[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - October 27, 2013

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Oct 27 14:41:54 PDT 2013


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Utility Transition:  Germany's Second Largest Utility Has a New, Renewable Business Plan
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/23/1250118/-Utility-Transition

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index
*Please note that next week's edition will not be published on Sunday, November 3.  It will come out on Monday, November 4 or Tuesday, November 5, depending upon how backed up I get from a weekend away.

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Monday, October 28
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12pm  "Dynamics of the Madden-Julian oscillation"
12pm  "The U.S. Oil Boom and International Politics: Easy Answers and Difficult Questions"
12:15pm  What We Can Learn from the Failure of Climate Policy
12:30pm  "Two Degrees: Climate Change and Our Built Environment"
2pm  NSA Mass Surveillance: Turning the Fourth (and First) Amendment on It's Head
3:30pm  Exploiting communications, exploiting the law: Data mining, Total Information Awareness, and the NSA
4pm  "Quantifying Climate Processes with Cave Geochemistry (in Asia and the Laboratory)."
4pm  Rebuilding "Friendship and Fraternity" by Other Means: Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus at Economic War in 2013
5pm  Geoengineering: Science & Governance - Debating Climate Engineering
6pm  2014 Deans' Health & Life Sciences Challenge Kickoff
7pm  "Emulsions: Concepts of Stabilizing Oil & Water"
7pm  Nuclear Regulatory Commission Waste Confidence Public Meeting

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Tuesday, October 29
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10:30am  Physical Mechanisms Controlling Self-Aggregation of Convection in Idealized Modeling Simulations
12pm  "Terrestrial Climate-Carbon Cycle Extremes: Quantification, Association with Climate, and Implications"
12pm  "Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection."
12pm  Managing Data Protection between the US and Europe: Balancing Freedom and Security
12:30pm  The Innovation Intermission
12:30pm  Seeing the Tohoku Earthquake Before It Happened
4pm  Nanotechnology from Laboratory to Space
4pm  Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning
4pm  Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: The Role of Entrepreneurship in U.S. Competitiveness - Bipartisanship— Can Agreement on Small Business Issues Help Bridge the Gap?
6pm  Python for journalists: Hands-on training
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - October Happy Hour
6pm  What is Hot in Solar 
6pm  Boston Quantified Self Show &Tell #BQS14 
6:30pm  Transportation today
6:30pm  Techtoberfest: A Wearable Technology Mixer
7pm  What's the "Journalism" in Opinion Journalism?: New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg in Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates 
7pm  Ocean Frontiers 2: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea
7pm  Greentech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming.
7pm  Brainstorming and Helping Each Other

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Wednesday, October 30
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10am  Why do States Abandon Nuclear Weapons?
12pm  Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? The Future of US Presence in the Persian Gulf
1pm  Homelessness at Harvard: How Serving Your Neighbor Can Save the World
3pm  "Collective Intelligence in Honey Bees: how a swarm chooses its nesting site"
3pm  Information transfer in the era of climate change: when do "the details" matter?
3pm  The Prospects of Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: Opportunities, Dilemmas, and Challenges
3pm  'Innovation, Science and Technology Policy, and the Public Good'
3:15pm  HUCTW 25th Anniversary Events Panel: What's Next for the U.S. Labor Movement?
4pm  Environmental Performance Simulation: From Evaluating Performance To Suggesting New Forms for Buildings and Neighborhoods
4pm  Community and Economic Development in Egypt
4pm  Akamai: From Theory to Practice
4:10pm  Nation of Devils: Democratic Leadership and the Problem of Obedience
4:15pm  Greater than All of the Forces of Nature? Humans as Agents of China’s Environmental Change 5000-2000 Years Ago
4:30pm  The Case for Climate Engineering
5pm  Todd Harper: "Let's Fight Like Gentlemen"
5:30pm  Mass Energy Consumers Alliance's 31st Annual Meeting
6pm  Soap Box: The Science of Remembering (and Forgetting)
6pm  Food as Medicine
6pm  Zombies: Lessons for Today from the Apocalypse of Tomorrow
6:30pm  Film Screening:  Climate Refugees
6:30pm  Design + Entrepreneurship
7pm  SITN Lecture - The Life of a Genetically Modified Organism:  From the laboratory to your dinner table
7pm  Can We Change Our Genes? Free Lecture at MOS (register w/Eventbrite)
7pm  7th Biennial Cambridge City Council Candidates' Night on Environmental and Energy (E/E)

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Thursday, October 31
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11:45am  Jon Pershing on U.S. Climate and Energy Policy
12pm  "Neural Network Dynamics for Attentional Selection"
3pm  Conference: Europe in a Post-Crisis World (Day 1)
4pm  Surface-atmosphere exchange of reactive nitrogen in the environment
4pm  Iran: From Elections Until Now
5:30pm  Carbon Dating
5:30pm  "Bionanoscience for Innovative Global Healthcare Research and Technology"

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Friday, November 1
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Conference: Democracy and Memory in Latin America
8:30am  The Encounter of Science and History
12pm  Transportation Research and Innovation at Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center
12pm  Fukushima-derived Radioactivity in Pacific Biota: Risks, Research Opportunities, and Nature Being Amazing
12pm  Attracting Private Capital for Public Good: Can Social Impact Bonds Move the Needle?
12pm  Syrian Refugees in the Middle East: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
12:05pm  Remediation of Manufactured Gas Plant Sites: COCs, Transport Processes, & Engineering Solutions
12:10pm  Infrastructure Resiliency and Robustness of Structures
3pm  Cleantech Coffee Mixer with Greentown Labs!
3:45pm  Applied Math Perspectives on Stochastic Climate Models
4pm  "Peak Water: What Happens When The Wells Go Dry?":  HUCE Special Seminar with Lester Brown
4pm  Open House Lecture: "Constructed Atmospheres"
4pm  Doubling Down on the Negative: Anti-anti Nukes, the Anti-anti Foreign, and Rightest Positivity in Post-3.11 Japan
7pm  Sweet Science: Candy, cocktails & cutting-edge research! (21+)

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Saturday, November 2
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7:30am  Cyberposium
8:30am  America's Datafest
9am  Active Hope:  Facing Climate Change and Staying Sane
9am  Pentecostal Tabernacle Energy Upgrade Work Party
9:30am  350MA Campaigns Summit
10am  Harvard Public Safety Innovation Hackathon
3pm  Boston Virtual Reality Meet-up 
6:30pm  Community Event: Transforming Our Homes, Culture, and Economy
7pm  Playing for the Planet:  NE Music Masters
7:30pm  Energy Theater: Turn It Around! 

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Sunday, November 3
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9am  2013 Finance Conference
3:45pm  Time Trade Circle Orientation

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Monday, November 4
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12pm  Improving PTSD Treatment for US Military Personnel via Enterprise Architecting
12pm  Home Energy Efficiency Workshop 101
12:15pm  "Working on Climatic Time: Climatology and Labor Practices in Postwar Industrial Agriculture"
12:15pm  Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond
12:30pm  Road to Paris via Warsaw
4pm  Why Has Regional Income Convergence in the US Declined?
4pm  Challenges and Dilemmas of Humanitarian Action in Syria at a Political and Operational Level
6:30pm  Community Event: Transforming Our Homes, Culture, and Economy
7pm  Science & Cooking: The Science of Sweets
7pm  ACT Lecture | John Akomfrah, OBE & Lina Gopaul
7pm  Networking for Food Entrepreneurs

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Tuesday, November 5
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12pm  Ana Navarro
12:30pm  The Fight for the Future: How People Defeated Hollywood and Saved the Internet--For Now
12:30pm  North Korea's Dual Pursuit of Nuclear and Economic Development
2pm  Feeding the World without Consuming the Planet
2:30pm  Conflict Resolution and Organizational Influence
4pm  How the Food Giants Hooked Us
4pm  Drinking Water:  A History
4:15pm  Beyond the Crisis Symposium: Social Resilience and Sustainability
6pm  Exploring the Digital Transformation of Healthcare
7pm  StoryCode BOSTON:  WGBH's Bill Shribman;  Paul Turano's immersive urban wanders

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Wednesday, November 6
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Crowds and Climate:  Mobilizing Crowds to Develop Ideas and Take Action on Climate Change
12:15pm  Porkopolis: Industrializing Pigs and People in American Agriculture
2pm  Prison USA: The Dilemmas of Mass Incarceration
4:10pm  Too Many Checks, No Balance: Partisan Brinkmanship or a Shrinking Presidency as the New Normal?
4:10pm  “Life Saving Information: Mortality Risk Reduction from Air Quality Index Forecasts”
4:15pm  Planning for and Responding to Pandemic Influenza: Another Example of a Complex Sociotechnical System
5:30pm  Media Lab Conversations Series: Jillian York
6:30pm  Principles for Design & Humanizing Big Data with Data Visualization
7pm  SITN Lecture - Big Data in the Postgenome Era

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Event Details

Please note that next week's edition will not be published on Sunday, November 3.  It will come out on Monday, November 4 or Tuesday, November 5, depending upon how backed up I get from a weekend away.

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Monday, October 28
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"Dynamics of the Madden-Julian oscillation"
October 28, 2013
12pm-1pm
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

MAdam Sobel (Columbia)
Abstract: The Madden-Julian oscillation (MJO) is the dominant mode of variability in the tropics on the intraseasonal time scale (~20-90 day periods) and one of the most important coherent, quasi-periodic modes of natural variability in the global climate system altogether. Though it was discovered over 40 years ago, we still do not understand the MJO, in the sense of being able to state a simple mathematical model that explains its basic features.

I will present evidence that the MJO is what some of us now call a "moisture mode", best analyzed by examining the budget of moist static energy or moist entropy. I will argue
that cloud-radiative feedbacks are important to the maintenance of the MJO, while advection of moist static energy - both horizontal and vertical - is important to its eastward propagation. I will present evidence from observations, theory, general circulation models, and cloud-resolving models to this effect.

Speaker's website: http://www.columbia.edu/~ahs129/home.html

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"The U.S. Oil Boom and International Politics: Easy Answers and Difficult Questions"
Monday, October 28, 2013 
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Michael Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations
ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

http://www.hks.harvard.edu/m-rcbg/cepr/
Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at hks.harvard.edu

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What We Can Learn from the Failure of Climate Policy
Monday, October 28, 2013 
12:15pm to 2:00pm
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin Room 119, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to sts at hks.harvard.edu by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

David Keith (Harvard, SEAS)
The STS Circle at Harvard is a group of doctoral students and recent PhDs who are interested in creating a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences. We want to engage not only those who are working on intersections of science, politics, and public policy, but also those in the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with social scientists and humanists.

There has been growing interest among graduate students and postdocs at Harvard in more systematic discussions related to STS. More and more dissertation writers and recent graduates find themselves working on exciting topics that intersect with STS at the edges of their respective home disciplines, and they are asking questions that often require new analytic tools that the conventional disciplines don’t necessarily offer. They would also like wider exposure to emerging STS scholarship that is not well-represented or organized at most universities, including Harvard. Our aim is to try to serve those interests through a series of activities throughout the academic year.

Science, Technology and Society seminars

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"Two Degrees: Climate Change and Our Built Environment"
Monday, October 28, 2013
12:30pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Fiona Cousins, Principal, Arup, New York City, NY

BT - Building Technology Lecture Series

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:
Kathleen Ross
617-253-1876
kross at mit.edu 

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NSA Mass Surveillance: Turning the Fourth (and First) Amendment on It's Head
Monday, October 28, 2013
2:00p–3:00p
MIT, Building 32-G449, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ciindy Cohn
Cindy Cohn, Legal Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will walk us through the NSA Mass Surveillance activity that has been now confirmed by the government in light of the revelations of Edward Snowden. She'll discuss the history of the spying revelations, up to and including the recent revelations, and review the legal challenges that EFF and others have been mounting since 2006. She'll discuss the government's changing legal justifications for the spying and its claims of oversight by the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, and the Constitutional implications of mass surveillance. Finally, she'll review how EFF and others are trying to bring the rule of law back to the NSA and what the implications are for all Americans, especially those who seek to develop and market technologies.

BIG DATA LECTURE SERIES 
Talks will feature distinguised individuals from academia, industry and government including pre-eminent people from all the subfields of computer science that have something to say about data, data processing and analytics, as well as people from organizations that are consumers of Big Data from both industry and government.

Web site: http://bigdata.csail.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Big Data Initiative at CSAIL
For more information, contact:
Susana Kevorkova
617-324-8424

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Exploiting communications, exploiting the law: Data mining, Total Information Awareness, and the NSA
Monday, October 28, 2013
3:30p–5:30p
MIT, Building E51-095, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Matthew L. Jones of Columbia University will speak on the current event topic of data mining, the NSA, and total information Awareness.

Web site: web.mit.edu/sts
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): SHASS Dean's Office, HASTS
For more information, contact:
Randyn Miller
617-253-3452
randyn at mit.edu 

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"Quantifying Climate Processes with Cave Geochemistry (in Asia and the Laboratory)."
Monday, October 28, 2013
4:00pm
Harvard, Haller Hall (Geo-Museum 102), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Reception to follow at Hoffman Lab 4th floor

Gideon Henderson, Oxford University
Abstract: Stalagmites are wonderful recorders of climate, but their geochemistry is difficult to uniquely interpret.  I will describe recent research using stalagmites to quantify past change, focusing on two examples: reconstruction of past Asian permafrost during the Pleistocene, and annually-resolved records of the response of the Asian monsoon to abrupt climate change.  I will also show how we are seeking to develop new stalagmite geochemical proxies, and how these efforts provide information about fractionation of oxygen and calcium isotopes in nature.

EPS Colloquium Series

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Rebuilding "Friendship and Fraternity" by Other Means: Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus at Economic War in 2013
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 28, 2013, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Room S-050 CGIS South Room S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Margarita Balmaceda
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	nary at fas.harvard.edu
LINK	www.huri.harvard.edu

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Geoengineering: Science & Governance - Debating Climate Engineering
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 28, 2013, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center - Hall A, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Center for the Environment
SPEAKER(S)  David Keith, Harvard University; Clive Hamilton, Charles Sturt University

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2014 Deans' Health & Life Sciences Challenge Kickoff
Monday, October 28, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8767861911/

We are excited to invite you all to the kickoff celebration of the second Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge at the i-lab.

Our keynote speaker, Professor George Daley (HMS, BCH & Dana Farber) will share his thoughts on translating the potential of health and life sciences research to solutions that improve people's health and lives given his experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and venture capital industries. More information about Prof. Daley can be found here. 

Gordon Jones, i-lab Managing Director, and Professor Joe Lassiter, i-lab faculty chair, will talk about this year’s focus areas, timeline, workshops, and the application and judging process. We cap it all off with the opportunity for you to start networking with potential teammates!

Registration is required for the event. Food and refreshments will be served.
NOTE: We will have a direct "Longwood to i-lab" bus for this event (one trip). More info will be sent to registrants.

About the Challenge
The Deans’ Health & Life Sciences Challenge is designed to support students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows develop, test, validate and execute innovative solutions that will improve health delivery and patient lives. This opportunity provides a platform to tackle four unique topics by using the resources of the i-lab and taking advantage of the interdisciplinary network available at Harvard, the Boston/Cambridge community and beyond.

The i-lab will host a series of skill-building workshops and networking events related to the challenge. Up to six finalist teams will receive $5,000, expert mentorship and working space at the i-lab to help nurture and grow their ideas. Winning teams will split a grand prize of $50,000 in prize money and receive summer residency at the i-lab. More details regarding the challenge timeline and guidelines can be found here. 

The i-lab will play an active role as host to the teams as they develop and refine their ideas, assisting students by hosting workshops, providing guidance, and giving them access to our resources and facility throughout the Challenge.

Challenge Topics
Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine 
Stem cell and regenerative science has the potential to transform human health. At one level, stem cell science can provide a platform for new modes of drug discovery and testing. At another, the science can lead to novel therapies involving repairing, replacing, enhancing and/or regenerating cells, tissues and organs. There are high hopes that discoveries in laboratories will be implemented clinically to transform patient lives. We are looking for plans that harness the potential of stem cell science.

Medical Devices & Biomedical Materials 
The invention of medical devices that improve clinical outcomes and biomedical materials that facilitate new medical approaches are crucial to advancements in health. The creation of such tools requires cross-disciplinary collaboration, expertise and ingenuity. We are seeking ideas that combine engineering, science, medicine and business for medical devices and biomedical materials that will benefit patients. 

Early Detection & Diagnostic Tests 
Early detection and diagnosis of diseases, infections and other conditions results in better health management. We are interested in novel, cost-effective and accurate early detection and diagnostic assays and tests that will allow individuals and their caregivers to take preemptive and/or informed measures to maintain or improve quality of life. 

Addressing the World’s Aging Population 
Aging populations across the world necessitate transformation in elder care. Examples include therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, technologies that help monitor and manage chronic conditions, and services for compassionate care and counseling. We seek entrepreneurial solutions to address the myriad health and societal issues faced by an aging global population.

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: http://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: http://i-lab.harvard.edu/parking).

