Sunday, September 26, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - September 26, 2010


Monday, September 27, 2010

Complex Bidding in Wholesale Electricity Markets

Speaker: Mar Reguant-Rido (MIT)

Time: 2:30p–4:00p

Location: E62-650

Complex Bidding in Wholesale Electricity Markets

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): IO Workshop (Sponsored by Analysis Group)

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


Monday, September 27, 2010

Multiphase Models of Slag Layer Built-up in Solid Fuel Combustion

Speaker: Sze Zheng Yong

Time: 4:30p–5:30p

Location: 3-343

Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series

All coals contain inorganic mineral matter and when burned, turn into an incombustible ash residue. In an entrained-flow coal combustor operating above ash fusion temperature, coal ash particles become molten and accumulate on the internal walls of the combustion chamber, changing heat transfer characteristics. Particles with combustibles may be captured by the slag layer and they will continue to burn at a different rate.
A steady-state model has been developed to describe the flow and heat transfer characteristics of slag. The model incorporates two submodels for particle capture and particle consumption; takes into consideration the temperature and composition dependent properties of slag, the contribution of momentum of captured particles and the possibility of slag resolidification. The presentation will cover the fundamentals of all submodels involved and some methods of implementing the model in a CFD framework.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:
Patrick Kirchen


Monday, September 27, 2010

Engineers without Borders Fundraising Meeting

Time: 7:00p–8:00p

Location: 26-142

Engineers without Borders Fundraising Team Meeting

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Engineers Without Borders

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Heywood


Monday, September 27, 2010
Give Me Shelter Lecture Series: Laura Anderson Barbata
Speaker: Laura Anderson Barbata

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?


Laura Anderson Barbata - Living in the Amazon: In the Order of Chaos

Laura Anderson Barbata worked with the Yanomami people of the Venezuelan Amazon Rainforest. Barbata taught them to make paper and books so they could write their own history. Their first bookShapono tells the story of the gods Omawe and Yoawe who taught the Yanomami how to build their home as a communal dwelling. In her work with the Yanomami people, she was witness to the fact that contact with outsiders brought challenges and problems for their traditional tight-knit communities. Barbata will also discuss Moko Jumbies. This project engages Haiti's at-risk youth in the ancient tradition of stilt walking in community-driven cultural activities that support a strong sense of identity.

Laura Anderson Barbata is a professor at the Escuela Nacional de Escultura, Pintura y Grabado La Esmeralda of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, M?xico.

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


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: What Happened? Where do we go from here?

Speaker: Maria Zuber; Eric Adams; Liz Kujawinski; Alex Slocum; Jerry Milgram; Amy Glasmeier; Wyman Briggs; Earthea Nance; James Dien Bui ; Andrew Whittle; Nancy Leveson; Roland Pellenq; Kim Vandiver

Time: 1:30p–5:30p

Location: E14, 6th floor

The Macondo well, now known as the site of the nation's largest oil spill, erupted on April 22, 2010, approximately 40 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Over the next 50 days, BP's oil platform, Deepwater Horizon, poured an estimated four million gallons of raw petroleum into the Gulf. Throughout the early days of the spill, accurate information in all forms was scarce, challenging a recovery response commensurate with the scale of the accident. With the well now capped, there is still incomplete information about the spill itself, as well as the temporal nature of and ecological consequences associated with the leaked oil. Also still uncalculated are the social costs that have been and will continue to be incurred by the thousands of individuals, businesses, and communities that make the Gulf coast their home.

On September 28, 2010 we will hold a forum to review what happened, and discuss how to move ahead and learn from the experience. The symposium will feature presentations on the nature of the spill and the role of information deficit in determining the state and federal government?s and public and private sectors? reactions to it.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; Department of Urban Studies and Planning; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; MIT Energy Initiative; Center for Global Change Science


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wealth Distribution and Human Capital: How Can Borrowing Constraints Shape Schooling Systems?

