Sunday, February 13, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - February 13, 2011

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Monday, February 14, 2011
Sustainability@Sloan: Juliet Schor - Plenitude
Speaker: Juliet Schor
Time: 11:45a–1:00p
Location: E62-262

The MIT Sustainability@Sloan Speaker Series presents:
Plenitude: How and why millions of Americans are creating a time-rich, ecologically-light, small-scale, high-satisfaction economy
Lunch will be served at 11:45AM

Juliet Schor's recent book Plenitude offers a groundbreaking intellectual statement about the economics and sociology of ecological decline, suggesting a radical change in how we think about consumer goods, value, and ways to live. Schor is the bestselling author of The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Sustainability@Sloan Speaker Series, Sustainability@MIT
For more information, contact: Jason Jay


Monday, February 14, 2011
More electricity for less CO2
Speaker: Yves Bamberger, Scientific Advisor, EDF
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: E19-319
Energy needs for all human beings, coupled with limited natural resources, global warming, and energy independence, are pushing the development of electricity. New uses on the customer/citizen side, deployment of dispersed generation and storage, implementation of the "smartgrids", building of new plants, change in the regulations: all will deeply transform the electrical systems inherited from the 20th century. The arrival of the Internet in the old electrical world will change the value chain. In the developed countries, the cost of electricity will generally increase, depending on the political and regulatory choices. The presentation will try to show some of the principal factors of this metamorphosis.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact: Jameson Twomey


Monday, February 14, 2011

Does Disability Insurance Receipt Discourage Work: Using Examiner Assignment to Estimate Causal Effects of SSDI Receipt

Speaker: Kathleen Mullen (RAND)

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: E51-376

Does Disability Insurance Receipt Discourage Work: Using Examiner Assignment to Estimate Causal Effects of SSDI Receipt

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Public Economics Seminar

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


Monday, February 14, 2011

Watson on Jeopardy! : The Turing Test Breaks the 4th Wall

Speaker: Dr. David Gondek, IBM Watson Research Center

Time: 6:00p–8:00p

Location: 3-270

On Feb. 14 - 16, a machine will compete shoulder to shoulder against 2 of the most successful competitors in TV game show history in a trivia contest which is widely considered to be a test of general intelligence.

Come hear from one of the developers on the IBM DeepQA project, Dr. David Gondek, that gave us this remarkable system. A viewing party will follow.

Erin McLean, winner of the 2010 Jeopardy! College Championship, will give us some tips and tricks on how to beat Watson before we introduce Dr. Gondek. Being a walking wikipedia is not enough; there is some strategy involved that may give us an advantage against our silicon-based opponents.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): SDM activities - sponsored by GSC, MIT SDM
For more information, contact:


Monday, February 14, 2011
Collision 2 Lecture Series: Florian Dombois
Speaker: Florian Dombois
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: E15-070, Bartos Theater
Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet

The ACT Monday night lecture series Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet draws together artists and scientists from different disciplines to discuss artistic methodologies and forms of inquiry at the intersection of art, architecture, science and technology.

This series is part of AR - Artistic Research, a yearlong collaboration between the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology and Siemens Stiftung, Munich, co‑curated by ACT Director Ute Meta Bauer and Siemens Stiftung Curator of Visual Arts Thomas D. Trummer. The lecture series is also part of the related ACT course 4.365/4.366 From Bauhaus to Our House.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.


MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology presents its Monday night lecture series, Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet

Luginsland (On Art as Research)
Florian Dombois, founder of the Y - Institute of Interdisciplinarity at the Bern University of the Arts, Bern, Switzerland

Respondent: Ute Meta Bauer, ACT Director and Associate Professor

Luginsland (Belvedere) is an installation and sound piece by Florian Dombois, winner of the 2010 German Sound Art Award. Dombois? work focuses on landforms, labilities, seismic and tectonic activity, scientific and technical fictions, as well as their various representational and media formats. In his dissertation What is an Earthquake? Dombois undertook a comparison of historical, contemporary, artistic and scientific representations of earthquakes and developed the art-as-Research method. In his talk, Dombois will also introduce the international Journal for Artistic Research, (JAR), and give a short overview of activities and research projects going on at the Institute Y - Institute for Interdisciplinarity at the Bern University of the Arts.

Florian Dombois founded the Y - Institute of Interdisciplinarity at the Bern University of the Arts, Bern, Switzerland where he teaches and acts as the Head of Y - Research.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact: Laura Chichisan Pallone


Tuesday, February 15, 2011
"Microsystems for Cell Sorting: Tiny Technologies, Microfluidics, and Clinical and Global Health Applications"
Speaker: Mehmet Toner
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 34-101
MTL Seminar Series
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.
Bodily fluids, especially blood, contain a treasure of information about the functioning of whole body. Consequently, blood sampling and analysis are of prime interest for both clinical and biomedical research applications, and hold a central place in the diagnosis of many physiologic and pathologic conditions, localized or systemic. However, tapping into this wealth of information has been significantly limited with the lack of adequate technologies and the unspecific nature of the information generated from the current approaches. Among the new technologies with an increasingly broader impact in biology, microfluidics is extremely attractive for blood and other bodily fluid analysis. This presentation will focus on our recent efforts to bring microfluidics to clinical medicine in (i) cancer, (ii) burns and trauma, and (iii) global health. While each of these applications has drastically different design and engineering requirements, the capture of specific cells in peripheral blood is achieved through the use of binding of target cells to antibody-coated surfaces in precisely controlled micro-channel flows. In cancer, the use of microfluidics in isolating extremely rare circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from ~5 to 10 mL of whole blood and the development of CTC-chip will be discussed with specific examples for the initial utility of the CTC-chip in various cancers.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories

For more information, contact:
Mara Elena Karapetian


Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Screening of "9500 Liberty" by Amnesty International
Speaker: Chris Rigopulos
Time: 7:30p–9:30p
Location: 66-110
Producer Chris Rigopulos will be there in person to give his perspective on the documentary, as well as assist us in facilitating a discussion after the film.

