[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - February 17, 2013

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

Monday, February 18

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

Tuesday, February 19

12pm "Privacy in the Digital Age." 
12:30pm  "Privacy in the Digital Age."12:30pm  The Next 27 Minutes Are An Experiment: Thoughts On The Fallout from Kony 2012
1pm  Webinar: CrowdFunding-The New way of Funding
3:30pm  Contrasting Secular & Religious Agenda Terror and Guerrilla Warfare: From Che Guevara to Osama bin Laden
4pm  Primer on Discounting Climate Risks
4pm  "Towards a Better Urban Agenda: Development without Displacement"
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
6pm  MassChallenge Sampler: Marketing
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.

Wednesday, February 20

12pm  CAST Music and Technology: David Sheppard
12:30om  “Subtleties in Bold Design: Managing Automobile Growth in Chinese Cities”
4pm  "Distribution-Based Clustering: Using Ecology to Refine the Operational Taxonomic Unit"
4:10pm  Adoption of a New Water Technology: The Role of Joint Liability, Asset Collateralization, and Credit Access
6pm  Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions:  Transportation	
6pm  Divination Lecture: "Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You"
6:30pm  American Society of Landscape Architects Lecture
6:30pm  Harvard Education Innovation Pitch Competition

Thursday, February 21

12pm  FAS Environmental Movies/Brown Bag Lunch Series
12pm  Lived Experiences of Freedom in a Brazilian Favela
4pm  "Regimes of aerosol-low cloud-climate interaction”
4:15pm  Terror Queue Staffing and the Duration of Terror Plots
4:30pm  The New Russian Protest Movement and Cultural Policies
5pm  Global Energy History: The Last 10,000 Years
5:30pm  Steve Pinker: The Evolutionary Psychology of Religion
5:30pm  Affluence & Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America
6pm  Boston Society of Architects Exhibit opening: “Design Biennial Boston”
6pm  Towards a Global Architect
6:30pm  Post-Superstorm: Planning and Design After Sandy
7pm  Genetic Roulette:  the Gamble of Our Lives
7pm  Forty years in the Labor Movement!  Lessons from Organizer and Strategist Peter Van Delft
7pm  Urban Films: Street Fight

Friday, February 22

10:30am  "Using big data to discover tacit knowledge and improve learning"
12pm  [MIT Energy Club] Discussion Series: "Biofuels - More than Ethanol from Corn Starch"
12pm  MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar Series (MASS)
4pm  Solar Cell Technology Research at IBM
7pm  The origins of the African American spiritual, a lec-dem

Saturday, February 23

10am  Green Campaign School
1pm  Open Data Day

Sunday, February 24

10:30am  The Myth of the Ethical Consumer

Monday, February 25

12pm  “Global Markets and Government Regulation in Telecommunications”
5pm  India's Urban Transformation: The Full Story
8pm  Nerd Nite 

Tuesday, February 26

2pm  Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair
4:30pm  Dying to Forget: The Foundation of US Policy in the Middle East
4:30pm  "Climate Change and What it Means for Extreme Weather."
6pm  Boston/New England Internet of Things Meetup


Event Details

Monday, February 18

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/

Tuesday, February 19

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


"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.


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.

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


Webinar: CrowdFunding-The New way of Funding
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
1:00 PM To 2:00 PM
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/EFactor-Boston/events/103195282/
The Webinar will cover:  What we can learn from legal practices abroad* How / where to run a campaign* What current legislation permits* What to expect going forward.Learn about investment Crowdfunding, and how it works for both startups and investors. Jonathan Sandlund, founder of thecrowdcafe.com and localinvestors.org, will give a comprehensive overview of investment Crowdfunding and  provide useful resources for those interested in exploring their own Crowdfund investing campaign.


Contrasting Secular & Religious Agenda Terror and Guerrilla Warfare: From Che Guevara to Osama bin Laden
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Fine moderated by Prof. Fotini Christia
Dr. Fine is a former advisor on arms control and conflict resolution at the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) strategic division planning branch. He often lectures Elite IDF units and courses such as the IDF air force pilot course, naval officer course, IDF Commando units, and the IDF Tactical Command College. He is a member of ICTAC (the International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community) and the International Center for Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR) in Kings College, London. 
Dr. Fine received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a graduate of the Executive Course in Counter Terrorism at the ICT, and the special program in Intelligence Services and International Security sponsored by the University of Cartagena in Spain. 
There will be light refreshments

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MISTI, MISTI MIT-Israel Program, Center for International Studies, Security Studies Program
For more information, contact:  David Dolev
mit-israel at mit.edu 


Primer on Discounting Climate Risks
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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 


"Towards a Better Urban Agenda: Development without Displacement"
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
MIT, Building 4-349, Pappalardo Community Room, 4-349

