September/October 2022 | Vol. XXXV No. 1

Prof. Vera Kistiakowsky, 1928-2021

Prof. Vera Kistiakowsky passed away on December 11, 2021 at the age of 93.

Lessons on Governance from Yale

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Len Gutkin, "The Review: The Report Yale Doesn't Want You to See" (August 22, 2022) is very illuminating about how oversized, overpaid, and opaque the top administration is at Yale.

Encourage Your Students to Vote

In 1998, the Higher Education Act was amended to require universities to make a good faith effort to encourage student voter registration.

Faculty and Staff Views on the Choice of the Next MIT President: A Recap of Last Spring’s Faculty Newsletter Zoom Forum

On May 24, 2022, the Faculty Newsletter hosted a Zoom forum on the selection of the next president of MIT. Following is an abbreviated version of that presentation.

Transforming Research Administration: Second Update

Earlier this year, we provided a progress report on MIT’s work to transform its research and sponsored activity enterprise to meet the needs of principal investigators (PIs) in a changing and increasingly complex funding environment.

Faculty Newsletter Business

Later this fall, we will be holding elections for new members of the Faculty Newsletter Editorial Board.

Palestine, MIT, and Free Speech: A Letter from Student Activists to Our Professors

We are the MIT Coalition Against Apartheid (CAA), a student group that is the product of years of advocacy efforts by Palestinians and Palestinian rights activists.

Response to “Project Indigenous MIT”

I write in response to your contribution published in the May-June 2022 issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter: “Project Indigenous MIT”.

Nominate a Colleague as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Provost Cynthia Barnhart is calling for nominations of faculty as 2023 MacVicar Faculty Fellows.

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

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

Strengths and Weaknesses of an MIT Education

Thomas Eagar and Alex Slocum nicely outlined some of MIT’s best qualities ("Leadership, Management and Education at MIT, redux", MIT Faculty Newsletter, May/June 2022).

Concern with MIT’s Response to Professor Abbot

Vera Yudovina
As a mother of a 2015 graduate, I fully agree with the opinions of Dr. Geil, and with the open letter.