[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

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Sun Mar 25 18:56:15 PDT 2012

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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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A Handful of Futures, Corporate and Otherwise   http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/22/1076640/-A-Handful-of-Futures-Corporate-and-Otherwise


Monday, March 26

"But Will the Planet Notice? Why only economists -- not recyclers --  
can stop global warming"
Monday, March 26, 2012
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street,  

Gernot Wagner, Environmental Defense Fund & Columbia University

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at harvard.edu


Rebuilding Japan after Fukushima
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 26, 2012, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Tsai Auditorium (S010), Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse,  
CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan  
Relations; co-sponsored by the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Yoichi Funabashi, president, Rebuild Japan Initiative  
Foundation, and editor-in-chief, Asahi Shimbun (2007-10)
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  xtian at wcfia.harvard.edu


The Arctic: A New Model for Global Cooperation
Monday, March 26, 2012
Tufts University, ASEAN Auditorium, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard  
Ave, Medford

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland
Responses - maybe challenges - from Diplomat Pontus Melander of  
Sweden; Economist Alexander Pilyasov of Russia; Politician Mead  
Treadwell, Lt. Governor of Alaska
The wrap-up session of a two-day dialogue among government, business  
and media leaders from among the eight Arctic Council countries  
organized by the Murrow Center of the Fletcher School with cooperation  
from the Institute of the North in Anchorage, the Rasmuson Foundation,  
the Cneter for International Environment and Resource Policy of the  
Fletcher School and the government of Norway.

Contact Name: Miranda Fasulo
Miranda.Fasulo at tufts.edu


False Beggars:  Marcel Mauss on the Gift
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 26, 2012, 4:15 p.m.
WHERE  Barker Center Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Department of Anthropology, Asia Center,  
Creighton Fund, and Weatherhead Center
SPEAKER(S)  James Siegel, professor of anthropology and Asian studies,  
Cornell University
LINK  http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~anthro/problems/problems.html


Wrongful Convictions
Monday, March 26
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Austin Hall, North Classroom, Harvard Law School, 1515 Massachusetts  
Ave., Cambridge, MA

Johnnie Lee Savory entered prison at age 14 and left 30 years later  
for a crime he didn't commit.

A panel discussion featuring:
Johnnie Lee Savory
David Meier, former Suffolk County District
Attorney Dennis Harris, BPD Detective
Moderated by Judge Nancy Gertner

Co-sponsored by: Prison Legal Assistance Project, HKS Program in  
Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Office of Clinical and Pro  
Bono Programs, and Criminal Justice Institute
Free and open to the public. Dinner will be served.
*RSVP* to Jeanne Segil jsegil at jd14.law.harvard.edu
<mailto:jsegil at jd14.law.harvard.edu>

"Digital Revolution: How a startup online news organization covered  
the 2011 revolution in Egypt"
  Monday, March 26
  5:30 pm - Reception with light hors d'oeuvres
6:30 pm - Lecture
Tufts, Alumnae Lounge, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford

Charles Sennot, Vice President, Executive Editor & Co-founder,  

The ubiquitous, fast-growing pace of technology has sparked an  
explosion of new digital news organizations, including GlobalPost. In  
his talk, Charles Sennott will discuss the changes affecting quality  
journalism,  including the rapid decline of traditional media. To  
exemplify his news outlet’s commitment to in-depth, unbiased,  
international reporting, Sennott will showcase GlobalPost’s ongoing  
reporting of Egypt’s revolution.

About Charles Sennott
Charles M. Sennott, the Executive Editor and Vice President of  
GlobalPost, is an award winning journalist and author with a  
distinguished career in international reporting for both print and  
broadcast news organizations. An experienced bureau chief, a hard  
hitting foreign correspondent and an energetic innovator in  
multimedia, Sennott is uniquely equipped to be a leader in the digital  
age of international journalism. Through nearly 25 years as a reporter  
and on-air analyst, Sennott has been on the front lines of wars and  
insurgencies in 15 countries from the jungles of Colombia to the  
deserts of Iraq. A longtime foreign correspondent for The Boston  
Globe, Sennott served as the Globe's Middle East Bureau Chief based in  
Jerusalem from 1997 to 2001 and as Europe Bureau Chief based in London  
from 2001 to 2005.
Read more about Charles Sennott

The Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lecture Series
The endowed Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lecture Series is dedicated  
to bringing distinguished guests to Tufts to share their journeys as  
entrepreneurial leaders. His sons describe Alan as “an entrepreneur  
who embraced change, an innovator and early adopter. To honor his  
creative mind, curious and cutting edge spirit, it is fitting to have  
entrepreneurs come to Tufts to share their disruptive innovations,  
their insights into effective change making, and their unique  
leadership styles. Our intention is that this lecture series will  
inspire students and alumni about what is possible.” The series was  
established in memory of Alan Shapiro by his loving family Jake A08,  
Caleb A10 and Felice Shapiro, who teaches in the Entrepreneurial  
Leadership Program at Tufts.

