Growing computing power and Ellis Island queer theory

Patrick P. Gelsinger will discuss new developments in silicon processing technologies and computer architecture designs when he appears on campus next Tuesday, November 29, to present ?The Era of Tera? as the Joint SCS/ECE Technology Leader Seminar. The talk will take place at 4:30 pm in the Singleton Room of Roberts Hall, and a reception will begin a half-hour before the lecture.

Gelsinger, who has been with Intel Corp. since 1979, is the company?s senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group. He was previously the chief technology officer of the Intel Architecture Group, the organization that designs and develops new technologies for both hardware and software products.

He worked on the original i286 and i386 chip designs, was the chief architect of the i486 processor, and managed the division that created the Pentium Pro and Intel DX2 families.

An often-cited driving force behind the development of new processors is Moore?s Law, a guideline in the computer industry that states that computing power continues to increase at an exponential rate with a doubling time between 12 and 24 months. The abstract for ?The Era of Tera? states that this general rule has remained applicable for 40 years and ?continues to pervade everything we do.?

Bates College professor Erica Rand will explore the politics of gender policing in ?When Mary Becomes Frank: Queer Gender at Ellis Island and the Politics of Peopling the Past,? the next installment of the University Lecture Series. Rand will speak next Wednesday, November 30, at 4:30 pm in CFA 303.

Rand is a professor of art and visual culture and is the chair of the Women and Gender Studies program at Bates. The title of her talk comes from the case of 50-year-old Mary Johnson, who came through Ellis Island from Canada in 1908 as Frank Woodhull. A registry clerk who photographed Johnson upon her arrival wrote on the picture that she had ?dressed 15 years in men?s clothes?; she went on to do the same in America for another 30 years.

Rand?s studies of race, gender, and sexuality at the U.S.?s best known immigration entry point appear in The Ellis Island Snow Globe, a book published in September by the Duke University Press. Rand is also a member of the editorial board for the journal Radical Teacher; her previous works include Barbie?s Queer Accessories and a number of collaborative projects with artists.