DUE News - 2017

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  • The 2017 DUE Holiday Party was a smashing success! Don't just take our word for it--click on the photo below to view a Flickr photo album filled with happy faces and good cheer. Many thanks to Lisa Stagnone,Y-Chie Primo, and host Denny Freeman for a memorable gathering.

    DUE 2017 Holiday Party

  • DUE welcomed a number of new employees between December 8, 2016, and February 8, 2017. Congratulations to all!

  • During IAP 2017, MIT Army ROTC contributed to the MIT community in a discipline that we know best: leadership development.

  • Editor's note: Mechanical engineering major and 3-year Momentum veteran Nenye Anagbogu '18 graciously agreed to share this insider's perspective on the experience.

  • A record number of MIT students studied in Madrid, Spain, during IAP 2017, earning credit towards their degree program. Sixty-one students enrolled in one of three course options: Global Literature, taught by Margery Resnick; Spanish II, taught by Ana Yanez Rodriguez; and Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition, taught by Margarita Ribas Groeger. The three courses offered students a chance to earn MIT credit, while living overseas in a homestay and gaining firsthand knowledge of another culture.

  • The ATIC staff (Assistive Technology Information Center) held our annual IAP Open House on February 2, welcoming about 35-40 attendees, both from within MIT and beyond. We demonstrated various assistive technologies, such as screen reading, magnification, voice recognition, and scan-and-read software. Our accessibility and usability experts talked with visitors about tools they can use to check websites for accessibility and usability evaluation tools.

  • In January, the Prehealth Advising Office at GECD offered a new one-week, non-credit course: Exploring Public Health through the Lens of Endometriosis. Endometriosis is a serious gynecologic disease that affects one in 10 women, many of whom endure years of painful symptoms before being properly diagnosed and treated. The course attracted 35 participants, including students and members of the broader MIT community, who had the opportunity to learn about this often misunderstood condition.

    The course began with a screening of the documentary film Endo What?, which gave an overview of the health issues posed by endometriosis and the many challenges faced by women who have this disease. On the second day, there was a lecture on public health disciplines and the analysis of endometriosis from epidemiological, health policy, social science, environmental health, and biostatistics perspectives.

    Dr. Malcolm Mackenzie, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, presented on the third day about surgical methods for treating endometriosis and his approach to interviewing patients. A panel of adolescent and adult patients with endometriosis detailed their first-person experiences on the fourth day, and the week culminated with a presentation by a representative from the patient advocacy organization Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA). Course participants then had the opportunity to engage in public service work by traveling to Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and using the EFA’s “Endo EduKit” to educate health science students...

  • Over IAP 2017, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming hosted a series of events for first-year students. The first of these, Departmental Exploration (DEX), was a weeklong series designed to help freshmen explore different academic opportunities as they begin to think about declaring a major this spring. Each day focused on a different theme and featured panels of students and events hosted by various departments.

  • For many years, Experimental Study Group (ESG) philosophy instructor Lee Perlman has taught his signature course, ES.112 (The Philosophy of Love), to a wide range of MIT students. Using classic works of literature and philosophy, Perlman leads his students on a personal exploration of the nature of love. Offering intellectual rigor outside of the hard sciences and technology, the class is much beloved at MIT.

  • Funds will be used to create a Dean’s Action Group to disseminate evidence-based teaching practices.

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