[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Oct 31 20:44:13 PDT 2010



Monday, November 01, 2010
Give Me Shelter Lecture Series: Steve Dietz
Speaker: Steve Dietz

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?


Steve Dietz - Build your own world

Steve Dietz is the Artistic Director of ZER01 which produces the 01SJ  
Biennial, dedicated to inspiring creativity at the intersection of  
art, technology and digital culture. Dietz is a serial platform  
creator. He previously founded Northern Lights, and is the former  
Curator of New Media at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis,  
Minnesota, where he founded the New Media Initiatives department in  
1996, the online art Gallery 9 and digital art study collection. Dietz  
founded one of the earliest, museum-based, independent new media  
programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1992.

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


Tuesday, November 2nd
Transportation at MIT and the MIT Transportation Club present:
Joseph F. Coughlin, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and MIT  
"The Future is Gray, Small & Female: Disruptive Demographics and  
Transportation Tomorrow."
Demographics is destiny. The fastest growing population cohort  
throughout the industrialized world, selected Asian countries and  
China are people 50 and older – within that group adults 85+ are  
growing the fastest. Demographic transition from primarily younger to  
older populations is the result of people living longer and dramatic  
declines in fertility. The United States' fertility rate peaked in  
1957 at more than 3.7 children per family compared to today’s rate of  
~2.1 births per female – the minimum rate necessary to maintain the  
population. Moreover, aging is now a ‘home alone’ experience with  
nearly 30 percent of Americans age 60 and older living alone – most of  
them women. The future is gray, small and female. How will these  
disruptive demographics change the shape of transportation tomorrow?  
What are the new transportation and logistics demands of an older  
society living in smaller households comprised primarily of women?  
This talk will describe these demographic trends, their possible  
impact on transportation demand and related services; and, the likely  
shape of transportation tomorrow.:
Transportation at MIT and the new Institute-wide Transportation Club are  
pleased to announce the continuation of the Transportation Seminar  
Series on Tuesdays at 4:00 in 4-237. Our seminars are free and open to  
the public.


Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Deterring Military Acquisition: Polarity, Proliferation and Preventive  
Speaker: Nuno Monteiro, Yale 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, November 03, 2010Are We Wet Yet? Modeling Storm Surge and  
Coastal Flooding

Speaker: Rick Luettich

Time: 2:30p–3:30p

Location: 48-316

Environmental Fluid Mechanics / Hydrology Seminar Series
weekly presentations from local and international researchers in the  
field of hydrology and environmental fluid mechanics.

As of 2005 approximately 153 million people (53% of the U.S.  
population) lived in the coastal counties of the United States. By  
2015, over 60% of the U.S. population is expected to live in these  
areas. In the late 1990s, coastal infrastructure in the Gulf and  
Atlantic coastal regions alone was worth about $3 trillion. More than  
one-tenth of the nation?s annual gross domestic product and 16 million  
jobs are directly attributable to the industries located in the  
coastal zone. Yet, these heavily populated and economically  
significant regions are susceptible to some of the most destructive  
forces in nature, including tsunamis, floods, and tropical cyclones.  
The risk of living in these areas is even greater when factors such as  
global climate change, sea level rise and oil spills are taken into  
consideration.While considerable effort has been invested over the  
past half century in developing the computer models that underlie our  
current weather forecasting capabilities, predictive models of the  
waves, storm surge and flooding that are responsible for much of the  
damage associated with the most severe coastal storms are much less  

I'll discuss the coupled ADCIRC + SWAN storm surge and wave models,  
which have recently provided a major step forward in our ability to  
employ modern day, high performance computing capabilities to model  
coastal waves and storm surge associated with tropical cyclones and  
other strong coastal storms.

