In her first year as MIT President, Sally Kornbluth has implemented initiatives and faced challenges. Her listening tour culminated in a number of findings, ranging from the ethics of artificial intelligence to concerns over living expenses on campus. Kornbluth led the Institute through the Supreme Court ruling overturning affirmative action and its response to the crisis in the Middle East. Kornbluth sat down with The Tech to reflect on her tenure so far as President.
Less than two weeks until classes start up again. Back to a life dictated by psets, labs, lectures … the constant pressure of the lack of time. Personally, I am dreading it, and it seems Mother Nature feels my pain. Today through Sunday, there is no sun. Just clouds and precipitation. A dreary sign of what is to come next. One good note is that relative to the past weekend’s temperature, the world is getting warmer. Temperatures are hitting highs in the 40s and the lows are not below freezing! A symbol that the end of Winter, of IAP, of empty time, is upon us, leading us to the Spring semester.
In a statement to the MIT community, President Sally Kornbluth announced that Karl Reid ’84, SM ’85 will become the new vice president for equity and inclusion (VPEI) beginning March 3rd. Reid currently serves as Senior Vice Provost and Chief Inclusion Officer at Northeastern University. Professor Daniel Hastings SM ’78, PhD ’80 served as the interim Institute community and equity officer following the departure of John Dozier in June of 2023.
The Institute sent its own delegation to discuss the conference’s resolutions, having done so since the early 2000s.
The GSU intends on using the momentum gained from the contract’s success to further prioritize graduate students.
Jan. 17 marked the 110th anniversary of MIT adopting Tim the Beaver as the Institute’s mascot.
In a statement to the MIT Community, President Sally Kornbluth announced the deaths of Emma Pearl Willmer-Shiles ’18 G and Lochie Ferrier ’19 in a plane crash off the coast of California. A San Francisco native, Willmer-Shiles studied mechanical engineering as an undergraduate. At the time of her passing, Willmer-Shiles was a second-year graduate student in Architecture. Ferrier was an alumnus of the AeroAstro Department and was working as an aeronautical engineer at the time of his passing.
In an email to the MIT community on Jan. 18, Dr. Cecilia Stuopis, Chief Health Officer of MIT Health, announced that MIT Medical adopted the new name of MIT Health. Stuopis stated that the name change would be visible across campus; a new logo, website, and medical forms will be amongst the most notable changes.
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