[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Mar 13 18:38:07 PDT 2011

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Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston  
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MA Utility Energy Efficiency Program Ramp-Up

March 14, 2011  9:00a–10:30a

Mark Sylvia will be a guest lecturer discussing utility programs to  
promote energy efficiency in 11.369 "Energy Policy for a Sustainable  
Future" taught by Dr. Raab. Massachusetts current ramp-up of utilitiy  
energy efficiency programs puts MA in the lead among all U.S. states  
according to ACEEE's recent scorecard Commissioner Sylvia was  
appointed in 2011 after serving as director of DOER?s Green  
Communities Division From 2009 to 2010. In this role, he oversaw the  
allocation of over $42 million in federal Energy Efficiency and  
Conservation Block Grants. Mr, Sylvia also established criteria for  
and successfully designated 53 cities and towns as Green Communities,  
including distributing over $8 million in Green Communities grants to  
municipalities in 2010 alone.

Category:  lectures/conferences

Speaker:  Mark Sylvia, Commissioner of Mass DOER

Location:  4-145

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Elena Alschuler
elena12 at mit.edu


Catherine Havasi: "Digital Intuition: Building the Future of Language  
and Intelligence"

Monday, March 14, 2011 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:   MIT Media Lab, Bartos Theatre (E15, Lower Level)
Speaker:   Catherine Havasi
Language is central to how people reason about and understand their  
world. As computers increasingly pervade human lives and decision- 
making processes, they must learn to understand and mediate human-to- 
human interaction. People use their intuitive knowledge of the world  
and the experiences they've had in the past to react intelligently to  
the world around them. If we were to give machines these capabilities,  
they could help us make better-informed decisions, conquer mountains  
of data, and expand the reach of our creativity and intelligence.

What if we could: Help an organization understand its network of  
relationships and expertise, using only the things people have already  
written? Use stories told by patients to give predictive advice and  
support in managing chronic illnesses? Provide artistic lighting  
design for a play by understanding intuitive connections and threads  
within that play? Instead of just searching the news, predict its  
implications and help arrange a network to better handle an emergency  
or developing situation?

People are remarkably effective at handling and connecting many  
streams of noisy and ambiguous data in ways that make sense. Havasi's  
research has always focused on finding the signal in the chaos, and  
utilizing that signal to bring to a computer a human-like intuitive  
understanding of the material. Often, she uses common-sense knowledge  
to facilitate this discovery. Additionally, she develops noise- 
resistant algorithms for working with real-world data and applications  
that benefit from common sense knowledge. More recently, she has  
focused on how to integrate these elements into larger systems.

In the future, we must expand the domain of AI by combining building  
blocks like these. After all, no one solves a difficult problem by  
thinking about it in only one way. Modern AI uses advanced techniques  
such as ensemble methods and metacognition to organize many different  
problem solving strategies. In this talk, Havasi will announce an  
exciting new long-term project that aims to put the power of these  
methods in everyone's hands.

Catherine Havasi is a researcher in artificial intelligence and  
computational linguistics at the MIT Media Lab. Eleven years ago, she  
co-founded the Open Mind Common Sense project, which uses crowdsourced  
information about the world to understand natural language text and  
make computers easier to use. She currently manages the Common Sense  
Computing Initiative, a research project to collect common sense in  
six languages, with ties to companies and research groups around the  
world. With students, she re-created the lexical resource ConceptNet  
which is used in hundreds of research projects every year. At Brandeis  
University, she created the machine learning technique Blending, which  
reasons over data from multiple domains. She received her PhD from  
Brandeis University in 2009 for research in machine learning and  
natural language processing and an MEng from MIT in 2004 for cognitive  
modeling in developmental psychology.

Havasi also co-founded Learning Unlimited, a non-profit organization  
that supports college students sparking a passion in middle and high  
school students by teaching them about everything and anything. You  
may have taught at MIT's Splash, the founding instance of Learning  
Unlimited's programs. She concentrated in theater in college and has  
directed and designed for plays at MIT, Brandeis, and non-university  
venues. She organizes and writes high-tech puzzle hunts and other  
creativity-inducing events.


Monday, March 14, 2011
Compton Lecture, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: W16, Kresge Auditorium
"The Future of Science as Public Service"

Web site: http://compton.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): President's Office
For more information, contact:
infocenter-www at mit.edu


Monday, March 14, 2011
Dynamic Stability and Flame Characteristics of Oxy-Combustion Systems  
Using Methane
Speaker: Andrew Shroll, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 3-343
Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series

Oxy-fuel combustion is a promising technology for carbon capture in  
natural gas power plants. Challenges in implementing the technology  
for gas turbines stem from the altered fluid properties in using  
carbon dioxide as the diluent in the combustion process instead of air  
as used in conventional combustion. A one-dimensional strained flame  
code is used to simulate the effects on flame consumption speed and  
emissions. Next, experiments are conducted in a 50 kW swirl-stabilized  
combustor to compare air and oxy-combustion thermoacoustic  
instabilities which are inherent to premixed combustion systems. The  
dynamic stability characteristics of the two flame types are shown to  
collapse as a function of adiabatic flame temperature for a given  
inlet Reynolds number. Data from an open exhaust configuration, which  
removes combustion dynamics, is also presented to compare flame  
structures and blowoff conditions. These cases are captured using high  
speed Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV).

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:
Patrick Kirchen


Monday, March 14, 2011
Breaking the Code (special preview event)
Speaker: Catalyst Collaborative @ MIT
Time: 6:00p–7:00p
Location: N51, MIT Museum
Celebrate Pi Day and Einstein's birthday with a staged reading of  
scenes from Breaking the Code with Catalyst Collaborative at MIT, an  
award-winning science theater collaboration between MIT and  
Underground Railway Theater. Breaking the Code is a deeply moving play  
about the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing, regarded by many as the  
father of computer science. The play's title refers both to the fact  
that Turing broke the German "Enigma" code during WWII (greatly  
contributing to the Allies' victory) and to his refusal to lead a  
closeted life. Performance will be followed by conversation with the  
artists and a guest scientist.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/calendar.html
Open to: Recommended for adults and teens
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson
museum at mit.edu


Monday, March 14, 2011
Collision 2 Lecture Series: Jae Rhim Lee
Speaker: Jae Rhim Lee
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: E15-070, Bartos Theater
MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology presents its Monday night  
lecture series, Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet
Parallel/Peripheral: Working at the Intersection of Art and Other
Jae Rhim Lee, artist and ACT research fellow, MIT, Cambridge MA
Respondent: Nicholas A. Ashford, Professor of Technology and Policy;  
Director, MIT Technology and Law Program

Jae Rhim Lee's current work, the Infinity Burial Project, proposes  
alternatives for the post-mortem body and features the training of a  
unique strain of edible mushroom to decompose and remediate toxins in  
human tissue. Jae Rhim Lee's work challenges the boundaries prescribed  
by society and culture between self and other by proposing unorthodox  
relationships for the mind/body/self, and the built and natural  
environment. Lee has exhibited both nationally and internationally and  
is a recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation Grant (2009), Institut  
fur Raumexperimente/Universitat der Kunste Berlin Grant (2010), and  
the renowned MAK Schindler Center Scholarship, Los Angeles. Lee is  
currently an ACT fellow.