Speaker: Marti Mestieri (MIT)

Time: 4:15p–5:45p

Location: E52-244

Wealth Distribution and Human Capital: How Can Borrowing Constraints Shape Schooling Systems?

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Macro Seminar

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


Thursday, September 30, 2010
Democracy After Citizens United
Speaker: Lawrence Lessig

Time: 4:00p–6:00p

Location: E51-115

Boston Review Speaker Series

Lawrence Lessig speaks about the Supreme Court?s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission which he believes will lead to further corruption of Congress by making legislators more dependent on special interests rather than on voters. Allison R. Hayward, John Bonifaz, and Gabriel Lenz join the discussion.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Political Science Department, Boston Review

For more information, contact:
Adriane Cesa


Thursday, September 30, 2010
Macroscopic Models of Bandwidth Sharing Networks
Speaker: Bert Zwart

Time: 4:15p–5:15p

Location: E62-550

ORC Seminar Series
The OR Center organizes a seminar series each year in which prominent OR professionals from around the world are invited to present topics in operations research. We have been privileged to have speakers from business and industry as well as from academia throughout the years. For a list of past distinguished speakers and their seminar topics, please visit our Seminar Archives .

ORC Fall Seminar Series
Seminar reception immediately following.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Operations Research Center

For more information, contact:
Allison Chang, Nikolaos Trichakis, Eric Zarybnisky


Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Aesthetics of Projective Spatiality: New Media as Critical Objects

Speaker: Francisco Ricardo

Time: 5:00p–7:00p

Location: 4-231

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.

One theme in the contemporary use of space involves the shift from production modeled around a physical, centralized "locus" to new virtual, extended and multi-axial modes of "projective" organization. We see this in new sculpture, new architecture, and, in electronic art, an expressive embrace of geographic dispersal. Although new materials, methods, and media have been central to modernist optimism, many of their resulting physical and actual constructions have been dismissed, discredited, misunderstood, or attacked. Using physical and virtual examples, Ricardo examines the strange tension between unanimous acceptance of new media and materials and the frequent rejection of new forms and structures they have made possible.

Francisco Ricardo is media and contemporary art theorist. A Research Associate at the University Professors Program and co-director of the Digital Video Research Archive at Boston University, he also teaches digital media theory at the Rhode Island School of Design. His research examines historical, conceptual, and computational intersections between contemporary art and architecture, on one hand, and new media art and literature, on the other. Recent publications include Cyberculture and New Media (Rodopi, 2009) and Literary Art in Digital Performance (Continuum, 2009).

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies

For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre


Thursday, September 30, 2010
Freakonomics (FREE sneak preview)
Speaker: MIT professor Joshua Angrist, film producer Chad Troutwine

Time: 6:30p

Location: 26-100

A FREE sneak preview!

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: FREE

Sponsor(s): LSC

For more information, contact:
MIT Lecture Series Committee



NOW? The Architecture of Natural Patterns / L. Mahadevan in conversation with Mohsen Mostafavi
Mon., Sep. 27, 2010, 12 – 2 p.m.
Room 112, Stubbins Room, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St., 02138
Art/Design, Lecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
L. Mahadevan is the de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University; Mohsen Mostafavi, an architect and educator, is the Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design

How Expensive is Zero?

David Keith , Director, Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and Department of Economics and ISEEE Energy and Environmental Systems Group, University of Calgary
Sep 28, 2010 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Pierce Hall 209
David Keith will first describe technology for capturing CO2 from air being developed by Carbon Engineering a small start-up company he founded, and then use this experience to discuss the challenges of estimating the cost and performance of future technologies when government and industry need to make decisions about resource allocation. Finally, he will discuss NearZero, a project developing new tools and methods for eliciting and aggregating expert judgment about the cost and performance of low-carbon energy technologies.
For more information on David Keith:

