Category Archives: Video

December 17, 2014

How curiosity saved Keating’s life

MIT Mechanical Engineering PhD student Steven Keating shares how his innate curiosity shaped his personal experience as a cancer patient before, during, and after his 10-hour awake surgery to remove a baseball-sized IDH1-mutant brain tumor.

February 19, 2014

Mareena Robinson speaks at 2014 MLK Celebration

Mareena Robinson, a two time alum of the MIT Summer Research Program and PhD candidate in Nuclear Science and Engineering, was the graduate student speaker during the 2014 MLK Celebration.  The event also featured the MIT Gospel Choir and an Invocation by Rev. Rahsaan Hall.  The MLK Celebration is an assembly of speakers, presentations and song which serve to inspire the community to rededicate to the vision of Dr. King.

Read more about Robinson and the event on MIT news; click “Read more” to see a video excerpt from the Celebration (Robinson’s talk begins at 14:40).
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July 26, 2013

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“Finding a Good Postdoc” July 31

This panel “Finding a Good Postdoc” is part of the Graduate Student Council Academic Career Series and intends to educate graduate students about how to find the most optimal postdoctoral experience for their academic and professional goals. It will be held on Wednesday July 31 from 3-4:30pm in 32-123. Speakers will discuss their personal experiences, reflect on steps they took to secure a postdoctoral position, and advise on what postdoc employers are looking for in candidates. This talk will cover getting a postdoctoral position, living life after graduate school and meeting future career goals.

Our presenting speakers are Vibha Puri, a postdoctoral scholar at the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing, MIT, Athma Pai, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Biology at MIT, and Dr. Hazel Sive, Professor of Biology and Associate Dean, School of Science.

For students unable to attend in person, this event will be live-streamed.  RSVP to to receive the url.  Afterwards, the event will be posted to the ODGE Professional Development Video Portal. Event organized by the Graduate Student Council’s Academic, Research and Careers Committee and the Global Education and Career Development Office.  Live streaming sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

July 17, 2013


Cyntrica Eaton on her life and work as a scientist

Cyntrica Eaton, an alumna of the MIT Summer Research Program, sat down for an interview and answered questions on her life inspiration and her work as a scientist. The interview is featured by ScienceLives and the National Science Foundation. Cyntrica Eaton is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Norfolk State University in Virginia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of several publications, including A Framework for Detecting and Diagnosing Configuration Faults in Web Applications and Advances in Web TestingPhoto by NSF. Read more

February 12, 2013

Documentary Film about 5 MIT students from Africa

One Day I Too Go Fly is a four year chronicle of how five students from Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zimbabwe become engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  As they arrive from varied African backgrounds and immerse themselves in the challenge of rigorous academics and navigating a new world, they receive an elite education and grow into their adult selves.  Director/Producer Arthur Musah, also an MIT Alum, recently acquired the funding necessary to produce this film as well as strong, enthusiastic Institute support.  Musah, who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from EECS (2002, 2004), has been given unprecedented permission to film extensively on campus.  Supported by former President Paul Gray and the International Students Office as well as by many Kickstarter donors.  See the teaser for the film below.

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October 24, 2012

Meet the MIT Summer Research Program 2012 Interns! (video)

The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) provides nine exciting weeks of intensive research experience to undergraduates considering graduate school. This past summer, 39 interns conducted research in 14 different departments, working in labs under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers who are MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students. Nineteen of the host labs were new to the program, joining over 250 faculty members who have been key to MSRP’s success since it began. MSRP seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT. Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research and innovation. Click “Read more” to see a great video about this past summer, or visit the MSRP page on the ODGE website.

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October 18, 2012

Dean Christine Ortiz studies ancient fish to create a new kind of human body armor

In a research laboratory at the vaunted Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a group of scientists, engineers and architects observes an ancient armored fish, known as polypterus, which has a completely flexible yet protective outer coat that changes shape in response to threats. Looking closely at its skin and scales, the group extrapolates design principles to help them create a new kind of human body armor that could protect soldiers at war, disaster area first-responders, even athletes. Across the room, another team of scientists studies the molecular structure of human cartilage in order to understand why people who suffer from osteoarthritis feel pain. They map out a detailed and microscopic snapshot of the disease, work that could one day lead to personalized medical treatments for arthritis patients. This may seem like the futuristic setting for a sci-fi thriller coming to your local multiplex, but it’s actually the real-life innovation incubator of Christine Ortiz,  professor of materials science and engineering at MIT, and Dean of the school’s prestigious graduate education program… Read the rest of the article on NBC Latino.

