[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Feb 13 19:39:32 PST 2011

Energy (and Other) Events is a weekly mailing list published most  
Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston  
area that catch the editor's eye.

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Monday, February 14, 2011
Sustainability at Sloan: Juliet Schor - Plenitude
Speaker: Juliet Schor
Time: 11:45a–1:00p
Location: E62-262

The MIT Sustainability at Sloan Speaker Series presents:
Plenitude: How and why millions of Americans are creating a time-rich,  
ecologically-light, small-scale, high-satisfaction economy
Lunch will be served at 11:45AM

Juliet Schor's recent book Plenitude offers a groundbreaking  
intellectual statement about the economics and sociology of ecological  
decline, suggesting a radical change in how we think about consumer  
goods, value, and ways to live. Schor is the bestselling author of The  
Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure and The  
Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need

Web site: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability/speakers.php
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Sustainability at Sloan Speaker Series, Sustainability at MIT
For more information, contact:  Jason Jay
jjay at mit.edu


Monday, February 14, 2011
More electricity for less CO2
Speaker: Yves Bamberger, Scientific Advisor, EDF
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: E19-319
Energy needs for all human beings, coupled with limited natural  
resources, global warming, and energy independence, are pushing the  
development of electricity. New uses on the customer/citizen side,  
deployment of dispersed generation and storage, implementation of the  
"smartgrids", building of new plants, change in the regulations: all  
will deeply transform the electrical systems inherited from the 20th  
century. The arrival of the Internet in the old electrical world will  
change the value chain. In the developed countries, the cost of  
electricity will generally increase, depending on the political and  
regulatory choices. The presentation will try to show some of the  
principal factors of this metamorphosis.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative

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


Monday, February 14, 2011

Does Disability Insurance Receipt Discourage Work: Using Examiner  
Assignment to Estimate Causal Effects of SSDI Receipt

Speaker: Kathleen Mullen (RAND)

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: E51-376

Does Disability Insurance Receipt Discourage Work: Using Examiner  
Assignment to Estimate Causal Effects of SSDI Receipt

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Public Economics Seminar

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


Monday, February 14, 2011

Watson on Jeopardy! : The Turing Test Breaks the 4th Wall

Speaker: Dr. David Gondek, IBM Watson Research Center

Time: 6:00p–8:00p

Location: 3-270

On Feb. 14 - 16, 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 on the IBM DeepQA project, Dr.  
David Gondek, that gave us this remarkable system. A viewing party  
will follow.

Erin McLean, winner of the 2010 Jeopardy! College Championship, will  
give us some tips and tricks on how to beat Watson before we introduce  
Dr. Gondek. 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): SDM activities - sponsored by GSC, MIT SDM
For more information, contact:
debug at mit.edu


Monday, February 14, 2011
Collision 2 Lecture Series: Florian Dombois
Speaker: Florian Dombois
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: E15-070, Bartos Theater
Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet

The ACT Monday night lecture series Collision 2: When Artistic and  
Scientific Research Meet draws together artists and scientists from  
different disciplines to discuss artistic methodologies and forms of  
inquiry at the intersection of art, architecture, science and  

This series is part of AR - Artistic Research, a yearlong  
collaboration between the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology  
and Siemens Stiftung, Munich, co‑curated by ACT Director Ute Meta  
Bauer and Siemens Stiftung Curator of Visual Arts Thomas D. Trummer.  
The lecture series is also part of the related ACT course 4.365/4.366  
 From Bauhaus to Our House.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.


MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology presents its Monday night  
lecture series, Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet

Luginsland (On Art as Research)
Florian Dombois, founder of the Y - Institute of Interdisciplinarity  
at the Bern University of the Arts, Bern, Switzerland

Respondent: Ute Meta Bauer, ACT Director and Associate Professor

Luginsland (Belvedere) is an installation and sound piece by Florian  
Dombois, winner of the 2010 German Sound Art Award. Dombois? work  
focuses on landforms, labilities, seismic and tectonic activity,  
scientific and technical fictions, as well as their various  
representational and media formats. In his dissertation What is an  
Earthquake? Dombois undertook a comparison of historical,  
contemporary, artistic and scientific representations of earthquakes  
and developed the art-as-Research method. In his talk, Dombois will  
also introduce the international Journal for Artistic Research, (JAR),  
and give a short overview of activities and research projects going on  
at the Institute Y - Institute for Interdisciplinarity at the Bern  
University of the Arts.

Florian Dombois founded the Y - Institute of Interdisciplinarity at  
the Bern University of the Arts, Bern, Switzerland where he teaches  
and acts as the Head of Y - Research.

Web site: http://visualarts.mit.edu/about/lecture.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:  Laura Chichisan Pallone
clauraa at mit.edu


Tuesday, February 15, 2011
"Microsystems for Cell Sorting: Tiny Technologies, Microfluidics, and  
Clinical and Global Health Applications"
Speaker: Mehmet Toner
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 34-101
MTL Seminar Series
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.
Bodily fluids, especially blood, contain a treasure of information  
about the functioning of whole body. Consequently, blood sampling and  
analysis are of prime interest for both clinical and biomedical  
research applications, and hold a central place in the diagnosis of  
many physiologic and pathologic conditions, localized or systemic.  
However, tapping into this wealth of information has been  
significantly limited with the lack of adequate technologies and the  
unspecific nature of the information generated from the current  
approaches. Among the new technologies with an increasingly broader  
impact in biology, microfluidics is extremely attractive for blood and  
other bodily fluid analysis. This presentation will focus on our  
recent efforts to bring microfluidics to clinical medicine in (i)  
cancer, (ii) burns and trauma, and (iii) global health. While each of  
these applications has drastically different design and engineering  
requirements, the capture of specific cells in peripheral blood is  
achieved through the use of binding of target cells to antibody-coated  
surfaces in precisely controlled micro-channel flows. In cancer, the  
use of microfluidics in isolating extremely rare circulating tumor  
cells (CTCs) from ~5 to 10 mL of whole blood and the development of  
CTC-chip will be discussed with specific examples for the initial  
utility of the CTC-chip in various cancers.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories

