Sunday, February 26, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events - February 26, 2012

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Monday, February 27

"Oil: The Next Big Surprises"
Monday, February 27, 2012
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Leonardo Maugeri, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
Contact Name: Louisa Lund


TALK: Printing Functional Materials
Monday, February 27, 2012
MIT, Building E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer A. Lewis
Abstract: The ability to pattern functional materials in planar and three-dimensional forms is of critical importance for several emerging applications, including energy harvesting, self-healing materials, and tissue engineering scaffolds. Direct-write assembly enables one to rapidly design and fabricate materials in arbitrary shapes without the need for expensive tooling, dies, or lithographic masks. Recent advances in microscale printing will be highlighted, including omnidirectional printing of flexible microelectrodes, pen-on-paper electronics, conformal printing of 3D electrically small antennas, and printed origami of lightweight metallic and ceramic structures. Ongoing efforts to scale up our filamentary printing approach to enable manufacturing of large 3D structures will also be highlighted.

Biographical Sketch: Dr. Jennifer A. Lewis earned a Sc.D. in ceramic science from MIT in 1991. She joined the faculty of the materials science and engineering department at UIUC in 1990, where she is currently appointed as the Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and serves as the Director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Media Lab, Professor Leah Buechley - HIgh-Low Tech group

For more information, contact:
Karina Lundahl


"Environmental Uncertainty and the Evolution of Complex Sociality: patterns, processes, and mechanisms."
Monday, February 27
Boston University, BRB 113, 5 Cummington Street, Boston

Dustin Rubenstein. Rubenstein lab.

Digital Disease Detection: Harnessing the Web for Public Health Surveillance
WHEN Mon., Feb. 27, 2012, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE HSPH FXB Bldg., Room G13, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HSPH Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program and the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics
SPEAKER(S) John Brownstein, associate professor, Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital, Boston
NOTE Open to the public.


How Mobile News Will Save TV Journalism
WHEN Mon., Feb. 27, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Bowie Vernon Room (K262) Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Information Technology, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
SPEAKER(S) Kevin Newman, journalist
COST Free and open to the public and off the record


"Pakistan and the U.S.: Ships Passing in the Night."
Monday, February 27, 4–6 p.m.
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, CGIS South S-354, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Pir Zubair Shah, Reporter for the New York Times and Nieman Fellow; and David Greenway, Shorenstein Fellow and contributing columnist for The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune and GlobalPost.


Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia
WHEN Mon., Feb. 27, 2012, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE 79 John F. Kennedy St., Taubman Building, 5th Floor, Room Nye A, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S) Rema Hanna, Harvard Kennedy School; moderator Elizabeth Osborn, director, Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program
CONTACT INFO Trisia Bantacut:, 617.494.8156
NOTE Rema Hanna will discuss her recent research, "Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia," co-authored with Vivi Alatas, Abhijit Banerjee, Julia Tobias, and Ben Olken. This research systematically tests the effectiveness of targeting strategy for anti-poverty cash transfer program in Indonesia, namely, proxy-means test, using data on assets to predicts income; community targeting, using villagers own rank; and hybrid method. In particular, it examines the ability of each approach in identifying the poor and providing of satisfaction with transfer recipient list. Not only evaluating if the elite capture reduces community informational advantage, the research also observes if community has widely shared objective function beyond per-capita income. Understanding cost and benefit of targeting strategy is of practical importance for public policy makers, poverty-alleviation specialist, and for anyone interested in anti-poverty measures, especially in developing countries with, typically, substantial informal sector and lack of reliable earning records.


How Disruptive Innovation Can Help Government Achieve More for Less
WHEN Mon., Feb. 27, 2012, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S) William Eggers, global director, Deloitte Research
CONTACT INFO Christina Marchand:, 617.496.4491
NOTE In the wake of the deep austerity facing most governments around the world, leaders are faced with the challenge to “do more with less.” Unfortunately, typical cost reduction exercises inevitably result in a difficult trade-off—between price or performance. Breaking this seemingly unavoidable trade-off will require leaders to look at the public sector in a whole new way. The key to radically reducing costs, while maintaining or even improving services, is disruptive innovation. Creating the conditions for disruption will require policymakers to view government through a different lens. This seminar will provide examples of opportunities to implement disruptive innovation and offers a framework to introduce it in the public sector—proposing an alternative path to significantly reduce costs without sacrificing the quality of services.


Future of Energy: "California’s Low Carbon Energy Future"
WHEN Mon., Feb. 27, 2012, 5 p.m.
WHERE Austin Hall North, Harvard Law School, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Law, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Center for the Environment
SPEAKER(S) Mary D. Nichols, chairman, California Air Resources Board
CONTACT INFO Lisa Matthews:
NOTE Nichols will discuss the state’s pioneering climate policies and the future of energy in California and beyond.


Beehive Collective Environmental Art
Monday, Feb. 27
5:00-7:00 pm
Tower Auditorium, MassArt, Boston
Presentation on the True Cost of Coal Banner
Art Opening
7:00 - 8:30pm
Arnheim exhibition

Five members of the Beehive, a design cooperative based in Machias, Maine, will be in residence in the Art Education Department from February 21-28. They will be visiting classes and studios, installing an exhibition in the Arnheim Gallery, and giving two public presentations.

The Beehive's mission is to create collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as alternative educational and organizing tools. Best known for their posters, the bees collaborate to create visual narratives that break down and deconstruct complex and overwhelming political/social issues.

The Beehive Collective releases their innovative graphic, "The True Cost of Coal: a visual exploration of Mountaintop Removal coal mining and Resistance"
Two years in the making, "The True Cost of Coal" is an elaborate narrative illustration that explores the complex story of mountaintop removal coal mining and the broader impacts of coal in Appalachia and beyond. The image is the culmination of an intensive and collaborative research process, as the Beehive methodology centers on first hand story-sharing. To create the poster, the Beehive interviewed hundreds of community members throughout the Appalachia region. "We feel it?s
extremely important to gather our information from as close to the source as possible," a Beehive illustrator says.

The Bees craft visual metaphors and weave them together in a patchwork "quilt" of personal stories. In their interactive picture-lectures, the Bees lead audiences through an engaging, larger-than-life banner version of the graphic, interweaving anecdotes, statistics, and history. The experience prompts discussion and understanding of contemporary struggles about energy and coal, while honoring the deep legacy of the Appalachian experience. Upon seeing the graphic, Tanya Turner of Pineville, KY said, "This image is changing Appalachia. Appalachians are taking back Appalachia and this image is a tool for that change."


