DUE News - 2007

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  • W1, one of MIT's oldest and most cherished buildings, will be given new life under a major renovation plan announced this month, and students, faculty and staff will play key roles in shaping its future.

    Also known as Ashdown House after a popular former housemaster, W1 is MIT's oldest graduate residence hall and arguably the cultural center of the Institute's graduate community. Its dining room has been a focal point of the MIT graduate experience, serving as a meeting place for faculty and their students.

  • On October 26, the Office of Faculty Support hosted “Redefining the MIT Classroom: Award-Winning Experiments in Curricular Change” at Bartos Theater. The event was the first in what is planned to be a series of events to celebrate curricular innovation made possible by the Alumni Class Funds http://web.mit.edu/alumnifunds.

    The Funds are sponsored by the classes of 1951, 1955, 1972, and 1999 and assist MIT faculty as they develop creative curriculum and pedagogical innovations that improve the quality of teaching and enrich students’ learning experiences. Over the past thirteen years, more than 120 projects have received support from these funds, resulting in many noteworthy improvements to the quality of undergraduate education at MIT.

  • The Teaching to Learning (T2L) theme’s primary objective is to shift the focus of the MIT instructional staff (i.e., faculty, instructors, teaching assistants) from teaching to learning. This implies a shift in the classroom from what instructors do or put in, to what students absorb and take away from the experience. T2L initiatives aim for classroom approaches that revolve not only around what topics the instructor covers, her or his lecturing skill and the ability to impart a set of facts, but also on helping students understand important ideas, master crucial skills and be motivated to learn.

  • StarBiogene is a web interface to a set of software tools from the Broad Institute for analyzing genomics data via the web. It enables the user to take part in the analysis of microarray gene expression data without the operational fog of installing, configuring, and loading datasets into the software. Entirely from the web interface, students can select how they want to visualize the data (microarray, heatmap, or clustering views) and also choose from a set of prepackaged datasets to be automatically loaded into the software. StarBiogene then delivers the visualizer along with the requested dataset and launches the software on the client's machine using Java Web Start (tm).

  • The Office of Educational Innovation and Technology presented “Being online: Purposeful narration of professional life” as part of OEIT’s popular CROSSTALK colloquium. Jon Udell, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, spoke to a full house in the Bush Room on December 5th. His premise is that you and many others will be able to contribute to the story of your professional life which, from now on, will be written online.

  • Four MIT UROP students were selected to participate in the 18th annual Argonne Symposium for Undergraduate in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Argonne National Laboratory http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/ugsymp. This symposium offers undergraduates an opportunity to present their research results to their peers as well as Argonne scientists and university faculty. The goal of the symposium is to encourage science careers. The Argonne National Laboratory is one of the U.S.

  • The admissions office recently completed its Early Action selection process and we are proud to welcome the newest members of the MIT community to the Institute.

    We received a record number of applications, up 13% over last year. Of the 3,928 students who applied, 522 were offered admission to MIT (13%). Of these, 53% are male and 47% are female; 14% are first generation to college, and underrepresented minorities make up 31%.

  • Kathleen MacArthur has joined the Office of Faculty Support (OFS) as the Assistant Dean for the Communication Requirement. While new to the DUE, Kathleen is not new to MIT or to the Communication Requirement. For the past several years, she has been serving as the Coordinator for Writing Tutors and Testing in the Writing Across the Curriculum Office of the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and in that capacity, has been working with the CI-H tutor program and the Freshman Essay Evaluation. Kathleen has a Ph.D. in American Literature. In her new capacity, Kathleen will be the primary administrator for the undergraduate Communication Requirement and will be involved with student advising, managing the proposal approval for CI-M subjects and the CR budget. Her office will be in 12-106 and her phone number will be x3-2783; she can also be reached at kmacarth@mit.edu.

  • Effective January 1, 2008, Melanie Parker, Executive Director of the MIT Careers Office (MITCO) will lead the Global Theme. This is particularly advantageous since MITCO’s Office of Foreign Study and Prestigious Fellowships will likely be a “hub” of expanded support for student global opportunities as well as for faculty involved with global exchanges.

  • Davis Projects for Peace is offering a $10,000 award for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer of 2008, anywhere in the world. The aim is to "help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world." MIT will select several compelling proposals to send forward. Please let undergraduate students know about this exciting opportunity. They can think creatively, innovatively, and entrepreneurially! This is a chance for them to formulate and test ideas.