[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - August 12, 2018

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Monday, August 13

10am  Fetal Facial Expression in Response to Intravaginal Music Emission
12pm  Numerical Methods for Modeling, Simulation and Control for Deformable Robots
6pm  Boston New Technology FinTech & Blockchain Startup Showcase #BNT92 (21+)
7pm  The Gulf:  The Making of an American Sea

Tuesday, August 14, 6:00 PM - Thursday, August 16, 1:00 PM 

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Public Meeting (In Person Meeting 

Tuesday, August 14

7:30am  Healthy Building Summit - Wellness is the Bottom Line
1:15pm  DANCE 2050: What is the Future of Dance in Higher Education?
2pm  The RBR50: Viewing the Robotics Landscape in 2018
5pm  Slow Food Boston Summer Social
6pm  Mobilizing for municipal broadband 
6pm  Play Labs Demo Day
6:30pm  Cerebral Cinema: Inception with Dr. Steve Ramirez
7pm  Meeting of the Boston chapter of Science for the People

Wednesday, August 15

7:30am  Boston Sustainability Breakfast
10:30am  SBN on Tour at Red's Best
5:45pm  Blockchain, A.I. and the Future of Media
6:30pm  The Future of Transportation
6:30pm  IPFS: The Interplanetary File System
7pm  We're Doomed. Now What?:  Essays on War and Climate Change
7pm  Grow What You Love

Thursday, August 16

11am  The Future is Virtual
3pm  TEDxBeacon Street Salon:  Exploration
7pm  Small Town, Big Oil: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the Richest Man in the World-And Won 
7pm  Kin Dza Dza - Film Screening

Friday, August 17, 9:00 AM – Sunday, August 19, 5:00 PM

DevConf.US 2018

Friday, August 17

8:30am  Zero Carbon Buildings by Carbon Based Lifeforms
7pm  The Resistance Cookbook: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres in the Kitchen 

Saturday, August 18

8am  Coastal Bird Walks at Belle Isle Marsh
10:30am  Native Plants for New England Gardens
11am  Fixit Clinic 302 Cambridge Public Library

Sunday August 19

12pm  Fresh Pond: Annual Monarch butterfly release
6pm  Music, Peace, and Hoppiness - Putting Peace on the Ballot

Monday, August 20

10am  Did the Emperor of Morocco Really Father 888 Children?
7pm  Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge

Tuesday, August 21

6pm  She Geeks Out Panel: Meet the female candidates standing up for change


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

Notes on Selected Fables of LaFontaine


Monday, August 13

Fetal Facial Expression in Response to Intravaginal Music Emission
Monday, August 13
10 am
Toscanini’s Ice Cream, 159 First St., Cambridge

Marc Abrahams and Gus Rancatore


Numerical Methods for Modeling, Simulation and Control for Deformable Robots
Monday, August 13
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wyss Institute, 60 Oxford Street, Room 330, Cambridge

Dr. Christian Duriez, Research Director, DEFROST
The design of robots can now be done with complex deformable structures, close to organic material that can be found in nature. Soft robotics opens very interesting perspectives in terms of human interaction, new applications, cost reduction, robustness, security… Soft robotics could bring new advances in robotics in the coming years. However these robots being highly deformable, traditional modeling and control methods used in robotics do not fully apply. During this talk, this scientific challenge of modeling and control of soft robot will be presented. Dr. Duriez will also present contributions which make use of methods from numerical mechanics (like Finite Element Methods) and adapt them to fulfill the constraints of robotics: real-time computation, direct and inverse kinematic models, and closed loop control.

ana.villardejimenez at wyss.harvard.edu


Boston New Technology FinTech & Blockchain Startup Showcase #BNT92 (21+)
Monday, August 13
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Yard, 120 St James Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/252811885/
Cost: $15.00 /per person

21+. Join Boston New Technology on August 13th at The Yard: Back Bay's coworking offices to:
See 7 innovative and exciting local FinTech & Blockchain demos, presented by startup founders
Network with 200 attendees
Get your free professional headshot photo from The Boston Headshot (non-intrusively watermarked)
Enjoy pizza, salad, beer and wine
Each company presents an overview and demo of their product within 5 minutes and discusses questions with the audience.

Save 50% by purchasing at least 48 hours in advance.
Attendees must be 21+, due to alcohol being served.


The Gulf:  The Making of an American Sea
Monday, August 13
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author and environmental historian JACK E. DAVIS for a discussion of his latest book, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea—winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History.

About The Gulf
Hailed as a “nonfiction epic . . . in the tradition of Jared Diamond’s best-seller Collapse, and Simon Winchester’s Atlantic” by the Dallas Morning News, Jack E. Davis’s The Gulf is what the Wall Street Journal calls “by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of ‘America’s Sea.’” Illuminating America’s political and economic relationship with the environment from the age of the conquistadors to the present, Davis demonstrates how the Gulf’s fruitful ecosystems and exceptional beauty empowered a growing nation. Filled with vivid, untold stories from the sportfish that launched Gulfside vacationing to Hollywood’s role in the country’s first offshore oil wells, this “vast and well-told story shows how we made the Gulf [into] a national sacrifice zone” (Bill McKibben). The first and only study of its kind, The Gulf offers what Edward O. Wilson calls “a unique and illuminating history of the American Southern coast and sea as it should be written.”

Tuesday, August 14, 6:00 PM - Thursday, August 16, 1:00 PM 

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Public Meeting (In Person Meeting 
Tuesday, August 14 6:00 PM - Thursday, August 16, 1:00 PM (EDT)
Boston Park Plaza, 50 Park Plaza, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-environmental-justice-advisory-council-nejac-public-meeting-in-person-meeting-option-registration-44932493297

This registration is for the in-person meeting only. If you would like to attend by teleconference please register here - https://nejac-public-teleconference-option-august-2018.eventbrite.com

The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Public Meeting

Public Comment Period:  Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time
Public Meeting:  Wednesday, August 15, 2018 -  9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Eastern Time 
Public Meeting:  Thursday, August 16, 2018 -  9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Eastern Time  

The meeting discussion will focus on several topics including, but not limited to, environmental justice concerns of communities in Boston, MA and surrounding areas; discussion and deliberation of the final report from the NEJAC Environmental Justice and Water Infrastructure Finance and Capacity Work Group; and the proactive efforts of EPA Region 1 to advance environmental justice.   
Final meeting agenda and any handouts will be sent out when registration closes.  