RSVP at http://shapirolecture-esearch2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=127


Social Networks and Human Evolution
Monday, March 26, 2012
5:30 pm
Northeastern, DA 5th floor, 360 Huntington Ave, 111 Dana Research  
Center, Boston
Speaker: Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, MPH, PhD


Become a Super Designer! Redesign a Street, Plan a Neighborhood,  
Transform a City
Monday, March 26, 2012


Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48  
Quincy Street, Cambridge

Three Harvard Loeb Fellows working at the cutting edge of progressive  
urban planning, transportation policy and design will share their best  
insights on becoming an effective and powerful change agent and design  
professional. This is a must-see event for anyone who wishes to save  
Metropolis from destruction.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Transportation Club

For more information, contact:
Vig Krishnamurthy
info-transportclub at mit.edu

Tuesday, March 27


"Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom."

Tuesday, March 27

12 p.m.

Speaker Series with Rebecca MacKinnon, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior  
Fellow at the New America Foundation and co-founder of GlobalVoices  
Online; author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for  
Internet Freedom.
Harvard, Shorenstein Center, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge


The Digital Dialectic
Tuesday, March 27

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/2012/03/heffernan#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our  
site shortly after at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast

Virginia Heffernan will discuss "The Digital Dialectic": analog  
culture, digital culture and what's next.

About Virgina
Virginia Heffernan is a national correspondent for Yahoo News, where  
her column, Machine Politics, appears every Thursday. For eight years,  
she wrote for The New York Times as a critic and columnist. Before  
that, she was a writer and editor at Slate and Harper's Magazine. She  
regularly speaks at universities, corporations and conferences, and  
has also written for The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Salon,  Glamour,  
The Boston Phoenix, Marie Claire, The Moment, Tablet, and many more  
publications. Her works has been widely anthologized and in 2013 Free  
Press will publish her book, Magic and Loss: The Pleasures of the  
Internet. In 2002, she received a Ph.D. in English from Harvard.


Environmental Film Screening. "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a  
Living Planet
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 27, 2012, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  HKS Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, 2nd Floor, 79 JFK  
Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Film, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  HKS Belfer Center Environment & Natural  
Resources Program
SPEAKER(S)  Mark Kitchell, Film Director, will introduce the film and  
answer questions.
TICKET INFO  Free to the public. Refreshments served.
CONTACT INFO  617.495.1351, enrp at hks.harvard.edu
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5752/fierce_green_fire.html


Boston Green Drinks - March Happy Hour
Tuesday, March 27
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

RSVP at http://bgdmarch12-esearch2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=160


Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents
Strategery:  SNL’s Remarkable Influence Over Politics Through Satire
the Annual Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award presented  
to James Downey
with moderator Bill Murray

Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-8:00 pm
C. Walsh Theater at Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston

preceded by a special First Amendment Award Reception, fundraiser held  
from 4:00-5:30 pm at the
Offices of Prince Lobel Tye LLP (Boston, MA 02114) , MA. Wheelchair  
accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station.  
For more information, contact Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University:  
617-557-2007, http://www.fordhallforum.org.

Wednesday, March 28


Muddy Footprints
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 4:00pm
Radcliffe Gymnasium, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
Susanne Freidberg

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University Fellows'  

Susanne Freidberg is a professor of geography at Dartmouth College.  
Her research spans the fields of agro-food studies, cultural economy,  
and science and technology studies. Her first book, French Beans and  
Food Scares: Culture and Commerce in an Anxious Age (Oxford University  
Press, 2004), is a comparative multisite ethnography of two  
postcolonial fresh produce trades linking Africa and Europe. Her  
second book, Fresh: A Perishable History (Belknap Press, 2009),  
examines how the meaning of freshness in food has changed along with  
the technologies designed to protect it.

At Radcliffe, Freidberg plans to write about the politics of measuring  
food’s footprint. Drawing on an ethnographic study of the experts who  
measure the cradle-to-grave life of material goods, she will explore  
how their expertise has pulled them into larger controversies about  
sustainability, especially as it applies to food and agriculture.

Freidberg received a BA in anthropology from Yale University and a PhD  
in geography from the University of California at Berkeley. Her  
research has been supported by the Fulbright Program and the National  
Science Foundation. She has also held an American Council of Learned  
Societies Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship and an Andrew W.  
Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship.

