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Tapas and Science? Yes Please

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What do science and tapas have in common? Seemingly not very much, unless you’re at Brandeis. Now you won’t be able to imagine one without the other.

On the first Monday of every month from 6-7pm, Cafe Science (whose mission is to engage the local community in conversation about cutting-edge scientific research) takes over a room at Solea (whose mission is to serve amazing tapas) on Moody Street in Waltham. Everyone is welcome to learn something new from Brandeis faculty while they enjoy amazing food in a warm and welcoming environment.

The next talk on February 3rd is with Mathematics Professor Ruth Charney, titled “Geometry for Grown-Ups.” Professor Charney plans to explore geometric structures, both useful and fun to play with. Did you know she’s also the President of the Association for Women in Mathematics?

Well, if Geometry isn’t enough to get you out the door, save the date for Professor Paul Garrity’s talk on April 7th, “From Spicy Hot to Minty Fresh: Temperature, Taste and Pain.” Professor Garrity specializes in the study of molecular genetics of neural development and behavior at Brandeis while running a number of studies in the lab. He might be able to tell us why some folks at Solea prefer the spice of patatas bravas while others enjoy the savory and sweet chuletillas. You’ll just have to go to find out for yourself.

Whatever the topic, you’ll definitely have a great time. Only here will you learn something new while trying a new tapa each month. For a complete list of speakers and their topics (past and future), visit the Cafe Science website or Facebook page.

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Reflect, Explore, and Connect with the Hiatt Career Center

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If you haven’t visited the Hiatt Career Center yet, you are missing out. Providing networking, internship opportunities, career advice and even help with your grad school application, the Hiatt Center can help, like Brandeis Summer School, to get the most out of your experience at Brandeis.

The Hiatt Career Center is there to help you no matter where you may be in your career exploration. On their homepage, you can find links to explore majors, review networking basics, and search for jobs and internships. You can also find out how take advantage of a number of funding resources both during your tenure as a student and beyond. If you can’t make one of the career fair events over the break, you might decide to explore the Hiatt website to create or update your resume, fine tune your cover letters or learn how to brand yourself online using social media.

Not sure what you want to do or where you want to do it? Take a look at what the 2012 graduates of Brandeis are up to to get some ideas, http://www.brandeis.edu/hiatt/aboutus/stats.html. More than 91% of students are working or in graduate school in fields like healthcare, education and finance. You can also participate in a Year-of-Service upon graduation, just like the alumni before you. When you take advantage of the resources on and off campus, you’re preparing for your future in a proactive and direct manner. Let the Hiatt Career Center staff assist you in developing the skills to transform your unique background, liberal arts education and experiential learning into meaningful professional futures and relationships.

 

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5 Things to do in Boston this winter

Winters in New England bring shorter days and colder temperatures, but don’t let those things get you down. There’s still plenty to do in Boston and the surrounding areas this winter so get if you need some time away from campus, check out these upcoming events:

chinese new year 2014Bruins, Celtics and more at the Garden
There’s always something for everyone happening at the TD Banknorth Garden and this January the US Figure Skating Championships are in town January 5-12. If an amazing night out with Jay-Z is more your style, he’s in town on January 18th. Tickets to see the Celtics or Bruins are available for almost anyone’s budget this winter so take the train to North Station for a great time downtown. Discount student Bruins tickets available.

Celebrate MLK at the MFA 
On Monday, January 20, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Museum of Fine Arts will open its doors free of charge to all visitors. Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and enjoy vibrant performances, dazzling exhibitions, engaging art-making activities and gallery tours, and much more! Best of all, the green line E train will drop you right at the museum’s front door.

Skiing/Snowboarding w/ Boston Ski and Sports Club
Whether you like to hit the slopes or enjoy a good book by a roaring fireplace, The BSSC can offer you the chance to get out of town this winter. For $83 you can enjoy stress free transportation and lift ticket to a nearby mountain in Maine (Sunday River) or Vermont (Killington). Busses leave from various locations so visit the BSSC website to learn more and play your day in the snow.

Chinese New Year Celebration
The year of the horse officially begins on January 31, but the Chinese New Year parade is scheduled for February 9th this year. It’s one of Boston’s most popular activities to celebrate the new year and you can take public transportation to the orange line Chinatown stop to check out all the festivities. Watch the Facebook page: here.

Skating on the Frog Pond
Some folks say it’s not officially winter in Boston until you lace up your skates and take a lap around the rink at the Frog Pond in the beautiful Boston Commons. Grab some friends and head downtown on Tuesday evenings to get discount admission with your college ID. The Frog Pond is open daily and skate rentals are just $9.

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2014 Summer School Planner

While summer 2014 is still far way, we are busy putting together an impressive roster for Summer School 2014. Here are just a few key dates to keep in mind for next year.

Summer School 2014 SessionsSummer at Brandeis

  • A 5-week session from June 2 to July 3, 2014
  • A 5-week session from July 7 to August 8, 2014
  • A 10-week session from June 2 to August 8, 2014

Summer 2014 courses will be posted in early 2014. If you are subscribed to our notifications, you will be sent key details as they become available – if not, sign up now.

In the meantime, consider browsing the 2013 site to get a sense of the topics and courses offered. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at summerschool@brandeis.edu.

Hope to see you on campus next summer!

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Whitten at The Rose Art Museum

If you don’t know Jack, you should and here’s how.

This fall, The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University features the earlier works of Jack Whitten, an American artist whose work is based on Abstract Expressionism, a post-WWII art movement that helped define and bring new life to the art scene in New York City. This exhibition is the pioneering artist’s first solo exhibition in New England, and features several never-before exhibited monumental canvases from the early 1970s.

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Photograph by Mike Lovett

Access to an exhibition like Light Years is part of what makes Brandeis University an experience for students that is second to none. Offering a program of learning that emphasizes an in interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and the solution of real-life problems is what helps develop the leaders of tomorrow. Jack Whitten left Alabama in the 1960s amidst a backdrop of civil rights turmoil to pursue his new truth and become an innovator in his field.

In the 1994 summer issue of BOMB, an art magazine written and edited by artists, Jack Whitten is interviewed Kenneth Goldsmith. Whitten says, “Transformation is very important. Materials are just raw materials, that’s all. It’s like a word, anybody can have access to the same word, but a word in your mouth is totally different from a word in mine.” In his work on display at the Rose Art Gallery, Whitten speaks to new audiences by adding depth to the canvas and removing gesture from stroke. He moves into a space of his own, defining his work for himself and presenting it to the masses.

If you don’t know Jack yet, you should, and find the inspiration to master the power of your words before Light Years closes on December 15, 2013. The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is always free and open to the public, Tuesdays – Sundays, 12-5pm.

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