[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - January 20, 2013

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jan 20 19:54:24 PST 2013

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Energy Critical Elements


Monday, January 21

Martin Luther King Junior Day - be peace

Tuesday, January 22

10:30am  Financial Crises and Amplification Mechanisms
11am  Cold Fusion 101: Introduction to Excess Power in Fleischmann-Pons Experiments
12:30pm  Redefining the Quote: Using the Social Web to Gauge Grassroots Sentiment in China
5:15pm  Superstorm Sandy: What are the implications for resiliency and the future of our cities?
6pm  Brainstorm start-up ideas
7pm-10pm  Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming
7pm-10pm  9/11 Explosive Evidence -- Experts Speak

Wednesday, January 23

12pm  Protect Your Invention & Turn It Into a Startup!
3pm  Massachusetts Confronts Climate Change: Action at the Intersection 
6:30pm  Boston 3D-Printing Meetup
7pm  Food on Film Presents Queen of the Sun

Thursday, January 24

7:45am  The Analysis of Social Network Data: An Exciting Frontier for Statisticians
11:30am  Sustainability Workshop: Live Green
12pm  Houghton Lecture - In Defense of Using Linear Models to Understand Ocean Circulation
12:15pm  Heading South: Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations and U.S. Foreign Policy
1pm  Science Writing and the Spread of a Scientific Idea
2pm  Urban Films: Half the Sky
2:50pm  Computer-Aided Reasoning for the Masses: The ACL2 Sedan Experience
6pm  Technological Worlds with Guilherme Marcondes 
7pm  Fossil Fuel Divestment Teach-In
7pm  Bread and Puppet Theater: The Possibilitarians and Dead Man Rises

Friday, January 25

9:30am  Computing @ Exascale
2pm  Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs: An Urgently Needed Land-Based Option

Saturday, January 26

all day  Regional Environmental Action, Portland, ME
Brookline Climate Week 2013!
2pm  A History of the Arctic: Author talk by John McCannon

Sunday, January 27

9:30am  Water, Engineers, and Malaria in Africa
5pm  Intellectual Snob DEBATE: Climate Change-- NEW Theory

Monday, January 28

8:30am  Southern Ocean Workshop
10:30am  Monetary Policy at Zero Interest Rates: Understanding Recent Federal Reserve Actions
11am  "Anticipating sudden transitions in biological populations: Cooperation, cheating, and collapse"
12pm  The Atmosphere as an Intersection With Biology
4pm  Why Do the Roads in Cape Verde Fall In and Become Ruined?  A Teacher Research Perspective on Equity
4pm  Learning from Big Data: Scalability & Structures
6:30pm  A Whisper to a Roar: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
8pm  Nerd Night

Tuesday, January 29

8:30am  Southern Ocean Workshop
9am  "Horses and Thunder" -- Meeting the Energy Needs and Oil Exploration and Production in the Deepwater's
10:30am  Politics, Economics and the Euro Area Crises
12:30pm  “LOIC Will Tear Us Apart”: The Impact of Tool Design and Media Portrayals in the Success of Activist DDOS Actions
4pm  "Sowing the Seeds for a More Creative Society"
4pm  From Geometry to Time and Compositionality:  Movement Representations in the Brain
5pm  Askwith Forum on the Futures of School Reform
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - January Happy Hour
6pm  The MassChallenge Sampler: An Accelerator Mini-Series

Monday, January 21

Martin Luther King Junior Day - be peace

Tuesday, January 22

Financial Crises and Amplification Mechanisms
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
MIT, Building E51-395, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Alp Simsek (MIT)

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


Cold Fusion 101: Introduction to Excess Power in Fleischmann-Pons Experiments
Jan/22 Tue	
MIT, Building 4-153, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Peter Hagelstein, Mitchell Swartz
Excess power production in the Fleischmann-Pons experiment; lack of confirmation in early negative experiments; theoretical problems and Huizenga's three miracles; physical chemistry of PdD; electrochemistry of PdD; loading requirements on excess power production; the nuclear ash problem and He-4 observations; approaches to theory; screening in PdD; PdD as an energetic particle detector; constraints on the alpha energy from experiment; overview of theoretical approaches; coherent energy exchange between mismatched quantum systems; coherent x-rays in the Karabut experiment and interpretation; excess power in the NiH system; Piantelli experiment; prospects for a new small scale clean nuclear energy technology.

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Peter Hagelstein, plh at mit.edu


Redefining the Quote: Using the Social Web to Gauge Grassroots Sentiment in China
January 22
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/01/wertime#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.
Co-sponsored by the MIT Center for Civic Media

David Wertime, Tea Leaf Nation
In what ways is the Chinese Internet a better source for grassroots Chinese sentiment than traditional quotes and sources? In what ways is it worse? More broadly, what best practices can and should journalists use when mining social media for sentiment?

About David
David Wertime is the co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation, an English-language online magazine that synthesizes and analyzes Chinese social media. Tea Leaf Nation is a partner site with The Atlantic and has dozens of volunteer contributors.

Before founding Tea Leaf Nation, David graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced law in New York and Hong Kong. He first encountered China as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Fuling, China from 2001 to 2003.


Superstorm Sandy: What are the implications for resiliency and the future of our cities?
Tuesday January 22nd
Coolidge Corner, Brookline 
Apply at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dE14dXUtaUdpby1qbFlxZFo5X1RjWUE6MQ

Join us at the offices of one of the foremost water resource engineers in New England - Marcus M. Quigley, PE, CPESC, a recognized technical leader in urban water infrastructure design and analysis.  We will look more closely at superstorm Sandy and talk about the significant implications for the future of infrastructure and our built environment.  Audience: Limited to 10 people.


Brainstorm start-up ideas
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
6:00 PM To 8:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, Bogota Room on 3rd floor, One Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Future-Founders-of-Greater-Boston/events/95663732/

After a brief discussion about brainstorming best practices from local creative experts, we will generate as many ideas as we can together.

Please bring at least 10 ideas to contribute and be prepared to build off of additional ideas during the session. Depending on the attendance, we may separate in to groups based on areas of interest.