For more information, contact:
Mara Elena Karapetian

webmaster at mtl.mit.edu


Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Screening of "9500 Liberty" by Amnesty International
Speaker: Chris Rigopulos
Time: 7:30p–9:30p
Location: 66-110
Producer Chris Rigopulos will be there in person to give his  
perspective on the documentary, as well as assist us in facilitating a  
discussion after the film.

Food and drink will be provided.
There is no price for attending or eating/drinking, but donations to  
MIT's Chapter of Amnesty International will be accepted.
Synopsis of the film:
Prince William County, Virginia becomes ground zero in America?s  
explosive battle over immigration policy when elected officials adopt  
a law requiring police officers to question anyone they have "probable  
cause" to suspect is an undocumented immigrant.

9500 Liberty reveals the startling vulnerability of a local  
government, targeted by national anti-immigration networks using the  
Internet to frighten and intimidate lawmakers and citizens. Alarmed by  
a climate of fear and racial division, residents form a resistance  
using YouTube videos and virtual townhalls, setting up a real-life  
showdown in the seat of county government.

The devastating social and economic impact of the ?Immigration  
Resolution? is felt in the lives of real people in homes and in local  
businesses. But the ferocious fight to adopt and then reverse this  
policy unfolds inside government chambers, on the streets, and on the  
Internet. 9500 Liberty provides a front row seat to all three  

Web site: http://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php?wizard=1#!/ 
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Amnesty International, GSC Funding Board, Student Life  
For more information, contact:  Cory Hernandez
mitai-exec at mit.edu


Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Joint with MIT/Harvard Development & Environment Seminar - The Equity  
and Efficiency of Two-Part Tariffs in US Natural Gas Markets
Speaker: Lucas Davis (UC Berkeley)
Time: 2:30p–4:00p
Location: E51-376, Please Note Change in Date and Room
Joint with MIT/Harvard Development & Environment Seminar - The Equity  
and Efficiency of Two-Part Tariffs in US Natural Gas Markets

Web site: http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/6492

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): IO Workshop (Sponsored by Analysis Group)

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


Net Neutrality and the FCC

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
MIT Building E51, Room 395

Presenter  Caroline Hunter

Summary  A discussion of the FCC's recent Net Neutrality policy


Caroline will moderate and lead a discussion on the recent FCC Net  
Neutrality rulings. The following is a short extract of topics  
Caroline and guests plan to cover:Net Neutrality through the FCC's Eyes
	• Limiting power of big business
	• Closing the Digital Divide
	• Genachowski's Initiatives
Net Neutrality vs. Network Management
	• Big business helping small business
	• Government as unwelcome complication
	• Broadband corporations as community partners
	• Service fees and packages - comparison
	• Higher education stake in broadband company success
Social Justice, Integrated Progress
	• Government as broadband customer
	• Job growth in telecomm vs. knowledge empowerment
	• Digital Citizenship - First and Second Class
Open Source Community Role in NN Debate
	• Copyleft movement success?
	• Subversive programming in current affairs
	• Resources available to voice position
	• Ways to share expertise - Installfest
	• Policy in government of tech industry vs. government
	• Gaming as method for community engagement

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Innovations in Agricultural Processes: A Panel sponsored by the 2011  
Yunus Innovation Challenge

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: 66-110

Come hear panelists discuss challenges and gaps current Agricultural  
processes. Around the world 550 million smallholder farmers lack  
access to mechanized agricultural technology. This year's Yunus  
Innovation Challenge calls for locally and environmentally sustainable  
innovations to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/idi/yunus_2011.htm

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): International Development Initiative

For more information, contact:  Laura Sampath


Thursday, February 17, 2011

MIT Colloquium on the Brain and Cognition: Bidwell Memorial Lecture:  
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease): Lessons from  

Speaker: Robert Brown, UMASS Medical

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: 46-3002

MIT Colloquium on the Brain and Cognition
This lecture series, held weekly during the academic year, features a  
wide array of speakers from all areas of neuroscience and cognitive  
science research. The social teas that follow these colloquia bring  
together students, staff, and faculty to discuss the talk, as well as  
other research activities within Building 46, at MIT, and around the  
world. This event is co-sponsored by The Department of Brain and  
Cognitive Sciences, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and the  
Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset degenerative  
disorder of motor neurons, typically leading to paralysis and death in  
five years or less. About 10% of cases are inherited, usually as  
dominant traits (familial ALS or FALS). Over the last two decades,  
several FALS genes have been identified, including SOD1, TDP43 and FUS/ 
TLS. Numerous investigations support the view that the mutant proteins  
are unstable and readily provoked to misfold, thereby acquiring toxic  
properties. Transgenic expression of mutant SOD1 protein in mice and  
cells generates animal and cell-based models of FALS, which have  
assisted in elucidating molecular events and targets for therapy. More  
recent data suggest that post-translational modifications of non- 
mutant SOD1 confer toxic attributes on the protein in sporadic ALS,  
mimicking the influence of the SOD1 mutations in FALS. These  
investigations have identified broad themes in the biology of motor  
neuron disease as well as approaches to therapy; these concepts are  
likely to be relevant to other neurodegenerative disorders.***Please  
see the series website for more information.