Tuesday, August 14

Healthy Building Summit - Wellness is the Bottom Line
Tuesday, August 14
7:30am - 12pm
Le Meridien, Cambridge-MIT, 20 Sidney Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://usgbcma.org
Cost:  $53.55 - 69.31

In 2018, the World Green Building Council reported that buildings designed for occupant wellness reported healthier, happier, and more productive employees. One Harvard University study even found that better air quality in office environments was linked with higher cognitive function in occupants.

The data shows that healthy buildings are not a frivolous expense. In fact, they can directly improve the bottom line of many organizations. Yet from Health Product Declarations (HPD) to Red Lists, WELL to FitWell, and LEED to the Living Building Challenge, the avenues for pursuing healthy buildings for your occupants can be overwhelming.

We want to empower you with healthy building strategies so that the people who occupy your buildings, as your employees, your tenants, or your clients can be productive and feel great in an optimal working environment.

For our Healthy Building Summit, we have gathered an expert panel from top corporations and institutions. Join us for a hot breakfast and converse with your colleagues about healthy buildings. Afterwards, our panel will spearhead a discussion, engaging the audience with provocative questions and information on the science and engineering of healthy buildings.

7:30–8:30 – breakfast and networking
8:30–9:30 – Kickoff Presentations from the Panel
9:30–10:15 – Roundtable Discussions
10:15–10:30 – Break
10:30 – Panel Responses to Roundtable Provocations
11:00–11:30 – Whole-Room Moderated Conversation
11:30–12:00 – Networking

Meet our Presenters
Moderator, Nadav Malin, President, BuildingGreen
Nadav is the building industry’s acknowledged go-to resource when you need a thoughtful perspective on the materials and design solutions that define sustainable building practice. He is an experienced trainer and facilitator, convening the network of architecture firm Sustainable Design Leaders and teaching diverse groups about LEED and green building. He consults and leads workshops for major corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and design firms. He is a LEED Fellow and Honorary AIA.

Heather Henriksen
Managing Director, Harvard University Office for Sustainability
Heather Henriksen has served as Harvard University’s chief sustainability officer since 2008, advising the President and senior leadership on strategy and building an organizational change initiative that resulted in the University community achieving its initial science-based climate goal of a 30% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions, from 2006 to 2016, despite the addition of over 3 million square feet of space. Heather directs the Office for Sustainability which oversees the implementation of the Harvard’s comprehensive Sustainability Plan (co-created with faculty and students in 2014) and the University’s ambitious new Climate Action Plan, announced by President Drew Faust, which sets bold targets to transform campus operations to be fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026.

George Bandy
Vice President of Sustainability and Commercial Marketing, Mohawk
George provides substantial knowledge of the concepts and practices of sustainability. He believes that looking at opportunities to position environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for customers can set the standard for other businesses to follow that will result in a brighter future for us all. George is a dynamic speaker that shares the vision for a sustainable future; covering such topics as: The Business Case for Sustainability, Health and Wellness, Innovation and Smart Design, Greening the Supply Chain, Social Sustainability, Marketing for 2020 Minds and Culture Change. In addition to his duties at Mohawk, George is the former Chairman of the Board at the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Monica Nakielski
Director, Sustainability and Environmental Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Monica Nakielski, of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is one of the professionals responsible for providing leadership and vision for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts sustainability and environmental health strategy. Nakielski earned her MBA from the Simmons School of Management and a B.S. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her most recent work has been advocating for positive impact on the environment, health, and climate within hospitals and the medical industry. Prior to the Blue Cross Blue Shield, she was the senior program manager for Partners Healthcare developing sustainable initiatives for 16 medical facilities.

Jeff Hyman
Associate Director, Environment Health & Safety US at EMD Serono, Inc.
Jeffrey Hyman is the Environment Health and Safety Associate Director at EMD Serono, Inc. With his strong track record of over 30 years of experience in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical operations, he is passionate about promoting, protecting and securing the well-being of people. Working at EMD Serono for over 28 years, he and his team are supporting over 1,300 nationally, providing opportunities to create secure and safe work cultures in the industry.


DANCE 2050: What is the Future of Dance in Higher Education?
Tuesday, August 14
1:15-2:30pm; Doors open at 1:00
The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dance-2050-what-is-the-future-of-dance-in-higher-education-tickets-47696322986

Hosted by the MA Dance Education Organization (MADEO)
Facilitated by Stephen Ursprung
in Studio 7
as a part of The Dance Complex's SUMMER SIZZLE Dance Festival

Social, educational, technological, economic, and artistic changes, innovations, and challenges emerging in the 21st Century suggest the need for a re-envisioning of dance in higher education. The blind reviewed think tank entitled “DANCE 2050: What is the Future of Dance in Higher Education?” formed in 2011 and deeply examined the roots, current state, and future projections for dance in academia. The group has published a vision document written to help dance departments frame their programs in the modern era. At present, this group of educators is researching the role of dance education in fostering leadership development and community engagement.

This session will review the outline for the vision document, expand upon the current work of the think tank, and provide an opportunity for local educators to network and discuss the challenges and opportunities we see in our institutions and within the field. Light refreshments will be served. 

About Stephen Ursprung:
Stephen Ursprung is an Assistant Professor of Dance Studies in Franklin, MA and serves as the Operations and Director at the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI). He holds an MFA in dance from Smith College and a BA in economics and Italian studies from Brown University. Locally, his choreographic work has been presented at the Dance Complex, the Somerville Arts Council, and the Boston Center for the Arts. Outside of his teaching responsibilities at Dean, he has also been a guest dance artist at Brown University and within the theater program at Boston University. He has performed work by Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, Monica Bill Barnes, Robert Battle, Danny Buraczeski, David Parsons, Ruth Andrien, and Danny Grossman. He has choreographed for Columbia Records, performed in Cape Town, South Africa, and choreographed for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. A proud member of Actors' Equity Association, Stephen was most recently seen in OKLAHOMA! at Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, RI in 2016. Stephen currently creates work with NilsSprung Dance Project and Reject Dance Theatre and works as a freelance choreographer and educator throughout New York and New England.