Noam Chomsky
Monday, February 27
Northeastern University, Curry Ballroom, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston
7:00-9:00 pm

Topic: Manufactured Consent (on a domestic and international scale), which you point out in the paper "Responsibility of Intellectuals." It would be an interesting lecture to hear you explain this concept and apply it's dangers to our American state in the context of the future stability (or instability) of the global system.

Contact: Viraj Parikh


The next Nerdnite — Presented together with the Awesome Foundation
Monday February 27, 2012
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge

Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money

Talk 1. “Psychology, Magic, and Meaning: Stories from a Children’s Circus in Afghanistan.” by Zach Warren

Talk 2. “Tales From the Hammock” by Hansy Better Barraza

Tuesday, February 28

Tuesday, February 28
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Austin Hall West, Harvard Law School, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe and staff writer at the New Yorker, will speak on "Journalism, Advocacy and the Environment."
Contact Name: Jake Levine


"Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong."
Tuesday, February 28, 12 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Ray Bonner, former investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.


Online Consultation and Democratic Information Flow
Tuesday, February 28
12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after at

Peter M. Shane, Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law & Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

The use of new media by governments around the world to engage the general public more directly in actual policy making raises significant questions of democratic theory and practice. Visiting Professor Peter M. Shane, the Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at Ohio State University, will discuss his ongoing research on two of these questions: Under what circumstances might online consultation actually make democratic participation more meaningful? What role could the regular availability of online consultation play in engineering an information and communication ecology more genuinely supportive of democratic information flow?

About Peter
Peter M. Shane is the Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Professor Shane clerked for the Hon. Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He served as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel and as an assistant general counsel in the Office of Management and Budget, before entering full-time teaching in 1981 at the University of Iowa. Professor Shane was dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law from 1994-1998, and Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management (now, Heinz College) from 2000-2003. His public service activities include positions as a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, as International Trade Commission agency team lead for the Obama-Biden Transition Project, and as a consultant to the Federal Communications Commission. In 2008-09, he served as executive director to the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, and was the lead drafter of its report, Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age (2009). Professor Shane has been a visiting faculty member at the Boston College, Duke and Villanova Law Schools, and inaugurated the Visiting Foreign Chair for the University of Ghent Program in Foreign and Comparative Law in 2001.


Energy 101 : Energy storage for the grid
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
MIT, Building 3-442, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Jocelyn Newhouse

Energy 101 lectures series on the fundamentals of various topics in the energy field.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
Aziz Abdellahi


Kizuna: New Forms of Social Capital in Disaster Japan
WHEN Tue., Feb. 28, 2012, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St.
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Co-sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies; and the Department of Anthropology
SPEAKER(S) David H. Slater, associate professor of anthropology and Japanese studies, Sophia University
Moderator: Theodore C. Bestor. Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and chair, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University


Legatum Lecture ~ Equity Bank: Redefining Success in Africa
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
MIT, Building E62-276, Sloan School, 100 Main Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Dr. James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director, Equity Bank

Under the stewardship of Dr. James Mwangi, Equity Bank challenged conventional banking wisdom and redefined their business model to focus on microfinance and low-income consumers. Employing innovative approaches to collateral, credit assessments and branding, the company has gained international recognition as a leading bank in East Africa. Equity Bank is now one of the most profitable companies on the Kenyan Stock Exchange. Please join us on February 28th to hear a remarkable story of economic progress achieved through innovation.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:
Agnes Hunsicker


The Arithmetic of Revolution: Making Sense of Egypt’s Tumultuous Transition

WHEN Tue., Feb. 28, 2012, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F Kennedy School of Government
SPEAKER(S) Dalia Mogahed, director and senior analyst, Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, and executive director and senior analyst, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies
CONTACT INFO, 617.495.5963
NOTE This talk has been developed in coordination with Women Making Democracy, a conference organized by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, to be held March 29-30, 2012.


4th Annual Boston Bike Update
with Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes, City of Boston
Tuesday, February 28
5:45-8:30 pm
Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

5:45 pm Transportation community showcase: meet each other, & learn what
different groups are doing to make Boston a world-class bicycling city (Rabb lobby)
6:15 pm Presentation by Mayor Menino
6:30 pm Presentation by Nicole Freedman
7:30 pm Q&A/Discussion
8:45 pm Social hour @ Solas, 2nd floor, 710 Boylston Street (right next to the library)

Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance. Free and open to the public.

If you see the orange LivableStreets biker around town, take a pic and post to ourFacebook wall & Twitter for chance to win prize before event!

Have you taken a ride around town on a Hubway bike yet? Has there been a new bike lane installed in your neighborhood this past year? Have you heard about the Boston Bike Network Plan? If yes, then you know that 2011 has been a big year for bicycling in Boston.

For the fourth year in a row, LivableStreets Alliance will host the annual Boston Bike Update event. Nicole Freedman, Director of the Boston Bikes Program, will present her fourth report on past achievements, challenges, and future goals of the Mayor's effort to create a "world class bicycling city." Come hear details on the Hubway bike share, the Bike Network Plan, parking facilities, youth programs, festivals, and more.
Special guest, Mayor Menino, will speak about his "car is no longer king policy" for the city. Introduction will be by Steve Miller, LivableStreets Board Member.

Join us at this public forum on bicycle planning in Boston, and join us afterwards for a social hour.


Phone Bank for Comfy Affordable Apartments – Help make apartments in Cambridge more affordable, comfortable and sustainable.
Tuesday, February 28, 5:30-8:30pm
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge (5 minute walk from Central Square)
Please sign up at

or by emailing

HEET and a handful of partners are organizing a workshop to explain to landlords how making their buildings more energy efficient that would help them reduce water bills, tenant turnover, etc. Bringing energy efficiency to apartments is a great way to reduce our impact on the planet and help many struggling students and low-income residents lower their energy bills.

Help us get a lot of landlords there by calling them to invite them to the workshop. We’ll provide free chai and green tea, muffins & lollipops. Take home some free energy efficiency goodies.


From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principles of Collective Behavior

WHEN Tue., Feb. 28, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
SPEAKER(S) Iain Couzin, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, Princeton University
COST Free and open to the public
NOTE Why do billions of locusts suddenly break into motion? How do ants carry heavy loads and march with orderly precision along densely packed trails? How do flocks of birds and schools of fish select their navigators? And how do we—humans—make decisions as citizens, drivers, and numerous other social situations? Couzin has made major contributions to understanding the dynamics and evolution of collective animal behavior. Free parking available in the 52 Oxford Street garage. Part of the Evolution Matters lecture series. Supported by a gift from Herman and Joan Suit.


