Sunday, September 09, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events - September 9, 2012

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Eating the City and Town:  Todmorden and Beyond


Monday, September 10
Coupling between Tropical Tropospheric and Polar Stratospheric Variability
Monday, September 10, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (the tallest building on campus)

Title: Coupling between Tropical Tropospheric and Polar Stratospheric Variability 
Speaker: Chaim Garfinkel
Speaker's Website: 
Abstract: Tropical tropospheric variability can influence the wintertime extratropical stratosphere. Specifically, certain phases of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) and El Nino leads to a weakened stratospheric polar vortex. The mechanism linking tropical tropospheric variability to polar stratospheric appears to be common to both El Nino and the MJO. The deepening of the wintertime Aleutian low, as occurs e.g. during El Nino events, leads to an intensification of the tropospheric climatological planetary wave pattern. This increase in tropospheric planetary waves leads to increased wave driving of the wintertime polar vortex, so that the net effect is a weakened vortex. Once the vortex is weakened, the anomalies propagate downwards into the troposphere and lead to the negative phase of the Northern Annular Mode. 
MASS Seminar
The MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) is a student-run weekly seminar series within PAOC. Seminar topics include all research concerning the atmosphere and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars usually take place on Monday from 12-1pm followed by a lunch with graduate students. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged. The seminar series is run by graduate students and is intended mainly for students to interact with individuals outside the department, but faculty and post docs certainly participate.
Web site:
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC), MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars
For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee 

Fixing the National Security State: Commissions and the Politics of Disaster and Reform
Monday, September 10, 2012
12:15pm - 2:00pm
Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Christopher Kirchhoff (Department of Defense)

Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to by Thursday noon the week before.
Contact Name:  Shana Rabinowich


Joint w/ Public Finance and International - Trade, Oil and the Environment
Monday, September 10, 2012
MIT, Building E51-151, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Joseph Shapiro (MIT)
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): IO Workshop

For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento


On Growth and Form: Geometry, Physics and Biology
Sep 10, 2012
4:15p - 5:15p
Harvard, Jefferson 250, 17 A Oxford Street, Cambridge
Tea served in Jefferson 450 @ 3:30 pm

Professor L. Mahadevan, Harvard University

The diversity of form in plants led Darwin to state that it is "enough to drive the sanest man mad" , begging the questions of how to describe this variety and  how to predict it?  Motivated by observations of geometrical forms  in plants and animals ranging from leaves and flowers to vertebrate guts,  I will show how a combination of biological and physical experiments,  mathematical models and simple computations allow us to begin unraveling the physical basis for morphogenesis
Web site: http//
Contact name: Dayle Maynard
Contact e-mail:
Contact phone: 617.495.2872


Energy Club Fall Kickoff
Monday, September 10, 2012
MIT, Building 26-100, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Energy Club Execom Members

Interested in Energy? Please join us for the Energy Club's Fall Kickoff to hear about the club's 2012-2013 lineup of actvities ???discussions, lectures, tours, Energy Night, the MIT Energy Conference, and much more.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club, MIT Energy Campus Events
For more information, contact:  MIT Energy Club


"Look Who's Talking: Non-Profit Newsmakers in the New Media Age"
Monday, September 10, 2012
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MIT Media Lab, Building E-14, Third-Floor Atrium, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Carroll Bogert
Changes in the media world have been hard on journalists and unsettling for news consumers, but they have also had significant implications for international non-governmental organizations. At Human Rights Watch, the research and advocacy organization based in New York, foreign correspondents have always been an important partner in exposing human rights abuses, and the decline in international news in the mainstream media threatens the basic human rights methodology of “naming and shaming.” But the changing media landscape also constitutes an important opportunity to reach new audiences, interact with the public more directly, and disseminate information quickly and effectively. Carroll Bogert, the Deputy Executive Director for External Relations at Human Rights Watch and a former foreign correspondent for Newsweek magazine, will discuss how Human Rights Watch is filling the gaps in foreign news reporting and becoming a media producer in its own right.

Carroll Bogert is Deputy Executive Director for External Relations at Human Rights Watch. She oversees the organization's external relations and works with the executive director on advocacy and fundraising. Bogert previously served as Human Rights Watch's communications director, publicizing the organization's work and drawing attention to human rights issues in more than 90 countries worldwide. Before joining Human Rights Watch, she spent more than a decade in international news reporting for Newsweek magazine, beginning as a stringer in China, then moving to the Southeast Asia bureau as correspondent, becoming bureau chief in Moscow, and finally working as an editor and international correspondent in the magazine's New York office. Bogert holds an MA in East Asian studies and a BA magna cum laude from Harvard University. She speaks Russian, French, and Mandarin.

