[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - May 5, 2013

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun May 5 11:21:23 PDT 2013

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

Monday, May 6

8:30am  CJP Innovation Exchange: Visionary Minds Shaping a Better World MassChallenge
3pm  MIT Clean Energy Prize Showcase
4pm  "Sediment Score Shows Mountain off Beat with Climate Change"

Tuesday, May 7

9:30am  Fuel Economy Regulations and Efficiency Technology Improvements in U.S. Cars Since 1975
11am  The President's Challenge Demo Day 2013
12:30pm  Personalized Learning, Backpacks Full of Cash, Rockstar Teachers, and MOOC Madness:  The Intersection of Technology, Free-Market Ideology, and Media Hype in U.S. Education Reform
2pm  Personal Digital Archiving followed by Q+A with Kari Smith, Digital Archivist
2:30pm  Bonus Culture: Competitive Pay, Screening, and Multitasking
4pm  GaN-based Semiconductor Switches Open a New Era of Power Processing
4pm  Working Capital, Inventories and Optimal Offshoring
5pm  A Conversation with the Honorable Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
5:30pm  Opening Reception for From Obsolescence to Sustainability: A Century of Architectural Change
6pm  Religion and Terror: A Conversation in the Wake of the Boston Marathon Bombing
6pm  Mass Innovation Night
6pm  Boston Area Sustainability Group 
6:30pm  Kitchen Gardeners' Meeting
6:30pm  ACT Panel | Currency ~ Revolution: Spatial Strategies of Resistance

Wednesday, May 8

10am  Nuclear 101: Technology and Policy of Nuclear Security
10:30am  Askwith Forum: Reimagining Education with Sal Khan
12pm  Social Innovation and Government: Approaches from the UK
12pm  Measuring sustainability in complex, sociotechnical systems: the case of natural resource management 
4pm  Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth: A Community Forum
5:30pm  Renewable Technologies Start-up Financing and Happy Hour
6pm  Soap Box: The Political Life of Cheese
6:45pm  Cambridge Solar Challenge KICK-OFF
7pm  Slavery And The American Imagination
7pm  Development for Whom?: POSCO in India

Thursday, May 9

8:30am  Nation Building Symposium
12pm  SPU13: Sound Fair
4pm  To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation
4pm  "Graphene: a Physicist’s View of the 'Wonder Material'"
4pm  The Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Delaware Bay Oyster
6:30pm  A RESILIENT WATER SYSTEM FOR JP AND BOSTON?:  Investments in safe, sustainable and resilient water and sewer service: or where did all the money go?
6:30pm  2.007 Robotics Competition
7pm  How Healthy Is the World’s Ocean?
7pm  Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum: Sustainability and Spirituality

Friday, May 10

10am  Gathering Intelligence: Persistent Surveillance Technologies
12pm  The Human Cognition Project
5pm  MIT D-Lab Project Showcase
7pm  Illegal mining in India and the people's struggle against depletion of natural resources

Saturday, May 11

8am  2013 Legatum Conference: Visions | Values | Ventures
12:30pm  MIT Weatherization Barnraising
6pm  Boston's 21st Annual Youth Peace Conference: True Stories for One Glory 

Monday, May 13

5pm  Transforming Science Coverage in the Media
5:30pm  The Future of Science & Technology in International Development

Tuesday, May 14

12:30pm  Cyber War Is Not the Answer, But What Is? Addressing Cyber Conflict While Protecting Privacy and Internet Freedom
5:30pm  Greater Boston Ross School of Business Alumni Club (“RossBoston”) for a reception and discussion with Brian Swett, the Chief of Energy and Environment for the City of Boston
6:30pm  Public Acceptance of Wind Energy in Massachusetts: Factors, Implications
6:30pm  Social Interfaces, Social Algorithms, and Social Languages


Event Details

Monday, May 6

CJP Innovation Exchange: Visionary Minds Shaping a Better World MassChallenge
Monday, May 6, 2013 
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
MassChallenge Headquarters, One Marina Park Drive, Boston
RSVP at http://innovationexchange2013.eventbrite.com

Like Massachusetts, Israel has few natural resources but abundant brainpower and creativity. And both have “cracked the code” on how to innovate successfully. Meet two of Israel’s brightest entrepreneurs – a solar power pioneer and a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist who have helped make the country a world leader in innovation. Join us for a morning of networking and discussion moderated by Alexandra Adler, Northeast regional director at Cleantech Open.

Yosef Abromowitz and Eyal Gura
Yosef Abromowitz, president of Arava Power and Energiya Global, wasnamed by CNN as one of the top six Green Pioneers worldwide.
Eyal Gura, one of Israel’s 40 under 40 leaders, has created tech start ups that have been purchased by giants including eBay and Getty Images.

This is a free event. Breakfast will be served. Pre-registration is required.
For more information, email laurensm at cjp.org.

Innovation Exchange 2013: Visionary Minds Shaping a Better World
Massachusetts is a global hub of innovation in fields as diverse as business, education and renewable energy. Engaging with experts from around the world ensures that we maintain our competitive edge. The Innovation Exchange offers an opportunity to interact with Israeli leaders at the forefront of entrepreneurship, multicultural education and solar energy technology.
MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Benefits for startups include world-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, legal advice, media and more. Over $1 million in cash awards and $10 million of in-kind support are awarded to winning startups, and no equity is taken. 

About MassChallenge Israel: 
MassChallenge Israel is the first, and so far only, formal MassChallenge program outside Boston. The mission of MassChallenge Israel is to enable top-tier Israeli startups to access global markets by connecting them with the very best people and organizations in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem. 
With the help of Israeli mentors and judges, MassChallenge Israel will identify the highest-potential startups in Israel to participate in the MassChallenge accelerator in Boston. These startups will be able to return to Israel after the MassChallenge accelerator with new sales channels, investors, mentors, and growth that wouldn't otherwise be feasible.


MIT Clean Energy Prize Showcase
Monday, May 6 
Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton Street, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=igpd6pcab&oeidk=a07e7a1gja6c4b93e64

Come engage with the 17 prestigious Clean Energy Prize Semi-finalists at the showcase from 3-5, and then join for the award ceremony that starts with a panel discussion between:

Christopher Knittel, Professor of Energy Economics, MIT
Stanley Kowalski III, Chairman and Founding CEO, FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp.
Frank van Mierlo, Founder and CEO, 1366 Technologies, Inc.
Joel Moxley, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foro Energy, Inc. 

Then watch the six finalists pitch their companies to compete for over $300,000 in prizes. 

Contact George Miller
georgem at mit.edu


"Sediment Score Shows Mountain off Beat with Climate Change"
Monday, May 6, 2013 
Harvard, Haller Hall (Geo-Museum 102), 24 Oxford Street 1st Floor, Cambridge

Dr. Jean Braun, l'Universite Joseph Fourier de Grenoble, France, 
EPS Colloquium Series
Reception to follow at Hoffman Lab 4th floor

Contact Name:  Sabinna Cappo
scappo at fas.harvard.edu


May 6, 2013 
4:30–6 p.m., reception to follow
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Tickets available at the Harvard Box Office and at the door
Celebrating the impact of new ideas and new discoveries

On May 6, 2013, join Provost Alan Garber, FAS Dean Mike Smith, and GSAS Dean Xiao-Li Meng at Sanders Theatre as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences celebrates the power of new ideas — and the talent and innovation of the scholars who are generating them. 