Open to: the general public

Cost: free

Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering

For more information, contact:
Sheila Anderson
sherah at mit.edu


Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Slip Sliding Away? Investigating Greenland Meltwater Routing and Ice  
Sheet Response

Speaker: Dr. Sarah B. Das, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole  
Oceanographic Institution

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 68-180

EAPS Department Lecture Series

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/news/index.html

Open to: the general public

Cost: $0.00

Tickets: N/A

Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

For more information, contact:
Jacqui Taylor
jtaylor at mit.edu


Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Association of Energy Engineers - Energy Technologies and Services Show

Time: 5:00p–8:00p

Location: Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel in Waltham, MA

This annual show of the New England Chapter of the Association of  
Energy Engineers will feature exhibitors showcasing the latest in  
energy technologies and services for commercial and industrial  
facilities. Attendees will learn more about how to lower energy bills  
and leverage efficiency incentives.

During Technology Breakout Sessions, attendees will have an  
opportunity to learn more about technologies and services.

The event includes hors d?oeuvres.

Web site: http://www.aeenewengland.org/

Open to: the general public

Cost: $20 for those who register before October 27th. Late  
registrations/walk-in at the door is $30.

Tickets: http://www.aeenewengland.org/

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Campus Events, Association of Energy Engineers

For more information, contact:
Edward Young
eyoung.tsai at gmail.com


Undergraduate Energy Club Meeting

November 03, 2010  7:30p–9:00p

If you are an undergraduate interested in energy at any level, attend  
this informal, informational, and social session next Wednesday! Come  
meet fellow interested students, discuss current energy topics, and  
learn how you can become more involved with the Energy club and other  
fun related energy events! Don't worry if you can't stay for the whole  
time, drop by and say hello! Food will be provided.

Category:  MIT events/clubs: interest clubs/groups

Location:  4-163

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Shreya Dave

sdave at mit.edu


Thursday, November 04, 2010

Communications Forum: Civic Media and the Law

Speaker: David Ardia, Citizen Media Law Project; Daniel Schuman,  
Sunlight Foundation; Micah Sifry, Personal Democracy Forum

Time: 5:00p–7:00p

Location: E14-633

Civic Media Series

What do citizens need to know when they publicly address legally  
challenging or dangerous topics? Journalists have always had the  
privilege, protected by statute, of not having to reveal their  
sources. But as more investigative journalism is conducted by so- 
called amateurs and posted on blogs or websites such as Wikileaks,  
what are the legal dangers for publishing secrets in the crowd-sourced  

We convene an engaging group of law scholars to help outline the legal  
challenges ahead, suggest policies that might help to protect  
citizens, and describe what steps every civic media practitioner  
should take to protect themselves and their users.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Communications Forum, Center for Future Civic Media

For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
awhit at mit.edu


Thursday, November 04, 2010

Energy Discussions: High-Speed Rail

Speaker: Regina Clewlow

Time: 6:00p–7:00p

Location: 56-167

Bringing high-speed rail to America has been promoted as a way to  
generate green jobs, promote economic activity, and reduce carbon  
emissions. Earlier this year, the Obama Administration made a down- 
payment of $8 billion to kick-start high-speed rail development in 13  
corridors across the country. This discussion will provide an overview  
of the development of high-speed rail globally, its environmental  
impacts, and its interaction with air transportation systems.

Join members of the MIT Energy Club and the MIT Transportation Club  
for a discussion of the role of trains in our transportation and  
energy systems.

A light dinner will be provided. RSVP is appreciated but not required.

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

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club, Transportation at MIT

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Dell




Homegrown Threat, Local Response: An Overview of the NYPD's Approach  
to Counterterrorism
Mon., Nov. 1, 2010, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
Fainsid Room, Littauer-324, Harvard Kennedy School
Lecture, Social Sciences
International Security Program
Rebecca Weiner, senior intelligence analyst, NYPD Intelligence  
Division, former research fellow, International Security Program, 2005– 
susan_lynch at harvard.edu


Tuesday, Nov. 2

Ashley Brown, HKS
“Issues in Implementing the Smart Grid”

Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS



Our Microbial Organ:  The Good and Bad Bugs of the Human Gut
Wed., Nov. 3, 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.


