[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Nov 20 19:26:40 PST 2011

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

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Monday, November 21, 2011
Constructing Industrial Hazard and Pollution: The Nineteenth-Century  
French State's Vision
Speaker: Genevieve Massard-Guibaud, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en  
Sciences Sociales
MIT, Building E51-275, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History Special Speaker
brown bag lunch

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): STS, History Office

For more information, contact:
Margo Collett
history-info at mit.edu


Monday, November 21, 2011
Glyoxal as a Probe of Atmospheric Oxidation and Aerosol Formation  
MIT, Building 54-915
Speaker: Frank Keutsch (University of Wisconsin)

MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) Series

The MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) is a student-run weekly  
seminar series within PAOC. Seminar topics include all research  
concerning the atmosphere and climate, but also talks about e.g.  
societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars usually take  
place on Monday from 12-1pm.

Web site: http://eaps-www.mit.edu/paoc/events/mass-seminar-frank-keutsch-univ-wisc
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars
For more information, contact:
Diane Ivy
mass at mit.edu


Monday, November 21
12 p.m.
"A Media Lesson from the Financial Meltdown"
Diana Henriques, senior financial writer at The New York Times and the  
author of The Wizard of Lies.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge


EBE Seminar
Monday, November 21, 2011
12 pm
Boston University, BRB 113, 5 Cummington Street, Boston

Effects of climate and landscape change on butterfly population dynamics
Elizabeth Crone, Harvard Forest

Ecologists are increasingly asked to predict effects of changing  
landscapes and environments on biodiversity. Can simple ecological  
theories make meaningful predictions in the absence of detailed  
biological knowledge?  I explore this question based on studies of  
butterfly populations and communities in Oregon, Massachusetts and the  
UK.  Key results include climate-driven changes in butterfly  
communities of Massachusetts during the past 20 years.

Lunch to follow in BRB 117
Please contact CECB for questions or comments:
cecb at bu.edu /// 617.353.6982


Monday, November 21, 2011
"Fukushima Disaster Response" Robot Competition
MIT, Building 3-370, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
The students of 2.12, Introduction to Robotics, will be competing for  
the term project robot contest. This year's theme is "Fukushima  
Disaster Response". Please join us to see semi-autonomous robots that  
can enter a damaged nuclear reactor building, deliver cooling agent to  
critical spots, and shut down failed pipes.

Refreshments will be served.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering Dept.

For more information, contact:
Sucharita Berger Ghosh
sbghosh at mit.edu


Metro West Farm to School Initiative
Monday, November 21
3-5 p.m.
Weston High School Media Center, 444 Wellesley St, Weston, MA.

Please join us for the Metro West Farm to School Initiative on  
November 21:  We will be hosting a panel discussion focusing on the  
supply and demand challenges and opportunities facing farms and school  
districts who are trying to bring more farm-fresh produce into school  
lunches in the Metro West area.  Our panel of farmers, food service  
professionals and local government representatives will address  
questions such as:
Are there benefits to collective purchasing?
Can small-scale community farms grow specially for schools?
Can school gardens complement school efforts?

If you have any questions please email Greenpower at landssake.org.   
Please excuse any cross listings.


How Finance Went Wrong, and How to Fix it: Some Worthwhile Canadian  
Initiatives — A Special Seminar To Celebrate the Publication of "Re- 
Creating Canada: Essays in Honor of Paul Weiler"
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 21, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  East Dining Room, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street,  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences,  
Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for  
International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Randall Morck, Stephen Jarislowsky Distinguished Chair in  
Finance, University of Alberta
COST  Free and open to the public and off the record
CONTACT INFO  Canada at wcfia.harvard.edu
NOTE  This is a special seminar to celebrate the new publication of  
"Re-Creating Canada: Essays in Honor of Paul C. Weiler."
LINK  http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/seminars/canada/schedule


Monday, November 21 2011
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Refreshments: 3:45PM
Location: MIT, Building 32-G882 (Stata Center - Hewlett Room) 32  
Vassar Street, Cambridge

How Can We Measure Social Life? New Approaches for Studying Social  
Interactions and Relationships from Everyday Conversations
Izhak Shafran, Oregon Health and Science University

For over 50 years, social psychologists and social scientists have  
relied on subjects' self-reported answers to carefully designed  
questionnaire as the primary tool for measuring social interactions,  
relationships and behaviors. While these tools are valuable in  
capturing subjects' perspective, they are notoriously unreliable,  
especially, in probing subjects' with cognitive impairments. Moreover,  
there are clear limitations on the temporal and contextual details  
that even high functioning adults can recall.

