[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - May 15, 2016

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Monday, May 16

10am  Where the Puck Is Going: Figuring out how to make journalism pay in a an era of media disruption
12pm  Yemen’s Crisis and the U.S.-Saudi Arabia Alliance: A Lunch Discussion of the Yemen Human Rights Crisis
12pm  Detecting and Attributing Changes in Air Pollution and Temperature Over the Eastern U.S.A. Amidst Climate Variability
12”15pm  Displaced: How International Law Can Protect Migrants, Refugees, and International Security
3pm  xTalks: Report on the Online Education Policy Initiative
3pm  Design, Make, Play: Taking risks and inviting exploration at the New York Hall of Science
6:30pm  Innovation at the Intersection of Art, Design and Biology

Tuesday, May 17

12pm  Under-connected in America: How Lower-Income Families Respond to Digital Equity Challenges
12pm  Disneyland, measles, and parents’ choice not to vaccinate
12pm  Constructing Early Childhood Development Centers in Rwanda
4pm Claude Shannon - Boole Shannon Lecture Series with Sergio Verdu
4:30pm  Learning Atomistic Secrets from Nanosolids
5pm  The Development of Shannon's Information Theory
5:15pm  Infrastructure Resiliency in Healthcare Post Super Storm Sandy
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights #86
6pm  Update: Security of Things May MeetUp: Smart Cities and Environmental Sensing
6:30pm  Moshe Safdie at BSA Space
6:30pm  Cambridge Historical Society History Cafe
6:30pm  Social Impact Entrepreneurship and Your Triple Bottom Line
7pm  Me Want it, But Me Wait:  Defining, Measuring, and Improving Self-Regulation in Early Childhood

Wednesday, May 18

7:30am  May Boston Sustainability Breakfast
10am  Free Admission Day for Art Museum Day and International Museum Day	Harvard Art Museums
10:30am  The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter: Reflections on Conflict and Reconciliation with South African Justice Albie Sachs
12pm  Art Museum Day: The Campus as Museum
4pm  The evolutionary history and future of microbial communities
4pm  Plantation Empire: An Intellectual and Cultural History of Global Agricultural Capitalism
6pm  Medical Interpretation of Human Genomes
6:30pm  An Esocartography
7pm  Socializing and 3-D Printer Primer
7pm  BostonTalks Happy Hour: Urban Farming

Thursday, May 19

12pm  10% of the Time It Works Every time - Recognizing Sloppy Science (or how to read a scientific paper)
12pm  Massachusetts Clean Energy Day
1pm  Energy Storage Policy, Technology and Opportunities
3pm  Never Calculate Without Already Knowing the Answer!  
4:30pm  Late Lessons from Early Warnings about Hazards to Health and Environments
5:30pm  Will Robots Rule the World? A Panel Discussion about Artificial Intelligence
6pm  10 Breakthrough Technologies with MIT Technology Review
6:30pm  Government-free Development of Boston Jobs & Economy
6:30pm  Music + Tech + Learning: Meet. Demo. Eat.
7pm  The Phoenix Islands Protected Area: X Marks the Spot 
7pm  Sustainable Socials with Green Cambridge!
7:30pm  The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy's Biggest Questions

Friday, May 20

12pm  Dampened land carbon uptake by air pollution in China

Saturday, May 21

8am  SBN's 27th Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit:  Balancing People, Planet & Profit: A Competitive Advantage
9am  Reopening of Glass Flowers Gallery
12pm  Porchfest

Monday, May 23

2pm  Precise bioengineering of functional materials and biomimetic environments
5:30pm  Discovering Justice: An Evening to Stand Up for Your Rights
7pm  Will the Bats Come Back? Confronting White-Nose Syndrome

Tuesday, May 24

12pm  Are we shifting to a new post-capitalist value regime?
5pm  MBTA Focus40 
6pm  2016 Cleantech Open NE Boston Mentor Mixer


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

Nicholas Stern on The New Climate Economy

Free as in Sunlight


Monday, May 16

Where the Puck Is Going: Figuring out how to make journalism pay in a an era of media disruption
Monday, May 16
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT) 
Lippmann House, 1 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/where-the-puck-is-going-figuring-out-how-to-make-journalism-pay-in-a-an-era-of-disruption-tickets-25359782793

Host: Stephen Maher, national columnist for Postmedia News in Canada and 2016 Nieman fellow at Harvard.
As the 2016 Nieman fellowship wraps up and we prepare to re-enter the workforce, we are holding a final discussion on the state of the industry. Shorenstein fellows and Knight Science Journalism fellows are also invited. 

