[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - March 13, 2016

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Monday, March 14

12pm  Hearing Heat: Acoustemology meets the Anthropocene
2:30pm  Effects of Copyrights on Science: Evidence from the WWII Book Replication Program
4:45pm  Looking Forward - The Next Future of Nuclear Energy
6pm  Policy Podium: Panel Discussion on Energy with Legislators and Industry Pros
6pm  Making a Business Using Maker Technology @FabLabRox

Tuesday, March 15

8am  Finding Community-Based Solutions to Food Insecurity
9am  An Overview of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
3pm  MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) - Steven Barrett, MIT
4:30pm  Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar: "Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Islamic Militancy"
4:30pm  Understanding the Impact of War and Displacement in Cities: an Information Approach for Urban Settings
5pm  Tufts Innovation Spotlight
5:30pm  Dead ends and U-turns: All the mistakes we've made with utilizing biomass waste as energy
5:30pm  WBUR Presents: Concrete Architecture and The New Boston
6:30pm  CSR and Sustainability: From the Margins to the Mainstream 
6:30pm  You Can Learn Anything: Online Learning with HarvardX 101
7pm  From Flint to Our Backyard: Environmental Health + Justice in New England
7pm  The First Nazi:  Erich Ludendorff, The Man Who Made Hitler Possible

Wednesday, March 16

7:30am  March Boston Sustainability Breakfast
12pm  MEMS Are Becoming 3D and Atomically Precise
12pm  Sack Lunch Seminar (SLS) - Deepak Cherian, MIT/WHOI
5:30pm  MIT Clean Energy Prize Mentor Dinner
7pm  Audibility and Verification of Elections

Thursday, March 17

1pm  Universal Laws and Architectures:  Theory and Lessons from Brains, Nets, Hearts, Bugs, Grids, Flows, and Zombies
3pm  MIT Solar Car Homecoming Party
4pm  Working toward a complete functional atlas of the human brain
5pm  Media Archaeology as Symptom
7pm  Thriving Over Surviving - TEDxBeaconStreet Salon

Friday, March 18

12:30pm  Modelling and solving a community health care network design problem in remote regions

Sunday, March 20

5pm  The Split Brain and Eco-restoration

Monday, March 21

12pm  Electricity Market Developments in Mexico

Tuesday, March 22

9:30am  Toward an Ethic of Social Justice in Information
12pm  Linda Greenhouse - The Post-Scalia Supreme Court
12pm  Reconceptualizing the Right to Be Forgotten to Enable Transatlantic Data Flow
12pm GSD TALKS. Knoll Studio: Florian Idenburg and Benjamin Pardo on the Future of Work
1pm  4th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum:  Water on My Mind
3:30pm  World Water Day
4pm  2016 Norton Lecture 4 of 6: "Configurations of Blackness”
4pm  Rebuilding The Cornerstone of American Democracy: Leveraging Digital Tools to Reach Today’s Voters


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

The Conservative Tradition:  William F Buckley Jr and the Litigious Loudmouth


Monday, March 14

Hearing Heat: Acoustemology meets the Anthropocene
Monday, March 14
Tufts, Varis Lecture Hall, Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Avenue, Medford

Steven Feld 


Effects of Copyrights on Science: Evidence from the WWII Book Replication Program
Monday, March 14
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
MIT, Building E52-432, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker(s): Petra Moser, NYU, Stern School of Business

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): IO Workshop
Contact: economics calendar (econ-cal at mit.edu)
Web site: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2542879


Looking Forward - The Next Future of Nuclear Energy
Monday, March 14
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: William D. Magwood, Director-General of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
William Magwood will discuss the state of global nuclear power today and his view of where it can and should evolve in the future. He will highlight the issues nuclear technologists need to address and the activities the multinational Nuclear Energy Agency is pursuing to prepare for the next chapters in the story of nuclear power, including the agency's ongoing effort: "Nuclear Innovation 2050." 

Reception will follow.

Web site: http://mitei.mit.edu/calendar/looking-forward-next-future-nuclear-energy
Open to: the general public
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/314-seminar-looking-forward-the-next-future-of-nuclear-energy-with-william-magwood-tickets-22665446962
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, Nuclear Science and Engineering


Policy Podium: Panel Discussion on Energy with Legislators and Industry Pros
Monday, March 14
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
50 Milk Street, 17th floor, "Milky Way" conference room, Boston
RSVP at http://usgbcma.org/civicrm/event/register?id=1013&reset=1
Cost:  $0 - $25

Want to connect with one of the core legislators on the future of renewable energy and green buildings?  Then you won't want to miss this event! We will be hosting an evening with Senator Benjamin Downing, the Senate chair of the committee overseeing clean energy and green building policy.   He will be discussing his role and impact on the legislation, and bringing  green jobs to the Commonwealth. 

We are also joined by Betsy Glynn from the Center for Sustainable Energy, Steve Cowel from E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), and Peter Shattuck from Acadia Center.

Topics of discussion will include:
Strategies to transform residential or commercial (or both) building stock.
How to bring jobs to Massachusetts through a "green transformation."
Legislation that preserves Massachusetts's #1 national rank in energy efficiency.
Balancing public utilities, legislators and the public as we move forward with energy policy.
Q&A session will follow. 

Senator Benjamin B. Downing
Senator Benjamin B. Downing, hailing from Pittsfield, MA, is in his fifth term in the Massachusetts Senate. The Senator serves as the Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, which is tasked with reviewing all matters concerning renewable and non-renewable energy sources. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Providence College in 2003. In May 2008 he received a M.A. from Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environment Policy & Planning. 

Betsy Glynn, EEAC
Elizabeth (Betsy) Glynn works to identify opportunities for partnerships and collaborations to advance energy efficiency and renewable and clean energy generation to contribute to a more sustainable future.

The Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) was created with the Green Communities Act of 2008, a comprehensive energy reform law. EEAC members guide the development of state- and nation-leading energy efficiency plans by the Commonwealth’s investor-owned gas and electric utilities and energy providers. The Council’s priorities are to develop, implement, evaluate, and monitor the implementation of these plans.

Glynn is the Northeast Regional Manager at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). Based in Boston, she serves as the organization’s regional lead as well as the primary relationship manager for CSE’s northeast clients and strategic partners.

Steve Cowell, E2
Under Steve Cowell’s leadership, CSG designed and implemented conservation and renewable energy programs for utilities, state agencies, and other groups throughout the U.S., providing services to more than 3.2 million businesses and households. Steve successfully advocated for energy efficiency as a least-cost power supply option. He helped to create and build the residential energy efficiency industry through sound public policy, legislation, and establishment of trade ally networks as well as the delivery of cost-effective programs.

Steve is a graduate of Brown University and has been honored with several major industry awards.

Peter Shattuck, Acadia Center
Peter's work at Acadia Center focuses on cleaning up the energy supply across all sectors of the economy. Driving market-based emissions reductions is at the core of this work, using cap and trade policies such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which Acadia Center has tracked since the program’s early development in the 2000s and which Acadia Center is now promoting beyond the region. Peter also leads parallel efforts to price carbon emissions in the transportation, building, and industrial sectors, and to provide incentives to boost clean energy supply in the electric and thermal sectors. As Massachusetts Director, Peter oversees Acadia Center’s work on grid modernization, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, and renewables in the Commonwealth. Peter received a B.A. in History from Yale, and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Trinity College, Dublin, where he focused on the impact of carbon markets on development in Mexico.


Making a Business Using Maker Technology @FabLabRox
Monday, March 14
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Roxbury Innovation Center , 2300 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-a-business-using-maker-technology-fablabrox-tickets-21736605773

Curious how you can start a business by making things in Fab Lab Roxbury?
Sarah Boisvert will show real life examples of businesses started by techies and non-techies alike in maker spaces around the world using laser cutters, 3D Printers, CNC machines and microelectronics.  Learn how you can hold your ideas in your hand and turn them into revenue-generating products right here in Roxbury!

Sarah Boisvert is the founder of Fab Lab Hub, a part of the MIT Fab Lab Network that helps start new fab labs.  She has worked in digital fabrication for over 30 years since co-founding the commercial division of Potomac Photonics, Inc.  While at Potomac she turned laser technologies into products for the medical device, microelectronics and consumer markets.  Since selling Potomac, Sarah has consulted for the Fab Foundation and is developing workforce development programs for Fab Workforce.  She also runs the annual DigiFab Conference that will be in Cambridge April 22 and 23, 2016.

Tuesday, March 15

Finding Community-Based Solutions to Food Insecurity
Tuesday, March 15
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM (EDT) 
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sif-social-issue-talk-series-finding-community-based-solutions-to-food-insecurity-registration-21122927244

Guest speaker: Anne McHugh, Director of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Division at the Boston Public Health Commission
Featured Innovator: Dorchester Community Food Co-op

Anne McHugh is the Director of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Division at the Boston Public Health Commission – the city health department for Boston.  She oversees multiple initiatives that address obesity, hypertension, and other chronic diseases, particularly through supporting community-based approaches to increasing access to healthy eating and active living opportunities.  A particular focus of Commission efforts is to address the health inequities that lead to Black and Latino residents experiencing a disproportionate burden of these health conditions. She has been the Principal Investigator for several major community chronic disease prevention programs funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including Communities Putting Prevention to Work, REACH Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Project, and Let’s Get Healthy, Boston!.  Anne holds a Masters degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Harvard College.  She has more than 25 years experience in public health and health care program development and management.

The Dorchester Community Food Coop is an initiative to build a cooperatively owned grocery store that provides access to nutritious food at a fair price, creates economic opportunity, and nurtures community engagement.

Social Innovation Forum 2016 Social Issue Talk Series

More Information on SIF's 2016 Social Issue Talk Series

This March, the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) will hold eight free, educational events as a part of our annual March Social Issue Talk Series where funders and community leaders can hear from leading experts and our 2016 Social Innovators about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields. For a full list of events in the series, please visit www.socialinnovationforum.org/blog/social-issue-talk-series
If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about SIF, please contact us at team at socialinnovationforum.org or 617.492.2305.