Boston Green Drinks
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
Kingston Station, 25 Kingston Street, Boston

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists. Enjoy a Drink at Kingston station and build your connection with our green community!
February's Boston Green Drinks will be co-hosted with The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy is an international conservation group that has been quietly working to preserve lands and waters for 60 years. Now, with a new All Hands on Earth marketing campaign, they’re connecting daily life in places like Boston with the benefits that nature provides. Beginning this Earth Day and over the next few years, the Conservancy will be looking to collaborate with partners to promote the importance of conservation and sustainable living here in the city. Conservancy staff will be present at the February Green Drinks to tell you more about how we can all work together to spread this important message.
Keep sending feedback to for ideas about speakers or content for the future and mark your calendar for drinks in September.

Boston Green Drinks builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues. We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


Journalism 2.0: Pros, Cons & Ques of Using New Media Tools to Tell the Story
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
7:00 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester

DESCRIPTION: No longer is it enough to research, write and file a story; today’s journalists, bloggers and storytellers must engage their (now worldwide) audiences through new media tools and digital toys, both within their stories and as public figures. But these tools and toys can be a double-edged sword: While they have opened up new avenues for research, storytelling and promotion, questions about proper use and best practices continue arise as the news world integrates them.
Join TNGG Boston, Hacks & Hackers and journalists and bloggers from around the city for a roundtable discussion about the good, the bad and the questions that arise when old-school journalism practices combine with new social platforms.
BONUS EXTRA: Free coffee & cookies.

Wednesday, February 29


"The Northeast Food System: Current Capacity and Future Potential"
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Behrakis Auditorium, 150 Harrison Ave.1st Floor, Jaharis Building, Boston

Speaker: Timothy Griffin, Ph.D., Director – Agriculture Food and Environment Program, Tufts University

Contact Name: Isabel Mcfall
Contact Email:

Wanted Dead or Alive: Strategic Manhunts and U.S National Security Policy

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Benjamin Runkle, House Armed Services Committee

Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:


Life in the UN Executive Office: Working from the Inside to Tackle a Global Challenge
WHEN Wed., Feb. 29, 2012, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S) Joe Colombano, senior officer and economic adviser, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations

Laboratory Experiments on Porous Media Mass Transport: Implications for Carbon Sequestration

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
3:00 PM, Refreshments served at 2:45 PM
Boston University, 3 Cummington Street, Physics Research Building, Room 595, Boston

Robert Ecke, Director of the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Abstract: Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has continued to increase throughout the 20th century and continues today. The consensus of the scientific community is that this CO2 increase has contributed substantively to the observed increase in global mean temperature over the last 80 years. Further emissions in CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels will accelerate climate change, affecting regional climate in as yet unpredictable ways. To combat the ever-increasing emissions of CO2, a mitigating strategy is the long-term storage of CO2 in geologic reservoirs. Such reservoirs consist of porous media of varying permeability (average pore size) and porosity (fluid fraction), and an accurate estimate of the rate of absorption of CO2 into such reservoirs is necessary to quantitatively evaluate the efficacy of this sequestration strategy. We have performed laboratory experiments on 2D and 3D analog systems that model the gravitationally unstable formation of fingers that enhance mass transport with respect to molecular diffusion. The implications of our experiments for practical carbon sequestration approaches will be discussed.

Biography: Robert Ecke is Director of the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he guides research on interdisciplinary science including quantitative biology, information science and technology, quantum information science, and non-°©‐equilibrium statistical physics. He is a Laboratory Fellow, a position he has held since 1997. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Washington in 1982, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory working on cryogenic thermal convection involving hydrodynamic stability, dynamical systems, and chaos. As a Technical Staff Member, he continued research on rotating convection and pattern formation, material dissolution and compositional convection, turbulent boundary layers and heat-°©‐ transport scaling, spatio-°©‐temporal dynamics in pattern forming systems, 2D turbulence, turbulence in stratified flows, and statics/dynamics of granular materials. Ecke served in numerous professional society positions including Chair of the APS Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics, is an Editor for Chaos, and is Divisional Associate Editor of PRE. Ecke won the Los Alamos Fellows Prize in 1991 and is a Fellow of both the APS and the AAAS. His current research interests include turbulence in atmospheres and oceans, fundamental studies of turbulence, properties of granular materials, and mass transport in porous media.


Waste Ecologies: The Landscape of Energy Cycling, Material Movements, and Resource Exchanges
WHEN Wed., Feb. 29, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
SPEAKER(S) Pierre Belanger, associate professor in landscape architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
CONTACT INFO Peabody Museum reception desk, 617.496.1027

Conversations with Kirkland: Social Media, Social Movements
WHEN Wed., Feb. 29, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Kirkland House Junior Common Room, 95 Dunster Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Conversations with Kirkland
SPEAKER(S) Wael Nawara, activist, writer, co-founder of Egyptian El Ghad Party, and visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics (Spring 2012)
Farai Chideya, Author, Host of National Public Radio's News and Notes program (2006-09) and Fellow at the Institute of Politics (Spring 2012)
Micah Sifry, Co-Founder of Personal Democracy Media and Visiting Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
Moderated by: John Della Volpe, Director of Polling, Institute of Politics and Founder of Social Sphere, Inc.


Phytotechnologies: A Productive Planting Approach
Wednesday, February 29
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston
Niall Kirkwood, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Kate Kennen, Principal, Kennen Landscape Architecture
Contact Name: Pamela Thompson


Integrating Sustainability into your Professional Life
Wednesday, February 29
Sever Hall Room 113, Harvard University, 25 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
An evening of Ignite-style presentations and discussion on "The Meaning of CSR and Sustainability Within Organizations" with local CSR/sustainability practitioners.

"Drones: the New Frontier of Warfare and Spying"
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
7:00pm until 10:00pm
Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge

U.S. use of drones for warfare and spying has become routine. The use of drones increased dramatically under the Obama administration. Pentagon funding for drones is scheduled to increase by up to 60 percent while other programs are being cut. Drones have been used for targeted killings in Pakistan,. Afghanistan and Yemen. One in three U.S. warplanes are now drone piloted. Drones have also been used for surveillance in the U.S.

Learn more about this new instrument of war and plan together about how we can respond.

