[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Feb 6 19:29:56 PST 2011


Monday, February 07, 2011
System Design Thinking and Its Application to High-Speed Free-Space  
Optical Communication System for Japanese Bullet Trains
Speaker: Shinichiro Haruyama, Professor, The Graduate School of System  
Design and Management Keio University
Time: 11:00a–12:00p
Location: E51-145
Complex system design requires not only technological knowledge and  
skill but also careful consideration of how the technologies will be  
used in our society.
In the talk, I will first introduce a lecture at Keio University  
called "ALPS (Active Learning Project Sequence)" which teaches system  
design thinking.
I will then talk about its application to high-speed free-space  
optical communication system for Japanese bullet trains. We developed  
a new ground-to-train free-space optical communication system. We made  
a prototype in 2010 that was able to perform stable high-speed  
communication even when a train is running at high speed and does fast  
handover between laser transceivers on the ground. This is a joint  
research between Keio University and Railway Technical Research  
Institute of Japan Railway Company.
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division

For more information, contact:
Stefanie Koperniak
skoperni at mit.edu

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Humanities' Choice Knowledge Economy or Culture of Interpretation?

Speaker: Yves Citton

Time: 2:00p–4:00p

Location: E40-496

Prof. Yves Citton will give a talk on the knowledge economy

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MISTI, Comparative Media Studies, Foreign Languages and  

For more information, contact:
Erin Baumgartner
embaum at mit.edu
Monday, February 07, 2011

A Technical Review of Oxy-Coal Combustion: Characterization and  

Speaker: Lei Chen, MIT, Dept. Mechanical Engineering

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 3-343

Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series

Oxy-fuel combustion has generated significant interest since it was  
proposed as a carbon capture technology for newly built and  
retrofitted coal-fired power plants. Research, development and  
demonstration of oxy-fuel combustion technologies has been advancing  
in recent years; however, there are still fundamental issues and  
technological challenges that must be addressed before this technology  
can reach its full potential, especially in the areas of combustion in  
oxygen-carbon dioxide atmospheres and potentially at elevated  
pressures. This talk presents a technical review of oxy-coal  
combustion covering the most recent experimental and simulation  
studies, while numerical models for sub-processes are also used to  
examine the differences between combustion diluted by nitrogen and  
carbon dioxide.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:  Patrick Kirchen


Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Science Policy Lunch
Speaker: Professor Robert Yaffe
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: RSVP to Burhan Saifaddin (bks at mit.edu) for location
We are pleased to announce that Professor Robert Jaffe will be joining  
us for our next monthly SPI lunch. Please reply to this email (bks at mit.edu 
) to RSVP for lunch at 12:00-1:00 PM on Tuesday February 8th.

Professor Jaffe has been involved in science policy work on rare  
earths required for energy technologies.

Professor Jaffe teaches a class on "Physics of Energy" for  
undergraduates and is currently writing a book on this subject. His  
research specialty is the physics of elementary particles and quantum  
field theory, and he is best known for his research on the quark  
substructure of matter and on the dynamical effects of the quantum  
vacuum (Casimir Effects) on micron scales.
Web site: web.mit.edu/spi

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Science Policy Initiative, GSC Funding Board

For more information, contact:
Burhan Saifaddan
bks at mit.edu

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Engineering IT-Enabled Electricity Services

Speaker: Marija Ilic, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering  
and Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie-Mellon University

Time: 4:15p–5:30p

Location: 66-110

MITEI Seminar Series
A year-long series of seminars given by leaders in the energy field  
sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative.
The main concern in this talk is a possible IT framework for enabling  
deployment of new hardware technologies into the existing system at  
value. We explain how the proposed IT framework could evolve in  
synchrony with the existing utility control centers and their  
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). We illustrate how  
such an IT approach could improve performance of different evolving  
power grid architectures. In particular, we show how carefully  
architected IT enables electricity service at value and according to  
choice. This is done without damaging continuity of services defined  
according to terms between the service providers and users. We  
illustrate dynamic deployment of wind and solar power, responsive  
demand, including PHEVs, according to the value they bring to those  
needing them. Most importantly, the overall operations and planning  
process becomes much more manageable and simpler when enabled by the  
right IT.

Web site: http://mit.edu/mitei/news/seminars/it-enabled.html

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:
Jameson Twomey
jtwomey at mit.edu

February 09, 2011


Sue Tierney will be a guest lecture on the current state and direction  
of Federal energy and climate policy in 11.369 "Energy Policy for a  
Sustainable Future" taught by Dr. Raab. Dr. Tierney is currently  
Managing Principal at Analysis Group. Previously, she served as the  
Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy under  
President Bill Clinton; Secretary for Environmental Affairs in  
Massachusetts under Governor William Weld; and Commissioner at the  
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities under Governor Michael  

Category:  lectures/conferences: science/engineering

Speaker:  Sue Tierney, Principal at the Analysis Group, former  
Assistant Secretary for Policy at the DOE.

Location:  4-145

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:  Contact Elena Alschuler   elena12 at mit.edu


Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Lack of Learning- My First Year Back in the Pentagon

Speaker: Mike Gilmore, OSD DOTE

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, February 09, 2011

Making Sense of Community Gardens

Speaker: Laura L. Lawson Professor & Chair, Department of Landscape  
Architecture Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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.
Laura J. Lawson is the Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department  
at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of  
numerous publications, including Greening Cities, Growing Communities:  
Learning from Seattle?s Urban Community Gardens (with Jeffrey Hou and  
Julie M. Johnson; University of Washington Press, 2009, winner of the ? 
Great Places 2010 Book Award?) and City Bountiful: A Century of  
Community Gardening in America (University of California Press, 2005).  
She is also Director of the East St. Louis Action Research Project  
(ESLARP), which was honored in 2009 as a recipient of the inaugural  
Larine Y. Cowan ?Make A Difference Award.? Her knowledge of community  
gardens has developed from academic interest as well as personal  
experience as coordinator of Berkeley Youth Alternatives? Community  
Garden Patch.

