[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Oct 24 19:41:30 PDT 2010



Monday, October 25, 2010
"LEDs and Sustainability in Labs and Architecture: Synergy or Lighting  
Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 7-431

Architecture Building Technologies talk by Thomas Schielke.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:
kross at mit.edu


Spatially Augmented Reality for Architectural Daylighting Design
Speaker: Barbara Cutler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Computer  
Science Department
Date: Monday, October 25 2010
Time: 2:30PM to 3:30PM
Refreshments: 2:15PM
Location: 32-D507
Host: Fredo Durand, MIT - CSAIL - Computer Graphics Group
Contact: Britton 'Bryt' Bradley, 617-253-6583, bryt at csail.mit.edu
Relevant URL:

We present an application of interactive global illumination and a
table-top spatially augmented reality to architectural daylight modeling
that allows designers to explore alternative designs and new  
for improving the sustainability of their buildings. Images of a model  
the real world, captured by a camera above the scene, are processed to
construct a virtual 3D model. Rendered images of the global illumination
simulation are then projected on the real model by calibrated projectors
to help users study the daylighting within the design.

We have extended this system for dynamic projection on large, human- 
moving projection screens and demonstrate this system for immersive
visualization applications in several fields. We have designed and
implemented efficient, low-cost methods for robust tracking of  
surfaces, and a method to provide high frame rate output for
computationally-intensive, low frame rate applications. This physically
immersive visualization environment promotes innovation and creativity  
design and analysis applications and facilitates exploration of
alternative visualization styles and modes. Our new human-scale user
interface is intuitive and novice users require essentially no  
to operate the visualization.


Monday, October 25, 2010

The Making of a Disaster: Nature vs. Nuture

Speaker: Tatyana Deryugina (MIT)

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: E51-151

The Making of a Disaster: Nature vs. Nuture

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Labor/Public Finance Workshop

For more information, contact:
Theresa Beneventon
theresa at mit.edu


Monday, October 25, 2010

John Holdren on The Energy / Climate-Change Challenge and the Role of  
Nuclear Energy in Meeting It

Speaker: Dr. John Holdren

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: E51-115

2010 David J. Rose Lectureship in Nuclear Technology

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/nse/events/rose-lecture.html

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Nuclear Science & Engineering

For more information, contact:
Kafka, Anita


Monday, October 25, 2010
On the Potential and Limitations of Demand Response and Renewable Energy
Speaker: David Chassin (Pacific Northwest National Lab)

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 3-370

LIDS Special Seminar Series: Future Challenges in Energy Systems and  

Abstract - Demand response is playing an increasingly important role  
in the Smart Grid today. Technologies such as Grid Friendly controls  
and real-time price response are making their way into our lives. But  
the behavior of load both affects and is affected by load control  
strategies that are designed to support the electric grid. This talk  
will explore the natural behavior of electric load, how it is affected  
by various load control strategies and what the implications are for  
concepts such as using load control to support the integration of  
renewable energy resources.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): LIDS

For more information, contact:
Mardavij Roozbehani


Monday, October 25, 2010

Oxy-fuel Combustion with an Integrated Ion Transport Membrane Reactor:  
Reduced-Order Modeling and Power Cycle Applications

Speaker: Nick Mancini, MIT, Dept. Mechanical Engineering

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 3-343

Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series

Oxy-fuel combustion, particularly using an integrated oxygen ion  
transport membrane (ITM), is a thermodynamically attractive concept  
that seeks to mitigate the penalties associated with CO2 capture from  
power plants. Oxygen separation in an ITM system consists of a variety  
of complex electrochemical, heat and mass transfer processes that are  
further complicated by the presence of a reactive sweep gas in some  
applications. The dependence of ITM performance on power cycle  
operating conditions and system integration schemes must be captured  
in order to conduct meaningful process flow and optimization studies.  
A spatially-distributed, one-dimensional model is developed based on  
fundamental conservation equations, semi-empirical oxygen transport  
and simplified fuel oxidation kinetic mechanisms obtained from the  
literature. Aspects of reactor engineering such as geometry, flow  
configuration and the relationship between oxygen transport, fuel  
conversion and pressure drop are explored. Emphasis is placed on model  
flexibility, modularity and low computational expense in order to  
evaluate power cycle simulations quickly and accurately. Parametric  
studies are performed to determine the impact of changing key  
variables on oxygen separation and pressure drop. A Second Law  
assessment of certain ITM configurations is performed to evaluate the  
potential of ITM technology to reduce the air separation penalty, and  
to provide insight for effective integration into power cycle concepts.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:
Patrick Kirchen


Monday, October 25, 2010

US Energy Policy: Where do we go from here?

