[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - June 4, 2017

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Monday, June 5, 9:00 AM - Friday, June 9, 5:00 PM (EDT)

2017 Investigative Reporting Certificate Workshop

Monday, June 5

12pm  Quantifying Emissions of Carbon Dioxide and Methane in Eastern and Central Africa Through High Frequency Measurements and Inverse Modeling
2pm  Microbial distributions and survival in the troposphere and stratosphere

Tuesday, June 6

8am  Boston TechBreakfast: Palatine Analytics, JustHuynh Inc., Kinetica, ErgoSensePro
11am  Finance For The MA SMART Program
2pm  World Efficiency Solutions
5:30pm  Documentary film screening "Journey to the Flames: 14 years of Burning Man”
5:30pm  Energy Efficiency and CleanTech TECHMEETING powered by the OIC
6pm  Earth Night
6pm  Clearing the Air: Carbon & Health
6:30pm  Tea Party 2009 vs #RESIST 2017 / Mass. Races 2018 - GBTP Boston

Wednesday, June 7 – Friday, June 9

Local Sustainable Economies Conference

Wednesday, June 7

8:30am  How Biometrics Can Help Us ‘See’ How Buildings Impact Us
8:30am  Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds: Advancing Children’s Health In & Out of School
9:30am  BU Bioinformatics:  Student-Organized Symposium
10am  Characterizing Heat Fluxes into the Stratosphere
12pm  Adam Kahane’s Book Launch! "Collaborating with the Enemy”
5:30pm  Building Tour: Fort Hill E+ Homes Project
6pm  Near-Death Experience: How Psychiatry Leveraged a Folk Phenomenon into Therapeutic Insight
6:30pm  The Science of Cooking: Ice Cream & Aioli
6:30pm  Charles Sumner and Boston’s Revolutionary Tradition

Thursday, June 8

5:30pm  "It's Alive!" Frankenstein's Lessons for Scientists and Creators
5:30pm  ADVOCACY ROUNDTABLES Discuss Green Buildings Locally and Statewide

Friday, June 9 - Saturday, June 10

People's Food System Summit with Equal Exchange:  Let's Take Back Our Food System!

Friday, June 9

12pm  Progress Report from GHGSat-D: GHG Plume Imaging and Quantification Using a Fabry-Perot Imaging Spectrometer
1pm  Pro Tour of New England's Largest Passive House
2:30pm  Losing and Finding a Home: Policy, Psychological, and Human Services Aspects of Migrants and Refugees
5:30pm  Are We Serious This Time? Shadows Fall Away: Racial Healing in New England
7pm  American Eclipse:  A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

Saturday, June 10

10am  Native Plant Series: Natives for Pollinators
10am  DayCon 2017: Planet Earth
7pm  Playing For The Planet: World Music Against Climate Change

Sunday, June 11

9am  Building Resilience For Sea Level Rise and Extreme Precipitation: Preparing for Boston’s Uncertain Future

Monday, June 12

1pm  xTalk: Making Meaningful Media: The Impact of MIT+K12 Videos

Tuesday, June 13

Carbon Pricing Lobbying Day
10am  Hearing by Joint Committee on Revenue on the Bill from Mass Assc of Housing Co-ops: Our Renters Tax Deduction Bill (H.3334/S.1520) 
6pm  GE Robotics: Bridging the Digital Industrial Gap
6pm  Boston New Technology June 2017 Startup Showcase #BNT78
7pm  Rwanda Women Rising
7pm  Next Generation Boston: Transforming Cities with Technology:  A Talk with Boston Chief of Staff Daniel Koh


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

The Trmp Conspiracies:  A Few Political Fantasies

I Go By Sea, I Go By Land


Monday, June 5, 9:00 AM - Friday, June 9, 5:00 PM (EDT)

2017 Investigative Reporting Certificate Workshop
Monday, June 5, 9:00 AM - Friday, June 9, 5:00 PM (EDT)
New England Center for Investigative Reporting, 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-investigative-reporting-certificate-workshop-tickets-26181966968
Cost:  $25.00

NECIR’s Investigative Journalism Certificate Program is aimed at recent graduates and working journalists who are interested in pursuing a career in investigative journalism, or utilizing the skills obtained for a variety of different career fields. This week-long workshop is taught by an experienced faculty of Boston University journalism professors and award-winning reporters. 

Participants will spend a week at The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University’s College of Communication, learning valuable investigative reporting skills. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a certificate from NECIR and Boston University.

Monday, June 5

Quantifying Emissions of Carbon Dioxide and Methane in Eastern and Central Africa Through High Frequency Measurements and Inverse Modeling
Monday, June 5
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Jimmy Gasore, MIT

MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar: Jimmy Gasore (MIT)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Martin Wolf
mjwolf at mit.edu 


Microbial distributions and survival in the troposphere and stratosphere
Monday, June 5
MIT, Building 54-517 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Noelle C. Bryan (LSU)
Understanding the vertical distribution and nature of bioaerosols is critical for gaining insight to their possible contributions to atmospheric processes and global dissemination. Although a handful of reports have recovered viable isolates from the stratosphere, an environment analogous to the surface of Mars, there are no quantitative data available concerning bioaerosols above 10 km. In this study, the total concentrations of bioaerosols up to 38 km was determined using a balloon-born sampling payload that collected bioaerosols by impaction onto silicon coated rods. At every altitude sampled above 21 km, bioaerosols were present at a concentration of ~105 cells m-3. In addition, we analyzed tropospheric and stratospheric isolates for their ability to withstand the desiccating and UVC enriched environments encountered at high altitudes. Based on the survival data, we propose that UVC is the limiting factor for high altitude survival and propose the ozone layer to be the upper boundary of the biosphere. Our results have important implications for the aerial dispersal of microorganisms, as well as astrobiological studies for potential microbial survival on Mars. 

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Christopher Carr
chrisc at mit.edu 

Editorial Comment:  Biological life in the upper atmosphere will become a growing concern as we begin our solar geoengineering experiments.  May David Keith be paying attention.

Tuesday, June 6

Boston TechBreakfast: Palatine Analytics, JustHuynh Inc., Kinetica, ErgoSensePro
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
8:00 AM
Red Thread, 101 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
RSP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-TechBreakfast/events/236589526/

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations. 
And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them :) 

Agenda for Boston TechBreakfast: 
8:00 - 8:15 - Get yer Food & Coffee and chit-chat 
8:15 - 8:20 - Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements 
8:20 - ~9:30 - Showcases and Shout-Outs! 

~9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words  Boston TechBreakfast Sponsors: 
ConferenceEdge - EVENTS to the power of Edge
DLA Piper (Boston) - DLA Piper is a global business law firm that provides corporate, IP, capital raising and other legal advice to technology startups and high growth businesses.
hedgehog lab - hedgehog lab is a technology consultancy that designs and builds great apps for mobile


Finance For The MA SMART Program
Tuesday, June 6
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
RSVP at http://www.commercialsolarfinance.com/smart-webinar.html

info at intelligen.energy
Develop SMART projects that financiers want to finance
Learn how to use Intelligen's SMART Rate Sheet to develop projects for partner financiers
Get access to the documents that will make your SMART project easy to finance
Start building your pipeline for 2018 
Ask questions of Prairie Gold - A SMART finance partner offering pre-NTP development tools and rates to Intelligen verified contractors.


World Efficiency Solutions
Tuesday, June 6
2 - 4pm
Prime, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/billets-world-efficiency-starts-in-boston-34360030777

Please join us for a Working Session with international delegates in preparation of World Efficiency Solutions.

The purpose is for everyone to share their projects and solutions, which deserve to be included in the World Efficiency Low-Carbon and Resource-Efficient Marketplace.

#WEteam will be at this working session in order to help prepare and maximize your involvement in the event, as well as gather your feedback and insights on what is the most relevant for you.

With more than 20,000 participants, World Efficiency Solutions will be the premier global market place for governments, businesses, financiers and civil society stakeholders committed to accelerating the deployment of low-carbon and resource-efficient solutions.

World Efficiency Solutions is a Five-dimensional International Event from 12th to 14th December in Paris that will include:
SUMMIT – an international conference in partnership with World Climate Ltd, giving the stage to world leaders, experts and top speakers
VIPs – a dedicated platform to connect with relevant stakeholders, and to book meetings with registered participants and our VIPs.
SHOWCASE – a promotion package designed to help eco-innovative companies bring their solutions to the market
EXPO – 500 exhibitors presenting innovative and pioneering solutions
TRAINING – certified training programs designed to enhance personal skills

For any questions, please contact: prime at innovation-prime.com


Documentary film screening "Journey to the Flames: 14 years of Burning Man”
Tuesday, June 6
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/documentary-film-screening-journey-to-the-flames-14-years-of-burning-man-tickets-34524131607

Come see the documentary film with 14 years of Burning Man footage which has been screened in NY, SF, LA, DC, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Pheonix, Houston, El Paso, etc. The director will be in town for a Q&A right after. The film will roll at 6:00pm SHARP - there is an event after us so we do have a hard out, but we can keep hanging out in the bar after.

Please note the space is semi-public, so though we will have a few DVDs on hand for sale, and will provide a discount code for the Vimeo to all attendees too. Please feel free to bring your own food as the bar isn't serving food that night either. This is event is FREE and first-come first-serve seating http://www.aeronautbrewing.com/events/


Energy Efficiency and CleanTech TECHMEETING powered by the OIC
Tuesday, June 6
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/French-US-Meetup/events/237254036/

CleanTech, Smart Energy, Smart Building, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency

During this TechMeeting we will hear from leading research labs, innovative startups and large corporations on the future of Energy Efficiency and CleanTech.  