This talk will trace recent advances in developing complementary  
objective measures and will delve into our recent work whose goal is  
to study the relationship between social life of older adults and the  
rate of cognitive decline. In this preliminary study, we collected a  
comprehensive and naturalistic corpus comprising of all incoming and  
outgoing telephone conversations from 8 homes over the duration of a  
year. We utilize limited metadata to develop an automated score for  
characterizing the social nature of telephone calls from their  
content. To gain further insight into the nature of natural telephone  
conversations, we analyze our corpus from multiple perspectives. For  
example, we show that 30-words of openings are sufficient to predict  
the type of conversation. This is in comparison to 30-word closings,  
which were found to be no better than random segments -- a result  
contrary to what one might expect from prior assertion from social  
psychology that pre-closings differ significantly in personal and  
business conversations.

This work has wider applications in designing smart user interfaces in  
portable devices and in social network analysis where links can now be  
augmented with weights that relate to nature of social relationship.

Izhak Shafran is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Spoken  
Language Understanding in Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)  
in Portland. His primary research has been in large vocabulary speech  
recognition. Recently, he began investigating novel methods for  
assessing cognitive and social abilities in the context of  
neurodegenerative diseases. Before joining OHSU, he was a research  
faculty at the Center for Speech and Language Processing in Johns  
Hopkins University and a research member at AT&T's Research Lab in  
Florham Park. He received an NIH Career Development Award in 2010.

Contact: Marcia Davidson, 617-253-3049, marcia at csail.mit.edu


Monday, November 21 2011
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Refreshments: 3:45PM
MIT, Building 32-D463, Star Conference Room, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Internet of Things is around the Corner
Speaker: Yrjö Neuvo, Aalto University (formerly Helsinki University of  

Future development of embedded systems can be seen as a one way  
street, we move towards more and more complex systems where embedded  
intelligence plays an ever increasing role.  The systems will be more  
and more interconnected and cooperative. The Internet together with  
the very fast growth of wireless data speeds and coverage is the key  
enabler of this development. Car and smart phone are good examples of  
how increasing system interconnectivity enables innovative smart  
applications. Internet and embedded intelligence in home appliances  
provides significant savings in energy consumption. The low cost of  
wireless connectivity has made it possible to have even single light  
bulbs connected to Internet.  Internet of Things has been around in  
science fiction style discussions for slightly over a decade.  
Interconnected large scale embedded systems are now making Internet of  
Things real. The role of Internet of Things in addressing our global  
scale challenges like energy and climate is significant.

Bio:  Yrjö Neuvo received his Ph. D, degree from Cornell University in  
1974. Currently he is Professor and Research Director at Aalto  
University (formerly Helsinki University of Technology). He was Chief  
Technology Officer and a member of the Group Executive Board in Nokia  
in 1993 – 2005. His responsibilities included managing mobile phones  
R&D. Before joining Nokia, he had a 19 year academic career as  
Professor of Signal Processing at Tampere University of Technology, as  
National Research Professor at the Academy of Finland and as Visiting  
Professor at University of California, in Santa Barbara, USA.
He has been Chairman of ARTEMIS Joint Technology Initiative Governing  
Board 2007 – 2008, Bureau Member of European Science and Technology  
Assembly (ESTA) 1994 – 1997. He was General Chairman of the 1988 IEEE  
International Symposium on Circuits and Systems of the IEEE  
International Conference on Communications (ICC 2001). Currently he is  
Member of Governing Board (and its Executive Committee) of European  
Institute of Innovation and Technology. He is also Board Member of two  
listed companies Metso and Vaisala as well as three high tech start- 
ups. He has received four honorary doctorates and is Life Fellow of  
the IEEE. Asteroid 1938 DN carries his name.

