[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - June 9, 2013

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jun 9 12:25:35 PDT 2013

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

Monday, June 10

6pm  Mass Innovation Nights #51
6:30pm  Green Salon

Tuesday, June 11

12:30pm  Jazz and Journalism: Reporting with Improvisation
6:30pm  Kitchen Gardeners Get-Together

Wednesday, June 12 

TED Global Simulcast
6pm  Reward and Empathy: Connections, Disconnections
7pm  Living Factories: Engineering Cells to Manufacture Molecules with Kevin Bonham
Thursday, June 13

1pm  Sustainability Las Vegas Style
6pm  "Overcoming the Loss of Complexity with Aging; the Promise of Tai Chi" 
7pm  Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum:  Solar PV Resiliency during Power Outages

Friday, June 14

7:30am  Energizing Tax Credits: Turning Brownfields into Brightfields
8am  Action to Save Silver Maple Forest
9am  ISO-New England's Generation Retirement Study & 2020 Resource Options for New England
5pm  Second Fridays: Through the Listening Glass

Saturday, June 15

11am  TEDxBeacon Street Adventure:  Kinetic and Monumental Adventure
12  Celebration of Magazine Beach Park 

Tuesday, June 18

12pm  Freecycle at the Farmers' Market
12:30pm  Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
7pm  From Blogger.com to Kim Dotcom: Legal Considerations of Digital Publishing
7pm  Solar 101 in Cambridgeport
7pm  Law of the Locusts
7pm  Time Travelers' Café w/ CafeSci Boston


Event Details

Monday, June 10

Mass Innovation Nights #51
Monday, June 10, 2013 
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Microsoft NERD Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com

Our 51st monthly product launch party and networking event will be held at the Microsoft NERD Center in Kendall Square. Come support local products -- see something cool?  Blog about it, tweet about it, Like or just tell someone.  Make a difference for a local innovator.  And good networking too!


Green Salon
Monday, June 10th 
Journeyman Restaurant, 9 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville

Hosted by architects Jim Newman & Sarah Slaughter, and chefs/restauranteurs Tse Wei Lim & Diana Kudayarova. The event will bring together progressive experts in the fields of architecture and food to foster discussion and collaboration over the complex challenges facing our food system. 

Please join us for a free & informal gathering to enjoy food, drink, and conversation in Union Square, Somerville. Feel free to invite other folks who may enjoy the opportunity, but we have limited space available. Those who wish to join the event must reserve a spot by sending an email to info at journeymanrestaurant.com. 

Tuesday, June 11

Jazz and Journalism: Reporting with Improvisation
June 11
12:30pm ET
 Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Room B101 Singer Classroom, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/06/amico#RSVP
This event will be webcast live on this page at 12:30pm ET. You do not need to RSVP to view the webcast.

Laura Amico, Nieman-Berkman Fellow in Journalism Innovation
Improvisation theories, drawn mostly from jazz, have increasingly been applied to entrepreneurship, new product development, and other fields, but rarely, if ever, to journalism. Yet journalism is an industry built on improvisation, from the actions of reporters out in the field, to the deadline work of editors and page designers.  More than that, it is an industry that needs a new framework in order to survive. Journalists must, I believe, be more agile, more open, more listening, and more willing to work as teams, take chances and improvise, if they are to succeed.

At this luncheon, Laura will present her preliminary  ideas on improvisation theory and jazz in news development, arguing for a journalism framework that builds new culture out of improvisation.

About Laura
Laura Amico is a Nieman-Berkman fellow in journalism innovation. Her work focuses on building more effective strategies for newsrooms to cover beats and build community engagement. 

Laura is CEO of Glass Eye Media, the company behind Homicide Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based website for data-driven coverage of violent crime that was recognized as a notable entry in the 2011 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism. News organizations and universities including the Sun Times, Digital First Media, and University of Colorado Boulder have partnered with Glass Eye Media to license the technology and use the community-driven approach to journalism that Glass Eye Media advocates. In 2013, Homicide Watch DC won the Knight award for public service journalism, was a finalist in the general excellence category for news sites by the Online News Association, and received a special citation from  the National Press Foundation for online journalism. 

Laura  has reported for the Register-Pajaronian and The Press Democrat in California, received a New York Times Chairman?s Award, and held fellowships with the Online News Association and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America.


Kitchen Gardeners Get-Together
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cambridge Public Library - Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge

Kitchen Gardeners Get-Together (Kitchen garden- a vegetable garden for one's own and one's family's consumption)

Free and Open to the Public 
June Topic: dealing with pests (insects, rabbits, etc.)

Part of the time will be spent on the month's topic, and part on whatever questions participants may have on their gardening practices.

Bring your questions and your experience so we can help each other in our gardening adventures. 

