Research shows the success of a bacterial community depends on its shape.
The Task Force on Student Life and Learning, charged in September 1996 by President Charles Vest with evaluating MIT's educational mission and processes, has released the results of its faculty survey.
Faculty members offered their views on MIT's fundamental values, forces likely to change the Institute in coming decades, and elements that define a well-educated person.
The survey results are published in their entirety in a special issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter (October 1997), which can be found on the web by going to <http://web.mit.edu/fnl/> and clicking on "Current Issue." The issue also includes a report on discussions and opinions at the junior faculty workshop held earlier this year.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 26, 1997.