Speaker: Miloon Kothari
Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, will discuss past development challenges, with particular attention to persistent displacement of urban and rural poor, as well as emerging trends, and future avenues for both research and action. Ford International Professor of Law and Development Balakrishnan Rajagopal will act as discussant. -- Please note room change to Pappalardo Community Room, 4-349 --

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, The School of Architecture and Planning Dean's Office, The Center for International Studies,The Program on Human Rights and Justice, MIT UrbanAfrica.
For more information, contact:  Sofia Alejandra Lopez
salopez at mit.edu 


Convergence Journalism? Emerging Documentary and Multimedia Forms of News
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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
seawell at mit.edu 


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
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/


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


MassChallenge Sampler: Marketing
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
MassChallenge Headquarters, Marina Park Drive, Boston
RSVP at http://mcsamplermarketing.eventbrite.com

The MassChallenge Sampler: An Accelerator Mini-Series
Episode III: Marketing
The importance of being branded
In Partnership with MITX
MassChallenge and MITX bring you the essentials of marketing and branding as you establish your startup. 
MITX is here to dispel the myth that marketing comes later in the process and cycle of launching a startup. In fact, companies that establish a vision and voice right from the beginning have a better chance of success because they have a clear proposition to attract investment, employees and customers.
If the thought “I don’t need marketing til later…” has crossed your mind, this session is for you!
Followed by Q&A and open networking.

Doug Fox, VP Brand Development,nPhillips Design Group, Moderator/Keynote
Biff Burns, EVP, Advertiser & Agency Relations, OneScreen Inc
Harvey Simmons, Dean of Marketing Affairs, EverTrue
Marlo Fogelman, Principal, Marlo Marketing

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


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
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


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
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


GreenPort:  Supporting Local and Regional Food Production: What Can We Do?
Tuesday, February 19 
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


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.

Wednesday, February 20

CAST Music and Technology: David Sheppard
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
MIT, Building 14W-111, Killian Hall, Hayden Library Building, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

CAST Music and Technology Seminar Series presents David Sheppard. 
David Sheppard is a sound designer who realizes visionary new artworks through live performance and cutting-edge technology. Noon, Killian Hall. Free.

Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts
For more information, contact:  Clarise Snyder
mta-request at mit.edu 


“Subtleties in Bold Design: Managing Automobile Growth in Chinese Cities”
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Time & Venue: complimentary lunch will be served at 12:05 pm in MIT room 9-555; talk starts at 12:30 pm and ends by 2:00 pm in MIT Room 9-354, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
NOTE:  Please reserve online so that we will prepare enough food. Click to RSVP.
Videos from past events are also available online at the MIT TechTV.
Speaker: Dr. Jinhua Zhao, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia
Discussant: Prof. Ralph Gakenheimer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Speaker's Short Bio
Jinhua Zhao is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. Focusing on urban transportation and China's urbanization, Jinhua studies the interaction between policy making by the government and behavioural response from the public. Jinhua is returning to MIT (MCP and MST'04, PhD'09) this fall as an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. 
Extraordinary growth calls for extraordinary measures. Chinese cities offer many such examples in managing their automobiles: from restricting half of Beijing's vehicles from being used during the Olympics to charging over USD10,000 to register a Shanghai car license through bidding. Boldness in both infrastructure development and policy design seems commonplace in China's urban transportation arena. This talk, however, will present some of the subtleties in these bold designs using Shanghai license auction policy and Beijing's license lottery policy as a case. Subtleties exist in public attitude towards government policies, in policy details including pricing mechanism and purposeful policy leakage, and in the contrasting equity and efficiency orientations (superficial fairness in Beijing's lottery vs. efficiency-orientation of Shanghai's auction). Governments, at least in some cities, are more skillful in synergizing planning and market mechanisms and they do gauge the public and become more amenable though still sensitive. Policy making and public response are increasingly two-way interactive rather than one-way command and control.  
Please join us in the lecture for more perspectives and insights on this topic.


"Distribution-Based Clustering: Using Ecology to Refine the Operational Taxonomic Unit"
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
MIT, Building 48-316, Parsons Laboratory,, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Sarah Preheim, Postdoc, Alm Lab, MIT

The Microbial Systems (and Beyond) Seminar @ Parsons
Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/microbialsystems/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering


Adoption of a New Water Technology: The Role of Joint Liability, Asset Collateralization, and Credit Access
WHEN  Wed., Feb. 20, 2013, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Kremer, Harvard University.
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k89370


Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions:  Transportation	
6:00 to 8:00pm 
Northeastern, West Village F, Room 20, 40A Leon Street, Boston

Stephanie Pollack, Professor of Practice in Law and Public Policy, Associate Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
Al Biehler, Distinguished Service Professor of Transportation Systems and Policy, Executive Director of the University Transportation Center, and Adjunct Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University; former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation


Divination Lecture: "Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You"
Wednesday, February 20
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge 
A reception will follow at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Avenue

Most of us think we know what would make us happy and that our only problem is getting it. But research in psychology, economics, and neuroscience shows that people are not very good at predicting what will make them happy, how happy it will make them, and how long that happiness will last.

