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Upcoming Club Events

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.

November Actions (Ricky Leacock Film) Sat, Jun 06

View the premiere of "November Actions,” a documentary that looks at how MIT President Howard Johnson, Provost Jerome B. Wiesner, faculty and students, reacted to possibly violent anti-war protests in November, 1969. The film by MIT Professor Ricky Leacock, a pioneering documentary filmmaker, provides a fascinating account of the complex interactions among students, faculty and staff at a tumultuous time.


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

MITCOB Volunteer Position

Assistant VP for Volunteer Recognition and Appreciation

Characteristic Duties include:

  1. Reach out to every event coordinator to thank them for their service. Ask how the event went and whether they would do anything different in the future.
  2. Procure list of names of all who volunteered at each event. Encourage coordinator to personally thank each person.  Record names in database
  3. Provide names of those who have volunteered to newsletter editor to include in newsletter
  4. List names of those who volunteered in the current year on MIT COB website
  5. At least once a year, organize an event (with assistance from VP of Volunteer Development) to show appreciation for volunteers.

Requirements: Enthusiasm, good organization, positive attitude, inspirational

Contact: Bonny S Kellermann


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.


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


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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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 28
New announcements from Climate CoLab
Winners will be special guests at exclusive MIT conference this October
Have you heard about Solve yet?  You should.  This MIT conference will gather many of the world’s leading technologists, philanthropists, business leaders, policy makers, and social change agents and challenge them to help solve the most difficult questions of our time.  


Fri
, May 08
Editing the Genome: Faculty Forum Online Special Edition
On May 8‒9, hundreds of researchers from around the world will converge at the MIT-Harvard Broad Institute for a two-day workshop on the transformative field of genome editing. The MIT Alumni Association is sponsoring a webcast of this symposium.


Thu
, May 14
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.