MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XXII No. 1
September / October 2009

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter offers a timeline of the events surrounding the difficulties experienced by Student Support Services, a piece on how to deal with global warming, and an article on MIT's UPOP (Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program).

America's Best Colleges
MIT Fourth in Latest
U.S. News Poll

MIT remained fourth (tied with CalTech, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania) in the latest U.S. News & World Report poll on undergraduate national universities.
Testing our Capacity to Govern, Change, and Be True to Our Values
Incoming Faculty Chair Tom Kochan offers insights he's gained in his first three months in office.
OpenCourseWare: Dealing with Financial Challenges
MIT's much heralded online course offerings must deal with financial difficulties similar to the rest of the Institute.
Altering the Culture of MIT
At this time, all U.S. social institutions, colleges, and universities are feeling the pressure of the economic downturn. The convergence of critical trends . . .
Turmoil at Student Support Services
Editorial Subcommittee
The education, development, and creativity of our students is central to a university’s mission. In recent decades pressures on students have intensified, particularly . . .
Teach Talk
Communicating Across the Curriculum
Les Perelman
MIT has a long history of integrating writing instruction throughout its undergraduate curriculum. However, strangely in keeping with MIT’s long tradition in acoustics . . .
From the Faculty Chair
Testing our Capacity to Govern, Change, and Be True to Our Values
Thomas A. Kochan
I would like to use this Newsletter column to share some impressions gained in my first three months in the role as your faculty chair about the unique constellation . . .
Student Support Services: The Way Forward
Phillip A. Clay
Budget reductions, changes required to bring staffing in line with resources, a commitment to excellence, and a goal of keeping MIT as a wonderful place to . . .
MISTI Matches Students with International Work
and Research Opportunities
Suzanne Berger
This month the Class of 2013 started classes at MIT and I thought back to my own freshman year in a Midwestern college. At the time, the outside world . . .
iHouse: An International Living-Learning Community
Zahir Dossa
The International House for Global Leadership, or iHouse, is a living-learning community consisting of 21 undergraduate students passionate about . . .
OpenCourseWare: Working Through Financial Challenges
Cecilia d’Oliveira and Steven Lerman
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is widely acknowledged both around the world and here on campus as a tremendously successful act of intellectual philanthropy . . .
Balancing the Equities
Robert B. McKersie
The recent letter on the state of the Institute from President Susan Hockfield has gotten me thinking about fairness in the sacrifice of various stakeholders as we adjust to . . .
MIT Fourth in Latest U.S. News Poll
MIT remained fourth (tied with CalTech, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania) in the latest U.S. News & World Report undergraduate national universities . . .
New CUP Subcommittee to Implement HASS Distribution Reform
Jeffrey S. Ravel
At its meeting on May 20, the Institute faculty voted to simplify the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement, one of the General Institute . . .
New Course Catalog for 2009-2010
To help reduce paper consumption at MIT, beginning this year the Reference Publications Office is changing the way it produces the MIT Course Catalog.
A Realistic Way to Deal with Global Warming
William F. Schreiber
Global warming, caused by a ring of greenhouse gases (mainly carbon dioxide) surrounding the earth, is, according to experts working on this problem, a threat . . .
What Goes Around Comes Around: H1N1 and Extended Outage Planning Viewed Through the Lens of the Blizzard of ’78
Susan Leite
“Just as it was about to begin, the spring term was abruptly aborted Tuesday by the area’s worst blizzard in almost a century…. Thus students missed the first week of . . .
Death of UCLA Researcher Heightens Lab Safety Awareness
Lou DiBerardinis
The tragic accidental death last winter of UCLA researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji after an accident in her laboratory, has prompted faculty and administration at . . .
UPOP Positions Students for Professional Success
Susann Luperfoy
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), just 19.7 percent of 2009 graduates who applied for a job had procured one by May . . .
Teaching this fall? You should know . . .
. . . the faculty regulates examinations and assignments for all subjects.
M.I.T. Numbers
Undergraduate College Rankings