(617) 495–8212


The Simulation Engine of the Brain

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


MIT, Building 46-3189, McGovern Seminar Room, 43 Vassar Street,  

Speaker: Dr. Demis Hassabis, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Gatsby  
Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL

Brains & Machines Seminar Series

In daily life, people frequently imagine future events, such as how a  
dinner date might unfold. Such "simulations" are typically mentally  
played out in a rich spatial context, and often involve the presence  
of people and their concomitant thoughts and behaviors. It has been  
proposed that a common "core" brain network supports the simulation of  
past, future, or hypothetical experiences. I will describe a series of  
fMRI and patient studies exploring the neural mechanisms that underpin  
this simulation system, and also cover the key sub-processes involved  
such as scene construction and personality modeling. Finally, I will  
address some of the most topical theoretical issues including the  
adaptive advantage of such a simulation system and its intriguing  
connections to the latest artificial intelligence research for  
efficient planning in artificial agents.

Web site: http://cbcl.mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free - Open to public
Sponsor(s): McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Brain and Cognitive  
For more information, contact:
Kathleen D. Sullivan
kdsulliv at mit.edu


Cleantech Open New England Region Kickoff
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
290 Congress Street, 7th Floor, Boston

Join us if you are a student, scientist, entrepreneur, savvy  
technologist, investor, company or just interested in learning more  
about how you can be a part of Cleantech Open Northeast 2012.
At the launch party you'll be able to:

Connect with Boston's top innovators, supporters, and thought leaders  
in the cleantech space

Listen to past competitors as they share their experience with  
Cleantech Open

Give your 1 min pitch in front of a judges and potential teammates  
The launch party is a great venue to build a team, mingle with  
cleantech leaders, gain exposure and feedback on your ideas, and  

About the Cleantech Open
The mission of the Cleantech Open is to find, fund, and foster the big  
ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and  
economic challenges.


To accomplish this mission, the Cleantech Open provides the  
infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships to turn ideas  
into successful global cleantech companies. Through its one-of-a-kind  
annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open  
has helped hundreds of clean technology startups bring their  
breakthrough ideas to fruition.

Since 2006, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $5 million in cash and  
services to support cleantech startups. The 581 participating  
companies have raised more than $660 million in external capital.

Contact Name:  Matt Liebhold
matt at liebhold.net


Health care and workplace safety advocates, environmental activists,  
residents, patients, concerned neighbors:

Please be advised of the upcoming air quality forum at the Dorchester  
House Multi-Service Center.

Harvard's NIEHS Center for Environmental Health will hold "Change in  
the Air," a forum on Asthma and Air Quality in Boston on the evening of
Wednesday, March 28.
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, 1353 Dorchester Avenue,  
National Environmental Health Official Linda Birnbaum, PhD will join  
local panelists (including Dorchester's Parent Leader Mary White) in a  
conversation with guests to discuss the complex picture of issues and  
policies that impact asthma rates and clean air. *Your input could  
help shape the priorities for future projects in your area*. Check out  
an (updated) forum flyer<http://www.greendorchester.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/NIEHS-Forum-Flyer-Sm.png 
view the press release<http://www.greendorchester.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/NIEHS-Forum-PR.pdf 

The forum will run as a moderated dialogue between the panelists and  
members of the community. No presentations, no lectures. Bring your  
questions and ideas. All are welcome to participate! Vietnamese,  
Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole translations will be available.  
Light refreshments will be provided.
More on panelists here & in materials:
http://www.greendorchester.org/change-in-the-air-mar-28/. (Flyer and
release can also be found there).

Please direct any questions to Ann Backus, abackus at hsph.harvard.edu,  
603-361-2141 or Kathryn Terrell, KTERRELL at hsph.harvard.edu.

(formerly The Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition (DEHC))
Facebook.com/DotEnviro <http://facebook.com/DotEnviro>
Twitter: @DotEnviro <http://twitter.com/#!/dotenviro>


The Green Streets Initiative, Cambridge Energy Alliance & Cambridge  
Local First cordially invite you to our
March Green Drinks Celebration

Join us on the Wednesday night before Walk/Ride Day for some  
beverages, complimentary appetizers and green trivia at Area IV. We'll  
be giving away fun prizes and picking your brain for all of your  
environmental and local smarts.

While you're there, be sure to ask about and sign up for the Green  
Streets Initiative Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge!

