September/October 2021 | Vol. XXXIV No. 1

Praise the Vaccines, Producers, and Public Funding

Though the death toll in the U.S. from Covid-19 has passed 700,000, the rapid and intense mobilization of vaccine producers is saving hundreds of thousands of other lives.

Actions We Can Take to Address Misinformation and Safeguard the Freedom of Speech

Following on my March 29, 2021 op-ed in the NYTimes, I have given much thought to addressing the societal challenge presented by misinformation and disinformation.

Immediate Priorities for Housing Justice in the Massachusetts State Legislature

Most MIT faculty tend to pay attention to the federal budget, which funds NIH, NSF, DOE, and other major granting agencies. However, thousands of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty are also impacted by decisions made by our state legislature.

Booster Recommendations and the Delta Variant

There has been a great deal of confusion and concern around getting an additional dose of CoViD-19 vaccine.

Mens, Manus et Cor

In 2004, to honor retiring MIT President Charles M. Vest, I published an MIT Faculty Newsletter (FNL) article entitled “A Formal Recommendation to the MIT Corporation.”  To celebrate the transcendent Vest presidency, I proposed a new MIT motto: “Mens, Manus et Cor” (Latin for “Mind, Hand and Heart”)

Elimination of Early Sophomore Standing Was a Step in the Right Direction; Eliminating Advanced Standing Credit is the Next Step

In spring 2021, the Faculty passed a change in the rules and regulations which – among other things – eliminated Early Sophomore Standing (ESS).

Reflections on edX

The impending changes to edX prompted me to reflect on my own experience.

Welcome Back: Library Locations Reopen for Fall 2021

From March 2020 through August 2021, the dedicated staff of the MIT Libraries were able to provide remote services and ongoing access to both digital and tangible content to support the research, teaching, and learning needs of the MIT community.

Nominate a Colleague as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow

The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program recognizes MIT faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and education of undergraduates at the Institute.

Request for Proposals for Innovative Curricular Projects; The Alex and Brit d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education

The Office of the Vice Chancellor is soliciting proposals to support larger-scale ambitious projects designed to strengthen MIT undergraduate education and enrich the academic experience of our undergraduates.