Sunday, November 21, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - November 21, 2010


Monday, November 22, 2010
Pollution Permits and the Evolution of Market Structure
Speaker: Stephen Ryan (MIT)
Time: 2:30p–4:00p
Location: E62-650

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): IO Workshop (Sponsored by Analysis Group)
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento

Monday, November 22, 2010

Human Trafficking in the Boston Area

Time: 6:00p–7:00p

Location: 4-145

Come learn about human trafficking in our own city Boston! Detective Donna Gavin and Human Trafficking Coordinator Mr. Thomas Maloney of the Boston Police will speak about their work at Boston Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. The Task Force combats trafficking by rescuing and supporting victims, investigating human traffickers, prosecuting human traffickers and those that conspire with them. Come hear their stories!

Human Trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain or maintain someone in service and the use of a minor for commercial sexual activity. There are approximately 17,000 victims of human trafficking that enter the United States each year.

Please RSVP to for dinner. Everyone welcome to come!

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Amnesty International, Undergraduate Association

For more information, contact:


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Emerging Device Nanotechnology for Future High-Performance and Low-Power Nanoelectronics

Speaker: Dr. Robert Chau

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 34-101

MTL Seminar Series
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.

This presentation will cover three topics. First, it will highlight some of the most recent device and process innovations implemented by the silicon industry for advanced CMOS transistors. Second, it will summarize research progress on non-silicon transistor channel materials and their integration on silicon substrate for future high-speed and low-power logic CMOS applications. Third, it will describe recent research effort by the device research community on forward-looking devices beyond CMOS. In the beyond-CMOS research space, carbon-based, spin-based, tunnel-based and exciton-based devices are being explored as alternative switches/devices to either replace CMOS after 2020 or combine with CMOS to create new circuit functionalities. These emerging devices exhibit unique and interesting characteristics, and they present both challenges and opportunities for future nanoelectronics applications which will be discussed.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories

For more information, contact:
Mara Elena Karapetian


Tuesday, November 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



Corporate Social Responsibility’s New Agenda – Comparative and International Lessons for Corporate Governance, Human Rights, and Business Regulation and Practice
Tue., Nov. 23, 2010, 9 – 10 a.m.
Harvard Kennedy School's Littauer Building #324 (Fainsod Room)
Business, Classes/Workshops, Education, Ethics, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
Professor Bryan Horrigan, Monash University, Melbourne


MCB Bloch Lecture: "Learning About the Origin of Life from Efforts to Design an Artificial Cell"
Tue., Nov. 23, 2010, 12 – 1 p.m.
Northwest Building Lecture Hall, B-103
52 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Lecture, Science
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Professor Jack Szostak


Injecting a Human Rights Approach into Anti-Trafficking Strategies: Can We Do Better?
Tue., Nov. 23, 2010, 2 – 4 p.m.
Online conference
Conferences, Education, Ethics, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation,
Harvard Kennedy School

Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery Program
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Jacqueline Bhabha, Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School; lecturer in public policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Elizabeth Cafferty, associate director, Programs and External Relations,
Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Massachusetts General Hospital
In order to effectively combat human trafficking, an increased emphasis and investment in developing employment, education, public health, and livelihood opportunities for populations vulnerable to human trafficking is essential.
It is critical to address root causes of trafficking through empowerment strategies, particularly targeting young girls and women.
Globally, there are many anti-trafficking activists, policymakers, academics, and nongovernmental organizations developing new and effective approaches to prevent, educate, and better serve those most vulnerable to trafficking. By focusing on the human rights of trafficked persons, better strategies would result around allocation of immigration, welfare, employment training, and health benefits to a community.
This webinar will explore how a human rights approach can be used to facilitate better access to prevention and protection for victims of human trafficking. Ample time will be allocated for audience Q&A.


DRCLAS Cuban Studies Seminar: "Cuban Agriculture and its External Ties"
Tue., Nov. 23, 2010, 4 – 6 p.m.
1730 Cambridge Street, Room S250
Lecture, Social Sciences
Cuban Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University
Anicia García, Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy


Human Trafficking from a Legal Perspective: Analysis of the Laws Relating to Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery

Tue., Nov. 23, 2010, 5 – 6 p.m.
Carr Center Conference Room, Room 219, Rubenstein Building, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Classes/Workshops, Education, Ethics, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Christian Bain, director of the Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Program, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Graduate students only




US Energy-Technology Innovation
November 22, 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
sponsored by: The Tufts Department of Economics, Tufts Institute of the Environment, and Fletcher's Center for International Environment and Resource Policy

Location: Medford/Somerville Campus
Goddard Hall
Crowe Room, Goddard 310
Description: Speaker: Richard Lester, Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT

Part of the Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar. Co-convened by Prof. Gilbert Metcalf, Tufts Economics Department and Prof. Kelly Sims Gallagher, The Fletcher School
Contact: Mieke van der Wansem




Northeastern University is pleased to present a special screening of the:


Monday, November 22, 2010
6:00-8:30 PM
Raytheon Amphitheater
Free Admission

Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

Please join us for an on-campus screening of the exceptional SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater, which features cutting-edge, visually stunning computer animation from the best artists in the industry.

Titles from this year's Electronic Animation festival include:

• Avatar, Weta Digital Ltd.
• Alice in Wonderland, Sony Pictures Imageworks
• Harmonix The Beatles: Rock Band, Passion Pictures
• Pepsi The Flight of the Penguin, Framestore
• Sherlock Holmes, Framestore
The evening will open with an introduction by Terrence Masson—Director of the Creative Industries Program at Northeastern University and Chair of the 2010 SIGGRAPH Conference—to be immediately followed by the two-hour animation presentation.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

About the SIGGRAPH Conference:
The annual SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques) Conference draws 25,000 top practitioners from five continents to explore the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

With questions, please contact Ann Grenell, Program Coordinator at Northeastern University:
(617) 373-2427




To members of the Climate CoLab community,

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Climate CoLab contest,
as well as a major upgrade of our software platform.

The contest will address the question: What international climate
agreements should the world community make?

The first round ended on October 31 and the final round runs through
November 26.

In early December, the United Nations and U.S. Congress will be
briefed on the winning entries.

We are raising funds in the hope of being able to pay travel expenses
for one representative from each winning team to attend one or both of
these briefings.

Learn more at

We also encourage you to fill out your profiles and add a picture, so
that members of the community can get to know each other.

And please inform anyone you believe might be interested about the

Editorial Comment: I played a previous version of this simulation.
This time around, I like the 350 plan which is as close to zero
emissions as the exercise will get.




Boston Food System

"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships, programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."

The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food, farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health, environment, arts, social services and other arenas. Hundreds of organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on week-to-week is not always well publicized.

Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let everyone know about these activities. Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of subscribers. Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and other posting guidelines will be provided as well.

It's easy to subscribe right now at


Artisan Asylum

Sprout & Co: Community Driven Investigations

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation


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

Boston Area Computer User Groups


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