Said and Done for Summer 2014

Published month-to-month during School terms, as soon as during summer, Said and Done is a photo-rich consume from MIT’s class of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, integrating feature articles with development and research to give a distilled overview of the school’s endeavors. When it comes to total on the web edition, visit Said and complete. Highlights of summertime 2014 edition include:

The Historian’s Lab | Christopher Capozzola
“For historians our laboratories are libraries and archives. It’s where we play around utilizing the raw materials, in which we make discoveries. We experiment. We put one group of theoretical ideas how society is structured, just how culture works, beside the natural data — that might be some letters, or oral histories — just as that a chemist leaves a concept against a certain set of chemical substances within a response.”
Story by Laurie Everett for Spectrum Continuum

A Creole answer for Haiti’s Woes | Michel DeGraff and Molly Ruggles 
Inside a piece for The ny occasions, Professor of Linguistics Michel DeGraff and Molly Ruggles, Senior academic Technology Consultant at MIT OEIT, write of need for Haitian pupils to understand in Haitian Creole (Kreyòl), without in French, that will be spoken by only 5 percent of Haitian population. “Creole holds the possibility to democratize understanding, and therefore liberate the public from severe impoverishment,” DeGraff and Ruggles describe.
Commentary when you look at the New York Occasions

Q&A | David Autor on U.S. inequality problems on the list of “99 %”
Within an article in Science, MIT economist Autor moves the U.S. inequality conversation beyond the 1 percent vs. 99 per cent contrast. Over time, he says, “a policies we need to fight inequality involve purchasing our populace. Degree, and public training, is America’s most useful concept. Those assets also include preschool, great primary and additional schools, and sufficient nutrition and medical care.”
Story by Peter Dizikes for MIT Information

SHASS declares the 2014 Levitan prizes for Excellence in Teaching
The 2014 Levitan honors recognize nine outstanding educators, nominated by students.

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Deborah Blum to head Knight Science Journalism at MIT 
Wade Roush is Interim Director 
Deborah Blum will join MIT in 2015 once the manager of Knight Science Journalism at MIT, a fellowship system that allows superb mid-career reporters to blow annually at MIT learning anything from research and technology to record, literature, plan, and governmental research. Blum will assume the part in July 2015. During 2014-15 educational year, the KSJ program will likely to be led by Wade Roush, former editor-at-large in the online development development service Xconomy. 
Story  | From Wade Roush’s weblog: “to the long term at MIT”

Gamma sonification | MIT students make songs from particle energy
Midway through Keeril Makan’s “Introduction to Composition” course, three MIT atomic manufacturing students had created a technique generate sound designs from the power associated with the decaying atom. 

3 Questions Johannes Haushofer from the psychology of poverty
Does a emotional “feedback loop” prevent the poorest from exploring techniques to change their particular life?
Story by Peter Dizikes for MIT Information

The web SHASS Guide to Innovation in Education  
This new four-part websection includes a trove of information and resources about teaching development in our class. The part is designed for use by SHASS professors who will be contemplating establishing a new course, or perhaps a brand-new strategy within an existing class. Information includes investment resources; tips and timelines; awards given; and examples of successful endeavors.

The brand new Yorker  | One of a Kind | Seth Mnookin 
What do you do when your kid has an ultra-rare condition that’s new to research?” In this New Yorker essay, Mnookin, co-director of scholar Program in Science Writing, explores exactly how available research, next-generation sequencing, social media, and families tend to be influencing just how rare diseases tend to be found, studied, and treated.
Article in New Yorker (paywall eliminated the summertime) | Audio meeting on WBUR

Coco Fusco joins MIT SHASS as an MLK Visiting Scholar for 2014-15
The School of Humanities, Arts, and personal Sciences is recognized and excited to welcome the acclaimed artist and copywriter Coco Fusco to the MIT community the 2014-15 academic year. Fusco will function as a visiting associate teacher in Comparative Media Studies/Writing (CMS/W) program. She’s going to be hosted by Edward Schiappa, the John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities and mind of CMS/W, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of composing.

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