Is the problem that we can’t really imagine what our futures will hold? Is the problem that society lies to us about the true sources of human happiness? Yes, and yes again. Harvard professor of psychology and bestselling author ofStumbling on Happiness Daniel Gilbert will explain why, when it comes to finding happiness, we can’t always trust our imaginations—or our mothers.

Daniel Gilbert has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. In 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His 2007 book, Stumbling on Happiness, spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list, has being translated into 30 languages, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Book Prize for best science book of the year.

In 2010, he hosted and co-wrote the award-winning NOVA television series This Emotional Life which was seen by more than 10 million viewers.

He is a contributor to Time, The New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered, and has been a guest on numerous television shows including The Today Show, Charlie Rose, 20/20, and The Colbert Report.

His first TED talk is one of the 15 most popular of all time.-


American Society of Landscape Architects Lecture
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 
Piper Auditorium, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Marian Chertow (Phd, professor at Yale University Industrial Environmental Management).

Professor Chertow is a pioneer of industrial ecology with the focus on industrial symbiosis. She has been the Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 1991.
She is currently a president-elect committee for the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE). Professor Chertow also testified on waste, recycling and other environmental issues before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in the past. She will present a lecture on her research on urban metabolism in Asia, Europe and United States

Contact Name:  Sang Cho
sangchoart at gmail.com


Harvard Education Innovation Pitch Competition
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)
Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://eipc-es2003.eventbrite.com

Join us for an evening at the i-lab, where eight finalist teams from across Harvard and beyond will present their innovative ideas to transform education.  A panel of all-star judges will provide feedback and, together with the audience, award $10,000 in prizes.  Light refreshments, as well as direct shuttles between HGSE/Harvard Square and the i-lab, will be provided.

Thursday, February 21

FAS Environmental Movies/Brown Bag Lunch Series
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Mallinckrodt Room 102, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge
NOTE  Join the FAS Green Program for screenings of the most inspiring TED talks on a variety of environmental topics. Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 12-1 p.m.
LINK	http://green.harvard.edu/events


Lived Experiences of Freedom in a Brazilian Favela
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  1730 Cambridge St. CGIS South S-050 DRCLAS Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Brazil Studies Program
SPEAKER(S)  Moises Lino e Silva, postdoctoral fellow in social anthropology, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO	brazil at fas.harvard.edu
LINK	http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/node/1858


"Regimes of aerosol-low cloud-climate interaction”
Thursday, February 21, 2013 
Haller Hall, 102 Geological Museum Building, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Chris Bretherton, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Applied Mathematics, University of Washington. 

Abstract:  Human activities have dramatically increased atmospheric aerosol concentrations. Climate models suggest this brightens low-lying clouds, compensating 30-70% of the warming due to greenhouse gases.  This large uncertainty range occurs because low-lying marine cloud cover and thickness respond much more to aerosol increases in some models than others.  Observations suggest that some low-cloud regimes are much more sensitive to aerosol increases than others, exposing the challenges faced by global models.
We use a high-resolution large-eddy simulation model to provide insight into different regimes or 'slow manifolds' of aerosol-low cloud interaction and mechanisms of rapid transition between them. The model results help explain why some low-cloud regimes are much more sensitive to aerosol increases than others and may help provide benchmarks for improving the formulations of aerosol-cloud interaction in climate models.

Reception to follow in the Interactive Space, 4th floor of the Geological Museum @ 5:30pm
Sponsored by The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment

Contact Name:  Jennifer Lake
jlake at fas.harvard.edu


Terror Queue Staffing and the Duration of Terror Plots
Thursday, February 21, 2013
MIT, Building E51-315, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Edward H. Kaplan

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.

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
vgupta1 at mit.edu,krisdj at mit.edu,maxcohen at mit.edu 


The New Russian Protest Movement and Cultural Policies
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South Bldg, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Artemy Troitsky
CONTACT INFO	clmartin at fas.harvard.edu


Global Energy History: The Last 10,000 Years
Thursday, February 21, 2013 
CGIS - S020, Belfer Case Study Room 1730, Cambridge Street, Cambridge

John McNeill (Georgetown University)

Sponsored by HUCE and the Center for History and Economics
Contact Name:  Emily Gauthier
gauth at fas.harvard.edu


Steve Pinker: The Evolutionary Psychology of Religion
Thursday, February 21, 2013
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Steve Pinker
Psychological and Neuroscientific Foundations of Spirituality and Religion 
An exploration of why some of us experience feelings of spirituality. What is the interplay of religion and child development? Why did religions come into existence? What do religious experiences look like neuroscientifically?

