Four Professors Named 2015 MacVicar Fellows

Published in MIT News on March 13, 2015, by Elizabeth Durant, Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

Bahr, Drennan, Gibson, and Sive receive the Institute’s highest undergraduate teaching award.

Four MIT professors have been named 2015 MacVicar Faculty Fellows, awarded for exceptional undergraduate teaching, mentoring, and educational innovation.

2015 MacVicar Fellows

This year’s honorees are Arthur Bahr, the Alfred Henry and Jean Morrison Hayes Career Development Associate Professor of Literature; Catherine L. Drennan, a professor of chemistry and biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor and investigator; Lorna J. Gibson, the Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a professor of civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering; and Hazel L. Sive, a professor of biology...

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Two Feet of Snow Can't Stop MIT Momentum

Mary Guiden, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering at University of Washington, Seattle

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

MIT Momentum programThis creed from the United States Postal Service is fitting for the students who recently participated in MIT Momentum, a design class for first and second year students sponsored by the Office of Minority Education. Boston’s recent Snowmaggedon caused a slight change-up in the Momentum schedule, but the engineering competition took place nevertheless on Friday, January 30. Eight teams of MIT undergraduates worked over the course of four weeks in January to develop an EMG-controlled hand and arm that could serve coffee, write an invitation, dial a rotary phone, serve food and set the table...

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Mind and Hand and World

Published in MIT News on November 6 by Scott R. Murray, Global Education and Career Development

"MIT can take us much farther than our classrooms."

So says biology senior Jorge Rosario, whose picture from Chile was a runner-up in this summer’s campus-wide global photo contest.

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Class of 2018: Welcome to the Family!

Published in MIT News on August 25 by David L. Chandler, MIT News

“You belong to an extremely select group,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif told the incoming Class of 2018 at this year’s Freshman Convocation, the traditional welcoming ceremony for the Institute’s new freshmen.

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Campus-wide Photo Contest Showcases MIT's Global Connections

Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

Casa de CampoHow does the MIT community engage in learning, research, service, and work around the world? That's the question GECD posed this summer, in partnership with MISTI, UROP, D-Lab, and the Public Service Center.

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The Future of MIT Education Looks More Global, Modular, and Flexible

Published in MIT News on August 4 by Steve Bradt, MIT News

The MIT education of the future is likely to be more global in its orientation and engagement, more modular and flexible in its offerings, and more open to experiments with new modes of learning.

Those are some themes of the 16 recommendations contained in the final report of the Institute-Wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education, convened 18 months ago by President L. Rafael Reif to envision the MIT of 2020 and beyond.

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Transitioning from a Lecturer to a Coach

In this video, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Steven Hall offers suggestions on how to prepare for active learning recitations and when to intervene during problem solving sessions. He explains the joys and surprises of coaching students, rather than lecturing to them. The video is one of a series in which Professor Hall explains the benefits and challenges of active learning, featuring footage from his classes.

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International Development Design Summit

Published in MIT News on June 27, 2014, by Lauren McKown, D-Lab

This summer, more than 40 people from nearly 30 countries will gather in Arusha, Tanzania, to take part in the 2014 International Development Design Summit (IDDS) from July 7 to Aug. 9. 

Their mission? To co-create low-cost technologies with the potential to improve lives and alleviate poverty in Tanzania and around the globe.

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Insights on the Active Learning Classroom

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Steven Hall explains how he has incorporated active learning into one of his courses, 16.06: Principles of Automatic Control. This is one of a series of videos in which Hall describes his take on the benefits and challenges of active learning, featuring footage from his classes.

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