[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - July 15, 2018

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Monday, July 16 -  Friday, July 20

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

Monday, July 16

6am  Multisolving at the Intersection of Health and Climate
5pm  What is sustainable agriculture?
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
1:30pm  Comprehensive Energy Plan Stakeholder Meeting
5:45pm  Blockchain, A.I. and the Future of Media
7pm  Science Cafe Speed Dating: The Environment & Human Health

Wednesday, July 18

7:30am  Boston Sustainability Breakfast
9:30am  FinTech at CSAIL Initiative Launch
6:30pm  Who gets PTSD and what helps
7pm  The King of Content:  Sumner Redstone’s Battle

Thursday, July 19

1:30pm  New Americans Voter Registration Drive
2pm  ESIG Webinar: Seams Study for Eastern and Western Interconnections 
3pm  DEFENSE INNOVATION AT STARTUP SPEED: CYBER SECURITY WITH BAE5:30pm  Environmental Building Council Ascending Professionals Networking Night
6pm  Envision Cambridge Open House 
6pm  Early Life and the Environment
7pm  The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet
7pm  RISK!:  True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share
7:30pm  MicroChefs: An Evening for Curious Adults

Friday July 20

6:30pm  Mind Myths
7pm  Rising:  Dispatches from the New American Shore
7pm  Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country

Saturday, July 21

Zero Hour March
8am  Coastal Bird Walks at Belle Isle Marsh
10am  Fixit Clinic 300 Jamaica Plain Branch, Boston Public Library
11:30am  Swing Left Action Training
6:30pm  Film Screening and Talk-Back with Filmmakers of "The Sounding”
8pm  True Crime: Shattering the Illusion of Justice

Monday, July 23

5:30pm  Comics and Medicine: An Introduction
6pm  AR & VR in Museums: Cuseum and Lightning Talks

Tuesday, July 24

10am  Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing
11am  CBMM Special Seminar: What information dynamics can tell us about ... brains 
6pm  Digital Endpoints
6:30pm  Alone Through Iran: 1144 Miles of Trust


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

Zero Net Energy - JUly 13, 2018


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

Multisolving at the Intersection of Health and Climate
Monday, July 16
6am - 7:30am
RSVP at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/6121520382350236929

Join Climate Interactive as we host a series of webinars to share the findings of our research on how investments in climate and public health can result into multiple benefits at different scales and in different parts of the world. 

On July 16, we will host three panelists from Australia and the United Kingdom who will be sharing some of the bright spots of their work investing in multisolving projects. 

Read our new report on creating climate and health benefits in tandem: https://www.climateinteractive.org/programs/multisolving/multisolving-at-the-intersection-of-health-and-climate/


What is sustainable agriculture?
Monday, July 16
Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.tfaforms.com/4682386

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will host a series of presentations and facilitated discussions on sustainable agriculture at sites in Boston with a food focus. The second part of the series, “What is sustainable agriculture?” will be held at the Kitchen at Boston Public Market on July 16th from 5-7pm in Boston, MA at 100 Hanover Street Boston, MA 02108. Anyone interested in learning more about how the latest issues in agriculture today directly affect our food system are welcome to attend. You will also get a chance to learn what food entrepreneurs at the Boston Public Market are doing to build a more sustainable food system. This is a free event, but registration is requested.


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. 


Comprehensive Energy Plan Stakeholder Meeting
Tuesday, July 17
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Avenue, Tower Auditorium, Boston 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comprehensive-energy-plan-stakeholder-meeting-july-17-boston-tickets-47669867858

Please join the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources for a stakeholder meeting on the Comprehensive Energy Plan. 

In 2016, Governor Baker signed Executive Order No. 569: Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth, which included a directive to publish a Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). This plan is being done in coordination with, and as a complement to, other Commonwealth planning efforts including the Clean Energy and Climate Plan.

The Department of Energy Resources is hosting these stakeholder meetings that will feature a presentation of the CEP’s initial analysis, with topics including data on future demand across transportation, thermal conditioning, and power sectors and will highlight the trends and challenges through 2030. 

