MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XIX No. 2
November / December 2006

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter features Provost Reif on the proposed restructuring of MIT's financial resources, Dean Magnanti on "MIT and Singapore," and our MIT Profiles' interview with Adèle Naudé Santos.

walking in snow
First Response Education:
New Orleans Comes to MIT

A study group focuses on answering questions related to the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Teaching and Challenging Engineers . . . to Engineer
Ernst Frankel argues that engineering education in the U.S. needs restructuring.
Student-Driven Activities at MIT
The superb quality of our students, both graduate and undergraduate, is the number one reason given by our colleagues for choosing to teach or conduct research . . .
Financial Foundation for MIT's Future
L. Rafael Reif
MIT has seen significant increases in its overall financial resources over the last decade. As a result of growth in financial markets and extensive fund raising . . .
From the Faculty Chair
Undergraduate Education Reconsidered
Steven Lerman
At the September faculty meeting, Dean Robert Silbey, the chair of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons, formally presented their report to the . . .
In Memoriam
Stephen J. Madden, Jr.
Stephen J. Madden, Jr., a retired professor who spent his entire 52-year professional career at MIT, died on October 7, 2006. He was 70. Throughout his life, Madden . . .
MIT and Singapore
Tom Magnanti
As the Institute has been considering a major new research initiative in Singapore during the past several months, our community has been engaged in a lively . . .
Teaching and Challenging Engineers . . . to Engineer
Ernst G. Frankel
Engineering education has undergone radical changes in content, objectives, and delivery during the last 20-30 years. The approach has increasingly been to . . .
MIT Profiles
Adèle Naudé Santos
Adèle Naudé Santos, is an architect and urban designer whose career combines professional practice, research, and teaching. She is currently Dean of the School . . .
MIT Poetry
Written in Pencil; February Lunch
William Corbett
The lake under rain / Wind streams in water / A day full of words, / Most unspoken . . .
Teach Talk
First Response Education: New Orleans Comes to MIT
Holly Sweet
Like many Americans, I was stunned to follow the progress of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast last August, particularly the devastation of New Orleans . . .
Do MIT Students Ever Sleep?
Analysis of the recent MIT Transportation Survey found a familiar phenomenon; many members of the MIT community are awake late at night, and still checking e-mail.
From the Archives
The Implication of Mega-Partnerships for MIT Faculty
Robert B. McKersie
This piece deals with the "sacred" territory of faculty workload norms and how we relate to our employer, the Institute. Hence, some of the items in this piece will . . .
Kim Schive
“Challenging,” “competitive,” and “way cool” are some of the adjectives Prof. Dick Larson uses to describe getfit@mit, MIT’s annual fitness challenge.
Helping Students Become Better Writers
Rebecca Blevins Faery
I hear the lament from faculty all the time: “Why don’t MIT students write better?” And I hear one from students as well: “How can I learn to be a better writer?” Happily . . .
A Century of MIT at a Glance
There are 998 faculty members at MIT, a 20-year high, according to the official tally taken on October 31st of each year. There were 1003 faculty members in the fall . . .
M.I.T. Numbers
MIT Faculty and Students (1900-2007)