[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - July 27, 2014

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jul 27 10:55:56 PDT 2014

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Watt d’Or Exhibition of Swiss Energy Innovation Award Winners
Northeastern International Village, 1155-1175 Tremont Street, Boston 
until September 14

Monday, July 28

11am  The secret life of clouds: Laboratory studies on cloud microphysics

Tuesday, July 29

12:30pm  Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains
1:30pm  DNA Origami meets Single Molecule Fluorescence
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - July Happy Hour
6pm  Tasting Summer: Health, Fresh and Local Food
6:30pm  Boston Music-Tech PROJECT Night
7pm  Mainstreaming Torture

Wednesday, July 30

10am  The Human Brain Project
11am  Gas Pipeline Rally
6pm  Finding your inner yeast: How do new traits evolve?

Thursday, July 31

10am  Exploring Boston’s Urban Forest
1pm  Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Caterpillar Check-up & Release Prep
3:30pm  Struggle, Competition, and Chaos in the Contemporary Arab Middle East and North Africa
7pm  Mass Innovation Nights Reunion

Friday, August 1

9am  Introduction to Programming with Imagination Toolbox - Family Friendly
6pm  re:think Video Hackathon

Saturday, August 2

10am  Exploring Boston’s Urban Forest
5pm  Organizing Meeting for the People's Climate March (NYC, September 21)

Sunday, August 3

10am  Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education: Global Innovation Leadership in the Information Age

Tuesday, August 5

6pm  Nuclear Savage:  The Islands of Secret Project 4.1


My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:

Climate Change and Geotherapy:  Two Conferences, Two Workshops, and Another Chance


Watt d’Or Exhibition of Swiss Energy Innovation Award Winners
Northeastern International Village, 1155-1175 Tremont Street, Boston 
until September 14

Monday, July 28

The secret life of clouds: Laboratory studies on cloud microphysics
Monday, July 28
Faculty Lounge, Hoffman Lab Building 4th Floor, 20 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Prof. Thomas Leisner from Karlsruhe institute of Technology, Germany 
Abstract: Clouds and their feedbacks in the climate system represent the largest source of uncertainty in our ability to predict future climate. This is largely due the large variability in clouds, spanning many orders of magnitude from the micrometer to the kilometer scale. In this talk, laboratory studies on the smallest cloud scale of single droplets or ice particles are presented and the influence of the observed processes on the larger scales is discussed. A focus will be on freezing processes occurring in a variety of clouds ranging from tropospheric to stratospheric and mesospheric cloud types.

Speaker's website: https://www.imk-aaf.kit.edu/44_195.php.
Prof Leisner is a Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences, Head of the Section Environmental Physics of the German Physical Society and a Member of the Review Board on Atmospheric and Maritime Science of the German Science Foundation.

Contact Name:   Jia Chen
Jiachen at seas.harvard.edu
See more at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2014-07-28-150000/secret-life-clouds-laboratory-studies-cloud-microphysics#sthash.lFlTrkCI.dpuf

Tuesday, July 29

Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains
Tuesday, July 29
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/2014/07/cottom#RSVP
This event will be webcast live on http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/07/cottom at 12:30pm ET

Tressie (McMillan) Cottom, Microsoft Research & PhD Student, Sociology, Emory University
Internet studies tends to conceptualize groups as collectivities anchored by shared ideas, interests, and information. Sociologists understand groups as also anchored by identity, social location, and power relationships. It's a tension between groups of affiliation versus ascription. The difference is meaningful for how we understand inequality across digital domains. How can we theoretically and methodologically understand both concepts of group in social media generally and specifically in a case study of informal learning spaces on Facebook and Twitter?

About Tressie
Tressie McMillan Cottom is completing her PhD in the Sociology Department at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

As a stratification scholar, Tressie considers what inequality means both experientially and empirically when corporations are people, supranational corporations like Facebook and Twitter shape the public square, and education is increasingly privatized. Her research primarily mines organizational arrangements and structural processes to better understand inequality across rapidly changing social domains. Her current work examines for-profit college credentials and inequality. She also has a developing research agenda that examines the political economy of emerging “new” media organizations.