Part one of a six-part lecture series of the psychological and neuroscientific foundations of spirituality and religion. 

Pizza provided before lecture.

Web site: http://ssomit.mit.edu/events.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Secular Society, The Baker Foundation
For more information, contact:  Secular Society Exec
ssomit-officers at mit.edu 


Affluence & Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Austin Hall 111 West, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Ethics, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
SPEAKER(S)  Martin Gilens, professor of politics, Princeton University
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	ethics at ethics.harvard.edu
NOTE  Free and open to the public. Refreshments available.
LINK	http://www.ethics.harvard.edu/news-and-events/lectures-and-events/detail/252


Boston Society of Architects Exhibit opening: “Design Biennial Boston”
Thursday, February 21, 2013
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.


Mary Fichtner, Director of Programs and Exhibits, direct 617-391-4017
Boston Society of Architects/AIA, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210


Towards a Global Architect
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
SPEAKER(S)  Beatriz Colomina
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	617.495.3251
NOTE  Reception to follow.
Colomina is an internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist who has written extensively on questions of architecture and media. Colomina has taught in the Princeton School of Architecture since 1988, and is the Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University, a graduate program that promotes the interdisciplinary study of forms of culture that came to prominence during the last century and looks at the interplay between culture and technology.
LINK	http://www.ves.fas.harvard.edu/brute.html#bruteprograms


Post-Superstorm: Planning and Design After Sandy
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Abby Suckle
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/post-superstorm-planning-and-design-after-sandy.html


Genetic Roulette:  the Gamble of Our Lives
Thursday, February 21
doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor Street, entrance on Windsor Street, Cambridge

Genetically engineered foods: Experts expose the SERIOUS THREATS to your health and how corporations like Monsanto hide the facts. Are you and your family on the wrong side of a bet?

New evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory 
diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn. (If GMO foods are so safe, why aren't they tested on humans?)

Monsanto's strong arm tactics, the FDA's fraudulent policies, and how the USDA ignores a growing health emergency are also laid bare. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, protect you and your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) now underway.

In the US, nearly 75% of all supermarket food is genetically engineered or modified in some way. And you aren't allowed to know. An awakened populace is fighting back.
View trailer http://www.popscreen.com/v/6Mt2r/Genetic-Roulette-Movie-Trailer

"The story of barbecue is the story of America:  Settlers arrive on a great unspoiled continent, discover wondrous riches, set them on fire and eat them." ~Vince Staten

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists."  ~Joan Gussow

"If organic farming is the natural way, shouldn't organic produce just be called "produce" and make the pesticide-laden stuff take the burden of an adjective?" ~Terri Guillemets

"We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks.  We need a salad bowl.  In a salad bowl, you put in the different things.  You want the vegetables - the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers - to maintain their identity.  You appreciate differences." ~Jane Elliot

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
*free film, free refreshments, & free door prizes.**
**[donations are encouraged]*

"You can't legislate good will - that comes through education." ~ Malcolm X

*UPandOUT film series* - http://rule19.org/videos


Forty years in the Labor Movement!  Lessons from Organizer and Strategist Peter Van Delft
Thursday, February 21, 2013
7:00 p.m.
encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2A, Boston (right by the Park Street T-stop and the Orpheum Theatre)

At no previous point in its history has the situation of the labor movement been more dire. At the same time, new waves of immigrant and community organizing and the rise of middle-class activism may signal renewal for the movement that brought dignity to millions of workers. This event helps as look forward by first looking back on Peter's 4 decades of service to the labor movement.

About Peter:  A longtime activist and a third-generation socialist, Peter Van Delft has spent more than forty years in the labor movement.  Following World War II he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he earned an M.A. in Anthropology and where he was involved in activities leading to increased admissions and support for low income and students of color.

Until his retirement Peter was a Vice President of New York based, 30,000 member, District 65. Earlier, he had been a member of the National Maritime Union and of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

He was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement as a member of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and organized union sponsored Freedom Rides in which more than 150 members participated.

In collaboration with colleagues he fought for contract provisions to prevent discrimination or harassment of gay workers.  He also worked on programs addressing health and safety concerns. He also focused on worker empowerment within their unions, developing training programs on negotiating and costing contracts, and community organizing.

This event is organized and sponsored by: encuentro 5/Massachusetts Global Action, the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series, and the Downtown Workers Center. Snacks and light refreshments will be offered.

