Sunday, September 05, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - September 5, 2010


Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Antarctica's Geologic and Climate History from Isotopic Sedimentary Provenance Studies of Marine Sediments
Speaker: Professor Sidney Hemming
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 68-180
EAPS Department Lecture Series
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
For more information, contact:
Jacqui Taylor


Microsoft Research New England

"Interdisciplinarity in the Age of Networks"

Everywhere we turn these days, we find that dynamical random networks have become increasingly appropriate descriptions of relevant interactions. In the high tech world, we see mobile networks, the Internet, the World Wide Web, and a variety of online social networks. In economics, we are increasingly experiencing both the positive and negative effects of a global networked economy. In epidemiology, we find disease spreading over our ever growing social networks, complicated by mutation of the disease agents. In problems of world health, distribution of limited resources, such as water, quickly becomes a problem of finding the optimal network for resource allocation. In biomedical research, we are beginning to understand the structure of gene regulatory networks, with the prospect of using this understanding to manage the many diseases caused by gene mis-regulation. In this talk, I look quite generally at some of the models we are using to describe these networks, and at some of the methods we are developing to indirectly infer network structure from measured data. In particular, I will discuss models and techniques which cut across many disciplinary boundaries.

Hosted by Mehran Kardar

Time: 4:15 pm
Place: Room 10-250

Refreshments @ 3:45 pm in 4-349 (The Pappalardo Community Room)


Thursday, September 09, 2010

Wind Energy Group-REPA

Speaker: Steve Taub, SVP GE

Time: 5:30p–7:00p

Location: 35-225

School year launch for the Wind Energy Group and Renewable Energy Projects in Action. Steve Taub will discuss the current playing field for renewable energy.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club


Friday, September 10, 2010

Common Cod Fiber Guild: Hyperbolic Crochet

Speaker: Diana Taimina

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: 32-123

Daina Taimina, author of Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes, will join the guild to explore geometry and its historical connections with art, architecture, navigation, and motion, as well as the history of crochet, which provides a context for the significance of a physical model of a mathematical concept that has plagued mathematicians for centuries.

Daina Taimina is a professor of mathematics at Cornell University, Taimina regularly participates in art exhibitions and educational workshops related to her crocheted models. She was nominated as one of the "Most Innovative People and Organizations in the Science and Technology World in 2006."

You can learn more about her work please visit her web site.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

For more information, contact:
Shreya Dave



Minds for Sale
Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Computer Science, SEAS
Sep 09, 2010 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Maxwell Dworkin G-125
Cloud computing is not just for computing any more: you can now find as much human mindshare as you can afford out in the cloud, too. A new range of projects is making the application of human brainpower as purchasable and fungible as additional server rackspace. What are some of the issues arising as armies of thinkers are recruited by the thousands and millions?
Speaker Biography:
Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Professor of Computer Science in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society and is on the board of advisors for Scientific American. Previously he was Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University. His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia in 2002, and now as part of the OpenNet Initiative he has co-edited a study of Internet filtering by national governments, "Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering," and its sequel, “Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace.” His book "The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It" is available from Yale University Press and Penguin UK -- and under a Creative Commons license. Papers may be found at
Salil Vadhan
Gioia Sweetland


September 9
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
The Internet Generation: Political Dropouts
A talk by author Henry Milner

Location: Medford/Somerville Campus
Lincoln Filene Center
Rabb Room
Description: While access to information has dramatically increased, young people's sense of civic duty has been on the decline.

Join Henry Milner, author of The Internet Generation: Engaged Citizens or Political Dropouts? as he explores trends in political participation throughout North America and Europe.



Date: Tuesday, September 7
Location: Old South Church, Copley Square, Boston
5:30pm - Bicycle pedal-powered climate rock band, Melodeego
6:00pm - Guest Speakers, including Bill McKibben, Tony Cortese of Second Nature, representatives from Students for a Just and Stable Future and Interfaith Power and Light
7:00pm - Screening of "A Road Not Taken," new documentary that tells the story of the original Carter White House solar panel installation.
Please join McKibben, Unity College students, the Carter solar panel, and local organizations in Boston on September 7 to show that Massachusetts supports a clean energy future!
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Next week, Bill McKibben and a team of students from Unity College in Maine will be traveling to Washington D.C. to deliver one of the original Carter panels to President Obama, asking him to reinstall solar on the White House, and to follow this symbolic gesture with substantial legislative action.
We're calling it the Solar Road Trip, and we hope you'll be able to celebrate with us when the panel makes a stop in Boston on its way to D.C.

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*Weatherization Barnraising*

*Saturday, September 11
*12:30-5:00 pm*

*Tot-Lot daycare and home on the same lot
*65 Chestnut St., Cambridgeport

*The federal government hasn't cut carbon yet, so let?s do it ourselves!*
Help to weatherize a historic building and community resource
Learn skills you can take back to your own home
Make new friends
Share food and celebrate with a live band

*The Work List Includes:*
Seal skylights and big sliding windows
Computer efficiency, light-bulbs, and water
Close up two fireplaces

and much more?

*Sign up *here
* or contact us at, or at 617-491-06761

The Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is a Cambridge-based co-op bringing neighbors together to weatherize our homes and take the energy future into our own hands.



CCS: A transitional solution for the climate and energy challenge?
September 13, 2010, 12-2:30 PM
Overview Remarks by: Chris Henderson, Deputy Consul-General, British Consulate-General Boston

Panel: Tony Meggs, MIT Energy Initiative (Moderator)
Howard Herzog, Sr. Research Engineer, MIT
Sarah Forbes, Sr. Associate and CCS expert, World Resource Institute
Dan Goldman, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, GreatPoint Energy

Energy is essential to our way of life and imperative for economic prosperity and national security. However, energy security is threatened by overdependence on foreign oil, in addition to the impacts of climate change. Large-scale, clean energy solutions must be deployed to meet increasing energy demand and reduce pollution. Carbon capture and storage, a transitional solution for the climate and energy challenge, is the key to a secure energy future.

Workshop organized by the British Consulate-General Boston
Cambridge Innovation Center
One Broadway, 5th floor
Cambridge, MA 02142

Please RSVP to by September 10th. Space is very limited, please RSVP early to secure a seat.
Global Telesummit for Building a Culture of Peace
September 14-21, 2010

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

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