Edgar Barroso, Music 
"Enhancing Music, Social, and Entrepreneurial Innovation through Trans-Disciplinary Collaboration"
Stephanie Dick, History of Science
"Aftermath: Following Mathematics into the Digital"
Alex Fattal, Anthropology
"Guerrilla Marketing: Information War and the Demobilization of FARC Rebels"	
Hansun Hsiung, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
"Textbook Enlightenment: Europe, Japan, and the Rise of Global Distance Learning, 1720–1877" 
Fenna Krienen, Psychology
"Big Brain Science: Strategies for Mapping the Human Brain"	
Aaron Kuan, Applied Physics
"Graphene Nanopores for Single-Molecule DNA Sequencing" 
Liz Maynes-Aminzade, English
"Macrorealism: How Fiction Can Help Us Understand a Networked World"	
Jeff Teigler, Division of Medical Sciences
"Building Better Vaccines by Learning the Language of the Immune System"

The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Harvard Box Office. Tickets will also be available at Sanders Theater starting at 2 p.m. on the day of the event (May 6). Limit of 4 tickets per person.

Tuesday, May 7

Tuesday, May 7
9AM - 12PM
MIT, Building E51-275, 2 Ames Street, Cambridge

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE: Steven Caton, Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies in the Department of Anthropology Program, Harvard University; Kerry Chance, American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University; Sherine Hamdy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Kutayba Alghanim, Professor of Social Science, Department of Anthropology, Brown University; Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California at Santa Barbara; Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Associate Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT; Eden Medina, Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing, Adjunct Associate Professor of History, Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington; Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University; Ahmad Ragab, Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion, Harvard Divinity School; and more…


Fuel Economy Regulations and Efficiency Technology Improvements in U.S. Cars Since 1975
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
MIT, Building E40-298, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Dissertation Defense of Don MacKenzie


The President's Challenge Demo Day 2013
WHEN  Tue., May 7, 2013, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Allston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Business, Education, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Law, Science, Special Events, Sustainability, Theater
SPEAKER(S)  President Drew Faust; Gordon Jones, managing director, i-lab
COST  Free and open to the public
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5342902766
CONTACT INFO	vsar at harvard.edu
NOTE  Ten finalist teams will showcase their efforts to make a social impact on the world around them.
Stop by for lunch between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to meet the teams, hear their plans and test their products.
LINK	http://ilab.harvard.edu/presidents-challenge/2013


Personalized Learning, Backpacks Full of Cash, Rockstar Teachers, and MOOC Madness:  The Intersection of Technology, Free-Market Ideology, and Media Hype in U.S. Education Reform
May 7
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/05/reich#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

For decades, policymakers and futurists have heralded digital tools as essential to the the future of learning. Has the moment of disruptive transformational revolution finally arrived? If we are at a watershed moment, what futures are available to us? 

Researchers are developing new methods to leverage big data for personalized learning systems. Free-market advocates are envisioning how online learning could let students use vouchers not only to buy whole school experiences, but to buy individual courses from multiple vendors. Most radical of all, technologists and policymakers are exploring ways of using technology to "unbundle teaching", to create a suite of new roles in schools from rockstar teachers to full-time remote classroom observers, much as health care has shifted from the general practitioner to teams comprised of a few surgeons and many orderlies.  

In this luncheon presentation  we'll explore the different futures made possible by these digital tools, and examine the political and civic implications of transforming schools and learning with networked technologies.

About Justin
Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. Currently, he is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a visiting lecturer at MIT, and the director of online community, research, and practice at Facing History and Ourselves. Justin is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments. He earned his doctorate from Harvard University, where he led the Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities project, a Hewlett Foundation funded initiative to examine how social media are used in K-12 classrooms. He writes the EdTechResearcher blog for Education Week, and his writings have appeared in Educational Researcher, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications.


Personal Digital Archiving followed by Q+A with Kari Smith, Digital Archivist
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
MIT, Building 14N-132, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Kari Smith
Increase your understanding of common digital files-digital photos, recordings, video, documents, and others-and learn what it takes to preserve them. Technology changes rapidly. If you don't actively care for your digital possessions you may lose access to them as some technologies become obsolete. Learn about the nature of the problem and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you preserve your digital stuff. Join us after the webinar for a collaborative Q+A with Kari Smith, Digital Archivist, Institute Archives and Special Collections at MIT Libraries. Kari will be on hand to discuss personal digital archiving and offer guidance for preservation of digital materials.

Web site: http://libcal.mit.edu/event.php?id=302119
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Libraries
For more information, contact:  Andrew Haggarty
ahaggart at mit.edu


Bonus Culture: Competitive Pay, Screening, and Multitasking
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
MIT, Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Roland Benabou (Princeton)

Web site: http://economics.mit.edu/files/8793
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Organizational Economics
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu 


GaN-based Semiconductor Switches Open a New Era of Power Processing
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
MIT, Building 34-101, 34 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Refreshments at 3:45 p.m.

Speaker: Bin Lu, MTL Doctorial Dissertation Seminar Speaker
MTL Seminar Series
Continuous improvement in efficiency and miniaturization of power conversion systems requires better semiconductor switches beyond Si. GaN has great potential for the next generation power switches due to its high breakdown electric field and high electron mobility. In this talk, I will present our efforts in advancing the GaN technology, including a novel gate-recess structure, a tri-gate MISFET and a flip-chip packaged device operating at 92% peak efficiency in a 7 MHz circuit. With steady improvements of GaN technology, a new era of power 
processing is approaching.

Web site: http://mtlweb.mit.edu/seminars/spring2013.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories
For more information, contact:  Valerie Dinardo
valeried at mit.edu 


Joint w/Macro - Working Capital, Inventories and Optimal Offshoring
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
MIT, Building E52-244, Freeman Room, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Hyun Song Shin (Princeton)

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


A Conversation with the Honorable Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
MIT, Building E51-115, Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Doors open at 5:00 PM with light refreshments.

Speaker: Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
From climate adaptation and urban sustainability to the foreclosure crisis, persistent poverty, homelessness, housing discrimination, and more, Secretary Donovan has worked under President Obama to tackle some of America's most urgent challenges. What lies ahead for the second term, and how can we plan and shape our cities to address current and future challenges? 

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


Opening Reception for From Obsolescence to Sustainability: A Century of Architectural Change
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
MIT, Building 7-338, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Obsolescence as a model of impermanence in architecture emerged a century ago with advances in technology and society causing even recent buildings to be rapidly devalued and made expendable. In response, efforts emerged to reinstitute permanence and slow change-- from a vitalized historic preservation movement, and concrete brutalist monumentality, to adaptive reuse, architectural postmodernism and green design. Sustainability, in all these guises, has superseded obsolescence as a dominant paradigm for comprehending and managing change in the built environment. 