Bruce Gagnon - Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
Nancy Murray - American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
Matthew Hoey - Military Space Transparency Project

For more information contact: -- 617-244-8054 or -- 617-383-4857


Thursday, March 1


Regulating the Shadow Banking System
March 1, Thursday
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Andrew Metrick, Michael H. Jordan Professor of Finance and Management Yale School of Management

The "shadow" banking system played a major role in the financial crisis, but was not a central focus of the recent Dodd-Frank Law and thus remains largely unregulated. This seminar proposes principles for the regulation of shadow banking and describes a specific proposal to implement those principles.


The Uncanny Valley
March 1, 2012
2:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Tufts, Halligan 111, 161 College Avenue, Medford

Speaker: Karl MacDorman, Indiana University
Abstract: It seems natural to assume that the more closely robots, avatars, and animated characters come to resemble people, the more likely they are to elicit the kinds of responses people direct toward each other. However, subtle nonhuman aspects of form, motion quality, and mutually-contingent interaction only seem eerie in very humanlike entities. This uncanny phenomenon may be symptomatic of entities that elicit, but fail to satisfy, a model of a human other. If so, a very humanlike robot or interactive character may provide the best means of discovering what kinds of behavior are perceived as human, because deviations from human norms are more salient. In pursuing this line of inquiry, it is essential to identify the cognitive mechanisms involved in evaluations of humanness. This presentation will review the current research on the uncanny valley.

Biography: Karl F. MacDorman is an associate professor in the School of Informatics, Indiana University. Dr. MacDorman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science from University of California, Berkeley in 1988 and his Ph.D. in machine learning and robotics from Cambridge University in 1996.

Most recently MacDorman was an associate professor at Osaka University, Japan (2003-2005). Previously, he was assistant professor in the Department of Systems and Human Science at the same institution (1997-2000), and a supervisor (1991-1997) and research fellow (1997- 1998) at Cambridge University. Dr. MacDorman has also worked as a software engineer at Sun Microsystems and as chief technology officer for two venture companies. His research focuses on human-robot interaction and the symbol grounding problem. He has co-organized the workshop Toward Social Mechanisms of Android Science at CogSci 2005 and CogSci/ICCS 2006, the workshop Views of the Uncanny Valley at IEEE Humanoids 2005, and the special session Psychological Benchmarks of Human-Robot Interaction at IEEE Ro-Man 2006 and has edited special issues on these topics for Connection Science and Interaction Studies. He has published extensively in robotics, machine learning, and cognitive science.


Printing Biomimetic Materials
WHEN Thu., Mar. 1, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE Room 521, Wyss Institute, 3 Blackfan Circle, Boston, MA 02115
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
NOTE The ability to pattern soft functional materials in planar and three-dimensional forms is of critical importance for several applications, including self-healing materials, 3D cell culture, tissue engineering, and organ mimics. Direct-write assembly enables one to rapidly design and fabricate soft materials in arbitrary patterns without the need for expensive tooling, dies, or lithographic masks. In this talk, the design of novel inks with tailored rheological properties will be described. Next, recent advances in microscale printing of 3D polymer architectures and hydrogel scaffolding with embedded biomimetic microvasculature will be discussed. Finally, our ongoing efforts to implement these structures in several targeted applications will be highlighted.

Electrical Engineering and the World of Entertainment

Thursday, March 01, 2012


MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Andrea Wong, President of International Production, Sony Pictures Television & President of International, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Dertouzos Lecturer Series 2011/2012

The Dertouzos Lecturer Series has been a tradition since 1976, featuring some of the most influential thinkers in computer science, including Bill Gates, Steven Jobs, Donald Knuth, John McCarthy, and Mitchell Kapor. Formerly the Distinguished Lecturer Series, the series has been renamed in memory of Michael Dertouzos, Director for the Lab for Computer Science from 1974 to 2001.

Not sure what do with your degree after graduation? MIT alumna Andrea Wong will present a CSAIL Dertouzos Distinguished Lecture and discussion on the importance of fulfilling your passion through your professional pursuits, relaying her experience as an EECS graduate who made her way up the entertainment industry ladder to become President and CEO of Lifetime Networks and new head of Sony's International Business. Learn about the challenges of working in the entertainment industry, how Wong's experience at MIT helped prepare her for success, and how MIT students today can have a big impact in the entertainment field. Wong will also discuss her views on how the entertainment industry needs to adapt to an increasingly digital world. After describing her own professional experiences, Wong will open up the floor to discussion, and hold an in-depth question and answer session with attendees.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): CSAIL
For more information, contact:
Colleen Russell

The Aftermath of Fukushima

Thursday, March 01, 2012


MIT, Building 3-270, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Akira Omoto, Commissioner, Atomic Energy Commission of Japan

Dr.Akira Omoto will discuss the status of the Fukushima Plant cleanup, the dose levels resulting from the accident, the safety lessons learned from the events at the Fukushima plant, and the likely impact on regulations of nuclear power in Japan

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Science and Engineering, American Nuclear Society, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES)
For more information, contact:
Valerie Censabella


Steps Towards a Muslim Ecological Consciousness: Perspectives from Riparian Bangladesh
WHEN Thu., Mar. 1, 2012, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE Room S153, 1st floor, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Lecture, Religion, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Asia Center, Islam in Asia Seminar Series
SPEAKER(S) Naveeda Khan, assistant professor, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Morocco's Role as a Transit State: Climate Change and Sub-Sahara African Migration to Europe
WHEN Thu., Mar. 1, 2012, 5 – 6:45 p.m.
WHERE CMES, 38 Kirkland Street, Room 102, Cambridge, MA
SPEAKER(S) Gregory White, professor of government, Smith College
CONTACT INFO Liz Flanagan:
NOTE This event is open to the public; no registration required.

The Promise and Challenge of Water Security in a Changing World
WHEN Thu., Mar. 1, 2012, 5 p.m.
WHERE Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Science, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S) John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; professor of the practice of environmental health, Harvard School of Public Health; adjunct faculty member, Harvard Kennedy School; and director, Water Security Initiative at Harvard

Thursday March 1st


The Argenziano School in Union Square, 290 Washington Street, Somerville

We’re bringing lots of local farms to the city! Meet the folks who grow your food, and sign up for a local CSA share to get weekly fresh veggies!

A CSA share is a weekly box of fresh/delicious/natural veggies (and sometimes meat/fish) delivered by local farms to convenient pickup spots within our community.

* Presented by theMOVE | more info @
* Sponsored by Rafiki Bistro + Craigie on Main
* Co-sponsored by Somerville Climate Action + NOFA/Mass + Somerville Community Health Agenda + Union Square Main Streets


Envisioning E+ Green Communities - Symposium & Discussion
Thursday, March 1, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
Media Arts Center, Building 1, Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury
Please join Mayor Thomas M. Menino for a symposium and discussion exploring best practices in green building, sustainable communities, and place making in the built environment.

