[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - September 28, 2014

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Sep 28 12:12:50 PDT 2014

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Monday, September 29

9am  Leveraging the Health Impact of Community Development
11am  Open House: Office of Digital Learning
12pm  MASS Seminar - Kerry Emanuel
12pm  Community Development in Conservation
12pm  ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar:  Learning by doing and learning by waiting
12:10pm  Ecological implications of whole plant physiology from leaf to root
12:15pm  Science/Fiction: Dramatic Arts as a Medium for Translating Science
12:30pm  MassTLC Tech & Innovation Candidate Forum
2:30pm  Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program
4pm  Systems Vaccinology: Enabling Rational Vaccine Design with Systems Biology
4pm  Negative Home Equity and Mobility: Evidence from the Netherlands
4pm  SMART Mandate: Computing, Capital, and the Future of Urban Life
4:30pm  Planets and Life Series: The Keys to Habitability, Light to Life
5:30pm  Do Fixed Patent Terms Distort Innovation? Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials
6pm  Into The Wind 
6pm  Free screening of "Our Land”
6pm  Value-added and Storage Opportunity for Farmers and Producers: tour and info session
6:30pm  The Entwinement of Housing and Well-Being
8pm  Nerd Nite

Tuesday, September 30

12pm  Amy Walter, National Editor, The Cook Political Report
12pm  Teleclass: Kids & Social Media: Social Impacts, Potential Risks and Setting Limits
12pm  Local Action - National and Global Impact
12:30pm  NymRights: Protecting Identity in the Digital Age
12:30pm  Food after Fukushima: Scientific Citizenship and Risk in Japan
1pm  The maps inside your head
2pm  India's Nuclear Energy Policy and Climate Change
4:30pm  Climate Change Diplomacy: The Road to Paris 2015
4:30pm  When Experts Disagree - The Case of GMOs
4:30pm  How to Think about Energy
5pm  The Neurobiology of Human Altruism
5:30pm  Exploring the intersection of energy and human development
6pm  Capitalist Democracy and its Prospects
6pm  Natural Gas Forum
6pm  The Urburb - Patterns of Contemporary Living
6pm  Built in Beantown: Tech Talk (Sponsored by Vistaprint and WB Mason)
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - September Happy Hour
6pm  Running On Local: Author-Talk about Local Food and Finance
6:30pm  Open Web Art and the Civic Realm - A BostonAPP/Lab session
7pm  Oil and the International History of the 20th Century
7pm  Preserving Forests in New England – Insights from Japan and Europe
7pm  IRAN, THE BOMB, AND NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: Understanding the Call to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
7pm  Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming

Wednesday, October 1

9:30am  Massachusetts as a First Customer Cleantech Expo
12pm  Food Safety: The Elephant on the Farm
12pm  Alignment Counterfactuals in the First World War
12:10pm   The effect of clouds on Snowball Earth Deglaciation and the inner edge of the Habitable Zone
3:30pm  Meet Harvard's Bees
4pm  Radcliffe Institute Fellow's Presentation Series: On Growth and Form: Geometry, Physics, and Biology
4pm  The Second Machine Age:  The Robert C. Cobb Sr. Memorial Lecture: How Exponential Progress with All Things Digital is Changing Our Economies and Societies
4pm  The Application of Nanoparticles to Improve the Performance of Concrete
4:10pm  Moving up the Energy Ladder: The Effect of an Increase in Economic Well-Being on Fuel Consumption Choices of the Poor in India
5pm  Neuroeconomics as a Unifying Approach Towards Understanding the Human Mind and Individual Behavior
5pm  Clean Energy Block Party
5:30pm  CrossRoads: Energy Necklace on the Emerald Necklace 2014, Reception
6pm  BostonEco Healthy Home, Healthy Living
6pm  China, Climate Change, and Financial Risk: Crisis Management in a Global Context
7pm  Carbon Tax to Combat Climate Change
7pm  Ghost Army:  screening and discussion with film director Rick Beyer
7:30pm  The Urban Implications of Living with Water

Thursday, October 2

8:30am  Symposium on Sustainable Models for Print Storage in the 21st Century
9:30am  TEDxBoston:  Revolutionary Ideas Revisited
11am  Wicked Smaht! Celebrating Climate Leaders
12pm  Obama's Climate Plan: State Action, Grassroots Opportunities
12:30pm  The Ebola Disaster: How Did We Get Here and What's Next?
12:30pm  Race to Solar Fall Workshop
4:30pm  Discerning Corruption: Credible Accusations and the Punishment of Corruption in Brazil
5pm  Nitrogen and the Global Climate Cycle
5pm  Resisting Data's Tyranny with Obfuscation
5pm  Future of Research Symposium
6pm  Saving Lemurs from Extinction
6pm  Biketoberfest 2014
6:30pm  The Revolution Will Be Online
7pm  The Glass Cage:  Automation and Us

Friday, October 3

12pm  Emulating Natural Systems for Geologic CO2 Capture and Storage, and to Enhance Subsurface Permeability
12pm  Logistics Clusters: Jobs, Growth, and Economic Development
12pm  Challenging Technical Privilege: How Race and Gender Matter
3pm  Food Better Symposium
5pm  The Holistic Meets Harvest
6pm  MIT Hacking Arts 2014
6pm  Opening Reception for "...in the atmospheres” Exhibition by Deb Todd Wheeler
6pm  The Growth Imperative: Plotting a Sustainable Energy Future for India

Saturday, October 4

9am  Maker Faire
12pm  Mass Customized Healthcare -Crowdsourcing, Personalized Medicine, and Predictive Analytics

Sunday, October 5

10am  MIT Press Fall 2014 Loading Dock Sale - Open to All Day
12pm  Culturerunners Storytelling Symposium
1pm  Tour of Higher Ground Farm
2pm  Fall Harvest Festival 
5pm  Rising Tides at the MBTA
6pm  Computational Modeling of the Brain

Monday, October 6

12pm  MASS Seminar:  Noah Diffenbaugh, Stanford
12pm  Legal and policy perspectives on EPA’s proposed clean power plan
3pm  MOOCS - Open Education with Old and New Learners
3pm  Open Meetings: Digital Futures Consortium
4:30pm  Planets and Life Series: The Keys to Habitability, Reflections on the Biosphere as a System
5:30pm  Inducing Leaders to Take Risky Positions: Dismissal, Tenure, and Term Limits
7pm  Culturerunners

Tuesday, October 7

12:30pm  The Great Firewall Inverts
12:30pm  The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asian Regionalism
1pm  Low Emissions Development in an Era of Cheap and Abundant Fossil Fuels
2pm  Pre-Conference Back-to-the-Classroom Sessions: Systems Thinking for Emerging, Evolving, and Established Leaders
2:30pm  At the Helm, Kirk or Spock? The Pros and Cons of Charismatic Leadership
4pm  Radcliffe Institute Fellow's Presentation Series: Biomineralization
4pm  Gaza: A Panel Discussion
4:10pm  The Responsive City: Engaging Communities through Data Smart Governance
6pm  Boston Area Sustainability Group:  Sustainability & Innovation
6pm  African Innovators: Scientists From The Continent Speak About Their Work Changing the World


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


Monday, September 29

Leveraging the Health Impact of Community Development
Monday, September 29
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)
Bank of America, 225 Franklin Street, 5th Floor, Boston

Please join us for the release of a major new report that examines how we can increasingly leverage community development to achieve better health outcomes for people and communities. The report, a Health Impact Assessment of the Community Investment Tax Credit Program, was written jointly by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Health Resources in Action and the MA Department of Public Health. The program will include a presentation of the report’s findings and recommendations, followed by a discussion panel of practitioners and policy makers. 

See more and register here: http://www.macdc.org/events/innovation-forum-how-can-we-better-leverage-health-impact-community-development


Open House: Office of Digital Learning
Monday, September 29
MIT, Building 10-105, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us for an open house where you can meet the ODL team; learn about MITx Residential, MITx on edX, OpenCourseware, media production, and research on digital learning; experiment with digital tools and simulations; and find out how to get involved. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to visit our information tables and indulge in pizza and snacks. Tell us about your ideas to use the MITx platform and win prizes.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Office of Digital Learning
For more information, contact:  Sarah Jane Vaughan
svaughan at mit.edu 


MASS Seminar - Kerry Emanuel
Monday, September 29
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Kerry Emanuel

Web site: http://eaps-www.mit.edu/paoc/events/mass-seminar-kerry-emanuel
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars
For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee
mass at mit.edu 


Community Development in Conservation
Monday, September 29
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Next Mile Project, Two Atlantic Avenue, 4th Floor, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunchtime-insights-community-development-in-conservation-nmp-tickets-13141724251

Dr. Tuyeni Mwampamba
EcoLogic Development Fund, the Next Mile Project, and the Boston Network for International Development invite you to a lunchtime learning event at the Next Mile Project's offices on Boston's waterfront to learn about the role of rural communities in the management of tropical forests. The conversation, led by Dr. Tuyeni Mwampamba, will focus on Dr. Mwampamba’s research on the connection between community development and sustainable forest management.
Dr. Mwampamba will be visiting Boston from Mexico, where she is an associate research professor at the Center for Ecosystems Research (CIEco) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research in Mexico and in her home country of Tanzania has focused on increasing the role of communities in conservation, forest management, and payments for ecosystem services (PES) programs. She will share her experiences and findings from the field in both Latin America and Africa.
Dr. Mwampamba's collaboration and support has been fundamental to EcoLogic Development Fund's work in the Lacandón Jungle in Chiapas, Mexico, which is using this integrated approach to conservation and community development. EcoLogic has been collaborating with three indigenous communities in the region since 2011 to design and implement a project that will provide community members with direct economic benefits in the form of carbon credits for avoiding deforestation.


"Learning by doing and learning by waiting" 
Monday, September 29
12:00PM to 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with William Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy, HKS

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
Louisa_Lund at hks.harvard.edu
See more at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/


Ecological implications of whole plant physiology from leaf to root
Monday September 29
12:10 pm
Weld Hill Lecture Hall, Arnold Arboretum, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Jessica Savage, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard Universitym 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130-3500
phone:  617.524.1718
fax:  617.524.1418
email:  arbweb at arnarb.harvard.edu


Science/Fiction: Dramatic Arts as a Medium for Translating Science
Monday, September 29
12:15 pm to 2:00 pm
Harvard, Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Benjamin Morris, MIT, Catalyst Collaborative

STS Circle at Harvard


MassTLC Tech & Innovation Candidate Forum 
September 29
12:30 - 4:00 PM
Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center at NERD, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.masstlc.org/events/event_details.asp?id=501583
** Space is limited at this free MassTLC special event so please register early to guarantee admission. **

Join technology executives from across Massachusetts for this exclusive tech sector forum with the leading candidates in the race to become our next Governor. The tech sector is a powerhouse with over 13,000 companies employing over 209,000 workers. The full impact extends well beyond the sector to industries that support tech or are driven by it. All in, the tech sector underpins one-fifth of the entire workforce and one-quarter of the payroll in the state.
MassTLC has been briefing the candidates on the importance of the tech sector over the summer and has convened this forum to give them an opportunity to share their vision for the sector and the future of the Commonwealth. To view the blog posts from each of these briefings, click here for the Charlie Baker meeting, click here for the Martha Coakley meeting, and click here for the Jeff McCormick meeting.
Participating candidates include:
Charlie Baker, Republican candidate for Governor
Martha Coakley, Democratic candidate for Governor
Evan Falchuk, Independent candidate for Governor
Jeff McCormick, Independent candidate for Governor

Attendees are invited to submit questions in advance – via (1) the event registration form below, (2) or twitter with the hash tag #MTLCpolicy. MassTLC will gather attendee input, develop common themes, and interview each candidate during the forum seeking to address as many issues as possible given our time constraints and agreed upon ground rules.
We invite you to share this invitation with technology executives who are interested in learning more about the candidates’ views on the tech sector in Massachusetts. We look forward to seeing you on the 29th for this important conversation.  

events at masstlc.org


Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program
Monday, September 29, 2014
MIT, Building E62-450, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Meredith Fowlie (University of California, Berkeley)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): IO Workshop
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal at mit.edu 


Systems Vaccinology: Enabling Rational Vaccine Design with Systems Biology
WHEN  Mon., Sep. 29, 2014, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Medical School, New Research Building, Room 1031
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
SPEAKER(S)  Bali Pulendran, professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
CONTACT INFO	jessica_conner at hms.harvard.edu


Negative Home Equity and Mobility: Evidence from the Netherlands
Monday, September 29
MIT, Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Daan Struyven (MIT)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Public Finance/Labor Workshop
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal at mit.edu 


SMART Mandate: Computing, Capital, and the Future of Urban LIfe
Monday, September 29, 2014
MIT, Building E51-095, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Reception at 3:30 PM.

Speaker: Orit Halpern / Yuri Takhteyev

STS Colloquium

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


Planets and Life Series: The Keys to Habitability, Light to Life
Monday, September 29
MIT, Building 2-105, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Paul Falkowski (Rutgers University)

Planets and Life: Human and Planetary Perspectives 
Weekly lecture and discussion series exploring the co-evolution of the earth's natural systems and life

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/2014/planets-life
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Lectures
For more information, contact:  Vlada Stamenkovic
rinsan at mit.edu


Do Fixed Patent Terms Distort Innovation? Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials
Monday, September 29
Harvard, Littauer-M15, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Heidi Williams (MIT)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Applied Theory Workshop (Joint MIT/Harvard)
For more information, contact:
economics calendar
econ-cal at mit.edu 


Into The Wind 
Monday, September 29
6:00 - 7:00 pm 
MIT Broad Institute, Yellowstone Room, 75 Ames Street, Cambridge
Georgie Friedman and Kerry Emanuel 
Georgie Friedman has lived, worked and exhibited throughout the United States. Her speaking engagements and exhibitions include museums, universities, galleries, film screenings and public art installations. She earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and her BA from UC, Santa Cruz. In recent years, she was named a "Rising star" by The Boston Globe and "One of the most exciting new-media artists in the region," by The Boston Phoenix. Her current exhibition, Into The Wind is on view at the Foster Gallery in Dedham, MA.
Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT. He has specialized in atmospheric convection and the mechanisms acting to intensify hurricanes. He was named one of the Time 100 influential people of 2006. In 2007, he was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He hypothesized in 1994 about a super powerful type of hurricane, which could be formed if average sea surface temperature increased another 15C - more than it's ever been.

There exists a dual perception of storms as they are both beautiful and terrible at the same time and evoke in us a sense of the sublime. Georgie Friedman and KerryEmanuel navigate this territory and will share their respective concerns and ideas about how storms affect us culturally, historically, and conversely, the effects of human behavior on them.  Their interests as both artist and scientist respectively lead them to similar concerns - the power of nature and the fragility of life on the planet, and many questions, among them: can art elevate our awareness and can science demystify phenomena as we seek to better understand what we do not understand. 

Join the conversation! We are pleased to invite you to our next event, continuing the dialogue between art and science.  
Deborah Davidson, Founder & Director, Catalyst Conversations
deborahdavidson at catalystconversations.net


Free screening of "Our Land”
Monday, September 29
6–7:30 pm
Harvard Kennedy School, Wiener Auditorium, 79 Garden Street, Cambridge

View the film and discuss the new farmer movement with filmmaker, farmer, organizer and  innovator Severine v.T. Fleming.   Light movie snacks served. 

This event is part of Harvard's Food Better campaign. 

Contact nada_zohdy at hks15.harvard.edu with questions.
See more at: http://green.harvard.edu/events/free-screening-our-land#sthash.UOZTsKIw.dpuf


Value-added and Storage Opportunity for Farmers and Producers: tour and info session
Monday, September 29
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
CropCircle Kitchen Inc., 196 Quincy Street, Dorchester
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/value-added-and-storage-opportunity-for-farmers-and-producers-tour-and-info-session-tickets-7820506345

Join us for a tour of CropCircle Kitchen's commercial kitchen with high capacity processing equipment. The kitchens include tilt skillets, steam jacketed kettle, combitherm oven, blast chillers, and more.
The CCK facility provides opportunities for cold and frozen warehouse storage and value-added processing.
Learn about funding, business planning, bookkeeping (including quickbooks) and marketing opportunities available by organizations around Boston including: Dorchester Bay EDC, ACCION, Interise, Center for Women & Enterprise, Dept of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston.
Stay for a beer and conversation, exploring the possibilities for expanding sales through value-added processing and storage.