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"Emulsions: Concepts of Stabilizing Oil & Water"
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 28, 2013, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Nandu Jubany, Can Jubany
COST  Free and open to the public
NOTE  The Science & Cooking lecture series runs weekly through the end of the fall semester. A full schedule, including the lecture topics, is available athttp://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking
Each talk will begin with a 15-minute lecture by a Faculty member of the course, which will discuss one of the scientific topics from that week's class.
For a sample of what is to come, an archive of past talks (from 2010, 2011, and 2012) can be viewed at YouTube.com/Harvard
The popular public lecture series grew out of a collaboration between the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Alícia Foundation in Spain. A related Harvard College course, “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter," which will be offered to undergraduates for the fourth time in the fall of 2013, uses food and cooking to explicate fundamental principles in applied physics and engineering. Blending haute cuisine with laboratory research, the chefs and food experts teach alongside Harvard faculty members. In addition to lectures and readings, lab work is an integral part of the course, and students perform experiments on topics including heat transfer, viscosity and elasticity, and crystallization and entropy.
This year, for the first time, a version of the Science & Cooking course will also be offered through HarvardX, Harvard University's newest online learning initiative. Registration for SPU27x, the massively open online course (MOOC), is open now at harvardx.harvard.edu.
The Science & Cooking Lecture Series does not replicate the content of either the Harvard College course or the HarvardX online course; rather, these public events are simply meant to inform and inspire with a fresh perspective on culinary science. For more information, visit http://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking
LINK	http://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Waste Confidence Public Meeting
Monday, October 28
open house 6-7pm
public comment 7-10pm
Radisson Hotel and Suites, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford 

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Tuesday, October 29
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Physical Mechanisms Controlling Self-Aggregation of Convection in Idealized Modeling Simulations
October 29, 2013
10:30am-11:30am
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Allison Wing (MIT)
Abstract: Convective cloud clusters are responsible for much of the rainfall and cloudiness over the tropics, allowing them to modulate the radiative heating and cooling rates of the surface and atmosphere and influence the large-scale circulation and moisture distribution. Therefore, understanding how and why tropical convection organizes is important for understanding both tropical and global climate variability. In this study, the problem is approached through the context of idealized modeling of convective organization in radiative convective equilibrium using a cloud system resolving model. Previous studies have investigated interactions between the environment and the convection that allow convection to self-aggregate into a single cluster, and have found this self-aggregation to be dependent on a sea surface temperature threshold. In this study, the System for Atmospheric Modeling is used to perform 3-d cloud system resolving simulations with a doubly periodic horizontal domain, interactive radiation and surface fluxes, and no rotation or external forcing other than solar insolation. Simulations are run at fixed SST.

We quantify the magnitudes of the various feedbacks that control self-aggregation within the framework of the budget for the spatial variance of column frozen moist static energy. The absorption of shortwave radiation by atmospheric water vapor is found to be a key positive feedback in the early stages of aggregation, while the longwave radiation feedback term can be either positive or negative. In addition, we find a positive wind speed-surface flux feedback whose role is to counteract a negative feedback due to the effect of air-sea enthalpy disequilibrium on surface fluxes. Finally, we note that the self-aggregation processes begins as a dry patch that expands, eventually forcing all the convection into a single clump. Thus, when investigating the temperature dependence of self-aggregation we focus on processes that can amplify this initial dry patch.

Speaker's website: http://www.mit.edu/~awing/home/

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"Terrestrial Climate-Carbon Cycle Extremes: Quantification, Association with Climate, and Implications"
Tuesday, October 29
Noon
Harvard University Herbaria Seminar Room, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Markus Reichstein

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"Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection."
Tuesday, October 29
12 p.m. 
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Speaker Series with Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, a principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, and author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection.

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Managing Data Protection between the US and Europe: Balancing Freedom and Security
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 29, 2013, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, K354, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Information Technology, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Transatlantic Relations Seminar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Georg Mascolo, visiting scholar, Program on Transatlantic Relations; former editor in chief, Der Spiegel
CONTACT INFO	atownes at wcfia.harvard.edu

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The Innovation Intermission
October 29, 2013 
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Harvard
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/10/contee#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

with Cheryl Contee, Partner at Fission Strategy
The stereotypes of those who are tech-savvy don’t necessarily match the reality. Whites in America currently lag behind all other ethnicities in their use of advanced internet services, smartphones and social media. Women are more likely than men to use mobile social media. Mothers are one of advertisers' most targeted demographic and 93% of American moms use the internet, compared to 60-70% of the U.S. overall population. But current investments in new technology don’t not match the consumers of these technologies. According to the Kaufmann Foundation, only 4% of venture capital of any kind goes to female tech entrepreneurs. This section will explore the trends currently changing the economy and our society.

Does this gap between creators and consumers matter? Are we in an innovation intermission, poised on the threshold of another great wave of technological creativity as access to tools are democratized? Society is being reshaped through increased social connectivity. As each person becomes a technologist, we are actively engaged in creating the future today in which we will live together tomorrow. Come discuss the shape of the future to come and the portending signs that currently surround us

About Cheryl
Cheryl Contee, Partner at Fission Strategy, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundations use social media to create social good. She is also the co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics writing as “Jill Tubman” on one of the top black blogs online. Cheryl was recently named as an Affiliate of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Cheryl is included in The Root 100 list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Huffington Post listed her as one of the Top 27 Female Founders in Tech to Follow on Twitter in 2011. Fast Company named her one of their 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech. She has over 15 years of award-winning interactive expertise and previously served as Vice President and lead digital strategist for Fleishman-Hillard’s West Coast region in San Francisco.

Cheryl has appeared in and/or on the Washington Post, the New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, the BBC, Current TV and CNN, among many other media appearances. She is also proud to serve on several boards and advisory committees, including Netroots Nation, BlogHer, Focus100/Digital Undivided, and Public Radio International. She received her B.A. from Yale University and has an International Executive M.B.A. from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Ms. Contee enjoys hiking, yoga, movies and tai chi sword.

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Seeing the Tohoku Earthquake Before It Happened
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 29, 2013, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Program on U.S.-Japan Relations co-sponsored by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Brendan Meade, professor of Earth and planetary sciences, Harvard University; moderated by Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	wnehring at wcfia.harvard.edu
LINK	http://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan

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Nanotechnology from Laboratory to Space
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
4:00p–5:00p
MIT, Building 34-101, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Refreshments at 3:45 p.m.

Speaker: Brent Segal, Lockheed Martin

Nanotechnology has been a focus area for chemists, physicists, engineers, biologists and theoreticians alike for the past 15 years! As the areas of exploration begin to mature, the novel materials include nanotubes, nanowires, nano onions and graphene. How do these novel materials become part of device structures? And once their value has been demonstrated how can novel devices be transitioned into products? Lockheed Martin purchased the Government group of Nantero in 2008. Dr. Segal will talk about that transition, productization of nanotechnology at Lockheed Martin and Innovation within the government community.

MTL Seminar Series 

Web site: http://www-mtl.mit.edu/seminars/fall2013.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories
For more information, contact:
Debroah Hodges-Pabon
253-5264
debb at mtl.mit.edu

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Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 29, 2013, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Humanities, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	2013 Dudley Herschbach Teacher/Scientist Lecture
SPEAKER(S)  Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University
NOTE  Why is it that stellar students sometimes fail in the workplace while dropouts succeed? One reason is that most, if not all, of our current assessment practices are inauthentic. Just as the lecture focuses on the delivery of information to students, so does assessment often focus on having students regurgitate that same information back to the instructor. Consequently, assessment fails to focus on the skills that are relevant in life in the 21st century. Assessment has been called the "hidden curriculum" as it is an important driver of students' study habits. Unless we rethink our approach to assessment, it will be very difficult to produce a meaningful change in education.

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: The Role of Entrepreneurship in U.S. Competitiveness - Bipartisanship— Can Agreement on Small Business Issues Help Bridge the Gap?
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 29, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer 166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Karen Mills, Fall 2013 IOP Fellow; Andy Serwer, managing editor, Fortune magazine; former US Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
NOTE  With Congress mired in gridlock, support for small business is one of the few policy areas that brings both sides together, from the Small Business Jobs Act to reauthorization of the SBIR program to the JOBS Act. What gave these bills a pathway to success? What lessons can we learn from these examples, and how might they point toward bipartisanship on other issues? Andy Serwer will host a conversation between Mills and her Republican guest discussing how they bridged the gap to help small businesses start, grow and succeed.
LINK	http://iop.harvard.edu/jobs-jobs-jobs-role-entrepreneurship-us-competitiveness-led-karen-mills-2

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Python for journalists: Hands-on training
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
6:00 PM
Harvard University, Maxwell Dworkin Building, Rm 119, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Registration is limited to the first 50 people. Sign up at: https://nesw.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_153199

** NOTE 2** Do you already have Python experience? If so, the organizers are looking for a few volunteers who can help out.

What: Python for Journalists, How to use simple coding to enhance your reporting.
NOTE: This is a hand-on training, so bring your Mac or PC laptop or tablet. Python is platform independent. With your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to download the code in advance of the event.
Sponsors: A co-event of New England Science Writers and Hacks/Hackers Boston. Hosted by Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
If you have little or no experience with computer programming, and you're facing a problem that's just crying out for a programmatic approach, what do you turn to? The answer is Python!

Freelance writer John Bohannon, who had no experience with programming, taught himself the programming language Python, which allows people to author simple programs. He used it in his investigative story for Science, "Who's Afraid of Peer Review?" http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6154/60.full, an investigation of peer review among fee-charging open access journals. Between January and August 2013, Bohannon submitted fake scientific papers to 304 journals. Despite deliberate errors in the papers, they were accepted by 60 percent of the journals that received them. Each of the 304 papers was unique, with completely different authors and affiliations. Each paper described a different study, with different chemicals and cancer cells. The investigation generated over 3000 emails, all of which are now public record. So how did he do that? With Python.

Bohannon will tell the story of that sting--in code. It will be extremely newbie-friendly, and he’ll walk us through a little problem set that we do in the class in real time.
how to create a template for a Mad Lib and scale up production as big as you need
how to scrape the data from a website
how to create and curate data programmatically
how to send emails automatically from the command line (via Python, grabbing the body from text documents and the email addresses from your data)

By the end, everyone will have basically learned how to do what he did, and will have a starter kit of tools that allow them to do nearly anything.

Thanks to Neil Savage for organizing and to Rosalind Reid for hosting.

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Boston Green Drinks - October Happy Hour
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
RumBa at the Intercontinental Hotel, 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://oct13bgd-eanrec101.eventbrite.com

This month, we're going think globally and act locally.
Come celebrate the Intercontintal Hotel chain earning the first nationwide Green Restaurant Certification for their restaurants.  We'll enjoy cocktails and noshes in RumBa, one of their certified cocktail lounges.  You can check out the Meil/Rumba GRA point listing before you go!

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!
Keep sending feedback to Lyn at bostongreendrinks.com for ideas about speakers or content for the future and mark your calendar for drinks on the last Tuesday of every month.  Also, if you RSVP and can't make it, e-mail us to let us know.

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

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What is Hot in Solar 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 
6:00pm - 9:00pm
East Arcade Conference Center, 1 Main Street, Cambridge 
RSVP at https://s01.123signup.com/servlet/SignUp?P=15219721911426896600&PG=1521972182300
 
The US energy landscape is undergoing a dramatic change. Natural gas and renewable energy have increased their share of the market. The U.S. installed 723 megawatts (MW) of solar energy in Q1 2013, which accounted for over 48 percent of all new electric capacity installed in the U.S. last quarter. A major driver for wide spread solar PV deployment has been the sharp drop in prices of PV modules. Some analysts expect that the next four years will be marked by a new solar revolution in the U.S.

This TiE Boston event will provide a snapshot of how the solar PV ecosystem is evolving, identify some of the emerging companies, provide the perspectives of some entrepreneurial companies and a discussion of emerging opportunities for new entrepreneurs.

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Boston Quantified Self Show &Tell #BQS14 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BostonQS/events/137791752/
Price: $5.00/per person

Please come join us on Tuesday, October 29th for another fun night of self-tracking presentations, sharing ideas, and showing tools. If you are self-tracking in any way -- health stats, biofeedback, life-logging, mood monitoring, biometrics, athletics, etc. -- come and share your methods, results and insights.
6:00 - 7:00 pm DEMO HOUR & SOCIAL TIME
Are you a toolmaker? Come demo your self-tracking gadget, app, project or idea that you're working on and share with others in our "science fair for adults." If you are making something useful for self-trackers – software, hardware, web services, or data standards – please demo it in this workshop portion of the Show&Tell. Want to participate in Demo Hour? Please let us know when you RSVP or contact Vincent at vmcphillip at gmail dot com for a spot. 
7:00 - 8:00 pm QS SHOW&TELL TALKS
If you'd like to talk about your personal self-tracking story, please let us know in your RSVP or contact Joel at jfish90 at gmail dot com, so we can discuss your topic and how much time you'll need. In your talk, you should answer the three prime questions: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?
If you've never been to a meetup before, you can get a sense of what the talks are like from watching videos of previous QS talks.
8:00 - 9:00 pm MORE SOCIAL TIME & NETWORKING
Talk to the speakers, chat with new and old friends, ask other people what they're tracking, and generally hang out and have a great time.

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Transportation today
Tuesday, October 29
6:30 pm
Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, Boston
To attend, email rsvp at architects.org with "Traffic 10/29" in the subject line.

The kick-off session will be led by Robert Puentes, senior fellow, Brookings Institution; Stephanie Pollack, associate director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University; and Beverly Scott, general manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; Rail & Transit. These regional and national transportation policy advisors consider Greater Boston’s current state of mobility, focusing on recent advancements, longstanding challenges, and capacity for expansion.

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Techtoberfest: A Wearable Technology Mixer
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston Street, Boston
We will be on the 3rd floor!
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/TechinmotionBoston/events/143629072/

It seems as though every company is trying to create some sort of wearable tech whether it's with a device, fabric, or accessory to make our lives easier. Here at Tech in Motion we think these new innovations are fascinating so we've decided to invite some local wearable tech companies to come and showcase their products.  

Come grab after work drinks and appetizers at The Baseball Tavern for a night of networking and tech talk with the Boston Tech Community! 

Because this event is happening close to Halloween we are inviting (and encouraging) guests to outfit themselves in their own wearable tech. This could be anything from a beeper to a smart watch to the Nintendo Power Glove.  We think it'll be a fun way to show off what you have and spark some interesting conversations!

Be one of the first 40 to arrive and receive a free drink ticket for beer or wine!

Don't forget to follow us on twitter @Tech_in_Motion and#TechinMotion for the latest updates. 

Our Wearable Techies...(profiles will be updated shortly)

Don Schwartz, Google Glass Explorer: 
Don was chosen by Google to be a Glass Explorer and is the founder of the Google Glass New England MeetUp.  He worked as Cheif Tech and Web Platform Developer forCADlearning.com for almost 10 years and has a background in professional support in the Architecture and Engineering CAD space. Follow him on Twitter @GraniteView!

Daniel Wilson, Founder/CEO of AfterDark Technologies:  
AfterDark Technologies is revolutionizing team sports by enabling your team to play anywhere, anytime.  With our products, your playing time is no longer limited by daylight or finding a lighted field at night.  Play Ultimate and Flag Football through the night with fiber optic jerseys lighting the players, LED cones and line lasers defining the field and end-zones, and interactive technology on the lighted discs and footballs to indicate possession and completed passes.  When the sun goes down, the fun really begins. Like them onFacebook!

CEO Dan Wilson is a recent graduate of Babson College and winner of the MBA Entrepreneurship Award for 2013 and founded of AfterDarkTechnologies Inc. to help you “Catch the Night”.

Ben Cooper, Co-founder/CEO of Sensible Baby: 

Sensible Baby is a wearable technology company for infants and toddlers that specializes in sleep monitoring devices. Their first product, the Smart One, is a safe and easy to use passive monitoring solution that only sends alerts to a parents' smart device when it senses an unsafe change in the baby's sleeping environment. The company was founded in March 2013 and has experienced quite an ascent to where they are today. It all started at a Startup Weekend event in Boston, which they later won. They then competed and became finalists in the 2013 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition, finalist in the 2013 MassChallenge Global Event, and winners of the $100k Founder.org program. Follow them on Twitter @mysensiblebaby and like them on Facebook!

Ben Cooper is CEO of the company and one of the founding members. When he's not helping build a company, he is preparing to be a first time father in December!

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What's the "Journalism" in Opinion Journalism?: New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg in Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
 7:00p–8:30p
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Hendrik Hertzberg and Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hendrik Hertzberg has been one of the most influential opinion writers in and around Washington for decades. Most of his career has been spent at the home of the monocle and the top hat (The New Yorker), but he's also had two stints as editor of The New Republic, during the second of which he led the publication to three National Magazine Awards. 

Hertzberg returned to The New Yorker in 1992, and is now senior editor and staff writer (mostly of the Comment section in Talk of the Town). He won yet one more National Magazine Award for his opinion writing in 2006. He's also worked as a speechwriter for President Carter and has done a pair of tours as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has three books to his credit, including the 2009 reissue of his 1976 prefiguring of data journalism and visualization, One Million. 

The other thing to know about Hertzberg is that he is one of those writers on whose work other writers take notes. Ta-Nehisi Coates and he will talk about how writing opinion can and/or should be informed by what practices and habits of journalism, and much more, including, no doubt, something about what to make of the current predicaments of American politics. 

