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Said and Done Magazine 
Published monthly by the Office of the Dean
2009—present 

 

September 2016

How to make a MOOC at MIT
What makes for a well run election? | Charles Stewart III 
MIT Literature: Your child, the literary talent | Marah Gubar
Seeking big answers about art — via philosophy and biology
Barry Posen receives 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award 
Junot Díaz to receive Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature


Summer 2016

Susan Silbey: Why do women leave engineering?
Economics PhD student Elizabeth Setren delves into charter schools 
MIT Linguistics: Why children confuse simple words
Mens et manus in the MIT History Workshop
Helen Elaine Lee receives 2016 Faculty Ambassador Award
MIT Phi Beta Kappa Society inducts 72 graduating seniors


May 2016

President L. Rafael Reif announces MIT Campaign for a Better World
3 Questions: David Autor on global trade and political polarization 
Susan Silbey: The role of human systems in solving environmental issues
MIT adds Korean to language studies program
Eran Egozy: MIT Professor of the Practice in Music Technology 
Ken Oye: The art of sociotechnical collaboration


April 2016

MITx Grant Program selects SHASS courses for innovative digital learning 
Study reveals huge mortality gap between the rich and poor in the U.S.
Automation helps us in many ways, but does it steal our sense of self?
J-PAL North America launches health care delivery innovation competition
Human Factor: Focus on disparities to solve healthcare issues
Publications: Ben Ross Schneider


March 2016

Patricia Tang named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow 
African technology: Clapperton Mavhunga 
How U.S. immigration law fueled a Chinese restaurant boom
Human Factor: How social equity fuels innovation
Three lessons from Ebola can help us fight the Zika virus


February 2016

Agustín Rayo, Professor of Philosophy, named Associate Dean of MIT-SHASS
Thomas Levenson receives the 2016 Levitan Prize in the Humanities
Assessing school-choice systems: Parag Pathak
Introducing The Human Factor series
35 exceptional MIT students named Burchard Scholars for 2016
MIT honors David Bowie with an orchestral tribute concert


January 2016

The Well-Versed Institute: discover poetic MIT
Mapping the history of U.S. state politics
3 Questions: David Singer on China and the renminbi
Mexico past and present: Tanalís Padilla 
A fresh look at MIT International Science & Technology Initiatives 
Publications: Lerna Ekmekcioglu, Elizabeth Wood


November 2015

Designing virtual identities for empowerment and social change
Dean Melissa Nobles on the Legacy of Segregation
MIT named No. 1 in the world for social science fields
MIT named among top 3 universities worldwide for humanities and arts fields
MIT Political Science celebrates 50 years of rigor, relevance, and impact
Publications: Christine Walley, Thomas Levenson


October 2015

MIT SHASS economist Heidi Williams wins MacArthur grant
Economic and Linguistic Departments ranked top in world
New faculty members
Haitian and MIT faculty develop Kreyòl learning tools
Musical Institute of Technology published
Books: David Mindell, Sherry Turkle


Summer 2015

Marcus Thompson named Institute Professor
Philosophy PhD students launch program to increase diversity in field
Williams: firms underinvest in research for early stage cancer treatment
DeGraff on Haiti’s new policy to educate students in Kreyòl
Campbell, Ravel named heads of Political Science, History
Books: Jennifer Light, Martha Bartusiak, John Tirman


June 2015

Melissa Nobles named Kenan Sahin Dean
MIT students launch inaugural MIT INSPIRE Fair
J-PAL shows "Graduation" approach lifts people out of poverty
Donca Steriade proposes a new basic unit of language
Graduate students invent "Artbot" app
Faculty Promotions, New KSJ Fellows announced


April 2015

Arthur Bahr, Literature, named MacMicar Faculty Fellow
Intreview with Melissa Nobles on restorative justice
Research: Shigeru Miyagawa on the rapid rise of human language
Profile: Philosopher Robert Stalnaker
Research: Lily Tsai, MIT GOV/LAB
Research: Amy Finkelstein, Measuring Health


