[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Apr 22 13:16:59 PDT 2012

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, April 23

Harvard College Global Energy Initiative Renewable Energy Demonstration
Monday, April 23, 2012
cmamxin at college.harvard.edu
Outside the Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GEI is planning a renewable energy demonstration for Earth Day  
weekend. We are using solar energy to power a stereo and also charge  
your cellphones. We have information on Harvard's commitment to  
renewable energy and what you can do to get involved. We also will  
have a raffle for different neat solar technologies!


Technologies Against Climate Targets
Monday, April 23, 2012
MIT, Building 7-431, Long Lounge (AVT), 77 Massachusetts Avenue,  
Speaker: Jessike Trancik, Assistant Professor, MIT, Engineering  
Systems Division

To meet commonly cited climate change mitigation goals, a major  
transformation in the global energy supply infrastructure is needed.  
Given the changing performance of technologies over time, how do we  
compare energy supply options to one another? Which technologies are  
poised to make a significant dent in greenhouse gas emissions? In this  
talk, I will present a statistical analysis of the dynamics of  
technological change, and a model relating general features of a  
technology???s design to its rate of improvement. I will also discuss  
ways to derive performance targets, in a format that is useful to  
engineers, from climate change mitigation scenarios.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, Building Technology Program

For more information, contact:
Alexandra Golledge
agoll18 at mit.edu


Living Sustainable Development: Opportunities for Planets, Places, and  
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 23, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Nye A, 5th Floor Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 5  
Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program  
and the HKS Sustainability Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  Willian Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International  
Science, Public Policy, and Human Development; co-director,  
Sustainability Science Program
CONTACT INFO  karin_vander_schaaf at harvard.edu
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5795/living_sustainable_development.html


Building the #Knowosphere - How new ways to share and shape ideas can  
help build durable progress on a finite planet
Monday, April 23, 2012
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth Blogger, the New York Times
Andrew Revkin is the senior fellow for environmental understanding at  
Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and writes  
the award-winning Dot Earth blog for The New York Times. He has spent  
nearly three decades covering subjects ranging from the assault on the  
Amazon rain forest to the troubled relationship of climate science and  

 From 1995 through 2009, he covered the environment for The Times as a  
staff reporter. His quarter century of coverage of global warming has  
earned most of the major awards for science journalism along with the  
John Chancellor Award for sustained journalistic excellence from  
Columbia University. Revkin has been a pioneer in multimedia  
communication, blogging and shooting still and video imagery in  
farflung places. He has also carried his journalism to a new  
generation in The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top  
of the World, the first account of Arctic climate change written for  
the whole family. His other books are The Burning Season, which was  
the basis for a much-lauded HBO film, and Global Warming:  
Understanding the Forecast.

Revkin lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and two sons. In  
spare moments, he is a performing songwriter and plays in a folk-roots  
band, Uncle Wade.
Web site: http://mit.edu/mitei/news/seminars/revkin.html

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change,  
Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC), MIT Energy  

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


Trusting Truth: The Path to Avoiding Gridlock in Public Dialogue
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 23, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS South Building, Room S-250,1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International  
SPEAKER(S)  Ron Susskind, A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence,  
Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Kennedy  
School of Government
CONTACT INFO  Donna Hicks: dhicks at wcfia.harvard.edu
NOTE  This is a public event


The shale gas revolution: Technological enablers and environmental  
Monday, April 23, 2012
MIT, Building 4-237, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Francis O'Sullivan, Research Engineer and Executive Director  
of the Energy Sustainability Challenge Program at MITEI

Energy & Environment Community Lecture/Discussion Series

The emergence over the past decade of economically recoverably shale  
gas resources in the U.S. has been characterized by some as a  
revolution, with its national importance being stressed in the 2012  
State of the Union address, which called for every possible action to  
safely develop this energy. Nevertheless, contemporary shale gas  
development has not been without controversy. Significant concerns  
have been raised regarding water pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG)  
emissions, and uncertainty surrounding estimates of the resource  
scale. This talk will explore how shale gas has risen from being a  
niche marginal source of gas to the point where it is now supplying  
more than 25% of all U.S. gas production. The technologies that have  
enabled this remarkable growth will be discussed and in particular,  
the process of hydraulic fracturing will be described. In addition,  
the environmental challenges associated with shale gas development  
will be outlined and some of the possible pathways to safe and  
sustainable long-term shale gas production will be discussed.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energy-environment at mit.edu


2012 Freeman Lecture- Climate Change and Water Resources:  
Characterizing Uncertainties for Decision Makers
Monday, April 23, 2012
MIT, Building E51, Wong Auditorium / Ting Foyer, 2 Amherst Street,  

Speaker: Dr. Richard N. Palmer Department Head and Professor Civil and  
Environmental Engineering University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Freeman Lecture
Scientific evidence tells us that global climate is changing. However,  
precise impacts on natural and man-made systems are less certain.  
Estimating climate change impact on river flow, water supply  
reliability, and ecosystem response requires careful application of  
global or regional circulation models, hydrologic models, and  
ecosystem response models. This presentation addresses each type of  
model, but focuses on characterizing climate information uncertainty  
when advising large-scale, public decision making. We begin by  
describing forecasted impacts of climate change on the US. Next,  
techniques to translate these broad climate shifts to the watershed  
scale in a fashion useful for decision making are described. We then  
address how best to frame this information for decision makers.

The presentation contains examples of the use of general circulation  
model output in past water resources studies. The examples highlight  
how stakeholder engagement in evaluating potential climate change  
impacts significantly improves the understanding of uncertainty,  
increasing the likelihood that the results will be used in real  
decision making. The presentation concludes by discussing limits of  
these techniques and suggests how such limits may be overcome by the  
next generation of engineers and scientists.

Please note:
Reception: 6 p.m./ Lecture: 7 p.m.
Open to: the general public

Cost: 0

Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering, BSCES

For more information, contact:  MIT Staff contact


ACT Lecture | Michael Eng - Sound and Semiocapitalism: Affective Labor  
and the Metaphysics of the Real
Monday, April 23, 2012
MIT, Building E15-001, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Michael Eng,Professor of Philosophy, John Carroll University,  
University Heights, Ohio
ACT Spring 2012 Monday Nights Lecture Series:
Experiments in Thinking, Action and Form
This talk will analyse the sonic and affective turns that have  
appeared relatively recently in both contemporary art practice and  
current critical thought from the standpoint of what Franco 'Bifo'  
Berardi has termed "semiocapitalism." Though the attention to sound  
and affect is typically held to be a remedy to the excesses of the  
past few decades (occularcentrism, the preoccupation with  
discursivity, and the persistence of form, to name but a few), affect  
is precisely that which contemporary capitalism in its financialized  
form exploits as a productive force. Are the sonic and affective  
turns, then, actually extensions of semiocapitalism? Michael Eng's  
areas of research include sound, philosophy of the image, philosophy  
and architecture, and post-Heideggerian aesthetic theory.