The Spring 2011 DUSP Speaker Series explores how each invited scholar- 
practitioner (or practitioner-scholar) has "made sense" out of a  
complex socio-spatial phenomenon. In addition to conveying the  
substance of their work, the speakers have been asked to reflect on  
how they do what they do, bringing to life the ways that planners and  
designers use qualitative methods in their scholarship and/or practice.
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

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

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Happiness on Tap: Piped Water Adoption in Urban Morocco

Speaker: Esther Duflo (MIT)

Time: 2:30p–4:00p

Location: E51-376

Happiness on Tap: Piped Water Adoption in Urban Morocco

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Development & Environment Seminar

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Liquid Metal Batteries: a new approach to large-scale energy storage  
for the grid

Speaker: Dr. David Bradwell, MIT

Time: 5:00p–6:00p

Location: 4-231

MIT Energy Club Lecture Series

Large-scale storage of electrical energy has long been sought after as  
a potential solution to various electrical grid related issues. As  
regions install high level of wind and solar power generators, the  
intermitted nature of these renewable is problematic to the achieving  
broad-scale deployment. Grid-scale energy storage is being considered  
by utilities and power generators as one solution; however, high  
capital costs and limited lifespan hinders current deployment efforts.  
A liquid metal battery has been proposed as a solution for grid-scale  
energy storage. Utilizing three liquid layers that float on top of one  
another, this high temperature battery has the capability of operating  
at high current densities, using low cost materials, and can be simple  
to assemble due to it?s self-segregating properties.

Bio: David Bradwell earned a B.Sci. in Engineering Physics at Queen?s  
university before enrolling in the M.Eng. program in the Department of  
Materials Science and Engineering at MIT in 2005. Following this,  
David enrolled in the PhD. program in the same department, and  
graduated this past fall. He continues his work on the liquid metal  
battery project as a visiting scientist. In 2010, David was selected  
to the Technology Review TR35 as one the top innovators of 35 years of  
age or younger.

Web site: http://www.mitenergyclub.org/events-and-programs/lecture-series/liquid-metal-batteries-a-new-approach-to-large-scale-energy-storage-for-the-grid

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

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

Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Generator Dinner, The Future of Exploration Student Showcase
Time: 6:00p–8:00p
Location: Stata Center 4th Floor, R&D Common Room
To the next generation of explorers:
In celebration of MIT?s 150th Anniversary, the exploration community  
at MIT will be hosting a symposium, The Future of Exploration: Earth,  
Air, Ocean and Space to be held on April 26 and 27.

The Student Showcase will bring together the best student ideas in the  
exploration of Earth, Air, Ocean and Space. We want you and your team  
to tell us: In the next 50 years where will we go? What will we do  
there? How will we get there?

Competitors will have the chance to win up to $4,000 for their  
innovative proposals in three rounds of competition. Finalists will  
pitch their ideas to a panel of astronauts and distinguished explorers  
as part of the Exploration Symposium.

On February 9, we will be hosting free Generator Dinners where  
interested students can come and learn more about the competition,  
have their questions answered, find teammates, and discuss exploration  
ideas. RSVP to pjames at mit.edu is appreciated but not required.

Read about the event, key dates and competition guidelines at http://explore.mit.edu

We look forward to hearing from you,

Student Showcase Committee
Web site: http://explore.mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT 150 Exploration Student Showcase
For more information, contact:
Peter James
pjames at MIT.EDU

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Organic Syntheses, Inc. Lectures: John P. Wolfe, University of  
Michigan; Tim Swager, MIT
Speaker: John P. Wolfe, University of Michigan
Tim Swager, MIT
Time: 4:00p–6:00p
Location: 6-120
Wolfe Lecture Title: New Palladium-Catalyzed Reactions for the  
Stereoselective Synthesis of Heterocycles
Swager Lecture Title: Top-Down Chemistry: Functionalization and  
Application of Nano-Carbon Materials
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Chemistry

For more information, contact:
Chemistry Department

Thursday, February 10, 2011

State Gun Policy and Cross-State Externalities: Evidence from Crime  
Gun Tracing

Speaker: Brian Knight (Brown)

Time: 4:30p–6:00p

Location: at Harvard Knafel Building Room K354 (1737 Cambridge Street)

State Gun Policy and Cross-State Externalities: Evidence from Crime  
Gun Tracing

Web site: http://www.iq.harvard.edu/events/node/819

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Seminar on Positive Political Economy

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

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Civic Media Session: "Bustling with Information: Cities, Code, and  

Speaker: Nick Grossman, Nigel Jacob, and Max Ogden

Time: 5:00p–7:00p

Location: E14-633

Civic Media Sessions
Hosted by the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, these open sessions  
highlight cutting-edge media research and tools for community and  
political engagement.
Cities are vibrant, complicated organisms. A still-working 200 year  
old water pipe might rest underground next to a brand new fiber optic  
cable, and citizens blithely ignore both if they are working well.  
Cities are constantly rewriting themselves, redeveloping neighborhoods  
and replacing infrastructure, but deliberative structures like school  
boards and city council meetings continue to run much the way they  
have for generations. In what ways can information systems rewrite our  
understanding of civics, governance, and communication, to solve old  
problems and create new opportunities in our communities?

Nick Grossman is Director of Civic Works at OpenPlans. He oversees  
development of new products around smart transportation, open  
municipal IT infrastructure, participatory planning, and local civic  

Nigel Jacob serves as the Co-Chair of the Mayor's Office of New Urban  
Mechanics, a group within City Hall focused on delivering  
transformative services to Boston's residents. Nigel also serves as  
Mayor Menino's advisor on emerging technologies. In both of these  
roles Nigel works to develop new models of innovation for cities in  
the 21st century.

Max Ogden is a fellow at Code for America and develops mapping tools  
and social software aimed at improving civic participation and  
communication. This year Max is working with Nigel and the Office of  
New Urban Mechanics to create technologies that better enable  
education in Boston's Public Schools.

Web site: http://civic.mit.edu/event/civic-media-session-bustling-with-informat

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for Future Civic Media

For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
(617) 324-0490

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Watson on Jeopardy : The Turing Test Breaks the 4th Wall
Speaker: Erin McLean et als
Time: 6:00p–7:00p
Location: 56-114
On Feb. 14, a machine will compete shoulder to shoulder against 2 of  
the most successful competitors in TV game show history in a trivia  
contest which is widely considered to be a test of general  
intelligence. Come hear from one of the developers in the IBM DeepQA  
project that gave us this remarkable system.

Also, Erin McLean, winner of the Jeopardy College Challenge, will give  
us some tips and tricks on how to beat Watson. Being a walking  
wikipedia is not enough; there is some strategy involved that may give  
us an advantage against our silicon-based opponents.
Web site: www.ibmwatson.com
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Entrepreneurs Club
For more information, contact:
Kurt Keville
klk at mit.edu

Thursday, February 10, 2011
IDEAS and MIT Global Challenge: What Innovations in Information  
Technologies Could Empower Migrant and Temporary Workers?
Time: 7:00p–8:30p
Location: 4-153
Over 86 million people around the world are migrant or temporary  
workers. A range of services and applications could help them identify  
employment and education opportunities, stay connected with their  
communities, and find the resources they need for a mobile lifestyle.

What's already out there and what could those projects look like?

