[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - May 8, 2016

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Monday, May 9

7am  2016 Mercury Solar Transit - LIVE
8:30am  BU Conference on Sustainability Research
12pm  MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) - Isaac Held, Princeton
12pm  Competing at Innovative Speed: Why Is It So Darn Hard?
4pm  Making New Materials From Synthetically Modified Proteins
5pm  Is Islamophobia accelerating global warming?
6pm  Resilience, Climate, Race, and Relationships: One Journey. One Future. One Boston.

Tuesday, May 10

9:30am  Olin College of Engineering SCOPE SUMMIT 2016:  Featuring Rocket Talks & Poster Sessions
12pm  Applying network science for public health: Toward 'social' communication strategies
2pm  Webinar: Making Solar More Accessible Through Innovation 
2:30pm  The Neuroscience of Narrative:  How to communicate your story and enable others to find their voice
4:15pm  How Much Is One American Worth? A Lecture by Diana C. Mutz
5:30pm  Institute for Applied Computational Science Project Showcase
6pm  Boston New Technology May 2016 Startup Showcase #BNT65
6:30pm  Changing America - Twenty Years of Democracy Now!
8pm  Refugee Orchestra Project

Wednesday, May 11

9am  Science, Religion, and Culture Symposium
12pm  Sack Lunch Seminar Series (SLS) - Isabela Le Bras, MIT-WHOI
12pm  Brown Bag: The Visual Component- More than Pretty Pictures- with Felice Frankel
4pm  Book Talk: The New Arab Wars: Uprising and Anarchy in the Middle East
6pm  ClimateX Ideamaker Lab
6pm  BNID Networking Night and Career Panel
7pm  The Big Picture:  On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
7pm  Love Heals Baby Elephants at the Trident Bookseller Cafe
7pm  BostonTalks Investigates: Security Mom

Thursday, May 12

8:30am  MIT STE at M Days 2016:  Sports Technology Summit
10am  Climate Action Business Association Meet & Greet
12pm  A New Era? Global Climate Protection Efforts After the Paris Climate Summit
3:30pm  Emissions Trading in Urban China
6:30pm  Science by the Pint: Why Were Early Humans Successful and Other Hominins Not?
6:30pm  Sustainability Collaborative: Tech and Social Impact
7pm  Energy Omnibus Webinar
7pm  Aquarium Lecture Series: Ocean Country: Hope for the Seas
7pm  BASEA Forum:  Value of Solar/Distributed Energy Resources

Friday, May 13

12pm  MIT STE at M Days 2016:  Engineering Petting Zoo 
3pm  Approaching the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the humanities and the sciences

Sunday, May 15


Monday, May 16

12pm  Yemen’s Crisis and the U.S.-Saudi Arabia Alliance: A Lunch Discussion of the Yemen Human Rights Crisis
12pm  MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) - Arlene Fiore, Columbia
3pm  xTalks: Report on the Online Education Policy Initiative

Tuesday, May 17

4pm  Boole Shannon Lecture Series / Sergio Verdu
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights #86
7pm  Me Want it, But Me Wait:  Defining, Measuring, and Improving Self-Regulation in Early Childhood


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

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Monday, May 9

2016 Mercury Solar Transit - LIVE
Monday, May 9

EAPS will be live broadcasting Mercury passing in front of the Mon on May 9, 2016. It's a relatively rare event and Wallace Observatory will be streaming it on YouTube from around 7AM until 3PM. Stay tuned for more details and be sure to check it out!

Web site: https://eapsweb.mit.edu/2016-mercury-solar-transit-live
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)


BU Conference on Sustainability Research
Monday, May 9
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Boston University Photonics Building, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor, Boston

A one-day conference featuring presentations by Boston University faculty on their research related to sustainability issues around the globe in four sessions:
Measuring Sustainability
Human Dimensions of Sustainability
Modeling Sustainability
Future Sustainability

More at http://www.bu.edu/calendar/?uid=183570@17.calendar.bu.edu


MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) - Isaac Held, Princeton
Monday, May 9
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Isaac Held (Princeton)
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. 

Web site: http://bit.ly/1P33yOq
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Marianna Linz
mlinz at mit.edu 


Competing at Innovative Speed: Why Is It So Darn Hard?
Monday, May 9, 2016
Virtual --pre-registration required at http://sdm.mit.edu/competing-at-innovative-speed-why-is-it-so-darn-hard/

Speaker: Steven J. Spear, DBA, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management and School of Engineering; Author: The High Velocity Edge
In this webinar, Dr. Steven J. Spear will define relentless innovation and how to use it to continually identify new targets and be the first to achieve them. He will discuss: 

1) why management decisions can no longer be made primarily by using sophisticated models to gather and analyze data; 
2) why companies today must also employ experiential and experimental approaches while constantly testing new ideas about what to do and how to do it; and 
3) how to achieve this new level of competitiveness at innovative speed and why that is easier said than done. 

Attendees will learn: 
1) ways to assess the willingness and ability of the organization to practice hyper-experimentation; 
2) how to encourage the continual generation of fresh ideas; 
3) why and how to discern if customers, suppliers, and vendors are competing at innovative speed; 
4) tips for practicing energy activation,including how to cultivate the freedom to discover and understand what is going right or wrong; and
5) how to identify recurring challenges, such as socio-psychological impediments, and address and mitigate them. 

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series 
About the Series 

Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed at sdm.mit.edu.

Web site: http://sdm.mit.edu/competing-at-innovative-speed-why-is-it-so-darn-hard/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free


Making New Materials From Synthetically Modified Proteins
Monday, May 9
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Biological Chemistry Seminar Series: Matthew B. Francis, University of California at Berkeley


Is Islamophobia accelerating global warming?
Monday, May 9
MIT, Building 2-105, 2 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Ghassan Hage
Ghassan Hage is the Future Generation Professor in the School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry, University of Melbourne 

This talk examines the relation between Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today and the ecological crisis. It looks at the three common ways in which the two phenomena are seen to be linked: as an entanglement of two crises, metaphorically related with one being a source of imagery for the other and both originating in colonial forms of capitalist accumulation. The talk proposes a fourth way of linking the two: an argument that they are both emanating from a similar mode of being, or enmeshment, in the world, what is referred to as "generalised domestication."

Web site: https://mitgsl.mit.edu/news-events/islamophobia-accelerating-global-warming
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0 
Sponsor(s): MIT Global Studies and Languages
For more information, contact:  Lisa Hickler
lhickler at mit.edu 


Resilience, Climate, Race, and Relationships: One Journey. One Future. One...
Monday, May 9
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) 
Legal Harborside, 270 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-climate-race-and-relationships-one-journey-one-future-one-boston-tickets-23195135274
Cost:  $16.29

Join Ceres, The Trust for Public Land, and The Nature Conservancy for a young professionals happy hour discussion about the resiliency challenges facing Boston and the opportunities we have to mitigate the impact of climate change in our city.
Dr. Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston, will discuss the City’s resilience strategy and the critical link between resilience, race, and relationships as we work to address local climate challenges and opportunities as “One Boston."
Ceres, The Trust for Public Land, and The Nature Conservancy will discuss what each organization is doing to help meet these challenges and to make Boston a climate-smarter city.

For more information please contact Taylor O'Leary, oleary at ceres.org 

Tuesday, May 10

Olin College of Engineering SCOPE SUMMIT 2016:  Featuring Rocket Talks & Poster Sessions
Tuesday, May 10
9:30am - 3:30pm
Olin Way, Needham
RSVP at https://www.cvent.com/events/olin-college-scope-summit-2016-tues-5-10/registration-186e8faadb9346519c0ee0a3b2d59038.aspx

The Senior Capstone Program in Engineering (SCOPE) invites you to join us as teams of seniors present results from their year-long, corporate-sponsored projects.

Current sponsors, interested companies, educators, community members and all those interested in igniting engineering education!

Schedule of Events
9:30 - 10:00 am  Continental Breakfast and Registration, Milas Hall 
10:00 - 10:15 am  Welcome from Olin Leadership, Norden Auditorium, Milas Hall
10:15 - 11:15 am  Rocket Talks by SCOPE Teams 1-7, Norden Auditorium, Milas Hall
11:15 - 11:30 am  Break
11:30 - 12:30 pm  Rocket Talks by SCOPE Teams 8-14, Norden Auditorium,  Milas Hall
12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch (no charge for guests)
1:30 - 2:30 pm  Poster Session, tent in the Oval
2:30 - 3:30 pm  Reception, tent in the Oval


Applying network science for public health: Toward 'social' communication strategies
Tuesday, May 10
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C, Room 2036, second floor, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2016/05/Seymour#RSVP
Event will be live webcast at https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2016/05/Seymour at 12:00 pm.

with Berkman Fellow, Brittany Seymour 
The social nature of today’s Internet is creating new public health and policy challenges. For example, the US in 2014 experienced the largest measles outbreak in nearly a generation, which led to the passing of the nation's most conservative vaccine legislation, eliminating the personal belief exemption in California. Research has identified online misinformation about vaccines as one of the risk factors for this outbreak. Through three big data case analyses on water fluoridation, the Ebola epidemic, and childhood vaccinations, we analyze the influence of scientific evidence and the influence of “social proof,” a form of imitation where individuals ascribe to the behavior of others in order to resolve uncertainty. Our work aims to answer the question, how can we employ network science to develop social communication strategies for public health that build on the strengths and opportunities provided by today's Internet? In other words, instead of asking "How can we share our message with our target audience?" should we be asking "How can our target audience share our message?"