Wednesday, June 12 

TED Global Simulcast 
Wednesday, June 12 
4 PM-8:30 PM
BATV, 46 Tappan Street, Brookline
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1c0fd2Yh9ZG_D5deQ0WfNO7HVgcbrC4MJwglHRY9q3Ww/viewform


Reward and Empathy: Connections, Disconnections
Wednesday, June 12
6 PM 
MIT, Building 46, Room 3002, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Bhisma Chakrabarti, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading

At the heart of the social nature of our species, lies empathy, i.e. the ability to understand others' emotions and mental states, and respond appropriately to them. But what underlies this spontaneous and largely automatic ability to empathise with our conspecifics? In my talk I will present an emerging body of evidence that suggests that empathy is directly related to the functioning of the reward system, and discuss potential consequences of a disruption in the link between empathy and reward.

The first clue for this emerging view come from animal models, which show that pharmacological blockades and anatomical lesions of the reward system cause disruptions in social behaviour. The second clue comes from a recent meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies, which shows a significant overlap between the brain regions involved in reward and empathy. The third set of clues come from our recent experiments on spontaneous mimicry (SM) in humans, which indexes a key component of empathy. Using functional MRI and facial EMG, we measure individual differences in the link between reward and empathy, and demonstrate how autistic traits modulate this link.

Results from these studies and the existing body of evidence from animal models and social psychological studies suggest a strong connection between reward and empathy. This evidence provides a new perspective on the debate about a mirror systems deficit in autism. Our studies, although conducted in the general population, suggest that the autistic deficit may lie in an atypical modulation of the mirror system activity by the reward value of the stimulus.


Living Factories: Engineering Cells to Manufacture Molecules with Kevin Bonham
Wednesday, June 12
7pm – 9pm
Pfizer Hall, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA

Thursday, June 13

Sustainability Las Vegas Style
Thursday, June 13, 2013      
1pm EST; 12pm CST
RSVP at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/334891614?utm_source=SCN+InBox+e-Newsletter&utm_campaign

Known as the "City of Lights," the Las Vegas of today is a shining star when it comes to sustainability. From its new LEED-Silver city hall to its recent conversion of 42,000 streetlights to LED lamps, the city makes sustainability a top priority, and it shows. One of the most water-smart cities in the nation, Las Vegas has decreased its water consumption by 36 billion gallons per year, while adding nearly half a million people to its population. 

This free one-hour webinar features Tom Perrigo, chief sustainability officer for the City of Las Vegas, who will provide an overview of his city's sustainability programs and answer audience questions. Since adopting its first Sustainable Energy Strategy in 2008, Las Vegas has, among other things:
Constructed more than 5 megawatts of renewable energy, including solar covered parking structures at 30 city facilities;
Made energy improvements to more than 1 million sq. ft. of city buildings;
Purchased two electric and two plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and installed charging stations at six city facilities (nearly 100 percent of city vehicles now run on alternative fuels);
Introduced recycling at parks and city facilities, and now half of all waste is being recycled;
Converted more than 8 acres of grass to artificial turf;
Added more than 125 miles of bike lanes and started a bike share program;
Upgraded 42,000 streetlights to LED lamps that will save the city about $2 million per year in energy and maintenance costs;
Built its new city hall to LEED Silver standards, reducing energy costs by more than $500,000 annually;
Achieved a 24 percent reduction in annual energy consumption by city operations, saving $4.4 million since 2008; and
Saved 200 million gallons of water at city facilities.


"Overcoming the Loss of Complexity with Aging; the Promise of Tai Chi" 
Thursday, June 13 
Brigham and Women's Hospital, *Shapiro Breakout Room, Shapiro Building, 1st Floor 70 Francis Street, BWH, Boston

Dr. Lewis Lipsitz is the Director of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, Chief of the Division of Gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research is focused on the mechanisms and management of common geriatric syndromes, including hypo- and hypertension, falls, syncope, and cognitive dysfunction. He has shown that aging is associated with a loss of complexity in the dynamics of physiologic systems and that multi-system interventions like Tai Chi can restore physiologic complexity and associated functional health.
Sponsored by the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Harvard Medical School Research Training Program in Complementary and Integrative Medicine based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Contact Danielle Berkowitz, coordinator, for more information:
617-732-8545;dlberkowitz at partners.org


Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum:  Solar PV Resiliency during Power Outages
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist;  3 Church Street, Harvard Square

Most solar systems are 'grid-tied' and automatically shut down when there is a grid failure, a measure required for protection of utility repair crews. Until the grid is restored, the power generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) panel arrays cannot be used; although the sun is shining, the solar-powered home is at the mercy of utility crew repair backlog, just like any other home in the outage area.

New methods to utilize solar PV power during outages are breaking this impasse:
The SMA Sunny Boy 3000-5000 TL series inverters feature a built-in Secure Power switch, providing 1.5kW of isolated 120VAC power
'hybrid' PV options exist, such as a low-cost do-it-yourself 1kW grid-independent system

Local energy expert Jim Dunn will present an overview of new options for providing useful solar power during utility power outages. Jim will also offer his encouraging view of the solar PV market in 2013 and beyond, and, if time allows, a demonstration of some cutting-edge, low-cost LED technology.