An Overview of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
Tuesday, March 15
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
BU, Trustee Lounge 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor, Boston

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment and have the potential to radically improve U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and environmental well-being. The agency funds technology-focused, applied research and development aimed at creating real-world solutions to important problems in energy creation, distribution, and use. This presentation is an opportunity to learn about ARPA-E, its programs and projects, and how it solicits and manages research awards to advance potentially disruptive energy technologies.

More info: http://www.bu.edu/research/news-events/featured-events-2/arpa-e/
Source: http://www.bu.edu/calendar/?uid=178930@17.calendar.bu.edu


MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) - Steven Barrett, MIT
Tuesday, March 15
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MIT, Building 54-517, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker(s): Steven Barrett (MIT)
The MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar Series [MASS] is a student-run weekly seminar series. Topics include all research concerning the atmosphere and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars usually take place on Mondays in 54-915 from 12.00-1pm unless otherwise noted (term-time only). Talks are generally followed by a lunch with graduate students. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, postdocs, and students are arranged. The seminar series is run by graduate students and is intended mainly for students to interact with individuals outside the department, but faculty and postdocs certainly participate. 2015/2016 co-ordinators: Marianna Linz (mlinz at mit.edu) and John Agard (jvagard at mit.edu). mass at mit.edu reaches the list.


Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences  (EAPS)
Contact: Marianna Linz (mlinz at mit.edu)
Web site: http://bit.ly/1P33yOq
More info: 617-253-2127


Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar: "Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Islamic Militancy"
Tuesday, March 15
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
MIT, Building E51-395, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker(s): Prof. Bernard A. Haykel
It has become axiomatic in the media and even in academic writings to associate Saudi Arabia with terrorism and militancy.  The formal interpretation of Islam in the Kingdom - commonly known as Salafism or Wahhabism - is often the credo of many Sunni militants.  And the Kingdom has since the 1960s promoted the spread of Salafism throughout the world through various forms of missionary activity.  It therefore appears that a correlation must exist between Riyadh's efforts and Islamic militancy. This lecture will explore this relationship and show that while there is certainly an elective affinity between Salafism and militancy  - for reasons primarily to do with the nature of religious authority - the Saudi government's role in fostering this relationship is neither obvious nor established.

Bernard A. Haykel is professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

The Bustani Middle East Seminar is organized under the auspices of the MIT Center for International Studies, which conducts research on contemporary international issues and provides an opportunity for faculty and students to share perspectives and exchange views. Each year the Bustani Seminar invites scholars, journalists, consultants, and other experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States to MIT to present recent research findings on contemporary politics, society and culture, and economic and technological development in the Middle East.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, Radius/T&C
Contact: Dain Goding (dain at mit.edu)
Web site: http://web.mit.edu/cis/bustani/
More info: 617-252-1888


Understanding the Impact of War and Displacement in Cities: an Information Approach for Urban Settings
Tuesday, March 15
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker(s): Karen Jacobsen, Acting Director, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
A session of the Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
Contact: Phiona Lovett (phiona at mit.edu)
More info: 253-3848


Tufts Innovation Spotlight
Tuesday, March 15
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Abby Lane - 253 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tufts-innovation-spotlight-tickets-20972431106

Qiaobing Xu, PhD (Assistant Professor, Tufts University Department of Biomedical Engineering) 
Richard Lee, MD (Professor, Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology)
Arnout Schepers, PhD (Post-Doctoral Researcher, MIT Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies)
Retsina Meyer, PhD (Senior Scientist, Resilience Therapeutics)
Luhan Yang, PhD (Co-Founder, eGenesis)


Dead ends and U-turns: All the mistakes we've made with utilizing biomass waste as energy
Tuesday, March 15
MIT, Building E19-319, 400 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1g8SQ5_d5nR18MIDq2sapigpCZe2PRuviMUSJDIn2MUA/viewform 
by March 13. Dinner provided.

Kevin Kung is a PhD student and fellow at the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design, where his work focuses on the conversion of biomass waste into solid fuel. Since 2012, Kevin has also been running Takachar, which sets up for-profit waste-to-energy conversion operations in developing countries such as Kenya and India.

E4Dev Weekly Speaker Series in collaboration with the MIT Waste Alliance

This event is organized by e4Dev in collaboration with the MIT Waste Alliance, and made possible with the support of the GSC Sustainability Fund and Graduate Student Life Grants.


WBUR Presents: Concrete Architecture and The New Boston
Tuesday, March 15
5:30 pm
Boston City Hall, 3rd Floor Lobby, 1 City Hall Square  Boston
Please enter from the 1st floor entrance located at Congress Street near Faneuil Hall.
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DrFJ6lipMijF5joNvaX7nJ1GRdfLQdE0tnqEBd8BkDY/viewform

Christopher Lydon, host of Open Source, will interview Mark Pasnik, Michael Kubo, and Chris Grimley, authors of “Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston,” to discuss how politics influenced urban renewal in Boston during the 1960s and how it’s influencing renewal in Boston today.

About “Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston”
As a worldwide phenomenon, building with concrete represents one of the major architectural movements of the postwar years, but in Boston it was deployed in more numerous and diverse civic, cultural, and academic projects than in any other major U.S. city. After decades of stagnation and corrupt leadership, public investment in Boston in the 1960s catalyzed enormous growth, resulting in a generation of bold buildings that shared a vocabulary of concrete modernism. Today, when concrete buildings across the nation are in danger of insensitive renovation or demolition, “Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston” presents the concrete structures that defined Boston during this remarkable period—from the well-known (Boston City Hall, New England Aquarium, and cornerstones of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University) to the already lost (Mary Otis Stevens and Thomas F. McNulty’s concrete Lincoln House and Studio; Sert, Jackson & Associates’ Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School)—with hundreds of images; essays by architectural historians Joan Ockman, Lizabeth Cohen, Keith N. Morgan, and Douglass Shand-Tucci; and interviews with a number of the architects themselves.

This event free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Refreshments will be served!


CSR and Sustainability: From the Margins to the Mainstream Book Launch
Tuesday, March 15
6:30 PM
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Corporate-Social-Responsibility-Sustainability-Meetup/events/225650708/
Cost:  $15

Michael Hopkins will be launching in Boston what will become the definitive reference on Corporate Social Responsibility!

Covering almost every key topic, it looks at how CSR has gone from the margins to the mainstream. Reflecting on over 30 years in the field, as an academic and practitioner, Michael will look at the future of CSR and sustainability, the lessons learned, and he will offer advice to practitioners and newcomers to CSR.  

CSR and Sustainability - From the Margins to the Mainstream is a one-stop reference book for professionals and students of CSR and includes contributions from experts in the application of CSR which translates well-established theories into practical tools.

Refreshments will be served


You Can Learn Anything: Online Learning with HarvardX 101
WHEN	Tue., Mar. 15, 2016, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE	The Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Education, Support/Social
COST	Free and open to the public; RSVP required
TICKET WEB LINK	https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-can-learn-anything-online-learning-with-harvardx-101-registration-21357010393
DETAILS  Do you want to enhance your career opportunities? Explore an interest you've always had but never had the opportunity to pursue? Learn something new?
Join us at the Harvard Ed Portal on March 15 at 6:30pm as we examine how online learning provides access to limitless opportunities to expand your world. We’ll explore the possibilities for online learning, understand the process of signing up for an online course, and make a plan for successful online learning.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but we ask that you please RSVP on EVENTBRITE.
LINK  edportal.harvard.edu


From Flint to Our Backyard: Environmental Health + Justice in New England
Tuesday, March 15
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-flint-to-our-backyard-environmental-health-justice-in-new-england-tickets-22583980293

The lead contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan has highlighted the issue of environmental injustice and who bears the burden of toxic chemical exposures in the U.S.   Childhood lead poisoning has been a problem for decades, including in Massachusetts, and occurs more frequently in low income communities and communities of color. Other New England communities, such as New Bedford and Pittsfield, MA are also the locations of contaminated industrial waste dumping that has put them on the Federal Superfund list. Dr. Richard Clapp will discuss local issues of environmental justice and answer your questions. 
Richard Clapp is a Professor Emeritus of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health.  He was formerly the Director of the Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and the Massachusetts Cancer Registry in the Department of Public Health.  He has taught public health and given numerous community presentations over the past four decades.


The First Nazi:  Erich Ludendorff, The Man Who Made Hitler Possible
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome historians WILL BROWNELL and DENISE DRACE-BROWNELL for a discussion of their book The First Nazi: Erich Ludendorff, The Man Who Made Hitler Possible.
About The First Nazi

General Erich Ludendorff was one of the most important military individuals of the last century, yet today, one of the least known. One of the top two German generals of World War I, Ludendorff dominated not only his superior—General Paul von Hindenburg—but also Germany’s head of state, Kaiser Wilhelm II. For years, Ludendorff was the military dictator of Germany.

Ludendorff not only dictated all aspects of World War I, he refused all opportunities to make peace; he antagonized the Americans until they declared war; he sent Lenin into Russia to forge a revolution in order to shut down the Russian front; and then he pushed for total military victory in 1918, in a rabid slaughter known as “The Ludendorff Offensive.”

Shortly after losing the War in 1918, Ludendorff created the murderous legend that Germany had lost this war only because Jews had conspired on the home front. He soon forged an alliance with Hitler, endorsed the Nazis, and wrote maniacally about how Germans needed a new world war, to redeem the Fatherland. This savage man had staggering designs to build a gigantic state that would dwarf even the British Empire. Simply stated, he wanted the world.

Editorial Comment:  Do you think anyone will ask about Herr Drumpf and his present Presidential campaign?

Wednesday, March 16

March Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, March 16
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT) 
Pret A Manger, 185 Franklin Street Post Office Square, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-22047866763

Join us for the third Sustainability Breakfast of 2016 - Net Impact Boston's 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! Feel free to drop by any time any time between 7:30 and 830 am.


