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Antitheft window-etching offered today

MIT Police, in conjunction with the Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force, will conduct an automobile window-etching program today (May 12) from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to Simmons Hall.

For a fee of $10 (cash only), participants will have their car's vehicle identification number chemically etched into each piece of glass on the vehicle, deterring car thieves who sell stolen parts to dishonest repair and body shops. Owners then become eligible for a 15 percent antitheft discount on their comprehensive auto insurance. (Anyone whose vehicle already has an antitheft device will not receive an additional discount.)

Car owners should bring vehicles, their registration and $10 cash. In case of rain, the event will be postponed until Thursday, May 13. Those unable to attend may call the Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force at (781) 393-1201 to inquire about other locations and times.

Get copies for two cents today

Today (May 12) is Two-Cent Copy Day at the Copy Technology centers in rooms 11-004 and E52-045 and at CopyTech Express in the Stratton Student Center. Self-service copying on regular paper (8.5-by-11-inch, 20-lb. white) will be 2 cents per impression. CopyTech also will have extra staff available to help with end-of-term presentation and thesis work. For hours and other information, see

Alaska on campus

Take a simulated dogsled ride, see a planetarium-style display on the aurora borealis (northern lights) and explore other interactive, museum-style exhibits about Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) through Friday, May 14 in rooms 1-080 and 1-090 (call 253-4074 or e-mail for hours).

The exhibits are the result of a semester-long class through MIT's Terrascope program in which 28 freshmen learned first-hand about the benefits and pitfalls of drilling for oil in ANWR (see /newsoffice/nr/2004/alaska-log.html.)

Free skin cancer screening

MIT Medical will be offering four free skin cancer screenings at its Cambridge and Lexington locations. Appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14 and Friday, June 11 on campus (call 617-253-4865) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 and Thursday, July 22 at MIT Medical in Lexington (call 781-981-7080).

These screenings are open to the entire MIT community and are particularly intended for people who have never had a skin cancer screening, especially men over 50 and others who have had a lot of sun exposure or sunburns.
Faculty meeting May 19

A regular meeting of the faculty will be held Wednesday, May 19 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 10-250. Agenda items include:

  • Vote on the report of the Committee on Nominations, by Professor Linn Hobbs
  • Report of the Killian Committee, by Professor Robert Langer
  • Proposal to establish an S.B. degree in archaeology and materials, by Professor J. Mark Schuster
  • Report from the ROTC Task Force, by Professor Phillip Clay
  • Continued discussion on faculty diversity, by Professor Rafael Bras
  • Resolution concerning underrepresented minority faculty and graduate student recruitment and retention, by Professor Wesley Harris
  • Election of the members of the faculty ex officiis, by Professor Bras
  • Recognition of retiring faculty members, by Professor Bras
Abandoned bikes will be removed

The Parking and Transportation Office is placing red tags on bicycles which appear to be abandoned on campus. Most of the tagging will take place before Friday, May 14, and bicycle removal will begin on May 17. A bicycle will not be removed until at least two weeks after it has been tagged. Parking and Transportation is also identifying and tagging illegally parked bicycles.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 12, 2004 (download PDF).

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