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Event looks at idea of diversity GIR

Should MIT adopt a general Institute requirement in diversity? There will be a discussion of this idea among administrators, faculty, staff and students tonight (Nov. 5) from 7-9 p.m. in Room 4-270. There will be free Mexican food. All are welcome. The event is sponsored by Advocates for Awareness, the Campus Committee on Race Relations, the Graduate Students Office and ARCADE (Assisting Recurring Cultural and Diversity Events). Anyone with questions or comments may e-mail

Nanotech forum, conference slated

MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation will co-host the first Massachusetts Nanotechnology Venture Forum and Conference on Friday, Nov. 7 at Kresge Auditorium and the Stratton Student Center. The event is organized by the Massachusetts Nanotechnology Initiative, a program to promote new economic growth from the emerging community of nanoscale researchers and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts.

Giving presentations on promising nanoscale work at MIT will be Professor Yet-Ming Chiang and Assistant Professor Francesco Stellacci of materials science and engineering, Associate Professor Sang-Gook Kim of mechanical engineering, and Professor Henry Smith of electrical engineering and computer science. Other sessions will look at nanotechnology innovations developed at Harvard and Tufts as well as local companies, including MolySym Inc., an early-stage company that was a finalist in MIT's $50K Competition this year.

The forum and conference begin at 8:30 a.m. in Kresge Auditorium with keynote remarks by Mihail Roco of the National Science Foundation, a key organizer of the $900 million National Nanotechnology Initiative. Admission is free to students and faculty with MIT ID. The full agenda is online at

Mitchell gives talk on new book

Professor William Mitchell, academic head of the Media Arts and Sciences Program and former dean of architecture, will discuss his new book, "ME++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City," on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Bartos Theater. "ME++," the third title in his informal trilogy which includes "City of Bits" and "e-topia," looks at the evolution of wireless technology and examines its effects on cities, urban life and culture.

The Mitchell event is sponsored by the Technology and Culture Forum and is part of the authors@mit lecture series sponsored by the MIT Press Bookstore and the Libaries. For more information, call 253-5249, e-mail or see

Raffle benefits Operation Smile

Smile at MIT, a student chapter of Operation Smile, is holding a raffle this month to raise money for the parent organization. Operation Smile is a nonprofit group that performs free reconstructive surgery on disfigured people (primarily indigent children) worldwide. MIT raffle prizes include dinners at several restaurants in the Cambridge/Boston area, including Boston's Top of the Hub. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased in the Student Center lobby this week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by sending e-mail to or Melissa Latigo, president of Smile at MIT, at

IAP Traveling Fellowship available

The Kelly-Douglas Fund will award IAP traveling fellowships of up to $1,200 apiece to juniors and first-term seniors. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Nov. 19. For more information, see or contact professor Lowell Lindgren (, director of the Kelly-Douglas Fund. The humanities fund, established by the late I. Austin Kelly, also sponsors summer travel.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 5, 2003.

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