Sunday, September 21, 2014

Energy (and Other) Events - September 21, 2014

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

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Monday, September 22
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12pm  MASS Seminar
12pm  Webinar: Where's the Money? Migrating to a Global Digital Money Ecosystem
12pm  EPA’s proposed clean power plan: Implications for states and the electric industry
12:15pm  Chicken, Egg, or Cook? Foodborne Salmonellosis and Distributed Responsibility
12:15pm  Monarch Butterfly Migration: From behavior to neurons to genes
3:15pm  The Ukraine Crisis: What's Next for Europe?
4pm  Shonen Knife: Panel discussion with band members
4pm  Planets and Life :  Climate, Tectonics, and the Mechanisms of Continental Glaciation Through Earth History
5pm  The Power of Noticing
6pm  20 Questions with William Deresiewicz on "Excellent Sheep”
6pm  Brainstorming
7pm  Dronological- The Art and Science of Unmanned Systems
7pm  MIT Energy Week - Flagship Expo
7pm  Urban Greening for Urban Birds

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Tuesday, September 23
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12pm  Miriam Elder, Foreign Editor, BuzzFeed
12pm  Periodic behavior in the extratropical atmospheric circulation.
12pm  Ebola in Interdisciplinary Perspective
12:30pm  Foodium Demo at NGIN
12:30pm  Digital Badges for Global Health Delivery Skills
2:30pm  Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer-Ball Producers in Pakistan
4pm  The Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness
4:30pm  The Dead-Donor Rule and the Future of Organ Transplantation
4:30pm  DIGITAL LEARNING: IMPROVING ACCESS TO LEARNING AND HOLISTIC EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES
4:30pm  Climate Change Diplomacy -The Road to Paris 2015
5:30pm  Renewable Energy in India
6pm  Science for All Seasons Public Lecture:  Accelerating the engineering of life for human health applications
6pm  Getting to Net Zero
7pm  New Search Methods for Primitive and Intelligent Life Far from Earth
7pm  MIT Energy Week - Community Expo

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Wednesday, September 24
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10am  Coercive Nonproliferation: Security, Leverage, and Nuclear Reversals
12pm  Policy Gaps and Needs in Meat, Poultry and Seafood Processing
12pm  A Roadmap to Long-Term Brain-Machine Interfaces
12pm  The IDF's Doctrine and Force Structure: The Effects of the Gaza War
12:15pm  Preventing Europe's Next Debt Crisis: Europe’s New Financial Script Book
12:30pm  Chinese Higher Education:  A New Great Leap Forward?
3pm  Africa Rebooted:  Science, Technology, and Innovation in Africa
3:45pm  Anita: Film Screening and Discussion
4pm  The New Vote: The Trends Reshaping America's Political Future
4pm  The Co-dependent relationship of the media, politicians, entertainment and special interest groups
5pm  Clean Energy Block Party
7pm  MIT Energy Week - MITEI Expo

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Thursday, September 25
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11:30am  The Hidden Faces of Modern Day Slavery
11:45am  The ARC and the Covenants: Assessing the Ability of U.S. States to Service Debt, Pension, and Retiree Health Care Costs in a World of Finite Resources
12pm  Aviation's carbon neutral growth goals – how do we get there from here?
4pm  Science of Rock 'n’ Roll
4pm  Can Congressional Bi-Partisanship be Rejuvenated?
4pm  The New Physics of Radiant Heat
5pm  Climate Advocacy in the Obama Years:  Assessing Strategies for Societal Change
5pm  Clean Energy Block Party
5pm  By Design: Or, What Remote Controls Can Teach Us about the Nature of Control
5:30pm  Countdown to Zero
5:30pm  Solar Impulse and the Swiss-American Aerospace Connections
6pm  The Library Beyond the Book
6pm  Seeking Investments That Are Profitable and Green
6pm  1st Social Media Night at UMass Boston: How to Tell Your Story with Digital Media
6pm  Lessons from Market Basket: An MIT / Boston Review Forum
6:30pm  IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner (and volunteer opportunities!)
6:30pm  Mistakes in Science and Policy:  The inevitability of error, and some ways of trying to minimize it
6:30pm  Summer Series: Urban Design Panel Discussion
7:30pm  MIT Energy Week - Opportunities in Wider Boston Area
8pm  American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood

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Friday, September 26
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8:30am  Innovation Breakfast
12pm  Atmospheric methane and ethane: 35 years of global monitoring and 12 years of regional measurements
12pm  Falling Behind? Boom, Bust, and the Global Race for Scientific Talent
6pm  “Vote With Your Fork” Rally!
7pm  Sorcerer with director William Friedkin
7pm  European Short Film Festival at MIT

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Saturday, September 27
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2014 Boston Fermentation Festival
10am  Cambridge Repair Café
12pm  The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
3pm  European Short Film Festival at MIT
3pm  The Ninth Annual “What the Fluff?  A Tribute to Union Square Invention”
12pm  Mass Ebola Response and Fundraiser

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Sunday, September 28
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10am  Bow Tie Ride 2014
11am  Go Global Expo
1pm  Circle the City: Open Streets / Open World
7pm  European Short Film Festival at MIT

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Monday, September 29
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11am  Open House: Office of Digital Learning
12pm  MASS Seminar - Kerry Emanuel
12pm  ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar
12:10pm  Ecological implications of whole plant physiology from leaf to root
12:15pm  Science/Fiction: Dramatic Arts as a Medium for Translating Science
2:30pm  Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program
4pm  Systems Vaccinology: Enabling Rational Vaccine Design with Systems Biology
4pm  Negative Home Equity and Mobility: Evidence from the Netherlands
4pm  SMART Mandate: Computing, Capital, and the Future of Urban Life
4:30pm  Planets and Life Series: The Keys to Habitability, Light to Life
5:30pm  Do Fixed Patent Terms Distort Innovation? Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials
6:30pm  The Entwinement of Housing and Well-Being

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Tuesday, September 30
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12pm  Amy Walter, National Editor, The Cook Political Report
12pm  Local Action - National and Global Impact
12:30pm  NymRights: Protecting Identity in the Digital Age
12:30pm  Food after Fukushima: Scientific Citizenship and Risk in Japan
1pm  The maps inside your head
4:30pm  Energy Strategy in an Uncertain World
5pm  The Neurobiology of Human Altruism
6pm  Capitalist Democracy and its Prospects
6pm  Natural Gas Forum
7pm  Preserving Forests in New England – Insights from Japan and Europe
7pm  IRAN, THE BOMB, AND NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: Understanding the Call to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
7pm  Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming

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My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com


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Monday, September 22
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MASS Seminar
Monday, September 22
12pm-1pm
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

John Dwyer, MIT

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Webinar: Where's the Money? Migrating to a Global Digital Money Ecosystem
Monday, September 22
12:00p–1:00p
Webinar
RSVP at http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_092214/migrating-to-global-digital-money-ecosystem.html

Speaker: Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer, Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division, MIT
The evolution to a digital money ecosystem involves much more than converting cash, checks, and credit cards from physical to digital objects.

In this webinar, Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger will begin with a brief history of the evolution to a digital money ecosystem, then offer insights into its incessantly changing components and challenges. Attendees will hear the latest thinking on:
global payment infrastructures;
management of personal identities and financial data;
international financial flows among institutions (and between institutions and individuals);
government regulatory regimes; and
issues related to security, privacy, and more.
He will also discuss major opportunities across all industries and nonprofit sectors???as well as challenges.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us.

MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series
This series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Web site:  http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_092214/migrating-to-global-digital-money-ecosystem.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to all
Tickets: See url above.
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management (SDM)
For more information, contact:  Lois Slavin
617-253-0812
lslavin@mit.edu

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EPA’s proposed clean power plan: Implications for states and the electric industry
Monday, September 22
12:00PM TO1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Judy Chang, Principal, The Brattle Group

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar
http://www.hks.harvard.edu/m-rcbg/cepr/seminar.html
Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
Louisa_Lund@hks.harvard.edu
See more at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2014-09-22-160000-2014-09-22-173000/etipconsortium-energy-policy-seminar#sthash.4MvuARPr.dpuf

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Chicken, Egg, or Cook? Foodborne Salmonellosis and Distributed Responsibility
Monday, September 22
12:15PM TO2:00PM
Harvard, Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Angie Boyce, Harvard, Robert Wood Johnson Fellow

STS Circle at Harvard
http://sts.hks.harvard.edu/events/sts_circle/
Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to sts@hks.harvard.edu by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.
Contact Name:  sts@hks.harvard.edu
See more at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2014-09-22-161500-2014-09-22-180000/sts-circle-harvard#sthash.koVtApXA.dpuf

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Monarch Butterfly Migration: From behavior to neurons to genes
Monday, September 22
12:15p.
Boston Children's Hospital, Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston

Steven Reppert.   The Monarch Project.  

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The Ukraine Crisis: What's Next for Europe?
WHEN  Mon., Sep. 22, 2014, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies and The World Post
SPEAKER(S)  Carl Bildt, foreign minister of Sweden; Mario Monti, former prime minister of Italy
CONTACT INFO rtheunissen@fas.harvard.edu
LINK ces.fas.harvard.edu/#/events/2796

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Shonen Knife: Panel discussion with band members
Monday, September 22, 2014
4:00p–5:30p
MIT, Building 4-231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

MIT Global Studies and Languages and MIT/Harvard Cool Japan ("Yabai Japan") present:
Panel discussion with members of SHONEN KNIFE, legendary Japanese punk band
Presentations followed by Q and A
Band members will discuss their two-decade history in the music industry, their breakthrough success in the US, and their experience performing globally, now on tour to promote their new album "Overdrive." More band info: http://www.shonenknife.net

Discussion will be moderated by Prof. Ian Condry (GSL & CMS/W) and will be followed with a reception and meet-and-greet with the musicians.

Free and open to the public.
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): MIT Global Studies and Languages, MIT/Harvard Cool Japan
For more information, contact:  Lisa Hickler
617-452-2676
lhickler@mit.edu

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Planets and Life :  Climate, Tectonics, and the Mechanisms of Continental Glaciation Through Earth History
4:00pm - 6:00pm
MIT 2-105, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

This MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences lecture series and course option will consist of diverse MIT, Harvard, and international experts giving lectures and participating in two panel discussions to explore the crucial processes for complex surface life and the links between human evolution and environmental changes.

Contact Name: Dr. Vlada Rin Stamenković rinsan@MIT.EDU

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The Power of Noticing
WHEN  Mon., Sep. 22, 2014, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Pound Hall 101, Harvard Law School Campus
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Law, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Behavioral Insights Group at the Center for Public Leadership and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Max Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO bhankes@law.harvard.edu
NOTE   Join us as Professor Max Bazerman discusses his new book, The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See, and shares insights on how effective leaders enhance their negotiations and management decisions by seeing and analyzing information that others might not notice. Professor Bazerman is the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. Co-sponsored by The Behavioral Insights Group at the Center for Public Leadership and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Refreshments will be served.
LINK http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/events-calendar/max-bazerman-the-power-of-noticing/

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20 Questions with William Deresiewicz on "Excellent Sheep”
WHEN  Mon., Sep. 22, 2014, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Paine Hall, Music Building, behind Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  William Deresiewicz on his new book "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life"
Moderator: Homi K. Bhabha
Questioners: Amanda Claybaugh, Nathaniel Donahue, Fawwaz Habbal, Rakesh Khurana, Camille Owens, Diana Sorensen
COST   Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO humcentr@fas.harvard.edu
LINK http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/william-deresiewicz-excellent-sheep

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Brainstorming
Monday, September 22, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fidelity Investments, Center for Applied Technology, 245 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Design-Thinking-Meetup/events/206816682/

"If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away." - Linus Pauling

Join us for an exploration into Ideation through radical collaboration, encouraging wild ideas and reframing a problem space.
There will be food and drink. Please bring a photo ID to get in to the ThinkSpace.

Boston Design Thinking Meetup

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Dronological- The Art and Science of Unmanned Systems
Monday, September 22, 2014
7:00p
MIT, Building E15-070, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Marko Peljhan

Art, Culture and Technology Program Lecture

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:  Anne Simunovic
617-253-4412
annesim@mit.edu

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MIT Energy Week - Flagship Expo
Monday, September 22
7:00PM - 8:30PM
MIT, Building 34-101, 34 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Come learn about the various Energy Club Flagship Events, meet their leadership teams, and get involved!

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Urban Greening for Urban Birds
WHEN  Mon., Sep. 22, 2014, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Arnold Arboretum
SPEAKER(S)  Paige Warren, associate professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
COST $10 (students can email to register for free)
TICKET WEB LINK  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1375&DayPlannerDate=9/22/2014
CONTACT INFO adulted@arnarb.harvard.edu, 617.384.5277
NOTE   What are the needs of an urban bird? Paige Warren has recently analyzed 150 years of documented changes in the bird communities of Cambridge and examined a variety of Boston’s green spaces to determine ways to improve and increase habitat for year-round as well as migratory birds and other city-dwelling animals. She will speak about her research to understand processes generating and maintaining biological diversity in a world that is becoming increasingly dominated by humans.
LINK arboretum.harvard.edu

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Tuesday, September 23
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Miriam Elder, Foreign Editor, BuzzFeed.
Tuesday, September 23
12 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

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Periodic behavior in the extratropical atmospheric circulation.
Monday, September 23
12pm-1pm
MIT, Building 54-517 (the tallest building on campus)

Dave Thompson

MASS Seminar

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Ebola in Interdisciplinary Perspective
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 23, 2014, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Health Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Committee on African Studies
DETAILS  A panel of experts from the Harvard School of Public Health, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Nieman Foundation will consider the Ebola epidemic from a range of different perspectives in this panel discussion and Q&A.
LINK http://africa.harvard.edu/event/ebola-interdisciplinary-perspective/

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Foodium Demo at NGIN
Tuesday, September 23
12:30 AM to 1:30 AM
NGIN Workplace, 210 Broadway #201, Cambridge
RSVP  at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/foodium-demo-at-ngin-tickets-13206905209

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Digital Badges for Global Health Delivery Skills
Tuesday, September 23
12:30 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/09/weintraub#RSVP
Event will be webcast live on http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/09/weintraub at 12:30 pm.

Rebecca Weintraub, MD, Faculty Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University & Faculty Director, Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University
Healthcare professionals worldwide often have extensive non-clinical skills in management, public health, policy, or other fields which are not officially recognized through a degree. The Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project aims to introduce digital badges, a credentialing mechanism for healthcare professionals to showcase their skills and experience to potential new employers, grant-giving organizations, and others. GHD is investigating how other industries internally and externally reward professionals and aims to be the platform that health care delivery professionals use to track their professional development activities.

About Rebecca Weintraub
Rebecca Weintraub, MD is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Faculty Director of the Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project at Harvard University. She is an Associate Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Division of Global Health Equity and practices medicine within the Department of Medicine. The GHD Project has published over 30 Harvard Business School case studies with Harvard Business Publishing, available online at no cost to the public. Weintraub is a co-faculty lead for the Global Health Delivery Intensive at Harvard, a joint HMS and HSPH training to introduce key principles in global health delivery to providers and implementers. In 2008, the GHD Project launched GHDonline.org, a network of virtual professional communities that connects global health implementers from over 182 countries and 4,000 organizations. Weintraub graduated from Yale University, Stanford Medical School and completed her medical training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer-Ball Producers in Pakistan
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
2:30p–4:00p
MIT, Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: David Atkin (UCLA)

Web site: http://economics.mit.edu/files/9882
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Organizational Economics
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal@mit.edu

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The Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness
Tuesday, September 23
4:00p–5:00p
MIT, Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Christof Koch, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Dr. Christof Koch is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, where he is leading a ten year, high through-put effort of several hundred scientists building brain observatories to catalogue, map, analyze and understand the cerebral cortex in humans and mice. He loves books, dogs, climbing, biking and long-distance running.

