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  • Joyce Lawrence receives certificate from Dean Daniel HastingsThe Teaching and Learning Laboratory successfully completed its second year of the Graduate Student Teaching Certificate Program this spring. Deans Hastings and Lerman presented certificates to 59 students at a graduation ceremony and reception held on Monday, May 17, 2010. Over 160 graduate students (many of whom are currently TAs) from 26 departments participated in the program in 2009-10.

  • This spring marked the debut of a new, completely revamped Subject 1.016, the core spring-semester offering of the Terrascope freshman learning community. The new version of the class, now called “Communicating Complex Environmental Issues: Building Solutions and Communicating Ideas,” empowers freshmen to conduct effective small-group research and engages them directly with faculty early in their MIT careers, while fostering the strong sense of community and the emphasis on hands-on work that are hallmarks of the Terrascope program.

  • Terracope student spell out "RADIO" in Abu DhabiStudents in this year’s Terrascope Radio class created and broadcast an original program called “The Heated Future: A Timely Tale.” An innovative combination of radio-drama and documentary formats, “The Heated Future” tells the story of three teens who begin their lives in a dystopian future a century or two from now, when human society is suffering under the influence of global warming.

  • Terrsacope Students in Abu DhabiA group of 58 Terrascope students, alumni mentors, and staff spent spring break in Abu Dhabi learning first hand about the oil-rich country’s ambitious plans to develop renewable energy. This visit was part of students’ year long study of ways to combat the global rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gas levels that contribute to global warming.

    Abu Dhabi was chosen as the site for the annual field trip because of the ambitious goals of country’s Masdar Initiative with its strong focus on sustainability and the development of renewable energy technologies. As carbon management is a key component of the Masdar Initiative, Terrascope students traveled to the United Arab Emirates to see first-hand the work being done there to develop relevant new technologies.

  • Institute is honored for historical preservation and sustainability

    MIT received three awards from the City of Cambridge this month for various preservation, transportation and environmental projects.

    The Cambridge Historical Commission honored preservation projects across the city at the 14th annual Preservation Recognition Program, held on May 20 at the newly renovated Main Branch of the Cambridge Public Library. MIT was among the nine honorees for its exterior restoration of W1, the old Ashdown House at 305 Memorial Drive, formerly the Riverbank Court Hotel.

  • Outstanding UROP Mentor AwardsUROP logo
    This year’s Outstanding UROP Mentor Awards were presented to:

    Assistant Professor Paulo Lozano (Aeronautics & Astronautics)
    Graduate Student Venkataramanan Soundararajan (Biological Engineering).

    Recipients were selected from UROP students’ nominations of research mentors who have demonstrated exceptional guidance and teaching in a research setting.

  • D-Lab Spring Showcase demonstrationOn May 8th, D-Lab hosted its annual Spring Showcase open to the public at the MIT Museum, which featured project presentations and technology demonstrations from the growing family of D-Lab classes. 26 student teams from six D-Lab classes – Design, Dissemination, Energy, Health, Prosthetics and Wheelchairs – presented on their class projects and demonstrated prototypes.

    Projects included a cook stove for burning pine needles as an alternative fuel source in India (pictured), a device for distilling salt water to replenish deep cycle batteries for solar power installations in Nicaragua, and an affordable high performance knee prosthesis for communities in the developing world. Students worked in project teams on selected design challenges throughout the semester, with guidance from D-Lab instructors, mentors and community partners in the field. A partial listing of class projects is available at http://d-lab.mit.edu/projects.

  • Dean Daniel HastingsWe are at the end of the term and almost at the end of the academic year. This has been a difficult year for MIT and DUE. We accomplished a great deal while dealing with budget cuts in the current year and planning for cuts that will be the largest in the history of DUE.

  • Students at CPW 2010

    Once again, Campus Preview Weekend (CPW) brought a record number of admitted students and their families to campus in April. Over 1,120 prefrosh and 900 family members came to immerse themselves in the unique MIT culture and learn about the Institute’s academic, research and community opportunities. ‘14s traveled from near and far to attend CPW, from just down the street to all the way from Brisbane, Australia!

  • Signs spells out Orientation

    On April 28, sixty-five of MIT’s finest undergraduates selected as Orientation Leaders, Captains, and Coordinators joined forces to prepare for the 1,070 new students who will join MIT this fall. The student leaders discussed key issues incoming students may face including managing new social experiences and academic rigors at the institution. Leaders brainstormed strategies for empowering students to successfully navigate their new environment and to explore the wealth of resources available to them at MIT. To officially welcome the incoming class on their first day at MIT, teams of leaders also designed letters to create a large sign that spells out the word “Orientation”.