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, March 15, 2011

150 D-Lab Projects for MIT's 150th Anniversary
Time: 10:00a–6:00p

Location: 10-Lobby

To celebrate MIT?s 150th anniversary, D-Lab is highlighting 150 recent  
projects and offering a range of opportunities for the MIT community  
to get engaged and learn about D-Lab?s work. Stop by Lobby 10 for  
ongoing demonstrations of technologies designed in collaboration by  
MIT students and inventors from around the world, a poster display of  
150 projects from the past year, and special events throughout the week:

Tuesday, March 15
4:30pm - 6:00pm: Join us for the Mixer Mixer, co-hosted with  
Development Ventures and Sloan SEID. Learn how to make pedal-powered  
blenders and chat about social entrepreneurship over homemade  
smoothies and snacks! (Lobby 10)
7pm - 9pm: Designing and Manufacturing Behavioral Diagnostics: Work  
with D-Lab and IIH researchers to make XoutTB test strips for use in a  
clinical trial in Karachi, Pakistan. XoutTB combines the latest  
findings from psychological and economic research and innovations in  
chemical and mechanical engineering to help patients adhere to complex  
tuberculosis drug regimes. (D-Lab, E34-230)

Wednesday, March 16
12pm - 1pm: Food for Thought: Join practitioners and academics for a  
lunch discussion and brainstorming session on technologies to bridge  
the gap between humanitarian relief and development. Bring your own  
lunch, we will provide cookies and lemonade. (13-2137)

Thursday, March 17
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Brown bag lunch presentation on D-Lab Schools' work  
in Cambodia. (3-412)

Web site: http://d-lab.mit.edu
Open to: the general public


Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Iraqi Women in the "New Iraq": Law, Violence & Mobilization
Speaker: Nadje Al-Ali
Time: 3:00p–4:30p
Location: 4-237
Iraq is not news anymore except during suicide bombings and targeted  
attacks of religious minorities, politicians and professionals. But  
what happened to Iraqi women who were promised liberation, greater  
rights and an important role in the "New Iraq"? In this talk, I will  
critically reflect on the legal, political and social conditions and  
developments in post-invasion Iraq. I will pay particular attention to  
various forms of increasing gender based violence and discuss the  
mobilization against it. In this context I will address the importance  
of transnational feminist solidarity that takes an intersectional  
approach as its basis for mobilization.

Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies and Chair of the Centre  
for Gender Studies, at the School of Oriental and African Studies  
(SOAS), University of London. Her main research interests revolve  
around gender theory; feminist activism; women and gender in the  
Middle East; transnational migration and diaspora mobilization; war,  
conflict and reconstruction.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/wgs/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Women's and Gender Studies, McMillan Stewart Spring  
Lecture, MIT Technology & Culture Forum
For more information, contact:
The Friendly WGS Staff
wgs at mit.edu


Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Transportation at MIT Seminar Series
Speaker: Daniela Rus, MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 3-270
Transportation at MIT Seminar Series

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

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free Admission to MIT and General Public

Sponsor(s): Transportation at MIT

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Fearing
transportation at mit.edu


Tuesday, March 15


"Improving the Efficiency and Lifetime of Molecular Photovoltaics."

Mike McGehee.   McGehee lab.

MIT:  Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street


The City of Cambridge: Retrofitting for the Future, Setting an Example  
for All

March 15, 2011 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Contact Name:
  Walter Frick
wfrick at cleanenergycouncil.org
UK Trade & Investment One Broadway Cambridge, MA 02142
MIT Enterprise Forum

According to the City of Cambridge, buildings are responsible for over  
80% of the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in Cambridge.  In  
2008, Robert W. Healy, City Manager of Cambridge, appointed the  
Cambridge Green Building/Zoning Task Force to, throughout 2009, look  
at how to encourage energy efficient building practices.  In our panel  
we have brought together leaders of the Cambridge community to discuss  
what Cambridge is doing in 2010, specifically their programs, plans,  
challenges and successes.  We will focus on retrofits in the business  
sector, including hospitality, education, healthcare, housing, and  

Registration required. Students $5.

Speakers to date:

Iram Farooq, AICP, LEED-AP
Senior Project Manager – Land Use, Urban Design, Sustainability City  
of Cambridge – Community Development Department


Eric Friedman is Director of the Leading by Example program of the  
Department of Energy Resources of the State of Massachusetts. The  
program grew out of Friedman’s role as director of state  
sustainability in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental  
Affairs, which he assumed in 2001, and seeks to reduce the  
commonwealth’s carbon footprint by encouraging renewable energy,  
energy efficiency and other initiatives that would lead to a greener  
way of life.

6:30-7:00 Registration and Networking
7:00-8:15 Panel
8:15-9:00pm Networking


Appliance Standards, Energy Building Codes, and Building Rating/Labeling

March 16, 2011  9:00a–10:30a

Jim O'Reilly will be a guest lecturer discussing recent policy  
developments ies related to appliance standards, building codes,  
benchmarking and labeling in 11.369 "Energy Policy for a Sustainable  
Future" taught by Dr. Raab. Mr. O'Reilly oversees NEEP's policy  
outreach and implementation efforts to develop and provide information  
to key audiences, maintain relationships with NEEP sponsors and  
partners, and manage NEEP's strategic communications to build public  
support for energy efficiency. Previously, Jim was an Account Director  
for Virtual, Inc., and has served as Director of Public Information  
for the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance and  
Director of Public Affairs for the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

Category:  lectures/conferences

Speaker:  Jim O'Reilly, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP)

Location:  4-145

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Elena Alschuler
elena12 at mit.edu


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Reshaping Intelligence for an Age of Terror: Where Do We Stand ?

Speaker: Gregory Treverton, RAND Corporation

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:


Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Making Sense of Low-Income Housing: an architect's view of policy and  
Speaker: Mike Pyatok, FAIA Professor Emeritus, The College of Built  
Environments, University of Washington Principal, Pyatok Architects,  
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: 7-431, AVT
Urban Studies and Planning Departmental Speaker Series
Weekly Lecture Series of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Mike Pyatok has been an architect and professor of architectural  
design for more than 40 years. Since starting his practice in 1984,  
Mike has designed more than 35,000 units of affordable housing in  
California, Washington, and Arizona, as well as master planning  
communities in Hawaii, the Philippines, and Malaysia.
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. The subject matter ranges across all of the intellectual  
domains of the Department, and each topic engages the terrain of more  
than one DUSP program group. Please join us as we collectively make  
sense of contending efforts to plan post-Katrina New Orleans, the  
multiple rationales for community gardens and urban greening, the  
institutional management of poverty by the microfinance industry, the  
complex evolution of American suburbia, and the challenges of  
designing 21st century communities to serve low-income households.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

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


Thursday, March 17, 2011

How Documentary Went Digital: the Implications of Informal Filming and  
Skeptical Audiences

Speaker: John Ellis

Time: 4:00p–6:00p

Location: 2-105

CMS Colloquium Series

Digital filming has transformed documentary, offering new potentials  
to filmmakers and at the same time transforming audience attitudes.  
Filmmakers have been able to work more informally with their subjects,  
giving rise to the fusion format of reality TV as well as changing the  
nature of documentaries themselves. From the audience perspective,  
affordable digital platforms mean that almost everyone knows what it  
is like to film and be filmed. The result is a transformation of the  
documentary genre, where films are now seen as documents of  
interactions rather than expositions of fact. Ellis explores this new  
phase in documentary, using methods derived from Goffman as well as an  
intimate understanding of the technologies of filming.