Visit our website for more details about the goals and purpose of the CEP. 
Following the event, DOER will send out instructions on how to submit written comments and feedback on the Comprehensive Energy Plan.  
RSVP is required due to limited space.


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.


Science Cafe Speed Dating: The Environment & Human Health
Tuesday, July 17
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-cafe-speed-dating-the-environment-human-health-tickets-47891515813

Join us for a special CafeSci Boston where audience members will have the opportunity to interact with 5 scientists and engineers from MIT and Northeastern University-- speed dating style! You'll get up to 10 minutes with each scientist before switching to your next speaker. After all rotations, we will have a large group audience Q&A.

Speakers and their topics are listed below:
Environmental Exposure, DNA Damage, Mutations and Cancer: One Thing Leads to Another - Jenny Kay, MIT
We study how exposure to environmental chemicals leads to DNA damage, which can lead to genetic mutations if not repaired. The accumulation of mutations in cells leads to cancer, and different genetics can make some people more susceptible to accumulating mutations. In this presentation, Jenny Kay will illustrate the steps of this process with a hands-on model of DNA.
Fluorescence-Based Detection of Pollutants in Air and Water - Jessica Beard, MIT
One of the first steps to cleaning up pollution is detecting the pollutants. This work focuses on creating molecular sensors that, in the presence of specific pollutants, change their fluorescent behavior.
Groundwater and You - Yuwei Zhao, NEU 
What is groundwater, and why it is important to humans? In this presentation, Yuwei Zhao will discuss some of the main contaminates found in groundwater and the process of groundwater remediation.
All Towards Clean Water: From Virtual Chemistry Lab to Successful Water Treatment - Shirin Hojabri, NEU
In this presentation, Shirin Hojabri will discuss groundwater contamination, treatment technologies, and the importance of theoretical modeling as a cost-effective and time efficient optimization tool.
Exploring the Invisible Parts of Our Atmosphere - James Rowe, MIT 
Although we typically think of our atmosphere as filled with gases, solids and liquids can also be present if they are sufficiently small in size. These species are called aerosols particles, and can remain suspended in our atmosphere for week or months at a time. In this presentation, James Rowe will explore how aerosol particles form and how they can react chemically to influence our human health.

WGBH's Boston Public Library Studio. Overflow seating will be located in the Newsfeed Café and is not guaranteed.

Speaker Bios: 
Jenny Kay is a postdoctural fellow and Research Translation Core Director at the MIT Superfund Research Program. finished her PhD at MIT in 2017 studying how inflammation and DNA damage contribute to mutations and cancer. As a postdoc, Jenny wanted to shift her research focus toward public health and environmental toxicology, so she joined the MIT Superfund Research Program as both researcher and communicator. Her role in communicating research to many different audiences is the most fulfilling part of her job; she loves helping people learn!

Jessica Beard is a graudate student in the Swager Group at MIT. After completing her B.A. in Chemistry at Northwestern University in June 2017, she started her graduate studies in organic chemistry at MIT the following September. She is advised by Prof. Timothy Swager and her current projects focus on synthesizing and testing molecular sensors for environmental pollutants. 

Yuwei Zhao is a third-year Ph.D. student. Her research is focusing on electrochemical remediation of groundwater by Fenton or Electro-Fenton method. She is also designing a reactor that can be widely used in water treatment for private and commercial use.

Shirin Hojabri is a PhD candidate at Northeastern University with a background in environmental and geo-environmental engineering. Their interest in mathematical models combined with their passion in providing clean water for all have directed them into environmental engineering. Their goal is to develop a theoretical model to optimize the operation of a sustainable and environmentally-friendly electrochemical technology for remediation of contaminated groundwater. They are currently working with PROTECT (Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats), a multidisciplinary center consisting of five biomedical and environmental research projects, two research support cores and four enrichment cores.

James Rowe is a PhD candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering. He is a first year graduate student studying atmospheric chemistry in the Environmental Engineering department at MIT. He is originally from Atlanta, GA and recently graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is studying environmental science because he loves the outdoors and enjoys understanding it on a deeper level.

