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The neutral beam accelerator at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak. The laboratory, centered around the tokamak, or magnetically confined nuclear fusion device, faces significant cuts under the 2013 presidential budget request. The accelerator fires neutral particles into the plasma, resulting in an X-ray emission that can be used to visualize the plasma within and study its behavior.
STAFF REPORTER
March 20, 2012
Last Friday, four MIT professors were announced as this year’s MacVicar Fellows; William Broadhead, Class of 1954 career development associate professor of history; Leslie P. Kaelbling, Panasonic professor of computer science and engineering; David Kaiser, Germeshausen professor of the history of science; and Nancy L. Rose, Charles P. Kindleberger professor of applied economics. The MacVicar Fellowship recognizes MIT professors for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. These professors will hold their fellowships for a 10-year term, during which they will receive $10,000 annually for educational activities and other scholarly expenses.
STAFF REPORTER
March 20, 2012
Alcator C-Mod — MIT’s tokamak, a toroidal plasma confinement fusion device — is currently facing the possibility of getting all of its federal funding cut.
MIT NEWS OFFICE
March 20, 2012
Alice H. Amsden, an expert in economic development who served as the Barton L. Weller Professor of Political Economy in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, died suddenly on March 15 at her home in Cambridge. She was 68.
STAFF REPORTER
March 20, 2012
Joining the growing biotechnology industry presence in Cambridge, in 2013 Biogen Idec, the third largest biotechnology company in the world, will move its executive office from its location in Weston, Mass. to Kendall Square. The move reverses the company’s relocation two years ago, when Biogen Idec’s headquarters (including sales and marketing) moved from Cambridge to Weston, leaving its Research and Development (R&D) division in Cambridge.



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