Contact: Mary McDavitt, 617-253-9620, mmcdavit at csail.mit.edu


Heat Transfer
Nathan Myhrvold (former Microsoft CTO; co-founder and CEO of  
Intellectual Ventures; and author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and  
Science of Cooking)
When:  Nov 21, 2011 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where:  Harvard, Science Center C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Speaker Biography:
Nathan Myhrvold founded Intellectual Ventures after retiring from his  
position as chief strategist and chief technology officer of Microsoft  
Corporation. He earned a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical  
physics and a master's degree in mathematical economics from Princeton  
University. He is author of “Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science  
of Cooking,” was released in March 2011.
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Contact:  Christina Andujar
candujar at seas.harvard.edu


Monday, November 21, 2011


MIT Building 26-100


GWAMIT and WGS are very excited to announce that we will be hosting a  
screening of the documentary Miss Representation at MIT! The film  
exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of  
women in positions of power and influence in America. The film  
challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of  
women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve  
leadership positions and for the average women to feel powerful herself.

The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and has been  
showing at sold-out screenings around the country. There will be a  
screening and short moderated discussion afterwards about the film.

Web site: http://missrepresentation.org
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Women's and Gender Studies, Graduate Women @ MIT

For more information, contact:
lindy_l at mit.edu


Population Aging and Its Macroeconomic Consequences Around the World
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 21, 2011, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Center for Population and Development  
SPEAKER(S)  Ronald Lee, Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Family Professor  
of Economics, professor of demography, director, Center on Economics  
and Demography of Aging, University of California, Berkeley


November 21, 2011
Austin East Classroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School, 1515  
Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Free and Open to the Public; RSVP required for those attending in  
person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2011/11/palfrey#RSVP
Reception to follow
Intellectual Property Strategy
John Palfrey, Berkman Center Faculty Co-Director and Vice Dean for  
Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School
Special guests will include Terry Fisher, Eric von Hippel, Lawrence  
Lessig, Phil Malone, Jonathan Zittrain, and more

Entrepreneurs, corporate managers and nonprofit administrators should  
look at intellectual property as a key strategic asset.  Most managers  
leave intellectual property issues to the legal department, unaware  
that an organization’s intellectual property can help accomplish a  
range of management goals, from accessing new markets to improving  
existing products to generating new revenue streams. In his new  
book,Intellectual Property Strategy (MIT Press),  intellectual  
property expert, head of the Harvard Law School Library, and Berkman  
Center faculty co-director John Palfrey offers a short briefing on  
intellectual property strategy for them. Palfrey argues for strategies  
that go beyond the traditional highly restrictive “sword and  
shield” approach, suggesting that flexibility and creativity are  
essential to a profitable long-term intellectual property strategy-- 
especially in an era of changing attitudes about media.

Join us for a discussion on the book and a demonstration of an iPad  
app that will offer interactive media features with leaders in the IP  
field, and showcase new ways in which innovative organizations and  
people can employ multiple intellectual property approaches .

The book is part of the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series,  which  
presents short, accessible books on need-to-know subjects in a variety  
of fields, written by leading thinkers.

About John
John Palfrey is Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for  
Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. He is the co- 
author of "Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital  
Natives" (Basic Books, 2008) and "Access Denied: The Practice and  
Politics of Internet Filtering" (MIT Press, 2008). His research and  
teaching is focused on Internet law, intellectual property, and  
international law. He practiced intellectual property and corporate  
law at the law firm of Ropes & Gray. He is a faculty co-director of  
the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.  
Outside of Harvard Law School, he is a Venture Executive at Highland  
Capital Partners and serves on the board of several technology  
companies and non-profits. John served as a special assistant at the  
US EPA during the Clinton Administration. He is a graduate of Harvard  
College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School.


 From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace:  Dialogue about a  
world without nuclear weapons
WHEN  Tue., Nov. 22, 2011, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Rotunda, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 5 Eliot  
Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Exhibitions, Social Sciences, Special  
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Kennedy School India Caucus, Harvard  
Kennedy School Student Government, SGI-USA
COST  Admission is free
CONTACT INFO  Erendro Singh (Erendro_singh at hks12.harvard.edu),  
Michelle Dow Keawphalouk (keawphalouk at fas.harvard.edu), Teesta Jain (Jain at bbri.org 
), Yumi Masui (masui at fas.harvard.edu)


Tuesday, November 22, 2011
10 a.m.
Boston University, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 339, Boston
Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 9:45 a.m.

