[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - January 6, 2013

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jan 6 11:26:35 PST 2013

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Monday, January 7
12pm - 1pm  The Atmosphere as an Intersection With Space
1:30p–2:30p  "Voyager 1 Is In Interstellar Space!"
3:00PM-04:00PM  Treatment Free Beekeeping

Tuesday, January 8
9am - 4 pm  "Fuel Your Mind" -- A Primer on Transportation Fuels, Current and Future
11am - 12pm  An Introduction to Fusion Energy
1pm -3pm  The New Professor Experience
6:00 PM  Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #11 

Wednesday, January 9
6:00pm - 8:30pm  Mass Innovation Nights
7pm  4-city startup-speed-meeting event

Thursday, January 10

1pm - 2:30pm  Google Advertising
1pm - 5pm  PEPFAR in Africa: HSPH's Role in the Largest Public Health Endeavor in History
5:30pm - 8:30pm  Cleantech + Design
7pm  Foodopoly:  The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America

Friday, January 11

1:30pm -2:30pm  "Shining Some Light"

Saturday, January 12

11am  Green Minga Barnraising, Family Activities, and Job Fair

Sunday, January 13

7pm - 9pm  Climate Change Solutions

Monday, January 14

10:30am - 12pm  Why Did So Many People Make So Many Ex Post Bad Decisions? The Causes of the Foreclosure Crises
12pm  “Nibbling at the Edges: Why Current Climate Action by Cities Will Not Save Them and What May be Done About That”
12pm - 1pm  The Atmosphere as an Intersection With the Arctic
7pm  The Boston Wikipedia Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

Tuesday, January 15

12:30pm  Internet Censorship and the Remembrance of Infowars Past
6pm - 7:30pm  Getting Plugged In To the Boston Tech Community – A Hitchhiker’s Guide
7pm  GreenPort Forum:  Can New England Feed Itself?

Monday, January 7

The Atmosphere as an Intersection With Space
Monday, January 07, 2013
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Daniel Cziczo

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jacqui Taylor


"Voyager 1 Is In Interstellar Space!"
Monday, January 07, 2013
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: John Belcher - Professor & Class of 1960 Faculty Fellow, Department of Physics
Physics IAP Lecture Series

Voyager 1 and 2 have already crossed the heliopause, the outer limit of the Sun's magnetic field. RECENTLY VOYAGER I HAS CROSSED INTO THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM, the medium from which the Sun condensed. We will discuss those observations. 
Web site: http://student.mit.edu/searchiap/iap-9289af8f3b3c7818013b3d15ee340001 .html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Physics IAP
For more information, contact:  Denise Wahkor


Treatment Free Beekeeping
January 7	Mon	
MIT, Building 4-149, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Dean Stiglitz - Beekeeper, Laurie Herboldsheimer - Beekeeper

A lot of decisions on equipment or methods, depend on your personal philosophy of life and your personal philosophy of beekeeeping.  Some people have more faith in Nature to work things out, while some are more interested in keeping their bees healthy with chemicals and treatments.  Learn the advantages and disadvantages of treatment free beekeeping.

Contact: Tony Pulsone, pulsone at mit.edu

Tuesday, January 8

"Fuel Your Mind" -- A Primer on Transportation Fuels, Current and Future
Jan/08 Tue	
MIT, Building 56-114 (the tallest building on campus)

William H. Green, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Jim Simnick, George Huff

How is crude oil converted into gasoline and other transportation fuels? Is the gasoline available in Boston the same as what is available in Chicago?  What are biofuels and what is driving the demand for these fuels of the future? Which fuel properties matter for performance? Please join us in this short course offered by engineers from BP and Prof. Green to answer these questions, and to gain a better understanding of transportation fuels, and fuel processing technology. 
Projections and recent history suggest significant shifts in the transportation fuels system over the next few decades, but no one is sure how things will actually develop. This mini-course will give you a more complete perspective on the many issues involved when fuel standards or regulations shift and when new types of fuel feedstocks become available.
Experiences so far with E85 (and CNG) illustrate some of the realities which make it very challenging to introduce alternative fuels which are not compatible with existing engines and infrastructure.
Topics Include:
Fuel Performance Criteria
Gasoline & Diesel       
Biofuels, Ethanol & E85

Contact: Prof. William H. Green, 66-352, 617-253-4580, whgreen at mit.edu


An Introduction to Fusion Energy
Jan/08 Tue	
MIT, Building NW17-218, 175 Albany Street, Cambridge

Jerry Hughes - Research Scientist
Fusion, which powers the stars, could be a game-changing energy source for our ever-developing planet, with potential to deliver sizable amounts of useful energy with relatively low environmental impact. This talk will introduce the basic concepts of today's magnetic fusion experiments, and shed light on where fusion research and development are likely to take us over the next generation.

