MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XVI No. 3
December / January 2004

This issue includes an editorial on our new look, Faculty Chair Rafael Bras on the presidential selection process, observations on how to grade incomplete work, poems by two MIT professors, two contributions to our ongoing series on research at MIT, two articles about LGBT at the Institute, a piece on recent e-mail changes, our regular OpenCourseWare Update and our M.I.T. Numbers feature devoted to faculty hiring since 1985.

Stata Center - photo credit: Donna Coveney/MIT
Financing MIT
Bob Brown reviews background and details of the Institute budget and endowment.
The Search for a New President
Rafael Bras discusses the beginning of the search for Chuck Vest's replacement.
Financing MIT
Robert A. Brown
I am writing this piece during the holiday break while reflecting on both the discussions and decisions over the past nine months that will set the stage for . . .
Vest to the Faculty
Charles M. Vest
When I first spoke here in 10-250, it was July 1990, as I was being introduced to the MIT community as your new president. I knew that virtually not a soul in the room . . .
Our New Look
Welcome to the new Faculty Newsletter. We hope that you find our makeover attractive and elegant, that you will read this and future issues with renewed . . .
From the Faculty Chair
The Search for a New President
Rafael L. Bras
The search for a new president of MIT is about to begin. It is easy to underestimate how important this choice is. Like all great institutions, MIT is always in search . . .
Teach Talk
Assigning a Final Grade When Some of the Work Has Not Been Completed
James Kirtley, Jeff Meldman and Mary Callahan
The grades of I (Incomplete) and O (Absent) are sometimes used in a way that is inappropriate, which unduly and unnecessarily complicates the academic . . .
MIT Poetry
Identifying My Father
John Hildebidle
I'd hoped cremation would avoid this.
"But we wouldn't want a mixup . . .
MIT Poetry
A Child's Chore
Samuel Jay Keyser
Each winter month the coal truck
dumped behind our house . . .
Research at MIT
The Laboratory for Nuclear Science
June L. Matthews
The MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science (LNS) was established in 1946, and now, nearly 60 years later, it is still thriving, although its name has become somewhat . . .
Research at MIT
Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
Martha L. Gray and Joseph V. Bonventre
Founded more than 30 years ago, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) is one of the oldest and largest biomedical engineering . . .
LBGT Issues
Lorna Gibson
"Can I be bisexual and a faculty member? I know of only 3 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered faculty in the science and engineering departments . . .
Trans at the Institute
John Southard
Just a few years ago I "came out" as a classic, lifelong cross dresser. I'll spare you the details of how that came to be, but I'm on a mission, and I want your attention . . .
Making the Most of E-Mail: Popular Services, Recent Changes
Theresa Regan
E-mail is now such an integral part of daily life at the Institute that it may seem predictable and mundane. A lot goes on behind the scenes, however, to maintain . . .
OpenCourseWare Update
OCW as Knight Errant
Douglas Morgenstern and Margarita Ribas Groeger
OpenCourseWare in the language of Cervantes? Ostensibly a Quixotic enterprise, but with the help of, this undertaking has been launched successfully.
M.I.T. Numbers
Individuals Appointed to the Faculty, 1985 to Present
Charts of appointments by rank, appointments by gender, and appointments by school.