John Ellis is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway University of  
London, and this semester's visiting scholar at the Annenberg  
Institute, University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Visible  
Fictions (1982), Seeing Things (2000) and TV FAQ (2007) and the co- 
author of Language and Materialism (1977). His Documentary: Witness  
and Self-Revelation will appear in 2012, and is based in part on his  
19 years as an independent producer for British TV, making  
documentaries about cinema and the arts, the politics of media, and  
the food industry. He served on the editorial board of Screen magazine  
(1975-1985), was the vice-chair of the film producers' association  
PACT (1988-1994), and now chairs the British Universities Film & Video  
Council (BUFVC).

Web site: http://cms.mit.edu/events/talks.php#031711
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
cms at mit.edu

Energy Discussions: Hazards and Nuclear Power - Understanding the  
Situation in Japan

March 17, 2011  6:00p–7:00p

The recent tragic earthquake in Japan has focused attention once again  
on the safety risks of nuclear power. However, it can be hard to tell  
from the news coverage exactly what is going on and what are the real  
associated risks. Were the plants in Japan designed to withstand  
earthquakes and tsunamis as strong as the ones that struck on Friday?  
Should they have been?

Join nuclear specialists and members of the MIT Energy Club for a  
roundtable discussion of the nuclear situation in Japan and some of  
its potential implications.

See the event website for suggested background readings.

A light dinner will be served.

Category:  MIT events/clubs: interest clubs/groups

Speaker:  Lara Pierpoint

Location:  56-167

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Rebecca Dell
rwdell (at) mit (dot) edu


Thursday, March 17, 2011
Architecture Lecture Series
Speaker: Walter Hood, Jr., Landscape Architect and Urbanist, Oakland;  
Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Time: 6:30p–8:00p
Location: 7-431
Activating the Mundane

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, DUSP

For more information, contact:


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Human Diversity and Social Order Forum: Education in the United States

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: 32-123, Kirsch Auditorium

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.

Education in the United States: What is the fate of Americans left  
behind after creation of the minority professional middle class? The  
Civil Rights Movement encouraged major American universities,  
including MIT and Harvard, to recruit underrepresented minority  
students under terms that made their academic success probable.  
American educational institutions still pursue diversity in their  
faculty, staff, and students?but what of the poor (minority and  
others) who have not entered the education pipeline?


* Chair: Evelyn Higginbotham, Professor of History and African  
American Studies, Harvard University
* Sylvester Gates, Department of Physics, MLK Visiting Professor, MIT
* Paula T. Hammond, Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
* Wesley L. Harris, Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and  
Astronautics, Associate Provost for Faculty Equity

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


Thursday, March 17, 2011
Thursday Killian Hall Jazz Series - Cheatham/Lowe
Time: 8:00p–10:00p
Location: 14W-111, Killian Hall
Saxophonist Arni Cheatham & Bass Trombonist/Tuba player Bill Lowe

Open to: the general public

Cost: FREE


Sponsor(s): Concerts Office

For more information, contact:
Clarise Snyder
mta-request at mit.edu

Editorial Comment:  Arni is an old friend and a fine musician and  
artist.  He plays music that sometimes reaches the celestial.


Making Sense of Social Networks
Speaker: Adam Perer, IBM Research
Date: Friday, March 18 2011
Time: 1:00PM to 2:00PM
Refreshments: 12:45PM
Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room, 32-G449
Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL
Contact: Juho Kim, juhokim at mit.edu

The increasing amount of digital information in society has ushered in  
a golden age for data analysis. Ample data encourages users to conduct  
more frequent exploratory data analyses to explain scientific, social,  
cultural and economic phenomena. However, access to data is important  
but ultimately insufficient without understanding patterns,  
identifying outliers, or discovering gaps. Modern databases are simply  
too large to examine without computational tools that allow users to  
process and interact with the data.

A growing trend in data analysis is sensemaking of linked data as  
networks. My research focuses on understanding these (social) networks  
because they are topical, emerging and an inherently challenging  
process for analysts. Networks are difficult to visualize, navigate,  
and most problematic, it is difficult to find task-relevant patterns.  
Despite all of these challenges, the network perspective remains  
appealing to sociologists, intelligence analysts, biologists,  
communication theorists, bibliometricians, food-web ecologists, and  
many other professionals. These analysts believe that the ways in  
which elements are connected are just as important as the elements  

My talk will describe three major aspects of visual analytics:  
designing new techniques to communicate and interact with network data  
more effectively, designing new methods to understand and aid  
analysts, and designing new applications to mine and visualize the  
complex relationships of social media. In particular, I will describe  
SocialAction, a visual analytical tool I built that has been  
instrumental for scientific discoveries, including medical research at  
the National Library of Medicine, counter-terrorism research at the  
Department of Homeland Security’s START center, and political  
analysis at US News & World Report.


Adam Perer is a research scientist in the Visual Communication Lab at  
IBM Research in Cambridge, where he visualizes, mines, and analyzes  
digital traces of social media. He previously was a member of the  
Social Technologies Group at IBM Research Haifa in Israel. He received  
his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College  
Park in 2008, where his advisor was Dr. Ben Shneiderman and he was a  
member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.


Friday, March 18, 2011
Designing Novel Devices with Chemically Vapor Deposited Polymers
Speaker: Karen K. Gleason, Chemical Engineering, MIT
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

Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) methods significantly augment the  
capabilities of traditional surface modification techniques for  
fabricating polymeric surfaces. In CVD polymerization, the monomer(s)  
are delivered to the surface through the vapor phase and then undergo  
simultaneous polymerization and thin film formation. By eliminating  
the need to dissolve macromolecules, CVD enables insoluble polymers to  
be coated and prevents solvent damage to the substrate. Since de- 
wetting and surface tension effects are absent, CVD coatings conform  
to the geometry of the underlying substrate. Hence, CVD polymers can  
be readily applied to virtually any substrate: organic, inorganic,  
rigid, flexible, planar, three-dimensional, dense, or porous. CVD  
methods integrate readily with other vacuum processes used to  
fabricate patterned surfaces and devices. CVD film growth proceeds  
from the substrate up, allowing for interfacial engineering, real-time  
monitoring, and thickness control. The ability to grow grafted layers  
and directly integrate them into devices will be demonstrated for  
responsive polymers and electrically conducting polymers.

