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3 MIT Alumni on their Medical School Experience
Jan/18 Tue 06:00PM–07:30PM

Do you wonder what medical school is really like?
Then join MIT’s Prehealth Advising for a panel of 3 current medical school students – also MIT alumni - to get answers to your most pressing questions about medical school. Register in Handshake and bring your questions about preparing yourself for medical school, applying, and adjusting from MIT.

After the panel will be an opportunity to connect with other MIT Prehealth students in small groups. 

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey.
https://airtable.com/shrfsjcovcoDIN0da Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

Aren't We Better Off Without Christianity?
Jan/20 Thu 07:30PM–09:00PM

40 years ago, sociologists believed that as the world became more modern, more educated, and more scientific, religious belief would naturally decline. Many western intellectuals thought this was both inevitable and desirable: religion would not survive in the modern world, and we modern people would be better off without it. Doesn't Christianity hinder our pursuits of modern values? What is our reality today? Is Christianity positive or negative for individuals and society? And what shapes how we determine what makes us “better off”?

Dr. REBECCA McLAUGHLIN, Ph.D. in English literature from Cambridge University, Theology degree from Oak Hill College in London. Speaker, Writer, and author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion. Find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccamclaughlin.org.

Book Discussion: The Territories of Science and Religion
Jan/04 Tue 03:00PM–04:30PM
Jan/11 Tue 03:00PM–04:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 03:00PM–04:30PM
Jan/25 Tue 03:00PM–04:30PM

Are science and religion inherently opposed?  Have they always been?  Not necessarily, argues distinguished scholar Peter Harrison in The Territories of Science and Religion.  He demonstrates that the concepts of science and religion, as we understand them, are relatively recent, and that the boundaries between them have historically been dynamic and even permeable.  Come join fellow members of the MIT community to read and discuss Harrison’s book and examine how very different approaches to reality have related to and mutually enriched each other, and how they may do so again.

Build to a Purposeful Career
Jan/27 Thu 02:00PM–03:30PM

How do you reconcile your interests, passions, and motivations to construct a rewarding career? With a little reflection, and some LEGO, you will have an opportunity to ideate the types of careers you might be searching for—and get feedback from fellow participants about how to make it a reality. Join us for this light, fun, and engaging workshop using the LEGO Serious Play method. Proper mask wearing is required for this in-person workshop.

Open to all current MIT students and postdocs. Registration required via Handshake.

CANCELED: IAP - LCE Language Conversation Cafe
Jan/20 Thu 04:00PM–06:00PM

Join us to meet other language enthusiasts, language learners, and native speakers of languages you’d like to practice. This is a great way to find a language partner! We are going to play games in different languages. 

Brought to you by the Language Conversation Exchange. Our program is open to MIT community members only.

Chemical Engineering Chocolate Experiment 
Jan/19 Wed 01:00PM–02:00PM
Join ChemE on a chocolate adventure where you can learn all about how chocolate is made and experiment with the properties of chocolate and how it relates to taste and texture. This virtual hands-on experience is open to first years only! 
 
Delicious chocolates will be delivered to you – ChemE flavored! 
Make sure to RSVP to claim your chocolate and your seat: https://forms.gle/2ifxk5ScyL3N5sMs5
Date: Wednesday, January 19th 
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
virtual event
 
Registration or event questions: Sharece Corner scorner3@mit.edu
Cooking with Antoinette
Jan/20 Thu 12:00PM–01:30PM

Antoinette’s cooking sessions are always open to the entire MIT community, and you are welcome to cook with us or just observe!

Please join us for the IAP cooking session on Thursday, January 20 from 12noon to 1:30pm.

This month, Antoinette will be showing us how to cook a Caribbean dish, Stew Curry Chicken Pelau (*can be made without meat), as well as a Quick Coleslaw. 

*Note: For the stew curry chicken pelau, if possible please marinate the chicken overnight before we meet on Zoom.

Recipes for 2021-2022 are found here.

Recurring Zoom link:  https://mit.zoom.us/j/92402061745

Sign up for reminders: https://forms.gle/7wbCKwvNeU4yiTbe6 

Cultivating Strong Career Mentors during your PhD and Postdoc
Jan/11 Tue 04:00PM–05:30PM

Mentors are important at every stage of your career. As a PhD and postdoc, learn how to strengthen the relationship with your research advisor, as well as find additional mentors to support your career development and success.

This session will include a workshop, followed by a panel of former PhDs and postdocs who will share their experiences with career mentors.

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey.
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Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

This CAPD event is open to MIT graduate students and postdocs. Registration required via Handshake.

Emergency Preparedness for Your Home
Jan/26 Wed 11:00AM–12:00PM

People and families that plan for emergencies will:

  • Help keep people safe;
  • Limit property damage;
  • Know what to do during and after a disaster;
  • Better manage their savings;
  • Support community preparedness; and
  • Help their community get back up and running after a disaster.

Taking simple actions to protect against disaster helps you, your family, your community, and your country in important ways.  This training will help guide you through the initial stages for developing your own resposne plans for your home and loved ones.

Engineering a Successful Career Plan
Jan/18 Tue 07:00PM–08:00PM

You wouldn't undertake a 20 week project without first making a plan; what about a 20 year project? Your career is a major source of money, success, and fulfillment; it’s worth spending time planning it out.