Hear the latest from an insider at the June BASEA Forum! 

Jim Dunn is the President of Future Solar Systems LLC and has over 30 years experience in a variety of high technology ventures. He was Technical Advisor to the MIT 2007 Solar Decathlon Zero Energy Home, has written numerous papers and presentations on various alternative energy topics like Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, Energy Storage, Solar Energy, and Hybrid Electric vehicles, and has spoken at over 35 international conferences.  

Mr. Dunn has a BSEE from WPI, and is the Co-founder of the WPI Venture Forum. 

Please Join Us!  And remember, your donations and membership support BASEA.
The Boston Area Solar Energy Association,  http://www.BASEA.org; a chapter of NESEA.

Friday, June 14

Energizing Tax Credits: Turning Brownfields into Brightfields
Friday, June 14, 2013 
7:30 AM to 10:00 AM (PDT)
The Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston

Please join us as the Cherrytree Group hosts our first ever Tax Credit Conference, "Energizing Tax Credits: Turning Brownfields into Brightfields". 
The event will begin with a breakfast and networking hour which will lead into our main event.  The conference will feature a panel of guest speakers: Warren Kirshenbaum, President, Cherrytree Group,Kerry Bowie, Director of Brownfields and Environmental Justice, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Richard Cote, P.E., LSP, Comprehensive Environmental, Inc. The speakers will discuss the various environmental tax credits available and give their perspectives on the current climate in the tax credit industry.
Full breakfast will be served and parking validation will be available. 
For questions please feel free to contact us at: (617) 431-2266 or rsvp at cherrytree-group.com
Please visit our website: www.cherrytree-group.com


Action to Save Silver Maple Forest
Friday 14 June, 2013
Alewife MBTA Station, 8am to 10am, 5pm to 6pm

Followed by a full day vigil along Acorn Park Drive

A Silver Maple Forest day of action will take place at the Alewife MBTA Station and Acorn Park Drive on Friday, June 14th . Starting at 8:00am during rush hour, citizens of Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge and the surrounding area will make known their concerns about proposed dangerous, illegal wetlands development in the area with a group demonstration at the Alewife MBTA Station.  All are welcome to join us and participate in a respectful and peaceful manner. Following the demonstration, we will move along Acorn Park Drive and hold a vigil throughout the day, moving back to the Alewife MBTA station starting at 5pm.  A guided bicycle ride around the Reservation perimeter will start at 5:30pm for individuals and families, to learn about the rich ecology of the 130 acre Alewife Reservation and the adjoining Silver Maple Forest.

Many local organizations, environmentalists and residents are greatly concerned about the impacts of a proposed housing development on the Belmont Uplands, a beautiful forested area within the greater Alewife ecosystem. The threatened forest connects with many acres of Cambridge wetlands, and is a rich wildlife corridor through Cambridge, Belmont and
Arlington including the Little River that flows through the Route 16 greenway north to the Mystic River. Concerns about the proposed development, which are well documented, range from traffic problems, garbage dumping, water quality and flooding in the Alewife area, to loss of open space, wildlife and habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity. Clear-cutting most of the forest would be required to accommodate the proposed development.

Replacing this large and unique natural forest in the Boston area with condominiums would represent a critical loss of natural habitat to the area. Continuous appeals by the citizen based Belmont Coalition and Friends of Alewife Reservation, who are both plaintiffs in an active lawsuit to stop this development, have kept the trees standing, with an important
court judgment pending.  Green Cambridge is organizing this day of action to help bring recognition and urgency to the work of the many courageous individuals and groups who have been working for years to preserve this important urban wild, including: Coalition to Preserve Belmont Uplands, Friends of Alewife Reservation, Sustainable Arlington, the Belmont Citizens Forum, First Parish Cambridge, First Parish in Arlington, Boston Sierra Club, Lesley University, Mystic River Watershed Association, Belmont Conservation Commission, and The City of Cambridge.

All are welcome to participate for all or any part of the day?s action.

Contact: president at greencambridge.org
For more information:  http://friendsofalewifereservation.org/news.htm#forests


ISO-New England's Generation Retirement Study & 2020 Resource Options for New England
The 135th NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Friday, June 14, 2013
9 am to 12:15 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

ISO-New England's recent analysis for its forthcoming report on generation retirement concludes that, due to a number of factors, 28 oil- and coal-fired generators in New England (representing 8,300 MW) are at risk of retirement by the end of the decade. 