05:30 pm Registration  
06:00 pm Introduction -  Open Innovation Club
06:10 pm Panel on the Future of Energy Efficiency and CleanTech
Moderator:  David Miller, Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
Massimiliano Pieri, VP for Cooperation with MIT, ENI
Stéphanie Gay, Director, World Efficiency Solutions & Pollutec
Ben Sampson, Director, Energy Ventures, GE Ventures
06:40 pm 6+ Startups Pitches (3 min pitch and 1 min Q&A
WattJoule, enVerid, and more.
07:30 pm Networking cocktail  


Earth Night
Tuesday, June 6
6:00PM TO 8:30PM
The New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) hosts a cocktail party for a healthy environment and clean energy future. 

Contact Name: info at environmentalleague.org

More information at https://www.environmentalleague.org/


Clearing the Air: Carbon & Health
Tuesday, June 6 
6:00PM TO 8:30PM
The Venture Cafe, Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
Cost:  $8 - $12
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clearing-the-air-carbon-health-tickets-34216622840

The key to convincing the public and politicians that we need to move forward more rapidly with climate solutions may in fact not come from climate concerns and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at all.

The most compelling arguments may arise from what are referred to as the "co-benefits" of reducing fossil fuel emissions. These include reduced heart and lung diseases, lower asthma rates, fewer missed work and school days and fewer premature fatalities - all of which disproportionately harm vulnerable communities. The harms to us and to our families are in the here and now and thus for most people, demand more immediate attention.

On June 6th, we'll explore the connections between health, climate change and fossil fuel burning and provide you with more tools to speak to the public, your employers, customers, friends, families... and especially to your elected officials.

Guest Speakers
Jonathan Buonocore, Sc.D. of the Harvard Center for Health & the Global Environment at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Jonathan’s research topics range from improving understanding of health and environmental risks pipelines, underground gas storage, and other midstream oil and gas infrastructure, to understanding health “co-benefits” of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan and different energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, to helping to understand the health implications of fires in Indonesia. Jonathan received his doctoral degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Environmental Science and Risk Management in November 2013.

In April of this year, Jonathan completed a study on the health co-benefits of carbon pricing in Massachusetts, which quantifies health savings of nearly $3 billion over the course of a bill now before the State Senate. Jonathan has also just won a grant to explore the use of drones to assess air quality near fossil infrastructure sites like pipelines, compressor stations, refineries, etc.

Dr. Brita Lundberg, Mass. Medical Society, Environmental and Occupational Health Commission & Green Newton
Brita is an infectious disease specialist and patient advocate who is actively working to apply health and toxicology research to transparently assess the risks associated with fossil fuel infrastructure. She is currently engaged in an effort to advocate for Comprehensive Health Impact Assessments - not solely an Environmental Impact Assessment – for the siting and expansion of natural gas infrastructure, particularly when it is situated close to densely populated communities such as West Roxbury and Weymouth.

Contact Name:   Eric Grunebaum
eric.grunebaum at gmail.com


Tea Party 2009 vs #RESIST 2017 / Mass. Races 2018 - GBTP Boston
Tuesday, June 6
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant, 903 Boylston Street, Boston

In 2009 the Tea Party was born. In 2017, the "Trump Resistance" came into being.

Tea Party: Grassroots activists with thousands of local leaders. Millions became politically active and had huge influences in the election of Scott Brown and the US House and Senate races in 2010.

Trump Resistance: Generated primarily top down with a centralized command and control. Heavily funded by a number outside influences, and as shown by the documentary America Under Siege: Civil War 2017 - these are the people the Russians were behind!

PLUS - the same way the Democrat Party had the Ku Klux Klan, the modern #Resist movement has AntiFa ("Anti-Facists"). Definitely MIS-named, since they are the anti-free speech and violent arm of the current #Resist movement.

PLUS - We will be discussing the most meaningful races in Massachusetts in 2018. All the Massachusetts Constitutional officers are up for re-election (Governor, AG, SoS, etc). And Elizabeth Warren is up for re-election, and faces a number of Republican opponents.

Editorial Comment:  Not sure about this.  The Meetup group page for the Greater Boston Tea Party changed from a discussion of climate change to upcoming MA elections, both events I’ve seen posted there before.  Not sure what they are doing so can’t guarantee what you see here is what you’ll get.

Wednesday, June 7 – Friday, June 9

Local Sustainable Economies Conference
Wednesday, June 7,10:00 AM – Friday, June 9, 10:00 PM EDT
Northeastern, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-sustainable-economies-conference-tickets-29061421494
Cost:  $50 – $350

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is excited to present the Local Sustainable Economies Conference at Northeastern University in Boston, MA from June 7 until June 9, 2017
*3 Day ticket includes three pre-conference workshops on Wednesday morning and afternoon*
**Sustainable Business Network & Local First Members - Contact josh at sbnmass to redeem your 20% discount**

The conference will have 3 LEVELS OF IMPACT for advocates and entrepreneurs committed to building a local, green and fair economy: 

ENERGIZE YOUR ENTERPRISE: A powerful line-up of luminaries in the local sustainable economies movement will share stories of what works and what they’ve learned along the way, highlighting real, attainable solutions to issues facing our businesses and non-profits, our communities and our planet.

CULTIVATE CONNECTIONS: Through targeted conversations and peer coaching, participants will learn fro

MOBILIZE THE MOVEMENT: Together, we will explore the shifting role of local business in the larger economic, social and environmental context, identifying what’s coming up next, what’s needed and what we are called to do, both individually and collectively.

The conference will focus on 8 VITAL PRACTICES of a sustainable local enterprise, listed below. Our intention is to use our time together at the conference to advance the wisdom, strategies, and practical actions related to each of these practices. This way, not only will you benefit; so will our communities and our movement.
1. GET CASH: Attracting financial capital that’s aligned with the values and needs of your enterprise and your community. 
2. LOCAL FIRST: Cultivating local partner, supplier and customer relationships to catalyze the Local First movement. 
3. BE FAIR: Crafting equitable and effective information-sharing, decision-making and ownership structures. 
4. GO GREEN(ER): Reducing the negative effects and maximizing the positive impact of your operations. 
5. CREATE MAGIC: Igniting your enterprise and invigorating the new economy.
6. EAT LOCAL: Transforming our local food systems.
7. STORM CITY HALL: Shaping local laws and policies to support local business and community.

Wednesday, June 7

How Biometrics Can Help Us ‘See’ How Buildings Impact Us
Wednesday, June 7
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
USGBC MA, 50 Milk Street, 16th Floor, Edison Room, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-biometrics-can-help-us-see-how-buildings-impact-us-tickets-34087635034
Cost:  $30 - $100

This lecture reviews some of the biometric tools, frequently used in ad and web design today, that also can help us better understand our architectural experience. These including eye tracking which follows unconscious and conscious eye movements, and facial expression software that can instantly record our continuously shifting emotional states as we take in our surroundings.


Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds: Advancing Children’s Health In & Out of School
WHEN  Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Conferences, Education
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Dining Services
Let's Talk About Food
Massachusetts Health Council
SPEAKER(S)  Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University
Betti Wiggins, CPM, SNS, Executive Director of Food Services, Detroit Public Schools
and more
COST  $50
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.mahealthcouncil.org/mpage/HealthyFoodFuels
TICKET INFO  http://www.mahealthcouncil.org/mpage/HealthyFoodFuels
CONTACT INFO	Crista Martin
crista_martin at harvard.edu
DETAILS	  Countless children face a lifetime of health-related issues based on access to nutritious food. Our schools are on the front line of driving that access, and on educating children in the cafeteria and beyond about healthy choices. This third annual conference brings together all the essential stakeholders for a spirited discussion of common concerns and action steps that can mobilize all of us equally. Speakers and attendees include school food professionals, parents, policy and wellness advocates, and officials and academicians in the fields of law, nutrition, public health and education. “Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds" is presented with the objective of enabling participants to make our kids’ nutrition the best in the nation by creating an environment both in and out of school where great nutrition is fostered and valued and healthy choices, including healthy beverages and clean, drinkable water, are always the easiest ones.
LINK  http://www.mahealthcouncil.org/mpage/HealthyFoodFuels


BU Bioinformatics:  Student-Organized Symposium
Wednesday, June 7
9:30AM to 5:30PM
BU, Life Science and Engineering Building, Room B01, 24 Cummington Mall, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/bioinformatics/2017-student-organized-symposium/


Characterizing Heat Fluxes into the Stratosphere
Wednesday, June 7
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Andy Miller, MIT

MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Martin Wolf
mjwolf at mit.edu 


Adam Kahane’s Book Launch! "Collaborating with the Enemy”
Wednesday, June 7
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
CIC BOSTON -Lighthouse East, 50 Milk Street, 20th floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adam-kahanes-book-launch-collaborating-with-the-enemy-tickets-33913710822

Berrett-Koehler and Reos Partners are pleased to announce the just published new book by Adam Kahane, Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust.

Join Adam Kahane for a book talk and signing with a special guest introduction by Peter Senge, author of "The Fifth Discipline."


