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March 10, 2005

Nobel Laureate Dr. Horst Stormer - Small Wonders: The World of Nano Science

The MIT Club of the Delaware Valley
The Columbia University Club of Philadelphia

are pleased to host a lecture by Nobel Laureate Dr. Horst StormerProfessor of Physics at Columbia University.

Small Wonders: The World of Nano Science

WHEN: Thursday, March 10th, 6 p.m. (lecture starts at 7 p.m. follow an hors d’oeurves reception)
WHERE: Law Offices of Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis LLP, Suite 3600, 1600 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
COST: $20 for Club Members and guests, $25 for non-members
RSVP: Internet or by sending a check to Dr. William Reenstra before March 8th, 2005.
CONTACT: Bill Reenstra, at 200 Garden Pl., Radnor, PA 19087.

During the last 50 years there have been unprecedented advances in electronics. Miniaturization of electronic components has been the driving force for this progress and the physics of solid state materials has provided the scientific foundation for these advances. Our speaker Dr. Horst Stromer has been at the forefront of these advances. He has discovered and continues to discover much of the underlying physics that allows these advances to be made. In his lecture Dr. Stromer will describe some of the fascinating and unexpected aspects of this world that make today’s world possible.

Horst Stormer was born in Frankfurt, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Stuttgart in 1977. In that year he became a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. Dr. Stormer became a Member of Technical Staff in 1978, headed the Semiconductor Physics Research Department from 1983 to 1992, and was the Director of the Physical Research Laboratory from 1992 to 1997. In 1997 Dr. Stromer became a Professor of Physics at Columbia University. Professor Stormer is also scientific director of Columbia’s Center for Electron Transport in Molecular Nanostructures, one of six Nano Science and Engineering Centers funded by the National Science Foundation.

Professor Stormer has worked extensively on the properties of two-dimensional electron sheets in semiconductors and published more than 200 papers on this and on related subjects. In 1978 Stormer co-invented a technique that "speeds up" electrons in semiconductors. The world's fastest and quietest transistors are based on this principle. In 1982 Dr. Stromer and his colleagues Daniel Tsui and Robert Laughlin demonstrated that at very low temperatures and in high magnetic fields, electrons seem to fall apart and form particles with 1/3 the charge of an electron. This is only observed when a "community of many electrons" is present and never observed with isolated electrons. As such it is a wonderful demonstration that the whole can be more than the sum of the parts. Professor Stormer and his colleagues have received numerous awards for their discovery, the most prestigious being the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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March 23, 2005

Newly Admitted Students Meeting

WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel – Philadelphia Airport , 9000 Bartram Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
WHEN: Wed, Mar 23, 6:00 PM – Reception w/Hot & Cold Hors d’Oeuvers, 7:00 – Resonance, 8:00 – Q&A
COST: $20 per person; non-members $25.00 per person
CONTACT: Tracy Sadowski at 610-566-0597, or e-mail tracys@alum.mit.edu.
RSVP: Internet
If paying by check, please make check payable to "MIT Club of the Delaware Valley",Include Name, Guest Names, Class year and courseand Mail to: Tracy Sadowski 530 Rosemary Cir. Media PA 19063.

Please register no later than Friday March 18.

Join fellow club members for a reception at the Embassy Suites Airport to welcome students newly admitted to the MIT Class of 2009. This has become an annual, and very popular, event for prospective students, their parents and families, and club members.

The featured program this year will be a premier a cappella choral group, Resonance of MIT. Resonance sings a diverse set of music from “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles to “Fortune Faded” by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. You can listen to samples of the group’s first CD at http://web.mit.edu/resonance/www/.

After Resonance performs, there will be an informal discussion of undergraduate life at MIT, and will get into questions, issues, and expectations which are facing today's undergraduate. Current students and recent grads will draw from their personal experience to answer these and other questions the newly admitted students might have.

Please join us for this enjoyable and important event. Help us show the prospective students that MIT's alums are fully supportive of a lifetime of MIT culture.

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March 24, 2005

Young Alum Happy Hour

Message from the Young Alum Chair:

Thank you to everyone who attended our recent Young Alum Happy Hour at Continental Midtown on February 25. We were pleased to see so many new faces in addition to our regular crowd. Our next Young Alum Happy Hour will be held on Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 PM at a Center City location to be determined. Please send me any recommendations for locations. Questions or comments – jgaveno@alum.mit.edu
Thanks,John Gavenonis

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