The Entwinement of Housing and Well-Being
WHEN  Mon., Sep. 29, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Jonathan F.P. Rose
COST	  Free and open to the public
NOTE	  Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, and not-for-profit work focuses on creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically resilient world. The Jonathan Rose Companies, founded in 1989, is a multidisciplinary real estate development, planning, and investment firm that has successfully completed more than $1.5 billion of work. The firm’s work touches many aspects of community health; working with cities and not-for-profits to build not only housing, but also civic, cultural, educational, and infrastructure open space. A thought leader in the Smart Growth, national infrastructure, green building, and affordable housing movements, Mr. Rose will give the 15th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture, sponsored by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the National Housing Endowment.
LINK	www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/jonathan-f-p-rose-the-entwinement-of-housing-and-well-being.html


Nerd Nite
Monday, September 29
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $5

Talk 1 – “Building like termites: Bio-inspired robotic construction” by Paul Kassabian

Traditional human construction relies on detailed structural design, careful sequencing of assembly steps, and extensive top-down coordination of workers. By contrast, builders in nature construct large-scale structures through the actions of many independent agents with no centralized control. These structures are built in ways responsive to features of the local environment and the changing needs of the group.  What if we could develop autonomous robots that could achieve this?  This talk will present the start of this development…

Paul is a structural engineer who designs unique structures at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) and teaches graduate engineering students at MIT in the Fall and Harvard’s GSD in the Spring.   His current projects include various structures with innovative materials and behavior using SGH’s in-house lab that are on the cutting edge of both structural systems and materials.  He is also working with Harvard’s Wyss Institute on a robotics project related to their TERMES work.

Tuesday, September 30

Amy Walter, National Editor, The Cook Political Report.
Tuesday, September 30
12 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

More information at http://shorensteincenter.org/amy-walter/


Teleclass: Kids & Social Media: Social Impacts, Potential Risks and Setting Limits
Tuesday, September 30
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/teleclass-kids-social-media-social-impacts-potential-risks-and-setting-limits-tickets-12852007701
*Dial-in information sent upon completing your registration.

Please join Mommybites Boston for a teleclass facilitated by Tara Cousineau, PhD, a clinical psychologist. Dr. Tara, founder of Moxie Moms Coaching, will help you understand the impacts of social media on our kids today  and plan ahead to set up rules.
The following issues will be discussed in this awesome teleclass:
Girl/Boy culture today
Social media influences, the good and the bad
Potential health risks (impact of technology on developing brain) and emotional risks
When is the right time for a smartphone?
How to set limits on technology use and have a home media policy
Today's culture of immediate gratification
How "perfect" images affect us psychologically 

Not sure if you can make the teleclass? Don’t worry! Everyone who registers will receive a link to the taped call, so be sure to sign up.

Dr. Tara Cousineau is a clinical psychologist, self-esteem coach, and social entrepreneur based in Boston. She is founder of Moxie Moms Coaching created for mothers of tween and teen girls. The on-one-one coaching and groups programs focus on skill building and support in raising confident and happy children and self-care/self-compassion and is based on years of experience in working with adolescent girls and women. She founded BodiMojo.com, an evidence-based and innovative solution to help teenagers take control of their health by leveraging the “digital” playgrounds they reside in. The web program improved body esteem in teenage girls. Her expertise includes also writing, research and conceptual development in health media. This includes helping organizations identify and formulate health communication strategies to reach girls and women as individuals, groups and decision makers.


Local Action - National and Global Impact
Tuesday, September 30
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Nixon Peabody, 100 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=5CF3AE8FD48CB89581EF53D4984267F1.app321b?df_id=2840&2840.donation=form1
Cost: $25

Geoff Chapin, Founder & CEO, Next Step Living™
Beginning in 2008 as a small startup, Next Step Living has grown to become the leading provider of whole-home energy solutions. It is moving the dial on innovation in the region and across the nation.
Gary Cohen, President & Executive Director, Health Care Without Harm
Health Care Without Harm works locally & globally not only to prepare for the health impacts related to climate change, but to lead society in addressing them.
Brian Swett, Chief, Environment & Energy at City of Boston
Boston, ranked #1city in the country in energy efficiency, is leading the way with innovative programs on climate & energy.

“Think globally, act locally” may seem like a cliché in the face of the overwhelming challenge of climate change. But the speakers on this E2 panel are proving otherwise. Their actions at the local level are having national and even global impact.

Please join E2 and our distinguished panel to learn how local programs have morphed into major initiatives that are changing the landscape on climate and energy. 

Lunch will be available
All registered attendees will be sent confirmation and directions 
the week prior to the event.  Contact yli at nrdc.org if you have questions.

About the Speakers:
Geoff Chapin founded Next Step Living in 2008 after years as a teacher and strategy consultant largely focused on nonprofits and community development. In 2014, he was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in New England and the company was named No. 84 on the Inc. 500 list of fast-growing companies. Prior to Next Step Living, Geoff was a senior manager with the Bridgespan Group, a strategic consulting firm for public entities and nonprofits, where his clients included the Energy Foundation, the city of San Francisco, the Portland Public School District and the Packard Foundation. Earlier, he led teams at Bain & Company in the New York and San Francisco offices, advising clients in multiple industries including consumer products, telecom and online businesses. A board member of PRIME, a nonprofit that encourages Program-Related Investments in the energy sector, Geoff began his career as a teacher at his alma mater, Roxbury Latin School in Boston. Geoff graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in political economics; he went on to earn an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and an M.B.A from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. Cohen is Co-Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth. He was also instrumental in bringing together the NGOs and hospital systems that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. All three were created to transform the health care sector to be environmentally sustainable and serve as anchor institutions to support environmental health in their communities. Cohen is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, India, which has been working for over 25 years to heal people affected by the Bhopal gas tragedy and to fight for environmental cleanup in Bhopal. He is also on the Boards of the American Sustainable Business Council, Health Leads and Coming Clean. Cohen has received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and an Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2013, he was awarded the Champion of Change Award for Climate Change and Public Health by the White House. 

Brian Swett is Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston. His Cabinet is comprised of the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, the Parks and Recreational Department, and Boston’s Recycling Program. Mr. Swett serves as the Mayor’s appointee to the boards of the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA), Boston Groundwater Trust, Boston Harbor Islands Alliance, and the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Mr. Swett also represents the City on the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, the State’s Global Warming Solutions Act’s Implementation Advisory Committee and the State’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. Over the last year, Mr. Swett led a variety of major policy and program initiatives including developing and passing a rental inspection ordinance and a building energy disclosure ordinance, launching Greenovate Boston, a sustainability education and outreach initiative, and kicking off Climate Ready Boston, a set of climate preparedness initiatives focused on Boston’s built and natural environment. Mr. Swett is currently leading efforts to update the City’s Climate Action Plan, which is due by the end of 2014. 

About the Organizers:
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national community of business people who believe in protecting the environment while building economic prosperity. Working with NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), E2 serves as a champion on the economic side of good environmental policy by taking a reasoned, economically sound approach to environmental issues. E2 works at both the state and national levels through its bipartisan efforts. Please visit our website at: www.e2.org. 

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. Founded in 1970,NRDC uses law, science and the support of more than 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. For more information visit: www.nrdc.org.


NymRights: Protecting Identity in the Digital Age
Tuesday, September 30
12:30 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/09/aestetix#RSVP
Event will be webcast live at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/09/aestetix at 12:30 pm.

with aestetix, founder of NymRights
Do you have a name? More than one? Does it matter to you who knows it? As digital systems become more integrated into our lives, these questions are becoming very important. We're in the midst of a literal identity crisis where your identity is quickly becoming, rather than something you define, a social construct that is granted to you. This talk will explore the philosophy of names and identity, the digital systems we've created over the past decades, and the challenges that arise when the systems come into conflict with individual safety and freedom. We'll take a look at the current state of name-related policy within both companies and government, and introduce ongoing efforts to make sure your identity is not just a number in a computer.

About aestetix
After being suspended twice by Google Plus during the nymrights fiasco of 2011, aestetix helped created NymRights, focused on empowerment and education of digital identity. He's spoken on this topic at events in Germany, New York City, San Francisco, including hacker conferences, digital rights events, and even a few universities. He's also been involved in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), an Obama strategy to try to solve identity related challenges in areas like medicine and social security.


Food after Fukushima: Scientific Citizenship and Risk in Japan
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 30, 2014, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 2nd Floor, CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Nicolas Sternsdorff Cisterna, postdoctoral fellow, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; moderated by Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
COST	Free and open to the public
LINK	http://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/calendar/upcoming


"The maps inside your head."
Tuesday, September 30
1pm – 2pm
Harvard University, Northwest Building 243, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Vijay Balasubramanian, University of Pennsylvania


India's Nuclear Energy Policy and Climate Change
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 30, 2014, 2 – 3 p.m.
WHERE   Harvard, Kalb Seminar Room (Taubman - Room 275), 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Law, Lecture, Research study, Science, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Project on Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S)  Jairam Ramesh is a Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project and a leader in international climate negotiations
CONTACT INFO	joshua_anderson at hks.harvard.edu
DETAILS  In this Project on Managing the Atom Seminar, Ramesh will examine India's Nuclear Energy Policy and Climate Change.
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/6444/indias_nuclear_energy_policy_and_climate_change.html


Climate Change Diplomacy: The Road to Paris 2015
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 30, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Allison Dining Room, Fifth Floor, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Classes/Workshops, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Future of Diplomacy, Belfer Center, HKS
SPEAKER(S)  Jairam Ramesh is a Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project and a leader in international climate negotiations
LINK	http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/event/climate-change-diplomacy-the-road-to-paris-2015/


When Experts Disagree - The Case of GMOs
Tuesday, September 30
4:30 - 6pm
MIT, Building E19-623, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Sheldon Krimsky, Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning, Tufts University

Contact knight-info at mit.edu


How to Think about Energy
Tuesday, September 30
MIT, Building E-51, Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: George P. Shultz
A native of New York, Mr. Shultz graduated from Princeton University in 1942. After serving in the Marine Corps (1942-45), he earned a PhD at MIT. Mr. Shultz taught at MIT and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he became dean in 1962. He was appointed Secretary of Labor in 1969, Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1970, and Secretary of the Treasury in 1972. From 1974 to 1982, he was President of Bechtel Group, Inc. Mr. Shultz served in the Reagan administration as Chairman of the President???s Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-82) and Secretary of State (1982-89). Since 1989, he has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Stanford University???s Hoover Institution. He is Honorary Chairman of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Advisory Council Chair of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency at Stanford, Chair of the MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory Board, and Chair of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy at the Hoover Institution. His most recent books are Issues on My Mind: Strategies for the Future (2013), and Game Changers: Energy on the Move (2014).

MIT Energy Initiative Colloquium

Web site: http://mitei.mit.edu/calendar/how-think-about-energy
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:  Carter Smith
cjgsmith at mit.edu 


The Neurobiology of Human Altruism
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Harvard, 275 William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

Professor Ernst Fehr
Human altruism shaped our evolutionary history and pervades social and political life. There are, however, enormous individual differences in altruism. Some people are almost completely selfish, while others display strong altruism, and the factors behind this heterogeneity are only poorly understood. We examine the neuroanatomical basis of these differences with voxel-based morphometry and show that gray matter (GM) volume in the right temporoparietal junction (TPJ) is strongly associated with both individuals’ altruism and the individual-specific conditions under which this brain region is recruited during altruistic decision making. Thus, individual differences in GM volume in TPJ not only translate into individual differences in the general propensity to behave altruistically, but they also create a link between brain structure and brain function by indicating the conditions under which individuals are likely to recruit this region when they face a conflict between altruistic and selfish acts. In a final step we show that human altruism indeed depends causally on the functional integrity of TPJ. If we down-regulate TPJ with tanscranial magnetic stimulation individuals become less altruistic in the sense that they donate less money to charities that help other humans. This reduction in altruism occurs despite the fact that individuals evaluate the charities as equally deserving as a control group that receives placebo stimulation. Thus, a distorted TPJ still enables proper judgment of deservingness but nevertheless reduces the willingness to act altruistically.  


Exploring the intersection of energy and human development
Tuesday Sept. 30
MIT, E19-603, 400 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP by Midnight Monday 9/29 for dinner
Dr. Devin Currie, a post-doctoral researcher working with the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design speaks on a microbial process which converts solid organic waste into biodiesel in India. Dr. Currie's research simultaneously touches on the nuances of the cultural and logistical challenges to new waste collection and separation systems, while addressing the growing need for sustainably-derived fossil fuel replacements in a country which imports most of its energy consumed.

"Capitalist Democracy and its Prospects"
Tuesday, September 30
1199 SEIU Union Hall, 150 Mt Vernon Street, 2nd Floor, Dorchester
All proceeds to benefit Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
RSVP at http://bit.ly/chomskylecture
Cost:  $10 - to whatever you wish to donate

A Lecture by Noam Chomsky
We all know that the movement for working-class power currently faces some of the greatest obstacles in its history. The entrenched corporate interests that have long dominated our workplaces have expanded their sphere of influence to encompass our communities and our entire political system. In the wake of Citizens United, ordinary people have fewer and fewer chances to make real change through the democratic process. As we have seen, when working people's voices are silenced in American politics, the result is the perpetuation and deepening of inequality.

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice has long been at the center of the significant conversations that shape our movement, and the conversation about the encroaching role of corporate power in our democracy is no exception.  This fall, we invite you to participate in fostering this dialogue by supporting an important event featuring one of the leading global experts on political theory.

This lecture will provide a forum to engage workers, community allies, students, and people of faith in one of the most critical discussions of the contemporary moment. The event also offers an ideal opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to workers' rights by contributing to advance the ongoing work of our coalition. We hope you will attend and join us as a sponsor.

Please see the attached form for more information about ticket prices and levels of sponsorship - every donation helps to ensure that we can continue to educate, agitate, and organize toward greater democracy in our workplaces, our communities, and our nation.

To purchase tickets online, go to http://bit.ly/chomskylecture

For more information, call Gillian Mason at (617) 470-7409 or email Gillian at massjwj.net.


Natural Gas Forum
Tuesday, September 30
St James Church, 1991 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Natural gas leaks from old pipes under our communities cost taxpayers millions of dollars annually, are public health hazards, and are contributing to the climate crisis.  Come out and learn more at an engaging event featuring community experts including Joel Wool from Clean Water Action, Bob Ackley community volunteer who maps leaking pipes, and Ashka Naik from HEET who will detail our local methane mapping project, Squeaky Leak, in Cambridge and Somerville. 

Contact http://www.heetma.org/event-view/methane-forum/


The Urburb - Patterns of Contemporary Living
Tuesday, September 30
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Roy Brand
The Urburb--a neologism referring to the mesh of the urban and suburban--characterizes the great majority of residential areas in contemporary Israel. As a repercussion of one hundred years of modernist planning, the Urburb is a fragmented mosaic composed of the early-20th century garden-city rural settlements, mid-20th century social housing, and the generic residential typologies of the past two decades.

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


Built in Beantown: Tech Talk 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge 
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/TechinmotionBoston/events/198431902/

Boston quickly rose to the top as a “tech hub” of the Northeast. Thus, September 30th, Tech in Motion will be highlighting some of the prominent companies that our local tech community has cultivated! 

The “Built in Beantown” panel discussion will focus on the trials, tribulations, and successes of industry leaders with first-hand experience in fostering a company in Boston. We’ll hear from panelists about best practices when starting a company in Beantown, along with how the tech scene here differs from other cities across the nation. 

Have a question you’d like to ask the panel? 

6:00-6:45 Refreshments & Networking 
6:45-7:00 Introduction to Panel 
7:00-7:45 Panel Discussion Begins 
7:45-8:00 Q&A Opens Up to Audience 
8:00-8:30 Wrap Up 

Meet our Panel of Experts
Doug Williams, VP of Engineering, RunKeeper
As VP of Engineering at RunKeeper, Doug Williams is realizing his dream of developing software to help people stay active and fit.  Over the past few years, his teams have scaled to grow RunKeeper to over 35 million users.  Prior to RunKeeper, Doug led the technology teams at numerous successful startups including Zipcar and Family Education (now part of Pearson Education). He is passionate about fitness, having run the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber this year, and cycled the MS Ride from Boston to Providence. 

Mike Adler, VP of Engineering, Constant Contact
Mike is responsible for delivering Constant Contact’s suite of online marketing tools for small businesses and organizations.  Leading more than 125 engineers in agile development every day, Mike is passionate about working at scale, running a large number of agile teams, and serving more than 600,000 customers .  Prior to Constant Contact, Mike held positions at Symantec, IMLogic, and Switchboard.com.  When not following the activities of Constant Contact, Mike is a huge Boston sports fan following the Bruins, Patriots, and Red Sox.  Mike can be found on Twitter at @aepitaz.

David Block, VP of Engineering, Backupify
David Block has over 20 years of technical, management and design experience in the software industry. David was a founder and VP of Engineering at JAZD Markets, was the Senior Vice President of Product Development at ChoiceStream, co-founded and served as CTO of MyTeam.com, was architect and interface designer at Lotus Development, and produced Internet and CD-ROM products for Vertigo Development. David received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Brown University.

Paul Shelman, VP of Software Engineering & Services, Vistaprint
Paul is a Vice President in Vistaprint’s Software Engineering & Services group where he is responsible for the enterprise software architecture. He is currently working on a web services global commerce network that connects multiple merchants of customized products to multiple points of fulfillment for those products. Previously at Vistaprint, Paul ran a set of engineering teams in the organization known as "Generate Demand" - from attracting new customers, to helping them choose what to buy, customize those products with their own unique designs, pay for them, and prepare those orders for manufacturing. He also has focused on extending the system architecture to rapidly scale ahead of the population explosion of new customers, building the graphics design tools for user customizable designs, the science of color reproduction, highly targeted online marketing tools, and integrations with strategic partners. Prior to Vistaprint, Paul spent over a decade in financial services and another in interactive media, where he actually wrote code. Somewhere in there he managed to sell a start-up, travel around the world a few times, find someone willing to live with him, and have a fantastic kid. He did user interface and computer graphics work at the Architecture Machine Group (now the Media Lab), graduating MIT in 1980.