When: Wednesday, March 28, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Area IV, 500 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
Who: The Green Streets Initiative, Cambridge Local First and more

RSVP at http://marchgreendrinks-esearch.eventbrite.com/?srnk=35

Thursday, March 29


Global Alert: How Can We Prosper without Growth
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 29, 2012, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE  WomenExplore Lecture & Discussion Forum, University Lutheran  
Church, 66 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  WomenExplore Lecture and Discussion Forum
SPEAKER(S)  Julie Nelson, chair of Economics Department, UMass Boston,  
and Annie Hoffman, WomenExplore advisory board member
COST  $5 students, $15 individuals, $12 individuals in groups of 5+
TICKET WEB LINK  www.womenexplore.org
TICKET INFO  executivedirector.womenexplore at gmail.com
CONTACT INFO  Tracey L Hurd: 978.505.7385
NOTE  WomenExplore was founded in 1973 as the Theological  
Opportunities Program of Harvard Divinity School.
LINK  www.womenexplore.org


Ecological Restoration in Massachusetts
March 29, 2012
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, Medford

Tim Purinton, Director of the Division of Ecological Restoration,  
Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game

Massachusetts has a deep and rich environmental conservation  
tradition. The state is home to the oldest land trusts in the nation  
and pioneered legislative safeguards to protect wetlands and rivers.  
With the recent creation of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological  
Restoration (DER), the first state-based ecological restoration  
program of its type in the nation, the Commonwealth is breaking ground  

Ecological restoration is a growing and important component of the  
environmental conservation movement. Restoration not only holds the  
line against environmental degradation, but also creates opportunities  
to address past harms in order to gain ground. Tim Purinton will  
describe recently completed projects including the multi-million  
dollar Eel River Restoration in Plymouth and other aquatic habitat  
based projects aimed at restoring ecosystem functions and values to  
build resiliency in light of climate change.

Tim Purinton is the Director for Massachusetts Department of Fish and  
Games Division of Ecological Restoration. DER was created in 2009 with  
the merger of the Riverways and Wetland Restoration Programs. Prior to  
being appointed the Director, Mr. Purinton was Riverways Program  
Acting Director and Restoration Planner. Before he worked for the  
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he was a community outreach coordinator  
for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Mr. Purinton oversees a Division that coordinates over eighty river,  
wetland and flow restoration projects across the state including over  
twenty active dam removal projects from the Berkshires to Buzzards  
Bay. He served for many years on his local planning board and is on  
the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Board of  


The IAEA and Fukushima: Best Laid Plans, Reality Checks, and Doing It  
Better Next Time
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 29, 2012, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School, 79  
JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Trevor Findlay, research fellow, International Security  
Program/Project on Managing the Atom
CONTACT INFO  susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5747/iaea_and_fukushima.html


“Water, Climate Change, and Health”
Thursday, March 29, 2012
12:30pm - 1:20pm
Harvard School of Public Health, Building 1, Room 1302, 677 Huntington  
Avenue, Boston

with John Briscoe, PhD, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of  
Environmental Engineering and Environmental Health at Harvard  
University; Director, Water Security Initiative, Harvard University

Contact Name:  Alissa Wilcox
awilcox at hsph.harvard.edu

Free Webinar: High Velocity Organizations

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Location: online

Speaker: Steven Spear, MIT Sloan

How do some organizations achieve exceptional levels of sustained  
improvement and performance that put their rivals to shame? This 60- 
minute webinar, which samples key content from Spear's popular MIT  
Sloan Executive Education course, will prove that sustainable  
competitive advantages can be won by creating the capacity within an  
organization to improve and innovate faster and more consistently.

Join MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Steven Spear for a live webinar on  
March 29th that demonstrates what high velocity improvement and  
innovation look like in practice--and how your organization can apply  
behavioral strategies to achieve it.

Learn how:
Healthcare--a complex industry with exceptional people--can  
reconfigure itself to be highly customized, and achieve breakthrough  
results while reducing costs and complications

Pratt and Whitney--which engages in multi-million dollar contract  
bids--compressed design cycle time by 25% and cut engineering change  
orders and associated costs by 50%, paving the way for winning the  
Joint Strike Fighter contract

The U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program implemented the "secrets"  
behind the greatest new product introduction in history

Toyota, a middling Japanese auto company, made itself into an industry  
behemoth, how it stumbled in recent years, and what it is doing to  
reestablish itself at the forefront of the auto industry.

Web site: http://events.unisfair.com/index.jsp?eid=1274&seid=12
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Tickets: register in advance online
Sponsor(s): MIT Sloan Executive Education
For more information, contact:
MIT Sloan Executive Education
executive_education at mit.edu


2012 Great Negotiator Program with Secretary James Baker III
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 29, 2012, 1:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School, 1515  
Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Award Ceremonies, Lecture, Social Sciences,  
Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  The Program on Negotiation and the Future of  
Diplomacy Project
SPEAKER(S)  Secretary James A. Baker III
COST  Free
NOTE  Join former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, as he  
discusses with faculty his most challenging negotiations, including  
the efforts that resulted in the Madrid Conference, the negotiations  
to forge the Gulf War coalition, and the diplomacy that culminated in  
the reunification of Germany within NATO. Baker will be the 10th  
recipient of the Great Negotiator Award, presented jointly in 2012 by  
the Program on Negotiation and the Future of Diplomacy Project.


