[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - January 19, 2014

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jan 19 10:27:55 PST 2014

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

Monday, January 20

7:30pm  "The Carbon Rush" 

Tuesday, January 21

8am  Boston TechBreakfast: EasyWebContent, Energy Intelligence, AppNeta, SBR Health, Pingwyn
10:30am  Financial Crises and Amplification Mechanisms
12pm  Architect's arsenal: flood resilience
12:30pm  Live Webcast: Living Longer and Happier Lives
12:30pm  Internet Skills and Wikipedia's Gender Inequality
1:30pm  Broken Symmetries
3pm  BCSEA Webinar: Climate Action at the Local Level
6pm  The First Year of HarvardX: Research Findings to Inform the Future of Online Learning
7pm  Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming

Wednesday, January 22

10am  Cooperating to Compete: The Role of Regional Powers in a U.S.-Led Global Nuclear Order
3pm  Data Storytelling: Unlocking News Through Computing
4pm  The Politics of Climate Change:  A dialogue with Madeleine Albright '59 and Carol Browner
4:30pm  MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Research Expo 2014
6pm  "Monsoon Oracle" screening and interaction session with the director
6pm  Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught? Author Bill Aulet Unveils the 24 Steps to a Successful Startup
6pm  Boston New Technology January 2014 Product Showcase #BNT37 21+
6:30pm  News Gathering Technology

Thursday, January 23

9am  Third Annual Computational Science Ventures
12:15pm  The Propaganda Cartel—Extra-Governmental Organizations and the Cold-War Consensus
2pm  Actor/vocalist Brian Stokes Mitchell
3pm  The Myth, Money and Value of Viral Content
4pm  The State of Working America: How Power and Policy Reshaped the Winners and Losers
6pm  Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #BQS15 (IBM)

Friday, January 24

9am  Weathering the Data Storm: The Promise and Challenges of Data Science
9am  Workshop on Mapping the Neighborhoods of Boston
1pm  What's Special about Banks? Lessons from the Financial Crisis
1:30pm  Electronic Frontier Foundation
3pm  New Materials for Solar Cells: From Quantum Mechanical Simulations to Computational Materials Design

Saturday, January 25

TEDxNortheastern University
9am  HEET Energy Upgrade 
10am  IBM InfoSphere® Streams Real-Time Data Hackathon:  Big Data and Real-Time Use Cases 

Sunday, January 26

4pm  The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible: An Evening with Charles Eisenstein
5pm  Childraising in the Era of Climate Change

Monday, January 27

12pm  Supply Chain and Risk Management: Making the Right Decisions to Strengthen Operations Performance
12pm  Hazard Prediction in the Developing World: Tales of efforts to span the "Valley of Death"
4pm  Taking Labor Rights Seriously: Ending Sweated Labor in the Global Economy
5pm  A Fireside Chat with Drew Houston, Founder & CEO of Dropbox and Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review
7pm  Our Mathematical Universe:  My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
8pm  World Music Jam, in odd time signatures

Tuesday, January 28

12pm  Towards a General Theory of Monsoon Dynamics
12:30pm  Robotic Surveillance: Authorship or Intrusion?
1pm  Writing in Digital Margins - Annotation Studio Workshop
3pm  Rap, Rai, Rock, and Revolution: The Role of Music in the "Arab Spring"


My rough notes on some of the events I go to are at:

Who Stole the American Dream?

Caribbean Solar Sailboat Project


Event Details

Monday, January 20

"The Carbon Rush" 
Monday, January 20
7:30 pm
Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington

Tuesday, January 21

Boston TechBreakfast: EasyWebContent, Energy Intelligence, AppNeta, SBR Health, Pingwyn
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
8:00 AM
Microsoft NERD - Horace Mann Room, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at  http://www.meetup.com/Boston-TechBreakfast/events/155722322/

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.

And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them :)

Agenda for January 2014:
8:00 - 8:15 - Get yer Bagels & Coffee and chit-chat
8:15 - 8:20 - Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements
8:20 - ~9:30 - Showcases and Shout-Outs!
EasyWebContent - Payman Taei
Energy Intelligence - Daniel Shani 
30 Second Lightning "Shout Outs": JOBS
AppNeta - James Meickle
SBR Health - Christopher Herot 
30 Second Lightning "Shout Outs": EVENTS
Pingwyn - Vlad Zachary
9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words 


Financial Crises and Amplification Mechanisms
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
MIT, Building E17-133, 40 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Alp Simsek (MIT)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Economics IAP
For more information, contact:  Cherisse Haakonsen
cherisse at mit.edu 


Architect's arsenal: flood resilience
Tuesday, January 21
Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP by email to rsvp at architects.org with "SEC 1/21" in the subject line.

What should an architect know in order to help with professional knowledge? Please join us to learn about what the greatest threats of flooding are as well as how to plan new buildings and protect existing ones. We will also discuss how to offer your services in times of flooding or other disasters.

Boston Society of Architects/AIA
Sustainability Education Committee
Meetings are free and open to all, but RSVPs are required. 

For more information on getting to BSA Space, including accessibility and parking, visit bsaspace.org/about.

Blake Jackson 
Peter Papesch AIA 
Co-chairs, Sustainability Education Committee
Continuing-education credit is offered at many BSA programs.
Visit architects.org/calendar for details.


Live Webcast: Living Longer and Happier Lives
WHEN  Tue., Jan. 21, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  www.forumhsph.org
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with The Huffington Post
SPEAKER(S)  Lisa Berkman, Harvard School of Public Health; Francine Grodstein, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Thomas Perls, Boston University School of Medicine; William Mair, Harvard School of Public Health; moderated by Meredith Melnick, Healthy Living, The Huffington Post
CONTACT INFO	theforum at hsph.harvard.edu
NOTE  E-mail questions for the expert participants to theforum at hsph.harvard.edu.
LINK	http://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/living-longer-and-happier-lives/


Internet Skills and Wikipedia's Gender Inequality
January 21, 2014 
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/01/hargittai-shaw#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast at 12:30pm ET.

with Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw, Northwestern University
Although women are just as likely as men to read Wikipedia, they only represent an estimated 16% of global Wikipedia editors and 23% of U.S. adult Wikipedia editors. Previous research has focused on analyzing aspects of current contributors and aspects of the existing Wikipedia community to explain this gender gap in contributions. Instead, we analyze data about both Wikipedia contributors and non-contributors. We also focus on a previously ignored factor: people’s Internet skills. Our data set includes a diverse group of American young adults with detailed information about their background attributes, Internet experiences and skills. We find that the gender gap in editing is exacerbated by a similarly important Internet skills gap. By far the most likely people to contribute to Wikipedia are males with high Internet skills. Our findings suggest that efforts to overcome the gender gap in Wikipedia contributions must address the Web-use skills gap. Future research needs to look at why high-skilled women do not contribute at comparable rates to highly-skilled men.

About Eszter
Eszter Hargittai is Delaney Family Professor in the Communication Studies Department and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University where she heads the Web Use Project. Her research focuses on the social and policy implications of digital media with a particular interest in how differences in people's Web-use skills influence what they do online. Her work has received awards from the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, theInternational Communication Association, the National Communication Association and the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference. In 2010, the International Communication Association selected her to receive its Outstanding Young Scholar Award.