DNA Origami meets Single Molecule Fluorescence
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 521, Wyss Institute, 3 Blackfan Circle, 5th floor, Boston

Speaker:  Philip Tinnefeld, Ph.D., Professor of Biophysical Chemistry, TU Braunschweig

We used DNA origami as a biophysical tool to enhance single-molecule assays. The DNA origami serves as the molecular breadboard to arrange objects such as dyes and nanoparticles. Examples include the development of nanoscopic calibration rulers for 2D and 3D superresolution microscopy and DNA origami nano-adapters for bridging the gap between bottom-up chemistry and top-down lithography. Moreover, we arranged gold nanoparticles to create plasmonic hotspots that enable substantial  increase of single-molecule fluorescence signals. In this context we present an approach to disentangle the different influences of metallic nanostructures on the radiative and non-radiative rates of single molecules.

Contact information:
alison.reggio at wyss.harvard.edu


Boston Green Drinks - July Happy Hour
Tuesday, July 29
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Kingston Station, 25 Kingston Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-green-drinks-july-happy-hour-tickets-11863053713

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.


Tasting Summer: Health, Fresh and Local Food
WHEN  Tue., July 29, 2014, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Allston Education Portal, 175 North Harvard Street, Allston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Wellness/Work Life
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Allston Education Portal
COST	  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tasting-summer-healthy-fresh-local-food-registration-12142238763
CONTACT INFO	617.496.5022
NOTE	  Learn to make smart decisions about healthy and delicious food! With this workshop, you will learn how to have more time for summer fun by cooking quick and simple recipes. Participants will discuss fresh and local options from the Harvard Farmers’ Markets, and review strategies to use these ingredients in budget-friendly meals. Don’t miss out on the tasty treats of summer! Led by Michelle P. Gallant, MS, RD, LDN, a licensed nutritionist with Harvard University Health Services.
LINK	edportal.harvard.edu


Boston Music-Tech PROJECT Night
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Music-Technology-Group/events/195381832/

3D printing a new instrument? Soldering up some hardware? Working on a musical app? Crafting a composition with code? 
Bring your musical projects, hacks, & ideas to Boston music tech project night! 
Pizza will be provided. 
The goal is to have a "builder-oriented" workshop night to get musically-minded creators together to make cool stuff. 
We aim to make this a regular event, separate from our standard meetup format, which is more demo and presentation focused and will continue to meet regularly every 6 weeks.
Please bring your laptop and/or any hardware you are currently building or hacking on.

Rough Agenda:
6:30 - 7:00pm - Grab some snacks, listen to some tunes.
7:00 - 7:15pm - *BRIEF* Introductions, Project Ideas
7:15 - 9:00pm - Hack Time!

We hope to see you there!

PS: Please *DO* X-post and share! The more the merrier.
Here's the link: http://meetu.ps/2rVldl


Mainstreaming Torture
Tuesday, July 29
Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Book event with author Rebecca Gordon

Wednesday, July 30

The Human Brain Project
Wednesday, July 30
MGH:  Richard B. Simches Research Center, Room 3110, Charles River Plaza, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston

Henry Markram.   TED talk.   


Gas Pipeline Rally
Wednesday, July 30 
11:00 am- 1:00 pm 
MA State House steps and across the Boston Common

Pipeline opponents from around the state gathering with any citizens and organizations who have been waiting to bring this issue to the State House.