Food and drink will be provided.
There is no price for attending or eating/drinking, but donations to MIT's Chapter of Amnesty International will be accepted.
Synopsis of the film:
Prince William County, Virginia becomes ground zero in America?s explosive battle over immigration policy when elected officials adopt a law requiring police officers to question anyone they have "probable cause" to suspect is an undocumented immigrant.

9500 Liberty reveals the startling vulnerability of a local government, targeted by national anti-immigration networks using the Internet to frighten and intimidate lawmakers and citizens. Alarmed by a climate of fear and racial division, residents form a resistance using YouTube videos and virtual townhalls, setting up a real-life showdown in the seat of county government.

The devastating social and economic impact of the ?Immigration Resolution? is felt in the lives of real people in homes and in local businesses. But the ferocious fight to adopt and then reverse this policy unfolds inside government chambers, on the streets, and on the Internet. 9500 Liberty provides a front row seat to all three battlegrounds.

Web site:!/event.php?eid=189635547732102
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Amnesty International, GSC Funding Board, Student Life Grants
For more information, contact: Cory Hernandez


Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Joint with MIT/Harvard Development & Environment Seminar - The Equity and Efficiency of Two-Part Tariffs in US Natural Gas Markets
Speaker: Lucas Davis (UC Berkeley)
Time: 2:30p–4:00p
Location: E51-376, Please Note Change in Date and Room
Joint with MIT/Harvard Development & Environment Seminar - The Equity and Efficiency of Two-Part Tariffs in US Natural Gas Markets

Web site:

Open to: the general public

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

For more information, contact: /Theresa Benevento


Net Neutrality and the FCC

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
MIT Building E51, Room 395

Presenter Caroline Hunter

Summary A discussion of the FCC's recent Net Neutrality policy


Caroline will moderate and lead a discussion on the recent FCC Net Neutrality rulings. The following is a short extract of topics Caroline and guests plan to cover:Net Neutrality through the FCC's Eyes
• Limiting power of big business
• Closing the Digital Divide
• Genachowski's Initiatives
Net Neutrality vs. Network Management
• Big business helping small business
• Government as unwelcome complication
• Broadband corporations as community partners
• Service fees and packages - comparison
• Higher education stake in broadband company success
Social Justice, Integrated Progress
• Government as broadband customer
• Job growth in telecomm vs. knowledge empowerment
• Digital Citizenship - First and Second Class
Open Source Community Role in NN Debate
• Copyleft movement success?
• Subversive programming in current affairs
• Resources available to voice position
• Ways to share expertise - Installfest
• Policy in government of tech industry vs. government
• Gaming as method for community engagement

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Innovations in Agricultural Processes: A Panel sponsored by the 2011 Yunus Innovation Challenge

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: 66-110

Come hear panelists discuss challenges and gaps current Agricultural processes. Around the world 550 million smallholder farmers lack access to mechanized agricultural technology. This year's Yunus Innovation Challenge calls for locally and environmentally sustainable innovations to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): International Development Initiative

For more information, contact: Laura Sampath


Thursday, February 17, 2011

MIT Colloquium on the Brain and Cognition: Bidwell Memorial Lecture: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease): Lessons from Genetics

Speaker: Robert Brown, UMASS Medical

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: 46-3002

MIT Colloquium on the Brain and Cognition
This lecture series, held weekly during the academic year, features a wide array of speakers from all areas of neuroscience and cognitive science research. The social teas that follow these colloquia bring together students, staff, and faculty to discuss the talk, as well as other research activities within Building 46, at MIT, and around the world. This event is co-sponsored by The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset degenerative disorder of motor neurons, typically leading to paralysis and death in five years or less. About 10% of cases are inherited, usually as dominant traits (familial ALS or FALS). Over the last two decades, several FALS genes have been identified, including SOD1, TDP43 and FUS/TLS. Numerous investigations support the view that the mutant proteins are unstable and readily provoked to misfold, thereby acquiring toxic properties. Transgenic expression of mutant SOD1 protein in mice and cells generates animal and cell-based models of FALS, which have assisted in elucidating molecular events and targets for therapy. More recent data suggest that post-translational modifications of non-mutant SOD1 confer toxic attributes on the protein in sporadic ALS, mimicking the influence of the SOD1 mutations in FALS. These investigations have identified broad themes in the biology of motor neuron disease as well as approaches to therapy; these concepts are likely to be relevant to other neurodegenerative disorders.***Please see the series website for more information.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
For more information, contact: Kathleen V. Dickey


Thursday, February 17, 2011
From Elsinore to Monkey Island: Theatre and Videogames as Performance Activities
Speaker: Clara Fernandez-Vara, Singapore-MIT Gambit Game Lab
Time: 5:00p–7:00p
Location: 2-105
CMS Colloquium Series

What do Shakespeare and videogames have in common? Clara Fernandez-Vara, a Comparative Media Studies alumna, explains her journey from researching Shakespeare in performance to studying and developing videogames. Applying concepts from theatre in performance illuminates the relationship between the player and the game, as well as between game and narrative.

Videogames are not theatre, but the comparison gives way to productive questions: What is the dramatic text of the game? How does this text shape the actions of the player? Who are the performers? Who is the audience? These questions will be addressed in the context of adventure games, a story-driven genre where the player solves puzzles that are integrated in the fictional world of the game.

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


Thursday, February 17, 2011
What Do 23 Million Loans Say About the Impact of Monetary Policy on Credit Risk-Taking?
Speaker: Jose Luis Peydro (European Central Bank)
Time: 5:30p–7:00p
Location: at Harvard Littauer M16
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Applied Theory Workshop - (New Workshop Spring 2011)
For more information, contact: Theresa Benevento


Energy Club networking event with Clean Economy Network

February 17, 2011 6:00p–8:00p

Please join us for a night of socializing and networking with the Boston Clean Economy Network (CEN). We'll have beer, soda, and food.

The Clean Economy Network enables business professionals, academia and policy makers with an interest in renewable energy to connect with one another, to promote the growth of the renewable energy industry. CEN provides opportunities for networking, education and business creation. Please see for more information.

