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Calendar improved

The improved MIT events calendar at is the place to find MIT events of all kinds: arts, sports, lectures, cultural activities and more. The new calendar is faster, easier to navigate and quicker to search - by keyword, date, category or event sponsor. Improvements for adding and editing events include revised categories and full support for repeating and series events.

The editor's picks change on reload to showcase the vibrancy of student and community life on campus. Events are also displayed in the Lobby 7 kiosk, and may be selected for Tech Talk, the News Office website, or the MIT home page.

The calendar is sustained by the community and relies on event planners to post their events. If you would like to get started posting your events, visit

The calendar is a project of the Information Center, IS&T and the Office of the Dean for Student Life.

Online SciQuest catalog

MIT requisitioners can now access a variety of suppliers via the new SciQuest ECAT catalog at SciQuest is a catalog aggregator allowing access to a range of suppliers all offering improved MIT pricing. This "one-stop" catalog lets requisitioners browse for, compare and order products through a single gateway. The current list includes Sigma-Aldrich, Qiagen, GE Healthcare Biosciences (formerly Amersham), USA Scientific, Perkin Elmer, Newark InOne and Roche Diagnostics, with more to be added. For more information, go to the SciQuest website or send your inquiries to

WebMail upgrade

MIT WebMail allows access to MIT e-mail through almost any web browser on almost any computer, almost anywhere in the world. This service has been upgraded and now offers several features that have been commonly requested by the MIT community. These include better notification of session timeouts to prevent loss of composed mail; more attachment handling and viewing features; and address book functionality to save contact information across sessions. Combined with the recent e-mail quota increase to 500MB, this upgrade translates into a more robust WebMail solution for the community. You can access the improved MIT WebMail at

New e-mail list service

A new service lets MIT users create their own e-mail lists online, including Mailman lists and Moira/Athena lists. Mailman is a web-based list management system that offers moderation of list traffic, archives of list messages and flexible list subscription and filtering options. Moira lists, also known as Athena mailing lists, can be used as simple mailing lists as well as access control lists in networked file systems, such as AFS or NFS. Moira lists do not offer moderation of list traffic. You can access the list creation website from (MIT certificates required). If you have questions about the type of list you need, or feedback about the service, contact IS&T User Accounts at

Digitalk is compiled by Information Services and Technology.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 21, 2005 (download PDF).

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