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 Inconvenient Truth about the Causes of Global Warming
March 14, 2011 - 12:00pm
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Pratt conference room 60  
Garden St Cambridge, MA
Speaker: Nir Shaviv (Hebrew University, Israel)

The 20th Century has seen a notable temperature rise, generally  
attributed to the greenhouse effect of anthropogenic gases, and a  
future "business as usual" policy is generally believed to be  
catastrophic. I will show, however, that the story is not that simple.  
I will address the following questions, all of which have a far from  
trivial and often surprising answer: How large is the greenhouse  
effect? Could some of the temperature rise be natural and not  
anthropogenic? If so, what is this natural driver? How sensitive  
really is Earth's climate? What should we expect in the future? How  
effective will the implementation of a cap and trade agreement be?




Large Scale Digital Atlasing of the Brain
Dr. Hawrylycz will discuss the generation, methods, and data analysis  
of the Allen Brain Atlases including adult and developmental mouse  
atlases, as well as atlases for macaque and human.

Speaker(s): Michael Hawrylycz, Ph.D.
When  Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 12:00pm until 1:00pm on Friday, Mar 18,  
Where  Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SAR)  
Room 220
635 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

Who  Open to General Public
Admission is free
More Info  http://www.alleninstitute.org/about_us/staff/michael_hawrylycz.html
SAR Health Sciences
Danuta Charland
charland at bu.edu



6:30 PM, Tuesday, 15 March

Enhanced Plug-in Hybrid Electric VehiclesAlan Millner Ph.D., Technical  
Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) potentially reduce fossil  
fuel use, reduce pollution, and allow use of renewable sources for  
transportation, but their lithium ion battery subsystems are presently  
too expensive. The PHEV can be enhanced in three ways to improve the  
economics. First, the incorporation of GPS information into the car’s  
energy management algorithm allows predictive control through prior  
knowledge of the route and energy required, so that fuel consumption  
is reduced. Second, the use of the vehicle battery while parked  
(vehicle to grid, or V2G) can provide additional revenue to pay for  
the battery. A specific version of this called vehicle to building  
(V2B) offsets the short peaks in commercial-scale facility electrical  
demand to reduce demand charges, and the revenue from V2B can pay for  
most of the battery cost. Third, the battery cycle life must be  
maximized to avoid high replacement costs, and a model of battery wear  
out for lithium ion batteries is presented, and utilized to show that  
the above strategies are compatible with long battery life. The  
enhanced PHEV is then seen to have improved economics, helping  
bootstrap the technology into economies of scale.

Alan Millner has BS, MS and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts  
Institute of Technology and is now a technical staff member at MIT  
Lincoln Laboratory. He was a principal in a pioneering photovoltaic  
systems firm. Dr. Millner has developed switch mode power electronics  
for medical MRI and ultrasound systems, has developed propulsion  
motors for marine applications, and created power electronics  
solutions for industrial applications up to 30kW. He has authored 11  
patents and over 20 publications. Dr. Millner is a senior member of  
IEEE. His present interests are energy systems and hybrid vehicles.

The meeting will take place from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Pizza and  
refreshments will be available at 6:00 PM)
Location: Olin College, Needham, MA

This event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in  
joining the Boston PES Chapter or joining the IEEE, please come along  
and talk to some of the Committee members.
For further information please call Bryan Gwyn on 781-907-3229 or  
email him at bryangwyn at ieee.org.
Directions to Olin College

Take Route 95/128 to exit 19B (Highland Avenue, Needham). Follow  
Highland Avenue for 1.5 miles to a three-way intersection with Chapel  
and May Streets; bear slight right onto Chapel Street (to the right of  
the gas station). Take a right at the first light onto Great Plain  
Avenue/Rte 135. Proceed on Great Plain Avenue for 1.5 miles and the  
Olin College campus will be on the right. Enter the campus at "Olin  
Way" and follow the road around to the left to parking lot A, which  
provides access to all campus buildings. The meeting is being held at  
the Auditorium at Milas Hall.




"Beyond the Pages: the Future of the Book" - Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 17th 5:00PM - 7:00PM in 309 Kariotis Hall, 55 Forsyth  
St, Boston

This event explores the interplay between digital media and  
traditional media, interactive fiction, and augmented reality. In  
addition to Davidson, panelists include: Timothy Bickmore - Event  
Host, NU Assistant Professor in the College of Computer and  
Information Science, Amaranth Borsuk - Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in  
the Humanities, MIT and Erika Boeckeler - NU Assistant Professor in  
English. Boeckeler will talk about the shift from manuscript to print  
and how the invention of letterpress stimulated intense  
experimentation with the alphabet. Borsuk will present her recent  
augmented reality poetry project entitled Between Page and Screen.  
Bickmore will discuss his interest in the human/computer interaction  
(HCI), an interdisciplinary field that integrates theories and  
methodologies from computer science, cognitive psychology, design, and  
many other areas. Refreshments will be served. This event is co- 
sponsored by the College of Computer and Information Science.




Economic Insecurity?  Hey, Join the Club!

Here in Boston and around the country, people are being reminded of  
their vulnerabilities.  Energy costs are sky high, housing values are  
down, savings have taken a hit, and state and local budgets are  
extremely tight.  Many of us are dealing with unemployment,  
underemployment, and "anxious employment."  And what on earth is up  
with the weather?

Don't confront these questions alone.  Join with members of your  
community to learn about the economy and the environment, re-engage in  
mutual aid, and take social action together so we can create an  
economy that works for everyone.

Join us to learn more and sign up for a club:

Jamaica Plain Common Security Club
Monday, March 14 at 7 PM
Nate Smith House
155 Lamartine Street (across from Orange Line Stony Brook T)

Please RSVP here! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169628086419599

If you can't make the event but would like to join a club, sign up  
here. http://surveymonkey.com/s/cscboston

Sarah Byrnes
Common Security Clubs Organizer
IPS New England
617.477.8630 x307


Sustainability Education Committee on March 15, @ noon, @ the Boston  
Society of Architects:
Why must ecodesign replace traditional architecture?

"Our series of presentations has centered on what constitutes the  
knowledge arsenal, the tools, skills and methods required by cutting  
edge professionals to effectively contribute to climate change  
mitigation rather than aggravation. We’ve heard from senior members  
of the profession what they would have liked to learn while in school,  
we’ve had a Report from the trenches: LEED implementation, we’ve  
compared the two performance evaluation systems  of LEED and the  
Living Building Challenge, and on March 15 we will start investigating  
ecodesign. The title for our next meeting is provocative, but also  
points to the new formulation of architecture. Bill Grover, AIA, will  
introduce via brief videoclips compelling reasons for ecological  
design imperatives informing architectural education and the building  
industry, followed by a discussion amongst participants.