Wednesday, July 18

Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, July 18
7:30am - 9am
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-30733943051

Join us every month for Net Impact Boston's informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals for networking, discussion, and moral support. It's important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good! Feel free to drop by any time between 7:30 and 9:00 am.


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.


The King of Content:  Sumner Redstone’s Battle
Wednesday, July 18
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wall-street-journal-reporter-keach-hagey-will-discuss-the-king-of-content-tickets-47966166094

Wall Street Journal Reporter Keach Hagey
The remarkable story of Sumner Redstone, his family legacy, and the battles for all he controls.Sumner Murray Redstone, who lived by the credo "content is king," leveraged his father’s chain of drive-in movie theaters into one of the world’s greatest media empires through a series of audacious takeovers designed to ensure his permanent control. Over the course of this meteoric rise, he made his share of enemies and feuded with nearly every member of his family. In The King of Content, Keach Hagey deconstructs Redstone’s rise from Boston’s West End through Harvard Law School to the highest echelons of American business. Today the ninety-five-year-old mogul’s life has become a tabloid soap opera, the center of acrimonious legal battles throughout his vast holdings, which include Paramount Pictures and two of the largest public media companies, Viacom and CBS. At the heart of these lawsuits is Redstone’s tumultuous love life and complicated relationship with his children. Redstone’s daughter, Shari, has emerged as his de facto successor, but only after she ousted his closest confidant in a fierce power struggle.
About the author: Keach Hagey is a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, covering television and large media companies. Her team’s reporting on the power struggle at Viacom won a “Best in Business” award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Previously, she covered media for Politico, theNational, CBSNews.com, and the Village Voice. She lives in Irvington, New York.

Thursday, July 19

New Americans Voter Registration Drive
Thursday, July 19
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Between Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, 4 South Market Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-americans-voter-registration-drive-tickets-43256309787

One of the best parts of becoming a U.S. citizen is being able to vote. So every time that newly naturalized U.S. citizens are sworn in at Faneuil Hall (2-3 times a month), we greet them at the door and invite them to register to vote right there. Join our next voter registration drive and help us ensure that all U.S. citizens make their voices heard – whether they're citizens by birth, or by choice. 

No prior experience necessary; we'll train you! If you want to bring a group, email jrivera at miracoalition.org.


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.


Thursday, July 19 
3:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venture Cafe at Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge



Environmental Building Council Ascending Professionals Networking Night
Thursday, 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


Envision Cambridge Open House 
Thursday, July 19
6:00-8:00 pm
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 

Proposed recommendations from the Envision Cambridge working groups on housing, economy, mobility, climate & environment, community wellbeing, and urban form will be presented.  Particpants will be invited to discuss, ask questions, and propose new  actions.  For more information, see the Envision Cambridge website at http://envision.cambridgema.gov


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

Mind Myths
Friday, July 20
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mind-myths-tickets-47717404040
Cost:  $15

Join us for an evening of short presentations and fast-paced, conversations about the mind. Leading researchers and fellow brain enthusiasts will share insights and bust a few long-standing myths. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Will playing Mozart to babies make them smarter? Find out in a fun night of speed-geeking.
This event is 21+ and the fee includes one complimentary drink. Snacks and a cash bar will be available. 
Robert Ajemian, Research Scientist, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT
Alex Gomez-Marin, Lead Researcher, Instituto de Neurociencias, Spain
Jacque Ip, Simons Center for the Social Brain, MIT
Amanda Tarullo, Director, Brain and Early Experiences Laboratory, Boston University
Presented in conjunction with The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal.


Rising:  Dispatches from the New American Shore
Friday, July 20
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome award-winning journalist and Brown University lecturer ELIZABETH RUSH for a discussion of her latest book, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore.
About Rising

Harvey. Maria. Irma. Sandy. Katrina. We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant―and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways.

In this highly original work of lyrical reportage, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place. Weaving firsthand accounts from those facing this choice―a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago―with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of the communities both currently at risk and already displaced, Risingprivileges the voices of those usually kept at the margins.

At once polyphonic and precise, Rising is a shimmering meditation on vulnerability and on vulnerable communities, both human and more than human, and on how to let go of the places we love.


