Who's Who in HQ: Financial Coordinator Elizabeth Tibbert

Danielle Randall
August 21, 2017

Elizabeth Tibbert is a reletively recent addition to the Department of Chemistry, and is currently settling into her role as the Financial Coordinator in Chemistry Headquarters. As a member of the Department's Finance Team, Elizabeth is responsible for approving and combing through travel reports, and administering the Pre-Award process.  In this month's Who's Who in HQ, Elizabeth shares the most memorable piece of art she's ever seen, what would be on her own personal flag, the best piece of advice she's ever recieved,  and much more!

1. How long have you been at MIT, and what brought you here?
I have been at MIT for a little over 3 months.  I had been looking for new challenges at an interesting institution with great people and I certainly found it.

2.What are you interested in that many people haven’t heard of?
I don’t know if I would say that people haven’t heard of it, but I’m really interested in native plant identification and uses, jewelry making (chainmail, other metalwork), and circus arts.

3. What is the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?
Otters holding hands.

4. Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
If I am allowed to include the deceased as well: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mae Jemison, Terry Pratchett, Michelle and Barack Obama, Caitlin Moran, Alan Cummings, Gates McFadden, Patrick Stewart, David Sedaris, Madeline Kahn, Gene Wilder, and my partner.

5. What book has impacted you the most?
From a development and daily life standpoint, the Bible, given the country/community in which I grew up.  From a personal standpoint, The Lefthand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin.

6. What is the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
Berlin, with a group of friends for a music festival a bit ago.  There are other travel plans in the works and I hope to make it to Australia to see family in the near future.

7.  If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Learn to read, write, and converse in multiple languages.  German, French, and Cantonese are at the top of the list.

8. If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
Stone mason.

9. What is the most interesting/memorable piece of art you’ve ever seen?
The most interesting was Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson) by Cornelia Parker at the ICA. That is a piece I could have stared at for hours.

10. What was the last TV show you binge watched?
Lucifer but I’m catching up with Game of Thrones right now from Season 5 forward.

11. What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?
Ke$ha. Particularly the version of Timber without Pitbull. While I did enjoy most of the time I spent in Florida, I do not care for Mr. Worldwide.

12. What personality trait do you value most, and which do you dislike the most?
Honesty and deceitfulness.

13. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
When someone is speaking to you and you have an immediate emotional reaction, pause and ask yourself, “Why would a reasonable person say/do that?” then respond from that place, rather than from emotion.

14. If you had a personal flag, what would be on it?
A bat resting on a double purple Datura metel flower holding a tiny coffee cup, with a Star Trek communicator on its chest.

15. What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without?
Coffee, definitely.

16. Who are three of your favorite fictional characters?
Dr. Beverly Crusher, Dr. Dana Scully, Crowley (An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards).

17. What bends your mind every time you think about it?
How it is possible that humanity has gotten to this point. The myriad of random occurrences necessary to get to this level of development and technology.

18. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

19. If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator?
Neil Gaiman.

20. If your childhood had a smell, what would it be and why?
Lilacs.  The school I went to for K-8 had lilacs growing over one of the fences and I cannot smell them without immediately feeling like a kid again.

21. What do you wish you could tell yourself 10 years ago? What do you think you’ll want to tell your current self 10 years from now?
It’s never the end of the world.  Travelling is more important than mozzarella sticks.


Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for all you do for the Department of Chemistry on a daily basis!

Stay tuned for more Who's Who in HQ in the months to come!