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Source: United States Patent & Trademark Office
Patents issued to U.S. universities every five years since 1969. In 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act was passed, and many more patents were issued.
Stephanie Keeler
Karen Nilsson will step down from her position as Senior Associate Dean for Residential Life this June, after 25 years at MIT.
Greg Steinbrecher—The Tech
Los Campesinos! perform “Romance is Boring” from their album by the same name at the Paradise Lounge on Sunday night. Originally scheduled for Saturday night, the show was postponed because of travel problems caused by the volcanic ash over Europe.
Tony Laidig
(left to right) Jonathan J. Dreher G, John J. Rhoden G, Timothy J. Humpton ‘10, and Michael L. Garrett G take off from the start line in the Men’s A team time trial at the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference championships.
Jacqueline Kirtley
Ash (Christian Hegg) holds the fallen body of Scott (Gregory Cushing) before breaking out into a rendition of “I’m Not a Killer” in MTG’s production of Evil Dead: The Musical. The last performances are on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Little Kresge.
Elizabeth D’Arienzo—The Tech
Members of MIT’s Navy ROTC march by in the military ceremony Pass in Review this past Friday. The ceremony featured some common military traditions and described the deep history MIT has as one of only 25 universities with all three ROTC programs — Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Source: Jack H. Turner, MIT Technology Licensing Office
Patents applied for by MIT and issued to MIT, by year, from 2000 through 2009.
Michael Yu—The Tech
Ben Huh, CEO of Pet Holding, Inc., talks about the emergence of internet memes like “lolcats” and “Rickrolling” during a talk sponsored by the MIT Sloan Innovation club on Thursday in E51. He explained how he has created a successful business of meme websites (which include icanhascheezburger.com). Huh will also be speaking at the second annual ROFLcon, a conference on internet culture at MIT this weekend.
Michael Yu—The Tech
Joseph S. Lee ’08 prepares a tasty treat for Professor W. Eric L. Grimson PhD ’80, head of the EECS department, at one of the many food booths during the Association of Taiwanese Student’s annual Strait To Taiwan event on Tuesday in the Stata Center.
MIchael Yu—The Tech
Tiffany A. Chen ’12 teaches Andrew D. Bosson G how to play the erhu, a Chinese bowed string instrument, after the MIT Chinese Ensemble’s spring concert on Sunday in Twenty Chimneys. The concert featured several pieces with traditional Chinese instruments like the dizi, guzheng, and pipa.
Michael Yu—The Tech
Dance Geek Mafia, composed of Daniel S. Kim ’11, Carter A. Chang ’12, Jonathan H. Blackwood ’11, and Stephen G. Goodman ’12 from MIT Dance Troupe, won Best Overall Act for their dance composition during AXO’S 22nd annual Lip Sync concert on Saturday in Kresge Auditorium.
Quentin Smith—The Tech
Dustin Brackney of Apex Green Roofs shows sedum cuttings that are being planted on the new green roof on the new Sloan building, E62. Sedum, also known as stonecrop, is a large genus of popular garden plants.
The 7,000 square feet of green roof being installed by Apex Green Roofs will contribute points to the building’s LEED certification. In addition to the certification, the roof provides long-term cost savings to MIT by extending the life of the waterproof membrane covering the roof from an average of 20 years to 60–70 years. Many cities are encouraging the use of vegetation-covered roofs because they also reduce stormwater runoff by 65 percent and act as a buffer to delay stormwater from reaching drains.
“Green” roofs are so called because they are covered with vegetation. On E62, the roof is covered with 3.5 inches of a light-weight soil media planted with sedum cuttings.
The work on the roof began last Thursday and will continue through this weekend. The cuttings will put down roots in about a week and a half, and the roof will not be fully grown for another year.
Green roofs do require some maintenance, and workers from Apex Green Roofs will revisit MIT approximately three times per year to check for leaks and ensure that the plants continue to grow.