Sunday, May 01, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - May 1, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events is a weekly mailing list published most Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston area that catch the editor's eye.

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Editorial Comment: I'm experimenting with a different format, organizing the events by day and time rather than by MIT, Harvard, other colleges and universities, and community groups as I had previously. My hope is that this will make the list more useful.

I have published my notes on last week's workshop on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident at
If others wish to share their notes on the events they may attend which are included in this list, please let me know. It could be as simple as writing a comment a the hubevents.blogspot website.


Cambridge Science Festival with too many different events to mention is happening all this week until May 8. The full schedule is available at

You editor will be at the Science Festival Carnival at the Cambridge Main Library on Saturday, May 7 from 12 - 4 pm. I will be demonstrating Solar IS Civil Defense and Simple Solar techniques.


Monday, May 02, 2011
Lunch with a Luminary: Peter Diamond
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: N51, MIT Museum
Lunch with a Luminary
Imagine taking one of the New England's most impressive scientists out to lunch and getting to ask anything you wish!
Bring your lunch and your questions for a freeform chat with Peter Diamond, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the analysis of markets with search frictions. Dr. Diamond is an Institute Professor in the department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson


Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series
May 2, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Contact Name: Louisa Lund
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS 79 JFK St Cambridge, MA
"National Oil Companies and the Geopolitics of Energy." Jonas Meckling, Geopolitics of Energy Fellow.


Monday, May 02, 2011
Supermarket and Gasoline: An Empirical Study of Bundled Discount (Joint with Energy & Environmental Economics Seminar)
Speaker: Zhongmin Wang (Northeastern)
Time: 2:30p–4:00p
Location: E62-650

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


Monday, May 02, 2011
Inside 150: Where Art Meets Technology
Speaker: Seth Riskin, Manager, Emerging Technologies and Holography/Spatial Imaging Initiative, MIT Museum
Time: 3:00p–4:00p
Location: N52, MIT Museum
MIT 150 Exhibition
In celebration of the MIT 150 Exhibition and MIT's 150th anniversary celebration, the MIT Museum presents an ongoing series of public programs throughout 2011. Join us in May for special Cambridge Science Festival tours of the MIT 150 Exhibition.

Join Seth Riskin, the MIT Museum?s Manager of Emerging Technologies and Holography and Spatial Imaging Initiatives, for an insider's tour of the MIT 150 exhibition. Explore the intersections of art, science and technology at the MIT Museum and beyond. Space is limited--first come, first served.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free with museum admission
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson


The Dissident’s Handbook: The Legal and Extra-Legal Maneuvers Used by Autocrats to Silence Opponents and How Best to Survive Them

WHEN Mon., May 2, 2011, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building (5th floor), Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HKS Venezuelan Caucus, Center for Public Leadership, Center for International Development, Middle East Initiative, and Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe
SPEAKER(S) Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, HKS alumnus (M.P.P. 2009) and member of the US Institute for Peace's Comparative Constitution Project
NOTE Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez outlines common strategies used in dissident suppression, drawing upon case studies from around the world as well as his own experiences in the Venezuelan opposition and those of fellow HKS alumni Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, M.P.P. 2009 (currently in prison in Azerbaijan), and Leopoldo Lopez, M.P.P. 1996 (currently banned from elected office in Venezuela).


Collective Intelligence: What is it? How can we measure it? And how can we increase it?

Monday, May 02, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Where: IBM Research, 1 Rogers St, Cambridge MA 02142
Free and open to the public with RSVP at
Discounted parking at Galleria Mall, next to IBM. Bring parking ticket for validation.
Join us at the IBM Center for Social Software for a talk with Tom Malone, founder of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

- A Cambridge Science Festival Event ( -
Collective Intelligence: What is it? How can we measure it? And how can we increase it?
Tom’s talk will describe how the statistical techniques used to measure individual intelligence can be used to measure the "collective intelligence" of groups. Just as with individuals, a single statistical factor can predict the performance of a group on a wide range of different tasks. Although this factor is weakly correlated with the individual intelligence of group members, it is strongly correlated with the social perceptiveness, conversational behavior, and gender of group members.

Tom will also discuss other work being done to increase collective intelligence by: (a) combining predictions from humans and computers, (b) mapping the "genome" of collective intelligence, and (c) harnessing ideas from thousands of people around the world for dealing with global climate change.

Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founding director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century". Professor Malone teaches classes on leadership and information technology, and his research focuses on how new organizations can be designed to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology.


Monday, May 02, 2011
Numerical Simulation of Ion Transport Membrane Oxy-fuel Reactors for CO2 Capture Applications
Speaker: James Hong, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 3-343
Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series

Growing concerns over greenhouse gas emissions have driven extensive research into carbon capture and sequestration. In this regard, oxy-fuel combustion is a promising new technology in which fuels are burned in an environment of oxygen and recycled combustion gases. However, conventional oxy-fuel capture systems result in the energy penalty and capital expenditure for cryogenic air separation. In this thesis, a high temperature membrane reactor is investigated in order to overcome the problems in air separation for oxy-fuel combustion capture. At elevated temperatures and oxygen partial pressure gradients across the membranes, oxygen selectively permeates from the feed (air) side to the permeate side. The permeated oxygen reacts with fuels. Studies will be conducted to investigate fundamentals related to oxygen permeation and fuel conversion processes within an ion transport membrane (ITM) reactor. A high fidelity numerical model for the ITM reactor is used to deliver spatially resolved flow information (i.e., partial pressure, species concentration, temperature) and phenomenological results (i.e., pyrolysis, soot formation, carbon deposition).

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:
Patrick Kirchen


You are invited to Ciclovida in Boston area!

