Sunday, May 16, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - May 16, 2010


Monday, May 17, 2010
Future of the Electricity Grid with Professor Ignacio Perez-Arriaga
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: 56-302
Our next Science Policy Initiative lunch will be with Professor Perez-Arriaga. Please RSVP to and forward this invitation to anyone that you think would be interested!
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Science Policy Initiative
For more information, contact:
Megan Brewster

Date: Thursday, May 20 2010
Time: 4:00PM to 5:00PM
RoboBees: A convergence of body, brain and colony
Speaker: Professor Gu-Yeon Wei, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Refreshments: 3:45PM
Location: Kiva, 32-G449
Host: Anant Agarwal, MIT CSAIL
Contact: Cree Bruins, 617-253-2629,
Did you know that one third of the managed honeybee population in the U.S. did not survive the winter? This mysterious phenomenon called the colony collapse disorder, or CCD, was the motivating framework around which twelve researchers from Harvard, Northeastern, and Centeye got together and submitted a proposal to NSF Expeditions called RoboBees. Given the disparate research interests of the collaborators, spanning biology to distributed systems, the RoboBees project provides an exciting common objective to strive towards. This talk provides a high-level overview of the scientific and technological challenges we face in pursuit of building a colony of flapping-wing roboticbees. While we divide up the research into body, brain, and colony, I will explain why we believe the interactions and overlap between these components will be critical for success. In other words, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Friday, May 21, 2010

Rethinking Water: A Critical Resource An MIT-wide Workshop

Speaker: MIT President Susan Hockfield and others

Time: 9:00a–5:00p

Location: 32-123, Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, 32-123, 32 Vassar St. Cambridge, MA

An inclusive, Institute-wide workshop to comprehend the breadth of water research and education at MIT, and discuss how to enhance them for the future.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: FREE

Tickets: Register at

Sponsor(s): Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, The MIT Environmental Research Council; the Deans of Science, Engineering, Architecture + Planning, Sloan, and Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; the MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:

Jose Luis Arguello




Friday, May 21, 2010

Visual Interpretations conference

Speaker: Johanna Drucker, UCLA; Lev Manovich (UC San Diego); Ben Schndeiderman (Univ. of Maryland); Fernanda Viegas, Martin Wattenberg (Many Eyes/IBM)

Time: 9:00a–9:00p

Location: E15-070, various

The Visual Interpretations conference runs May 20-22 at MIT. The conference is free and open to the public, but you must register at the website.

Submission deadline: April 14, 2010

HyperStudio's Visual Interpretations conference will bring digital practitioners and humanities scholars together with experts in art and design to consider the past, present, and future of visual epistemology in digital humanities.

The goal is to get beyond the notion that information exists independently of visual presentation, and to rethink visualization as an integrated analytical method in humanities scholarship. By fostering dialogue and critical engagement, this conference aims to explore new ways to design data and metadata structures so that their visual embodiments function as "humanities tools in digital environments." (Johanna Drucker)

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free, but you must register

Sponsor(s): MIT Hyperstudio, Communications Forum

For more information, contact:
Kurt Fendt

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sweat Lodge Arts Event

Time: 10:00a–9:00p

Location: E15, Richard Fleischner Courtyard (25 Ames St--the grassy area between Whitaker College E25, Wiesner Building E15, & MIT Medical E23)

MIT students from the Society of Creatives, Department of Architecture, Program in Art, Culture, & Technology and Media Arts & Sciences will host a weekend-long inflatable art intervention on the MIT campus. Happening over 3 themed days, "Construct," "Experience," and "Deconstruct," Sweat Lodge will feature performances, happenings, structures, workshops, and experiences focusing on social and sensory perception.

The project is designed to foster creative collaboration between MIT students and the communities of MIT, Cambridge, and Boston. Projects will facilitate experiential environments for audience participants through performance, architecture, installation, sound, visuals, smell, taste or other sensory media.

Projects are designed to respond to architecture and the spatial, social, and environmental context which they will inhabit.

Made Possible with Support from The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT).

For full schedule/details, see website

Web site:

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Media Lab, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Society of Creatives, Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:
Amanda Moore



Is China's Crisis Growth Sustainable?
Mon., May 17, 2010, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
CGIS South, Room S153, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies: China Lunchtime Seminar
William Overholt, senior research fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Rajawalli Asia Center
Free and open to the public


Wednesday, May 19


"The Potential for Wind Power in China." Sueng-Bok Lee.