Web site: http://bcs.mit.edu/newsevents/colloquia.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Brain and Cognitive  
Sciences, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
For more information, contact:  Kathleen V. Dickey
bcs-info at mit.edu


Thursday, February 17, 2011
 From Elsinore to Monkey Island: Theatre and Videogames as Performance  
Speaker: Clara Fernandez-Vara, Singapore-MIT Gambit Game Lab
Time: 5:00p–7:00p
Location: 2-105
CMS Colloquium Series

What do Shakespeare and videogames have in common? Clara Fernandez- 
Vara, a Comparative Media Studies alumna, explains her journey from  
researching Shakespeare in performance to studying and developing  
videogames. Applying concepts from theatre in performance illuminates  
the relationship between the player and the game, as well as between  
game and narrative.

Videogames are not theatre, but the comparison gives way to productive  
questions: What is the dramatic text of the game? How does this text  
shape the actions of the player? Who are the performers? Who is the  
audience? These questions will be addressed in the context of  
adventure games, a story-driven genre where the player solves puzzles  
that are integrated in the fictional world of the game.

Web site: http://cms.mit.edu/events/talks.php#021711
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre
cms at mit.edu


Thursday, February 17, 2011
What Do 23 Million Loans Say About the Impact of Monetary Policy on  
Credit Risk-Taking?
Speaker: Jose Luis Peydro (European Central Bank)
Time: 5:30p–7:00p
Location: at Harvard Littauer M16
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Applied Theory Workshop - (New Workshop Spring  
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento


Energy Club networking event with Clean Economy Network

February 17, 2011  6:00p–8:00p

Please join us for a night of socializing and networking with the  
Boston Clean Economy Network (CEN). We'll have beer, soda, and food.

The Clean Economy Network enables business professionals, academia and  
policy makers with an interest in renewable energy to connect with one  
another, to promote the growth of the renewable energy industry. CEN  
provides opportunities for networking, education and business  
creation. Please see http://boston.cleaneconomynetwork.org/ for more  

The CEN Boston Chapter's members are active across many facets of the  
New England clean energy and environment community and are eager to  
meet and connect with MIT Energy Club members. CEN expects 40-60 of  
its Boston professionals to attend, and they're very excited to meet us.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP at the Doodle poll  
link below if you plan to attend so that we can order enough food.  
Also, bring some beer money in the event outside funding for alcohol  
isn't found.

Category:  career development

Location:  Blue Room of Walker Memorial (2nd floor; directions to the  
room will be posted in the building)

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Club, Boston Clean Economy Network (CEN)

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:  Contact Melissa Zgola

(607) 351-2424
mzgola at mit.edu


Thursday, February 17, 2011
Architecture Lecture Series
Speaker: Anton Garcia-Abril and Debora Mesa Molina, Architects, Madrid
Time: 6:30p–8:00p
Location: 7-431
PoPs: Prototypes of Prefabrication

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:  617-253-7791


Thursday, February 17, 2011
Human Diversity and Social Order Forum: Diversity on the World Stage
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.

Diversity on the World Stage: We will explore the competition among a  
handful of sovereign powers, the exploitation of peoples and global  
resources, the relevance of economic power, and the efficacy of  
international institutions created to mitigate conflicts. As we  
struggle to define a universal set of rights and modes of conduct,  
diverse peoples of the world take their cues from current global  
interactions and enter the world stage with their crafts, mores, and  
world views.

* Chair: Bishwapriya Sanyal, Ford International Professor of Urban  
Development and Planning, MIT
* Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science, Associate Director of  
the MIT Technology and Development Program, and Head of the Middle  
East Program at MIT
* Geoffrey A. P. Groesbeck, Legatum Fellowships Programs, Legatum  
Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT
* Joanne Mariner, Director, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program,  
Human Rights Watch

Web site: http://mit150.mit.edu/events/diversity-world-stage
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT150 Office
For more information, contact:  human-diversity-forums at mit.edu


Thursday, February 17, 2011
Pianist Ran Blake & Vocalist Dominique Eade
Time: 8:00p–10:00p
Location: 14W-111, Killian Hall
A cult figure surrounded by the same mysterious aura that permeates  
the classic Film Noir scenes that so inspire him, Boston-based pianist/ 
composer and pioneering New England Conservatory educator Ran Blake  
has been one of improvised music's most respected and incomparable  
voices for more than 40 years. His noteworthy collaborators on record  
have included Anthony Braxton, Clifford Jordan, Steve Lacy, Jeanne  
Lee, and Houston Person among others, but his seminal solo recordings  
have defined his discography and his career. As former student John  
Medeski puts it in the "All That Is Tied" liner notes, "alone at the  
piano is how Ran Blake reveals the depth of his musical universe most  

Vocalist and composer Dominique Eade performs at New York's finest  
jazz venues, tours Europe, has recorded for RCA Victor and has served  
on the faculty of New England Conservatory since 1984. She has  
collaborated with Benny Golson, Ran Blake, Fred Hersch, Alan Dawson,  
Dave Holland, George Mraz and Lewis Nash, among many others. Eade has  
been highly active on the Boston jazz scene, including performances  
with Bill Pierce, Mick Goodrick, Orange Then Blue and Either Orchestra.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts

For more information, contact:  617/253-2906


Friday, February 18, 2011

Building Technology Lecture Series: Some Lessons Learned From Two  
Decades of Promoting Natural Disaster Risk Reduction