All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.
Join us on Twitter: #MLTalks


HONK! Parade Meeting
Monday, September 10
 6:30-8:45 pm 
Somerville Public Library West Branch 40 College Avenue, Somerville

We invite you to attend a meeting to hear about ways you can get involved in the upcoming HONK! Festival-October 5, 6 and 7 in Davis Square. The festival needs help of all kinds!!! Individuals and groups interested in participating in the HONK! Parade to Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet on Sunday of HONK! weekend are also encouraged to attend. 

For more information, contact sign up at


6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Description: Future Energy is a brand new conference where you can see the most revolutionary energy technology of the future before it hits mainstream. At each Future Energy event, 8 startups present to a panel of energy and cleantech venture capital investors for feedback, advice, and networking. The audience votes on the best presenters who win prizes and media attention to help launch their business.

Applications to pitch can be submitted at
The platinum sponsor for this event is the Shell International Game Changer program.
Audience: Entrepreneurs, Investors, Media, all are welcome
Twitter: @crisdeluca
Register at
Editorial Comment:  Early bird tickets are sold out and general admission is $20.  Not free but still relatively inexpensive access.


Science and Cooking
Monday, September 10, 2012
7 p.m.
Harvard, Science Center Hall C, One Oxford Street, Cambridge

Joan Roca and Jordi Roca, El Celler de Can Roca
Salvador Brugués, Sous-Vide Cuisine

Tuesday, September 11

"The Cost of Secrecy: What the Post–9/11 Decade Teaches Us About the Media and Government."
Tuesday, September 11
12 p.m.
Harvard, Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Speaker Series with Dana Priest, national security reporter, The Washington Post.


Chiefs: Development and the Capture of Civil Society in Sierra Leone
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Harvard, Harvard Hall Room 104, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
Speaker: James Robinson (Harvard)
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Development Economics Workshop
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento 
The Future of Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Michael Gallagher, Chairman Natural Gas Group of the NPC FTF Study, Senior Adviser and Former President/COO Westport Innovations
The just completed two-year National Petroleum Council's Future Transportation Fuels Study engaged more than 300 organizations and examined the future demand in the United States over the next 40 years for all modes of transportation, from passenger cars, trucks, air, rail and marine. It included a comprehensive assessment of the potential technology contribution for a variety of fuel types and vehicle technologies. This presentation will review the findings of the FTF study with respect to the challenges and opportunities in introducing alternative fuels, specifically natural gas, into the transportation sector and evaluate their potential for successful adoption on the basis of cost effectiveness, fuel efficiency, GHG reductions and market penetration potential. This discussion of the findings will review the advantages and challenges of displacing liquid-fuel-based internal combustion engine (ICE) technologies, and the additional barriers and factors that must be considered in the adoption and integration of new natural gas systems into the future energy transportation mix. Implications for global energy transportation systems will be articulated.
MITEI Seminar Series
A year-long series of seminars given by leaders in the energy field sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:  Jameson Twomey
"Challenges in Power Plants" 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
MIT, Building 31-161, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
4:15 PM Refreshments, 4:30 PM Lecture

Speaker: Mr. Metodi Zlatinov, Mechanical Engineer, Altran Solutions

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): AeroAstro
For more information, contact:  Robin Courchesne-Sato

Starr Forum: Showdown in the Sonoran Desert (Book Talk with Ananda Rose)
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge
How can we preserve the integrity of sovereign borders while also respecting the dignity of human beings? How should a border -that imaginary line in the sand- be humanely and effectively maintained? And how should we regard "the stranger" in our midst?

Starr Forum:  Book Talk with Ananda Rose

Showdown in the Sonoran Desert
Religion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy

Ananda Rose holds a doctorate from Harvard University. She is a published poet, journalist, and theologian. Her book, Showdown in the Sonoran Desert, Oxford University Press, was published in June 2012.

Rose traveled to the Sonoran desert, a border region where the remains of some 2,000 migrants have been recovered over the past decade. There she interviewed Minutemen, Border Patrol agents, Catholic nuns, humanitarian aid workers, left-wing protestors, ranchers, and many other ordinary citizens of southern Arizona.

She discovers two starkly opposed ideological perspectives: that of religious activists who embrace a biblically inspired hospitality that stresses love of strangers and a "borderless" compassion; and that of law enforcement, which insists on safety, security, and strict respect for international borders.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies

For more information, contact:


George Lakoff, "The Brain's Politics: How Campaigns Are Framed and Why"
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
MIT, Building E15-070, Bartos Theater, MIT Media Lab, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: George Lakoff
Everything we learn, know and understand is physical ??? a matter of brain circuitry. This basic fact has deep implications for how politics is understood, how campaigns are framed, why conservatives and progressives talk past each other, and why progressives have more problems framing messages than conservatives do ??? and what they can do about it.

George Lakoff is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972. He previously taught at Harvard (1965-69) and the University of Michigan (1969-1972).