The New Silk Roads for Technology
Professor Fiorenzo G. Omenetto, Tufts University

The New Silk Roads for Technology
The use of silk as a material for technological applications has been  
introduced over the past few years. Silk is now finding new  
applications as a useful biocompatible material platform with utility  
in photonics and electronics, ranging from nanoscale optical lattices  
to metamaterials. Professor Omenetto will provide an overview on how  
purified silkworm silk can be reassembled, among other things, in a  
multitude of high quality, micro- and nanostructured optical and  
optoelectronic elements largely or entirely composed of this organic,  
bio-compatible and implantable protein matrix that truly opens a new  
silk road that brings together the biological and high-tech worlds.

For more information: http://www.bu.edu/ece/calendar


Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Rule Britannia: The Rise and Rise of UK Offshore Wind
Speaker: David Parkin, Head of Offshore Renewables at Atkins
MIT, Building E51-372, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
MIT Energy Club Lecture Series

David Parkin, Head of Offshore Renewables at Atkins, a UK Engineering  
consultancy and a current student at Sloan, will tell the story of UK  
offshore wind. He will cover early projects and the introduction of  
the Crown Estate leasing process, which has resulted in the most  
ambitious development plan in the world with a planned capacity of up  
to 50GW. His talk will be broadly non-technical and will cover areas  
including the development process, engineering, construction,  
financing and the regulatory environment. He will conclude by looking  
at the challenges facing the industry in the UK, and drawing some  
lessons for the development of an offshore wind sector in other  

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

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


The Spanish Revolution & the Internet: From free culture to meta- 
politicsMayo Fuster Morell, Berkman Center Fellow
Tuesday, November 22, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2011/11/morell#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
  at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

 From Mayo:

In the context of multiple crises – ecological, political, financial  
and geopolitical restructuring – large mobilizations are taking place  
in several countries.

In the Spanish case, we have seen some of the largest demonstrations  
since the country transitioned to democracy in the 70th with massive  
occupations of public squares, attempts to prevent parliaments  
functioning and citizen assemblies of thousands of people taking place  
in spring and autumn 2011. Furthermore, the free culture movement  
(FCM) played an important role in the rising and shaping of the  
mobilization. The campaign agents "Sinde Law" (on Internet regulation)  
in December 2010 and its afterworld meta-political derivation into  
"Don't vote them" campaign (referring to do not vote the parties which  
approved the law) are considered a starting point of the mobilization  
cycle. Additionally, FCM has influenced the agenda and organizational  
logic of the protest for a "True Democracy Now" (particularly in terms  
of the use of the new technologies); even if the mobilization has also  
caused an split between two sectors of the FCM itself.

The presentation will be based on a qualitative research analysis and  
aims to open up a debate on the similarities and contrast between the  
Spanish case and the mobilization that emerged in other places (such  
as Arab Countries, Iceland, Greece, Portugal, Israel, Chile or New  
York City).

About Mayo
Mayo Fuster Morell has developed research in the field of the Internet  
and politics; social movements (Global Justice Movement, Free Culture  
Movement and recent mobilization wave of "indignated" in Spain);  
online communities; common-base peer production; and public policies.  
She specializes in online methods and action-participation research.

Mayo recently concluded her PhD thesis (Title: Governance of online  
creation communities. Provision of infrastructure for the building of  
digital commons) at the European University Institute in Florence  
(2006-2010) under the supervision of Professor Donatella della Porta.  
She analyzed models of governance of common-based peer production and  
the relationship between governance, participation size and  
collaboration complexity. She combined a large N statistical analysis  
and case study comparisons (World Social Forum, Flickr, Wikihow and  


Tuesday, November 22

4:00–6:00 pm

MIT, Building E19-623, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Blind children see and in turn teach us neuroscience.
Pawan Sinha, Associate Professor of Vision and Computational  
Neuroscience, MIT


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

  4:00 PM (reception following),

MIT, Stata Center, Room 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The next level of modeling social interaction: How to detect, quantify  
and utilize emotional influence   . . . Abstract & Bio
Frank Schweitzer, ETH Zurich, and LIDS, MIT
Abstract:  Models of (bounded) rational agents failed to predict, or  
even capture, recent collective phenomena in social and economic  
systems. Ranging from the current financial crisis to the Arab spring,  
social "ingredients" such as herding, (dis)trust, empathy, agression,  
or other forms of positive or negative emotions seem to play the major  
role in amplifying critical situations.

