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Third EnviroForum scheduled

The third MIT EnviroForum--a series of events for MIT community members and Cambridge residents interested in the environment, sustainability and related issues--will be held on Wednesday, March 10 from 4-6 p.m. in the Bush Room (10-105). Leon Glicksman, professor of architecture and mechanical engineering, and Paul Parravano, MIT's co-director of the Office of Government and Community Relations, will speak on "People Shaping the Environment: Research and Activities at MIT." Refreshments will be served.

Charity basketball tournament

MIT will host a benefit basketball tournament for MIT students, staff and faculty on Saturday, March 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Rockwell Cage. The event is part of The Brothers McWilliam Foundation's first annual Boston Shoot for the Cure, a three-on-three basketball tournament, three-point contest and foul-shooting contest involving several Boston-area colleges, with net proceeds going to the Massachusetts affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

There will be men's and women's divisions; co-ed teams will play in the men's division. Anyone is eligible except varsity basketball team members. Finalists from MIT will go on to a tournament at Tufts on April 2. For more information and to register online, go to E-mail questions to

Jazz brunch at Endicott House

Artists Behind the Desk and Endicott House are presenting a Sunday jazz brunch featuring classical jazz pianist Bob Toabe on March 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets ($30) include a buffet brunch. For information and reservations, contact Simon Nasser at (781) 251-6356 or

"Evocative objects" symposium

The MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, directed by Professor Sherry Turkle of the Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS), will host the "Evocative Objects 2004" symposium on Friday, March 5 in Killian Hall.

The Initiative on Technology and Self (ITS) was founded in 2001 to explore technology's effects on how we think and the questions it raises about selfhood, identity and community. The event builds on the ITS's "Evocative Objects" seminar, which has sparked conversation about material culture, emotions and epistemology through close "readings" of objects ranging from 19th-century pumps to Olivetti portable typewriters and Moog synthesizers.

Symposium speakers will include Turkle and Anne Pollock of STS; Mitchel Resnick, Tod Machover and Christopher Csikszentmihályi of the Media Lab; Robert Kanigel, director of the Graduate Program in Science Writing; Caroline Jones and Krzysztof Wodiczko of the Department of Architecture; and Harvard anthropologist David Gordon Mitten, as well as student presenters. Those interested in attending should send e-mail to For more information, see

Foreign scholarship workshops

The Foreign Scholarships Office will be conducting two workshops on foreign scholarships. Professor Linn Hobbs, chair of the Foreign Scholarships Committee, will discuss the funding opportunities available for graduate study abroad, including the Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Churchill and more. Office staff members will explain services available to students during the application process.

The workshops will be held Tuesday, March 9 from 4-6 p.m. in Room 3-133 and Monday, April 26 from 4-6 p.m. in Room 56-114. No registration is required; all MIT students are welcome. For more information, call 253-6322.

Scholarships for employees'children

High school seniors who are children of MIT employees are eligible for merit-based college scholarships of $1,500. The scholarships are available to members or organizations (including MIT) belonging to the Postal Customer Council of Greater Boston and their children.

The application deadline is Friday, March 12. For more information and an application, contact Marty O'Brien, director of Mail Services, at 253-6728 or

Antitheft program for laptops

On Tuesday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., MIT Police will conduct a laptop registration program in Lobby 10. For a $10 fee (cash or paper requisition required), police attach a tamperproof tag to the top of the computer and register it with a company called STOP (Security Tracking of Office Property). For more information, see

Child Identification Program

Members of the MIT community may bring their children to a free CHIP (Child Identification Program) session on Saturday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Building E25 atrium. The national program, sponsored on campus by the MIT Police and the MIT Federal Credit Union, records fingerprints, a videotape and dental records of children for parents to keep. For more details, see or call 253-9755.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 3, 2004.

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