[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - February 10, 2013

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Feb 10 13:57:26 PST 2013


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The Failures of the Environmental Community
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/04/1184692/-The-Failures-of-the-Environmental-Community

Steering Spaceship Earth:  An Issue for Fantastic Future Stories
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/09/1185879/-Steering-Spaceship-Earth-An-Issue-for-Fantastic-Future-Stories

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

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Monday, February 11
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12pm  Webinar - From Politics and Finance to Power Grids and Products: Addressing Complexity in the Interconnected World
12pm  "The Political Economy of Oil in Latin America"
12pm  Understanding Hadley Cell Expansion vs. Contraction: Insights from Simplified Models 
4pm  Climate Change and Social Action
4pm  Uncertainty quantification of ice sheet mass balance projections using ISSM
4:15pm  The Future of the Global Gas Market: Challenges and Opportunities for the Energy Industry and Consumers
6pm - 9pm  Self-Folding Paper: Experience Hydro-FoldHome › Activities › Events › Self-Folding Paper: Experience Hydro-Fold
6pm  Boston Tech Happy Hour
7pm  Film Screening:  The House I Live In
7pm  The Boston Wikipedia Meetup Group Monthly Meetup
7:30pm  Mid-East on Target w/Guest Speaker, Yisrael Ne'eman on Geopolitical Updates & Analysis of the Middle East

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Tuesday, February 12
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12pm  "The New Objectivity: How Social Media is Changing Traditional Reporting."
12:30pm  Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana
1pm  Spontaneous Giving and Calculated Greed: Intuitive Cooperation in Social Dilemmas
2:30pm  "Top-down Constraints on China's Emissions Using Atmospheric Measurements"
4:15pm  The Future of Nuclear Power
5pm  Smoke and Mirrors: Is Geoengineering a Solution to Global Warming?
6pm  "Looking for Signs of Evolution: Bees, Butterflies, and Bacteria" 
6pm  Film Screening:  The House I Live In
6pm  The Experiences of Successful Cultural Entrepreneurs
6:30pm  Maintenance / Survival / and its Relation to Freedom: You and the City
6:30pm  BostonCHI hosts Matt Belge and Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth
7pm  Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky

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Wednesday, February 13
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11am -2pm  Harvard Law School FreeCycle
2pm  Bigger Data on a Budget
2:30pm  What Generates Growth in Microenterprises? Experimental Evidence on Capital, Labor and Training
6pm  MASS INNOVATION NIGHTS:  Foodie Edition
6pm  Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions:  Climate & National Security
7pm  LinkedIn for Professionals

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Thursday, February 14
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Final Day to apply for Oxfam's leadership training
12pm  "Time Past, Time Present, Time Future."
12:15pm  George W. Bush and the Middle East
3pm  "The Macroecology of the Human Niche"
4pm  Games, Privacy and Distributed Inference for the Smart Grid
4pm  Organizing the Future of Work
4:15pm  Predictive Models of User Behavior in Twitter
4:15pm  THE POLITICS OF AMERICA'S FIGHT AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING 
4:30pm  Starr Forum: The Fate of the Reset
6:30pm  "Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate: Past, Present and Future"
7pm  Let’s Make Some Heat: Renewable Thermal Energy in the Northeast, and Prospects for Massachusetts Policy Incentives

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Friday, February 15
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9am-12pm  The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable Presents:  Onward Energy Efficiency in New England
11am  Biofuel 101: "Biofuels - More than Ethanol from Corn Starch"
12:15pm  Techno-Nationalism in the Rise of China and India
4pm  Nathan Myrhvold , Founder, Intellectual Ventures; former CTO of Microsoft

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Saturday, February 16
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10am-4pm  Model Engineering Show
11am-2pm  Celebrate the Fruits of our Ocean-Sustainable Seafood Event in Jamaica Plain
5:30pm-9:30pm  Fundraiser Cooking Class & Dinner with Odessa Piper and Didi Emmons
6pm  Tsunami+Sandy+Deep Water Horizon Opening Reception

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Sunday, February 17
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Climate Change Demonstration in Washington DC

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Monday, February 18
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6pm  Waste Not, Want Not: How We Can Use Food to Feed People Instead of Landfills

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Tuesday, February 19
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12pm  THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT PRESENTATION
12pm  "Privacy in the Digital Age." 
12:30pm  The Next 27 Minutes Are An Experiment: Thoughts On The Fallout from Kony 2012
4pm  Primer on Discounting Climate Risks
5pm  Convergence Journalism? Emerging Documentary and Multimedia Forms of News
5pm  Deruralization: The Modernist City in the Age of Globalization
5pm  Politics of Water Sustainability on the Arabian Peninsula
6:30pm  Planning in the 21st Century: What’s Next?
7pm  GreenPort:  Supporting Local and Regional Food Production: What Can We Do?
7pm  Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming.

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Event Details

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Monday, February 11
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Webinar - From Politics and Finance to Power Grids and Products: Addressing Complexity in the Interconnected World
Monday, February 11, 2013
12:00p–1:00p
Location:  http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_021113/braha-interconnected-world.html

Speaker: Visiting Professor, MIT Engineering Systems Division
MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series 
This series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. It is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

How can we manage the financial crisis? How do civil unrest, religion, and rumors spread, and how is that related to epidemics and earthquakes? Can human behavior and societal systems be studied in the same way as biological systems and complex man-made systems? 

In this webinar, Dr. Dan Braha will demonstrate how the field of complexity research provides clues to these intriguing questions. He will focus on why and how complex socio-economic systems evolve and why these large scale engineering systems fail and offer guidelines that can be applied across industries and organizations around the world.

Web site: http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_021113/braha-interconnected-world.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to all
Tickets: See URL above.
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program
For more information, contact:  Lois Slavin
617.253.0812
lslavin at mit.edu 

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"The Political Economy of Oil in Latin America"
Monday, February 11, 2013 
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Francisco Monaldi, Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor, Harvard Kennedy School; Director, Center on Energy and the Environment, IESA, Venezuela
ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at hks.harvard.edu

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Understanding Hadley Cell Expansion vs. Contraction: Insights from Simplified Models 
Monday, February 11, 2013
12:00p–1:00p
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Neil Tandon - Columbia
Abstract: This study seeks a deeper understanding of the causes of Hadley Cell (HC) expansion, as projected under global warming, and HC contraction, as observed under El Nino. Using an idealized general circulation model, we show that a thermal forcing applied to a narrow region around the equator produces ``El Nino--like'' HC contraction, while a forcing with wider meridional extent produces ``global warming--like'' HC expansion. These circulation responses are sensitive primarily to the thermal forcing's meridional structure and are less sensitive to its vertical structure. If the thermal forcing is confined to the midlatitudes, the amount of HC expansion is more than three times that of a forcing of comparable amplitude that is spread over the tropics. This finding may be relevant to recently observed trends of rapid tropical widening...

