[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Mar 27 17:42:10 PDT 2011

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Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston  
area that catch the editor's eye.

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Monday, March 28, 2011
Webinar: Status of Grid-scale Energy Storage and Strategies for  
Accelerating Cost-effective Deployment
Speaker: John Kluza, Business Development Manager for Emerging  
Applications at Satcon Technology and alumnus, MIT System Design and  
Management Program
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: Virtual -- see link below
MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program Webinar Series on Systems  
Thinking for Contemporary Challenges features research conducted by  
SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is  
designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking  
to address the engineering, management, and socio-political components  
of complex challenges.

The development of emerging grid-scale energy storage technologies  
offers great potential to improve the architecture and operation of  
the electrical grid. This is especially important in the face of  
increased reliance on clean, dependable electricity and with the  
influx of renewable generation and smart grid technology. However, at  
the present, grid-scale energy storage is still in an early,  
developing stage.

This presentation brings together a broad overview of the sector,  
including rough revenue estimates for each individually possible  
application for energy storage, a high-level overview that includes  
rough cost estimates of each technology and supplier, and a more  
focused look at the actual or possible implementations in the market  
with rough estimates of the systems' economics in each implementation.  
It includes a discussion of notable dynamics and potentially effective  
strategies, based on current industry conditions and existing academic  
management frameworks. The investigation was accomplished by  
leveraging prior research in existing literature, and extending it  
with first-hand discussions with industry leaders and market analysis.

Web site: http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_032811/webinar-grid-scale-energy-storage.html

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free

Tickets: http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_032811/webinar-grid-scale-energy-storage.html

Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and  
Management Program

For more information, contact:
Lois Slavin
lslavin at mit.edu


Slum Free India? Engaging Residents in a New Era a New Plan

March 28, 2011  12:00p–1:00p

The central Government of India (GOI) recently launched the Rajiv Awas  
Yojana scheme with the objective of making India "slum free". The GOI  
scheme asks state and local governments to adopt city-wide approaches  
and to take decisive action in upgrading all slums. The national-level  
political leadership, budgetary support, and nation-wide scale of this  
scheme represent a significant step forward for the GoI and an  
opportunity for creating tangible improvements for the urban poor.

CHF International has been supporting GOI and civil society  
stakeholders to advance the vision of RAY and implement meaningful,  
community-driven solutions for urban poverty reduction. Join Brian  
English, Country Director of CHF International-India, in a discussion  
on how they have been advancing meaningful "participation" in state- 
driven solutions and supporting thousands of urban poor to gain more  
meaningful positions in the market-place and on the policy agendas.

Category:  lectures/conferences

Speaker:  Brian English, Country Director for CHF International-India,  
an international development organization founded in 1952.

Location:  32-155

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Club, MIT Energy Initiative

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:  Contact MIT Energy Club

energyclub at mit.edu


Monday, March 28, 2011

Useful Excess Capacity? An Empirical Study of US Oil & Gas Drilling  
(Host Workshop - Industrial Organization Workshop)

Speaker: Jun Ishii (Amherst)

Time: 2:30p–4:00p

Location: E62-650

Useful Excess Capacity? An Empirical Study of US Oil & Gas Drilling  
(Host Workshop - Industrial Organization Workshop)

Web site: http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/6510

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Energy & Environmental Economics at MIT

For more information, contact:  theresa


Monday, March 28, 2011
ADVANTAGE: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge
Speaker: Adam Segal
Time: 3:30p–5:00p
Location: E40-496
Book Talk with Adam Segal.
Adam Segal, will speak on his recently published book "Advantage: How  
American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge"

Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow,
Counterterrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign  

Introduction by Taylor Fravel, the Cecil and Ida Green Career  
Development Associate Professor of Political Science and member of the  
Security Studies Program at MIT

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, MIT China Program, MIT  
India Program, Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:
starrforum at mit.edu


Monday, March 28, 2011
Joint With Harvard - Toxic Pollutants and Infant Health: Evidence from  
Plant Openings and Closings
Speaker: Janet Currie (Columbia)
Time: 4:00p–5:30p
Location: E51-376

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Public Economics Seminar
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


Monday, March 28, 2011
Collision 2 Lecture Series: Ricardo Dominguez
Speaker: Ricardo Dominguez
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

Transborder Disturbances: Aesthetics, Interventions and Technology

Ricardo Dominguez, artist, activist and Associate Professor of Visual  
Arts, UCSD
Respondent: Christopher Csikszentmihalyi, Director, MIT Center for  
Future Civic Media

Ricardo Dominguez is co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance  
Theater(EDT), a group who developed virtual-sit-in technologies in  
1998. His collaborative project, the Transborder Immigrant Tool,/i. -  
a GPS cell phone safety tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border - is  
being exhibited at the 2010?11 California Biennial at the Orange  
County Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art (La  
Jolla), and ?Un marco modular? at Centro Cultural De Espa?a, El  
Salvador (2010). Dominguez teaches in the Visual Arts Department at  
UCSD, where he runs the b.a.n.g. lab.

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 29, 2011MIT
150 Symposium: Leaders in Science and Engineering: The Women of MIT
Time: 8:30a–5:00p
Location: W16, Kresge Auditorium
We will celebrate the leadership roles played by MIT women in these  
fields at a symposium to feature plenary sessions of research talks by  
outstanding MIT graduate and faculty women. In addition, there will be  
sessions to give historical and current assessments of women in  
science and engineering.

Web site: http://mit150.mit.edu/symposia/women-of-MIT
Open to: the general public
Tickets: http://www.regonline.com/mit150_women_reg
Sponsor(s): MIT150 Office
For more information, contact:  symposium_march28-29 at mit.edu


MAPC Clean Energy Forum: Municipal Energy Challenges and Solutions

March 29, 2011  9:30a–12:00p

The forum will provide an opportunity for municipal staff, volunteers,  
community non-profit members and other stakeholders to meet and  
discuss their experiences working in the municipal energy realm. Come  
share your success stories and lessons learned, discover how other  
communities have addressed similar challenges, and explore new  
opportunities for collaboration.