This exhibition, curated by Daniel A. Abramson, Associate Professor of Art History at Tufts University, traces the concept of obsolescence in the built environment through its evolution in architecture, economics and culture and the subsequent development of sustainability.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning
For more information, contact:  Amber Sinicrope
asinicro at mit.edu 


Religion and Terror: A Conversation in the Wake of the Boston Marathon Bombing
WHEN  Tue., May 7, 2013, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR	Office of Development and External Relations, Center for the Study of World Religions
CONTACT	Deirdre Joyce, 617.495.8246
NOTE  Join some Harvard's leading scholars for a discussion about the way that religion is used to justify acts of terror, to heal from them, and to provide alternatives to violence. Participants include:
HDS Dean David N. Hempton on religious conflict;
Jocelyne Cesari on how things have changed—and how they haven't—for American Muslims since 9/11;
WSRP Research Fellow Zilka Spahic Siljak on interfaith peace building;
Harvey G. Cox, Jr. on violence and the Book of Lamentations;
Rabbi Sally Finestone on Judaism's lessons for dealing with tragedy.

Christopher Lydon, award-winning journalist and host of Radio Open Source, will moderate the discussion.
This event is free and open to the public and will be both live streamed on the HDS home page and recorded for posting on the HDS News and Events site. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

For more information, please contact Deirdre Joyce at HDS External Relations: 617.495.8246 ordjoyce at hds.harvard.edu.


Mass Innovation Night - #MIN500 Special Event
06:00pm - 08:30pm
The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/min500-special-event

Their 50th event will be a very special event!  On Tuesday, May 7th, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, they will be celebrating the 500 products YOU have helped to launch over the past four years. They'll bring back many of our favorites, getting an update from several alumni and recognizing you, the special community that has helped to generate so much awesome visibility for local companies and entrepreneurs. Please come and join them.


Boston Area Sustainability Group 
May 7
6:00 to 9:00 pm
The Venture Café – Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, Cambridge

Topic:  Building a Bridge (or Tunnel) to Link Sustainability and Quality. 
Here's who we've lined up to talk about Quality and Sustainability:
Mark Stephan, Principal Program Manager, Office of Sustainability at EMC, www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-stephan/1/9b0/3b9/
Jacki Wilkins, Sustainability Program Manager, Massachusetts Port Authority, www.linkedin.com/in/jackiwilkins
Rich Malzman, Global Resource Management, Learning and Professional Advancement Leader, Alcatel-Lucent, www.linkedin.com/in/exclaim/
Kathy Washburn, Vice President Business Integration, Corporate Sustainability, Breckinridge Capital     Advisors, www.linkedin.com/pub/kathy-washburn/7/561/14a
Carol Baroudi, Practice Advisor, Sustainability, Arrow Electronics, www.linkedin.com/in/carolbaroudi
And our MC, Bob Pojasek, Sr. Managing Scientist and Sustainability Lead at Exponent, Inc., www.linkedin.com/in/pojasek 

For more information and to register:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5789188619/

Editorial Comment:  $10 ticket


Tuesday May 7
6:30 to 8:30 
Central Square public library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge

Jules, at ejkobek at gmail.com, plans 3 once-a-month meetings; if they catch on, they’ll keep going. The first one, in April, was great: a helpful, friendly, informal veggie-garden club.


ACT Panel | Currency ~ Revolution: Spatial Strategies of Resistance
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
MIT, Building E15-001, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ana Maria Leon & Adrian Blackwell
Please join thresholds 41 REVOLUTION! editor Ana Maria Leon and Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy: 04 CURRENCY issue editor Adrian Blackwell for short presentations on the overlapping contents of their journals' latest issues and the objectives that inform their respective structures. What spatial strategies have been deployed to resist the political and economic repressions of past and present? How can journals function as research vehicles? The ensuing discussion will be moderated by Rebecca Uchill and introduced by Gediminas Urbonas and Antoni Muntadas. 

Ana Maria Leon is an architect, a teacher, and a historian. She is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art group at MIT. 
Adrian Blackwell is an artist, designer, and urban theorist. He teaches at the University of Waterloo and is a visiting assistant professor at the Harvard's GSD. 
Rebecca Uchill is an activist, writer, and curator. She is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art group at MIT.

Web site: act.mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:  Laura Anca Chichisan
act at mit.edu 

Wednesday, May 8

Nuclear 101: Technology and Policy of Nuclear Security
WHEN  Wed., May 8, 2013, 10 – 11:30 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Project on Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S)  Matthew Bunn, associate professor of public policy, HKS; co-principal investigator, Project on Managing the Atom
CONTACT INFO	susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/6085/nuclear_101.html


Askwith Forum: Reimagining Education with Sal Khan
WHEN  Wed., May 8, 2013, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. - Book signing. (Books will be available for purchase.)
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. - Askwith Forum: Reimagining Education with Salman Khan
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. - Recruiting information session with FAS Career Services immediately following the forum
WHERE  Radcliffe Gymnasium, Radcliffe Yard, 18 Mason Street, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT	Discussion, Forum, Lecture, 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  Speaker: Salman Khan, educator, entrepreneur, founder and director of Khan Academy
Join Sal Khan for a discussion about how online learning is transforming education in the 21stcentury. Khan Academy, a nonprofit seeking to "provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere," has made more than 4,000 interactive online lessons available via its website.  As students watch the lessons and apply their new knowledge to problems and assessments, Khan Academy collects student data, allowing each student (and their coaches) to see what, and how, they’ve been learning.
Khan will discuss the ways in which online education is impacting traditional learning, how the 21st-century classroom is shaped by technology, and his vision for the future of education.
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.
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Social Innovation and Government: Approaches from the UK
WHEN  Wed., May 8, 2013, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Building, Weil Town Hall, Lobby Level, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Ethics, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Hosted jointly by the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Executive Director, Government Innovation Group, UK Cabinet Office
LINK	http://hausercenter.harvard.edu/2303/social-innovation-and-government-approaches-from-the-uk/


Measuring sustainability in complex, sociotechnical systems: the case of natural resource management 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 
MIT, Building E40-298, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Ross Collins
ESS Doctoral Seminar Series


Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth: A Community Forum
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
MIT, Building E51, Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst, Cambridge

WELCOME: Dayna L. Cunningham, Executive Director, MIT CoLab 
INTRODUCTION: Adele Naude Santos, Dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning 
J. Phillip Thompson, Associate Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning; co-author of case study 
Ted Howard, Executive Director, The Democracy Collaborative, University of Maryland; co-author of case study 
Honorable Frank G. Jackson, Mayor, Cleveland, Ohio 
Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO, University Hospitals 
Steven D. Standley, Chief Administrative Officer, University Hospitals 
Q & A for panel of principals 
Philip Clay, Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning; Chancellor, MIT (2001-2012) 
Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning; Associate Director of Office of Management and Budget (2008-2012) 
Rebecca Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard University; Harvard Business School, General Management and Strategy Units; Co-Director, the Business and Environment Initiative 
Thomas Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, MIT; Professor of Engineering Systems

Web site: http://colabradio.mit.edu/open-forum-hospitals-building-community-wealth/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:  Jasmine Bellitti
jbellitti at mit.edu 
LIVE WEBCAST: http://bit.ly/Wt6nuB 


Renewable Technologies Start-up Financing and Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Black Rose, 160 State Street, Boston
RSVP at http://ypebostonrenewablesfinancing-es2005.eventbrite.com

Young Professionals in Energy (Boston Section)
Join other YPE members for a discusison with Olivier Cerberio, COO at Resolute Marine Energy! He will share his experience (good and bad) finding financing for RME, since finding financing for new technologies in this challenging economic context proves to be increasingly difficult especially for start-ups. 

