversation with activists who worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, and other civil rights leaders in the 1960s. Dr. Janet Moses is a pediatrician who worked in MIT Medical, Topper Carew is a filmmaker and Principal Investigator in the Media Lab, and Dr. Robert Moses is founder of the Algebra Project. All were active in Freedom Summer. Come to the MIT student Center Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307) on December 14, from 11:45am to 1pm (hot lunch served starting 11:45am, program begins 12:10pm). RSVP for a special MLK Program Luncheon.


December 8, 2016

Novartis Open Framework symposium, Dec. 9

The Novartis Open Framework symposia are designed to stimulate discussions within the Boston community about the academia- industry interface, and how to optimize interactions between these environments in order to advance science and impact health. This session will focus on the Role of Academia-Industry Partnerships in Fostering Innovation. The speakers will be Jay Bradner, President of the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Robert Urban, Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Boston Innovation Center, and Randy King, Harry C. McKenzie Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School. The speakers will draw upon their own experiences in academia-industry partnerships to highlight how these interactions can promote scientific breakthroughs. This event, which is open to the public and free, includes presentations starting at 2 pm, a panel at 3:40 pm, followed by a reception. Space is limited, and registration is required.

December 7, 2016

Immigration and the Entrepreneur, Dec. 7

Interested in starting your own business in the U.S.? Have you already started a start-up? Come and hear immigration attorney Elizabeth Goss, of Goss Associates in Boston, discuss visa options and considerations available to entrepreneurs. This presentation will be on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in 34-101.

December 6, 2016

Come to Winterfest 2016 on Dec. 6

Rafael and Chris Reif invite members of the MIT community to Winterfest 2016. As the holiday season begins and fall classes near their end, please come celebrate Winterfest with cocoa, cider, and seasonal sweets on Tuesday, December 6 from noon to 1:30 pm at Morss Hall, Walker Memorial, Building 50.

December 5, 2016

ISO Holiday Open House Dec. 5 – 22

You are invited to join the ISO in E18-219 for the first three weeks in December for hot cider and treats! We hope you will find the ISO office a welcoming and relaxing space; come hang out for as long as you would like, as often as you wish! The open house will be at 10 am to 3 pm from Monday, December 5 to Thursday, December 22.