China's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Program: Current Status and Long-term  
Thu., Nov. 4, 2010, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
Belfer Center Library, 369-Littauer, Harvard Kenendy School
Lecture, Social Sciences
International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
Yun Zhou, nuclear security postdoctoral fellow, International Security  
Program/Project on Managing the Atom
susan_lynch at harvard.edu


HGSE Virtual Information Session: Technology, Innovation, and  
Education Program
Thu., Nov. 4, 2010, 7 – 8 p.m.
Online. On the date and time of the event, you can join the session  
directly at:gseacademic.harvard.edu…
Information Session - Online
HGSE Admissions
gseadmissions at harvard.edu
HGSE Admissions
Please visit the website above to RSVP and for details about system  
requirements for the web conference software.


A Conversation with Cecil McBee

Fri., Nov. 5, 2010, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
New College Theatre Rehearsal Studio, 10-12 Holyoke St.
Humanities, Lecture, Music, Special Events
Learning From Performers, Office for the Arts
Cecil McBee; moderated by Tom Everett, director, Harvard Jazz Bands.  
New College Theatre
Free and open to the public
A Grammy Award winner and recipient of two National Endowment for the  
Arts composition grants, Cecil McBee has been described by the  
Guinness Who's Who of Jazz as “a full-toned bassist who creates rich,  
singing phrases in a wide range of contemporary jazz contexts.”


Tova Speter: Environmentally Friendly Exhibit Reception
Sun., Nov. 7, 2010, 1 – 3 p.m.
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum
Art/Design, Exhibitions, Special Events
Arnold Arboretum
Tova Speter
arbweb at arnarb.harvard.edu, 617.384.5209
Exhibit runs Oct. 24-Dec. 12. Call ahead for viewing availability.




Understanding Cyberattack as an Instrument of U.S. Policy
November 1, 2010
2:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Halligan 111B
Speaker: Dr. Herb Lin, National Academies of Science, Engineering and  
Host: Joint Colloq with Fletcher School
Much has been written about the possibility that terrorists or hostile  
nations might conduct cyberattacks against critical sectors of the  
U.S. economy. However, the possibility that the United States might  
conduct its own cyberattacks -- defensively or otherwise -- has  
received almost no public discussion. Recently, the US National  
Academies performed a comprehensive unclassified study of the  
technical, legal, ethical, and policy issues surrounding cyberattack  
as an instrument of U.S. policy. This talk will provide a framework  
for understanding this emerging topic and the critical issues that  
surround it.

Dr. Herbert Lin is chief scientist at the Computer Science and  
Telecommunications Board, National Research Council of the National  
Academies, where he has been study director of major projects on  
public policy and information technology. These studies include a 1996  
study on national cryptography policy (Cryptography's Role in Securing  
the Information Society), a 1991 study on the future of computer  
science (Computing the Future), a 1999 study of Defense Department  
systems for command, control, communications, computing, and  
intelligence (Realizing the Potential of C4I: Fundamental Challenges),  
a 2000 study on workforce issues in high-technology (Building a  
Workforce for the Information Economy), a 2002 study on protecting  
kids from Internet pornography and sexual exploitation (Youth,  
Pornography, and the Internet), a 2004 study on aspects of the FBI's  
information technology modernization program (A Review of the FBI's  
Trilogy IT Modernization Program), a 2005 study on electronic voting  
(Asking the Right Questions About Electronic Voting), a 2005 study on  
computational biology (Catalyzing Inquiry at the Interface of  
Computing and Biology), a 2007 study on privacy and information  
technology (Engaging Privacy and Information Technology in a Digital  
Age), a 2007 study on cybersecurity research (Toward a Safer and More  
Secure Cyberspace), a 2009 study on healthcare informatics  
(Computational Technology for Effective Health Care: Immediate Steps  
and Strategic Directions), and a 2009 study on offensive information  
warfare (Technology, Policy, Law, and Ethics Regarding U.S.  
Acquisition and Use of Cyberattack Capabilities). Prior to his NRC  
service, he was a professional staff member and staff scientist for  
the House Armed Services Committee (1986-1990), where his portfolio  
included defense policy and arms control issues. He received his  
doctorate in physics from MIT. Avocationally, he is a longtime folk  
and swing dancer and a poor magician.


