MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XVII No. 4
March/April 2005

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter features Rafael Bras on two disturbing incidents at the Institute, an editorial by two of the "younger generation" of MIT faculty, and Nancy Hopkins on her reaction to Harvard President Lawrence Summers at the NBER conference.

Targets and Decoys
When Everything is Secret, There is No Truth
Ted Postol follows up on his allegations that Lincoln Labs misled federal investigators.
Summary Report from the Ad Hoc Committee on the Faculty Quality of Life
Faculty feedback and committee recommendations for improving faculty quality of life at MIT.
From the Faculty Chair
Marginalization and Discrimination at MIT
Rafael L. Bras
Two incidents that occurred at the Institute this month disturb me a great deal. In the first, a group of male students walked out in protest during the unveiling of the new . . .
MIT 2040
Erik Demaine and Olivier de Weck
It is one of those crisp, frigid Cambridge mornings in early March. The Charles River is still frozen solid and the sky is saturated a deep blue as students scurry across . . .
Academic Responsibility and Gender Bias
Nancy Hopkins
On January 14, the President of Harvard, Lawrence Summers, stopped in at a conference held by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) . . .
Summary Report from the Ad Hoc Committee
on the Faculty Quality of Life
For the past year, the provost's Ad Hoc Committee on the Faculty Quality of Life (FQL) has been working to understand how satisfied MIT faculty members are . . .
An Open Letter to the MIT Faculty
When Everything is Secret, There is No Truth
Theodore A. Postol
In November 2002, Professor Edward Crawley recommended a full investigation of my allegations of fraud in Lincoln Laboratory's evaluation of a critical . . .
Professors of the Practice: Bridging Industry and Academia
Olivier de Weck
This is the second article in a series on non-traditional faculty appointments at MIT. In the first article we discussed how Professors of the Practice are bringing a sense . . .
MIT Poetry
Goodbye To The Orchard; Singer
Steven Cramer
Beautiful from the get-go, we were / incarnations of the new, and pure sex. / I'll miss that, along with the unicorns.
A Retrospective Look at The Campaign for MIT
Barbara Stowe
The end of the calendar year marked the conclusion of the Institute's seven-year capital campaign. Reaching our $2 billion goal with another $53 million in . . .
Student Leaders Report
Improving the Graduate Student Academic Experience
Barun Singh
How do graduate students rate MIT faculty support for academic and professional advising? Are they learning the skills and getting the training and advice . . .
Making the Green Grade
William C. Van Schalkwyk
How would MIT's premier ranking for research and education excellence compute if metrics measuring an institution's environmental performance were included . . .
MIT Retirement Programs
Ellen Weiss
MIT's retirement benefits can help you build long-term savings and provide you with sources of income when you retire from the Institute.
M.I.T. Numbers
Satisfaction with resources that support research and teaching [from the 2004 Faculty Survey]