Presentation: What’s new in media? — by Joshua Benton
Update on the latest trends in publishing and journalism by the director and founder of Nieman Journalism Lab.
Presentation: Public Radio in Beta: How we reimagined digital audio for the future and built a new platform from scratch —  by Tiffany Campbell
The head of digital at WBUR will discuss her organization’s app strategy, mobile giving/donation model and digital membership plans for 2016.
Presentation: Journalism in the world of platforms and distributed content — by Greg Piechota, 2016 Nieman fellow
The former news editor at at Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza will discuss what the rise of social and mobile platforms mean for news publishers and journalists, based on his research on distributed content strategies, published recently as a report by International News Media Association.
The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, a question and answer session and a digital journalists skills assessment led by Piechota, a workshop he developed part of his research on the future of work in the news media.


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.


Detecting and Attributing Changes in Air Pollution and Temperature Over the Eastern U.S.A. Amidst Climate Variability
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 


Displaced: How International Law Can Protect Migrants, Refugees, and International Security
WHEN  Mon., May 16, 2016, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Jill Goldenziel, Research Fellow, International Security Program
CONTACT INFO	susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/7063/displaced.html


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 


Design, Make, Play: Taking risks and inviting exploration at the New York Hall of Science
Monday, May 16
3 – 4PM
Tufts, Halligan Hall, Room 102, 161 College Avenue, Medford

STEM Lecture with Katie McMillan Culp 
This talk and discussion will describe how and why playful learning experiences in science museums can motivate and deepen interdisciplinary understanding of STEM. The New York Hall of Science serves an extremely diverse population of visitors and is committed to an overarching approach to STEM learning for all that we call Design, Make, Play. I will share examples of exhibit development efforts that illustrate the opportunities and challenges we are encountering as we seek to create playful, interest-driven learning experiences for our audiences. I will also discuss our research interests, which focus on how informal experiences can best support the development of cross-disciplinary practices of inquiry, and the central role of noticing in successful Design, Make, Play exhibits and programs.

Bio: Katie McMillan Culp is the Chief Learning Officer at the New York Hall of Science. She is a developmental psychologist with twenty years experience leading research and development initiatives and applied research studies focused on equitable, high quality teaching and learning for all young people. At the New York Hall of Science, Dr. Culp leads collaborative, multidisciplinary teams to design, develop, implement and study experiences, tools, and media that help highly diverse groups of young people discover their own identities as scientists and engineers. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the Intel Foundation. Dr. Culp is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College (1988) and holds a PhD in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University (1999).

Link	http://sites.tufts.edu/tuftsstemlecture/

Innovation at the Intersection of Art, Design and Biology
Monday, May 16
Le Laboratoire, 650 E Kendall Street, Cambridge 
RSVP https://www.facebook.com/LeLabCambridge/

For the last decade, Pietrusko has been creating immersive installations that grapple with the techniques of Mapping, or how various media translate information and sensation between vastly different spatial and temporal scales. This presentation will highlight several works that grapple with sound, space, data, and the human body.

Tuesday, May 17

Under-connected in America: How Lower-Income Families Respond to Digital Equity Challenges
Tuesday, May 17
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Room 2009, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2016/05/Katz#RSVP
Event will be live webcast at https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2016/05/Katz at 12:00 pm.

While 94% of parents raising school-age children below the U.S. median household income have an Internet connection, more than half are “under-connected,” in that their Internet connection is too slow, has been interrupted in the past year due to non-payment, and/or they share their Internet-connected devices with too many people. Katz will discuss how being under-connected impacts the everyday lives of lower-income parents and children, how parents assess the risks and rewards that connectivity can offer their children, and the implications of under-connectedness for policy development and program reform. She draws from two linked datasets of lower-income parents with school-age (grades K-8) children that she has collected since 2013: in-depth interviews with 336 parents and children in three states, and a telephone survey of 1,191 parents—the first nationally representative survey of this U.S. demographic. 

About Vikki
Vikki Katz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, and Affiliate Graduate Faculty in the Department of Sociology, at Rutgers University. She conducts research on immigrant and low-income families’ efforts to access U.S. social institutions, resources, and opportunities, with a particular interest in how digital equity issues affect these experiences. Her current projects are funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. Her findings have been published in journals including American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Communication, and Social Problems, and she is author of Kids in the Middle: How Children of Immigrants Negotiate Community Interactions for their Families (Rutgers U Press, 2014) and co-author of Understanding Ethnic Media: Producers, Consumers, and Societies (Sage, 2011). She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and serves on the PBS Ready to Learn Advisory Board as a Community Engagement expert. She holds a B.A. from UCLA, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.


