MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XVII No. 1
September/October 2004
Welcome Aboard President-elect Hockfield!
The Management of the MIT Endowment
Affirming Freedom of Expression at MIT
Teaching this fall? You should know . . .
Preliminary Position of the Faculty Policy Committee on Faculty Governance
Developing Musical Structures:
A Reflective Practicuum
Work of the Committee on the Undergraduate Program, 2003 – 2004
Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons
Some Reflections on Aspects of the Undergraduate Education Policy
Benefit Changes for Faculty
Upon Retirement
Short Takes
Establishing Leadership in the Emerging Field of Engineering Systems
Concerto for Erhu and Subway
Spaces, Software, and Services –
Supporting Educational Innovation and Sustainability with Technology
Web Accessibility:
What Faculty Should Know
What Was it Like Working with OCW?
Printable Version

Short Takes

Newsletter Redesign Wins Award

Judges from the UCDA Annual Design Competition have chosen the redesigned MIT Faculty Newsletter to appear in the 2004 Design Show. Appearance in the Design Show represents a Gold Award of design excellence.

The Newsletter redesign was done by Tim Moore and Jan Moscowitz of the design firm Moore Moscowitz, with input from representatives of the Newsletter Editorial Board and the President's Office.

Additional entires from MIT to appear in the Design Show include the brochure, and the MIT FREE2B brochure. The exhibition can be viewed at the UCDA Annual Conference, October 2-5, in Vail, Colorado.

Additional Design Certificates may be ordered for MIT departments. For more information, please contact Moore Moscowitz directly at (617) 731-7783;

Nominations Open for 2004/2005 MIT Excellence Awards

Nominations for the MIT Excellence Awards are being accepted online at These awards honor the exceptional achievements of staff across the Institute in the categories of leadership, client service, collaboration and innovation, community service, and work-life balance.

The nomination deadline is Wednesday, October 13, 2004 for the 2004/2005 awards. (Nominations turned in after this date will be considered for the 2005/2006 awards.) The Excellence Awards ceremony will take place on March 2, 2005 in Kresge Auditorium at 12 noon. For more information and the nomination form, please visit or contact Kande Culver, program administrator, at

Times Square Offers Concerto for Erhu and Subway

This issue's MIT Poetry offering, "Concerto for Erhu and Subway" by Prof. Tunney Lee, was submitted some months before a July 6, 2004 New York Times article "Asian Music, Accompanied by the A Train." The article described the New York subways as a performance space in which the ancient musical arts of China, including music for the instrument described by Prof. Lee, is kept alive by master musicians.

"Before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many of the musicians said, an eight-hour day of performing at a subway station fetched an average of $70," according to the article. "Since then their income has dropped by roughly a third because of the economic doldrums and, they speculate, increased suspicion of foreigners."

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