Monday, March 08, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - March 7, 2010


Monday, March 08, 2010
Building Technology Lecture Series/Next Generation Structural Design: Lightweight and Bionic Structures in Research and Education
Speaker: Annette Boegle, Dr.-Ing., Assistant Professor, Institute of Structural and Conceptual Design, TU-Berlin

Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 7-431, AVT

Building Technology Lecture Series

Next Generation Structural Design: Lightweight and Bionic Structures in Research and Education

Globalization, environmental challenges, and computing have a large impact on society and increasingly require new solutions from engineers. Lightweight and bionic structural concepts like the first carbon fiber stress ribbon bridge or the bionic principle of the FinRay are such new solutions currently being developed at the Institute for Structural and Conceptual Design at TU Berlin. But as important as new solutions derived from research in new materials and advanced design tools is a new creative way of thinking in structural design, which in turn also demands new concepts in education. TU-Berlin has developed a new approach to teaching conceptual and structural design based on the following skills: perception, communication and criticism.

Annette Boegle is closely collaborating with the engineering company Schlaich Bergermann und Partner Berlin. She is Vice President of the German Society for the Art of Engineering, member and author in the committee for Historic Signs of the Art of Engineering of the German Federal Engineering Society and curator of the exhibition, "High Energy ? Ingenieurbaukultur, J?rg Schlaich and Rudolf Bergermann? at the National Academy of Arts, Berlin, Germany. She holds an engineering diploma and PhD degree from the Univ of Stuttgart. Recently she was a Fulbright scholar at Princeton Univ, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, MIT Building Technology, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering

For more information, contact:
Alexandra Mulcahy
617 253 0463

Monday, March 08, 2010

ACT Lecture Series: Peter Schumann with John Bell, moderator
Speaker: Peter Schumann with John Bell, moderator

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: E15-070

The Theatrical / The Performative / The Transformative
The Theatrical. The Performative. The Transformative. is a lecture series introducing key figures whose artistic practice is situated at the intersection of performance art, avant garde dance, and activist theater. Focusing on time-based and ephemeral formats that navigate between art, film, theater and dance, the series juxtaposes speakers of different generations and backgrounds who share an interest in feminist discourses and politics.

The series this spring is dedicated to Joan Jonas, a pioneer in video and performance art, and the 2010 recipient of the Gyorgy Kepes Fellowship Prize presented by the Council for the Arts at MIT on April 15, 2010.

The lecture series is directed by Associate Professor Ute Meta Bauer, Director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) in collaboration with Professor Joan Jonas, and Lecturer Amber Frid-Jimenez.

The Bread and Puppet Theater
Peter Schumann with John Bell, moderator
Peter Schumann, legendary founder of The Bread and Puppet Theater will present a short ?fiddle lecture? illustrated with cantastoria banners. Moderator John Bell, long-time collaborator of Bread and Puppet Theater, will discuss with Schumann the theater?s use of public space, technology, the concept of progress, and the relations between puppet theater and modernism. The evening will end with a drum and fiddle performance. John Bell, a fellow at MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, is a puppeteer, scholar, and teacher.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Council for the Arts at MIT

For more information, contact:
Meg Rotzel

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Steward Pickett: "The Creation and Use of Ecological Space: A Biologist's Perspective from the Wild to the Urban"
Speaker: Steward Pickett

Time: 12:00p–2:00p

Location: E14-633

Steward Pickett's work has spanned a wide variety of ecological systems, ranging from the dynamics of abandoned agricultural fields, natural disturbance in old-growth forest, landscape ecology, and two decades of urban ecology. This talk explores the conceptual unity in this wide array of topics: the generation and significance of spatial heterogeneity in the function of ecological systems. Urban ecological research is the most complex expression of this interest, and is poised for deeper integration with urban design and planning.