Learn how to think strategically about your career and create a plan to achieve your career goals. We’ll explore key career questions, professional development, and how to adjust your plan. At the end of this talk you’ll have a framework to create and execute a career plan to maximize your professional growth.

Key take aways:
• Questions to focus your career
• Components of a career plan
• Framework for an actionable career plan
• How to refine and adjust your plan as it unfolds

Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You* (
https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com/). From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. At MIT, he received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and a M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. At Harvard Business School, Mark helped create a platform used to teach finance at prominent business schools. He also works with many non-profits, including Techie Youth and Plant A Million Corals.

*Attendees will be entered into a raffle to receive a free copy of Mark's book "The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You"

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.

Freezer Challenge 2022 Information Session
Jan/26 Wed 10:00AM–11:00AM

Looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of scientific research, save energy on freezers, improve access to your samples, and get recognized for your efforts?

 

Join us during this information session to learn more about the 2022 International Laboratory Freezer Challenge and how you can participate and implement optimal cold storage management practices. All labs with freezers / refrigerators are encouraged to participate and get recognized in the 2022 International Laboratory Freezer Challenge, organized by My Green Lab with the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL). 

 

Presented / sponsored by: MIT Safe and Sustainable Labs (S2L) Program

A joint initiative between Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Department of Facilities (DOF), and Office of Sustainability (MITOS) in alignment with MIT's Climate Action Plan.

Fulbright Virtual Info Session
Jan/19 Wed 02:00PM–03:00PM

Learn how to apply to Fulbright! The Fulbright US Student Program offers grants to over 150 countries for an academic year of research, graduate study, or English teaching assistantship. Eligible students must be US citizens and have completed at least a bachelor’s degree by the start of the grant in fall 2023/spring 2024. Graduate students and recent alum are also eligible. You should begin working on your application this spring – learn how! More info: Julia Mongo, Fulbright Program Advisor, jmongo@mit.edu

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.

Hypocrisy: If Jesus Christ is so Good, Why is the Church so Bad?
Jan/18 Tue 07:30PM–09:00PM

In a recent survey at MIT, students were asked, “For you, what makes Christianity or God's existence difficult for you to believe?” The most picked answer was the hypocrisy they see in those who identify as Christian and the Church. There is no arguing that hypocrisy exists among Christians and the Church. Hypocrisy is a massive deterrent for people no matter who it comes from. If Christianity is supposed to make people better, then why associate with something that doesn’t really seem to work? Why accept it as true? How can it be worth considering when it seems like Christians don’t even follow its teachings?

LOU PHILLIPS, Traveling speaker with the Lighten Group, Theological studies at the OXFORD CENTER FOR CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS

IAP 2022: Mission Innovation Program—Dual-use Ventures: Navigating Both Commercial & Defense Markets
Jan/19 Wed 09:00AM–05:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 09:00AM–05:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 09:00AM–05:00PM

Program Description

The Dual-use Ventures non-credit IAP course helps technology startups navigate early-stage challenges in market research, use cases, and federal funding opportunities. We provide insights into navigating SBIRs, STTRs, and other federal funding opportunities while working within the commercial marketplace so that tech founders - when thoughtful and working rigorously - can take their Minimum Viable Product from $0 in revenue to $1,500,000 in defense contracts over the course of 24 months. This program is intentional about instruction and training - our eminent goal is to help MIT-affiliated lab-based tech startups traverse the trough of disillusionment and commercialize tough tech products for the betterment of humankind. 

This course is for students, alumni, and ecosystem members who want to learn useful and actionable steps to create dual-use ventures (DuV). A dual-use venture is one that has both government and commercial (enterprise and/or consumer) customers. We’ll discuss frameworks, funding opportunities, entrepreneur roadmaps, and government resources. Topics in this course are particularly relevant to technology entrepreneurs interested in learning more about working with the Department of Defense.

MIT strives to enable higher levels of diversity and inclusion in the innovation ecosystem. Research shows that diversity is a key factor for innovation, helping unearth inherent biases in technological solutions, enabling teams to make better decisions, and driving stronger performance. We strongly encourage members of traditionally marginalized communities to participate in this course.

This series offers presentations over zoom from MIT and government speakers, a networking event, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions on topics we have found tech startups are most interested in learning more about.

                                             REGISTER

Course Thesis

Startups can be purposeful about designing their company to be ready to pursue both commercial and defense markets. This requires being informed, prepared, diligent, and ready when either market opportunity becomes available.

Key Outcomes

  • Learn about non-dilutive funding opportunities, nuances of the defense and dual-use markets, and stakeholders in the defense acquisitions system
  • Understand the need to move opportunistically across both commercial and defense markets in the early stages of ventures
  • Learn how government data rights interact with a dual-use venture’s commercially oriented IP strategy
  • Gain insights on how to protect the long-term value of your technology for both commercial and government markets
  • Achieve an actionable understanding of DOD contractual requirements for cybersecurity and information protection

Schedule
(updated regularly & subject to change)

Day 1 | Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | Dual-use, broadly…

Day 2 | Thursday, January 20, 2022 | My tech startup has a call with the military…

 Day 3 | Friday, January 21, 2022 | Startup funding pinball…

 

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SPEAKERS

IAP Employer Site Visit - Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center - Virtual
Jan/19 Wed 03:30PM–05:30PM

NOTE: This Event has changed to a VIRTUAL Employer Site visit due to Covid-19.

