President L. Rafael Reif announced Friday a new Innovation Initiative at MIT for research and education focused on the role of manufacturing in “accelerating” innovation, which he called the “signature competitive advantage” of the United States.
MIT Medical administered 13,492 flu vaccines in 2012
In addition to changing leaves and cooler temperatures, October brings with it the official start to flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu season can last until May. In response, MIT Medical will once again hold free flu vaccination clinics.
Slight increase in bids given in sorority recruitment
The MIT Panhellenic Association held sorority recruitment for five of MIT’s six sororities beginning Aug. 31 with an afternoon kickoff on Kresge Oval and ending with bid night on Sept. 4. The “4-day process [is] designed to introduce [women] to MIT sorority life,” according to the association’s online FAQ page.
Experimental treatment for muscular dystrophy
Terri Ellsworth is convinced that her 12-year-old son Billy, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is being helped by an experimental drug that counteracts the genetic mutation causing his disease.
FYRE results reveal disparity in dorm demand
This was the second year of the First Year Residence Exchange (FYRE), the process allowing freshmen to switch their dorm assignment. Participation dropped from 159 to 124 students. As of this year, students could no longer move into Maseeh Hall during FYRE, but the total number of moves increased from 96 to 107.
BOSTON — Edward Davis, the Boston police commissioner who rose to national prominence after the marathon bombings in April, said Monday that he was stepping down voluntarily from his job in the next month or two.
Pakistan Christians demand protection after church bombing
LONDON — With its Muslim-style minarets topped by a large black cross, the All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, has for more than a century offered a daring architectural expression of Muslim-Christian harmony and cohabitation.
ATYRAU, Kazakhstan — On the northern reaches of the Caspian Sea, not far from this old Soviet town known for its oil and sturgeon, lies a vast new oil find, the biggest outside the Middle East. China was rebuffed when it asked for a stake 10 years ago.
Eternal sunshine of the Fall semester
The Institute will once again experience a string of sunny days this week, with light winds and seasonable temperatures. This weather pattern will be quite similar to that of last week, in which a high pressure system was situated over New England for a majority of the week. Last week’s high pressure system resulted in sunshine from Tuesday through Saturday, before a cold front came through on Saturday night. Likewise, that cold front has ushered in a new high pressure system, which is expected to remain in place through the weekend and potentially into next week. The result will be clear skies, with temperatures reaching the upper 60s (°F) in the afternoon, and falling into the low-to-mid 50s (°F) overnight.
Former FBI agent pleads guilty in leak to the AP
WASHINGTON — A former FBI agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified information to The Associated Press about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen last year, the Justice Department announced Monday. Federal investigators said they identified him after obtaining phone logs of Associated Press reporters.
Egyptian court bans Muslim brotherhood
CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood and the confiscation of its assets, sharply escalating a broad crackdown on the group in the three months since the military ousted its ally, Mohammed Morsi, from the presidency.
Chrsyler files for IPO under pressure from second-largest shareholder
DETROIT — Chrysler’s plan for a public stock offering would ordinarily be cause to celebrate the automaker’s comeback from its government bailout and bankruptcy in 2009. But the company’s filing for the offering, which came late on Monday, is hardly a moment of triumph.
Iranian official to meet major powers on nuclear dispute
UNITED NATIONS — Iran’s new foreign minister will meet counterparts from the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany later this week at the U.N. to discuss resuming talks on the protracted dispute over his country’s nuclear program, the European Union’s top foreign policy official said Monday after meeting with the Iranian minister for the first time.
An illusory trade-off
In Friday’s issue of The Tech, Madeline O’Grady ’16 asserts that MIT students should be “better than the career fair.” Instead of settling for comfortable, lucrative jobs with corporations, she writes, we should aspire to solve the world’s most challenging problems.
On the heels of their outstanding performance at the Toni Deutsch Regatta, MIT sophomores Rosalind R. Lesh ’16 and Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan ’16 were selected as the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women’s Sailors of the Week. The duo finished first in the B Division by a margin of 28 points to help the Engineers secure second place out of 17 squads in the competition.
MIT Field Hockey wins 3-2
Michelle H. Teplensky ’13 and Molly K. Duffy ’13 accounted for all of MIT’s scoring in a 3-2 NEWMAC field hockey victory over Springfield College on Saturday afternoon. Teplensky produced two goals and an assist while Duffy had one goal and an assist for the nationally-ranked No. 19 Engineers (7-0, 1-0 NEWMAC).
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Tuesday, September 24
Events Sep 24- Sep 30
Events Sept. 24 – Sept. 30 Tuesday (10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Water, Water Everywhere: How clean is it? seminar — E38-300 (7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) The World’s Religions: Precepts Practices and Principle Beliefs — W11-Main dining room Wednesday (7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) Katsura Sunshine presents Japanese Rakugo comic story-telling — 32-123 Thursday (4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) CSAIL Colloquium: Innovating for Society: Realizing the Transformative Impact of Computing and Communication — 32-G449 (6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) The Future of MOOCs: Prospects and Pitfalls, the MIT Perspective — 34-101 Friday (7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.) LSC shows Much Ado About Nothing (2012) — 26-100 Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Animal Petting Zoo — E55-Courtyard (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) Living in the Future, talk — MIT Museum Sunday (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) MIT Bike Show and Market — N10, Annex parking lot (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) MITHAS presents: Violin Maestro Padmashri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman Memorial Concert & biography book release — E51-Wong auditorium Monday (6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.) Archipelago Town-lines: A sustainable model for urban growth, lecture — 7-429 Send your campus events to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hacking my way home
Walking into last week’s t=0 hackathon, the first official hackathon of the school year, I was well aware of my status as a Sloanie, that species of MIT grad student prone to business plan writing and jargon slinging.
Shopping made easy
Welcome to the world of fashion. Sketch Your Look will cover the basics of menswear, such as fit, color, fabric, etc., in a detailed manner. I’m sorry to say I have little knowledge in clothes for women, so I won’t be writing articles specifically for women. However, I believe that women can get inspiration from menswear too.