About Brittany
Dr. Brittany Seymour is an Assistant Professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She holds a full-time appointment in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology and the Office of Global and Community Health. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and completed her Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health and Population. Her overall research focus is in interdisciplinary approaches for oral health improvement at the global level through prevention, policy, and health promotion. She has held Fellowships at the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and conducts funded research on how misinformation online impacts important public health programs such as community water fluoridation and childhood vaccinations. She is a member of the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry where she holds a position with the Council on Practice. She is the Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s Global Oral Health Interest Group and was a contributing author to the FDI World Dental Federation’s Oral Health Atlas 2nd Edition. Dr. Seymour has won numerous honors and awards, including the Award for Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health and the Herschel St. Horowitz scholarship by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and an Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award from HSDM.


Webinar: Making Solar More Accessible Through Innovation 
Tuesday, May 10
2:00pm EST/11:00am PST
RSVP at https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.solarpowerworldonline.com%2F2016%2F04%2Fmaking-solar-accessible-innovation%2F&eventid=1170072&sessionid=1&key=29F2D587BF7AD8B7FB6E29099F6FC980&regTag=&sourcepage=register u

Join us as SolarRoofHook.com shares its insights into reducing costs of solar installation with the QuickBolt and innovative Roof Hooks, derived from 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry.
Attend this webinar to learn:
Why SolarRoofHook.com believes innovation is the key to making installation easier
How innovative screw designs make solar installation easier
What innovations have been made in order to make the 100% waterproof Quickbolt, for installations on Asphalt Shingle

Featured Speaker
Mike Wiener, Marketing Manager, SolarRoofHook.com
Mike Wiener is the Marketing Manager for SolarRoofHook.com. Mike uses his Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology in addition to his film/music production experience to create engaging and innovative marketing material for the Solar Industry.


The Neuroscience of Narrative:  How to communicate your story and enable others to find their voice
Tuesday, May 10
2:30 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
Impact Hub Boston, 17th Floor, 50 Milk Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-neuroscience-of-narrative-tickets-25238591306

During the 90 minute workshop international trainer and storyteller Katrice Horsley will share new research into neuroscience and explore how this can be used to help us as communicators. Katrice has designed and delivered training for a range of international organisations, including UNICEF, British Council, UNHCR and the Red Cross to name but a few and has developed a reputation for facilitating in a lively and engaging way. Participants will feel welcomed and stimulated and able to implement the exercises that Katrice will share, either in their work as users of spoken word or as facilitators and trainers themselves.

There will be a handout available for those who attend and if people wish to follow her on twitter @katricehorsley they will find links to her blogs and work.

She will be happy to answer questions and stay and talk after if people wish.



How Much Is One American Worth? A Lecture by Diana C. Mutz
WHEN  Tue., May 10, 2016, 4:15 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Diana C. Mutz, Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Communication and Political Science at the Annenberg School for Communication and the Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Economic globalization remains extremely controversial in the United States and elsewhere. Nonetheless, opinions do not fall along recognizable partisan lines. In her current research, Mutz uses surveys and experimental designs to explore the psychological, political, economic, and philosophical underpinnings of American attitudes toward globalization policies, such as international trade and outsourcing.
Mutz finds that trade attitudes have more to do with peoples’ attitudes toward the value of cooperation versus competition and on general sentiment toward citizens of other countries. This evidence highlights Americans’ differential valuation of human lives.
Register online.
LINK	http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2016-diana-c-mutz-lecture


Institute for Applied Computational Science Project Showcase
Tuesday, May 10
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Harvard, Northwest Building Cafe, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Come mingle with faculty and friends of IACS while you learn about the cutting edge work of our master's and secondary field students!

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to IACS Program Manager, Sheila Coveney at coveney at seas.harvard.edu


Boston New Technology May 2016 Startup Showcase #BNT65
Tuesday, May 10
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WeWork (South Station), 745 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/230546235/

Come to our check-in desk in the lobby. Type the first few letters of your first or last name on the screen and once you see your name appear, tap on it to print your name tag. Then, take an elevator to the 8th floor.

Free event! Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community!   

Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Q&A.


Changing America - Twenty Years of Democracy Now!
Tuesday, May 10
6.30 pm
First Parish, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 

Renowned journalist, Amy Goodman with her new book, "CHANGING AMERICA - TWENTY YEARS OF DEMOCRACY NOW!"  Amy co-authored the book with  Denis Moynihan, and her brother David Goodman. The event will mark the last in our current run of programs before we start planning our new schedule for the fall.

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


Refugee Orchestra Project
WHEN  Tue., May 10, 2016, 8 – 10 p.m.
WHERE  First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Concerts, Music, Special Events, Support/Social
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Refugee Orchestra Project, Artistic Director - Lidiya Yankovskaya
SPEAKER(S)  Featured soloists include:
Yelena Dudochkin - Ukrainian-American soprano and principal with New Opera NYC
Lubana Al Quntar - Acclaimed soprano awarded the title of Syria’s first Opera Singer
Barbara Quintiliani - Award-winning soprano from Quincy, MA and the first American woman in twenty-five years to win the prestigious Francisco Viñas Singing Competition in Barcelona, Spain, as well as the Verdi and Public Prizes
Sammy Andonian - Boston-based 17-year-old Armenian violinist, winner of New England Philharmonic’s 19th Annual Young Artist Competition, and 2015 Boston Pops Orchestra soloist
DIRECTED BY  Lidiya Yankovskaya
COST  Free and open to the public
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.refugeeorchestraproject.org
CONTACT INFO	Kaila Frymire, refugeeorchestraproject at gmail.com
FREE ADMISSION  All donations will go to humanitarian aid for refugees. Donate at refugeeorchestraproject.org
ABOUT THE CONCERT  Instrumentalists and singers whose families have fled to the U.S. to escape violence and persecution will perform works by composers such as Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Darius Milhaud, and Irving Berlin - all of whom were themselves refugees.
ABOUT THE PROJECT  The Refugee Orchestra Project was conceived by conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, herself a refugee who found asylum in the U.S. In the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis Yankovskaya realized many of her own closest colleagues and friends were unaware of her own history as a refugee.
“I decided to organize the Refugee Orchestra Project as a way to demonstrate, through music, the critical role that these individuals play in our cultural landscape,” says Yankovskaya. “American culture and society have been shaped by those who fled to this country to seek a better life. In light of the negative rhetoric we regularly read and hear in the news today, I felt it was important for all of us to once again be reminded of the essential role that refugees play in making American culture vibrant and strong.”
LINK	http://www.refugeeorchestraproject.org

Wednesday, May 11

Science, Religion, and Culture Symposium
WHEN  Wed., May 11, 2016, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Braun Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR	Science, Religion, and Culture at Harvard Divinity School
CONTACT	Amanda Heffner-Wong
DETAILS  The symposium is SRC’s annual event highlighting the work of SRC Fellows and Research Associates.
Check back for more information.


Sack Lunch Seminar Series (SLS) - Isabela Le Bras, MIT-WHOI
Wednesday, May 11
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge
About the Speaker

Isabela Le Bras, MIT-WHOI
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Physical Oceanography. Currently, my research focuses on the dynamics of western boundary currents in the North Atlantic: the Gulf Stream-North Atlantic Current system and the Deep Western Boundary Current as well as on the interaction of these two current systems. I use a combination of observations, theory and idealized modelling to do this work.

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 oceanog

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


Brown Bag: The Visual Component- More than Pretty Pictures- with Felice Frankel
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
MIT, Building E25-401, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Felice Frankel
Join the Program on Information Science for our May Brown Bag with Felice Frankel, research scientist in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering here at MIT. She'll discuss visual representation of all kinds as it becomes more important in our ever growing image-based society, especially in science and technology, and how there has been little emphasis on developing standards in creating or critiquing those representations. She posits, "we must begin to consider images as more than tangential components of information and find ways to seamlessly search for accurate and honest depictions of complex scientific phenomena. I will discuss a few ideas to that end and show my own process of making visual representations in sciences and engineering. I will also make the case that representations are just as 'intellectual' as text." 

Information Science Brown Bag talks, hosted by the Program on Information Science, consists of regular discussions and brainstorming sessions on all aspects of information science and uses of information science and technology to assess and solve institutional, social, and research problems. These are informal talks. Discussions are often inspired by real-world problems being faced by the lead discussant.  

The Information Science Program will provide lunch, please bring your favorite beverage and plenty of questions.

