Sunday, September 19, 2010


Monday, September 20, 2010
Give Me Shelter Lecture Series: Regina Maria Moeller
Speaker: Regina Maria Moeller
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: E15-070
MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology presents its Monday night lecture series, Give Me Shelter: Second Skin for Extreme Environments?

This series draws together speakers from different disciplines to discuss questions such as: How can bodywear function as an extension of the human body and support it under unusual conditions such as hot and cold climates? How can we expand our thinking about the boundary between body and environment? What kind of second skin would be required to survive walking through a volcano, or for living under water or visiting outer space? When does clothing become a contested cultural arena for endangered peoples and their environment?


Regina Maria Moeller - com(ment)ic: wondersuits, fast skin, Poison Ivy

Comic superheroes dress in hightech suits with magic powers. Are these "wondersuits" fictional? Or have they become models for current "second" skin developments, including survival and performance enhancement suits worn by astronauts, athletes, and others? Regina Maria Moeller will also discuss the power of nature as personified by the DC Comics supervillainess Poison Ivy, a key figure in her exhibition embodiment - dress plot.

Regina Maria Moeller is a German artist, author, founder of the magazine regina, and creator of the label "embodiment." She is a professor at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art / Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Held at the MIT Bartos Theater (Lower Level of the Wiesner Building at 20 Ames Street)

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:
Lisa Hickler 617-253-5229

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Energy Policy Seminar Series presents John Lassiter
Speaker: John Lassiter, Harvard Business School
Time: 2:30p–4:00p
Location: Bell Hall Harvard Kennedy School 79 JFK St. Cambridge
Harvard Energy Policy Seminar Series
"Building Green Businesses: Issues in Entrepreneurial Finance."
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Campus Events, Harvard University Center for the Environment
For more information, contact:
Louisa Lund

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hoyt C. Hottel Lecture: Energy Innovation at Scale

Speaker: Steven Koonin, Under Secretary of Science, US Dept. of Energy

Time: 2:00p–3:00p

Location: 32-123

Hoyt C. Hottel Lectureship

Dr. Steven E. Koonin was confirmed by the Senate on May 19, 2009 as the second Undersecretary for Science in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Koonin brings to the post a distinguished career as a university professor and administrator at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as well as experience in industry.

In 1985, Dr. Koonin received the Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award and, in 1998 the Deparment of Energy's E. O. Lawrence Award for " his broad impact on nuclear many-body physics, on astrophysics, and on a variety of related fields where sophisticated numerical methods are essential; and in particular, for his breakthrough in nuclear shell model calculations centered on an ingenious method for dealing ,with the huge matrices of heavy nuclei by using path integral methods combined with the Monte Carlo technique." He was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Sciences in 2010.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering Department
For more information, contact:
Melanie Miller 617-253-6500

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Short and long-term climatic impacts on water circulation in Lake Tanganyika, East Africa

Speaker: Jason Antenucci

Time: 2:30p–3:30p

Location: 48-316

Environmental Fluid Mechanics / Hydrology Seminar Series
weekly presentations from local and international researchers.

Lake Tanganyika, located in east Africa, is the second largest lake in the world and an important sentinel of climate change over a range of timescales. The stability of the lake has increased due to local warming, dramatically altering the circulation in the lake such that fisheries catches are now a fraction of past values. In this study, we investigated the lake circulation using a combination of field measurements, scaling analysis and numerical modelling. We demonstrate that the dominant large-scale circulation pattern during the southeast monsoonal trade winds is a southwards, upwind, flow in the upper region of the water column. This is in the opposite direction to all prior literature available on the lake, which has assumed that the southeast trade winds must drive a northwards surface flow due to momentum induced by the wind. We demonstrate that the latitudinal variation in buoyancy flux due to the latitudinal variability in wind speed and relative humidity is strong enough to drive a convective flow in the opposite direction to the wind. We postulate how this circulation has changed over the past 100 years based on historical measurements dating back to the 19th Century, and in particular the implications for vertical mixing, primary productivity and fisheries.