The CEN Boston Chapter's members are active across many facets of the New England clean energy and environment community and are eager to meet and connect with MIT Energy Club members. CEN expects 40-60 of its Boston professionals to attend, and they're very excited to meet us.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP at the Doodle poll link below if you plan to attend so that we can order enough food. Also, bring some beer money in the event outside funding for alcohol isn't found.

Category: career development

Location: Blue Room of Walker Memorial (2nd floor; directions to the room will be posted in the building)

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Club, Boston Clean Economy Network (CEN)

Admission: Open to the public

For more information: Contact Melissa Zgola

(607) 351-2424


Thursday, February 17, 2011
Architecture Lecture Series
Speaker: Anton Garcia-Abril and Debora Mesa Molina, Architects, Madrid
Time: 6:30p–8:00p
Location: 7-431
PoPs: Prototypes of Prefabrication

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture

For more information, contact: 617-253-7791


Thursday, February 17, 2011
Human Diversity and Social Order Forum: Diversity on the World Stage
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: E14, Media Lab Complex
Human Diversity and Social Order Forum Series
February and March bring a series of forums to examine how the inherent and occasionally difficult diversity of humans shapes their lives, their creativity, and the political and social context of their existence. Titles include: The Fruits of Diversity, Diversity on the World Stage, Minorities in the United States, and Education in the United States.

Diversity on the World Stage: We will explore the competition among a handful of sovereign powers, the exploitation of peoples and global resources, the relevance of economic power, and the efficacy of international institutions created to mitigate conflicts. As we struggle to define a universal set of rights and modes of conduct, diverse peoples of the world take their cues from current global interactions and enter the world stage with their crafts, mores, and world views.

* Chair: Bishwapriya Sanyal, Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning, MIT
* Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science, Associate Director of the MIT Technology and Development Program, and Head of the Middle East Program at MIT
* Geoffrey A. P. Groesbeck, Legatum Fellowships Programs, Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT
* Joanne Mariner, Director, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program, Human Rights Watch

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT150 Office
For more information, contact:


Thursday, February 17, 2011
Pianist Ran Blake & Vocalist Dominique Eade
Time: 8:00p–10:00p
Location: 14W-111, Killian Hall
A cult figure surrounded by the same mysterious aura that permeates the classic Film Noir scenes that so inspire him, Boston-based pianist/composer and pioneering New England Conservatory educator Ran Blake has been one of improvised music's most respected and incomparable voices for more than 40 years. His noteworthy collaborators on record have included Anthony Braxton, Clifford Jordan, Steve Lacy, Jeanne Lee, and Houston Person among others, but his seminal solo recordings have defined his discography and his career. As former student John Medeski puts it in the "All That Is Tied" liner notes, "alone at the piano is how Ran Blake reveals the depth of his musical universe most completely."

Vocalist and composer Dominique Eade performs at New York's finest jazz venues, tours Europe, has recorded for RCA Victor and has served on the faculty of New England Conservatory since 1984. She has collaborated with Benny Golson, Ran Blake, Fred Hersch, Alan Dawson, Dave Holland, George Mraz and Lewis Nash, among many others. Eade has been highly active on the Boston jazz scene, including performances with Bill Pierce, Mick Goodrick, Orange Then Blue and Either Orchestra.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts

For more information, contact: 617/253-2906


Friday, February 18, 2011

Building Technology Lecture Series: Some Lessons Learned From Two Decades of Promoting Natural Disaster Risk Reduction

Speaker: Brian Tucker, President, GeoHazards International

Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 4-231

Building Technology Spring Lecture Series

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Building Technology Program, Department of Architecture

For more information, contact: Kathleen Ross
617 253 1876


Friday, February 18, 2011

Atmospheric Organic Nanoparticles: Importance, Challenges and Progress

Speaker: Lea Hildebrandt, Carnegie Mellon University

Time: 3:00p–4:00p

Location: 66-110

Chemical Engineering Department Seminar Series
See speakers, talk titles, and dates at

I will present recent results from laboratory experiments and ambient measurements which shed light on organic aerosol formation, the interaction of different organic aerosol types, and their chemical transformation. Firstly, measurements at a remote coastal site suggest that organic aerosol is transformed significantly in the atmosphere, and that the photochemical age of organic aerosol may be just as important as its source in understanding concentrations and characteristics. Secondly, aerosol production experiments using a state-of-the-art environmental chamber showed that aerosol mass yields from anthropogenic organic aerosol precursors are much higher than previously reported. Finally, we developed a new experimental method to understand the interaction of organic aerosol from different sources. Our results are consistent with pseudo-ideal mixing of anthropogenic and biogenic organic aerosol components at equilibrium. All of these findings have been used to more accurately represent organic aerosol in chemical transport models. Results from the updated model agree much better with observations of organic aerosol concentrations and approximate oxidative states in highly polluted as well as pristine environments.

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




The New Sick Man of Europe? Greece in Crisis

WHEN Mon., Feb. 14, 2011, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE WAPPP Cason Seminar Room (T-102), Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, MA
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe
SPEAKER(S) Iason Athanasiadis, freelance writer, photographer, political analyst, and television producer


Loeb Fellowship Seminar: "From Landscapes of Extraction to Creative Industries of Organic Matter and Waste"

WHEN Mon., Feb. 14, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Stubbins Rm 112, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR This discussion is one of a four-part series called Much, Much More, with Much, Much Less: Loeb Fellows invite... organized by the Loeb Fellows.
Colleen Hansel - Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Manuel (Manman) Mansylla, Trashpatch
Pablo Rey, Basurama
Moderator: Richard Forman, GSD professor of advanced environmental studies in the field of landscape ecology
This event is free and open to the public. Valentine's Day refreshments will be served.
Technology has no limits. Science has no limits. Human creativity and imagination have no limits. The limits are imposed by matter. Raw materials are being extracted from the remotest of geographies and we are beginning to exhaust the last reservoirs of available minerals in order to perpetuate a production system based on disposability and the consumption of wholes, not parts; of large, not small; of new, not old; of multiple, not the one that is needed. In order to extract such minerals, we often deplete forests, along with the cultures that inhabit them, or contaminate river basins. Science and technology can produce brilliant responses to our environmental problems, but unless they take into account the source of the materials they consume, the counter landscapes of extraction, those of waste and slums (people get displaced as we render their land useless through monoculture or extraction), will continue to grow; setting off our good intentions to move towards a more sustainable future.

