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Community Service Bulletin

April 11, 2012


MIT IDEAS Global Challenge: Community Choice Vote Opens!

Through the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge, over 50 teams from across MIT are working with communities around the world to develop new technologies, systems and methods for tackling challenges such as access to energy, water, education, employment and much more. From April 9 - 29, support three teams of your choice with your vote. The three teams with the most votes will win a $1,500 Community Choice Award.

Meet the teams and vote at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Legatum Lecture: Education Entrepreneurship in India (4/11)

During the presentation Ashish Rajpal, Founder & CEO, iDiscoveri, will talk about the success of his entrepreneurial model, the transformative changes occurring in education, and career opportunities available at iDiscoveri. Please join us on April 11th!

This lecture is free and open to the public and will be held at 5:30PM on Wednesday April 11 at the MIT Sloan School, E62-275=6. For more information, please see http://legatum.mit.edu/content/1170

Lecture hosted by Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology http://legatum.mit.edu/

The Other Side of Immigration” Documentary Screening (4/19)

Please join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary, “The Other Side of Immigration” followed by a discussion with Roy Germano, film director. http://www.theothersideofimmigration.com/HOME.html

Co-sponsored by: Center for International Studies, Clubmex, FL&L, International Student Association, Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and MISTI. The event will be held at 7PM on Thursday, April 19 in 3-270. For information please contact Griselda Gomez: gomezg@mit.edu

Deadline to apply to speak at TIMtalks (4/20)

TIMtalks, or "Think. Inspire. Motivate." Talks is a platform to promote students who have invented, implemented, succeeded, and even failed at a wide range of ideas, both large and small. We are seeking students with a broad vision, energy, and unique perspective to present a focused narrative of their thoughts, inspirations, and motivations and how MIT has played a role in defining this passion.

Applications are now open for the Spring 2012 inaugural session which will be held on Wednesday, May 16, from 6-8pm. Please visit http://timtalks.mit.edu/ for more information and to submit an application today! Applications are due by 11:59pm on Friday, April 20th. Think. Inspire. Motivate. Powerful ideas by passionate students.

Participate in the Science of Sports Festival with Boston Students! (4/22)

Do you have a creative idea for how to engage students in learning about math, science or engineering through sports? The Cambridge Science Festival and Office of Engineering Outreach Programs are organizing a "Science of Sports Day" on Sunday, April 22 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Madison Park High School in Roxbury. This is a fantastic opportunity to share your excitement about math, science and engineering with Boston students!

We would like to invite you to join us for the event and host a table with a hands on activity or demo. All you need to do to register to participate is to complete this online form http://www.cambridgesciencefestival.org/GetInvolved/ScienceOfSports.aspx

Spring 2012 Guest Week at the Orchard Gardens (4/25)

Citizen Schools changes students' lives through engaging them in hands-on learning opportunities, that connect what they learn in school to the real world. We build students' skills, get them excited about learning, and inspired by adults who help them see what they can do in their futures.

This spring Citizen Schools, in partnership with Orchard Gardens in Roxbury, MA is running an apprenticeship - a 10-week long hands-on learning projects taught by volunteers from business and civic organizations that connect what students learn in school to the real world.

This spring, on Wednesday April 25th the Orchard Gardens will be having Guest Week! I would love to invite you to participate in this event and join my apprenticeship for the day. During the class session, you could drop in and discuss your experience as a female in the field of engineering. Also help the girls with a design challenge!

If you are interested please email me atlee.jos@husky.neu.edu. Plan to be at Orchard Gardens from 3-5PM. I will email you an official link to register for this event.

Volunteer at a local school's science fair! (4/26)

Fletcher-Maynard Academy (Pre-K to 8th) is having a science fair, and they need help running various interactive tables to get both students and parents more engaged! The activities range from taste tests to astronomy. You'll get a chance to get to know the local community and relive your own science fair days!

The science fair will be held on April 26 from 1-3PM. A brief training may be required. For more information or to get involved please contact Juhee Bae at juheebae@mit.edu

2012 MIT Sustainability Summit: The Horizon Event (4/27)

The Fourth Annual MIT Sustainability Summit, sponsored by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, offers a look at the current successes, emerging solutions and new paradigms that can lead us to an environmentally and socially sustainable future.

Renowned investor Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of GMO Asset Management, leads off a day of discussions; joining him will be Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres; Jim Hanna, Director of Environmental Impact at Starbucks; and Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of Seventh Generation. Also joining us for panels and workshops are faculty experts from across MIT; session topics include scaling social enterprises, socially-mediated collective action, the promise of big data, transportation alternatives, and geoengineering. Attendees include leaders in business and academia, along with students from across MIT and other universities.

