MIT150 Symposium
Economics and Finance: From Theory to Practice to Policy
Thursday, January 27, 2011 - Friday, January 28, 2011

Location: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue

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This symposium celebrated the role of MIT's faculty and students in advancing the fields of economics and finance, in putting the latest developments into practice, and in contributing to the design of public policy.

A series of six panels, which included Nobel laureates, policy makers, and academic and industry experts, addressed three broad questions:


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Conquering Cancer through the Convergence of Science and Engineering
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Location: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue

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As our faculty and students begin to chart the next course in cancer research, we celebrate the unique role they have played in its history and illustrated how and why MIT researchers are converging their disciplines to conquer cancer.

A series of moderated panel discussions — including top biologists, leading clinical experts, technologists, and biomedical engineers — engaged the audience in exploration of three topics:


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Leaders in Science and Engineering: The Women of MIT
Monday, March 28, 2011 - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Location: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue

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This symposium engaged present students and postdocs, junior and senior faculty, alumni, and friends of MIT, and was woven around the landmark 1996 and 1999 reports of the Faculty Committees on Women in Science and their subsequent impact inside and beyond MIT. The symposium  had plenary sessions of talks by outstanding women faculty. In addition, there were sessions giving a historical and current assessment of women in science and engineering, including the impact of the 1999 report. Two panel discussions addressed effective practices for promoting gender equity and challenges ahead.


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Computation and the Transformation of Practically Everything
Monday, April 11, 2011 - Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Location: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue

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Computation and the Transformation of Practically Everything traced the evolution of the information age and celebrate MIT's role in it. The event brought together early and recent pioneers from a variety of fields to review the role computation has played in the past and present and to explore frontiers that lie ahead.


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Earth, Air, Ocean and Space: The Future of Exploration
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Location: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue

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The symposium on exploration discussed key questions for humans who embark on journeys of exploration where there is remarkable potential for discovery. When it comes to exploring earth, air, ocean and space, MIT’s contributions have shaped the 20th century. Great inventors and explorers such as MIT’s own Doolittle, Draper, and Edgerton contributed breakthrough technologies and instrumentation along with personal exploration and piloting feats. These inventors, engineers, scientists, and artists literally put us on the Moon and let us ‘see the unseen’.


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Brains, Minds and Machines
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - Thursday, May 5, 2011

Location: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue

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This symposium was inspired by the old dream of understanding the mind and the brain, which was at the core of several new fields created at MIT during the ‘50s and ‘60s. The same dream is now the main motivation for a new Intelligence Initiative (I2). Beyond being a great intellectual mission, this research helps to develop an understanding of the origins of intelligence, build more intelligent artifacts and systems, and improve the mechanisms for collective decisions. These advances will be critical to the future prosperity, education, health, and security of our society.


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