[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Dec 5 15:50:34 PST 2010



Monday, December 06, 2010
ATLAS: at the energy frontier
Speaker: John Huth, Harvard
Time: 3:45p–5:00p
Location: 26-414, Kolker Room
Nuclear and Particle Physics Colloquium
3:45 Refreshments / 4:15 Lecture
ATLAS is a large multipurpose experiment that records the result of  
proton-proton collisions at the highest energies ever achieved in the  
laboratory. Surrounding the beam of the Large Hadron Collider at the  
European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), it has taken collision  
data for over six months. ATLAS was designed to explore the origins of  
electroweak symmetry breaking and the emergence of other new  
phenomena, such as supersymmetry. I will present recent results from  
the experiment and the outlook for the near future.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Laboratory for Nuclear Science

For more information, contact:
Miller, Randyn
617 253 2361
randyn at mit.edu


Monday, December 06, 2010

Multi-Variable Optimization of a Pressurized Oxy-Coal Combustion Process

Speaker: Hussam Zebian, MIT, Dept. Mechanical Engineering

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 3-343

Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series

Simultaneous multi-variable gradient-based optimization with multi- 
start is performed on a 300 MWe wet- recycling pressurized oxy-coal  
combustion process with carbon capture and sequestration. The model  
ac- counts for realistic component behavior such as heat losses, flow  
leaks, pressure drops, cycle irreversibilities, and other  
technological and economical considerations. The optimization study  
involves 16 variables, three of which are integer valued, and eight  
constraints, with the objective of maximizing thermal efficiency. The  
solution procedure follows active inequality constraints which are  
identified by thermodynamic-based analysis to facilitate convergence.  
Results of the multi-variable optimization are compared with those of  
a pressure sensitivity analysis similar to literature. Significant  
cycle performance improvements are obtained with moderate changes in  
the operating variables. The effect of the variables on the cycle  
performance and on the constraints are analyzed and explained to  
obtain increased understanding of the actual behavior of the system;  
this reflects the importance of simultaneous multi-variable  
optimization in revealing the system characteristics and uncovering  
the favorable solutions.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:
Patrick Kirchen


Special Chemistry Seminar: Dr. Aaron Esser-Kahn, University of Illinois
Date: December 6, 2010

Time: 4:15 pm

Description: "Taking a Page from Nature: Materials Crafted from  

Category: lectures/conferences

Speaker: Dr. Aaron Esser-Kahn, University of Illinois

Location: 6-120

Sponsor: Chemistry

Admission: the general public

For More Information Contact: Chemistry Department
sweeneyk at mit.edu


Immerse! Engage! Experience! - Second Skin / Body Wear Group - Public  

Monday Dec. 6th

Located at MIT in "the Cube"
Lower Level Wiesner Building (E15-001)
20 Ames Street
Free and Open to the Public

You are invited to an evening of immersion, exploration, and dynamic  
The ‘Second Skin for Extreme Environments’ group presents a multi- 
dimensional public event. Through interactive workshops,  
demonstrations and performative actions, the event introduces artistic  
practice as a vehicle to explore transdisciplinary collaboration and  
research in response to extreme environments.

Subjects of exploration range from auditory perception, urban  
crowdedness, cultural crises, extreme cold, air pollution and sensory  
isolation. These research areas engage a variety of scientific,  
artistic, and innovative gestures which you are invited to take part  
in. The group’s findings, proposals and new innovations will be  
presented through an exciting, multi-story sensory event intended to  
expand the scope of knowledge and dialogue within the MIT community  
and the greater public.

Witness the group’s engagement with the topic of Extreme Environments:  
how to understand, transcribe, and transmit such environments, and in  
addition the ramifications of such actions.  These findings, in  
addition to a variety of new innovations presented through physically  
engaging installations, demonstrations, seminars and performances,  
will be explored through uniquely experimental means in a pursuit of  
alternative paths of understanding and dialogue.