Bike-powered projection of the award-winning documentary film,Ciclovida: Lifecycle

Engaging speakers from a Brazilian landless movement!

Energized speakers from local climate justice and food justice movements!

Live musical performances!

You are invited to a pedal-powered movie, music, and multimedia experience with the Ciclovida Tour! This April and May filmmakers and Brazilian activists/musicians featured in the award-winning documentary film Ciclovida: Lifecycle bike down the East Coast of the US. Organize a premier showing of Ciclovida: Lifecycle (76 minutes), which follows a group of landless farmers and musicians from northeast Brazil who traverse the entire South American continent by bike in search of natural seeds and expose the devastating effects of industrial agriculture destined for biofuel.

Details of our local event:
Monday, May 2nd
*Boston, MA* 6:30pm at Frederick Douglass Peace Garden next to 998 Tremont Street, Roxbury with United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury - A Village at Work and South End Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust and Boston Cyclist Union.
FEATURING: Evan Greer and Jarabe del Sol from ReadNex Poetry Squad.

Contact: Nataka at nataka_crayton -at-

Speakers include:* Ivania de Alencar* and *Inacio do Nacimento* are the landless-farmer-protagonists, co-directors, and camera operators of the Ciclovida: Lifecycle project.
As dynamic and passionate speakers and musicians, they are the main inspiration for the film and the tour.

*Matt Feinstein* one of the filmmakers. Matt is a documentary filmmaker and organizer for social and environmental justice based in Worcester, MA.

*An award-winning film!*
For more details, go to

Tel: (508) 335-7783


Monday, May 02, 2011

IDEAS and MIT Global Challenge and Awards Ceremony

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: W16, Kresge Auditorium

Join MIT students, faculty, and staff for a celebration of the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and public service that motivates thousands of students each year to share their talents and skills with communities in need. Join us as we announce the winners of up to $150,000 in implementation awards, including Community Choice Awards voted on by Global Challenge users, at this fun and exciting evening featuring special guests.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free, but please RSVP
Tickets: RSVP to
Sponsor(s): MIT150 Office, MIT Public Service Center
For more information, contact:
Lars Hasselblad Torres

Hackathon / Beerathon for Knight-Mozilla News Innovation Meetup will happen on Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011
7:00 PM
MIT Media Lab (new building)
75 Amherst St

Knight-Mozilla News Innovation Meetup
May 2, 7pm, MIT MediaLab

Are you a web developer with ideas about how news should work on the web? Or a news junkie with a hankering to hack? If so, join Mozilla, Hacks/Hackers and the MediaLab on May 2 for beer, pizza and brainstorming about the future of news online.
Especially for students and young hackers: enter the Knight Mozilla News Innovation Challenge at the meetup, gives you a chance at a paid app development fellowship at the Boston Globe, the BBC and other major news outlets.

For more info on the challenge, check out:

700pm - Beer, pizza and brainstorming kick off
Brainstorm around Mozilla's first news challenge topic: 'How can we use open video to tell stories on the web in new ways?'
730pm - News innovation talks and demos

Mozilla executive director will answer the question: why does a browser org care about news? He will also talk about the Knight Mozilla News Innovation Challenge. A mystery guest will provide a demo of Mozilla's popcorn.js open video technology.

800pm - Napkin-sketch-athaon (plus more beer)

Sketch out your brainstorm ideas. Enter them in the Knight Mozilla News Innovation Challenge on the spot. We'll have paper and markers on hand.


MIT MediaLab

6th Floor

Building E14
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Organized by:
Hacks/Hackers Boston
MIT MediaLab Centre for Future Civic Media



Academic Uses of Social Media: Exploring 21st Century Communications
Tuesday, May 3
Webcast Event; the live webcast of this event will be available at the following URL: at 12pm on 5/3
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development & Diversity at Harvard and the Harvard Office of News and Public Affairs

Social media — from blogs to wikis to tweets — have become academic media, new means by which scholars communicate, collaborate, and teach. Hear from a distinguished faculty panel, moderated by John Palfrey, about how they are adopting and adapting to new communication and networking tools, following a keynote by social media thought leader danah boyd.

12:00PM Introductory remarks, John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law; Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School; Faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

12:10PM: Keynote: Embracing a Culture of Connectivity, danah boyd, Social Media Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and affiliate of the Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Many young adults have incorporated social media into their daily practices, both academically and personally. They use these tools to connect, collaborate, communicate and create. This talk will examine the different social media practices common among young adults, clarifying both the cultural logic behind these everyday practices, and the role of social media in academia.

1:00PM Faculty Panel: Academic Uses of Social Media, moderated by John Palfrey

Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University
Professor Sandel's course "Justice" is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on public television. A website including lecture videos, discussion guides, poll questions, and other resources has generated discussion among students and other viewers around the world. The website is currently being updated to make greater use of social media tools.

Nancy Koehn, James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
So much of the information we receive and send on the overflowing river ways of social media is immediate and detached from a historical frame or often, from any kind of larger frame or context whatsoever. What does it mean for a society to increasingly default into reliance on immediacy and brevity and widespread access as the ne plus ultra in knowledge creation? Knowledge is more than access to information, and wisdom is more than knowledge accumulation. How can we use social networks to create strong foundations for right action and sound choices?

N. Gregory Mankiw, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Over the past several years, Professor Mankiw has maintained a blog, originally aimed at students in his undergraduate course Ec 10, but eventually reaching a much larger audience. He will talk about the pros and cons of such academic blogging.

Harry R. Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

2:00PM Social media resources at Harvard, Perry Hewitt, Director, Digital Communications and Communications Services at Harvard University


Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Lunch with a Luminary: Linda Griffith
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: N51, MIT Museum
Lunch with a Luminary
Imagine taking one of the New England's most impressive scientists out to lunch and getting to ask anything you wish!

