Nilma Dominique aims to build community and nourish the soul

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

Dominique was one of four honorees recently awarded an MLK Jr. Leadership Award.

Global Studies and Languages, Music and theater arts, Faculty, Awards, honors and fellowships, Profile, Community, Social justice, Diversity and inclusion, Racism, Brazil, MIT Portugal, Africa, Education, teaching, academics, School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences

Nilma Dominique Photo: Lisa Hickler

Nilma Dominique makes it her mission to build bonds of community — whether it is in a language classroom at MIT, where she teaches Portuguese, more broadly across the Institute, or in the community at large. Dominique was one of four honorees recently awarded an MLK Jr. Leadership Award in recognition of her work embodying the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work. Dominique was recognized for community building through her Solta a Língua and Boca Livre initiatives. “Receiving this award is an incredible honor,” Dominique explains. “Dr. King continues to be a source of inspiration for anybody who believes in social justice, no matter where in the world they are fighting for it.”

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

In response to receiving the MLK award, Dominique reflected on her life experiences, growing up in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, a “beautiful, vibrant city” known for its African heritage and culture. Dominique notes that “Growing up in a place where I wasn’t part of a minority, it became much more difficult to be aware of racism and to identify racism as a systemic issue. But even if it’s sometimes more subtle than in the U.S. and it shows in different ways, racism is always present. That’s not surprising when we remember that Brazil was the last country to end slavery in the Americas.” She later came to the United States and experienced being regarded as a “minority” as a Black woman, and a Latina immigrant. She encountered attitudes that made her feel she didn’t “belong.” Dominique points to the need for not only greater diversity and representation, but also, she says “We need more than that. We need representation that has the power and the will to produce change.”

Prior to the pandemic interruptions, Dominique convened Solta a Lingua, a Portuguese-language lunch, each month for over a decade to gather students and native speakers of Portuguese for Brazilian food, informal conversation, and occasional guest speakers. Dominique explains the events were open to the community, and friends and family were welcomed. She continues that the sessions were “a pretext to disconnect from academics, share experiences, news, worries, listen to others, show empathy, to take care of each other” and to “nourish our soul.” For Dominique, such events allow her to convey to students that they matter “as individuals with feelings, dreams, and needs,” and that they are part of a community. With MIT-Brazil, Dominique also organized a weekly Portuguese-language discussion group, Boca Livre, that has been meeting weekly over the past year, since MIT returned to in-person instruction.

Global Tech News Daily

Dominique has also brought a host of guest speakers and performers over the years into her classroom, or onto the MIT campus, from authors Dulce Maria Cardoso and Jacinto Lucas Pires, to filmmaker Anna Muylaert, to folk musicians Nós de Chita, among many others from Portugal or Brazil, or from the local Lusophone community. She sponsored a speaking event for Jean Wyllys, a lecturer, journalist, politician, and gay-rights activist from Brazil, and former member of the Brazilian parliament in 2019. In 2016 she arranged for a group of her students to discuss the political situation in East Timor with Institute Professor Noam Chomsky. She has worked frequently in collaboration with other units or organizations, such as MIT-Brazil, MIT-Portugal, MIT-Africa, the MIT Brazilian Students’ Association, the Latin American Working Group, and Music and Theater Arts.

Dominique is an outstanding educator who joined MIT in 2010 to help establish the Portuguese curriculum. She has developed and taught all levels of Portuguese language, where she draws upon culturally authentic teaching materials to connect students with the language they’re learning — in her words, “language and culture always go hand in hand.” In two subjects in particular — class 21G.821 (The Beat of Brazil: Portuguese Language and Brazilian Society Through its Music) and class 21G.820 (Topics in Modern Portuguese Literature and Culture) — Dominique guides her students through explorations of Portuguese and Brazilian artistic cultures as they grow and expand their Portuguese ability. Dominique’s students have responded enthusiastically to her teaching, and she was recognized with the James A. and Ruth Levitan Teaching Award from the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in 2012.