Moderated by Tom Levenson. Part of the Writer's Series of Comparative Media Studies/Writing and sponsored by the Angus N. MacDonald Fund.

Web site: http://cmsw.mit.edu/event/hendrik-hertzberg-and-ta-nehisi-coates/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Sponsored by the Angus N. MacDonald Fund
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
617-324-0490
cmsw at mit.edu 

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Ocean Frontiers 2: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea
Tuesday, October 29
7pm - 9pm
NE Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=104641&view=Detail

Karen Meyer, filmmaker, Green Fire Productions 
Q & A session to follow the film, program will last approximately two hours, from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.

How do we meet our ever-expanding demands on the ocean, without destroying it? The answer is explored in an exciting new film from Green Fire Productions, Ocean Frontiers 2: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea. Join the New England Aquarium in welcoming the filmmakers for the premiere of Ocean Frontiers 2, an inspiring story of citizens coming together for the sake of their sea.

Following on the heels of their award-winning Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship, filmmakers Karen and Ralf Meyer bring you face to face with those now embarking on the nation’s first multi-state attempts at ocean planning. Navy scientists, wind-energy executives, fishermen, tribal leaders, government agents and conservationists—all are working as one to promote healthier economies and healthier oceans across the breadth of New England. 

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Greentech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Eastern Bank, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
You can see into the conference room from the street.
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Green-Tech-and-Energy/events/147150412/ 

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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Brainstorming and Helping Each Other
Monday, October 28, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Trish's House, 29 Elm Street, Somerville (near Porter Square)
Price: $5.00/per person (there is a refund policy)
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Entrepreneur-Allies/events/144686492/

Have an idea, business or project that you would love to get feedback or help with? Love helping others succeed? Here's the chance to have dedicated time for a small group to focus on your project or idea and pay it forward at the same time. Everyone will have approximately 15-20 minutes. (If it’s a large group we will break up into smaller groups)

Here are some ideas about how you might use the time:
Brainstorm new marketing ideas or get feedback on your marketing materials
Get feedback about a rough idea or concept that you have
Practice your "pitch"
Ask for help with a problem or issue you are having
Have the group help define "next steps" for you
The possibilities are endless!

It will run from 7pm to 9pm. I'm requesting a $5 contribution for this event. Appetizers and beverages are provided.

*I've had the pleasure of hosting this event several times and every time magic happens. It doesnt matter if its a small group or large....Its fun and helpful in both expected and unexpected ways. Hope you can join us! Trish

This is a multi-meetup event. Meetup groups include:Collide, Entrepreneur Allies,Nonprofit Allies, Green Business Alliesand Everyday Utopia.

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Wednesday, October 30
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Why do States Abandon Nuclear Weapons?
October 30, 2013
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Harvard, Littauer-324, Fainsod Room, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker:	Gene Gerzhoy, Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program
Related Projects: Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Managing the Atom, International Security
Description:  In this seminar, Gene Gerzhoy will explore why some states with nuclear weapons programs acquiesce to foreign nonproliferation demands, while others refuse to abandon their bomb aims. Although proliferation scholars have increasingly sought to explain nuclear reversals, no theory exists for explaining why states abandon bomb pursuits in response to foreign pressure. To resolve this puzzle, Gerzhoy will argue that nuclear decision-making varies with the target's security stake in nuclear armament and the sender's coercive leverage, which depends on the deployment of inducements aimed at the target's resource dependencies. Gene's hypotheses will then be tested against the historical record of countries that initiated nuclear weapons projects using the method of causal process observation.
Coffee and tea provided. Please join us - Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Series: Project on Managing the Atom Seminar Series
Open to the Public 
Contact:  MTA Project Coordinator
Project on Managing the Atom 79 JFK St, Mailbox 134 Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Email: joshua_anderson at hks.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-495-4219
Fax: 617-495-0606

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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? The Future of US Presence in the Persian Gulf
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
12:00p–1:30p
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Caitlin Talmadge, The George Washington University

SSP Wednesday Seminar Program

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program
For more information, contact:
617-253-7529
valeriet at mit.edu 

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Homelessness at Harvard: How Serving Your Neighbor Can Save the World
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 30, 2013, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Religion
SPONSOR	Center for the Study of World Religions
CONTACT	Lexi Gewertz, 617.495.4476
NOTE  The Outdoor Church and ACT (the Cambridge campaign for a common toilet) are initiatives that serve the homeless population around Harvard University with an interfaith approach: they bring together people of faith across lines of secular and religious difference to serve together. The Rev. Thomas Hathaway of the Outdoor Church and Richard Parker, Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Senior Fellow at the Shorenstein Center, will discuss the impact their efforts have on the issue of homelessness in Cambridge and how collaborating across lines of faith is a crucial element of their work.
This event is part of CSWR Junior Fellow Usra Ghazi's conversation series, Interfaith as Antidote: Models of Faith-based Civic Engagement.
Lunch will be provided. RSVP to cswr at hds.harvard.edu.

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"Collective Intelligence in Honey Bees: how a swarm chooses its nesting site"
Wednesday, October 30
3pm      
Harvard, BioLabs Main Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Thomas Seeley

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Information transfer in the era of climate change: when do "the details" matter?
October 30
3:00 PM 
Harvard, Main Lecture Hall, BioLabs Building, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
 
Brian Helmuth, Northeastern University, Marine Science Center

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The Prospects of Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: Opportunities, Dilemmas, and Challenges
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 30, 2013, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Middle Eastern Security Project, the Project on Managing the Atom, the Defense and Intelligence Projects, and the Iran Working Group
SPEAKER(S)  Ariel (Eli) Levite, former principal deputy director general at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission (2002-2007)
CONTACT INFO	Amanda_Probst at hks.harvard.edu
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/6197/prospects_of_nuclear_negotiations_with_iran.html

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'Innovation, Science and Technology Policy, and the Public Good'
Wednesday, October 30
3-4:30 pm
MIT, Building E40-298, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Reception to follow the seminar

Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy and Professor of Physics, Harvard University

Abstract:  In this talk I will review the processes of  technological innovation and the key ingredients of successful R&D institutions. My views have been shaped by my own personal experiences in industrial research, U.S National Laboratories and research intensive universities. I will discuss the need for institutions which transcend the “basic-applied dichotomy” and which bring research across domains into deeper congress. The need for new integrative institutions to address global challenges such as climate change and alternative energy sources will be discussed.

Bio:  Venkatesh Narayanamurti is the Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy and a Professor of Physics at Harvard. He is also the Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).  He currently also serves as the Foreign Secretary of the U.S National Academy of Engineering. He was formerly the John L. Armstrong Professor and Founding Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Dean of Physical Sciences at Harvard. Previously he served as the Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to that he was Vice President of Research at Sandia National Laboratories and Director of Solid State Electronics Research at Bell Labs.  He obtained his PhD in Physics from Cornell University and has an Honorary Doctorate from Tohoku University.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the IEEE, and the Indian Academy of Sciences.  He has served on numerous advisory boards of the federal government, research universities and industry. He is the author of more than 230 scientific papers in different areas of condensed matter and applied physics. He lectures widely on solid state, computer, and communication technologies, and on the management of science, technology and public policy.

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HUCTW 25th Anniversary Events Panel: What's Next for the U.S. Labor Movement?
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 30, 2013, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sackler Museum Lecture Hall, 485 Broadway, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Union of Clerical & Technical Workers
SPEAKER(S)  Dorothy Sue Cobble, professor, Dept. of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, and Dept. of History, Rutgers University; David Weil, professor, Boston University School of Management; Mark Erlich, executive secretary-treasurer, New England Regional Council of Carpenters; Kris Rondeau, organizer, HUCTW
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	adrienne.landau at huctw.org
LINK	www.huctw.org

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Environmental Performance Simulation: From Evaluating Performance To Suggesting New Forms for Buildings and Neighborhoods
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
4:00p–5:00p
MIT, Building 1-131, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Professor Christoph Reinhart
For decades building performance simulation research and tool development have focused on producing increasingly reliable simulation engines, which are now capable of predicting the physical performance of commonly used building typologies and technologies. With the growing use of these tools in practice and education, a new set of requirements is emerging. How can we make sure that novices are using the tools accurately? Instead of "just" getting a performance evaluation at the end of design, how can we use simulations to give birth to new, environmentally responsive design solutions? How do we get owners to trust in simulation results? This presentation will deal with a series of related projects that demonstrate how integrated daylight and energy simulations can serve new purposes from acting as form-givers for architecture and urban planning to providing nuanced cost-estimations for owners at the individual building and neighborhood scale.

Mechanics and Infrastructure

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
For more information, contact:
Prof. Oral Buyukozturk
3-7101
obuyuk at mit.edu 

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Community and Economic Development in Egypt
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 30, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Fainsod Room, Littauer-324, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Heba Handoussa
NOTE  Heba Handoussa founded the Egypt Network for Integrated Development “ENID” which aims to create a viable process for the identification of problem areas and for the dissemination of solutions to selected national problems in an integrated process.
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/6143/heba_handoussa.html

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Akamai: From Theory to Practice
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
4:00p–6:00p
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Tom Leighton
The development of Akamai Technologies is a classic MIT story. Motivated by curiosity, Professor Tom Leighton's search for fundamental knowledge led to the creation of a company that would soon revolutionize the internet. As one of the world's preeminent authorities on algorithms for network applications, Leighton's work behind establishing Akamai was based on recognizing that a solution to freeing up web congestion could be found in applied mathematics and algorithms. 

The research that spawned Akamai began in MIT's Math Department and Lab for Computer Science in 1995. Today, Akamai's global platform of thousands of specially-equipped servers helps the Internet withstand the crush of daily requests for rich, dynamic content. In this colloquium, Leighton will talk about the founding of the company and the challenge of being the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. 

The Dean's Colloquium with Tom Leighton is presented by the School of Science.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT School of Science
For more information, contact:
Jessica Boyle
3-8055
jboyle at mit.edu 

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Nation of Devils: Democratic Leadership and the Problem of Obedience
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 30, 2013, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200 North, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Ash Center
SPEAKER(S)  Stein Ringen, University of Oxford
COST  Free and open to the public
NOTE  In this seminar, Oxford University political theorist Stein Ringen offers a thought-provoking discussion on the art of democratic rule: how does a government persuade the people to accept its authority? Every government must make unpopular demands of its citizens, from levying taxes to enforcing laws and monitoring compliance to regulations.
LINK	http://www.ash.harvard.edu/ash/Home/News-Events/Events/Leading-a-Nation-of-Devils

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Greater than All of the Forces of Nature? Humans as Agents of China’s Environmental Change 5000-2000 Years Ago
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 
4:15pm
CGIS South, Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room (S030), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

T. R. Kidder, Washington University, St. Louis
Humans are the leading cause of environmental change today. The Anthropocene hypothesis suggests we now have a greater effect on the environment than all of the forces of nature. While the Anthropocene is often claimed to start ca. 1750 CE, evidence shows that these changes began considerably earlier in China. Using multiple lines of evidence from the Yellow River region, T. R. Kidder explore how early Chinese civilizations manipulated their environments and the ways these changes contributed to the collapse of Western Han. This analysis provides a perspective on contemporary environmental change in China and elsewhere.

Tristram R. Kidder is the Edward S. and Tedi Macias Professor and chairman of the department of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his PhD in anthropology at Harvard University. Kidder focuses his research on the development of social complexity in North America, geoarchaeology of large river systems, and the archaeology of climate and environmental change. He has active research projects in several parts of eastern North America and in the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River in east-central China. His current research examines the effects of global change on large river valleys, such as the Mississippi and Yellow Rivers, and subsequent influences on human cultures through time. He has been especially interested in how climate, environment, and human behavior interact to shape human history over the last ten thousand years.

http://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/event/t-r-kidder

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The Case for Climate Engineering
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
4:30p–6:00p
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: David Keith
Climate engineering has emerged in recent years as an extremely controversial technology. Not only does it carries unknown risks, it may undermine commitments to energy conservation and generate global political tension. But it could also slow the pace of global warming, and should be considered seriously. 

David Keith, Harvard professor and author of A Case for Climate Engineering, with MIT Professor of Political Science Kenneth Oye, will discuss the science and global politics of climate engineering. Moderated by Stephen Van Evera.

An Ideas Matter Event 
A joint project of Boston Review and the MIT Political Science Department that brings BR writers together with other experts and practitioners for substantive debate on the challenges of our times.

Web site: http://bostonreview.net/events#climatepanel
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Political Science
For more information, contact:
Pritchard, Daniel
617-324-1360
daniel at bostonreview.net 

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Todd Harper: "Let's Fight Like Gentlemen"
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
5:00p–7:00p
MIT, Building 4-231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The culture of fighting games -- digital games of competitive martial arts-style combat -- is one of the most interesting and contentious of gamer subcultures. This talk examines the influences and norms of that community, including its spiritual and physical roots in the arcade, common gameplay practices, and how issues of ethnicity and gender collide with gamer identity in the "FGC". 

Todd Harper is a researcher at the MIT Game Lab with a background in mass communication and cultural studies. His current research focuses on both competitive communities and their cultural norms, as well as queer and gender representation and issues in gaming culture.

CMS/W Colloquium Series

Web site: http://cmsw.mit.edu/event/lets-fight-like-gentlemen-culture-of-fighting-games/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
617-324-0490
cmsw at mit.edu 

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Mass Energy Consumers Alliance's 31st Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
5:30 - 8:30PM
Abigail Adams Ballroom at the Intercontinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston MA (a short walk from South Station!)
Free & open to the public. Please RSVP at http://massenergy31st-eanrecfb101.eventbrite.com
5:30: Cocktail hour & networking (hors'd'oeuvres served)
6:30: Welcome & featured speaker Christina Halfpenny followed by awards for energy leadership
7:45 - 8:30: Dessert & networking 

Featured speaker:
Christina Halfpenny
Director of Energy Efficiency
Dept. of Energy ResourcesJoin us as we reflect upon the last year, take a look at what's ahead, and honor folks who exemplify our vision of affordable and sustainable energy.

Honoring awardees for leadership in the energy sector:
Solarize Massachusetts
An innovative program being replicated across the nation, Solarize Mass has made solar more accessible for residents across MA through targeted community-based outreach. We'll welcome representatives from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Department of Energy Resources to accept this award!
Representative Lori Ehrlich
State Representative for the Massachusetts 8th Essex District, whom has worked tirelessly on efforts to shut down coal generation, fix gas leaks, and promote renewable energy in MA.
Conservation Law Foundation
Since 1966, CLF's mission has been to advocate on behalf of the region's environment and its communities. CLF has recently focused on natural gas leaks and their threat to our climate and health.
Health Care Without Harm
Together with its partners, Health Care Without Harm shares a vision of a health care system that promotes the health of people and the environment. We applaud the connection they've made between shutting down fossil fuels and promoting health.
Mount St. Mary's Abbey
The sisters at Mount St. Mary's Abbey have been using their land to support renewable energy projects, including a 100kW wind turbine and more recently an 8.4 MW solar array with the city of Franklin.
The sisters also make delicious handmade candy! We will have samples at the event for you to try.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact Brian Sewell with questions: 617-524-3950 x142 or brian at massenergy.org

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Soap Box: The Science of Remembering (and Forgetting)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
6:00p–7:30p
MIT, Building N51, MIT Museum, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

How Our Brains Learn and Remember with John Gabrieli, McGovern Institute for Brain Research 
What does a memory look like in the brain? How is it that we 
are able to take in so much information from the world around us? Discuss these questions and others with John Gabrieli, MIT Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience, one of the foremost experts on memory, thought, and emotion in the human brain. 

This is the second in a three-part discussion series on memories. Soap Box is a series of interactive, salon-style, early evening conversations with scientists and engineers who are making the news that really matters.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/soapbox.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson
617-253-5927
museuminfo at mit.edu 

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Food as Medicine
Wednesday, October 30
6-8 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Room 1015, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Dr Caroline Apovian, BU School of Medicine;  Gus Schumacher, Wholesome Wave;  David Walters, Community Servings;  Malinda Ellwood, Harvard Law School;  moderated by Robert Greenwald, Harvard Law School
In honor of Food Day, join the Harvard Food Law Society for a panel discussion on how the provision of nutritious food should be an integral part of both preventative and ameliorative healthcare services. 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=555766484494582&set=a.402568959814336.95036.121513397919895&type=1&theater

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Zombies: Lessons for Today from the Apocalypse of Tomorrow
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Workbar, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA
RSVP at http://zombielecture-es2.eventbrite.com

On the night before Halloween, Doubleday Law and emersion DESIGN invite you to ask yourself "If the zombie apocalypse started tomorrow, would I know how to survive, or just end up as zombie bait?"
Join us for a night of live music and candy, kicked off by a brief presentation to expand your tasty brains for the impending zombie horde.

