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Community Service Bulletin

March 28, 2012

Spotlight

First annual International Development Group Conference (4/6)

Please join us for the first annual IDG Conference: Reframing International Development, Friday April 6, 8am - 5pm, MIT Faculty Club (E52- 6th floor).

The field of International development has undergone tremendous change in recent decades. In these exciting times, academic and financial institutions, as well as policy makers and practitioners, must re-evaluate our respective roles if we are to achieve the types of innovation necessary to address these challenges moving into the future. With this challenge in mind, students of MIT’s International Development Group within the Department of Urban Studies and Planning have organized this conference on the future of international development.

We hope this conference will bring together established players in the international development field - academic institutions, international financial institutions - with some of the emerging players in development, namely organizations that represent the poor themselves, developing country institutions and foundations. We believe an open dialogue between these groups is necessary to advance the field of international development.

For more information and to register, please visit http://web.mit.edu/dusp/idg/conference/ Registration is free but required. Do it now! http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3177731681

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Help spread the word about Cambridge Science Festival 2012! (4/3)

We need a team of strong volunteers to distribute the festival program guides to companies who have donated to the festival. The team will go out during the day of April 3rd to distribute the guides to these companies throughout Boston. Help us get everyone excited about the festival!

More info at: cambridgesciencefestival.org To volunteer, contact Kristyn Maiorca, chemmusica@gmail.com, 646-267-5146.

Food for Thoughts: Eat ice cream and share your thoughts at a volunteering focus group event (4/6)

Calling all volunteers! Do you volunteer in the local community? If so, the MIT Public Service Center invites you to share your thoughts about resources for MIT volunteers. Drop by the Chipman Room (6-104) on Friday, April 6, anytime between 1:00 and 3:00pm. We’ll have a short survey, some informal discussions, and, of course, delicious ice cream sundaes from Toscanini’s!

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required: volunteering@mit.edu

Visit with elders onEaster Sunday (4/8)

Join People Making a Difference in visiting elders with Easter meals and flowers on Sunday, April 8, 10am-2:30pm. For elderly people who have little or no family involvement and very limited financial means, plus cannot leave their apartments due to disabilities and weather, weekends and holidays in particular can be very lonely. Fortunately, Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, a nonprofit, nonsectarian charity, relieves isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Little Brothers, founded on the philosophy of nurturing the spirit as well as the body, needs volunteers to make Easter visits since this is the most difficult time of year for them to recruit enough people for all the requested visits. Learn more at http://www.littlebrothers.org/boston

Since affordable housing for poor elders onfixed incomes is becoming increasingly rare in central Boston, we particularly need people with cars to participate so that they can drive from Northeastern University with hot meals for elders who live 5-6 miles away in Dorchester and Mattapan. PMD pairs up volunteers to visit three elders together. (Individuals can indicate the friend with whom one wants to be paired OR PMD will assign.)

After visiting several elders, PMD volunteers will share their experiences during a late, dim sum lunch. This project will conclude at 2:30 PM. To participate, sign up yourself online BY 3/29 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22F4ZYWKAPR

Summer Community Service Work-Study Information Session (4/10)

Attend an information session for Community Service Work-Study: an opportunity for students with Federal work-study to give back to the community and earn a paycheck. Students are able to add to their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with finding creative solutions to the problems they face. Learn about summer jobs being advertised here in Boston or design your own position anywhere around the country.

The info session will be held on Tuesday, April 10 from 7-8PM in room W35-299. Dinner will be served. Contact Linden McEntire at studentworker@mit.edu or 617-253-8065 with any questions! http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/work-study/students/index.html

Volunteer on a STEM education/Lego DNA building project (4/14)

Assist People Making a Difference and the MIT’s Edgerton Center in building, checking and labeling Lego DNA nucleotides for cool Lego science learning kits for high school students to learn biological processes "hands on." Join us on Saturday, April 14 (Patriots Day weekend), 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, at MIT.

Manipulating Legos representing DNA, RNA, proteins, and atoms helps high school students learn about the molecular processes for DNA replication and gene expression, from introductory to advanced placement levels. Team up to build, check, and label lego DNA nucleotides, by copying pictures and samples.

All of the Lego materials and teacher professional development workshops have been funded by grants, but we need volunteers to count, assemble, check, and permanently glue together all of the subcomponents from tens of thousands of components, so that these science kits can be readily used by hundreds of high school students and their teachers annually.