Open to: the general public

Cost: free

Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering

For more information, contact:
Sheila Anderson


September 23
4:00–6:00 pm
MIT E19-623
The Earth’s Energy Draws From the Sun; Is There Good News From Solar-in, Solar-out?
Daniel Nocera, Professor of Energy in MIT's Chemistry department

Editorial Comment: Nocera and his team are working on a catalytic conversion of water to oxygen and hydrogen which may result in an affordable way to provide electricity and combustible fuels on a decentralized basis.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Imagination, Computation, and Expression Lab: Phantasmal Media

Speaker: Fox Harrell

Time: 5:00p–7:00p

Location: E14-633

CMS Colloquium Series
The CMS colloquium series provides an intimate and informal exchange between a visiting speaker and CMS faculty, students, visiting scholars and friends. Each week during the term, we host a figure from academia, industry, or the art world to speak about their work and its relation to our studies. These sessions are free, open to the public, and serve as an excellent introduction to our program.

Professor Fox Harrell's research group -- the Imagination, Computation, and Expression (ICE) Lab -- builds computational systems for expressing imaginative stories and concepts -- "phantasmal media" systems.

In particular, his research uses artificial intelligence/cognitive science-based techniques to understanding the human imagination to invent and better understand new forms of computational narrative, identity, games, and related types of expressive digital media. In this talk, he will discuss his recent works and collaborations including the "Living Liberia Fabric," an AI-based interactive video documentary produced in affiliation with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia to memorialize 14 years of civil war, "Generative Visual Renku," an AI-based form of generative animation, and several other projects.

Harrell received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his project "Computing for Advanced Identity Representation." He is currently completing a book, Phantasmal Media: An Approach to Imagination, Computation, and Expression, for the MIT Press. Harrell is Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, Comparative Media Studies, and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre 617.324.0490

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Cultures of War" Book Talk by Professor John Dower

Speaker: Professor John Dower

Time: 6:00p–8:00p

Location: W20-306, Student Center, Twenty Chimneys

Professor John Dower will speak about his new book "Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, and Iraq". Copies of "Cultures of War" will be available for signing following the talk.

John W. Dower, author of Cultures of War, has also written Embracing Defeat (winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), War without Mercy (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), as well as many other books on Japan. He is professor emeritus of history at MIT and founder/co-director of the online Visualizing Cultures project, established at MIT in 2002 and dedicated to the presentation of image-driven scholarship on East Asia in the modern world.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MISTI, Center for International Studies, MIT Japan Program, Japan Society of Boston

For more information, contact:
Michelle Kern 617-258-8208


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Life 2.0 (FREE admission, with professor Sherry Turkle and director Jason Spingarn-Koff)

Speaker: Sherry Turkle, Jason Spingarn-Koff

Time: 7:30p

Location: 32-123

FREE Admission!
Life 2.0 will be followed by a short talk by MIT professor Sherry Turkle, and a Q&A session with director Jason Spingarn-Koff. Sponsored by the Knight Science Journalism Program.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: FREE

Tickets: 32-123

Sponsor(s): LSC

For more information, contact:
LSC 617-253-3791


Friday, September 24, 2010

International Development Fair

Time: 1:00p–3:00p

Location: Student Street / Stata Center

The 9th annual International Development Fair provides incoming and continuing MIT students, recent graduates and members of the MIT community an opportunity to become engaged in international development through student groups, non-profit organizations, academic course offerings and other activities on and around MIT's campus.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: free

Sponsor(s): International Development Initiative, The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT

For more information, contact:
Laura Sampath 617-253-7052

Editorial Comment: This is always a great event and a chance to meet the MIT student and faculty groups working on international development issues.



Europe’s View on International Climate Policy
Mon., Sep. 20, 2010, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Nye ABC, 5th Floor, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School
Energy Policy Distinguished Speaker Lunch, Sponsored by The Harvard Project on International Climate
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action
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Hacking the Casebook: The H20 Development Team
Tuesday, September 21, 12:00 pm **Please note earlier start time for this week only**
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor Cambridge, MA
RSVP required for those attending in person (
This event will be webcast live at 12:00 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after (

Traditional law school casebooks are expensive, bulky and stagnant. With the support of the HLS Library, Berkman has been updating our suite of classroom tools, H2O, to create an online alternative to casebooks that are free, online and remixable. H2O includes our new tool Collage for editing down and annotating cases, Playlists for aggregating materials, the Question Tool for in-classroom back channel, and the Rotisserie for out-of-class discussion. In this lunch we'll demo some of the tools (all still in alpha) and show how Jonathan Zittrain's Torts class is using them this term.

About H20
H2O is an open source, educational exchange platform that explores powerful ways to connect professors, students, and researchers online. There are four tools within the H2O platform: the Question tool, the Rotisserie, Playlists and Collage.