Category:  lectures/conferences

Location:  Federal Reserve Building, Connolly Room (4th Floor), 600  
Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Campus Events, MAPC

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:  http://mapc.org/register-mapc-clean-energy-forum


Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Endogenous Communication in Complex Organizations
Speaker: Andrea Prat (LSE)
Time: 2:30p–4:00p
Location: E62-550
Endogenous Communication in Complex Organizations

Web site: https://stellar.mit.edu/S/project/oe-seminar/?toolset=hidden
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Sloan Seminar in Organizational Economics
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Transportation at MIT Seminar Series
Speaker: Noelle Eckley Selin, MIT Engineering Systems Division; Earth,  
Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 3-270
Transportation at MIT Seminar Series

Transportation at MIT and the MIT Transportation Club are pleased to  
announce the continuation of the Transportation Seminar Series. All  
seminars this spring will be held in 3-270 on Tuesdays at 4pm.
This series will feature presentations by faculty researchers at MIT,  
as well as invited guest speakers from beyond the Institute. Please  
save the date for the following confirmed speakers:

Noelle Eckley Selin, MIT Engineering Systems Division; Earth,  
Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

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 29, 2011
Techno-economic, Location, and Carbon Emission Analysis of Biofuel  
Speaker: Mark Mba Wright, Dept. Chemical Engineering, MIT
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 5-234
Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series

The U.S. has established aggressive targets for the production of  
renewable fuels as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act  
(EISA) of 2007. EISA calls for the generation of 16 billion gallons of  
cellulosic biofuels by 2022. Our challenge is to find cost-effective,  
sustainable, and environmentally responsible biofuels. This  
presentation will argue the case for integrating techno-economic,  
location, and carbon emission analysis to meet this challenge.

Techno-economic analysis estimates the costs of producing biofuels  
based on technical and economic assumptions. Location analysis  
evaluates feedstock availability and market constraints. Carbon  
emission accounts for carbon sources and sinks. The combination of  
these methodologies provides a more complete view of the challenges  
faced by biofuel technologies. Various thermochemical pathways for  
biomass conversion to drop-in transportation fuels are discussed  
during this talk.

Pelletization, torrefaction, fast pyrolysis, and gasification are some  
of the thermochemical processes that will be compared in terms of  
techno-economic performance, location impacts, and environmental  
factors. Results from this study highlight some of the challenges and  
opportunities for thermochemical production of biofuels.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:
Patrick Kirchen


Tuesday, March 29, 2011
State of Power Semiconductor Devices and the Future of Power Electronics
Speaker: Dr. Michael Briere
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 34-101
MTL Seminar Series
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.

Focusing on the application range between 1 and 1200 V, a survey is  
presented on the current status of performance for commercial power  
devices and the prospects for further improvements. The relation  
between power device performance and system level capabilities are  
discussed. Emphasis is placed on the revolutionary potential of  
relatively new material systems based devices such as the AlGaN-GaN  
high electron mobility transistor to dramatically alter the future of  
power electronics. Recent results obtained using the commercial GaN  
based HEMT development platform at International Rectifier, known as  
GaNpowIR, will be presented to demonstrate the current and potential  
future capabilities of this technology.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories

For more information, contact:
Mara Elena Karapetian
webmaster at mtl.mit.edu


Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Giving new life to materials for energy, electronics, and the  
Speaker: Prof. Angela M. Belcher
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 10-250
Wulff Lecture
The Wulff Lecture is an introductory, general-audience, entertaining  
lecture which serves to educate, inspire, and encourage MIT  
undergraduates to take up study in the field of materials science and  
engineering and related fields. The entire MIT community, particularly  
freshmen, is invited to attend. The Wulff Lecture honors the late  
Professor John Wulff, a skilled, provocative, and entertaining teacher  
who inaugurated a new approach to teaching the popular freshman  
subject: 3.091 Introduction to Solid State Chemistry.

Organisms have been making exquisite inorganic materials for over 500  
million years. Although these materials have many desired physical  
properties such as strength, regularity, and environmental benign  
processing, the types of materials that organisms have evolved to work  
with are limited. However, there are many properties of living systems  
that could be potentially harnessed by researchers to make advanced  
technologies that are smarter, more adaptable, and that are  
synthesized to be compatible with the environment. One approach to  
designing future technologies which have some of the properties that  
living organisms use so well, is to evolve organisms to work with a  
more diverse set of building blocks. These materials could be designed  
to address many scientific and technological problems in electronics,  
military, medicine, and energy applications. Examples include a virus  
enabled lithium ion rechargeable battery we recently built that has  
many improved properties over conventional batteries, as well as  
materials for solar and display technologies. This talk will address  
conditions under which organisms first evolved to make materials and  
scientific approaches to move beyond naturally evolved materials to  
genetically imprint advanced technologies.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

For more information, contact:


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Development Effects of Electricity: Evidence from the Geologic  
Placement of Hydropower Plants in Brazil (Host Workshop - MIT/Sloan  
Seminar in Microeconomic Applications)

Speaker: Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale School of Mgmnt.)

Time: 5:00p–6:30p

Location: E62-650

Development Effects of Electricity: Evidence from the Geologic  
Placement of Hydropower Plants in Brazil (Host Workshop - MIT/Sloan  
Seminar in Microeconomic Applications)

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Energy & Environmental Economics at MIT

For more information, contact:


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Special Presentation: Waterfronts: Design and Development Projects by  
Sasaki Associates

Speaker: Jason Hellendrung, Principal; Gina Ford, Principal

Time: 12:10p–2:00p

Location: 10-485

Part of the Harlem River Bronx Practicum; Lecture open to all.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Eran Ben-Joseph
ebj at mit.edu


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Energy 101: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Speaker: Cristina Botero

Time: 12:45p–1:45p

Location: 3-133

Energy 101 Series

This Energy 101 talk will present the basic technical concepts behind  
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), a process by which CO2 emissions  
from fossil fuel utilization can be avoided by separating -or  
"capturing"- this gas from the emitting source and permanently storing  
it underground. Emphasis will be placed on the fuel utilization and  
capture processes prior to CO2 storage.

