DUE News - 2008

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  • In October, the Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) began offering a teaching certificate program for graduate students who wish to develop better skills to support their teaching at MIT. The program is designed to serve students with a variety of interests and career goals. Participants will complete seven seminars on topics including: writing teaching philosophy statements, designing courses and constructing syllabi, writing problem sets and exam questions, teaching interactively, and teaching in multicultural classrooms.

  • Approximately 15% of MIT undergraduates will spend time studying or researching in another country. Following DUE’s strategic theme to foster global leadership through foreign travel, this percentage is predicted to grow. Using the capabilities of Second Life, OEIT contractor Evan Leek has created - within MIT’s existing Second Life SIM - a gathering  space for globally distributed students. Although far away from MIT in the real world, students will nevertheless be able to communicate in a virtual space and therefore maintain connected to their peers and to the greater MIT community.  Eventually the space could be extended to reflect real-time events and activities on the MIT campus.

  • Adapted from MIT News Articles http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2008/rhodes-1122.html

    Two MIT students have won prestigious Rhodes Scholarships to study at Oxford University in Britain next year, and four MIT students have won Marshall Scholarships, allowing them to study for up to two years at a British university. With four Marshall winners, MIT tied Harvard and the Naval Academy for the most Marshall Scholarships awarded this year.

  • The first MIT Federal Agency Career Fair (FACF) took place on October 22nd. MIT was selected to host the fair by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Over 30 organizations participated in the event which attracted approximately 375 students. In addition to MIT, students from Wellesley College, Tufts University and Harvard University were invited to attend. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) sponsored the fair as a part of their “Call to Serve” initiative. The initiative is the result of collaboration between The Partnership for Public Service and the Office of Personnel Management, the goal of which is to educate a new generation about the importance of a strong civil service.

  • Every year at colleges and universities across the nation, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) detachments compete to earn the coveted Right of Line award. This award recognizes the best AFROTC detachment in the United States based on its education program, cadet activities, university and public interactions, community service projects, and cadet accomplishments.

  • Since some of the “movers and shakers” who helped launch DUE’s Diversity Theme have left MIT for new pursuits, you may have wondered about its current status. I am pleased to report on-going progress on several key initiatives that support this theme.

    As described in the April 2007 Newsletter, diversity theme objectives include advancing the notion that diversity and quality are congruent, and ensuring that minority students are well represented at every level of the educational pipeline at MIT. The theme aligns with the recent Diversity Congress goal to begin to transform MIT into a leader in the movement to link diversity and excellence.

  • Freshmen enrolled in Mission 2012 (subject 12.000) were given a daunting charge by Professor Sam Bowring at the beginning of the fall semester: devise a solution to the imminent water crisis in western North America, to make it possible to provide clean fresh water to that region for the next century and beyond. Students unveiled their detailed proposal on December 2 before an audience that included a panel of experts brought to MIT from Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.

  • At MIT, we represent a certain elite type of higher education.  While there are approximately 4,000 colleges and  universities in the country, we are in the 1% that offers needs blind admissions and need-based aid. Each year, this group of schools accounts for approximately 1% of the college bound students in the US. This group contains some very well known universities including our peers, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, as well as Caltech, Columbia, Amherst, Swarthmore and other distinguished places. Along with our fellow institutions, we face some challenges, some of a (hopefully) temporary nature and some that are more systematic.

  • The New Media Center (NMC) in 26-139 is available to the MIT community as a computational resource and has been refreshed with all new hardware this fall to meet the demanding needs of an ever technologically savvy user-base.

    The NMC, besides having the usual suite of Office applications, has software ranging from Adobe’s Creative Suite to Apple’s Final Cut Pro and auxiliary applications to support a wide range of activities with tools for editing digital photography, website creation, digital video projects and producing full fledged multimedia projects. Additionally, the NMC contains hardware to support scanning and the digitization of video.

  • We’ve had a great semester to-date here at MIT’s Army ROTC. Several exciting events have happened since September. Our semester kicked off with the Fall Field Training Exercise on September 26 – 28th at Ft. Devens in Ayer, MA. Over 80 cadets participated through what proved to be a memorable experience.  Cadets participated in exercises including a Leadership Reaction Course (LRC), a Confidence Course and Basic Land Navigation. Despite the not so pleasant weather, the Army persevered through the weekend.

    The Army then hosted the Joint Sports Competition on October 24th, pitting cadets and midshipmen from the MIT Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marine ROTC programs against each other on the fields of friendly strife. Camaraderie and good sportsmanship were shared by all as the Navy ROTC program defended the Commanders Cup trophy.