March 1, 2012 / 6:00 – 8:00PM
Open House at 5:30

Featured Speakers:
Katie Swenson
Vice President, Design, Enterprise Community Partners

Chris Reed
Founding Principal, StoSS Landscape Urbanism

Phillip Thompson
Assoc. Professor of Urban Politics, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT


Please RSVP at


Of Heat-Seeking, Robotic Fishing Poles (or, Myths of Technology for International Development)

Thursday, March 01, 2012


MIT, Building 35-225, 127 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Kentaro Toyama

Can mobile phones be used to improve rural healthcare?

How do you design user interfaces for an illiterate migrant worker?

What value is video technology to a farmer earning $1 a day?

Interventionist projects in "information and communication technology for development" (ICT4D) seek to answer these kinds of questions, but the excitement has also generated excessive hype about the power of technology to solve the deep problems of poverty. In this talk, I will present several persistent myths of ICT4D, offer a theory of "technology as amplifier" which explains the gap between rhetoric and reality, and provide recommendations for engineers and scientists interested in contributing to a better world. My hope is to suggest that while technology might not save the world, technologists have much to contribute.

Kentaro Toyama is a researcher in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. He is working on a book that argues that the intrinsic growth of people and institutions should be the primary focus of global development. Previously, Toyama co-founded Microsoft Research India, where he started an interdisciplinary research group to understand how electronic technology could support the socio-economic development of the world's impoverished communities.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values
For more information, contact:
The Center @ MIT

ORGASM INC: the strange science of female pleasure - WTTR 2012 - Film Screening

Thursday, March 01, 2012


MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Q & A with Film Director Liz Canner to follow

2nd annual WOMEN TAKE THE REEL film festival MARCH 2012

WTTR film festival celebrates films made by women. MIT is the lead host institution and will screen one film per week during the month of March to commemorate Women's History Month. WTTR is a roaming film festival involving various academic women's and gender studies programs in the Boston area. All screenings are free, open to the public and followed by a Q & A with filmmakers and/or faculty. The festival's goals are to promote women's and gender studies courses/programming, the visibility of women in the film industry and women's history month.

ORGASM INC. - the strange science of female pleasure

In the shocking and hilarious documentary ORGASM INC., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women that wins FDA approval to treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). Liz gains permission to film the company for her own documentary. Initially, she plans to create a movie about science and pleasure but she soon begins to suspect that her employer, along with a cadre of other medical companies, might be trying to take advantage of women (and potentially endanger their health) in pursuit of billion dollar profits. ORGASM INC. is a powerful look inside the medical industry and the marketing campaigns that are literally and figuratively reshaping our everyday lives around health, illness, desire - and that ultimate moment: orgasm. Upbeat, engaging, enlightening, and provocative, ORGASM INC. will change the way you think about sex.

80 minutes.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Women's and Gender Studies, Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies, MIT Technology and Culture Forum, MIT Medical, Comparative Media Studies/Doclab, and Student Activities Office.

For more information, contact:
The Friendly WGS Staff


How to Keep Your News Site Sticky
Thursday, March 1, 2012
7:00 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester

DESCRIPTION: It’s a lot of work to capture audience share. And once you have those hard-won readers, you want them to stay – not click away. Our panel will discuss tools that can help make a news site more “sticky.” From embedding third-party content on the fly to adding community and real-time social media activity to the news page, we’ll learn some potential digital answers to enhanced reader engagement.

Our panel-in-the-making:

Ziad Sultan is the founder/CEO of Marginize, entrepreneur in residence at Longworth Venture Partners, and mentor at Oasis 500. Prior to this, he was a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group and consultant at Ernst & Young. He earned Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his graduate studies focused on Artificial Intelligence and Digital Signal Processing.

About Marginize: Marginize is a browser plugin that augments every page on the Web with a sidebar enabling users to see what the world is saying about the page on Twitter, Facebook and Buzz, and interact with each other through comments and check-ins. In the words of client Wade Roush at xconomy: “It's exciting to me as a Web journalist, because it has the potential to reunify social media conversations with the objects of those conversations, such as news articles.”

Sean Creeley is the co-founder Inc. Previously a senior developer with Optaros and Web application developer at Intel, he also did consulting work for various clients, including The Washington Times. Creeley says he’s “just a developer that decided to start a company.”

About allows developers to embed any URL through one powerful API. Sites can automatically convert posted links into embedded videos, images, rich media, RSS entries and article previews from over 200 sites on the fly. Examples include rich-media Foursquare check-ins, PDFs, Instagram photos, YouTube and Vimeo clips and more. serves millions of requests a day to over 2,000 unique sites including Storify, New York magazine, AOL, Reddit, Yammer,, Hunch and Tweetdeck.

Plus additional guest(s), to be announced.
And don't forget: the usual free cookies and coffee.


Friday, March 2


Conference: Qualitative Social Science @ Harvard - Knowledge Production and Community
WHEN Fri., Mar. 2, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Organized by Qualitative Social Science at Harvard Faculty Project and funded by the Provost Office
SPEAKER(S) Professors Anne Becker (HMS), Neil Brenner (HSD), Liz Cohen (FAS, history, and Radcliffe), Bob Eccles (HBS), Noah Feldman (HLS), Peter Dobkin Hall (KSG), Lawrence Ralph (FAS, anthropology), Julie Reuben (GSE), Prerna Singh (FAS, government), Vish Viswanath (HSPH), Mary Waters (FAS, sociology) and Malika Zeghal (FAS, Near Eastern Studies)

LEAP Sustainability Speaker Series: Kevin Dooley, The Sustainability Consortium

Friday, March 02, 2012



Speaker: Kevin Dooley, The Sustainability Consortium

Join the Global Leaders in Environmental Assessment and Performance for a free, one-hour webinar featuring Kevin Dooley, Academic Director for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Dr. Dooley will give an overview of TSC's Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System, a global platform for measuring and reporting on product sustainability.