We will all have access to the list of ideas, and can select or build off of these ideas in our own time. All ideas should be considered open and available to all members, regardless of the source. Only then will we truly be able to build off of each others' ideas and leverage the full diversity of the group(s). Most would agree that the idea is far less important than actually being able to execute on it.

In the next meeting, we will discuss how to vet ideas with guidance from local entrepreneurs and VCs.


Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
7:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Eastern Bank, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
The bank is near the center of Central Square, where Prospect and Mass Ave cross, - there is a Starbucks on the Northeast corner of the intersection.  Next to Starbucks is a Flower shop, and next to that is Eastern Bank.  You can see the conference room thru the window, so just wave to us and we will let you in.
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Clean-Tech-and-Energy/events/93233652/

The Agenda is:
We will introduce ourselves and tell about our interest, expertise or work (1st hr)
You can give a ~3 to 5 minute elevator speach about your startup if you would like. (We will divide the 1st hour by # of people.)
What stage is your ideas or startup?  What is your goal?
Tell what personnel or additional expertise, funding, etc. you are seeking,
Discussion and Brainstorming on (2nd hr)
ideas for viable moneymaking startups,
methods of collaboration, networking, forming teams & partnerships etc.
marketing, media, social media, ideas that have worked well for publicity
Agencies, websites, companies that assist startups
Boston Greenfest & Gov't opportunities.
What would you like to see in future meetups?
Seminars - We will have seminars by Sustainable Energy engineers and other tech experts as often as possible.


9/11 Explosive Evidence -- Experts Speak
Jan/22 Tue	
MIT, Building 56-114 (the tallest building on campus)

Experts in high-rise architecture, structural engineering, metallurgy, chemistry, physics, explosives and demolition give you their professional expertise on 9/11. It's not conspiracy, it's forensics.  Most viewed & shared for weeks on PBS nationally.
Eight experts in the workings of the human mind explain why this seems so difficult for so many of us to process.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0isTGualn9A

Wednesday, January 23

Protect Your Invention & Turn It Into a Startup!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Chris Noble, Technology Licensing Officer
You've invented something really cool. Now can you protect it and create a company around it? 

Come and hear Christopher Noble, Technology Licensing Officer of the MIT Technology Licensing Office. Learn How and When to file a patent (and if you need to); how your startup can spin the invention out from MIT and get that coveted "exclusive license"; how MIT's Technology Licensing Office can help you (and what they want from you); and what your investors are looking for when they ask the question: "Tell me about your IP".

Each year a series of fun lectures is offered by the Technology Licensing Office staff for MIT's Independent Activity Period (IAP). While the lectures are designed to educate MIT students, faculty, post docs and other research staff on intellectual property and / or entrepreneurial matters, all in the MIT community are welcomed to attend. Below is a description of one of our lectures:

Web site: http://tlo.mit.edu/iapevents
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: Please register at http://tlo.mit.edu/iapevents
Sponsor(s): MIT Technology Licensing Office
For more information, contact:  Kikuyu Daniels
tlo at mit.edu


Massachusetts Confronts Climate Change: Action at the Intersection 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is deeply engaged in responding to climate variability through the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 and a Climate Change Adaptation report released in 2011. State officials join MIT faculty for this panel discussing why a strong approach combining mitigation and adaption is so urgently needed, and how Massachusetts is rising to the challenge. Hosted by the MIT Energy Initiative and the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. 

Barbara Kates-Garnick, Undersecretary for Energy, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 

Kerry Emanuel, Professor, MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
Michael Greenstone, Professor, MIT Department of Economics 
Greg Watson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources 
Stephen Estes-Smargiassi, Director of Planning, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Web site: http://mitei.mit.edu/node/2218
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:  Jameson Twomey
jtwomey at mit.edu 


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


Boston 3D-Printing Meetup
Wednesday, January 23, 2013  
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Nervous System, 561 Windsor Street, Suite A206, Somerville
RSVP at http://boston3dp-es2003.eventbrite.com/

Come to Nervous System to discuss 3D printing technologies and applications.   This is an informal meetup to help Boston area 3d-printing enthusiasts get together and is part of the "Boston 3D printing meetup" series organized by Figulo. 


Food on Film Presents Queen of the Sun
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
7:00 PM (EST)
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Christy Hemenway, owner and founder, Gold Star Honeybees of Bath, Maine; author of The Thinking Beekeeper
Journey around the world to explore how highly mechanized industrial practices have disrupted our once sacred relationship with bees. Join us for a viewing of the documentary Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? followed by a talk with local bee expert Christy Hemenway.

Queen of the Sun juxtaposes the catastrophic disappearance of bees with the mysterious world of the beehive, weaving an unusual and dramatic story of heartfelt struggles and revealing both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Examine the global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers; hear about the personal experience of Christy Hemenway; and taste honey from around the world provided by Follow the Honey. Book signing to follow. 
This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute. 

Thursday, January 24

The Analysis of Social Network Data: An Exciting Frontier for Statisticians
WHEN  Thu., Jan. 24, 2013, 7:45 – 9:15 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard Faculty Club 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Room 10, 2nd floor
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Information Technology, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Technology Assessment Group
SPEAKER(S)  A. James O'Malley, associate professor of healthcare policy, Harvard Medical School
CONTACT INFO	debra_milamed at hms.harvard.edu
NOTE  Breakfast is provided.


Sustainability Workshop: Live Green
Jan/24 Thu	
MIT, Building 56-154 (the tallest building on campus)

Joel Dashnaw, Ruth Davis, and Julie Lindley, Green Committee Co-chairs
Live Green: live large in a world that thinks small.   This workshop is about changing our thinking about recycling, reusing and reducing.  What better way than to educate ourselves on where it all goes, what it turns into and most importantly how can we make changes in our behavior? Join us in having fun while we reduce our impact on the earth.

Sponsor(s): Department of Facilities
Contact: Ruth Davis, NE49-2200, 617 253-7299, RTDAVIS at MIT.EDU


Houghton Lecture - In Defense of Using Linear Models to Understand Ocean Circulation
Thursday, January 24, 2013
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus_

Prof. Joe Lacasce, University of OSLO, Norway.