Bring your lunch and your questions for a freeform chat with Linda Griffith, 2006 winner of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "genius" award for her pioneering work shaping the frontiers of tissue engineering and synthetic regenerative technologies. Dr. Griffith is the Director of the Center for Gynepathology Research and MIT's School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation in the Departments of Biological and Mechanical Engineering.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson


Tuesday, May 03, 2011
The US Army Medical Facility Portfolio: Opportunities for Advancing Design, Construction and Sustainment
Speaker: LTC Stephen C. Wooldridge, Commander, US Army Health Facilities Planning Agency
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: E19-319
To provide the best care to America's wounded soldiers, the US Army Medical is upgrading or replacing its hospitals and medical facilities to create high performance healing environments. LTC Wooldridge will describe current programs based on evidence-based healing and sustainable design approaches to create state-of-the-art medical facilities. Specific hospital projects exemplify the US Army's wide breadth of assets (new and old, domestic and international) with varying scopes of upgrade activities and how the teams incorporated new improvements, like advanced flooring systems (infection resistant and sound attenuating), natural lighting, healing gardens, and advanced energy monitoring. Further research and development in materials, components, systems and processes can accelerate the rate of improvement in healthcare facilities, and future programs in partnership with civilian healthcare organizations offer the opportunity for rapid and significant improvements in providing high performance healing environments.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:
Jameson Twomey


Tuesday, May 03, 2011
The MIT Clean Energy Showcase: Green Jobs
Speaker: Jeff Immelt, CEO and Chairman, General Electric
Time: 2:30p–6:30p
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Boston
MIT Enterprise Forum Satellite Broadcast Series
The MIT Enterprise Forum presents world-class programs of interest to entrepreneurs and the start-up community via our Global Broadcast Series.

SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday, May 3 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston

NSTAR, MIT Enterprise Forum, and the MIT Clean Energy Prize present The MIT Clean Energy Showcase: Green Jobs

Keynote Speaker:
Jeff Immelt, CEO and Chairman, General Electric; Chairman, President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Technology Review Editor in Chief Jason Pontin and the MIT Clean Energy Prize Award Ceremony
2:30 - 4:30 MIT Clean Energy Showcase Poster Session (open to all)
4:30 - 6:30 Keynote, Panel Discussion and Awards Ceremony (ticket required)

Tickets are $40 for MIT Alumni and MIT Enterprise Forum members, $50 for non-members.
There are also a limited number of student tickets on sale (must show ID at door)

Not in Boston? Become a viewing site for the global webcast of the Keynote and Panel Discussion.
Sign up at:
(Viewing site FAQ:

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free for students and MIT faculty; $40, MIT Alumni and MITEF members; $50 for non-members
Sponsor(s): MIT ENTERPRISE FORUM, INC., MIT Clean Energy Prize, NSTAR
For more information, contact:
Greg Wymer


Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Hubbert's Peak, The Coal Question, and Climate Change
Speaker: David Rutledge
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 34-401
MTL Special Seminar

An accurate estimate of the long-term production of oil, gas, and coal would be helpful for the ongoing policy discussion of alternatives to fossil fuels and climate change. It takes a long time to develop energy infrastructure, and this means that it matters whether we have burned 20% of our oil, gas, and coal, or 40%. In modeling future temperature and sea-level rise, the carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is the most important factor. The time frame for the climate response is longer than the time frame for burning fossil fuels, and this means that the total amount burned is more important than the burn rate. Long-term oil, gas, and coal production are traditionally estimated by government geological surveys from measurements of oil and gas reservoirs and coal seams, together with an allowance for future discoveries of oil and gas. We will see that where these estimates can be tested, they tend to be too high, and that more accurate estimates can be made by curve fits to the production history. In addition, these curve fits imply that the IPCC projections for future temperature rise are likely to be too high.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories

For more information, contact:

Mara Elena Karapetian


Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Transportation@MIT Seminar Series
Speaker: Professor Joan Ogden, University of California (Davis), Environmental Science and Policy
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 3-270
Transportation@MIT Seminar Series

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Transportation@MIT
For more information, contact:
Rebecca Fearing

Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Trafficking Networks: Selling Sex Through Mobile Technology
Speaker: Mitali Thakor & Nikki Valila
Time: 7:00p–8:00p
Location: 6-120
Cell phones now play a central role in transactional sex encounters, facilitating rapid communication between clients, pimps, and sex workers in a geographically mobile context. In this panel discussion, we will consider how technology is implicated in changing the dynamics of sex work, and its contribution to human trafficking in the U.S. and globally.

Mitali Thakor, a grad student in the HASTS (History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, & Society) program at MIT, whose research is on intersections of technology and anthropology with a focus on varying forms of mobility.

Nikki Valila, Program Director of the ACT (Acknowledge, Commit, Transform) Group Home at Germaine Lawrence, which exclusively serves girls who have been, or are at risk for being commercially sexually exploited.

Open to: the general public

Cost: FREE

Sponsor(s): Women's and Gender Studies, Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) and End Violence, a program of The Technology and Culture Forum.

For more information, contact:
The Friendly WGS Staff


Energy From Waste - Renewable Gas Developments in the US/UK

May 04, 2011 8:00a–10:00a

In the transition to a low carbon economy, renewable gas presents a viable solution - but it is still early stage. Technology, policy, and finance drivers need to align for rapid deployment. To learn more about these important issues, join us for an informative panel discussion with industry experts on May 4th. You'll have an opportunity to network with clean energy professionals while learning about the latest developments on US/UK renewable gas.