Web site: http://eaps-www.mit.edu/paoc/events/calendars/mass
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars, Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC), Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)

For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee
mass at mit.edu 

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Climate Change and Social Action
WHEN  Mon., Feb. 11, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Humanities, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Center for the Environment
SPEAKER(S)  Stephen Ansolabehere, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Marshall Ganz, Harvard Kennedy School; Rebecca Henderson, Harvard Business School; Andrew Hoffman, University of Michigan; Theda Skocpol, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Moderated By:
Daniel Schrag, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
TICKET INFO  Admission is free. No tickets or RSVP required. Event entry based on space availability.
CONTACT INFO	617.495.8883, lisa_matthews at harvard.edu
NOTE  What is the role of social action in confronting climate change? What role can a grassroots environmental movement play in sustaining long-term action? What can those concerned with climate change learn from other social movements? Learn more about the event at: environment.harvard.edu…
LINK	http://environment.harvard.edu/social-action

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Uncertainty quantification of ice sheet mass balance projections using ISSM
Monday, February 11, 2013
4:00p–5:00p
MIT, Building 32-124, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Eric Larour, Thermal & Cryogenics Engineering, Jet Propulsion Lab, CA
ABSTRACT: Understanding and modeling the evolution of continental ice sheets such as Antarctica and Greenland can be a difficult task because a lot of the inputs used in transient ice flow models, either inferred from satellite or in-situ observations, carry large measurement errors that will propagate forward and impact projection assessments. Here, we aim at comprehensively quantifying error margins on model diagnostics such as mass outflux at the grounding line, maximum surface velocity and overall ice-sheet volume, applied to major outlet glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland. Our analysis relies on uncertainty quantification methods implemented in the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM), developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in collaboration with the University of California at Irvine. We focus in particular on sensitivity analysis to try and understand the local influence of specific inputs on model results, and sampling analysis to quantify error margins on model diagnostics. Our results demonstrate the expected influence of measurement errors in surface altimetry, bedrock position and basal friction. They also demonstrate the influence of model inputs such as surface mass balance, which can contribute significant errors to projections of ice sheet mass balance within a time horizon of 20-30 years.

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 

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The Future of the Global Gas Market: Challenges and Opportunities for the Energy Industry and Consumers
4:15 PM
Monday, February 11, 2013
MIT, Building 32-123 Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Paolo Scaroni, Chief Executive Officer, eni

Abstract
One of the most interesting questions in the energy industry is what is going to happen in the global gas market. Today natural gas is sold at vastly different prices in the US, Europe and the Far East. And in the US, one can buy a calorie from gas at a fraction of the cost of a calorie from oil.

Whether, when and how this market rebalances will depend on geopolitics, industrial decisions and technological breakthroughs. Paolo Scaroni, CEO of European oil and gas major eni, explains his view – and the unique challenges and opportunities this situation generates for governments, energy companies and consumers worldwide.

About the speaker
Paolo Scaroni has been Chief Executive Officer of eni since June 2005.

After graduating in economics at the Università Luigi Bocconi, Milan in 1969, he worked for three years at Chevron, before obtaining an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and continuing his career at McKinsey. In 1973 he joined Saint Gobain, where he held a series of managerial positions in Italy and abroad, until his appointment as head of the Glass Division in Paris in 1984. From 1985 to 1996 he was Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Techint. In 1996 he moved to the UK and was Chief Executive Officer of Pilkington until May 2002. From May 2002 to May 2005 he was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Enel. From 2005 to July 2006 he was Chairman of Alliance Unichem.

He is currently Non-Executive Director of Assicurazioni Generali, Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group, Non-Executive Director of Veolia Environnement. He is also on the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School and the Fondazione Teatro alla Scala.

In May 2004 he was appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro of the Italian Republic. In November 2007 he was decorated as an Officier of the Légion d'honneur.

For more information, contact:
Jameson Twomey
jtwomey at mit.edu
T: 617-324-2408

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Boston Tech Happy Hour
Monday, February 11, 2013
6:00 PM
Garden at The Cellar, 991 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Tech-Happy-Hour/events/102338932/

Come and join us at 6PM at the bottom floor of Garden at the Cellar. 

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Self-Folding Paper: Experience Hydro-Fold
Feb 11, 2013 
06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Consulate of Switzerland/ swissnex boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1374826-AbrvqzVjTV

Christophe Guberan, from the Industrial Design Bachelor Program atECAL (The Arts School in Lausanne), conceived and developed the Hydro-Fold project, combining modern technology (ink-jet printer) and a very well-known and accessible material - paper. Hydro Fold is a project that aims to explore the properties of paper and to print patterns that contort pieces of paper from 2D  into specific 3D form in just a few minutes.

Christophe’s project was awarded by Creative Applications Networkamong the 10 Best and Most Memorable Projects of 2012 in the intersection of art, media and technology, and was presented atthe Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2012 in Milan in April 2012.

Christophe will present the Hydro-Fold project at swissnex Boston, which will then be follow by a networking session with light appetizers.

Contact Name	Andreas Rufer
Contact Phone	6178763017

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Film Screening:  The House I Live In
Monday, February 11 
7:00 pm
Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Boston
Free and open to the public

The Houston Institute is pleased to be co-sponsoring an upcoming screening of this acclaimed documentary. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Eugene Jarecki and Professor Charles Ogletree.

Co-sponsors: National Lawyers Guild, (Mass. Chapter), Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), New England Area Conference of the NAACP (NEAC), ACLU of MA, Blackstonian

Film Synopsis
As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all 
levels of America's War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America's longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.

Visit http://www.thehouseilivein.org/ for more information about the film.

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Monday, February 11, 2013
7:00 PM
Clover Food Lab, 7 Holyoke Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/wikipedia-5/events/101291102/

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

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Mid-East on Target w/Guest Speaker, Yisrael Ne'eman on Geopolitical Updates & Analysis of the Middle East
Monday, February 11, 2013
7:30p–9:30p
MIT, Building 3-333, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
7:30pm Free Dinner, with talk to follow starting at 8:00pm. 

Speaker: Yisrael Ne'eman
We are delighted to host Yisrael Ne'eman from the International School University of Haifa, who will be speaking on February 11th at MIT. 

Yisrael Ne'eman is a historian and political analyst focusing on the development of the Israeli State, its ideologies and policies both in the past and in real time. 

Yisrael Ne'eman co-founded Hamartzim Educational Services in 1989, providing seminar, lecture and guiding services throughout Israel. He has many years of experience teaching and analyzing the Mideast "situation" and presenting it in a comprehensible fashion to the novice and veteran alike. 

This speaking appearance is open to the entire MIT community. Q&A to follow. 

To read some of Yisrael Ne'eman's articles, check out MidEast On Target: http://www.me-ontarget.org/pws/ 

This talk will include a brief overview of Israel's security and foreign policy situation including the Islamic Awakening, Iran, relations with the Palestinians and Western Interests (USA and Europe). 

Hour long talk/official presentation. 

Time following lecture for Q & A for those who want to stay.

Web site: http://www.me-ontarget.org/pws/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Hillel (MIT), MIT Students for Israel, Israeli Students Club, MISTI MIT-Israel Program, Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:  Shoshana Gibbor
sgibbor at mit.edu 

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Tuesday, February 12
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"The New Objectivity: How Social Media is Changing Traditional Reporting." 
Tuesday, February 12
12 p.m. 
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Speaker Series with Margaret Sullivan, public editor of The New York Times and former editor of the Buffalo News.

