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Students at Simmons Hall begin work on a “mega-puzzle” with tens of thousands of pieces, which was collectively assembled in the dorm’s mailbox lounge over the course of three months. Image: Eric Keezer

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From the President

President's Letter: At Home Under the Dome

MIT’s brilliance—its strength—is drawn from a remarkable community of passionate, playful, and caring people working towards a common goal: to make a better world.

Home at MIT

Strengthening Connections: Student Support and Well-Being

In 2016, Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart SM ’85, PhD ’88 announced the realignment of key student support organizations into the Division of Student Life.

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Roadmap for New Residences

MIT has identified the West Garage parking facility (W45) as the preferred site for a proposed new undergraduate residence hall.

About the Cover: Home at MIT

The cover of the Spring 2017 issue of Spectrum was an enigma to some readers, prompting one alum to ask: "What did the finished puzzle look like?"

Automation and Interpretation

Behind the syllabus of an instructor-graded philosophy MOOC

A (How Not to) Crash Course

The basics of DIY electric vehicles

A Day in the Westgate Life

For a resident grad student, the campus encompasses work, family, and community

The Magnetism of a Digital-Era Campus

A graduate student analyzes MIT’s physical pathways of collaboration

Acquaintance by Algorithm

MIT Connect, launched by two grad students, is building community one lunch at a time

Seeing the Light

Aging Brain Initiative researchers discover a potential Alzheimer’s therapy

Hidden Tides

The effects of huge, undersea waves run deep

Radical Transparency

Catherine Turco analyzes a managerial experiment from the inside out

The Foundation of Democracy

Bruno Perreau examines challenges to the status quo in his native France

Five New Landmarks to Watch for in Kendall Square

Seven years in the making, the Kendall Square Initiative has broken ground

The Motivators

Close-up on volunteers: advocating for MIT

From MIT to Biotech and Back Again

Brian Daniels ’81, SM ’81

The Art of Understanding

Ron ’64, SM ’65, PhD ’67 and Barbara Cordover: a new chapter for the MIT Museum

Next Stops on the Better World Tour

This fall: the tour comes home to Boston