In the midst of the conundrums of "green development" three activities are acquiring a preeminent role: reinserting waste into the cycles of matter and production; re-using, adapting and renovating existing material culture; and last but not least, computing the economic value of biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and vegetation mantles whose market value cannot currently compete against the minerals that underlie them, even though our access to vital resources like oxygen and water depend on them. Research efforts geared towards developing industries of waste, bio-tectonics and bio-mineralization should at the very least equate those assigned to developing alternative sources of renewable energy (in some cases, they are one and the same thing).
Because we believe that design disciplines are called to play an important role in reshaping and retrofitting our environments, productions systems, commodities, ways of life and values, we propose to host a dialogue between a scientist of innovative biomaterials, emerging designers working with waste and the design community at the GSD in order to reflect upon the ways in which we can design less wasteful buildings and objects, adapt what we have to new uses and take into consideration the source of the materials we select as well as their socio-environmental impact.



Tuesday, February 15, 12 p.m.
"Are Colbert, Stewart and Leno Just Kidding? The covert power of political humor and mock journalism." Otto Santa Ana, associate professor, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCLA.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, Kennedy School of Government


February 14 |ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

12 - 1:30PM

"Perspectives on Energy Policy Making"

Dick Benschop

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, Kennedy School


Brown Bag Lunch: Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood – Obstacles to Peace in the Middle East or Opportunities?

WHEN Tue., Feb. 15, 2011, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE Pound Hall, Room 202, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Lecture, Religion, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S) Robert Pastor
COST Free and open to the public
The foreign policy of the United States and its allies have been based on the premise that all three organizations are immutable threats to peace in the Middle East and thus, these organizations should be defeated or suppressed for peace to be possible. Pastor has studied and held conversations in the past four years with leaders from Hamas and, to a lesser extent, with Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He contends that all three groups have deep roots in their societies, and a policy of suppression has made peace and democracy more difficult to achieve, not less. He just returned from two weeks in the Middle East and believes that the recent changes in Egypt makes the need to find a more effective and inclusive strategy all the more urgent.
Drinks and dessert will be served.



2/15/11, 12:30 pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St., Cambridge, MA
RSVP is required to

Topic: Whose choice? ICTs for “development” and the lives people value
Guests: Dorothea Kleine, Lecturer at the UNESCO Chair/Centre in ICT4D, Royal Holloway, University of London

Recognising that ICTs are powerful tools shaping people’s everyday lives, practitioners, policy-makers and academics in the ICT for development (ICT4D) field engage with these technologies in the name of “development”. Yet understandings of development differ and too often remain implicit and removed from participatory processes involving the intended users. Techno-euphoria and the focus on universal access distracts from the very individual choices people should have to integrate technologies in their everyday practices (or not). Working with Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach and its view of development as freedom, this open conversation will discuss the diverse and potentially conflicting ideologies embedded in state ICT policies and technical artefacts and the intended and unintended consequences. It will explore potential technological and process innovations which could lead to more participatory decision-making on policy and technology design – an area where all countries can be classified as “developing”.

About Dorothea
Dorothea Kleine is Lecturer in Development Geography at the UNESCO Chair/Centre in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her work focuses on the relationship between notions of “development”, choice and technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the IBG) and has worked as a consultant/advisor to EuropeAid, DFID, GTZ and to NGOs. She is the author of Surfen in Birkenstocks (Oekom, 2005), a book on the potential of the Internet for the Fair Trade movement and has recently been managing action research using smartphones to assist socially and environmentally responsible consumption choices ( She is currently completing her new book, Technologies of Choice (MIT Press) which offers an operationalisation of the capabilities approach for evaluation and project design in ICT4D.

This event will be webcast live; for more information and a complete description, see the event web page:


The Urban is Everywhere Always
WHEN Tue., Feb. 15, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard School of Design
Tobias Armborst, Daniel D'Oca, Georgeen Theodore
Tobias Armborst is an architect and urban designer. He received a diplom ingenieur in architecture from RWTH Aachen and a master of architecture in urban design from the Harvard Design School. He is assistant professor of architecture and urban studies at Vassar College, NY.
Daniel D'Oca is an urban planner. He received a master in urban planning degree from the Harvard Design School in 2002. He is assistant professor of urban and architecture history and theory at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Georgeen Theodore is a registered architect and urban designer. She received a bachelor of architecture from Rice University and a master of architecture in urban design from the Harvard Design School. She is an assistant professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology?'s School of Architecture and the associate director of the Infrastructure Planning Program.



ABCD-GIS Meeting February 16, 2011
Presenter: Brian Morgan, Putnam Research Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
"GIS for Public Gardens"
When: Wednesday, February 16. Noon - 1:30
Where: Room S050 in the CGIS South building at 1730 Cambridge St.


WIND ENERGY: Which Way Does the Media Wind Blow?

WHEN Wed., Feb. 16, 2011, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Kennedy School, Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Bldg., 4th Floor
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HKS Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs & Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
Beth Daley, Boston Globe environment reporter; Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times environment reporter
TICKET INFO Free & open to the community
1st in HKS Clean Energy & the Media Seminar Series


Changing Habitable Environments on Mars: Implications for Global Processes
WHEN Wed., Feb. 16, 2011, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE Haller Hall (Room 102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford St.
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Origins of Life Initiative
John Mustard, Brown University


Rebuilding Queensland After the Floods: Lessons from New Orleans Recovery
WHEN Wed., Feb. 16, 2011, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE 124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North, Room 226
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Program on Crisis Leadership
SPEAKER(S) A leading scholar and practitioner of urban policy, Ed Blakely served from 2007 to 2009 as executive director of New Orleans’ Office of Recovery and Development Administration. He also led recovery planning efforts in Oakland, Calif., following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. He is currently honorary professor of urban policy at the University of Sydney.
CONTACT INFO David Giles:, 617.496.4165
As 2010 drew to a close, floodwaters were washing across much of the state of Queensland, Australia. By the time they had subsided, they had affected an area larger than France and Germany combined, killed dozens of residents, and inflicted serious damage on remote towns and major cities alike. Just a month later, Cyclone Yasi smashed into north Queensland, straining resources and compounding the suffering already experienced across the state. In this talk, Blakely will draw upon lessons learned from post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans to explore the challenges that lie ahead as Australia looks to rebuild the flood- and storm-ravaged state. Refreshments will be served.