He graduated from MIT in 1962 (in Mathematics and Literature) and received his PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University in 1966.
Cognitive Dimensions of Media Series
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies, Communications Forum, Comparative Media Studies Program Distinguished Speaker Talk
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre


Open Access Book Launch
Tuesday, September 11, 6:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A Room, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be archived on our site shortly after.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communication and the Harvard Law School Library.
Special guests include: Stuart Shieber (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences), Robert Darnton (Harvard University Library),June Casey (Harvard Law School Library), David Weinberger(Berkman Center / Harvard Library Innovation Lab) and more.

The internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work “open access”: digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue.

In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber’s influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.

About Peter
Peter Suber's work consists of research, writing, organizing, advocacy, and pro bono consulting for open access to research. He is the Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Special Advisor to the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center, Senior Researcher at SPARC, Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge, and author of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. He blogs at Google Plus.


Sustainable Agriculture Panel Discussion
Tuesday, September 11th 
Boston University’s Sargent College Room 101, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

 We are hosting a lively discussion about our food system and the landscape of sustainable and organic agriculture today with local experts:
 Nathan Phillips, BU Professor of Earth and the Environment
Rachel Black, BU Professor of Gastronomy
Kate Stillman, Farm Proprietor at Stillman’s at the Turkey Farm
Britt Lundgren, Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture for Stonyfield Farms

What will the tomato of the future look like?  The landscape of modern agriculture and our food system is constantly evolving.  The Farm Bill, the organic food industry, and small-scale local farms all play a role in what ends up on our plate every day.  Come listen to local experts and industry leaders discuss the state of agriculture today and where we're headed.

For more information about this event and the upcoming Sustainability Festival, visit
Mass Innovation Nights #MIN42
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Intrepid Labs, 222 Third Street, 4th floor, Cambridge
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Fundraising for Early Stage Social Impact Startups
Tuesday, September 11 @ 6:30
6:30 PM
MassChallenge HQ, 55 Northern Avenue (One Marina Drive, 14th Floor), Boston

Fundraising for Early Stage Social Impact Startups

Social enterprises, both for profits or nonprofits, face many challenges in raising money to support themselves. This is a terrific panel of startups that will share how they went about raising that early money from grants, competitions, kickstarter and bootstrapping.

Panelists include
Miguel Granier, Invested Development
Miguel is the Founder and Managing Director of Invested Development  which launched in July 2009. Before founding Invested Development, he was the founding Investment Manager for First Light Ventures, a seed-stage social impact investment fund affiliated with Gray Ghost Ventures in Atlanta, Georgia. Miguel began his career in social enterprise as a loan officer for ACCION New York in 2009 and continued that work as an independent consultant specializing in economic development and microfinance. In addition to his work in microfinance and social enterprise, Miguel has worked for the insurance giant Fidelity National Financial in New York and Delter Business Institute in Beijing, China.He holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
Anu Chitrapu, Vision Aid
Anu is an executive at Bank of America and has won awards at the bank for exceptional performance, named to the high potential women leaders group and nominated to the Diversity & Inclusion council. The same passion shows in her work with Vision Aid, an organization that teaches technology skills to the visually challenged in economically deprived areas. As President of Vision Aid, she has grown the organization to serve multiple regions in India and increased the footprint and number of people served. Her passion for causes related to women and her efforts around women empowerment are evident through the work she does with Ubuntu-at-work, an organization aimed at teaching women skills that help them escape poverty.
Nathan Rothstein, Project Repat
Nathan Rothstein is the President at Project Repat. Repat turns excess t-shirts into more functional and fashionable clothing accessories while creating fair wage employment opportunities in the US. Repat is a member of the HUB Ventures 2012 co-hort, which is a social entrepreneurship accelerator program in San Francisco. He spent four years working in New Orleans, Lousiana launching social enterprises and helping progressive candidates run for political office. Nathan has been featured in The Boston Globe, USA Today, NECN, and The New Orleans Times-Picayune for his work. He has presented workshops on the subject of how young people can make a social impact at Yale, UMass-Amherst, Howard, MIT, Harvard, and Tulane University.

This is a joint TiE Social Entrepreneurs Group/MassChallenge event.

Please register using this link:
Light refreshments will be served.


Hacks and Hackers:  Let's plan meetups for this year!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
7:00 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester

It's that time again -- time to plan meetups for this coming year's Hacks/Hackers Boston group. (Our third year!)
If you have some fun, interesting ideas that you think will attract media people interested in digital or technologists interested in media, this is your chance to make your voice heard.
Our members like meetups around ideas, cool people in the industry, or neat products/companies.
This is an informal, low-key meetup. Drink coffee, eat some Globe cookies, chat with friends, and bring some ideas.
See you there!


