Eric Lander, professor of biology and president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is MIT’s James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2016–2017. A biologist widely known for his work in mapping the human genome, Professor Lander is recognized by the committee for the transformative effect he has had on the study of biology and medicine, as well as for his roles as a leader, teacher, mentor, and public advocate for science at the highest levels.
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MIT Mirchi Bollywood Fusion Dance Mirchi is MIT’s competitive co-ed Bollywood-fusion dance team. Formed in 2012, Mirchi’s collective spirit embodies community, culture, and a love for all forms of dance, including Indian classical, Bhangra, Hip Hop, Bollywood, and Contemporary dance styles. Over the years, they’ve been honored to represent MIT and greater Boston at various competitions and showcases across the country. Word on the street, Mirchi doesn't miss a beat—they live to set the stage on fire. Date: April 29, 2017
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Drew Houston Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dropbox
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Mandingueiros dos Palmares Capoeira Rooted in Afro-Brazilian culture, Capoeira is a martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. It was created in Brazil by slaves, mainly from Angola, some time after the 16th century. Developed as a method of self- defense disguised as a dance, Capoeira was born of the Brazilian slaves’ intense desire for freedom. Capoeira nowadays is not only a martial art, but an active exporter of Brazilian culture all over the world. It is a dynamic dialogue between athlete-artists—a conversation through movement which can take on many shades of meaning. Mestre Chuvisco teaches capoeira classes in Cambridge and has given more than four decades of his life to the art, both through practice and teaching. Mestre Chuvisco’s group “Mandingueiros dos Palmares” currently has branches in Brazil, Mexico, and in the US. Date: April 29, 2017
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Lecture date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 Richard Schrock, a chemist renowned for his pioneering work in organometallic chemistry, has been named the recipient of the 2017–2018 James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award. Schrock’s accomplishments include the development of a reaction known as olefin metathesis, now used for the efficient and more environmentally friendly production of important pharmaceuticals, fuels, and other products. For that work, he was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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The OneWorld @ MIT Festival stage show featured performances by MIT’s diverse student body. Music, dance, and dramatics—MIT students brought the world to campus.
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Ursula M. Burns Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Corporation
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Let's team up to give our neighbors a lift! Community Giving at MIT invites you to join your MIT colleagues to fund a new passenger van for the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge. The van will enable essential services for children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and job seekers. To pitch in for the van, visit web.mit.edu/community-giving.
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Sakata Afrique Dances of the African/Caribbean Diaspora Sakata Afrique, MIT’s only African dance group, was founded in January 2013. Created to help MIT students of African origin preserve their cultural heritage through music and dance and to introduce African dance to the MIT community, the troupe really wants to emphasize the reason why Africans love dancing in the first place: expression of individuality, and fun! Performers: Fejiro Oruerio; Gabrielle Ballard; Kwabena Ofori-Atta; Lisbeth Acevedo; Emmanuel Azuh; Lisa Madungwe; Tiera Guin; Amber Meighan; Ashton Dacon; and Sitara Persad Date: April 29, 2017
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Lecture title: "Unlocking the Secrets of Cancer" Tyler Jacks, the David H. Koch professor of biology and director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, was MIT’s James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2015–2016. A pioneering cancer biologist, Professor Jacks was recognized by the committee for his influence on the field of cancer research and for his leadership of MIT’s multidisciplinary cancer research community. Thursday, February 11, 2016 4 pm Huntington Hall (10-250)
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Lecture title: "Making Stem-cell Therapy a Reality" Rudolf Jaenisch, professor of biology and a founding member of the Whitehead Institute, was MIT's James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2009–2010. A pioneer in the field of mammalian developmental genetics, Professor Jaenisch helped found the area of transgenic science, the science of gene transfer for making mouse models, which is now widely used for studying human genetic diseases. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2010. September 28, 2010 Huntington Hall (10-250)