Speaker: Brian Tucker, President, GeoHazards International

Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 4-231

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 18, 2011

Atmospheric Organic Nanoparticles: Importance, Challenges and Progress

Speaker: Lea Hildebrandt, Carnegie Mellon University

Time: 3:00p–4:00p

Location: 66-110

Chemical Engineering Department Seminar Series
See speakers, talk titles, and dates at http://web.mit.edu/cheme/news/seminar.html

I will present recent results from laboratory experiments and ambient  
measurements which shed light on organic aerosol formation, the  
interaction of different organic aerosol types, and their chemical  
transformation. Firstly, measurements at a remote coastal site suggest  
that organic aerosol is transformed significantly in the atmosphere,  
and that the photochemical age of organic aerosol may be just as  
important as its source in understanding concentrations and  
characteristics. Secondly, aerosol production experiments using a  
state-of-the-art environmental chamber showed that aerosol mass yields  
from anthropogenic organic aerosol precursors are much higher than  
previously reported. Finally, we developed a new experimental method  
to understand the interaction of organic aerosol from different  
sources. Our results are consistent with pseudo-ideal mixing of  
anthropogenic and biogenic organic aerosol components at equilibrium.  
All of these findings have been used to more accurately represent  
organic aerosol in chemical transport models. Results from the updated  
model agree much better with observations of organic aerosol  
concentrations and approximate oxidative states in highly polluted as  
well as pristine environments.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/cheme/news/seminar.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering Department
For more information, contact:  Melanie Miller
melmils at mit.edu




The New Sick Man of Europe? Greece in Crisis

WHEN  Mon., Feb. 14, 2011, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  WAPPP Cason Seminar Room (T-102), Taubman Building, Harvard  
Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East- 
Central Europe
SPEAKER(S)  Iason Athanasiadis, freelance writer, photographer,  
political analyst, and television producer
CONTACT INFO  ilyana_sawka at hks.harvard.edu
LINK  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/kokkalis/


Loeb Fellowship Seminar: "From Landscapes of Extraction to Creative  
Industries of Organic Matter and Waste"

WHEN  Mon., Feb. 14, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Stubbins Rm 112, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  This discussion is one of a four-part series  
called Much, Much More, with Much, Much Less: Loeb Fellows invite...  
organized by the Loeb Fellows.
Colleen Hansel - Materials Research Science and Engineering Center,  
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Manuel (Manman) Mansylla, Trashpatch
Pablo Rey, Basurama
Moderator: Richard Forman, GSD professor of advanced environmental  
studies in the field of landscape ecology
CONTACT INFO  Sally Young: syoung at gsd.harvard.edu
This event is free and open to the public. Valentine's Day  
refreshments will be served.
Technology has no limits. Science has no limits. Human creativity and  
imagination have no limits. The limits are imposed by matter. Raw  
materials are being extracted from the remotest of geographies and we  
are beginning to exhaust the last reservoirs of available minerals in  
order to perpetuate a production system based on disposability and the  
consumption of wholes, not parts; of large, not small; of new, not  
old; of multiple, not the one that is needed. In order to extract such  
minerals, we often deplete forests, along with the cultures that  
inhabit them, or contaminate river basins. Science and technology can  
produce brilliant responses to our environmental problems, but unless  
they take into account the source of the materials they consume, the  
counter landscapes of extraction, those of waste and slums (people get  
displaced as we render their land useless through monoculture or  
extraction), will continue to grow; setting off our good intentions to  
move towards a more sustainable future.

In the midst of the conundrums of "green development" three activities  
are acquiring a preeminent role: reinserting waste into the cycles of  
matter and production; re-using, adapting and renovating existing  
material culture; and last but not least, computing the economic value  
of biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and vegetation mantles whose  
market value cannot currently compete against the minerals that  
underlie them, even though our access to vital resources like oxygen  
and water depend on them. Research efforts geared towards developing  
industries of waste, bio-tectonics and bio-mineralization should at  
the very least equate those assigned to developing alternative sources  
of renewable energy (in some cases, they are one and the same thing).
Because we believe that design disciplines are called to play an  
important role in reshaping and retrofitting our environments,  
productions systems, commodities, ways of life and values, we propose  
to host a dialogue between a scientist of innovative biomaterials,  
emerging designers working with waste and the design community at the  
GSD in order to reflect upon the ways in which we can design less  
wasteful buildings and objects, adapt what we have to new uses and  
take into consideration the source of the materials we select as well  
as their socio-environmental impact.

LINK  http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/calendar/index.cgi


Tuesday, February 15, 12 p.m.
"Are Colbert, Stewart and Leno Just Kidding? The covert power of  
political humor and mock journalism." Otto Santa Ana, associate  
professor, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCLA.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, Kennedy School of Government


February 14 |ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

12 - 1:30PM

"Perspectives on Energy Policy Making"

Dick Benschop

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, Kennedy School



Brown Bag Lunch: Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood –  
Obstacles to Peace in the Middle East or Opportunities?

WHEN  Tue., Feb. 15, 2011, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Pound Hall, Room 202, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Lecture, Religion, Social Sciences,  
Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Robert Pastor
COST  Free and open to the public
The foreign policy of the United States and its allies have been based  
on the premise that all three organizations are immutable threats to  
peace in the Middle East and thus, these organizations should be  
defeated or suppressed for peace to be possible. Pastor has studied  
and held conversations in the past four years with leaders from Hamas  
and, to a lesser extent, with Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Muslim  
Brotherhood in Egypt. He contends that all three groups have deep  
roots in their societies, and a policy of suppression has made peace  
and democracy more difficult to achieve, not less. He just returned  
from two weeks in the Middle East and believes that the recent changes  
in Egypt makes the need to find a more effective and inclusive  
strategy all the more urgent.
Drinks and dessert will be served.

