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Community Service Bulletin
April 18, 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-267-5146, or visit www.cambridgesciencefestival.org Follow us on twitter @CSFtweets and facebook
- April 19: “The Other Side of Immigration” Documentary Screening
- April 19: Institutions, Politics, and Land in African Cities
- April 20: Deadline to apply to speak at TIMtalks
- April 20: MIT Global Health Collaborative Upcoming Lectures
- April 22: Participate in the Science of Sports Festival with Boston Students!
- April 26: Volunteer with Science Club for Girls
- April 26: Boston Technovation Challenge Pitch Night
- April 27: Attend or Pitch an idea at the 2012 MIT Sustainability Summit: The Horizon Event
- April 28: Spring Beaver Dash 5K Race
- April 28: Volunteers Needed for Annual Spring Clean-Up of Ringer Park in Allston!
- April 28: Central Squared Technology Design Challenge
- June 2: Volunteer at the Charles River Swim
- April 23: GOOD Challenge: Clean Up Your Act (deadline 4/23)
- April 29: MIT IDEAS Global Challenge: Community Choice Vote Opens! (deadline 4/29)
- Ongoing: Volunteers Needed for GLAD’s Legal Infoline
- May 15: Call for Applications: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations Initiative
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, MIT 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: email@example.com
A panel discussion hosted by UrbanAfrica@MIT, with Ellen Bassett of Portland State, Michael Hooper of Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and Garth Myers of Trinity College, and moderated by Balakrishnan Rajagopal of MIT's Dept of Urban Studies and Planning.
The panel will be held on Thursday, April 19th at 4:15pm, at 4:15pm in room 9-450. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsored by the office of the Dean of Graduate Education, the International Development Group (IDG), and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).
TIMtalks, or "Think. Inspire. Motivate." talks (http://timtalks.mit.edu/), 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/apply 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.
April 20, 9:30 - 11:00 AM, 32-155
Dr. David Bates, MD MSc, is an internationally renowned expert in patient safety, using information technology to improve clinical decision-making, quality-of-care, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes assessment in medical practice. He leads the World Health Organization's Global Alliance for Patient Safety. His talk will focus on the use of information technology to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety in resource-poor settings.
May 4, 9:30 - 11:00 AM, 32-155
Paul Farmer, MD PhD, will lead the discussion on the appropriate role of technology in improving quality of care in the developing world.
Please mark these on your calendars and help spread the word. These talks are extremely valuable for those who want to make an impact in global health.
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
Partner school Fletcher Maynard Academy is having a Science Fair, and we need a few good volunteers. Science Club for Girls will be running four activity tables during the two hour Science Fair experience, and we are looking for up to 8 volunteers. We are hoping that two of the tables (four volunteers) will be activity tables (i.e. giant oobleck bin, exploring seashells, baking soda-vinegar reactions, etc), and that we can get two pairs of volunteers who'd like to show off what they do for work.
Do you have a great activity that could explain all or a portion of your job/ lab? Perhaps a great display? We'd love to have you come and introduce your jobs to the K-8 students at FMA.
The program is on Thursday, April 26th, from 12:30-3:00 pm. Please contact Brianne Studer at email@example.com with questions or interest.
The Technovation Challenge <http://iridescentlearning.org/technovation-challenge/> is a program that encourages high school girls to pursue careers combining technology and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to inspire them to see themselves not just as users of technology, but as inventors, designers, builders and entrepreneurs.
Through the Technovation Challenge we partner high-school girls with university and professional women in computer science and technology over 10 weeks. The girls learn the basics of programming and develop phone apps using App Inventor (a Scratch-based, visual programming language). They also learn about entrepreneurship and marketing and pitch their idea to a panel of industry experts and VCs at the end of the program.
This season we have 400 high school girls (from the Bay Area alone) and 120 participating in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles. We are very excited about doubling our impact this year and seeing more than a 100 app ideas originate from the girls. This year's theme is science education. The girls will be proposing app ideas that would help make science education more engaging. We are very excited to see what they recommend!
The event will be held at MIT from 5-8PM. Please visit our Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3168630459 invitation to get more details and to RSVP. Please contact Tahani Zeid at Tahani@iridescentlearning.org with any questions.
The Fourth Annual MIT Sustainability Summit, sponsored by the MIT 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.