Building Tour: Fort Hill E+ Homes Project
Wednesday, June 7
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
152-160 Highland Street, Roxbury
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-tour-fort-hill-e-homes-project-tickets-31230702873
Cost:  $15 – $35

Sage Builders LLC’s Fort Hill E+ Homes Project consists of two energy-efficient duplex homes designed to look like a traditional Georgian Colonial and its companion carriage house. The featured homes are part of Boston’s E+ Green Building Program, which is promoting regenerative multi-unit residential buildings. The buildings are expecting to become LEED Platinum and Energy Start Tier 3. The PV array is a 31kW system with 98 panels - extraordinary for a small residential development!
Located in the sought-after Fort Hill neighborhood of Roxbury, the project includes four condos – three at market rate and one income limited by BPDA guidelines – that have been built as highly sustainable, ultra-energy efficient, urban infill homes with both human and environmental health in mind.

Come see what it's all about!

Networking happens during the tour and after the tour as most groups converge for a quick bite or drink after the conclusion of the 90 min tour. 
If you have a building that you would like to suggest for a tour, please email this event through the contact link. We look forward to hearing more about how your site would be an interesting project for our community.


Near-Death Experience: How Psychiatry Leveraged a Folk Phenomenon into Therapeutic Insight
Wednesday, June 7
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge

swissnex Boston and Jelena Martinovic (UNIL-CHUV Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of the History of Science, Harvard University) cordially invite you to a lecture on the fascinating history of Near-Death Experience, based on her forthcoming book “Mort Imminente – Genèse d’un phénomène scientifique & culturel”, to be released on June 12, 2017.
Discover and discuss how biomedicine relates to spirituality, and alpinism to psychology. The lecture will be followed by a discussion and will close with a reception.
6:00pm Doors opening
6:30pm Lecture by Jelena Martinovic
7:15pm Discussion
7:30pm Reception

Sensations of well-being, out-of-body experiences, traveling through a dark tunnel, or an “Empyrean ascent”: representations related to near-death experiences have profoundly influenced collective conceptions of how we imagine the very last moments of existence. They suggest no more or less the possibility of an afterlife. Though recorded since Antiquity and observed in many different cultures across the world, studies on near-death experience have only recently been progressively integrated into Western medicine and psychology.

Following the work of the American psychiatrist Russell Noyes, Mort Imminente (Near-death) reveals the origin of this integration, tracking its emergence from the 1950s in the medical field in the United States.

A contemporary of palliative care, psychedelic therapy, thanatology and medical humanities, near-death experience studies have contributed dramatically to the development of the art of dying in the United States. Most of all, they suggested that a potentially traumatic near-death experience bears a powerful element for personal transformation.

The account of Albert Heim, an influential Swiss geologist and contemporary of painter Ferdinand Hodler, inspired Noyes to pursue this work. Heim published an essay in 1892, in which he describes his fall from the Säntis summit, focusing on the absence of fear and pain, sensations of well-being, and the seeming ability to travel back in time. Indeed the notoriety of this essay in the US in the 1970s and its reinterpretation by American NDE researchers caught Martinovic’s attention.
A panorama of a specific field of study and an epoch, Jelena Martinovic’s book unfolds a passionate historical inquiry, which puts its readers into the core activity and transformation of scientific research. 

About Jelena
Jelena Martinovic is UNIL-CHUV visiting postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, Department of the History of Science. An associate member of the Institute of the History of Medicine and Public Health Lausanne, Jelena has previously held a position as Swiss National Science Foundation senior researcher and has taught at University of Lausanne, Geneva School of Art and Design, and the University of Art and Design Linz. She received her Ph.D. in the history of medicine at University of Lausanne and holds an MA both in sociology and visual arts. She has recently published Bold Climbers, an art book dealing with mountaineering and aesthetics, and has collaborated in a team researching on “mind control” in art & design. Mort Imminente is her first monograph, published by MetisPresses, Geneva.


The Science of Cooking: Ice Cream & Aioli
WHEN  Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  The Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Science
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Have you ever wondered what goes into the food you eat or what gives your favorite sauce its taste and texture? Join the Harvard Ed Portal and HarvardX for an evening exploring the physical and chemical processes that make ice cream and aioli possible! Participants will make their own food to enjoy as they learn the science behind it. Free and open to the public, however registration is highly recommended.
LINK  https://edportal.harvard.edu/event/science-cooking-ice-cream-aioli


Charles Sumner and Boston’s Revolutionary Tradition
Wednesday, June 7
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/charles-sumner-and-bostons-revolutionary-tradition-tickets-31646478469

Speaker: John Stauffer
Co-sponsored by the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters
Charles Sumner is one of the most important but underappreciated figures of the nineteenth century. One of America’s greatest senators, he was instrumental in ending slavery and attacking segregation. His civil rights bill became the blueprint for the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Born and raised in Boston’s black community in Beacon Hill, he became a close friend of many of the city’s black and white intellectual families. Professor Stauffer’s talk will focus on Sumner’s friendships with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cooper Nell, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and it will highlight the inspiration he received from them and from the city’s revolutionary legacy, including the Adams family and Paul Revere. 
John Stauffer is Professor of English and African American Studies and former chair of American Studies at Harvard University. He is the author or editor of 20 books and over 100 articles focusing on antislavery and/or photography. GIANTS: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln was a national bestseller. The Black Hearts of Men was the co-winner of the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, and Picturing Frederick Douglass was a Lincoln Prize finalist. His essays and reviews have appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and in scholarly journals and books. John has been featured on national radio and television, including “The Diane Rehm Show,” “C-SPAN,” and “Book TV.” He has also served as a consultant for several films, including Free State of Jones, The Abolitionists, and Django Unchained. 

Old North Foundation Speaker Series


Wednesday, 7 June
6:30 – 9 pm EDT
Hatch Fenway, 401 Park Drive, Boston
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/the-future-of-boston-a-millennial-mixer/boston/37321

Future of Boston is a quarterly event designed to celebrate and connect millennials working across a number of industries over drinks, games, and (often throwback) music. 

Don't miss our fourth Future of Boston Millennial Mixer at Hatch Fenway. Join us as we network, learn about Boston's start up and entrepreneurial community and get inspired. Drinks and snacks are on us!
Why it Matters?
Meet awesome new people who live and/or work in Boston.
Find out ways to get more connected in the community.
Enjoy fun games and activations with Boston startups + organizations. 
Learn about professional development opportunities.
Don't miss your chance to meet the young makers and doers of Boston!
By signing up for this event, you're giving our sponsors permission to contact you about upcoming events and promotions.

Thursday, June 8

"It's Alive!" Frankenstein's Lessons for Scientists and Creators
Thursday, June 8
Le Laboratoire, 650 E. Kendall Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ed Finn, Charlotte Gordon, Donald Ingber, and Steve Gullans
Two hundred years after its creation, Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" is still alive and well, continuing to shape how we imagine science and its moral consequences. 

Presented in conjunction with a new critical edition just published by the MIT Press, "Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds," this event features one of the book's editors, Ed Finn, in conversation with the founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Donald Ingber, and literary biographer Charlotte Gordon. The conversation will be moderated by Steve Gullans, the managing director of Excel Venture Management and coauthor (with Juan Enriquez) of the bestselling "Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Shaping Life on Earth."

Web site: https://bostonbookfest.org/year-round-events/frankenstein/
Open to: the general public
Cost: $25.00
Tickets: https://bostonbookfest.org/year-round-events/frankenstein/
Sponsor(s): The MIT Press Bookstore, Boston Book Festival
For more information, contact:  The MIT Press Bookstore
books at mit.edu 


ADVOCACY ROUNDTABLES Discuss Green Buildings Locally and Statewide
Thursday, June 8
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
50 Milk Street, 18th Floor " Hemingway" Room, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advocacy-roundtable-tickets-31101553584


Thursday, June 8
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hatch Fenway, 401 Park Drive, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/TechinmotionBoston/events/238953766/

Boston has quickly risen to the top as a hub for tech professionals. Everyday there is news of new funding, tech hires, companies on the road to IPO and more. Tech in Motion wants to celebrate the success of this tech market… especially pending our 10,000 member milestone!

Attendees will enjoy several demos from some of Boston’s hottest tech companies, a “State of Innovation” from a prominent member of the community, as well as raffles, networking and more!

Join us at Hatch Fenway on June 8th for a night with all those that make the tech scene what it is!

Demo Companies (More to be announced soon!):

Audible, Inc. is a digital media company that provides daily spoken word entertainment service to millions of listeners around the world. Audible offers the world’s largest catalogue of audiobooks and is quickly becoming the premier destination for news, comedy, original shows, and more. Join us in helping to bring inspiration and entertainment to our growing base of global listeners.

Cogito enhances the emotional intelligence of phone professionals through behavioral change software. By applying validated behavioral science through artificial intelligence and machine learning, Cogito’s in-call guidance helps the world’s most successful enterprises improve sales results, deliver amazing customer experiences and enhance quality of care. Backed by OpenView, Romulus Capital and Salesforce Ventures, Cogito is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Freebird is a simple mobile solution that empowers travelers to skip the line and instantly book a new ticket after a flight cancellation, significant delay, or missed connection on any airline, for free, with only three taps on their phone. Flight disruptions increase the cost of air travel by 5-10% for corporations, decrease service quality and efficiency for travel agencies, and are stressful, unproductive, and frustrating for travelers. Freebird helps corporations, travel agencies, and travelers save time and money, while streamlining operations, maintaining duty of care, and improving traveler experience.

iRobot designs and builds robots that empower people to do more. As the market leader, its consumer products help people find smarter ways to clean and accomplish more in their daily lives. The award-winning Roomba Vacuuming Robot is leading the charge. Roomba made practical robots a reality for the first time in 2002 and showed the world that robots are here to stay. iRobot’s acclaimed line of consumer robots also includes the Braava family of Mopping Robots, including the new Braava jet, the Mirra Pool Cleaning Robot and the Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot. Its portfolio of solutions features proprietary technologies for the connected home and advanced concepts in navigation, mapping and cloud robotics.