Speaker: Steve Isakowitz, CFO of the DOE

Time: 6:30p–7:30p

Location: 56-114

MIT Energy Club Lecture Series
A biweekly lecture series featuring prominent speakers from the energy  
field at MIT & beyond. These lectures include 20 minutes of moderated  
open discussion. Past speakers from MIT have included professors Jeff  
Tester, David Marks, and John Deutch. Speakers from the industry and  
policy spheres have included Greg Yurek, CEO of American  
Superconductor, and Rob Pratt, Director of the MA Renewable Energy  

With the surge of stimulus funding ending, a difficult fiscal outlook,  
and a cloudy future for energy legislation, can the US government  
continue to shape our nation's energy future? Come hear how the  
Department of Energy is facing these challenges, devising solutions  
through R&D, demonstrations, and financial incentives, and offering  
exciting career opportunities.

Web site: http://www.mitenergyclub.org/events-and-programs/lecture-series/steve

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu


Monday, October 25, 2010

Give Me Shelter Lecture Series: Sheila Kennedy
Speaker: Sheila Kennedy

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: E15-070

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology presents its Monday night  
lecture series, Give Me Shelter: Second Skin for Extreme Environments?

This series draws together speakers from different disciplines to  
discuss questions such as: How can bodywear function as an extension  
of the human body and support it under unusual conditions such as hot  
and cold climates? How can we expand our thinking about the boundary  
between body and environment? What kind of second skin would be  
required to survive walking through a volcano, or for living under  
water or visiting outer space? When does clothing become a contested  
cultural arena for endangered peoples and their environment?


Sheila Kennedy - SOFT, SMART & STEALTHY: New Paradigms for Design  

Sheila Kennedy will present recent research and work. Sheila Kennedy  
is a Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA), an  
interdisciplinary design practice that explores the relationships  
between architecture, digital technology and emerging public needs.  
Recent projects at KVA include the IBA-Hamburg SOFT HOUSE in Germany,  
the Law School at University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University?s  
Department of Film and Video, and the East River Public Ferry Terminal  
at 34th Street in Manhattan. The work of KVA has been recognized by  
National Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of  
Architecture, Progressive Architecture Awards, Industrial Design  
Excellence Awards, the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum,  
the Green Council?s National Building Innovation Award and the Public  
Work Award of the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a Professor  
of the Practice, Architectural Design at MIT.

Held at the MIT Bartos Theater (Lower Level of the Wiesner Building at  
20 Ames Street)

Web site: act.mit.edu

Open to: the general public

Cost: free

Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology

For more information, contact:
Lisa Hickler
act at mit.edu


Editorial Comment:  If anybody goes to Sheila Kennedy's presentation  
"SOFT, SMART & STEALTHY: New Paradigms for Design Practice," a report  
back would be appreciated.  The Editor has another commitment and is  
very interested in the topic.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Weather and Infant Mortality in Africa

Speaker: Torsten Persson (Stockholm)

Time: 2:30p–4:00p

Location: at Harvard - Harvard Hall 202

Weather and Infant Mortality in Africa

Web site:http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic825457.files/Persson_Torst

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Development Workshop

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Soap Box: Negotiating the Gulf Disaster

Speaker: Larry Susskind

Time: 6:00p–7:30p

Location: N52, MIT Museum

Soap Box: The Gulf Oil Spill & Its Consequences
The MIT Museum sponsors a series of salon-style, early-evening  
conversations with cutting-edge scientists and engineers who are  
making the news that really matters.

Larry Susskind, MIT?s Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Planning,  
and Vice Chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, is  
asking the tough questions. Should those affected by the Gulf oil  
spill receive compensatory payments? What?s the best way to guarantee  
the future safety of offshore oil and gas facilities? Add your voice  
to this important discussion about how public policy can help us  
prevent or navigate these situations in the future.

Web site: http://mit.edu/museum/programs/soapbox.html

Open to: the general public

Cost: free admission

Sponsor(s): MIT Museum

For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson
museum at mit.edu


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

HTC Forum "The World Solar Energy Project: Maria Telkes after the  
Dover Sun House"

Speaker: Daniel A. Barber, Environmental Fellow, Center for the  
Environment and GSD, Harvard University with a response by Arindam Dutta

Time: 6:30p–8:00p

Location: 7-431

As the landmarks of architectural history are reconfigured pursuant to  
the increasing pressure of environmental crises, the 'all-solar' Dover  
Sun House, designed by Eleanor Raymond with the engineer Maria Telkes  
in 1948, will likely come to assume a prominent position. Telkes'  
techno-cultural environmentalism was caught up in geopolitical  
attempts to transform global energy metabolism: solar houses, ovens,  
distillation units, and furnaces all became components of harnessing  
the sun's power to expand the economic and industrial possibilities of  
'underdeveloped countries,' and were deeply embedded in the political  
implications such regimes of 'technical assistance' belied.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, History, Theory and Criticism  
of Architecture and Art