Following the talk, join us for a brief reception.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn

Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Transportation in Contemporary Society: A Complex Systems Approach
Speaker: Joseph Sussman, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 3-270

Transportation@MIT Seminar Series

In Spring 2010, the Transportation@MIT seminar series continues by drawing knowledge from MIT research that is applicable to transportation. Our goal is to strengthen the community of MIT researchers by sharing information in the following areas: airlines, automation, behavior and economics, energy sources, environmental impacts, logistics and supply chains, networks, propulsion, system control, urban challenges, and vehicles.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free Admission to MIT and General Public

Sponsor(s): Transportation@MIT

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Fearing

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Orleans: Post Katrina | Is the Planning Profession Colonizing the Gulf Coast?
Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 9-450

DUSP Speaker Series
Weekly Lecture Series of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Light lunch served.

The New Orleans module of the DUSP Speaker Series, entitled 'Cambridge and the Gulf Coast: Assessing Planning's Effectiveness and Envisioning the Future,' is an initiative led by an informal group of students at MIT who have worked, lived, or are interested in the region and call themselves NOLA@MIT (NOLA = New Orleans, Louisiana). Among other things, the group attempts to compile MIT's work in the Gulf Coast, from across the Institute, here:

The Speaker Series module is from March 3 - March 10, and will serve as an opportunity to reflect on MIT's engagement, as we near the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and envision the role of planning going forward. The Series will also serve as a lead-in to the American Planning Association (APA) Conference in New Orleans in April of this year. The event is free and open to the public.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"Blended Learning Revisited", a MacVicar Day Presentation by Dr. John Seely Brown
Speaker: John Seely Brown, Ph.D.

Time: 2:15p–4:00p

Location: 32-141

Each year, MacVicar Day honors the memory of Margaret MacVicar '64, Sc.D. '67, MIT's first Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Life, by recognizing the significant achievements made at MIT to enhance undergraduate education and by exploring the next steps forward.

Dr. John Seely Brown ( describes his presentation: "Blended learning hints at an interesting ontological shift that shifts the emphasis from acquiring knowledge to indwelling -- an important construct for honoring the tacit. However, we want to extend this shift even more and discuss how looking at learning through the combined lenses of homo sapiens,homo faber and homo ludens suggests a learning milieu that might be particularly well suited for a world of constant flux such as the digital age has brought us."

Professor John Belcher (Physics) and Professor Dava Newman (Aeronautics & Astronautics) will offer responses to the presentation, followed by time for audience Q&A.

All are welcome!

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MacVicar Fellows, Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education, Teaching and Learning Laboratory

For more information, contact:
Dan Nocivelli

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Last Interglacial Sea Level: A new assessment and implications for the next millennium
Speaker: Dr. Bob Kopp

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 54-915

EAPS Department Lecture Series

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: 0.00

Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

For more information, contact:
Jacqui Taylor

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

IEEE Spring 2010 "Moving Toward a Smarter Electric Grid"
Time: 6:00p–9:30p

Location: MIT Lincoln Laboratory Cafeteria, 244 Wood Street, Lexington, MA

IEEE Moving Toward a Smarter Electric Grid Lecture Series

The IEEE Boston Section and MIT is organizing "Moving Toward a Smarter Electric Grid" Session 2:Smart Grid Entrepreneur-ing.
Smart Grid Entrepreneur-ing is the first of several detailed technical meetings in our Moving Toward a Smarter Electric Grid series which will culminate in a special event, September 2010 at the IEEE Conference on Innovative Technologies for an Efficient and Reliable Electricity.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT IEEE

For more information, contact:
Linda Scott

Thursday, March 11, 2010

MIT Energy Club Lecture Series: Adam Hirsch Dave Boettcher, Next Step Living - Energy Audits
Time: 6:00p–7:00p

Location: 4-370

The MIT Energy Club Lecture Series presents Adam Hirsch and Dave Boettcher from Next Step Living. They will give a presentation on the technical aspects of residential energy audits.

