The Inside Scoop on DUE (March 2010)
GECDC expands on-line and on-campus workshops, videos, and webinars to promote student and alumni career development
Amy Smith was one of 27 designers chosen by BusinessWeek as one the "World's Most Influential Designers." BusinessWeek's critera: "They are in some way responsible for shaping the world around us." As part of the Edgerton Center, Amy Smith created D-Lab, co-founded the International Development Initiative, cocreated the IDEAS Competition, and initiated the International Development Design Summit. Congratulations Amy!
On March 3, Kim Benard, Program Advisor for Distinguished Fellowships in the Global Education Office, was recognized with an MIT Excellence Award for her efforts in helping MIT students receive such major awards as the Rhodes, Truman, and Fulbright scholarships. In the four years she has been in her job, she has revolutionized the application process, organized a regular body of advisors for the students, and spread the word about scholarship opportunities.
Rough Calculations: Sanjoy Mahajan’s new book Street-Fighting Mathematics , lays out practical tools for educated guessing and down-and-dirty problem-solving
Time for some quick arithmetic: Is 3600 x 4.4 x 104 x 32 larger or smaller than 3 x 109?
Finding the right answer, says Sanjoy Mahajan, associate director for teaching initiatives at MIT’s Teaching and Learning Laboratory, does not require crafting a long, tedious calculation. Instead, the key to solving this problem — and many others — lies in having informal tools on hand that let us attack the problem. Though the result may not be perfectly precise, he believes, intuitive mathematical reasoning is often sufficient for our needs.
MIT’s Class of 2009 graduated during one of the worst job markets in recent history. Recent college graduates across the nation struggled in this economic climate, as evidenced by the fact that only 20% of 2009 college graduates had full-time employment (compared to 51% for the same period in 2007), rising to 60% within six months of graduation (National Association of Colleges and Employers). Companies recruiting on-campus fell by 40% or more, even at MIT.
Despite this bleak backdrop, the MIT Class of 2009 bucked the trends by faring better than the national average in nearly all employment measures. Informal discussions among our peer institutions indicate that our graduates also fared far better than their peers at other Ivy+ schools.
Student Support Services and Student Disability Services staff joined DUE as part of the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) in February 2010.
Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming
Gregory Aimo, Administrative Assistant, Student Support Services
Sheila Barnard, Administrative Assistant, Student Disability Services
James Collins, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services
Arnold Henderson, Associate Dean & Director, Student Support Services
Kathleen Monagle, Assistant Dean, Student Disability Services
Ayida Mthembu, Associate Dean, Student Support Services
David Randall, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services
Cynthia Sanders, Sr. Administrative Assistant, Student Support Services
Miri Skolnik, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services
As you know, the new DUE website launched in February. For the next few issues, I plan to highlight features of the site that are useful to you.
DUE Staff Resources provides important HR information and documents that you need in your daily work. Here are a few things you can do:
On the main page:
- Get up-to-date information on important happenings/events/news; currently there are links to updates around the budget
- Check the date and location of the next DUE all-staff or other major DUE events
- Check the deadline for the next DUE Newsletter
- Download a self-appraisal document for your review
- Download the DUE Logo and style guide
- Download the DUE Powerpoint template
- Get details on DUE Rewards and Recognition Programs
- Get information about Job Flexibility at MIT