Attend this VIRTUAL employer site visit to learn more about career opportunities in Data Science for Life Sciences at Johnson & Johnson. This program will include an introduction, company and innovation center overview, as well as a review of data science career opportunities by members of J&J’s talent acquisition team.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 3:30 – 5 pm RSVP on Handshake at: https://app.joinhandshake.com/edu/events/919414

Johnson & Johnson is accelerating innovation worldwide in consumer health, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. With a goal to bring forth highly differentiated healthcare solutions that extend and improve lives, collaboration with innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world is a business priority, and necessity in order to unleash the power of science and technology to advance the health of everyone, everywhere.

Data Science at Johnson & Johnson From pharmaceuticals to medical devices, consumer products to supply chains, we’re assembling a global team of data scientists to innovate, accelerate discoveries and drive so much real-world impact. A career as a Data Scientist at Johnson & Johnson is an opportunity to solve a range of complex challenges in a fast-paced environment where your solutions directly impact the lives of patients around the world. You’ll work collaboratively in partnership with the business to bring bold innovations to life, guided by insights from today’s most advanced algorithms, technologies, and data sets. Grow your skills and experience as you disrupt and transform how diseases are detected, improve how we manage our supply chain, and help discover life-changing drugs.

Innovation Center (Cambridge, MA) The Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers identify early stage transformational healthcare solutions from academics or startup companies who want to partner with us to accelerate their novel program. Our Innovation Centers are located around the globe in the central life sciences hot spots of South San Francisco, Boston, London and Shanghai. The Boston-based Innovation Center has a footprint that spans the East North America region. The Boston team is embedded in the innovation ecosystem (from Toronto to Washington, D.C.) connecting entrepreneurs, scientists and emerging companies to our own expertise and to our broad global network. The team comprises deep scientific, commercial, investment and deal-making expertise as well as company incubation, lab space and networking opportunities that can help accelerate promising science.

For more information about this employer site visit, please email the employer relations team in MIT Career Advising & Professional Development at fborrego@mit.edu.

IAP Non-Credit Activity: THERE ARE NO BAD SKETCHES / An introduction to Travel Drawing
Jan/06 Thu 01:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/13 Thu 01:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/20 Thu 01:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/25 Tue 01:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–03:30PM

Workshop exposes students to a multi-media way of capturing a sense of place through an observational tour of the Cambridge and Boston area. This course operates under the premise that there is no such thing as a bad drawing. That a sketch is a tool for you to quickly capture any environment, idea, or fleeting moment. THERE ARE NO BAD SKETCHES! experiments with graphite, charcoal, water color, and ink to explore scales, proportions, stories, and perceptions of a place.

Meets TR 1-:30 pm from January 6-27.

To sign up: Contact Sloan Aulgur

IAP Seminar: Investigating Leadership and Engineering through Film and Media: The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–02:30PM

Speakers:
Andrew Silver, Film director, MIT and Sloan Alum
Chris Boebel, Media Development Director, MIT Open Learning

Enrollment limited: Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 12/15

Using an award-winning BBC mini-series, along with supplemental references from film and books, participants will observe and discuss the leadership of one of the largest engineering projects in history: The “Manhattan Project” that designed and built the world’s first atomic bomb. In a small seminar setting, students will consider leadership of the project and moral responsibility in the context of the devastating use of atomic weapons at the close of World War II, clashing leadership styles between scientists and the military, and how these concerns relate to broader questions of leadership and ethics on complex scientific and engineering projects.

Interested students should contact Andrew Silver (e-mail below) for more information. View trailer.

This course will meet for two sessions:

Session One: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 1 pm-2:30 pm
Leadership “Personas,” Clashing Leadership Styles, Collaboration, and Managing Personalities
Episode 3 of “Oppenheimer” (1980), BBC-TV TV Mini-Series starring Sam Waterston

Session Two: Thursday, January 13, 2022, 1pm-2:30 pm
Morality, Ethics, and Personal Responsibility
Episode 5 of “Oppenheimer”

Both sessions will meet at MIT Open Learning, 600 Technology Square, 2nd Floor

Sponsor(s): MIT Open Learning

Contact: Andrew Silver, asilver@asilverproduction.com

IAP: How to Become a Personal Trainer or Group Exercise Instructor
Jan/19 Wed 05:30PM–06:30PM

Meet virtually with MIT Recreation's Assistant Fitness Directors to learn how to become a nationally certified Personal Fitness Trainer or Group Exercise Instructor! This event is free, and all are welcome. Registration is required to receive the Zoom Recording and Powerpoint. Zoom link will be sent the morning of the session. Come prepared to learn and move through a 15 minute exercise demonstration.

Credentials:
Josie Wielinski: ACE Personal Trainer, Registered Dietitian, Crossfit/Cycle Certified, Red Cross CPR Instructor Certified
Emily Lin: AFAA Group Exercise/Cycle/Yoga/Personal Trainer Certified, Barre Above Certified, Red Cross CPR Instructor Certified

Registration opens 12/6/21 at this link: https://mit.clubautomation.com/calendar/event-info?id=31618&style=0&isFrame=0  It is free to make a guest account. Email fitness@mit.edu with any questions. 

Inclusive Bio- and Crypto- Innovation: How Law and Technology Co-Evolve (Part I)
Jan/27 Thu 10:00AM–12:00PM

The legislative process still takes place mostly without input from those who understand the realities of newly deployed technologies. How can scientists, engineers, and lawyers better understand their co-evolution in the disconnected world of innovation? 