23andMe and Consumer Powered Research
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
MIT, Building NE-30, Broad Institute Auditorium, 7 Cambridge Center, Cambridge (Kendall Square)

Speaker: Anne Wojcicki, CEO & Co-Founder, 23andMe
Advances in the price performance of DNA sequencing (currently improving by about 8X per year) are making more extensive analysis of the genome (whole exome and even whole genome sequencing) and even exploration of other omes (such as the microbiome and its relation to disease) economically feasible. Anne will discuss the potential for expanding consumer DNA testing in new directions and partnering with the research community to interpret what this plethora of new data means.

Anee Wojcicki cofounded 23andMe with Linda Avey in 2007 to provide a platform to help individuals understand their own genetic information using recent advances in DNA analysis technologies and web-based interactive tools. In 2008, Time magazine named the ompany's
saliva-based DNA-testing service "Invention of the Year". The company now has over 100,000 subscribers and is partnering with research groups to try to better interpret the relationship between genetic markers and physical traits and susceptibility to disease.

This joint meeting of the Boston Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society and GBC/ACM will be held in the Broad Institute Auditorium (MIT building NE-30). The Broad Institute is on Main St between Vassar and Ames streets. You can see it on a map at this location.The auditorium is on the ground floor near the entrance.

Up-to-date information about this and other talks is available online at
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): ACM & IEEE/CS
For more information, contact:  Dorothy Curtis
Wednesday, September 13

Growing a Company from Scratch: The Fresh Diet Story
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
MIT, Building E51-315, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Zalmi Duchman, CEO
The Fresh Diet began operations on January 1, 2006, with three clients. Today, the business has grown to become the largest US food producer in the freshly-prepared, daily delivery category - which now delivers meal plans to thousands of clients nationwide.
Distinguished Speaker Series
This speaker series brings at least three speakers to MIT's campus in Cambridge each semester from fields that are studied by members of the Transportation Students Group, including transit, airlines, high speed rail, and intelligent transportation systems.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Transportation & Logistics
For more information, contact:  Eric Greimann
Iwariwe, Yanomami art and traditions relating to the origin of Fire
Wednesday September 12th
4:00pm:  Roundtable discussion
Center for Library Instruction, Healey Library, 4-015
5:00pm:  Reception Healey Library, 5th floor,
UMASS Boston, 100 William T Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
Yanomami artist Sheronawe Hakihiiwe in attendance.
Exhibit open until September 28

Whether in the lands of the Yanomami, or the indigenous peoples of what is now Boston, the arrival of fire is an epic and mythic event, linked to the origins of human innovation and creativity. Iwariwë: The Origin of Fire Amongst Men, recounts this seminal event through community art, producing a book designed to both preserve and educate others about customary Yanomami life ways. The Yanomami are a group of indigenous people who live in the Amazon rainforest along the border between Venezuela and Brazil.

This exhibit represents far more than just a display of ethnographic items produced by indigenous peoples from another hemisphere. It is a combination of traditional knowledge and modern methodologies for education, as well as a collaboration between the first peoples of a place and contemporary scholars from Venezuela's  IDEA Foundation who appreciate a deep connection to their shared home. As such, it is fitting that the Institute for New England Native American Studies and the Native American and Indigenous Studies program provide a warm welcome for Iwariwë to UMass Boston, where we also seek to connect indigenous peoples with university research, innovation, and education.

For more information, please contact Dr. Cedric Woods, Director for INENAS, or 
Dr. Josh Reid, Director for NAIS,
CITGO Petroleum Corporation, a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., Fundación Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA), Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Boston, Venezuelan Sounds Foundation.

UMass Boston: Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, Institute for New England Native American Studies, Native American & Indigenous Studies Program, Latino Studies program, and Office of International and Transnational Affairs.
Environmental Ethics - ENVR E120  
Wednesday, 12 September
5:30 class, 4:30 discussion session
Rm. 306, 1 Story Street, Cambridge
The Syllabus for the course is at:

Editorial Comment:  Tim Weiskel teaches this course at Harvard Extension and invites anybody interested in these issues to attend this session or participate in the pre-class discussion.


Switch, a screening of the new energy documentary, hosted by BASEA
Wednesday, September 12
AMC Boston Commons, 175 Tremont Street, Boston

Audiences are calling it "the most important energy film since An Inconvenient Truth" and "the first truly balanced film on energy." The film has played, opened and won environmental film festivals while, in more than 80 preview screenings, being embraced by energy companies - both fossil and renewable - government agencies, NGOs, environmental groups and leading universities. It's part of the Switch Energy Project, a film, web and education effort to build a balanced national understanding of energy and promote efficiency.

See more about the film in the attached flyer, and view the trailer here:
The film's director will be at our screening, to introduce the film and do a Q&A afterward.
Please join us for this great event! You can buy your tickets here:
For our members, we've got a 50% off discount code. Just enter SWITCH101A during checkout.

