[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Nov 4 19:59:16 PST 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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Occupy Sandy

Fourth Robocall from Crossroads GPS


Monday, November 5

Cool Season Temperature Regimes:  Low Frequency Modulation and Representation in CMIP5 Models
Monday, November 05, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (the tallest building on campus)
MASS Seminar - Robert Black of Georgia Tech
The MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) is a student-run weekly seminar series within PAOC. Seminar topics include all research concerning the atmosphere and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars usually take place on Monday from 12-1pm followed by a lunch with graduate students. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged. The seminar series is run by graduate students and is intended mainly for students to interact with individuals outside the department, but faculty and post docs certainly participate.

Web site: http://eaps-www.mit.edu/paoc/events/calendars/mass
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee
mass at mit.edu 


"Electricity Sector Reform: Towards Low-Carbon Generation - Lessons from Europe and Germany"
Monday, November 5, 2012 
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Christian Van Hirschhausen, Research Director, DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research)

Lunch will be provided.

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at harvard.edu


"Currents of Sustainability in Practice: Beyond the Individual Building"
Monday, November 05, 2012
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Meredith Elbaum, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, President, The Elbaum Group, Boston
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:  617-253-1876


"Making REDD+ a Reality in the D.R. Congo: From Science to Policy and Practice"
Monday, November 5, 2012 
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Tufts University, The Fletcher School, G310 (Crowe Room), 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

with Glenn K. Bush, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center
Dr. Glenn K. Bush will describe how the scientific assessments of forests in the D.R. Congo have been utilized to develop and implement policies that will protect forests under the provisions of the climate change agreement on REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation plus conservation). His work through the Woods Hole Research Center provides an important example of how the use of interdisciplinary techniques including satellite imaging, engagement of local people, and economic analysis can lead to constructive actions that maintain livelihoods and meet multiple sustainability goals.
Dr. Bush is an environmental economist who specializes in welfare economics, resource valuation, and environmental cost-benefit analysis. His work has  focused on quantitative valuation of forest conservation strategies for forest-adjacent households, as well as the microeconomic and social determinants of forest conservation. He is currently concerned with developing and testing combined econometric and spatial models on the drivers and determinants of land cover change. Dr. Bush has previously worked in Africa and in Central and Southeast Asia as a researcher, project manager, and consultant on natural resource management and conservation projects in the public and private sector. He has held positions with the UK Government Department for International Development, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. He obtained his M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of London, Wye College, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Stirling, UK.

Open to the public. Convened by the Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity Program of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher.
Contact Name:  Miranda Fasulo
Miranda.Fasulo at tufts.edu


Covering Conflict: War, Storytelling and the Impact of Witnessing Violence
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 5, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Bowie Vernon Room, K-262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution
SPEAKER(S)  Finbar O'Reilly, Reuters photographer and Neiman Fellow; and Bessel A. van der Kolk, medical director, Boston Trauma Center
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	Donna Hicks: dhicks at wcfia.harvard.edu, 617-519-8574


Water Lecture Series: Wetter Weather? Water on a Changing Planet
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 5, 2012, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Dan Schrag, the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, a professor of environmental science and engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment at Harvard University
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	617.495.8600
NOTE  The Radcliffe Institute's Water Lectures Series will be relatively informal presentations by Harvard faculty, followed by discussion with attendees, on topics that approach water from multidisciplinary perspectives. The collegial events are intended to present, and potentially to link, faculty interests, in order to learn more about research currently under way and to foster connections across Harvard schools.
LINK	 http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2012-dan-schrag-water-lecture\


"Take Charge of Your Vision"
Monday, November 05, 2012
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Carley Roney, Founder and CEO of TheKnot/XO Group
GWAMIT Fall Leadership Conference
Assume leadership to turn your vision into a reality.

Web site: leadership.gwamit.org
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): GSC Activities, Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT)
For more information, contact:  GWAMIT
gwamit-leadership at mit.edu 


Peer-to-Peer Politics: Moving Beyond Left and Right 
Monday, November 05, 2012
MIT, Building E14, Third Floor Atrium, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Steven Johnson, Larry Lessig, Yochai Benkler & Susan Crawford
An election eve conversation with author Steven Johnson and Harvard Law Professors Larry Lessig and Yochai Benkler. 

The market versus the state. Big capital versus big government. Just about everything we talk about in politics today revolves around those two poles. What if there's a third option? Instead of those two, creaky old monoliths, imagine a web of collaboration that's neither market nor state where no one is in charge because everyone is in charge. In his new book, "Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked World," author Steven Johnson argues that the core principles that apply to the design and function of the Internet could be applied to solving many different kinds of problems, across dozens of sectors, including cities. What if the most powerful tool to advance the cause of social progress is the peer-to-peer network? Join hosts Aaron Naparstek of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Ethan Zuckerman of the MIT Media Lab for an election eve conversation with three leading thinkers on the Internet and society. 

Web site: http://dusp.mit.edu/cdd/event/cdd-forum-new-urban-interface-1
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, City Design and Development
For more information, contact:  Sandra Elliott
sandrame at mit.edu 


GSD Public Lecture Program. "Modernist Planning and the Foundations of Urban Violence in Latin America"
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 5, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA
SPEAKER(S)  Diane Davis
CONTACT INFO	events at gsd.harvard.edu
NOTE  Diane Davis is professor of urbanism and development at Harvard GSD. Her lecture, the keynote of the open house for the Master in Urban Planning Program, argues that urban violence in today's Latin American cities is among the unintended consequences of the efforts by city planners to implement modernist planning ideas.
LINK	www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/diane-davis-modernist-planning-and-the-foundations-of-urban.html


"Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter."   
Monday, November 5
7 pm
Harvard Science Center C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery  


Chip Lord - Recent Projects: Ant Farm Media Van v.08 [Time Capsule] and To & From LAX
Monday, November 05, 2012
MIT, Building E15-001, ACT Cube, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Chip Lord, Professor Emeritus, Film & Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz
Chip Lord's talk presents several recent projects and includes a historical introduction to the radical art and architecture group Ant Farm, 1968-1978. In 1970 Ant Farm travelled cross-country in a "Media Van" shooting video and networking with other artists. Ant Farm Media van v.08 [Time Capsule], an interactive sculpture made in 2008, invites users to leave a "donation" to a digital Time Capsule, but also functions as a small video theater showing works made in 1970. This on-going project migrates across time and space and intersects with new ubiquitous technologies. 