The RBR50: Viewing the Robotics Landscape in 2018
Tuesday, August 14
2:00 PM EDT
RSVP at https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1204267&tp_key=a34b73c94c

The RBR50 is the premier list of the top innovative and transformative robotics companies that have achieved commercial success in the past year. In this webcast, the editorial team at Robotics Business Review will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the annual list, including:
The nomination and judging process – how we find companies to consider
Why we categorized companies into five key areas
Breakdown of each key category and why it matters
Who's new to the list and who remained on the list from previous years
Companies to watch for future RBR50 potential
Geographical trends from this year's list
How businesses can benefit from getting to know these companies

Eugene Demaitre, Senior Editor, Robotics Business Review
Keith Shaw, Editor, Robotics Business Review
Jim Wagner, Managing Director, Robotics Business Review & RoboBusiness


Slow Food Boston Summer Social
Tuesday, August 14
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Café du Pays, 233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/slow-food-boston-summer-social-tickets-48193305474
Cost:  $15

Join fellow Slow Food enthusiasts at Café du Pays, Kendall Square's first (and the Boston area's only) spot paying homage to the rich and flavorful cuisine of our neighbors to the north. Meet co​-owner Heather Mojer whose French-Canadian roots via 19th century immigration to Western Massachusetts were the primary inspiration for the restaurant's concept, and chef Dan Amighi (La Brasa, Little Big Diner) who interprets many of the Quebecois menu staples seasonally with New England produce and seafood. Taste complimentary selections of this satisfying and heart-warming food in a beautiful setting. Try a craft cocktail with a focus on French spirits, wine​ or a Canadian beer from the F​ranc-o-fied​ bar.

Whether you're already a Slow Food member, are curious about learning more about us, or just love food as much as we do, we'd love to see you at our Summer Social! Members of Slow Food Boston receive advance notice of events, discounts on tickets to various events throughout the year, and help keep Slow Food Boston (a volunteer-run organization) going. Please consider joining us today!

Space is limited. 


Mobilizing for municipal broadband 
Tuesday, August 14
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cambridge Public Library, Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge

The fight for internet freedom begins August 14th. Upgrade Cambridge needs your help to launch our fall campaign.  For two years, Cambridge City Manager Louis DePasquale has unilaterally blocked progress on planning for municipal broadband. Community owned broadband enjoys wide support in Cambridge, but overcoming the committed opposition of the Manager requires demonstrating to the City Council that we expect them to take action and not let the status quo stand.

Virtually every high income household in Cambridge has broadband. Only 50% of low income households have broadband. Tens of millions of Cambridge dollars are extracted by Comcast each year, paying for stock buybacks, dividends, and corporate acquisitions rather than investments for our community. 

On August 14th, 6PM, at the Central Square Library, join Upgrade Cambridge to organize and plan our next steps. Come with your ideas and willingness to work.


Play Labs Demo Day
Tuesday, August 14
6:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building E51-115, Wong Auditorium, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Come join us for Play Labs’ Demo Day @ MIT, a playful tech accelerator hosted by the MIT Game Lab.

6:00-6:30 Registration and intros
6:30-8:00 Batch 2 Company Pitches
8:00-9:00 Networking and Hands On Demos

Summary of Startups:
Batch 2 consists of 10 startups working with playful tech, including VR/AR/AR/esports for entertainment, gaming, and business applications. The second batch spans a wide breadth of categories, including:

eSports (2 startups)
VR/AR (2 startups)
Educational Technology (2 startups)
Blockchain (2 startups)
AI & Machine Vision (2 startups)
Voice Applications (2 startups)
The following is a list of the startups in the 2018 batch (in alphabetical order):

BitMovio is a blockchain enabled video entertainment marketplace, connecting forward-thinking content creators with passionate consumers. (http://www.bitmov.io)
BlocksCAD 3D modeling software fills a critical need for teachers in elementary and middle schools seeking ways to leverage engaging 3D printers with teaching math and coding fundamentals. (https://www.blockscad3d.com)
BUTTON WALLET is developing a multi-crypto-currency wallet called BUTTON and crypto exchange which works inside Telegram (the key messaging platform in the crypto/blockchain industry). (https://buttonwallet.com)
InTheGame creates apps gamifying the viewing experience of esports and live broadcasts, powered by our computer vision & ai technology. (https://www.inthegame.io)
LUI is a new Human-Computer Interface for interactive media on large screens and AR/VR platforms. It utilizes voice and gestures to naturally control UI elements such as Maps, Photos and Youtube using interfaces like those featured in Minority Report and Iron Man. ( https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/large-user-interface-with-gesture-and-voice-feedback/overview/)
PlaySpark is creating the next generation of social gaming in Augmented Reality. (http://playsparkgames.com)
Realism is a 3-d science simulation platform that teaches secondary school science concepts through real world labs and engages students through gamification. (https://realism.io)
SitNPlay Games is an E-Sports platform that connects players all around the globe providing ad-hoc competitions for real prizes that can be cashed out by the users trough PayPal, Bitcoin, Rixty Credits or even Steam Gift Cards. (https://sitnplay.games)
Toucan AI is the only platform that allows you to create conversational AI characters with their own memories and personalities. (https://www.toucanai.com)
Whetstone Technologies is a software company building a platform to enable easy creation of voice applications for Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home and other voice technologies with a specific focus on the healthcare vertical (https://whetstonetechnologies.io).


Cerebral Cinema: Inception with Dr. Steve Ramirez
Tuesday, August 14
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. 



Meeting of the Boston chapter of Science for the People
Tuesday, August 14
7:00-8:30 p.m.
BU, Metcalf Science Center SCI 328, Condensed Matter Theory Lounge, 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Use the back entrance: From Kenmore square, take Beacon St towards Brookline. The entrance is on the right right before the Mass Turnpike overpass. Please note that the doors lock early, so we’ll be holding one open. If you’re running late, text or call Pankaj at 732-310-3369 to be let in.

At this meeting, we'll continue our conversations about organizing events around Boston in the fall. At the last meeting, we also agreed to read and discuss the following articles:

1. Levin's original "One foot in, One foot out" available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/keivecveab2e870/One%20foot%20in%20one%20foot%20out.pdf?dl=0
2. Levins and Lewontins: "The Problem of Lysenkoism"  (from the The Dialectic Biologist which can be downloaded from the following link)

Wednesday, August 15

Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, August 15
7:30am – 8:30am
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-45868732614

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.


SBN on Tour at Red's Best
Wednesday, August 15
Red's Best, 37 Fish Pier Street West, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/sbn-on-tour-at-reds-best-tickets-47669229950

Meet Red’s Best, a Boston based seafood wholesaler, who aggregates catch directly from over 1,000 small, independent New England fishing boat.