Dr. Andreas Mershin, director of the MIT Label Free Research Group, and Boston-based innovation attorney Dimitrios Ioannidis (co-founders of the Osmocosm non-profit foundation) will address the intersection of science and law and the challenges of current regulation strategies for Bio- and Crypto- everything. How can lawyers help create the legal framework for Innovation in fast developing  tech? How can the business world responsibly finance innovation in law and what are the current trends that may relate to changing how we write laws regulating new tech?

On the Crypto side, emphasis will be on the examples of NFTs in the music industry, and lessons learned on how legislation can propel the growth of music streaming. How can lawmakers create the legal framework of a value exchange system that is built on reliability and the breaking of technological and social barriers to inclusivity without creating new monsters?

On the Bio- everything side, the discussion will center on the human body and how it continuously leaks medically sensitive information: our body odor  reports on our physical and mental health states to emerging  technologies such as bioelectronic noses soon coming to our smartphones. Where does ones freedom to protect oneself from infection stop and another person’s freedom from unwanted medical surveillance begin? Can courts seek the truth by scanning and detecting human witness emotions while on the stand? These questions and others will be covered by:

  a panel group, including: hip hopper, Vin Rock, American photographer Ernie Paniccioli, Patrycja Treder, Esq. (Poland), Prof. Paula Arias (University of Miami; Elena Shiapani (CEO of MIBS Group), Prof. Dr. Şebnem AKİPEK ÖCAL (Ted University, Turkey); Arne Fuchs, LL.M. (Partner at McDermott, Germany), Nancy A. Freed, Esq. (Partner at Prince Lobel, Boston, USA),; Prof. Maria Koundoura (Emerson College, Boston); Charis Tan, Esq. (Partner at Peter & Kim, Singapore); Harpreet Dhillon, in house counsel for Twitter (Singapore); Jared L. Hubbard, partner at Fitch Group (Boston, USA), Andras Patkai - Executive Director BSS Unit Inc. (Hungary), Denis Kudriashov (Bose – Framingham, USA), Justin Holmes (entrepreneur – Boston, USA), Ass. Prof. Istvan Erdős (ELTE law school, Budapest, Hungary), Sophia Kambanis (Executive Director of Massachusetts Innovation Network), Kathryn Dickieson, (Biomedical Engineer/Space Scientist- Boston, USA) and Marianna Kleyman, (Scientist in Transformational and Translational Immunology Discovery at AbbVie, Cambidge, USA).

They will also be joined by law, science, and business school students, Cassandra Nedder (US), Mia Bonardi (US), Dionisio Antonio Mulone (Argentina), Christina Kazazaeva (Russia), Maria Sholokhova (Russia), Julia Jelenska, (Poland) Begum Yilmaz (Turkey), Lydia Koraki (Greece), and Basak Toker (Turkey).

Zoom link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/6736844148 

Inclusive Bio- and Crypto- in Innovation: How Law and Technology Co-Evolve (Part II)
Jan/28 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM

The legislative process still takes place mostly without input from those who understand the realities of newly deployed technologies. How can scientists, engineers, and lawyers understand their co-evolution in the disconnected world of innovation? 

Dr. Andreas Mershin, director of the MIT Label Free Research Group, and Boston-based innovation attorney Dimitrios Ioannidis (co-founders of the Osmocosm non-profit foundation) will address the intersection of science and law and the challenges of current regulation strategies for Bio- and Crypto- everything. How can lawyers help create the legal framework for Innovation in fast developing  fields? How can the business world responsibly finance innovation in law and what are the current changing trends in  how we write tech laws?

On the Crypto side, we will present the exaple of NFTs in the music industry, asking how legislation can propel the growth of music streaming. How can lawmakers create the framework of a value exchange system that is built on inlcusivity, reliability and the breaking of technological and social barriers -without creating new monsters?

On the Bio- everything side, the discussion will center on the human body and how it continuously leaks medically sensitive information: our body odor  reports on our physical and mental health states (osmodata)  to emerging technologies such as  bioelectronic noses soon coming to our smartphones. Where does one's freedom to protect oneself from infection stop and another person’s freedom from unwanted medical surveillance begin? Can courts seek the truth by scanning and detecting human witness emotions while on the stand?

Andreas and Dimitri will be joined by a panel group, including, hip hopper, Vin Rock, American photographer Ernie Paniccioli, Patrycja Treder, Esq. (Poland), Prof. Paula Arias (University of Miami; Elena Shiapani (CEO of MIBS Group), Prof. Dr. Şebnem AKİPEK ÖCAL (Ted University, Turkey); Arne Fuchs, LL.M. (Partner at McDermott, Germany), Nancy A. Freed, Esq. (Partner at Prince Lobel, Boston, USA),; Prof. Maria Koundoura (Emerson College, Boston); Charis Tan, Esq. (Partner at Peter & Kim, Singapore); Harpreet Dhillon, in house counsel for Twitter (Singapore); Jared L. Hubbard, partner at Fitch Group (Boston, USA), Andras Patkai - Executive Director BSS Unit Inc. (Hungary), Denis Kudriashov (Bose – Framingham, USA), Justin Holmes (entrepreneur – Boston, USA), Ass. Prof. Istvan Erdős (ELTE law school, Budapest, Hungary), Sophia Kambanis (Executive Director of Massachusetts Innovation Network), Kathryn Dickieson, (Biomedical Engineer/Space Scientist- Boston, USA) and Marianna Kleyman, (Scientist in Transformational and Translational Immunology Discovery at AbbVie, Cambidge, USA).

