• The class of 2011’s Brass Rat ring, whose front is shown here, embodies a clever mixture of design and MIT tradition. The class won the right to enshrine this ring in the MIT 150 Exhibition.

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Of Note: It’s Election Day — vote for the MIT 150!

It’s your turn to vote for the items that will make up the MIT 150 Exhibition — a showcase of the Institute’s history, culture and achievements that will kick off the 150th anniversary celebration in January 2011.

Beginning last spring, the MIT community was invited to propose objects for the exhibition; to date, more than 350 items, people, places and ideas have been nominated. An online ballot now asks you to vote for your 10 favorite objects from this list, or write in your own new nominations. You also can view the current totals for top vote-getters.

MIT Museum staff will make the final curatorial decisions for the exhibition, but this popular vote will weigh heavily in their choices, said Deborah Douglas, curator of science and technology.

The input from the community has brought forth “many unexpected and imaginative ideas,” she added.

Voting for the MIT 150 is open to all.

Online voting closes Jan. 1, but visitors will still be able to add their stories on the web site.

Visit http://museum.mit.edu/150/ to see the candidates and vote today.

Topics: MIT Museum, MIT150


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