Note: this transitional location for encuentro 5 is NOT wheelchair accessible. In the short-term, events will be livestreamed from encuentro 5 (http://www.encuentro5.org/live ) and community members may also join the conversation by calling (605) 475-4000 and using access code 766688# For more information, please leave a message at 888-400-1225.


Urban Films: Street Fight
Thursday, February 21, 2013
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Urban Planning Film Series 
A mostly-weekly series showing documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, ecology, and other planning issues. Free.

Chronicles the bare-knuckles race for Mayor of Newark, N.J. between Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Rhodes Scholar/Yale Law School grad, and Sharpe James, the four-term incumbent and undisputed champion of New Jersey politics. Directed by Marshall Curry. Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary (2005).

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

Friday, February 22

"Using big data to discover tacit knowledge and improve learning"
Friday, February 22, 2013
MIT, Building 3-270, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Kenneth R. Koedinger, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University

DUE Education Talk series (DUET) 
DUET is a monthly series emphasizing current research on learning, cognitive psychology, educational technology, machine learning, neuroscience, and educational assessment, among other topics. DUET's goal is to provide the MIT community with the latest research in education and to contribute to efforts to enhance student learning both residentially and online.

Abstract: Despite our strong sense of conscious awareness of what we know and learn, most of what we know and learn is outside our conscious awareness. One estimate is that the knowledge we are aware of represents only about 30% of what we know. As a consequence, the typical approach of designing educational materials and technologies based on intuition and introspection is limited, even error-prone. Instead, educational design is better based on accurate cognitive models of student knowledge and learning. And accurate cognitive models are best built by combining constraints from computational modeling and from statistical models of student performance data. Online educational technology use is a great source of such data. I will illustrate these points with projects that employ 1) educational data mining and computational modeling to discover better cognitive models and 2) "close the loop" experiments to demonstrate that redesigning personalized on- line instruction based on these models improves student learning.

Web site: http://pact.cs.cmu.edu/koedinger.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Teaching and Learning Laboratory, Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education
For more information, contact:  Jennifer French
jfrench at mit.edu 


[MIT Energy Club] Discussion Series: "Biofuels - More than Ethanol from Corn Starch"
Friday, February 22, 2013
MIT, Building 5-232, 55 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Aditya Kunjapur
In this round table discussion, Aditya will first give a quick summary of his Biofuels 101 talk, including alternative biofuels feedstock and factors influencing the biofuel landscape in the US. Then Aditya will lead the discussion between the audiences about topics of interest in biofuels.

MIT Energy Discussion Series 
The Discussion Series is an energy discussion series led by graduate student experts in various energy areas. Suggested preparation readings for upcoming discussions are available on our website.
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 


MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar Series (MASS)
Friday, February 22, 2013
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Marat Khairoutdinov (Stony Brook University)

MIT Atmospheric Seminar Series (MASS)
The MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) is a student-run weekly seminar series within PAOC. Seminar topics include all research concerning the atmosphere and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars usually take place on Monday from 12-1pm followed by a lunch with graduate students. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged. The seminar series is run by graduate students and is intended mainly for students to interact with individuals outside the department, but faculty and post docs certainly participate.

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 


Solar Cell Technology Research at IBM
Feb 22, 2013 
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Harvard, Pierce 209, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Supratik Guha, Director Physical Sciences, IBM
Abstract:  Silicon dominates the solar cell market today.  However, for photovoltaics to be ubiquitous and affordable, there is need for a new earth abundant material that could be fabricated cheaply and yet with high efficiencies. In this talk I will describe our research on one such candidate: copper-zinc-tin-sulfide (Cu2ZnSnS4).  I will also describe our work on concentrator photovoltaics: an approach that—once it can benefit from the economies of scale-- has the potential to be mass manufactured cheaply.


The origins of the African American spiritual, a lec-dem
Friday, February 22, 2013
MIT, Building 14W-111, Killian Hall, Hayden Library Building, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Dr. Emery Stephens, baritone and Assistant Professor of Voice in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University and Pamela Wood, soprano, MIT Senior Lecturer in Music with Karen Harvey, piano, present a lecture/recital tracing the origins of the African American spiritual. Made possible by CRD, Committee on Race and Diversity at MIT, the Council for the Arts at MIT and MIT Music and Theater Arts. 7pm, Killian Hall. Free.

Web site: web.mit.edu/mta
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts
For more information, contact:  Clarise Snyder
mta-request at mit.edu 

Saturday, February 23

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.


Open Data Day
Saturday, February 23, 2013
1:00 PM To 5:00 PM
Sunlight Foundation's Boston office at Bocoup Loft, 355 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Open-Government-Boston/events/104466882/

On Saturday, February 23rd, activists in dozens of cities around the world will be coming together to participate in Open Data Day (http://opendataday.org). From the website:

If you have an idea for using open data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, learn about how to visualize or analyze data or simply want to see what's happening, then definitely come participate! No matter your skillset or interests, we are encouraging organizers to foster opportunities for you to learn and help the global open data community grow.