Moderator David O'Connor, Senior Vice President for Energy & Clean Technology, ML Strategies

* Donald Chahbazpour, Director of the Sustainable Gas Group, National Grid
Mr. Chahbazpour will cover the Basics: What is renewable gas? why should we consider it? what is the potential? what's our vision and what are doing to make it happen?

* Walt Howard, CEO, Ze-Gen
Mr Howard will discuss Ze-gen's unique technology and how it can apply to reducing landfill volume in the UK

Category: lectures/conferences

Location: The British Consulate General, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Campus Events, BABCNE

Admission: Open to the public

Tickets available from Pre-register by April 29 at the website

For more information: Contact BABCNE office

617 720 3622


The Internet and Political Conflict in the Middle East
Wednesday, May 4
MIT Museum

Ethan Zuckerman, Senior Researcher, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University.
Dr Marlyn Tadros, Executive Director, Virtual Activism, and Visiting Scholar, Northeastern University

Speakers from Cairo:
Mr. Abdullah Helmey, Member, RYU* Executive Office Bureau; representative, Reform and Development Party
Dr. Rana Farouk, Media Officer & Member, RYU Executive Office Bureau
Mohamed Salem, Blogger

Join MIT Museum Director John Durant and international guests for timely discussion about the role – and control – of the Internet during periods of social and political change. This special breakfast-time Soap Box will feature informal cafĂ©-style conversation with experts in Cambridge and (by live link) in Cairo Egypt, with whom we will discuss the (ab)uses of electronic social networks during the recent “January 25 Revolution”. A light breakfast will be served.


May 4, 2011 - 10:00am
Contact Name: Karin L. Vander Schaaf
Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, 5th floor Harvard Kennedy School Cambridge, MA
Robert H. Socolow, Princeton University. "High-Consequence Outcomes and Internal Disagreements: Tell Us More, Please" discussing the communication of uncertainty within the IPCC [International Panel on Climate Change] framework.


Community Power Works:
How the City of Seattle is Creating Jobs and Saving Energy

TheYale Center for Business and the Environment is pleased to present the fourth annual installment of the Carbon Finance Speaker Series, Blueprint for Efficiency. This series of free, public webinars will feature the latest developments in energy efficiency policy, investment, technology, and community engagement.

Join Adam Buick, Program Coordinator of Seattle Community Power Works (CPW) for discussion on how the diverse and foward-thinking city of Seattle is helping its residents save energy. CPW is a neighborhood program in central and southeast Seattle that will make energy efficiency improvements to buildings in six sectors: single-family, multi-family, small commercial, large commercial, hospital and municipal sectors. To drive demand for these retrofits, Seattle is implementing and testing a variety of innovative strategies including:

• Carbon Reduction Incentive Fund that pays homeowners, large commercial building owners, and hospitals for every ton of carbon reduced through a retrofit.
• 3rd Party Incentives to non-profits and community organizations that get people to sign bids with contractors
• IT Platform that walks homeowners through the retrofit process, from initial application to post-retrofit audit.
• Flexible Service Model that gives homeowners an option to receive the level of energy advice that they want or need, thereby conserving resource intensive consultations while still maintaining customer satisfaction.
• Full Service Model that provides homeowners with energy advice and assistance throughout the entire process of receiving a retrofit.

Title: Community Power Works: How the City of Seattle is Creating Jobs and Saving Energy

Date and Time : Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 12pm to 1pm EST (9-10am PST)

GotoWebinar URL:

Speaker: Adam Buick

Click Here to Register

Adam Buick is the Grant Coordinator for Community Power Works with the Office of Sustainability and Environment at the City of Seattle. Before joining the City of Seattle, Adam worked with King County on developing a guidance document for quantifying and mitigating the climate impacts of projects and policies through the State Environmental Policy Act and developed a Sustainability Indicators Report for the City of Issaquah that measured progress towards their sustainability goals. At the City of Seattle, Adam is managing ongoing program evaluations and data collection in partnership with the Washington State University Extension Energy Program and compliance with Department of Energy and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Terms and Conditions. He received his Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington where he studied environmental policy and policy analysis.

The Blueprint for Efficiency series is supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Yale University and theMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Club. The series will take place from November 2010 through May 2011. It will be free and open to the public through online webcasts that will be conducted on a weekly basis from 12pm to 1pm EST. Each presentation will be recorded and made available to the global community through Yale University on iTunes U.

Funding for the Carbon Finance Speaker Series "Blueprint for Efficiency" was made possible by a generous grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar

For new users of GoToMeeting, please allow 10-15 minutes before the webinar to set-up and download the software to participate.

System requirements for PC-based attendees include required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, or Vista. System requirements for Macintosh®-based attendees include required: MacOS X 10.4 (Tiger) or newer.


Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Lunch with a Luminary: Walter Gilbert
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: N51, MIT Museum
Lunch with a Luminary
Imagine taking one of the New England's most impressive scientists out to lunch and getting to ask anything you wish!

Bring your lunch and your questions for a freeform chat with Walter Gilbert, winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions concerning the determination of base sequences in nucleic acids. Dr. Gilbert is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN Wed., May 4, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events, Support/Social, Working@Harvard
NOTE Nearly 10 years of war. Thousands of American lives, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghani lives, trillions of dollars. Come remember, mourn, and protest.


Webcast: Sustainable Consumption and Production: Educating, Engaging and Empowering Stakeholders for Low Carbon, Inclusive Growth
May 4, 2011 - 1:15pm
Contact Name: Portia Gama
This is a side event of the 19th UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD19) in New York organized by UNU-ONY and the Interagency Committee (IAC) for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD).

The side event aims to highlight the role of education in promoting consumption and production systems that lead to low carbon, inclusive growth. In order to meaningfully contribute to this goal, the stakeholders of sustainable consumption and production (SCP), including children and young people, need to be engaged in empowering learning processes, leading to more sustainable practices.