Brains, Minds & Machines Seminar Series
(This seminar series was formerly known as "Brains & Machines Seminar Series.")This seminar series is organized by the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) which is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), under a Science and Technology Centers (STCs): Integrative Partnerships award, Grant No. CCF-1231216.Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Web site: http://cbmm.mit.edu/events/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Brain and Cognitive Sciences, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM)
For more information, contact:  Kathleen D Sullivan
kdsulliv@mit.edu

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The Dead-Donor Rule and the Future of Organ Transplantation
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 23, 2014, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Medical School, MEC Room 227, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Health Sciences, Law, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HMS Center for Bioethics
SPEAKER(S)  James Bernat, Louis and Ruth Frank Professor of Neuroscience, Dartmouth Medical School; Robert Truog, professor of medical ethics, anesthesiology, & pediatrics, faculty director, Center for Bioethics, HMS; and Lisa Lehmann, director, Center for Bioethics, BWH, associate professor of medicine and medical ethics, HMS
COST Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO bioethics@hms.harvard.edu

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Digital Learning: Improving Access to Learning and Holistic Educational Outcomes
Tuesday, September 23
4:30p–6:00p
MIT, Building 4-231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Sanjay Sarma, Jonathan Haber, Justin Reich
Digital learning holds great promise for enhancing a student???s learning experience and contributing to an ongoing evolution in pedagogical methods and curriculum development. The ability to rapidly update and customize curriculum, engage students in stimulating individual and collaborative exercises, and monitor their progress at high time resolution are some of the potential advantages that digital technology provides.

Through this panel discussion, we intend to explore recent progress and innovations with respect to the use of digital learning for the following objectives:
Reduction in achievement gap between high and low income student populations;
Training and cultivation of social and emotional understanding;
Exploration and fostering of ethics and values

Web site: http://thecenter.mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values
For more information, contact:  Heather Goldman
617-254-6030
info@thecenter.mit.edu

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Climate Change Diplomacy -The Road to Paris 2015
September 23, 2014
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

In discussion with Future of Diplomacy Faculty Director, R. Nicholas Burns, Jairam Ramesh will discuss international climate change diplomacy in the lead up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris.
Jairam Ramesh is a 2014 Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project and a leader in international climate negotiations. A Member of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh, Ramesh was chief negotiator for India at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 7 to 18 December 2009. He has been a leading figure in international climate diplomacy for years.
Ramesh was the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development under Prime Minister Singh from 2011-2014. Previously, he was named Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2011. He held numerous high-level government posts, including the Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests from 2009-2011; Union Minister of State for Commerce and Power from 2008-2009 and Union Minister of State for Commerce from 2006-2009.
In the 1980s and 1990s he served in a number of high-ranking advisory roles in various government ministries, including as Adviser to the Finance Minister and Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Industry.
A prolific writer and analytical thinker, Minister Ramesh wrote columns for the Telegraph and for India Today among a number of other publications for years. He has published books on US-India relations and on the effects of globalization on India.
Contact:  Future of Diplomacy Project
(617) 496-0104

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Renewable Energy in India
Tuesday September 23
5:30-6:30pm
MIT Building, E19-603, 400 Main Street, Cambridge
Dinner provided
RSVP by Midnight on Monday 9/22 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1I7Owb7V4_GypjLUsSNQj7umk4ss86O9gHRDKYKXWk2I/viewform

Sushanta K. Chatterjee, Jt. Chief of Regulatory Affairs from the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in India. He will be speaking about Renewable Energy Policy and Regulatory Interventions in India focusing on energy access initiatives through decentralized distributed generation.

Contact e4dev-request@mit.edu
 
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Science for All Seasons Public Lecture:  Accelerating the engineering of life for human health applications
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 23, 2014, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, MIT Center for Integrative Synthetic Biology
SPEAKER(S)  Timothy Lu is a member of the Broad Institute’s Cancer program and an associate professor in the Synthetic Biology Center in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT
COST   Free and open to the public
TICKET WEB LINK  engineeringoflife.eventbrite.com
NOTE   Over the last 50 years, exponential increases in our ability to manipulate electrons and engineer electronic systems have spawned a revolution in information technology. Similarly, rapid improvements in technologies for reading and writing DNA are now transforming our capacity to engineer biological systems. Leveraging these technologies, synthetic biology is an emerging discipline for designing biological systems with novel functionalities. The field has opened up new strategies for interrogating, understanding, diagnosing, and treating human diseases. Timothy Lu will discuss several relevant examples where we have created effective and highly specific antimicrobial agents, identified novel pathways for re-sensitizing highly-drug-resistant bacteria to antibiotic therapy, and invented rapid analytic procedures for detecting microbial pathogens.
LINK http://www.broadinstitute.org/partnerships/education/science-all-seasons/science-all-seasons

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Getting to Net Zero
Tuesday, September 23
6:00PM- 8:30PM
Cambridge Main Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Christina Halfpenny, Luke Falk, Ralph DiNola
Join us for a public forum on Getting towards Net Zero featuring guest panelists and big ideas for reducing carbon emissions from buildings! The purpose of this forum is for the City to present the Task Force’s preliminary ideas to the public followed by guest expert analysis and feedback in addition to public comment. Guest panelists will be tasked to craft an objective response to the preliminary ideas and offer recommendations moving forward. This is an opportunity for the City to solicit public input on the preliminary ideas as well as receive feedback on issues of concern.

Please save the date! Location and details to follow.

Visit the Net Zero Task Force webpage at http://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/Projects/Climate/netzerotaskforce.aspx

Questions? Contact Ellen Kokinda ekokinda@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4618

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New Search Methods for Primitive and Intelligent Life Far from Earth
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 23, 2014, 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center, Hall B, One Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Division of Science
SPEAKER(S)  Abraham (Avi) Loeb, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science; chair, Astronomy Department, Harvard University; director, Institute for Theory and Computation
DETAILS  Are we alone or is the universe teeming with life? is one of the most fundamental questions in science. The answer could have a dramatic impact on society and culture. Over the next decade, advances in technology will allow astronomers to address this question in new ways. I will describe a few novel techniques that could potentially detect primitive or intelligent forms of life in the solar system and around nearby stars. I will then discuss how early after the Big Bang life may have started, as well as its prospects for survival in our long-term cosmic future.
LINK https://www.physics.harvard.edu/events/science_lectures

Editorial Comment:  These lectures are available on youtube too.

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MIT Energy Week - Community Expo
Tuesday, September 23
7:00PM - 8:30PM
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Come learn about the various communities within the MIT Energy Club, meet their leadership teams, and get involved!

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Wednesday, September 24
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Coercive Nonproliferation: Security, Leverage, and Nuclear Reversals
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 24, 2014, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Fainsod Room (Littauer Building - 324), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Project on Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S) Gene Gerzhoy, postdoctoral research fellow, The Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program
DETAILS  Under what conditions do nuclear-aspiring states comply with demands to terminate their weapons ambitions? Existing theories of proliferation assume that nuclear choices are voluntary and that coercion is incidental to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. In this Project on Managing the Atom Seminar, Gene Gerzhoy, MTA/ISP Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, will challenge these claims by presenting a theory of coercive nonproliferation and testing its predictions against evidence from notable cases of nuclear reversal.
LINK   http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/6428/coercive_nonproliferation.html

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Policy Gaps and Needs in Meat, Poultry and Seafood Processing
Wednesday, September 24
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/327934906

Join us this fall for our continuing Wednesday webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve our region’s food system.  The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in our report, New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System.

All webinars are recorded and will be available at www.farmland.org/newengland. You will find these four webinars already posted there:
May 14:  Introduction to the New England Food Policy Report and Project
June 18th:  Organic Waste:  Finding Uses for It in the Food System
July 16th:   Frameworks for Regional Food System Collaboration
July 23rd:   Reducing Farmland Conversion: State Land Use and Protection Policies

For a more detailed description of each of the webinars, please visit www.newenglandfoodpolicy.org

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A Roadmap to Long-Term Brain-Machine Interfaces
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
12:00a–1:00p
MIT, Building 34-401, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Light lunch at 11:30am

Speaker: Jan M. Rabaey, University of California at Berkeley

Abstract:  Acquiring deeper insights into the dynamic behavior of the brain requires imaging capabilities operating at multiple scales of resolution ?????? from microns to the complete brain. Recent advances in microscopic sensing, ULP processing and communications lead to interfaces that may be able to observe thousands if not millions of active neurons in vivo, opening the door for viable long-term brain-machine interfaces that restore function for people with severe neural disabilities.

MTL Seminar Series

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories
For more information, contact:  Mara Elena Karapetian
452-2545
webmaster@mtl.mit.edu

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The IDF's Doctrine and Force Structure: The Effects of the Gaza War
Wednesday, September 24
12:00p–2:00p
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: SHAI FELDMAN, Brandeis University
SSP Wednesday Seminar Series

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/ssp/seminars/index.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program
For more information, contact:  Elina Hamilton
617-253-7529

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Preventing Europe's Next Debt Crisis: Europe’s New Financial Script Book
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 24, 2014, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Cabot Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR European Economic Policy Forum, Center for European Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Thomas Wieser, chairman, Euro Working Group, Council of the European Union
COST Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO rtheunissen@fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  In this lecture,Thomas Wieser will address recent changes to the institutional landscape of financial sector regulation and oversight. He will focus on the new approach to the supervision of financial institutions as well as the restructuring and resolution regimes to be applied. From November 2014 onwards, financial institutions from the Euro Area (and other Member States) will be supervised – directly and indirectly – by a Single Supervisor, the European Central Bank. Moreover, future costs of crisis resolution should, to the largest degree possible, be borne by investors, not the taxpayer. Resolution funds will be progressively mutualized over the next decade, and will thus cut – to a very large extent – the link between bank and sovereign balance sheets. These institutional changes will have important consequences for financial stability. They should contribute substantially to the resilience of the institutional landscape of the EU.
LINK ces.fas.harvard.edu/#/events/2749

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Chinese Higher Education:  A New Great Leap Forward?
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 24, 2014, 12:30 – 1:50 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Building, Belfer Case Study Room (S020), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Critical Issues Confronting China Series, cosponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Elizabeth Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government; director, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University
COST Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO lkluz@fas.harvard.edu
LINK http://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/perry?type=month&month=2014-08

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Africa Rebooted:  Science, Technology, and Innovation in Africa
Wednesday, September 24
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
MIT, Building 26-100, Access Via 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Moderator: Calestous Juma, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

In June 2014 African heads of state and government adopted a 10-year Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024). The strategy is part of the long-term Agenda 2063 which outlines the need to "consolidate African initiatives and strategies on accelerated human capital development, science and technology and innovation." More specifically, it calls on Africa to "lead the new industrial revolution by building a skilled workforce, capitalizing on the digital revolution and global knowledge. This will contribute to rapid diversification of sources of growth, sustain current economic performance and lift large sections out of poverty and create a powerful middle class." In pursuing this vision, the African Union emphasizes the importance of "building our universities as centers of excellence." As part of its efforts to implement STISA-2024, African countries are exploring a variety of partnerships with leading science and technology universities around the world. The aim of the symposium is to explore areas of mutual cooperation between MIT and Africans countries in areas of science, technology and innovation. The event will allow MIT to learn more about emerging trends in Africa and for Africa to familiarize itself with activities and MIT. The event will bring together high-ranking officials from government, industry and academia to MIT for activities that include:

a) Meeting with the senior leadership of MIT and faculty to learn about the Institute's activities;
b) Interacting with students and fellows to gain an understanding of their activities; and
c) Participation in a symposium to help raise awareness on the potential for cooperation.

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Anita: Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, September 24
3:45 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall Room 2019, Milstein West, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.charleshamiltonhouston.org/2014/09/anita-film-screening-discussion/

Please join us for a screening of the film and a panel discussion with:
Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr*, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Nan Stein, Senior Research Scientist, Wellesley Centers for Women

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The New Vote: The Trends Reshaping America's Political Future
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 24, 2014, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, L166
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Kristen Soltis Anderson, Fall 2014 IOP Fellow
DETAILS  Week One (Sept 24): Why Millennials Matter
During this week, we will set the stage for the rest of the semester by answering the question “why do young voters matter?” Consider that someone who casts his or her first vote for President in the year 2016 will, based on average life expectancy, continue voting until the presidential election of 2076. We will discuss the existing research about how partisanship “sticks” and how a voter’s preferences when they first begin participating in politics echo through their voting behavior. Brands like McDonalds and Coca Cola focus on winning customers at an early age (think Happy Meals, etc.) so that they become lifelong loyal consumers. How does this effect influence politics?
Room: L166
***All study groups are off-the-record and not for media coverage***
LINK http://www.iop.harvard.edu/new-vote-trends-reshaping-americas-political-future-kristen-soltis-anderson-0

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The Co-dependent relationship of the media, politicians, entertainment and special interest groups
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 24, 2014, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  HKS Faculty Dining Room, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Phil Kent, Fall 2014 IOP Fellow
DETAILS  Week One: "Follow the money...the art of stickiness"
The cable news networks, where most of the dialogue on issues is loudest, are driven by two sources of revenue: advertising and affiliate fees. Both are driven by viewer loyalty and duration. Today fans are more important than casual viewers, and seemingly endless discussion of the hot topics of the day cater to fans and to length of viewing which creates high ratings. What this means is that there is an endless appetite for talking heads. We will examine who these people are, where do they come from and why they like to be called by the cable news show booking departments. Understanding this dynamic lays the foundation for future weeks and topics because the underlying economics of the news media – more than any political agendas - create this appetite for endless discussion and debate.
Room: FDR

***All study groups are off-the-record and not for media coverage***
LINK http://www.iop.harvard.edu/who-uses-whomthe-co-dependent-relationship-news-media-hollywood-politicians-and-special-interest-0

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Clean Energy Block Party
Wednesday, September 24
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/clean-energy-block-party-tickets-12694261879

Celebrate the end of the summer with MassCEC and your clean energy neighbors from Downtown Crossing and the Financial District at our clean energy block party!
We hope to see you and your staff there!
Light refreshments will be served

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MIT Energy Week - MITEI Expo
Wednesday, Sep 24
7:00PM - 8:30PM
MIT, Building 3-270,

Come learn about the various opportunities offered by the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), meet the MITEI staff, and get involved!

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Thursday, September 25
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The Hidden Faces of Modern Day Slavery
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 25, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Harvard Square Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR WomenExplore Lecture and Discussion Forum, formerly the Theological Opportunities Program at Harvard Divinity School
SPEAKER(S)  Lina Sidrys Nealon, director of policy & outreach at Demand Abolition, the Hunt Alternatives Fund's Modern Day Slavery Project
COST $15 general; $5 students
CONTACT INFO info@womenexplore.org
NOTE   WomenExplore Lecture and Discussion Forum was formed in 1973 as the Harvard Divinity School program Theological Opportunities Program. In the fall of 2013 WE celebrated 40th years of thought-provoking lectures within a strong feminist community. WE brings together people from the Cambridge and Greater Boston area.
This lecture is part of a 10-week lecture and discussion forum addressing topics relevant to our society, aimed at better understanding our world and ourselves. The Fall 2014 series examines the theme of " Class and Privilege Through a Feminist Lens," and runs each Thursday from September 18th through November 20th.
Visit www.womenexplore.org and Facebook for more information.
LINK www.womenexplore.org

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The ARC and the Covenants: Assessing the Ability of U.S. States to Service Debt, Pension, and Retiree Health Care Costs in a World of Finite Resources
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 25, 2014, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Cembalest, chairman, Market and Investment Strategy at JP Morgan
COST   Free; RSVP to mrcbg@hks.harvard.edu
NOTE   Lunch will be served.

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Aviation's carbon neutral growth goals – how do we get there from here?
Thursday, September 25
12pm
Tufts, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford
The Tufts Institute of the Environment generously sponsors lunch.

Kristin Lewis, PhD, Environmental Biologist, Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
The global aviation community has committed to achieving carbon neutral growth in aviation operations starting in 2020. The U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization is evaluating potential contributors to achieving this target out to 2050. We will discuss the challenges and the current efforts to reach this goal via performance improvements and alternative fuels. In particular, we will focus on issues relating to the environmental sustainability of alternative jet fuels. We will also discuss the integrated efforts across government, private industry, and international governing bodies to evaluate and facilitate development and deployment of sustainable alternative jet fuels.

Kristin Lewis focuses on climate change adaptation and resilience in transportation, alternative jet fuel transportation, availability, and sustainability analyses, and environmental impact assessments. Dr. Lewis received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama in 2011.

Dr. Lewis supports Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the Head Research and Technical Advisor to the FAA sponsored Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI®), and she provides technical expertise to FAA as a member of the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization Committee for Aviation Environmental Protection (ICAO CAEP) Alternative Fuels Task Force. She also leads the development of the Alternative Fuel Transportation Optimization Tool, a national model for assessing transport of alternative fuels, feedstocks, and co-products, which has been sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and FAA. Dr. Lewis is part of the winning Volpe Innovation Challenge team focusing on supporting the use of Federal tools to address transportation-related climate change.

