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AMITA New England Events

Fall Events
Check back for information on our events beginning in the fall, and always our Holiday Party in December to celebrate the birthday of Ellen Swallow Richards, our first alumna.

For details on upcoming events and events for our chapters and affiliated organizations, please see our Events Page.

Current News Items

October 14–16, 2015
Read about the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of women in computing (GHC, for short) in “What Can Be Done About Gender Diversity in Computing?: A Lot!

September 23, 2015
Diana Jue '09 is one of two female entrepreneurs who are making retail a vessel for change in rural India [Virgin article]

7/13/2015 MIT Professor Paula Hammond, '84, '93,  has been named the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT.   She is the first woman and the first person of color to hold this position.  [MIT News article]

6/29/2015 MIT Professor Penny Chisholm has been promoted to Institute Professor (highest title that can be awarded to a faculty member) [MIT News article] [info on Institute Professors]
6/18/2015 MIT Professor Andrea Campbell, who spoke at the AMITA Annual Meeting in 2013, on "The Politics of Taxation: Comparative and Psychological Perspectives", is now the Head of the MIT's Department of Political Science. [MIT News article]
6/10/2015 The Penn Arts and Sciences Magazine interviewed Martha Farah, '77, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania [UPenn News article]
Alumna Megan Smith '86, SM '88 gives MIT Commencement address. It's Mind, Hand...and Heart  [MIT News article]
5/24/2015 Alicia (Larde) Nash '55 and husband John Nash (‘Beautiful Mind’ mathematician) killed in car crash [PBS story of Alicia] [2009 Slice of MIT article]
Dava Newman AA '89 Begins Work as NASA's Deputy Administrator [PRNewsWire]

Noramay Cadena4/1/2015
WBUR talks with Noramay Cadena '03 about encouraging Latinas to pursue STEM careers. [WBUR article]

Michelle K. Lee ’88, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the United States Patent Office (USPTO) writes in her blog about Recognizing Women in Science and Technology.

Kathryn Miller-Jensen CH '06 receives 2015 NSF CAREER Award [Yale news item]


Alumnae elected to the MIT Corporation!

June 4, 2015
MIT Corporation elects new members including these alumnae:
Leslie C. Dewan ’06, PhD ’13
Jean Hammond SM ’86

AMITA extends our congratulations to these alumnae.  [MIT News]

Congratulations to Alumnae Award Winners!

September 25-26, 2015 
Several alumnae have won institute awards which are detailed here.  

Bronze Beaver Award
Theresa M. Stone SM '76

Harold E. Lobdell ’17 Distinguished Service Award
Karen Ho, '94

George B. Morgan ’20 Award
Melody E. Gower, '85
Deborah S. Sharpe, '76

Past Events

Sunday June 5, 2015
AMITA Annual Meeting
11:30am in the Bush Room (10-105)
Access presentations in Members Only area.

Wednesday April 29, 2015

Sunday March 8, 2015
Members may view the recording of this event in the Members Only area.

Wednesday February 25, 2015
Thursday January 29, 2015
Women, Mentoring and Networking
 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in 32-G401 (Stata Center)

Join AMITA Now!

AMITA members are working toward making MIT a better place for women and connecting alumnae for fun, and maybe even profit! Join now! For more information or to contact our Membership Chair, please email Veena Jayadeva '10

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Affilitated Organizations

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AMITA Oral History Project on MIT Dome

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Alumnae in the News

Read about Melissa Kaye ’95 in NY Times article "How to Show a Little Skin at Any Age and More Shopping Tips" or “Math Put to Good Use” 

Alumnae share their memories

In 1873, Ellen Swallow Richards was the first woman to graduate from MIT. In 2014, the freshman undergraduate class was approximately 48% female! [MIT Slice of Life podcast]

2015 AMITA Academic Award

Andrea Kriz ’15 was awarded the 2015 AMITA Academic Award this year. [Details and picture!]

Interested in Women's Role Models?

It was NEVER a dress! [Time article] [website

Role Models and Women’s Political Representation by Fabrizio Gilardi [presentation pdf]

GW@MIT Spring Empowerment Conference

Mon April 27 through Sat May 2, 2015 The conference seeks to provide resources for and promote discussion of issues relevant to the life choices of graduate women. [Details

MIT Initiative

Initiative on environment to be led by Susan Solomon, Ellen Swallow Richards Professor [MIT News article]  The Ellen Swallow Richards Professor is a chair established and funded by AMITA. [Details]