Join us at our 135th New England Electric Restructuring Roundtable on June 14th to better understand ISO's analysis, and to explore the ramifications for New England of potentially losing over one quarter of its generation capacity in less than a decade.  We will also explore in detail what other resource options might be available to fill this potential reliability and resource adequacy gap - more gas-fired generators; on-shore and off-shore wind; hydro power from the North; solar and/or energy efficiency and demand response. 

Stephen Rourke, VP System Planning, ISO-New England will present ISO's analysis and conclusions.  Massachusetts DPU Commissioner David Cash will then provide a state's perspective on both the challenges and potential solutions.  Peter Fuller, Director, Market & Regulatory Affairs at NRG Energy will discuss his company's perspective as the holder of several fossil-fired generators in New England (as well as an increasingly diversified portfolio nationally).  Steve Molodetz, VP, Business Development, Hydro-Québec-U.S., will discuss the possibilities of importing substantial, primarily hydro-based resources, from Canada.  Paul Gaynor, CEO, First Wind, will discuss the role that renewables can play in meeting New England's 2020 energy and capacity needs, and Herb Healy, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, EnerNOC, Inc., will discuss the role that demand-side resources could potentially play.

We look forward to your questions and thoughts on this timely and important topic for the region.

Free and open to the public with no advanced registration!!


Second Fridays: Through the Listening Glass
Friday, June 14, 2013
Time: 5:00p–8:00p
MIT, Building N51, MIT Museum, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

A Concert by the MIT Glass Band 
Immerse yourself in a tapestry of glass-blown music. Members of the MIT Glass Band come together with special guest Mark Stewart, MIT Glass Lab Artist-in-Residence, to create a one-of-a-kind symphony of sound and chat with visitors about the art and science behind the creation of the instruments. Performances last approximately 30 minutes each and will be presented at 5:15, 6:15, and 7:15 p.m. Come for one, stay for all--it's never the same thing twice! 

Artist residency sponsored by MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology

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

Saturday, June 15

TEDxBeacon Street Adventure:  Kinetic and Monumental Adventure
June 15
11 AM
Christian Science Center Plaza, Boston 
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mtgd1m1NSQOewNK5LA7WYKjzvs9PMCMBVjai06OWIcg/viewform

Murray Dewart's tour/talk at the Christian Science Center Plaza  - "We have our immortal longings and sculpture is often their vehicle and their emblem. " -Murray Dewart  Arches, curves, and columns of stone and metal dot the plaza of Back Bay's Christian Science Center this summer in Byzantium Gates. They are elegant, solid, but What do they mean? Come hear the artist, Murray Dewart, explain in his own words how the sculpture speaks in metaphors.   Dewart is a Brookline-based sculptor whose gate-themed work has graced familiar landscapes such as the courtyards of Harvard and the lawns of Boston Common as well as sanctuaries as far away as Beijing, China. He combines diverse materials into pieces ranging from a few inches in height to a few tons in weight, that are each in harmony with the natural environments they inhabit. Since beginning his career as a sculptor over forty years ago, Dewart has sought to constantly reinvent himself, and this summer exhibit in downtown Boston is his latest creation.  This Adventure is co-presented by George Sherwood notable public artist.


Celebration of Magazine Beach Park 
Saturday, June 15
Magazine Beach, Cambridge

Magazine Beach was an island? People swam in the Charles River? That granite-block building stored gunpowder for ships in Boston Harbor? All of these questions and more will be answered to the tune of Cambridge's finest Best Ever Chicken (bluegrass band), kite flying and races for children, learn-to-row lessons and art at Magazine Beach Park  In case of rain, the art installation in the 1818 powder magazine will still be on and the music and picnic will move into the Riverside Boat Club, just across from Starbucks (at Micro Center/Trader Joe's Plaza), on Memorial Drive.

 For further information, go to http://www.magazinebeach.wordpress.com or join us on facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/magazinebeach.

Tuesday, June 18

Freecycle at the Farmers' Market
Tuesday, June 18
12-2 pm
Event will be located right next to the Farmer's Market, under the main tent on the Science Center Plaza. Donations can be dropped off between 9am and 11am. All are welcome!

Clean out your home or office for the summer and bring your reusable items to the FreeCycle (or come looking for that particular item that will make your space!)

Organized by the FAS Green Program, the Law School Sustainability Program and the SEAS Sustainability Program, in conjunction with the Food Literacy Project.


Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now:  Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock, in conversation with David Weinberger
June 18
12:30pm ET
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Classroom 1015, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/06/rushkoff#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

The always-on, simultaneous society in which we have found ourselves has altered our relationship to culture, media, news, politics, economics, and power. We are living in a digital temporal landscape, but instead of exploiting its asynchronous biases, we are misguidedly attempting to extend the time-is-money agenda of the Industrial Age into the current era. The result is a disorienting and dehumanizing mess, where the zombie apocalypse is more comforting to imagine than more of the same. It needn't be this way.