Contact: Paul Rivenberg, NW16-284, 617-253-8101, rivenberg at psfc.mit.edu


The New Professor Experience
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
MIT, Building 68-181, 31 Ames Street, Cambridge

Adam Martin, Assistant Professor, MIT 
Matt Vander Heiden, Assistant Professor, MIT 
Brett Pellock, Assistant Professor, Providence College 
Michelle Meyer, Assistant Professor, Boston College 
David Pincus, Fellow, Whitehead Institute 

What are the biggest challenges when setting up a lab? What things turned out to be easier than expected? What is it like teaching and hiring lab members? Come learn from some faculty about what it's like to be a "new professor", and some of the thrills and challenges of starting a new lab. 

Organized by: Paul Fields
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Biology


Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #11 
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
6:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor - Havana Training Room, One Broadway, Kendall Square, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BostonQS/events/94557702/?joinFrom=event&success=profileUpdatedEventWelcome

Please come join us for another fun night of self-tracking presentations, sharing ideas, and showing tools. If you are self-tracking in any way -- health stats, biofeedback, life-logging, mood monitoring, biometrics, athletics, etc. -- come and share your methods, results and insight.

Come early, connect with others and share your interest in QS. We'll have healthy refreshments to get us started.
7:00 - 8:00 pm QS SHOW & TELL TALKS
If you'd like to talk about your personal self-tracking story, please let us know in your RSVP or write Joshua at [masked]. In your talk, you should answer the three prime questions: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?
If you've never been to a meetup before, you can get a sense of what the talks are like from watching videos of previous QS talks.
8:00 - 8:45 pm MORE SOCIAL TIME
Talk to the speakers, chat with new and old friends, ask other people what they're tracking, and generally hang out and have a great time.
QS SPONSORS: OUR THANKS TO Cambridge Innovation Center
A wonderful space is generously being provided by Cambridge Innovation Center, the area's largest and most popular flexible office space facility designed to meet the needs of small and fast-growingtechnology-oriented companies.

Wednesday, January 9

Mass Innovation Nights
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Microsoft New England Research & Development Center One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/january-9-2013-mass-innovation-nights-min46

Every month ten companies bring new products to the event and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook statuses, and otherwise help spread the word. In the last two years, the events have helped to:
Launch more than 450 products
Connect dozens of job seekers and hiring managers
Profile dozens of local experts
Launch a wave of Innovation Nights events around the world (coming soon)


4-city startup-speed-meeting event
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
7:00 PM
virtual event
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/tech-startup-speed-dating/events/97883232/

Just like last month, founders/designers/developers/investors from NY, Boston, Chicago, and Austin will have 5-min of one-on-one time with each member to discuss their project/needs before moving on to the next person. By the end of the event, you will have made some new and interesting connections.

Here are just some members/startups we met at the last event:
-Alex (Chicago): founder of Artrise.com, looking for funding and developers
-Tim (Austin): online startup providing peer-2-peer loans, looking for developer
-Aji (Chicago): PHP developer looking to get involved with an interesting startup
-Jonathan (Austin): founder of HubYub, a social network where members can trade professional services. He’s on the hunt for team members.

Don’t have a project? No worries! This is a great place to meet fellow entrepreneurs, smart techies and be introduced to new startups you…or someone you know…may want to get involved with. And if nothing else, it’s a fun event to meet interesting people who are doing interesting things in different parts of the country.

We’ll be using the Sococo platform for this virtual meetup. You should receive login info from me once you RSVP. If you don't receive an email within 24hrs (we did had some issues with this last month), email me and I will resend.

Looking forward to having you join us!