March 2015

Research: Fotini Christia studies conflict from the ground up
Economist Heidi Williams wins Sloan Research Fellowship
Interview: Amy Finkelstein on testing health care systems
Inaugural recipients of the SHASS Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship
Q&A with the 2014-15 Knight Science Journalism Fellows
Research: Teppei Yamamoto on voters' decision-making


February 2015

Llily Tsai receives SHASS Levitan Award
Profile: Linguist Kai Von Fintel
Research: CMSW's Edward Schiappa on logic and rhetoric
Michel DeGraff receives MIT's MLK Jr. Leadership Award 
Research: Is the medical match fair?
Research: Brad Skow asks, Does time pass?


January 2015

3Q: Melissa Nobles on the civil rights issue of our time
New Reed Chair in French Studies & Languages announced
Research: Loren Graham on Russian science
Research: Christopher Warshaw on police force diversity


November 2014

Economist Robert Solow receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
New humanities MOOC: Visualizing Japan, Shigeru Miyagawa
Erica James launches MIT Global Health/Medical Humanities Initiative
Profile: Mary Fuller, Head, MIT Literature
Three works by MIT composer Elena Ruehr premiered this month
Acemoglu: How to succeed in the innovation era


October 2014

MIT SHASS alumnus Jean Tirole wins Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
Danny Fox named Anshen-Chomsky Professor of Language and Thought
Steve Yablo interviewed by Richard Marshall in 3AM Magazine
MIT SHASS welcomes ten new faculty members


September 2014

MIT Music & Theater Arts Fall Events Calendar
MIT SHASS Economist Nancy Rose takes position in the DOJ
Welcoming 2014-15 Artists in Residence Coco Fusco and Marjorie Liu
Tech Lessons from the "Dark Ages"


 

Summer 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Deborah Blum to head KSJ at MIT
Gamma sonification | MIT students make music from particle energy
MIT AMPS wins New England Emmy Award for “Awakening”
Introducing the online SHASS Guide to Innovation in Education


 

May 2014

Dean Fitzgerald: The Power of the Humanities at MIT
Greenstone and Turkle elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Six members of the SHASS staff receive Infinite Mile Awards for 2014
The case for the experimental method in environmental economics
Inside Junot Díaz's class at MIT: What the writer wants his students to read


 

April 2014

The first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings
KSJ Bootcamp cites communications as key to progress on climate change
Heather Paxson named 2014 MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Bruno Perreau awarded 2014-15 Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship
Elena Ruehr receives 2014 Guggenheim Award


 

March 2014

Open Documentary Lab puts MIT in the vanguard of new media storytelling
Burchard Scholars announced for 2014
Loren Graham on how society impacts science and technology
Le Morte d'Arthur and the Engineer


 

February 2014

Keeril Makan's "Afterglow" named one of the best classical recordings of 2013
Cyberpolitics and international relations theory, policy, and practice
Elevating the Discourse | The Knight Science Journalism Fellows at MIT
New understanding of an important property of language


 

December 2013

A global community gathers at MIT to celebrate J-PAL@10
MISTI receives Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award
Manduhai Buyandelger receives $25K Levitan Prize in the Humanities
3 Questions | Benjamin Olken on the economic impact of climate change


 

November 2013

Rosalind Williams receives Leonardo da Vinci Medal for lifetime achievement
MIT economist Glenn Ellison's Hard Math books inspire young students
Annotation Studio translates an ancient literary practice to the digital age
Wi-Phi video platform presents "philosophy's greatest hits"


 

October 2013

MIT Alumnus Robert J. Shiller wins the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
MIT students discover new possibilities at the TOUR de SHASS expo
Technology, Jobs, and the Middle Class | David Autor and David Dorn
MIT PIE Report released | Making in America by Suzanne Berger published


 

September 2013

Empowering women in Afghanistan
Video update on the MIT Haiti Initiative
3 Questions | Christopher Capozzola on the history of chemical-weapons bans
First introductory philosophy MOOC at an American university


 

 

