MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XXVII No. 4
March / April 2015

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter features commentary on concerns of international importance: Editorial: "Global Issues Confront Us All." Faculty Chair Steve Hall addresses the process for effecting change in educational curricula.

walking in snow
Campus Conversation
on Climate Change

Vice President for Research Maria Zuber discusses climate change and the issue of whether MIT should divest from fossil fuel companies.
Advancing a Respectful
and Caring Community

ICEO Officer Ed Bertschinger leads off a seven-article perspective on the recent ICEO report.
Global Issues Confront Us All
Editorial Subcommittee
Our lead articles in this Newsletter tackle squarely issues of enormous global concern – the threat from global climate change, and the threat of the use of nuclear weapons.
Campus Conversation on Climate Change
Maria T. Zuber
When President Reif announced the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) last spring, he called for a campus conversation on climate change to gain input as to . . .
Why MIT Faculty Should NOT Sign the Petition
to Divest from Fossil Fuels
Alexander H. Slocum
Until MIT itself divests from using fossil fuels, it would be hypocritical for us to sign a petition to divest from fossil fuel companies. Indeed, given that many fossil fuel . . .
Review Conference on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
to take Center Stage
Aron Bernstein
Nuclear weapons are back in the news with the negotiations with Iran. If an agreement is reached we anticipate some strong opposition in Congress.
From the Faculty Chair
A Guide to Proposing, Revising, and Terminating Curricula
Steven Hall
At MIT, our shared governance system means that the faculty play an important role in setting educational policy. Overall, the role of the Institute-wide standing faculty . . .
Advancing a Respectful and Caring Community
Edmund Bertschinger
In 2013, I shifted roles from Physics Department head to the Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO) at MIT. This new position includes oversight of MIT’s efforts to. . .
In Support of the ICEO Mission Statement
Paul E. Gray
MIT has been a prime continuously evolving educational enterprise charted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for more than fifteen decades.
Let's Get to Work in "Advancing a Respectful
and Caring Community"
Thomas A. Kochan
Institute Community and Equity Officer Ed Bertschinger’s report serves as a made-to-order blueprint for implementing the mission of his office: “to advance a respectful . . .
The Faculty Role in Building and Sustaining Community
Phillip L. Clay
MIT’s Mission Statement: “To advance knowledge and educate students”
“To bring knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges”
Supporting the ICEO Report
Lorna J. Gibson
I am writing in support of the recommendations in “Advancing a Respectful and Caring Community: Learning by Doing at MIT”, by Professor Edmund Bertschinger . . .
Advancing a Caring Community Through Enhanced
Student-Faculty Interaction
Shruti Sharma ’15, Billy Ndengeyingoma ’15
The Undergraduate Association (UA) is the student government of MIT and represents over 4,500 undergraduate students to faculty, administrators, and the . . .
Graduate Student Perspective on the ICEO Report
Kendall Nowocin
The Institute Community and Equity Officer report is a comprehensive document that identifies a broad spectrum of issues and prioritizations across the 26,400 person . . .
ORCID Researcher Identifiers to be Integrated
into MIT Systems Beginning this Summer
Lydia Snover, Micah Altman, Robert E. Campanella
ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID), the community standard for identification of contributors in scholarly communication, is being integrated into MIT systems.
Humanities and the Future of MIT Education
Jean E. Jackson
In the article on “The Future of MIT Education” authors Sanjay Sarma, Karen Willcox, and Israel Ruiz state:“Accordingly, the two central tensions that are clear in the . . .
M.I.T. Numbers
MIT Campus Research Expenditures