While no science knowledge is required, this project does require fine motor skills, manual dexterity, and careful attention to detail while seated. Register yourself by 4/7 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22F69L7BGFZ

Join theSamaritans 5K to help reduce suicides (9/29)

Help reduce the incidence of suicide by joining Samaritans for our 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk along the Charles River on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The race starts at 10:00 am, with registration beginning at 8:00 am at DCR’s Artesani Park on Soldier’s Field Road in Brighton.

There are so many ways to get involved! You could organize a 5K Team with friends and family in memory of a loved one or in support of Samaritans. Raise funds and participate in the run/walk together. Or you could run or walk as an individual participant. Your efforts will help raise funds and awareness about Samaritans in your community. You could also volunteer. Samaritans needs over 150 volunteers the day of the event. Help with registration, course management, parking and other important jobs. You could become a 5K Sponsor. Your company can support this amazing event. 5K Sponsorship is an effective way to promote your business and the importance of suicide prevention. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available to meet your company’s level of interest.

For more information about participating, volunteering or sponsoring the Samaritans 5K, contact Garrett Owen at 5K@samaritanshope.org or 617-536-2460. Celebrate life, sign up today! www.samaritanshope.org

Ongoing Opportunities

Public Service Center Student Job Opportunities!

IDEAS Global Challenge Communications/Events Coordinator (and Assistant Air Traffic Controller) Needed
8 - 19 hours per week; now through the end of May
$10- $12/hour to commensurate with experience

We’re looking for someone to help us rally the Institute by spreading the word, run event logistics and help us manage the multitude of details that make the IDEAS Global Challenge a success. Someone who’s good at juggling several projects at once, fun to work with and can anticipate upcoming needs.

In particular, the key pieces you would help us make happen:

-Marketing/publicity: We’re looking for someone who is a wordsmith and relishes the opportunity to construct and communicate stories and information. You would help us develop the awards ceremony program, document past teams,press releases, the annual sponsorship report, news articles and much more. Designing creative ads, postering around campus, and chalking the sidewalks. Ideally, you’d have a knack for graphic design.

-Events: We have three large events in the spring – the Poster and Judging Session, the Awards Celebration and the Winners’ Retreat. Help us with the logistics so we can run them smoothly. Other duties and responsibilities performed as needed.

Ideally, you’re an undergraduate upperclassman or a graduate student who will be here for another year. We want someone who’s prepared to stay on. We’re planning on everything working out well so you’ll want to join us and help run the Challenge next year. A summer position may be possible.

Is that you? Drop Kate a note: kmytty@mit.edu

Enter a GOOD Challenge! (deadline: 4/16)

Check out the following challenge/contest opportunities sponsored by GOOD occurring this month! For all competitions, details and submission tips can be found online at http://good.is For more information contact Wendy Levine at wendy@goodinc.com

GOOD Magazine: $500 to Use Sports for GOOD

Between waiting for the start of baseball season and compulsively eyeing the latest college basketball scores, we’ve been more than a little preoccupied with sports lately. Luckily for you, we’re funneling our Final Four fever into a GOOD Maker Challenge. Tell us how you would use $500 to improve and uplift your community through sports, and the three proposals with the most votes will receive a grant. We love creative, unconventional ideas. Maybe you’ll use the cash to plan a citywide triathlon or a neighborhood kickball tournament. Perhaps you’ll start a pee wee soccer club or an intramural badminton league for seniors. Imagine how the love of the game can change your community, then submit your best plan of action here.

The 3 top-voted ideas will each receive a $500 grant. Submit an application for a chance to win. Submit a proposal between March 15 and April 16 (noon Pacific Time). From April 16-30, we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the GOOD community in selecting the top three grant winners. http://goodsports.maker.good.is/

Development of Cell Phone App for Juvenile Justice & Education

The 3rd Judicial District Juvenile Court Services of Sioux City, Iowa is looking for individuals that would be interested in helping develop a cell phone app that can be used by juvenile court officers to help monitor, educate and support youth on probation. This app, if developed, could be used not only within the 3rd Judicial District but nationwide, as a means of more closely working with juvenile offenders through the use of evidence based instruction. Research has shown that traditional methods of client supervision do not change delinquent and offending behavior or reduce recidivism. For behavior change and recidivism reduction to be possible, clients must understand the personal and environmental factors that led them to their offending behavior and teach them the skills they need in order to make positive changes in the future. If developed, this project will provide a cutting edge approach to working with youth that will allow probation officers to communicate with youth anywhere, any time, in a manner that juveniles are familiar and comfortable with in today's society.

