MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XXIII No. 1
September / October 2010

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter features our editorial, asking "What Are We Willing to Pay for Clean Energy?" We also offer an interview with new MIT Corporation Chairman John Reed, and a piece on the continuing Random Faculty Dinners.

On the Beach: E. Kelley
The Year Ahead: Accelerating the Pace of Innovation
Now that our summer idyl is over, Faculty Chair Tom Kochan takes a look at the coming academic year.
MIT Ranked 7th in Latest U.S. News Poll
U.S. News & World Report is at it again, this time with some new methodology affecting the rankings.
MIT OpenCourseWare: A Decade of Global Benefit
Shigeru Miyagawa takes a look at the first decade of OCW and how it has affected the world.
What Are We Willing to Pay for Clean Energy?
Editorial Subcommittee
There is no doubt that an abundant supply of clean energy to power the planet ranks as one of the top issues that must be satisfactorily addressed if future generations . . .
The Role of American Universities in Large Disaster Management
Ernst G. Frankel
American universities and scientists have played leading roles in large-scale challenges or disasters facing the nation throughout our national history.
Interview with New MIT Corporation Chairman John Reed
The following interview with MIT Corporation Chairman John Reed took place on
July 27 of this year.
From the Faculty Chair
The Year Ahead: Accelerating the Pace of Innovation
Thomas A. Kochan
As I begin the second year as your Faculty Chair, I’d like both to reflect on some lessons learned in my first year and invite you to join me in making this a year of . . .
MIT Ranked 7th in Latest U.S. News Poll
MIT was ranked seventh (tied with CalTech) in the latest U.S. News & World Report undergraduate national universities rankings, announced in the magazine’s . . .
Teach Talk
Pedagogic Scenarios: Where's the Metric?
Malcom W. P. Strandberg
Last year, The New York Times [13 January 2009,12:2] published an article that was a very supportive discussion of the creation and operation of the TEAL physics . . .
Random Faculty Dinners Approach 30th Anniversary
Samuel Jay Keyser
I became Associate Provost at MIT in 1985. That was why I happened to be present at a Faculty Policy Committee meeting when Joel Moses – he wasn’t to become . . .
MIT150: Inventional Wisdom
David A. Mindell
William Barton Rogers, a Southerner, came north to pursue his dream of a new kind of technical education because he found warm reception in the culture of . . .
MIT OpenCourseWare: A Decade of Global Benefit
Shigeru Miyagawa
Among the many milestones we will celebrate during the Institute’s 150th anniversary next year, I am particularly proud of the tenth anniversary of MIT OpenCourseWare. . .
Institute Initiates Written Information Security Program (WISP)
Allison Dolan
According to a January 2010 story in The Chronicle regarding educational data breaches, most of the instances of losing “data on the move” occurred “when a . . .
In Memoriam
Michael S. Feld
It is with great sorrow that we report the death of our friend and colleague Michael S. Feld on April 10, 2010. Michael succumbed to multiple myeloma after an . . .
Teaching this fall? You should know . . .
. . . the faculty regulates examinations and assignments for all subjects.
M.I.T. Numbers
U.S. News & World Report:
Best College Rankings for National Universities, 2002-2011