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On Wednesday, July 18, lecturer Mark Harvey and his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will perform two sets of Aardvark originals plus Ellington, Gershwin and blues at 8:30 p.m. at the Regattabar at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. Tickets are $10.

"What kind of project would an artist-in-residence at MIT come up with?" asked ABC "Nightline" executive producer Leroy Sievers. The July 6 broadcast featured a report by Robert Krulwich on Joe Davis, research affiliate in the Department of Biology and included a look at Davis's paramecium fishing contraption -- deep-sea fishing equipment mechanically rigged to a drop of pond water. "[Davis] comes up with all sorts of ideas that no one ever thought of before, and then enlists the considerable brain power there to turn them into reality," said Sievers. "I've always believed that part of our job as journalists is to take people places they've never been, and to show them things they've never seen. I guarantee you that you have never seen anything like this before."

Kelly Heaton, recently a research affiliate in the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, is the creator of "Reflection Loop," an interactive installation based on a Furby doll currently on view at the DeCordova Museum's annual exhibition. The Boston Globe's Cate McQuaid wrote, "The most ambitious element of her installation is "The Pool," a wall made of Furby eyes and beaks ... Comical and frightening at once, this is just a toy version, Heaton implies, of what we are doing to humankind." Ms. Heaton earned an SM from the Media Lab in 2000.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on July 18, 2001.

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