Thursday, January 10

Google Advertising
Thursday, January 10, 2013
MIT, Building E51-395, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Glenn Ellison (MIT)

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


PEPFAR in Africa: HSPH's Role in the Largest Public Health Endeavor in History
WHEN  Thu., Jan. 10, 2013, 1 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Snyder Auditorium, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Conferences, Health Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S)  Prof. Max Essex, HSPH;  Prof. Wafaie Fawzi, HSPH;  Dean Julio Frenk, HSPH;  Dr. Tendani Gaolathe, Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership;  Provost Alan Garber, Harvard;  
Prof. David Hunter, HSPH;  Prof. Phyllis Kanki, HSPH;  Prof. Richard Marlink, HSPH;  Dr. Prosper Okonkwo, AIDS Prevention in Nigeria;  Dr. Roseline Urio, Management and Development for Health, Tanzania
CONTACT INFO	mshenry at hsph.harvard.edu
NOTE  Reception to follow.
The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the largest public health initiative in history dedicated to a single disease, has committed over $18 billion for HIV prevention, care and treatment. HSPH PEPFAR supported programs in Botswana, Nigeria and Tanzania that treated over 160,000 AIDS patients. The symposium will outline partnerships, accomplishments, lessons learned, challenges, and transition to local ownership.
LINK	http://www.aids.harvard.edu/conferences/Pepfar_in_Africa_2012.html


Cleantech + Design
Thursday, January 10, 2013
5:30-6:30 pm Networking
6:30-7:30 pm Panel Discussion
7:30- 8:30 pm Networking
Greentown Labs Cleantech Business Incubator + Prototyping Space, 2nd Floor, 337 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at http://cleantechdesign-es2.eventbrite.com

Panelists:  Terri Swack, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Minds. The focus of her career has been to make complex ideas and new technologies useful, usable and desirable.
Ben Einstein, Founder and CEO of BOLT Hardware Accelerator.

Design turns raw technology into something new, imaginative, exciting, and something that catches the eye, and may ultimately sell the product: the iPod is little more than a wearable hard-drive with great branding, product design and user interface. But could design be the answer to helping cleantech succeed and scale-up? Can design make a new clean technology attractive to funders and investors, as well as for users and consumers? As a cleantech company, when and should you hire a design firm? Is design important for B2B products in addition to B2C products? For web-based vs. hardware products?

Come and join in our panel discussion to hear from design experts and clean energy companies who have made design a key element in their clean technology product development. Learn how design is more than just "making things beautiful" - it's building solutions that actually work to solve customer's problems.

Massachusetts Center for Clean Energy
Created by the Green Jobs Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has as its mission to foster the growth of the Massachusetts clean energy industry by providing seed grants to companies, universities, and nonprofit organizations; funding job training and workforce development programs; and, as home of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, supporting the installation of renewable energy projects throughout the state. Visit our website at www.MassCEC.com and follow us on Twitter @MassCEC

Greentown Labs – a Cleantech Business Incubator in Boston’s Innovation District
Greentown Labs provides entrepreneurs the research and development space they need to launch their clean technology ventures. Currently housing 24 early stage companies in 27,000 square feet of lab and office space, and located in downtown Boston's Innovation District, Greentown Labs is a not-for-profit organization that sprung from a grassroots cluster of award-winning clean technology companies looking for low-cost working s


Thursday, January 10, 2013 
6:30 pm- 8:00 pm 
Boston Startup School, 290 Congress Street, Boston
R.S.V.P at https://proximate.com/events/important-people-honest-conversations--2

Please join us on Thursday, January 10th, for a night of honest conversation with Katie Rae, Jennifer Lum and Nicole Stata. Katie, Jen and Nicole individually and collectively have made outstanding strides in the startup community as founders, financiers, and females.

We'll be combining this event with an info session to answer questions and provide and inside look into the upcoming Spring and Summer Boston Startup School programs. Come ready to engage with each other, our distinguished guests, our alumni and program staff.
We will be talking about what they've learned from experience -- the ups and downs -- and what they wish they knew earlier in their careers. Please join us for wine, beer, and cheese at 6:30 and our conversation will begin around 7pm. We will be moving to Trade afterwards for continued interaction.


Foodopoly:  The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America
Thursday, January 10
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Wenonah Hauter
In addition to leading Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter also runs an organic family farm in Northern Virginia that provides healthy vegetables to over five hundred families in the Washington, D.C. area as part of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Despite this, as one of the nation’s leading healthy food advocates, Hauter believes that the local food movement is not enough to solve America’s food crisis and the public health debacle it has created. In Foodopoly, she takes aim at the real culprit: the massive consolidation and corporate control of food production, which prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store. 
Through meticulous research, Hauter presents a shocking account of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. She demonstrates how the impacts ripple far and wide, from economic stagnation in rural communities at home, to famines in poor countries overseas. In the end, Hauter illustrates how solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table—a change that is about politics, not just personal choice.

