Sunday, March 13, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - March 13, 2011

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MA Utility Energy Efficiency Program Ramp-Up

March 14, 2011 9:00a–10:30a

Mark Sylvia will be a guest lecturer discussing utility programs to promote energy efficiency in 11.369 "Energy Policy for a Sustainable Future" taught by Dr. Raab. Massachusetts current ramp-up of utilitiy energy efficiency programs puts MA in the lead among all U.S. states according to ACEEE's recent scorecard Commissioner Sylvia was appointed in 2011 after serving as director of DOER?s Green Communities Division From 2009 to 2010. In this role, he oversaw the allocation of over $42 million in federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants. Mr, Sylvia also established criteria for and successfully designated 53 cities and towns as Green Communities, including distributing over $8 million in Green Communities grants to municipalities in 2010 alone.

Category: lectures/conferences

Speaker: Mark Sylvia, Commissioner of Mass DOER

Location: 4-145

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Club

Admission: Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Elena Alschuler


Catherine Havasi: "Digital Intuition: Building the Future of Language and Intelligence"

Monday, March 14, 2011 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: MIT Media Lab, Bartos Theatre (E15, Lower Level)
Speaker: Catherine Havasi
Language is central to how people reason about and understand their world. As computers increasingly pervade human lives and decision-making processes, they must learn to understand and mediate human-to-human interaction. People use their intuitive knowledge of the world and the experiences they've had in the past to react intelligently to the world around them. If we were to give machines these capabilities, they could help us make better-informed decisions, conquer mountains of data, and expand the reach of our creativity and intelligence.

What if we could: Help an organization understand its network of relationships and expertise, using only the things people have already written? Use stories told by patients to give predictive advice and support in managing chronic illnesses? Provide artistic lighting design for a play by understanding intuitive connections and threads within that play? Instead of just searching the news, predict its implications and help arrange a network to better handle an emergency or developing situation?

People are remarkably effective at handling and connecting many streams of noisy and ambiguous data in ways that make sense. Havasi's research has always focused on finding the signal in the chaos, and utilizing that signal to bring to a computer a human-like intuitive understanding of the material. Often, she uses common-sense knowledge to facilitate this discovery. Additionally, she develops noise-resistant algorithms for working with real-world data and applications that benefit from common sense knowledge. More recently, she has focused on how to integrate these elements into larger systems.

In the future, we must expand the domain of AI by combining building blocks like these. After all, no one solves a difficult problem by thinking about it in only one way. Modern AI uses advanced techniques such as ensemble methods and metacognition to organize many different problem solving strategies. In this talk, Havasi will announce an exciting new long-term project that aims to put the power of these methods in everyone's hands.

Catherine Havasi is a researcher in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics at the MIT Media Lab. Eleven years ago, she co-founded the Open Mind Common Sense project, which uses crowdsourced information about the world to understand natural language text and make computers easier to use. She currently manages the Common Sense Computing Initiative, a research project to collect common sense in six languages, with ties to companies and research groups around the world. With students, she re-created the lexical resource ConceptNet which is used in hundreds of research projects every year. At Brandeis University, she created the machine learning technique Blending, which reasons over data from multiple domains. She received her PhD from Brandeis University in 2009 for research in machine learning and natural language processing and an MEng from MIT in 2004 for cognitive modeling in developmental psychology.

Havasi also co-founded Learning Unlimited, a non-profit organization that supports college students sparking a passion in middle and high school students by teaching them about everything and anything. You may have taught at MIT's Splash, the founding instance of Learning Unlimited's programs. She concentrated in theater in college and has directed and designed for plays at MIT, Brandeis, and non-university venues. She organizes and writes high-tech puzzle hunts and other creativity-inducing events.


Monday, March 14, 2011
Compton Lecture, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: W16, Kresge Auditorium
"The Future of Science as Public Service"

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): President's Office
For more information, contact:


Monday, March 14, 2011
Dynamic Stability and Flame Characteristics of Oxy-Combustion Systems Using Methane
Speaker: Andrew Shroll, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 3-343
Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series

Oxy-fuel combustion is a promising technology for carbon capture in natural gas power plants. Challenges in implementing the technology for gas turbines stem from the altered fluid properties in using carbon dioxide as the diluent in the combustion process instead of air as used in conventional combustion. A one-dimensional strained flame code is used to simulate the effects on flame consumption speed and emissions. Next, experiments are conducted in a 50 kW swirl-stabilized combustor to compare air and oxy-combustion thermoacoustic instabilities which are inherent to premixed combustion systems. The dynamic stability characteristics of the two flame types are shown to collapse as a function of adiabatic flame temperature for a given inlet Reynolds number. Data from an open exhaust configuration, which removes combustion dynamics, is also presented to compare flame structures and blowoff conditions. These cases are captured using high speed Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV).

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:
Patrick Kirchen


Monday, March 14, 2011
Breaking the Code (special preview event)
Speaker: Catalyst Collaborative @ MIT
Time: 6:00p–7:00p
Location: N51, MIT Museum
Celebrate Pi Day and Einstein's birthday with a staged reading of scenes from Breaking the Code with Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, an award-winning science theater collaboration between MIT and Underground Railway Theater. Breaking the Code is a deeply moving play about the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing, regarded by many as the father of computer science. The play's title refers both to the fact that Turing broke the German "Enigma" code during WWII (greatly contributing to the Allies' victory) and to his refusal to lead a closeted life. Performance will be followed by conversation with the artists and a guest scientist.

Web site:
Open to: Recommended for adults and teens
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson


Monday, March 14, 2011
Collision 2 Lecture Series: Jae Rhim Lee
Speaker: Jae Rhim Lee
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: E15-070, Bartos Theater
MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology presents its Monday night lecture series, Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet
Parallel/Peripheral: Working at the Intersection of Art and Other
Jae Rhim Lee, artist and ACT research fellow, MIT, Cambridge MA
Respondent: Nicholas A. Ashford, Professor of Technology and Policy; Director, MIT Technology and Law Program

Jae Rhim Lee's current work, the Infinity Burial Project, proposes alternatives for the post-mortem body and features the training of a unique strain of edible mushroom to decompose and remediate toxins in human tissue. Jae Rhim Lee's work challenges the boundaries prescribed by society and culture between self and other by proposing unorthodox relationships for the mind/body/self, and the built and natural environment. Lee has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is a recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation Grant (2009), Institut fur Raumexperimente/Universitat der Kunste Berlin Grant (2010), and the renowned MAK Schindler Center Scholarship, Los Angeles. Lee is currently an ACT fellow.