Speaker Biography:
Professor Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology and public policy for twenty years. His work in technology and policy assessment has centered on the capture and storage of CO2, the technology and implications of global climate engineering, the economics and climatic impacts of large-scale wind power and, most recently, the land footprint of energy technologies. As a technology developer and innovator, David has built a high-accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA's ER-2 and developed new methods for reservoir engineering to increase the safety of stored CO2. Since 2009 David has led Carbon Engineering Ltd., a start-up company developing technology to capture CO2 from ambient air at an industrial scale.
Lisa Matthews 617-495-8883

Half the Sky: A Journalist Reports on Women Around the World

Mon., Sep. 27, 2010, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Harvard Medical School
TMEC, Carl Walter Amp.
260 Longwood Ave, Boston
Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture
Sponsored by the HMS Division of Medical Ethics
Nicholas D. Kristof
The 2010 George W. Gay Lecture in Medical Ethics/The Lawrence Lader Lecture on Family Planning and Reproductive Rights
Booksigning immediately following lecture.
No tickets required.
Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come. first-served basis.


"Education and Happiness," with Derek and Sissela Bok

Tue., Sep. 28, 2010, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Longfellow Hall
13 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138
Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
Askwith Hall
Amber Haskins
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Introduction by: Dean Kathleen McCartney
Moderator: Professor Howard Gardner
Derek Bok, president emeritus 1971-1991, 2006-2007, Harvard University,
300 Anniversary University Research Professor.
Sissela Bok, senior visiting fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard School of Public Health.
Derek and Sissela Bok will discuss the correlation between education and happiness applying themes from their recent books: The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being and Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science. Themes include how human happiness can and should be used to shape social policy, as well as the role of happiness in directing how we should lead our lives and treat one another.

Derek Bok has been a lawyer and Professor of Law, Dean of the Law School, and President of Harvard University. He has served as 300th Anniversary University Professor and since July 2003, serves as 300th Anniversary Research Professor. He has written six books on higher education, Beyond the Ivory Tower (1982), Higher Learning (1986), Universities and the Future of America (1990), The Shape of the River (1998), and Universities in the Marketplace (2003), and Our Underachieving Colleges (2006). He has also published Labor and the American Community (1970) and The Cost of Talent (1993) about how our executives and professionals are paid and why it matters. His research interests also include the adequacy of government in the United States in coping with the nation’s domestic problems. He published a book on this subject entitled The State of the Nation in 1996 and a sequel entitled The Trouble with Government in 2001. In 2010, he published a book calledThe Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the new Research on Well-Being. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the World Resources Institute, the University of Massachusetts, and Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 1999, he became the National Chair of Common Cause, a position he held until 2006. He was Faculty Chair of the Hauser Center for the study of nonprofit organizations from 2002-2008. He is presently Chair of the Spencer Foundation since 2001.

Sissela Bok, a writer and philosopher, was born in Sweden and educated in Switzerland and France. After marriage to Derek Bok, she came to the United States in 1955. She received her B.A. and M.A. in psychology at the George Washington University in 1957 and 1958, and her Ph. D. in philosophy at Harvard University in 1970. Formerly a Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University, she is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. The third edition of her book Lying: Moral Choice in Private and Public Life appeared in 1999 with a new Preface. Other books include Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation (1982, 1989), A Strategy for Peace: Human Values and the Threat of War (1989), Alva Myrdal: A Daughter's Memoir (1991), Mayhem: Violence as Public Entertainment (1998), Common Values (2002 ), and Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science (2010). A former member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Bok is on the editorial boards of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Common Knowledge, Criminal Justice Ethics, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She has three children and four grand-children.


Restoring Seoul's Cheonggyecheon River / The Tenth Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
Tue., Sep. 28, 2010, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy St., 02138
Art/Design, Exhibitions, Lecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Related to exhibit on view through Oct. 17:
The Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design was established in 1986 on the occasion of the celebration of Harvard's 350th and the Graduate School of Design's 50th anniversaries, and to mark the visit of his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, to Harvard and the GSD. The award is made periodically by the GSD for an urban design project larger in scope than a single building, constructed anywhere in the world during the previous ten years. Award-winning projects are selected because they make a positive and substantial contribution to the public realm of a city, improve the quality of urban life, and demonstrate a humane and worthwhile direction for the design of urban environments.