Natural Gas: Risks and Opportunities:  Shale gas, hydraulic  
fracturing, and other facts
Thursday, March 29, 2012
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tufts University, Cabot 206, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue,  

with Susan Tierney, Managing Principal at Analysis Group, and Member  
of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board’s Shale Gas Committee
Open to the public. Convened by the Energy, Climate, and Innovation  
Program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.

Dr. Susan Tierney is Managing Principal at Analysis Group, a firm  
providing economic, financial, and business strategy consulting  
services. She is an expert on energy policy and economics,  
specializing in the electric and gas industries, and has consulted  
across sectors on energy markets, economic and environmental  
regulation and strategy, and energy facility projects.  A former  
Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy,  
Massachusetts Environmental Secretary, and a state public utility  
commissioner, she is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s energy  
project and the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. She has also  
been appointed to the National Petroleum Council and a director of the  
Clean Air Task Force, and she is a co-lead author of the energy  
chapter of the upcoming National Climate Assessment. Dr. Tierney has a  
Ph.D. and M.A. in regional planning and public policy from Cornell  
University, and a B.A. from Scripps College.

Contact Name:  Miranda Fasulo
Miranda.Fasulo at tufts.edu


Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology

Thursday, March 29, 2012


MIT, Building NE-30, Broad Institute Auditorium, 7 Cambridge Center,  

Speaker: J.J. Collins

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

Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers and biologists to  
design and construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes and  
other bits of DNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram  
organisms. These re-engineered organisms are going to change our lives  
in the coming years, leading to cheaper drugs, "green" means to fuel  
our car and clean our environment, and targeted therapies to attack  
"superbugs" and diseases such as cancer. In this talk, we highlight
recent efforts to create synthetic gene networks and programmable  
cells, and discuss a variety of synthetic biology applications in  
biocomputing, biotechnology and biomedicine.

James J. Collins is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical  
Institute, and a William F. Warren Distinguished Professor, University  
Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medicine  
and Co-Director of the Center for BioDynamics at Boston University. He  
is also a core founding faculty member of the Wyss Institute for  
Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. His research  
group works in synthetic biology and systems biology, with a  
particular focus on network biology approaches to antibiotic action  
and bacterial defense mechanisms. Professor Collins' patented  
technologies have been licensed by over 25 biotech, pharma and medical
devices companies, and he has helped to launched a number of  
companies, including Novophage and Joule Unlimited.

Web site: http://ewh.ieee.org/r1/boston/computer/
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): ACM & IEEE/CS
For more information, contact:
Dorothy Curtis
dcurtis at csail.mit.edu


"New Economy" Film Series: Economics of Happiness
Thursday, March 29
7 - 9 PM
Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St, JP
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in  
two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of  
governments and big business continues to promote globalization and  
the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all  
over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation  
of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power,  
they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are  
coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies  
based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.


Environmental Film Series:  Garbage Dreams
Thursday, March 29, 2012
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Dudley House (Lehman Hall) 3rd floor, 8 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
GARBAGE DREAMS follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade  
and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, on the  
outskirts of Cairo, Egypt

In honor of upcoming Earth Week 2012 & Earth Day 2012 (April 22),  
please join your graduate student community in celebrating with a Film  
*Brought to you by Dudley House, GSAS Housing, and Harvard SEAS  
Environmental Science & Engineering.

4 Thursdays. 6 Films. Relax & snack on the 3rd floor of Dudley.

·  March 29: Garbage Dreams
·  April 5: Bag it!
·  April 12: Waste Land
·  April 26: SHORTS Marathon (Warriors of Quigang, Pipe Dreams, and  
When the Water Ends)

Contact Name:  Hannah Lee

hannah at seas.harvard.edu

Friday, March 30


Babson's 6th Annual Energy, Environment and Entrepreneurship Conference
March 30th, 2012

This year’s theme is “Energy, Environment & Entrepreneurship:  
Challenging Assumptions, Changing Perceptions.”  We believe there are  
some tough questions to be addressed and our panels are designed  
around real challenges and exciting opportunities in energy,  
alternative transportation, sustainable development, and several other  
topics within the energy and environmental space.
We have two exciting key note speakers:
Mark Rodgers - Director of Communications, Cape Wind
T.I. (Tahmid) Mizan, Senior Technology Planning Advisor, ExxonMobil  

More information on our strong list of speakers and event details can  
be found at http://babsonenergy.com/