Hargittai is editor of Research Confidential: Solutions to Problems Most Social Scientists Pretend They Never Have (University of Michigan Press 2009), which presents a rare behind-the-scenes look at doing empirical social science research.

About Aaron
Aaron Shaw is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. His research focuses on political and economic dimensions of collective action online. Aaron's current projects address the effects of power inequalities in information sharing communities; the relationship between online participation and political engagement; the effects of online participation among venture-funded Internet startups; and the motivations of contributors to commercial crowdsourcing markets and non-commercial peer production projects. He received his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in Sociology in 2012.


Broken Symmetries
Tuesday, January 21
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Michael Williams - Professor- Department of Physics
The concept of symmetry plays a vital role in modern physics. I will talk about the experiments that have forced us to accept that many presumed symmetries of nature are broken. I will also discuss how studying asymmetric processes at the LHC provides an opportunity to look for new types of forces.     

BCSEA Webinar: Climate Action at the Local Level
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
3-4pm EST [12:00pm until 1:00pm in PST] 
RSVP at http://www.bcsea.org/get-involved/events/2014/01/21/bcsea-webinar-climate-action-local-level-community-change-makers-british-columbia

What are British Columbia's cities, towns and communities doing to tackle the climate crisis? There are some great initiatives and innovations happening on the ground.
Rob Abbott is Executive Director of Carbon Neutral Government and Outreach with the Climate Action Secretariat.

This is a free webinar: come and join us!   Pre-Registration required. 


The First Year of HarvardX: Research Findings to Inform the Future of Online Learning
WHEN  Tue., Jan. 21, 2014, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Larsen Hall, 14 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138
TYPE OF EVENT	Discussion, Forum, Presentation, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME  Tricia Brown
CONTACT EMAIL  patricia_brown at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-496-1107
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION/DEPARTMENT	Harvard Graduate School of Education, Berkman Center for Internet & Society and HarvardX
ADMISSION FEE	This event is free and open to the public
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Lecture, Research study, Special Events
NOTE  Introduction: Peter Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Speaker: Justin Reich, Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Discussant: Bridget Terry Long, Academic Dean and Xander Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Member of the HarvardX Research Committee
Discussant: Dan Levy, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government and co-chair of the HarvardX Research Committee
During the 2012-2013 academic year HarvardX launched six courses on edX, an online learning platform jointly founded by Harvard and MIT. In addition to expanding access to knowledge and improving residential education, one of the underlying goals of the enterprise was to advance research on learning.
To that end, on January 21st, the HarvardX research team and MIT's Office of Digital Learning, will release a series of course reports detailing research findings that cut across the enterprise and drill deeply into the nuances of particular courses.
In this talk, affiliates from HarvardX will discuss the reports, with particular emphasis on the six courses created and taught by faculty from schools and departments across the University.
Based upon data from 400,000 registrants, the researchers will explore the influence of diverse teaching approaches and instructional platforms, highlight the various learning goals of students, and delve into activity, persistence, and performance metrics that go beyond simple measures of attrition and completion.
The aim is to provide a critical research-informed perspective on MOOCs and other online learning endeavors and inspire discussion about the limitations of online learning and possibilities for innovation in coming years.
Seating for this event is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Live-streaming space will also be available. A livestream url will also be provided closer to the date of the event.

Connect with us on Twitter: Use the #harvardx hashtag


Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Eastern Bank, 647 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Green-Tech-and-Energy/events/156279762/

You can see into the conference room from the street. Details Below.
The Agenda is:
We will introduce ourselves and tell about our interest, expertise or work (1st hr)
You can give a ~3 to 5 minute elevator speach about your startup if you would like. (We will divide the 1st hour by # of people.)
What stage is your ideas or startup?  What is your goal?
Tell what personnel or additional expertise, funding, etc. you are seeking,
Discussion and Brainstorming on (2nd hr)
ideas for viable moneymaking startups,
methods of collaboration, networking, forming teams & partnerships etc.
marketing, media, social media, ideas that have worked well for publicity
Agencies, websites, companies that assist startups
Boston Greenfest & Gov't opportunities.
What would ou like to see in future meetups?
Seminars - We will have seminars by Sustainable Energy engineers and other tech experts as often as possible.
The bank is near the center of Central Sq., where Prospect and Mass Ave cross, - there is a Starbucks on the Northeast corner of the intersection.  Next to Starbucks is a Flower shop, and next to that is Eastern Bank.  You can see the conference room thru the window, so just wave to us and we will let you in.

Wednesday, January 22

Cooperating to Compete: The Role of Regional Powers in a U.S.-Led Global Nuclear Order
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 22, 2014, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Belfer Center Library (Littauer-369), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Law, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Project on Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S)  Francesca Giovannini, MTA/ISP associate
COST  Free; registration required; seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis
NOTE  Multilateral institutions are proliferating in seemingly every sphere of international cooperation. From the environment to economics, from security to the nuclear realm, a growing number of institutions at the regional, transnational and bilateral levels are complementing the work of already established global institutions. But what drives this phenomenon, and more importantly, who stands to gain from it and why? The central argument of this MTA seminar is that institutional proliferation should be read both as a functional and a strategic phenomenon.
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/6238/cooperating_to_compete.html


Data Storytelling: Unlocking News Through Computing
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
3:00 pm to 5:00
BU, Rafik B. Hariri Institute,  111 Cummington Mall, Boston
RSVP to Maggie Mulvihill, mmulvih at bu.edu

Data mining and journalism go hand in hand, and data-savvy journalists are those who will succeed in the coming decade. From Edward Snowden's data dump to the local police's record on solving crimes, reporters and editors can't count on government to provide independent analysis of its performance, or hold itself accountable. It takes the ability to use open APIs, visualize trends, scrape difficult websites and use the latest techniques in machine learning and natural language processing to tease out the information that the public needs to know. Sarah Cohen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former Knight Chair in Computational Journalism who now runs the investigative database reporting desk at The New York Times, will discuss the opportunities and challenges in computation in journalism.


The Politics of Climate Change:  A dialogue with Madeleine Albright '59 and Carol Browner
Wednesday, January 22 2014 
04:00 PM  to  05:00 PM
Wellesley, ALH-Auditorium	Alumnae Hall Auditorium (201), 106 Central Street, Wellesley

Description:  A Dialogue with Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright `59 and Carol Browner, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. This event is free and open to the public and will be live-streamed on the College website.

Organization:	Albright Institute 
Contact:	Miller, Kate    781-283-3471	 


MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Research Expo 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
6th floor of the MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://ctl.mit.edu/researchexpo2014

117 supply chain master’s students from the MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network (http://ctl.mit.edu/about_us/global_scale_network) showcase their thesis projects after partnering with global companies such as BASF, BNSF Railway, C.H. Robinson, Coyote Logistics, Dow AgroSciences, General Mills, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Niagara Bottling, Ralph Lauren, Schlumberger, and more. MIT CTL researchers will also give briefings on their latest work in supply chain and logistics. 