Finding your inner yeast: How do new traits evolve?
WHEN  Wed., July 30, 2014, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 7 Cambridge Center, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Dawn Thompson
COST  Free; registration required 
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-your-inner-yeast-how-do-new-traits-evolve-tickets-11976950381
CONTACT INFO	events at broadinstitute.org
NOTE	  To understand human biology we must tackle an important question: how do we look at an organism’s DNA sequence – it’s genotype – and understand how it produces the organism’s traits and behaviors, or phenotype? Humans share a lot of genes with other organisms like dogs, apes, and even yeast. We have the same genetic toolbox, yet remain very different. These differences can be attributed to gene expression – when genes get turned on or off – that gets rewired over the course of evolution to produce new phenotypes. Dawn Thompson will discuss recent work that investigates how changes in gene expression have given rise to interesting phenotypes such as altered metabolism in cancer cells, and the production of ethanol by yeast (a development which has been fortuitous for baking!). These same principles can be applied to help unlock the secrets of our own evolution.
LINK	http://www.broadinstitute.org/partnerships/education/midsummer-nights-science/midsummer-nights-science-2014

Thursday, July 31

Exploring Boston’s Urban Forest
Thursday, July 31 
Cambridge DPW, 147 Hampshire Street, Cambridge
Cost $15.00 but free if participants use the promo code TREES upon sign-up
RSVP at http://earthwatch.org/expeditions/exploring-bostons-urban-forest

How are our most important neighbors—our cities' trees—faring? Find out while exploring one charming city.

Urban forests are more than pretty: they mitigate climate change, improve psychological health, filter pollutants, and increase oxygen levels.

Cities are made up of buildings and streets, but between and among human structures are thousands of trees that make up the urban forest. Earthwatch is collaborating with the arborist of the City of Cambridge, just across the river from Boston, to collect data to study and protect the 18,000 trees that make up the city's critically important urban forest.

You'll be trained in techniques for identifying species, measuring and observing individual tree samples, and uploading data via mobile apps. During the course of the day you'll work in groups, exploring Cambridge's urban forest and collecting data on the health, growth patterns, and impact on buildings and streets of individual trees.

You'll help build a growing database of information needed to understand how trees positively impact urban areas and what trees need to survive and thrive in stressful environments.


Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Caterpillar Check-up & Release Prep
Thursday, July 31
1 to 3pm
Meeting Place: outside the Ranger Station, inside if raining, Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge

Reservation staff are raising monarch caterpillars for release! These butterflies are very endangered and we're taking action to protect them (and help our local habitats) at Fresh Pond. Come see how the caterpillars are growing, learn how you can help, and prepare crafts for our big release in August! Learn more about theprojectatwww.cambridgema.gov/Water/freshpondreservation. For more information contact Kirsten at klindquist at cambridgema.gov or 617-349-6489. No registration necessary.


Struggle, Competition, and Chaos in the Contemporary Arab Middle East and North Africa
WHEN  Thu., July 31, 2014, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 38 Kirkland St, Room 102, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Center for Middle Eastern Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Roger Owen, AJ Meyer Professor of Middle East History Emeritus, Department of History
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	elizabethflanagan at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE	  CMES is pleased to present Roger Owen as he leads a discussion on the chaos in the MENA region, with a focus on the process of events since the Arab Uprisings of 2011.
This event is off the record. The use of recording devices is strictly prohibited.
LINK	http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/3693


Mass Innovation Nights Reunion
Thursday, July 31
7:00 P.M.
200 Seaport Boulevard, Commonwealth Pier, Boston
RSVP at http://www.mcssl.com/SecureCart/ViewCart.aspx?mid=D95F4FEE-72AA-4912-9C02-D4692E2849F6&sctoken=e784d48ff4d7449883f7a385ac7370b2&bhcp=1
Cost: $20, click here to purchase tickets

More than 650 new products have launched with Mass Innovation Nights and it is time to get everyone back together again. This will be an exciting opportunity to catch up with your “classmates” and past MIN alumni as well as the many Mass Innovation Nights supporters. The alumni will get a chance to connect with each other and talk about their newest innovations while enjoying a cruise around Boston Harbor. We will also be making special announcements that night that you don’t want to miss and hosting some special guests! Don’t miss out.

Boston Event Guide is offering the cruise as part of their Summer Party Cruise Series.