Conference call: 712 432-1620,
Participant Access Code: 456642#

Contact Peter Papesch at papesch at mac.com or 617 267-6598
The Architects Building, 52 Broad Street, Boston


March 2011 Boston New Tech Meetup
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
7:00 PM

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD)
One Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA

Boston New Tech Meetup #3, Tuesday March 15. Doors open at 7 in the  
Deborah Sampson and Thomas Paul room, presentations start at 7:30. 6  
Presenters each giving 5 minutes of demo followed by 5 minutes of  
questions. See what's new and cool in the local startup scene!
Here's the lineup:

	• Anurag Wakhlu / Coloci / @colocifriends
	• Josh Bob / Textaraunt / @Textaurant
	• Alex Grodd / BetterLesson / @BetterLesson
	• Tushneem Dharmagadda / Mobinett Plug / @PlugEventsBos
	• Aaron White / Proxlet / @proxlet
	• Lida Tang / Cloud Browse / @cloudbrowse
Please use the hashtag #bnt3 to promote and discuss this event on  

RSVP http://www.meetup.com/newtech-73


Wednesday, March 16
11am - 1pm
Location:  online

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Driving to 1 Million Electric Vehicles by 2015
Patrick Davis, Program Manager,Vehicle Technologies
U.S. Department of Energy

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Challenges of Electric Vehicle  Integration
Clay Luthy, Global Distributed Energy, Resource Manager
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Attend this complimentary event for U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle  
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newsletters at virtualenergyforum.com


Farm-Based Education Association
Natick Community Organic Farm
Natick, MA
March 16 , 11-1

This gathering will feature a tour of Natick Community Organic Farm  
with an emphasis on their sugaring programs that teach visitors about  
Native American and Colonial sugaring techniques while experiencing  
how the Farm sugars today.  There will be a potluck lunch so please  
bring something to share (limited reheating space).
Learn More About Natick Community Organic Farm at http://www.natickfarm.org/


SEIU 1199's George Gresham, Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
150 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA 02125, http://bit.ly/Gresh

Building on the Wisconsin Uprising...

SEIU 1199 President George Gresham
Calls on us to Join the Fight For a Fair Economy

At this important moment in American history come hear a major  
national labor leader discuss next steps in building a movement to  
confront major issues confronting the country:
	• The attacks against public services and public employees
	• Continued funding for war draining resources from our communities
	• The expanding income divide between rich and poor
	• How tax breaks for large companies and the super wealthy are  
depriving our communities of good jobs, good schools, and vital services
George Gresham is President of 1199SEIU, a union of 375,000 healthcare  
workers in Massachusetts, New York, Washington D.C., Maryland, New  
Jersey and Florida. Mr. Gresham is also one of the founders of One  
Nation Working Together.

One Nation Working Together is a social movement of individuals and  
organizations committed to putting America back to work and pulling  
America back together. Coming from a diverse set of backgrounds,  
experiences, beliefs and orientations, we are determined to build a  
more united country with good jobs, equal justice, and quality public  
education for all.

Directions & RSVP here: http://bit.ly/Gresh (Map only - http://bit.ly/1199Boston 


What Vermont's District Heating Efforts Could Mean for Cambridge
Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 6:45pm
Main Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
Lecture Hall, Lower Level (L2)

Ralph Meima is Program Director for the MBA in Managing for  
Sustainability, Marlboro College Graduate School, Brattleboro, VT.    
Meima is Co-Chairman of the Board of Brattleboro Thermal Utility,  
which is developing a biomass district energy system.  The long-term  
aim of the system is to eliminate Brattleboro's dependency on fossil  
fuels (primarily oil and natural gas) for heating, deliver energy in  
the most efficient manner,and obtain most of its electricity from  
renewable local sources. He will be speaking on how that plan might  
apply to Cambridge.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011
7:00 pm

Fire in the Heart:  White Activists for Racial Justice

Harvard sociologist Mark Warren uncovers the dynamic processes through  
which some
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Cambridge Forum
The First Parish in Cambridge
3 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Cambridge Forum is recorded and edited for public radio broadcast.   
Edited CDs are
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or calling 617-495-2727.  Select forums can be viewed in their  
entirety on the Forum Network.


7:00 PM, Thursday, 17 March (see NOTE below)
The Secrets of Building and Participating in Global Communities
Dries Buytaert

We all know many successful communities, but how are active  
communities built? In this session, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert will  
share his secrets for building a thriving global community with more  
than 500,000 members worldwide. He'll describe processes essential for  
community growth and share his experience building the Drupal project.  
Attendees will learn:
Lessons community managers can use to foster participation Why to  
focus on coordination, rather than planning How bumps in the road can  
bring communities closer together How to ensure your community  
includes a diverse mix of participants

Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal  
open source web publishing and collaboration platform. Buytaert serves  
as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization  
formed to help Drupal flourish. He is also co-founder and chief  
technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that  
offers products and services for Drupal. Dries is also a co-founder of  
Mollom, a web service that helps you identify content quality and,  
more importantly, helps you stop website spam. A native of Belgium,  
Buytaert holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent  
University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University  
of Antwerp. In 2008, Buytaert was elected Young Entrepreneurs of Tech  
by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator.

The IBM Innovation Center is located at 404 Wyman Street, Waltham.  
There is free parking in the garage at the north end of the building.  
To reach the meeting room, walk out the front of the garage and around  
to your right to the front door of the building. Directions to the  
room will be available when you sign in at the front desk.
NOTE: Attendance at this event is free, but because of limited seating  
capacity, registration is required athttp://www.eventbrite.com/event/1379501125
We will be taking Dries to dinner at the Green Papaya after the talk  
at about 9pm.

Up-to-date information about this and other talks is available online  
at http://ewh.ieee.org/r1/boston/computer/. You can sign up to receive  
updated status information about this talk and informational emails  
about future talks athttp://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/ieee-cs,  
our self-administered mailing list.
For more information contact Peter Mager (p.mager at computer.org)


EBC Climate Change Program: Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate  
Plan for 2020
March 18, 2011 - 7:30am - 12:00pm
Contact Name:
  Megan Curtis-Murphy
mcurtismurphy at ebcne.org
Nixon Peabody 100 Summer St. Boston, MA

On December 29, 2010, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental  
Affairs released the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for  
2020, as required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The  
Plan establishes the most ambitious target identified for the  
reduction in GHG emissions -- 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. The Plan  
outlines the Commonwealth’s roadmap for how to reach that aggressive  
goal, including myriad policies and incentives that are expected to  
produce cost savings and job growth in the clean energy sector.  David  
Cash, Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Executive Office of Energy  
and Environmental Affairs, will be the keynote speaker for this program.


Gragger/Noisemaker! The Workmen's Circle's 4th Annual Radical Purim  
Party Celebrating Economic Justice!

Saturday, March 19th, 8pm - midnight
At Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain
Sliding scale $10-20

*Bloco AfroBrazil*
*DJ Annie R U Ok*
*And a unique, never-before-seen Purim shpiel (play)*

We will honor work that is being done locally to protect workers'  
rights and fight back against bad employers. The Gragger, the Jewish  
noisemaker, is traditionally used to drown out the name of our foes -  
join us to make some serious noise in a rowdy call for justice and joy!

Live music! Costume contest! Cash bar! Performance!