As a member of Ant Farm, Chip Lord produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame. His work has been shown at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arts, Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain; SFMOMA; and at The De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum among others.

Web site: http://act.mit.edu/projects-and-events/lectures-series/2012-fall/nov-5-chip-lord-recent-projects-ant-farm-media-van-v-08-time-capsule-and-to-from-lax/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:  Laura Anca Chichisan
act at mit.edu 


Amnesty International Documentary Screening (Suffering of the Grasses) and Panel Discussion!
Monday, November 05, 2012
MIT, Building E51-345, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Come join Amnesty International (MIT) in the documentary screening of "The Suffering Grasses," a documentary about the current events in Syria. Panelists for subsequent panel discussion include: 
Omar Offendum -- A Syrian American hip-pop artist, architect, educator, and activist. 
Professor Nasser Rabbat -- MIT Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture History. 
Dr. M. Yana Kana, DDS -- Activist who worked in a hospital for Syrian refugees in Turkey. 

Catered ethnic food will be served! Event is co-sponsored by the Syrian American Alliance. 

We hope to see you there! Come watch this powerful documentary about how the events in Syria are influencing common civilians--especially children. Questions? Please contact mitai-exec at mit.edu

Web site: http://www.facebook.com/events/152634904878045/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Amnesty International
For more information, contact:  Yiping Xing
mitai-exec at mit.edu 

Tuesday, November 6

Informal Workers in a Global Economy: Recent Trends, Current Debates, & Future Policies
WHEN  Tue., Nov. 6, 2012, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer Building, Weil Town Hall, Lobby Level, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
SPEAKER(S)  Martha Chen, lecturer in public policy, Harvard Kennedy School;
International Coordinator, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
NOTE  Frontline with Faculty Series:  http://hausercenter.harvard.edu/1473/fall-2012-frontline-with-faculty-series/
LINK	http://hausercenter.harvard.edu/1529/november-6-informal-workers-in-a-global-economy-recent-trends-current-debates-future-policies/


Collective Intelligence is Synergistic Intelligence
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
12:30 - 2:00 PM EST
MIT, Building E62-350, 100 Main Street, Cambridge
 To join via Webex, register at https://mitweb.webex.com/mw0307l/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=mitweb&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc0806l%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dmitweb%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D163726992%26UID%3D1285719602%26Host%3Dd6da2ec947476e4b401d%26RG%3D1%26FrameSet%3D2

Virgil Griffith 
By its name, the Center for Collective Intelligence is naturally interested in rigorously quantifying collective intelligence.  This is a doubly subtle problem we must both quantify the yet-to-be-rigorized terms of "collective" and "intelligence". In this talk I'll discuss a way to rigorize and quantify the term "collective" arguing that it is synonymous with *synergy* among agents.  Intuitively speaking, synergy is a property of a coalition (set) of agents performing some task.  If the coalition performs the task better than the individuals performing the task in parallel, then the coalition of agents has synergy in performing that task.  I will demonstrate and elucidate synergistic effects within the microcosm of information theory applied to simple digital circuits.  Attendees are expected to be familiar with the rudiments of Shannon entropy and Shannon mutual information.

Bio:   Virgil Griffith is a PhD student at Caltech who quantifies cooperation among neurons and genes using information and complexity theory.  Prior to Science he had a stint in disruptive technology culminating in a New York Times bio calling him the "Internet Man of Mystery".  Virgil completes his PhD in May 2013 and is seeking a post-graduation opportunity.


Injecting Successful Charter School Strategies into Traditional Public Schools: Early Results from an Experiment in Houston
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
MIT, Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Roland Fryer (Harvard)
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Seminar in Organizational Economics
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu 


How to Get the Most Out of Your Mentor
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston
Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4292537094

There are more an more opportunities for young startups to be introduced to great mentors (and some not-so-great ones). Whether in a framework like the Harvard i-lab, or Techstars or Y-Combinator, mentorship is now more available than ever before. This presentation looks at how to get the best from those mentoring relationships, some of the pitfalls to avoid, and some opportunities to embrace.

Richard Dale is Managing Director of Big Data Boston Ventures, a new VC fund that invests in early stage big data companies. Richard’s proven leadership abilities combined with deep technical and operational expertise provide a platform to advise entrepreneurs in building solid technology companies. Richard is a well-regarded mentor to founders of early stage startups in the Big Data Boston and Sigma portfolios, as well as other startups including many from TechStars Boston, MassChallenge, and HealthBox Boston.

Previously Richard was a Principal at Sigma Partners and before that was a co-founder at Phase Forward, a provider of software services for pharmaceutical clinical trials which went public and later was sold to Oracle.  Prior to that Richard worked in a series of management and technical roles at leading technology startups in the Boston area.

Richard blogs at http://venturecyclist.blogspot.com 


"Cezanne's Gravity"
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Carol Armstrong, Professor of History of Art, Yale University
Architecture: History, Theory and Criticism Lecture Series
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:  617-253-7791


GSD Public Lecture Program. "Olmsted Lecture: Knowing Landscape Architecture"
WHEN  Tue., Nov. 6, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Simon Swaffield
CONTACT INFO	events at gsd.harvard.edu
NOTE  Simon Swaffield is professor of landscape architecture at Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand. His lecture, presented as the Harvard Graduate School of Design's annual Olmsted Lecture, is an exploration of what we already know, how we know, and what we need to know more about in order to ensure the continuing relevance of landscape architecture.
LINK	www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/simon-swaffield-frederick-law-olmsted-lecture-knowing-landscape.html

Wednesday, November 7

Regional Economic & Development Planning in East Africa: Natural Gas - Fueling Tanzania Forward
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
MIT, Building 4-231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Colonel (Retd.) Joseph Simbakalia, Regional Commissioner of Mtwara
Natural gas, discovered recently in coastal East Africa, has the potential to change the development equation in regional economic development and planning. Natural gas is coming ashore in Mtwara, Tanzania, a relatively undeveloped region in south-eastern Tanzania, which is creating opportunities and very serious social and environmental challenges. Colonel (Retd) Joseph Simbakalia, Regional Commissioner of Mtwara, is responsible for charting the future economic development plan for Mtwara. He will present the case to the audience and a distinguished faculty panel. This will be followed by responsive remarks from the panel, and an open question and answer period.