You are invited you to expand your perception of the environments we  
all inhabit. Open discussion is encouraged.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Optimization of Energy Transfer Processes in Photosynthetic Systems

Speaker: Professor Jianshu Cao

Time: 3:00p–4:00p

Location: 36-428

Center for Excitonics Seminar Series

Web site: http://www.rle.mit.edu/excitonics/JCao-10.12.09.html

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Research Laboratory of Electronics, Center for Excitonics,  
Energy Frontier Research Center, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of  
Science and Office of Basic Energy Sciences

For more information, contact:
Cathy Bourgeois


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The Future of Solar Energy: from the Perspective of SUNTECH, the  
Global Solar Leader

Speaker: Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Founder, Chairman and CEO of SUNTECH

Time: 3:30p–5:00p

Location: 54-100

Bio of Dr. Shi:
Dr. Zhengrong Shi is the founder, chairman of the board of directors  
and CEO of Suntech Power. Prior to founding Suntech in 2001, he was a  
research director and executive director of Pacific Solar Pty., Ltd.  
from 1995 to 2001. From 1992 to 1995, he was a senior research  
scientist and the leader of the Thin Film Solar Cells Research Group  
in the Centre of Excellence for Photovoltaic Engineering at the  
University of New South Wales in Australia. Dr. Shi is the inventor  
for 15 patents in PV technologies and has published or presented a  
number of articles and papers in PV-related scientific magazines and  
at conferences. Dr. Shi received a bachelor?s degree in optical  
science from Changchun University of Science and Technology in China  
in 1983, a master's degree in laser physics from the Shanghai  
Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, the Chinese Academy of  
Sciences in 1986, and a Ph.D degree in electrical engineering from the  
University of New South Wales in Australia in 1992.

About Suntech:
Founded in 2001, Suntech is the world's largest producer of silicon  
solar modules and it develops, manufactures, and delivers the world?s  
most reliable and cost-effective solar energy solutions. Suntech offer  
clean power for every application and market, from off-grid systems,  
to homes, to the world's largest solar power plants. Its solar modules  
are installed in over 80 countries.

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

Open to: the general public

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

For more information, contact:
Lei Chen
leichen at mit.edu


Tuesday, December 7th



Transportation at MIT and the MIT Transportation Club present:

Seth Teller, MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Computer  
Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

"Perceptive Mobile Robots Working Safely Alongside Humans"

Most humans are "situationally aware;" through observation, memory  
formation, inference, movement, and communication, we develop  
spatially extended, temporally persistent representations of the world  
around us. These representations enable us to survive, make sense of  
our surroundings, move purposefully, and match mental models with  
other people in order to participate in cooperative activities.

Our goal is to develop machines with a degree of situational awareness  
sufficient to join, and contribute usefully to, existing human teams.  
The challenges inherent in realizing this vision include developing  
robust methods for machine perception in unstructured environments,  
enabling humans to exert effective supervisory control over robots,  
and addressing cultural barriers to human acceptance of robots  
operating in close proximity.

This talk describes several recent projects pursued as part of this  
effort, including: a self-driving car; a robotic wheelchair that  
understands guided tours; an unmanned, outdoor forklift commanded  
through speech and gesture; and a porter robot designed to handle  
small boxes in cooperation with people.


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Take the Monster Challenge / Improve Lives of Migrant Workers: Through  
the IDEAS Competition and MIT Global Challlenge

Time: 7:00p–8:00p

Location: 3-133

Throughout the world, migrant and temporary workers face tremendous  
challenges, including fraud and abuse from temporary labor recruitment  
agencies; a lack of access to healthcare, insurance, educational and  
training opportunities and other resources due to the nature of their  
employment status; and a lack of enabling technologies for finding  
jobs. Monster Worldwide is putting $20,000 to encourage and support  
student-led innovation to improve technology for migrant workers.

Join us to hear from Monster Worldwide and other speakers as they  
frame the challenges of being a migrant or temporary worker. And how  
technology can help them find necessary resources.

Come connect with other students interested in this area. Learn about  
the Monster Challenge and how you can secure up to $25k to make your  
idea reality. Learn more about this year's IDEAS Competition and MIT  
Global Challenge.

Web site: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/challenges/view/13

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Public Service Center, MIT IDEAS Competition, MIT Global  

For more information, contact:
Kate Mytty
kmytty at mit.edu


Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Democracy's Blueprints

Speaker: Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Associate Professor of International  
Studies and Sociology; Brown University

Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 9-450

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

Gianpaolo Baiocchi is associate professor of international studies and  
director of the Development Studies Program at the Brown University.