About the presentation:
Shawn is a registered architect and sustainability expert with emersion DESIGN – an architecture and 
sustainability consulting firm. His work focuses on integrating sustainability into early design and 
planning decisions for civic, cultural, and institutional clients throughout the country. His expertise has been sought by Fortune 500 business leaders, as well as city, state, and federal policy makers on issues related to high performance design, green building policies, and sustainability.
Shawn is also a self-taught Zombie Expert from years of study including comics, board-games, books, 
movies, video games, and real-world simulations. Shawn’s insights about the Zombie Apocalypse 
have earned him speaking invitations at international conferences and sustainability focused events 
throughout the country.
Live performances by: All of the Animals
Candy and Refreshments sponsored by: Doubleday LAW

All proceeds from paid tickets to this event go towards funding for  The Sea Shepherd 
We are supportive of the Undead Unified Gathered Group of Harvard (UUGGH). Zombies, vampires and mummies are welcome to attend without judgement.

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Film Screening:  Climate Refugees
Wednesday, October 30
6:30 pm
Harvard Law School, Austin Hall North, 1515 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Join the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation for a screening of the award-winning documentary "Climate Refugees." The film profiles the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons who have been forced to flee homes because of floods, droughts, rising sea levels and so on, as a result of our changing climate. The director, Michael Nash, is going to be here and will answer questions after the film.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided. 

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Design + Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8895934981/

Design thinking has gained widespread popularity in the entrepreneurial world, and a rising current of entrepreneurially-minded designers who initiate and deploy their skills to hack social systems, business design, cities, infrastructure, hardware and software-based systems. 

At this session we will examine the powerful dynamic between design and entrepreneurship. Can lean methodologies be applicable for large-scale design projects through radical collaborations, prototyping and system disruptions? What new perspective can designers offer to re-work traditional business models and reinvent “lean” methodologies from a creative vantage point? 

Speakers Include: 
Dan Barasch, The Lowline
Archie Lee Coates + Jeffrey Franklin, PLUS POOL and Playlab
Eric Ho, Architecture Commons and miLES
Marc Haumann, Lyft.me
Lindsay Wai, IDEO

This panel is co-presented by the i-lab, GSD Design Thinking, MUSEY, and miLES.

Attendee registrations will be checked 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.

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SITN Lecture - The Life of a Genetically Modified Organism:  From the laboratory to your dinner table
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
7pm
Harvard Medical School, Armenise Amphitheater, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston

Join us for the next lecture in Harvard University's Science in the News Fall Lecture Series, Big Data in the Postgenome Era: What can the human genome sequence do for you? 

For those of you not familiar with SITN's lecture format, lectures are free, accessible, and open to the public. All lectures are given entirely by graduate students at Harvard and focus on hot topics in science research and news.

A team of three graduate students each present a 30-40 minute segment, with breaks for questions and refreshments. The lectures last for about two hours, and are often followed by lab tours.

They will have light refreshments before the lecture (coffee, tea, cookies, etc.)

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Can We Change Our Genes? Free Lecture at MOS (register w/Eventbrite)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston
RSVP at  http://changingourgenes.eventbrite.com/ 
Advance registration begins at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 16 (Monday, October 14 for Museum members).

Tim Spector, MD, professor of genetic epidemiology, King’s College London; director of the TwinsUK Registry; author, Identically Different: Why We Can Change Our Genes

If you share most of the same genetic material, what makes you so different from your siblings? How much are the things you choose to do every day — what you eat, how you vote, whom you love — determined by your genes, and how much is your own free will? 

Using fascinating case studies of identical twins, leading geneticist Tim Spector explains how even real-life "clones" with the same upbringing turn out in reality to be unique. Join us at the inaugural Lee and Nile Albright Annual Symposium for a compelling examination of how we become the individuals that we are. Book signing to follow.

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7th Biennial Cambridge City Council Candidates' Night on Environmental and Energy (E/E)
Wednesday, 30 October, 2013
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

Attend the 7th biennial energy and environmental issues forum for Cambridge City Council candidates sponsored by Green Cambridge.

Event Contact Info
Quinton Zondervan
Email:  president at greencambridge.org

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Thursday, October 31
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Jon Pershing on U.S. Climate and Energy Policy
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 31, 2013, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor Littauer, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Regulatory Policy Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S)  Jon Pershing, deputy assistant secretary for climate change policy and technology, U.S. Energy Department

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"Neural Network Dynamics for Attentional Selection"
Noon.      
Harvard, Northwest B103, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge
 
Sabine Kastner

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Conference: Europe in a Post-Crisis World (Day 1)
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 31, 2013, 3 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall, Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Schumpeter Society; Program on Transatlantic Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
COST  free
CONTACT INFO	Elaine Papoulias, epapoulias at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  The conference will be guided by 2 questions: 
-How will Europe emerge from the current crisis? 
-What will Europe’s position be in a multi-polar world?
LINK	ces.fas.harvard.edu/#/events/1189

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Surface-atmosphere exchange of reactive nitrogen in the environment
Thursday, October 31, 2013
4:00p–5:00p
MIT, Building 48-316, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jennifer Murphy, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto
Environmental Sciences Seminar Series 
Join us for a weekly series of EFM/Hydrology topics by MIT faculty and students, as well as guest lecturers from around the globe.

Web site: http://cee.mit.edu/events/318
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
For more information, contact:
Jacqueline Foster
5-4038
jafoster at mit.edu 

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Iran: From Elections Until Now
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 31, 2013, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Room 102, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Center for Middle Eastern Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Ali Banuazizi, professor of political science, Department of Political Science; director, Program in Islamic Civilization & Societies, Boston College; Eric Lob, postdoctoral research fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University; fall 2014 assistant professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University; moderated by Roy Mottahedeh, Gurney Professor of History, Department of History, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	elizabethflanagan at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  This event is off the record. The use of recording devices is strictly prohibited.
LINK	 http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/3499

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Carbon Dating
Thursday, October 31
5:30pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Greg Lynn, Owner and Founder of Greg Lynn FORM; Professor UCLA; University Professor Angewandte Wien
Recent architectural flirtations with lightweight, moving (sometimes robotic) rooms and projectiles using composite construction.

The 2nd Ahmad Tehrani Lecture 

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:
617-253-7791

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"Bionanoscience for Innovative Global Healthcare Research and Technology"
Thursday, October 31
5:30 - 7p.       
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge
pre-seminar reception at 5pm

Luke P. Lee
Luke P. Lee is Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley.  He is also Co-Director of Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center.  He received both his BA and PhD from UC Berkeley. Prof. Lee has authored and co-authored numerous papers on biophotonics, nanoscale biophysics, single cell analysis, microfluidic quantitative cell biology, and biomedical devices. His current research interests are quantum nanobiology, integrative molecular diagnostics of infectious and neurodegenerative diseases, in vitro organogenesis, bioinspired neural interfaces, and solving both developed and developing world healthcare challenges.  http://biopoets.berkeley.edu

Abstract
It is critical time to solve the problems of both developed and developing world healthcare challenges. In the first part of talk, I will present an external optical manipulation of genetic circuits for future individualized medicine in the context of global healthcare. High-precision NIR optical control of nanoplasmonic optical antenna allows a remote gene regulation in living cells. Since the abnormal NFkB signaling pathway has been associated in cancer, infectious diseases, inflammation, and neurological diseases, we found a solution for the spatiotemporal regulation of NF-kB activation by the selective optical liberations of IkB siRNA and p65 siRNA from biophotonic antennas. The efficacy of multistep bidirectional control of specific gene expression was demonstrated through the expression measurements of IP-10 and RANTES activated by nuclear p65.  

In the second part of talk, I will discuss cellular BASICs (Biologic Application Specific Integrated Circuits) for aging biology, single cell chemotaxis, label-free electro-physiologically activated cell sorting (ePACS) of induced pluripotent stem cells, and integrated molecular diagnostic system (iMDx). The iMDx comprises a self-contained sample preparation from whole blood, multiplexed protein assays, and nucleic acid amplification assays on chip with a sample-to-answer readout platform. As we gain more insight into the genomic basis of pathogen infectivity and drug resistance, point-of-care nucleic acid testing will likely become an important tool for global health. Additionally, the iMDx features cell phone data connectivity and GPS sample geotagging which can enable epidemiological surveying and remote healthcare delivery. In summary, I will share my vision for the convergence of molecular biology, chemistry, engineering physics, and medicine to transform life sciences, and finding the solutions for preventive personalized medicine and low-cost healthcare systems.

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Friday, November 1
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Conference: Democracy and Memory in Latin America
WHEN  Fri., Nov. 1 – Sat., Nov. 2, 2013
WHERE  HarvardTsai Auditorium, CGIS South S-010, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Conferences, Humanities, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	DRCLAS
COST  Free; registration required by Oct. 28
TICKET WEB LINK  www.drclas.harvard.edu/democracy_and_memory
LINK	http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/node/2265

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The Encounter of Science and History
WHEN  Fri., Nov. 1, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Knafel Center, Gymnasium, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Conferences, Education, Health Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Research study, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Initiative for the Science of the Human Past, The Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard, the Departments of Classics and History, the Medieval Studies Committee, and the Standing Committee on Archaeology, with the support of the Goelet-Berkowitz Fund
SPEAKER(S)  Kyle Harper, classics, University of Oklahoma; Johannes Krause, Institute of Scientific Archaeology, University Tübingen; Daniel E. Lieberman, human evolutionary biology, Harvard University; Michael McCormick, history, Harvard; Ian Morris, classics and History, Stanford University; David Reich, genetics, Harvard Medical School; Pardis Sabeti, organismic and evolutionary biology, Harvard, and Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard; Noreen Tuross, human evolutionary biology, Harvard
COST  Free; registration required; seating is limited
TICKET WEB LINK  shpnovemberconference.brownpapertickets.com
LINK	http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/shp/blog/announcement-inaugural-conference-harvard-initiative-science-human-past

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Transportation Research and Innovation at Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center
Friday, November 1
12:00 to 1:00 pm. Lunch will be served at 11:45 am.
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Robert C. Johns, Director and Associate Administrator, Volpe
Robert C. Johns serves as director and associate administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, a unique fee-for-service federal organization that conducts nearly $265 million in annual research and innovation projects for its customers, including all the DOT modal administrations and other federal and state agencies.  Recent projects include analysis and modeling for fuel economy standards, technical assistance for high-speed rail projects, and expanded research for the NextGen air traffic control system.  Approximately 570 federal employees and 450 on-site contractors carry out these and other projects at Volpe. Prior to joining Volpe in 2009, Johns served as director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota (2001 to 2009), as well as held research and management positions with the Santa Fe Railway, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities. He is active in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and is past chair of the TRB Activities Council, which oversees TRB’s 200 technical committees.  He earned a BS degree in engineering operations from Iowa State University and MBA and MA degrees from the University of Iowa.

http://cti.mit.edu/distinguished-speakers
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Franco Chingcuanco (fchingcu at mit.edu), Simmy Willemann (simmyw at mit.edu) or Sarah Smith (sajsmith at mit.edu)

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Fukushima-derived Radioactivity in Pacific Biota: Risks, Research Opportunities, and Nature Being Amazing
Friday, November 8, 2013 
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard, Pierce 100F,  29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Nicholas Fisher, Distinguished Professor, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University
http://www.somas.stonybrook.edu/people/fisher.html

Environmental Science and Engineering Seminars

Email: esunder at hsph.harvard.edu

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Attracting Private Capital for Public Good: Can Social Impact Bonds Move the Needle?
WHEN  Fri., Nov. 1, 2013, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Belfer, Weil Town Hall, Lobby Level, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Hauser Institute for Civil Society at the Center for Public Leadership
SPEAKER(S)  Molly Baldwin, CEO and founder, Roca; John Grossman, partner and counsel, Third Sector Capital Partners; Tracy Palandjian, CEO and co-founder, Social Finance; Jim Bildner, adjunct lecturer in public policy, HKS; senior research fellow
LINK	http://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/hauser/news-events/upcoming-events/20131101

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Syrian Refugees in the Middle East: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
WHEN  Fri., Nov. 1, 2013, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, Fifth Floor, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Shaden Khallaf
COST  Free and open to the public
NOTE  Shaden Khallaf is a lecturer at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) and the Department of Law, American University of Cairo.
LINK	belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu

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Remediation of Manufactured Gas Plant Sites: COCs, Transport Processes, & Engineering Solutions
Friday, November 01, 2013
12:05p–1:00p
MIT, Building  3-370, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Katherine A. Vater, TRC Environmental

CEE M.Eng. Friday Noon Seminar 
A weekly presentation by CEE MEng Program.

Web site: http://cee.mit.edu/events/
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
For more information, contact:
CEE Meng Program
8-8685
ceed at mit.edu 

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Infrastructure Resiliency and Robustness of Structures
Friday, November 01, 2013
12:10p–1:00p
MIT, Building 1-150, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Simos Gerasimidis, CEE Meng Alumnus, Visiting Associate Research Scholar, Columbia University, NYC. Dep. Civil Eng. & Eng. Mechanics. New York.
CEE M.Eng. Friday Noon Seminar 
A weekly presentation by CEE industry experts.

Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
For more information, contact:
CEE Meng Program
8-8685
ceed at mit.edu 

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Cleantech Coffee Mixer with Greentown Labs!
Friday, November 1, 2013
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7907773363/

Destress with Greentown Labs at our first ever Cleantech Coffee Mixer! Proudly sponsored and supported by BostonBean Coffee Company!

Come and check out our new space, meet resident entrepreneurs and network with leaders of Boston makerspaces while enjoying coffee cake and more provided by BostonBean.

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Applied Math Perspectives on Stochastic Climate Models
Friday, November 01, 2013
3:45p–5:00p
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)
Refreshments, 3:45 pm, Ida Green Lounge

Professor Andy Majda of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the Department of Mathematics and Climate, Atmosphere, Ocean Sciences at New York University 
We are entering a new era of Stochastic Climate Modeling. Such an approach is needed for several reason: 1) to model crucial poorly represented processes in contemporary comprehensive computer models such as intermittent organized tropical convention in the atmosphere and mesocale/submesoscale eddies in the ocean; 2) to quantify uncertainty in intermediate and long range forecasts where both uncertainty in initial data and forcing play a role 3) to represent unresolved stochastic backscatter from small scales to large scales in midlatitude dynamics. This lecture has three parts which illustrate how contemporary applied mathematics contributes novel stochastic ideas and potentially practical algorithms for these important problems. The use of judicious simplified but complex mathematical models for turbulent dynamical systems will be emphasized throughout the lecture. The first topic is joint work with Boualem Khouider and Yevgeniy Frenkel, the second topic with Themis Sapsis, and the third topic with Ian Grooms. All of the references in this lecture can be found at http://www.math.nyu.edu/faculty/majda/

EAPS Department Lecture Series 
Weekly talks given by leading thinkers in the areas of geology, geophysics, geobiology, geochemistry, meteorology, oceanography, climatology, and planetary science. 

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/2013/fall_DLS_Majda
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:
Jen DiNisco
617-253-2127
jdinisco at mit.edu 

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"Peak Water: What Happens When The Wells Go Dry?":  HUCE Special Seminar with Lester Brown
Friday, November 1, 2013 
4:00pm
Harvard, Maxwell-Dworkin, Lessin Room G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Contact Name:  Lisa Matthews
matthew at fas.harvard.edu

Lester R. Brown is president of the Earth Policy Institute, an organization dedicated to building a sustainable future. Shortly after earning a degree in agricultural science, he spent six months living in rural India, where he became intimately familiar with the food/population issue. Brown later became head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's International Agricultural Development Service. In 1974 he founded the Worldwatch Institute, leaving in 2001 to found the Earth Policy Institute. Brown has authored or co-authored over 50 books, including his most recent memoir, Breaking New Ground: A Personal History, and has received 24 honorary degrees and numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation "genius award." 

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Open House Lecture: "Constructed Atmospheres"
WHEN  Fri., Nov. 1, 2013, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Education, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Philippe Rahm
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	events at gsd.harvard.edu
NOTE  The work of Philippe Rahm, of Philippe Rahm architectes, Paris, encompasses physiological and meteorological aspects of architecture. With projects in France, Taiwan, Italy, and Germany, his recent work includes the 69-hectare Taichung Gateway Park in Taiwan (2011), a 13,000 sq. m. office building at La Défense, and a convective condominium in Hamburg. He has participated in a number of exhibitions worldwide and has taught at the Accademia dell'Architettura at Mendrisio, the ETH Lausanne, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts of Copenhagen, the AHO in Oslo, and Princeton University. His books include Physiological Architecture (Birkhaüser, 2002), Distortions (HYX, 2005), Environ(ne)ment: Approaches for Tomorrow (Skira, 2006), and Architecture Méteorologique (Archibooks, 2009).
LINK	www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/open-house-lecture-philippe-rahm-constructed-atmospheres.html

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Doubling Down on the Negative: Anti-anti Nukes, the Anti-anti Foreign, and Rightest Positivity in Post-3.11 Japan
WHEN  Fri., Nov. 1, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Kang Seminar Room (S050), Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South Building., 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Nathaniel Smith, assistant professor of East Asian studies, University of Arizona
LINK	ijs.fas.harvard.edu/programs/forum.php

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Sweet Science: Candy, cocktails & cutting-edge research! (21+)
Friday, November 01, 2013
7:00p–9:00p
MIT, Building N51, MIT Museum, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost: $15/adult, includes 2 cocktails
Tickets: http://sweetscience.eventbrite.com/

Indulge in some post-Halloween sweets and hear leading researchers speak about their latest projects. Visit different Museum galleries during the evening and enjoy candy and themed cocktails while meeting five different MIT scientists. 

