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Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

Mission, Safety, Equity: Navigating Fall 2020 at MIT Libraries

Chris Bourg
Like you, we in the MIT Libraries find ourselves in a most unusual fall semester. Over the past eight months, we have aimed to balance the research and learning mission...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

The More Challenging DEI – A Befitting Role for MIT

Yossi Sheffi
I read with interest MIT’s new DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) plan circulated by the Provost. It is an impressive document and obviously the product of a lot of thought. Unfortunately,...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

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.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

MIT Plans for the Fall Semester

Cynthia Barnhart
At the April 21 and May 12, 2021 Institute Faculty Meetings, I joined several colleagues to update the MIT community on the state of our planning for the fall 2021...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

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.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

MISTI Global Seed Funds Call for Proposals Launched September 14

Alicia Goldstein Raun
The MISTI Global Seed Funds program enables participating teams to collaborate with international peers, either at MIT or abroad, to develop and launch joint research projects. MISTI GSF is comprised...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

Words + Words + Words

Sandy Alexandre
As a Black scholar of literary studies, I want to honor and thank all of the justice-seeking words that came before our 2020 ones – words that either vocally or...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

Strong MIT 2020 Campus Research Performance

Maria T. Zuber
Last March, MIT’s research enterprise quickly reduced its on-campus research activity to about 10% of normal capacity as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic. By April, plans were underway...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

Angelika Amon

Tyler E. Jacks
The following is a resolution presented at the November 18, 2020 Institute Faculty Meeting. It is with deep sadness that we record today a memorial resolution marking the passing of...

Vol.XXXIII No. 1September/October 2020

Questioning the Merits of President Reif

Dan Stroock
I am wondering whether others share my feeling that it is time to replace MIT President Leo Rafael Reif. From a purely financial perspective, Reif has done a splendid job....
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