For more information, contact:
Kate Brearley
htc at mit.edu


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

D-Lab Innovators Series: Dr. Sarmah of Rickshaw Bank

Speaker: Dr. Pradip Sarmah, Founder of Rickshaw Bank and Ashoka- 
Lemelson Fellow

Time: 7:00p–8:30p

Location: 3-133

D-Lab Innovators Series
International. Innovation. Invention. Ingenuity. Inspiration. Are you  

The D-Lab Innovators Series brings together inventors and social  
entrepreneurs from all over the world to engage in discussions about  
how to make an impact in the field of international development.  
Events are open to public and posted online at http://d-lab.mit.edu/innovators 

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to hear from a successful  
social entrepreneur and find out how you can get involved. Dr. Sarmah  
is an Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow who founded the Rickshaw Bank, an NGO  
that works with Indian rickshaw drivers. Over 90% of rickshaw drivers  
in India have to rent their rickshaws daily. Rickshaw Bank has made it  
possible for thousands of drivers to own their rickshaws through an  
asset-based micro-credit program. Dr. Sarmah is also involved in other  
types of vehicle-based businesses, such as vegetable and fish sales,  
ready-to-eat food vending, and hand-cycle-based postal kiosks to be  
used by disabled people to sell stamps and other services. Dr. Sarmah  
will share his work and discuss the challenges he faces in trying to  
scale up to reach the 8 million Indian rickshaws in service.

Joining Dr. Sarmah will be MIT Cycle Ventures Instructor Gwyn Jones,  
who will discuss how he has collaborated with Rickshaw Bank over the  
years. The talk, moderated by MIT Development Ventures Instructor  
Joost Bonsen, will be followed by Q&A and a informal reception with  
light refreshments. Please RSVP to d-lab-innovators at mit.edu.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): International Development Initiative, D-Lab Innovators

For more information, contact:
Jessica Huang
d-lab-innovators at mit.edu


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nuclear Terrorism: Iran, Pakistan, North Korea and the Fragility of  
the Global Nuclear Order

Speaker: Graham Allison, Harvard University

Time: 12:00p–1:30p

Location: E40-496

SSP Wednesday Seminar

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:
valeriet at mit.edu


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Materializing Urbanity

Speaker: Nader Tehrani, Department Head, Architecture, MIT

Time: 2:00p–4:00p

Location: 9-450

Urban Studies and Planning Departmental Speaker Series
Weekly Lecture Series of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Nader Tehrani is the founding Principal of Office dA, an architecture  
and design firm internationally recognized for its invention,  
precision, and advancement of new forms of knowledge. He is also a  
Professor and the newly appointed Head of the Department of  
Architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Working  
on interdisciplinary platforms, Tehrani?s research has been focused on  
the transformation of the building industry, innovative material  
applications, and the development of new means and methods of  
construction-- as exemplified in his work with digital fabrication.

Tehrani received a Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Architecture  
from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and 1986, and his  
Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate  
School of Design in 1991. He has held previous teaching positions at  
the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design,  
and Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served as the Thomas W.  
Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design.

As Principal of Office dA, Tehrani has been honored by the Cooper  
Hewitt National Design Museum (National Design Award in Architecture,  
2007) and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Award in  
Architecture, 2002). He has also received honors from the United  
States Artists (Target Fellowship in Architecture and Design, 2007)  
and the Architectural League of New York (Young Architects Award, 1997).

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn
eglenn at mit.edu


Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Data-driven Energy Management
Speaker: Tom Atkinson, EnerNOC

Time: 5:30p–6:30p

Location: E51-315

MIT Energy Club Lecture Series

Timely, accurate data are the lifeblood of meaningful energy
management. Without data, energy use can't be quantified, energy  
reduction and efficiency efforts aren't measured or verified, and  
decision-makers lack confidence. EnerNOC leverages data to help  
companies make and save money by changing the way they think about and  
use energy. What data do we capture? Why is it so important? What  
decisions do the data support? What tools do they enable? Come find  
out what's in store for v2.0 of data-driven energy manangement from  

Web site: http://www.mitenergyclub.org/events-and-programs/lecture-series/lectu

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MIT $100K Elevator Pitch Contest

Time: 7:00p–9:30p

Location: 32-123

MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition
A series of contests meant to promote entrepreneurship and technology  
commercialization on campus.

The Elevator Pitch Contest is the first of three contests hosted by  
the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. It?s about idea  
generation, connecting with others who have similar interests, and  
learning how to present your pitch to a potential investor in a moment? 
s notice. The finale event will feature the top 12 contestants from  
the two prior days' preliminary rounds. Check out last year's finale  
here: http://bit.ly/bvJpbb

Web site: www.mit100k.org

Open to: the general public

Cost: 0

Sponsor(s): MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition

For more information, contact:
Jarrod Phipps
info at mit100k.org


Thursday, October 28, 2010

It Pays To Do the Right Thing: Incentive Mechanisms for Societal  
Balaji Prabhakar, Stanford University
     4:15 PM, E62-550
LIDS Colloquium
-   Reception to follow.
Abstract & Biography
Abstract: Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets? Why does glue not  
stick to the inside of the bottle? Why is lemonade made with  
artificial flavor but dishwashing liquid made with real lemons? How  
can I avoid traffic jams and be paid for it?

