MIT and University of Cambridge to face off in “Cambridge v. Cambridge” hackathon
Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and at the University of Cambridge in England will compete in a multi-day cybersecurity hackathon, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday.
After brief warmup, cold temperatures return
Cambridge experienced a much-welcomed respite from the cold this holiday weekend thanks to southerly winds ahead of an approaching low pressure system. On Sunday, temperatures reached a balmy 51°F (10.5°C) at Boston’s Logan Airport
Stanford admission records released to students
After filing requests under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), several Stanford University students received usually private details from their Stanford student record.
Alumnus Samuel Tak Lee donates $118 million for Institute research
Samuel Tak Lee ’62 has made a $118 million donation to MIT, one of the largest in the Institute’s history, to promote real estate entrepreneurship.
A photo caption last week misspelled the name of a recent doctoral graduate and incorrectly reported his graduation year. He is Benjamin J. Kaduk PhD ’12, not “Benjam J. Kaduk G.”
Lewin Twitter contained sexual comments to fans
Walter Lewin, the former MIT professor with whom the Institute severed ties last month over a sexual harassment probe, appears to have publicly tweeted sexually suggestive and explicit comments to fans of his popular online physics lecture videos.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Those who fear relentless pursuit by powerful men with troubling secrets can now rest easier: Peter Fisher wants to protect you. Last week, he explained that MIT removed Walter Lewin’s famous physics lectures from OpenCourseWare and edX, not to teach a lesson, but to protect potential future victims from coming into contact with the former professor. Clearly, removing his MIT office, phone, and email address would not suffice: after all, some determined but unsuspecting student might yet find a way to stalk him down. No, to shield the populace from Lewin’s possible predations, MIT must do everything in its power to purge all trace of his existence from the Earth (at least for as long as he lives).
MIT was right to remove Lewin’s videos
The outcry at MIT’s removal of Walter Lewin’s popular online physics lectures has been widespread, from online commenters to MIT professor Scott Aaronson.