Persuasion in a Climate of Uncertainty: Panel Discussion

Wed., Sep. 29, 2010, 6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Geo. Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street
Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School; James J. McCarthy, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University and past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and Bruce Gellerman, award-winning reporter and producer, Public Radio’s Living on Earth. Moderated by Allan Brandt, Kass Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Free and open to the public
Climate change, stem cell research, and environmental toxins and the workplace are some of the most hotly contested issues society today. Yet we often see a disconnect among scientists, policy makers, and the public when the evidence is enough to persuade experts, but is unconvincing to others. How can we foster productive discussion and resolution of critical issues when scientific knowledge is not complete? How much evidence is “enough” to support policy? What are the roles of scientists and the press in addressing these questions?
Explore this topic with: Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School; James J. McCarthy, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University and past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and Bruce Gellerman, award-winning reporter and producer, Public Radio’s Living on Earth. Moderated by Allan Brandt, Kass Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Free and open to the public, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street.


Urban Politics, Urban Security
Wed., Sep. 29, 2010, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy St., 02138
Art/Design, Lecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Neil Smith, director, Center for Place Culture and Politics
Neil Smith was trained as a geographer, and his research explores the broad intersection between space, nature, social theory and history. He teaches in urban anthropology, cultural anthropology and environmental anthropology, and directs the Center for Place Culture and Politics. His environmental work is largely theoretical, focusing on questions of the production of nature. His urban interests include long term research on gentrification, including empirical work in North America and Europe and a series of theoretical papers emphasizing the importance of patterns of investment and disinvestment in the the real estate market. He also writes more broadly on New York City, focusing especially on the "revanchist city" which has filled the vacuum left in the wake of liberal urban theory.


Science in the News' 11th Annual Free Lecture Series
Bots that Mimic Bugs: Flying, Crawling, and Squishy Robots
Wed., Sep. 29, 2010, 7 – 9 p.m.
Armenise Amphitheatre
Harvard Medical School
200 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Education, Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science, Special Events
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School Division of Medical Sciences
Free weekly science seminars about today's hottest science topics.


"Transparent Shanghai”: Cityscape, Vertical Montage, and a Left-Wing Culture of Glass
Thu., Sep. 30, 2010, 12:15 p.m.
CGIS South, Room S153, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellow Presentation
Weihong Bao, Columbia University; An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow
Free and open to the public


The Next American Economy: Debating How To Spur Innovation, Growth, and Jobs
Thu., Sep. 30, 2010, 4 – 6 p.m.
Tsai Auditorium (S-010, Concourse Level), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Business, Conferences, Lecture, Social Sciences
Martin Baily, Brookings; Richard Freeman, Harvard; James K. Galbraith, UTAustin; Lawrence Mishel, Economic Policy Institute; Frank Levy, MIT; Theda Skocpol, Harvard
Abby Peck: 617.496.0966,,
What do the best projections tell us about growth, employment, and sources of economic innovation over the next one to two decades — and what can public policies do to spur improved outcomes for all Americans? The Scholars Strategy Network has commissioned four scholars and policy experts to present findings and debate policies.
Free and open to the public. Registration not required. Reception to follow.


Biodiversity, Ecology, & Global Change: "Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Conservation through Intersection of Agendas"
Thu., Sep. 30, 2010, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Biolabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave Cambridge, MA
Environmental Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Science
Harvard University Center for the Environment
Daniel H. Janzen, the Thomas G. and Louise E. DiMaura Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Pennsylvania
Free and open to the public
Daniel H. Janzen, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, has received the MacArthur Fellowship, the Crafoord Prize, and the Kyoto Prize for his work in tropical biology and conservation. Janzen and his wife, Winnie Hallwachs, were instrumental in restoring the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, and have been working for the last 25 years to expand and endow it in perpetuity.
The Biodiversity, Ecology, and Global Change lecture series is sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment with generous support from Bank of America. The lecture will be followed by a reception.