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MIT Ethiopian Eritrean Student Association Traditional Dances Ethiopia and Eritrea are widely diverse countries with more than 80 unique ethnic, cultural, custom, and linguistic groups, all of which aspects shape countries’ traditional dances. Association members will demonstrate popular dances—including eskista, or “dancing shoulders”—from a number of different regions. Date: April 29, 2017
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Lecture title: "Understanding and Improving Platinum Anticancer Drugs" Stephen Lippard, the Arthur Amos Noyes professor in the Department of Chemistry, was MIT’s James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2013–2014. Professor Lippard has spent his career studying the role of inorganic molecules, especially metal ions and their complexes, in critical processes of biological systems. He has made pioneering contributions in understanding the mechanism of the cancer drug cisplatin and in designing new variants to combat drug resistance and side effects. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Huntington Hall (10-250)
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A Night From Palestine Dabke, a dance of Arabic culture, was passed down throughout history in The Levant region, legend says that people in that region made the roofs of their houses with tree branches and mud. Anytime the weather changed, the mud would crack and members of their family or community would come to help patch it by forming a line, joining hands, and stomping the mud into place. Today, dabke is performed or danced at weddings, special occasions, and family gatherings in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Date: April 29, 2017
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On January 9, 2017, US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at MIT about climate change and the economic promise of clean energy.
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MIT President L. Rafael Reif
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Lecture title: "Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/9–11/Iraq" John Dower, Ford International professor of history, was the 2007–2008 James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner. Professor Dower is renowned for his expertise in modern Japanese history and US-Japan relations. His book, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and the 1999 National Book Award for nonfiction, among many other awards. His lecture used examples from the past 66 years of warfare to show how government leaders, once bent on war, both deny history and rely on it.
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May 7, 2016 Engaging technology and the arts in the largest community gathering on campus since 1916, Killian Court hosted a multimedia celebration of MIT’s history with an entertaining look to the future. Is it mind or hand? The spirits of Mens and Manus came to life for a debate on the true essence of MIT. Part of MIT2016: Celebrating a Century in Cambridge
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April 29, 2017 The OneWorld @ MIT Festival is a multicultural celebration of food, music, costume, and dance! 5:30–7 pm: Festival stage show, with programming and performances by MIT students 9 pm–midnight: Tent dance parties Community members are welcome to bring guests; please have your MIT or Lincoln ID with you Information at oneworld.mit.edu
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MIT Asian Dance Team Seventeen Medley and Harmony In recent years, K-pop (Korean pop) artists have found value in performing eye-catching dance sequences to their songs. It has become common for fans to learn and make their own adaptations of these dances, either for local performances or cover videos. The Asian Dance Team will present their adaptation of a medley of songs by the K-pop group SEVENTEEN. Classical Chinese dance is often used to honor symbols of importance in Chinese culture. In Harmony, the dance depicts the strength of harmony between Yin and Yang. Music is created by heaven and is masculine and positive (Yang); ritual is created by Earth and is feminine and negative (Yin). If there is harmony between Yin and Yang, the universe will gain; if there is harmony between ritual and music, all will be at peace. Date: April 29, 2017
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The MIT community celebrated the dedication of the Simons Building, home of the MIT Department of Mathematics, on Friday, October 7, 2016. Ceremony speakers included Robert B. Millard '73, Chairman of the MIT Corporation; L. Rafael Reif, MIT President; Bonnie Berger SM '86 PhD '90, Simons Professor of Mathematics; Tomasz S. Mrowka '83, Singer Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics; Gweneth McKinley, Doctoral Student, Department of Mathematics; and Michael Sipser, Donner Professor of Mathematics and Dean of the School of Science.
