Monthly Gatherings

Our local Monthly Gathering (MG) is usually held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, with the exception of months when other major events are planned. The MGs feature activities or speakers on a variety of subjects and are open to the public. Our Program Chair is Nancy Tennent.

If you’re a member, we hope you’ll come to the MG. But, you don’t need to be a Mensa member to attend the Monthly Gathering, and there is no charge to attend. If you’re not a member and are thinking of joining, please come and see what we’re all about. 

The MG is almost always preceded by our Steering Committee meeting at 5:00 pm. All members are invited to observe SteerCom meetings and to speak to the SteerCom about matters of concern.

The location: Locations will sometimes vary, but we will usually meet at the Red Lion Hotel Bellevue. Ample free parking is available.

The address: 11211 Main Street in Bellevue, WA.

The Red Lion Hotel Bellevue is located off Interstate 405, two blocks from Meydenbauer Convention Center and just minutes from Bellevue Square,

New Monthly Gathering venue!

We’re excited to announce a new venue for our Monthly Gatherings! Starting this June, we will begin meeting at the Red Lion Hotel Bellevue, the site of our recent wonderful Regional Gathering in Bellevue, WA.

MGs will now feature catered appetizers, and those over 21 are welcome to purchase adult beverages in the hotel lounge and take them into our meeting. Our social time will start at 6:30, and the presentation will begin around 7 pm.

The hotel is right off Highway 405 at 11211 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004. And there is plenty of free parking!

June Monthly Gathering

Steve Ciccarelli will kick off our new MGs with a thought-provoking talk on Synthetic and Artificial Intelligence – Machine Thought: Where are we now? Where might we go? In May of 2017, Google’s AlphaGo beat Ke Jie, the world Go champion. This was an amazing milestone in the evolution of artificial intelligence, but it begs the
question…Did the machine actually want to play?

Is synthetic intelligence different from the abilities that got us into Mensa? Will carbon-based life forms one day become unnecessary?

Steve is a certified Scrum master, software engineer, and local Mensan. After ego-boosting early career successes reverse engineering and improving other people’s software systems, Steve took an early interest in Artificial Intelligence and, in the early 90s, began studying parallel algorithm design and gaming theory at Johns Hopkins. His admittedly cocky dream was to reverse engineer the ultimate system, the human mind. Alas, the 386 systems of that era weren’t exactly pillars of computational performance, so his pursuits were limited to thought experiments and observations for a while. Now, with AI back in the forefront of Computer Science trends, it’s his hope that his research and prototypes will bear fruit and nudge the industry from the Artificial and toward the Synthetic.

We hope to see you there, and why don’t you bring a friend? This is a great opportunity to show off our group to a Friendsan or preMensan.

July Monthly Gathering

Andrew Lincowski

We are thrilled and honored that one of our favorite Science and Technology SIG speakers is returning to MWW, this time to share his exciting work with our whole group.  Andrew Lincowski is finishing a dual Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrobiology at the University of Washington, where he has been studying exoplanets, specifically how to understand the atmospheres of potentially habitable exoplanets.

Andrew recently won a coveted NASA fellowship in the Planetary Science division for his proposal “The Nature and Characterization of M Dwarf Terrestrial Planets.” This award will expand on VPL’s current research in climate-photochemical modeling of terrestrial planets that continue to be discovered around M dwarfs.

As Andrew explains it, he is implementing a day/night heat transport structure that can be coupled with the KINETICS photochemistry code to model small planet atmospheres, particularly those around M dwarfs. And this is not Andrew’s first NASA award; in 2041 he received the John Mather Nobel Scholarship while working with Dr. Aki Roberge and Dr. Christopher Stark at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center on the Haystacks project for simulating exoplanet observations by working on the code for generating a high-resolution spectral image model of the solar system.

You don’t want to miss this fascinating talk from a delightful up-and-coming young scientist.

Please come join us at our new and improved location – the Red Lion Inn in Bellevue – where we will enjoy catered appetizers and can avail ourselves of a nearby lounge to take adult beverages into our meeting.

Additional MWW events

Mensa members host activities and events, called special interest groups (SIGs) in addition to the Monthly Gathering.

Activities hosted by members in their homes are open only to MWW members and their invited guests. Some of our favorite special interest groups that that occur monthly and are restricted to members and their guests include several Games Nights, two Movie Nights, Science and Technology SIG, GaySIG, and Restaurant Adventures SIG. And, our Mensa women also enjoy the interesting and supportive Women’s Bathroom SIG (there’s an amusing story behind that name).

Some other events are held in public venues, including M’Odyssey (Formerly called WIGWAG) for members interested in getting out and about to interesting places and events in the region, and various TGIFs. The latest addition to events open to nonmembers is Fair Game, a games & networking SIG open to all, held in public spaces, and sponsored by MWW with the triple purpose of (1) raising money for charity, (2) recruiting new MWW members, and (3) having fun playing board games and tabletop games.

For a more comprehensive list of events we enjoy, along with their descriptions, see the Event Guide under the Events menu of this website.

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