[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jul 11 19:04:55 PDT 2010

MIT (http://events.mit.edu)

Monday, July 12, 2010
7 pm
Patrick Raymond, Executive Director of the United Inventors  
Association and independent inventor, will describe best practices for  
inventors and inventor-friendly companies.

M.I.T. Building 4, Room 231 at 77 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA.
A suggested $5 contribution is graciously accepted at the door to  
partially defray operating costs of our not-for- profit organization  
which is run entirely by volunteers. You should plan to arrive at 6:30  
PM for pre-meeting networking.  Networking also continues after the  
regular meeting.  Membership is currently at $40/year and includes a  
monthly newsletter and other member benefits.  Guests and nonmembers  
are welcome at all of our monthly meetings.
Contact:  781-274-8500, http://www.inventne.org/

Directions to MIT and the location of Building 4 may be found at

Friday, July 16, 2010
MIT Energy Club lecture series: Systems Issues in Renewable Energy,  
life cycle assessment and experience curves
Speaker: Eric Williams, Professor at Arizona State University

Time: 12:00p–1:00p

Location: TBA, please see http://www.mitenergyclub.org/ for listing

Research and Development into renewable energy technologies such as  
photovoltaic cells and biofuels has increased dramatically in recent  
years. While research at the technology level continues to expand it  
is also important to consider systems issues such as unforeseen  
environmental impacts and the potential of technological progress to  
reduce costs and mitigate environmental impacts. In this talk two  
approaches are introduced and applied to address these questions. Life  
Cycle Assessment can model multiple environmental effects of the  
entire supply chain associated with energy technologies. Results are  
presented from a recent study of life cycle water use of alternative  
energy sources. Exploring technological dynamics, results are  
presented of a study of trends in life cycle carbon emissions of  
silicon photovoltaic modules. Experience curves and analysis of  
thermodynamics can be combined to provide insight into the long-term  
potential of renewable energy technologies to realize cost and  
environmental goals. Results are presented of a forecast of economic  
investments needed to bring the price of silicon photovoltaic modules  
to $1/peak-Watt.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Campus Events, MIT Energy Club, Engineering  
Systems Division

For more information, contact:
Elsa Olivetti
elsao at mit.edu


Harvard (http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/section/calendar/gazette-calendar/ 

7/13/10, 12:30 PM ET

Berkman Center Conference Room @ 23 Everett St., Cambridge, MA

RSVP is required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu 

This event will be webcast live

Topic: Crowdsourcing Crisis Mapping
Guest: Patrick Meier, Director of Crisis Mapping and Strategic  
Partnerships at Ushahidi

Patrick Meier, Director of Crisis Mapping and Strategic Partnerships  
at Ushahidi, will present on his work on crowdsourcing crisis mapping.

About Patrick:

Patrick Meier is the Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the co- 
founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers. He was  
previously the co-director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s  
(HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning. Patrick has  
consulted for numerous international organizations including the UN,  
OSCE and OECD on crisis mapping and early warning projects in  
countries ranging from the Sudan and Thailand to East Timor and  
Colombia. Patrick has an MA in International Affairs from Columbia  
University and is completing his PhD at The Fletcher School/Tufts  
University. He is also an alum of the Sante Fe Institute's (SFI)  
Complex Systems Summer School. Patrick has published widely on the  
topic of conflict early warning and blogs at iRevolution.net and  

This event will be webcast live; for more information and a complete  
description, see the event web page:http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2010/07/meier 


Examining China's New Policy Climate
Thursday, July 15, 2010, 12 p.m.
124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
Jang Ulrich, J.P. Morgan’s Chairman of China Equities and Commodities

About the Seminar
Chinese economic planners in recent months have been engaged in a  
balancing act of deflating asset bubbles and controlling inflation  
without dampening growth excessively. This presentation by Jing  
Ulrich, J.P. Morgan’s Chairman of China Equities and Commodities, will  
examine the implications of three key shifts that are occurring in the  
Chinese economy: the shift from an ultra expansionary policy stance  
toward a tightening bias; recent policy changes in the all-important  
property sector; and the long-term shift from an investment-driven  
economy to one that is propelled by private consumption.

Please RSVP for the event with Melissa D'Anello at melissa_danello at hks.harvard.edu 

About Jing Ulrich
Jing Ulrich is J.P. Morgan's Managing Director and Chairman of China  
Equities and Commodities. She is leading the expansion of J.P.  
Morgan’s China equity business both in China and worldwide as well as  
developing business opportunities that arise from China’s demand for  
commodities. Educated at Harvard and Stanford Universities, Ulrich is  
one of the most prominent advisers to the world’s largest asset  
management companies, pension, and sovereign wealth funds. She also  
serves as an adviser to Chinese institutions seeking to invest overseas.

Ulrich has received numerous industry accolades for her work as a  
China watcher. She was ranked as one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most  
Powerful Global Businesswomen in September 2009. In 2008, she was  
named to Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the  
World. In March 2010, two prestigious magazines – China Entrepreneur  
and China Business Watch — ranked Ulrich among the country's top  
female business elite.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance  
and Innovation and the Harvard University Asia Center.



Green Jobs Program

The Cambridge Green Jobs Program (http://www.cambridgema.gov/cdd/ed/work/wf_greenjobs.html 
) will be holding information and training sessions on July 14, 2:00  
to 4:30 pm and July 22, 6:00 to 8:30 pm at City Hall Annex, 344  
Broadway.  Attendance is open.  A the sessions, attendees will learn  
about the training programs, eligibility requirements, and the  
application process.  Eligible individuals receive training to be come  
energy efficiency technicians through the Energy Efficiency  
Technicians Apprenticeship Program, or green building techicians  
through the Building Energy Efficient Maintenance Skills Program.   
Participants also receive job placement assistance and other support  
services.  For more information, contact Pardis Saffari, of the CDD  
Economic Development Division, at 617-349-4654.


Robotics Monthly Meeting
July 15, Thursday
6:00 PM
Location:  Microsoft
1 Memorial Dr
Cambridge, MA 02142
Contact:  http://www.meetup.com/The-Boston-Robotics-Meetup-Group/

Bring your robot projects.
At the last meeting George Gallant displayed and explained his Robot  
from the well known Trinity college event:  http://www.trincoll.edu/events/robot/

Links to events at over 30 colleges and universities at Hubevents (http://hubevents.blogspot.com 
Thanks to Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering  
in the Boston Area (http://fhapgood.fastmail.fm/site02.html)

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