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Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana
February 12th
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/02/burrell#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

Jenna Burrell, Assistant Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley
Ghana, a small country on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, is the size of Oregon. Its entire population is only double that of New York City. Yet what is unfolding there, I argue, matters to the future of the Internet. New users are increasingly connecting from the margins of the global economy. This includes Ghanaian youth connecting from Accra’s numerous urban Internet cafes. The new global diversity online offers a more rigorous check on the ideals associated with the Internet in early cyber-utopian discourses. These ideals linked the novel material properties of the technology to new possibilities for greater equality, openness, and freedom. I draw from a 6-year period of ethnographic research (2004-2010) on youth in Accra’s Internet cafes, where the primary activity was cultivating relationships with foreigners in chat rooms and dating sites as these users sought to enact a more cosmopolitan self. In particular, I will discuss network security practices in the West that have, in many instances, led to overreaching measures, such as country-wide IP address blocking to handle scamming activities originating from the West Africa region (i.e. the famous Nigerian 419 e-mail scams). In this discussion we may consider how network security and network administration are shaped not simply by an impersonal technical logic or even commercial interests, but also by cultural biases and parochialism that violate, perhaps unwittingly, these early ideals of the Internet.

About Jenna
Jenna Burrell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley. Her first book Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana (The MIT Press) came out in May 2012. She completed her PhD in 2007 in the department of Sociology at the London School of Economics. Before pursuing her PhD she was an Application Concept Developer in the People and Practices Research Group at Intel Corporation. Her interests span many research topics including theories of materiality, user agency, transnationalism, post-colonial relations, digital representation, and especially the appropriation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by individuals and groups on the African continent.

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Spontaneous Giving and Calculated Greed: Intuitive Cooperation in Social Dilemmas
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
1:00 - 2:30 PM EST
MIT Building E62-350, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

David Rand
Cooperation is central to human social behavior. Choosing to cooperate, however, requires individuals to incur a personal cost to benefit others. Why, then, are people often willing to cooperate, and how can the fundamentally selfish process of natural selection favor ‘altruistic’ cooperation? In this talk I explore the cognitive basis of cooperative decision-making in humans using a dual process framework: Are people predisposed toward selfishness, behaving
cooperatively only through active self-control? Or are we intuitively cooperative, with reflection and prospective reasoning favoring ‘rational’ self-interest? I will present data from  economic game experiments to investigate this issue, including both correlation and manipulation studies and using both college undergraduates and the more diverse subject pool offered by Amazon Mechanical Turk. The results provide convergent evidence that intuition supportscooperation in social dilemmas, while reflection can undermine these cooperative impulses.
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Bio:  David Rand studies cooperation, generosity and altruism, combining approaches from a number of disciplines including psychology, economics and evolutionary biology. His work integrates empirical observations from behavioral experiments with predictions generated by evolutionary game theoretic math models and computer simulations. Rand is currently a research scientist at Harvard University, and moves to Yale in July to begin an assistant professorship in the department of Psychology. He has been named to Wired magazine’s Smart List 2012 of “50 people who will change the world” as well as being chosen as a PopTech 2012 Science Fellow, and his work has been featured on the front covers of both Nature and Science and reported widely in the media. Rand seeks answers to why people are willing to help others at a cost to themselves, and what can be done to help solve social dilemmas when they arise.

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"Top-down Constraints on China's Emissions Using Atmospheric Measurements"
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 
2:30pm
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Wang Yuxuan, Associate Professor, Center for Earth System Science, Tsinghua University

Co-Sponsored by the Harvard China Project, and the Wofsy-Munger Group on Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange
China Project seminar series
This talk will be given by one of the China Project’s closest China-based participants, an alum of Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and long-term Project affiliate. She will present how atmospheric measurements from independent scientific sources, including an atmospheric station near Beijing built and operated since 2004 by the China Project and Tsinghua University, are used to improve estimates of emissions of air pollutants and GHGs from China.

***PLEASE NOTE*** This talk is open to all fields but note that it will be pitched for an atmospheric science audience, rather than an interdisciplinary audience like most of our seminars. It is cross-listed in the Environmental Science and Engineering seminar series.

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The Future of Nuclear Power
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
4:15p–5:30p
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Richard A. Meserve, President, Carnegie Institution for Science

The prospects for nuclear power vary widely from country to country as a result of many factors, ranging from the costs of alternatives, the response to the Fukushima accident, differing approaches to energy security, concerns about nuclear waste, and other factors. These changes in the coming years will dramatically affect progress on matters relating to safety, security and safeguards. The talk will explore the changing role of nuclear power around the globe and its implications. 

Dr. Richard A. Meserve is the President of the Carnegie Institution for Science. He previously served as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

MIT Energy Initiative Seminar Series 
MITEI sponsors a series of energy colloquia featuring leaders from across the energy spectrum. These speakers are the innovators in energy and will be of interest to faculty, staff, and students across the campus and beyond. Other MITEI-sponsored seminars seek to highlight energy research and education activities taking place at the Institute. All posted events are open to the public

Web site: http://mitei.mit.edu/calendar/future-nuclear-power
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:  Jameson Twomey
617-324-2408
jtwomey at mit.edu

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Smoke and Mirrors: Is Geoengineering a Solution to Global Warming?
WHEN  Tue., Feb. 12, 2013, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Haller Hall, Geo Museum 102, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Center for the Environment and MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
SPEAKER(S)  Alan Robock, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University
CONTACT INFO	matthew at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  This seminar series, held jointly by the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) and MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, will explore the science, technology, governance and ethics of solar geoengineering. In bringing together international experts, participants will learn some of the greatest challenges and hear opinions on how this technology could and should be managed.
LINK	http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2013-02-12/geoengineering-lecture

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"Looking for Signs of Evolution: Bees, Butterflies, and Bacteria" 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 
6:00pm
http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/lectures_and_special_events/index.php
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Lecture by Naomi Pierce, Hessel Professor of Biology and Curator of Lepidoptera at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard

Naomi Pierce examines the behavioral ecology of species interactions, such as insect/host plant associations, and the life history, evolution, and systematics of butterflies and other insects. Part of theEvolution Matters Lecture Series, supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit. Free and open to the public. Free event parking for evening lectures in the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

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Film Screening:  The House I Live In
Tuesday, February 12
6:00 pm
JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
Free and open to the public

The Houston Institute is pleased to be co-sponsoring an upcoming screening of this acclaimed documentary. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Eugene Jarecki and Professor Charles Ogletree.

Co-sponsors:  Center for Public Leadership's Student Advisory Board, Criminal Justice Professional Interest Council, Harvard Black Law Students Association, Harvard Kennedy School Black Student Union, Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee

Film Synopsis
As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all 
levels of America's War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America's longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.

Visit http://www.thehouseilivein.org/ for more information about the film.

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The Experiences of Successful Cultural Entrepreneurs
WHEN  Tue., Feb. 12, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), Batten Hall, 125 Western Ave Boston, MA 02163
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Deans' Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge, Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab)
SPEAKER(S)  Randy Weiner, producer, eriter, and director; Cristina Pato, musician, Silk Road Ensemble Leadership Council Member
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5336004132
CONTACT INFO	mchestnut at harvard.edu
NOTE  Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge Workshop 3 - Who: The Experiences of Successful Cultural Entrepreneurs
Join us for an exciting workshop led by successful cultural entrepreneurs who are using innovative ways to unite art and business. They will share their own experiences and describe what it takes to become a successful cultural entrepreneur. Following the workshop, we will hold a mixer where attendees will have the opportunity to mingle/form teams based on common interests.
Food and refreshments will be served.
We check all attendee registrations at the door. Please bring a printed or smartphone copy of your EventBrite registration and Harvard student ID if you have registered as a Harvard Student. Attendance will be limited to registered guests and tickets will not be available at the door.
Note: Harvard Shuttles have a stop directly across from the i-lab, and you can track the shuttles online here:harvard.transloc.com If you are driving, please park in the i-lab's lot (entrance on Western Avenue, directions and payment information are here: i-lab.harvard.edu…).
LINK  http://i-lab.harvard.edu/deans-cultural-entrepreneurship-challenge

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Maintenance / Survival / and its Relation to Freedom: You and the City
WHEN  Tue., Feb. 12, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Mierle Laderman Ukeles
COST  Free
LINK	http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/mierle-laderman-ukeles-maintenance-survival-and-its-relation-to.html

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BostonCHI hosts Matt Belge and Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://bostonchifeb2013-es2003.eventbrite.com

Matt Belge & Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth 
Go Botany – Using eCommerce Techniques to “Sell” Science”
We didn’t set out to “sell” science, we were trying to create a great way for people, including kids, to connect with the science of botany. We did the usual steps – interviewing users, creating personas, making sketches.