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, March 15, 2011

150 D-Lab Projects for MIT's 150th Anniversary
Time: 10:00a–6:00p

Location: 10-Lobby

To celebrate MIT?s 150th anniversary, D-Lab is highlighting 150 recent projects and offering a range of opportunities for the MIT community to get engaged and learn about D-Lab?s work. Stop by Lobby 10 for ongoing demonstrations of technologies designed in collaboration by MIT students and inventors from around the world, a poster display of 150 projects from the past year, and special events throughout the week:

Tuesday, March 15
4:30pm - 6:00pm: Join us for the Mixer Mixer, co-hosted with Development Ventures and Sloan SEID. Learn how to make pedal-powered blenders and chat about social entrepreneurship over homemade smoothies and snacks! (Lobby 10)
7pm - 9pm: Designing and Manufacturing Behavioral Diagnostics: Work with D-Lab and IIH researchers to make XoutTB test strips for use in a clinical trial in Karachi, Pakistan. XoutTB combines the latest findings from psychological and economic research and innovations in chemical and mechanical engineering to help patients adhere to complex tuberculosis drug regimes. (D-Lab, E34-230)

Wednesday, March 16
12pm - 1pm: Food for Thought: Join practitioners and academics for a lunch discussion and brainstorming session on technologies to bridge the gap between humanitarian relief and development. Bring your own lunch, we will provide cookies and lemonade. (13-2137)

Thursday, March 17
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Brown bag lunch presentation on D-Lab Schools' work in Cambodia. (3-412)

Web site:
Open to: the general public


Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Iraqi Women in the "New Iraq": Law, Violence & Mobilization
Speaker: Nadje Al-Ali
Time: 3:00p–4:30p
Location: 4-237
Iraq is not news anymore except during suicide bombings and targeted attacks of religious minorities, politicians and professionals. But what happened to Iraqi women who were promised liberation, greater rights and an important role in the "New Iraq"? In this talk, I will critically reflect on the legal, political and social conditions and developments in post-invasion Iraq. I will pay particular attention to various forms of increasing gender based violence and discuss the mobilization against it. In this context I will address the importance of transnational feminist solidarity that takes an intersectional approach as its basis for mobilization.

Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies and Chair of the Centre for Gender Studies, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her main research interests revolve around gender theory; feminist activism; women and gender in the Middle East; transnational migration and diaspora mobilization; war, conflict and reconstruction.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Women's and Gender Studies, McMillan Stewart Spring Lecture, MIT Technology & Culture Forum
For more information, contact:
The Friendly WGS Staff


Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Transportation@MIT Seminar Series
Speaker: Daniela Rus, MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 3-270
Transportation@MIT Seminar Series

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free Admission to MIT and General Public

Sponsor(s): Transportation@MIT

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Fearing


Tuesday, March 15


"Improving the Efficiency and Lifetime of Molecular Photovoltaics."

Mike McGehee. McGehee lab.

MIT: Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street


The City of Cambridge: Retrofitting for the Future, Setting an Example for All

March 15, 2011 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Contact Name:
Walter Frick
UK Trade & Investment One Broadway Cambridge, MA 02142
MIT Enterprise Forum

According to the City of Cambridge, buildings are responsible for over 80% of the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in Cambridge. In 2008, Robert W. Healy, City Manager of Cambridge, appointed the Cambridge Green Building/Zoning Task Force to, throughout 2009, look at how to encourage energy efficient building practices. In our panel we have brought together leaders of the Cambridge community to discuss what Cambridge is doing in 2010, specifically their programs, plans, challenges and successes. We will focus on retrofits in the business sector, including hospitality, education, healthcare, housing, and universities.

Registration required. Students $5.

Speakers to date:

Iram Farooq, AICP, LEED-AP
Senior Project Manager – Land Use, Urban Design, Sustainability City of Cambridge – Community Development Department


Eric Friedman is Director of the Leading by Example program of the Department of Energy Resources of the State of Massachusetts. The program grew out of Friedman’s role as director of state sustainability in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, which he assumed in 2001, and seeks to reduce the commonwealth’s carbon footprint by encouraging renewable energy, energy efficiency and other initiatives that would lead to a greener way of life.

6:30-7:00 Registration and Networking
7:00-8:15 Panel
8:15-9:00pm Networking


Appliance Standards, Energy Building Codes, and Building Rating/Labeling

March 16, 2011 9:00a–10:30a

Jim O'Reilly will be a guest lecturer discussing recent policy developments ies related to appliance standards, building codes, benchmarking and labeling in 11.369 "Energy Policy for a Sustainable Future" taught by Dr. Raab. Mr. O'Reilly oversees NEEP's policy outreach and implementation efforts to develop and provide information to key audiences, maintain relationships with NEEP sponsors and partners, and manage NEEP's strategic communications to build public support for energy efficiency. Previously, Jim was an Account Director for Virtual, Inc., and has served as Director of Public Information for the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance and Director of Public Affairs for the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

Category: lectures/conferences

Speaker: Jim O'Reilly, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP)

Location: 4-145

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Club

Admission: Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Elena Alschuler


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Reshaping Intelligence for an Age of Terror: Where Do We Stand ?

Speaker: Gregory Treverton, RAND Corporation

Time: 12:00p–1:30p

Location: E40-496

SSP Wednesday Seminar

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:


Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Making Sense of Low-Income Housing: an architect's view of policy and design
Speaker: Mike Pyatok, FAIA Professor Emeritus, The College of Built Environments, University of Washington Principal, Pyatok Architects, Inc.
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: 7-431, AVT
Urban Studies and Planning Departmental Speaker Series
Weekly Lecture Series of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Mike Pyatok has been an architect and professor of architectural design for more than 40 years. Since starting his practice in 1984, Mike has designed more than 35,000 units of affordable housing in California, Washington, and Arizona, as well as master planning communities in Hawaii, the Philippines, and Malaysia.
The Spring 2011 DUSP Speaker Series explores how each invited scholar-practitioner (or practitioner-scholar) has "made sense" out of a complex socio-spatial phenomenon. In addition to conveying the substance of their work, the speakers have been asked to reflect on how they do what they do, bringing to life the ways that planners and designers use qualitative methods in their scholarship and/or practice. The subject matter ranges across all of the intellectual domains of the Department, and each topic engages the terrain of more than one DUSP program group. Please join us as we collectively make sense of contending efforts to plan post-Katrina New Orleans, the multiple rationales for community gardens and urban greening, the institutional management of poverty by the microfinance industry, the complex evolution of American suburbia, and the challenges of designing 21st century communities to serve low-income households.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn


Thursday, March 17, 2011

How Documentary Went Digital: the Implications of Informal Filming and Skeptical Audiences

Speaker: John Ellis

Time: 4:00p–6:00p

Location: 2-105

CMS Colloquium Series

Digital filming has transformed documentary, offering new potentials to filmmakers and at the same time transforming audience attitudes. Filmmakers have been able to work more informally with their subjects, giving rise to the fusion format of reality TV as well as changing the nature of documentaries themselves. From the audience perspective, affordable digital platforms mean that almost everyone knows what it is like to film and be filmed. The result is a transformation of the documentary genre, where films are now seen as documents of interactions rather than expositions of fact. Ellis explores this new phase in documentary, using methods derived from Goffman as well as an intimate understanding of the technologies of filming.

John Ellis is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway University of London, and this semester's visiting scholar at the Annenberg Institute, University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Visible Fictions (1982), Seeing Things (2000) and TV FAQ (2007) and the co-author of Language and Materialism (1977). His Documentary: Witness and Self-Revelation will appear in 2012, and is based in part on his 19 years as an independent producer for British TV, making documentaries about cinema and the arts, the politics of media, and the food industry. He served on the editorial board of Screen magazine (1975-1985), was the vice-chair of the film producers' association PACT (1988-1994), and now chairs the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC).

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

Energy Discussions: Hazards and Nuclear Power - Understanding the Situation in Japan

March 17, 2011 6:00p–7:00p

The recent tragic earthquake in Japan has focused attention once again on the safety risks of nuclear power. However, it can be hard to tell from the news coverage exactly what is going on and what are the real associated risks. Were the plants in Japan designed to withstand earthquakes and tsunamis as strong as the ones that struck on Friday? Should they have been?

Join nuclear specialists and members of the MIT Energy Club for a roundtable discussion of the nuclear situation in Japan and some of its potential implications.

See the event website for suggested background readings.

A light dinner will be served.

Category: MIT events/clubs: interest clubs/groups

Speaker: Lara Pierpoint

Location: 56-167

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Club

Admission: Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Rebecca Dell
rwdell (at) mit (dot) edu


Thursday, March 17, 2011
Architecture Lecture Series
Speaker: Walter Hood, Jr., Landscape Architect and Urbanist, Oakland; Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Time: 6:30p–8:00p
Location: 7-431
Activating the Mundane

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, DUSP

For more information, contact:


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Human Diversity and Social Order Forum: Education in the United States

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: 32-123, Kirsch Auditorium

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.

Education in the United States: What is the fate of Americans left behind after creation of the minority professional middle class? The Civil Rights Movement encouraged major American universities, including MIT and Harvard, to recruit underrepresented minority students under terms that made their academic success probable. American educational institutions still pursue diversity in their faculty, staff, and students?but what of the poor (minority and others) who have not entered the education pipeline?


* Chair: Evelyn Higginbotham, Professor of History and African American Studies, Harvard University
* Sylvester Gates, Department of Physics, MLK Visiting Professor, MIT
* Paula T. Hammond, Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
* Wesley L. Harris, Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Provost for Faculty Equity

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


Thursday, March 17, 2011
Thursday Killian Hall Jazz Series - Cheatham/Lowe
Time: 8:00p–10:00p
Location: 14W-111, Killian Hall
Saxophonist Arni Cheatham & Bass Trombonist/Tuba player Bill Lowe

Open to: the general public

Cost: FREE


Sponsor(s): Concerts Office

For more information, contact:
Clarise Snyder

Editorial Comment: Arni is an old friend and a fine musician and artist. He plays music that sometimes reaches the celestial.


Making Sense of Social Networks
Speaker: Adam Perer, IBM Research
Date: Friday, March 18 2011
Time: 1:00PM to 2:00PM
Refreshments: 12:45PM
Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room, 32-G449
Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL
Contact: Juho Kim,

The increasing amount of digital information in society has ushered in a golden age for data analysis. Ample data encourages users to conduct more frequent exploratory data analyses to explain scientific, social, cultural and economic phenomena. However, access to data is important but ultimately insufficient without understanding patterns, identifying outliers, or discovering gaps. Modern databases are simply too large to examine without computational tools that allow users to process and interact with the data.

A growing trend in data analysis is sensemaking of linked data as networks. My research focuses on understanding these (social) networks because they are topical, emerging and an inherently challenging process for analysts. Networks are difficult to visualize, navigate, and most problematic, it is difficult to find task-relevant patterns. Despite all of these challenges, the network perspective remains appealing to sociologists, intelligence analysts, biologists, communication theorists, bibliometricians, food-web ecologists, and many other professionals. These analysts believe that the ways in which elements are connected are just as important as the elements themselves.

My talk will describe three major aspects of visual analytics: designing new techniques to communicate and interact with network data more effectively, designing new methods to understand and aid analysts, and designing new applications to mine and visualize the complex relationships of social media. In particular, I will describe SocialAction, a visual analytical tool I built that has been instrumental for scientific discoveries, including medical research at the National Library of Medicine, counter-terrorism research at the Department of Homeland Security’s START center, and political analysis at US News & World Report.


Adam Perer is a research scientist in the Visual Communication Lab at IBM Research in Cambridge, where he visualizes, mines, and analyzes digital traces of social media. He previously was a member of the Social Technologies Group at IBM Research Haifa in Israel. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008, where his advisor was Dr. Ben Shneiderman and he was a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.


Friday, March 18, 2011
Designing Novel Devices with Chemically Vapor Deposited Polymers
Speaker: Karen K. Gleason, Chemical Engineering, MIT
Time: 3:00p–4:00p
Location: 66-110
Chemical Engineering Department Seminar Series
See speakers, talk titles, and dates at

Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) methods significantly augment the capabilities of traditional surface modification techniques for fabricating polymeric surfaces. In CVD polymerization, the monomer(s) are delivered to the surface through the vapor phase and then undergo simultaneous polymerization and thin film formation. By eliminating the need to dissolve macromolecules, CVD enables insoluble polymers to be coated and prevents solvent damage to the substrate. Since de-wetting and surface tension effects are absent, CVD coatings conform to the geometry of the underlying substrate. Hence, CVD polymers can be readily applied to virtually any substrate: organic, inorganic, rigid, flexible, planar, three-dimensional, dense, or porous. CVD methods integrate readily with other vacuum processes used to fabricate patterned surfaces and devices. CVD film growth proceeds from the substrate up, allowing for interfacial engineering, real-time monitoring, and thickness control. The ability to grow grafted layers and directly integrate them into devices will be demonstrated for responsive polymers and electrically conducting polymers.