LINK  http://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/hamas-and-hezbollah-obstacles-to-peace-in-the-middle-east-or-opportunities/


2/15/11, 12:30 pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St., Cambridge, MA
RSVP is required to ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu

Topic: Whose choice? ICTs for “development” and the lives people  
Guests: Dorothea Kleine, Lecturer at the UNESCO Chair/Centre in ICT4D,  
Royal Holloway, University of London

Recognising that ICTs are powerful tools shaping people’s everyday  
lives, practitioners, policy-makers and academics in the ICT for  
development (ICT4D) field engage with these technologies in the name  
of “development”. Yet understandings of development differ and too  
often remain implicit and removed from participatory processes  
involving the intended users. Techno-euphoria and the focus on  
universal access distracts from the very individual choices people  
should have to integrate technologies in their everyday practices (or  
not). Working with Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach and its view  
of development as freedom, this open conversation will discuss the  
diverse and potentially conflicting ideologies embedded in state ICT  
policies and technical artefacts and the intended and unintended  
consequences. It will explore potential technological and process  
innovations which could lead to more participatory decision-making on  
policy and technology design – an area where all countries can be  
classified as “developing”.

About Dorothea
Dorothea Kleine is Lecturer in Development Geography at the UNESCO  
Chair/Centre in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her  
work focuses on the relationship between notions of “development”,  
choice and technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical  
Society (with the IBG) and has worked as a consultant/advisor to  
EuropeAid, DFID, GTZ and to NGOs. She is the author of Surfen in  
Birkenstocks (Oekom, 2005), a book on the potential of the Internet  
for the Fair Trade movement and has recently been managing action  
research using smartphones to assist socially and environmentally  
responsible consumption choices (www.fairtracing.org). She is  
currently completing her new book, Technologies of Choice (MIT Press)  
which offers an operationalisation of the capabilities approach for  
evaluation and project design in ICT4D.

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/2011/02/kleine


The Urban is Everywhere Always
WHEN  Tue., Feb. 15, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard School of Design
Tobias Armborst, Daniel D'Oca, Georgeen Theodore
CONTACT INFO  Brooke King: events at gsd.harvard.edu
Tobias Armborst is an architect and urban designer. He received a  
diplom ingenieur in architecture from RWTH Aachen and a master of  
architecture in urban design from the Harvard Design School. He is  
assistant professor of architecture and urban studies at Vassar  
College, NY.
Daniel D'Oca is an urban planner. He received a master in urban  
planning degree from the Harvard Design School in 2002. He is  
assistant professor of urban and architecture history and theory at  
the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Georgeen Theodore is a registered architect and urban designer. She  
received a bachelor of architecture from Rice University and a master  
of architecture in urban design from the Harvard Design School. She is  
an assistant professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology?'s School  
of Architecture and the associate director of the Infrastructure  
Planning Program.

LINK  http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/calendar/index.cgi


ABCD-GIS Meeting February 16, 2011
Presenter: Brian Morgan, Putnam Research Fellow at the Arnold  
Arboretum of Harvard University
"GIS for Public Gardens"
When: Wednesday, February 16. Noon - 1:30
Where: Room S050 in the CGIS South building at 1730 Cambridge St.


WIND ENERGY: Which Way Does the Media Wind Blow?

WHEN  Wed., Feb. 16, 2011, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Bldg., 4th  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science,  
Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  HKS Belfer Center for Science & International  
Affairs & Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
Beth Daley, Boston Globe environment reporter; Elisabeth Rosenthal,  
New York Times environment reporter
TICKET INFO  Free & open to the community
CONTACT INFO  Cristine_Russell at hks.harvard.edu
1st in HKS Clean Energy & the Media Seminar Series
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5388/wind_energy.html


Changing Habitable Environments on Mars: Implications for Global  
WHEN  Wed., Feb. 16, 2011, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Haller Hall (Room 102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford St.
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Origins of Life Initiative
John Mustard, Brown University
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  origins at cfa.harvard.edu
LINK  http://origins.harvard.edu/OriginsForum.html


Rebuilding Queensland After the Floods: Lessons from New Orleans  
WHEN  Wed., Feb. 16, 2011, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North, Room 226
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Classes/Workshops, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and  
Innovation, Program on Crisis Leadership
SPEAKER(S)  A leading scholar and practitioner of urban policy, Ed  
Blakely served from 2007 to 2009 as executive director of New  
Orleans’ Office of Recovery and Development Administration. He also  
led recovery planning efforts in Oakland, Calif., following the 1989  
Loma Prieta earthquake. He is currently honorary professor of urban  
policy at the University of Sydney.
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  David Giles: david_giles at harvard.edu, 617.496.4165
As 2010 drew to a close, floodwaters were washing across much of the  
state of Queensland, Australia. By the time they had subsided, they  
had affected an area larger than France and Germany combined, killed  
dozens of residents, and inflicted serious damage on remote towns and  
major cities alike. Just a month later, Cyclone Yasi smashed into  
north Queensland, straining resources and compounding the suffering  
already experienced across the state. In this talk, Blakely will draw  
upon lessons learned from post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans to  
explore the challenges that lie ahead as Australia looks to rebuild  
the flood- and storm-ravaged state. Refreshments will be served.
LINK  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/programs/crisisleadership/events