Web site: http://informatics.mit.edu/event/brown-bag-visual-component-more-pretty-pictures-felice-frankel
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Sponsor(s): MIT Libraries
For more information, contact:  Kelly Hopkins
khopkins at mit.edu 


Book Talk: The New Arab Wars: Uprising and Anarchy in the Middle East
WHEN  Wed., May 11, 2016, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, Fifth Floor, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Middle East Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  A discussion with Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science at George Washington University and Director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, on his upcoming book The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East (Amazon, Public Affairs).
Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Associate Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School.
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  How did the enthusiasm of the Arab uprising of 2010-11 descend into failed states, repression, and proxy war? The New Arab Wars explains the new power politics and human costs of a Middle East still undergoing profound transformations.
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/7040/book_talk.html


ClimateX Ideamaker Lab
Wednesday, May 11
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
MIT, Building 9-450A, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climatex-ideamaker-lab-tickets-24655413004

The challenge of climate change requires systemic innovation at every level of human existence- new science, new technology, new infrastructure, new economics, new policy and a new ethics. The ClimateX Ideamaker Lab focuses on fresh ideas; think about it as an incubator for climate solutions. Our goal is to create a supportive environment for unveiling bold new steps for addressing the climate crisis independent of where they come from.
Our Ideamaker Lab combines the sharing of ideas with networking and building of community. In the first Ideamaker Lab session is the presentation of ClimateX itself as a hub for green learning and careers that seeks to use information technology as a vehicle for delivering "climate thinking" at scale.
We welcome your participation in the first ClimateX Ideamaker session. Please do forward this invite to anyone who might be interested in attending. 


BNID Networking Night and Career Panel
Wed, May 11
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bnid-networking-night-and-career-panel-tickets-24893790999

Come enjoy an evening of networking with other young professionals, students, and practitioners from the Boston international development community. This event will include a career panel with leaders from the Boston non-profit sector. The panel includes:
Shivam Senjalia - Shivam is the curriculum advisor to United Nations Association of Greater Boston and a model United Nations teacher. He also graduated from Bentley University with a BS in Economics, Global Studies, and Sociology. 

Lori Dunn - Lori is the Field Based Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps. Lori served in the Peace Corps in Azerbaijan for two years and also a Nonprofit Effectiveness Fellow at the Boston Foundation. Lori has an MA in Sustainable International Development and an MA in Coexistence and Conflicts from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Lori graduated with a BA from California State University-Fullerton BA in Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.

Virginia Fresne - Virginia is the Director of Programs Flying Kites Global. As the driving force behind our child sponsorship program, Virginia works overtime to connect donors with students who could really use a friend. When not managing major gifts, overseeing office administrative duties or tracking grants, Virginia is building a formable team of volunteers in Boston and Njabini. Virginia graduated from Boston University with a BA in International Relations and concentrated her studies in Environment/Development and Africa/Middle East. 

Jon Shaffer - Jon is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Partners In Health. In this role, he is working to build a community organizing strategy that can strengthen the growing movement for global health equity. Previously, Jon served for two years as the Executive Director of GlobeMed, during which time the national network grew from 17 university-based chapters and 500 students to 46 chapters and more than 1,500 students, all working in partnership with 47 grassroots health organizations on four continents. Jon is so thrilled to be a part of this discussion because he’s seen how high-quality health care is so vital, especially to those living in desperate poverty. He loves tossing the Frisbee, drinking good coffee, and being from Portland, OR.

We would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to Impact Hub Boston for allowing us to use their incredible space for this event. 


The Big Picture:  On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
Wednesday, May 11
7:00 PM 
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Sean Carroll
Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions. Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Does human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview?

In short chapters filled with intriguing historical anecdotes, personal asides, and rigorous exposition, readers learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level—and then how each connects to the other. Carroll's presentation of the principles that have guided the scientific revolution from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe is dazzlingly unique.

Carroll shows how an avalanche of discoveries in the past few hundred years has changed our world and what really matters to us. Our lives are dwarfed like never before by the immensity of space and time, but they are redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.

The Big Picture is an unprecedented scientific worldview, a tour de force that will sit on shelves alongside the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennett, and E. O. Wilson for years to come.

More information at (617) 661-1515 or info at harvard.com 


Love Heals Baby Elephants at the Trident Bookseller Cafe
Wednesday, May 11
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Back Bay, Boston

Join us at the Trident to welcome Dr. Mary Baures for a book signing, presentation, and discussion of her new book, Love Heals Baby Elephants – Rebirthing Ivory Orphans.

About the Book: Dr. Baures adopted four baby elephants who watched their families massacred for ivory. They were traumatized and cowered in fear. Gradually, through love and connection, they learned to trust again. They bloomed surefooted and joyous. Their story teaches us resilience and how to come back after we have lost everything

Mary Baures is also the author of Undaunted Spirits – Portraits of Recovery from Trauma and coproducer of Strong at the Broken Places – Turning Trauma into Recovery.

The venue has a full bar and restaurant so you can enjoy some food or drink while you listen.


BostonTalks Investigates: Security Mom
Wednesday, May 11
WGBH, 1 Guest Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostontalks-investigates-security-mom-tickets-22545786053
Cost:  $11.54	
How does national security affect our daily lives? Margery Eagan, co-host of Boston Public Radio on 89.7 WGBH, will explore this question and more in a conversation with Juliette Kayyem, author of Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home. On her WGBH podcast Security Mom, Kayyem talks frankly and freely with leaders in the security world, putting the hype into perspective and bringing the conversation back home. WGBH General Manager of Radio Phil Redo will welcome you to an evening of insightful discussion.

About WGBH’s BostonTalks: Investigates event series
WGBH journalists investigate stories that matter to our region. Now, you’re invited to join the conversation at our BostonTalks: Investigates series, featuring in-depth panel discussions with major players, followed by a reception. 

Thursday, May 12

MIT STE at M Days 2016:  Sports Technology Summit
Thursday, May 12
8:30 AM - 8PM
Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street Building E15, Atrium level, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-stem-days-2016-tickets-24462954355

MIT STE at M Days is the flagship event of MIT’s sports technology program. It is an opportunity for all of our affiliates, supporters, and members of the MIT community to come to campus and share advances, challenges and passions that lie at the intersection of engineering and sports. 
Visit our event page to learn more.
Thursday, May 12th, 2016: Sports Technology Summit
Location: Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street Building E15, Atrium level, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM - Registration
9:00 AM - 9:15  PM - Welcome address - Christina Chase and Anette (Peko) Hosoi, MIT
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM - Lighting talks, Session 1: Skylar Tibbits, MIT;  Lorrie Vogel, Nike; Gang Chen, MIT;  Sung Han, Eastman;  Jeff Grossman, MIT; John Hart, MIT  
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM - Networking break
10: 15 AM - 10:45 AM - Lightning talks, Session 2:  Matthias Kolle, MIT; Joni Lockridge, PGA; Anette (Peko) Hosoi, MIT; Mounir Zok, US Olympic Committee; Manasi Vartek, MIT; Brano Perkovich, 49ers
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM - Networking break
11:15 AM - 11:45AM - Session 3 - Alessandro Babini, Humon;  John Leonard, MIT; Isaiah Kacyvenski, MC10; Tyler Wortman, MIT
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Lunch
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM - Lightning talks, Session 4: Andy Harland, Loughborough University; Marcus Wilson, NOBULL; Ernesto Martinez Villalpando, Kopin; Sang Gook Kim, MIT; John Buzzell, CSE
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM - Networking break
1:45 PM - 2:15PM - Lightning talks, Session 5:  TBA
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM - MIT affiliate sidebars (by invitation only)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - MIT affiliate dinner
Friday, May 13th, 2016: Lab tours and petting zoo 
Location: Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, 120 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM - MIT Lab Tours (Affiliates Only) (Media room, 1st floor, Zesiger Center)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Engineering Petting Zoo (MAC Court, 3rd floor, Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, 120 Ames St., Cambridge)

Confirmed speakers
Alessandro Babini, Co-Founder & CEO, Humon
John Buzzell, SVP, Digital, CSE 
Christina Chase, Lecturer at MIT in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Managing Director of the MIT Sports Technology Research Group
Gang Chen, Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering; Department Head; Director, Pappalardo Micro and Nano Engineering Laboratories; Director, DOE EFRC: Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC), MIT
Jeffrey C. Grossman, Professor of Computational Materials Science, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Sung Han, Director of Technology, Eastman Chemical Company
Andy Harland, Director, Sports Technology Institute, Head of Sports Technology Research Group, Loughborough University
John Hart,  Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Mitsui Career Development Professor in Contemporary Technology, MIT
Anette (Peko) Hosoi, Associate Department Head for Education; Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Faculty Director, MIT Sports Technology Research Group
Isaiah Kacyvenski, Global Head of Business Development, Research and Consumer Segments, Chairman, Sports-Medicine Advisory Board, MC10
Sang Gook Kim. Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Matthias Kolle, Associate Professor, d'Arbeloff Career Development Chair, MIT
John Leonard, Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering and Associate Department Head for Research in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, Member of MIT CSAIL
Joni Lockridge, Director, Digital Strategy at PGA of America
Ricardo Olivo, Director of Innovative Technologies, CSE
Brano Perkovich, Chief Investment Officer, San Francisco 49ers
Alex Springer, Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Schwarzman Scholar
Skylar Tibbits,  Director, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT & Founder of SJET LLC
Nihan Tuncer,  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Schuh Group, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
Manasi Vartak, Graduate Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ernesto Martinez Villalpando, Wearable Computing Technologies, Kopin Corporation
Lorrie Vogel, VP Material Science and Innova
Daniel Wiese. Co-Founder & CTO, Humon
Marcus Wilson. Founder, Bold & Co; Founder, NOBULL PROJECT
Tyler Wortman, Ph.D. Student, Precision Engineering Research Group, MIT
Mounir Zok, Sports Technologist @US Olympic Committee | IoT | Wearable Technology | Executive Advisor at TechrIoT | Startups