MEMS Are Becoming 3D and Atomically Precise
Wednesday, March 16
MIT, Building 34-401, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Andrei M. Shkel, University of California, Irvine
Microtechnology comes of age. Clearly, some significant advances have been made, and we see a footprint of the technology in an ever-growing consumer electronics market full of interactive products enabled by microtechnology. These products include, for example, accelerometers for gaming applications, gyros for auto safety, resonators for clocks, and more. The questions remain, however: Is the technology really on the level of what we consider to be precision sensing? Is making sensors small necessarily result in degradation of performance? These questions led us to development of glassblowing technology for precision sensing and origami-like assembly techniques for classical and atomic MEMS; all to be discussed in this talk.

MTL Seminar Series 
MTL seminar speakers for the series are selected on the basis of their knowledge and competence in the areas of microelectronics research, manufacturing, or policy. This series is held during the academic year on Wednesdays at noon. The seminars are open to the public. Lunch is served at 11:30am end series info begin event description

Web site: https://www-mtl.mit.edu/mtlseminar/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories
For more information, contact:  Valerie DiNardo
valeried at mit.edu 


Sack Lunch Seminar (SLS) - Deepak Cherian, MIT/WHOI
Wednesday, March 16
12pm - 1pm
MIT, Building 54 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker:  Deepak Cherian
Thesis - Currently, I'm studying the interaction of eddies with continental slopes using continuously stratified, primitive equation model experiments using ROMS. The motivation is to understand the behaviour of eddies like Gulf Stream Warm Core Rings when they encounter the shelfbreak at the Mid-Atlantic Bight. 

Future - In general, I am interested in the physics of stratified, rotating fluids over sloping topography. Some physics I want to think about are: 1) The interaction of strong flows with topography in stratified systems. Dense, bottom water plumes seem like a good place to start. 2) Flows on the equatorial β plane. This and (1) are basically about stratified flows on strong PV gradients, one being bottom intensified and the other being barotropic. 3) Using residual mean theory to understand the baroclinic instability of shelfbreak fronts. 4) Exploring the relative importance of various proposed mechanisms for shelfbreak upwelling. Specifically, given a set of initial conditions, which mechanisms contribute most to upwelling. 5) Consequences of randomly forced waves interacting with organized topography: what happens when continental slopes are continuously irradiated by Rossby waves?

About this Series
The MIT Oceanography and Climate Sack Lunch Seminar Series [SLS] is a student-run weekly seminar series. Topics include research relating to climate (especially where it concerns interactions with the ocean or sea-ice), geophysical fluid dynamics, biogeochemistry, paleo-oceanography/climatology and physical oceanography. The seminars usually take place on Wednesdays in 54-915 from 12:10-1:00 pm unless otherwise noted (term-time only). Students are encouraged to lunch with the speaker. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, postdocs, and students are arranged. 2015/2016 co-ordinator: Ali Mashayek (ali-mash at mit.edu).

Web site: http://bit.ly/1RQpuuO
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Darius Collazo
dcollazo at mit.edu 


MIT Clean Energy Prize Mentor Dinner
Wednesday, March 16
5:30 PM to 7:45 PM (EDT)
MIT, Building E52 - 7th Floor, 2 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-clean-energy-prize-mentor-dinner-tickets-22460419720

Meet the 2016 Clean Energy Prize mentors, semifinalists, and Staff for an evening in the all new MIT Sloan Building E52!
5:30-6:00pm: Networking mixer
6:00-6:15pm: Welcome remarks from CEP managing and mentorship directors
6:15-6:45pm: Leadership activity
6:45-7:30pm: Dinner
7:30-7:45pm: Closing remarks
Best view of the sunset over the Charles in all of MIT's campus. 


Audibility and Verification of Elections
Wednesday, March 16
7pm - 9pm
MIT, Building NE 30, Broad Institute Auditorium, 7 Cambridge Center (corner of Vassar & Main Streets), Cambridge

Speaker: Professor Ron Rivest
Democracy requires that elections have credible results---otherwise the winner lacks a political mandate and the supporters of losing candidates react with anything from protests to revolution.   Yet (U.S.) elections have become larger and increasingly complex, and politics seems more polarized. Software-based voting systems inspire little trust. Voting systems purchased with funds allocated after the 2000 U.S. presidential election fiasco are rapidly becoming obsolete. 
How can good definitions, statistics, and cryptography help? 
We present the notion of software independence, describe several methods for effective auditing of paper ballots, and give an overview of ``end-to-end'' cryptographic voting systems that allow voters to confirm that their votes were counted exactly as intended, without violating voter privacy or enabling vote-selling. We close with a (pessimistic) assessment of the prospects for "voting over the internet". 
Professor Rivest is an Institute Professor at MIT, a member of its Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, a member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), a member of that lab's Theory of Computation Group and a leader of its Cryptography and Information Security Group.
Rivest is a co-inventor of the RSA public-key cryptosystem, has extensive experience in cryptographic design and cryptanalysis. He is also a founder of RSA Data Security and of Verisign.

IEEE/ACM Joint Seminar Series 
Exploring the edge of computing technology. end series info begin event description

Web site: http://ewh.ieee.org/r1/boston/computer/rivest2016.html
Open to: the general public
Tickets: N/A Sponsor(s): ACM & IEEE/CS
For more information, contact:  Dorothy Curtis
dcurtis at mit.edu 

Thursday, March 17

Universal Laws and Architectures:  Theory and Lessons from Brains, Nets, Hearts, Bugs, Grids, Flows, and Zombies
Thursday, March 17
MIT, Building 32-144, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: John Doyle (Caltech)

IDSS Distinguished Seminar Series 
Monthly series featuring distinguished speakers. All are welcome. 

Web site: https://idss.mit.edu/event/idss-distinguished-seminar-doyle/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Statistics, idss
For more information, contact:  Jennifer Formichelli
jlf24 at mit.edu 


MIT Solar Car Homecoming Party
Thursday, March 17
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT) 
MIT, Memorial Lobby (Lobby 10), 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Come see the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team and see Arctutus, our 2015 World Solar Challenge vehicle. We recently returned from racing the car for 3,000 km through the Australian outback, and we would like to thank the MIT community for helping us get there. 

We are a self-funded and student-run team with the goal of designing, building and racing cars powered entirely by the sun. We are currently designing the next vehicle for the 2017 World Solar Challenge. For our team, the future looks bright, and we'd love to tell you about it. Please feel free to invite your friends and family. 
More information about our team can be found here: www.mitsolar.com. We are a team of twenty MIT Undergraduates and part of MIT's Edgerton Center. We take this crazy idea of solar vehicles and transform it into reality in our student shop on MIT Campus.    

Any questions can be directed to gosolar [at] mit [dot] edu. We look forward to seeing you there!


Working toward a complete functional atlas of the human brain
Thursday, March 17
4:00pm - 5:30pm
MIT, Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker(s): Jack Gallant, PhD
The structure and function of the human brain are very closely linked. Neuroanatomists have made much progress in obtaining good anatomical parcellations of the human brain and recent technical advances might make it possible to recover detailed structural topography and structural connectivity from living individuals. In contrast, cognitive neuroscientists have made much less progress in obtaining a detailed functional parcellation of the human brain, and most of the studies that have attempted to do this have been based on passive resting state correlations that have no clear functional assignment. My laboratory is engaged in a broad effort to obtain systematic functional parcellations across a wide variety of sensory and cognitive domains. The broad goals of this program is to obtain a detailed functional parcellation of the human brain that reveals how sensory and cognitive features are represented across the cortical mantle; to understand how these representations are modulated by top-down processes such as attention, learning and memory; and to determine the correspondence between functional and structural neuroanatomy. In this talk I will discuss our approach to this problem and provide several examples of how our approach can be used to obtain detailed functional parcellations of sensory and cognitive systems in individual human brains.

More at: http://bcs.mit.edu/news-events/events/tbd-9#sthash.mPXv4nf8.dpuf


Media Archaeology as Symptom
Thursday, March 17
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Thomas Elsaesser
For nearly one hundred years, the moving image has been discussed primarily from the perspective of photography: organizing our questions and theories around cinema as an ocular dispositif, based on light, projection and transparency, or as a recording dispositif, based on index, imprint and trace. In the age of digital imaging technologies, some of which have little to do with optics, such a history of the moving image seems too narrowly conceived. The broadly based, if loosely defined research field calling itself "media archaeology" not only locates the cinema within more comprehensive media histories, it also investigates apparently obsolete, overlooked, or poorly understood past media practices. The expectation is that by once more "opening up" these pasts, one can enable or envisage a different future. The question then arises: is media archaeology a (viable) disciplinary subject or a (valuable) symptom also of changes in our ideas of history, causality and contingency? 

Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus at the University of Amsterdam and since 2013 has been teaching at Columbia University. Among his most recent books are: The Persistence of Hollywood (New York: Routledge, 2012) and Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses (New York: Routledge, 2nd edition 2015, with Malte Hagener). Forthcoming is Film History as Media Archaeology -- Tracking Digital Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2016).

Web site: http://cmsw.mit.edu/event/thomas-elsaesser-media-archaeology-as-symptom/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre
cmsw at mit.edu 


Thriving Over Surviving - TEDxBeaconStreet Salon
Thursday, March 17
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thriving-over-surviving-tedxbeaconstreet-salon-tickets-21420645728

This special TEDxBeaconStreet Salon event will feature 15 inspiring presentations about medical innovation, revolutionary patient care and personal stories that will change the way you think about healthcare.  

We invite you to participate in this unique event on the evening of March 17 in Boston - at TEDxBeaconStreet Healthcare Salon at the Westin Hotel next to the Hynes Convention Center.  Join the conversation at this one evening exploring the intersection of medicine, technology, and personal health transformation.  This event will be live streamed to locations around the world.

