Sunday, January 24, 2010

Events - January 25, 2010

MIT

Monday, January 25, 2010
Seminar Series: Self-Assembling Biological Systems
Speaker: Scott Stagg, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Florida State University

Time: 11:00a–12:00p

Location: NE30-1154

The Structure of a Novel COPII Tubule

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Biology


Monday, January 25, 2010
Transformative Values and Designing Cities
Speaker: Aseem Inam

Time: 3:00p–5:00p

Location: 1-277

The Fellows Series
Fellows of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics & Transformative Values at MIT share their work.

Based on professional practice and scholarly research, this workshop will present ideas about how cities are designed and built, and the values that underlie the city-building process. Using illustrative examples and case studies, the workshop will offer alternative sets of values that can transform cities in fundamental ways.


Web site: http://thecenter.mit.edu/events/upcoming/

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values

For more information, contact:
The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics & Transformative Values
4-6030
info@thecenter.mit.edu



Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Seminar Series: Self-Assembling Biological Systems
Speaker: Wes Sundquist, Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, University of Utah

Time: 11:00a–12:00p

Location: NE30-1154

Hexagonal Assemblies of the HIV-1 Capsid and its Restriction Factor, TRIM5alpha

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Biology





Tue Jan 26,
02-03:30pm
E52-175
Fighting Poverty with Scientific Evidence: Findings from the work of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Rachel Glennerster, Executive Director, J-PAL

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Policy makers need scientific evidence about what approaches are most effective if they are to make decisions such as how to spend limited education budgets to increase learning, or whether to tackle corruption with top down or bottom up monitoring. The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) within the economics department at MIT rigorously tests different policy options in close cooperation with local partners through the use of randomized evaluations.

This session will cover a brief overview of why randomized impact evaluations are being increasingly used by governments, agencies, and nonprofit groups to evaluate important policy questions. It will also briefly summarize some of the most recent results from J-PAL research.
Contact: Ruth Levitsky, E52-232, x3-3399, levitsky@mit.edu

Wed Jan 27,
10-11:00am
N52-496
The ABCs of Environmental Compliance
Dan Kallin

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Audience: Entrepreneurs, startups and Industrial or manufacturing engineers H&S people interested in Environmental Compliance

CAA, CWA, SDWA, EPCRA, RCRA, CERCLA, SARA, TSCA, MEPA, WPA, and now CFATS!

These are just some of the rules administered by the EPA, DEP, MWRA, ConComs and the DHS

Will you need a permit? Do you need to report? To whom and how often?

This seminar will provide an overview of the major environmental Laws which can have direct impacts to entrepreneurs and manufacturing operations. Many of these rules have information reporting requirements which require data and support from designers, builders and the manufacturing floor.
Contact: Melissa Kavlakli, N52-496, x2-3233, mjpotter@mit.edu
Sponsor: Environment, Health and Safety Office

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Adaptive Technology Open House
Time: 1:00p–3:00p

Location: 7-143

The IS&T Adaptive Technology Information Center (ATIC) invites you to its annual open house, showcasing the latest adaptive technologies for persons with disabilities.


Web site: http://web.mit.edu/atic

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): IS&T ATIC Lab

For more information, contact:
ATIC Lab
253-7808
atic@mit.edu


Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Child Education in Afghanistan: A Presentation From Barakat
Speaker: Chris Walter, co-founder of Barakat

Time: 6:00p–8:00p

Location: E51-325

Barakat is a Cambridge-based nonprofit that does work in Afghanistan and the region around it. Their mission is to advance literacy and to strengthen education systems in these areas. Come learn directly from representatives of Barakat about the work they have been doing and how you can take action to aid the human rights situation in Afghanistan.


