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  • On Monday, August 24, a group of third and fourth-class Navy and Marine option midshipmen arrived at Naval Base Newport in Rhode Island to begin their week-long Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps NROTC) New Student Orientation. The goal of the orientation was to introduce the group to the military in a way that would prepare them to handle the challenge of NROTC and college life. 2015 NROTC New Student OrientationFor most, the difficult and rigorous beginning of the week came as a bit of a shock. However, after a few days of classroom lessons and drill, the incoming class began to come together and adjust in order to overcome the challenging experience.

    Midshipman (MIDN) 1/C Robert Conkey, the commanding officer of Orientation 2015, called the training a success.2015 NROTC New Student Orientation “Over the course of one week, the incoming midshipmen gained basic knowledge of military service and learned what it means to be leader,” Conkey said. “Not only did they grow as individuals, but also as a class and as members of the Navy and Marine Corps team.” This growth was especially evident toward the end of the week. On Thursday, each fourth class donned full fire-fighting gear and fought a raging, simulated shipboard fire in the Newport Naval Fire Trainer. And on Friday, the fourth class came together once again to successfully save the USS Buttercup, Newport’s floating flood trainer, from sinking...

  • For the fourth year in a row, one of the main events during MIT Class of 2019 Orientation featured current students sharing their own personal challenges at MIT, and the lessons they have learned. The panel, called “By Students, For Students,” was introduced by Chancellor Barnhart, who also described her new initiative, MindHandHeart. Both the panel and the Chancellor’s initiative seek to encourage students to ask for help when they need it, in order to build a healthier and stronger community.

  • IS&T launched a number of new services and recommendations over the summer to help increase security for our computers and data.

    MIT DUO: Two-Factor Authentication

    Starting September 30, all faculty and staff are required to use a two-factor authentication service called Duo for systems and applications accessed through Touchstone authentication service, administrative access to systems managed by IS&T or located in IS&T data centers, and remote access to the MIT VPN.

  • This summer marked the ninth year of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program, which provides undergraduates with MIT faculty-mentored summer research opportunities in the science and biotechnology areas. The 20-student cohort was comprised of five MIT undergraduates and 15 undergraduates from colleges and universities from across the country, including Nebraska Wesleyan University, the University of Scranton, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

  • GECD adds CareerBridgeLink and InterviewStream to their suite of free online tools.

  • Undergraduate engineering program is No. 1; undergraduate business program is No. 2.

    For the third year in a row, MIT holds the No. 7 slot in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the United States’ best colleges and universities, which were released today.

  • President Reif and Congressman Joe Kennedy III lead an afternoon of discussions on how to bring quality STEM education to all.

    New computer programs designed to teach children multiplication and division, interactive demonstrations of electricity and magnetism, and molecular models used to teach key biology concepts were all on display Thursday afternoon at the MIT Media Lab during an event examining science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

  • ‘Global Principles’ course challenges students at MIT and the University of Tokyo to develop a cross-cultural, systems approach to materials science and engineering.

    Today's materials scientists are expected to join multidisciplinary teams to solve real-world problems. A cooperative materials science course between MIT and the University of Tokyo is teaching students at both schools to incorporate social, political, and economic factors into large-scale engineering solutions.

  • Rocket designed and built by AeroAstro students outperforms entries from 36 other teams.

    The MIT Rocket Team came in first place in the Basic (10,000 feet) category of the 2015 International Rocket Engineering Competition this June.

  • Program aims to inspire female and underrepresented minority students to pursue STEM fields.

    In a noisy MIT classroom last week, high school students eagerly speculated on the problems they might see in the team math competition they were about to begin. The MIT students serving as the competition’s judges passed out problem sets, shouting pleas for order above the din.

    Out of the chaos, teams formed, and Tara Falt, a rising high school junior from Anaheim, California, was soon at the blackboard solving a problem.

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