More at http://mitsteam2016.weebly.com


Climate Action Business Association Meet & Greet 
Thursday, May 12
10:00-11:00 am
Plug Cambridge, 618 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smart-growth-in-cambridge-boosting-the-bottom-line-community-prosperity-tickets-24635384097
The event has limited space

The Climate Action Business Association is hosting a meet and greet event with State Representatives Jonathan Hecht and Marjorie Decker, and John Bolduc, Environmental Planner with the Community Development Department.  The theme is “Smart Growth:  Boosting the Bottom Line and Community Prosperity”  and includes a discussion about taking Cambridge’s climate change planning approach to other communities.  


A New Era? Global Climate Protection Efforts After the Paris Climate Summit
Thursday, May 12
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-new-era-global-climate-protection-efforts-after-the-paris-climate-summit-talk-by-daniel-tickets-24972553580
Cost:  $0 – $11.54

Talk by David Klingenfeld


Emissions Trading in Urban China
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Iza Ding, Harvard Department of Government

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

Website:  http://chinaproject.harvard.edu/seminars#sthash.zmVEsaiZ.dpuf
Contact:  Chris Nielsen nielsen2 at fas.harvard.edu

Science by the Pint: Why Were Early Humans Successful and Other Hominins Not?
Thursday, May 12
6:30 PM
Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Guest scientist Christian Tryon
Christian Tryon is a Paleolithic archaeologist in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He is interested in the behavioral evolution of Homo sapiens and the role that archaeology can play in understanding the evolutionary success of our species. His primary research area is eastern Africa, where he has directed a number of field projects in Kenya since 2001. Dr. Tryon's current research focuses on the co-variation of ancient environments and human behavior. He is particularly interested in the analysis of stone tools and what they tell us about human behavior and the environment, as well as modern human dispersals across and out of Africa.

Science by the Pint is a monthly science cafe free and open to the public, run by the Harvard non-profit outreach group Science In The News (SITN). Read more here: http://sitnboston/science-by-the-pint/


Sustainability Collaborative: Tech and Social Impact
Thursday, May 12
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The University of Massachusetts Club, One Beacon Street 32nd Floor, Boston 

This month’s Sustainability Collaborative will feature Cullen Shwarz, Cofounder of DoneGood, who will lead a discussion on the intersection of tech and social impact. Join us in Cancun from 6:30-7:30 pm to learn about the DoneGood app, weigh in on the topic and meet like minded social entrepreneurs.

Website:  http://lawnond.com/


Energy Omnibus Webinar
Thursday, May 12
7:00 PM 
RSVP at http://www.massclimateaction.net/energy_omnibus_webinar

Energy issues are moving fast at the MA statehouse. What happens this month in the legislature will determine whether we increase our dependence on fossil fuels or move to cleaner renewable sources of energy. 

Join us to find out what is in the bill, what we like and what we don't, and how we to take action.
Speakers include:
Caitlin Peale Sloan from the Conservation Law Foundation
Amber Hewett from the National Wildlife Federation
Eugenia Gibbons from Mass Energy Alliance
Josh Craft from the Environmental League of Massachusetts

Please RSVP and we will send you the information to get onto the webinar. 


Aquarium Lecture Series: Ocean Country: Hope for the Seas
Thursday, May 12
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aquarium-lecture-series-ocean-country-hope-for-the-seas-tickets-24683824985

Liz Cunningham, author and environmental activist
*Book signing to follow
Ocean Country, by Liz Cunningham, with a foreword by Carl Safina, is an adventure story and a meditation on the state of the seas. Most of all it is the story of finding true hope in the midst of urgent environmental crises.

After a near-drowning accident in which she was temporarily paralyzed, Liz Cunningham crisscrosses the globe in an effort to understand the threats to our endangered oceans. This intimate account charts her thrilling journey through unexpected encounters with conservationists, fishermen, sea nomads, and scientists, in the Mediterranean, Sulawesi, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Papua, New Guinea. Join us to hear Cunningham share stories and photographs about the amazing people she met, who showed her what true hope can be.

Twenty-one percent of royalties from Ocean Country are being donated to the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF), which funds small-scale conservation projects around the world - from protecting manta rays in Peru to saving sea turtles in Florida and Costa Rica. MCAF Manager, Elizabeth Stephenson, will also share remarkable stories of hope for the oceans that have been catalyzed by this long-standing micro-funding program.


Value of Solar/Distributed Energy Resources
Thursday, May 12 
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist;  3 Church Street, Harvard Square

The Boston Area Solar Energy Association is proud to welcome Karl Rabago, known as the foremost national authority on Value of Solar calculation methodology. Our Net Metering Solar Task Force's first recommendation called for a Value of Solar study to inform fair compensation for solar energy production by tying it to the real "value and impact of solar in Massachusetts". This is where solar policy is going, graduating from arbitrary one-for-one kilowatt-hour compensation - as if a clean energy kilowatt-hour has no more value than one generated burning polluting fossil fuels.

A weak solar bill just passed (April 11th), granting an anemic raise in net metering caps, which unfortunately lasted only 2 weeks and 3 days until the cap was hit once again (April 28th), while also slashing compensation for low income and community shared solar projects. Next, the legislature plans to craft an 'omnibus energy bill', figuring it had got solar out of the way. Can we move to inject the sanity of Value of Solar (Distributed Generation) into this omnibus bill?

Karl Rabago has a knack for cutting through complexity to clearly and concisely present the broad view of how distributed energy resources are integrated from an economic and ratepaying perspective, honed through deep career experience in utility systems and policy work. (View Mr. Rabago's recent address to the Rhode Island state legislature for a primer,  here.)  Proper valuation of distributed energy resources is essential to the health of the new energy economy, as we transition from fossil fuel based centralized generation to add more and more local, clean energy.

Karl R. Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The PECC mission is to protect the earth's environment through solutions that transform the ways that society supplies and consumes energy. Karl has some 25 years experience in energy and climate policy markets. Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization that works to advance voluntary clean energy markets. He also sits on the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Karl also is co-director and principal investigator for the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition, a US DOE SunShot Initiative Solar Market Pathways project.

His past positions include Commissioner, Texas Public Utility Commission; Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy; Vice President of Distributed Energy Services at Austin Energy; Director of Regulatory Affairs for the AES Corporation and AES Wind; and Managing Director & Principal of the Rocky Mountain Institute. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management, Karl is an attorney (University of Texas Law School, J.D. with Honors) with post-doctorate degrees in environmental (LL.M., Pace University School of Law) and military law (LL.M., US Army Judge Advocate General's School). A veteran of more than 12 years in the US Army, he served as an Armored Cavalry officer and member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps, and is Airborne and Ranger qualified.

Here is a presentation he did recently in RI: 

Please Join Us!  Donations, membership and http://ClimateRide.org support BASEA.
The Boston Area Solar Energy Association - http://www.BASEA.org

Friday, May 13

MIT STE at M Days 2016:  Engineering Petting Zoo 
Friday, May 13
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Engineering Petting Zoo (MAC Court, 3rd floor, Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, 120 Ames St., Cambridge)
Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, 120 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-stem-days-2016-tickets-24462954355

About MIT STE at M DAYS 2016
MIT STE at M Days is the flagship event of MIT’s sports technology program. It is an opportunity for all of our affiliates, supporters, and members of the MIT community to come to campus and share advances, challenges and passions that lie at the intersection of engineering and sports. 

More at http://mitsteam2016.weebly.com


Approaching the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the humanities and the sciences
Friday, May 13
3:00PM TO 4:30PM
Harvard, Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

HUCE hosts a  panel discussion on "Approaching the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the humanities and the sciences" featuring:
Pamela Templer, Biology, Boston University;
Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, History, University of Chicago;
Sophia Roosth, History of Science, Harvard University;
and Daniel Schrag, Earth and Planetary Sciences and Harvard University.

