[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - January 4, 2015

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jan 4 12:27:36 PST 2015

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Design for Resilience Exhibition
12/10/2014 to 02/06/2015

Monday, January 5

5:30pm  Robots, automation and tech in Agriculture
7pm  Johnny Gandelsman / J.S. Bach The Complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
7:30pm  Reportback from the Vienna Nuclear Abolition Conference

Tuesday, January 6

8am  Boston TechBreakfast
5:30pm  Howard Gardner Lecture #1: Truth Reframed
6pm  BASG: Investing in Sustainability

Wednesday, January 7

12:10pm  Arctic Sea-Ice Reemergence: The Role of Large-Scale Oceanic and Atmospheric Variability
5pm  M2D2 “Shark Tank” Pitch Event & Networking Session
7pm  Documentaries Reviewing the Scientific Evidence about 9/11

Thursday, January 8

4pm  Tour of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems’ Living Laboratory
6:30pm  Wearable Computers Group Meet & Greet 
7pm  Documentaries Reviewing the Scientific Evidence about 9/11

Friday, January 9

5pm  MIT Sounding: Small Instruments (Male Instrumenty)
6:30pm  Ignite Craft Boston 2015

Saturday, January 10

Ship It! Saturday Hackathon at Launch Academy

Sunday, January 11

10am  What We Know About Global Warming
3pm  Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration with the Moses Family

Monday, January 12

ComputeFest 2015 - January 12-23
6:30pm  Rebuilding Haiti
6:30pm  Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars: Boston Info Session
7pm  Lessons from Cuba with Mario Alberto Arrasta Avila
7pm  Using Math to Answer Scientific Questions:  From Bird Beaks to Droplet Splashing to the Science of Cooking
7pm  Mutants in our Midst: Darwin, Horticulture, and Evolution

Tuesday, January 13

12pm  Kickstarting Evolution: The Emergence of Novel Functional Biomolecules at the Origin of Life and Today
12:30pm  The Great Firewall Inverts
12:30pm  Toward a Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine
5:30pm  Howard Gardner Lecture #2 - Beauty Reframed
6pm  Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #BQS18


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

Lords of Creation


Design for Resilience Exhibition
12/10/2014 to 02/06/2015
McCormick Gallery, Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street, Boston

Design for Resilience asks us to think, discuss, and take action as we consider how to better connect ourselves to our ecology and our infrastructure to ready ourselves for the future. What will Boston look like in 2050? What will our coastal cities look like in 2115?

Rebuild by Design has been answering these questions of resilience - the ability to withstand, adapt, and recover from shock - with an innovative process that relies on unprecedented collaboration to create unique solutions for a stronger tomorrow.

In response to Hurricane Sandy's catastrophic landfall in October 2012, President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force launched Rebuild by Design as a design competition to generate solutions to not only the storm's devastation, but also to long-standing physical and social vulnerabilities now exposed and exacerbated. Rebuild by Design connects design teams with researchers and policymakers as well as residents, businesses, and community-based organizations whom the storm affected. These collaborations enable the teams to develop socially, environmentally, and economically rigorous interventions that better prepare us for a future impacted by climate change. This exhibition showcases the competition's ten finalists and their detailed design proposals for creating a more resilient region.

We bring this exhibition to Boston to engage and educate ourselves and our fellow citizens about our own urban vulnerabilities; to showcase the power of collaborative problem solving and community engagement; and to highlight the forward-thinking work that local organizations are producing to protect us from increasing risk, intensifying storms, and rising seas. Exploring the Rebuild by Design proposals, along with new work from Terreform ONE, opens a window that suggests how Boston could arrive at a safer tomorrow.

These transformational designs and the process that generated them are a call to action. Join us in taking control over our destiny and creating a resilient future for the City of Boston.

Join the conversation @theBACboston using #RebuildBoston

Funding for this exhibition is generously provided by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Boston Architectural College

Contact:  shaun.orourke at the-bac.edu

Monday, January 5

Robots, automation and tech in Agriculture
Monday, January 5
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
TechSandBox, 105B South Street,  Hopkinton,  MA
RSVP at http://www.techsandbox.org/robotics-and-manufacturing.html
Cost:  $35/20

We New Englanders know the difference in the taste of locally grown produce; think of tomatoes in January in New England! And then there’s managing crop growth and harvesting which is backbreaking work that often uses low wage labor. And, we have such a short grwoing season here… or do we?

Let’s see why agriculture and Massachusetts may appear more often in the same sentence! And how technology is helping with growth in diverse applications from golf course management, to local crop growth, to management of large nurseries.

John Kawola, CEO, Harvest Automation www.harvestai.com
Brad McNamara, CEO, Freight Farm www.freightfarms.com
David Wooden, CTO and Co-founder, Plantbid www.plantbid.com

Green and Clean Tech
Website:  http://www.techsandbox.org/robotics-and-manufacturing.html

Phone:  508-435-7263 
Email:  barb at techsandbox.org 
Website:  http://www.techsandbox.org/


Johnny Gandelsman / J.S. Bach The Complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
Monday, January 5
7:00 pm
MIT Killian Hall, 14W, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/johnny-gandelsman-js-bach-the-complete-sonatas-and-partitas-for-solo-violin-tickets-15079073916

Free and open to the public

Violinist Johnny Gandelsman - core member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble - starts a new year of music at MIT with this pop-up single evening performance of the COMPLETE Sonatas & Partitas.  


Reportback from the Vienna Nuclear Abolition Conference
Monday, January 5
Harvard, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Tuesday, January 6

Boston TechBreakfast
Tuesday, January 6
8:00am - 10:00am
Microsoft New England R&D Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-TechBreakfast/events/215003152/

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! 
CloudStock - Ann Calvin
Golfswell: Golfswell App - Aaron Rosenthal
Songspace - Christopher Igoe
Rejjee, Inc.: Rejjee / Mobile Blue - Ken Smith
~9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words


Howard Gardner Lecture #1: Truth Reframed
WHEN  Tue., Jan. 6, 2015, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, GSE, Gutman Library 6 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Education
SPEAKER(S)  Howard Gardner
DETAILS  Since the dawn of civilization, humans have struggled to describe the defining virtues of civilization—and, in the process, have confronted some of mankind’s most difficult and enduring questions.
In this lecture series, Professor Howard Gardner traces the astonishing transformations in our conceptions of these three virtues in our lifetime — and describes the newfound challenges in making sense of them. How do we distinguish truth from “truthiness” in the Age of the Internet? How do we judge beauty when modern artists treat it like an outdated virtue? And how do we distinguish right from wrong in age of relativistic and politicized morality? In his lectures, Gardner will explore the current state of these virtues, argue for their continued importance in human society, and explains how we should be educating for them in the twenty-first century — both in and out of the classroom.
Lecture Series: Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed
LINK	http://www.gse.harvard.edu/calendar#/?i=1


BASG: Investing in Sustainability
Tuesday, January 6
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
The Venture Cafe - Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/basg-investing-in-sustainability-tickets-14768433783
Cost:  $10-12

BASG ushers in the new year with: Investing in Sustainability
How do investors use sustainability reporting and social impact mission to evaluate the value or risk of their investments? What do we need to know as CSR professionals? As potential investors ourselves?
Come meet, hear, and engage with our speakers for the evening:

Timothy Smith, SVP and Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement, Walden Asset Management
Investors with over $7 Trillion in AUM are now involved in Sustainable and Responsible Impact investing (SRI). Tim will describe the growth and impact of SRI and the responsiveness of companies to the sustainability message and agenda.
Tim joined Walden in October 2000, where his primary responsibilities include overseeing shareholder advocacy, public policy, assisting in client services and acting as the spokesperson for Walden on social issues. Walden Asset Management manages approximately $1.7 billion for individual and institutional clients. Walden has been a national leader in responsible investing for over 35 years working on dozens of issues like the environment, sweatshops, climate change, Apartheid in South Africa, executive compensation, corporate governance and equal employment opportunity in the U.S. among others.
Previously Tim served as Executive Director of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) for 24 years. Tim is the past Chair of the Board of Social Investment Forum and continues to serve in advisory roles Shared Interest, World Neighbors, and the Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Advisory Board, General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church.
In December 2007 Tim was named by Ethisphere Institute as one of top 100 most influential people in Business Ethics. He holds a Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and a BA from the University of Toronto.

Susan Musinsky, Director Social Innovation Forum, Root Cause
Susan will share insights from her work to facilitate collaboration among leaders from nonprofits, philanthropy, government, and business to make progress on pressing social issues and how Root Cause’s model for investing in sustainability has evolved with time. 
Susan has dedicated her career to building communities committed to creating social impact. Under Susan’s leadership, the Social Innovation Forum has grown from a small volunteer initiative to a respected model for directing resources for solving social problems to the best available approaches. Since 2003, the Social Innovation Forum has worked with more than 70 Social Innovators and Impact Entrepreneurs in Greater Boston and helped them to attract more than $16 million in cash and in-kind resources. 
Previously, Susan was executive director of the National Conference for Community and Justice's (NCCJ) Boston office, which grew threefold under her leadership. She has participated on many local boards, including serving as past chair of Congregation Beth El's Tzedkah Hevra group, and as a founding member of the Watertown Community Foundation's Board of Directors. Susan holds an Ed. M. from Harvard University, and a BS from the University of Vermont.

John Chaimanis, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure (KSI)
Over $1 Trillion of renewable infrastructure investment is needed every year through 2030 to combat climate change.  There are great returns and potential pitfalls along the way. John will share one way to invest, which generates outstanding cash yields with no correlation to public markets.
John is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure (KSI), a private equity firm that invests in low risk and high-yield clean-energy assets using a strategy that evolved from his many experiences in the energy industry.  At KSI he works closely with registered investment advisors, family offices, and institutions to generate returns through investments in contracted solar, wind and hydro projects.  
In 2005, Mr. Chaimanis began working in clean energy finance as it formed the perfect match between his business interests with his passion for making a positive impact. After working with regional project developers in the New England area, he joined a subsidiary of Edison International in California where he acquired and developed 250MW of wind energy projects, investing over $500 million dollars.  Mr. Chaimanis regularly advises clean energy startups, and consults with investors looking to understand the clean energy investment landscape. Prior to working in energy investing, Mr. Chaimanis founded a charter school.  
Mr. Chaimanis holds an M.B.A. from Babson College, and a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University, and he has earned certification from US SIF for Sustainable and Responsible Investing (SRI).