Web site: http://mitei.mit.edu/node/2000
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, DUSP
For more information, contact:  Jameson Twomey
jtwomey at mit.edu 


From the Cutting Edge: Innovation Lessons from high-tech companies
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 
11:00am - 12:00pm
Location:  Virtual Event: https://www.imaginatik.com/webdoc_high_tech_innovation
Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/850243761

Description:  The bar for innovation is perhaps at its highest in the high-tech industry. High-tech companies grapple with continuous technological evolution, fast moving competitors and new, innovative start-ups. Product life cycles are short, and success requires constant innovation.


Civil Wars, 1800-2012
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Stathis Kalyvas, Yale University
SSP Wednesday Seminar
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program
For more information, contact:  617-253-7529
valeriet at mit.edu 


"Reclaiming Agricultural and Mining Waste: The Role of Design in Environmental Advocacy"
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein 219), Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Alan Berger, Tenured Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, MIT, Department of Urban Studies & Planning; Co-Director Landscape-Urbanism Program Research Director-Center for Advanced Urbanism

About the Talk: This lecture will explore two wetland reclamation projects in different parts of the world. 1) French Gulch Masterplan in Breckenridge, Colorado on abandoned mine land; 2) Italy’s famed Pontine Marshes on agricultural land. Original analysis and research from P-REX, Professor Alan Berger's design laboratory at MIT, will be presented.



Migration to 'That Great Iron City': African American Environmental Consciousness in Chicago
WHEN  Wed., Nov. 7, 2012, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Brian McCammack, Lecturer, History, Tufts University
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	617.495.8508
dbievent at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  A Q+A will follow the lecture
Feel free to bring a lunch
LINK	http://dubois.fas.harvard.edu/calendar


Direct Imaging of Exoplanets and Disks: Hubble, adaptive optics, & beyond
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Dr. Marshall Perrin, Instruments Division, Space Telescope Science Institute
EAPS Department Lecture Series
Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/lectures
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jacqui Taylor
jtaylor at mit.edu 


Who's Getting Globalized? The Size and Nature of International Trade Costs
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
MIT, Building  E51-345 - Please Note Room Change, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: David Atkin
Joint w/Harvard International Workshop
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): International Seminar
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu 


Everything is History/History is Everything
WHEN  Wed., Nov. 7, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Emerson Hall, 105, Harvard Yard, 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard History Department
SPEAKER(S)  Professors Jill Lepore, Niall Ferguson, Maya Jasanoff, Mark Kishlansky, James Kloppenberg, Ian Miller, Kelly O'Neill, Emma Rothschild, and Laurel Ulrich
LINK  http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/node/1296


Dialogues of Silence
WHEN  Wed., Nov. 7, 2012, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Tsai Auditorium. CGIS South, Concourse level. 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Dance, Music, Poetry/Prose, Theater
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Sabrina Lastman
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	mvramos at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  Drawing from jazz, Latin American, and contemporary music, often integrating extended vocal techniques, New York based vocalist, performer, and composer Sabrina Lastman (Uruguay/ Israel) has created and performed interdisciplinary new music projects incorporating voice, sound, movement, and visuals. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Sabrina graduated from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, Yale University, New York University, La Mama, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, Rutgers University, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, Blues Alley Jazz, City University of New York and Classical Guitar Association of New York, among others.
LINK	www.drclas.harvard.edu…


GSD Public Lecture Program. "The City as Palimpsest"
WHEN  Wed., Nov. 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Teju Cole
CONTACT INFO	events at gsd.harvard.edu
NOTE  Teju Cole is a writer, photographer, and art historian based in Lagos and Brooklyn. He is author of a novella,Every Day is for the Thief, and a novel, Open City, which won numerous awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, and the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is author of the Twitter project "Small Fates." An avid street photographer, he is currently work on a non-fiction narrative of Lagos.
LINK	www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/teju-cole-the-city-as-palimpsest.html


SITN Lecture - Clean Energy of the Future: Solar cells, Biofuels and Fuel Cell
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
7:00 PM
Armenise Amphitheater in Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, Longwood Avenue, across from the half traffic circle at Avenue Louis Pasteur.  The Armenise Amphitheater is the first building on the left (facing into the quadrangle).

For those of you not familiar with SITN's lecture format, lectures are free, accessible, and open to the public. All lectures are given entirely by graduate students at Harvard and focus on hot topics in science research and news.  They are 2 hours in length, with a 10 minute break in between.

They will have light refreshments before the lecture (coffee, tea, cookies, etc.)


Pitfalls and Pathways in Conversations about Sustainability
Wednesday, 07 November, 2012
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Belmont Town Hall, 245 Concord Avenue, Belmont

Sustainable Belmont presents Jason Jay, director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative for Business and Society, November 7 at Belmont Town Hall Selectmen's Meeting Room, on Pitfalls and Pathways in Conversations about Sustainability.

Mr. Jay says that "as advocates for sustainability we often find ourselves stuck in unproductive conversations, where resistance and defense of the status quo seem to stymie our efforts. This talk explores the idea that we can be our own worst enemy in these contexts, falling into common pitfalls of self-righteousness, blame and disempowerment, and cynicisms about economic motivations for sustainability programs. By examining these pitfalls, and the deeper psychological tensions that lie beneath, we can find pathways around these pitfalls."  This talk will include an interactive workshop where we practice new techniques.

Jason Jay is also a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, teaching courses on sustainable business as part of the Sustainability Certificate, and gets students and alumni engaged in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. He is an active leader of sustainability initiatives across MIT.  Through the MIT Sustainable Societies Research Group, he brings together scholars from across the Institute to examine the invention, implementation, and transformation required for a sustainable society.  He has helped improve the energy and environmental footprint of the MIT campus by founding the MIT Generator and the Greening MIT community engagement campaign, and serving as founding member of the Campus Energy "Walk the Talk" Task Force.
Mr. Jay holds a Ph. D. in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an AB and M.Ed from Harvard University.
The talk is free and open to all.

Event Contact Info:  Judy Otto
Email:  otto.judy at gmail.com


Censoring Children
Wednesday, November 7 
First Parish (Unitarian Universalist), 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

MIT's Noam Chomsky and Barbara Lubin of the Middle East Children's Alliance discuss A Child's View of Gaza,  the book of Palestinian children's artwork slated for exhibition
at the  Oakland Museum of Children's Art. The exhibition was canceled at the  last minute without explanation. Have children become pawns in a larger conflict? How has this come about? What does it say about the  possibilities for peaceful resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian  impasse?