Cristina Botero is a second year PhD Student at MIT's Mechanical  
Engineering Department and has been working on Carbon Capture and  
Storage for almost five years. She conducts her research in the  
Reacting Gas Dynamics Lab, where she is looking at cheaper and more  
efficient ways to utilize coal for power generation and fuel  
production through gasification with carbon capture and storage.  
Cristina holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of  
Erlangen-Nuremberg and worked with GE Global Research for over two  
years prior to coming to MIT.

Lunch will be served. No RSVP required.

Web site: http://www.mitenergyclub.org/events-and-programs/energy-101/energy-101-carbon-capture-and-storage-ccs
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
cbotero at mit.edu

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Implications of Subsurface CO2 Mobility on CCS

Speaker: Dr. Kurt Zenz House, President of C12 Energy

Time: 5:30p–6:30p

Location: 4-231

MIT Energy Club Lecture Series

Supercritical CO2 injected in the subsurface is highly mobile and  
buoyant. We discuss the implications that this mobility has for  
commercial-scale CO2 capture and storage (CCS) projects. We will  
address the current legal landscape for CO2 storage, and argue that  
the "American Model" of pore space ownership will enable the nascent  
CCS industry. We then consider some of the physical implications of  
CO2?s mobility, in the context of this legal landscape. In particular,  
we combine existing analytical models and numerical simulations of CO2  
plume development to demonstrate the value of laterally confined CO2  
storage sites. Furthermore, we discuss the potential for miscible CO2  
flooding for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) to enable CCS projects as  
well as the potential for CCS projects to enable EOR. In particular,  
we have identified several opportunities in which combined EOR-CCS  
projects are financially attractive.

Bio:  Kurt Zenz House studies the physics, chemistry, and economics of  
capturing and storing anthropogenic carbon dioxide in ways that will  
ensure it does not enter the atmosphere. That work includes both  
storing CO2 in the sub-surface as well as converting CO2 to stable  
carbonate minerals. He is currently the President of C12 Energy, a  
Sequoia backed company which is commercializing projects that combine  
geologic CO2 storage with Enhanced Oil Recovery. Kurt is also a fellow  
at MIT, where his work is partially supported by KAUST.

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

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Building Technology Lecture Series: Lisa Heschong - Creating Consensus  
on Annual Daylighting Performance Metrics

Speaker: Lisa Heschong, Managing Principle, Heschong Mahone Group, Inc.

Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 4-231

Building Technology Spring Lecture Series

Designing well daylit buildings is understood to provide numerous  
benefits, from improved human well-being to reduced environmental  
impacts. However, a quantitative definition of a well-daylit building  
has illusory. With the advent of greater computing power, it is now  
possible to simulate the daylighting performance of interior spaces in  
great detail, point by point and hour by hour, and yet, consensus on  
how to best interpret the data and its meaning has been slower to  
develop. Lisa Heschong describes the process of forming an  
international committee to guide the development of new annual- 
simulation based metrics, the field studies behind the discussions,  
current proposals to translate the metrics into daylighting  
requirements in codes and standards, and the need for additional  
research to explain the dynamics of human comfort in daylit spaces.

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


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar: Engineering the  
Nanoparticle-Biology Interface

Speaker: Prof. Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli

Time: 4:00p–5:15p

Location: 66-110

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series
Sponsored by CMSE, DMSE, and MPC. To receive announcements about this  
series and other events of interest to the MIT materials community,  
subscribe to the matseminars mailing list at http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/matseminars

Nanotechnology has held great promise for enhancing biological systems  
and engineering new capabilities in biology. We use laser excitation  
of gold nanorods to control the release of multiple species  
independently. Laser excitation at the nanorod surface plasmon  
resonance can release biomolecules conjugated to the nanorod. Because  
the SPR is tunable by changing nanorod aspect ratio, nanorods can be  
excited independently at different wavelengths. We exploit this  
property for selective and mutually exclusive release of two different  
DNA strands. Also, we are utilizing nanoparticles to enhance  
biological reactions. One of the biggest barriers for  
nanobiotechnology is non-specific adsorption, where biomolecules non- 
covalently stick to nanoparticles. Typically, non-specific adsorption  
is viewed as a major hindrance to nanobiotechnology, but we  
demonstrate that it can actually be used to enhance protein production  
in in vitro translation. By tuning the balance between non-specific  
adsorption and specific binding, we can optimize enhancement and also  
enhance specific genes.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for Materials Science & Engineering, Dept. of  
Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Processing Center,  
Materials at MIT


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Between Page and Screen: Digital, Visual, and Material Poetics

Speaker: Amaranth Borsuk

Time: 4:00p–6:00p

Location: 2-105

CMS Colloquium Series

Amaranth Borsuk discusses her poetic practice as a multi-media writer  
and artist, reading selections from recent work and showing images and  
performance footage from current projects. What is a poetics of  
materiality and how does it play out across print and digital media?  
What does a focus on the material of language do to our constructions  
of authorship? Borsuk will read from Between Page and Screen, a  
digital pop-up book of poems, Tonal Saw, a chapbook constructed from a  
religious tract, and Excess Exhibit, a flip-book of conjoined poems  
that mutate from constraint into rapturous abundance. She will also  
show digital work in progress and read selections from her recently  
completed manuscript Handiwork, whose poems explore the relationship  
between torture and writing, trauma and creativity through a  
combination of Oulipo constraint and surreal lyricism.

Web site: http://cms.mit.edu/events/talks.php#033111
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
cms at mit.edu

Thursday, March 31, 2011

BUDRUS - Film Screening

Time: 7:00p–8:30p

Location: 6-120

***WOMEN TAKE THE REEL*** 2011 Film Festival Celebrating Women's  
History Month***

It takes a village to unite the most divided people on earth.

Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a  
Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah  
and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement  
to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel's Separation  
Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam,  
launches a women's contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.  
Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet  
little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is  
still gaining ground today.