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


Exhibit Opening: To Extremes
Monday, April 23
Maseeh Hall, 305 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

RSVP: http://toextremes.eventbrite.com/

An exhibition of proposed artworks, To Extremes sought ideas last year  
for public art projects on climate from 50 invited artists and  
designers. To inform their work, artists and designers referred to  
nine dossiers on various themes covered in a major science report on  
climate and extreme events released in November 2011. In February a  
jury of experts in the visual arts and climate sciences selected the  
winners and proposals that would make up the exhibition, which is part  
of the Cambridge Science Festival.

On April 23, the winner, Sam Jury, will present her proposal for a  
video installation. Along with a proposal by Ms. Jury, the exhibition  
includes runner up Dan Borelli and the following artists and  
designers: Andrea Frank -- Kalman Gacs -- Sam Jacobson, Irina  
Chernyakova, Nicole Goehring -- Bradford Johnson --Marcus Owens and  
Jack Becker -- Evelyn Rydz -- Gina Siepel.

Tuesday, April 24

"Big Media and Where It's Headed."
Tuesday, April 24
12 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

A Conversation with Gary Ginsberg, Executive Vice President of  
Corporate Marketing and Communications at Time Warner Inc.


Mediated Congregation - Architecting The Crystal Cathedral
Tuesday, April 24
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/2012/04/robles#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

Erica Robles-Anderson, Department of Media, Culture, and  
Communication, New York University
Within the past thirty years the rise of a new style of worship,  
coined “megachurch”, has transformed the American religious  
landscape.  Blending audio, visual, and communications technologies  
within postmodern architectures, megachurches radically re-imagine  
Christianity. These re-contextualizations of secular technologies  
carry particularly symbolic meaning; for believers, megachurches make  
visible God's hand at work in the conditions of 20th and 21st century  
mediated social life. They produce conditions for apprehending a  
Protestant ethic within the networked worldview.

This talk reads megachurches as part of late 20th century shift  
towards conducting collective life in increasingly mobile, mediated,  
and distributed arrangements. Based on a case study of a pioneering  
and particularly influential institution, the Crystal Cathedral (1955  
- present), I trace a series of translations via automobiles and drive- 
in cinema (1955 - 1961), then glass, steel, and television (1962 -  
1970), and finally architectural postmodernism , satellite television,  
and the Internet (1980 - present) by which a traditional narrative of  
mythic worldview entered a new technological regime.

About Erica
Erica Robles-Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of  
Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.  Robles- 
Anderson's work focuses on forms of collective life in mediated  
material conditions.  She is currently completing a manuscript on the  
20th century transformation of Protestant worship through the adoption  
of new media technologies and contemporary architectural materials.   
Before her position at NYU Robles-Anderson held a joint appointment as  
a post-doctoral researcher at HumLab and in the Department of Culture  
and Media at Umeå University.  She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and  
a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.


Internet Identity and Reputation
Tuesday, April 24 2012
1:30PM to 2:30PM
MIT, Building 32, Hewlett Room G882, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Gihan Dias, University of Moratuwa

"Who am I?" is a question which has puzzled both philosophers and  
ordinary people over the ages. Who we are (our identity), and who  
others think we are (our reputation) are prime concerns.
As our life moves on to the Internet, our identity and reputation too  
become artifacts on the net.
Your identity comprises a set of identifiers, such as your name,  
userid and e-mail address, and a set of assertions about you, e.g., "I  
am Ravi's daughter." Your reputation comprises of the set of such  
assertions available to an observer, and the significance and veracity  
she places on each assertion.
Establishing your - or someone else's - identity and reputation on the  
Internet is not straightforward. Each person has many identifiers, and  
an identifier may correspond to several people. Obtaining a set of  
assertions about a person is very difficult, and establishing their  
veracity is almost impossible.
Most current identity systems are based on an authority which defines  
and verifies an identity. However, our de-facto identity is much more  
social, and is based on a web of relationships rather than an authority.
In this talk, we analyze current Internet identity - and especially  
reputation – mechanisms and their weaknesses. We propose strategies  
for next-generation identity and reputation systems, based on social  

Professor Dias graduated from the University of Moratuwa in 1985. He  
was awarded a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  
from the University of California in 1992. In addition to being a  
professor in the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University  
of Moratuwa, He has served as the Domain Registrar of the LK Domain  
Registry since its inception in 1990. Prof. Dias has been instrumental  
in setting up and running the academic Internet in Sri Lanka (LEARN)  
starting with Sri Lanka's first e-mail system in 1990, and ran the  
LEARN network for over 10 years. He has also assisted a number of  
Internet service providers in setting up their networks. In 2003/04 he  
was a founder Programme Director of the Information and Communication  
Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), the govt. body responsible for  
the development of ICT in the country, and is currently an advisor to  
ICTA. Prof. Dias is the Director of both the Centre of Excellence in  
Localised Applications (LAKapps) of the University of Moratuwa and The  
High Performance Computing Lab at the Dept. of CSE. His current  
research interests are in Internet Identity and Reputation, and in  
Bandwidth-Constrained and Intermittently Connected Networks.

Contact: Lalana Kagal, lkagal at csail.mit.edu


Automated Construction by Contour Crafting
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 24, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m.
WHERE  Room 209, Pierce Hall, Harvard School of Engineering & Applied  
Sciences campus, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Environmental Sciences, Lecture,  
Science, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired  
Engineering at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Behrokh Khoshnevis, professor and director of the Center  
for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT), University of  
Southern California
NOTE  The nature of construction has remained intensely manual  
throughout recorded history. A promising new automation approach is  
Contour Crafting (CC). Invented by Behrokh Khoshnevis, Contour  
Crafting is a mega-scale fabrication process aiming at automated on- 
site construction of whole structures as well as subcomponents. The  
potential of CC has become evident from experiments with various  
materials, geometries and scales. Using this process, a single  
building or a colony of buildings may be constructed automatically  
with all plumbing and electrical utilities imbedded in each; yet each  
building could have a different design which can include complex  
curved features. The technology also has astounding environmental and  
energy impacts. The entry level implication is especially profound for  
emergency shelter construction and low income housing. NASA is  
exploring possible application of CC in building on other planets.  
This new mode of construction will be one of the very few feasible  
approaches for building using in-situ material on planets such as Moon  
and Mars, which are being targeted for human colonization before the  
end of the century. CC has received international attention and could  
soon revolutionize the construction industry.
LINK  http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewevent/196/automated-construction-by-contour-crafting


"Water Cycle Change and the Human Fingerprint on the Water Landscape  
of the 21st Century: Observations from a Decade of GRACE"
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Faculty Lounge, Hoffman Labs 4th Floor, 20 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Jay Famiglietti, University of California, Irvine


