Said and Done | Honors and Awards | October 2015



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QS ranks MIT Economics and MIT Linguistics top in the world
For the fourth straight year, QS World University Rankings has named MIT the top university in the world. Two MIT-SHASS departments — economics and linguistics — have been ranked as the finest in the world in their respective fields.
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Esther Duflo receives 2015 A.SK Social Science Award
The WZB Berlin Social Science Center honors the developmental economist and J-PAL director for her studies on poverty alleviation.

MIT European Club funds fellowships in the MIT-SHASS MISTI program
Since 2011, the MIT European Club has given $145,000 to the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) to fund internships in Europe. “For many of us,” says MIT President Rafael Reif, “coming to MIT gave us the feeling that we had ‘come home.’ By making it possible for MIT students to engage in MISTI internships in Europe, the members of the MIT European Club have found a beautiful way to share their experience of the power of being ‘home’ in two places. This act of giving back speaks to the deepest values of MIT.”

“Visualizing Japan,” humanities MOOC, is a finalist for The Japan Prize
In a Q&A, course co-founder Shigeru Miyagawa, MIT Professor of Linguistics and Kochi-Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, discusses his pioneering online course and its impact on education. The Japan Prize, an international award for educational broadcast and digital-media programs, is sponsored by NHK. The "Visualizing Japan" MOOC is a finalist in the Creative Frontiers category.
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Imperial Family Portrait, Meiji Emperor series; from Visualizing Cultures; courtesy MFA Boston

“One student doing research on the use of MOOC material for classroom teaching measured the amount of time that the teacher (me) was speaking and also the students. He found that during the traditional lecture class, I was speaking 80% and students 20%. But in the flipped class format, it was 50-50. The students were much more engaged.”  —Shigeru Miyagawa, MIT Professor of Linguistics and Kochi-Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture


Winners of first annual #myMISTI video contest announced
Winning videos demonstrate what it's like to be an MIT student interning, researching, and teaching around the globe.
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DeBenedictis-Kessner receives American Political Science Association Award
Justin DeBenedictis-Kessner, a PhD student in American Politics, has been selected as the 2015 Norton Long Young Scholar of the Urban Politics section of the APSA, for a paper entitled, “Asleep at the Switch: Local Public Services and Municipal Accountability.” The award is given to a young scholar who has submitted an exceptionally strong proposal for presentation at the APSA annual conference.



Henderson and Lane receive grants for MITx projects
The projects are “Literature Lab Tools for Global Shakespeares Curriculum and Beyond,” a project to develop of digital tools for the edX platform (proposed by Diana Henderson, Professor of Literature); and “Engineering Communications,” modules on communicating engineering research in various contexts (proposed by Suzanne Lane, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Media Studies / Writing).

Townsend and Tsai win research funding

The Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL Lab), in conjunction with the Center for Real Estate (CRE) and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), has announced its first round of faculty research grants, awarding $1.5 million to 13 MIT researchers and their teams. Two MIT-SHASS faculty received grants: economist Robert M. Townsend and political scientist Lily Tsai.
Story at MIT News


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