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)


Swing Left Action Training
Saturday, July 21
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Brookline Library, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington Street, Brookline
RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/swing-left-get-out-the-vote-training/

Don't miss this one-time only opportunity for you and your group to learn organizing skills for electoral action led by Marshall Ganz, the architect of Obama's 2008 field campaign. 

This is no ordinary webinar! It will include virtual breakouts, practice exercises and opportunities to interact virtually with the trainers. The first half of this training will feature an intensive two-hour Personal Story training, facilitated Marshall Ganz. Event hosts will co-facilitate the breakout sessions. Swing Left will provide the materials and guidance necessary to make these satellite events a success.


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.


True Crime: Shattering the Illusion of Justice
Sunday, July 22
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT (Doors open at 7pm, event starts at 8 pm.)
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/true-crime-shattering-the-illusion-of-justice-tickets-47595731113
Cost:  $26, at the door (if not sold out) for $31. Advance ticket sales close at 5 pm on day of show. All ticket sales are FINAL. 
All seating is general admission, first-come-first-serve. 

Featuring The Staircase’s David Rudolf and Making a Murderer’s Jerry Buting
Attorneys David Rudolf and Jerry Buting join forces for a night of intriguing conversation surrounding fundamental flaws in the criminal justice system. They met more than 30 years ago, when Jerry was David’s student in a law school clinic. Both are now dynamic criminal defense lawyers at the center of the issues raised by recent true crime series. Rudolf is the attorney for Michael Peterson as featured in The Staircase and Buting is the attorney for Steven Avery as featured in Making a Murderer. Q&A format with discussion of unanswered questions.

About Jerry Buting:
Jerome F. Buting is a partner in the Brookfield, Wisconsin law firm of Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C. He received his undergraduate degree in Forensic Studies from Indiana University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He is a past board director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the recipient of the 2017 NACDL Champion of Justice Legal Award, and a past president of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was a trial public defender for 9 years in Milwaukee. His present private practice is entirely criminal defense, both trials and appeals. He has defended the citizen accused in many serious high profile trial cases, including the Steven Avery case as shown in the Netflix documentary, “Making a Murderer” and he obtained the reversal of convictions in State of Wisconsin v. Ted Oswald and State of Wisconsin v. Ralph Armstrong (reversing a 29 year old murder conviction). He lectures worldwide and is frequently sought after for his knowledge in the use of expert witnesses and DNA evidence. His first book is “Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System,” (Harper 2017).

About David Rudolf: 
David Rudolf is one of the pre-eminent trial lawyers in the country, specializing in high-profile and complex criminal and civil rights cases. Mr. Rudolf has been listed for more than twenty-five years in the Best Lawyers in America and was one of only three criminal defense lawyers recently selected for the inaugural class of the North Carolina Lawyer Hall of Fame. In recent years, in addition to securing acquittals in two high-profile federal and state criminal trials, he has successfully represented individuals in civil litigation against law enforcement agencies arising from wrongful convictions. Rudolf has taught Trial Advocacy at the UNC School of Law and for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and Criminal Litigation at Duke University School of Law. He has also been recognized for his work with professional organizations, serving in various leadership positions in the ABA Criminal Justice Section, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and Advocates for Justice. Most recently, he has received world-wide acclaim for his representation of Michael Peterson in The Staircase on Netflix.

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). 


AR & VR in Museums: Cuseum and Lightning Talks
Monday, July 23
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Alley powered by Verizon Cambridge, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Virtual-Reality/events/251684580/
Cost: $6.00

Join us for an evening of lighting talks and demonstrations on VR and AR for Museums. We'll have a big crowd from the museum professionals community and VR/AR makers.

We have the lineup, now, with details coming soon. If you have a talk or demonstration you'd like to contribute, let us know!

Dan Sullivan is a the Head of Growth & Partnerships at Cuseum, a company that works with museums and cultural institutions to help them better engage visitors using digital tools. One of the core components to Cuseum's approach revolves around experimentation. Dan will be discussing some of their experiments in the museum space using augmented reality to challenge the traditional museum experience.