Meet our Moderator 
Angus Durocher, Director of Process and Innovation, Boston Globe Media
Angus Durocher spent twenty years in San Francisco, where he worked at numerous early-stage startups. He built the web development team at YouTube and led the only technology volunteer field office for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign. In June 2014, he joined Boston Globe Media as director of process and innovation, and was recently named co-executive director of Boston.com.  


Boston Green Drinks - September Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 30
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Carrie Nation, 11 Beacon Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-green-drinks-september-happy-hour-tickets-13287119131

Welcome Fall with September Green Drinks!  This month, we'll feature our members who attended this month's climate march in NYC.  Stop by to hear their thoughts on the experience.
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.


Running On Local: Author-Talk about Local Food and Finance
Monday, September 29
6:00 PM
Workbar, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Boston-Slow-Money/events/203211472/
Cost:  $25.00/per person

Sustainability all-stars Carol Peppe Hewitt, author of Financing Our Foodshed, and Lyle Estill, author of many books including most recently Small Stories – Big Changes, will be teaming up to speak to the Boston community about all things local: food, finance and fuel, all while enjoying local friends fun!

This event is co-hosted with Cambridge Local First. 

Carol and Lyle will be giving a brief presentation about their experiences in the intersections of food and finance, covering topics from peer-to-peer loans to community resilience. There will be ample networking opportunities before and after the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. 

The ticket includes a copy of either Carol or Lyle’s book at the preference of the attendee!

Speaker Bios
Carol Peppe Hewitt describes herself as “an author, business owner, rabble-rouser and pioneer in the Slow Money movement”. She co-founded Slow Money NC in 2010 and since then has catalyzed over 85 low-interest loans, totaling just over $1.2 million to 60 small farmers and local food businesses in North Carolina, building resilience in the local economy. In April 2013, Carol published her first book: Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money, to tell the real-life stories of 22 of the growers, processors, distributors and sellers in North Carolina. Additionally, Carol is a business owner and is involved in running the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in Silk Hope, NC. 

Lyle Estill says that “many think of him as a traveling salesman who accidentally became an environmentalist, stumbled into being an activist, and went on to become what some refer to as a social entrepreneur”. Lyle has extensive experience in the business world, in addition to his experience as an author: he has founded companies and grown enterprises as an intrapreneur in addition to being an accomplished author of newspaper columns, poetry, and of course his many books. He is the author of Small is Possible; Life in a Local Economy, andBiodiesel Power; the passion, people, and politics of the next renewable fuel. His third book, Industrial Evolution; Local Solutions for a Low Carbon Future was published in the spring of 2011. In 2013 he assembled Small Stories, Big Changes; Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability.


Open Web Art and the Civic Realm - A BostonAPP/Lab session
Tuesday, September 30
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, 2nd floor, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Boston/events/207642492
or email rsvp at architects.org, with “APP/Lab 9/30” in the subject line.

Code for Boston is partnering with BostonAPP/Lab (Art in Public Spaces) for this joint session to explore how civic technologists can collaborate with the arts community for greater impact! 

The open web offers opportunities for enriching experiences at the intersection of art, public, and place. 

For civic technologists, art in public places is an untapped avenue for impactful citizen engagement. What collaborative possibilities can be unlocked by bringing together the arts and civic web communities to weave a richer social fabric?

Join BostonAPP/Lab on Tuesday, September 30, 6:30PM, at BSA SPACE in a conversation/workshop focused on incubating some of these new collaborative possibilities. Chief “incubators” will include: Kawandeep Virdee, open web artist at New American Public Art, and Lyre Calliope, Community Lead, Code for Boston. From Kawandeep we will hear about his approach of using the open web to build interactive public art and encourage citizen expression, playfulness, and collaboration. Lyre Calliope will talk about the creative space Code for Boston creates to enable civic "hackers" to have positive impact. Participants will move into breakout sessions to brainstorm collaborations that demonstrate the value and opportunities that result from bringing these communities together.

Meetings are free and open to all, but RSVPs are required.


Oil and the International History of the 20th Century
Tuesday, September 30
BU Photonics Center, Floor 9, 8 St. Mary's Street, Boston

David S. Painter is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University. His research focuses on the political economy of U.S. foreign relations, especially as it relates to the international oil industry. His books include Oil and the American Century and The Cold War: An International History.

A Mellon Sawyer Series Lecture by David Painter


Preserving Forests in New England – Insights from Japan and Europe
Tuesday, September 30
7:00PM TO 8:30PM
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston
RSVP at http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1376&DayPlannerDate=9/30/2014
Cost: $10; Students: email to register for free. 

With Robert A. Askins, PhD, Professor of Biology, Connecticut College

The biological diversity of New England’s deciduous forests is threatened by habitat fragmentation, increasing homogeneity of the vegetation, and the loss of top predators. The future of deciduous forests will be shaped by climate change and the introduction of insects and pathogens that decimate particular species of trees. Robert Askins will speak of the major threats to our local forests and new insights for their protection from studies of remarkably similar forests in East Asia and Europe.

Contact Name:  Pam Thompson
pam_thompson at harvard.edu


IRAN, THE BOMB, AND NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: Understanding the Call to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
Tuesday, September 30
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

SPEAKERS: JIM WALSH, MIT's Security Studies Program and ELAINE SCARRY, Harvard University

Web site: web.mit.edu/tac
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT, Massachusetts Peace Action
For more information, contact:  Patricia-Maria Weinmann
weinmann at mit.edu 


Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming.
Tuesday, September 30
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Eastern Bank, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Green-Tech-and-Energy/events/204889552/

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, October 1

Massachusetts as a First Customer Cleantech Expo
Sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and Bentley University
Wednesday, October 1
9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
The Conference Center at Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, LaCava 300, Waltham
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/massachusetts-as-a-first-customer-cleantech-expo-tickets-12743336663

Massachusetts as a First Customer Cleantech Expo at the Bentley University Conference Center on October 1st 2014 is free to attend and a continental breakfast will be provided. Breakfast and registration begin at 9:30 AM and the Expo kicks off at 10 AM. 

The Expo will mark the launch of the Massachusetts as a First Customer Program, a pilot program that supports the introduction of cutting-edge clean energy and water technologies into the marketplace. This new program will complement the existing Leading by Example Program and Green Communities Division at DOER.
Exhibitors who will be demonstrating their technologies at the Expo are Massachusetts-based companies that have demonstrated an interest in selling their technologies and products to State agencies, authorities and municipalities.  This Expo is a unique opportunity for emerging businesses to pitch their innovative clean energy and water technologies to State purchasers and explore potential partnerships and purchasing relationships.

Please contact MLefebvre at MassCEC.com if you have any questions about this Program or the event.


Food Safety: The Elephant on the Farm
Wednesday, October 1
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/499426578

Join us this fall for our continuing Wednesday webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve our region’s food system.  The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in our report, New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System.

All webinars are recorded and will be available at www.farmland.org/newengland. You will find these four webinars already posted there:
May 14:  Introduction to the New England Food Policy Report and Project
June 18th:  Organic Waste:  Finding Uses for It in the Food System
July 16th:   Frameworks for Regional Food System Collaboration
July 23rd:   Reducing Farmland Conversion: State Land Use and Protection Policies

For a more detailed description of each of the webinars, please visit www.newenglandfoodpolicy.org


Alignment Counterfactuals in the First World War
Wednesday, October 1
MIT, Building  E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: TIMOTHY CRAWFORD, Boston College

SSP Wednesday Seminar Series

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/ssp/seminars/index.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program
For more information, contact:  Elina Hamilton


The effect of clouds on Snowball Earth Deglaciation and the inner edge of the Habitable Zone
Wednesday, October 1
12:10pm – 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Dorian Abbot, U Chicago
Abstract:  Clouds have a huge impact on the climate of a planet. On Earth, if the clouds forgot that part of their job is to reflect solar energy, we would suffer a runaway greenhouse and end up like Venus. If instead clouds forgot that part of their job is to absorb infrared radiation emitted by the surface and contribute to the greenhouse effect, we would enter global glaciation. Although they are very important for climate, clouds are very difficult to model and represent the largest source of uncertainty in climate modeling. This results both from insufficient resolution to resolve cloud-scale circulation and incomplete understanding of cloud microphysics. Cloud simulation is therefore the main reason our current models aren't
better, and is a critical area to attack if we want to create generalized models that could be easily applied to different planets (the clouds might not be water clouds in this case). In this talk I will discuss how we can use the models we have to gain insight into cloud behavior in climates vastly different from modern Earth. The two examples I will focus on are the Snowball Earth episodes that occurred 600-800 million years ago and the runaway greenhouse of tidally locked super-Earths at the inner edge of the habitable zone of M-stars.


Meet Harvard's Bees
Wednesday, October 1
3:30–5 pm

Pforzheimer House
, 56 Linnaean Street, Cambridge

Meet Harvard’s own bees! The Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers will demonstrate a hive check and lead a honey tasting and talk about urban beekeeping. Contact danaferrante at college.harvard.edu for more information.

This event is part of Harvard's Food Better campaign. 
See more at: http://green.harvard.edu/events/meet-harvards-bees#sthash.JMnHMNdy.dpuf


Radcliffe Institute Fellow's Presentation Series: On Growth and Form: Geometry, Physics, and Biology
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  L. Mahadevan, Audrey, Fay, Katherine and Megan Shutzer Fellow for Science at the Radcliffe Institute and Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics at Harvard University
COST	  Free and open to the public
LINK	http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2014-l-mahadevan-fellow-presentation


The Second Machine Age:  The Robert C. Cobb Sr. Memorial Lecture: How Exponential Progress with All Things Digital is Changing Our Economies and Societies
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 1785 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Information Technology, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement
SPEAKER(S)  Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, professor of information technology, director of the Center for Digital Business, MIT Sloan School of Management; Andrew McAfee, associate director of the Center for Digital Business
COST	Free and open to the public; tickets required
TICKET WEB LINK  http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/boxoffice/
TICKET INFO  Tickets will be available free at the HILR office and the Harvard Box Office in Smith Center
NOTE	  The Second Machine Age: How exponential progress with all things digital is changing our economies and societies.
Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee analyze the sweeping effects of digital technology on business, the economy, society, and on our relations with one another. They note that productivity, wealth, and profits are all at record highs while the median worker in America is poorer than in 1997, and fewer people have jobs. In other words, the inequality gap continues to widen as technology raises living standards for many, at the same time increasing poverty levels and destroying expectations for many more.
LINK	hilr.harvard.edu


The Application of Nanoparticles to Improve the Performance of Concrete
Wednesday, October 1
MIT, Building 1-131, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Prof. Konstantin Sobolev
Abstract: Nanotechnology and nanoengineering have changed and will continue to change our vision, expectations, and abilities to control the material world. These developments will greatly affect the field of construction materials. Nanoparticles, such as silicon dioxide, were found to be a very effective additive to polymers and concrete, a development recently realized in high-performance and self-compacting concrete with improved workability and strength. Portland cement, one of the largest commodities consumed by humankind, has significant, but not completely explored potential. Better understanding and precise engineering of an extremely complex structure of cement-based materials at the nanolevel can result in a new generation of concrete that is stronger and more durable, with improved stress-strain behavior and possibly possessing a range of newly introduced smart properties, such as electrical conductivity and temperature-, moisture-, and stress-sensing abilities. 
In this seminar, the beneficial effects of nano-particles on the microstructure and the performance of cement-based materials including strength enhancement, superhydrophobic properties, and smart materials will be reported. 
Biosketch: Dr. Konstantin Sobolev is an Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI (USA).

Mechanics and Infrastructure

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


Moving up the Energy Ladder: The Effect of an Increase in Economic Well-Being on Fuel Consumption Choices of the Poor in India
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
SPEAKER(S)  Rema Hanna, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k105744


Neuroeconomics as a Unifying Approach Towards Understanding the Human Mind and Individual Behavior
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Harvard, 275 William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

Professor Ernst Fehr
In this presentation I argue that neuroeconomics can provide a unifying approach to understand both the human mind and individual behavior.  I illustrate my claim with two examples. In the first, we show that neural variables can be much more powerful predictors of out-of-sample behavior than behavioral variables. In particular, individual's willingness to redistribute income from rich to poor subjects is much better predicted by brain connectivity patterns elicited in a previous distribution task compared to the behavioral measures taken from this task. In the second example, we predict human motives that give rise to observationally equivalent behaviors such that behavioral data are - by design - incapable of predicting the underlying motives. We show that different motives for identical behaviors have distinct neural signatures that can be used to predict subjects' motives in the absence of discriminating behavioral evidence. These neural signatures thus provide a microfoundation of motives in terms of brain circuitry.


Wednesday, October 1
MIT, Building 14e-109i, MIT Lewis Music Library, 180 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Alvin Curran
Democratic, irreverent and traditionally experimental, Curran travels in a computerized covered wagon between the Golden Gate and the Tiber River, and makes music for every occasion with any sounding phenomena -- a volatile mix of lyricism and chaos, structure and indeterminacy, fog horns, fiddles and fiddle heads. He is dedicated to the restoration of dignity to the profession of making non-commercial music as part of a personal search for future social, political and spiritual forms.
Free. A reception will follow. 

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


Clean Energy Block Party
Wednesday, October 1
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/clean-energy-block-party-tickets-12694261879

Celebrate the end of the summer with MassCEC and your clean energy neighbors from Downtown Crossing and the Financial District at our clean energy block party!

We hope to see you and your staff there!

Light refreshments will be served


CrossRoads: Energy Necklace on the Emerald Necklace 2014, Reception
Wednesday, October 1
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Emerald Necklace Conservancy, 125 Fenway, Boston

Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic and curatorial process in the creation of CrossRoads, a temporary, outdoor exhibition that addresses the issues of climate change and sustainable living. Participants will be given an interactive walking tour, followed by a presentation by curator Susan Israel, along with artists participating in the exhibition. They will be discussing their work on the project and their approach to conveying the vision of the Energy Necklace Project, named in homage to the Emerald Necklace park system in Boston. CrossRoads, September 14- Dec 7, is the first exhibition in the Energy Necklace Project’s namesake park system and honors Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision of community, creativity and civic engagement.

Through the Energy Necklace Project’s ongoing exhibitions and events, people become empowered to find solutions to overwhelming problems, and become connected to a larger community of solution seekers. Open to all ages.


BostonEco Healthy Home, Healthy Living
Wednesday, October 1
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostoneco-healthy-home-healthy-living-registration-12659213047
Cost:  $16.37

Join us for a fun networking event focused on healthy living and ideas for a healthy home.  
Meet eco-minded professionals who are passionate about healthy, sustainable living in the Boston area while enjoying a tasty beverage from Gather and the water views from District Hall, Boston’s newest community space for collaboration and innovation.
Be inspired. Discover new ideas. Find collaborators.
There will be a mix of local Boston area companies to connect with including the first and only eco home magazine devoted to eco home enthusiasts. The award-winning ZeroEnergy Design firm will share their expertise on modern green home design and innovations in passive homes. Plus, there will be free eco samples, healthy living information, and a few surprise product giveaways from local eco companies.
It’s time to eliminate all the toxins in your home and discover eco alternatives that are simple, stylish, energy efficient, and healthy.
First time attending a BostonEco event? Check out previous events, videos andphotos. 
Please note: registration is required due to the space requirements.


China, Climate Change, and Financial Risk: Crisis Management in a Global Context
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  2014 Malcolm Wiener Lecture on International Political Economy by
Henry M. Paulson Jr., chairman of The Paulson Institute; moderated by Adi Ignatius, editor, Harvard Business Review
COST	  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	617.495.1380
LINK	forum.iop.harvard.edu…


Carbon Tax to Combat Climate Change
Wednesday, October 1
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The notion of a carbon tax as the most efficient way to combat greenhouse gas emissions was first proposed by MIT professor David G. Wilson in 1973 and was greeted with silence. James Hansen proposed the idea again 30 years later and was greeted with skepticism.  Now Massachusetts has taken up the idea.  A panel including Massachusetts State Senator Mike Barrett , co-sponsor of a bill proposing the nation’s first carbon tax, physicist and activist Dr. Gary Rucinski, and Anne Kelly, director of public policy at CERES, discusses using a carbon tax to combat global warming and create a sustainable economic future.  How would a carbon tax work?  What impact would it have on jobs and the economy?  What hurdles would it have to clear to be adopted?

More information at http://www.cambridgeforum.org


Ghost Army:  screening and discussion with film director Rick Beyer
Wednesday, October 1
7:00 PM
Langdell Hall South, Harvard Law School, Cambridge

Free admission; public welcome. Refreshments will be served.

About the film:
“I learned a lot, fooling people and deceiving people, and it stood me in good stead the rest of my life.” – Jack Masey, Ghost Army veteran

The Ghost Army tells the story of a top-secret U.S. Army unit in World War II that used inflatable tanks, sound effects, and dazzling showmanship to deceive the Germans across the battlefields of Europe. They brought creativity and illusion to the field of conflict to manipulate enemy perceptions and give an extra edge to American forces. Many of the soldiers carrying out this unique mission were artists, some of whom went on to become famous, including fashion designer Bill Blass and painter Ellsworth Kelly.

