Welcome to Southeast Michigan Mensa!

Mensa is the largest of the international high-IQ societies. The purpose of our Southeast Michigan chapter is to provide opportunity for intellectual and social belonging and networking among diverse people. Bookmark this site to see SEMM’s calendar of events for members and their guests. In addition to local events and monthly meetings, SEMM hosts a Winter Bash (games party), SEMMer Bash (picnic), and a Regional Gathering held each April and known as SEMMantics. We're also on Facebook!

05 May 2015

June Monthly Meeting: How to Put a Man on the Moon

Many of our previous guest speakers have achieved great things, but few can compare to the exploits of our next guest, who played a pivotal role in sending men to the moon!

Join us on Saturday, June 20th when our speaker, former NASA aerospace engineer Harlan Neuville, will share what it was like to work behind the scenes during the Apollo program’s six lunar landings. Neuville worked in Mission Control managing the space ships’ navigation and guidance systems and also participated in saving the lives of the astronauts aboard the ill-fated Apollo 13. His later career included work on Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz space mission with the Soviet Union.

In a program replete with anecdotes and illustrated with photos from his personal collection, Mr. Neuville will provide us with a rare insider’s perspective of NASA during the space race that you won’t want to miss!

WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015
6:00pm: The ExComm meeting begins. All members are welcome to attend.
7:00pm: Mingling begins.
8:00pm: Program starts.

ADMISSION (Exact change appreciated)
Adult members: $4, Adult guests: $5; Children 13 and under: $3
Members receive free admission in the month of their birthday

LOCATION: Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church
23925 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075

22 May 2015

From the Keynote RG Speaker

Is the Universe Ringing Like a Crystal Glass ?

Dr. Harry Ringermacher presented a preview of his latest research into the mysteries of Dark Matter in the Universe. This presentation was a public version of his recent (March 2015) published work in the primary journal of the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Journal. While investigating a novel way of plotting previous data relating the distances of Type Ia supernovae (exploding stars) to their red-shifts, Dr. Ringermacher discovered the existence of oscillations in the expanding universe. The talk described the “wiggles” in the expansion speed seen in the supernovae data. The wiggle frequency turned out to be about 7 cycles over 13.8 billion years. So it appears the universe is, in effect, “ringing down” after the Big bang – much like a fine crystal glass does after being struck. Since “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” Dr. Ringermacher described four independent ways of analyzing the wiggles. All methods showed the same results. The bottom line is: if these wiggles are confirmed independently, then the universe in not onle expanding and speeding up, but is also wiggling. More importantly, it appears the wiggling is related to the fundamental nature of Dark Matter itself.

HR

04 May 2015

May Monthly Gathering

“The Grid”: Are We Facing Disaster?
One of the greatest threats to America is also one of the least known, namely the threat to “The Grid”.
“The Grid” is the system that delivers electricity to the entire country and parts of Canada. It consists of a complex interconnected network of power plants, transformers and more than 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. Stop and think for a moment about the devastating effect it would have on every aspect of our lives if “The Grid” were to be disabled. Locally, we had a taste of this in the Northeast Blackout of 2003, but that event pales in comparison to the looming disaster resulting from the loss of the entire U.S. grid.
It’s an all too real possibility, it could happen any time, and the consequences of such an occurrence are potentially catastrophic, with electricity unavailable for up to two years, and the possibility of millions of people dying!
Join us  on Saturday May 16, when Dr. Dale Partin, of Macomb Community College, will discuss the threats to “The Grid”, including the greatest, yet least considered threat:  Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun. Dr. Partin will also discuss recent “close calls’ and possible response scenarios.
Then, following the presentation, we will adjourn to Shield’s Pizza, on Telegraph North of Ten Mile to socialize.
This presentation promises to be a real “eye opener” for most of us! Doors open at 7pm for mingling with your fellow Mensans and guests. The program begins at 8pm. Admission is $4 for Mensa members, and $5 for guests.
For more info email Harley at mensadetroit@nullgmail.com

25 April 2015

United States Air Force National Museum Tour

Saturday, 5/30, 12:00 Noon              Mensa Tours the National Museum of the United States Air Force 
 1100 Spaatz St., Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Museum entrance is off of Springfield St., Dayton. Web site and directions at http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/; phone 937-255-3286. This is Dayton Area Mensa’s answer to a Unique Event Challenge issued by the national Mensa office. We are lucky to have the Museum, one very few of its kind in the world, right in our back yard.
We’ll gather and assemble at noon in the cafeteria.  Perhaps some will pick up a bit of lunch.  Look for a big Mensa sign.  The tour, led by a knowledgeable volunteer of the Museum, will start promptly at 1:00 PM.
 