The Future of Energy
September 20 and October 1
About the workshop:

The F.O.R.E.S.T workshop seeks to explore scientific frontiers in pure and applied sciences and device engineering in areas potentially connected to energy technologies. A related goal is to create an opportunity for students/young scholars to present and discuss their work with leading researchers.

The 2010 F.O.R.E.S.T workshop program is available here:

Attendance at the workshop is free, but registration is required. Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch both days of the workshop and drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the poster session on the evening of September 30. Please register on-line:

Poster session:
There will be a poster session on the evening of September 30 for students/post-doctoral scholars working in topics connected to energy (broadly defined). If you are interested in presenting a poster, please send your name, complete contact information, and poster title to Brenda Hugot. Further details on the poster session will be sent to registered participants in the spring.

Katharina Al-Shamery, Carl von Ossietzky University (Germany)
C. Austen Angell, Arizona State University
Harry Atwater, California Institute of Technology
Michael Aziz, Harvard University
Emily Carter, Princeton University
Gerd Ceder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael Henderson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Brian Holloway, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Mercouri Kanatzidis, Northwestern University
Efthimios Kaxiras, Harvard University/Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Joachim Maier, Max Planck Institute-Stuttgart (Germany)
Andrew Peterson, Stanford University
Fritz Prinz, Stanford University
Neil Renninger, Amyris CTO
Zhigang Suo, Harvard University
Harry Tuller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jihui Yang, General Motors Research & Development

*partial list of confirmed speakers. Lineup is subject to change.

The F.O.R.E.S.T workshop is sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. For technical questions about the workshop, contact Shriram Ramanathan.


Biodiversity: Conserving Through Knowing
Fri., Oct. 1, 2010, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., 02138
Humanities, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
Harvard University
E.O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University; Daniel H. Janzen, University of Pennsylvania
Free and open to the public; donations encouraged
At 8 p.m., a benefit dinner with Wilson and Janzen supporting conservation in
Costa Rica will take place at UpStairs on the Square. Find out more
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Presidential Lecture on Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Arun Majumdar
Director, Advanced Projects Research Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)
US Department of Energy
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Photonics Building
8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, MA
Seating is limited. Please Register:

“ARPA-E: Addressing the Sputniks of our Generation”
The report “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” proposed the creation of ARPA-E, which was later authorized and appropriated by Congress. The report suggested ARPA-E to be modeled after DARPA, which was created in 1958 in response to the launch of Sputnik. It was then felt that the US had lost its technological lead. The US now faces three Sputnik-like challenges: (a) energy security; (b) US technological lead; and (c) greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. In many cases, we as a nation are lagging behind and need to change course with fierce urgency. ARPA-E’s goal is to help catalyze this change by attracting the best minds to focus on the major technical challenges in this field and by stimulating technical and the entrepreneurial community to innovate on energy technologies. While ARPA-E is adopting many of the best practices from DARPA, there are key differences between the defense and energy sectors of our economy, which must be recognized in ARPA-E’s design. This talk will provide some thoughts of how we are putting its “DNA” together, and an outlook for the future.

Arun Majumdar became the first Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), the country’s only agency devoted to transformational energy research and development, in October 2009.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Majumdar was the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His highly distinguished research career includes the science and engineering of energy conversion, transport, and storage ranging from molecular and nanoscale level to large energy systems. In 2005, Majumdar was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for this pioneering work.

At Berkeley Labs and UC Berkeley, Majumdar helped shape several strategic initiatives in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy storage. He also testified before Congress on how to reduce energy consumption in buildings. Majumdar has also served on the advisory committee of the National Science Foundation’s engineering directorate, was a member of the advisory council to the materials sciences and engineering division of the Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences, and was an advisor on nanotechnology to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Additionally, Majumdar – also an entrepreneur – has served as an advisor to startup companies and venture capital firms in the Silicon Valley.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1985 and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.



