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Upcoming Club Events

Learn about Big Brothers Big Sisters Tue, Apr 21


Come meet MIT students and alums who volunteer in the Big Brother Big Sister program to learn about the joy of being a mentor to a young person in need of positive adults in their lives. Food and drink will be provided. There is no charge for this event, but please be sure to register so that there will be enough food. 


Dining Club - Inaugural Kickoff Tue, Apr 21

 

Come kickoff MIT Club of Boston's new Dining Club series by participating in the inaugural planning dinner at Commonwealth Market & Restaurant in Kendall Square! Network with fellow MIT alumni and bring dining ideas for brainstorming.


Science Trivia Challenge 2015 Team Entries Wed, Apr 22

 

The Science Trivia Challenge (STC) is a friendly, spirited contest hosted by the MIT Club of Boston that is part of the Cambridge Science Festival, organized annually by the MIT Museum. The ninth annual Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday evening, April 22, 2015. [Learn more about STC]


BSS: The Story of E Ink - From Electronic Ink to Electronic Paint Tue, May 05

Michale McCreary

Join us at the Downtown Harvard Club for dinner and beautiful views of Boston Harbor followed by a fascinating talk by Dr. Michael Michael McCreary PhD ’73, Chief Technology Officer of E INK Corporation.  Dr. McCreary will talk about the ups and downs of a startup that took $120M and 10 years to get from its origins in the MIT Media Lab to profitability and domination of the market for daylight readable electronic displays.  You’ll also hear about the principles of electrophoretic display technology found in Amazon Kindle and many other devices, the latest displays that can now drive color particles, and the evolution from electronic ink to electronic paint for walls and other architectural applications.  Dr. McCreary will even show some cool working demo’s!  Thanks to our sponsor, E Ink, we have a special price for members of the MIT Club of Boston.

Disney's Newsies Sun, Jun 28

Join the MIT Club of Boston as Disney's Newsies swings by the Boston Opera House. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography. A block of tickets on the Mezzanine level has been reserved for the Sunday, June 28, 2015 6:30pm show. Pricing: Members and guests: $55 / Non-members and guests: $65.


Cirque du Soleil: Varekai Sun, Jul 19

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world - a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.

From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.

The word Varekai means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.


  

New and Noteworthy

Marvelous Molecules in Play

A selection of live chemical reactions followed by explanations. Includes Audience participation. This show may include the knock your sox off reaction, smoking gun, carbon dioxide shower, attempted encapsulation of a child in a CO2 film bubble, trial of a gummy bear, tick tock reaction, and much more. Includes audience participation. Sponsored by the MIT Chemistry Department & MIT Alumni Association / Club of Boston.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11AM
Location: MIT Museum

This event is part of the 9th Annual Cambridge Science Festival and MIT’s Campus Preview Weekend 2015. Those interested in volunteering should contact John Dolhun (dolhun@alum.mit.edu).


BSS: Sam Madden Video

This was a tough winter, so I wanted to thank all of the people who were able to attend the BSS with Prof. Sam Madden on February 3 at the Microsoft NERD Center. We had to delay his talk a day due to the 15 or so inches of snow that fell the day before, but we still had an enthusiastic crowd. We started late due to the horrendous traffic in Kendall Square caused by the snow-blocked lanes throughout the city, but there was plenty of food, beer and wine to keep people happy until more people could arrive.  Prof. Madden still managed to talk for one hours - he was our champ of the night!

Prof. Sam Madden '99, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, spoke about big data, one of the hottest topics in computer science. At MIT, he recently started two "big data" initiatives:  the Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Big Data, and BigData@CSAIL, and industry-sponsored consortium.  In this talk, he gave a bit of background about what big data is, why industry is so excited about it, and his own perspective on the challenging research problems it brings up.  He also described a couple of "big data" research projects, including BlinkDB, an approximate query processor built on Apache Hive, and DataHub, a new system helping teams of researchers collaborate on data sets. Prof. Madden answered many question throughout the talk and at the end.

The revised Sam Madden video can be seen here.


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
circumstances.

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.