Near-Field Thermophotovoltaics
November 2, 2010
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Halligan 111
Speaker: Dr. Andy Walsh, MTPV, LLC
Host: Prof. Tom Vandervelde

MTPV, LLC is working to produce first product based on near-field  
thermophotovoltaics (TPV). The initial target market is industrial  
waste heat conversion but future applications are numerous and include  
solar energy conversion, co-generation of residential heat and  
electrical power, space-based radioisotope power generation, vehicle  
power generation, and portable power. In this talk, I will discuss the  
physics of near-field thermophotovoltaic energy conversion as well as  
the enabling technologies which have allowed us to fabricate the  
requisite nano-scale gaps over commercially relevant areas. I will  
explain the limitations of both thermoelectrics and far-field  
thermophotovoltaics and why only MTPV technology is capable of  
simultaneously attaining both high efficiency and high power density  
solid state conversion. Near-field TPV, by use of a vacuum gap between  
a hot emitter and TPV cell that is well below the wavelength of the  
blackbody radiation, couples an order of magnitude more power across  
the gap than is available in the far-field, maintains the requisite  
large temperature gradient required for efficient power conversion,  
and allows the conversion device to remain at or near room  
temperature. In addition, the strong electromagnetic coupling between  
hot and cold sides inherent in near-field TPV leads to extraordinary  
spectral control using a simple back-side reflector alone, i.e.  
without the need for 3D photonic crystals, Bragg reflectors, Rugate  
filters, etc. Near-field thermophotovoltaics will achieve efficiencies  
exceeding 30% and power densities over 10 W/cm2, depending on emitter  
temperature and nano-scale gap dimension, with a single junction  
design. In addition to industrial waste heat conversion at 5¢/kW·hr,  
near-field TPV will be a more cost effective solution for solar energy  
conversion than today’s photovoltaics and will be an enabling  
technology for co-generation of heat and electricity for decentralized  
power production.


Dr. Andy Walsh is a Senior Engineer at MTPV, LLC in Boston, MA. In  
addition to developing proprietary next-generation MTPV technology,  
Dr. Walsh works on thermophotovoltaic cell design, testing, and  
optimization as well as system-level optimization incorporating  
optical, electronic, and thermo-mechanical aspects of MTPV, LLC’s  
first product. Dr. Walsh attained his B.S. in Engineering Physics in  
1992 from Cornell University. After a ten year career as a Naval  
officer and aviator, he attained his Ph.D. in experimental condensed  
matter physics from Boston University in 2008 where he probed exciton  
and electron- phonon interactions in carbon nanotubes.


Cross Currents: Water and Energy Challenges in the 21st Century

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 9am – 5pm

Winthrop Street Function Hall, 51 Winthrop Street
Tufts University, Medford Campus

The symposium is free of charge but we strongly encourage you to  
register in advance.
Register at http://www.weap21.org/symposium/registration.asp

The important fields of water and energy policy are becoming  
increasingly connected.  One emerging challenge is the provision of  
adequate water supplies to match the word’s growing demands for  
energy.  This challenge is likely to be difficult both with  
traditional approaches to energy production such as thermal power  
plants, which require huge amounts of cooling water, but also for some  
renewable energy systems such as solar power, which need to be sighted  
in areas where sunshine is plentiful but water generally is not.   A  
second major challenge is the fast growing energy needs of our water  
supply systems.  These energy needs will continue to grow as we become  
more dependent on groundwater from steadily falling aquifers.  A third  
emerging challenge is how best to manage the competing demands on our  
water systems, particularly with respect to how dams are managed for  
hydropower, agricultural irrigation and the protection of ecological  
systems.   All these challenges are emerging at a time when there are  
increasing concerns over how climate change will affect the future  
reliability of freshwater supplies.

