Tomorrow is the beginning of MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP)! IAP is one of the most fun times of the year. It is a time where students have lots of freedom and unique opportunities. Some students will do an externship, some will learn a language, some will do research, some will build a Stirling Engine, among the many options.
A couple IAP events tomorrow catch my eye. They are:
The History of the Universe in One Hour
With a cosmic flight simulator, we’ll take a scenic journey through space and time. After exploring our local Galactic neighborhood, we’ll travel 13.7 billion years back to explore the Big Bang itself and how state-of-the-art measurements are transforming our understanding of our cosmic origin and ultimate fate. If you have questions about dark matter, dark energy, black holes, parallel universes or other things cosmological, this will be a great opportunity to ask them!
HIV/AIDS in Africa: An Open Dialog About the Needs in Developing African Nations and the Role of MIT Students
The resources needed to adequately respond to the health issues in Africa range from financial assistance and personnel to IT infrastructure and training. We would like to conduct one or a series of on campus seminars during IAP presenting the health and human rights issues as they stand now in Africa, what is being done to change them and what role students (in particular MIT students) can play. We would hope this would be more of a dialogue than a lecture with students taking an active part in the discussion.
I’ll try to note some of the more interesting events as IAP progresses.
Also, I asked in a recent entry two trivia questions about early action. Here are the answers:
1. In order, what were the five most popular home states for admitted students?
2. What was the most popular male name and the most popular female name of students admitted early?