"The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the 21st Century."'
Tuesday, April 24
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Carr Center Conference Room, Rubenstein Building (Floor 2, Room 219),  
Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Journalist Alex Prud'homme will discuss his new book
Human Rights to Water & Sanitation Program Lecture
Contact Name: Sharmila L. Murthy Sharmila_Murthy at hks.harvard.edu


Marina Silva- Challenges to Sustainable Development
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
MIT, Building E15-070, E15-070 (Bartos Theater), 20 Ames Street,  
Marina Silva, Ex-Minister of the Environment, Brazil gives a talk on  
"Challenges to Sustainable Development"
*talk will be in Portuguese

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Political Science Department, SHASS Dean's Office, MISTI

For more information, contact:
Adriane Cesa
acesa at mit.edu


Accelerating Clean Transportation Reception
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
5:00-7:00 p.m.
MIT-SUTD International Design Center, 265 Massachusetts Ave, MIT  
Building, N52 3rd floor, Cambridge

Please join the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program, the MIT  
Energy Club, the MIT Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSAA),  
and the MIT Economics and Talent Forum (ETF) for a discussion of  
ongoing electrified transportation innovation and research at MIT and  
local companies.

This is a free event and open to the public. Refreshments will be  
Please RSVP to: laurie at 1620associates.com or 508-479-8034
You can also register through eventbrite: http://mitevevent.eventbrite.com/


Legatum Lecture ~ Shake the World: Too Good to Fail
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
MIT, Building E62-276, MIT Sloan, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: James Marshall Reilly
During this lecture, Reilly will explore how this generation is  
changing capitalism for the better, creating, in the process, new  
marketplaces and new opportunities as capitalism is harnessed for  
global good. Learn how breaking the corporate mold can lead to  
astonishing success in which for-profits trump non-profits in creating  
sustainable change.

Web site: http://legatum.mit.edu/content/1190
Open to: the general public
Cost: None
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, SEID,  
Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development
For more information, contact:
Agnes Hunsicker
agnesh at mit.edu


Boston Green Drinks - April Happy Hour

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Kingston Station, 25 Kingston Street, Boston

RSVP at http://april12bgd-es2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=208

The purpose of Green Drinks is primarily FUN, but the events also  
enable people to: share new ideas, learn about opportunities to work  
for change and to make a difference, discuss the state of the world,  
find sustainability’s emerging leaders…Green Drinks can be whatever  
you want it to be. So come have a few drinks and meet like-minded  
individuals who share your interest in building a sustainable society  
and planet.


Tuesday, April 24
Doors at 6:00pm; Talks at 7:00pm
OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge
Free Admission!

An event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in  
public. Resting on a format that is based on 20 images x 20 seconds,  
it makes presentations concise, keeping things moving at a rapid pace.


"The Clean Energy Future: Opportunity or Train Wreck?"
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
MIT, Building NW86, 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Prof. Ernest Moniz, Director, MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)
The MIT Sidney Pacific/Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series
The MIT Presidential Fellows/Sidney Pacific Distinguished Lecture  
Series hosts leading thinkers at Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence,  
MIT's largest graduate community. Lectures are open to the public and  
followed by dinner for up to 40 lecture attendees (by lottery; RSVP  
required) and the speaker at Sidney Pacific.

Ernest J. Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and  
Engineering Systems, Director of the Energy Initiative, and Director  
of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. Prof. Moniz served  
as U.S. Under Secretary of Energy from 1997 to 2001 and as Associate  
Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in  
the Executive Office of the President from 1995 to 1997. He currently  
serves on President Obama's Council of Advisors for Science and  
Technology (PCAST). His principal research contributions have been in  
theoretical nuclear physics and in energy technology and policy studies.

Web site: http://goo.gl/lz2wr
Open to: the general public
Tickets: http://goo.gl/lz2wr
Sponsor(s): Sidney-Pacific Graduate Community
For more information, contact:
sp-cosi-chair at mit.edu


Slow Money Boston Entrepreneur Showcase
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
6:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center 5th Floor, Havana Conference Room, One  
Broadway, Cambridge
Price: $10.00/per person

We will be bringing together investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs  
and leaders working together to rebuild our local food system. Learn  
about investment opportunities and how you can participate in  
rebuilding local economies based on the principles of soil fertility,  
sense of place, care of the commons and economic, cultural and  
biological diversity.

We're pleased to announce the businesses presenting at the  
Entrepreneur Showcase on April 24th:
Black Earth Hauler: http://www.blackearthhauler.com/
Red's Best: http://www.redsbest.com/shopreds/
City Growers: http://citygrowers.wordpress.com/
Recover Green Roofs: http://www.recovergreenroofs.com/
NH Farm Fresh...Direct! http://www.nhiaf.org
Bootstrap Compost: http://bootstrapcompost.com/

For more details about the showcase or to RSVP, click here:


The Solitude of Prime Numbers, film screening
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Film screening and Q&A with writer, Paolo Giordano

Like prime numbers, -suspicious, solitary numbers- which are divisible  
only by the number one and by themselves and are forever separated by  
even numbers, the two young protagonists are drawn together and pulled  
apart by their emotions and wounds. An extremely well told story about  
the difficulty of becoming -two- The movie is based on the bestselling  
first novel Paolo Giordano wrote while working on a doctorate in  
particle physics. Directed by Saverio Costanzo, it was nominated for  
the 2010 Venice International Film Festival Golden Lion.

In Italian with English subtitles

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/misti/events/film_series.html

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, MIT-Italy Program,  
MISTI, Foreign Languages & Literatures, ISA

For more information, contact:
Griselda Gomez
gomezg at mit.edu


Wednesday, April 25


Mass SAVE -Energy Conservation Workshop

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Leslie University, Stebbins Hall Room 301, 31 Everett Street, Cambridge

RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3358042997/es2?srnk=231

Learn ways on how Mass Save programs work and how you can improve your  
homes while investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy.  
Students...you will also learn tips on civic engagement, social  
responsibility and community building related to Energy Conservation!!
We will also discuss some of the things that the Cambridge Energy  
Alliance (CEA) is doing to engage our community.


The Global Teach In
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

12 noon - 4:00 p.m.

encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, 5th flr. Boston

The Global Teach-In will take place simultaneously in seven countries  
and multiple cities. This interactive and participatory event will  
include discussions by experts, grassroots activists and citizens at  
large concerned about developing solutions to policy problems and  
creating alternative institutions.

