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Vendor fair planned

More than 100 of MIT's suppliers of office, computer and lab supplies, equipment, furniture and temporary help will display their products and answer questions at the annual vendor fair, which will be held under the big tent on McDermott Court on Thursday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine).

MIT employees can learn how to reduce costs while improving the quality of the goods and services they purchase and how to help the Institute in its recycling efforts. Applications will be available for Procurement credit cards, and Procurement personnel will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, call Diane Shea, director of Procurement, at 253-8370.

MITAC moved

The MIT Activities Committee has moved from the basement of Walker Memorial to the first floor of the Stata Center at the Information Desk near the Gates Lobby and the giant "?" sign. Beginning Sept. 2, MITAC tickets will be on sale in the Stata Center Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Update online information

Employees are encouraged to check their directory information, including e-mail address, by going to the Employee Self Service web site at The deadline for changing information for inclusion in the printed Faculty and Staff Directory is Sept. 15. The directory will be available in early November. The online directory is updated daily.

Reading room expands hours

The Institute Archives and Special Collections reading room (14N-118) will expand its hours beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7. New hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, except during Institute holidays. Staff will continue to be available by e-mail or phone weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Institute Archives and Special Collections provide information on MIT history and serve as an important resource for the study of the history of science and technology. The Institute Archives and Special Collections also maintains the MIT rare book collections and oversees the Institute's Records Management Program.

Emergency rides home

People who commute to their jobs at MIT by train, bus, carpool, vanpool, bike or walking at least three days per week are eligible for a new Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program, a service provided by MIT through its membership in the Charles River Transportation Management Association. ERH ensures that people who use public transportation or other alternatives to driving alone are not stranded at work in cases of personal or family illness or emergencies, or even unscheduled or unplanned overtime. Preregistration for the service is required. To learn more or to register, go to

Animal care concerns

Vice President for Research and Associate Provost Alice Gast and the chairman of the Committee on Animal Care are once again soliciting any information that would aid MIT's effort to maintain the humane care of animals used in research.

The committee was established to ensure that all MIT researchers working with animals comply with federal, state, local and institutional regulations on animal care. To that end, it inspects animals, animal facilities and labs, and reviews all research and teaching exercises which involve animals before experiments are performed.

If you have information about inadequate animal care or any information that would help the committee fulfill its responsibilities, contact the committee at 253-9436 or call Gast at 253-1403. All concerns about animal care will be handled confidentially and will be investigated by the committee.

Paris for IAP?

The Foreign Languages and Literatures section is launching its third January Scholars in France program, and is looking for undergraduates to participate in a two-week, all expenses paid trip to Paris during IAP. The (non-credit) French cultural immersion program will focus on French arts, letters and history, and will include attending plays, movies, concerts and operas, viewing exhibits at art and history museums, and meeting French people.

Students will be selected for the Jan. 3 to 17 trip through a competitive application process. They must have completed, or be in the process of completing, one subject above French IV. Declared French majors and minors will be given special consideration. Applications are due by Oct. 8.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 1, 2004 (download PDF).

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