About Douglas
Winner of the Media Ecology Association's first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other's values. He is technology and media commentator for CNN, digital literacy advocate for Codecademy.com and has taught and lectured around the world about media, technology, culture and economics. 

His new book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, explores the always-on, simultaneous society in which we live, as well has how this new temporal landscape influences media, culture, economics, politics, and meaning. His previous best-selling books on media and popular culture have been translated to over thirty languages. They include Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, a followup to his Frontline documentary, Digital Nation, and Life Inc, an analysis of the corporate spectacle, which was also made into a short, award-winning film.

His other books include Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism, Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out and Coercion, winner of the Marshall Mcluhan Award for best media book. Rushkoff also wrote the acclaimed novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy and graphic novel, Club Zero-G. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., for Vertigo. 

He has written and hosted three award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries - The Merchants of Cool looked at the influence of corporations on youth culture, The Persuaders, about the cluttered landscape of marketing, and new efforts to overcome consumer resistance, and most recently, Digital Nation, about life on the virtual frontier.

His commentaries have aired on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's All Things Considered, and have appeared in publications fromThe New York Times to Time magazine. He wrote the first syndicated column on cyberculture for The New York Times and Guardian of London, as well as regular columns for Arthur, Discover Magazine and The Feature. He also hosted is own radio program on WFMU, The Media-Squat. 

Rushkoff has taught regularly for NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, The New School University, the MaybeLogic Academy and the Esalen Institute. He also lectures about media, art, society, and change at conferences and universities around the world.

He has served on the National Advisory Board of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, the Board of Directors of the Media Ecology Association, The Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, the United Nations Commission on World Culture, and as a founding member of Technorealism. He is on the Advisory Boards of MeetUp.com and HyperWords. He has been awarded a Fullbright Scholarship, and Senior Fellowships by the Markle Foundation, the Center for Global Communications, and the International University of Japan. He served as an Advisor to the United Nations Commission on World Culture and regularly appears on TV shows from NBC Nightly News and Larry King to the Colbert Report and Bill Maher. He developed the Electronic Oracle software series for HarperCollins Interactive.

Rushkoff is on the board of several new media non-profits and companies, and regularly consults on new media arts and ethics to museums, governments, synagogues, churches, universities, and even Fortune 500 companies that are willing to listen to reason.

Rushkoff earned his PhD in New Media and Digital Culture from Utrecht University with a dissertation entitled Monopoly Moneys: The media environment of corporatism and the player's way out. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, received an MFA in Directing from California Institute of the Arts, a post-graduate fellowship (MFA) from The American Film Institute, a Fulbright award to lecture on narrative in New Zealand, and a Director's Grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has worked as a certified stage fight choreographer, an SAT tutor, and as keyboardist for the industrial band PsychicTV.


From Blogger.com to Kim Dotcom: Legal Considerations of Digital Publishing
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/hackshackersboston/events/118533072/

Amy Mugherini and Larry Stanley of Bingham McCutchen will lead an engaging discussion concerning legal considerations and implications associated with journalism in the digital age and the ever-evolving scope of the internet and publishing content online.  The discussion will address not only the protection of your work and brand in a proactive manner but also how to defend yourselves against claims made against you as a result of your reporting.  In particular, we will explore how to protect your content and/or your website, the development of terms of use for your website, and what privacy laws may apply to the information you collect. We will also discuss legal issues that may arise as a result of your journalism, including the standards for copyright and trademark infringement, what to do when someone infringes your intellectual property, what to do when you have been accused of infringing someone else’s intellectual property, what fair use defenses apply under the law, and social media issues and cybercrimes that every hack/hacker should be familiar with.

Ms. Mugherini and Mr. Stanley hope this will be an interactive discussion, with lots of comments and questions from people in the room.

Bios:  Amy Mugherini is a partner in Bingham McCutchen’s corporate practice group.  Ms. Mugherini focuses her practice on domestic and international technology, including licensing, acquisition and development transactions, and outsourcing, consulting and distribution arrangements. Ms. Mugherini advises clients on several different topics regarding both intellectual property and information technology and the day-to-day operation of their business in a multitude of fields, both product and service oriented.  She has experience drafting and negotiating commercial technology agreements from both the in-house counsel and outside counsel perspective, including a wide variety of IP and software license agreements; development agreements; outsourcing and distribution agreements; manufacturing, supply and sales agreements; and non-disclosure agreements.

Larry Stanley is a counsel in Bingham McCutchen’s intellectual property group.  Mr. Stanley’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including specifically patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, false advertising and trade secret matters.  Mr. Stanley has represented a wide variety of clients with matters in state and federal courts as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board and the International Trade Commission. He is registered to prosecute patents before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has been involved in client counseling and providing infringement, validity, patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions. Representative technology areas in which Larry has litigated and counseled clients include medical devices, computer software, electronic trading platforms, electronic patient diaries, consumer electronics, electrical safety circuits, fuse indicator labels, brightness enhancement films, flash memory products and sporting goods.