Website:  https://www.meetup.com/TechinmotionBoston/events/238953766/
Website:   http://www.hatchfenway.com/


Thursday, June 8 
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Venture Cafe at Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge

Join us for a discussion with Clare Connolly of Net Impact Boston.

The Sustainability Collaborative was spurred as an outgrowth of the Sustainability unConference and aims to provide an ongoing platform for collaboration, connections, and solutions generation. Rotating sustainability advocates are given the chance to facilitate group discussion around central sustainability themes ranging from hunger alleviation to impact investing. The goal is to raise awareness within the innovation community while strengthening the social impact ecosystem.

Friday, June 9 - Saturday, June 10

People's Food System Summit with Equal Exchange:  Let's Take Back Our Food System!
June 9 & June10
Stonehill College

This summer Equal Exchange is hosting our first-ever People's Food System Summit (PFSS). This will be the first gathering of all parts of our supply chain. Our goals are to organize Equal Exchange supporters, farmer partners, and worker-owners together in this physical space. We will be hosting workshops led by our farmer partners, Phil Howard, the founders of Equal Exchange, and some of our members from our new initiative, the Equal Exchange Action Forum. We will also be hosting tours of our roastery and our headquarters. We will be discussing the corporate consolidation of our food system and how we can organize together as citizens to create a food system owned by people, not corporations. We will make plans for how we can organize to take back control of the food system, together.

To RSVP or if you want more information please e-mail:
eeaactionforum at equalexchange.coop

For more information on Equal Exchange's People's Food System Summit, check
it out at this link: https://equalexchange.coop/peoples-food-system-summit

Friday, June 9

Progress Report from GHGSat-D: GHG Plume Imaging and Quantification Using a Fabry-Perot Imaging Spectrometer
Friday, June 9
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Jason McKeever, GHGSat

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar


Pro Tour of New England's Largest Passive House
Friday, June 9
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Boston, MA (exact location in confirmation email)
RSVP at http://nesea.org/06-09-17
Cost: $25 for NESEA Members, $35 for Non-members

Join NESEA for a tour of the Distillery North, the largest Passive House in New England: a cost-competitive, 30-unit apartment building located in South Boston. This is the first phase of a three-phase project that will eventually span three buildings, 260,000 ft², and an entire city block.

Pro Tour attendees will hear from Fred Gordon, who will be on-site to lead the tour and presentation, explaining the methods and materials used and how the project team navigated the difficulties of large-scale development in the City of Boston.

Please note: To receive member pricing when registering for this event, you must be logged in to your nesea.org account.

Project Details
Phase I: 65,000 ft²
LEED Platinum and PHIUS Passive House (certifications pending)
HERS Index of 25
PV array offsets 100% of onsite energy consumption
30 housing units across 4 floors
Terra cotta, corrugated metal and Hardie panel rain screen


Losing and Finding a Home: Policy, Psychological, and Human Services Aspects of Migrants and Refugees
WHEN  Friday, June 9, 2017, 2:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  William James College of Graduate Education in Psychology:
1 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Conferences, Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	William James College of Graduate Education in Psychhology
in cooperation with
McLean Hospital Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, and
The North Suffolk Mental Health Association Board of Directors
Falah Hashem, M.B., Ch.B.: Chief of Staff, Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants
Eva Millona: Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Jill Betz Bloom, Ph.D.: Co-Director, Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health, William James College
Rosemarie Coelho, LICSW: Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
DIRECTED BY  David G. Satin, M.D.
COST  free
CONTACT INFO  David G. Satin, M.D., david_satin at hms.harvard.edu
DETAILS  We are in an episode of major population shifts, even surpassing those in World War II. Some of the major participants are migrants in search of living resources and a better life; and refugees from war, brutality, and famine. This is one of the major, worldwide social issues. The world is struggling to: acknowledge and understand these conditions, determine values and responsibility, and develop resources and processes to respond. The 40th Annual Erich Lindemann Memorial Lecture brings together professionals who will address public policy to cope with this phenomenon, the psychology of the people finding new homes and the communities receiving them, and marshaling and providing the human services with which to respond. We will all share experience and ideas to further these efforts without expecting final solutions, which must evolve as our global society evolves toward caring for one another.


Are We Serious This Time? Shadows Fall Away: Racial Healing in New England
Friday, June 9
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Semel Theater, 10 Boylston Place, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/are-we-serious-this-time-shadows-fall-away-racial-healing-in-new-england-tickets-34854644179

New England is proud of its legacy as the birthplace of liberty in North America. This is reflected in mantras such as New Hampshire’s state motto “Live Free or Die.” However, many New Englanders may be surprised to learn about the oft-forgotten history of slavery and segregation in our area. At this installment of our discussion series, Are We Serious This Time, we uncover the truth about our history. New England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBiP) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation are pleased to present a preview of the documentary Shadows Fall North.

This documentary explores the untold history of early Black Americans in our region. In particular, we will spotlight the story of Harriet Wilson, who documented her childhood enslavement with a New Hampshire family in her book called Our Nig.  

To complement the film, we have assembled a panel of leaders from local Black Heritage trails – director for the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, JerriAnne Boggis, consultant and historic preservationist, Valerie Cunningham from New Hampshire, and L’Merche Frazier, Director of Education and Interpretation from Boston’s Museum of African American History. At the center of our discussion will be a look at how our heritage trails can be pathways to racial healing as we uncover the truth of our hidden past. Lisa Simmons, of The Color of Film Collaborative, Inc., will moderate the evening.

BIOS:  Valerie Cunningham is a consulting producer of the film and an historic preservationist, founder of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and coordinator of their Sankofa Tours. She is also a co-founder of the NH Women’s Heritage Trail and is an independent researcher, writer and lecturer. Her research formed the basis of the book she coauthored, Black Portsmouth: Three Centuries of African-American Heritage. Cunningham has received many local and national awards, including a Restore America Hero award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was named 2015 Citizen of the Year by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce and, in June 2015, was recognized at New Hampshire Humanities’ 40 over 40 Gala, which honored notable writers, filmmakers, teachers, volunteers, civic leaders, philanthropists, and scholars who have vastly enriched human understanding and whose original works and passion for excellence have put NH on the cultural map.

JerriAnne Boggis is a consulting producer of the film who came to America from her birthplace in Jamaica for an education and settled in Milford. Formerly the Director of Diversity Education and Community outreach at the University of New Hampshire, Boggis founded and led the Harriet Wilson Project in Milford. Chair of the NH Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights, she is also the current Director for the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and the Executive Director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire. Boggis was the recipient of the 2015 Martin Luther King Award, presented by the Martin Luther King Coalition a New Hampshire resident whose community work brings the spirit of Dr. King to life. In June 2015, she was recognized at New Hampshire Humanities’ 40 over 40 Gala, which honored notable writers, filmmakers, teachers, volunteers, civic leaders, philanthropists, and scholars who have vastly enriched human understanding and whose original works and passion for excellence have put NH on the cultural map. She was also named the recipient of the 2017 Seacoast NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award. 

L’Merchie Frazier is the Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket, highlighting the Museum’s collection/exhibits, providing place-based education and interdisciplinary history programs, projects and lectures, most recently promoting STEM / STEAM education pedagogy. She has served the artistic community for over twenty years as an award winning national and international visual and performance artist and poet. Her fiber works serve to document history and memory, and often include innovative technology. These artworks are featured in a series entitled The Quilted Chronicles and Pearls for Peace. Selected works are included in several art publications and in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design, the Smithsonian Institute and the White House.
Lisa Simmons is the Program Manager for Local Cultural Councils and the Festivals Program at the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is also the Director of the Roxbury International Film Festival (RoxFilm) whose mission is to screen films that celebrate people of color across the world and support filmmakers who are creating media aligned with RoxFilm’s mission. The Festival is now in its 19th year. Ms. Simmons has produced theater and film in the Boston area and has written and presented on the subject of the Negro Theater Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). She is currently working on a feature length documentary on the Boston Unit of the Negro Theatre Project that occurred between 1935-1939.


American Eclipse:  A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World
Friday, June 9
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning journalist and former NPR correspondent DAVID BARON for a discussion of his book, American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World.

About American Eclipse
Richly illustrated and meticulously researched, American Eclipse ultimately depicts a young nation that looked to the skies to reveal its towering ambition and expose its latent genius.

On a scorching July afternoon in 1878, at the dawn of the Gilded Age, the moon’s shadow descended on the American West, darkening skies from Montana Territory to Texas. This rare celestial event—a total solar eclipse—offered a priceless opportunity to solve some of the solar system’s most enduring riddles, and it prompted a clutch of enterprising scientists to brave the wild frontier in a grueling race to the Rocky Mountains. Acclaimed science journalist David Baron, long fascinated by eclipses, re-creates this epic tale of ambition, failure, and glory in a narrative that reveals as much about the historical trajectory of a striving young nation as it does about those scant three minutes when the blue sky blackened and stars appeared in mid-afternoon.