Contact Name:  Laura Hanrahan
laura_hanrahan at harvard.edu

More at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2016-05-13-190000-2016-05-13-203000/approaching-anthropocene-perspectives-humanities-and#sthash.0mREE6c1.dpuf

Sunday, May 15

Sunday, May 15
MIT, N4, Albany Garage and Lots, Albany Street, Cambridge

MIT's monthly Hi Tech, Computer, Electronics and Ham Radio Fleamarket. 
Buy Sell or Swap all things nerdly. 
Held the third Sunday of each month April thru October. 
Rain or Shine covered space is available for all sellers. 
In the Albany St Garage and adjacent lot. 
On Albany St between Mass Ave and Main St, Cambridge. 
$6 Buyers admission from 9AM to 2PM. 
$4 with MIT/ Harvard Student ID 
Free for MIT and Harvard Undergraduates with current ID

Web site: www.swapfest.us
Open to: the general public
Cost: $6 
This event occurs on the 3rd Sunday of every month through October 16, 2016.
Sponsor(s): MIT Radio Society, Electronic Research Society, MIT, UHF Repeater Assn. W1XM, MIT
For more information, contact:  Mitchell Berger
w1mx-officers at mit.edu 

Monday, May 16

Yemen’s Crisis and the U.S.-Saudi Arabia Alliance: A Lunch Discussion of the Yemen Human Rights Crisis
Monday, May 16
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
The Non Profit Building, East-side Conference Room 89 South Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yemens-crisis-and-the-us-saudi-arabia-alliance-a-lunch-discussion-of-the-yemen-human-rights-crisis-tickets-25061919877

More and more people in the U.S. are asking tough questions about the U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia.  Not only is Saudi Arabia’s monarchy engaged in brutal repression at home, but for the past year, the government has led a massive bombardment of its next-door neighbor Yemen.
It’s the war that no one is talking about.  Amidst an armed conflict with Houthi rebels, the Saudi Arabia-led bombardment has led to a massive crisis.  Thousands have been killed or injured, and over 2.5 million displaced.  Vast numbers of civilians have suffered.  Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has authorized the sale of over $1 billion in new bombs to Saudi Arabia. 

Amnesty International researchers have been on the ground in Yemen, taking the testimonies of civilians whose family members have been killed by Saudi Arabia-led unlawful strikes and mass bombardments.  AI researchers have discovered U.S.-designed bomb fragments amidst the rubble. 
Join us for a conversation about the war in Yemen, U.S. foreign policy, and what people in the U.S. can do about it.
Guest Speaker: Sunjeev Bery serves as Middle East North Africa Advocacy Director at Amnesty International USA. He lobbies government officials and diplomats on human rights concerns across the MENA region. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and briefed Members of Congress on the intersection of U.S. foreign policy and human rights.  He is a frequent guest commentator on major news media, including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC, Al Jazeera, Al Arabia, and Huffington Post Live.  His comments have appeared in a wide range of print media as well, including The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, AP, and international newspapers.


MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) - Arlene Fiore, Columbia
Monday, May 16
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Arlene Fiore (Columbia)
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. 

Web site: http://bit.ly/1P33yOq
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Marianna Linz
mlinz at mit.edu 


xTalks: Report on the Online Education Policy Initiative
Monday, May 16
MIT, Building 4-270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Speaker: Sanjay Sarma, Karen Willcox, Eric Klopfer
The Online Education Policy Initiative recently released its report: "Online Education - A Catalyst for Higher Education Reform". This xTalk will feature a panel comprised of the report's co-chairs Sanjay Sarma and Karen Willcox, and Eric Klopfer of the Internal Advisory Committee. Vijay Kumar will moderate. 

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

For more information, please refer to the MIT News article.

Web site: http://odl.mit.edu/news-and-events/events/report-online-education-policy-initiative
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): xTalks: Digital Discourses, Office of Digital Learning
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles
xtalks-info at mit.edu 

Tuesday, May 17

Boole Shannon Lecture Series / Sergio Verdu
Tuesday, May 17
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Sergio Verdu, Princeton University
One of the key scientific contributions of the XXth century, Claude Shannon’s “A Mathematical Theory of Communication”
created the field of information theory in 1948. In addition, to the impact of information theory on communications technology, Shannon’s work has had tremendous impact on computer science and engineering, artificial intelligence and probability and statistics. This non-technical talk will give a biographical account of Claude Shannon’s life.

Bio:  Sergio Verdu is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. A member of the Information Sciences and Systems group and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, his research interests are in Information Theory, Data Compression and Transmission. Sergio Verdú is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering and the U. S. National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of the 2007 Claude E. Shannon Award, and the 2008 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal. He is currently co-producing a documentary film on the life and legacy of Claude Shannon.

Reception and IEEE Milestone Dedication to be held immediately after in the Grier Room, MIT, Building 34-401, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Please RSVP for Reception here http://goo.gl/forms/J599Fjyv46


Mass Innovation Nights #86
Tuesday, May 17
Google, 355 Main Street, 5th floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com/node/add/rsvp

We will be at Google in Cambridge for our second time, thanks Google for supporting the local innovation ecosystem!  Join us on May 17th at 6pm for "Innovation for Everyone - Products Addressing Diversity & Products from Diverse Launchers". Ten products will be on hand and showcasing! Note, it is not our usual Wednesday instead TUESDAY May 17th. 

Check out the new PRODUCTS and VOTE for your favorites - click on the words VOTE HERE (found on this page to the immediate left) and once on the product voting page, click LOVE IT (only four times)!
RSVP to attend the event on Tuesday, May 17th (free to attend and open to all)
See who else is planning on attending (click the ATTENDEES tab)  
Help spread the word - blog, tweet (using the #MIN86 hashtag), like and post!
Support local innovation -- network and have fun at the same time! Don't miss it -- 

More at: http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-86-innovation-everyone#sthash.DoCTtZqJ.dpuf


Me Want it, But Me Wait:  Defining, Measuring, and Improving Self-Regulation in Early Childhood
Tuesday, May 17
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) 
Le Laboratorie Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/me-want-it-but-me-wait-defining-measuring-and-improving-self-regulation-in-early-childhood-registration-24972007948

In an increasingly complex and stimulating world, how do children learn to control their impulses and avoid distraction?  Using evidence from neuroscience, developmental psychology, and education, this talk will explore the importance of self-regulation and executive function as core skills to be developed in the preschool period.  In particular, we will consider what it means to be "well regulated," how we can measure this abstract construct in real-world settings, and what environmental and biological factors might improve -- or inhibit -- children's odds of achieving self-regulatory success.  

Speaker Bio:  Dana Charles McCoy is an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on understanding the ways that poverty-related risk factors in children's home, school, and neighborhood environments affect the development of their cognitive and socioemotional skills in early childhood. She is also interested in the development, refinement, and evaluation of early intervention programs designed to promote positive development and resilience in young children, particularly in terms of their self-regulation and executive function. Dr. McCoy's work is centered in both domestic and international contexts, including Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Brazil, and Jordan. She has a particular interest in interdisciplinary theory, causal methodology, and ecologically valid measurement. Before joining the HGSE faculty, Dr. McCoy served as an NICHD National Research Service Award post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, where she studied differential effectiveness of early childhood education programs (e.g., Head Start) across diverse communities in the United States. She graduated with an A.B. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College and received her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from New York University.For more information about Dr. McCoy and her research visit her website.

Le Laboratoire, is a unique art and design center that invites visitors to explore the experiments and wonders of innovators of all kinds discovering at frontiers of science. You can find Café ArtScience's menu here.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 18

May Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, May 18
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT) 
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-24826790599

Join us for a springtime Sustainability Breakfast - 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 between 7:30 and 830 am.


Plantation Empire: An Intellectual and Cultural History of Global Agricultural Capitalism
WHEN  Wed., May 18, 2016, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Kris Manjapra, 2015-2016 Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; associate professor of History, Tufts University
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS	  In this lecture, Manjapra will discuss the work for his next book: a global study of the plantation complex from its modern inception in the Americas in the 17th century to its apotheosis in the Indian Ocean during the 19th and 20th centuries. The work is an intellectual history of how a new way of incorporating land, labor, law, and capital in the Global South came to define the rise of industrial agriculture, global patterns of migration and diaspora, and the modern world order.
LINK  http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2016-kris-manjapra-fellow-presentation


Medical Interpretation of Human Genomes
WHEN  Wed., May 18, 2016, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Auditorium, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Heidi Rehm
COST  Free and open to the public
TICKET WEB LINK  http://sfas-heidirehm.eventbrite.com
CONTACT INFO	events at broadinstitute.org
DETAILS  With the plummeting cost of sequencing, genetic data is becoming increasingly available for use in the diagnosis, treatment and prediction of disease. Ensuring the successful use of genomics in medicine will require the community to come together to share data and contribute to the collective curation of that data for clinical and research use.
This talk will focus on national and international efforts to develop improved standards and resources to support genomic medicine.
LINK	https://www.broadinstitute.org/partnerships/education/science-all-seasons/science-all-seasons-2016


Socializing and 3-D Printer Primer
Wednesday, May 18
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Bruce Bolling Building, Dudley Square, Roxbury
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/FabMakers-Boston/events/230903507/
Cost:  $10.00 /per person
Refund policy

7:00 PM– 8:00 PM wine, light bites, social networking, and  3-D printer demos
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM  A 3-D Printer Primer: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About 3-D Printers but were Afraid to Ask. 

