MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XXXI No. 4
March / April 2019

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter features commentary on the new MIT review process for outside funders (Editorial) and Faculty Chair Susan Silbey on "A 21st Century Education at MIT."

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An Open Letter to the MIT Corporation
Nearly 250 faculty and other MIT community members have already signed a letter regarding the Institute's decisions regarding Saudi Arabia.
The Octopus
Haynes Miller questions the wisdom of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science mixed majors and the likely expanded role of the new College of Computing.
The Proposed New Review Process for Outside Funders
and MIT's Governance Problem
In response to the extensive criticism of MIT’s ties to the Saudi regime, the Institute announced in April that it would not engage in relationships with two Chinese . . .
From the Faculty Chair
A 21st Century Education at MIT
Susan S. Silbey
In anticipation of the March 8, 2019 MacVicar Day symposium, I was asked to think about “What is important to a 21st century undergraduate education and what . . .
March 4, 1969 Scientists Strike for Peace: 50 Years Later
Jonathan King and Aron Bernstein
Fifty years ago, on March 4, 1969, much research and teaching at MIT came to a halt, as students, faculty, and staff held a “Scientists Strike for Peace.” The strike . . .
An Open Letter to the MIT Corporation
We are members of the MIT community concerned about MIT’s relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its state-controlled subsidiaries. Saudi Arabia is . . .
FNL Elects Four New and One Returning Editorial Board Members
The MIT Faculty Newsletter is maintained by a volunteer Editorial Board, who are elected through an Institute-wide, all-faculty election. In the recent election four new . . .
Open Access Task Force Draft Recommendations
Hal Abelson and Chris Bourg
The open sharing of products of scholarship promises to quicken the accumulation of knowledge and insight and enhance opportunities for collaboration. It also aligns . . .
The Octopus
Haynes Miller
There are a number of initiatives active around the Institute that respond to the ever-increasing incursion of the methods of Computer Science into just about every . . .
Progress Towards an Improved Undergraduate First-Year Experience
Ian Waitz
The CUP (Committee on the Undergraduate Program) experiment for the Class of 2022, which was designed to investigate ways to promote greater intellectual and . . .
Update on the Academic Climate Survey
Jonathan Schwarz and Lydia Snover
This fall, we introduced the Academic Climate Survey (ACS) in the pages of the Faculty Newsletter, and have been invited to share some early observations of faculty data . . .
Undergraduate Admissions: A Recommendation
Alan White
Each year faculty are invited to participate in the undergraduate admissions process and this year I decided to do this. If you have been at MIT for a while it is likely . . .
Public Forums at the Center for International Studies
Richard Samuels and John Tirman
We very much appreciated the suggestion of our nine History faculty colleagues who recommended in the January/February 2019 issue of the Faculty Newsletter that . . .
International Collaborations and Donations to the Endowment
Ken Smith
The Institute is now engaged in an important discussion on the topic of large international collaborations. Unfortunately, one aspect of those collaborations has, . . .
M.I.T. Numbers
Faculty Responses to the 2019 Academic Climate Survey