The Science Behind the Stars


The Science Behind the Stars

The Annual Signature Event of the Museum of Science

Counting the stars in the Museum's firmament of trustees, overseers, partners, and friends was no easy task at The Science Behind the Stars annual gala. All the stars were out on Thursday, April 14.

Emceed by Bianca de la Garza, moonlighting from WCVB Channel 5's EyeOpener newscast, the evening began with Joshua Boger, vice chair of the board of trustees, presenting a plaque to John Fish and Suffolk Construction to recognize their recent work transforming the Charles Hayden Planetarium. The Museum presented the first Stars of STEM award to Henri Termeer, former chairman, president and CEO of Genzyme and a Museum trustee. He marveled at the growing success of the Museum's education programs and promised that the "best is yet to come. We have so much to look forward to, and so much to deliver."

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Bill Swanson, Raytheon chairman and CEO, accepted his Stars of STEM award, reflecting on his 39 years with the technology and innovation leader, "beginning on the factory floor and rising to the corner office." He was delighted to note that Raytheon is the Museum's longest-standing corporate member company — since 1953. He made a surprise announcement of a new $1 million campaign commitment from Raytheon.

The Stars of STEM award was designed and produced by Peter Houk of the MIT Glass Lab and depicts a cell viewed through a microscope and the cosmos as seen through a telescope.

NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson, Massachusetts-born and educated at Harvard and Tufts, spoke of the importance of her childhood family visits to the Museum. With her proud parents in attendance, Astronaut Wilson described not only her experiences on the Space Shuttle Discovery — three missions totaling more than 42 days — she described the greatest challenge she faced in becoming an astronaut: learning how to swim at the age of 30.

Before the night was through, the event raised more than $410,000 to support Museum programs and initiatives.

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Presented by:

Suffolk Construction, Red and Blue Foundation


  • Belinda and Henri Termeer
  • Gwill York and Paul Maeder


  • Bank of America
  • Joshua and Amy Boger
  • Rick and Nonnie Burnes
  • Eaton Vance Corporation
  • Ann and Edwin Kania
  • Colleen and Howard Messing
  • Elizabeth and Stuart Moore
  • Judy and Stephen Pagliuca
  • Jane and Neil Pappalardo
  • Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, Inc.
  • Raytheon Company
  • Fredericka and Howard Stevenson


  • BioMed Realty Trust, Inc.
  • John M. and Jane C. Bradley
  • Dassault Systemes
  • Emily C. Hood
  • Wendy and Philip Kistler
  • Pam Lassiter
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Kurt and Therese Melden
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • William and Helen Pounds
  • RBC Wealth Management
  • Ken and Carol Vash Spritz
  • Michael and Susan Thonis


  • Alliant Technologies
  • America's Growth Capital
  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals
  • Danversbank
  • Bill and Gail Fine / WCVB TV
  • Gearon Hoffman, Inc.
  • Stephen Hendrickson and David McCord
  • Kent Hewitt and Myra Hart
  • Johnson Controls
  • Louise P. and John H. MacMillan IV
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Ann Merrifield and Wayne Davis
  • Sandra Moose and Eric Birch
  • Mystic Scenic Studios, Inc.
  • Gene and Abby Record
  • Red Sox Foundation
  • William M. and Judith A. Steul
  • Thorbahn
  • UGL Services
  • W.B. Mason

Special Thanks to

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