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MIT Club of Boston Fall IM Sports until Oct. 18! Thu, Oct 08

Registration ends Oct. 18th! Join the MIT Club of Boston and the greater MIT community and play IM sports this fall!  Fall sports include badminton, team tennis, outdoor soccer, flag football, air pistol, dodgeball, ice hockey, and basketball.  IM sports with the MIT Club of Boston are a great way to meet other alumni, reconnect with old friends, and interact with current students, faculty and staff!  Games start mid-September and registration is open through the end of the month.

We are actively recruiting team captains so please email brahmlow@mitcob.org for more information on how you can get involved!

Dining Club: October 2015 Wed, Oct 14

Save the date for MITCOB's October dining club outing to FuGaKyu in Brookline for traditional Japanese cuisine. Space is limited, so RSVP now (15 person maximum)! We have an exclusive MIT alumni dining club menu for $30/per person (tax+gratuity not included). Registration ends Monday 10/12.

History of Blacks at MIT Wed, Oct 21

What characterizes the black community at MIT, which dates back to 1865?  What challenges have its students, faculty, staff, and alumni faced over the years?  What are the many accomplishments of this unique, resilient community at MIT? 

The Blacks at MIT History Project is working to answer such questions. Come hear fascinating and inspirational stories, particularly of interest to those concerned with STEM education opportunities for under-represented minority youth.

Registration by Sunday October 18, 2015

Strategic Visioning Session for MIT Boston Area Alumni Sat, Oct 24

Come and join representatives from the MIT Alumni Association -- Lauren Wojtkun, Director of Volunteer Training and Development and Catherine Q. Shi, Associate Director of Regional Programs – as well as local MIT club alumni leaders and volunteers for a half-day strategic session, 12pm – 4:30pm on Saturday, October 24, 2015. This interactive session will focus on allowing the group to set a strategic vision for the upcoming years, with the end goal of building and fostering a strong community of engaged MIT alumni in the Boston area. The session will be held on the 6th floor conference room of the MIT Alumni Association, which has a spectacular view of the Charles River and Boston!

A complimentary working lunch hosted by the MIT Alumni Association. Please RSVP by Thursday, October 22.

BSS: Dinner and Conversation with Paul Solman Wed, Oct 28

Paul SolmanThis will be a dinner and an open-ended presentation with questions from guests about economics and financial planning in retirement (e.g., Social Security). Paul Solman, business and economics correspondent for the PBS News Hour, is the host of the weekly segment "Making Sen$e" and co-author of "Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security".

Social Programs: Calling All Volunteers (Fall 2015) Wed, Nov 04

Social programs provide valuable opportunities for MIT alumni to interact with one another. To make these social programs successful, we need enthusiastic alumni who are willing to volunteer both their time as well as their ideas. Come contribute ideas for events in the following social program categories - MIT10, Arts & Entertainment (A&E), Intramural Sports & Recreational Outings, and Dining Club. A light dinner will also be served. Please RSVP.

Social programs is also actively looking to fill committee chairs for A&E. If interested, please attend this meeting and leave a note on the form for the event coordinator.

MIT vs. Harvard Basketball Game Fri, Nov 13

Join fellow alumni for a great night of rivalry and basketball as Harvard and MIT's men's basketball teams duke it out on the courts!  The game begins at 7:45pm at Lavietes Pavilion.  Show your MIT pride and get your tickets soon before we sell out!

BSS: David Rose Wed, Nov 18

Save the date for a talk on the Internet of Things with David Rose to be held at Google, Cambridge.

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Open MITCOB Leadership Positions

Social Media Manager

The club currently has accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We are seeking a volunteer to help maintain our presence, scheduling postings and responding to messages when necessary. Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week. Contact Clinton Blackburn at cblackburn@mitcob.org if you are interested in this position.

Chair of Professional Development

The professional development chair is responsible for organizing events that are focused on career development and connecting members within, and across, industries. Previous events have included happy hours, career panels, and lectures, to name a few. Our goal is to organize an even every 1-2 months. Time commitment: 2 hours per week. Contact Clinton Blackburn at cblackburn@mitcob.org if you are interested in this position.

Climate CoLab is seeking a talented full-time web developer

The MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI) http://cci.mit.edu seeks to understand how crowds and experts can be combined to address large complex problems. CCI has already developed the Climate CoLab (see http://climatecolab.org), a project in which a rapidly growing community of more than 35,000 members, working with world-renowned experts, uses an online forum to develop and evaluate proposals about what to do about climate change. Another project, which is in the early stages, will apply crowdsourcing to gain insights into the future of work. CCI envisions that the underlying software engine that drives both of the projects described above can serve as a general-purpose online platform for solving complex social problems (we sometimes refer to this vision as X CoLab, where X can be any large problem). We are currently exploring collaboration with several other organizations to apply the software in this way. We seek a Web Developer to contribute to maintaining and extending this tool.
Full job posting and specs:  http://web.mit.edu/sloan-hr/jobs/2015-08CoLabWebDeveloper(00000002).pdf.

MSRP seeking alumni to share their experiences and offer academic/career advice.

Each year, the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) brings around 40 talented undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to the Institute for nine weeks to conduct research under the guidance of MIT faculty, attend academic and professional development seminars, and participate in social and cultural activities.

