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Van Parijs’ Research at Caltech, Brigham Drawing New Scrutiny

Accusations continue to swirl around work done by Luk Van Parijs, a former professor in the Biology Department and Center for Cancer Research who was fired by MIT last week for committing scientific misconduct while at the Institute. New doubts have been raised about the veracity of data in papers Van Parijs wrote prior to joining the MIT faculty in 2000, and the institutions where he did his previous work are considering investigative action.

Early Action Deadline Extended After MyMIT Web Site Shutdown

For the second time in its two-year existence, MIT’s new undergraduate admissions portal crashed on the eve of an application deadline. According to a notice on the MyMIT portal, the deadline for Early Action applications has been extended from today to Friday, Nov. 4 as a result of technical issues that occurred over the weekend.

Phone, Network Costs May Change in FY08

Information Services and Technology will be looking at a “radical restructuring” of billing for all telephone and networking services at MIT, according to Allison F. Dolan, IS&T’s director of telephony.

After Delays, Study Abroad Dean Will Be Selected Soon

The new Study Abroad Office is slated to open in Building 26 in several months, when the new assistant dean to lead it is selected. Because there have been many applications for the position, the selection process has taken longer than expected and caused a delay, said Peggy S. Enders, associate dean for undergraduate education.

In Short

Chinese Make Bid to Convert Universities Into World’s Best

When Andrew Chi-chih Yao, a Princeton professor who is recognized as one of the United States’ top computer scientists, was approached by Qinghua University in Beijing last year to lead an advanced computer studies program, he did not hesitate.

College Leaders Worry Most About Finances, Chronicle Study Finds

College presidents are more preoccupied with financial issues than educational ones, according to a new survey by


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