Friday, August 1

Introduction to Programming with Imagination Toolbox - Family Friendly
Friday, August 1
MIT, Building 4-149, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-programming-with-imagination-toolbox-registration-11224654243
Cost:  $25

Speaker: Daniel Wendel
In this fun, intensive, hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to program 3D games and/or science simulation models using StarLogo Nova, an online educational software tool with a graphical programming interface. If you have never programmed before, this workshop will be a great introduction. For people with prior programming experience, this workshop will provide you with experience in an easy-to-use, powerful programming tool to add to your repertoire.

Web site: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-programming-with-imagination-toolbox-registration-11224654243
Open to: the general public
Tickets: Eventbrite Registration Page
Sponsor(s): Scheller Teacher Education Program, The Education Arcade
For more information, contact:  Carole Urbano
curbano at mit.edu 


re:think Video Hackathon
Friday, August 1 - Sunday, August 3
6:00 PM 
WeWork/General Assembly, 51 Melcher Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rethink-video-hackathon-tickets-11940681901

Come build the next-generation of viewer experiences for video with the re:think Video Hack! Join us on Friday, August 1st for networking at the all new WeWork offices on Melcher Street, and then spend the weekend hacking away in the General Assembly classrooms!
There will be food to power you through the weekend and prizes for best in show.
The Weekends Agenda
Friday 6 - 8:30PM - Join your fellow hackers and sponsors for a night of networking and drinks at the WeWork lounge.
9:00AM Welcome
9:15AM RAMP Presentation
9:30AM Sponsor Discussion
10:00AM Team forming
10:30AM Coding starts
12:30PM Lunch
6:30PM Dinner
9:00PM You don’t have to go home, but ….
9:00AM Code resumes
3:00PM Coding Ends
3:05PM Team presentations
4:00PM Category Judging
4:30PM Awards
Whether you are a front-end or back-end developer, your skillset is novice or advance, come join us for the re:Think Hackathon!

Saturday, August 2

Exploring Boston’s Urban Forest
Saturday, August 2
Cost $15.00 but free if participants use the promo code TREES upon sign-up
RSVP at http://earthwatch.org/expeditions/exploring-bostons-urban-forest

How are our most important neighbors—our cities' trees—faring? Find out while exploring one charming city.

Urban forests are more than pretty: they mitigate climate change, improve psychological health, filter pollutants, and increase oxygen levels.

Cities are made up of buildings and streets, but between and among human structures are thousands of trees that make up the urban forest. Earthwatch is collaborating with the arborist of the City of Cambridge, just across the river from Boston, to collect data to study and protect the 18,000 trees that make up the city's critically important urban forest.

You'll be trained in techniques for identifying species, measuring and observing individual tree samples, and uploading data via mobile apps. During the course of the day you'll work in groups, exploring Cambridge's urban forest and collecting data on the health, growth patterns, and impact on buildings and streets of individual trees.

You'll help build a growing database of information needed to understand how trees positively impact urban areas and what trees need to survive and thrive in stressful environments.


Organizing Meeting for the People's Climate March (NYC, September 21)
Saturday, August 2
5-9 PM
The Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn Street Cambridge
RSVP at http://act.350.org/signup/boston_organizing_tour/?akid=4765.354267.GjP1oQ&rd=1&t=2

To meet local activists near you and create an organizing process that engages Boston in the People’s Climate March and creates meaningful new coalitions and connections.

Plans for the People's Climate March are already in full swing: last week, over 500 people came together from labor, faith, student, environmental justice, and community groups to talk about how to make the march historic. The room was alive with a sense of urgency: people from all walks of life in New York City are rolling up their sleeves to show just how big and diverse our movement has become.

The People's Climate March this September is one of our best chances to demand global action on the climate crisis -- and the first step towards making Boston part of that is coming to the community organizing meeting on August 2.

The meetings will deepen our local networks and draw connections between the People's Climate March and local campaigns -- making them both stronger than ever. We will talk about the march itself but also about lots of other things: organizing and recruitment, about how to be a bus captain and bring hundreds of people from your community to New York City, and ways to create art to make the day transformative.

