Student-cadets attend ROTC annual formal Military Ball
Cadets came dressed in their military best, in pressed uniforms emblazoned with stripes and ribbons, at last Friday’s Military Ball, the MIT Reserve Officers’ Training Corps annual formal social event.
Hope for a cleaner future at MIT Energy Conference
The fifth annual MIT Energy Conference took place at the Boston Sheraton Hotel last weekend. The two-day event brought 800 professionals from areas of energy technology, policy, finance, and industry to Boston, up from the 650 last year. The Saturday conference featured John Rowe, CEO of Exelon Corporation; Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka of the International Energy Agency; and Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, who is also the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Lerman to leave MIT for GWU in July
Vice Chancellor and Dean of Graduate Education Steven R. Lerman ’72 has announced that he will be leaving MIT to serve as provost of George Washington University, starting July 1.
Pres. candidate loses Senate seat
At 9 p.m. last night, UA presidential candidate Ian P. Tracy ’11 was officially removed from his seat in the UA Senate for lack of attendance at Senate meetings, according to Senate speaker Tim Stumbaugh ’12.
MIT alum and employee charged with son’s murder
MIT alumnus and Media Lab intellectual property rights manager Geoffrey V. Wilson ’02 was arrested and charged with the murder of his 6-month-old son, Nathan, on Sunday night.
How the human genome folds in 3-D
Until recently, the process of how genomic DNA neatly folds itself into the nucleus of a cell — twisting and contorting into a work of astonishingly compact molecular origami — had perplexed biologists.
2010 UA Presidential/Vice Presidential Debate
The 2010 UA Presidential/Vice Presidential Debate, as filmed from the first floor of the Stratton Student Center on Sunday evening.
States increase risk by seeking higher returns on pensions
States and companies have started investing very differently when it comes to the billions of dollars they are safeguarding for workers’ retirement.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met here on Monday with President Hamid Karzai and Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal to review plans for a major U.S.-led offensive in the city of Kandahar, the spiritual heart and birthplace of the Taliban, an operation McChrystal indicated could get under way this summer.
In earthquake’s aftermath, invisible cracks threaten Chile’s capital
SANTIAGO, Chile — From outside, there is no sign that the century-old building where Cecilia Painaqueo lived with her four children was damaged by one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded.
Obama says passing health bill is more important than politics
PHILADELPHIA—President Barack Obama challenged wavering members of his party on Monday not to give in to political fears about supporting health care legislation, asserting that the urgency of getting a bill through Congress should trump any concern about the consequences for Democrats in November.
For decades, advocates have fought to protect women from disfiguring breast cancer surgery, arguing that it was just as effective to remove only the cancerous tissue rather than the whole breast.
After boom and bust, solar power finds a place in Spain
PUERTOLLANO, Spain — Two years ago, this gritty mining city underwent a brief, 21st-century gold rush. Long famous for coal, Puertollano discovered another energy source it had overlooked: the relentless, scorching sun.
Blue skies smiling at me
The past few days have given us a taste of the spring weather to come with sunny skies and comfortable highs approaching 60°F (16°C). A cold front that moved through New England last night will keep highs a little cooler than the past few days, although still well above the normal high for this time of year. High pressure in the region will allow us to keep these dry conditions and mostly clear skies for today and tomorrow. Tonight’s clear skies and light winds will also be ideal for radiational cooling: Expect temperatures tonight to dip into the low 30s on campus, and into the 20s further inland. Clouds will begin to build in our region throughout Thursday, as the next storm system further strengthens over the mid-Atlantic and begins to move our way on Friday. Ample moisture means that we could see plenty of rain (potentially a few inches) for the whole weekend starting sometime Friday afternoon or evening. But for today and tomorrow, enjoy the sun — nothing but blue skies do I see.
Nigerians raise death toll from ethnic violence to 500
DAKAR, Senegal — Officials and human rights groups in Nigeria sharply increased the count of the dead after a weekend of vicious ethnic violence, saying Monday that as many as 500 people — many of them women and children — may have been killed near the central city of Jos, long a flashpoint for tensions between Christians and Muslims.
Lessons from the crisis
Before discussing banking reform, it is necessary to first understand why and how financial markets operate.
Rules of the game
I think my favorite childhood computer game — after the MS-DOS days of dinosaur building and Tetris — was SimCity. I spent hours staring down at my two-dimensional landscape, laying out residential, commercial, and industrial zones, and power lines and roadways to connect it all. I battled crime with police stations and natural disasters with exorbitant reconstruction. And while I never did scrape up the allowance money to upgrade to the three-dimensional version of the game, SimCity Classic (which you can now play for free online) kept me blissfully entertained through my middle-school years.
Let’s reevaluate keeping freshmen on campus
The recent proposal to change the freshmen-on-campus policy has caused much debate within the MIT community. The administration first made on-campus housing mandatory for first-years after the death of a freshman from heavy drinking at a pledge party for two main reasons. First, the Institute claimed that the change would expose freshmen to a community outside of their immediate living group. Second, the major public backlash after the death surely played a role in the policy change. But while keeping freshmen on campus does help them integrate within the broader campus community, that more campus-oriented community often isolates freshmen from an independent living group in which they may feel more comfortable.
Sudeep Agarwala’s article “Two Minds in One Work” from Feb. 19 was edited for clarity, but omitted and distorted some of the author’s discussion and introduced errors. Biss and Goode’s performance was very well executed, given that pianists often perform as soloists (due to the timbre, history and range of the instrument). However, some works did not translate well into an arrangement for piano for two hands. The article as it appeared in <i>The Tech</i> was published without the author’s final approval.
Moneyball and Mark Cuban
I somehow managed to wake myself up Saturday morning to attend MIT Sloan’s Sports Analytics Conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. I ventured into the main conference room and plopped down in one of the back rows, opening my laptop to take notes on a panel discussion on the future of sports ownership.
Engineers upset in NCAA tournament
In the Engineers’ second trip to the Division III NCAA Tournament, they were upset by DeSales University 72-64 Saturday at William Paterson University. The loss is the Cardinal and Grey’s second straight, after a defeat to Clarke University last Saturday in Rockwell Cage in the the NEWMAC tournament.
Men’s Basketball Friday, 3/5 vs. DeSales UniversityL 72-64 Women’s Lacrosse Saturday, 3/6 vs. Manhattanville CollegeW 15-9 Women’s Tennis Saturday, 3/6 vs. New York UniversityL 8-1 Men’s Track & Field Saturday, 3/6 ECAC Championship17th of 49 Women’s Track & Field Saturday, 3/6 ECAC Championship11th of 43 Men’s Volleyball Saturday, 3/5 vs. Bard CollegeW 3-0 vs. Milwaukee School of EngineeringL 3-1 Sunday, 3/6 vs. College of Mount St. VincentW 3-0 vs. Carthage CollegeW 3-1