MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XVIII No. 3
January / February 2006

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter features an editorial on "Promotion and Tenure for Junior Faculty," an MIT Profiles featuring Mildred Dresselhaus, and an overview of the MIT retirement plans.

MIT Medical
An Open Letter to the MIT Faculty
MIT Chief of Oral Surgery Ed Seldin questions the recent Task Force report on Medical Care for the MIT Community.
MIT Poetry
Professor of Literature Stephen Tapscott offers two valentine poems.
OpenCourseWare at Home
Professor Shigeru Miyagawa talks about the benefits of OCW to the MIT community.
Life Sciences at MIT: A History and Perspective
Phillip A. Sharp
MIT, as a technology-oriented institute, initially considered life sciences from the perspective of engineering and public health. The MIT faculty, in collaboration
Reflecting on the Report of the Task Force on Medical Care
William M. Kettyle
The charge to the Task Force on Medical Care for the MIT Community was ambitious and the work prodigious. It was an extremely thoughtful and thorough endeavor.
Promotion and Tenure for Interdisciplinary Junior Faculty
MIT has a tradition of systems thinking – performing research with real-world impact – and therefore attracts faculty in boundary-crossing areas. This commitment to
From the Faculty Chair
Reviewing the Committee on Graduate School Programs
Lorna J. Gibson
Among the improvements to faculty governance considered by the Faculty Policy Committee (FPC) last year was a suggestion to reorganize the Committee on
The Challenge and Rewards of Faculty-Student Interactions
in the Residence Halls
Terry Orlando
Challenge I: Our students want to share experiences with us outside of the classroom and lab. Challenge II: How do I find the time to schedule this into my already over-full
Troubling whistle-blower article
Gerald Jay Sussman
I was horrified by the article in the Faculty Newsletter Vol. XVIII No. 2 written by David G. Wilson, entitled "Tyranny Against a Whistle-Blower at MIT."
An Open Letter to the MIT Faculty
Regarding the Report of the Task Force on Medical Care
for the MIT Community
Edward B. Seldin
I wish to share with you a reaction to the Report of the Task Force on Medical Care for the MIT Community from the perspective of a member of MIT's Dental Service.
MIT Poetry
Valentine: Faith; Valentine: Invention
Stephen Tapscott
Of course I believe in the soul.
Did you think I never loved anyone so strongly?
MIT Profiles
Mildred Dresselhaus
Mildred Dresselhaus was born and grew up in New York City. She received her PhD degree at the University of Chicago in 1958. She joined the MIT faculty in the
OpenCourseWare at Home
Shigeru Miyagawa
In November of 2005, I had the privilege of representing MIT and the OpenCourseWare project at the United Nations' World Summit on the Information
MIT Retirement Plans: A Brief Summary
Kimberly Soroko Forness
Members of the faculty often acknowledge that they lack the time to monitor their progress towards retirement on an ongoing basis. The good news is information
MIT Ranked 7th in Latest U.S. News Ranking
Last year, U.S. News & World Report published its 2006 edition of "America's Best Colleges." Among the PhD-granting institutions, MIT ranked seventh, tied with
M.I.T. Numbers
OpenCourseWare: % of MIT Constituencies Using OCW
M.I.T. Numbers
OpenCourseWare: OCW Impact on the MIT Community