Co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, Boston;  American Jews for a Just Peace;  and the Middle East Education Group at First Parish in Cambridge.
Cambridge Forum

Thursday, November 8

Carmen Reinhart: A Decade of Debt
WHEN  Thu., Nov. 8, 2012, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, 790 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S)  Carmen Reinhart, Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System, HKS
COST  Free; RSVP to mrcbg at ksg.harvard.edu


"Order through Disorder: Entropy Driven Self-Assembly"
Thursday, November 8, 2012
4:00 pm
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Refreshments @ 3:30 pm in 4-349 (The Pappalardo Community Room)

Zvonimir Dogic, Brandeis University 

Although the idea that entropy alone is sufficient to produce an ordered state is an old one, the notion remains counter-intuitive and it is often assumed that attractive interactions are necessary to generate phases with long-range order. In this talk I will describe how to rationally design the shape of particles with repulsive interactions in order to assemble equilibrium structures of ever increasing complexity, ranging from conventional three-dimensional crystals and liquid crystals to more exotic structures such as one-dimensional twisted ribbons and two-dimensional fluid membranes. Simple argument demonstrates that all these structures maximize the overall entropy of the system.   


The End of Crypto
Nov 08, 2012 
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin G-125, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Jonathan Zittrain , Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at SEAS
This talk will reflect on the core purposes of cryptology, and the extent to which those purposes are served -- and servable -- in today's digital environment.

Speaker Biography:	Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia, and as part of the OpenNet Initiative co-edited a series of studies of Internet filtering by national governments: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering; Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace; and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberpace. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Board of Advisors for Scientific American. He has served as a Trustee of the Internet Society, and as a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum, which named him a Young Global Leader, and as Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Federal Communications Commission, where he chairs the Open Internet Advisory Committee. His book The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It is available from Yale University Press and Penguin UK -- and under a Creative Commons license. Papers may be found at <http://www.jz.org>.

Contact:	Gioia Sweetland 
gioia at seas.harvard.edu 617-495-2919


Become an Innovator
Thursday, November 08, 2012
MIT, Building 32-G449, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP to http://leadership.gwamit.org

Speaker: MIT Prof. Neri Oxman
GWAMIT Fall Leadership Conference
Conceive, develop, market, and distribute your innovative ideas.

Web site: leadership.gwamit.org
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): GSC Activities, Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT)
For more information, contact:  GWAMIT
gwamit-leadership at mit.edu 


Building A Grassroots Democracy
WHEN  Thu., Nov. 8, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Austin Hall, Room 111 West , Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Ethics, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
SPEAKER(S)  Congressman John Sarbanes
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	http://www.ethics.harvard.edu/news-and-events/lectures-and-events/detail/259


Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter
WHEN  Thu., Nov. 8, 2012, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sever 103, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science, Special Events, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Food Literacy Project
SPEAKER(S)  David Buchanan
COST  Free
LINK	https://www.facebook.com/foodliteracyproject


Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum:  Citywide Thermal Imaging Catalyzing Solar Programs
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist;  3 Church Street, Harvard Square

Pasi Miettinen, President and CEO of Sagewell, Inc., will be our speaker for Boston Area Solar Energy Association's November Forum. All are welcome to hear about the good work being done with Sagewell's visionary approach to promoting energy efficiency.    

Sagewell is doing good - a lot of good. And it all starts with the power of infra-red vision (once the realm of only Superman). Sagewell has gone citywide in 25 Massachusetts communities and is creating an online resource of home thermal images - revealing pictures that show unseen weaknesses where heat is escaping the building envelope.  

Thermal images have the power of a picture to vividly show how money and comfort is lost in a leaky building. Pictures have power beyond words to spur homeowners to action - to begin on the rewarding path of energy efficiency. Momentum on this path empowers the homeowner to take the reins and paint their own energy picture. And an energy efficient home provides the perfect foundation for installing solar systems.

Has Sagewell made it to your town? 


New Insights from Data: the Future of Data Visualization: Integrating Visualization and Analysis
Thursday, November 08, 2012
MIT, Building NE30, Broad Institute Auditorium, 7 Cambridge Center, Kendall Square, Cambridge

Speaker: Georges Grinstein
IEEE/ACM Joint Seminar Series 
Exploring the edge of computing technology.

New data visualization tools are revolutionizing all research but it still appears that analysis and visualization are separate activities. In this talk I will provide an overview of data visualization, identify key visualization and analysis issues and opportunities, discuss grand challenges, and provide a few examples of potential breakthroughs. I will discuss two such breakthroughs in detail: RadViz, an ultra high-dimensional data visualization tool and Weave, a Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment. Both were developed at the Institute for Visualization and Perception Research at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and both have been applied to biological problems. 

Georges Grinstein is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Head of its Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics Program, Co-director of its Institute for Visualization and Perception Research, and of its Center for Biomolecular and Medical Informatics. His research interests are broad and include computer graphics, visualization, data mining, virtual environments, and user interfaces with emphasis on the modeling, visualization, and analysis of complex information systems, most often biomedical in nature. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1978. 

For more information contact Peter Mager (p.mager at computer.org)

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


The Unpeoples & the Elections: A Debriefing with Noam Chomsky, Vijay Prashad & Val Moghadam
Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston

No matter how dismal the candidates may be, every US presidential election is made consequential by our prolonged crises of environment, economy, and peace...?

In a surreal political climate where corporations are endowed with the rights of people and people are stripped of the their rights, three distinguished activist thinkers and scholars come together to help us think through the election results and how we should be responding.?

Noam Chomsky, renowned linguist and political philosopher, Vijay Prashad, the incisive commentator and analyst of global politics and chronicler of the "Darker Nations," join the Iranian-born, international relations scholar, feminist and theorist of revolutions, Val Moghadam in a globally-televised evening of conversation and reflection.

Visit http://www.ChomskySpeaks.org/ for your event tickets (seating is limited); tickets are $15/person or $10 for low income/unemployed/students. Proceeds from the event will benefit encuentro 5 (http://encuentro5.org/).

"Unpeoples" is term from scholar Mark Curtis's (2008) analysis of foreign policy, "Unpeople: those whose lives are deemed worthless, expendable in the pursuit of power and commercial gain."


