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Community Service Bulletin

May 16, 2012

Spotlight

Volunteer position at Cambridge Community Television

CCTV is looking for an organized, reliable, and friendly woman to help oversee our computer lab during weekly drop-in hours dedicated to offering individualized computer help to women in our area. The intern will assist women in acquiring a variety of computer skills, with a focus on job searching, resume writing, feeling more comfortable with computers, and other related skills. A sincere interest in helping women use computers is required, as is sensitivity to the needs and concerns of those new to computers. Must feel comfortable working with a non-profit organization with a diverse constituency.

Details & Benefits:

  • Work 1.5 hours per week for 4 months
  • Receive free membership to CCTV
  • Take free classes for the duration of the internship
  • Receive training and support
  • Production opportunities available
  • College credit possible
  • Network with the local video production community
  • Get valuable teaching experience.

Volunteers are needed on Wednesdays 1pm-2:30pm. A basic knowledge of MAC computers is required. To apply, please email a copy of your resume to Nicole Belanger at Nicole@cctvcambridge.org, or drop off at CCTV at 438 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

The Inaugural Event of TIMtalks (5/16)

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

Cambridge Outdoor Volunteer Opportunity (6/9)

People and gravity have eroded the trails that already suffered from the absence of plant diversity, particularly on the steep slopes. PMD volunteers will be moving wood chips in wheelbarrows on the steep slopes and then 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. We will also use (fun) weed lances to remove burdock. 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.

No experience required. Everyone works at his/her own pace and is encouraged to take water and rest breaks.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 9, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM with breaks, Rain or Shine at the Fresh Pond Reservation, West Cambridge (T-accessible via bus from Harvard Square). Register online by 5/31 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22FNP9SCF5R

Summer Science Week (7/17-7/20)

Eager to give back this summer? Want to help teach STEM curricula to girls? Volunteer with Science Club for Girls because Summer Science Week 2012 is ON!

We are looking for volunteers to participate as Science Teachers, Field Trip Chaperones or BOTH for our Summer Science Week. Volunteer for one, two, three or all four days with us. We have positions in the morning 8:30am - 12:30pm as a Science Teacher and/or 12:30pm-5:30pm as a Field Trip Chaperone to exciting locations all around eastern Massachusetts.

Science week will be held from Tuesday, July 17 through Friday, July 20, 2012, 8:30AM - 5:30PM daily, at Lasell College, 1844 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA.

To get involved, please fill out our Volunteer Application: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e5tcs9rih0y5ot7u/a01oih27maqjc/greeting

Ongoing Opportunities

Work with Mexican Engineers on a Electronic Travel Aid for the Visually Impaired

Interested in product design? Computer vision? Human factors? Technology dissemination?

You may be interested in a new collaboration between MIT students and Mexican engineers on a project to develop an electronic travel aid for the visually impaired. The target markets are middle and lower-income countries. All majors and skill levels are welcome.

Please email Lisa Schlecht (lschlech@mit.edu) for more information.

Join our SIGUS Manaus Expedition this summer in Brazil

Three graduate students in the Departments of Architecture and Sustainable Energy Systems are leading an exploratory expedition to Brazil this summer with a focus on high density, expandable low-income housing. Our case study is a highly acclaimed project completed by the Government of the State of Amazonas and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) that successfully re-situated a large squatter population from illegal settlements along local watersheds in to subsidized public housing in the central business district.

The team is interested in researching and prototyping alternatives to the current development model that integrates a user-driven incremental expansion strategy. The students are investigating the potential for architectural expandability of the individual units, the success of the project, and opportunities for improvement.

Travel dates to Brazil are between July 21st-August 4th. There will be a collaborative design charrette with the team of undergraduate and graduate researchers from MIT ,IADB representatives, MIT alum, and faculty in Rio on August 3rd and 4th. The team's research and designs will ultimately be presented at the UN HABITAT's World Urban Forum 2012 in Naples, Italy.

Please contact sigus@mit.edu or rgoethert@mit.edu with any questions or to get involved.

Call for Submissions: Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research (deadline 6/30)

The editorial team seeks submissions from undergraduates for the new Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research. Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research is a refereed, multi-disciplinary, online undergraduate journal open to all undergraduate students in the U.S. and across the globe. The journal is dedicated to publishing intellectual and reflective work by undergraduates on service learning, community-based research, and all related curriculum- and/or research-based public community engagement activities that advances knowledge in these areas. The editorial team of Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research encourages undergraduates to pursue their own intellectual projects and to join the academic conversation. All manuscripts will go through a review process.

Submissions for Volume 1 will be accepted from now through June 30, 2012. We invite submissions in five categories: Reflective Essays, Analytical Essays, Research done in Partnership with a Community Organization, Research Articles, Open Category. For detailed information about the journal’s content and submission guidelines, please see our website at http://www.bk.psu.edu/Academics/journal.htm.

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2012 is looking for sustainable business plans (deadline 7/31)

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2012 http://www.greenchallenge.info/ opens May 1! For the sixth edition of our international competition, we’re seeking creative, innovative, sustainable inventions that combat the greenhouse effect. Once again, we’ll award 500,000 EUR for the best plan, with an additional 200,000 EUR going to one or two other promising entries. Entries can be submitted at www.greenchallenge.info until Tuesday, July 31. The winner will be announced on September 23 at a dinner hosted by the United Postcode Lotteries in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York.

Want to know more? More information on the competition can be found at: www.greenchallenge.info Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/PLGreenChalleng and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PostcodeLotteryGreenChallenge

To reach the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge team, email press@greenchallenge.info or call us at +31 (0)20 573 7677.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

MIT Founders' Skills Accelerator 2012- get up to $20K this summer!

The MIT Founders' Skills Accelerator gives MIT student teams the opportunity to make significant progress on a startup idea during the summer, without leaving MIT, and get money in the process!

Teams can get up to $20,000 in grants for completing customized milestones designed to maximize their potential to succeed over the summer. Team members receive $1,000/month stipends, as well as dedicated desk space, lab space, specialized educational program and access to a network of mentors (including an advisory committee specially tailored to the team's industry and needs).

The Founders' Skills Accelerator is an initiative throughout all of MIT's schools, with resources provided by the SkTech MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, MIT Venture Mentoring Service, MIT Technology Licensing Office, Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, and more!

For more information and to apply: http://bit.ly/applyFSA An overview presentation (on video) is also available at: http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/trustcentertv

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