MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XXXI No. 2
November / December 2018

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter features commentary on the recently announced MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. We also offer an update on the continuing extensive construction across campus, and a piece on MIT's new online homepage.

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The MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing
Chair of the Faculty Susan Silbey provides an overview of the process of establishing the College of Computing.
Ethical Obligations of Universities
in Their Transnational Engagements

Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal addresses concerns regarding the Institute's and other universities' relations with nations who violate human rights.
Update on Construction Across Campus
All the recent construction and plans for the future are explained and illustrated.
Lamenting MIT's New Web Portal
Is the Institute's recent update of their online homepage really an improvement?
MIT Entanglement with Saudi Monarchy
Requires Independent Evaluation
The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by agents of the Saudi ruling family, as well as the role of the Saudi Arabian military in the loss of civilian life from their . . .
Ethical Obligations of Universities
in Their Transnational Engagements
Balakrishnan Rajagopal
In light of the apparent savage murder of Jamal Khashoggi, President Rafael Reif has called for a reassessment of MIT’s engagement with Saudi Arabia. This is a highly . . .
From the Faculty Chair
The MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing
Susan S. Silbey
On October 15, 2018, MIT announced a gift from Stephen A. Schwarzman to create a college of computing. Eleven months earlier, in November 2017, President Rafael . . .
Ethics and Liberal Arts in the Schwarzman College of Computing
Bernhardt L. Trout
All of campus is excited at the announcement of the new Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. Everyone is trying to figure out how they might best . . .
Haynes Miller
The recently unveiled plans for a College of Computing (CoC) marks by far the largest reorientation of the Institute in the 32 years I have been on the faculty. I think the . . .
Update on Construction Across Campus
Krystyn J. Van Vliet, Anthony P.Sharon
Our built environment is changing at MIT, as evidenced by the cranes and construction crews around campus. This phase of intensive renewal and selective new . . .
Lamenting MIT's New Web Portal
Eduardo Kausel, Philip M. Gschwend, John R. Williams
Over the course of decades, MIT has consistently strived to reinvent itself. It has always sought new directions and attempted bold changes that have kept the . . .
On The Transition to Retirement
Thomas W. Eagar
In the September/October 2018 issue there was an article written by Dr. Emeritus Beaver on “The Transition to Retirement.” My first thought is the advice I give to . . .
Hypothesizing About Stephen Hawking
Ian Crossfield
I enjoy reading each issue of the Faculty Newsletter, and so was surprised to read an article making unsubstantiated insinuations about Stephen Hawking . . .
Questioning the New MIT Website
Arijit Mukherjee
I am a long-time subscriber and a reader of the MIT publications and journals. I have read the Institute's online publications for a long time and also have provided online . . .
Faculty Policy Committee
The Faculty Policy Committee has the following duties and responsibilities:
a. Formulate policy on matters of concern to the Faculty, for approval by the Faculty;
Committee on the Undergraduate Program
The Committee on the Undergraduate Program exercises oversight for the undergraduate academic program including the freshman year, the General . . .
Committee on Campus Planning
The Committee on Campus Planning serves as the standing Faculty advisory body to the MIT administration on campus plan-ning. It provides Faculty perspectives and . . .
M.I.T. Numbers
Most Popular Undergraduate Majors 2005-2018