Monday, September 13, 2010


Monday, September 13, 2010
What Would We Eat if We Knew More: The Implications of a Large-Scale Change in Nutrition Labeling
Speaker: Jason Abaluck (MIT)

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: E51-151

What Would We Eat if We Knew More: The Implications of a Large-Scale Change in Nutrition Labeling

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Labor/Public Finance Workshop

For more information, contact:
Theresa Beneventon

September 13, 2010

4:15 pm

Fascination with Nanocarbons

Speaker: Professor C.N.R. Rao

Inorganic Chemistry: AD Little Seminar

Category: science/engineering

Location: 6-120

Sponsor: Chemistry

Admission: the general public

For More Information Contact: Chemistry Department


Monday, September 13 at 7:00 PM
"Climate Changes in Science Fashion"
Elke Gaugele
Bartos Theater

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
Fall 2010 Lecture Series
Give Me Shelter: Second Skin for Extreme Environments?

Climate Changes in Science Fashion
As future technologies of the modern augmented self and its geopolitical extensions, proactive clothing was first anticipated at the turn of the century in popular culture, science fiction and art. Since the 1960s, this question has become a fixed part of the cyborg discourse while “science fashions” were shifting from astronautics and military research to wearable computing and smart clothes. The political climate also changed since the Cold War. Artists, architects and fashion designers started to create climate capsules, green wearables and interactive research and communication tools for climate activists. Gaugele will reflect upon these climate changes in “science fashion” and discusses different points of departure for its contemporary artistic research.

Elke Gaugele
Elke Gaugele is a cultural anthropologist and professor of Fashions and Styles at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria.

MIT Bartos Theater, Wiesner Building (E15)
20 Ames Street, Cambridge
Free and open to the public.

For more information:


Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Starr Forum "Washington Rules"- A book talk with Andrew Bacevich
Speaker: Andrew Bacevich
Time: 4:30p–6:00p
Location: 66-110
Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of international relations and history at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Limits of Power. He also has authored several books and his essays are published widely. At MIT, he will discuss his most recent book, Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War.

Books will be for sale at the event

Light refreshments will be served

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies

For more information, contact:

September 15, 2010


Location: E51-145

Sustainability and resource productivity - Opportunities for companies, countries and cities

Speaker: Scott Nyquist

Scott Nyquist, a senior leader with McKinsey & Company's Global Energy & Materials group, will discuss McKinsey's latest thinking on sustainability and resource productivity. Specifically he will describe research that McKinsey has done on trends in water, greenhouse gases, land use, oil, and clean technology; how these trends may effect the future of transportation, power, and buildings/cities; and what countries, companies and cities are doing to build a sustainable future in light of these trends.

Please RSVP with your email address here: so that we can order breakfast.

Category: lectures/conferences

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Campus Events

Admission: Open to the public

For more information:


September 15, 2010 10:00a–3:00p

In celebration of Carbon Day: Electric Vehicle Showcase

Boston SegGlider: Segway, EZ Peddler Bicycles
Boston University Smart Neighborhood
ConVerdant Vehicles: 2002 Chevy Avalanche 1500 Plug-In Hybrid Pickup Conversion and 2005 Toyota Prius Hybrid Plug In Conversion
eCars of New England: Wheego Whip EV
Electric Vehicle Urban Infrastructure Study (EVUIS)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources:
Clean Cities Coalition
MyBike: EG Electric Bicycles
National Grid-Ford Escape Hybrid Plug-In
Vectrix LLC: VX-1, VX-2, VX-3 Electric Scooters


MIT events/clubs: social

Location: Boston/Back Bay - Copley Square Park

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Campus Events, Boston University Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative, the Electric Vehicle Urban Infrastructure Study (EVUIS)

Admission: Open to the public

Contact Lindsay Sansom


Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Corruption: A Central Underappreciated Factor in Nuclear Proliferation
Speaker: Matthew Bunn, Harvard University

Time: 12:00p–1:30p

Location: E40-496

SSP Wednesday Seminar

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Just City

Speaker: Susan Fainstein, Professor, Urban Planning & Design, Harvard University

Time: 3:00p–5:00p

Location: 32-124

Urban Studies and Planning Departmental Speaker Series
Weekly Lecture Series of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