Please note: The film will play across the US this fall. If you know someone who would like to go to a screening, please forward this email. They can find one in their area on the Switch website.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at Switch.

Thursday, September 13

The SO2 Allowance Trading System: The Ironic History of a Grand Experiment in Market-Based Environmental Policy
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 13, 2012, 11:45 a.m.
WHERE  Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S)  Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business & Government and director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program at the Harvard Kennedy School


Tips, Tools and Telling the Story: Evaluating Community Food Initiatives
September 13, 2012
12-1pm EDT
Webinar:  register at
Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) is hosting a webinar on evaluating community food initiatives. The webinar is geared at program managers, funders and other practitioners who are already engaged in evaluation or have a basic understanding of evaluation and are looking to explore evaluation topics in greater depth. Meredith Davis, CFCC’s Research and Evaluation Manager, will describe the process that CFCC went through to create its own national evaluation strategy, including successes, challenges and lessons learned along the way. Topics to be explored include: creating a theory of change, building an evaluative culture, developing indicators, developmental evaluation (DE), social return on investment analysis (SROI), evaluating in a respectful and dignified manner, designing effective evaluation tools and common pitfalls of evaluation. The last 15 minutes of the webinar will be set aside for group exploration.


The World's Chemistry In Our Hands: Global Environmental Challenges Past and Future
Thursday, September 13, 2012
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Community Reception - 3:45pm
Colloquium and Q&A - 4:15pm
Speaker: Professor Susan Solomon
On behalf of Dean Marc Kastner and the MIT School of Science, please join us on Thursday, September 13, 2012, from 3:45-5:30 p.m., for the Dean's Colloquium. Our speaker will be Susan Solomon, Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science, who will discuss "The World's Chemistry In Our Hands: Global Environmental Challenges Past and Future."

Susan Solomon is a recognized world expert in atmospheric science. Since receiving her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981, she has been employed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a research scientist. Her research has provided key measurements and critical theoretical understanding of stratospheric ozone destruction. In 1986 and 1987, she served as the Head Project Scientist of the National Ozone Expedition at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and made some of the first measurements that pointed toward chlorofluorocarbons as the cause of the ozone hole. In 1994, an Antarctic glacier was named in recognition of her contributions to polar science.
School of Science Dean's Colloquium
The Dean's Colloquium Series was established to recognize and celebrate scientists who have chosen innovative, non-traditional career paths and have been unusually successful.
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): MIT School of Science, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Shira Wieder

Is Transparency a Force for Peace?
Thursday, September 13, 2012
MIT, Millikan Room, 30 Wadsworth Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Alexandre Debs (Yale)
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Seminar on Positive Political Economy
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento 

"Artist-Audience Relations in the Age of Social Media"
Thursday, September 13, 2012
MIT, Building 4-231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Nancy Baym, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England
CMS Colloquium Series
Social media have transformed relationships between those who create artistic work and those who enjoy it. Culture industries such as the music recording business have been left reeling as fans have gained the ability to distribute amongst themselves and artists have gained the ability to bypass traditional gatekeepers such as labels. The dominant rhetoric has been of 'piracy,' yet there are other tales to tell. How does direct access to fans change what it means to be an artist? What rewards are there that weren't before? How are relational lines between fans and friends blurred and with what consequences? What new challenges other than making a living do artists face? 
Nancy Baym is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England. She is the author of Personal Connections in the Digital Age (Polity), Internet Inquiry (co-edited with Annette Markham, Sage) and Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom and Online Community (Sage). For the last two years she has been interviewing musicians about their relationships with audiences.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre

"What's at Stake? Economic Issues in the 2012 Presidential Election"
Thursday, September 13, 2012 
MIT, Building NW86, 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Professor Christina Romer
The MIT Sidney Pacific / Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series
Please join us for our first lecture of the year with Christina Romer (PhD '85), former chair of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, and currently Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She will speak on the current state of the American economy, and the important economic policy issues facing the country in the upcoming election.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Sidney-Pacific Graduate Community
For more information, contact: 

Urban Films: The Parking Lot Movie
Thursday, September 13, 2012
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Introduction by Professor Eran Ben-Joseph, author of "ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking."
Often described as the documentary version of Clerks, The Parking Lot Movie follows a select group of parking lot attendants who work at The Corner Parking Lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The eccentric brotherhood of attendants consist of grad students, overeducated philosophers, surly artists, middle-age slackers and more.
Urban Planning Film Series
A mostly-weekly series showing documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, ecology, and other planning issues. Free.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:  Ezra Glenn