Biodiversity, Ecology & Global Change: "Forests in a Changing Climate"
WHEN  Wed., Feb. 16, 2011, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Biolabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard University Center for the Environment
Paul Moorcroft, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology,  
Harvard University
CONTACT INFO  Lisa Matthews: lisa_matthews at harvard.edu, 617.495.8883
Ongoing changes in climate, atmospheric carbon dioxide, and  
disturbance regimes are transforming the composition, structure, and  
functioning of the earth’s terrestrial ecosystems. Thus far, insights  
into how forests and other terrestrial ecosystems will change in  
response to changes in climate and rising atmospheric CO2 levels have  
relied heavily on the predictions of terrestrial biosphere models that  
contain detailed, mechanistic representationsof the biological  
processes that underpin terrestrial ecosystem dynamics. In this talk,  
Moorcroft will discuss some recent insights these models have provided  
on the impacts of changes in climate forcing on the fate of temperate  
forest ecosystems. He will then discuss some recent progress on  
bridging between these complex, process-based models and simpler,  
analytically-tractable formulations in order to develop a predictive,  
non-equilibrium theory of terrestrial ecosystem dynamics.
LINK  http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2011-02-16/biodiversity-ecology-global-change-forests-changing-climate


Do Americans Consume Too Little Natural Gas?
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 17, 2011, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture,  
Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business &  
Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
Erich Muehlegger, associate professor of public policy at the Harvard  
Kennedy School
Lunch will be served. RSVP to MRCBG at ksg.harvard.edu


Brown Bag Lunch. "The Longest War: Challenges and Negotiation  
Strategies in Afghanistan"
WHEN  Fri., Feb. 18, 2011, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Hauser Hall, Room 105, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION   Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
Hassina Sherjan and Michael O'Hanlon, co-authors of the book "Toughing  
It Out In Afghanistan"
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK  http://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/the-longest-war-challenges-and-negotiation-strategies-in-afghanistan/


Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons Learned from Australia's Droughts  
& Floods
WHEN  Fri., Feb. 18, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Haller Hall – Geo Museum 102
24 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture
Chris Arnott, managing director, Alluvium Consulting Pty Ltd;
Will Fargher, general manager, Water Markets and Efficiency Group,  
Australia National Water Commission
CONTACT INFO  Kellie Corcoran: kcorcoran at fas.harvard.edu
Arnott specialises in strategic advice to government on environmental  
water policy and management. Most recently, Chris authored the  
National Water Commission’s inaugural Australian Environmental Water  
Management Report 2010. Arnott founded Alluvium in 2006 and has since  
grown the business to 35 professionals and revenue in excess of $8  
million. Alluvium won the Business Review Weekly (BRW) award for  
‘Most Innovative’ professional services firm in Australia in 2008  
and has been named in BRW’s Top 50 Best Places to Work in 2010.
Fargher is responsible for providing advice to state and federal  
governments on rural and urban water policy and management, including  
water markets, pricing, and structural reforms. He has worked on state  
and federal water policy in Australia for the past eight years and was  
responsible for Australian Water Reform 2009 – the comprehensive  
assessment of progress in Australia’s water reforms under the  
National Water Initiative. In 2010 he undertook a Churchill Fellowship  
to investigate water policy arrangements in Asia, the Middle East,  
Europe and United States.
LINK  http://environment.harvard.edu/australia


Primitive Future
WHEN  Fri., Feb. 18, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Graduate School of Design
Sou Fujimoto
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Brooke King: events at gsd.harvard.edu
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto will discuss his recent works.
This lecture is part of the series "A New Innocence: Emerging Trends  
in Japanese Architecture" sponsored by the Dean's Office.
This event is free and open to the public.
LINK  http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/calendar/index.cgi




EBE Seminar
Monday, February 14, 2011
12 pm in BRB 113, 5 Cummington Street, Boston

Emerging diseases and emerging ecologies: what changes to the  
biosphere mean for  human infectious disease
Aaron Bernstein
Harvard Medical School

Lunch to follow in BRB 117
Please contact CECB for questions or comments:  cecb at bu.edu ///  

About 60% of emerging infectious disease events are zoonotic and of  
these 70% involve the movement of pathogens from wildlife to humans.  
Evidence also suggests that the number of emerging infectious diseases  
is increasing. Why should this be so? A consideration of recent  
zoonotic infectious disease outbreaks reveals that in many instances,  
alterations to ecosystems have fostered conditions conducive to the  
spread of infections into humans.

The role of altered ecosystems in human disease emergence goes beyond  
zoonotic disease, however. Changes to the human microbiome have  
started to exact a toll upon human health.  Antibiotic use is well  
known to spur resistant organisms. A less well known, but increasingly  
apparent and well-studied, consequence of antibiotic use are the  
effects antibiotics have on the composition of the microbiome and how  
these changes may predispose to a variety of emerging and non- 
infectious disease states, including allergic and autoimmune diseases.

This lecture will explore, on several levels, how the modification of  
ecosystems may influence human health and make the case that, having  
evolved in the web of life, humans remain, despite major technological  
and medical advances, susceptible to perturbations of it.


Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011
Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 211, Boston
"Technology Disruptions and Trends: The Next Decade" with Dr. Nick  
Bowen, Vice President of Software Appliances, IBM

Faculty Host: Martin Herbordt

Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 3:45 p.m.

About the Presentation: Looking around us, we are surrounded by a  
plethora of new technologies – smart phones, wi-fi everywhere, social  
networking, solid state disks, business analytics, and “smart”  
solutions – many of which barely existed a decade ago.

Predicting the changing landscape of technology is both an art and a  
science. In many cases, a deep understanding of the underlying science  
of the technology can be a useful gauge in predicting how the  
capability may evolve over time. However, predicting exactly when an  
emerging technology will explode in terms of broad adoption is an art  
at best.