Robert Fernandez, Vice President Credit Research, Breckinridge Capital Advisors
The $3.7 trillion municipal bond market has long been used by state and local governments to finance public improvements such as water treatment plants, K-12 school facilities and hospitals.  Rob will share how municipal bonds offer sustainable investors the opportunity to invest in essential environmental and social projects and earn a market return through the relatively new but growing green bond market. 
Rob joined Breckinridge in April of 2010 as a Vice President of Research. He has 11 years of experience and most recently was Senior Research Analyst at Opus Investment Management where he analyzed corporate and municipal bonds. Rob began his career in credit research at State Street Bank as a participant in its commercial loan officer development program. He has also held commercial credit analyst positions at Cambridge Savings Bank and Eastern Bank. 
Rob is a member of The Boston Security Analysts Society, the CFA Institute and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. He holds a B.S. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

Wednesday, January 7

Arctic Sea-Ice Reemergence: The Role of Large-Scale Oceanic and Atmospheric Variability
Wednesday, January 7
12:10pm – 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Mitch Bushuk, Courant Institute, NYU
Arctic sea-ice reemergence is a phenomenon in which spring sea-ice anomalies are positively correlated with fall anomalies, despite a loss of correlation over the intervening summer months. This work employs a novel data analysis algorithm for high-dimensional multivariate datasets, coupled nonlinear Laplacian spectral analysis (NLSA), to investigate the regional and temporal aspects of this reemergence phenomenon. Coupled NLSA modes of variability of sea-ice concentration, sea-surface temperature (SST), and sea-level pressure (SLP) are studied in the North Pacific and Arctic sectors of a comprehensive climate model and in observations. It is found that low-dimensional families of NLSA modes are able to efficiently reproduce the reemergence signal of the raw sea-ice data and also provide SST and SLP-based mechanisms for reemergence. These mechanisms are related to the phase and amplitude of large-scale SST and SLP patterns, namely the North Pacific Gyre Oscillation, Arctic Oscillation, and Arctic Dipole Anomaly. Distinct phase relationships are identified between sea-ice anomalies in the Barents-Kara Seas, the Labrador Sea, and the Bering Sea, three regions that comprise the majority of Arctic sea-ice variability. It is found that the SLP patterns of each family, along with their associated geostrophic winds and surface air temperature advection, provide a large-scale teleconnection between these geographically disconnected regions.


M2D2 “Shark Tank” Pitch Event & Networking Session
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
5:00pm – 9:00pm
RSVP at http://conta.cc/1upnIS7
Cost:  $20

A panel-style venture pitch event resembling ABC’s “Shark Tank” show will be held at Mintz Levin, Boston MA followed by networking. Several entrepreneurs representing start-up companies  affiliated with M2D2 will have to face tough questions from a panel of investors from Boston Harbor Angels, Cherrystone Angel Group, Launchpad Venture Group and MVM Life Science Partners regarding their technologies, current stage of development and financial projections in a pitch of their ventures.

Contact Mary Ann at MaryAnn_Picard at uml.edu

For complete information and registration:  http://conta.cc/1upnIS7


Documentaries Reviewing the Scientific Evidence about 9/11
Wednesday, January 7
MIT, Building 34-302, 34 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Blueprint for Truth Documentary
Highly praised multimedia presentation by San Francisco Bay Area architect Richard Gage, AIA.  Presents evidence of explosive controlled demolition of the three World Trade Center high-rise buildings on 9/11.  114 minutes with discussion following.  

We will view two movies, made from Architects&Engineers for 911Truth (ae911Truth.org), one each night, about  what really happened on 9/11, and then discuss them.
Learn about the evidence behind this tragedy as presented by professional architects and engineers who will demonstrate that it could not possibly have happened in the way that we've been told.  The films avoid speculation and discuss evidence of what has become the most significant event of our era.

Contact: Dave Slesinger, dslesinger at alum.mit.edu

Thursday, January 8

Tour of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems’ Living Laboratory
Thursday, January 8
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE), 5 Channel Center Street, Boston 
RSVP at http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/events/fraunhofer_tour/#register

Located at 5 Channel Center Street, Boston, the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) is a non-profit applied research and development laboratory. CSE’s mission is to foster economic development through the commercialization of clean energy technologies for the benefit of society.

Since its founding in 2008, Fraunhofer CSE has filed and licensed several patents in photovoltaic and building energy technologies, and created over 170 direct job years and hundreds of indirect jobs in the clean energy technology center. Funded by the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, the center is currently leading a project to develop Plug-and-Play Photovoltaics for American Homes.

Located in the heart of Boston’s Innovation District, the Living Laboratory is home to Fraunhofer CSE’s Massachusetts R&D center for the advancement of sustainable energy systems. Born out of a 2013 energy-retrofit of a 100-year-old building, the Living Laboratory leverages cutting-edge design concepts and historic architecture alongside in-house research facilities, including a pilot solar module fabrication line, dedicated thermal testing laboratory, and extensive characterization/environmental testing resources.

Tour participants can expect to learn first-hand about the latest developments in building energy conservation from our tour guide and from the technologies on display in the Living Laboratory. This event will be of particular interest to those involved in building energy technologies, solar photovoltaics and distributed electrical energy systems, as well as the general technology start-up community of Greater Boston.

The facility tour will run approximately one hour, after which the group will meet at  Barlow’s Restaurant to discuss what they learned.  We look forward to seeing you on January 8.

Tour leader:   Dr. Johanna Wolfson,  Program Manager, TechBridge


Wearable Computers Group Meet & Greet 
Thursday, January 8
6:30 PM
Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Wearable-technologies-in-Boston/events/219399107/

Hi All! I'm excited to be part of this group. Lets get together and say hello, swap ideas and discuss how this group should proceed in the future. I've scheduled 1 large event for Feb 9th: to make it awesome, lots of help would be required. If you are interested in getting involved, or just want to network, stop by and say hello!


Documentaries Reviewing the Scientific Evidence about 9/11
Thursday, January 8
MIT, Building 34-302, 34 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Explosive Evidence -- Experts Speak Out
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth documentary. High-rise architects, structural engineers, metallurgists, chemists, physicists, explosive/controlled demolitionists share expertise on 9/11. It's not conspiracy, it's forensics.   This documentary was the most viewed and shared program on PBS.org nationally for several weeks. 58 minutes with discussion following.

We will view two movies, made from Architects&Engineers for 911Truth (ae911Truth.org), one each night, about  what really happened on 9/11, and then discuss them.
Learn about the evidence behind this tragedy as presented by professional architects and engineers who will demonstrate that it could not possibly have happened in the way that we've been told.  The films avoid speculation and discuss evidence of what has become the most significant event of our era.

Contact: Dave Slesinger, dslesinger at alum.mit.edu

Friday, January 9

MIT Sounding: Small Instruments (Male Instrumenty)
Friday, January 9
MIT Museum, Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Open to the public: Free for MIT ID holders; $5/students and seniors; $10/adults 

Pawel Romanczuk, Small Instruments (Male Instrumenty) at MIT Museum's Second Fridays program series 
Presentation of new instruments and music by MIT students with Pawel Romanczuk, composer, instrument builder and founder of Small Instruments (Ma??e Instrumenty) 

During the winter session, MIT students will be part of a workshop with Pawel Romanczuk, composer, instrument builder and founder of Male Instrumenty (Small Instruments), a five-piece band that explores new sounds using a wide array of small instruments, from toy pianos to homemade child-sized cellos. Inspired by the soundtracks to old Polish animated films, the instruments used in the group's sonic experiments feature an ever-expanding array of instruments, children's toys and strange musical inventions. MIT students will work with Romanczuk to build their own instruments and create their own compositions, presenting their work in a public concert at the end of the residency.

MIT Sounding 
About the series: For the 2014-15 season, MIT inaugurates the innovative annual performance series MIT Sounding, curated by Evan Ziporyn, featuring rare live performances by new music pioneers Terry Riley and Alvin Lucier, early music denizens Boston Camerata, and the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. The series will include world and US premieres by Ziporyn, Elena Ruehr, Christine Southworth, Arnold Dreyblatt, Gyan Riley and others.

Web site: http://arts.mit.edu/events-visit/sound-series/sounding/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Art, Science & Technology, MIT Museum, Arts at MIT, Music and Theater Arts
For more information, contact:  CAST
cast at mit.edu 


Ignite Craft Boston 2015
Friday, January 9
6:30 PM (EST)
MIT, Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Room 123, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ignite-craft-boston-2015-tickets-12536339529
Donations accepted

Craft, Community, and 5-Minute Talks
Ignite Craft Boston is an Ignite event with a crafty crowd. If you had 5 minutes on stage to talk about your crafty passion in Boston, what would you say? What if you only got 20 photos or other visuals, and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world, folks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers.

For more about this event please visit Common Cod Fiber Guild's website at: http://www.commoncod.com/ignite/

Saturday, January 10

Ship It! Saturday Hackathon at Launch Academy
Saturday, January 10 
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Launch Academy, 33 Harrison Avenue, Suite 501, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ship-it-saturday-hackathon-at-launch-academy-tickets-14888579141

It's a new year and with it, another opportunity to build awesome projects! Kick off 2015 in style and spend a warm day indoors with us at Ship It! Saturday - an all-day Hackathon at Mission Control, Launch Academy's homebase in Chinatown! Launch Academy is a 10-week training program for developers, focused around challenge-based learning, a teach-to-learn approach, and a simulated apprenticeship/work environment (among many other things). Teaching is our M.O. so we'd love to work alongside you and the project you are working on. We hope you are willing to teach us some cool things, too!
Everyone at this event has a desire to create something amazing. Whether you have a side project you've been working on or a nagging bug you've been meaning to fix, Ship It! Saturday is the venue to get it done. Join a team or hack away on your own, and deploy something of value!
Bring great people and great ideas and please don’t forget to RSVP ASAP! This event is open to the public so be sure to invite your friends and feed off the great energy. We'll also help feed your bellies with breakfast in the morning and pizza and beer in the evening!
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Share what you're working on
10:30 a.m. Break into projects and begin to work
5:00 p.m. Pizza and beer
8:00 p.m. Project presentations
Then head out to the bars to celebrate a great day - we hope to see there!

 Sunday, January 11
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Humanist Hub, 30 JFK Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Ethical-Society-of-Boston/events/219187245/

Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A recognized authority on meteorology and climate change, Kerry Emanuel is both a political conservative and a harsh critic of those who deny the urgency of the global climate change crisis. Professor Emanuel will address the scientific basis for concern about global warming and talk about why the issue remains controversial outside of the scientific arena. 


Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration with the Moses Family
Sunday, January 11
3 pm
Central Square Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr King with civil right icon Robert Moses and his family - Robert, Janet, Maisha, and Omo.  They'll discuss Robert's historic contributions and how their organizations - the Algebra Project andn the Young Peoples's Project - promote social justice through math literacy.

Monday, January 12

ComputeFest 2015 
January 12 - 23

Organized by the Institute for Applied Computational Science at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, ComputeFest offers an annual two week program of knowledge- and skill-building activities in computational science and engineering culminating in a day-long symposium.  This year's symposium, organized with the Center for Research on Computation and Society, will feature a live video conversation with Edward Snowden and Bruce Schneier of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Skill-Building Workshops
Monday, January 12 - Friday, January 16
Learn computational skills such as R, Julia, Amazon AWS, deep learning, Vowpal Wabbit, Mathematica, and more in a hands-on format with expert instructors.
Student Challenge
Tuesday, January 20 - Thursday, January 22
Harvard students compete head to head in a challenge designed to test their programming, mathematical, and strategic skills!
Prizes include: Beats by Dre headphones (first place) and Fitbits (runner up)

Friday, January 23
4th annual symposium on the future of computation in science and engineering: 
Privacy in a Networked World


Rebuilding Haiti
Monday, January 12
Cambridge Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Paul Fallon
Paul Fallon spent thirty years as an architect specializing in healthcare desing before the earthquake in Haiti compelled him to participate in the reconstruction effort.  His new book, Architecture by Moonlight:  Rebuilding Haiti, Redrafting a Life, chronicles his experience.


Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars: Boston Info Session
Monday, January 12
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Techstars Boston, 179 Lincoln Street, Suite 405, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/qualcomm-robotics-accelerator-powered-by-techstars-boston-info-session-tickets-14915379301

Come join us for pizza, beer, and robots and learn more about the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator powered by Techstars.
Techstars and Qualcomm will be in town to share information about the robotics accelerator and answer any questions you might have. Techstars alumni and mentors will be there to talk about their experiences and answer questions.
6:30 - 7pm         Mixer with Pizza and Drinks
7pm - 8pm         Informational session and Q&A with Techstars and Qualcomm
8pm - 8:30pm    Hangout at Techstars, ask questions, meet people. 
Learn more about the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator powered by Techstars at http://qualcommaccelerator.com
Our Managing Director, Ryan Kuder, will be holding office hours at Techstars Boston throughout the day on January 12. If you'd like to set up a time to meet to talk about your startup, you can find his office hours here.


Lessons from Cuba with Mario Alberto Arrasta Avila
Monday, January 12
7:00pm - 8:30pm
First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

The Jamaica Plain Forum is delighted to announce that Mario Alberto Arrasta Avila received his visa two months late! They will be hosting him at the JP Forum on January 12th.
Co-sponsored by Coop Power.

What can we learn from Cuba? When nearly 70% of Cuba?s oil supply stopped in 1989 after the USSR collapsed, transportation, electricity, and food production were jeopardized. Cuba responded by shifting to widespread use of renewables and permaculture-based agriculture systems, making the country a world leader in sustainable development.

Join us in welcoming Cuba's leading Energy Efficiency and Renewables educator, Mario Alberto Arrasta Avila. Mario is responsible for the development and delivery of energy education at all levels in Cuba, and is a passionate and engaging speaker.

Come along to hear about Cuba's Energy Revolution and what New England can learn from it. 


Using Math to Answer Scientific Questions:  From Bird Beaks to Droplet Splashing to the Science of Cooking
Monday, January 12
7pm – 8pm	
The Burren 247 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville

Dr Michael Brenner
SITN’s Science by the Pint is a chance to interact directly with research scientists. The featured scientists will give a brief intro to her work, and take a few questions before mingling from table to table with other member of her group to chat with you.

Contact http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/


Mutants in our Midst: Darwin, Horticulture, and Evolution 
Monday, January 12
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain

William (Ned) Friedman, PhD, Director, Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Although often overlooked as such, many of the horticultural varieties that we grow in gardens are premier examples of the ongoing process of evolution: random mutations that lead, on the rarest of occasions, to novel and desirable biological characteristics. Throughout his life, Charles Darwin (as well as other nineteenth century evolutionists) looked to the world of horticulture and plant domestication to gain critical insights into the generation of variation and the process of natural selection that underlie evolutionary change. Come see how nineteenth century horticulture played a central role in laying the foundations for the discovery of the fact of evolution as well as the process of evolution. Professor Ned Friedman will also argue that modern botanical gardens can and should become a leading force for the promotion of evolutionary thinking by highlighting the very kinds of mutations observed and described by Darwin as well as new examples of monstrosities and mutants that continue to be found in the Arboretum and other living collections around the world.
Free. Member-only registration through December 15; General registration after December 15

More information at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1388&DayPlannerDate=1/12/2015

Tuesday, January 13

Kickstarting Evolution: The Emergence of Novel Functional Biomolecules at the Origin of Life and Today
Tuesday, January 13
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Noam Prywes, Harvard University

EAPS IAP Lecture Series 2015: Origin of Life

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/iap-2015
Open to: the general public
Cost: n/a 
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Lectures
For more information, contact:  Roberta Allard


The Great Firewall Inverts
Tuesday, January 13
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 http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2015/01/freitas#RSVP
Event will be webcast live on http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2015/01/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.


Toward a Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine
WHEN  Tue., Jan. 13, 2015, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Medical School, New Research Building - Room 1031, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
SPEAKER(S)  Peter Palese, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
CONTACT INFO	jessica_conner at hms.harvard.edu


Howard Gardner Lecture #2 - Beauty Reframed
WHEN  Tue., Jan. 13, 2015, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Gutman Conference Center, Gutman Library, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Education
SPEAKER(S)  Howard Gardner
CONTACT INFO	events at gse.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Since the dawn of civilization, humans have struggled to describe the defining virtues of civilization — and, in the process, have confronted some of mankind’s most difficult and enduring questions.
In this lecture series, Professor Howard Gardner traces the astonishing transformations in our conceptions of these three virtues in our lifetime — and describes the newfound challenges in making sense of them. How do we distinguish truth from “truthiness” in the Age of the Internet? How do we judge beauty when modern artists treat it like an outdated virtue? And how do we distinguish right from wrong in age of relativistic and politicized morality? In his lectures, Gardner will explore the current state of these virtues, argue for their continued importance in human society, and explains how we should be educating for them in the twenty-first century — both in and out of the classroom.
Lecture Series: Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed
LINK	http://www.gse.harvard.edu/calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D112958742


Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #BQS18
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Sign in at the front desk and then take the elevators to the 1st floor.
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BostonQS/events/216256422/
Cost: $7.00/per person

Please come join us on Tuesday, January 13th for another fun night of self-tracking presentations, sharing ideas, and showing tools. If you are self-tracking in any way -- health stats, biofeedback, life-logging, mood monitoring, biometrics, athletics, etc. -- come and share your methods, results and insights.

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

QS Boston is dedicated to hosting events that are safe and comfortable for everyone. All QS Boston events will follow the QS Boston Code of Conduct. Questions/feedback can be sent to Maggie (maggie.delano at gmail.com).

6:00 - 7:00 pm DEMO HOUR & SOCIAL TIME
Are you a toolmaker? Come demo your self-tracking gadget, app, project or idea that you're working on and share with others in our "science fair for adults." If you are making something useful for self-trackers – software, hardware, web services, or data standards – please demo it in this workshop portion of the Show&Tell. Want to participate in Demo Hour? Please let us know when you RSVP or contact Vincent at vmcphillip at gmail dot com for a spot. 

7:00 - 8:00 pm IGNITE SHOW&TELLS 
If you'd like to talk about your personal self-tracking story, please let us know in your RSVP or contact Maggie at maggie.delano at gmail dot com, so you can discuss your topic. In your talk, you should answer the three prime questions: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?

If you've never been to a meetup before, you can get a sense of what the talks are like from watching videos of previous QS talks.
Don't know what Ignite means? More info at http://ignite.oreilly.com
Talk to the speakers, chat with new and old friends, ask other people what they're tracking, and generally hang out and have a great time.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 14

Science Policy
Wednesday, January 14
Time: 10:00a–11:30a
MIT, Building 76-156, 500 Main Street, Cambridge

Michael A. Simon, Ph.D., Principal Data Scientist, Arcadia Healthcare Solutions 
John Randell, Ph.D. Program Officer for Science Policy, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 
Laura Maliszewski, Ph.D., Executive Director, Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science and the Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology 
Bina Venkataraman, Director of Global Policy Initiatives, The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard. 

Join us to learn more about the wide variety of postdoc positions available to Biology PhDs! The panel will feature experiences about life as an academic postdoc, research fellow, industry postdoc, and teaching fellow.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Biology

"How to Address the Evolving Cyber Security Threat"
Wednesday, January 14
5:30 pm
One Federal Street, 38th Floor, Boston
RSVP at http://www.harvardclub.com/club/scripts/calendar/view_club_calendaritem.asp?CID=2047214&GRP=20291&NS=A&src=w&testpagecfg=calitem
Cost:  $12 (plus Club charge & tax) 
includes: light refreshments and presentation. 
A member charge bar will be available. 

John Moynihan
This session is designed for business leaders and will examine, in non-technical language, how all industries and sectors are being impacted by a variety of rapidly evolving, increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. The session will identify the most prevalent tactics being deployed by criminal hacking groups and reinforce the need to adopt a multifaceted approach to mitigate these risks, combining administrative, technical and physical security controls. Attendees will be provided with an overview of the core elements of an effective information security program and the consequences of failing adopt certain measures. Drawing upon the speakers' experience in remediating high profile data breaches, participants will be provided with sanitized examples of actual security incidents and the situations which led to these incidents.

John Moynihan is President and Founder of Minuteman Governance, a Massachusetts consultancy that provides information security services to high-profile clients throughout the United States. Prior to founding Minuteman Governance, John was Deputy Commissioner and Information Security Officer at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. He has created information security programs for clients within a variety of industries, directed comprehensive risk assessments, managed multi-faceted training initiatives and remediated several data breach investigations.


Earthos Conversation Series Topic #6 BIODIVERSITY
Wednesday, January 14
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Earthos Lab, 1310 Broadway, Ground Floor, Somerville
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/earthos-conversation-series-topic-6-biodiversity-tickets-14269866555
$15 suggested donation 

Please join us NOVEMBER 20th 6:00PM-9:00PM for an Earthos Conversation about 
BIODIVERSITY and resilient, sustaining regional systems. How do we design our homes, communities, cities and regions while supporting the BIODIVERSITY that sustains all of us? We've invited thinkers and innovators from different arenas who are grappling with this question. Together, we'll explore emerging ideas and efforts in Boston, New England and beyond.

Each month, Earthos hosts a Conversation about a key resource at the New Earthos Lab for resilient and sustaining regions.  Each conversation focuses on a resource system, and how it relates to the other resources: food, water, energy, land, biodiversity, waste, and people.

The Earthos Lab brings people together to research, learn, and collaborate towards robust regional systems.


GA + BOSTON NEW TECH: Being Acquired by Google, Stackdriver's Story
Wednesday, January 14
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
General Assembly, 51 Melcher Street, Boston
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/ga-boston-new-tech-being-acquired-by-google-stackdrivers-story/boston/9650

Being acquired by a tech giant like Google is the dream of many entrepreneurs. For some, including Izzy Azeri and Dan Belcher of Stackdriver, it’s a reality. Join Izzy and Dan, along with Boston New Tech, at General Assembly for beers, pizza and a candid conversation. 

Servicing top cloud-based companies including SmugMug, Edmodo and 99 Designs – Stackdriver’s intelligent monitoring system enables its users to address performance bottlenecks before they impact customers while reducing the burden associated with patchwork monitoring solutions. Learn about the founders’ experience going from an idea to becoming an integral part of Google’s cloud platform growth strategy.

Stackdriver - Stackdriver provides a powerfully simple monitoring service for cloud-powered applications that helps DevOps spend more time on dev and less on ops. Acquired by Google in May 2014. Since its inception in 2012, Stackdriver has focused on helping cloud-powered companies address performance bottlenecks before they impact customers while reducing the burden associated with patchwork monitoring solutions. Learn more: www.stackdriver.com

General Assembly - At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing. 