Dominique also presents frequently at conferences and society meetings, and has served on the board of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. She is co-editor of Microgeopolítica da língua portuguesa: ações, desafios e perspectivas (Microgeopolitics of the Portuguese language: actions, challenges and perspectives), published in 2021; and author of “La comunicación sin palabras. Estudio comparativo de gestos usados en España y Brasil” (Communication without Words. A Comparative Study of Gestures Used in Spain and Brazil), published in 2012.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Craving human touch? Scientists have worked out why hugs feel good

Scientists have identified which chemicals tell your brain a cuddle feels good. Photo: Getty We humans crave touch from a young age to make us feel better. When a kid ... Read more »

Elon Musk taking over Twitter could be force for good in war against online misinformation, says Bill Gates

The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist said it was possible that the South African billionaire could create a special team to combat misleading information and conspiracy theories that spread online, especially regarding Covid jabs. Read more »

Unpacking black-box models

Researchers create a mathematical framework to evaluate explanations of machine-learning models and quantify how well people understand them. Read more »

Dog food made from maggots a sustainable meal deal cooked up by RSCPA vet

Dogs love to eat some pretty dodgy things, so it is no surprise they are enjoying food made from maggots. Key points: A vet making dog food from fly larvae sees it ... Read more »

Astronomers discover a rare “black widow” binary, with the shortest orbit yet

The system is orbited by third stellar companion and may have originated near the center of the Milky Way. Read more »

Think of a Number. How Do Math Magicians Know What It Is?

Mathematical magic can seem like mind reading. Your job is to reveal the secret behind these four tricks. Read more »

California condors soar over northern coast redwoods for first time in more than a century

Two captive-bred endangered California condors were released in Redwood National Park Tuesday. The birds were last spotted in the area around 1892. Read more »

Scientists want to use cosmic rays to map the Great Pyramid of Giza's secrets

Scientists are raising money to develop a high-powered telescope to map the Great Pyramid of Giza's internal makeup from all angles. Read more »

America's largest cave figures discovered in Alabama

The carvings, which may show spirits of the dead and are almost invisible, have been revealed by advanced photographic techniques. Read more »

Artificial intelligence system learns concepts shared across video, audio, and text

A machine-learning model can identify the action in a video clip and label it, without the help of humans. Read more »

What words can convey

Natural language processing models capture rich knowledge of words’ meanings through statistics. Read more »

Absent legislative victory, the president can still meet US climate goals

Study finds activating a Clean Air Act provision could deliver major climate, health, and economic benefits. Read more »

No one-size-fits-all approach for mentorship

Committed to Caring honoree Jeff Grossman strives to provide each of his students with personalized advising. Read more »

Covid impact: Severe coronavirus can cause brain function damage equivalent to 20 years of ageing, study finds

First study of its kind by Cambridge University and Imperial College London researchers found cognitive problems were worse for Covid patients who required mechanical ventilation. Read more »

Sanjay Sarma to step down as vice president for open learning

Following nine years leading MIT’s work on digital learning, the longtime faculty member will focus on teaching, research, writing, and entrepreneurship. Read more »

New variants mean we can expect to ‘catch a Covid’ just as we do colds, say experts as severity weakens

Experts say Covid is on its way to becoming just like another cold – but they caution that there will probably be blips on the way and vulnerable people are still at high risk Read more »

Physicists Pin Down How Quantum Uncertainty Sharpens Measurements

Throwing out data seems to make measurements of distances and angles more precise. The reason why has been traced to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. Read more »

Soft assistive robotic wearables get a boost from rapid design tool

Scientists have created a design and fabrication tool for soft pneumatic actuators for integrated sensing, which can power personalized health care, smart homes, and gaming. Read more »

Why bother with subject-verb agreement?