The question tool is an organized backchannel for conferences and classes that allows participants to submit, answer, and vote on questions. It’s an effective way to keep feedback focused, direct speakers to audience interests, and potentially prevent the mic from being hijacked by that weirdo.

Rotisserie discussions represent an innovative approach to online discussion that encourages measured, thoughtful discourse in a way that that traditional threaded messaging systems do not, in the process solving some of the universal complaints about online discussion boards: that the substance of discussions is poor, that participants post quickly rather than thoughtfully, that participation is uneven (most people lurk, and a few posters dominate the rest), and that discussion forums are segregated into balkanized communities of people with similar thoughts and beliefs.

An H2O playlist is a shared list of readings (links to books and articles) and other content about a topic of intellectual interest. It is a simple yet powerful way to group and exchange useful links to information -- online and offline. It can be used as a syllabus or reading list for a class. The playlist items can then be remixed by other authors, lending influence to the items themselves and their original contributors.

Finally, Collage is the newest tool being added to the H2O platform. Collage is an annotation engine for online materials. It allows for tagging text, annotating it, and hiding portions of text without changing the original document.


Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: A Conversation about the President’s Cancer Panel Report
Tue., Sep. 21, 2010, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
John Chipman Gray Room, 2nd floor, Pound Hall, Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Health Sciences, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Silent Spring Institute, Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Commonweal
Margaret Kripke, President's Cancer Panel
Join the conversation about the President's Cancer Panel's groundbreaking report, "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk, What We Can Do Now." Learn about how the panel selected this controversial topic, evaluated the evidence, and reached its conclusions in the face of uncertainty.


Ending Homelessness
Tue., Sep. 21, 2010, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Malkin Penthouse, 5th floor of Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
Classes/Workshops, Lecture, Social Sciences
Taubman Center for State and Local Government
Moderated by Julie Boatright Wilson, senior lecturer and director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
Panel includes
Lyndia Downie, president and executive director, Pine Street Inn
Philip Mangano, president and CEO, The American Roundtable to End Homelessness
Geraldine McCafferty, director of housing, City of Springfield, MA
Heather Marie Vitale:


The Future of Energy: "Energy Innovation at Scale"
Steven Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, US Dept of Energy
Tue., Sep. 21, 2010, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Science Center D
One Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA
Harvard University Center for the Environment
Steven Koonin, under secretary for science, U.S. Department of Energy
Free and open to the public
Brenda Hugot: 617.496.1788,
The under secretary for science plays a key role in defining and enabling science programs that knit the U.S. Department of Energy together and lead to significant energy and security research efforts. In this role, Steven E. Koonin acts as the department’s chief research officer, identifying synergies and gaps in research programs, looking after the health of National Laboratory activities, and ensuring that sound science and technology underpin everything the Department does. In addition, William F. Brinkman, director of the Office of Science, reports to Koonin. Together they set science’s strategic direction, help resolve the more difficult operational problems, and ensure its connectivity within and outside the department.
The Future of Energy lecture series is sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment with generous support from Bank of America. All of the lectures are free and open to the public.



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



Wicked Digital Dilemmas: Unintended Consequences and Hidden Opportunities in the Democratized Digital Age

September 23, 2010
2:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Halligan 111
Speaker: Jeff Weekley, Naval Postgraduate School
Host: Sara Su

This talk will focus on two areas of emerging concern in Information Technology: our seemingly brittle individual and societal relationships to the digital data we now produce on an ever-increasing scale; and the implications of ubiquitous computing for a carbon-constrained world. We will examine the historical role of archives and libraries and compare that to contemporary digital data preservation. Bits are notoriously ephemeral, yet we all dive enthusiastically into the digital future without perhaps stopping to ask some important questions. Also, as more and more people gain access to the digital revolution, we will discuss the risk that we are creating a digital "Tragedy of the Commons" by exporting our carbon-intense digital habits to the entire world. We'll look behind the computer screen to try to understand the implications of our digital lifestyles in a carbon-constrained world and ask if that approach is sustainable and scaleable. We will examine how technology might be part of the problem, but also how it might ultimately help us solve the problem of global climate change. Finally, we'll talk about new techniques that are emerging for solving some of the world's oldest and most intractable problems, such as piracy (no, not digital piracy...real swashbuckling pirates on the high seas) and the broad societal collapse that causes it.