Friday, March 18

Modelling and solving a community health care network design problem in remote regions
Friday, March 18
MITm Building E38, 6th floor conference room, 292 Main Street, Cambridge

Please join the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Working Group at MIT for a lunch seminar with Dr. Marilene Cherkesly of Northwestern University. Dr. Cherkesly will be talking about her work with Last Mile Health in Liberia -- modelling and solving the community health care network design problem. 

Lunch provided.

Sunday, March 20

The Split Brain and Eco-restoration
Sunday, March 20
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
One Fayette Park, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Biodiversity-for-a-Livable-Climate/events/229074979/

Architect and teacher Christopher Haines has focused on sustainable design, environmental awareness, energy efficiency and green building, and has a background in agriculture and permaculture going back to Sir Albert Howard, Bill Mollison and others. From a college degree in psychology, he has developed an avid interest in brain science and the light it sheds on our thinking and behavior with respect to the natural world - our sole life-support system. Christopher will discuss split brain science as it impacts our work towards regenerating this damaged planet. In a fascinating presentation he will cover:

The two hemispheres of the brain and what they do 
The relationship the hemispheres have with the natural world 
The split brain and the worlds we live in 
Asymmetries between the brain hemispheres 
Exiting the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ 
Towards biodiversity

What promises to be a lively group discussion will ensue.

Potluck starts at 5, presentation at 6.

We're a small non-profit so a $10 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away based on ability to pay.

Monday, March 21

Electricity Market Developments in Mexico
Monday, March 21
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor, Littauer Building, 79JFK Street, Cambridge

Jeffrey Pavlovic, Managing Director of Electric Industry Coordination in the Undersecretary of Electricity in the Mexican Ministry of Energy 

HKS Energy Policy Seminar Series

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at hks.harvard.edu
(617) 495-8693

More at http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2016-03-21-160000-2016-03-21-173000/hks-energy-policy-seminar-series#sthash.gu9s13Te.dpuf

Tuesday, March 22

Toward an Ethic of Social Justice in Information
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 22, 2016, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
DETAILS  The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial, disembodied, or lacking positionality. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics, and in the service of something—a position, a profit motive, a means to an end. In this talk, Safiya Umoja Noble, Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, will discuss the importance of the academic-activist library community to offer models of intervention and resistance through research, practice and teaching. Her research examines the linkages to power struggles over representation on the web and in the digital library, and the consequences of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search.
Refreshments are at 9:30 am; the program begins at 10 am.
LINK  http://library.harvard.edu/hlsc


Linda Greenhouse - The Post-Scalia Supreme Court
Tuesday, March 22
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly op-ed column on law as a contributing columnist. Ms. Greenhouse received several major journalism awards during her 40-year career at the Times, including the Pulitzer Prize (1998) and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School (2004). In 2002, the American Political Science Association gave her its Carey McWilliams Award for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” Her books include a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun; Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel); and The U.S. Supreme Court, A Very Short Introduction, published by Oxford University Press in 2012. A new book, The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right, with Michael J. Graetz, will be published in 2016. Ms. Greenhouse is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where she serves on the council, and is one of two non-lawyer honorary members elected to the American Law Institute, which in 2002 awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal. She is a vice president of the Council of the American Philosophical Society, which in 2005 awarded her its Henry Allen Moe Prize for writing in the humanities and jurisprudence. She has been awarded eleven honorary degrees. She is a 1968 graduate of Radcliffe College (Harvard), where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and she currently serves on the Phi Beta Kappa national senate. She earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School (1978), which she attended on a Ford Foundation fellowship.


Reconceptualizing the Right to Be Forgotten to Enable Transatlantic Data Flow
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 22, 2016, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C - Room 2036 (second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person.
Event will be live webcast at 12:00 pm
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Information Technology, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Berkman Center for Internet & Society
SPEAKER(S)  Sanna Kulevska and Michael L. Rustad
CONTACT INFO  candersen at cyber.law.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Based on the authors’ recent Harvard Journal of Law and Technology article, Reconceptualizing the Right to be Forgotten to Enable Transatlantic Data Flow, Sanna Kulevska and Michael Rustad will lay out the legal dilemmas that flow from the European Union’s far-reaching right to be forgotten (RTBF). Google Spain v. AEPD (May 2014) and Article 17 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect in 2018, are already driving a significant legal, economic and cultural wedge between the U.S. and its EU trading partners. In October 2015, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) struck down the U.S./EU Safe Harbor agreement that enabled data to be freely transferred from Europe to the United States and in February 2016, the EU/U.S. Privacy Shield was proposed as a replacement. Sanna and Michael will lead the discussion of the legal dilemmas that policymakers face in walking the tight rope between the Scylla of constraining the right of expression and the Charybdis of diminishing an individual’s right to control their personal data. The authors will use current case studies of takedown requests from Google to provide context for their discussion of how a Safe Harbor 2.0 might achieve the proper balance between expression and privacy.
LINK  https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2016/03/Kulevska%20Rustad


GSD TALKS. Knoll Studio: Florian Idenburg and Benjamin Pardo on the Future of Work
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 22, 2016, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Loeb Library, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Florian Idenburg and Benjamin Pardo
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office in advance at 617.496.2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu
DETAILS	  This event will celebrate the launch of a studio report documenting the investigations and projects of Work Environments 1: Campus and Event. Work Environments is a three studio series at Harvard GSD, sponsored by the furniture company Knoll, to examine through research and design the disruptive transformations that occur globally in environments where work takes place. Given the unique position of the office to register changes within society and to actively reshape traditional hierarchies, tomorrow's workplace must arrive with a clear attitude and outlook. The studio series seeks to explicate existing cultural trends and perspectives, using this knowledge to speculate on future scenarios and potential responses within the worksphere. Benjamin Pardo, director of design at Knoll, and Florian Idenburg, associate professor in practice of architecture, will analyze radical shifts in the workspace, discussing the state of today's office environments and speculating on the potential challenges and transformations that will affect them in the near future. The conversation will reexamine the first edition of this studio series, Work Environments 1: Campus and Event, looking at the work produced, with its focus on the nomadic worker and the would be corporate utopia, as well as debating the questions that emerged from the students' research and scenarios.


4th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum:  Water on My Mind
Tuesday, March 22
1:00 PM
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street #200, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-massachusetts-water-forum-tickets-20708791553

The 4th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum, hosted by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. in honor of World Water Day, will rethink water management as the Commonwealth prepares for a changing climate.
The Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) will present a game-changing plan to transform the way we manage water in our urban and suburban spaces.  The forum will encourage all participants to pose questions, add their insights, and think about new designs, systems and resource uses. 
Participants may join us for one or more segment of this program.

4th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum Program
1:00 pm  Secretary Matthew Beaton will open the 4th Annual Water Forum
1:10 pm  Brief greeting by Youth Representatives from the morning's Youth Summit led by Green Schools
1:15 pm  Panel Discussion:  Transforming Our Water and Energy Systems
3:00 pm  Panel Discussion ends. Short coffee break.
3:15 pm  Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session 1:  Infrastructure for a Livable Future
Breakout Session 2:  Design and Legislation
Breakout Session 3:  Resilient Water Systems
5:00 pm  Breakout Sessions end.
5:30 pm  Keynote speaker, Wenonah Hauter and Cocktail Reception.

The 4th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum is brought to you thanks to our partners:
The Office of Representative Chris Walsh
Boston Society of Architects
Charles River Watershed Association
City of Boston
MWRA (Massachusetts Water Resources Authority)
Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC)
Massachusetts Rivers Alliance
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
Green Schools

We have the privilege of welcoming the Commonwealth's Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton.
Matthew BEawton
Representative Chris Walsh of the 6th Middlesex District will serve as Moderator.
Chris Walsh
Panelists include:
Bob Zimmerman, Executive Director of Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA)
Bob will present a game changing way of treating water in our cities and towns which will be set up through CWERCs - Community Water and Energy Resource Centers. The Forum continues into two breakout sessions.  The first will delve more deeply into the establishment of CWERCs and the second will look at ways our legislators and designers can support this transformative process.
Austin Blackmon, City of Boston's Chief of Energy,Environment and Open Space
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch
Bradley Campbell, Executive Director, Conservation Law Foundation
Carter Craft, Sr Economic Officer|Water and Resilience, Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

Breakout Session 1:  Infrastructure for a Livable Future 
Led by Julie Wood, Director of Projects, Charles River Watershed Association
Julie Wood
Charlie Jewell, Director of Planning and Sustainability, Boston Water and Sewer Commission
Charlie Jewell
Kenneth Moraff, Director of  the Office of Ecosystem Protection for EPA New England 
Ken Moraff
Travis Sheehan, Policy and Strategy Fellow, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Travis Sheehan

Breakout Session 2:  Design and Legislation
Led by Senator Jamie Eldridge of the 5th Middleesex and Worcester District and
Jamie Eldridge
Representative Carolyn Dykema of the 8th MIddlesex District
Carolyn Dykema

Breakout Session 3:  Resilient Water Systems
Led by Julie Conroy, Senior Environmental Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Julie Conroy

GUEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER from Washington,DC:  "Water and Energy"
Wenonah Hauter,Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, author of Frackopoly
Wenonah Hauter


World Water Day
Tuesday, March 22
3:30–5 pm
Harvard Business School, Aldrich 110, Allston

How will water impact your career?
Join the Harvard Business School Business and Environment Initiative for a World Water Day Panel with:
Kate Clopek, Executive Director of Saha Global, an NGO that provides access to clean water and electricity to rural communities in West Africa;
Reese Tisdale, President of Bluefield Research, an insight firm focused on strategic analysis of water markets and strategies;
Earl Jones, Partner at Liberation Capital, with an investment strategy focused on clean water, and Chairman of NEWIN, a non-profit committed to helping solve global water resource challenges;
moderated by:
John Macomber, HBS Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit

Co-sponsors: Agribusiness Club, Africa Business Club, Energy & Environment Club, VCPE Club, Food and Beverage Club

More at: http://green.harvard.edu/events/world-water-day-panel#sthash.yUrexeK5.dpuf


2016 Norton Lecture 4 of 6: "Configurations of Blackness"
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 22, 2016, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mahindra Humanities Center
SPEAKER(S)  Toni Morrison
TICKET INFO  Events are free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available starting at noon on the day of each lecture. Tickets will be available in person at Sanders Theatre or online (handling fees apply). Limit of two tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45 p.m.
2016 Norton Lectures. "The Origin of Others: The Literature of Belonging"
Lecture One: Romancing Slavery
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Lecture Two: Being and Becoming the Stranger
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Lecture Three: The Color Fetish
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Lecture Four: Configurations of Blackness
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Lecture Five: Narrating the Other
Monday, April 11, 2016
Lecture Six: The Foreigner's Home
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Events are free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available starting at noon on the day of each lecture. Tickets will be available in person at Sanders Theatre or online (handling fees apply). Limit of two tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45 p.m.