They will also be joined by law, science, and business school students, Cassandra Nedder (US), Mia Bonardi (US), Dionisio Antonio Mulone (Argentina), Christina Kazazaeva (Russia), Maria Sholokhova (Russia), Julia Jelenska, (Poland) Begum Yilmaz (Turkey), Lydia Koraki (Greece), and Basak Toker (Turkey).

Zoom link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/6736844148 

Infinite Careers: Amy Wibowo
Jan/20 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

Join Amy Wibowo, MIT SB and MEng in EECS, and hear about her career journey, gain advice about your own career, and ask questions.

Amy Wibowo is the founder, editor, and CEO of BubbleSort Zines, a zine dedicated to making computer science more accessible. It has been Amy's life long dream to create zines that make computer science more accessible.

Registration required via Handshake. Space is limited to 30 people. This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni.

Infinite Careers is an alumni speaker series designed to expose students to a variety of career paths and the non-linearity of career decision making. This series allows students to hear the stories of alumni with both traditional and unconventional career paths, and get to know alumni in interesting fields.

Learn more about Amy here: https://shop.bubblesort.io/pages/about-us

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey. https://airtable.com/shrfsjcovcoDIN0da
Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

Infinite Careers: Gloria Chao
Jan/10 Mon 12:00PM–01:00PM

Join Gloria Chao, MIT SB in Management Science, and hear about her career journey, gain advice about your own career, and ask questions.

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of AMERICAN PANDA, OUR WAYWARD FATE, RENT A BOYFRIEND, and WHEN YOU WISH UPON A LANTERN (forthcoming 2023). As an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer, she is now grateful to spend her days in fictional characters’ heads instead of real people’s mouths.. Space is limited to 30 people.

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.

Infinite Careers is an alumni speaker series designed to expose students to a variety of career paths and the non-linearity of career decision making. This series allows students to hear the stories of alumni with both traditional and unconventional career paths, and get to know alumni in interesting fields.

Learn more about Gloria here:
https://gloriachao.wordpress.com/

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey. https://airtable.com/shrfsjcovcoDIN0da
Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

Infinite Careers: May-Li Khoe
Jan/18 Tue 12:00PM–01:00PM

Join May-Li Khoe, MIT SB and MEng in EECS, and hear about her career journey, gain advice about your own career, and ask questions.

May-Li Khoe is a designer, researcher, prototyper, engineer, game developer, director, and VP. She has previously worked for Khan Academy, founding and co-directing a long-term research group and served as the VP of Design. She is also the co-founder of Scribble, a collaborative whiteboard for long-distance drawing.

Registration required via Handshake. Space is limited to 30 people. This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni.

Infinite Careers is an alumni speaker series designed to expose students to a variety of career paths and the non-linearity of career decision making. This series allows students to hear the stories of alumni with both traditional and unconventional career paths, and get to know alumni in interesting fields.

Learn more about May-Li here: http://www.maylikhoe.com/

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey. https://airtable.com/shrfsjcovcoDIN0da
Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

Isn't Religion Just a Psychological Delusion - Just Wishful Thinking to Comfort People?
Jan/27 Thu 07:30PM–09:00PM

Many today would say they do not want to believe in God, but that those who do are driven to do so as a kind of wish fulfillment.  This “You wish” argument against belief in God goes back to Voltaire, Diderot, Darwin, and Feuerbach.  And it was most popularized and sharpened by Freud. Freud referred to religion as “the universal obsessional neurosis of humanity,” and claimed that the spiritual worldview “distorts the picture of the real world in a delusional manner.” Dr. Brandon Unruh will help us examine these claims and critiques from his own lived experience and his professional experience as a clinician.

DR. BRANDON UNRUH, M.D - Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and clinician at McLean Hospital

Launch Into Spring: Draft Your Cover Letter
Jan/20 Thu 06:00PM–07:00PM

“Ugh, a cover letter? How do I write a cover letter?”-- Whether you are new to this feeling, or have felt it many times before, take 60 minutes out of your IAP to learn how to start, draft, finalize, and be proud of the cover letter you will send alongside your resume! At the end of the workshop you will have a deeper understand of how to write and leverage a cover letter to really appeal to different employers. This is offered exclusively to first year undergraduates, so don’t let this opportunity slip by you!

Registration required via Handshake.

Launch Into Spring: Elevate Your LinkedIn Profile
Jan/26 Wed 06:00PM–07:00PM

Spring recruiting is starting, and is your LinkedIn “recruiter ready”? Does your headline need some attention? Not sure what to put “about me”? Through this 60-minute workshop you will learn ways to make your LinkedIn profile an “all-star”. This is offered exclusively to first year undergraduates, so don’t let this opportunity slip you by! Registration required via Handshake.

Launch Into Spring: Find a Summer Experience
Jan/24 Mon 06:00PM–07:00PM

Develop a plan to find the right summer experience for you. We will cover the resources, tools, and strategies to help you find a summer internship or other experience. During this interactive workshop, you’ll be following along as we review various resources available to you. Offered exclusively to first year undergraduates.

Registration required via Handshake.

