1. Larry Summers, who certainly encountered problems after he conjectured about innate limitations on women’s ability to excel in science, supports free speech. From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Lawrence H. Summers, the former president of Harvard University, has joined the Board of Advisors to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the free-speech advocacy group announced today. Mr. Summers certainly knows a thing or two about controversial speech: He stepped down from Harvard’s presidency in 2006, shortly after making much-criticized comments about women’s intrinsic abilities in the sciences.
2. The New York Times announces the winners of the prestigious Kavli Prize, decided by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters; 7 winners, five of them women:
Mildred S. Dresselhaus, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won the nanoscience prize for her research on carbon nanotubes…
Cornelia Isabella Bargmann of Rockefeller University, Winfried Denk of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany, and Ann M. Graybiel of M.I.T. will split the neuroscience prize for work aimed at elucidating how the brain processes information from the environment.
The winners of the astrophysics prize … David C. Jewitt of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Jane X. Luu of M.I.T.’s Lincoln Laboratory discovered the Kuiper Belt in the form of a slow-moving (meaning it was very far away) object in 1992.
The third winner of the astrophysics prize, Michael E. Brown of the California Institute of Technology…