Enjoy Milky Way candy while Professor Sara Seager - a 2013 MacArthur Fellow - discusses her studies of exoplanets; learn about the Earth's crust with Professor Oliver Jagoutz as you savor Pop Rocks; and find out how graduate student Nikolai Begg develops minimally invasive surgical tools (while sampling Life Savers). Finally, learn about a variety of robots, including the BigEye, with graduate student Sangok Seok! This is trick-or-treating, MIT Museum-style! Costumes are encouraged.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/calendar/nov-01-2013.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Andrew Hong
617-324-7313 
andhong at mit.edu 

Editorial Comment:  Just for fun.

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Saturday, November 2
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Cyberposium
Saturday, November 2
7:30am - 5:30pm 
Harvard Business School
Cost:$35-39
RSVP and more information at http://www.cyberposium.com

Held annually for the past 18 years, Cyberposium has been one of the most high profile events hosted by Harvard Business School, drawing some 1000+ attendees from the tech/media industries as well as the VC and startup communities.

Participants include CEOs, CTOs, founders, entrepreneurs, VCs, Wall Street and tech analysts, a broad range of media and press representatives, and students from over 25 leading MBA programs around the world.

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America's Datafest
Saturday, November 2nd
8:30am - 7:00 pm
Harvard Kennedy School, Weil Town Hall and Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
Hosted by the Technology for Social Change  Student Group at Harvard Kennedy School

Do you want to work with policy researchers, computer programmers, local non-profits,  journalists, and data scientists to solve some of the biggest challenges related to immigration?

Join us for a one-day event, America's Datafest, where you will form teams, brainstorm ideas, design prototypes, and present your solution - a mobile app, new product, business plan, or something  else entirely- that displays your insights on immigration issues.

We expect about 50 participants for our one-day event, but the Datafest will also be taking place in more than 20 cities and 12 countries around the world.  There will be food, and prizes for the winning teams.

Apply at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Vtcyw14TnAAhWjAL3HgMDWyWDpB_1aiBjbl9XCSaQU8/viewform by October 20th, or contact the organizers for more information:
alison_flint at hks15.harvard.edu

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Active Hope:  Facing Climate Change and Staying Sane
November 2, 2013
9am - 3:30pm
First Parish Church, 3 Church Street, Cambridge (near Harvard Square)
Fee: None.  Please bring your lunch; we’ll provide fruit and things to drink.
Registration: Please contact Rosalie Anders at 617/868-6058 or Rosalie.h.anders at gmail.com for more information or to register.   Given space limitations, people must register in advance.

Join us for a workshop based on the work of Joanna Macy and the Work That Reconnects.  This experiential group work offers participants a supportive context for being present with what is going on in our world and still being able to respond in a meaningful way. 

Rapid climate change may well be the greatest challenge we humans have ever faced, and for the most part our society is ignoring the challenge. It can seem too terrible to think about, and action can feel futile.  How can we take it all in without getting stuck in despair or being paralyzed with grief or feelings of helplessness? Is it possible to find renewal and joy in work with such enormous stakes and against what feel like overwhelming odds?

The Work that Reconnects is designed to embolden participants to face, constructively, the challenges of our time.   Using the power of sharing in a group, we will explore the place of gratitude in our lives, honor our grief about the losses we are witnessing, reframe our responses, and recognize our personal and collective strengths to act.   Through this work, many participants have experienced renewed insight, energy, and community connections to engage in creating a better future.

For more information about the Work That Reconnects, please visit Joanna Macy’s website at www.joannamacy.net.  This workshop will be facilitated by Aravinda Ananda and Joseph Rotella.  They have studied with Joanna numerous times, have been facilitating the Work That Reconnects for several years and recently joined the Interhelp Network Council (www.interhelpnetwork.org).

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Pentecostal Tabernacle Energy Upgrade Work Party
Saturday, November 2, 2013
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)
Pentecostal Tabernacle, 56 Magazine Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://pentecostaltabernaclebarnraising-es2.eventbrite.com

Help Pentecostal Tabernacle reduce its energy bills and carbon emissions at an energy-upgrade work-party. Experts will teach you how to save energy at home, while you help the church.  

Come enjoy a true community event where you get to meet other people who care. There will be live music while we all share a home-cooked lunch!

Among other things, we'll work on closing up huge attic holes and programming thermostats. 

Contact http://www.heetma.com

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350MA Campaigns Summit
Saturday, November 2nd
9:30AM-4:00PM, with a bonus session from 4:00-5:45
Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LUFF1h3B4RJhAIuoG6qx0Iw9FVqTO8eqta5nIEMiY9I/viewform

350 Massachusetts is a grassroots, volunteer-led network that Bill McKibben has called a “model for what we need all across the country and all around the world.”

We're focusing on two core campaigns: divesting the state of Masschusetts from fossil fuels and working with Governor Deval Patrick to achieve key climate goals during his last year in office. On November 2nd, we're holding a statewide summit for activists who want to work on these key campaigns. Will you join us?

Our divestment campaign aims to make Massachusetts the first state in the country to divest from fossil fuels, and we've built a lot of momentum over the past few months. Meanwhile, our Climate Legacy campaign plans to work with Governor Patrick on initiatives like a ban on coal-fired power plants, an end to new fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and setting our state up for a carbon tax.

For more information on 350MA or our core campaigns, visit our website at 350ma.org. If you've been wondering how to get more involved, this is your chance. Newcomers who are ready to work on an ongoing basis are welcome. Come to the 350MA Campaigns Summit, and leave with a critical role on one of the statewide campaign teams!

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Harvard Public Safety Innovation Hackathon
Tony Huang
Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM (EDT)
Harvard iLab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://harvardhackathon-es2.eventbrite.com

Public murdering in a Kenyan shopping mall, terrorist bombing during the Boston Marathon, school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School...these are the events that require public safety officers to put their lives on the line in order to protect our communities. How can we help them in this endeavor? 

The Public Safety Innovation Hackathon is an event that will give students the power to understand and solve some of the most challenging problems we face: the protection and safety of our communities. We want to connect students with leaders and decision-makers from the field so we can dive deep into the world of public safety and use our technology insight to help solve some of the most pressing issues public safety officers face when protecting our communities. We believe in using technology to make the world a safer place, and we think it’s extremely fulfilling when we get to follow your passion for technology while directly benefiting our communities and helping public safety officers save lives. 

Join us for the inaugural Harvard Public Safety Innovation Hackathon on November 2nd -3rd at the Harvard Innovation Lab. 

Guest Speakers:
Edward Davis, Commissioner of Boston Police Department
Jason Droege, President of Evidence.com
Athena Yerganian, Former CTO of LAPD and Boston Police Department
Scott Crouch, Founder and CEO of Mark43

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Boston Virtual Reality Meet-up 
Saturday, November 2, 2013
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8485035971

Oculus VR, Inc. is developing the Oculus Rift, a next-generation virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for immersive gaming.
On November 2, join the Oculus team along with other VR developers, entreprenuers, and innovators from the Boston area for an off-the-record series of talks, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations that highlight the future of VR, game design, hardware development, entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, and employment opportunities with Oculus.
We'll have the latest 1080p Oculus Rift prototypes available for demos and be joined by multiple Boston-based studios presenting games developed specifically for VR. Researchers and educators from the Boston area will also showcase their work in VR.
Oculus is growing fast, and the team will be available to talk about employment opportunities and how you can contribute to the future of VR. More information on careers at Oculus can be found at www.oculusvr.com/careers.
This event is off-the-record to encourage open discussion and collaboration, so please no audio or video recording. Thanks!

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Community Event: Transforming Our Homes, Culture, and Economy
November 2, Saturday
6:30pm
The Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn Street. Harvard Square, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Urban-Homesteaders-League/events/144507562/

Hosted by Food Day, Agricultural Hall, and the Boston Food Forest Coalition, Jan Spencer, a permaculturalist from Eugene, Oregon, will present "Transforming Where We Live - Our Homes, Culture and Economy." Spencer sees a common denominator to virtually all the social/political/economic/environmental downward trends of our times.

Spencer has been transforming his own economy, culture, and quarter-acre suburban property for over 13 years. The grass and driveway are gone, there is edible landscaping all over, passive solar redesign, a 6,500 gallon rain water system, and much more. His presentation discusses suburban permaculture and highlights creative green projects between friends and neighbors where he lives in the River Road Neighborhood of Eugene. He will explain allies and assets in almost any community and include a look at other green initiatives in the Northwest. All for revitalizing civic culture for transforming homes, culture and economy.

As he observes, "We live in a culture that is short on civic vitality because there are so many distractions which are remarkably effective at reducing peoples' capacity to act in their own best interests. The needs of a growth-based, supply-sided, globalized economy are at odds with healthy civic culture and are not compatible with a green and peaceful planet. Transforming our economy so it becomes friendly to people and planet means we mitigate virtually all the downward trends at the same time."

There will be a half hour mix and mingle time before the presentation with community groups tabling.

The presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, see 
www.suburbanpermaculture.org

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Playing for the Planet:  NE Music Masters
Saturday, November 2
7:00 pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston
Admission is $20; $15 students & seniors for the benefit of 350.org  
For information, please call 781-396-0734, or visit the event website at www.warrensenders.com

The performers include classic swing music with The Matt Glaser Trio, Albanian flute virtuoso Geni Skendo and his Astronauts of Albania, and Indian classical music for sarod and tabla with George Ruckert & Amit Kavthekar
The Matt Glaser Trio
The Boston Herald says he’s “possibly America’s most versatile violinist.”  And for good reason: over the past three decades, Matt Glaser has performed and collaborated with countless greats in a huge variety of idioms — Stephane Grappelli, Ralph Stanley, Yo-Yo Ma, Bob Dylan, David Grisman, Lee Konitz, the Waverly Consort, Gunther Schuller, Fiddle Fever, and many more.  He served as the chair of the string department at the Berklee College of Music for more than twenty-five years, and he’s currently the founder and artistic director of Berklee's American Roots Music Program.

The author of four books on contemporary violin styles including "Jazz Violin" co-authored with the late Stephane Grappelli, Matt Glaser has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, and everywhere in the world as an exponent of the very best America’s music has to offer.   Featured on the Grammy-winning soundtrack for Ken Burns's 1990 The Civil War documentary and the soundtrack for the 1978 film King of the Gypsies, Matt served on the board of advisors for Ken Burns's 2001 Jazz documentary and appears as a narrator in the film.  

For “Playing for the Planet,” he’ll be presenting classic Swing tunes in an intimate trio format with guitarist Jon Wheatley (who has performed and recorded with Ruby Braff, Diana Krall, Alan Dawson, Mike Metheny and countless others) and bassist Britt Karlson.

George Ruckert & Amit Kavthekar
Performer, composer, arranger, author, and teacher, George Ruckert had already earned a master’s degree in western music theory and composition when he was introduced in 1967 to the music of the legendary sarod master, Ustad Ali Akbar Khansahib, and made the decision to become a disciple of this great maestro.  As one of the senior-most disciples of Khansahib, he focused his attention on sarod and vocal music for forty years.  After earning advanced degrees in Indian music in 1975, he served for many years as teacher and Director of the Ali Akbar College of Music near San Francisco, and earned a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of California.   As a solo artist on the sarod, he has performed, recorded, and taught in India, Europe, and the United States, and is a published author of numerous articles and books about Indian classical music and artists.  A faculty member at MIT, he is frequently called upon to write articles about India’s most prominent musical talents and liner notes for CDs as well.

Amit Kavthekar, a Ganda-Bandha Shagird of Ustad Allarakha, has rhythm running in his veins.  He began his training with the legend at the early age of six.  Since 1991, he was fortunate to be taught tabla intricacies by the internationaly acclaimed tabla master, Ustad Zakir Hussain.  Amit had his basic training in tabla from Shri Ashok Godbole, at the Allarakha Institute of Music. From 1997 to 2003, Deepak Nerurkar, another brilliant tabla maestro, imparted his art to Amit.  Recently awarded the Taal Mani by Sur Singar Sansad, Amit is presently learning intricacies of Delhi Gharana from Guru Pandit Sudhir Mainkar.  He has performed as a soloist and accompanist all over the world.

Geni Skendo and the Astronauts of Albania
The Boston Globe calls Geni Skendo a “virtuoso,” creating a unique blend of jazz, free jazz and world music.  Geni leads the Albanian/Jazz/Ambience  group "Astronauts of Albania" and the free improvised chamber music group, Samurai Jazz Trio, consisting of shakuhachi, bass/shamisen and piano.   After a successful performing career in his native Albania, Geni moved to the US in 2003 to raise his jazz playing to a higher level.  Studies at the Berklee College of Music and The New England Conservatory (MM) led to a deep, ongoing involvement with the Boston music scene.  Geni performs with Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica (Best World Music Act, Boston Phoenix Readers’ Poll, 2012), in both its quartet and big-band incarnations.  The quartet utilizes Geni’s full palette, while the big band relies heavily on Geni’s powerful bass flute in its recreation of long-lost arrangements by the legendary Mexican arranger Juan Garcia Esquivel.  Geni’s most recent CD is “Acoustic Cowboy,” featuring original compositions and new arrangements of songs from Olivier Messiaen, African pygmies and the Balkans. 

Astronauts of Albania performs Albanian folk music arranged for Shakuhachi & Bass Flute, Oud, Guitar, Bass and Drums. The band’s music seamlessly integrates complex Balkan grooves with free improvised sections, punctuating hypnotic textures with dazzling solo sections.

“...Senders possesses a gift for assembling fascinating programs.” 
— Andrew Gilbert, The Boston Globe —

“Playing For The Planet: World Music Against Climate Change” is the eighth concert in an ongoing series of cross-cultural events produced by Boston-area musician and environmental activist Warren Senders (www.warrensenders.com).  These concerts were conceived as a way for creative musicians to contribute to the urgent struggle against global warming.   Their choice of beneficiary, 350MA.org, is focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels — action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid catastrophic outcomes. 

Because the climate problem recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent musical styles from three different parts of the globe, and share key musical values: listening, honesty, creativity, and respect. And, of course, they are all committed to raising awareness of the potentially devastating effects of global warming.  It’ll be an incredible evening of powerful music — from some of the finest musicians in New England and the world.

“...pleasant surprises and stimulation of the aesthetic synapses...
...an open-ended, floating, world music festival...” 
— Steve Elman, ArtsFuse —

About 350.org 
Co-founded by environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, 350.org is the hub of a worldwide network of over two hundred environmental organizations, all with a common target: persuading the world’s countries to unite in an effort to reduce global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million or less. Climatologist Dr. James Hansen says, “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 400 ppm to at most 350 ppm.” (Dr. Hansen headed the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City, and is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue.) Activists involved in the 350 movement include Rajendra Pachauri (Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), Vandana Shiva (world-renowned environmental leader and thinker), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1984 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and a global activist on issues pertaining to democracy, freedom and human rights), Van Jones, Bianca Jagger, Barbara Kingsolver and many more.

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Energy Theater: Turn It Around! 
Saturday, November 2  
7:30 pm
Unity Somerville, 6 William Street (corner College Ave, 3 blocks from Davis Square), Somerville
$10 suggested donation

Laughter, Comedy, Music, and Amazing Mystical Experiences
Energy Theater takes energy awareness, Laughter Club concepts, and neuroscience onstage and shows the audience how to increase their natural abilities. 

In addition to our regular cast of comedians, musicians and movement artists, this show will also introduce a new humorous duo, the M&Ms.

Problems repeat themselves, your response to them does not have to be the same.  Experience funny and innovative ways to turn things around.  This is our fifth show.

Produced and directed by Walter Ness.

For more information, see www.EnergyTheater.org

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Sunday, November 3
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2013 Finance Conference
WHEN  Sun., Nov. 3, 2013, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Business School, Spangler Center Auditorium (lower level of Spangler Center), Batten Way, Harvard Business School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Conferences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	HBS Finance Club
SPEAKER(S)  Lawrence H. Summers, 71st U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
COST  $20 for students
TICKET WEB LINK https://www.wepay.com/events/hbs-finance-conference-2013
CONTACT INFO	jjin at mba2015.hbs.edu
NOTE  This year’s conference theme is “The Responsible Financier: Future Paths of the Industry.” Business models in the financial industry are undeniably evolving against a background of massive changes and public scrutiny. How do we navigate this new ground, ensuring that lessons are learned and not forgotten?
LINK	hbsfinanceconference.com

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Time Trade Circle Orientation
Sunday, November 3, 2013
3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street, Cambridge 
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Boston-area-freegan-and-dumpster-diving-meetup/events/144996382/

These are orientations for joining the Time Trade Circle. (You have to attend one orientation to join.)

The TTC is an alternative economy where people trade services for hours, not money. All services are (more-or-less) valued equally, so each hour of work you do is an hour put in your account that you can then spend on someone else's services. 

https://hourworld.org/bank/?hw=1079

These meetings will be led by Carol. Materials will also be available in Braille. Children are welcome. Please try to arrive on time!

