Friday, November 11, 2005

Shaping Sustainability: Transnational Visions and Local Dreams

This event announcement came from the

Interested in how sustainability takes form in different countries around the world? Want
to know more about becoming involved in your local community?

Shaping Sustainability: Transnational Visions and Local Dreams
Please join us Thursday, November 17, 2005 from 6 - 9 pm
Tufts University's Lincoln Filene Center, in the Rabb Room.

6-7 pm poster session & networking event
7-9 pm presentations followed by a moderated discussion
Light refreshments will be served

Discussion to be moderated by Tufts' Professor Julian Agyeman, and author of the new
book, "Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice" (NYU Press

Presentations will include examples of sustainability initiative students have been involved
with in Australia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, and Sweden. From a local perspective,
Michael Roach, of Sustainable Arlington and Lexington Energy Partners, will discuss the
goals and action steps of the Sustainable Arlington community initiative.

For directions:

Questions? Contact Jenna @

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Emergency Preparedness 101

The BASEA Forum

Renewable Energy Lecture Series

November 10 , 2005

Emergency Preparedness 101

What happens when the power goes out
and how to best get through the storm

David O'Connor
Cambridge, MA Emergency Management Department

1st Parish Unitarian Church ,

#3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. , Presentation starts at 7:30 p.m.

Refreshments provided!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Journalists on Parade

These events are open to the public. A good chance to see media people up close and maybe ask them a question face to face.


Fall Schedule of Harvard's Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics, and Public Policy

Monday, September 19, 12:30 pm
Judy Woodruff, broadcast journalist for NBC, PBS, and CNN, now a Visiting Fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center this fall. (Being a Visiting Fellow usually means that she is either writing a book or reassessing her career options.)
Malkin Penthouse, 4th floor, Littauer Building

Tuesday, September 27, 12 noon
Sourcing the News: Perils and Pitfalls
Michael Isikoff, Newsweek magazine
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275

Tuesday, October 3, 12 noon
Housing in Boston: The View from the Globe
Kim Blanton, Housing Reporter, Boston Globe
Graduate School of Design, 49 Quincy Street, Gund Hall, Portico Room 1st floor
Co-sponsored with the Joint Center for Housing Studies

Tuesday, October 4, 12 noon
The State of Politics
Karen Tumulty, Time magazine
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275

Tuesday, October 11, 12 noon (tentative)
Suzanne Malveaux, White House correspondent, CNN
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275

Monday, October 17, 12 noon
Housing, the Economy and the ‘Bubble’: The Wall Street Journal
Robert Haggerty, Housing Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
Fainsod Room, Littauer Building 3rd floor
Co-sponsored with the Joint Center for Housing Studies

Tuesday, October 18, 12 noon
NPR: With friends like these . . .
Michael McCauley, associate professor of communication and journalism at the University of Maine, author of _The Triumphs and Trials of National Public Radio_
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275

Tuesday, October 25, 12 noon
What’s Right with Journalism
Roberta Baskin, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275

Thursday, October 27, 6 pm
The Media, the Public and the Future of Liberalism
2005 Theodore H. White Lecture
Peter Beinart, editor of The New Republic
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

Friday, October 28, 9-11 am
The Media, the Public and the Future of Liberalism
Theodore H. White Seminar
A panel discussion with Peter Beinart, The New Republic; John Leo, U. S. News and World Report; Thomas Patterson, Harvard University; Dorothy Rabinowitz, The Wall Street Journal; Jeanne Shaheen, director of the Institute of Politics and former Governor of New Hampshire; Michael Tomasky, The American Prospect. Moderated by Alex S. Jones
5th floor, Taubman Building

Monday, May 30, 2005


CivicSource has developed a monthly calendar of civic events in Massachusetts, It's an interesting tool and a project of the Commonwealth Civic Roundtable which consists of

Boston Cares
Boston Foundation
Building Impact
Discovering Justice
Leadership Metrowest
Massachusetts Campus Compact
Massachusetts Service Alliance
New Democracy Coalition
ONEin3 Boston Initiative
Social Capital Inc.
United Leaders
United Way Massachusetts Bay
University of Massachusetts Civic Initiative