Contact:  environmentalstudies@tufts.edu

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“Science of Rock 'n' Roll”
Thursday, September 25, 2014
4:00 PM
BC, Merkert 130, located at the far end of Middle Campus, near Conte Forum and Alumni Stadium, on Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill

Professor Ning Fang, Iowa State University

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Can Congressional Bi-Partisanship be Rejuvenated?
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 25, 2014, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  HKS Faculty Dining Room, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Frank Fahrenkopf, Fall 2014 IOP Fellow
DETAILS
***All study groups are off-the-record and not for media coverage***
LINK http://www.iop.harvard.edu/can-congressional-bi-partisanship-be-rejuvenated-frank-fahrenkopf-0

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The New Physics of Radiant Heat
Thursday, September 25
4:00 pm
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Refreshments @ 3:30 pm in 4-349 (Pappalardo Community Room)
Steven Johnson, MIT
"Do not all fix'd Bodies, when heated beyond a certain degree, emit Light and shine; and is not this Emission perform'd by the vibrating motions of their parts?" -- Sir Isaac Newton, The Third Book of Opticks, part I (1704).

Everyone knows that when an object gets hot enough, it glows. The quantitative mathematical theory of thermal radiation is over a century old, with the solution to the "ultraviolet catastrophe" of black-body radiation playing an important role in the origin of quantum mechanics. Well before Planck's law, Kirchhoff quantified the observation that a good absorber (a nearly black surface) is a good emitter, by presenting what is now known as "Kirchhoff's law" (of thermal radiation, not of circuits): the emissivity of a surface (the fraction of black-body radiation that it emits) is equal to its absorptivity (the fraction of incident light that it absorbs) at any given frequency.  This statement, which can be derived from detailed balance in thermodynamics or alternatively from the fluctuation-dissipation theorem combined with electromagnetic reciprocity, has taken on a new significance in the design of synthetic thermal emitters. For applications from spectroscopy to thermophotovoltaics, many researchers are exploiting photonic crystals, surface-plasmon resonances, and other optical effects in wavelength-scale media in order to design nano-patterned surfaces that radiate a tailored spectrum, for example to radiate primarily in a narrow frequency range.  At first glance, Kirchhoff's law also seems to impose a fundamental limitation on radiated power: since you can never absorb more than 100% of incident light, you can never emit more than a black body. It turns out that this is not the case, however. By the 1950's, it was realized that "near-field" heat transfer, between two surfaces separated on the wavelength scale or less, could exceed the black-body limit, but the problem proved surprisingly challenging to study: theoretical predictions were only possible for flat surfaces until developments (at MIT and elsewhere) in the last few years, when an explosion of new developments has appeared in the literature.  There has also been new work on thermal radiation from strongly nonlinear media, and we have recently shown that these can even exceed the black-body limit.   In this talk, we start with basic thermodynamics and work our way to these modern twists on the old notion of radiant heat.

More at: http://web.mit.edu/physics/events/colloquia.html#sthash.gfQizcVr.dpuf

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Climate Advocacy in the Obama Years:  Assessing Strategies for Societal Change
Thursday, September 25
5pm-6pm
BU, Life Sciences Building, B-01, 24 Cummington Mall, Boston

Matthew C. Nisbet, Northeastern University
This lecture evaluates the contrasting political strategies, communication approaches, and policy options pursued by U.S. advocacy groups, philanthropists, and their allies as they urge societal action to address climate change. Though these often competing networks of groups accept the undeniable, human causes of climate change, they each tend to emphasize a unique discourse about the problem, reflecting diverging views of society, nature, technology, policy, and politics. By reflecting on these differences and their implications, we can usefully think through the many ways that our own biases shape how we perceive the political conflict over climate change, who we blame, and what we prefer to be done. The goal is not to choose among competing perspectives, but to constructively grapple with their tensions and uncertainties. Through this process, we can hold our own convictions and opinions more lightly, identifying what is of value among the ideas offered by those on the left, right, and in the center.

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Clean Energy Block Party
Thursday, September 25
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/clean-energy-block-party-tickets-12694261879

Celebrate the end of the summer with MassCEC and your clean energy neighbors from Downtown Crossing and the Financial District at our clean energy block party!
We hope to see you and your staff there!
Light refreshments will be served

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By Design: Or, What Remote Controls Can Teach Us about the Nature of Control
Thursday, September 25
5:00p–7:00p
MIT, Building E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Caetlin Benson-Allott
How does an object set the limits for human experiences of will and subjecthood? How does an interface temper our desires for interactivity or intervention? A remote control appears to exert its user's will over distant objects, yet the design and function of the device itself instill in its subject a vexed relationship to his or her own agency. Analyzing the technical and design evolution of these devices reveals how the seemingly most inconsequential of media devices have shaped the way users cohabit with mass media, consumer electronics, and each other.

Caetlin Benson-Allott is Associate Professor of English and Film and Media Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens: Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013) and Remote Control (New York: Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming 2015). Her articles have appeared in Cinema Journal, Jump Cut, Film Quarterly, South Atlantic Quarterly, Film Criticism, and The Quarterly Review of Film and Video as well as multiple anthologies.

Co-sponsored with MIT Literature
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre
617-324-0490
cmsw@mit.edu

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Countdown to Zero
Thursday, September 25F
5:30p–7:00p
MIT, Building 4-163, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Frank Gavin and Gordon Kohse
Come for the screening of "Countdown to Zero", an award-winning film from Global Zero, an international organization dedicated to ridding the planet of nuclear weapons. This event is hosted by the MIT Chapter of GZ. Following the film, we will have a panel discussion with MIT PROFESSOR FRANCIS GAVIN, MIT Nuclear Security Policy Program; and Principal Research Scientist GORDON KOHSE, MIT Nuclear Reactor program.

Refreshments will be served!

Web site: web.mit.edu/tac
Open to: the general public
Cost: n/a
Sponsor(s): The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT, MIT Chapter of Global Zero
For more information, contact:  Patricia-Maria Weinmann
617-253-0108
weinmann@mit.edu

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Solar Impulse and the Swiss-American Aerospace Connections
Thursday, September 25
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Novartis Auditorium, 220-250 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
5:30 PM  Registration
5:30 – 7 PM  Reception & Networking
7 – 8:30 PM  Presentation and Panel Discussion
RSVP via email boston_events@amcham.ch required by September 22, 2014
Free Admission

Join us for a discussion with Olivier de Weck, , Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, Executive Director, Production in the innovation Economy, MIT, on the Solar Impulse and the Swiss American Aerospace Connection. The event, composed of a presentation and a panel discussion moderated by Wolfgang Klietmann, M.D., Harvard Medical School, is organized by the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and swissnex Boston. I

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The Library Beyond the Book
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 25, 2014, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Robinson Hall, Basement Conference Room
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Presented by the Charles Warren Center Workshop on Multimedia History and Literature: New Directions in Scholarly Design
SPEAKER(S)  Jeffrey Schnapp and Matthew Battles, MetaLAB, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO lkennedy@fas.harvard.edu
LINK http://warrencenter.fas.harvard.edu/fsprogramschedule.html

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Seeking Investments That Are Profitable and Green
Thursday, September 25
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Le Meridien Cambridge, 20 Sidney Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Responsible-Investors-Forum/events/204459682/

Not all investors have the ability to take on potentially higher risk involved with diving into the vanguard of the green movement, but many are seeking companies that are making a profit while showing concern for social and environmental issues.

Sustainable Responsible Investors Forum:  http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Responsible-Investors-Forum/

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1st Social Media Night at UMass Boston: How to Tell Your Story with Digital Media
Digital Media & Marketing Institute Boston
Thursday, September 25
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
McCormack Hall, Ryan Lounge, 3. Floor, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-social-media-night-at-umass-boston-how-to-tell-your-story-with-digital-media-tickets-12678458611
Cost:  $11.54

Delivering your content in a creative way is key to your success in social media. Using video and storytelling are proven ways to get your customer's attention. But,
How do you tell stories in a digital medium?
How can you use videos, photos and more tools to make your story more effective?
If you want to know more, do not miss the 1st Social Media Night at UMass Boston. Join us for an interactive storytelling session and meet and speak with Werner Kunz Social Media Scientist and Professor of Marketing at UMass Boston

Edward F. Peters Executive Director, Web and Media Services, MA Department of Revenue
Robert Bochnak Assist. Director, Alumni Marketing & Communications at Harvard Business School
Julia Campbell Principal of J Campbell Social Marketing
Markus Forrester Founder of Yoularoid and Owner of Marcus Myles Media

Please invite your friends and colleagues, and promote the Social Media Night in your channels and circles! Please stay tuned and like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and use our hashtag (#UMBSocial). Please help us get the word out.

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Lessons from Market Basket: An MIT / Boston Review Forum
Thursday, September 25
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MIT Wong Auditorium, Tang Center, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lessons-from-market-basket-an-mit-boston-review-forum-tickets-12976999555

There is much to learn from the historic revolt of Market Basket employees and customers that saved its successful business model—featuring low prices and high quality jobs—and brought Arthur T. Demoulas back in control of the company. This MIT / Boston Review Forum will bring together experts in leadership, corporate governance, finance, marketing, operations, and labor to discuss the key lessons learned and how to put them to work in teaching and practice and hear directly from people at Market Basket who made it all happen.
We invite students, faculty, staff at MIT and sister universities and members of the public to join us and offer your ideas on what this case means for the future of American business and the education of future leaders.
Featured in this event are:
Curt Nickisch, WBUR Public Radio Business and Technology Reporter
MIT Professors Deborah Ancona, Andrea Campbell, Renee Gosline, Tom Kochan, Andrew Lo, and Zeynep Ton
Harvard Professors Marshall Ganz and Jay Lorsch
CEO of Ownership Associates Christopher Mackin
AFCSME Organizer Kris Rondeau
Market Basket Executives
You can find Tom Kochan's summary of the Market Basket controversy here. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required as space is limited. If the event is sold out, the discussion will be simultaneously aired on a large monitor in the Ting Foyer, immediately outside the auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.

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IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner (and volunteer opportunities!)
Thursday, September  25
6:30pm
MIT Media Lab, E14, 6th Floor Multipurpose Room, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need funding?
Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea?

Then join us for the IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner, taking place from 6:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, in the MIT Media Lab, E14, 6th Floor Multipurpose Room.

Come learn about the IDEAS Global Challenge and hear what other creative social impact projects teams are getting started on. This is the chance to pitch your idea and recruit teammates or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the first chance to submit an Initial Scope Statement coming up on October 22, here's your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team.

RSVP at http://goo.gl/KnQ12m where you can sign up for a 60-second pitch opportunity.


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
We're recruiting volunteers to help us make the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge rock (again) this year. Come join our Volunteer Team and help us rally MIT, hone the ideas of the teams entering this year as a reviewer of team projects, use your writing wit to cover stories about IDEAS Global Challenge teams and events, and host events large and small. We have a variety of roles perfect for any skill set. We recruit professionals and students, alike. No experience necessary. To learn more about how to get involved as a volunteer, join us for an info session Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 6:00-7:00 in MIT Building 1, Room 134.


Learn about the various volunteer roles (http://goo.gl/isJUNH) and complete the volunteer application online: http://goo.gl/xjIqqN as soon as possible.

Keely Swan
MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Administrator
Phone: (617) 715-5474
kcswan@mit.edu

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Mistakes in Science and Policy:  The inevitability of error, and some ways of trying to minimize it
Thursday, September 25
6:30 pm 
MIT, Building 66-144, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

a talk by Richard Levins, John Rock Professor of Population Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

Open to Public

The MIT Science for the People seminar series  provides a platform for students, staff, and faculty to discuss ideas on how to use science to make
a better world.

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Summer Series: Urban Design Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 25
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Assembly Row, Outdoor Amphitheatre, 100 Foley Street, Somerville
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-series-urban-design-panel-discussion-tickets-12129398357

How do we all collaborate to create a human-centered, thoughtful approach to the built environment? To wrap up the series and answer all your questions, attend the panel discussion featuring local thought-leaders from a number of fields including Senior Urban Designer & Architect at Boston Redevelopment Authority, Corey Zehngebot; Landscape Architect & Principal at Sasaki, Gina Ford; and Architecture & Design Principal at ADD Inc, B. K. Boley.

The first ever Design Museum Boston Summer Series will be hosted at the outdoor amphitheater at Assembly Row in Somerville, MA. The series will consist of 3 events, each focused on a theme related to urban design (urban planning, landscape architecture, transportation, etc). When looked at holistically, the design of our urban environment and public infrastructure can shape communities to be more livable and sustainable— this tri-event series will showcase innovative thinking & inspirational examples of great urban design!

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MIT Energy Week - Opportunities in Wider Boston Area
Thursday, September 25
7:30PM - 9:00PM
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Come hear from industry professionals about the various opportunities in the Wider Boston Energy Ecosystem.

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American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood
Thursday, September 25
8 p.m.
NE Aquarium,  1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=105501&view=Detail

Paul Greenberg, author, and Alex Hay, chief operating officer, Mac’s Seafood, Cape Cod, MA
*Book signing to follow

New York Times bestselling author Paul Greenberg is back with his latest book, American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood. In American Catch, Greenberg explores the idea that Americans need to repair their relationship with local seafood. As more of us become health-conscious and realize the benefits of eating fish, we also need to support local fishing and ensure the protection of these natural resources. From Alaska's salmon in Bristol Bay, to New York City’s oysters, learn more about how you can protect the ocean with the choices you make in the grocery store.

As an added bonus, Greenberg will be joined by local fish supplier Mac’s Seafood for a conversation about how consumers can support their local seafood better. Located on Cape Cod since 1995, Mac’s Seafood is a family business that has been buying local seafood since the very beginning. Why? Because they knew there was nothing better out there.  Seafood lovers, don’t miss this lecture! Register here.

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Friday, September 26
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Innovation Breakfast
Friday, September 26
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
Workbar, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-breakfast-at-workbar-cambridge-tickets-12956109071

The Roving Innovation Breakfast continues! Hosted by Bobbie Carlton, founder of Mass Innovation Nights, we'll be visiting WorkBar in Cambridge.  Check out this cool co-working space (they'll be hosting our October 8th Mass Innovation Nights event too!)  Join us for coffee+, networking and a discussion on entrepreneurial resources in Boston and Cambridge.  Also get an update on the SpaceX-4 launch that Bobbie will be attending the week before!

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Atmospheric methane and ethane: 35 years of global monitoring and 12 years of regional measurements
Friday, September 26
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Donald Blake
Speaker Bio:   http://ps.uci.edu/~rowlandblake/
Contact: Lei Zhu
Email: leizhu@fas.harvard.edu

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Falling Behind? Boom, Bust, and the Global Race for Scientific Talent
WHEN  Fri., Sep. 26, 2014, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Baker 102, Harvard Business School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Science Based Business Initiative at HBS
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Teitelbaum, former VP of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and senior research associate, Labor & Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
CONTACT INFO john_trumpbour@harvard.edu
DETAILS  Presenting his new book for Princeton University Press, Michael Teitelbaum explores and challenges the widespread claim that the U.S. is suffering from shortages of science and engineering workers.

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“Vote With Your Fork” Rally!
Friday, September 26
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/join-us-at-the-vote-with-your-fork-rally-tickets-12532746783

Join elected officials, chefs, neighbors and friends for a Get Out the Vote Rally

Let’s Talk About Food is thrilled to kick-off this year’s Let’s Talk About Food
Festival with a Vote With Your Fork rally with Food Policy Action!

There will be live music from the local band, Grey Season, and some notable speakers including Ken Cook, the Chairman of the Board of Food Policy Action, US Rep Chellie Pingree, Chef and Founder of Wholesome Wave, Michel Nischan, and Chef Barton Seaver.

They’ll be on hand to discuss why we should consider candidates’ votes on food and farming legislation when casting our ballots. Advocating for good food policies and electing food policy leaders across the country are the best ways to get to the heart of many issues facing our food system today.

Food Policy Action is working on making food issues matter as much in Washington as they do in communities across the country, and you can join the movement—just by voting with your fork.

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Sorcerer with director William Friedkin
WHEN  Fri., Sep. 26, 2014, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Film Archive
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Film
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Film Archive
DIRECTED BY  William Friedkin
COST   $12 special event tickets
TICKET INFO  http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/general_info.html#admission
DETAILS  Four seedy criminal outcasts risk their lives in pursuit of redemption, both legal and moral, by driving unreliable trucks stocked with nitroglycerine through dangerous landscape to cap an oil well fire in a Central American banana republic. Featuring a trance-like score by Tangerine Dream and a visceral, astonishing performance by Roy Scheider, Friedkin's reinterpretation of the novel on which Clouzot based his 1953 masterpiece is among Friedkin’s most daring works. Three sequences alone—a chaotic car crash in New Jersey, the unloading of charred bodies in a Central American village, and the explosives laden trucks crossing a rickety storm-blown bridge—render Sorcerer a classic and retain their power to make audiences gasp. Released the same year as Star Wars, Friedkin's audacious masterpiece represents the braver road abandoned by the studio system.
LINK http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2014sepoct/friedkin.html#sorcerer

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European Short Film Festival at MIT
Friday, September 26
7:00p–10:00p
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

As in past years, the European Short Film Festival at MIT offers a unique selection of recent short films from all over Europe - most of them screened for the first time in the US. Whether it's ground-breaking cinematic experiments, unconventional comedies, imaginative animation, original documentaries or tense dramas, it's all part of the wide-ranging programming for the ESFF's much-anticipated weekend with screenings starting on Friday at 7:00 pm, an all-ages program on Saturday at 3:00 pm, adult themes on Saturday night at 7:00 and Experimental films on Sunday at 7:00 pm. All the screenings will be held in room 10-250 on the MIT campus. FREE and open to the public.

Web site: http://esff.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
This event occurs daily at 7:00p - 10:00p through September 28, 2014, and also on September 27, 2014 at 3:00p - 5:00p.
Sponsor(s): MIT Hyperstudio, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, MIT Global Studies and Languages
For more information, contact:  Gabriella Horvath
617-715-4480
hyperstudio@mit.edu

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Saturday, September 27
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2014 Boston Fermentation Festival
Saturday, September 27
10am - 4pm
Egleston Farmer’s Market, Jamaica Plain

Our second annual Fermentation Festival will be a tour de fermentation! This completely *free* festival will be headlined by one of the worl's most reknowned fermentation revivalists, Sandor Katz. Also on hand will be dozens of speakers, lectures, demos and small fermenting businnesses will be on hand to sample & sell their delicious work. We will also have a competitive & tasty pickle-off with some of Boston's most creative chefs.

The festival will be for all levels of fermenting enthusiasts & lactic acid aficionados. There will be more advanced workshops & demos and a kraut mob for those interested in learning the basics of fermentation.

Then on September 28th, join us for an intimate fermentation-themed brunch with Sandor at Oleana Restaurant! Mark your calendars!

More information at http://www.bostonferments.com/#!festival/c8k2

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Cambridge Repair Café
Saturday, September 27
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street, Cambridge
Free and open to the public

What to do with a chair when a leg is loose?  With a toaster that no longer works?  Or a sweater with moth holes?

Toss it? No way! You can repair it at Repair Café!
Clothes, Electrical Appliances, Toys, Bicycles,
Musical Instruments, Jewelry, Furniture, Etc.

Repair things together, receive expert advice,
meet each other and be inspired.

Call for Repair Specialists:      
Tinyurl.com/CambridgeRepairSpecialists
We're looking for repair specialists including electricians, seamstresses, carpenters, Do-It-Yourselfers, bicycle mechanics and people who can fix musical instruments and jewelry to volunteer their time and share their skills for 4 hours on Saturday 9/27 from 10am-2pm. Thank you!

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The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
Saturday, September 27
noon to 6 p.m.
Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston’s South End

Boston’s biggest block party!  The outdoor performances are open to the public and free of charge.

More information at http://www.beantownjazz.org

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European Short Film Festival at MIT
Saturday, September 27, 2014
3:00p–5:00p
MIT, Building 10-250, access via 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

As in past years, the European Short Film Festival at MIT offers a unique selection of recent short films from all over Europe - most of them screened for the first time in the US. Whether it's ground-breaking cinematic experiments, unconventional comedies, imaginative animation, original documentaries or tense dramas, it's all part of the wide-ranging programming for the ESFF's much-anticipated weekend with screenings starting on Friday at 7:00 pm, an all-ages program on Saturday at 3:00 pm, adult themes on Saturday night at 7:00 and Experimental films on Sunday at 7:00 pm. All the screenings will be held in room 10-250 on the MIT campus. FREE and open to the public.

Web site: http://esff.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
This event occurs daily at 7:00p - 10:00p through September 28, 2014, and also on September 27, 2014 at 3:00p - 5:00p.
Sponsor(s): MIT Hyperstudio, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Foreign Languages & Literatures
For more information, contact:  Gabriella Horvath
617-715-4480
hyperstudio@mit.edu

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The Ninth Annual “What the Fluff?  A Tribute to Union Square Invention”
Saturday, September 27  (Raindate Sunday, September 28)
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Union Square, Somerville

More information at https://unionsquaremain.org/fluff-festival/

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Mass Ebola Response and Fundraiser
Saturday, September 27
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM 
Middle East Restaurant, 472 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-ebola-response-tickets-13043488425
Cost:  $10 donation asked

The deadly Ebola virus is advancing rapidly across West Africa!  Four Three (3) American doctors infected! One American dead:Over 2000 dead  and over 3500 infected in West Africa. Border crossings, hospitals, schools and businesses have shut down and a state of emergency declared.  Ebola has no cure or vaccines. Awareness & prevention are the only weapons against Ebola. Join the campaign to stop Ebola before it strikes another human being! Go to: www.fightebola.us
Information: How to fight Ebola from the USA
Live situation report from health workers in West Africa (Live via skype)
Testimony from Bostonians who have lost family members to Ebola
Appeal for donations to help with awareness, prevention and supplies
Contact: Torli H. Krua, President, YOUNG-Africa Inc. (www.young-africa.org)
tkrua@young-africa.org 

http://www.fightebola.us

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Sunday, September 28
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Bow Tie Ride 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Save the date for the most stylish bike ride in Cambridge. We'll travel from east to west, on a two-hour, 13 mile route tracing the bow-tie shaped boundaries of the city

Hosted By
Cambridge Bicycle Committee
Phone: (617) 349-4629

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Go Global Expo
September 28
11am-5pm
Boston Marriott Cambridge, 2 Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2014-go-global-expo-boston-tickets-11252970939

The Go Global Expo (www.letsgoglobal.com) is a FREE expo taking place September 28, 2014 at the Boston Marriott Cambridge, Cambridge MA. It features opportunities for anyone who wants to get abroad!   Whether you are considering going abroad to live, work, volunteer or study, there are opportunities for you here.

The expo will showcase:
Exhibitors representing opportunities in over 100 countries.
Verge Magazine's "Best of" Travel Photo Exhibit.
Informational seminars presented each hour by experts in the field.
International work and internships, volunteering abroad, graduate and undergraduate degrees abroad, exchanges, adventure - and lots more!

The event will run as follows:
September 28:
11am-12pm: Keynote address
12pm-5pm: Exhibit hall open

Pre-register online for the expo to receive a free one-year digital subscription to Verge Magazine!
For more information, please visit www.letsgoglobal.com.

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Circle the City: Open Streets / Open World
Sunday, September 28
1pm – 5pm
Blue Hill Avenue, Boston

Open Streets is an opportunity to celebrate our local resources and community revitalization efforts through a temporary transformation to a car-free Blue Hill Avenue with exciting FREE programs for the whole family. On September 28th from 1-5pm, it will be closed to cars and open to people, with featured activities that include fitness and dance classes, kids’ games and art projects, walking and biking tours, art making, a historic photo exhibition, free bikes for all ages, live music, an interfaith dialogue, job resources and much more!

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European Short Film Festival at MIT
Sunday, September 28
7:00p–10:00p
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

As in past years, the European Short Film Festival at MIT offers a unique selection of recent short films from all over Europe - most of them screened for the first time in the US. Whether it's ground-breaking cinematic experiments, unconventional comedies, imaginative animation, original documentaries or tense dramas, it's all part of the wide-ranging programming for the ESFF's much-anticipated weekend with screenings starting on Friday at 7:00 pm, an all-ages program on Saturday at 3:00 pm, adult themes on Saturday night at 7:00 and Experimental films on Sunday at 7:00 pm. All the screenings will be held in room 10-250 on the MIT campus. FREE and open to the public.

Web site: http://esff.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
This event occurs daily at 7:00p - 10:00p through September 28, 2014, and also on September 27, 2014 at 3:00p - 5:00p.
Sponsor(s): MIT Hyperstudio, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, MIT Global Studies and Languages
For more information, contact:  Gabriella Horvath
617-715-4480
hyperstudio@mit.edu

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Monday, September 29
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Open House: Office of Digital Learning
Monday, September 29
11:00a–1:00p
MIT, Building 10-105, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us for an open house where you can meet the ODL team; learn about MITx Residential, MITx on edX, OpenCourseware, media production, and research on digital learning; experiment with digital tools and simulations; and find out how to get involved. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to visit our information tables and indulge in pizza and snacks. Tell us about your ideas to use the MITx platform and win prizes.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Office of Digital Learning
For more information, contact:  Sarah Jane Vaughan
svaughan@mit.edu

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MASS Seminar - Kerry Emanuel
Monday, September 29
12:00p–1:00p
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Kerry Emanuel

Web site: http://eaps-www.mit.edu/paoc/events/mass-seminar-kerry-emanuel
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars
For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee
mass@mit.edu

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ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar
Monday, September 29
12:00PM TO1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

http://www.hks.harvard.edu/m-rcbg/cepr/seminar.html
Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
Louisa_Lund@hks.harvard.edu
See more at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/

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Ecological implications of whole plant physiology from leaf to root
Monday September 29
12:10 pm
Weld Hill Lecture Hall, Arnold Arboretum, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Jessica Savage, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard Universitym 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130-3500
phone:  617.524.1718
fax:  617.524.1418
email:  arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu

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Science/Fiction: Dramatic Arts as a Medium for Translating Science
Monday, September 29
12:15 pm to 2:00 pm
Harvard, Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Benjamin Morris, MIT, Catalyst Collaborative

STS Circle at Harvard

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Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program
Monday, September 29, 2014
2:30p–4:00p
MIT, Building E62-450, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Meredith Fowlie (University of California, Berkeley)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): IO Workshop
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal@mit.edu

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Systems Vaccinology: Enabling Rational Vaccine Design with Systems Biology
WHEN  Mon., Sep. 29, 2014, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Medical School, New Research Building, Room 1031
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Hosted by MBIB Department
SPEAKER(S)  Bali Pulendran, professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
CONTACT INFO jessica_conner@hms.harvard.edu

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Negative Home Equity and Mobility: Evidence from the Netherlands
Monday, September 29
4:00p–5:30p
MIT, Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Daan Struyven (MIT)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Public Finance/Labor Workshop
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal@mit.edu

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SMART Mandate: Computing, Capital, and the Future of Urban LIfe
Monday, September 29, 2014
4:00p–6:00p
MIT, Building E51-095, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Reception at 3:30 PM.

Speaker: Orit Halpern / Yuri Takhteyev

STS Colloquium

Web site: web.mit.edu/sts
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): HASTS, SHASS Dean's Office
For more information, contact:  Randyn Miller
617-253-3452
randyn@mit.edu

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Planets and Life Series: The Keys to Habitability, Light to Life
Monday, September 29
4:30p–6:00p
MIT, Building 2-105, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Paul Falkowski (Rutgers University)

Planets and Life: Human and Planetary Perspectives
Weekly lecture and discussion series exploring the co-evolution of the earth's natural systems and life

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/2014/planets-life
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Lectures
For more information, contact:  Vlada Stamenkovic
rinsan@mit.edu

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Do Fixed Patent Terms Distort Innovation? Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials
Monday, September 29
5:30p–7:00p
Harvard, Littauer-M15, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Heidi Williams (MIT)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Applied Theory Workshop (Joint MIT/Harvard)
For more information, contact:
economics calendar
econ-cal@mit.edu

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The Entwinement of Housing and Well-Being
WHEN  Mon., Sep. 29, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Jonathan F.P. Rose
COST   Free and open to the public
NOTE   Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, and not-for-profit work focuses on creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically resilient world. The Jonathan Rose Companies, founded in 1989, is a multidisciplinary real estate development, planning, and investment firm that has successfully completed more than $1.5 billion of work. The firm’s work touches many aspects of community health; working with cities and not-for-profits to build not only housing, but also civic, cultural, educational, and infrastructure open space. A thought leader in the Smart Growth, national infrastructure, green building, and affordable housing movements, Mr. Rose will give the 15th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture, sponsored by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the National Housing Endowment.
LINK www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/jonathan-f-p-rose-the-entwinement-of-housing-and-well-being.html

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Tuesday, September 30
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Amy Walter, National Editor, The Cook Political Report.
Tuesday, September 30
12 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

More information at http://shorensteincenter.org/amy-walter/

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Local Action - National and Global Impact
Tuesday, September 30
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Nixon Peabody, 100 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=5CF3AE8FD48CB89581EF53D4984267F1.app321b?df_id=2840&2840.donation=form1
Cost: $25

Geoff Chapin, Founder & CEO, Next Step Living™
Beginning in 2008 as a small startup, Next Step Living has grown to become the leading provider of whole-home energy solutions. It is moving the dial on innovation in the region and across the nation.
Gary Cohen, President & Executive Director, Health Care Without Harm
Health Care Without Harm works locally & globally not only to prepare for the health impacts related to climate change, but to lead society in addressing them.
Brian Swett, Chief, Environment & Energy at City of Boston
Boston, ranked #1city in the country in energy efficiency, is leading the way with innovative programs on climate & energy.

“Think globally, act locally” may seem like a cliché in the face of the overwhelming challenge of climate change. But the speakers on this E2 panel are proving otherwise. Their actions at the local level are having national and even global impact.

Please join E2 and our distinguished panel to learn how local programs have morphed into major initiatives that are changing the landscape on climate and energy.

Lunch will be available
All registered attendees will be sent confirmation and directions
the week prior to the event.  Contact yli@nrdc.org if you have questions.

About the Speakers:
Geoff Chapin founded Next Step Living in 2008 after years as a teacher and strategy consultant largely focused on nonprofits and community development. In 2014, he was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in New England and the company was named No. 84 on the Inc. 500 list of fast-growing companies. Prior to Next Step Living, Geoff was a senior manager with the Bridgespan Group, a strategic consulting firm for public entities and nonprofits, where his clients included the Energy Foundation, the city of San Francisco, the Portland Public School District and the Packard Foundation. Earlier, he led teams at Bain & Company in the New York and San Francisco offices, advising clients in multiple industries including consumer products, telecom and online businesses. A board member of PRIME, a nonprofit that encourages Program-Related Investments in the energy sector, Geoff began his career as a teacher at his alma mater, Roxbury Latin School in Boston. Geoff graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in political economics; he went on to earn an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and an M.B.A from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. Cohen is Co-Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth. He was also instrumental in bringing together the NGOs and hospital systems that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. All three were created to transform the health care sector to be environmentally sustainable and serve as anchor institutions to support environmental health in their communities. Cohen is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, India, which has been working for over 25 years to heal people affected by the Bhopal gas tragedy and to fight for environmental cleanup in Bhopal. He is also on the Boards of the American Sustainable Business Council, Health Leads and Coming Clean. Cohen has received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and an Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2013, he was awarded the Champion of Change Award for Climate Change and Public Health by the White House.

Brian Swett is Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston. His Cabinet is comprised of the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, the Parks and Recreational Department, and Boston’s Recycling Program. Mr. Swett serves as the Mayor’s appointee to the boards of the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA), Boston Groundwater Trust, Boston Harbor Islands Alliance, and the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Mr. Swett also represents the City on the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, the State’s Global Warming Solutions Act’s Implementation Advisory Committee and the State’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. Over the last year, Mr. Swett led a variety of major policy and program initiatives including developing and passing a rental inspection ordinance and a building energy disclosure ordinance, launching Greenovate Boston, a sustainability education and outreach initiative, and kicking off Climate Ready Boston, a set of climate preparedness initiatives focused on Boston’s built and natural environment. Mr. Swett is currently leading efforts to update the City’s Climate Action Plan, which is due by the end of 2014.

About the Organizers:
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national community of business people who believe in protecting the environment while building economic prosperity. Working with NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), E2 serves as a champion on the economic side of good environmental policy by taking a reasoned, economically sound approach to environmental issues. E2 works at both the state and national levels through its bipartisan efforts. Please visit our website at: www.e2.org.

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. Founded in 1970,NRDC uses law, science and the support of more than 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. For more information visit: www.nrdc.org.

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NymRights: Protecting Identity in the Digital Age
Tuesday, September 30
12:30 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/09/aestetix#RSVP
Event will be webcast live at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/09/aestetix at 12:30 pm.

with aestetix, founder of NymRights
Do you have a name? More than one? Does it matter to you who knows it? As digital systems become more integrated into our lives, these questions are becoming very important. We're in the midst of a literal identity crisis where your identity is quickly becoming, rather than something you define, a social construct that is granted to you. This talk will explore the philosophy of names and identity, the digital systems we've created over the past decades, and the challenges that arise when the systems come into conflict with individual safety and freedom. We'll take a look at the current state of name-related policy within both companies and government, and introduce ongoing efforts to make sure your identity is not just a number in a computer.

About aestetix
After being suspended twice by Google Plus during the nymrights fiasco of 2011, aestetix helped created NymRights, focused on empowerment and education of digital identity. He's spoken on this topic at events in Germany, New York City, San Francisco, including hacker conferences, digital rights events, and even a few universities. He's also been involved in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), an Obama strategy to try to solve identity related challenges in areas like medicine and social security.

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Food after Fukushima: Scientific Citizenship and Risk in Japan
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 30, 2014, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 2nd Floor, CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Nicolas Sternsdorff Cisterna, postdoctoral fellow, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; moderated by Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
COST Free and open to the public
LINK http://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/calendar/upcoming

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"The maps inside your head."
Tuesday, September 30
1pm – 2pm
Harvard University, Northwest Building 243, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Vijay Balasubramanian, University of Pennsylvania

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Energy Strategy in an Uncertain World
Tuesday, September 30
4:30p–6:00p
MIT, Building E-51, Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Susan Eisenhower: CEO and Chairman, The Eisenhower Group, Inc. (EGI)
In a rapidly changing and increasingly dangerous geopolitical environment, the United States has developed a strategy for meeting the twin challenges of energy reliability and climate change with an all of the above approach. But does this nation???s energy objectives reflect and address what is actually unfolding outside of Washington DC, as we become increasingly reliant on natural gas, while nuclear plants are being shuttered? Are we adequately preparing ourselves for a green future?

Susan Eisenhower will discuss the political realities in the nation???s capital, and offer some thoughts about what should be done to bring about a more coherent national approach to one of the country’s most important sectors.

About the Speaker
Susan Eisenhower is the CEO and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. (EGI), a Washington D.C. based consulting company founded in 1986. For more than twenty-five years the company has provided strategic counsel on business development, public affairs and communications projects. EGI has advised Fortune 500 companies, not just in the United States, but also abroad in China, Russia, Central Asia and Western Europe for such companies as American Express, IBM, Coca Cola, AES, Alcoa, and General Electric.

MIT Energy Initiative Colloquium

Web site: http://mitei.mit.edu/calendar/energy-strategy-uncertain-world
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:  Carter Smith
cjgsmith@mit.edu

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The Neurobiology of Human Altruism
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
5pm
Harvard, 275 William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

Professor Ernst Fehr
Human altruism shaped our evolutionary history and pervades social and political life. There are, however, enormous individual differences in altruism. Some people are almost completely selfish, while others display strong altruism, and the factors behind this heterogeneity are only poorly understood. We examine the neuroanatomical basis of these differences with voxel-based morphometry and show that gray matter (GM) volume in the right temporoparietal junction (TPJ) is strongly associated with both individuals’ altruism and the individual-specific conditions under which this brain region is recruited during altruistic decision making. Thus, individual differences in GM volume in TPJ not only translate into individual differences in the general propensity to behave altruistically, but they also create a link between brain structure and brain function by indicating the conditions under which individuals are likely to recruit this region when they face a conflict between altruistic and selfish acts. In a final step we show that human altruism indeed depends causally on the functional integrity of TPJ. If we down-regulate TPJ with tanscranial magnetic stimulation individuals become less altruistic in the sense that they donate less money to charities that help other humans. This reduction in altruism occurs despite the fact that individuals evaluate the charities as equally deserving as a control group that receives placebo stimulation. Thus, a distorted TPJ still enables proper judgment of deservingness but nevertheless reduces the willingness to act altruistically.

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"Capitalist Democracy and its Prospects"
Tuesday, September 30
6PM
1199 SEIU Union Hall, 150 Mt Vernon Street, 2nd Floor, Dorchester
All proceeds to benefit Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
RSVP at http://bit.ly/chomskylecture
Cost:  $10 - to whatever you wish to donate

A Lecture by Noam Chomsky
We all know that the movement for working-class power currently faces some of the greatest obstacles in its history. The entrenched corporate interests that have long dominated our workplaces have expanded their sphere of influence to encompass our communities and our entire political system. In the wake of Citizens United, ordinary people have fewer and fewer chances to make real change through the democratic process. As we have seen, when working people's voices are silenced in American politics, the result is the perpetuation and deepening of inequality.

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice has long been at the center of the significant conversations that shape our movement, and the conversation about the encroaching role of corporate power in our democracy is no exception.  This fall, we invite you to participate in fostering this dialogue by supporting an important event featuring one of the leading global experts on political theory.

This lecture will provide a forum to engage workers, community allies, students, and people of faith in one of the most critical discussions of the contemporary moment. The event also offers an ideal opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to workers' rights by contributing to advance the ongoing work of our coalition. We hope you will attend and join us as a sponsor.

Please see the attached form for more information about ticket prices and levels of sponsorship - every donation helps to ensure that we can continue to educate, agitate, and organize toward greater democracy in our workplaces, our communities, and our nation.

To purchase tickets online, go to http://bit.ly/chomskylecture

For more information, call Gillian Mason at (617) 470-7409 or email Gillian@massjwj.net.

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Natural Gas Forum
Tuesday, September 30
6-8PM
St James Church, 1991 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Natural gas leaks from old pipes under our communities cost taxpayers millions of dollars annually, are public health hazards, and are contributing to the climate crisis.  Come out and learn more at an engaging event featuring community experts including Joel Wool from Clean Water Action, Bob Ackley community volunteer who maps leaking pipes, and Ashka Naik from HEET who will detail our local methane mapping project, Squeaky Leak, in Cambridge and Somerville.

Contact http://www.heetma.org/event-view/methane-forum/

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Preserving Forests in New England – Insights from Japan and Europe
Tuesday, September 30
7:00PM TO 8:30PM
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston
RSVP at http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1376&DayPlannerDate=9/30/2014
Cost: $10; Students: email to register for free.

With Robert A. Askins, PhD, Professor of Biology, Connecticut College

The biological diversity of New England’s deciduous forests is threatened by habitat fragmentation, increasing homogeneity of the vegetation, and the loss of top predators. The future of deciduous forests will be shaped by climate change and the introduction of insects and pathogens that decimate particular species of trees. Robert Askins will speak of the major threats to our local forests and new insights for their protection from studies of remarkably similar forests in East Asia and Europe.

http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu
Contact Name:  Pam Thompson
pam_thompson@harvard.edu
617.384.5277

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IRAN, THE BOMB, AND NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: Understanding the Call to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
Tuesday, September 30
7:00p–9:00p
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

SPEAKERS: JIM WALSH, MIT's Security Studies Program and ELAINE SCARRY, Harvard University

Web site: web.mit.edu/tac
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT, Massachusetts Peace Action
For more information, contact:  Patricia-Maria Weinmann
617-253-0108
weinmann@mit.edu

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Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming.
Tuesday, September 30
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Eastern Bank, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Green-Tech-and-Energy/events/204889552/

The Agenda is:
We will introduce ourselves and tell about our interest, expertise or work (1st hr)
You can give a ~3 to 5 minute elevator speach about your startup if you would like. (We will divide the 1st hour by # of people.)
What stage is your ideas or startup?  What is your goal?
Tell what personnel or additional expertise, funding, etc. you are seeking,
Discussion and Brainstorming on (2nd hr)
ideas for viable moneymaking startups,
methods of collaboration, networking, forming teams & partnerships etc.
marketing, media, social media, ideas that have worked well for publicity
Agencies, websites, companies that assist startups
Boston Greenfest & Gov't opportunities.
What would ou like to see in future meetups?
Seminars - We will have seminars by Sustainable Energy engineers and other tech experts as often as possible.

The bank is near the center of Central Sq., where Prospect and Mass Ave cross, - there is a Starbucks on the Northeast corner of the intersection.  Next to Starbucks is a Flower shop, and next to that is Eastern Bank.  You can see the conference room thru the window, so just wave to us and we will let you in.

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Wednesday, October 1
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Massachusetts as a First Customer Cleantech Expo
Sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and Bentley University
Wednesday, October 1
9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
The Conference Center at Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, LaCava 300, Waltham
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/massachusetts-as-a-first-customer-cleantech-expo-tickets-12743336663

Massachusetts as a First Customer Cleantech Expo at the Bentley University Conference Center on October 1st 2014 is free to attend and a continental breakfast will be provided. Breakfast and registration begin at 9:30 AM and the Expo kicks off at 10 AM. 

The Expo will mark the launch of the Massachusetts as a First Customer Program, a pilot program that supports the introduction of cutting-edge clean energy and water technologies into the marketplace. This new program will complement the existing Leading by Example Program and Green Communities Division at DOER.
Exhibitors who will be demonstrating their technologies at the Expo are Massachusetts-based companies that have demonstrated an interest in selling their technologies and products to State agencies, authorities and municipalities.  This Expo is a unique opportunity for emerging businesses to pitch their innovative clean energy and water technologies to State purchasers and explore potential partnerships and purchasing relationships.

Please contact MLefebvre@MassCEC.com if you have any questions about this Program or the event.

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Food Safety: The Elephant on the Farm
Wednesday, October 1
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/499426578

Join us this fall for our continuing Wednesday webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve our region’s food system.  The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in our report, New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System.

All webinars are recorded and will be available at www.farmland.org/newengland. You will find these four webinars already posted there:
May 14:  Introduction to the New England Food Policy Report and Project
June 18th:  Organic Waste:  Finding Uses for It in the Food System
July 16th:   Frameworks for Regional Food System Collaboration
July 23rd:   Reducing Farmland Conversion: State Land Use and Protection Policies

For a more detailed description of each of the webinars, please visit www.newenglandfoodpolicy.org

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Alignment Counterfactuals in the First World War
Wednesday, October 1
12:00p–2:00p
MIT, Building  E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: TIMOTHY CRAWFORD, Boston College

SSP Wednesday Seminar Series

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/ssp/seminars/index.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program
For more information, contact:  Elina Hamilton
253-7529

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The effect of clouds on Snowball Earth Deglaciation and the inner edge of the Habitable Zone
Wednesday, October 1
12:10pm – 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Dorian Abbot, U Chicago
Abstract:  Clouds have a huge impact on the climate of a planet. On Earth, if the clouds forgot that part of their job is to reflect solar energy, we would suffer a runaway greenhouse and end up like Venus. If instead clouds forgot that part of their job is to absorb infrared radiation emitted by the surface and contribute to the greenhouse effect, we would enter global glaciation. Although they are very important for climate, clouds are very difficult to model and represent the largest source of uncertainty in climate modeling. This results both from insufficient resolution to resolve cloud-scale circulation and incomplete understanding of cloud microphysics. Cloud simulation is therefore the main reason our current models aren't
better, and is a critical area to attack if we want to create generalized models that could be easily applied to different planets (the clouds might not be water clouds in this case). In this talk I will discuss how we can use the models we have to gain insight into cloud behavior in climates vastly different from modern Earth. The two examples I will focus on are the Snowball Earth episodes that occurred 600-800 million years ago and the runaway greenhouse of tidally locked super-Earths at the inner edge of the habitable zone of M-stars.

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Radcliffe Institute Fellow's Presentation Series: On Growth and Form: Geometry, Physics, and Biology
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  L. Mahadevan, Audrey, Fay, Katherine and Megan Shutzer Fellow for Science at the Radcliffe Institute and Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics at Harvard University
COST   Free and open to the public
LINK http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2014-l-mahadevan-fellow-presentation

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The Second Machine Age:  The Robert C. Cobb Sr. Memorial Lecture: How Exponential Progress with All Things Digital is Changing Our Economies and Societies
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 1785 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Information Technology, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement
SPEAKER(S)  Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, professor of information technology, director of the Center for Digital Business, MIT Sloan School of Management; Andrew McAfee, associate director of the Center for Digital Business
COST Free and open to the public; tickets required
TICKET WEB LINK  http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/boxoffice/
TICKET INFO  Tickets will be available free at the HILR office and the Harvard Box Office in Smith Center
NOTE   The Second Machine Age: How exponential progress with all things digital is changing our economies and societies.
Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee analyze the sweeping effects of digital technology on business, the economy, society, and on our relations with one another. They note that productivity, wealth, and profits are all at record highs while the median worker in America is poorer than in 1997, and fewer people have jobs. In other words, the inequality gap continues to widen as technology raises living standards for many, at the same time increasing poverty levels and destroying expectations for many more.
LINK hilr.harvard.edu

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Moving up the Energy Ladder: The Effect of an Increase in Economic Well-Being on Fuel Consumption Choices of the Poor in India
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
SPEAKER(S)  Rema Hanna, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k105744

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Neuroeconomics as a Unifying Approach Towards Understanding the Human Mind and Individual Behavior
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
5pm
Harvard, 275 William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

Professor Ernst Fehr
In this presentation I argue that neuroeconomics can provide a unifying approach to understand both the human mind and individual behavior.  I illustrate my claim with two examples. In the first, we show that neural variables can be much more powerful predictors of out-of-sample behavior than behavioral variables. In particular, individual's willingness to redistribute income from rich to poor subjects is much better predicted by brain connectivity patterns elicited in a previous distribution task compared to the behavioral measures taken from this task. In the second example, we predict human motives that give rise to observationally equivalent behaviors such that behavioral data are - by design - incapable of predicting the underlying motives. We show that different motives for identical behaviors have distinct neural signatures that can be used to predict subjects' motives in the absence of discriminating behavioral evidence. These neural signatures thus provide a microfoundation of motives in terms of brain circuitry.

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MTA COMPOSER FORUM PRESENTS Alvin Curran
Wednesday, October 1
5:00p–6:00p
MIT, Building 14e-109i, MIT Lewis Music Library, 180 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Alvin Curran
Democratic, irreverent and traditionally experimental, Curran travels in a computerized covered wagon between the Golden Gate and the Tiber River, and makes music for every occasion with any sounding phenomena -- a volatile mix of lyricism and chaos, structure and indeterminacy, fog horns, fiddles and fiddle heads. He is dedicated to the restoration of dignity to the profession of making non-commercial music as part of a personal search for future social, political and spiritual forms.
Free. A reception will follow.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts, MIT Libraries, MIT Libraries
For more information, contact:  Clarise Snyder
mta-request@mit.edu

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Clean Energy Block Party
Wednesday, October 1
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/clean-energy-block-party-tickets-12694261879

Celebrate the end of the summer with MassCEC and your clean energy neighbors from Downtown Crossing and the Financial District at our clean energy block party!

We hope to see you and your staff there!

Light refreshments will be served

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CrossRoads: Energy Necklace on the Emerald Necklace 2014, Reception
Wednesday, October 1
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Emerald Necklace Conservancy, 125 Fenway, Boston

Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic and curatorial process in the creation of CrossRoads, a temporary, outdoor exhibition that addresses the issues of climate change and sustainable living. Participants will be given an interactive walking tour, followed by a presentation by curator Susan Israel, along with artists participating in the exhibition. They will be discussing their work on the project and their approach to conveying the vision of the Energy Necklace Project, named in homage to the Emerald Necklace park system in Boston. CrossRoads, September 14- Dec 7, is the first exhibition in the Energy Necklace Project’s namesake park system and honors Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision of community, creativity and civic engagement.

Through the Energy Necklace Project’s ongoing exhibitions and events, people become empowered to find solutions to overwhelming problems, and become connected to a larger community of solution seekers. Open to all ages.

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BostonEco Healthy Home, Healthy Living
Wednesday, October 1
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostoneco-healthy-home-healthy-living-registration-12659213047
Cost:  $16.37

Join us for a fun networking event focused on healthy living and ideas for a healthy home.
Meet eco-minded professionals who are passionate about healthy, sustainable living in the Boston area while enjoying a tasty beverage from Gather and the water views from District Hall, Boston’s newest community space for collaboration and innovation.
Be inspired. Discover new ideas. Find collaborators.
There will be a mix of local Boston area companies to connect with including the first and only eco home magazine devoted to eco home enthusiasts. The award-winning ZeroEnergy Design firm will share their expertise on modern green home design and innovations in passive homes. Plus, there will be free eco samples, healthy living information, and a few surprise product giveaways from local eco companies.
It’s time to eliminate all the toxins in your home and discover eco alternatives that are simple, stylish, energy efficient, and healthy.
First time attending a BostonEco event? Check out previous events, videos andphotos.
Please note: registration is required due to the space requirements.

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Carbon Tax to Combat Climate Change
Wednesday, October 1
7pm
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The notion of a carbon tax as the most efficient way to combat greenhouse gas emissions was first proposed by MIT professor David G. Wilson in 1973 and was greeted with silence. James Hansen proposed the idea again 30 years later and was greeted with skepticism.  Now Massachusetts has taken up the idea.  A panel including Massachusetts State Senator Mike Barrett , co-sponsor of a bill proposing the nation’s first carbon tax, physicist and activist Dr. Gary Rucinski, and Anne Kelly, director of public policy at CERES, discusses using a carbon tax to combat global warming and create a sustainable economic future.  How would a carbon tax work?  What impact would it have on jobs and the economy?  What hurdles would it have to clear to be adopted?

More information at http://www.cambridgeforum.org

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Ghost Army:  screening and discussion with film director Rick Beyer
Wednesday, October 1
7:00 PM
Langdell Hall South, Harvard Law School, Cambridge

Free admission; public welcome. Refreshments will be served.

About the film:
“I learned a lot, fooling people and deceiving people, and it stood me in good stead the rest of my life.” – Jack Masey, Ghost Army veteran

The Ghost Army tells the story of a top-secret U.S. Army unit in World War II that used inflatable tanks, sound effects, and dazzling showmanship to deceive the Germans across the battlefields of Europe. They brought creativity and illusion to the field of conflict to manipulate enemy perceptions and give an extra edge to American forces. Many of the soldiers carrying out this unique mission were artists, some of whom went on to become famous, including fashion designer Bill Blass and painter Ellsworth Kelly.

The film premiered on PBS in 2013, and has since been broadcast in more than a dozen countries. It was recently honored with a prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award, and earned awards at multiple film festivals.

About the Filmmaker:
Rick Beyer is an award winning documentary filmmaker, a best-selling author, and a lifelong history enthusiast.

He has made documentaries for PBS, The History Channel, A&E, National Geographic, the Smithsonian and others. His most recent film, The Ghost Army, is a WWII story of war, deception and art that premiered on PBS in 2013.

Rick is also the author of the popular Greatest Stories Never Told series of history books, published by Harper Collins. The Chicago Tribune described the series as “an old fashioned sweetshop full of tasty morsels.” He has co-authored a new book about the Ghost Army being published next spring by Princeton Architectural Press.

A former radio reporter and TV news producer, Rick has written for The History Channel Magazine, Politico and numerous other publications. He has shared his unique take on history in interviews on CBS, MSNBC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, History, NPR, Fox News, and with audiences around the country.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and lives in Lexington MA.

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The Urban Implications of Living with Water
Wed, October 1
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Wilmer Hale, 60 State Street, Boston

Building on the climate preparedness work done for the Mayor of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission, ULI Boston’s “The Urban Implications of Living with Water” charrette was convened on May 8, 2014 as an opportunity to explore resilient design solutions or development in the region. The charrette focused on four geographic areas with distinctly different challenges and explored how to help land owners, developers, designers, and public officials act to protect their assets and communities from the risks associated with sea level rise and climate change.

This program will feature the findings of each of the four charrette teams as well as a panel discussion to explore potential solutions.

At the October 1 symposium, Dennis Carlberg, Sustainability Director for Boston University and co-chair of the ULI Boston Sustainability Council, will present an overview of the Living with Water report, then allow members of the panel to make individual remarks before commencing the panel discussion.

Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston, will lead the panel which is comprised of:
John Macomber, senior finance lecturer at Harvard Business School
John Bolduc, environmental planner for the City of Cambridge Community Development Department
David Bois, principal at Arrowstreet
Amy Korte, principal at Arrowstreet

http://boston.uli.org/event/urban-implications-living-water/

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Symposium on Sustainable Models for Print Storage in the 21st Century
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 2, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Fanny Peabody Music Building, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Special Events
DETAILS
8:30am – 9am
Continental Breakfast
9am – 9:15am
Welcome: Sarah Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library & Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
9:15am – 10:15am
Session One: The Shift from Print to Digital Formats: A State of the Field
Kevin Guthrie, President, Ithaka
Mike Furlough, Executive Director, HathiTrust
Chair: Paul Courant, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan
10:15am – 11:15am
Session Two: Shared Storage: Financial Models & Possibilities for Collaborations in Collection Development
Tom Teper, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services, University of Illinois
Bernard Reilly, President, Center for Research Libraries
Chair: James Neal, Vice President of Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University
11:30am – 12:30pm
Session Three: Print and Shared Print Opportunities
Robert Wolven, Associate University Librarian for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development, Columbia University
Ivy Anderson, Director, Collection Management and Development, California Digital Library
Chair: Constance Malpas, Program Officer, OCLC Research
12:30pm – 1:00pm
Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
Sarah Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library & Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University


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TEDxBoston:  Revolutionary Ideas Revisited
Thursday, October 2, 2014
The Great Hall at Faneuil Hall, Boston
9:30am - 7pm

More information at http://tedxboston.org

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Wicked Smaht! Celebrating Climate Leaders
Thursday, October 2
11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Dewey Square Park, South Station, Boston

Find a flock of colorful ostrich statues, talk with scientists, share your stories of climate action, and take pictures with Ozzie! the Ostrich who won’t put his head in the sand.

Contact http://sciencetogo.org

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Obama's Climate Plan: State Action, Grassroots Opportunities
Thursday, October 2
12pm
Tufts, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Eban Goodstein, Director and Faculty, Bard MBA in Sustainability; Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

Using the authority of the Clean Air Act, Obama's EPA is moving forward with proposed regulations on global warming pollution from existing power plants. The EPA's target is 17% reductions below 20.06 levels by 2020—but the final outcome will be determined as the states actually move to implement the regulations. Today, citizen groups have an unprecedented opportunity to drive the state level dialog, and advocate for deeper emission cuts This talk outlines the avenues for grassroots engagement with state regulators.

Eban Goodstein is an economist, author, and sustainability educator known for his work in the clean energy movement, and for his educational campaigns, which have engaged thousands of schools and universities, civic institutions, faith groups, and communities in solutions-driven dialogues about global warming and global climate change. In 1999, he founded the Green House Network, which spearheaded both the Race to Stop Global Warming, and Focus the Nation. In 2008, he created the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions. Since 2009, he has founded and directs two new graduate programs in sustainability at Bard College, an MS Degree in Climate Science and Policy, and an MBA in Sustainability, as well as the C2C Fellows sustainability leadership program. He is the author of three books and numerous journal articles.

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Race to Solar Fall Workshop
Thursday, October 2
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Curtis Hall, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GNRIrYkExPfVAahc2w5Zw-I3YniA4WJ_Phom5rV8FLc/viewform

For more information about the program contact info at HEETma.org orcall 617-HEET-350

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Discerning Corruption: Credible Accusations and the Punishment of Corruption in Brazil
Thursday, October 2
4:30p–6:00p
Harvard, Room K354, CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro (Brown University)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Positive Political Economy
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal@mit.edu

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Resisting Data's Tyranny with Obfuscation
Thursday, October 02
5:00p–7:00p
MIT, Building E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Helen Nissenbaum
Against inexorable machinations of data surveillance, analysis, and profiling, data obfuscation holds promise of relief. Whether it can withstand countervailing analytics is an intriguing question; whether it is unethical, illegitimate, or, at best, ungenerous cuts close to the bone. Yet, as NYU's Helen Nissenbaum will argue in this talk, obfuscation is a compelling "weapon-of-the-weak," which deserves to be developed and strengthened, its moral challenges countered and mitigated.

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she is also Director of the Information Law Institute. Her work spans social, ethical, and political dimensions of information technology and digital media. She has written and edited five books, including Values at Play in Digital Games, with Mary Flanagan (forthcoming from MIT Press, 2014) and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford University Press, 2010).

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre
617-324-0490
cmsw@mit.edu

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Future of Research symposium
Postdocs for the Future of Research
Thursday, October 2, 5:00 PM to  Friday, October 3, 5:00 PM 
Boston University Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/future-of-research-symposium-tickets-12781715455

he Future of Research Symposium (futureofresearch.org) is a postdoc-organized meeting on October 2-3rd on the Boston University campus. We will focus on factors shifting the landscape of scientific research: tight budgets, evolving models of both publishing and evaluation, and questions about training and workforce stability. Talks and panel discussions will be followed by highly interactive workshops designed to give students and postdocs a voice in the ongoing dialog about policies that shape our scientific future. After the symposium, we will generate a consensus opinion to be circulated to administrators, journals, and policy-makers.

Tentative Schedule
Thursday, October 2nd
5pm – Keynote: Henry Bourne (UCSF)
5:45pm – Panel discussion: Sibby Anderson-Thompkins (UNC-CH), Galit Lahav (HMS), Graham Walker (MIT), David Glass (Novartis), Richard Roberts (NEB)
7:45pm – Networking and brainstorming
Friday, October 3rd
10am – Panel discussion: Marc Kirschner (HMS), Michael Teitelbaum (HLS), Naomi Rosenberg (Tufts), Cynthia Furhmann (UMMS)
12 noon – Lunch
1-2:30pm – Workshop: first rotation
2:30-4pm – Workshop: second rotation
4pm – Closing remarks

Important request
Please help us make this meeting relevant and efficient by completing a quick 6 question, anonymous survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TYM_paMsBne4CQ2F3bmPtIfHCMbjFrxdzkhNck71dNE/viewform
Your responses will help us set goals for the interactive workshops. We are seeking perspectives from scientists and non-scientists, so please feel free to circulate this link widely!

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Saving Lemurs from Extinction
Thursday, October 2
6pm – 7pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Patricia Chapple Wright, Professor of Anthropology, Stony Brook University
Primatologist and MacArthur Fellow Patricia Chapple Wright, recipient of the 2014 Indianapolis Prize for her extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts, will discuss her work protecting the lemurs and ecosystems of Madagascar. Wright will share her experiences engaging the Malagasy government, community stakeholders, and scientists in a team effort to integrate conservation with development projects, including one collaboration that led to the establishment of Ranomafana National Park, a World Heritage Site in southern Madagascar.

Lecture and book signing. Free and open to the public

Presented in collaboration with the Indianapolis Prize

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Biketoberfest 2014
Thursday, October 2
6pm – 11pm
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley Street, Boston

For four years the Bike Union has been bringing its members (people who love bikes) together under one roof for a massive rally and fundraiser every fall—always with some of Boston's finest beers on tap. A free benefit of joining and supporting our important work.

This year we've chosen a new name for our biggest annual event, one that better describes the spirit of celebration these events have taken on. All year we work hard to achieve new cycletracks, better policies, stronger bike research, and fix 1,000 bikes for Bike to Market. It's only fitting that at the end of our busiest season we raise our mugs with membership that supports better biking in Boston.

Live DJs
Food from El Pelon, bGood, (more to come)
Beer from Cambridge Brewing Co., (more to come)
Live and Silent Auction with prizes from Yuba, Ashmont Cycles, Ortlieb, Copenhagen Wheel, (more to come)

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The Revolution Will Be Online
Thursday, October 2
6:30 PM to 8:00
C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-revolution-will-be-online-tickets-12979392713

Speakers: Jay Smooth (blogger, The Ill Doctrine), Spectra Speaks (blogger, Spectra Speaks), Andrew Ti (blogger, Yo, Is This Racist?)
Moderator: Callie Crossley (broadcast journalist and radio host, WGBH’s Under the Radar with Callie Crossley)
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Ford Hall Forum convenes this panel of popular anti-racism bloggers to discuss how far we’ve come – or haven’t – since 1964. What does racism and anti-racism look like from a Millennial perspective, and how do activists relate to those who came before them? This nuanced conversation will touch upon multiracial contexts, the value of intersectionality, the perils and perks of connecting via commenting, and more. Broadcast journalist Callie Crossley sits down with Andrew Ti, Spectra Asala, and Jay Smooth for an in-person discussion on how, 50 years later, racism is fought through the world’s electronic town hall.

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The Glass Cage:  Automation and Us
Thursday, October 2
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Pultizer Prize finalist for The Shallows NICHOLAS CARR for a discussion of his latest book, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us.
In The Glass Cage, best-selling author Nicholas Carr digs behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, as he explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure. Even as they bring ease to our lives, these programs are stealing something essential from us.

Drawing on psychological and neurological studies that underscore how tightly people’s happiness and satisfaction are tied to performing hard work in the real world, Carr reveals something we already suspect: shifting our attention to computer screens can leave us disengaged and discontented.
From nineteenth-century textile mills to the cockpits of modern jets, from the frozen hunting grounds of Inuit tribes to the sterile landscapes of GPS maps, The Glass Cage explores the impact of automation from a deeply human perspective, examining the personal as well as the economic consequences of our growing dependence on computers.
With a characteristic blend of history and philosophy, poetry and science, Carr takes us on a journey from the work and early theory of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the latest research into human attention, memory, and happiness, culminating in a moving meditation on how we can use technology to expand the human experience.

Contact  (617) 661-1515
info@harvard.com 

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Friday, October 3
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Emulating Natural Systems for Geologic CO2 Capture and Storage, and to Enhance Subsurface Permeability
Friday, October 3
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Peter Kelemen
Speaker Bio:  http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~peterk/Welcome.html

Environmental Science and Engineering Seminars

Host: Charlie Langmuir
Email: langmuir@eps.harvard.edu

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Logistics Clusters: Jobs, Growth, and Economic Development
Friday, October 3
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP to Ellen Bell, director of Strategic Initiatives for Research and Innovation, at ellen.bell@dot.gov
Webinar https://volpe-events.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=volpe-events

Dr. Yossi Sheffi, Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics and Professor of Engineering at MIT
In his talk, Dr. Yossi Sheffi will describe the role of logistics clusters in regional and national economies. He will explain logistics clusters, how they grow, why they drive economic growth, and why they are a formidable job engine. The talk will include examples from around the world.

Special introduction for the series kick-off by:
Gregory D. Winfree
Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Research and Technology

Dr. Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he serves as director of the Center for Transportation & Logistics. He is an expert in systems optimization risk analysis and supply chain management.

He is the author of several best-selling, award-winning books, including The Resilient Enterprise (MIT Press, 2005) andUrban Transportation Networks (Prentice Hall, 1985). His latest book, Logistics Clusters, was published by MIT Press in October 2012.

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Challenging Technical Privilege: How Race and Gender Matter
Friday, October 03
12:00p–2:00p
MIT, Building W20-307, Networking event from 2-3 Mezzanine Balcony, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Donna Milgram,(IWITTS), Jane Stout, (CERP), Gabriela A. Gonzalez (Intel), Jean Yang, MIT Ph.D. and Michelle Johnson ('15, course 6)
Women, particularly women of color, have been largely marginalized and underrepresented in STEM, and will be the focus of this panel-style, highly interactive symposium, where we aim to highlight, elaborate, and develop strategies to address issues of TP & Stereotype Threat. Building on the insights of current research and community organizations, we seek to uncover the overt and covert means by which this exclusion occurs and strategize with industry and others about making real inroads towards dismantling the structural impediments to a more diverse pool of tech-savvy youth and professionals. This session will feature a panel of researchers, industry representatives, and social entrepreneurs who seek to empower women and girls to become leaders and innovators in computer science and technology. We will also hear from graduate and undergraduate students on their personal experiences and strategies for success in overcoming Technical Privilege, Implicit Bias, and related phenomena like Stereotype Threat. The goal of the workshop is for students, faculty, and others to understand the impact of Implicit Bias, to collectively strategize with industry representatives and social entrepreneurs on the necessary steps to overcome it, and to walk away with practical strategies for combating Technical Privilege and Stereotype Threat and building a truly inclusive and meritocratic tech community. The panel and open discussion session will be followed by a networking reception.

Web site: http://challengingtechnicalprivilege.weebly.com
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Women's and Gender Studies, EECS, CSAIL, Office of Minority Education, ICEO
For more information, contact:  Emily Neill
617-253-2642
wgs@mit.edu

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MIT Hacking Arts 2014
Friday, October 3
6:00 PM - Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-hacking-arts-2014-tickets-12413594395
Cost:  $30-100

Hacking Arts is a 3-day festival and hackathon at MIT exploring the intersection of arts, technology and entrepreneurship. Hacking Arts is designed to inspire new advances in the creative industries by fostering collaboration between entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and engineers with panels on Design, Gaming, Virtual Reality, TV/Film, Fashion, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.

Hacking Arts 2014 includes a live kick-off performance by Grammy-nominated artist Ryan Leslie; a Hackathon ideation session by Kiran Gandhi, the drummer of MIA; incredible panelists such as Benji Rogers, CEO of Pledgemusic; Elliot Lum, VP of Strategic Marketing at Columbia Records; and Marco Tempest, cyber illusionist; virtual reality demos; amazing APIs to hack on and prizes. We can't wait for this weekend, and hope you're excited too.
See www.hackingarts.com for the full schedule.

IMPORTANT DETAILS ON LOCATION:
Friday evening is at the Microsoft NERD Center (1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142) from 6-10pm.
Saturday and Sunday, we will be in the MIT Media Lab (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139).

Join the conversation before we start, facebook.com/hackingarts

If price is an issue for you as a student, please e-mail us and we may be able to help out. We don't want ticket price to be the reason you cannot attend.
We realize that this weekend is Yom Kippur, and apologize for any conflicts this may make. Due to scheduling constraints this was the only feasible weekend for the event. We are offering a free ticket to attend Sunday after "Yom Kippur" and encourage attendance.

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Opening Reception for "...in the atmospheres” Exhibition by Deb Todd Wheeler
Friday, October 3
6-8pm
Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston

…in the atmospheres
In this atmosphere, an atmosphere that scuba divers call 1 bar (101325 pa of pressure), we breathe the air, a perfect mixture of gases that we instinctually suck into our bodies… it’s our atmosphere, and we inhabit it and fill it with our expulsions: the things we shed, we expel, expunge….off and away… a scream, an emotion, things we are done with, byproducts of living, of productivity…. The residue of making…. extra chemicals, turpentine, wrappers, fumes, all that stuff we want to disappear, and leave us with the treasure we made…. By-products be gone! Evaporate into the other atmospheres, up into the stratosphere, or down the drain, flushed away into the vast and uninhabitable depths of space and sea… but you know the planet’s cycles spit it all right back at us…. oceans return flotsam to the shores, evaporated liquids rain back down- nothing is truly gone forever, nothing dissipates into thin air… it’s just not true. It will always return to us, tangible hauntings of our own productivity.

The “clouds” that stream from the power plant, emissions from the process of making power dissipate into the atmosphere, join the clouds that are already up there. What is the difference, really except for a few chemical configurations…. Thinking about “nature” as a construct, as an idea that looks the way we want it to. If I print these images using the nostalgic early technology of the sun print, crop out the source of the “cloud”, are they then beautiful? Can you live with that aestheticization and fakery to convince you that the natural world isn’t already gone, taken over by our residue?

What does it mean to be productive? As an artist it certainly is the goal, as a society we strive for it. In the global market we aim to produce goods and services that are valued. But what is the cost of all this productivity? ...in the atmospheres is a solo exhibition of images and objects inspired by the residue of production, the things that leak out in the process, the slag- things we wish would disappear…

More information at http://www.milleryezerskigallery.com/
617 262 0550

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Saturday, October 4
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Maker Faire
Saturday, October 4
9am - 6pm

Saturday, October 4, 2014, MIT is hosting its first-ever MIT Maker Faire in partnership with the popular Make Magazine (http://www.makezine.com) and its renowned Maker Faires, which celebrate STEM and the fun of making.

Our faire will feature MIT and other local makers exhibiting their creations, and the MIT community and general public will be invited to
attend. It’s a great opportunity to show off MIT maker skills and connect with the community!

The MIT Maker Faire planning committee is putting out a call for makers. The deadline to sign up for a free booth is September 15. For more information and to sign up, go to http://makerfaire.mit.edu.

Thank you,

Alissa Mallinson (alissam@mit.edu)

Editorial Comment:  Your editor will be exhibiting some of the things he makes.

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Mass Customized Healthcare -Crowdsourcing, Personalized Medicine, and Predictive Analytics
Monte Jade Science and Technology of New England (MJNE)
Saturday, October 4
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive #1, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-customized-healthcare-crowdsourcing-personalized-medicine-and-predictive-analytics-tickets-12363496551

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Sunday, October 5
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Fall 2014 Loading Dock Sale - Open to All Day
10:00a–6:00p
MIT, Building E38, 292 Main Street, Cambridge

It's time once again for our legendary two-day Loading Dock Sale. We're slashing prices on TONS and TONS of MIT Press books--up to 95% off their original retail price--most at five dollars or less! We'll have piles of MIT Press titles in excellent condition from every discipline for which the Press is renowned. You will find plenty of the usual suspects: out-of-print books, gently shop-worn books, non-fiction overstocks from a variety of publishers, plus hundreds of MIT Press journal back-issues.

Sunday will be the "open-to-all" day. All are welcome; no purchasing limits. The tables will be fully restocked before the start.

More details at http://web.mit.edu/bookstore/www/events/docksale.html
A feeding frenzy for the brain!

Web site:http://web.mit.edu/bookstore/www/events/docksale.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): The MIT Press Bookstore
For more information, contact:  The MIT Press Bookstore
617- 253-5249
books@mit.edu

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Rising Tides at the MBTA
Sunday, October 5
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
MIT, 325-355 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rising-tides-at-the-mbta-tickets-12937451265
Cost:  Donation

Susan Israel, Energy Necklace Project
How high will the flood water go if we get a super storm at high tide? What about in 2050 and 2100, after sea level starts to rise? Susan Israel, project artist of Rising Tides, is marking the flood levels with fish that show the impact of rising sea levels and climate change in four T stations: Kendall, Courthouse, UMASS and World Trade Center. June Krinsky-Rudder and her Revere Public High School students helped make the artwork at Kendall and Courthouse. Come hear about where the project has been and its future plans. By Susan Israel of the Energy Necklace Project.

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Monday, October 6
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Noah Diffenbaugh, Stanford
Monday, October 6, 2014
12pm-1pm
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

MASS Seminar

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Legal and policy perspectives on EPA’s proposed clean power plan
Monday, October 6
2:00PM TO1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Panel discussion with David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council; Jeffrey Holmstead, Bracewell & Giuliani; and Robert Stavins (Moderator), HKS

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar
http://www.hks.harvard.edu/m-rcbg/cepr/seminar.html

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund@hks.harvard.edu
More at: http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2014-10-06-160000-2014-10-06-173000/etipconsortium-energy-policy-seminar#sthash.fOr6eygZ.dpuf

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MOOCS - Open Education with Old and New Learners
Monday, October 06, 2014
3:00p–4:00p
MIT, Building 4-270, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Jeff Haywood & Lori Breslow
Please join us for a discussion with Professor, CIO, and Librarian Jeff Haywood of the University of Edinburgh and Dr Lori Breslow of TLL to explore new issues emerging in online education environments. Who are today’s MOOC learners? What are their backgrounds & intentions? Where and how might we broaden access to higher education? Where do we go beyond MOOCs? How can we deliver open education at scale?

xTalks: Digital Discourses
This series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies.

Web site: http://odl.mit.edu/events/jeffhaywood-loribreslow/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): OEIT- Office of Educational Innovation and Technology
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles
617-324-9185
ruggles@mit.edu

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Planets and Life Series: The Keys to Habitability, Reflections on the Biosphere as a System
Monday, October 6
4:30p–6:00p
MIT, Building 2-105, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Tyler Volk (NYU)

Planets and Life: Human and Planetary Perspectives
Weekly lecture and discussion series exploring the co-evolution of the earth's natural systems and life

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/2014/planets-life
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Lectures
For more information, contact:  Vlada Stamenkovic
rinsan@mit.edu

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Inducing Leaders to Take Risky Positions: Dismissal, Tenure, and Term Limits
Monday, October 6
5:30p–7:00p
MIT, Building E19-758, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Philippe Aghion (Harvard)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Applied Theory Workshop (Joint MIT/Harvard)
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal@mit.edu

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Tuesday, October 7
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asian Regionalism
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 7, 2014, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 2nd Floor, CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Peter Petri, Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance, Brandeis University; moderated by Shinju Fujihira, executive director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
COST Free and open to the public
LINK http://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/calendar/upcoming

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Low Emissions Development in an Era of Cheap and Abundant Fossil Fuels
Tuesday, October 7
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/low-emissions-development-in-an-era-of-cheap-and-abundant-fossil-fuels-tickets-13184604507

How can we support development in ways that protect the planet from climate change in a future likely to be dominated by cheap and abundant supplies of fossil fuels?
This seminar, which is open to the public, will explore the emerging field of Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS), describe how the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has been working to support a variety of international LEDS initiatives and explore the significant future challenges facing these efforts.
List of Speakers:
Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, SEI
Charles Heaps, Ph.D.Center Director and Senior Scientist, SEI
Topic: How SEI is supporting Low Emissions Development Planning around the World
Ujjayant Chakravorty, Ph. D. Tufts University
Topic: Energy and Poverty
Sivan Kartha, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, SEI
Topic: Equity and Low Carbon Development
Michael Lazarus, Senior Scientist, SEI
Topic: Climate Change Mitigation and Fossil Fuel Lock-in
The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Contact Stockholm Environment Institute
Web sites: www.sei-us.org and www.sei-international.org

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Pre-Conference Back-to-the-Classroom Sessions: Systems Thinking for Emerging, Evolving, and Established Leaders
Tuesday, October 7
2:00p–5:00p
MIT, E-51, Wong Auditorium, corner of Amherst Street and Wadsworth Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $25-50

Speaker: MIT SDM faculty
This year, on the day before the annual MIT SDM will offer pre-conference back-to-the-classroom sessions delivered by two of SDM???s best and brightest faculty members on the afternoon of October 7. This will include:
What is Systems Thinking and Why is It Important? presented by Qi Van Eilema Hommes, Lecturer, Engineering Systems Division, MIT; Senior Staff Engineer, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
A New Era in Project Management: Viewing Projects as Systems, presented by Bryan R Moser, Ph.D. Lecturer, System Design and Management, MIT: Researcher, Design Engineering Laboratory, University of Tokyo, President and CEO, Global Product Design.

Annual MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges
The aim of this series is to provide practical information from multiple disciplines that will spark ideas that leaders at all developmental stages can apply to real-world challenges. Attendees will also gain insight into how to use systems thinking to support and develop current and future leaders, while meeting strategic goals, whether in industry, academia, government, or the world at large.

Web site:http://sdm.mit.edu/systemsthinkingconference/2014/agenda.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Varies. See registration section at url below.
Tickets: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1510647
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program
For more information, contact:  Joan S. Rubin
617.253.2081

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At the Helm, Kirk or Spock? The Pros and Cons of Charismatic Leadership
Tuesday, October 7
2:30p–4:00p
MIT, Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ben Hermalin (UC Berkeley)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Organizational Economics
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal@mit.edu

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Radcliffe Institute Fellow's Presentation Series: Biomineralization
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 8, 2014, 4 p.m.
WHERE   Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Pupa Gilbert, Radcliffe Institute Perrin Moorhead Grayson and Bruns Grayson Fellow and University of Wisconsin at Madison
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2014-pupa-gilbert-fellow-presentation

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Boston Area Sustainability Group:  Sustainability & Innovation
Tuesday, October 7
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Venture Cafe - Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainability-innovation-tickets-12892821777
Cost:  $10-12

We're desperate for the innovations that can help with sustianability and climate change, but what does innovation know about sustainability and what does sustainability know about innovation? Tonight our discussion brings these two worlds together.
Come meet, hear, and engage with:
Asheen Phansey, Global head of the Sustainable Innovation Lab at Dassault Systèmes
Asheen will candidly describe the evolution of a reactive, compliance-based corporate sustainability strategy to one that supports the development of a “Sustainable Innovation Lab”. View his LinkedIn profile here: www.linkedin.com/in/asheen.
Eric Hudson, Founder & CEO  |  Preserve
Eric will share highlights and learnings from his experience building the Preserve brand - a sustainable product innovation requiring supply chain reinvention. Read his story here: https://www.preserveproducts.com/explore/preserve-101/founding-story.
Helen Sahi, Director for Sustainability for Avery Dennison Corporate and Retail Branding and Information Systems
Helen says, "Innovation is where art, consciousness, science, business and end-user needs intersect." She'll speak about how Avery Dennison innovates sustainable products and actions. View her LinkedIn profle here: www.linkedin.com/in/helensahi.
Rakhshita Dhar, Director, Innovation Services, MassBio
Rakhsita will talk about how MassBio Innovation Services links entrepreneurs in a distributive network to foster innovation and commercialize new ideas within the biotechnology ecosystem. View her Linkedin profile here: www.linkedin.com/pub/rakhshita-dhar/17/654/67b.
Time is short and we all need to learn a boatload, fast. One of BASG’s explicit goals is that we learn as much as we can from each other, where the very diversity of the group is one of our most valuable assets. Come join the discussion, or hang out and listen. Meet those folks working hard to do what you’re trying to do and your paths have not yet crossed. We have a great time and really want to meet you!
Our format for the evening begins with informal networking followed by quick introductions all round before several lightening-speed presentations from knowledgeable folks. Using a modified IGNITE-style format, our speakers share their experiences and then we open the discussion to the group.
We’ll end the discussion with time left for more networking and sharing info on other local events. Hope to see you there!

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African Innovators: Scientists From The Continent Speak About Their Work Changing the World
Tuesday, October 7
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, 10th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-innovators-scientists-from-the-continent-speak-about-their-work-changing-the-world-600-pm-tickets-12544714579

Working under challenging conditions, African scientists are changing the face of the continent, conducting vital research with global implications in the fields of agriculture, medicine, and resource management.
Seeding Labs and The West African Research Association invite you to hear from our partner scientists about their current research and the challenges and opportunities that working in continent present.
Join us for an inspirational evening of learning and networking, and to find out how you can get involved with our work and upcoming endeavors.

Speakers will include:
Dr. Henry Nii Nmai Bulley, Assistant Professor of Geography, Dept. of Social Sciences and Human Services, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York
Dr. Bulley’s interest is in understanding the interactions between land use dynamics and the natural environment with a focus on sustainable water resource management, and adoption of geospatial science and technology for sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. His work has included water resource applications of GIS and remote sensing, landscape ecology, sustainable development, land use and land cover change at rural-urban fringe, machine learning (classification tree) analysis, spatial modeling, and web-based GIS.
Dr. Peter Jeranyama, Environmental Physiologist, Extension Assistant Professor, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Jeranyama’s work in the Zimbabwe and The U.S. has been in the crop and soil science fields, and currently focuses on irrigation water management and drainage systems, shade cycling, leaf gas exchange and frost protection related to the cranberry industry, issues which influence production, environmental concerns, costs, and regulations.
Dr. Paul Mireji, Adjunct Scientist, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Trypanosomiasis Research Centre & Visiting Scientist in Tropical Medicine, Laboratory of Public Health and Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health
Dr. Mireji’s work in Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Tropical Entomology, Parasitology and Genomics has included research on malaria and trypanosmiasis (sleeping sickness) and the hosts of the cause of each illness, the mosquito and the tsetse fly, exploring vaccine and control effects for the latter.

The event will be moderated by Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen, whose background in technology, art, and business, and aim to foster a culture of educational excellence, has lead him to leverage local business and educational communities to create experiential learning and professional development opportunities in Cambridge. In one of his latest innovations, he has transformed his City Council Campaign into a pop-up art venue that will also become a mobile lab for science experiments.
   
Seeding Labs invests in exceptional scientists in developing countries who have limited resources, but limitless potential.  We provide reduced-cost lab equipment and training and foster professional networks in order to enhance higher education, support vital research and create a more connected global scientific community.