In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its  
infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to  
confront a threat. While this film is about one Palestinian village,  
it tells a much bigger story about what is possible in the Middle East.

Discussion with film director/producer to follow.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/wgs/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Women's and Gender Studies, Graduate Consortium in Women's  
Studies, Palestine at MIT, The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT,  
Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:
The Friendly WGS Staff
wgs at mit.edu

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Making Synthetic Biologists - iGEM the International Genetically  
Engineered Machine Competition

Speaker: Randy Rettberg

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: NE-30, Broad Institute Auditorium

IEEE/ACM Joint Seminar Series
Exploring the edge of computing technology.

Can simple biological systems be built from standard, interchangeable  
parts and operated in living cells? OR, is biology so complicated that  
every case is unique? The minicomputer revolution thrived on  
interchangeable parts from the TTL catalogue. There was a rich  
explosion in computer companies, semiconductor companies, and the  
industries that supported and used those computers. Today, the  
biotechnology industries are like the mainframe companies of the  
1960's. Can the engineering principles of standardization and  
interchangeable parts create an industrial revolution of synthetic  
biology based on standard parts? iGEM, the International Genetically  
Engineered Machine Competition is implementing this vision. Each year  
teams of undergraduate students are given a kit of 1000 biological  
parts as DNA. The parts include sensors for small molecules, coding  
regions for various proteins, and other control parts. Over the  
summer, the teams build systems from these parts and make new parts of  
their own. They come together at MIT in the fall, present their work,  
win prizes, and have fun meeting other new synthetic biologists.

Randy Rettberg is the Founder and Director of iGEM at MIT. Previously,  
he worked as a computer and network designer at BBN, Apple, and Sun.

Joint meeting of the Boston Chapters of the IEEE Computer and  
Engineering in Medicine
and Biology Societies, the MIT biological engineering and biomedical  
engineering student group (BE-BMES) and GBC/ACM.

Web site:http://ewh.ieee.org/r1/boston/computer/Rettbergtalk.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): ACM & IEEE/CS
For more information, contact:
Peter Mager
p.mager at computer.org

Friday, April 01, 2011

Approaches to Professionalism in the Face of Mismanagement or  
Corruption in Developing Countries

Speaker: Jonathan Richmond, MIT

Time: 12:00p–2:00p

Location: W20-307

This speaker series brings at least three speakers each semester to  
the MIT campus to talk about their expertise in fields that are  
studied by members of the Transportation Students Group, including  
transit, airlines, high speed rail, and intelligent transportation  

Efforts to help developing countries move forward frequently fail  
because they inadequately respond to the prevalence of mismanagement  
or corruption. International agencies tend to emphasize staffing with  
technically proficient personnel who deal with their developing  
country clients primarily in a language of economic rationality.

Despite the existence of anti-corruption units, far more needs to be  
done to both require and assist with governance reforms that are  
preconditions to development in countries troubled by corruption.

This talk will review attempts by the author to plan for major  
transportation improvements together with governance reforms in  
Mauritius and Bangladesh while working for those countries' national  
governments as a World Bank funded transport adviser. It will discuss  
the problems encountered and propose new approaches to professionalism  
in development that promise greater effectiveness in assisting  
countries with governance problems and promoting their successful  

Light lunch provided.

Web site: http://ctl.mit.edu/distinguished-speakers
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Center for Transportation & Logistics
For more information, contact:
Veronica Hannan
vhannan at mit.edu

Friday, April 01, 2011

Saltpeter, the Mother of Gunpowder, and the Quest for Infinite  
Security in the Age of Bacon and Boyle

Speaker: David Cressy

Time: 12:00p–2:00p

Location: 16-128

David Cressy, Humanities Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio  
State University, will speak on "Saltpeter, the Mother of Gunpowder,  
and the Quest for Infinite Security in the Age of Bacon and Boyle"

Friday, April 1, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Rm. 16-128

Website: http://history.osu.edu/people/view/AllFac/678

All members of the MIT community are welcome (space permitting), but  
please reserve a place with Cheryl Butters (cbutters at mit.edu) at least  
one week in advance so that she can order enough food for everyone who  
will attend.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/concourse/www/series.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: free of charge, but RSVP to Cheryl
Tickets: RSVP to Cheryl
Sponsor(s): Concourse
For more information, contact:
Cheryl Butters
(617) 253-3200
cbutters at mit.edu

Friday, April 01, 2011

It is Necessary to Revolutionize Climate Prediction: Is it Possible?

Speaker: Professor Jagadish Shukla, Climate Dynamics, George Mason  

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 54-915

EAPS Department Lecture Series

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/news/dls.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0.00
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
For more information, contact:
Jacqui Taylor
jtaylor at mit.edu

Friday, April 01, 2011

MITFAC Celebr-ATE: A celebration of innovations that are building a  
healthy food system

Speaker: Michel Nishan

Time: 5:00p–8:00p

Location: 32-4th floor, R&D Pub

Join the MIT Food and Agriculture Collaborative (MITFAC) and Johnson &  
Wales College of Culinary Arts for a celebration of food! This  
inaugural MITFAC event will explore the problems with our current food  
system and showcase the solutions that are being developed within the  
MIT community. Hear sustainable food pioneer, chef, and author Michel  
Nishan discuss the role each of us can play in rebuilding our nation's  
food system, learn what the MIT community is doing to address some of  
the most pressing challenges to our food system, and watch chefs from  
Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts demonstrate the art of  
cooking with sustainable ingredients, and then taste their creations.

This event is open to everyone interested in improving our food  
system! We welcome attendees from both within the MIT community and  

April 1 | 5pm-8pm | MIT R&D Pub (4th Floor of Stata Center, 32 Vassar  
St., Cambridge)

Space is limited, so reserve your ticket today! Tickets are free and  
can be reserved at http://mitfac.eventbrite.com.

