The Inside Scoop on DUE (July 2010)
This summer, I have visited with our students in Cambridge, UK; Singapore and Hong Kong (those of you reading my blog would know this). We are working with Cambridge through the Cambridge MIT Exchange run by of the Global Education Office, with the National University of Singapore through the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) which is part of UROP, and Hong Kong University through a program called Live, Learn in China also run through the Global Education Office.
I was struck by our students' energy and purpose as well as by how much they are learning in these new settings. I was also struck by how we are giving them a great education and enabling wonderful opportunities for them. I am pleased to see that they are taking advantage of these opportunities. I also visited with the new Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). This is a new university in Singapore that MIT is helping to found. In an indication of how much our education is valued, it is being patterned on the MIT educational model.
We all contribute to this great education for our students and we can be proud of what we are doing. We help our students, MIT and the country by our efforts.
In response to the Textbook Information Provision of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, MIT has enhanced its Online Textbook Information system to list the ISBN and price of both required and recommended reading on the MIT Online Subject Listing and Schedule.
Several new staff joined DUE between May 25, 2010 through July 26, 2010
Katherine Kelley, Admissions Counselor
Mario Bollini, Technical Instructor
Experimental Study Group
Dr. Analia Barrantes, Lecturer
Dr. Patricia Christie, Lecturer
David Custer, Lecturer
Dr. Peter Dourmashkin, Associate Director and Sr. Lecturer
Dr. Jeremy Orloff, Lecturer
Graham Ramsay, Program Coordinator
Professor Alex Slocum, Director
Dr. Gabrielle Stoy, Lecturer
Dr. Holly Sweet, Associate Director
Office of Faculty Support
Jason Donath, Staff Associate
Office of Minority Education
Lorena Tovar, Administrative Assistant
Antonio Perry, Program Coordinator
ROTC – Aerospace Studies
Lt. Col.Theodore Weibel, Commander
Eric Smith, Technical Instructor
Daniel Sawicki,Technical Instructor
ROTC – Military Science
Michael Wood, Instructor
Andrew Deforest, Technical Instructor
Student Financial Services
Julie Benz, Director, Financial Aid
MIT Professor Graham Walker, newly named 2010 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, will use portions of his HHMI grant to fund Dr. Stacie Bumgarner and Dr. Lourdes Aleman on advancing developments in the StarBiology tool and other tools in the STAR suite.
A paper about the Terrascope Radio class (Subject SP.360) was selected for the Best Paper Award (Liberal Education Division) at the American Society for Engineering Education's 2010 annual conference in June. The paper, "Helping engineering and science students find their voice: Radio production as a way to enhance students' communication skills and their competence at placing engineering and science in a broader societal context," included Terrascope lecturer Ari Epstein and five Terrascope undergraduates among its coauthors.
Download and view the paper.
Another paper presented at the ASEE conference, "Terrascope Youth Radio:Engaging urban teens in a unique university-community partnership," was also very well received. Among the coauthors of this paper are Epstein and three Terrascope undergraduates who work as mentors to the teen participants in the Terrascope Youth Radio outreach program.
Download and view the paper.
Check out Concourse's updated website and learn more about this freshman learning community. Concourse is one of the three freshman learning communities that are part of the DUE Office of Experiential Learning. What is Concourse?
Concourse is a unique program for freshmen within MIT. It focuses on integration of the disciplines, teaching the rigorous scientific subjects within the broader human framework. We are a small school within a large institute, playing a role similar to that of the colleges within Cambridge and Oxford. Because of the nature and aim of our education, classes are taught by highly dedicated teachers in an interactive learning environment with small class sizes. This creates a high degree of student-faculty, and student-student interaction and therein a superior learning experience. [Source: Concourse website]
Check out the spring 2010 edition of the Division of Student Life newsletter, The Beat. Read a tribute to retiring Senior Associate Dean for Residential Life Karen Nilsson, learn about summer housing and dining changes, read about the new Housemasters in the Warehouse, East Campus and Senior House, and more.
The About DUE page on the DUE website provides an overview of the role of DUE at MIT, our priorities and services. Included in this section are some important features and links that you may need to reference or you may find interesting:
- Follow Dean Dan Hasting's blog in the Dean's Corner
- Point students, parents and staff to the Dean's Comment Box where they can submit comments and ideas to the Dean
- View the latest version of the DUE Organizational Chart
- Find detailed contact information for the DUE Leadership Team and the HQ Administrative Staff
- View our President's Reports and other key reports on undergraduate education
- View both current and past DUE Newsletters
- View current job openings in DUE
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