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Monday, November 4
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Improving PTSD Treatment for US Military Personnel via Enterprise Architecting
Monday, November 04, 2013
12:00p–1:00p
Webinar at http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_110413/southerlan-webinar-ptsd-military-enterprise-architecting.html

Speaker: Elizabeth Cilley Southerlan, Strategic IT and Operations Manager, Health and Life Sciences, Oliver Wyman; SDM '12
North Carolina's Camp Lejeune is the home of "expeditionary forces in readiness," which include active "and civilian" duty Marines, their families, and other military personnel. This webinar centers on how SDM alumna Elizabeth Cilley Southerlan used enterprise architecting to investigate the current state of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment at the facility's existing military psychological health enterprise (MPHE) and to provide suggestions for the facility's transformation. 

In this webinar, Southerlan will discuss using enterprise architecting to: 
investigate the camp's current state; and 
work in conjunction with multilevel analysis techniques to create a framework that could support the transformation of this complex, multilevel enterprise. 

She will also describe including dominant views of the organization, its processes, and the importance of stakeholder analysis and review suggestions for the MPHE's transformation to better serve our soldiers.

MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series 
This series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Web site:  http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_110413/southerlan-webinar-ptsd-military-enterprise-architecting.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to all
Tickets: http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_110413/southerlan-webinar-ptsd-military-enterprise-architecting.html
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management
For more information, contact:
Lois Slavin
617-253-0812

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Home Energy Efficiency Workshop 101
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 4, 2013, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Barker Center Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Lecture, Support/Social, Sustainability, Wellness/Work Life
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	FAS Green Program, with Green Building Services
SPEAKER(S)  Green Building Services, Next Step Living
COST  Free; RSVP required
CONTACT INFO	brandon_geller at harvard.edu
NOTE  Contact brandon_geller at harvard.edu by Nov. 1 to reserve your spot.
LINK	http://green.harvard.edu/node/5969

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"Working on Climatic Time: Climatology and Labor Practices in Postwar Industrial Agriculture"
Monday, November 4, 2013 
12:15pm - 2:00pm
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin, Room 119, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to sts at hks.harvard.edu by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

James Bergman (Harvard, History of Science)

STS Circle Lecture at Harvard

http://sts.hks.harvard.edu/events/sts_circle/
Contact Name:  Shana Rabinowich
sts at hks.harvard.edu

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Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 4, 2013, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Nye C, Fifth Floor, Taubman Building at HKS, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Erik J. Dahl, former research fellow, International Security Program, 2006-08; assistant professor of national security affairs, Naval Postgraduate School
CONTACT INFO	susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/6175/intelligence_and_surprise_attack.html

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Road to Paris via Warsaw
Monday, November 4, 2013
12:30-1:45p
Tufts, The Fletcher School, Mugar 200, 160R Packard Avenue, Medford

A panel discussion on key issues in the lead up to the Warsaw Climate Change Conference
Kelly Sims Gallagher (chair), Director, CIERP, and Associate Professor of Energy & Environmental Policy, The Fletcher School
Sivan Kartha, Senior Scientist at Stockholm Environment Institute 
Gilbert Metcalf, Professor of Economics, Tufts University
Mukul Sanwal, Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and former Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

Hosted by CIERP's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program 
A light lunch will be served (first come first served).

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Why Has Regional Income Convergence in the US Declined?
Monday, November 04, 2013
4:00p–5:30p
MIT, Building E51-151, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Daniel Shoag (Harvard/Kennedy)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Public Finance/Labor Workshop
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu 

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Challenges and Dilemmas of Humanitarian Action in Syria at a Political and Operational Level
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 4, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, 1st Floor, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Claude Bruderlein
NOTE  Claude Bruderlein is a lecturer on international health and co-director of the master’s program in global health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He also holds a faculty appointment at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he teaches strategic planning in humanitarian protection. In 2010, he co-founded the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection and serves as its first President of the Board. In his research, Bruderlein focuses particularly on the protection of civilians, the development of humanitarian law, the promotion of human security strategies, and the role of information technologies in emergency response.

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Community Event: Transforming Our Homes, Culture, and Economy
Monday, November 4, 2013
6:30 PM
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Permaculture/events/144683062/

Hosted by Food Day, Agricultural Hall, and the Boston Food Forest Coalition, Jan Spencer, a permaculturalist from Eugene, Oregon, will present "Transforming Where We Live - Our Homes, Culture and Economy." Spencer sees a common denominator to virtually all the social/political/economic/environmental downward trends of our times.

Spencer has been transforming his own economy, culture, and quarter-acre suburban property for over 13 years. The grass and driveway are gone, there is edible landscaping all over, passive solar redesign, a 6,500 gallon rain water system, and much more. His presentation discusses suburban permaculture and highlights creative green projects between friends and neighbors where he lives in the River Road Neighborhood of Eugene. He will explain allies and assets in almost any community and include a look at other green initiatives in the Northwest. All for revitalizing civic culture for transforming homes, culture and economy.

As he observes, "We live in a culture that is short on civic vitality because there are so many distractions which are remarkably effective at reducing peoples' capacity to act in their own best interests. The needs of a growth-based, supply-sided, globalized economy are at odds with healthy civic culture and are not compatible with a green and peaceful planet. Transforming our economy so it becomes friendly to people and planet means we mitigate virtually all the downward trends at the same time."

There will be a half hour mix and mingle time before the presentation with community groups tabling.

The presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, see 
www.suburbanpermaculture.org

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Science & Cooking: The Science of Sweets
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 4, 2013, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery
COST  Free and open to the public
NOTE  The Science & Cooking lecture series runs weekly through the end of the fall semester. A full schedule, including the lecture topics, is available at seas.harvard.edu….
Each talk will begin with a 15-minute lecture by a Faculty member of the course, which will discuss one of the scientific topics from that week's class.
For a sample of what is to come, an archive of past talks (from 2010, 2011, and 2012) can be viewed at YouTube.com/Harvard
The popular public lecture series grew out of a collaboration between the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Alícia Foundation in Spain. A related Harvard College course, “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter," which will be offered to undergraduates for the fourth time in the fall of 2013, uses food and cooking to explicate fundamental principles in applied physics and engineering. Blending haute cuisine with laboratory research, the chefs and food experts teach alongside Harvard faculty members. In addition to lectures and readings, lab work is an integral part of the course, and students perform experiments on topics including heat transfer, viscosity and elasticity, and crystallization and entropy.

This year, for the first time, a version of the Science & Cooking course will also be offered through HarvardX, Harvard University's newest online learning initiative. Registration for SPU27x, the massively open online course (MOOC), is open now at harvardx.harvard.edu.
The Science & Cooking Lecture Series does not replicate the content of either the Harvard College course or the HarvardX online course; rather, these public events are simply meant to inform and inspire with a fresh perspective on culinary science. For more information, visit http://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking
LINK	http://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking

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ACT Lecture | John Akomfrah, OBE & Lina Gopaul
Monday, November 04, 2013
7:00p–9:00p
MIT, Building  E15-001, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: John Akomfrah, OBE; Lina Gopaul
John Akomfrah, OBE, and Lina Gopaul co-founded the seminal film and video group Black Audio Film Collective and the more recent production company Smoking Dogs Films. Their collaborative and long-standing partnership has won them over thirty-five international awards and over one hundred official film festival selections. Exploring the many facets of migration, human experience, and political struggle, their documentaries, feature films, TV productions, videos, and gallery installations challenge and redefine traditional modes of filmmaking. The Stuart Hall Project (2012), a film about the cultural theorist and sociologist Stuart Hall, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2013 and was released this fall in UK cinemas. Their latest film, The March (2013), charts the story behind the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement, as told by the people who organized and participated in it. The March premiered on PBS on August 27, 2013, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the peaceful demonstration. Akomfrah and Gopaul's extensive filmography includes The Nine Muses (2010), Oil Spill: The Exxon Valdez Disaster (2009), Riot (1999), Martin Luther King: Days of Hope (1997), and Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993). 

This lecture is presented in collaboration with the MIT Visiting Artists Program.

Experiments in Thinking, Action, and Form: Cinematic Migrations

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:
Laura Anca Chichisan
617-253-5229
act at mit.edu 

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Networking for Food Entrepreneurs
Monday, November 4, 2013
7:00 PM
Grafton Street Pub & Grill, 1230 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
We reserved space in the bar area by the windows. You can't miss us!
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/FoodBizNetwork/events/144449572/

Summer's coming to an end. It's time to get back to work!
Join a diverse group of entrepreneurs in the food business for a networking event! We have held a number of these already with great success. It's great to see how many business and personal relationships have resulted from these events.

Hope to see you there!

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Tuesday, November 5
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Ana Navarro
Tuesday, November 5
12 p.m. 
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Speaker Series with Ana Navarro, Institute of Politics Fellow; former National Hispanic Co-Chair for Gov. Jon Huntsman’s 2012 Campaign; political contributor at CNN and CNN en Español.

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The Fight for the Future: How People Defeated Hollywood and Saved the Internet--For Now
November 5, 2013
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/11/lee#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET

Edward Lee, Professor of Law & Director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
This talk will explain how a grassroots movement involving millions of people was able to defeat money, politicians, Hollywood, and the copyright lobby, all in the name of a "free and open Internet." People used Facebook, Twitter, other social media, blogs, and websites to organize and launch protests against SOPA and ACTA, two controversial copyright proposals in the United States and European Union that many feared would lead to Internet censorship. Participants will learn how the Internet helped people fight for their Internet freedoms--and do the unthinkable in stopping powerful lobbyists and the entertainment industry in their effort to clamp down on online piracy at all costs.

About Ed
Edward Lee is a Professor of Law and the Director of the internationally recognized Program in Intellectual Property Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He graduated summa cum laude from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (highest honors) and classics, and cum laude from Harvard Law School.

His Boston Review article The Day Wikipedia Went Dark was published on the one year anniversary of the Wikipedia blackout. As a contributor to the Huffington Post, he has written various articles related to the Internet, copyright, and pop culture. As a law professor, he has written extensively about free speech and copyright law, and the history of the freedom of the press. Previously, he worked with Lawrence Lessig at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, including on Eldred v. Ashcroft and Golan v. Holder, two of the most significant cases involving the First Amendment and copyright law.

Links
http://thefightforthefuture.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/thefightforthefuturebook
Twitter: https://twitter.com/edleeprof

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North Korea's Dual Pursuit of Nuclear and Economic Development
WHEN  Tue., Nov. 5, 2013, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Program on U.S.-Japan Relations co-sponsored by the Korea Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea Studies and director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	wnehring at wcfia.harvard.edu

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Feeding the World without Consuming the Planet
November 5, 2013 
2:00PM-5:30PM 
MIT, Building E51-115, Wong Auditorium, Corner of Amherst and Wadsworth Streets, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iN6EMHdbe8VH93qS8ioNNiJz10-6Z0WB2jln4WBTQ48/viewform

Confronting global environmental change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Changes to water, land and climate will affect the future of food and agriculture. The MIT Food Symposium will bring together industry experts and researchers to share their perspectives and gain a better understanding of how research can address these global resource challenges.
This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance to help us prepare appropriately.
There will be live online streaming of the event on November 5th atglobalchange.mit.edu/foodsymposium

AGENDA
2:00 – 3:00pm: Climate, Food, Water, Energy Nexus
3:00 – 4:00pm: Agricultural Resources and Inputs
4:00 – 5:00pm: Agricultural Commodity Markets, Food and Consumers
5:00 – 5:30pm: MIT View: Unique Contribution to Finding Solutions

Contact E-mail: alligold at mit.edu 
Event URL: http://globalchange.mit.edu/foodsymposium

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Conflict Resolution and Organizational Influence
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
2:30p–4:00p
MIT, Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Heikki Rantakari USC/Visiting MIT

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

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How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Nov 5, 2013
4pm
MIT, Building E19-623, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Michael Moss is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, published by Random House in 2013. He has been an investigative reporter with The New York Times since 2000. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2010, and was a finalist for the prize in 2006 and 1999. He is also the recipient of a Loeb Award and an Overseas Press Club citation. Before joining the Times, he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Eve Heyn, and two sons.

http://ksj.mit.edu/seminars-news/seminars/how-food-giants-hooked-us#sthash.kTN9EDH9.dpuf

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Drinking Water:  A History
When: Tuesday, November 5
4-5:30 pm.
Harvard, Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard

Do you feel guilty about drinking bottled water or worry about fracking? Professor James Salzman who holds joint appointments in Law and Environmental Science at Duke University and is the Leo Gottlieb Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School will speak about his latest book,  Drinking Water: A History, followed by tea.

Please RSVP by return email to neighbors at harvard.edu. Limited to 50 people.

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Beyond the Crisis Symposium: Social Resilience and Sustainability
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 
4:15pm - 6:30pm
Harvard, Adolphus Busch Hall- LL1 (lower level conference room), Center for the European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way, Cambridge

Featuring:
William Clark, Brooks Professor Of International Science, Public Policy And Human Development, Kennedy School Of Government, Harvard University 
Peter A. Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor Of European Studies, Harvard University 
Michele Lamont, Professor Of Sociology And African-American Studies, Robert I. Goldman Professor Of European Studies, Harvard University
Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor Of Economics And Philosophy, Harvard University  
Introduction By: 
Eloi Laurent, Senior Research Fellow, Observatoire Français Des Conjunctures Economique,Visiting Scholar And Professor, Harvard University 
Economic standard indicators and models are as dominant in the public discourse as they were five years ago, when the "great recession" suddenly accelerated with the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Stock market performance are equated with so-cial progress while GDP growth seems to be the ultimate goal of politics. If we truly want to exit the crisis, we have to understand it and to "recover" from the be-liefs that presided over it: We must find new ways to think about and measure what constitute collective societal success. This conference offers a two hours win-dow into the post-crisis world, beyond economism and short-termism, toward so-cial resilience and sustainability.  

Contact Name:  Eloi Laurent
eloi.laurent at sciencespo.fr
 
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Exploring the Digital Transformation of Healthcare
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
MIT, Building E62, 100 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at ealthcaredigitaltransformation-es2.eventbrite.com/

Payer perspectives on how technology and innovation will help achieve more affordable and higher quality healthcare

The U.S. healthcare industry is poised to undergo a significant transformation.  Spending on healthcare has outpaced inflation and economic growth for many years, yet quality still lags on many fronts.  This discussion will explore a few of the key trends that are helping drive the changing landscape including: unsustainable costs; the need for better patient information to support the coordination of care; creation of a consumer marketplace through public and private health insurance exchanges; movement from a fee for service reimbursement model for doctors and hospitals to an incentive based reimbursement model; and the need to more effectively engage a consumer in the management of their health.  

The discussion will provide a perspective on how payers are reacting to these trends by leveraging a balance of technology and innovation to drive growth in the emerging consumer marketplace; transform business processes and analytics to support incentive based reimbursement; and leveraging an integrated patient health record, artificial intelligence and other decision-support tools to drive better patient outcomes.  Finally a key to successfully improving quality and reducing cost is having an engaged consumer or caregiver and we will discuss some uses of mobile, social, medical devices and emerging technologies that will simplify and personalize the way in which that will be achieved in alignment with an individual patient’s needs.      

Please note! At the event, we also hope to help connect entrepreneurs to the marketplace and give you open access to Lori Beer to ask her those questions you can’t find the answer to on any website.  To help accomplish this, we are going to select 3 start-ups to give their 60 second pitch at the end of the event and get direct feedback from Lori Beer herself. If you would like to pitch, please answer a couple of quick questions here

Speaker Bio:
Lori Beer is currently the Managing Director of L. A. Beer & Associates, which provides strategic advisory services to the healthcare and technology industries.  Key areas of focus include helping growth stage companies define a strategic approach and execution plan to scale; enabling companies to drive growth in new markets; and leveraging new technologies and innovation to help transform business models.    

Ms. Beer has more than 20 years of technology and related business experience, including more than 15 years at WellPoint. She has a proven track record of driving innovation, maximizing technology investments and delivering cost-efficiency.

Ms. Beer was executive vice president of Specialty Businesses and Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc. She was responsible for a $10 billion business unit which included WellPoint’s Specialty Products, including dental, vision, life, disability and workers’ compensation, and it’s consumer-centric business 1-800 CONTACTS; Federal Government Solutions; WellPoint’s research subsidiary, HealthCore; Information Technology; Information Management, and technology-driven innovation.  Ms. Beer was responsible for developing the first commercial health care applications of IBM’s Watson technology, which is expected to help improve the delivery of quality, evidence-based health care to millions of Americans.

Ms. Beer served as executive vice president of WellPoint’s Enterprise Business Services, which included the company's operations, technology, real estate, information management, vendor partnerships, and strategic projects. In this role, she was responsible for driving the business, technology and service solutions to deliver innovative health care products and services to the more than 33 million members of the company's health plans. She led more than 50 percent of WellPoint’s associates and managed a portfolio exceeding $3 billion.

Ms. Beer was featured in MITSloan Management Review, The Digital Transformation of Healthcare, April 2013; Fortune Magazine’s Leadership Series, An Insurer’s High-Tech Reboot, September 2012; was named a Computerworld2011 Premier 100 IT Leader and was the 2011 National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Health Care Champion.

Ms. Beer serves on the board of directors for Vantiv Inc., a payment processing and technology solutions provider.  She earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Dayton.

