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Three days after the Boston Marathon bombing of April , MIT Police patrol officer Sean Collier was fatally shot by the suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev , setting off a violent manhunt that shut down the campus and much of the Boston metropolitan area for a day. The announcement further stated that "Future recipients of the award will include those whose contributions exceed the boundaries of their profession, those who have contributed to building bridges across the community, and those who consistently and selflessly perform acts of kindness".
The focus of the new college is to study not just AI, but interdisciplinary AI education, and how AI can be used in fields as diverse as history and biology. Both Seth and Media Lab Director Joi Ito have made public statements apologizing to Jeffrey Epstein's victims and others for judgments made over a series of years.
MIT's acre The bridge closest to MIT is the Harvard Bridge , which is known for being marked off in a non-standard unit of length — the smoot. The Cambridge neighborhoods surrounding MIT are a mixture of high tech companies occupying both modern office and rehabilitated industrial buildings, as well as socio-economically diverse residential neighborhoods. Typically, academic and office buildings are referred to primarily by number while residence halls are referred to by name. The organization of building numbers roughly corresponds to the order in which the buildings were built and their location relative north, west, and east to the original center cluster of Maclaurin buildings.
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MIT's on-campus nuclear reactor  is one of the most powerful university-based nuclear reactors in the United States. The prominence of the reactor's containment building in a densely populated area has been controversial,  but MIT maintains that it is well-secured. Gates Building", and designed by architect Frank Gehry. While Microsoft had previously given financial support to the institution, this was the first personal donation received from Gates. MIT Nano, also known as Building 12, is an interdisciplinary facility for nanoscale research. Its , square feet cleanroom and research space, visible through expansive glass facades, is the largest research facility of its kind in the nation.
The facility also provides state-of-the-art nanoimaging capabilities with vibration damped imaging and metrology suites sitting atop a 5-million-pound slab of concrete underground.
Other notable campus facilities include a pressurized wind tunnel for testing aerodynamic research, a towing tank for testing ship and ocean structure designs, and Alcator C-Mod , the largest fusion device operated by any university. MIT has also taken steps to reduce its environmental impact by running alternative fuel campus shuttles, subsidizing public transportation passes , and building a low-emission cogeneration plant that serves most of the campus electricity, heating, and cooling requirements.
The MIT Police with state and local authorities, in the period, have investigated reports of 12 forcible sex offenses, 6 robberies, 3 aggravated assaults, burglaries, 1 case of arson, and 4 cases of motor vehicle theft on campus; affecting a community of around 22, students and employees. MIT has substantial commercial real estate holdings in Cambridge on which it pays property taxes , plus an additional voluntary payment in lieu of taxes PILOT on academic buildings which are legally tax-exempt.
MIT's School of Architecture , now the School of Architecture and Planning, was the first in the United States,  and it has a history of commissioning progressive buildings. Designed by William Welles Bosworth , these imposing buildings were built of reinforced concrete , a first for a non-industrial — much less university — building in the US.
The Great Dome overlooks Killian Court, where graduation ceremonies are held each year. The friezes of the limestone-clad buildings around Killian Court are engraved with the names of important scientists and philosophers. Pei 's Green , Dreyfus, Landau, and Wiesner buildings represent high forms of post-war modernist architecture. Undergraduates are guaranteed four-year housing in one of MIT's 10 undergraduate dormitories. East Campus has gained a reputation as a thriving counterculture.
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In , MIT abruptly closed and then demolished undergrad dorm Bexley Hall, citing extensive water damage that made repairs infeasible. MIT is chartered as a non-profit organization and is owned and governed by a privately appointed board of trustees known as the MIT Corporation. Schwarzman College of Computing , is scheduled to open in September Rafael Reif , who formerly served as provost under President Susan Hockfield , the first woman to hold the post.
MIT is a large, highly residential, research university with a majority of enrollments in graduate and professional programs. MIT students refer to both their majors and classes using numbers or acronyms alone. MIT students use a combination of the department's course number and the number assigned to the class to identify their subjects; for instance, the introductory calculus-based classical mechanics course is simply "8.
The four-year, full-time undergraduate program maintains a balance between professional majors and those in the arts and sciences, and has been dubbed "most selective" by U. News ,  admitting few transfer students  and 6. There is a Laboratory Requirement, usually satisfied by an appropriate class in a course major.
The Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences HASS Requirement consists of eight semesters of classes in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, including at least one semester from each division as well as the courses required for a designated concentration in a HASS division. Under the Communication Requirement, two of the HASS classes, plus two of the classes taken in the designated major must be "communication-intensive",  including "substantial instruction and practice in oral presentation".
Most classes rely on a combination of lectures, recitations led by associate professors or graduate students, weekly problem sets "p-sets" , and periodic quizzes or tests. While the pace and difficulty of MIT coursework has been compared to "drinking from a fire hose",    the freshmen retention rate at MIT is similar to other research universities.
For each class taken in the fall term, freshmen transcripts will either report only that the class was passed, or otherwise not have any record of it. In the spring term, passing grades A, B, C appear on the transcript while non-passing grades are again not recorded.
Students join or initiate research projects "UROPs" for academic credit, pay, or on a volunteer basis through postings on the UROP website or by contacting faculty members directly. Snyder, published The Hidden Curriculum , arguing that education at MIT was often slighted in favor of following a set of unwritten expectations, and that graduating with good grades was more often the product of figuring out the system rather than a solid education. The successful student, according to Snyder, was the one who was able to discern which of the formal requirements were to be ignored in favor of which unstated norms.
For example, organized student groups had compiled " course bibles "—collections of problem-set and examination questions and answers for later students to use as references. This sort of gamesmanship, Snyder argued, hindered development of a creative intellect and contributed to student discontent and unrest. MIT's graduate program has high coexistence with the undergraduate program, and many courses are taken by qualified students at both levels. MIT offers a comprehensive doctoral program with degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields as well as professional degrees.
Admission to graduate programs is decentralized; applicants apply directly to the department or degree program. MIT awarded 1, master's degrees and doctoral degrees in the academic year — MIT also places among the top five in many overall rankings of universities see right and rankings based on students' revealed preferences. The university historically pioneered research and training collaborations between academia, industry and government. The US Justice Department began an investigation in , and in filed an antitrust suit against MIT, the eight Ivy League colleges, and eleven other institutions for allegedly engaging in price-fixing during their annual "Overlap Meetings", which were held to prevent bidding wars over promising prospective students from consuming funds for need-based scholarships.
The mass-market magazine Technology Review is published by MIT through a subsidiary company, as is a special edition that also serves as an alumni magazine. There are also various specialized libraries and archives. The libraries contain more than 2. The past decade has seen a trend of increased focus on digital over print resources in the libraries. The museum now engages in significant educational outreach programs for the general public, including the annual Cambridge Science Festival , the first celebration of this kind in the United States. Since , its official mission has been, "to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century".
In electronics, magnetic core memory , radar , single electron transistors , and inertial guidance controls were invented or substantially developed by MIT researchers. Shannon developed much of modern information theory and discovered the application of Boolean logic to digital circuit design theory. Current and previous physics faculty have won eight Nobel Prizes ,  four Dirac Medals ,  and three Wolf Prizes predominantly for their contributions to subatomic and quantum theory.
Allegations of research misconduct or improprieties have received substantial press coverage.
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Professor David Baltimore , a Nobel Laureate , became embroiled in a misconduct investigation starting in that led to Congressional hearings in MIT alumni and faculty have founded numerous companies, some of which are shown below:  . The faculty and student body place a high value on meritocracy and on technical proficiency.
Many upperclass students and alumni wear a large, heavy, distinctive class ring known as the " Brass Rat ". MIT has over recognized student activity groups,  including a campus radio station , The Tech student newspaper, an annual entrepreneurship competition , and weekly screenings of popular films by the Lecture Series Committee.
Less traditional activities include the "world's largest open-shelf collection of science fiction " in English, a model railroad club , and a vibrant folk dance scene. The Independent Activities Period is a four-week-long "term" offering hundreds of optional classes, lectures, demonstrations, and other activities throughout the month of January between the Fall and Spring semesters. Many MIT students also engage in "hacking", which encompasses both the physical exploration of areas that are generally off-limits such as rooftops and steam tunnels , as well as elaborate practical jokes.
MIT enrolled 4, undergraduates and 6, graduate students in — MIT received 20, applications for admission to the undergraduate Class of it admitted 1, 7. The interquartile range on the SAT was — and 97 percent of students ranked in the top tenth of their high school graduating class. Richards also became the first female member of MIT's faculty, specializing in sanitary chemistry. A number of student deaths in the late s and early s resulted in considerable media attention focussing on MIT's culture and student life.