The 3rd Judicial District Juvenile Court Services is interested in beginning this project immediately. We are located in Sioux City, Iowa and are willing to work in partnership with interested parties outside of the State of Iowa. If interested, contact Kathy Vrieze, kvrieze@cableone.net, 712-444-5400.

Apply for a Legatum Seed Grant! (deadline: 4/10)

Legatum Seed Grants provide funding to develop and nurture promising for-profit ventures in low-income countries. The Legatum Center at MIT is now seeking applicants for summer Seed Grants. With the generosity of the Barr Family Foundation & Western Union Foundation, the number of grants available has increased and special consideration will be given to projects in Latin America. Awards average $2000. Application deadline is April 10th.

Seed Grants can fund market research, prototype development, pilot testing, and international travel. MIT undergraduates, graduate students and student teams (where at least one member of the team is an MIT student) may apply.

For more information or to apply for a Legatum Seed Grant, visit http://legatum.mit.edu/GrantApplicants

D-Lab Study Abroad Program (deadline: 4/13)

D-Lab is excited to open applications for the 2012-2013 pilot of the D-Lab Study Abroad program! Get more information at d-lab.mit.edu/study-abroad <http://d-lab.mit.edu/study-abroad> , and apply by April 13.

D-Lab Study Abroad is a new collaboration between the MIT Global Education and Career Development Center and D-Lab for an organized, community-based, credit-bearing study abroad program set in developing countries. D-Lab Study Abroad will give you the opportunity to spend a semester studying and living in a developing country, collaborating with other students, faculty, established partners and community members. This will strengthen connections in the community, lead to significant progress on research and community development projects, and promote more in-depth cultural immersion. Study Abroad students will have a field-based, hands-on experience while remaining linked to MIT, and students at MIT will benefit from Study Abroad students’ shared learning and an increased ability to work more closely with partners and users throughout the semester. D-Lab Study Abroad proposes a new model where, while abroad, you enroll in classes at MIT and are actively engaged in those classes as a remote participant, adding a new dimension to on-campus classes at MIT. The rest of your abroad semester will be made up of independent research projects, local language instruction, and more.

The D-Lab Study Abroad program will pilot in 2012-2013, as a cohesive academic year with students traveling in the spring semester. You will spend the fall semester taking classes in your major, development-related courses with faculty who are interesting in advising students while abroad, and a seminar organized by D-Lab to help prepare for going abroad. The fall semester will lead into the spring semester abroad, with clear connections between them. In the spring, you will be placed with a D-Lab partner in a developing country, working on projects that match your backgrounds and interests. We have identified great potential partners in Brazil, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Zambia. This is a unique MIT study abroad program, blending classroom and field experiences as you complete academically rigorous courses and research while being deeply engaged within a community. Each student will be able to craft a semester abroad program that focuses on their interests while allowing them to stay on track for meeting degree requirements; you may receive a traditional semester’s worth of MIT academic credit, including engineering credit under the 2A program.

If you have any questions, please contact Program Coordinator Rebecca Smith (smithra@mit.edu) or check out our website, d-lab.mit.edu/study-abroad <http://d-lab.mit.edu/study-abroad> . We look forward to hearing from you!

MTVu is seeking innovative urban planning and design projects

MTVu is seeking the most inspiring and creative projects being created by students across the nation. MTVu is looking for five creative innovators who are working on projects and thesis work that define the entrepreneurial and artistic spirit, inviting them to New York City to share their story. The projects should be innovative and forward thinking in design and urban planning and has to have some kind of tangible element (cannot be only a web service).

If you have any students working on projects or theses that fit this bill, can you please direct them to this Google Form to fill in some information about themselves and their projects? It's simple to fill out and will give us a quick snapshot of the projects your students are working on which is what we need to get started.

Become a MAGIC Mentor!

Are you a STEM major? Are you passionate about helping middle and high-school girls learn about STEM fields and opportunities? Become a MAGIC Mentor with GetMagic Corp.! MAGIC is launching in Massachusetts in Fall 2012 and looking to recruit female mentors. You will work with a middle or high school girl for a period of 3-9 months and focus on building several hands-on projects driven by the student's interests. The program runs from Sept-May and a weekly one hour commitment is required.