The film premiered on PBS in 2013, and has since been broadcast in more than a dozen countries. It was recently honored with a prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award, and earned awards at multiple film festivals.

About the Filmmaker:
Rick Beyer is an award winning documentary filmmaker, a best-selling author, and a lifelong history enthusiast.

He has made documentaries for PBS, The History Channel, A&E, National Geographic, the Smithsonian and others. His most recent film, The Ghost Army, is a WWII story of war, deception and art that premiered on PBS in 2013.

Rick is also the author of the popular Greatest Stories Never Told series of history books, published by Harper Collins. The Chicago Tribune described the series as “an old fashioned sweetshop full of tasty morsels.” He has co-authored a new book about the Ghost Army being published next spring by Princeton Architectural Press.

A former radio reporter and TV news producer, Rick has written for The History Channel Magazine, Politico and numerous other publications. He has shared his unique take on history in interviews on CBS, MSNBC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, History, NPR, Fox News, and with audiences around the country.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and lives in Lexington MA.


The Urban Implications of Living with Water
Wed, October 1
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Wilmer Hale, 60 State Street, Boston

Building on the climate preparedness work done for the Mayor of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission, ULI Boston’s “The Urban Implications of Living with Water” charrette was convened on May 8, 2014 as an opportunity to explore resilient design solutions or development in the region. The charrette focused on four geographic areas with distinctly different challenges and explored how to help land owners, developers, designers, and public officials act to protect their assets and communities from the risks associated with sea level rise and climate change.

This program will feature the findings of each of the four charrette teams as well as a panel discussion to explore potential solutions.

At the October 1 symposium, Dennis Carlberg, Sustainability Director for Boston University and co-chair of the ULI Boston Sustainability Council, will present an overview of the Living with Water report, then allow members of the panel to make individual remarks before commencing the panel discussion.

Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston, will lead the panel which is comprised of:
John Macomber, senior finance lecturer at Harvard Business School
John Bolduc, environmental planner for the City of Cambridge Community Development Department
David Bois, principal at Arrowstreet
Amy Korte, principal at Arrowstreet


Thursday, October 2

Symposium on Sustainable Models for Print Storage in the 21st Century
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 2, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Fanny Peabody Music Building, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
8:30am – 9am
Continental Breakfast
9am – 9:15am
Welcome: Sarah Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library & Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
9:15am – 10:15am
Session One: The Shift from Print to Digital Formats: A State of the Field
Kevin Guthrie, President, Ithaka
Mike Furlough, Executive Director, HathiTrust
Chair: Paul Courant, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan
10:15am – 11:15am
Session Two: Shared Storage: Financial Models & Possibilities for Collaborations in Collection Development
Tom Teper, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services, University of Illinois
Bernard Reilly, President, Center for Research Libraries
Chair: James Neal, Vice President of Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University
11:30am – 12:30pm
Session Three: Print and Shared Print Opportunities
Robert Wolven, Associate University Librarian for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development, Columbia University
Ivy Anderson, Director, Collection Management and Development, California Digital Library
Chair: Constance Malpas, Program Officer, OCLC Research
12:30pm – 1:00pm
Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
Sarah Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library & Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University


TEDxBoston:  Revolutionary Ideas Revisited
Thursday, October 2, 2014
The Great Hall at Faneuil Hall, Boston
9:30am - 7pm

More information at http://tedxboston.org


Wicked Smaht! Celebrating Climate Leaders
Thursday, October 2
11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Dewey Square Park, South Station, Boston 

Find a flock of colorful ostrich statues, talk with scientists, share your stories of climate action, and take pictures with Ozzie! the Ostrich who won’t put his head in the sand.

Contact http://sciencetogo.org


Obama's Climate Plan: State Action, Grassroots Opportunities
Thursday, October 2
Tufts, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Eban Goodstein, Director and Faculty, Bard MBA in Sustainability; Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

Using the authority of the Clean Air Act, Obama's EPA is moving forward with proposed regulations on global warming pollution from existing power plants. The EPA's target is 17% reductions below 20.06 levels by 2020—but the final outcome will be determined as the states actually move to implement the regulations. Today, citizen groups have an unprecedented opportunity to drive the state level dialog, and advocate for deeper emission cuts This talk outlines the avenues for grassroots engagement with state regulators.

Eban Goodstein is an economist, author, and sustainability educator known for his work in the clean energy movement, and for his educational campaigns, which have engaged thousands of schools and universities, civic institutions, faith groups, and communities in solutions-driven dialogues about global warming and global climate change. In 1999, he founded the Green House Network, which spearheaded both the Race to Stop Global Warming, and Focus the Nation. In 2008, he created the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions. Since 2009, he has founded and directs two new graduate programs in sustainability at Bard College, an MS Degree in Climate Science and Policy, and an MBA in Sustainability, as well as the C2C Fellows sustainability leadership program. He is the author of three books and numerous journal articles. 


The Ebola Disaster: How Did We Get Here and What's Next?
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 2, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Leadership Studio, HSPH, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S)  David Heymann, former WHO assistant director-general for health security and environment, and head, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs; Michael VanRooyen, director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and vice chairman of Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine; Stephen Gire, research scientist, Broad Institute; Barry Bloom, former dean and professor, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health; moderated by Joe Neel, deputy senior supervising editor and a correspondent on the Science Desk, NPR
COST  Free; RSVP required
CONTACT INFO	theforum at hsph.harvard.edu
DETAILS	Can't attend? Watch the live webcast at ForumHSPH.org
The current Ebola outbreak is the largest outbreak of the hemorrhagic disease in history, according to the CDC. Experimental treatments and vaccine testing offer hope of relief. However, the crisis has dramatically strained healthcare systems and humanitarian efforts, while sparking deep concern in the public. How did we get here and what’s to be done to help the affected countries and to prevent further spread?
LINK	http://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/the-ebola-outbreak/


Race to Solar Fall Workshop
Thursday, October 2
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Curtis Hall, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GNRIrYkExPfVAahc2w5Zw-I3YniA4WJ_Phom5rV8FLc/viewform

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


Discerning Corruption: Credible Accusations and the Punishment of Corruption in Brazil
Thursday, October 2
Harvard, Room K354, CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro (Brown University)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Positive Political Economy
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal at mit.edu 


Nitrogen and the Global Climate Cycle
Thursday, October 2
5:00PM -6:00PM
Boston University, Life Science & Engineering Building, Room B-01, 24 Cummington Street, Boston

Wally Fulweiler, Associate Professor in the Departments of Earth & Environment and Biology, Boston University

Boston University Seminar Series on Climate Change
Contact Name:  Jennifer L. Berglund
berglund at bu.edu


Resisting Data's Tyranny with Obfuscation
Thursday, October 02
MIT, Building E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Helen Nissenbaum
Against inexorable machinations of data surveillance, analysis, and profiling, data obfuscation holds promise of relief. Whether it can withstand countervailing analytics is an intriguing question; whether it is unethical, illegitimate, or, at best, ungenerous cuts close to the bone. Yet, as NYU's Helen Nissenbaum will argue in this talk, obfuscation is a compelling "weapon-of-the-weak," which deserves to be developed and strengthened, its moral challenges countered and mitigated. 

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she is also Director of the Information Law Institute. Her work spans social, ethical, and political dimensions of information technology and digital media. She has written and edited five books, including Values at Play in Digital Games, with Mary Flanagan (forthcoming from MIT Press, 2014) and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford University Press, 2010).

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre
cmsw at mit.edu 


Future of Research Symposium
Thursday, October 2, 5:00 PM to  Friday, October 3, 5:00 PM 
Boston University Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/future-of-research-symposium-tickets-12781715455

Postdocs for the Future of Research
The Future of Research Symposium (futureofresearch.org) is a postdoc-organized meeting on October 2-3rd on the Boston University campus. We will focus on factors shifting the landscape of scientific research: tight budgets, evolving models of both publishing and evaluation, and questions about training and workforce stability. Talks and panel discussions will be followed by highly interactive workshops designed to give students and postdocs a voice in the ongoing dialog about policies that shape our scientific future. After the symposium, we will generate a consensus opinion to be circulated to administrators, journals, and policy-makers.
Tentative Schedule
Thursday, October 2nd
5pm – Keynote: Henry Bourne (UCSF)
5:45pm – Panel discussion: Sibby Anderson-Thompkins (UNC-CH), Galit Lahav (HMS), Graham Walker (MIT), David Glass (Novartis), Richard Roberts (NEB)
7:45pm – Networking and brainstorming
Friday, October 3rd
10am – Panel discussion: Marc Kirschner (HMS), Michael Teitelbaum (HLS), Naomi Rosenberg (Tufts), Cynthia Furhmann (UMMS)
12 noon – Lunch
1-2:30pm – Workshop: first rotation
2:30-4pm – Workshop: second rotation
4pm – Closing remarks
Important request
Please help us make this meeting relevant and efficient by completing a quick 6 question, anonymous survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TYM_paMsBne4CQ2F3bmPtIfHCMbjFrxdzkhNck71dNE/viewform
Your responses will help us set goals for the interactive workshops. We are seeking perspectives from scientists and non-scientists, so please feel free to circulate this link widely!


Saving Lemurs from Extinction
Thursday, October 2
6pm – 7pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Patricia Chapple Wright, Professor of Anthropology, Stony Brook University
Primatologist and MacArthur Fellow Patricia Chapple Wright, recipient of the 2014 Indianapolis Prize for her extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts, will discuss her work protecting the lemurs and ecosystems of Madagascar. Wright will share her experiences engaging the Malagasy government, community stakeholders, and scientists in a team effort to integrate conservation with development projects, including one collaboration that led to the establishment of Ranomafana National Park, a World Heritage Site in southern Madagascar.

Lecture and book signing. Free and open to the public

Presented in collaboration with the Indianapolis Prize


Biketoberfest 2014
Thursday, October 2
6pm – 11pm
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley Street, Boston

For four years the Bike Union has been bringing its members (people who love bikes) together under one roof for a massive rally and fundraiser every fall—always with some of Boston's finest beers on tap. A free benefit of joining and supporting our important work. 

This year we've chosen a new name for our biggest annual event, one that better describes the spirit of celebration these events have taken on. All year we work hard to achieve new cycletracks, better policies, stronger bike research, and fix 1,000 bikes for Bike to Market. It's only fitting that at the end of our busiest season we raise our mugs with membership that supports better biking in Boston. 

Live DJs 
Food from El Pelon, bGood, (more to come)
Beer from Cambridge Brewing Co., (more to come)
Live and Silent Auction with prizes from Yuba, Ashmont Cycles, Ortlieb, Copenhagen Wheel, (more to come)


The Revolution Will Be Online
Thursday, October 2
6:30 PM to 8:00
African Meeting House, Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-revolution-will-be-online-tickets-12979392713

Speakers: Jay Smooth (blogger, The Ill Doctrine), Spectra Speaks (blogger, Spectra Speaks), Andrew Ti (blogger, Yo, Is This Racist?)
Moderator: Callie Crossley (broadcast journalist and radio host, WGBH’s Under the Radar with Callie Crossley)
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Ford Hall Forum convenes this panel of popular anti-racism bloggers to discuss how far we’ve come – or haven’t – since 1964. What does racism and anti-racism look like from a Millennial perspective, and how do activists relate to those who came before them? This nuanced conversation will touch upon multiracial contexts, the value of intersectionality, the perils and perks of connecting via commenting, and more. Broadcast journalist Callie Crossley sits down with Andrew Ti, Spectra Asala, and Jay Smooth for an in-person discussion on how, 50 years later, racism is fought through the world’s electronic town hall.


The Glass Cage:  Automation and Us
Thursday, October 2
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Pultizer Prize finalist for The Shallows NICHOLAS CARR for a discussion of his latest book, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us.
In The Glass Cage, best-selling author Nicholas Carr digs behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, as he explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure. Even as they bring ease to our lives, these programs are stealing something essential from us.

Drawing on psychological and neurological studies that underscore how tightly people’s happiness and satisfaction are tied to performing hard work in the real world, Carr reveals something we already suspect: shifting our attention to computer screens can leave us disengaged and discontented.
From nineteenth-century textile mills to the cockpits of modern jets, from the frozen hunting grounds of Inuit tribes to the sterile landscapes of GPS maps, The Glass Cage explores the impact of automation from a deeply human perspective, examining the personal as well as the economic consequences of our growing dependence on computers.
With a characteristic blend of history and philosophy, poetry and science, Carr takes us on a journey from the work and early theory of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the latest research into human attention, memory, and happiness, culminating in a moving meditation on how we can use technology to expand the human experience.

Contact  (617) 661-1515
info at harvard.com 

Friday, October 3

Emulating Natural Systems for Geologic CO2 Capture and Storage, and to Enhance Subsurface Permeability
Friday, October 3
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Peter Kelemen
Speaker Bio:  http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~peterk/Welcome.html

Environmental Science and Engineering Seminars

Host: Charlie Langmuir
Email: langmuir at eps.harvard.edu


Logistics Clusters: Jobs, Growth, and Economic Development
Friday, October 3
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP to Ellen Bell, director of Strategic Initiatives for Research and Innovation, at ellen.bell at dot.gov
Webinar https://volpe-events.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=volpe-events

Dr. Yossi Sheffi, Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics and Professor of Engineering at MIT
In his talk, Dr. Yossi Sheffi will describe the role of logistics clusters in regional and national economies. He will explain logistics clusters, how they grow, why they drive economic growth, and why they are a formidable job engine. The talk will include examples from around the world.

Special introduction for the series kick-off by:
Gregory D. Winfree
Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Research and Technology

Dr. Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he serves as director of the Center for Transportation & Logistics. He is an expert in systems optimization risk analysis and supply chain management.

He is the author of several best-selling, award-winning books, including The Resilient Enterprise (MIT Press, 2005) andUrban Transportation Networks (Prentice Hall, 1985). His latest book, Logistics Clusters, was published by MIT Press in October 2012.


Challenging Technical Privilege: How Race and Gender Matter
Friday, October 3
MIT, Building W20-307, Networking event from 2-3 Mezzanine Balcony, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Donna Milgram,(IWITTS), Jane Stout, (CERP), Gabriela A. Gonzalez (Intel), Jean Yang, MIT Ph.D. and Michelle Johnson ('15, course 6)
Women, particularly women of color, have been largely marginalized and underrepresented in STEM, and will be the focus of this panel-style, highly interactive symposium, where we aim to highlight, elaborate, and develop strategies to address issues of TP & Stereotype Threat. Building on the insights of current research and community organizations, we seek to uncover the overt and covert means by which this exclusion occurs and strategize with industry and others about making real inroads towards dismantling the structural impediments to a more diverse pool of tech-savvy youth and professionals. This session will feature a panel of researchers, industry representatives, and social entrepreneurs who seek to empower women and girls to become leaders and innovators in computer science and technology. We will also hear from graduate and undergraduate students on their personal experiences and strategies for success in overcoming Technical Privilege, Implicit Bias, and related phenomena like Stereotype Threat. The goal of the workshop is for students, faculty, and others to understand the impact of Implicit Bias, to collectively strategize with industry representatives and social entrepreneurs on the necessary steps to overcome it, and to walk away with practical strategies for combating Technical Privilege and Stereotype Threat and building a truly inclusive and meritocratic tech community. The panel and open discussion session will be followed by a networking reception.

Web site: http://challengingtechnicalprivilege.weebly.com
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Women's and Gender Studies, EECS, CSAIL, Office of Minority Education, ICEO
For more information, contact:  Emily Neill
wgs at mit.edu 


Food Better Symposium
Friday, October 3
3–5:30 pm
Harvard, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-better-tickets-13316109843

The food system is interconnected, and all disciplines and people play a role. Get an overview of the food system and then delve into its four primary categories: production, marketing and distribution, nutrition, and waste. Hear from Harvard-affiliated speakers about how they are working to Food Better or innovate within the topic areas. Get inspired, excited, motivated, and intrigued. Following the panel, join in breakout discussion groups and share challenges to the food system and ideas for innovation.

3 pm: Panel discussion
Moderator: Aaron Bernstein, MD MPH, Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment , Harvard School of Public Health; Pediatrician, Boston Children's Hospital
Speakers: Jim Ward, Owner, Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, MA; Mary Alice Reilly, Coordinator of World PEAS at New Entry; Kelly Worral, Operations Director from Food For Free; and others
4:30 pm: Breakouts
Students from across the University lead discussions guided by “What you want to Food Better?”  Two 20 minute conversations followed by 20 minutes of reports back to the groups
5:30-7 pm: Reception at Cambridge Queen's Head Pub
Including light snacks, live music and informal discussion.
This event is part of Harvard's Food Better campaign. 