Brief outline of lecture:

"A Home as A System"
-Building envelope/Stack effect & the role of energy efficiency & weatherization
-Blower door & Infrared camera: working in conjunction, mechanics, and quantifiable insights and action
-Energy usage software model: quantifying appropriate next energy efficiency steps and estimating savings
-Next Step Living: where we are and where we're going

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club

Friday, March 12, 2010

Computation Lecture: Reflexive Architecture Machines
Speaker: Omar Khan

Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 3-133

Computation Lecture Series

This lecture is part of the Computation Lecture Series at the Department of Architecture.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Computation Group Events

For more information, contact:
Daniela Stoudenkova

Friday, March 12, 2010

Buddhism and the natural environment - FREE DINNER and enlightened discussion
Speaker: Applied Nichiren Buddhism staffs

Time: 6:00p–7:30p

Location: 56-191

Come find out about Buddhist perspectives on environmental preservation and also how we as individuals can change ourselves and in doing so, change the fate of our environment and society as a whole.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: free!!!

Sponsor(s): Applied Nichiren Buddhism

For more information, contact:
Chanikarn Wongviriyawong

Friday, March 12, 2010

Speaker: Dan Wieland

Time: 7:00p–8:00p

Location: 66-110

DAN WIELAND, American Red Cross Disaster Response and Volunteer Specialist of Massachusetts Bay will discuss the relief efforts of the American Red Cross both on a local and international scale. He will also touch upon the current relief efforts in Haiti.

A Q&A session will follow the presentation, along with a Finale's dessert reception. A suggested donation of $5 will go towards the American Red Cross Disaster Services of Mass Bay.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): American Red Cross Team and Network, UA Finboard

For more information, contact:


Reality Check: How the Facts of Life on a Tough New Planet Shape Our Choices

Mon., Mar. 8, 2010, 5:15 – 7 p.m.
Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave.
Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Humanities, Presentation/Lecture, Religion
The Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School
Bill McKibben, scholar in residence at Middlebury College and American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. A response will be given by Daniel Schrag, professor of earth and planetary sciences and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
Free; registration required
Part of the "Ecologies of Human Flourishing" lecture series. Reservations are required for this event. Register online at

Film Screening: "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
Mon., Mar. 8, 2010, 8 – 9:35 p.m.
Aldrich 107, Harvard Business School
Environmental Sciences, Film, Science, Special Events
HBS Green Living Program
"Who Killed the Electric Car?" is a 2006 documentary film that explores the creation, limited commercialization, and subsequent destruction of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the early 1990s. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the U.S. government, the Californian government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology.

Wednesday, March 10, 6:00 pm
JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Institute of Politics

Digital Governance -- From the State House to the White HouseAneesh Chopra: United States CTO; Ann Margulies: CIO, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Teri Takai: CIO, State of California Event Moderator: Jerry Mechling: Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS
The Berkman Center will co-sponsor a panel discussion with chief technology officers and information officers from the White House, State of CA, and State of MA. Panelists include:

• Aneesh Chopra: United States CTO;
• Ann Margulies: CIO, Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
• Teri Takai: CIO, State of California
• Event Moderator: Jerry Mechling: Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS
Event CoSponsors: Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Rappaport, Taubman Center, Gov 2.0 PIC, Asian-Pacific American Caucus, ALANA, Shorenstein Center

Boston University

Water and Life: The Role of Energy"

We have all been taught that water has three phases: solid, liquid and vapor. But it was recently uncovered what appears to be a fourth phase. This phase occurs next to water-loving (hydrophilic) surfaces. It is surprisingly extensive, projecting out from the surface sometimes by up to millions of molecular layers. Of particular significance is the observation that this fourth phase is charged.

Pizza served at 11:45 AM

Speaker(s): Gerald H. Pollack, University of Washington
Monday, Mar 8, 2010 at 12:00pm
Metcalf Science Center, 590 Commonwealth Avenue (SCI 352)
Open to General Public
Admission is free


March 11, 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Soft Robots by Design

Location: Medford/Somerville Campus
Anderson Hall
Nelson Auditorium
Description: Senior Lecturer, Gary Leisk of Tufts Mechanical Engineering Department will present on "Soft Robots by Design".

