May/June 2023 | Vol.XXXV No. 4

Congratulations to our Graduates of the Years of the Pandemic

MIT’s Faculty values and takes particular pride in the accomplishments of your Class of 2023, who have overcome unprecedented stresses in the path to graduation.

Neither Fire Nor Ice – Just Chatter

Once upon a time we worried that the computer would take over our spaceship, or our job.

Mary C. Fuller New Chair of the Faculty

Newsletter Staff
Professor Mary C. Fuller will succeed Lily Tsai as Chair of the Faculty on July 1, 2023.

Letter to the MIT Faculty: MIT Grad Student Union Bargaining Update

When we walked into our final scheduled bargaining session on Thursday, May 4, many of us on the MIT Graduate Student Union (GSU) Bargaining Committee were hopeful that we would leave with a contract to recommend to our membership.

The Faculty Needs Its Own Committee on Graduate Student Union Negotiations

The relationship between graduate students and their faculty mentors is the most sensitive, important, and most productive component of MIT’s academic and intellectual fabric.

University Engagement with China: An MIT Approach

The MIT China Strategy Group
The subject of this report is MIT’s future relationship with China.

Are MIT Faculty Serious About Addressing AI Bias?

Together with MIT students, staff, and non-MIT colleagues, I recently made an educational video on the ethics of AI bias.

The Brave New World of Higher Education

In one capacity or another, I have spent all but the first of my 83 years at school.

FNL Editorial Board Election Results: Three Re-elected; One New Member

The results are in for the recent electronic all-faculty/emeritus faculty election for members to the Faculty Newsletter Editorial Board.

MIT Staff Emergency Hardship Fund Offers Grants to Those in Need

Since its establishment in April 2020, the MIT Staff Emergency Hardship Fund has provided financial relief . . .

Commentary on “Never Mind the Firehose, You Can’t Even Lead Them to Water”

This article was very upsetting for me to read. I think it makes vast assumptions about the character and intellect of MIT’s student body without the support of thorough research.

Reflecting as a Student

I am not an expert at teaching, but I am quite knowledgeable about being a student . . .