Sunday, August 3

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education: Global Innovation Leadership in the Information Age
MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum
Sunday, August 3, 2014 
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
MIT, Building E51-335, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-and-entrepreneurship-education-global-innovation-leadership-in-the-information-age-tickets-12341564953

We cordially invite you to attend “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education: Global Innovation Leadership in the Information Age”. Please find below the list of speakers and their bios. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

This seminar is co-organized by MIT-CHIEF, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Tsinghua University

Speaker Bios
Xiaoyang Wang: Opportunities and Challenges for Chinese Entrepreneurial universities in the Information Age
Xiaoyang Wang, Director of Higher Educational Research Institute, Tsinghua University, Supervisor for Ph.D. Candidates. A member of Teacher Training Panel of the New Curriculum Reform by Ministry of Education. Board Member, China Comparative Education Society, Deputy Secretary, China Sociology of Education Society. His research includes: methodologies in comparative education, comparative study of Chinese and foreign universities, high school to college transition, sociology of education theories. His current focuses are: higher education institutional culture, comparative study of U.S. and China higher education governance, international education. From 2005-2009, he was appointed as a Secondary Secretary in Educational Office, Chinese Embassy in U.S., stationed in Washing DC and engaged in high-level exchanges between Ministry of Education of China and U.S.. He gave presentations on issues related to China’s education at American Council on Education, Council of Graduate Schools, National Science Foundation, University of Maryland and University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne.

Wu Gang: Can China Create Global Leadership In Information Age?
Wu Gang is the Deputy Editor-In-Chief of New Media Department of China National Radio. He is also one of the cofounders of China National Radio Online. He has two-year working experience in central and local governments of China. He is invited to be the adjunct professor for several universities in China. Currently his research is focused on the global trend of internet development, which is supported by the National Social Science Fund of China. He received his M.S. from Central China Normal University in 1996 and D.S. from Renmin University in 2010. As a Rajawali Fellow, he will conduct research on knowledge economy and information society, internet soft power, comparative study of internet policy in the U.S. and China, crisis broadcasting system and innovation management.

Rushan Jiang: Difficulties in Innovating Chinese Higher Education
Rushan Jiang, Visiting Fellow and Researcher of Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Project leader for the research study on “China Governance in a Global Context”. He has provided high-level consulting services to national and provincial department of finance in China, Russia, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has almost 20 years’ experience providing policy consulting in the area of finance. He was appointed a negotiator during 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He has been conducting practical research in governance, strategic planning and products. He is the Chief Economist at Hong Kong Global Economy Dispatch Agency. His areas of research include: regional distribution of economic resources, analysis of global competitive factors of transnational financial groups. He provides consulting services to governmental finance departments and transnational financial groups. In his spare time, he enjoys architecture and environmental design and invests in internet and technology and innovative restaurant industry.

Yajun Fang: Innovation Universal Education for Universal Future
Yajun Fang, MIT, USA Program Chair the international conference on Universal Village (UV2014). Newly proposed by MIT, Universal Village exemplifies a desired future society that pursues human-nature harmony though the wise use of technologies. The concept is an expanded and advanced version of smart cities and signifies that we should follow the law of universe, protect environment/eco-system, understand humans’ need in depth, and innovate new lifestyles. UV2014 calls for collective effort from multi-disciplinary fields in order to find a systematic, coordinated, long-term solution for environmental challenges, and innovative technologies to create sustainable happiness to residents of the society. UV2014 will convey the following themes and special sessions to explore different aspects of future technologies life, including 1) Green energy sources, 2) New technologies for environmental protection, 3) Innovative technologies that support new life styles on remote nursing remote healthcare, intelligent transportation, city management, remote education, 4) Integrated solutions on urgent challenges on safety, security, privacy, climate changes

