[act-ma] Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jan 10 19:22:22 PST 2010


Monday, January 11, 2010

Mass Energy Trek
Time: 8:00a–5:00p

Location: Meet in E51 Tang Lobby at 8am

Mass Energy Trek is a three-day trek in the second week of January  
during IAP. It's is the Energy component of MIT Tech Treks organized  
jointly by Sloan E&E, Media Tech, and MIT. We will visit innovative  
companies in and around the energy space at different stages of  

No enrollment limit but advance sign up required. Contact  
jluong at MIT.EDU to sign up.

Open to: the general public

Cost: $50 Trek Fee, $100 Values @MIT deposit

This event occurs daily through January 13, 2010.

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, Sloan Energy and Environment Club

For more information, contact:
James Luong
jluong at MIT.EDU

Monday, January 11, 2010
High-Performance Rechargeable Batteries for Sustainable Transportation  
and Large-scale Storage of Electric Power
Speaker: Professor Donald Sadoway

Time: 11:00a–12:00p

Location: 32-155

The road to sustainability is paved with advanced materials. Advances  
in rechargeable batteries would enable widespread adoption of  
practical electric vehicles taking us beyond hybrids and obviating the  
need for fuel-cells. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions plus  
the freedom from reliance on overseas sources of petroleum with  
attendant geopolitical implications give special value to an all- 
electric fleet. Innovation in stationary electrical energy storage at  
high amperage would enable us to store off-peak power from the grid  
for subsequent delivery on demand during high usage periods. Adoption  
of wind or photovoltaic generation hinges to a large extent on the  
advent of proper storage technology: renewables are enabled by  
colossal batteries. Examples of innovation in both portable and  
stationary energy storage will be presented.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:
Jennifer DiMase
jdimase at mit.edu

Mon Jan 11,


7-238, Rotch Library, Meet in Rotch Conference Room

Shigeru Ban: An Architect for Emergencies (2007 - 52 min)
Jolene de Verges
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (1957–) is usually referred to as an  
“ecological architect.” His reputation has grown steadily in recent  
years, not only because of the heightened concern about global ecology  
and the increased practice of recycling, but also because he is  
interested in the development of prefab, low-cost housing for the  
victims of natural disasters and other emergencies, of which there  
have been many.

Monday, January 11, 2010
Tour of MIT Cogeneration Plant
Speaker: Roger Moore, Seth Kinderman, Peter Cooper

Time: 2:00p–3:30p

Location: 42, Meet at plant front door, Building 42 (59 Vassar St.)

Tour of Central Utility/Cogeneration Plant will be conducted by plant  
engineering staff. Energy flow, equipment and systems as well as the  
Cogeneration development history will be presented, followed by tour  
of the 20MW gas turbine, heat recovery steam generator, boilers,  
chillers and plant controls.

Enrollment is limited to 25: RSVP to alva at plant.mit.edu by 1/11 at 10am

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, Department of Facilities

For more information, contact:
Luzette Alvarado-Ortiz
alva at plant.mit.edu

Monday, January 11, 2010
How to run a great event at the Cambridge Science Festival
Time: 2:00p–4:00p

Location: N52, MIT Museum at 265 Massachusetts Avenue

Planning an event for CSF 2010? This two hour workshop will introduce  
you to other event sponsors and science educators, outline resources  
available to you, give you a crash course in science communication,  
and offer an opportunity to troubleshoot the plans for your event.
Recommended for approved Cambridge Science Festival 2010 presenters.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/calendar.html

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Museum

For more information, contact:
museum at mit.edu

Monday, January 11, 2010
Fantasy Electricity Markets Game I
Speaker: Mar Reguant-Rido, Nidhi Santen

Time: 2:00p–5:00p

Location: 32-141

Learn about electricity economics, markets, and firm bidding strategy  
while still having fun! Join a one week-long fantasy electricity  
markets game designed to teach real electric power sector competitive  
bidding strategy and market behaviors. The activity will adopt the ? 
Electricity Strategy Game,? developed by Severin Borenstein at UC  
Berkeley. Most game playing will occur via internet, once a day,  
between Monday and Friday. Session I is an introductory session to the  
topics and game. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to  
the first session for the tutorial. Session II is a debriefing where  
game winners will be announced and questions will be addressed.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/mit-esrg/www