See more at: http://green.harvard.edu/events/food-better-symposium#sthash.cbpZD8Vp.dpuf


The Holistic Meets Harvest
WHEN  Fri., Oct. 3, 2014, 5 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sever 113, 31 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Sustainability, Wellness/Work Life
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard College Health Advocacy Program
SPEAKER(S)  Members of Harvard College Health Advocacy Program; representatives from the Harvest Co-Op community; Bon'App CEO and serial entrepreneur, Laurent Adamowicz
COST	  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	gitabhattacharya at college.harvard.edu, alicehan01 at college.harvard.edu, ninahooper at college.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Inspired by the necessity for healthy desserts that make you feel good after you eat them, Alice and Nina began creating cakes out of healthy ingredients (think avocado and cacao frosting atop a moist vegan pure chocolate cake) as part of their start up, The Holistic. Here, Harvard College Health Advocacy Program (HAP) partners with The Holistic to raise awareness around healthy and intuitive eating, one of HAP's main initiatives as student organization. HAP, The Holistic, and the Harvest Co-op come together to share the message of healthy ingredients, good food, and a HAPpy lifestyle.
LINK	https://www.facebook.com/events/694873423930428/


MIT Hacking Arts 2014
Friday, October 3
6:00 PM - Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM 
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-hacking-arts-2014-tickets-12413594395
Cost:  $30-100

Hacking Arts is a 3-day festival and hackathon at MIT exploring the intersection of arts, technology and entrepreneurship. Hacking Arts is designed to inspire new advances in the creative industries by fostering collaboration between entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and engineers with panels on Design, Gaming, Virtual Reality, TV/Film, Fashion, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.

Hacking Arts 2014 includes a live kick-off performance by Grammy-nominated artist Ryan Leslie; a Hackathon ideation session by Kiran Gandhi, the drummer of MIA; incredible panelists such as Benji Rogers, CEO of Pledgemusic; Elliot Lum, VP of Strategic Marketing at Columbia Records; and Marco Tempest, cyber illusionist; virtual reality demos; amazing APIs to hack on and prizes. We can't wait for this weekend, and hope you're excited too. 
See www.hackingarts.com for the full schedule. 
Friday evening is at the Microsoft NERD Center (1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142) from 6-10pm.
Saturday and Sunday, we will be in the MIT Media Lab (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139).
Join the conversation before we start, facebook.com/hackingarts
If price is an issue for you as a student, please e-mail us and we may be able to help out. We don't want ticket price to be the reason you cannot attend. 
We realize that this weekend is Yom Kippur, and apologize for any conflicts this may make. Due to scheduling constraints this was the only feasible weekend for the event. We are offering a free ticket to attend Sunday after "Yom Kippur" and encourage attendance.


Opening Reception for "...in the atmospheres” Exhibition by Deb Todd Wheeler
Friday, October 3
Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston

…in the atmospheres
In this atmosphere, an atmosphere that scuba divers call 1 bar (101325 pa of pressure), we breathe the air, a perfect mixture of gases that we instinctually suck into our bodies… it’s our atmosphere, and we inhabit it and fill it with our expulsions: the things we shed, we expel, expunge….off and away… a scream, an emotion, things we are done with, byproducts of living, of productivity…. The residue of making…. extra chemicals, turpentine, wrappers, fumes, all that stuff we want to disappear, and leave us with the treasure we made…. By-products be gone! Evaporate into the other atmospheres, up into the stratosphere, or down the drain, flushed away into the vast and uninhabitable depths of space and sea… but you know the planet’s cycles spit it all right back at us…. oceans return flotsam to the shores, evaporated liquids rain back down- nothing is truly gone forever, nothing dissipates into thin air… it’s just not true. It will always return to us, tangible hauntings of our own productivity.

The “clouds” that stream from the power plant, emissions from the process of making power dissipate into the atmosphere, join the clouds that are already up there. What is the difference, really except for a few chemical configurations…. Thinking about “nature” as a construct, as an idea that looks the way we want it to. If I print these images using the nostalgic early technology of the sun print, crop out the source of the “cloud”, are they then beautiful? Can you live with that aestheticization and fakery to convince you that the natural world isn’t already gone, taken over by our residue?

What does it mean to be productive? As an artist it certainly is the goal, as a society we strive for it. In the global market we aim to produce goods and services that are valued. But what is the cost of all this productivity? ...in the atmospheres is a solo exhibition of images and objects inspired by the residue of production, the things that leak out in the process, the slag- things we wish would disappear…

More information at http://www.milleryezerskigallery.com/
617 262 0550


The Growth Imperative: Plotting a Sustainable Energy Future for India
Friday, October 3
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Jairam Ramesh, Former Indian Minister for Rural Development; Visiting Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
The revival of rapid economic growth is an urgent imperative for India. At the same time, it is recognized that his growth must also be ecologically sustainable to both address domestic concerns and take into account the expectations of the international community. Energy choices will, to a very large extent, determine how successful India will be in this regard. Jairam Ramesh has, over the past three decades, been a key policy-maker at both an administrative and political level and his work has spanned all three areas of economy, energy, and the environment. 

About the Speaker: Jairam Ramesh is a 2014 Fall Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Member of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh and a leader in international climate negotiations. He was chief negotiator for India at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has been a leading figure in international climate diplomacy for years. Mr. Ramesh also played a key leadership role at the Climate Change Summit in Cancun (2010) and at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (2009-2010). He held numerous high-level government posts, including Indian Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development and Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests. He worked as an Advisor to the Finance Minister during 1996-98, to the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission during 1992-94, and to the Prime Minister in 1991.

A MITEI Energy Colloquium with MIT India

Web site: http://mitei.mit.edu/calendar/growth-imperative-plotting-sustainable-energy-future-india
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT India Program, MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:  Francesca McCaffrey
mccafffr at mit.edu 

Saturday, October 4

Maker Faire
Saturday, October 4
9am - 6pm

Saturday, October 4, 2014, MIT is hosting its first-ever MIT Maker Faire in partnership with the popular Make Magazine (http://www.makezine.com) and its renowned Maker Faires, which celebrate STEM and the fun of making.
Our faire will feature MIT and other local makers exhibiting their creations, and the MIT community and general public will be invited to
attend. It’s a great opportunity to show off MIT maker skills and connect with the community!
The MIT Maker Faire planning committee is putting out a call for makers. The deadline to sign up for a free booth is September 15. For more information and to sign up, go to http://makerfaire.mit.edu.
Thank you,
Alissa Mallinson (alissam at mit.edu)

Editorial Comment:  Your editor will be exhibiting some of the things he makes.


Mass Customized Healthcare -Crowdsourcing, Personalized Medicine, and Predictive Analytics
Monte Jade Science and Technology of New England (MJNE)
Saturday, October 4
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive #1, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-customized-healthcare-crowdsourcing-personalized-medicine-and-predictive-analytics-tickets-12363496551

Sunday, October 5

Fall 2014 MIT Press Loading Dock Sale - Open to All Day
MIT, Building E38, 292 Main Street, Cambridge

It's time once again for our legendary two-day Loading Dock Sale. We're slashing prices on TONS and TONS of MIT Press books--up to 95% off their original retail price--most at five dollars or less! We'll have piles of MIT Press titles in excellent condition from every discipline for which the Press is renowned. You will find plenty of the usual suspects: out-of-print books, gently shop-worn books, non-fiction overstocks from a variety of publishers, plus hundreds of MIT Press journal back-issues. 

Sunday will be the "open-to-all" day. All are welcome; no purchasing limits. The tables will be fully restocked before the start. 

More details at http://web.mit.edu/bookstore/www/events/docksale.html 
A feeding frenzy for the brain!

Web site:http://web.mit.edu/bookstore/www/events/docksale.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): The MIT Press Bookstore
For more information, contact:  The MIT Press Bookstore
617- 253-5249
books at mit.edu 


Culturerunners Storytelling Symposium
Sunday, October 5
12pm – 6pm
MIT, The Cube and Bartos Theatre, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

MIT will host a daylong multidisciplinary ‘Majlis’, co-curated by Azra Akšamija and Ava Ansari. During this program, research, artwork, case studies, and technologies related to the theme of acculturation will be communicated through objects and stories presented by the participants and related to their practice. The program involves a number of different storytelling formats, such as a storytelling marathon, featuring stories prompted by an object of cultural encounters, artwork screenings, Skype interviews, taking pictures with the “Other”, micro-encounters by comparing hair under the microscope, trying on lettermen jackets made of Islamic geometric patterns, and testing inventive empathy machines. These interactive presentations will serve as springboards for a series of conversations regarding experiences of mutual understanding between individuals or communities from the United States and the Middle East. They will be documented as cultural markers or artifacts of intercultural connectivity, and will become part of the first phase of CULTURUNNERS’ online archive. Audience members will have the opportunity to move between different curated environments to interact with the presenters, during which they can examine and test the wearable, mobile, and online technologies developed during the workshops. The modified mobile studio will also be present, acting as an anchor for a series of roving programs.

Symposium Participants include: Azra Aksamija, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Husam Al Sayed, Ava Ansari, Saeed Arida, Lara Baladi, Amir Baradaran,Jackson Davidow, Kelly Dobson, Dina El-Zanfaly, Huma Gupta, Carol Huh,Molly Kleiman, Adrianne Koteen, Daanish Masood, Ahmed Mater, Matthew Mazzotta, Regina Möller, Michael Rakowitz, Jon Rubin, Rashad Selim,Orkan Telhan, Katayoun Vaziri, Floor van de Velde, among others.

CULTURUNNERS symposium is chaired by Azra Akšamija, Class of 1922 Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor in the Program in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT, and Stephen Stapleton, artist and Edge of Arabia co-founder.


Tour of Higher Ground Farm
Sunday, October 5
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
Boston Design Center Rooftop, 1 Design Center Place, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-of-higher-ground-farm-tickets-13283803213
COST: Please bring a $10 contribution with you for the farm.  

Straight off the heels of the People's Climate March come see Climate Change mitigation in action!  
Higher Ground is Boston's first commercial rooftop garden.  Come learn about how a local rooftop garden is minimizing and reducing carbon emissions... 
John Stoddard and Courtney Hennessey partially funded the project by raising $24,000 on Kickstarter and hosting fundraisers. The pair now split their time caring for the farm, which is in the first of two phases.
The Boston Design Center’s roof spans 55,000 square feet, but for now, Higher Ground covers roughly half of the space. Over the next year, plants will be grown in individual milk crate planters. Stoddard said phase two will likely roll out next March, and will include the installation of green roof beds.
Once that happens, Higher Ground will be the second largest open-air commercial roof farm in the world, behind the 65,000-square foot Brooklyn Grange urban farm in New York

Also, there is some climbing of stairs to the roof and make sure to wear appropriate clothes for the weather.  


Fall Harvest Festival 
Sunday, October 5
The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Avenue, Somerville

The Growing Center will be holding their 20th Harvest Fest on Sunday October 5th from 2-4. We'll have pumpkin decorating, games and seasonal celebrations.

It's free and lots of fun!

Are there any musicians out there who would be interested in playing during this event? This tends to be a busy kid-friendly event- definitely not a quite "listening room". Unfortunately, we can't offer payment, just gratitude and a chance to hang-out and entertain your neighbors in a beautiful space. Let me know if you're interested. Contact Kim:

More information at http://thegrowingcenter.org or volunteercgc at gmail.com


Rising Tides at the MBTA
Sunday, October 5
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
MIT, 325-355 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rising-tides-at-the-mbta-tickets-12937451265
Cost:  Donation

Susan Israel, Energy Necklace Project
How high will the flood water go if we get a super storm at high tide? What about in 2050 and 2100, after sea level starts to rise? Susan Israel, project artist of Rising Tides, is marking the flood levels with fish that show the impact of rising sea levels and climate change in four T stations: Kendall, Courthouse, UMASS and World Trade Center. June Krinsky-Rudder and her Revere Public High School students helped make the artwork at Kendall and Courthouse. Come hear about where the project has been and its future plans. By Susan Israel of the Energy Necklace Project.


Computational Modeling of the Brain
Sunday, October 5
6:00 PM
MIT 5th floor Conference room, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Neuroscience-for-Society/events/200314912/

Can we simulate the functions of the brain? Can we do neuroscience experiments  without using animals? Let's bring our knowledge and stories to share.

Monday, October 6

Noah Diffenbaugh, Stanford
Monday, October 6, 2014
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

MASS Seminar


Legal and policy perspectives on EPA’s proposed clean power plan
Monday, October 6
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Panel discussion with David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council; Jeffrey Holmstead, Bracewell & Giuliani; and Robert Stavins (Moderator), HKS

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at hks.harvard.edu
More at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2014-10-06-160000-2014-10-06-173000/etipconsortium-energy-policy-seminar#sthash.fOr6eygZ.dpuf


MOOCS - Open Education with Old and New Learners
Monday, October 06, 2014
MIT, Building 4-270, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Jeff Haywood & Lori Breslow
Please join us for a discussion with Professor, CIO, and Librarian Jeff Haywood of the University of Edinburgh and Dr Lori Breslow of TLL to explore new issues emerging in online education environments. Who are today’s MOOC learners? What are their backgrounds & intentions? Where and how might we broaden access to higher education? Where do we go beyond MOOCs? How can we deliver open education at scale?

xTalks: Digital Discourses 
This series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies.

Web site: http://odl.mit.edu/events/jeffhaywood-loribreslow/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): OEIT- Office of Educational Innovation and Technology
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles
ruggles at mit.edu 


Open Meetings: Digital Futures Consortium
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 6, 2014, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Lamont Library Forum Room, 11 Quincy Street, Cambridge
DETAILS  Regular general meetings for the Digital Futures Consortium at Harvard University in the coming academic year will be held on the first Mondays in October, March and June. These are general meetings separate from any event planning or project working groups. They are open to anyone with interest in digital scholarship, its evolving tools, and tapping into potential working relationships.
Digital Futures is an informal network of faculty, researchers, technologists, and librarians engaged in the ongoing transformation of scholarship through innovative technology. We are dedicated to sharing expertise across the global academic community, facilitating new forms and methods of research, and fostering collaborative projects that bring about field-changing developments in scholarship.


Planets and Life Series: The Keys to Habitability, Reflections on the Biosphere as a System
Monday, October 6
MIT, Building 2-105, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Tyler Volk (NYU)

Planets and Life: Human and Planetary Perspectives 
Weekly lecture and discussion series exploring the co-evolution of the earth's natural systems and life

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/2014/planets-life
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Lectures
For more information, contact:  Vlada Stamenkovic
rinsan at mit.edu 


Inducing Leaders to Take Risky Positions: Dismissal, Tenure, and Term Limits
Monday, October 6
MIT, Building E19-758, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Philippe Aghion (Harvard)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Applied Theory Workshop (Joint MIT/Harvard)
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal at mit.edu 


Monday, October 6
7pm – 9pm 
MIT, Bartos Theatre, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP by emailing rsvp at edgeofarabia.com

During the evening lecture, panels made up of selected artists, scientists and curators will present and discuss their findings from the previous week’s workshops dedicated to developing technologies for traveling artists. Findings will be presented in two categories, Mobile & Wearable Technologies as well as Online Communications & Archival Platforms, and will act as a coda for the week long collaboration betweenCULTURUNNERS, Edge of Arabia and MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology. A Q&A moderated by Ava Ansari and Azra Akšamija will follow the lecture.

Lecture Speakers include: Azra Aksamija, Ava Ansari, Carol Huh, Ahmed Mater, Daanish Masood, Regina Möller, Rashad Selim, and Stephen Stapleton.

Tuesday, October 7

The Great Firewall Inverts
Tuesday, October 7
12:30 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/10/freitas#RSVP
Event will be webcast live on https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/10/freitas at 12:30 pm.

with Berkman Fellow Nathan Freitas
In the last few years, usage of the mobile messaging app WeChat (微信 Weixin), has skyrocketed not only inside China, but outside, as well. For mainland Chinese, Wechat is one of the only options available, due to frequent blockage of apps like Viber, Line, Twitter and Facebook. However, outside of China, fueled by a massive marketing campaign and the promise of "free calls and texts", overseas Chinese students and family, Tibetan exiles, and Bollywood celebrities also use the app as their primary mobile communications service. It is this phenomenon that might be called an inversion of the Great Firewall. Instead of Chinese users scaling the wall to get out, people around the world are walking up to the front gate, and asking to be let in.

Combined with the rise of attractive, low-cost mobile handsets from Huawei and Xiaomi that include China-based cloud services, being sold in India and elsewhere, the world is witnessing a massive expansion of Chinese telecommunications reach and influence, powered entirely by users choosing to participate in it. Due to these systems being built upon proprietary protocols and software, their inner workings are largely opaque and mostly insecure. Like most social media apps, the WeChat app has full permission to activate microphones and cameras, track GPS, access user contacts and photos, and copy all of this data at any time to their servers. Recently, it was discovered that Xiaomi MIUI phones sent all text messages through the companies cloud servers in China, without asking the user (Though, once this gained broad coverage in the news, the feature was turned off by default).

The fundamental question is do the Chinese companies behind these services have any market incentive or legal obligation to protect the privacy of their non-Chinese global userbase? Do they willingly or automatically turn over all data to the Ministry of Public Security or State Internet Information Office? Will we soon see foreign users targeted or prosecuted due to "private" data shared on WeChat? Finally, from the Glass Houses Department, is there any fundamental diffence in the impact on privacy freedom for an American citizen using WeChat versus a Chinese citizen using WhatsApp or Google?