Disneyland, measles, and parents’ choice not to vaccinate:  A conversation with CA State Senator Dr. Richard Pan and Dr. Brittany Seymour 
Tuesday, May 17
12:00 pm
Harvard Longwood Medical Campus, Harvard School of Dental Medicine REB Auditorium, 188 Longwood Ave. Boston
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2016/5/SenatorPan#RSVP
Lunch will be served

This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the Pershing Square Fund for Research on the Foundations of Human Behavior, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

The social nature of today’s Internet has led to new public health and policy challenges. People are creating and sharing more information (and misinformation) online than ever before. In 2014, the US experienced the largest measles outbreak in nearly a generation, with many cases linked to unvaccinated Disneyland visitors. Misinformation online about vaccines was recognized as one of the contributing factors to this outbreak. Through the leadership of State Senator and pediatrician Dr. Richard Pan, California passed Senate Bill 277, which eliminated religious and personal belief exemptions to legally required vaccines for California school students. In this session, Dr. Pan will tell the story of his first hand experience managing the deadly 1991 measles outbreak in Philadelphia, which resulted in the death of nine children. He will speak about the spectrum of responses to his new legislation in CA, ranging from recognition as a TIME Hero in Vaccine History to death threats from local citizens. Communication researchers from MIT and Harvard will facilitate conversation as we tackle some of public health’s toughest questions. What role does the Internet play in influencing health and disease? How can public health experts prevent the spread of misinformation, and ensure better protection of our communities through improved health communication and strong evidence-based policies?

About Senator Pan
Dr. Richard Pan is a pediatrician, an HSPH alumni, former UC Davis educator, and California State Senator.  He is Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement and the Senate Select Committee on Children with Special Needs, and he also serves on the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Budget and Fiscal Review, Education, and Health. TIME magazine called Dr. Pan a “hero” when he authored landmark legislation to abolish non-medical exemptions to legally required vaccines for school students, thereby restoring community immunity from preventable contagions.  Dr. Pan also authored one of the most expansive state laws regulating health plans eliminating denials for pre-existing conditions and prohibited discrimination by health status and medical history. He demands transparency and accountability in state health programs; holding hearings on reducing fraud, investigating poor access to dental care, and ensuring children with cancer and other serious conditions have access to pediatric specialty care. Dr. Pan provided leadership in enrolling families for health coverage, resulting in halving the number of uninsured in California, and he sponsored numerous health fairs providing resources including free glasses, dental screenings, and vaccines. Dr. Pan co-founded and served as chair of Healthy Kids Healthy Future, where he helped secure health, dental and vision coverage for over 65,000 children in the Sacramento area. For his leadership in education and community development, Dr. Pan has been recognized with the Campus Compact's Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning and the Physician Humanitarian Award from the Medical Board of California. Dr. Pan supports his wife, who is a dentist, in running her dental practice and continues to practice pediatrics at WellSpace Health in Oak Park, California.

About Brittany
Dr. Brittany Seymour is an Assistant Professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology and the Office of Global and Community Health. She has held Fellowships at the Harvard Global Health Institute, currently at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, and will hold a 2016 Harvard Medical School Academy Fellowship for Medical Education. Her overall research focus is in interdisciplinary approaches for health improvement at the global level through prevention, policy, and health promotion. Her current work focuses on public health information dissemination and public and community education.  Using network science and media modeling, she studies how digital information/misinformation and large online communication networks impact important public health programs such as community water fluoridation and childhood vaccinations.


Constructing Early Childhood Development Centers in Rwanda
Tuesday, May 17
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Price: This meeting is free and open to all

Boston Society of Architects Sustainability Education Committee
While Construction Manager for UNICEF Rwanda, Nathan Gauthier, director, FM Integration and Sustainability at Shawmut Design and Construction, helped deliver 12 early childhood development (ECD) centers and 7 pre-primary schools in rural Rwanda as well as permanent early childhood development facilities at 3 refugee camps and temporary and semi-permanent ECD and child friendly spaces at another camp set up for those fleeing the crisis in Burundi. Nathan will guide attendees through these projects from site identification, design, contractor selection, construction, project acceptance, and the first year of operation. 


Claude Shannon - Boole Shannon Lecture Series with 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


Learning Atomistic Secrets from Nanosolids
Tuesday, May 17
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Prof. Prashant Jain, U. Illinois, Urbana

Physical Chemistry Seminar Series


The Development of Shannon's Information Theory
Tuesday, May 17
MIT, Building 34-401, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Multiple Speakers (IEEE and MIT)
We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Claude Elwood Shannon, one of the most influential figures in MIT's rich history. As part of this centenary, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has designated as an official IEEE Milestone Shannon's development of Information Theory over the period 1939-1967, beginning with his earliest correspondence with Vannevar Bush while a student at MIT and culminating in his final paper on the topic while a faculty member in Electrical Engineering at MIT residing in the Research Laboratory of Electronics. 

IEEE Milestones celebrate the most important historical achievements in electrical and electronics engineering, and are accompanied by a special bronze plaque to be permanently installed at MIT.

IEEE Milestone Dedication and Reception

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): EECS, Physics Department, Mathematics, Department of, Research Lab of Electronics, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), IEEE Foundation, IEEE Boston Section, IEEE Information Theory Society
For more information, contact:  Tricia O'Donnell
shannondedication at gmail.com 


Infrastructure Resiliency in Healthcare Post Super Storm Sandy
Tuesday, May 17
5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Price: This meeting is free and open to all

The BSA Committee on Resilient Environments and Healthcare Facilities Committee welcome you to a presentation by Steve Friedman, PE, director of facilities engineering design and construction for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Mr. Friedman will be presenting on his experience designing for Infrastructure Resiliency in Healthcare, examining his work for MSKCC post Hurricane Sandy.