MAGIC was launched by a group of senior women engineers at the 2007 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Since then, it has been featured in Google's International Women's Day Campaign, IEEE Spectrum, and Newsweek.

MAGIC mentors have included women with successful STEM careers at Google, IBM, JASnet, McKinsey, NASA, Oracle, Stanford University, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Note that all our mentors go through a comprehensive background check prior to mentoring.

We recruit mentors in the following (not limited to) areas: computer science, biosciences/medicine, engineering, physical sciences, geosciences, architecture, interdisciplinary fields (computational biology, computational chemistry, environmental biology, etc.

If you're interested, please submit the Mentor Application at http://getmagic.org/apply.html For more information, visit http://getmagic.org/ or contact Esha Sahai at esha@getmagic.org" http://getmagic.org/

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Interested in teaching middle & high school students this summer? (priority deadline: 3/30)

In conjunction with the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP), you can make a true impact by teaching students at critical junctures in the pre-college academic pipeline. As an instructor/teaching assistant, you will support our endeavor to educate 500-600 students through engaging, hands-on curricula that will strengthen students’ foundations in STEM skills. You will also contribute to exposing these students to cutting-edge STEM content and world-class resources we have available at MIT. Our programs offer competitive salaries coupled with the additional benefit of paid room and board to instructors and teaching assistants. OEOP seeks to increase the number of traditionally underserved students in the technical workforce pipeline through national and local outreach programs like:

  • Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) Program; 6-week summer, residential program (06/11-07/28) for rising high school seniors seeking instructors/TA's in Calculus, Life Sciences, Physics, Engineering (Electrical, Computer, and Mechanical), and Architecture (Apply for Instructor or TA )
  • Engineering Experience at MIT (E2@MIT) Program; 1-week summer, residential program (07/29-08/05) for rising high school seniors seeking instructors/TA's in Engineering (Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, Aero/Astro) (please email e2@mit.edu
  • MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Collaboration (MOSTEC); 6-month online-enrichment program (June-Decemeber) for high school seniors seeking part-time online facilitators (please email mostec@mit.edu)
  • Confronting Obstacles and Realizing Excellence (CORE) Program; 2-week math-intensive summer program (08/06-08/17) for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders seeking instructors/TA's in mathematics with an algebra focus (Apply HERE)
  • MIT Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Program ; 5-week (06/26-08/12) summer program for rising 6th-9th graders seeking undergraduate instructors in science, mathematics, and robotics (Apply HERE)
  • MIT Science of Baseball Program (MSBP) ; 4-week summer program for rising 8th and 9th grade boys seeking instructors/TA's in science and mathematics with baseball experience (Apply HERE)

Please note that each program has different deadlines, however you are encouraged to submit your applications ASAP and apply for all programs of interest. Priority will be given to all staff applications received by March 30th.

We look forward to you becoming a member of our team!!!!

MIT-founded social enterprise GSC is seeking Fellows for 6-12 months

Global Cycle Solutions (GCS) is seeking applicants for its 2012 GCS Fellows Program. These positions provide an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneurially minded professional to join a young, vibrant, social enterprise and make a positive impact in the East-African community.

  • Fellowship is unpaid and will last 6 – 12 months, depending on the Fellow’s schedule and GCS’s needs
  • GCS will provide fellows with transportation to/from Tanzania, a volunteer visa, accommodation (housing and food), and 100% of work-related travel costs
  • Fellows will be expected to work Monday – Friday and half days Saturday, and blog about their experiences at least once per month
  • Insurance and necessary vaccines for travel to Tanzania will not be provided by GCS

Local collaboration is a core entity of Global Cycle Solutions; therefore, Fellows will undergo a cultural and language immersion program in the first month before joining GCS staff in its offices.

For details, go to: http://gcstz.com/get-involved

IDI Technology Dissemination Fellowships (deadline 4/9)

The emphasis of the IDI Technology Dissemination Fellowships is on disseminating technologies developed by MIT students and student teams, but we are open to other models. If in doubt, ask! The TDF program may be a good resource for you if your project is currently in one of these phases:

  • Incubation – Conducting feasibility studies, generating business plans, refining products, arranging licensing agreements and attracting early adopters.
  • Market Development – Raising product awareness, building supply chains, creating financing options, and promoting wholesale and retail sales.
  • Impact Expansion – Deepening relationships with current customers, creating new products, increasing production capacity and distribution opportunities.

