The keynote address for this year's Family Weekend will be given by Eric Lander, founder and director of the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. in Kresge Auditorium.
Professor Lander will discuss the work of the Whitehead-MIT Center, a publicly funded international consortium that was the single largest contributor to the Human Genome Project, in his talk on "The Human Genome and Beyond." The talk is open to the public.
The theme for the weekend is "Emerging Technologies." Other event highlights include the luncheon with a Nobel laureate titled "The Making of a Nobel Laureate." Professor Emeritus Robert M. Solow (Nobel Prize in economics, 1987) will speak on "What is Happening to Productivity?" at the Friday event, which is already fully booked.
The Oct. 19-21 weekend, sponsored by the MIT Parents Association and the Alumni Association, provides an opportunity for families of students to discover the strength of the MIT community and to experience the MIT environment firsthand.
The weekend also includes an array of faculty and research presentations, campus and laboratory tours and special lectures; numerous student performances as well as MIT athletic contests; and a community meeting with Institute leaders including President Charles Vest, Chancellor Phillip Clay, Dean for Undergraduate Education Robert Redwine and Dean for Student Life Larry Benedict.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 17, 2001.