I wonder if any Republicans, Libertarians, or Greens are involved.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Cold Fusion Colloquium

The 2005 Cold Fusion Colloquium

with Special Tribute to
Dr. Eugene Mallove, Cold Fusioneer, Investigator and MIT Graduate

General Topics
Science and Engineering Discussions of Cold Fusion
Material Science, Review of Present literature concerning Cold Fusion
Theoretical Understandings of Cold Fusion
Cold Fusion Device Engineering

Colloquium Schedule:
Saturday, 5/21/05, 9 AM to 5 PM Massachusetts Institute of Technology
[To register for the program, e-mail Richard Shyduroff <rdshydur@MIT.EDU>

Tentative Program:
Morning Program: Experiment Reports of Cold Fusion Systems Acoustic-induced Cold Fusion Experiments
Experimental Cold Fusion Results
Experimental Evidence of Optimal Operating Points
Palladium Catalysis of Deuterium

Late Morning Program: Theoretical Strides in Understanding of Cold Fusion Systems
Theory - Continuum Electromechanical Control of Loading
Theory - Phonons and Cold Fusion
Theory - Explanations for the Absence of Neutrons and Bremsstrahlung
Theory - Deuteron and Charge Transfer in Loaded Palladium
Theory - Ion Band States and Cold Fusion
Theory - Micro/Nano Scale High-Density Plasmas and Cold Fusion/Acoustic-Induced Cold Fusion

============ Lunch ==============

Afternoon Program: More Experimental Reports
Tribute to Dr. Eugene Mallove, Cold Fusioneer, Investigator and MIT Graduate

More Experimental Reports
Alternative Energy using Latent Energy of Water
Cold Fusion Remediation Experiments
Developments in Emerging Energy Solutions
Experiments in Alternative Energy Systems

Late Afternoon Program: Panel Discussion
Future Developments in Cold Fusion and Alternative Clean Energy Sources
Chemistry/Economics of Palladium Catalysis of Deuterium

==== Panel and Lecture Participants =========
Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Mitchell Swartz, JET Thermal Products
General Coordinator Richard Shyduroff, MIT

Prof. Peter Hagelstein, MIT
Dr. Scott Chubb
Dr. Talbot Chubb
Prof. John Dash
Prof. David Nagel
Prof. Yeong Kim
Dr. Robert Bass
Dr. Russ George
Prof. Peter Graneau
Dr. Les Case
Dr. Hal Fox
Dr. Thomas Valone

==== Location of Colloquium
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
Eastman Kodak Room, 6-120 Saturday, 5/21/05, 9 AM to 4 PM

==== Pre-registration
To register for the program, e-mail Richard Shyduroff
If you have further interest in the developing technical program, or wish to help email Dr. Swartz

===== HOSTED BY:
The MIT E-Club
MIT Seminar 089
MIT Seminar 095
Cold Fusion Times
JET Thermal Products

Friday, April 01, 2005

Recycled Solar Design Contest at MIT Earth Day, April 28, 2005

Recycled Solar Design Contest
for MIT Earth Day,
Thursday, April 28, 2005
at the Kresge Oval

$200 prize for
the most useful renewable energy device
made from recycled bottles and cans.

$150 second prize
$100 third prize

$50 for most original design

Bring your working models to the Kresge Oval on April 28, Earth Day.
Have some fun! Win some money! Save the world with garbage!