Do we have tools to detect and to quantify such emotions? Online  
datasets (written text from fora, microblogs, or reviews) can be used  
to apply sentiment analysis algorithms and to map the writer's  
emotions along the dimensions of valence and arousal. But what do we  
learn from that analysis, beyond the nation's mood in the morning? How  
do expressed emotions affect the response of other users in the  
cyberspace? Can we develop an interaction model of emotional agents to  
reproduce the stylized facts observed? Could we even manipulate  
cyberemotions? (and can I answer all these questions in less than one  
hour? -- I'll try at least)


Biography:  Frank Schweitzer is Professor and Chair of Systems Design  
at ETH Zurich, one of the leading research universities in the world.  
Starting out as a theoretical physicist, he received a second Ph.D in  
philosophy of science, before turning his scientific interests on  
social and economic systems. Currently, he is a visiting professor at  

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Energy 101 : Oil and Gas
Speaker: Dr Dan Burns
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Energy 101 lecture series

Energy 101 presentation on the the oil and gas industry : scientific,  
technical and economical aspects.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
Aziz Abdellahi
aziz_a at mit.edu


Cultural Survival Bazaar
WHEN  Fri., Nov. 25, 10 a.m. – Sat., Nov. 26, 2011, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
NOTE  The Cultural Survival Bazaar is a festival of Native arts and  
culture from around the world, featuring Native artisans, performers,  
and handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artisans, fair  
trade, and Cultural Survival's nonprofit work throughout the world.
The bazaars will be every weekend from Friday, Nov. 25, to Sunday Dec.  
18, at four different locations (many offering free parking).
LINK  http://bazaar.culturalsurvival.org

Monday, November 28, 2011

Webinar: Start-Up Thinking: How Systems Thinking Helps Entrepreneurial  
Ventures Start, Grow, and Mature

Speaker: Sorin Grama, Founder and CEO, Promethean Power Systems; SDM  
Alumnus Sam White, Founder and Vice President for Business  
Development, Promethean Power Systems


Location: Virtual - registration at http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_112811/webinar-grama-entrepreneurial-ventures.html

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar  
Series 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 engineering,  
management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Soon after a business plan is hatched and long before manufacturing  
ramps up, start-ups begin to apply systems design principles to create  
their breakthrough products. It turns out that systems engineering, an  
art developed and perfected in large organizations, applies just as  
well to small entrepreneurial ventures. What can start-ups learn from  
the likes of Ford and Boeing? Sorin Grama and Sam White, who launched  
Promethean Power Systems just after Grama graduated from SDM, will  
discuss how systems thinking shaped their start-up journey and helped  
them address social challenges while developing their first product.

Website:  http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_112811/webinar-grama-entrepreneurial-ventures.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and  
Management (SDM) Program

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


Monday November 28, 2011
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge
In Central Square

Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money

Talk 1. “On the vices and joys of machining at home: Blue collar  
aspirations of white collar men.”
by Tom Trikalinos

Talk 2. “What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain”
by Brandon Moore

Contact http://boston.nerdnite.com/




OpenCourt: Transparency in the Court
Tuesday, November 29, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2011/11/opencourt#RSVP

This event will be webcast live at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
  at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

OpenCourt aims to create a model for judicial transparency in the U.S  
as envisioned by our Founders. This Knight News Challenge pilot  
project streams live daily coverage and posts it onto the Internet  
daily. The inherent tension in this project is between the First and  
Sixth Amendments -- the press’ right to free speech and citizens’  
rights to a fair trial.

Our streaming and archive videos represent a firehose of information.  
How do we increase the value of this raw footage -- by helping people  
use it, by contextualizing the content and meta-data such as subject  
tags to better organize and increase access to the information gathered.

Other challenges we face are how to scale up beyond a single courtroom  
and how to make the project sustainable.

John Davidow, Executive Producer

John Davidow was named WBUR’s executive editor of new media in July  
of 2009, where he has overseen the growth of the award-winning  
wbur.org. John joined WBUR as news director/managing editor in 2003  
after spending more than two decades as a journalist in Boston.  
John’s work has been recognized with national and regional awards  
from the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Associated  
Press and UPI. He has also been the recipient of a number of regional  
Emmy Awards. Davidow graduated from Tufts University with a  
bachelor’s in economics.