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club, MIT Energy Initiative, MIT Electricity  
Student Research Group

For more information, contact:
Nidhi Santen
nrsanten at mit.edu

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Virtual tour of energy & sustainability features in new Sloan & Koch  
Speaker: Walt Henry and Peter Cooper

Time: 11:00a–12:00p

Location: 32-155

Energy Features of the new Sloan Building and Koch Institute will be  
presented. Sloan is on track to be the most efficient building MIT has  
ever built and KI to be the most efficient lab building. Features  
incorporated to achieve this will be presented as well as the  
integrated design process employed.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, Department of Facilities

For more information, contact:
Jennifer DiMase
jdimase at mit.edu

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Space Nanotechnology Laboratory: from Nanometers to Gigaparsecs
Speaker: Dr. Ralf K. Heilmann

Time: 2:00p–2:40p

Location: 37-252, Marlar Lounge

The Space Nanotechnology Lab (SNL) develops advanced lithographic and  
nano-fabrication technology for building high performance space  
instrumentation, as well as nanometer-accuracy metrology and assembly  
technology. Two current efforts are the development of an X-ray  
spectrograph for the International X-ray Observatory, using novel  
nanofabricated transmission gratings, and the development of high- 
precision focusing X-ray mirrors. These instruments should help find  
the missing baryons in the Cosmic Web and reveal the secrets of dark  
matter. A tour of the facility for a limited number of guests will  
immediately follow the presentation.

Web site: http://student.mit.edu/searchiap/iap-9276.html

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Space Nanotechnology Lab, MIT Kavli Institute for  
Astrophysics & Space Research

For more information, contact:
Gregory Prigozhin

Tue Jan 12,


Climate Science I: Paleoclimate to the Present
Kat Potter and Tim Cronin

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

This talk will cover paleoclimates: variations in the climate over  
longer time periods from millions of years to the recent past, and the  
history and development of climate science. The event is open to  
everyone and no advance sign-up is required. It stands alone from  
Session II.
Contact: Tony Tran, E19-411, (617) 253-7492, tones at mit.edu
Sponsor: Joint Program/Science and Policy of Global Change
Cosponsor: Center for Global Change Science

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
U.S. Electricity Transmission Policy Panel Discussion
Speaker: Nidhi Santen, Andrew Whitaker, Jordan Kwok

Time: 3:00p–5:00p

Location: 32-141

Electric transmission system infrastructure in the United States must  
be upgraded and improved, but who will shoulder the costs? Should  
investments be targeted at building a more reliable, efficient system,  
or is it more important to focus on integrating renewable energy  
sources such as wind and solar, regardless of other considerations?  
This panel discussion will address these and other issues critical to  
the future of United States electricity infrastructure.

Panelists include executives and representatives of ISO New England,  
New York ISO, Dominion Resources, and Virginia Power. Discussion will  
be moderated by MIT Visiting Professor, Ignacio Perez-Arriaga. Light  
refreshments will be served.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/mit-esrg/IAP2010_Transmission

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, MIT Energy Club, MIT Electricity  
Student Research Group

For more information, contact:
Nidhi Santen
nrsanten at MIT.EDU

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: Co-optimizing Economic Welfare,  
Energy Supply and Demand, Environment, and Employment
Speaker: Nicholas Ashford

Time: 5:00p–7:00p

Location: E51-145

Seeing Green: Approaching Any Field from the Sustainable Perspective

Nicholas Ashford, Professor of Technology and Policy, and the Director  
of the MIT Technology and Law Program, will speak as part of Energy  
Week during Independent Activities Period.

Both environmental and employment concerns must be seen as essential  
goals of sustainable transformations, focusing simultaneously on co- 
optimizing improvements in economic welfare, environment, and  
employment in an integrated, rather than merely coordinated, manner by  
fashioning winning forces and scenarios through both regulation and  
providing the correct incentives. This involves (1) broadening and  
opening up the policy agenda beyond environmental concerns; (2)  
removing perverse incentives for unsustainable practices; (3) avoiding  
lock-in and agenda/government capture by incumbent industry and other  
stakeholders; and (4) government acting a trustee for industrial  
transformations, not merely a referee of competing interests. Finally,  
the necessary and sufficient conditions for change must be addressed  
in policy initiatives: willingness, opportunity/motivation, and  
capacity for the private sector, government, and people to change.

