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Elijah Mena—The Tech
Much of Cambridge was out of power for two hours on Thursday evening. The blackout was believed to be related to a transmission line.
November 30, 2012
MIT, Harvard, and the surrounding areas lost power from 4:26 to 6:37 p.m. yesterday. The outage threw the Institute into darkness — classes were canceled, MBTA service was delayed, and police were dispatched to direct traffic. Emergency power remained on in dormitories and around campus.
November 30, 2012
Last week, President Reif announced the appointment of the first director of digital learning — Sanjay Sarma, Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Sarma will oversee efforts to enhance education with online tools, including OpenCourseWare and MITx (MIT’s contributions to edX, the venture started with Harvard).
November 30, 2012
On Jan. 16, 2013, Maria Zuber, former Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) department head, will assume the role of MIT’s vice president for research. President L. Rafael Reif announced the news in an email to the MIT community on Tuesday. Zuber has been an MIT faculty member since 1995 and is currently the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics. In the email, Reif refers to Zuber as a “compelling advocate for farsighted national investment in university research” and mentions that she is “extraordinarily well prepared to lead MIT in federal research policy and administration” given her experience in Washington.
November 30, 2012
This past Tuesday, MIT was graced by geek royalty in the form of J.J. Abrams, the producer and writer-director most famous for his television shows, which include Lost and Alias. In the latest installment of the Media Lab’s Conversation Series, Abrams sat down with lab director Joi Ito to discuss the creative process and the unexpected similarities between their respective ventures. I arrived at the lab thirty minutes early to secure a seat, and for good reason — the third floor atrium filled up quickly with aspiring storytellers looking for bits of wisdom and excited fans looking for the answers to the ending of Lost.

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