Featuring - Gar Alperovitz, Ellen Brown, Pamela Brown, Nicholas Caleb,  
Colin Hines, Oscar Kjellberg, Bill McKibben

 From Boston: Aaron Tanaka (Boston Workers Alliance) and Paul Shannon  
(Majority Agenda Project)

Austria: Vienna - Canada: Kelowna, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario  
- South Africa: Durban - Sweden: Stockholm - United Kingdom:  
Birmingham, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England - United  
States Ann Arbor, Michigan; Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Boston,  
Massachusetts; Burlington, Vermont; Chicago, Illinois; Madison,  
Wisconsin; New York, New York; Olympia, Washington; Portland, Oregon;  
San Francisco, California; Washington, DC - Venezuela: Caracas

RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/361108657261305/


China Urban Development Discussion Series: China's Integration into  
Global Industrial Production

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


MIT, Building 9-354, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Professor Edward Steinfeld, MIT Department of Political  
Science; Discussant: Professor Bish Sanyal, MIT Department of Urban  
Studies and Planning

China Urban Development Discussion Series
China Urban Development is dedicated to bringing together students and  
scholars all across MIT campus and beyond who share academic and  
professional interests in China's urbanization and development. In the  
discussion series, we invite prominent scholars and experts to share  
with the discussion series participants their research results,  
wisdom, and experiences on issues of regional, urban, transportation,  
and housing development, resource and energy use, sustainable  
development, local public finance, and the impact of social media in  
China. We hope to engage MIT community members across different  
academic disciplines and to stimulate discussions of critical urban  
issues in China.

Please RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5Y5F8YQ. Complimentary  
lunch will be served at 12:10 pm in 9-554; talk starts at 12:30 pm and  
ends by 2 pm in 617-259-354.

Web site: http://dusp.mit.edu/cud/cud_series.html

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, International  
Development Group, Graduate Student Life Grants, China Urban Development

For more information, contact:
Xin Li
xinli at mit.edu


The Challenges to Anticipating and Preventing Mass Violence: The  
Different Tools of Humanitarian Response
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 25, 2012, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St., Ted and Doris Lee  
Gathering Room (S030)
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Charlie Clements, executive director, Carr Center for  
Human Rights Policy, adjunct lecturer in public policy, Harvard  
Kennedy School;
Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of  
Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, director,  
FXB Center Health and Human Rights;
Nancy Polutan, WCFIA fellow, lawyer and humanitarian official, United  
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
CONTACT INFO  Nirvana Abou-Gabal: nabougabal at wcfia.harvard.edu
NOTE  Lunch available at 12:15 p.m.
LINK http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/node/7578


Beyond Kepler: Direct Imaging of Earth-like Exoplanets
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Ruslan Belikov, Space Science and Astrobiology, NASA
EAPS Department Lecture Series

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events

Open to: the general public

Cost: $0.00

Tickets: N/A

Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)

For more information, contact:
Jacqui Taylor
jtaylor at mit.edu


Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy. "Distributional  
Consequences of Water Markets: Local Economic Spillovers from  
Agricultural Water-use"
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 25, 2012, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Room Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street,  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Sustainability
SPEAKER(S)  Pinar Keskin
LINK  http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k82245&pageid=icb.page443881


No Citizen Left Behind Book Talk and Reception
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 25, 2012, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Gutman Library, first floor reading room, Harvard Graduate  
School of Education, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Education, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  CMEI Faculty Colloquium in conjunction with the  
Gutman Library Distinguished Author Series
SPEAKER(S)  Moderated by Peter Levine, director of CIRCLE, Tisch  
College, Tufts;
featuring Meira Levinson, associate professor of education, Harvard  
Graduate School of Education;
Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government at  
Harvard University, professor of African and African American studies,  
and Harvard College Professor;
Lawrence Bobo, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at  
Harvard University;
James Liou, teacher, Boston Public Schools
NOTE  "No Citizen Left Behind" combines anecdotes from Meira  
Levinson's eight years of teaching middle school in Atlanta and  
Boston, political theorizing, and social science analysis. She argues  
that the United States suffers from a civic empowerment gap that is as  
shameful and anti-democratic as the academic achievement gap targeted  
by No Child Left Behind. Levinson shows how schools can help address  
the civic empowerment gap by teaching collective action, openly  
discussing the racialized dimensions of citizenship, and provoking  
students by engaging their passions against contemporary injustices  
through action civics. The book also includes chapters on historical  
counternarratives, heroes and role models, school culture, and  


Science Trivia Challenge - 6th Annual!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
MIT, Building NE30, Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center
The Science Trivia Challenge is a contest hosted by the MIT Club of  
Boston that is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. It's a live  
team trivia quiz where contestants are challenged on their knowledge  
of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy, computer  
science, earth sciences, inventions, local contributions to science  
and other subjects. The information might be useful or purely trivial  
and might test knowledge of scientific methods, theories, or history.  
Teams have to be ready for anything, and any team can win! See website  
for sample questions, team registration and more information.

The contest is broken into two divisions: a Youth Division, in which  
teams must consist entirely of students in middle school and high  
school; and an Open Division, in which there are no limits on team  
composition. In each division, the maximum team size is five players.  
Prizes are awarded to the top teams in each division.

We are thrilled that this event will again be moderated by renowned  
MIT Professor Walter Lewin. Teams are entered on a first-come, first- 
served basis until the event capacity is reached, so it is best to  
register early

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/trivia/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: http://web.mit.edu/trivia/
Sponsor(s): MIT Club of Boston, Alumni Association, Division of  
Student Life

For more information, contact:
Bob Ferrara
rferrara at mit.edu


More Than Money Careers: Discussion and Reception with Dr. Mark  
Albion, Bestselling Author and Co-Founder of Net Impact
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
6:30 pm - 9:00 PM
Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive,  

*** Registration required ***

4th Annual RossBoston Sustainability Event with Dr. Mark S. Albion, co- 
founder of Net Impact and New York Times Best Selling author
Join us for an interactive and inspiring evening with Dr. Mark S.  
Albion who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of pursuing  
rewarding careers that deliver sustainable environmental and social  
value. The co-founder of Net Impact, and a prolific author and  
speaker, Dr. Albion will lead a discussion on how to create successful  
careers with impact and meaning. The evening will feature casual  
networking before and after Dr. Albion's presentation.  Food and  
drinks will be served.

6:30 PM     Networking reception
7:00 PM     More Than Money Careers presented by Dr. Mark S. Albion
8:00 PM     Continued networking reception

Registration Required:     Cost is $10 for Ross School of Business  
alumni, $20 for guests.  No fee for current or prospective Ross  
students. Registration fee includes cocktail reception with open bar  
and hors d'oeuvres.  Please register and buy tickets here!!!

About Dr. Albion:  Dr. Albion was a student, administrator and  
professor at Harvard for 20 years, after which he co-founded six  
organizations, including Net Impact. Most recently, he served in the  
Office of the President at Babson College, helping to integrate social  
values into the college through entrepreneurship of all kinds.  A New  
York Times Best Selling author, he has written seven books and made  
over 600 visits to business school campuses on five continents, for  
which BusinessWeek dubbed him, "the savior of business school souls."  
In 2010, Dr. Albion became the first social entrepreneur to receive  
the distinguished national entrepreneur of the year award, presented  
at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, and in that year co- 
founded More Than Money Careers, LLC, along with Dr. Mrim Boutla to  
support university staff, students and working professionals who are  
looking for well-paying social impact work that fits their values. Dr.  
Albion's 200 articles, books and award-winning short films can be  
found at www.morethanmoneycareers.com and www.makingalife.com.

