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Meet the Next Generation of Science & Engineering Leaders

Posted November 29, 2007 by

Online Registration Now Open For 2008 Judges

The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) brings together over 650 senior high and middle school students at two statewide fairs each spring.  Several hundred qualified judges will be needed to adequately evaluate the research and engineering work that these students have accomplished (some investing more than 1,000 hours) over the school year.

Provided you have a four-year college degree and work in an area of science or technology, you are invited to serve on the judging panel(s) for the 2008 Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fairs.  Project categories include:  Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Physics & Electronics.

You really can make a difference.

Just a few hours of your time will help to encourage these young people in their quest for science excellence.

It’s easy to register online for 2008. Simply go to — https://massscifair.org/hs_judges to log-in. Your access code is: atmit

If you have problems with registration, contact Nancy Langevin at the Science Fair Office by telephone (508)  224-3265 or email: info@scifair.com. Please feel free to contact the judging chairs, John Young (High School) or Sandy Mayrand (Middle School), if you need further information.


High School State Science & Engineering Fair
Friday, May 2, 2008 @ MIT: 11 am – 5 pm

Chair, MSSEF Judging Services
John K. Young

Middle School State Science & Engineering Fair
Saturday, June 7, 2008 @ Quinsigamond Community College: 9 am – 12 noon

Chair, Middle School Statewide Fair
Sandra L. Mayrand

When you register, you can opt to judge at either or both the High School or Middle School Fairs.  Additional judging opportunities include six regional fairs in March (Boston, Bridgewater/Millis, Fall River, North Adams, Somerville and Worcester), and local school districts in January and February.  Refer to www.scifair.com. Need more information?  We welcome your questions.

Cora Beth Abel, Executive Director: abel@scifair.com or call 617-491-1500


“e” inc. Greens the Holidays with “Winter Lights in the Rainforest”

Posted November 27, 2007 by

Cambridge, MA — November 27, 2007 — Area children and families will have a unique opportunity to celebrate the holidays and help the Earth at the same time!  “e” inc., Greater Boston’s environmental learning & action center, is producing its first annual “Winter Lights in the Rainforest” benefit at the Kendall Square Starbucks in Cambridge.  This family rainforest party, which will help raise funds for “e” inc.’s environmental programs in local schools, will provide children and their families with a fun, festive holiday experience where they can learn about the rainforest, create replicas of its many wonderful inhabitants and resources, and also help to preserve it.  The event will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 1-4 p.m. at the Starbucks at Ames St. and Broadway in Kendall Square, Cambridge.

“e” inc. 
has been hard at work making environment science accessible and fun for urban children in the Greater Boston community.  A once-a-year benefit, “Winter Lights in the Rainforest” will have the same spirit of excitement seen in all “e” inc.year-round programs – hands-on science that is inviting and engaging for children and families.  Starbucks, which is generously hosting the afternoon, will offer complimentary pastries, coffee, and beverages as visitors ‘learn and do’ throughout the store.  There will be stations set up for rainforest games, scavenger hunts, experiments and investigations.  Also included are: a gift table selling sustainable items such as kits to grow-your-own-spruce trees, reusable supermarket bags, and our holiday raffle.  Visitors will also be able to learn more about “e” inc.‘s work in schools, after schools, and in the local community.   Not only will the activities grab the attention of children and teens but all participants will also be given rainforest-themed projects and action activities that they can do at home.

As an added bonus, participants will have the opportunity to get some holiday shopping done directly across the street at Quantum Books, which will be open this one Saturday just for “Winter Light” visitors.  Quantum Books has a gorgeous collection of science-related picture books and kits for kids, plus Hansa stuffed animals representing beings from around the world, jewelry, and games.  In honor of the “Winter Lights” fundraiser, Quantum will donate a percentage of every sale to “e” inc.‘s environmental science and action programs.

“Winter Lights in the Rainforest” will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 1-4 p.m. at the Starbucks Cafe located at the corner of Ames St. and Broadway in Kendall Square, Cambridge.  Suggested donations at the door are $8 for adults and $5 for kids.


