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Dr. Sylvester James Gates, University of Maryland, MD

National Academy of Sciences elects physics professor Jim Gates
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 UMD physics professor Sylvester James Gates, Jr. is one of 84 U.S. researchers and 21 foreign associates newly elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. It is the latest honor in an extraordinary year for Gates. In January, he was named a University System of Maryland Regents Professor, and in February President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Science in a White House ceremony.That award cited Dr. Gates’ “contributions to the mathematics of supersymmetry in particle, field, and string theories and extraordinary efforts to engage the public on the beauty and wonder of fundamental physics.”reference:

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Black History Project Fund (3839050)

The project’s continuing objective is to place the black experience at MIT in its full and appropriate context, by researching and disseminating a varied set of materials and by exposing a larger community of interests—both inside and outside MIT—to this rich, historically significant legacy. 

This project is currently conducting video interviews with black tenured faculty at MIT.  The videos explore each faculty member’s passion for what he or she does, involving their professional fields, their research and teaching, and their personal journey.   How did they become who they are?   What was the path that led them to MIT?  The videos will be part of a web-based history, with multimedia access by the public, with particular outreach to young people. 

We are simultaneously doing research in the Institute Archives, the MIT Museum, and other sources, for a pictorial and narrative publication on the black experience at MIT.

Click here for an important message from Clarence G. Williams, MIT Professor of Urban Studies & Planning and Special Assistant To the President, Emeritus. Thank you. Gifts from alumni/ae and friends to support the Black History Project Fund (3839050) accepted at Giving to MIT | Blacks at MIT History Project

Spotlight on Alumni and Student Pursuits

Nelly Rosario ‘94 Bridges Science and Writing
Slice of MIT MIT Alumni Association

Kristala L. J. Prather
Kristala Prather has been named MacVicar Fellow.  The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program recognizes MIT faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and education of undergraduates at the Institute. Together the Fellows form a small academy of scholars committed to exceptional instruction and innovation in education. MIT news

Kelvin Doe
15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows MIT - mentored by David Sengeh (Ph.D. student, MIT Media Lab)

Graduate student David Sengeh gives back to Sierra Leone
Media Lab doctoral student created a competition to help youth in his home country create their own solutions.
MIT news

Irving McKenzie Birmingham '96
Irving McKenzie Birmingham passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2014. He leaves behind his wife, Susana, his four children, Rebecca, Andy, Ana Lucia and McKenzie Rose, his mother, Sallie Birmingham, sister Camille Birmingham, and a loving extended family. Irving was a loving and dedicated son, husband, and father, and a joy to those blessed to have him in their lives. May he rest in peace.

Larry Sass
In Larry Sass’s vision of the future, new buildings will rise faster, use fewer resources, cost less, and be more delightful to the eye than ever before. This transformation will be made possible through digital fabrication, a new delivery system for buildings that will enable architects to send computer-designed plans directly to manufacturing—perhaps soon to be 3-D printed. Spectrum

Shirley Ann Jackson PhD '73 
Shirley Ann Jackson PhD '73 was an MIT undergraduate preparing for graduate school when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. In this video, which is excerpted from the Infinite History project, Jackson remembers how King's life influenced her decision to stay at MIT and work for racial equality at the Institute. Jackson became the first African American woman to earn a doctorate from MIT and later became Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Today she is the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. MIT Video

CARIBBEAN SCIENCE FOUNDATION Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE)

In 2014, approximately 20 students will participate free of charge, owing to generous support from sponsors. SPISE 2014 will run from July 19 to August 16. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age on July 1, 2014, and have completed CSEC exams or equivalent in math and science subjects. Students from low-income households and girls are encouraged to apply. Student, Teaching Assistant and Instructor application forms are posted on the CSF website ( Student applications are due on March 31, 2014. For students, letters of recommendation, transcripts and essays are required. Students living outside of Barbados must prove that they have valid passports at the time their application is submitted. Students will be notified of acceptance by May 1, 2014.

Kristala Prather earns tenure  MIT Department of Chemical Engineering

Paula T. Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering

Paula T. Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering elected this year to the prestigious honorary society American Academy of Arts and Sciences. MIT news

Phillip Howard Daniel ’13 – MIT Student Initiative to Promote STEM – Funding Sought
From Phillip Howard Daniel ’13
We believe that the best way to inform students about engineering, and inspire them to pursue it, is to expose them through hands on engineering projects. However, many schools in underprivileged areas can’t afford conventional projects to supplement their curriculum. The result is that the engineering discipline is un-diverse both culturally and economically. Helios is a “Do it yourself” kit that harnesses the sun to inspire students to explore engineering early in their academic careers. Universities and industry partners are willing to financially support programs that will lead to a more diverse, technical employee base, from conversations with MIT faculty and Raytheon and Lockheed Martin representatives. The key to changing this metric is to inspire students with fun and informative projects that have real world analogs, such as Helios.

Arthur Musah ’04

Arthur Musah ’04 film, One Day I Too Go Fly, follows students from Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe as they seek to become engineers—they are majoring in civil engineering, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science—and make their way in America. Musah has launched a Kickstartercampaign to fund the upcoming year of the four-year project. Filming in Cambridge and in Africa, Musah aims to uncover how the relationships these students have with their home countries evolve and how their time at MIT influences their dreams to make an impact on the world. 


ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS FOR MINORITY RECRUITMENT, Admissions Office, to independently plan, oversee, and manage recruitment programs with a focus on students of color and low-income applicants.  Will work closely with the director of diversity and targeted outreach on short- and long-term strategic planning aimed at increasing the number of students of color and low-income applicants in the applicant pool; develop strong, sustainable relationships with the MIT Alumni groups BAMIT (Black Alumni/ae of MIT) and LAMIT (Latino/a Alumni/ae of MIT) as well as regional community-based organizations in order to develop ongoing regional recruitment programs throughout the country; develop and maintain high-level relationships with MIT students, staff, and faculty to encourage volunteer participation in all recruitment programs; read and evaluate freshman applications and serve on the admissions selection committee; schedule, coordinate, and present regional information sessions throughout the country; and perform other duties as assigned.  REQUIRED:  a bachelor's degree; good written communication and oral presentation skills; excellent project management skills; ability to take initiative; demonstrated ability to transform ideas into practical solutions and to work over sustained periods; good judgment and discretion; and a driver’s license.  At least three years’ experience working in college admissions or higher education preferred, as is experience working with low-income and multicultural populations.  Regular evening and weekend work will be required.  Must be available to travel by air several weeks annually. Job #11018-P

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