This is a chance not just to meet local activists but to meet and work with open data activists around the world. We'll be playing tutorials, chats and demos from other cities, and perhaps even making a demo for others to use. Let us know if you have anything you'd like to present about, whether just to us or to the wider Open Data Day community. 

The Sunlight Foundation is generously providing us pizza and drinks, so let us know if you have requests/allergies/etc.

Sunday, February 24

The Myth of the Ethical Consumer
Sunday, February 24 
10:30 AM
395 Concord Avenue, Belmont (next to the Belmont Post Office)

Gianna Eckhardt, Associate Professor at Suffolk University and Co-Author of "The Myth of the Ethical Consumer", Do consumers really care where products come from and how they are made?  They say they do in surveys but their purchasing patterns tell a different story. What are the key drivers to bring ethical consumption beliefs in line with actions? 

Program is Free. Public is Welcome.  Music, Coffee/Snacks and discussion to follow presentation.  
For further information please call 617-739-9050 or visit BostonEthical.Org. 

Monday, February 25

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

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

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu


India's Urban Transformation: The Full Story
Monday, February 25, 2013
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing will be speaking on India's Urban Transformation. 

Sponsored by: Displacement Research and Action Network, PHRJ, International development Group-DUSP, and MIT-India Program
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, Displacement Research and Action Network, PHRJ, International development Group-DUSP, and MIT-India Program
For more information, contact:  Sarah Jane Vaughan
svaughan at mit.edu 


Nerd Nite 
Monday, February 25, 2013
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge

Tuesday, February 26

Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Location: online

The United States Intelligence Community will host a Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, February 26th at 2pm-8pm EST for interested parties to explore career opportunities, chat with recruiters and subject matter experts, and learn how to apply for job openings. Visit ICVirtualFair.com to register. Space is limited! US Citizenship required.

Web site: ICVirtualFair.com
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Global Education & Career Development
For more information, contact:  GECD
gecd at mit.edu 


Dying to Forget: The Foundation of US Policy in the Middle East
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
MIT, Building E51-395, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Irene Gendzier, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston University
Irene Gendzier is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston University and the author of a number of books and articles dealing with U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the formation of public opinion.

Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar 
The Bustani Middle East Seminar is organized under the auspices of the MIT Center for International Studies, which conducts research on contemporary international issues and provides and opportunity for faculty and students to share perspectives and exchange views. Each year the Bustani Seminar invites scholars, journalists, consultants, and other experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States to MIT to present recent research findings on contemporary politics, society and culture, and economic and technological development in the Middle East.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/cis/bustani/
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, Technology and Culture Forum
For more information, contact:  Heidi Erickson
hae at mit.edu 


"Climate Change and What it Means for Extreme Weather."
Tuesday, February 266
4:30 - 6p.     
MIT, Building E19-623, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Kerry Emmanuel


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


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 ... 


Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions:  Fission & Fracking
Wednesday, February 27	
6:00 to 8:00pm 
Northeastern, West Village F, Room 20, 40A Leon Street, Boston

Richard Lester, Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Co-Chair, Industrial Performance Center at MIT


Resilience: From PTSD to Hurricane Sandy
Wednesday, February 27
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?



MIT Energy Conference Friday Night Showcase
Friday March 1st
6 to 9pm
Boston Park Plaza Castle, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston

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.


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.


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.

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
Friday, March 1 from 6 PM to 8:45 PM & Saturday, March 2 from 9 AM to 4 PM

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

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

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


Tufts Energy Conference 2013: Powering Global Energy Security
Saturday, March 2, 2013 
12:30 PM - Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM (EST)
Cabot Intercultural Center, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
Register at http://tuftsenergyconference2013.eventbrite.com

Agenda and information at http://www.tuftsenergyconference2013.com
Cost:  $10-65


Transit Equity Summit 
Saturday, March 2nd
City Year, 287 Columbus Ave, Boston (one block from Back Bay T station) 
Free and open to the public. 
Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5408504984/  
Please join the Greater Boston Transit Justice Coalition, On The Move, for a full day summit on transit equity campaign and visioning for the future. Together we can improve public transportation policies this year. We can determine what public transit could be.

Debt deteriorates our public transit system. Without action, we face another round of fare hikes and service cuts. We must move beyond the second class status of riders. Our lives depend on it. 

Complimentary lunch and breakfast. Childcare provided.
See our website for conference updates.
Coalition members include: LivableStreets Alliance, Action for Regional Equity, Bikes not Bombs, MASSPIRG, Sierra Club, The Arborway Committee, The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, The T Riders Union (TRU), Washington Street Corridor Co

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.


