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SA+P FIVE: January 24, 2023
News, announcements, resources, and events from our School community.

Living the history of Cairo

Nasser Rabbat’s new book explores the life and legacy of al-Maqrizi, Egypt’s most influential historian. “His critique of the rule of Egypt left al-Maqrizi to fear for the future of the country, so he devoted the last 30 years of his life to writing the history of Egypt,” says Rabbat. More in MIT News.

Designing the cities of tomorrow

Carlo Ratti, director of the MIT Senseable City Lab, investigates how digital technologies transform our urban spaces and how they can be harnessed to design sustainable cities for the future. “The city is a universe,” says Ratti. “It can be viewed through the lens of economics or sociology or architecture and design. But a lab focused on cities truly requires an omni-disciplinary approach.”

"Distinguished Educator" award for Bish Sanyal

The DUSP professor was honored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning as the 2021 Distinguished Educator at their 2022  annual conference. Read highlights of the event in Takeo Kuwabara's story here and watch Sanyal's full speech sharing his experiences with his DUSP colleagues.

Program teaches US Air Force personnel the fundamentals of AI

MIT researchers developed and studied a customized AI training program for users with varied backgrounds, which could be delivered across large organizations. In a recent peer-reviewed study, the MIT Media Lab researchers found that this approach was effective and well received by employees with diverse backgrounds and professional roles.

Remembering Andrea Chegut

In a letter to the SA+P community, Dean Sarkis wrote, "Andrea’s energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to rigor and team effort propelled her work and made her a valued collaborator, colleague, and teacher. She paired an incisive intellect with warmth and humor, mentoring and supporting many others." Read a remembrance of our colleague, CRE's Andrea Chegut, who passed away late last year.
IAP: mini-symposium

Environmental Justice and Energy Sustainability 
Decarbonization in electricity generation is advancing at a rapid pace. However, there is growing recognition that this transition has wider consequences. The goal of the symposium is to increase awareness within the MIT community about environmental justice issues and seed research/development for tackling these issues. More information and registration here
January 31, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm in Stata Center (32-141)

Arts Grants from the Council for the Arts at MIT

The Council’s grants program provides funding in support of a range of artistic projects that directly engage the MIT community. Open to current MIT students, faculty, and staff, the average award is around $2,500 (maximum grant is $7,500).
Preliminary proposal deadline: January 27.   More information here.

Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Awards

The C3E Awards recognize mid-career women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishments in the clean energy sector. The C3E Initiative is led by the U.S. Department of Energy, in collaboration with the MIT Energy Initiative, Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy, and Texas A&M Energy Institute. If you know an MIT community member who meets these criteria, please nominate her for a 2023 C3E Award. More information here.

Around SA+P


MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP) provides members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff, and alums) with a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests. IAP 2023 began on January 9 and ends on February 3. Here are a few IAP courses offered through SA+P:

January 31  |   "Environmental Justice and Energy Sustainability" 
Mini-symposium to increase awareness about environmental justice issues among the MIT community and to seed research/development for tackling these issues. Information and registration here.
1:00 pm (ET)

February 3  |   Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change
Learn how to edit and improve articles and read Wikipedia with a critical eye, with a focus on climate change information. Articles related to climate change range from articles about technology, to policy and laws, to impacts on particular geographies or environments. More information and registration here
1:00-3:00 pm (ET)


February 1  |  IAP Film Screening
Join the MIT List Visual Arts Center for a screening of the documentary First Person Singular: I.M. Pei. MIT alum I.M. Pei is responsible for multiple buildings across the campus, including the Wiesner Building and the Green Building. Free but registration required.
Bartos Theater, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street
5:30 pm (ET)

February 3  |  IAP Film Screening
Join the MIT AgeLab for a screening of episode 6: Acceptance of “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth” featuring the AgeLab’s age empathy suit – AGNES. Limitless explores the boundaries of human potential and the different ways humans can live better for longer. The NatGeo series is streaming exclusively on Disney+.
MIT Stata Student Center (E32-123)
6:00 pm (ET)

February 8  |  Annual MLK Celebration
Join MIT President Sally Kornbluth and featured keynote speaker Angela Y. Davis, writer and feminist, as the MIT community celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and honors Dr. King's dual emphasis on global and local issues.
Seating is limited. Early registration is encouraged. The event will be live streamed here,
Walker Memorial 
11:00 am-1:00 pm (ET)

March 4  |  AKPIA@MIT Symposium
"Building Like a State: Architecture and nomad-state relations in historical perspective"
Information and registration (required) here.
10:00 am-4:00 pm (ET)


February 6-10  | MLK Art Exhibit
MIT community members were invited to honor the legacy of Dr. King with visual, literary, and performance arts inspired by his ideals. Their works may embody his mission, highlight this year’s theme of upholding the flame for fairness and justice, or show us hope for the future with joy. Winning submissions will be displayed. 
Lobby 10

Through February 26  | Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere
Exhibition accompanies a new book published by MIT Press, edited by Caroline A. Jones, Natalie Bell, and Selby Nimrod.
MIT List Visual Arts Center

Through March 3  | NeuraFutures: How far is too far?
An exhibition sharing brain-computer interfaces and related research including implanting memories, reading dreams while you sleep, and communicating a thought between two people across continents. More information here.
Curated by Nataliya Kosmyna, MIT Media Lab
Rotch Library, 7-238

SA+P Wellness Program for 2023
Yoga and Mindfulness
Tuesday 5:30-6:45 pm in-person (9-255) and online | Connect via Zoom here
Friday 12:00-1:00 pm (virtual only) | Connect via Zoom here 
On-demand fitness for all abilities | Explore what's offered

Virtual exhibitions and activities
MIT Press: virtual lectures with authors | Connect here
ACT lecture archive | Connect here
Department of Architecture lecture channel | Connect here 
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