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Bay Area Gates Cambridge Hackathon

Want to help make bitesized interactive educational activities and share them with the world? We're leveraging the diverse talents of the GCAA community to hold a hackathon (that's an event where Gates alums get together in a room filled with sugar, caffeine and enthusiasm and bang out a project from start to finish).

We’ll be working with Oppia, an open source platform developed by a Gates Cambridge alumnus where you can make your own mini learning modules (check out examples here).

We have a few learning modules that you can help us with, or you can suggest another module to develop during the day.

Project 1: The art of deduction through a science experiment: Often, science education focuses on teaching facts rather than critical thinking skills. We will develop a lesson which allows the user to propose experiments, analyze and interpret data, and make conclusions.

Project 2: Teaching search skills: In today’s Internet driven world, the majority of human knowledge is readily accessible with a few keystrokes. The ability to search for information online and determine which sources to trust is critical for success, but these are skills that often go untaught. We will develop a lesson that builds Internet search skills, focusing on situations with conflicting information and guiding users through the process of trying to assess its reliability.

Project 3: Improving Oppia: A metaexercise to make Oppia easier to use and maintain.

When: 10:30 am 5:00 pm, Sunday 20 April

Where: Lyman Atrium, Stanford University (Located next to a very large California Oak tree in between Buildings 1 and 3 of the Lyman Graduate Residences)

What to bring: a laptop may be useful, but mostly your ideas and enthusiasm! We’ll have lunch and snacks throughout the day, as well as any materials we may need.

Sign up if you’re interested in joining us ( by April 17.


Can I show up late/leave early?

Sure! Come whenever you please.

I don’t know how to code. What can I contribute to the day?

Oppia is designed so anyone can get started, and we definitely need people who have other skills and knowledge,

like artistic talent, writing skills, teaching experience, etc. Basically: we will figure out a way to use your

knowledge and expertise!

I don’t live in the Bay Area. Can I still contribute?

Absolutely! We would love to have remote participantsjust

make a note on the RSVP form.

Do I need to RSVP?

Yes, and please let us know if you can’t make it. We want to ensure we have enough materials and food.

Can I bring friends?

Absolutely! BUT make sure to RSVP them by April 17 so we make sure we have enough food.

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San Francisco Boat Race Dinner

Join the Cambridge Alumni of Northern California and friends from Oxford for the 79th San Francisco Boat Race Dinner

boatraceAn elegant dinner to celebrate the 160th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race with ample opportunity for stimulating conversation. Wine will be included and a no host bar is available. Our distinguished guest speaker is the writer, broadcaster and traveler, Simon Winchester, OBE. Winchester studied geology at Oxford and is best-selling author 22 books including Atlantic, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, Krakatoa, The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World. During his early career at The Guardian, he covered numerous significant events, including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal.

Cocktails at 5:30pm and dinner at 7:15pm.

The Boat Race video will be played before dinner at 6:15pm and again after dinner.

Black Tie is preferred. Please RSVP by April 11th, 2014. Early Bird Rates close on March 22nd. Click here to register.

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Startup Stories: Reflections on Founding & Facilitating New Companies

WHAT: "Startup Stories: Reflections on Founding + Facilitating New Companies” – a live panel discussion, international conference call + networking opportunity organized by the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association (GCAA)

WHEN: Wednesday, April 23, 8am; 8:40am EDT Panel Discussion; 8:40am 9:30am networking

WHERE: @Cooley LLP 1114 Avenue of the Americas, 46th Floor, New York, New York (42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues) and online

ATTENDEES: Gates, Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright and other Oxbridge Scholarship Recipients

RSVP: Please let us know if you’ll be able to attend the event, either in person or online via the Webinar, here.