Humanitarian Response: Innovation to Meet Needs
Saturday, March 2
10am-4pm (reception following)
Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts
Free registration at www.gordon.edu/humanitarian 

This conference brings together practitioners of humanitarian response and international health, students considering a career in this area, and academic researchers.  Supply systems are critical to humanitarian response; yet the context presents unique challenges for logistics management.  Recent experiences and innovative approaches will be presented.

Speakers from Partners In Health, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Heart To Heart International, and the California Department of Public Health will talk about the logistics of humanitarian response in situations ranging from the 2010 Haiti earthquake to the recent Hurricane Sandy. Afternoon sessions will feature student projects in disaster response, food security and global health.
Please visit www.gordon.edu/humanitarian for program information, registration and directions to Gordon College, just 30 minutes north of Boston. The event is free. When registering, you can purchase a discount food voucher for lunch.

Organized by
Mike Veatch, Gordon College Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Jarrod Goentzel, MIT Humanitarian Response Lab

For more information, contact Margie.Roaf at gordon.edu


Lightning talks: H/H & Nieman-Berkman are looking for the top new apps, cos.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
7:00 PM
Lippmann House, 1 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://meetupbos.hackshackers.com/events/103990562/

Interested in giving a 5-10 minute presentation about your great app, company, site, or research to a broad range of journalists and technologists?
Here's your chance.
There's only one requirement -- it must be related to media or journalism in some fashion. (And yes, we take a broad view on this.) .
If interested, e-mail Matt Carroll at matthewscarroll (at) msn.com. Include a short (2-3 sentence) description of what you would like to talk about and put"Lightning talk" in the subject line.
If there is a large number of interested parties, we may have H/H members vote on what they would like to see.


The Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc. and the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. present:
Spring Planting 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
1:30 PM until 5:30 PM
First Parish Church, 10 Parish Street in the Meeting House Hill section of Dorchester.

Learn to grow food at your own home, in your yard, on your porch, inside your house.

This is a free event to help people learn how they can fight the world food crisis by learning to grow your own fresh, healthy nutritious foods.

Our co-sponsors include:
First Parish Church in Dorchester
Boston Natural Areas Network
The Food Project
The Family Nurturing Center of Dorchester
College Bound Dorchester
Bowdoin Street Health Center
Richard Mather School
Mather Parent Council

Information tables, displays and demonstrations including .
The Food Project
Boston Natural Areas Network
Home Depot
Victory Programs – Revision Urban Farm
Boston Vegetarian Society
Bowdoin Street Health Center
Next Step Living
Laurel Valchuis of Landless Gardens – grow food in only two square feet of 
Massachusetts Master Gardener’s Association
And more!

Are you interested in volunteering? Please contact me:
Owen Toney
Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc.
281 Humboldt Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02121
(617) 427-6293 (voice, no text)
otoney at comcast.net


MCAN / TAC Local Environmental Action Conference
Sunday, 10 March, 2013
09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Northeastern University, Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

We are so very happy to announce that this year MCAN is partnering with the great organization the Toxics Action Center and putting together our two conferences.  For the past several years we've been working with TAC on their annual "Environmental Action" conference and they've been coming to our Climate Change conference, and it has become apparent that both our organizations share the mission of supporting and inciting local environmental action so a joint conference made a lot of sense.
The conference will feature the usual variety of workshops and panels on climate issues, the nuts and bolts of local organizing, and now other local environmental issues as well.  It has become very clear to us at MCAN that climate change affects and is affected by a host of issues not traditionally thought of as "global warming" subjects.  By putting our two conferences together we're hoping to give local activists the opportunity to learn more about the topics near and dear to their hearts, but also the chance to branch out and learn about other topics affecting their and their children's quality of life.

We will be rolling out details over the coming weeks, and will open registration after the first of the year.  If you have ideas for things you'd like to have as a part of the conference, we have a web form here.  For updated info, check out our conference webpage at http://massclimateaction.net/conference.html
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Event Contact Info  Rob Garrity
Email:  rob.garrity at massclimateaction.net 
Phone: 6175150600 


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

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

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu


Music and Theater Arts Composer Forum presents Don Byron, MIT Visiting Artist
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
5:00 PM talk
MIT,  Lewis Music Library 14E-109, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Free and Open to the public. Reception follows.

Byron will speak about his new Clarinet Concerto to be premiered by the MIT Wind Ensemble; Evan Ziporyn, soloist, on March 16 in Kresge Auditorium.


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

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu


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

Contact Northeastern Humanities nuhumanities at neu.edu


2nd Annual Boston Baseball Hack Day
Saturday, March 30, 2013
9:30 AM To 7:00 PM
Thoughtbot, 41 Winter Street, 7th floor, Boston
Register at http://bbhd2013.eventbrite.com/ 

Are you a web developer, designer, or a programmer who is interested in baseball? Or a passionate baseball fan with ideas?