Peeling Away: How Some Online Newsrooms Are Pulling Away from the Pack

Sep27Mon 6:00 PM
Boston Globe
135 Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02108
Who's hosting?
Matthew S Carroll

A panel discussion with:
Lisa Williams, MIT Media Lab fellow and CEO of Placeblogger, the largest searchable index of local weblogs, will talk about the changing landscape for local news startups. Placeblogger now tracks thousands of grassroots, independent local news sites. But are these sites filling the gap left by traditional newsrooms? Ms. Williams will discuss how startup news sites are changing and which ones are beginning to dig deeper.
Robert Kempf: As vice president for product and technology at, as well as the Your Town hyper local initiative, Kempf is responsible for product strategy and development in support of editorial, revenue and community initiatives. Since joining the company in 2006 he has led site redesign, local search, real estate, community, hyper local, mobile and video product launches – all in support of the site’s overall strategic mission to grow local reach.
Greg Reibman is vice president of Content, Development and Partnerships for GateHouse Media New England's network of 161 Wicked Local and eight daily and regional sites. He is also publisher of 18 GateHouse-owned newspapers in Greater Boston, including the Cambridge Chronicle, Somerville Journal, Brookline TAB, Newton TAB and Waltham News Tribune. He was previously a deputy managing editor at the Boston Herald.
Liz Taurasi is the first regional editor for in the Boston area. An award-winning editor and reporter, hyper-local community journalism has been Liz's passion for as far back as she can remember. In her 19-year journalism career, Liz has worked for several community newspapers as a reporter, editor and assistant managing editor. A winner of two first place New England Press Association Awards for her reporting and column writing, Liz is also proud to be a member of a team which captured two FOLIO Eddie Gold Awards, including one for online content, as well as a Jesse H. Neal Award. After a four-year stint in magazine publishing, as executive editor for Reed Business Information's Design News Liz is back to her roots and looking forward to working with some of the brightest local editors Massachusetts has to offer.
Moderator: Dan Kennedy Dan's blog, Media Nation, tracks what is happening in the news media throughout Massachusetts and beyond. He is an assistant professor at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, specializing in new-media trends. He also writes a weekly online column for The Guardian’s Comment is Free America section, and was a finalist for a Syracuse University Mirror Award in media commentary in both 2008 and 2009.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
6-7 is general schmoozing (great time to meet interesting people).
7-8 is panel discussion.
(btw, plenty of parking at the Globe and easy walk from Red Line's JFK/UMass stop.


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


Party with Click & Clack and Cambridge Local First!
We would like to invite you to "Think Local, Be Local, Party Local" for Cambridge Local First's 5th annual business directory launch party.

Come party with NPR's Car Talk hosts, Click and Clack, Tom and Ray Magliozzi as we celebrate Cambridge being designated as the nation's first "Local Economy Community." We will have new 2011 business directories available, great food, and prizes!

When: September 27, 2010
Starting at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Ole Mexican Restaurant on 11 Springfield St. in Inman Square

Refreshments: Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

Free and open to all

All attendees are eligible to win great prizes including:

Gift Certificate for brunch for two for Upstairs on the Square
$50 gift certificate from Cambridge Naturals
Unlimited Coffee for one person for a week at 1369 Coffee House


Monday September 27, 2010 — 7pm at Middlesex Lounge (note earlier start time!)

315 Mass Ave, Cambridge

In Central Square

Talk 1: “Computational Couture: Clothing for the Techy Fashionista”
By Ada Brunstein

Talk 2: “Pigeons: The surprising story of the birds you love to hate”
by Courtney Humphries

Talk 3: “Tricks of the Trade: Using Your Stuff Better”
by Tim Lillis

Got a question about Nerdnite? Have an idea for a talk? Send us an email using the alluring “contact” tab at


Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 06:00 PM
Boston Area Sustainability Group Networking Event
Our networking events create a relaxed and casual atmosphere where sustainability professionals come together every other month to exchange experiences, knowledge and ideas. We generally have about two guest speakers who give the group informal presentations relative to their niche in sustainability. Presentations are followed by a few hours of open networking and cocktails with some of Boston’s most prominent figures in sustainability and green practices. We have a great speaker lined up for you: John Katovich founded the Katovich Law Group in 2002, committed to responsible business development and assisting clients in integrating sustainable, social and environmentally responsible practices into their businesses at every level, while pursuing efforts to bring sustainable concepts into the capital markets. And our usual mix of a great venue and great networking!
Closing date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 12:00PM


“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


NESEA's Green Buildings Open House Tour

Make your plans now to join us on October 2nd for the annual Green Buildings Open House (GBOH). NESEA's Green Buildings Open House is the largest sustainable energy event in the Northeastern US, from Maine to Pennsylvania. It operates in conjunction with the American Solar Energy Society's (ASES) National Solar Tour and helps to kick off National Energy Awareness Month.

For the past 14 years, the Green Buildings Open House program has inspired thousands of individuals to learn about and implement energy efficient and renewable energy solutions in their homes. The goal of the GBOH event is to enable participants to see, firsthand, energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in their communities and motivate them to adopt similar solutions for their own homes. At host sites, participants are able to talk with home and business owners, ask questions, and see how their renewable energy technologies actually work. GBOH also connects building owners and managers with professionals who can provide them with sustainable energy services or energy efficiency retrofits.

In 2009, more than 15,000 people toured over 500 Green Buildings Open House host sites throughout the Northeast, including homes, businesses, and public buildings. 71 local volunteer organizers, including representatives from NESEA chapters, local and regional energy organizations, and municipal energy committees collaborated with NESEA to promote this event in local media and through organizations in their area. NESEA builds a database of host sites that can be searched by energy efficiency and renewable energy building features and by geographic area, allowing visitors to choose what interests them.

As host sites register, detailed information and photos of the buildings' innovative energy features are posted, providing an ongoing educational tool. A study by the American Solar Energy Society found that participation in this program increased the likelihood that attendees would invest in energy efficiency and/or clean energy measures by 24%, from 54% to 78%, matching our goal of bringing these measures into everyday use and thereby increasing our region's adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency.

All participating houses in MA:


Saturday, October 2

11 am to 5 pm

Sustainable Business Network (SBN), in collaboration with many community groups and local businesses, is presenting the first-ever Boston Local Food Festival, to be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010, on the historic Boston waterfront at Boston Children's Museum Plaza in Fort Point Channel. This zero waste event will be a delicious outdoor celebration of the many health and economic benefits of eating locally grown food.

The festival will feature freshly harvested produce, delicious dishes created with locally grown ingredients, and take-away from Made in Massachusetts producers. Participants will be able to meet local farmers, interact with local Boston restaurant chefs, check out a "Fishstock", featuring a fish "Throwdown" competition and demonstrations, and sample local beer. Other activities include health and fitness activities, urban gardening exhibits, chef and butchering demonstrations, kids activities, local music, and a variety of workshops.The most important objective of the Boston Local Food Festival is to increase accessibility and availability ofhealthy local food for all. Massachusetts eaters of all ages, races, and socio-economic levels will be able to see, taste, and appreciate the variety of healthy, ethnic, and delicious food choices that local specialty crops and products make available to them in their own back yards. We anticipate festival participants to come from the Greater Boston area, and extending throughout Massachusetts into other New England states.

This unique festival will bring Massachusetts farms together with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, organizations, businesses and local food advocates in an informative and fun way. Join us on October 2, 2010, and enjoy luscious local food and support our farmers and food entrepreneurs!


Greenport will be tabling on Saturday Oct 2 at 2:00 PM at Dana Park in conjunction with "If This House Could Talk". We'll be highlighting the potential effects of rises in sea level on Cambridgeport. If you are able to help, please contact Steve Wineman 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

HEET is also looking for Cambridge non-profits who need weatherization for upcoming barnraisings.


Thursday, October 14

Boston Area Solar Energy Association
The BASEA forums are held September through May, the second Thursday of each month, at the 1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge.

A reception begins at 7:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m.



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.



Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project

This is a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation.


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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