For more information on Amy Mugherini and Larry Stanley, please see the links to their bios below:




Solar 101 in Cambridgeport
June 18th
136 Magazine Street, Cambridge

Hosted by Eitz Chayim and Greenport. Learn about solar, meet neighbors, and check if your roof has good potential!


Law of the Locusts: Lecture by Steve Simpson
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 
Harvard, Haller Hall, Geo Museum 102, 24 Oxford Street 1st Floor, Cambridge

Join Steve Simpson for his lecture, Law of the Locusts: What Insect Swarms Teach Us about Cannibalism, Aging, and Human Obesity, on Friday, June 18, 7:00 pm. Locust swarms can be one of the most destructive plagues to mankind, but they also offer important new insights into the causes of human obesity, the aging process, and the complexities of crowd behavior. Australian biologist Steve Simpson (University of Sydney) will take us on a strange journey from insect swarms to human health.
Free and open to the public.


Time Travelers' Café w/ CafeSci Boston
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

What would it be like to travel through time?

We've all thought about it...seeing into the distant future, or perhaps traveling into the past (only to have our mothers fall in love with us instead of our fathers, then having to team up with eccentric genius Dr. Emmett Brown to figure out how to channel lightning into the flux capacitor, all while fixing a major paradox to avoid being erased from existence).

While time travel has been a favorite science fiction topic since HG Wells' "The Time Machine," time travel hasn't made the transition from fiction to fact...yet...

With this month's Science Café, join Prof. Seth Lloyd of MIT as he introduces us to "a new theory of the physics of time travel." He'll talk about how scientists are puzzling over the theories that might eventually take Marty McFly back to 1955, or ahead to a 2015 complete with hover boards (don't you just want a hover board so badly?).


FAS Monthly Environmental Movie/Brown Bag Lunch Series
WHEN  Thu., June 20, 2013, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Mallinckrodt Faculty Room, 102, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Film, Lecture, Science, Sustainability
CONTACT INFO	gosia_sklodowska at harvard.edu
NOTE  Join us every month to watch some of the most inspiring TED talks on different environmental topics, such as energy, waste, water or health.
LINK	http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2012-10-18/fas-monthly-environmental-moviesbrown-bag-lunch-series


swissnex Boston & MassChallenge present: Global Pitchfest 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013 
6:00pm - 9:00pm
MassChallenge, Inc. One Marina Park Drive, 14th floor Boston, MA 02210
Register at http://globalpitchfest2013.eventbrite.com

Join swissnex Boston, venture lab and MassChallenge at the Global Pitchfest 2013. As part of the venture leaders Boston Bootcamp, 30 entrepreneurs from all over the globe will be going head-to-head for the title of Global Pitchfest Champion. The event will end with a catered networking session.

Each entrepreneur will have 1 minute to pitch their company to the audience. By using our SMS-based polling system, you will choose the 5 best pitches of the night. Then, our jury will pick the overall winner!

Did you recently launch a startup in the Boston area and want to train your pitch, while getting more visibility for your business? (Don’t worry - you don’t have to be Swiss or American... Every nationality is welcome!)

Join our lineup of presenters by contacting Johan Boissard at johan at swissnexboston.org


Executed annually since 2000, the venture leaders program is a 10-day business development bootcamp in the US for Swiss entrepreneurs presented by Venture Lab and swissnex Boston. Every March, twenty Swiss-based entrepreneurs - out of hundreds of motivated candidates - are selected to attend the venture leaders program in Boston.

Follow swissnex Boston's tumblr at http://yourswissnexboston.org/tagged/ventureleaders for video profiles of all 20 venture leaders.


Dancing for the Planet
Friday, June 21
7:00 pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston
Tickets are $20; $15 students/seniors. All proceeds will go to 350ma, the Massachusetts chapter of the environmental organization www.350.org. 
For information and online ticket purchases, please visit http://www.warrensenders.com/journal/?page_id=6011

On Friday, June 21, three dance companies representing diverse movement traditions will join together to draw attention to the global climate crisis. Featured artists are the Zoé Dance Company, the Navarasa Dance Theater, and Nani Agbeli & The Agbekor Society.  

“Dancing For The Planet” is the seventh concert in the “Playing For The Planet” series, conceived as a way for creative performers to contribute to the urgent struggle against global warming. Because the climate problem recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent styles from three different parts of the globe.   Their choice of beneficiary, 350MA.org, is focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels — action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid catastrophic outcomes. It’ll be an evening of brilliant dance and movement — for the central cause of our century.


PlanetSolar DeepWater Expedition in Boston
June 22 - 26, 2013

Boat arrival
Join the swissnex Team to welcome the boats arrival, planned for Saturday, June 22, at Fan Pier.

