DUE News - 2007

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  • On November 6th, 35 students attended “Doctoring Policy: Understanding the Intersection of Health and Law”, a speaker-event jointly organized by Preprofessional Advising in the MIT Careers Office (MITCO) and the Public Service Center (PSC). Two authoritative speakers discussed their career paths in the legal and medical professions and their current work affecting change in health policy- an area of growing interest for MIT students. The event also highlighted opportunities for students to engage in health policy work.

  • 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.

  • MIT was proud to announce that six students received Fulbright grants this past year, and they have now all begun their research abroad.

  • The months of September and October find MIT’s admissions officers scattered around the country, talking to as many parents and students as possible about the Institute. While it is true that most students are familiar with the MIT name, many of them are far less familiar with the “real” MIT – in other words, the reality of our culture, community, and people. I am writing this article in San Diego after visiting one of the top high schools in the area, where the students were amazed to hear of the breadth of programs and opportunities we offer.

  • A group of high school students from Wayland High School, John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School spent the summer designing and building their own version of the Segway – the DIY Segway. They worked with Ed Moriarty and four MIT students as part of the Edgerton Center Outreach Program. Now they have a site (that is getting lots of hits) showing their engineering adventure: http://web.mit.edu/first/segway .

  • On Friday, October 26, OFS is hosting "Redefining the MIT Classroom” in Bartos Theater (E15-070) to celebrate creative pedagogical and curricular innovations by MIT faculty members made possible through support from the Alumni Class Funds. The event features an afternoon of panel discussions composed of faculty from History, EECS, and STS, followed by a dessert reception and informal discussion. Attendees include members of the sponsoring classes of 1951, 1955, 1972, and 1999, as well as previous Alumni Class Funds grantees. All MIT faculty are invited.

  • With support from the National Science Foundation, and in collaboration with the City of Cambridge Youth Programs and the Cambridge Public School District, MIT’s Terrascope program is launching Terrascope Youth Radio, a new outreach program for local teens. In Terrascope Youth Radio, urban teens will develop, report, write, produce and host a radio program on topics having to do with environmental and Earth-system science and engineering. The primary goals are: to reach other urban teens with science/engineering stories in a format that they see as relevant, interesting and important; and to instill in participants a sense of empowerment and excitement, both about their skill as communicators and about their knowledge of environmental and Earth-system topics.