See for a solar water pasteurizer consisting of a 2 liter clear plastic bottle, a blackened aluminum can, and a reflector array;

or for a solar cloche or coldframe consisting of a ring of plastic bottles filled with water around another plastic bottle with the bottom cut off. This device allows the Spring planting of seeds and transplants up to six weeks early.

for further information contact
George Mokray
218 Franklin Street #3
Cambridge, MA 02139

Monday, February 07, 2005

Wellesley Mandala


Circles of Healing, Circles of Peace
Visit by Tibetan Nuns of Keydong Nunnery

Beginning on February 16, eight Tibetan Buddhist nuns from the Keydong Thuk- Che-Cho-Ling Nunnery in Kathmandu, Nepal will create a sacred sand Mandala at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College. The process concludes on March 1 and on that day the nuns will dismantle the Mandala and its vivid sands will be swept away into the waters of Lake Waban. The creation of the Mandala will be accompanied by an exhibition of Tibetan art on loan from a private collection. In a unique opportunity to share the cultural treasures of Tibet, the public is invited to view the creation of the Mandala.

The Keydong nuns, including Ani Ngawang Tendol, their translator and group leader, are among the first Tibetan Buddhist women to learn this sacred art practice, which was traditionally reserved only for monks. The presence of these women, trained in Tibetan Buddhist practice and arts, challenges centuries of obstacles women have faced.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle, cosmogram or “world in harmony.” Sand Mandalas are ancient, two-dimensional paintings created with vibrantly colored sand, representing the perfected environment of an enlightened being - in this case, Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The Mandala is a symbol of enlightened states that align with the physical universe, bringing about healing and peace.

A Mandala can be read as a bird’s-eye view of a celestial palace, with a highly complex and beautiful architecture adorned with symbols and images that represent both the nature of reality and the order of an enlightened mind. At a deeper level, a Mandala is a visual metaphor for the path to enlightenment: its viewers “enter” a world designed to evoke attitudes and understandings of their own deepest nature. A Mandala is both a microcosm and macrocosm and includes the individual and the universe in its transformative power. Upon completion of the intricate designs and complex iconography of the Mandala, it is dismantled and the sand is offered back to the earth as a powerful symbol of the transitory nature of life.

The concept of the Mandala has, in the twentieth century, found a wide range of correspondences. Within Jungian psychology, the Mandala represents an inner wholeness that we all seek to restore. Within modern art, the Mandala painting uses geometric shapes to represent a landscape within the human soul. Within political science and peace studies, the Mandala refers to the combination of the personal with the political, of contemplation with action, and the inherent deep connection between mind, body, and spirit.

Circles of Healing, Circles of Peace is presented by Wellesley College, in cooperation with Trinity College. More than twenty departments, programs and non-profit institutions have joined together to support this sacred art event at Wellesley College.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Eating Journalism's Lunch

God help me, I have been going to these "brown bag lunch" talks for quite a few years now. Usually, you sit in a small conference room at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard with maybe 40 people. The speaker is at the head of the table, Alex Jones, dean of the Shorenstein Center, sits to the left and the speaker talks for about 20 or 30 minutes and takes questions for another 20 or so minutes. It is about the only place I know of where you can get close up to people like Rick Kaplan, now head of MSNBC, correct Evan Thomas of Newsweek on his misquoting of John Kerry, and smell the money sweat coming off the likes of Chris Matthews. If you are polite and phrase your comment as a question (academics seems to like a kind of reverse Jeopardy), Alex Jones lets you ask it.

I seem to have developed a reputation for asking uncomfortable questions. That's my job.

These events were listed in the Harvard Gazette up until the Fall of 2004. Perhaps they will be again. Nevertheless, they are open to the public - if you are one of the cognoscenti. My readers are, by definition, definitely included among that select group.


Tuesday, February 8, 12 noon
Secrecy in the Bush Administration: Protecting Intelligence or Disguising Ignorance?
Scott Armstrong
Investigative journalist and executive director of the Information Trust and founder of the National Security Archive.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275

Thursday, February 10, 12 noon
Code Names—Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World
Alan M. Arkin
Former Army intelligence analyst and consultant, writes a bi-weekly column Dot Mil for on national security and the Internet. Co-sponsored with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Alison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman

Tuesday, February 15, 12 noon
A British Journalist’s Reporting from Washington
Julian Borger
U.S. bureau chief, The Guardian.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275

Tuesday, February 22, 12 noon
The Polarization of Modern Politics and the Outlook for Change
John Harwood
Political editor, The Wall Street Journal.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275