Summer 2013

MIT and UC Berkeley launch energy-efficiency research project
Sherry Turkle receives Harvard's Centennial Medal; also named a Literary Light
2013 PhotoGallery | MIT SHASS Commencement Reception
Ta-Nahesi Coates: Some Thoughts on Teaching at MIT
Ian Condry on NPR's All Things Considered


 

 

May 2013

The Brahms Requiem | A Community Gathering for Remembrance and Healing
Why you shouldn't stop buying from Bangladesh
Shankar Raman awarded $25K Levitan Prize in the Humanities
MLK Visiting Scholar Ta-Nehisi Coates has won the National Magazine Award
MIT Science Writing Alum wins Pulitzer Prize


 

 

April 2013

Emma Teng awarded MIT's highest undergraduate teaching honor
Arthur Bahr’s first book reveals a surprise about the 14th Century
3 Questions with Jeffrey Ravel | Nature and Technology in French History
MacVicar Day Symposium: Re-imagining the MIT Classroom


 

 

March 2013

MIT Burchard Scholars for 2013 announced
A new theory on the deep roots of human speech
MIT Philosophy's Sally Haslanger asks, What is "natural" and what is "social"?
Report identifies keys for new American innovation
Knight Fellowships celebrates 30th Anniversary


 

 

February 2013

David Kaiser wins Physics World’s Book of the Year Award
Q&A: Associate Provost Philip Khoury on foreign policy in the Middle East
Why is Japanese anime a global hit?
MIT economist Esther Duflo reports on the high value of water


 

November / December 2012

Introducing The Listening Room | Sharing MIT's Music with the World
Anthropologist Stefan Helmreich wins Rachel Carson prize
MIT Game Lab explores the potential of games and play
School within a School: MIT's Concourse learning community
Celebrating the Golden Anniversary of MIT Jazz


 

October 2012

Junot Díaz named 2012 MacArthur Fellow & National Book Award finalist
Michel DeGraff awarded $1m National Science Foundation grant
3 Questions: Charles Stewart sizes up the 2012 election
WGS Symposium launches new Borders Research Initiative


 

September 2012

Seth Mnookin wins 2012 Science in Society Award
Anthropologist Natasha Schüll researches gambling addiction
Economist Parag Pathak receives a Presidential Early Career Award
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates is 2012-13 MLK Visiting Scholar


 

Summer 2012

Commencement 2012: Story + Photobooth Portraits
Public Understanding of Science: Higgs Boson Commentary  
MIT Economists find evidence for "comparative advantage"
MIT Economist Robert Townsend wins Frisch Medal (again!)


May 2012


Cuthbert Finkelstein receives the Bates Clark Medal
Theater artist Jay Scheib wins 2012 OBIE Best Director Award 
Honoring President Hockfield | Welcoming President-elect Reif
Think you're funny? Apply for a DeFlorez Grant for Humor

 


April 2012


MIT establishes Center for Art, Science & Technology
Faculty Promotions
Composer Keeril Makan receives Guggenheim Fellowship
MIT SHASS welcomes PEN New England to MIT
Historian Elizabeth Wood on the protests in Russia
Yablo, Autor, and Finkelstein elected to AAAS 


March 2012


Cuthbert receives $500K NEH grant for innovative musicology
Underwter archaeology: hunt for the ancient mariner
Video: U.S. Health Care Reform Law–in 3 minutes
Video: The Scientist as Storyteller
Adam Berinsky on the unpredictable GOP campaign
 


January 2012


What's next for the Occupy Wall Street movement?
Questions of ultimate reality in Lightman's new novel, Mr. g
Economist Gruber on U.S. health reform legislation
Linguistics at MIT celebrates 50 years
Jay Scheib's World of Wires premieres in NYC
 


December 2011


Heim elected a Fellow of the Linguistics Society of America
Stephanie Lin '12 wins Rhodes Scholarship
Allen Lin  '11 named Marshall Scholar
Science Writing Gallery 
GZA visits MIT
Historian Kaledin: A Tocqueville for our time


