ESP Biography



DAVID MAZUMDER, MIT graduate student in neuroscience




Major: Health Sciences and Technology

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Welcome to Splash! I taught Splash courses in neuroscience and politics in college and have enjoyed teaching at MIT Splash since moving to Boston. I'm an MD-PhD student jointly at Harvard Medical School and MIT, and I'm interested in medicine, science, history, and politics, and especially where they intersect in crucial areas like healthcare and the environment. Outside the classroom, I love music, especially jazz, and exploring Cambridge.



Past Classes

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S14162: Mission: Climate in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
Students will engage as stakeholders in a climate summit tasked with limiting global warming to less than a disastrous 2 degrees Celsius. Following a brief introduction to climate change physics and policy tools, students will take on roles in a simulated United Nations negotiation to chart the world’s course to prevent climate catastrophe using an interactive climate policy simulator based on the best available economic, climate, and energy models. We will cover what is causing climate change, what actions are required to halt warming, and how students can take action in their communities.


E13194: Build An Animal in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
What are all those organs for, anyway? How do cells come together to form tissues with complex functions? Why do we need all this stuff? We'll answer these questions together from a functional, engineering perspective by designing an animal together. We'll start with a quick refresher of cell biology, identify some essential functions of an animal, and build up our animal's capabilities from cells -> tissues -> organs, covering topics from warmbloodedness to physiology and disease!


Z12614: The Real Deep State in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
What is the bureaucracy? What powers do federal regulatory agencies have? How do they interact with Congress and the Presidency? Come learn about what Cabinet Secretaries, "career officials," and commissions do for the environment and consumer protection, and how you can have input on new rules and regulations!


Z11962: Democracy, Backwards in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
What happens to democracy when politicians get to pick their voters instead of the other way around? We will learn about why legislatures would gerrymander a district, what goes into the process, and how to do it yourself through interactive, realistic examples. We will also explore gerrymandering's effects, its current challenges, and some of the statistical methods available for pinning down what counts as a gerrymandered state, as well as what you can do about it!