Web site: http://mitfac.eventbrite.com
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: http://mitfac.eventbrite.com
Sponsor(s): MIT Food & Agriculture Collaborative
For more information, contact:
Kristine Cass
food-exec at mit.edu

Friday, April 01, 2011

MIT China Forum: Sci-Tech Innovation and Scientific Development in China

Speaker: Dr. ZHOU Ji, President, Chinese Academy of Engineering

Time: 5:30p–6:45p

Location: 6-120

MIT China Forum lecture series

Web site: http://global.mit.edu/index.php/initiatives/china/china-forum/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT China Program, Office of the Associate Provost
For more information, contact:
Sean Gilbert
china at mit.edu

Friday, April 01, 2011

Architecture Lecture Series: The 22nd Schein Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Ryue Nishizawa, Architect, Sanaa, Tokyo

Time: 6:30p–8:00p

Location: 10-250

Architecture and Landscape

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:


Saturday, April 02, 2011

International Development Night @ the MIT Museum

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: N51, MIT Museum

Showcasing activities, programs, and ventures pursuing international  
development innovations in clean energy, future cities, safe water,  
healthcare, microfinance, village utilities, mobiles, humanitarian  
innovations, and much more!

Free and Open to the public

Hosted in collaboration with the 17th Annual
International Development Conference at Harvard's Kennedy School of  

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT, International  
Development Initiative, Graduate Student Life Grants

For more information, contact:
Laura Sampath
lsampath at mit.edu




Targeted Killings: The U.S., the U.N. and Accountability
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 28, 2011, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Allison Dining Room
Taubman Building, 5th Floor
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Education, Ethics, Information Technology,  
Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Philip Alston, Sidley Austin Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School;  
John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University School of  
Law; chair and co-director of NYU Law School Center for Human Rights  
and Global Justice; former United Nations special rapporteur for  
extrajudicial executions
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  carr_center at hks.harvard.edu, 617.495.5819
LINK  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/cchrp/events/2011/month03/PhilAlston_28.php

Digital Culture, Technology Platform Colloquium
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 28, 2011, 12 – 3 p.m.
WHERE  Room 112, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, MA 02138
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Brooke King: events at gsd.harvard.edu
LINK  http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/calendar/index.cgi


Monday, March 28
12:00pm - 1:30pm Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for  
Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS Cambridge, MA
"Do Americans Consume Too Little Natural Gas?" Erich Muehlegger, HKS.
louisa_lund at hks.harvard.edu 617-4955-8693

Fragmentation of the True North: Canada's Identity Crisis in the Face  
of Environmental Politics
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 28, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  K262 - Bowie Vernon Room, WCFIA, CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social  
Sciences, Special Events
SPEAKER(S)  Severn Cullis-Suzuki, cultural and environmental activist  
and writer
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK  http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/programs/canada


Tuesday, March 29, 12 p.m.
"Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama." Eric Alterman,  
Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College  
and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; columnist for The Nation;  
regular contributor to The Daily Beast.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge


How Will Japan Recover from the Great Earthquake?
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 29, 2011, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Bowie-Vernon Conference Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737  
Cambridge Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; co-sponsored by  
the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard  
Kennedy School
Kotaro Tamura, research associate, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations,  
Harvard University; member, House of Councillors (2002-10); chairman,  
Committee on Land and Transport, House of Councillors (2008-09); and  
parliamentary secretary for economic and fiscal policy and for  
financial affairs, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan (2006-07)

Discussant: Koichi Hamada, Tuntex Professor of Economics, Yale  
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Xiao Tian: xtian at wcfia.harvard.edu
LINK  http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/schedule/schedule.htm


Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Self-Branding in Web 2.0Alice  
Marwick, Microsoft Research
Tuesday, March 29, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu 
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
) and archived on our site shortly after.

In the mid-2000s, journalists and businesspeople heralded “Web 2.0”  
technologies such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook as signs of a new  
participatory era that would democratize journalism, entertainment,  
and politics. By the decade’s end, this idealism had been replaced by  
a gold-rush mentality focusing on status and promotion. While the  
rhetoric of Web 2.0 as democratic and revolutionary persists, I will  
contend that a primary use of social media is to boost user status and  
popularity, maintaining hierarchy rather than diminishing it. This  
talk focuses on three status-seeking techniques that emerged with  
social media: micro-celebrity, self-branding, and life-streaming. I  
examine interactions between social media and social life in the San  
Francisco “tech scene” to show that Web 2.0 has become a key aspect  
of social hierarchy in technologically mediated communities.

About Alice
Alice Marwick is a postdoctoral researcher in social media at  
Microsoft Research New England and a research affiliate at the Berkman  
Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Her work looks  
at online identity and consumer culture through lenses of privacy,  
surveillance, consumption, and celebrity. Alice has a PhD from the  
Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University,  
a MA from the University of Washington and a BA from Wellesley  
College. She has published in New Media and Society, Convergence,  
First Monday, Critical Studies in Media Communication and Information,  
Communication & Society. Marwick is a frequent presenter at academic  
and industry conferences and has appeared in The New York Times, The  
American Prospect, The Guardian, BusinessWeek and Wired Magazine. Her  
dissertation, "Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Self-Branding  
in Web 2.0" is available at her blog, http://www.tiara.org/blog.


Tusday, March 29
3:00pm - 4:15pm Belfer Center Directors' Seminar
Belfer Center Library (L369) Harvard Kennedy School 79 JFK St  
Cambridge, MA
"How and Why Cancun Trumped Copenhagen." Professor Robert N. Stavins,  
Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy  
POSITIVE RSVP ONLINE ONLY:http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/stavins.html


The Military and the Media: Two Perspectives — Iraq and Pakistan
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 29, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Weatherhead Center  
for International Affairs, Room N-262.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
SPEAKER(S)  Wajahat Khan, Joan Shorenstein Fellow on the Press,  
Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, and  
Emma Sky, fellow at the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO  Donna Hicks: dhicks at wcfia.harvard.edu


Tuesday, March 29
4:00pm - 6:00pm Speaking Out and Speaking Up: The Critical Role of  
Scientists in Shaping Sound Public Policy
Dudley House, Harvard University Cambridge, MA
Workshop and Discussion - Sean Meyer and Jean Sideris, Union of  
Concerned Scientists
with featured Guest - Professor James McCarthy. Food and drink will be  
RSVP requested at http://goo.gl/XuXNJ


