Presidential search update: James A. Champy ’63 has been asked to chair the search committee to select a new MIT president. Corporation Chairman John S. Reed ’61 said the committee hopes to start meeting on March 5. Champy chaired the committee that chose Hockfield.

The All-American Rejects are coming! The band will be playing April 27 in Johnson Athletic Center for MIT’s Spring Weekend. Tickets are $15 for MIT students and will go on pre-sale March 26.

The 2012 MIT Excellence Awards are today in Kresge Auditorium. The ceremony will take place 3–5 p.m.

The April housing lottery opens March 1. Forms are available at

The NIH filed its brief yesterday in opposition to James Sherley’s attempt to once again stop government funding of human embryonic stem cell research; arguments are much the same. The court date is April 23 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

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