Theft reported at Burton Conner

An email sent Sunday from Burton Conner housemaster Anne E.C. McCants to the dorm’s residents notified the recipients of the most recent in a series of thefts to occur in the dorm. According to the email, a male claiming to be an MIT security employee gained entrance to the Conner 5 Lounge and left with a PS4 gaming system after the student who confronted him went to notify the police.

McCants says that the thieves are most likely entering the building through the main entrance by following a resident through the card-access door and then proceeding straight to the Conner side elevator without walking past the front desk. The email instructed students to lock their valuables and avoid letting anyone into the building that they “do not know for certain.”

The reported intrusion comes on the heels of a crime bulletin issued by the MIT Police earlier this month reporting three other thefts from Burton Conner between Feb. 11 and 12. The bulletin also mentioned four additional reports of thefts from MacGregor and New House occurring over IAP.

Professor Anne White receives teaching award

Professor Anne E. White, an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) received the 2014 Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching, the MIT News Office reported on February 26.

White’s students consider her an “engaging, enthusiastic, and committed teacher and mentor,” according to the press release, which says that the “award is given annually to an outstanding contributor to education.”

“Professor White is one of several young NSE faculty whose energy and commitment to achieving excellence in the classroom are helping to transform our curriculum,” NSE Department Head Richard K. Lester PhD ’80 told MIT News. “In this remarkable group, Prof. White’s dedication to her students is especially noteworthy.”

White is the second NSE faculty member to earn this award in the past several years. Prof. Jacopo Buongiorno received the award in 2007.

—William Navarre