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Last Published: September 16, 2014
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Vivian Hu—The Tech

A young boy plays a video game still in its beta stages of testing at the Boston Festival of Indie Games on Saturday in the Johnson Athletic Center’s indoor track. The event, created to “celebrate independent game development in New England and neighboring regions,” featured everything from card games to video games and included panels explaining the process behind creating many of these games.

September 16, 2014
MIT’s primary investment pool generated a return of 19.2 percent in the 2014 fiscal year, during which the Institute’s endowment rose to $12.4 billion, the MIT Investment Management Company announced last Friday.
September 16, 2014
Lawyers representing Dzhokar Tsarnaev, on trial for allegedly detonating two bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon and later killing MIT Police officer Sean Collier, called for charges against him to be dismissed on the grounds that grand and trial juries in Massachusetts do not fairly represent the population, violating a constitutional requirement.
September 16, 2014
MIT recently joined the network-access service eduroam and began broadcasting the “eduroam” SSID on Aug. 19, adding to the more familiar “MIT,” “MIT GUEST,” and “MIT SECURE,” according to a news article on MIT IS&T’s website.
September 16, 2014
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September 16, 2014
At a New York state elementary school, teachers can use a behavior-monitoring app to compile information on which children have positive attitudes and which act out. In Georgia, some high school cafeterias are using a biometric identification system to let students pay for lunch by scanning the palms of their hands at the checkout line. And across the country, school sports teams are using social media sites for athletes to exchange contact information and game locations.
September 16, 2014
An article published in the Friday, Sept. 9 issue of The Tech erroneously stated that Matthew C. Ellis of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory was a member of the 2014 Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation, citing the MIT News Office. The article should have referred to Matthew S. Ellis of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, as is reflected in an updated version of the News Office article.
September 12, 2014
Provost Martin A. Schmidt PhD ’88 announced last week plans to move forward to create a new institutional entity at MIT. The entity will incorporate values from several programs, including the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) and Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), to create a new center focused on complex and socio-technical systems, information and decision systems, and statistics.