The Boston Seminar Series (BSS) hosts thought provoking speakers from the MIT community to engage area alumni and students in support of our mission to foster a lifelong intellectual and emotional connection between the Institute and its graduates. This spring, the BSS features MIT faculty and alumni leaders in fields of design, machine learning, oncology, chemistry, neuroscience, the internet of things, urban planning, mechanical engineering. Learn more and save the dates for our spring events:
2.8: Regina Barzilay, Delta Electronics Professor, EECS
2.23: Professor Carlo Ratti, Director MIT Senseable City Lab
4.4: Paula Hammond '84, PhD '93, David H. Koch Chair Professor of Engineering
4.18: Earl Miller, Picower Professor of Neuroscience
5.1: Professor Martin Culpepper SM ’97, PhD ’00 and Whitney Espich, CEO of MITAA
The MIT Club of Boston will sponsor one or two (or maybe three if we receive enough donations) local area teachers who are interested in participating in the MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT) which will take place this coming year Sunday June 24th through Saturday June 30.
This program is a professional development experience with MIT faculty and researchers. With a heavy dose of the latest and greatest science and engineering research delivered by MIT researchers and lecturers, SEPT reaches teachers in a unique way through a drink of knowledge from the MIT "firehose." The program captures a snapshot of MIT and delivers it to teachers for one week every summer. Teachers who will get the most out of this program are full-time teachers who:
Teach science, technology, engineering, and/or math to students in grades 6 – 12;
Integrate technology in their classrooms that enables student creativity;
Demonstrate innovation in their teaching practice;
Are able to commit to attend all of the sessions of the time intensive program.
More information about the program can be found here .
Sponsorship of local teachers is made possible by gifts that have been made to the MIT Club of Boston SEPT Fund. If you would like to make such a gift to support local teachers to participate in SEPT, you can make a gift here. The more gifts that we receive, the more local teachers can be sponsored for this remarkable experience.
The MIT Club of Boston is looking for motivated volunteers to bring new ideas and energy to leadership positions in professional development, community engagement, finance, and more! Open positions include: Professional Development Chair; Asst. VP for Community Engagement Coordinator; VP for Volunteer Development; Asst. VP of Volunteer Engagement; Asst. VP for Finance; and Clerk and President-Elect.
Explore the full list of available positions and reach out to division leadership to get involved!
A young professionals networking event for EPFL and MIT Alumni focuses on the field of solar energy.
On Thursday, November 30th, swissnex hosted a young professionals night for area alumni of MIT and EPFL at their Boston headquarters. The event provided an opportunity for current students and alumni from two of the world's most renowned institutes of technology to network and learn about advancements in the field of solar energy. Dedicated to providing ways for MIT Alumni/ae in the Greater Boston area to meet and work with one another in the expansion of professional, cultural, and social horizons, the event is part of a larger effort by the MIT Club of Boston to reach out to new alumni. Read the full article.
Rainer Weiss ’55, PhD ’62, professor emeritus of physics at MIT, has won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2017. Weiss won half of the prize, with the other half of the award shared by Kip S. Thorne, professor emeritus of theoretical physics at Caltech, and Barry C. Barish, professor emeritus of physics at Caltech.
The Nobel Foundation, in its announcement this morning, cited the physicists "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.”
“We are immensely proud of Rai Weiss, and we also offer admiring best wishes to his chief collaborators and the entire LIGO team,” says MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “The creativity and rigor of the LIGO experiment constitute a scientific triumph; we are profoundly inspired by the decades of ingenuity, optimism, and perseverance that made it possible. It is especially sweet that Rai Weiss not only served on the MIT faculty for 37 years, but is also an MIT graduate. Today’s announcement reminds us, on a grand scale, of the value and power of fundamental scientific research and why it deserves society’s collective support.”
Michael Rosbash, who earned his PhD from MIT in 1971, will share the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, the Nobel Committee announced this morning in Stockholm. Rosbash, now a professor of biology at Brandeis University, shares the prize with Jeffrey C. Hall of the University of Maine and Michael W. Young of Rockefeller University. The scientists were honored for “their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.” Circadian rhythms help living organisms adapt their biological activities to the normal 24-hour cycle of light and darkness. These rhythms influence behavior, sleep, metabolism, body temperature, and many other biological functions.
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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Sitting and front row: Lei Jin, Tammy Ngai, Carol Martin, Mindy Garber, Dorothy Curtis
Standing: Natalia Olive, Nacho Fuentes Ribas, Bonny Kellermann,