The discussion will take place at The Black Rose (http://www.blackroseboston.com/) on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, and be followed by networking. 

Resolute Marine Energy (RME) main goal is to commercialize the world’s first wave-driven seawater desalination system that can operate completely “off-grid” and displace diesel-driven systems which currently dominate this market segment. The company is the recipient of a number of awards including the “Global Hot 100 Company” awarded by the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship held in Boston in 2012; and “Engineer of the Year 2012” in the “Sustainable Development” category awarded by the weekly French business magazine, “Usine Nouvelle”.

Olivier Cerberio has extensive experience building and leading technology development and product commercialization teams. Previously, Olivier was a "rocket scientist" at Starsem S.A. where he directed satellite launches and managed the development, production and inaugural launch of a revolutionary new rocket system. He is a dual MBA/MPA graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard Kennedy School of Government


Soap Box: The Political Life of Cheese
Wednesday, May 8
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
MIT Museum, Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Learn about artisanal cheesemaking in America. Heather Paxson, MIT anthropology professor and author of The Life of Cheese, will lead a discussion about the practical and legal challenges of artisanal cheese production -- especially when working with raw (unpasteurized) milk -- from farm to market. Share your thoughts on consumer choice, public health, and government regulation as they relate to this unique, tasty, and living food.
MIT Museum, first floor. Free with Museum admission.

Artisanal cheeses generously provided by Central Bottle Wine + Provisions.

Join the discussion at the MIT Museum’s Soap Box series
Soap Box is a series of salon-style, early evening conversations with scientists and engineers who are making the news that really matters.
P: 617.253.5927   F: 617.253.8994   MUSEUMINFO at MIT.EDU


Cambridge Solar Challenge KICK-OFF
Wednesday, May 8
Cambridge Main Library,  449 Broadway, Cambridge

Hear from Mayor Henrietta Davis and HEET's President Audrey about how we're going to help residents get 100 solar installations this summer through a Groupon-style discount, while we distribute as much as $30,000 in donations to Cambridge nonprofits. Hear from a Next Step Living solar expert about the science of solar, as well as how to make it work for you. You can even have your home assessed with an online map to find out if you have good potential - and if you do - sign up to take advantage of the Cambridge Solar Challenge's significantly reduced price for solar. Solar experts will be available before the event begins and afterward to answer any questions you may have.


Slavery And The American Imagination
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
MIT, Building w79-MPR, Simmons Hall Multipurpose Room, 229 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ta-Nehisi Coates
A presentation of a work in progress on the American slave South in the run-up to the Civil War 
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar working on a novel set in the antebellum South in the run up to the Civil War. In this conversation he discusses his research and reads from a portion of his work.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Residential Scholars @ Simmons Hall, William R. (1956) and Betsy P. Leitch
For more information, contact:  Steven Hall
srhall at mit.edu 


Development for Whom?: POSCO in India
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
MIT, Building 7-429,77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Moderator: Balakrishnan Rajagopal - Associate Professor of Law and Development, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion 
Steel giant POSCO's proposed mining project in India is the largest foreign direct investment in the country and will displace thousands of people. Panelists will discuss the political economy of the project, the social and environmental costs and benefits of such development models, and frameworks for understanding and challenging such models in the Global South. 

Light dinner provided 
Free and open to public 
Questions or info: fjawed at mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Displacement Action and Research Network @ MIT, Left at MIT & Association for India's Development - Boston & MIT chapters

Thursday, May 9

Nation Building Symposium
WHEN  Thu., May 9, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Askwith Hall in Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Conferences, Education, Ethics, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Native American Program and The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development/Honoring Nations Program
SPEAKER(S)  Manley Begay, co-director HPAIED; Bryan Brayboy, Arizona State University; Dedra Buchwald, University of Washington; Duane Champagne, UCLA; Stephen Cornell, co-director HPAIED; N. Bruce Duthu, Dartmouth College; Michelle Hale, Arizona State University; Norbert Hill, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin; Dwight Lomayesva, UCLA; Dawn Mackety, National Indian Education Association; Jaime Pinkham, Bush Foundation; Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, UC Berkeley; John Sirois, Colville Confederated Tribes; Kenny Smoker, Ft. Peck Tribe; Malia Villegas, National Congress of American Indians; Dale Walker, Oregon Health & Sciences University
COST	Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	hunap at harvard.edu, 617.495.4923
LINK	hunap.harvard.edu


SPU13: Sound Fair
WHEN  Thu., May 9, 2013, 12 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center 302-306, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Student demos of sound/music-related projects
CONTACT INFO	styagi at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  We invite everyone to join us for an exciting afternoon at the sound Fair. This event consists of student demos of original sound/music-related projects. Sound fair will happen in lab 302-306 on the third floor of science center on Thursday May 9 from 12-4 p.m. Refreshment will be provided during the event.


To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation
WHEN  Thu., May 9, 2013, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard School of Public Health, Kresge G2, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Health Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
SPEAKER(S)  Paul Farmer, Wafaie Fawzi, Dean Julio Frenk
CONTACT INFO	deansevents at hsph.harvard.edu
LINK	www.hsph.harvard.edu…


"Graphene: a Physicist’s View of the 'Wonder Material'"
Thursday, May 9, 2013 
4:00 pm
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Refreshments @ 3:30 pm in 4-349 (The Pappalardo Community Room)

Eva Andrei, Rutgers University
Within the eight years since its first scotch-tape extraction from graphite, Graphene – a one atom-thick crystal of carbon - has metamorphosed from the poor relative of diamond into a “wonder material” whose appeal crossed disciplinary boundaries from physics and engineering to biology and medicine. At the beginning of 2013 the European Commission pledged one billion € to seed a European “Graphene valley”, designed to bring graphene and related layered materials from academic laboratories into the public domain to revolutionize industries and stimulate economic growth.

In this talk I will review the physics of graphene with emphasis on the unusual electronic properties which stem from its ultra-relativistic charge carriers - Dirac fermions. I will describe experiments which employed transport, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy to gain access to the fascinating world of two-dimensional Dirac fermions, their interactions with each other and with the environment.


The Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Delaware Bay Oyster
Thursday, May 09, 2013
MIT, Building 4-237, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Dale Haidvogel, Professor, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University
ABSTRACT: Oysters are a particularly good model organism for understanding marine diseases, the environmental drivers that influence them, and the likely impact of climate change on the diseases. Here, we consider the oyster populations in Delaware Bay, an urbanized estuary on the mid-Atlantic coast dominated by a single freshwater input and strong tidal forcing. Two diseases, MSX and dermo, both caused by introduced protozoan pathogens, have been the principal factors affecting oyster populations in Delaware Bay. These diseases have been monitored since 1953, and the oyster population responses have been documented. 

A series of numerical simulations has been conducted to explore the relationships between observed/simulated environmental variability and the observed prevalence of the oyster diseases in Delaware Bay in the contemporary period 1953-2009. In addition, a sequence of climate sensitivity studies has been performed to anticipate the potential for future impacts on the oyster populations. We describe the conclusions drawn from these model studies, in particular, the role of local water properties and circulation patterns in regulating disease prevalence in the estuary, and the possibly significant consequences of (e.g.) rising sea levels.

Seminars in Computational Science and Engineering
Web site: http://computationalengineering.mit.edu/events/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Computational Engineering
For more information, contact:  Barbara Lechner
blechner at mit.edu 


A RESILIENT WATER SYSTEM FOR JP AND BOSTON?:  Investments in safe, sustainable and resilient water and sewer service: or where did all the money go?
Thursday 9 May 2013 
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Potluck: 6:30 pm, Program: 7:00 pm
First Church in JP, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain 

Stephen Estes-Smargiassi, Director, Planning, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
When Hurricane Sandy struck New York City it shut down the electric grid, cell phone system, and the subway. But when New Yorkers turned on their taps, clean safe water still flowed, even in the worst-affected areas. Is our water system so resilient?

Since 1985, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) has made major improvements in the safety and reliability of the drinking water that comes out of your tap, and the treatment of the waste you flush away. And it continues to be at the forefront of sustainability efforts, with green power production, energy efficiency and a climate adaption and resiliency program. Find out where your water comes from, how it is protected and treated, and what happens when you flush.Find out why you can “drink with confidence” and “flush with pride” as a Jamaica Plain resident.

Stephen Estes-Smargiassi is the Director of Planning at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), and a long time Jamaica Plain resident. He is a planner and an engineer with a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from MIT and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University. His planning group works to ensure a safe and sustainable water and sewer system for 2.5 million people in the Boston area.

In his 25 years at the MWRA, he has lead or participated in all MWRA water quality and supply planning initiatives, including outreach and coordination with local and state health officials. He has been active in research on water resource issues and climate change for almost 20 years, and led the MWRA’s efforts to protect the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoir supplies.

And he proudly drinks tap water, at least in Boston.


2.007 Robotics Competition
Thursday, May 09, 2013
MIT, Building W34, Johnson Ice Rink, 120 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The 2.007 annual contest features student designed and built robots competing head-to-head. This year's theme is an adaptation of Hasbro's famous board game, "Operation!" Robots will help heal Tim the Beaver by performing procedures such as wrenched ankle and stomach-butterfly removal, angioplasty, and functional brain imaging!

Web site: http://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/2/sp13/2.007/index.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering Dept.
For more information, contact:  Maral Banosian
maralb at mit.edu 


How Healthy Is the World’s Ocean?
Thursday, May 9
NE Aquarium,  1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=104166&view=Detail

Ben Halpern, Director, Center for Marine Assessment and Planning, and Researcher, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California-Santa Barbara

The last decade has seen numerous reports of oceans in peril, but also many stories of successful marine conservation and management. So where does that leave us? How healthy—or unhealthy—is the world’s ocean? Come learn about a brand new way to measure ocean health, the Ocean Health Index, that allows us to answer that question for the first time in a comprehensive, comparable way, for every coastal country on the planet. Ben Halpern, the lead scientist for the Ocean Health Index project, will present results from this first assessment and dive deep into what the results mean—how countries compare to each other, what goes into the Index, and how the planet is doing. In doing so, Dr. Halpern will challenge your ideas about what it means for the ocean to be healthy, and it turn what we need to do to better manage and protect the oceans to make them healthier in the future.


Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum: Sustainability and Spirituality
Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist; 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

"Sustainability is the possibility that human and other life will flourish on the planet forever." - John R. Ehrenfeld

At our May Forum we dig down to the roots of our unsustainable society.  There we find human behavior springing from an outdated worldview, producing increasingly bitter fruit.  Do our current efforts, in the name of 'sustainability', amount to plucking the leaves of the weeds - as Ehrenfeld contends, merely reducing unsustainability?

Can we expect flourishing when a drive for perpetual growth feeds on finite terrestrial resources, or do we need to dig again, to tend to the soil - and the soul, to nurture culture, to nourish flourishing? Is sustainability a spiritual movement?

Join us as we examine 'sustainability' from a philosophical perspective, in conversation with two leading thinkers who are urging us to attend to making ourselves whole, so that we may take care of the world.

"...the healing and unification of our attention is the true pay dirt behind the work of sustainability." - Justin V. Good
Speaker:  Dr. John R. Ehrenfeld, former Director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business and Environment, currently serves as the Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. His new book, "Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability", published in April, follows "Sustainability by Design:  A Subversive Strategy for Transforming Our Consumer Culture", published in 2009.

Respondent:  Dr. Justin V. Good, a philosopher with a background in fine arts, teaches Aesthetics and Art Theory at the University of Connecticut. He is the Executive Director of the solar-powered "Sanctuary at Shepardfields, a 40-acre community land preserve promoting environmental education and interfaith spirituality.

Please Join Us!  And remember, your donations and membership support BASEA.

The Boston Area Solar Energy Association, www.BASEA.org;  a chapter of NESEA. 
Boston Area Solar Energy Association, P.O. Box 44-1017, Somerville MA 02114

Friday, May 10

Gathering Intelligence: Persistent Surveillance Technologies
WHEN  Fri., May 10, 2013, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Belfer Center Library (rm L369), Belfer Center, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Information Technology, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Defense and Intelligence Projects, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Col. David Pendall, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Military Fellow
NOTE  David Pendall is a Lincoln Laboratory Military Fellow working under the Army War College Fellowship Program, in conjunction with the MIT Security Studies Program. Two days a week, the fellows perform research at the Laboratory to complement work on their theses. COL Pendall has been investigating the application of biometrics and forensic technology as they relate to national security.
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/6081/colonel_david_pendall_on_intelligence_gathering.html


The Human Cognition Project
Friday, May 10, 201"
MIT, Building E14-274, MIT Media Lab, East Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: P. Murali Doraiswamy
Cognitive domains of processing speed, reaction time, vigilance and working memory are central to our ability to perform at peak levels. But most of us do not perform at an optimal level. Cognitive disorders, such as ADHD, mild cognitive impairment, head injury and Alzheimer's, affect over 25 million people in the US. New technologies and media platforms are enabling practical applications of neuroscience advances. The Human Cognition Project, an online citizen science project which used game playing to create the largest database of human cognition ever assembled, is enabling insights into the determinants of normal human learning and cognitive capabilities.