Members of the Interagency Committee for the DESD will present and assess ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) actions that have the potential to reorient modern consumption and production patterns. The discussion will focus on analysis of the processes and projects that simultaneously pursue two interrelated goals: 1) engagement and empowerment of the key SCP stakeholders, including youth and children, through learning processes, and 2) facilitating consumption and production that leads to low carbon inclusive societies. By doing so, both process and results of learning and empowerment will be discussed.

• Kazuhiko Takemoto, Senior Fellow, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
• Zinaida Fadeeva, Research Fellow, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
• Mark Richmond, Director, Division of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO
• Stephanie Hodge, Programme Specialist responsible for Cross-Sector Coordination, UNICEF
• Suchitra Sugar, Consultant, UNICEF Education Section
• Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York


Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Horace Crary Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Professor Akira Wada, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Professor David Simchi-Levi, MIT
Time: 3:00p–5:30p
Location: 32-123, Reception following lectures in R&D Common, Stata Center Building 32 Fourth Floor
The Great Sendai Earthquake

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering

For more information, contact:
Marygrace Aboudou


Keeping Our Cool: Promoting Green Technologies to Combat Climate Change
WHEN Wed., May 4, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Nye Conference Center
Taubman building, 5th floor
Harvard Kennedy School
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO Amanda Swanson: 617.495.1351,
NOTE Join a conversation with the members of Refrigerants, Naturally! about how corporations, NGOs, and government can work together to make substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in a time of political austerity and contention. In the absence of binding international climate agreements, who will lead the charge to save the planet?
Refrigerants, Naturally! is an alliance of four high-profile private companies – The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s, Unilever, and PepsiCo – and two international environmental organizations – Greenpeace and the United Nations Environment Programme – dedicated to combating climate change and ozone layer depletion by developing, deploying, and promoting natural refrigeration technologies that are safe, reliable, affordable, and energy efficient. Refrigerants, Naturally! has prevented the emission of hundreds of thousands of tons of climate-harming and ozone-depleting greenhouse gases and is committed to eliminating f-gases in the commercial sector.

MIT Museum Soapbox Series

Co-sponsored by the Technology and Culture Forum with additional support from the National Science Foundation
This program is part of the Cambridge Science Festival
Watch the live webcast

Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle: MIT Faculty and Nuclear Arms Reduction
Wednesday, May 4

Aron Bernstein, MIT Professor Emeritus, Physics
Alex Wellerstein,History of Science, Harvard University
Jim Walsh, Research Associate, Security Studies Program, Center for International Studies, MIT

Moderated by Professor Jean Jackson, Professor of Anthropology, MIT

On March 4, 1968 a day of protest about the development of multi-warhead missiles (MIRV) was held at MIT. This event initiated a worldwide movement and led to the formation of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

As a contribution to the MIT 150 commemorations, we have organized this symposium to honor and review this part of MIT's history, and to focus on today's no less urgent need to prevent nuclear war. On-going, urgent concerns include nuclear reactor accidents, nuclear weapons proliferation, and the need to accelerate the global reduction and eventual elimination of nuclear arsenals.

Sponsored by the MIT Faculty Newsletter, MIT Technology and Culture Forum, MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society Program and the MIT Physics Department

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, please go to or email


Wednesday, May 04, 2011
2.007 Competition - Hackfest 2011
Speaker: Professor Daniel Frey
Time: 7:00p–10:00p
Location: W34
Annual robotoc competition - Design and Manufacturing course 2.007

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering Dept.
For more information, contact:
Olga V Parkin


The Truth About Getting Sick in America: The Real Problems with Health Care and What We Can Do — 2011 Lowell Lecture by Tim Johnson

WHEN Wed., May 4, 2011, 8 p.m.
WHERE Lowell Lecture Hall, corner of Kirkland and Oxford streets
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Extension School
SPEAKER(S) Tim Johnson
COST Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO 617.495.4024
NOTE Drawing on his 35 years of experience as medical editor for ABC News, Tim Johnson offers his diagnosis and prescription for how to deal with the present health care crisis in America. He approaches the question of health care reform as a scientist using numbers, rather than as a politician trying to sway voters. He outlines the essential ingredients of true health care reform and talks about practical ways to accomplish them. The lecture is based on Johnson's recently released book of the same title.


Thursday, May 05, 2011
Lunch with a Luminary: Leon Cooper
Speaker: Leon Cooper
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: N51, MIT Museum
Lunch with a Luminary
Imagine taking one of the New England's most impressive scientists out to lunch and getting to ask anything you wish!

Bring your lunch and your questions for a freeform chat with Leon Cooper, winner of the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics for his studies on the theory of superconductivity (completed while still in his 20s!). Dr. Cooper is the Director of Brown University's Institute of Brain and Neural Systems and Senior Professor of Science in the Department of Physics.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson


1:15pm Webcast: Vision for RIO+20: System Change for Green Economy and Poverty Reduction
This seminar will show how changes in price structure and sustainable infrastructure can lead to poverty reduction in a green economy.
Contact Name: Portia Gama


Thursday, May 05, 2011
Civic Media Session: "Civic Disobedience"
Time: 5:00p–7:00p
Location: E14-633
2011 has seen a wave of popular protests threaten authoritarian regimes around the world. Protests in Tunisia removed a much-loathed dictatorship, and the occupation of Tahrir Square in Cairo promises to reshape the government of Egypt. Even in countries where protests are unlikely to unseat entrenched leaders, the prospect of unrest has led leaders to make major political concessions.

Is this wave of civic disobedience best explained as a reaction to economic and political conditions in each country? Or are changes in the media and communications environment -- near-universal mobile phone use, social media, the internet, satellite television -- enabling popular protest in a way we've not seen before? Is civic disobedience easier, or perhaps more effective, in a connected age?