And then a funny thing happened – we started incorporating ideas common in the world of eCommerce into our designs.

As we did this, a number of events began to unfold: Implementation became easier, because there were so many eCommerce widgets and techniques we could obtain from the Open Source community.

The user experience became more compelling. After all, eCommerce’s main purpose is persuasion.

And learning became more fun, because the site was immersive and highly interactive. Not to mention, dare we say, gorgeous.

In this talk, we will present “Go Botany”, the web site we designed to help people learn about the native plants of New England. We believe that the lessons learned here go well beyond botany – we think they are applicable to a very broad range of science education courses. A world where exploration, interactivity,  and self directed learning replaces dull lectures and dry texts. And we’ll take you step by step to help explain why. Plus, in the dead of February, we’ll show you some lush and lovely plants with live audience interaction!
This project was funded by the National Science Foundation (ISE 08-40186).  
 
Bios
Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth
Elizabeth Farnsworth, Ph.D., is Senior Research Ecologist with the New England Wild Flower Society, and a biologist, educator, and scientific illustrator.  She has studied plants in many regions of the world, with an emphasis on plant physiology, ecology, and conservation.  She is co-author of theConnecticut River Boating Guide: Source to Sea (which she wrote while navigating the river in her hand-built wooden kayak) and the Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern North America.  She has illustrated the Flora Novae Angliae (Yale University Press), The Nature of New Hampshire, A Field Guide to the Ants of New England (Yale University Press), and five other books on ferns, coastal ecology, climate change, statistics, and spiders. 

She is also Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed botanical journal, Rhodora.  She serves on the graduate science faculties of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Rhode Island, and the Conway School of Landscape Design.  She holds a B. A. from Brown University, M. Sc. from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University. In her spare time she plays and sings in a duo called Easy Wind.

Matt Belge
Matt Belge has been a User Experience Designer since before the term existed. With an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and graduate work in Fine Arts, Matt believes that art and engineering can work synergistically to form great user experiences. And while it’s finally becoming “mainstream” to voice these concepts, Matt’s been doing it since the late 1980’s. He founded Vision & Logic in 1993, a user experience design consultancy.

Matt has been a Group Director of User Experience at Digitas LLC and Artist in Residence at First Person, Inc. (inventors of the Java language). Matt is a former president of BostonCHI, and has lectured at leading universities and conferences including the ACM SIGCHI conference. Matt’s been a frequent presenter at BostonCHI and returns after a long hiatus, hoping that at least some of the people in the audience might still be older than he is.

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Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
7:00p
MIT, Building 26-100, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

This FREE screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Director Michel Gondry and MIT Professor Noam Chomsky. 

"Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" is an animated documentary on the life of MIT professor and linguist Noam Chomsky. Directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep), the film features a series of conversations between Gondry and Chomsky as they explore the life and work of Noam Chomsky. 

Funded (in part) by a Director's Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Web site: http://lsc.mit.edu/schedule/2013.2q/desc-isthemanwhoistallhappy.shtml
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Tickets: Lobby 16
Sponsor(s): LSC
For more information, contact:  MIT Lecture Series Committee
617-253-3791
lsc at mit.edu 

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Wednesday, February 13
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Harvard Law School FreeCycle
Wednesday, February 13
11 am-2 pm
WCC 2036 Milstein East C, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

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Bigger Data on a Budget
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
2:00 PM
online
Register: http://bit.ly/U2aKfd

Live Webcast: Bigger Data on a Budget - Get a better understanding of what Big Data is, what all is involved for companies that are quickly accumulating exceedingly large amounts of complex data, what the options are to handle this information and most importantly, what this data can do for the company once translated into a usable format. Also, how to do all that on a budget. Lastly, get an introduction to Hadoop from leading Open Source Big Data provider Hortonworks. 

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What Generates Growth in Microenterprises? Experimental Evidence on Capital, Labor and Training
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
2:30p–4:00p
MIT, Building E51-376, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: David McKenzie (World Bank)

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

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MASS INNOVATION NIGHTS:  Foodie Edition
2/13/2013 
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com

Description: Mass Innovation Nights is a monthly product launch party and networking event powered by social media.  Every month we help launch ten new products and we encourage everyone to support the local innovation/entrepreneurial community by blogging, tweeting, Like-ing, posting online video or pictures, or just telling someone about the cool new products they see.

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Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions:  Climate & National Security
Wednesday, February 13
6:00 to 8:00pm
Northeastern, West Village F, Room 20, 40A Leon Street, Boston
	
David Titley, Rear Admiral, US Navy – Retired; Deputy Under Secretary for Operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Former Director, Task Force Climate Change, US Navy; Former Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance; Fellow of the American Meteorological Society

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LinkedIn for Professionals
Feb. 13
7 pm
1 Broadway, 5th floor, Havana Conference Room, Cambridge
RSVP at http://meetupbos.hackshackers.com/events/101159862/

Do you have a strategy for getting the most out of LinkedIn? Can you point to real business wins you’ve earned because of that strategy?

Most professionals use LinkedIn passively, only increasing their usage while looking to hire or be hired. Many successes people cite from LinkedIn are ones that came from just being at the right place at the right time. However, as a 200 million person self-updating data set of professional credentials, relationship maps and business actions, LinkedIn is a powerful tool to be used skillfully and proactively in any role where relationships are helpful to success.

This 90 minute interactive discussion will be led by Dave Gowel at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Topics covered include:
Privacy & Security
Profile Optimization
Proper Network Growth
Proactive Business Usage & Strategies

Bio: David Gowel is the CEO of RockTech, a tech start-up he co-founded to help corporations be more productive by increasing user adoption of underutilized technologies. With an initial focus on the underutilized LinkedIn and Salesforce.com platforms, RockTech is headquartered in Cambridge with an office in New York City.

Dave is West Point graduate, having served as a US Army Ranger and Armor combat platoon leader in Iraq.  He is the author of “The Power in a Link” (Wiley, 2011) and was ‘knighted’ a LinkedIn Jedi in the Boston Globe and Inc.com.

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Thursday, February 14
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Sign-up February 14 to volunteer with your local group or to apply for Oxfam’s free four-day leadership training in Washington D.C. April 13-16, 2013:  www.oxfamactioncorps.org  Anybody can join the local effort.   All levels of experience are welcome. 

Fight global hunger, support women farmers – join the Oxfam Action Corps! 
 
Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization, invites you to join the Oxfam Action Corps, an exciting grassroots effort to stand up to poverty, hunger, and injustice around the world – starting right in your community.  The Oxfam Action Corps is a group of dedicated volunteers in fifteen US cities who work alongside other local volunteers in support of our GROW campaign for policies that will save lives, defend the rights of women and farmers, and protect communities worldwide from rising food prices and climate change.  It includes a free national advocacy and leadership training for select participants. You will gain leadership skills, have fun, and change the world!
 
