The School of Science holds a monthly lunch series for staff members at noon on the dates below (unless stated otherwise), with lunch available at 11:45am. Meeting agenda will include informational topics, training, and research highlights. The notes and handouts from previous meetings are below. If you would like to RSVP for an upcoming meeting, please contact Michael Bishop (

If you have other topics you'd like to hear about, please contact Heather Williams, or 3-8904.

Upcoming Meetings

Next meeting TBD.

Past Meetings

Powerpoints, videos, handouts, and other material from presentations can be found at the links below.

2017-2018 Academic Year

The Quickbase Workspace, with Olu Brown and Tyler Brezler, December 18, 2017
Emerging Careers at MIT, with Colleen Leslie, Sarah Rankin, and Olu Brown. November 16, 2017

2016-2017 Academic Year

Work-Life Balance, with Physics Department Head Peter Fisher, November 30, 2016
Organ Donation, with Biology Department Head and heart transplant recipient Alan Grossman, October 28, 2016

2015-2016 Academic Year

MIT Work-Life Center, with Ronnie Mae Weiss, December 15, 2015
MIT Supplemental 401(k) Plan, with Paul Gunning, November 3, 2015

2014-2015 Academic Year

MIT's Mental Health & Counseling Service, with Dr. Alan Siegel, May 26, 2015
Title IX and Sexual Assault Prevention & Resources, with Kate McCarthy and Sarah Rankin, April 13, 2015
Supporting Our Students, with Jason McKnight and Gerardo Garcia-Rios, March 16, 2015

2013-2014 Academic Year

School of Science Incident Response Plan, December 13, 2013
Environmental Health and Safety, with Louis DiBerardinis, November 21, 2013
Active Shooter Training, October 22, 2013

2012-2013 Academic Year

The New Administration Systems Hub, with Israel Ruiz, June 14, 2013
One MIT, with Israel Ruiz, May 30, 2013
Employee Engagement, with Heather Williams, May 10, 2013
Mentoring and Peer-to-Peer Networks Panel, April 9, 2012
Learn how to set Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely (SMART) Goals, with Bob Muti, January 15, 2012
Conducting Employee Interviews, with Heather Williams, November 29, 2012
Performance Reviews—What’s in it for you?, with Ronnie Haas and Bob Muti, November 7, 2012
Careers @ MIT Panel, June 19, 2012
Community Update, presented by Dean Marc Kastner, May 3, 2012
Vision 2030 Project, presented by Pam Delphenich, April 3, 2012

2010-2011 Academic Year

Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs (Including under-recovery), led by Jim White, June 14, 2011
Communicating Upwards, led by Ronnie Haas, May 18, 2011
Positive Psychology, led by Dr. Xiaolu Hsi, April 7, 2011
Fundamentals of Finance for SoS Administrative and Fiscal Staff, led by Jim White, November 30, 2010

2009-2010 Academic Year

Planetary evolution and leading expeditions to Siberia, with Professor Lindy Elkins-Tanton (EAPS), May 21, 2010
Physics 101, with Dean Marc Kastner and the Department of Physics Technical Assistance Group, June 9, 2010
The History of the Universe in 45 Minutes, led by Professor Max Tegmark, April 20, 2010
Knowing Your Rights, led by Allison Romantz, November 17, 2009

2008-2009 Academic Year

Basics of Non-Profit Accounting, April 23 & 30, 2009
How to Get Better Sleep, March 26, 2009
Illustrator Basics, led by Brandy Baker, January 2009
How to be Better Organized, December 2008
Active Bystander Training, led by Mary Rowe and Toni Robinson, November 2008

2007-2008 Academic Year

Retirement Benefits, led by Ellen Cushman and Mary Noble, March 2008
Community Update, with Dean Marc Kastner and Dr. Alison Alden, Vice-President for Human Resources, November 2007




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