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


Update: Security of Things May MeetUp: Smart Cities and Environmental Sensing
Tuesday, May 17
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Akamai, 150 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/The-Security-of-Things/events/230689867/
Check in at the lobby desk and someone will meet you and bring you up to the conference room!

Our May, 2016 Security of Things MeetUp will take place on the 17th at 6:00PM, with presentations starting around 6:30PM at 150 Broadway in Cambridge. Akamai Technologies is, once again, our generous hosts. Remember to give them props in person and (when the spirit strikes you) on social media, as well. 

At this month's meeting, we're going to delve into the security of smart city and environmental sensing/monitoring technologies.

One of the biggest applications of IoT technologies is in making our environment more responsive and manageable. Cities like Chicago are on the forefront of this movement with Smart Chicago. That city recently announced that it will start deploying multi-function sensors around the city that collect temperature, light, traffic and other environmental data. Cities like Boston use sensing technologies to detect events like gunshots and improve public safety. But there's a fine line between sensing and surveillance, and the ubiquitous deployment of sensing technologies risks comparisons to Big Brother, even when clear benefits to the public exist. 

We'll be talking about what's going on in the smart city space, what privacy, security and data integrity issues arise around smart city and environmental sensing deployments and what solutions exist that might allow communities to leverage the power of the Internet of Things without undermining civil liberties or public support for their efforts. 

Joining us will be: 
Chris Poulin, IBM X-Force. Chris is Research Strategist for IBM’s X-Force Research & Development team, where he's responsible for researching and analyzing security trends, creating programs to help customers keep pace with emerging threats, and forging the vision for a secure planet. Want to know what IBM's doing vis a vis IoT and security? Chris is your guy. 
Brendan Dowdall, Concrete Sensors. Brendan is the CEO of Concrete Sensors, a local start up with a disruptive, wireless sensing technology that helps contractors monitor the curing of concrete. 

We have at least one other speaker who is tentative - I will update this as soon as I get a firm confirmation from him. 

Please put this on your calendar and plan to attend. As always, we'll have pizza and soda, too. 


Moshe Safdie at BSA Space
Tuesday, May 17
6:30 PM
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/MFA-Boston-Museum-Council-Meet-Ups/events/231076518/

Join Museum Council Steering Committee host JD Carroll for a night of Global Citizenry as we explore the architectural masterpieces of renown architect Moshe Safdie. The Meet-Up will take place on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30pm in the upper level of the BSA Space. Space is limited so reserve spots by RSVPing.  

Moshe Safdei’s works such as the Bishan Residential Development (Sky Habitat) combine social activism and advanced technologies of modernism with profound respect for historic and regional content.  "Moshe has consistently confronted the challenges of urban life with solutions that create livable spaces connecting the public to nature and their community." - Donald Albrecht, exhibition curator


Cambridge Historical Society History Cafe
Tuesday, May 17
6:30 PM - 8:00PM
Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant, 350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-cafe-tickets-24873757077
Cost:  $5 – $10

To facilitate dynamic conversations about the issues facing Cambridge residents today with a historical perspective.

This month, we are talking about intergenerational living in Cambridge
Cambridge has always been home to different generations of residents. How has the idea of home changed as Cantabrigians aged? How does our background and family structure shape our dwellings? Can we grow old in Cambridge? Can our children?

Who is helping us?
Sarah Boyer, Author and Cambridge Oral Historian
 Ellen Kokinda, Assistant Planner, Community Development Department

Where, when, and why?
The Cambridge Historical Society is for everyone in Cambridge, so we are heading out to meet you in the city. Bring your friends to Asgard Irish Pub, grab a drink and a snack, and settle in for some engaging conversation around our 2016 theme, "Are We Home?"

Questions? Email us at rprevite at cambridgehistory.org or call us at 617-547-4252.


Social Impact Entrepreneurship and Your Triple Bottom Line
May 17
6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://boston-enet.org/event-2017624/Registration
Cost:  $10.00

Money and profits, income and shareholder return, drive many, and perhaps most U.S. companies.  As the fictional Gordon Gekko long ago said in the film “Wall Street” – “Greed is good…it’s all about bucks”  Yet, that is not so for all U.S. companies.  Some companies are motivated instead by their social impact.

Boston ENET Website:  http://boston-enet.org


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.

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.


Free Admission Day for Art Museum Day and International Museum Day	Harvard Art Museums
Wednesday, May 18
10 a.m. 
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge


The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter: Reflections on Conflict and Reconciliation with South African Justice Albie Sachs
WHEN  Wed., May 18, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Room K-262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict
SPEAKER(S)  Albie Sachs, Former South African Justice and current Art of Change Fellow at the Ford Foundation
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	Donna Hicks, Chair dhicks at wcfia.harvard.edu


Art Museum Day: The Campus as Museum
Wednesday, May 18
MIT, Building E15, List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

The List Visual Arts Center is pleased to join with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) to celebrate Art Museum Day! For Art Museum Day 2016, the List welcomes visitors to consider the Campus as Museum by exploring the exhibition on view in our galleries and viewing public art across the Institute on guided tours. 