November 2011


Samuels awarded Japan's Order of the Rising Sun
Economics alum Papademos, named prime minister of Greece
Wealth disparity in Boston
Economist Michael Piore on collective bargaining
Historian William Broadhead rethinks the fall of Rome's republic


October 2011


MIT Concert Office unveils fall programming
In Profile: Political Scientist Suzanne Berger
Acemoglu on the Euro debt crisis and the U.S. economy
In Profile: Daniel Posner
Kothari named director of MISTI-India


September 2011


Anthropologist James Howe: The Kuna Celebrations
Aoun awarded Robert A. Muh Alumni Award
New Faculty
Mellon Fellows for 2011-2013 announced
New exhibit showcases the MIT humanities, arts, social sciences


July/August 2011


MIT report cites arts as essential to mission
MIT Chamber group performs Brahms
Economist Gruber's ideas on health care
Political scientist Lenz: The looks of political candidates
2011 Infinite Mile Award winners honored


June 2011


Photo gallery from Commencement Reception
Historian Maier wins George Washington Book Prize
Asian culture through a lens
Historian Turkle: Are we alone together?
Lawson named new MISTI director


May 2011


Economist Esther Duflo named to the 2011 TIME 100
Google cites value of humanities PhDs
Levitan Teaching Award winners announced
Knight Science Journalism Fellows named
Composer Harbison wins AMC's Founder Award


April 2011


Theater director Jay Scheib wins Guggenheim Fellowship
Maier's Ratification is finalist for Washington Book Award
Inside Tahrir Square | CIS Starr Forum
Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Japan's nuclear crisis and governmental response


March 2011


Historian Williams: Communications in slow-moving crises
The Evolution of Economic Science
2011 MITSO Concerto Competition
Experimental Syntax and Semantics Lab
Smithsonian & CMS launch online mystery game


February 2011


Economics symposium launches MIT 150th
Linguist Pesetsky elected Fellow of AAAS
Author Bartusiak awarded Davis Prize  
FAST Arts Festival events
Literature scholar Fuller to lead NEH seminar at MIT
Turkle's Alone Together published


 

January 2011



New Faculty 
MISTI research collaboration in China   
Quanta Chair in Chinese Culture established 
3 Questions: Evelyn Fox Keller 
Historian Kaiser elected Fellow of APS


November/Decmeber 2010



Maier's Ratification published to acclaim
How wise are crowds? Economics and Engineering
Fox-Harrell convenes NEA/NSF conference
New Faculty announced 
Burchard scholar Lai wins Rhodes Scholarship


 

October 2010



Diamond wins Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences
Fuller wins Levitan Prize in Humanities 
Baird and Saez win MacArthur "genius" awards
Ziporyn has major concert season
Defining Recessions: Jim Poterba 
BSO begins cycle of Harbison symphonies


September 2010



Energy issues call on humanities, social sciences
Anthropologist Helmreich wins Bateson Book Prize 
Profile: Economist Parag Pathak 
Historian Dower's Cultures of War reviewed 
Influence of the humanities on data visualization

 

 

August 2010



McElheny: Drawing the Map of Life 
Conference honors Philosopher Judith Thomson
Economist Pathak on housing
Political Scientist Lenz on electoral candidates


 

July, 2010



State of the Art: Music at MIT
Profiles: Cuthbert, Tang, Makan
DeGraff on role of Creole in rebuilding Haiti
Deveau inaugurates new hall in Rockport
Erica James: Democratic Insecurities


 

June, 2010

 


Global Water Issues 
A Philosopher's Dozen: Stephen Yablo
Awards to Sally Haslanger, David Jones
and Fred Harris


 

May, 2010

 


Esther Duflo receives the Clark Medal
Howe on anthropology's shift to a collaborative model
Thomson on hard-wiring for a basic moral sense
Memorial service for Paul Samuelson


 

 April, 2010

 


Office of the Dean moves to 4-212 and 4-240
Norvin Richards named MacVictor Faculty Fellow
Proflie:Robert Muh 
Premiere of Harbison work to honor Peter Diamond
Rebuilding Haiti: A Starr Forum 