“Oxfam Action Corps has given me a ton of confidence… Gaining knowledge and being able to speak to people about the issues.”  Amy L., Business Operations Analyst, Des Moines
 
"This has become one of the best parts of my life… I can't express enough how satisfying it is to be organizing with people who are just as committed and dependable and passionate. It is so great to have the support from the Oxfam America staff, and I've been really impressed by their accessibility, competency and friendliness." – Isaac E., Educator, New York City

LEAH CAMPBELL | Action Corps Intern
Oxfam America | Boston
(617) 728 2539 | lcampbell at oxfamamerica.org
www.oxfamamerica.org | http://blog.oxfamactioncorps.org

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"Time Past, Time Present, Time Future."
Thursday, February 14
12 p.m. 
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Speaker Series with Nancy Gibbs, deputy managing editor, Time magazine and co-author with Michael Duffy of The Presidents Club.

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George W. Bush and the Middle East
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 14, 2013, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer Center Library, Littauer-396 at HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Daniel Zoughbie, research fellow, International Security Program
CONTACT INFO	susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5955/george_w_bush_and_the_middle_east.html

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"The Macroecology of the Human Niche"
Thu, February 14
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Harvard, Biolabs Lecture Hall, Rm. 1080, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge MA
	
Speaker: Marcus Hamilton  (Sante Fe Institute and Department of Anthropology, U. New Mexico). Lecture title: 

His research addresses the general mechanisms that have shaped human ecological and evolutionary dynamics in the past, present, and future at multiple scales, from life history theory and behavioral ecology, to population dynamics and the biogeography of human diversity.  
http://www.unm.edu/~marcusj/home.htm

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Games, Privacy and Distributed Inference for the Smart Grid
Thursday, February 14, 2013
4:00pm
MIT, Building 32-D463, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Reception to follow.
 
Event Speaker:  Vincent Poor (Princeton)
Abstract:  Smart grid involves the imposition of an advanced cyber layer atop the physical layer of the electricity grid in order to improve the efficiency and lower the cost of power use and distribution, and to allow for the effective integration of variable energy sources and storage modes into the grid.  This cyber-physical setting motivates the application of many techniques from the information and systems sciences to problems arising in the electricity grid, and considerable research effort has been devoted to such application in recent years.  This talk will describe recent work on three aspects of this problem: applications of game theory to smart grid design; characterization of the fundamental tradeoff between privacy and utility of information sources arising in the grid; and distributed inferential algorithms that are suitable for the topological constraints imposed by the structure of the grid.
 
Biography:  H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University, where he is also the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science. His research interests are primarily in the areas of stochastic analysis, statistical signal processing, and information theory, and their applications in various fields, including wireless communications, social networks and smart grid.  Dr. Poor is a Fellow of the IEEE, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Academy of Engineering of the UK. Recent recognition of his work includes the 2011 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award, and honorary doctorates from Aalborg University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the University of Edinburgh.

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Organizing the Future of Work
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 14, 2013, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Room 2036 B, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Labor & Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Saket Soni, New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice and the National Guestworkers Alliance
CONTACT INFO	john_trumpbour at harvard.edu
NOTE  This lecture is part of the Jerry Wurf Memorial Forum honoring the USA's most influential public sector labor leader of the twentieth century.

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Predictive Models of User Behavior in Twitter
Thursday, February 14, 2013
4:15p–5:15p
MIT, Building E51-315, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Tauhid Zaman
ORC Spring Seminar Series 
The OR Center organizes a seminar series each year in which prominent OR professionals from around the world are invited to present topics in operations research. We have been privileged to have speakers from business and industry as well as from academia throughout the years. For a list of past distinguished speakers and their seminar topics, please visit our Seminar Archives.

ORC Spring Seminar Series 
Seminar reception immediately following the talk.
Web site: http://web.mit.edu/orc/www/seminars/seminars.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Operations Research Center
For more information, contact:
Vishal Gupta, Kristine Dianne Johnson, or Maxime Cohen
253-6185
vgupta1 at mit.edu,krisdj at mit.edu,maxcohen at mit.edu 

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THE POLITICS OF AMERICA'S FIGHT AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING 
Thursday, February 14, 2013 
4:15-6:15 pm, 
Tsai Auditorium, Harvard University, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

What lessons can be learned from recent successes and failures including the "cap and trade" effort to win legislated limits for carbon emissions in 2009 and 2010?   What are the next steps in the fight for public policies to limit emissions and encourage climate-friendly U.S. economic growth? 
Sponsored by the Columbia School of Journalism and the Scholars Strategy Network, Dean of the Columbia School of Journalism 
Panelists: Theda Skocpol 
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University; Director of the Scholars Strategy Network 
Larry Schweiger, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation
Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters
Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign
Lee Wasserman, Director of the Rockefeller Family Fund

http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/content/politics-americas-fight-against-global-warming
Open to the public.  RSVP not required.  Wheelchair accessible.  This event will be videotaped.  
Questions:  Abby Peck peck at wjh.harvard.edu

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Starr Forum: The Fate of the Reset
Thursday, February 14, 2013
4:30p–6:00p
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

A roundtable discussion of the future of US-Russian Relations 
Participants: 
Jeffrey Mankoff, Deputy Director. Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies 
Matthew Ouimet, Senior Analyst, Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia, Department of State. 
Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director Security Studies Program, MIT 
Carol Saivetz, Research Affiliate, Security Studies Program and Lecturer in Political Science 

During President Obama's first term, Russia and the US concluded a new START treaty and cooperated to support NATO actions in Afghanistan, even as they disagreed over events in the Middle East and US plans for missile defense in Europe. Although newly (re)elected Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited President Obama to Moscow, he consistently blames the United States for domestic unrest and for attempting to undermine Russian allies abroad. Given the dramatic events around the world -from the upheavals in the Middle East, to North Korean threats to launch new missiles, to the Iranian nuclear question- it is time to explore the fate of the "reset." 
The panelists will address the future of US-Russian relation, the obstacles to cooperation in the Middle East, both countries' "pivots" toward Asia, and the general state of US strategic thinking. 

This is a Starr Forum event and is part of the Skoltech & MIT-Russia Distinguished Lecture Series

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/cis/eventposter_021413.html
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, Security Studies Program, MIT Skoltech Initiative, MISTI MIT-Russia, Skolkovo Foundation, Skoltech

For more information, contact:
starrforum at mit.edu 

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"Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate: Past, Present and Future" 
Thursday, February 14
6:30 pm
Tufts University, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

with Andrew Freedman F'10, Senior Science Writer, Climate Central

CIERP’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program Lecture

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Let’s Make Some Heat: Renewable Thermal Energy in the Northeast, and Prospects for Massachusetts Policy Incentives
Thursday, February 14
Time: 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

Northeasterners use more total energy to heat buildings and industrial process heat than either electric or transportation energy.  The region is also more dependent on imported fossil heating fuels than any other part of the country.  Despite this, thermal energy has been almost entirely overlooked in the region’s energy strategy and incentives.  Charlie Niebling will provide an overview of the issue from his perspective as general manager of New England Wood Pellet, the largest wood pellet manufacturer in the northeast.  He’ll talk about progress across the region to recognize solar, geothermal and biomass thermal energy in state climate and energy independence strategies.  He’ll focus on current efforts to get thermal renewable energy added to the Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard, a policy strategy that could dramatically catalyze market growth in these sectors, and help New Englanders end their over-dependence on heating oil and propane.
 