MIT Biotech Alumni Panel
Jan/13 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

Curious about a career in biotech and pharmaceuticals but don't know where to start? Let MIT alumni shed light on these ever-expanding fields through this panel with industry leaders. Following a moderated discussion, get your questions answered to gain greater clarity on what it would be like to embark on your career in biotech or pharmaceuticals.

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.. Registration required via Handshake.

Please indicate any accommodation needs by completing the following survey. https://airtable.com/shrfsjcovcoDIN0da
Note: Accommodation requests should be submitted one week in advance of an event. If accommodations are not possible due to the late timing of the request a team member will reach out to you to discuss alternative resources and/or solutions.

MIT Bluewater Sailing Informational Session
Jan/20 Thu 07:00PM–08:00PM

MIT Sailing would love for you to join us aboard our museum quality 51' Herreshoff sailboat in Boston Harbor.  Bluewater Sailing is under the supervision of MIT Sailing and their volunteer instructors; the program operates in Boston Harbor on a bigger boat with more teamwork, longer trips and more immersion in the ocean.  This virtual informational session is for those who are new to big boat sailing at MIT and guide you through how to get a sailing card, sign up for a bluewater sail, and what to expect when you climb aboard.  The bluewater program is focused on increasing the exposure of the MIT community to big boat sailing.  For those with sailing experience who are interested in progressing their knowledge, racing, or leading sailing trips, we will discuss the process for earning a bluewater crew and skipper rating towards the end of the session. 

More information about the program and email list signup will be available at http://sailing.mit.edu/bluewater/ 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://mit.zoom.us/j/97839877502

MIT Bluewater Sailing: Cruising, Racing, and Relaxing
Jan/24 Mon 07:00PM–08:00PM

Want to learn more about bluewater sailing at MIT? Come hear stories about different adventures ranging from cruising to racing from Boston to Maine and beyond. 

 

More information about the program and email list signup will be available at http://sailing.mit.edu/bluewater/ 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://mit.zoom.us/j/97839877502

 

Math Integration Bee
Jan/20 Thu 06:00PM

You are cordially invited to the 41st Annual MIT Integration Bee. Watch our top students compete for the chance to win prizes and the prestigious title of Grand Integrator! This tournament to end all tournaments will be held on Thursday, January 20th at 6:00pm in room 32-123. Come watch brilliant minds at work and invite your friends to behold the thrilling finale!  Witness your classmates show off their mad integrating skills at the only Integration Bee of 2022. Bring your friends!

Medical School Application & Committee Letter Overview
Jan/12 Wed 06:00PM–07:30PM

Are you planning to apply to medical or health professions school in June 2022? Then join MIT's Prehealth Advising to learn about the various steps to submit a competitive application, an overview of MIT's Committee Letter Process (COPA), the application timeline, and the many resources available through Prehealth Advising.

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.

Mycotecture, BioHab, MycoHab and Regenerative Food, Medicine, Materials: A surprisingly digital (r)evolution in agriculture and construction
Jan/28 Fri 12:15PM–03:00PM

Online only with interactive live video of mycotecture techniques.

Dr. Andreas Mershin, director of the MIT Label Free Research Group, hosts key doers in the mycotecture regenerative agriculture and construction materials industries in a series of short presentations and panel Q&A followed by hands-on, live and interactive demonstration of mycotecture techniques by Chris Maurer, via video link to redhouse studios in Cleveland, OH.

Using the exemplar of the BioHab, a joint MIT-SBG-redhouse project currently being deployed in Namibia, architect and founder of redhouse studio Chris Maurer will explain working mycelium methods to reform agriwaste leveraging inflatables to create superior new “bioterials”, self-reproducing buildings, edible and medicinal mushrooms all in one process. Carolyn Cameron-Kirksmith, head of Group Strategic Development of Standard Bank Group and BioHAB will cover Africa’s largest bank continued investment in mco-R&D as well as entrepreneurial deployment directly to market after establishing growing mushrooms operations at BioHab Namibia. We will cover blockchain technologies aiming at accurately tracking product quality and provenance and discuss monetizing carbon sequestration and land stewardship. 

Zoom linkhttps://mit.zoom.us/j/6736844148

Links to additional materials:
www.bio-hab.org
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L0EgAVwZbM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG5fe7AfaPc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9ovt4QaprE&t=422s

No Self, No Problem: A Zen Conversation
Jan/24 Mon 08:00PM–09:00PM

Rev. Takafumi Kawakami, Vice-Abbot, Shunkou-in, Kyoto, Japan.

Personal Storytelling Workshop
Jan/22 Sat 03:00PM–05:00PM

During your journey towards that perfect job after MIT, you will network with a diverse range of people. Some will have deep technical skills and easily grasp your research. Others will have no technical background and may not fully understand your unique skills. There is one guaranteed way to create meaningful impressions with both of these audiences: personal storytelling. Like a muscle, this essential skill becomes stronger with exercise. Interested in a light workout?
You are invited to participate in a personal storytelling workshop where you will learn the fundamentals of storytelling and complete a series of fun and engaging exercises designed to help you craft a personal story around your research or area of interest.

This workshop was designed specifically for you by Course 2 alumnus Ravi Patil '93 SM '95 based on his experience as a hiring manager in the information technology industry. If you'd like to get a sense for Ravi's storytelling style, check out his podcast called Institrve - True stories about MIT. A trove of wonder, discovery, and madness.

Open to MIT Graduate Students. Registration required via Handshake.