Joe Spurr, Director

Joe Spurr is a multimedia journalist and a web developer. Before  
coming to WBUR, he was the staff web developer for San Diego’s NPR  
station, which he helped completely overhaul in 2009. He pioneered the  
station’s adoption of Twitter and Google “My Maps” which  
culminated during the 2007 California wildfires, built layered,  
interactive maps to help track the drug-related murder surge in  
Tijuana, and produced in a roving, three-person skeleton crew from the  
DNC and RNC in 2008. Joe is a Boston native, a graduate of  
Northeastern University, and a former freelance reporter at the Boston  

Val Wang, Producer

Val Wang is an experienced writer and multimedia producer who has  
worked for Reuters Television, NBC News, and UNICEF in both New York  
and Beijing. She has also developed and produced documentaries airing  
on PBS, National Geographic Channel, and The History Channel. Val  
graduated from Williams College and has an MA from the Writing  
Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University. A recent transplant to  
Boston, she is excited to get an in-depth look into a unique corner of  
the city as well as into our nation’s judicial system.


Tech Tuesday: Meet the Rockstar Developers of Massachusetts
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (ET)
MicroSoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA

MassTLC is hosting the region's colleges and universities for a night  
of networking and pizza with the area's hottest developers!
Registration Opens at 5:30pm. The event will start at 6:00pm sharp!
Register at http://1129techtuesday-esearch.eventbrite.com/?srnk=13

Moderator:  Vinit Nijhawan, Managing Director, Technology Development  
Office and Lecturer School of Management & Director Enterprise  
Programs, ITEC, Boston University
Walt Doyle, CEO, WHERE
Eran Egozy, Founder, Harmonix Music Systems
Dharmesh Shah, Co-Founder, HubSpot
Jeremy Wertheimer, Founder, ITA Software by Google
We’re kicking off this unique night with a group of powerhouse  
developers who have successfully built companies and cool technologies  
that have powered a generation. We’ll discover the decisions that  
influenced the trajectory of their careers, from an idea through  
development, implementation and success. They’ll share their insights  
on triumphing and the lessons they learned along the way.

Next, developers from some of the region’s hottest companies will  
give a 20 second shout out on the cool technologies they’re working  
on and why you should learn more.  Students will then get a chance to  
network with the developers and visit their demos.

This is a must attend event for students and developers looking to  
connect with amazing technology companies in Massachusetts – from  
start-ups to well established enterprise – the opportunities for  
students in Massachusetts are endless!

Did we mention give aways? We will be giving away two $150 AMEX  
giftcards to students only! Details to come


Harvard Fall Freecycle

Wednesday, Nov.30th, 2011
9am-10:30am: drop off items
11am-2pm: browse, take and celebrate

Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin, 1st Fl. Lobby, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Freecycle is back! Don’t trash your office leftovers, freecycle  
them!  File folders, cabinets, printers/cartridges, books, lamps and  
other office supplies.  Please, NO: TVs, computers, large electronics,  
or large furniture. Save big items for Craigslist, the ReuseList or  

Please bring items to donate on the day of the event (9-10.30am). All  
leftover items will be donated to local charities.


“Winning the Clean Energy Race”: Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of  
Wednesday, November 30, 12:00-1:00pm
Morss Hall, Walker Memorial
Registration: www.mitenergyclub.org
Lunch will be served following Secretary Chu's remarks.

The MIT Energy Club and MIT Energy Initiative are pleased to welcome  
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to MIT who will be giving an  
address on November 30, 2011 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST on "Winning  
the Clean Energy Race."

Registration is now open at www.mitenergyclub.org and we highly  
encourage you register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot. The  
event is open to all MIT personnel, student and faculty from other  
neighboring universities, professionals, and other members of the  

Speaker Biography

As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu is charged with  
helping implement President Obama's ambitious agenda to invest in  
clean energy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, address the global  
climate crisis, and create millions of new jobs.