Rebuilding The Cornerstone of American Democracy: Leveraging Digital Tools to Reach Today’s Voters
Tuesday, March 22
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Harvard, Ash Center for Democractic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mount Auburn Street 2nd Floor North, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rebuilding-the-cornerstone-of-american-democracy-leveraging-digital-tools-to-reach-todays-voters-tickets-22663640559

Tiana Epps-Johnson, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Technology and Civic Life
Tiana Epps-Johnson will share her experience working on technology instruction and capacity building with the thousands of local government offices responsible for voting. Civic tech is at the frontier of the franchise: from connecting voters to election information to making the voting process more accessible. Participants will apply this new knowledge by rethinking the process of voting from the “user’s” perspective--writing in plain language and designing a website that prioritizes the information that is most pressing to avid, infrequent, and non-voters.

Part of the Technology and Democracy Workshop Series
About the Technology and Democracy Workshop Series
The Ash Center’s non-resident Technology and Democracy Fellows will design and lead a series of hands-on workshops for Harvard Kennedy School students, co-sponsored by Tech4Change. Each workshop will help participants develop their “technological intelligence” and learn skills related to understanding, managing, or creating digital technologies with the potential to improve the quality of democratic governance. Visit ash.harvard.edu to read more. RSVP is required. Space is limited.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 23

TORCH Fest & Innovations Faire
Wednesday, March 23
11:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/torch-fest-innovations-faire-registration-22537259550

Part science fair, part competition, and part something entirely new, the TORCH Fest & Innovations Faire is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, educators, engineers, STEM clubs and societies, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, and commercial exhibitors. This unique learning event will inspire participants to become innovators, garner interest in STEM fields, showcase incredible projects and provide hands-on learning.
PCI Permission Slip and Medical Form 


Cataclysmic Boston: The Nature of Urban Change
Wednesday, March 23
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Old North Church - 193 Salem Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-north-speaker-series-peter-vanderwarker-cataclysmic-boston-tickets-20730723151

Speaker: Peter Vanderwarker
Co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects
Boston, a historic city with an extremely unique built environment, is again trying to reinvent itself without self-destruction. Beloved architectural photographer Peter Vanderwarker will examine this phenomenon, with extensive reference to maps and his award-winning photographs. Please join us for a reception and conversation with the speaker after the lecture.

Peter Vanderwarker is a photographer and author. His books include "The Big Dig: Reshaping an American City" and "Cityscapes of Boston" co-authored with Robert Campbell. His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Houston Museum of Fine Art. His work has won Institute Honors from the American Institute of Architects, and he was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University in 1997. He is represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston.

Through its Speaker Series, the Old North Foundation seeks to provide historically-based educational opportunities for the general public, foster community interaction and insight within a framework of freedom and liberty, attract new visitors to Old North Church, and promote regional and national history luminaries. 


Food + Tech Mystery Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 23
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-tech-mystery-speaker-series-tickets-21456670479
Cost: $10
Every Wednesday in March, Branchfood will host an entrepreneur to tell the story of how they launched a successful food tech enterprise.

Our lineup of cutting-edge entrepreneurs will dive deep into the challenges and lessons learned of launching a food tech company. We’ll be covering early pitfalls of starting a biz, obtaining partners and funding, and reaching buyers and users.

Do not miss the opportunity to learn from these savvy founders! Hear their #BOSFoodStory, network with them, and soak in some of their #hustle.

Mystery speakers will be announced the Friday before each event. In the meantime, can you guess these innovators?

Tickets are sold on Eventbrite. Buy individual event tickets ($10 each) or buy the ALL ACCESS PASS – $30 for all four events (that’s one free!). Bonus: attendees will get to munch on samples from local food companies and drink Sam Adam craft beers.

Intrigued? See you there!

Organizer Branchfood
Email:  lauren at branchfood.com
Website:  www.branchfood.com

Thursday, March 24

Infrastructure, Energy, and Sustainability Symposium (Day 1)
Thursday, March 24
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, BCEC 256, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/infrastructure-energy-and-sustainability-symposium-day-1-tickets-22660649613

The symposium is a multi-day event consisting of dynamic industry presentations and case studies designed to educate attendees about the impact of decaying infrastructure, energy needs, and the need for sustainable development. A discussion will take place on the role public policy and STEM education plays in providing solutions to these problems and the global impact engineers can have. This event features a dynamic lineup of innovative thought leaders and subject matter experts sharing their insights, expertise, and perspective.

Day 1 features: 
Lisa Barton, EVP of American Electric Power Transmission; 
Dr. Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs
Professor Hunter Mack, UMass Lowell Mechanical Engineering 
Ronald Burns, Principal Engineer at CHA Consulting Inc
Paula Glover, CEO of American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
Rahul Yarala, Executive Director of Mass Clean Energy Center: Wind Technology Testing Center
Amanda Downey, President of AABE - Greater Boston Chapter


Environmental Challenges and Socio-Economic Conditions in Gaza: A Livable Place?
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 24, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Wesam Al Madhoun, assistant professor of environmental engineering, Islamic University of Gaza; Visiting Scholar, MIT; MIT-Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program
CONTACT INFO	elizabethflanagan at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Unless otherwise noted in the event description, CMES events are open to the public (no registration required), and off the record. Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES for record-keeping and for use on the CMES website and publications.
LINK  http://cmes.fas.harvard.edu/event/environmental-challenges-and-socio-economic-conditions-gaza-livable-place


We Are All Trayvon:  Difficult Dialogs with Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin
Thursday, March 24
1 p.m.
Bunker Hill Community College Building A Room 300 (Building A is the closest to the Orange Line T Stop)
RSVP at http://www.bhcc.mass.edu/dd/

Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change. Since the death of her 17 year old son, Trayvon Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country.

The publicity surrounding Trayvon?s death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into national debate. Despite the intense struggle of losing a child, Fulton has become a role model to many by turning her grief into advocacy. Remaining strong throughout the trial and ensuing months, she lends her voice to speak against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities for all.

Her message not only appeals to people?s hearts as it relates to children, but is also one of hope and change, exemplified by her personal experiences and endeavors. As a mother, she inspires audiences to continuously educate their children about civil rights and to help them feel accepted as part of an ever changing society. An honest and relatable speaker, Fulton always looks forward sharing her powerful message with everyone from colleges and legal professionals to community and family organizations, and all other proponents of social justice.

A Miami native, Fulton graduated from Florida Memorial University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English. A proud mother, Fulton worked for the Miami-Dade County Housing Development Agency for over 25 years, and is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.

Free and Open to the Public - Online registration is required.


he Urban Consumption of the ‘Green’ Countryside: the Politics of Environmental Research in Contemporary China
Thursday, March 24
3:30PM TO 4:45PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Elizabeth Lord, University of Toronto

China Project Seminar

Sponsored by the China Project, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Contact Name:  Chris Nielsen
nielsen2 at fas.harvard.edu

More at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2016-03-24-193000-2016-03-24-204500/china-project-seminar#sthash.9FcZ5XRZ.dpuf


Megacities Asia
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 24, 2016, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Auditorium, Arthur M. Sackler Building, 485 Broadway, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Music, Religion, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard South Asia Institute, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard’s Asia Center, Department of Art and Architecture, Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies, Korea Institute, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  5:30 – 6 pm Megacities Asia
Introduction: Tarun Khanna, director, South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Al Miner, assistant curator of contemporary art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
With towering masses of stainless steel vessels, vast quantities of colorful plastic wares, crowded arrangements of discarded architectural elements, and other such accumulations, artists in Megacities Asia including Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, and Mumbai are creating work that reflects the unprecedented wave of urbanization that has swept the region over the last fifty years.
6 – 7 pm Modern – Vernacular, City – Nature: Imaginations of the New India
Anu Ramaswami, Charles M. Denny, Jr., Chair of Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Professor, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Sciences, University of Minnesota
Chitra Venkataramani, South Asian Studies Fellow, Harvard South Asia Institute
Asim Waqif, Artist and Architect
Chair: Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Responding to the examples in the Megacities Asia exhibit, this conversation will focus on the politics and pluralities of architecture and urban planning in Delhi and Mumbai

7 – 7:15 pm Break
7:15 – 8:30 pm Inhabiting Asian Cities
Theodore C. Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology, Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University
Martha Chen, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Affiliated Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, International Coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
Hu Xiangchen, Artist
Chair: Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
This panel will explore the dynamism of urban life in Asia, both its material and immaterial aspects, in comparative perspective. Panelists will discuss urban planning in relation to the lives and livelihoods of city dwellers in South Asia, China, and Japan
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  sainit at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  In collaboration with the upcoming “Megacities Asia” exhibition on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from April 3 to July 17, 2016, this event will bring together artists and academics to examine contemporary Asian megacities including Beijing, Delhi, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Discussions will focus on the built environment in these cities, how we think about concepts of modern versus vernacular, formal versus informal, and the impact of rapid urbanization on inhabitants of cities from Mumbai to Shanghai.
LINK  http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/event/megacities-asia/


Envision Cambridge Public Workshop
Thursday, March 24
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Kennedy Longfellow School Cafeteria, 158 Spring Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/envision-cambridge-public-workshop-tickets-22459204084

Envision Cambridge, the citywide planning process, wants to hear from you! Join us at a public workshop to tell us what matters most to you and what you want Envision Cambridge to address. 
Translation and childcare can be provided with prior request. The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures to individuals with disabilities with prior request. 
Please notify us at envision at cambridgema.gov at least 48 hours before the event with any requests. 