Biodiversity, Ecology & Global Change: "Forests in a Changing Climate"
WHEN Wed., Feb. 16, 2011, 5 p.m.
WHERE Biolabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Center for the Environment
Paul Moorcroft, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO Lisa Matthews:, 617.495.8883
Ongoing changes in climate, atmospheric carbon dioxide, and disturbance regimes are transforming the composition, structure, and functioning of the earth’s terrestrial ecosystems. Thus far, insights into how forests and other terrestrial ecosystems will change in response to changes in climate and rising atmospheric CO2 levels have relied heavily on the predictions of terrestrial biosphere models that contain detailed, mechanistic representationsof the biological processes that underpin terrestrial ecosystem dynamics. In this talk, Moorcroft will discuss some recent insights these models have provided on the impacts of changes in climate forcing on the fate of temperate forest ecosystems. He will then discuss some recent progress on bridging between these complex, process-based models and simpler, analytically-tractable formulations in order to develop a predictive, non-equilibrium theory of terrestrial ecosystem dynamics.


Do Americans Consume Too Little Natural Gas?
WHEN Thu., Feb. 17, 2011, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
Erich Muehlegger, associate professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School
Lunch will be served. RSVP to


Brown Bag Lunch. "The Longest War: Challenges and Negotiation Strategies in Afghanistan"
WHEN Fri., Feb. 18, 2011, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE Hauser Hall, Room 105, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
Hassina Sherjan and Michael O'Hanlon, co-authors of the book "Toughing It Out In Afghanistan"
COST Free and open to the public


Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons Learned from Australia's Droughts & Floods
WHEN Fri., Feb. 18, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE Haller Hall – Geo Museum 102
24 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture
Chris Arnott, managing director, Alluvium Consulting Pty Ltd;
Will Fargher, general manager, Water Markets and Efficiency Group, Australia National Water Commission
CONTACT INFO Kellie Corcoran:
Arnott specialises in strategic advice to government on environmental water policy and management. Most recently, Chris authored the National Water Commission’s inaugural Australian Environmental Water Management Report 2010. Arnott founded Alluvium in 2006 and has since grown the business to 35 professionals and revenue in excess of $8 million. Alluvium won the Business Review Weekly (BRW) award for ‘Most Innovative’ professional services firm in Australia in 2008 and has been named in BRW’s Top 50 Best Places to Work in 2010.
Fargher is responsible for providing advice to state and federal governments on rural and urban water policy and management, including water markets, pricing, and structural reforms. He has worked on state and federal water policy in Australia for the past eight years and was responsible for Australian Water Reform 2009 – the comprehensive assessment of progress in Australia’s water reforms under the National Water Initiative. In 2010 he undertook a Churchill Fellowship to investigate water policy arrangements in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and United States.


Primitive Future
WHEN Fri., Feb. 18, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Graduate School of Design
Sou Fujimoto
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto will discuss his recent works.
This lecture is part of the series "A New Innocence: Emerging Trends in Japanese Architecture" sponsored by the Dean's Office.
This event is free and open to the public.




EBE Seminar
Monday, February 14, 2011
12 pm in BRB 113, 5 Cummington Street, Boston

Emerging diseases and emerging ecologies: what changes to the biosphere mean for human infectious disease
Aaron Bernstein
Harvard Medical School

Lunch to follow in BRB 117
Please contact CECB for questions or comments: /// 617.353.6982

About 60% of emerging infectious disease events are zoonotic and of these 70% involve the movement of pathogens from wildlife to humans. Evidence also suggests that the number of emerging infectious diseases is increasing. Why should this be so? A consideration of recent zoonotic infectious disease outbreaks reveals that in many instances, alterations to ecosystems have fostered conditions conducive to the spread of infections into humans.

The role of altered ecosystems in human disease emergence goes beyond zoonotic disease, however. Changes to the human microbiome have started to exact a toll upon human health. Antibiotic use is well known to spur resistant organisms. A less well known, but increasingly apparent and well-studied, consequence of antibiotic use are the effects antibiotics have on the composition of the microbiome and how these changes may predispose to a variety of emerging and non-infectious disease states, including allergic and autoimmune diseases.

This lecture will explore, on several levels, how the modification of ecosystems may influence human health and make the case that, having evolved in the web of life, humans remain, despite major technological and medical advances, susceptible to perturbations of it.


Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011
Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 211, Boston
"Technology Disruptions and Trends: The Next Decade" with Dr. Nick Bowen, Vice President of Software Appliances, IBM

Faculty Host: Martin Herbordt

Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 3:45 p.m.

About the Presentation: Looking around us, we are surrounded by a plethora of new technologies – smart phones, wi-fi everywhere, social networking, solid state disks, business analytics, and “smart” solutions – many of which barely existed a decade ago.

Predicting the changing landscape of technology is both an art and a science. In many cases, a deep understanding of the underlying science of the technology can be a useful gauge in predicting how the capability may evolve over time. However, predicting exactly when an emerging technology will explode in terms of broad adoption is an art at best.

IBM is about to celebrate its Centennial as a company – a rare feat for an information technology company. The IT industry is littered with roadkill as major trends, such as the PC Era, client server, and UNIX, come and go. IBM is a very unique company in that it has reinvented itself many times to remain a leader in the industry and in many cases set the agenda for the next eras in computing. Today, you will see that with IBM around areas such as business analytics, cloud computing, and Smart Planet solutions.