For much of the twentieth century improvement in the situation of disadvantaged communities was a focus for urban planning and policy. Yet over the past three decades the ideological triumph of neoliberalism has caused the allocation of spatial, political, economic, and financial resources to favor economic growth at the expense of wider social benefits. Susan Fainstein's concept of the "just city" encourages planners and policymakers to embrace a different approach to urban development. Her objective is to combine progressive city planners' earlier focus on equity and material well-being with considerations of diversity and participation so as to foster a better quality of urban life within the context of a global capitalist political economy. Fainstein applies theoretical concepts about justice developed by contemporary philosophers to the concrete problems faced by urban planners and policymakers and argues that, despite structural obstacles, meaningful reform can be achieved at the local level.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Direct Determination of Deep Ocean Nitrate During the Last Glacial Maximum

Speaker: Professor Art Spivack

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 68-180

EAPS Department Lecture Series

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: $0.00

Tickets: N/A

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

For more information, contact:
Jacqui Taylor


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sustainable Energy and National Security: The U.S. Navy Perspective
Speaker: Rear Admiral Philip Hart Cullom

Time: 12:00p–1:00p

Location: E62-276

Sustainability @ Sloan Speaker Series

Energy security is a critical component of national security. Trends in energy markets, warfare, and global climate have put the United States and our global partners at a critical crossroads for action. How the Navy and the nation at large manage limited resources will impact economic growth and international relations over the next century. Identifying and understanding global energy trends has led the Navy to institute a cultural change to increasing energy efficiency, improve technology, and expand its use of alternative fuels and renewable energy. This discussion on global trends impacting energy policy will highlight the impact on the Navy and national energy security, as well as tie these factors to Navy investments which will enhance combat capability, reduce costs, and improve energy security. Recent efforts include the commissioning of the first Navy ship with a hybrid electric drive; the supersonic flight of an F/A-18 Super Hornet on a biofuel blend; and partnerships across industry, academia, and federal agencies to advance energy initiatives. Addressing key challenges will require innovations in technology, policy, and business models as the Navy and the nation take action.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Sustainability@Sloan Speaker Series, MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:
Jason Jay


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sloan Automotive Laboratory & Electrochemical Energy Laboratory FALL 2010 SEMINAR SERIES

Speaker: Amir Maria

Time: 4:15p–5:30p

Location: 37-212

Sloan Automotive Laboratory & Electrochemical Energy Laboratory FALL 2010 SEMINAR SERIES

Topic: The Role of Fuel in Extending the High-Load Limit of Controlled Auto Ignition Engines

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for 21st Century Energy

For more information, contact:
Janet Maslow


Friday, September 17, 2010

China Scope Lecture Series

Speaker: Susan Mays

Time: 6:00p–9:00p

Location: 34-101

On Friday evening September 17th and Saturday September 18th, please join us for six intensive lectures, Q&A, and networking. China Scope offers a solid introduction and analysis of major trends and issues in contemporary China. As today's professionals increasingly work with Chinese counterparts, a broad understanding of China's economic sectors, educational system, legal structure, talent pool, technological initiatives, living standards, and society is vital to forging effective trans-national relationships and businesses. By providing historical and contemporary perspectives on critical aspects of today's China, this series serves professionals and advanced students in their 21st century roles. Net proceeds from the event are being donated to the China Care Foundation.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): China Care

For more information, contact:
Alina Rwei



Sebastian Junger on War

Wed., Sep. 15, 2010, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Sanders Theatre
Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement
Sebastian Junger
Tickets available Sept. 1 at Harvard Box Office
Free and open to the public. Tickets required and available from Harvard Box Office (617.496.2222).


Wednesday, September 29
6 pm
Persuasion in a Climate of Uncertainty
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street


American Policy and Afghan Realities: Problems and Prospects
Thu., Sep. 16, 2010, 4 – 6 p.m.
Bowie-Vernon Room (K-262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge MA
Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
Jointly sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
Thomas Barfield, professor of anthropology, Boston University
Elizabeth Lawler: 617.495.3816,
This is a session of the Middle East Seminar



Boston CHI

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

Many Bills (

Government transparency is a critical issue in today's environment. The recent controversy in the US over health care reform is just one example of how hard it can be to see the realities behind the rhetoric. As researchers, we believe we can help by giving people the right tools to understand, explore, and communicate about government data. Many Bills is a web-based visualization that enables members of the public to see the high-level topic structure of US Congressional Bills, then drill down and read the actual content. The dataset currently includes all bills considered by both houses in 2009, plus some select content from 2010, courtesy of GovTrack.