"A shocking and powerful reminder of the distance between our image of the family farmer and the corporate agribusiness reality. Make sure you read it before dinner." —Bill McKibben, author of Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

General Info  (617) 661-1515
info at harvard.com

Friday, January 11

"Shining Some Light"
Friday, January 11, 2013
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Dr. Kimberly Palladino - Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics

Astrophysical evidence for the existence of Dark Matter abounds, while a confirmed laboratory 'direct' detection still eludes experimentalists. An overview of the current state of the dark matter field will be given, focusing upon the contradictory experimental results of allowed signal regions and excluding upper limits. 

Web site: http://student.mit.edu/searchiap/iap-9289af8f3b3c7818013b3d15ee340001.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Physics IAP
For more information, contact:  Denise Wahkor

Saturday, January 12

Green Minga Barnraising, Family Activities, and Job Fair
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Minden Street, Jamaica Plain

"Minga" is a term used in some Andean communities for collective agriculture work days to benefit the community. Our Green Minga Barnraising will be a hands-on neighborhood weatherization work party—complete with a mini career fair and children’s activities. The work party will provide direct energy saving services to three Latino households in this older triple-decker. The owner-occupants have experienced roadblocks to accessing the MassSave program, barriers that have affected many moderate- and low-income homeowners in Boston. Help draw attention to the need for solutions to these barriers and  learn new skills, cut carbon directly, and make new friends.

Get more information and sign up to participate at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?pli=1&formkey=dEJhekhfQno5VDZuak91WEZvNGM5NkE6MA#gid=0


January 12, 2013
Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville

Join us for this family-friendly fun afternoon workshop! Start with a surface: wood, plexi-glass, or the motherboard from a computer. Add 2D materials like photos, newspapers and magazines, maps, bubble wrap and aluminum foil. Then take your pick from buckets of recycled 3D debris like computer parts, buttons, shells, and other small objects. Come out with a beautiful piece of art to hang on your wall! Easy as one, two, 3D.

Students will get to experiment with dynamic patterns and sculptural qualities of found objects, and become familiar with a variety of methods of combining materials. 
Prerequisites: None!
Materials Provided: 
3D: computer & printer parts, shells, toys, junk, buttons, jewelry, other debris and small objects.
2D: photos, papers, maps, cardboard, foam, bubble wrap, foil.
Surfaces: various shaped bits of wood, motherboards, plexi glass.
Tools and fixatives: scissors, mod-podge, wood glue, brushes.
Register here:  http://foundartmosaicworkshop.eventbrite.com/#
(617) 863-7634

Sunday, January 13

Climate Change Solutions
Sunday, 13 January, 2013
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Mass Avenue, Lexington

A public forum with a panel discussion and breakout sessions on food, energy, investment, federal, state and local climate change actions.  Sponsored by Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition.

Event Contact Info  Nancy Nolan
Email:  nan.lex at verizon.net 
Phone: 7814546131
Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition - http://lexgwac.org 

Monday, January 14

Why Did So Many People Make So Many Ex Post Bad Decisions? The Causes of the Foreclosure Crises
Monday, January 14, 2013
MIT, Building E51-335, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Christopher Foote (MIT) & Paul Willen (Federal Reserve Boston)

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


“Nibbling at the Edges: Why Current Climate Action by Cities Will Not Save Them and What May be Done About That”
Monday, January 14, 2013
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Matthias Ruth
Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Social Sciences and Humanities and College of Engineering

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu


The Atmosphere as an Intersection With the Arctic
Monday, January 14, 2013
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Rachel Chang, Harvard University

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jacqui Taylor


The Boston Wikipedia Meetup Group Monthly Meetup
Monday, January 14, 2013
7:00 PM
Clover Food Lab, 7 Holyoke Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/wikipedia-5/events/94759502/

Eating, drinking, science, art, and Wikipedia. Discussion of future speakers, Wikiversity, regional Wikipedia Ambassador efforts, and collabs with Boston-area libraries and museums.

