The Inside Scoop on DUE (September 2011)
We are excited to announce D-Lab Study Abroad, a new collaboration between D-Lab and the Global Education Office that will give you the chance to spend a semester living, working and learning in a developing country while earning MIT credit!
Beginning in Spring 2012, students will be able to spend a semester abroad in India, Nicaragua or Zambia, with a small group of MIT students, working with a long-standing (and amazing!) D-Lab partner. This is a unique MIT study abroad program, as it will be a blend of classroom and field experiences, with deep community engagement. The D-Lab Study Abroad program will give students and partners the opportunity to have a semester-long collaboration, which will lead to stronger connections in the community, significant progress on research and community development projects, and a more in-depth cultural immersion. The program is a great opportunity for students interested in international development to gain more field experience, while still receiving MIT credit and completing academically rigorous courses.
DUE's Office of Educational Innovation and Technology is pleased to announce our new initiative in educational visualization: ARTEMiS (short for "ART for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science"). Using principles of visual communication and the tools of modern computer graphics, the ARTEMiS team creates visualizations that enhance teaching and learning in mathematics, science, and engineering. Our work includes 3D and 2D animations, print graphics, and interactive media. We also develop curriculum and provide training for members of the MIT community who wish to learn how to create computer visualizations themselves.
Since its inception in the summer of 2011, the ARTEMiS team has formed collaborations with the MIT Department of Mathematics, the MIT Department of Earth Atmospheric, and Planetary Science, and the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. We also look forward to our upcoming collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Laboratory as well as with other educational content experts who strive to bring professional visualizations to the classroom.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Training and Development
MIT is pleased to announce the new online Learning Center, the home for MIT training-related activities, now has a new look and enhanced functionality. You access the MIT Learning Center (from Employee Self Service, click on the Training tab).
- Option to access e-learning from the MIT Training Catalog. You will be able to access MIT developed e-learning courses and demos right from the catalog.
- Option for calendar connection. You will be able to send yourself a calendar invitation when you book any instructor-led session, automatically reserving that time on your calendar.
- New screens. Your training page will have a new look, including the addition of two new categories: “recommended” and “required” training. Based on the characteristics of your role or the groups you may belong to (e.g., HR Partners), you may see some recommended training courses.
- E-learning orientation for this site. You will be able to view a short e-learning module that will introduce you to the site and its new features. Look for this module in your “recommended training” section.
For additional questions about the MIT Learning Center and related topics, you may send email to email@example.com
*Please note that the site works with Firefox (not Safari)
New Technology for Your Retirement Planning: PensionConnect
PensionConnect is a state-of-the-art system that will give you fast, easy access to information about your pension benefits from MIT's Basic Retirement Plan. You can learn about the pension you have earned so far and how it may grow in the future. For example, you will be able to estimate your pension at different retirement ages and view side-by-side comparisons.
In addition, you will be able to:
- Estimate your total retirement income from MIT’s pension and 401(k) plans, Social Security and other sources.
- Compare your estimated total retirement income to your estimated retirement expenses.
- Evaluate the impact of changing your planned retirement date or your 401(k) savings rate.
In conjunction with the rollout of this exciting system, MIT will offer a dedicated customer service team focused on MIT’s Basic Retirement Plan. Professional pension specialists will staff this call center. The call center will not replace the personal retirement counseling services provided by the Benefits Department when you actually retire.
Free Byki Language-Learning System Available through MIT Libraries
Learn any of over 70 languages using the Byki language-learning system. The site is available to anyone with an MIT certificate. Once there, you’ll have to register so Byki Online remembers what you’ve covered and what progress you’ve made when you come back.
2011-12 Influenza Vaccine
MIT community members can get flu shots by coming to a walk-in vaccination clinic on October 24 or by making an appointment. These are provided at no cost, please bring your MIT ID.
Monday, October 24, 2011 – MIT Student Center (3rd Floor) 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The 2011-2012 flu vaccine is a single shot that will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus, and the H1N1 virus. Even if you got a flu vaccination last year, you should still get the 2011 flu vaccine. Get details on the MIT Medical Flu Central site.
OEIT's Star development team and the MIT Biology Department have recently received an NSF grant to fund the creation of a visualization tool for enriching the teaching and learning of cell and molecular biology concepts. Following a design model succesfully employed in other Star simulation software, the interactive inquiry-based simulator, StarCellBio, will enable students to conduct virtual experiments, analyze data and perform follow-up experiments. The visualizer will use both real biological data (such as microscopy data) and simulated data...