In vibrant historical detail, American Eclipse animates the fierce jockeying that came to dominate late nineteenth-century American astronomy, bringing to life the challenges faced by three of the most determined eclipse chasers who participated in this adventure. James Craig Watson, virtually forgotten in the twenty-first century, was in his day a renowned asteroid hunter who fantasized about becoming a Gilded Age Galileo. Hauling a telescope, a star chart, and his long-suffering wife out west, Watson believed that he would discover Vulcan, a hypothesized "intra-Mercurial" planet hidden in the sun’s brilliance. No less determined was Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell, who—in an era when women’s education came under fierce attack—fought to demonstrate that science and higher learning were not anathema to femininity. Despite obstacles erected by the male-dominated astronomical community, an indifferent government, and careless porters, Mitchell courageously charged west with a contingent of female students intent on observing the transcendent phenomenon for themselves. Finally, Thomas Edison—a young inventor and irrepressible showman—braved the wilderness to prove himself to the scientific community. Armed with his newest invention, the tasimeter, and pursued at each stop by throngs of reporters, Edison sought to leverage the eclipse to cement his place in history. What he learned on the frontier, in fact, would help him illuminate the world.

With memorable accounts of train robberies and Indian skirmishes, David Baron’s page-turning drama refracts nineteenth-century science through the mythologized age of the Wild West, revealing a history no less fierce and fantastical.

Saturday, June 10

Native Plant Series: Natives for Pollinators
Saturday, June 10 
Minton Stable Community Garden, 110 Williams Street, Jamaica Plain

Join New England Wild Flower Society's Dan Jaffe for a pollinator-themed walk at Minton Stable Community Garden and park in JP. Learn which plants offer the most for beneficial pollinators from caterpilars, to bees, to butterflies, to birds. Emphasis will be placed on all stages of the pollinators' life cycles. We will discuss already existing plants as well as brainstorm additional species that could fit in this garden or in your own.

Contact Information 
617.542.7696 x2115
mdelima at thetrustees.org 


DayCon 2017: Planet Earth
Saturday, June 10
10 am–4:30 pm
Harvard, Maxwell-Dworkin, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/daycon/

It’s easy to take our planet for granted. Sure, rain might have ruined your last picnic and you’re probably still finding sand in your car from last year’s trip to the beach, but we humans have a pretty great setup here on Earth (especially when compared to the alternatives!). If you want to hear more about the past, present, and future of the planet we all call home, then come visit DayCon 2017: Planet Earth!

DayCon is a free, day-long science conference consisting of talks and interactive demonstrations given by graduate student scientists. This year’s topics include: Climate change, public health, GMOs, heat waves, agriculture, ocean heat content, honeybees, and more!


Playing For The Planet: World Music Against Climate Change
Saturday, June 10
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, #2, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/playing-for-the-planet-world-music-against-climate-change-tickets-34052797835
Cost:  $15 – $20

On Saturday, June 10, the fifteenth “Playing For The Planet” benefit concert will showcase master musicians from three different musical traditions in a rare and joyful pan-cultural evening, with all proceeds going to benefit the environmental advocacy group 350MA.org. The performers include the joyful Latin American perspectives of Sol y Canto, the enthralling North Indian vocal music of Aditya Rohit Shah, and the Rev. Fred Small’s compelling songs of struggle and justice. The music begins at 7:00 pm, at The Community Church Of Boston, 565 Boylston Street (Copley Square), Boston. Admission is $20; $15 students & seniors.

Sunday, June 11

Sunday, June 11
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road, Boston
RSVP at http://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/biochar-workshop

Join Michael Low from Vermont Biochar for a discussion on the benefits of using “biochar” – inoculated charcoal, a potent organic soil improver. Biochar increases crop nutrient content and soil fertility, neutralizes acidity and toxins, and you won't have to wait years to see the change!

Be prepared to get dirty! This will be a hands-on workshop and participants will put their newly acquired knowledge into practice as they work in the Organic Garden Project at Franklin Park Zoo. Participants will enhance the soils in the Zoo’s own forage forest garden by spreading and inoculating mulch with beneficial fungi.

Offered in partnership with the Boston Food Forest Coalition, this spring series of workshops and talks focus on urban sustainability and permaculture principles. Workshops are designed to provide participants with hands-on opportunities to put their newly acquired knowledge into practice.


Building Resilience For Sea Level Rise and Extreme Precipitation: Preparing for Boston’s Uncertain Future
Sunday, June 11
9am - 4pm
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston
RSVP at http://ecastonline.org/climate/boston/

How should Boston build resilience for dealing with weather and climate-related hazards in the coming decades? Participants will use visualizations to explore potential vulnerabilities to our infrastructures, social networks, and ecosystems from sea level rise and extreme precipitation events. Participants will discuss tradeoffs and uncertainties associated with potential strategies for addressing these threats, focusing on the priorities and needs of relevant stakeholders. At the event’s conclusion, participants will make recommendations for increasing community resilience.

Apply to participate in this day-long forum at the Museum of Science on Sunday, June 11. The event is designed to gather the opinions of a diverse range of people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Participants don’t need to know anything about the topic to be selected. A stipend will be provided to participants who attend.

Monday, June 12

xTalk: Making Meaningful Media: The Impact of MIT+K12 Videos
Monday, June 12
MIT, Building 4-145, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Speaker: Elizabeth Choe
What started as a library of 54 MIT student-produced educational YouTube videos has grown into a world-wide audience who has watched MIT+K12 videos over 5 million times, over 300 Boston-area middle school science media workshop participants, and over 140 MIT students who have learned to communicate their passion for STEM with others through our original web series, courses, and local outreach events. As the MIT+K12 Videos Program comes to a close, learn more from Elizabeth Choe about what the program has accomplished over the past six years, who has been impacted, and how MIT+K12 can inform future efforts around video, learning, outreach, and helping MIT inspire audiences in the broader global community.

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: https://odl.mit.edu/news-and-events/events/making-meaningful-media-im 
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): xTalks: Digital Discourses, Office of Digital Learning
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles
xtalks-info at mit.edu 

Tuesday, June 13

Carbon Pricing Lobbying Day
Tuesday, June 13
Boston State House, Boston

The Campaign for a Clean Energy Future is inviting you to participate in our first big lobby day of the year on TUESDAY June 13th, 2017 at the Statehouse in Boston!  This is a big opportunity to push carbon pricing in Massachusetts. We will meet at the CABA/CXC office at the Old West Church at 131 Cambridge Street in Boston.  We will be looking to identify new supporters in the legislature and mobilize our current supporters to take action in advance of our eventual hearing date.  To accomplish both goals, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! http://www.massclimateaction.org/r?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fforms%2Fd%2Fe%2F1FAIpQLSc_b9ubGuTezYvarBTYiHYv8dali77WwMzx8TsWKWPTpSReaA%2Fviewform%3Fusp%3Dsf_link&e=9ecdcb834c5d1ff7a30dca892580fa70&utm_source=massclimateaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=carbon_pricing1&n=1&test_email=1&e=ed088ce65dcc1bc1521c3264f2c60015&utm_source=massclimateaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=carbon_pricing2&n=1>   

One of the best ways to discourage behavior we don?t want is to put a price on it, and studies have shown that pricing carbon would cut our carbon pollution by up to 10%. This legislation would establish a common-sense fee-and-rebate system of carbon pollution fees charged to fossil fuel importers.  The proposals before the legislature would combat climate change, promote green infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs.

To train for the lobby day and set our strategic agenda for the rest of this year,  we'll be hosting our GRASSROOTS SUMMIT on SATURDAY, June 10th (location TBD).   This is a great opportunity to get updated on the basics of the bills and the most recent news, to get to know your fellow carbon pricing activists, and to learn what is coming up in this campaign. This is going to be the most effective space to prepare for our lobby day and get started on some exciting next step tactics.  Fill out this form <http://www.massclimateaction.org/r?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fforms%2Fd%2Fe%2F1FAIpQLSc_b9ubGuTezYvarBTYiHYv8dali77WwMzx8TsWKWPTpSReaA%2Fviewform%3Fusp%3Dsf_link&e=9ecdcb834c5d1ff7a30dca892580fa70&utm_source=massclimateaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=carbon_pricing1&n=2&test_email=1&e=ed088ce65dcc1bc1521c3264f2c60015&utm_source=massclimateaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=carbon_pricing2&n=2>  to sign up for these events! 

MCAN is proud to be a member of the campaign for a clean energy future and believes that putting a price on carbon is a key tool we have to cutting climate change impacts.  Click here <http://www.massclimateaction.org/carbon?e=ed088ce65dcc1bc1521c3264f2c60015&utm_source=massclimateaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=carbon_pricing2&n=3> to visit MCAN's event page, it will continue to be updated with time and location information.  

If you have questions please contact Andrew Gordon (andrew at betterfutureproject.org) or Amenda Sebert (asebert at cleanwater.org).  


Hearing by Joint Committee on Revenue on the Bill from Mass Assc of Housing Co-ops: Our Renters Tax Deduction Bill (H.3334/S.1520) 
Tuesday, June 13
10 am 
State House Hearing Room,B-2, in the Annex, Boston

This Bill would permit resident owners of housing cooperatives to take advantage of the MA Renters Tax Deduction, if they do not also take the Federal Homeowners Deduction.  This will be beneficial to those who do not itemize their federal taxes, and particularly those of low and moderate incomes.

The maximum deduction will be $250/year.  We expect that approximately 1,000 people may take this deduction, statewide, resulting in a loss of revenue to the state of  about $250,000, and relatively small amount which may be very important to those taking the deduction.