Rebuilding the American City: Author Conversation
Thursday, March 24
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP at rsvp at architects.org
Price: Free and open to the public.

Urban redevelopment in the United States can be neither easy nor quick. Spearheaded by architects, urban designers, planners, academics, and public officials, redevelopment requires a delicate alignment of goals, leadership, and advocacy to meet the challenges of achieving livable, sustainable, and equitable cities.  

Join David Gamble AIA and Patty Heyda, authors of the new book Rebuilding the American City: Design and Strategy for the 21st Century Urban Core (Routledge, 2015), as they highlight 15 urban design and planning projects that have been catalysts for their respective downtowns. Implemented during the start of the 21st century, the projects embody not just a period marked by a renewed interest in cities, but also by social, economic, and environmental challenges. Landscape practices are leading the discourse about natural systems and landscape architects are increasingly being called upon to resolve large scale urban design and planning challenges.

Co-sponsored by the BSLA and organized by the BSA Urban Design Committee, this discussion will feature an introduction by Alex Krieger, Professor of Urban Design at Harvard GSD and principal at NBBJ, and will be followed by a light reception. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

This event coincides with a small exhibition of the same name Mapping Rebuilding the American City, on view March 24 through April 29 at BSA Space.

David Gamble AIA is a principal at Gamble Associates in Cambridge and a lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard GSD.

Patty Heyda is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.


7th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards
Thursday, March 24
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
100 Summer Street 21st Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-challenge-for-sustainability-awards-tickets-22237763750

We invite you to join us for the 7th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards Ceremony on March 24th, 2016. Each year the Challenge for Sustainability program recognizes Participants who have demonstrated the highest level of success and commitment in sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Challenge participants work at the forefront of commercial real estate sustainability and contribute greatly to reaching organizational and municipal GHG emissions reduction goals.
Please join us as we celebrate and honor the organizations and facilities who have excelled in 2015 in the following categories:
Greatest Greenhouse Gas Reduction from Baseline 
Greatest Electricity Reduction in 2015
Greatest Waste Reduction in 2015
Greatest Water Reduction in 2015 
Peer Recognition Award 2015
Additionally we will add several facilities to our Target 2020 Leaders plaque which recognizes participants who have already achieved the 25% GHG emissions reduction by 2020 goals established by the City of Boston and State of Massachusetts.
Kenneth Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, will be providing our Keynote Address. With over 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy, Ken Kimmell is an expert in energy issues. Through his work as Commissioner of MassDEP and chairman of the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Ken helped push forward ambitious measures to reduce power plant carbon emissions. Ken has also served as general counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's administration and spent 17 years as the director and senior attorney specializing in environmental, energy, and land-use issues.


CRISPR, Are We Ready to Rewrite the Human Genome?
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 24, 2016, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Instituto Cervantes at Harvard University, Room #430, 2 Arrow Street, 4th floor, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Ethics, Health Sciences, Science
Sponsor: Instituto Cervantes at Harvard and Fundacion Ramon Areces
SPEAKER(S)  Marc Güell, Wyss Technology Development Fellow, Wyss Institute for Biological Inspired Engineering, Harvard University
Rosario Fernández-Godino, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, MEEI-Harvard Medical School
César de la Fuente, Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Rachel E. Sachs, Academic Fellow, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK	ecusabostonmarch2016.eventbrite.com
CONTACT INFO	boston at ecusa.es
DETAILS	  The gene editing tool CRISPR has revolutionized biological science and has a powerful therapeutic potential ranging from inherited diseases to Alzheimer’s, cancer or bacterial infections. The biggest advantage of CRISPR technology is its simplicity to implement changes in DNA that remain stable, resulting in a truly edited genome. However, the implications of CRISPR are well beyond experimental science: are we ready to rewrite the human genome?
Join us for an interactive panel discussion about CRISPR applications, promises, technical challenges, and ethical boundaries. Submit questions for the panelists at boston at ecusa.es
Registration is required. RSVP at ecusabostonmarch2016.eventbrite.com
LINK  http://www.ecusa.es/events/2016/3/24/crispr-are-we-ready-to-rewrite-the-human-genome


Poverty, Violence, and the Developing Mind
Thursday, March 24
7:00-8:30 pm
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Amphitheater, 75 Francis Street 2nd Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poverty-violence-and-the-developing-mind-tickets-22421345849

Concentrated poverty is on the rise, and an increasing number of children are at risk for exposure to severe violence and dangerous living conditions. What are the implications of trauma exposure for healthy brain development?

During this panel event, Dr. Kerry Ressler (of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School) will discuss the risks poor, urban environments pose for post-traumatic stress disorder, while Dr. Charles A. Nelson (of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School) will discuss the effects of “toxic stress” on early childhood development. Carey Goldberg of WBUR will facilitate the conversation and host the Q&A session with the audience. 

Make sure to RSVP before the event!
This event is free and open to the public. A brief reception will precede the event from 6:30-7:00 PM.
Carey Goldberg, Reporter/Co-Host, CommonHealth, WBUR
Charles A. Nelson, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Bucharest Early Intervention Project; Director of Research, Developmental Medicine Center, Boston Children’s Hospital
Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, McLean Hospital; Director, Grady Trauma Project; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory


Cleantech Open's 2016 Boston Kickoff Party!
Thursday, March 24
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cleantech-opens-2016-boston-kickoff-party-tickets-21035326227?
Cost:  $10 - $20

Join us for an awesome night of cleantech community networking leading up to the Cleantech Open 2016 Accelerator program.
Entrepreneurs, students, savvy technologists, investors, professionals, and other interested parties all welcome!
At the launch party you'll be able to:
Connect with Boston's top innovators, supporters, and thought leaders in the cleantech space.
Get exposure by giving your 1 minute elevator pitch in front of judges and potential teammates (if you're ready!).
Listen to past competitors as they share their experience with Cleantech Open.
Celebrate our amazing community!  
Are you a cleantech entrepreneur?
Attend this event for free! Please contact Chelsea at ne_semifinalist at cleantechopen.org to receive your promo code.  In addition, come prepared to pitch your company.  We will be hosting an elevator pitch competition and the top three winners receive free applications to the Cleantech Open (worth $100+). 
Learn more and submit your application!
Early Bird Deadline is April 1st, Final Deadline is May 1st. 
Emily Reichert, Ph.d., MBA. CEO of Greentown Labs. As its first employee, Emily transformed Greentown Labs from a band of entrepreneurs sharing prototyping space into the nation’s largest cleantech incubator. She sets Greentown Labs’ strategic direction, focusing on increasing the organization’s impact on clean and energy efficient technology commercialization through entrepreneurship.

Friday, March 25

Friday, March 25–Saturday, March 26
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

This year's Just Food? conference will examine the relationship between people and land, primarily through agriculture and food. Conference events will explore the legal, moral, policy, health, historic and environmental aspects of our modern domestic and international food system, with a focus on the intersection of land and justice. The conference will bring together scholars, farmers, activists, practitioners, and other authorities to discuss the growing concerns about who has access to land, how agriculture changes land, and who is marginalized or dispossessed by our current system. Our goal is to educate attendees, empower them to make changes, and engage them in a larger dialogue about food.
A full conference schedule, when it becomes available, will be posted. But please feel free to register here now!

Three keynote talks, including:
A keynote panel, Racial Legacies: Land of the Oppressed and Dispossessed, featuring:
Jo Guldi, Assistant Professor of History, Brown University;
Janie Hipp, Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas School of Law;
Debora Nunes Lino Da Silva, MST Member from Northern Brazil; and
Tess Desmond Lowinske, Director of the Committee on Migration, Ethnicity, and Rights, Harvard University (moderator).
A keynote talk, Land Rights, by Smita Narula, human rights attorney, advocate, and academic from the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College; and
A final keynote reflection panel.

Concurrent panel and workshop sessions throughout Saturday;
Lunchtime documentary film screenings;
A diverse posterand exhibit session, highlighting academic and community research;
An exhibit hall, highlighting the work of food social entrepreneurs and organizations; and
A Friday evening reception for informal conversation, featuring live music and local food.

Questions?: harvard.justfood at gmail.com


Robot Self Sufficiency Through On-the-fly Fabrication
Friday, March 25
11:00 am to 12:00 pm 
BU, 110 Cummington Street, Room 245, Boston

Liyu Wang, University of California, Berkeley

Editorial Comment:  I for one welcome our new robot overlords.


Comprehensive measurements of atmospheric organic carbon: Laboratory and field studies
Friday, March 25
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall,  29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Jesse Kroll, MIT
Speaker Bio: http://krollgroup.mit.edu/index.htm

Atmospheric Sciences Seminar

Email: sssa at seas.harvard.edu


Is Massachusetts undoing years of progress towards more renewable energy sources by expanding Natural Gas and putting Solar Incentives on the chopping block?:  Renewable Energy Panel Co-Sponsored by the Sierra Club
WHEN  Fri., Mar. 25, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, One Brattle Square, Room 201, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Environmental Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Extension Environmental Club
Sierra Club
SPEAKER(S)  Larry Aller
Mark Sandeen
John Livermore
COST  Free and open to the public
TICKET WEB LINK https://www.eventbrite.com/e/renewable-energy-panel-co-sponsored-by-massachusetts-sierra-club-tickets-22571334469
TICKET INFO  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/renewable-energy-panel-co-sponsored-by-massachusetts-sierra-club-tickets-22571334469
CONTACT INFO  heecpr at gmail.com
DETAILS	  “Is Massachusetts undoing years of progress towards more renewable energy sources by expanding Natural Gas and putting Solar Incentives on the chopping block?”
Come listen to three experts in Massachusetts’ Energy Sector. Hear what is happening, who is influencing it, and how you can make a difference!
LINK  https://www.facebook.com/events/1736285226606301/

Saturday, March 26

Botany Blast: Clues to Climate Change
Saturday, March 26
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain

Richard Primack, PhD, Biology, Boston University
Richard Primack has used Henry David Thoreau’s notes among other data to confirm the effects of a changing climate on flowering and leafing times, bird migrations, and other animal behavior. Hear how he uncovered clues from a variety of historical sources to analyze and investigate the ecological impacts of climate change. Richard recently received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award and is the author of Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods. 
Fee Free, by registration requested

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277. 