He is an ethnographer interested in questions of politics and culture,  
critical social theory, and cities. He researches existing civil  
societies and participatory democracy, with a special interest in  

His monograph, "Militants and Citizens: The Politics of Participatory  
Democracy in Porto Alegre" (2005: Stanford University Press) was an  
ethnography of popular participation in this Brazilian city, and a  
forthcoming book, Making Spaces for Civil Society (co-authored with  
Patrick Heller and Marcelo K. Silva) examines participatory  
arrangements in several pairs of cities in Brazil. His most recent  
research has been about the travel and translation of participatory  
blueprints and ideas in the current era.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

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


Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Teaching Old Polymers New Tricks: Novel Conjugated Materials Based on  

Speaker: Prof. Malika Jeffries-El (Iowa State University)

Time: 3:30p–4:45p

Location: 4-237

MIT Program in Polymer Science and Technology (PPST) Polymer Seminar  
PPST sponsors a series of seminars covering a broad range of topics of  
general interest to the polymer community, featuring speakers from  
both on and off campus. We invite the polymer community at MIT and  
elsewhere to participate.

Seminar 3:30 PM / Refreshments 3:00 PM

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/ppst/schedule.html

Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE

Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Polymer Science and Technology (PPST)

For more information, contact:
Gregory Sands
(617) 253-0949
ppst-www at mit.edu


Thursday, December 09, 2010

The Economy and the Environment: Reconciliation through energy  

Speaker: Steve Cowell, Chairman and CEO, Conservation Services Group

Time: 12:00p–1:00p

Location: E62-276

Sustainability @ Sloan Speaker Series

The Sloan Sustainability Speaker Series welcomes Stephen L. Cowell,  
Chairman and CEO of Conservation Services Group.

For the past 30 years, Cowell has played a pivotal role in energy  
efficiency programs around the country, and has successfully advocated  
for energy efficiency as a least-cost power supply option. He has  
helped create and build the industry through sound public policy,  
legislation, and establishment of trade ally networks as well as the  
delivery of cost-effective residential energy efficiency programs.

In 1984, Steve founded Conservation Services Group (CSG), which grew  
to be the nation's leading provider of home energy efficiency  
services. Under Steve?s leadership, CSG has designed and implemented  
conservation and renewable energy programs for utilities, state  
agencies, and other groups throughout the U.S., providing services to  
nearly two million businesses and households.

Steve will share his reflections on the potential, challenges, and  
opportunities in implementing energy efficiency programs in the United  

Web site: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability/speakers.php

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Sustainability at MIT, Sustainability at Sloan Speaker Series,  
MIT Sloan Energy and Environment Club

For more information, contact:
Jason Jay
jjay at mit.edu


Friday, December 10, 2010

Luminous Windows 2011

Time: 5:00p

Location: N51, MIT Museum

The MIT Museum's 3rd annual Luminous Windows winter exhibition of  
holography features technical achievements by companies and  
individuals working in this revolutionary imaging technology since  
1984. Every evening at sunset holograms are on view to the public in  
the windows of the MIT Museum, facing Massachusetts Avenue, until 2 a.m.

Web site:http://mit.edu/museum/exhibitions/luminouswindows2011/

Open to: the general public
Cost: free

This event occurs daily through April 1, 2011.

Sponsor(s): MIT Museum

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




Air Pollution, Telomere Length, and Mitochondrial DNA Damage: Results  
from Human Investigations
Tue., Dec. 7, 2010, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Harvard School of Public Health
Bldg I, Room 1302
Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Lecture
Molecular & Integrative Physiological Sciences, HSPH
Andrea Baccarelli, adjunct assistant professor of environmental  
epigenetics, HSPH


12/7/10, 12:30pm 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: Rethinking the community calendar: A case study in learning and  
teaching Fourth R principles
Guests: Jon Udell, senior technical evangelist, Microsoft

The elmcity project invites everyone who publishes community calendar  
events to:

   * Realize that event data published in a structured format, unlike  
data published as HTML or PDF, can be routed through pub/sub  
syndication networks.
   * Make public calendars available in the appropriate structured  
format: iCalendar (RFC 5545), the venerable Internet standard  
supported by all major calendar applications and services.
   * Recognize that iCalendar is the RSS of calendars. It can enable a  
calendar-sphere in which, as in the blogosphere, everyone can publish  
their own feeds and also subscribe to feeds from other people or from  
network services.
   * Help build the data web by owning the parts of it for which we  
ourselves are the authoritative sources.