Forest or Not? Contentious Discourse on Expansive Oil Palm Plantations  
in Southeast Asia
WHEN  Fri., Mar. 30, 2012, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Yenching Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave., Harvard University
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social  
Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and  
Innovation; co-sponsored by the Harvard-Yenching Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Okamoto Masaaki, Kyoto University; discussants: Deborah  
Gewertz, Amherst College, and Frederick K. Errington, Trinity College
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Trisia Bantacut: trisiawati_bantacut at hks.harvard.edu,  
NOTE  This talk will focus on the contentious discourse regarding the  
rapid expansion of oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia, especially  
in Indonesia. With the rapid rise in global demand for Crude Palm Oil  
(CPO) as the cheapest vegetable oil, oil palm plantations are  
sometimes devastatingly causing deforestation in Southeast Asia. CPO  
is used not only for cooking oil, but also for various usages  
including bio-diesel. This has sparked serious debates between pro- 
expansion (the government and business sector) and anti-expansion  
groups (environmental NGOs and indigenous communities). The Indonesian  
government and business sector shrewdly moved to define plantations as  
forests, so that the expansion of oil palm plantations is no longer  
deforestation but rather "re"forestation. If a REDD++ scheme is  
implemented, plantations could even obtain carbon credit as forests.
LINK  http://ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/Forest-or-Not-Contentious-Discourse-on-Expansive-Oil-Palm-Plantations-in-Southeast-Asia


Saturday, March 31


Wild and Scenic Film Festival EcoFest

March 31st

11 AM-4 PM

290 Congress Street, Boston

The national Wild and Scenic Film Festival tour is coming to Boston,  
beginning with EcoFest, an afternoon of films and environmental  
activities at Atlantic Wharf in Fort Point. The Wild and Scenic Film  
Festival combines stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and  
first-rate storytelling. The event will include international short  
films, puppet-making, a kids’ matinee at 11 AM, environmental  
activities, an eco-marketplace, and a cinematic tribute to Kenyan  
Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai. Be prepared to be inspired!

Admission to EcoFest is free. Admission to the films is $5, payable  
online or at the door. More information about the program, including  
tickets and the complete film lineup, is posted on the “e” inc.
website, http://www.e-action.us/, and on the Facebook page for the  
event - https://www.facebook.com/events/244742755593954/.

This festival is a fundraiser for “e” inc., an environment science  
learning and action center whose pairing of science education with  
community action leads to environmental change in urban communities.


The Boston Rio+20 Project

Saturday, March 31, 2012

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

Inspired by the Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest, The Sounding Board  
teams up with the City of Boston and the United Nations to showcase  
Boston's top youth artists as they take on sustainable development.  
FEATURING: Artists for Humanity, Berklee City Music, Berklee's The  
Movement, Boston Children's Chorus, City Year, NPR's From the Top,  
Grooversity, Project Hip-Hop, & ZUMIX.
For more information, please visit: www.thesoundingboard.com
RSVP at http://bostonrioproject-esearch2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=334


The Finale: Locavore Tasting and Environmental Film Night
March 31st, 6-10 PM
290 Congress Street, Boston

A fundraising locavore tasting supper for “e” inc. will offer  
delicious local food samples from Boston vendors such as Cabot  
Creamery, Green Gal Catering, and Channel Café.

This will be followed by two films – With My Own Two Wheels and The  
Work of 1000.  “e” inc. will present The Children’s Planet Protector  
Award to the two featured activists, Marion Stoddart, who led the  
struggle to regain clean rivers, and David Branigan, who used the life- 
changing value of bicycles to create opportunities in Ghana.  After  
the films, the activists and filmmakers will answer audience  
questions. A silent auction and dessert will round out the evening.

Early bird admission discounts are available. Boston Globe subscribers  
can receive a Globe-sponsored discounted admission. To reserve your  
seats, please visithttp://www.e-action.us/. More information about the  
program is posted at http://www.e-action.us/ and on the Facebook event  
page -https://www.facebook.com/events/244742755593954/.

“e” inc. is an environment science learning and action center whose  
pairing of science education with community action leads to  
environmental change in urban communities.


Sunday, April 1


Bike Drive
Sunday, April 1
11 am - 3 pm
Peabody School, 70 Rindge Avenue in the back parking lot

This is a community service project by two eighth grade students to  
benefit Bikes Not Bombs, a nonprofit focused on bringing sustainable  
transportation to America and throughout the world, and help them earn  
a class trip to Washington DC.

Contact nolanpatty at verizon.net for futher information

Monday, April 2


Ecoclimate Teleconnections: Remote Effects of the Interactions between  
Ecosystems and Climate

Monday, April 02, 2012


MIT, Building 54-915

Speaker: Abigail Swann (Harvard, University of Washington)