If you've ever shopped for a 3-D printer you know that there's a wide range of options depending on what you're planning to print so selecting the right printer requires some research and an opportunity to see a 3-D printer in action.  Christopher Haid will provide an overview of the major 3-D printer technologies on the market including their relative strengths, the differences between filament and resin based products, and other useful info. 

About the presenter: Christopher Haid, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of NVBOTS®. An MIT Mechanical Engineering graduate, he has extensive robotic design and fabrication experience, and has been recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Manufacturing. 


BostonTalks Happy Hour: Urban Farming
Wednesday, May 18
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
WGBH, 1 Guest Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostontalks-happy-hour-urban-farming-tickets-24565573291
Cost:  $11.54	

Happy Hour: Urban Farming
Join us for happy hour as we take a look at local urban farming. Speakers to come.
A Smarter Happy Hour
Grab your friends and join us for WGBH’s take on happy hour—inspiring conversation plus wine and local craft brews for $5 a glass. Hear from and connect with local experts in a variety of fields while enjoying the great company of your neighbors from Boston and beyond. Each event combines short speaking programs, drinks, and a chance for you to join the conversation.
Meet the Host
Edgar runs WGBH's Curiosity Desk, where he digs a little deeper into topics in the news, explores the off-beat, and searches for answers to questions posed by the world around us. His radio features can be heard on 89.7 WGBH's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and his television features can be seen on WGBH's Greater Boston. Follow him on Twitter @ebherwick3.
Your must be at least 21 with a valid ID to attend.

Thursday, May 19

Massachusetts Clean Energy Day
Thursday, May 19
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/massachusetts-clean-energy-day-tickets-24461019568

Join Massachusetts clean energy business leaders to showcase the vitality of Massachusetts' clean energy industry and convey the importance of consistent policy for clean energy. 

Massachusetts Clean Energy Day will begin with a speaking program and the presentation of our 2016 Clean Energy Champion Awards at the Grand Staircase. An NECEC member Clean Energy Business Showcase will be on display in the Grand Staircase from 11:30am to 4:30pm. The Clean Energy Business Showcase and speaking program is free and open to the public.

11:30am - 4:30pm   Clean Energy Business Showcase * (Open to the Public - please register as General Admission)
12:00pm - 1:00pm   Speaking Program and Clean Energy Champion Awards
1:00pm - 5:00pm     Small Group Meetings with Key Legislators (NECEC Members only)

Contact  jlake at necec.org


Energy Storage Policy, Technology and Opportunities
Thursday, May 19
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT) 
Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-storage-policy-technology-and-opportunities-tickets-25186983947
Cost:  $60 – $90

SEBANE’s (Solar Energy Business Association of New England) next public event in Boston features a panel of experts discussing energy storage policy, technology and industry opportunities in the rapidly evolving energy storage sector.

Judith Judson (Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources) will present the goals and activities of the Massachusetts Energy Storage Initiative a joint commitment to study storage policy options by the DOER and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
David Hague (Senior Director, Technology and Partnerships, M+W Group) will discuss storage applications and appropriate technologies of energy storage systems for short and long duration applications in stand-alone or PV coupled applications.
Ravi Manghani (Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, GTM Research) brings his years of experience in energy storage as a consultant, analyst and engineer will provide his insights into the US energy storage market.  
Bill Stillinger (SEBANE Chairman and President of PV Squared) with moderate the panel discussion. The substantive program (with some audience interaction) will last from 1-3 with a networking cocktail hour following until 4.
Event Sponsors
M+W Energy-A Company of the M+W Group (formerly Gehrlicher Solar America Corp.) builds commercial and utility energy systems for Fortune 1000 companies, utilities, developers, and government agencies.  Leveraging 750MW of solar engineering, procurement, construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance (O&M), M+W Energy designs and builds systems to maximize economic return and sustainable benefits for our clients. For more information, visit www.mwgroup.net/energy.
SEBANE (the Solar Energy Business Association of New England) is organizing this event as part of an ongoing series of events covering solar policy, technology, market opportunities, and clean energy workforce development. SEBANE’s mission is to promote the widespread use of solar energy and to advance solar-related companies based in and/or doing business in New England.

 About the Speakers
Judith Judson, Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Judith Judson was appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources in April 2015. Prior to joining the DOER, Judith worked at Customized Energy Solutions as Director of Emerging Technologies for the U.S. where she advised clients on the use of innovative technologies to cost-effectively modernize the US electric grid.  Judith joined Customized Energy Solutions from Massachusetts-based clean energy technology company, Beacon Power LLC, where she served as Vice President of Asset Management and Market Development. As a nationally recognized expert on energy storage, Judith has participated in numerous hearings and technical conferences at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Judson chairs the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and represents Massachusetts on the Boards of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc.; and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
Previously Judith served as Chairman and Commissioner of the Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission during the Romney Administration. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.

David Hague
Senior Director of Marketing & Technology Partnerships 
David is dedicated to renewable energy, smart grid, and cleantech, blending the optimism of an entrepreneur with the pragmatism of a trained engineer to accelerate business strategies. He has over fifteen years of experience developing and driving new business opportunities and a B.S.E. focused on renewable energy. 
David creates partnerships with storage and integrated grid technology partners to create economic and stable power systems fueled by solar. Past roles include Project Developer at Belectric Inc. to build utility-scale solar plants, Senior Manager-Advisory at Cleantech Group to provide client driven strategic guidance and market research, and Vice President–Business Development at GreenMountain Engineering to commercialize clean technologies. Prior to GreenMountain, David held various roles at Immersion Corporation (IMMR), a Silicon Valley start-up turned NASDAQ traded company, where he was a member of the original executive team.
David received a B.S. in Engineering from Santa Clara University where he was a Da Vinci Scholar focused on improving photovoltaic system efficiency. Since then he has identified and executed new business opportunities the areas of PV manufacturing equipment design, utility scale PV project development, cell and module engineering, biofuel R&D equipment design, and other clean technologies.

Ravi Manghani 
Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, GTM Research
Ravi is a Senior Energy Storage Analyst at GTM Research, where he focuses on U.S. energy storage markets and value chain analysis. As an industry expert, Ravi has been quoted in various publications including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, and Verge.
Ravi has over 8 years of experience in energy storage as a consultant, analyst and engineer. Ravi holds a Master of International Business degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from University of Washington, Seattle and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.


xTalks: Art of Insights - "Never Calculate Without Already Knowing the Answer!"
Thursday, May 19
MIT, Building 4-370, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Speaker: Sanjoy Mahajan
John Wheeler, who taught Richard Feynman, advised, "Never make a calculation before you know the answer." He might also suggest learning a spelling by looking up the word in the dictionary. But without the spelling, how does one find the word? Without a calculation, how can we know the answer? With illustrations mathematical and physical, Prof Mahajan will show how we can and explain why we should. Following Wheeler's advice develops insight, what our cognitive architecture hungers for. And insight---which, unlike precise calculation, can fit inside our mind whole---is the seed of discovery and progress.  

Sanjoy Mahajan is Associate Professor of Applied Science and Engineering at Olin College. He is the author of Street-Fighting Mathematics (MIT Press).

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

Web site: http://odl.mit.edu/news-and-events/events/art-insights-sanjoy-mahajan-never-calculate-without-already-knowing-answer
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Office of Digital Learning, xTalks: Digital Discourses
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles


Late Lessons from Early Warnings about Hazards to Health and Environments
Thursday, May 19
4:30PM TO 6:00PM
Harvard School of Public Health, Room G2, Kresge Building, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston

David Gee, Institute of Environment, Health, and Societies, Brunel University, London

Why are scientific early warnings of impending harm regularly ignored by societies? What can we learn from the interplay between the sciences, economics, and politics of known and emerging hazards that can help us to minimize future harms whilst maximizing responsible innovations? David Gee has worked for 40 years on reducing harm from hazards to health and environments, most recently at the European Environment Agency as Senior Adviser, Science, Policy, Emerging Issues (1995-2013). He is now a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Environment, Health, and Societies at Brunel University in London.

This seminar is open to the public free of charge. However, building access is restricted to Harvard ID holders and seminar registrants. To register via email, click here. Registrations must be received no later than COB Monday, May 16. Click here for directions.

Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Seminar

More at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2016-05-19-203000-2016-05-19-220000/harvard-center-risk-analysis-seminar#sthash.ddv2gRZc.dpuf


INNOVATION HUB: MASS MOMENTUM:  Keeping Our Region Innovative - Drawing Lessons from Our Past
Thursday, May 19     
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Walker Memorial at MIT, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=1905

Massachusetts is the birthplace of more world changing innovations than almost anywhere on earth. From the first modern anesthesia to the first venture capital firm to the legalization of same sex marriage, these innovations have shaped the world.  However, our region’s future as a global innovation hub can’t be taken for granted.  Five leaders from divergent sectors who focus on innovation will tackle the questions “Why has Massachusetts been one of the leading hubs of innovation, on a global scale, for almost 400 years despite the collapse of major industries and significant regional economic downturns?” and “Can this region continue to be on the cutting edge; is the intellectual capital located here able to keep innovation thriving despite the increasingly high barriers to entry?”
Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School
Rob Go, NextView Ventures
Carmichael Roberts, North Bridge
Moderated by Robert Krim, Dir., Innovation Center, Framingham State University

Gavin Kleespies, Director of Programs
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-646-0515, Fax: 617-859-0074
http://www.masshist.org - America's First Historical Society - Founded 1791


Will Robots Rule the World? A Panel Discussion about Artificial Intelligence
Thursday, May 19
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CARBONITE, 2 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston
RSVP:  http://www.witi.com/networks/boston/events/3099/Will-Robots-Rule-the-World/?-A-Panel-Discussion-about-Artificial-Intelligenc
Cost:  $15 - $25

When we hear the term "Artificial Intelligence" (AI), we think of self-driving cars, drones that will deliver our holiday packages, and computers defeating humans at board games. Some pundits are talking about a massive shift in our society with AI replacing huge quantities of humans in the workforce within the next 10 years. Perhaps some people envision SkyNet from the Terminator movies running amuck. 

Companies are already using AI in numerous ways, including Google and Apple, which are leveraging AI to improve search and smartphones' intelligent assistant, respectively. It's employed behind the scenes to address a range of needs, such as fraud detection, leveraging patient data to improve healthcare, and tracing human traffickers. 

So, what's next for AI? Clearly we'll all be affected by its benefits and its drawbacks, as well as its ever-growing technological applications. Join WITI Boston for a panel discussion with cognitive-computing and AI experts, and hear what the future holds. 
Featured Speakers

Thomas Ryden is the Executive Director of MassRobotics. MassRobotics is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help create and grow the next generation of robotics and smart connected device companies.

Prior to joining MassRobotics Mr. Ryden was the founder and CEO/COO of VGo Communications, Inc. While at VGo Mr. Ryden oversaw the development and launch of the market leading VGo telepresence robot. The VGo robot is used by hospitals, eldercare facilities, schools and other organizations to help people stay better connected, allowing users to essentially be in two places at once.  

Previously, Mr. Ryden was Director of Sales & Marketing at iRobot Corporation. Under his leadership iRobot secured over $300M in contracts and revenue from its government and industrial products increased from $2M to over $80M annually. In addition Mr. Ryden held roles in program management, overseeing the development of some of iRobot's most successful products. Before iRobot, Mr. Ryden was Founder and President of Exeter Analytical, Inc, a manufacturer of analytical instrumentation. During his tenure Exeter expanded rapidly, securing large contracts with the US Government and major pharmaceutical companies.  

Mr. Ryden is on the board of directors of AUVSI New England and serves at the co-chairman of the robotics cluster of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. He also is an advisor to a number of robotics start-ups including RailPod and Que Innovations. Mr. Ryden has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Bentley University.

Judith S. Hurwitz is president and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, LLC, a research and consulting firm focused on emerging technology including big data, cognitive computing, cloud computing, service management, software development, and security and governance. She is a technology strategist, consultant, thought leader and author. In 2015 Hurwitz coauthored Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics (Wiley, 2015). A pioneer in anticipating technology innovation and adoption, she has served as a trusted advisor to many industry leaders over the years. Judith has helped these companies make the transition to a new business model focused on the business value of emerging platforms. She was the founder of CycleBridge, a life sciences software consulting firm and Hurwitz Group, a research and consulting firm. She has worked in various corporations including Apollo Computer, and John Hancock. Judith has written extensively about all aspects of enterprise and distributed software. Judith is a co-author of six "For Dummies" books including Big Data for Dummies and Hybrid Cloud for Dummies. In 2011 she authored Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Chance into Success. (Jossey Bass, 2011).

Judith holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Boston University. She serves on several advisory boards of emerging companies. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and is widely quoted in business and technical publications. She is on the board of directors of Boston University's Alumni Council. She was named a distinguished alumnus at Boston University's College of Arts & Sciences in 2005. She is also a recipient of the 2005 Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council award.

Matt Peters has been working in social media and content marketing for nearly a decade. In 2007, Matt co-founded Pandemic Labs, which was the nation's first dedicated social media marketing agency. Under Matt's leadership as CEO and Creative Director, Pandemic Labs grew to an international, award-winning agency serving clients such as Puma, Canon, The Ritz-Carlton, DirecTV, Au Bon Pain, and The Utah Office of Tourism.

In early 2014, Matt co-founded Cortex, an artificial intelligence platform for content marketing. Cortex is fundamentally changing the way brands approach creativity in marketing, and it is their mission to augment human creativity for more efficient and effective work. As Chief Revenue Officer at Cortex, Matt focuses on product development, business development, and establishing thought-leadership in the new age of marketing automation.

Matt speaks frequently at marketing conferences around the world, and is often brought in by companies, think tanks, and traditional ad agencies to provide education and consulting on social media marketing. You can follow Matt on Twitter @Fracked.
Schedule of Events

5:30pm - Registration, Networking and Appetizers
6:00pm - WITI Overview and Speaker Introduction
6:15pm - Program and Discussion
7:30pm - Raffle Prizes and Networking
8:30pm - Event Ends

More at: http://www.witi.com/networks/boston/events/3099/Will-Robots-Rule-the-World/?-A-Panel-Discussion-about-Artificial-Intelligenc#sthash.kwXD7dMW.dpuf


Music + Tech + Learning: Meet. Demo. Eat.
Thursday, May 19
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Music-Technology-Group/events/230819460/

We are thrilled to announce the first Music-Tech Meetup with the new Organizers,  Nicole d'Avis of BerkleeICE and Arpit Gupta, Product Manager in the mobile ad-tech space and founder of DJGuru. The meetup will be on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 6:30 pm, hosted by WorkBar, Cambridge. RSVP now to attend!

Everything happening at this event will be related to the combination of "Music + Technology + Learning", and we are currently recruiting people who would like to demo their projects or products related to this topic.

Free food and drink will be provided to everyone courtesy of BerkleeICE.    

There will be a hard capacity limit of 100 people for this event. RSVP now for free to reserve your spot!

Event Overview: 
6:30 - 6:45:  Arrive and snag some hot pizza! 
6:45 - 6:55: Welcome and Introductions from new Organizers Arpit Gupta and BerkleeICE's Nicole d'Avis.  (starting on-time!)
7:00 - 7:45: Creative Ideation Exercise around the Music + Learning theme. (Back by popular demand!)
7:45 - 8:45: Demoes: TBD - Contact us if you're interested in showcasing your project. 
8:45 - 9:00: Open networking.


Sustainable Socials with Green Cambridge!
Thursday, May 19
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Plug Cambridge, 618 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Green-Cambridge-Meetup/events/230275897/

Look for our banner!
Come and join Green Cambridge for our monthly meet-up! 

We are a group of Cantabrigians dedicated to improving the environment and striving for sustainability. We'll be talking about all things green, giving run-downs on our community, advocacy and organizing work, and just getting to know one another.

Can't make it? We'll be repeating the event the third Thursday of every month! Plus, our organizing and planning meetings happen the first Thursday of every month. Also check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and at http://www.greencambridge.org


The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy's Biggest Questions
WHEN  Thu., May 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Poetry/Prose, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
SPEAKER(S)  David J. Eicher
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	pubaffairs at cfa.harvard.edu, 617.495.7461
DETAILS  Over the past decade, astronomers have answered - or are closing in on the answers to - some of the biggest questions about the universe. David Eicher presents a spectacular exploration of the cosmos that provides you with a balanced and precise view of the latest discoveries. Among the "big science" topics covered will be dark energy, dark matter, water on Mars, the planethood of Pluto, the barred-spiral structure of the Milky Way, and the ubiquitous nature of black holes. There will be a book sale and signing at this event.
LINK	https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/publicevents

Saturday, May 21

SBN's 27th Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit:  Balancing People, Planet & Profit: A Competitive Advantage
Saturday, May 21
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Lesley University, 89 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainability-leadership-summit-tickets-23104248429
Cost:  $51.99 – $113.19 GET TICKETS

National Leaders Share How to Make a Better Business & a Better World!
Now in its 27th year, SBN’s Sustainability Leadership Summit attracts a diverse group of small and local business leaders who are committed to builiding a local, green and fair economy. The Summit focuses on action as it guides participants through engaging material that results in real, attainable ideas and solutions to issues facing our local economy. Through networking, participants build strong connections with other leaders who are as committed as they are to building a sustainable business that ensures the long term success of both their business and our planet. The Summit attracts participants from over 100 businesses and organizations who are eager to connect with others to amplify their impact in building a vibrant local economy.
Become a Sponsor! Have questions? E-mail amy at sbnmass.org

Keynote Speakers:
Kimber Lanning - Founder & Executive Director of Local First Arizona 
Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader & community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities & inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. Lanning's passions, which are seen throughout her work, include fostering cultural diversity & inclusion, economic resilience & responsible growth for Arizona's urban areas. 

