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Flu shots available to all of MIT

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has lifted restrictions on influenza vaccines and is now recommending that remaining flu shots be made available to all those seeking protection from the flu. MIT Medical can now vaccinate all MIT-affiliated persons, as supply permits.

MIT Medical patients who want a flu shot should call the office of their primary care clinician to make an appointment. Members of the MIT community who are not patients of MIT Medical should call 253-4481 to schedule a flu vaccine. They may be billed up to $25 for the vaccination, depending on their MIT affiliation and insurance coverage.

Origami deadline

Submissions for the third annual Student Origami Competition are due in the Office of the Arts (Room E15-205) by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7. Creative paper choices and original designs are encouraged, but glue and tape are not allowed. The competition is sponsored by the MIT Office of the Arts Special Programs, MIT Japan Program and the office of Professor Erik Demaine. Guidelines and an online application are available at the Office of the Arts web site.

Nominations open for teaching prizes

The School of Science is seeking nominations for its two annual teaching prizes. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 18.

The Undergraduate Prize recognizes excellence in teaching undergraduate subjects. Nominations are welcome for outstanding teaching not only in the subjects with large enrollments--such as those that satisfy the General Institute Requirements in science--but also in upper-level science subjects with smaller enrollments.

For the Graduate Prize, preference will be given to nominees who teach mainstream subjects in which fundamental principles of the relevant fields are presented. Such courses typically provide the basis for advanced education and research and prepare students for professional careers.

Nominations for both awards may be made by faculty and students to any member of the selection committee. Each nomination should be accompanied by a letter in support of the nomination. Additional letters are welcome. Members of the committee are professors Hazel Sive, chair, (; Kip Hodges (; and Barton Zwiebach (

Monosson Prize established by Sloan School

To honor the memory of MIT graduate Adolf F. Monosson, an annual prize has been established at the Sloan School of Management by Monosson's friends, fellow alumni and business associates.

The prize recognizes the advice and counsel Adolf "Sonny" Monosson provided to classmates, clients, competitors, friends and students on entrepreneurial enterprises. Monosson was recognized as a "voice of reason" by his peers and the press.

In a business career that spanned 55 years after his graduation in 1948, Sonny Monosson created more than 10 businesses in the finance, publishing, computer and leasing industries. He invested his time and capital in many other startup enterprises and counseled hundreds of entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs on the personal skills necessary for success.

The Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring will honor those who support and guide business pioneers who are blazing new pathways to entrepreneurship. Professor Edward B. Roberts, the David Sarnoff Professor of the Management of Technology at Sloan, founder and chair of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, will head the committee that will administer the annual prize. Nominations should be sent to Roberts in Room E52-535 or at by March 1.

Sloan plans leadership conference

Why do some leaders shine by managing crises while others guide gradual evolution? Is change a force you control or a wave you ride? These questions will be addressed at "Changing Leaders, Leading Change," the sixth MIT Sloan Leadership Conference on Feb. 12., presented by the Sloan Leadership Club and the Leadership Center. Keynote speakers will include Ron Williams, president of Aetna, Inc.; Dan Carp, CEO of Eastman Kodak; and Ricardo Semler, president of Semco. The conference will be held at the Tang Center and the Marriott Hotel. Cost is free for Leadership Club members (Sloan students only; membership fee is $30), $25 for MIT and other college students, $70 for MIT alumni, and $95 for others. Pre registration is required. For more information, visit the Sloan Leadership Club web site.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 26, 2005 (download PDF).

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