Harvard Coop Bookstore

This Will Change Everything
Discussion with Contributors from
This Will Change Everything: Ideas that will Shape the Future.
Seth Lloyd, Moderator is a quantum-mechanical engineer at MIT,
Dimitar Sasselov is a Professor of Astronomy at Harvard,
Neil Gershenfeld is a physicist at MIT,
Sherry Turkle is a Professor of the Social Studies of Science &Technology at MIT,
Frank Wilczek is a professor of physics at MIT & Irene Pepperberg is a research associate in psychology at Harvard.
Time: 07:00 PM-08:00 PM
Location: Level 3

Museum of Science

Cahners Theater
With Neil Gershenfeld, director, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. This presentation is part of the ongoing series DIY.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | 7:00 pm
Give ordinary people the right tools, and they will design and build the most extraordinary things. That's the idea behind Fab Labs, an idea hatched by star physicist and DIY enthusiast Neil Gershenfeld, who teaches a wildly popular course at MIT called How To Make (almost) Anything.

Fab Labs provide access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, like a PC that can output functional objects instead of images on a screen. The labs have spread from their start in inner-city Boston to the bottom of Africa and the top of Norway, with projects tackling applications in areas including healthcare, agriculture, housing, and communications.

Join Dr. Gershenfeld for a peek at the science behind Fab Labs, an introduction to machines that make machines, and a tour around the world to see how these tools are transforming how people live, work, and play.

Seating is limited. Passes are available in the Museum lobby beginning at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the program. First come, first served. Museum members may reserve a limited number of seating passes in advance.

Top photo courtesy of Fab Lab Barcelona. Photo at right © Claus Mroczynski.

At our March programs, check out homemade DIY kits by artist Lisa Gross, founder of the Urban Homesteaders' League in Cambridge, MA. Learn how to make your own yogurt, skincare products, natural cleaning supplies, and more at home.

Fee: Free

This program is part of the DIY series, in which you can "Do It Yourself" with new programs devoted to personal empowerment, good health, and fresh food at your fingertips. Admission to this program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute. Additional funding for this program provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities Fund.

March 9-11, 2010

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Presents Building Energy10

Meet the Professionals in Sustainability and Whole Systems Thinking

Conference and Trade Show

Seaport World Trade Center Boston, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210 telephone 800.440.3318

Tuesday, March 9, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Tabling starts at 5:00pm

Case Studies of the Way Forward: Creative Responses to the Coming Crises

Climate change, peak oil and economic turmoil got you down? Join the discussion of successful strategies which are at work right now in communities next door to your own. Our three panelists, author Sharon Astyk, Transition Towns activist Tina Clarke, and building scientist Linda Wigington show how creativity and practical action are choices that work better for changing our future than resignation, victimization and despair.

Our MODERATOR this year will be Mr. John Abrams, who's agreed to steer the conversation for us. Our PANEL of three will focus on three (concentric) circles of action and activism: community, home, and practice.

Tina Clarke (Transition Towns US,,
Sharon Astyk (A Nation of Farmers, Independence Days)
Linda Wigington (The Thousand Home Challenge)

Join us in welcoming an important group of organizations that will be present from 5:00pm-6:00pm and 8:00pm-9:00pm at the Public Forum. Please visit their tables in the Amphitheater and the Mezzanine lobbies of the Seaport World Trade center before and after the event.

Bikes Not Bombs
Boston Climate Action Network
Building Materials Resource Center
Cambridge Energy Alliance
Co-op Power
Emerging Green Builders - USGBC-MA
The Green Roundtable / NEXUS
Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET)
Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities
Metro Pedal Power
Students for a Just and Stable Future
Young Professionals in Energy - Boston

Thanks to Fred Hapgood's Boston Lectures on Science and Engineering list

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