This event is co-hosted by DAM members C. B. Lokai and Bruce Franz. For additional info, please contact Bruce(bwmfranz@nullgmail.com) or C. B. (C_Lokai@nullhotmail.com).
We are sharing this calendar item with the Editors and Local Secretaries of other Region 3 local Mensa groups plus the Indianapolis group.
Directions:
From the South:
Visitors traveling from the south on I-75 should exit at I-675 North (exit 43). Travel to Exit 15 (Col. Glenn Hwy). As you exit, stay in the extreme right-hand lane. At the end of the exit, turn right at the traffic light (Col. Glenn Hwy). Travel to the fourth traffic light (Harshman Road/Wright Brothers Parkway) and turn right. Exit at Springfield Pike; turn right at the end of the exit ramp. The entrance to the museum is on the right.

From the North:
Those coming from the north on I-75 should exit at I-70 East (exit 61). Travel to I-675 South (exit 44A). Travel to Exit 15 (Col. Glenn Hwy). As you exit, stay in the right-hand lane. At the end of the exit, turn right at the traffic light (Col. Glenn Hwy). Travel to the fourth traffic light (Harshman Road/Wright Brothers Parkway) and turn right. Exit at Springfield Pike; turn right at the end of the exit ramp. The entrance to the museum is on the right.

From the East:
Visitors traveling from the east on I-70 should exit at I-675 (exit 44A). Travel to exit 15 (Col. Glenn Hwy), and as you exit, stay in the right-hand lane. At the end of the exit, turn right at the traffic light (Col. Glenn Highway). Travel to the fourth traffic light (Harshman Road/Wright Brothers Parkway) and turn right. Exit at Springfield Pike; turn right at the end of the exit ramp. The entrance to the museum is on the right.

From the West:
Those coming from the west on I-70 should exit at I-675 South (exit 44A). Travel to Exit 15 (Col. Glenn Hwy), and as you exit, stay in the right-hand lane. At the end of the exit, turn right at the traffic light (Col. Glenn Hwy). Travel to the fourth traffic light (Harshman Road/Wright Brothers Parkway) and turn right. Exit at Springfield Pike; turn right at the end of the exit ramp. The entrance to the museum is on the right.

From U.S. 35:
Those traveling on U.S. 35 (east or west) should exit on I-675 North. Travel to Exit 15 (Col. Glenn Hwy). As you exit, stay in the extreme right-hand lane. At the end of the exit, turn right at the traffic light (Col. Glenn Hwy). Travel to the fourth traffic light (Harshman Road/Wright Brothers Parkway) and turn right. Exit at Springfield Pike; turn right at the end of the exit ramp. The entrance to the museum is on the right.

 

11 April 2015

New Service for Youth in Mensa

Hello,

In an effort to help people stay abreast of the many opportunities for youth in Mensa, we have a new, free service called Remind for which people interested in what Mensa is offering for youth may sign up.

This service will enable them to receive text or email messages (their choice) that are sent from the national office with information about events, deadlines, resources and services for youth in Mensa.

Anyone may sign up, and their phone numbers will not be visible to anyone, even us.

The service does not accept replies, so privacy is guaranteed. People may unsubscribe at any time, and you may find information on signing up or unsubscribing here https://www.remind.com/join/mensaym. We have also uploaded a printable instruction sheet into the Sharehouse, tagged “Gifted Youth” and named “Youth Text Sign Up Instructions.” Feel free to share this sheet or upload it your local group website. The simple instructions are that in order to subscribe you should enter this number (682) 593-4959 with this message: @mensaym

Here are some FAQs:

What is this service?
Remind is a free, safe, easy-to-use communication tool that helps teachers connect instantly with students and parents. We have received permission to use this service for our youth program.

Why do we need this service?
We are trying to meet people’s needs to be contacted about our services in the way that works best for them. As the youth membership is so fast growing, we want to keep that membership, especially those who are new and may not be as familiar with our programs and services, informed about how to make the most of their membership. Additionally, we have a number of members who have children or grandchildren who can benefit from Mensa’s program who do not receive our email mailings with information because they go to youth under eighteen.

What about privacy?
Phone numbers are always kept private so communication is 100% safe and secure. We can easily access their stored message history for any administrative requests. We cannot see the numbers or emails of people who subscribe, but we can see names.

I don’t have access to the LocSec list, so anyone who has questions should please direct them to me privately off-list.
Best,
Lisa
Lisa Van Gemert
Youth & Education Ambassador |mensafoundation.org
lisav@nullamericanmensa.org | 817.607.5578
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