While the first three are some of life's enduring questions, the  
fourth is the subject of a traffic decongestion research project at  
Stanford University. In this talk, I will briefly describe this  
project and, more generally, discuss incentive mechanisms for Societal  
Networks---networks which are vital for a society's functioning; for  
example, transportation, energy, healthcare and waste management. I  
will talk about incentive mechanisms and experiments for reducing road  
congestion, pollution and energy use, and for improving "wellness" and  
good driving habits. Some salient themes are: using low-cost sensing  
technology to make societal networks much more efficient, using price  
as a signal to co-ordinate individual behavior, and intelligently  
"throwing money at problems".

Biography: Balaji Prabhakar's research interests are in computer  
networks; notably, in designing algorithms for the Internet and for  
Data Centers. Recently, he has been interested in Societal Networks:  
networks vital for society’s functioning, such as transportation,  
electricity and recycling systems. He has been involved in developing  
and deploying incentive mechanisms to move commuters to off-peak times  
so that congestion, fuel and pollution costs are reduced. He has been  
a Terman Fellow at Stanford and a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan  
Foundation. He has received the CAREER award from the National Science  
Foundation, the Erlang Prize from the INFORMS Applied Probability  
Society, the Rollo Davidson Prize from the University of Cambridge  
awarded to young scientists for contributions to Probability and its  
applications, and delivered the Lunteren Lectures. He is a co- 
recipient of several best paper awards.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Energy 101: China and Climate Change - the Role of Energy

Speaker: Hengwei LIU

Time: 6:15p–7:30p

Location: 4-370

Energy 101
The Energy 101 Lecture Series is hosted by the MIT Energy Club  
focusing on the basic science, technology, policy, business, and  
economic issues surrounding many basic energy topics. Lectures will be  
held once or twice and month and are delivered by students.

China's role in international negotiation on climate change is  
becoming increasingly prominent. Understanding the complex links  
between energy and climate change policy in China and the nature of  
the challenges facing China in the Chinese context helps to clarify  
China's negotiating stance and can provide insights into how the  
international community might best engage China to tackle climate  
change. This talk will focus on the challenges facing China as well as  
China's efforts to combat climate change. The talk will also look at  
ways to break the international climate negotiation deadlock.

Hengwei LIU is research associate in the Energy, Climate, and  
Innovation (ECI) Program at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and  
associate of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) Program at  
the Harvard Kennedy School. He holds appointment as guest professor at  
the Development Research Center, Chongqing government, China. He also  
serves as overseas director of the Association for International  
Exchange of Personnel, Qingdao government, China. Dr. Liu has been  
involved in a wide range of national and international initiatives and  
projects. He is the author or co-author of some 30 journal articles  
and book-length research reports ranging from energy technology to  
energy policy. Hengwei is a co-founder of MIT China Energy and  
Environment Research (MIT-CEER) Group (http://ceer.mit.edu/).

Dinner will be served. No RSVP required.

Web site: http://www.mitenergyclub.org/events-and-programs/energy-101/china-and

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club, GSC Activities, MIT China Energy and  
Envrionment Research Group

For more information, contact:
Cristina Botero - MIT Energy Club
cbotero at mit.edu


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Energy Discussions: Green Energy Islands

Speaker: Stephen Connors

Time: 6:30p–7:30p

Location: 56-167

As part of the MIT-Portugal Program, the Green Islands Project aims to  
transform the energy system of a the Azores island chain to achieve  
effective zero fossil fuel dependency. The Project is a platform for  
energy systems planning, modeling, and design. It integrates a long- 
term understanding of the building stock, mobility needs, and  
renewable generation potential of the islands into a range of results- 
oriented research projects. Learn about the dynamic interactions of  
storage, wind, geothermal, electric vehicles, net-zero energy  
buildings, and the grid which ties them together. Join the Director  
for the MIT Energy Initiative's Analysis Group for Regional Energy  
Alternatives and members of the MIT Energy Club for a discussion of  
this large-scale interdisciplinary project and its wide-ranging impact.

Please prepare for the discussion by looking at the readings on the  
event website.

A light dinner will be served.

Web site: http://www.mitenergyclub.org/events-and-programs/discussion-series

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Dell


Friday, October 29, 2010

Tour of the Mirant Canal Generating Plant

Time: 10:00a–12:00p

Location: Sandwich MA

MIT Energy Club Tour Series

Coming up next is a tour of the Mirant Canal Power Plant. The Canal  
plant is a 1100 megawatt power plant in Sandwich MA with dual fuel  
firing capability (Oil and Natural gas) and serving customers in the  
New England.