To explore this question, we've invited a team of experts to closely examine the public protests we've witnessed this year and consider questions about media and civic disobedience. Our discussion includes:

Ethan Zuckerman (Moderator)
Co-founder of Global Voices Online; Visiting Scientist at the Center for Future Civic Media

Clay Shirky
Writer, consultant, and Associate Professor at NYU in the Interactive Telecommunications Program

Zeynep Tufekci
Writer, journalist, and Assistant Professor at University of Maryland Baltimore County exploring how technology and society co-evolve

Sami ben Gharbia
Tunisian human rights activist and director of Global Voices Advocacy

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Future Civic Media
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
(617) 324-0490


6:00pm “Phase Change: Maria Telkes and the Rise and Fall of Solar Energy, 1946-1963”
Portico 123 Harvard University Graduate School of Design 48 Quincy Street Cambridge MA 02138
A lecture by Daniel Barber, Harvard University Center for the Environment, Ziff Environmental Fellow.
Presented by the New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians.


Thursday, May 05, 2011
2.007 Final Competition - Hackfest 2011
Speaker: Professor Daniel Frey
Time: 6:30p–10:30p
Location: W34
Annual robotoc competition - Design and Manufacturing course 2.007

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering Dept.
For more information, contact:
Olga V Parkin


MIT Thesis Defense: Smart Data Structures: An Online Machine Learning Approach to Multicore Data Structures
Speaker: Jonathan Eastep, CAG-CSAIL
Date: Thursday, May 5 2011
Time: 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Location: 32-262 (video conference room)
Host: Anant Agarwal, CAG-CSAIL
Contact: Cree Bruins, 617-253-2629,
Abstract: As multicores become prevalent, the complexity of programming is skyrocketing. One major difficulty is efficiently orchestrating collaboration among threads through shared data structures. Unfortunately, choosing and hand-tuning data structure algorithms to get good performance across a variety of machines and inputs is a herculean task to add to the fundamental difficulty of getting a parallel program correct. To help mitigate these complexities, this thesis develops a new class of parallel data structures called Smart Data Structures that leverage online machine learning to adapt themselves automatically. We prototype and evaluate an open source library of Smart Data Structures for common parallel programming needs and demonstrate significant improvements over the best existing algorithms under a variety of conditions. Our results indicate that online learning is a promising technique for balancing and adapting to complex, time-varying tradeoffs and achieving the best performance available.


Ralph Nader: Can the Super-Rich Save Us?
WHEN Thu., May 5, 2011, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE First Parish in Cambridge
Mass Ave at Church Street
Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
SPEAKER(S) Ralph Nader
COST $5 general admission; Free to Cambridge Forum members
TICKET INFO 617.495.2727
CONTACT INFO Cambridge Forum: 617.495.2727


Geospatial Collaboration: New Common Ground — Annual CGA Conference
WHEN Fri., May 6 – Sat., May 7, 2011
WHERE CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium, Room S010, 1730 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Conferences, Education, Information Technology, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Center for Geographic Analysis
SPEAKER(S) Multiple speakers
NOTE The Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, together with metaLAB at Harvard, is cosponsoring the 2011 spring conference on Geospatial Collaboration: New Common Ground. This two-day conference is open to all. It brings web-mapping experts from across the country to share their knowledge and experience, and to envision what lies ahead in the dazzling field of mapping on the Internet. Speakers will introduce ideas, systems, tools, and visions, and present case studies and discuss challenges. Some will offer live demos and hands-on training. This conference provides a forum for geospatial technologists, developers, academics, and end users to engage in dialog and help shape the future of geospatial technology.


Journalism in Eastern Europe: Who Controls the Media?

WHEN Fri., May 6, 2011, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, Walter Lippmann House, One Francis Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies


Friday, May 06, 2011
Lunch with a Luminary: John Harbison
Speaker: John Harbison
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: N51, MIT Museum
Lunch with a Luminary
Imagine taking one of the New England's most impressive artistic figures out to lunch and getting to ask anything you wish!

Bring your lunch and your questions for a freeform chat with composer John Harbison, winner of the 1989 MacArthur Foundation "genius" award and 1987 Pulitzer Prize for musical composition. Professor Harbison is Institute Professor of Music in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson


Friday, May 06, 2011
MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Seminar
Speaker: Brian Wirth, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Time: 3:00p–4:30p
Location: NW17-218
Research on materials for fusion

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Plasma Science and Fusion Center

For more information, contact:
Paul Rivenberg


Crowd Computing and Human Computation Algorithms
Rob Miller, Associate Professor EECS, Dept of Electrical Engineering and Computing Sciences
and Head of UID, User Interface Design Group at MIT CSAIL

Friday, May 6, 2011, 3:00-4:30 pm
100 Main Street , MIT Building E62 , Room 450

Crowd computing harnesses the power of people out in the web to do tasks that are hard for individual users or computers to do alone. Like cloud computing, crowd computing offers elastic, on-demand human resources that can drive new applications and new ways of thinking about technology. This talk will describe several prototype systems we have built in this space, including Soylent, a Word plugin that crowdsources text editing tasks; VizWiz, a mobile app that helps blind people see using a crowd’s eyes; and TurKit, a toolkit for writing “human computation algorithms” on top of Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Rob Miller is an associate professor of computer science at MIT CSAIL. He earned his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University (2002), and has won an ACM Distinguished Dissertation honorable mention, NSF CAREER award, and six best paper awards at USENIX and UIST. His research interests lie at the intersection of programming and human computer interaction: making programming easier for end-users (web end-user programming), making it more productive for professionals (HCI for software developers), and making humans part of the programming system itself (crowd computing and human computation).


