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Interactive architecture artist and composer Chris Janney '78, former fellow at the CAVS, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning on October 4.

Since 1989, Mr. Janney has been working on a concept of permanent interactive architectural sound and light installations. The program looked at his permanent interactive 180-foot long sound and light environment at the Miami International Airport.

This spring, Mr. Janney installed REACH: New York, an interactive sound environment which elicits sounds of the rain forest, in the 34th Street subway station. Locally, Mr. Janney is perhaps best known as the inventor of the acoustic staircase at Boston's Museum of Science.
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ABC World News Tonight aired a story on Center for Advanced Visual Studies Exhibits and Projects Director Elizabeth Goldring on October 8. Ms. Goldring, who is a poet, demonstrated a device for diagnosing eye disease that could allow some people who are blind or visually challenged like her, to access the Internet, read simple texts or see the face of a friend or loved one.
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In his review of The Chicken from Minsk, and 99 Other Infuriatingly Challenging Brain Teasers from the Great Russian Tradition of Math and Science, Roger Penrose, Oxford University professor of mathematics, wrote, "I strongly recommend this book to anyone intrigued by puzzles of any kind."

Professor Penrose's review of the 1995 book by Robert M. Rose, professor of materials science and engineering, and Yuri Chernyak, a research fellow in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and a former associate professor of physics at Moscow State University, appeared in the (London) Times Higher Education Supplement on September 27.

"There is considerable educational value in presenting physics or mathematics in this form," Mr. Penrose wrote. "There is no better way to [sharpen one's wits] than by having one's interest tickled by puzzles like these. If The Chicken from Minsk has a significant educational purpose, as I believe it has, this purpose is achieved, to a great extent, because the book is fun."

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 20, 1996.


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