AR and VR technology innovation at Verizon.
From advertising, to wayfinding to curating a digital experience. Enrvmnt offers a virtual world that excites visitors with new ways to explore, discover and learn.

We will present two AR applications, HoloMuse and ARtLens, developed by the Wellesley HCI Lab in close collaboration with the Davis Museum. Our goal is to allow users to engage with museum artifacts in novel ways and to enhance object-based learning. We will also present findings from investigating the impact of these applications on learning and engagement with college-level art history and archeology students. Orit Shaer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and director of the Media Arts and Sciences Program at Wellesley College. She found and directs the Wellesley College Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab.

Alan Foster will discuss the biggest problems facing libraries and archives, and how augmented reality can be used to solve them.
His talk will include the results of MIT Media Lab research into the use of terahertz radiation scanning to scan rare books into holograms, and discuss how head-mounted displays can make mixed collections easier to navigate.

ROTU Entertainment and Media, Ltd., (“ROTU”) is a VR content development start-up focused on new VR game mechanics and audio implementation techniques to deliver realistic immersion. Our flagship products are musically inspired episodic VR games called, Rhythm of the Universe. We will discuss how immersive media and haptic technologies are reinventing art and museum exhibits to attract future generations. ROTU will discuss the use of its existing content to create a compelling exhibit.

For centuries, museums have provided as much context as possible for their historical artifacts. Physical devices are helpful, like writing a good plaque, grouping the objects, building visual dioramas, and later, audio tours have become popular. Augmented Reality (AR) is a way to provide an interactive and radically more informative context for the physical objects. With AR we can see "inside" them, see them situated in recreations of their cultural context, and click-though to the entire internet's worth of information about it. Similarly, Virtual Reality (VR) can re-create lost or distant cultural environments, which we can interact with. Dr. Jacobson will survey what is possible and briefly introduce his own work in this area.

Each one of the talks, above will be accompanied by a demonstration.

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.


CBMM Special Seminar: What information dynamics can tell us about ... brains 
Tuesday, July 24
11:00am to 12:00pm
MIT, Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Joseph T. Lizier, The University of Sydney
Abstract:  The space-time dynamics of interactions in neural systems are often described using terminology of information processing, or computation, in particular with reference to information being stored, transferred and modified in these systems. In this talk, we describe an information-theoretic framework -- information dynamics --  that we have used to quantify each of these operations on information, and their dynamics in space and time. Not only does this framework quantitatively align with natural qualitative descriptions of neural information processing, it provides multiple complementary perspectives on how, where and why a system is exhibiting complexity. We will review the application of this framework in computational neuroscience, describing what it can and indeed has revealed in this domain. First, we discuss examples of characterising behavioural regimes and responses in terms of information processing, including under different neural conditions and around critical states. Next, we show how the space-time dynamics of information storage, transfer and modification directly reveal how distributed computation is implemented in a system, highlighting information processing hot-spots and emergent computational structures, and providing evidence for conjectures on neural information processing such as predictive coding theory. Finally, via applications to several models of dynamical networks and human brain images, we demonstrate how information dynamics relates the structure of complex networks to their function, and how it can invert such analysis to infer structure from dynamics.


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.


Alone Through Iran: 1144 Miles of Trust
Tuesday, July 24
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall, Cambridge

Kristina Paltén, a lone Swedish woman, began her run through Iran on September 5th 2015 becoming the first woman to ever run across Iran. Kristina was inspired to run across Iran for three main reasons: the beautiful topography, the long-distance journey and her own prejudices against the country which she only knew about through western news coverage. The film follows Kristina before, during and after her run and capturing the physical as well as psychological journey as she challenges her fears and prejudices by meeting the people she has heard so little about, the people along the road in Iran. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 25

New Hampshire Eat Local Month
Wednesday, July 25
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/august-is-nh-eat-local-month-tickets-46852210222

The NH Food Alliance is so excited to have our next webinar about New Hampshire Eat Local Month, celebrated annually in August! 
Our presenter on this topic is Jen Risley, the Executive Director of Monadnock Buy Local since 2009. She has long-term experience promoting local food and farms, and also has worked for the Monadnock Food Co-op in marketing. We can’t wait to learn from her experience. 

This webinar is completely free, and you can register easily using Eventbrite. Although this month’s topic is about NH Eat Local Month, participants from other areas of the country can expect to gain valuable insight into how to promote their own area’s local products! NH Eat Local Month is all about creating inspiration to eat more local food throughout the year, and to help people gain knowledge about where their food comes from. All of our webinars end with an interactive Q&A session so you can get more involved. 


Perspectives on New Media in Museums
WHEN  Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE	Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Support for the lecture is provided by the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.
Support for Nam June Paik: Screen Play and related programming was provided by the Rosenblatt Fund for Post-War American Art, the Agnes Gund Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art, the José Soriano Fund, and the M. Victor Leventritt Fund. In addition, modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.
COST  Free admission, but seating is limited.
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar/perspectives-on-new-media-in-museums
TICKET INFO  Free admission, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person.
CONTACT INFO  (617) 495-9400
DETAILS  Perspectives on New Media in Museums
Kate Lewis, the Agnes Gund Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, will discuss the challenges of caring for time-based media art. Conservators must grapple with technical obsolescence, navigate complex hardware and software, and satisfy unusual installation demands. Lewis will focus on works by Nam June Paik, Nalini Malani, Tania Bruguera, and others.
Following her talk, Lewis will be joined by Mary Schneider Enriquez, the Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Marina Isgro, the inaugural Nam June Paik Research Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums, for a conversation about new media in museums.
This lecture is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Nam June Paik: Screen Play, which celebrates a recent gift from Paik’s nephew and Harvard alumnus Ken Hakuta (M.B.A. ’77). Hakuta donated nine works by Paik to the museums and established the Nam June Paik Research Fellowship, making the Harvard Art Museums an important repository of the artist’s work for exhibition, study, and research.
The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
Free admission, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30 p.m at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person.
After the talk, guests are invited to view the Nam June Paik: Screen Play exhibition on Level 3 until 8 p.m.
Complimentary parking is available in the Oxford Street Garage.
LINK  https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar/perspectives-on-new-media-in-museums


Pediatric brain cancer
Wednesday, July 25
6:30 - 7:30pm
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

Pratiti (Mimi) Bandopadhayay


Old in Art School:  A Memoir of Starting Over
Wednesday, July 25
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed historian and artist NELL PAINTER for a discussion of her latest book, Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over. She will be joined in conversation by bestselling author, curator, and Harvard Assistant Professor SARAH LEWIS.

About Old in Art School
Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school―in her sixties―to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves, even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued; and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived.

How are women and artists seen and judged by their age, looks, and race? What does it mean when someone says, “You will never be an artist”? Who defines what “An Artist” is and all that goes with such an identity, and how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value, and difference?

Old in Art School is Nell Painter’s ongoing exploration of those crucial questions. Bringing to bear incisive insights from two careers, Painter weaves a frank, funny, and often surprising tale of her move from academia to art.

Thursday, July 26

Rally for Union Rights for Public Defenders
Thursday, July 26
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

Join employees of the Massachusetts public defender agency, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, at a rally in support of pending legislation which would grant them the right to collectively bargain and seek the protections of a contract. We are hoping for support from the progressive activist community. Thank you!

MORE INFO:  Join us at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, July 26th to support employees of the Massachusetts Public Defender agency (the Committee for Public Counsel Services) as we continue our struggle to pass House & Senate Bill 1426.

For the past decade we have been actively fighting to win the right to collectively bargain and seek the protections of a contract - rights the employees of other Massachusetts state wide agencies have had for decades.

Why support public defenders?

Public defenders ensure that poor people?s constitutional rights are protected. They embody a commitment to justice shared by both liberals and conservatives. They are on the front lines of the fight to reduce the
number of people warehoused in our state prisons and county jails, including those awaiting trial, legally innocent, but too poor to post bail.

Public defenders ensure that our Constitution is not just an empty promise, by standing up for the rights of poor people the government seeks to incarcerate. Our clients are disproportionately people of color, and too often people struggling with mental illness, addiction, or both.

