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  • As the academic year comes to a close, I want to thank you for a productive and rewarding year. It certainly has been an unusual one. On top of the garden-variety challenges that we all face in our workloads, we had to endure record snowfalls and cope with the tragic loss of students and faculty. DUE staff handled these challenges with care and compassion.

  • On June 8, the DUE community came together to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of DUE staff members. Each year, staff within DUE nominate their peers for their contributions in Communication and Collaboration, Community, Customer Service, Diversity and Inclusion, Innovation and Creativity, and Leadership. Congratulations to all the 2015 DUE Infinite Mile Award recipients!

  • Collaboration will support pre-K-12 teachers in using emerging digital learning tools.

  • The ROTC programs of MIT commissioned six cadets and midshipman as officers in the US Navy and Army in Kresge Auditorium on June 5, 2015.

    Rear Admiral Paul Sohl, commander of fleet readiness centers and assistant commander for logistics and industrial operations in the Naval Air Systems Command, recognized the six new officers and MIT graduates during a ceremony featuring the US Navy Northeast Band. The new ensigns will go off to serve in the submarine, aviation, and surface warfare communities. The Army gained a new officer in their cyber command.

    MIT ROTC Commissioning 2015The US Navy welcomed Ensign (ENS) Joanna K. Chen, ENS Connor A. Humber, ENS Stephen D. Johnson, ENS Erik O. Klatt and ENS Bridget E. McCoy. Cadet Andrea R. Dubin received her commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army. The sense of family tradition was strong as four of the five ensigns were given their oaths by family members, including sisters, brothers and fathers.

    Sohl, an MIT 1985 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering and a Master of Science from Stanford University in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, knows well the trials and tribulations that the six recent graduates endured. After designating as a naval aviator in 1988, he went on to command Naval Test Wing Pacific located in Point Mugu, CA; Fleet Readiness Center Southeast located in Jacksonville, FL; and the US Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, MD.

    Sohl thanked the new officers and told them, “You leave here with the world in the palm of your hand, yet you are choosing a different path. You are choosing to open your hands to the world.” He urged the six officers being commissioned...

  • Summer is a great time for many staff to focus on professional development. MIT is committed to helping employees learn and grow professionally. One of the many resources available to employees is Skillsoft, an online learning platform where you can access a diverse library of content and learning methods.

  • Several new staff joined DUE between March 27 - June 3, 2015

    WELCOME!

    Aerospace Studies

    Camille Woods, Administrative Assistant II

    Experimental Study Group

    Bettina McGimsey, Development Associate

    Naval Science

    Brian Masterson, Technical Instructor

    Teaching and Learning Lab

  • Each year, UAAP recognizes two outstanding associate advisors. The nominations reached an all-time high for the second consecutive year, affirming that students value freshman advising and are committed to mentoring freshmen and supporting their advisors.

    Nancy Lu, Junior in Course 10Nancy Lu
    Associate Advisor for Professor Preetinder Virk

  • Social media has become an important way we engage and inform students. We work with DSL to manage a number of broad, student-focused social media channels, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. If you're new to social media, take a look at our accounts to get a sense of how we use these different channels:

  • UAAP is pleased to announce the selection of three distinguished MIT faculty for the 2015 Institute Convocation awards:

    Arthur Smith Award for Distinguished Service to Student Life and Learning

    Rebecca Saxe
    Associate Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences

    Rebecca SaxeDescribed by nominators as “a truly outstanding faculty member,” Saxe is known for the quality and depth of her investment in students. She cares deeply and prioritizes interactions with students, inspiring and illuminating them with humor and joy. One noted, “My memories of Rebecca center on her genuine excitement in learning about me, my work, her clear advice and obvious desire to support me.” Another said, “She has left a most profound and indelible mark on my life.”

    Saxe “seems super-human, being able to balance the endless demands of running a productive neuroscience research laboratory, Institute service, and a strong student mentorship,” wrote one nominator. She serves on the Committee on Academic Performance and co-chairs the Presidential Committee on Distinguished Fellowships. “She holds true to this mission and is committed to the student experience both inside and beyond the classroom,” said another...

  • The MIT First Generation Program (FGP) hosted 75 students at a Regional First Generation Student Reception on April 8. Attendees included a mix of students from MIT and four other Boston-area schools: Brandeis, Harvard, Tufts, and Wellesley. The reception provided students with the opportunity to network with first generation students from other elite institutions and to connect around their common identity and experiences.

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