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




The Inconvenient Truth about the Causes of Global Warming
March 14, 2011 - 12:00pm
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Pratt conference room 60 Garden St Cambridge, MA
Speaker: Nir Shaviv (Hebrew University, Israel)

The 20th Century has seen a notable temperature rise, generally attributed to the greenhouse effect of anthropogenic gases, and a future "business as usual" policy is generally believed to be catastrophic. I will show, however, that the story is not that simple. I will address the following questions, all of which have a far from trivial and often surprising answer: How large is the greenhouse effect? Could some of the temperature rise be natural and not anthropogenic? If so, what is this natural driver? How sensitive really is Earth's climate? What should we expect in the future? How effective will the implementation of a cap and trade agreement be?




Large Scale Digital Atlasing of the Brain
Dr. Hawrylycz will discuss the generation, methods, and data analysis of the Allen Brain Atlases including adult and developmental mouse atlases, as well as atlases for macaque and human.

Speaker(s): Michael Hawrylycz, Ph.D.
When Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 12:00pm until 1:00pm on Friday, Mar 18, 2011
Where Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SAR) Room 220
635 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

Who Open to General Public
Admission is free
More Info
SAR Health Sciences
Danuta Charland



6:30 PM, Tuesday, 15 March

Enhanced Plug-in Hybrid Electric VehiclesAlan Millner Ph.D., Technical Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) potentially reduce fossil fuel use, reduce pollution, and allow use of renewable sources for transportation, but their lithium ion battery subsystems are presently too expensive. The PHEV can be enhanced in three ways to improve the economics. First, the incorporation of GPS information into the car’s energy management algorithm allows predictive control through prior knowledge of the route and energy required, so that fuel consumption is reduced. Second, the use of the vehicle battery while parked (vehicle to grid, or V2G) can provide additional revenue to pay for the battery. A specific version of this called vehicle to building (V2B) offsets the short peaks in commercial-scale facility electrical demand to reduce demand charges, and the revenue from V2B can pay for most of the battery cost. Third, the battery cycle life must be maximized to avoid high replacement costs, and a model of battery wear out for lithium ion batteries is presented, and utilized to show that the above strategies are compatible with long battery life. The enhanced PHEV is then seen to have improved economics, helping bootstrap the technology into economies of scale.

Alan Millner has BS, MS and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is now a technical staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He was a principal in a pioneering photovoltaic systems firm. Dr. Millner has developed switch mode power electronics for medical MRI and ultrasound systems, has developed propulsion motors for marine applications, and created power electronics solutions for industrial applications up to 30kW. He has authored 11 patents and over 20 publications. Dr. Millner is a senior member of IEEE. His present interests are energy systems and hybrid vehicles.

The meeting will take place from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Pizza and refreshments will be available at 6:00 PM)
Location: Olin College, Needham, MA

This event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in joining the Boston PES Chapter or joining the IEEE, please come along and talk to some of the Committee members.
For further information please call Bryan Gwyn on 781-907-3229 or email him at
Directions to Olin College

Take Route 95/128 to exit 19B (Highland Avenue, Needham). Follow Highland Avenue for 1.5 miles to a three-way intersection with Chapel and May Streets; bear slight right onto Chapel Street (to the right of the gas station). Take a right at the first light onto Great Plain Avenue/Rte 135. Proceed on Great Plain Avenue for 1.5 miles and the Olin College campus will be on the right. Enter the campus at "Olin Way" and follow the road around to the left to parking lot A, which provides access to all campus buildings. The meeting is being held at the Auditorium at Milas Hall.




"Beyond the Pages: the Future of the Book" - Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 17th 5:00PM - 7:00PM in 309 Kariotis Hall, 55 Forsyth St, Boston

This event explores the interplay between digital media and traditional media, interactive fiction, and augmented reality. In addition to Davidson, panelists include: Timothy Bickmore - Event Host, NU Assistant Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science, Amaranth Borsuk - Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, MIT and Erika Boeckeler - NU Assistant Professor in English. Boeckeler will talk about the shift from manuscript to print and how the invention of letterpress stimulated intense experimentation with the alphabet. Borsuk will present her recent augmented reality poetry project entitled Between Page and Screen. Bickmore will discuss his interest in the human/computer interaction (HCI), an interdisciplinary field that integrates theories and methodologies from computer science, cognitive psychology, design, and many other areas. Refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the College of Computer and Information Science.




Economic Insecurity? Hey, Join the Club!

Here in Boston and around the country, people are being reminded of their vulnerabilities. Energy costs are sky high, housing values are down, savings have taken a hit, and state and local budgets are extremely tight. Many of us are dealing with unemployment, underemployment, and "anxious employment." And what on earth is up with the weather?

Don't confront these questions alone. Join with members of your community to learn about the economy and the environment, re-engage in mutual aid, and take social action together so we can create an economy that works for everyone.

Join us to learn more and sign up for a club:

Jamaica Plain Common Security Club
Monday, March 14 at 7 PM
Nate Smith House
155 Lamartine Street (across from Orange Line Stony Brook T)

Please RSVP here!

If you can't make the event but would like to join a club, sign up here.

Sarah Byrnes
Common Security Clubs Organizer
IPS New England
617.477.8630 x307


Sustainability Education Committee on March 15, @ noon, @ the Boston Society of Architects:
Why must ecodesign replace traditional architecture?

"Our series of presentations has centered on what constitutes the knowledge arsenal, the tools, skills and methods required by cutting edge professionals to effectively contribute to climate change mitigation rather than aggravation. We’ve heard from senior members of the profession what they would have liked to learn while in school, we’ve had a Report from the trenches: LEED implementation, we’ve compared the two performance evaluation systems of LEED and the Living Building Challenge, and on March 15 we will start investigating ecodesign. The title for our next meeting is provocative, but also points to the new formulation of architecture. Bill Grover, AIA, will introduce via brief videoclips compelling reasons for ecological design imperatives informing architectural education and the building industry, followed by a discussion amongst participants.