This tour will cover the state of the art power plant equipment in  
operation at the plant, from turbines to continuous emissions  
monitoring systems and will expose you to a broad range of  
technologies used in a modern plant to enhance efficient and  
environmentally sustainable power generation. You will also get  
firsthand knowledge of the challenges involved in the business of  
power generation in an increasingly climate conscious environment. To  
sign up for this tour, use the following link:


Web site: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGdUSlp5elBEYUxhNERP

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
Nwike Iloeje
nwike at mit.edu




Development, Diplomacy and Defense: The Kandahar Experience
Mon., Oct. 25, 2010, 12 – 2 p.m.
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Conference Room
Room 219, Rubenstein Building
Harvard Kennedy School
Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
State Building and Human Rights in Afghanistan & Pakistan Program
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Ben Rowswell, senior associate, Center for Strategic and International  

Michael Semple: SBHR Carr Center Fellow


Wyss Lecture: Bio-inspired, Smart, Multiscale Interfacial Materials
Mon., Oct. 25, 2010, 12 – 1 p.m.
Maxwell-Dworkin, Room G115, 33 Oxford Street
Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
Wyss Institute, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Lei Jiang


2010 HBS Green Fair—Tuesday, October 26!
12:00 to 1:30PM in Shad Hall, Harvard Business School
Come for the giveaways and raffle, stay for the fun, leave with a  
mission to GO GREEN AT HBS!
Swing by the atrium of Shad Hall from 12:00 to 1:30 PM on Tuesday,  
October 26to learn about sustainable options available at HBS and in  
the community, including:
	• DVD & Book Swap—Take a few books and DVDs home from the green fair  
or bring a few to be donated to the swap. No textbooks please.
	• Recycling at HBS—Put your knowledge of recycling at HBS to the test  
and win a prize. Bring your used batteries, cell phones, and  
eyeglasses to be recycled.
	• Green Roof at Shad—Tour the 5,200 square foot “green roof”  
consisting of thousands of perennials installed on Shad Hall this  
year. Tours start at 12:30 and 1PM.
	• The Green Revolution—Create renewable energy while you work out by  
riding Shad’s new Green Revolution stationary bikes. A complementary  
class begins at 12:05PM on the 26th.
	• HU Office for Sustainability—Meet representatives from OFS and  
learn about the University’s sustainability goals and initiatives.
	• Restaurant Associates—Ask RA about their Green Dining Initiative  
and how you can go green at Spangler.
	• Charles River Conservancy—Help beautify and preserve the Charles  
River landscape that we are so fortunate to have in our backyard.
	• HBS Green Team and Green Living Reps—Learn about sustainability  
initiatives at HBS from staff and students.
	• Commuter Choice—Explore and learn what's new in the commuter choice  
Visit http://intranet.hbs.edu/green/ for more information about  
sustainability at HBS.


Allocation in Environmental Markets: A Field Experiment in Malawi

Wed., Oct. 27, 2010, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, 02138
Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
Harvard Kennedy School
Kelsey Jack, MIT


The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle  
over American History
Wed., Oct. 27, 2010, 4:30 p.m.
Robinson Hall, Lower Library
Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
Charles Warren Center
Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at  
Harvard and staff writer for The New Yorker
lkennedy at fas.harvard.edu


Bringing the Global Water Crisis Home
Wed., Oct. 27, 2010, 7 – 9 p.m.
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Walter Lippmann House, One  
Francis Ave., Cambridge, MA 01238
Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science, Special  
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the Pulitzer  
Center on Crisis Reporting
Dennis Dimick, executive editor for the environment at National  
Geographic, Jon Sawyer, founding director of the Pulitzer Center on  
Crisis Reporting, and John Briscoe, professor of environmental  
engineering at Harvard and former senior water adviser for The World  
Bank. Moderated by Stefanie Friedhoff, special projects manager at the  
Nieman Foundation.
Stefanie Friedhoff: 617.496.8511, stefanie_friedhoff at harvard.edu
Join us as the Nieman Foundation kicks off its new partnership with  
the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. We'll discuss how news media  
collaborations and innovative online tools can bridge the foreign  
reporting gap.


Forget-Me-Not:  How Memories Are Formed and Lost

Wed., Oct. 27, 2010, 7 – 9 p.m.
Armenise Amphitheatre
Harvard Medical School
200 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Education, Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture,  
Science, Special Events
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School  
Division of Medical Sciences
sitnboston at gmail.com
Free weekly science seminars about today's hottest science topics.


