BioMakerspace to open this coming IAP in Building 26
A new biology makerspace, called the “BioMakerspace,” is scheduled to open this coming IAP in the basement of Building 26. The space, which is currently under construction, will be open to “the entirety of the MIT community” to be “used for whatever the student users really want to use it for,” said Justin Buck PhD ’12 in an interview with The Tech. Buck is the manager of the BioMakerspace and is currently overseeing its construction.
Half-term add date, Veterans’ Day
Fri, Nov. 1 is the last day to add a half-term subject offered in the second half of term.
Two student committees created to address outside engagements and campus climate
The Student Committee on Campus Climate and Policies around Discrimination and Misconduct will “investigate systemic injustices on campus and their corrallaries.” The Student Committee on Guidelines for Outside Engagements “will review and discuss MIT core values and the metrics by which outside engagements should be evaluated.”
U.S. Department of Transportation holds groundbreaking ceremony for Volpe site
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 30 to celebrate the start of construction for the new John A. Volpe Transportation Systems Center in Kendall Square. The construction of the new facility is expected to be completed in 2023.
Students required to sign Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreement for UROP
Currently, students participating in UROPs that meet these conditions are required to sign the IPIA, but under the new policy, all students will be required to sign it during the UROP application process.
House Democrats propose College Affordability Act
House Democrats proposed the College Affordability Act Oct. 15. According to the Education and Labor Committee website, the act is a “comprehensive overhaul of the higher education system” aimed at lowering costs and expanding educational access for college students.
Woodie Flowers dies at 75
Woodie Flowers PhD ’73, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, died Oct. 11. Flowers is remembered for his passion, enthusiasm, and kindness that have inspired millions of engineering students around the world.
MIT’s policies force many graduate students to live in poverty
Imagine the outcomes if MIT admins would open their eyes to the realities of students' lives rather than constantly asking them to open their hearts for this mental health officer or at that counselling service office.
Moses is a woman
‘Harriet’ is a driving film that will guide you into the heart of American slavery and leave you feeling warm and empowered.
We’re all Earthgang
Earthgang is the stage name of a pair of rappers, Olu and WowGr8. To kick off the release of their latest album, ‘Mirrorland,’ Earthgang came to Middle East in Cambridge to perform.
A day in Boston’s book oasis
A lovely annual event, the Boston Book Festival brings together Boston’s passionate writing and arts community, providing a rich rush of literature and positive energy.
Do not go gentle into that good light
Robert Eggers avoids a sophomore slump with ‘The Lighthouse,’ a brilliantly layered and beautifully shot film that’s unafraid to probe the darkest depths of mens’ souls.
At the intersection of art and technology
Alicja Kwade’s ‘In Between Glances’ is on display at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Featuring unique sculptures such as her ‘Reconstituted Objects and A Light Touch of Technology,’ the exhibit is a perfect fit for the venue at the intersection of art and technology.
It’s a Bikini Bottom Day
‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ the musical, never takes itself seriously, but the number of serious messages it manages to pass to the audience is quite impressive. It serves as simple entertainment, uplifting message, or clever exposé of some of our social problems, all at the same time.
MIT Women’s Field Hockey beats Clark University
Engineers Women’s Field Hockey cruised past Clark University to gain their sixth NEWMAC conference victory for the season. Devon Goetz ’20 and Paige Forester ’23 performed excellently throughout the game.
Targeting tumors with nanoparticles
Since its founding in 1995, the Hammond Lab has been an integral part of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, developing nanoparticles that encapsulate and release drugs to reprogram cancer cells. Chemical engineering department head Paula Hammond ’84, Ph.D ’94 leads research initiatives that range from designing thin films for tissue regeneration to embedding nucleic acids into nanomaterials to silence cancer cell expression.