New Media in West Africa
Thursday, November 08, 2012
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Derrick Ashong, Aimee Corrigan, Colin Maclay, Ralph Simon

Despite many infrastructural and economic hurdles, entertainment media industries are burgeoning in West Africa. Today, the Nigerian cinema market--"Nollywood"--is the second largest in the world in terms of the annual volume of films distributed behind only the Indian film industry. And an era of digital distribution has empowered content created in Lagos, or Accra, to spread across geographic and cultural boundaries. New commercial models for distribution as well as international diasporic networks have driven the circulation of this material. But so has rampant piracy and the unofficial online circulation of this content. What innovations are emerging from West Africa? How has Nigerian cinema in particular influenced local television and film markets in other countries across West Africa, and across the continent? What does the increasing visibility of West African popular culture mean for this region--especially as content crosses various cultural contexts, within and outside the region? And what challenges does West Africa face in continuing to develop its entertainment industries? 

This forum launches the 6th Futures of Entertainment conference. 
Derrick N. Ashong is a musician and journalist. 
Aimee Corrigan is managing director of Nollywood Workshops. 
Colin M. Maclay is the managing director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. 
Ralph Simon is founder of the Mobilium Advisory Group.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Sponsor(s): Communications Forum, Futures of Entertainment conference

For more information, contact:  Brad Seawell
seawell at mit.edu 

Friday, November 9

EBC Environmental and Energy Industry Summit: Post Election Implications for the Environmental and Energy Industries
November 9, 2012 
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag, Bay Colony Corporate Center, North Entrance, 1000 Winter Street - Suite 4000, Waltham
Register at 

The outcome of the U.S. Presidential and Congressional elections will have significant ramifications for those companies that provide environmental and energy services.

Despite hard fought campaigns, it appears that neither side will emerge with much of a mandate - a sharp contrast from 2008. While Republicans will retain the House, will the Senate remain divided?  If gridlock continues in Congress, how will that affect financial markets and financing of infrastructure and commercial projects that drive the industry?

Following the election, immediate attention will be required on:
The budget sequestration, the "Fiscal Cliff", and
By spring-time, the Debt Ceiling.
While there will be no impetus for a “climate” bill in Congress, some fashion of energy bill could emerge from an evenly-divided Senate.  What fate awaits the EPA and other agencies?  There will be no Recovery Act, but how quickly might the timing for cutbacks unfold?

Looking at energy and reflecting on economic, policy, and market factors driving changes in an ever smarter and cleaner electric grid, changes are already having a profound impact on revenue streams available to the environmental services industry. The retirement of coal and oil generation, the increased use of natural gas, the status of nuclear generation, the siting of renewable generation, and the response of transmission owners will be critically addressed. The focus will be on the northeast, where policy drivers are strong and electric market signals are weak.

For this EBC program, the opening keynote presentation by Andrew Paterson, Principal at EBI / Verdigris Capital, and Judy Chang of The Brattle Group, will delve into divining the multiple messages resulting from the national vote and possible impacts for energy and environmental firms.  The following presentations will first focus on the environmental marketplace with speaker Paul F. Fennelly, Ph.D., Senior Vice President at AECOM – Environmental, and then focus on the energy marketplace with speaker Bob Bibbo, Vice President and Senior Advisor at Normandeau Associates. Finally, panel discussion among experts in the field will provide further reflection on post-election implications.

Plan to attend this EBC program and gain a greater understanding of those post-election factors that may significantly impact the environmental and energy business sectors. Learn how these factors may influence your strategic planning process.

Post-Election Outlook for Environment and Energy Industries
Andrew Paterson, Principal, EBI / Verdigris Capital
Opportunities for Growth in the Environmental Marketplace
Paul F. Fennelly, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, AECOM - Environment
Energy & Power Keynote - Energy Driven Environmental Markets
Bob Bibbo, Vice President and Senior Advisor, Normandeau Associates
Following the Election - The New Look of Energy & Environmental Policy
Judy Chang, Principal, The Brattle Group

Following the formal presentations, a panel of experts will reflect on their expectations based on their view of the marketplace.
Glenn Almquist, Senior Vice President, Woodard & Curran
Ted Barten, Managing Principal, Epsilon Associates
Paul Fennelly, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, AECOM - Environment
Mary Beth Gentleman, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
Michael Scipione, President, Weston & Sampson

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 7:30AM - 8:00AM
Program: 8:00AM - 12:00PM


Crisis Urbanism
Friday, November 09, 2012
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

SMArchS Colloquium
Speaker: Malcolm Smith
Director of the Integrated Urbanism Group, Arup

Web site: http://architecture.mit.edu/lecture/crisis-urbanism
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:  Annette Horne-Williams
ahwill at mit.edu 


Grassroots Democracy: How Would it Work?
WHEN  Fri., Nov. 9, 2012, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, co-sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Congressman John Sarbanes, U.S Representative, Maryland's 3rd Congressional District; Stephen Ansolabehere, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School; Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Spencer Overton, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
CONTACT INFO	jennifer at ethics.harvard.edu, 617.384.9458
LINK  http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/Grassroots-Democracy-How-Would-it-Work


MIT News At Noon: Devrarat Shah Predicts Trends On Twitter
Friday, November 09, 2012
MIT Museum, Building N51, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

MIT News At Noon 
Take a break for breaking news! Meet MIT visionaries and learn about their front-page research, and connect with local colleagues before and after the program. Free admission, Fridays at noon, from October 26 - December 7. Presenters will be announced each week following their appearance in MIT News.Presented in collaboration with the MIT News Office.

Meet Associate Professor Devrarat Shah and learn how his machine-learning algorithm can predict -- with 95% accuracy -- which topics will trend on Twitter hours in advance of their recognition.

Web site:http://mit.edu/museum/programs/programdescriptions.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): News Office, MIT Museum
For more information, contact:  Josie Patterson
museuminfo at mit.edu


Crowd Agents: Interactive Crowd-Powered Systems in the Real World
Friday, November 9 2012
1:00PM to 2:00PM
Refreshments: 12:45PM
MIT, Building 32-G882, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jeff Bigham, University of Rochester

ABSTRACT:  Over the past few years, I have been developing and deploying interactive crowd-powered systems. For instance, VizWiz has the crowd answer visual questions for blind people in less than a minute, Legion allows outsourcing of desktop tasks to the crowd, and Scribe allows the crowd to caption audio in real-time. Overall, thousands of people have engaged with these systems, providing an interesting look at how end users interact with crowd work in their everyday lives. 