Making Friends Out of Foes: The Logic of Foreign-Imposed Regime Change
Thu., Oct. 28, 2010, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School
Lecture, Social Sciences
International Security Program
Melissa Willard-Foster, research fellow, International Security Program
susan_lynch at harvard.edu


Global Water & Food Security: A New Role for the Private Sector

Thu., Oct. 28, 2010, 6 p.m.
Harvard Kennedy School - Starr Auditorium
Business, Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Health Sciences, Humanities,  
Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
Harvard University Center for the Environment; Harvard School of  
Engineering & Applied Sciences; Harvard Business School; Harvard  
School of Public Health; and the Harvard Kennedy School
Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck
Introductions by:
Julio Frenk, dean, Harvard School of Public Health
Panelists include:
Rebecca Henderson, Harvard Business School
Rob Paarlberg, Harvard Kennedy School & Wellesley College
John Briscoe, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard School of  
Engineering & Applied Sciences
John Briscoe: jbriscoe at seas.harvard.edu
Peter Brabeck joined Nestlé in 1968, and has since held leadership  
positions in a variety of countries across the globe. He was named CEO  
in 1997 and elected chairman in 2005. In 2008 he handed over the  
office as CEO to his successor. Under Brabeck’s leadership, Nestlé has  
grown into the world’s leading health, wellness and nutrition company.  
Brabeck leads the Water 2030 Group, a consortium of private companies  
working with governments to develop solutions to the world’s emerging  
water crisis.


The Tea Party and the Rebirth of Republican Conservatism
Fri., Oct. 29, 2010, 2 – 4 p.m.
CGIS Knafel Buildilng, Room K-262 (Bowie Vernon Room), 1737 Cambridge  
Street, Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Lecture, Social Sciences
Center for American Political Studies
Theda Skocpol, Harvard University; Vanessa Williamson, Harvard  
Free and open to the public
caps at gov.harvard.edu


MA College of Art


Media Tech Tonic #16: Bang Wong: Visual representation of science for  
communication and research

Our next speaker will be Bang Wong, Creative Director of the Broad  
Institute of MIT and Harvard. He will speak about the visual  
representation of science for communication and research.

Event Details
Location: MassArt, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Room: Tower Building, Room 312
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time: 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. (we suggest arriving a little early to  
get a good seat)
RSVP: Not required for this event, free and open to the public.
Researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard generate a  
staggering amount of data each day. The challenge is to benefit from  
this data deluge without being overwhelmed. Visually representing data  
offers insights that can lead to new understanding, wether the purpose  
is communication or data analysis. No other approach conveys as much  
information. This presentation will draw on examples from Broad’s Data  
Visualization Initiative, aimed at establishing processes for creating  
informative visualization models. It will also highlight the DNAtrium,  
an exhibition space that relies on large-scale media wall and multi- 
touch smart tables to enable people to explore the human genome.
Speaker Biography
Bang Wong’s work focuses on the visual expression of scientific  
concepts. He is currently the creative director of the Broad Institute  
of MIT and Harvard and an adjunct assistant professor in the  
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins University  
School of Medicine. In 2001, Bang founded ClearScience, a design firm  
that concentrates on the visual communication of science. At the  
Broad, he led the effort to design and build the DNAtrium, a museum  
space dedicated to the exploration of the human genome. Through unique  
exhibits and content, the museum showcases how genomic science is  
propelling progress in biology and medicine. Working with researchers,  
Bang is looking for ways to enable discovery by visually representing  
large-scale data sets. He established the Data Visualization  
Initiative at the Broad to create processes for informative  
visualization models, provide functional prototypes, and build a  
community of people who apply visuals in their research. As a  
contributing writer to Nature Methods, he writes a monthly column on  
applying principles of art and design to scientific figures and data  
visualization. Bang received a Masters degree in Immunology and a  
Masters degree in Medical and Scientific Illustrations both from Johns  
Hopkins University School of Medicine. He blogs http://atbang.clearscience.info 




 From Copenhagen to Cancun:
Interpreting Development, Sovereignty & Global Environmental Governance

Four qualified experts, scholars and international negotiators will  
the opportunities and challenges contained in the UN discussions on  
Change as they debate on questions such as: What are the visions and
differences between the North and the South in such discussions? Is  
development compatible with environmental justice? How can national
sovereignty issues be addressed in the context of an international
environmental governance system? Join this panel of dynamic experts as  
shed light in these crucial issues.

