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Friday is energy conservation day

Students for Global Sustainability (SFGS), Facilities and Housing are sponsoring "You Light Up My Life Day" on Friday, March 12 to promote energy conservation on campus. SFGS invites members of the MIT community to shut off or dim lights between 3 and 4 p.m. and to visit displays in Lobby 10 to learn about the benefits of switching from incandescent or halogen bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Students who live in some dorms can help place "Douse the Juice" stickers (the first dorm to properly place 100 stickers will win a pizza party). Contact"> or see"> for more information.

Diamond to give Killian Lecture

Institute Professor Peter Diamond will deliver the Killian Lecture on Monday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 10-250. Diamond was named winner of the James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award last spring (see MIT Tech Talk, June 4, 2003).

In his lecture, he will discuss how economists think about Social Security and its effects on the economy. He will describe current projections of Social Security's financial problems and offer proposals for restoring it to what is called "actuarial balance."

Established in 1971 as a tribute to MIT's 10th president, the Killian Award recognizes extraordinary professional accomplishment by an MIT faculty member. "Peter's academic work singles him out as one of the most distinguished economists of his time. He is almost unique among currently active researchers in having made important contributions in both macroeconomics and microeconomcs and in having done both theoretical and data-oriented research," the award committee noted last year.

Faculty meeting is March 17

A regular meeting of the faculty will be held on Wednesday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 10-250. Agenda items will include:
Report on discipline, by Professor Rowell and Dean Tyrell
Brief comments from the chair of the Corporation, by Dana Mead
Continued dialogue on diversity, by professors Rohan Abeyaratne and Nancy Hopkins
Update on the presidential search, by Professor Rafael Bras

Help out during Preview Weekend

The entire MIT community is invited to help introduce the Institute to next year's freshmen during Campus Preview Weekend on April 15-18. Student groups, living groups, departments and faculty may host events such as tours, open houses and receptions. Students are also needed to house prefrosh in living groups over the weekend, and volunteers are needed to help with events and welcome prefrosh and their parents. To get more information and sign up to help, see

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 10, 2004.

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