Web site: http://eaps-www.mit.edu/paoc/events/calendars/houghton-lectures
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC), Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Darius Collazo
(617) 253-0251
dcollazo at MIT.EDU 


Heading South: Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations and U.S. Foreign Policy
WHEN  Thu., Jan. 24, 2013, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer Center Library, Littauer 369 at HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Evelyn Krache Morris, research fellow, International Security Program
CONTACT INFO	susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5948/heading_south.html


Science Writing and the Spread of a Scientific Idea
Thursday, January 24, 2013
MIT, Building 68-181, 31 Ames Street, Cambridge

Seth Mnookin, Co-Director, MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing, Author of The Panic Virus 
Will Knight, Online Editor, MIT Technology Review 
Anne Knowlton, Cell Press Scientific Editor, Current Biology and Developmental Cell 
Priya Prakash Budde, Reviews Editor, Journal of Cell Biology 

Once experiments are completed and the paper submitted, how is that information communicated within a field--and to a larger audience? Come explore the diverse ways science is communicated outside the lab--in journalism, publishing, and industry. 

Organized by David Kern and Zahra Hirji
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Biology


Urban Films: Half the Sky
Thursday, January 24, 2013
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Originally aired as a four-hour television series for PBS, this epic work introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable---and fighting bravely to change them. Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation. Directed by Maro Chermayeff.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:  Ezra Glenn
eglenn at mit.edu 


Computer-Aided Reasoning for the Masses: The ACL2 Sedan Experience
January 24, 2013
2:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Tufts, Halligan 111, 161 College Avenue, Medford

Speaker: Pete Manolios, Northeastern University

ACL2 is a powerful system for integrated modeling, simulation, and theorem proving. Think of ACL2 as a finely-tuned racecar. In the hands of experts, it has been used to prove some of the most the complex theorems ever proved about commercially designed systems. Novices, however, tend to have a different experience: they crash and burn. Our motivation in developing ACL2s, the ACL2 Sedan, is to bring computer- aided reasoning to the masses. Our goals are to develop a user- friendly system with the power of ACL2, that makes it possible for new users to quickly, easily learn how to develop and reason about programs. ACL2s is an Eclipse plug-in that provides a modern integrated development environment, supports several modes of interaction, provides a powerful termination analysis engine, and includes fully automatic bug-finding methods based on a synergistic combination of theorem proving and random testing. ACL2s is publicly available and open source. It has also been used in all sections of a required freshman course at Northeastern University to teach over 500 undergraduate students how to reason about programs.

Bio: Pete Manolios is an Associate Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern. He has a B.S . and an M.A. in Computer Science from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. Pete's primary research interest is mechanized formal verification and validation of computing systems. What guides his research is the vision that formal methods can be used to revolutionize the design and implementation of highly reliable, robust, and scalable systems in a variety of important application areas, ranging from large component- based software systems to hardware systems to aerospace systems.


Technological Worlds with Guilherme Marcondes 
Thursday, January 24, 2013
5:15 PM Galleries open to ticket holders
6:00 PM Presentation 
MIT Museum N51, 265 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
FREE and open to the public

Guilherme Marcondes, MIT Visiting Artist and creator of electrifying films and animations, provides insights into his work and shares his perspective on the the creative tools of game design from his workshop with MIT students and faculty from the MIT Game Lab.

The audience has an opportunity to see the workshopped “paper games” in process, and are given a special viewing of the MIT Museum's holography collection starting at 5:15 PM.

About the artist
Guilherme Marcondes is from São Paulo, Brazil, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. A gifted animator and filmmaker, Marcondes’ award-winning works appear on MTV, the BBC, Animal Planet and in film festivals across the globe.


Fossil Fuel Divestment Teach-In
07:00 PM -  8:00 PM
The Fletcher School, Cabot Intercultural Center ASEAN Auditorium, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Learn about the growing campaign to Divest from the Fossil Fuel industry!
Tufts Divest is proud to present Bob Massie, President and CEO of the New Economics Institute, Emily Flynn and Mark Orlowski from the Sustainable Endowments Institute, and Professor Agyeman (Director of the Urban Planning Department)
tuftsdivest.com/involve/events/ for more info


Evening Performances [recommended for ages 12 & older]:
Bread and Puppet Theater: The Possibilitarians and Dead Man Rises
Jan. 24-Jan. 27, Thurs.-Sun.
7:00 pm
$12 general admission ($10 students, seniors, & groups)
http://tinyurl.com/aw2h4yh - provides a discount offer of 2 for 1 for the Thurs. nite show (so $6 ea.), and $2 off regular admission ($12) for all shows. [There are also student, senior, and kid discounts already in place.] And then of course, all kids 2 and under get in free for the Circus matinees.
Running time: 1 1/2 hours with a short intermission.
The Possibilitarians, a play with live music and giant puppets, addresses present day occupiers, uprisers, and possibilitarians to learn from the 17th century diggers and levelers, and to start digging and leveling and opposing and countering the crumbling economic system and its inherited misrelation to Mother Earth, and to re-educate the disemployed hands & feet of the machine-age! Dead Man Rises is a fairytale-like life-size puppet show originally created by Bread & Puppet in the mid 60's, most notably performed as part of the student occupation at Columbia University in New York City in 1968. After each performance, the audience is invited to join an informal talk-back with the artists, to eat home-made sourdough rye bread smeared with aioli, and to peruse the Cheap Art for sale.

Family-Friendly Matinees:
Bread & Puppet Theater: The Circus of the Possibilitarians
Jan. 26 & Jan. 27, Sat. & Sun., 2:00 pm
$12 general admission ($10 students, seniors, & groups, $6 kids ages 3-11 [2 & under free])
Running time: 1 hour w/o intermission.
The Circus of the Possibilitarians is a satirical horse and butterfly circus, addressing pertinent national and international issues in a clownish fashion, including rotten ideas, a wild dancing horse and some mellow lions, a solemn salute to the world's casualties and much more! The Dire Circumstance Jubilation Ensemble provides a little bit of brass and plenty of noise. Please take note that even if some of the circus acts are politically puzzling to adults, accompanying kids can usually explain them. After each performance, the audience is welcome to examine all the masks and puppets and to peruse the Cheap Art for sale.