This event is free for the MIT community, but pre-registration is required at http://ctl.mit.edu/researchexpo2014


"Monsoon Oracle" screening and interaction session with the director
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Screening of 'The Monsoon Oracle', a documentary film by critically acclaimed film maker Shrenik Rao 
The film presents a shocking insight into ritualistic practices performed in Hyderabad (India) to predict the Monsoons and keep diseases at bay 
The dialogue in the film takes place in TelanganaTelugu with English subtitles. The narration is in English. 
Free food!

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free event
Sponsor(s): Sangam
For more information, contact:
sangam-exec at mit.edu 


Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught? Author Bill Aulet Unveils the 24 Steps to a Successful Startup
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Foley Hoag LLP, Seaport West, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at http://sites.foleyhoag.vuturevx.com/97/137/landing-pages/rsvp.asp?sid=27e035fc-6797-450f-aebe-43a4996b80bb

Bill Aulet,
Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship & Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, joins us at the next TEC at FoleyHoag meet-up on January 22, 2014 for a book signing and discussion on launching successful startups. Bill's new book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship, demonstrates how innovation-driven entrepreneurship can be broken down into discreet behaviors and processes that can be learned through these 24 steps. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or first-timer, this conversation will provide useful insight on how to efficiently bring products to market.
Follow us on Twitter: @TEC_FoleyHoag


Boston New Technology January 2014 Product Showcase #BNT37 21+
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 
6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Boston Globe, 135 William T Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/156942732/

Description: Free event and 3 year anniversary of the Boston New Tech Meetup! This event is 21+, due to alcohol being served.

Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community!  Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Q&A.  Please follow @BostonNewTech and use the #BNT37 hashtag in social media posts: details here:  http://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/pages/Help_Promote_BNT_Meetups_and_Companies!/


News Gathering Technology
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm
Presentation at 7:00pm
WCVB-TV, 5 TV Place, Needham

For more information, please contact Marty Feldman at ormfeldman at cameraco.com.

Thursday, January 23

Third Annual Computational Science Ventures
WHEN  Thu., Jan. 23, 2014, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard SEAS, Maxwell Dworkin Building, Room G125, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Conferences, Information Technology, Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Marija Ilic, professor, Carnegie Mellon University; Ted Morgan, founder and CEO of Skyhook; Sokwoo Rhee, founder/CTO of Millennial Net and Presidential Innovation Fellow
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	iacs-info at seas.harvard.edu
NOTE  This event explores some of the extraordinary entrepreneurial opportunities on the frontier of computational science. Participants will hear from and speak with innovators seizing these opportunities. Computational Science Ventures is organized by Alexander Wissner-Gross, a scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur who is Institute Fellow at IACS.
LINK	http://computefest.seas.harvard.edu/computational-science-ventures


The Propaganda Cartel—Extra-Governmental Organizations and the Cold-War Consensus
January 23, 2014
12:15-2:00 p.m.
Harvard, Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker:	Chad Levinson, Research Fellow, International Security Program
Description:   What are the sources of interest group influence in the politics of U.S. security policy? What causes some groups to thrive and others falter? This seminar offers a theory that influence derives from the distribution of relevant information, the preferences of White House occupants, and public beliefs about the credibility of political actors. The presentation will explore the consequences of this proposition, specifically the emergence of a concentrated group of extra-governmental propaganda organizations that helped forge the Cold-War consensus and build a civilian national security policy apparatus within the Executive.

Series: International Security Brown Bag Seminar
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.
Open to the Public

Contact:  ISP Program Coordinator
International Security Program, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Mailbox 53, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
HARVARD Kennedy School
Email: susan_lynch at hks.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-496-1981
Fax: 617-495-8963
Url: http://www.belfercenter.org/ISP/


Actor/vocalist Brian Stokes Mitchell
WHEN  Thu., Jan. 23, 2014, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Agassiz Theatre, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Theater
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Learning From Performers, Office for the Arts
COST  Free; tickets/RSVPs not required. Admission first-come, first-served, based on venue capacity
NOTE  Dubbed “The Last Leading Man” by The New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television and film, along with appearances in the America’s greatest concert halls. He will lead a master class for undergraduate singers, and observers are welcome; admission is free (tickets/RSVPs not required). This event is co-sponsored by Celebrity Series of Boston, which is presenting Brian Stokes Mitchell in concert on Thursday, January 23 at 8 pm at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. For more information about the concert, visit the Celebrity Series: www.celebrityseries.org.
LINK	http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/lfp/details.php?ID=44406


The Myth, Money and Value of Viral Content
Thursday, January 23 
3:00PM TO 4:30PM 
Northeastern, Renaissance Park 310,1135 Tremont Street, Boston

The 2013-14 Northeastern Humanities Center Resident Fellows will present their current research projects with the theme "Viral Culture."
The 2013-14 Fellows are:
Nicole Aljoe, Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; "'Do you Remember the Days of Slav'ry?': The Neo-Slave Narrative in Contemporary Caribbean Cultural Production"
Ryan Cordell, Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; "Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Periodicals"
Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; "The Waves That Bind: Radio Broadcasting in Lebanon and Beyond, 1958-1968"
Justin Manjourides, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Bouvé College of Health Sciences; "The Application of Infectious Disease Surveillance Methodologies to Humanities Data"
Suzanna Danuta Walters, Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; "'The Viral is Political': Sexual Identity, Sexual Violence, Social Media"
Sara Wylie, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; "Redesigning WellWatch with Open Source Hardware Tools for Environmental Investigation"
Lana Cook, PhD Candidate, Department of English, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; “Altered States: The American Psychedelic Aesthetic”
M.J. Motta, PhD Candidate, Law and Public Policy, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; “Policy Innovation, Learning, and Diffusion in Offshore Wind Development”


The State of Working America: How Power and Policy Reshaped the Winners and Losers
WHEN  Thu., Jan. 23, 2014, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Room 2036 B, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Larry Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute
CONTACT INFO	john_trumpbour at harvard.edu
NOTE  A lecture on the effects of corporate power on the working class in the contemporary USA.


Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #BQS15 (IBM)
Thursday, January 23, 2014
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
IBM Innovation Center, 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge
Price: $5.00/per person
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BostonQS/events/155525672/

Please come join us on Thursday, January 23rd for another fun evening 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. 

We're happy to hosted by our friends at the IBM. Be sure to RSVP early to grab your spot! Come to meet new people, check out new hands-on gadgets and tools, enjoy healthy food, and learn from personal stories. 

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 IGNITE SHOW&TELLS 
If you'd like to talk about your personal self-tracking story, please let us know in your RSVP or contact Joshua at joshuakot at gmail dot com, so we can discuss your topic. 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 previousQStalksathttps://vimeo.com/groups/quantifiedself/videos

Don't know what Ignite means? Tips on how to deliver a fantastic quick-fire presentation at http://scottberkun.com/2009/how-to-give-a-great-ignite-talk/

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.