Charlie Niebling is general manager of New England Wood Pellet (www.pelletheat.com), the region’s largest manufacturer and distributor of renewable wood pellet fuels.  Previously he served as vice president of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, a consultant with Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, and Executive Director of New Hampshire’s forest industry/landowner trade association.  He received forestry degrees from the University of Vermont and the Pennsylvania State University, and he lives in New Hampshire.

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Friday, February 15
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The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable Presents:  Onward Energy Efficiency in New England
February 15, 2013
9 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

New England states have been national leaders in energy efficiency for some time now - with four of our states in ACEEE's Top 10 rankings (and Massachusetts overtaking California for the number 1 spot). Never a region to rest on its laurels, we continue to look for ways to improve the depth and effectiveness of our energy-efficiency efforts.

Join us as we explore together several major new energy-efficiency related trends and developments in the region and discuss potential new energy- efficiency-related frontiers New England states are tackling, including:
Massachusetts' new three-year utility energy efficiency programs budgets (approval by MA DPU required by end of January)
Connecticut's new statewide Energy Plan which covers energy efficiency, renewables, natural gas, and other energy-related issues (release expected prior to the 2/15 Roundtable)
PACE Financing for EE Investments - Connecticut recently began one of first programs in the world, announced 1.24.13, and MA DOER just issued a report on PACE financing for Massachusetts customers
ISO New England's 2013 Energy Efficiency Forecast for 2016-2022 (which shows huge dampening effect on energy and demand growth due to EE)
A preview of NEEP's REED - the Regional Energy Efficiency Database - which will be released to the public February 19  
Other efficiency related developments; building energy labeling, efficiency funds for oil heated structures, building codes, etc. 

To lead us through these latest developments, we have put together a  stellar panel of leaders and practitioners:
Commissioner Mark Sylvia, Massachusetts DOER
Jessie Stratton, Policy Director/Acting Deputy for Energy, CT DEEP
Stephen Rourke, VP System Planning, ISO New England
Susan Coakley, Exec. Dir., Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships 

We plan to use a new, more in-depth format for this Roundtable. Presentations will be given (and clarifying questions asked) before our customary morning break. The panel will return after the break for a detailed discussion prompted by questions from the moderator and the audience.

Raab Associates Presents:  The 133rd NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable

Free and open to the public with no advanced registration

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Biofuel 101: "Biofuels - More than Ethanol from Corn Starch"
Friday, February 15, 2013
11:00a–12:00p
MIT, Building 8-205, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Aditya Kunjapur
Energy 101 Lectures series 
The Energy 101 lectures aim at presenting an overview of various topics in the energy field. These lectures are open to everyone and require no prior knowledge.

During this "Biofuel 101" presentation, a small amount of time will be dedicated to an objective evaluation of conventional ethanol. But, more importantly, a wide range of alternative feedstocks and fuels will be discussed, along with some of the policies and industrial players that affect the biofuel landscape in the US. The speaker will lead a follow-up discussion as part of the Energy Club's Discussion series on February 22.

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

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Atmospheric Impacts of Aviation
Feb 15, 2013 
12:00 pm
Harvard, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Steven Barrett , Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contact:	Brenda Mathieu 
bmathieu at seas.harvard.edu

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Techno-Nationalism in the Rise of China and India
WHEN  Fri., Feb. 15, 2013, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS South, Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room (S030), 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Information Technology, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Andrew Kennedy, Australian National University
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	lkluz at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  The past decade has seen China and India adopt strikingly different technology policies. Whereas nationalist impulses are resurgent in China, India has been called an “interdependent innovator.” Andrew Kennedy will explore these different approaches and their implications for China and India's rising power.
LINK	http://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/event/andrew-kennedy

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Nathan Myrhvold , Founder, Intellectual Ventures; former CTO of Microsoft
Feb 15, 2013 
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

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Saturday, February 16
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Model Engineering Show
February 16, 2013
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Charles River Museum of Industry Waltham, MA


See OPERATING scale: Steam Engines, Gasoline Engines, Aircraft Engines, Stirling Cycle Engines, Clocks, Machinists tools and fixtures, Locomotives,Traction Engines Model Boats  and meet the craftsmen who build them
Exhibitors Setup starts at 8:00 AM 
Compressed air for running models gas engines allowed 
Non-Member exhibitors Welcome

General Admission for Show and museum
Adults $7.00
Children 6-12 with Adults  $5.00
Exhibitors AND children under 6 Free
   
Directions:
Take Rte. 128 to Rte. 20. Go East on Rte. 20 to Central Square, about 2 miles. Right on Moody Street. Cross the river, left on Pine Street to municipal parking lot on left.
Short walk over the footbridge to the museum.

For additional information call the Museum at 781-893-5410 or go to www.neme-s.org

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Celebrate the Fruits of our Ocean-Sustainable Seafood Event in Jamaica Plain
Saturday, February 16, 2013
11:00 AM To 2:00 PM
Egleston Farmers Market, 45 Brookside Street, Jamaica Plain

I wanted to share with you this exciting campaign of Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness kicking off the weekend of February 16th and 17th at the Egleston Farmers Market and Dorchester Winter Farmers' Market respectively. Celebrate the Fruits of our Ocean, a year-long campaign promoting local seafood in the community. Both winter markets now offer fresh seafood from local dayboat fishermen procured by Red’s Best, a Boston based seafood distributor that offers seasonal dayboat and traceable seafood direct to consumers at farmers markets and as well as wholesalers.

Cooking demonstrations from top local chefs will allow market goers to taste a variety of seafood dishes prepared, on the spot, right at the market. The Egleston Market event includes a Food Truck vs. Restaurant “Seafood Throwdown” on February 16th from 11am-2pm featuring Chef Irene Li of Mei Mei Street Kitchen Food Truck and Chef Marcos Santos from Tres Gatos. They will be cooking up their best seafood dishes with an mystery local seafood that is fresh caught and paired with local ingredients from the market. Tastings will be available for pre-registered participants.

While many market goers already trek to a variety of markets around the city to stock up on fresh vegetables, meats, eggs and cheeses, they can now shop for seafood from local New England fisheries all season long. This campaign is an educational platform to help the public understand what sustainable fishing means and why it is so important to our community and our ocean. Embracing the diversity of species caught by the local, dayboat, independent fishing boats is even more important now as fishing for the traditionally popular species is curtailed even further. Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness and its partners are striving to educate the community about the health benefits of seafood, what sustainable seafood is really all about, and the importance of supporting the community based fisheries, how to prepare, store and utilize the entire fish in their recipes, while encouraging people to explore the vast diversity of seafood in the Atlantic Ocean.

Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness is a city-wide partnership that is dedicated to improve community health through a comprehensive approach addressing issues related to equity in our food and fitness environments. It promotes living a healthy lifestyle by creating conditions for physical activity into the daily lives of residents and addresses the disparity in accessibility to nutritious, local food. BCFF is made up of a diverse team of individuals that represent a variety of sectors including community groups, health care, government, public health, youth development and more. BCFF has partnered with The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and Health Care Without Harm as they strive to improve the community health in similar ways. Through this collaboration, BCFF, NAMA and HCWH are raising awareness about the health benefits of seafood. The promotion of the responsible fishing practices will ensure the sustainability of New England seafood for generations to come.

