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The Access Technology for Information and Computing (ATIC) site details its computer-related services for MIT community members with disabilities. It describes some of the technologies available (voice recognition and synthesis, pointers, trackballs, specialized software, etc.), the consulting and training services offered by the ATIC lab, and information and resources for dealing with repetitive strain injury.

The Industrial Performance Center Web site offers material related to its study of industries in the US and other advanced economies, including summaries of publications, current research activities and associated faculty, academic offerings, upcoming events and information on how to get involved with the Center.

Current and prospective students in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program can consult the Web for information about the parent institutions (MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution); application, admissions and financial aid; and the program's academic concentrations and faculty. Also provided are maps and transportation information for the two facilities and a link to the WHOI home page.

The Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, established last fall and directed by Caroline Whitbeck, senior lecturer in mechanical engineering, offers resources for engineers, scientists and students for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in their work life. Its Web site includes ethical-conduct guidelines of various professional societies (and links to their home pages), case studies of real-world science/engineering ethical dilemmas and conduct, and instructional resources. Also featured is a link to a page for ECSEL (a program for reducing barriers to women and minorities in engineering).

A site for finding out about the history of MIT is maintained by the Institute Archives and Special Collections division of the MIT Libraries. The site has links to histories of various offices, schools and departments, information about collected manuscripts and archives, a link to Document Services (which distributes copies of working papers, theses and technical reports), and a specifications guide for thesis preparation. Viewers can also see a large graphic and accompanying history of the MIT "mens et manus" seal.

(Anyone with an MIT-related Web page to suggest for Web Sightings can contact Tech Talk Assistant Editor Alice Waugh at or x8-5401. Tech Talk will select and publish those deemed to be of greatest interest to the MIT community as space permits.)

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 22, 1996.

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