We are prioritizing outreach the members of the Revenue Committee, particularly the Chairs and those who have coops in their districts.  Secondarily, we are prioritizing Legislator who have co-sponsored either of our Bills (incl. H.3017 on the Right To Purchase).  And thirdly, legislators from Boston and Cambridge, as there are so many coops here.  We are trying to mobilize coop members and Boards in those districts to
contact their legislators directly, and to copy us on letters and communications.


GE Robotics: Bridging the Digital Industrial Gap
Tuesday June 13
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Doors open: 6:00 P.M.;  Presentation: 6:30 P.M.;  Dinner: 8:00 P.M.)
Mass Robotics, Floor 5, Suite 502, 12 Channel Street, Boston
RSVP at http://ieeeboston.org/event/ge-robotics-bridging-digital-industrial-gap/?instance_id=2378

Presented by: Shiraj Sen, Lead Scientist at GE Global Research
Industrial-grade robotic systems will be the next great industrial tool; a tool that won’t eliminate people from work, rather it will amplify our capabilities, allowing us to safely operate at rates never seen, in places we could never access safely, and with physical and cognitive abilities we haven’t yet imagined. These next generation industrial robots are leading GE’s transformation into a digital industrial company. In this talk, I will share GE’s focus on the development of such “industrial service robots” – robots that can work with humans to address dull, dirty, and dangerous work in dynamic industrial environments. I will discuss some of the unique challenges with regards to the development of such systems for our field and service applications: tiny robots that can crawl inside turbines to inspect and repair them, ground-based robots that can work in railyards without human supervision, or aerial robots that can autonomously inspect assets.

Shiraj Sen is a Lead Scientist at GE Global Research and a core member of GE’s robotics team, focused on the research and development of robotic systems for field and service robots. At GE, Shiraj works toward developing autonomous system that work in the Oil and Gas, Transportation, and power sector. His research interest span perception, navigation, and manipulation to develop systems that work reliably in industrial environments. Shiraj received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA in 2013. Prior to joining GE, Shiraj was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts working with NASA to develop techniques that allowed robots to learn, and make decisions under uncertainty.


Boston New Technology June 2017 Startup Showcase #BNT78
Tuesday, June 13
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-new-technology-june-2017-startup-showcase-bnt78-tickets-34728265176

Free event! Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community! 
Please click here to share/tweet our event with your network.
Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Q&A. 


Rwanda Women Rising
Wednesday, June 13 
7:00 pm
First Church, 3 Church Street, Cambridge

Swanee Hunt will speak about her experiences in Rwanda from her new book Rwandan Women Rising which follows the story of the women who worked for peace after the genocide in 1994.  Today 64% of the seats in the Rwandan parliament are held by elected women, a number unrivaled by any other nation.

Swanee Hunt chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security. She is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and CEO of Hunt Alternatives.


Next Generation Boston: Transforming Cities with Technology:  A Talk with Boston Chief of Staff Daniel Koh
Tuesday June 13
MIT Building 9-255, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-generation-boston-transforming-cities-with-technology-tickets-34971241926

Daniel Arrigg Koh is Chief of Staff to the City of Boston. In this capacity, he advises Mayor Martin J. Walsh on key issues and helps him execute his vision for the City and its 18,000 employees.

Immediately prior, Dan served as General Manager of HuffPost Live, The Huffington Post Media Group’s streaming network, where he oversaw operations. Before HuffPost Live, he served as Chief of Staff to Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, aiding in the oversight of the 700-person international organization. Before his media career, he served as Advisor to former Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston.

Dan has worked in nonprofit consulting for Booz Allen Hamilton, executive search for Spencer Stuart, Strategy and Business Development for the New England Patriots and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Labor Relations for Major League Baseball. In college, he worked for two summers as an intern for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dan holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 14

ArtScience Talks @ Le Lab: Modulating Voices: the Art and Science of Vocal Health in the Theater, Concert Hall, and Clinic
Wednesday, June 14
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT (Doors 6:00pm / Talk 6:30pm)
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artscience-talks-le-lab-jayme-dowdall-erika-bailey-chandler-thompson-tickets-35044656511

Jayme Dowdall, Erika Bailey, & Chandler Thompson
Talk Curator > Arts & Humanities Initiative @ Harvard Medical School


Mass Innovation Nights 99
Wednesday, June 14
Thelma Burns Building, 575 Warren Street, Boston
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com/node/add/rsvp

June is an exciting month for Mass Innovation Nights! Our theme for the June event is African & African-American Founders of Tech Businesses sponsored by Greater Grove Hall Main Streets. We will have 14 super cool products showcasing. 

More information at http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-99


Startup Spotlight 2017
Wednesday, June 14
Hatch Fenway, 401 Park Drive, Boston

The Startup Spotlight is a fun night of networking that features demos from 35+ startups. The event -- which is the capstone of our program season -- brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate business development and business professionals to experience what's next in tech from the innovators in our area...and beyond. 

Enjoy a cocktail and great food while you make your way through each exhibitor table, talk to the founders and learn more about their companies. Once you've met them all, vote for your favorites in several categories!

Web site: http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/startup-spotlight-2017/
Open to: the general public
Cost: $30 students; $65 members; $115 non-members
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:  Amy Goggins
entforumcambridge at mit.edu 

Thursday, June 15

Water Club Lunch and Learn - Energy from Salinity Gradients
Thursday, June 15
MIT, Building 1-150, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Sui Zhang
Come join the MIT Water Club for a lunch time lecture from Sui Zhang, who will be presenting on "Theoretical and Experimental Study on the Chemo-Mechanical Coupling in Hydrogels for Salinity Gradient Energy Extraction." Free lunch will be provided! 

Salinity gradients between seawater and river water offer great potential for renewable energy production. The global salinity gradient energy is estimated to be 1.4-2.7 TW, which is comparable to the worldwide hydropower capacity (~1 TW). One route to achieve energy production from salty waters is by mechanical stress. Hydrogels are a group of materials that absorb water to different extents depending on salt concentration or mechanical stress. Hydrogels may offer other advantages such as less fouling and ease of cleaning. In this work, we explore the potential of hydrogels for energy production by thermodynamic analysis and experimental demonstration

Web site: http://mitwater.org/events/2017/6/15/lunch-and-learn-extracting-energy-from-salinity
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Water Club
For more information, contact:  Brendan Smith
waterclub-officers at mit.edu 


Be Strong, Tough, Adaptive and Self-healing: Life Lessons Applied to Soft Material Designs
WHEN  Thursday, June 15, 2017, 3 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  Wyss Institute at Harvard University, 60 Oxford Street, Room 330, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Wyss Institute at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Zhibin Guan, Professor, Department of Chemistry,
University of California, Irvine; Chair, 2018 Bioinspired Materials Gordon Research Conference
DETAILS  Please join Dr. Guan as he examines the design, synthesis, and single molecule and macroscopic property studies of several dynamic adaptive polymers, as well as strong and autonomic self-healing systems.
LINK	https://wyss.harvard.edu/event/be-strong-tough-adaptive-and-self-healing-life-lessons-applied-to-soft-material-designs/


Boston TechJam
Thursday, June 15
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston
RSVP at https://events.attend.com/f/1383779667#/reg/0/
Cost:  $10.23 - $20.46

Join the block party while toasting to the region’s success and your role in making that happen. Listen to great local music, join the fun with many interactive activities and enjoy local food and drink.

Come on down and network in a whole new way. “Geek out” and see what other pioneering people and companies are doing with technology that will change the world. Whether you attend by yourself or bring your team, we’ve got some cool ways that make connecting with people fun. Visit fellow developers, marketing and biz dev pros, founders, tech execs and others who love to “geek out” and see innovation in action! Meet with Boston’s top VCs. Discover people who can help you with website design, PR, legal, and more.


Green Building Showcase 2017
Thursday, June 15
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Northeastern University ISEC Building, 795 Columbus Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-building-showcase-2017-tickets-32896441141
Cost:  $85 - $250

Join us at the 2017 Green Building Showcase, the Chapter’s premier fall event to showcase and celebrate exceptional green buildings conceived, designed, built & operated by our community of practitioners over the past year. Over 100 projects will be on display. More than 300 leaders in our industry will be in attendance for this open bar reception and entertaining collection of green buildings.


The Long Haul:  A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
Thursday, June 15
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes long-haul trucker FINN MURPHY and The Pilgrim editor JAMES PARKER for a discussion of Murphy's memoir, The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road.

About The Long Haul
More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.

In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker’s-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, he whisks readers down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains. As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades, from the hollowing-out of small towns to changing tastes in culture and home furnishings.

Some 40 million Americans move each year, and very few have any idea what they’re getting into or the kind of person to whom they are relinquishing their worldly goods. The Long Haul is also a behind-the-scenes look at the moving industry, revealing what really happens when we call in “the movers.”

Through it all, Murphy tells poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job: a feisty hoarder in New Hampshire; a Virginia homeowner raging when Murphy’s truck accidentally runs down a stand of trees; an ex-banker in Colorado who treats Finn and his crew with undisguised contempt; a widow who needs Murphy to bring her archeologist husband’s remains and relics to a Navajo burial ceremony in New Mexico. These experiences inspire Finn’s memorable reflections on work, class, and the bonds we form with the things we own and the places we live.
Brimming with personality and filled with great characters, The Long Haul is a resonant portrait of the enduring appeal of manual labor in the dark underbelly of the American Dream.