The deadline for summer 2012 is Monday, April 9, 5pm. Details and application materials: http://web.mit.edu/idi/idi_programs.htm

Ghana Summer Intern & Videographer Positions with KaeMe

KaeMe (Ghana Orphanage Reform Program), a US 501(c)3 non-profit partnered with the Ghanaian government and with a Ghanaian non-profit of the same name, is currently recruiting for 15-20 interns and 2-3 videographers to serve in Ghana this summer. For approximately 7-8 weeks, the interns will work in orphanages profiling children, collecting demographic, education, and health information as well as pictures and video footage, to ensure the Department of Social Welfare in Ghana has sufficient information to find these children a permanent home. Interns will be fully trained for the experience. If accepted, you will work closely with the co-founders, Dr. Michael McCullough and Jennifer Miller, the KaeMe US student board team, Ghanaian social workers, Ghanaian university students, and other US college students.

Through our strong partnership with Ghanaian government leaders in the Department of Social Welfare and our motivated BeAGoodDoctor students as the ‘boots on the ground,’ we are poised to document every child in the previously unregulated orphanage system in Ghana – decreasing each child’s vulnerability and speeding the process of finding them a healthy family. Eight student interns profiled over 600 children in the Accra region of Ghana this summer, which included interviewing every child and their orphanage caregivers, scanning all documents, and video-documenting each child to enable them to tell their story in their own words. All of this is done with the help and guidance of Ghanaian social workers. With this summer’s success and the Ghanaian government’s agreement (and request), we will be expanding next summer’s group to at least 20 students. We plan to profile every orphan in Ghana over the next three years, moving on to other countries with this highly-successful model.

Time Required: approximately 7-week summer term as well as some training in the spring. Interns are also expected to participate in KaeMe during at least the fall quarter upon return, in order to institutionalize their knowledge and to share their experiences.

Requirements: Great enthusiasm, creativity, and a consistent work ethic. Multimedia experience is desired, but not a requirement. To apply: Please visit http://kaeme.beagooddoctor.org/

Assist MIT student in continuing D-Lab project this summer

Interested in applying your knowledge of chemistry to a hands-on project? Or in understanding the chemical interactions between different ingredients in crayons? We're looking for someone with a chemistry background to help with the crayon recipe research.

This UROP position involves understanding the function of the different ingredients in the crayon recipes. The goal is to use this information to make more informed decisions about making modifications to the current recipes, such as making the color of the crayon visible to the user. Currently, all the crayons except for the orange one, look black to the user b/c there isn’t anything opaque in the recipe. We are looking for a way to make the color visible to the user but not alter the writing quality of the crayon. Understanding the role of different ingredients could also help in developing future recipes and potentially other artists’ supplies such as pastels, colored pencils, and maybe even dry watercolor cakes. The goal of this project would be to be able to explain the role of the different ingredients to our community partner and possibly also have a modified crayon and pastel recipe.

Skills required include 1) understanding of interactions of different chemical compositions (for example wax and pigment, pigment and soap, wax and soap, powders (calcium carbonate/talc) and any of the above, palmitic acid and any of the above) and 2) potentially also interested in traveling to Avani over the summer (not required).

If interested, contact Kristin Kagetsu, kagetsu@mit.edu.

Intern with the Jewish Women’s Archive

The Jewish Women’s Archive seeks volunteer interns during the academic year and/or the summer to work on a variety of tasks, including: compiling contact information for outreach database, locating and securing permissions for images to be used on jwa.org, researching and writing new thematic feature(s) for jwa.org, assisting with additions to “We Remember”and “On the Map” features, researching and writing new entries for “This Week in History”, contributing guest posts to JWA blog, assisting with development activities, and performing general office duties (phone, photocopying, etc.).

Founded in 1995, JWA is devoted to sharing the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America in order to enrich the way we understand the past and to ensure a more inclusive future. JWA has amassed the most extensive collection of material anywhere on American Jewish women, and it can be accessed for free by anyone with an Internet connection. Our website is a destination for people seeking knowledge, a sense of connection and community, and a way to affirm and enhance the legacy of American Jewish women Requirements include two + years of post-secondary education, availability for at least 10 hours/week, ability to work independently andcollaboratively, proficiency with Word, Excel and email; familiarity w/ graphic programs a plus.

Please apply online at http://jwa.org/aboutjwa/jobs/apply and include a cover letter, current resume, contact info for two references (one work related, one academic) The Jewish Women's Archive is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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