Conference call: 712 432-1620,
Participant Access Code: 456642#

Contact Peter Papesch at or 617 267-6598
The Architects Building, 52 Broad Street, Boston


March 2011 Boston New Tech Meetup
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
7:00 PM

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD)
One Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA

Boston New Tech Meetup #3, Tuesday March 15. Doors open at 7 in the Deborah Sampson and Thomas Paul room, presentations start at 7:30. 6 Presenters each giving 5 minutes of demo followed by 5 minutes of questions. See what's new and cool in the local startup scene!
Here's the lineup:

• Anurag Wakhlu / Coloci / @colocifriends
• Josh Bob / Textaraunt / @Textaurant
• Alex Grodd / BetterLesson / @BetterLesson
• Tushneem Dharmagadda / Mobinett Plug / @PlugEventsBos
• Aaron White / Proxlet / @proxlet
• Lida Tang / Cloud Browse / @cloudbrowse
Please use the hashtag #bnt3 to promote and discuss this event on twitter.



Wednesday, March 16
11am - 1pm
Location: online

Featured Speakers

11:00AM EST
Driving to 1 Million Electric Vehicles by 2015
Patrick Davis, Program Manager,Vehicle Technologies
U.S. Department of Energy

12:00PM EST
Challenges of Electric Vehicle Integration
Clay Luthy, Global Distributed Energy, Resource Manager
IBM Global Energy & Utilities

Attend this complimentary event for U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technology Program updates and to learn about the challenges involved in ensuring an effective grid integration and seamless user experience.



Farm-Based Education Association
Natick Community Organic Farm
Natick, MA
March 16 , 11-1

This gathering will feature a tour of Natick Community Organic Farm with an emphasis on their sugaring programs that teach visitors about Native American and Colonial sugaring techniques while experiencing how the Farm sugars today. There will be a potluck lunch so please bring something to share (limited reheating space).
Learn More About Natick Community Organic Farm at


SEIU 1199's George Gresham, Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
150 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA 02125,

Building on the Wisconsin Uprising...

SEIU 1199 President George Gresham
Calls on us to Join the Fight For a Fair Economy

At this important moment in American history come hear a major national labor leader discuss next steps in building a movement to confront major issues confronting the country:
• The attacks against public services and public employees
• Continued funding for war draining resources from our communities
• The expanding income divide between rich and poor
• How tax breaks for large companies and the super wealthy are depriving our communities of good jobs, good schools, and vital services
George Gresham is President of 1199SEIU, a union of 375,000 healthcare workers in Massachusetts, New York, Washington D.C., Maryland, New Jersey and Florida. Mr. Gresham is also one of the founders of One Nation Working Together.

One Nation Working Together is a social movement of individuals and organizations committed to putting America back to work and pulling America back together. Coming from a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and orientations, we are determined to build a more united country with good jobs, equal justice, and quality public education for all.

Directions & RSVP here: (Map only - )


What Vermont's District Heating Efforts Could Mean for Cambridge
Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 6:45pm
Main Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
Lecture Hall, Lower Level (L2)

Ralph Meima is Program Director for the MBA in Managing for Sustainability, Marlboro College Graduate School, Brattleboro, VT. Meima is Co-Chairman of the Board of Brattleboro Thermal Utility, which is developing a biomass district energy system. The long-term aim of the system is to eliminate Brattleboro's dependency on fossil fuels (primarily oil and natural gas) for heating, deliver energy in the most efficient manner,and obtain most of its electricity from renewable local sources. He will be speaking on how that plan might apply to Cambridge.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011
7:00 pm

Fire in the Heart: White Activists for Racial Justice

Harvard sociologist Mark Warren uncovers the dynamic processes through which some
white Americans become activists for racial justice []

Cambridge Forum
The First Parish in Cambridge
3 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 []
Cambridge Forum is recorded and edited for public radio broadcast. Edited CDs are
available by contacting Cambridge Forum []
or calling 617-495-2727. Select forums can be viewed in their entirety on the Forum Network.


7:00 PM, Thursday, 17 March (see NOTE below)
The Secrets of Building and Participating in Global Communities
Dries Buytaert

We all know many successful communities, but how are active communities built? In this session, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert will share his secrets for building a thriving global community with more than 500,000 members worldwide. He'll describe processes essential for community growth and share his experience building the Drupal project. Attendees will learn:
Lessons community managers can use to foster participation Why to focus on coordination, rather than planning How bumps in the road can bring communities closer together How to ensure your community includes a diverse mix of participants

Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source web publishing and collaboration platform. Buytaert serves as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization formed to help Drupal flourish. He is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that offers products and services for Drupal. Dries is also a co-founder of Mollom, a web service that helps you identify content quality and, more importantly, helps you stop website spam. A native of Belgium, Buytaert holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. In 2008, Buytaert was elected Young Entrepreneurs of Tech by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator.

The IBM Innovation Center is located at 404 Wyman Street, Waltham. There is free parking in the garage at the north end of the building. To reach the meeting room, walk out the front of the garage and around to your right to the front door of the building. Directions to the room will be available when you sign in at the front desk.
NOTE: Attendance at this event is free, but because of limited seating capacity, registration is required at
We will be taking Dries to dinner at the Green Papaya after the talk at about 9pm.

Up-to-date information about this and other talks is available online at You can sign up to receive updated status information about this talk and informational emails about future talks at, our self-administered mailing list.
For more information contact Peter Mager (p.mager at


EBC Climate Change Program: Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020
March 18, 2011 - 7:30am - 12:00pm
Contact Name:
Megan Curtis-Murphy
Nixon Peabody 100 Summer St. Boston, MA

On December 29, 2010, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs released the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020, as required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The Plan establishes the most ambitious target identified for the reduction in GHG emissions -- 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. The Plan outlines the Commonwealth’s roadmap for how to reach that aggressive goal, including myriad policies and incentives that are expected to produce cost savings and job growth in the clean energy sector. David Cash, Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will be the keynote speaker for this program.


Gragger/Noisemaker! The Workmen's Circle's 4th Annual Radical Purim Party Celebrating Economic Justice!

Saturday, March 19th, 8pm - midnight
At Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain
Sliding scale $10-20

*Bloco AfroBrazil*
*DJ Annie R U Ok*
*And a unique, never-before-seen Purim shpiel (play)*

We will honor work that is being done locally to protect workers' rights and fight back against bad employers. The Gragger, the Jewish noisemaker, is traditionally used to drown out the name of our foes - join us to make some serious noise in a rowdy call for justice and joy!