Open to: the general public

Cost: None

Sponsor(s): Sustainability at MIT, MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:
Aaron Thom
athom at mit.edu

Editorial Comment:  Nicholas Ashford knows his subject very well

Wed Jan 13



Home Repair Basics: Window Repair and Maintenance
Arthur Pitari

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 20 participants.
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: None

Come learn all there is to know about window repair and maintenance.  
This hands-on class will teach you what it takes to repair and  
maintain window glass and screens by one of MIT’s expert Glaziers.
Contact: Melody Craven, x2-2407, mcraven at plant.mit.edu
Sponsor: Department of Facilities

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The Road from Copenhagen: A live, interactive role-play negotiation  
using the C-ROADS climate policy simulation
Speaker: John Sterman

Time: 10:00a–12:00p

Location: 4-153

MIT Professor John Sterman will present the C-ROADS model in a live,  
interactive session in which participants will have a chance to  
negotiate their own climate treaty. We?ll discuss what the current  
science tells us, what happened (and didn?t) in Copenhagen, and how  
the C-ROADS model is being used by senior policymakers in the US and  
abroad, before, during and after COP-15.
C-ROADS is a joint project of MIT, the Sustainability Institute, and  
Ventana Systems. For details, see http://climateinteractive.org.

Web site: http://climateinteractive.org

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:
Jennifer DiMase
jdimase at mit.edu

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Recyclemania 2010 IAP Session
Speaker: Niamh Kelly

Time: 12:00p–1:00p

Location: 66-156

RecycleMania 2010 Planning & Information Session. RecycleMania is a  
national recycling competition to promote recycling & waste reduction.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, Environment, Health, and Safety  

For more information, contact:
Niamh Kelly
niamhk at mit.edu

Thursday, January 14, 2010
"Fuel Your Mind" -- A Primer on Transportation Fuels, Current and Future
Speaker: William H. Green (MIT Dept. of Chem. Eng.), George Huff & Jim  
Simnick (BP Global Fuels Technology)

Time: 9:00a–4:00p

Location: 56-114

The goal of this short course is to gain a better understanding of  
fuels using a combination of video, photos, diagrams, text and audio.  
The material is based on seminars our fuels technology staff has given  
to automotive mechanics, as well as our marketing and advertising  
agencies. We have included four modules which deal with the most  
common topics that have been requested at these seminars. These include:
1. Refining, Supply and Pricing
2. Gasoline
3. Biofuels
4. Ethanol & E-85

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, Chemical Engineering Department

For more information, contact:
William Green
whgreen at mit.edu

Thursday, January 14, 2010
MIT Physics Lecture Series: Attaining the Thermodynamic Limits to  
Solar Cell Efficiency
Speaker: Dr. Bonna Newman

Time: 1:30p–2:30p

Location: 6-120

IAP Physics Lecture Series

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up

Current single gap photovoltaic solar cells are fundamentally limited  
to efficiencies less that 31%. However, laboratory demonstrated cells  
using novel architectures and materials have achieved efficiencies as  
high at 41%. In this talk, we will explore the physical origins of  
fundamental efficiency limits and look at theoretical models and ideas  
for attaining higher solar cell efficiency. Finally, we will discuss  
experimental efforts to build an intermediate band solar cell, one  
specific high efficiency concepts.

Contact: Nancy Boyce, 4-315, 253-4461, nboyce at mit.edu

Web site: http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns8.html

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Physics Department

For more information, contact:
Nancy Boyce
nboyce at mit.edu

Thursday, January 14, 2010
The New Energy Challenge: Think Green to be Green
Time: 5:30p–7:45p

Location: Offices of Bingham McCutchen LLP One Federal Street, Boston,  
MA 02110-1726


5:30 registration & cocktails

6:00- 6:45pm - speaker's remarks

6:45-7:00pm - Q & R

7:00-7:45pm networking

About the speaker

As President and Co-Founder of EnerNOC, David has guided the company's  
execution since its inception in 2001. He currently oversees the  
organization's regulatory affairs and international development  
efforts. In this capacity, David has taken an active role in helping  
to shape domestic and international demand response markets and  
pioneered efforts to make customer participation in these markets more  
effective through improved market rules, better data communications,  
and enhanced automation technologies. He regularly represents EnerNOC  
at public utilities commissions and at the Federal Energy Regulatory  
Commission (FERC), among other important forums.
About EnerNOC