 

 March, 2010

 


Harriet Ritvo: The Dawn of Green 
Patricia Gercik receives MIT Excellence Award
Cuthbert develops computer framework for music theory
David Mindell on Obama's NASA proposal 
Jeff Ravel on Diderot's Encyclopédie
Video: Paul Krugman on history as guide for the economy


 

 February, 2010

 


PBS Interview: Ellen Harris on Handel's Messiah 
MIT experts on health care reform
Haldeman receives highest honor from science fiction community
Economist Werning on unemployment insurance 
Nobel laureate Robert Solow on recovery from the economic crisis 


 

 January 2010

 


Curated game on climate change from the Education Arcade
Jim Walsh on Iran's nuclear ambition
Rosalind Williams on Jules Verne, anti-globalization visionary
Two Burchard Scholars win Rhodes Scholarships 
New York Times article on the revolution led by J-PAL economists


 

December 2009

 


Diagnosis: four School experts on U.S. health policy 
Profile: Craig Wilder, Professor of History 
Faculty Promotions, Honors, and New Appointments 
Tea with a Warlord: Fotini Christia 
Travels with Melville: Wyn Kelley 





Soundings Magazine
Published biannually by the Office of the Dean
2008—2010
                

Spring 2010

 

State of the Art
Medieval Tech
A Philosopher's Dozen

Profiles:
Dr. Bette Davis
Kenneth Wang '71
Mise en Scene
                


Fall 2009

 

Health Reform | Diagnosis
Travels with Melville 
Tea with a Warlord

Profiles:
Wyn Kelley
Robert Muh '59
Mise en Scene
                


Spring 2009

 

Economic Toolmakers
Behind the Scenes in Theater
Why Save Languages?  

Profiles:
Professor Diana Henderson
Professor Janet Sonenberg
Edward Hoyt '57                  



Fall 2008 

 
Educating Global Citizens
The MISTI Program at 25
Safeguarding Voting Technology

Profile:
Professor Charles Stewart III
                           

 


 

Soundings Newsletter
Published biannually by the Office of the Dean
1998—2008

 

Spring 2008


Three SHASS authors
The writer's craft

Fall 2007


Getting serious about casual games: Exploring the frontiers of the independent game industry at GAMBIT
Bàkks and polyrhythms: sabar drumming at MIT

Spring 2007


The energy crisis

Fall 2006


How economies and economists work: A conversation with Daron Acemoglu

Spring 2006


Learning to ask new questions: Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies moves to MIT
Emma Teng awarded 2005 Levitan Prize

Fall 2005

 

The China hands:Conversations with the SHASS China cadre

Spring 2005


Conversation with Professor Melissa Nobles: The politics of counting
Dower receives Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award

Fall 2004


Ten things you probably didn't know about the School
A language is reborn

Spring 2004


Conversation with Professor Esther Duflo:Saving the world, precisely
New international minor at MIT

Fall 2003


Conversation with Professor Evan Ziporyn:A new sonic language
Glimpse into MIT's first interdisciplinary major
Book series: media in transition
Spotlight on MIT's Security Studies Program

Spring 2003


Rethinking culture

Fall 2002


The hopeful democrat
Stepping up!
Science Writing Program opens its doors
Planting seeds

Spring 2002


Breaking icons, lyrically

Fall 2001


Getting a fix on complexity
Biting the hand that feeds it
Beyond the dramatic norm
The democratizing quotient

Spring 2001


Crossing boundaries

Fall 2000


Walking, talking, oxymoron
50 years: The School timeline
Luminaries

Spring 2000


One-world dilemmas

Fall 1999


Ears need to be broad
Crossing linguistic and cultural boundaries
Super-power sense and sensibility

Spring 1999


Creative tensions

Fall 1998


Sharp tongue, maverick mind
Covering black holes, fossil worms, and a cure for cancer
What's in a word
Feeling most alive

Spring 1998


Iconoclasm revisited
The China connection
Programs and possibilities