Live music! Costume contest! Cash bar! Performance!

Contact Leah for more info:

Leah Madsen
Program and Membership Organizer
Boston Workmen's Circle


Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy for Multifamily Residential Buildings Workshop – Saturday, March 19, Cambridge City Hall Annex
A morning workshop for owners of multifamily residential buildings on energy efficiency and renewable energy options and opportunities
Sponsored by the Cambridge Energy Alliance, Massachusetts Rental Housing Association, and City of Cambridge
For more info, contact John Bolduc,, 617-349-4628


HEET Barnraising

Saturday, March 20th from 3 to 7:30 p.m. (note this is a different time than normal)
62-64 Amory Street, Cambridge

This is a building that had a heating bill of over $1,500 last month, so we can make a huge difference. The site is a Seventh Day Adventist home where over 20 members of the congregation want to learn how to reduce their energy use. Help out one of the only all-vegetarian churches around. We'll teach how to install programmable thermostats, use less water, reduce drafts, and fix old replacement windows inexpensively. There will be music and food afterward.

Sign up at



Join us at the JP Forum for--
Time Trade Circle: Creating a Local Economy

When: Sunday March 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Where: First Church in Jamaica Plain, UU, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

After the economic crisis, more people are bartering with friends and neighbors and forming time banks to share goods and services locally. Come meet local members of the Time Trade Circle, a Boston-area organization with more than 700 members, to learn how you can start participating in this locally-grown and sustainable economy. There are more than 700 members in the Greater Boston Area.

This orientation meeting will be followed by a potluck get-together at 5:00 PM, including JP folks who are already members of the Time Trade Circle. If you wish to stay for the potluck, please bring a dish to share.

What is a time bank?

A time bank is an organization where members have a bank account of time, and exchange time-based services with other members. It?s a pool of members, and operates like a circle, not a one-to-one swap or barter. In a time bank, for example, Lara makes a cake for Aldo, Keren gives skiing lessons to David, Dianne gives Carol ride to the airport, Carol paints a painting for Louisa, Krystyna lends her vacation house to Alice, etc. You get time credit for the services you provide, and you can spend that time on services that other members offer. The Time Trade Circle lets us share our own skills and get help from others who offer things we need.

Becoming a member is easy. For more information visit:

Co-Sponsored by Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition

For more information, please visit




Urban Gardening Book Club

We'll be discussing the book Farm City, by Novella Carpenter, and how it relates to community and urban food production at Roxbury Community College on 3/22 at 6:00 pm (Academic Bldg 3). All are welcome! We'll be selecting the next book at the meeting, but if you're interested and unable to make it, feel free to send me your suggestions in advance. Free to contact me with any additional questions.

The event is supported by the Boston Gardener's Council and The Roxbury Community College Service Learning Garden Project. In addition, event information is available on the page below:

Thank you very much!

Stephanie Bostic
MS in Agriculture, Food & the Environment 2010
Tufts University

Blogging about food and fiber:


Eco-Municipalities Talk - Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 pm, Cambridge Main Library Auditorium

Speakers: Peter Britt, Sustainability Coordinator, Portsmouth, NH John Bohenko, City Manager, Portsmouth, NH; Sarah James from the Institute for Eco-Municipality Education & Assistance will give a brief introduction about eco-municipalities.

In November, 2007, Portsmouth, New Hampshire formally decided to become an Eco-Municipality, when its City Council passed a resolution declaring that the following four sustainability objectives would guide its municipal operations:

1. Reduce dependence on fossil fuels, underground metals, and minerals
2. Reduce dependence upon synthetic chemicals and other unnatural substances.
3. Reduce encroachment upon nature.
4. Meet human needs fairly and efficiently

An Eco-Municipality uses a comprehensive, integrated approach to creating a sustainable city.

Find out how Portsmouth became an Eco-Municipality and how the city takes the systems approach to sustainability now.

Sponsored by the office of Vice Mayor Henrietta Davis, the Cambridge Renewable Energy Team (CREATe), and the Cambridge Energy Alliance.


Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk Univesity
“WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks, and Our Right to Know”
with Daniel Domscheit-Berg (former WikiLeaks staffer) and Herbert Snorasson (former WikiLeaks staffer); moderator Wendy Ballinger (Ford Hall Forum Board member)
Thursday, March 24, 8-9:00 am [special breakfast forum]
Moot Court Room, Suffolk University Law School

Although Herbert Snorasson and Daniel Domscheit-Berg, both former staffers at WikiLeaks, cannot enter the United States for fear of arraignment, they join us live by video fromIceland and Germany to answer questions about the necessity of and danger in leaking state secrets. With Wendy Ballinger, Treasurer and former Executive Director of Ford Hall Forum, Snorasson and Domscheit-Berg discuss why their newest venture, OpenLeaks, is superior to Assange’s WikiLeaks model and other various “Leaks” sites launching around the world. The two will tell us how and why they became involved with WikiLeaks, particularly their idea on the public’s right to know versus global security. Signed copies of the book will be sold following the presentation.


*Compelling Conversation with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
Civil Rights Activist and Former Champion Boxer
Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.*

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a formidable boxer who had won the European Light Welterweight Championship for two years in a row and knocked out Emile Griffith in the first round when his promising career was cut short. In 1966, he was falsely arrested for the murder of three white people in a bar. Sentenced to a triple life-sentence, Carter always maintained his innocence. Subjected to a nineteen-year travesty of justice, he was finally set free in 1985 by a federal court. His story was immortalized in a Bob Dylan song and made into a Hollywood movie starring Denzel Washington.

Carter has chronicled his own life in two books, _The Sixteenth Round_, and 2011?s _Eye of_ _the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom_. He now devotes much of his time to speaking out on behalf of the wrongly convicted.

*Bunker Hill Community College**in A300 Auditorium*

250 New Rutherford Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02129-2995
Free but you need to register for tickets at the website below*
Compelling Conversations Speaker Series



Think Global, Act Local:
A Community Climate Action Roundtable

Thursday, March 24, 6pm-7:30pm, Suffolk University, 73 Tremont St.

