DUE News - 2010

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  • F/ASIP is a graded seminar which offers participating MIT freshmen:

    • Career exploration and development training, including self-assessment, as well as resume writing, career decision making, interviewing skills, internship search strategies, and more.
    • Cultivation of professional skills, including networking, professional etiquette, and communication skills.
    • Opportunities for finding a summer internship or research experience, helping students connect with MIT alumni mentors and other organizations in their area of interest.

    If you know of a freshman who you think would be a good fit for F/ASIP, please encourage them to apply at:

    Applications should be returned to GECD in 12-170 or emailed to fasip@mit.edu. We strongly encourage interested students to submit their applications between now and the preferred deadline of December 20th, 2010.

  • Diversity & Inclusion

    There is a new law requiring REASONABLE BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTHERS. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is amended by adding the following:

     An employer shall provide -

    (A) reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and

    (B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express milk.

    For hourly employees, break times taken for the purpose of expressing milk are unpaid. I would encourage you to accommodate temporary flexible arrangements which allow nursing mothers to make up the unpaid time, whenever possible.

    The most convenient lactation location for the majority of DUE woman is probably 10-342. For more information about breastfeeding support at MIT please visit the HR breast feeding support site

  • The DUE Visiting Committee drew our attention to the issue of student self confidence. The DUE leadership team has agreed that we must focus our efforts on student self confidence towards the following aspirational statement:

  • MIT has received a $1 million, four-year grant from the Amgen Foundation to provide hands-on laboratory experience to approximately 100 undergraduates through the Amgen Scholars Program.

    "MIT is thrilled to continue our partnership with the Amgen Foundation in support of the Amgen Scholars Program,” said Julie Norman, senior associate dean for undergraduate education. “The students who have conducted research in our laboratories, under the guidance of our faculty mentors, have left an indelible impression not only on those they’ve met, but in some cases, on the scientific community at large.”

    Get more details on the MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars Program

  • ‘Build back better’
    Symposium brings together MIT and Haiti educators to identify priority areas for collaboration.

    Nearly all of Haiti’s universities are based in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and all of them were damaged in the January 2010 earthquake that killed 300,000 people. Now, as Haiti seeks to rebuild its education system following the devastating quake, MIT can be of great assistance by sharing its expertise in technology-enabled education to build a superior system that will make quality education available to more residents of the beleaguered Caribbean nation.

    That was a key message to emerge last week at a two-day symposium attended by dozens of MIT faculty and staff, as well as Haitian university professors, administrators and technology experts. Hosted by MIT’s Office of Educational Innovation and Technology, the MIT-Haiti "Best Practices for Reconstruction" Symposium looked at the long-term, sustainable transformation of Haiti’s educational system.

    MIT-Haiti Symposium October 2010

    Participants discuss ideas to improve Haiti's educational system at October 2010 MIT-Haiti Symposium - Photos by Jeff Merriman

  • What Exactly is the Edgerton Center?Collage of Edgerton Programs

    If you look at the long list of programs, classes, and initiatives that are part of the Edgerton Center, it seems like an unlikely collection. How does a class in high-speed imaging, a machine shop, classes on international development, and K-12 outreach fit together? The answer is quite simple. The unifying element is hands-on learning.

  • The International Development Initiative (IDI), which is part of the Edgerton Center, has launched a new, comprehensive website. The site highlights the "vibrant international development ecosystem at MIT" and how students and faculty can engage fully in international development at MIT and beyond. Check out the site at:


  • On the morning of this year’s Convocation, 11 Orientation Captains and 57 Orientation Leaders lined up on Killian Court to meet the excited (and nervous!) Class of 2014. The student leaders, organized into teams of five orientation leaders and one orientation captain, used the team-oriented approach to create a strong bond with their groups of freshmen.

  • As part of the transition of Student Support Services (S3) into the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP), an updated S3 website was launched in late September. Check out the site at:


  • In March 2010, the Athena Working Group was chartered by Dean Daniel Hastings and Marilyn Smith, Head of IS&T, to develop a set of recommendations around public student printing and the Athena clusters. This was in direct response to the two Institute-wide Planning Task Force recommendations focused on Athena: 1) the need for a “greener” printing process on Athena which reduced waste; 2) an assessment of the efficient use of space currently dedicated to Athena Clusters.

    As input, the Working Group conducted a detailed analysis of the utilization of Athena clusters, the support cost, and the cost of Athena student printing, including supplies. At the same time, the Undergraduate Association administered the UA Committee of Student Life Athena and Printing Survey during March-April 2010 in which 1,531 undergraduates participated. Both the UA and the Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) were involved in the Working Group.

    In mid-September, the Working Group delivered its phase one recommendations to Dan Hastings and Marilyn Smith as well as the MIT Council on Educational Technology.