Harvard Medical students publish 'What Does the Spleen Do?' video, parody of popular Ylvis video 'The Fox'
Members of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine class of 2016 published on YouTube this week the above video, "What Does the Spleen Do?," as a parody of the comedic video "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say)" by Ylvis.
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Harvard dismisses student amid allegations of 'multiple incidents of serious, persistent unwanted sexual contact'
Harvard University has dismissed a student amid allegations of “multiple incidents of serious and persistent unwanted sexual contact,” the Harvard Crimson student newspaper reported Friday.
Harvard dean Michael D. Smith announced the dismissal – a rare action for the university to take – at a meeting this week, the Crimson reported.
A 12-member faculty council voted to dismiss the student on Nov. 20 because “the student had violated the faculty’s policy on sexual assault and other sexual misconduct by engaging in multiple incidents of serious and persistent unwanted sexual contact,” Smith said, according to the Crimson.
University officials declined to identify the student to the Crimson.
On Friday, university spokesman Jeff Neal also declined to comment to Boston.com about the student’s identity or the case, citing federal student privacy laws.
Neal also declined to disclose how many alleged incidents were reported and when, whether any have involved criminal investigations and whether the campus community was ever notified about the incidents.
The Crimson reported that the last known dismissal from the university came in 2010, when faculty voted to dismiss a student who allegedly hacked into his teacher’s online accounts.
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An outbreak of a stomach virus is spreading around the MIT campus, school officials announced Thursday.
The campus' health center, MIT Medical, reported there is an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis and officials reminded people around campus to keep proper hygiene, particularly to make sure to regularly wash their hands.
Norovirus, which causes a severe and acute form of gastroenteritis, can spread quickly, especially in dense, semi-closed communities, officials said.
“But whether it’s norovirus or not, our response should be the same — paying extra attention to practicing good hygiene," Heller's statement said. "Frequent and consistent hand-washing is the best way to prevent the spread of this type of virus.”
Heller said the campus' medical center saw two patients with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea at the beginning of this week, followed by 16 more during on Wednesday and a campus emergency medical technicians responded to a few more cases overnight.
As of noon on Thursday, a small number of additional patients with similar symptoms had checked into the campus' urgent care center, Heller said
Officials said the cases do not appear to be linked to any specific dorm or dining hall.
"We’re continuing to look at these cases to see if we can discern any patterns, and we are ready to take any additional precautions that prove necessary," said a statement from MIT Medical’s director of student health, Shawn Ferullo.
Crowdfunded documentary on late Internet activist Aaron Swartz to premiere at Sundance Film Festival
(Brian Knappenberger / YouTube)
A crowdfunded documentary about the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month.
“The Internet’s Own Boy” follows Swartz “from his teenage emergence on the Internet scene and involvement in RSS and Reddit, to his growing interest in political advocacy and the controversial actions he allegedly took in downloading nearly four million academic articles from the online service JSTOR,” according a statement from the film’s creator, Brian Knappenberger.
“The film explores Aaron’s arrest, the prosecution’s tactics in bringing the case to trial through the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the CFAA, and the impact a seemingly small hacking gesture had on Aaron’s life and the possible future of information access on the Internet,” the statement added.
The Sundance Film Festival, one of the country’s largest independent film festivals, will be held in Park City, Utah from Jan. 16 through 26. For its 30th anniversary, the festival announced this week it has selected 118 feature-length films.
Swartz, 26, hanged himself in January, as he faced years in prison for federal felony computer charges. Those charges were filed about two years before his death, when MIT police arrested him – he was a fellow at Harvard at the time – for breaking into a closet at the school where he used a laptop to download millions of academic journal articles.
His death shocked and saddened many Internet activists, while some blamed his death on MIT and prosecutors. Numerous memorials, rallies and hackathons have been held in Swartz honor, including protests calling for more humane prosecution of federal computer laws.
(Wired.com / Secret Service)
A surveillance video released this week by the Secret Service allegedly shows the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz breaking into a closet at MIT where he used a laptop to download millions of academic journal articles.
The footage, published by Wired.com after the outlet obtained the clip through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, allegedly shows Swartz, a fellow at Harvard University at the time committing the act in 2011 that led MIT police to arrest him.
Facing years in prison for federal felony computer charges from that arrest, Swartz hanged himself in January.
His death shocked and saddened many Internet activists, and led some to blame MIT and prosecutors for being too aggressive in handling his criminal case, driving Swartz to commit suicide.