Our symposium will explore how these and other perspectives on water  
and energy can be assembled into a useful framework that can support  
the development of sustainable water and energy management policies in  
a changing world.




On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 7 p.m, join Prof. Sanford Levinson,  
Constitutional scholar and Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School,  
in discussing how the Constitution limits self-government.  Political  
parties and the media focus almost exclusively on elections as the  
source of the nation's governing "mandate."  Why, then, don't  
elections make more difference in the policies and activities of our  
government?   What is Levinson's take on the November 2  election  

Based on Levinson's  understanding of the Supreme Court, a primary  
focus of his scholarship , how does he view  the recent Citizen's  
United  decision?  What will it take to reverse it?  What Supreme  
Court reforms does Levinson advocate?

Sanford Levinson is a faculty member of The University Texas School of  
Law, Austin, Texas.

Cambridge Forum is recorded and edited for public radio broadcast.  
Edited CDs are available to the public by contacting 617-495-2727.  
Select forums can be viewed in their entirety on demand by visiting  
our website at www.cambridgeforum.org and clicking on the Forum  
Network at WGBH.

Cambridge Forum
3 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone:  617-495-2727
email:  mailto:director at cambridgeforum.org
website:  http://www.cambridgeforum.org

"Bringing People together to talk again . . ."


Thursday, November 4, 2010
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch (in the Auditorium)
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA (a few blocks from Harvard Square)

Women on the Front Lines of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement
Judy Richardson
Janet Jemmott Moses
Barbara Brandt

will read from their memoirs in the new book
Hands on the Freedom Plow:  Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC
(U. Illinois Press, 2010)
Stories of 52 Black and White women who participated in the Southern  
Freedom Movement

With Q&A and audience discussion

FREE.  All welcome.
Autographed books can be purchased at this event.


Nov. 6 from 1230 to 5 pm.  27 Avon Hill St.  Sweet old parsonage with  
draft-reduction opportunities in the attic and basement.

Learn how to weatherize:

   - old rattly windows
   - bureaus built into the wall
   - an attic hatch

Learn how to reduce your water and electrical bill.
Find out why homes with interesting roof lines (many gables, dormers,  
tend to have high heating bills.

The Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is a Cambridge-based
     co-op bringing neighbors together to weatherize our homes
             and take the energy future into our own hands.


Museum of Science
Gordon Current Science & Technology Center

Saturday, November 06, 2010 | 11:00 am
Sunday, November 07, 2010 | 11:00 am

When it comes to renewable energy, wind turbines and solar panels are  
just the beginning — see what's on the horizon in this rapidly  
advancing field!

Get a sneak peek of emerging energy technologies directly from the  
people who develop and apply them. Hear guest researchers and  
innovators present their latest discoveries, and join in conversations  
about their visions for the future of clean, renewable energy. In  
addition, you can talk to local entrepreneurs as they display and  
demonstrate their newest technological solutions for efficient and  
sustainable energy use.

Featured speakers: Don Sadoway, PhD, John F. Elliot Professor of  
Materials Chemistry at MIT; John Miller, director of New England  
Marine Renewable Energy Center; and Charles Myers, president of  
Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition and president of Trenergi Corporation.

The fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday and is bookended by energy- 
themed presentations on the preceding Friday and following Monday.


Editorial Comment:  Your editor will be exhibiting simple solar and  
solar is civil defense displays.




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 ended on October 31 and the final round runs 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.




Boston Food System

"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post  
announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships,  
programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles  
or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's  
food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take  
place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."

The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food  
system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food,  
farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health,  
environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of  
organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on  
week-to-week is not always well publicized.

Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let  
everyone know about these activities.  Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of  
subscribers.  Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and  
other posting guidelines will be provided as well.

It's easy to subscribe right now at https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/bfs


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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