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Internationally certified mehndi artist, Heather Caunt-Nulton, applies a henna tattoo to the hand of Kavitha Sivasailam G at the Mela Festival hosted by the Association for Indian Development (AID) on Oct. 11 in Rockwell Cage. AID is a volunteer organization that supports grassroots organizations in India.

Linguistics Professor Noam Chomsky lectured on Student Activism and Human Rights in Iran on Tuesday in 26-100 during an event sponsored by MIT Amnesty International.

MIT’s Ridonkulous performs in Lobdell Court at the Ring the Alarm dance competition. The competition was hosted by MIT’s Mocha Moves and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity on Friday, November 20 and featured a wide variety of dance groups, including BU Vibe, BU Edge, MIT Chamak, and Essence. Ridonkulous came in second place.

School is still in session: Mocha Moves’ Armand E. Mignot ’10 performs at the group’s fifth annual show, MoCurriculum, which took place in Little Kresge last weekend.

Sara Quin, of the indie pop-rock duo Tegan and Sara, plays the group’s 2004 hit “Walking with a Ghost” during a concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston on Feb. 13. The band’s new album, Sainthood, was released in October.

To complete his last performance with the MIT Chorallaries, Michael R. Blaisse ’10 sings his first solo, “Papercut,” with the group at their annual Spring Concert on Friday. He is joined by current members and alumni of the Chorallaries.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood speaks on the dangers of distracted driving in the Media Lab on Monday. LaHood challenged MIT students to develop new technologies and media strategies to combat the increasing number of deaths and injuries attributed to talking on the phone, texting, e-mailing, and other distractions while driving.

Thaddeus R. Cybulski ’10 cradles Casey K. Hua ’11 during a contemporary dance they choreographed.

Amie J. Guo ’14 browses the selection at Kappa Alpha Theta’s semi-annual Charity Denim Designer Jean sale on Friday in Kresge Oval. Proceeds from the sale went to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a group of community volunteers appointed to speak for abused and neglected children in court.

The MIT iGEM team opens the floor for questions after their presentation on Sunday.
iGEM, or the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, is a five-month-long research challenge, which culminated with a jamboree at MIT this past weekend.
For their work, the MIT team received the award for Best Manufacturing Project.
The MIT project had two parts: One part used ultraviolet light to induce bacteriophage production and polymerization, forming a 3D photo using the phage. The other part used pressure to induce mammalian stem cells to differentiate into bone cells.
Awards are given in eight tracks, and the winners of the tracks are considered finalists for the grand prize, the BioBrick Trophy. MIT won its track, but not the grand prize, which went to the team from Slovenia for their work on using DNA-binding regions of proteins to gather together many proteins that are involved in the same biosynthetic pathway.
The MIT team consisted of 13 undergraduates, 10 instructors, and 4 faculty advisors.
To learn more about their project, visit

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