MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XIX No. 1
September / October 2006

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter features "Science, Technology, Ethics, and Public Decision Making," by MIT President Emeritus Chuck Vest, an editorial on "The Need for Increased Faculty Involvement in Major Institute Initiatives," and our From The Faculty Chair feature by former and current Faculty Chair Steve Lerman.

Bicycle Ambulance
International Development Fair Showcases Students' Global Development Experiences
A look at some of the projects MIT students have tackled internationally.
House Mastering Recollected
in Tranquility

Jay Keyser reminisces about his tenure as housemaster at Senior House.
FOGS Report Highlights Graduate Student Cost Issues
A summary of the key findings of the Committee on the Funding of Graduate Students (FOGS)
Science, Technology, Ethics, and Public Decision Making
Charles M. Vest
In universities we generally view ethics in science and technology in terms of critically important values and processes to be upheld in research and publication.
The Need for Increased Faculty Involvement
in Major Institute Initiatives
The relationship between universities and external funding agencies, including corporations, foundations, and government, has always required a very careful . . .
Neuroscience Hiring Controversy at MIT
The interactions between Prof. Susumu Tonegawa and Dr. Alla Karpova, at the time a postdoctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, have been the subject of . . .
From the Faculty Chair
Welcome Back
Steven Lerman
If you've been away from MIT this summer, you might be wondering why this column is being written by me rather than by Lorna Gibson. I am pleased to be able to tell . . .
MIT Shines in Latest U.S. News Ranking
Newsletter Staff
MIT ranks 4th in the latest U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings, announced in the magazine's "America's Best Colleges" issue published in late . . .
House Mastering Recollected in Tranquility
Samuel Jay Keyser
It has been a sixth of a century since I was housemaster at Senior House. Times change and so does house mastering. This is a reminiscence of what it was like then.
Teaching this fall? You should know . . .
the faculty regulates examinations and assignments for all subjects.
FOGS Report Highlights Graduate Student Cost Issues
Newsletter Staff
The cost of supporting a Research Assistant (RA) on a grant or contract at MIT is higher than for many of its peer competitors, according to the recently released . . .
National Research Council to Assess
U.S. Research Doctorate Programs
Lydia Snover
The National Research Council, which is part of the National Academies, has begun a project to assess U.S. research doctorate programs. A similar assessment was . . .
Teach Talk
Supporting MIT's International Graduate Students:
Communicating Within and Across Cultures
Jane Dunphy
In her piece in the March/April issue of the Faculty Newsletter, Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook provides an overview of the impact of Homeland Security's . . .
MIT Poetry
Factory Girls
Tunney Lee
farm / girls / leave home / to escape / arranged marriages / making thirty-five cents . . .
Accolades for Nancy Hopkins
Sheila Tandon
Thank you very much for this article [“Diversification of a University Faculty: Observations on Hiring Women Faculty in the Schools of Science and Engineering . . .
Dental Insurance Plan for Retirees?
Jerry Saltzer
I agree with your proposal in the May/June Faculty Newsletter ["A Modest Proposal: A Dental Insurance Plan for All Students"] that the Institute needs to find some way . . .
In Memoriam
Vernon Martin Ingram
Vernon Martin Ingram, John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Biochemistry, one of the founding fathers of Molecular Medicine, passed away on August 17, 2006 at age 82.
International Development Fair Showcases
Students' Global Development Experiences
Amy McCreath, Amy Smith
Think back to your undergraduate years. Where in the world were you? On campus, mostly? A semester in England or Spain, perhaps? Here's how some of our . . .
M.I.T. Numbers
U.S. News Ranking for National Universities (1998-2007)