James L. Sherley, the African American associate professor who went on a 12-day hunger strike in February to protest his tenure denial, met the end of his appointment last Saturday, June 30. Sherley, who worked for the Biological Engineering Department, faced locked doors when he attempted to work in his laboratory after June 30 in an effort to resist the deadline.
The Recording Industry Association of America has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against eight defendants at MIT, according to Massachusetts District Court filings.
MIT has formed a new Security & Emergency Management Office, effective this month with the start of the new fiscal year. With a staff of three, the office will coordinate campus security policies as well as provide assistance with security questions and advice on installing security systems.
<i>Below is the text of outgoing Graduate Student Council President Eric G. Weese’s address to the graduates of 2007.</i>
Information Services and Technology has updated MIT’s spam filtering software to support “allow” and “deny” lists for the “To:” field of e-mails. The lists override the regular spam scoring, and permit all messages to or from a given address to be classified as non-spam (allow lists), or all messages to or from a given address to be classified as spam (deny lists). Prior to Wednesday, June 13, allow and deny lists only supported the “From:” field. The new feature does not operate on the “Cc:” header.
The MIT Corporation elected the above members at its quarterly meeting on Friday, June 8. All memberships are effective beginning July 1. From then, the Corporation will consist of 70 members, 20 of which are life members and eight of which are ex officio. An additional 34 individuals are life members emeritus, who can participate in meetings but do not having voting privileges.
<i>Below is the text of Class of 2007 President Susan Shin’s address to the graduates during Commencement on June 8.</i>
As of the end of the Spring Term, 335 out of the 469 students who applied for direct summer funding from the Undergradute Research Opportunities Program received funding, according to Melissa J. Martin-Greene, staff associate in the Academic Resources Center. An additional 10 percent of the applicants were funded through non-UROP sources, such as UROP faculty and special departmental funds.
Over 2,000 students received degrees last Friday during MIT’s 141st Commencement in front of approximately 10,000 guests, including members of the 50-year reunion Class of 1957.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Steven R. Lerman ’72 has been appointed the new Dean for Graduate Students, effective July 1. He will replace Isaac M. Colbert, who will be stepping down from the position after eight years as Dean.
<i>Below is the text of MIT President Emeritus Charles M. Vest’s charge to the graduates, delivered at MIT’s 141st Commencement held June 8, 2007. Vest served as president from 1990 through 2004. He will begin a six-year term as president of the National Academy of Engineering on July 1.</i>
Subway opened in the Lobdell food court on Monday, June 11, after a construction period that “took a lot longer than we had hoped,” according to Richard D. Berlin III, director of Campus Dining. Subway will be open daily during the summer from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Douglas-Canizares Correspondence About Resignation
<i>Rebiya Kadeer, a nominee for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, is working to spread awareness about the Uyghur people of the Xinjian Uyghur Autonomous Region. This region was once East Turkestan, before China annexed it in 1949. She visited MIT in early May to speak at an event sponsored by Amnesty International and the MIT Muslim Students' Association, as well as several other groups.</i>