Tuesday, January 15

Internet Censorship and the Remembrance of Infowars Past
January 15
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/01/penney#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

Jon Penney, Berkman Center Fellow
With Internet censorship on the rise around the world, organizations and researchers have developed and distributed a variety of tools to assist Internet users to both monitor and circumvent such censorship. This talk will examine more closely some of the international law and politics of such censorship resistance activities through three case studies involving past global communications censorship and information conflicts— telegraph cable cutting and suppression, high frequency radio jamming, and direct broadcast satellite blocking— and the world community’s response to these conflicts.  In addition to illustrating some of the legal, political, and security concerns that have animated historical instances of global communications censorship, the talk will aim to extrapolate lessons and insights for Internet censorship (and its resistance) today, such as the legality of censorship and its circumvention, the effectiveness of monitoring efforts, and the role of international institutions in disrupting (or facilitating) communications.

About Jon
Jon is a lawyer, Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab / Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, and a doctoral student in information communication sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where his interdisciplinary research explores regulatory chilling effects online. 

In 2011, he was a Google Policy Fellow at the Citizen Lab-- where he helped lead the ONI Transparency Project while contributing to projects like the Information Warfare Monitor-- and, at Oxford, was Project Coordinator for the Privacy Value Networks Project, a large scale EPSRC funded research project on data privacy. A native Nova Scotian and graduate of Dalhousie University, he studied at Columbia Law School as a Fulbright Scholar and Oxford as a Mackenzie King Scholar, where he was Associate Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal. He has also worked as a federal attorney, policy advisor, and taught law at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

His research interests include constitutional/human rights law, intellectual property, and digital media policy & culture, particularly where these areas intersect with censorship, privacy, and security.

Follow Jon on Twitter @jon_penney


Getting Plugged In To the Boston Tech Community – A Hitchhiker’s Guide
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Intelligent.ly 500 Harrison Avenue, FL 3R Boston
RSVP at http://boston-startup-guide.eventbrite.com
Cost:  $5.00

Boston is a great place to start and build a company.  There is a wealth of resources that are unique to this town and a vibrant community of hackers, business people, and investors at various stages in their career.

However, Boston is also transient town, especially given the large student population that refreshes each year. It’s also surprisingly difficult for students to get plugged-in to everything that is happening in the local tech ecosystem.  This class is designed to help you hit the ground running and is a starting point for your entrepreneurial journey in Boston.

You'll Learn:
How to become a native of the Boston tech ecosystem 
How to prioritize time across large numbers of events and startup oriented services


GreenPort Forum:  Can New England Feed Itself?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
7 PM
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, corner of Magazine St and Putnam Avenue, Cambridge
New England presents a tremendous opportunity to create a healthy, resilient, sustainable food system. By growing more food locally we can improve our health, bolster our economy, protect our environment, and empower our citizens.  However, scaling up local and regional agriculture is a great challenge to achieve.  New England’s population is large, and much of our landscape—while beautiful—is rough and rocky, and best left in forest.  What kind and what degree of regional food production make sense here, given our soils, marine resources, climate, history, and environmental attitudes?  How much quality cropland and pasture land is potentially available?  How do we connect all our citizens with good, healthy food?  Our vision explores connections between production and consumption; farming, fishing, and eating. Hannah Ramer joins us to discuss these critical issues.
Hannah Ramer studied the Environment and Sustainable Development at Brandeis University. She has apprenticed on farms in Minnesota, New York, and Massachusetts. She has been conducting research for the New England Food System Vision since January 2010. She also works for Certified Naturally Grown, a grassroots alternative to certified organic.

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


"The Human Cost Towards India's Race for Development"
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 
MIT Building 7-338, Stellar Room, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Priyanka Borpujari
Priyanka Borpujari will discuss her featured photography exhibit “The Human Cost of India’s Race for Development” displayed in Rotch Library's (7-228) exhibition space.
While India is perceived as an emerging market, the stories of the plundering of natural resources and the systematic annihilation of the indigenous peoples go unheard. In this race to make India a superpower, and a growing media industry that champions this idea, social inequality has reached its zenith, and easily gets pushed aside. What, then, is the future of the people who grow food with their hands; who have long been guarding forests and rivers - even before climate change could touch them? Why does the media shy away from reporting about the majority of its populace, even while they silently die from landmines and malaria alike? Reporting on the 'hidden civil war in India', Priyanka Borpujari, an independent journalist based in Mumbai, reports and photographs from the dark territories of mineral-rich India, which are rife with violence and disease, which are only silenced.

