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Vol. XXXIII No. 3January/February 2021

Why Have We, a Group of MIT Faculty, Signed the Letter in Support of Gang Chen?

Because if such a prominent citizen of our country, a loyal American, a person who has raised his children here, a beloved teacher and scientist who has dedicated his creativity...

Vol. XXXIII No. 3January/February 2021

The Legacy of the Involvement of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Jean Bele
On August 6, 2020, people around the world commemorated the 75th year since the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. People gathered with flags and flowers...

Vol. XXXIII No. 3January/February 2021

Task Force 2021 and Beyond – Toward “Building a Better MIT”

Rick L. Danheiser
In May last year, in a letter to the MIT community President Rafael Reif announced the creation of “Task Force 2021 and Beyond”, a major initiative aimed at re-envisioning MIT...

Vol. XXXIII No. 4March/April 2021

Special Edition: Women in Biotech

Sangeeta Bhatia, Nancy Hopkins, Susan Hockfield
This Special Edition of the MIT Faculty Newsletter describes an initiative to address persistent underrepresentation of women faculty as board members and founders of biotech start-ups. Lack of participation at...

Vol. XXXIII No. 4March/April 2021

Origins of the Boston Biotech Working Group to Address the Underrepresentation of Women Faculty as Board Members and Founders of Biotech Start-ups

Nancy Hopkins
Introduction Many MIT faculty, particularly in Science and Engineering, engage in entrepreneurial activities. This includes founding companies and serving on their boards of directors or scientific advisory boards. In some...

Vol. XXXIII No. 4March/April 2021

MIT Women and Men Faculty in Science and Engineering as Founders and Board Members of Companies in Science and Technology

A Report from the Data Group of the Boston Biotech Working Group Introduction As part of the Boston Biotech Working Group (BBWG) effort, a Data Group was established to better...

Vol. XXXIII No. 5May/June 2021

The More Challenging DEI – A Befitting Role for MIT

Yossi Sheffi
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. Unfortunately,...

Vol. XXXIII No. 4March/April 2021

Methodological Appendix

Teresa Nelson, Dylan Nelson
Our project encompassed five operational phases between July 2019-August 2020. The overall design and management of the study was led by Dr. Teresa Nelson and the data collection team and...

Vol. XXXIII No. 4March/April 2021

The Future Founders Initiative: Q&A with Susan Hockfield and Sangeeta Bhatia

Sangeeta Bhatia, Robert Buderi, Susan Hockfield
In the fall of 2018, three MIT faculty members affiliated with the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research – Sangeeta Bhatia (engineering), Susan Hockfield (president emerita), and Nancy Hopkins (biology...
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