IAP 2018 offers a smorgasbord of learning opportunities!

December 12, 2017

IAP is perfect for those of you looking to learn in a relaxed setting. This year, for example, you can find out about the MIT moderns: graphic design in the 1960s-1980s, beekeeping 101, or designing your life. You can learn leadership skills through feature films or join in a 'fox' hunt.

Most IAP classes are open to all members of the MIT community, giving you the opportunity to start 2018 feeling recharged and rejuvenated.

Several members of the administrative community - sponsored by their departments - are offering activities as well.

Emergency Management & Business Continuity / Campus Police

Active Shooter/Violent Intruder Awareness Class
When: January 12, 16, 17 and 25 (see above link for times and locations)
Enrollment: Sign-up preferred, walk-ins accepted as space allows (limited to 60 participants per session). Sign up by January 11.

This class will provide attendees with information about what to do in the event of an active shooter or violent intruder in or near their vicinity. The session will have video segments including the nationally recognized "Run, Hide, Fight" concept. It will also feature hands-on demonstrations from MIT Police personnel, showing some of the tools they use when faced with these situations.

Contact: David Barber, Senior Emergency Management Specialist, W92-129, x3-8022

MIT Human Resources (HR)

Connecting Across MIT - Networking Through LinkedIn
When: Wednesday, January 17, noon-1 p.m.
Where: NE49-5145A
Enrollment: Advance sign-up required (bring your laptop or tablet)

Connections with colleagues in departments, labs and centers can help you develop your career path at MIT. This LinkedIn workshop will show you how to identify colleagues at MIT, and effectively connect, communicate and build relationships that will lead to advice and new opportunities. This workshop is for community members who already have a LinkedIn profile.

Contact: Megan Chester, Career Development Consultant, NE49-000, x8-6476

Learn about other events HR is offering during IAP.

Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) / Department of Facilities / Office of Sustainability

MIT Green Labs
Who: Pam Greenley, Associate Director, EHS; Niamh Kelly, EMP Senior Officer, EHS; and Lisa Anderson, Postdoctoral Associate, Chemical Engineering
When: Tuesday, January 30, noon-1 p.m.
Where: 76-659
Enrollment: Advance sign-up required (register by January 22; limited to 40 participants)

This informational session about MIT's Green Labs Program will include details on the assessment process for certification and the LEAC energy assessment program. It will also review information on lab recycling.

Contact: Niamh Kelly

Environment, Health & Safety Office (EHS)

Health and Safety Issues of Nanomaterials
Who: Marilyn Hallock, IPH Officer, EHS; Susan Leite, Safety/EMP Officer, EHS; and Iraj Aalaei, IHP Officer, EHS
When: Thursday, February 1, 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: N52-496
Enrollment: Unlimited, no advance sign-up required, no prerequisite.

The exciting field of nanotechnology is creating the next industrial revolution in engineering. It is also creating the new field of nanotoxicology. Are nanoparticles more toxic than dust particles we normally work with? Could carbon nanotubes possibly be the next asbestos? Come find out what we know and don't know and how to work safely in your laboratory with nanomaterials.

Contact: Marilyn Hallock, N52-496, x3-0344

Learn about other events EHS is offering during IAP.

MIT Medical

Speculative Fiction and Psychiatry
When: January 9, 16, 23 and 30 (see above link for specific dates and times)
Where: E23-1st Floor
Enrollment: Advance sign-up required (by December 31)

Fictional narratives allow authors to discuss real-life struggles in a veiled manner. By taking their own experiences and those they observe in reality but embedding them in an invented context, authors can transmit emotionally resonant elements without becoming overwhelmed by the painful details of their own recollections. Similarly, readers might take away more from a story that speaks to their struggles than they do from their musings about difficult times in their own lives.

This course will discuss psychiatric themes in speculative fiction. The aim is to provide education about psychological theories through the aid of relevant speculative fiction pieces, as well as to help explain the enduring appeal of speculative fiction.

Contact: Daniel Debowy, Staff Psychiatrist, Student Mental Health and Counseling, E23-364, x-2916

Information Systems & Technology (IS&T)

Tableau Mash-up (prior Tableau experience required)
When: Wednesday, January 17, 2-4 p.m.
Where: 4-145
Enrollment: Advance sign-up required (limited to 35 participants)

Discussion and demos of various Tableau topics:

  • Tableau Extracts
  • Dashboard Layout
  • Dashboard Device Preview
  • Tableau Server Project Structure
  • Campus Map
  • 10.4 New Features

Contact: George Roch, Business Intelligence Analyst, IS&T, W92, x4-1140

Learn about other events that IS&T is offering during IAP.

And there's so much more!

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