12 to 6 PM: Visit the Galleries 
Take the opportunity to view the exhibition "List Projects: Narrative Color" before it closes on May 22. 
2 to 3 PM: Public Art Tour (registration required) 
4 to 5 PM: Public Art Tour (registration required) 

Take a guided tour of MIT's public art collection to view select installations, sculptures, and paintings across campus, including a special look at the brand-new additions to the Percent-for-Art program by artists Leo Villarreal and Antony Gormley.

Web site: https://listart.mit.edu/events-programs/art-museum-day-campus-museum
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): List Visual Arts Center
For more information, contact:  Mark Linga
listinfo at mit.edu 


The evolutionary history and future of microbial communities
Wednesday, May 18
4 pm
MIT, Building 48-316, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

 Gabriel Leventhal, Cordero Lab, MIT


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


An Esocartography
Wednesday, May 18
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at programs at lelabcambridge.com

Robert Pietrusko, Harvard Graduate School of Design



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

10% of the Time It Works Every time - Recognizing Sloppy Science (or how to read a scientific paper)
Thursday, May 19
BU School of Medicine,   72 East Concord Street, L-112, Boston

C. Glenn Begley, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, TetraLogic Pharmaceutical Corporation 


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.


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


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


10 Breakthrough Technologies with MIT Technology Review
Thursday, May 19 
6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Ragon Institute, 400 Technology Square, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.ragoninstitute.org/
Cost:  $20

Registration & Networking: 6:00 PM
Program: 6:30 PM
Cocktails & Light Refreshments: 7:15 -8:00 PM

Which of today’s emerging technologies have a chance of solving a big problem and opening up new opportunities?

Join us as Jason Pontin, Editor of MIT Technology Review Magazine, walks us through their picks for the ’10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016′ and why everyone should be paying attention to them now.

The Technologies We’ll Cover:
 Immune Engineering – Genetically engineered immune cells are saving the lives of cancer patients. That may be just the start.
Precise Gene Editing in Plants – CRISPR offers an easy, exact way to alter genes to create traits such as disease resistance and drought tolerance.
Conversational Interfaces – Powerful speech technology from China’s leading Internet company makes it much easier to use a smartphone.
Reusable Rockets – Rockets typically are destroyed on their maiden voyage. But now they can make an upright landing and be refueled for another trip, setting the stage for a new era in spaceflight.
Robots That Teach Each Other – What if robots could figure out more things on their own and share that knowledge among themselves?
DNA App Store – An online store for information about your genes will make it cheap and easy to learn more about your health risks and predispositions.
SolarCity’s Gigafactory – A $750 million solar facility in Buffalo will produce a gigawatt of high-efficiency solar panels per year and make the technology far more attractive to homeowners.
Slack – A service built for the era of mobile phones and short text messages is changing the workplace.
Tesla Autopilot – The electric-vehicle maker sent its cars a software update that suddenly made autonomous driving a reality.
Power from the Air – Internet devices powered by Wi-Fi and other telecommunications signals will make small computers and sensors more pervasive.


Government-free Development of Boston Jobs & Economy
Thursday, May 19 
50 Atherton Street, Jamaica Plain

Invitation:  To a videoed introduction about Self-Financed Community Green Jobs Development and then a discussion.
Topics:  Growing green jobs and local prosperity without hard-to-get grants.
Not 'Attract and Retain' but 'Plug the Leaks' in the local economy.
In partnership with local employers - self-financed.
No multinational corporate give-aways - no huge municipal liabilities or revenue losses.
Great political opportunity: No need to first win elections.
Meeting Information: A half-hour author's video and an open discussion, both on Government-free Job and Economy Development.

Host: Brian Cady 617-943-2853
Introduction to book:  Michael Shuman's The Local Economy Solution, for summer-long free study group.


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.


The Phoenix Islands Protected Area: X Marks the Spot 
Thursday, May 19
NE Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=106447&view=Detail

2015 Expedition Team: Randi Rotjan, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Julie Cavin, DVM, Associate Veterinarian and Peter Gawne, Senior Aquarist, New England Aquarium

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area is the largest and deepest World Heritage Site on earth, and it is located in the Central Pacific, where the international dateline meets the equator (X marks the spot). The New England Aquarium has been involved with this special place since 2000, and a 2015 expedition conducted research on climate change and the current El Niño, the impacts of old shipwrecks on coral reefs, and the health of shark populations (among other things). Come hear a subset of expedition members tell their tale of time spent on the high seas, and their adventures (and findings) from one of the most remote reefs on the planet. 