Established in 1989, The West African Research Association, (WARA) is a network of scholars dedicated to the promotion of research on West Africa and the diaspora. WARA supports research through its fellowships, facilitates scholarly exchange and the dissemination of accurate information on West Africa and its diasporic communities, and works to increase awareness of the critical place of West Africa in the global community.

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Conference: Systems Thinking for Emerging, Evolving, and Established Leaders
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
8:30a–5:30p
MIT, E-51, Wong Auditorium, corner of Amherst Street and Wadsworth Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1510647
Cost:  $25-200

Speaker: MIT SDM faculty and alumni; industry execs.
Annual MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges
The aim of this series is to provide practical information from multiple disciplines that will spark ideas that leaders at all developmental stages can apply to real-world challenges. Attendees will also gain insight into how to use systems thinking to support and develop current and future leaders, while meeting strategic goals, whether in industry, academia, government, or the world at large.

Systems thinking is a competitive imperative for leaders at all stages of their careers: established, evolving, and emerging. Not only must current leaders understand how to apply systems thinking to address complex challenges, but companies must be able to apply this approach to develop the systems-based thinkers who will become the leaders of the future.

To help organizations and their leaders succeed, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's annual Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges, sponsored by System Design and Management (SDM), will focus on best practices for leaders at all levels of the organization.

Speakers will include emerging, evolving, and established leaders from several industry and government sectors. They will discuss:
How to use systems thinking to align and lead functionally and geographically dispersed teams that are tackling complex challenges;
Ways to monitor progress and results;
Benefits achieved, lessons learned, and next steps for developing leadership within organizations and individuals; and
How systems thinking has advanced organizational objectives and benefited their personal careers.

Web site: http://sdm.mit.edu/systemsthinkingconference/2014/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Varies. See registration section at url above.
Tickets: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1510647
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program
For more information, contact:  Joan S. Rubin
617.253.2081
jsrubin@mit.edu

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The Future is Now: Urban Asia in the 21st Century
Wednesday, October 8
BU, Metcalf Trustee Center, One Silber Way, Boston
This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by October 1.
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/pardee/rsvp-the-future-is-now-urban-asia-in-the-21st-century/

A one-day conference at Boston University exploring how Asia’s cities are reshaping concepts of urban development.

Co-sponsored by Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, the Initiative on Cities, the Center for the Study of Asia, Global Programs India Initiatives, and the Center for Global Health and Development, in collaboration with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and BU’s Metropolitan College.

Conference Overview

The Asian continent is home to a vast array of cities and urban conditions. From the futurism of Dubai, to the extreme contrast of wealth and squalor in Mumbai, to the spectacular rise of Shanghai and Beijing as global nodes of political and economic power, cities in Asia in the 21st century are redefining notions – both positive and negative — of urbanization. While it is impossible to identify a single model of urban development, cities across Asia are providing examples of ways governmental institutions, the private sector, and civil society generate and manage rates of urbanization at scales previously unimaginable; they are pushing the boundaries of technology, governance, ecological sustainability, and the very concept of progress. Based on the proposition that cities provide a critical lens into social, cultural, economic, and political relationships, and by association humanity’s capacity to solve social and ecological problems, this conference asks: how are Asia’s cities reshaping accepted knowledge about processes of urbanization and urban management? Speakers will examine established theories of urbanization and urban management and ask whether we have the appropriate intellectual and policy toolkit to address issues associated with rapidly expanding cities in the 21st century.

The day-long conference, beginning October 8th at 9:00 a.m., will be organized into three sequential panels as follows:
Panel 1: “Idea of the City: The Asian Challenge”
This panel asks whether current visions on the Asian city, articulated by urban theorists and adopted by policy-makers in Asia, are starting to challenge the Euro-American perception of urbanization.

Panel 2: “The Politics of the City”
This panel affirms the notion that cities are sites of cooperation and conflict, and examines the politics of identify, governance, and conflict management that characterize a spectrum of urban Asian experiences and contexts.

Panel 3: “The City and Its Environment”
This panel examines how patterns of urbanization change the urban environment, from energy use intensity to pollution and public health.

More information at http://www.bu.edu/pardee/urbanasia/

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Promoting Innovation in Agriculture: Energy; Conservation; Research and Development
Wednesday, October 8
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/595361994

Join us this fall for our continuing Wednesday webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve our region’s food system.  The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in our report, New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System.

All webinars are recorded and will be available at www.farmland.org/newengland. You will find these four webinars already posted there:
May 14:  Introduction to the New England Food Policy Report and Project
June 18th:  Organic Waste:  Finding Uses for It in the Food System
July 16th:   Frameworks for Regional Food System Collaboration
July 23rd:   Reducing Farmland Conversion: State Land Use and Protection Policies

For a more detailed description of each of the webinars, please visit www.newenglandfoodpolicy.org

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Governing Coercion: Armed Politics and the State in South Asia
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
12:00p–2:00p
MIT, Building E40-496, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: PAUL STANILAND, University of Chicago

SSP Wednesday Seminar Series

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/ssp/seminars/index.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program
For more information, contact:  Elina Hamilton
253-7529

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Gubernatorial Forum on Energy, the Environment & the Innovation Economy
Wednesday, October 8
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gubernatorial-forum-on-energy-the-environment-the-innovation-economy-tickets-13178676777

Come hear from the Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates.  Learn where they stand on key environmental and energy issues. Each candidate will offer 20 minutes of remarks: Jeff McCormick (I), Martha Coakley (D), Charlie Baker (R), Evan Falchuk (I).
Co-hosts include: Environmental League of Massachusetts, Suffolk University Environmental Studies Program, The Trust for Public Land, Sudbury Valley Trustees, Mass Audubon, The Trustees of Reservations, and Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, with more to come.
Location: First Floor Function Room, Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont Street.  Conveniently located to public transportation (Park Street, Downtown Crossing, State Street, Silver Line).
Spread the word: #gogreengovma

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Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China
Wednesday, October 8
12:30pm to 1:50pm
Harvard, CGIS Building, Belfer Case Study Room (S020), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Nicholas Lardy, Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Critical Issues Confronting China
http://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/calendar/upcoming/events/critical-issues-confronting-china

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Biomineralization
Wednesday, Oct 8
4:00 pm
Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Lecture by Pupa Gilbert RI '15
Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, is the iridescent inner lining of many mollusk shells. The microscopic structure of nacre may depend on the water temperature at the time the nacre was deposited. During her Radcliffe fellowship, Pupa Gilbert is conducting experiments to test this hypothesis. If successful, this discovery will enable measuring water temperatures as old as 450 million years, using nacre-containing shells from the fossil record. If validated in modern and ancient shells, this discovery will expand our knowledge and understanding of the natural world.

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The Impact of Environmental Regulation on U.S. Oil Refineries
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 8, 2014, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
SPEAKER(S)  Richard Sweeney, Harvard University
LINK http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k105744

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Askwith Forum: Is U.S. Public School Funding Fair?
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 8, 2014, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE   Harvard GSE, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT LANDING FLAG No
PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT AskWith Forum
IS THIS AN EXTERNAL EVENT? Yes
BUILDING/ROOM Askwith Hall
CONTACT NAME Jodie Smith-Bennett
CONTACT EMAIL askwith_forums@gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE 617-495-8059
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION/DEPARTMENT Harvard Graduate School of Education
REGISTRATION REQUIRED No
ADMISSION FEE This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP REQUIRED No
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education
DETAILS  Moderator: Susan Eaton, Ed.M.’93, Ed.D.’99, research director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School; co-director, One Nation Indivisible
Panelists:
Bruce Baker, professor, The Rutgers University Graduate School of Education
Andrés Alonso EdM ’99, EdD ’06, professor of practice, HGSE; former CEO, Baltimore Public Schools
David Hinojosa, Southwest regional counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
David G. Sciarra, executive director, Education Law Center
Do states provide sufficient resources for all children to achieve meaningful growth in school? Does the national school funding process function fairly and effectively? This forum will use the measures of "fairness" developed in the groundbreaking "National Report Card: Is School Funding Fair?" study to explore the current state of U.S. public school funding. Panelists will discuss how inequitable funding for public schools hampers efforts to boost academic outcomes and improve achievement among vulnerable student populations.

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Mass Innovation Nights 67 "Women Founders”
Wednesday, October 8
6:00pm
Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect Street, Central Square, Cambridge

For our 67th Mass Innovation Nights featuring "Women Founders". Babson's CWEL - Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership - is the generous sponsor! A collection of inspiring new products await you!  Join us on October 8th.  You will not want to miss out; trust us. - See more at: http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-67-women-founders#sthash.eJEmTPq2.dpuf

More information at http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-67-women-founders

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Race to Solar Fall Workshop 
Wednesday, October 8
4-5pm
Open House from 5-6pm.
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GNRIrYkExPfVAahc2w5Zw-I3YniA4WJ_Phom5rV8FLc/viewform

For more information about the program contact info at HEETma.org orcall 617-HEET-350

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Information Evening on the System Design and Management
Wednesday, October 8
6 - 9 p.m.
MIT, Building 10-105, Bush Room (Under the Dome), 222 Memorial Drive,

Please join us in the Bush Room at MIT for an Information Evening on the System Design and Management (SDM) program. You will have the opportunity to learn about MIT's master of science in engineering and management, discuss career opportunities, and network with SDM alumni, faculty, students, and staff.
For further information please feel free to email SDM Admissions at sdm@mit.edu or call 617.253.1055.

The MIT Master's Program in Engineering and Management

More at: https://lgosdm.mit.edu/VCSS/servlet/SDMFrontEnd?VIEW=1&id=319#sthash.ZTZX2pjv.dpuf

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Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts
Wednesday, October 8
7pm
3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

This summer’s focus on the 50,000+ children crossing the southern border of the United States has again brought U.S. immigration policy into sharp relief.

Are current policies adequate for today’s immigrant experience?   How is modern immigration different from that of previous generations?

By examining the immigrant experience of various ethnic and religious groups throughout U.S. history, the book Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts demonstrates that the same patterns of native resistance, immigrant struggles and contributions have occurred over and over again. This panel discussion, featuring historian Deborah Dash Moore, Constitutional Law expert William G. Ross, and policy analyst Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute, puts today’s immigration debate into a larger political, historical, sociological, and legal perspective.  Diane Portnoy, founder and CEO of The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc., moderates.

More information at http://www.cambridgeforum.org

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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@bnid.org if you have any questions!

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SOMERVILLE ROVING ART EVENTS BUS

We are looking for folks to help us program our new M.U.S.C.R.A.T. Bus (Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Art Transport).

About the MUSCRAT
The city of Somerville, led by the Somerville Arts Council, has bought an old school bus, which has been transformed into a Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Art Transport (M.U.S.C.R.A.T). We anticipate that the inside will be used to conduct roaming art classes, performance art or dance, while the outside could be used to screen films or host concerts. The intent for our M.U.S.C.R.A.T. is to create a flexible roving catalyst for creation.

Perhaps you'd like to…
create a comix workshop for youth in an underserved area; this might take place at Mystic River Housing, for example
produce a dance performance in or around the bus in an unlikely location
host a public craft night inside the bus

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Official Call
For more details and the official call to Producers, go here: http://somervilleartscouncil.org/muscrat

Rachel Strutt, Program Manager, Somerville Arts Council
p: 617.625.6600, x2985 f: 617.666.4325
www.somervilleartscouncil.org
Visit Nibble, a blog about food & culture at
www.somervilleartscouncil.org/nibble

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CAMBRIDGE MASSACHUSETTS ARTS GRANT PROGRAM - October 15, 2014

Cambridge Arts makes annual awards of $200-$2000 to support access to professional arts and culture events for Cambridge youth through Field Trip Grants and supports individual artists and organizations through Project Grants. Project Grants are awarded in two categories: Creating & Presenting and Education & Access. Entry fee.

Details:  617-349-4380
http://www.cambridgeartscouncil.org/grants
cambridgearts@cambridgema.gov

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Intern with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate!
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate (BLC) is a nonprofit based in the Cambridge, MA area. Our mission is to mobilize the biosphere to restore ecosystems and reverse global warming.
Education, public information campaigns, organizing, scientific investigation, collaboration with like-minded organizations, research and policy development are all elements of our strategy.

Background: Soils are the largest terrestrial carbon sink on the planet. Restoring the complex ecology of soils is the only way to safely and quickly remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the ground, where it’s desperately needed to regenerate the health of billions of acres of degraded lands. Restoring carbon to soils and regenerating ecosystems are how we can restore a healthy hydrologic cycle and cool local and planetary climates safely, naturally, and in time to ensure a livable climate now and in the future.

Our Work: immediate plans include
Organizing the First International Biodiversity, Soil Carbon and Climate Week, October 31-November 9, 2014, and a kick-off conference in the Boston area, “Mobilizing the Biosphere to Reverse Global Warming: A Biodiversity, Water, Soil Carbon and Climate Conference – and Call to Action” to expand the mainstream climate conversation to include the power of biology, and to help initiate intensive worldwide efforts to return atmospheric carbon to the soils.
Coordination of a global fund to directly assist local farmers and herders in learning and applying carbon farming approaches that not only benefit the climate, but improve the health and productivity of the land and the people who depend on it.
Collaboration with individuals and organizations on addressing eco-restoration and the regeneration of water and carbon cycles; such projects may include application of practices such as Holistic Management for restoration of billions of acres of degraded grasslands, reforestation of exploited forest areas, and restoring ocean food chains.

Please contact Helen D. Silver, helen.silver@bio4climate.org for further information.
781-316-1710
Bio4climate.org
SharedHarvestCSA.com

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Climate Stories Project
http://www.climatestoriesproject.org

What's your Climate Story?
Climate Stories Project is a forum that gives a voice to the emotional and personal impacts that climate change is having on our lives. Often, we only discuss climate change from the impersonal perspective of science or the contentious realm of politics. Today, more and more of us are feeling the effects of climate change on an personal level. Climate Stories Project allows people from around the world to share their stories and to engage with climate change in a personal, direct way.

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Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!

Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.
https://sites.google.com/site/somervilleyogurtcoop/home

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Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?  With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.

HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer Cambridge residents free thermal scans.

Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal images of their property and an analysis online. The information is password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.

Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their images and analysis for a small fee.

The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.

Go to Sagewell.com.  Type in your address at the bottom where it says "Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here" to request the report.

That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to do about it.

With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money, not to mention comfort).

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Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHhwM202dDYxdUZJVGFscnY1VGZ3aXc6MQ

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HEET has partnered with NSTAR and Mass Save participating contractor Next Step Living to deliver no-cost Home Energy Assessments to Cambridge residents.

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap
If you get electricity from NSTAR, National Grid or Western Mass Electric, you already pay for these assessments through a surcharge on your energy bills. You might as well use the service.

Please sign up at http://nextsteplivinginc.com/heet/?outreach=HEET or call Next Step Living at 866-867-8729.  A Next Step Living Representative will call to schedule your assessment.

HEET will help answer any questions and ensure you get all the services and rebates possible.

(The information collected will only be used to help you get a Home Energy Assessment.  We won’t keep the data or sell it.)

(If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call HEET’s Jason Taylor at 617 441 0614.)

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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@sbnboston.org

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Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while controlling for how cold the weather is). You get a short friendly email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.

https://www.carbonsalon.com/

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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

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Artisan Asylum  http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations  http://thesprouts.org/

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project  http://www.transformationcentral.org/solidarity/mapping/mapping.html
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation, contact jmatthaei@wellesley.edu

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Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/

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Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents   http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area:  http://www.BostonScienceLectures.com

MIT Events:  http://events.mit.edu

MIT Energy Club:  http://www.mitenergyclub.org/calendar

Harvard Events:  http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/harvard-events/events-calendar/

Harvard Environment:  http://www.environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/

Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events

Mass Climate Action:  http://www.massclimateaction.net/calendar/events/index.php

Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/

Eventbrite:  http://www.eventbrite.com/

Microsoft NERD Center:  http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/

Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:   http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/

High Tech Events:  http://harddatafactory.com/Johnny_Monsarrat/index.html

Cambridge Civic Journal:  http://www.rwinters.com

Cambridge Happenings:  http://cambridgehappenings.org

Boston Area Computer User Groups:  http://www.bugc.org/

Arts and Cultural Events List:  http://aacel.blogspot.com/

Boston Events Insider:  http://bostoneventsinsider.com/boston_events/

Nerdnite:  http://boston.nerdnite.com/