Committees enlist studentsThe Undergraduate Association Nominations Committee (NomComm) will nominate an undergraduate member to the committee which will design a curriculum integrating liberal arts and technical studies, according to NomComm co-chairman Lulu Tsao '86.
The Committee on Integrated Studies (CIS), formed last summer by the School of Humanities and Social Science, has been meeting all term without student representation. The committee hopes the proposed integrated program would attract more students with a strong liberal arts inclination to MIT, said CIS chairman Leo Marx, professor of Science, Technology and Society, in October.
Do some finagling, Mark.
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NomComm is now evaluating applications for the CIS position, which were due yesterday. The applications consist of two short essays on the role of humanities in a technological environment and the integration of humanities into a science and engineering environment.
NomComm will interview candidates it considers qualified, based on the written application, on Monday. All faculty committees have the final decision on student appointments, but their choice is largely based on NomComm's ranking and recommendations.
NomComm also recently appointed Mark Curtiss '87 to a faculty committee drafting revisions to the Institute requirement in humanities, arts, and social sciences (HASS). The HASS committee, formed at the same time as CIS, had met four times without student representation.
Curtiss views his function on the HASS committee as a chance to "represent undergraduate views as much as I can." The humanities requirement is important because "scientists and engineers must deal with society at large, not only with science and engineering" and should know how their actions influence society, Curtiss said.
Two standing committees, the Committee on the Undergraduate Program (CUP) and the Faculty Policy Committee (FPC), also have jurisdiction over curriculum reforms. Both committees have undergraduate members, as did the Committee on Educational Policy, which divided itself into these two new committees last spring. NomComm appointed Jonathan M. Gruber '87 to the CUP and Daniel J. O'Day '87 to the FPC.