Do you know your fisherman?
You probably know your dentist and your accountant but you may not know your fishermen even though they feed you. Meet Red’s Best, a Boston based seafood wholesaler, who aggregates catch directly from over 1,000 small, independent New England fishing boats annually. Red's Best mission is to sustain the livelihoods of American fishermen and their families while sustaining fisheries for harvest.
Join the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts for a tour of the Red's Best fish pier facility and let's talk about where our fish comes from and why it matters.


Blockchain, A.I. and the Future of Media
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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/252231891/

***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).


The Future of Transportation
Wednesday, August 15
6:30 – 8:30 pm EDT
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/the-future-of-transportation/boston/53403

Back in the 1900s, the invention of the car drastically improved quality of life for anyone that could throw down $500.

Today, however, it’s easy to feel like owning or driving your own vehicle is more trouble than it’s worth. Dealing with Boston’s traffic and city parking is enough to make anyone crazy, but there is also a whole host of broader technology and innovation concerns to consider now that the future of self-driving vehicles is almost here.

It’s clear that the industry is at a turning point: companies are working to innovate and improve on things like safety, efficiency, clean technology, and affordability. Join us to explore exciting developments in the Transport-as-a-Service (TaaS) industry and discuss what the future holds.


IPFS: The Interplanetary File System
Wednesday, August 15
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
MIT,  Building E51-335, 2 Amherst Street or 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Brian DeLacey - bdelacey gmail com
IPFS is the distributed web: A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol to make the web faster, safer, and more open.
At this meeting we will dig into IPFS - the Interplanetary File System. IPFS promises to take us way beyond the World Wide Web and internet as we know it today.

IPFS builds on the early and existing technologies of the internet while unshackling today's networked constraints in areas such as “internet of things”, by connecting endpoints with a true “internet of data”. The meeting will incorporate demos as well as discussions and close by asking a simple question: Will IPFS become a fundamental cornerstone of an internet-scale OS?

During the Q&A period prior to the meeting, 6:30-7:00 PM, Brian is prepared to assist interested attendees with installing IPFS on their laptops, which will make it possible for such attendees to “surf along” during the meeting.


We're Doomed. Now What?:  Essays on War and Climate Change
Wednesday, August 15
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer and Notre Dame English professor ROY SCRANTON—author of War Porn and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene—for a discussion of his latest book, We're Doomed. Now What?: Essays on War and Climate Change.

About We're Doomed. Now What?
An American Orwell for the age of Trump, Roy Scranton faces the unpleasant facts of our day with fierce insight and honesty. We’re Doomed. Now What? penetrates to the very heart of our time.

Our moment is one of alarming and bewildering change—the breakup of the post-1945 global order, a multispecies mass extinction, and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it. Not one of us is innocent, not one of us is safe. Now what?

We’re Doomed. Now What? addresses the crisis that is our time through a series of brilliant, moving, and original essays on climate change, war, literature, and loss, from one of the most provocative and iconoclastic minds of his generation. Whether writing about sailing through the melting Arctic, preparing for Houston’s next big storm, watching Star Wars, or going back to the streets of Baghdad he once patrolled as a soldier, Roy Scranton handles his subjects with the same electric, philosophical, demotic touch that he brought to his groundbreaking book, Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene.


Grow What You Love
Wednesday, August 15
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Grow What You Love is designed to be a simple guide to growing vegetables, herbs and more that will add to the flavor and variety of fresh produce choices throughout the year. Aimed at novice and experienced gardeners alike it will be an image-driven, how-to adventure from an expert gardener and communicator with an enthusiasm for an authentic life.

The colorful book will begin with an exploration of Emily's approach to gardening and how it can fit into modern life with little time and effort. She will go on to give advice on how best to choose food plants that readers love, or can discover, and follows with simple methods for garden-to-table growing, including a selection of her favorite seasonal recipes. The result for readers will be a garden-fresh bounty for any time of the year.

Emily Murphy is the author of the foodie-centric garden blog Pass The Pistil, and one of Garden Design Magazine's "most loved" blogs of 2015. Emily is a web series host, a contributor to Better Homes and Gardens, a garden design and organic gardening consultant, and a teacher of organic gardening. Emily holds a degree in Ethnobotanical Resources from Humboldt State University where she also studied botany and environmental science.

Thursday, August 16

Thursday, August 16
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)
Studio Allston, 1234 Soldiers Field Road, Boston
Studio Allston is a boutique hospitality experience  inspired by Boston’s eclectically creative community. The recently opened hotel embodies a spirit of adventure and creativity, dedicated to leaving a last impression. The lobby, guestrooms, and restaurant are transformed into tremendous works of art from 12 different artists, many of whom are local to the Boston area. Casa Caña, the bright and colorful full service Latin restaurant on-site will open in Summer 2018 and will also feature plenty of outdoor seating with its courtyard patio and rum bar. #StayOutsideTheFrame with Studio Allston and you’ll be glad you did!

If you live or work in Allston-Brighton, then be sure to stop by this networking breakfast sponsored by the Harvard Ed Portal and hosted by Studio Allston Hotel!  Connect with friends and neighbors, share ideas and resources, network with like-minded entrepreneurs and learn firsthand about Studio Allston hotel from Desirae Beal, Director of Sales & Marketing – Desirae is a Boston native who enjoys unique experiences and learning new things. Current passions include baking the perfect macarons and visiting random cities and towns on the weekends. She has been in the hotel industry for nearly 10 years and is beyond excited to represent Boston’s most unique hotel.


The Future is Virtual
Thursday, August 16
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Athletic Club - Athenaeum Building, 215 1st Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-is-virtual-cambridge-ma-tickets-47931179448

Join us for this business insights seminar, where we'll explore the challenges and opportunities in the fitness industry today and discuss how Virtual fitness can provide the flexibility, convenience and experience your members need to keep them coming back to your facility more often.
Learn how to remain competitive in the ever-changing fitness market and leverage new digital technologies to help you grow your business, expand your group exercise offerings, improve member retention and maximize your studio usage.
Spaces are limited – register now to ensure your spot!

Check-in – please bring your registration confirmation, either printed or on your smartphone.
11:00AM - 1:00PM
The Future is Virtual Seminar – we will share a variety of insights, but don’t hesitate to come with questions.
1:00PM - 1:30PM
Experience virtual exercise first hand. Join us for a virtual BODYPUMP masterclass.
1:30PM - 2:00PM
Finish off the day with a live GRIT Cardio masterclass led by Les Mills National Instructor & Presenter Izzy Weigner Lodhal. Bring your workout gear for one class or both!


TEDxBeacon Street Salon:  Exploration
Thursday, August 16
3-8 pm:
TripAdvisor Headquarters,  400 1st Avnuee, Needham
RSVP at https://tedxbeaconstreet.com/tedxbeaconstreet-salon-at-tripadvisor/


Small Town, Big Oil: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the Richest Man in the World-And Won 
Thursday, August 16
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

In the fall of 1973, the Greek oil shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, husband of President John F. Kennedy's widow, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and arguably the richest man in the world, proposed to build an oil refinery on the narrow New Hampshire coast, in the town of Durham. At the time, it would have cost $600 million to build and was expected to generate 400,000 barrels of oil per day, making it the largest oil refinery in the world. The project was vigorously supported by the governor, Meldrim Thomson, and by William Loeb, the notorious publisher of the only statewide newspaper, the Manchester Union Leader.

But three women vehemently opposed the project--Nancy Sandberg, the town leader who founded and headed Save Our Shores; Dudley Dudley, the freshman state rep who took the fight to the state legislature; and Phyllis Bennett, the publisher of the local newspaper that alerted the public to Onassis' secret acquisition of the land. Small Town, Big Oil is the story of how the residents of Durham, led by these three women, out-organized, out-witted, and out-maneuvered the governor, the media, and the Onassis cartel to hand the powerful Greek billionaire the most humiliating defeat of his business career, and spare the New Hampshire seacoast from becoming an industrial wasteland.

David W. Moore is an award-winning author, and currently a Senior Fellow at the Carsey Center for Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. He is also the polling director and frequent columnist for iMediaEthics.org, for which he won the 2015 EPPY Award for his news/political commentary.


Kin Dza Dza - Film Screening
WHEN  Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 7 – 10 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
DIRECTED BY  Georgiy Daneliya
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK	  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kin-dza-dza-film-screening-tickets-46301684585
TICKET INFO  Free admission with registration.
CONTACT INFO  For more information, please call 617-495-4037.
DETAILS  Two Russians push the wrong button on a strange device and end up on the telepathic planet Pluke with its strange societal norms. (imdb.com)
Directed by Georgiy Daneliya (1986). 135 minutes. Russian language film with English subtitles.
LINK  https://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events/kin-dza-dza

Friday, August 17, 9:00 AM – Sunday, August 19, 5:00 PM

DevConf.US 2018
Friday, August 17, 9:00 AM – Sunday, August 19, 5:00 PM
BU, George Sherman Union Building, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/devconfus-2018-tickets-43966825960

DevConf.us 2018 is the 1st annual, free, Red Hat sponsored technology conference for contributors to Free and Open Source Software and those who want to learn more about it. The event will be held at Boston University in the historic city of Boston. 
More at http://devconf.us

Friday, August 17

Zero Carbon Buildings by Carbon Based Lifeforms
Friday, August 17
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)
50 Milk Street,  16th Floor, "Edison" Room 17th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-carbon-buildings-by-carbon-based-lifeforms-tickets-48615417021
Cost:  $32.54 - $53.55

In the last decade, carbon levels increased 20 parts per million (from 380 to 403), the population grew by one billion, global temperature increased by half a degree Celsius, and 25 percent more people moved into our cities.

The world is rapidly changing and will be a very different place by 2030.  In this talk, we’ll explore dozens of disparate trends in technology, sustainability and the construction industry and connect the dots to get a glimpse into how we can save the world AND save our businesses at the same time.  You’ll learn how to stack emerging trends to forecast opportunities in the green building space.
Climate change is redefining the design parameters and project demands for building design.  Uncertainty in the future will require solutions that measure and manage energy, water and health outcomes in innovative ways.

During this energetic and entertaining session, we’ll train and engage attendees in a collaborative process to better address systemic barriers to healthy, high-performing, sustainable, resilient buildings.  Together, we’ll acknowledge the challenges and complexities facing project teams pursuing net zero / zero carbon projects and how to identify the risks amplified over and above a conventional development.
Hear from an award-winning architect in a lively discussion that will change how you look at the future, regardless of how bleak it may be!

Learning Objectives:
Objective #1: Understand the lessons learned from recent developments in net zero energy, carbon pricing and financial risk models, and how to apply them to your upcoming projects;
Objective #2: Understand the key financial barriers facing these projects, and how to find creative ways to communicate these opportunities to the owners;
Objective #3: Discover how advances in automation, energy storage, biophilia and climate planning will change how building owners set requirements for their projects;
Objective #4: Learn about innovative strategies being used on current projects to design and build low carbon communities;
Objective #5: Understand and gain experience in co-creating holistic solutions through a collaborative and inclusive process to address systemic barriers to innovation in net-zero building;

About the Presenter:  Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn’t know were holding them back. He was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design.
His past roles include Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and Chief Community Officer of EcoDistricts, both nonprofits pushing innovative new paradigms for deep green buildings and communities.

Eric is the author of 11 books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies.” In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.” In 2017, he was named one of Build’s American Architecture Top 25. He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.


The Resistance Cookbook: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres in the Kitchen 
Friday, August 17
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Served with a generous helping of humor and seasoned with personal anecdotes, The Resistance Cookbook: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres in the Kitchen gives readers a chance to reflect on the political and cultural changes of the past year, while enjoying such dishes as Comey Testimony Minestrone, Conspiracy Cake with Indictment Icing, and Impeach Mint Mojitos.

The Resistance Cookbook: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres in the Kitchen, edited by Joan Berglund and Pamela Lowell, features 100 recipes contributed by members of Action Together Massachusetts (ATMA), the state-wide social and political action organization born out of the results of the 2016 Presidential election.

All proceeds from The Resistance Cookbook go directly towards ATMA's work to support and empower the activists who are toiling on the front lines of the Resistance every day. Join in cooking up resistance today

Saturday, August 18

Coastal Bird Walks at Belle Isle Marsh
Saturday, August 18
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Belle Isle Marsh 1399 Bennington Street, East Boston

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.
Register online or call 617-983-8500 to register by phone.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.
For more information, contact:
Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
bnc at massaudubon.org


Native Plants for New England Gardens
Saturday, August 18
10:30 to noon
Cambridge Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Dan Jaffe, coauthor of the book, explains how to create lovely, low-maintenance gardens that support biodiversity and thrive in New England. The book features over 100 native perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses, and vines with practical info and beautiful color photos. Part of Urban Gardening Series, with speakers from New England Wild Flower Society in partnership with Cambridge Conservation Commission.  


Fixit Clinic 302 Cambridge Public Library
Saturday, August 18
11 AM - 2 PM
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
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)

Sunday August 19

Fresh Pond: Annual Monarch butterfly release
Sunday, August 19
Fresh Pond, Cambridge

Kid-friendly: parade and craft-making. Staff at Fresh Pond have been nurturing Monarchs for years, so come celebrate. Details for this year’s event should be available soon at http://friendsoffreshpond.org/ 


Music, Peace, and Hoppiness - Putting Peace on the Ballot
Sunday, August 19
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
American Fresh Beer Garden, 301 Canal Street, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-peace-and-hoppiness-putting-peace-on-the-ballot-tickets-48392752024

Join NextGen, a group of millennials- students, professionals, activists- who are focused on raising up the next generation of peace activists while supporting Peace Action's mission. We believe that change is not possible unless our voices and our perspective become a dominant part of the narrative. What better way is there to have your voice heard than through the power of your vote?! In joining us for some Music, Peace, and Hoppiness you'll enjoy a night of free entertainment and have the opportunity to learn about your candidate's stances on peace issues, register to vote, and enjoying an ice cold brew! Reserve your free admission as space is limited! 
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email: caitlin at masspeaceaction.org 

Monday, August 20

Did the Emperor of Morocco Really Father 888 Children?
Monday, August 20
Toscanini’s Ice Cream, 159 First Street, Cambridge

Marc Abrahams and Gus Rancatore


Monday, 20 August
6:30 – 8:30 pm EDT
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/get-it-together-saving-hacks-in-2018/boston/54058

Rent rising? Living costs growing? Pressure to adult getting overwhelming? Join us for an evening with a simple goal - Have your cake and eat it too. We've invited experts to help you get your finances together with tips and tricks for:
budgeting like a boss
investing with intent
feeling empowered when it comes to your finances


Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge
Monday, August 20
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

An ancient, and vital, part of nature's ecosystem, seaweed is now emerging as an increasingly important source of food in a world faced with diminishing natural resources.

In Seaweed Chronicles, acclaimed nature writer Susan Hand Shetterly opens a window into the world of this fascinating organism by providing an elegant, often poetic look at life on the rugged shore of the Gulf of Maine. Shetterly offers a close look at the life cycle of seaweed, and introduces us to the men and women who farm and harvest it--and their increasingly difficult task of protecting this critical natural resource against forces both natural and man-made.

Ideal for readers of such books as The Hidden Life of Trees and How to Read Water, Seaweed Chronicles is a beautiful tribute to a little-known part of our country and a significant contribution to our understanding of our natural habitat.

Susan Hand Shetterly is the author of the essay collections Settled in the Wild and The New Year's Owl, as well as several children's books, including Shelterwood, named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children by the Children's Book Council. She lives in Maine.

Tuesday, August 21

She Geeks Out Panel: Meet the female candidates standing up for change
Tuesday, August 21
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Hatch Fenway, 401 Park Drive, 8th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/she-geeks-out-panel-meet-the-female-candidates-standing-up-for-change-tickets-47686598901

Meet three Democratic female candidates who are all challenging male incumbents in Massachusetts races. We'll get to hear directly from the candidates - what their experiences have been running for office so far, what it's like being an outsider within a party, running for office, and much more. The panel will be moderated by Diane Hessan, who will deftly blend a meaningful conversation of politics, business, tech, and gender. We'll also provide you with the opportunity to register to vote and share how you can set up your own voter registration drive!


Please note, primaries are being held on September 4... get out and vote and if you're not registered, please register by August 15! You can find more information here.

Ayanna Pressley - Running for MA 7th Congressional District against incumbent Mike Capuano
An At-Large member of the Boston City Council, Ayanna made history as the first person of color at the top of the ticket when first elected in 2009. Ayanna's political career spans more than 18 years, in various behind-the-scenes capacities at the federal level of government. During her time in office, she created and chairs the City Council’s Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities, which is devoted to the causes that she has always cared deeply about: stabilizing families and communities, reducing and preventing violence and trauma, combating poverty, and addressing issues that disproportionately impact women and girls. Ayanna has earned local and national attention for her efforts to provide pathways to graduation for pregnant and parenting teens, ensure Boston high school students receive comprehensive sexual health education, diversify economic and wealth building opportunities for women and people of color, and strengthen support services for families of homicide victims and sexual assault survivors. In 2013, she formed the Elevate Boston coalition to ensure issues uniquely impacting women and girls and the LGBTQ community were part of the 2013 Boston mayoral race debate. Ayanna is determined to advance a political agenda focused on women and breaking the cycle of poverty and violence. Pressley is committed to working in partnership with the community to build broad and diverse coalitions to advance policy reform.

Brianna Wu - Running for MA 8th Congressional District against incumbent Stephen Lynch
Brianna is forging a bold path forward in her commitment to single-payer healthcare, income equality, and solutions for climate change. Brianna was, and continues to be, a major target of abuse and harassment, most famously in Gamergate. A fierce advocate for women's rights and technology issues such as cybersecurity and privacy, she chose to run for office because she believes that people want leaders that will take on the NRA, stand up to the extreme Right-Wing, and address the most pressing issue our nation faces - economic inequality.

Sam Hammar - Running for MA State Senate, 5th Middlesex District against incumbent Jason Lewis
Having experience with tech and government, Sam is uniquely qualified to serve in the State Senate. She believes that it's time to get the progress that working families deserve. An advocate for women and families, Sam is an experienced public servant who believes that the State House should prioritize the economic crises that are crushing Massachusetts: affordable housing, child and senior care, and student debt.

Moderator: Diane Hessan
Diane is the founder of C Space (formerly Communispace), former CEO of Startup Institute, Board Member of several companies, organizations, and institutions, and has most recently applied her passion for market research and appreciation for diverse opinions to seek common ground solutions to pressing problems in the current political climate. She has been a featured speaker at many conferences over the years, as well as a guest on national news programs such as CNN, CNBC, and NBC Nightly News. 

6:00pm-6:30pm - Registration and mingling
6:30pm-8:00pm - Panel
8:00-8:30pm - Wrap up and mingling

Thanks to Chicken & Rice Guys for providing food!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 22

Getting under the skin of dermatological disease using protein biomarkers
Wednesday, August 22
12:00 p.m. ET
RSVP at http://www.sciencemag.org/custom-publishing/webinars/getting-under-skin-dermatological-disease-using-protein-biomarkers

Emma Guttman, M.D., Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
James G. Krueger, M.D., Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, New York, NY
Moderated by
Sean Sanders, Ph.D., Science/AAAS, Washington, DC
Sponsored by Olink Proteomics
Dermatological diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and alopecia are of great medical and socioeconomic significance, and are a leading cause of nonfatal disease burden for global health care. These diseases are often chronic and can have major physical and emotional impacts on sufferers, significantly reducing their quality of life. While such conditions may be classified as “skin diseases,” their underlying pathophysiology is complex, involving systemic inflammation and autoimmune processes. Exemplifying this complexity, diseases such as psoriasis are thought to be associated with increased cardiovascular risk, including myocardial infarction and stroke. Consequently, dermatological conditions represent both a challenge when it comes to penetrating their underlying biology and developing new and better therapies, and also an opportunity to gain insights into a wider range of mechanistically related diseases. Our panelists will discuss how biomarkers can contribute to these goals by improving our biological understanding and helping us to develop more effective, targeted treatments for patients in the future.

During the webinar, the speakers will:
Discuss the complex interplay of inflammatory and immunological processes in dermatological disease
Describe recent progress in understanding pathophysiology and therapeutic opportunities
Explore future developments and potential advances in this field
Answer your questions during the live broadcast!
This webinar will last for approximately 60 minutes.

Speaker bios
Emma Guttman, M.D., Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
Dr. Guttman-Yassky is the Sol and Clara Kest Professor of Dermatology and Immunology and vice chair for research in the Department of Dermatology as well as director of the Center for Excellence in Eczema and of the Laboratory of Inflammatory Skin Diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She earned her M.D. from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University in Israel, and a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. After receiving her Israeli board certification in dermatology, she moved to the United States to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at The Rockefeller University and a second dermatology residency at Weill Cornell Medicine, both in New York. Her major focus is atopic dermatitis (AD). She made paradigm-shifting discoveries on the immunologic basis of AD in humans, enriching the understanding of its pathophysiology and opening the door to new AD therapeutics. She has developed comprehensive molecular maps of AD, defining skin differentiation and immune circuits characterizing the disease. She has established the reversibility of the AD phenotype and defined a series of biomarkers that are now accelerating testing of novel, pathway-specific drugs for AD. Recently she has extended her research interest to alopecia areata; her findings in that area are also being translated into possible novel therapeutic targets. Dr. Guttman-Yassky cofounded and serves as president-elect of the International Eczema Council, and was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Dermatological Association. She received the Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Dermatology in 2011.

James G. Krueger, M.D., Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, New York, NY
Dr. Krueger is head of the Laboratory for Investigative Dermatology at The Rockefeller University in New York City. He also serves as a physician and codirector for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at The Rockefeller University Hospital in New York as well as chief executive officer of the hospital. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in virology and cell biology from The Rockefeller University. He received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, where he also completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in dermatology. Dr. Krueger is certified by the American Board of Dermatology. His research group at Rockefeller was the first to conduct clinical trials with specific, targeted immune antagonists in psoriasis; this work established that elimination of pathogenic T cells from skin lesions could reverse the full pathological phenotype of psoriasis. Since then, his group has used immune-based therapeutics to dissect inflammatory pathways in psoriasis and to conduct parallel pharmacogenomic studies that define mechanisms of targeted therapeutics in human populations. A more recent focus has been definition of new inflammatory pathways as well as new types of inflammatory cells in psoriasis lesions that are now being targeted with new biologic drugs.

Sean Sanders, Ph.D., Science/AAAS, Washington, DC
Dr. Sanders did his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Following postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, Dr. Sanders joined TranXenoGen, a startup biotechnology company in Massachusetts working on avian transgenics. Pursuing his parallel passion for writing and editing, Dr. Sanders joined BioTechniques as an editor, before joining Science/AAAS in 2006. Currently Dr. Sanders is the Senior Editor for Custom Publishing for the journal Science and Program Director for Outreach.


Wednesday, August 22
6:30PM - 8:30PM	
General Assembly Boston Downtown, 125 Summer Street, Boston

In this new digital world, the job demand in cybersecurity has exploded. From the large financial institutions, to the insurance companies, to the government agencies, everyone needs cyber security to identify the changing nature of IT threats and to protect consumer information. The industry has seen how urgent the skills shortage has become as major brands are seeking a greater degree of job ready candidates.

Come join General Assembly and our panel of experts to learn more about the Cybersecurity landscape, what a cybersecurity job entails, and whether this is the career suited for you.

More information at http://www.generalassemb.ly

Thursday, August 23

BostonFest 2018
Thursday, August 23
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
The Lawn On D, 420 D Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostonfest-2018-tickets-44884242979
Cost:  $15

We know Boston is one of the best cities in the world to live, work and play. This summer, we're bringing 2,000 of the Hub's coolest young professionals together to enjoy the city we call home at a huge party: BostonFest.
Nominate your company, or a company that you love for Coolest Companies Awards! Nominations are open until June 29th.
Coolest Companies categories:
Best Perks
Boston's Coolest Social Influencer
Pet Friendly
Best Workspace
Most Philanthropic
All Around Coolest
From food truck favorites to local music, the best employers and beloved brands, BostonFest is our can't-miss celebration of everything we love most about the city. Join us on Thursday, August 23rd, for the celebration of the summer.
Want to align your brand with our events? Email us at sales at americaninno.com for more information.

This event is strictly 21+. Guests must bring a valid ID and Eventbrite ticket to enter. Event is rain or shine. No refunds or reentry.


How Genetics Can Teach Us What Makes People Get Sick
Monday, August 23
6:30 - 8pm
Aeronaut, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Dr Ben Neale

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


Thursday, 23 August
6:30 – 8:30 pm EDT
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/ga-bnt-present-augmented-virtual-reality/boston/55250?utm_source=BostonNewTechnology&utm_campaign=BostonNewTechnology

Join us at GA to see innovative and exciting local AR & VR technology demos, presented by startup founders and industry experts. Network with 100+ attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community.
About Our Partners

Boston New Technology
Boston New Technology is a tech and startup community whose mission is to help local startups succeed through free publicity, education, business connections, resources and live presentation opportunities at monthly events.