A reception and tour of the exhibit  will follow the discussion.

Contact: Rebecca Ochoa, ROCHOA at MIT.EDU


Think Different: Boston Innovators & Technologists Changing Education
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
6:00 PM To 9:00 PM
Boundless Learning, Inc., 164 Kneeland Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/emerging-business-technology/events/92331352/

In this event, we will hear from innovators using technology to change how we learn, research, and get educated.

Aaron White / CTO of Boundless Learning
Boundless helps students learn better by connecting them with the wealth of high quality, openly licensed, free educational content, as well as the tools they need to succeed.

Facundo Chamut / CTO of Testive
Testive builds products that improve testing and test preparation.

 We are looking for speakers. If you have a product you'd like to show please contact Dan (dadams at cantinaconsulting dot com).

 About EBT: This meetup group provides engineers, practitioners and managers the context needed to evaluate and adopt rapidly evolving business technologies. Leave with an understanding of what the technology is, why it’s used, when to use it, and next steps to take. We’ll review use cases, processes, tools, and practices in a mini-conference format through short presentations, hands-on tutorials, Q&A and code walkthroughs.

Event starts at 6 PM (talks at 7 PM) and goes until 9 PM
Doors open at 6 PM for social time
Talks start promptly at 7 PM for 1 hour or so
Wrap-up until 9 PM
Organizer: Dan Adams, Senior Consultant / Cantina Consulting (@danadams)


Phyllis Bennis: The U.S. & Middle East Wars: Gaza, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya?
Public Forum & Reception
January 16
Public Forum $10, - 7 p.m. Reception $50 ? 6 p.m. (RSVP JGerson at afsc.org)
Washburn Hall, Episcopal Divinity School, Harvard Square - 99 Brattle St., Cambridge

American Friends Service Committee
Phyllis Bennis serves as a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and the Transnational Institute and has long been a leading figure in the U.S. peace movement and serves on the steering committees of the US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. Her books include UNDERSTANDING THE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI CONFLICT and CHALLENGING EMPIRE: HOW PEOPLE, GOVERNMENTS AND THE UN DEFY U.S. POWER. She is a frequent contributor to al Jazeera TV, Democracy Now, Grit TV, BBC and more, and currently and the United for Peace & Justice anti-war coalition. She is co-author of the forthcoming book ENDING THE US WAR IN AFGHANISTAN: A PRIMER.

For additional information write Jgerson at afsc.org or phone 617-661-6130


Jared Diamond: The World Until Yesterday
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 16, 2013, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  First Parish in Cambridge, 1446 Mass Avenue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Jared Diamond
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	director at cambridgeforum.org, 617-495-2727
NOTE  Diamond discusses his latest book ,"The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?" asking what we can still learn from traditional societies.
LINK	www.cambridgeforum.org


FAS Monthly Environmental Movie/Brown Bag Lunch Series
WHEN  Thu., Jan. 17, 2013, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE	Mallinckrodt Faculty Room, 102, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Film, Lecture, Science, Sustainability
CONTACT INFO	gosia_sklodowska at harvard.edu
NOTE  Join us every month to watch some of the most inspiring TED talks on different environmental topics, such as energy, waste, water or health.
LINK	http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2012-10-18/fas-monthly-environmental-moviesbrown-bag-lunch-series


When the Levees Broke, by Spike Lee
Jan/17 Thu	
MIT, Building 3-133

Subtitled "A Requiem in Four Acts," Spike Lee's heart-rending portrait of New Orleans in the wake of the destruction manages to be both intimate and epic.  Originally aired as a four-part HBO miniseries, the film tells the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal--yet, somehow, amidst the ruins, the people of New Orleans are finding new hope and strength as the city rises from the ashes.


Scott Kirsner: Covering a beat where social media & multimedia collide
Thursday, January 17, 2013
7:00 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester
RSVP at http://meetupbos.hackshackers.com/events/97719122/

What does it mean to cover a topic area using new tools and technologies, as the relationship with sources and readers is changing? Scott will share some of his experiences and ask you for your help brainstorming about what's next.

Scott has been thinking digital thoughts since he was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995. He writes the popular Innovation Economy blogfor Boston.com and has been writing a column for the Boston Globe since 2000.

