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Busy Bag Swap for kids 2.5-4 years
Samra Salman
Mon Jan 23, 12-01:00pm

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 16-Dec-2011
Limited to 25 participants.
Single session event

The winter is fast approaching. Want to keep your kids busy while you do something important like cooking or maybe watching a movie? Then this is the right opportunity for you. Join the "Busy Bag Swap". All you have to do is make a busy bag. A Busy Bag is a ziplock bag filled with a fun and educational activity for the younger kids from 2.5 years to 4 years. We are currently looking for 20-25 participants who will choose one activity and make 20-25 bags of their one activity to exchange. This swap is focused on activities that are developmentally appropriate for preschool kids (2.5 yrs to 4 yrs). After the swap each participant will have 20-25 busy bags for their little ones. Get lots of ideas by simply googling: “Busy Bag ideas". Email Samra to let her know you are interested and you will receive a detailed email regarding the instructions and the rules, time, and loction of the Busy Bag swap. The swap will take place on January 23.
Contact: Samra Salman, Samcool.salman@gmail.com

Experience the Way of Tea - Japanese Tea Ceremony
Kyoko Wada
Sun Jan 29, 02-03:00pm, W20-307

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 27-Jan-2012
Single session event

Join us for a Japanese tea ceremony performed by Mrs. Kyoko Wada, who has been studying the Japanese Tea Ceremony for more than 30 years. She will share "the happiness of the tea ceremony" with you and invite you to take this opportunity to leave your worries and problems at the door. Be transported to Japan by the calligraphy, ceramics, flowers, lacquer, and incense. Experience the four elements of the "way of tea:" harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility. Imagine how they can bring harmony into our daily interactions. Take the first step of what can become a lifetime of study and meditation. We will also talk very briefly about opportunities for MIT students to visit Japan through the Kawamura Fellowship and MIT Japan.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/chado/www/index.html
Contact: Kyoko Wada, (781) 860-0373, chado@mit.edu
Cosponsor: Global Education and Career Development

Graphene - Why the hype?
Dr Hui Ying Hoh
Fri Jan 20, 12-01:00pm, 56-180

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Signup by: 10-Jan-2012
Limited to 27 participants.
Single session event

Have you heard of graphene? Graphene is a single sheet of graphite, made up of one layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal structure like chicken wire. Since the groundbreaking experiments by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, research interest in this material grew exponentially, and the two scientists were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. Just 5 years after their pioneering work!

Touted as ‘”the next big thing”, graphene is harder than diamond, stronger than steel and more electrical conducting than copper. Want to know more about this new yet old material, understand the hype about it in the research community and how it will impact our lives in the near future? Join us for an introductory talk on this two-dimensional form of carbon. No background knowledge required. Topics covered include its discovery, production, properties and possible applications.

Dr Hui Ying Hoh obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry in the National University of Singapore (NUS) under the supervision of Professor Kian Ping Loh. Her dissertation involves the study of functional carbon-based materials such as graphene and diamond.
Contact: Dr Hui Ying Hoh, hoh.hui.ying@gmail.com

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