Boston’s Future Buildings: How Do We Get to Net Zero?  An Expert Panel Discussion
Thursday, June 15
7:30 PM
First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, JP 
Speakers include:
Matt O’Malley—Boston City Council Chair, Environment & Sustainability Committee (panel moderator)
John Cleveland—Executive Director, Boston Green Ribbon Commission
Henrietta Davis—former Mayor of Cambridge
Joan Fitzgerald—Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Stephanie Horowitz—Managing Director, ZeroEnergy Design 
Cammy Peterson—Director of Clean Energy, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
The most effective work to create a clean energy future needs to happen in our cities and towns.  We can be more nimble, targeted, and successful than the federal government and move our country forward by taking steps locally to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Boston has a tremendous opportunity to show how our state and our nation can accelerate this transition by maximizing energy efficiency and local, renewable sources of energy. The initial Imagine Boston 2030 report describes a major construction boom but does not call for the state-of-the-art efficiency requirements essential to keeping this development from locking us into new fracked- gas infrastructure to power new buildings and decades of dependence on fossil fuels.
We urgently need net-zero carbon requirements for all new buildings in Boston. This forum asks the question: How do we make net-zero carbon construction happen in Boston? There are certainly technical, financial, legal, and political challenges, but how do we get to YES? 
Boston Clean Energy Coalition (BCEC)
BCEC is currently comprised of leaders from the groups below. We hope to accelerate the transition to a clean, green economy by fostering collaboration among sectors that include city development, community development, architecture, finance, academia, labor, environmentalists, and faith-based organizations. We seek strong, democratic political leadership and a process that develops sound public policy—both of which must have a constant and concerned eye on our future.  
Boston Climate Action Network
Environment Mass
Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET)
Mothers Out Front
The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay Green Committee
Resist the Pipeline
Sierra Club of MA
West Roxbury Saves Energy

Friday, June 16

Preserving/Expanding Nuclear Power? &  Bringing Off-Shore Wind to New England's Shores
Friday, June 16
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preservingexpanding-nuclear-power-and-bringing-off-shore-wind-to-new-englands-shores-tickets-33818985496
Cost:  $40 - $80
Preserving/Expanding Nuclear Power in New England?
Is nuclear power in need of additional financial support to survive, and if so, what would be the best way to support it?  Both Illinois and New York have passed laws creating zero energy credits (ZECs) to bolster their nuclear power plants (and these laws are being challenged in the courts). Meanwhile, within New England, states and other entities are considering several different avenues of support for our existing nuclear power plants, including:
Proposed legislation in Connecticut that would allow Millstone to compete for long-term contracts.
Proposals in IMAPP to put a carbon adder in the wholesale energy markets.
Proposals to fully integrate nuclear in the development of Massachusetts' Clean Energy Standards (CES). 
Although these types of support are unlikely to preserve Pilgrim, which has already announced its retirement, they could influence the fate of Millstone and Seabrook, as well as support the next generation of more advanced nuclear energy technologies in New England.

We have a great line-up for this panel. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). will be represented by  Matthew Crozat, its Senior Policy Director.  NEI's members include all of the owners of New England's nuclear fleet (Dominion, Entergy, and NextEra), and NEI is actively supporting additional financial supports for nuclear power nationwide. Elin Swanson Katz, Consumer Counsel for Connecticut, is on the front lines of the proposed long-term contracting legislation in Connecticut. She will offer a consumer advocate's perspective on the legislation and nuclear power more broadly. John E. Shelk, President & CEO, Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA), will explain why his organization has been leading the challenge to the NY and Illinois ZEC laws in the courts and opposing the Connecticut legislation. Armond Cohen, Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force, will provide an environmentalist's perspective on nuclear power (including advanced nuclear technologies), and the role nuclear could play
in Massachusetts' emerging Clean Energy Standards. Finally, Ari Pescoe, 
a Senior Energy Fellow at Harvard Law School will discuss the relative legal strengths and weaknesses of the range of nuclear support approaches that have been adopted or are under discussion.

Bringing Off-Shore Wind to New England's Shores
With the launch of the first off-shore wind farm in the Western Hemisphere (Block Island), and BOEM's lease sale of off-shore tracts capable of supporting thousands of megawatts of wind development, New England finally appears poised to harvest its off-shore wind resources. Massachusetts' energy bill requiring utilities to contract 1,600 MW of off-shore wind by 2027 and Rhode Island's goal of 1,000 MW of renewables under contract by 2020 should significantly accelerate that wind development. But what's the best way to bring all this potential off-shore wind to shore?  Some argue that it should be left to each wind developer to build its own unique under-water transmission cables. Others argue that it would be much better to build one (or two) main back-bone trunk lines that all the wind projects can tie into (like what Texas has done for land-based wind). We will explore the important policy, economic, and legal ownership issues that each of these options raise, and take a look at how Europe has handled this challenge to date and what it has learned. The timeliness of this topic cannot be overstated, as Massachusetts readies its first off-shore wind RFP for release this summer.
To stimulate our thinking on this important topic we have put together a great panel that includes, respectively, one of the New England BOEM off-shore lease holders with extensive wind development experience in Europe; a regulated transmission company with operations in New England, New York, and Great Britain; and an independent transmission company with numerous innovative projects in the Northeast.

Søren Hindbo, Senior Director, Electrical Systems, Dong Energy
MikeCalviou, Senior VP, Regulation & Pricing, National Grid USA
Ed Krapels, CEO, Anbaric


Convergence Of Science and Engineering in Cancer Research Symposium
Friday, June 16
MIT, Building W-16, Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge

Koch Institute Annual Summer Symposium

Web site: http://kochinstituteevents.cvent.com/d/s5q0zp
Open to: the general public
This event occurs every year on June 16 through June 16, 2017.
Sponsor(s): Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
For more information, contact:  Pam DiFraia
pdifraia at mit.edu 


EurekaFest 2017
Friday, June 16
MIT, Building 32, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join the Lemelson-MIT Program for EurekaFest 2017, a multi-day celebration of high school and collegiate inventors from across the country who will present and showcase their inventions to the public on Friday, June 17. Visit the Museum of Science, Boston on Saturday, June 17, for hands-on learning activities for young inventors and to watch "Duck-n-Hover," EurekaFest's wind-powered design challenge finale. Visit www.eurekafest.org for more information.

Web site: http://lemelson.mit.edu/events/eurekafest-2017
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:  Stephanie Martinovich
info-lemelson at mit.edu 


In the Groves: Summer Solstice Legends
WHEN  Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Concerts, Music, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Diane Edgecomb, Storyteller, and Margot Chamberlain, Celtic Harpist
WRITTEN BY  Diane Edgecomb, Storyteller
COST  $20/person through June 10; $25/person after June 10
TICKET WEB LINK  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1024&DayPlannerDate=6/16/2017
TICKET INFO  617-384-5277
CONTACT INFO	adulted at arnarb.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Attend an enchanting evening of Tree Myths, Songs and Summer Solstice Legends. Diane and Margot spin tales of the human connection with trees and the deep meaning we have assigned to them through the ages. This unique performance, designed specifically for the Arnold Arboretum, travels through the Arboretum with story and music. Each story is told under a different tree or among a unique collection of Arboretum plants. The program begins under a grand Cedar of Lebanon, moves into the rosaceous collection, to the oaks of Bussey Hill, then onward to Hemlock Hill, culminating with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told amid the birches at sunset. Appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above.
LINK	https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1024&DayPlannerDate=6/16/2017

Saturday, June 17

EurekaFest 2017 Design Challenge
Saturday, June 17
Museum of Science, Main Exhibit Halls, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114

Cheer on students in a design challenge that explores the invention process. High School students from across the country will design and build a wind-powered device capable of hovering three stories in the air-carrying rubber ducks as payload. Students will be at MIT in the morning and then transport their devices to the Museum of Science to test and compete in Duck ???N??? Hover, EurekaFest???s finale wind-powered competition which starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends around 4:30 p.m. 

The Museum of Science will also offer hands-on learning activities for inventors of all ages from 11:00 a.m. ??? 3:00 p.m. Families are encouraged to join the fun! 

General museum admission required.

Web site: http://lemelson.mit.edu/events/eurekafest-2017
Open to: the general public
Cost: General museum admission required
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:  Stephanie Martinovich
info-lemelson at mit.edu 


Citizens Against Climate Fascists, A New England Tea Party Educational Event
Saturday, June 17 
12 PM - 10 PM
Boston, Massachusetts
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1045008945553364

Boston will host the 2017 US-China Climate Leaders Summit at a time and place not yet disclosed. The Greater Boston Tea Party, Worcester Tea Party, and Rhode Island Tea Party invite all liberty champions throughout New England to join. We are focused on educating participants as they join the summit, then ending with featured speakers promoting climate sanity.

This effort was first lead by Edward Wagner of the Greater Boston Tea Party, who was quickly joined by other leaders over what they considered a brilliant idea. The idea then propelled forward after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey demanded to see Alex Epstein’s emails and invade his privacy. Inspired by Mr. Epstein’s courageous response, the Tea Parties of New England will continue Mr. Epstein’s push to speak truth to power.

In Ms. Healey’s pursuit of persecuting those of dissenting opinions regarding global warming, the united tea parties of New England demand an end to her war on speech and privacy. We are inspired by The Center for Industrial Progress' Alex Epstein's courageous and appropriate response to Ms. Healey.