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The Address to the Haggis (1786) Craig Thorburn, a native of Scotland, declaims a poem written by Rabbie (Robert) Burns of Ayrshire. The Address to the Haggis is recited at a “Burns Supper” in Scotland, given annually to celebrate the life and works of Burns. Haggis is a traditional dish of Scotland consisting of lamb, although it is also sometimes referred to as a mythical creature that roams the highlands. A Burns Supper has been held at MIT for the last several years—will you address the haggis next time? Date: April 29, 2017
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Lecture title: "Tiny cells, global impact: A journey of discovery with a microbe from the sea" Sallie (Penny) Chisholm, the Lee and Geraldine Martin professor of environmental studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was MIT’s James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2014–2015. Professor Chisholm holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biology and was recognized by the Killian Award committee for her discovery of Prochlorococcus, a microorganism with global impact. One faculty colleague observed, "Her work is a defining example of the value of thinking both big and small to make sense of the complex interplay of life and the environment.” Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4 pm Huntington Hall (10-250)
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Lecture title: "The Growth of Cryptography" Ronald L. Rivest, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science who helped develop one of the world's most widely used Internet security systems, was MIT’s James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2010–2011. Rivest, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is known for his pioneering work in the field of cryptography, computer, and network security. February 8, 2011 Huntington Hall (10-250)
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Kilikia, by Siranush Babakhanova Kilikia is a solo dance, representing Armenian culture and Republic of Armenia, as well as the whole Armenian diaspora abroad. In this performance, the traditional garments, classic Armenian moves, and music are coupled with modern motifs. It tells the story of the great Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia (in south coastal region of Asia Minor), which fell to invasions in the 14th century. The singers yearn for their homeland—they cry for a chance to return there, to see the stones, the castles and churches, the sunlight and to hear the song of birds, the wind—and they dream of Kilikia, which could not be replaced in their hearts with nothing else. This song and the dance is dedicated to the descendants of Armenian Genocide 1915, who are far away from their homeland, as well as all the refugees of past years’ events. Date: April 29, 2017
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Lecture title: "The Early History of the Moon" Maria Zuber, the E.A. Griswold professor of geophysics in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), has spent much of her career charting new territory in planetary science, spearheading missions to map planetary bodies within the solar system in unprecedented detail. Such maps have revealed new information about the composition and atmosphere of Mercury, Mars, and the moon. Professor Zuber’s “breakthrough moment” came with her involvement in the Clementine space project — a mission to launch a spacecraft to observe the moon and surrounding asteroids. She led the analysis of data from the mission, and generated the first reliable topographic map of the moon. Her work established a new way to quantitatively analyze geophysical data, which has since become the standard in planetary mapping throughout the world. Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Huntington Hall (10-250)
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MIT Ohms A Capella by the Ohms South Asia has always been proud of and well known for its musical diversity and technique. A lot of classical Indian vocal music involves demonstrations of vocal skill and control. This type of singing often follows a variety of structures involving significant tonal and rhythmic differences from traditional Western music. In current times, “mainstream” South Asian music comes from Bollywood (Indian movie scene) films, as most movies in India are portrayed as musicals. Songs from these movies often take inspiration from Western styles, though some also follow more classical roots. The Ohms utilize sound from all kinds of music of South Asia, occasionally mixing Western pop with Bollywood pop, grafting them to classical roots, and growing their own modern music. Date: April 29, 2017
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Ellen Kullman Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, DuPont
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Governor’s Convening for Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning Monday, November 20th, 2017 Samberg Conference Center, MIT Panel 5: Partners Healthcare to roll out SNHU Workforce Partnership’s initiative across entire system Panelists: JD LaRock (moderator), Commonwealth Corporation MJ Ryan, Partners HealthCare, Director of Workforce Development Paul Le Blanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University Judith Crawford, Student and Partners Institution employee
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MIT Lion Dance Team incorporates traditional stunts with modern skits and welcomes newcomers to the art! They perform throughout the greater Boston area to bring Chinese culture to various venues. The traditional Chinese lion dance is usually performed during Chinese New Year or other cultural events, with two people operating the head and tail. The MIT lions are made of aluminum, plastic, and cloth—and weigh about 15 pounds each!