The elmcity project delivers enabling technical infrastructure for  
this new approach to the community calendar. The project's calendar  
syndication service is free; it runs open source code on the Microsoft  
Azure platform; it provides all of its syndicated data in open formats.

The real challenge isn't technical, though, it's conceptual. Most  
people don't know how they could (or why they should) be the  
authoritative publishers of their own data. Missing concepts include:

   * The pub/sub communication pattern
   * Indirection ("pass-by-reference" vs "pass-by-value")
   * Structured versus unstructured data
   * Data provenance
   * Service composition

Along with reading, writing, and arithmetic, these Fourth R principles  
will empower an informed and engaged 21st-century citizenry. As  
Jeannette Wing argues in her computational thinking manifesto,  
computer and information scientists are no longer the only ones who  
need to understand and apply these principles. Now we all do.

Drawing from the experience of the elmcity case study, this talk will  
explore what these Fourth R principles are, why they're hard for most  
people to understand, how we can teach them, and why we should.

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/2010/12/udell

Tuesday, Dec. 7


Matthew Bunn, HKS
“Making Nuclear Energy Suitable for More of the World’s Energy Supply:  
Prospects and Issues”

Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS


The Afghan Challenge: What Will It Take for Them To Trust Their Own  
Security Forces?
Tue., Dec. 7, 2010, 4 – 6 p.m.
CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Weatherhead Center for  
International Affairs, Room N-262
Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict
Paul Bricker, colonel in the U.S. Army and Weatherhead Fellow; and  
Abdul Waheed Wafa, reporter for The New York Times and Nieman Fellow
Donna Hicks: dhicks at wcfia.harvard.edu


'Petroknowledge' and Politics in the United States and Western Europe  
in the 1970s
Wed., Dec. 8, 2010, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Cabot Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street
Lecture, Social Sciences
Visiting Scholars Seminar: New Research on Europe, Center for European  
Rüdiger Graf, visiting scholar, CES
Arthur Goldhammer: art.goldhammer at gmail.com


The Nature Conservancy and BioMap2: Protecting Resilient Ecosystems
December 8, 2010 - 6:00pm
Pound Hall 100 - Harvard Law School 1563 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA

Andy Finton:  Director of Conservation Science for The Nature  
Conservancy - Massachusetts


What is a High-Value Target Really Worth? Evidence from U.S. Drone  
Strikes in Pakistan
Thu., Dec. 9, 2010, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
Belfer Center Library, Littauer 369, Harvard Kennedy School
Lecture, Social Sciences
International Security Program
Patrick Johnston, research fellow, International Security Program;  
Anoop Sarbahi, research fellow, International Security Program
susan_lynch at harvard.edu


Climate Seminar
December 9, 2010 - 4:00pm
Contact Name:
  Shuting Jin
jin at fas.harvard.edu
Haller Hall Geo Museum 102 24 Oxford St Cambridge, MA

"Deglacial sea level changes and their climatic implications."

Edouard BARD, Professeur au Collège de France, Chaire de l'évolution  
du climat et de l'océan




Friday, December 10
1 - 3p.
"Using Humor to Reverse Engineer the Mind."
Dan Dennett.
BU:  Room B19 (basement level), 745 Commonwealth Ave, Boston




Nicholas Christakis - Our Social Networks
Monday, December 06, 2010 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Cambridge, MA

Where: IBM Research, 1 Rogers St, Cambridge MA 02142
Free and open to the public with RSVP at http://ctr4sschristakis.eventbrite.com
Discounted parking at Galleria Mall, next to IBM. Bring parking ticket  
for validation.
Our Social Networks - A talk with Nicholas Christakis
Humans are embedded in social networks that affect every aspect of our  
lives.  Work in the Christakis lab involves the application of network  
science and statistical and mathematical models to a variety of  
observational and experimental datasets, to understand the structure  
and function of human networks.  What social, biological, and  
mathematical principles help determine how and why human social  
networks form and how they operate?  One stream of work focuses on the  
spreading dynamics of health-related phenomena (obesity, smoking,  
emotions, altruism) in longitudinally evolving networks  
("contagion").  Another stream of work examines the genetic, social,  
and psychological processes that determine social network structure  
("connection").  These investigations have meaningful implications for  
public policy and public health.