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StoryCode BOSTON:  WGBH's Bill Shribman;  Paul Turano's immersive urban wanders
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location is shown only to members
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/StoryCode-Boston/events/145636502/

StoryCode spotlights case-studies in current storytelling innovation, immersive narrative, and transmedia. 
http://www.storycode.org/ 

StoryCode Boston intends to be a meetup where our diverse community of creators, producers, educators and innovators can share their knowledge, experience, and analysis in the progressive and convergent forms of storytelling today!  Yay! 

Our inaugural meetup will introduce the group and feature presentations by Bill Shribman from WGBH, and Paul Turano with his team from Wander, Wonder, Wilderness 

In collaboration with MIT Open Documentary Labhttp://opendoclab.mit.edu/
Meetup will take place at MIT and space is limited, so please RSVP to find out exactly where we'll be ;) 

"Detectives, Aliens, Bullies, and Poisoners: Four Digital Story Projects from WGBH's Digital Kids Team" 
Bill Shribman is the Senior Executive Producer responsible for digital media for kids at WGBH including a dozen apps and the national PBS sites for Arthur, Curious George, Design Squad Nation, and Martha Speaks. These high traffic projects have won many awards including the Prix Jeunesse, an Emmy, and the George Foster Peabody Award. He is the creator of several original broadband projects including The Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation and The GREENS. He has written and produced original content for many platforms, from magazines and TV to the iPhone and Wii. His current work includes an app to help kids with autism recognize facial expressions, a forensic science murder mystery iPad app for high schoolers, a digital media literacy project, and a multi-platform environmental science adventure for tweens. His TED-X and TED-Ed talks have focused on his other passion, photography. Bill is currently also affiliated with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

"Chance encounters and insights inspired by walking through Boston’s public parks and greenways—known as urban wilds." 
Paul Turano is a visual artist whose work in film and video and new media incorporates lyrical observational strategies and meditations on personal space, as well as subjective reportage of marginal media events and long form essay films. It has been presented throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Recent screenings include the Pirate Cinema screening at the Maldives Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Sydney Underground Film Festival, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Crosstalk Video Art Festival in Budapest, Hungary,L'Alternativa in Barcelona, Spain, Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, France. He is the recipient of a Media Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a Moving Image Fund Grant from the LEF Foundation. Based in Boston, he has screened his work at the Harvard Film Archive, the Institute of Contemporary Art and The Museum of Fine Arts and his films have been programmed in over 50 national and international film festivals. He is an assistant Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College and has taught previously at Hampshire College, Massachusetts College of Art, Harvard University, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The focus of his current work is the exploration of our relationship to natural environments in both local and global ways.

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Wednesday, November 6
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Crowds and Climate:  Mobilizing Crowds to Develop Ideas and Take Action on Climate Change
November 6-8, 2013
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

More information at http://www.climatecolab.org/conference2013

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Porkopolis: Industrializing Pigs and People in American Agriculture (Wednesday Seminar Series)
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 
12:15pm - 1:15pm
Tufts, Jaharis, Behrakis Auditorium, 150 Harrison Avenue, Boston

Speaker: Alex Blanchette, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University
Alex Blanchette’s ethnographic research on American “factory” hog farms tracks the making of the modern industrial pig from genetic design to post-kill processing. This seminar on corporate biosecurity will analyze how efforts to manage hog disease intimately transform human social and labor relations across a 100-mile radius region of the Great Plains that annually produces some seven million animals.

Contact Information
Charlene Stevens
charlene.stevens at tufts.edu

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Prison USA: The Dilemmas of Mass Incarceration
WHEN  Wed., Nov. 6, 2013, 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Emerson Hall, Room 210, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Ethics, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  See website for details
CONTACT INFO	humcentr at fas.harvard.edu; 617.495.0738
NOTE  Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
LINK	http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/prison-usa-dilemmas-mass-incarceration

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Too Many Checks, No Balance: Partisan Brinkmanship or a Shrinking Presidency as the New Normal?
WHEN  Wed., Nov. 6, 2013, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Malkin Penthouse, Littaeur Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Ash Center
SPEAKER(S)  Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press
NOTE  Coming close on the heels of the recent federal government shutdown and narrowly avoided default, this discussion will explore the relationship between the president and Congress. What have we learned from recent events about the shifting nature of power between the executive and legislative branches? How have different presidents, in relation to Congress, approached leadership and authority; negotiation and compromise? Is partisan brinksmanship the new norm both in Congress and in the relationship between the president and Congress? What is driving the gridlock? Where is the greatest potential for change? What can individual citizens do?
LINK	http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/Challenges-to-Democracy/News-Events/Too-Many-Checks-No-Balance

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“Life Saving Information: Mortality Risk Reduction from Air Quality Index Forecasts”
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 
4:10pm - 5:30pm
Harvard, Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

Joseph Aldy and Marie Abele Bind, Harvard University

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k96249
Contact Name:  Jason Chapman
Jason_Chapman at harvard.edu
For further information, contact Professor Stavins at the Kennedy School (617-495-1820), Professor Weitzman at the Department of Economics (617-495-5133), or the course assistant, Jason Chapman (617-496-8054), or visit the seminar web site.

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SSRC Seminar: Planning for and Responding to Pandemic Influenza: Another Example of a Complex Sociotechnical System
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
4:15p–5:30p
MIT, Building E38-615, 292 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Prof. Richard Larson
Please join us for our next fall seminar. Richard Larson is the Mitsui Professor of Engineering Systems and director of the Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals (CESF). He will discuss the results of a six-year systems study of pandemic influenza and recommendations at both the personal and systems levels to improve citizen preparedness and response to the flu. A reception will follow the presentation.

Conversations on Sociotechnical Systems

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Sociotechnical Systems Research Center
For more information, contact:
Jacqueline Paris
jparis at mit.edu 

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Media Lab Conversations Series: Jillian York
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 
5:30pm - 6:30pm
MIT Media Lab, 3rd Floor Atrium, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Jillian York in Conversation with Ethan Zuckerman
Jillian C. York is Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Her work focuses on free expression, with an focus toward the Arab world, and as such she has written for a variety of publications, including Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and CNN. Jillian contributed chapters to the upcoming volumes Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communication, Journalism and Society (Palgrave Macmillan; March 2013) and State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide(Ashgate Publishing; expected November 2013). She serves on the Board of Directors of Global Voices Online, and on the Advisory Boards of R-Shief,OnlineCensorship.org, Radio Free Asia’s Open Technology Fund and Internews’ Global Internet Policy Project.

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Principles for Design & Humanizing Big Data with Data Visualization
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)
Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) 5th Floor - Havana Room, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8839831173/es2/

Note that a valid ID is required for building security.  Once you sign in go to the 5th floor and then down the corridor to the Havana room.

Lynn Cherny - Data Vis 101: Principles for Design 
I'll condense an intro workshop into 45 minutes and review the principles for successful design with data, including tips on visual encodings, story-finding, and principles for developing exploratory or explanatory visualizations.  We'll look at a couple redesigns and award winners, plus maybe a few #WTFvis examples along the way.

Bio: Lynn Cherny is a local data analysis and visualization consultant who works in Python, R, and D3.js.  She has a Ph.D. from Stanford in linguistics and spent 18 years as a UX designer and manager before going back to the code side.

Humanizing Big Data with Data Visualization
Data visualization is the human front-end of big data.  In order for people to solve problems and make decisions using insights drawn from big data, they need a clear understanding of the stories that are often buried.  How can UI designers and data visualization practitioners help make those insights understandable and useful to decision-makers?  We all deal with the challenge of how to identify meaningful objects or events in a raw datastream, and present those events to users in a way that provides context and helps them get a qualitative understanding of what is going on.  We'll look at approaches to accomplishing this, and how  techniques like visual abstraction, attention-management and metaphor can help.

Bio: Mark Schindler is co-founder and Managing Director of GroupVisual.io, a Cambridge, MA consultancy that specializes in making Big Data consumable for human beings through the design of data visualization and data-driven user experiences.  For over 15 years, he has designed business analytics and visualization systems for clients like Johnson & Johnson, GE and Eli Lilly.

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SITN Lecture - Big Data in the Postgenome Era
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
7pm
Harvard Medical School, Armenise Amphitheater, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston

Join us for the next lecture in Harvard University's Science in the News Fall Lecture Series, Big Data in the Postgenome Era: What can the human genome sequence do for you? 

For those of you not familiar with SITN's lecture format, lectures are free, accessible, and open to the public. All lectures are given entirely by graduate students at Harvard and focus on hot topics in science research and news.

A team of three graduate students each present a 30-40 minute segment, with breaks for questions and refreshments. The lectures last for about two hours, and are often followed by lab tours.

They will have light refreshments before the lecture (coffee, tea, cookies, etc.)

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Crowds and Climate:  Mobilizing Crowds to Develop Ideas and Take Action on Climate Change
November 6-8, 2013
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

More information at http://www.climatecolab.org/conference2013

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Reproductive Rights Around the World
WHEN  Thu., Nov. 7, 2013, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Wasserstein 1023
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Ethics, Health Sciences, Law, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Co-sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; the Human Rights Program; and the Child Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School; and the Harvard Global Health Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Professor I. Glenn Cohen, Professor Aziza Ahmed, Mindy Jane Roseman
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	petrie-flom at law.harvard.edu
NOTE  Lunch will be served.

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Energy 101 Sessions - Energy in the Built Environment
Thursday, November 07, 2013
1:00p–2:00p
MIT, Building 4-327

Karen Noiva from the MIT Energy Initiative will discuss how energy is used, meassured and modeled at different sclaes of the built environment (e.g. city, town, building). 

In addition the session will also cover an overview of policies targeted at managing energy use in the built environment in a more sustainable way including: sustainably technologies, energy conservation policies, zero-carbon cities, etc.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu 

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"The Generation of Form in Biology: Principles of Mechanochemical Patterning"
November 7, 2013
4:00 pm
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Refreshments @ 3:30 pm in 4-349 (The Pappalardo Community Room)

Stephan Grill, Max Planck Institute of Melecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Morphogenesis refers to the generation of form in Biology. Much is known about molecular mechanisms of regulation, but little is known about the physical mechanisms by which an unpatterned blob of cells develops into a fully structured and formed organism. The actomyosin cortex is a thin layer underneath the cellular membrane that can self contract, which drives many of the large-scale morphogenetic rearrangements that are observed during development. How this cortex reshapes and deforms, and how such morphogenetic processes couple to regulatory biochemical pathways is largely unknown. I will discuss two emergent physical activities of the actomyosin cytoskeleton, an active contractile tension and an active torque, both of which can serve to drive flows and large-scale chiral rotations of the actomyosin cytoskeleton. Discussing two biological examples, polarization of the Caenorhabditis elegans zygote and epiboly during zebrafish gastrulation, I will illustrate how active tension drive flows, how molecular constituents of the cortex affect flows, and how morphogenetic patterns can be formed by coupling regulatory biochemistry to active cortical mechanics. A particular focus will be the investigation of how active chiral torques drive chiral flow, and the resulting functions of such chiral activities of the actomyosin cytoskeleton for left-right symmetry breaking in development.

See more at: http://web.mit.edu/physics/events/colloquia.html#sthash.XEK2BDeZ.dpuf

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Shooting (from) the Moon: NASA, Nature, and the New Left during the Vietnam War
WHEN  Thu., Nov. 7, 2013, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room,
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Charles Warren Center
SPEAKER(S)  Neil Maher (N. J. Institute of Technology and Rutgers/Newark)
CONTACT INFO	lkennedy at fas.harvard.edu
LINK	http://warrencenter.fas.harvard.edu/fsprogramschedule.html

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Social Physics
11/7/2013
4:15pm
MIT, Building E51-335, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge 
Reception immediately following

Speaker:  Sandy Pentland
Fine grain data about human behavior, harvested from cell phones, social media, credit cards, and similar media, has given us the ability to quantify the network dynamics of social learning and decision making in real-world situations by use of heterogeneous stochastic network models. These models allow predictions of human behavior in domains ranging from financial decisions to health behaviors to consumer consumption. We can also develop network incentive mechanisms that strongly shape behavior, providing a new approach for addressing tragedy of the commons problems, and shape behaviors to increase productivity of organizations and perhaps even entire cities. Experiments at scales from hundreds to millions of people will be described.

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Seamus Heaney: A Memorial Celebration
WHEN  Thu., Nov. 7, 2013, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE The Memorial Church, Harvard University
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Poetry/Prose, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Department of English
COST  Free and open to the public
NOTE  The Department of English at Harvard University invites you to a commemoration and celebration of the poetry and the life of our beloved colleague, Seamus Heaney. In music and words, performed and spoken by members of the department, we will remember, mourn, reflect, and rejoice.
LINK	http://english.fas.harvard.edu/news/seamus-heaney-memorial/

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"The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age"
Thursday, November 07, 2013
5:00p–7:00p
MIT, Building E14-633

Sonia Livingstone is a full professor in the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science. She is seconded to Microsoft Social Research for fall 2013 as well as being a faculty fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Her talk will be based on her current book project, "The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age", based on her ethnographic research with the MacArthur Foundation-funded Connected Learning Research Network. With a focus on young teenagers, Sonia will examine how powerful forces of social reproduction result in missed opportunities for many youth in the risk society.

Web site: http://cmsw.mit.edu/event/sonia-livingstone-class-living-learning-in-the-digital-age/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
617-324-0490
cmsw at mit.edu 

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Architecture / A Second Modernism: Roundtable / Arindam Dutta, Meredith TenHoor, Hashim Sarkis; moderated by Michael Hays
Thursday, November 07, 2013
5:30 pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Arindam Dutta, Meredith TenHoor, and Hashim Sarkis. Introduction by Nader Tehrani. Moderated by K. Michael Hays.
This event is a panel discussion around the publication of A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture, and the Techno-Social Moment (MIT Press, 2010), edited by Arindam Dutta and comprised of contributions by 25 scholars and educators. 

After World War II, a second modernism emerged in architecture, defined by its wariness towards the indeterminacies of aesthetic formalism and aspiring instead to a hard 'expertise' based on rule-based judgment and research protocols emphasizing verification by data. Architectural thought was influenced by linguistic, behavioral, computational, mediatic, cybernetic, and other urban and behavioral models, as well as systems-based and artificial intelligence theories. The book examines the 'techno-social' turn in architecture, taking the MIT School or Architecture and Planning as its exemplar, but going beyond one school of architecture to the research-oriented era itself, and the ways policies, politics, and pedagogy transformed themselves in accord with the exponential growth of institutional power.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:
Anne Simunovic
617-253-4412
annesim at mit.edu 

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Guts & Bugs in Health and Disease
WHEN  Thu., Nov. 7, 2013, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Broad Institute, Auditorium, 7 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Broad Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Ramnik Xavier
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	events at broadinstitute.org
LINK	gutsandbugs.eventbrite.com

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Taking the Stand
Thursday, November 7
6:30 - 8:00 pm
C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston

Alan Dershowitz is a legal expert, a scholar on constitutional law and criminal law, and was the youngest full professor of law in the history of Harvard Law School. His client list includes Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, Leona Helmsley, Jim Bakker, O.J. Simpson, and currently Wikileaks’s Julian Assange. Now, in his legal biography,Dershowitz breaks down the critical and complex issues of First Amendment rights, civil rights, abortion, and murder. He also explains the emerging role of science within a trial’s defense beyond what we might have seen on CSI. Sharing his views with moderator Nancy Gertner, a former United States federal judge for Massachusetts, Dershowitz opens up about his famed legal career and personal opinions like never before.

For more information on Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, visit www.fordhallforum.org. Information about Suffolk University’s partnership with the Ford Hall Forum can be obtained by contacting Mariellen Norris, (617) 573-8450, mnorris at suffolk.edu.

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Ignite Data Boston: RSVP via below link to EventBrite
Thursday, November 7, 2013
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
hack/reduce, 275 Third Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://smg26.wpengine.com/registration/#ignite

“Enlighten us, but make it fast”  

Featured in various cities all over the country, Ignite presentations give experts, professionals, and just plain geeks the chance to share their passions with an audience. What’s the twist? The presentations only contain 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, leaving presenters with a strict five-minute presentation.

Ignite Data Boston will give attendees the opportunity to see some of the diverse and interesting data projects going on in the Boston area. The concise presentations are sure to be engaging and will leave attendees begging for more. We will have two rounds of presentation with a break in between.

Contact http://bostondatafest.com/registration#dcdcsds

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How to Save the Oceans and Feed the World
Thursday, November 7 
7pm
NE Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=104541&view=Detail

Andrew Sharpless, CEO, Oceana and author, The Perfect Protein
*Book signing to follow

With Earth’s human population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050—adding the equivalent of two Chinas to current numbers—we need wild fish more than ever to feed us (especially the nearly 1 billion of the world’s poorest people who rely on seafood as their main source of animal protein). The bad news is that wild fish populations are in decline because of overfishing, destruction of habitat and bycatch. We are grinding up small fish such as anchovies, mackerel and sardines into feed for salmon and other farmed animals, even though these overlooked fish are delicious and healthy and could feed millions inexpensively. The good news, as Andrew Sharpless explains, is that if just 25 coastal nations of the world—including the United States—take three steps to better manage their wild seafood supply, our oceans will not only become more biodiverse, they will be far more abundant and capable of feeding hundreds of millions more people every day at a sustainable rate. Sharpless’s message is clear. We can save the oceans and feed the world.

