AROUND CAMPUS

NCSC sponsors mentoring opportunities
GW National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the National Capital Area will hold an information session for students interested in mentoring students from D.C. public schools next year. The event is planned for Monday at 7 p.m. in the Strong Hall piano lounge. Organizers will explain the expectations and responsibilities of mentors.

Koppel headlines Kalb Report
Ted Koppel will speak at the “Kalb Report” Monday at the National Press Club. The ABC News “Nightline” anchor will discuss war coverage with host Marvin Kalb.

The National Press Club is located at 14th and F streets. The event begins at 8 p.m. in the main ballroom.

University sponsors free HIV screenings
As a part of GW’s Controversy Week, Student Health Services will sponsor free HIV screenings Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Marvin Center 403.

Washington Free Health Clinic will provide the screenings.

Faculty members hold concert
The GW music department will present the Faculty Artist Series, “Five for Four: Chamber Music” Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Western Presbyterian Church at 24th and G streets.

The concert will feature faculty members David Lonkevich, Alice Mikolajewski, Amy Reiff and Nancy Jo Snyder.

The musicians will perform selections by Franz Danzi, Lee Hoiby, Bohuslav Martinu, Franci Poulene and Maurice Ravel.

Tickets, available at the door, are $2 for students and senior citizens and $5 for the general public.

Globalization essay contest will award $10,000
AWorldConnected.org is sponsoring an essay contest for students and recent graduates under the age of 25. Essay topics are “Why are some countries get rich while others remain poor?” and “How does globalization contribute to the wealth of nations?”

First prize is $5,000, second is $2,500, third is $1,500, with four honorable mention prizes of $250 each. Students wishing to submit essays should fill out entry forms online at www.aWorldConnected.org/essay by May 1.

The Web site is a project of the Institute for Humane Studies, a non-profit organization affiliated with the George Mason University.

Student writers to share research
The Department of English, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Women’s Leadership Program will sponsor the Sixth Annual Composition and Cultural Studies Conference for Student Writers. The conference, which will run from Thursday through Saturday at the Mount Vernon Campus, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. each day.

The free event will feature essays on issues such as emerging gender roles, sexuality and race relations by first-year student writers. Presenters, drawn mainly from English 11 and English 15 classes, will each have time to present their papers and facilitate discussion.

GW and Duke engineers develop new optical probe
Engineering researchers Jason Zara, an assistant professor of engineering and applied science at GW, and Stephen Smith, a professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University, designed a new optical scanner that will aid in medical procedures including endoscopies.

The vibrating scanner, an electrostatic micromachine scanning mirror for optical coherence tomography, will eventually be approved for hospital and clinic use.

The device is small enough to be inserted into the body where its light beams will detect hidden abnormalities in the walls of the colon or esophagus.
-Elizabeth Chernow

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