BREAD & PUPPET THEATER's The Shatterer of Worlds
Jan. 23-Feb. 2
Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston
Cost:  $12-$15

"... art for one and for all, straight from the hand, right to the moral core."
[Peter Schumann's "The Shatterer" exhibit at the Queens Museum, NY Times review, 11/8/13]

Bread & Puppet Theater is returning to Boston for its 7th annual visit to the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, this time for a two-week run of The Shatterer of Worlds with evening performances running from January 23 through February 2. The theater is offering discount show tickets in celebration of its 50+ years of performing world-wide. Information about the theater and the show can be found at www.breadandpuppet.org. Preview footage can be viewed at
<http://marycurtinproductions.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8dd68e355816b775b32bf40c0&id=f5c9920652&e=26f0ec3b6c> vimeo.com/75177278.

The Shatterer of Worlds (chapel with naturalization services for applicants requesting citizenship in the shattered world), a walkabout political puppet
performance, will envelop audience and performers alike within the Cyclorama (539 Tremont St. in the South End). Regular general admission ticket price
for the 7 pm shows is $15 ($12 for students, seniors, groups of 6+). The theater is offering 2-for-1 tickets for the Wednesday and Thursday performances, and $5 off for Friday through Sunday performances. [The discounts apply to the general admission ticket price.] You can take advantage of this offer either by presenting a copy of this email at the door, or for ordering tickets in advance, call 866-811-4111 (toll free) or visit
<http://marycurtinproductions.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8dd68e355816 b775b32bf40c0&id=e1bcf8a8c1&e=26f0ec3b6c> tinyurl.com/BPBoston2014 and use the following codes when ordering to receive the discounts: BPBCA2FR or BPBCA5OFF respectively. Please feel free to share this offer with your pals.

This year, Bread & Puppet's 2 week residency, featuring Artistic Director Peter Schumann and his troupe of puppeteers, will include the evening performances of The Shatterer of Worlds, along with the sale of Bread & Puppet's legendary Cheap Art and the opportunity to savor Schumann's renowned home-made sourdough rye bread smeared with garlic-laden aioli.

[***If you are interested in participating in the performances, rehearsals for the evening shows will be held in the Cyclorama on Mon.-Wed., Jan. 20-22, from 6-10 pm, with a brush-up rehearsal the following week (date and time to be determined). To volunteer, please email puppetsecretary at yahoo.com or leave a message on B&P's
Boston info. hotline: 617-286-6694.]

Friday, January 24

Weathering the Data Storm: The Promise and Challenges of Data Science
Friday, January 24, 2014
9:00am - 5:30pm
Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
Attendance is free, no registration required

Session Co-Chairs:
Hanspeter Pfister, Computer Science
Joe Blitzstein, Statistics
Pavlos Protopapas, Institute for Applied Computational Science

Industry leaders, researchers, and Harvard students will come together for a day of lively conversation about the sweeping advances in data science at the intersection of statistics, computer science, and various domains. Leading experts in data science will talk about the way organizations are using careful analysis of data to address important real-world issues, about the challenges of big data, and about the future of this exciting emerging field. This one-day symposium will bring together data analytics professionals, domain scientists, academic researchers and users, and fosters an exchange of ideas through invited talks, panels, and plenty of audience interaction. Click here to download the symposium poster, and here to download a copy of the symposium schedule (tentative).  

Ryan Adams, Harvard University
Luke Bornn, Harvard University
Jeff Heer, University of Washington
Diane Lambert, Google
Fernando Perez, UC Berkeley
Claudia Perlich, Dstillery
Bonnie Ray, IBM
Cynthia Rudin, MIT
Rachel Schutt, News Corp
Yuan Yuan, Dropbox



Workshop on Mapping the Neighborhoods of Boston
Friday, January 24, 2014
9am to 4 pm
Emerson College's Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont Street, Boston
Free; Pre-registration is required at http://www.rsvpbook.com/mappingboston

This day-long, hands-on workshop will introduce Boston-area scholars, students, civic leaders and community members to the Boston Research Map and other tools that can improve research, teaching, and advocacy focused on Boston’s neighborhoods. 

During the day, participants will:
Learn How to Use the Boston Research Map: In the morning, participants will learn how to visualize various types of spatial information—including administrative and research data, historical maps, Google Street View and Flickr photos—in Boston Research Map, a free, online platform developed by Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis with support from the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI). Participants will also learn how to use the map’s other features, including uploading and downloading data, linking maps to other web sites (e.g., Yelp), and drawing custom neighborhoods.
Use the Boston Research Map to Describe a Nearby Neighborhood: Participants will use these tools when they fan out into surrounding neighborhoods for lunch. When they return, they will use the tools to prepare brief presentations about the areas they visited.
Explore Use of Boston Research Map in Their Work: The day will conclude with breakout sessions exploring ways to use the tools in research, classroom activities and course assignments, and work with community-based organizations and other entities.
The workshop will be led by BARI Research Director Dan O’Brien and BARI Senior Project Advisor David Luberoff. Attendees should bring their own laptops, but do not need previous experience with GIS or spatial data. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The workshop is free but space is limited so participants must pre-register.

To register please visit us at http://www.rsvpbook.com/mappingboston.


What's Special about Banks? Lessons from the Financial Crisis
Friday, January 24, 2014
MIT, Building E17-122, 40 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Bengt Holmstrom

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Economics IAP
For more information, contact:  Cherisse Haakonsen
cherisse at mit.edu 


Electronic Frontier Foundation
Friday, January 24
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Yan Zhu - '12 (VIII)
A talk about cybersecurity, but it's also about a Lagrangian-like approach to finding a career path after graduation, given a special set of boundary conditions. I will talk about what to make of Edward Snowden's revelations about our current surveillance state, why it's not as bad as that sounds, what it's like to pretend to be a software engineer, why Internet freedom and strong cryptography should matter to physicists.


New Materials for Solar Cells: From Quantum Mechanical Simulations to Computational Materials Design
Friday, January 24
3:00 PM
BU, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 205, Boston
Refreshments served at 2:45 PM

Na Sai, University of Texas at Austin
Abstract: The sun delivers enormous energy to Earth that can meet our current and future demands.  Only 0.18% of the total US electricity production is currently derived from sunlight.  The enormous gap between the potential for solar energy exploitation and its utilization is due to the cost and inefficiency of existing energy conversion devices.  Third-generation solar cells are being designed to meet the grand challenge of making the conversion dramatically more affordable and efficient by innovating in the area of materials and design concepts.

Organic semiconductor solar cells offer the prospect of inexpensive and scalable production combined with mechanical flexibility.  The design of optimal organic photovoltaics (OPVs) demands elucidation of physical mechanisms in the separation of electrons and holes at organic interfaces and in the transport of charge in organic heterojunctions.  Both are critical steps in the energy conversion process and are defined by the unique active material electronic properties.  Computational investigations of OPV materials and interfaces predict key electronic properties governing the energy conversion efficiency, such as excited states, energy level alignment, interfacial charge transfer, interfacial dipoles, charge trapping, and the dependence on the molecular structure, interfacial geometry, and morphology.  I will discuss strategies for integrating theory with experiment to generate fundamental insight into the role of hot charge transfer excitons and for harnessing materials design to enhance organic photovoltaic performance.

