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Vol. XXXIV No. 3January/February 2022

A Unifying Online Proposal for MIT’s Educational Mission Based on Open edX

David E. Pritchard
Introduction and Vision MIT was born as an undergraduate institution to prepare students for jobs as “industrial scientists.” Today its vast impact is mainly due to its graduate students, postdocs,...

From Prufrock House to Antarctica

Charles N. David Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, emeritus Ludwig-Maximilians-University Grosshadernerstr. 2 82152 Planegg-Martinsried Germany Jon and I were roommates for several years at Caltech and for several...

Vol. XXXIV No. 3January/February 2022

Distracted Driving: Finding a Realistic Solution

Nicholas A. Ashford, Charles C. Caldart
Internet-based communications technology has advanced at a remarkable pace in the last two decades and, like other rapidly emerging technologies, has presented new challenges to privacy, health and safety, and...

Vol. XXXIV No. 3January/February 2022

Scholarly Publisher Contracts and New Benefits for MIT Authors

Roger Levy, Chris Bourg
MIT has been using the Framework for Publisher Contracts to guide negotiations with scholarly publishers for more than two years. This principles-based framework aims to support the needs of scholars,...

Vol. XXXIV No. 3January/February 2022

Reflections on the MIT Graduate Student Union Organizing Campaign

Robert B. McKersie
For those of us teaching and researching industrial relations to have a union organizing campaign unfolding where we work is amazing and engaging. I have been at MIT since 1980...

Vol. XXXIV No. 3January/February 2022

New Commencement Format for 2022

James Poterba
MIT’s student population has grown in recent decades, and with it, the number of graduates participating in Commencement has increased. In 2019, 3,556 students received degrees. That represented a 26...

Vol. XXXIV No. 3January/February 2022

Clarification Needed on MIT’s Commitment to Freedom of Speech

Edward B. Roberts
To The Faculty Newsletter: The long statement by Professors Eduardo Kausel and John Williams (“Is MIT Losing Control of its Own Destiny?”, MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XXXIV, No. 2) is...

Vol. XXXIV No. 3January/February 2022

An Update on Research Administration

Maria T. Zuber, Krystyn J. Van Vliet
Over the years, two overarching trends have added to the research administration complexity faced by principal investigators at MIT. First, the fraction of research funding that comes from non-federal sources,...
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