Tour of International Markets
Thur, September 13th
Union Square, Somerville

As part of our ArtsUnion project, the Somerville Arts Council gives tours of Union Square international food markets. Join us and learn where to find ingredients like Nepalese timur (a fragrant spice used in pickles), squid ink pasta and Haitian akasan (a cornmeal drink). Beyond discovering the culinary exotica available in Union Square, we’ll learn about the history of these stores and how their clientele represents the cultural community of Somerville. Each tour visits three markets and we’ll point out others along the way. Featured markets include: Casa de Carne, Well Foods Plus Halal Market, La Internacional, Little India, New Bombay Market, Pao de Acucar & Brazilian Buffet and the Reliable Market. Without leaving Union Square, we’ll visit Brazil, Korea, India, Nepal, Guatemala and Haiti! Dates: Thur, September 13th, 6pm-7:30pm Cost: free How to sign up: send an email to


Protecting the Vote: Suppression, Fraud and the Future of Voter ID Laws
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 13, 2012, 6 p.m.
WHERE  JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  A panel conversation with:
Jennie Bowser, senior fellow, National Conference of State Legislatures
John Fund, senior editor, The American Spectator
Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, HKS
Tova Wang, senior democracy fellow, Demos; fellow, The Century Foundation
Trey Grayson (moderator), director, Institute of Politics


Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents  RADIO SILENCE
Thursday, September 13, 6:30-8 pm
Suffolk University, C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple Street, Boston

Charles Laquidara (WBCN) [live via Skype],
Billy Costa (KISS 108),
Julie Kramer (WFNX, Radio BDC) &
Henry Santoro (WFNX, Radio BDC);
moderator John Laurenti (WODS)
(Boston, MA 02114) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents “Radio Silence” Charles Laquidara [live via Skype], Billy Costa, Julie Kramer, and Henry Santoro; moderated by John Laurenti. Thursday, September 13, 6:30-8 pm. Admission is free and open to all. C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston, MA. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station. For more information, call the Ford Hall Forum at 617-557-2007 or

WBCN was the original, superstar-establishing, DJ-controlled rock station that showed how excellent rock radio could be when you let the DJs curate the offerings. As independent radio station WFNX is sold to Clear Channel this year, Bostonians wonder how rock radio has become a corporation-controlled industry and whether internet and digital radio can avoid the same fate. DJs Charles Laquidara (WBCN), Billy Costa (KISS 108), Julie Kramer (WFNX, Radio BDC), and Henry Santoro(WFNX, Radio BDC) tell moderator John Laurenti, a New England radio mainstay for over 25 years, about the changes they are adapting to in the new world of music business. We’ll hear how WBCN’s rise and fall foretold industry changes, the story behind the end of WFNX, and what the rebirth of independent rock radio might look like.

Further background information on participants:

Billy Costa
Raised in Cambridge, Costa began DJing at a local nightclub before joining the Emerson College radio station. In 1980, Costa approached KISS 108 with the idea of reporting on lifestyle and entertainment news. Having proven the audience appeal for Hollywood information, Costa has been at KISS ever since. Costa hosts the daily Entertainment Updates, provides live broadcasts from major events like the Grammys, and hosts the "KISS Top 30 Countdown." He also hosts TV Diner, a restaurant review program on NECN. Costa secured an Emmy nomination for an Evening Magazine Special on WBZ-TV and won a Children's Television Award for Rap Around.

Julie Kramer
Julie Kramer had been a part of the WFNX team for over a decade. The highlight of the Karma Queen’s morning show was the “Leftover Lunch” with music from the1980s and 1990s. Kramer is now a DJ on’s new Radio BDC blog.

Charles Laquidara
Charles Laquidara began his DJing career in the 1960s as a classical music announcer at KPPC-FM in California. During that time, a columnist for the local newspaper called attention to Laquidara's unusual “freeform” style, including his dramatic pauses and repetition of music he liked. In 1969, he was offered a shift at WBCN, and in 1972, Laquidara took over the morning shift, which he dubbed "The Big Mattress." He was there for almost 25 years and pioneered a new kind of FM broadcasting: a shifting cast of on-air personnel that created a show of music, news, discussion, and humor. >From 1996 to 2000, Laquidara hosted The Charles Laquidara Radio Houron WFNX. He retired to Hawaii and continues the legacy of “The Big Mattress” through blogging. Laquidara is a member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

John Laurenti
Born in Dorchester, John Laurenti has been part of the New England radio scene for 25 years. In the mid 1980s, John attended radio school and worked as an announcer at an AM station in Framingham. He later moved to the FM dial, spending much of his career on air in Providence and in Boston as the Afternoon Drive Host. Laurenti joined WUMB as the Music Director in June 2008.

Henry Santoro
Award-winning radio presenter Henry Santoro was News Director and Morning Show co-host for WFNX from 1983 to earlier this year. Santoro has reported breaking news stories ranging from the AIDS crisis to the tragedy of 9/11 to the election of America’s first African-American president. Santoro also hosted regular features on everything from cooking (Henry’s Hotplate) to community events (Henry in the Hub). Santoro is now a DJ on’s new Radio BDC blog.