October 17, 2012

Elizabeth Rapoport working on key to biolab on a chip

If you throw a ball underwater, you’ll find that the smaller it is, the faster it moves: A larger cross-section greatly increases the water’s resistance. Now, a team of MIT researchers has figured out a way to use this basic principle, on a microscopic scale, to carry out biomedical tests that could eventually lead to fast, compact and versatile medical-testing devices. The results, based on work by graduate student Elizabeth Rapoport and assistant professor Geoffrey Beach, of MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE), are described in a paper published in the journal Lab on a Chip. MIT graduate student Daniel Montana ’11 also contributed to the research as an undergraduate. Continue reading this article on MIT news or click “More” to see the video. Read more

August 30, 2012

How Children Learn: Hyowon Gweon on Childhood Cognition

When you try to read other people’s thoughts, or guess why they are behaving a certain way, you employ a skill known as theory of mind. This skill, as measured by false-belief tests, takes time to develop: In children, it doesn’t start appearing until the age of 4 or 5. Brain and Cognitive Sciences grad student Hyowon Gweon helped MIT neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe to show that in adults, theory of mind is seated in a specific brain region known as the right temporo-parietal junction (TPJ). Saxe and colleagues have now shown how brain activity in the TPJ changes as children learn to reason about others’ thoughts and feelings. Read the rest of the story on MITnewsAlso, check out Gweon’s Student Snapshot and video on the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education website!

August 23, 2012

Are This Guy and His Robot Manufacturing’s Future?

Bloomberg Businessweek visits Steven Levine, a graduate student at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, to peek at the future of manufacturing robotics.  Levine has programmed a robotic arm that will work along with humans in manufacturing settings. Click more to check out the video featured on Bloomberg TV! Read more

July 17, 2012

Are You an Innovator? An Entrepreneur? Then Pitch to China!

Are you an entrepreneur ready to take advantage of incredible opportunity? The MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum presents to you the “Pitch to China” Business Plan Contest! Over $20,000 will be awarded in prizes and contestants will receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and investors. Networking opportunities will be available with invited guests of MIT-CHIEF, including researchers, well-known entrepreneurs and policy-makers. There will also be a special prize awarded to a team or teams focusing on the area of innovation in education: The MIT-CHIEF ODGE Student Innovation Prize is generously supported by the MIT Office of the Dean for Graduate Education and focuses on education and the building of scholarly communities. The deadline to register is July 29th! Find out more information and register here.

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July 13, 2012


Rambax: MIT’s Senegalese Drum Ensemble

During IAP 2012, Rambax MIT traveled to Senegal to study sabar with the Mbaye family. Sabar is a vibrant drum and dance tradition of the Wolof people of Senegal, West Africa. The group is co-directed by artist-in-residence Lamine Touré and faculty advisor Patricia Tang and consists of MIT students (graduate and undergraduate) and other members of the MIT community. New members are accepted in the fall based on space availability and skill. They have the opportunity to rehearse and hone skills through one-on-one feedback from advanced members during the academic year. Click below to see the video of their incredible and culturally enriching 2012 IAP Study Tour, which showcases Rambax’s  experience in Senegal (supported by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education).

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May 22, 2012

Team LiquiGlide

Team LiquiGlide Ends Violent Ketchup Bottle Shaking!

We’ve all been there. You get a bottle of Heinz ketchup from your cupboard or in a restaurant ready to dress up those fresh-cut fries. When you open it up, however, the bottle is nearly finished and you have to keep tapping the neck of the container to get the last bits to flow out. That, or you can keep shaking and pray the ketchup won’t end up everywhere. Instead, reseachers from Varanasi Research Group developed LiquiGlide, a non-stick coating for food packaging that will help substances flow out of the containers more seamlessly. Team LiquiGlide was bestowed the honor of the popular vote at the May 14th 100k finale presentation, with audience members texting their favorite pitch to the contest organizers to vote. The team, with Mechanical Engineering graduate students Dave Smith, Brian Solomon, Adam Paxson, and Chris Love, as well as postdoc Rajeev Dhiman and advisor Prof. Varanasi, was a WildCard Round winner and one of the 8 teams to make the final round. Read more and watch a ketchup video on