This aspect of syntax helps us do much more than just build sentences, linguist Shigeru Miyagawa contends. Read more »

MIT Research Slam showcases postdoc and PhD communication skills

The 2nd Annual Research Slam featured three-minute talks on cutting-edge research from across MIT in an engaging public showcase and competition. Read more »

A single memory is stored across many connected brain regions

Innovative brain-wide mapping study shows that an “engram,” the ensemble of neurons encoding a memory, is widely distributed and includes regions not previously realized. Read more »

Secret superheroes of EECS

Lecturers ensure the technology, curriculum, and instructional delivery of MIT’s classroom education keep up with the dizzying pace of its research. Read more »

Kayaker Alyce Wood's pregnancy a welcome bump on road to third Olympics

Elite kayaker Alyce Wood is 32 weeks' pregnant and admits she's an unusual sight on Gold Coast canals where she trains.  Key points: Alyce Wood says many people expected her ... Read more »

Mathematicians Coax Fluid Equations Into Nonphysical Solutions

The famed Navier-Stokes equations can lead to cases where more than one result is possible, but only in an extremely narrow set of situations. Read more »

Search reveals eight new sources of black hole echoes

The findings will help scientists trace a black hole’s evolution as it feeds on stellar material. Read more »

Citizen scientists uncover hidden koala population at Heathcote National Park near Sydney

Koalas are now an endangered species in New South Wales, with the Koala Foundation estimating their numbers have declined by 41 per cent in the three years until 2021.  Key points: ... Read more »

A one-up on motion capture

A new neural network approach captures the characteristics of a physical system’s dynamic motion from video, regardless of rendering configuration or image differences. Read more »

School of Engineering first quarter 2022 awards

Faculty members recognized for excellence via a diverse array of honors, grants, and prizes. Read more »

Sea urchins are mysteriously dying off across the Caribbean, scientists say

Such a severe die-off of sea urchins has not been seen in the Caribbean since the 1980s. Read more »

When is the next solar eclipse? UK time for April 2022 eclipse, where it’s visible and how to watch live

This solar eclipse will only be visible from South America, Antarctica, and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, but there are live streams available Read more »

Engineers use artificial intelligence to capture the complexity of breaking waves

Their model’s predictions should help researchers improve ocean climate simulations and hone the design of offshore structures. Read more »

Material designed to improve power plant efficiency wins 2022 Water Innovation Prize

The student pitch competition included a variety of solutions addressing water access, usage, and maintenance. Read more »

Affordable prosthetics and orthotics to rival the world's best devices

Rise Bionics, founded by D-Lab Scale Ups fellow Arun Cherian, creates customized assistive devices for patients in India. Read more »

Tooth from ancient marine reptile found in Swiss Alps may be largest of its kind

The fossil — a fragment of the full tooth — came from a giant ichthyosaur, a carnivorous sea creature that lived more than 200 million years ago. Read more »

Ocean life projected to die off in mass extinction if emissions remain high

Marine animals could die at levels rivaling the biggest mass extinctions in history, a study found, if seas become too warm and hold too little oxygen. Read more »

Seven from MIT elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 2022

Prestigious honor society announces more than 250 new members. Read more »

MIT announces plans for presidential search

Search committee members are named; John Jarve ’78, SM ’79 will lead the process. Read more »

Covid isolation: Why you should stay away from vulnerable friends and family – but not fully self-isolate

Researchers have found that people with Covid can be infectious for nine days or barely 24 hours, but struggle to explain why Read more »

How can we reduce the carbon footprint of global computing?

Workshop hosted by MIT’s Climate and Sustainability Consortium, MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, and the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing highlights how new approaches to computing can save energy and help the planet. Read more »

Secrets of the Moon's Permanent Shadows Are Coming to Light

Robots are about to venture into the sunless depths of lunar craters to investigate ancient water ice trapped there, while remote studies find hints about how water arrives on rocky worlds. Read more »