Visit the LEAP website to register.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): LEAP: Global Leaders in Environmental Assessment and Performance, Center for Transportation & Logistics, Materials Systems Laboratory

For more information, contact:
Suzanne Greene


Economic Development and Jobs: How do we create sustainable jobs for today and tomorrow?
Friday, March 2, 2012
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET)
Zipcar, 25 1st Street, Cambridge

How can we build an innovation economy that generates sustainable jobs for today and tomorrow? How do we close the skills gap that separates thousands of unemployed Americans from jobs businesses are struggling to fill? Join PBLN Economic Development and Jobs Team co-chairs David Belluck (Managing Partner, Riverside Partners), Kip Hollister (Founder and CEO, Hollister) and Mitch Tyson (Principal, Tyson Associates) in building an action agenda for PBLN to address these challenges. Learn about the latest policy developments poised to promote sustainable economic development, create jobs and close the skills gap. Explore with colleagues how to transform PBLN's growing membership, itself, into a vibrant marketplace and a catalyst for economic growth. Discuss how PBLN and its members can address the skills gap through direct engagement with community colleges, vocational training programs and careers centers.

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"Geoengineering, Geopolitics, and Corporate Interests."
Friday, March 2
12:15pm - 1:45pm Belfer Center Director's Lunch
Belfer Center Library (L369), Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
David Keith, McKay Professor of Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School on RSVP to web address below required.
Contact Name: Sarah J. Donahue


Friday, March 2
3:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, (across from Cambridge Common)

Featured speakers Robert Darnton and John Palfrey will discuss the history and future of the DPLA.
We now have the technology to create the greatest library the world has ever known, and to bring it within clicking distance of virtually every person on earth — at least everyone on the Internet. The technology is available, but is the will and the funding? How will this new creation affect the research of college professors or even elementary school students? And how can it deal with the problems of copyright?

Professor Darnton will open the program with remarks about the beginnings of the DPLA project. Professor Palfrey will then bring discussion up to the current date, and a question, answer and conversation period will follow.

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, University Librarian, Harvard University, and a founder of the DPLA. John G. Palfrey is Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. Palfrey is also the Chair of the DPLA Steering Committee. The DPLA effort is now housed in the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.

The program is free and open to the public. It will include a question and answer period, and light refreshments will be served.

The program is co-organized by Virginia McVarish, Lisa Junghahn, Kathleen Hunter Rutter and Donna Viscuglia. For more information, telephone Lisa at 617-496-2123 or email Virginia at mcvarish at

This meeting is part of a series titled Harvard Library Strategic Conversations. The Harvard Library Strategic Conversations planning committee is made up of volunteer members of the library community. Our mission is to engage library colleagues in open, community-driven discussion about the future of libraries.

Lisa Junghahn, 617-496-2123
Virginia McVarish, mcvarish at


Disrupting the Discourse
WHEN Fri., Mar. 2, 2012, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138
TYPE OF EVENT Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT PHONE 617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE This event is free and open to the public.
NOTE Speaker: John H. Jackson, Ed.M.’98, Ed.D.’01, president and CEO, The Schott Foundation for Public Education
John H. Jackson will present the opening keynote for The 10th Annual Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC). The AOCC seeks to inspire and impact the improvement of the education sector by annually convening Harvard Graduate School of Education alumni, students, and friends concerned with issues of race, class and education as they pertain to all people, and in particular to communities of color. This year’s conference theme isDisrupting the Discourse: Discussing the ‘Undiscussable’.
The opening keynote for The 10th Annual Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC) is sponsored by the Askwith Forums.
This event is free and open to the public. No ticket or registration is required. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Middle East Uprisings: Student Discussion

Friday, March 02, 2012


MIT, Building 5-134, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join MIT Amnesty International and panelists Lana Awad '12 and Khaled Moharam '13 for a discussion of the revolutions in Syria and Egypt. What are the feelings of those inside these countries, what form has the government's narrative taken, how has the outside world covered events and responded to what is happening? Presentations will be followed by questions and discussion. Homemade dinner will be served.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Amnesty International

For more information, contact:
Halide Bey, Nakul Vyas


COLLISIONcollective Opening Reception

March 2

6-9 pm

AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media in JP (in the Green Street Station of the Orange Line)

Come party with COLLISIONcollective as we kick off our seventeenth tech/art extravaganza on March 2. There will definitely be a lot of people
doing strange things with electricity. Official details follow:

COLLISION17:transformer assembles a wide range of new work from 6 countries to explore the notion of transformation. Power, signal, material and meaning are altered, recast and impedance-matched to underscore and harmonize with the ceaseless change of our lives. Curated by COLLISIONcollective members William Tremblay and Georgina Lewis, COLLISION17:transformer is the seventeenth COLLISIONcollective show and the sixth held at Axiom. The 23 works that comprise the show span sculpture, photography, video, surveillance, interactivity and research, making this the most comprehensive and far-reaching COLLISIONcollective show to date.

Included in the show is work by Natalie Andrew, Ryan Boatright, W. Benjamin Bray, Sophia Brueckner, Alicia Eggert, Juan Escudero, Joseph Farbrook, Antony Flackett, Ben K. Foley, Dave Gordon, Rob Gonsalves, Lori Hepner, Wei-Ming Ho, Faith Holland, Annette Isham, Arnold Koroshegyi, Victor Liu, Andrew Neumann, Bob Kephart, Jean-Michel Rolland, Mark Stock, Wayne Strattman, and Topp & Dubio.

Show dates: March 2nd – April 7th


Saturday, March 3


Landlord Profitability Workshop
Saturday, March 3
9am to noon
MIT Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Water bills high?
Tenants keep moving out?
Hefty common area electricity bills?
Bed bugs, rats, or mice?
Too much garbage?
Choose from several short talks. Ask questions of the experts:

Sam Corda, Water Department Director

Michael Blasnik of Blasnik Associates

Wegowise Utility Tracking

Winn Management’s Energy Coordinator
And others!

Get answers from the experts.

Get paid for solar panels
Sign up for free email water-use alerts
See a free infrared scan of your building

We’ll only have room for 100 attendees.
Reserve your spot and learn more at

Sponsored by HEET, the Cambridge Energy Alliance, and the Sustainable Business Network.


Sunday, March 4


On Sunday, March 4th, TEDx comes to Somerville's Center for Arts at the Armory. The day-long event will feature an introduction by the mayor as well as a distinguished group of speakers, musicians, artists, and 350+ attendees. The inaugural theme is "Creative Economy, Sustainable Community" and the event reflects the tremendous cultural, technical, and creative diversity found within the greater Somerville community.