Numerous virtual- and real-world memorials, rallies and hackathons have been held in honor of Swartz, a 26-year-old whose accomplishments included helping to start the social news website Reddit.com. Protests have been held calling for more humane prosecution of federal computer laws.
The newly released footage was captured by an IP video camera that MIT technicians hid in the closet shortly after they had traced the illegal downloading of millions of academic articles to the closet and found a laptop wired to the campus network and hidden under a box, according to Wired.com.
Before placing the camera there, the technicians consulted with police and together decided to leave the laptop in place to not tip off the alleged perpetrator, Wired.com reported.
The median grade for undergraduates studying at Harvard University is an A- while most commonly-awarded grade is an A, campus officials told the Harvard Crimson student newspaper Tuesday, raising concern that the university is more lenient in grading students than many rival schools.
The Crimson reported that dean of undergraduate education Jay M. Harris released the grade statistics Tuesday afternoon during a monthly meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Harvard government professor Harvey Mansfield reportedly told Harris during the meeting: “A little bird has told me that the most frequently given grade at Harvard College right now is an A-. If this is true or nearly true, it represents a failure on the part of this faculty and its leadership to maintain our academic standards.”
Harris stood, hesitated and looked toward fellow dean Michael D. Smith before answering.
“The median grade in Harvard College is indeed an A-,” Harris said, according to the Crimson. “The most frequently awarded grade in Harvard College is actually a straight A.”
The student newspaper reported that after the meeting, Harris said that the grading data came from fall 2012 and several prior semesters.
Mark Schiefsky chair of Harvard’s classics department told the Crimson he was concerned about how high the grade stats were.
“I don’t know what should be done about it, but it seems to me troubling,” Schiefsky told the publication. “One has a range of grades to give and one would presumably expect a wider distribution.”
After 'joke' campaign leads to victory, Harvard student government's vice president-elect won't resign after all
(Clark-Mayopoulos campaign / Facebook)
The vice president-elect of Harvard University's student government, who recently won the job after running a "joke" campaign, told the Harvard Crimson student newspaper this week he has changed his mind and will not resign.
Running on a “You Could Do Worse” campaign slogan and promises of more tomato basil ravioli soup and thicker toilet paper, Harvard juniors and roommates Sam Clark and Gus Mayopoulos – the so-called "joke ticket" for the positions of undergraduate council president and vice president – received about 43 percent of the 3,181 votes cast, beating out two other tickets with more serious agendas in an election two weeks ago, the Crimson reported.
Soon after their victory, the Clark- Mayopoulos campaign posted a statement on its well-‘Liked’ Facebook page, saying they would resign as soon as allowed under student government bylaws.
But this week, Mayopoulos told the Crimson he changed his mind. With Clark still planning to resign at an inauguration ceremony scheduled for Dec. 8, Mayopoulos will assume the presidency, the Crimson reported. The position of vice president will be filled through an internal vote by the undergraduate council.
“We started a conversation by participating in the election and winning the election, but to ensure that change would happen both in terms of how the UC is seen by students and how the UC deals with administrators would actually be to respect the wishes of the voters and serve,” Mayopoulos told the Crimson. “My goal is to connect with students in a way that the UC hasn’t done before and try to continue using the same kind of energy Sam and I brought to the campaign, into the UC.”
“I am hoping to dispel people’s fears that, ‘Oh, this is just going to be more of a joke,’” Mayopoulos added in his remarks to the Crimson. “It may be funny, but it won’t be a joke.”
During their short-lived political push, Clark and Mayopoulos, self-described “visionaries” and best friends, promised students they would “ask the tough questions, like: what happened to Dean Evelynn Hammonds? She’s coming back, right?” and “When do normal shuttles stop and party shuttles start? Like. Existentially,” the Facebook page says.
“We’re also here to tackle the tough issues, like divesting from gender-neutral weekend shuttles and investing in immigration reform and not having water bottles anymore. We want to tackle fossil fuels and cheating scandals and hook-up culture,” the campaign wrote on its Facebook page. “We want to expand the endowment, shrink our carbon footprint, and probably do something about final clubs.”
“But most importantly, we’re here to represent you, the Harvard students, and your cross-registered voices, the MIT students. We want to hear what you want.”
Still, the comedic duo expressed that their effort aimed to highlight at least one serious issue: “Let’s face it: the UC needs fresh ideas.”
John F. Kennedy School Of Government (via bunewsservice.com)
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Animated documentary film brings Chomsky’s ideas to life and reveals his human side (via Raw Story )
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