This year, Monster Worldwide is putting money towards a specific IDEAS/ 
Global Challenge award for student-led ideas for how information  
technologies can empower temporary workers.

On Thursday, February 10, join us and bring friends -- as we lead a  
discussion about the latest innovations in job search technology,  
learn what other programs exist at the moment, explore gaps that exist  
in current technologies and then, break up into groups to brainstorm  
possible innovations.

**If you're working on an idea or have skills to pitch, this is your  
opporutnity to pitch it to the crowd. Drop Kate and Lars a note with  
your 20 words about your idea: globalchallenge (at) mit (dot) edu. **

Let us know if you're planning on coming -- and we'll send you some  
materials and links ahead of time. globalchallenge (at) mit (dot) edu

And, of course, there will be snacks!
Web site: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/events/view/125
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Public Service Center, IDEAS Competition, MIT Global  
For more information, contact:
Kate Mytty
kmytty at mit.edu

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Human Diversity and Social Order Forum: The Fruits of Diversity

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: E14, Media Lab Complex

Human Diversity and Social Order Forum Series
February and March bring a series of forums to examine how the  
inherent and occasionally difficult diversity of humans shapes their  
lives, their creativity, and the political and social context of their  
existence. Titles include: The Fruits of Diversity, Diversity on the  
World Stage, Minorities in the United States, and Education in the  
United States.

The Fruits of Diversity: Celebrating enrichment of language,  
architecture, visual arts, and music when diverse cultures come to  
know and appreciate one another.


* Chair: Adele Naude Santos, Dean of the MIT School of Architecture  
and Planning
* Elliot Bostwick Davis, John Moors Cabot Chair of the Art of the  
Americas Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)
* Donal Fox, Artist, Music and Theater Arts Section; MLK Visiting  
Scholar, MIT
* Walter Hood, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and  
Environmental Planning, University of California
Web site: http://mit150.mit.edu/events/fruits-diversity
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT150 Office
For more information, contact:
human-diversity-forums at mit.edu

Friday, February 11, 2011
Tour of the EnerNOC Facility
Time: 9:00a–11:00a
Location: Boston, MA
EnerNOC is a world class energy management service company that  
assists commercial, institutional and industrial organizations use  
energy more intelligently and cost effectively while generating cash  
flow that benefits the bottom line. EnerNOC provides a wide array of  
energy management solutions including demand response services for  
maintaining grid stability and maximizing revenue for organizations,  
energy-use monitoring and greenhouse gas tracking tools to facilitate  
energy savings and carbon footprint management across the enterprise.

In the tour we will learn how the EnerNOC team executes demand  
response events and manages a "virtual" power plant with up to 3  
Gigawatts of electricity at customer locations. We will also learn  
more about the real-time process of remote triggering of electric  
consumption reduction, backup generation and performance monitoring of  
customer energy use. The tour will comprise a presentation by members  
of the EnerNOC team, followed by a tour of the facility.

To sign up for this tour, use the link below:


Web site: www.enernoc.com
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  Daniel Apo

djapo at mit.edu


Friday, February 11, 2011

Building Technology Lecture Series: Sustainability Research at the  
Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics

Speaker: Dr. Klaus Sedlbaue, Director

Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 7-431, AVT

Building Technology Spring Lecture Series

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Building Technology Program, Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:  Kathleen Ross
617 253 1876
kross at mit.edu

Friday, February 11, 2011

Making Movies, Making Science

Speaker: MIT DV Lab

Time: 6:00p–7:45p

Location: N51, MIT Museum

Challenge your views of the world around you with video screenings  
from MIT's DV Lab. See what happens when documentary film production  
takes on a social scientific outlook. Eight short films offer  
innovative perspectives on science and technology-related issues both  
at MIT and beyond.

Presented as part of Second Fridays at the MIT Museum
Web site:http://mit.edu/museum/programs/programdescriptions.html#dvlab
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson
museum at mit.edu



CRCS Seminar: Cybersecurity Challenge
Steven Bellovin, Columbia University
CRCS Lunch Seminar
Date: Monday, February 7, 2011
Time: 11:30am - 1:-00pm
Place: Maxwell Dworkin 119

Speaker:  Steven Bellovin, Columbia University
Title:  Cybersecurity Challenge
Abstract:   From more or less any perspective, we have failed in our  
attempts to build secure systems.  We argue that given one  
uncontroversial assumption -- that bug-free code is impossible, if  
only because we cannot construct bug-free specifications -- this is  
unlikely to change.  Doing the same thing over and over again and  
expecting a different result is one class definition of insanity, but  
that's what security people have been doing.  Instead, we outline a  
fundamentally different approach to security, called resilient system  

Bio:  Steven M. Bellovin is a professor of computer science at  
Columbia University<http://www.cs.columbia.edu>, where he does  
research on networks, security, and especially why the two don't get  
along. He joined the faculty in 2005 after many years at Bell Labs<http://www.bell-labs.com 
 > and AT&T Labs Research<http://www.research.att.com>, where he was  
an AT&T Fellow<http://www.research.att.com/viewAwardCategory.cfm? 
id=1>. He received a BA degree from Columbia University<http://www.columbia.edu 
 >, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of North  
Carolina at Chapel Hill<http://www.cs.unc.edu>. While a graduate  
student, he helped create Netnews; for this, he and the other  
perpetrators were given the 1995 Usenix<http://www.usenix.org>  
Lifetime Achievement Award (The Flame)<http://www.usenix.org/about/flame.html 
 >. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering<http://www.nae.edu/ 
 > and is serving on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board<http://www.cstb.org 
 > of the National Academies<http://www.nationalacademies.org>, the  
Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Advisory  
and the Technical Guidelines Development Committee<http://vote.nist.gov/TGDC.htm 
 > of the Election Assistance Commission<http://www.eac.gov/>; he has  
also received the 2007 NIST/NSA National Computer Systems Security  

Bellovin is the co-author of Firewalls and Internet Security:  
Repelling the Wily Hacker<http://www.wilyhacker.com>, and holds a  
number patents on cryptographic and network protocols. He has served  
on many National Research Council<http://sites.nationalacademies.org/nrc/index.htm 
 > study committees, including those on information systems  
trustworthiness, the privacy implications of authentication  
technologies, and cybersecurity research needs; he was also a member  
of the information technology subcommittee of an NRC study group on  
science versus terrorism. He was a member of the Internet Architecture  
Board<http://www.iab.org> from 1996-2002; he was co-director of the  
Security Area<http://trac.tools.ietf.org/area/sec/trac/wiki> of the  
IETF<http://www.ietf.org> from 2002 through 2004.

Monday, February 7

12 p.m.