His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston."

Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward.


Jan 2013 Boston New Tech Meetup #bnt25
Thursday, January 17, 2013
6:30 PM To 9:00 PM
Hult International Business School, 1 Education Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/97820432/


Joel Salatin in Concord - defense of local food systems
Thurs, Jan. 17 
Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord
RSVP at 978-369-9763 ext. 216.

The Museum welcomes Joel Salatin, a full-time farmer at Polyface, a multi-generational, "beyond organic" farm in Virginia. Author of Folks, This Ain't Normal : A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World(on the Concord Reads booklist), Salatin speaks in defense of small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm. His humorous and conviction-based speeches are akin to theatrical performances, often receiving standing ovations.  Book signing to follow lecture. 

The talk is sponsored by the Concord Museum.   You may have seen Joel in "Food, Inc." explaining his method of farming.

Event Contact Info Concord Museum
Email:  cm1 at concordmuseum.org 
Phone: 978-369-9763 ext. 216 


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://crowdinno2-zvents.eventbrite.com
Cost:  $25

Crowdfunding Innovation 2 is Mass Innovation Nights' second special crowdfunding event, designed to help you make sense of what's happening RIGHT NOW in the crowdfunding space. 

Meet the people behind exciting NEW projects that are looking for your support!

Three projects from our September Crowdfunding Innovation event will tell their crowdfunding success stories. The panel will feature:
Lessons learned - What works and what doesn't 
How to take advantage of the "rewards" model while the space is at a fever pitch
The pros and cons of the new crowdfunding model

What's next for our crowdfunding veterans?
At Crowdfunding Innovation 2, you'll :
Meet innovative people who are kicking off exciting new projects before anyone else does.
Learn how you can earn cool rewards while you support local crowdfunding projects
Learn how you can set up and promote your own crowdfunding effort
Participate in an exciting and exclusive networking opportunity
PLUS refreshments and fun


Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs: An Urgently Needed Land-Based Option
Friday, January 25, 2013
2:00 - 4:00 PM, ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
Reception to follow
RSVP at http://allansavory.eventbrite.com
Allan Savory, Rancher and Restoration Ecologist, Founder of the Savory Institute and originator of the Holistic Management approach to restoring grasslands, winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award, and finalist in the Virgin Earth Challenge
Presented by CIERP’s Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity Program with the Friedman School’s Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program and Planet-TECH Associates

Free and open to the public. Convened by the Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity Program of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher;
the Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program of Tufts' Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; and Planet-TECH Associates.
First in a Series of "Creating the Future We Want" Events.
While  governments  posture and  dither, a pragmatic  practitioner and intellectual entrepreneur, Allan Savory,has been developing and demonstrating a powerful technique that can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere immediately while reversing desertification and providing livelihoods and food for millions of people. His applied research based in Zimbabwe on the restoration of grasslands  has  now  been  replicated  on millions  of  acres worldwide. The application of his methods has the potential to significantly reduce atmospheric carbon through an increase in plant growth and soil formation. This process begins immediately and involves no new technologies, only a shift to the Holistic Management practices for livestock that he has pioneered. Major organizations and institutions are now recognizing his work, but climate scientists and governments have yet to incorporate it into their analyses and policy prescriptions.

1/25/2013 - 1/27/2013 ADD TO CALENDAR
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://hackbeanpot.eventbrite.com

Audience: Students in the Boston area
Description: We're hosting a hackathon to bring together the student hacker community in Boston through some friendly competition. We're bringing in mentors from the area to help students deal with their technical and design challenges. This event is a collaboration with Hack Harvard and MIT's SIPB group.
We also usually bring in sponsors to get food and prizes, which include local and nationally-known companies and startups.

Also, anyone who attends this hackathon would be able to continue to build their idea at a workshop at PayPal a few weeks later, which I guess makes this the playoffs.


Regional Environmental Action
January 26th, 2013
Portland, Maine

ONE (Occupy New England) and 350 New England are hosting a day of regional action for the environment in Portland Maine! Topics on the table include: fracking in the Pioneer Valley; the Northern Pass project; the Vermont Yankee power plant; and, of course, the infamous Trailbreaker tar sands pipeline! After the rally, we will be meeting to discuss this year’s events. The event might be catered by Food Not Bombs Portland, so come on an empty stomach!