Gates Scholarship alum Hamish Forsyth is cofounder and CEO of OneLeap. OneLeap helps the world's leading organizations be more entrepreneurial by working directly with a community of 3,000 of the world's leading entrepreneurs across 35 countries. In his previous life, Hamish was a senior adviser in the British Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, a diplomat working on trade negotiations in Beijing and Geneva, and a lawyer. His nonprofit projects range from establishing a national human rights law competition to the Global Scholars Symposium, which brings together Gates, Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright Scholars. He is a regular speaker in the US and Europe on innovation and strategy. Contact Hamish at:

Gates Scholarship alum Dr. Jonathan Hollander has more than 10 years of experience as a technological innovator and educator, having focused on such topics as semiconductor physics, polymer chemistry, and energy efficient lighting policy. He has advised for profit startups delivering high social impact and has a particular interest in companies that focus on sustainability and empower local communities. Dr. Hollander is currently working to commercialize innovations aimed at displacing crude oil with wood and other non food plants to produce a range of everyday products, such as gasoline and plastic bottles. Dr. Hollander received his PhD in Materials Science and MPhil in Physics from the University of Cambridge and his BS in Materials Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Gates Scholarship alum Ben Gross is the General Counsel of Genius Media Group, better known as Rap Genius. Prior to joining Rap Genius, Ben was the Herbert and Lorraine Podell Fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU, where his work focused on novel uses of technology to better understand the low income housing market. Before that, Ben was a Yale Public Interest Fellow at the City of New Haven, where where he oversaw the modernization of the city’s code enforcement apparatus and revived an outdoor film fest on the New Haven Green. Ben serves on the board of Arts in the Armed Forces, an organization dedicated to bridging the cultural gap between members of the armed forces and performing arts communities by producing theatrical and musical performances for mixed military and civilian audiences. Ben is a graduate of Northwestern University, the University of Cambridge, and Yale Law School. Contact Ben at:

Moderator: Gates Scholarship alum Ariana Green is an attorney at Cooley LLP, where she represents emerging growth companies in a variety of transactions throughout their lifecycles. During law school, Ariana worked with the ACLU on online privacy policy and in international arbitration in Singapore. Before becoming a lawyer, Ariana was a reporter, editor and nonfiction writer. She was a regular contributor to various publications, including the New York Times, for which she reported from Puerto Rico, London, and throughout New England between 2005 and 2010. The recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award (Puerto Rico chapter), a Fulbright Scholarship and a Gates Scholarship, Ariana is a graduate of Brown University, the University of London, the University of Cambridge and UC Berkeley School of Law. Contact Ariana at:

About the Host:

Cooley LLP’s Emerging Companies practice has a long tradition of representing emerging and high growth companies worldwide. Over the past decade, we have represented hundreds of technology based and high growth businesses in various fields (information technology, life sciences,medical devices, healthcare, clean technology, retail, finance, energy, communications, insurance, manufacturing and media) with all aspects of their formation and development. Our team oriented service approach offers our clients the flexibility to call on attorneys who are familiar with their products, technology and business models and who understand the tactical decisions made by executive management. In fact, we frequently complement a client's management team by serving as virtual general counsel, acting as a senior member of the team and participating in board level discussions. Please reach out to Ariana if you are interested in learning more.

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OxCam New England Spring Event

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of New England: Spring Event


April 25, 2014

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of New England cordially invites you to our Spring Event on Friday 25th April 2014 from 6:00-9:00pm in conjunction with the Algonquin Club, 217 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.
The evening includes a reception, followed by a panel discussion on Unlocking the Mysteries of the Brain and concludes with coffee and dessert. The Algonquin Club Grill Room is available until 9:30pm for dinner following the event should attendees require further sustenance. Dinner reservations can be made with the club (call 617-266-2400) or via OCSNE.

This event will feature talks and a panel discussion that will take you for a ride in the emerging field of Neuroscience, unraveling the mysteries of Human memory, amnesia and cognitive abilities, erasing targeted memories, and focusing on brain circuits responsible for Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative disorders. Talks will highlight recent non-invasive optical methods to control neural activity and behaviour, transform Human skin cells to make Brain cells and study diseases, and brain mapping techniques to understand spatio-temporal relationships between different connected areas.

Our speakers will include:

Dr. Martha Constantine-Paton (Chair)
McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Dr. Charles Jennings
(Oriel, Oxford)
Director, McGovern Institute
Neurotechnology (MINT)Program

Dr. Alan Jasanoff
(Emmanuel, Cambridge)
MIT Department of
Biological Engineering

Dr. Abhishek Banerjee
(Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford)

MIT Department of Brain
and Cognitive Sciences

The event is open to OCSNE members and their guests at a cost of $40 per person ($30 for student members), including reception, hors d'oeuvres with first drink, and dessert and coffee following the panel presentations and discussion.