IBM Center For Social Software
1 Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

6:30-7 Networking
7-8:30 Meeting
8:30-9 Networking & Dessert

Tuesday, September 14

7:30 pm

To everyone interested in Cambridge Community Kitchen,

Cambridge community kitchen will support community food security and promote economic sustainability by facilitating food-focused education, providing certified food preparation and storage space and encouraging small business growth in Cambridge. You may have heard of our initiative and we hope we can count you as an ally in our mission as a supporter, user of the space, volunteer, board member, or advisor.

On Tuesday, September 14th at 7:30 pm , we are holding a meeting to hear from interested parties and to solicit help in its many forms. We will share our goal for this organization and its five revenue streams, education, contract use, occasional use, storage, and market space. We then will provide an opportunity for feedback and brainstorming to help us create our business plan. In addition to seeking board members and donors, we are looking for people to get their hands dirty in one or many of the following areas:

• Financial services
• Non-profit Governance
• Commercial Real Estate
• Donor/ foundation relations
• Kitchen and architectural development
• Familiarity with non-profit organizations, membership organizations, and/ or culinary entrepreneurship

The meeting will be held at Lesley University, at Porter Exchange , which is just south of the Porter square T stop at 1815 Massachusetts ave. There is a pay for parking lot in the back of the building as well. When you come in the building, the meeting will be in room
3-094, and there will be signs posted to help you find your way.

Please RSVP by Sunday, September 12th to .

Thank you in advance for your support of this budding organization. We look forward to meeting with you, and building the Cambridge Community Kitchen together.


JJ Gonson, Sarah Martin, Dan Meyers, Matthew Stein, and Brianne Studer


Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Mass Innovation Night
Registration and networking starts at 6:00 p.m. The Main Event runs from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (The NERD Center)
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142
(857) 453-6000
Please note, your privacy is assured, we will not sell or share your email address, just use it to send you the event reminder and occasional information about our events.

Mass Innovation Nights connect Massachusetts-based innovators with the marketplace using social media. The monthly Launch Parties and networking events are FREE for everyone — companies and guests alike. All we ask is that guests help spread the word about cool new products they see at our events. Blog, Tweet (#MIN), Facebook, LinkedIn or tell a neighbor or a friend (yes, in person, you know, talking…)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

7pm panel

6 pm reception

When a crisis occurs, local, state, regional, national and sometimes international organizations (on both the public and the private side) spring into action to coordinate efforts. In many regards, social media makes this easier and easier to manage. But concerns exist: for example, how do you manage the spread of misinformation?
A panel of practitioners will talk through what happens -- and what should happen -- when a crisis strikes. Our moderator will be Ellen Rossano, principal of Crisis Media Consultants.
Stay tuned for program details. Food and drink will be provided at the reception.

The BBA is located at 16 Beacon St., Boston, MA.


The Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group (CCEAG) invites you
to a meeting on
Community Response to Climate Change
September 16, 2010 , from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
at the Windsor Street Community Health Center,
119 Windsor St. in Conference Room 1.

Since a meeting of community groups at the Main Library in April, we have begun work on many of the ideas offered there for launching a city-wide awareness/action campaign: circulating an action pledge, appearing at community events, establishing a website (, assembling resources and speakers, opening an office at Margaret Fuller House.

You, your ideas, effort and understanding of your community are critical to further progress.
The Action Group is prepared to help support your efforts. We can't build momentum without you and your corner of town.
Please come and tell us what we can bring to you and yours.

RSVP. Please email questions to: or call me at 617-864-0506.

Joanna Herlihy for the Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group
71 Cherry Street
Cambridge MA 02139


Friday, September 17, 2010
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM (ET)
A Progressive Business Leaders Network Forum: A Progress Report on Federal Energy/Climate Change Legislation: Where do we go from here?