Fen Chen: Innovation in Ideas and Entrepreneurship in Resource Integration
Fen Chen, admitted to Shanghai Jiaotong University at age of 16 studying mechanical engineering. He obtained his Master of Engineering (automation and robotics) and MBA in U.S.. He has taken various roles in engineering consulting, market development, financial investments, computer database management, wireless communications, biostatistics in international companies in U.S. He has long been engaged in entrepreneurship activities and is proficient in innovating traditional industries through interdisciplinary high technologies and has actual experience in innovations in ideas and interdisciplinary entrepreneurship. He is the CEO of Dr. Health Management and has taken various roles in social organizations, including Director General of Charmit World Foundation (registered in U.S.), President of the New England Alumni Association of Jiaotong University Alliance (Shanghai, Xi‘an, Hsinchu, Beijing, Xinan), and technology consultant of several cities in China.

Conal Doyle: American Innovation Leadership Education
Conal Doyle is a senior lecture of business administration. He received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1966 and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1968. He is a frequent speaker on implementing strategy, corporate transformation, and private equity investment. His lectures on executing strategy, corporate merger and acquisition, and private equity are very popular. During the Vietnam War, Mr. Doyle was a public affairs officer for the chief of naval operations in the pentagon and commander carrier division six in the Mediterranean sea. Mr. Doyle has worked for Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm and advised major fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy. Mr. Doyle also led several major real estate developers on a variety of commercial and residential projects. Since 1990, Mr. Doyle has been an investor in private equity.

Tuesday, August 5

Nuclear Savage:  The Islands of Secret Project 4.1
Tuesday, August 5
6:00pm - 9:30pm
First Church in Boston Unitarian Universalist, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston

Adam Jonas Horowitz shot his first film in the Marshall Islands in 1986, and was shocked by what he found there, in this former American military colony in middle of the Pacific Ocean. Radioactive coconuts, leaking nuclear waste repositories, and densely populated slums were all the direct result of 67 Cold War U.S. nuclear bomb tests that vaporized islands and devastated entire populations. 

Twenty years later, Adam returned to these islands to make this award winning shocking political and cultural documentary exposé titled 'Nuclear Savage;' a heartbreaking and intimate ethnographic portrait of Pacific Islanders struggling for dignity and survival after decades of intentional radiation poisoning at the hands of the American government. Relying on recently declassified U.S. government documents,devastating survivor testimony, and incredible unseen archival footage, This untold and true detective story reveals how U.S. scientists turned a Pacific paradise into a radioactive hell. Marshall islanders were used as human guinea pigs for three decades to study the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings with devastating results. Nuclear Savage is a shocking tale that pierces the heart of our democratic principles.

The film will be shown in Hiroshima and in Nagasaki on August 5 and 8 respectively.

In, May, the Marshall Islands sued the 9 nuclear weapons states, including the United States, in U.S. federal court as well as in the International Court of Justice, for failing to eliminate their nuclear arsenals as required by the Non-Proliferation Treaty. http://thebulletin.org/import-marshall-islands-nuclear-lawsuit7143

6:00pm Potluck 
7:00pm Film screening begins
8:30-9:30pm Discussion

This event will also welcome the walkers participating in "Walking for Peace and Non-Violence" from July 30 through August 6, organized by New England Peace Pagoda.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 7

HEET Race to Solar Workshop
Thursday, August 7
12pm  to 1:30pm
South End Branch, Boston Public Library, 685 Tremont Street, Boston

Through the Race to Solar program, eligible nonprofits can  acquire a solar electric energy system for their school, house of worship, food pantry, community center, or other building owned by their nonprofit organization. Learn more about the  Race to Solar program at the upcoming workshop and meet the solar and efficiency experts that can help your organization save energy and money. Please RSVP to attend the following workshop:

For more information about the program contact info at HEETma.org or call 617-HEET-350


Thesis Defense: Interactions between learning and decision making
Thursday, August 7
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
MIT, Building 32D-463

Speaker: Theja Tulabandhula , Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Abstract: We quantify the effects of learning and decision making on each other. In the first study, we look at how knowledge about decision making can influence learning. Let decision cost be the amount spent by the practitioner in executing a policy. If we have prior knowledge about the decision cost, for instance that it should be low, then this knowledge can help restrict the hypothesis space for learning, which can help with its generalization. We derive a suite of theoretical generalization bounds and an algorithm for this setting. In the second study, we look at how knowledge about learning can influence decision making. We study this in the context of robust optimization. Taking uncertainty of learning the right model into account, we derive probabilistic guarantees on the robustness of the resulting policy.