A Conversation with Jeff Zucker, former president and CEO of NBC  
Nye ABC, Taubman Building, 5th Floor, Kennedy School of Government


Monday, Feb. 7, 12pm-1:30pm
Dan Schrag, Harvard
“Towards a U.S. Energy Policy”
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS



"Past Tense: Historians and Politics." A Talk About Writing by Jill  

WHEN  Mon., Feb. 7, 2011, 7:30 – 8:50 p.m.
WHERE  Thompson Room, Barker Center for the Humanities, 12 Quincy Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Education, Humanities, Lecture, Poetry/Prose,  
Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Writers at Work
SPEAKER(S)  Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American  
History, staff writer at The New Yorker, and author
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  hww at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  Part of the Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series, which is co- 
sponsored by the Harvard College Writing Program, the Harvard  
Extension School, the Harvard Review, the Harvard College Program in  
General Education, and the Harvard College Women's Center. The series  
seeks to bring together students, faculty, and others in the Harvard  
community and the public to think about the transformational power of  
writing in people's lives and in the world.
LINK  http://writingprogram.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k24101&pageid=icb.page300428

Tuesday, February 8

12 p.m.

"Making the Digital Fourth Estate: Redefining the Role of a Free Press  
for the 21st Century." Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for  
Digital Journalism, Columbia University; former director of digital  
content for Guardian News and Media.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, Kennedy School of Government


Millions, Billions, Zillions: Why (In)numeracy MattersBrian Kernighan,  
Berkman Fellow & Department of Computer Science, Princeton University
Tuesday, February 8, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu 
This event will be webcast <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
 > live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.
Technology has buried us in an avalanche of numbers and graphs and  
charts, many of which claim to present the truth about important  
issues. At the same time, our personal facility with numbers has  
diminished, leaving us at the mercy of quantitative reasoning and  
presentation that is often wrong and sometimes not disinterested.  
Numeracy is basic numeric self-defense: how to assess the numbers  
presented by other people, and how to produce sensible numbers of  
one's own. In this talk, I'll explore some of the central ideas, with  
plenty of examples.

About Brian
Brian Kernighan received his PhD from Princeton in 1969, and was in  
the Computing Science Research center at Bell Labs until 2000. He is  
now in the Computer Science Department at Princeton. His research  
areas include programming languages, tools and interfaces that make  
computers easier to use, often for non-specialist users. He is also  
interested in technology education for non-technical audiences.


2011 Alvin F. Poussaint Visiting Lecture. “Achieving Health in the  
U.S.: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement”
WHEN  Tue., Feb. 8, 2011, 3 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  Rotunda, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Health Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  HMS Office for Diversity and Community Partnership
SPEAKER(S)  Paula A. Johnson, HMS, HSPH ’85, chief, Division of  
Women's Health, executive director, Connors Center for Women's Health  
and Gender Biology Brigham and Women's Hospital; associate professor  
of medicine Harvard Medical School
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Please RSVP to veronica_meade-kelly at hms.harvard.edu;  
NOTE  Reception to follow.
LINK  http://www.mfdp.med.harvard.edu/upcoming_events.html


Edward O. Wilson To Receive "Thoreau Prize"

WHEN  Tue., Feb. 8, 2011, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE  Geological Lecture Hall
Harvard Museum of Natural History
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Award Ceremonies, Environmental Sciences,  
Humanities, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  PEN New England's Henry David Thoreau Prize
SPEAKER(S)  Edward O. Wilson
COST  Free & open to the public
CONTACT INFO  Karen Wulf: 617.519.0882
NOTE  The "Henry David Thoreau Prize" is awarded for Literary  
Excellence in Nature Writing.
LINK  www.pen-ne.org


Green Conversations: "World on the Edge"
WHEN  Wed., Feb. 9, 2011, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Science Center D,
1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard University Center for the Environment
SPEAKER(S)  Lester R. Brown, president, Earth Policy Institute
CONTACT INFO  Lisa Matthews: matthew at fas.harvard.edu, 617.495.8883
NOTE  Lester R. Brown is the founder and president of the Earth Policy  
Institute and founder of the Worldwatch Institute. He is the recipient  
of numerous prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the United  
Nations Environment Prize, Japan's Blue Planet Prize, and 25 honorary  
degrees. He is the author or co-author of 50 books, most recently,  
"World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse."
LINK  http://environment.harvard.edu/lesterbrown


The Anti-Immigrant Right & the Future of Political Polling
WHEN  Wed., Feb. 9, 2011, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and  
SPEAKER(S)  Matt A. Barreto
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Bruce Jackan: bruce_jackan at hks.harvard.edu, 617.495.7548
NOTE  In 2010 Republicans received a swell of support that returned  
their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, however they fell  
short of taking the Senate. Beyond the 60 seat GOP pickup in the  
House, the big news story of Election 2010 was the Democrats holding  
on the Senate, against all odds, and to the bewilderment of most  
What explains the Democrats success, and the polls failure in multiple  
U.S. Senate contests? Quite simply: the Latino vote. Research from  
Latino Decisions shows very clearly that the extreme anti-immigrant  
stance taken by many Republicans drove down their share among Latino  
voters to historic lows, and that further, traditional pre-election  
and exit polls failed to accurately predict or capture this pattern.  
For example, in Nevada where Harry Reid scored a surprise victory over  
Sharron Angle, not one single poll offered Spanish language  
interviews. Data compiled by Barreto shows quite convincingly that  
Latino voters were driven away from the Republican party by the anti- 
immigrant theme in 2010, and that methodologically pre-election polls  
and exit polls had many, many failings. In 2010 and beyond, failing to  
understand the Latino vote means we fail to understand American  
LINK  http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/The-Anti-Immigrant-Right-the-Future-of-Political-Polling


Raising Our Sights: Fighting for a Progressive Vision in Sharply  
Contested Terrain
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 10, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Faculty Club, Theatre Room
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Labor & Worklife Program, HLS
Miles Rapoport, president, Demos



Noam Chomsky On The Struggle in The Promised Land
When: Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Boston College Robsham Theater, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut  

Noam Chomsky will be giving a lecture at Boston College regarding the  
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The event is sponsored by the MSA  
(Muslim Student Association) and we will be charging $10 per person.  
We are raising the money to help the flood victims in Pakistan.  
Tickets will be on sale on Monday, January 31st at Robsham theater in  
Boston College. If you cannot come and buy a ticket at Boston College,  
please call them at (617)552-4002. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=168344066537964
Note: Visitor parking in the garages on campus is free after 5pm third  
floor and above, check for details here:


How Climate in South Asia is Becoming a Water Issue
February 11, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
CGIS Knafel Building, K262 1737 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA
Contact Name:  Megan Rajbanshi   mrajbans at fas.harvard.edu  (617)  

South Asia Initiative Water Seminar, so-sponsored by the Harvard  
University Center for the Environment
Speaker: Adil Najam, Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for  
the Study of the Longer-Range Future; Professor of International  
Relations and Geography & the Environment.Boston University

Chaired by: John Briscoe, Professor of the Practice of Environmental  
Health, HSPH; Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental  
Engineering, SEAS

Climate Change has usually been viewed as a ‘carbon management’  
challenge, but our failure to mitigate global climate change is  
ushering in the necessity of adaptation to climate change. In South  
Asia – as elsewhere, but possibly more than in many other places –  
this means that climate change will increasingly become a water  
management challenge. Neither the global politics of climate change  
nor institutions within South Asia seem to be prepared for this. This  
seminar will broadly discuss the challenges of climate change,  
development and security with a particular focus on what this means  
for South Asia as a region and for water as an issue.




Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Martin Weiner Lecture Series
Department of Physics Colloquium
4:00pm, Abelson 131
Refreshments at 3:30pm outside Abelson 131
Self-Assembly of Photonic Nanostructures:  Beyond Crystalline Sphere  
Eric Dufresne, Yale University

Visible light is scattered strongly by dielectric materials with  
structure on length scales around a few hundred nanometers.  With  
careful design of geometry and selection of dielectric constants,  
these photonic materials can direct the flow of light with stunning  
results, including the vivid structural colors on the blue feathers of  
a jay and the green eye-spots on a butterfly’s wings.  In this talk, I  
will describe our recent investigations into alternative strategies  
for the design and assembly of photonic materials.  We find some of  
our inspiration from biology, where we have examined the mechanisms of  
color production and self-assembly across hundreds of species of birds  
and insects.  Crystalline and amorphous photonic nanostructures appear  
to be formed by the arrested phase separation of proteins in birds and  
the bending of lipid membranes in insects.  On another front, we are  
developing strategies based on recent advances in the synthesis of  
uniform nanoparticles with unusual geometries.  In particular, I will  
describe the development of field-switchable photonic crystals based  
on dumbbell shaped polymer nanoparticles.  Together, these approaches  
provide rich alternatives to the canonical path of self-assembly of  
photonic crystals from spherical particles.




The Future of Energy Demand and Supply Possibilities: A Review of BP's  
Energy Outlook 2030

February 09, 2011  2:00p–3:00p

The BP Energy Outlook 2030 projects that primary energy use will grow  
by about 40% from 2010 to 2030, with 93% of the growth coming from non- 
OECD countries, especially from emerging economies such as China,  
India, Russia and Brazil. At the same time, however, BP projects that  
energy intensity, a measure of energy use per unit of economic output,  
will improve, especially as the emerging economies make improvements  
in energy efficiency. BP also predicts large growth in the role of non- 
fossil fuel energy sources such as nuclear, hydro and wind. Natural  
gas is also projected to be the fastest growing fossil fuel over the  
next 20 years and coal and oil to lose market share. More information  
on the report is available at: www.bp.com/Energyoutlook2030

Paul Appleby, who works in London, England with BP as the Head of  
Energy Economics, will discuss the Energy Outlook 2030 report and the  
key areas of focus such as energy intensity, growth of non-OECD  
countries, fuel substitution, biofuels and global environmental  
policy. Paul holds an MPhil from Cambridge University in Economics.  
Also present will be Paul Jefferiss, Head of Policy at BP, who holds a  
MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts  
University and Phd from Harvard University.

Category: lectures/conferences

Speaker:  Paul Appleby, Head of Energy Economics, BP

Location:  Mugar 200, The Fletcher School Tufts University Medford, MA

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Campus Events, Tufts Center for  
International Environment & Natural Resource Policy

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:  Contact Jacqueline M Deelstra   Jacqueline.Deelstra at tufts.edu


Tufts Global Development and Environment Institute Lecture

February 9, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
"Plenitude: How and why millions of Americans are creating a time- 
rich, ecologically-light, small-scale, high-satisfaction economy."

Cabot 702 – The Fletcher School 160 Packard Avenue, Tufts Medford, MA

Contact Name:  Lauren Denizard  lauren.denizard at tufts.edu  617-627-3530



Monday, February 7 from 6PM-8:30PM*
* Skillshare: Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, Blocks and  
The NonProfit Center, downtown Boston, 89 South Street, Suite 700,  
Boston, MA 02111-2670
Presented by Hillary Rettig, author of "The Lifelong Activist: How to  
Change the World Without Losing Your Way."

After the workshop, participants typically feel energetic and  
empowered and eager to go home and make some of the changes we?ve  
discussed. Many later report making more progress on their goals than  
they have in a long time.

*RSVP: *http://www.sojust.org/calendar/15899136/
Fee:  $5 in advance, $10 at the door


	• Date: 2/7/2011
	• Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,  
Cambridge, MA 02142
	• Time: 6pm - 9pm
	• Audience: Entrepreneurs, technologists, DIYers, creative  
professionals and enthusiastic knowledge-seekers
	• Twitter: @igniteboston
	• Description: Ignite (ignite.oreilly.com) events are high-energy  
evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to  
get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Run by local  
volunteers who are connected through the global Ignite network, Ignite  
is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in  
each city. #gigbos

Register:  http://igniteboston8.eventbrite.com/


Cambridge Cooperative Sustainability Lecture Series Presents:   
“Keeping Our Water Systems Public”
Denise Hart

Monday February 7th at 6:30

Denise Hart is the New England Director, organizing, supervising staff  
and coordinating initiatives to protect our water and food resources  
in the public interest. She joined Food & Water Watch in 2008 after  
spending eight years organizing in southern New Hampshire to stop a  
bottled water company from setting up shop in her rural community (not  
one bottle sold yet!) and changing state laws to better protect  
groundwater as a public trust. This experience changed her into a  
passionate advocate for advancing policy to establish water as a human  
and ecological right and keeping water accessible, clean, and managed  
sustainably in the public interest. Denise is a member of the board of  
directors of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and Save Our  
Groundwater, and serves on the New Hampshire Citizens Trade Policy  
Commission of the state legislature that investigates and recommends  
policy changes about the impacts of international trade agreements.  
She previously worked for many years as a writer and communications  
specialist producing many articles and two documentaries on topics  
such as sustainability, green building and the humanities for regional  
and national audiences.