Friday, May 06, 2011
Child Slavery With Francis Bok, Former Child Slave
Speaker: Francis Bok
Time: 6:00p–8:00p
Location: 56-114
In 1986 seven-year-old Francis Bok was selling peanuts in a marketplace in southern Sudan when Arab militia attacked; slaughtering all men and rounding up women and children. Along with others he was strapped to a horse and brought to northern Sudan where he was enslaved for 10 years before escaping and coming to the United States as a refugee.

In America, Bok became a leader of the modern-day abolitionist movement. He met with President George W. Bush, testified before Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and authored a bestselling book about his experience.

As the world prepares to welcome the newest African nation - South Sudan - Bok continues to fight for freedom of millions held in bondage around the world.
Please join us as Bok speaks about his experiences and his effort at stopping this atrocity.
Dinner Served

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Amnesty International

For more information, contact:
Hanzhi Zhu


Lessons from Darfur and Sudan and Challenges Ahead

WHEN Fri., May 6, 2011, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE Wiener Auditorium
Taubman Building, Ground Floor
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Ethics, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, HKS
Amnesty International USA
Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur
My Sister's Keeper
SPEAKER(S) Rebecca Hamilton, Washington Post special correspondent on Sudan, fellow at the New America Foundation
Laura Jones
Policy Analyst, the Enough Project
COST Free and open to the public


Friday, May 06, 2011
Nerdnite Nerdtacular
Time: 7:00p–10:00p
Location: N51, MIT Museum
Nerdnite is an informal gathering at whichnerds get together for nerdery of all sorts (well, mostly presentations and mildly awkward socializing). Nerds and non-nerds alike gather to meet each other and learn something new. Three speakers will give short talks on subjects near and dear to their nerdy hearts. Talk about debt with author Louis Hyman, architecture with Joel Lamere and ocean chemisty & biology with Harvard grad student Hilary Close, as you enjoy music, munchies, and more at the MIT Museum.

Web site:
Open to: appropriate for ages 21+
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum, Nerdnite
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson


Rally at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA on May 7, 2011 from 10am-12pm.

This is not a political rally; rather we are rallying for the purposes of exposing significant safety threats at Pilgrim that have been underscored by recent nuclear power events and which affect the surrounding communities. This event is cosponsored by the Massachusetts Sierra Club.

The details of the specific location/entrance at the plant are being hammered out with the state and local police, so event details will be posted on our website:

Contact Anna Baker, Event Co-Leader, for more information:
Pilgrim MUST (Pilgrim: Make Us Safe Today)


Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP

The Spring 2011 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP will be on
Saturday May 7 NOON to 2 pm

Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Sunday, May 8, 12-2
at Fayette Park (near the corner of Broadway and Fayette St., across from former Longfellow School)

Bring anything that's growing in too much abundance in your garden. Elegant packaging not required, but please do write down the names of plants. We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, indoor plants, catalogs, pots, and lots of "whatever." Feel free to just come, chat with neighbors, talk gardening.

Contact: Helen Snively



May 7 and 8


*Cambridge Climate Change Week
May 13 - 21, 2011

*/A week of awareness and action addressing the most critical challenge we face/**

*Friday, May 13, 7:30pm*/**/*Kickoff Event * *Climate Change: Is Green Consumption a Solution? *With *Heather Rogers,* author of /*Green Gone Wrong*.
A////Cambridge Forum event//, introduced by Tim Weiskel. /*First Parish Church, 1446 Mass. Ave.**, Cambridge (Harvard Square)
*map *

*Kickoff immediately preceded by*6pm *showing of film *'The Water Front'* on water rights in Michigan, by the First Parish Church Climate Justice Task Force. Discussion led by Patricia Jones, UUSC Program Manager for Environmental Justice.*At First Parish Church, 3 Church St. entrance*

*Saturday, May 14:* National Give Your Stuff Away Day. Time and location to be confirmed.

*Sunday, May 15, 10am - noon*:**Watershed Walk for Climate and Adaptation by Friends of Alewife . Alewife Reservation, Cambridge, MA

*Sunday, May 15, 11am - 3pm*: Green Homes Bike Tour organized by the Cambridge Energy Alliance. Starting location to be announced.

*Throughout the week*: Smarter Living Expo at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway.
map *

Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 - 8:30pm*: Smarter Living Expo Experts Evening. Meet local experts to answer your questions and learn more about sustainable living.
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway.

*Thursday, May 19, afternoon*: City Sprouts Open Garden at an elementary school to be announced.
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**Thursday, May 19, 5:00 - 7:00pm*: TROMP Traffic Tutorial at *Central Square intersection* by Travel Responsibility Mentoring and Outreach Project. The "tutorial" aims to instruct travelers about the LAWS of the road and how ignoring them endangers others and themselves.

*Thursday, May 19, 7:00 - 9:00pm*: HEET Vampire Hunt and Efficiency Ware Party. Conducted by the Home Energy Efficiency Team.
First Church Congregational, 11 Garden St, Cambridge.
map *

Friday, May 20, 7:30pm*: Fred Small concert at First Parish in Cambridge UU, 1446 Mass. Ave. Many of his songs have an environmental theme.
map *

Saturday, May 21, 10:00 - 11:30am*:**Urban Gardening Seminar, sponsored by City of Cambridge Options for urban home gardening: in yards, containers, roofs, wherever! Cambridge Main Library conference room, 449 Broadway.
map *

Saturday, May 21, Noon - 3:30pm*: *Climate Week Finale: ActionFest*. Action oriented booths, speakers, commitments project, food. Celebrate our community's efforts and commit to specific actions you will take to fight climate change.
*Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave.
*map *

*Watch for updates with event locations and any additional events.