Screwnomics: How Our Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Lasting Change 
Thursday, August 23
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

The personal is not only political, it's also economic and sexual: as a society, we're encouraged to view economics as objective science far removed from us--when in reality it has concrete and far-reaching effects on our everyday lives. 

In Screwnomics, Rickey Gard Diamond shares personal stories, cartoons, and easy-to-understand economic definitions in her quest to explain the unspoken assumptions of 300 years of EconoMansplaining--the economic theory that women should always work for less, or better for free. It unpacks economic definitions, turns a men-only history on its head, and highlights female experiences and solutions. encouraging female readers to think about their own economic memoir and confront our system's hyper-masculine identity. 

In the past fifty years, the US has witnessed a major shift in economic theory, and yet few women can identify or talk about its influence in their own lives. Accessible and inspiring, Screwnomics offers female readers hope for a better, more inclusive future--and the tools to make that hope a reality.


Exploring the Future: technologies that will change our lives by 2030
Thursday, August 23 
RSVP at https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&partnerref=email2-uscan&cmpid=undefined&eventid=1797012&sessionid=1&key=B6072E964FCA6FDF87E978F367D1C780&regTag=331545&sourcepage=register

Humanity’s future is being shaped by the technologies emerging today. These technologies include artificial intelligence and robotics, future transport and renewable power, data mining and data privacy. They are set to have a huge impact on the way we live, work and play.

But these technologies also raise important questions: do we clearly understand the potential of artificial intelligence, how will robots change the nature of work and society more broadly, can we exploit personal information and keep it private at the same time, and are we doing enough to make energy renewable?  

New Scientist’s “Exploring the Future” webinar will challenge an expert panel of engineers and scientists to discuss these questions and the technologies behind them to better understand how they will change our lives by 2030.  

Alice Klein (Chair), New Scientist’s Australasian reporter
Alice Klein is the Australasia Reporter for New Scientist. She has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Sydney and is passionate about boosting the public profile of science. She has appeared on radio and podcasts, made a science documentary series, and written for Australian Doctor,Medical Observer and the Washington Post.

Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of robotics and intelligent systems at the University of Sydney
Salah develops robotic devices and intelligent machines that can operate 24/7 in outdoor spaces without direct human input. His intelligent machines include robotic aircraft that can spray weeds in remote locations, an automated berth in Brisbane where ships are loaded and unloaded by robots and autonomous systems for commercial aviation. In 2017, he was awarded the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science.

Lachlan McCalman, Machine learning engineer at Data61, Australia’s leading data innovation group
Lachlan leads a team at Data61 that builds software systems to solve real-world problems with machine learning. He focuses on complex, ambiguous or data-poor applications where making decisions requires robust estimates of predictive uncertainty. He is an expert on artificial intelligence and machine learning with a broad knowledge of privacy preserving technologies and how these can be applied to big data.

Matt MacLeod, Engineer and manager of Advanced Technical Vehicles & Site Development at Toyota Australia
Matt leads Toyota Australia’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell activities, which have significant potential to become an alternative source of energy. Hydrogen is an ideal material for storing energy in large quantities and hydrogen fuel cells generate electricity producing only water a by-product. They can be used in cars, buses, trucks, trains, forklifts and also in fixed locations. From a mobility perspective Toyota sees both battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles as complimentary technologies in the future.

Brad Yelland, Director of engineering and technology at BAE Systems Australia
Brad is an aerospace engineer who has worked in a wide range of projects at BAE Systems including real-time digital flight simulation, the Nulka autonomous hovering rocket and unscrewed aerial vehicle technology. He is an expert in hypersonics and autonomous systems.

Saturday, August 25

Green Building Bike Tour
Saturday, August 25
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-building-bike-tour-tickets-46529698581
Cost:  $10

Join us for another year of green buildings by bike tour. Biking is one of the healthiest, greenest, and best ways to see the city in all its architectural glory. This tour is a unique opportunity to hear insights into recent sustainable building and development projects. This year we are taking the tour through Somerville, as we hit a diverse spread of sights and scenes. Somerville is very much a place in transition with various climate exposure risks that need to be considered in the development process. Bike with us to see how some projects are tackling those issues, and be prepared for a highly informative exploration of landscape architecture along our bike tour stops. Bring your helmet for safety, bike lock for when you go in the buildings, water for hydration, and good vibes for this fun event. Sign up now, space is limited!


Be the Change: Voter Registration
Saturday, August 25
3:30pm to 5:30pm 
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street,Cambridge

Congressman Mike Capuano joins our voter registration drive.

We will have forms available so you can register to vote at this event. Massachusetts also allows for online voter registration.

Voter Registration Deadlines:
August 15 to vote in the primary on September 4.
October 17 to vote in the general election on November 6

Monday, August 27

On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit
Monday, August 27
Toscanini’s Ice Cream, 159 First Street, Cambridge

Marc Abrahams and Gus Rancatore  


TEDxBeacon Street Salon:  Perspectives
Monday, August 27
10 am-2 pm:
at/around Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox)
RSVP at https://tedxbeaconstreet.com/tedxbeaconstreet-salon-at-fenway/

Tuesday, August 28

The Beautiful Brain Spotlight Tour:  Satrajit Ghosh, Principal Research Scientist, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT
Tuesday, August 28
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Satrajit Ghosh, Principal Research Scientist at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, and faculty member in the Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology program in the Harvard Division of Medical Sciences


Explore | Future of Medical Cannabis Research
Tuesday, August 28
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
WeWork One Beacon Street, 1 Beacon Street, 15th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/explore-future-of-medical-cannabis-research-tickets-48562623113

Want to learn about the new cannabis research licenses available from the Cannabis Control Commission and about the future of medical cannabis research? Join the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance as we all gather for an event on medical cannabis research that will include hearing from cannabis research license applicants and experts. 
Tickets are Free! Speakers & Sponsors will be announced soon!
Tentative Agenda
Location: WeWork at One Beacon Street 15th Floor in Boston
6:00pm - 6:30pm - Networking and Refreshments
6:30pm - 6:40pm - Introduction with Sponsors 
6:40pm - 7:45pm - Featured Speakers and Q&A Panel with moderator Nichole Snow
7:45pm - 8:30pm - More Networking & Refreshments (wrap-up)


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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