More about the presenter:
Ravi Patil is Director of Product Management and Strategy at Broadcom, where he is responsible for the complete mainframe security and compliance software portfolio. He has 20 years of B2B information technology marketing, strategy, and consulting experience and 4 years of automotive industry experience in business planning and engineering. Ravi earned his SB and SM in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He received the MacVicar Award from the MIT Alumni Association in 2019 for his service to the Institute.

Pleasures of Poetry 2022
Jan/03 Mon 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/04 Tue 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/05 Wed 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/06 Thu 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/07 Fri 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/10 Mon 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/12 Wed 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 01:00PM–02:00PM

Pleasures of Poetry meets this IAP 2022 in 14E-304 from 1:00 - 2:00pm every weekday through the first three weeks of IAP (Jan. 3-21), with the exception of MLK Jr. Day (Jan. 17). This popular activity – which aims to reach all those with an interest in poetry, regardless of experience level – has been offered every IAP for more than 25 years. Each one-hour session is devoted to a poet or two, often a single poem, chosen by session leaders who volunteer to facilitate conversation for that day. Discussion and collaborative close reading are the aim and ideal of each hour. Some participants attend every session, but many others may drop in only once or twice during the series to discuss a favorite poet or poem. The roster of poets is typically diverse: from ancient Chinese masters to American poets laureate, and from canonical authors such as Shakespeare, Keats, Auden, and Bishop to contemporary poets including Eve L. Ewing, Alice Notley, and many more.

Free and open to the public; as well as staff, alumni, and students. 

  • **Visitors must attest in Tim Tickets to having the booster by Jan 14th.**
  • Everyone must be masked and have COVID pass or a Tim Ticket to attend PoP 2022: http://covidapps.mit.edu/visitors
  • IF YOU ARE NOT ON COVID PASS: You must email tranvoj@mit.edu prior to coming to MIT. You will need a Tim Ticket invitation & attestation to gain access to building 14. 
  • No food or drink is allowed. Only the moderator may have a water bottle.
  • All attendees must be masked at all times, including the moderator and respondents. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.
  • Attendees are NOT allowed to come early or stay late; we, unfortunately, cannot allow that sort of socializing this year due to MIT’s COVID policies. **Please email with any further questions.

Location: Building 14, Room 14E-304
Pleasures of Poetry 2022 Poetry Booklet.pdf

*Updated Schedule: 1/14

Jan 3 Wyn Kelley - Emily Dickinson “Bloom - is Result - to meet a Flower” & "As if some little Arctic flower"; Herman Melville "Field Asters" & "Inscription"
Jan 4 Diana Henderson - William  Shakespeare "Song: Fear no more the heat o’ the sun”; Ben Jonson "On My First Son" & "On My First Daughter"; John Donne "A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy’s Day"
Jan 5 Pamela Sutton - Wilfred Owen "Spring Offensive"; Edwin Muir  "The Horses"
Jan 6 Zachary Bos - Bertolt Brecht "Fragen eines lesenden Arbeiters"; and "A Worker Reads History"/"Questions From a Worker Who Reads"
Jan 7 Inclement Weather - MIT Closed
Jan 10 Mary Fuller - Sandra Lim “Amor Fati” & “The Vanishing World”; Martha Collins “The Good Gray Wolf” & “The Story We Know”
Jan 11 Mark Hessler - Herman Hesse "Ode to Hölderlin" & "In a Collection of Egyptian Sculptures" & "The Poet" (German & English)
Jan 12 Avery Nguyen - Linda Hogan "If Home is the Body" & "The Fingers, Writing"
Jan 13 Lianne Habinek - Selection of poems by Margaret Cavendish
Jan 14* Elizabeth Doran - Forrest Gander "Aubade"; "In the Mountains"; "Pastoral" (pg 28-29); & "Pastoral"  (pg 46-47)
Jan 17 - There will be no POP session on Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Institute Holiday.
Jan 18 Anne Hudson - Joy Harjo "Bird" & "Ah, Ah" 
Jan 19 Brindha Rathinasabapathi - Anne Sexton "Her Kind”;  Audre Lorde “A Woman Speaks”;  Margaret Atwood "Siren Song";  Alice Walker "Be Nobody’s Darling"
Jan 20 Nick Montfort - Lillian-Yvonne Bertram "@Tubman’s_Rock"
Jan 21 David Thorburn - Robert Pinsky "At Mt. Auburn Cemetery" & "Shirt"

Pursuing Academic and Industry Trajectories Simultaneously
Jan/13 Thu 03:00PM–04:00PM

Not sure if you want to apply for positions in academia or pursue an industry job? You can do both! Join this workshop to learn more about job search timelines, networking in academic and industry spheres, and preparing yourself to apply for faculty positions and industry opportunities at the same time.

This CAPD event is open to MIT  graduate students and postdocs. Registration required via Handshake.

Reconstructing Religion: Can Religious Faith Contribute to the Public Good? Should it have a Place in the Public Square?
Jan/25 Tue 07:30PM–09:00PM

How did the church get to the point where Christianity as a tradition and Christians, in particular, are often looked at with derision and as an anchor around the neck of society rather than a cool breeze blowing into its sails? Is there a way to imagine religion (specifically Christianity) that promotes human flourishing and strengthens our Democratic Tradition? Is there a place for the faith in the public square and what contributions can it make, if any? Or is it no longer needed?

