ARCHIVE of the Family Weekend 2013 Schedule

The MIT Parents Association looks forward to welcoming you to campus for Family Weekend, a wonderful opportunity to explore MIT and experience campus life! Meet Institute faculty and staff, hear lectures, watch student performances, connect with other families, and discover what it means to be a part of the MIT community. 

Below is the Family Weekend 2013 schedule. We will continue to update the schedule as new additions become available. Please check your Family Weekend Program Book when you arrive for the most up to date schedule.

Locations of events will be printed in the Family Weekend Program Book, which you will get when you check-in on campus on Friday, October 25.

Friday, October 25, 2013

8:00 a.m.‒6:00 p.m.
W20-3rd Floor, Coffeehouse, Stratton Student Center

9:00 a.m.‒5:00 p.m.
Open Classes 
Observe MIT’s world-class faculty in action. Open classes and lectures will be posted on the Family Weekend website in mid-September, or see the list in the Family Weekend program when you arrive.

9:00 a.m.‒5:00 p.m.
Glimpse behind the scenes of MIT laboratories and facilities to learn about the latest research by world-renowned faculty.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Achieving Excellence: MIT Athletics and the Student Experience
W35, Media Room, Zesiger Fitness Center

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Brain and Cognitive Sciences: Complex Overview
The Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department will be hosting a discussion with professors about their research and they will answer questions.
Talks include:
- Dissecting neural circuits underlying motivated behaviors
Kay Tye, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

- Molecular properties of nerve cells in health and neurodegenerative disease
Myriam Heiman, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Digital Learning at MIT: An Open and Living Experience
LOCATION CHANGE: W16, Kresge Auditorium

11:00 a.m.
Go Global!
W20-306, Twenty Chimneys, Stratton Student Center

12:15‒1:45 p.m.

Nobel Laureate Luncheon ($)
W-20-202, La Sala de Puerto Rico, Stratton Student Center
Hear from MIT Professor Richard Schrock, the 2005 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry. A complimentary live broadcast will be available for those who do not attend the luncheon.

3:00‒4:15 p.m.
Entrepreneurship Panel
LOCATION CHANGE: 32-123, Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center
Come hear stories of how MIT entrepreneurs have successfully navigated their start-ups.

3:00‒4:00 p.m.
Chemistry Magic Show
Live chemical demonstrations performed by MIT ClubChem students. All are welcome!

3:30‒5:00 p.m.
Department Receptions
Meet faculty, staff, and students to learn about your student’s major or prospective field of study.

4:00‒5:00 p.m.
Chemistry Magic Show
Live chemical demonstrations performed by MIT ClubChem students. All are welcome!

5:30‒7:00 p.m.
Senior Class Toast
W20-202, La Sala de Puerto Rico, Stratton Student Center
Seniors and their families are invited to join the MIT Alumni Association for a reception and sparkling toast to the Class of 2014.

8:00‒10:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Concert
W16-109, Kresge Auditorium
View live performances by MIT’s wind and festival jazz ensembles.

SATURDAY: October 26, 2013

7:30 a.m.‒10:00 a.m.
W20-3rd Floor, Coffeehouse, Stratton Student Center

8:00‒9:00 a.m.
Chocolaty Breakfast ($)
W20-202, La Sala de Puerto Rico, Stratton Student Center
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with the MIT Lab for Chocolate Science. Lab members will discuss the science of making perfect chocolate and offer samples of their tasty confections.

9:00‒9:45 a.m.
President’s Greeting
W16-109, Kresge Auditorium
Hear L. Rafael Reif, MIT’s 17th president, address the most recent developments and challenges at the Institute and answer audience questions.

10:15 a.m.‒noon
Learning, Doing, Transforming
W16-109, Kresge Auditorium
MIT is a community of innovative humanitarians. Hear enterprising faculty and students share how serving communities in need contributes to the educational experience. This panel discussion is moderated by Sally Susnowitz, director of the MIT Public Service Center.

11:45 a.m.
Get Your Cheer Gear!
W34 (entrance facing Kresge), Johnson Athletic Center
Pick up free MIT gear that will help you show your enthusiasm for the Engineers.

Noon‒2:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Fair ($ Boxed Lunch Options)
Kresge Oval
Enjoy performances by student groups and meet their representatives.  Children under 12 can enjoy activities and face painting.

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Parent Connector Reception
W20-208, Lobdell Dining Hall, Stratton Student Center
The MIT Parents Association is hosting a reception to welcome current Parent Connectors, as well as those interested in joining this team of volunteers.

3:00‒4:00 p.m.
TIMtalks (Think. Inspire. Motivate.) present students who have turned failure into success. Hear students describe their efforts, obstacles, and triumphs at MIT.

4:00‒5:00 p.m.
ROTC Pass In Review
Roberts Field
Featuring cannons, Humvees (HMMWVs) from the Massachusetts Army National Guard, a fire truck from Cambridge, the Navy Band North East, and Major General Boera, the Parade Reviewing Officer for this event.

5:00‒7:30 p.m.
Living Group and Affinity Group Events
Experience your student’s living environment when you attend a reception hosted by residence halls, fraternities, sororities, or independent living groups. Check with your student for the event time and day (Saturday or Sunday).  

7:00-7:45 p.m.
Class Connections Reception (Class of 2017)
W20-202, La Sala de Puerto Rico, Stratton Student Center
Dessert Reception for Class of 2017 students and families and Class of 1967 MIT Alumni.

8:00‒10:00 p.m.
Greater Boston Invitational Songfest
W16-109, Kresge Auditorium
Enjoy performances by MIT’s student a cappella groups.
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