09/21/10 - Tech Tuesday
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
Cambridge, MA

Event Details
Where? Microsoft's NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive Cambridge overlooking the Boston skyline. Easily reached on the T at Kendall (Red Line), there is also parking in the building.

What? Join your fellow geeks, tech savvy professionals, DIY-ers, press, and other industry luminaries for this informal gathering. Bring your laptops, robots, OLPC XO's, Amazon Kindles, new cell phones, gadgets, and other new-fangled devices. Got a great demo or YouTube clip? Bring it! LCD projector and wi-fi will be available for ad hoc show and tell. This event is free!

This month we will be celebrating the region's digital game industry - bring your games, or come play others!


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.

contact Steve Morr-Wineman at


Discussion/Signing - Susan Leal
Running Out of Water The Looming Crisis and Solutions to Conserve Our Most Precious Resource.
While many believe that water is a renewable resource that will never go away, the truth is that the availability of this essential element is declining. Global warming creates moonscapes where there were once snow-packed mountains. Population growth has pushed demand, straining our current supply almost ensuring that water will become as coveted as oil in the twenty-first century. As the water supply declines, there are critical questions to answer: Can we learn to conserve? Can we find ways to renew this resource? Do we have the political will to act wisely before it is too late?

Time: 07:00 PM-08:00 PM
Location: Harvard Coop, Level 3, Harvard Square


Control Issues
A selection of video work from "To the Elements! – Aesthetic Phenomena of Climate Change"
Curated by Alfons Hug
Exhibition 9/17 – 10/24/10
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts
551 Tremont Street, Boston
Admission free
Info: +1 (617) 426-8835 or

The Artists:
Eugenio Ampudia
Simon Faithfull
Laura Glusman
Shin Kiwoun
Agnes Meyer-Brandis
Reynold Reynolds
Michael Sailstorfer/Jürgen Heinert
Guido van der Werve

Exhibition opening:
Wednesday, September 22, 6 PM
followed by the first film screening @ 7 PM

Film Screenings:
Wednesdays @ 7 PM
September 22: Above Water


The Green Neighbor’s
Codman Sq. Energy Fair

At the Second Church in Dorchester, 600 Washington St. in the Codman Square section of Dorchester
Saturday, September 25th, 10:00 AM – 2:00PM
Open at 9:00AM for set up.

Editorial Comment: The editor will be doing solar workshops at this event.



Mon Sep 27

PechaKucha Boston 19

Mantra, 52 Temple Pl, Boston (near Park St T)

Doors open at 6p for drinks and chit chat. Talks start at 630p.

The event is free and open to the public. Cash bar.

RSVP is optional to help PechaKucha Boston team estimate event attendance. RSVP on Facebook or email


“Home”, 4th screening in an Environmental Film series
WHEN: September 29, 2010, beginning at 6:30pm
WHERE: Main Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Lecture Hall; on Lowest level (L2 in elevator)
*A FREE event, with light refreshments provided*

Home, produced by French cinematographer Yann Arthus‐Bertrand. For viewers whose eyes glaze over at descriptions of the way Earth recycles energy and matter, Home underscores the beautiful and awesome reality of that complex process.” ‐‐Tom Keogh

Co‐sponsored by the Cambridge Renewable Energy Action Team (CREATe), the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA), the Cambridge Energy Alliance (CEA), the Office of the Vice Mayor Henrietta Davis, and Cambridge Green Decade

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 at


SUNDAY 10/10/10, 1-5:00 p.m.,
followed by potluck dinner, open to all


WE WILL GO DOOR TO DOOR AND EXCHANGE compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for inefficient incandescent bulbs. Each CFL bulb exchanged SAVES $60 in electricity costs over its lifetime. Exchanging 20 bulbs saves OVER 8 TONS OF CARBON DIOXIDE. Free CFL’s provided by Cambridge Energy Alliance.

JOIN THOUSANDS OF GROUPS WORLDWIDE and participate in the Global Work Party on climate change—see

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! You must sign up at either

or by e-mailing

COSPONSORS: Cambridge Cohousing, Cambridge Energy Alliance, Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group, Home Energy Efficiency Teams (HEET), Richdale Neighborhood Association

FOR MORE INFORMATION, Contact Robin Finnegan or



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.


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

Boston Area Computer User Groups

MIT Energy Club Calendar

Harvard Green Events


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