Surprise, it’s still winter
Although the bulk of the frozen precipitation missed Boston this time, February is still considered deep winter in New England.
COVID-19 testing kits, spring reg week, vaccine eligibility form
Undergraduates returning to campus should register to receive pre-departure COVID-19 testing kits.
Criminal justice lawyer and social activist Bryan Stevenson to deliver Class of 2021 Commencement address
Stevenson has argued and won multiple landmark cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including Miller v. Alabama (2012).
54% of faculty survey respondents believe MIT should divest from fossil fuel companies
Those who responded that MIT should divest from fossil fuel companies named climate change as the primary reason.
Eric Lander and Maria Zuber selected for science positions in Biden administration
Lander will take a leave of absence from MIT. Meanwhile, Zuber will continue to serve as the Institute’s vice president for research.
MIT’s proposal for a new graduate dorm on Vassar should include ground-floor public space
The Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association (CNA) submitted this letter to President Reif and the MIT Campus Planning team Dec. 7, 2020.
Life, the universe, and 12.400
In 135 B.C., a comet appeared in the twilit skies of Asia Minor, and in that unearthly light was born Mithridates the Great, future king of Pontus and one of Rome’s most successful opponents. A second celestial interloper adorned the skies as he took the throne in 119 B.C., and in 44 B.C., a third comet reigned over Italy, mere weeks after Julius Caesar’s death. According to legend, that is, and John T. Ramsey’s historical analysis.
My love: it aches
“Such a simple question, such a complicated request — please, know me.”
For the love of broccoli
There is broccoli at MIT’s dining halls almost every week. The broccoli is usually steamed or roasted. Although I miss the garlic, ginger, oil, onions, coriander seed, chili, methi, and masala that go well with broccoli, I enjoy eating it bland. I should instead say that I love staring at its details. When broccoli is cooked well with spices, either the details get destroyed or the spices obscure the details. On the other hand, with steamed, unseasoned broccoli, I can look at its hierarchy of stalks that are self-similar at all levels and detailed heads to the point that my food gets cold.