The Harvard GSD Symposia on Architecture / The Eclipse of Beauty: Taste
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 29, 2011, 6:30 – 8 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
SPEAKER(S)  Evan Douglis, Evan Douglis Studio, dean, Rensselaer  
Polytechnic Institute; George Teyssot, professor, Laval University,  
School of Architecture, Quebec City
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Brooke King: events at gsd.harvard.edu
What has happened to architectural beauty? It used to be the  
fundamental value of architectural theory and practice, the touchstone  
of every conceivable achievement for a discipline that considered  
itself primarily as an art. Today, the word is seldom pronounced by  
theorists and professionals, at least in public. Even critics and  
historians tend to avoid the loaded term.
What has happened to architectural beauty? Its eclipse is all the more  
surprising given that architectural aesthetics is everywhere. The  
architectural star-system is to a large extent based on signature  
forms that herald the originality of their authors. The so-called  
"Guggenheim effect" has fundamentally to do with the visual seduction  
exerted by Frank Gehry's project on a large public, from connoisseurs  
to simple passers-by. It has paved the way for all sorts of  
prestigious architectural commissions, often linked to the cultural  
sector, museums, libraries, opera houses requiring visually striking  
answers that can be appreciated by a broad audience. Usually entrusted  
to a relatively small cohort of elite architects, these commissions  
nevertheless contribute to define the tone of contemporary  
architectural debate. Even if the term beauty is rarely invoked to  
characterize their power of seduction, the aesthetic dimension plays a  
determining role.
LINK http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/calendar/index.cgi


Egypt: The Revolution and Its Repercussions
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 30, 2011, 2 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  Center for Middle Eastern Studies
38 Kirkland Street, Room 102
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Kirk J. Beattie, professor of political science and  
international relations, Simmons College, Boston
CONTACT INFO  Sara Roy: sroy at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/2419


Wednesday, March 30
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Speaking Out and Speaking Up: The Critical Role of Scientists in  
Shaping Sound Public Policy
Dudley House, Harvard University Cambridge, MA
Workshop and Discussion - Sean Meyer and Jean Sideris, Union of  
Concerned Scientists
with featured Guest - Professor James McCarthy. Food and drink will be  
RSVP requested at http://goo.gl/XuXNJ


Wednesday, March 30
"Weather and Death in India: Mechanisms and Implications of Climate  

Michael Greenstone, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

4:10 p.m. L-382 Harvard Kennedy School 79 JFK St
Contact Name: Jason Chapman jason_chapman at harvard.edu


Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

WHEN  Wed., Mar. 30, 2011, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  13 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138
TYPE OF EVENT  Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME  Amber Haskins
CONTACT EMAIL  askwith_forums at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION/DEPARTMENT  Harvard Graduate School of Education
Speaker: Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers,  


Restoring an Urban Watershed: Ecology, Equity, and Design New  
Directions in EcoPlanning Annual Lecture
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 30, 2011, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Environmental Sciences, Lecture,  
Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Museum of Natural History
SPEAKER(S)  Anne Whiston Spirn, award-winning author, photographer,  
and professor of landscape architecture and planning at the  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Mill Creek neighborhood of West Philadelphia once epitomized the  
failures of 20th-century urban policies and development, resulting in  
an economically depressed, racially-segregated community plagued with  
vacant land, subsiding ground, and flooded basements on the buried  
floodplain of the creek. Anne Whiston Spirn, lauded by the Boston  
Globe as an "urban visionary" will focus on the story of Mill Creek's  
restoration as a model for uniting science, design, and community  
engagement to address social and environmental problems. Spirn will  
stress how "landscape literacy" is just as critical to those solutions  
as verbal literacy was to the American Civil Rights movement of the  
1950s and 1960s.
LINK  http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/lectures_and_special_events/index.php


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  

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.


PON Film Series Presents: Budrus

WHEN  Wed., Mar. 30, 2011, 7:15 – 10 p.m.
WHERE  Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Film, Religion, Social Sciences,  
Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Ronit Avni, Producer of Budrus
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  jmayer at law.harvard.edu
Join us for the Program on Negotiation Film Series presentation of  
"Budrus," followed by a discussion with the film's producer, Ronit  
Avni. Admission is free. Pizza and drinks will be served.
Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from  
all political factions and Israelis to save his village from  
destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable  
until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s  
contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.
LINK  http://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/budrus/


The Arctic: An Area of Conflict and Cooperation
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 31, 2011, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St., Bowie-Vernon Room  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Program on Transatlantic Relations of the  
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; co-sponsored by the  
Boston Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany
SPEAKER(S)  Helga Haftendorn, professor emeritus, Free University of  
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Ann Townes: atownes at wcfia.harvard.edu
Helga Haftendorn is one of the most distinguished German scholars in  
international relations. She has been a frequent visiting scholar in  
the United States, received numerous awards and served, inter alia, as  
president of the International Studies Association. Haftendorn has  
published widely on transatlantic relations, European affairs, and  
problems of strategy and arms control.


Thursday, March 31
4:00pm - 6:00pm The Greening of America's Schools
Land Lecture Hall, Belfer Building (HKS) 79 JFK St Cambridge, MA
“Intersections of Environmental and Education Policy.” The HKS  
EdPIC proudly presents Peter Bahouth (President of US Climate Action  
Network, and former Executive Director of Greenpeace), Rachel Gutter  
(Director of Center for Green Schools), and Jean Wallace (CEO of Green  
Woods Charter School of Philadelphia, PA)


JFK Jr. Forum: 2011 Corliss Lamont Lecture by the Hon. Bill Richardson

WHEN  Thu., Mar. 31, 2011, 6 p.m.
WHERE  JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St., Cambridge,  
MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard University Institute of Politics
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy  
SPEAKER(S)  BILL RICHARDSON: Institute of Politics Visiting Fellow,  
governor of New Mexico (2003-2011), United States secretary of energy  
(1998-2001), United States ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998)