During lunch time (11:45 PM to 12:45 PM) on April 27 at Microsoft NERD Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA, 02141, five teams will have the unique opportunity to pitch, network and get feedback from leaders in business, technology, and academia attending the summit. Sign up at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHgwNzA0RXNHYktaX3FIMEJySzRNanc6MQ
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/
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
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. Sponsored by UA, LEF, and Spring Weekend.
The Parents & Community Build Group, Inc. (501c3) and TheRingerParkPartnership Group are seeking Volunteers for our Annual Fun Spring Clean-Up of the 12.38 acres ofRingerParkon Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 - 1:00p.m. This is a Boston Shines Collaborative Project - Community Service Letters Provided Upon Request.
Volunteer and Join the Fun - Breakfast, Lunch, Refreshments, Work Gloves, Tools, etc. provided. Volunteers can work any time that they choose.RingerParkis MBTA accessible by Bus #57 from Kenmore Station, #66 from Harvard and Dudley Stations to the Cambridge St./Union Square Stop, and the Boston College Green Line Trolley to the Allston Street Stop - Just followRingerPark's gray stone wall to the side entrance and look for the Registration Table balloons behind the Softball Field. Free Parking is available.
Volunteer for the day to collaborate with local teens in an interactive and team-based technology design competition: The Central Squared (C2) Challenge. The Community Art Center and NuVu Studio are teaming up to present this one-day event where teams will learn about, and work hands on with, this year’s featured technology, the Microsoft Kinect, to solve an important community issue of their choice. Participants will meet innovators who have put sensor technology to use in an imaginative way, explore and play with Kinect, and put their brains together to design a product that uses sensor technology to solve an important community issue. All teams will present their designs at the end of the challenge to a panel of judges and peers who will then choose a winner. The team with the most implementable idea will have their tech design showcased at the DIYDS!! Premiere Screening that evening, which will be held at the Microsoft New England R&D Center later that evening.
The event will be held on 4/28 from 10AM-3PM at the NuVu Studio at 450 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. For more information on the partner organizations please see their websites at www.communityartcenter.org and www.nuvustudio.org For more information or to get involved visit www.centralsquaredchallenge.com or contact Kayt Racz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617 868-7100 x11
The Charles River Swimming Club is looking for general and kayak volunteers for its 2012 swim. General volunteering includes helping with race registration, bod marking, timing, set-up and take down. No experience is necessary. Kayak volunteers need to be experienced kayakers who would be able to quickly get to a swimmer in need. Lifeguarding certification is not required, but helpful.
The event will be held on 6/2 at the Charles River Esplanade river dock, from 6:30AM-10:30AM. The rain date is 6/17. To sign up, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MV9JDD2 For more information, please visit http://www.charlesriverswimmingclub.org/ or contact Ulla Hester at email@example.com or 617-413-7078
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 yourcommunitygreet 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 GOODcommunityin 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/
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
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression, seeks committed volunteers to staff its Legal InfoLine! Be trained in LGBT/HIV civil rights legal issues. No prior legal experience is needed.
Register now for the next training, May 15 & 17 (5:30-9:30pm) and May 19 (9am-4pm). Volunteer one weekday afternoon a week from 1:30-4:30pm helping people who have experienced discrimination by providing legal information that can make a real difference in their lives!
Call for Applications: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations Initiative (5/15)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation <http://www.gatesfoundation.org/> has announced that it is accepting applications for Round 9 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a $100 million grant initiative encouraging innovation in global health and development research.
The program seeks dynamic, transformative ideas that address the world's greatest health and development challenges. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization ? colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies. Anyone with a transformative idea is invited to submit the two-page online application.
The foundation has also announced that this round of Grand Challenges Explorations will feature a new kind of topic that challenges people to find new ways to tell the story of development aid and the powerful impact it can have around the world. To help disseminate the message that aid works, Grand Challenges Explorations is partnering with Cannes Lions to uncover new ways to find and distribute stories that will inspire people to support development aid.
The complete list of topics for Grand Challenges Explorations Round 9 is as follows: Aid Is Working ? Tell the World (in partnership with Cannes Lions); New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-Malarial Compounds; Protect Crop Plants From Biotic Stresses (From Field to Market); Design New Approaches to Optimize Immunization Systems; and Explore New Solutions for Global Health Priority Areas.
The Gates Foundation and an independent group of reviewers will select the most innovative proposals, with grants awarded within approximately four months of the proposal submission deadline. Initial grants will be $100,000 each. Projects demonstrating potential will have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to $1 million.
Visit the Gates Foundation website for complete program information and application procedures: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Pages/Default.aspx
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