Please either book online or send in the reservation form with your check.

Reservations should be made by Friday, April 18th 2014

Reception:      6:00pm                                                                              
Panel/Q&A:     6:45pm                                                            
Dessert:           8:00pm                                                          
Location: Algonquin Club, Boston                                    
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NY Girton Association with Elizabeth Stribling



On 1st May 2014  Elizabeth Stribling (Girton) of Stribling and Associates will be speaking at The New York Girton Association event hosted by Egon Zehnder in midtown Manhattan.

This a free event but there is limited space so please book by 30th April - 

Where: Egon Zehnder on Madison Ave in NYC. The exact location will be distributed to those who register.

When: 6 - 8 pm

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Richard III: Uncovering the Deposed King, a Cantab DC Special Event

Richard III: Uncovering the last Plantagenet King
  Richard III  

Lecture by Dr. Turi King (Jesus): Chief Geneticist on the Leicester Archaeological Dig

On Friday 2 May, please join the Cambridge Society of Washington DC and the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies in welcoming the University of Leicester geneticist, Dr. Turi King (Jesus College, Cambridge), as she presents her part in the rare discovery of the skeleton of Richard III. For centuries, archaeologists searched for his remains. It was only in September 2012 that King Richard III’s body was found in the most unlikeliest of places – a car park in Leicester, UK. From the Greyfriars Project, geneticist Turi King will give a lecture on the archaeological dig and verification of the Richard III’s remains. Please join us for a reception and a lecture as Dr. King tells the fascinating story of one of the greatest archaeological finds of the century!

Registration/Tickets.  The lecture will be proceeded by a wine reception in the atrium with an open bar that will last for one hour. This event will require registration, which is available at the link below. Note ticket prices may rise as we get closer to the date of the event and purchases are non-refundable. This event is open to Cantab DC alumni, the Georgetown University community and the general public. See who is coming on Facebook.   

Purchase tickets here

Venue/Directions: The event will be held in the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies located at 640 Massachusetts Ave, NW just north of the Chinatown Metro Stop on the Red, Yellow, and Green lines. Registered guests can proceed to the main lobby for check in and a pre-lecture cocktail reception. We will require that you register at least a day in advance in order to clear security. Please remember to travel responsibly when leaving the event. We urge you to take public transportation and/or use a taxi. If you register for the Uber Black Car/Taxi Service using the following code (69n6p) you will receive a $20 credit that will be applied to your account. Travel responsibly!

The Discovery of Richard III

In August 2012, the University of Leicester in collaboration with the Richard III Society and Leicester City Council, began one of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever attempted: no less than a search for the lost grave of King Richard III. The last English king to die in battle. Incredibly, the excavation uncovered not only the friary of Grey Friars but also a battle-scarred skeleton with spinal curvature. On 4th February 2013, the University announced to the world's press that these were the remains of King Richard III. Read about the background to the search, the discovery and identification of the remains - and the implications for our understanding of history at the University of Leicester website (

Dr. Turi King studied Biological Anthropology at Cambridge before moving into the field of molecular genetics, gaining a distinction in her MSc at the University of Leicester. Returning to Cambridge to take up a PhD, she gave it up when she found she was pregnant with her first child. Working part-time in genetics in Cambridge, Turi jumped at the chance to return to Leicester on a Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship and was awarded her PhD in November 2007. Her thesis was entitled ‘The relationship between British surnames and Y- chromosomal haplotypes’. Turi is now Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology in the University of Leicester’s Department of Genetic, and manages the Leverhulme-funded project The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain, which developed out of the earlier Roots of the British project. She is passionate about communicating science to the public and has appeared in, or advised on, numerous radio and TV programmes.

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CAMBRIDGE IN AMERICA is the alumni, development and communications center for the American constituents of Cambridge University (UK) and its thirty-one member Colleges.