Sunday, August 01, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - August 1, 2010


Tuesday, August 03, 2010
"Low carbon electricity = Integrate Resource Strategic Planning(IRSP) + Smart grid" - Professor HU Zhao Guang.
Speaker: Professor HU Zhao Guang. Vice President and Chief Energy Specialist. China's State Grid Energy Research Institute.
Time: 11:00a–12:30p
Location: E19-319
Title: Low carbon electricity = Integrate Resource Strategic Planning(IRSP) + Smart grid
Abstract: Integrate Resource Strategic Planning(IRSP) balances the power supply side and demand side, making the optimal electricity savings on the demand side and optimal power generation on the supply side. It can be used as a tool for policy makers to evaluate the effectiveness of targeted incentive policies, such as price rebate for energy efficiency equipment, in creating energy saving and mitigating GHG. IRSP can also improve the targeting of Smart Grid investments for energy savings and clean energy generation. So, it can be put as:

Low carbon electricity = IRSP + Smart grid

Speaker Bio: Dr. Zhaoguang Hu is the vice president and chief energy specialist at the State Grid Energy Research Institute (former State Power Economic Research Institute) as well as the head of the Power Supply and Demand Research Laboratory. He is the director of Power Economic Committee of CSEE (Chinese Society of Electric Engineering). He is an honorary professor at North-China Electric University and Beijing Jiaotong University. He is a chief editor of Energy Technology and Economics (Chinese).His main areas of interest are: low-carbon energy, energy economy, energy efficiency and demand side management (DSM), smart grid, and policy study on the above areas.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research, MIT Energy Initiative, MIT, Future of the Electric Grid Study



First Corvid College Lecture Series in collaboration with the Global Economic Alternatives Network (GEAN) Present:
Marie Trigona
NEU - Snell Library
Tuesday, August 3rd, 4:00 to 7:00 PM

Please forward to interested contacts and friends

Title: Report from Buenos Aires: How ordinary Argentinians have been coping with the ravages of political and corporate irresponsibility.
Guest Speaker: Marie Trigona
Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
Venue: Snell Library, Room 090, Northeastern University Main Campus, Boston, Mass.
Time: From 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
4:00 - Video
5:00 - Lecture
6:00 - Discussion

"Marie Trigona has reported from Argentina for numerous media outlets around the world. A writer, radio producer, and film maker, her work focuses on labor struggles, social movements and human rights in Latin America. Her writing has appeared in publications including Z Magazine and ZNet, NACLA, Monthly Review, Canadian Dimension, The Buenos Aires Herald, Left Turn, Americas Program, Clamor, Venezuela Analysis, Upsidedown World, Dollars and Sense and many others. She collaborates with video and direct action collective Grupo Alavío and their project Ágora TV. She reports for Free Speech Radio News, a daily syndicated radio news program broadcast in the U.S."

Andrew Rimas, Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilization
Start: Tue, 08/03/2010 - 7:00pm
"With a flavor of Jared Diamond, Empires of Foodthoughtfully weaves the religion, military history, and science into a historical arc of how food undergirds civilization's rise and fall. Sprinkling discussions of monks and bird guano in with the Roman Empire and colonization, the book elucidates the inherent instability of how our current food infrastructure has evolved and will make you rethink how you eat."
Jennifer 8. Lee, author of The Fortune Cookies Chronicles

"Empires of Food deals with a subject of grave importance and profound implications for the political economy of the world. Although the subject is serious, it is written in a compelling and readable style. While not pedantic or ponderous in any way, it is of impressive academic rigor. This book needs to be read and thoughtfully considered by policy-makers and citizens everywhere. And if you enjoy lunch, don't fail to read it!"
John Maley, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

Andrew Rimas is a journlist and the managing editor at theImproper Bostonian magazine; previously he was an associate editor and staff writer at Boston Magazine. His work has frequently appeared in those publications and in The Boston Globe Magazine and The Boston Globe.
Porter Square Books
25 White St
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140-1413


Mary Roach, Packing for Mars
Start: Fri, 08/06/2010 - 7:00pm
"Popular science writer Roach entertainingly addresses ... life in outer space. There is much good fun with - and a respectful amount of awe at - the often crazy ingenuity brought to the mundane matters of surviving in a place not meant for humans. .... A delightful, illuminating grab bag of spaceflight curiosities."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"An impish and adventurous writer with a gleefully inquisitive mind and a stand-up comic's timing, Roach celebrates human ingenuity (the odder the better), and calls for us to marshal our resources, unchain our imaginations, and start packing for Mars."
Donna Seaman, Booklist Review

Mary Roach is the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, andPacking for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. She lives in Oakland, California.
Porter Square Books
25 White St
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140-1413


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

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