Monday, March 28
12:30pm Tufts Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar
Crowe Room (Goddard 310), The Fletcher School Tufts University  
Medford, MA
"Decarbonization in US Energy: Trends, Drivers and Challenges."   
Kathleen Araújo, Doctoral Research Fellow, The Fletcher School and  
Doctoral Candidate, MIT.
Contact Name: Jacqueline Deelstra Jacqueline.Deelstra at tufts.edu




Wednesday, March 30, 2011
114 Dana Research Center
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“Graphene-based Materials, Energy, and Sustainability”
Professor, Cockrell Family Regents Chair, The University of Texas at  


Graphene-based materials hold promise due to their exceptional  
electronic and thermal transport, mechanical properties, high specific  
surface area, and that they can act as an atom thick layer, barrier,  
or membrane. Our micromechanical exfoliation approaches [1,2]  
conceived of in 1998 yielded multilayer graphene and one paper  
particularly clearly delineated how monolayer graphene could be  
obtained [1]. Two main research areas of our group are: (i) Growth of  
large area graphene on metal substrates, material characterization and  
properties, and use in various devices, and (ii)the generation, study,  
and use of colloids consisting of graphene-based platelets dispersed  
in liquids, and powders derived from such colloids. These two areas  
will be described in this lecture.  A history of experimental work on  
graphene (from discovery in 1969 to now) is provided at: http://bucky-central.me.utexas.edu/RuoffsPDFs/Ruoff%20Graphene%20December%202010 
Other topics will include the potential for graphene-based (and other  
carbon-based) materials in ‘energy systems’ (for energy generation,  
transmission, and storage), and sustainability.

Professor Rod Ruoff joined The University of Texas at Austin as a  
Cockrell Family Regents endowed chair in September, 2007. He earned  
his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Illinois-Urbana  
in 1988, and was a Fulbright Fellow in 1988-89 at the Max Planck  
Institute fuer Stroemungsforschung in Goettingen, Germany. Prior to  
joining UT-Austin, he was the John Evans Professor of Nanoengineering  
in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University  
and director of NU’s Biologically Inspired Materials Institute from  
2002-2007. He has co-authored 250 peer-reviewed publications devoted  
to chemistry, physics, materials science, mechanics, engineering, and  
biomedical science, is co-founder of Graphene Energy, Inc. and the  
founder of Graphene Materials, LLC. and Nanode, Inc.  Dr. Ruoff is on  
the editorial board of IEEE-Nano; Composites, Science, and Technology;  
Carbon; Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems; and is a Managing  
Editor and Editorial Board Member of NANO. He was a Distinguished  
Chair Visiting Professor at Sungkyukwan University’s Advanced  
Institute of NanoTechnology (SAINT) for several years.


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 




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  
	• Jonathan Nash, Director of Business  Development, NewStream
	• Patrick Cloney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy  
	• 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 




E+ Green Building Announcement & Discussion
Monday, March 28, 2011
from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)
Waterfront Square at Atlantic Wharf
290 Congress Street
Boston MA

Register at http://bostongreenbuilding.eventbrite.com/

Please join Mayor Thomas M. Menino for the announcement of the  
Mayor’s E+ Green Building Demonstration Program

A 1 to 4 Family Green RFP for Designer / Builder Teams
and a talk on Future Friendly Green Homes for Boston;  meeting  
tomorrow’s needs today

by Paul Eldrenkamp, Byggmeister, Inc.

Discussion and light refreshments to follow

The Mayor's E+ Green Building Program is an initative of the  
Department of Neighborhood Development, the Office of Environment and  
Energy Services and the BRA

contact: John.dalzell.bra at cityofboston.gov


Somerville Climate Action and Representative Denise Provost Film  
Series Present

The Economics of Happiness (www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org)

Monday, March 28, 2011 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
followed by a discussion with Julie Matthaei, Economics Professor at  
Wellesley College
and Joe Grafton of Somerville Local First

Tufts University Barnum Hall, Rm. 008
163 Packard Ave, Medford (side entrance on Packard Ave)

Come see this powerful new film by by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven  
Gorelick & John Page

Co-sponsored by:
Boston Area Solidarity Economy Network, Mass. Coalition for Healthy  
Communities (masschc.org), The Somerville Community Growing Center  
(theGrowingCenter.org), Somerville Local First  
(SomervilleLocalFirst.org), Greater Boston Slow Money

Featuring voices from six continents, including:
Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Zac Goldsmith, Michael   
Shuman, Samdhong Rinpoche, Andrew Simms, Richard Heinberg, Chris   
Johnstone, Juliet Schor, Clive Hamilton, Keibo Oiwa, Rob Hopkins

See http://campusmaps.tufts.edu/medford/ for directions. Please bike  
or usepublic transportation (http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/adminsvc/?pid=6 

Download the flyer here:
RSVP to the Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193114760721533


Monday March 28, 7 pm
Lucy Parsons Center, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston.
Directions: http://lucyparsons.org/directions.php

Brian Tokar and Maggie Zhou of the activist network Climate SOS will  
discuss the global climate crisis, its implications for worldwide  
struggles for justice, and the emergence of the climate  justice  

Brian Tokar is a long-time activist and author, and current director  
of the Institute for Social Ecology  based in Plainfield, Vermont. He  
is the author of the recently published books,
Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives  on the Climate Crisis and Social  
Change (http://www.akpress.org/2010/items/towardclimatejustice), and  
Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal (http://www.monthlyreview.org/books/agriculturefood.php 
).  His other books include The Green Alternative, and Earth for Sale.
Maggie Zhou is a molecular and computational biologist now turned full- 
time, volunteer climate and environmental campaigner and amateur  
climate scientist.  She is with Climate SOS (a member of the  
international network Climate Justice Now!), Massachusetts Coalition  
for Healthy Communities, and the US Green party.  She has been working  
on building the climate justice movement, exposing false climate  
solutions and market fundamentalism, as well as exposing militarism  
and the current imperial world order at the root of failure in climate  
policy and climate negotiations.

