MIT has appointed Cynthia Barnhart PhD ’88 as acting dean of the School of Engineering, while it waits patiently to see if the current dean, Subra Suresh ScD ’81, will be confirmed by the United States Senate as the next director of the National Science Foundation.
Student Support Services (S^3) is increasing its hours and has tweaked its readmission process, following a review of the program during the 2009-2010 academic year. Two deans are now available to help with new walk-in hours, provided 9–10 a.m., Monday through Friday, and the office will be open on Tuesdays until 7 p.m.
Both the National Institutes of Health and the plaintiffs, James L. Sherley and Theresa A. Deisher, told a court yesterday that they opposed the University of California’s request to join the stem cell lawsuit.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans will issue a legislative blueprint Thursday called “A Pledge to America” that they hope will catapult them to a majority in the November elections. Its goals include a permanent extension of all the Bush-era tax cuts, repeal of the newly enacted health care law, a cap on discretionary federal spending and an end to government control of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama increased pressure on China on Thursday to immediately revalue its currency, devoting most of a two-hour meeting with China’s prime minister to the issue and sending the message, according to one of his top aides, that if “the Chinese don’t take actions, we have other means of protecting U.S. interests.”
Although today is officially the second day of autumn, it will feel more like summer, with temperatures in the 80s (°F) for the next two days. A warm front associated with a low pressure system currently located west of the Great Lakes will bring warm air from our south today, making it feel more like late August than late September. High temperatures will continue through the end of tomorrow afternoon, after which a cold front will pass through, knocking temperatures back down to more seasonable levels in time for Sunday and the beginning of next week.
Last semester in these pages, I implored the student body to participate in, or at least care about, student government. In the wake of last week’s Undergraduate Association election results, it’s again time to talk about the worth of the UA and student government in general. Freshmen may still be unfamiliar with the workings of the various student policy-making organizations — the UA, Dormitory Council, the Interfraternity Council — just to name a few, but that’s all the more reason why new MIT students should start this year with an open mind about student government.
Meet OJH, the Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos, and the latest sonic shift for renowned guitarist and Berklee alum Kurt Rosenwinkel. The last time I wrote about Rosenwinkel I was writing about his 2009 classics album <i>Reflections </i>— itself a somewhat unusual shift for an artist who’s more (in my mind at least) associated with the typical small ensemble jazz setup. Here he’s playing his own stuff, but arranged for big band by band leader Pedro Guedes and pianist Carlos Azevedo.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s new conductor-less resident orchestra, A Far Cry, presented a thoughtful synthesis of works spanning five hundred years ofWestern music in their program entitled Primordial Darkness during the museum’s Sunday afternoon concert series on September 19th.
The women’s tennis pair of Lauren C. Quisenberry ’14 and Julia C. Hsu ’14 became the first repeat winners of the conference award this year for MIT, earning the honor for the second straight week after a strong performance at the ITA New England Regional Tournament. Quisenberry and Hsu advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to the first-seeded pair in the tournament from Middlebury.
Saturday, September 25 Sailing: Commonwealth Invite 9:30 a.m., Charles River Women’s Soccer vs. Springfield College 1 p.m., Steinbrenner Stadium Men’s Soccer vs. WPI 4 p.m., Steinbrenner Stadium Men’s Water Polo vs. Fordham University 7 p.m., Z-Center Pool Sunday, September 26 Sailing: Commonwealth Invite 9:30 a.m., Charles River Men’s Water Polo vs. Fordham University 11 a.m., Z-Center Pool