Location:  Cambridge Cooperative Club @ 64 Wendell Street, Cambridge,  
MA 02138
Contact:    Bridget Molloy    (303)-506-6790     bridget.molloy1 at gmail.com


Green Your Condo, Save Your Money, & Help Your Planet, too.*
Learn how “green” investments in your condo can make it more  
sustainable and add value to your home.
Tuesday, February 8th
171 Huron Avenue, Coldwell Banker Office
At this seminar you will learn about energy efficiency and smart  
living starting with small steps to take within your condo like  
installing weather stripping, then moving onto larger steps for your  
entire condo building like getting a free building-wide energy  
assessment or even installing solar. We will also cover how to cash in  
on the incentives/rebates, as well as the attractive 0% financing  
available through local banks and NSTAR. Come learn how to make your  
condo greener, more energy efficient, and save yourself and neighbors  
money each month.
Sustainable Life Solutions
Next Step Living
S&H Construction
Cambridge Portuguese Credit Union
Attendees will have the opportunity to win raffle prizes of green gear  
and purchase Smart Strips powerstrips with the utility discount  
already included.
Co-sponsored by CEA and Coldwell Banker agents Amy Tighe and Robin  
RSVP to outreach at cambridgeenergyalliance.org


Science by the Pint: Science by the Pint is back in full force for its  
second season at a new venue, the Tavern in the Square in Porter  
Square. Science by the Pint is SITN’s own science cafe – a fun,  
informal event where scientists mingle with the general public to talk  
about their research, why they do it, and how it affects the world.  
Join us the second Tuesday of each month from 7-9pm.
In our next Science by the Pint, Elizabeth Thomas and her colleagues  
from Brown University will chat about their work studying climate  
change in the recent past and present. Join them for some great food  
and drinks, with a chance to win gift certificate prizes at the end!

When: Tuesday, February 8th, from 7-9PM
Where: Tavern on the Square, Porter Square
Visit the science cafes webpage <http://www.sciencecafes.org/> for  
more info!


Wed., Feb. 9, 2011
7 – 8:30 p.m.

World on the Edge: Preventing Environmental and Economic Collapse
Lester Brown
Internationally renowned environmentalist Lester Brownhas been  
assessing the health of the earth’s ecosystems for more than two  
decades.  Over that time he has seen increasing signs of breakdown  
until we are now facing issues of near overwhelming complexity and  
unprecedented urgency. Can we change direction before we go over the  
edge? In his new book World On The Edge, Brown attempts to illuminate  
a path toward preventing environmental and economic collapse.

First Parish in Cambridge, Mass Ave & Church Street

Cambridge Forum: 617.495.2727



When: Monday, February 7, 2011, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: First Parish Church ? 3 Church St. - Barn Room (upstairs)   
Harvard Square T (take Church St exit)  Cambridge

Antiwar activist and author Tom Hayden. will speak on the Long War,  
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Yemen and the effect on domestic  
programs and civil liberties at home.

After over fifty years of activism, politics and writing, Tom Hayden  
is still a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and  
Pakistan, for erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and  
reforming politics through a more participatory democracy.

He currently writes for The Nation and organizes, travels and speaks  
constantly against the current wars as founder and Director of the  
Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City. He also recently  
drafted and lobbied successfully for Los Angeles and San Francisco  
ordinances to end all taxpayer subsidies for sweatshops.   "Tom Hayden  
changed America", writes Nicolas Lemann of The Atlantic. He created  
"the blueprint for the Great Society programs", writes former  
presidential adviser Richard Goodwin. He was "the single greatest  
figure of the 1960s student movement" according to a New York Times  
book review. During his time in Sacramento, he was described as "the  
conscience of the Senate" by the Sacramento Bee's political analyst.  
The Nation magazine recently named him one of the 50 greatest  
progressives of the 20th century.

Hayden's talk will introduce the Afghanistan/Pakistan War Forum Series.

$5 donation requested; no one turned away.

Sponsored by the UJP Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force.

ujpcoalition at gmail.com


Boston Flash Mob 1st Rehearsal!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Cambridge, MA

Event Details
It's finally time for Boston Flash Mob's first rehearsal! The  
Rehearsal is going to be at The Dance Complex in Boston. The address  
is José Mateo Ballet Theatre 400 Harvard St. Cambridge, MA 02138 The  
first rehearsal is limited to the first 35 people that sign up. *If  
you are not committed please do not sign up because we have limited  
rehearsal space and time. Let me make this clear this will be the best  
and biggest Flash Mob ever! Sign up quick!
Register:  http://bostonflashmob5.eventbrite.com/


The Boston Collaborative for Food & Fitness Invites you to attend
Collaboration and Community Building:  Understanding the basic elements

Boston Collaborative for Food and  Fitness
bcffinfo at bphc.org

Limited Capacity: First Come, First Serve
Call or email today to reserve your space

FEBRUARY 9, 2011

TOBIN COMMUNITY CENTER 1483 Tremont St., Boston

In this session participants will:  Gain understanding of how to build  
a strong neighborhood coalition Identify and analyze key neighborhood  
constituencies and institutions (e.g., residents, youth, merchants,  
Learn and share strategies for building effective collaborations with  
neighborhood organizations and institutions


*THE POWER OF EARN-A-BIKE Stories from Nevis Island and Boston*

Wednesday, February 9th, 7:00pm
at: Bikes Not Bombs Hub, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

Join us for a unique presentation that will highlight Bikes Not Bombs?  
Earn-A-Bike youth projects in the Island of Nevis and here in Boston!

This past summer, International Programs Director David Branigan  
visited the Earn-A-Bike project in Nevis. David will show a short film  
shot during his visit and discuss the strengths and challenges
of the program, the increased involvement of government agencies, and  
the tremendous potential for the expansion in the next 2-3 years.

Youth Programs Coordinator Elijah Evans, who visited the Earn-A-Bike  
Nevis project in 2009, will take a look into the historical, political  
and cultural context of Nevis, and what the implications are today.  
Elijah is also a graduate of the Earn-A-Bike program in Boston, which  
he now oversees. Elijah will discuss the power of Earn-A-Bike to  
impact young people, the connections between the Earn-A-Bike programs  
in Nevis and Boston, and a vision for the future.

Finally, we'll hear from a panel of Youth Instructors who have  
graduated from BNB's youth programs in Boston and now teach their  
younger peers. These young people will share their personal
experiences with Earn-A-Bike and the program?s impact on their lives.

This event is free and open to the public. It is a potluck so please  
consider bringing something to share.
For more information, contact Allie Hunter at allie at bikesnotbombs.org  
or 617-522-0222.

Event info: http://bikesnotbombs.org/nevis-eab


Hear about Google's cool new tool: Ngram

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Google - 5 Cambridge Center Cambridge, MA
58 Hacks and Hackers going

Google’s Ngram Viewer The Google Books Ngram Viewer lets people track  
how phrases in books have waxed and waned throughout the centuries.  
Building on top of the 15 million books that libraries and publishers  
have given to Google for scanning, it provides a simple and quick  
visual interface for illustrating trends in usage.