About Nathan
Nathan Freitas leads the Guardian Project, an open-source mobile security software project, and directs technology strategy and training at the Tibet Action Institute. His work at the Berkman Center focuses on tracking the legality and prosecution risks for mobile security apps users worldwide.


The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asian Regionalism
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 7, 2014, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 2nd Floor, CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Peter Petri, Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance, Brandeis University; moderated by Shinju Fujihira, executive director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
COST	Free and open to the public
LINK	http://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/calendar/upcoming


Low Emissions Development in an Era of Cheap and Abundant Fossil Fuels
Tuesday, October 7
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/low-emissions-development-in-an-era-of-cheap-and-abundant-fossil-fuels-tickets-13184604507

How can we support development in ways that protect the planet from climate change in a future likely to be dominated by cheap and abundant supplies of fossil fuels?
This seminar, which is open to the public, will explore the emerging field of Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS), describe how the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has been working to support a variety of international LEDS initiatives and explore the significant future challenges facing these efforts.
List of Speakers:
Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, SEI
Charles Heaps, Ph.D.Center Director and Senior Scientist, SEI 
Topic: How SEI is supporting Low Emissions Development Planning around the World
Ujjayant Chakravorty, Ph. D. Tufts University
Topic: Energy and Poverty
Sivan Kartha, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, SEI
Topic: Equity and Low Carbon Development
Michael Lazarus, Senior Scientist, SEI
Topic: Climate Change Mitigation and Fossil Fuel Lock-in
The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Contact Stockholm Environment Institute
Web sites: www.sei-us.org and www.sei-international.org 


Pre-Conference Back-to-the-Classroom Sessions: Systems Thinking for Emerging, Evolving, and Established Leaders
Tuesday, October 7
MIT, E-51, Wong Auditorium, corner of Amherst Street and Wadsworth Street, Cambridge 
Cost:  $25-50

Speaker: MIT SDM faculty
This year, on the day before the annual MIT SDM will offer pre-conference back-to-the-classroom sessions delivered by two of SDM???s best and brightest faculty members on the afternoon of October 7. This will include: 
What is Systems Thinking and Why is It Important? presented by Qi Van Eilema Hommes, Lecturer, Engineering Systems Division, MIT; Senior Staff Engineer, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center 
A New Era in Project Management: Viewing Projects as Systems, presented by Bryan R Moser, Ph.D. Lecturer, System Design and Management, MIT: Researcher, Design Engineering Laboratory, University of Tokyo, President and CEO, Global Product Design.

Annual MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges 
The aim of this series is to provide practical information from multiple disciplines that will spark ideas that leaders at all developmental stages can apply to real-world challenges. Attendees will also gain insight into how to use systems thinking to support and develop current and future leaders, while meeting strategic goals, whether in industry, academia, government, or the world at large.

Web site:http://sdm.mit.edu/systemsthinkingconference/2014/agenda.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Varies. See registration section at url below.
Tickets: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1510647
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program
For more information, contact:  Joan S. Rubin


At the Helm, Kirk or Spock? The Pros and Cons of Charismatic Leadership
Tuesday, October 7
MIT, Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ben Hermalin (UC Berkeley)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Organizational Economics
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal at mit.edu 


Radcliffe Institute Fellow's Presentation Series: Biomineralization
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 8, 2014, 4 p.m.
WHERE   Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Pupa Gilbert, Radcliffe Institute Perrin Moorhead Grayson and Bruns Grayson Fellow and University of Wisconsin at Madison
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2014-pupa-gilbert-fellow-presentation


Gaza: A Panel Discussion
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 7, 2014, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Center for Middle Eastern Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Anat Biletzki, professor of philosophy, Tel Aviv University and Quinnipiac College; Sara Roy, senior research scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.; Bill Slaughter, psychiatrist, Harvard Medical School and president, Gaza Community Mental Health Foundation, US; moderated by Roger Owen, AJ Meyer Professor of Middle East History Emeritus
COST	Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	elizabethflanagan at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  This event is off the record. The use of recording devices is strictly prohibited.
LINK	http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/3712


The Responsive City: Engaging Communities through Data Smart Governance
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 7, 2014, 4:10 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard Kennedy School; Susan Crawford, John A. Reilly Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property at Harvard Law School and co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center; Bill Oates, CIO, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
DETAILS  Harvard Kennedy School Professor Stephen Goldsmith and Harvard Law School Visiting Professor Susan Crawford will discuss their new book "The Responsive City." When harnessed by dedicated leaders, they argue, data empowers communities and officials to make local government more transparent, responsive, accountable and cost-effective, thus thickening the bonds of democracy, increasing trust in government and improving civic life. Yet few cities are realizing the potential of digital tools and data-smart governance. Goldsmith and Crawford will explore the innovative leadership and other key strategies it takes to spearhead these new approaches to government. Bill Oates, whose work as the first Cabinet-level CIO for the City of Boston is explored in the book, will offer comments in response.
LINK	http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/The-Responsive-City


Boston Area Sustainability Group:  Sustainability & Innovation
Tuesday, October 7
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Venture Cafe - Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainability-innovation-tickets-12892821777
Cost:  $10-12

We're desperate for the innovations that can help with sustianability and climate change, but what does innovation know about sustainability and what does sustainability know about innovation? Tonight our discussion brings these two worlds together.
Come meet, hear, and engage with:
Asheen Phansey, Global head of the Sustainable Innovation Lab at Dassault Systèmes
Asheen will candidly describe the evolution of a reactive, compliance-based corporate sustainability strategy to one that supports the development of a “Sustainable Innovation Lab”. View his LinkedIn profile here: www.linkedin.com/in/asheen.
Eric Hudson, Founder & CEO  |  Preserve
Eric will share highlights and learnings from his experience building the Preserve brand - a sustainable product innovation requiring supply chain reinvention. Read his story here: https://www.preserveproducts.com/explore/preserve-101/founding-story.
Helen Sahi, Director for Sustainability for Avery Dennison Corporate and Retail Branding and Information Systems
Helen says, "Innovation is where art, consciousness, science, business and end-user needs intersect." She'll speak about how Avery Dennison innovates sustainable products and actions. View her LinkedIn profle here: www.linkedin.com/in/helensahi.
Rakhshita Dhar, Director, Innovation Services, MassBio
Rakhsita will talk about how MassBio Innovation Services links entrepreneurs in a distributive network to foster innovation and commercialize new ideas within the biotechnology ecosystem. View her Linkedin profile here: www.linkedin.com/pub/rakhshita-dhar/17/654/67b.
Time is short and we all need to learn a boatload, fast. One of BASG’s explicit goals is that we learn as much as we can from each other, where the very diversity of the group is one of our most valuable assets. Come join the discussion, or hang out and listen. Meet those folks working hard to do what you’re trying to do and your paths have not yet crossed. We have a great time and really want to meet you!
Our format for the evening begins with informal networking followed by quick introductions all round before several lightening-speed presentations from knowledgeable folks. Using a modified IGNITE-style format, our speakers share their experiences and then we open the discussion to the group.
We’ll end the discussion with time left for more networking and sharing info on other local events. Hope to see you there!


African Innovators: Scientists From The Continent Speak About Their Work Changing the World
Tuesday, October 7
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, 10th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-innovators-scientists-from-the-continent-speak-about-their-work-changing-the-world-600-pm-tickets-12544714579

Working under challenging conditions, African scientists are changing the face of the continent, conducting vital research with global implications in the fields of agriculture, medicine, and resource management.
Seeding Labs and The West African Research Association invite you to hear from our partner scientists about their current research and the challenges and opportunities that working in continent present.
Join us for an inspirational evening of learning and networking, and to find out how you can get involved with our work and upcoming endeavors.

Speakers will include:
Dr. Henry Nii Nmai Bulley, Assistant Professor of Geography, Dept. of Social Sciences and Human Services, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York
Dr. Bulley’s interest is in understanding the interactions between land use dynamics and the natural environment with a focus on sustainable water resource management, and adoption of geospatial science and technology for sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. His work has included water resource applications of GIS and remote sensing, landscape ecology, sustainable development, land use and land cover change at rural-urban fringe, machine learning (classification tree) analysis, spatial modeling, and web-based GIS.
Dr. Peter Jeranyama, Environmental Physiologist, Extension Assistant Professor, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Jeranyama’s work in the Zimbabwe and The U.S. has been in the crop and soil science fields, and currently focuses on irrigation water management and drainage systems, shade cycling, leaf gas exchange and frost protection related to the cranberry industry, issues which influence production, environmental concerns, costs, and regulations.
Dr. Paul Mireji, Adjunct Scientist, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Trypanosomiasis Research Centre & Visiting Scientist in Tropical Medicine, Laboratory of Public Health and Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health
Dr. Mireji’s work in Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Tropical Entomology, Parasitology and Genomics has included research on malaria and trypanosmiasis (sleeping sickness) and the hosts of the cause of each illness, the mosquito and the tsetse fly, exploring vaccine and control effects for the latter.

The event will be moderated by Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen, whose background in technology, art, and business, and aim to foster a culture of educational excellence, has lead him to leverage local business and educational communities to create experiential learning and professional development opportunities in Cambridge. In one of his latest innovations, he has transformed his City Council Campaign into a pop-up art venue that will also become a mobile lab for science experiments.
Seeding Labs invests in exceptional scientists in developing countries who have limited resources, but limitless potential.  We provide reduced-cost lab equipment and training and foster professional networks in order to enhance higher education, support vital research and create a more connected global scientific community.

Established in 1989, The West African Research Association, (WARA) is a network of scholars dedicated to the promotion of research on West Africa and the diaspora. WARA supports research through its fellowships, facilitates scholarly exchange and the dissemination of accurate information on West Africa and its diasporic communities, and works to increase awareness of the critical place of West Africa in the global community.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 8

Conference: Systems Thinking for Emerging, Evolving, and Established Leaders
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
MIT, E-51, Wong Auditorium, corner of Amherst Street and Wadsworth Street, Cambridge 
RSVP at https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1510647
Cost:  $25-200

Speaker: MIT SDM faculty and alumni; industry execs.
Annual MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges 
The aim of this series is to provide practical information from multiple disciplines that will spark ideas that leaders at all developmental stages can apply to real-world challenges. Attendees will also gain insight into how to use systems thinking to support and develop current and future leaders, while meeting strategic goals, whether in industry, academia, government, or the world at large.

Systems thinking is a competitive imperative for leaders at all stages of their careers: established, evolving, and emerging. Not only must current leaders understand how to apply systems thinking to address complex challenges, but companies must be able to apply this approach to develop the systems-based thinkers who will become the leaders of the future. 

To help organizations and their leaders succeed, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's annual Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges, sponsored by System Design and Management (SDM), will focus on best practices for leaders at all levels of the organization. 

Speakers will include emerging, evolving, and established leaders from several industry and government sectors. They will discuss: 
How to use systems thinking to align and lead functionally and geographically dispersed teams that are tackling complex challenges;
Ways to monitor progress and results; 
Benefits achieved, lessons learned, and next steps for developing leadership within organizations and individuals; and  
How systems thinking has advanced organizational objectives and benefited their personal careers.

Web site: http://sdm.mit.edu/systemsthinkingconference/2014/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Varies. See registration section at url above.
Tickets: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1510647
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program
For more information, contact:  Joan S. Rubin
jsrubin at mit.edu 


The Future is Now: Urban Asia in the 21st Century
Wednesday, October 8
BU, Metcalf Trustee Center, One Silber Way, Boston
This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by October 1. 
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/pardee/rsvp-the-future-is-now-urban-asia-in-the-21st-century/

A one-day conference at Boston University exploring how Asia’s cities are reshaping concepts of urban development.

Co-sponsored by Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, the Initiative on Cities, the Center for the Study of Asia, Global Programs India Initiatives, and the Center for Global Health and Development, in collaboration with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and BU’s Metropolitan College.

Conference Overview

The Asian continent is home to a vast array of cities and urban conditions. From the futurism of Dubai, to the extreme contrast of wealth and squalor in Mumbai, to the spectacular rise of Shanghai and Beijing as global nodes of political and economic power, cities in Asia in the 21st century are redefining notions – both positive and negative — of urbanization. While it is impossible to identify a single model of urban development, cities across Asia are providing examples of ways governmental institutions, the private sector, and civil society generate and manage rates of urbanization at scales previously unimaginable; they are pushing the boundaries of technology, governance, ecological sustainability, and the very concept of progress. Based on the proposition that cities provide a critical lens into social, cultural, economic, and political relationships, and by association humanity’s capacity to solve social and ecological problems, this conference asks: how are Asia’s cities reshaping accepted knowledge about processes of urbanization and urban management? Speakers will examine established theories of urbanization and urban management and ask whether we have the appropriate intellectual and policy toolkit to address issues associated with rapidly expanding cities in the 21st century.

The day-long conference, beginning October 8th at 9:00 a.m., will be organized into three sequential panels as follows:
Panel 1: “Idea of the City: The Asian Challenge”
This panel asks whether current visions on the Asian city, articulated by urban theorists and adopted by policy-makers in Asia, are starting to challenge the Euro-American perception of urbanization.

Panel 2: “The Politics of the City”
This panel affirms the notion that cities are sites of cooperation and conflict, and examines the politics of identify, governance, and conflict management that characterize a spectrum of urban Asian experiences and contexts.

Panel 3: “The City and Its Environment”
This panel examines how patterns of urbanization change the urban environment, from energy use intensity to pollution and public health.

More information at http://www.bu.edu/pardee/urbanasia/


Promoting Innovation in Agriculture: Energy; Conservation; Research and Development
Wednesday, October 8
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/595361994

Join us this fall for our continuing Wednesday webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve our region’s food system.  The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in our report, New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System.

All webinars are recorded and will be available at www.farmland.org/newengland. You will find these four webinars already posted there:
May 14:  Introduction to the New England Food Policy Report and Project
June 18th:  Organic Waste:  Finding Uses for It in the Food System
July 16th:   Frameworks for Regional Food System Collaboration
July 23rd:   Reducing Farmland Conversion: State Land Use and Protection Policies

For a more detailed description of each of the webinars, please visit www.newenglandfoodpolicy.org


Governing Coercion: Armed Politics and the State in South Asia
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
MIT, Building E40-496, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: PAUL STANILAND, University of Chicago

SSP Wednesday Seminar Series

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/ssp/seminars/index.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program
For more information, contact:  Elina Hamilton


Global Environmental Change: Impacts on Human Nutrition
Wednesday, October 8
12:15pm - 1:15pm
Tufts, Jaharis, Behrakis Auditorium, 150 Harrison Avenue, Boston

Speaker:   Samuel S. Myers (Harvard Medical School)
Public lecture and Q&A will be followed by an informal discussion in Jaharis 133 until 2pm.

Contact Name:   Charlene Stevens
charlene.stevens at tufts.edu

For details on the Friedman Seminar series, please see:http://www.nutrition.tufts.edu/event/friedmanseminar


Gubernatorial Forum on Energy, the Environment & the Innovation Economy
Wednesday, October 8
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gubernatorial-forum-on-energy-the-environment-the-innovation-economy-tickets-13178676777

Come hear from the Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates.  Learn where they stand on key environmental and energy issues. Each candidate will offer 20 minutes of remarks: Jeff McCormick (I), Martha Coakley (D), Charlie Baker (R), Evan Falchuk (I).
Co-hosts include: Environmental League of Massachusetts, Suffolk University Environmental Studies Program, The Trust for Public Land, Sudbury Valley Trustees, Mass Audubon, The Trustees of Reservations, and Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, with more to come.
Location: First Floor Function Room, Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont Street.  Conveniently located to public transportation (Park Street, Downtown Crossing, State Street, Silver Line).
Spread the word: #gogreengovma


Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China
Wednesday, October 8
12:30pm to 1:50pm
Harvard, CGIS Building, Belfer Case Study Room (S020), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Nicholas Lardy, Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Critical Issues Confronting China 


Wednesday, Oct 8
4:00 pm
Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Lecture by Pupa Gilbert RI '15
Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, is the iridescent inner lining of many mollusk shells. The microscopic structure of nacre may depend on the water temperature at the time the nacre was deposited. During her Radcliffe fellowship, Pupa Gilbert is conducting experiments to test this hypothesis. If successful, this discovery will enable measuring water temperatures as old as 450 million years, using nacre-containing shells from the fossil record. If validated in modern and ancient shells, this discovery will expand our knowledge and understanding of the natural world.


The President's Effort to Combat Climate Change Without Congress: What is EPA Proposing to Do and is it Legal?
Wednesday, October 8
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin, Lessin Room G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

With Jody Freeman, Cox Professor of Law (HLS) and Director, Environmental Law Program; and Richard Lazarus, Aibel Professor of Law (HLS). Moderated by Daniel Schrag, Hooper Professor of Geology; Professor, SEAS; Director, HUCE

Jody Freeman, the Archibald Cox Professor of Law, is a leading scholar of administrative law & regulation and environmental law and the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program. Her new book, GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND U.S. LAW (co-edited with Michael Gerrard) and her most recent article, Old Statutes, New Problems (co-authored with David Spence), will be published in 2014. Professor Freeman served in the White House as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in 2009-10.  In that role, she contributed to a variety of policy initiatives on greenhouse gas regulation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transmission policy, oil and gas drilling, and comprehensive energy and climate legislation to put a market-based cap on carbon. Freeman led the White house effort on the Obama Administration's landmark fuel efficiency standards and negotiated the historic agreement among the federal government, the auto industry and the states, to set the first federal greenhouse gas emission standards and the most ambitious fuel efficiency standards in U.S. history. These standards launched the Administration's climate program. After leaving the administration, Freeman served as an independent consultant to the President's bipartisan Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. She has been appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the government think tank for improving the administrative and regulatory process,. In 2011, she was elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers. In 2012 Professor Freeman was elected as an outside director of ConocoPhillips, where she serves on the public policy and compensation committees. She has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.

