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Schrock Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

A childhood filled with explosions and dangerous chemicals might sound like a recipe for disaster, but it led Professor Richard R. Schrock to pursue a career in chemistry that reached a high point Wednesday when he was named recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Karl Reid Takes Over As Head Of OME

Karl W. Reid ’84 recently took office as the new director of the Office of Minority Education, a position now endowed with influence beyond the Institute’s undergraduates. Appointed by Chancellor Phillip L. Clay PhD ’75 and Dean of Undergraduate Education Robert P. Redwine, Reid said he intends to analyze current patterns in minority populations at MIT to develop new diversity programs involving graduate students as well as undergraduates.

Ig Nobels Honor Amusing, Yet Educational Research

Last night at the Sanders Theatre at Harvard, the 15th First Annual Ig Nobel prizes were distributed to 10 curious and motivated people for their almost inconceivable research. Unlike the Nobel Prize, the Ig Nobels, created by Harvard alumnus Marc Abrahams, recognize those whose research “first makes people LAUGH, then makes them THINK.”

Donald R.F. Harleman

Donald R. F. Harleman, a renowned civil engineer whose love for the ocean and expertise in water quality and waste treatment benefited urban harbors throughout the world, died of cancer on Sept. 28 on Nantucket, Mass. He was 82.

Solar Electric Vehicle Team Places Sixth In 1,800-Mile World Solar Challenge Race

MIT’s Solar Electric Vehicle Team finished the 2005 World Solar Challenge in sixth place out of 22 teams despite racing with a damaged car. The MIT team covered 1,800 miles in 40 hours.


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Salary Gap Between High School And College Education Narrows

In the bifurcated job market of the last 25 years, a college education became an indispensable credential for a middle-class wage. That is still the case, but the payoff from a bachelor’s degree is beginning to falter.

Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the Cambridge and/or MIT Police between Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. This summary does not include incidents such as suspicious activity, false alarms, general service calls, medical shuttles, or isolated incidents of theft.


White House Works to Quell Attacks From Right on Miers
Terror Threat to Transit System Leads New York to Up Security
U.S. Weighs Spending Billions For Stockpile of Anti-Flu Pills
Republicans in Congress Propose Budget Cuts to Fund Storm Relief
HPV Vaccine Found Effective, Raising Hopes for Preventing Cervical Cancer
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Dance Review: The Art and Tradition of Indian Classical Dance: MIT Natya Conveys Religion, Philosophy, and Mythology in Kresge Little Performance
Classical Review: St. Petersburg Quartet Offers Extraordinary Repertoire: Program Delights with Mozart, Shostakovich, and Dvorak
Food Review: The Battle of The Generals General Gau’s Chicken Festival 2005
Classical Review: Hey BSO, Where’s the Beef?: Orchestra Performs Mediocre Opener to Otherwise Promising Season
CD Review: Joshua Bell Revitalizes Timeworn Concerto: Tchaikovsky’s Masterpiece Reinterpreted With Bell’s Personal Touch
Film Review ***: Clooney’s Homage to Good Journalism: Pseudo-Documentary Examines Edward R. Murrow’s Stand Against Joseph McCarthy
Film Review *1/2: ‘Two’ Not Worth the Money of Admission: Sports Betting Movie Leaves Out Too Much Substance
Film Review **1/2: ‘Greatest Game’ Just Barely On Par Tale of Golf’s 1913 U.S. Open is Confusing, Yet Entertaining
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