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Vol. XXXIV No. 1September/October 2021

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

Nicholas A. Ashford
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. Faulty information and outright lies...

Vol. XXXIV No. 1September/October 2021

Immediate Priorities for Housing Justice in the Massachusetts State Legislature

Mike Connolly
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...

Vol. XXXIV No. 1September/October 2021

Welcome Back: Library Locations Reopen for Fall 2021

Chris Bourg
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...

Vol. XXXIV No. 1September/October 2021

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

W. Craig Carter
In spring 2021, the Faculty passed a change in the rules and regulations which – among other things – eliminated Early Sophomore Standing (ESS). The argument was “Because it depends...

Vol. XXXIV No. 1September/October 2021

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. Proposals can...

Vol. XXXIV No. 1September/October 2021

Reflections on edX

John Guttag
The impending changes to edX prompted me to reflect on my own experience. I helped develop one of the first courses offered by edX, 6.00x. Over the years the course...

Vol. XXXIV No. 1September/October 2021

Booster Recommendations and the Delta Variant

James C. S. Liu, MD
There has been a great deal of confusion and concern around getting an additional dose of CoViD-19 vaccine. This concern has been driven by the Delta variant, now the dominant...

Vol. XXXIV No. 1September/October 2021

Nominate a Colleague as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Provost Martin Schmidt is calling for nominations of faculty as 2022 MacVicar Faculty Fellows. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program recognizes MIT faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to...

Vol. XXXIV No. 1September/October 2021

Radius: Bringing Ethics to the Center of Science and Technology

“We are at the point of being overwhelmed by the very bulk of our accumulated information, bewildered by the diversity of our manufactures. And we are failing today to assess...

Vol. XXXIV No. 1September/October 2021

Mens, Manus et Cor

James H. Williams, Jr.
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...
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