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Fundraiser Cooking Class & Dinner with Odessa Piper and Didi Emmons
Saturday, February 16
5:30pm-9:30pm - Includes in-depth cooking class\demo, dinner, & wine*
8pm-9:30pm - Includes dinner and glass of wine* 
Haley House Bakery Cafe, 12 Dade Street, Boston
Ticket Prices for the Fundraiser:
$40/ dinner ticket $65/ class/demo and dinner ticket
Tickets are available online at:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/315851
All funds support the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass) CSA Connect Classes at Madison Park in Roxbury
Presented by NOFA/Mass and Haley House Bakery Café

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tsunami+Sandy+Deep Water Horizon Opening Reception
Saturday, February 16
6-8PM
Hancock 309 Gallery, 309 Hancock St., Dorchester
(Across dbar, near Savin Hill T-stop on Redline - Ashmont Train)

- bringing awareness after the disaster -
 
Art Exhibition / Auction / Film / Music / Quilt / Talk / Vigil

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

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Monday, February 18
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Waste Not, Want Not: How We Can Use Food to Feed People Instead of Landfills
WHEN  Mon., Feb. 18, 2013, 6 – 7:45 p.m.
WHERE  Wasserstein B010 (Harvard Law School), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Education, Environmental Sciences, Law, Lecture, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Food Law and Policy Clinic, Food Law Society, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Environmental Law Review, Environmental Law Society, and HBS Social Enterprise Club
CONTACT INFO	acondra at law.harvard.edu
NOTE  Did you know that Americans waste 40% of the food we produce for consumption? Come join leading experts in the field of food waste to learn about and discuss this complex problem and the innovative solutions we can employ to make sure that more food gets used in productive ways rather than going to waste.
The panelists each bring unique perspectives and a wealth of experience to the discussion: Jose Alvarez is a Professor at Harvard Business School and former President and CEO of Stop + Shop; Jonathan Bloom is the author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It); Dana Gunders is a Project Scientist in Food & Agriculture at Natural Resources Defense Council and author of several reports on food waste; Doug Rauch is the former President of Trader Joe’s who is now working on the “Urban Food Initiative” to reduce food waste and increase healthy food access; and Emily Broad Leib is Director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, which has been working on the issue of retail and consumer food waste related to food expiration dates.
Food will be provided.
LINK	http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/foodpolicyinitiative/events/upcoming-events/

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Tuesday, February 19
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THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT PRESENTATION
Tuesday, February 19
12-1 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, WCC 2012, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Rick Cutler from the Climate Reality Project joins the Harvard Law School Green Living Program for an interactive presentation on up-to-the-minute climate change science. Lunch will be served. Learn more about the Climate Reality Project at http://climaterealityproject.org

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"Privacy in the Digital Age." 
Tuesday, February 19
12 p.m. 
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Speaker series with Julia Angwin, senior technology editor for The Wall Street Journal.

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The Next 27 Minutes Are An Experiment: Thoughts On The Fallout from Kony 2012
February 19
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/02/devanesan#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

Ruha Devanesan, Executive Director of the Internet Bar Organization and Berkman Fellow
On March 5th, 2012, the American nonprofit, Invisible Children, published a video called "Kony 2012" on the social video-sharing network, Youtube.  Within six days, the video was dubbed the “most viral video in history,” beating out pop artists Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Beyonce’s music videos in how quickly it hit 100 million views.  Much has been written on the Kony 2012 phenomenon by journalists, bloggers and academics.  My aim in this talk is to only briefly summarize their thoughts and my own on the successes and failures of the initial Kony 2012 campaign, but then, more importantly, to explore the way in which Invisible Children has responded to criticism and adapted its messaging, and to ask what lessons can be learned by the human rights advocacy community from Kony 2012 and Invisible Children's subsequent actions.

About Ruha
Ruha is the Executive Director of the Internet Bar Organization, a nonprofit organization working to improve access to justice through technology through applied research in the fields of Online Dispute Resolution, mobile technology for dispute resolution, ICT4D, ICT4Peace and digital-economic inclusion for individuals in emerging economies.  In her capacity as Executive Director, she has led the design and implementation of several tech-focused social justice initiatives, of which PeaceTones is her personal favorite. The PeaceTones Initiative helps talented, unknown artists from developing nations build their careers while giving back to their communities. Through PeaceTones, Ruha and her team are looking to rework the traditional record label into something more fair to the artist, while teaching musicians the legal, marketing and technology skills they need to succeed as social entrepreneurs of their own making.

Links
Kony 2012 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc
Kony 2012 website: http://invisiblechildren.com/kony
Ruha's Nonprofit: http://peacetones.org

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Primer on Discounting Climate Risks
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
4:00p–5:30p
MIT,  Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Marty Weitzman (Harvard)

Web site: http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/8658
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Microeconomic Applications
For more information, contact:  Theresa Beneventon
theresa at mit.edu 

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Convergence Journalism? Emerging Documentary and Multimedia Forms of News
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
5:00p–7:00p
MIT, Building E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Alexandra Garcia, Washington Post; Jason Spingarn-Koff, NYT; Sarah Wolozin, MIT
Hybrid forms of multimedia, combining aspects of newspapers, documentary film and digital video are a notable feature of today's on-line journalism. How is this access to the power of the visual changing our journalism? What current projects are particularly significant? What will this convergence mean in the future? Our panelists will discuss these and related matters.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Communications Forum, OpenDocLab
For more information, contact:  Brad Seawell
617-253-3521
seawell at mit.edu 

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Deruralization: The Modernist City in the Age of Globalization
WHEN  Tue., Feb. 19, 2013, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS Knafel, K262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	South Asia Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Vikramāditya Prakāsh, professor of architecture; director, Chandigarh Urban Lab, University of Washington
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/event/urbanization-seminar-series-10/

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Politics of Water Sustainability on the Arabian Peninsula
WHEN  Tue., Feb. 19, 2013, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Steven C. Caton, Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Al Saud Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Moderator: Sharmila L. Murthy, Fellow in the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School of Government
COST	Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	617.495.8600
NOTE   This talk will examine the politics of water sustainability in three different eco-systems — oasis, coast, and highlands — of the Arabian Peninsula and how these are connected to very different kinds of state regimes and development histories. Some lessons for development and sustainable water use will be drawn.
LINK	http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2013-steven-c-caton-water-lecture

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Planning in the 21st Century: What’s Next?
WHEN  Tue., Feb. 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Mitchell Silver, chief planning and development officer for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina, and president of the American Planning Association
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/planning-in-the-21st-century-what-s-next.html

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GreenPort:  Supporting Local and Regional Food Production: What Can We Do?
Tuesday, February 19 
7:00pm
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Ave, Cambridge (corner of Magazine St. and Putnam Ave)
 
Join us for a lively discussion of practical actions we can take to promote local and regional food production. What new actions can we take to support farmers' markets, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), and sustainable regional land use? What can we do to grow more of our food in Cambridge? Is there an initiative that you personally would like to join or support? This Forum was requested by participants as a follow-up to GreenPort's January discussion of a sustainable food system in New England. Let's work together to pursue this goal!

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

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Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
7:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Eastern Bank, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Clean-Tech-and-Energy/events/100727722/

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

The bank is near the center of Central Sq., where Prospect and Mass Ave cross, - there is a Starbucks on the Northeast corner of the intersection.  Next to Starbucks is a Flower shop, and next to that is Eastern Bank.  You can see the conference room thru the window, so just wave to us and we will let you in.