The event will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012, from 8:45am-6:30pm at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142. For more information, please see http://sustainabilitysummit.mit.edu/

Spring Beaver Dash 5K Race (4/28)

Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Spring Beaver Dash 5K Race on 4/28. Sign up in relay teams or as individuals. For more info and registration: beaverdash.mit.edu

Sponsored by UA, LEF, and Spring Weekend

The event will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:30 am - Individual Race, and 10:30 am - Team Relay Race on the Kresge Lawn

Join Hands Day: Improve trails by spreading wood chips (5/5)

Enjoy the Outdoors & Celebrate Join Hands Day! Move wood chips in wheel barrows and spread chips to rebuild duff layer of worn trails to increase public enjoyment and decrease soil erosion and compaction that impact Cambridge's drinking water supply

Storms have eroded the trails that already suffered from the absence of plant diversity and heavy foot traffic, particularly on the steep slopes. PMD volunteers will be moving wood chips in wheelbarrows on the steep slopes and the spreading the wood chips to minimize the powerful water flow that erodes the slopes, as well as to encourage people and dogs to stay on the trails instead of trampling and eroding off-trail areas. Ranger Jean Rogers will work with us and also answer questions. A sanctuary of upland forests, meadows, wetlands, and wildlife on the western side of densely populated Cambridge, Fresh Pond Reservation surrounds and protects the ancient glacial pond called Fresh Pond, which since 1852 has provided drinking water to the City of Cambridge.

The event will be held on May 5, 2012, at the Fresh Pond Reservation in West Cambridge. Register online by 4/24 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22FB7GQBVCS/

Ongoing Opportunities

Enter a GOOD Challenge! (deadlines vary)

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/

GOOD Challenge: Clean Up Your Act

For most of us, the yearly itch to get organized usually starts around the same time we shed our scarves and wool jackets. Now that spring has officially arrived, why not put your inner clean freak to work in your neighborhood? This month’s 30-Day Challenge is Clean Up Your Act, and to help your community greet the new season in shipshape form, we’re offering a $500 grant to an individual or organization with a plan to make their city a prettier place. Consider organizing a beach cleanup or a recycling drive with a creative twist. Perhaps you’ll give a fresh coat of paint to a nearby elementary school, or plant new trees and flowers at the local senior center. Share your best idea with us here, and the entry that receives the most votes will claim the grant and the bragging rights.

Submit a proposal between April 2 and April 23 (noon Pacific Time). From April 23-30, 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.

Connect with this challenge on twitter at @GOODmkr and follow the conversation via #CleanUp. http://cleanup.maker.good.is/

Cambridge Science Festival 2012 (4/20-4/29)

The Cambridge Science Festival is a 10-day festival (April 20-29) calling on community, university, corporate, and informal institutions to come together and excite all people around the science, technology, engineering, and math in our lives. The 2012 festival will comprise of over 100 events, including the Science Carnival, Science of Sports, and Astronomy Day in a host of events for families throughout Cambridge and beyond. We’re also scheduling a wide assortment of more adult events - everything from career advice and networking meetups to a science historian-improv comedian match up in "What if?: Alternative Histories of Science".

There are a couple things we'd like your help with:

1) Everyone has a question about climate change. What's Yours? Submit your question today at http://bit.ly/climateq.

2) We need your help as volunteers, helping with set-up, photos, blogging, ushering and more. Please sign up as a CSF Volunteer at http://bit.ly/csfvolunteer!!

Thank you! And please spread the word to anyone who might be interested in helping out at the 2012 Cambridge Science Festival! For more information or to get involved please contact Kristyn Maiorca at chemmusica@gmail.com or 646-267-5146, or visit cambridgesciencefestival.org. Follow us on twitter @CSFtweets and facebook

Call for Applications: Earth Island Institute's Annual Brower Youth Awards (deadline 5/14)

The Earth Island Institute is accepting applications from young environmental activists for the thirteenth Annual Brower Youth Awards.

The awards are designed to recognize the outstanding leadership efforts of young people who are working for the protection of the planet. The program seeks to highlight the accomplishments of these new leaders and to invest in their continued success by providing ongoing access to resources, mentors, and opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Young activist leaders between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of July 1, 2012) living in North America are eligible to apply.

For more information go to http://www.thebyas.org/

Nominations Are Now Open For The 4th Annual CLASSY Awards! (deadline 6/14)

StayClassy is proud to announce that nominations for the 4th Annual CLASSY Awards competition are officially open. The CLASSY Awards is the largest philanthropic award ceremony in the country, recognizing the greatest achievements by thousands of charities, individuals and socially conscious businesses worldwide. The competition will culminate at a red-carpet Award Ceremony on September 22, 2012 in San Diego, CA.

From now until June 14, you can nominate yourself, your organization or someone else. For more information please go to http://www.stayclassy.org/classy-awards

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Help with Natural Dye Crayon Project in India

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 because 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.

Looking for someone to start this semester and travel to India over the summer. (If you are also interested in just helping out during the semester, that would be great too.) For more information, please contact Kristin Kagetsu at kagetsu@mit.edu

Researcher/Writer Internship at ScienceCheerleader.com

This internship offers the proper candidate the opportunity to prepare and publish the following:
- Interviews with Science Cheerleaders (current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math careers)
- Interviews with citizen scientists, citizen science/crowdsourced project leaders, and policy makers for Science Cheerleader’s sister site, SciStarter : http://www.scistarter.com

The site’s goals are three-fold: increase adult science literacy; grow the ranks of “citizen scientists”; and give a voice to the public in matters of science policy. This is an excellent opportunity to expand on your research and writing skills and make contacts in the science communications and policy communities.

Solid research and writing skills and experience with web blogging and related web technologies are required. An interest in science, science policy or science communication is a plus. We would prefer a candidate committed to two semesters of activity, but will accept a single semester commitment.

Time commitment is approximately 12-15 hours/week. This is an unpaid internship for credit through your college. Volunteer positions will also be considered. Please email your resume and cover letter to dcavalier@sciencecheerleader.com

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