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Princeton DoIT Digit-Heads Take Hoi Polloi to Lunch

Princeton University's Office of Information Technology has invited the  public to lunch to meet some of its premier technology researchers and experts. The idea is to teach them tricks of the trade--"instruction ... on complex ways technology has helped scientists make discoveries"--over sandwiches.

Dennis Hood, manager of courseware for the office, will lead off the series Sept. 19 with an explanation of Blackboard, the university's course management system. The lunch series will run for 10 sessions and cover a variety of topics, including the benefits versus risks of electronic voting machines, how to podcast, tips for buying on eBay, and how university students programmed a car to drive itself.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for both the faculty and the university to share with the public what kinds of meaningful research happens across the street," said Jon Edwards, coordinator of institutional communications and outreach for the Office of Information Technology.

Lorene Lavora, manager of education & outreach services for the Office of Information Technology, said the lunch series has been a hit. "At one of our lectures last year, we had at least 85 people," she said, adding that so far they've logged more than 9 million downloads of last year's seminars.

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Paul McCloskey is contributing editor of Syllabus.

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