MIT Faculty NewsletterYou can get a glimpse of what your former professors are thinking about in the MIT Faculty Newsletter. A faculty editorial board runs the MFN, and most articles are written by faculty. Some matters are about MIT’s own governance, others are about global issues that intertwine with the Institute’s community life. Here are some highlights of the most recent issue:

Editorial: Our “Inescapable Network:” Haiti, the Diversity Initiative, and MLK

This editorial calls on the MIT administration to increase their efforts in response to the earthquake in Haiti. Faculty Chair Tom Kochan asks “Are We Doing Enough?” and three related articles address MIT faculty responses to the earthquake.

The Demand for MIT Graduates

Although graduating during the worst economic crisis in recent history, MIT’s class of 2009 still fared better than their peers. How was that accomplished?

Teach Talk: Toward a Personalized Graduate Curriculum

Learn how the grad school experience is changing because of student needs and changing knowledge.

2010 MIT Briefing Book Available Online

This comprehensive overview of MIT, which focuses on research activities, is compiled by Office of the Vice President for Research and the MIT Washington Office.

Sloan grad student and politician Leland Cheung

Sloan grad student and politician Leland Cheung

Apparently being a grad student at both MIT and Harvard isn’t time-consuming enough for some people. They just want more.

Sloan graduate student Leland Cheung must be one of those people. He is set to become the first university student, first Asian-American, and the youngest current member of the Cambridge City Council, after winning the Nov. 3 election. In January, Cheung will be sworn in for a two-year term. He says his priorities are job creation, education, affordable housing, university/community relations, and transparent government

While in office Cheung will continue pursuing an MBA at Sloan and a master’s of public administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School in a dual degree program. At Sloan, he is on the entrepreneurship and innovation track focusing on for-profit and not-for-profit entrepreneurship.

“I decided to take this on this role because I saw an opportunity to make a positive difference in the community.  Public service is a priority for me.  If every MIT student who’s currently balancing coursework, hobbies, community involvement, start-ups, friends, and a host of other demands waited until they didn’t have anything else going on to try and make a positive difference in the world, MIT wouldn’t be nearly the dynamic engine of innovation and change that it is today,” says Cheung. “It’ll be a challenge, but I’m hoping to work as a team with the other City Councilors so we don’t have to be all things to all people.  I’m looking forward to supporting their initiatives as they support my initiatives to improve town-gown relations and support small businesses and entrepreneurs.”

The Wicked Local Cambridge Web site endorsed Cheung with these words:

“Cheung’s goal of strengthening ties between town and gown would be an asset to Cambridge. If there’s one problem in this city, it’s the consistent tension between the universities and longtime residents (the arrest of Henry Louis Gates might be emblematic of this problem). The 31-year-old Harvard-MIT joint MBA student would be the youngest councilor and the first Asian-American to serve on the council if elected.”