Switch - the Movie with Director Harry Lynch in person
Thursday, September 13
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist;  3 Church Street, Harvard Square

Welcome to a new season of BASEA Forums! To begin, we will focus on a film, 'Switch', currently on its premiere national tour. Director Harry Lynch will show solar-specific clips from the film, respond to our questions, and discuss the educational Switch Energy Project ( We are offering a 50% discount to the BASEA-hosted screening of the film at the AMC Loews Boston Common on Wed., September 12th, the night before our Forum, so you can see the entire film and be prepared to discuss it (details below).
'An Inconvenient Truth' (2006) was a box office success and won 2 Academy Awards, while raising public awareness of climate change. 'Switch' (2012), a feature-length documentary, has a similarly ambitious agenda. 'Switch' attempts to make "energy fascinating and engaging to encourage a balanced national understanding of our energy future" and to "show how it all fits together to form our energy transition, and exactly how and when that could happen".
The film follows Dr. Richard Tinker, surveying 26 rarely seen world-leading energy sites in 11 countries and interviewing 53 international energy experts. From government, industry and acedemia, Dr. Tinker gets answers and synthesizes a vision of how all the pieces, though some must necessarily change, might fit together. What do you think of this vision? What questions are you left with? Come to the BASEA Forum and be heard!
Discounted screening, one night before the BASEA Forum 
Where:  AMC-Loews Boston Common, 175 Tremont St, Boston
When:   7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 12th
How:   Reserve tickets online at ,  
enter Promo Code "SWITCH101A" (using capital letters) for a half-price ($5.00) ticket. Present the theater with a printed copy or show the PDF on your phone.
Harry Lynch is the Director of 'Switch' and 5 other documentary films in the past 16 years.
Dr. Scott Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas. He is also the acting Associate Dean for Research, and a Professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an internationally known energy expert, giving invited lectures more than 40 times a year to industry, government and academic groups, striving to bring them together in a common understanding of energy. 
Please Join Us!  And remember, your donations and membership support BASEA.
The Boston Area Solar Energy Association,


Switch: The Movie
Thursday, September 13 
The AMC Boston Commons, 175 Tremont Street, Boston

The film has played, opened and won environmental film festivals while, in more than 80 preview screenings, being embraced by energy companies - both fossil and renewable - government agencies, NGOs, environmental groups and leading universities. It's part of the SwitchEnergy Project, a film, web and education effort to build a balanced national understanding of energy and promote efficiency.

Here's the trailer:

To get free tickets, go to our solar page and then click on the Switch Free Tickets at the bottom:

Or you can buy your tickets for 50% off through HEET at
To get the HEET 50% off discount code, just enter SWITCH101B (has to be all caps) during checkout. Probably it's best to write that code down now before you go to the page to buy your ticket.  

Friday, September 14

Directed evolution strategies for cellular and metabolic engineering
Friday, September 14, 2012
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Prof. Hal Alper, University of Texas - Austin
The field of Metabolic Engineering has recently undergone a transformation that has led to a rapid expansion of the chemical palate of cells. Now, it is conceivable to produce nearly any organic molecule of interest using a cellular host???from biofuels to biopolymers to pharmaceuticals. However, these feats require the ability to ???hijack??? native cellular machinery and metabolism and navigate the complexity inherent in cellular regulation. One particularly useful and broadly applicable approach for reconfiguring and modulating cellular system is protein directed evolution. This talk will focus on illustrating the power of merging metabolic engineering approaches with protein engineering principles and synthetic biology for common metabolic engineering targets such as pathway enzymes, genetic control elements, transporter proteins, and both regulatory and epigenetic elements. Several case studies will be used to demonstrate these concepts. Finally, this talk will conclude with prospects for the future of cellular engineering.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering Department
For more information, contact:  Melanie Miller
Control of Wind Turbines: Accomplishments and Continuing Challenges
September 14, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Boston University, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 901, Boston
Refreshments served at 2:45.
Lucy Pao
University of Colorado
Wind energy is recognized worldwide as cost-effective and environmentally friendly and is among the world’s fastest-growing sources of electrical energy. Despite the amazing growth in global wind power installations in recent years, science and engineering challenges still exist.  Megawatt wind turbines are large, flexible structures that operate in uncertain, time-varying wind and weather conditions and lend themselves nicely to advanced control solutions. Advanced controllers can help achieve the overall goal of decreasing the cost of wind energy by increasing the efficiency, and thus the energy capture, or by reducing structural loading and increasing the lifetimes of the components and turbine structures.
In this talk, we will first provide an overview of wind energy systems. We will describe the main components of wind turbines, the sensors and actuators, the different operating regions, and we will outline the current state of the art in wind turbine modeling and control.  We will then discuss our recent work in developing combined feedforward and feedback controllers for wind turbines using novel wind inflow sensing technologies.
Model-inverse based controllers, H-infinity controllers, and model predictive controllers can be designed to take advantage of preview wind measurements to yield significant reductions in structural loading while maintaining the power capture levels of the wind turbine. We shall close by discussing a number of continuing challenges and highlighting topics of growing interest, including coordinated control of arrays of turbines on wind farms, modeling and control of floating offshore wind turbines, and the ability of wind turbines to provide active power control services to help stabilize the frequency of the utility grid.
Lucy Pao received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and she is currently the Richard and Joy Dorf Professor in the Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder.  She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, a Visiting Miller Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and a Visiting Researcher at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  She has interests in the areas of control systems (with applications to flexible structures, atomic force microscopes, disk drives, tape systems, power converters, and wind turbines), multisensor data fusion (with applications to unmanned autonomous vehicles, satellites, and automotive active safety systems), and haptic and multimodal visual/haptic/audio interfaces (with applications to scientific visualization and spatial communication).
Professor Pao has received a number of awards and has been active in many professional society committees and positions.  Selected honors include a NSF CAREER Award, an ONR Young Investigator Award, an IFAC World Congress Young Author Prize, and a World Haptics Conference Best Paper Award.  Selected current activities include being an IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Lecturer, a member of the IEEE CSS Board of Governors, and General Chair for the 2013 American Control Conference.  She was recently (2012) elevated to IEEE Fellow and was a member of the 2010-2011 US Defense Science Study Group.  She was also the founding Scientific Director (2007-2011) for the Center for Research and Education in Wind (CREW), a multi-institutional wind energy center involving the University of Colorado Boulder, the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, and Colorado State University, in partnership with the US National Center for Atmospheric Research and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Saturday, September 15