TEDxSomerville attendees and speakers represent some of the brightest minds from the community and come from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Approximately two-thirds of the speakers have a direct connection to Somerville and attendees will be challenged to communicate their passions in an exciting and engaging dialogue. For more information and to apply to attend (up to February 28), please visit -

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Boston DSA Members' Meeting: After Dewey Sq: Where is The Occupy Movement Going in MA?
Sunday, March 4
1:30-3:30 PM
The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St (Harvard Sq.), Cambridge

Chris Faraone, The Boston Phoenix
Katie Gradowski, Occupy Boston
Betsy Boggia, Occupy Natick/Occupy the 'Burbs
Moderator: David Knuttunen, Occupy Newton, Occupy Boston's Free School
University, and Boston DSA

Chris Faraone began his writing career by free-lancing Hip Hop reviews for such publications as Yellow Rat Bastard, The Source, the Weekly Dig and the Boston Herald before becoming a staff reporter for the Boston Phoenix, where his coverage of the Occupy movement on both coasts resulted in his debut book---99 Nights With The 99%. Katie Gradowski is an organizer with Occupy Boston, where she focuses on outreach and anti-foreclosure work as well as the Occupy The T campaign. Her "real job" is in Somerville, where she helps run a kid's community science workshop and "spends time making things, tinkering, and taking stuff apart". Betsy Boggia has helped establish Occupy Natick. She also has long experience with grassroots organizations, political campaigns, local non-profits (most recently with Girl's LEAP Self-Defense), has been a legislative aide for State Senator Cheryl Jacques, and a co-founder of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Million Mom March for sensible gun control.

Free and open to the public. Non-members are welcome. There will be a briefbusiness meeting before the panel discussion during which Boston DSA members
will elect a new Executive Board.

Monday, March 5

"Are Current Electricity Markets Suitable to Integrate Non-dispatchable (Renewable) Producers?"
Monday, March 5
12:00pm - 1:30pm Energy Policy Seminar
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Antonio Conejo, University of Castilla - La Mancha
Contact Name: Louisa Lund


"Layers of Uncertainty in Science Policy"
Monday, March 5
Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Rear Admiral Ali Khan, Director of Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Panel discussion with Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School; Dan Hastings, MIT Dean for Undergraduate Education; Eli Kintisch, MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow


The Geometry of Molecules
Monday, March 05, 2012
MIT, Building 2-132

D.W. Weeks Lecture Series
Women in Mathematics Lecture Series
Speaker: Julie Mitchell (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Mathematics, Department of

For more information, contact:
Avisha Lalla


Learning Through Noticing: Theory and Experimental Evidence in Farming

Monday, March 05, 2012


Harvard, Littauer M16, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Josh Schwartzstein (Dartmouth)

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Applied Theory Workshop

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


CDD Forum - Shrinking Cities

Monday, March 05, 2012


MIT, Building 10-485, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Justin Hollander, Tufts University

City Design and Development Lecture Series focusing on Shrinking Cities

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:
Sandra Elliott


Web Innovators Group 33 (WebInno33)
Monday, March 5, 2012
6:30 PM (ET)
Royal Sonesta Cambridge, 40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge

WebInno is an informal gathering of people interested in internet and mobile innovation - open to all in the community.
We'll begin with the doors officially opening at 6:30pm in the Cambridge Royal Sonesta Hotel.

7PM: Main Dish Presentations
MediaMob - Matt Snyder
GatherEducation - Pano Anthos, Chris Mortonson, & Shonak Patel
Lifeables - Jeremy Daly, Karen Macumber & Greg Czarnowski
6:30-9pm: Side Dish Demos
Abroad101 - Adam Miller, Mike Stone, Jamie Davidson, & Jenna Lashley
Zoora - Aubrie Pagano & Chirag Nirmal
Mosaic Storage Systems - Gerard Murphy & Andy Young
OnTheBar - Ian Stanczyk
Cangrade - Michael Burtov, Gershon Goren & Steve Lehr

Register at


8pm: Steve Papa, Founder and Chairman of Endeca, which was sold to Oracle for a rumored $1B+, will share his founding stories in session where Fred Shilmover of InsightSquared leads the discussion.
9pm: Co-Hosting AngelHack Hackathon Grand Prize Awards Ceremony (more info - use discount code "WebInno" to register as a participant).
ACT Lecture | Bruce Yonemoto - Re-representations and Simulations

Monday, March 05, 2012


MIT, Buidling E15-001

Speaker: Bruce Yonemoto, Professor of Studio Art in Video, Experimental Media, Film Theory, University of California, Irvine

Part of the ACT Spring 2012 Monday Nights Lecture Series: Experiments in Thinking, Action and Form

In conversation with Stephen Prina, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge

Bruce Yonemoto works within the overlapping intersections of art and commerce, and the gallery world and cinema screen. Yonemoto juxtaposes cultural material from different international communities, such as those of the Japanese Americans, Nipo-Brasiliero, Peruvian Quechua and Hollywood communities. The photographic series North South East West focuses on the erased history of American Civil War soldiers of Asian descent. Yonemoto's collaboration with Dr. Juli Carson deals with the discovery of the real and poetic convergence between two distinct phenomena in Argentina: the site of one of the few growing glaciers in the world and one of the last regions where Lacanian psychoanalysis is practiced. Most recently, Yonemoto's work was exhibited at the ICC in Tokyo, the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, and the St. Louis Museum of Art.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:
Laura Anca Chichisan




“Ending Violence Against Women: Pathways to Power, Resilience & Leadership”
Thursday, March 8
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston

Panelists include Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Purnima Mane, CEO and President Pathfinder International, Audrey Porter, Assistant Program Director and Coordinator of Survivor Services, My Life, My Choice, and moderator Ann Fleck-Henderson, Simmons College Professor of Social Work, Emerita

RSVP by Monday, March 5 to


The Massachusetts Pirate Party will be hosting our first conference - *Politics: share, remix, reboot*.
It will be all day on March 10th at the Democracy Center in Cambridge.
More details and registration at:

So far we have the following talks:
*David House*, a researcher at MIT who helped set up the Bradley Manning Support Network, will be giving a talk entitled: *Going toe-to-toe with the state: navigating the challenges of a digital activist*.

*Shauna Gordon-McKeon*, organizer for the Boston Sunlight Foundation, will talk about some of the programming projects transparency activists are using to open up government data.

Writer and publisher *Cecilia Tan*, and *Shane Bugbee* will be on the *Tales from the Net: Making a living at being creative* panel.

*Michael Anderson* will give a talk called *Fight Ridiculous With Ridiculous: The Guerrilla Tactics of Fair Use*.

Also, *Conor Sherman* will give a talk called *Stranger Danger: Don't Click that Link Even If They Offer Puppies and Candy*.

Finally, we will have a number of talks by Pirate Party members, including:
Exploring Kopimism* by *Lauren Pespisa*
Patents Upending* by *Erik Zoltan*
Fair Use for Activists* by *Chris Walsh*
How to Run for Office* by *James O'Keefe*

We will also have time for open discussion of where the Pirate Party should go and what issues we should focus on.

