An Arctic front brought some of the coldest air of the season to New England last night. Lows in the Boston area dipped below zero. Today, a tightening pressure gradient will create gusty winds, dropping wind chill values to as low as –15 °F (–26 °C). Increasing clouds signal a more active weather pattern this weekend.
MIT’s IS&T has added a new two-factor authentication system to Touchstone that will provide more secure access to important MIT services such as Atlas. With “Duo,” knowing a person’s username and password will not be enough to log in with Touchstone.
Professor Jay Scheib has been named the new housemaster of Senior House, one of MIT’s oldest dormitories. He will replace Agustín Rayo PhD ’01, associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, and Carmen Saracho, a novelist and restaurant critic, who had both served as housemasters since May 2010.
With luck, the world will frown on the example set by MIT in taking down Walter Lewin’s physics lectures from OpenCourseWare.
New security policies in undergraduate dormitories have attracted considerable attention over the last year. While controversy has overshadowed the tenure of security contractor AlliedBarton, a more low-profile and less contentious unit, known as Night Watch, continues to operate quietly behind the scenes.