Does the holiday season have you juggling too many competing priorities?
Than you should definitely check out the Time Management Skillshare this
Monday - I know, you're too busy, but...

*Skillshare: Time Management
Monday, December 6 @ 6PM in Downtown Crossing*
We're very excited that Hillary Rettig, author of *The Lifelong  
How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way*, has agreed to  
this skillshare which begins with a discussion of how time should be  
and valued; why one needs to manage it; and how successful people tend  
view and use time. Read more and *Reserve Your Spot: *


Social Innovation Forum Annual Winter Reception
	• Date: 12/7/10
	• Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,  
Cambridge, MA 02142
	• Time: 5:30-7:30pm
	• Audience: Non-profit community
	• Description: Join us for...The formal announcement of the 2011  
Social Innovators, a formal congratulations to the 2010 Social  
Innovators, and the 4th Annual Margaret Stewart Lindsay Inspiration  
Award. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvre, and a night of celebration.


Instead of a December forum, Greenport is joining with the  
Cambridgeport Neighnorhood Association to co-sponsor an end of year  
pot luck.  Join us for good cheer, food, music and neighborly  
conversation at the Greenport-CNA's Cambridgeport Holiday Party  
Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Cambridgeport  
Baptist Church (at the corner of Putnam and Magazine streets; enter at  
459 Putnam). This event is open to ALL residents of Cambridgeport and  
Greenport list members. Please bring your family and friends and a  
dish to share.  Local musicians will provide background music.
Questions? Contact Cathie Zusy at cathzusy at gmail.com or Randy Stern at stern.cport at gmail.com


Cambridge Green Jobs Info Session – Wednesday, December 8, 2:00 to  
4:30 pm, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Second Floor Meeting Room.   
The Community Development Department’s Economic Development Division  
will present information on the green jobs training programs,  
eligibility requirements, and application process.  Attendees will  
have the opportunity to fill out applications and take the assessment  
test.  For more information, contact Pardis Saffari at psaffari at cambridgema.gov 
  or 617-349-4654. The City provides training through its contractor,  
the Asian American Civic Association.  Training is for energy  
efficiency and green buildings maintenance technicians.  See the CDD  
website for more information:  http://www2.cambridgema.gov/cdd/ed/work/wf_greenjobs.html


In our recent survey, many people indicated they'd like to be part of  
an online Common Security Club information session and facilitator  
training.  We're happy to announce our first info and training  
"webinar" on Wednesday, December 8.  Please contact us to tell us what  
time you can make the session, and we will accommodate as many people  
as possible.

Registration for the webinar will be available after we choose a time

Common Security Clubs Organizer
617.477.8630 x307
info at commonsecurityclub.org


The ACLU of Massachusetts asks you to join us on Human Rights Day to  
the silence about torture!

What:        A Public Stand Out To Demand Accountability for Torture
When:       Friday,  December 10, 12:30 ? 1:30 PM
Where:      Outside the JFK Federal Building, Government Center in  

Please plan to WEAR BLACK ? and help spread the word!




State Representative Denise Provost and Somerville Climate Action  


followed by a discussion

Tuesday, Dec 14th, 7pm
Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square
(on the section of Somerville Ave. leading into Union Sq.
Do not use Mapquest.  For directions see www.thirdlifestudio.com)

Drought, climate change, and even war are all directly related to the  
way we are treating dirt.

DIRT! The Movie – narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis – brings to life the  
environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil  
has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who  
study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and  
mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

“The best remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is  
connecting them to it again.”

www.DirtTheMovie.org- www.SomervilleClimateAction.org - www.TransitionSomerville.org

Free admission!  For directions (better than Google’s) see www.ThirdLifeStudio.com




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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