Boston Baseball Hack Day on March 30, 2013, is the second annual hacking event where area baseball minds come together, form a team, and collaborate to create baseball-related project and bring an idea to life. The goal of the day is to bring creative minds into one room and see what they can produce within a limited time. The project could be (but is not limited to) a tool, simple web app, website, or data visualization. See what we did in 2012 to get an idea.

It is also a great opportunity to network and socialize among like-minded people. Projects will be judged by area experts, and a brief awards ceremony (with prizes courtesy of our sponsors) will conclude the program.

At the end of the day, projects will be judged by area experts, and a brief awards ceremony will conclude the event.

Baseball Hack Day is a free event thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.  Registration is required and seating is limited. So Register NOW!


Landscaping with Climate in Mind 
April 3
7:00 pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Sue Reed, Author of Energy-Wise Landscape Design.  
Learn how to manage your landscape to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint—essential actions in this era of climate change.  

Sponsored by Grow Native Massachusetts


Save the Date: Friday 19 April, 2013
 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP)
Convened in Honor of CIERP’s Director, Professor William Moomaw

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 
On the afternoon of Friday, April 19, the Fletcher community will host a symposium on campus celebrating CIERP’s 20th Anniversary and honoring the distinguished career of William "Bill" Moomaw,Professor of International Environmental Policy and CIERP’s Founder and Director. The event will be themed around scaling renewable energy. 
Please mark your calendars! More details to follow. All are welcome.
The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), established in 1992 at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, develops innovative approaches to shifting global development onto an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable path. We analyze how economic and social activities impact the environment, and design strategies for meeting human needs without straining the planet’s resources. CIERP advances theory, turns it into practice, educates the international community, and prepares students for careers as global leaders and citizens.


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




Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!

Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


Boiler Rebate
If your boiler is from 1983 or earlier, Mass Save will give a $1,750 to $4,000 rebate to switch it out for a new efficient boiler that uses the same fuel (i.e. if you have oil, you have to continue to use oil) so long as it is installed by July 31, 2012.

Call Mass Save (866 527-7283) to sign up for a home energy assessment or sign-up online at  www.nextsteplivinginc.com/HEET  and HEET will receive a $10 contribution from Next Step Living for every completed assessment.

This is a great way to reduce climate change emissions for the next 20 or so years the boiler lasts, while saving money.


CEA Solar Hot Water Grants
Cambridge, through the Cambridge Energy Alliance initiative, is offering a limited number of grants to residents and businesses for solar hot water systems.  The grants will cover 50% of the remaining out of pocket costs of the system after other incentives, up to $2,000.

Applications will be accepted up to November 19, 2012 and are available on a first come, first serve basis until funding runs out.  The Cambridge grant will complement other incentives including the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center solar thermal grants.  For more information, see


Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?  With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.

HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer Cambridge residents free thermal scans.

Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal images of their property and an analysis online. The information is password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.

Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their images and analysis for a small fee.

The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.

Go to Sagewell.com.  Type in your address at the bottom where it says "Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here" to request the report.

That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to do about it.

With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money, not to mention comfort).


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


HEET has partnered with NSTAR and Mass Save participating contractor Next Step Living to deliver no-cost Home Energy Assessments to Cambridge residents.

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap
If you get electricity from NSTAR, National Grid or Western Mass Electric, you already pay for these assessments through a surcharge on your energy bills.  You might as well use the service.

Please sign up at http://nextsteplivinginc.com/heet/?outreach=HEET or call Next Step Living at 866-867-8729.  A Next Step Living Representative will call to schedule your assessment.

HEET will help answer any questions and ensure you get all the services and rebates possible.

(The information collected will only be used to help you get a Home Energy Assessment.  We won’t keep the data or sell it.)

(If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call HEET’s Jason Taylor at 617 441 0614.)




Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!

To view the directory please visit: http://www.localgreenguide.org
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at adritha at sbnboston.org


Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while controlling for how cold the weather is). You get a short friendly email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.



Boston Food System

"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships, programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."

The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food, farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health, environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on week-to-week is not always well publicized.
Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let everyone know about these activities.  Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of subscribers.  Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and other posting guidelines will be provided as well.

It's easy to subscribe right now at https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/bfs


Artisan Asylum  http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project  http://www.transformationcentral.org/solidarity/mapping/mapping.html
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation, contact jmatthaei at wellesley.edu


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


Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents   http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area  http://www.BostonScienceLectures.com

Boston Area Computer User Groups  http://www.bugc.org/

Arts and Cultural Events List  http://aacel.blogspot.com/

Cambridge Civic Journal  http://www.rwinters.com












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