Collectively, these systems illustrate a new approach to human computation in which the diverse and changing crowd is provided the computational support necessary to act as a single, high-quality actor. The classic advantage of the crowd has been its wisdom, but our systems are beginning to show how crowd agents can surpass even expert individuals on difficult real-time motor and cognitive performance tasks. 

BIO:  Jeffrey P. Bigham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rochester where he heads the ROC HCI Group. His work is at the intersection of human-computer interaction, human computation, and artificial intelligence, with a focus on developing innovative technology that serves people with disabilities in their everyday lives. Jeffrey received his B.S.E degree in Computer Science fromPrinceton University in 2003. He received his M.Sc. degree in 2005 and his Ph.D. in 2009, both in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington working with Richard E. Ladner. Dr. Bigham has won a number of awards, including the Microsoft Imagine Cup Accessible Technology Award, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award for Technology Collaboration, the MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators Under 35 Award, and Best Paper Awards at UIST, WSDM, and ASSETS. In 2012, he received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

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


Ocean Dynamics and the Carbon Cycle
Friday, October 26, 2012
4:00 p.m.
MIT, Building 54-100, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (the tallest building on campus)

Featured author, Senior Research Scientist, Mick Follows M.I.T. EAPS, will share the book he co-authored with long time colleague Prof. Richard Williams (Univ. Liverpool, UK). Ocean Dynamics and the Carbon Cycle presents a multidisciplinary approach to understanding ocean circulation and how it drives and controls marine biogeochemistry and biological productivity at a global scale with implications for global climate change .

Mick Follows seeks to understand how the interactions of physical, chemical and biological processes modulate the structure and function of marine microbial communities and regulate the oceanic cycles of carbon and nutrient elements on global and climate scales. To this end, he uses idealized theory, numerical models and the analysis of observed data. Originally from the UK, Mick has been at MIT since 1992.

A reception will follow the talk in Building 54, Room 923. 

All are welcome.

Questions? Contact Jacqui Taylor, jtaylor at mit.edu, or 3-2127


How the Future Entered Government
Friday, November 9, 2012 
Harvard, CGIS-S020, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Timothy Mitchell (Columbia University)
Timothy Mitchell's lecture forms part of the conference on "Histories of Land, Economy, and Power" at the Joint Center for History and Economics on 9-10 November 2012. The conference will bring together scholars working on a range of different national contexts to explore the historical relationship between land, economies, and power. Expanding on arguments from Carbon Democracy(2011), Mitchell's talk will discuss the making of the economy as a new object of politics in the 1930s and 1940s.

Sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Joint Center for History and Economics.

Saturday, November 10

HEET Energy Up-grade Party
Saturday, November 10
1 to 5 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, near Central Square
Sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEZ6dFpRZ18yWVZWZ1RtZUFvUi1meWc6MQ

Contact Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) at http://www.heetma.com

Tuesday, November 13

[MIT Energy Club] Energy 101: "The Science behind Climate Change"
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Daniel Rothenberg

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 Climate Change 101 talk will cover the basics of energy balance problem of sunlight radiation, and how it leads to global warming. It will also discuss projections for what future warming holds.

Open to: the general public
Cost: None
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  Jonathan Mailoa; Michelle Park
jpmailoa at mit.edu; mpark15 at mit.edu 


Inverting the Pyramid, Science Education in the 21st Century
WHEN  Tue., Nov. 13, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center B, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Shirley Tilghman, Princeton University President


Schlumberger: Gas Shale and Tight Oil: Environmental and Regulatory Issues
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
MIT, Building 3-333, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Robert Kleinberg, Schlumberger-Doll Research

Source rock-hosted fossil fuel resources - gas shale and tight oil - were considered marginally economic or uneconomic a few years ago, but now constitute rapidly growing shares of US gas and oil production. While the techniques of exploration and production are not very different than those traditionally practiced, the pace and scale of operations is unfamiliar, particularly in those parts of the country without significant experience dealing with the oil and gas industry. Increasing production of oil and gas bring many economic benefits, but also raise a host of concerns connected with environmental protection. Important issues include water availability, the chemical additives used in hydraulic fracturing fluids, recycling and/or disposal of flowback and produced waters, aquifer protection, vented and fugitive methane, air quality, surface disturbance, and earthquake hazards. This talk will focus on the status of technology in each of these areas. Also discussed will be a brief review of US and international regulatory approaches. 

+This event is organized by the MIT Mining, Oil and Gas Club and the System Design and Management Program. It is open to the whole MIT Community and everyone interested in the topic. 
+Refreshments will be served

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/Miningoilgas/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Mining, Oil and Gas Club
For more information, contact:  J. Esteban Montero
officersMOG at mit.edu 


Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot : Gutman Distinguished Author Book Event
WHEN  Tue., Nov. 13, 2012, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gutman Library Conference Center
TYPE OF EVENT	Discussion, Lecture, Presentation, Question & Answer Session
BUILDING/ROOM	Gutman Conference Center A1
CONTACT NAME  Mark Shelton
CONTACT EMAIL  mark_shelton at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-496-3108
NOTE  Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, a MacArthur prize–winning sociologist, and the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University, will speak about her book "Exits: The endings that set up free." In the book, she explores the ways we leave one thing and move on to the next; how we anticipate, define, and reflect on our departures; our epiphanies that something is over and done with.


The next Nerd Nite is a collaboration with the Museum of Science!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Ole Mexican Grill, 11 Springfield Street, Inman Square, Cambridge

Featuring George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of PersonalGenomes.org
For more information on this exciting event, http://boston.nerdnite.com/2012/11/04/the-museum-of-science-nerd-nite-boston-present-the-science-author-salon/


MassChallenge Break the Bubble Young Entrepreneurs Panel
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 
6:00pm - 8:00pm
MassChallenge ONE Marina Park Drive, 14th Floor (55 Northern Avenue), Boston
Register at http://breakthebubble.eventbrite.com

Description:  ONEin3, Break the Bubble and MassChallenge invite you to an exciting evening of Entrepreneurship 101.  Learn tricks of the trade from 5 young entrepreneurs who are excelling in Boston through creativity, innovation and ambition.


