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MacVicar Day 2012

Six MIT faculty members and an alumnus will present examples of “Innovations in Undergraduate Education at MIT: Past, Present and Future” at the MacVicar Day Symposium on Friday, March 16. The program is open to the entire MIT community, and will run from 3-5 p.m. in Bartos Theater (E15-070) with refreshments beginning at 2:30 p.m.

This year’s symposium is subtitled, “In the Tradition of Margaret MacVicar and Robert Silbey” and honors both individuals' many contributions to the development of undergraduate education at MIT.

MacVicar Day and the MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program honor the life and contributions of MacVicar, a professor of physical science who served as the first Dean for Undergraduate Education from 1985 until her death in 1990. MacVicar also founded the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in 1969.

Silbey, who passed away in October 2011, championed undergraduate education while a professor of chemistry, head of the chemistry department and dean of science. A 1996 MacVicar Faculty Fellow, he was recognized repeatedly as an outstanding teacher.

Daniel Hastings, the current dean for undergraduate education, will introduce the MacVicar Day program and will announce the 2012 MacVicar Faculty Fellows, selected for their outstanding teaching and sustained contributions to undergraduate education.

Speakers will include professors Linda Griffith, Moungi Bawendi, John Essigmann, William Broadhead, Arthur Bahr, Robert Redwine and alumnus Joel Yuen '07. The symposium will be moderated by Diana Henderson, dean for curriculum and faculty support.

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