Professor Freeman is a prominent scholar of administrative law and regulation, and a leading thinker on collaborative and contractual approaches to governance. Her article, “Agency Coordination in Shared Regulatory space,” the subject of her chair lecture, appears in the Harvard Law Review in 2012."The Obama Administration's National Auto Policy: Lessons from the Car Deal" was published in the Harvard Environmental Law Review in 2011. She is the co-author of leading casebooks in environmental law and administrative law, and is the co-author with Mike Gerrard of the forthcoming new edition of Global Climate Change and U.S. Law.

Richard Lazarus is the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Supreme Court Advocacy, and Torts. He also recently served as the Executive Director of the President’s Commission responsible for investigating the root causes of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and has a B.S. from the University of Illinois in Chemistry and a B.A. in Economics. He has previously served on the law school faculties of Indiana University, Washington University, and Georgetown University, where he was the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law. He has been a visiting professor of law at Columbia University, Northwestern University, the University of San Diego, and the University of Texas schools of law. For the past five summers, he has co-taught a course on the history of the Supreme Court of the United States with the Chief Justice of the United States. Professor Lazarus worked for the United States Justice Department, both in the Environment and Natural Resources Division (1979-83) and the Solicitor General's Office (1986-89), where he was Assistant to the Solicitor General.

Professor Lazarus has represented the United States, state and local governments, and environmental groups in the United States Supreme Court in 40 cases and has presented oral argument in 13 of those cases. He recently served as counsel of record for environmental respondents Riverkeeper et al in Entergy v. Riverkeeper, decided in April 2009, and co-counsel for respondents in Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, decided in June 2010. He also represented the United States in U.S. v. Chem-Dyne, the first case to establish joint and several liability under the federal Superfund law, and the California Supreme Court case, National Audubon Society v. Superior Court of Alpine County, applying the public trust doctrine to Mono Lake.

His primary areas of legal scholarship are environmental and natural resources law, with particular emphasis on constitutional law and the Supreme Court. He has published two books, The Making of Environmental Law (U. Chicago 2004), and Environmental Law Stories (Aspen Press, co-edited with O. Houck 2005). He was also the principal author of Deep Water – The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling (GPO 2011), which is the Report to the President of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission, for which he served as the Executive Director. Professor Lazarus has won the faculty teaching award at both Washington University and Georgetown University. At the Annual Meeting in 2011, the American Bar Association gave Professor Lazarus its Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy for 2011.

Daniel P. Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology at Harvard University, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth history. He is particularly interested in how information on climate change from the geologic past can lead to better understanding of anthropogenic climate change in the future. In addition to his work on geochemistry and climatology, Schrag studies energy technology and policy, including carbon capture and storage and low-carbon synthetic fuels.

Schrag currently serves on President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Among various honors, he is the recipient of the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union and a MacArthur Fellowship. Schrag earned a B.S. in geology and geophysics and political science from Yale University and his Ph.D. in geology from the University of California at Berkeley. He came to Harvard in 1997 after teaching at Princeton.

Contact Name:  Lisa Matthews
matthew at fas.harvard.edu


The Impact of Environmental Regulation on U.S. Oil Refineries
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 8, 2014, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
SPEAKER(S)  Richard Sweeney, Harvard University
LINK	http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k105744


Healing After Genocide: Stories from Rwanda
Wednesday, October 8
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
New England School of Law, 154 Stuart Street and Emerson College, 120 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/healing-after-genocide-stories-from-rwanda-tickets-12779183883
Cost:  donation

Join friends of the Rwanda Youth Healing Center and the Upstander Project (formerly Coexist Learning Project) for a special reception and screening of the documentary film, Coexist and Rwanda Youth Healing Center's film, The First 10 Years of the Healing Center.
We are thrilled to welcome Solange Nyirasafari, Executive Director of the Rwanda Youth Healing Center. Solange and the Rwanda Youth Healing Center were both featured in the film, Coexist, and she has made a special trip from Rwanda to join us for the very first time.
Also joining us at the reception and film screening are members of the Upstander Project team, director, Mr. Adam Mazo and learning director, Dr. Mishy Lesser.
The reception will be held from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. at the New England School of Law.
The film screening will be held from 6:45 - 9:00 p.m at Emerson College (a 5 minute walk from the reception).
Join us for one or both!


Askwith Forum: Is U.S. Public School Funding Fair?
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 8, 2014, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE   Harvard GSE, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT	Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME	Jodie Smith-Bennett
CONTACT EMAIL	askwith_forums at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE	617-495-8059
ADMISSION FEE	This event is free and open to the public.
DETAILS  Moderator: Susan Eaton, Ed.M.’93, Ed.D.’99, research director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School; co-director, One Nation Indivisible
Bruce Baker, professor, The Rutgers University Graduate School of Education
Andrés Alonso EdM ’99, EdD ’06, professor of practice, HGSE; former CEO, Baltimore Public Schools
David Hinojosa, Southwest regional counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
David G. Sciarra, executive director, Education Law Center
Do states provide sufficient resources for all children to achieve meaningful growth in school? Does the national school funding process function fairly and effectively? This forum will use the measures of "fairness" developed in the groundbreaking "National Report Card: Is School Funding Fair?" study to explore the current state of U.S. public school funding. Panelists will discuss how inequitable funding for public schools hampers efforts to boost academic outcomes and improve achievement among vulnerable student populations.


Mass Innovation Nights 67 "Women Founders”
Wednesday, October 8
Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect Street, Central Square, Cambridge

For our 67th Mass Innovation Nights featuring "Women Founders". Babson's CWEL - Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership - is the generous sponsor! A collection of inspiring new products await you!  Join us on October 8th.  You will not want to miss out; trust us. - See more at: http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-67-women-founders#sthash.eJEmTPq2.dpuf

More information at http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-67-women-founders


Race to Solar Fall Workshop 
Wednesday, October 8
Open House from 5-6pm.
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GNRIrYkExPfVAahc2w5Zw-I3YniA4WJ_Phom5rV8FLc/viewform

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


Information Evening on the System Design and Management 
Wednesday, October 8
6 - 9 p.m.
MIT, Building 10-105, Bush Room (Under the Dome), 222 Memorial Drive, 

Please join us in the Bush Room at MIT for an Information Evening on the System Design and Management (SDM) program. You will have the opportunity to learn about MIT's master of science in engineering and management, discuss career opportunities, and network with SDM alumni, faculty, students, and staff. 
For further information please feel free to email SDM Admissions at sdm at mit.edu or call 617.253.1055.

The MIT Master's Program in Engineering and Management 

More at: https://lgosdm.mit.edu/VCSS/servlet/SDMFrontEnd?VIEW=1&id=319#sthash.ZTZX2pjv.dpuf


How Our Brains Interact With the World, lecture @ Science in the News
Wednesday, October 8
7pm PM to 9:00 PM
Armenise Ampitheatre, Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston

Science in the News presents grad students giving this free two hour lecture in three parts: first covering the basics of the topic of the night as a foundation before they talk about the intermediate topics related to their field and launch into the advanced topics of what they are doing at the Harvard Medical School.    

About Science in the News (SITN): 

"Science in the News is a Graduate Student Group at the Harvard Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences.
"Our mission: To bridge the communication gap between scientists and non-scientists. We accomplish this by providing free seminars, lessons, social events, and written material on varying science topics for the general public. We provide science PhD students the chance to hone their communication skills by hosting these events and by giving feedback on their presentations and articles.
"Our members: Our membership includes graduate students from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Public Health, Medical School, and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University".

Can't make the lecture in person? 
All of the lectures are live streamed and can be viewed online at the Science in the News webpage:http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/sitn-live/


Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts
Wednesday, October 8 
3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

This summer’s focus on the 50,000+ children crossing the southern border of the United States has again brought U.S. immigration policy into sharp relief.

Are current policies adequate for today’s immigrant experience?   How is modern immigration different from that of previous generations?

By examining the immigrant experience of various ethnic and religious groups throughout U.S. history, the book Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts demonstrates that the same patterns of native resistance, immigrant struggles and contributions have occurred over and over again. This panel discussion, featuring historian Deborah Dash Moore, Constitutional Law expert William G. Ross, and policy analyst Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute, puts today’s immigration debate into a larger political, historical, sociological, and legal perspective.  Diane Portnoy, founder and CEO of The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc., moderates.

More information at http://www.cambridgeforum.org


Can New England Feed Itself?: A “New England Food Vision”
Wednesday, October 8
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
First Church In Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Permaculture/events/209489322/

What does it mean to “buy local”? What’s our vision for supporting local farmers and fishers, engaging in sustainable agriculture and fisheries, and changing our broken food system?

Come join us as Professor Brian Donahue of Brandeis University presents A New England Food Vision, a collaborative report that considers the future of our region. The Vision calls for New England to reach a bold goal of producing at least 50% of our food by 2060 – food that will be clean, fair, just and accessible for all.

Incorporating more than three years of collaborative research and input from hundreds of voices throughout New England, A New England Food Vision imagines a future in which food nourishes a social, economic, and environmental landscape that supports a high quality of life for everyone, including generations to come

A panel of experts will respond with additional reflections about food justice, challenges for new food producers, and the state of our land and ocean resources. In addition to Professor Donahue we will hear from:

Karen Spiller - Network Team member of Food Solutions New England and former director of Boston Collaborative of Food and Fitness
Eva Agudelo - National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, food justice and what is happening with new immigrant farmers
Brett Tolley - Community Organizer, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance is from a four-generation commercial fishing family and working to advance social, environmental, and economic justice throughout the seafood value chain.

There will then be plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. Bring your questions!

Co-Sponsored by JPNET, JP Forum, Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, Greater Boston Permaculture MeetUp, and Boston Nature Center.

Thursday, October 9

Divided We Eat: Food Inequality in America
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 9, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	WomenExplore Lecture and Discussion Forum, formerly the Theological Opportunities Program at Harvard Divinity School
SPEAKER(S)  Parke Wilde, associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
COST	  $15 general; $5 students
CONTACT INFO	info at womenexplore.org
DETAILS  WomenExplore Lecture and Discussion Forum was formed in 1973 as the Harvard Divinity School program Theological Opportunities Program. In the fall of 2013 WE celebrated 40th years of thought-provoking lectures within a strong feminist community. WE brings together people from the Cambridge and Greater Boston area.
This lecture is part of a 10-week lecture and discussion forum addressing topics relevant to our society, aimed at better understanding our world and ourselves. The Fall 2014 series examines the theme of " Class and Privilege Through a Feminist Lens," and runs each Thursday from September 18th through November 20th.
Visit www.womenexplore.org and Facebook for more information.
LINK	www.womenexplore.org


Fukushima's Forbidden Zone as a Site for Performance Art: Three Years Later
Thursday, October 9
Tufts, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

William Johnston, Professor, Wesleyan University; Dancer/Choreographer, Eiko; Photographer

In January and July, 2014, William Johnston traveled to areas affected by the explosions of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011. In this presentation, Johnston will show images of Eiko performing in these places in the context of the ongoing measures to deal with this crisis.

William Johnston received his BA from Elmira College in Elmira, New York, and his MA in Regional Studies East Asia and PhD in History and East Asian Languages, both from Harvard. He is Professor of History, East Asian Studies, and Science in Society at Wesleyan University, where he was also a Faculty Fellow at the College of the Environment for the 2012-13 academic year; during the 2014-15 academic year he is the Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor in History at Harvard and Visiting Artist in the Dance Department and the College of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University. He has pursued photography seriously since 1993, and his images of Eiko in the Fukushima area are scheduled for exhibitions at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, Colorado State University at Colorado Springs, and at Wesleyan University.


Genzyme Building Tour- Back by Popular Demand!
Thursday, October 9
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
Genzyme, 500 Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/genzyme-building-tour-back-by-popular-demand-tickets-13154081211

Join Common Boston for a tour of one of the country's most environmentally responsible office buildings. Completed just over 10 years ago, this building breathes good design, having earned earning LEED Plantinum, the highest rating by the US Green Building Council.
Designed by the award-winning German architectural firm Behnisch, Behnisch and Partner, theGenzyme Center in Kendall Square is an innovative, twelve-story, 350,000 square foot office building that shines as a beacon in Kendall Square. As the global company's headquarters, this building's presence in Kendall Square, and the 900 Genzyme employees that bring it to life, serve as both an anchor anda catalyst for more urban revitalization in the neighborhood of Cambridge.
Led by a Genzyme insider, the tour will showcase the building's greatest features and give us a glimpse into life at the company. Tour begins promptly at 1:30pm, beginning in the Main Lobby.


CONNECT Symposium 2014
Thursday, October 9
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-symposium-2014-tickets-12367927805

The CONNECT Symposium is an annual forum to examine best practices in helping families move from poverty to long-term economic stability. Attendees include business and civic leaders, leading thinkers, policymakers and practitioners, elected officials and other concerned individuals and institutions.

Join CONNECT as we discuss the role of individual and peer support in integrated service delivery for economic development programs.  The Symposium is free and open to the public.
Panel 1: Research and data panel: Research has shown that integrated service delivery exponentially improves financial outcomes for individuals working toward financial stability and mobility. What’s the role of coaching and peer support in ensuring that the gains made are lasting?
Panel 2: Practitioners Panel: Practitioner spotlight on programs that are supporting lasting change through coaching and peer support.

The CONNECT Investors Forum, held immediately following the Symposium, is an important venue for building collaborative working relationships among individuals and organizations from the business, nonprofit, and public sectors involved in the work and mission of CONNECT. Individual tickets to the Investors Forum are available for a donation of $100 each.


FACTs Boston: The Impacts Of Climate Change
Thursday, October 9
4:00 PM to 8:30 PM
MIT Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/facts-boston-the-impacts-of-climate-change-tickets-12784983229

Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States, Inserm


Starr Forum: Whither US Grand Strategy
Thursday, October 9
MIT, Building E25-111

Speaker: Barry Posen, Frank Gavin, Stephen Walt
Barry Posen is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT and the director of MIT's Security Studies Program. His most recent book is "Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy" (Cornell University Press, 2014) 
Frank Gavin is the first Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy studies and Professor of Political Science at MIT. He is the author of many books including "Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America's Atomic Age" (Cornell University Press, 2012). 
Stephen Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs. Among the books he has written is "Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy" (W. W. Norton & Company, 2005)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:  starrforum at mit.edu 


Heroes, Villains, and Nerds: How Science is Portrayed in the Media, and How Portrayals Have Changed
Thursday, October 9
5:00PM -6:00PM
Boston University, Life Science & Engineering Building, Room B-01, 24 Cummington Street, Boston

James Shanahan, Associate Dean, College of Communication, Boston University

Boston University Seminar Series on Climate Change
Contact Name:   Jennifer L. Berglund
berglund at bu.edu


Deans' Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge Kickoff
Thursday, October 9
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Harvard innovation lab, 125 Western Avenue, Lobby Area, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/deans-cultural-entrepreneurship-challenge-kickoff-tickets-13315010555

Join us for the kickoff of the 2015 Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge! The Challenge calls upon students with an entrepreneurial spirit to develop venture-based solutions that provide the organizational infrastructure necessary for artists and the arts to thrive. Randy Weiner, esteemed American playwright and theatre producer, will give a keynote address sharing insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with starting and growing cultural enterprises.

Students will have the chance to meet like-minded individuals from across the University and within the community to explore ideas, partnerships, and opportunities focused on issues that include, but are not limited to, the following:
Funding and Audiences
Broad Cultural Impact and Access
Artists' Services and Support
Expanding Horizons

The Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge is Co-sponsored by Dean Nitin Nohria of Harvard Business School, Dean Diana Sorensen of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Silkroad, a nonprofit arts organization affiliated with Harvard University and led by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

A variety of workshops and networking events will offer participants numerous opportunities to strengthen their idea, team and ventures throughout the Challenge timeline. More information on programming can be found on the i-lab’s website: www.i-lab.harvard.edu. 


Going to Pot
Thursday, October 9
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Suffolk University, C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple Street (behind the State House on Beacon Hill), Cambridge

Eric Steenstra (Hemp Industries Association), Cara Crabb-Burnham (Mass NORML), and Michael Head(Beacon Hill Institute)


What Does Adapting to Climate Change Look Like? 
Thursday, October 9
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=105502&view=Detail

Allie Goldstein, associate, Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, and Kirsten Howard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Management Fellow, NH Department of Environmental Services
*Reception to follow

What does adapting to climate change look like? In the summer of 2013, Allie Goldstein and
Kirsten Howard set out on a cross-country road trip to answer that question. They met with
farmers, city planners, climate scientists, rainwater harvesters and a queen to find out what communities across the United States are doing to build resilience to climate impacts such as hotter temperatures, more extreme storms and droughts, and rising seas. Over three months, they visited 31 states and gathered 33 stories of climate resilience, which were published on their blog, www.adaptationstories.com and in national news outlets. Allie and Kirsten will share some of these stories and the most important lessons they learned about how we can adapt to the impacts of climate change.