All politics are local but many problems are global. How do neighborhood-based groups form effective partnerships with larger organizations to bring global issues home and amplify grassroots voices? Join BostonCAN and representatives from other neighborhood-based and national sustainability organizations as we discuss stories of successful collaboration between community-based organizations and national groups that highlight best practices. Speakers will include Cindy Luppi from Clean Water Action discussing stopping coal power in eastern Mass and Mela Bush from Greater Four Corners Action Coalition onimproving mass transit in Dorchester.
Free and open to the public. Snacks provided. RSVP at on-line or by calling 857-544-6846.


"Noam Chomsky & Malalai Joya: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan"
5:30pm, Friday, March 25th
Harvard University

Student Organization Center at the Hilles Building (SOCH)
Radcliffe Quadrangle
59 Shepard Street (corner of Shepard and Garden Streets)
Cambridge, MA, 02138

Walking Directions to the SOCH : Located on the corner of Garden and Shepard Streets, the SOCH is just a 15 minute walk from the Harvard Square T-stop on the Red line. Just follow Garden St.
past the Sheraton Commander hotel. The main entrance is located on the right side of the building facing the Radcliffe Quadrangle.

About the Speakers:
NOAM CHOMSKY, PhD, is a linguist, political philosopher, social critic, and has been referred to as "arguably the most important intellectual alive today."

Most recently, with Ilan Papp, he has completed "Gaza in Crisis" (Haymarket Books, 2010). Other examples of his prolific work include: The Culture of Terrorism; Manufacturing Consent (with E.S. Herman); Understanding Power; Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance; and most recently, Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World, (with David Barsamian).

MALALAI JOYA has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan" by the BBC News, while the New York Times has said of her, "Joya's life has been singular and heroic."

At a constitutional assembly in Kabul in 2003, Malalai Joya stood up and denounced her country's powerful U.S./NATO-backed warlords. She was only 25 years old. Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new Parliament.

In 2007, she was suspended for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons. Beloved by her people for daring to speak out against U.S.-backed war criminals that dominate the government, Joya has survived at least 4 assassination attempts. Having come face-to-face with the brutality of war, Joya has been demanding an end to the occupation for years.

In her book A Woman Among Warlords, just out in paperback, Joya explains the situation of ordinary Afghans: "We are caught between two enemies - the Taliban on one side and the U.S./NATO forces and their warlord allies on the other."

Sponsors (list in formation): Haymarket Books, United for Justice with Peace, the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee.

RSVP to the facebook event at!/event.php?eid=151499161576478


The Wild and Scenic Film Festival
"e" inc. is proud to be the official Boston host of The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival -- the largest environmental film festival in the United States. Created eight years ago by a small group of riverkeepers in California, The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festivalis designed to inspire by showing actions and ideas from around the globe on a wide array of environmental issues.

Opening Night Reception:
Robin Young leads expert panel on energy's future
Friday Mar 25, 2011
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Come to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival's Opening Event as WBUR's Robin Young (host of "Here and Now") serves as moderator for a panel of experts on the future of energy. Panelists include: Howard Herzog (MIT), Namrita Kapur (Environmental Defense Fund), David Cash (Under Secretary - EOEEA) and Alexander Taft (National Grid Climate Officer). Wine and Hors D'oeuvres reception at 6PM. Panel at 7PM.

Afternoon FilmFest:
View shorts MC'd by PRI's Bruce Gellerman
Saturday Mar 26, 2011
1:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Come see shorts, documentaries, and animations from around the world. Learn about inspiring young leaders and about the lives of beings chronicled by the planet's greatest filmmakers. Walk away with a new sense of commitment to our Earth.

The Finale:
See Carbon Nation plus locavore tasting and silent auction
Saturday Mar 26, 2011
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
An evening of wonderful foods and wine from some of our area's great eateries, followed by a feature documentary just released “CarbonNation.” Our final Wild and Scenic Film Festival evening is rounded off with dessert and a silent auction.



JP Forum Invites you to Join Us for--
Special Guest: Malalai Joya: Liberating Afghan Women

When: Saturday March 26, 3:00 ? 5:00 PM
Where: First Church in Jamaica Plain, UU, 6 Eliot St
Speaker: Malalai Joya, author of A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Dared Raise Her Voice

At a constitutional assembly in Kabul in 2003, Malalai Joya stood up and denounced her country's powerful U.S./NATO-backed warlords. She was only 25 years old. Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan?s new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons. Beloved by her people for daring to speak out against U.S.-backed war criminals that dominate the government, Joya has survived at least four assassination attempts.

Having come face-to-face with the brutality of war, Joya has been demanding an end to the occupation for years. In her book ?A Woman Among Warlords", just out in paperback, Joya explains the situation of ordinary Afghans: "We are caught between two enemies - the Taliban on one side and the U.S./NATO forces and their warlords allies on the other"

About Joya:
Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician who has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan."As an elected member of the Wolesi Jirga from Farah province, she has publicly denounced the presence of what she considers warlords and war criminals in the parliament. She is an outspoken critic of both the Taliban as well as the present Afghan government of Karzai and its western supporters. In May 2007, Joya was suspended from the parliament on the grounds that she had insulted fellow representatives in a television interview. Her suspension, which is currently being appealed, has generated protest internationally and appeals for her reinstatement have been signed by high profile writers, intellectuals such as Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky, and politicians including Members of Parliament from Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Joya has been compared to the symbol of Burma's democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi. TIME magazine named Malalai Joya to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine?s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Foreign Policy Magazine listed Malalai Joya in its annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Co-sponsored by: WILPF Boston, Code Pink, Community Church of Boston, and ESAC
For more information, please visit


The Harvard Food Law Society and the Harvard Health Law and Policy Clinic Present
Gary Taubes

Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity

Wednesday March 30
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pound 101, Harvard Law School

Sign up at
Space is Limited

In his New York Times best seller, Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes argued that our diet’s overemphasis on certain kinds of carbohydrates—not fats and not simply excess calories—has led directly to the obesity epidemic we face today. The result of thorough research, keen insight, and unassailable common sense, Good Calories, Bad Calories immediately stirred controversy and acclaim among academics, journalists, and writers alike. Michael Pollan heralded it as “a vitally important book, destined to change the way we think about food.”

In his lecture “Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity,” Taubes explains why he believes the nutritional science of the last century has been misguided and damaging, particularly the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat, and reveals the good science that has been ignored.