Bio: Theja Tulabandhula is a doctoral candidate in EECS at MIT. Prior to that, he obtained a dual degree in EE from IIT Kharagpur in 2009. He was awarded the Prime Minister of India Gold medal for getting the highest GPA among dual degree students. At MIT, he is a member of the Prediction Analysis Lab. His research interests span machine learning theory, optimization and decision-making.

Contact: Theja Tulabandhula, theja at csail.mit.edu


Thursday, August 7
5:30-8:30 PM 
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/greentown-labs-energybar-tickets-12331444683
From 4:30-5:30, we will be hosting a Prospective Tenant Night for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a member of the Greentown community. Attendees of Tenant Night are encouraged to stay for EnergyBar!

EnergyBar is a bi-monthly networking and social event intended to connect stakeholders in the clean technology sector, and spark discussions on innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and 'friends of cleantech' are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand the regional clean technology community that has been growing organically around Greater Boston.

Drinks and food are served starting at 5:30pm. Dress code is shop floor casual.

The Autodesk RV will be making a stop at EnergyBar!
In May, the Autodesk RV embarked on an 8-month, 100+ stop RV road trip of the United States. Led by writer TJ McCue, the 3DRV tour is "exploring the cities, towns, and off-the-path byways to uncover fundamental change in the way things are designed and made, and how this is bringing radical change to business and to society at large." To learn more about the tour and follow the route, see http://3drv.com

Friday, August 8

Exploring Boston’s Urban Forest
Friday, August 8
Cost $15.00 but free if participants use the promo code TREES upon sign-up
RSVP at http://earthwatch.org/expeditions/exploring-bostons-urban-forest

How are our most important neighbors—our cities' trees—faring? Find out while exploring one charming city.

Urban forests are more than pretty: they mitigate climate change, improve psychological health, filter pollutants, and increase oxygen levels.

Cities are made up of buildings and streets, but between and among human structures are thousands of trees that make up the urban forest. Earthwatch is collaborating with the arborist of the City of Cambridge, just across the river from Boston, to collect data to study and protect the 18,000 trees that make up the city's critically important urban forest.

You'll be trained in techniques for identifying species, measuring and observing individual tree samples, and uploading data via mobile apps. During the course of the day you'll work in groups, exploring Cambridge's urban forest and collecting data on the health, growth patterns, and impact on buildings and streets of individual trees.

You'll help build a growing database of information needed to understand how trees positively impact urban areas and what trees need to survive and thrive in stressful environments.

Tuesday, August 12

Boston TechBreakfast
Tuesday, August 12
8:00am - 10:00am
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-TechBreakfast/events/155722982/

Based on the popular TechBreakfast format, the Boston TechBreakfast is a "show and tell" format event where up to five different technologists will demo their technologies from a wide range of industries ranging from software to hardware, IT to Biotech, robotics to space tech. The event is "triple agnostic". We don't care if the technology is from a start up, a large company, a university, a government agency, or someone's hobby. We are also agnostic as to the industry of the tech - it could be IT, biotech, robotics, aerospace, materials sciences, anything tech and innovative is cool. And we're also region agnostic - even if you're not from where we're hosting, we want to see you and your technology!