Forecasted: Eight Artists Explore the Nature of Climate Change - opening reception 
Thursday, October 9
Time TBD
Northeastern University's Gallery 360, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

A group show curated by Resa Blatman with: Dana Clancy, Audrey Goldstein, John Guthrie, Andy Mowbray, Cristi Rinklin, Deb Todd Wheeler and Joe Wardwell 

exhibit runs: October 1st-November 5th, 2014

Friday, October 10

October 10 through 12, 2014
a wide variety of events scheduled in Somerville, Cambridge, & Boston

There'll be dancing ... dancing in the streets ... a guaranteed ingredient at HONK!, this year to include a total of 27 bands (www.honkfest.org/2014-festival/bands-2014), all with social and/or political activism as part of their charters, as well as individual local players who are inevitably inspired to run home, grab their respective unplugged sound makers, and dive right under the HONK! community umbrella.

The "official" participants for this year's HONK! will be travelling from as far as Moscow, Paris, New Orleans, and Los Alamos, to as near as Somerville and Boston. The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band (www.secondlinebrassband.org), the band who got this world-wide phenomenon rolling in the first place, will once again serve as the hometown HONK! host band.

The overall HONK! schedule is available for perusal at www.honkfest.org/2014-festival/schedule-2014, with many familiar aspects, including the whimsical Lantern Parades and the spectacular "Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes, and Feet" Parade, by now well loved by the many true-blue HONK! fans!

But there is also a new development this year that is important to note. HONK! 2014 will be hosting a "Day of Action" to be held specifically on Friday October 10th. The goal is to set the stage for a targeted weekend long partnership between HONK! bands and local community organizations. More info. on this new HONK! initiative can be www.honkfest.org/2014-festival/friday-day-of-action-2014/, with updates available as HONK! gets closer to the day.

Specific HONK! Festival performance schedules will be made available after October 3, 2014. For more background information on HONK!'s origins and purpose, visit www.honkfest.org/about/. HONK! is a rousing spectacle featuring social activist street bands from all over who come together to share their different approaches to merry making while also instigating positive change in their communities. Born in Somerville in 2006, similar HONK!s have since spread to Austin, Seattle, Detroit, Providence, and New York City, with the first ever HONK! OZ (www.honkfest.org.au) to take place in Australia in January 2015.

For almost a decade now, the original Somerville/Cambridge HONK! just keeps on rolling and expanding! HONK! ON!


Cyborg Camp
Friday, October 10
9am to 6pm
MIT, Media Lab, 3rd floor, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyborgcamp-mit-media-lab-tickets-11004586013
Cost:  $0 - 30

What is CyborgCamp?
CyborgCamp is an unconference about the future of the relationship between humans and technology. We will discuss topics such as futures of identity, privacy, surveillance, hardware to wetware, drones, 3D printing, cyberpunk, human augmentation, constructed reality, the second self, ethics, robot rights, sexuality, urban design, and anthropology.

CyborgCamp welcomes people from different backgrounds, especially human (and nonhumans) at the crossroads of, liminal spaces between, and in utter disregard of different boundaries. This includes friendly IRC bots. You can find our code of conduct here.

CyborgCamp was founded by @caseorganic in 2008 as a way of bringing together people from many different backgrounds to discuss future trajectories for both humans and nonhumans. Since then, CyborgCamps have been independently organized all over the US, Canada, and Brazil.
How unconferences work / what to expect of the day
CyborgCamp is a small unconference (fewer than 100 people). This makes it easier to have more in-depth discussions with people across different fields. 

While CyborgCamps usually have some formal speakers, the majority of the conference sessions are determined on the day of the event via an open whiteboard grid for session signups.
At an unconference, you teach as much as you learn. Anyone can add a discussion topic to the conference schedule. If you want to learn about something, simply suggest that session on the board. Reciprocally, share your knowledge by joining a session you’re prepared to teach. If you're part of a session you're not getting much from, you should move elsewhere. 

You are encouraged to bring hardware, robots, strange contraptions, hacked Google Glasses, art, and materials for workshops. RFID installation kits, DIY drones, DIY bio, and wearable computers are also welcome. There will be room to demo and show off what you’ve built. 
How to join in remotely
We live in the future, and you don’t necessarily need to attend to participate.
IRC Channel: #cyborgcamp on irc.freenode.net 
WebIRC: (forthcoming)
Livestream: talky.io/cyborgcamp

More information at http://cyborgcamp.com/2014/08/cyborgcamp-mit/


Ice Age Climates and Climate Oscillators
Friday, October 10
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Richard Peltier
Speaker Bio:  http://www.atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca/~peltier/

Environmental Science and Engineering Seminars

Host: Ploy Achakulwisut
Email: pachakulwisut at fas.harvard.edu


GSD Talks: "Radical Cities" author Justin McGuirk in conversation with Felipe Correa
WHEN  Fri., Oct. 10, 2014, 1 – 3 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Loeb Library, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Design
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/justin-mcguirk-radical-cities-author-justin-mcguirk-in.html


Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Friday, October 10
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM 
FXB Atrium, Harvard Longwood Campus, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at www.paperlesspost.com/events/9026868-270057df/replies/155670489-39a414f5

Saturday, October 11

IndieWebCampCambridge 2014
Saturday, October 11 to Sunday, October 12
9 am
MIT Stata Center, room 32-D463, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join us in Cambridge, MA for the very first IndieWebCamp at MIT - one of many IndieWebCamps.
Join us at MIT for two days of a BarCamp-style gathering of web creators building and sharing open web technologies to empower users to own their own identities & content, and advance the state of the indie web!
The IndieWeb movement is a global community that is building an open set of principles and methods that empower people to take back ownership of identity and data instead of relying on 3rd party websites.
At IndieWebCamp you’ll learn about ways to empower yourself to own your data, create and publish content on your own site, and only optionally syndicate to third-party silos. Along the way you’ll get a solid grounding in the history and future of Microformats, domain ownership, IndieAuth, WebMention and more!



Exploring Boston’s Urban Forest
Saturday, October 11
Cambridge DPW, 147 Hampshire Street, Cambridge
Cost $15.00 but free if you use the 
RSVP at http://earthwatch.org/expeditions/exploring-bostons-urban-forest but free if participants use the promo code TREES upon sign-up

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.


Massachusetts Food System Listening Sessions- Boston Forum
Saturday, October 11
12:30 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/massachusetts-food-system-listening-sessions-boston-forum-tickets-13077905367

What will it take for Massachusetts to have an equitable and sustainable food system - one that provides good food, thriving jobs and businesses, and a healthy environment for everyone in the Commonwealth? 
Massachusetts is developing the first stage of its Food Systems Plan, and we want to make sure that all those who care about a good food system for Boston have their voices represented in the plan. 
So if you eat, grow, catch, cook, process, package, distribute or sell food in the city, please join us at the Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont St.,Boston on October 11th from 12:30 to 3:30pm!  Share your ideas with other Bostonians as we talk about how our food system works, how it doesn't, and what we want to do about it.

Tuesday, October 14

Boston TechBreakfast: StayAtHand, Bedrock Data, UsinLife LLC, Ostrato, Everseat
Tuesday, October 14
8:00 AM
Microsoft NERD - Horace Mann Room, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-TechBreakfast/events/155723042/

 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 Boston TechBreakfast:
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! 
StayAtHand - Avery Walker
Bedrock Data, Inc.: Bedrock Data - Ben Smith
UsinLife LLC - Anil Tarachandani
Ostrato - Brock Spradling
Everseat - Jeff Peres
~9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words


 Charles Lewis, Professor and Executive Editor, Investigative Reporting Workshop, The American University School of Communication.
Tuesday, October 14
12 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

More information at http://shorensteincenter.org/charles-lewis/


The Use of Cash and Vouchers in Humanitarian Response
Tuesday, October 14
12:00 pm
MIT,  Building E62-687, 100 Main Street, Cambridge
Lunch will be provided.

Speaker: Rebecca Vince, UN World Food Programme, Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell, Cash and Markets Officer (Rome)
Rebecca Vince is currently working as a Cash and Markets Specialist for the Global Logistics Cluster, UN WFP. After graduating with a Masters in Astrophysics from University College London, Rebecca has been in the international development sector for the last decade, living and working across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific. Before working on this assignment, Rebecca was the Deputy Head of Logistics for Oxfam Great Britain, working to deliver an improvement strategy across their portfolio of more than 70 countries. As well as specialising in cash and market based programming, developing SOPs and models for this topic, Rebecca’s thematic areas have included local Partner Capacity Building, leading the innovative interagency PARCEL project for the last year and a half. Rebecca has also worked on Supply Chain performance metrics, designing the SLEAT tool which is now rapidly becoming an INGO sector standard and has recently transformed Oxfam’s approach to evaluating financial benefits and Return on Investment (RoI), applying new methods to several multi-million pound projects. Rebecca is an active member of the Humanitarian Logistics Association and Women in Logistics UK and has recently qualified as a Workplace Coach. Originally from the UK, Rebecca enjoys trying to get things to grow in her garden, professional singing and photography.


Lauren Seelbach, EIT, CFM
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Technology and Policy Program ​​| MIT Humanitarian Response Lab
seelbach at mit.edu

Douglas G. MacMartin, Caltech
October 14
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

MASS Seminar


Cities in Bad Shape: Urban Geometry in India
Tuesday, October 14
MIT, Building E62-450, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Mariaflavia Harari (MIT Graduate Student)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Development Economics Seminar
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal at mit.edu 


Planets and Life Series: The Keys to Habitability, Life From Inside Out
Tuesday, October 14
MIT, Building 2-105

Speaker: Vlada Stamenkovic (MIT)

Planets and Life Series: The Keys to Habitability, Life From Inside Out 
Weekly lecture and discussion series exploring the co-evolution of the earth's natural systems and life

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/2014/planets-life
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Lectures
For more information, contact:  Vlada Stamenkovic
rinsan at mit.edu 

Wednesday, October 15

October Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, October 15
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Pret A Manger, 185 Franklin Street, Post Office Square, Boston

Join us for the October installment of our Boston Sustainability Breakfast, an informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals together for networking, discussion and moral support.  It’s important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good!
So come, get a cup of coffee or a bagel, support a sustainable business and get fired up before work so we can continue trying to change the world.
Though our Sustainability Breakfast Series is now a little over one year old, this is an evolving event so your input and participation is more than welcome.


Nutrient hotspots and the role of ancient herders in the creation of African savannas
Wednesday, October 15
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Tozzer Library Room 203, 21 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Dr. Fiona Marsall, Washington University

Archaeology Seminar

Contact Name:  Dr. Christian Tryon
christiantryon at fas.harvard.edu
More at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2014-10-15-160000-2014-10-15-170000/archaeology-seminar#sthash.cgyPvCCk.dpuf


Transportation, Economic Competitiveness, and Megaregions
Wednesday, October 15
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP to Ellen Bell, director of Strategic Initiatives for Research and Innovation, at ellen.bell at dot.gov
Webinar https://volpe-events.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=volpe-events

Dr. Catherine Ross, Director of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development
Dr. Catherine L. Ross is one of the world’s experts on megaregions—how to bring together regions on transportation, water, energy, land, housing, and health to create great places to live that compete in a global world. She is the director of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD) and deputy director of the National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management.

Dr. Ross is vice president of Euquant, Inc., an Atlanta-based economic and planning consulting firm. In July 2009, she was selected to advise the Obama Administration on the first-ever White House Office of Urban Affairs.

She is the editor of Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness(Island Press, 2009) and the co-author of The Inner City: Urban Poverty and Economic Development in the Next Century (1997). Dr. Ross has conducted research on transportation and urban planning and how to make cities, neighborhoods and regions safer, healthier places for all to live. She has published extensively. Her recent book, Health Impact Assessment in the United States, was published in 2014 by Springer. Her research provides solutions to numerous problems, including global warming, affordable housing, congestion, job growth in a global economy, air quality and health, and the built environment.


Growing the Region’s Farm and Food Workforce
Wednesday, October 15
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/525141978

Join us this fall for our continuing Wednesday webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve our region’s food system.  The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in our report, New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System.

All webinars are recorded and will be available at www.farmland.org/newengland. You will find these four webinars already posted there:
May 14:  Introduction to the New England Food Policy Report and Project
June 18th:  Organic Waste:  Finding Uses for It in the Food System
July 16th:   Frameworks for Regional Food System Collaboration
July 23rd:   Reducing Farmland Conversion: State Land Use and Protection Policies

For a more detailed description of each of the webinars, please visit www.newenglandfoodpolicy.org


Feeling the Heat: Temperature, Productivity, and the Wealth of Nations
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 15, 2014, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy,
Harvard Environmental Economics Program
SPEAKER(S)  Geoffrey Heal, Columbia Business School, and Jisung Park, Harvard University
COST	Free and open to the public
LINK  http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k105744


Adapting Species to a Changing World: The Potential of Genome Editing
Wednesday, October 15
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

George Church, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Innovative new technologies may enable scientists to manipulate ancient and modern DNA to safeguard ecosystems from invasive organisms, help species recover their genetic diversity, and address issues of climate change. However, as geneticist George Church will discuss, while resurrecting mammoths could help maintain the Arctic permafrost, such developments require thoughtful consideration of complex system interactions and potential unintended consequences.

Lecture. Free and open to the public.

More at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2014-10-15-220000/adapting-species-changing-world-potential-genome-editing#sthash.FV8VwWLP.dpuf


Crowdfunding’s role in the future of technology innovation
 Wednesday, October 15
6:30 PM
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston 

Join us for a Feature Presentation including interviews with serial entrepreneur and leading Angel investor, David S. Rose, and equity Crowdfunding pioneer, Ryan Feit. Hear how Crowdfunding is changing the way early-stage technology is financed. 

Speed networking & registration (6:30 sharp)  
Premier of Feature Presentation  
Interactive ’Needs & Asks’ session 

Feature Presentation starring:  
David S. Rose, Founder & CEO, Gust, Managing Partner, Rose Tech Ventures, Chairman Emeritus, NY Angels 
Ryan Feit, Co-Founder & CEO, SeedInvest 

Following the Feature Presentation we'll begin the interactive "Needs & Asks" session. Requests will be announced to the group and connections can be made in real-time. Attendees are encouraged to submit their request when registering. 

About the speakers:  
David S. Rose is a serial entrepreneur, Inc 500 CEO and active angel investor who has helped to fund over 100 companies. He is the author of the New York Times best selling book, “Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups”. David has been described by Forbes magazine as “New York’s Archangel” and by Red Herring magazine as "Patriarch of Silicon Alley." He is the founder and CEO of Gust, the international collaboration platform for startup financing that connects over 50,000 business angels and 250,000 entrepreneurs. David is Managing Partner of Rose Tech Ventures; Founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels; and Associate Founder and Founding Track Chair for Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economics at Singularity University, the Google/NASA-sponsored post-graduate program in exponential technologies. 

Ryan Feit is the CEO and Co-Founder of SeedInvest, a leading equity crowdfunding platform. Prior to founding SeedInvest, Ryan worked at Carlson Capital, Wellspring Capital Management and Lehman Brothers in New York City where he invested in, financed and managed dozens of private and public businesses. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act, Ryan supported The Startup Exemption, the nonprofit responsible for bringing the concept of equity crowdfunding to Washington, D.C. Ryan co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association and serves as a Board Member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates group. Whenever given the chance, Ryan enjoys traveling and has been to 77 countries. Ryan received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website (BNID.org) that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users. 

The website contains:

A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development
- http://www.bnid.org/events 
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily - http://www.bnid.org/jobs
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations - http://www.bnid.org/organizations

Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities -www.bnid.org/sign-up 

The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.

Please feel free to email our organization at info at bnid.org if you have any questions!



We are looking for folks to help us program our new M.U.S.C.R.A.T. Bus (Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Art Transport). 

About the MUSCRAT
The city of Somerville, led by the Somerville Arts Council, has bought an old school bus, which has been transformed into a Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Art Transport (M.U.S.C.R.A.T). We anticipate that the inside will be used to conduct roaming art classes, performance art or dance, while the outside could be used to screen films or host concerts. The intent for our M.U.S.C.R.A.T. is to create a flexible roving catalyst for creation.

Perhaps you'd like to…
create a comix workshop for youth in an underserved area; this might take place at Mystic River Housing, for example
produce a dance performance in or around the bus in an unlikely location
host a public craft night inside the bus

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Official Call 
For more details and the official call to Producers, go here: http://somervilleartscouncil.org/muscrat

Rachel Strutt, Program Manager, Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
Visit Nibble, a blog about food & culture at



Cambridge Arts makes annual awards of $200-$2000 to support access to professional arts and culture events for Cambridge youth through Field Trip Grants and supports individual artists and organizations through Project Grants. Project Grants are awarded in two categories: Creating & Presenting and Education & Access. Entry fee.

Details:  617-349-4380
cambridgearts at cambridgema.gov


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://mitenergyclub.org/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/

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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