Biography: Na Sai is a research fellow in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin and a Sandia National Laboratories-affiliated member of the DOE-EFRC Center on Charge Separation and Transfer at Interfaces in Energy Materials.  She received her bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Jilin University, China, and Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from Rutgers University.  She did postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California, San Diego.  She applies a wide range of computational techniques to study electronic properties of materials, elucidating fundamental processes and mechanisms and developing insights to guide the design of new materials, most recently for solar energy conversion.  Her current research interests include organic polymers, nanostructured materials, hybrid materials, molecular electronics, multifunctional oxides for solar energy conversion and storage, nanotechnology, and next generation electronics.

Saturday, January 25

TEDxNortheastern University
Saturday, January 25

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


HEET Energy Upgrade 
Saturday, January 25
9 am - 1:30 pm
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, Boston 

Lunch will be served.

The Community Church is an old activist church that has helped support many of Boston's most progressive changes including fighting against the Vietnam War, raising awareness about the Concentration Camps during WWII and trying to stop the executions of Sacco and Vanzetti.  

Sign up to help out a great church while you learn how to save energy in your own home at 


IBM InfoSphere® Streams Real-Time Data Hackathon:  Big Data and Real-Time Use Cases 
Saturday, January 25, 2014 
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (EST)
hack/reduce, 275 Third Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ibm-infosphere-streams-real-time-data-hackathon-tickets-9979909177

Welcome! Join us on Saturday, January 25th, and hack to learn more about real-time streaming data. This hackathon provides participants an opportunity to identify and extend applications leveraging streaming data to solve real world problems with IBM InfoSphere® Streams, an advanced computing platform that allows user-developed applications to quickly ingest, analyze, and correlate information as it arrives from thousands of real-time sources. The solution can handle very high data throughput rates, up to millions of events or messages per second. 
A component of the IBM big data platform, InfoSphere Streams processes huge volumes and varieties of data from diverse sources while achieving extremely low latency, enabling decision makers to extract relevant information for timely analysis. InfoSphere Streams radically extends the state of the art in information processing by helping organizations:
Respond in real time to events and changing requirements
Analyze data continuously at rates that are orders of magnitude greater than existing systems
Adapt rapidly to changing data forms and types
Deliver real-time cognitive computing functions to learn patterns and predict outcomes
Manage high availability, heterogeneity and distribution for the streaming data paradigm

Over the past several years, hundreds of applications have been developed using InfoSphere Streams. Examples are:
Telecommunications: Call Detail Record (CDR) processing to support billing mediation, network optimization and customized client experiences 
Government: Monitoring and analysis of IP traffic for cyber security
Financial services: Rapid analysis of large data volumes to make near real-time business and trading decisions
Healthcare: Next generation medical care, analyze privacy-protected streams of medical-device data to detect early signs of disease, identify correlations among multiple patients, reduce alert fatigue and measure efficacy of treatments
Transportation: GPS data processing from buses once every minute, driving a real-time display of all buses as they move through the city 
10AM – IBM InfoSphere® Streams overview
11AM – Hack!
1PM – Lunch
6PM – Submission deadline
6:30PM – Demos
7:30PM – Voting and Prizes
Hackathon Use Cases
Real-time Analytics to Enable Law Enforcement 
Mining in Microseconds
Real-time Analytics for the Internet of Things

Sunday, January 26

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible: An Evening with Charles Eisenstein
Sunday January 26th
First Church JP, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1390291651218107/ or 
by email info at jamaicaplainforum.org?subject=RSVP%20for%201%2F26%20Charles%20Eisenstein%20forum

As our social and ecological crisis deepens, what is our next step as agents of healing and change?  Charles Eisenstein's
(http://charleseisenstein.net/) work is an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, and paralysis so many of us feel, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what's true: we are all connected, and our personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power.

Using real-life stories, Charles unites systems-level change with small, individual acts of courage, kindness, and self-trust. These, he says, can
change our culture's guiding narrative of separation that has generated the present planetary crisis.  Charles is the author of several books,
including Sacred Economics (http://sacred-economics.com/) and Ascent of Humanity (http://www.ascentofhumanity.com/).
His new book is The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Hearts-Possible-Sacred-Activism/dp/1583947248)



Childraising in the Era of Climate Change
January 26, 2014 
Eitz Chayim, 136 Magazine Street, Cambridge

The Cambridgeport Neighborhood Kitchen is opening its’ next event to the entire Cambridge community. Please join us!

At the next Neighborhood Kitchen dinner we will be hosting a discussion with parents on the issues of child raising in the era of climate change. Among the issues to discuss are the following:
How do we talk to our kids about climate change? Their future?
What is our conception of our children’s future?
What skills will our children need—including technical, social and emotional skills in order to live with our changing climate.
How do we as parents locate ourselves emotionally with our feelings of hope/despair for our children’s future. How do we deal with uncertainty?
What concrete things can we do as a family to lesson our carbon footprint; how can we get our children involved in these activities?

The Neighborhood Kitchen is a Cambridgeport group that is an offshoot of Greenport. Our goal is to build community by cooking monthly meals together. Each person is asked to sign up to help cook, set up, or clean-up. We eat at the Eitz Chayim on Magazine St. This wonderful meal offers an opportunity for local families and neighbors of all ages to come together and get to know one another; offering conversation, comfort and support. In an age when more and more of us do not know our neighbors; this dinner offers us the opportunity to change that!

We will begin at 5 by sharing a meal, with a discussion to follow after we have eaten. During the discussion childcare will be available by neighborhood teenagers. To cover food costs we ask for $5-$8 per adult, $0-$5 per child, sliding scale, depending on what the participant wants to pay. 

Contact Sally at waa348 at juno.com to sign up. Please sign up by January 19.

Let us know if you want to help cook, set-up, clean up or do childcare!

Monday, January 27

Supply Chain and Risk Management: Making the Right Decisions to Strengthen Operations Performance
January 27, 2014
Noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Webinar RSVP at http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_012714/kyratzoglou-webinar-operations-performance.html#register
Free and open to all

Ioannis Kyratzoglou, SDM '11
Principal Software Systems Engineer, MITRE Corporation

About the Presentation
Today's global corporations face risks that range from the controllable (price fluctuations, currency volatility, market changes) to those that are beyond control (natural disasters). To counter supply-chain disruptions, best-in-class organizations apply mature operations and risk management practices to reduce their exposure to these risks and maintain a competitive advantage.

This webinar will discuss the supply chain operations and risk management approaches of large companies. Specifically, the presenter will:
Describe company operations and financial performance in the face of supply chain disruptions;
Propose a systems-based framework and set of principles to help companies analyze and assess controllable and uncontrollable risks; and
Explain four key principles that companies can use to better manage supply chain risks and prepare for future opportunities.
The presenter will also discuss how leaders can use this systems-based framework to better understand a company's position in the market relative to its competitors.

About the Speaker
Ioannis Kyratzoglou is a principal software systems engineer with the MITRE Corporation. He has 30 years of experience in systems engineering and in the acquisition of large-scale software systems. He has served as chief engineer, senior technical advisor, and project leader on key projects involving close collaboration with the customer. He is currently responsible for the development of predictive systems performance analytics techniques for a large-scale project. As an SDM alumnus, he holds an S.M. from MIT in engineering and management. He also earned an S.M. in mechanical engineering from MIT and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York.