Intended for both MIT undergraduate and graduate study (and possibly highschool use), StarCellBio will be freely available via the internet, where both the tool and curricular materials will be accessible. StarCellBio is also supported by generous funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Deadline for 2011 MIT Excellence Awards is Monday, October 24
Nominate a Colleague Today!
Team and individual nominations for the MIT Excellence Awards are being accepted online. Awards are for MIT employees in any position who set a high standard of performance and are role models for others. It’s not what they do, it’s how they do it! Nominations can be made in six different categories:
Fostering Diversity and Inclusion: maximizing MIT’s strengths
Greening MIT: protecting our planet
Bringing Out the Best: everyday leadership throughout MIT
Serving the Client: providing exceptional and consistent service
Unsung Hero: working behind the scenes
Innovative Solutions: collaborating for results.
For information about writing and submitting a nomination contact the Excellence Awards chair, Cori Champagne, at 253-5986 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of an ongoing, collaborative effort among the Chancellor, the Dean for Student Life, the Dean for Graduate Education, and the Dean for Undergraduate Education to improve student engagement and communication, we launched a monthly Student Life and Learning Digest on October 4th. The digest is a way for us to share information around topics that are important to students as well as a way to raise awareness around Institute resources. The frequency and content is based on what we heard last spring during a series of student focus groups, with both graduates and undergraduates, focused on how best to communicate with students.
Interested in getting a copy each month? Click here to subscribe
OEIT has been invited to host the New Media Consortium's Summer Conference in June 2012. A vibrant, eclectic, and forward-thinking event, NMC 2012 will offer educators and technologists the opportunity to engage in deep interactions with emerging media as it is used in education. The conference will be comprised of a rich blend of demonstrations, panels, hands-on activities, and Q&A sessions with thought leaders.
In addition to it's yearly summer conference, the New Media Consortium is also the highly respected publisher of the Horizon Report, one of the most widely read sources for future planning in technology in higher education. NMC also sponsors initiatives in the arts, museum curatorship, and social networking. OEIT Director Vijay Kumar was recently nominated to the NMC board. Stay tuned for more details as the NMC 2012 conference takes shape over the coming months.
Academic Writing in the 21st Century: Looking Forward
Date: Saturday October 29, 2011
Location: Room 10-250
Click here to register - registration is required but is free.
Fifty years ago, although different disciplines had distinct discourse genres, a question such as what constitutes academic writing appeared to be more easily addressed than it is now. The growth of different disciplines, the movement toward interdisciplinary inquiry, globalization, and the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web makes the definition or definitions of academic writing much more complex than it was a half a century ago. This one-day symposium brings together internationally known scholars to address the following questions:
- What is the relationship of reading to academic writing? of one text to others? How will these relationships change during the 21st century with the advent of new media and googlization of knowledge?
- How will the move toward interdisciplinarity in academic inquiry shape discourse conventions within specific discourse communities?
- What is the relationship among academic writing, civic discourse and literacy, and professional writing?
- How will the globalization of academic communities shape academic writing?
- What is the relationship of academic writing to rhetoric?
This symposium at is sponsored by the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, the Dean of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the Dean for Undergraduate Education the Literature Faculty.
Robert Scholes, Brown University
Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, University of Illinois, Chicago
Chris Anson, North Carolina State University
Several new staff joined DUE between July 28 and September 29, 2011
Jonathan Stowers, Office Assistant
Beatriz Valdez, Admissions Counselor
Tiffany Velez, Administrative Assistant
Steven Lenzner, Instructor
Adam Schulman, Instructor
Robert Winters, Instructor
Global Education & Career Development
Jennifer Earls, Career Assistant
Alyssa Kavanagh, Coordinator
Lauren Makucin, Career Assistant
David Nguyen, Career Assistant
Rieko Ouchi, Intern
Kathryn Somers, Career Assistant
Meredith Tumulty, Intern
Iris Gonzalez, Instructor
Matthew Minch, Instructor
Office of Minority Education
Sebastian Velez, Assistant Dean
Student Financial Services
Michael Albano, Associate Director, SFS
Nicole Darvirris, Counselor, SFS
David O'Brien, Sr. Associate Director, SFS
Andrea Vojtisek, Counselor, SFS
Emma Wilcox, Assistant Director, SFS
The Edgerton Center - D-Lab
Saida Benhayoune, Project Development Manager
Derek Brine, Project Manager
Jessica Huang, Instructor
Kendra Leith, Project Coordinator
The Edgerton Center
Camilla Brinkman, Communications Administrator
Bina Young-Bin Choi, Administrative Assistant
Juliet Perdichizzi, Administrative Assistant