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School of Science Learn@Lunch Series

The School of Science holds a monthly lunch series for staff members at noon on the dates below (unless stated otherwise).  The topics will include informational topics, training, and research highlights.  The notes and handouts from previous meetings are below.

The Learn@Lunch Spring Series will focus on presentations by faculty members in the School of Science.

If you have other topics, you'd like to hear about, please contact Heather Williams, heatherg@mit.edu or 3-8904.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Agnes Budnik (abudnik@mit.edu) or 3-5090.


Upcoming Meetings:





October 4, 2012
in 2-290

“Acing your Interview” – presented by Matt Cubstead, Administrative Officer, Department of Physics


November 1, 2012
in 46-3310

Conducting Employee Interviews: A Panel Discussion with Best Practices on Conducting Employment Interviews


November 29, 2012
in 68-181

Performance Reviews – What’s in it for you!


December 20, 2012
in 4-349

Learn how to set Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely (SMART) Goals



Previous meeting notes:





July 11, 2012

“Acing your Interview”
presented by Matt Cubstead, Administrative Officer in Physics


June 19, 2012

Careers @ MIT
a panel discussion from 4 disciplines: Human Resources, Finance, Development and Education


May 3, 2012

Community Update
presented by Dean Marc Kastner


April 3, 2012

Vision 2030 project
presented by Pam Delphenich, Dir. of Campus Planning and Design


June 14, 2011

Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs (Including under-recovery)
Led by Jim White. The full cost of an instructional activity or a research project is the sum of the direct cost that can be specifically identified to the project plus the associated F&A cost. Although F&A cannot be directly assigned, these costs are incurred for infrastructure and administrative support services that are essential to the operation of the Institute and its programs. This Learn @ Lunch session will discuss the development, methodology and practical application of F&A within the School of Science and at MIT.


May 18, 2011

Communicating Upwards
Led by Ronnie Haas. The course objectives are: Identify three key factors in successful communication with your supervisor; understand the role you play in successful communication; identify and understand the variable that can promote or hinder effective communication


April 7, 2011

Positive Psychology
Led by Dr. Xiaolu His. This session will cover what psychologists believe about why some people bounce back quickly from disappointments, stress, and tragedy.


November 30, 2010

Fundamentals of Finance for SoS Administrative and Fiscal staff


May 21, 2010

Professor Lindy Elkins Tanton from the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences will share with us her experience leading expeditions in Siberia and her work on planetary evolution.


June 9, 2010

Dean Marc Kastner will present Physics 101 with assistance from the Department of Physics Technical Assistance Group.  Dean Kastner’s presentation will cover the basic materials that students in 8.01 learn and you’ll see first-hand how the Physics Department uses an adult-sized tricycle, a Faraday Cage, and a Curious George doll.  


April 20, 2010

"The History of the Universe in 45 Minutes"
Led by Prof. Max Tegmark


December 8, 2009

Active Bystanders
Led by Mary Rowe & Toni Robinson, Institute Ombudspeople.This Learn@Lunch session will focus on the Active Bystander and what you will need to know to understand your responsibility in situations. This Learn@Lunch will provide you with a good sense of how to handle situations, practice words of intervention, provide you with the ability to act, and will challenge your power of moral authority.   


November 17, 2009

Knowing Your Rights
Led by Allison Romantz
This Learn@Lunch session will focus on MIT's policies & procedures, employment statues, and incivility in general.  In addition, this training will focus on knowing your rights and responsibilities as it pertains to MITs policies and procedures.  The discussion will also include clarification on the differences between acts that violate laws or statutes, acts that violate MIT’s policies and procedures and acts that violate our own personal values.


October 20, 2009

Financial Integrity in Nonprofit Organizations
Led by Jim White, Assistant Dean for Finance in Science.
This Learn @ Lunch session will focus on the importance of ensuring integrity in processing, reviewing and approving MIT financial transactions.  It will include not only a review of recent high-profile fraud scenarios to emphasize the impact on financial integrity on nonprofit organizations but also include a discussion of recommended best practices for financial review and control.
Handout pdfs: Part 1, Part 2


May 28, 2009

Basics of Financial Reporting in Nonprofit Organizations
A discussion of the the basics of financial reporting concepts in non-governmental nonprofit organizations


May 8, 2009

How to Maximize the MIT Resources and Benefits Available to You
At this session, you'll hear a broad overview of benefits and resources available to the MIT community.


April 30, 2009

Basics of Non-Profit Accounting
A discussion of the basic concepts of nonprofit accounting and finance in non-governmental nonprofit organizations.
Handout pdfs: Part 1, Part 2


April 23, 2009

Basics of Non-Profit Accounting
A discussion of the basic concepts of nonprofit accounting and finance in non-governmental nonprofit organizations.
Handout pdfs: Part 1, Part 2


April 8, 2009

Resilience & Positive Psychology
At this session, you will learn about exciting research in psychology and how you can use your own resilience to combat stress.
Handout pdfs: Presentation Outline, Article 1, Article 2, References


April 1, 2009

Business Writing 101
You'll learn how to spot and fix the most common errors in writing."
Handout pdfs: Presentation Slides


March 26, 2009

How to Get Better Sleep
At this session, you’ll hear about the importance of sleep including sleep hygiene, how nutrition and exercise plays into sleep, as well as stress.
Handout pdfs: Caffeine, Quick Guide, Stages of Sleep


January 2009

Illustrator Basics course taught by Brandy Baker


December 2008

Gretchen Poehlman presented "How To Be Better Organized"


November 2008

Active Bystander Ttraining with Mary Rowe and Toni Robinson


June 2008

School of Science BBQ complete with MIT, Pop Culture, and Boston Trivia.  Check out the pictures!


May 2008

Tuition Assistance presentation by specialist Shawn Spencer of MIT's Human Resources department on MIT's Tuition Assistance Benefit


March 2008

Ellen Cushman & Mary Noble presented an overview of retirement benefits at MIT including information on Fidelity's partnership with MIT.  


December 2007

Staff members from the MIT Medical Department, Marcia Yousik and Celene Barnes, presented strategies for managing stress.


November 2007

Dean Marc Kastner, School of Science and Dr. Alison Alden, Vice-President for Human Resources spoke about their goals, initiatives, and answered questions.


October 2007

Kristen Morreale, Staffing Specialist, & Wendy Silver, Human Resources Officer, SoS, presented Search and Selection Guidelines for Hiring Managers.


September 2007

Rita Geller, Compensation Specialist, on How MIT Determines Salary Compensation


For additional information on the Learn@Lunch series, please contact Agnes Budnik (abudnik@mit.edu) or 3-8900.