March 26, 2012

Science Writing

A Celebration of 10 Years of Science Writing at MIT

The Graduate Program in Science Writing hosted a celebration for their 10th anniversary on March 24th, 2012.  The event, which consisted of two panels and a dinner, was free and open to the public.  Alan Lightman hosted the first panel, discussing the brain and memory along with Robert Desimone, Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science at MIT and Director of the McGovern Institute of Brain Science at MIT, Suzanne Corkin, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at MIT, and Florian Engert, Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology at Harvard University.  The second panel was hosted by Marcia Bartusiak, along with Angela Belcher, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, Seth Lloyd, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, who discussed what we expect science to be doing in 50 years.  Finally, the MIT Museum held dinner and conversation with Seth Mnookin, Amy Harmon (both from The New York Times) and Kurt Andersen (from Studio 360).  Read the MIT News story here.

January 24, 2012

Richard Tapia

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: “Expanding the Possible”

On February 9, 2012, MIT held the 38th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Morss Hall, Walker Memorial. The program featured a delightful video of highlights from past breakfasts, and included remarks by President Hockfield, a graduate and undergraduate student, and the acknowledgement of MLK Leadership Awards. The keynote speaker was Richard Tapia, a mathematician in Rice University’s Computational and Applied Mathematics Department. He is the 2011 awardee of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers, and holds the rank of University Professor, the university’s highest academic title awarded to only six individuals in the university’s history. Among his many other honors is election to the National Academy of Engineering, the first Hispanic to receive this honor, and honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University, Colorado School of Mines, and Claremont Graduate University.  Because of his leadership Rice University is recognized as a national leader in the preparation of women and underrepresented minority doctoral degree recipients in science, engineering, and mathematics. Read the MIT News story and slideshow.

November 19, 2011


It Gets Better: MIT

This video is a part of the It Gets Better project ( Hear 10 brave people  from the MIT community who have shared their stories with you and Dean for Graduate Education Christine Ortiz, Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel Hastings, and Dean for the Student Life Chris Colombo, who wish to extend their hands out to you in support. Check out lgbt@MIT.

November 8, 2011

Graduate students Stand With Science!

DCA new effort by graduate students in the MIT Science Policy Initiative (SPI) involves reaching out to Congress’ Supercommittee to ask them to avoid science and R&D cuts in the upcoming budget deliberations. The Stand With Science initiative urges researchers nationwide to make their voices heard by this November 21, when SPI will submit their petition. SPI is changing how scientists and engineers at MIT engage with policy-makers and the public. They educate scientists and engineers in the policies governing science research and innovation, explore how science and engineering can inform policy decisions, support and facilitate direct engagement in the science policy arena for MIT students and researchers. Check out the video and letter to Congress here. SPI has a Facebook page, can be followed on Twitter, and has an awesome YouTube video as well.

July 31, 2011

NASA Goddard Summer Interns: Danielle Wood

Danielle Wood is a doctoral candidate at MIT in the Engineering Systems Division and a NASA intern. At MIT she studies aerospace engineering, technology policy and international development. She now applies her research to all of these areas to study the technical and programmatic challenges of new satellite programs. Throughout her career, Danielle has had many diverse experiences with NASA as an intern, guest researcher, graduate fellow, contractor and Student Ambassador. She currently serves as an intern at Goddard in the Innovative Partnerships Program and at NASA Headquarters in the Office of the Chief Technologist. The mission of her current internship is to consider new ways that NASA technology spin-offs can be deployed for the benefit of developing countries. Read more

June 15, 2010

IDG Alum Elisabeth Stock’s NGO Awarded $23 Million to Improve Home Learning Environments

MIT International Development Group Alum Elisabeth Stock, former Hugh Hampton Young Fellow and named one of Crain’s 40 Under Forty for professional success, received an award of $23 million to improve the home learning environment of families in New York City and Los Angeles. For some years, Stock has headed a small NGO in New York, which she founded, called Computers for Youth (CFY). In February 2010, the U.S. Department of Education asked CFY to submit a letter to the department about their ideas on family involvement in children’s education. CFY urged the Department  to increase the percentage of Title I dollars set aside for family involvement, and the result was an award to CFY of $23 million. Read more to see Stock’s TEDxUSC talk titled “Can You Change a Child’s Education?” Read more