Established in early 2011 as an innovative community in New York City for entrepreneurs and startup companies, General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design at fourteen campuses across four continents. Learn more: generalassemb.ly

Biomids, Inc. - Biomids, Inc. uses powerful biometric technologies (facial, voice 
recognition and iris scanning) in solutions to problems concerning personal  
identification.  Our mission is to ensure validity, reduce costs, increase  
convenience, and assure security.  Our current focus is on the development of a fully automated test proctoring system for online education and training  
programs, testing centers, learning management systems (LMS) and certification bureaus. 

In addition, we offer biometric solutions via software development kits(SDK) for Windows, MAC and/or iOS developers to eliminate the user logon and password nightmare in any application requiring authentication. www.biomids.com

Thursday, January 15

Witness Tree: What one oak tells us about our changing world and relationship with nature
Thursday, January 15
Tufts, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Lynda Mapes, Reporter & Author, Seattle Times
BTQURU 03 is a spectacular, 100 year old red oak: a tagged, tracked research specimen in a long term study of changing seasons at the Harvard Forest. Sprouted back when the industrial revolution was just getting started, the oak grew to tower over what was once a farmer's field, abandoned as people left for jobs in factories and cities – beginning the transformation of our world. Here, in this tree, is a living timeline of those social and historical changes, and their environmental consequences, observable in my tree's growth and even its breath.

Lynda Mapes is a reporter at the Seattle Times and author, specializing in coverage of people and nature and the workings of the natural world. She has won many awards for her work, most recently for her coverage of the largest dam removal project ever in history, which also lead to her book Elwha: A River Reborn, and a museum exhibit based on her book now touring the US. Last year, Lynda was awarded a prestigious Knight fellowship in Science Journalism at MIT which lead to her new book, Witness Tree, under contract with Bloomsbury Publishing. Lynda is researching and writing the book this year while a Bullard Fellow at the Harvard Forest. More information: www.lyndavmapes.com


Creating an Apple Pie from Scratch: A Universe in a Supercomputer (Brendan Griffen, MKI)
Thursday, January 15
MIT, Building 37-252, Marlar Lounge, 70 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Describing the evolution of the Universe from the Big Bang to what we see today is not an easy undertaking. The advent of powerful parallel computers has created a unique opportunity for astronomers to study the build up of structure over cosmic time. In particular, these machines are now helping us understand when and how galaxies formed. Current models have remarkable success at reproducing the large scale features of our Universe, for example. Although a great deal of our modern understanding of the Universe has come from studying it in this way, current models are still struggling with the details, particularly on small scales. In my talk I will discuss the current state of the art in computational astrophysics, some of the problems in the models and how astronomers are working hard to solve them.


Quick Hits: Designing with Water
Boston Living with Water
Thursday, January 15
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street #200, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/quick-hits-designing-with-water-tickets-14995960321

Join us at BSA Space January 15th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm for a “Pecha Kucha”-style event on “Living with Water” climate-resilient design ideas.  The evening will include a dozen four-minute slide presentations and energetic discussion.

The Boston Living with Water competition is an international call for design solutions envisioning a more resilient, more sustainable, and more beautiful Boston adapted for end-of-the-century climate conditions and rising sea levels.


WeWork Labs Launch Party
WeWork Labs
Thursday, January 15
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
WeWork Fort Point, 51 Melcher Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wework-labs-launch-party-tickets-15111793782

WeWork Boston is excited to announce the official launch of our labs program. Come celebrate with us at our official kickoff party at WeWork Fort Point! Meet some of the mentors and VCs involved in the program, network with other startups, and enjoy an after-work drink on us. 
About WeWork Labs
WeWork Labs is a community within the larger WeWork space that focuses on startups. It's centered in the open-desk space, but not exclusive to it—anyone who wants to be involved in the events or more intimate community is welcome. The main difference, other than desk space, is the type of programming. Labs offers a number of events and resources that help startups learn what they didn't even know they needed to know—accounting tips, marketing advice, connections to VCs, and more.


Author Jeff Clements Talks about Citizens United & Slow Money + Winter Social
Thursday, January 15
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Workbar, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Boston-Slow-Money/events/219394946/
Cost: $10.00/per person

Please join Slow Money Boston for an evening with Jeff Clements, author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations, and co-founder of Free Speech for People. Jeff will be speaking about the connections between Slow Money, Democracy, Citizens United and more. 

Jeff's book will be available for sale and he will be signing copies.  All proceeds will be generously donated to Slow Money Boston. 

This event is open to the public; we encourage both new and familiar faces to join us! 

Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Jeff Clements is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. He is the co-founder and chair of the board of Free Speech for People, a national non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, challenge excessive corporate power, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He co-founded Free Speech For People in 2010, after representing several public interest organizations with a Supreme Court amicus brief in the Citizens United case.

In 2012, Jeff co-founded Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides cost-effective capital to farmers and businesses engaged in local, sustainable agriculture.

Learn more about Jeff via his website, or follow him on Twitter @ClementsJeff!


The Angola 3:  Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation:  Who Are the Angola 3? 
Thursday, January 15
doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor, entrance on Windsor, Cambridge

This film tells the gripping story of Robert King , Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, men who have endured solitary confinement longer than any known living prisoner in the United States. Politicized through contact with the Black Panther Party while inside Louisiana s prisons, they formed one of the only prison Panther chapters in history and worked to organize other prisoners into a movement for the right to live like human beings. This film explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated in Angola, a former slave plantation where institutionalized rape and murder made it known as one of the most brutal and racist prisons in the United States.

In a partial victory, the courts exonerated Robert King of the original charges and released him in 2001.

[Herman Wallace, dying of liver cancer, was released on October 2nd and died on October 4th, 2013. Albert Woodfox has now endured as a political prisoner in solitary confinement for over 42 years.]

The Angola 3 is dedicated to the Anarchist Black Cross <http://www.abcf.net/> who have been fighting for the freedom of political prisoners and the abolition of prisons around the world for over 100 years.


"on April 23, 1976, the Church Committee released its Final Staff Report on the FBI and CIA's rampant domestic illegalities which included a chapter entitled 'The FBI's Covert Action Plan to Destroy the Black Panther Party.'" ~ G. Flint Taylor

"Even 15 days in solitary confinement constitutes torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and 15 days is the limit after which irreversible harmful psychological effects can occur. However, many prisoners in the United States have been isolated for far longer."  ~Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other 
cruel treatment

"The goal of the government was to get all the leaders of the Black Panther Party in jail so that they could be killed systematically through prison violence, and that way they could stop what was a very powerful and evolving movement." ~James Cromwell

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
free film & free door prizes
[donations are encouraged]
feel free to bring your own snacks and soft drinks - no alcohol allowed


Science Unshackled
WHEN  Thu., Jan. 15, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
SPEAKER(S)  C. Renee James
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	pubaffairs at cfa.harvard.edu, 617.495.7461
DETAILS  Fans of the TV show "Connections" know that the path from discovery to practical use can be a long and winding one, with surprises along the way. That's the theme of C. Renee James' new book, which reveals how obscure studies of natural phenomena - from poisonous cone snails to exploding black holes - led to unexpected benefits. Science Unshackled brings both science and scientists to life and shows how simple curiosity can result in life-changing breakthroughs. C. Renee James is a professor of physics at Sam Houston State University and author of "Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted."
LINK	http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/publicevents

Friday, January 16

Work-Life Balance
Friday, January 16
Whitehead Center of Biomedical Research, Whitehead Auditorium, 9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge

Dennis Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Biology at MIT 
Celeste Peterson, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at Suffolk University 
Justin Slawson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biogen Idec 
Natalie Kuldell, Instructor, Department of Biological Engineering at 
MIT and President at The BioBuilder Educational Foundation 

Ever wonder how you can have a fulfilling career without having to sacrifice your interests outside the lab? Our panelists will discuss the impacts of decisions they have made in their home and professional lives. The discussion will be all the richer with participant questions, so please join us!

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Biology

Sunday, January 18

Breaking the Two-Party Lock on Politics: The United Independent Party
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Humanist Hub, 30 JFK Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Ethical-Society-of-Boston/events/219187720/

Evan Falchuk, founder of the United Independent Party

As a candidate in the November 2014 gubernatorial election, Evan Falchuk surpassed the three percent threshold required by state law for the United Independent Party to earn official status in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This milestone means the United Independent Party -- dedicated to a greater diversity of modern, progressive ideas combined with fiscally sane solutions -- is taking its place alongside the Democratic and Republican parties in Massachusetts. Committed to moving from the outdated debate of "small government versus big government" the United Independent Party aims to offer smart, independent-minded people a way into our political process.

Tuesday, January 20

Cold Fusion 101: Introduction to Excess Power in Fleischmann-Pons Experiments
Tuesday, January 20		
Wedneday, January 21	
Thursday, January 22
Friday, January 23
MIT, Building 4-145, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Peter Hagelstein, Mitchell Swartz
Excess power production in the Fleischmann-Pons experiment; lack of confirmation in early negative experiments; theoretical problems and Huizenga's three miracles; physical chemistry of PdD; electrochemistry of PdD; loading requirements on excess power production; the nuclear ash problem and He-4 observations; approaches to theory; screening in PdD; PdD as an energetic particle detector; constraints on the alpha energy from experiment; overview of theoretical approaches; coherent energy exchange between mismatched quantum systems; coherent x-rays in the Karabut experiment and interpretation; excess power in the NiH system; Piantelli experiment; prospects for a new small scale clean nuclear energy technology.

The material presented is different each day.

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Peter Hagelstein, plh at mit.edu


Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap
Tuesday, January 20
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 http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2015/1/James#RSVP
Event will be webcast live on http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2015/01/James at 12:30 pm.

with Carrie James
Fresh from a party, a teen posts a photo on Facebook of a friend drinking a beer. A college student repurposes an article from Wikipedia for a paper. A group of players in a multiplayer online game routinely cheat new players by selling them worthless virtual accessories for high prices. In her book, Disconnected, Carrie James explores how young people approach situations such as these as well as more dramatic ethical dilemmas that arise in digital contexts. Based on qualitative research carried out as part of the Good Play Project, Disconnected is an account of how youth, and the adults in their lives, think about— and often don’t think about — the moral and ethical dimensions of their participation in online communities. In this talk, James will share key insights from the book and related work on supporting meaningful and civil dialogue online.

About Carrie
Carrie James is a Research Director and Principal Investigator at Project Zero, and Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research explores young people’s digital, moral, and civic lives. She co-directs the Good Play Project, a research and educational initiative focused youth, ethics, and the new digital media, and the Good Participation project, a study of how youth “do civics” in the digital age. Carrie is also co-PI of Out of Eden Learn, an educational companion to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek’s epic Out of Eden walk. Her publications include Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap (The MIT Press, 2014). Carrie has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.


Howard Gardner Lecture #3: Goodness
Tuesday, January 20
5:30 – 7PM
Harvard, GSD, Gutman Conference Center, Gutman Library, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge
Type of Event	Lecture
Topic  Learning, Teaching
Building/Room	Gutman Conference Center A1
Contact Name	Academic Affairs
Contact Email	academic at gse.harvard.edu
Contact Phone	(617) 496-4080
Sponsoring Organization/Department	Harvard Graduate School of Education
Registration Required	No
Admission Fee	This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP Required	No
Lecture Series: Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed

Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, HGSE; Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

In this lecture series, Professor Gardner traces the astonishing transformations in our conceptions of these three virtues in our lifetime—and describes the newfound challenges in making sense of them. How do we distinguish truth from “truthiness” in the Age of the Internet? How do we judge beauty when modern artists treat it like an outdated virtue? And how do we distinguish right from wrong in age of relativistic and politicized morality? Gardner will explore the current state of these virtues, argue for their continued importance in human society, and explain how we should be educating for them in the twenty-first century—both in and out of the classroom.