MSRP began in 1986 as an institutional effort to increase participation by underrepresented graduate engineering and science programs in the US, and has a mission of promoting the value of graduate education; improving the research enterprise through increased diversity; and preparing and recruiting the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT.

MSRP would like to connect our summer students to MIT alumni who could share their experiences and offer academic and career advice. If you are an MIT alumna/alumnus and are open to being contacted by MSRP participants during the summer, please get in touch! You can reach us at msrp@mit.edu.

MIT Club of Boston K-12/Community Service Volunteer Engagement event on March 25, 2015

A number of alumni attended the MIT Club of Boston K-12/Community Service Volunteer Engagement event on March 25, 2015. Please find information here about some of the volunteer opportunities about which they learned.

MITCOB Scholarship Fund

The MIT Club of Boston Endowed Scholarship Fund was established on December 2, 1985 by an initial gift of the MIT Club of Boston on November 5, 1985.

The Fund shall be held as an endowment and additions to the Fund may be made at any time by the Club or members.  The annual net income of the Fund will be applied to undergraduate financial aid, except that first preference shall be given to undergraduate students who are club member relatives and second preference to Greater Boston residents, in accordance with the student financial aid policies of the Institute.

In establishing the Fund, the MIT Club of Boston recognized the importance of endowed scholarships to support the Institute’s commitment to providing need-based financial aid to undergraduate students. 

FY2015 MITCOB Scholarship Fund Recipient

Dear MIT Club of Boston,

Thank you for your generous support of the MIT Club of Boston Endowed Scholarship Fund. As the cost of an MIT education increases annually, the role of scholarships in ensuring both access and affordability becomes more critical. About 56% of MIT undergraduates receive need-based financial aid, and generous donors like yourselves allow us to admit students regardless of their financial

The student scholars who benefit from alumni-supported scholarship funds are talented and ambitious - traits that will allow them to succeed at MIT and beyond. Your gifts not only allow the best and brightest students to flourish at the Institute, but also demonstrate the importance of philanthropy for these future alumni.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. On behalf of the Alumni Association and MIT, I thank the alumni and friends who contribute to this fund, and the leadership who continue to make scholarships a fundraising priority.


Beth McGonagle

Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship, MIT Annual Fund

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, Oct 14
Mark your calendars -- we’re having our first Happy Hour of the year here in Cambridge, MA on Wednesday, October 14th! There will be lots of food, fun and a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

, Oct 15
SOLUTIONS with/in/sight: Masterclass with Angela Belcher
Fighting cancer with a virus? Koch Institute faculty member and renowned bioengineer Angela Belcher has been internationally lauded for her nature-inspired, engineered devices in medicine, energy, fuel, and more. Now, she has her sights set on cancer prevention through the early detection and detailed monitoring of the disease using a virus-driven probe developed in her interdisciplinary laboratory at the KI.

, Oct 15
Watching Water: Nature's Field Guide to Weather and Climate
Renowned international climate scientist Prof. Bjorn Stevens presents the 2015 John Carlson Lecture at the New England Aquarium. Understanding and predicting global climate change may be one of the most complex scientific challenges we face today. In his lecture Professor Stevens will address how water, one seemingly simple molecule shapes our atmosphere.

, Oct 15
Volunteer Consulting Opportunity with Boston-area Non-profits
MIT Sloan Business alumni Association is working once again with Community Consulting Team (CCT) to support the success of local non-profits and provide MIT Sloan alumni with consulting experience and impact. For more information, go to the MITSBAA website.

, Oct 17
Planets: Pluto and Beyond
K-12 Science on Saturday - What have scientists learned about Pluto and other planets in our solar system? What planets have been discovered around other stars, and could they support life? Would you like to handle rocks like those that have been found on the moon, on Mars, and elsewhere?

, Oct 17
Ellipsis Piano Trio
Ellipsis Trio, one of New England's premier piano trios, plays works by Haydn, Martin, and Mendelssohn at Killian Hall. The concert program is Haydn's Piano Trio in G major, Hob. XV/25 "Gypsy" Trio, Frank Martin's Piano Trio on Popular Irish Folk Tunes, and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No.1 in D minor. Free for MIT affiliates.

, Oct 20
& Thu, Oct 22 Quadrupedia: The Animal Kingdom Considered
Hear a discussion of how and why the 18th-century transition from “quadruped” to “mammal” created controversy and confusion within the scientific community and among members of the general public and a presentation of research on the MIT Cheetah and recent technological advances in the new robot design paradigm.

, Oct 21
Wüst Wednesdays at the MIT Museum
On the third Wednesday of each month during the exhibition, join us for a curator-led lunchtime gallery talk. Free with Museum admission; limited to 20 participants per tour. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.

, Oct 22
An Evening with Nobel Laureate Robert Shiller
Will home prices keep rising? Will there be more Black Mondays soon? How free should the free market be? Join 2013 Nobel Prize recipient Robert J. Shiller SM ’68, PhD ’72, professor of economics at Yale University, for an exploration into these and other questions.

, Oct 31
Science on Saturday Show: Cyber Halloween
K-12 STEM Outreach: The Internet is a great place to learn and have fun, but it can also be spooky if you're not careful! Students will go through a cyber "House of Horrors" and learn how to make it back safely, avoiding the tricks and getting the treats!  Audience members are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to add to the fun!

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