Web site: web.mit.edu/amnesty

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Amnesty International, GSC Funding Board

For more information, contact:
Kayvan Zainabadi
mitai-exec@mit.edu


Thu Jan 28
01-03:00pm
Chipman Room, 6-104
The Magic of Carbon Nanotubes: Properties, Growth, and Applications
Gilbert D. Nessim PhD Alum

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 25-Jan-2010
Single session event
Prereq: none

Carbon nanotubes, one of the most interesting structures in the nanotechnology landscape, are the closest implementation to a one-dimensional structure. Their exceptional electrical, mechanical, and thermal properties have made them a hot subject of research for many future applications. Carbon nanotube reinforced tennis racquets are already in the market. Research labs have already developed prototypes of electrical devices such as field effect transistors or field emission displays using nanotubes. The futuristic space elevator project has focused on carbon nanotubes as the material of choice for its super-strong cable.

This presentation will provide the audience with an understanding of the properties, growth methods, future applications, and challenges for integration of carbon nanotubes in future products.
Contact: Gilbert D. Nessim, gdnessim@mit.edu
Sponsor: Materials Science and Engineering

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Applied Storytelling--How to talk so they will listen
Time: 9:00a–12:00p

Location: E15-209

Reach people when describing your research and projects so they "get it." Learn to present with confidence in front of any audience. People want to hear a good story; learn how to tell one that leaves sponsors and faculty wanting to hear more and asking you the questions you want them to ask. In this 3 hour introductory workshop with optional follow-up coaching sessions, students will Identify, develop and craft a story from their own lives and work; Learn theories of applied storytelling for performance and public speaking.

This workshop is led by seasoned performing storyteller and Media Lab alum Kevin Brooks.

Sign up by emailing Kevin Brooks

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Media Lab

For more information, contact:
Kevin Brooks
brooks@media.mit.edu


Thu Jan 14
Fri Jan 29,
10am-06:30pm
E14-526
How Will We Pay for Things in the Future?
Kwan Hong Lee

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 13-Jan-2010
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

The payment landscape has been rapidly changing in recent years with many potential disruptions on the horizon. Large financial institutions still dominate the landscape with little disintermediation, but are vulnerable. PayPal has become the standard in online transactions and payment services and now threatens to invade the physical world. Existing large institution infrastructures neither provide for rapid adaptation to these market changes nor rapid adaptation to customer requirements as they have all grown through mergers & acquisitions. And emerging technology is readily available to precipitate the paradigm shift. Introduce revolutionary disruption into payments system and make it fun (dreary old bankers); and win prizes! Come join us in reinventing a $5 trillion a year business model that is ripe for change!
Contact: Mutsumi Sullivan, E14-574L, x3-1908, msullivan@media.mit.edu
Sponsor: Media Arts & Sciences

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Seminar Series: Self-Assembling Biological Systems
Speaker: Shuguang Zhang, Associate Director, Center for Biomedical Engineering, MIT

Time: 11:00a–12:00p

Location: WI-Auditorium

Follow Nature's Lead: Designer Self-assembling Peptides

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Biology



Thursday, January 28, 2010

IDEAS Competition - Monster Challenge workshop
Time: 6:00p–8:00p

Location: 2-136

The IDEAS Competition is pleased to announce a new and exciting opportunity with Monster.com! Come meet and speak with Giles Phillips, Director of Innovation; Matthew Mund, Vice President, Global Applications; and Damon Dimmick, Interaction Designer.

Monster.com is teaming up with the IDEAS Competition and challenging students to come up with innovative ideas and implementable solutions to help change web and search technology. This is an exciting chance for students to work with Monster.com to develop feasible, innovative and effective solutions to revolutionize the way that people look for jobs.

To find out more about this new IDEAS Competition challenge, come to the workshop to connect, share your ideas and skills, and meet potential team members!

