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October | November | December | 2012 Archive


October 2012

Tue. 10/2
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Soap Box: Risky Politics (Climate and Conflict, Part 1) (video)

Why is climate change a taboo topic? Join John Sterman, MIT Professor of Management and Director of the System Dynamics Group, on the eve of the first presidential debate to discuss what happens when we elect policymakers who won’t talk about science. Share your ideas about the topics that OUGHT to be talked about in the debates and find out how decisions about climate really get made. Fall 2012 Soap Box PDF

Fri. 10/12
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.

Featured Program: MIT Takes On Cancer

The ingenuity of MIT scientists and engineers has produced inventions from the electronic spreadsheet to PET scans. What happens when they tackle a family of diseases that causes 13% of deaths worldwide? Join researchers from the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT for a series of exciting talks and hands-on demonstrations of ideas with the potential to change the way the world thinks about, diagnoses, and treats cancer.
Activities from 5:00 - 8:00, talks at 6:00 & 7:00
Tue. 10/16
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Soap Box: Is America Profiting from Climate Change? (Climate and Conflict, Part 2)

Here in the Northeast we enjoy warm summers and (relatively) low fuel prices, but what is the REAL impact of climate change on Americans? Join John Reilly, MIT economist and co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, to discuss the short-term, long-lived, local, and global effects of our everyday environmental and economic decisions. Fall 2012 Soap Box PDF

Thu. 10/18
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Book Launch: Instant: The Story of Polaroid

Plans are underway for an exciting event celebrating the release of Instant: The Story of Polaroid, written by Christopher Bonanos and published by Princeton Architectural Press. Meet the author, purchase your own copy of the first book-length Polaroid history, and see important artifacts from the Museum's own Polaroid collection.

Fri. 10/19
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The MIT Energy Night is a celebration of the ingenuity, innovation, and imagination of MIT faculty, researchers, students, and alumni. Hosted annually at the MIT Museum and organized entirely by students, Energy Night features over 70 academic poster presentations from every energy-affiliated department at MIT as well as early stage startups based on MIT technologies. The MIT Energy Night provides an ideal opportunity to see what energy at MIT is all about and engage with the MIT energy community, local energy professionals, and investors.
Program is sponsored in part by the Graduate Student Life Grants
Event includes a cash bar
for ages 21+ (ID required)

Fri. 10/26
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
MIT News At Noon

Take a break for breaking news! Meet MIT visionaries and learn about their front-page research, and connect with local colleagues before and after the program. Free admission, Fridays at noon, from October 26 - December 7. Presenters will be announced each week following their appearance in MIT News.
Presented in collaboration with the MIT News Office. News at Noon PDF

Tue. 10/30
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Soap Box: Heat and Violence (Climate and Conflict, Part 3)

Can global temperature change cause conflicts to heat up? In the final session of the "Climate and Conflict" series, Nathan Black, French Environmental Fellow at Harvard University Center for the Environment, will discuss the link between climate change and civil unrest. Explore how governmental response to climate change can incite or defuse violent conflict around the globe. Fall 2012 Soap Box PDF


November 2012

Fri. 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
MIT News At Noon

Take a break for breaking news! Meet MIT visionaries and learn about their front-page research, and connect with local colleagues before and after the program. Free admission, Fridays at noon, from October 26 - December 7. Presenters will be announced each week following their appearance in MIT News.
Presented in collaboration with the MIT News Office. News at Noon PDF

Fri. 11/9
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.

Featured Program: Gestural Engineering with Arthur Ganson

Meet Arthur Ganson and tour the Museum's newly-expanded gestural engineering gallery. Learn about Arthur's kinetic art and his role in the Museum's annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction, then consider whether you'll join the 15th annual event on November 23!

Wed. 11/14
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Transportation Showcase
The MIT Transportation Showcase is an evening event hosted by the MIT Transportation Club. Come learn about transportation-related research at MIT and connect with students, professors, and industry representatives. For more information, contact transportation.showcase@mit.edu.
Program is sponsored in part by the Graduate Student Life Grants
Event includes a cash bar
for ages 21+ (ID required)
Fri. 11/23
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our annual fun-filled family event hosted by sculptor Arthur Ganson. Watch as participant teams link their individual machines together forming one mega chain reaction! This year's theme is "Crystal Ball" in honor of F.A.T.'s 15th anniversary.
Fri. 11/30
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
MIT News At Noon

Take a break for breaking news! Meet MIT visionaries and learn about their front-page research, and connect with local colleagues before and after the program. Free admission, Fridays at noon, from October 26 - December 7. Presenters will be announced each week following their appearance in MIT News.
Presented in collaboration with the MIT News Office. News at Noon PDF


December 2012

Fri. 12/7
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
MIT News At Noon

Take a break for breaking news! Meet MIT visionaries and learn about their front-page research, and connect with local colleagues before and after the program. Free admission, Fridays at noon, from October 26 - December 7. Presenters will be announced each week following their appearance in MIT News.
Presented in collaboration with the MIT News Office. News at Noon PDF

Fri. 12/14
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.

Featured Program: To Be Announced

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Annual Events:

Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction (affectionately known as F.A.T.) is the MIT Museum's annual family event. Dozens of teams build unique, fanciful machines in the style of Rube Goldberg. At the end of the day, all the machines are linked together and set off in a giant chain reaction!

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The Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the MIT Museum, is a multi-day festival during the last week of April. Activities, performances, talks, demonstrations and a carnival take place throughout the city - for all ages!

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