/Community groups are encouraged to organize their own events during Climate Change Week.

/*Volunteers needed! *If you would like to help in any way with organizing Climate Change Week, please contact us at ** *

*Cambridge Climate Change Week is being organized by the Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group (CCEAG) and was proclaimed by the Cambridge City Council. You can find us on the web at or find us on Facebook *

*The following organizations are participating in Cambridge Climate Change Week:
* Green Decade/Cambridge (sponsor)
* Cambridge Community Foundation (sponsor)
* First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Cambridge Climate Justice Task Force (sponsor)
* GreenPort
* Cambridge Energy Alliance
* SwissNex Boston
* and more...

/*"Climate is nearing dangerous tipping points....Time is running out."*/ --Dr. James Hansen, NASA climate expert.


7:30pm Forum and Book Signing: The Renewable Revolution
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist; 3 Church Street, Harvard Square Cambridge, MA
Dr. Sajed Kamal, long-time BASEA member and board member, will discuss his most recent book: The Renewable Revolution: How We Can Fight Climate Change, Prevent Energy Wars, Revitalize the Economy and Transition to a Sustainable Future.

Editorial Comment: Sajed Kamal has been doing solar energy development around the world and at home in the Fenway neighborhood for thirty years. He knows deeply whereof he speaks and is very well worth listening to. His new book, The Renewable Revolution, is one of the best introduction to the wide range of renewable technologies available.


“Healing In Haiti: The Agape Global Health Team” by Roy Crystal '71
Saturday, May 14, 4PM - 5:30PM
Cambridge, MA
register at

“Healing In Haiti: The Agape Global Health Team” by Roy Crystal, Class of 1971
Saturday, May 14, 4PM - 5:30PM (we can all go out to dinner afterwards!)
Dudley House, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA

Roy Crystal, Antioch College 1971, a photographer and environmental planner, will present his series of photographs entitled “Healing in Haiti: the Agape Global Health Team”. The photographs were taken in July and August 2010 and document Roy’s trip to Haiti with the Agape Global Health Team, which set up temporary medical clinics on the island of La Gonave, an island about the size of Martha’s Vineyard, and in Leogane, near the earthquake epicenter. Roy’s work included photographically documenting the medical work of the team; taking portraits of and interviewing Haitians who attended the clinic; and working with a local community development organization to develop a plan for sustainable economic development and environmental protection of La Gonave. Through his striking photographs of La Gonave, Port au Prince, and Leogane, accompanied by his observations and the actual words of patients and community members, he will make real for us the daily challenges now faced by the Haitian people. The team is now working to develop a permanent medical clinic on La Gonave to address the medical and needs of this island with limited medical facilities whose population swelled from 100,000 to 150,000 in a few months after the earthquake. Roy will also discuss his recommendations for sustainable development based on the ecological opportunities and constraints of the Haitian ecosystem, and how interested Antiochians can help with the ongoing recovery effort.

Roy Crystal works for the regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Boston, where he specializes in providing assistance to businesses on environmental compliance and pollution prevention. He has a B.A. from Antioch College in Art and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He has completed numerous photographic projects, and widely exhibited his landscape and documentary photographs. For over 30 years he has nurtured his passion for both photography and the environment.


Richard Heinberg: The End of Growth - Peak Oil and the Economy of the Future
at the JP Forum May 15 at 3pm; FREE
6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

In conjunction with the JP Forum and JP New Economy Transition we are honored to host Richard Heinberg, of the Post Carbon Institute. Heinberg is one of the foremost thinkers and writers on Peak Oil and the post-carbon future.

This important talk is part of the JP New Economy Transition series. On May 19 and May 26 there will be community events--open to all--at which we will discuss and plan for the post-carbon future! We'll keep you informed--or go to JP New Economy Transition for details.


Genevieve Bell - Divining a Digital Future
Monday, May 16, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Cambridge, MA

When: Monday, May 16, 2011. 3:30pm - 5:00pm; refreshments served
Where: IBM Research, 1 Rogers St, Cambridge MA 02142
Free and open to the public with RSVP at
Discounted parking at Galleria Mall, next to IBM. Bring parking ticket for validation.
Join us at the IBM Center for Social Software for a talk with
Genevieve Bell
Intel Fellow, Intel Labs
Director, Interaction & Experience Research

Genevieve Bell joined Intel in 1998 as a researcher in Corporate Technology Group's People and Practices Research team — Intel's first social science oriented research team. She helped drive the company's first non-U.S. field studies to inform business group strategy and products and conducted groundbreaking work in urban Asia in the early 2000s. Bell has been the driving force behind Intel's emerging user-experience focus: over the last decade, she has fundamentally changed how Intel envisions, plans, and develops its platforms.

Bell currently leads an R&D team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers, and a range of technology researchers to create the next generation of compelling user experiences across a range of internet-connected devices, platforms, and services. She will drive user-centered experience and design across the compute continuum.

Prior to joining Intel, Bell was a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. She has written more than 25 journal articles and book chapters on a range of subjects focused on the intersection of technology and society. Her book, "Divining the Digital Future," co-authored with Prof. Paul Dourish, will be released by MIT Press in spring 2011.

Raised in Australia, Bell received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in 1990. She received her master's and doctorate degrees in anthropology from Stanford University in 1993 and 1998, respectively.




The presentations from the recent Affordable Comfort National Home Performance Conference are available online at

Lots of good information from what some call the best energy conference in the USA on Deep Energy Retrofits to Community Energy Challenges with details on insulation, heat flow, energy metering, ducting, hot water, and many, many other topics. If you are a practical energy wonk, this should make your eyes light up.


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

Thanks to

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

Boston Area Computer User Groups


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