Harvard: Pierce Hall 114



May 17 - May 21
Bay State Bike Week

Tuesday, May 18
8 am - 1 pm
Conference on Small-Scale Urban Wind Turbines:
Lessons from the Museum of Science Wind Turbine Lab

Topics Covered:
Detailed turbine performance data
Project planning - wind and site assessment, permitting, and stakeholder relations
Installations - including project management, structural engineering, data acquisition systems, and commissioning
Costs and benefits, from financial, environmental, and businesses perspectives, and
Funding and government policies

Tickets: $35, including a light breakfast and lunch
Parking: $5

For reservations and more information:

Tuesday, May 18, 6-8 pm

GreenPort Forum: Edible Plants Along the Charles River ? a guided walk *
departing from Gallery 263, 263 Pearl Street, Cambridge

Presenter David Craft is a Cambridgeport resident and active forager in the Cambridge/Boston area. This walk will introduce people to many edible species, some in-season and some that will require a return visit. David has recently published /Urban Foraging - finding and eating wild plants in the city/. It is available at The MIT Press Bookstore, the Harvard Bookstore, Darwins Ltd, The Globe Corner Bookstore, and online at

For more information, contact Steve Morr-Wineman at
Music 2.0: Tools + Tech for Musicians, Marketers + Managers

Event Details
• Date: 5/18/10
• Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
• Time: 6-9pm
• Audience: Musicians, technologists, promoters and marketers
• Description: Boston has an impressive number of companies creating tools and technologies to help promote and fund music projects. We also have a vibrant and diverse music community. It's time to better connect the two for the benefit of both. Join us for 10 minute presentations and Q&A with:
• Philip G. Antoniades, President, Founder, Drummer, Nimbit, Inc.
• Joe Berkovitz, President, Noteflight LLC,
• Brandon Casci, Founder, Loudcaster,
• Jason Evanish, Customer Development Manager,
• Kabir Hemrajani, Founder, RiotVine,
• Jack Kelly, CEO, Adva Mobile,
• Scott Kirsner, Author, Fans, Friends, and Followers + Columnist, Innovation Economy, The Boston Globe
• Evan Korzon, SCVNGR,
• Dave Kusek, Vice President, Berklee College of Music + Founder, Music Power Network,
• Benjamin F. Maitland-Lewis, Founder / Executive Director, Sidehatch Entertainment Group,,,
• Mike O'Neill, Co-Founder,,
• Brad Powell, Founder, Microfundo,
• John Puterbaugh, Ph.D., Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Nellymoser, Inc.
• Benjamin Rahn, Mixapp,
...And a chance to meet and network with a variety of musicians, marketers, technologists, and promoters as we all figure out what music 2.0 looks like for each of us.

Register at
Friday, May 21, 2010

9.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

Global Transportation: At a Crossroad
Worldwide mobility has increased significantly over the past decades and humans have profited enormously. But we are at a turning point: most transportation is no longer sustainable.

Where: Cambridge Public Library L2 (Lecture Hall), 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Join us for a discussion among Swiss and US transportation experts to address the challenges of sustainable transportation.

Speakers: Eric Cosandey, sma+ Partners

Amy Cotter, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

Peter Furth, Northeastern University

William Lyons, Volpe Center, U.S. Department of Transportation

Features: Welcome Breakfast (8.30 a.m.) at swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland, 420 Broadway, Cambridge (across the street of the Public Library) Exhibit Sustainable Transportation (created by the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington DC, in collaboration with the Federal Office of Transport in Switzerland)




Thursday, May 27, 2010
12:00 - 5:00 p.m (lunch provided)
Economic Worries? Hey, Join the Club!
at The Marist House, 518 Pleasant Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Join us for a training and learn how to start a Common Security Club in your congregation or community.

What's a Common Security Club?
It's a new way for group leaders and trainers to
help congregations and communities help themselves
in these troubled economic times.

The economic meltdown has left people isolated, vulnerable and afraid. In response, congregations and communities across the land are forming Common Security Clubs to help their members find connection, the information they need and avenues to a new kind of security, one based on mutual aid and support.

>>> REGISTER ONLINE NOW. Space is limited.

Who should come?
People with experience in leading groups. No other expertise needed. We recommend coming in teams of two or more to make it easier to get started.

What will you be doing there?
We will train you how to lead our 5-session curriculum designed to launch your Club. It's simple, participatory and truly rewarding.

Chuck Collins and Andrée Zaleska from the Institute for Policy Studies, and Alexa Bradley from On the Commons will lead the training. The CSC network will provide you with all the materials you need, facilitation support and additional downloadable resources.

Registration: There is a $20 registration fee to cover materials and lunch. A sliding fee scale is available. Space is limited, so please register early.

Contact Andrée Zaleska at or 617-477-8630 x 302 to learn how to register by phone or mail or for more information.

The even is sponsored by On the Commons and The Institute for Policy Studies.


Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30

Boston Skill Share


more listings at

links to public lecture information for most colleges and universities in the Boston area at

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