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Community Service Bulletin

May 9, 2012

Spotlight

The Inaugural Event of TIMtalks

Powerful Ideas by Passionate Students: Stories of initiative, success, and lessons learned. Opening Remarks by Chancellor Grimson, Followed by 5 Undergraduate Student Talks

TIMtalks, or "Think. Inspire. Motivate." talks, was envisioned as a platform to promote students who have invented, implemented, succeeded, and even failed at a wide range of ideas, both large and small. TIMtalks was conceived with the intention of taking a reflective approach towards MIT's innovative spirit (hence the play on MIT backwards). TIMtalks will bring about an unprecedented energy to campus, enabling a broad range of students to share paradigm-shifting ideas. We hope you will join us for our inaugural event and be part of the inspirational culture we hope to cultivate within the MIT community.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, 6-7:30pm, Stata Center, Room 32-155. Reception to Follow
Please RSVP at http://timtalks.mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Volunteer with People Making a Difference at the Belle Isle Reservation (6/2)

If the only time you go to East Boston is to use the airport, then take advantage of this opportunity to visit this neighborhood and make a difference! Rich in nutrients and protected from ocean water, Belle Isle Marsh provides critical habitat for wildlife such as migratory birds and ocean fishes. Our work will dig a new trail for visitors, assisting dedicated DCR supervisor Geoff Wood for our lucky 13th year. Belle Isle Marsh Reservation preserves 152 of the 241 acre Belle Isle Marsh, and is part of the East Boston Greenway, a 3.3-mile, foot/bike trail in progress along the old railroad right-of-way, connecting the historic waterfront to Belle Isle, Piers Park, the Boston Parks stadium, and Wood Island Bay Marsh.

Join People Making a Difference on Saturday, June 2 from 9:30AM-12:30PM at the Belle Isle Reservation to extend the trail and plant. Event will be occurring rain or shine! The Belle Isle Reservation is T-accessible from the MBTA Blue Line’s Suffolk Downs Station.

*Optional: Volunteers are encouraged to bring their lunches so that after the project concludes they can picnic and explore the type of wetlands that once lined the shores of Massachusetts Bay.

For more information about this park and its trails please visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/belleisle.htm Sign up by 5/24 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22FLQM3675D/

Ongoing Opportunities

Community Employment Project Assistant (deadline 5/11)

Assist the Community Employment Administrator with creating jobs with local organizations and advertising those jobs to MIT students. Projects include organizing the ReachOut literacy tutoring program, advertising program achievements, creating skill-building workshops, some data entry, reviewing evaluations, and brainstorming new projects.

Student should demonstrate a commitment to community service. Past participation in ReachOut is preferred, but not required. Ability to be self-motivated is important, as much of the work will be done independently. Creativity and big picture thinking is encouraged!

The position is 6-8 hours/week for fall 2012 and spring 2013. Please email resume and cover letter to Linden McEntire at mcentire@mit.edu by May 11 if you are interested.

Innovate Earth Day for GOOD (deadline 5/15)

On April 22, communities around the globe will mobilize to protect and restore our planet’s natural resources. Now more than ever, the world needs all hands on deck in the fight against climate change, deforestation and habitat loss. How would you rally your city behind a key preservation issue this spring? GOOD Maker will award a $2,000 grant to the top-voted idea that furthers the message of Earth Day. We recommend submitting a creative plan of action that would drive local participation and awareness such as a field trip or a fun workshop. Report back here with your proposed Act of Green, and you could win a grant to bring your idea to life. Please note that projects can be implemented within six months of the award date; they do not need to be carried out on Earth Day.

Submit a proposal between April 17 and May 15 (noon Pacific Time). From May 15-31, 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 winner.

Email us at maker@goodinc.com with any questions. Connect with this challenge on twitter at @GOODmkr and follow the conversation via #GOODEarthDay http://earthday.maker.good.is/

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (deadline 5/10)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces the second round of its Reinvent the Toilet Challenge designed to prototype a means of dealing effectively and cost-efficiently with human waste for the 2 billion people on earth who currently lack access to safe and affordable sanitation.

The Foundation works with a wide range of partners through its Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program to reduce the burden of excreta-related disease, and improve the lives of the poor. The Foundation's approach aims to expand the use of toilet and sanitation technologies that do not connect to a sewer, as this is by far the most common type used by the poor. We invest in effective approaches that help end open defecation and unsafe sanitation in rural communities, and we help develop the tools and technologies that will allow the urban poor access to sustainable non-piped sanitation.

The Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program will be disbursing a set of new grants to support its Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. These grants are intended for exceptionally highly-qualified research groups interested in contributing to major advances in sanitation and hygiene in the developing world.

Successful applicants will participate in the next phase of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: designing, prototyping, and testing entirely stand-alone, self-contained, practical sanitation modules, which intake bodily wastes and swiftly dispose of them without any incoming water piping, outgoing sewer piping, or electric or gas utility services. These modules must intake all outputs of the serviced population -- ultimately at single-residence scales -- with minimal module footprints and assured biosafety. Thus, chemical and mechanical engineering approaches are preferred.

At present, the Foundation is soliciting letters of inquiry and capability declarations from groups, primarily in the academic sector, and from for-profit organizations, who are well qualified to undertake R&D and execute pertinent program plans. Full proposals for grant awards are not being solicited at the present, but submission of proposals may be invited in the near future from those whose letters of inquiry and capability declarations are of extraordinary quality.

A single-page, typed, or printed letter of inquiry and capability declaration should be submitted no later than May 10th, 2012 in order to be assured of consideration.

Visit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's website for complete program information and application procedures: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/watersanitationhygiene/Pages/rfloi-reinvent-the-toilet-challenge.aspx

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