Visual Art Exhibit:
Bread and Puppet Theater: 50th anniversary visual art installation created by Peter Schumann.
Jan. 21-Jan. 27, Mon.-Sun.
Free and open to all.
Description:  Bread and Puppet Theater Artistic Director Peter Schumann’s most recent visual art exploration which speaks to matters that concern us all.
Exhibit details:
—Mon., Jan. 21, 6:00-8:00 pm: 50th anniversary opening reception, with refreshments, a fiddle talk given by Schumann, short skits, and music performed by the touring company along with local musicians.
—Tues.-Fri., Jan. 22-25: regular Cyclorama hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm [Thursday & Friday hours extended up to and after the evening performances].
—Sat. & Sun., Jan. 26 & 27: one hour before and after each matinee and evening performance.

For this residency at the Cyclorama, both the evening and matinee performances will be performed by Peter Schumann, the Bread and Puppet touring company, and a large number of local volunteers and musicians, including the popular Somerville-based Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band (www.slsaps.org), which serves as the house band for Bread & Puppet’s Boston performances and is also the host band for the annual HONK! Festival (www.honkfest.org) held in October in Davis Square, Somerville.

Friday, January 25

Computing @ Exascale
Second Annual Symposium on the Future of Computation in Science and Engineering
January 25, 2013
9:30 am – 5 pm
Harvard, G115 Maxwell Dworkin, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Industry, government and university leaders and Harvard students will come together for a day of lively conversation about the sweeping advances in knowledge and technology that might be enabled by extreme-scale computation—supercomputers capable of 1018 floating point operations per second, some 100 times the speed of today's fastest machines. Industry leaders will debate the hardware, software and education strategies necessary to enable the next big leap in computation.

No registration required.

Speakers and schedule at http://computefest.seas.harvard.edu/exascale-symposium-program


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.

Saturday, January 26

A History of the Arctic: Author talk by John McCannon
WHEN  Sat., Jan. 26, 2013, 2 – 3 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Museum of Natural History
SPEAKER(S)  John McCannon
COST  $12 adults | $10 seniors (65+) & college students | $8 children (ages 3-18) | Free for Harvard ID holders & children under 3
TICKET INFO http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu
CONTACT INFO	617.495.3045
NOTE  Polar historian John McCannon provides an engaging overview of the arctic region’ since the Stone Age, chronicling the history of indigenous populations, polar explorations, territorial conflicts, industry, and the profound changes the region is witnessing as a result of natural resource depletion and large-scale glacial melting.
Take the Red Line to the Harvard Square stop. Walk through Harvard Yard and down Oxford Street one block. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is the large brick building on your right, just a six minute walk from Harvard Square. 
Open daily, 9am-5pm; Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24-25. Current Harvard ID holders and one guest always admitted free. See website for free admission hours for Mass. residents, reduced rates for adult and student groups, lectures, classes, and events.
LINK	http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu


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!

Contact http://350ma.org

Sunday, January 27

Water, Engineers, and Malaria in Africa
Jan/27 Sun	
MIT, Building 48-316, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Lunch will be provided

Elfatih Eltahir, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Presentations by MIT students and Visiting Speakers will offer presentations of a multi disciplinary ( Engineering, Hydrology,
Entomology, Public Health) perspectives on the complex problem of malaria transmission in Africa, emphasizing recent field experiences from the region.
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
Contact: Joanne Batziotegos, 48-216, (617) 452-3022, jtegos at mit.edu


Intellectual Snob DEBATE: Climate Change-- NEW Theory
Sunday, January 27, 2013
5:00 PM
John Harvard's Brew House, 33 Dunster Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/events/94026822/

WE HAVE RESERVATIONS at the tall tables just behind the reception area. It is OK to not order food. IF you are late you may lose your seating. You're encouraged to roam between tables. Please bring cash, to help the patient waitstaff. Tabs are not encouraged.

Welcome to this Intellectual Snob endeavor, Chap XXII. Be there or be square. And thanks to Nerd Fun!!

John Harvard's is on Meetup.com "favorites" list, because always popular & gets great ratings.

Today's debate= the controversial new video offering a different fascinating theory on Global Warming. Set aside 25 minutes & WATCH-- scroll down to get to the video!

Before ridiculing this have a look at this--:

Please bring cash.

You don't have to be a genuine intellectual-- pseudo-intellectuals are also welcome.

All you need is an aloof attitude full of irony or some baffling ideas, or-- dare I say it-- some unanswered question you wish to convey incognito.

Humor in good taste-- ALLOWED. Intellectual apparel: allowed. Startle the waitstaff with a fake mustache, goatee, Periwig, or monocle. Fold-up sunglasses, corduroy jackets with elbow patches-- allowed. No Meerschaum tobacco pipes, please. Absinthe is not served.


Brookline Climate Week 2013! Save the Dates!
January 26 - February 3
events and displays throughout town, Brookline , MA
info at ClimateActionBrookline.org

Our third annual Brookline Climate Week 2013 features over 50 events and displays. Thid year's Climate Week centerpiece is Brookline Reads, a community reads together program, a collaboration between the Brookline Public Library and Climate Action Brookline. This year's book selection is The Dirty Life, a Memoir of Farming, Food and Love. Copies of the book are available at the Brookline Libraries and Brookline Booksmith. Author Kristin Kimball appears for a special author event scheduled for Thursday, January 31, Hunneman Hall, Main Library, 7:00 pm. Other Climate Week features include a Climate Week kick off event, a 3R Depot: Reduce, Renew, Recycle Extravaganza at Town Hall, 333 Washington St. scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 10am-2pm. There will be eleven stations including a youth sports equipment exchange and youth formal wear collection and swap, plus strofoam, building materials,and kids clothing drop offs along with 4 separate information sessions to learn ways to make your home energy efficient. While you are there, visit Be A-MAZED, an outdoor installation between town hall and the Main Library and Farm2Table2Farm a cyclorama at the Main Library, Hunneman Hall and take a Harvard Street Walking Tour of storefronts and displays from Brookline Village to Coolidge Corner. For details and information on over fifty events and displays visit our Climate Week website at www.brooklineclimateweek.org. The site includes event and display descriptions and details and a downloadable map/schedule. See you at Brookline Climate Week 2013.