Dr. Nicholas Bowen has held several roles inside of IBM that involved understanding how changing technology will impact IBM business units. He will talk about some of the core drivers of technology changes, including the notion of disruptive technologies and how IBM has been able to maintain a long term focus on continual transformation in order to become an industry leader.

About the Speaker: Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Bowen was appointed the Vice President of Software Appliances at IBM in October 2010. He leads an effort in IBM's software division to drive a common hardware delivery model as well as optimize the ease of client experience with these products and drive innovation in terms of hardware-software optimization.

Prior to his current position, he was appointed Vice President of Technology in May 2008 where he led a group that reports to the Chairman of IBM on technology strategy and business opportunities for IBM. He also had corporate wide responsibilities for the technical community including technical recognition and appointments to IBM Fellow and Distinguished Engineer. He was also responsible for quality of all products and services, the development process and development transformation. Prior to that, in January 2007, he was appointed Vice President of Technical Strategy and Worldwide operations for IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Division which includes driving the creation of the Global Technology Outlook, leading the worldwide operations and I/S teams, and driving the research strategy, plan and measurement processes.

From 2000 to 2006 he held several executive positions within the IBM Systems & Technology Group (STG) including: vice president, software development, with responsibility for all server operating systems (zOS, AIX, i5OS, zVM, VSE, Linux), firmware development for IBM Systems z, i, p, and x, management software (IBM Systems Director) and hardware management systems (HMC, FSP); and chief technology officer and vice president of software architecture for the same group of products. His career started in IBM Research where he held many roles from Research Staff Member to the Executive leading the server research.

Nick’s career with IBM spans over 26 years and he has experience as a research scientist, leader of very large global development teams, and driving corporate wide strategy projects. He received the B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Vermont, a M.S. degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University, and the Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of ACM. He served on several Computer Science Advisory Boards and is currently on the IEEE Computer Society Industrial Advisory Board. His research interests are on operating systems and fault-tolerant computing.

Open to General Public
Admission is free




Visualizing Culture
February 17, 2011
2:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Halligan 111
Speaker: Martin Wattenberg, Google, HINT.FM
Host: Lenore Cowen
Data visualization has historically been a tool used by science, business, and the military. In recent years, however, it has blossomed into a medium for journalism, art, and self-expression. I'll discuss a series of work, with Fernanda Viegas, that shows how visualization can be used by scientists and non-scientists alike as a way to tell stories and explore our culture.
bio: Martin Wattenberg is a computer scientist and artist. He is a co- leader, with Fernanda Viégas, of Google's "Big Picture" data visualization group.

Before joining Google, he and Viégas founded Flowing Media, Inc., a visualization studio focused on media and consumer-oriented projects. Prior to Flowing Media, they led IBM’s Visual Communication Lab, where they created the ground-breaking public visualization platform Many Eyes. From 2005 to 2010, Wattenberg founded and managed IBM's Visual Communication Lab, exploring new forms of visualization and how they can enable better collaboration. A key project was Many Eyes (, an experiment in open, public data visualization and analysis.

Prior to joining IBM, Wattenberg was the Director of Research and Development at, a joint venture of Dow Jones and Hearst. His work at SmartMoney included the groundbreaking Map of the Market.

Wattenberg is known for his visualization-based artwork, which has been exhibited in venues such as the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Wattenberg holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from U.C. Berkeley. He lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.




Greenpeace Boston Chapter - Arctic Sunrise Tour

Date: February 14th @ 6:00 PM

Description: Boston, MA - Coal Free Future Tour
Description: We are very excited to announce that Greenpeace's ship, the Arctic Sunrise, is sailing into Boston in February. This is the last stop of the Coal Free Future Tour.

Greenpeace is continuing its fight against the coal industry with a ship tour to highlight places like Massachusetts, where people across the commonwealth are standing up to the coal industry. We are joining this fight by raising awareness about the true cost of coal and the impacts of burning coal on our planet and the devastating effect on people’s health.

If you are interested in any of the following events please register on this page so we can keep you clued in to important updates and information!

March and Rally at the State House - Friday 2/18
Join us as we march to the State House to deliver the message to Gov. Patrick that we appreciate his work on clean energy. We challenge the governor to be an even stronger leader by shutting down the Salem Harbor coal plant by 2012.

Open Boat tours - Come down to Rowes Wharf at the Boston Harbor and take a tour of the Arctic Sunrise! - the schedule is as follows:
Wed 2/16 - Open Boat 12 - 6
Sat 2/19 - Open Boat 10 - 4
Sun 2/20 - Open Boat 10 - 4
Mon 2/21 - Open Boat 10 - 4

Let us know if you are interested in attending one of our events, and we'll contact you with details.
We are also still looking for volunteers throughout the ship’s stay to help with tours and other activities. If you can volunteer some of your time please contact David Lands at

Please include your full name, phone number, and email address so that we can let you know the details of this exciting opportunity!

Location: Rowes Wharf, Boston Harbor


Monday, February 14, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Robin Chase on Excess Capacity: The Source for the Next Wave of Innovation
IBM Center for Social Software
1 Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

In this talk, Robin puts a new lens on Web 2.0. She sees it as a combination of giving end-user "excess capacity" a unifying platform that allows for incredible speed and scale of solutions. Skype, eBay, Wikipedia, Couchsurfing -- all great examples. What's up next? Her favorite opportunities in the realm of transportation and communications.

Robin Chase is a transportation innovator. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar (the largest car-sharing company in the world) and GoLoco (the first company to combine ride-sharing, social networks, and easy payment). Robin writes, consults, and gives talks about the future of transportation and how to actually get there.


How Cuba Survived Peak Oil – A showing of the film The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,

Tuesday, February 15, 6:30 pm, Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.

Sponsored by Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group.