In this talk I will show that large-scale afforestation in the  
northern mid latitudes warms the Northern Hemisphere and alters global  
circulation patterns in climate model experiments. An expansion of  
dark forests increases the absorption of solar energy and increases  
surface temperature, particularly in regions where the land surface is  
unable to compensate with latent heat flux due to water limitation.  
Atmospheric circulation re-distributes the anomalous energy absorbed  
in the northern hemisphere, in particular towards the south, through  
altering the Hadley circulation, resulting in the northward  
displacement of the tropical rain-bands. Precipitation decreases over  
parts of the Amazon basin affecting productivity and increases over  
the Sahel and Sahara regions in Africa. We find that the response of  
climate to afforestation in mid latitudes is determined by the amount  
of soil moisture available to plants with the greatest warming found  
in water limited regions. Mid latitude afforestation is found to have  
a small impact on modeled global temperatures and on global CO2, but  
asymmetric heating from the increase in forest cover is capable of  
driving unintended and undesirable changes in circulation and  
precipitation. The ability of vegetation to affect remote circulation  
has implications for strategies for climate mitigation.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars

For more information, contact:
Daniela Domeisen
ddaniela at mit.edu


"Leadership and the Internet."
Monday, April 2
3–4:30 p.m.
Harvard, Shorenstein Center, Darman Seminar Room, Taubman Building,  
1st Floor, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Discussion with Jared Cohen, Director, Google Ideas. Moderated byNicco  
Mele, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy. Co-sponsored by the Center  
for Public Leadership.


Sustainability and Religion: New Directions in Research and Practice
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 2, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Sperry Room, Andover Hall
SPONSOR  EcoDiv and Harvard Divinity School Green Team
CONTACT  Roy Lauridsen, 617.495.8655
NOTE  Susan Abraham, Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies and  
associate director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at  
Harvard Divinity School;
Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association  
Senior Lecturer in Divinity at HDS;
Diane L. Moore, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and Education and  
Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at HDS; and
Timothy C. Weiskel, Special Program Instructor at Harvard Extension  
School and research director for the Cambridge Climate Research  
Moderator of the discussion will be Erik Lehto, MTS '12.
A reception will follow at 6pm in the Common Room, Center for the  
Study of World Religions, 42 Francis Avenue


A Conversation with Paul Volcker, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 2, 2012, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School, 1515  
Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
SPEAKER(S)  Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Harvard Law School,  
director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics;
Malcolm Salter, James J. Hill Professor of Business Administration  
Emeritus, Harvard Business School
COST  Free and open to the public. No ticket required.
CONTACT INFO  ethics at harvard.edu
LINK  www.ethics.harvard.edu

Skeptics in the Pub:  Before the Lights Go Out

April 2

7:00 pm

Tommy Doyle's in Harvard Square

Please RSVP at http://bostonskeptics.com/2012/03/skeptics-in-the-pub-with-maggie-koerth-baker/

Speaker:  Maggie Koerth-Baker

Koerth-Baker is science editor for the popular blog Boingboing. Her  
new book on the future of American energy, Before the Lights Go Out,  
explores common misconceptions, covers green energy early adapters,  
and charts a new course for the future of U.S. energy. Join her at  
Maseeh Hall to hear how interacting with her lively readers has shaped  
her writing and how blogs are changing journalism forever.


Playback: Broadcast Experiments 1970 and Now

Monday, April 02, 2012


MIT, Buidling E15-001

Speaker: Gloria Sutton, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University,  

ACT Spring 2012 Monday Nights Lecture Series:
Experiments in Thinking, Action and Form

In the 1970s, broadcast television, cable, and even satellite  
transmissions were considered viable outlets for visual artists to  
experiment, tamper, and often times, spectacularly fail with, all the  
while engaging in a generative model of art production. This talk  
focuses on the institutionalization of media art with a particular  
emphasis on the Long Beach Museum of Art's prescient move to set up a  
media art center and commission artists to create a broadcast channel  
to distribute their works in the early 1970s. The museum was one of  
the first to consider video as a collecting category, managed a  
thriving residency program, operated a public editing facility, and  
launched the "museum channel." Gloria Sutton is a contemporary art  
historian and a curator. She received the Emily Hall Tremaine Award as  
a co-curator of How Many Billboards in 2008.

Web site: http://act.mit.edu/projects-and-events/lectures/2012-spring/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and  
Planning, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:
Laura Anca Chichisan
act at mit.edu, clauraa at mit.edu


MIT: "Shedding Light, Online", a discussion about how blogging and a  
dynamic audience helped shape my book, Before the Lights Go Out

April 4

4:00 pm

Maseeh Hall, 305 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please RSVP at http://maseeh.mit.edu/expressions/

Koerth-Baker is science editor for the popular blog Boingboing. Her  
new book on the future of American energy, Before the Lights Go Out,  
explores common misconceptions, covers green energy early adapters,  
and charts a new course for the future of U.S. energy. Join her at  
Maseeh Hall to hear how interacting with her lively readers has shaped  
her writing and how blogs are changing journalism forever.


Please join us for a vibrant discussion of food justice, sovereignty,  
movements, and politics on April 13. Eric Holt Gimenez, Executive  
Director of Food First/The Institute for Food and Development Policy,  
will introduce his new book "Food Movements Unite!” A panel discussion  
will follow with Eric, Will Masters (Tufts University), Saulo Araujo  
(Grassroots International) and a youth organizer from Alternatives for  
Community and Environment (ACE). The discussion will span the uprising  
of food movements and politics, from the global to local perspectives.