Web site: http://www.media.mit.edu/events/2013/05/10/p-murali-doraiswamy-human-cognition-project
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Media Lab
For more information, contact:  Kristina Bonikowski
kbonikow at media.mit.edu 


MIT D-Lab Project Showcase
Friday, May 10, 2013
MIT, N51, MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Come see how MIT students are developing technologies that make an impact in our world! Join us for the final presentations, projects and prototypes from the growing MIT D-Lab family of classes: Design, Dissemination, Energy, Health, Education, Biodiversity and Supply Chains

Second Fridays 
Jump-start your weekend with the MIT Museum during our monthly free night. Explore our exhibitions and enjoy special presentations in the galleries.
Program details to be announced

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


Illegal mining in India and the people's struggle against depletion of natural resources
Friday, May 10, 2013
MIT, Building 4-237, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: S R Hiremath
S R Hiremath, founder and member of the NGO Samaj Parivarthana Samudaya (SPS) based in Karnataka (India) will talk about his organization's successful struggle against illegal mining in Karnataka and their efforts to organize a large scale people's movement against a corrupt system and powerful mining conglomerates owned by state politicians. The struggle began as a petition in the Supreme Court of India filed by Mr. Hiremath himself and, within a few years brought illegal mining in that region to a grinding halt together with the arrest of the top politicians and industrialists who were its primary drivers. 

Mr. Hiremath has been an activist for 30 years. An engineering graduate, he worked in United States for 10 years before returning to India in 1979. After his return, he founded India Development Service and later started SPS in Dharwad, Karnataka in 1984. Besides illegal mining, he has taken part in several movements related to environment and panchayat raj institutions. SPS has been bestowed with the Indira Gandhi Environmental Prize for its stellar work in organizing villagers and raising awareness against illegal mining of natural resources.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Association for India's Development - MIT
For more information, contact:  Karthik Shekhar
217 979 9852
kshekhar at mit.edu 

Saturday, May 11

2013 Legatum Conference: Visions | Values | Ventures
Saturday, May 11, 2013 
8:00am - 5:00pm
MIT Media Lab Complex (Building E14) 75 Amherst Street (Corner of Ames & Amherst) Cambridge
Cost:  $60 - Professional $30 Students
Register for the 2013 Legatum Conference at http://legatum.mit.edu/conference2013_registration

On May 11th, the Legatum Center will convene entrepreneurs from developing countries around the world—and those who support them—to share stories of success and make lasting connections. The conference will showcase entrepreneurial visions in emerging economies, in diverse areas from finance to fashion. Keynote speakers, investors and panels will celebrate the values of innovative entrepreneurs who are helping to advance broad-based economic progress in low-income countries globally. Join us as our speakers, including our own Legatum Fellows, present and discuss cutting-edge ventures in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Editorial Comment:  Not too much money and this is a critical area.


MIT Weatherization Barnraising
Saturday, May 11
12:30 pm - 5 pm
Theta Delta Chi frat house

Among other ills, these students are victims of the typical dorm/rental housing plague of uncontrollable steam heat leading to windows open all winter. We're going to change that. They've done a great job of installing efficient lighting, but could definitely use our help to lower their bills further. Less money toward fossil fuels, more money toward pizza and bee... EDUCATION! 

**We need team leaders!!**

We'll work on: Placing gaskets under wall switches and outlets, posting info on how to properly use steam heat, changing computer settings, calculating energy use of ACs and heaters, door and window weatherization, water efficiency (aerators & shower heads), light bulbs, and fixing fireplace dampers

Sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFpvTWZxM2ZIekM2eVJiSGM1ZzlhNVE6MA#gid=0&utm_source=Special+HEET+eNewsletter+April+25+2013&utm_campaign=HEET+eNewsletter&utm_medium=email

More information at http://www.heetma.com


Boston's 21st Annual Youth Peace Conference: True Stories for One Glory 
Saturday, May 11, 2013
6:00-9:30 pm.
Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester

Teen Empowerment cordially invites you to what will be one of Boston's hottest productions featuring many of the city's most talented young adults presenting an original theatre presentation with music, dance, spoken word, and young people speaking from their hearts about their lives and their hopes for a better Boston. Come see and hear their true stories of Boston's communities.

In addition, immediately following the performance, we are inviting the audience to participate in an interactive dialogue with Boston's Mayoral Candidates about the future we all want for our city.

To make this a great evening transformational for our community and the lives of young people, we need your help to reach out to youth and adults to attend and participate in this powerful event.

Event Schedule:
6:00pm -7:15pm:  Registration, Reception and Ice Cream Social
The Conference will begin with an exhibit of local community organizations, artists and vendors tabling and free ice cream provided by JP Licks.
7:30pm - 9:00pm:  The Play "True Stories for One Glory"

The conference will move into the theatre for a dynamic performance featuring an original play interspersed with music, dance, speeches, raps, and spoken word. This year?s story will deal with community issues and provides a hopeful vision of a better future where youth take their rightful place as full partners in community life.

9:00pm - 9:30pm:  Speak-Out and Healing Ceremony with Mayoral Candidates

The Mayoral Candidates and the community will have an opportunity to speak on what needs to be done to help heal the community and what they themselves are willing to do to bring this healing process about.

Tickets are $2 in advance, $3 at the door and $1 each for groups of 10 or more (includes 2 free tickets for staff).  Tickets are sold at the Strand Theatre Box Office and at any Teen Empowerment site.

Please contact Sheri Bridgeman at 617.905.2828 or
sheri at teenempowerment.orgfor information or tickets. Please visit

Additional promotional material: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ94sFYlwGg

Please pass this message and the event flyer along to your networks. I hope to see you there.

Monday, May 13

Transforming Science Coverage in the Media
Monday, May 13, 2013
MIT, Building 32-D462, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Rebecca Brachman, Tim Requarth, and Carl Schoonover
Today, primary scientific literature is read almost exclusively by specialists. The public can only stay abreast of research advances through the filter of the media. This system is broken, as it leaves a communication gap between scientists and the public. This workshop will explore new models for science communication in which writers partner closely with scientists to produce mainstream science coverage. We invite scientists, writers, and other interested parties to join us for a short presentation followed by workshop discussions with the current leaders of NeuWrite (www.neuwrite.org), a writing group of research scientists and professional writers based in New York. There will be food. 

Free and open to the public; ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 
RSVP and more information: bit.ly/sciencemediaworkshop 
Hosting the event are Rebecca Brachman, Tim Requarth, and Carl Schoonover
Web site: bit.ly/sciencemediaworkshop
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): GSC Academics, Research, and Careers
For more information, contact:  Jean Yang
jeanyang [at] mit [dot] edu 


The Future of Science & Technology in International Development
Monday, May 13, 2013
MIT, Building 34-101, 34 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Alex Dehgan, Science and Technology Adviser to the Administrator and Director at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Dr. Dehgan will discuss the potential for science and technology to address many of international development's greatest challenges, and how USAID's new Higher Education Solution Network (HESN) and MIT have the opportunity to be at the forefront of that movement.

