Past Events

Student Activity: SIM Trek - A Boston/Cambridge Scavenger Hunt
Gerd Kortemeyer
Hosting Scholar:
Gerd Kortemeyer
In teams of two to four, learn to negotiate Boston/Cambridge public transportation and compete for prizes by scouting out locations in and around Boston and Cambridge. You will use public transportation (day passes provided for registered participants) in this traveling salesman game of strategy and stamina. Each team will need a digital camera with removable memory card or USB connection.
2011
Fall
Demonstration & Instruction: Swing Dance
Guest Performers & Instructors: MIT Ballroom Dance Team
Hosting Scholar:
Katharina Ribbeck
Swing dancing! The MIT ballroom dance team will present a brief show, then offer instructions for those who want to learn first Swing steps, or perfect their skills.
2011
Fall
Talk: A Virtual Tour of Ethiopia
Guest Speaker: Halina Walatek
Hosting Scholar:
Michael Z Podowski
See unique pictures from remote areas of Ethiopia which are seldom seen by foreigners... and get an opportunity to try original Halina is a researcher in Armenian Studies, World Art History, Georgian Studies, Art of Central Asia, Medieval East Christian Archirecture, Armenian Presence in East Africa during Medieval Period, and Islamic Studies
2011
Spring
Talk: The Big Dig!
Guest Speaker: Fred Salvucci
Hosting Scholar:
Henning Colsman-Freyberger
How the Big Dig transformed Boston forever, presented by a man who helped the vision of the underground highways come true. Fred Salvucci is a civil engineer specializing in transportation, with particular interest in infrastructure, urban transportation, public transportation, and institutional development in decision- making. He is also a Senior Lecturer and Research Associate withing the MIT Department of Civil Engineering. He served as transportation advisor to Boston Mayor Kevin White between 1970 and 1974, and then as Secretary of Transportation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Michael Dukakis between 1975 and 1978 and again from 1983 to 1990. In those roles he participated in much of the transportation planning and policy formulation in the Boston urbanized area and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of the past 35 years, with particular emphasis on the expansion of the transit system, the development of the financial and political support for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, and the design of implementation strategies to comply with the Clean Air Act consistent with economic growth.
2011
Spring
Talk: Ancient Greece & MIT: How Ancient Greek Culture Set the Stage for the Emergence of MIT
James Gates & Konstantino Koutrolikos
Hosting Scholar:
S. James Gates
A description of the journey through the centuries, following the evolution of human thought. From Thales, the pre-Socratic philosophers, to Plato and Aristotle's view of nature. The evolution of natural sciences along side that of philosopy gives hints how the modern Western view of Cosmos was formulated.
2011
Spring
Talk: Nuclear Energy
Michael Z Podowski and Andrzej Drozd
Hosting Scholar:
Michael Z Podowski
Professor Michael Podowski and a representative from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Andrzej Drozd, will be addressing nuclear energy topics. Is nuclear energy safe? What is the impact of nuclear energy on the environment? What is the current U.S. plan for nuclear energy? How does nuclear energy fall into the global energy strategy? Get the answer to these questions on Friday at 6PM in the Simmons MPR. Plus, bring any nuclear related question for an interactive discussion.
2011
Spring
Dance Performance: Quicksilver Dance
Hans Rinderknecht & Mariah Steele
Hosting Scholar:
Steve Hall
Performance by professional modern dance company. Diverse pieces exploring cross-cultural interactions, our relationship with technology, the engineer's creative spirit, Greek myths, arranged marriages, and more. Hans Rinderknecht & Mariah Steele are Simmons Hall Graduate Resident Tutors. Hans is a PhD candidate in the MIT Physics Department and Mariah is founder and lead dancer in the Quicksilver Dance Company.
2011
Spring
Off Campus Challenge : An Epic Photo Scavenger Hunt in Boston
Henning Colsman-Freyberger
Hosting Scholar:
Henning Colsman-Freyberger
Armed with a one-day T pass, race around Boston visiting and taking photos at as many destinations as possible to learn about Boston and win prizes.
2011
Spring
Culinary Arts: An evening of Indian Cooking with Bollywood Music
The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
Hosting Scholar:
The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
An evening of Indian cooking with a samosa cooking workshop and Bollywood music.
2011
Spring
Talk: Changing the Face of STEM: Why Diversity Matters
Guest Speaker: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Hosting Scholar:
Andra Gillespie
Why has theoretical physics been stuck on the same problems for 30 years? Does it have anything to do with the homogeneity of the physics community? Dr. Prescod-Weinstein will address the historical trajectory of underrepresented minorities in physics and give a status report on where we are today. She will describe general issues faced by various populations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). For example, Asian women end up in lower ranked academic positions in a phenomenon that is unique to their population. What is going on? And what can we do? We'll discuss diverse ideas about changing the face of STEM. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is a cosmologist and an MIT MLK Post-Doctoral Fellow.
2012
Spring

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