Sunday, June 18

Sunday, June 18
Albany Street Garage and Lots, Cambridge

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

Web site: www.swapfest.us
Open to: the general public
Cost: $6
This event occurs on the 3rd Sunday of every month through October 15, 2017.
Sponsor(s): MIT Radio Society, Electronic Research Society, MIT, UHF Repeater Assn. W1XM, MIT
For more information, contact:  Mitchell Berger
w1mx-officers at mit.edu 

Jim Laurie, Restoration Ecologist, Bio4Climate	
Sunday, June 18
12pm - 2pm
Franklin Park Zoo, Tropical Forest Classroom, One Franklin Park Road, Boston	

A talk on organisms and biodiversity in the Tropical Forest Classroom, included with regular admission

Monday, June 19

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.:  A Novel
Monday, June 19
7:00 PM (Doors at 6:30)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, CambridgeCost:  $5.00 - $34.75

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning sci-fi author NEAL STEPHENSON—author of Cryptonomicon, The Baroque Cycle trilogy, Reamde, and Seveneves—and acclaimed historical fiction novelist NICOLE GALLAND—author of The Fool’s Tale, Revenge of the Rose, and I, Iago—for a discussion of their co-written book, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel.

About The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world "jams" the "frequencies" used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterize all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.

Tuesday, June 20

Wave Piloting in the Marshall Islands
WHEN  Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Research study, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  John Huth, Co-director of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute and Donner Professor of Science in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Joseph Genz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i
Gerbrant van Vledder, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Alson Kelen, Director, Canoes of the Marshall Islands, Marjuro, RMI
Isao Eknilang, Navigator, Majuro, RMI
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  For generations, traditional navigators in the Marshall Islands have relied upon the techniques of wave piloting — the subtle perception of wave and swell patterns along with the sighting of atolls and islands — to safely guide their outrigger canoes across the oceans. In 2015, researchers replicated these voyages as they journeyed between the atolls of Majuro and Aur in an outrigger canoe without instrumentation. In this discussion, these researchers will discuss their experience of wave piloting and explore possible links between modern science and this almost forgotten form of traditional Marshallese knowledge.
LINK	https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2017-wave-piloting-panel-discussion

Editorial Comment:  Pacific Islander navigation science and practice is fascinating.  Their “stick and string” maps are amazing works of art and technical knowledge.


Summer Solstice Celebration 2017: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
WHEN  Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 5 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Exhibitions, Music, Science, Special Events
COST  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO  617-496-1638; hmsc at hmsc.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Free Public Special
Event Kick off summer at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's annual Summer Solstice celebration.  
Enjoy a fun evening with circus performers, music, dance, food trucks, and hands-on activities for all ages, with free evening admission to the Harvard Semitic Museum, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and Harvard Museum of Natural History.
You won't want to miss this special summer night featuring a special performance by the Revels Singers directed by George Emlen. Create your own summer crown with seasonal flowers and garden greens, turn yourself into royalty by making and wearing an Egyptian-inspired ornament, or craft your own sun streamer with powerful Aztec sun symbols.
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Bon Me’s pan-Asian delights will be available for purchase.
LINK  https://hmsc.harvard.edu/event/summer-solstice-celebration


Cass Sunstein, #Republic
Tuesday, June 20
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
The MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cass-sunstein-republic-tickets-34691398908

The MIT Press Bookstore authors at MIT series presents Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School and former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, discussing his new book #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media, Tuesday, June 20, at 5:30 pm at the Bookstore.

In #Republic, Sunstein, coauthor of Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness and author of The World According to Star Wars, describes the ways that the Internet drives political fragmentation, polarization, and even extremism—and what we can do about it.


Boston Entrepreneur’s Network Open Mic Night and Entrepreneur Stories
Tuesday, June 20
6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Pivotal Labs, 255 Main Street, 6th FL, Cambridge
RSVP at http://boston-enet.org/event-2314340/Registration
Cost:  $0 - $10


Discounted Solar for Somerville

As part of the State’s Solarize Mass program, local volunteers and the City of Somerville recently launched the Solarize Somerville campaign to make it easier and cheaper for residents and small businesses to install solar panels.

The program, which is offering information and guidance, free site consultations, and solar panel discounts through November, has set an ambitious goal to inspire at least 200 property owners to sign up for solar —and each of those private solar installations will also benefit the community directly. For every 400 kW in signed private contracts through the program, the program’s solar vendor SolarFlair will donate a system of up to 5 kW for a public or community purpose. All are invited to the program kickoff at a Meet the Installer event on Tuesday, July 26 at 6-7:30 p.m., 167 Holland St. Additional events on topics such as solar basics, financing, and solar for multifamily homes will be announced.

Unique to the program is its neighbor-to-neighbor approach: trained resident volunteers and a designated volunteer Solar Coach are available essentially as mentors. They can, for example, walk anyone through the process, provide general loan program and tax incentive information, and share their own solar experiences. The campaign’s webpage and blog offers useful information, tips, and a link to websites where you can estimate the solar potential of your home and roughly calculate how much solar could save you on your energy bills at www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize.

Somerville is one of the most urban communities ever to participate in Solarize Mass, which makes the neighbor-to-neighbor approach especially helpful due to some of the unique challenges here such as multi-family houses with more than one owner. Winter Hill resident Mary Mangan, the program’s volunteer Solar Coach, went through that process and is ready to share helpful tips.

"I'm excited to work with our eager volunteers to help our neighbors understand the benefits of solar power. As a co-owner of a two-family home with solar, I can also offer some insights about how that process went for us," said Mangan.

Also key to the program is the selection of a designated vendor, which allows the program to offer reduced cost installation through bulk purchasing. Through a competitive process, SolarFlair, based in Ashland, MA, was selected. They were also the selected installer for the communities of Arlington, Hopkinton, Mendon, Brookline, Carlisle-Chelmsford, Newton, and Quincy.

"We're excited to be the selected installer for Solarize Somerville, and look forward to speaking with any home or business owners that are interested in reducing their electric bills while also making a great investment," said Matt Arner, the owner and President of SolarFlair.

Quick facts:
Solar systems can be purchased outright (with a payback of about 4-5 years). The Mass Solar Loan program offers rates of 3.25% or less. 
Or, for no money down owners can choose a power purchase agreement (PPA), where the system is owned and maintained by a third party, and residents buy back the electricity at a discounted price.   
More on-site renewable energy is critical to reducing carbon emissions.  It also saves money for residents.

Tax incentives for solar installations include:
Federal Tax Credit: A 30 percent federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is available for qualified residential and commercial projects
Massachusetts Personal Income Tax Credit: The lesser of 15% of the total cost of the solar electric system or $1,000, for qualified clean energy projects
Five-year Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS): Business owners can depreciate solar electric systems over a five-year schedule

For more information or to sign up for a free site consultation:

Visit the Solarize Somerville webpage at www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize for
Helpful information and FAQs
To contact a volunteer or Solar Coach Mary Mangan to discuss solar options and incentives
To set up an appointment for a free site consultation directly with SolarFlair
To find out about events
To volunteer for Solarize Somerville


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. 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 


Cambridge Coalition Solar Access Campaign is part of the DOE SunShot Solar in Your Community Challenge with a goal of 40 new solar electric systems installed in Cambridge, with a focus on serving low-to-moderate income communities.

Coalition partners include Green Cambridge, which works to create a more sustainable city and to protect the environment for the health and safety of all, Resonant Energy, a community-based solar developer, Solstice, helping every single household in America go solar, and Sunwealth, a solar investment firm.

More information at http://www.resonant.energy/sap-overview/

hat tip Cambridge Civic Journal 


"Greening Our Grid" Report Released April 24, 2017

MAPC is excited to announce the release of “Greening Our Grid,” a fact sheet and a case study detailing MAPC’s strategy to use municipal aggregation to help build new renewable energy in New England. 

“Greening Our Grid” highlights MAPC's work with the City of Melrose as a case study for MAPC's innovative green municipal aggregation strategy. Melrose recently completed its first year of implementation. The city’s results demonstrate that economic and environmental goals can be met simultaneously, and provide a compelling example for others to follow. 

The case study and fact sheet further describe the renewable energy strategy overall, why it can have a real impact on our electricity grid, and MAPC’s program to help other municipalities follow Melrose's lead. Arlington, Brookline, Gloucester, Hamilton, Millis, Somerville, Sudbury, and Winchester are poised to roll out their green aggregations within the year. 

MAPC believes that municipal aggregation offers an opportunity for communities to leverage the collective buying power of their residents and businesses to transform our electric grid to cleaner sources of energy, while also providing cost savings and price stability for electricity. The fact sheet and case study will be useful tools for cities and towns that are exploring green municipal aggregation, as well as for those that already have active aggregation programs.

Check out “Greening Our Grid” today at http://www.mapc.org/greening-our-grid, and contact Patrick Roche, MAPC Clean Energy Coordinator, at proche at mapc.org for more information about MAPC's program.


Cambridge Climate Change Game

Extending our work on face-to-face games, the MIT Science Impact Collaborative has developed a digital game on the health impacts of climate change that you can play alone on your computer or on your mobile phone. The game should take about 10-20 minutes. We would appreciate it if you could play the game at your convenience.

Play the game at http://www.doublecoconut.com/climate/

Any and all feedback on the game should be directed to Ella Kim at ella at mit.edu.  

Thank you for your time and consideration!


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 - 41 (up from 27 in 2016) and counting:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zGHnt9r2pQx8.kfw9evrHsKjA&hl=en
Solidarity Network Economy:  https://ussolidarityeconomy.wordpress.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/
Harvard Events:  http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/harvard-events/events-calendar/
Harvard Environment:  http://environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/
Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events
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
Take Action MA:  http://takeactionma.com

If you have an event you would like to see here, the submission deadline is 12 PM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.

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