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From Space to Earth: Past, Present and Future of Food

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When: Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. Where: MIT Stata Center – 32 Vassar St 1st floor, room 32155, Cambridge Free registration at: http://space-food2016.eventbrite.com Nowadays, due to busy work and lifestyles, people do not dedicate much time to food preparation. This ends up with improper nutrition and a lack of important micronutrients. Thanks to studies and research conducted for the development and production of the Bonus Food for European Astronauts, Argotec Space Food Lab was able to identify interactions between nutrition and the human body and to develop a balanced diet and a safe packaging technology for astronauts in ...

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Bocconi Association and FICC present Women@Innovation (May 18)

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When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. (event starts at 6 p.m.) Where: GOODWIN PROCTER Conference Center – 53 State Street, Boston, MA 02109 Register here Why still so few women are in science and technology? What prevents women from accessing careers in STEM? Is the planet missing an opportunity? A conversation with: Laura Indolfi, Myriam Mariani, Natalia Bergamaschi, Nicola Palmarini on best practices, personal experiences and opportunities, on how women can emerge and succeed. Moderator: Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau About the speakers: Natalia Bergamaschi: Alumna 1995, Global Partnerships, Google, Inc. Laura Indolfi: Biomedical Engineer, TED Fellow and CEO & Founder ...

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Gangi honored by his hometown Sciacca

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For years, Pascal Gangi has been tirelessly promoting his Sicilian hometown’s traditions in the Boston area. Known for the large floats he builds with his A Little Taste of Sicily organization, the Revere resident recently received a special honorary medal from the city of Sciacca, where he spent over a month last winter perfecting his float-making skills in preparation of the Carnevale. “I cannot thank you enough for the great passion you show for our Festa,” wrote the city’s head of cultural affairs, Salvatore Monte, in an official note to Gangi. “Your contagious love for the Carnevale di Sciacca has ...

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Joseph Ferrino honored by Freedoms Foundation

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At the recent award ceremony of the Freedoms Foundation’s Bay State chapter, retired Judge Joseph V. Ferrino was honored with the foundation’s national award. “Since 1949, the Freedoms Foundation has recognized good citizenship through our George Washington Honor Medal,” said national President and CEO Michael DiYeso. “Each year, our 30 volunteer chapters nationwide celebrate local adults, students, military and others in the area of patriotism, responsible citizenship and community involvement.” Judge Ferrino was awarded the “Spirit of ’76” medal, the highest award given out by the Foundation. Other honorees at this year’s event were Dr. Regina Marchi, an educator and ...

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Giovanni Russo receives citation from State

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The Massachusetts State House welcomed a very special guest on March 17. Receiving an official citation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, Giovanni Russo was recognized for his 74 years of exemplary labor. His entire family was present at the ceremony inside the State Chamber, including his wife of 60 years, Lucia; his daughters Connie, Julie and Veronica; his grandchildren; and Francesca DiBenedetto, who pushed to have the recognition bestowed upon Russo. Born in Augusta, Sicily, in 1926, Russo began working as an apprentice in a machine shop at the age of 14. Before coming to the United States in 1956, ...

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Birthday bash celebrates Ovid and Sulmona

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Boston celebrated the 2,000th anniversary of Publio Ovidio Nasone’s birth in style. On March 17, a group of students from the Abruzzese town of Sulmona (Ovidio’s birthplace) held a special presentation at Filippo Ristorante in the North End, where over 100 representatives of the community gathered to hear more about the Certamen Ovidianum Sulmonense. The Certamen is an Italian national competition in Latin among high school students, focusing exclusively on Ovid, the famous Roman poet who lived during the reign of Emperor Augustus. “Our goal is to promote the works of Ovid,” said Professor Caterina Fantauzzi, who accompanied a group ...

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Festa della Liberazione: A panel discussion on Italy’s Liberation Day

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When: Sunday, April 24, 2016 – 3:30 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA Light refreshments will be served Keynote Talk Professor David Ward from Wellesley College – Professor Ward will go over the civil war experience, the collective memory of it, and the importance it has in today’s Italian anthropological identity. Panel Professor Lucy Maulsby – Northeastern University & Harvard’s Center for European Studies – Expert in the architectural legacy of fascism in postwar Italy. Professor Spencer Di Scala – University of Massachusetts Boston – Renowned history professor whose research concentrates on modern Italian history. Professor ...

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Glass art maestro Lino Tagliapietra comes to Boston

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When: Public Opening Saturday, May 14, 2016 Where: Schantz Galleries: ProjectSpace-Boston is located at 211 Newbury Street, Boston. If you put the chunk of avventurine glass in a solid form on the table, you can see it is a beautiful piece of glass – a beautiful material… then to transform this beautiful material into a sculpture is sometimes more challenging – not only because of the difficulty of working with the material technically, but because it is so beautiful by itself. That is why it is difficult to approach. This month, Schantz Galleries will be presenting an exhibition of works ...

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My Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily

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When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA Gilda Morina Syverson will be presenting her book “My Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily” at I AM Books in Boston on Saturday, April 16. An artist, poet, writer and teacher, Syverson was born and raised in a large, Italian-American family in Syracuse, New York. Her heritage is the impetus for her memoir My Father’s Daughter, From Rome to Sicily. Syverson’s story was a Novello Literary Award Finalist, and is a 2015 Nominee for the Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction. An ...

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Save Venice Lecture Series continues at Chilton Club (Apr. 26)

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When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; lecture at 7 p.m. Where: The Chilton Club — 152 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA Even living in Venice for five years and curating major exhibitions of Venetian art does not necessarily prepare one to introduce the visual majesty of La Serenissima to non-Western viewers. Save Venice Boston’s Apr. 26 talk at the Chilton Club, led by the MFA’s Chair of Art of Europe Frederick Ilchman, will explain the curatorial choices behind a large exhibition, opened in September 2015, at the MFA’s sister museum in Nagoya, Japan. 617-266-4860 | www.savevenice.org Lecture Series ...

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Laura Indolfi Makes Waves as TED Fellow

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Laura Indolfi, a biomedical entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of Boston-based PanTher Therapeutics, was recently selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 21 change-makers from around the world who shared their ideas and groundbreaking work from the TED stage in Vancouver in February. “I use biomaterials to address the unmet clinical needs in medicine, especially in cardiovascular and cancer treatments,” says Indolfi, a native of Naples. “Most of these diseases are localized within a specific organ or area of the body and the current notion of treating them with drugs that will need to travel the entire body ...

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The Boston Marathon’s Italian roots

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By Paul Camilio Clerici While the turn-of-the-century roots of Boston Marathon history are predominantly Irish via the organizing 129-year-old Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), there is an impressive Italian presence. Lawrence Brignolia, an Italian-American blacksmith from Cambridge, Mass., won the third race in 1899; and Gelindo Bordin of Vicenza, Italy, won the 94th Boston in 1990. Italian Americans can also be found in several key administrative positions. Joann Flaminio in 2011 was named as the 23rd Board of Governors president (the first woman and first person of Italian descent to hold this post). “I could not be more Italian!” she boasts. ...

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