Dava Newman PhD ’92, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Housemaster of Baker House, was recently nominated by President Obama to be NASA’s deputy administrator.
The Advance Standing Exam (ASE) takers, mostly students from the Class of 2018, generally did well on the tests during orientation this year, garnering an overall pass rate of 54.9 percent. This pass rate is slightly higher than last year’s 54.2 percent and 52-53 percent in recent years.
An article about Kendall Square plans in the Friday, Oct. 17 issue of The Tech misstated the provost’s class year. He is Martin A. Schmidt PhD ’88. The article also misstated the name of a Graduate Student Council committee. It is the Housing & Community Affairs committee, not the Housing Community Activities committee.
The Department of Chemical Engineering has recently announced the creation of the Raymond F. Baddour (1949) Chemical Engineering Professorship, a title meant for a distinguished faculty member within the department.
MIT Medical will be administering flu shots tomorrow, Oct. 22 in Walker Memorial Lobby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic is walk-in — no appointment is needed. Children 9 and under are not eligible for the walk-in clinic in Cambridge and should schedule an appointment for their immunizations.
BAGHDAD — Militants unleashed a flurry of deadly attacks against Shiite targets in Iraq on Monday, including a quadruple car bombing near two of the holiest shrines in Shiite Islam, and a suicide attack inside a mosque, officials said.
DALLAS — More than three dozen people who were monitored for the past three weeks for possible contact with the Ebola virus were cleared Monday to return to work or school, leaving 133 others still being watched for symptoms of the disease, Dallas County officials said.
HONG KONG — The Beijing-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, said Monday that allowing his successors to be chosen in open elections based on who won the greatest number of votes was unacceptable in part because it risked giving poorer residents a dominant voice in politics.
A genetic variant that is particularly common in some Hispanic women with indigenous American ancestry appears to protect against breast cancer, a new study found.
After IBM reported surprisingly weak quarterly profits and sales Monday morning, Virginia M. Rometty did something most unusual for an IBM chief executive. She joined the conference call with analysts, and forcefully made the case for investing heavily in new fields that promise growth in the future, despite a near-term financial setback.
On Tuesday, Sept. 30, The Tech’s “Snapshot of the First Year Survey results for Class of 2018” revealed a startling paradox that has gone unmentioned: The Class of 2018 most desires to “Contribute to Science and Innovation” and least cares about “Participating in Politics or Community Affairs.” But I ask: how one can expect his/her contributions to science and innovation to ever see the light of day (or the market) without understanding and participating in politics and community affairs? Let me be clear that I raise this not to fault the Class of 2018 (when we are 18 and fresh from high school there is much to learn in life), but to ask the greater MIT community, particularly our faculty, department heads, deans, and administrators: what does it mean to divorce scientific achievements from participation in public life?
With plenty of dark humor strung throughout the film, St. Vincent narrates the touching relationship between a grumpy, old alcoholic named Vincent (Bill Murray) and his young neighbor Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). As Oliver tags along with Vincent during his daily routine, Vincent quickly takes Oliver under his wing, showing him the local race track, protecting him from a gang of bullies, and teaching him how to fight. As their relationship develops, Oliver realizes that despite Vincent’s miserable outward appearance, the old man’s heart is still in the right place.
Morgan K. Moroi ’16 and Olivia M. Struckman ’18 each located the back of the Smith College net as MIT defeated the Pioneers, 2-0, on Saturday, October 18 at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. With the win, MIT improves to 10-3-2 overall and 6-0-1 in the conference, while Smith falls to 5-6-1 and 3-3-0.
For the third year in a row and eighth time in tournament history the MIT women’s volleyball team won the MIT Quad Tournament on Saturday, October 18. The Engineers (22-2) took top honors with a 3-0 ledger, followed by Colby College, SUNY Oneonta, and Western New England University. Megan E. Gebhard ’17 was named the Tournament MVP while Tori L. Wuthrich ’17 earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Events Oct. 21 – Oct. 27 Tuesday (5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) CME Info Session, sponsored by MIT GECD — 4-149 Wednesday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) MIT Medical’s walk-in flu clinic — Walker Memorial lobby (6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) Solutions with/in/sight: From Bench to Bedside in Less Than Six Years, with speakers Matthew Vander Heiden and Katharine Yen — 76-156 Thursday (12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.) Anonymity on the Go: A Talk About Tor on Mobile Devices, with speaker Nathan Freitas, RSVP for lunch — 37-252 (8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) A Sweet Trip Through Italy (3rd Annual), sponsored by MITALY— 32-162 (Forbes Cafe) Friday (8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) Night Market 2014, $5 pre-sale for MIT students, $7 for non-MIT students, $7 at door, sponsored by MIT CSC, AAA, ATS, SAO, and LEF — Lobdell (10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.) LSC shows Guardians of the Galaxy, tickets $4 in Lobby 16 — 26-100 Saturday (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) Cena a las Seis, semi-formal evening sponsored by Latino Cultural center — 50-140 Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Symposium on Theoretical Computer Science on the Occasion of Michael Sipser’s 60th Birthday, sponsored by Department of Mathematics — E15-070 Monday (2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Job Search for International Students, sponsored by MIT GECD, advanced registration requested via CareerBridge — 32-144 Send your campus events to firstname.lastname@example.org.