About the Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar 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.


Hazard Prediction in the Developing World: Tales of efforts to span the "Valley of Death"
Monday, January 27, 2014
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Professor Peter Webster, Georgia Tech

2014 EAPS Lecture Series: Monsoons: Past Changes, Present Impacts, Future Projections 

EAPS' IAP seminar will explore the magnitude, drivers and impacts of changes in monsoon precipitation in the past, present and future. Featured speakers will share their research into a diverse array of topics, including past abrupt changes in the African monsoon, the role of monsoon changes in the collapse of Mayan civilization, the dynamics of monsoon-associated cyclones, and the impacts of present and future monsoon changes on societies in the Sahel region of North Africa

Web site:http://eapsweb.mit.edu/academics/courses/iap#noncredit%20id=
Open to: the general public
Cost: $0.00
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jacqui Taylor
jtaylor at mit.edu 


Taking Labor Rights Seriously: Ending Sweated Labor in the Global Economy
WHEN  Mon., Jan. 27, 2014, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Room 2019 A, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Charles Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights
CONTACT INFO	john_trumpbour at harvard.edu
NOTE  A presentation by one of the leading activists against labor exploitation in sweatshops around the world.


A Fireside Chat with Drew Houston, Founder & CEO of Dropbox and Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review
Monday, January 27, 2014
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Cost: Free for full-time students with ID, and MITEF Members; $45 for Non-members
Tickets: http://www.mitforumcambridge.org
MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

Speaker: Drew Houston, CEO, DropBox
Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review will host a fireside chat with Drew Houston, Founder and CEO of Dropbox. 
Drew graduated from MIT and wrote the first lines of code for Dropbox while at a train station in Boston. These days he's usually out and about running Dropbox's business affairs, but he still contributes a lot to Dropbox's client software. In the little free time he has, Drew can be found jamming on his guitar. 

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students tired of emailing files to themselves to work from more than one computer. 

Today, more than 200 million people across every continent use Dropbox to always have their stuff at hand, share with family and friends, and work on team projects.

Web site: http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/events/fireside-chat-with-drew-houston-founder-ceo-of-dropbox/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:  Amy Goggins
agoggins at mit.edu 


Our Mathematical Universe:  My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
Monday, January 27
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome MIT professor MAX TEGMARK for a discussion of his book, Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality.
Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last—this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians.

“Tegmark offers a fascinating exploration of multiverse theories, each one offering new ways to explain ‘quantum weirdness’ and other mysteries that have plagued physicists, culminating in the idea that our physical world is ‘a giant mathematical object’ shaped by geometry and symmetry. Tegmark’s writing is lucid, enthusiastic, and outright entertaining, a thoroughly accessible discussion leavened with anecdotes and the pure joy of a scientist at work.” —Publishers Weekly

“Galileo famously said that the universe is written in the language of mathematics. Now Max Tegmark says that the universe IS mathematics. You don’t have to necessarily agree, to enjoy this fascinating journey into the nature of reality.” —Prof. Mario Livio, astrophysicist, author of Brilliant Blunders and Is God a Mathematician?


World Music Jam, in odd time signatures
Monday, January 27, 2014
MIT, Building 66-144, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Learn to play in time signatures you've never heard of! 

An open jam session featuring traditional folk dance music from a variety of countries, led by Skorosmrtnica, a local folk dance band with its roots at MIT. 

Tunes will be from the Balkans (Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Greek, and others) and a variety of other genres (klezmer, Romanian, Armenian, Israeli, Breton (the Celtic part of France), Russian, German, Scottish, Swedish, Quebecois, English, and American old time). 

Sheet music will be provided. Bring an instrument, or come to listen. No folk music experience necessary!

Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): Folk Dance Club
For more information, contact:
MIT Folk Dance Club
fdc [at] mit [dot] edu

Tuesday, January 28

Towards a General Theory of Monsoon Dynamics
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
MIT, Building 54-819 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Professor Peter Webster, Georgia Tech

2014 EAPS Lecture Series: Monsoons: Past Changes, Present Impacts, Future Projections 
EAPS' IAP seminar will explore the magnitude, drivers and impacts of changes in monsoon precipitation in the past, present and future. Featured speakers will share their research into a diverse array of topics, including past abrupt changes in the African monsoon, the role of monsoon changes in the collapse of Mayan civilization, the dynamics of monsoon-associated cyclones, and the impacts of present and future monsoon changes on societies in the Sahel region of North Africa

Open to: the general public
Cost: $0.00
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jacqui Taylor
jtaylor at mit.edu 


Robotic Surveillance: Authorship or Intrusion?
January 28, 2014
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/01/kaminski#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast at 12:30pm ET.

with Margot Kaminski, Executive Director, Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Robots will use surveillance for locomotion, communication, and for marketing. As robots are adopted for personal use, private third-party surveillance will expand to new locations and scenarios. This project explores how the pending increase in robotic surveillance poses new questions for U.S. privacy law, particularly the application of privacy torts. Some robotic surveillance will be necessary, some will be superfluous, and some will be deliberately intrusive. Some will be automatic, while some will depend on a robot's deliberate decisions. Is it possible--or desirable--to craft meaningful laws or guidelines before widespread private adoption of robots?

About Margot
Margot E. Kaminski is a Research Scholar in Law, Executive Director of the Information Society Project, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and a former fellow of the Information Society Project. While at Yale Law School, she was a Knight Law and Media Scholar and co-founder of the Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum. Following graduation from Yale Law School, she clerked for The Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has been a Radcliffe Research Fellow at Harvard and a Google Policy Fellow at theElectronic Frontier Foundation. Her research and advocacy work focuses on media freedom, online civil liberties, data mining, and surveillance issues. She has written widely on law and technology issues for law journals and the popular press and has drawn public attention to the civil liberties issues surrounding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.


Writing in Digital Margins - Annotation Studio Workshop
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
MIT, Building E51-095, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Annotation Studio, an easy-to-use web application for education, engages students in close reading through annotation, allows them to add multimedia links to comments in order to cite sources, variations, or adaptations, and to share annotations with fellow students. 

In this hands-on workshop you'll learn how to create, tag, link, and share annotations, how you can integrate digital text annotation in your teaching, or - if you are interested in the development or deployment aspects - how the underlying open-source technology opens up exciting possibilities for new functionality. Free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Web site: http://hyperstudio.mit.edu/events/annotation-studio-workshop-january-2014/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Hyperstudio
For more information, contact:  Gabriella Horvath
hyperstudio at mit.edu 


Rap, Rai, Rock, and Revolution: The Role of Music in the "Arab Spring"
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Arab Spring is the term given to the wave of demonstrations and protests that began in Tunisia in December 2010. To date this massive wave of popular protests has toppled authoritarian regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. There have also been significant demonstrations in other countries, some of which have led to meaningful reforms, while others have led to civil war and strife. In such times of crisis, music can be particularly important as a tool of communication and education that builds community, boosts morale, and rallies people to the cause. One thing is clear, this is a revolutionary moment, and every revolution comes with a soundtrack. 