United States Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA)*
Tim Healy, CEO, EnerNOC
Christina Lampe-Onnerud, CEO, Boston-Power*

Mitch Tyson, CEO, Advanced Electron Beams
Roger Freeman, Managing Principal, Solventerra LLP

101 Federal Street
11th Floor
Boston, MA 02110



Date: Friday, September 17, 2010
Time: 9:00 am to 12:45 pm
"Renewable Energy's Future in New England"
Raab Associates presents: The 118th New England Restructuring Roundtable

Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

September: Renewable Energy's Future in New England
Our first Fall Roundtable of 2010 focuses on renewable energy's future in New England. Renewable energy installations of all types (wind, biomass, solar, landfill gas) have been proliferating in New England, while Renewable Portfolio Standards continue to ratchet-up. At the same time, recent developments have introduced significant uncertainty into the renewable energy markets in New England. These include the failure to enact federal legislation to price carbon, the uncertain status of future federal renewable tax credits, the TransCanada law suit, the EIPC transmission and renewable planning process, and the biomass study for MA DOER by Manomet.

Our two panels at the September Roundtable will examine the net effect of these and other factors impacting renewable energy development in New England. The first will be a high level, cross-cutting panel whose speakers will share their expectations about the future of renewables in New England. This panel is comprised of:

Commissioner Phil Giudice, MA Department of Energy Resources
Bob Grace, President, Sustainable Energy Advantage
Ellen Angley, VP Energy Supply/Supply Chain Management, NSTAR
Michael Hachey, VP/Director, Eastern Commercial, TransCanada
Alan Nogee, Dir. of Climate & Energy Strategy & Policy, UCS

A second panel will dive into the complex world of biomass carbon accounting and sustainable biomass issues. Tom Walker, the lead author of the Manomet biomass study for MA DOER, will start us off. Marco Albani, Expert Associate Principal at McKinsey & Co., will discuss the recent study led by a consortium of major European industry and environmental organizations. The European biomass study employs a different methodology than the Manomet study, and reaches different conclusions. Coincidentally, both studies were released on the same day in the U.S. and Europe, respectively. (You can access both studies through the Roundablewebsite.) We will round this panel off with two leading academics, Professors William Moomaw of Tufts University andCameron Wake of the University of New Hampshire, who will offer their reflections on both studies and discuss the complexities of biomass and carbon accounting.

Sat., Sept. 18, 10-3

in the basketball court area at Dana Park, Cambridge

Freeport, the Really, Really Free Market

Start putting aside stuff to pass on! Questions? Contact Alysha Suley ( or Jeff Reinhardt (

The Really, Really Free Market, Saturday, September 18th at Dana Park in Cambridgeport from 10am to 3pm. (Raindate on Sunday the 19th. REUSE quality goods, REDUCE waste, REDUCE consumption.)

Take some time to clean out your house of unneeded goods and bring them to Cambridgeport's first Really Really Free Market. Bring clothes, home goods, small appliances, books, office supplies, etc. Leave hazardous materials, furniture, broken crap, electronics and garbage at home. We will be swapping at the basketball courts in Dana Park.
Bring what you can, take what you want. No barter system or money involved. Experience the wonders of gift economics, a healthy alternative to the all-too-common trend of turning our goods into trash. Take this time to help out your neighbors and build connections through the age-old tradition of gift giving.
Brought to you by: Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, Greenport, Cambridge DPW, and ordinary residents like you!


THE SECOND ANNUAL URBAN-AG FAIR IN HARVARD SQUARE Sun. Sep. 19, 11 to 5, at Mt. Auburn St./Winthrop Park in Harvard Square.
Cambridge’s Second Urban Ag Fair in Harvard Square:
Celebrating Local Gardens, Growers, and Foods!

Sunday, September 19, 2010 11 am to 5 pm
Mount Auburn Street (between Eliot and JFK) and Winthrop Park

The Second Annual Urban Ag fair is being held on the site of Newtowne’s first marketplace in the 1630s and will showcase some incredible locally grown fruits and vegetables. Visitors can sample recipes prepared using local ingredients and get tips from local experts on gardening topics like composting, container gardening, and raising chickens and bees. The entire event is free, open to the public, and family-friendly. Cooking demonstrations by local chefs and Cambridge School student growers will be held throughout the day, along with talks on gardening topics. Prizes will be awarded for fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, eggs, baked goods, preserves/pickles, and beverages, in the categories of tastiest, biggest, prettiest/most creative, most interesting/funny-looking, and student grower (under 17).