Discussion/Signing with Sheldon Krimsky
Genetic Justice: DNA Data Banks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil  
Our ongoing fascination with TV forensics dramas has brought DNA into  
daily conversation. Krimsky and Simoncelli reach beyond pop culture to  
discuss how obtaining and using DNA has become common in criminal  
investigations. They discuss the civil-rights concerns raised by  
dragnets, in which DNA is obtained from hundreds (or thousands) of  
people in an effort to match to a crime, including the often  
surreptitious acquiring of DNA from family members of suspected persons.
Time: 07:00 PM-08:00 PM
Location: Level 3, Harvard Coop Bookstore, Harvard Square



Sustainability:  Through the Lens of Water
An exploration of global and local issues that connect business,  
society, and the environment
Friday, February 11, 2011
8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Registration begins at 8:00 A.M.
The Murray Room in Yawkey Athletic Center
RSVP to lc at bc.edu
Agenda at http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/schools/csom_sites/lfc/pdf/Draft%20Agenda%20Sustainability%20Symposium.pdf

Cost:  $50



Friday, February 11, 2011, 7-9 PM
Photonics Bldg, Room 206, Boston University
8 St. Mary's Street, Boston
just off Comm. Ave., close to the BU Central T Stop (Green Line B)

Suggested donation, $5.00

Featured Speakers:
Barry Sanders, author of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of  
Militarism, examines the environmental impact of US military practices  
and declares military activity, from fuel emissions to radioactive  
waste to defoliation campaigns, as the single-greatest contributor to  
the worldwide environmental crisis.

Dr. Maggie Zhou, biologist, member of Massachusetts Coalition for  
Healthy Communities and Climate SOS, will discuss the climate justice  
perspective, international climate conferences in Cancun, Copenhagen/ 
Cochabamba, and the race to militarism vs. peace.

Boston UNAC (United National Antiwar Committee), United for Justice with
Peace, Alliance for Democracy-Boston/Cambridge & North Bridge Chapters,
Peace & Justice Task Force of Watertown Citizens for Environmental  
Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities, Massachusetts Global
Action, Boston University Antiwar Coalition

For further information, contact Boston UNAC at BostonUNAC at gmail.com




Greenpeace Boston Chapter - Arctic Sunrise Tour

Date:  February 14th @ 6:00 PM

Description:  Boston, MA - Coal Free Future Tour
Description:  We are very excited to announce that Greenpeace's ship,  
the Arctic Sunrise, is sailing into Boston in February. This is the  
last stop of  the Coal Free Future Tour.

Greenpeace is continuing its fight against the coal industry with a  
ship tour to highlight places like Massachusetts, where people across  
the commonwealth are standing up to the coal industry. We are joining  
this fight by raising awareness about the true cost of coal and the  
impacts of burning coal on our planet and the devastating effect on  
people’s health.

If you are interested in any of the following events please register  
on this page so we can keep you clued in to important updates and  

March and Rally at the State House - Friday 2/18
Join us as we march to the State House to deliver the message to Gov.  
Patrick that we appreciate his work on clean energy. We challenge the  
governor to be an even stronger leader by shutting down the Salem  
Harbor coal plant by 2012.

Open Boat tours - Come down to Rowes Wharf at the Boston Harbor and   
take a tour of the Arctic Sunrise! - the schedule is as follows:
Wed 2/16 - Open Boat 12 - 6
Sat 2/19 - Open Boat 10 - 4
Sun 2/20 - Open Boat 10 - 4
Mon 2/21 - Open Boat 10 - 4

Let us know if you are interested in attending one of our events, and  
we'll contact you with details.
We are also still looking for volunteers throughout the ship’s stay to  
help with tours and other activities.  If you can volunteer some of  
your time please contact David Lands at dlands at greenpeace.org

Please include your full name, phone number, and email address so that  
we can let you know the details of this exciting opportunity!

Location:  Rowes Wharf, Boston Harbor



*GreenPort Forum: How to Start a Green Business.*  Creating green jobs  
and developing a green economy are essential to preventing a climate  
catastrophe.  How can we actually build the new economy?  This Forum  
will offer nuts and bolts information about how to create successful  
new green businesses.  With panelists Susan Labandibar/, /President of  
the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston; Chris Basler,  
Cambridge Community Development Department; Stephen Leonard, Senior  
Vice President, Cambridge Savings Bank; and a representative from  
ACCION USA to speak about "sprout loans" for new home based  
businesses.  *

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:00pm.
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Av, Cambridge (corner of  
Magazine St. and Putnam Ave)

*For more information contact Steve Wineman at swineman at gis.net *

How Cuba Survived Peak Oil – A showing of  the film The Power of  
Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,

Tuesday, February 15, 6:30 pm, Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.

Sponsored by Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group.


Boston Social Enterprise Community: TechnoServe Mixer and Information  
Thursday, February 17, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
Venture Cafe, CIC, One Broadway, Cambridge MA

Event Details
Interested in international development, social enterprise, or social  
JOIN US at the Venture Cafe event featuring TechnoServe on February  
17!  TechnoServe alumni, TNS prospectives, and friends of TNS will be  
there to hang out, relax and chat about social enterprise,  
international development, and social entrepreneurship over FREE beer,  
wine and snacks at the Venture Cafe in Cambridge!
Venture Cafe is graciously hosting a mixer and information night to  
help connect socially-focused entrepreneurs, including Boston-area  
graduate schools.  TechnoServe is an incredibly impactful summer  
internship opportunity, particularly for MBA and other graduate  
students.  MIT's SEID club has also helped us to plan and organize  
this event, so we hope to see many Sloanies there in particular!

The idea is for former people associated with TechnoServe to connect  
with each other and with future people to be associated with  
TechnoServe.  We've all lived, worked or volunteered in Africa,  
Central America, South America, or Asia with TNS and we'd love to  
share our experiences.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

The Venture Cafe is a unique and truly awesome space for Boston's  
entrepreneurial and innovation communities.  Read more about them  
below, but they are doing amazing things for their targeted  
communities in Boston.  HUGE thank you to them -- they are providing  
space for our event as well as providing drinks and snacks!

About SEID (http://seid.mit.edu/):
Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development (SEID) is a student- 
led organization at the MIT Sloan School of Management that seeks to  
drive sustainable global development through entrepreneurship.  Our  
members create new ventures and engage with existing organizations in  
emerging markets addressing critical global issues.  We harness the  
power of business to develop innovative market-based solutions to the  
current challenges in the world.