Contact Leah for more info: leah at circleboston.org

Leah Madsen
Program and Membership Organizer
Boston Workmen's Circle
leah at circleboston.org


Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy for Multifamily Residential  
Buildings Workshop – Saturday, March 19, Cambridge City Hall Annex
A morning workshop for owners of multifamily residential buildings on  
energy efficiency and renewable energy options and opportunities
Sponsored by the Cambridge Energy Alliance, Massachusetts Rental  
Housing Association, and City of Cambridge
For more info, contact John Bolduc, jbolduc at cambridgema.gov,  


HEET Barnraising

Saturday, March 20th from 3 to 7:30 p.m. (note this is a different  
time than normal)
62-64 Amory Street, Cambridge

This is a building that had a heating bill of over $1,500 last month,  
so we can make a huge difference.  The site is a Seventh Day Adventist  
home where over 20 members of the congregation want to learn how to  
reduce their energy use.  Help out one of the only all-vegetarian  
churches around.  We'll teach how to install programmable thermostats,  
use less water, reduce drafts, and fix old replacement windows  
inexpensively.  There will be music and food afterward.

Sign up at https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFpubXVTS0F3UjY5RXNkUTdWNXJMckE6MQ

Contact http://www.heetma.com


Join us at the JP Forum for--
Time Trade Circle: Creating a Local Economy

When: Sunday March 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Where: First Church in Jamaica Plain, UU, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica  
Plain, MA 02130

After the economic crisis, more people are bartering with friends and  
neighbors and forming time banks to share goods and services locally.  
Come meet local members of the Time Trade Circle, a Boston-area  
organization with more than 700 members, to learn how you can start  
participating in this locally-grown and sustainable economy. There are  
more than 700 members in the Greater Boston Area.

This orientation meeting will be followed by a potluck get-together at  
5:00 PM, including JP folks who are already members of the Time Trade  
Circle. If you wish to stay for the potluck, please bring a dish to  

What is a time bank?

A time bank is an organization where members have a bank account of  
time, and exchange time-based services with other members.  It?s a  
pool of members, and operates like a circle, not a one-to-one swap or  
barter.  In a time bank, for example, Lara makes a cake for Aldo,  
Keren gives skiing lessons to David, Dianne gives Carol ride to the  
airport, Carol paints a painting for Louisa, Krystyna lends her  
vacation house to Alice, etc. You get time credit for the services you  
provide, and you can spend that time on services that other members  
offer. The Time Trade Circle lets us share our own skills and get help  
from others who offer things we need.

Becoming a member is easy.  For more information visit: http://www.timetradecircle.org

Co-Sponsored by Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition

For more information, please visit www.jamaicaplainforum.org




Urban Gardening Book Club

We'll be discussing the book Farm City, by Novella Carpenter, and how  
it relates to community and urban food production at Roxbury Community  
College on 3/22 at 6:00 pm (Academic Bldg 3).  All are welcome!  We'll  
be selecting the next book at the meeting, but if you're interested  
and unable to make it, feel free to send me your suggestions in  
advance.  Free to contact me with any additional questions.

The event is supported by the Boston Gardener's Council and The  
Roxbury Community College Service Learning Garden Project.  In  
addition, event information is available on the page below:

Thank you very much!

Stephanie Bostic
MS in Agriculture, Food & the Environment 2010
Tufts University

Blogging about food and fiber: http://groundcherry.wordpress.com


Eco-Municipalities Talk - Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 pm, Cambridge Main  
Library Auditorium

Speakers:  Peter Britt, Sustainability Coordinator, Portsmouth, NH  
John Bohenko, City Manager, Portsmouth, NH; Sarah James from the  
Institute for Eco-Municipality Education & Assistance will give a  
brief introduction about eco-municipalities.

In November, 2007, Portsmouth, New Hampshire formally decided to  
become an Eco-Municipality, when its City Council passed a resolution  
declaring that the following four sustainability objectives would  
guide its municipal operations:

1. Reduce dependence on fossil fuels, underground metals, and minerals
2. Reduce dependence upon synthetic chemicals and other unnatural  
3. Reduce encroachment upon nature.
4. Meet human needs fairly and efficiently

An Eco-Municipality uses a comprehensive, integrated approach to  
creating a sustainable city.

Find out how Portsmouth became an Eco-Municipality and how the city  
takes the systems approach to sustainability now.

Sponsored by the office of Vice Mayor Henrietta Davis, the Cambridge  
Renewable Energy Team (CREATe), and the Cambridge Energy Alliance.


Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk Univesity
“WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks, and Our Right to Know”
with Daniel Domscheit-Berg (former WikiLeaks staffer) and Herbert  
Snorasson (former WikiLeaks staffer); moderator Wendy Ballinger (Ford  
Hall Forum Board member)
Thursday, March 24, 8-9:00 am [special breakfast forum]
Moot Court Room, Suffolk University Law School

Although Herbert Snorasson and Daniel Domscheit-Berg, both former  
staffers at WikiLeaks, cannot enter the United States for fear of  
arraignment, they join us live by video fromIceland and Germany to  
answer questions about the necessity of and danger in leaking state  
secrets.  With Wendy Ballinger, Treasurer and former Executive  
Director of Ford Hall Forum, Snorasson and Domscheit-Berg discuss why  
their newest venture, OpenLeaks, is superior to Assange’s WikiLeaks  
model and other various “Leaks” sites launching around the world.  The  
two will tell us how and why they became involved with WikiLeaks,  
particularly their idea on the public’s right to know versus global  
security.  Signed copies of the book will be sold following the  


*Compelling Conversation with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
Civil Rights Activist and Former Champion Boxer
Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.*

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a formidable boxer who had won the  
European Light Welterweight Championship for two years in a row and  
knocked out Emile Griffith in the first round when his promising  
career was cut short. In 1966, he was falsely arrested for the murder  
of three white people in a bar. Sentenced to a triple life-sentence,  
Carter always maintained his innocence. Subjected to a nineteen-year  
travesty of justice, he was finally set free in 1985 by a federal  
court. His story was immortalized in a Bob Dylan song and made into a  
Hollywood movie starring Denzel Washington.

Carter has chronicled his own life in two books, _The Sixteenth  
Round_, and 2011?s _Eye of_ _the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to  
Freedom_.  He now devotes much of his time to speaking out on behalf  
of the wrongly convicted.

*Bunker Hill Community College**in A300 Auditorium*

250 New Rutherford Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02129-2995
Free but you need to register for tickets at the website below*
Compelling Conversations Speaker Series




Think Global, Act Local:
A Community Climate Action Roundtable

Thursday, March 24, 6pm-7:30pm, Suffolk University, 73 Tremont St.

All politics are local but many problems are global. How do  
neighborhood-based groups form effective partnerships with larger  
organizations to bring global issues home and amplify grassroots  
voices? Join BostonCAN and representatives from other neighborhood- 
based and national sustainability organizations as we discuss stories  
of successful collaboration between community-based organizations and  
national groups that highlight best practices.  Speakers will include  
Cindy Luppi from Clean Water Action discussing stopping coal power in  
eastern Mass and Mela Bush from Greater Four Corners Action Coalition  
onimproving mass transit in Dorchester.
Free and open to the public.  Snacks provided.  RSVP at on-line https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115453565198269 
  or by calling 857-544-6846.