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Urban Films: Shift Change (2013)
Thursday, November 07, 2013
7:00p–9:00p
MIT, Building  3-133

With the long decline in US manufacturing and today's economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working, so some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box, to reinvent our failing economy in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life. SHIFT CHANGE tells the little known stories of employee-owned businesses that respond to this challenge, competing successfully in today's economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. Directed by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin. Co-sponsored by New Economy at MIT. 60 minutes.

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.

Web site: urbanfilm.org
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn
617-253-2024
eglenn at mit.edu 

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Boston TechBreakfast
11/8/2013 
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/boston-techbreakfast

Description: Want to see cool new technology? Want to interact with other cool techies, startups, and business folks? Have some time in the morning? Then come to TechBreakfast, a monthly breakfast in Boston, Baltimore, Columbia, DC, and Northern Virginia where entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, business people, and interested people see showcases on cool new technology in a demo format and interact with each other . "Show and Tell for Adults" is what we usually say. No boring presentations or speakers who drone on. This is a "show and tell" format where we tell people to show me, don't tell me about the great things they are working on. Each TechBreakfast begins at 8:00am and goes until 10AM (although people usually hang around later).  This event is FREE! Thank our sponsors when you see them!

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Should We Engineer the Mosquito?
Friday, November 8, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston
RSVP at http://mosquitoforum-es2.eventbrite.com/

With Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor and Chair, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health; Co-Chair, Infectious Diseases Initiative, The Broad Institute
Mosquitoes are more than annoying pests -- they’re carriers of the malaria parasite and the virus that causes dengue fever. Every year, malaria infects millions, causing thousands of deaths. Dengue fever is increasing in the US alongside EEE and West Nile virus. Scientists have infected mosquito eggs with malaria-killing bacteria and researched how to alter mosquito DNA to produce birth defects that kill the next generation.
Releasing genetically modified mosquitoes into new environments could bring us closer to eradicating these diseases but may also cause unforeseen consequences. Should we tinker with the mosquito? Come to discuss the potential benefits and tradeoffs.
This forum will help us inform the Provocative Questions section of our new permanent Hall of Human Life exhibition, opening November 16.

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Music Hack Day
November 9 - 10
Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://boston.musichackday.org/2013/index.php?page=Register for full conference on November 10 demos

More info at http://boston.musichackday.org/2013/index.php

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Grooversity Percussion Festival 2013!  Music, Peace and Justice
Saturday, November 9, 2013
1:00 - 6:00 PM 
East Somerville Community School (ESCS), 50 Cross Street, Somerville

Free and open to the public!
This event is mostly funded by donations. 

Contribute and receive a prize.
For more information on Grooversity and to donate visit: www.grooversity.com

The public is invited to attend the second annual Grooversity Percussion Festival, featuring the theme: Music, Peace and Justice. The mission of the festival is to empower kids and adults to make meaningful, positive change in their lives and in their communities through music and dance.  The festival will feature workshops in world drumming by renowned drumming and percussion masters, a panel discussion on Peace and Justice through Music Education, as well as a samba dance class. Featured instructors include:
Latin American Rhythms with Mark Walker (12 grammy wins), Ernesto Diaz and Marcus Santos 
Drumset workshop with Sergio Bellotti 
Peace and Justice through Music Education panel discussion with Rich Saunders
Samba dance master class with Gabby
In addition, there will be special performances by:
El Sistema Somerville, directed by Dianne Cline
Bloco AfroBrazil
SheBoom

Kids and adults are invited to attend, participate and have a chance to win prizes in this FREE percussion festival. They maywalk in at any time during the event. The festival will also be streamedon-line in real time and may be viewed at www.grooversity.com

Grooversity is a drumming project envisioned by Brazilian born percussionist Marcus Santos. Its mission is to provide community outreach and social change by offering world drumming workshops, courses and entertainment to kids and adults of all ages. Grooversity is making a difference in Somerville, MA, as well as cities and towns in fifteen states across the US and Canada.

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"The Dystopian Presented as the Utopian: Does the Internet lead us to forget what we know about life?"
Monday, November 11, 2013 
12:15pm - 2:00pm
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin, Room 119, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to sts at hks.harvard.edu by Wednesday at 5PM the week before

Sherry Turkle (MIT, STS)

STS Circle Lecture at Harvard

http://sts.hks.harvard.edu/events/sts_circle/
Contact Name:  Shana Rabinowich
sts at hks.harvard.edu

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“Making Class Work: Migrant Labor, mobile Capital, and the Creating of an Industrial Regime in Massachusetts”

Monday, November 11, 2013
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Harvard, Robinson Hall, Lower Library, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Shaun Nichols (Harvard University), 

Presented by the Workshop on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism, with support from the Warren Center
Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History Lecture
http://warrencenter.fas.harvard.edu/fsprogramschedule.html

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Sustainable mobility systems
Monday, November 11
6:00 pm
Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, Boston

To attend, email rsvp at architects.org with "Traffic 11/11" in the subject line.

Sustainable transportation planning leader Jeffrey Tumlin, principal with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, whose work covers urban parking techniques, streamlined transit service, road diets, and overall transportation diversity, identifies transit opportunities for Boston.

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Anarchy Apiaries: Bee Esoteric with Sam Comfort
Monday, November 11, 2013
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Follow the Honey, 1132 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/meetthebeekeepermondays/events/139947672/

Welcome to the House that Bees Built (REST BEFORE LABOR)

In the reflections of Anarchy Apiaries: The End of Time

What is happening? Apart from global warming, apart from a weak dollar and high oil prices, apart from our energy, food, water, economic, and personal crises, why are we so grumpy? Where is the connection that sustains our life force? Are we losing our ability to live in peace with ourselves and care for living things? Well, ask not what your paradigm can do for you- nobody out there has your solution. The generations now seem like separations. Nothing out there is going to change until we change ourselves. What we have brought the Honey Bees to bear is an ecological problem. An ecological problem is a social problem. Estranged, packed-in but alone, we have allowed fear and mistrust to govern our freedom.

Working with Bees is all about overcoming fear. The Hive is love incarnate. The Hive is the window to our new world. It takes patience and emotional energy to dismantle power dynamics; more awkward than a newborn goat. We are rediscovering what it means to live in peace with the insects, the landscape, and each other, outside of the corporate scheme. 

They got the bombs but Bees got the numbers. Join together!

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Mass Innovation Nights MINFun
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 
6:00pm - 8:30pm
GameOn, 82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, tucked into the corner of Fenway Park
Register Here:  http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/november-12-2013-mass-innovation-nights-minfun

Mass Innovation Nights #56 is going to be a special event -- get your party hat on and get ready for some FUN!  It's Fun and Games night, hosted by GameOn, 82 Lansdowne St  Boston, tucked into the corner of Fenway Park. We've collected a group of cool, super fun products, including some nifty new games.  And MORE! If you are new to Mass Innovation Nights, it's easy to participate. 
Cost:  FREE

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How the Wounded Return from America's Wars
Tuesday November 12, 2013
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST
First Parish in Waltham, 50 Church Street, Waltham

New York Times Bestselling author Andrew Bacevich and acclaimed war correspondent Ann Jones discuss the lives and treatment of wounded veterans, through the lens of their new books "Breach of Trust" and "How the Wounded Return from America's Wars".  Book signing to follow.

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Access to the Danger Zone Film Screening, Boston
Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres
Wednesday, November 13, 201
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney Street, Cambridge
RVP at http://accesstothedangerzoneboston-es2.eventbrite.com/

Directed by Peter Casaer and narrated by Daniel Day-Lewis, this new documentary provides a harrowing look at the challenges of delivering humanitarian aid in armed conflicts.

Over 70 minutes, Access to the Danger Zone explores the strategies that Doctors Without Borders has employed to save lives in the world’s worst war zones, including Afghanistan, Somalia, and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo—strategies that are tested each and every day. Interviews with key experts from Doctors Without Borders, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the United Nations are accompanied by dramatic footage shot in these countries in 2011 and 2012.

After working continuously in Somalia since 1991, Doctors Without Borders was forced to close all of its medical programs in the country in August 2013. In response to what became an intolerable series of attacks against its staff and facilities over the years, the organization made the difficult decision to withdraw from Somalia, illustrating the profound challenges of maintaining humanitarian access, and underscoring the timeliness and relevance of this film.

Join us following the screening for a Q&A with local Doctors Without Borders aid workers, who will share stories from their overseas assignments.

The film screening is free, fully accessible, and open to the public.

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"Driving the Future Sustainable Collaborative Economy" Robin Chase
Thursday, November 14, 2013
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)
MIT, Building 32-155 (Stata Center), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://gwamitlead2013-closingkeynote-es2.eventbrite.com

We are honored to welcome Robin Chase (SM '86), Co-Founder and former CEO of Zipcar, and Founder of Buzzcar and GoLoco, to speak on her pioneering work and ideas on leadership and "why sharing is the future". Chase will share her thoughts on innovation, enterpreneurship, and networking, as well as her unique meassage of why "high integrity" is at the core of her work. A catered reception will follow.
 
Speaker Biography
Robin Chase is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world, current founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace, and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community.

Through Chase’s leadership, Zipcar's disruptive technology gives its members on-demand access to cars by-the-hour, revolutionizing people's relationship to their cars and improving the quality of urban life for all. Buzzcar.com empowers individuals to take control of their mobility, without looking to governments or big businesses for solutions. 

Chase is on the Board of the World Resources Institute, the US Secretary of Commerce's National Advisory Committee for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and the US Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee. She served on the World Economic Forum Future of Transportation Council, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation transition team, and the Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force. Chase lectures widely and has been frequently featured in the major media. She has received many awards, including Time 100 Most Influential People in the World, the Massachusetts Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit, Start-Up Woman of the Year, Business Week’s top 10 designers, Fast Company's Fast 50 Champions of Innovation, technology and innovation awards from Fortune, CIO, and Info World Magazines, and numerous environmental awards from national, state, and local governments and organizations.  Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, and was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow.

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Natural Gas & Electricity Interface Challenges in New England
Friday, November 15, 2013
9 am to 12:15 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

The increasing dependence of New England's Electricity system on natural gas-fired generation has been the subject of intense discussion and debate at the Roundtable and other forums.  The recent and upcoming developments listed below make this complex topic once again ripe for a Roundtable panel: 
New England States Committee on Electricity's recent release of its commissioned study Gas-Electric Study Phase III: Natural Gas Infrastructure and Electric Generation: Proposed Solutions for New England;
New England Gas/Electric Focus Group Final Report (and recommendations) due out before this Roundtable;
ISO New England's Phase II Detailed Gas Supply Study (due out in November) and also ISO's anticipated FERC FCM (gas-related) performance incentives filing;
Connecticut's recent push for more natural gas space heating, and
MA DOER's current Gas (Distribution) Expansion Study; and
Recent announcements by the owners of two of New England's largest non-gas generators-Vermont Yankee (nuclear) and Brayton Point (coal) , of plans to retire these facilities in the next few years
To discuss these various gas-electric interface developments and their potential impacts in New England, we have assembled an excellent panel:

Heather Hunt, Exec Director, New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE)
Kevin Kirby, VP Market Operations, ISO New England
Don Santa, President/CEO, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
Sue Reid, VP/Director, CLF (Massachusetts)
Dan Dolan, President, New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA)

We look forward to seeing you at the The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable. If you can't make it in person, you can watch it live - free for Roundtable Sponsors and $50 for others. Register at http://clickstreamtv.com/raabevents/?utm_source=first+RT+announce+11.15.13&utm_campaign=1st+announce+11.15.13&utm_medium=email

If you missed our last Roundtable on Modernizing the Electric Grid, you can access the presentations for free, or watch the archival video (free for Sponsors and $40 for others).

Free and open to the public.
No advanced registration!!

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Sustainable House of Worship Workshop
November 16
St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, 1073 Tremont St, Roxbury

Would your congregation like to lower its utility bills? Would you like to do what you can to decrease your use of fossil fuels, and the contribution they make to global warming? Are you interested in learning more about solar energy?

MIP&L's Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) workshop covers all this and more, showing you how to evaluate 24 questions that will give you a comprehensive view of your house of worship's energy us and the largest opportunities for savings.

In this half-day session conducted by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (www.mipandl.org) you will learn:
How to track your energy use, cost and carbon footprint
How to find no-cost and low cost projects that can have a big impact on your electricity and heating bills
How to evaluate energy using equipment and systems to determine whether they should be updated
Incentives, rebates and other financial help available through utility companies
How to get solar panels with no upfront cost
There is $10 per person fee to attend the workshop, payable during online registration through PayPal or by check. Light refreshments are included. Doors open at 8:30am and the program starts at 9am.

You will receive a set of worksheets to help you evaluate opportunities for saving energy and a CD with all the workshop materials and other helpful resources.

The November 16 workshop will be held at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, 1073 Tremont St, Roxbury. Registration will be available soon and if you are interested in attending this one,emailjimnail at mipandl.org to be notified when registration opens.

Who should attend: Parishes are encouraged to send two members from their environment committee, property committee or Vestry. Other members who are interested are also welcome.

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TEDxBeaconStreet 2013 
November 16 - 17
Lincoln School, 19 Kennard Road, Brookline
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=gbcymnmab&oeidk=a07e81pmitb0fd95d03

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

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Architecture Boston
November 19-21
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Hall C
Register for Exhibit Hall free until October 31 at http://abexpo.com/register/
$15 after October 31

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Majora Carter
November 19
06:30 pm-08:00 pm
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Lecture/Discussion
Free and open to the public

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The Role of the Free Market in Solving the Climate Crisis
November 19, 2013 
7:00-8:00PM 
Babson's Sorenson Theatre, 231 Forest Street, Wellesley

Joseph Aldy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
John M. Reilly, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, MIT
Gary Rucinski, New England Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby; co-creater of a 2016 ballot initiative for a revenue-neutral carbon tax
Theda Skocpol, Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University 
Fritz Fleischmann, William R. Dill Governance Chair, Babson College

Contact E-mail: lwvWellesley at gmail.com 
Event URL: http://lwvma.org/

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Findings from the Kilowatt Crackdown, a Commercial Office Building Competition in Energy Efficient Operation
November 21
2pm  EST
Webinar
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GNKTAcup6Ql9fhOkwVMZMyEw6W4LZWBHTQu13sJqkoQ/viewform

TOPIC: The Kilowatt Crackdown program offers the opportunity for community engagement and competitive dynamics among commercial buildings, in regards to energy efficiency goals. Through a process of benchmarking, auditing, implementation, and evaluation, energy savings can be accomplished. With a focus on operational recommendations, savings can be achieved at a relatively low cost. This session will summarize the goals and strategies of the Kilowatt Crackdown program, as well as commonly found energy efficiency measures.

PRESENTERS: JACK DAVIS - has over 18 years of experience in the energy, development, and marketing fields, and manages JDM’s West Coast clients. Advising clients on strategy development, program design and implementation, and market based environmental initiatives, Jack’s work has led to innovative programs and materials such as Carbon4Square, the Kilowatt Crackdown, the Green Building Opportunity Index, the Deep Retrofit Playbook, and the High Performance Portfolio Framework. Jack serves on the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Responsible Property Investing Product Council and the ULI Northwest Advisory Board. Jack has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a MBA in Marketing from the University of Minnesota.

KATIE LEICHLITER - Katie Leichliter is a Research Scientist at the University of Idaho – Integrated Design Lab in Boise. She conducts energy efficiency field work, measurement and verification, and operational and investment grade audits. Katie also conducts simulation research for energy efficiency in existing building renewal projects, and has developed stand-alone energy analysis tools. Katie graduated with a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho and spent three years in a private mechanical design practice specializing in BIM, building simulation, and HVAC design. Katie serves on the board of governors of the Idaho ASHRAE Chapter.

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Managing Holistically: Policies and Actions to Restore and Sustain Ecosystem Services
Friday, November 22, 2013
9:00a-12:00p
Tufts, ASEAN Auditorium, The Fletcher School, 170 Packard Avenue, Medford

Allan Savory, Rancher and Restoration Ecologist, Founder of the Savory Institute and originator of the Holistic Management approach to restoring grasslands, winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award, and finalist in the Virgin Earth Challenge (watch his January 2013 presentation at Fletcher at http://fletcher.tufts.edu/CIERP/News/more/Allan-Savory-Fletcher-Jan2013)

Hosted by CIERP's Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity Program

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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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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

MIT Events:  http://events.mit.edu

MIT Energy Club:  http://www.mitenergyclub.org/calendar/mit_events_template

Harvard Events:  http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/harvard-events/events-calendar/

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

Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events

Mass Climate Action:  http://www.massclimateaction.net/calendar/events/index.php

Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/

Eventbrite:  http://www.eventbrite.com/

Microsoft NERD Center:  http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/tabid/57/Default.aspx

Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:  http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/calendar

High Tech Events:  http://harddatafactory.com/Johnny_Monsarrat/index.html

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

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

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

Boston Events Insider:  http://bostoneventsinsider.com/boston_events/

Nerdnite:  http://boston.nerdnite.com/



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