Monday, January 28

Southern Ocean Workshop
Monday, January 28, 2013
MIT, Building 66-100, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Web site: http://oceans.mit.edu/events/special/2013-southern-ocean-workshop
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC)
For more information, contact:  Darius Collazo
(617) 253-0251
dcollazo at MIT.EDU 


Monetary Policy at Zero Interest Rates: Understanding Recent Federal Reserve Actions
Monday, January 28, 2013
MIT, Building E51-395, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ivan Werning (MIT)

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


"Anticipating sudden transitions in biological populations: Cooperation, cheating, and collapse"
Monday, January 28, 2013
Whitehead Auditorium, 9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge

Speaker: Jeff Gore, Department of Physics, MIT

Talk series, Biology at the Interface
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Biology


The Atmosphere as an Intersection With Biology
Monday, January 28, 2013
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Gannet Hallar, Desert Research Institute

The IAP Lecture Series theme this year is "The Atmosphere as an Intersection" This is the final talk in the four talk series will be by Dr. Gannet Hallar, Associate Research Professor and Director of the Storm Peak Laboratory, Desert Research Institute.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jacqui Taylor


"Anticipating sudden transitions in biological populations: Cooperation, cheating, and collapse"
Monday, January 28, 2013
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Jeff Gore - Professor, Department of Physics

Physics IAP Lecture Series
Natural populations can suffer catastrophic collapse in response to small changes in environmental conditions. We confirm this possibility experimentally and explore how such social parasitism can lead to population extinction. 
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


Why Do the Roads in Cape Verde Fall In and Become Ruined?  A Teacher Research Perspective on Equity
Monday, January 28, 2013
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Tufts, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Cindy Ballenger, Lecturer in Education, Education Program, Brandeis University

This talk will tell two classroom stories: a brief one about a boy and his conception of fiction and non-fiction and another longer one which follows a group of immigrant 7th graders as they develop their ideas about erosion, about earth processes and about scientific methods of experimentation. My goal is to exemplify, describe and analyze the practices by which teacher research challenges the assumption that “at risk” or problem children bring fewer of what we might call “intellectual” or academically relevant experiences to school. The implications of this challenge will be addressed with reference to standards, lesson planning and the development of curriculum, and the trajectory of learning to teach.

Cindy Ballenger received her PhD. Is in Applied Linguistics from Boston University. Her dissertation was a teacher research study of the literacy practices of the Haitian children she was teaching.  Until this September she was a reading and science teacher in the Cambridge public schools. She is now a lecturer and the coordinator of professional development in the Eliot Pearson Dept. of Child Development.

Her publications have addressed issues of culture and language in education.


Learning from Big Data: Scalability & Structures
Monday, January 28, 2013
4:00 pm
Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 3:45 p.m.
Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s Street, Room 339, Boston

With Xi Chen, Ph.D. Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University

Abstract: The development of modern technology has enabled collecting data of unprecedented size and complexity. Examples include web text data, microarray and proteomics, climatological data, and social network data, to name a few. To learn from large-scale and complex data, traditional machine learning techniques either suffer from unaffordable computational costs or are unable to model the complex intrinsic structures latent in data.

To facilitate big data analysis, we need both advanced computational methods to address scalability as well as new statistical models to extract hidden structures from the data. In this talk, Xi Chen will present two research threads to address challenges from both computational and statistical aspects in modern data analysis: (1) A uniformly-optimal stochastic first-order method for large-scale online prediction and its implementation in a distributed environment. (2) A computationally efficient method for predicting dynamic graphical models from complex data. Chen will also talk about the applications of the proposed methods, such as text mining, computational biology and climate data analysis.

About the Speaker: Xi Chen is now completing his Ph.D. in the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is developing fast and scalable algorithms for parametric and non-parametric structured sparse learning problems with applications to text mining, computational biology and climate modeling. He also investigates machine learning foundations for collective intelligence, in particular, crowdsourcing. Before his Ph.D., he obtained his master’s degree in Industry Administration and Operations Research from the Tepper School of Business at CMU. He was the recipient of an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship and American Statistical Association (ASA) Student Paper Competition Award. He also has interned in several world-leading research labs, including Microsoft Research, IBM Research and NEC-Research Lab.


A Whisper to a Roar: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
WHEN  Mon., Jan. 28, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Building, HKS, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Film, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, co-Sponsored by the Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Esraa Abdel Fattah, Egyptian Democratic Academy; Ben Moses, director; Will Dobson, Slate Magazine; and Tarek Masoud, HKS
CONTACT INFO	bruce_jackan at hks.harvard.edu
NOTE  "A Whisper to a Roar" tells the heroic stories of courageous democracy activists in five countries around the world – Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. From student leaders to prime ministers and heads of state, these activists share their compelling personal stories of struggle, past and present, with their countries’ oppressive regimes. Shot over three years and finalized in July 2012 by award-winning filmmaker, Ben Moses, the film was inspired by the work of Stanford University’s Larry Diamond, author of "The Spirit of Democracy" and director of Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.
LINK	http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/A-Whisper-to-a-Roar-Film-Screening-Panel-Discussion


Nerd Night
Monday, January 28, 2012.
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge

Talk 1: “Gender & Nerd Culture: A Year in Review” by Allison Wilhelm
Talk 2: “Aliens Behaving Badly: Children’s Acquisition of Novel Purity-Based Morals” by Josh Rottman

More information at http://boston.nerdnite.com/2013/01/15/nerd-nite-12813/

Tuesday, January 29

Southern Ocean Workshop
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
MIT, Building 66-100. 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Web site: http://oceans.mit.edu/events/special/2013-southern-ocean-workshop
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC)
For more information, contact:  Darius Collazo
(617) 253-0251
dcollazo at MIT.EDU 


"Horses and Thunder" -- Meeting the Energy Needs and Oil Exploration and Production in the Deepwaters
Jan/29 Tue	
MIT, Building 66-144, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Ahmed Ghoniem, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Adam Ballard, Ryan Yeley
How will we meet our growing energy needs in the future, especially for transportation, which is heavily dependent on oil? More and more oil is discovered and produced offshore, in deeper and deeper water. How do we know where and how to drill for oil? What are some of the engineering challenges in working at 5000’ of water? How do we produce it efficiently, bring it to shore safely, and beyond? What are some of the recent developments in science and engineering that will take us further? This short course will discuss: 1. Energy needs and role of offshore oil 2. Exploration - the idea phase 3. Drilling - the discovery and development phase 4. Production - the extraction phase 5. Transportation - getting it to market 6. Recent science and engineering developments We will look at the Thunder Horse field located in the Gulf of Mexico. Starting with 1999, this field has contributed > 5% of the oil produced within the United States. Since then, oil has been discovered further out and effort is underway to produce from these fields.

Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Contact: Prof. Ahmed Ghoniem, 3-344, 617) 253-2295, ghoniem at MIT.EDU


Politics, Economics and the Euro Area Crises
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
MIT, Building E51-315, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Athanasios Orphanides (Visiting Economics/Sloan)

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


“LOIC Will Tear Us Apart”: The Impact of Tool Design and Media Portrayals in the Success of Activist DDOS Actions
January 29, 12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/01/sauter#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

Molly Sauter, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
This talk explores the role of tool design and media coverage in the relative success of Operation Payback and earlier activist Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) actions. Through a close reading of changes in the tool’s interface and functionality over several iterations, the talk considers the evolution of the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) DDOS tool from one which appealed to a small, inwardly-focused community to one which engaged with a larger population. The talk further considers Anonymous’s contribution to the reframing of DDOS actions from a tool of direct action to a tool of media manipulation and identity construction, as well as the news media’s role in encouraging individuals to participate in the Operation PayBack actions.

About Molly
Molly Sauter is a Berkman Center fellow in addition to being a graduate student in Comparative Media Studies at MIT, and a research assistant at the Center for Civic Media at the Media Lab. Her research is broadly focused on hacker culture, transgressive digital activism, and depictions of technology in the media. Her research is situated in socio-political analyses of technology and technological culture.

As a fellow at the Berkman Center, she will be examining conflicts of anonymity and pseudonymity in different modes of digital activism.

She previously worked as a full-time research assistant to Professor Jonathan Zittrain at Harvard Law School, and received her BA in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She blogs at oddletters.com and tweets @oddletters


"Sowing the Seeds for a More Creative Society"
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
MIT, Building 4-231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Mitchel Resnick, MIT Media Lab
Professor Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, will discuss new technologies and activities designed specifically to help children learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively, so that they are prepared for life in the Creative Society.

DUE Education Talk series (DUET) 
DUET is a monthly series emphasizing current research on learning, cognitive psychology, educational technology, machine learning, neuroscience, and educational assessment, among other topics. DUET's goal is to provide the MIT community with the latest research in education and to contribute to efforts to enhance student learning both residentially and online.
Web site: http://www.media.mit.edu/people/mres
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education, Teaching and Learning Laboratory
For more information, contact:  Jennifer French
jfrench at mit.edu 


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.



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.
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Boston Green Drinks - January Happy Hour
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Kingston Station, 25 Kingston Street, Boston
RSVP at http://bgdjan13-es2003.eventbrite.com

This month, we will host a representative from Next Step Living who will discuss with attendees how to improve the energy performance in their homes.
Next Step Living is a partner of Renew Boston, Mayor Menino's energy efficiency program. We provide no-cost home energy assessments for homeowners and renters across Massachusetts, where we supply and install energy-efficient light bulbs, programmable thermostats, and efficient shower heads for free (all paid for by the utility companies). We also offer huge MassSave rebates on insulation, boiler replacements, and other weatherization home improvements to keep homes comfortable, lessen energy waste, and help residents save on energy bills.
Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a Drink at Kingston station and build your connection with our green community!

Keep sending feedback to Lyn at bostongreendrinks.com for ideas about speakers or content for the future and mark your calendar for drinks on the last Tuesday of every month.  Also, if you RSVP and can't make it, e-mail us to let us know.

Boston Green Drinks  builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues.  We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


The MassChallenge Sampler: An Accelerator Mini-Series
Episode I: Foundation - The "Aha" Moment
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
MassChallenge Headquarters, Marina Park Drive, Boston
RSVP at http://mcsamplerfoundation.eventbrite.com/?utm_source=1%2F10+Newsletter+Draft&utm_campaign

Join us as we kick off the MassChallenge Sampler with the most important stage every entrepreneur faces: The "Aha" moment and founding a company.
MassChallenge CEO and Founder John Harthorne will open with his experience of leaving his day job to launch the world's biggest startup accelerator and competition.
John will be joined by other successful entrepreneurs to discuss their challenges and triumphs in those early idea-stage days. Find out about how these founders realized it was time to burn their ships and dive into the inspiring world of startups!  
Topics will include making a realistic business plan and dispelling the illusion that great ideas just happen.  
The panel will conclude with Q&A and open networking.

The MassChallenge Sampler: An Accelerator Mini-Series   
Episode I: Foundation - January 29, 2013 
Episode II: Mentorship - February 5, 2013  
Episode III: Marketing – February 19, 2013 
Episode IV: Fundraising – February 26, 2013
Episode V: Leadership – March 5, 2013
Episode VI: Media – March 12, 2013 
Episode VII: Networking – March 19, 2013 
Episode VIII: Entrepalooza – April 9, 2013

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions?
events at masschallenge.org


Can the Internet Survive the Next 40 Years?
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
4:00 pm 
Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 3:45 p.m.
Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 211, Boston

With Professor Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University, Chief Technology Officer, United States Federal Communications Commission

Abstract: The Internet and associated Internet technologies are now roughly 40 years old and have clearly become one of the core civilizational infrastructures, similar to water, electricity and transportation. It is also rapidly displacing older communication networks such as the telephone network and cable video distribution. This raises a number of important questions: What are the key attributes of the Internet that led to its success? Can the Internet be made secure? What are the economic challenges for the Internet? How can we ensure an open Internet for all? What happens when old-style networks are being replaced? What are the key challenges for the mobile Internet? Professor Schulzrinne’s talk will try to illustrate some of the problems at the intersection of public policy, economics and engineering, motivating why addressing these issues needs contributions from all three disciplines. 