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Boston Society of Architects Exhibit opening: “Design Biennial Boston”
Thursday, February 21, 2013
6:00pm-8:00pm
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Don’t miss the opening reception for the latest exhibit at BSA Space, Design Biennial Boston.

Curated by over,under, this exhibition recognizes the most significant design leaders among Greater Boston’s early-career, independent professional talent through a juried exhibition, publication and site-specific installation at BSA Space. This year’s participants are Brandon Clifford of Matter Design, Wilson Martin and Eden Dutcher of GroundView, Ana Miljački and Lee Moreau of Project_, and Kiel Moe.

Free and open to the public; RSVP to rsvp at architects.org with “Design Biennial” in the subject line.

http://bsaspace.org/events/design-biennial-boston-opening-reception/

Mary Fichtner, Director of Programs and Exhibits, direct 617-391-4017
Boston Society of Architects/AIA, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210
www.architects.org
www.architectureboston.com
www.abexpo.com
www.bsaspace.org

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Green Campaign School
Saturday, February 23
10:00am - 5:00pm
First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
 
What: This one-day campaign school will give you the tools and training you need to create a new political climate in your community.  The emphasis is upon giving voters clean, green candidates to move us beyond politics-as-usual at the town and state level.

Who should attend:  Anyone who 1) is thinking about running for office as a Green (Green-Rainbow) candidate, 2) wants to acquire the skills to help their favorite candidate succeed, or 3) wants to sharpen their organizing skills in support of their party or nonprofit organization.

Special speaker:   Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party candidate for President, will talk about her experiences campaigning across America in 2012
Workshops: Workshops will address campaign planning, use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, websites, fundraising, message development, get-out-the-vote activities, running for local offices, and campaign organization.

Leaders: In addition to workshop leaders from the Green-Rainbow Party, we are fortunate to welcome Ben Manski of Madison, Wisconsin, campaign manager, of the groundbreaking Jill Stein for President campaign.

Cost:  $10 donation requested, $25 appreciated, waiver for economic hardship.  Lunch will be provided for an additional $7 (sign up upon arrival) or bring your own.
How to Register:  Please pre-register to guarantee a seat and let us keep you informed as the agenda develops.  Just send your name, email address,  telephone number, and town of residence to campaignschool at green-rainbow.org.  You will receive a confirmation via email.

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“Global Markets and Government Regulation in Telecommunications”
Monday, February 25, 2013
12pm
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Room 426, Boston

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

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu
617-373-4140

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Boston/New England Internet of Things Meetup
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
6:00 PM
garage space in N52 on the MIT campus, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-New-England-Internet-of-Things-Meetup/events/101349062/

network, hear some IoT presentations, & brainstorm creating an IoT community

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

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

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

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Resilience: From PTSD to Hurricane Sandy
Wednesday, February 27
7pm 
3 Church Street (Harvard Square), Cambridge

Psychiatrists Steven Southwick of Yale and Dennis Charney of Mount Sinai tell the stories of POWs, 9/11 survivors, and ordinary people with debilitating diseases or grievous personal losses.

Weaving together the results of modern neurobiological research and the insights of two decades of clinical work with trauma survivors, Southwick and Charney identify ways to help individuals become more resilient.

How can resilience be taught?  How can their insights about individual mental health help us create resilient communities?

http://www.cambridgeforum.org

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MIT Energy Conference Friday Night Showcase
Friday March 1st
6 to 9pm
Boston Park Plaza Castle

The Friday Night Energy Showcase is a free event open to the public designed to exhibit the latest research and technologies in the energy space. With more than 100 presenters and 1500 attendees, the Friday Night Energy Showcase is the most widely attended event of the MIT Energy Conference. Energy professionals, students, researchers and the general public will be able to explore the innovations that will shape the industry in the near future.

http://mitenergyconference.com

Along with posters from academic institutions and start-ups, the Showcase will also feature interactive demos and prototypes, giving attendees a unique opportunity to mingle with prominent energy researchers and innovators within a hands-on atmosphere. The casual setting is designed to foster dialogue amongst energy-conscious community members and experienced professionals.

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Community Organizing Training
March 1st & 2nd

Building a Climate Change Movement Based on Values

Do you want to mobilize your community to meet the challenge of climate change by taking action?Marla Marcum, climate activist and Director of Programs for the Better Future Project will lead a training on the values-based method of community organizing developed by Marshall Ganz at Harvard University.

YOU WILL LEARN:
The Basics of Leadership and Organizing
How to Develop your Public Narrative
How to Build Relationships that Create Commitment
 How to Build a Leadership Team, and
How to Create a Plan that Meets Goals
WHEN:
Friday, March 1 from 6 PM to 8:45 PM & Saturday, March 2 from 9 AM to 4 PM

WHERE:
Sproat Hall, St. Paul's Cathedral, 138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

WHO:
Anyone affiliated with a faith community. You are welcome if you are: Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Unitarian Universalist or something else!

COST:
No Cost — Lunch Provided on Saturday. Donations Accepted

St. Paul's Cathedral is across the street from the Park St. station (MBTA Red & Green Lines ) and a short walk from the Downtown Crossing station (Orange & Red lines). Parking is available at the Boston Common Garage. For Directions go to: http://www.stpaulboston.org/maps.asp

For more information contact Vince Maraventano at vince at MIPandL.org or 617-244-0755

To REGISTER http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e6z1851k17e76c53&llr=evkqo7bab

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

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

It costs money but is definitely worth it, even if you are just going to the trade show.  However, here's a promo code for $50 off conference passes : 50GMOKEBE13 .

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

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“Open Source Science and Social Science: Forming a Public Laboratory”
Monday, March 11, 2013
12pm
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Room 426, Boston

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

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu
617-373-4140

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“Building Social-Ecological Cities: Community Development and the Institutional Challenge of Urban Environmentalism”
Monday, March 18, 2013
12pm
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Room 426, Boston
James Connolly
Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Policy and Urban Affairs, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu
617-373-4140

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“Ecological Forecasting: How Science Can Help Society to Proactively Prepare for a Warmer World”
Monday, March 25, 2013
12pm
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Room 426, Boston
Brian Helmuth
Professor, Marine and Environmental Science and Public Policy, College of Science and College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu
617-373-4140

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SUSTAINABILITY:  PRACTICES AND POSSIBILITIES
3rd Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference
2nd Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses Conference
April 24, 2013
8am - 4pm 
DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Conference details at http://masustainablecommunities.com
Register early and save at http://masccc.eventbrite.com
Cost:  $45 to $75


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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.
https://sites.google.com/site/somervilleyogurtcoop/home

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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.

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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
http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/additional-resources/solar-hot-water-grant-program

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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).

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Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHhwM202dDYxdUZJVGFscnY1VGZ3aXc6MQ

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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.)


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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

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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.

https://www.carbonsalon.com/

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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

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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

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Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/

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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

http://www.massclimateaction.net/calendar/events/index.php

http://www.mitenergyclub.org/calendar/mit_events_template

http://www.environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/

http://green.harvard.edu/events

http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/tabid/57/Default.aspx

http://boston.nerdnite.com/

http://www.meetup.com/

http://www.eventbrite.com/

http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/calendar

http://harddatafactory.com/Johnny_Monsarrat/index.html

http://bostoneventsinsider.com/boston_events/
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