More at http://www.neaq.org/education_and_activities/programs_and_classes/aquarium_lecture_series/index.php


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

Friday, May 20

Dampened land carbon uptake by air pollution in China
Friday, May 20
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Xu Yue, Yale University
Speaker Bio: http://environment.yale.edu/unger-group/people/yue/

Atmospheric Sciences Seminar 

Contact Name:  Lorette Mickley
mickley at fas.harvard.edu

More at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2016-05-20-160000-2016-05-20-170000/atmospheric-sciences-seminar#sthash.tmMcgxv2.dpuf

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. 


Reopening of Glass Flowers Gallery
Saturday, May 21
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Glass Flowers gallery has been closed since November for extensive model and case restoration, space renovation, and the installation of state-of-the-art lighting and display features. The Glass Flowers will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 21, 2016. 

One of the Harvard's most famous treasures is the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, the “Glass Flowers." This unique collection of over 4,000 models, representing more than 830 plant species, was  created by glass artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, a father and son from Dresden, Germany. The commission began with only a few models in 1886 and continued for five decades.

More at http://hmnh.harvard.edu/glass-flowers


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

Precise bioengineering of functional materials and biomimetic environments
Monday, May 23
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wyss Institute, 3 Blackfan Circle, Room 521, Boston

Speaker:  Alvaro Mata, D.Eng., Reader in Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials, Institute of Bioengineering Director, Queen Mary University of London
The talk will present novel self-assembling and printing technologies enabling the fabrication of 2D and 3D bioactive and/or biomimetic materials for potential application in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and in vitro models. Examples of projects that will be presented include a) a bioactive membrane capable of growing hierarchically-ordered hydroxyapatite structures that resemble those found in human dental enamel; b) a dynamic self-assembling peptide-protein system capable of controllably accessing non-equilibrium to grow robust tubes and capillaries with potential application in tissue engineering; and c) a simple 3D molecular printing method to create distinct chemical environments ranging from tens of microns to centimeters in size and depth within different types of hydrogels.

More at http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewevent/530/precise-bioengineering-of-functional-materials-and-biomimetic-environments


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

Are we shifting to a new post-capitalist value regime?
Tuesday, May 24
12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2016/05/Bauwens#RSVP
Event will be live webcast AT https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2016/05/Bauwens at 12:00 pm.

with Michel Bauwens, Founder and Director of the P2P Foundation 
Every 500 years or so, European civilization and now world civilization, has been rocked by fundamental shifts in its value regime, in which the rules of the game for acquiring wealth and livelihoods have dramatically changed. Following Benkler's seminal Wealth of Networks, which first identifies peer production, the P2P Foundation has collated a vast amount of empirical evidence of newly emerging value practices, which exist in a uneasy relationship with the dominant political economy, and of which some authors claim, like Jeremy Rifkin and Paul Mason, that it augurs a fundamental shift. What would be the conditions for this new regime to become autonomous and even dominant, and what are the signs of it happening? As context, we will be using the Tribes, Institutions, Markets, Networks framework of David Ronfeldt, the Relational Grammar of Alan Page Fiske, and the evolution of modes of exchange as described by Kojin Karatini in The Structure of World History. We will argue that there is consistent evidence that the structural crises of the dominant political economy is leading to responses that are prefigurative of a new value regime, of which the seed forms can be clearly discened.
About Michel
Michel Bauwens is the founder and director of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. Bauwens travels extensively giving workshops and lectures on P2P and the Commons as emergent paradigms and the opportunities they present to move towards a post-capitalist world.

In the first semester of 2014, Bauwens was research director of the floksociety.org which produced the first integrated Commons Transition Plan for the government of Ecuador, in order to create policies for a 'social knowledge economy'.

In January 2015 CommonsTransition.org was launched. Commons Transition builds on the work of the FLOK Society and features newly revised and updated, non-region specific versions of these policy documents. Commons Transition aims toward a society of the Commons that would enable a more egalitarian, just, and environmentally stable world.

He is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, who have organised major global conferences on the commons and economics. http://commonsandeconomics.org

His recent book 'Save the world - Towards a Post Capitalist Society with P2P' is based on a series of interviews with Jean Lievens, originally published in Dutch in 2014 it has since been translated and published in French with an English language publication expected in the near future http://www.samkinsley.com/2015/03/31/to-save-the-world-preface-by-bernard-stiegler-for-michel-bauwens-new-book/

In more academic work Michel co-authored with Vasilis Kostakis ‘Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy’ published by Palgrave Pivot in 2014. http://p2pfoundation.net/Network_Society_and_Future_Scenarios_for_a_Collaborative_Economy

He has also writen for Al Jazeera and Open Democracy. He is listed at #82, on the Post Growth Institute (En)Rich list. http://enrichlist.org/the-list/

Michel currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


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


2016 Cleantech Open NE Boston Mentor Mixer
Tuesday, May 24
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
LogMeIn, 333 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-cleantech-open-ne-boston-mentor-mixer-registration-25241812942
Please join Cleantech Open Northeast for our exclusive mentor and semifinalist networking event and cocktail mixer. This will be a great opportunity for mentors and teams to meet each other before the May 31st matching request deadline!
This year’s mentor pool includes some of the area’s most innovative business and technology leaders - corporate executives, serial entrepreneurs, and representatives from law, venture capital, consulting and accounting firms.