IBM is about to celebrate its Centennial as a company – a rare feat  
for an information technology company. The IT industry is littered  
with roadkill as major trends, such as the PC Era, client server, and  
UNIX, come and go. IBM is a very unique company in that it has  
reinvented itself many times to remain a leader in the industry and in  
many cases set the agenda for the next eras in computing. Today, you  
will see that with IBM around areas such as business analytics, cloud  
computing, and Smart Planet solutions.

Dr. Nicholas Bowen has held several roles inside of IBM that involved  
understanding how changing technology will impact IBM business units.  
He will talk about some of the core drivers of technology changes,  
including the notion of disruptive technologies and how IBM has been  
able to maintain a long term focus on continual transformation in  
order to become an industry leader.

About the Speaker: Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Bowen was appointed the Vice  
President of Software Appliances at IBM in October 2010. He leads an  
effort in IBM's software division to drive a common hardware delivery  
model as well as optimize the ease of client experience with these  
products and drive innovation in terms of hardware-software  

Prior to his current position, he was appointed Vice President of  
Technology in May 2008 where he led a group that reports to the  
Chairman of IBM on technology strategy and business opportunities for  
IBM. He also had corporate wide responsibilities for the technical  
community including technical recognition and appointments to IBM  
Fellow and Distinguished Engineer. He was also responsible for quality  
of all products and services, the development process and development  
transformation. Prior to that, in January 2007, he was appointed Vice  
President of Technical Strategy and Worldwide operations for IBM’s T.  
J. Watson Research Division which includes driving the creation of the  
Global Technology Outlook, leading the worldwide operations and I/S  
teams, and driving the research strategy, plan and measurement  

 From 2000 to 2006 he held several executive positions within the IBM  
Systems & Technology Group (STG) including: vice president, software  
development, with responsibility for all server operating systems  
(zOS, AIX, i5OS, zVM, VSE, Linux), firmware development for IBM  
Systems z, i, p, and x, management software (IBM Systems Director) and  
hardware management systems (HMC, FSP); and chief technology officer  
and vice president of software architecture for the same group of  
products. His career started in IBM Research where he held many roles  
from Research Staff Member to the Executive leading the server research.

Nick’s career with IBM spans over 26 years and he has experience as a  
research scientist, leader of very large global development teams, and  
driving corporate wide strategy projects. He received the B.S. degree  
in computer science from the University of Vermont, a M.S. degree in  
computer engineering from Syracuse University, and the Ph.D. in  
electrical and computer engineering from the University of  
Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a  
member of ACM. He served on several Computer Science Advisory Boards  
and is currently on the IEEE Computer Society Industrial Advisory  
Board. His research interests are on operating systems and fault- 
tolerant computing.

Open to General Public
Admission is free




Visualizing Culture
February 17, 2011
2:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Halligan 111
Speaker: Martin Wattenberg, Google, HINT.FM
Host: Lenore Cowen
Data visualization has historically been a tool used by science,  
business, and the military. In recent years, however, it has blossomed  
into a medium for journalism, art, and self-expression. I'll discuss a  
series of work, with Fernanda Viegas, that shows how visualization can  
be used by scientists and non-scientists alike as a way to tell  
stories and explore our culture.
bio:   Martin Wattenberg is a computer scientist and artist. He is a  
co- leader, with Fernanda Viégas, of Google's "Big Picture" data  
visualization group.

Before joining Google, he and Viégas founded Flowing Media, Inc., a  
visualization studio focused on media and consumer-oriented projects.  
Prior to Flowing Media, they led IBM’s Visual Communication Lab,  
where they created the ground-breaking public visualization platform  
Many Eyes. From 2005 to 2010, Wattenberg founded and managed IBM's  
Visual Communication Lab, exploring new forms of visualization and how  
they can enable better collaboration. A key project was Many Eyes (http://www.many-eyes.com 
), an experiment in open, public data visualization and analysis.

Prior to joining IBM, Wattenberg was the Director of Research and  
Development at SmartMoney.com, a joint venture of Dow Jones and  
Hearst. His work at SmartMoney included the groundbreaking Map of the  

Wattenberg is known for his visualization-based artwork, which has  
been exhibited in venues such as the London Institute of Contemporary  
Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New York Museum of  
Modern Art.

Wattenberg holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from U.C. Berkeley. He lives  
in Winchester, Massachusetts.




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



Monday, February 14, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Robin Chase on Excess Capacity: The Source for the Next Wave of  
IBM Center for Social Software
1 Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

In this talk, Robin puts a new lens on Web 2.0.  She sees it as a  
combination of giving end-user "excess capacity" a unifying platform  
that allows for incredible speed and scale of solutions. Skype, eBay,  
Wikipedia, Couchsurfing -- all great examples. What's up next? Her  
favorite opportunities in the realm of transportation and  

Robin Chase is a transportation innovator. She is co-founder and  
former CEO of Zipcar (the largest car-sharing company in the world)  
and GoLoco (the first company to combine ride-sharing, social  
networks, and easy payment).  Robin writes, consults, and gives talks  
about the future of transportation and how to actually get there.


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.


*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 *

Eye to Eye with Climate Change in the Ocean: Coral Reefs to Cape Cod
SftP’s Public Science Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM, Cambridge Public Library  
Lecture Hall

Les Kaufman, PhD, Professor of Biology, Boston University Marine  
Program; Senior Marine Scientist, Conservation International; Research  
Scholar, New England Aquarium

To marine biologist Les Kaufman, climate change is real and palpable.   
Fresh from the field, he presents in pictures and words a scene of  
sweeping transformation in the world’s oceans, from the most remote  
coral atolls of the Pacific nation of Kiribati, to the threatened  
waterfronts and fisheries of coral bleaching

Massachusetts.  His message: clean up our act at home, and we can hand  
our grandchildren a world as rich as the one we grew up in.