Check http://www.swissnexboston.org/planetsolar-deepwater-expedition-in-boston or contact Claudia Ruegger at Claudia at swissnexboston.org to find out the exact timing of the arrival.

Activities for Families
Build your own Solar Boat: swissnex Boston, the University of Geneva and PlanetSolar have teamed up with the Boston Children’s Museum to offer your children the unique opportunity to build their own SolarBoat on Sunday, June 24. Please check this website for further details in the beginning of June.

PlanetSolar Presentation at Museum of Science: Don’t miss the PlanetSolar presentation at the Museum of Science Boston on the CS&T Stage on Sunday, 23rd at 11.30am and meet a member of the PlanetSolar crew. At the same time you can visit the exhibition ENERGIZED! and learn more about sunlight, wind, moving water, and other self-replenishing sources that generate with fewer negative side effects.

Scientific conference:
From the Alps to the Atlantic: Water in a changing climate

Scientists of the University of Geneva and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute will present their findings about the impacts of climate change on the water global cycle, from “the water tower of Europe”, the Alps, to the Atlantic Ocean. This event is geared towards the scientific community and will feature keynote remarks by Professor Susan Avery, President of the WHOI, and Professor Martin Beniston of the University of Geneva, Initiator of the DeepWater-Project as well as the EU-FP7 ACQWA. For more details on the DeepWater-Project, click here.

Date: Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Time: 1.30pm to 4.30pm, with subsequent networking reception and visit of PlanetSolar
Place: The Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Avenue, Boston

For a draft program, see http://www.swissnexboston.org/deepwater-conference-outline

If you would like to register, please contact Sebastien Hug, Project Leader, at Sebastien at swissnexboston.org

About PlanetSolar
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is a catamaran that runs exclusively on solar energy. After two years of design and construction, PlanetSolar is responsible for many technological advances, notably in the domain of composite material manufacturing and solar energy storage. On May 4, 2012, after sailing for 584 days and traveling over 60,000 km, PlanetSolar completed the first solar-powered trip around the world in history. Innovative routing software was developed specifically for this expedition. Over 500m2 of solar cells power the boat and the life on board. The 8.5 tons of lithium-ion batteries allow the boat to travel 3 days and night in case of bad weather.

Learn more about PlanetSolar see http://www.planetsolar.org/deepwater/?page_id=6&lang=en

About the DeepWater Project
The objective of the “ PLANETSOLAR DEEPWATER PROJECT ” is to use the exclusive features of the “MS Tûranor PlanetSolar" – the biggest solar boat ever built - to carry out a unique scientific measurement expedition along the Gulf Stream and to contribute to raising awareness about the reality and complexity of climatic change.

The Gulf Stream is one of the significant regula­tors of climate, but the dense saline and cold waters that ac­tivate deep-water currents remain relatively unexplored. Any disruption affecting zones of deep-water formation could have vast repercussions for global climate. As a result, Deepwater Project, led by Professor Martin Beniston of the University of Geneva, intends to identify and document even subtle changes in the behavior of the ocean-atmosphere interface along the course of the Gulf Stream. The unique measurements provided by this kind of expedition have never been collected at such a scale. Critically, the data could be used to improve climate models, especially concerning small-scale processes.


Clean Up Central Square!!!
Sunday, June 23rd
9:00am until 12:00noon
Toscanini's Ice Cream

On June 23, 2013 Toscanini's Ice Cream in conjunction with the Central Square Business Association will be hosting the annual Central Square Clean Up. Everyone is welcome! Gloves, garbage bags, and brooms will be available to anyone who wants to help keep the greatest place in Cambridge clean for the summer. Coffee and a free Toscanini's one scoop cone will be offered to anyone brave enough to come down at 9:00am to help the Central Square community clean Mass Ave., Bishop Allen Dr., and Green St. until 12pm. Please contact Patrick W. Barrett III if you have any questions atjbrealtyllc at gmail.com.


TEDxBeacon Street:  A Farm in a Box Adventure
June 23  
11 AM
40 Newmarket Square Boston 
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12OLeuk2SdacObtURqHFBr6sa9IzwWONseF14KDemIRw/viewform

Freight Farms is changing how food gets to your plate by making local food supply the most sustainable option. The team has created a scalable farming platform using retrofitted shipping container that can be installed and operated in any environment. The result is fresh food production in 320 square feet that is equivalent to an acre of traditional agriculture. Come tour a unit in operation at one of the largest food distributors in New England and see how the food system is becoming sustainable. 


REWIRE: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection:  A book launch with the author, Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media
Tuesday, June 25
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Reception to immediately follow the book talk.
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2013/06/rewire#RSVP
The event will be recorded and posted to our website in a few days.

We live in an age of connection, one that is accelerated by the Internet. This increasingly ubiquitous, immensely powerful technology often leads us to assume that as the number of people online grows, it inevitably leads to a smaller, more cosmopolitan world. We’ll understand more, we think. We’ll know more. We’ll engage more and share more with people from other cultures. In reality, it is easier to ship bottles of water from Fiji to Atlanta than it is to get news from Tokyo to New York.

