IIT students were exposed to a couple of fantastic great opportunities to hear from and discuss ideas with some great minds over the last couple of weeks, with two annual lectures being held to celebrate the rigor of IIT's academic and research components. The Department of Chemistry's annual Kilpatrick Lecturer was Dr. Daniel Nocera, Harvard professor of Energy, inventor of the "Artificial Leaf", and the IIT Research Day/Sigma Xi Lecturer was noted science photographer Felice Frankel.
During their undergraduate studies at the university, IIT Presidential Scholars commit to a significant community service project in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These outreach initiatives are intended to enrich and build capacity the academic options of students in both the IIT/Bronzeville/Chicago area and their sending and nominating communities. As part of his IIT Presidential Scholarship, Luis Larco, a Miami Dade College graduate, initiated a series of competitions for Chicago high schools.
The infamous “IIT Confessions” Facebook page was taken down earlier this semester due to complaints, and it was building a nasty reputation. A TechNews opinion article last January, called for the page to cease operation after it had published 500 submissions, and perhaps received many more.