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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. 4March/April 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...

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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

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

On the 20th Anniversary of OpenCourseWare: How It Began

Hal Abelson, Shigeru Miyagawa, Dick K. P. Yue
On April 4, 2001, MIT President Charles Vest announced that the Institute would make course material from virtually all undergraduate and graduate courses “accessible to anyone anywhere in the world,...

Vol. XXXIII No. 4March/April 2021

On the Risks and Benefits of New International Engagements

Richard Lester
I write to report on how the Faculty and Administration have together been evaluating the risks of new international engagements – and strengthening our processes for doing so – in...

Vol. XXXIII No. 4March/April 2021

Highlights from the MIT 2020 Quality of Life Survey

Amy K. Glasmeier, Ken Goldsmith, Gregory Harris, Jonathan Schwarz
MIT has administered five major Quality of Life (QOL) surveys. The first survey of faculty and staff was run by the ad hoc Committee on Work and Family in 1989....

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...

Vol. XXXIII No. 4March/April 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...
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