41st Annual Gardeners Gathering
Saturday, March 26
11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Northeastern University, 116 Forsyth Street, Boston
RSVP for keynote at http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/greater-boston/event-23323.html 

Join Trustees and the City of Boston to kick off the growing season! Enjoy a day full of learning, networking and fun. Choose from more than two dozen workshops covering an array of topics including seed starting, composting, urban beekeeping, making sauerkraut, and community and youth organizing, and celebrate the winners of the ever-popular Community Garden Awards. Meet other gardeners (or wannabe gardeners) and learn about Boston-area agriculture, gardening, and environmental organizations through the information gallery. 

Walk-in registration starts at 11:00, opening plenary at noon. Keynote Address & Breakfast: 
Dimensions of Change through Community Gardening 
(New this year!) 
9:30 – 10:30 AM, Trustees members: $15; nonmembers: $25 

We are excited to welcome leading social entrepreneur Daniel Ross to this year's Gathering. Daniel is the CEO of Daisa Enterprises, specializing in supporting development of food and environmental enterprises and programs in underserved communities. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Hampshire College. 
As the Executive Director of Nuestra Raices in Holyoke, MA he spent sixteen years developing projects relating to food, agricultue and the environment. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Wholesome Wave Charitable Foundation Ventures where he worked to reinvent the world we eat in with innovative programs and policy solutions. 

Monday, March 28

MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) - Tobias Bischoff, Caltech
Monday, March 28
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Tobias Bischoff (Caltech)
I use mathematical models combined with computer simulations to study the physics of climates. My goal is to uncover physical principles that can help us understand the spatial and temporal structures of atmospheric and oceanic circulations. More specifically, I think it would be great to have a set of sound physical principles that can be used to explore and understand the "phase space" of all possible climates, or in more mathematical terms, which climate states are realizable for a given set of planetary boundary conditions. I believe that in order to achieve this, we need to use a hierarchy of models that ranges from simple analytical models to complex general circulation and climate models. MORE

About the Series
MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar [MASS] is a student-run weekly seminar series. Topics include all research concerning the atmosphere and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars usually take place on Mondays in 54-915 from 12.00-1pm unless otherwise noted (term-time only). Talks are generally followed by a lunch with graduate students. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, postdocs, and students are arranged. The seminar series is run by graduate students and is intended mainly for students to interact with individuals outside the department, but faculty and postdocs certainly participate. 2015/2016 Coordinator: Marianna Linz (mlinz at mit.edu).

Event website:  http://bit.ly/1P33yOq


Renewable Power Integration in China
Monday, March 28
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Chen Xinyu, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard China Project

China Project Seminar

The Harvard China Project is an interdisciplinary research program on China's atmospheric environment, energy system, and economy based at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, collaborating across Harvard and partner universities in China

The China Project is a co-sponsor of this event, sponsored by the Consortium of Energy Policy Research and the Energy Technology Innovation Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School in their Monday seminar series. Lunch is provided.

Contact Name:  Chris Nielsen
nielsen2 at fas.harvard.edu

More at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2016-03-28-160000-2016-03-28-173000/china-project-seminar#sthash.X1wL4HFN.dpuf


Rethinking the Place of People in Sustainable Development: Well-Being, Population, Education, Health, and Agency
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 28, 2016, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE	Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Pop Center Seminar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
SPEAKER(S)  William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School
COST  Open to faculty, researchers, post-docs, and students
CONTACT INFO	ksmall at hsph.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Frameworks for understanding sustainable development have begun to treat “people” in more nuanced and multi-dimensional ways.Dr. Clark will sketch the state of play in this conceptual progress, discuss its implications for policy and research, and highlight some of the most problematic questions that remain about the role the people should play in our thinking about sustainability.
LINK  http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/population-development/events/pop-center-seminars/


Energy Prices, Pass-Through, and Incidence in U.S. Manufacturing
Monday, March 28
MIT, Building E62-450, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Reed Walker (UC-Berkeley)

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


The Paris Agreement and the Race of Our Lives
Monday, March 28
MIT, Building E51-7th Floor, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
The Paris climate agreement represents an enormous breakthrough in the long struggle to come to grips with global climate change. For the first time, developed and developing nations - 195 in all - agreed to cut the pollution that is causing rapid and dangerous changes to our environment. But now the hard work begins in earnest. If the Paris Agreement acts as a catalyst for a transformational change in the way we power the world economy, success is within our grasp. If, however, nations treat their commitments as an end in themselves, we will fall short. Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund and a preeminent U.S. climate leader, assesses the post-Paris landscape, including the Supreme Court's decision to stay the EPA's Clean Power Plan, and outlines the keys to getting where we need to go: momentum toward clean energy in the United States, the rise of China as a climate problem solver, and the necessary ingredients for comprehensive climate policy. 

Reception to Follow

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative


Tiling the Genome: Naming the Parts of Your Genome That Make You You
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 28, 2016, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, CambridgeGAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Alexander Wait Zaranek, chief scientist, Curoverse Inc., and director of informatics, Harvard Personal Genome Project
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Almost every cell in your body has about six billion characters (As,Cs, Gs, and Ts) of nearly identical DNA that make up your genome. A particular sequence of As, Cs, Gs, or Ts can indicate a growing tumor, a predisposition to a serious disease much later in life, or nothing at all. As millions of people get their genome sequenced, physicians and researchers as well as the individuals themselves will want to ask questions of these data. To ask questions, a consistent naming scheme is needed for parts of the genome. This lecture examines a naming process called tiling—a DNA sequencing technique—and how it supports simple and consistent names, annotation, queries, machine learning, and clinical screening.
LINK  http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2016-alexander-wait-zaranek-lecture


Intersections of Irrelevance: Violence Against Women's Intellect in a Knowledge Based Economy
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 28, 2016, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Agassiz Theater, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Harvard College Women's Center
SPEAKER(S)  Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center
Introduction by Anita Hill, University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies, Brandeis University
COST  Free and open to the public; tickets required
TICKET WEB LINK	  http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/boxoffice
TICKET INFO  Tickets are available at the Harvard Box Office. Limit 2 per person.
CONTACT INFO  duffy at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  4th Annual Anita Hill Lecture on Gender Justice
LINK  http://hcwc.fas.harvard.edu/AnitaHillLecture


Irit Rogoff / Infrastructure
Monday, March 28, 2016
MIT, Building E15-001, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Irit Rogoff

Curation: Agencies + Urgencies
ACT's Spring 2016 lecture series Curation: Agencies + Urgencies addresses the contexts and forces shaping the practice of curation today. Bringing together a cast of influential curators, critics, and educators operating across institutional boundaries and political scales- from the book to the biennial- these lectures consider the curator- as diplomat, as researcher, as (para-)artist, as speculator, as provocateur, as censor- and the varying roles and forms curation itself: What defines spaces of curation today? What are the politics pressurizing the practice? What role does the emerging discipline of curatorial studies play in the institutionalization of art? What are the limits and possibilities of curation as a mode of publicity? 

In many ways, these are timely questions for an evolving artistic research program such as ACT. Indeed, ACT is in the midst of its own curatorial moment: The program is currently reconceiving the accessibility and presentation of its archive, experimenting with new forms of publication, and developing lines of pedagogy and research that naturally overlap with the basic associative impulse of curatorial praxis- that is, the drive to find new forms and spaces of relief, to form new associations and ecologies of works, people, venues, and sites.

Web site: http://act.mit.edu/projects-and-events/lectures-series/2016-spring/fall-2016-about-series/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsor(s): Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Department of Architecture, Arts at MIT, School of Architecture and Planning, Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT)
For more information, contact:  Marion Cunningham


Film Screening of Dan Ariely's (Dis)Honesty
Monday, March 28
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pivotal, 145 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Action-Design-Boston/events/229454391/

Join us for a free film screening of (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies: a documentary feature film that explores the human tendency to be dishonest. Inspired by the work of behavioral economist, Dan Ariely, the film interweaves personal stories, expert opinions, behavioral experiments, and archival footage to reveal how and why people lie. 

Dan Ariely teaches at Duke University and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight and the co-founder of BEworks. Ariely's talks on TED have been watched over 7.8 million times. He is the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, both of which became New York Times best sellers, as well as The Honest Truth about Dishonesty.

*Space is limited to 85 people. Please RSVP. And... wait for it... be *honest* if you can't make it so that we can give your spot to someone on the waiting list*

Here's the schedule:  
6:00 - 6:30 Free food & drink while networking
6:30 - 8:00 Film screening of (Dis)Honesty
8:00 - 9:00 Folks are free to stick around for a short discussion of the film and networking 

Event Sponsor:  Pivotal Labs is a software development consultancy helping startups and enterprise build software applications using proven agile methods including extreme programming, lean product development, and balanced teams. Pivotal Labs has been a leader in agile philosophies for 20 years, helping small and large organizations transform their development practices by collaborating to build and launch market-tested, innovative products.

Pivotal Labs has generously donated the space in which the screening and event will take place, food, and drinks.


