Upcoming Club Events

Toast to IAP 2018 Thu, Jan 25

Every year, MIT clubs around the world hold a celebration of Independent Activities Period (IAP) and invite alumni to rejuvenate, recharge, and connect. Come join fellow alums at the Prudential Center (Towne Stove & Spirits). Appetizers and one drink ticket will be provided. Pricing: $5 for MITCOB club members and guests (prepaid, online), $8 for non-members and guests (prepaid, online), $10 for all guests (at the door, cash only).
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MITCOB Monthly Officers Meeting Mon, Feb 05

Join us for our monthly officers or board meetings, open to all members of the club! Learn about our operations or get involved in volunteering with us. Add to calendar

BSS: Regina Barzilay Thu, Feb 08

Join us for 2018's first Boston Seminar Series on Thursday, February 8, 2018. The guest speaker will be Regina Barzilay, Delta Electronics Professor, EECS.

 

 

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IM Sports: Spring 2018 Sun, Feb 18

Get involved with the MIT Club of Boston this spring and play an IM sport! Sports offered include air pistol, billiards, cricket (outdoor), floor hockey (unihoc), foosball, kickball, League of Legends, indoor soccer, softball, table tennis, team tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and water polo. There is an annual DAPER facility access fee of $35 for active MITCOB members and $55 for non-members. We are actively recruiting captains for all sports (annual fee waived)!  REGISTER BY 2/18!
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Skating Party Sat, Mar 03

Join other alums for a fun-filled family-friendly ice skating party at the MIT ice rink. We'll have exclusive use of the ice. Snacks and hot chocolate will be provided. Bring the whole family. A great time is guaranteed for all. Please register in advance to make sure your name is on the list for access to the private ice time. Free for club members and their guests; $5/person for others. Add to calendar

Frozen Tea Party Sat, Mar 03

Disney pulls 'terrible' Frozen short from Coco screenings

Come enjoy a Frozen Tea Party at the MIT Endicott House mansion. Sure to be a day you all remember forever! Join Elsa and Anna as you sing some songs and create your own version of the warmest snowman!

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MITCOB Monthly Officers Meeting Mon, Mar 05

Join us for our monthly officers or board meetings, open to all members of the club! Learn about our operations or get involved in volunteering with us.
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MITCOB Monthly Officers Meeting Mon, Apr 09

Join us for our monthly officers or board meetings, open to all members of the club! Learn about our operations or get involved in volunteering with us.
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Boston Seminar Series - Earl Miller Wed, Apr 18

SAVE THE DATE!

Join us for the 2018 Boston Seminar Series on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The guest speaker will be Earl Miller.
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Science Trivia Challenge 2018 Team Entries Thu, Apr 19

The Science Trivia Challenge 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 twelfth annual Challenge is scheduled for THURSDAY evening, April 19, 2018 at the Kirsch Auditorium in the Stata Center of MIT near Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. It is a live team trivia quiz where contestants are challenged on their knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy, computer science, earth sciences, inventions, local contributions to science and other subjects. The information might be useful or purely trivial and might test knowledge of scientific methods, theories, or history. Teams have to be ready for anything, and any team can win!

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New and Noteworthy

***Save the dates: Spring 2018 BSS***

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


Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT): Application Deadline! February 17, 2018

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.


Apply: Open leadership positions

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!


swissnex Boston brings together young researchers and alumni

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.


MIT physicist Rainer Weiss shares Nobel Prize in physics

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 PhD ’71 shares Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine

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.

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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Spectacular Weather for our 2017 Summer BBQ

Our team of fearless volunteers

Sitting and front row: Lei Jin, Tammy Ngai, Carol Martin, Mindy Garber, Dorothy Curtis

Standing: Natalia Olive, Nacho Fuentes Ribas, Bonny Kellermann, 


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Wed, Jan 17 2018
MIT Women’s Chorale, seeking singers for its spring 2018 season
The MIT Women’s Chorale has space for a few more singers for its spring 2018 semester.  The Chorale welcomes women from throughout the MIT community, including MIT alums and their family members.

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Fri, Jan 19 2018
Ski with the MIT Alpine Ski Team

MIT's Alpine Ski Team would love to ski with you at Ragged Mountain. During IAP, the team trains 4 days a week at Ragged Mountain and races two days a week. January 19th would be a great day to meet up with them. You can also cheer them on at races on weekends at various locations.

Please go to the event page for more details.

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Wed, Jan 24 2018
Boston Latin Academy needs Scientists to Judge Science Fair Projects
Boston Latin Academy needs Scientists to Judge Science Fair Projects on W 1/24 and Th 1/25 7:30am-1:40pm. It is good experience for students to be able to discuss their work with real scientists. Please contact Katherine Fogarty if you can participate for at least a few hours.

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Sat, Jan 27 2018
STEM EDUCATION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY for Middle/High School Students!
Carefully press together and label amino acid models. Manipulating dynamic models helps middle and high school students model molecular processes like protein synthesis.

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Tue, Jan 30 2018
The MIT Forum: Andre Borschberg SM '83
A special MIT Forum event featuring the co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse. He will discuss the new Nova series chronicling his circumnavigation of the globe in a solar plane and his dreams and ambitions for a new project focused on the future of energy and aviation.

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Sat, Feb 03 2018
Science on Saturday Materials with Magical Properties
Join MIT's experts for this interactive workshop on chemical reactions and strange materials. Students from the audience can volunteer to help with lots of cool demonstrations. Fun hands-on activity tables where students can conduct their own experiments will follow.

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Sat, Feb 24 2018
The Rise & Fall of Pluto: How Science Progresses
Since Pluto was discovered in 1930 it reigned as the ninth planet until 2006, when astronomers voted to take away its status as a planet. This talk will be about discovering new things in the solar system, and how this led to both the rise and fall of Pluto.

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Sat, Mar 03 2018
Apply to Officiate for Blue Lobster Bowl Competition @MIT
24 High School Teams NEED YOU to Officiate for the 2018 Blue Lobster Bowl (BLB) Ocean Sciences Quiz Bowl! One winning BLB team will go on to compete at the national level. Must register by 9 Feb.

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Wed, Apr 04 2018
Boston Seminar Series - Paula Hammond

SAVE THE DATE!

Join us for the 2018 Boston Seminar Series on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The guest speaker will be Paula Hammond '84, PhD '93, David H. Koch Chair Professor of Engineering.

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