Brian Sullivan Named New Tetra Tech Rizzo President

Posted November 27, 2007 by

Framingham, MA – Brian Sullivan, P.E., has been named President of Tetra Tech Rizzo. Sullivan, a founding member of the firm, succeeds Rick Moore, P. E., who will focus on water and wastewater projects both locally and abroad.

Tetra Tech Rizzo, a 200-person full service engineering consulting firm based in Framingham, Massachusetts, offers services in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, assessment, remediation, and compliance, and natural resources. The company was recently named a “Best Place to Work” by the Environmental Business Council (EBC) of New England. “It’s all about the people – we work for great clients and our employees are passionate about their work. I’m committed to making sure we continue to be ‘a best place to work’ for many years to come,” said Sullivan.

In addition to Framingham, Tetra Tech Rizzo also has offices in Hartford, Connecticut, and Manchester, New Hampshire. The firm is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tetra Tech, a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services. Tetra Tech employs more than 7,500 people in over 250 offices worldwide. Tetra Tech is ranked 8th in Engineering News Record’s Top 500 design firms.


“e” inc Participates in Alternative Gift Fair

Posted November 20, 2007 by

Gift It Up! with “e” inc

November 2007


We at “e” inc. are excited to be participating in Boston’s 5th annual alternative gift fair, Gift it Up!, this year. Conscious Consuming has organized Gift it Up! for Saturday, December 1st at the River of Life Church, 440 Centre Street, in Jamaica Plain. We will join with about 14 other nonprofits to offer alternative gifts, which are donations that you can make in honor of one of your loved ones. “Shoppers” will get to talk with representatives from each of the nonprofits, choose a gift to fit any budget, and receive a Gift it Up! card announcing the gift. Alternative gifting is a growing trend; we are excited to be part of this great community event, and we hope you can join us.

A donation of $10 will help buy specialized microscopes for children to take on investigative site visits. $25 will buy art materials for one child on the “e” inc Rainforest Investigation Team that works on deforestation projects $50 will sponsor a child in a 10-week hands on science and action team $100 will help bring Global Warming Workshops to the Boston Public Schools $200 will bring a Global Warming Workshop to the school classroom of your choice (up to 30 students).

If you are unable to attend the fair, you can visit the Gift it Up! website and donate securely on line. Your gifts CAN change the world!

When & Where

Saturday, December 1st 12-4pm

River of Life Church
440 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

e Environmental Learning & Action Center
One Kendall Square, PMB #132
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


Northeastern School of Technological Entrepreneurship: The Entre Tech Forum

Posted November 14, 2007 by



November 20, 2007 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag

Bay Colony Corporate Center

1000 Winter Street, Suite 4000 (North Entrance), Waltham, MA

Cost: $25. public || $10. students & active military

Pre-Registration Available Online


Directions & Map

“Tomorrow’s Clean Energy Today”

The clean energy business is massive both in the scope, scale and diversity of the opportunities it provides.  However, achieving these opportunities can be extraordinarily difficult.  At stake are not only straightforward matters of energy supply and usage, but related matters of national security, interfacing with an aging infrastructure, working with a regulatory environment that is often decades old, and competition from fierce and massive incumbent players.  The academic infrastructure of the Boston area has led to local leadership in the development of many cutting edge Clean Energy technologies, and the EntreTech Forum will engage some of those local leaders to understand how industry leadership is evolving in this vast and challenging space.


Paul Afonso – Former Chairman, Mass Dept. of Telecom & Energy


Mark Barnett – Attorney, Foley Hoag

Linda Plano – Associate Director of Mass Tech Transfer Center

G. Bickley Stevens – Partner, Ardour Capital

Jim Matheson – General Partner, Flagship Ventures

John Palmer – CEO, Vanguard Solar

Bill Davis – CEO, Ze-Gen

Lawrence C. Grumer | Tel: 617-325-9852 | e-Fax: 484-303-9852 | lgrumer@taacorp.com