Talk to be followed by a faculty panel discussion featuring Amos Winters, Amy Smith, Bish Sanyal, Oli de Weck and others TBA. 

The event is sponsored by the Comprehensive Inititiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) and the International Development Innovators Network (IDIN). CITE and IDIN are the MIT iniitiatives of USAID's HESN.

Web site: https://d-lab.scripts.mit.edu:444/news/dr-alex-dehgan-science-and-technology-adviser-administrator-usaid-speak-mit-may-13
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): D-Lab
For more information, contact:  Nai Kalema
nai at mit.edu 

Tuesday, May 14

Cyber War Is Not the Answer, But What Is? Addressing Cyber Conflict While Protecting Privacy and Internet Freedom
May 14
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/2013/05/edgar#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

Timothy H. Edgar
What does talk of cyber war mean for our liberties?  The United States has a new military command for cyberspace, with the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) as its commander.  At the same time, the Secretary of State has announced that the “freedom to connect” is an aspect of fundamental human rights and has criticized countries that attempt to filter the Internet.  Computer networks remain insecure, as sensitive data is leaked or stolen at increasing rates.  This talk will examine the legal powers available to addressing network and computer insecurity and their impact on privacy, civil liberties and other fundamental values.

About Tim
Timothy H. Edgar is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. His work focuses on the unique policy challenges posed by growing global cyber conflict, particularly in reconciling security interests with fundamental values, including privacy and Internet freedom.

Mr. Edgar served under President Obama as the first ever Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties for the White House National Security Staff, focusing on cybersecurity, open government and data privacy initiatives. From 2006 to 2009, he was the first Deputy for Civil Liberties for the Director of National Intelligence, reviewing new surveillance authorities, the terrorist watchlist, and other sensitive programs. He has also been counsel for the information sharing environment, which facilitates the secure sharing of terrorism-related information.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Edgar was the national security and immigration counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, where he spearheaded the organization’s innovative left- right coalition advocating for safeguards for a number of post-9/11 counterterrorism initiatives, including the USA Patriot Act. He frequently testified before Congress and appeared in major television, radio and print media.

Publications include contributions to Patriot Debates (American Bar Association 2005), America’s Battle Against Terrorism (with Nadine Strossen) (Greenhaven Press 2005) and Women Immigrants in the United States (Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars 2002), and Constitutional Governance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 25 Texas International Law Journal 207-237 (with Michael D. Nicoleau) (Spring 2000).

Mr. Edgar was a law clerk to Judge Sandra Lynch, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.


Greater Boston Ross School of Business Alumni Club (“RossBoston”) for a reception and discussion with Brian Swett, the Chief of Energy and Environment for the City of Boston
Tuesday, May 14
5:30 pm
Presentation begins at 6:30 pm
UMASS Club, 225 Franklin Street, Boston
cost is $20.

Brian is the top energy and environment official for the City, reporting directly to Mayor Menino and will present his far-reaching plans—including bold climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts—to cultivate the Greenovate Boston movement and make Boston the greenest city in the U.S.

If you’re a Facebook user please help spread the word by clicking “Join” or “Like” at the event page:

Online registration is required and closes on Saturday, May 11 at 11:59pm:  http://www.rossboston.org/store.html?event_id=365

More information at http://www.rossboston.org/article.html?aid=365


Public Acceptance of Wind Energy in Massachusetts: Factors, Implications
Tuesday, May 14 
6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center 9 Lexington Avenue, Belmont 

Maria Petrova, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Environmental Research and Resource Policy - CIERP, Tufts University

Public support for renewable energies is an important consideration for policy-makers at the state and local level. Wind energy, which is particularly suitable to some areas of Massachusetts, has been broadly accepted where it has been deployed so far. However, as recent reports on Falmouth indicate, communities may differ considerably in their perceptions. 

Dr. Maria Petrova considers the numerous factors that shape public attitudes toward wind energy, including economic, aesthetic and environmental concerns. In this presentation she explains differences of perception and experience in the Massachusetts communities of Falmouth, Hull and Kingston and how such views impact policy. 
Maria Petrova received her PhD in Environmental Science from Oregon State University in 2010. Her research in Oregon focused on public acceptability of wave energy technology, a major renewable energy form there. She has emphasized the importance of public opinion in the shaping renewable energy policies. Dr. Petrova also does comparative research on renewable energy policies in the US and the EU. She won first place at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) in Spain in 2010.


Social Interfaces, Social Algorithms, and Social Languages
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
6:30 – 7:00   Networking over pizza and beverages
7:00 – 8:30   Meeting
8:30 – 9:00   CHI Dessert and more networking!
Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://bostonchimay2013.eventbrite.com
Sep Kamvar, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, M.I.T. Media Lab

Social computing has come to refer to three things: the development of algorithms that use personal and social features, the mining of social data, and the building of systems that interact with networks of people. These three branches tend to have quite different technical challenges. I'll discuss one problem from each area to highlight both the differences and the overlap between the three branches, and I'll discuss the challenges that this new field poses to research in numerical linear algebra, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and programming languages.

Sep Kamvar is the LG Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT and Director of the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab. Prior to MIT, Sep was the head of personalization at Google and a consulting professor of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of Kaltix, a personalized search company that was acquired by Google in 2003.

Sep is the author of two books and over 40 technical publications in the fields of search and social computing. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Musem in London, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. Sep received his Ph.D. in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford University and his A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University.

BostonCHI hosts Sep Kamvar, May 2013


Sustainability Breakfast Meetup
Net Impact Boston Professional Chapter
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT)
Pret A Manger, 185 Franklin Street, Post Office Square, Boston
RSVP at http://nibmaybreakfast-es2005.eventbrite.com

Join us for our second informal breakfast meetup to get sustainability professionals together for networking, discussion and moral support.  It’s important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good!
So come, get a cup of coffee or a bagel, support a sustainable business and get fired up before work so we can continue trying to change the world.
This is an evolving event so your input and participation is more than welcome.  Please share any thoughts or ideas with events at netimpactboston.org.


The Life Aquatic: Representing the Oceans in Documentary Film (1940-1970)
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cabot Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
Reception to follow

With Franziska Torma, Visiting Scholar, CES

Sponsor(s): American Council on Germany; Center for the Environment
Chaired by: Marc Redlich, Director, American Council on Germany - Boston Chapter
Contact Name:  Sarah Delude
sadelude at fas.harvard.edu


Tipping Point
Wednesday, May 15
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Cary Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington

Back by popular demand!  You are invited to see  "Tipping Point: The End of Oil" on May 15th, 7-9pm at Cary Library, 1874 Mass. Ave., in Lexington. This Canadian documentary is about the mining of tar sands in Alberta, Canada told from the point of view of the government, corporations, indigenous Indians, physicians, and scientists.  Discussion of the film and the current controversy about the Keystone Pipeliine, which Canada and American fossil fuel corporations want to build through the center of the U. S. will follow the film.  This event is sponsored by the Lezington Global Warming Action Coalition and is free and open to the public.  For more information go to www.lexgwac.org.  For directions go to http://www.carylibrary.org/aboutus/directions.html.