For more information visit or email Nate Rosenberg at nrosenberg at


Babson Energy and Environmental Conference

Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future

Register Now at

Register now to attend the 5th Annual Babson Energy and Environmental Conference on March 31st, 2011 at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

This year’s theme is “Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future”, and we will explore how innovation and entrepreneurship will play a pivotal role in shaping the new green economy in the years to come. We will hear severalexciting keynotes from high profile entrepreneurs:

• Dr. Bart Riley, Co-Founder, A123 Systems (NASDAQ: AONE)
• Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group
• Nancy Floyd, Founder & Managing Director, Nth Power
• Kathy Brown, Senior Vice President – Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
Other featured speakers

• Leonard Schlesinger, President, Babson College
• Mark Donohue, Clean Technology Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Babson College
• Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council
• Cynthia Curtis, Chief Sustainability Officer, CA Technologies
• Rob Pratt, Chairman & CEO, GreenerU
• Clint Wilder, Senior Editor, Clean Edge & Author, The Clean Tech Revolution
• Chuck McDermott, General Partner, Rockport Capital
• Jeramy Lemieux, Head of Climate Savers, Diversey, Inc.
• Greg Dixon, SVP of Marketing, EnerNOC
• Kathy Loftus, Global Leader for Sustainability Engineering, Maintenance & Energy Management, Whole Foods
• Michael Bakas, Senior Vice President – Renewable Energy, Ameresco
• Robert Gough, Founder, Port Meadow Tech
• Bob Reese, President/ Co-Founder, Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery
• Jonathan Nash, Director of Business Development, NewStream
• Patrick Cloney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
• David O’Connor, Senior Vice President for Energy and Clean Technology, ML Strategies, LLC
• Kim Stevenson, Manager of New Technologies, CT Clean Energy Fund
And Many More!

Our engaging panel sessions will focus on several main topics:

• Innovations in Cleantech and Renewable Energy
• Sustainable Business Practices
• Financing Strategies
• New Energy Policy & Implications
• Responsible Consumption and Disposal of Food, Water & Waste
Our Entrepreneurs Showcase will give a glimpse of some of the newest innovators in the industry. Further, you will have the opportunity to listen to panelists from Enernoc, WholeFoods, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, CA Technologies, Diversy and many more. Our goal is to show that sustainable business practices are not at odds with creating profit and growing a company.

The world needs more entrepreneurs and leaders focused on preserving the earth’s resources while building a more sustainable future. We hope that you will join us for this exciting event, and be inspired to become part of the next wave of change!

For additional information, please contact Jatin Ahuja (, Adam Ostaszewski ( and Joel Robbins (


Digital Media and Popular Uprisings

March 31, 2011
6-8 p.m.
Lesley University
University Hall Amphitheater
1815 Mass. Ave.
2nd Flr.
Cambridge, MA 02140

Google Map:

The importance of digital media in building the recent wave of popular uprisings in the Middle East has been widely heralded in the global press. But how are social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, and digital communication devices like texters, cell phones and PDAs really being used on the ground to help organize millions of people towards a common goal - democracy. And is it true that these movements for democracy in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and beyond are completely spontaneous and being organized on the fly with the help of modern technology? Or is there more to the story?

Lesley University and Open Media Boston have invited three experts on digital media and grassroots organizing to speak to these and related issues. Each brings a unique perspective to the discussion.

Ethan Zuckerman is co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices and senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Jillian York is a writer and freedom of expression activist who studies Internet controls and online activism, with a focus on the Arab world. She is a project coordinator at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Suren Moodliar is a coordinator of Massachusetts Global Action and an organizer of the Majority Agenda Project. He is deeply interested in networks and social change.

The panel will be chaired by Jason Pramas, Editor/Publisher of Open Media Boston,, and introduced by a representative of Lesley University.

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. There will be light refreshments served in the Atrium just outside the Amphitheater. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, or press inquiries, please email


The Sociology Department at Northeastern University is hosting our 2nd annual globalization symposium on March 31, with a focus on global commodity chains, neoliberalism, and human rights. The evening session, in particular, will explore issues related to politics and activism surrounding global commodities such as coffee, coca cola, drugs, arms, as well as clothing and apparel.

What: Global Commodities, Chained and Unchained- 2nd Annual Conference on Globalization at Northeastern University

When: March 31, 2011

Panel 1- 2:45 to 4:30pm (Global Commodity Chains- a Critical Approach)

Panel 2- 6:00 to 8:00pm (Global Commodity Chains and Human Rights)

Where: Northeastern University, 20 West Village F

For more Information, see:

Conference Description:

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University is pleased to host its 2nd annual conference on globalization. We are excited to bring together a group of prominent scholars to discuss their recent research on global commodity chains and to critically assess the political and cultural implications of neoliberal globalization.

Presenters at the evening session, including Carolyn Nordstrom (Notre Dame University), Robert Ross (Clark University), Edward Fischer (Vanderbilt University) and Robert Foster, will discuss the interconnections between commodity chains and human rights and the potential paths of resistance available to populations marginalized within the current neoliberal order.

Presenters at the afternoon session, including Catherine Dolan (Oxford University), Andrew Schrank (University of New Mexico), Robert Foster (University of Rochester) and Damla Isik (Western Connecticut State College), will draw on their ethnographic field work to discuss critical approaches to global commodity chain research and theory.

This event is free and open to the public. The Department of Sociology-Anthropology at Northeastern hopes you can join us for what promises to be an exciting, politically inspirational, and intellectually rich encounter. For more information on the conference, including times and location, please visit our blog at

Hope to see you there!

Jeffrey S. Juris
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Northeastern University


"Secret of the Dawn" - film screening, followed by a panel discussion about female genital mutilation (FGM) and efforts to stop it in Mali,
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:00-6:30 p.m. at Emerson Hall, Harvard U., 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge.

This documentary shows current attitudes of people in Mali toward FGM, and Malians struggling to end it, including Healthy Tomorrow's sister group, Sini Sanuman. Dancer and health educator Wyoma
will perform a dance of hope for a future without FGM. We will end with a music video that is shown on Malian TV, featuring 17 actual ex-excisers. This event is co-sponsored by Healthy Tomorrow and the Harvard Extension International Relations Club. For more info, call (617) 776-6524.

Feel free to call with any questions.

Susan McLucas, director, Healthy Tomorrow, (617) 776-6524,

Editorial Comment: Susan McLucas is another old friend who has been working in the US and Mali for many years on the issue of female genital mutilation.




Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while controlling for how cold the weather is). You get a short friendly email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.


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, contact


Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents

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

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