About The Venture Cafe (http://www.venturecafe.net/about/):
The Venture Café was created to provide a resource for the Boston  
entrepreneurial and innovation communities. Our mission is to enable  
fresh and useful conversations.
Cambridge is a fountain of innovative spirit, spirit that needs a  
framework to reach its full potential. The Venture Café serves as a  
nexus for helping innovators and entrepreneurs find one another and  
collaborate to bring their dreams to reality.

Even in this digital world, it’s important to have a physical space.  
Shared physical spaces provide common meeting ground and a forum for  
semi-serendipitous encounters that often foster brainstorming and  
drive creativity. Meeting in person establishes the trust that’s so  
crucial to working together, particularly on risky, underfunded  
projects. The Venture Café can provide the framework upon which  
numerous experimental “applications” can be nurtured and launched.

Please email Caroline Lundberg at caroline.lundberg at gmail.com if you  
have any questions.  Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at the  
Register:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1272745817

February 18, 2011

FERC Policies and New England;

Smart Power and the Future of Electric Utilities; and Massachusetts'  
and Boston's New Clean Energy and Climate Plans for 2020

Raab Associates presents:
The 121st New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, February 18, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

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

We start off the new year and our 17th Roundtable season with a  
trifecta of exciting topics.  FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur will  
kick-off our 121st Roundtable with a discussion of FERC's new policy  
directions on a variety of issues that will impact New England,  
ranging from capacity markets and transmission to both renewable and  
demand-side resources.  As the former acting CEO at National Grid,  
Commissioner LaFleur knows New England well and is well-positioned to  
provide relevant and insightful comments for its regulators, market  
participants, and other stakeholders.

Next up is Dr. Peter Fox-Penner, author of a new and provocative book  
entitled Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future  
of the Electric Utilities.  Currently a principal at the Brattle  
Group, Peter worked in top-level positions in energy policy at U.S.  
DOE and the White House, and is also quite familiar with New England,  
having spent many years at Charles River Associates in Boston.  In  
keeping with our "restructuring" focus, Peter's new book envisions the  
need for a very different utility industry and regulatory structure if  
we are to succeed in transforming the electricity system to meet  
climate and other public policy objectives.

Our final panel will feature Massachusetts' and Boston's "hot-off-the- 
press" and nationally-ground-breaking Clean Energy and Climate Plans.  
These plans will become the primary vehicles for ensuring a wide range  
of energy and climate goals, including lowering energy costs,  
increasing energy independence, growing clean energy jobs, and  
reducing emissions. The plans consolidate existing policies and  
programs, as well as present important proposed new developments  
spanning electricity supply, efficient buildings, and transportation.

Governor Patrick's Massachusetts Clean Energy & Climate Plan for 2020,  
just released in December, will be presented jointly byUndersecretary  
for Energy, Phil Giudice, and Assistant Secretary for Policy, Dr.  
David Cash, both at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and  
Environmental Affairs.  Jim Hunt, Chief of Environmental and Energy  
Services at the City of Boston, will then present the City's  
forthcoming climate plan. The soon-to-be-released report is based on a  
year-long stakeholder and community engagement process, culminating in  
a comprehensive plan and set of recommendations to Mayor Menino,  
entitled Sparking Boston's Climate Revolution.

Performance Workshop Opportunity for the Boston/Cambridge Community!


AT MIT (The Cube in the Wiesner Building, 20
Ames Street, Cambridge)

(no experience necessary...)

The  <http://breadandpuppet.org/lubberland-national-dance-company>  
Lubberland National Dance Company, a branch of the <http://breadandpuppet.org/ 
 > Bread & Puppet Theater, has produced dances with political themes  
in response to current events, including 10 No-No-No Dances against  
Israel's war on Lebanon (2006), 27 Dirt-Cheap Money Dances, with Marx  
quotations in response to the financial crisis (2009), and 7 Dances  
for Gaza in commemoration of the victims killed on the Gaza  
humanitarian aid flotilla (2010).

The Company's latest work-in-progress is called "Manning", and  
concerns <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/30/wikileaks-cables-bradley-manning 
 > Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old soldier who has spent the last  
eight months in solitary confinement in a brig in Virginia, accused of  
providing WikiLeaks with classified Defense Department documents.

The approximately eight dances are tentatively titled:

1) 23 Hours-A-Day-Intensive-Solitary-Confinement Dance in a 6' x 12'  
2) Banned-From-Exercise + Denied Pillow + Sheet Dance
3) Guards-Check-Private-Manning-Every-5-Minutes Dance
4) The Brig's Spokesman's "poppycock" Dance Saying His Treatment is  
fair and respectful"
5) The American Academy of Psychiatry's
"Isolation-Can-Be-As-Clinically-Distressing-As-Physical-Torture Dance
6) Civilized Society's Anti-Torture Dance
7) Manning's, "We're-screwed-as-a-society-if-nothing-happens" Dance
8) Manning's
great-hope" Dance


These dances are choreographed by Peter Schumann and taught by Maura  
Gahan and do not require prior dance experience.  We are looking for  
10-20 persons to take part in two days of rehearsals before a public  
performance on Monday, February 21.  Participants should bring  
comfortable clothes to move in for rehearsals, along with a notebook,  
musical instruments, water, snacks and/or meals.  For the performance,  
participants will wear all white clothes.

Friday, Feb. 18th:  Load-In & Meet Participants (TBA)
Saturday, Feb. 19th: Rehearse 10am-1pm; Break 1-2pm; Rehearse  2-5pm
Sunday, Feb. 20th: Rehearse 10am-1pm; Break  1-2pm; Rehearse  2-5pm
Monday, Feb. 21st:  Warm-up  5pm; Performance  7pm

All rehearsals and performance will take place in E15-001 (the Cube in  
Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street)

This special workshop is presented in cooperation with 4.360  
Performance Workshop: Art, Technology, and Live Space, taught by John  
Bell.  Funded by a Director's Grant from the Council for the Arts at  
MIT, and a grant from the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

For more information contact John Bell johnbell at mit.edu  617-599-3250

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Request for Help


The Somerville Winter Farmers Market is beginning its first year! It  
will be Saturdays 10-2 at the Armory on 191 Highland Ave in  
Somerville, MA. January 8th through March 26th. Please spread the word  
to your friends, family and coworkers.

ALSO----We are looking for musicians, as well as people interested in  
leading skillshares and workshops on a variety of topics having to do  
with food or
sustainability in general. It would be great to collaborate!

Please email me at adrianne.schaefer at gmail.com with suggestions,  
leads, or contacts.


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Market Manager
Somerville Winter Farmers Market




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