May/June 2021 | Vol. XXXIII No. 5

Greetings to our Graduates in the Year of the Pandemic

What a year! For many of us it is hard to imagine the difficulties you have navigated through this past year of the pandemic.

MIT Plans for the Fall Semester

At the April 21 and May 12, 2021 Institute Faculty Meetings, I joined several colleagues to update the MIT community on the state of our planning for the fall 2021 semester.

Lily Tsai New Chair of the Faculty

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Lily L. Tsai, Ford Professor of Political Science, will succeed Rick Danheiser as Chair of the Faculty on July 1, 2021.

The Role and Reach of the MIT Faculty Newsletter; Thank You

Very few university faculties across the nation have an independent newsletter for their expression.

From the Faculty Chair
A Look Back and a Look Ahead

In this, my final column as Chair of the Faculty, I take a look back at some of the key contributions and accomplishments of Faculty Governance during these past most unusual two years.

What Will Remain Post-Pandemic?

As universities return to in-classroom teaching, what practices that emerged during the pandemic will carry over?

Don’t Renew the ICBM Force, Eliminate It

A pressing issue that is currently under consideration in Washington, DC is whether to replace the aging deployment of InterContinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) with a new fleet of missiles.

The More Challenging DEI – A Befitting Role for MIT

I read with interest MIT’s new DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) plan circulated by the Provost. It is an impressive document and obviously the product of a lot of thought.

On the 20th Anniversary of OpenCourseWare: How It Began

On April 4, 2001, MIT President Charles Vest announced that the Institute would make course material from virtually all undergraduate and graduate courses “accessible to anyone anywhere in the world, through our OpenCourseWare initiative.”

Education for Non-Robots

I jokingly call what you see in this photo the “derobotizer” setup (more on that below).

Questioning the Merits of President Reif

I am wondering whether others share my feeling that it is time to replace MIT President Leo Rafael Reif.