When: Friday, April 13th, 6-8pm

Who: Eric Holt-Gimenez, Will Masters, Saulo Araujo and local youth  

Where: The Austin East Room, Austin Hall, Harvard University. 1515  
Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02138

Cost: Free

**Refreshments Provided**

We hope to see you there! Please share this invite with your community  
via your social media, listserves and calendars. We’ve attached a  
poster of the event jpeg. Contact Caiti at caitihach at gmail.com if you  
have any questions.


It is with a sense of gratitude and deep joy that we announce the Art  
and Soul program at Wellesley College will be hosting three of the 13  
Indigenous Grandmothers this spring.  The Grandmothers will give a  
talk at Houghton Chapel on Thursday, April nineteenth at seven p.m.  
The theme of their talk will be Planting Seeds for Seven Generations:   
Making Change.  The Grandmothers will share their cultural treasures  
and life experience, in support of our community’s exploration of an  
ethics of wholeness, which can bring about a sustainable future for  
the generations to come.

Originating from all four corners of the world, these 13 wise women  
elders and medicine women first came together in 2004 at a peace  
gathering. They represent a global alliance of prayer, education and  
healing for our Earth, all her inhabitants and the next seven  
generations. We are honored to host, as representatives of this  
Grandmothers’ Council, Grandmothers Rita and Beatrice Long- Visitor  
Holy Dance of the Lakota tribe and Grandmother Mona Polacca of the  
Hopi/ Havasupai/Tewa tribe. This event is open to all, as an offering  
to our circles of community.  For more information about this event,  
contact Ji Hyang at 781.283.2793


Saturday, April 21st
for our first 2012 cleanup of Magazine Beach, Cambridge. This will be  
part of the much larger 13th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup,  
organized by the Charles River Watershed Association, Charles River  
Conservancy, etc., etc.

If you would like an official Earth Day Cleanup t-shirt to wear that  
day, please e-mail me your name, phone number and t-shirt size by this  
Sunday, March 11th. Large youth shirts are available and adult shirts  
in small, medium, large and extra large.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Shirts will be available, with  
drinks and refreshments, at our table in front of the Riverside Boat  
Club 4/21.

Cathie (Zusy)
Questions? Call 617-868-0489


Weatherization barnraising at
The Friends Meeting House
Sunday, April 22nd  from 1 to 5 pm
5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge

What a great way to celebrate Earth Day. You will be taught how to do  
the work by experienced team leaders, while you learn how to lower  
your own bills at home.

Sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDRNLV9xOC00SVllOGdLd1dYdzMxU0E6MQ 




CEA Solar Hot Water Grants
Cambridge, through the Cambridge Energy Alliance initiative, is  
offering a limited number of grants to residents and businesses for  
solar hot water systems.  The grants will cover 50% of the remaining  
out of pocket costs of the system after other incentives, up to $2,000.

Applications will be accepted up to November 19, 2012 and are  
available on a first come, first serve basis until funding runs out.   
The Cambridge grant will complement other incentives including the  
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center solar thermal grants.  For more  
information, seehttp://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/additional-resources/solar-hot-water-grant-program


Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by  
having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?   
With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more  
comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the  
cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.

HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer  
Cambridge residents free thermal scans.

Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a  
hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every  
building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or  
buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal  
images of their property and an analysis online. The information is  
password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.

Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images  
and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building  
owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their  
images and analysis for a small fee.

The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.

Go to Sagewell.com.  Type in your address at the bottom where it says  
"Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here"  
to request the report.

That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will  
be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help  
you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to  
do about it.

With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money,  
not to mention comfort).


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


HEET has partnered with NSTAR and Mass Save participating contractor  
Next Step Living to deliver no-cost Home Energy Assessments to  
Cambridge residents.

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap
If you get electricity from NSTAR, National Grid or Western Mass  
Electric, you already pay for these assessments through a surcharge on  
your energy bills.  You might as well use the service.

Please sign up at http://nextsteplivinginc.com/heet/?outreach=HEET or  
call Next Step Living at 866-867-8729.  A Next Step Living  
Representative will call to schedule your assessment.

HEET will help answer any questions and ensure you get all the  
services and rebates possible.

(The information collected will only be used to help you get a Home  
Energy Assessment.  We won’t keep the data or sell it.)

(If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call  
HEET’s Jason Taylor at 617 441 0614.)




Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green  
Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!

To view the directory please visit: http://www.localgreenguide.org
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for  
sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at adritha at sbnboston.org


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

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/

Arts and Cultural Events List  http://aacel.blogspot.com/










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