October 25th , 2010 6-9pm
at Lyons Dining Hall, Boston College (140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut
Hill, MA 02467)
Maps, Directions, Parking, Public Transportation:
Free admission, dinner will be served


Claudia Salerno Caldera, Special Envoy on Climate Change for the  
Republic of Venezuela

Pablo Solón, Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of the Plurinational  
of Bolivia to the UN

Julio Escalona, Adjunct Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the UN

Charles Derber,  Scholar, writer, and former Director of Social  
Economy and
Social Justice Graduate Programs at Boston College

About the Panelists:

Claudia Salerno Caldera is the Special Envoy on Climate Change for the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Director of International  
at the Multilateral and Integration Affairs Office for the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs.  A renown environmentalist, Ms.  Salerno holds  
degrees in
International Relations and a Doctorate in International Environmental  
She represented the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America
(ALBA), a regional cooperation bloc between eight Latin American and
Caribbean countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Tianjin,  

Ms. Salerno interview at Tianjin: *

Pablo Solón Romero is the Ambassador of the Plurinational State of  
to the United Nations, and principal negotiator on climate change  
Mr. Solón was one of the designers of the World People's Conference on
Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia,  
took place last April, 2010. Formerly Bolivia's Ambassador for issues
concerning Integration and Trade, he also served as Secretary to the  
of South American Nations (2006-08) and as President Evo Morales'  
to the Strategic Reflection Committee for South American Integration  
An activist as well as a diplomat, Solón has worked for many years with
different social organizations, indigenous movements, workers unions,
student associations, human rights and cultural organizations in  

Mr. Solón interview at Democracy Now:

Julio Escalona is the Adjunct Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela to the United Nations.  He holds degrees in Economics,  
and Environmental Issues. He is the former Director of the School of
Economics and former head of the Department of Human Development at   
University of Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas. Escalona is also Professor of
Economics, General Economic History, Economic Education in Latin  
Contemporary Marxism and Contemporary Social Problems.  He has  
research seminars on economic integration, local economies, local
development, alternative technologies, and has been a participant and  
lecturer at seminars, forums and academic institutions in Peru, Brazil,
Japan, Paris, Mexico and the US.

Some articles by Escalona about Climate Change, globalization and
international issues:


Charles Derber is a Professor of Sociology  and former Director of  
Economy and Social Justice Graduate Programs at Boston College. Derber  
is a
prolific writer, offering not only sociological critiques but  
visions for development. His recent books focus on climate change,
capitalism, globalization, terrorism, the culture of hegemony, and the  
of multinational corporations. His op-eds, essays, and interviews have
appeared in The Boston Globe, Newsweek, Business Week, Time, Newsday,  
other magazines. He frequently makes appearances on television and talk
radio, including National Public Radio. His works include ?Greed to  
Solving Climate Change and Remaking the Economy? (2010).

Derber speaks on connections between climate change, militarism and the
Charles Derber Speaks at IDEAS Boston 2009

These are comments on his new book, From Greed to Green:
"Charles Derber's urgent call to action on climate change connects to
realistically upbeat ways to help resolve our energy, peace, and  
challenges. To read this book is to react with personal and social  
Ralph Nader

"There's no way to solve climate change without also shifting, in  
ways, our idea of what constitutes success and growth and progress.  
This is
the right book at the right and crucial moment."
Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and creator of the student- 
"Step It Up" campaign

Event sponsored by The Majority Agenda Project and the Consulate  
General of
Venezuela in Boston
Co-sponsored by the Sociology Department - Boston College


Thursday, October 28, 2010
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Nathan S. Lewis
George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry
California Institute of Technology

“Where in the World Will Our Energy Come From?”

Photonics Building
8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, MA
Seating is limited. Please Register:  http://www.bu.edu/energy/events/pres-lectures/registration-lewis/


Cambridge Climate Emergency Forum

~ An Open Conversation about Next Steps in Cambridge ~
Windsor Community Health Center, 2nd floor
119 Windsor Street, Cambridge

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 7 pm

Last winter more than 100 residents and representatives from local  
businesses and institutions met at City Hall on three Saturdays to  
discuss the climate emergency and develop proposals for response.  
Delegates to this congress formed the Cambridge Climate Emergency  
Action Group (CCEAG) to promote awareness, civic action and other  
proposals of the congress. In past months, at markets and outdoor  
events, awareness campaigners have talked with over a thousand  
Meanwhile, as evidence of accelerating climate change increases,  
response on the national level has been scant. Coming elections put  
progress at the federal and state levels into question. What should we  
be doing now at the local level?

Come and share your ideas to build a movement to reach beyond our  


IBM Center for Social Software Speaker Series - Tiffany Shlain What  
Does it Mean to Be Connected in the 21st Century?
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Cambridge, MA

When: Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010. 3:30pm - 5:00pm; refreshments 3:30 -  
4:00; talk 4:00 - 5:00.
Where: IBM Research, 1 Rogers St, Cambridge MA 02142
Free and open to the public with RSVP at http://ibmsocialcraigwatkins.eventbrite.com
Discounted parking at Galleria Mall, next to IBM. Bring parking ticket  
for validation.

What Does It Mean To Be Connected in the 21st Century?
Join us at the Center for Social Software as we welcome filmmaker and  
artist, Tiffany Shlain, who will lead us on an exploration into the  
implications of what it means to be connected in the 21st Century.  
Tiffany's talks are known to be entertaining, insightful, and  
informative. In this talk, she will incorporate clips of her award- 
winning films into this exploration, making it a highly visual event.