Starr Forum- Attack of the Drones: Ethical, Legal and Strategic Implications of UAV Use
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speakers: Rabia Mehmood, J. Bryan Hehir, Kenneth A. Oye, Barry R. Posen
Rabia Mehmood is a Lahore based correspondent and producer for the Pakistani television network Express and for the International Herald Tribune. She has covered the survivors and victims of terrorist attacks, suicide bombings and hostage sieges carried out by militants in Lahore. She was a 2010-2011 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies. 
J. Bryan Hehir is Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and former acting Dean of the Harvard Divinity School. His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society. His writings include: "The Moral Measurement of War: A Tradition of Continuity and Change; Military Intervention and National Sovereignty. 
Barry R. Posen is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT, Director of the MIT Security Studies Program, and serves on the Executive Committee of Seminar XXI. 
Kenneth A. Oye is Director of the MIT Program on Emerging Technologies and holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in Political Science and Engineering Systems. His writings include Cooperation under Anarchy, Economic Discrimination and Political Exchange, and books on Carter, Reagan and Bush foreign policy. 

Cosponsored by MIT CIS and The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT (http://web.mit.edu/tac/)
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT

For more information, contact:  starrforum at mit.edu 


21 (FREE screening with Ben Mezrich and Jeff Ma)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
MIT, Building 26-100, access from 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speakers: Ben Mezrich, Jeff Ma will introduce the film, and answer questions afterwards! 

Director Robert Luketic adapts Ben Mezrich's best-seller "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions" to tell the true-life tale of six genius students who used their brains to beat considerable odds. Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) may be shy, but his wallflower reputation betrays his inner brilliance. As smart as Ben may be, however, if he can't pay his tuition he'll be kicked out of MIT. Fortunately, the answer to all of Ben's problems is right there in the cards. Recruited to join a team of extremely gifted students who have used their mastery of numbers to beat the odds at blackjack, Ben procures a fake identity in order to join the casino scammers and their brilliant leader -- eccentric math professor and stats genius Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) -- in some highly profitable weekend excursions to Las Vegas. Counting cards isn't illegal, and by using a complex series of signals, this team has cracked the code. Of course, it doesn't take long for Ben to become seduced by the glamorous Las Vegas lifestyle, and the attention afforded to him by his sexy teammate Jill Taylor (Kate Bosworth) finds him pushing his luck to the absolute limits. Laurence Fishburne stars as Cole Williams, the Sin City security chief who catches on to the group and makes it his mission to expose their lucrative blackjack scam.

Web site: http://lsc.mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): LSC
For more information, contact:  MIT Lecture Series Committee
lsc at mit.edu 


GreenPort Forum LBJ Apartments Energy Renovation Tour
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7 PM
150 Erie Street, Cambridge
Meet in Community Room, first floor

Join Cambridge Housing Authority's Tina Miller for a tour of the Lyndon B. Johnson apts. The just completed high rise retrofit estimates 55% energy savings by switching from electric to gas fired heating augmented by combined heat and co-generation systems, roof top solar pv arrays, passive solar plenums, energy recovery units, and a new energy saving exterior shell.

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood.  
For more information, contact Steve Wineman at steven.wineman at gmail,com


The Dust Bowl: A Discussion with Ken Burns
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 
3:00pm - 4:15pm
Harvard, Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, 5 Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Ken Burns, Academy Award-winning documentarian, will visit Harvard to share clips from his new film, “The Dust Bowl,” and answer Q&A about his craft.

The Dust Bowl, a two-part, four-hour documentary from Ken Burns, chronicles this critical moment in American history in all its complexities and profound human drama.  It is part oral history, using compelling interviews of 26 survivors of those hard times—what will probably be the last recorded testimony of the generation that lived through the Dust Bowl.  Filled with seldom seen movie footage, previously unpublished photographs, the songs of Woody Guthrie, and the observations of two remarkable women who left behind eloquent written accounts, the film is also a historical accounting of what happened and why during the 1930s on the southern Plains.

The Dust Bowl, airing on WGBH 2 on Nov 18 and 19, was directed by Ken Burns; written by Dayton Duncan; produced by Duncan, Burns and Julie Dunfey; and edited by Craig Mellish and Ryan Gifford. Funding is provided by Bank of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Public Broadcasting Service, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Rockefeller Foundation, Wallace Genetic Foundation and members of The Better Angels Society, including the Dana A. Hamel Family Charitable Trust and Robert and Beverly Grappone.

Contact Name:  Kellie Nault
knault at fas.harvard.edu


“The Cost of Potential Cap-and-Trade Policy: An Event Study using Prediction Markets and Lobbying Records.”
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 
4:10pm - 5:30pm
Kennedy School of Government, Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

Kyle Meng, Columbia University
Seminar in Environmental Economics & Policy

Contact Name:  Jason Chapman


Mass Innovation Nights #44 
November 14th 
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
VMware, 5 Cambridge Center, 10th Floor, Cambridge 
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/november-14-2012-mass-innovation-nights-min44

We're heading for ANOTHER exciting new location -- right in Kendall Square!  A big thank you and shout-out to the team at VMWare for supporting  our November event as a host and a sponsor.

Help  SPREAD THE WORD!  Blog, Tweet (#MIN44), Like, post video/pictures
Support local  INNOVATION


MIT Transportation Showcase
Wednesday, November 14 
6 pm to 9:30 pm
MIT Museum, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Third Annual Transportation Showcase organized by the MIT Transportation Club. Make use of this unique opportunity to present your research to peers, faculty and of course, professionals from the transportation industry in a relaxed setting. Click here to find out more about the event.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email @ transportation.showcase at mit.edu 


Ignite Spatial Boston 4 - A Geospatial Good Time
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
CGIS South, Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2233676988/mcivte?utm_source=I+Spatial+Boston+List

Ignite Spatial Boston is an Ignite event with a geospatial twist. Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.

Ignite Spatial Boston will be held on Wednesday, November 14, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the CGIS South Building at Harvard University. The event is free, however, due to limited space at the venue you must RSVP on this page.

If you would like to speak, please submit a proposal. All talks will be recorded and posted on online after the event. We will post an agenda here once speakers are finalized.

Please let others know about the event using the social network of your choice or click on the the Social Network icons on the registration page.

How to help
Submit a presentation, or get someone you know would do a great job presenting to submit.
Spread the word about this event. Make sure you let everyone know this is happening
Help us find some sponsors for refreshments.


This event is a being organized by the members of the AvidGeo Meetup. We get together once a month for an informal gathering with two short talks about user and developer topics about geospatial technology.


Climate Change Do the Math Tour
Thursday, November 15
Doors at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm
Orpheum Theater, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston

Featuring Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein.