Ethics, Engineers, and Emissions: A multifaceted look at the VW incident
Monday, March 28
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Harvard Law School's Langdell South, Room 272, Kirkland and Ellis Hall
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethics-engineers-and-emissions-a-multifaceted-look-at-the-vw-incident-tickets-21450808947
Register for your free ticket today! Please note there is limited seating. 
The panel will include the following scholars: 
Wai Cheng, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Sloan Automotive Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Lynn Paine, John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School.
Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources, Faculty Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Professor, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Host: Center for Research on Computation & Society
Contact: Kimia Mavon
Phone: 617-384-9466
Email: kmavon at seas.harvard.edu

Tuesday, March 29

COP21 Paris Climate Talks unConference
Tuesday, March 29
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)
50 Milk Street, 17th Floor, "Milky Way" conference room, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cop21-paris-climate-talks-unconference-tickets-21790621335
Cost:  $15 - $35.00

More than 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions are related to the built environment.  Emissions could double by 2050 if we carry on with business as usual.  Failure to change increases the vulnerabilities of countries, regions and local communities to climate change. Yet:
The buildings sector offers one of the most cost-effective and economically beneficial paths for reducing energy demand and associated emissions, while at the same time supporting adaptation and resilience to climate change.
Many low-energy, renewable and deep- renovation solutions are available. Proven policy, finance and technology actions exist.
The economic, health, and social benefits of sustainable buildings are significant. Buildings provide shelter, places to live, work, learn and socialize, directly affecting our daily lives.
Buildings are long-term ventures. Today’s new buildings are tomorrow’s existing stock. Failure to act now will lock in growth in GHG emissions for decades. 
Please join us as a community of advocates and practitioners as we explore how to leverage the public awareness and policy momentum generated by COP21 to drive policy gains in Massachusetts.

8:30 - 9 Registration and networking
9 - 9:15 Keynote and opening
9:15 - 10:30 Breakout with Discussion Leaders (unConference)
10:30 - 10:40 Break + Networking
10:40 - 12:00 Paris Panel with questions from audience
Our Paris Panelists:
Michael Green, Executive Director, Climate Action Business Association
Christopher Mackey, Building Scientist, Payette Architects
John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management & Director, MIT System Dynamics Group
Our unConference Discussion Leaders:
Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director, Clean Water Action
Josh Craft, Program Director, Environmental League of Massachusetts
Henrietta Davis, former Mayor of the City of Cambridge
Quinton Zondervan, Climate Action Business Association
This event will gather our community of experts from a variety of organizations and firms. Panelists who attended the Paris climate talks will be present, with break-out groups led by local issue experts.

Both the panel and breakout sessions will focus on the following topics and will provide perspectives from various professional backgrounds:
Value Chain Transformation: is the building sector capable of massive deployment of low emitting buildings and deep renovations? How will building sector stakeholders better work together to scale up solutions adapted to local circumstances.
Bridging the investment gap: how ready is the financial sector to increase investment in building efficiency?  How will we address the critical need to scale up the public and private financing of EE and sustainable buildings?  We will explore how buildings and EE can contribute to realizing MA's carbon goals and how the financial sector can help support that.
Public Policies: what is the readiness to implement long term action plans to address the key role of local jurisdictions to organize and facilitate integrated policy packages and collaborative approaches that shift to a low carbon and resilient built environment?
Building rating & reporting systems: how do they support the COP21 momentum? 


Making A Difference In A Complex World: Reimagining The Social Change Toolkit
Tuesday, March 29
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-a-difference-in-a-complex-world-reimagining-the-social-change-toolkit-tickets-22922138734


Sarah Kliff
Tuesday, March 29
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Sarah Kliff is an experienced health care reporter who spent six years covering the Affordable Care Act debate in Washington for outlets including Vox, the Washington Post, Politico, and Newsweek. Since 2009, she’s had a front row seat to the tumultuous Congressional battle over the law’s passage and the White House’s ensuing implementation struggle. The Supreme Court cited Kliff’s work in its 2011 decision upholding the health care. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Association of Health Care Journalists. She is currently the deputy managing editor for visuals at Vox, where she makes sure that every graphic and interactive on the news site tells a great story.


Irreversibility, information and the second law of thermodynamics at the nanoscale
Tuesday, March 29
3:30PM to 4:30PM
BU, SCI 109, 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Speaker: Christopher Jarzynski, University of Maryland, College Park

What do the laws of thermodynamics look like, when applied to microscopic systems such as optically trapped colloidal particles, single molecules manipulated with laser tweezers, and biomolecular machines? In recent years it has become apparent that the fluctuations of small systems far from thermal equilibrium satisfy strong and unexpected laws, which allow us to rewrite familiar inequalities of macroscopic thermodynamics as equalities. These results in turn have spurred a renewed interest in the feedback control of small systems and the closely related Maxwell’s demon paradox. I will describe some of this progress, and will argue that it has refined our understanding of irreversibility, the second law, and the thermodynamic arrow of time.

This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series. Refreshments will be served at 3:00 in the 1st Floor Lounge.


Building Civic Tech at the Middle of the Venn: Lessons Learned From a Co-founder and CEO
Tuesday, March 29
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Harvard, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mount Auburn Street 2nd Floor North, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-civic-tech-at-the-middle-of-the-venn-lessons-learned-from-a-co-founder-and-ceo-tickets-22663859213

Marci Harris, Co-founder and CEO, POPVOX
Marci Harris will share frank lessons from her experience launching and scaling one of the first civic tech startups. The workshop will examine the leadership and strategic challenges facing a mission-driven, for-profit enterprise, from comparing funding models to measuring impact. Participants will apply these lessons to their own civic startup idea, through time-boxed brainstorming, stacking and prioritizing ideas, developing a mission statement, and more. This workshop is for future startup founders who care about the distinctions between GovTech, Advocacy Tech, Political Tech, Media Tech, and Civic Tech.

Part of the Technology and Democracy Workshop Series
About the Technology and Democracy Workshop Series
The Ash Center’s non-resident Technology and Democracy Fellows will design and lead a series of hands-on workshops for Harvard Kennedy School students, co-sponsored by Tech4Change. Each workshop will help participants develop their “technological intelligence” and learn skills related to understanding, managing, or creating digital technologies with the potential to improve the quality of democratic governance. Visit ash.harvard.edu to read more. RSVP is required. Space is limited.


Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean Region: A Humanitarian Perspective
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 29, 2016, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall, Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The CES Director's Seminar; The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross; Discussant: Melani Cammett, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Discussant: Jennifer Leaning, Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights; Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Introduction by: Michael VanRooyen, Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Chaired by: Grzegorz Ekiert, Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Professor of Government, Harvard University
COST  free
LINK  http://ces.fas.harvard.edu/#/events/3809


Boston Green Drinks - March Happy Hour
Tuesday, March 29
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Scholars, 25 School Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-green-drinks-march-happy-hour-tickets-22122776821

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!
Boston Green Drinks  builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues.  We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


Making a Global Plan for Climate Change
Tuesday, March 29
6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington Street, Belmont 

Henrik Selin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Relations, Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies; Director of Curricular Innovation & Initiatives, Pardee School of Global Studies. 
Henrik Selin's research focus is global and regional politics and policy making on environment and sustainable development. In this discussion he explains the urgent need for a serious international commitment to deal with climate change and its impact on all nations. He assesses the recent Paris agreement and he explains why public engagement and pressure will be essential to establishing a viable climate policy.

Recent publications for the general public by Henrik Selin:
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Biggest Sticking Point in the Paris Climate Talks: Money
The Risk of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals: Too Many Goals, Too Little Focus
Can the Paris Climate Talks Prevent a Planetary Strike-Out?
The Climate Change Election
Dr. Selin has authored/co-edited several books: Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals: Challenges of Multilevel Management (MIT Press), Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policy Making and Multilevel Governance (Co-editor w/Stacy VanDeveer, MIT Press) and Transatlantic Environment and Energy Politics: Comparative and International Perspectives (Co-editor w/Miranda Schreurs and Stacy VanDeveer, Ashgate Press).


This Summer there will be a special issue of the journal Socialism and Democracy (http://sdonline.org/) on Energy Transition, with an emphasis on renewable energy, including wind, solar, and biomass.

We are looking for reviewers of one or more articles. We are also seeking people who could send us reviews of relevant books, for this issue.

Weimin Tchen
weimintchen at gmail.com


Solarize Somerville is a go! 
Hello neighbors--
On this cold winter day, I'm delighted to share the sunny news that Somerville MA has been chosen by the MassCEC (Clean Energy Center) to be a Solarize Mass community! You can see the announcement here:
State energy officials today announced the selection of the first five communities to participate in Solarize Mass for 2016.  The new municipalities participating in the community-based solar energy group-buying program that lowers overall costs of installing solar electric systems include Somerville and Natick, as well as Shelburne, Colrain and Conway, which have joined as a trio of partner communities....

You can learn more about the MassCEC and the SolarizeMass program at: www.solarizemass.com .
As the announcement has just been made, we don't have a lot of additional information at this time. But this selection means that we can now work with the city and the state to help residents of Somerville to decide if solar is a suitable option for them and their homes or businesses. We'll be developing and sharing educational materials, we'll have events to help people learn more and get questions answered, and we will help people to understand the processes associated with generating local, artisanal electrons.

Officially I'm the "Solar Coach" for Somerville. I am a point of contact to help people with basic solar PV issues and incentives. I'm working with folks from the city who will manage the overall project. This is a joint effort by the Office of Sustainability and Environment, with director Oliver Sellers-Garcia, and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development with Russell Koty.

As a Coach, I am a volunteer organizer and am not authorized to speak as a spokesperson on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or MassCEC. My job is to help people to understand the program once it's in place, and to answer questions that my neighbors may have as they consider the options. Things outside of my wheelhouse will be directed to the folks who can answer them.

You can contact me here with questions, or soon we'll have some information resources with more details. If you might want to volunteer to be on the outreach team. let me know.

Mary Mangan
Solar Coach Volunteer
somervillesolarcoach at gmail.com
[vendors should not contact me, I'm not supposed to have contact with them prior to the proposal process]


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


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!


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
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
Cambridge Community Calendar:  https://www.cctvcambridge.org/calendar

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