About Net Impact:  Net Impact is a new generation of leaders who use  
their careers to tackle the world’s toughest problems. Putting  
business skills to work for good throughout every sector, Net Impact  
members show the world that it’s possible to make a net impact that  
benefits not just the bottom line, but people and planet too. With  
more than 280 chapters, students can find a chapter at the world’s top  
graduate business schools and undergraduate campuses, and  
professionals can connect to a chapter based in cities around the  
globe. Net Impact is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in San Francisco.

*** Registration required ***


Rebecca Skloot: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
April 25, 2012
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Boston College, Murray Function Room, 4th Floor of the Yawkey  
Athletics Center, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
Award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot has made a career of  
probing the intersections between hard science and human experience;  
the resulting stories have been as varied as cellular research and  
cancer, medical care for pet goldfish, and the science behind personal  
motivation. In her bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta  
Lacks (2010), Skloot tells the story of a young black woman who died  
of cervical cancer in 1951 and left behind an inexplicably immortal  
line of cells known as HeLa. Skloot spent more than ten years  
researching Henrietta Lacks, whose cells—harvested without her  
knowledge or consent—contributed to scientific advancements as varied  
as the polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, in-vitro  
fertilization, and our understanding of the impact of space travel on  
human cells. Part detective story, part scientific odyssey, and part  
family saga, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks raises fascinating  
questions about race, class, and bioethics in America. This event is  
presented in partnership with the Winston Center for Leadership and  


Wealth Inequality: The Gilded Road to Ruin?
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 25, 2012, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies
LInda McQuaig, journalist
Amy Goldstein, Radcliffe Institute, moderator
CONTACT INFO  director at cambridgeforum.org, 617.495.2727
NOTE  Chuck Collins and Linda McQuaig explore the impact of the  
growing wealth gap, and suggest ways to reverse the increase in  
economic inequality.
LINK  http://www.cambridgeforum.org

Thursday, April 26

Feedback, Monitoring, and Free Snacks: Management Techniques for Crowd  
Thursday, April 26 2012
11:00AM to 12:00PM  Refreshments: 10:45AM
MIT Building 32, Patil/Kiva 32-G449, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Björn Hartmann, University of California, Berkeley

Abstract: In this talk , I will present an overview of recent  
crowdsourcing work in my research group. Specifically, I will present  
three approaches to improve work quality and increase the complexity  
of work that can be completed on paid microtask platforms: 1) Our work  
on the Shepherd system demonstrates how timely feedback and self- 
assessment can lead to better work and higher worker perseverance. 2)  
Our Turkomatic system recruits crowd workers to aid requesters in  
planning and solving complex jobs. Requesters can view the status of  
workflows in real time; intervene to change tasks and solutions; and  
request new solutions to subtasks from the crowd. 3) Finally, I will  
introduce an alternative mechanism for crowdsourcing tasks that  
require specialized knowledge or skill from workers: communitysourcing  
— the use of physical kiosks to elicit work from specific populations.

Bio: Björn Hartmann is an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley in EECS,   
Computer Science division. He received a BA in Communication, BSE in  
Digital Media Design, and MSE in Computer and Information Science from  
the University  of Pennsylvania in 2002. He received his PhD degree in  
Computer Science from Stanford University in 2009. His research in  
Human-Computer Interaction focuses on the creation and evaluation of  
design tools, end-user programming environments, and crowdsourcing  
systems. He is a co-recipient of Best Paper awards at ACM CHI and UIST  
in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012.

Contact: Juho Kim, juhokim at mit.edu
Relevant URL: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/uid/seminar.shtml


Energy 101 : Nuclear Fusion
Thursday, April 26, 2012
MIT, Building 4-159, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Caleb Waugh (MIT Energy Club co-director)
Energy 101 lectures series
The Energy 101 lectures aim at presenting an overview of various  
topics in the energy field. These lectures are open to everyone and  
require no prior knowledge.

This edition of the Energy 101 lectures will present an overview of  
nuclear fusion technology. Scientific, technological and economical  
issues will be addressed. No previous knowledge is required. This  
event is free and open to the public.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
Aziz Abdellahi (MIT Energy Club)
aziz_a at mit.edu


"Aviation Biofuels: Propelling the World toward a Low-Carbon Future"
Thursday, April 26, 2012
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Tufts University, Murrow Room, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard  
Avenue, Medford

CIERP’S Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program presents:
Cristina Haus, Executive Editor, Jet Fuel Intelligence, Energy  
Intelligence Group
Open to the public. Convened by the Energy, Climate, and Innovation  
Program at the Center for International Environment and Resource  
Policy. (A light lunch will be served. No RSVPs – first come first  

Cristina Haus will speak about the development of aviation biofuels  
over the last six years, from the military’s early strategic  
priorities that led to testing by the Air Force and later the Navy, to  
the certification effort for commercial use, to flight tests by  
Lufthansa and others, and the current effort to bring these fuels from  
technical viability to commercial reality through efforts by NGOs such  
as the Carbon War Room and groups like the Commercial Aviation  
Alternative Fuels Initiative. She will also discuss the regulatory  
framework – what exists and what is missing in terms of a global  
climate change agreement for aviation specifically and the world in  

Haus, a Fletcher graduate (F’81), has worked at Energy Intelligence  
for most of her professional career. She began as a reporter at the  
flagship publication Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, and for the last  
twenty years has been Executive Editor of Jet Fuel Intelligence. She  
attends (and has been a frequent speaker at) Fuel Forums of the  
International Air Transport Association, which has taken her all over  
the globe. During a brief hiatus from EIG she worked for Bloomberg  
Business News and Cambridge Energy Research Associates. She speaks  
German, French, Italian and English, each of which she uses often in  
her work. Haus has two daughters, one of whom currently attends Tufts  


Coordination Of Emergency Response To Unprecedented Large-Scale Events
Thursday, April 26, 2011

1:30-3:00 pm

MIT Building E62, Room 450, 100 Main Street , Cambridge

Dr. Graham Coates, BSc PhD CEng FIMechE MRAeS CMath, FIMA, FHEA,  
School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University,  
United Kingdom