About the Speaker: Professor Henning Schulzrinne, Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was an MTS at AT&T Bell Laboratories and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University. He served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2004 to 2009, as Engineering Fellow at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2010 and 2011, and as Chief Technology Officer at the FCC since 2012.

He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers and more than 70 Internet RFCs. Protocols co-developed by him, such as RTP, RTSP and SIP, are now Internet standards, used by almost all Internet telephony and multimedia applications. His research interests include Internet multimedia systems, ubiquitous computing, and mobile systems. 

He is a Fellow of the IEEE, has received the New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the VON Pioneer Award, TCCC service award, the IEEE Region 1 William Terry Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service to IEEE, and the UMass Computer Science Outstanding Alumni recognition.


California Energy Efficiency: Lessons for the Rest of the World, or Not?
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 30, 2013, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School Room Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Environmental Economics Program
SPEAKER(S)  Arik Levinson, Georgetown University
LINK	http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k89370


Student Entrepreneurship Night at MassChallenge
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
6:00-6:30 Registration & Networking
6:30-7:00 Panel Discussion
7:00-7:30 Audience Q&A
7:30-8:15 Open Networking
MassChallenge, Marina Park Drive, Boston

Join MassChallenge and up-and-coming student entrepreneurs for a night of networking and a panel discussion.
Panelists will share their experiences as student entrepreneurs, describe the MassChallenge accelerator and other valuable resources for startups, and share their advice for aspiring innovators. Learn about the creativity and persistence it takes to be an entrepreneur.
When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Time: 6:00 - 8:15PM
Where: MassChallenge Headquarters
You: College students and budding entrepreneurs.

Speakers:  Khalil Fuller, NBA Math Hoops;  Breanna Berry, HelmetHub;  Ashley Stanley, Lovin' Spoonfuls            
Moderator: Lauren Landry, Staff Writer for BostInno

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions?
events at masschallenge.org 


Investor Confidence Project: Pre-Launch Industry Briefing
January 31
2:00-3:00 EST
Space is limited so please RSVP:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4976242074/

We are excited to be hosting two webinars later this month to introduce an initiative we have been facilitating over the last two years called the Investor Confidence Project.  With input and collaboration from a wide range of industry players, our team of advisors have worked tirelessly to developed standardized protocols for commercial energy efficiency project engineering, with a goal of reducing engineering related transaction cost while enabling origination channels to increase deal flow.

To learn more about the Investor Confidence Project:  www.EEperformance.org

Introduction by Ron Herbst (Deustche Bank)
Investor Confidence Project Overview by Matt Golden (EDF)
Applying ICP Protocols to Your Business
Becoming an ICP ally
Q&A (15 minutes)

We will send a dial in and screen share on the day of the meeting. We urge you to RSVP. Please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Shorenstein withany logistical questions. She can be reached by email at sshorenstein at edf.org or by phone at (212)616-1224.

Matt Golden, Environmental Defense Fund
Matt Golden is a Senior Energy Finance Consultant with EDF and is project lead on the Investor Confidence Project.  Matt is both an entrepreneur and policy advocate, committed to bringing energy efficiency in the built environment to scale as a demand side resource.

Ron Herbst, Director, Global Head of Energy and Sustainability
Ron Herbst is the Global Head of Energy & Sustainability for Corporate Real Estate & Services (CRES) and Global Sourcing. He is accountable for Eco Operations at Deutsche Bank, including the delivery of our 2012 carbon neutral commitment.  Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Ron was Managing Director of Energy & Sustainability for CB Richard Ellis where he oversaw energy and sustainability services for Corporate Real Estate Clients encompassing over 42M square meters of facilities. 

Under his leadership, Deutsche Bank has implemented employee environmental awareness programs, an Eco Efficiency Performance Management office delivering over $50M of cost savings, Green Building Office and Retail Standards, Renewable Power Purchase programs, Green Lease Programs, Utility Cost and Environmental Management Systems, and ECO IT integrated Real Estate services.    Awards and recognitions include: 2011 International Leadership Award from the US Green Building Council, 2011 International Green Award for DB Earth Week, and Top10 global purchaser of renewable power by Bloomberg Corporate Renewable Power Index.

Ron leads the Deutsche Bank Global Eco Operations Committee and serves as the Chief Technical Advisor on Building Energy Efficiency.  Mr. Herbst has advised and led the technical platform deployment for the KFW Global Climate Change Partnership Fund and the European Investment Bank Energy Efficiency in Europe Fund, totally$1.2Billion Fund mandates.

Ron has a Bachelors Degree in Physics and Environmental Design from University of California Santa Cruz, and Master's work in Applied Solar Energy at Trinity University. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and LEED Accredited. He is actively involved in publishing and speaking engagements in the fields of Building Energy Design, Advanced Control Systems, and the "greening" of Real Estate Management and Investments.  Ron serves as the Committee Chairperson for the Greenprint Foundation, an organization committed to driving transparency in environmental reporting for Investment Real Estate.


Medea Benjamin
Thursday, January 31, 2012
First Church in Cambridge, Margaret Jewett Hall,11 Garden Street, Cambridge - 3 blocks from Harvard Sq T*
Sliding scale donation $5-10 requested to cover costs, no one turned away. Proceeds after expenses will be donated to legal costs of anti-drone protesters.

Medea Benjamin, founder of Global Exchange and CodePink Women for Peace, has  recently returned from solidarity trips to Gaza and to protest U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. She will sign copies of her new book, /Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control./

Benjamin has been an advocate for social justice for more than 30 years.  Described as "one of America?s most committed -- and most effective --  fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and called "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, Medea has distinguished herself as an eloquent and energetic figure in the progressive  
movement. In 2005 she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. In 2010 she received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Since the September 11, 2001 tragedy, Medea has been working to promote a U.S. foreign policy that would respect human rights and gain us allies instead of contributing to violence and undermining our international reputation. In 2000, she was a Green Party candidate for the California Senate. During the 1990s, Medea focused her efforts on tackling the problem  
of unfair trade as promoted by the World Trade Organization. Widely credited as the woman who brought Nike to its knees and helped place the issue of sweatshops on the national agenda, Medea was a key player in the campaign that won a $20 million settlement from 27 US clothing retailers for the use of sweatshop labor in Saipan. She also pushed Starbucks and other companies to start carrying fair trade coffee.

