The Missile Defense Agency has refused to allow MIT to investigate a professor’s longstanding allegations of scientific fraud in a Lincoln Laboratory-led study of the military’s missile defense system, according to statements released this week by MIT and the Agency, which is part of the Department of Defense.
For the first time in the history of the MIT Federal Credit Union, undergraduates now qualify to be elected to the Board of Directors of the bank.
The Idaho National Laboratory, a combination of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory West, will give MIT’s Department of Nuclear Engineering more funding from the US Department of Energy, said David Moncton, director of the MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory.
Former Undergraduate Association Vice President Phillip A. Vasquez '05 was not registered as a student this term, according to the Registrar.
The Executive Committee of the Corporation voted unanimously to approve the merger of the Department of Ocean Engineering into the Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective January 1, 2005, wrote President Charles M. Vest in an e-mail.
The key issue in determining whether or not scientific fraud occurred is whether or not the sensor worked properly. Information on the performance of the sensor is already in the public domain (e.g. the GAO published it in a report issued in March of 2002). If MIT chose to pursue an investigation, all they would need to do is to verify whether or not the sensor obtained valid data.
In early 2002, MIT commissioned an inquiry into the allegations, which, as has been earlier reported, found that an investigation was warranted. Such a finding is not a determination that research misconduct occurred. Rather, an investigation was recommended to review issues that had been identified but could not be resolved during the preliminary inquiry.
Undergraduate Association President Harel M. Williams ’05 announced UA Treasurer Janet Y. Zhou ’06 as his nomination for UA Vice President today.
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