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Professor Accused of Career Intimidation Incident Highlights Growing Research Rift

Allegations made against a prominent MIT professor regarding his actions during the Institute’s failed recruitment of a young female scientist have raised concerns about the tensions between the Institute’s neuroscience units and the ability of professors in the two major neuroscience centers to collaborate on research. Nobel laureate and Biology professor Susumu Tonegawa, the head of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, was accused of bullying neuroscientist Alla Y. Karpova into declining the Biology Department’s offer to become an Assistant Professor working at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research.

LaVerde’s Sold to 660 Corporation

On Sunday, LaVerde’s Market will have a new owner but not a new name. Frank LaVerde, who opened LaVerde’s Market in 1988, is selling the store to 660 Corporation, which operates eleven convenience stores, including the one in MacGregor House. The sale of the convenience store, located on the first floor of the student center, is expected to be finalized on Sunday.

State Regulations Affect Health Plan International Students’ Insurance Plans Will be Most Affected by Changes

In order to comply with new state regulations, changes have been made to the MIT Student Health Plan that will once again affect international students at MIT. One new regulation will require that students purchase a comprehensive health insurance policy from a United States-based insurance carrier. International students will no longer waive the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan for a plan based in a foreign country. Also included is the exception for MIT students who are studying in a foreign country. These students must subscribe to a plan that will cover them in the country where they will study. The revisions are effective August 11, 2006.

Barracuda Devices Installed To Help Catch Fishy E-mail

Information Services and Technology has added new equipment to the campus e-mail system to improve handling of spam e-mail; this change has been driven by an increase in spam that has escaped MIT’s existing SpamAssassin filtering system.

In Short

News Briefs

A series of changes to SafeRide and shuttle schedules were instituted on Tuesday. All SafeRide routes will stop running 30 minutes earlier each night. The Northwest shuttle will now run all year on weekdays but will stop running 40 minutes earlier. Riders on the Northwest shuttle will also be able to request stops at Hotel@MIT. Finally, Edgerton will be the second stop on the Cambridge East SafeRide route.

Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the MIT or Cambridge Police between July 6 and August 2, 2006. This summary does not include incidents such as suspicious activity, false alarms, or medical shuttles.

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Coach Banned From Olympic Stadium Following Positive Testosterone Test
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Shivering, Not Sweating, in the Heat: Time for the Energy Initiative to Address Conservation On Campus


Book Review: ‘Snakes on a Plane’ Novel Packs a Slithering Punch: Great Beach Read For Summer
Movie Review ***1/2: The ‘Clerks’ Are Back with a Deep-Fried Passion: Brilliantly Outrageous!
FILM REVIEW **: “John Tucker Must Die” A Classic Teen Comedy: Wait For the DVD
Restaurant Review: Petit Robert Bistro - New Location a Bit of a Squeeze: Elegant Food Undermined by Noisy Atmosphere, Slow Service, and Cramped Space
FILM REVIEW ***: Cast Shines in “Little Miss Sunshine” A Trip to the Beauty Pageant Has Never Been More Enjoyable


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