Askwith Forum on the Futures of School Reform
WHEN  Tue., Jan. 29, 2013, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT	Discussion, Forum, Panel, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME  Amber DiNatale
CONTACT EMAIL  askwith_forums at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE	This event is free and open to the public.
NOTE  Speakers include: 
Frederick Hess, Ed.M.’90, resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute 
Jal Mehta, assistant professor of education, HGSE 
Paul Reville, secretary of education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and senior lecturer on education, HGSE
Robert Schwartz, C.A.S.’68, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, HGSE
Description coming soon. Please check back for additional information.
Please note: Seating for all Askwith Forums is on a first-come, first-serve basis unless otherwise noted. It is recommended you arrive early in order to obtain a seat as seats cannot be saved.
Want to win a reserved seat for this forum? Become a fan of the Ed School on Facebook (www.facebook.com/harvardeducation) and watch for a posting about this event.
Connect with Us:
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For more information on Askwith Forums, please visit our Frequently Asked Questionspage.


From Geometry to Time and Compositionality:  Movement Representations in the Brain
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013
4:00 pm
Radcliffe Institute, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Tamar Flash will expand upon a recently developed theory regarding movement representation in the brain, based on a mixture of geometries. She will study the possible relationships between spatial, temporal, and movement representations in the brain and will formulate ideas and models concerning motor compositionally.


Hand Held Screening and Reception
Thursday, January 31, 2013
7:00 pm Screening 
followed by Q&A with Mike Carroll and Reception
Boston College, Fulton Hall, Auditorium 511, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill  
Screening is free and open to the public. Donation suggested. 
Seating is limited, so registration is encouraged. 
RSVP at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e6u3bx6a56c8eb9c&llr=mmpotodab

The inspiring and heartwarming story of award winning photographer, Mike Carroll and his founding of Romanian Children's Relief

Romanian Children's Relief is a 501c3 non-profit charity. 
Donations are tax deductible. 


Al Gore
February 6, 2013
The Memorial Church, Harvard University, One Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Free and open to the public. 

Click here to register for reminders and updates. Registration is optional and does not guarantee seating. 

Seats are first come-first serve. Doors open at 6:15 PM, early arrival is encouraged. 

Sponsored by the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health


Urban Farming Conference - “Cultivating Lands, Nourishing Communities, Building Businesses”
Saturday, February 9, 2013
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Roxbury Community College Reggie Lewis Center, Boston, MA

Presented by:  City Growers And Urban Farming Institute (UFI)
In partnership with:  MA Department of Agricultural Resources

The annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a thriving urban farming sector. The UFC is a forum to share information regarding what is currently happening in Boston and other local urban communities and to map out a vision for urban farming in Massachusetts.

The UFC brings together participants representing all aspects of urban farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), commercial buyers, policy makers, and investors. The UFC conference is being convened to foster best urban farming practices, sustainable networks and business relationships. This will be achieved with following interactive panels and roundtable discussions:

Open Field Farming and Season Extension Techniques
Organic Farming and Its Importance
Lessons from Successful CSA Strategies
Composting: Policy, Practice and Viable Business Enterprise
Roof Top Techniques
Food System Investors Meeting
Urban Farming Thought Leaders: A Panel Discussion
Land: Strategy, Community Control, Zoning and Policy
Viable Enterprises Other Than Fruits and Vegetables
Investing in Workforce Training
Marketing Options

Registration $25. Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4701198411 
Limited Seating. Register Early.
Limited Scholarships are available. 
For Inquiries and Sponsorship Details, Please Contact: Crystal Johnson at Crystal at isesplanning.com, 617-416-4915


Monday, February 25, 2013
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Kirsten Rodine Hardy
Assistant Professor, Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
“Global Markets and Government Regulation in Telecommunications”

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu


“Open Source Science and Social Science: Forming a Public Laboratory”
Monday, March 11, 2013
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Sara Wylie
Senior Research Scientist, Social Science and Environmental Health Research Institute, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu


“Building Social-Ecological Cities: Community Development and the Institutional Challenge of Urban Environmentalism”
Monday, March 18, 2013
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston
James Connolly
Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Policy and Urban Affairs, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu


“Ecological Forecasting: How Science Can Help Society to Proactively Prepare for a Warmer World”
Monday, March 25, 2013
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston
Brian Helmuth
Professor, Marine and Environmental Science and Public Policy, College of Science and College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu



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


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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