*GreenPort Forum: How to Start a Green Business.* Creating green jobs and developing a green economy are essential to preventing a climate catastrophe. How can we actually build the new economy? This Forum will offer nuts and bolts information about how to create successful new green businesses. With panelists Susan Labandibar/, /President of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston; Chris Basler, Cambridge Community Development Department; Stephen Leonard, Senior Vice President, Cambridge Savings Bank; and a representative from ACCION USA to speak about "sprout loans" for new home based businesses. *

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:00pm.
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Av, Cambridge (corner of Magazine St. and Putnam Ave)

*For more information contact Steve Wineman at *

Eye to Eye with Climate Change in the Ocean: Coral Reefs to Cape Cod
SftP’s Public Science Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM, Cambridge Public Library Lecture Hall

Les Kaufman, PhD, Professor of Biology, Boston University Marine Program; Senior Marine Scientist, Conservation International; Research Scholar, New England Aquarium

To marine biologist Les Kaufman, climate change is real and palpable. Fresh from the field, he presents in pictures and words a scene of sweeping transformation in the world’s oceans, from the most remote coral atolls of the Pacific nation of Kiribati, to the threatened waterfronts and fisheries of coral bleaching

Massachusetts. His message: clean up our act at home, and we can hand our grandchildren a world as rich as the one we grew up in.

Great background for general readers: The Last Extinction, L. Kaufman & K. Mallory (Eds.) MIT Press



• Date: 2/15/2011
• Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
• Time: 7pm - 9pm
• Audience: Boston Area Technologists
• Twitter: @bostontechmeet
• Description: Like the New York Tech Meetup, but in Boston! This event will showcase 6 startups from around the Boston area. Each will give a short tech demo, followed by some audience questions. Find out what's under development in Boston!


Wednesday, February 16th

February BASEA Forum

Chris Williams. "The Potential of Distributed Energy"

Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist
3 Church Street, Harvard Square
Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m

As a complement to our January Forum which focused on large-scale overview, we are delighted to have Chris Williams, founder of GreenLight Distrikt, give an update on single-home energy solutions, current technologies, and potential for total impact and contribution to a clean energy future.


Boston Social Enterprise Community: TechnoServe Mixer and Information Night!
Thursday, February 17, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
Venture Cafe, CIC, One Broadway, Cambridge MA

Event Details
Interested in international development, social enterprise, or social entrepreneurship?
JOIN US at the Venture Cafe event featuring TechnoServe on February 17! TechnoServe alumni, TNS prospectives, and friends of TNS will be there to hang out, relax and chat about social enterprise, international development, and social entrepreneurship over FREE beer, wine and snacks at the Venture Cafe in Cambridge!
Venture Cafe is graciously hosting a mixer and information night to help connect socially-focused entrepreneurs, including Boston-area graduate schools. TechnoServe is an incredibly impactful summer internship opportunity, particularly for MBA and other graduate students. MIT's SEID club has also helped us to plan and organize this event, so we hope to see many Sloanies there in particular!

The idea is for former people associated with TechnoServe to connect with each other and with future people to be associated with TechnoServe. We've all lived, worked or volunteered in Africa, Central America, South America, or Asia with TNS and we'd love to share our experiences. We look forward to seeing you all there!

The Venture Cafe is a unique and truly awesome space for Boston's entrepreneurial and innovation communities. Read more about them below, but they are doing amazing things for their targeted communities in Boston. HUGE thank you to them -- they are providing space for our event as well as providing drinks and snacks!

About SEID (
Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development (SEID) is a student-led organization at the MIT Sloan School of Management that seeks to drive sustainable global development through entrepreneurship. Our members create new ventures and engage with existing organizations in emerging markets addressing critical global issues. We harness the power of business to develop innovative market-based solutions to the current challenges in the world.

About The Venture Cafe (
The Venture Café was created to provide a resource for the Boston entrepreneurial and innovation communities. Our mission is to enable fresh and useful conversations.
Cambridge is a fountain of innovative spirit, spirit that needs a framework to reach its full potential. The Venture Café serves as a nexus for helping innovators and entrepreneurs find one another and collaborate to bring their dreams to reality.

Even in this digital world, it’s important to have a physical space. Shared physical spaces provide common meeting ground and a forum for semi-serendipitous encounters that often foster brainstorming and drive creativity. Meeting in person establishes the trust that’s so crucial to working together, particularly on risky, underfunded projects. The Venture Café can provide the framework upon which numerous experimental “applications” can be nurtured and launched.

Please email Caroline Lundberg at if you have any questions. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at the event!


Thursday, Feb 17, in Cambridge: [please download & distribute flyer


Chris Pratt, filmmaker: [he'll be onsite available for Q&A after the film]

Our opinions and perceptions are being managed by a corporate media; there is no public policy, only corporate policy. How can we reconcile continual war, wiretapping, unanswered 9/11 questions, torture, rendition, terrorism, the loss of freedom, police brutality, news suppression, the bailouts, evaporation of the public option, a toothless financial reform, no real audit of the Fed, BP's constant lies, political bribery, uncharged war criminals and corruption beyond belief?

Media manipulation is orchestrated by an elite never held accountable. The extent that big money has taken control of the media, of who & how we elect officials, of governmental policies both at home and abroad is a reflection of a public that continually chooses to do nothing.

"If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it?" ~Edward Louis Bernays ? father of Public Relations, author of Propaganda, nephew of Sigmund Freud

"What we wanted was to do was have a terror campaign." ~Howard Hunt, head of CIA Operation, Guatemala, 1954

(DVDs available for purchase)

*NOTE: early bird short film at 6:40pm* -


February 17, 2011
6:30 pm, doors open for refreshments, extra
*7pm, film starts promptly*
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor, entrance on Windsor
* *

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends! free film, free refreshments, & free door prizes.
[donations are accepted]

"You can't legislate good will - that comes through education." ~ Malcolm X

*UPandOUT film series - see *


New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
February 18, 2011 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
Foley Hoag LLP 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor Boston, MA
FERC Policies and New England; Smart Power and the Future of Electric Utilities; and Massachusetts' and Boston's New Climate and Energy Plans

FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur will kick-off our 121st Roundtable with a discussion of FERC's new policy directions on a variety of issues that will impact New England, ranging from capacity markets and transmission to both renewable and demand-side resources. As the former acting CEO at National Grid, Commissioner LaFleur knows New England well and is well-positioned to provide relevant and insightful comments for its regulators, market participants, and other stakeholders.