The still evolving soundtrack of the Arab Spring is a fascinating blend of local and international influences ranging from classical Chaabi music from North Africa to the electronic sounds of Rap. Genres that have largely been robbed of their subversive power by the commercial music industry in the West, still pack a radical punch on the streets of the Middle East and North Africa. Performers have been beaten, jailed, and even killed as part of government efforts to suppress popular uprisings. This program will dive into the music of the Arab Spring and its antecedents through audio, video, texts, and multimedia resources. 

Come discover the musicians that emerged as heroes of these protest movements and join a discussion of what the future might hold, given the rapid political and social changes in the region.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Libraries
For more information, contact:  Michael Toler
mtoler at mit.edu 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 29

"Horses and Thunder" -- Meeting the Energy Needs and Oil Exploration and Production in the Deepwaters
Wednesday, January 29
MIT, Building 3-333, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Ahmed Ghoniem, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Ryan Yeley
Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up) 
Limited to 57 participants
How will we meet our growing energy needs in the future, especially for transportation, which is heavily dependent on oil? More and more oil is discovered and produced offshore, in deeper and deeper water. How do we know where and how to drill for oil? What are some of the engineering challenges in working at 5000’ of water? How do we produce it efficiently, bring it to shore safely, and beyond? What are some of the recent developments in science and engineering that will take us further? This short course will discuss: 1. Energy needs and role of offshore oil 2. Exploration - the idea phase 3. Drilling - the discovery and development phase 4. Production - the extraction phase 5. Transportation - getting it to market 6. Recent science and engineering developments We will look at the Thunder Horse field located in the Gulf of Mexico. Starting with 1999, this field has contributed > 5% of the oil produced within the United States. Since then, oil has been discovered further out and effort is underway to produce from these fields.
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up, lunch provided.
Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Contact: Prof. Ahmed Ghoniem, 3-344, 617) 253-2295, ghoniem at MIT.EDU


Project Mars: Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Alexandra Krawiec
Screening of "Project Mars" a documentary presenting analogue field mission which took place in the northern Sahara near Erfud Morroco. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with film director Alexandra Krawiec and Gernot Gromer, the Austrian Space Forum President, who will join live via the Internet connection to talk about space exploration.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT spouses&partners
For more information, contact:  Alexandra Krawiec
al.krawiec at gmail.com


Radcliffe Institute Fellows' Presentation Series: "Olympia (2012)"
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Film, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  T. Marie Dudman, 2013-2014 Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	617.495.8212
NOTE  T. Marie Dudman is a transdisciplinary artist and an assistant professor in the animation program at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her recent works "Slave Ship" and "Water Lilies" extend her long-term interest in the intersection of film, painting, and animation.
LINK  http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2014-t-marie-dudman-fellow-presentation


Clean Air Act Regulation of CO2 from Power Plants
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Environmental Economics Program
SPEAKER(S)  Dallas Burtraw
LINK	http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k96249


Civil Society in China
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Karla Simon, chair, International Center for Civil Society Law; affiliated scholar, NYU US-Asia Law Institute
COST  Free and open to the public
NOTE  Professor Karla Simon will be giving a book talk about her highly acclaimed book Civil Society in China at the Harvard Kennedy School. The book was awarded the number three spot on the list of Ten Best Humanitarian Books for 2103 by the Humanitarian Times.
The subtitle for the book is The Legal Framework from Ancient Times to the “New Reform Era,” and in the book Professor Simon explored the connections between laws and regulations and social and economic development in the associational sphere. Her talk will draw these linkages, but she will also discuss the “contradictions” in the state’s treatment of civil society organizations in 2013. She discusses the opening space for some types of civil society organizations and contrasts that with the clampdown on the New Citizens’ Movement.
LINK	http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/Civil-Society-in-China


Public Meeting on the Cambridge Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Project
Wednesday, January 29
6:00 TO 8:30 PM
Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, in the ballroom

An agenda for the meeting will be available the week of January 13th.  The purpose of the meeting is:
1) Talk about why the City  is planning for impacts from climate change
2) Describe how the vulnerability assessment is being conducted and the status of the project
3) Ask the community to help the City understand how climate change impacts would affect residents and businesses, assess how resilient Cambridge already is, and identify what more needs to be done to cope with climate change impacts such as flooding and increased heat.

This meeting will be participatory.  We look forward to seeing you.

Contact:  Jennifer Lawrence
Phone (617) 349-4671   
jlawrence at cambridgema.gov


Startups 3.0: Seeing the System
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
MIT, Building 3-333, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Fady Saad, SDM '10
The majority of startups fail because of managerial issues, and mainly because managers fail to see the large startup "system". This practical and concise course will explore the different lifecycle phases an organization goes through, and the changing needs in each phase. At the end of this course, students will be able to see the complete startup system and the interdependency between its elements.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up) Limited to 50 participants
This event occurs daily through January 30, 2014.
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management
For more information, contact:  Fady Saad
617 386 9861
fady at mit.edu 


Food on Film Presents: Symphony of the Soil
Wednesday, January 29 
7:00 p.m.
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Local specialists will be offering soil and composting workshops beginning 30 minutes before the program and for 30 minutes afterward.
Thomas J. Akin, conservation agronomist, grazing lands coordinator, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service 
Serita D. Frey, PhD, professor of soil microbial ecology, University of New Hampshire; research faculty at The Harvard Forest 
Jim Ward, farmer and owner, Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon, Massachusetts
Join us to explore the complexity and mystery of a miraculous substance—soil. Symphony of the Soildraws from ancient knowledge and cutting-edge science, and shares the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists. Filmed on four continents, it portrays soil as a protagonist in our planetary story. Soil is alive, and its health and survival are intricately connected to that of all life. A panel discussion follows the screening. 
Advance registration begins at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 15 (Monday, January 13 for Museum members).


Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Best of European Short Film Festival at MIT 2013
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Watch a rarely seen selection of the best European short films from the MIT 2013 European Short Film Festival. These films give you a glimpse into contemporary short film productions from European film schools, young and established independent filmmakers, and European festivals. 12 films - many of them US premiers - that reflect the most compelling fiction, animation, documentary and experimental film from the 3-day festival in October 2013. A brief introduction will precede the screening.