Contact Info Anne Fisher
Email:  anne.fisher at rcn.com 
Phone: 781-910-8630 
Website: http://lexgwac.org


Hope Arab Springs Eternal
Thursday, May 16
6:30-8 pm
C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents Hope Arab Springs Eternal with Elizabeth F. Thompson; discussion moderated by Robert Laffey. 

How much closer are Middle Eastern countries to having functioning constitutional governments than they were in the spring of 2011? How will such governments impact their economies? What unique challenges and opportunities has each country faced in building new government? How has the culture played into the emerging politics? 

Elizabeth F. Thompson (author, Justice Interrupted) joins us to provide an update on happenings in the Middle East, particularly in terms of consequences we did not foresee two years ago. Robert Laffey (Assistant Professor of Government, Suffolk University) guides this discussion on post-Arab Spring sociopolitical changes and mines Thompson’s book for answers.

Further background information on the participants:
Elizabeth F. Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. Thompson specializes in the 20th-century Middle Eastern history including social movements, and the public sphere. She graduated from Harvard in 1981 and completed her M.I.A. and Ph.D at Columbia. She is the author of Justice Interrupted:  The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East and Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege, and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon. Thompson has received awards from such sources as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the United States Institute of Peace, and The Carnegie Corporation of New York. She is currently involved in several projects that approach issues of citizenship, state formation, and foreign intervention in the 20th-century Middle East. 

Robert Laffey is an Assistant Professor in the Government Department at Suffolk University. His fields of interest include international relations, Middle Eastern politics, and U.S. foreign policy, and his research interests are U.S. and Middle East relations and the U.S. and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Laffey's presentations include "Christian Communities in the Middle East" at the Paulist Center in 2003 and "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Historical Perspective" at Providence College in 2002. He is currently working on a paper entitled, "The U.S. Senate and Its Support for Israel."

For more information, contact Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University: 617-557-2007, www.fordhallforum.org.


The Diet Climate Connection by David Freudberg
Wednesday, 22 May, 2013
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont

David recently wrote and produced a 4-part series under this title for public radio. He will present a condensed version of his research. Click here for the full length program. The Huffington Post also recently did a piece on his work.

Event Contact Sustainable Belmont
Email:  sustainablebelmont at gmail.com 
Website: http://sustainablebelmont.net


Weatherization Barnraising
Saturday, May 25
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Roxbury Presbyterian, 328 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA

We'll work on: Window and door weatherization, programmable thermostats, insulating attic hatches, duct repair, potentially mortar with a professional mason, and efficient computer settings.

Sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGVSZURVV0MtU1E2cHhkTmxVMmtFb2c6MA#gid=0&utm_source=Special+HEET+eNewsletter+April+25+2013&utm_campaign=HEET+eNewsletter&utm_medium=email

More information at http://www.heetma.com


Wednesday, May 29, 2013 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Microsoft New England Development + Research (NERD) Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://risdsteamboston.eventbrite.com

RISD has been talking a lot about STEAM lately, but what is it really? STEAM is a RISD-led initiative to add Art and Design to the national agenda ofSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and research in America. 
STEM + Art = STEAM. The goal is to foster the true innovation that comes with combining the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an artist or designer. RISD President John Maeda and other members of the community have been championing the idea that STEM expands into STEAM when art is part of the equation.
OK, now what does it mean really? We've brought together 4 members of the RISD community - faculty, alumni and students - who will share with you how they are using their art and design education to explore new solutions  to current economic, social, political, organizational and environmental challenges.Come on out and be part of the conversation!

Light refreshments will be served.  Panelists are:
Ryan Scott Barsdley 98 ID
Ryan is a researcher who's work is dedicated to making the field of medicine safer. For the past 15 years, he has worked to improve medical education through the advancement of simulation technologies for both the Massachusetts General Hospital and the U.S. Army. He is currently tinkering in surgical gesture recognition, 6mm cardiac ablation robots, and an ultra low-flow infusion monitoring system. He lives in Boston with his wife and two fine sons.
Samantha Dempsey 13 IL
Samantha Dempsey is a senior in Illustration at RISD and a Maharam STEAM Fellow. She is a fierce advocate for collaboration between designers and medical professionals and spent the last summer working with the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation to develop new methods of visual communication between doctors and patients. She is always looking for the fuzzy areas where art and science combine and most recently found this at the TEDMED conference where she performed as a graphic facilitator.
Catherine Schmidt 14 GD
Catherine is a rising senior in Graphic Design at RISD and the president of the RISD STEAM club. With Sarah Pease 13 FD, she is working to develop a vision for STEAM in K-12 schools and at the university level. Catherine is interested in non-latin scripts and the relationship between design & code.
Lucy Spelman
Lucy is a biologist with an unusual background: she is one of a handful of veterinarians certified in zoological medicine. Her patients have included giant pandas in China, Asian elephants in Burma, giant river otters in Guyana, and mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She is also a writer and an educator with a keen interest in exploring new ways to use the arts to communicate and interpret science.


Weatherization Barnraising
Saturday, June 1
10 am - 2 pm
Saint James Church, 1991 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

We'll work on: Door weatherization, thermostat programming, closing up wide open damper that looks like it has been open since the church was built, basement air-sealing with masonry and spray foam, and grading some of the ground outside so the water runs away from the foundation.

Sign up to participate at 

More information at http://www.heetma.com




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.)




Cambridge Solar Challenge

We're working to get 100 solar-panel installations on residential roofs in Cambridge this summer.

Because of the scale of the project, we've managed to bargain with Next Step Living (the solar installer) to get a:
20% discount for Cambridge residents from May 1st until August 1st. (That's 20% below the state average price per watt installed.)  The discount applies whether the solar is purchased outright or leased.

$300 donation to any nonprofit for any solar installations that result from their referral.  So, if your church, preschool or other nonprofit persuades a family in its community to sign up for a solar evaluation, and the family ends up installing solar, the nonprofit will earn $300 for its sustainability needs (such as adding insulation, installing efficient lighting, creating a garden, etc.). In this way we double the amount of good we are doing.

You can easily look up your home's solar potential through MIT's solar map (http://www.cambridgema.gov/solar/). Then email us (heet.cambridge at gmail.com) to sign up for a free solar assessment with an expert.

If you are associated with a nonprofit and want to help sign up solar assessments to increase the renewable energy  in Cambridge as well as earn money for your nonprofit, email us with questions or to get started.

We will happily attend events at your nonprofit in order to explain how solar works, figure out who has good solar potential and explain how it can save residents money.


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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