Her work for justice in Israel/Palestine includes taking numerous delegations to Gaza after the 2008 Israeli invasion, organizing the Gaza Freedom March in 2010, participating in the Freedom Flotillas and opposing the policies of the Israel lobby group AIPAC. In 2011 she was in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian uprising and In 2012 she was part of a human rights delegation to  
Bahrain in support of democracy activists; she was tear-gassed, arrested and deported by the Bahraini government.?

A former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization, Benjamin is the author/editor of eight books. Her latest book is called /Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control/, and she has been campaigning to get lethal drones out of the hands of the CIA. Her articles appear regularly in outlets such as /The Huffington Post/, /CommonDreams/,  
/Alternet/ and /OpEd News/.

Sponsored by United for Justice with Peace; co-sponsored by Women's International League for Peace & Freedom and Massachusetts Peace Action (list in formation). 
United for Justice with Peace [1] is a coalition of peace and justice organizations and community peace groups in the Greater Boston region. The UJP Coalition, formed after September 11th, seeks global peace through social and economic justice.


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


The New Normal - Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather, Are You Ready?
February 6, 2013
6:00 – 7:00 pm Networking Reception and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 – 8:30 pm Panel Presentation
8:30 – 9:00 pm Networking 
The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Join us to hear from a panel of faculty experts as they discuss hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters that could potentially affect the northeast. Learn about the impact this extreme weather poses to our cities and to you and your family.

Moderator: Lance Collins, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering
Panelists Include:
Larry Brown PhD '76, Sidney Kaufman Professor in Geophysics and Chair of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Linda Nozick, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mark Wysocki MS '89, Sr. Lecturer in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Hors d'oeuvres will be served
Hosted Bar

Editorial Comment:  This is a Cornell University Alumni gathering and costs $35 sent to me by Madeline McDowell (madidelin at gmail.com) who will register interested people as guests.  Looks like an interesting and pertinent discussion.  At the most recent Restructuring Roundtable, there seemed to be agreement that what is a 100 year storm now will be an annual event by the end of this century.


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


"Bringing Awareness After Disaster" Tsunami + Sandy + Deep Water Horizon
Saturday, February 6
Hancock 309 Gallery, 309 Hancock Street, Boston
RSVP at http://tsunami-hancoc309.eventbrite.com

Art opening for the work of Camila Chaves Cortes which will be on exhibition at the gallery until March 23


Saturday, February 16
5:30pm-9:30pm - Includes in-depth cooking class\demo, dinner, & wine*
8pm-9:30pm - Includes dinner and glass of wine* 
Haley House Bakery Cafe, 12 Dade Street, Boston
Ticket Prices for the Fundraiser:
$40/ dinner ticket $65/ class/demo and dinner ticket
Tickets are available online at:
All funds support the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass) CSA Connect Classes at Madison Park in Roxbury
Presented by NOFA/Mass and Haley House Bakery Café

Sign up for an in-depth cooking class and dining experience (5:30pm-9:30pm) to learn the principles of sustainable cooking from celebrity chefs Odessa Piper and Didi Emmons. The class will prepare a Northeastern regional menu relying on ingredients harvested during winter in combination with other ingredients 'put by' from the winter larder. 

Or, skip the lesson, and come for just the dinner (8pm-9:30pm)!

The fundraiser supports the cooking classes held for CSA members that are part of the CSA Connect program. 

In 2012, CSA Connect:
Completed 20 weekly deliveries of organic local produce to nearly 50 CSA members in underserved communities like Roxbury and East Boston, affecting the diets of 100+ people. 
Conducted 3 cooking classes
Generated more than $20,000 in sales for local farms 

Didi Emmons
A graduate of La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, France, Didi Emmons is also the founding chef of four restaurants in the Boston area. These include The DeLux, Pho Republique, Veggie Planet, and Haley House Bakery Café. At Haley House she pioneered the Take Back the Kitchen Program, which provides cooking classes to inner-city youth. She also serves as a consultant to Project Bread’s Chefs-in-Schools program as well as the Boston Public Health Commission.

Odessa Piper
Belonging to the same generation of pioneer chefs as Alice Waters, Odessa Piper is famous for her regionally reliant Madison, WI restaurant L’Etoile. Her work has been featured in Fine Cooking, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and Wine Spectator. A James Beard award winning chef, she has also been a frequent contributor to NPR, and loves to share her approach to ingredients and recipes, including the White House. Her menus at L’Etoile, over the decades opened with this inscription “Choosing lovingly grown food from within our region helps to hold all communities of life together… thank you for supporting the farmers and their commitment to these patient arts.”


Climate Change Demonstration in Washington DC
February 17, 2013
RSVP at http://act.350.org/signup/presidentsday


“Global Markets and Government Regulation in Telecommunications”
Monday, February 25, 2013
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Room 426, Boston

Kirsten Rodine Hardy
Assistant Professor, Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu


Live webcast of TED Long Beach
Wednesday February 27 
11:30 AM - 9:45 PM

TEDxBeaconStreet has been approved to host a live webcast of TED Long Beach 2013,  (speakers listed below) hosted by two of our Superhero Partners - Whitehead Institute and Camera Culture Lab!

To attend you need to apply https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dHc4TFJRTzl3WVJJakNTd01YeTFsTHc6MQ
Event is free of charge to attendees, we will be in touch ... 


NESEA Building Energy Conference
March 5-7
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston 
Register at http://www.nesea.org/buildingenergy/

Building Energy is the premier green building and energy conference in the Northeast.  It's audience is primarily professional architects, buildings, planners, and designers but it showcases the latest technology available for the energy conscious consumer as well.

It costs money but is definitely worth it, even if you are just going to the trade show.

This year should be especially good as Paul Eldrenkamp of Biggmeister, a fine energy craftsman, led the conference committee.


“Open Source Science and Social Science: Forming a Public Laboratory”
Monday, March 11, 2013
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Room 426, 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, Room 426, 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, Room 426, 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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