On Oct. 4, Moungi Bawendi, the Lester Wolfe Professor of Chemistry, was announced as a winner of the 2023 Chemistry Nobel Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his work in “the discovery and synthesis of quantum dots.” Bawendi shared the prize with his postdoctoral advisor, Louis Brus of Columbia University, and Alexei Ekimov of Nanocrystals Technology.
On Sept. 25, President Kornbluth announced in an email to the MIT community that the administration and the MIT Graduate Student Union (GSU) reached an agreement. That same day, the GSU announced that the contract had been ratified, according to an X account with the handle @MITGradUnion. The contract vote passed in favour, with 999 voting for it, and 44 people against—a split of 95.8 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.
On Sept. 21, President Sally Kornbluth shared an update on her ongoing listening tour via an email sent to MIT community members. Since assuming the presidency of MIT in January, President Kornbluth has kept records of what she has seen on campus and heard from students, staff, and faculty to better understand the state of affairs at MIT.
Have you been noticing how it seems to be gray and rainy every weekend, then sunny as soon as Monday rolls around? What’s up with that? In any case, it’ll be gray and drizzly again this weekend. I hope you get the chance to soak up these last days of nice weather, because there’s a good chance we won’t be getting something this warm again until spring. There’s a cold front coming in this weekend which will remind us all that it is, in fact, October in New England.
The MIT Police Department released its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Sept. 19. The report highlights the policies undertaken by MIT to reduce crime and mitigate risk, as well as the resources available to victims of violent crimes. Furthermore, the report contains statistics on crimes committed on campus and in non-campus locations ranging from 2020 to 2022. The statistics encompass crimes reported to MIT Police, other campus security agencies, and local police agencies.
Oct. 6 is the Add Date. It is also the last day to drop half-term subjects.
This newspaper is undergoing an existential crisis. There are not enough staff members and not enough money for it to continue to exist. The money problem can be fixed with help from its 1,200 alumni. But they can’t come back and put out the paper and maintain the website. That requires student staff.