Video recording of Graham Coates' presentation

Coordination is a well-established area of research in disciplines  
such as organisation theory, distributed artificial intelligence and  
engineering design. More recently, coordination has been recognised as  
a key element of emergency response (Militello et al., 2007), however  
research in this area is scarce (Chen et al., 2008).
High profile events in the last decade have led to emergency response  
becoming increasingly topical and high on the political agenda in many  
countries. In practice, emergency response is based on static pre- 
planning with assumptions being made about the event. This approach  
suffers inflexibility in the face of unprecedented events  
characterised by high urgency and the evolving operational conditions.  
In research literature, it is recognised that it would be impractical  
to assemble an exhaustive list of potential major events and develop  
the corresponding response plans (Mendonça, 2007). Thus it is  
necessary to develop adaptive approaches for fast and flexible  
emergency response, which are applicable to any event.
Research in the area of emergency response is being conducted at  
Durham University in close collaboration with Government Office,  
Emergency Planning Units, Police Forces, Fire and Rescue Services, and  
Ambulance Services. The objective of this research is to develop a  
solution to coping with fast changing, unprecedented events on a large- 
scale. This will be achieved through the real-time coordination of the  
collective efforts and actions of first responders from the multiple  
agencies involved in emergency response. In this talk, an overview  
will be given of the progress made in the first year of a three  
yearEPSRC*funded project, which has focused on the development of a  
preliminary framework consisting of a decision support tool and an  
agent-based simulation (ABS) environment. The decision support tool  
aims to rapidly generate and maintain operational plans for a  
coordinated emergency response, which are tailored to the evolving  
event. The ABS environment aims to model events in realistic  
geographical areas in which agents representing first responders from  
the emergency services adhere to the operational plans as closely as  
possible. However, depending on the unfolding event, agents will adapt  
their actions when necessary such that coordinated emergency response  
operations can be preserved and loss of life, injury to people and  
damage to property can be reduced.
*Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK)

Speaker bio
Graham Coates is a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanics Group within the  
School of Engineering and Computing Sciences atDurham University. He  
received his PhD in Computational Engineering Design from Newcastle  
University. His doctoral research focused on developing an integrated  
approach to real-time operational design co-ordination, which was  
realised within an agent-based system working in a distributed  
computing environment. This research was partially funded by BAE  
Systems and done in collaboration with Strathclyde University. His  
post-doctoral research was conducted in the area of process control  
and scheduling optimisation on a European Union funded project related  
to the development of a technology platform for virtual ship systems.

He has seven years experience working as an aerospace engineer at  
British Aerospace Commercial Aircraft (now BAE Systems Regional  
Aircraft), and Aerospace Systems & Technologies Ltd (now CAV Aerospace  
Ltd). The majority of his industrial experience was gained in the  
areas of aircraft structures, aerodynamics, and flight testing.  
Industrial projects he has worked on include various structural and  
aerodynamic certification aspects of turbo prop aircraft and laminar  
flow technology for future aircraft.


"Geoengineering: Whiter Skies?"

Thursday, April 26, 2012


MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Benjamin S. Kravitz, Department of Global Ecology,  
Carnegie Institution for Science

MIT Oceanography and Climate Sack Lunch Seminar Series

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:
Roberta Allard
allard at mit.edu


Smart Grid and Implications for Wind Power Integration in China
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge

CHEN Xinyu, Visiting Fellow, Harvard China Project; doctoral  
candidate, Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University

Contact Name:  Chris Nielsen
nielsen2 at fas.harvard.edu


The Earth Is My Laboratory: Putting the high-tech in oilfield
Thursday, April 26, 2012
MIT, Building 4-231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Julius Kusuma and Christophe Dupuis. Telemetry Group,  
Mathematics & Modeling Department. Schlumberger-Doll Research
Technology has played a major role in shaping how hydrocarbon  
exploration and production is done. In this talk we give a brief tour  
of some of the state-of-the-art and showcase how technology has  
revolutionized the practice of the industry, enabling innovations such  
as horizontal drilling, logging-while-drilling, and well-placement. At  
the same time, we give a tutorial on how the lifecycle of a reservoir  
is managed, including imaging, drilling, logging, sampling, testing,  
and completing.

This Lecture will be taught by Julius Kusuma and Christophe Dupuis  
from Schlumberger: a leading oilfield services provider, trusted to  
deliver superior results and improved E&P performance for oil and gas  
companies around the world.

Web site: Schlumberger-Doll Research
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu


Designing Digital Humanities
Thursday, April 26, 2012
MIT, Building 2-105, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Johanna Drucker, UCLA
CMS Colloquium Series

What is the role of design in modeling digital humanities? Can we  
imagine new forms of argument and platforms that support  
interpretative work? So much of the computationally driven environment  
of digital work has been created by design/engineers that humanistic  
values and methods have not found their place in the tools and formats  
that provide the platform for research, pedagogy, access, and use. The  
current challenge is to take advantage of the rich repositories and  
well-developed online resources and create innovative approaches to  
argument, curation, display, editing, and understanding that embody  
humanistic methods as well as humanities content. Designers have a  
major role to play in the collaborative envisioning of new formats and  
processes. Using some vivid examples and case studies, this talk  
outlines some of the opportunities for exciting work ahead.

Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Breslauer Professor of  
Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at  
UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of  
graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital  

Web site: http://cms.mit.edu/events/talks.php#042612
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
cms at mit.edu


Tsunami Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, April 26
5 pm to 7 pm
MIT, Building 7-238, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Camila Chaves Cortes, photographer

Exhibition will be on display until May 31, 2012


Healing Earth:  An Interfaith Evening of Connection, Community and  
Commitment with Bill McKibben
Thursday, April 26
Vigil:  5:30 pm;  Dinner and Talk:  7 pm
Vigil at Charles River at JFK Street bridge and walk through Harvard  
Square;  Dinner at First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge
$15 for dinner and talk, $10 for students, kosher meal available

To sign up, visit http://healingearth.eventbrite.com/


New England's Nuclear Power Plants: Are We Any Safer After Fukushima?
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Reception: 6 PM
MIT, Building E51-Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Moderator: Bruce Gellerman, Senior Correspondent/Host of National  
Public Radio's Living on Earth
Dave Lochbaum, Director of the UCS Nuclear Safety Project
Raymond Shadis, Consultant to the New England Coalition;
Mary Lampert, Director of Pilgrim Watch
Debbie Grinnell, Research Director for the C-10 Education and Research  
(Representative Edward Markey has been invited but his participation  
has not yet been confirmed.)

The event's goals are to highlight specific safety concerns at New  
England's nuclear power plants; advance Union of Concerned Scientists  
recommendations to improve their safety; and to engage concerned  
citizens, Union of Concerned Scientists supporters, and regional  
opinion leaders on the issue.

The event will be filmed, an edited version of which will be posted on  
the Union of Concerned Scientists web site and promoted after the event.

PLEASE RSVP via http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/what_you_can_do/nuclear-power-town-hall-new-england.html

Co-sponsored by the the Union of Concerned Scientists and the MIT  
Center for International Studies

Web site:http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/what_you_can_do/nuclear-power-town-hall-new-england.html
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, Union of Concerned  

For more information, contact:
starrforum at mit.edu


Environmental Film Series – Warriors of Quigang, Pipe Dreams, and When  
the Water Ends
Thursday, April 26
Harvard University, Dudley House (Lehman Hall) 3rd floor, 8 Harvard  
Yard, Cambridge
Contact: Hannah Lee hannah at seas.harvard.edu

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.

