DUE News - 2012

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  • Welcome to Campus Preview Weekend - April 19-22, 2012

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  • Students move into the dorms during Orientation

    To ensure that first-year students form lasting connections and transition successfully to the undergraduate experience at MIT, Orientation should be an ongoing process that intentionally extends throughout the first year, not simply a week-long event in August, according to the recently released report by the Review Committee on Orientation (RCO). The report also recommends that Residential Exploration (REX) should continue, but needs a renewed focus that better integrates with Orientation.

  • Terrascope Student on Bridge in Costa RicaThis blog records the experiences of Terrascope students during their spring break field trip to Costa Rica. This year’s trip has been developed in partnership with the Earthwatch Institute, who specialize in field-based scientific learning programs. During our week away from MIT, we will visit La Selva, a biological reserve in Costa Rica’s lowlands, where we’ll work in the field with a team of scientists whose research focuses on the diversity of caterpillars in hopes of better understanding their impact on the rain forest’s ecosystem. In addition to fieldwork, we’ll be exploring Costa Rica’s tourism, agriculture, and energy production sectors.

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  • Over the past few months many of you provided thoughtful input on DUE's values. Through local discussions in your offices, as well as an IAP session for all staff, you shared ideas, examples, considerations and specific wording you believe should be part of the DUE core values statement. These discussions led to a process of identifying recurring themes, prioritizing and, finally, writing a proposed statement that was shared and refined at the January Leadership Team retreat. 

  • I teach Physics, but I am not only a physicist. Like many at MIT, I have a polyhedric personality- among other things, I love to eat, cook, and speak different languages. I have always dreamed of melting some of my diverse interests into a unifying project, however I never had a chance to do it until now. In Europe, where I come from, academia tends to be compartmentalized. At MIT, I have finally had a chance to explore and grow in different directions.

    As a staff member at MIT's Experimental Study Group (ESG), I am continuously encouraged to develop creative approaches to learning and to experiment with interactive and interdisciplinary curricula. ESG experiments not only with freshmen GIRs, but also sponsors innovative seminars every spring, open to all MIT students, on a variety of subjects that are not covered in the regular curriculum.

    I am thrilled to teach, for the first time, a seminar on my language (I am a native Italian), culture, and food all woven together: Speak Italian.. With Your Mouth Full. Each class is based on the preparation of a delicious dish and on the bite-sized acquisition of parts of the Italian language and culture.

    Paola Rebusco

  • The second annual IAP UROP Expo was held on January 26th in Kresge Lobby featuring faculty, staff, and students representing a wide variety of academic areas that regularly host UROP students. Co-sponsored by the Offices of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) and Minority Education (OME), the event was designed to expose students with little or no research experience to a host of research opportunities across the Institute.

  • Each year, the MIT Excellence Awards recognize a small number of exceptional members of the community who have “made extraordinary efforts toward fulfilling the goals, values, and mission of the Institute.” In 2012, Sharon Bridburg was recognized for her long-time leadership in DUE Human Resources and  the Online Registration Team, comprised of staff from the Registrar's Office and IS&T, were recognized for their collaborative efforts in designing and delivering a successful Online Registration system.

    DUE 2012 Excellence Award Winners

  • The ESG kitchen was originally constructed in 1969 when half of the 6th floor of Building 24 was renovated for the ESG space. It was a galley kitchen with one refrigerator, a dishwasher, a small fridge, and a 4 burner electric stove. Small as it was, it was the scene of many weekly luncheons spanning 40 years. Some of our more memorable luncheons included guest speaker B.F. Skinner and a chili luncheon that ended a long term relationship between two ESGers (don’t ask!). The galley kitchen was always cramped and often meals would be burned, food would be late, and cooks would be fighting for space. The configuration also resulted in long lines that meant food would be cold by the time students had it on their plates.

    When ESG joined DUE in the fall of 2009, we invited Dean Hastings up for lunch the following spring. He was gracious enough to join us but ate burned chili and the chair he was sitting in broke underneath him ( I think this spurred him on to consider renovating our kitchen and dining space). In the summer of 2011, DUE funded a complete renovation of our kitchen.

  • Six MIT faculty members and an alumnus will present examples of “Innovations in Undergraduate Education at MIT: Past, Present and Future” at the MacVicar Day Symposium, on Friday, March 16. The program is open to the entire MIT Community, here are the details:

    Friday, March 16, 2012
    3:00-5:00 PM
    Refreshments at 2:30 PM
    Bartos Theater, E15-070

    This year’s symposium is subtitled, “In the Tradition of Margaret MacVicar and Robert Silbey” and honors their many contributions to the development of undergraduate education at MIT. “Margaret MacVicar was the first Dean for Undergraduate Education," said Daniel Hastings, Dean for Undergraduate Education. "She founded the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in 1969, and it is still one of the signature programs for undergraduate life here at MIT.”

    Margaret MacVicarRobert Silbey

    “The symposium also recognizes the major contributions of Professor Robert Silbey, who passed away this past October. Professor Silbey served as the co-chair of the Task Force on Student Life and Learning; then while Dean of Science, he chaired the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons. He truly put his stamp on what our undergraduates experience here at MIT,” Hastings continued.

  • In early February, the Office of Minority Education (OME) launched a new dynamic, user-friendly website.   The new site is focused on increasing awareness of OME’s programs and increasing student participation in those programs and related events.  The site also introduces a new, colorful visual identity for OME.

    OME reorganized and refreshed the content of the site and added new interactive features: