[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - July 8, 2018

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Monday, July 9

12pm  Curriculum Design Workshop
6pm  E Pluribus: Opening Reception

Tuesday, July 10

1pm  BU Libraries Summer ‘18 Wikipedia Meetup: the Global South
5:30pm  Slash & Burn: How Two Houghton Manuscripts Survived a Violent Past
6:15pm  The Need to Impeach
6:30pm  Science for the People 
6:30pm  Cinema: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Dr. Asaf Marco
6:45pm  Nationalism, Populism, and the Changing Geopolitical Landscape
7pm  The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao's China 

Wednesday, July 11

8:30am  Emerging Trends Series: The Future of Energy Efficiency
9:30am  Sino-US BioTech Innovation Development Forum - Guangzhou
6pm  Practice Makes: Humans
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights 112
6pm  Boston New Technology Medical & Health Tech Startup Showcase #BNT91
6:30pm  Bioverse Boston: 3D Bioprinting Meetup for Bio-Enthusiasts & Pioneers
7pm  Holy Humanitarians: American Evangelicals and Global Aid 
7pm  Tech Won't Build It: The New Tech Resistance (to ICE) 

Thursday, July 12

1pm  Zero Net Energy Building Municipal Roundtable
5:30pm  Cleantech for All: Innovating for Energy Equity
6pm  Energy Blockchain for Disrupting the Energy Industry: Opportunities and Challenges
6pm  CABA Summer Member Reception
6pm  Just Eat It. Screening (with Food and 21+ Drinks)
6pm  WGBH FIX IT Transcript-a-Thon at the Boston Public Library!
6pm  A.I. & Machine Learning Demos & Drinks
6:30pm  Boston Medical Center Rooftop Farm Tour
6:30pm  UNITE - Designing for the Gig Economy
6:30pm  Town Hall on Climate with Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez
7pm  The Fall of Wisconsin:  The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics
7pm  One Green Deed Spawns Another: Tales of Inspiration on the Quest for Sustainability
7:30pm  The Southern Right Whales of Argentina: A 47-Year Story Written by Biological Research and Citizen Science

Friday, July 13

7pm  Resistance:  Reclaiming an American Tradition
7pm  The Good News about Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever--And What to Do about It 

Saturday, July 14

10am  Jamaica Plain Garden Tour
1pm  20th USA Memory Championship Finals

Sunday, July 15

12pm  Farm Techniques For July

Monday, July 16 -  Friday, July 20

Creativity in Structural Design | International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium

Monday, July 16

5:30pm  SGO Workshop: Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
7pm  CoSI Evening with Representative Jay Livingstone

Tuesday, July 17

10am  Technology breakthrough of the year: Compelling science driven by curious minds 
1pm  Blockchain Technology for RECs, Tracking Systems, and Other Energy Market Applications
5:45pm  Blockchain, A.I. and the Future of Media


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

James Baldwin:  The Fire Next Time and Nothing Personal


Monday, July 9

Curriculum Design Workshop
Monday, July 9 (More dates through July 20)
MIT, Building NE49, 600 TECHNOLOGY Square, Cambridge

Meeting the challenges of higher education, Curriculum Design is a collegial and collaborative program based at the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) that introduces MIT approaches of problem-solving, learning science, entrepreneurship and use of online tools. Participants develop curriculum reform, contributing to student success and the economic trajectory of their country.

Apply at https://jwel.mit.edu/curriculum-design-workshop

As educational approaches and technologies develop, the faculty of Higher Educators is challenged to engage students in the most productive way. Curriculum Design meets this challenge by addressing pedagogical approaches, curriculum design and implementation, with emphasis on MIT-style problem-solving methods, science of learning, and educational technology/online tools. Inclusion of entrepreneurial skills into higher education is becoming increasingly important to meet unemployment challenges, and the program includes exposure to the MIT innovation culture and startup development. Specific subject content is part of the curriculum.

Curriculum Design is aimed at global faculty, and especially groups from one university or several within one country that have the goal of reworking their curricula and revising educational structure. Faculty from new universities will find the program exceptionally useful as curriculum is devised for the first time, and state of the art approaches can be incorporated.


E Pluribus: Opening Reception
WHEN  Monday, July 9, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gutman Gallery, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge
Muriel Stockdale’s United States flag series, "E Pluribus," expresses the many colors of patriotism found everyday in the United States, which is perhaps the most diverse culture in the world. Muriel’s flags are exquisitely hand crafted in the USA from typical fabrics representing diverse cultures that make up this American mosaic. As an immigrant, Muriel is awed by the harmonious co-existence of Americans who celebrate their freedom in all possible ways.
LINK  http://murielstockdale.com/fine-art/e-pluribus/

Editorial Comment:  These days, it might be good to think about the history of the many shades of the American flag.

Tuesday, July 10

BU Libraries Summer ‘18 Wikipedia Meetup: the Global South
Tuesday, July 10
BU, Mugar Memorial Library, 3rd floor library conference room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/library/summer18wikipedia/

Mugar Library for a Wikipedia Meetup.  No experience necessary! 

In anticipation of the upcoming Wikimania South Africa conference, our theme for this event will be the Global South: Bridging Knowledge Gaps.

Other gaps in contributor diversity have been somewhat less-well publicized, especially Wikimedia’s global gaps. We know that as of 2015, only 20% of Wikipedia’s editors come from the Global South(broadly, Asia, Africa and Latin America). https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/02/05/wikimania-cape-town-ubuntu/

Food: Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP using the form below.
Please register for a Wikipedia account before the event, if you do not have one. (There is a limit on the number of Wikipedia accounts that can be created from one location or IP address per day.)

At the start of the event, we’ll be doing a short demo of how to add a citation, but you may also want to read through Wikipedia’s simple instructions for adding references.

Please bring a laptop if you have one available; if you need a loaner laptop, please let us know when you RSVP. For more information about the Summer Wikipedia Meetup at BU click here.


Slash & Burn: How Two Houghton Manuscripts Survived a Violent Past
WHEN  Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Lamont Library Forum Room, 11 Quincy Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Sylvie Merian, Morgan Library & Museum
TICKET WEB LINK	  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfyNBzNeC0AXpGbjlV6uQ2tsPSfJ9vJKmh_u3OqwR_d8VrTRQ/viewform?usp=send_form
TICKET INFO  RSVP. Free and open to the public.
DETAILS  When Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide he defined not only the intent to destroy a group of people but the deliberate aim of erasing their cultural legacy. Dr. Sylvie Merian will focus on two manuscripts now held at Houghton Library, which she discovered while a Houghton Library Visiting Fellow/Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography 2008-2009. Both manuscripts were violently attacked during the 1894-1896 Hamidian massacres in the Ottoman Empire. This brutal attempt to annihilate Armenian literary tradition will be contextualized through several examples of the deliberate destruction of significant cultural artifacts, not only for the Armenians but also in world history. Examining the history of cultural genocide highlights the importance of artifacts as key to the survival of the Armenian people.
Speaker: Sylvie L. Merian received her Ph.D. in Armenian Studies from Columbia University’s Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures. She has published and lectured internationally on Armenian codicology, bookbinding, silverwork, manuscript illumination, and the history of the book. She is currently Reader Services Librarian at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.
LINK  http://houghton75.org/events-grid/


The Need to Impeach
Tuesday, July 10
Reception will begin at 6:15pm – we recommend arriving early. The program will begin at 7:00 pm
Back Bay Events Center, Dorothy Quincy Suite, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.needtoimpeach.com/boston/

Tom Steyer and Ben Clements
Will you join Tom Steyer and the Need to Impeach campaign on July 10th for a special town hall in Boston? Tom will be joined by Ben Clements, Chair of the Board at Free Speech For People, former federal prosecutor, and former Chief Legal Counsel for Governor Deval Patrick. They will be talking about the legal grounds for impeachment, and how supporters like you can continue to stand up to Trump and his administration in 2018.

The event is free, but space is limited. If you are interested in attending, be sure to RSVP using this form. Each person who wishes to attend must RSVP individually.


Science for the People 
Tuesday, July 10
6:30-8:30 p.m
MIT, Building 4-251, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

After introductions and announcements, Abha Sur will give a short presentation entitled “Gendered Mediations in Science,” to be followed by discussion.

Other agenda items:
Follow-up from the recent march targeting Microsoft’s connections with ICE and the anti-immigration agenda (we have some contacts from the march and may want to discuss a future action like picketing the Back Bay store)
Democratic Socialists of America’s ecosocialism pledge and whether to bring it to the SftP national steering committee for possible endorsement (Michelle of DSA to introduce it)
Continuing the conversation about what we want to do as a chapter, e.g., a) support a progressive local community organization, b) form a reading and discussion group, c) organize a series of ~4 lecture-discussions around Boston, d) organize around tech resistance

Please note:  There's a panel on the new tech resistance (at places like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce) on Wed., July 11, 7-9 p.m. at the MIT Stata Center: https://www.facebook.com/events/271974716699210/?active_tab=about

Looking forward to meeting with you!


Cinema: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Dr. Asaf Marco
Tuesday, July 10
6:30pm to 9:00pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us for the first part in our Cerebral Cinema series, where you'll hear from researchers and then compare real science to depictions on the big screen.

Learn how the brain processes emotions as Kay Tye, MIT Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, describes her research. Then enjoy Inside Out, the very popular animated film starring Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness!

This event is presented in conjunction with The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. 


Additional Events in this Series:
August 14, Cerebral Cinema: Inception with Dr. Steve Ramirez


Nationalism, Populism, and the Changing Geopolitical Landscape
Tuesday, July 10
6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
MIT Building E51(Tang Hall), 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge (Down the stairs to the left at the round tables)
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/BostonGeopolitics/events/252190975/

In recent years, few geopolitical trends have captured the attention of world watchers as readily as the trend of increasing rise of nationalism and populism, and the effects of these two related forces on the global political landscape. Recent events surrounding US immigration policy – which have prompted outrage and disgust from many onlookers within the United States and around the world – bring into sharp focus the degree to which nationalism, increasingly, resonates with elements of the American polity. Half way around the world, Turkish society is undergoing tremendous change as its government is reorganized in the image of its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has successfully ridden a populist wave, propelling him to heights of political power with little precedent in modern Turkish history. While numerous theories exist to explain the causes of rising nationalism and populism around the world, little consensus exists regarding how these forces could shape, or reshape, the geopolitical landscape of the futures

Many onlookers have pointed to widespread economic anxiety as a key contributing factor to populist and nationalist tendencies. Indeed, globalization, technological change, and international migration patterns have all be cited as destabilizing – or at the very least agitating – forces in economies throughout the world. The transformation that these forces bring to the societies that they touch can leave many without a livelihood, either because they are unwilling or unable to adapt to changing times. This well-tread path of economic analysis concludes by positing that economic dislocation leads directly to increased nationalist and populist tendency within the disaffected groups.

Pointing to global migration trends, which have led to increasingly diverse populations in various countries, some argue that the cultural anxieties felt by those living in countries undergoing deep demographic changes are of key importance in understanding increasing nationalism and populism. In this light, nationalism is seen as a reaction, by disaffected elements of a population, to the cultural pluralism inherent in globalization, and perhaps as an attempt to return to what these disaffected groups would characterize as a more comforting and familiar time.

“Nationalism” and “Populism” are broad and nuanced terms; their effects are widespread and complex. What are the causes of these global trends of populism and nationalism? Do these trends represent a momentary aberration or are they indicative of more fundamental shifts in global political, economic, and social forces? Whether a temporary peculiarity or a long-term trend, what changes can we expect to see in the global political landscape?


The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao's China 
Tuesday, July 10
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

The Art of Resistance surveys the lives of seven painters--Ding Cong (1916-2009), Feng Zikai (1898-1975), Li Keran (1907-89), Li Kuchan (1898-1983), Huang Yongyu (b. 1924), Pan Tianshou (1897-1971), and Shi Lu (1919-82)--during China's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), a time when they were considered counterrevolutionary and were forbidden to paint. Drawing on interviews with the artists and their families and on materials collected during her visits to China, Shelley Drake Hawks examines their painting styles, political outlooks, and life experiences.

These fiercely independent artists took advantage of moments of low surveillance to secretly "paint by candlelight." In doing so, they created symbolically charged art that is open to multiple interpretations. The wit, courage, and compassion of these painters will inspire respect for the deep emotional and spiritual resonance of Chinese art.

Shelley Drake Hawks teaches art history and world history at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts.

Wednesday, July 11

Emerging Trends Series: The Future of Energy Efficiency
Wednesday, July 11
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
Mintz Levin, 1 Financial Center, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emerging-trends-series-the-future-of-energy-efficiency-tickets-46227302105
Cost:  $0 – $50

With multiple Northeast states ranked as national leaders in energy efficiency for multiple years in a row, the region has been at the forefront of driving adoption of the “least cost fuel” as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and customers’ energy bills. Today, the region is heading into an era when evolving business models, technologies and platforms are presenting new opportunities to engage customers and products and services providers to drive further energy efficiency through electrification and digitization.
State policymakers must explore ways to evolve and align incentives, policies and practices to advance these efforts in ways that are more strategic and valuable to the customer, while also driving the growth of solar, wind, heat pumps and other smart grid services.
Please join the NECEC team and speakers from leading companies and organizations working to drive energy efficiency through new policy mechanisms and with innovative technologies and service models that will chart a new course for energy efficiency in the Northeast.
Peter Rothstein, President, NECEC (moderator)
Sue Coakley, Executive Director, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Anna Pavlova, Vice President, Government Relations, Schneider Electric
Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY)
Tom Burton, Chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice Group, Mintz Levin

By registering for and attending this event you agree to event-related photographs being taken on this specific event day by NECEC approved photographers being used in future NECEC-related printed, published and/or broadcasted material. NECEC may exercise any of these rights itself or through any successors, transferees, licensees, distributors or other parties, commercial or nonprofit.


Sino-US BioTech Innovation Development Forum - Guangzhou
Wednesday, July 11
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sino-us-biotech-innovation-development-forum-guangzhou-tickets-47361744252

Interested in the biotech industry? Interested in China? Come learn about the many opportunities for biotech in the vibrant city of Guangzhou, meet with senior officials and entrepreneurs, and engage with our panel about the future of Sino-US collaboration in the biotech industry. This event will be entirely in English.
智慧与创新 共享和共赢---广州投资环境专题推介暨中美生物科技产业发展经验交流会
活动议程 / Agenda:
09:30-10:00 签到 / Registration
广州开发区和波士顿市政府代表致辞 / Opening Remarks given by Representatives of Guangzhou Development District and the City of Boston
中新广州知识城和广州国际生物岛专题推介 / Introduction to Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City and Guangzhou International Biotech Island
星桥腾飞集团和美国Officescape公司分享广州合作发展体会 / Ascendas Group and Officescape Share Experience of Working with Guangzhou
专题讨论:开放创新与融合,助力中美生物科技产业发展合作 / Panel Discussion: How to Strengthen Sino-US Cooperation and Development in the Biotech Industry through Innovation & Integration
12:00-13:00 工作午餐 / Lunch


Practice Makes: Humans
Wednesday, July 11
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Intrepid (at the American Twine Building), 222 Third Street, #4000, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/practice-makes-humans-tickets-46918559675

Emerging technologies not only augment our experiences as human beings, but have also begun to redefine our understanding of what it means to be a human. Through the deliberate use of tone, language, and image, we infuse human elements into digital products in order to cross the barriers between technology and user, in order to better understand one another and to better understand ourselves. Join us at “Practice Makes: Humans” to explore projects that leverage emerging technologies and empathetic design, including a self-assessment tool that helps improve runners’ forms by leveraging a phone’s unique capabilities and a robot with human-like characteristics and personality.
Food and drinks will be provided!

Food, Drinks, and Awkward Mingling
Lightning Talks and Activities

Humans Aren’t That Confident
Kathy Chau, Senior Experience Designer
“I have feelings. Well, not human feelings”: Humanizing a Robot by Design
Danielle Teig, Experience Designer 


Mass Innovation Nights 112
Wednesday, July 11
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-innovation-nights-112-tickets-44409068720

On July 11th, CohnReznick and Smartbooks are sponsoring #MIN112 at District Hall! We'll be showcasing over 10 new SaaS and software products. Don't miss #MIN112!


Boston New Technology Medical & Health Tech Startup Showcase #BNT91
Wednesday, July 11
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/251864842/
Cost: $15

Join Boston New Technology at Microsoft NERD Center on July 11th to:
See 7 innovative and exciting local Medical and Health technology demos, presented by startup founders
Network with 200 attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free professional headshot photo from The Boston Headshot (non-intrusively watermarked)
Enjoy Oath pizza, beverages & dessert
Each company presents an overview and demonstration of their product within 5 minutes and discusses questions with the audience.

Save 50% by purchasing at least 48 hours in advance.

Please follow @BostonNewTech and support our startups by posting on social media using our #BNT91 hashtag. We'll retweet you!

To save on tickets and enjoy exclusive benefits, purchase a BNT VIP Membership. Learn more: http://bit.ly/bNtvip


Bioverse Boston: 3D Bioprinting Meetup for Bio-Enthusiasts & Pioneers
Wednesday, July 11
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
121, 50 Milk Street, Anchor room, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Bioverse-Boston-3D-Bioprinting-Meetup/events/250957082/

Bioverse Boston, is a meetup which focuses on educating individuals about 3D Bioprinting and bringing members of the Boston 3D Bioprinting community together! 3D Bioprinting is a highly interdisciplinary field, involving engineers, researchers, developers, physicians, mathematicians, and people passionate about reshaping the medical industry. If you fit this description, this meetup is for you, and we encourage you to join us!

Bioverse Boston is hosted by CELLINK in collaboration with Fab at CIC. CELLINK is the world's first bioink company which specializes in biocompatible bioinks and 3D bioprinters, passionate about revolutionizing the future of medicine through innovative technology. Fab at CIC is a creative space where people can connect, learn, and collaborate over a cup of coffee and a 3D printer; not just a digital fabrication cafe, but a hub for the local design and maker community that connects to a global business network.

Attendees need only bring an enthusiasm to learn more about the world of 3D Bioprinting (and a 21+ ID if planning to consume free alcoholic beverages!) Looking forward to seeing you all there.


Holy Humanitarians: American Evangelicals and Global Aid 
Wednesday, July 11
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

On May 10, 1900, an enthusiastic Brooklyn crowd bid farewell to the Quito. The ship sailed for famine-stricken Bombay, carrying both tangible relief--thousands of tons of corn and seeds--and "a tender message of love and sympathy from God's children on this side of the globe to those on the other." The Quito may never have gotten under way without support from the era's most influential religious newspaper, the Christian Herald, which urged its American readers to alleviate poverty and suffering abroad and at home. In Holy Humanitarians, Heather D. Curtis argues that evangelical media campaigns transformed how Americans responded to domestic crises and foreign disasters during a pivotal period for the nation.

Through graphic reporting and the emerging medium of photography, evangelical publishers fostered a tremendously popular movement of faith-based aid that rivaled the achievements of competing agencies like the American Red Cross. By maintaining that the United States was divinely ordained to help the world's oppressed and needy, the Christian Herald linked humanitarian assistance with American nationalism at a time when the country was stepping onto the global stage. Social reform, missionary activity, disaster relief, and economic and military expansion could all be understood as integral features of Christian charity.

Drawing on rigorous archival research, Curtis lays bare the theological motivations, social forces, cultural assumptions, business calculations, and political dynamics that shaped America's ambivalent embrace of evangelical philanthropy. In the process she uncovers the seeds of today's heated debates over the politics of poverty relief and international aid.

Heather D. Curtis is Associate Professor of Religion at Tufts University.


Tech Won't Build It: The New Tech Resistance (to ICE) 
Wednesday, July 11
7 - 9 PM 
MIT, Building 32-155, Stata Center Room, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Right now, most news is unbearably ugly. But in the past month, rank-and-file organizers within the tech industry have given us reasons to hope. 

In early June, Google engineers compelled the company to not renew Project Maven, a contract with the Pentagon using AI to improve drone strike accuracy. The success of their campaign?and recent outrage about human rights abuses by ICE?have inspired similar efforts at Amazon, Microsoft, and, Salesforce. 

We invite you to join a conversation on the new tech resistance. Our panel will explore where this moment of mobilization came from and how we can help it grow. 

Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar, activist, media-maker and currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT; they are also an author of a recent open letter calling on Microsoft to drop their ICE contract. 
Kade Crockford is the director of the Technology for Liberty program at the ACLU of Massachusetts and MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow. 
Valeria Do Vale is the Lead Coordinator at the Student Immigrant Movement and an undergraduate at Northeastern University. 

The panel will be moderated by Ben Tarnoff, a tech worker, Guardian columnist, and founding editor of Logic magazine. 

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/271974716699210/

Thursday, July 12

Zero Net Energy Building Municipal Roundtable
Thursday, July 12
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
Roxbury Commuity College,Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-net-energy-building-municipal-roundtable-tickets-47268502363

According to MA Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020, buildings consume more than 50% of energy used in Massachusetts and account for over 50% of greenhouse gas emissions. As climate change accelerates, municipalities need strategies to combat the carbon emissions from their building stock.

Zero Net Energy Building (ZNE Building) is one solution. ZNE Buildings produce as much energy as they use throughout a year. Cities such as Cambridge and Amherst are leading the way by developing ZNE plans.
USGBC MA, in collaboration with MCAN, MAPC, and NEEP, is interested in hearing from you about t
he path to ZNE Buildings within your city/town. The ZNE Building Municipal Roundtable is a venue for municipal staff, committee members and elected officials to come together to share obstacles, solutions and strategies for creating more ZNE Buildings.
In 2017 USGBC MA began gathering various stakeholders including MCAN, MAPC, and NEEP to address barriers to Massachusetts communities becoming Zero Net Energy. The coalition has met several times and we often hear the cost and perception of increased cost is a major obstacle. With funding from the Barr Foundation, USGBC MA is working on a report to analyze the cost of Zero Net Energy buildings in Massachusetts. We will be incorporating lessons learned at the Roundtable into the report.

Through collaboration and innovative ZNE Building policies and planning, municipalities can address the threat of climate change facing our cities and towns. Join us to further the conversation.


Cleantech for All: Innovating for Energy Equity
Thursday, July 12
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Venture Cafe Kendall, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cleantech-for-all-innovating-for-energy-equity-tickets-45290050761

The clean energy revolution is here, and Massachusetts is at the forefront.
Still, nearly 80 percent of American households are left out of the solar market. As clean energy technologies reach scale, costs continue to plummet, and new technologies arrive in the market, how will the industry expand its offerings to meet the needs of new communities?

In this convening, we go beyond the headlines and look at the next wave of clean energy entrepreneurship: at the customer-focused innovations that will bring cleantech to the mainstream. Boston’s innovation community is a hub of activity in this space, with startups working to make clean energy easy and accessible.

We’ve invited some of our community’s leading cleantech innovators, from startups like Solstice and Resonant Energy, to investors like the Clean Energy Venture Group, to the country’s largest cleantech accelerator, Greentown Labs, for a conversation on inclusiveness in the clean energy transition. We’ll address issues of energy equity, and how these groups are offering the solutions that will bring sustainable technologies to every American household.


Energy Blockchain for Disrupting the Energy Industry: Opportunities and Challenges
Thursday, July 12
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Venture Development Center [3rd Floor of Wheatley Hall], 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-blockchain-for-disrupting-the-energy-industry-opportunities-and-challenges-tickets-47364513535

Amid the recent revolution of digital currency and blockchain technology, many blockchain-centric and blockchain-adjacent companies are entering via the energy sector. Energy blockchain startups have raised over $300 million through ICOs in the past year alone. This phenomenon, while holding the potential to revolutionize the nature of electricity as a commodity, also introduces an existential threat to the existing monopoly of grid operators. 
Decentralization of the grid into local community microgrids using solar, wind, and storage
New innovations in solar power, superefficient PSC solar panels, control systems, peer-to-peer transactions through blockchain platforms
Unprecedented incentives for individuals and communities to embrace renewable energy through adaptive solar microgrids, providing themselves with cleaner, cheaper, and more resilient sources of energy
Resistance from city, state, and federal regulators; fossil fuel lobby and others invested in the status quo
Gaining the trust and cooperation of grid operators, along with equal access to systems of power production and distribution for microgrid operators; equity in economic growth 
With these questions in mind, Power2Peer has assembled a panel of experts for what promises to be a lively discussion exploring the opportunities and challenges of the energy blockchain. We invite you to join us on July 12th at the Venture Development Center for this important event.
Host and Moderator:
Dr. Nish Sonwalkar (ScD, MIT)
Founder and Chief Evangelist, Power2Peer


CABA Summer Member Reception
Thursday, July 12
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Old West Church, 131 Cambridge Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caba-summer-member-reception-tickets-46732266467
Cost:  $0 – $15

It's that time of year again! Join the Climate Action Business Association for an evening of grilled cuisine, refreshments, and lawn games. July marks the end of the two-year legislative session and we’d like to celebrate everyone’s hard work advocating for climate policies. Learn what our organization has been involved with this year, and engage with fellow member businesses and environmental professionals. 
Rain Date: Thursday, July 19th


Just Eat It. Screening (with Food and 21+ Drinks)
Thursday, July 12
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
WeWork Mass Ave., 625 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/just-eat-it-screening-with-food-and-21-drinks-tickets-46998155749
Cost:  $8

Food for All invites you to join us for an evening of learning, networking and of course eating!
We will be screening the documentary Just Eat It. in which filmmakers explore the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of good food that is tossed each year in North America alone, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive on only discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.
Entry to the event includes a $5 Food for All credit as well as food and drink. We will be serving beer and wine for those 21+ along with non-alcoholic options. 
And of course it would not be complete without some rescued food! We will be featuring some of our wonderful partners by serving their rescued meals as well as other local companies finding creative ways to repurpose ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste. We are also excited to showcase some super cool mission driven companies that share our passion for environmental sustainability, nutrition and transparency. (List of featured partners coming soon!)
We would love this event to be as waste free as possible so we would appreciate if attendees come with a zero waste mindset and bring tupperware and utensils if possible to help cut down on the footprint of this event.
The event will take place between 6pm-8:30pm. We will kick-off at 6:00 with networking, drinks and food and at 7:00 we will start the screening. Come learn, eat, drink and meet others passionate about food, the community, and our planet :)


WGBH FIX IT Transcript-a-Thon at the Boston Public Library!
Thursday, July 12
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wgbh-fix-it-transcript-a-thon-at-the-boston-public-library-tickets-46984262193

Join us to help preserve WGBH’s public broadcasting history at the WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library!
After a brief moment on the air, most public broadcasting programs are filed away to languish on shelves, sometimes for decades. For the past five years, The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between Boston public broadcaster WGBH and the Library of Congress, has been hard at work digitizing thousands of broadcast hours from public media’s 70+ year legacy to provide free, public access to this rich and colorful history, and preserve it for future generations at the Library of Congress and at WGBH.

But how do we make this content accessible and searchable? One way is by creating transcripts that can be indexed by websites and search engines. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the AAPB has launched a transcript correction game called FIX IT and a transcript editing platform FIX IT+. Using machine-generated transcripts, FIX IT audiences engage in a community effort to identify and correct errors in the transcripts. These transcripts then live on in the AAPB, providing improved access for scholars, researchers, students, teachers, lifelong learners and future generations. 

Join us for cafe sandwiches and beverages as the public helps preserve WGBH’s public broadcasting history on Thursday, July 12th at 6pm (ET). If you can’t be with us for the on-site event, feel free to play right now by visiting http://fixit.americanarchive.organd fixitplus.americanarchive.org

*You will need your own laptop and headphones.* 
Location: WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library, Johnson Building, First Floor, 700 Boylston Street
Here's a sneak peek at some of the historic WGBH programs we’ll be transcribing:
Press and The People (1958 – 1959) –a weekly television hosted by Louis Lyons Mr. Lyons, together with such guests as James Reston, Edward R. Murrow, Adlai E. Stevenson, Elmo Roper and Barry Bigham, examined the role of the press and how it was performing its function in America.
Prospects of Mankind (1959) – a television  roundtable discussion of foreign and domestic affairs featuring leading political, academic, and journalistic experts. Series was hosted by Eleanor Roosevelt and was filmed on location at Brandeis University.
A Conversation with James Baldwin (1963) - Dr. Kenneth Clark interviews author James Baldwin shortly after Baldwin’s now famous 5/24/1963 meeting with United States Attorney General Robert Kennedy regarding the state of Civil Rights in the United States.
Is School Desegregation Working? (1976) – Television debate on the success of school desegregation, moderated by Jim Lehrer.
The First Amendment (1977 – 1980) - a weekly radio talk show hosted by Dr. Bernard Rubin, the director of the Institute for Democratic Communication at Boston University. Each episode featured a conversation that examined civil liberties in the media in the 1970s.
WGBH Journal (1978 – 1979) - a radio magazine that featured segments on local news and current events.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring your laptop, charger, and headphones.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Please refer to the map of car, bicycle and motorcycle parking indicated on the BPL site: https://www.bpl.org/visit-central-library/parking-near-the-central-library/.


A.I. & Machine Learning Demos & Drinks
Thursday, July 12
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, 100 High Street, 8th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-machine-learning-demos-drinks-tickets-47584946857

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning seem to be the buzzwords of the year. Virtual assistants, autonomous vehicles, purchase predictions & smart home products are a few examples of how these technologies are being utilized today. This demos and drinks, trade show style, event will feature local innovators working daily to bring these budding technologies to limelight. Join us Thursday, July 12th for an evening of food, drinks & networking!

Sponsored by:
DataRobot offers an enterprise machine learning platform that empowers users of all skill levels to make better predictions faster. Incorporating a library of hundreds of the most powerful open source machine learning algorithms, the DataRobot platform automates, trains, and evaluates predictive models in parallel, delivering more accurate predictions at scale. DataRobot provides the fastest path to data science success for organizations of all sizes. For more information, visit datarobot.com.

Demo Companies:
Avrio AI uses Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to match the right candidate, with the right job, at the right time. Leveraging a variety of techniques (pattern matching, factor models, string matches, deep learning, etc.), Avrio AI combs through candidate databases, evaluates talent at scale, and assigns a FitScore to thousands of candidates simultaneously. Then, our chatbot “Rio” extracts or clarifies any missing requirements from qualified candidates; dramatically reducing the time recruiters spend qualifying candidates by over 35%

Cambridge Consultants is a technology consultancy that has led the way in innovative product development for over 50 years. We are the partner of choice for blue chip companies as well as the virtual development team for ambitious startups. We work at the frontier of Machine Learning, developing systems that achieve unprecedented performance in a wide range of applications, solving real-world problems. We specialize in real time processing at the network edge, lower power silicon designed for ML, and training deep learning systems with minimal data sets. For more information visit, http://www.cambridgeconsultants.com and http://digitalgreenhouse.ai/

Cognii is a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence base educational technology. Cognii’s multiple awards-winning Virtual Learning Assistant provides intelligent personalized tutoring to students with an automatic grading of their open-response (short essay) answers across the subject areas. The VLA is the only virtual assistant that is exclusively focused on improving students’ learning outcomes, teachers’ productivity, and organizations’ cost efficiency. For more, please visit http://cognii.com

Interactions provides Intelligent Virtual Assistants that seamlessly combine artificial intelligence and human understanding to enable businesses and consumers to engage in productive conversations. With flexible products and solutions designed to meet the growing demand for unified, omnichannel customer care, Interactions is delivering significant cost savings and unprecedented customer experiences for some of the largest brands in the world. Founded in 2004, Interactions is headquartered in Franklin, Massachusetts with additional offices worldwide.

Talla's smart knowledge base automates content management around files, documents, and knowledge. Talla takes care of keeping everything up-to-date, relevant, and organized, so you don’t have to, and can aid in delivery and retrieval of key information for employees and customers. Integrate Talla with your intranet or existing chat platform, including Slack and MS Teams.

More to be announced soon!


Boston Medical Center Rooftop Farm Tour
Thursday, July 12
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
750 Albany Street, 750 Albany Street, Boston 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-medical-center-rooftop-farm-tour-tickets-46373805300

Experience the intersection of food and health on a tour of Boston Medical Center’s rooftop farm. On this tour you will learn about rooftop farming and green roofs, bee keeping, and how Boston Medical Center utilizes their farm in multiple ways to improve the health of our community. 
Hosted by Boston Medical Center, Higher Ground Farm, and Recover Green Roofs.
The farm has two active beehives onsite so please use caution if you are allergic.
Space is limited. Please register to secure your spot.


UNITE - Designing for the Gig Economy
Thursday, July 12
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
The Innovation and Design Building, 1 Design Center Place, #514, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unite-designing-for-the-gig-economy-tickets-46937766122
Cost:  $0 – $20
Onset of the Gig Economy
The modern workplace is changing. According to experts, in just two years, half of us could be members of the so-called 'gig economy'. In the gig economy, companies contract positions to temporary employees rather than create permanent jobs. To some, this change implies greater freedom. For others, the prospect of unstable income coupled with minimal face-to-face contact bodes a potential life of stress and alienation. What will this new world look like? How should we meet its challenges?

The Discussion
Our Summer UNITE panel will tackle the following questions:
When employees are the most valuable resource at most organizations, how are employers reacting to this shift?
What role does design play to tackle these challenges?
How is the gig economy impacting our education system and student expectations?
Join us at KI Furniture, in their brand new showroom, on Thursday, July 12, for an evening of networking, drinks, and discussion of one of the most important changes in the modern workplace. Bring your own questions and contribute to this significant discussion. 
Doors open at 6:30 pm; Discussion begins at 7:00 pm.

UNITE Panel Series
UNITE is a quarterly event series showcasing the intersection of design and everything else. Each UNITE event brings together four thought leaders around a complex topic like entrepreneurship, healthcare, data visualization, and local manufacturing – and only one of the panelists is a designer. During the event, all four panelists bring a unique perspective to the conversation and interact with the audience to explore the topic. Following each discussion are drinks, networking, music, and fun. UNITE events are hosted and sponsored by various generous businesses of the Greater Boston area. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please check out our host page here for more information.

Become a member to attend this event for free.  Membership starts at just $5/month


Town Hall on Climate with Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez
Thursday, July 12
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
First Church In Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/town-hall-on-climate-with-rep-jeffrey-sanchez-tickets-47279720918

State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez will attend a special town hall meeting focused on the climate legislation currently under consideration.  Rep. Sánchez’s active support is crucial in moving climate bills forward to a House vote and final passage. Come to the town hall and support making MA a leader in sustainability and clean energy!
6:30 - 7:00	Registration and light refreshments
7:00 - 8:30	Town Hall!
Sponsored by JP Forum, 350MA Boston Node, Sierra Club, Boston Climate Action Network, Clean Water Action, faith leaders and others.
This event’s electricity needs will be matched with clean, local New England Wind power from MassEnergy.


The Fall of Wisconsin:  The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics
Thursday, July 12
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store. 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and WBUR welcome writer and musician DAN KAUFMAN for a discussion of his new book The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics. He will be joined in conversation by ANTHONY BROOKS, senior political reporter for WBUR.

About The Fall of Wisconsin
For more than a century, Wisconsin has been known nationwide for its progressive ideas and government. It famously served as a "laboratory of democracy," a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea, which championed expertise in the service of the common good. But following a Republican sweep of the state’s government in 2010, Wisconsin’s political heritage was overturned, and the state went Republican for the first time in three decades in the 2016 presidential election, elevating Donald J. Trump to the presidency.
The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, searing account of how the state’s progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country. Dan Kaufman, a Wisconsin native who has been covering the story for several years, traces the history of progressivism that made Wisconsin so widely admired, from the work of celebrated politicians like Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette and Gaylord Nelson, to local traditions like Milwaukee’s “sewer socialism,” to the conservationist ideas of Aldo Leopold and the state’s Native American tribes. Kaufman reveals how the “divide-and-conquer” strategy of Governor Scott Walker and his allies pitted Wisconsin’s citizens against one another so powerful corporations and wealthy donors could effectively take control of state government. As a result, laws protecting voting rights, labor unions, the environment, and public education were rapidly dismantled.

Neither sentimental nor despairing, Kaufman also chronicles the remarkable efforts of citizens who are fighting to reclaim Wisconsin’s progressive legacy against tremendous odds: Chris Taylor, a Democratic assemblywoman exposing the national conservative infrastructure, Mike Wiggins, the head of a Chippewa tribe battling an out-of-state mining company, and Randy Bryce, the ironworker whose long-shot challenge to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has galvanized national resistance to Trump.


One Green Deed Spawns Another: Tales of Inspiration on the Quest for Sustainability
Thursday, July 12
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

One Green Deed Spawns Another traces the unusual path David Mahood followed to become environmentally active, which brought him in contact with some exceptional individuals. Some are as well-known as celebrities; others have flown under the radar.  All of them have equally distinctive stories that have inspired and influenced his philosophy on our relationship to our habitat and fellow species. This book is a compilation of these poignant moments with his environmental heroes and friends and their insightful ideas, and a tribute to the spirit of Earth’s active stewards. 

David C. Mahood is a sustainability consultant, environmental writer and poet.  He holds a BA from the College of Wooster, and an MBA in Sustainability from San Francisco Institute of Architecture.  His articles have appeared in numerous publications including Interiors and Sources, International Ecotourism Society, The Environmental Blog, NEWH Magazine and Living Green Magazine.  His poetry credits include Writer's Cramp, Fifth Street Review, and Prick of the Spindle.  He attributes his environmental epiphany to a desperate act of consciousness back in 1998. David spends most of his time in Massachusetts but can be found in one of various flanking airports. 


The Southern Right Whales of Argentina: A 47-Year Story Written by Biological Research and Citizen Science
Thursday, July 12
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107625&view=Detail

Florencia Ornela Vilches, New England Aquarium Marine Conservation Action Fund Fellow* and Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas researcher
Right whales can be identified by the callosities pattern on their heads. A photographic catalog of 3,200 individually identified southern right whales has been built up on their calving ground at Península Valdés, Argentina, through annual aerial surveys since 1971. This long-term database is a unique resource for research, conservation, and education, and is the backbone of the Right Whale Program, run by Ocean Alliance and Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas (ICB) in the United States and Argentina, respectively. However, the database still represents a relatively small sample of whale life histories occurring in Valdés. To increase this sample size, eight whale watch photographers have contributed 460,000 photographs of whales taken between 2003 and 2016. The operators want to share the life histories of the individual whales they are seeing with about 110,000 tourists they host each year.

Supported by the Marine Conservation Action Fund, ICB researcher Florencia Vilches and Victoria Rowntree, the director of the Right Whale Program in the United States, created a way to integrate these boat-based photographs with the aerial survey catalog. Florencia is directing this project and working with members of the whale watching companies, volunteers with ICB, and local students. Join Florencia in learning how a long-term study resulted in whale life histories, how each of them has contributed to the knowledge about this population, and how a combination of scientific research and the active participation of citizens succeed in filling critical data gaps for a better assessment of the health of Valdés whales and their habitat.

Friday, July 13

Resistance:  Reclaiming an American Tradition
Friday, July 13
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning historian, journalist, and playwright JEFF BIGGERS for a discussion of his latest book, Resistance: Reclaiming an American Tradition.

About Resistance
Across cities, towns, and campuses, Americans are grappling with overwhelming challenges and the daily fallout from the most authoritarian White House policies in recent memory.

In an inspiring narrative history, Jeff Biggers reframes today’s battles as a continuum of a vibrant American tradition. Resistance is a chronicle of the courageous resistance movements that have insured the benchmarks of our democracy―movements that served on the front lines of the American Revolution, the defense of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the defeat of fascism during World War II, and landmark civil rights and environmental protection achievements.
Legendary historian Studs Terkel praised Biggers’s The United States of Appalachia as a "how-to book" in the tradition of the American Revolution. With Resistance, Biggers opens a new window into American history and its meaning today. In a recovery of unsung heroes, including Revolutionary forefather Thomas Paine, Resistance is a provocative reconsideration of the American Revolution, bringing alive early Native American, African American, and immigrant struggles, women’s rights, and environmental justice movements. With lucidity, meticulousness, and wit, Biggers unfolds one of our country’s best-kept secrets: in dealing with the most challenging issues of every generation, resistance to duplicitous civil authority has defined our quintessential American story.


The Good News about Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever--And What to Do about It 
Friday, July 13
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Why don't our kids do what we want them to do? Parents often take the blame for misbehavior, but this obscures a broader trend: in our modern, highly connected age, children have less self-control than ever. About half of the current generation of children will develop a mood or behavioral disorder or a substance addiction by age eighteen. Contemporary kids need to learn independence and responsibility, yet our old ideas of punishments and rewards are preventing this from happening.

To stem this growing crisis of self-regulation, journalist and parenting expert Katherine Reynolds Lewis articulates what she calls The Apprenticeship Model, a new theory of discipline that centers on learning the art of self-control. Blending new scientific research and powerful individual stories of change, Lewis shows that, if we trust our children to face consequences, they will learn to adapt and moderate their own behavior. She watches as chaotic homes become peaceful, bewildered teachers see progress, and her own family grows and evolves in light of these new ideas. You'll recognize your own family in Lewis's sensitive, realistic stories, and you'll find a path to making everyone in your home more capable, kinder, and happier--including yourself.

Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning independent journalist based in the Washington, DC, area who regularly writes for The Atlantic, Fortune, USA Today's magazine group, the Washington Post, and Working Mother magazine. Lewis's byline has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, MSN Money, Money, Mother Jones, the New York Times, Parade, Slate, and the Washington Post Magazine. Her work has won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Chicago Headline Club. She has received fellowships from the Carey Institute for Global Good, the National Press Foundation, the Poynter Institute, and the University of Maryland's Casey Journalism Center. Residencies include Le Moulin à Nef, Ragdale, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her media appearances include CNN, NPR, Bloomberg television and radio, and HuffPost Live, as well as numerous radio programs nationally and internationally. In 2008, Lewis created a website on working moms for About.com, which she ran until 2014, attracting millions of readers to the site, its blog, and a weekly newsletter. She is a certified parent educator with the Parent Encouragement Program in Kensington, Maryland.

Saturday, July 14

Jamaica Plain Garden Tour
Saturday, July 14
10 AM - 2 PM
J.P. Licks Patio, 659 Centre Steet, JP
RSVP at http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/greater-boston/event-38806.html
Cost:  Member: $20 Advance; $24 Door;  Nonmember: $25 Advance; $30 Door;

We're delighted to present the first annual Jamaica Plain Garden Tour! Come enjoy unique access to over twenty private gardens in the Sumner Hill and Central neighborhoods of JP, an area full of charming historical homes and lush perennial gardens. Sites along the route range from creative urban spaces to formal gardens in the English style, to rambling woodland landscapes. Many are hidden gems which you might never otherwise see, featuring beautiful stonework, water elements, and rare specimen plants. Our gratitude goes to the garden owners for opening up these magical spaces in support of the Trustees' 56 community gardens and parks citywide. 

Interested in volunteering as a garden sitter for the tour? Contact Annie Wolf at awolf at thetrustees.org or 617.542.7696 x2127 or sign up here.

Purchase tickets in advance to save time and money. No need to print anything; we'll have a will-call list at the tour start 


20th USA Memory Championship Finals
Saturday, July 14
1:00pm to 5:30pm
MIT, Building W16: Kresge Auditorium, 48 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139

The USA Memory Championship (USAMC) is an annual tournament of memory challenges, founded in 1997 by Tony Dottino and Marshall Tarley. Their vision was to demonstrate that people can be trained to improve their memory, more than ever thought possible.

This year, thirteen Mental Athletes (MAs) have advanced to the finals which will be held live on July 14th at the Kresge Auditorium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. This year’s finalists were selected from a pool of 75 MAs who competed in a variety of qualifying events including memorization of hundreds of faces and names.

The USAMC Championship Round at MIT is open to the public and will consist of five memory events: Words to Remember, Long Term Recall, Musical Chairs, Tea Party, and Double Deck O’Bust. The event is free but registration is required.

About the USAMC
In early 1997, a number of leadership consultants in New York realized the value of memory in the corporate and leadership communities and so the USA Memory Championship was born. National and international records, set by the emerging “Memory Masters,” have reached almost superhuman levels, catching the attention of educational and medical research centers around the world.  The most interesting aspect of the competition is that these records have been set by competitors who began as “ordinary people” with ordinary scores!

For the first half of its existence, USAMC participants had typically received little formal training on memory skills. A watershed moment for the field came in 2006 after a journalist for Slate Magazine covered the event in 2005 and decided to compete the following year. USAMC’s 2006 Champion Josh Foer published the book on his training for the event (Moonwalking with Einstein). Many US MAs compete in international events. The performance of elite US MAs is comparable to the best in the world and a number of retired former champions now have lucrative careers as public speakers.

Mr. Dottino set out to spread the message to the world and educate various communities both personally and professionally that, “Your brain does not stop learning. Your brain is like a muscle. Exercise it!  When given the proper training, the brain strengthens, regardless of age!” 

Sunday, July 15

Farm Techniques For July
Sunday, July 15
12 PM - 1:30 PM
Hurley Street Garden, 213 Hurley Street, Cambridge

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/1940649879278483/

Monday, July 16 -  Friday, July 20

Creativity in Structural Design | International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium
Monday, July 16 (More dates through July 20)
9:00am to 8:00pm
MIT, Building W16: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In July 2018, the annual Symposium of the IASS – International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures – will take place in Boston, an American hub of academics and innovation. Hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the symposium aims to bring together leading designers and researchers working in the fields of structural engineering and architecture from around the world. 

The symposium theme, Creativity in Structural Design, celebrates work in the built environment that pushes beyond the status quo and synthesizes across disciplines to solve important problems of today and the future. Empowered by recent advances in computation, materials, and fabrication, creative structural design is expanding possibilities for shell and spatial structures.

IASS 2018 Boston will take place from July 16 to July 20 on the campus of MIT, with the iconic shell structure of Kresge Auditorium as the principal venue.

More information at https://architecture.mit.edu/building-technology/lecture/creativity-structural-design-international-association-shell-and-spatial

Monday, July 16

SGO Workshop: Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
Monday, July 16
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Workbar, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sgo-workshop-unconscious-bias-in-the-workplace-tickets-46946212385
Cost:  $10

You may have heard about unconscious or implicit bias, but aren't quite sure what it is or have a rudimentary understanding of it. At its core, unconscious bias is just what it sounds like. Bias that we don't consciously register. In this interactive workshop, we'll walk you through its meaning and show you several types of unconscious biases that can play out specifically in the workplace. You'll walk away with a strong grasp of unconscious bias - yes, this means you won't be able to unsee bias, which we promise, is a good thing!

5:30pm-6:00pm - Registration
6:00pm-7:30pm - Workshop
Who should attend?
Anyone interested in learning more about unconscious bias - All genders are welcome!

About the facilitator
Felicia is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of She Geeks Out. Felicia Jadczak is a recognized voice in the diversity and inclusion field. She worked in the technology industry for over ten years, specializing in the creation and development of innovative programs and solutions. She has extensive experience in providing strategic guidance for diversity and inclusion across cross-functional teams. In 2016 she pivoted to focus solely on She Geeks Out. Felicia runs sales and business development, is the lead diversity and inclusion facilitator, and works closely with Co-CEO Rachel Murray on strategy and corporate programming on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Felicia received a BA in Comparative Literature (French, English) from Haverford College. She holds an MBA and a Masters in Information Systems from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and is also the recipient of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management.


CoSI Evening with Representative Jay Livingstone
Monday, July 16
7:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence, Seminar room 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge

Come join us for an insightful conversation about criminal justice reform in our district, and find out how the recent amendment H.4011 affects you! Speaker: State Representative Jay Livingstone RSVP Required: https://goo.gl/forms/vHu2pAzAeysGAwiE3 Contact: Rohini Shivamoggi (rohinis at mit.edu) Dinner will be served!

Tuesday, July 17

Technology breakthrough of the year: Compelling science driven by curious minds 
Tuesday, July 17
10 a.m. Eastern  Duration: 2 hours
RSVP at http://view6.workcast.net/register?pak=3051125943155640&referrer=ScienceWebsite

Join some of today’s most innovative and accomplished thinkers, scientists, and entrepreneurs as they discuss the future of science and technology. This webinar panel discussion is part of the Curious2018 – Future Insight conference, hosted by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, on the occasion of its 350th anniversary. The illustrious panelists represent a broad range of fields, including synthetic biology, artificial intelligence (AI), astrobiology/solar system exploration, and material sciences. Moderated by Tim Appenzeller, News Editor for Science magazine, the two-hour roundtable discussion will delve into how breakthroughs in science and technology are born, and attempt to predict what direction these fields will take over the next century and beyond, and how advances in technology will impact the planet and its inhabitants. Will AI bring an end to society as we know it, as some anticipate? What impact might the discovery of extraterrestrial life have on our understanding of the universe, and indeed of human evolution? And how might the development of new materials or advances in synthetic biology enhance—or diminish—our lives? More information on the panelists and their backgrounds can be found at http://curious2018.com/agenda/aaas-science-roundtable


Blockchain Technology for RECs, Tracking Systems, and Other Energy Market Applications
Tuesday, July 17
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
RSVP at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5796063842725519106

There is a lot of hype around blockchain and distributed ledger systems. There is much uncertainty about how this emerging technology can be used to support new and existing energy markets. 

In this webinar, Alex Anich, Manager—Renewable Market Intelligence at NRG Renewables, and Ben Gerber, Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (MRETS), will sift through the hype 
 and uncertainty to help attendees understand what blockchain and distributed ledger technology is; what some of the positive and negative aspects of the technology are; and how regulators, utilities, and renewable market participants can evaluate the growing number of blockchain applications in development. The presenters will also use a debate-style format to discuss a case study of when blockchain technology may not be the best solution for a specific platform. There will be opportunity for audience questions. 

This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the RPS Collaborative. More information and resources are available at www.cesa.org/projects/renewable-portfolio-standards. 


Blockchain, A.I. and the Future of Media
Tuesday, July 17
5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Venture Café Kendall (5th floor), 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Blockchain-A-I-and-the-Future-of-Media/events/252138982/
Limited capacity event, so we request that you RSVP only if you will be able to join the event in Cambridge or online, thanks***

Join a community of innovators and artists (musicians, filmmakers, photographers), to discuss, design and test a transparent, efficient, and equitable media industry of the future.

The media industry is at an inflection point and there is need to rethink old methods and standards of publishing, licensing and monetizing content (music, films, photos, books, etc.). At this meetup, learn about the experiences of various artists, current developments in blockchain and A.I. related to media, and compelling areas for further research and experimentation. Attendees will have access to the meetups and online community, to share and learn from one another (you may join remotely too).

Speakers at this meetup on July 17th:
Panos Panay (VP at Berklee, Co-founder of Open Music Initiative)
Addy Jeet (Ex-Product Specialist, YouTube Music)
Arjun Mendhi (CEO of MTonomy)

There are various individuals and organization doing excellent work in this space, and we aim to share and further their efforts. If you'd like to present at a meetup, just let us know what you are working on. These community meetups are hosted by MTonomy, a media research startup in Cambridge, MA.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 18

FinTech at CSAIL Initiative Launch
Wednesday, July 18
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building 32-155, Ray and Maria Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fintechcsail-initiative-launch-tickets-46528197090

We invite you to attend the launch of the FinTech at CSAIL initiative. The goal of FinTech at CSAIL is to advance the state-of-the-art in collaboration with select industry partners to address the hardest problems facing the finance industry today.

Join FinTech at CSAIL faculty directors Silvio Micali, Shafi Goldwasser and Andrew Lo, along with founding industry members for the launch of this exciting new collaboration.

The program will take place in the Ray and Maria Stata Center, Room 155, on the first floor.
About FinTech at CSAIL
FinTech at CSAIL will bring together industry, thought leaders, innovators, academics, disruptive technology development, and startup companies that are reinventing global financial services.

We will work closely with industry partners in leveraging innovation from cutting edge research to develop the next generation of impactful technologies that will open up new business models, broaden access, gain new data insights, and improve security.

Through the rigorous research of our faculty coupled with our tradition of collaborating with industry, FinTech at CSAIL will address relevant business problems with long-term vision. 


Who gets PTSD and what helps
Wednesday, July 18
6:30 - 7:30pm
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/who-gets-ptsd-and-what-helps-tickets-47490814304

Karestan Koenen
Media reports of traumatic events such as sexual assaults, terrorist attacks, and catastrophic disasters have become commonplace. While many people think of post traumatic stress disorder in relation to soldiers returning from war, the majority of people with PTSD are civilians. In this talk, Karestan will cover how people respond to such experiences, why some people develop PTSD, and what we know about what helps people recover from these common experiences.

Thursday, July 19

ESIG Webinar: Seams Study for Eastern and Western Interconnections 
Thursday, July 19
2:00 pm 
RSVP at https://uvig.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=uvig&service=6&rnd=0.7495356460642485&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fuvig.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b000000049e64771ec9671a3274a471b7116abef3d2b1ce6f8f1e7a978c18b61192db7908%26siteurl%3Duvig%26confViewID%3D97732937275944636%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAATrXtGe5Y7RJjKhSWKPuXwgKvSpy7yvMy08IeeWc6aDSg2%26

Featured Speaker: Prof. Jim McCalley, Iowa State University
James D. McCalley received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Tech in 1982, 1986, and 1992, respectively. He is an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and the London Professor of Power Systems Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU) where he has been employed since 1992. He was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2003.

He was employed with the Atlanta Gas Light-Company from 1977-1982 and with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), San Francisco, from 1985 to 1990. At PG&E, Dr. McCalley was a transmission engineer where he performed planning, design, and operating studies of the Western US interconnected power grid. He was a registered professional engineer in California.

Moderator: Charlie Smith, ESIG Executive Director

Webinar Abstract: The NREL-led Seams Study identified cost-effective options for upgrading the U.S. electric grid to create a more integrated power system that can drive economic growth and increase efficient development and utilization of the nation's abundant energy resources, including solar, wind, and natural gas. This webinar will present the study results on quantifying the value of enhancing the U.S. interconnection seams. The results of the analysis of a suite of power system futures using long-term capacity expansion, yearlong production cost, and AC power flow models will be presented, providing in-depth insight on the economic, environmental, reliability, and resiliency benefits of the study scenarios.


Environmental Building Council Ascending Professionals Networking Night
July 19
5:30 pm – 7:30
Somerville Brewing Company - Slumbrew 15 Ward St Somerville, MA 02143 USA
RSVP at https://www.cvent.com/events/ebc-ascending-professionals-networking-night/registration-80caa4fc9db0441fba63818ad4a1a6b1.aspx?fqp=true
Cost: $20

Please join the EBC Ascending Professionals Committee for a networking night this July! This event will be held in “The Brewer’s Loft”, a private space at Slumbrew – a Somerville Brewing Company. Registration includes a drink ticket and some truly excellent food: charcuterie board! Hot buttered pretzels! Tater tots! A fluffernutter board!
View the Attendee List
Please note: this event has a capacity of 30 attendees. Make sure to register early.  A waitlist will be created if needed.

Join us at 4:30 p.m. for our summer EBC Ascending Professionals Committee Program Planning Meeting and help the EBC plan events and programs for the fall. For more information and to register for the planning meeting, please follow this link.

Fine Print
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 for a refund. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this program will close at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. Walk-in registration is accepted at the door.

Contact:  617-505-1818


Early Life and the Environment
Thursday, July 19
6:30 - 8pm
Aeronaut, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Dr Kristin Bergmann

More information at http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/


The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet
Thursday, July 19
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107626&view=Detail

Paul Greenberg, James Beard Award-winning author
Omega-3 fatty acids have long been celebrated by doctors and dieticians as key to a healthy heart and a sharper brain. In the last few decades, that promise has been encapsulated in one of America’s most popular dietary supplements. Today, omega-3s are a multibillion-dollar business, and sales are still growing apace, even as recent medical studies caution that the promise of omega-3s may not be what it first appeared.

But a closer look at the omega-3 sensation reveals something much deeper and more troubling. The miracle pill is only the latest product of the reduction industry, a vast, global endeavor that over the last century has boiled down trillions of pounds of marine life into animal feed, fertilizer, margarine, and dietary supplements. The creatures that are the victims of that industry seem insignificant to the untrained eye, but turn out to be essential to the survival of whales, penguins, and fish of all kinds, including many that we love to eat.

Behind these tiny molecules is a big story: of the push and pull of science and business, of the fate of our oceans in a human-dominated age, of the explosion of land food at the expense of healthier and more sustainable seafood, and of the human quest for health and long life at all costs.

James Beard Award-winning author Paul Greenberg probes the rich and surprising history of omega-3s, from the dawn of complex life, when these compounds were first formed; to human prehistory, when the discovery of seafood may have produced major cognitive leaps for our species; and on to the modern era, when omega-3s may point the way to a bold new direction for our food system.

Paul will sign copies of his new book, The Omega Principle, in the Simons IMAX® Theatre lobby directly following his presentation.


RISK!:  True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share
Thursday, July 19
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes comedian, writer, actor, and editor KEVIN ALLISON for a discussion of RISK!: True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share.

About RISK!
Collecting the most celebrated stories from the hit podcast RISK!, along with all-new true tales about explosive secrets and off-the-wall adventures, this book paints a spellbinding portrait of the transformational moments we experience in life but rarely talk about. No topics are off-limits in RISK!, no memories too revealing to share. From accidentally harboring a teen fugitive to being poisoned while tripping on LSD in the Mayan ruins, these stories transport readers into uncharted territory and show how your life can change when you take an extraordinary leap.

In these jaw-dropping stories, edited and introduced by RISK! host Kevin Allison, writers reveal how they pushed drugs for a Mexican cartel only to end up kidnapped and nearly killed, how they joined a terrifying male-empowerment cult and fought desperately for a way out, how they struggled with pregnancy complications and found a hero where they least expected it, and so much more. A lifelong construction worker shares the intimate details of transitioning to being a woman, a bestselling author discusses how he assumed the identity of his babysitter online in a social experiment gone awry, and a beloved comedian discusses how a blow job from a prostitute changed his life. By turns cautionary and inspiring, RISK! presents an extraordinary panorama of the breadth of human experience and offers a stunning tribute to the power of the truth to set us free.


MicroChefs: An Evening for Curious Adults
Thursday, July 19
7:30pm to 10:00pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://reservations.hmsc.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=13
Cost:  $10 members/$15 nonmembers

Wine, beer, sake, coffee, kombucha, yogurt, cheese, chocolate. Discover how our favorite foods are created by tiny microbial “chefs.” Indulge in the edgy intersection of microbiology and cooking to learn how these microbes make their magic. Food and drink will be served at this 21+ event.
During this event, you can: 
Taste a variety of food and drink created by microorganisms. 
Interact with microbial scientists. 
Participate in a flash presentation about the science behind fermented foods—from sauerkraut and kimchi to an aged cheese rind. 
Explore the exhibition Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight
Visit the museum’s sixteen exhibitions. 
Advance tickets required: $10 members/$15 nonmembers
Purchase tickets online 
Tickets include museum admission, one drink ticket and four food tastings.
Additional wine and beer will also be available for purchase.
All attendees must be 21+ (valid government ID is required for entry) 
Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. 

Flash Presentation
Join Esther Miller and Elizabeth Landis in a multisensory exploration that uses microscopy, smell, and taste to uncover how bacteria, yeasts, and molds determine the flavors and textures of breads, cheeses, and fermented vegetables.
There will be two presentations, one at 8:00 pm and one at 8:45 pm to accommodate all attendees. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Speaker Bios
Elizabeth Landis studies microbes (bacteria and yeast) in fermented foods. After completing her master’s degree in soil microbiology, she joined the lab of Dr. Benjamin Wolfe at Tufts University in 2015. She is collecting and characterizing samples of kombucha tea and sourdough bread starters to explore how the species present in these foods interact and evolve over generations of fermentation. She is especially interested in uncovering the incredible and largely unknown diversity that resides in home fermentations around the world.  
Esther Miller, also in Dr. Wolfe’s lab, studies the ecology of bacteria naturally present on cabbage leaves. Her research focuses on lactic acid bacteria—organisms that are crucial to vegetable fermentation. Little is known about how these bacteria colonize cabbage leaves and how they thrive in these miniature ecosystems. Using field and lab experiments, she is researching how other microorganisms affect the growth of these lactic acid bacteria.

Friday July 20

Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country
Friday July 20
7:00 pm

More information at https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/events/2018-07/steve-almond-in-conversation-with-robin-young-br-bad-stories-what-the-hell-just-happened-to-our-country/

Bad Stories is Almond’s effort to make sense of our historical moment, to connect certain dots amid the deluge of hot takes and think pieces.

Steve Almond in conversation with Robin Young


WHEN  Friday, July 20, 2018, 7 p.m.
WHERE  OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	American Repertory Theater
COST  $20-$25
TICKET WEB LINK	  https://ticket.americanrepertorytheater.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=3563
DETAILS	  RESIST(D)ANCE: UNDER CONSTRUCTION is calling all creative leaders, change makers, and body shakers to reclaim space and re-imagine a future where young people have an active role in shaping their cities. A three-part immersive art experience; including an open creative forum for local artists and community leaders to engage in conversation and art making, a live performance featuring poetry, dance and live music, finishing the night with a dance party, highlighting the importance of social dance in black communities. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to come to the open forum with their full creativity ready to write, paint and move — there will be plenty of opportunity to create and share original art and collaborate with other amazing artists and influencers.
LINK  https://americanrepertorytheater.org/shows-events/resistdance/

Saturday, July 21

Zero Hour March
Saturday, July 21
Washington, DC

This a march organized by youth for climate justice.
More information at http://thisiszerohour.org


Coastal Bird Walks at Belle Isle Marsh
Saturday, July 21
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Belle Isle Marsh 1399 Bennington Street, East Boston
RSVP at https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=21:program_code=61054  or call 617-983-8500 

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington St. East Boston, MA 02128, meet in the parking lot.  Join our Coastal Waterbird Education Specialist and the DCR Belle Isle Marsh Supervisor to learn more about our Boston coastal birds.  Belle Isle Marsh offers a unique birding experience as it is close to urban life, but also has a highly productive coastal ecosystem!  FREE

Registration is required.


Fixit Clinic 300 Jamaica Plain Branch, Boston Public Library
Saturday, July 21
10 AM - 1 PM
Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZclG6YI3221ttofBquYsEqX9ZqkUN-jAFKdOqYcywLLS9Hw/viewform

(OUR MAIN WEBSITE: www.fixitclinic.org, see also https://www.facebook.com/FixitClinic/, https://plus.google.com/+FixitClinic)
It helps us to know in advance what you're bringing and what's wrong with it. And while walk-ins are always welcome, we'll make an effort to give priority to participants who fill out this form in advance.

PLEASE READ: Fixit Clinic is a troubleshooting and discovery workshop where everyone's helping everyone else fix their stuff: you are expected to actively participate in the disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair of your item so that you leave fully empowered to share your new-found confidence and insight with your friends, neighbors, and the community at large.

Bring the broken item with all parts necessary to recreate the symptoms (carry-in only: no oversize items)
Bring any parts and tools you already own that might be helpful (e.g. hand tools, sewing supplies)
Come ready to clearly describe what’s wrong and what you’ve tried
Come eager to learn and to share your skills and knowledge with others

Thanks; and we're looking forward to seeing your smiling face at the Fixit Clinic!

(P.S.: If you'd like to be a Fixit Coach (first timers and fixing families always welcome!) sign up here: http://goo.gl/kwVNlv)


Film Screening and Talk-Back with Filmmakers of "The Sounding”
WHEN  Saturday, July 21, 2018, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Boylston Hall, Fong Auditorium, 1279 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Film, Humanities, Poetry/Prose, Special Events, Theater
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Summer School Writing Program and Harvard Extension School Master's Degree Program in Creative Writing and Literature
SPEAKER(S)  Catherine Eaton and Bryan Delaney
DIRECTED BY  Catherine Eaton
WRITTEN BY  Catherine Eaton and Bryan Delaney
COST  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO	Harvard Summer School Writing Program
DETAILS  Join us for a free movie screening of "The Sounding" followed by a talk-back with filmmakers Catherine Eaton and Bryan Delaney. "A mysterious new language leads to conflict and rebellion.”  The event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration required. Seats are available on a first-come basis.

Monday, July 23

Comics and Medicine: An Introduction
Monday, July 23
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Harvard Medical School, Countway Library, 5th Floor Minot Room, 10 Shattuck Street #3, Boston
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSertRyZOHvA9DPguBA5_a5-4ObyXap5zGARWwulbQlDq3K4fg/viewform
Light Refreshments Provided

Graphic medicine is a growing interdisciplinary field that explores the intersection of comics and medicine. Join Matthew Noe, Collection Outreach Librarian and co-editor of GraphicMedicine.org to learn about this exciting field, do some doodling of your own, and explore how you can use comics at Harvard!

This event is a partnership between the HMS Arts and Humanities Initiative (https://artsandhumanities.hms.harvard.edu/) and Countway Library (https://www.countway.harvard.edu). 

Tuesday, July 24

Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing
Tuesday, July 24
10:00am to 12:00pm
MIT, Building 7-238, GIS Lab, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://libcal.mit.edu/event/4271828

Come learn about satellite remote sensing, and get an overview of the many ways to process satellite imagery. There will be demos in ENVI and ArcGIS software, both of which are available in the Geographic Information System (GIS) Lab.


Digital Endpoints
Tuesday, July 24
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, Havana Room, One Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Helbling-Visionary-Series/events/252192232/

The Visionary Series is back after a 6 month hiatus! On July 24th we're extremely excited to welcome Melissa Ceruolo, VP of Software Engineering and Data Products for MC10. She's going to show us what MC10's newly 510k approved BioStamp nPoint system is all about!

The advent of medical grade wearable sensing technology is on the verge of driving significant change in pharmaceutical development and health care innovation. Traditional clinical trials are being redesigned to incorporate digital biomarkers that are collected longitudinally, outside of the clinic. New data and insights will empower clinical decision making, lower trial costs, and ultimately shorten the cycle of bringing new therapeutics to market. BioStamp nPointTM has been specifically designed to enable this path, through the remote capture of annotated, high-fidelity signals paired with analytics and cloud services for data integration into clinical trial management systems.

Refreshments provided by Helbling (6pm-8pm).

6:00-6:30 Refreshments (Swiss Bakers) and Networking
6:30-7:30 Melissa, Intro and Q&A
7:30-8:00 Networking Then join us for the after party at Glass House!

IMPORTANT: Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) is a secured facility, so you will need to check in at the security desk on the first floor. Please bring a photo ID. The CIC can be busy after work with events like these, so we suggest arriving early in case there is a line at the security desk. Your security check-in experience will be faster if your meetup.com account name matches the full name on your ID.


MIT Solve Coastal Communities Challenge
How can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering?
Challenge deadline July 1, 2018

Challenge Overview
Over 30% of humanity lives near coasts, ranging from massive cities to key ports and naval bases to small islands. The effects of climate change – including sea level rise, stronger storms, ocean warming and acidification – are causing increasing negative impacts on these communities’ lives and livelihoods. For the 600 million people supported by the fishing industry, a majority of them women, overfishing, pollution, and acidification threaten their livelihoods and the fragile ecosystems on which they depend. In cities and elsewhere, some communities already face regular flooding due to higher tides, some will see more frequent natural disasters, and others will see tourist-attracting coral reefs or surfing fade.

Further, as 60% of global GDP and 90% of global trade moves through coasts, increased flooding or damage to port infrastructure poses risks for communities and businesses alike, whether or not they are near the ocean. In addition, coastal and ocean ecosystems absorb 25% of our excess CO2, but are often degraded through coastal development, making climate change harder to mitigate.

While facing numerous impacts, coastal communities from Puerto Rico to Dhaka also have the potential to demonstrate resilient and sustainable ways of living near and with the ocean. Doing so will require people to have access to new technological solutions—along with new ways to envision and enact hard decisions about economies, society, and infrastructure. The Solve community aims to find innovative solutions to support and enhance coastal communities, while mitigating and adapting to climate change. To do so, Solve welcomes solutions from innovators around the world that:

Increase the viability and scale of sustainable economic activity from oceans, ranging from fishing to energy production to tourism
Provide cost-effective infrastructure approaches to improve resilience in the face of increased storm-, sea-, and tidewater
Rebuild or replicate mangroves, corals, and other ecosystems to restore historic functions, including storm surge absorption, carbon uptake, and stable fisheries
Enable coastal communities, governments, and corporations to use data to understand and make complex decisions around sustainable and resilient development


Announcing Destination 2040: The next long-range transportation plan for the Boston region

How would you improve the Boston region’s transportation system? That’s the question at the heart of the MPO’s preparations for Destination 2040, which the MPO expects to adopt in the spring of 2019.

Every four years, the MPO identifies the system’s strengths and weaknesses; forecasts changes in population, employment, and land use; and creates a plan to address existing and future mobility needs. The resulting long-range transportation plan (LRTP) allocates funding for major projects in the Boston region and guides the MPO’s funding of capital investment programs and studies.

Use the new Destination 2040 website at http://ctps.org/lrtp-dev to explore the state of the system; learn how the MPO will identify needs, revisit its vision and goals, and prioritize its investments; and share your own interests, concerns, and ideas.


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.


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents

Solar map of Cambridge, MA


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://calendar.mit.edu
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/
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

If you have an event you would like to see here, the submission deadline is 11 AM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.

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