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News in review

  • New overhead rules endanger UROP funding
    In its 25th year, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program weathers a serious financial crisis brought about by new federal regulations on overhead costs.
  • Residents right proposed plan to switch dormitories
    The administration considers the future of undergraduate housing in east campus and of graduate housing in Ashdown House. As plans become public, students get involved.
  • David LaMacchia cleared; case raises civil liberties issues
    A federal judge throws out wire fraud charges against an MIT senior accused of helping Internet users make illegal copies of copyrighted software.
  • Shull wins physics Nobel for work done 40 years ago
    Professor Emeritus Clifford G. Shull shares the Nobel Prize for seminal work in elastic neutron scattering.
  • Deutch to No. 2 in DoD; declines CIA
    Institute Professor John M. Deutch '61 gains the No. 2 job at the Department of Defense and is a candidate to head the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Provost's decision to close CMRAE sparks controversy
    A decision to close the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology strains relations between the faculty and administration.
  • Smith, Perkins will step down; Dean's Office reorganized
    Deans Arthur C. Smith and Frank E. Perkins announce plans to retire, and Smith restructures his staff.
  • Administration reshuffled after Simonides' death
    After the death of Constantine B. Simonides '57, the upper administration undergoes a major reorganization.
  • Redesign teams aim to streamline support services
    Redesign teams are formed to re-engineer support services by improving quality and efficiency.
  • Concern surrounds picture book cover
    The TCA Freshman Picture Book is delayed after administrators object to a cover that could be interpreted as racially derogatory.
  • Women comprise record 40 percent of Class of 1998
    A record 40 percent of the Class of 1998 is female.
  • New MEng, Sloan MBA degrees top academic changes
    Several new master's degree programs are created and the Physics I format is changed.
  • DoD funding cut threatens research; bodes ill for future
    Percent of research funding supplied by the DoD
    Congress almost effects a serious cut in university-funded research and decides on a more modest 14 percent.
  • Despite early fears, Fernald tests posed little risk to subjects
    Declassified government documents show that MIT and Harvard University researchers conducted radiation experiments on children at a state school for retarded children.
  • IFC and GAMIT, BSU and PBE look for resolution
    A conciliatory attitude prevails as tensions are resolved between various student groups.
  • New $70 million bio building opens
    The Department of Biology moves into its new building.
  • Students save Baker dining hall, start Safe Walk
    Students save the Baker House dining hall, start a safe escort service, and revive the grocery shuttle.
  • Former researchers punished for fraud
    Thereza Imanishi-Kari is found guilty of scientific misconduct after an investigation of a 1986 Cell paper.
  • MITnet extends to dorms, ILGs; poses security risk
    MITnet expands to dormitories and independent living groups as security concerns loom.
  • Institute strives to comply with 1990 disabilities act
    MIT works to comply with provisions of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, including the creation of a federally-mandated disabilities services coordinator.
  • MITES dispute attracts national media attention
    A high school student charges he is treated unfairly because he is black and because he is from an under-privileged background.
  • 'Baybank bandit' ATM robberies top list of crimes in '94
    A suspect is arrested for a spate of armed robberies at automated teller machines on the outskirts of the Institute.
  • Arsonists plague Burton-Conner and MacGregor
    Several mysterious fires are set in Burton-Conner House suites and at other campus locations.
  • SigIPhi to become chapter of AEPhi
    Sigma Iota Phi joins the national sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi.
  • Senior survey shows overall satisfaction with academics, life
    For the first time ever, the Institute asks a graduating class, "How did we do?"
  • PhD student finds Soviets misreported Chernobyl accident
    Alexander R. Sich PhD '94 concludes that more radiation was released than previously reported.