In addition, MIT is “adjusting” the aid budget “to meet families’ increased financial needs. Revised financial aid awards will be made available “likely by mid-August,” according to an FAQ on MIT’s COVID-19 site.
The MCPA’s announcement, emailed to The Tech, cited “outdated policies and procedures, poor morale throughout the department, favoritism in personnel decision-making, and a culture that does not support the officers,” as well as the MIT Police Department’s lack of independent review for over two decades.
The plan will be developed with input from “across the community,” including Black Students’ Union (BSU) and Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) representatives.
Emergency management, the DSL, and the Institute’s space planning working group are also “developing plans to support community members that reside in surrounding areas, including some students who returned to homes locally, that may need a place to self-quarantine in the future,” Sharon wrote.
The presidents expressed remorse at the disruptive nature of actions at their own universities, which included “suddenly sending virtually all of our undergraduates home,” cancelling nearly all events and in-person meetings, and “asking everyone who could work remotely to do so right away.”
6.0001/2 switched to Ed Discussion, an alternate third-party platform. 6.009 switched to “the forum,” a site instructor Adam Hartz ’11 built using the platform Discourse, an open-source software. 8.02 switched to a MITx discussion forum hosted on the MITx Residential platform.
“The goal of the concentration is to help students gain a greater understanding of how changes in computational power have refashioned fundamental questions about community, identity, democracy, and knowledge itself,” Karen Gardner, academic administrator of Science, Technology, and Society (STS), wrote.
The Curricula and Degrees working group examined various options for new curriculum development, including providing “Programming, Computation, and Data” instructors for computationally intensive non-CS subjects and a summer program for first-year students with little computational background.
Ito wrote, “I take full responsibility for my error in judgment. I am deeply sorry to the survivors, to the Media Lab, and to the MIT community for bringing such a person into our network.”
Reif emphasizes the value of immigrants in light of U.S. government actions against Chinese researchers and scientists
Vice President of Research Maria Zuber emphasized that improving security relies on identifying processes and organizational structures that need to be enhanced, rather than targeting any particular ethnic group.
The associate provost will work with other administrators to “ensure equitable practices during the faculty hiring, promotion, tenure, and review processes.”
Committee to plan for new varsity weight room in the fall, gymnastics facility will stay as is in meantime
The committee will be formed by early August, charged by early September, and conclude their work by the end of the fall semester.
The Solve Innovation Fund will raise over $30 million from tax-deductible gifts to make debt and equity investments in for-profit Solver teams. All returns will be reinvested into future Solver teams.
According to the proposal, the new major was formed to cater to students “interested in careers outside of traditional nuclear industry jobs, including nuclear medicine, clean energy technologies, fusion, quantum engineering, and modeling/simulation.”
The degree provides two tracks, one for those who are interested in human and machine intelligence, and another for those who are interested in neural systems.
Two of the major questions the working group is tackling, EECS Department Head Ozdaglar explained, are what role EE will play in the new college, and how non-College of Computing faculty will connect to the college.
Zuber framed MIT’s decision to instate this new process as “proactive” in responding to federal concerns about problems like intellectual property theft and national security. “No one in the government said that they were threatening to cut our funding,” she said.
EC proposed running an algorithm to assign first years to rooms (based on their rankings) 10 times to generate 10 sets of dorm-wide placements. Each hall’s upper-level students would then rank the results.
At intermittent points, organizers led protestors in chants, such as “Kissinger you can’t hide, you committed genocide.”
The new minor requires a total of 72 units, with up to 12 units of introductory level subjects, up to 63 units of basic level subjects, and at least 12 units of advanced level subjects.
Seventy-six percent of non-faculty comments either strongly opposed or leaned against the recommendation to continue ties with Saudi Arabia.
This year, freshmen can designate up to three Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (SME) General Institute Requirements to be graded on a Pass/No Record basis after their first term. In light of this experiment, it is timely to reflect on the history of the first year academic experience at MIT.
One of Random Hall's REX Chairs said she disagreed with many of the edits, including the removal of a water pong event and the flagging of a potato-themed event run by an Irish student as an example of stereotyping.
CMS/W Professor Kenneth Manning wrote in the MIT Faculty Newsletter about "IQ and its eugenic uses, especially its espousal of racial inferiority."
Dreamers Ian Bouche ’21, Jose Gomez ’17, Johan Villanueva ’20, and Avital Vainberg ’21 discuss their experiences as DACA students.
Two years ago, suits were filed against MIT and other universities about excessive retirement plan fees.
Green found that 11 of the 18 racialized images within the first 30 years of The Tech and the first 15 years of Technique depicted black people as waiters, even though research has shown that black people during that time period in Boston had a variety of occupations.
Concourse team restores and maintains the Kendall Band, continuing the work of the Kendall Band Preservation Society and preserving the magic of Paul Matisse's installation for Kendall Station visitors.
Goldston said that generally there was “reason for optimism about the graduate student tax” because it is only present in the House, not Senate, version of the bill.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, set to go before the House of Representatives for a floor vote, has caused widespread concern on campus, specifically regarding Section 1204, which may add previously excluded qualified tuition reductions to graduate students’ taxable income. According to President L. Rafael Reif and the Graduate Student Council, this could increase the taxes of each of MIT’s nearly 7,000 graduate students’ by $10,000 or more.
Ayyadurai’s understanding of biological health does not translate to an understanding of healthcare policy, which is geared towards ensuring widespread accessibility to medical services, and necessitates the tackling of essentially social topics such as insurance risk discrimination and whether health care itself is a universal right.