MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XXVIII No. 2
November / December 2015

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter features commentary on the newly announced MicroMaster's certificate (editorial, Sarma et al.); reflections by Medical Director William M. Kettlye; Part II of "A Frog in Water."

63 years of climate change by NASA
A Response to President Reif's Announced "Plan for Action on Climate Change"
Nearly 100 MIT faculty respond to the recent plan to address climate change.
The Tragedy of Forced Migration
and What MIT Can Do About It

Nasser Rabbat addresses the worldwide immigration/migration crisis and suggests how MIT could assist those in need.
Improving the Way MIT Handles
Sexual Assault Complaints

The Committee on Discipline (COD) has changed its practices and procedures regarding sexual assault complaints on campus.
The Wisdom and Process of Creating a MicroMaster's Credential
Editorial Subcommittee
President Reif announced a new pathway to MIT Master's degrees on 7 October, and referenced an MIT News account with a subtitle that says the new pathway . . .
The Tragedy of Forced Migration and What MIT Can Do About It
Nasser Rabbat
There is a new face to the tragedy of forced migration, and it is Syrian. Mouaz al-Balkhi, a 22-year-old engineering student, died while trying to swim across the English . . .
After the Earthquakes: MIT's Nepal Initiative
Jeffrey S. Ravel, Aaron Weinberger, Bigyan Bista
Last April 25, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale struck the South Asian country of Nepal, killing over 9,000 people and injuring more than . . .
A Response to President Reif's Announced
"Plan for Action on Climate Change"
On October 21, President Reif announced a Plan for Action on Climate Change in response to the ongoing call from student group Fossil Free MIT for MIT to divest . . .
MicroMaster's Pilot: An Experiment in Educating Professionals
Sanjay Sarma, Isaac Chuang, Hazel Sive, Woodie Flowers
In 1861, the charter of MIT incorporated it as an Institute of Technology based on a school of industrial science. This was a tremendous novelty for the age, blurring . . .
Reflections: My Years at MIT
William M. Kettyle
Long before PowerPoint was universal, I was asked to give a lecture to a class at MIT. It was 1977. The course was HST060 – Endocrine Physiology and Pathophysiology.
A Frog in Water
Part II: The Long-Term Consequences of Imperceptible Change
Thomas W. Eagar
In a prior article I described some of the changes I have witnessed over nearly a half century at MIT, most notably in the nature of research and the pressure to obtain . . .
Improving the Way MIT Handles Sexual Assault Complaints
Munther Dahleh, Suzanne Flynn, Kevin Kraft
Sexual assault happens at MIT. We know this from our first-hand experience on the Committee on Discipline (COD), as well as from the Community Attitudes on . . .
Gender Imbalance in MIT Admissions Maker Portfolios
Chris Peterson, Hal Abelson
In August 2013, the Admissions Office at MIT added a Maker Portfolio supplement to the undergraduate application. Many colleges and universities, including MIT, have . . .
In Guarding the Well-Being of MIT Students
We Should Emphasize Prevention
Elfatih A. B. Eltahir
In The Healthy Minds Study 2015 Survey Results more MIT students, compared with the national average (to be accurate about twice as many), agreed with the . . .
The Alumni Class Funds Seek Proposals
for Teaching and Education Enhancements
The Office of Faculty Support is requesting proposals for projects for the 2016-2017 academic year that improve the quality of teaching, enrich students’ learning . . .
Publishing Political Views in the FNL
Steven R. Tannenbaum
The publication of this essay [“Iran and the P5+1 Pact,” by Noam Chomsky, MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XXVIII No. 1, September/October 2015] is outrageous . . .
M.I.T. Numbers
Master's Degrees Per Faculty (2006-2015)
M.I.T. Numbers
Master's Degrees (2006-2015)