Boston University

Monday, September 20, 2010
10:00am and 12:30 pm

Martin Melosi (History, University of Houston)
Bruce Podobnik (Sociology and Anthropology, Lewis and Clark College)
Cutler Cleveland (Geography and Environment, Boston University)

Boston University School of Management
Room 424
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and the BU Department of Geography and Environment will convene the John Sawyer Seminars at Boston University on Energy Transitions and Society. The seminar series, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will meet once each month during the two semesters and will bring together leadings scholars from across the United States and abroad to discuss various aspects of how energy transitions are themselves socially constituted and how they have, and are likely to, impact society. To facilitate an interdisciplinary discourse, each seminar will feature three speakers, in most cases from different academic disciplines.


GreenPort Forum

PLENITUDE: The Path to a Small Scale, Ecologically Light Economy

Presented by Author and Economist Juliet B. Schor

Livable Streets Office
100 Sidney Street, Cambridge

At a moment of ecological and financial crisis, bestselling author and economist Juliet B. Schor presents a revolutionary strategy for transitioning toward a richer, more balanced life. The economic downturn that has accompanied the ecological crisis has led to another type of scarcity: incomes, jobs, and credit are also in short supply. Our usual way back to growth-a debt-financed consumer boom- is no longer an option our households, or planet, can afford.
Plenitude is a road map for the next two decades. In encouraging us to value our gifts - nature, community, intelligence, and time - Schor offers the opportunity to participate in creating a world of wealth and well-being.

Juliet B. Schor is the author of Plenitude, Born to Buy, The Overworked American, and The Overspent American. Schor is a professor of sociology at Boston College, a former member of the Harvard economics department, and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. She is also a cofounder of the Center for a New American Dream.

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Morr-Wineman at



What happens when an artist finds a new source of energy?

"Park Spark" Project by Matthew Mazzotta
Turning Dog Waste into Energy
First public methane digester for dogs in the world is in Cambridge!

Location: Pacific Street Park (Sidney St. between Pacific and Tudor), Cambridge
Dates: August 25 - September 25, 2010

The Cambridge Arts Council invites you to visit and participate in the Park Spark Project - a scientific-art intervention that transforms dog waste into energy. Artist Matthew Mazzotta has installed the first Dog Park Methane Digester in the United States at Pacific Street Park in Cambridge. As dog owners dispose of their pet's waste in the Park Spark Digester, it creates a steady stream of burnable methane gas that powers an old-fashioned gas-burning lamppost in the park.

Editorial Comment: A cat was visiting recently and I thought about the possibility


2nd Massachusetts Green Career Conference
"Find Your Role in the New Green Economy"
October 1, 2010 | Holiday Inn | Marlborough, MA
Full Conference Details at
Massachusetts is greening its economy and its workforce. The Massachusetts Green Career Conference strives to answer the timely question "What is my role in the new, green economy?" by showcasing experts and exhibitors who provide green career guidance, a forum for stakeholders (government, businesses, colleges, individuals), current news from business & industry experts, and networking opportunities.

l Learn from leading experts about current and prospective green careers.
l Network with professionals and companies that are hiring
l Go home with knowledge and resources on green jobs and training.

l Businesses That Are Hiring - Small to Corporate Businesses
l Education/Training - Universities, Colleges, Training programs
l Careers - Services and Resources
Businesses are accepting resumes at the conference for these positions and more: Administrative Assistant l Business and Home Energy Advisors l Customer Service Assistant l Customer Service Representative Spanish/English Bilingual l Electrical Energy Specialists l Employment Specialist lEnergy Efficiency Analysts l Interns with Backgrounds in Environmental Sicience/Biology/Chemistryl Journeyman l Marketing Associate l Project Engineer/Analyst l Professors/Teachers/Trainers for Energy & Sustainability Programs l Technical Support Consultants with Experience l Weatherization and Insulation Technicians/Installers/Crew Leaders... More info at

Thirty-five leading experts from education, business and government sectors. More info


Links to events at over 30 colleges and universities at Hubevents (
Thanks to Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area (
Boston Area Computer User Groups

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