"Noam Chomsky & Malalai Joya: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan"
5:30pm, Friday, March 25th
Harvard University

Student Organization Center at the Hilles Building (SOCH)
Radcliffe Quadrangle
59 Shepard Street (corner of Shepard and Garden Streets)
Cambridge, MA, 02138

Walking Directions to the SOCH : Located on the corner of Garden and  
Shepard Streets, the SOCH is just a 15 minute walk from the Harvard  
Square T-stop on the Red line. Just follow Garden St.
past the Sheraton Commander hotel. The main entrance is located on  
the  right side of the building facing the Radcliffe Quadrangle.

About the Speakers:
NOAM CHOMSKY, PhD, is a linguist, political philosopher, social  
critic, and has been referred to as "arguably the most important  
intellectual alive today."

Most recently, with Ilan Papp, he has completed "Gaza in  
Crisis" (Haymarket Books, 2010). Other examples of his prolific work  
include: The Culture of Terrorism; Manufacturing Consent (with E.S.  
Herman);  Understanding Power; Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest  
for Global Dominance; and most recently, Imperial Ambitions:  
Conversations on the Post-9/11 World, (with David Barsamian).

MALALAI JOYA has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan" by the  
BBC News, while the New York Times has said of her, "Joya's life has  
been singular and heroic."

At a constitutional assembly in Kabul in 2003, Malalai Joya stood up  
and denounced her country's powerful U.S./NATO-backed warlords. She  
was only 25 years old. Two years later, she became the youngest person  
elected to Afghanistan's new Parliament.

In 2007, she was suspended for her persistent criticism of the  
warlords and drug barons. Beloved by her people for daring to speak  
out against U.S.-backed war criminals that dominate the government,  
Joya has survived at least 4 assassination attempts. Having come face- 
to-face with the brutality of war, Joya has been demanding an end to  
the occupation for years.

In her book A Woman Among Warlords, just out in paperback, Joya  
explains the situation of ordinary Afghans: "We are caught between  
two  enemies - the Taliban on one side and the U.S./NATO forces and  
their warlord allies on the other."


Sponsors (list in formation): Haymarket Books, United for Justice with  
Peace, the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee.

RSVP to the facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php? 


The Wild and Scenic Film Festival
"e" inc. is proud to be the official Boston host of The Wild and  
Scenic Environmental Film Festival -- the largest environmental film  
festival in the United States. Created eight years ago by a small  
group of riverkeepers in California, The Wild and Scenic Environmental  
Film Festivalis designed to inspire by showing actions and ideas from  
around the globe on a wide array of environmental issues.

Opening Night Reception:
Robin Young leads expert panel on energy's future
Friday Mar 25, 2011
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Come to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival's Opening Event as WBUR's  
Robin Young (host of "Here and Now") serves as moderator for a panel  
of experts on the future of energy.  Panelists include: Howard Herzog  
(MIT), Namrita Kapur (Environmental Defense Fund), David Cash (Under  
Secretary - EOEEA) and Alexander Taft (National Grid Climate  
Officer).  Wine and Hors D'oeuvres reception at 6PM. Panel at 7PM.

Afternoon FilmFest:
View shorts MC'd by PRI's Bruce Gellerman
Saturday Mar 26, 2011
1:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Come see shorts, documentaries, and animations from around the world.   
Learn about inspiring young leaders and about the lives of beings  
chronicled by the planet's greatest filmmakers.  Walk away with a new  
sense of commitment to our Earth.

The Finale:
See Carbon Nation plus locavore tasting and silent auction
Saturday Mar 26, 2011
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
An evening of wonderful foods and wine from some of our area's great  
eateries, followed by a feature documentary just released  
“CarbonNation.”  Our final Wild and Scenic Film Festival evening is  
rounded off with dessert and a silent auction.

contact http://www.e-action.us/wsfilmfestival/


JP Forum Invites you to Join Us for--
Special Guest: Malalai Joya: Liberating Afghan Women

When: Saturday March 26, 3:00 ? 5:00 PM
Where: First Church in Jamaica Plain, UU, 6 Eliot St
Speaker: Malalai Joya, author of A Woman Among Warlords: The  
Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Dared Raise Her Voice

At a constitutional assembly in Kabul in 2003, Malalai Joya stood up  
and denounced her country's powerful U.S./NATO-backed warlords. She  
was only 25 years old. Two years later, she became the youngest person  
elected to Afghanistan?s new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended  
for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons. Beloved  
by her people for daring to speak out against U.S.-backed war  
criminals that dominate the government, Joya has survived at least  
four assassination attempts.

Having come face-to-face with the brutality of war, Joya has been  
demanding an end to the occupation for years. In her book ?A Woman  
Among Warlords", just out in paperback, Joya explains the situation of  
ordinary Afghans: "We are caught between two enemies - the Taliban on  
one side and the U.S./NATO forces and their warlords allies on the  

About Joya:
Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician who has been called "the bravest  
woman in Afghanistan."As an elected member of the Wolesi Jirga from  
Farah province, she has publicly denounced the presence of what she  
considers warlords and war criminals in the parliament. She is an  
outspoken critic of both the Taliban as well as the present Afghan  
government of Karzai and its western supporters. In May 2007, Joya was  
suspended from the parliament on the grounds that she had insulted  
fellow representatives in a television interview. Her suspension,  
which is currently being appealed, has generated protest  
internationally and appeals for her reinstatement have been signed by  
high profile writers, intellectuals such as Naomi Klein and Noam  
Chomsky, and politicians including Members of Parliament from Canada,  
Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Joya has been compared  
to the symbol of Burma's democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi. TIME  
magazine named Malalai Joya to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine?s  
annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Foreign  
Policy Magazine listed Malalai Joya in its annual list of the Top 100  
Global Thinkers.

Co-sponsored by: WILPF Boston, Code Pink, Community Church of Boston,  
and ESAC
For more information, please visit www.jamaicaplainforum.org


The Harvard Food Law Society and the Harvard Health Law and Policy  
Clinic Present
Gary Taubes

Why We Get Fat:  Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity

Wednesday March 30
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pound 101, Harvard Law School

Sign up at http://garytaubes.eventbrite.com
Space is Limited

In his New York Times best seller, Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes  
argued that our diet’s overemphasis on certain kinds of carbohydrates— 
not fats and not simply excess calories—has led directly to the  
obesity epidemic we face today. The result of thorough research, keen  
insight, and unassailable common sense, Good Calories, Bad Calories  
immediately stirred controversy and acclaim among academics,  
journalists, and writers alike. Michael Pollan heralded it as “a  
vitally important book, destined to change the way we think about food.”

In his lecture “Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative  
Hypothesis of Obesity,” Taubes explains why he believes the  
nutritional science of the last century has been misguided and  
damaging, particularly the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we  
get fat, and reveals the good science that has been ignored.

For more information visit foodsoc.org or email Nate Rosenberg at  
nrosenberg at jd11.law.harvard.edu.


