IAP is the perfect blend of fun and learning. During IAP, you can learn how to contra dance (not sure just what this is? – sign up and join in the fun), oil paint, design games, or learn how to figure skate. If you are seeking personal or professional development, sign up for a writing workshop or learn how to give an effective presentation.
Most of the classes are open to every member of the MIT community giving you the opportunity to start 2017 feeling recharged and rejuvenated.
Several members of the administrative community are offering activities this year.
Environment, Health & Safety Office (EHS)
MIT Green Labs
Who: Niamh Kelly, EMP Officer and Pamela Greenley, Associate Director
When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required by January 6, 2017
Green Labs is about managing your research work in a way that maximizes resource conservation. Come here the story of how 8 different labs competed for $5000 for greening their lab. You can see what practices may work for your lab and learn how to get your lab involved in the MIT Green Lab Certification Program.
Green Laboratories – North American Freezer Challenge Kickoff
Who: Emma Corbalan, Project Manager for Sustainable Design and Construction
When: Monday, January 9 and Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session
MIT plans to participate in the 2017 North American Freezer Challenge, an international competition hosted by I2SL to encourage optimized cold storage management practices in labs. The competition is an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of management practices and behaviors on energy efficiency in labs. Participants will compete to improve cold storage in their labs by utilizing cutting edge management practices, considering temperature tuning, identifying opportunities for unit retirements and upgrades and implementing sample inventory practices.
This IAP class will serve as the kick-off to the Freezer Challenge, which will run from January 15th – May 1, 2017. The course will provide lab users with the information they need to improve energy practices in their labs and succeed in the competition!
Computer Ergonomics: How computers can hurt you and how to fight back!
Who: David Diamond, Associate Medical Director
When: Monday, January 30, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Enrollment: Limited enrollment; first come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Based on 25 years of experience in the MIT community evaluating and treating repetitive strain injuries from computer overuse, MIT's Chief of Employee Health and Occupational Medicine will review the causes for overuse symptoms and how to avoid and treat injuries. There will be a comprehensive presentation but time will be left to allow questions and answers during the session and after.
Learn about other events EHS is offering during IAP.
Active Shooter/Violent Intruder Awareness & Response Training
Who: David Barber, Emergency & Business Continuity Planner
When: January 10, 11, 18 and 26 (see link above for times and locations)
Enrollment: Sign-up preferred, walk-ins accepted as space allows (limited to 48 participants)
This session will feature the history of violence in institutions of higher education; the training efforts of the MIT police Department with other agencies in response to violent intruders; the nationally recognized "Run, Hide, Fight" video; and MIT specific information on emergency preparedness, response and reaction to violent intruders on our campus. To sign up for any sessions, please email David Barber and include which one of the sessions you would like to attend.
MIT Human Resources (HR)
HR is offering a series of learning and development workshops for staff during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP). The January Jumpstart IAP offering gives staff the chance to begin the New Year by sharpening knowledge and skills around communication, performance, service, diversity and inclusion, and more.
Information Systems & Technology (IS&T)
IS&T Board Effect for Meetings, Committees & Groups
Who: Patrick Curtis, Manager VIP Help
When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 32-123 (Kirsch Auditorium)
Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up required
An overview and demo of IS&T's Board Effect service for groups and committees.
Adobe Photoshop Essentials: Basics of Photoshop
Who: Andrew Ramirez, Business Analyst
When: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: W92 (Back Bay Room) (bring your laptop with software preinstalled)
Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required (sign-up by January 29)
Learn about other events IS&T is offering during IAP.
Visit the IAP website to learn about additional classes and offerings.