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BSS: Roger Stein - Funding a Cure for Cancer Tue, May 06

How can we encourage the development of multiple drugs that each cost about $200 million and take about 10 years to bring to market?

Research done by Dr. Roger Stein and Prof. Andrew Lo suggests that it is possible to fund many drug trials simultaneously by structuring investment products that would appeal broadly to big investors like pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds rather than traditional biotech investors. Although this idea is still in its early stages, several groups around the world have already begun putting these ideas into practice.
  Early registration ends 4/25/14!

Boston Innovation and Entrepreneurship Network (BIEN) Speaker Series Wed, May 07

Honest Tea co-Founder Barry Nalebuff ’80 shares the story of how his team started Honest Tea (one of the most beloved consumer brands and a pioneer in the organic food movement). His book prepares the starting entrepreneur for what to expect. Not your typical How I Built My Business book, the book discussed looks like a comic book. Barry will share in their journey, introduce some colorful characters, and make you a better entrepreneur along the way.

What's Your Mission? If you're seeking a career with purpose or simply want to learn how Seth & Barry did it, come listen to the founder bring a real success startup story alive!

Annual Meeting with Stu Schmill '86 Thu, May 22


Join us for food, drink and fellowship as we celebrate the Club's past year, elect new officers and recognize outstanding volunteers. Plus, a talk from MIT Dean of Admissions Stuart Schmill '86!

Alumni-GSC Mixer Sun, Jun 22

Join the Alumni Association, Club of Boston, and Graduate Student Council for an exciting mixer at the Daily Catch Seaport!

We'll supply the food. You supply the fun company.

New and Noteworthy

NASA Space Grant Fellow @ the MIT Museum

The MIT Museum Education & Public Programs team, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, is seeking an experienced individual to develop an EV3 robotics workshop for middle and high school students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. This is a temporary, part- time position beginning immediately and ending in mid- to late August. Compensation of $15-$18/hour will be provided, based on experience.

2014 Call for Nominations

Do you want to meet fellow MIT alumni, plan fun events, and support a volunteer-run, community-based non-profit organization? Then the MIT Club of Boston wants you! 

At our Annual Meeting on May 22 (Register now to attend - FREE FOR MEMBERS), the Club membership will be voting to elect a slate of officers for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015). The Nominating Committee seeks your help as an MIT Club of Boston Member in identifying members of the MIT alumni community to take on volunteer and leadership positions.

Please contact Natalia Olive MNG '02 if you are interested in getting involved, and don't forget to attend our Annual Meeting on May 22 for refreshments, a year-end review, election of new officers, and a talk by MIT Dean of Admissions Stuart Schmill '86. Register Today!

BSS Dinner with Prof. Sadoway Satisfying

SadowayThe MITCOB met at the EVOO restaurant in Kendall Square to swap stories, memories and ideas and most particularly to hear Dr. Don Sadoway, the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, [Course III] discuss "Extreme Electrochemistry" as explored in GroupSadoway and its application to large-scale energy storage in the nationwide electrical grid. Prof. Sadoway presented a frank comparison of the costs and capacities of liquid metal batteries versus other storage chemistries, and invited the assembled alums to consider for themselves which would likely lead to large-scale adoption, especially as regards alternative energy. The meaty ideas he offered complemented the fabulous entrees and scrumptious desserts at EVOO and left the audience satisfied but eager to learn more. 

Thank you to Joshua Musher for providing funding for recording this lecture.  You can view the video here.

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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

, Apr 26
MIT Museum Space Day: MIT at the Final Frontier
Travel beyond Earth’s realm at the MIT Museum and learn about the wide variety of space research being done at MIT. Learn about the next generation of space suits, explore new methods of space flight using ion thrusters, and look to the future of exoplanet research. See all this and more with hands-on demonstrations and discussions of space research at MIT!

, May 10
2014 Legatum Conference: Elements of Entrepreneurship
The Legatum Center at MIT strives to prepare its Fellows for entrepreneurial careers in low-income countries and to expose them to “The Elements of Entrepreneurship,” our 2014 Conference. We are linking our panel discussions to elements that we are constantly exposed to: earth , agri-business in Africa; air, Latin American technology ventures; fire, Asia’s newest innovations in energy production; water, innovation springing up by the water of the Persian Gulf.

, May 10
Science on Saturday: Materials with Magical Properties
Presented by MIT Department of Materials Science -You have seen materials with magical properties in movies,but can real materials levitate? Make objects invisible? Deflect heat? Remember their former shapes? Volunteer to help with our demonstrations and find out!

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