MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXIX No. 2
November / December 2016
A Message From MIT Faculty
Affirming Our Shared Values
Resisting Anti-Science Stances
of the New Administration
Can A University Become Carbon Neutral?
On Gracious Professionalism
Skoltech – A Personal and
Professional Journey
Evolution of Schools, Departments,
and Centers at MIT
Susan L. Lindquist
George Rathjens
An Institute-Wide Festival of Learning
Do you have unreleased software projects you’d like to clean up and release as open source, but don’t have time?
Spread the Joy of Giving
This Holiday Season
The Alumni Class Funds Seek Proposals for
Teaching and Education Enhancements
¡¡¡Retired Faculty Alert!!!
Improving Institute Faculty Meetings
On Gender Differences in Submitting Admissions Maker Portfolios
Access MIT and Transit Commuter Benefits
Keep Up the Good Work
Campus Research Expenditures FY 1997–2016
MIT Research Expenditures FY 1940–2015
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Spread the Joy of Giving This Holiday Season

Laura Anca Chichisan

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This November and December, faculty can brighten the holiday season for families experiencing poverty through the MIT Giving Tree program. Led by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, the program partners with nonprofits that serve our neighboring communities. Since 1992, MIT faculty, staff, and students have donated hundreds of gifts for local families each year. Just last year, we collected and delivered an unprecedented number of presents: more than 900 items were donated to families and individuals.

How to participate
This year, we hope to top last year’s record by collecting more than 1000 gifts. Help us reach our goal by:

  1. Picking up a gift tag of your choice between Monday, November 21 and Friday, December 2. The tag will include recipient information and the name of the sponsoring agency.
  2. Purchasing the gift designated on your tag. The gift price range should be $15 – $25.
  3. Dropping off your gift no later than Friday, December 9.

    Gift tag pick-up and gift drop-off locations are in the Stratton Student Center (W20) on the 5th floor and MIT Memorial Lobby (Building 10).

    The PKG Center partners with local community organizations that are dedicated to serving low-income families and children, fostering education, and helping individuals facing homelessness. For this year’s drive, our partners are Bridge Over Troubled Water, Cambridge Family and Children’s Services, Cradles to Crayons, DCF Kids Fund, East End House, Elizabeth Peabody House, Project Hope, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Nurtury, Room to Grow, and The Guidance Center.

    Help us support our neighbors. Together, we can bring a little joy and kindness to families facing poverty.

    For more information about the program, visit:
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