Dr. Chu is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the Nobel Prize  
for Physics (1997). He has devoted his recent scientific career to the  
search for new solutions to our energy challenges and stopping global  
climate change - a mission he continues with even greater urgency as  
Secretary of Energy.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Chu was the Director of the Department  
of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where he led the lab in  
pursuit of alternative and renewable energy technologies. He also  
taught at the University of California as a Professor of Physics and  
Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology. Previously, he held positions  
at Stanford University and AT&T Bell Laboratories.


Noam Chomsky: Democracy in America and Abroad

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 7:00 pm
Tufts University, Cabot Intercultural Center, ASEAN Auditorium, 160  
Packard Avenue, Medford


Smart Grid Webinar Sessions on December 1st
11:00AM EST
12:00PM EST

Attend this complimentary event to learn from leading smart grid  
experts. Speakers will discuss DOE smart grid initiatives and share  
the latest research on how utilities should articulate the value of  
smart grid investments.

US DOE Smart Grid Perspectives & Implementation Experience

The Value of Smarter Energy: Making the Case for Orchestrating the  
Dan T. Ton
Program Manager, Smart Grid Research & Development
U.S. Department of Energy
Bridget Meckley
Energy & Utilities Leader
IBM Center for Applied Insights


The Fate of Civic Education in a Connected WorldA "Fred Friendly"  
Monday, December 5, 6:00 pm
Austin East Classroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School, 1515  
Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Free and Open to the Public; RSVP required for those attending in  
person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2011/12/civiceducation#RSVP

Featuring Professor Charles Nesson as Provocateur and Ellen Condliffe  
Lagemann (Bard College), Peter Levine (Tufts University), Harry Lewis  
(Harvard SEAS), Elizabeth Lynn (Project on Civic Reflection) and Juan  
Carlos de Martin (Berkman Center) as participants.

Civic education is the cultivation of knowledge and traits that  
sustain democratic self-governance. The broad agreement that civic  
education is important disintegrates under close scrutiny. As the  
social networks of individuals become less based on geography and more  
based on friendships and common interests, consensus on shared civic  
values seems harder to achieve. American education is under stress at  
every level, and schools and colleges must re-imagine their commitment  
to civic education. This seminar will probe tensions that make civic  
education difficult, for example:

What's the problem? Doesn't everyone agree that civic education is  
important? Is civic education being squeezed out in schools, either  
because of the demands of subject testing or the desire to avoid  
political controversy?
Does the connectedness of social media support or impair the sorts of  
connections that lead to active citizenship?
Every tertiary institution wants to be a "global university." What, if  
any, are the civic responsibilities of a global institution? What  
civic values are transnational? Should American students learn the  
Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
What about civic education outside of school--for adults, prisoners,  
and the home-schooled, for example?
Then there was model UN; now there are online simulations. Do they  
achieve the same ends?
Does civic education include instruction in civic activism, using  
social media for example?
With connectedness come instantaneity and constant interruptions. Is  
it even possible to maintain anyone's attention on understanding  
anything as subtle as the complexities of representative government?
This lively, "Fred Friendly" style seminar is timed to coincide with  
publication of two edited volumes:  Teaching America: The Case for  
Civic Education (David Feith, ed.; Rowman & Littlefield), and What is  
College For?: The Public Purpose of Higher Education (Ellen Condliffe  
Lagemann and Harry Lewis, eds.)


Thursday, December 08 2011
7:00pm reception, program begins at 7:30 pm
1st Parish Unitarian Church, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

An Update on Deep Energy Retrofits for Buildings - the Intersection of  
Human-Based and Energy Efficient Design
Henry MacLean (Timeless Architecture) & Friends

Contact : http://www.basea.org/
The BASEA forums are held September through May, the second Thursday  
of each month, except as noted. The forums are free and open to the  


Friday, December 9, 2011
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

Renewable Energy-Related Transmission for New Englanders
Our 126th New England Electric Restructuring Roundtable focuses on  
renewable energy-related transmission for New Englanders. Utility- 
scale wind, hydro, and even solar must be sited in proximity to the  
resource, which is often far from population centers, thus  
necessitating the building of new transmission lines. The siting,  
cost, and cost allocation related to these lines is often no less  
(andsometimes more) controversial than the renewable energy resources  
they are built to transmit.  At this Roundtable we will explore  
numerous, very current, renewable energy-related transmission studies  
and proposed projects.