Come enjoy refreshments with the Cleantech Open community! RSVP Required.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 25

Mechanisms of Southern Ocean heat uptake and transport
Wednesday, May 25
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Adele Morrison (Princeton)
Sack Lunch Seminars (SLS)

Sack Lunch Seminars (SLS) is a student-run weekly seminar series. Topics include climate, geophysical fluid dynamics, biogeochemistry, paleo-oceanography/climatology and physical oceanography. 

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


What can metabolomics teach us about microbial activity in the ocean?
Wednesday, May 25 

Winn Johnson, Kujawinski Lab, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

More at https://microbialsystems.wordpress.com


A Journey to Home: Understanding the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Wednesday, May 25
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-refugee-road-tickets-24788768875

An interactive event exploring the Syrian refugee crisis Hosted by Oxfam and Microsoft at the Microsoft NERD Center

“The Refugee Road” will be a unique and interactive opportunity for participants to engage with the powerful themes of choice, loss, and uncertainty.

Most individuals in Syria face terrible choices about how to escape the unrelenting violence in their homeland. Yet few of these choices can ensure their safety. Syria’s war—described by the UN as “the worst humanitarian crisis of our time”—has forced more than 11.4 million people to flee their homes. Those who stay are often in danger. Many of those who leave must risk their lives to make dangerous journeys in pursuit of better lives for their families and themselves. 

Humanitarian experts will be present to discuss the crisis, answer your questions, and tell you what you can do to assist the many Syrians trapped on The Refugee Road.

Doors open at 5:30pm. Program begins promptly at 6:00pm. Refreshments served.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required as space is limited. We encourage you to share this event page with friends and colleagues.


Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator Pitch Competition & Awards Night
Wednesday, May 25
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 63 Franklin Street 3rd Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-cleanweb-haccelerator-pitch-competition-awards-night-tickets-24457888202

Please join MassCEC for the Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator Pitch Competition and Awards Night!

Meet the startup teams competing in the Haccelerator and see the future of energy and resource efficiency, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator is an eight-week mini accelerator program that immediately follows the conclusion of the Boston Cleanweb Hackathon. The goal of the Haccelerator is to provide training, resources and mentorship for teams that want to continue working on their projects after the Hackathon. The competition is designed to help the teams grow and hone their ideas into viable businesses, along with connecting them to the larger cleanweb and cleantech ecosystem in the Boston area.

5:30 - 6:00 PM | Registration and Networking 
6:00 - 6:15  PM | Opening Remarks
6:15 -  7:15  PM | Pitches by Haccelerator Teams
7:15  - 7:30  PM | Judges Deliberate
7:30 - 8:00 PM | Winners Announced, Closing Remarks and Networking

Thursday, May 26

2016 NEMPA MIT Technology Conference: The Intersection of Technology and Design
Thursday, May 26
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nempa-presents-the-intersection-of-technology-and-design-tickets-22459074697
Cost:  $0 - $100

In the vehicle development process, the intersection of technology and design hold accountable many factors: safety standards, fuel economy and emissions mandates, infotainment systems, reduced production times, visual appeal, brand distinction, competitive advantage and much more.

The New England Motor Press Association and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are hosting a panel discussion to explore these challenges and trends in technology meeting design.

What will the self driving vehicles of the future look like? What materials will vehicles be made of? Will there always be buttons on the dashboard? What designs appeal to Millennials and Generation Z? What comes first technology or design? How are OEMs using design to solve challenges they face?


Through the Virtual Reality Looking Glass in Partnership with Venture Cafe
Thursday, May 26
6:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge

The evening’s programming aims to support organizations working in the Virtual Reality world or utilizing VR in its operations. Virtual Reality night will offer a forum for companies to share the the reality of using VR in various business applications as well as for participants to learn about the future of VR entertainment. The evening will also include plenty of opportunities to network with industry companies and to test out many companies' demos.

Free drinks, no fee, and no RSVP limit. We expect around 600 or so interesting people.  

Desolus by Mark Mayers (http://www.desolus.com/)
Lost Loot by Michael Schenck (https://michaelschenck.itch.io/lost-loot)
Skreens by Benjamin Callivari (http://skreens.com/)
BIMocracy by Paul Umbro
Specterras by Luke Farrer
Wayfair Patio Design by Mike Festa
VicoVR by Dimtry Morozov
Meta.versatile by Jonathan Linowes
VR Witness by Terrassa Ulm and the Becker College group.
Polyspace Party by Charity Everett

MENTOR HOURS 3:00-5:00pm & 6:00 – 8:00
Experts in venture funding and technology will be available to advise entrepreneurs and startups in VR, AR, and related technologies. Visit them in the Venture Cafe and Acapulco rooms

PANEL ON VR FOR ENTERTAINMENT 5:30 – 6:30, Havanna Room
Moderator:   Will Brierly (moderator) – VR Game Designer at Snowrunner Productions
Eric Malafeew - Previous CTO of Harmonix and current co-founder of VirZoom
Jack Dalrymple - Albino Lullaby
Dawn Rivers Harmonix (also was on Forbes 30 under 30 list)
Elliott Mitchell - Vermont Digital Arts (Worked on The Leviathan Project)

with Chris Allen of Red 5 Pro and Pete MacDonald of Silicon Valley Bank.

Moderator:  Neil Gupta – Member of Venture Backed Commercial Engagement (VBCE) Team at Draper Laboratory
Frank Valdes, Associate Principal, DiMella Shaffer Architects
Mike Festa, Director of Wayfair Next
Angeline Focht, Designer @ Shepley Bulfinch
Zack Markell, Special Assistant to the CMO at Boston Red Sox

More at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Virtual-Reality/events/230138826/


From Space to Earth: Past, Present and Future of Food
Thursday, May 26
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM 
MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Room 32-155, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-space-to-earth-past-present-and-future-of-food-tickets-25277743411

Houston, we have a problem
Nowadays, due to too many work commitments and busy lifestyles, people do not have much time to dedicate to food preparation. This ends up with improper nutrition and a lack of important micronutrients.
Astronauts and nutrition
Thanks to studies and research conducted for the development and production of the Bonus Food for European Astronauts, Argotec Space Food Lab was able to identify interactions between nutrition and the human body and to develop a balanced diet and a safe packaging technology for astronauts in space. Being able to provide the right food and nutrients is fundamental to guarantee a healthy and disease-free life for astronauts in zero-gravity.
Tradition, technology and innovation
Our forefathers’ nutrition was simpler than ours, but richer in micronutrients, because food respected seasonality and was less processed. Today the challenge is to rediscover tradition and renew it through technology, in order to produce innovative food able to provide all the necessary micronutrients.

Stefano Polato - Chef, Food Consultant, Space Food Lab Responsible – Argotec
Michael Brenner - Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

An event organized by PIB - Professional Italians in Boston and MITItaly

Tuesday, May 31

Preparing Health Systems for an Aging Global Population Symposium
WHEN  Tue., May 31, 2016, 1 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, WCC 2019 Milstein West A, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Global Health Institute
SPEAKER(S)	Lisa F. Berkman, director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Len Fishman, director, Gerontology Institute, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston
David C. Grabowski, professor of health policy, Harvard Medical School
Ashish K. Jha, faculty director, Harvard Global Health Institute
Vincent Mor, Florence Pirce Grant University Professor and professor of health services, policy and practice, Brown University School of Public Health
Susan Reinhard, senior vice president and director, AARP Public Policy Institute; chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America
Kenji Shibuya, professor and chair, Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
TICKET WEB LINK  https://fs6.formsite.com/harvardhigh/form132/index.html
TICKET INFO  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  abby_campbell at harvard.edu
DETAILS  The symposium is devoted to an examination of aging and health systems, including changing demographics and policy implications, and models for care design and health care delivery for the aging world.
LINK  http://globalhealth.harvard.edu/event/preparing-health-systems-aging-global-population-symposium?delta=0


Earth Night 2016
Tuesday, May 31
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Boston College Club,100 Federal Street 36th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-night-2016-tickets-22583691429
Cost:  $35 – $100

Join us to celebrate 20 years of Earth Night! Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and spectacular views of Boston from high above the city at our biggest bash of the year. Bringing friends, allies and the environmental community together, Earth Night will feature music, merriment and ways to make a difference for the Massachusetts environment. Tickets start at $35 and sponsorships at $500. Tickets available at the door as long as you have a photo ID!


[GEIG] Energy Technology and Policy Discussion Event: Energy and Big-Data
Tuesday, May 31
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Room 32-123, Cambridge

The information technology is changing the energy sector dramatically, both in the new and renewable energy sector (such as wind, solar, storage etc.) and the traditional energy sector (such as utility, oil and gas). Data sciences are not only helping solve the many challenges that energy technologies such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and demand response are facing, but also penetrating into the traditional energy operations and optimizations. This event is designed to address the following questions:
How do we characterize big data in the energy sector?
How does it differ from big data in other industries?
How is big data and information technology transforming the energy sector (upstream, mid-stream, downstream)?
What are the new opportunities for entrepreneurs in the energy sector?

1. Dr. Richard Tabors (Co-Director of the Utility of the Future Project at the MIT Energy Initiative, CTO of NewGrid) 
2. Richard Ward (Sr. Expert, McKinsey & Co.)
3. Ms. Mengrong Cheng (CEO, China State Grid North America)
4. Mr. Tilak Subrahmanian (VP of Energy Efficiency, Eversource)
Moderator: Mr. Joshua Paradise (GE Current / former EnerNoc)


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


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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