More ABOUT the films:

WARRIORS OF QUIGANG (short) documents villagers in central China who  
take on a chemical company [film website]

PIPE DREAM (short) highlights today’s most contested project: The  
Keystone XL tar sands pipeline [film website]

WHEN THE WATER ENDS (short) is a film produced by Yale Environment 360  
on water and conflict in East Africa [film website]


Friday, April 27


Renewable Energy Market in New England

Friday, April 27, 2012


MIT, Building E51-151, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Mimi Zhang, Principal Analyst at Sustainable Energy  
Advantage, LLC

Renewables have been a big growth area within the energy industry,  
largely driven by policy mechanisms such as state-level renewable  
portfolio standards (RPS), which have created markets for renewable  
energy premiums. In the years since New England states implemented RPS  
policies, the regional market has experienced both supply surplus and  
shortage driven by long project lead-times and economic and political  
uncertainly. Many states are now adapting to technology trends by  
implementing distributed generation carve-outs in addition to  
incentives for large-scale renewable energy development. The region as  
a whole is also tackling transmission constraints and questions around  
imports, all while trying to minimize ratepayer cost.

To better understand our current policy mechanisms and how states or  
regions can effectively support renewable energy development while  
minimizing cost, we will start with an overview of the mechanisms and  
their impact to date, with a focus on New England. We will also talk  
about some of the challenges and issues that face this and other  
regions, and end with some discussion on ways to address these issues  
and more effectively achieve our policy goals.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

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


Saturday, April 28


The LA Riots: Twenty Years Later
WHEN  Sat., Apr. 28, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Conferences, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Provost Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration,  
Department of African and African American Studies, Korea Institute,  
Department of Anthropology, Committee on Ethnic Studies, W.E.B. Du  
Bois Institute, Hip Hop Archive
SPEAKER(S)  Keynote address by Patricia Williams;
Special appearance by David Banner;
Keynote Introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr.;
Evelyn Higginbotham, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Lewis Gordon, Luisa Heredian,  
Arthur Kleinman, Jim Sidanius, Elizabeth Wong, Gopal Balakrishnan,  
Jacqueline Bhabha, Nigel Gibson, Biodun Jeyifo, Christine Rebet, Min  
Hyoung Song, Kerry Chance, Ju Yon Kim, Laurence Ralph

Presentations by Harvard College students from the Spring 2012 courses  
Economic Rights and Wrongs (Anthropology 1713), Gangsters and  
Troublesome Populations (Anthropology 1682), and Interracial  
Encounters in Contemporary Ethnic American Narratives (English 90ea)

Performance by Hoop Suite Youth Poets: Deisha Lee, Khelyia Serrano,  
Daniel Rivera, Jasmine Cadet
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~anthro/lariots/index.html
CONTACT INFO Kerry Chance (kchance at fas.harvard.edu)
Laurence Ralph (lralph at fas.harvard.edu)
Ju Yon Kim (juyonkim at fas.harvard.edu)
NOTE  “The LA Riots: Twenty Years Later” conference brings together  
leading scholars, activists, and artists to look back at—and forward  
from—the LA Riots. The conference will combine a critical  
retrospective examination of the uprising with reflections on  
democracy and inequity today, a time of economic crisis and revolution  
in much of the world.
LINK  http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~anthro/lariots/index.html

Sunday, April 29

Sunday, April 29
7:00 p.m.
Museum of Science, Cahners Theater, 1 Science Park, Boston
This presentation is part of the ongoing series Let's Talk About Food.

Register at http://sustainableseafoodforum.eventbrite.com/
Seafood is increasingly important to the human diet, but is the future  
of this protein source at risk? This free forum event, featuring a  
crash course in "Seafood 101," shares a number of informed  
perspectives on threats to fish stocks and to marine ecosystems in the  
context of the New England economy. As a participant, you'll engage  
with experts in various aspects of the seafood world, such as  
fishermen, retailers, environmental scientists, and more.

In small groups, consider and discuss the issue of sustainable  
seafood: the complexities and tradeoffs of potential solutions, the  
role of technology in the future of seafood, and the role we each play  
in finding the balance in an uncertain future.

Part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

Presented in collaboration with the New England Aquarium's Sustainable  
Seafood Program, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Chefs Collaborative,  
and the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment.

Monday, April 30


Webinar: The Emergence of a Digital Money Ecosystem
Monday, April 30, 2012
Location: Virtual -- Web site:  http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_043012/webinar-digital-money-ecosystem.html

Speaker: Irving Wladawsky-Berger, PhD Visiting Lecturer, MIT  
Engineering Systems Division and MIT Sloan School of Management
MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series
This 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.

We are in the early stages of a very important transformation???the  
transition to a digital money ecosystem. This transformation is likely  
to be among the most exciting, important, and challenging initiatives  
the world will undertake in the coming decades.

The transformation involves more than the transformation of money  
(cash, checks, credit and debit cards, etc.) from physical to digital  
objects that we will carry in our smart mobile devices. It encompasses  
the whole money ecosystem, including the global payment  
infrastructures, the management of personal identities and personal  
financial data, the global financial flows among institutions and  
between institutions and individuals, the government regulatory  
regimes, and more.

This webinar will present an overview of this digital money  
transformation and the technical and societal forces that are driving  
it. We will also discuss some of the potential major consequences to  
business, the economy, and society in general.

Web site:  http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_043012/webinar-digital-money-ecosystem.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: See url above
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and  
Management (SDM) Program
For more information, contact:
Lois Slavin
lslavin at mit.edu


Research at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

Monday, April 30, 2012


MIT, Building 7-431, Long Lounge (AVT), 77 Massachusetts Avenue,  

Speaker: Dr. Kurt W. Roth, Director, Building Energy Efficiency,  
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE, Cambridge, MA

Building Technology Spring Lecture Series

Dr.Kurt Roth leads the Building Energy Efficiency Group at the  
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE). His group  
works with industry on applied research to develop, analyze, test,  
evaluate, and demonstrate advanced energy-saving building  
technologies. At CSE, Dr. Roth also is the Principal Investigator for  
the Fraunhofer CSE-led Building America Team. Prior to joining  
Fraunhofer CSE, he was a Principal in the Mechanical Systems group of  
TIAX LLC, formerly Arthur D. Little???s Technology & Innovation  
business. Dr. Roth has led several studies funded by the Department of  
Energy to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials  
of HVAC, building controls and diagnostics, toplighting, and IT  
technologies. In addition, he led analyses to characterize building  
energy consumption, including the energy consumed by commercial and  
residential IT, consumer electronics, and residential and commercial  
miscellaneous electricity consumption. Dr. Roth has presented at  
numerous conferences and meetings, and has authored more than sixty  
"Emerging Technology" articles for the ASHRAE Journal. He received his  
B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of  
Technology (MIT), all in mechanical engineering, and is a member of  

