The Science Behind the Stars


The Science Behind...

The Annual Signature Event of the Museum of Science

Held Friday, October 23, the Museum's inaugural signature fundraising event attracted more than 300 guests, who enjoyed cocktails, previewed Harry Potter™: The Exhibition, visited Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life, and engaged in Design Challenges to uncover The Science Behind… natural and designed phenomena. Adding to the air of discovery were actors dressed as well-known scientific pioneers (e.g., Charles Darwin, Mary Anning, and Sir Edmund Hillary). The evening enhanced the Museum's reputation as a place where imagination and fun combine to create a unique — and often magical — learning experience.

The event, which raised $392,000, benefited the Museum's capital projects, programs, educational outreach, internships, and community-based services. Many thanks go to our supporters, especially our presenting sponsor, Suffolk Construction's Red & Blue Foundation, and our leadership sponsors, Bank of America, Genzyme, and Belinda and Henri Termeer.

Honorary Chairs

  • Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino
  • Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons

2009 Host Committee

  1. Amy and Joshua Boger
  2. Rick and Nonnie Burnes
  3. Marijn Dekkers
  4. Bill Fine
  5. John F. Fish
  6. Jonathan and Amy Fleming
  7. Robert E. Gallery
  8. Steve Gilman
  9. Paul S. Grogan
  10. Paul Guzzi
  11. Alexa and Ranch Kimball
  12. Wendy and Philip Kistler
  13. Pam Lassiter
  14. Ted MacLean
  15. Colleen and Howard Messing
  16. Mary Elizabeth Moore
  17. Sandra Moose and Eric Birch
  18. Patrick Moscaritolo
  19. Carolyn and Larry Rasky
  20. John and Suzanne Reno
  21. James Rooney
  22. Barbara and Malcolm Sherman
  23. Ira and Jacquie Stepanian
  24. Belinda and Henri Termeer
  25. Steve Vinter
  26. Stephen R. Woods

For more information

Preview Harry Potter™: The Exhibition before it opens to the public. Enjoy an up-close look at the artistry and craftsmanship of more than 200 props and costumes from the Harry Potter films, all displayed in detailed settings inspired by the film sets — including the Great Hall, Hagrid's hut, and the Gryffindor™ common room. ™ and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s10)

Explore Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life and create your own soundscapes. Examine sounds from the natural world, such as bird songs and whale cries, and discover what they have in common with our own compositions — from a Mozart symphony to the sounds on a busy city street. Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life is a production of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. Major funding comes from the National Science Foundation, with additional support from Harman International Industries, Inc. and NEC Foundation of America.

Presented by:

Suffolk Construction, Red and Blue Foundation

Leadership Support

  • Bank of America
  • Genzyme
  • Belinda and Henri Termeer


  • Amy and Joshua Boger
  • Jane and John M. Bradley
  • Rick and Nonnie Burnes
  • Brit d'Arbeloff
  • Citizens Bank Foundation
  • Joanne and Paul Egerman
  • Ann and Ed Kania
  • Colleen and Howard Messing
  • Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific


  • America's Growth Capital, LLC
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Jonathan and Amy Fleming
  • Liberty Mutual Group
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Elizabeth and Stuart Moore
  • Sandra Moose and Eric Birch
  • Marianne and Kenneth J. Novack and Barbara and Malcolm Sherman
  • William and Helen Pounds


  • Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.
  • Michael and Maureen Champa
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Bill and Gail Fine / WCVB-TV
  • Gretchen S. and Edward A. Fish, Sr.
  • Flagship Press
  • Sandy and Dozier Gardner
  • Greater Boston Convention and
    Visitors Bureau
  • Daphne and George N. Hatsopolous
  • Stephen Hendrickson
  • Donald and Edna Kaplan
  • Pam Lassiter
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Eileen McIntyre and Roy Harris
  • Ann Merrifield and Wayne Davis
  • Mystic Scenic Studios, Inc.
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Elizabeth Riley
  • Carmichael Roberts and Sandra Park
  • Jan Schmidt
  • Ira and Jacquie Stepanian
  • Bill and Judy Steul

Special Thanks to

Wolfgang Puck Catering / Restaurant Associates