MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XXIX No. 1
September / October 2016

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter features commentary by the Officers of the Faculty on last spring's Faculty Quality of Life Survey, "MIT Asked, We Answered," as well as a report on MIT's international activities by Associate Provost R. K. Lester, "Global MIT."

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The MIT-Haiti Initiative: An International Engagement
The importance of language in the educational system in Haiti is discussed by Haynes Miller. A translation in Kreyòl is also provided.
Highlights from the 2016 Faculty and Staff Quality of Life Survey
MIT's Office of Institutional Research provides highlights from last spring's Faculty and Staff Quality of Life Survey.
Presidential Candidates Weigh In On Science Policy Issues
Editorial Subcommittee
In September, presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Jill Stein returned their responses to a set of 20 key science policy issues . . .
MIT Asked, We Answered: The 2016 Faculty Quality of Life Survey
Krishna Rajagopal, Leslie Kolodziejski, Christopher Capozzola
Welcome back from what we hope has been an invigorating summer, and all best wishes for the new academic year. The three of us have spent time over the . . .
Global MIT
R. K. Lester
The MIT community is magnificently but unselfconsciously multinational. With 42% of our faculty, 43% of our graduate students, and 65% of our post-docs hailing from . . .
The MIT-Haiti Initiative: An International Engagement
Haynes Miller
I had the following dream the other night. I was getting my 10-year-old daughter ready for school. School was important: an education was the only pathway to a better . . .
Inisyativ MIT-Ayiti: Yon Angajman Entènasyonal
Haynes Miller
Editor's Note: This is a translation into Kreyòl of "The MIT-Haiti Initiative: An International Engagement."
MIT Administration "Walking the Talk" on Transit Commuter Benefits
Frederick P. Salvucci
The announcement by Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz that beginning September 1, MIT employees received free use of transit as a benefit . . .
Access MIT Provides Flexible Commuting Options and an
Opportunity for Meaningful Personal Action
Les Norford
On June 14, 2016, Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz announced the inception of Access MIT, a new vision for commuting to and from MIT.
An Update on Gender Imbalance in MIT Admissions Maker Portfolios
Chris Peterson, Hal Abelson
Last November, we recorded in these pages a notable difference in the rates at which men and women submitted Maker Portfolios as supplements to their freshman . . .
Highlights from the 2016 Faculty and Staff Quality of Life Survey
Institutional Research
The Council on Family and Work monitors the state of family and work life at MIT and works to ensure MIT is a place where faculty and staff can have fulfilling and . . .
Nominate a Colleague as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Provost Martin Schmidt is calling for nominations of faculty as 2017 MacVicar Faculty Fellows. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program recognizes MIT faculty who have . . .
Request for Preliminary Proposals for Innovative Curricular Projects
The Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education seeks preliminary proposals for faculty-led projects to enhance the educational experience of MIT undergraduates.
Teaching this fall? You should know . . .
The Faculty regulates examinations and assignments for all subjects.
MITAC: New Ticket Office Offers Discounted Tickets to Many Activities
Diane Betz Tavitian
The MIT Activities Committee (MITAC) invites all MIT faculty, and the entire MIT community, to its recently inaugurated new “Ticket Office” along the Charles Vest . . .
M. I. T. Numbers
from the 2016 Faculty and Staff Quality of Life Survey