Dr. Ron Sanders - Affiliate Assistant Professor in Ethics. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Christian Ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Biola University.

Restorative Justice: ICEO Community Dialogues
Jan/19 Wed 12:00PM–01:00PM
Transforming Communities, Classrooms and Conflict
 
Restorative justice challenges us to hold ourselves and our communities accountable to cultivating and maintaining the relationships and systems that deeply center our humanity and align with our core values. How can restorative practices be used to not only address interpersonal harm but transform the ways in which we live, work and learn together in service of a more just and equitable society?
 
In this interactive presentation and discussion, participants will be introduced to the indigenous origins and core tenants of restorative justice; its contemporary practices and applications on college campuses, and how it can help us realize our vision for equity, inclusion and belonging. 
 
The session will be led by Nina Harris, Restorative Resolutions Coordinator (Institute Discrimination Harassment & Response).
 
Science and Faith - friends of foes? (Part 2) - Can a Scientist Believe in the Miracles of Jesus?
Jan/13 Thu 07:30PM–09:00PM

How do we reconcile miracles with our modern, scientific understanding of nature? Is it reasonable for any thinking person to accept them as true? Do the miraculous claims of Christianity, like the miracles of Jesus, hold up under scrutiny, and what do they mean for us?

DR. TOM RUDELIUS - Postdoctoral researcher in theoretical physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in physics, mathematics, and statistical science from Cornell University.

Science and Faith - friends or foes? (Part 1) - Is there Evidence for God in the Universe? Do the Laws of Nature Point to God or lead us away from the idea of a God?
Jan/11 Tue 07:30PM–09:00PM

Many people have difficulty reconciling modern science with the Christian faith(as well as other faith traditions) - especially the Biblical account of cosmology and the origins of the universe. The fundamental laws of nature in our universe appear to be "fine-tuned" to allow for intelligent life. In this talk, we'll dive into modern scientific discovery and explore possible explanations for this phenomenon and speculate on the possible role of a designer.

DR. TOM RUDELIUS - Postdoctoral researcher in theoretical physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in physics, mathematics, and statistical science from Cornell University.

Summer Internship Search Strategies
Jan/12 Wed 04:00PM–05:00PM

During this virtual session, you’ll hear about resources you can use to secure your next summer experience. We’ll discuss these 5 tactics to find a summer internship:

1. Focus your search
2. Set up systems to learn about opportunities
3. Get organized
4. Develop your candidacy
5. Make connections

At the end of the session, you’ll develop 3 SMART Goals you’ll work on during IAP to find the right summer experience for you.

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates. Registration required via Handshake.

Techno-Inquiry Reading Group
Jan/04 Tue 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/06 Thu 04:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 04:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 04:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 04:00PM–05:00PM

With this reading group, we aim at slowing down and promote critical reflection over the work we do everyday. We will do this by investigating, together, questions surrounding power dynamics within scientific knowledge, feminist views over politics and matters of situated knowledge, and the ethics animating the construct of technology as we know it. Our goal is to collectively reflect on some of these concepts and ground them in our own practice

You can learn more about the reading group here: https://bit.ly/techno-inquiry

Sign up filling out this incredibly short form: https://forms.gle/UNrXqvfqKxJDP2xr5

UNBOXING RELIGION: Christian History: A Quick Trip Through 2,000 Years
Jan/25 Tue 02:00PM–03:00PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

Christian History: A Quick Trip Through 2,000 Years

Fr. Michael Medas (Catholic Chaplain), Pastor Andrew Heisen (Lutheran Chaplain) and Deacon James Wilcox (Saint Mary Orthodox Church, Cambridge)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: Jews and Judaism 101
Jan/26 Wed 12:00PM–01:00PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

 

Jews and Judaism 101

Rabbi Menachem Altein (Jewish Chaplain, Chabad)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: The Bahá’í Faith
Jan/27 Thu 07:00PM–08:30PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

The Bahá’í Faith

Brian Aull (Bahá’í Chaplain)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: Understanding Hinduism
Jan/28 Fri 02:00PM–03:00PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

Understanding Hinduism

Swami Tyagananda (Hindu Chaplain)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: Understanding Islam and Muslims
Jan/26 Wed 04:00PM–05:30PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

Understanding Islam and Muslims

Sister Nada El-Alami (Muslim Chaplain)

Registration Link

(also offered: Thurs. 1/13 12:00-1:30 and Tues. 1/18 2:00-3:30)

What Every International Student and Trainee Should Know about U.S. Employment
Jan/19 Wed 01:00PM–02:30PM

Dan Beaudry, former head of campus recruiting at Monster.com, shares the potent job search system used by many international students and trainees to find U.S. employment. H-1B's are won in ways you likely don't expect. What you'll discover in this presentation may surprise you:
• Learn how to secure H-1B sponsorship at companies that have a policy against sponsoring H-1B visas.
• Learn why 80 percent of open jobs are never advertised - and how to find them before anyone else.
• Learn why human resources is often an obstacle instead of a conduit to finding a U.S. job-and how to bypass it.
• Learn why submitting résumés online is not an effective use of your time-and how you can better invest that time.

Dan’s programs at MIT have been very popular in years past. Find more information about him and his book, The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States, at
www.powerties.net. This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni.

This event is sponsored by Career Advising & Professional Development, the Office of Graduate Education, the Office of the Vice President of Research, and the International Students Office.

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Registration required via Handshake.