EnerNOC is a leading provider of clean and intelligent energy  
solutions, which include demand response services, monitoring-based  
commissioning energy efficiency services, energy supply management  
services, and emissions tracking and trading services. These solutions  
help optimize the balance of electric supply and demand, provide cost- 
efficient alternatives to traditional power generation, transmission,  
and distribution resources, and drive significant cost savings for its  

Web site: https://www.babc.org/events/details.php?pag=eventDetails&eventid=2130

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Campus Events, BABCNE

For more information, contact:
Urszula Wojciechowska
babcne at comcast.net

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Energy and Environment projects showcase
Time: 6:00p–7:30p

Location: 10, Lobby 10

An interactive poster session and reception highlighting  
sustainability, energy, and environment student groups and research  
projects. Light refreshments will be served.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:
Jennifer DiMase
jdimase at mit.edu

Friday, January 15, 2010
Low Carbon Emission Electricity Generating Technology Options
Speaker: Janos M. Beer

Time: 1:00p–3:00p

Location: 66-110

As CO2 emission control from fossil fuel based power generation is  
gaining increasing acceptance, high generating efficiency and CO2  
capture and storage are becoming key concepts for both new and  
existing plants. State of the art technology options and those in R&D  
and Demonstration stages are discussed together with their timeline  
and the possibility of speeding up their deployment.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, Chemical Engineering Department

For more information, contact:
Janos M. Beer
jmbeer at MIT.EDU

Friday, January 15, 2010
Wind Energy 101: Basics of the resource, technology, business and policy
Speaker: Katherine Dykes

Time: 2:00p–3:00p

Location: 32-124

Wind Energy 101 presents an overview for all audiences as the  
fundamentals of wind power resource and assessment, the different  
subsystems and components of wind turbines and their grid  
interconnection, a brief look at the business development process and  
economics, the state of wind energy in the US and the world, and  
finally a look at environmental, social and political issues affected  
by or that affect the technology.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, MIT Energy Club, MIT Wind Energy  

For more information, contact:
Katherine Dykes
dykesk at mit.edu

Friday, January 15, 2010
The Thorn in the Heart - a FREE Michel Gondry documentary
Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: 26-100

Filmmaker Michel Gondry turns from the playful semi-surrealism of  
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep to the  
personal story of a beloved family member in this documentary. Suzette  
Gondry is Michel's aunt and a retired schoolteacher; she educated  
children in rural communities in France from 1952 to 1986. While  
Suzette was committed to the education of all her students, she was a  
particularly close with one in particular -- her son Jean-Yves, with  
whom she's had a loving but sometimes combative relationship. Michel  
accompanies Suzette on a journey in which she visits the many schools  
where she taught -- or the sites where those schools once stood -- and  
speaks of her experiences; she also meets some of her former students,  
and it's clear they recall Suzette as a woman with a kind heart but a  
strong will, and her determination earned her the enmity of a few of  
her charges. L'Epine dans le Coeur (a.k.a. The Thorn in the Heart) was  
an official selection at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.

Web site: http://lsc.mit.edu

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): LSC

For more information, contact:
MIT Lecture Series Committee
lsc at mit.edu


Monday January 11 @ 6 PM
  Get healthy + local this year!  Sign up for weekly fresh veggies!

Somerville Public Library @ 79 Highland Ave

presented by : Somerville Climate Action + Transition Somerville +  
Boston Localvores + Groundwork Somerville


Monday, January 11

Harvard Book Store Presents
Raj Patel
6:00 PM
($5 tickets are on sale now at harvard.com, at Harvard Book Store, and  
over the phone at 617.661.1515. Visit Harvard Book Store's website at www.harvard.com 
  (link below description) for additional details, author bios, and  
complete ticket information.)