Boston New Technology January 2015 Product Showcase #BNT49
Tuesday, January 20
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MassChallenge Space, 23 Drydock Avenue, 6th Floor, Boston

Please enter through the 23 Drydock entrance, not the main 21 Drydock entrance.
Free event! Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community! Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Questions & Answers. Please follow @BostonNewTech and use the #BNT49 hashtag in social media posts. 


Chat with Swissnex
Tuesday, January 20
swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chat-with-swissnex-tickets-15038460440
Cost:  $10 per ticket

Boston International is excited to continue its Chat with the Consulate series on January 20th with Dr. Felix Moesner at swissnex Boston.  swissnex Boston is an initiative of Switzerland's Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs.  It functions both as the Consulate of Switzerland in Boston and as a public-private venture that brings together science and technology counselors around the world to expand education, research and innovation on behalf of Switzerland.  Dr. Felix Moesner acts as the CEO and Consul of swissnex Boston, the Consulate of Switzerland.  He will speak about swissnex's role as the first science consulate.  He, along with his colleague Niccolo Iorno, Project Leader for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, will also elaborate on swissnex Boston's efforts to provide support for start-up companies, specifically in assisting individual start-ups when it comes to internationalization.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Dr. Felix Moesner is the CEO and Consul of swissnex Boston, the Consulate of Switzerland. Established as the world’s first “science consulate” in 2000, swissnex Boston is part of a global network of five knowledge outposts including San Francisco (2003), Singapore (2004), China (2007), India (2009) and Brazil (2013). The New York Outpost (2013) was established as part of swissnex Boston. The mission of swissnex Boston is to promote knowledge exchanges between Switzerland and North America in higher education, technology, innovation, science and the arts. 

Formerly, Felix Moesner was the head of the Science and Technology Office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo promoting Swiss Science, Technology and Education in Japan and interfacing between Swiss and Japanese governments, universities, R&D institutions and companies. Since 2005, he has also the presidency of the Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle, comprising of 80+ diplomatic missions and affiliates in Tokyo. Several awards and grants underline his proactive commitments. Special interests include high-tech fields in Japan, business management as well as European and Japanese culture.
Stay up to date on swissnex Boston and Dr. Moesner's work at: http://www.swissnexboston.org/ or follow them on Twitter @swissnexBoston

Boston International is a non-profit organization that brings cutting-edge thinking on world affairs to Boston’s rising stars. We provide an engaging, informal atmosphere for young professionals and graduate students to interact with and learn from today’s influential thinkers and world leaders. You may contact us at info at bostoninternational.org, visit our website at bostoninternational.org or visit our Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter pages.

In addition to our intellectual speaker events, Boston International hosts events that are social and cultural in nature. Our Chat with the Consulate series allows Boston International members the opportunity to socialize and network, while also engaging with consuls in the Boston area on a range of exciting international topics.


CafeSci Boston - January 2015
CafeSci Boston
Tuesday, January 207:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cafesci-boston-january-2015-tickets-15005879991

After a long nap, the Large Hadron Collider [LHC], where the Higgs particle was discovered in 2012, will begin operating again in 2015, with more powerful collisions than before. Now that we know Higgs particles exist, what do we want to know about them? What methods can we use to answer our questions?  And what is the most important puzzle that we are hoping the LHC will help us solve?
Matthew Strassler is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and former professor at Rutgers University.


The Ethics of Internet Anonymity
Tuesday, January 20
MIT, Building W20-307, Mezzanine, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Rabbi Matt Soffer, Professor Judith Donath, and more
Hillel partners with Sinai and Synapses (sinaiandsynapses.org) to look at questions surrounding religion and technology. This panel of local clergy and leading tech thinkers will explore how anonymity online affects relationships.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Hillel (MIT)
For more information, contact:  Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder
heyrabbi at mit.edu 

Wednesday, January 21

January Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, January 21
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EST)
Pret A Manger, 185 Franklin Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/january-boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-14974504145

Join us for the first Boston Sustainability breakfast of the New Year, 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.

Net Impact Boston Professional Chapter


LEED Platinum Certified tour-Artists for Humanity Sustainability Practices
Wednesday, January 21
2:00 PM to 5:30 PM (PST)
100 West 2nd Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/leed-platinum-certified-tour-artists-for-humanity-sustainability-practices-tickets-13882042563?aff=es2&rank=708

Tour of the LEED Platinum Certified Artists For Humanity EpiCenter to discover the energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. A discussion about LEED Certification prior to departure for the tour will take place on campus.  The tour will consist of learning about Artists For Humanity's youth arts enterprise that employes 250+ Boston teens in its creative studios, as well as, understanding the connection of the mission to issues of social and environmental sustainability.
Transporation to and from Artists For Humanity EpiCenter will be provided by MITEI.


Neuroengineering: Technologies and Applications
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 21, 2015, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, HMS NRB, 4th Floor, Room 457, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Department of Medicine, Division of Genetics, along with Illumina and Merck
SPEAKER(S)  Feng Zhang, Broad Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	kbarry6 at partners.org


Life Science Wizards Speaker Series
Wednesday, January 21
LabCentral Lobby, 700 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://cs.foley.com/14.10867_LabCentral/evite.html

Foley & Lardner LLP and LabCentral invite you to attend the first event in the 2015 Life Science Wizards Speaker Series at LabCentral. This is a unique opportunity to network with colleagues, while getting a chance to hear from some of the most distinguished trailblazers in the Boston life sciences community.

Tonight's speaker is Dr. Susan Windham-Banister, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC), a state-funded investment organization charged with administering the 10-year, $1 billion life sciences initiative that was proposed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 and enacted by the Massachusetts legislature in June 2008. We will discuss Dr. Windham-Bannister’s initiatives for promoting life sciences innovation, research, development, and commercialization.

Prior to joining the MLSC, Dr. Windham-Bannister co-founded Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions (ABS), a boutique consulting firm serving life sciences companies. Within ABS, Dr. Windham-Bannister managed the Commercial Strategy Group.

Dr. Windham-Bannister’s achievements include co-authoring two books: Competitive Strategy for Health Care Organizations and Medicaid and Other Experiments in State Health Policy. She also has written numerous articles on competition in today’s health care market.


Public Lecture: The Thrill of the Find: Murals and Mysteries of the Maya
Wednesday, January 21
7:00 p.m.
Cahners Theater, Museum of Science, Boston
Cost: $15 tickets on sale beginning Thursday, January 8 (Tuesday, January 6 for Museum of Science members). Purchase tickets in advance at mos.org/events.

While seeking refuge from the grueling heat of the Guatemalan jungle, William Saturno crawled down a looter’s trench to rest in the shade. He casually turned on his flashlight and gazed up at 2,000-year old Maya murals in the site now known as San Bartolo. Nearly a decade later but only five miles away, Saturno and his student Max Chamberlain uncovered an earthen mound hiding a Maya house adorned by murals unlike any ever found before. Hear tales of Saturno’s adventures and discoveries, and learn what these stunning murals reveal about the Maya, their lives, and their society.

William Saturno, PhD, assistant professor of archaeology, Boston University; director, Proyecto San Bartolo/Xultún, Instituto de Antropologia e Historia, Guatemala; research associate, Peabody Museum, Harvard University

Maya programs co-presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Upcoming Maya programs
Feb. 11 Crops, Water, and Climate Change: What Can We Learn From The Maya?
Feb. 19 Gordon Willey’s Legacy:  New Insights into the Origins of Maya Civilization

Thursday, January 22

All the Right Channels: A Life in Television
WHEN  Thu., Jan. 22, 2015, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Comedy, Humanities, Lecture, Poetry/Prose, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Office for the Arts
COST  Free and open to the public; resverations required
TICKET WEB LINK  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-K2H2WPnntsyLArPMdXtJj5S536uxuNxxir3Uzad3Ao/viewform?edit_requested=true
CONTACT INFO	617.495.8676
DETAILS  Susanne Daniels ’87, president of MTV, and Amy Lippman ’85, show runner/executive producer for Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” will discuss their careers in television production, including Daniels’ stint as president of Lifetime and The WB (now The CW) and Lippman's work on the Fox drama “Party of Five” and other hit shows.
LINK	http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/lfp/details.php?ID=45183


Investing in sustainable well-being
Thursday, January 22
Tufts, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Shaun Paul, Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) Research Fellow, Tufts University
We have entered the 21st century in a perfect storm of global challenges encompassing unprecedented wealth inequality and environmental degradation. Concurrently, we are living at a unique time in history with enormous opportunities to create solutions afforded by rapid innovations in technology, business and investment that includes a growing movement of impact investors and social entrepreneurs forging new business models and solutions that ‘do well by doing good.' In this talk, Shaun Paul will share some of his research at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) applying holistic regenerative principles guiding and assessing impact of highly successful investment and business practices.

Shaun Paul is currently working on a project titled Assessing Impact of Private Investment: A Focus on Biocultural Diversity. Shaun is the president and founding partner of Reinventure Capital, established in partnership with the private equity firm Good Capital. Designated as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow by the Rockefeller Foundation, Shaun has worked internationally for 20 years with policymakers, indigenous leaders, business leaders, private foundations and environmentalists to forge new models building resilient communities and accelerating an inclusive, restorative economy. This includes his current role as Program Committee Board Chair for International Funders for Indigenous People and nominator for the Goldman Environmental Prize. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University.


Science Communication
Thursday, January 22
MIT, Building 68-181, 31 Ames Street, Cambridge

Heidi Ledford, Science Writer, Nature 
Seth Mnookin, Assistant Professor, MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing 
Heather Goldstone, Science Editor, WCAI and WGBH News 
Cynthia Barber, Medical Writer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals 

Science is communicated to entertain, inform, and persuade audiences through many media types. Come learn about the careers and experiences of four accomplished and diverse professionals that communicate science on a daily basis.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Biology


Civilian Casualty, Cognitive Injection, and Big Data
Thursday, January 22
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Google, 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge
Enter the glass doors, turn left, smile and wave, head up to Floor 5.
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/boston-security-meetup/events/169774842/
Cost: $1.00/per person

 1. A civilian casualty in the Net Neutrality Battle (6:50-7:10)
by Devan Dewey
Net Neutrality is a topic fraught with political overtones, regulatory landmines, and polarizing issues. Most of the discourse has been focused on the potential effects that regulatory and statutory changes could have on consumer access, entrepreneurial innovation, and provider business models. However, little has been said about the negative impacts that lack of action could have – and is having – on businesses every day. Devan Dewey, CTO at NEPC, will talk about the real-world impacts he experienced when the absence of regulatory clarity allowed providers to duke it out online, and the overwhelming challenges and frustrations he overcame so that his business continued to run. His shocking findings were related in the Google-backed M-Lab Report.