We are asking for fairness - the same right to collectively bargain as all other state workers have. We have been building a movement which includes not only attorneys, but ALL employees of the Massachusetts Public Defender agency, called the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS).

How can you help?
Right now we have two bills pending on Beacon Hill - Senate Bill #1426 and House Bill #1426:


2018 Babson Summer Venture Showcase 
Thursday, July 26
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-babson-summer-venture-showcase-tickets-47166279612

1 p.m. Registration begins
2 p.m. Opening remarks/presentation
4 p.m. Networking

15 startups will share their stories and present their business ventures.

The Summer Venture Program is a 10-week intensive experience that builds entrepreneurial skills and accelerates the development of student ventures. This year 15 teams, ranging from consumer products, fashion, and tech industries, were chosen among the most promising graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurs.


Greentown Labs BOLD IDEAS CHALLENGE: Ideation Event
Thursday, July 26
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greentown-labs-bold-ideas-challenge-ideation-event-tickets-45478061105

Greentown Labs BOLD IDEAS CHALLENGE is a 6-month accelerator program housed at Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States and focussed on connecting entrepreneurs with the mentors, team members, business and technical resources they need to launch successful ventures all with support and collaboration from Schneider Electric.
Join Greentown Labs and Schneider Electric to celebrate the launch of the Greentown Labs BOLD IDEAS CHALLENGE program. At this event attendees will:
Pitch their Ideas within Energy Management and Automation
Hear from Schneider Electric’s Business Unit leaders on how startups can disrupt energy management and automation
Meet other entrepreneurs and mentors interested in working on venture creation within the energy space
Check out the Greentown Labs BOLD IDEAS CHALLENGE Landing Page for more information on this accelerator APPLICATIONS DUE JULY 20, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

Event Program:
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Reception
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Opening Remarks
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Schneider Tech Teams Talk
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Tech Break-Outs
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Idea Lightning Pitches
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Networking
Schneider Electric Attendees:
Heriberto Diarte, Responsible for Corporate Ventures & External Innovation
Kevin Self, SVP of Strategy, Business Development & Government Relations
Barry Coflan, SVP - Chief Technology Officer of EcoBuilding Division
Andy Haun, SVP, Chief Technology Officer of the Microgrids Division
Kevin Brown, SVP of Innovation & Chief Technology Officer of the IT Division
Makarand Joshi, Director of Product Strategy & EcoStruxure Technology Platforms
Mark Feasel, VP of Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid
Jean-Louis Stasi, SVP of New Products & Innovation

Friday, July 27

Lillian Hoddeson & Peter Garrett: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
Friday, July 27
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett to the bookstore to discuss their book, The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Times of Stanford R. Ovshinsky.

The Man Who Saw Tomorrow is the first full-length biography Stanford R. Ovshinsky, a brilliant, self-taught inventor whose discoveries in materials science and innovations in information technology continue to shape our world, from rechargeable batteries to solar panels.

Sunday, July 29

5th Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival
WHEN  Sunday, July 29, 2018, 12 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Danehy Park, 99 Sherman Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Cambridge Jazz Festival
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Join us for the 5th Annual Free Cambridge Jazz Festival! Our Headliner, three time Grammy Winner, Terri Lyne Carrington will perform a Tribute to Geri Allen. In addition, other performers include: Gabrielle Goodman, Recetia de Samba feat. Anna Borges & Bill Ward, The Toth Bros. and The ron Savage Trio. Come out for a fun-filled event which will include some of the best food trucks, face painting, merchandise vendors and a jazz museum!
LINK  http://www.cambridgejazzfestival.org


Be the Change: Massachusetts Bail Fund
Sunday, July 29
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Be the Change LogoAt any given time, more than 450,000 people nationwide are imprisoned pre-trial because they cannot afford to pay bail. The majority of the more than 7,500 people in Massachusetts jails are being held on bail before they’ve been convicted - for weeks, months, and years, some for as low as $25.  