Web site: esff.mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): CMS, MIT Hyperstudio
For more information, contact:  Gabriella Horvath
hyperstudio at mit.edu 


Science in the News Election Meeting
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE  TMEC 250, Longwood campus, Boston
CONTACT INFO	sitnboston at gmail.com
NOTE  Science in the News, and democracy in action – if you are a SITN member, come to our annual election meeting, cast your vote (or join!) the new executive board, and make your ideas heard. If you would like to become a member, come check us out!
LINK	http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu

Thursday, January 30

Media Lab Conversations Series: Colleen Macklin
Thursday, January 30, 2014
MIT, Building E14, 3rd floor atrium, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Media Lab Conversations Series
Colleen Macklin in conversation with Joi Ito

Web site: http://www.media.mit.edu/events/2013/01/30/media-lab-conversations-series-colleen-macklin
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Media Lab
For more information, contact:  Jess Sousa
events-admin at media.mit.edu 


Biomaterials for the 21st Century and How They Will Change Our Lives
WHEN  Thu., Jan. 30, 2014, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Robert S. Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
COST  Free and open to the public.
NOTE  In this lecture, Robert Langer will examine the enormous impact of biomaterials and biomaterial-based drug delivery systems on human health and how these new technologies might develop and be applied in the future. For example, he will detail how mammalian cells, including stem cells, may be combined with synthetic polymers to create a new approach to engineering tissues. He will also discuss nanoparticles and novel microchips for drug delivery. Langer will explore how new materials can change the way we treat diseases today and play an even larger role in how we fight cancer, address spinal cord injuries, and create new tissue.
LINK	http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2014-robert-s-langer-lecture


Intro to the Boston StartUp Community with John Harthorne, Founder of MassChallenge
Thursday, January 30, 2014 
6:30pm - 8:00pm 
WeWork PopUp 755 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
Cost:  Free
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/intro-to-the-boston-startup-community/boston/3987

Join General Assembly and WeWork for an orientation to help newcomers to the startup scene get acquainted with the exciting world of tech in Boston. John Harthorne, Founder of MassChallenge, will give you the inside scoop on Boston's key events and meetups, people, companies, VCs, blogs, programs, and more.


Harvard University and Boston University Joint Piano Recital: The Two Piano Project
Thu., Jan. 30, 2014, 8 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE  Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Concerts, Music, Special Events, Support/Social
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard College Piano Society; Boston University, College of Fine Arts, Piano Department
CONTACT INFO	harvardpiano at gmail.com
NOTE  Music is a collaborative art. Many people, musicians and composers are among them, are required to produce a performance of music. As an organization part of an academic institution, collaboration is at the core of Harvard’s values, as it is through collaboration that progress and fulfillment can be achieved.
With these goals in mind and with the passion to create music, Boston University’s Piano Department chairman Boaz Sharon, Co-President of the Harvard College Piano Society George Ko and concert pianist and BU doctoral candidate Anna Arazi have decided to create the Two Piano Project. This project entails an annual recital series featuring Boston University and Harvard students performing two piano works side by side. George Ko and Millie Shi are the Harvard directors and Anna Arazi is the Boston University director and coach for this event.
I. Suite Op. 23 No. 2 Silhouettes by Arensky
Leon Bernsdorf (Boston University)- Primo
Auburn Lee (Harvard University)- Secundo
II. Concerto per due pianoforti soli by Stravinsky
Sitan Chen (Harvard University)- Primo
Pei-yeh Tsai (Boston University)- Secundo
III. Suite No. 1 Fantasie-Tableaux for Two Pianos by Rachmaninoff
Anna Arazi (Boston University)- Primo
Jennifer Tu (Harvard University)- Secundo
LINK	http://harvardpiano.com/?page_id=1605

Friday, January 31

The Northeastern University Affective Science Institute presents New Vistas in Emotion and Technology
Friday, January 31, 2014
Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University, Egan Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1372591
Cost:  $25

This one-day summit will bring together leading researchers and engineers at the forefront of emotion science and mobile/social technology to discuss emerging, cross-cutting initiatives aimed at enhancing individual and societal wellbeing.

Together with the audience, panels will explore issues including:
how endowing technological entities (e.g., robots, virtual agents and avatars) with emotional expression alters interactions with humans,
how new advances in mobile technology can be used to assess emotional and physiological changes relevant to physical and mental health, and
how emotion science can be leveraged to enhance harmony and user satisfaction in online social networks.
Join moderators Andrew Zolli (curator for PopTech), Hiawatha Bray (Technology Columnist for the Boston Globe), and Meghna Chakrabarti (co-host of WBUR’s Radio Boston) along with all of the guest speakers, for a lively exploration of what the future holds for “emotion-sensitive” tech.

Arturo Bejar, Facebook Engineering Director, Keynote Speaker
“Life Happens: People, Emotion, and Facebook”

Also featuring:
Stacy Marsella
Designing Hot-Blooded Virtual Humans

David DeSteno
Detecting Trustworthiness: Can I Trust You (Even If You’re a Robot)?

Magy Seif el-Nasr
Engineering the Social Connection in Virtual Experiences

Matthew Goodwin
Understanding Affect and Supporting Behavior Regulation in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: A Computational Behavioral Science Approach

Emre Demiralp
Emotion, Context and Tech

Stephen Intille
Measuring Behavior Using Mobile Phones: New Opportunities


Friday, January 31, 2014
IAP Math Department Music Recital
MIT, Building 14-Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

The math department's annual IAP music recital at Killian Hall. It's a fine tradition, and always features a variety of great performances for an adoring audience of our peers and colleagues

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Mathematics, Department of
For more information, contact:  Alexander Moll
alexmoll at math.mit.edu 

Saturday, February 1

By Design Conference
WHEN  Sat., Feb. 1, 2014
WHERE  Harvard Graduate School of Design
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Business, Conferences, Film, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	GSD Design Thinking Student Group & the HBS Design Club
SPEAKER(S)  Contributors to Vogue, Joseph-Gordon Levitt’s production company hitRECord, General Assembly, Finnish fashion and design house Marimekko, and Google Creative Lab, among others.
TICKET INFO  Students $25; general admission $45
CONTACT INFO	gsddesignthinking at gmail.com
LINK	www.harvardxdesign.com

Thursday, February 6

ID Hack 2014
6pm February 15th - 10pm February 16th
@ the Cambridge Innovation Center
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/id-hack-2014-tickets-9524585291

The International Development Hackathon (ID Hack) is a 24-hour hackathon that brings together hackers, international development enthusiasts, and NGOs from the greater Boston area to work on projects that will make an impact on international development.

All skill levels welcome!

We have workshops and projects for you whether you’re an experienced hacker, just finished CS50, or have no experience at all. We will be conducting workshops on introductory web development for those without experience.

Why hack for international development?
Enjoy delicious food, compete for $2000+ in prizes, and have fun!
Network with sponsors such as Google, Microsoft, Twilio, Dropbox, McKinsey, and J.P. Morgan., Bridgewater, Intuit, InterSystems, and more!
Work on projects from Partners in Health, Peace Corps, Sana Health, Dimagi, Jana Care, and more!
Use technology to impact the world.

Sign up today AT http://www.eventbrite.com/e/id-hack-2014-tickets-9524585291
The first 100 participants get 5GB free Dropbox space!

Making a difference in the world, networking, great prizes...
I’D Hack for international development ... wouldn't you?

Saturday, March 1
Concert for the Silver Maple Forest
Saturday, March 1, 2014
The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist, 404 Concord Avenue, Belmont
Tickets:  http://www.belmontcoalition.org
Donation $25 or $27 at the door

Featuring: The Loomers
with food baby opening

Contact Save the Silver Maple Forest


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

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

For more information checkout.


Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


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

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

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

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

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

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

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


Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

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

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


Free Monthly Energy Analysis

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



Boston Food System

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

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

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


Artisan Asylum  http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations  http://thesprouts.org/

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


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


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

Thanks to

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

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

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

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

Cambridge Happenings:  http://cambridgehappenings.org

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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