About Devan. NEPC's Chief Technology Officer, Devan is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the business IT infrastructure. Previously, he implemented Oracle solutions for Teradyne and lead IT functions at Segue Software. He also implemented a program management system at Boston Medical Center and a distribution operations system at Medical Speciality Distributors. Hearned his MBA from Northeastern University and his BS from Tufts University.

2. Cognitive Injection! (7:15-7:35)
by Andy Ellis
It's a trope among security professionals that other humans - mere mundanes - don't 'get' security, and make foolish decisions. But this is an easy out, and a fundamental attribution error. Everyone has different incentives, motivators, and even perceptions of the world. By understanding this -- and how the human wetware has evolved over the last fifty thousand years or so -- we can redesign our security programs to better manipulate people. 

About Andy. Akamai's Chief Security Officer, Andy Ellis is responsible for overseeing the security architecture and compliance of the company's massive, globally distributed network. He is the designer and patentholder of Akamai's SSL acceleration network, as well as several of the critical technologies underpinning the company’s Kona Security Solutions. Andy is at the forefront of Internet policy; as a speaker, blogger, member of the FCC CSRIC and Department of Homeland Security's NSTAC/NIAC, and an advisory board member of HacKid. He is a graduate of MIT and a former US Air Force officer, the recipient of CSO Magazine Compass Award, Air Force Commendation Medal, Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, and Spirit of Disneyland Award. 

3.  Big data techniques in Cybersecurity (7:40-8)
by Adam Fuchs
In this talk we will provide a no-nonsense introduction to open source Big Data tools, such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Accumulo, and Apache Spark and how they can be utilized to combat advanced cyber threats. Our team at Sqrrl has years of experience putting these Big Data tools to work against petabyte-scale cybersecurity datasets within the US Intelligence community and at Fortune 100 companies. We will provide some of our lessons learned and best practices on how these tools can be used. We will also show a specific example of Sqrrl’s approach to Big Data Security Analytics.

About Adam. Sqrrl's Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, Adam Fuchs is responsible for ensuring that Sqrrl is leading the world in Big Data Infrastructure technology. Previously at the National Security Agency, Adam was an innovator and technical director for several database projects, handling some of the world’s largest and most diverse data sets. He is a co-founder of the Apache Accumulo project. Adam has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington and has completed extensive graduate-level course work at the University of Maryland. 

6:00 - 6:30: Pizza
6:30 - 6:35: Cybersecurity Opener by Dawn
6:35 - 6:40: Lulzy News by Cindy
6:40 - 6:45: Tool of the month by Will 
8:00+ Craft beer @ Legal Seafoods


Climate Change
Thursday, January 22
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-change-registration-14838144289

Join us for a review of the science & politics of climate change.  Get a chance to ask questions from an MIT professor who deeply studies climate data, and writes and speaks about the interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations.

Overview given by:
Noelle Selin
Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems and Atmospheric Chemistry
MIT Engineering Systems Division & Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

What questions do you want to make sure we answer?  Submit them when you register, or email them to us at laur [at] thecivicseries [dot] com.

The Civic Series is a set of regular events, each one intended to breakdown and provide non-partisan, background information on complex global and national issues.  Sessions provide a safe place for people to ask their questions and start learning more about topics like the conflicts in Syria, Russia-Ukraine, and Israel-Palestine; the state of the American prison system; climate change; and others.   Learn more at www.thecivicseries.com.


"3D Electron Microscopy in Biology: A 21st century perspective."
Thursday, January 22
6pm     Sriram Subramaniam.   
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 310, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

More information at http://www.msi.harvard.edu/events/thursdays.html


The GIScience of Analyzing Natural Catastrophes
Thursday, January 22
7:00 PM
AIR Worldwide Research Department, Three Copley Place, Boston, MA (map)
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/avidgeo/events/218775981/

AIR Worldwide and Avid Geo are teaming up for January’s meet-up. This month’s meeting will focus on GIScience and natural catastrophes. This evening will be full of 10 minute talks.

Please help us out by submitting a talk or asking others to submit a talk asap. If you have a great application of GIScience for analyzing natural catastrophes let us know. More details to follow! Hope to see you there!


Cambridge Car-sharing Discussion 
Thursday, January 22
7:00 pm
LBJ Apartments community room, 150 Erie Street, Cambridge

The City of Cambridge is collecting feedback from Cambridge residents about carsharing services, such as Zipcar and Enterprise Carshare. Now that carsharing has become a part of the transportation landscape, the City is considering ways to formalize it in the zoning regulations and gather input from the community to create some recommendations for how to move forward.  This meeting is the last in a series of neighborhood meetings.  

For more information, contact Stephanie Groll, sgroll at cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4673.


Master Class with pianist Angela Hewitt
Thursday, January 22
Harvard, Paine Hall
7:00 PM
Free (tickets/RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity)

Named “Artist of the Year” at the 2006 Gramophone Awards, and made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000 and awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006, Angela Hewitt regularly appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Hewitt will conduct a master class sponsored by OFA Learning From Performers, the Celebrity Series of Boston and New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), which will highlight the Harvard-NEC joint degree program in music performance by featuring two student pianists from each school.

Angela Hewitt will also perform in a recital with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter on Friday, January 23, 8 pm at New England Conservatory of Music’s Jordan Hall, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston. For more information and tickets call 617.482.6661 or visit the Celebrity Series website.


Risks and Rewards in Entertainment Careers
WHEN  Thu., Jan. 22, 2015, 7 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Office for the Arts
COST  Free and open to the public; registration required
TICKET WEB LINK  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-K2H2WPnntsyLArPMdXtJj5S536uxuNxxir3Uzad3Ao/viewform?edit_requested=true
CONTACT INFO	617.495.8676
DETAILS  Modi Wiczyk ’93, M.B.A. ‘99, whose company Media Rights Capital is a film and television studio with credits including the Netflix series “House of Cards” and the films “Babel,” “22 Jump Street” and “Ted,” will discuss charting a career path in the entertainment industry.
LINK	http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/lfp/details.php?ID=45184

Friday, January 23 

Symposium on the Future of Computation in Science and Engineering: "Privacy in a Networked World"
WHEN  Fri., Jan. 23, 2015, 8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Science Center, Hall B (C for overflow), 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Conferences, Information Technology, Law, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) and The Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS), both at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science; Citadel; Continuum Analytics; Microsoft; NVIDIA; MathWorks
SPEAKER(S)  Bruce Schneier, fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, in live video conversation with Edward Snowden, former system administrator, National Security Agency
John DeLong, director of the Commerical Solutions Center, National Security Agency
Cynthia Dwork, senior scientist, Microsoft Research
Lee Rainie, director of internet, Science and Technology Research, Pew Research Center
John Wilbanks, chief commons officer, Sage Bionetworks
COST  Free; registration required
TICKET WEB LINK  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ea4gb038b2b9d85a&llr=odyvocsab
CONTACT INFO	Computefest at seas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  This annual event brings together leaders in industry, government, and academia for a lively conversation about issues raised by modern data science. This year's symposium will address the proposition that "society needs new conceptions of privacy" from the perspectives of national security, social media, technology companies, and computer science.
LINK	http://computefest.seas.harvard.edu/symposium


LearnLaunch Conference Across Boundaries: Delivering on Edtech’s Promise
January 23, 2015 - January 24, 2015
Cost:  $80 - 350

The purpose of Across Boundaries is to promote dialogue about digital learning. Our 3rd annual conference will examine how the most promising digital tools are being implemented in educational settings to increase student learning. The conference brings together a diverse set of voices to discuss the most challenging questions facing the edtech industry today.

We expect over 600 attendees who are passionate about edtech, including entrepreneurs, educators, investors, students, and industry experts. This year’s focus will be on empowering the edtech community to build, use, and deliver effective and engaging digital tools and learning experiences.

More information:
Keynote Speakers
Hotel & Area Information

Twitter: @learnlaunch #learnlaunch15

Interested in volunteering at the conference? Email LearnLaunch for more information. Preference will be given to full-time students.

For press inquiries, please contact:
Dana Harris, Red Javelin Communications
dana at redjavelin.com

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing by the dates listed below:
Received by December 1, 2014 5 pm EST: Full refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee
Received by January 1, 2015 after 5 pm EST thorugh January 31, 2014: 50% refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee
Received on or after January 1, 2015: No Refunds 


Engineering Modern Microbes with Ancestral Genes to Explore Ancient Life
Friday, January 23
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Betul Kacar, Harvard University

EAPS IAP Lecture Series 2015: Origins of Life

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/iap-2015
Open to: the general public
Cost: n/a 
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Lectures
For more information, contact:  Roberta Allard


Starr Forum Friday Flicks:  "Hearts and Minds" (1974)
Friday, January 23
MIT, Building E40-496, The Lucian Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: John Tirman
Film screening and discussion with John Tirman, executive director and principal research scientist, MIT Center for International Studies. Author of "Deaths of Others," and many other books and publications. 

We will be screening "Hearts and Minds" 
Hearts and Minds is a 1974 American documentary film about the Vietnam War directed by Peter Davis. The film's title is based on a quote from President Lyndon B. Johnson: "the ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there". The movie was chosen as Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 47th Academy Awards presented in 1975. The film premiered at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. 

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


Boston Global Game Jam 2015 @ Northeastern University
Friday, January 23
5:00 PM - Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-global-game-jam-2015-northeastern-university-tickets-14693098453?aff=es2&rank=574
Cost:  $22.09

The Playable Innovative Technologies (PLAIT) Lab will host together with the Digital Media Commons (DMC) and the Northeastern Center for the Arts at Northeastern University the Boston Global Game Jam (GGJ). 

We Want You to Innovate!
We encourage participants at this GGJ site to innovate. Teams can innovate by thinking of new game mechanisms or by using themes or topics that haven’t been used in games. In our opinion the GGJ offers a great opportunity to experiment and to deliver short but wonderful game experiences. You want to capture players with something new and revealing in the short amount of gameplay time. That happens with something innovative. To help facilitate this innovation, we will brainstorm about possible innovative approaches on Friday evening. In addition, PLAIT faculty will be available to brainstorm with you.

Where Will the Magic Happen?
The magic will happen at the Digital Media Commons (DMC), a state-of-the-art facility that opened her doors in Fall 2012. It is a collaborative learning facility made up of a number of group work areas, high-power computer workstations and expert support. The Digital Media Commons provides new access to professional-grade hardware and software previously only available to members in specialized programs. New capabilities in animation, GIS, CAD, high-quality printing, video & audio production are available to all. Dual-monitor Apple and PC workstations provide high-power computing to deliver seamless media production, modeling, data analysis, and more. A number of new collaboration areas also bring groups together to facilitate easy sharing with plug-in monitors for laptops, mobile whiteboards, flexible seating and movable tables, all based on a grid of power so users are never far from an outlet to power their devices.

More information: http://dmc.northeastern.edu/ 
Software can be found here: http://dmc.northeastern.edu/abilities/all/software 

What Should I Bring?
Although the DMC has computers available, we highly encourage participants to bring their own laptop. This is because some of the group spaces don’t have computers and you may decide with your group to work there. In addition, it is impossible to download software on DMC computers and so if you are need of dedicated game software (e.g., Unity or UDK), you need to rely on your own laptop. 

