Prof. unveils design for new tribute to Officer Sean Collier
A year after MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was allegedly shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, MIT unveiled its plans for a permanent memorial to him. Architecture Professor J. Meejin Yoon revealed her design at last Friday’s ceremony of remembrance for Collier.
GSC group: make ‘high-impact’ Somerville shuttle permanent
The Somerville Saferide Shuttle has proven to be a “high-impact line,” according to a report from the Graduate Student Council Transportation Subcommittee, which assessed the Fall 2013 trial program of a new Saferide route in Somerville and East Cambridge.
Still no word on causes of 2 grad student deaths
MIT announced the death of Eliana F. Hechter, a first-year medical student at Harvard and MIT’s joint Health Sciences and Technology program, last Friday.
Since the implementation of the Institute’s open-access policy in 2009, more than 11,000 articles have been posted on DSpace, MIT’s online archive of research. These represent 37 percent of the total number of papers published by the MIT faculty in that period.
An article last Friday about the MIT Strong team incorrectly stated that all team members were asked to raise $1,000. This was true of runners who joined the team with bibs not obtained through MIT, but those who received bibs through MIT were asked to raise $4,000.
Second Phi Sig JudComm hearing followed failed alcohol inspections
MIT fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa faced its second hearing with the Judicial Committee (JudComm) of the Interfraternity Council this academic year after reportedly violating sanctions imposed in a hearing last fall, former JudComm Chair Evan Tencer ’15 said in an interview with The Tech.
PARIS — Same-sex marriage has been gaining acceptance in France a year after a law allowing such unions was passed following vociferous public opposition and heated debate in Parliament.
FCC could allow fast lane on web in net neutrality policy shift
WASHINGTON — The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have no access to medical supplies because the warring sides in the country’s civil war are blocking humanitarian relief, according to a report from the United Nations secretary-general.
Panel recommends ditching plagued Oregon health exchange
WASHINGTON — With encouragement from the Obama administration, an Oregon panel recommended Thursday that the state scrap the website for its beleaguered health insurance exchange and use the federal marketplace instead.
Dual setbacks for Obama on a strategic Asian tour
TOKYO — President Barack Obama encountered setbacks to two of his most cherished foreign-policy projects Thursday, as he failed to advance a trade deal that undergirds his strategic pivot to Asia and the Middle East peace process suffered a potentially irreparable breakdown.
Wind dies down before rainy weekend
Though yesterday was notably windy, today will come to be a nice normal Spring day, with dispersed clouds. Afternoon temperature today should peak above 60 Fahrenheit.
Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe settle hiring collusion suit
SAN FRANCISCO — Four major Silicon Valley companies, including Apple and Google, settled a high-profile suit Thursday over charges that they conspired not to hire one another’s workers, according to a court filing Thursday.
The Other Woman retreads familiar comic ground
Cameron Diaz stars in the new comedy The Other Woman as Carly, a no-nonsense, successful Manhattan lawyer. We know she is successful because both her apartment and corner office feature floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing spectacular, geographically implausible views. Also, she has pretty shoes. Carly is dating a seemingly perfect guy named Mark. He is perfect, the film tells us, because he has great hair, sometimes sends flowers, and has what looks to be a very expensive watch (and no apparent need for a day job). Carly’s nicely ordered life is overturned, however, when she unexpectedly discovers that Mark is actually married, and, even more unexpectedly, strikes up a friendship with his wife Kate (Leslie Mann) and his other mistress Amber (Kate Upton).
Remembering the lost
How long will we remember the Boston Marathon bombings? While those killed remain in our memories one year later, two million people killed by the Khmer Rouge are, less than forty years later, all but statistics.
Chatting with MIT Ballroom Dance Team
Tomorrow Rockwell Cage will shine with crystal-studded costumes, sleek hairdos, and elegant tail suits as dancers from different areas gather for MIT Open, the annual ballroom dance competition organized by MIT Ballroom Dance Team. The Tech took this opportunity to visit the team members during their weekend practice and talk about preparations, the team’s progress, and dancing in general.
Taekwondo comes in third Club team competed in national championship
The MIT Sport Taekwondo Club traveled to University of California, Berkeley April 4–6 to compete in the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (NCTA) Championships. The club faced many tough and experienced competitors from schools all over the country and came in third in the Overall and Novice Divisions.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Friday, April 25
Women’s tennis team earns win Engineers take down ranked opponent Brandeis U., 8-1
For a second straight match, the 13th-ranked MIT women’s tennis team defeated a ranked opponent by an 8-1 score. This time the Engineers took care of 22nd-ranked Brandeis University on the DuPont Tennis courts, winning two of three in doubles before clinching the match by taking all six singles contests.
As part of Earth Week at MIT, we’ve looked at a few labs that are working to build a brighter and more sustainable future.
Walk along the Charles today, and you’ll find that spring is in full swing. The crocuses and daffodils are blooming. The geese are back in town. And if you stand still for a bit and watch the flowers, you may encounter a few pollinating insects buzzing along.
Composting at MIT
Here in Cambridge and at MIT, literally tons of waste are thrown away every day, filling our landfills and generating methane and carbon emissions when they could be generating value for our communities. Recent data from the EPA shows that people in the United States generate on average 4.4 pounds (2 kg) of trash per person every day. Approximately 65 percent of this ends up in a landfill, resulting in 160 million tons added to our landfills — enough to cover the entire area of Cambridge, Massachusetts with over 75 feet of garbage — every year.
Making MIT a model of sustainability
The MIT Office of Sustainability sits in a temporary space in the basement of Building 12, a far cry from the stereotypical green and airy spaces that are associated with “eco-friendliness.” Despite these humble surroundings, Dr. Julie Newman, Director of Sustainability since August 2013, is propelling the Office to influence the decision-making of MIT.
Soaking up the sun for a cross-country drive
How many MIT students does it take to build a solar-powered car? The MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team (SEVT), an Edgerton Center-sponsored, student-run group, can do it in two years with just 15-20 students.
70 plastic bottles + 1 artist = 2 trees + 1 hammock
Editor’s Note: Some parts of this interview were shortened and edited for clarity.