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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

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

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

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

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

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...

Vol. XXXIV No. 1September/October 2021

Praise the Vaccines, Producers, and Public Funding

Robert Berwick, Jonathan A. King, Robert P. Redwine
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. Kudos to...

Vol. XXXIII No. 5May/June 2021

A Look Back and a Look Ahead

Rick L. Danheiser
In this, my final column as Chair of the Faculty, I take a look back at some of the key contributions and accomplishments of Faculty Governance during these past most...

Vol. XXXIII No. 5May/June 2021

What’s In a Name?

Robert D. van der Hilst , Aarti Dwivedi, Jennifer Fentress, Bradford H. Hager, Deepa Rao, Kasturi Shah, Susan Solomon, Lily Zhang
This isn’t a business-as-usual donor recognition story. The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) is of course delighted to acknowledge Shell for making a gift to support the...
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