Who Can Attend?
Anyone with an interest in designing games can attend. All participants must be 18 years or older. You don’t need to have experience in designing a game before and you don’t need to have programming skills. In designing a game various assets and skills are needed other than programming: writing, art, sound, and game design. Teams need a mix of people with various backgrounds and while forming the teams we will make sure teams are balanced 

The site has a maximum of 200 participants. 

The event will run from Friday, January 23th at 6pm until Sunday, January 25th at 5 pm. Participants will need to attend the entire duration of this event. The complete schedule is as follows:

Friday January 23th
5-6 pm: Check in and jam registration
6 pm: Theme reveal and presentations
7 pm: Group Forming and Social “Get to Know Each Other” exercises and dinner
8 pm: Brainstorming
9 pm: Pitching and critique

Saturday January 24th

9 am: Breakfast
11 am: Deadline to create user profile and game page
1 pm: Lunch
7 pm: Dinner

Sunday January 25th

9 am: Breakfast
1 pm: Lunch
3 pm: Deadline for handing in the games
5 pm: Presentations and awards

Food & Drinks

We will provide food and drinks during the event as indicated in the schedule and make sure a vegetarian option is available. In the vicinity of the location many varied options are available for food/coffee and other needs.

Contact Information
Casper Harteveld, Assistant Professor at the College of Arts, Media and Design and member of the Playable Innovative Technologies Lab, is the organizer of this event. You can contact him with questions by e-mail (c.harteveld at neu.edu) or phone (617-373-4027).

You can contact Casper with questions regarding cancellations or any other concerns you may have about the event.

About Playable Innovative Technologies Lab
Playable Innovative Technology: PlayIT or PLAIT, also means Braid, intertwined strands of, in our case, disciplines and activities. PLAIT is a group of faculty who teach and do research on topics related to game design and interactive media. We see this new emerging discipline as an interdisciplinary topic that infuses the arts (performative and visual), sciences (psychology, social science), and technology (computer science and engineering). We believe that the strength of our team is the strong cross disciplinary collaboration and representation. The core faculty represent the interactive arts, the computer science, and the social science, with members that often cross between these disciplines and publish in the different disciplines. Thus, we advocate a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to game design and interactive media teaching and research, which we feel is unique within the game and interactive media programs and departments.

More information: http://www.northeastern.edu/games/ 

Monday, January 26

Grounds for Engagement: Design, Landscape and Environmental Health
Monday, January 26
12:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)
Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, McLeod Suites, Curry Student Center, 3rd Floor, Boston

This micro-conference presents a forum to discuss design tools and strategies for visualizing, making and interacting with the environmental and health impacts of our working landscapes. 
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Welcome and Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm - Introduction and Speaker Presentations
3:30pm - 4:30pm - Reception and Gallery tour of Petrochemical America with Kate Orff at Gallery 360


Loeb Library Exhibit Opening:  Unmasking Jim Crow: Blackface Minstrelsy in American Popular Culture
Monday, January 26
4:00 pm 
Harvard, Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Spalding Room, Music Building, North Yard, behind 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge 

A student-curated exhibit focusing on blackface minstrelsy drawing on materials from the Harvard Theatre Collection. READ MORE

Exhibit opens with a symposium beginning at 4:30 pm

Keynote: Louis Chude-Sokei, University of Washington 
author of The Last 'Darky': Bert Williams, Black-on-Black Minstrelsy, and the African Diaspora
Performance by Rhiannon Giddens, singer and banjoist, Carolina Chocolate Drops 

Free and open to the public.


The Best of The European Short Film Festival at MIT
Monday, January 26,
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Please join us for the very best of the 10th Annual European Short Film Festival at MIT! 
As in past years, ESFF 2014 offered a unique selection of recent short films from all over Europe, most of them screened for the first time in the US. The weekend of film included ground-breaking cinematic experiments, unconventional comedies, imaginative animation, original documentaries and tense dramas. 
This two hour program will include ESFF prize-winning entries and a selection of audience and jury favorites. Visit esff.mit.edu for a full listing of the films.

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

Tuesday, January 27

America's Complicated Relationship with Civic Duty: Understanding Everyday Americans at the Core of Civic Innovation
Tuesday, January 27
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 http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/12/krontiris#RSVP
Event will be webcast live on http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/12/krontiris at 12:30 pm.

Kate Krontiris will discuss "America's Complicated Relationship with Civic Duty: Understanding Everyday Americans at the Core of Civic Innovation". Description forthcoming. 

About Kate
Kate is a researcher, strategist, and facilitator working to transform civic life in America. In pursuit of a society where more people assert greater ownership over the decisions that govern their lives, she uses ethnographic tools to design products, policies, and services that enable a more equitable democratic future. During her fellowship with the Berkman Center, Kate will explore two topics: 21st century girlhood, and Americans' awareness of their government's presence in their lives.

With full research support from Google’s Civic Innovation portfolio, Kate just finished traveling across the United States to ascertain what motivates everyday Americans to take civic actions and what holds them back. The goal of this research is to understand how we have become a nation of interested bystanders, and what can be done to nudge everyday people to take small actions that could radically transform the fabric of civic participation. The findings are being used to inform the design of civic products and services at Google, and will be shared with the civic tech ecosystem publicly, likely later this year.

Kate is best known for her applied research on how citizens use technology. Earlier this year, Kate led a discovery and design process on behalf of Personal Democracy Media to investigate and envision a new center for civic innovation in New York City.  In spring of 2013, she led a first-of-its-kind ethnographic investigation into American elections, assessing the human motivations, technological systems, and institutional landscapes that define elections administration at the most local levels. This year, the non-profit, non-partisan civic startup TurboVote is prototyping with elections officials a series of tools whose specifications flow directly from the findings, in order to effect a wholesale re-visioning of the voter experience by 2016.  Kate also spent time in the U.S. Department of State and at Google Ideas, exploring how technology might be used to improve judicial outcomes.

Prior to her graduate education, Kate built a career in problem-solving justice and mediation. Working with the Center for Court Innovation around New York City, she shepherded a multi-stakeholder task force on prison reentry in Harlem and developed meaningful community service initiatives for the Bronx Criminal Court. She also mediated over 150 conflicts through youth court and conflict resolution programs.

Kate is a graduate of Columbia University. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She serves as a member of the Harlem Justice Corps Community Advisory Board and is also an alumna of the AmeriCorps National Service Program.

http://katekrontiris.com/ || @katekrontiris


Startup Rounds - Final Showcase & Awards
Tuesday, January 27
6:00 pm
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://startuproundsfinalshowcase.splashthat.com
Cost:  $10-40

10 Finalists from the Startup Rounds competition will have opportunities to demo their products, and convince judges that they have a high potential and high impact startup. Winners are presented with cash and resources. Here's what Startup Rounds and partners are giving away:
$30,000 Cash (No equity, no royalty, no strings attached)
$25,000+ Real Estate Speculation and Services - Courtesy of Colliers International
$40,000+ Co-working space - Courtesy of WeWork, Workbar, NGIN Workplace, and IdeaSpace
$10,000 Press - Courtesy of Bostinno
$10,000 Book Keeping Services - Courtesy of SmartBooks
$10,000 Legal Services - Courtesy of Pepper Hamilton & Pierce Atwood
$17,500 CPA Services - Courtesy of Samuel Goldstein & Co.
$5,000 Monthly Cloud Computing Credit for 1 year to top 10 - Courtesy of Microsoft


Virtual nations: new communication challenges for states, business, society
Tuesday, January 27
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
British Consulate-General Boston, One Broadway, 7th Floor, Kendall Room, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-nations-new-communication-challenges-for-states-business-society-tickets-14751019697
Pre-registration at least 2 days in advance and a photo ID are required to enter the Consulate.

Oxford Business Alumni Lecture Series
Businesses operate in complex contexts affected by economic climates, political trends, cultural values, legal developments, and technological changes. The OBA Lecture Series seeks to explore the practice and theory of business and management across disciplines and contexts. Addressing an audience of Oxford business school graduates, Oxford alumni, and friends of Oxford based in and around Boston, the lecture series will invite speakers and experts from a wide range of fields – economics, political science, religion, technology, law, entrepreneurship, etc. – to speak to their impact on business and management in an increasingly networked and diverse world.
The OBA cordially invites you (whether you are an alumnus or not) to the second OBA Boston Lecture with a seminar entitled:

“Virtual nations: new communication challenges for states, business, and society”
Dr. Simon Moore, Associate Professor of Information Design & Corporate Communications at Bentley College and Oxford D.Phil., specializing "in public affairs, issues and risk management, crisis planning, developing new business proposals and environmental communication. Created and taught public relations and crisis communications courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Britain, Canada and United States. Published, presented and consulted in Britain, Canada and the United States. Author of An Invitation to Public Relations and Public Relations and the History of Ideas; co-author of Effective Crisis Communication: Worldwide Principles and Practice, Global Technology and Corporate Crisis."

Wednesday, January 28

Molecular Evolution before the Domain Ancestors: Indications for Dramatic Planetary Changes during Life's Early Evolution
Wednesday, January 28
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Peter Gogarten, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut

EAPS IAP Lecture Series 2015: Origin of Life

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/iap-2015
Open to: the general public
Cost: n/a 
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Lectures
For more information, contact:  Roberta Allard


What do we know about earliest life on Earth? Does biology constrain the early planetary narrative?
Wednesday, January 28
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

EAPS IAP Lecture Series 2015: Origin of Life 
Panel Discussion, moderated by Greg Fournier, MIT 
Noam Prywes, Harvard University 
Betul Kacar, Harvard University 
Peter Gogarten, University of Connecticut

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/iap-2015
Open to: the general public

Cost: n/a 
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Lectures
For more information, contact:  Roberta Allard


Belt and Suspenders and More: The Incremental Impact of Energy Efficiency Subsidies in the Presence of Existing Policy Instruments
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 28, 2015, 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)  Joseph Aldy, Harvard University
LINK	http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k105744


Conversation and Clinic with Branford Marsalis
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 28, 2015, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Leverett House Library Theatre, Mill Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Lecture, Music
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Learning From Performers
SPEAKER(S)  Branford Marsalis
COST  Free; tickets/RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
CONTACT INFO	617.495.8676
DETAILS  Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Branford Marsalis will conduct a conversation on his career and creative process and lead a clinic with students in the Harvard Jazz Bands. This event is co-sponsored by the Celebrity Series of Boston.
LINK	http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/lfp/details.php?ID=45188


Askwith Forum: The Future of America's Teachers' Union Movement
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 28, 2015, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT	Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME  Roger Falcon
CONTACT EMAIL  askwith_forums at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE	This event is free and open to the public.
DETAILS  Speaker: Lily Eskelsen García, President, National Education Association (NEA)
Moderator: Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, HGSE
Panelists include:
Fernando Reimers, Ed.M.’84, Ed.D.’88, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and Faculty Director, International Education Policy Program Faculty, HGSE
Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the nation's largest teachers' union, will discuss the future of teacher unionism in the United States. She will touch on current controversies including the anti-testing movement, the Common Core state standards and the Vergara case. She will comment on the education reform role of teachers’ unions and her agenda for leading the National Education Association. After her presentation, she will discuss these issues with a panel and the audience.


Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene
Wednesday, January 28
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
Cost: Free for member, $10 nonmember

Emily Monosson, PhD, Environmental Toxicologist and Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Weeds. Bed bugs. Gonorrhea. Salamanders. People. All are evolving, some surprisingly rapidly, in response to our chemical age. Emily Monosson, toxicologist and author of Unnatural Selection, shows how our drugs, pesticides, and pollution are exerting intense selection pressure on all manner of species. And we humans might not like the result. When our powerful chemicals put the pressure on to evolve or die, beneficial traits can sweep rapidly through a population. Species with explosive population growth—the bugs, bacteria, and weeds—tend to thrive, while bigger, slower-to-reproduce creatures, like ourselves, are more likely to succumb. Exploring contemporary evolution, Monosson examines the species that we are actively trying to beat back, from agricultural pests to life-threatening bacteria, and those that are collateral damage—creatures struggling to adapt to a polluted world, and shows how environmental stressors are leaving their mark on plants, animals, and possibly humans for generations to come. 

More information at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1404&DayPlannerDate=1/28/2015

Thursday, January 29

MIT's Climate CoLab: using collective intelligence to address climate change
Thursday, January 29
Tufts, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford
Laur Fisher, Community & Partnerships Manager, MIT Climate CoLab
Wikipedia, Linux, reCAPTCHA, FoldIt, social media — these are just a few examples of how online platforms allow large numbers of people to connect and collaborate in ways that were never possible before, producing unprecedented results in global knowledge exchange, problem-solving and mobilization. Inspired by this, the researchers at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence wanted to know: how could the internet be leveraged to allow people to problem-solve at a massive — even global — scale? Could we harness the world's collective intelligence to solve our most complicated issues? To test this, they launched the Climate CoLab, an online platform where a growing community of 30,000 people work together to develop solutions to challenges related to arguably humanity's most pressing and complex problem: climate change.

Laur Fisher supports MIT's Climate CoLab project's 20 contests, 12,000+ members, 170+ volunteers, partnership network, and annual conference. She is also an elected civil society representative (alternate) for the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) - North America, and run a project called The Civic Series (www.thecivicseries.com) where we arrange informal public presentations and conversation about major world and domestic issues. She has worked with public, private and non-government organizations in Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and the US and has experience in a wide range of fields, including carbon management and reporting, organizational recycling and waste management, renewable energy, green buildings and education. She also has training in group facilitation and has collaborated with The Natural Step and Sustainable Sweden eco-municipality tours. In Toronto, she managed and expanded regional professional education programs for the Canada Green Building Council. She holds a self-designed Bachelor's degree from Tufts University which she titled, "Engaging Sustainability as an Innovative Process".


The Statistical Crisis in Science
Thursday, January 29
Harvard, William James Hall 765, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

Andrew Gelman, Ph.D., Professor of Statistics and Political Science, Columbia University


Women's Clean Energy Intern Social
Thursday, January 29
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 63 Franklin Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-clean-energy-intern-social-tickets-14852077965

Join the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) for a night of networking with leading women in the cleantech industry, including MassCEC's CEO, Alicia Barton.

Talk with industry movers and shakers, make professional contacts, share experiences with your peers and get inspired to take the next steps in your career.
Light refreshments will be served.


SVP Boston’s Think Tankathon
Thursday, January 29
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, Horace Mann Conference Room, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Great minds and action collide as we tackle real-world problems at this year’s winter meeting!

At SVP Boston, our investment in local nonprofits extends beyond the financial and allows YOU to engage directly using your skills and talents.  Whether you’re a volunteer newbie or veteran, this event will stretch your creative and problem-solving muscles while re-introducing you to fellow Partners and the terrific organizations we support.

In rapid-fire, 1-minute presentations our six SVP Investees will each share a specific challenge that they are facing.  Then, we’ll turn to the collective knowledge and talent in the room. You’ll join fellow Partners in group conversations with several Investees – tackling the challenges at hand.

Investees will walk away with new and creative ideas and YOU will leave with new connections and ways to engage with SVP.

The Evening Line-Up
6:00-7:00 PM => Appetizers, drinks, and social time
7:00-8:30 PM => Presentations and conversations
8:30-9:00 PM => Wrap and social time

Special Note
All  guests  must  present a government issued, photo ID to  building  security,  located  in  the lobby  of  One Memorial  Drive,  prior  to  entering  Microsoft’s  facility.

Email:  jbowenflynn at svpboston.org
More at: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/boston/events/svp-bostons-think-tankathon/#sthash.CygLZpb8.dpuf

Friday, January 30

Entertainment & Media Conference at Harvard Business School
HBS Entertainment & Media Conference
Friday, January 30
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Harvard Business School, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/entertainment-media-conference-at-harvard-business-school-tickets-14892214013
Cost:  $22.09 - $43.19	

The HBS Entertainment and Media Club is proud to present the 2015 Entertainment and Media Summit. 

Each year EMC seeks to unite the community of present and future business leaders who share a common vision of advancing the landscape of Entertainment and Media. The conference draws some 1,000 attendees from all walks of entertainment and media. Participants include CEOs, CTOs, a broad range of media and press representatives, and students from around the world.

TICKET INCLUDES: Admission to conference + continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee/tea/snacks. 


Starr Forum Friday Flicks:  "A Forgotten Crime" 
Friday, January 30
MIT, Building E40-496, The Lucian Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: John Tirman
Film screening and discussion with John Tirman, executive director and principal research scientist, MIT Center for International Studies. Author of "Deaths of Others," and many other books and publications. 

We will be screening "A Forgotten Crime" 
(Elli Safari, Remmelt Lukkien, The Netherlands, 2014, color) 
During the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) Saddam Hussein bombarded Iran with chemical weapons, while the world looked on without interfering. In A Forgotten Crime political and military leaders, medical experts and contaminated people relate how this drama was experienced in isolated Iran. The film irresistibly drags the viewer into the ever increasing humanitarian, military and political drama of this chemical warfare, which has determined Iran's position in the international political arena until this very day. Former UN Secretary General Perez de Cuellar and Joost Hiltermann, author of A Poisonous Affair provide additional information. Contains unique archive material. Mostly filmed in Iran. 

Light refreshments will be served
Web site: http://www.idfa.nl/industry/tags/project.aspx?id=2958897d-386d-4dbf-9b60-d1b4e37ca0fd&tab=dfs%23sthash.7Hq3K5Ff.dpuf
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:
starrforum at mit.edu 


#Hack4Congress: A “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Event to Fix Congress
Friday, January 30
4:10 PM - Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM (EST)
Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hack4congress-a-not-just-for-technologists-event-to-fix-congress-tickets-13856221331

Though the founders envisioned Congress as the linchpin of democracy in the United States— most Americans would argue that it is a fundamentally broken institution beset by hyper-partisanship and unresponsive to the needs of its constituents. Congress needs “fixes”—but where will these new tools and solutions come from? By bringing together political scientists, technologists, designers, lawyers, organizational psychologists, and lawmakers, #Hack4Congress will help foster new digital tools, policy innovations, and other technology innovations to address the growing dysfunction in Congress.

Opening Panel and Reception 
Friday, January 30, 2015; 4:10pm – 7 p.m 
Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building

Orientation and Hackathon Day 1
Saturday, January 31; 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building

Hackathon Day 2 and Project Presentations 
Sunday, February 1, 2015; 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.
JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building

Harvard Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA

Come fix Congress. Join political scientists and policy experts, technologists, architects, and designers at #Hack4Congress at Harvard Kennedy School of Government to help identify ideas and innovations to overcome the dysfunction gripping much of Congress. “Hacking” is not just for technologists. “Hacks” include innovations in policy, architecture, organizational process, art and design, and educational materials, as well as new software and technologies.
This event will focus on issues like lawmaking, deliberation, and responsiveness after the elections are over. Projects could address our suggested challenges (Improving the lawmaking process; Facilitating cross-partisan dialogue; Innovations in participation; Closing the representation gap; Repairing public trust) or one of your own. What do you think are the most important problems with the mechanics and operations of Congress as an institution? What ideas do you have to fix Congress? Solutions could draw on the fields of organizational behavior/process design, material design, policy and political science, architecture, project management approaches, education, communications, or others. Participants of all expertise are welcome. 
Read more about and add your own challenges and project ideas here.
Help move our democracy forward! Solutions presented at the end of the hackathon will be evaluated by a panel of judges. After a second #Hack4Congress event in Washington, D.C. in spring 2015, the winners will be invited to Capitol Hill to present their projects to lawmakers and high-level officials inside Congress.


Pete Seeger Sing Out Tribute
Friday, January 30
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)
Cambridge Forum, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pete-seeger-sing-out-tribute-tickets-14707379167
Cost:  $18-20

Cambridge Forum celebrates Pete Seeger and the power of music with this tribute Sing Out concert. Join host Scott Alarik and an all-star group of artists, including Sol y Canto, Catie Curtis, bluesman Guy Davis, Magpie, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Ellen Kushner, Alastair Moock, Robbie O'Connell and Fred Small for an evening of song and stories paying tribute to the legendary Pete Seeger.
This is a ticketed program. All proceeds benefit Cambridge Forum.

Saturday, January 31

Technovation 2015 Kickoff & Orientation Event
Saturday, January 3
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/technovation-2015-kickoff-orientation-event-registration-15007791709

Interested in taking part in the Technovation Challenge? 
Come to the Technovation 2015 Kickoff & Orientation!
Get the info, find a team, and learn some AppInventor!

Here's the agenda (subject to change):
9:30 am Sign In
10:00 am Welcome:  greetings, name tags, find your team
10:15 am  Introduction to the Technovation Challenge: roles of Industry Mentor, Teacher/Coach, University Mentor
10:30 am Inspiration: presentation by a Tech Professional
11:00 am Inspiration: presentation by past National Competitors
11:30 am Break Outs:
Industry Mentors - introduction to the Mentor role in the program
University Mentors - lead the first AppInventor tutorial for the entire audience of students
12:15 Lunch: cheese pizza & soda 
1:15 pm Student Workbooks: presentation & activities
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm App Idea Reviews: teams present ideas to CS Undergrads for review and feedback
2:45 pm Technovation Tutorials Intro 
3:45 pm Re-Group: Closing & Questions
4:00 pm Close

What is the Technovation Challenge?
The Technovation Challenge is a technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women. Through our intensive 3-month, 50-hour curriculum, teams of young women work together to imagine, design, and develop mobile apps, then pitch their “startup” businesses to judges.
Almost 3,000 young women from 28 countries have created mobile apps through Technovation, thanks to dedicated local volunteers on the ground worldwide. No prior programming experience is necessary for students, for teachers, or for mentors. The program is free to all participants.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The Microsoft NERD Center is easily accessed via the T - take the Red Line and get off at the Kendall/MIT stop. Parking is available at NERD for $10 on Saturdays. Free parking is available at MIT's Hayward St lot on weekends.

What's for lunch?
We will have cheese pizza and soda for lunch. If you cannot eat cheese pizza, please make sure to bring your own lunch.


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!


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/

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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