The Independent Activities Period (IAP)

IAP provides members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff, and alums) with a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests. IAP 2019 runs Monday, January 7, 2019 through Friday, February 1, 2019. For details, visit the IAP official website.

 

Intro to Bullet Journaling: An analog method to improve your productivity

Take a digital detox and get organized by learning the analog productivity system that's become a global phenomenon! This session will provide an overview of...

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Introduction to LaTeX authoring with Overleaf

Are you using LaTeX to create your documents? This workshop will introduce Overleaf Pro+, an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing...

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
 Introduction to R

Get an introduction to R, the open-source system for statistical computation and graphics. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets,...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 1:30pm to 4:00pm
The Academic Job Search for PhDs and Postdocs

Wondering how to mount a successful job search in this highly competitive academic job market? This workshop will discuss important elements of preparing a...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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Discotheque Music and Technology

The disk jockey - selector, crate digger, musical host, turntablist. This seminar looks at the evolution of music, technologies, and practices of the modern...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Quick and Dirty Data Management: Five Things You Should Absolutely Be Doing with Your Data Now

Do you have data? (Who doesn't?!) Learn about the five basic things you can do now to manage your data for future happiness. These tools and techniques...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Using Python in ArcGIS

You'll learn just enough Python scripting to work with the ArcPY module. You will learn to use commands for both vector and raster data processing. We will...

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
 Writing your literature review: a hands-on workshop

Are you writing a literature review for a thesis or an article? Need to find background information and go deep into the literature to find out what has been...

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Career Values 101

Searching for a job or internship? Looking around for some research opportunities? Maybe you’re still wondering about which major to choose? CAPD has you...

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Introduction to Python

This workshop introduces the basic elements of Python that are commonly used for data cleaning, analysis, visualization, and other applications. Participants...

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Introduction to Stata

This hands-on introduction to Stata will teach you how to navigate Stata’s graphical user interface, import and manipulate data, and calculate descriptive...

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Structuring Collective Knowledge: Practice & Publication

We will review tools + methods for organizing knowledge creation + publishing, designed for discovery, reuse, and parallel research. Participants will share...

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
R Data Wrangling

This hands-on, intermediate course will guide you through a variety of programming functions in the open-source statistical software program, R. It is...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 10:00am to 12:30pm
 Using Drones for Research: Data Processing and Legal Issues

This presentation has two components: (1) An introduction the resources and tools available at MIT to fly drones and process photographs into geospatial...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 11:00am to 12:30pm
Lockedletter Book Making

Create a unique tactile experience by developing your own artists’ book with movable and lockable components to match the narrative you develop in this...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Effective Presentation Skills

Do you present your work to your lab, at conferences, or to faculty or industry hiring committees? If so, this workshop presented by Bob Dolan is designed...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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Introduction to R Graphics with ggplot2

This introduction to the popular ggplot2 R graphics package will show you how to create a wide variety of graphical displays in R. Topics covered included...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 1:30pm to 4:00pm
 Public Domain Day Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Join the MIT Libraries during IAP for a Public Domain-themed Wikipedia edit-a-thon! January 1st is Public Domain Day – the day when works published in 1923...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Practical Steps for Increasing Openness and Reproducibility

Interested in increasing the reproducibility of your research and making collaborartive research easier to manage? This workshop introduces the Open Science...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 9:00am to 12:00pm
 Patent Searching Fundamentals

Demystify the patent literature and learn resources for finding patents. Learn about and search for patents from all over the world. This hands-on session...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ultralow Temperature Freezers

Come and learn about your ultralow tempature freezers from a representative from Fisher Scientific. During the session we will cover: Cleaning and changing...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Complex Collaborations and Durable Research Design

This workshop demonstrates how to manage multiple projects and complex collaborations using the Open Science Framework as a tool. As part of working through...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Introduction to GIS & Mapping

Learn the basics of visualizing geographic information and creating your own maps in a Geographic Information System (GIS). We will introduce open source and...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Challenging the Cultural Norms that Influence Our Careers Decisions

Many factors such as family, friends, community, and the media influence our views, thoughts and opinions about the “best” career move for us. We are also...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 10:30am to 12:00pm
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GIS Level 2

Expand your experience with desktop GIS software and learn how to use analysis tools to query data, conduct spatial statistics, and perform network analysis....

Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Train the trainer: Open Science Framework (OSF)

This workshop is designed to work with your own research support team tobuild open science and reproducible research training capacity on campus. This...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Vertex Site Visit

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative medicines so people with serious diseases can lead...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
 Introduction to NVivo: Analyzing & Synthesizing Data with NVivo

Calling all qualitative researchers! This workshop is a hands-on exploration of how to use NVivo to analyze a range of data types, including video files,...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
 Introduction to Web Scraping with Python

Web scraping is a method of extracting and restructuring information from web pages. This workshop will introduce basic techniques for web scraping using the...

Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:00am to 12:30pm
The Art of Behavioral Interviewing

While your technical skills will get you the interview, it is your behavioral attributes that will get you the job. This session will discuss preparation and...

Friday, January 18, 2019 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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Manage your PDFs and Citations: Zotero and Mendeley

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is common and important in today’s academic world. These tools...

Friday, January 18, 2019 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Communicating Science to Nonscientists

Back by popular demand, MIT is thrilled to welcome Dr. Jean-luc Doumont for his annual IAP lectures on excellence in communication. Nonscientists often see...

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
 Digital audio recording basics for non-experts

Want to make your own podcast, or record yourself playing the piano, but feel intimidated by all of the menus, dials and knobs on digital audio equipment, or...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Bioscience Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Success

A couple hours with the Libraries' protocols and methods resources can save you a couple of weeks in the lab. Need to know how to do Optogenetic manipulation...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Active Shooter / Armed Intruder Training

This interactive session, conducted by Emergency Management and MIT Police, will provide attendees with information on recognizing and surviving an active...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm
CV Conversion to Resume

If you are considering exploring Industry positions, you will need to have a resume that effectively positions you for this path. This workshop presented by...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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Finding gene info and more: a tour of the NCBI "omics" network

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) family of databases are filled with information for molecular level bioscience research. Class...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Accenture Site Visit

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology,...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 11:00am to 1:00pm
Networking 101

Informational interviews are a relatively easy way to learn all sorts of great stuff about jobs, industries, companies, and locations that you are curious...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 11:30am to 12:30pm
 Business Information for engineers & scientists

This session will introduce you to the major components of business research. Join this interactive time of learning and fun where you will engage with the...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Audio Way-Back Machine

Before Pandora…. Before YouTube…. Before Spotify….. how did people experience recorded music? You’ve almost certainly heard music on CDs and perhaps also on...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
GIS & Data Lab Open House

The new GIS & Data Lab is now open on the 1st floor of Rotch Library! The new lab has been expanded to include Data Management Services in addition to...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Data Management: File Organization

Do you struggle with organizing your research data? Wonder if there’s a better way to arrange and name your data files to optimize your work? This workshop...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Job Search in the U.S. and Beyond: Career Preparation Tips for International Students

International students seeking full-time job or summer internship opportunities in the U.S.? Come to this panel and get advice from Career Services staff and...

Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
 Intellectual Property Research Tools

Are you conducting research related to intellectual property. The MIT Libraries and the Technology Licensing Office will go over the best tools for this type...

Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Finding Business Data

Did you ever wonder where grocery stores are located in a city? Or perhaps biotech firms? We will learn how to query several business directories to create a...

Monday, January 28, 2019 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Managing Your Research Code

Do you write software in the course of your research? Have you been required by funders or publishers to share your code, or do you want to make it...

Monday, January 28, 2019 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Introduction to Remote Sensing

Come learn about satellite remote sensing and an overview of the many ways to process satellite imagery. There will be demos in ENVI and ArcGIS software,...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ceres Site Visit

Are you interested in learning about how to tackle the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges, climate change, water scarcity, pollution, and human...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Biogen Site Visit

Biogen is a biotechnology leader that discovers, develops, and delivers innovative therapies to improve the lives of patients with neurodegenerative...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm