Sunday, December 08, 2019

Energy (and Other) Events - December 8, 2019

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Monday, December 5 - Sunday, January 12, 2020
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Irrawaddy River: People, Landscapes & Boats

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Monday, December 9
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12pm  Lunch Roundtable with Kate DeWolf on hybrid energy systems, solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities, microgrids, digesting toilets, and more in Afghanistan
12pm  CS50 Fair
12:30pm  HCED Discussion Series with Marc Doussard
6pm  Boston Network for International Development Holiday Party
6pm  Boston New Technology HealthTech Startup Showcase #BNT108 (21+)
6pm  Lightning Talks, Demos, and Magic Leap
7pm  Floating Coast:  An Environmental History of the Bering Strait
7pm  The Science & Cooking Public Lecture Series
7pm  This Is What Democracy Looked Like
7:30pm  2.009 final prototype launch

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Tuesday, December 10
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12pm  Systems Thinking Webinar: Atanu Mukherjee, “Enabling a gasification-based sustainable industrial economy for India”
1pm  Menstruation Madness
3:30pm  Books@Baker:  The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society 
4pm  SystemsThatLearn@CSAIL Lecture Series: Using Technology to Track and Trace Live Goods from Supplier to Retailer
4pm  AgConnect: Social Innovation Ecosystems
5pm  DNI Greenhouse Celebration & Fundraiser
6pm  The Constitution: Changes and Challenges in US History
6pm  Great Decisions | The Middle East: Regional Disorder
6pm  Boston Climate Strike: What's Next? Open Meeting!
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights 129
6pm  Sports Rehabilitation – Game Changing Innovations
7pm  The Great Democracy:  How to Fix Our Politics, Unrig the Economy, and Unite America
7pm  SOLUTIONS with/in/sight: Catalytic Combinations for Prostate Cancer and Beyond
7pm  The Future of Learning: A Multidisciplinary Panel with The Knowledge Society
7pm  The Way of the Problem Solver

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Wednesday, December 11
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8am  Put Out the Fires!
8am  Climate Equity: MetroCommon 2050 Speaker Series
10am  Trilateral Cooperation in the Shadow of a Nuclear North Korea
12pm  Investing in Cleantech Is a Sustainable Business 
12pm  Curbing Gun Violence: Strategies for Change
4pm  The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible
4pm  Dudley Herschbach Teacher/Scientist Lecture:  Engaging our Students in Science via Flipped Classes, Science Fiction, and MOOCs
4pm  They Call It Free Energy, So Hey, Why Pay?
5:15pm  Policy options to promote electric vehicles: Evidence from China
6pm  Architecture - Between Ecology and History
6pm  Social Media Strategy for Businesses
6pm  Climate Ready Dorchester - Second Community Open House
7pm  Extinction Rebellion [XR] Community Meeting

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Thursday, December 12
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12:15pm  The Contest for the "Free Sea": Variation and Evolution in the Global Maritime Order
1:30pm  Sierra Club Energy Committee Meeting
3pm  Social + Impact Connect 2019
5pm  MetroBridge Showcase
5:30pm  You're Invited: Annual Sierra Club Holiday Party
6pm  Boston Climate Strike: What's Next? Open Meeting!
6pm  Overcoming Challenges of Climate Policy: Beyond the Climate Symposia
6pm  MIT CLEAN ENERGY PRIZE KICKOFF
6pm  Sneaker Forum II: Sustainability in Practice
6:30pm  A Curious Person's Guide to Earth Repair: Regenerating Soil and Water Landscapes
6:30pm  Talk Data to Me: Changing The Way Businesses Run & People Live
7pm  Listening Partnerships for climate activists: tools for sustaining and renewing ourselves
7pm  Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists
7:30pm  Connecting With Your Electeds:  Help Your Representatives Get To Know *You*

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Friday, December 13
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9am  FERC Commissioner Keynote & Future of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in New England
2pm  Air, water, sunlight, sand and shells: new approaches to old climate problems
4pm  Making Pig-to-Human Transplantation a Clinical Reality with CRISPR Genome Editing
7pm  Extinction Rebellion [XR] Boston Film Series Presents:  The Reluctant Radical
7pm  Hail Satan? - Film Screening and Q&A with Lucien Greaves

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Saturday, December 14 – Sunday, December 15
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Cultural Survival Bazaar

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Saturday, December 14
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8:30am  Global AI Bootcamp 2019 - Boston edition
10am  Nature Inspired Building Design (Biomimicry) for Climate Resiliency-Part 1
3pm  Voices of Liberation x Scope Apparel x Art Plug Present:  SCOPE PLUG

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Sunday, December 15
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9am  Interactive meditation on climate crisis
1:30pm  NVDA training

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Monday, December 16
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10am  Physics PhD Thesis Defense: Physics and Artificial Intelligence: Algorithms and Applications
10am  One Year Later: Reflecting on the progress and what lies ahead for the Future of Transportation Commission
6pm  Astronomy on Tap, Boston

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Tuesday, December 17
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5:30pm  Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools Film Screening
6pm  Spotlight on UN Sustainable Development Goals & Plastics
6pm  Code for Boston Demo Night 2019

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

The Pentagon, Greenhouse Gases, and Climate Change

Archibald Cox on the Role of the Supreme Court in American Government

Geometry Links - December 6, 2019

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Monday, December 5 - Sunday, January 12, 2020
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Irrawaddy River: People, Landscapes & Boats
Monday, December 5 - Sunday, January 12, 2020
MIT, Building 7-238, Rotch Library, 77 Masachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Irrawaddy River is the major waterway and largest river in Myanmar. It flows from north to south and it is used by Burmese people daily to take baths, do laundry, wash vegetables, and transport goods for trade and other commercial purposes.

The vehicles used along the river include small homemade boats, tug boats, dredging boats, festivity boats, raft boats that move entire homes as the water level changes throughout the year. And then there are the tour boats. Among the tour boats are the Irrawaddy Flotilla river boats that go back to the days of the British Empire and were recovered and renovated in the last twenty years.

Camila Chaves Cortes has taken three trips in these boats watching the life, landscapes, and boats along the way. These inspired her to show these color photographs, cyanotypes, paintings, and a three-dimensional sculpture of one of the boats.

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Monday, December 9
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Lunch Roundtable with Kate DeWolf on hybrid energy systems, solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities, microgrids, digesting toilets, and more in Afghanistan
Monday, December 9
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
BU, Boston

Join the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Boston Chapter for a lunch roundtable with Kate DeWolf, Expeditionary Resource Efficiency Manager (eREM) Contractor at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait!

For the past two years, NEWIEE community member Kate DeWolf has lived in Kuwait working for the U.S. Army to develop initiatives regarding renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and waste. Join us for lunch with Kate to learn more about the hybrid energy systems, solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities, microgrids, digesting toilets, and other projects she has helped develop during her time overseas.

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CS50 Fair
WHEN  Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, 12 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Richard and Susan Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR CS50
COST  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS  The CS50 Fair is an epic display of CS50 students' final projects. On display will be web apps, mobile apps, and more, all made by students.
Come see friends. Come chat with alumni, engineers, and recruiters. Squeeze a CS50 stress ball. Eat popcorn and candy. Win fabulous prizes in the raffle.
Also live-streamed at: live.cs50.io.
For a look at last year's CS50 Fair, see:  https://youtu.be/D0JW6pnBUdg

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HCED Discussion Series with Marc Doussard
Monday, December 9
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-450, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

HCED will host a discussion with Marc Doussard.
Marc Doussard's research examines urban economic development through changes to footloose and placebound industries. His book Degraded Work (University of Minnesota Press) documents the restructuring of local-serving industries and the paths to upward mobility opened and foreclosed by changing competitive practices.

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Boston Network for International Development Holiday Party
Monday, December 9
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $10 – $25

A night of winter celebration and fellowship for the international development community in Boston.

Please join the Boston Network for International Development (BNID) for the annual winter celebration and holiday party!

Looking to get into the international development field? Do you care about global justice? Are you looking for an opportunity to connect with the international development community in Boston? This is the holiday party for you. 
Everyone is welcome to join for this night of fellowship and holiday cheer. 
Refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be available. 
Want to learn more about BNID? Check out our website that features job and internship opportunities along with hundreds of events each year. 

Want to join 8000 other folks in receiving the weekly BNID newsletter? Sign up!

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Boston New Technology HealthTech Startup Showcase #BNT108 (21+)
Monday, December 9
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Foley Hoag, LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
Cost:  $0 – $99

See 6 innovative and exciting local HealthTech demos, presented by startup founders
Network with attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free headshot photo (non-intrusively watermarked) from The Boston Headshot!
Enjoy dinner with beer, wine and more
Each company presents an overview and demonstration of their product within 5 minutes and discusses questions with the audience.
Free tickets for startups and Investment Firms! See ticket page for details.
Register at least 2 days prior to save 50%. Only $15!

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Lightning Talks, Demos, and Magic Leap
Monday, December 9, 2019
6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Venture Cafe, Cambridge
Cost:  $6

Come join the local XR community as we share our best work and ideas. We'll have a series of lighting talks (10 minutes each), demos, and pizza!

MAGIC LEAP
Stuart Trafford (Magic Leap) will demo and discuss the Magic Leap AR headset, a truly amazing tool.
GESTURALLY INTERACTIVE MUSIC
Gregory Osborne (Berklee) will discuss the new possibilities of using your body and in particular hand gestures to direct both visual and audio systems, opening up the possibility for gesturally interactive music videos.
MIXED-MEDIA LIVE PERFORMANCE IN VR
Professor Lori Landay (Berklee) will talk about real-time performance combining live and recorded assets in actual and virtual spaces with co-located and remote participants using the virtual reality headset Oculus Quest.
VR RACING SIMULATORS
Robert Moore (VR Motion Labs) will talk about VR racing simulators for sim racing and race driver training and race preparation. I’m currently working with the Porsche Club Of America on their eDE (electronic Driver Education) program. I do this in my Plymouth MA based 3DOF motion simulator, in VR with a Pro level instructor who is in his simulator in New York. We schedule shared private iRacing sessions where our 2 cars on on the same track and I can follow him, he can follow me or I can jump in his car or he can jump in mine. We’re discussing the track, the race line, the braking points, etc. as he brings me up to speed on the track. It’s a new initiative by the PCA and it is a very effective way to bring new drivers up to speed on the track with other drivers.
MICROTASKING IN VR
Casey Armstrong will talk about what could happen, hypothetically, if microtasking platforms came to VR in the future and why he thinks developers should start experimenting now. What is microtasking? Microtasking is work done in bite-sized chunks on platforms like Mechanical Turk, Swagbucks, and Fold.it. Microtasks can come in any form. However, in their most popular forms, microtasks range from labeling-and-cleaning data for data-science, to writing short product-descriptions, to answering surveys, to playing video games that train AI.

WRAPVR
John Joseph will talk about wrapVR; a lightweight toolkit that abstracts the specifics of VR SDK / hardware interaction in Unity, making it easier for developers to start creating interactions and behaviors in VR.

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Floating Coast:  An Environmental History of the Bering Strait
Monday, December 9
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes environmental historian BATHSHEBA DEMUTH for a discussion of her book, Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait. She will be joined in conversation by poet JOAN NAVIYUK KANE.

About Floating Coast
Whales and walruses, caribou and fox, gold and oil: through the stories of these animals and resources, Bathsheba Demuth reveals how people have turned ecological wealth in a remote region into economic growth and state power for more than 150 years.
The first-ever comprehensive history of Beringia, the Arctic land and waters stretching from Russia to Canada, Floating Coast breaks away from familiar narratives to provide a fresh and fascinating perspective on an overlooked landscape. The unforgiving territory along the Bering Strait had long been home to humans—the Inupiat and Yupik in Alaska, and the Yupik and Chukchi in Russia—before Americans and Europeans arrived with revolutionary ideas for progress. Rapidly, these frigid lands and waters became the site of an ongoing experiment: how, under conditions of extreme scarcity, would the great modern ideologies of capitalism and communism control and manage the resources they craved?

Drawing on her own experience living with and interviewing indigenous people in the region, as well as from archival sources, Demuth shows how the social, the political, and the environmental clashed in this liminal space. Through the lens of the natural world, she views human life and economics as fundamentally about cycles of energy, bringing a fresh and visionary spin to the writing of human history.
Floating Coast is a profoundly resonant tale of the dynamic changes and unforeseen consequences that immense human needs and ambitions have brought, and will continue to bring, to a finite planet.

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The Science & Cooking Public Lecture Series
Guest Speaker: Jose Andrés, Think Food Group, minibar, Jaleo
Jose Andrés (@chefjoseandres), Think Food Group, minibar, Jaleo
Monday, December 9
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Harvard, Science Center, Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Science & Cooking Public Lecture Series, organized by Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), is based on the Harvard course “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter;” however, public lectures do not replicate course content.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Seating for all lectures is first come, first seated
Each presentation will begin with a 15-minute lecture about the scientific topics from that week’s class by a faculty member from the Harvard course
The lectures are free and open to the public

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This Is What Democracy Looked Like
Monday, December 9
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Katherine Small Gallery, 108 Beacon Street, Somerville
Cost:  $10

A visual history of the printed ballot in America, illuminating the noble but often flawed process at the heart of democracy

Our ninth Standing-Room Only Lecture is a visual history of the printed ballot in America, illuminating the noble but often flawed process at the heart of democracy. The talk celebrates the colorful and sometimes outlandish US ballots from the 19th and early 20th century, when election tickets were printed by political parties and casting your vote was a public act.

Our speaker, Alicia Cheng, is a founding partner of MGMT. She has worked as a senior designer for Method, New York and was the co-design director at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She has taught and served as a visiting critic at Yale University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Parsons School of Design, Barnard College, the Cooper Union, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Our Standing-Room Only Lectures aim to present short talks about graphic design, typography, and collecting. The lectures are kept to about twenty minutes because—true to its name—the series takes place in our standing-room only gallery. So, wear comfortable shoes and bring a short attention span.
Doors open at 6p for pre-talk mingling.

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2.009 final prototype launch
Monday, December 9
7:30pm to 10:30pm
MIT, Building W16: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

8 teams launch their new product prototypes in the annual final presentation event

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Tuesday, December 10
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Systems Thinking Webinar: Atanu Mukherjee, “Enabling a gasification-based sustainable industrial economy for India”
Tuesday, December 10
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Webinar

Join us for a free webinar on Tuesday, December 10 at 12:00 PM EST with Atanu Mukherjee, SDM alumnus and president of the engineering consulting firm M. N. Dastur & Co. (P) Ltd. 

About the talk: The need for cheap and sustainable energy will continue to expand as industrial and economic growth accelerates. The challenge is to architect energy systems and feedstocks for a future industrial economy which is sustainable, economically viable, socially integrative and future-proof while leveraging the resource endowments of the nation. While renewables are a good carbon neutral energy complement, a growing industrial economy will need cost-effective and clean primary or base load energy. Similarly, as India is completely dependent on imported crude and crude based feedstocks for its industry and the economy, crude volatility and geo-political disruptions can severely destabilize the nation. The country has limited gas or oil reserves but has the 5th largest coal reserves in the world. By gasifying the vast reserves of Indian high ash coal and by cost effectively capturing the carbon using carbon capture technology, use and sequestration, India can enable an entire gasification value chain based on syn-gas and clean coal technology. The synthesis of such an energy and industrial feedstock system requires systemic architectural considerations on technology options, sustainability, economics, trade, finance, logistics and – importantly – government policy. 

About the Speaker: Atanu Mukherjee is the President of M. N. Dastur & Co. (P) Ltd, an engineering consulting firm. He advises the energy, materials and commodity industry globally in the areas of strategy, technology, operations and finance, working with governments, national and international institutions, private equity firms, and investors. He also serves as visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management. Prior to his work in the energy and commodity industry, Atanu was in senior leadership positions at Microsoft and Digital Equipment Corporation. He is an alumnus of the System Design and Management program and holds a graduate degree from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Bombay.

About the series: The MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series, sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program, 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. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed on our website:  http://sdm.mit.edu/news-and-events/webinars/

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Menstruation Madness
Tuesday, December 10
1:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT, Building 13, Lobby 13, 105 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge

UA Sustain and Pleasure educators collaborate to bring forth a celebration of sustainable and comfortable menstrual products. The event will feature sample display products, informational flyers, vulva lollipops and chocolates, uterus propaganda button making, and FREE RAFFLES of nixits, Saalt cups, and Lunapads products. Stop by anytime to learn about you can reduce waste, save money, and regain comfort all in one fell swoop. Already use menstrual cups or don't menstruate? Don't worry, there are always new things to learn and new ways to promote destigmatizing the period.

For more information, contact ambick@mit.edu or kdugas@mit.edu.

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Books@Baker:  The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society 
WHEN  Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Business School, Aldrich Hall 210, Soldiers Field Road, Allston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Baker Library and HBS Working Knowledge
SPEAKER(S)  William R. Kerr, The D’Arbeloff Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO For more information, please contact Dina Gerdeman at: dgerdeman@hbs.edu
DETAILS  William R. Kerr, The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society 
In the global race for talent, the United States has managed to compete with other countries for the best and brightest, attracting people who have transformed U.S. science and engineering, reshaped the economy, and influenced society at large. Yet while America is getting caught up in thorny debates about immigration policy, countries like China and India are catching up. In "The Gift of Global Talent," William R. Kerr takes the reader on America’s bumpy ride, from a joyous celebration at the Nobel Prize ceremony to angry airport protests against the Trump administration’s travel ban. The book explains the controversies of the H-1B visa used by firms like Google and Apple, delves into the superstar firms that global talent flows produce, and explores how the United States can become even more competitive in attracting tomorrow’s talent.

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SystemsThatLearn@CSAIL Lecture Series: Using Technology to Track and Trace Live Goods from Supplier to Retailer
Tuesday, December 10
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 32-D463 , Star Conference Room, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

This talk covers work being done in the Retail and Consumer Products industries where there is a need to track and trace live goods including plants and food. The technical aspects of how to implement this will be covered including where Internet of Things (IoT) sensors are leveraged to provide location, status, and state to know previous, current, and future provenance of products materials, and consumer goods. Blockchain, sensors, and analytics will be covered in specifically how they are used in various examples.

Speaker: Martin Wolfe, IBM
Martin Wolfe is currently the Global CTO for Retail, Consumer Products, and Agribusiness at IBM. He is a Distinguished Engineer with backgrounds in systems engineering, software development, cloud computing, Blockchain technology and leads the definition of architecture standards in Consumer focused industries.

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AgConnect: Social Innovation Ecosystems
Tuesday, December 10
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
610 Main Street, Cambridge (Entrance at 10 Portland Street.  Please bring a photo ID to enter the building.)

Join LifeHub Boston for our fourth and final AgConnect Sustainability Series event, Social Innovation Ecosystems. We'll be joined by our friends at J-WAFS at MIT to bring you a lively discussion on how Social Innovation Ecosystems are shaping the sustainable future of Agriculture. Don't forget to bring your best to our Open Mic Nite, which is your time to pitch your passion project and get feedback from the community! This is your last chance to visit us for our Sustainability Series, and to network with us in 2019--don't miss out!

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DNI Greenhouse Celebration & Fundraiser
Tuesday, December 10
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Dudley Greenhouse, 9 Brook Avenue, Boston

Learn about how you can support the community land trust movement and double your impact through the Community Investment Tax Credit !

Are you an activist, philanthropist, or community member looking to fight gentrification in Boston? Join DNI in the Dudley Greenhouse to learn more about the community land trust model as a tool to fight displacement and stabilize neighborhoods. We will discuss opportunities for you to join the movement by making a donation to DNI through the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) program. 
Our community land trust provides permanently affordable housing for almost 1,000 people and stabilizes the Dudley neighborhood in the face of skyrocketing rents and housing prices. But we need your support to expand our model and ensure "Development without Displacement." 
DNI has been awarded $150,000 in tax credits meant to leave $300,000 in donations through CITC, which is designed to support high-impact, community-led economic development initiatives. For every $1,000 that a donor gives to DNI, they receive $500 back in tax credits. In the end, you give $500 and the Dudley community receives $1,000. 

This a way to double your impact! All donations must be made by December 31 2019. Join us to learn more about the program, whether you are a DNI supporter, homeowner, donor or prospective donor.
Refreshments will be provided. A brief program will begin at 6:00pm. 
The greenhouse is wheelchair accessible.

Are you unable to attend but want to make a donation? Visit: http://www.dudleyneighbors.org
For more information contact: Joceline Fidalgo, JFidalgo@dsni.org

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The Constitution: Changes and Challenges in US History
Tuesday, December 10
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston

Akhil Amar, professor of law and political science at Yale University, and Eric Foner, professor emeritus of history at Columbia University and author of The Second Founding: How Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, discuss constitutional changes and challenges throughout our nation’s history.

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Great Decisions | The Middle East: Regional Disorder
Tuesday, December 10
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

Join us for the last Great Decisions of 2019!
As the presidency of Donald J. Trump passes the halfway point, the Middle East remains a region in turmoil. The Trump administration has aligned itself with strongmen in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which along with Israel have a common goal of frustrating Iranian expansion. What will be the fallout from policy reversals such as withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear accord and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? Does the United States see a path forward in troubled states such as Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq? Is the United States headed toward war with Iran?

Michele Dunne directs the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Her research focuses on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policies in the Middle East. Previously she was the founding director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, as well as editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin at Carnegie. Before her think tank career, Dunne was a Middle East specialist at the U.S. Department of State for nearly 20 years, serving in assignments that included the National Security Council staff, the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. She also served as a visiting professor of Arabic language and Arab studies at Georgetown University, where she obtained her Ph.D.

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Boston Climate Strike: What's Next? Open Meeting!
Tuesday, December 10
6 PM – 8 PM
Boston University (TBD)

On Dec 6th, we showed up and demanded that our political leaders join our generation and fight for a Green New Deal! But what comes next?! We have a plan to stop the climate crisis and win a Green New Deal, and it'll take millions of young people coming together.

Join our open meeting after the December 6th Climate Strikes to hear about our strategy to stop the climate crisis and to make the Green New Deal a reality, meet some members of Sunrise Boston, meet other young people from the strikes and our community and get involved in the fight!

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Mass Innovation Nights 129
Tuesday, December 10
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Alley Powered by Verizon, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge

Mass Innovation Nights #129, sponsored by Verizon 5G, will feature emerging products in healthcare technology.

Mass Innovation Nights is a well-known monthly Boston area showcase event that helps tech startups gain visibility, social media engagement, and professional connections.

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Sports Rehabilitation – Game Changing Innovations
Tuesday, December 10
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor Havana Room One Broadway, Cambridge

Winning in This Growth Marketplace
Learn from a panel of experts in the sports rehabilitation space about how they started their companies and how they funded, grew, and protected their innovations.

The goal of the sports rehabilitation industry is to provide innovations that allow people to achieve their athletic goals by preventing injuries, maintaining health, and alleviating pain during exercise.  Sports rehabilitation technology provides relief to professional and amateur athletes suffering from pain, injury, or illness involving the musculoskeletal system.

Hear from our panel of experts:
Moderator
Mark Solomon, Principal, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds – Protecting Rehabilitative Innovations Through Patent and IP Strategy
Speakers
Michael Emmerling, CEO-Founder-Inventor, K-Neesio LLC, NuNee– An Innovative Solution to Relieve Knee Pain
Samuel A. Miller, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Boston Biomotion - Advanced Movement Training to Maximize Sport Performance
Michael Salerno, Co-founder, Hatchleaf– Connecting the Life Science Innovation Ecosystem to Accelerate Technology Commercialization
David Santopietro, Founder and CEO, EvenKeel-  Advanced Orthotics System to Support Foot Injuries
Darrell Wong, Counsel, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Agenda
6:00-6:30pm - Registration
6:30-8:00pm - Panel discussion
8:00-9:00pm - Networking with refreshments in the Venture Cafe

Mark Solomon, Principal, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds – Protecting Rehabilitative Innovations Through Patent and IP Strategy
Michael Emmerling, CEO-Founder-Inventor, K-Neesio LLC, NuNee– An Innovative Solution to Relieve Knee Pain
Samuel A. Miller, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Boston Biomotion – Advanced Movement Training to Maximize Sport Performance
Michael Salerno, Co-founder, Hatchleaf– Connecting the Life Science Innovation Ecosystem to Accelerate Technology Commercialization
David Santopietro, Founder and CEO, EvenKeel- Advanced Orthotics System to Support Foot Injuries
Darrell Wong, Counsel, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

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The Great Democracy:  How to Fix Our Politics, Unrig the Economy, and Unite America
Tuesday, December 10
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes GANESH SITARAMAN—Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School and author of The Counterinsurgent's Constitution—for a discussion of his latest book, The Great Democracy: How to Fix Our Politics, Unrig the Economy, and Unite America.

About The Great Democracy
Since the New Deal in the 1930s, there have been two eras in our political history: the liberal era, stretching up to the 1970s, followed by the neoliberal era of privatization and austerity ever since. In each period, the dominant ideology was so strong that it united even partisan opponents. But the neoliberal era is collapsing, and the central question of our time is what comes next.
As acclaimed legal scholar and policy expert Ganesh Sitaraman argues, two political visions now contend for the future. One is nationalist oligarchy, which rigs the system for the rich and powerful while using nationalism to mobilize support. The other is the great democracy, which fights corruption and extends both political and economic power to all people. At this decisive moment in history, The Great Democracy offers a bold, transformative agenda for achieving real democracy.

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SOLUTIONS with/in/sight: Catalytic Combinations for Prostate Cancer and Beyond
Tuesday, December 10
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, 76-156, Auditorium, 500 Main Street, Cambridge

Illuminating the science behind an ongoing clinical trial, Professor Michael Yaffe and his clinical and biotech collaborators tell the story of how a synergistic drug combination discovered at the Koch Institute revived an all but forgotten drug class and shows great promise for combatting resistant tumors. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s David Einstein shares clinical perspectives from the trial, and Trovagene’s Mark Erlander talks about the Plk-1 inhibitor that proved crucial for the introduction of this combination into prostate cancer. Achieving more together than they ever could on their own, this dynamic team embodies the powerful synergy they are bringing to patients.

Presenters:
Michael B. Yaffe. MD, PhD, Director, MIT Center for Precision Cancer Medicine
David H. Koch Professor of Science, Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering
Jesse Patterson, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Yaffe Lab, Koch Institute
David Einstein, MD, Medical Oncologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Mark Erlander, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Trovagene Oncology
Check-in opens at 6:45pm. Coffee & dessert will follow the presentations.

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The Future of Learning: A Multidisciplinary Panel with The Knowledge Society
Tuesday, December 10
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Global Silicon Valley Labs, 2 Ave de Lafayette, Boston

Are you an educator and want to see youth actively engaged in high-level research? Are you a scientist or researcher in machine learning, neuroscience or biotechnology - and enjoy supporting youth with a passion for these fields? Perhaps you are a high school student and wish to embark on similar research? Harvard Alumni for Education and The Knowledge Society invite you to join us for an exciting night featuring the students of The Knowledge Society on December 10th from 7 to 8:30pm at The Global Silicon Valley Labs at 2 Ave de Lafayette in Boston, MA.

Event Flow:
30 minutes of networking and snacks
60-minute panel of 4x students with Q+A
1x Machine Learning researcher
1x Neuroscience researcher
1x Biotechnology researcher
1x Bonus Specialty Presentation
Q+A with The Knowledge Society Student Presenters

Seating is limited, please secure your ticket on eventbrite THEN fill out this form to let us know more about you!

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The Way of the Problem Solver
Tuesday, November 10
7pm - 9:15pm
Arc'teryx Boston, 352 Newbury Street, Boston

Of all the good people and deeds done, we selected four whose work is extraordinary. At our evening event, these four candidates will present their vision and how they realized how to make things better.

Be inspired and show your support—Vote for the project that hits closest to your heart. Winners receive a cash reward and an Arc’teryx gift card.
Schedule:
7:00 pm - doors open
7:30 pm - presentations begin
8:45 pm - votes are collected
9:00 pm - results are announced
9:15 pm - free raffle concludes

PROBLEM SOLVER NOMINEES:
Join us in store to meet these four local Problem Solvers from the Boston community. We will hear presentations from each speaker and learn about what inspires their work. Come and show your support—Vote for the project that hits closest to your heart. Good times guaranteed!

Greg Austin - Inclusive Fit
A year ago, Greg Austin took a leap of faith. He quit his job as a corporate executive to spend more time with his teenage son with autism and to start a business. Greg and his wife Kristina, who are both avid marathoners and triathletes, found that Lucas, like most of us, functions best when he is physically active. Unfortunately for neurodiverse people like Lucas, access to fitness programs tailored to their physical and sensory needs is extremely limited. This leads to many avoidable long-term problems and a lower quality of life. So, Greg is launching Inclusive Fitness, a business focused on creating healthy lifestyles for neurodiverse people, families and communities through exercise, nutrition, and wellness centers around the country. Key to their mission is to hire as many neurodiverse people as possible. They are launching a pilot program in January and are seeking funds to purchase exercise equipment.

Ari Iaccarino - Ridj-it
Ari is an English teacher turned entrepreneur when he noticed a huge problem: access to the outdoors via reliable transport. After hiking the famous Franconia Ridge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, he and Co-founder Rik Ganguly decided to dedicate their time to getting more people outside through carpooling. Three years later, over 3,500+ rides and hundreds of adventures through non-profits, small businesses, and individuals have occurred on Ridj-it, the platform used to carry out this mobile community. Ari’s dream is to expand beyond Boston and connect the rest of North America’s metropolises to the beautiful mountains, lakes, and lands we call home.

Hilary Johnson - Braille-It
Braille-It is a handheld tool that makes braille labels accessible and affordable. More than just a label maker, the patented Braille-It tool enables independence. Hilary’s goal is to empower people with visual impairment to make their homes, workplaces and schools accessible with labels.

Hilary is driven by impact-focused problem solving, and thrives at the confluence of systems thinking and human centered design. As a PhD student at MIT in mechanical engineering, she applies machine design to sustainable energy systems, turbomachinery and assistive technologies.

Adam LaReau - One Summit
One Summit was founded by Adam La Reau in 2013 as a result of his experience serving as a Navy SEAL and losing his mother to breast cancer in 2004 during his first deployment. After volunteering with a variety of organizations, Adam realized that young kids battling cancer face an especially unfair fight and that a mentor could help them build the courage and strength required to tackle the disease. Adam knew the skills embedded in Navy SEALs could even the odds and – at the same time – be an experience that would help his fellow teammates transition to civilian life. The idea to match pediatric cancer patients with Navy SEALs as mentors was born.

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Wednesday, December 11
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Put Out the Fires!
Wednesday, December 11
8am - 9:30am
South Station, Boston

JOIN WITH XR BRAZIL SAVING THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
Marching to the Brazilian Consulate, 175 Purchase St.

XR Brazil is calling for help. Come to the Brazilian Consulate and demand Bolsonaro stop the fires, preserve the rainforest, and prevent the murders of indigenous leaders. Every tree felled represents more species lost and more carbon released into the atmosphere, accelerating climate breakdown. The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and is a massive carbon-sink and cloud factory which produces much of our fresh water and regulates the global climate. It is fast approaching an irreversible tipping point of transitioning to a drier savannah-like ecosystem.

We will stand in solidarity with those in resistance. We call on the Brazilian government and world leaders to respect the territorial rights and prevent the abuse and murders of indigenous peoples. We call on citizens in the U.S. to boycott U.S. commodities and financial services complicit in this destruction.

Featuring: lots of signs, Brazilian music (we hope live), a few speakers, leafletting at South Station, followed by a march to Consulate for brief stop.

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Climate Equity: MetroCommon 2050 Speaker Series
Wednesday, December 11
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

Join us for the MAPC Clean Energy Forum on climate equity, part of the MetroCommon 2050 Speaker Series.

Climate Equity x MetroCommon 2050
To preserve our communities and create opportunity for future generations, we must eliminate carbon emissions and green our cities and towns. We also must advance equity, resilience, public health, and economic growth.
How do we align those critical needs for mutual benefit? That's the question the MAPC Clean Energy Forum will dig into on December 11. Join us!
Light breakfast and beverages will be served. Further event details to come!
Learn more about MetroCommon 2050, Greater Boston's next regional plan: https://metrocommon.mapc.org.

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Trilateral Cooperation in the Shadow of a Nuclear North Korea
WHEN  Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Fainsod Room, Littauer 324, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Yeajin Yoon, Predoctoral research fellow with the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program
CONTACT INFO Jacob Carozza  jacob_carozza@hks.harvard.edu  617-495-4219
DETAILS  What explains the formation, formalization, and evolution of trilateral cooperation among the most militarily and economically dominant states in Northeast Asia, namely the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the People's Republic of China? As U.S.-North Korean nuclear talks have stalled and geopolitical tensions have increased, it has become more critical to understand how and why the major Asian powers construct institutions and whether such efforts contribute to regional stability and peace. At a time of heightened rivalries, will Korea, Japan, and China be able to put aside their differences and cooperate to address common challenges ranging from North Korea's nuclear program to regional nuclear safety? Drawing on extensive primary sources and interviews, Yeajin Yoon explains that while trilateral cooperation has not resulted in any breakthroughs vis-à-vis North Korea’s nuclear program, it has led to important cooperative outcomes in the field of nuclear safety in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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Investing in Cleantech Is a Sustainable Business 
December 11 
12:00pm EST
Webinar

Investing in early-stage startups is challenging in any sector. In the case of cleantech, many investors opted out after suffering significant losses in the past decade. The number of cleantech IPOs is far from the one generated by the healthcare or IT sectors, for instance. Nonetheless the ecosystem is changing.

SPEAKERS
Connell McGill, Co-Founder and CEO, Enertiv (moderator)
Abe Yokell, Co-Founder and Managing Partnerm Congruent Ventures
Shayle Kann, Managing Director, Energy Impact Partners
Michael Shimazu, Senior Advisor for Innovation, NYSERDA


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Curbing Gun Violence: Strategies for Change
WHEN  Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Leadership Studio, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S)  David Hemenway, Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Mike McLively, Senior Staff Attorney and Urban Gun Violence Initiative Director, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Chana Sacks, Internist at Mass General and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Co-founder, Mass General Gun Violence Prevention Coalition
Ted Strickland, 68th Governor of Ohio
Moderator: George Zornick, Deputy Enterprise Editor, HuffPost
COST  Free webcast
TICKET WEB LINK  RSVP to attend the studio audience:  https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1GMEnLZNULOO5iR
DETAILS  Nearly 40,000 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S. in 2017 —the most in 20 years. And while mass shootings grab headlines, they account for a small part of gun-related murders in the country. Urban gun violence remains a tremendous — and too often overlooked — burden on underserved communities. And suicides persist as accounting for the majority of U.S. gun deaths. As the seventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting approaches, this Forum event will examine contrasting facets of gun violence in America. Seeking to move the discussion past partisan debates, panelists will grapple with ways to prevent gun violence in the most impacted communities and offer key, actionable steps that we can take now to reduce gun violence in the U.S.

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The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible
Wednesday, December 11
4:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Lecture by Chanan Tigay RI '20
Free and open to the public.
As a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Chanan Tigay is working on a book about antiquities looting in the Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

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Dudley Herschbach Teacher/Scientist Lecture:  Engaging our Students in Science via Flipped Classes, Science Fiction, and MOOCs
Wednesday, December 11
4:00PM TO 5:00PM
Harvard, Pfizer Lecture Room B23, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Mohamed Noor, Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Biology, Duke University
Professor Noor will share stories of his ongoing efforts to improve student learning and engagement in science classes. After years of teaching a large introductory lecture course in biology, he created a MOOC that has reached a broad audience of learners and that also enabled him to flip his classroom. Noor will reflect on his experience of introducing extensive active learning into a lecture course, and his observations of how a flipped classroom benefited students from diverse backgrounds.

To make biology more accessible to introductory-level students, Noor has begun to use science-fiction television and movies as case-studies for learning biological principles. Along these lines, he recently published, “Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds.” Noor will relate his experience using this book as the textbook for a non-majors biology course for first-year students, and will discuss the benefits of drawing on popular culture to increase student interest and understanding.

Contact Name:  bokcenter@fas.harvard.edu
617-495-4869

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They Call It Free Energy, So Hey, Why Pay?
Wednesday, December 11
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 1-131, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Henry L. Pierce Laboratory Seminar with Prof. James De Yoreo 
Abstract:  Hierarchical organization is a fundamental principle underlying the high level of function achieved by materials produced in living systems. Current efforts to create functional materials through purely synthetic routes often emulate this pervasive feature of Nature. Observations over the past decade have shown that these complex structural outcomes are accompanied by a rich set of hierarchical assembly pathways involving building blocks far more complex than simple ions, atoms or molecules. Yet the basic physical model for the development of order during the earliest stages of materials formation first proposed by J.W. Gibbs in the 1800s appears to be inherently at odds with the achievement of hierarchical outcomes, predicting instead simple compact structures through simple assembly pathways. In the case of self-assembled macromolecular architectures, which exhibit a range of hierarchical motifs from particles to ribbons to sheets, these pathways become yet more complex due to the vast landscape of structural states that an individual macromolecule can explore. Despite these complexities, a holistic framework for understanding hierarchical pathways that is rooted in classical concepts emerges when the coupled effects of perturbations in free energy landscapes and the impact of dynamical factors are considered. Here I describe that framework and use in situ TEM and atomically resolved in situ AFM studies on inorganic, organic, and macromolecular systems to illustrate the evolution in assembly pathways as these perturbations and dynamical factors come into play. The results provide a common basis for understanding the development of order in diverse systems.

Bio:  Jim De Yoreo is a Battelle Fellow and Chief Scientist for Materials Science in the Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), an Affiliate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Chemistry at the University of Washington, and Co-Director of the Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry and Technology (NW IMPACT).  He received his PhD in Physics from Cornell University in 1985.  Following post-doctoral work at the University of Maine and at Princeton University, he became a member of the technical staff at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1989, where he held numerous positions. He joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2007 where he served as Deputy and then Interim Director of the Molecular Foundry before moving to PNNL in 2012. De Yoreo’s research has spanned a range of materials-related disciplines, focusing recently on interactions, assembly, and crystallization in inorganic, biomolecular and biomineral systems.  De Yoreo has authored, co-authored, or edited over 250 publications and patents. He is a recipient of the David Turnbull Lectureship of the Materials Research Society (MRS), the Laudise Prize of the International Organization for Crystal Growth (IOCG) and the Crystal Growth Award of the American Association for Crystal Growth (AACG). He served as President of the MRS and he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the MRS, and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and the IOCG and AACG Executive Committees.

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Policy options to promote electric vehicles: Evidence from China
Wednesday, December 11
5:15pm to 6:15pm
MIT, Building 66-110. 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

This talk discusses the factors that are driving the development of the electric vehicle market in China, including state and local government policies and changes in consumer demand and automobile manufacturing. Li will discuss the impacts of the policies and unintended consequences, based on detailed data analysis and economic simulations. His research demonstrates that consumer and firm responses need to be carefully considered and factored into policy design to effectively promote technology adoption.

About the Speaker:
Shanjun Li is the Kenneth L. Robinson Professor of Applied Economics and Public Policy at Cornell University. He is a co-founder and co-director of Cornell Institute for China Economic Research. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a university fellow at Resources for the Future. His research focuses on understanding the impacts of energy and transportation policies and efficient policy design in promoting adoption of new technologies such as electric vehicles.

Reception with light refreshments will follow.

Please note that we will open our doors to unregistered participants 15 minutes before the event start time. To guarantee your seat, we recommend you register and arrive at least 15 minutes early.

If you are not able to attend, note there will be a high-quality recording of this seminar made available on our YouTube channel about a week following the event.

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Architecture - Between Ecology and History
Wednesday, December 11
6:00pm
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Pankaj Vir Gupta, Department of Architecture, University of Virginia

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Social Media Strategy for Businesses
Wednesday, December 11
6:00pm
Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In this workshop you'll be creating and executing an effective social media strategy that works for you.

Figuring out how to make your business stand out on social media can be overwhelming. In this workshop you'll be creating and executing an effective social media strategy that works for you. We'll review best practices in social media, determine the goals for your business and brainstorm creative content ideas that will maximize your message. You'll leave with a draft of a social media plan that you can start using immediately!

Presenter: Mo Abdo.
Free to Cambridge residents and business owners, $10 for non-Cambridge participants.

Workshops fill up fast Pre-registration is highly recommended for workshops.
To pre-register and for more information, please contact:
Rona Abrahams: 617-349-4637 or rabrahams@cambridgema.gov

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Climate Ready Dorchester - Second Community Open House
Wednesday, December 11
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
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VietAID, 42 Charles Street, Boston

Join our second community open house to provide feedback on resilient solutions for Climate Ready Dorchester!

Climate Ready Boston is the Mayor’s ongoing initiative to help the City grow and prosper in the face of climate change. Protecting the Dorchester area from sea level rise and coastal flooding is a priority. Through this project, we will better understand current and future flood risk in the Dorchester area, and develop strategies to protect the neighborhood.
This event will be an open poster session with interactive activities for participants to learn about various aspects of the project, talk to experts, and provide feedback for resilient solutions in different areas of the neighborhood.

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Extinction Rebellion [XR] Community Meeting
Wednesday, December 11
7 p.m.
Ruggles Baptist Church, 874 Beacon Street, Boston

You’re invited to XR’s Community Meeting!

Join us as all of Boston Area Rebels - newbies and vets, young and old, at all levels of engagement - come together to share a meal, learn skills, get updated on what’s happening across the movement, and create community.


Whether you’re new to XR or have been actively involved, this is an opportunity to come together to learn more about the self-organizing system (SOS), hear updates from the working groups, and find out more about how to get involved and support the Rebellion! Then, we'll have a different skills share, mini trainings, speaker, or other activity to continue learning and growing together.

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Thursday, December 12
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The Contest for the "Free Sea": Variation and Evolution in the Global Maritime Order
WHEN  Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, One Brattle Square, Room 350, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Law, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Rachel Esplin Odell, Research Fellow, International Security Program
DETAILS  Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Sierra Club Energy Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 12
1:30pm
Sierra Club Office, 50 Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Boston

The monthly meeting of the Massachusetts Chapter Energy Committee. All are welcome! 

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Social + Impact Connect 2019
Thursday, December 12
3:00 – 8:30 PM
One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge

Save the date for Venture Cafe’s Social + Impact Connect mini-conference, “Sustainability”, taking place on December 12, 2019. Social + Impact Connect recognize and celebrate innovators and companies looking to solve big problems as ‘social impact’ or ‘impact enterprises’. This special ‘conference night’ event seeks to bring together the brightest minds who are building, funding and innovating to Solving the world’s toughest problems in the Greater Boston area. Come prepared to not only hear the best ideas and see the latest technologies but also to participate in building social and impact innovation.

If you are interested in sponsoring Social + Impact Connect please contact Chandra Briggman at Chandra.Briggman@vencaf.org.

AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING   
3:00 – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS
5:00 – 6:00 PM ENTREPRENEUR ROUND ROBIN
5:30 – 8:00 PM SOCIAL + IMPACT DEMOS
6:15 – 7:15 PM SOCIAL + IMPACT MINI HACKS
7:00 – 8:00 PM SOCIAL + IMPACT FUNDING

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MetroBridge Showcase
Thursday, December 12
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST
Kilachand Center, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

BU’s MetroBridge program embeds real-world projects for local governments into courses across the university. Join us for a showcase of recent student work on behalf of cities and towns on issues ranging from transportation and economic development to mental health services and inclusive civic engagement. Reception to follow.

Thank you to all of our MetroBridge faculty partners in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication, Metropolitan College, Questrom School of Business, Sargent College, the School of Public Health, and the School of Social Work and to all our MetroBridge city and town partners in Arlington, Chelsea, Easton, Everett, Milton, New Bedford, Quincy, Randolph, Watertown, West Springfield, and Winthrop.

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You're Invited: Annual Sierra Club Holiday Party
Thursday, December 12 
5:30pm
Sierra Club Office, 50 Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Boston

Please join us on December 12th as we celebrate the season, our members, friends and partners, and our many shared accomplishments in 2019. There will be hors-d'oeuvres, wine, beer, soft drinks, and piano featuring jazz standards and holiday classics.

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Boston Climate Strike: What's Next? Open Meeting!
Thursday, December 12
6 PM – 8 PM
encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston

On Dec 6th, we showed up and demanded that our political leaders join our generation and fight for a Green New Deal! But what comes next?! We have a plan to stop the climate crisis and win a Green New Deal, and it'll take millions of young people coming together.
  
Join our open meeting after the December 6th Climate Strikes to hear about our strategy to stop the climate crisis and to make the Green New Deal a reality, meet some members of Sunrise Boston, meet other young people from the strikes and our community and get involved in the fight!

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Overcoming Challenges of Climate Policy: Beyond the Climate Symposia
Thursday, December 12
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 1-190, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The recent MIT Climate Symposium "Challenges of Climate Policy" gave a broad overview of the policy problem confronting the world as we seek to avert catastrophic global warming in the next ten years. Left unanswered, however, was the question of how we escape the current deadlock. What strategies will it take to enact the policies we need in the short time we have left to prevent 1.5°C of warming?

This student-moderated panel goes beyond the Climate Symposium by speaking to activists and organizers on the front lines of climate action. We will review state- and federal-level legislative initiatives, the obstacles to their passage, how to prioritize, and different theories of overcoming the political challenges—as well as what members of the MIT community can do to get involved. The panelists include:
Nathaniel Stinnett – Executive Director, Environmental Voter Project
Alyssa Lee – Campus Programs Manager, Better Future Project
Gary Rucinski – Northeast Regional Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby
Allen McGonagill – Extinction Rebellion

There will be an open conversation with the audience, so come prepared with your questions! This event is co-sponsored by the MIT Climate Action Team and the Environmental Solutions Initiative.

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MIT CLEAN ENERGY PRIZE KICKOFF
Thursday, December 12
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville

Join us on December 12th to formally kick off the 2019 MIT Clean Energy Prize!

Hosted at Greentown Labs, the event will consist of:
A welcome address given by a Greentown Labs representative;
A blitz pitch session for up to 10 potential participants;
Networking with entrepreneurs, investors, startups, and members of the cleantech community;
Details about the CEP application and main events that occur in the Spring.
You do NOT need a business plan to attend this event. Come, meet, and learn!

Dave’s Fresh Pasta will be catering a casual dinner. Guests must have a valid government ID to consume alcohol.

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Sneaker Forum II: Sustainability in Practice
Thursday, December 12
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Vibram, 840 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

The Vibram Sneaker Forum will bring together panelists to discuss "sustainability in practice" as it relates to the footwear industry

Vibram is excited to host Sneaker Forum II: Sustainability in Practice at the Vibram Connection Lab on Thursday, December 12th from 6-8PM. 
THE PANEL:
Jay Steere: Sr. Director @ Timberland, Construct: 10061
David Raysse & Billy Dill: Co-Founders @ Brandblack
John Stokes: Head of Sustainability @ New Balance
Alan Lugo: Product Sustainability Manager @ Wolverine Worldwide
TIMELINE
6PM - 7PM : Connect, Food, Music, Drinks, Vibram Workshop
7PM - 8PM: Panel Discussion, Q&A Following
MUSIC by The Hess Twins
Vibram Cobbler Shawn Edgette and the Vibram Sole Factor team will present Vibram Wrap Technology to showcase design and construction techniques to help eliminate waste. 

Space is limited, please RSVP to save your spot. If you RSVP and are unable to make it, please be sure to cancel your ticket so someone else has the chance to attend. You won't want to miss this incredible FREE event.

The Vibram Sneaker Forum is an ongoing series bringing together industry thought leaders, innovators, and creators to talk about the footwear industry and sneaker culture. Join us at the Vibram Connection Lab in Boston and follow along on Instagram @VibramNorthAmerica.

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A Curious Person's Guide to Earth Repair: Regenerating Soil and Water Landscapes
Thursday, December 12
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Over the past year the public has grown increasingly aware of the ways we have inadvertently harmed the biodiversity and ecosystems upon which life depends. The United Nations, having declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, presents the opportunity for a global focus on regenerating natural systems.

Journalist/author Judith D. Schwartz has travelled widely to find people who are successfully restoring healthy soil and water ecosystems. She will have a fireside chat with activist and entrepreneur Nicola Williams about her books Cows Save the Planet and Water in Plain Sight, and a forthcoming book about the global ecosystem restoration movement.

Meet Judy, Nicola and your many friends and collaborators in bringing Nature back to life!

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Talk Data to Me: Changing The Way Businesses Run & People Live
Thursday, December 12
6:30 – 8:30 pm EST
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor.Boston, MA 02110

Talk Data to Me is an event series where we host thought-leaders from the Boston data community to discuss the possibilities that data brings to life. 
Data plays an important part in every aspect of our lives today. We live in a data-driven world, where analytics, numbers, and figures can provide us greater insight into the programs, processes, and business that we all engage in.
Join us for a panel featuring industry-leading experts, who will dive into how data is being utilized today. Learn about the latest trends in data, from data analytics to data science, and learn how technological advancements and access to greater data will continue to drive change. Whether you work with data yourself, or are just interested in the topic, this event will leave you with questions answered, and hopefully will pique some greater interest in all things data!

Why It Matters:  We live in a world with seemingly infinite data, and if you can learn the right balance of skills, there are lucrative opportunities available to you. Data affects not only how we run our businesses, but how we live as individuals. Understanding the ways you can leverage data in your personal and professional life can help you find key insights, make smarter decisions, and elevate your career.

By signing up for this event, you're giving our sponsors permission to contact you about upcoming events and promotions.

About the Speakers
Cathy Slesnick.Senior Manager, Data Science, Agero
Catherine Slesnick currently leads a world class Data Science and Data Engineering team at Agero in Medford, MA. In this role, she directs the development of Python and Spark machine learning models that help to safeguard drivers on the road. Prior to joining Agero, she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a data scientist and before that at Draper Laboratory as a data analyst. Catherine completed her Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology in 2007.

Gildas Bah, Data Engineer Analyst, Harvard Business School | HBX
Gildas Bah is a Data Scientist with 15 years of experience specializing in data analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
He has an MBA and a Master's Degree in Actuarial Science. He currently is on the Data Management team at Harvard Business School Online. His current projects include student’s enrollment forecasting using Deep Learning; Natural Language Processing and Text Analytics to develop composite metrics for measuring student engagement. One of his recent projects included the development of quantitative and visual computation graphs for explaining multiple stages and concurrent A/B Testing results.
Gildas has a passion for sharing his expertise with others to help advance their careers in order to further data science initiatives and improve data science methodologies.

Gildas will be speaking about Machine Learning at General Assembly in Boston and at the DataX conference in NY.

Nathan Johnson, PhD. Associate Research Scientist in Bioinformatics and Data Analysis, Harvard Medical School
As a Research Scientist at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Nathan Johnson is currently responsible for merging his biological expertise with computer science and data science in order to achieve breakthroughs in breast cancer and Alzheimer’s therapeutic research. He uses AI in order to drive new insight into how to recognize relevant patterns that would be difficult to impossible without it. He has been involved in research for almost 15 years across a number of challenges for diseases such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and on how to prevent parasites from infecting soybeans. Prior to pursuing his graduate studies, he worked as a microbiologist testing food products such as Hershey's, baby formula, and meat for pathogens. He holds a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Evangel University in Springfield, MO, an MS in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA.

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Listening Partnerships for climate activists: tools for sustaining and renewing ourselves
Thursday, December 12
7 p.m.
Small Planet Institute, 12 Elliot Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Come learn one of the most effective, free, readily-available skills you can develop for ongoing mental and emotional health. Building “listening partnerships” into your life can help you:
Roll constructively with the emotional challenges of climate activism (e.g., fear, despair, overwhelm)
Gain energy to act from a more grounded place
Become a better listener in all the relationships in your life
Heal from personal and societal hurts
Connect to a worldwide network of people who practice listening partnerships
In the introductory session you'll be introduced to the basic theory and be invited to experience the method with several of the people present. If you're drawn to it, you can sign up for a 6-week class that will start mid-January. (Coming to the intro session does not obligate you to sign up for the class.)

Led by John Bell, a leader in the Buddhist climate justice community, whose joy has been fueled for decades by the practice of listening partnerships. Questions? Contact jbellminder@gmail.com

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Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists
Thursday,  December 12
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
Cost:  $20

Mikki Kendall
This event will be in conversation with Margaret H. Willison.

Join us for a talk and signing with Mikki Kendall to celebrate her new book! Each ticket includes a copy of Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights.

Mikki Kendall is a writer, historian, and diversity consultant who writes about intersectionality, policing, gender, sexual assault, and other current events. Kendall’s nonfiction can be found at Time.com, the Guardian, Washington Post, Ebony, Essence, Salon, XoJane, Bustle, Islamic Monthly, and a host of other outlets. Her media appearances include BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, WVON, WBEZ, TWIB, and Showtime. Her comics work can be found in the Swords of Sorrow anthology, the Princeless charity anthology, and in the Columbus College of Art and Design anthology of 2016.

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Connecting With Your Electeds:  Help Your Representatives Get To Know *You*
Thursday December 12
7:30–9PM
The Village Works, 202 Washington Street, Brookline

We're kicking off a three-part series of Civics Nights at The Village Works. Tickets are free but limited. RSVP.

It’s 2019. You care about an issue, and you want your electeds to care about it, too.

You’ve signed a petition, written a personal letter, or showed up at a protest, but what’s the best way to influence their priorities? Help them get to know you!

We’ll hear from four passionate officials, both local and state, about what moves the needle for them—and the support they need from constituents when they’re doing the work you care about.

We’ll also ask some tough questions. How can we communicate effectively when our officials have a position we disagree with? And when our views are aligned, how can we encourage them to really stand up for our issues?

We’ll start with a laid-back 45-minute panel chat with questions and answers, followed by time to connect with fellow civic-minded individuals over special sips and delectable cheese from Brookline Village favorite Curds & Co.

7:30–8:15PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
8:15–9:00PM Invigorating Chats, Special Sips, and Delectable Cheeses from Curds & Co.

Panelists
Massachusetts State Representative Tommy Vitolo
Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley
Brookline Select Board Members Heather Hamilton + Raul Fernandez
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The Village Works is a neighborhood coworking space in Brookline Village with meeting rooms, and events, and flexible memberships for shared workspace.

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Friday, December 13
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FERC Commissioner Keynote & Future of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in New England
Friday, December 13
9 am-12:30 pm
Livestream
Cost:  $45

Keynote Address by FERC Commissioner Richard Glick 
The commissioner will speak on DERs, QFs, and a range of other topics of great importance to New England regulators and stakeholders

DER Panel #2: 
Policy Evolution & Integration with Wholesale Markets  
New England is at a bit of a crossroads with respect to DERs. Some state subsidy programs are over-subscribed and many distribution feeders (and now transmission lines too) are nearing saturation, causing increasing interconnection-related delays and costs. Meanwhile, DER technologies, such as storage, don't neatly fit into existing state programs or wholesale markets.

As a result, New England states (and stakeholders) are in the process of refining how DER-related policies, programs, and markets can more adeptly help DERs to locate in the places where they will have the most value, and with decreased subsidies/costs to ratepayers. Interconnection standards 
in many New England states are currently being updated; incentive programs (such as SMART in MA) are being refined and recalibrated; FERC is requiring ISO New England to integrate storage in all wholesale markets; and Massachusetts is unleashing the first-in-the-nation Clean Peak Standard.

Commissioner Judith Judson, MA Department of Energy Resources
Penni McLean-Conner, Sr. VP. & Chief Customer Officer, Eversource Energy
Janet Gail Besser, Managing Director, Reg.Innovation/Utility Biz. Models, SEPA
Henry Yoshimura, Director, Demand Resource Strategy, ISO New England

DER Panel #1: 
Innovative Projects/Use Cases

With its top-ranked energy efficiency programs and ground-breaking work on demand response, New England has been a national leader on distributed energy resources. More recently, thanks to supportive state policies, solar is thriving and energy storage now looks poised to flourish. The introduction of storage is opening up a bevy of potential new and innovative opportunities and use cases (assuming we resolve the issues addressed in the other panel).

Join us to hear about several of these innovative projects and use cases, including: 1) solar plus storage fueling transportation electrification; 2) aggregating residential solar plus storage & bidding into capacity markets; and 3) using DERs as non-wires alternatives.

Phil Martin, Vice President, Enel X
Christopher Rauscher, Director, Policy & Storage Market Strategy, Sunrun
Michael Stoddard, Executive Director, Efficiency Maine 

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Air, water, sunlight, sand and shells: new approaches to old climate problems
WHEN  Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, 2 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  Rowland Institute at Harvard, 100 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Classes/Workshops, Conferences, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Research study, Science, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Rowland Institute at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Russell Seitz, Ye Tao
COST  Free
DETAILS  It will take more than ending carbon dioxide emissions to solve the climate crisis; we must also prevent an additional heating by another 1C due to the loss of albedo from short-lived anthropogenic aerosols. Effectively addressing this complex issue entails solving five challenging problems: (1) Global warming, (2) energy production, (3) ocean acidification, (4) adverse climate feedbacks, and (5) water and food security. This seminar considers how combining mundane materials can help solve these challenges

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Making Pig-to-Human Transplantation a Clinical Reality with CRISPR Genome Editing
Friday, December 13
4:00 pm
Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Xenotransplantation is a promising strategy to address the shortage of organs for human transplantation. Concerns about pig-to-human immunological compatibility and the risk of cross-species transmission of porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs) have impeded the clinical application of this approach.

Using CRISPR-Cas9, we inactivated all the PERVs in a porcine primary cell line and generated PERV-inactivated pigs via somatic cell nuclear transfer. Our study highlights the value of PERV inactivation to prevent cross-species viral transmission and demonstrates the successful production of PERV-inactivated animals to address safety concerns in clinical xenotransplantation. Using our genome editing platform, we are creating pigs with advanced immunological modifications to address immunological and functional compatibility issues.

Free and open to the public.

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Extinction Rebellion [XR] Boston Film Series Presents:  The Reluctant Radical
Friday December 13
7 pm
Beacon Hill Friends House, 6-8 Chestnut Street, Boston

If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary?
THE RELUCTANT RADICAL follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken breaks the law as a last resort, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. After twenty years leading environmental organizations, Ken became increasingly alarmed by both the scientific evidence of climate change and the repercussions for civilization as we know it. Ken pushed for a crisis level response from inside environmental organizations. Those efforts failed, and he now embraces direct action civil disobedience as the most effective political tool to deal with catastrophic circumstances.

Watch the trailer at https://vimeo.com/248062039 and then come to see the full length movie.

This is the first film in a series of documentaries we will be screening over the coming months.

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Hail Satan? - Film Screening and Q&A with Lucien Greaves
Friday, December 13
7:00pm
MIT, Building 2-190, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

On Friday the 13th (yes, we know) of December, the Secular Society of MIT is pleased to host a screening of Hail Satan?, a humorous and timely documentary about an oft-misunderstood organization called The Satanic Temple, and its tactically unique campaign to protect religion-state separation in America from the designs of the country's Christian Right. In the battle for justice and equality, the Satanic Temple is putting up a hell of a fight.

A discussion and audience Q&A with Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson of the Temple, follows the screening.

Free entry. Free concessions. Edgy dark attire encouraged.
The event will be photographed and recorded.
Film running time: 95 minutes

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Saturday, December 14 – Sunday, December 15
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Cultural Survival Bazaar
Saturday, December 14, 10:00 AM – Sunday, December 15, 6:00 PM EST
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Cambridge

A family-friendly festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by Indigenous artists.

This family-friendly festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by Indigenous artists from dozens of countries. Enjoy demonstrations by artists, Indigenous cuisine, and live music from around the world. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exchange, connect, and build community. Chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and bring home a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world. 

Since 1975, Cultural Survival's Bazaars have brought Indigenous artists from the US, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and more! 
Buy finely embroidered tapestries and scarves; jewelry of silver, glass, and stone; aromatic woven natural fiber baskets; brilliantly colored paintings; handmade clothing; carved, knit, wire, and beaded animals; and much more. 

Wheelchair accessible - flat entrance from sidewalk and ramps inside. Contact bazaars@cs.org with questions.
Snow or shine /Free parking /$3 admission, kids under 12 are free

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Saturday, December 14
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Global AI Bootcamp 2019 - Boston edition
Saturday, December 14
8:30am to 5:00pm
MIT, Morris and Sophie Chang Building, E52-164 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

First time in Boston - Global AI Bootcamp. This is a free one-day event organized across the world by local communities that are passionate about Artificial Intelligence on Microsoft Azure. 

Learn how to implement AI solutions using pre-trained AI services like Cognitive Services and Bot Framework, or by building your own machine learning models with Azure ML and Open-Source framework like PyTorch and ML.NET

By the end of the day, you will be able to infuse AI into your applications.

Get ready to have an awesome time and learn from the best. Lots of great sessions and workshops all day on Saturday, December 14th.


This event is sponsored by WIT ERG (Women In Technology Employee Resource Group)

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Nature Inspired Building Design (Biomimicry) for Climate Resiliency-Part 1
Saturday, December 14
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
DCR's Revere Beach, One Eliot circle, Revere

Nature Inspired Building Design (Biomimicry) for Climate Resiliency. A Free Introductory Workshop

Create a design idea for a visitor center that is resilient to the heat and fire associated with climate change. We will draw inspiration from written scientific lessons about wildlife (plants and animals) that reside in coastal Massachusetts State Park. Suitable for adults and teenagers accompanied by an adult.
Meet at: DCR’s Revere Beach Reservation, North Coastal District Office at One Eliot Circle Revere, MA (The tan DCR building at the corner of Dolphin Avenue). Limited Free Parking available along Revere Beach Boulevard. MBTA Blue line, Revere Beach Station. 

For more information contact Matthew Nash at Matthew.Nash@mass.gov or 781-656-1485
For the program calendar of the DCR state parks visit mass.gov/dcr/calendar
For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time.

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Voices of Liberation x Scope Apparel x Art Plug Present:  SCOPE PLUG
Saturday December 14
3:00PM – 12:00AM
Live at Art Plug. RSVP For Address

Schedule:
Scope Pop-Up – All Day | Free
AoA Supply Blackbook Session / Gallery – All Day | Free
Community Conversation / Panel – 4:00-6:00 PM | Free
Hip-Hop Show – Doors: 9:00 PM | $7 in Advance – $12 at Door

Scope – Pop-UP – All Day | Free
New and exclusive releases from Scope Apparel. Live DJ Sets by EvillDewer, Bigpapa Toney, DJ Dru Nyce. Refreshments.

AoA Supply Blackbook Session / Gallery – All Day | Free
Art lounge and gallery hall curtated and hosted by the fam from AoA Supply.

Community Conversation – 4:00-6:00 PM | Free
In The Scope – Finding Focus in Fraught Times

For this inaugural ‘In the Scope’ community conversation we invite a select panel of activists, current and former elected officials / public servants, journalists, and artists to share their experience and stories. The dialogue will ask participants and community to reflect on how they find their calling or mission and how they pursue that work. In these increasingly overstimulated and ever busy times, we are all called and pulled in many directions. How do we best serve our community by finding where we can be of greatest impact? How do we coordinate these different efforts into unified movement?

A panel discussion Featuring: Akua Naru Olatunji, MC, Hip-Hop Artist, Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellow at Harvard University; Antonio Ansaldi MC, Entreprenuer, Fashion Icon, Activist with City Life/Vida Urbana; Chris Faraone, Journalist, Editor of the DigBoston, Founder Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism; Lianne Hughes-Odom, Adjunct Professor at UMASS Boston, Educator at Boston Public Schools, Council for Ayanna Presley; Carlos Henriquez, Activist, former MA State Rep. for Roxbury District 7. Publisher: stillreppin.com.
Moderated by Jamarhl Crawford, Activist Publisher Blackstonian.org, MC, Author, Entrepreneur

Hip-Hop Show – Doors: 9:00 PM | $7 in Advance | $12 at Door
Featuring: FatFlee Knucklez, Stizzy LeftLane, Splash GotEm, Plad Finesse, Lord Ju, D3LLY Artist, Tee Luxe, SeeFour
Hosted by: Dagh Ofats and Millie
Music by: DJ WhySham

We will also be holding a Winter Clothing Drive ALL DAY in support of Kino Border Initiative / Iniciativa Kino para la Frontera. Please bring gently worn winter clothes for all ages / sizes and new underwear and socks to donate to migrant families. We will be collecting donations at the event. If you cannot make it but would still like to donate, please contact us and we will arrange pickup for local donations around Boston.

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Sunday, December 15
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Interactive meditation on climate crisis
Sunday, December 15
9 a.m.
Art and Soul Studio, 91 Hampshire Street, Cambridge 

INSIGHT DIALOGUE Practice Group With Jan Surrey and Annie Hoffman 

What would it mean to wholeheartedly face the magnitude of the growing threat to life on Earth? The Fall ID sessions will be dedicatedly to discovering and investigating what hinders our meeting and penetrating the full truth of the climate emergency, including the power structures that hold it in place. We will cultivate the factors of awakening (including mindfulness, tranquility, energy, joy, equanimity and compassion) that might allow us together to touch and bear the actuality of the crises we are facing today.
Coming face to face with each other and the facts of the climate emergency, we aspire to increase our capacity to engage skillfully and act wisely. Insight Dialogue is a fully engaged relational meditation practice in the Theravāda Insight tradition, originally taught by Gregory Kramer. We welcome those new to the practice as well as those with much experience. We do suggest some prior meditation experience. There will be periods of silent and relational practice, dhamma dialogue, and mindful movement. 

Donation to Studio, $5-20,sliding as needed Teaching offered freely, Opportunity for Dana in the Buddhist tradition 

Jan Surrey is an Insight Dialogue retreat teacher in the Insight Dialogue Community. For any questions, Jan can be reached at janetsurrey@gmail.com or 617-966-4898.

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NVDA training
Sunday, December 15
1:30 p.m.
To be determined

Learn how to take part in XR actions at this NVDA training series! You will learn how to engage in non-violent civil disobedience and have the opportunity to form an affinity group, which is your creative team and support system for Extinction Rebellion actions. Bring people who you would like to form an affinity group with! You can also make one with fellow rebels that you meet while you're here.

Event logistics
Time: Sunday December 15. We are looking at 1:30pm-7:30pm, but this has not been confirmed yet. Please arrive at 1:20pm to give yourself time to settle before the training begins, and please plan to stay the entire time.

Location: To be determined.

Beforehand
We recommend that you attend an 'Heading for Extinction' talk and an XR orientation before you attend our NVDA training. You can find these events on our calendar. We recommend these because understanding the climate science and more about XR will help you figure out how you'd like to be involved. 

If you cannot attend these events, you are still welcome to attend the training. Instead of the in-person events, you may want to watch a version of the Heading for Extinction talk online (e.g. here). 

What to bring
wear comfortable clothes
your own plate, cup, and cutlery to minimize waste. We will provide snacks and drinks during a short break.
if you have them, people who you would like to form an affinity group with. Don't worry if you can't, there will be amazing fellow rebels for you to build community with at the training! 

This training is free. If you would like to and can bring a contribution, we will collect cash donations to cover our costs at the end of the session. 

Preparation for Civil Disobedience. Honoring the movements we stand on. Building community for action.

Contact action.care.xrmass@gmail.com with questions.

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Monday, December 16
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Physics PhD Thesis Defense: Physics and Artificial Intelligence: Algorithms and Applications
Monday, December 16
10:00am
MIT,Building 4-331,  Duboc Room, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

You are cordially invited to attend the following thesis defense presented by Li Jing
Committee:   Marin Soljacic, Max Erik Tegmark, John Joannopoulos

Best of luck to Li!

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One Year Later: Reflecting on the progress and what lies ahead for the Future of Transportation Commission
Monday, December 16
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Suffolk University, Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont Street, Boston

One year ago, Governor Baker’s Commission on the Future of Transportation released its recommendations for how to prepare the Massachusetts’ transportation network for the challenges of 2040. The report explored everything from the impacts of climate change to the rise of autonomous and electric vehicle technology to adopting transit-oriented land use policies.

Join us to hear members of the Commission, Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem, and other transportation leaders reflect on the past year and consider what opportunities lie ahead to create a robust and resilient transportation system for the Commonwealth.

Coffee and networking will begin at 10:00 a.m., and the speaking portion will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Astronomy on Tap, Boston
Monday, December 16
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
The Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Learn about the Universe over a pint. Short, FREE talks about astronomy, with a side of astronomy-related news, trivia and games.

Join our Facebook event for updates at https://www.facebook.com/events/2760527300677741/

This month: Elisabeth Matthews (MIT) will tell us about "The how, where, when and why of exoplanets: understanding weird worlds around unusual stars" and Sylvia Biscoveanu (MIT) will tell us about "The Cosmic Gravitational-Wave Symphony”

As usual, we will also have astro news and astronomy-themed games with prizes! FREE and open to all levels, must be 21 or older to enter.

This event is hosted by Astronomy on Tap, Boston. Find us on social media at @aotboston, fb.com/aotboston. Sign up to our mailing list to hear about future events - send a blank email to aotboston+subscribe@googlegroups.com

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Tuesday, December 17
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Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools Film Screening
Tuesday, December 17
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Join us for a film screening of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools followed by a panel discussion. All are welcome.

