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Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

Beyond Risk Management? How to Learn from MIT’s International Engagements

Bish Sanyal
I was inspired by Richard Lester’s article in the May/June 2020 Faculty Newsletter (“On the Risks and Benefits of New International Engagements”) in which he laid out a comprehensive process...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

Does MIT Support DEI Education in STEM?

Jared D. Berezin
We’re inspired to overcome our shortcomings as long as we’re aware of them. When it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at MIT, our longstanding shortcomings have gained newfound...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

Moving Forward: MIT Medical’s Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Cecilia Stuopis
For MIT Medical, the Covid-19 crisis began January 21, 2020. That was the first day we began following the novel virus, now known as SARS-CoV-2, that has changed every aspect...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

What Will Remain Post-Pandemic?

Shigeru Miyagawa, Meghan Perdue
As universities return to in-classroom teaching, what practices that emerged during the pandemic will carry over? While we are all anxious to get back to teaching and working on campus,...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

MIT’s Plan for the Spring Semester

Cynthia Barnhart
On November 2, 2020, I wrote to the MIT community to share our current plan for the spring semester. I reiterated the principles that guided our decision-making, described the lessons...

Constituting a Continuing National Nuclear Disarmament Coordinating Committee (NDCC)

Date: February 19, 2021 MIT Origins of the “Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War” Conferences: The Manhattan Project alumni that relocated to MIT after the end of WWII represented the...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

Interview with Ragon Institute Director Dr. Bruce Walker

The following interview by Faculty Newsletter Editorial Board Chair Jonathan Alan King (JAK) with Dr. Bruce Walker (BW) was held on May 18, 2020. JAK: You’re part of the Ragon...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

Teaching Under Covid: Losses Outweigh Gains

David Geltner, Alan Jasanoff, Caroline Jones
Covid has presented all walks of life with unique and unprecedented challenges. But there can be some silver linings. Now near the conclusion of our fall semester after a spring...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

New Leadership for Science Policy from Washington; Professor Gang Chen and Trump’s Last Anti-Science Campaign; Fresh Winds for the Nation from Biden/Harris; Honorary Degrees, Confederate Statues, and Naming Buildings

Jonathan A. King, Helen Elaine Lee, Nasser Rabbat
New Leadership for Science Policy from Washington The general health and welfare of our nation has been at increased risk as a result of the anti-science policies of the Trump...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

Moving MIT Forward; Supporting Our Students in Making Change; Our New Website

Nazli Choucri, Sally Haslanger, Jonathan Alan King
Moving MIT Forward MIT’s students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff, and administrators are facing the task of renewing education and research under conditions of extraordinary difficulty. There are few...
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