MIT Energy Finance Forum
November 16, 2012 
Cambridge Marriott Hotel

The MIT Energy Finance Forum is MIT Sloans flagship energy event. This student-led conference features speakers from both the private and public sectors and is attended by hundreds of senior business executives and the brightest in academia. The Forum explores pressing topics in energy finance including risk and return management, commercialization strategies, financing mechanisms, emerging investment opportunities and more.

Sponsored by:  Sloan Energy and Environment Club, MIT Energy Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:  energyfinanceforum at mit.edu 


Energy Theater 
Saturday, November 17
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Unity Church of Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville

Energy Theater performers include members of the Somerville Laughter and Neuroplasticity clubs.

“Everyone is energy-sensitive, and this understanding allows us to showcase energy topics that the audience can experience,” says Walter Ness. “Energy understanding can then be taken and shown on stage as performance art, allowing the audience members to explore their own energy sensitivity while seeing it displayed on stage.”

Ness says that he and the other performers will present several methods to enhance energy in a context that makes the experience accessible to all. “It’s easier to have people experience energetic phenomena when they are relaxed,” he says. “A performance does that.”

The event is a fund-raiser to benefit the roof repair fund at Unity Church of Somerville.

Cost: $10 suggested donation. 


Strike Debt Rolling Jubilee Meeting
6-9:30 P.M. Mon. Nov. 19 
Community Church of Boston (565 Boylston Street, Boston--COPLEY T)

It?s finally time to talk about an exciting new initiative from Strike Debt, called ?The Rolling Jubilee? <http://www.rollingjubilee.org/>.  The Rolling Jubilee is a bailout of the people by the people - we buy defaulted debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, we abolish it.  
We're writing to ask the national Occupy network for help to spread the word about it's launch.  Using social media, we hope to harness the collective voice of Occupies against the predatory debt industry, in the same way that the StopKony campaign marshaled southern churches against an African warlord.  

Here's are the details.

Our launch will be on November 15th, with a "telethon" called THE PEOPLE'S BAILOUT<http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jeff-mangum-plans-occupy-wall-street-fundraiser-20121024>.
There will be roughly three hours of music, comedy, education, magic.  Confirmed guests include: comedian Janeane Garofalo, Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, actor/director John Cameron Mitchell, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, and more.  The telethon will be at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and will be streamed live at www.rollingjubilee.org.  Tickets will go on sale on November 2nd at 10am.

Our goal is to raise $50,000, which will allow us to abolish more than $1,000,000 dollars worth of medical debt. 100% of the funds go to buying debt. If we raise more, we?ll buy more debt. Donations can be made online at rollingjubilee.org <http://www.rollingjubilee.org/>.

We're hoping you can help us spread the word about our launch via social media.  We can't afford billboards or TV ads (especially during election season!) but we can harness our global people power network to spread the word about the Rolling Jubilee.  Let?s get the message out far and wide.
Here?s how:

The most important thing right now is to help us build the network for our big push days.  There are a few simple things you can do, that will take just a few minutes:

1. Forward this message to your friends and family.

2. Like our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/RollingJubilee?fref=ts and share the event

3. Follow @StrikeDebt on Twitter.

4. Post and tweet using the hashtags #PeoplesBailout and #RollingJubilee, referring to our website (www.rollingjubilee.org) and twitter handle (@StrikeDebt).
Some sample posts can be found here: http://bit.ly/RJSampleTweets.
Feel free to copy-and-paste those, or make your own!

5. Donate your Twitter or Facebook account for one daily re-post or re-tweet:
http://donateyouraccount.com/StrikeDebt.  This is a safe and easy way to
help us keep spreading the message.

We?re going to try two big coordinated social media pushes to promote #PeoplesBailout: one when our donation site opens, and the other on the day of the telethon itself.  In order to maximize the impact of a sudden spike in social media buzz, we won?t announce the details of the campaign content until the day before the push.  WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS WORK.  To get the
latest on our campaigns, sign up for our announcement list<http://www.rollingjubilee.org/>, or follow @StrikeDebt on Twitter. Or just reply to this email and let me know you can help out with the big push, and I?ll put you on my private list.

Invite your friends over to watch the telethon on the HQ stream. Direct everyone to send donations via the website: http://rollingjubilee.org.  If you?d like tips about how to do this effectively, email rollingjubilee at gmail.com for more information, or get on our weekly InterOccupy conference call<http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/G4GWX72KCWJ8OP0>,
Thursdays at 8:30pm.

Please forward this request to all of your friends and family you think would be interested.

We're happy to answer any questions you have about the Rolling Jubilee.
Just email rollingjubilee at gmail.com.

Three out of four Americans are in debt, many of whom are in default or nearing it.  One in seven are already being pursued by debt collectors<http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/02/matt-stoller-towards-a-creditor-state-%E2%80%93-one-in-seven-americans-pursued-by-debt-collectors.html>.  People shouldn?t have to be forever haunted by debt that they accrued for an education, because they needed medical care, or because they had to put food on the table during hard times.  No politician is going to fix this. Millions of people will be excited to hear that something is finally being done.  *
*Thanks for your help!

~ Strike Debt / Rolling Jubilee

PS - To head off one common question, we cannot buy specific individual's debt - instead, we help liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal.  As a trial run, we spent $466 and successfully bought and abolished $14,000 of medical debt.

Here are some articles about Strike Debt and The People?s Bailout:


The Role of the Internet in the Creation of a Just and Sustainable Economy
Tuesday, November 20
6:30-8:30 pm
First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge

Bob Massie, President of New Economics Institute
Lawrence Lessig, Director of Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

Registration at Mason Street entrance.   RSVP at http://www.neweconomicsinstitute.org
Reception after the talk.



Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!

Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


Boiler Rebate
If your boiler is from 1983 or earlier, Mass Save will give a $1,750 to $4,000 rebate to switch it out for a new efficient boiler that uses the same fuel (i.e. if you have oil, you have to continue to use oil) so long as it is installed by July 31, 2012.

Call Mass Save (866 527-7283) to sign up for a home energy assessment or sign-up online at  www.nextsteplivinginc.com/HEET  and HEET will receive a $10 contribution from Next Step Living for every completed assessment.

This is a great way to reduce climate change emissions for the next 20 or so years the boiler lasts, while saving money.


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, see


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.


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/

Cambridge Civic Journal  http://www.rwinters.com












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