In Rewire, media scholar and activist Ethan Zuckerman explains why the technological ability to communicate with someone does not inevitably lead to increased human connection. At the most basic level, our human tendency to “flock together” means that most of our interactions, online or off, are with a small set of people with whom we have much in common. In examining this fundamental tendency, Zuckerman draws on his own work as well as the latest research in psychology and sociology to consider technology’s role in disconnecting ourselves from the rest of the world.

For those who seek a wider picture—a picture now critical for survival in an age of global economic crises and pandemics—Zuckerman highlights the challenges, and the headway already made, in truly connecting people across cultures. From voracious xenophiles eager to explore other countries to bridge figures who are able to connect one culture to another, people are at the center of his vision for a true kind of cosmopolitanism. And it is people who will shape a new approach to existing technologies, and perhaps invent some new ones, that embrace translation, cross-cultural inspiration, and the search for new, serendipitous experiences.

Rich with Zuckerman’s personal experience and wisdom, Rewire offers a map of the social, technical, and policy innovations needed to more tightly connect the world.

About Ethan
Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media, is cofounder of the citizen media community of Global Voices.

Prior to MIT, Ethan worked with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University on projects focused on civic media, freedom of speech online, and understanding media ecosystems. He led a team focused on Media Cloud, a project that builds an archive of news stories and blog posts applies language processing and presents ways to analyze and visualize the resulting data. Zuckerman also founded Geekcorp, a non-profit technology volunteer corps that has done work in over a dozen countries, and helped found Tripod, an early participatory media company.


Counting Carbon: Lessons from the South African Fruit and Wine Industry Initiative
July 12, 2013 
9am ET
RSVP at https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=39390858&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Speaker: Shelly Fuller, Project Manager for the Confronting Climate Change: Fruit & Wine Industry Initiative
The South African fruit and wine industry exports 2.2 megatons of fruit and 412,000,000 liters of wine each year. As the threat of climate change continues to mount, governmental bodies and retailers are beginning to consider labeling schemes and other measures to track and reduce carbon emissions. In addition, the price of fuel will likely continue to rise, providing a potentially more significant incentive to reduce fossil fuel consumption. In response, the South African Fruit and Wine Industry worked together to develop a calculation methodology and local data set to help growers understand their carbon footprints and look for ways to reduce emissions and costs. Shelly Fuller will join us to explain their work to date as well as their next steps for the future. 
Registration is available here: https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=39390858&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

Suzanne Greene, Project Manager, Environmental Footprinting Initiative
MIT Materials Systems Laboratory | Center for Transportation & Logistics
Phone:  (617) 715-5473
Email:  segreene at mit.edu


Tech, Drugs & Rock n' Roll 2013
Tuesday July 16th, 2013
4:00PM to 8:00PM EDT
Ziskind Lounge, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e76zqw5acf6e149e

Boston University's Office of Technology Development announces the 4th annual Tech, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll networking event.  

This is a unique event where we celebrate innovation in a high energy fashion. The atmosphere encourages interaction between the business and science communities to build lasting relationships that lead to innovative collaborations.

The Innovator of the Year Award will be announced by Boston University Provost Jean Morrison.

In addition, there will be exhibits by various applied and translational research centers.

This year's musical entertainment will be provided by
Brendan James, an emerging singer/songwriter who specializes in folked-based piano music. For more information, visit his website at http://www.brendanjames.com/


Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #13 (NERD)
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Bring ID and come to 1st floor
Price: $5.00/per person
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BostonQS/events/121586872/

Please come join us on July 23rd for another fun night of self-tracking presentations, sharing ideas, and showing tools. If you are self-tracking in any way -- health stats, biofeedback, life-logging, mood monitoring, biometrics, athletics, etc. -- come and share your methods, results and insights.

6:00 - 7:00 pm DEMO HOUR & SOCIAL TIME
Are you a toolmaker? Come demo your self-tracking gadget, app, project or idea that you're working on and share with others in our "science fair for adults." If you are making something useful for self-trackers – software, hardware, web services, or data standards – please demo it in this workshop portion of the Show&Tell. Please let us know you will be bringing something to the Show&Tell, so we can be prepared for you.

7:00 - 8:00 pm QS SHOW&TELL TALKS
If you'd like to talk about your personal self-tracking story, please let us know in your RSVP or email me (JoshuaKot at gmail dot com), so we can discuss your topic and how much time you'll need. In your talk, you should answer the three prime questions: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?

If you've never been to a meetup before, you can get a sense of what the talks are like from watching videos of previous QS talks.

Talk to the speakers, chat with new and old friends, ask other people what they're tracking, and generally hang out and have a great time.




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.


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.

Contact http://www.heetma.com


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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