Sincerely,

Beth McGonagle

Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship, MIT Annual Fund


MIT Admissions Job Opening (full time)

Director of the Educational Council

The Director of the Educational Council is a leadership position in the MIT Office of Admissions with the primary responsibility of managing the Educational Council, an organization of approximately 4,500 alumni/ae volunteers who serve MIT’s admissions process by providing outreach to students and high schools and interviewing applicants. Reporting to the Director of Admissions, the Director of the Educational Council serves as an admissions officer, reading applications and serving on the admissions committee as well as doing outreach programs on campus and beyond. A degree from MIT will be considered an advantage, and appreciation of MIT’s mission and culture is essential

If you are interested in the position, please see the posting on MIT's jobs site: http://bit.ly/ECDirector.  If you have any questions, drop us an email at ECdirectorSearch@mit.edu


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. 

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Science Trivia Challenge

The Club of Boston’s 7th annual Science Trivia Challenge on April 17, 2013 was another resounding success.  Twenty-four teams - school-age and adult –joined Club volunteers and moderator Professor Walter Lewin for an evening of trivia ranging from bosons to biofuels to broccoli!  Each year, the four top-scoring teams enjoyed a meal with MIT Nobel Laureates, luminaries like Jerome Friedman, Robert Horvitz, Wolfgang Ketterle, and Phillip Sharp.

This coming year we add a new twist to our game: regular MIT and science trivia directly to your e-mail inbox!  If you joined us in April, keep playing along.  If you’re new to the Challenge, join us now!  Once a month, MIT-specific and  general science trivia questions will be included in the Club newsletter.

Click here to try out a few questions.

  
  

Affiliate Events


Thu
, Apr 16
- June. Seeking Local Alumni for the "What's Happening MIT!!" Program
The first year of graduate school at MIT is filled with many challenges. The "What's Happening MIT!!" program seeks to help incoming graduate students adjust to the rigors of the first year by partnering them with MIT Insiders.


Tue
, Apr 21
MIT AEROASTRO OPEN HOUSE
Try a flight simulator, compressed air model rockets. Get close to jet engines, a centrifuge, the historic Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, and so much more at the AeroAstro Open House! AeroAstro Open House is part of the Cambridge Science Festival's Across MIT Day


Fri
, Apr 24
The Exciting World of Cancer Research at MIT
Featuring highlights from MIT's groundbreaking cancer research program, this interactive showcase offers the opportunity to engage with the people who are leading the interdisciplinary initiatives that lead to new understandings and new treatments for this deadly family of diseases.


Fri
, Apr 24
Sign Up to Present at the Inaugural Waste Research & Innovation Night!
MIT Waste Alliance invites you to the first ever Waste Research & Innovation Night highlighting waste research and start-ups from MIT students and alums! This poster session will be a great opportunity for learning about different avenues being explored in waste research and waste-sector start-ups in the Boston area while connecting with others in the same field.


Thu
, Apr 30
SOLUTIONS with/in/sight: Blood, Sweat & Pioneers
Action against cancer takes many forms and progress comes when we push the limits of what's possible. Presenters include David Baltimore, a Nobel laureate and founding member of MIT’s Center for Cancer Research (the predecessor of the Koch Institute), Michael Hemann, and John Whitaker.


Sat
, May 02
MIT India Conference
The MIT India Conference will bring together prominent speakers to discuss leading business and socio-economic opportunities and challenges in one of the world's largest economies.


Thu
, May 07
Executive Function: An Essential Part of Early Childhood Brain Development
How does executive function develop in early childhood? Executive Function refers to a set of cognitive skills which are integral to our ability to focus on goals and can impact future success. Dr. Margaret Sheridan will discuss brain processes which support the typical development of these skills.


Tue
, May 19
2015 MIT Golf Outing
Please join us on May 19th for the 2015 MIT Golf outing at Pound Ridge Golf Club in Pound Ridge, New York. This course is owned by alumnus Ken Wang `71, designed by Pete Dye and was featured in Golf Magazine as the #1 US Open worthy public course in New York.

  
The sponsors who have generously contributed to the 2013 Gala are listed here.