Great background for general readers: The Last Extinction, L. Kaufman  
& K. Mallory (Eds.) MIT Press



	• Date: 2/15/2011
	• Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,  
Cambridge, MA 02142
	• Time: 7pm - 9pm
	• Audience: Boston Area Technologists
	• Twitter: @bostontechmeet
	• Description: Like the New York Tech Meetup, but in Boston! This  
event will showcase 6 startups from around the Boston area. Each will  
give a short tech demo, followed by some audience questions. Find out  
what's under development in Boston!


Wednesday, February 16th

February BASEA Forum

Chris Williams.  "The Potential of Distributed Energy"

Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist
3 Church Street, Harvard Square
Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m

As a complement to our January Forum which focused on large-scale  
overview, we are delighted to have Chris Williams, founder of  
GreenLight Distrikt, give an update on single-home energy solutions,  
current technologies, and potential for total impact and contribution  
to a clean energy future.


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


Thursday, Feb 17, in Cambridge: [please download & distribute flyer


Chris Pratt, filmmaker:  [he'll be onsite available for Q&A after the  

Our opinions and perceptions are being managed by a corporate media;  
there is no public policy, only corporate policy. How can we reconcile  
continual war, wiretapping, unanswered 9/11 questions, torture,  
rendition, terrorism, the loss of freedom, police brutality, news  
suppression, the bailouts, evaporation of the public option, a  
toothless financial reform, no real audit of the Fed, BP's constant   
lies, political bribery, uncharged war criminals and corruption beyond  

Media manipulation is orchestrated by an elite  never held  
accountable. The extent that big money has taken control of the media,  
of who & how we elect officials, of governmental policies both at home  
and abroad is a reflection of a public that continually chooses to do  

"If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it  
not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will  
without their knowing it?" ~Edward Louis Bernays ? father of Public  
Relations, author of Propaganda, nephew of Sigmund Freud

"What we wanted was to do was have a terror campaign." ~Howard Hunt,  
head of CIA Operation, Guatemala, 1954

(DVDs available for purchase)

*NOTE: early bird short film at 6:40pm* -


February 17, 2011
6:30 pm, doors open for refreshments, extra
*7pm, film starts promptly*
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor, entrance on  
*rule19.org/videos <http://rule19.org/videos/>*

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends! free  
film, free refreshments, & free door prizes.
[donations are accepted]

"You can't legislate good will - that comes through education." ~  
Malcolm X

*UPandOUT film series - see rule19.org/videos <http://rule19.org/ 


New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
February 18, 2011 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
Foley Hoag LLP 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor Boston, MA
FERC Policies and New England; Smart Power and the Future of Electric  
Utilities; and Massachusetts' and Boston's New Climate and Energy Plans

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  

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 climate and energy plans. These  
plans will become the primary vehicles for ensuring that a wide range  
of energy and climate goals are met through existing, as well as new,  
policies and programs, spanning electricity supply, efficient  
buildings, and transportation.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy & Climate Plan for 2020, just released  
in December, will be presented jointly by Undersecretary 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

The *National Conference for Media Reform* is the biggest and best  
conference devoted to media, technology and democracy. Thousands of  
activists, media makers, educators, journalists, policymakers and  
people from across the country are coming to Boston for the fifth NCMR  
on April 8-10, 2011. **

Together we will explore the future of journalism and public media,  
consider how technology is changing the world, look at the policies  
and politics shaping our media, and discuss strategies to build the  
movement for better media.

Get ready for three days of strategizing, networking, sharing skills,  
swapping information and inspiring one another in workshops, panels,  
caucuses, keynote speeches, meetings and parties. You won?t want to  
miss this one-of-a-kind event dedicated to better media, technology  
and democracy.



Mobile Camp: A Mobile Monday Saturday Event
Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
MIT Sloan E-51, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA

Mobile Mondays is pleased to announce the 4th Annual MobileCamp Boston  
on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at MIT Sloan.

MobileCamp Boston is a one-day un-conference style event that brings  
together entrepreneurs, students, faculty, and telecom industry  
professionals to share ideas, network and discuss the latest advances  
in the mobile industries. MobileCamp is one of the premier development  
focused events in the Boston region and attracts developers from  
throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and as far as California, Europe,  
and Asia.

This year’s MobileCamp Boston will give participants the opportunity  
to learn with visionaries, developers, entrepreneurs, investors, and  
carriers in the mobile industry, and to explore advances in the field.  
Building on the success of previous years’ MobileCamps, this year’s  
full-day event will bring together hundreds of participants and will  
feature technical sessions, discussions on industry topics, and the  
popular unconference style learning.

If you are interested in leading a session for the 2011 MobileCamp  
Boston, or have any questions about the event, please send an email to  
'learn' [at] 'momoboston.com'.




PechaKucha Boston 21
Tue Feb 22
Mantra, 52 Temple Pl, Boston (near Park St T)
Drinks and chit chat at 6pm. 20×20 talks at 7pm.
Free and open to the public. Cash bar.



NESEA's Building Energy Conference

March 8-10, 2011, in Boston, MA.

BuildingEnergy is the only conference where architects, designers,  
planners, builders, policymakers, manufacturers, and installers work  
together to determine what's possible. Conference sessions range from  
emerging trends in renewable energy to deep energy retrofits of  
commercial and residential buildings.  The Trade Show features 160  
exhibitors with the latest sustainable technologies and products.





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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