Babson Energy and Environmental Conference

Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future

Register Now at http://beec2011conference.eventbrite.com/

Register now to attend the 5th Annual Babson Energy and Environmental  
Conference on March 31st, 2011 at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of  

This year’s theme is “Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future”, and  
we will explore how innovation and entrepreneurship will play a  
pivotal role in shaping the new green economy in the years to come. We  
will hear severalexciting keynotes from high profile entrepreneurs:

	• Dr. Bart Riley, Co-Founder, A123 Systems (NASDAQ: AONE)
	• Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group
	• Nancy Floyd, Founder & Managing Director, Nth Power
	• Kathy Brown, Senior Vice President – Public Policy Development and  
Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
Other featured speakers

	• Leonard Schlesinger, President, Babson College
	• Mark Donohue, Clean Technology Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Babson  
	• Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council
	• Cynthia Curtis, Chief Sustainability Officer, CA Technologies
	• Rob Pratt, Chairman & CEO, GreenerU
	• Clint Wilder, Senior Editor, Clean Edge & Author, The Clean Tech  
	• Chuck McDermott, General Partner, Rockport Capital
	• Jeramy Lemieux, Head of Climate Savers, Diversey,  Inc.
	• Greg  Dixon, SVP of Marketing, EnerNOC
	• Kathy Loftus, Global Leader for Sustainability Engineering,  
Maintenance & Energy Management, Whole Foods
	• Michael Bakas, Senior Vice President – Renewable Energy, Ameresco
	• Robert Gough, Founder, Port Meadow Tech
	• Bob Reese, President/ Co-Founder, Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery
	• Jonathan Nash, Director of Business  Development, NewStream
	• Patrick Cloney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
	• David O’Connor, Senior Vice President for Energy and Clean  
Technology, ML Strategies, LLC
	• Kim Stevenson, Manager of New Technologies, CT Clean Energy Fund
And Many More!

Our engaging panel sessions will focus on several main topics:

	• Innovations in Cleantech and Renewable Energy
	• Sustainable Business Practices
	• Financing Strategies
	• New Energy Policy & Implications
	• Responsible Consumption and Disposal of Food, Water & Waste
Our Entrepreneurs Showcase will give a glimpse of some of the newest  
innovators in the industry. Further, you will have the opportunity to  
listen to panelists from Enernoc, WholeFoods, Massachusetts Clean  
Energy Center, CA Technologies, Diversy and many more. Our goal is to  
show that sustainable business practices are not at odds with creating  
profit and growing a company.

The world needs more entrepreneurs and leaders focused on preserving  
the earth’s resources while building a more sustainable future. We  
hope that you will join us for this exciting event, and be inspired to  
become part of the next wave of change!

For additional information, please contact Jatin Ahuja (jahuja1 at babson.edu 
), Adam Ostaszewski (aostaszewski1 at babson.edu) and Joel Robbins (jrobbins1 at babson.edu 


Digital Media and Popular Uprisings

March 31, 2011
6-8 p.m.
Lesley University
University Hall Amphitheater
1815 Mass. Ave.
2nd Flr.
Cambridge, MA 02140

Google Map: http://bit.ly/edM4fz

The importance of digital media in building the recent wave of popular  
uprisings in the Middle East has been widely heralded in the global  
press. But how are social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook,  
and digital communication devices like texters, cell phones and PDAs  
really being used on the ground to help organize millions of people  
towards a common goal - democracy. And is it true that these movements  
for democracy in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and beyond are completely  
spontaneous and being organized on the fly with the help of modern  
technology? Or is there more to the story?

Lesley University and Open Media Boston have invited three experts on  
digital media and grassroots organizing to speak to these and related  
issues. Each brings a unique perspective to the discussion.

Ethan Zuckerman is co-founder of the citizen media network Global  
Voices and senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and  

Jillian York is a writer and freedom of expression activist who  
studies Internet controls and online activism, with a focus on the  
Arab world.  She is a project coordinator at the Berkman Center for  
Internet and Society.

Suren Moodliar is a coordinator of Massachusetts Global Action and an  
organizer of the Majority Agenda Project. He is deeply interested in  
networks and social change.

The panel will be chaired by Jason Pramas, Editor/Publisher of Open  
Media Boston, www.openmediaboston.org, and introduced by a  
representative of Lesley University.

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. There will be light refreshments served  
in the Atrium just outside the Amphitheater. The event is free and  
open to the public.

For more information, or press inquiries, please email info at openmediaboston.org 


The Sociology Department at Northeastern University is hosting our 2nd  
annual globalization symposium on March 31, with a focus on global  
commodity chains, neoliberalism, and human rights. The evening  
session, in particular, will explore issues related to politics and  
activism surrounding global commodities such as coffee, coca cola,  
drugs, arms, as well as clothing and apparel.

What: Global Commodities, Chained and Unchained- 2nd Annual Conference  
on Globalization at Northeastern University

When: March 31, 2011

Panel 1- 2:45 to 4:30pm (Global Commodity Chains- a Critical Approach)

Panel 2- 6:00 to 8:00pm (Global Commodity Chains and Human Rights)

Where: Northeastern University, 20 West Village F

For more Information, see: http://globalcommodities2011.blogspot.com/

Conference Description:

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern  
University is pleased to host its 2nd annual conference on  
globalization. We are excited to bring together a group of prominent  
scholars to discuss their recent research on global commodity chains  
and to critically assess the political and cultural implications of  
neoliberal globalization.

Presenters at the evening session, including Carolyn Nordstrom (Notre  
Dame University), Robert Ross (Clark University), Edward Fischer  
(Vanderbilt University) and Robert Foster, will discuss the  
interconnections between commodity chains and human rights and the  
potential paths of resistance available to populations marginalized  
within the current neoliberal order.

Presenters at the afternoon session, including Catherine Dolan (Oxford  
University), Andrew Schrank (University of New Mexico), Robert Foster  
(University of Rochester) and Damla Isik (Western Connecticut State  
College), will draw on their ethnographic field work to discuss  
critical approaches to global commodity chain research and theory.

This event is free and open to the public. The Department of Sociology- 
Anthropology at Northeastern hopes you can join us for what promises  
to be an exciting, politically inspirational, and intellectually rich  
encounter. For more information on the conference, including times and  
location, please visit our blog at http://globalcommodities2011.blogspot.com 

Hope to see you there!

Jeffrey S. Juris
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Northeastern University


"Secret of the Dawn" - film screening, followed by a panel discussion  
about female genital mutilation (FGM) and efforts to stop it in Mali,
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:00-6:30 p.m. at Emerson Hall, Harvard U.,  
25 Quincy Street, Cambridge.

This documentary shows current attitudes of people in Mali toward FGM,  
and Malians struggling to end it, including Healthy Tomorrow's sister  
group, Sini Sanuman.  Dancer and health educator Wyoma
will perform a dance of hope for a future without FGM.   We will end  
with a music video that is shown on Malian TV, featuring 17 actual ex- 
excisers. This event is co-sponsored by Healthy Tomorrow and the  
Harvard Extension International Relations Club.  For more info, call  
(617) 776-6524.

Feel free to call with any questions.

Susan McLucas, director, Healthy Tomorrow, (617) 776-6524, SusanBMcL at gmail.com

Editorial Comment:  Susan McLucas is another old friend who has been  
working in the US and Mali for many years on the issue of female  
genital mutilation.




Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track  
your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while  
controlling for how cold the weather is).  You get a short friendly  
email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.



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,  
contact jmatthaei at wellesley.edu


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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