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Pomiecko memorial Friday

A memorial service for John Christopher Pomiecko has been scheduled for March 4, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Killian Hall. A reception will follow the service. All members of the MIT community, friends and family are invited. Chris Pomiecko was a program administrator in Comparative Media Studies, an avid film buff and duplicate bridge player who died Feb. 6, following a car accident. He was 48.

Shapiro memorial scheduled

A memorial service for Institute Professor Emeritus Ascher Shapiro will be held in the MIT Chapel on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. Speakers will include Provost Robert Brown, Professor John Heywood and Professor Roger Kamm.

Professor Shapiro, who was a pioneer in the field of biomedical engineering and a leader in fluid mechanics research and education, died in his Jamaica Plain home on Nov. 26 of liver cancer. He was 88.

Awards nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted until March 18 for awards that will be announced at the annual Institute Awards Convocation on May 10. For information on the more than 30 awards that will be presented or to submit a nomination, go to the awards web site at or call 253-7546.

Report concerns on animal care

Vice President for Research and Associate Provost Alice Gast and the chairman of the Committee on Animal Care are once again soliciting any information which 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.

Student writing solicited

The 2005 Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes Competition is accepting manuscript submissions (essays, plays, poetry, fiction and technical papers) from undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1.

For information, visit the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies office in Room14E-303 or go to

Order cell phones online

Information Services and Technology (IS&T) and MIT Procurement, together with MIT-preferred cell phone vendors Nextel and Verizon Wireless, have developed online catalogs for departmental and personal use. These secure catalogs (certificates required) expedite cell phone orders and information requests. Departments can make purchases using MIT procurement cards; individuals can use their personal credit cards. For links to the new catalogs, as well as contact information, see the IS&T Cellular Telephones web page at

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 2, 2005 (download PDF).

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