Lanning owns three small businesses & is the Founder & Executive Director of Local First Arizonia, which is the largest local business coalition in the US. LFA is a widely respected organization that is leading the nation in implementing systems & policies to ensure a level playing field for entrepreneurial endeavors of all sizes. With nearly 3,000 business members & four statewide offices, Lanning leads a staff of 22 who work on a diverse array of programs ranging from healthy, local food access, entrepreneurial development in under-served communities, and rural community development, each of which plays a part in building sustainable & resilient local economies. 

Lanning is consistently recognized & has received numerous awards for her diverse work & extensive leadership. In 2014, Lanning was recognized as the Ctizen Leader of the Year by the International Economic Development Council, a pivotal moment in recognizing the use of Localist policies as a force for economic development. Her work in promoting adaptive reuse in Phoenix's urban core was recognized by the American Planning Association, who presented Lanning with the Distinguished Citizen Planner Award in 2013. Lanning has also been named of of the "50 Most Influential Women in Arizonia" (Arizona Business Magazine, 2011), was the recipient of the Athena Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 2013, and was the 2014 Leader of the Year in Public Policy (Arizona Capitol TImes). 

John Abrams - Founder & CEO of South Mountain Company
John Abrams is founder & CEO of South Mountain Company, a 40-year-old integrated architecture, engineering, building, & renewable energy company commited to triple bottom line business practices. Located on Martha's Vineyard, South Mountain has been a worker cooperative for 28 years & was one of the first B-Corps in Massachusetts. John's book 'Companies we Keep: Employee Ownership & the Business of Community & Place,' was published in 2008. He blogs at http://www.companywekeep.net and lives at Island Cohousing, a neighborhood designed & built by South Mountain.  

Refund Policy - Registration is transferrable but not refundable. You may edit the name on your order through Eventbrite at any time or e-mail amy at sbnmass.org
Lunch - Lunch will be catered by Basil Tree Cafe & Catering and is included with registration. 


Saturday, May 21
12pm - 6pm
Map and times of performances at http://somervilleartscouncil.org/porchfest/map/2016 

On Saturday, May 21 musicians and bands throughout Somerville will celebrate and utilize an underused public venue: The Porch. Acts—ranging from bollywood funk, cosmic americana, killer blues, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, American space rock and clawhammer banjo—will serenade passersby from porches throughout Somerville.  

If mild rain event is still on but if heavy rain rain date is Sunday May 22. This map is from last year:  


Monday, May 23

Discovering Justice: An Evening to Stand Up for Your Rights
Monday, May 23
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Boston University, Moakley U.S. Courthouse, Boston

An Evening to Stand Up for Your Rights, scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., is the culminating event of our spring after school program, Stand Up for Your Rights. Stand Up is a mock appellate program in which volunteer attorneys work for eleven weeks with over 150 middle school students from Boston and Chelsea to prepare oral arguments in a hypothetical First or Fourth Amendment case. Stand Up for Your Rights teaches young people about law, the Bill of Rights, and the value of our justice system while also engaging them in critical thinking, evidence-based argumentation, and respectful advocacy.

Source: http://www.bu.edu/calendar/?uid=182286@17.calendar.bu.edu


Will the Bats Come Back? Confronting White-Nose Syndrome
Monday, May 23
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277
Cost:  $5 member, $10 nonmember

Christina Kocer, Northeast Regional White-Nose Syndrome Coordinator, Ecological Services Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Have you noticed the decline in bat populations? White-nose syndrome (WNS) has killed more than 5.7 million bats in eastern North America. Named for the white fungus found growing on the muzzle, wings, and exposed skin of hibernating bats, WNS is associated with extensive mortality of bats in eastern North America. First documented in New York in the winter of 2006-2007, WNS has spread rapidly across the eastern United States and Canada. At some hibernation sites, 90 to 100 percent of bats have died. Christina Kocer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will speak about this fungal disease, where it may have come from, the dynamics of infection and transmission, and the search for a way to control it. She will also speak of ways to support bat populations in your neighborhood.

Tuesday, May 24

MBTA Focus40 
Tuesday, May 24
5:00 – 9:00 pm,
Interactive Panel:  6:30 – 8:00 pm
Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

The MBTA is launching its Focus40 Plan process which is about developing a 25-year capital investment plan for our regional public transit system.  Among the issues the MBTA is addressing is the impact of climate change.

More information at https://www.massdot.state.ma.us/focus40/Home.aspx


On the weekend of July 16 & 17th at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge we will be having a weekend event centered around Application Programming Interfaces.  If you have a work or home project that leverages API's, and are interested in presenting, then please let me know.  Talks can be any length.  If that weekend does not work, please note that there will be evening lectures over the next few months on API's.

For those who are new to API’s, these are being leveraged across many industries, and as such this event will have workshops to help participants learn how to access API’s; as well as on creating “data products” whether blogs, web applications, or the like. The event will have a special track devoted to “Civic Tech” and “Citizen Data Science”. The Programmable Web site provides good coverage of API’s, and beyond that there are many sites focused on specific applications.

API Categories
Social Media Top Ten API’s (article and review)
Machine Learning APIs (article and review)
Music API’s from Music Machinery
Federal Government

Many thanks to Microsoft NERD for hosting us!!!  Please let me know if you have any questions, and/or are interested in giving a talk!
John Verostek:  johnverostek at yahoo.com


Climate Smart Boston is about getting public input on vulnerabilities and resources related to climate readiness and resilience in the City of Boston and surrounding region in order to more fully inform to the Climate Ready Boston and Imagine Boston 2030 planning processes.

SIGN UP at https://communityplanit.org/bostonclimate/

Boston is striving to advance climate preparedness planning to produce resiliency initiatives that work together to address physical, social and environmental vulnerabilities in our communities. You can participate in this process and help shape the preparedness of the city in adapting to climate change. Boston is recognized as a world-class leader in climate resilience planning by the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative and was recognized at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference with an award for "Smart Cities and Smart Community Engagement" by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in Paris. Boston officials want to make sure the distinct needs of all neighborhoods are well understood as they plan to meet the climate challenges that will face our city in 2030 and beyond. Participate in Climate Smart Boston to play your part!

Three missions
Climate Smart Boston challenges you over three time-sensitive missions:
Mission 1: March 25 - April 1
Mission 2: April 1 - April 8
Mission 3: April 8 - April 15
Miss a mission? Don't worry, there's still plenty more to play!

This game has launched!
Sign up now, and get ready to plan your community! If you share this page with your friends, we'll get even more bright ideas on the table.


The Summer of 2016 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

Solar map of Cambridge, MA


Hey Cambridge residents!

Did you know the City of Cambridge is trying to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize? It was created to develop a cleaner and more efficient energy future. Energy efficiency and conservation are the best ways to save energy and minimize environmental impact. In that effort, Cambridge is hoping all residents will get a no-cost energy assessment in order to make their homes more efficient and comfortable. Let us know you're interested here: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/sign-up-for-an-assessment

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

Again, let us know you're interested here: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/sign-up-for-an-assessment and someone will be in contact with you shortly to give you personally tailored contact information on how you can get your no-cost home energy assessment. Renters are also eligible!

Any action to save energy in the home will help Cambridge win this competition while protecting the environment. For additional ideas on how to save energy, please see the Cambridge Energy Alliance website at http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/interactivehome

Please share with your Cambridge friends and family and ask them to get a free energy assessment!

Want to be more involved? Become a neighborhood Block Captain! Block Captains help their community members sign up for and complete no-cost home energy assessments through the MassSave program. Our team will give you the tools and guidance needed to recruit neighbors to get an assessment and improve the efficiency of their homes. Participation is welcome at whatever level you are able to commit to.
If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain, please fill out the form at http://tinyurl.com/blockcaptainsurvey and someone from the Cambridge Energy Alliance will be in contact with you shortly. If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity!

Questions? Contact jnahigian at cambridgema.gov

Cambridge Energy Alliance


Sunny Cambridge has just launched! Sunny Cambridge is the city-wide initiative that makes it easy for all types of residents to get solar power for their homes. Cambridge has lined up local solar installers through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, which helps you request, receive, and compare solar quotes 100% online with support available every step of the way.
The City of Cambridge is working on many levels to reduce energy use and GHG emissions to make the city more sustainable. As a semifinalist in the nationwide competition for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, Cambridge Energy Alliance is encouraging residents to take actions to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Get involved by signing up for a no-cost home energy assessment at the Cambridge Energy Alliance home page (www.cambridgeenergyalliance.org/winit)
and going solar at http://www.sunnycambridge.org 


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


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!


Boston Maker Spaces - 27 and counting:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zGHnt9r2pQx8.kfw9evrHsKjA&hl=en
BASEN / Boston Solidarity Network Economy:  http://ba-sen.tumblr.com
Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston:  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/


Links to events at over 50 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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