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MIT Chamber Music Society Jazz Combo Bounce, Nate Smith (b. 1974) - Keala Kaumeheiwa, coach, bass - Sahin Naqvi, tenor saxophone - Alex Mijailovic, guitar - Jonathan Gilad, drums
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MIT Belly Dancing Club presents the Egyptian dance traditions through a mix of Folklore dance & belly dance. The Egyptian folklore was revived by the famous “Mahmoud Reda” who founded “Reda Troupe” in 1959. Reda troupe presented many dances that taught us a lot about the different cultures across Egypt. Some of these dances mimic the coastal lifestyle in Alexandria; others show the Nubian culture in the Southern of Egypt (Luxor and Aswan), the bedouin cultures in the Egyptian deserts, and the fishermen’s culture around the Suez Canal. MIT Belly dancing combines these folklore moves with traditional belly dancing moves to produce fun and culturally educational performances! The costumes are all hand-made and brought by the club’s founder, Shahd Labib, from Egypt.
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The Spicy Girls: Murphy Yuezhen Niu and Helena Zhang War and Beauty of Ancient China The performance begins with the classic poem 幽兰操 (you lan cao), composed by the renowned poet Han Yu more than 1300 years ago during the Tang Dynasty and set to a Chinese folk melody. In the song, a gentleman has a special encounter with a beautiful orchid, which he cares for and cherishes throughout his life and travels. Murphy and Helena studied the work of Han Yu in elementary school and have been appreciating the beauty of the Chinese language through this philosophical piece of poetry ever since. The performance then transitions to one of the most famous pieces in classical Chinese music: 十面埋伏 (shi mian mai fu), or “Ambush from Ten Sides”. It depicts a pivotal battle in 202 BC between the Han and Chu armies that would lead to the founding of the Han Dynasty. Here, they arranged the piece into a Pipa-Guzheng duet, depicting the fearsome battle using a wide range of performance techniques: the beat of the drums, the ambush, and the Chu general finally driven to suicide in utter defeat. Murphy and Helena love this piece because in addition to its venerable age and commemoration of ancient Chinese culture, it has a rock and roll beat. Date: April 29, 2017
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Argentine Tango Performed by Giulia Agostinelli, Zied Ben Chaouch, Mikhail Bessmeltsev, Azriel Ghadooshahy, Yulia Rybakova, and Sveta Zhuk Argentine Tango is a partnered social dance which emphasizes connection between partners and moving together with the music. The MIT Tango club is dedicated to promoting Argentine Tango to the MIT community and around the Greater Boston area. They offer regular classes, special workshops, and free weekly practice sessions, and they are always excited to welcome new people to the dance! For more information please see www.tango.mit.edu. Date: April 29, 2017
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Goddess of the Skies 天 女散花 (roughly translated to Celestial Goddess Scattering Flowers) is a Chinese ribbon dance. The name originates from a legend about flower goddesses scattering petals in the heavens, some of which fell to earth like snow, decorating the mountains and grassland with flora. Originally used in Peking Opera, the ribbons are swept with the dancer across the stage, representing the vivid colors and life brought to Earth by the scattered flowers. Original Choreography by Ms. Bing Yang. Date: April 29, 2017
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MIT Compton Lecture Madame Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund “Demographic Change and Economic Well-being: The Role of Fiscal Policy" March 4, 2016 Kresge Auditorium
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Lecture title: "Freeing Radicals from Their Negative Connotations" JoAnne Stubbe, Novartis professor of chemistry and biology, has spent most of her career studying enzymes involved in nucleotide metabolism, which is central to the synthesis of DNA and RNA. Professor Stubbe's success in unraveling the specific steps in enzymatic reactions has had profound impacts on a wide variety of fields; her many honors include the 2008 National Medal of Science. March 6, 2012 Huntington Hall (10-250)
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