Deirdre Fernandes

Covers the steep price students pay to earn a degree and the money behind the region’s education economy. Since joining the Globe in 2011, Fernandes has covered insurance, banking, and the economy, writing about how changes in the industry are altering the consumer experience. She previously worked for The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia and papers in North Carolina, before returning to Massachusetts. She grew up in Sudbury.

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A meeting with Jeffrey Epstein led to a gift — and, now, regrets

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MIT Media Lab researcher Neri Oxman’s 2015 meeting with Epstein offers a window into how the lab was at once concerned about the optics of taking Epstein’s money and also tempted by his potential to donate and encourage others to give to the research center.

MIT president admits he signed 2012 letter thanking Jeffrey Epstein for donation

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Both Cambridge institutions revealed new connections to the disgraced financier. Harvard announced that it had received $2.4 million more from Epstein than previously disclosed and MIT’s president said he signed a letter thanking Epstein for a donation in 2012.

Harvard says it received $9 million from Jeffrey Epstein

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In a letter to the community, Harvard president Larry Bacow also announced that the university would expand an ongoing probe of its Epstein ties to determine whether aside from giving money directly to Harvard, Epstein also served as a conduit for other donors.

Former MIT Media Lab fund-raiser says he was following university rules on Epstein donations

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Peter Cohen, a former director of development and strategy, said in a statement that when he joined the Media Lab in 2014, it already had established procedures for handling Jeffrey Epstein’s contributions.