MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXX No. 2
November / December 2017
I. If Republican Tax Plan Undermines Graduate Education, MIT Needs to Protect Our Graduate Students; II. Effects of Trump/Republican Budget on Research
Boston Biotech Has a Woman Problem
Interview With Former Pro Football Player and Math PhD Candidate John Urschel
An Institute of Shared Governance
"Voodoo Science" at MIT?
Python With First Year Physics:
What We Taught and What We Learned
Designing the First Year at MIT
A Bit More About Paul and Priscilla Gray
Correcting the Record of the GSC
Praise for Susan Silbey
MIT Research Expenditures 1940-2017
Campus Research Expenditures 2008-2017
Campus Research Expenditures FY2017
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Praise for Susan Silbey


To The Faculty Newsletter:

Bravo to Susan Silbey for her profound and provocative (dare I write "awesome"?) welcome message from the Faculty Chair [“The Fundamental Challenge Facing Higher Education Today,” MIT Faculty Newsletter, September/October, 2017].  With MIT and Kendall  Square becoming more and more the "epicenter of innovation" (to quote our campaign Web page at <>, it seems appropriate to consider in our educational practice the relation between innovation and improvement,  and to remember (as in Jill Lepore's article to which Susan refers) that "disruptive" has not been generally considered a positive attribute.

Susan refers to the work of Ben Snyder on the hidden curriculum. She might also have mentioned Ben's oft-repeated comment that we focus on giving our students an outstanding education in problem solving, but the more important issue might be problem setting.  Perhaps in today's alignment around MIT's campaign to "build a better world" we might also make room for building a more thoughtful world.

Hal Abelson
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

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