Please pass around.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments served.


Nerd Nite
Monday March 28, 2011 — 8pm
at the Middlesex, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge In Central Square

The lineup:

Talk 1: “The Sexy Social Science of NBA Basketball: Insights into  
Economics, Sociology, and Psychology from Professional Hoops”
by Adam Waytz

Talk 2:  Title TBA
By Matt Boch



Forum on new state climate action plan
Cambridge residents can hear about the new, far-reaching Massachusetts  
clean energy and climate plan at a community meeting on
Tuesday, March 29, 7:00-8:30 PM
Cambridge Senior Center

David Cash, Undersecretary for Policy at the Massachusetts Executive  
Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will present the plan.   
State Rep. Will Brownsberger and Eugenia Gibbons of the Environmental  
League of Massachusetts will comment, and everyone will be able to ask  
questions and share ideas about how to help implement the plan and  
ensure that the state reaches its goal of 25% reductions in greenhouse  
gas emissions below 1990 levels statewide by 2020.  The event is  
cosponsored by the City and local and state environmental groups.


Ford Hall Forum

“Haiti and Aid Effectiveness”
with Ronald Bernard (Heller School of Social and Policy Management at  
Brandeis) and Gregory Adams (Oxfam America); moderator William Dorcena  
(Ford Hall Forum Board member)
Thursday, March 31, 6:30-8 pm
Main Function Room, Suffolk University Law School

Ronald Bernard, Haitian aid recipient and graduate student at The  
Heller School for Social and Policy Management at Brandeis University,  
and Gregory Adams, Aid Effectiveness Director at Oxfam America, join  
moderator William Dorcena, Ford Hall Forum board member and co-founder  
of The Boston Haitian Reporter, to give voice to the troubled recovery  
after Haiti’s devastating earthquake.  Bernard reviews demonstrated  
drawbacks in U.S. aid delivery to Haiti while Adams presents how the  
experience in Haitihas revolutionized international relief  
organizations.  From the spread of cholera to difficulties in texting  
donations, the glacial pace of observable healing in Haiti prompts the  
question of whether our nation sincerely intends to help.


April 1st: Common Security Clubs showing Inside Job

You know what they say. Fool me once, shame on you - fool me twice,  
shame on me. The big banks and lax regulators sure did fool us once,  
to  the tune of billions of dollars and a worldwide economic meltdown.  
And  unless things change, they?re on track to fool us again.

Don't let them get away with it.  Organize a "We Won?t Be Fooled  
Again"  party!  Rent or buy the movie "Inside Job" and watch it with a  
few  friends or neighbors on Friday, April 1.  List your party here  
on  Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=190850457618079)  
and we'll send one randomly selected party a free copy of the DVD.

Use this discussion guide (http://commonsecurityclub.org/2010/03/22/don%E2%80%99t-get-fooled-again-inside-job-discussion-questions/ 
) to talk about it the film ? and to talk about what steps you can  
take  to increase your own economic security.  For the full Teacher's  
Guide to  the film, visit http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/

If you're part of a Common Security Club, you're learning about the   
causes of the meltdown and exploring a new type of economic security   
that?s not based on Wall Street's "phantom wealth," but on the real   
wealth generated by you and your community.  Sign Up at  
commonsecurityclub.org to hear news from the Common Security Club  

If you're in Washington DC on April 1, attend an "Inside Job" public   
screening and discussion moderated by Chuck Collins at the Festival   
Center. For details, visit http://www.ipsdc.org/events/economic_meltdown_lets_not_get_fooled_again
Wall Street fooled us once ? don?t let them do it again.  Get  
informed  and get moving to increase your independence from their  
phantom wealth  traps.

Sarah Byrnes
Common Security Clubs Organizer

About the movie: Inside Job won this year's Academy Award for best   
documentary.  It is a comprehensive analysis exposing the shocking  
truth  behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial  
meltdown, at a  cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of  
people losing their  homes and jobs. Through extensive research and  
interviews with major  financial insiders, politicians and
journalists, the documentary traces  the rise of a rogue industry and  
unveils the corrosive relationships  which have corrupted politics,  
regulation and

Places to rent the movie:  Try your local library.  Other places:   
Amazon, Netflix, Barnes & Noble


Weatherization Barnraising reset for April 3rd! 1230 to 5 pm

The Seventh Day Adventist group had to reschedule the event.  They,  
and we, apologize.  But this gives you all more time to sign up for  
the event.  This is a building that had a heating bill in February of  
over $1,500. This is a great site where we can make a huge  
difference.  The site is a home where over 20 members of the  
congregation want to learn how to steward the planet.  Help out one of
the only all-vegetarian churches.  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  

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

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




Smart Building Workshop – High performance homes, Stretch Energy  
Code, MA Base Code

Tuesday, April 5, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344  
Broadway, Second Floor Meeting Room

In this workshop you will learn how to build homes that are durable,  
healthy, comfortable, energy efficient, less costly to operate, are  
compliant with base and stretch energy codes, and discuss how to cost  
effectively go beyond the codes.  The workshop is free for building  
code officials and $25 for other attendees, but please register with  
the Center for EcoTechnology at https://www.123signup.com/servlet/SignUp?PG=1533104182300&P=153310400 
.  Co-sponsored by the MA Department of Energy Resources, Center for  
EcoTechnology, Conservation Services Group, and the City of Cambridge.


Urban Agriculture, the City, and Perceptions of Public Space
Rachel Eden Black, assistant professor and coordinator, Gastronomy  
Program, Boston University
Free Admission
Wednesday, April 6, 6 p.m.
Register at http://www.bu.edu/foodandwine/register/index.html


BASEA Forum:

Thursday, April 14th
Solar Decathlon -- Europe 2010 Overview and DC 2011 Massachusetts  


Tufts Energy Conference
April 15


"Best Practices for Local Sustainability"
April 15, 2011 | Holiday Inn | Marlborough, MA
Full Conference Details at www.MaSustainableCommunities.com

Early registration till March 15 at $60, $75 after March 15


"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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