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Cambridge Science Festival: Marvelous Molecules at Play! Sat, Apr 19

Marvelous Molecules at PlayThe Eighth Annual Cambridge Science Festival kicks off with a day of science fun for the whole family!

In Marvelous Molecules at Play, MIT alum and chemistry lecturer John Dolhun presents science demonstrations for middle-school aged children, but sure to entertain and inspire audience members of all ages.

Included are the combustion of elements, a smoking chemical transformation, hot potato carbon dioxide balloons, a colorful chemical reaction, playing with liquid oxygen and more!

Part of the Science Carnival taking place all afternoon at the Cambridge Public Library.

Learn more:  Cambridge Science Festival

Drumlin Farm Science of Nature Festival Sat, Apr 19

Celebrate the science at work in nature! Join us for the Science of Nature: A Day of Outdoor Scientific Discovery at Drumlin Farm. 

Using Drumlin's farm and wildlife sanctuary as an outdoor laboratory, you are invited to explore the “STEM” fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with a variety of natural materials, challenges, and experiments. It’s a day to explore the beauty and wonder of science in nature with family-friendly activities and crafts.

Special Events for MIT Club of Boston members: Ask for the special MIT scavenger hunt at the admissions window when you arrive, and find Tim the Beaver hidden around the farm to win a small prize.  Drumlin Farm Visitor Education Coordinator Renata Pomponi '90 will also be available during the 11am "Scientists with Smartphones" program to share how the game was developed in partnership with the MIT Media Lab

CANCELLED: BIEN Series: Brad Feld '87 "Start-up Revolution Series" Talk Tue, Apr 22

We regret that we have to cancel this event.

Brad Feld ’87
has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.. Startup Revolution books is a large body of work that had relevance to a wide range of entrepreneurs and durability over the next few decades. Matt’s books will discuss Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City, Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur , Startup Boards: Reinventing the Board of Directors to Better Support the Entrepreneur, Startup Metrics: Making Sense of the Numbers in Your Startup and other stories that will be invaluable to all entrepreneurs!

Science Trivia Challenge! Wed, Apr 23

Science Trivia Challenge!Back for its 8th year: Nothing scientific is off-limits as high schoolers and middle schoolers match wits in this team trivia showdown, vying to dine with a Nobel Laureate! Legendary MIT Professor Walter Lewin hosts.
Register a High School or Middle School Team
Suggest a Question
Volunteer to Help Out
See web.mit.edu/trivia for more information!

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!

Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna Sun, Jun 22

This event is sold out!

Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.

In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.

Phantom of the Opera Sat, Jul 12

The Phantom of the Opera TicketsThis event is currently sold out. If you'd like to be added to the waitlist please send an email to Grace Yao (gyao@mitcob.org) with the number of tickets you would like to purchase.

Buy your tickets now to spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, at the Boston Opera House!

Registration closes March 31.

Alumni-GSC Mixer Sun, Jun 22

The Alumni Association, Club of Boston, and Graduate Student Council cordially invite you to lovely mixer.

New and Noteworthy

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

, 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. To emphasize this connection, 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!

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