Half-term classes, flu shots, family weekend
Monday, Oct. 21 marks the start of classes offered in second half of term.
MIT economists win Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Duflo, at 46, is the youngest person and the second woman to have ever won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report released
The MIT Police Department released its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Oct. 9. The report includes information about the Police Department’s operations, services, and resources, along with statistics regarding criminal and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) offenses, arrests and disciplinary referrals, hate crimes, and fire safety, from 2016 to 2018.
Commencement structure for class of 2020 will not change
GSC President Peter Su G wrote that the GSC will advocate for a 2021 commencement that better meets the needs of the graduate community, with the general principle being “to shorten the ceremony, while maintaining the quality and gravitas that the current ceremony offers to all students at MIT.”
Results of Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct released
The survey, conducted at 33 universities, contained questions on topics ranging from student experiences of sexual assault to knowledge of campus resources for sexual misconduct prevention and response.
Dean for Graduate Education and Vice Chancellor respond to piece on graduate student mental health
We are writing in response to the opinion piece “Graduate student mental health is in crisis” that appeared in the October 10, 2019 issue of The Tech. Authors Jeff Rosenberg, Sarah Cowles, and Nick Selby, writing on behalf of Graduate Students for a Healthy MIT, advocate for creating “a healthier academic environment for [all graduate students] to grow as scholars and people.” We too are committed to that end and applaud the authors for elevating this crucial matter and providing an opportunity to foster conversation—and, most importantly, action.
The case for fossil fuel divestment over engagement
MIT Divest, a new movement on campus, is calling on MIT to take leadership in addressing the climate crisis by divesting from fossil fuel companies, detailing in an article two weeks ago why divestment should be the path forward.
Why is taking Epstein’s money wrong?
"Academia is the safe space for discussing ideas. It’s where difficult conversations can happen, where we allow for mistakes. Where we extend good faith to our strongest critics."
Jim Allison and T-cells finally break through to the spotlight
This documentary follows immunologist Jim Allison’s arduous path from a childhood in Alice, Texas to his Nobel Prize last year. Much like Allison’s real journey, it jumps around and occasionally leaves you confused, but turns out to mostly make sense in the end.
Shoot, loot, repeat
‘Borderlands 3’ has players defeating enemies, completing missions, and collecting vast amounts of loot. The game reaches new heights in the looter shooter genre, but may be a little daunting for those unfamiliar with the genre or the series.
MIT Men’s Football beats Maine Maritime comfortably
Engineers Men’s Football dominated Maine Maritime to gain victory in a NEWMAC Conference game. John Robertson and Sean Kent had career high performances for MIT.
Nobel Laureate Jim Allison talks cancer research, science education, and advice for aspiring researchers
Jim Allison won the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 2018 for pioneering the use of immunotherapy against cancer. In an interview with The Tech, Allison talks about the past, present, and future of cancer research, along with giving some general advice for scientists.
Navigating our cities
With new advancements in technology and the abundance of data, we can better understand the interactions between people and their urban environments. As a result, improvements in urban planning can pave the way for more efficient and environmentally cleaner cities. Researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab aim to predict and study these improvements from a critical point of view. As conducting research to learn about people’s habits in their urban environment requires members of the lab to consider many diverse viewpoints, the Senseable City Lab is made up of a multidisciplinary team of designers, engineers, computer scientists, biologists, and social scientists. With this diversity of researchers comes a diversity of technologies being utilized in the lab. “Reflecting the diversity of the lab, and the Urban issues, we use big data analysis, machine learning techniques, but also robotics and design,” says the director of the lab, Professor Carlo Ratti.