The Massachusetts Bail Fund, an all volunteer non-profit in Cambridge, posts up to $500 bail for people throughout Massachusetts.  We have posted bail for over 1000 of our neighbors and have spent almost half a million dollars. Our volunteers have met some of the people whose bail we have posted and heard their stories: a mother who had infant twins in the NICU; a daughter who needed to drive her mother to chemo treatment; a granddaughter who needed to get to her grandfather’s funeral; a man who was recovering from heart surgery; people who needed drug treatment and mental health care.

Come learn how the Bail system works in MA, how bail is posted at jails, courts, and police stations, the impact elected District Attorneys have on creating and maintaining this unjust system, and what you can do in your community to help further our work abolishing this unjust system.

Atara Rich-Shea is a prison abolitist and the Director of Operations for the Massachusetts Bail Fund where she manages the daily bail operations and larger ongoing projects aimed at ending the unjust system of pretrial incarceration and supervision in Massachusetts.  She was previously a Staff Attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel Services( MA Public Defender's Office). She defended indigent clients in both District and Superior court where she first noticed the drastic difference in the way her jailed clients were treated.  She has worked with and court involved youth and survivors of sexual violence. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in 2001 and her J.D. from Suffolk University.  

20% of sales from 3-5PM will be donated to The Massachusetts Bail Fund.

Monday, July 30

Joe Karaganis & Evelin Heidel: Shadow Libraries
Monday, July 30
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50,  301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Joe Karaganis and Evelin Heidel to the bookstore to discuss their book, Shadow Libraries: Access to Knowledge in Global Higher Education.

Shadow Libraries explores how students get the materials they need as opportunities for higher education expand but funding shrinks. From the top down, the book’s contributors examine the institutions and policy battles that have shaped the provision of educational materials. From the bottom up, the contributors to Shadow Libraries explore how students get the materials they need–from informal student networks and Facebook groups to downloading from unauthorized sources and the ubiquitous practice of photocopying.

Joe Karaganis is Vice President of The American Assembly, a public policy institute at Columbia University, and editor of Media Piracy in Emerging Economies.
Evelin Heidel (aka scann) is a teacher and open knowledge advocate from Argentina with deep experience in DIY digitization.

Tuesday, July 31

Introduction to Virtual Reality
Tuesday, July 31
10:00am to 12:00pm
MIT, Building 7-238, GIS Lab, Rotch Library, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://libcal.mit.edu/event/4271833

Come hear an overview of VR hardware and software, and learn different ways to get started with this technology. There will be demos of current applications ongoing in the GIS Lab using an HTC Vive.


Eager:  The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
Tuesday, July 31
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning environmental journalist BEN GOLDFARB for a discussion of his latest book, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.

About Eager
In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”—including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens—recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts.

Eager is a powerful story about one of the world’s most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. Ultimately, it’s about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travelers on this planet.


Crop Diseases That Threaten Global Food Security (and Your Breakfast)
WHEN  Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Exhibitions, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Museum of Natural History, presented in collaboration with the American Phytopathological Society (Teaching Committee and Office of Professionalism and Outreach) and the International Society for Plant Pathology Task Force on Global Food Security, as part of the 2018 International Congress of Plant Pathology.
SPEAKER(S)  Jacques Avelino, Plant Pathologist, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), Meghan Dewdney, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Citrus Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Gary Foster, Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology, University of Bristol, Randy C. Ploetz, Professor of Plant Pathology, Tropical Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, and Angela Records, International Agricultural Research Advisor, United States Agency for International Development. Moderated by Jean Beagle Ristaino, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Plant Pathology and Director of Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security, North Carolina State University.
CONTACT INFO  (617) 495-3045, hmnh at hmsc.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Coffee, oranges, bananas, and potatoes are among the most widely-consumed breakfast foods in the United States. What if these morning staples were to become scarce or unavailable? In this panel discussion, specialists in plant pathology and agriculture will discuss the emerging diseases that pose serious threats to these and other crops, and to the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people involved in their cultivation. The panelists will highlight approaches to understanding the evolution of plant pathogens, tracking how they spread around the globe, and developing strategies to combat plant diseases that are threatening global food production. Panel Discussion. Free and open to the public. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.
LINK  https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/crop-diseases-threaten-global-food-security-and-your-breakfast


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.

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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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