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MIT students explore food sustainability | MIT News
January 6, 2022

As students approached the homestretch of the fall semester, many were focused on completing final projects and preparing for exams. During this time of year, some students may neglect their well-being to the point of skipping meals. To help alleviate end-of-term stress and to give students a delicious study break, the Food Security Action Team recently offered a group of first-year students the opportunity to join a food...

MIT in the media: 2021 in review | MIT News
December 22, 2021

From Institute-wide efforts to address the climate crisis to responding to Covid-19, members of the MIT community made headlines this year for their innovative work in a variety of areas. Faculty, students, and staff were on the front lines of addressing many pressing issues this year, raising their voices and sharing their findings. Below are highlights of news stories that spotlight the many efforts underway at MIT to...

Q&A: John Dozier on the Strategic Action Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | MIT News
December 21, 2021

The first draft of MIT’s Strategic Action Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was released in the spring of 2021. After an extended comment period that has included dozens of focus groups, community engagement sessions, and presentations to the campus and alumni communities, as well as email and inputs from all corners of MIT, the plan is now being updated. In a conversation prepared for MIT News, Institute...

Shirley McBay, former MIT dean of student affairs and leading advocate for diversity, dies at 86 | MIT News
December 17, 2021

Shirley McBay, the first Black dean of student affairs at MIT, died at her home in Los Angeles on Nov. 27. She was 86. As the Institute’s dean of student affairs from 1980 to 1990, McBay led efforts to identify and address obstacles in the Institute’s racial environment that hindered the success of students from underrepresented or underserved communities. A 1986 report entitled “The Racial Climate on the MIT...

MIT joins the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts | MIT News
December 13, 2021

This fall, MIT joined the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA), a Boston-based statewide organization that works to advance the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations, and people in the Commonwealth. The Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF) and the Office of Government and Community Relations (OGCR) jointly pursued membership in BECMA as part of an effort to increase MIT's...

Climbing new heights across New England | MIT News
December 8, 2021

The MIT Outing Club (MITOC) is dedicated to helping the MIT and Cambridge communities enjoy the great outdoors. Whether it's hiking, climbing, skiing, biking, camping, backpacking, snow shoeing, or canoeing, think of an outdoor activity and they probably offer it. MITOC is a network of MIT community members — students, staff, alumni, faculty — and even affiliates from other area schools who come together for...

3 Questions: Tolga Durak on building a safety culture at MIT | MIT News
December 2, 2021

Environment, Health, and Safety Managing Director Tolga Durak heads a team working to build a strong safety culture at the Institute and to implement systems that lead to successful lab and makerspace operations. EHS is also pursuing new opportunities in the areas of safe and sustainable labs and applied makerspace research.  Durak holds a BS in mechanical engineering, a MS in industrial and systems engineering, and a...

Chemist and MLK Jr. Scholar Robert Gilliard explores new frontiers in synthetic chemistry | MIT News
November 29, 2021

Almost 15 years ago, Robert Gilliard posed for a photo in front of MIT’s Great Dome. At the time, he was an undergraduate at Clemson University visiting MIT with his research advisor, former MIT postdoc and Clemson University professor Rhett Smith. Just last month, Gilliard arranged a similar photo in front of the dome. This time, though, he was the professor behind the camera, wrangling his own students. And now,...

3 Questions: Supporting graduate student families | MIT News
November 19, 2021

When you have a family, life becomes a balancing act of supporting your loved ones while managing your personal responsibilities. At MIT, three offices play a pivotal role in supporting graduate students with families — their partners, their children — as they create that balance.  Naomi Carton serves as associate dean for graduate residential education (GRE), supporting the entire graduate residential community...

MIT Libraries digitizes materials from Mary Rowe | MIT News
November 18, 2021

Mary Rowe, former MIT ombudsperson, has donated professional papers to the MIT Libraries’ department of Distinctive Collections as part of the Women@MIT archival initiative, which highlights the contributions of women at the Institute by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible their personal archives. Rowe is a conflict management specialist whose work contributed to MIT having one of the world’s first...

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