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SA+P FIVE: October 18, 2022
News, announcements, resources, and events from our School community.

A diploma, a discovery, and an historic legacy

The restored diploma of Robert Robinson Taylor, MIT’s first Black graduate — presented by his great-granddaughter Valerie Jarrett — highlights connections between the Institute and Tuskegee University. Jarrett is the CEO of the Obama Foundation. More on MIT News.

"Coring America" at the MIT Museum

A new installation by ACT's Azra Akšamija and the Future Heritage Lab probes what it means to be American today through the "techno-economic, socio-cultural, and environmental dimensions embedded in the t-shirt — the iconic staple of the American culture." The MIT Museum is now open daily, 10:00 am-5:00 pm offering free admission to the MIT community.

SPURS welcomes fifteen fellows for 2022-23

The Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) is hosting fifteen fellows from fourteen countries this academic year. While at DUSP, fellows further their knowledge and skills by attending classes, engaging in planning and development-oriented research, and building their professional networks. Twelve fellows are recipients of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, a Fulbright exchange program for mid-career professionals hosted by DUSP and twelve other U.S. universities. 

Four from MIT receive NIH New Innovator Awards for 2022

Awards support high-risk, high-impact research from early-career investigators. MIT Media Lab's Deblina Sarkar is recognized for unusually innovative work in the development of biomedical implants that defy the need for surgery. Sarkar leads the Media Lab's Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek research group.


How campus layout influences social ties and research exchange

DUSP's Andres Sevtsuk is interviewed by Times Higher Ed on how campus design can boost communication and exchange between researchers. “In colder climates, having indoor walking paths between buildings can help ensure that encounters continue during colder parts of the year,” says Sevtsuk.
The Power of Design
The MIT Morningside Academy for Design launches today with dynamic presentations by design luminaries and thought leaders to illustrate the importance of design across a variety of disciplines and enterprises.  Register here for the livestream webcast. Today at 10:30 am-5:00 pm 
SA+P Mentoring Program is back
The Dean’s Office is hosting its School-wide staff mentoring program for support and administrative staff  interested in receiving mentorship from an experienced colleague. Mentees work with a mentor who is based in a different unit within SA+P.  Mentoring may include: career guidance, advice on navigating MIT, and insights into managing interpersonal conflict. Interested in participating? Complete the Mentee Interest Form. For questions, conact Monica Orta,
Funding available for MIT authors
The Provost has provided MIT Libraries with funds to support MIT authors who would like to make their monographs open access. Funds can be used by students, staff, or faculty and can cover a book chapter or a full monograph. For more information, contact MIT Libraries at:

Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere 
Release of the new book — Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere — accompanies an exhibition at MIT List Visual Arts Center opening Friday, October 21. Edited by Caroline A. Jones, Natalie Bell, and Selby Nimrod, the book will be published by MIT Press next month.
Applications for the 2023 cohort are open through Nov. 1. For details, visit here.

Around SA+P

October 18  |  The Power of Design Forum
The MIT Morningside Academy for Design will celebrate its launch with a day of dynamic presentations by design luminaries and thought leaders. 
More information here
10:30 am-5:00 pm

October 20  | Department of Architecture Fall 2022 Lectures
"Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine" with Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley
In-person and streamed on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Register here to attend in-person.
Long Lounge 7-429
6:00 pm (ET)

October 21  | MIT Mobility Forum Fall 2022
Weekly seminar series showcasing the groundbreaking transportation research taking place across the Institute. Lectures are online and open to all.
Professor Kara Kockelman on "Credit-based Congestion Pricing for Win-Win Traffic Solutions"
Complete list here. Webcast registration and link here. 
12:00-1:00 pm (ET)

October 21  | MIT Energy Night 2022
The first flagship event of the MIT Energy and Climate Club showcasing nearly forty interactive presentations highlighting MIT’s unique innovation in climate and energy.
More information and registration here.
6:00 pm (ET)

October 21  | Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere
Exhibition accompanies a new book edited by Caroline A. Jones, Natalie Bell, and Selby Nimrod. Book to be published by MIT Press, November 2022.
MIT Lists Visual Arts Center
Through February 26, 2023

October 24  | City Design and Development/Urbanism/LCAU
Fall 2022 Lecture Series

Jan Gehl, Gehl Architects
On Zoom. More information and registration here.
12:30 pm (ET)

October 24  |  AKPIA@MIT Fall 2022 Lectures
"Disembodied Territoriality or how to be displaced from where you have never been?" with Menna Agha
Registration required for non-MIT attendees. Seating is limited. More information and registration here.
6:00 pm (ET)

October 24-26  |  MIT Center for Real Estate Open House 
This event allows prospective students to get an in-depth look at life as an MSRED student.
Information and registration here.

Through October 26  |  "Wojnarowicz in Cambridge"
Photographs by ACT's Kevin McLellan.
Rotch Library Gallery

October 27-28  |  City Science Summit
This year’s event joins international collaborators and thought leaders in urban science, planning, computer science, policy and decision making, social sciences and rapid urbanization. The summit will highlight research from the MIT City Science team, the City Science Network, and the Norman Foster Foundation with the aim of enabling more livable, equitable and resilient communities. Option to join remotely. 
For more information and registration, visit here
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St.

Through October  |  "zero.zerozerozerozerozeozerozerozeroone"
Eight works by MIT students exploring three-dimensional artwork.
East Lobby, MIT.nano, Building 12

November 1  | MITdesignX Cohort 2023: Applications open
MITdesignX — the venture accelerator of the School of Architecture and Planning — is now accepting applications for the 2023 cohort. They are looking for innovative ventures and initiatives in the realm of design, cities and the human environment. For more information please visit or reach out to

Through January 15  | "Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment"
Co-curated by Architecture's Kristel Smentek with contributions by doctoral students Phoebe Springstubb and Brandon Scott and recent HTC alum Elizabeth Browne. More information here.
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

SA+P Wellness Program: Fall 2022
Yoga and Mindfulness
Tuesdays (in-person) in Room 9-255 5:30-6:45 pm | Connect here 
Fridays (online only) 12:00-1:00 pm  | Connect 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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