Please join Love Your Magic, Inc., The Teachers' Lounge MA, and Community Charter School of Cambridge (CCSC) for a screening of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools at the Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch Lecture Hall.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with:
Ayesha Wilson, Newly elected member of the Cambridge School Committee
Rachel Jean-Louis, CCSC Middle School Principal 
Routh Derege, 11th grade student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Yodemaell St. Rose, 10th grade student at Community Charter School of Cambridge
Noelani Gabriel, Director of Student and Family Engagement at CCSC (moderator) 

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools is a feature length documentary which takes a close look at the educational, judicial and societal disparities facing Black Girls. Inspired by the groundbreaking book of the same name by renowned scholar, Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., the documentary confronts the ways in which the misunderstanding of Black girlhood has led to excessive punitive discipline which in turn disrupts one of the most important factors in their lives, their education. (Film description taken from the website https://pushoutfilm.com/).

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Spotlight on UN Sustainable Development Goals & Plastics
Tuesday, December 17
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Hostelling International in Boston, 19 Stuart Street, Boston

The second event in a series dedicated to exploring and advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this event focuses on plastic pollution. Join us to hear about solutions being developed and implemented by global communities – organization program highlights by Unicef.
Confirmed Panelists:
Dr. Karen Weber
IG: @bostongreenfest
Julia Burrel 
IG: @thecrazynoplasticlady
Victoria Phillips

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Code for Boston Demo Night 2019
Tuesday, December 17
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, Lighthouse, 20th floor, Boston

Teams from Code for Boston and affiliated organizations will demo the software projects they have been working on this year.

Code for Boston Demo Night is an opportunity to see what the results of the volunteer work that members have been putting in throughout the year.
Snacks and pizza will be served.
Agenda
6 p.m. - Registration, Food, Networking
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Demos + Q&A
The following projects will demo:
Migrant Service Map
Community Connect
Safe Drinking Water
Boston Info Voice App (Alexa + 311)
Windfall Elimintation Act Awareness
Plogalong
Muckrock/GovLens
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Networking
To ensure that Code for Boston is a welcoming space for all, staff and participants are held to our Code of Conduct.

All Code for Boston events are on the record by default. Participants should be made aware that they may be quoted, photographed, videotaped, and otherwise recorded. Exceptions must be agreed to by all parties present in a conversation in order for the conversation to be off the record.

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Wednesday, December 18
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Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, December 18
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM EST
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston

Join us every month for Net Impact Boston's informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals for networking, discussion, and moral support. It's important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good! Feel free to drop by Pret a Manger any time between 7:30 and 8:30 AM.

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Fiscal fitness for scientists: The price you pay for ignorance
Wednesday, December 18
12:00 p.m. ET
Webinar

This webinar is brought to you by the Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office
Fiscal fitness for scientists: The price you pay for ignorance

Speakers
Diane Klotz, Ph.D., Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, San Diego, CA
Emily Roberts, Ph.D., Personal Finance for PhDs, Seattle, WA
Phil Schuman, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Annamaria Lusardi, Ph.D., George Washington University and the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center
Washington, DC
Moderated by Sean Sanders, Ph.D., Science/AAAS, Washington, DC

Sponsored by Fondation IPSEN
After a decade of study and educational costs approaching half a million U.S. dollars, a young scientist endures a life of endless hours, high stress, and low pay. Furthermore, the life of a junior scientist is one of frequent relocation, often abroad. Advancement up the scientific career ladder is fraught with high stress: the need to publish, raise grant funding, and achieve tenure. Despite low pay, the long work hours make obtaining a secondary income difficult or impossible. How can a young scientist save money, organize a retirement account, and financially plan for a comfortable life and retirement? The financial pressures of being a scientist are not limited to youngsters—with tenure becoming more difficult and likely to disappear, many more senior scientists have little or no financial security either. Is poverty the right price to pay for a career in science? Listen to this webinar to get fiscally fit.

This webinar will last for approximately 60 minutes.

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Boston Climate Strike: What's Next? Open Meeting!
Wednesday, December 18
6 PM – 8 PM
Old South Church in Boston, 645 Boylston Street, Boston

On Dec 6th, we showed up and demanded that our political leaders join our generation and fight for a Green New Deal! But what comes next?! We have a plan to stop the climate crisis and win a Green New Deal, and it'll take millions of young people coming together.
  
Join our open meeting after the December 6th Climate Strikes to hear about our strategy to stop the climate crisis and to make the Green New Deal a reality, meet some members of Sunrise Boston, meet other young people from the strikes and our community and get involved in the fight!

This meeting will take place in the Guild room of Old South Church.

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Rockin’ Raiser with the Adam Ezra Group (Unplugged): A Benefit for More Than Words
Wednesday, December 18 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore, 242 East Berkley Street, Boston
Cost:  $20

SO GOOD SOUNDS PRESENTS the much -loved Adam Ezra Group in an intimate acoustic benefit concert at non-profit social enterprise More Than Words in Boston’s South End. All proceeds will support the More Than Words mission of empowering system-involved youth in Boston. Bring a book to donate and shop last-minute gifts! .

ABOUT THE ADAM EZRA GROUP
Hailing from Boston, AEG’s unconventional approach to the music world has allowed them to surge beyond their beloved hometown and emerge as one of the most uniquely powerful, underground live music experiences in the country, earning them festival features and invites to share the stage with some of their own musical heroes including Steve Miller Band, Melissa Etheridge, Train, Little Feat, Michael Franti, Blues Traveler, The Indigo Girls and Little Big Town to name just a few. In 2019 alone, AEG has already played over 100 shows, joining national tours with legends John Oates (Hall & Oates), Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Graham Parker, America, The Wailers and Boz Scaggs. Learn more.

ABOUT MORE THAN WORDS
The venue is the South End’s newly-renovated bookstore and community space, More Than Words, a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers young adults who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Learn more at mtwyouth.org.

ABOUT SO GOOD SOUNDS
So Good Sounds creates curated concerts that foster community connection and elevate local musical talent. By presenting exceptional music in unexpected places, lifelong music lover and event organizer Peg Gaillard aims to bring people together to share the power of live music. Working with property owners and institutional partners, she plays matchmaker between non-traditional music venues and musicians, creating shared experiences that allow for easy connection among diverse groups of people. Learn more at sogoodsounds.com.

Tickets $20 on Eventbrite or $25 at the door.

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Thursday, December 19
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Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime, and Governance at the Edges of Colombia's War
WHEN  Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, 12 – 1:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, One Brattle Square, Room 350, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Annette Idler, Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
DETAILS  Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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JCAN-MA meeting
Thursday, December 19
7:00 PM

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Saturday, December 21
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Solstice Celebration: A Farewell to FallS… and a welcome to winter!
Saturday, December 21
2:30 to 4:30
250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge  

Ranger Tim leads a guided loop walk around Fresh Pond (just under 2.5 mi). Explore and take part in the solstice traditions of nature and culture along the way; it’s a great way to jump into the holiday spirit. Open to all; meet at the Ranger Station under the clock tower. Rain or shine, dress for the weather at hand.  Questions: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov 

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Seeds of Light: The Solstice Concert
Saturday, December 21
7 p.m.
First Church in Cambridge, Jewett Hall, 8 Garden Street, Cambridge

(((Seeds Of Light))) S O L The first of a biannual solstice series! An evening of music, spoken word, and community celebrating our deep connection with nature and reflecting on what's happening around the world, both in the climate and in society. Everyone is welcome to share the space.

We'll kick things off with spoken word performances from members of the community and follow with musical performances by Eleanor Elektra and Jireh Calo.

JIREH CALO An avid explorer of sound and rhythm, different world cultures and innovative approaches to music, Manila-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jireh Calo is an ever-evolving composer, arranger, and producer. Growing up mostly self-taught, her music embraces the spirit of freedom, improvisation and exploration. She draws much inspiration from jazz traditions, indigenous oral traditions, African and Latin Afro/Cuban rhythms, American folk, hip hop culture, soul music, and a variety of world music. jirehcalomusic.com

ELEANOR ELEKTRA Her practice spans songwriting, printmaking and installation work. Her music combines elements of folk, jazz and classical music within the songwriter idiom to create unique cinematic songs. Largely a self taught guitarist, her playing is both technical and idiosyncratic. Eleanor has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. She will be playing with the FULL BAND for this show (yeehaw!) http://www.eleanorelektra.com

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Environmental Voter Project's Spring Internship Program is now accepting applications at https://www.environmentalvoter.org/jobs/intern

Can you help us spread the word by forwarding this email to anybody who might be interested in joining us this winter/spring?

Located in our Boston office, our Spring Internship Program is great for anybody who's interested in learning more about environmental politics, cutting-edge voter turnout techniques, and data analytics.

All interested parties are encouraged to apply.

Click here for more information and details on how to apply.

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Science for the People seeks proposals for articles, art, and other content for the upcoming issue, “A People’s Green New Deal” (Volume 23, Number 2, Summer 2020).   Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 10, 2020.


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Living With Heat - Urban Land Institute report on expected climate impact in Boston

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Solar bills on Beacon Hill: The Climate Minute Podcast

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Envision Cambridge citywide plan

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Climate Resilience Workbook

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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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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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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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Boston Maker Spaces - 41 (up from 27 in 2016) and counting:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zGHnt9r2pQx8.kfw9evrHsKjA&hl=en
Solidarity Network Economy:  https://ussolidarityeconomy.wordpress.com
Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston:  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/

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Links to events at over 50 colleges and universities at Hubevents:  http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to
Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events
Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:  http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/
Cambridge Civic Journal:  http://www.rwinters.com
Cambridge Happenings:   http://cambridgehappenings.org
Cambridge Community Calendar:  https://www.cctvcambridge.org/calendar
Adam Gaffin’s Universal Hub:  https://www.universalhub.com/
Extinction Rebellion:  https://xrmass.org/action/

Mission-Based Massachusetts is an online discussion group for people who are interested in nonprofit, philanthropic, educational, community-based, grassroots, and other mission-based organizations in the Bay State. This is a moderated, flame-free email list that is open to anyone who is interested in the topic and willing to adhere to the principles of civil discourse. To subscribe email 

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