Tuition, self-help costs will rise in fall
Tuition will increase 3.9 percent to $40,732 in the 2011-2012 academic year, according to a release from the MIT News Office. While the financial aid budget is also rising 5 percent to $91.3 million, the student self-help costs will increase from $3,400 to $4,400 for students with annual family income of $75,000 or less, and from $5,500 to $6,000 for the other financial aid recipients.
Penny Arcade Expo: Boston levels up for weekend
This weekend’s Penny Arcade Expo, also known as PAX East, could elevate Boston’s reputation as a major center for video game development while providing three days of thrills for more than 60,000 fans of video, card, and board games.
Four MacVicar fellows named
On Tuesday, four professors were announced as the 2011 MacVicar Fellows. Professor Bishwapriya Sanyal of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Associate Professor Christopher A. Schuh of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor George C. Verghese of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Professor Patrick H. Winston ’65 of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science were recognized for their contributions to undergraduate education at MIT.
Chen wins Lemelson Student Prize
Alice A. Chen G is the winner of this year’s Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for her innovative contributions to biotechnology, most notably the “humanized mouse” — a mouse with a tissue-engineered human liver. Chen is a PhD student at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The $30,000 student prize is awarded annually to an MIT senior or graduate student who has displayed a “portfolio of inventiveness.”
Former MIT professor pleads guilty to false statements in federal research grant application
A Falmouth man was convicted on March 3 in federal court of making false statements in a federal research grant application aimed at improving scientists’ understanding of T-cells and autoimmune diseases.
Both sides of March this weekend
An old weather adage describes March entering as a lion and leaving like a lamb. Fortunately, March hasn’t been too terrible so far, bringing only mild temperatures and no snow. Although this mild pattern will persist, today will be a downright miserable March day with heavy rain and strong winds. The bad news will continue for skiers as warm air pushes very far north, leaving the lower elevations of ski resorts wet, rather than fluffy. However, don’t be completely discouraged; the other face of March will emerge later this weekend. Expect a better day on Saturday as the clouds slowly clear out. Sunday looks to be a pristine late winter day with mostly sunny skies and a high near 50°F.
Hearings on American Muslims reveal a deep partisan rift
WASHINGTON — A congressional hearing on Thursday addressing homegrown Islamic terrorism offered divergent portraits of Muslims in America: one as law-abiding people who are unfairly made targets, the other as a community ignoring radicalization among its own and failing to confront what one witness called “this cancer that’s within.”
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama poked fun at his own big ears and funny name Thursday, but all in the service of a serious subject as he and Michelle Obama opened a White House conference to spur anti-bullying efforts in schools and communities nationwide.
Consumer agency to post a database of unsafe products
Despite threats of a budget cut, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will unveil on Friday a database that will allow the public to search for complaints about the safety of everyday products.
Wisconsin Democrats see a gift in bitter battle over unions
MADISON, Wis. — After nearly a month of angry demonstrations and procedural maneuvering in the State Capitol here, Gov. Scott Walker won his battle Thursday to cut bargaining rights for most government workers in Wisconsin.
GM’s chief financial officer to step down, treasurer will take his place
DETROIT — General Motors said Thursday that its chief financial officer, Christopher P. Liddell, was stepping down, less than four months after helping the automaker execute the largest initial public offering in American history.
Regulators and drug company reach agreement for greater federal oversight
Federal regulators reached an agreement Thursday with a unit of Johnson & Johnson that would impose greater federal oversight at three manufacturing plants responsible for recalls of Children’s Tylenol and many other popular over-the-counter medicines.
Anthropologists studying living hunter-gatherers have radically revised their view of how early human societies were structured, a shift that yields new insights into how humans evolved away from apes.
Protection means peace
On Tuesday, Wissam Jarjoui wrote a response to my opinion piece “Don’t settle for settlement condition,” in which he argued that settlements were a major obstacle to peace. I hope to address a number of his claims and to further clarify why Israeli construction in the West Bank should not be made into an arbitrary gauge for peace.
ALBUM REVIEW Lupe’s Third
Lasers is an album to die for. Just ask Lupe Fiasco himself, who once revealed to The Guardian that at one point during its production, he was “super-depressed, lightly suicidal, at moments medium suicidal — and if not suicidal, willing to just walk away from it all completely.”
The MIT Women’s Tennis team competed in their first match of the spring last Saturday, sweeping New York University 9-0 at home on the Carr Indoor Courts. The match was the first since their loss to Wellesley in the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals in October.
Men’s Volleyball wins MIT Invitational
This past weekend, the nationally-ranked No. 13 MIT Men’s Volleyball team dropped only one set en route to its first MIT Invitational crown since 2007. With a 4-0 outing, the Engineers improved to 23-5 on the season, marking the program’s seventh consecutive 20-win campaign. Patrick J. Vatterott ’13 was selected to the All-Tournament Team while David R. Thomas ’12 was named the Tournament MVP.
Lacrosse begins season with win
Laura M. Wacker ’13, Erica W. Little ’11, and Kathleen M. Kauffman ’12 each registered five points as the MIT Women’s Lacrosse team posted a 16-3 victory over Gordon College on Tuesday night in their first game of the 2011 campaign.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Saturday, March 12