We will be showing open or public domain films in the evening.

We hope you can join us on March 10th.


Alewife Wildlife Walk Series
Saturday, Mar. 10, 9 – 11am
Sunday, Apr. 15, 1 – 3pm

Sponsored by The Friends of Alewife Reservation

Spring Migration, bringing songbirds and more through the coastal Northeast, will be in full swing for the best bird viewing opportunities of the year so bring your field glasses and guide books to join expert tracker naturalist David Brown in search of wildlife signs in this small but vital river floodplain forest in Belmont, Cambridge and connecting Arlington woodlands as we visit the precious local resource used to rest and refuel for the flight
Dress warmly and wear sturdy boots; terrain is rugged. Please note that this is an adult activity, but interested children are welcome with their parents. Little ones may need to be carried. Wetness requires boots. There is no cost; a donation is requested.

Meet at: The Alewife Reservation parking lot, Acorn Park Drive, off Rt. 2 Cambridge.
For additional information visit HYPERLINK "" \t "_blank" or call 617 415 1884
Sign up at HYPERLINK ""
Brown, an expert naturalist, has been giving walks for years at the Alewife Reservation and has published a professional assessment of the area "Biodiversity of the Alewife Reservation Area", available from FAR.




Statewide Farm to School Convention
March 15, 2012
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA!

Come hear how inspiring food service directors, educators, students, parents, and community members are building connections between schools and farms in Massachusetts - and learn what you can do to further those connections.

This year's convention will feature Curt Ellis, Executive Director of FoodCorps, and Abbie Nelson, Vice President of the SNA in VT and Director of VTFEED, as well as six workshop tracks:
New Ideas for Locally Grown in School Cafeterias
Farm to School for Very Young Students
New Strategies for Expanding Farm to School Sales
Models for Successful Agriculture-Based Education
Community Connections
New Initiatives in Colleges and Other Institutions

Register at


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Description: Boston + New England have an impressive number of companies creating tools and technologies to help promote and fund music projects. We also have a vibrant and diverse music community. Music 2.0 keeps connecting the two for the benefit of both.

With 200+ attendees, at both the 2010 and 2011 events, they were terrific evenings, pulling together many of the music, tech, and event companies from Greater Boston.

For 2012, we are going to have more music-related companies present, quick updates from some companies that presented in years past, and more time to meet friends new and old (read: networking!) and a chance for companies that are hiring to press the flesh with folks who are job hunting.

Music 2.0 is a terrific event for:
Musicians of every genre (rock, hip hop, jazz, folk, classical, electronic, opera, etc.)
Marketing folks from venues, arts organizations, etc.
Managers and agents
Members of the media
Promoters and presenters that work at venues, music organizations, etc.

Register at


It is with a sense of gratitude and deep joy that we announce the Art and Soul program at Wellesley College will be hosting three of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers this spring. The Grandmothers will give a talk at Houghton Chapel on Thursday, April nineteenth at seven p.m. The theme of their talk will be Planting Seeds for Seven Generations: Making Change. The Grandmothers will share their cultural treasures and life experience, in support of our community’s exploration of an ethics of wholeness, which can bring about a sustainable future for the generations to come.

Originating from all four corners of the world, these 13 wise women elders and medicine women first came together in 2004 at a peace gathering. They represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Earth, all her inhabitants and the next seven generations. We are honored to host, as representatives of this Grandmothers’ Council, Grandmothers Rita and Beatrice Long- Visitor Holy Dance of the Lakota tribe and Grandmother Mona Polacca of the Hopi/ Havasupai/Tewa tribe. This event is open to all, as an offering to our circles of community. For more information about this event, contact Ji Hyang at 781.283.2793




Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera? With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more comfortable and less expensive to heat. However, at $200 or so, the cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.

HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer Cambridge residents free thermal scans.

Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras. They will scan every building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or buildings or on a private way). Building owners can view thermal images of their property and an analysis online. The information is password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.

Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their images and analysis for a small fee.

The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.

Go to Type in your address at the bottom where it says "Find your home or building" and press return. Then click on "Here" to request the report.

That's it. When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to do about it.

With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money, not to mention comfort).


Cambridge Energy Alliance is kicking off a brand new pilot project to make Cambridge more energy efficient and install more renewable energy one neighborhood at a time. Live Better Porter Square will simultaneously engage every sector in Porter Square; bringing together churches, schools, community gardeners, business leaders,
students and more!

The goals of this four month campaign are to promote community involvement, support the local economy, and highlight Porter Square as a model for the rest of the city.

Neighborhood Liaison volunteers will assist with planning and implementing outreach efforts, as well as community events. We are looking for individuals with an interest in community organizing, outreach, and event planning.

If you are interested in volunteering please sign up to attend the information and interview session on February 14th.

We’ll be offering an interactive and fun half-day training session for Neighborhood Liaison volunteers on March 3rd.

Questions? Email Meghan at


*J e s t e r*
**Facebook Profile **¦**
P a r a n o i d Z e n*

Hi All,

I am sending this out to a bunch of lists I'm on, so apologies for cross posting effects.

Our new forums are up and running, and they are free for all! We are aiming for this to become a place where Boston area collaborations, discussions and skill shares in audio, video, lighting, programming, hacking, and other various forms of 'making' happen.

Find them here:

Since its early, I imagine they will go through some serious evolutions in terms of organization but we hope you will stop by and check them out. The forums even work on most mobile platforms :)

You can sign in using your Gmail, Google app, or Facebook credentials so there is no need to create a new account (we'll be adding a button to make that more obvious soon).

If you have any suggestions or changes, let us know, and if you are up for helping moderate, please reach out!

Many thanks, and I hope to see you there!




Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!

To view the directory please visit:
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at


Massachusetts Attitudes About Climate Change – An opinion survey of Massachusetts residents conducted by MassINC and sponsored by the Barr Foundation found that 77% of respondents believe that global warming has “probably been happening” and 59% of all respondents see see it as being at least partially caused by human pollution. Only 42% of the state’s residents say global warming will have very serious consequences for Massachusetts if left unaddressed. The 18 to 29 age group is more likely to believe global warming is appearing and caused by humans compared to the 60+ age group. African-American (56%) and Latino residents (69%) are more likely than white residents (40%) to believe global warming will be a very serious problem if left unaddressed. The MassINC report, titled The 80 Percent Challenge: What Massachusetts must do to meet targets and make headway on climate change (, contains many other findings.


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

------------------------'s Guide to Boston


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

Arts and Cultural Events List

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