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Designing for a More Equitable World

Publlshed in MIT News on October 6, 2017, by Meg Murphy, School of Engineering

D-Lab founder Amy Smith teaches MIT students to tap into the heart of international development.

This October marks 15 years since Amy Smith, a celebrated inventor and educator, founded MIT D-Lab, which works with people around the world to develop practical solutions to global poverty challenges.

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My Innovation: MIT IDEAS Global Challenge

The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge connects and rewards teams of innovators that are tackling barriers to human well-being in communities around the world.

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MIT Team Races to Second in Electric Car Competition

Published in MIT News on June 30, 2017, by Camilla Brinkman, Edgerton Center

Strong performances across multiple categories boost MIT Motorsports electric vehicle team at SAE Collegiate Design Series event in Lincoln, Nebraska.

There comes a time in a team's life when it's impossible not to break into a grin. Which is what the MIT Motorsports team did when they snagged a Second Place Overall Spirit of Excellence Award at the Society of Automotive Engineers' Formula SAE Electric competition in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A Life-Changing Month: IAP in Madrid

Julia Mongo, Staff Writer, GECD

For students interested in study abroad who don’t want to spend too much time away from campus or internship opportunities, Global Education’s IAP in Madrid offerings are increasingly becoming an attractive option. Founded in 2007, MIT’s popular slate of IAP programs in Madrid continues to expand in courses and enrollment. Students currently have the choice of three options: Global Literature taught in English by Professor Margery Resnick, Spanish II taught by lecturer Ana Yanez Rodriguez, and Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition taught by senior lecturer Margarita Ribas Groeger.

All three courses provide MIT credit and the opportunity for cultural immersion through homestay accommodations. Funding is available for the programs, and GECD’s Global Education staff will assist students in applying for scholarships to fund their studies.

Although the time may be short (3–4 weeks), students find their IAP in Madrid experiences to be truly transformative on academic, cultural, personal, and social levels.

Here’s what some of our 2017 IAP-Madrid students had to say about their experiences:

 Amber in Spain“Each week exposed me to more Spanish culture and history than I ever would’ve learned back in the United States. Academically, my Spanish speaking skills skyrocketed. I understood so much more in conversation with my host family by the end of the program than I did when I first arrived. This was really my only chance to study abroad and it was truly a life-changing experience.” (Amber, a Course 6 senior who took Spanish II)...

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Breaking Down Walls between the Ivory Tower and Prison

Published in MIT News on May 24, 2017, by Bettina McGimsey, Experimental Study Group

The MIT Prison Initiative provides an academic framework for undergraduates and local inmates to explore the human condition.

In 1987, while teaching a class at MIT on nonviolence, philosophy lecturer Lee Perlman had a novel idea: Why not take the students to a prison, to talk with men who had committed extreme forms of violence?

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MIT Edgerton Center 25th Anniversary

Hear from MIT alumni and current MIT students who, in one way or another, have been directly influenced by the ethos of the Edgerton Center—whether as a student of Harold "Doc" Edgerton himself, through taking a course in high-speed imaging, or as a member of one of the dozen student engineering teams.

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Exploring the Impact of Margaret MacVicar’s Legacy on Education at MIT

Published in MIT News on April 6, 2017, by Elizabeth Durant, Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

Faculty and students share their perspectives on the value of undergraduate research at “Pushing Boundaries” event.

Question: What does building a 15th-century printing press have in common with using DNA to encode genetic memory in a cell?                                    

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MIT Army ROTC Faculty Share Their Leadership Expertise

Nadi Kassim, Technical Instructor, Department of Military Science

During IAP 2017, MIT Army ROTC contributed to the MIT community in a discipline that we know best: leadership development.

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GECD Expands IAP Programs in Madrid with Record Enrollment

Julie Maddox, Assistant Dean, Global Education

A record number of MIT students studied in Madrid, Spain, during IAP 2017, earning credit towards their degree program. Sixty-one students enrolled in one of three course options: Global Literature, taught by Margery Resnick; Spanish II, taught by Ana Yanez Rodriguez; and Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition, taught by Margarita Ribas Groeger. The three courses offered students a chance to earn MIT credit, while living overseas in a homestay and gaining firsthand knowledge of another culture.

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Teaching in Prison

Bettina McGimsey, Development Associate, Experimental Study Group

For many years, Experimental Study Group (ESG) philosophy instructor Lee Perlman has taught his signature course, ES.112 (The Philosophy of Love), to a wide range of MIT students. Using classic works of literature and philosophy, Perlman leads his students on a personal exploration of the nature of love. Offering intellectual rigor outside of the hard sciences and technology, the class is much beloved at MIT.

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