Next up is Dr. Peter Fox-Penner, author of a new and provocative book entitled Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of the Electric Utilities. Currently a principal at the Brattle Group, Peter worked in top-level positions in energy policy at U.S. DOE and the White House, and is also quite familiar with New England, having spent many years at Charles River Associates in Boston. In keeping with our "restructuring" focus, Peter's new book envisions the need for a very different utility industry and regulatory structure if we are to succeed in transforming the electricity system to meet climate and other public policy objectives.

Our final panel will feature Massachusetts' and Boston's "hot-off-the-press" and nationally-ground-breaking climate and energy plans. These plans will become the primary vehicles for ensuring that a wide range of energy and climate goals are met through existing, as well as new, policies and programs, spanning electricity supply, efficient buildings, and transportation.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy & Climate Plan for 2020, just released in December, will be presented jointly by Undersecretary for Energy, Phil Giudice, and Assistant Secretary for Policy, Dr. David Cash, both at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Jim Hunt, Chief of Environmental and Energy Services at the City of Boston, will then present the City's forthcoming climate plan. The soon-to-be-released report is based on a year-long stakeholder and community engagement process, culminating in a comprehensive plan and set of recommendations to Mayor Menino, entitled "Sparking Boston's Climate Revolution".


Performance Workshop Opportunity for the Boston/Cambridge Community!


AT MIT (The Cube in the Wiesner Building, 20

Ames Street, Cambridge)

(no experience necessary...)

The Lubberland National Dance Company, a branch of the Bread & Puppet Theater, has produced dances with political themes in response to current events, including 10 No-No-No Dances against Israel's war on Lebanon (2006), 27 Dirt-Cheap Money Dances, with Marx quotations in response to the financial crisis (2009), and 7 Dances for Gaza in commemoration of the victims killed on the Gaza humanitarian aid flotilla (2010).

The Company's latest work-in-progress is called "Manning", and concerns Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old soldier who has spent the last eight months in solitary confinement in a brig in Virginia, accused of providing WikiLeaks with classified Defense Department documents.

The approximately eight dances are tentatively titled:

1) 23 Hours-A-Day-Intensive-Solitary-Confinement Dance in a 6' x 12' Cell
2) Banned-From-Exercise + Denied Pillow + Sheet Dance
3) Guards-Check-Private-Manning-Every-5-Minutes Dance
4) The Brig's Spokesman's "poppycock" Dance Saying His Treatment is "firm,
fair and respectful"
5) The American Academy of Psychiatry's
"Isolation-Can-Be-As-Clinically-Distressing-As-Physical-Torture Dance
6) Civilized Society's Anti-Torture Dance
7) Manning's, "We're-screwed-as-a-society-if-nothing-happens" Dance
8) Manning's
great-hope" Dance


These dances are choreographed by Peter Schumann and taught by Maura Gahan and do not require prior dance experience. We are looking for 10-20 persons to take part in two days of rehearsals before a public performance on Monday, February 21. Participants should bring comfortable clothes to move in for rehearsals, along with a notebook, musical instruments, water, snacks and/or meals. For the performance, participants will wear all white clothes.

Friday, Feb. 18th: Load-In & Meet Participants (TBA)
Saturday, Feb. 19th: Rehearse 10am-1pm; Break 1-2pm; Rehearse 2-5pm
Sunday, Feb. 20th: Rehearse 10am-1pm; Break 1-2pm; Rehearse 2-5pm
Monday, Feb. 21st: Warm-up 5pm; Performance 7pm

All rehearsals and performance will take place in E15-001 (the Cube in the
Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street)

This special workshop is presented in cooperation with 4.360 Performance Workshop: Art, Technology, and Live Space, taught by John Bell. Funded by a Director's Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT, and a grant from the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

For more information contact John Bell 617-599-3250

The *National Conference for Media Reform* is the biggest and best conference devoted to media, technology and democracy. Thousands of activists, media makers, educators, journalists, policymakers and people from across the country are coming to Boston for the fifth NCMR on April 8-10, 2011. **

Together we will explore the future of journalism and public media, consider how technology is changing the world, look at the policies and politics shaping our media, and discuss strategies to build the movement for better media.

Get ready for three days of strategizing, networking, sharing skills, swapping information and inspiring one another in workshops, panels, caucuses, keynote speeches, meetings and parties. You won?t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event dedicated to better media, technology and democracy.


Mobile Camp: A Mobile Monday Saturday Event
Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
MIT Sloan E-51, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA

Mobile Mondays is pleased to announce the 4th Annual MobileCamp Boston on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at MIT Sloan.

MobileCamp Boston is a one-day un-conference style event that brings together entrepreneurs, students, faculty, and telecom industry professionals to share ideas, network and discuss the latest advances in the mobile industries. MobileCamp is one of the premier development focused events in the Boston region and attracts developers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and as far as California, Europe, and Asia.

This year’s MobileCamp Boston will give participants the opportunity to learn with visionaries, developers, entrepreneurs, investors, and carriers in the mobile industry, and to explore advances in the field. Building on the success of previous years’ MobileCamps, this year’s full-day event will bring together hundreds of participants and will feature technical sessions, discussions on industry topics, and the popular unconference style learning.

If you are interested in leading a session for the 2011 MobileCamp Boston, or have any questions about the event, please send an email to 'learn' [at] ''.




PechaKucha Boston 21
Tue Feb 22
Mantra, 52 Temple Pl, Boston (near Park St T)
Drinks and chit chat at 6pm. 20×20 talks at 7pm.
Free and open to the public. Cash bar.


NESEA's Building Energy Conference

March 8-10, 2011, in Boston, MA.

BuildingEnergy is the only conference where architects, designers, planners, builders, policymakers, manufacturers, and installers work together to determine what's possible. Conference sessions range from emerging trends in renewable energy to deep energy retrofits of commercial and residential buildings. The Trade Show features 160 exhibitors with the latest sustainable technologies and products.




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


Links to events at 60 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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