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, Building Technology Program

For more information, contact:
Alexandra Golledge
agoll18 at mit.edu


Economic Gardening: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Economic Development
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 30, 2012, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and  
SPEAKER(S)  Christian Gibbons, director of business/industry affairs,  
Littleton, Colorado
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Christina Marchand: christina_marchand at harvard.edu,  
NOTE  Littleton, Colorado's Economic Gardening program focuses on  
enhancing the city’s home-grown industries to increase job growth and  
overall economic prosperity for the region. Launched in 1987, Economic  
Gardening gives emerging growth Stage II businesses assistance in  
competitive market research, trade area analysis, social media, and  
web marketing grounded in a host of scientific theories adapted to  
LINK  http://ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/Economic-Gardening-An-Entrepreneurial-Approach-to-Economic-Development

CDD Forum - Shrinking Cities

Monday, April 30, 2012


MIT, Building 7-431, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Camilo Jose Vergara
Photographer and MacArthur Fellow

Detroit: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age

The 2012 City Design and Development Forum public lecture series will  
bring to MIT emerging and leading thinkers in disciplines influencing  
the urbanism of shrinking cities, including: landscape, architecture,  
planning, and photography.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Department of  

For more information, contact:
Sandra Elliott
sandrame at mit.edu


Nerd Nite

Monday April 30, 2012


Middlesex, 315 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money


The lineup:
Talk 1. “Urban Farming: From Backyards to Rooftops”
by Brendan Shea and Jessie Banhazl

Talk 2.  “Glam Rock 101 – Wolves in Women’s Clothing: The Differences  
between GLAM-rock & glam-RAWK”
by Vadim Akimenko




How Can We Feed A Growing World and Sustain the Planet
May 1
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Wong Auditorium, E51-115, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Professor Jonathan Foley, Institute on the Environment,  
University of Minnesota
12th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture

In his talk, Foley will discuss how increasing population and wealth,  
along with changing patterns of diet and consumption, are plac­ing  
unprecedented demands on the world’s agriculture and natural  
resources. He will propose possible solutions to this dilemma, which  
together could double the world’s food production while greatly  
reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture.


Sajed Kamal, author of The Renewable Revolution
May 1
5:15 pm
Brandeis, Glynn Auditorium, Heller School, 415 South Street, Waltham


Making the decision on Residential Solar Power Easy for everyone
Green Drinks Boston/Cambridge
Thursday, May 3, 2012
6:30 PM
Brickyard Collaboration Space, 86 Sherman Street, Cambridge

Ok everyone, it's time to get rolling with some serious GreenDrinks  
action to celebrate the beautiful spring in Boston.
On May 3rd, let's meet up to learn about solar electricity in the  
state of Massachusetts.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Green-Drinks-Boston-Cambridge/events/61404752/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1


Wake Up the Earth Festival

Saturday, May 5

11 am - 6 pm

Southwest Corridor, Jamaica Plain


Connect the Dots Campaign

Saturday, May 5

Connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather.



Get Growing festival
Sunday May 6
noon to 6.
Harvard Square on Palmer Street, as part of the May Fair


Sunday May 6, 2
Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, 159 Brattle Street, Cambridge
A fund-raiser for Grow Native Massachusetts, which encourages us to  
use native plants in our gardens.  Great event: info sessions, music,  
food, native plants for sale.

More info: www.grownativemass.org/programs/festivalfloralia


Media Lab Conversations Series: Howard Rheingold
Thursday, May 10, 2012
2:00pm - 4:00pm
MIT Media Lab, E14 6th Floor, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
The future of digital culture depends on how well we learn to use the  
media that have infiltrated, amplified, distracted, enriched, and  
complicated our lives. How we employ a search engine, stream video  
from our phonecam, or update our Facebook status matters to us and  
everyone, because the ways people use new media in the first years of  
an emerging communication regime can influence the way those media end  
up being used and misused for decades to come. Instead of confining  
his exploration to whether or not Google is making us stupid, Facebook  
is commoditizing our privacy, or Twitter is chopping our attention  
into microslices (all good questions), Rheingold has been asking  
himself and others how to use social media intelligently, humanely,  
and above all mindfully.

Rheingold's talk will be followed by a conversation with Joi Ito and  
Mimi Ito, as well as Q&A.

Biography:  Howard Rheingold, author of best-sellers Virtual Reality,  
The Virtual Community, Smart Mobs, and Net Smart,editor of best-seller  
The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, takes audiences on a journey  
through the human side of the technology-shaped future. He's been in  
on the Web since the beginning, and long before. He's studied Internet  
enterprises and started them. Rheingold was the founding executive  
editor of HotWired; founder of Electric Minds (named by Time magazine  
one of the ten best websites of 1996). He's a participant-observer in  
the design of new technologies; a pioneer, critic, and forecaster of  
technology's impacts; and a speaker who involves his audience in an  
adventure in group futurism. His books are published in Chinese,  
French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Portuguese, Spanish,  
and Swedish language editions, in addition to distribution in the  
United Kingdom, and the United States. Rheingold has taught as  
appointed lecturer at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. He was a  
non-resident fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication,  
visiting professor at De Montfort University, UK, which awarded him an  
honorary doctorate of technology degree. He delivered the invited  
Regents Lecture for University of California, Berkeley.


The Spring 2011 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP
Saturday May 12
NOON to 2 pm
at Fayette Park (near the corner of Broadway and Fayette St., across  
from former Longfellow School)

Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Saturday, May 19, 12-2

Bring anything that's growing in too much abundance in your garden.  
Elegant packaging not required, but please do write down the names of  
plants.   We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds,  
indoor plants, catalogs, pots, and lots of "whatever."  Feel free to  
just come, chat with neighbors, talk gardening.

Contact HMSnively at aol.com


Saturday, June 9, 2012
Worcester, Mass (Location to be determined)

9:30—6:30 PM   Registration Free / Food Provided

For the first time in New England, residents of low income communities  
and communities of color, together with community organizers,  
attorneys, public health and environmental professionals and  
government officials will assemble for a one- day summit on  
environmental justice.  At the Summit   attendees will share ideas,  
learn from one another and plan future work to address environmental  
and public health issues that especially affect low income communities  
and communities of color. NEEJF is a collaboration of Alternatives for  
Community and Environment, Connecticut Coalition for   Environmental  
Justice and Rhode Island Legal Services.

To register and for more information, please contact Steve Fischbach: neejforum at gmail.com 
  or 401-274-2652 ext.182


Spring of Sustainability
June 22


Live and webcast conference with  Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Van  
Jones, John Robbins, Hazel Henderson, Frances Moore Lappé, John  
Perkins, Thom Hartmann, Aqeela Sherrills, Julia Butterfly Hill + MANY  




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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