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 25-Jan-2010
Single session event

For more information, contact:
Samantha Cooper
5-5474
ideas-rsvp@mit.edu


Web site: http://web.mit.edu/ideas

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Graduate Student Life Grants, MIT IDEAS Competition, Public Service Center

For more information, contact:
Samantha Cooper
5-5474
coopers@mit.edu

Friday, January 29, 2010
Seminar Series: Self-Assembling Biological Systems
Speaker: Katharina Ribbeck, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Engineering, MIT

Time: 11:00a–12:00p

Location: WI-Auditorium

From Nuclear Pores to Biofilms - a Study of Biological Filters

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Biology


Harvard

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
WHEN
Wed., Jan. 27, 2010, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.
TYPE OF EVENT
Presentation/Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR
Harvard Museum of Natural History
SPEAKER(S)
Richard Wrangham
COST
Free and open to the public
NOTE
Lecture & booksigning with Richard Wrangham. In his latest book, Harvard biological anthropologist Richard Wrangham puts forth a bold theory — that our Paleolithic homo ancestors tamed fire and began cooking 1.8 million years ago, much earlier than conventionally believed. Wrangham will discuss how the cooking kick started a revolution in human evolution — driving whole scale changes in our physiology, behavior, and cognition that define our species to this very day.
LINK
www.hmnh.harvard.edu


Global Climate Change Mini-Conference
WHEN
Thu., Jan. 28, 2010, 1 p.m.
WHERE
First Parish, 3 Church St., Cambridge, MA
TYPE OF EVENT
Environmental Sciences, Presentation/Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR
Cambridge Forum
COST
Free and open to the public.
NOTE
During the afternoon, scientists explore the impact of atmospheric methane on the earth's temperature, as well as the impact that climate change will have on human health, environmental migration, agricultural production, and sea level. The impact of the 350.org movement, the Copenhagen talks, and the likely follow-up on the part of individual governments will be the focus of the 7:00 p.m. closing address by James Hansen.
LINK
www.cambridgeforum.org

Other

Boston Bookfuturists: Introducing experiments in storytelling and publishing — exploring the intersection of books and technology.
The first ever Bookfuturists Meetup is this month at Microsoft New England Research & Development Center near the MIT campus in Kendall Square. Come listen to presentations on experiments in storytelling and publishing. The event is free. Please RSVP:
Boston Bookfuturists 1
7-9pm
January 29
Microsoft New England Research & Development Center
One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Interested in presenting at future events? Please contact us: info@bookfuturists.com
Please visit our website: http://bookfuturists.com/
Host: Joanne McNeil, The Tomorrow Museum
Presenting:
Joshua Glenn, a Boston-based journalist and scholar, is coeditor of Hilobrow.com and co-curator ofSignificant Objects, an online experiment that pairs writers with secondhand junk, then sells the junk on eBay (using the story as an item description), in an effort to answer this question: "What makes things meaningful?"
Peggy Nelson is a new media artist whose work encompasses film, augmented reality, performance art, and reenactments. In Search of Adele H is a Twitter movie, a re-imaging of the life and fictionalizations of Victor Hugo's daughter Adèle. But as with a book, the moving images are intentionally missing. The Twitter movie happens in your head, much as the main character's life happened in hers.
Stona Fitch writes powerful novels that have earned an international following. His novel SENSELESS is now a UK feature film and a cult classic that critics often refer to as the most disturbing novel ever written. St. Martin's is publishing his next novel, Give + Take, in April. He has been selected as one of the Boston Public Library's 2010 "Literary Lights." In 2008, Stona and other writers/thinkers founded theConcord Free Press, the world's first generosity-based publisher, which publishes original novels and gives them away in exchange for voluntary donations to worthy causes or people in need.
Matthew Battles has written about technology, language, and culture for such publications as the American Scholar, the Atlantic, and the Boston Globe. He's cofounder of the blog Hilobrow.com and author of the book Library, an Unquiet History.

Thanks to Fred Hapgood's Boston Lectures on Science and Engineering list
http://fhapgood.fastmail.fm/site02.html

Links to greater Boston college and university lectures and events at http://hubevents.blogspot.com

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