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Vol. XXXIV No. 5May/June 2022

On the Closing of the MIT Pharmacy

Michael J. Cima
To The Faculty Newsletter: I very much agree with this op/ed (“On Closing the MIT Pharmacy“). The closing of the MIT pharmacy was a real shock to me. It comes...

Vol. XXXV No. 1September/October 2022

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. Introduction Jonathan...

From Prufrock House to Antarctica

Charles N. David Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, emeritus Ludwig-Maximilians-University Grosshadernerstr. 2 82152 Planegg-Martinsried Germany Jon and I were roommates for several years at Caltech and for several...

Vol. XXXVI No. 2November/December 2023

Gaza: What Have We Learned from the bin Salman Scandal?

Sally Haslanger, Jonathan A. King, Ceasar McDowell, Nasser Rabbat, Balakrishnan Rajagopal
The war in the Middle East is forcing us to confront the often-silenced dialogue around Israel and Palestine. Regrettably, the world has been forced into this reckoning by two unimaginable...

Vol. XXXVI No. 1September/October 2023

Curious About Curiosity Unbounded

Bish Sanyal
I was intrigued by the theme “Curiosity Unbounded” for President Sally Kornbluth’s inauguration, a theme she continued in her podcasts with recently tenured faculty at MIT ( At first hearing,...

Vol. XXXVI No. 1September/October 2023

Advancing Racial Equity After the End of Affirmative Action

Faculty Advisory Committee, Office of Minority Education
“At the same time, as all parties agree, nothing in this opinion should be construed as prohibiting universities from considering an applicant’s discussion of how race affected his or her...

Vol. XXXVI No. 1September/October 2023

Contract with the Graduate Student Union

Nazli Choucri, Jonathan A. King, Anthony T. Patera, Nasser Rabbat, Robert P. Redwine
Graduate students are core partners with the faculty in the research and teaching activities of the Institute – we on the faculty explore and learn alongside them. It is essential...

Vol. XXXVI No. 1September/October 2023

The Faculty Chair: A Job Description (2.0)

Mary C. Fuller
Over the last year, several people have asked me what the chair of the faculty does. In this column – which resumes a tradition of columns from the faculty chair...

Vol. XXXVI No. 1September/October 2023

A Brief History of the Origins of the Faculty Newsletter as it Marks its 35th Anniversary

John Belcher, Jonathan A. King
This past March marked the 35th anniversary of the “zeroth” issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter (FNL). The FNL was founded in response to the decision of then Provost John...
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