About Tiffany Shlain
Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,”  
Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, artist, founder of The Webby Awards,  
and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and  
Tiffany founded The Webby Awards in 1996 and was creative director and  
CEO for nearly a decade, establishing it into a global organization  
honoring the best of the Internet. The Webbys receive over 10,000  
entries annually and are presented annually in NYC. The 14th Annual  
Webby Awards will be June 2011.
Her films have been selected at over 100 film festivals including  
Sundance, Tribeca, and Rotterdam, have won 20 awards including  
Audience and Grand Jury Prizes and translated into 8 languages.  Her  
last film “The Tribe,” was the first documentary short to be #1 on  
iTunes. She is currently completing a feature documentary film,  
“Connected: A Declaration of Interdependence.”
A sought-after keynote speaker known for her visual presentations, she  
speaks worldwide on filmmaking and the Internet’s influence on  
society. Invitations include Harvard, MIT, Apple, and now IBM!
She recently delivered the keynote address for the commencement  
ceremony at her alma mater, UC Berkeley.

RSVP:  http://c4sstiffanyshlain.eventbrite.com/


Raab Associates presents:
The 119th New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
October 29th Roundtable:  Impacts of Major New Environmental  
Regulations on New England's Electricity Future
Host: Prof. Valencia Joyner
With EPA's Gina McCarthy and Curt Spalding

Date: Friday, October 29th, 2010
Time: 9:00 am to 12:15 pm

Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Please join us for our 119th New England Electric Restructuring  
Roundtable as we explore how the convergence of new environmental  
regulations from the U.S.EPA and New England states will impact the  
region's electricity resource mix, and how we plan and operate the  
electricity grid. The new U.S. EPA regulations include:

Transport Rule, which, together with existing other state and EPA  
actions, would reduce SO2 by 71% from 2005 levels by 2014, and NOx by  

New Air Quality Standards for Ozone and Particulate Matter

Tailoring Rule for Greenhouse Gas emissions

Plus other power sector-related multi-pollutant air and water  
approaches and regulations
We are very pleased to have the nation's lead air regulator, Gina  
McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA, to  
describe the various new or under-development regulations, and offer  
her thoughts on how these regulations, together with existing federal  
and state (e.g., RGGI) regulations, could impact New England.  Gina  
will be introduced by Curt Spalding, our new EPA Regional  
Administrator for New England.

Gina's keynote address will be followed by a question and answer  
period, and then by a panel of expert discussants. Massachusetts DEP  
Commissioner Laurie Burt, who is also the current Chair of both the  
Ozone Transport Commission and the New England Governors' Environment  
Committee, will kick-off the panel. She will be followed by ISO New  
England Chief Operating Officer Vamsi Chadalavada, who will discuss  
how these regulations should be accounted for in the planning and  
operation of New England's electric grid and its various markets.  
Pamela Faggert, Vice President and Chief Environmental Officer at  
Dominion, will discuss how the new regulations might impact Dominion's  
and other resources in New England. Finally, Paul Hibbard, now Vice  
President at Analysis Group, will present a study that his firm, in  
collaboration with M.J. Bradley & Associates, recently completed for  
the Clean Energy Group on the impact that the new EPA air regulations  
could have on the electric fleet nationally.

Webcast of September 17th Roundtable Now Online

Please note: if you missed our September 17th standing-room-only  
Roundtable, Renewable Energy's Future in New England and Recent Major  
Biomass Energy Studies, the presentations, underlying reports, and an  
archival video (https://admin.na6.acrobat.com/_a821448238/p93181545/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal 
) are available on our website (http://www.raabassociates.org/main/roundtable.asp?sel=101 




To members of the Climate CoLab community,

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Climate CoLab contest,  
as well as a major upgrade of our software platform.

The contest will address the question: What international climate  
agreements should the world community make?

The first round runs through October 31 and the final round through  
November 26.

In early December, the United Nations and U.S. Congress will be  
briefed on the winning entries.

We are raising funds in the hope of being able to pay travel expenses  
for one representative from each winning team to attend one or both of  
these briefings.

We invite you to form teams and enter the contest--learn more at http://climatecolab.org 

We also encourage you to fill out your profiles and add a picture, so  
that members of the community can get to know each other.

And please inform anyone you believe might be interested about the  

Editorial Comment:  I played a previous version of this simulation.   
This time around, I like the 350 plan which is as close to zero  
emissions as the exercise will get.




Artisan Asylum  http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations  http://thesprouts.org/studios

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project  http://www.transformationcentral.org/solidarity/mapping/mapping.html
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation


Links to events at 60 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

Boston Area Computer User Groups  http://www.bugc.org/




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