Edward Krapels, CEO, Anbaric Transmission - leading independent  
transmission developer's just-announced (11/14) BayState Offshore Wind  
Transmission System, to be located 25 miles off-shore Massachusetts to  
carry up to 2,000 MW of off-shore wind to the NE Grid
David Whiteley, Executive Director for the Eastern Interconnection  
Planning Collaborative (EIPC) - the collaborative scenario planning  
analysis currently underway on transmission and renewables for the  
entire Eastern Interconnect (comprising 24 RTOs and over 40 states)
Robert Mitchell, CEO, Atlantic Wind Connection - lead developer of  
proposed transmission line (20 miles off-shore between New Jersey and  
Virginia) to facilitate off-shore wind development (aka Google line)
David H. Boguslawski, VP Transmission Strategy/Operations,Northeast  
Utilities - NU/NSTAR proposed Northern Pass Transmission Project to  
bring approximately 1,200 MW of mainly hydro power from Québec to New  
England thru New Hampshire
Kurt Adams, Executive VP/CDO, First Wind - Wind developer's  
perspective on transmission, including potential transmission projects  
in Maine

We are working on rounding out the morning with another presentation  
on a related and timely topic TBD.




Free Solar Panels for Houses of Worship

 From a recent Mass Interfaith Power & Light (http://mipandl.org/) email
"We've recently been talking with DCS Energy (http:// 
www.dcsenergy.com/) who has an unbeatable offer: if your site  
qualifies, they design and install the panels at no cost, don't charge  
you for any electricity, and donate the system to your house of  
worship after five years. Your only costs will be for a building  
permit, possibly a structural engineer to verify that your roof can  
support their weight, and any preparatory work such as roof work or  
tree removal. If solar panels are so expensive how can anyone give  
them away for free? First, there is a federal grant program that is  
only available until November that pays for 30% of the cost of the  
system. Then there is an accelerated depreciation option that gives  
certain kinds of investors another tax advantage. Finally, the state  
awards a special allowance called a "Solar Renewal Energy  
Credit" (SRECs) to owners of solar electricity systems which are sold  
at auctions to utilities who buy them to meet their requirements under  
the Massachusetts' renewable portfolio standard. DCS is betting that  
the price of these SRECs will remain high.  Jim Nail, president of MA  
IP&L, has talked to DCS Energy and is currently having them prepare a  
proposal for his church, St. Dunstan's Episcopal in Dover.  Jim says,  
"The references I've talked to have been quite positive about the  
program and the company has been very responsive.  "If you think your  
site might qualify, contact Peter Carli, pete at dcsenergy.com, with the  
address of your house of worship and your contact information. He'll  
take a preliminary look at your site and advise you if it meets their  


Young World Inventors Success!

Young World Inventors (http://yinventors.wordpress.com/) finished  
their Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1036325713/youngworldinventorscom 
) to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in  
collaboration successfully.

New contributions, however, will be accepted.




Massachusetts Attitudes About Climate Change – An opinion survey of  
Massachusetts residents conducted by MassINC and sponsored by the Barr  
Foundation found that 77% of respondents believe that global warming  
has “probably been happening” and 59% of all respondents see see it  
as being at least partially caused by human pollution.  Only 42% of  
the state’s residents say global warming will have very serious  
consequences for Massachusetts if left unaddressed. The 18 to 29 age  
group is more likely to believe global warming is appearing and caused  
by humans compared to the 60+ age group.  African-American (56%) and  
Latino residents (69%) are more likely than white residents (40%) to  
believe global warming will be a very serious problem if left  
unaddressed.  The MassINC report, titled The 80 Percent Challenge:   
What Massachusetts must do to meet targets and make headway on climate  
change (http://www.massinc.org/Research/The-80-percent- 
challenge.aspx), contains many other findings.


The presentations from the recent Affordable Comfort National Home  
Performance Conference are available online at

Lots of good information from what some call the best energy  
conference in the USA on Deep Energy Retrofits to Community Energy  
Challenges with details on insulation, heat flow, energy metering,  
ducting, hot water, and many, many other topics.  If you are a  
practical energy wonk, this should make your eyes light up.


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


Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/


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://www.BostonScienceLectures.com

Boston Area Computer User Groups  http://www.bugc.org/










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