Sunday, July 11, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - July 11, 2010


Monday, July 12, 2010
7 pm
Patrick Raymond, Executive Director of the United Inventors Association and independent inventor, will describe best practices for inventors and inventor-friendly companies.

M.I.T. Building 4, Room 231 at 77 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA.
A suggested $5 contribution is graciously accepted at the door to partially defray operating costs of our not-for- profit organization which is run entirely by volunteers. You should plan to arrive at 6:30 PM for pre-meeting networking. Networking also continues after the regular meeting. Membership is currently at $40/year and includes a monthly newsletter and other member benefits. Guests and nonmembers are welcome at all of our monthly meetings.
Contact: 781-274-8500,

Directions to MIT and the location of Building 4 may be found at

Friday, July 16, 2010
MIT Energy Club lecture series: Systems Issues in Renewable Energy, life cycle assessment and experience curves
Speaker: Eric Williams, Professor at Arizona State University

Time: 12:00p–1:00p

Location: TBA, please see for listing

Research and Development into renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaic cells and biofuels has increased dramatically in recent years. While research at the technology level continues to expand it is also important to consider systems issues such as unforeseen environmental impacts and the potential of technological progress to reduce costs and mitigate environmental impacts. In this talk two approaches are introduced and applied to address these questions. Life Cycle Assessment can model multiple environmental effects of the entire supply chain associated with energy technologies. Results are presented from a recent study of life cycle water use of alternative energy sources. Exploring technological dynamics, results are presented of a study of trends in life cycle carbon emissions of silicon photovoltaic modules. Experience curves and analysis of thermodynamics can be combined to provide insight into the long-term potential of renewable energy technologies to realize cost and environmental goals. Results are presented of a forecast of economic investments needed to bring the price of silicon photovoltaic modules to $1/peak-Watt.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Campus Events, MIT Energy Club, Engineering Systems Division

For more information, contact:
Elsa Olivetti



7/13/10, 12:30 PM ET

Berkman Center Conference Room @ 23 Everett St., Cambridge, MA

RSVP is required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (

This event will be webcast live

Topic: Crowdsourcing Crisis Mapping
Guest: Patrick Meier, Director of Crisis Mapping and Strategic Partnerships at Ushahidi

Patrick Meier, Director of Crisis Mapping and Strategic Partnerships at Ushahidi, will present on his work on crowdsourcing crisis mapping.

About Patrick:

Patrick Meier is the Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers. He was previously the co-director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning. Patrick has consulted for numerous international organizations including the UN, OSCE and OECD on crisis mapping and early warning projects in countries ranging from the Sudan and Thailand to East Timor and Colombia. Patrick has an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and is completing his PhD at The Fletcher School/Tufts University. He is also an alum of the Sante Fe Institute's (SFI) Complex Systems Summer School. Patrick has published widely on the topic of conflict early warning and blogs at and EarlyWarning.

This event will be webcast live; for more information and a complete description, see the event web page:


Examining China's New Policy Climate
Thursday, July 15, 2010, 12 p.m.
124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
Jang Ulrich, J.P. Morgan’s Chairman of China Equities and Commodities

About the Seminar
Chinese economic planners in recent months have been engaged in a balancing act of deflating asset bubbles and controlling inflation without dampening growth excessively. This presentation by Jing Ulrich, J.P. Morgan’s Chairman of China Equities and Commodities, will examine the implications of three key shifts that are occurring in the Chinese economy: the shift from an ultra expansionary policy stance toward a tightening bias; recent policy changes in the all-important property sector; and the long-term shift from an investment-driven economy to one that is propelled by private consumption.

Please RSVP for the event with Melissa D'Anello at

About Jing Ulrich
Jing Ulrich is J.P. Morgan's Managing Director and Chairman of China Equities and Commodities. She is leading the expansion of J.P. Morgan’s China equity business both in China and worldwide as well as developing business opportunities that arise from China’s demand for commodities. Educated at Harvard and Stanford Universities, Ulrich is one of the most prominent advisers to the world’s largest asset management companies, pension, and sovereign wealth funds. She also serves as an adviser to Chinese institutions seeking to invest overseas.

Ulrich has received numerous industry accolades for her work as a China watcher. She was ranked as one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Global Businesswomen in September 2009. In 2008, she was named to Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. In March 2010, two prestigious magazines – China Entrepreneur and China Business Watch — ranked Ulrich among the country's top female business elite.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Harvard University Asia Center.



Green Jobs Program

The Cambridge Green Jobs Program will be holding information and training sessions on July 14, 2:00 to 4:30 pm and July 22, 6:00 to 8:30 pm at City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway. Attendance is open. A the sessions, attendees will learn about the training programs, eligibility requirements, and the application process. Eligible individuals receive training to be come energy efficiency technicians through the Energy Efficiency Technicians Apprenticeship Program, or green building techicians through the Building Energy Efficient Maintenance Skills Program. Participants also receive job placement assistance and other support services. For more information, contact Pardis Saffari, of the CDD Economic Development Division, at 617-349-4654.


Robotics Monthly Meeting

July 15, Thursday
6:00 PM
Location: Microsoft
1 Memorial Dr
Cambridge, MA 02142

Bring your robot projects.
At the last meeting George Gallant displayed and explained his Robot from the well known Trinity college event: ttp://


Thanks to Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area

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