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! 
Basepair - Amit Sinha
EcoCloud360 - Olafur K. Olafsson
Jisto - Parasvil Patel
Rocketboard: Rocketboard.it - Joe Lemay
Jetco Research: lüv.it - Douglas Humphrey
~9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words

Wednesday, August 13
Mass Innovation Nights Foodie #7
Wednesday, August 13 
6:00pm - 8:30pm
District Hall 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
Cost:  FREE
RSVP at  http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-min-foodie-7
Each month, ten companies bring new products to Mass Innovation Nights and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook, and otherwise help spread the word. In the last four years, the events have helped to:
Launch more than 650 products
Connect dozens of job seekers and hiring managers
Profile dozens of local experts
Launch a wave of Innovation Nights events around the world (coming soon)

Held once a month, with registration and networking at 6:00 p.m. and presentations starting at 7:00 p.m., the live events allow companies to show off Massachusetts-based innovation. Innovation Nights are held on-site at various venues who donate their space to further the cause of local innovation.

Friday, August 15 - Sunday, August 17

Friday, August 15 - Sunday, August 17
Boston City Hall Plaza

Saturday, August 16

Union Square Fixer Fair Call for Fixers
Saturday, August 16
3PM to 7PM 
Union Square, Somerville

The Fixer Fair is an event devoted to fixing, repairing, maintaining and making new. Attendees will be encouraged to bring items to fix and a willingness to learn how to repair instead of replace and recycle.

We are seeking participants, volunteers, workshop leaders and vendors whose work educates, encourages and employs repair.

You can:
Volunteer to work in the general repair tent, helping attendees diagnose problems with anything they bring in, and helping them use tools and materials to try and fix it.
Run a workshop or demonstration that shows how to take something apart, put something together, fix something or maintain it.
Promote your repair business by doing on-site repairs on common household items.
Run an educational workshop for kids using old or recycled items to help demonstrate making, fixing, upcycling and fabrication skills.
Sell upcycled or repaired things.
Help sign people up to start the Somerville Tool Library
Something else related to the theme!

dinagjertsen at gmail.com 

to get involved or check out Union Square Fixer Fair
Union Square Fixer Fair
Fixer Fair is a community event in Union Square Somerville celebrating repair, tinkering and fixing.


Intern with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate!
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate (BLC) is a nonprofit based in the Cambridge, MA area. Our mission is to mobilize the biosphere to restore ecosystems and reverse global warming.
Education, public information campaigns, organizing, scientific investigation, collaboration with like-minded organizations, research and policy development are all elements of our strategy.

Background: Soils are the largest terrestrial carbon sink on the planet. Restoring the complex ecology of soils is the only way to safely and quickly remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the ground, where it’s desperately needed to regenerate the health of billions of acres of degraded lands. Restoring carbon to soils and regenerating ecosystems are how we can restore a healthy hydrologic cycle and cool local and planetary climates safely, naturally, and in time to ensure a livable climate now and in the future.

Our Work: immediate plans include
Organizing the First International Biodiversity, Soil Carbon and Climate Week, October 31-November 9, 2014, and a kick-off conference in the Boston area, “Mobilizing the Biosphere to Reverse Global Warming: A Biodiversity, Water, Soil Carbon and Climate Conference – and Call to Action” to expand the mainstream climate conversation to include the power of biology, and to help initiate intensive worldwide efforts to return atmospheric carbon to the soils.
Coordination of a global fund to directly assist local farmers and herders in learning and applying carbon farming approaches that not only benefit the climate, but improve the health and productivity of the land and the people who depend on it.
Collaboration with individuals and organizations on addressing eco-restoration and the regeneration of water and carbon cycles; such projects may include application of practices such as Holistic Management for restoration of billions of acres of degraded grasslands, reforestation of exploited forest areas, and restoring ocean food chains.

Please contact Helen D. Silver, helen.silver at bio4climate.org for further information.


Climate Stories Project

What's your Climate Story?
Climate Stories Project is a forum that gives a voice to the emotional and personal impacts that climate change is having on our lives. Often, we only discuss climate change from the impersonal perspective of science or the contentious realm of politics. Today, more and more of us are feeling the effects of climate change on an personal level. Climate Stories Project allows people from around the world to share their stories and to engage with climate change in a personal, direct way.


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/

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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