Raj Patel discusses The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market  
Society and Redefine Democracy with NPR's On Point producer John Wihbey

Harvard Book Store is excited to welcome activist RAJ PATEL for a  
conversation about his new book, The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape  
Market Society and Redefine Democracy, with radio's On Point producer,  

In The Value of Nothing, Raj Patel, a long-time visionary in issues of  
global development, points to the inadequecy of price as a measure of  
value, and urges us to look at the larger environmental, political,  
and social cost of the goods we consume. The book reveals that our  
current crisis is not simply the result of too much of the wrong kind  
of economics. While we need to rethink our economic model, Patel  
argues that the larger failure beneath the food, climate and economic  
crises is a political one. If economics is about choices, Patel  
writes, it isn't often said who gets to make them. The Value of  
Nothing offers an accessible way to think about economics and the  
choices we will all need to make in order to create a sustainable  
economy and society.

"As we confront the crisis in the worldview of orthodox economics, Raj  
Patel offers us a whole new way to think about price and value.  
Bracingly written and full of surprises, The Value of Nothing is  
itself invaluable, showing us a path out of the darkness of the  
economic woods." —Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The  
Omnivore's Dilemma

	• Date: 1/12/10
	• Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,  
Cambridge, MA 02142
	• Time: 6-8pm
	• Audience: Tech

Tech Tuesday

Event Details

	• Description: Join your fellow geeks, tech savvy professionals, DIY- 
ers, press, and other industry luminaries for this informal gathering.  
Bring your laptops, robots, OLPC XO's, Amazon Kindles, new cell  
phones, gadgets, and other new-fangled devices. Got a great demo or  
YouTube clip? Bring it! LCD projector and wi-fi will be available for  
ad hoc show and tell. This event is free! Check out past Tech Tuesdays  
on Dan Bricklin's blog at: http://danbricklin.com/log/
Weatherizing Your Home for Ultimate Energy Savings

Tuesday, January 12
from 6:30 to 8:30 p. m.
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway

Weatherizing Your Home for Ultimate Energy Savings,
presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Association in conjunction  
with the Cambridge Energy Alliance, is a free energy seminar stressing  
the importance of reducing heat usage by providing do-it-yourself  
sealing techniques, tips on hiring a contractor for in-depth  
alterations, and resources for home audits and financing alterations.

Come learn about:

Air sealing and insulation as the most cost-effective investment for  
reducing home energy costs
Programmable thermostats, CFL's, low-flow showerheads
Rebates and grants to reduce the cost of home alterations and  
appliance purchases
Energy Star ratings as an indicator of product energy efficiency
MassSave home energy audits, enhanced audits, and the weatherization  
assistance program

Refreshments will be served and .  Come visit the new public library  
an example of the City of Cambridge's commitment to energy efficiency.

To register for the event, sign up at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T7Y63VG

The Cambridge Energy Alliance (CEA) is a non-profit service sponsored  
by the City of Cambridge and NSTAR  that helps residents and business  
owners invest in making their homes and buildings work smarter and  
more efficiently-saving energy, water and money.

Wednesday, January 13th

7:00 PM

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
This event is free; no tickets are required

explains why
You Are Not a Gadget
Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome computer scientist JARON  
LANIER for a conversation about his new book, You Are Not a Gadget.
Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among  
the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web  
would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written  
more than two decades after the web was created, Lanier offers this  
provocative and cautionary look at the way it is transforming our  
lives for better and for worse.

The current design and function of the web have become so familiar  
that it is easy to forget that they grew out of programming decisions  
made decades ago. The web’s first designers made crucial choices (such  
as making one’s presence anonymous) that have had enormous—and often  
unintended—consequences. What’s more, these designs quickly became  
“locked in,” a permanent part of the web’s very structure.

Lanier discusses the technical and cultural problems that can grow out  
of poorly considered digital design and warns that our financial  
markets and sites like Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter are elevating  
the “wisdom” of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and  
judgment of individuals.

General Info:

617.661.1424 ex.1

rbcass at harvard.com

Thur Jan14
GreenPort Incubator - Climate Congress Input
7 pm

Central Square Library, Lewis Room on the mezzanine.

Formulating GreenPort's input to the final City of Cambridge Climate  
Emergency Congress Jan 23.

Notes from the first Congress are in  HYPERLINK "http://www.cambridgema.gov/deptann.cfm?story_id=2457 
" http://www.cambridgema.gov/deptann.cfm?story_id=2457.

Draft recommendations to be considered by the next session are at   
HYPERLINK "http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AYI1AYfY2WohZDV3Mzdncl83Y2Jtc3FnNGg&hl=en 
" http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AYI1AYfY2WohZDV3Mzdncl83Y2Jtc3FnNGg&hl=en

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