Sat., Sep. 15
9 to 1
Davis Square, at the intersection of College Avenue and Holland Street, Somerville

Monday, September 17

Berkman Center Open House
Monday, September 17
6:30 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East Rooms, Everett Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Free and Open to the Public
Please tell us if you plan to attend via

Come to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Fall 2012 Open House to meet our faculty, fellows, and staff, and to learn about the many ways you can get involved in our dynamic, exciting environment.

As a University-wide research center at Harvard University, our interdisciplinary efforts in the exploration of cyberspace address a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. If you're interested in the Internet’s impact on society and are looking to engage a community of world-class fellows and faculty through events, conversations, research, and more please join us to hear more about our upcoming academic year!

Paid part-time research positions will be available in the fall, and you can visit to see the current available openings.

People from all disciplines, universities, and backgrounds are encouraged to attend the Open House to familiarize yourself with the Berkman Center and explore opportunities to join us in our research.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Science and Cooking
Monday, September
Harvard Science Center C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
A lecture in Harvard's Science and Cooking series by Bill Yosses, White House Pastry Chef  

Tuesday, September 18

United Nations and Islamic Law: Using Islamic Strategies to Achieve Universal Development Goals?
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 18, 2012, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Austin Hall West, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Islamic Legal Studies Program
SPEAKER(S)  Siraj Sait
NOTE  Lecture and discussion by Mohammed Siraj Sait (SJD '89), reader and head of research, University of East London. He is a former human rights prosecutor in India and legal officer with UN-Habitat in Kenya, and recently led the evaluation of the UN Iraq development programs. Reception to follow.
LINK  ttp://


Harvard Thinks Green 2
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Hear 6 all-star Harvard faculty presenting their big green ideas from business, government, science, energy, health, and planning perspectives.
Confirmed faculty speakers:

Professor Joseph Aldy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, HKS
Professor James Anderson, Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, SEAS
Professor Amy Edmonson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, HBS
Professor Joyce Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, GSD
Professor Daniel Schrag, Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment; Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, FAS


Crowdfunding Innovation Launch Party - a Mass Innovation Nights event
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Register at
Ticket before September 14th:  $35.00 +$2.92
Ticket after September 14th:  $40.00 +  $3.19
Event Details
You've heard of Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the crowdfunding craze. Now MIN is getting involved! We're holding a special event on Wednesday September 19th, "Crowdfunding Innovation". Crowdfunding Innovation is designed to help you make sense of what's happening RIGHT NOW in the crowdfunding space. (Everything changes next year because of the JOBS Act.)
Three MIN alumni, Lifecycle, Memory on Hand and Ministry of Supply will tell their crowdfunding stories. The panel will feature:
Lessons learned - What works and what doesn't
How to take advantage of the "rewards" model while the space is at a fever pitch
The pros and cons of waiting for the new crowdfunding model in 2013
What's next for our crowdfunding veterans

Mass Innovation Nights' "Crowdfunding Innovation" Launch Party will feature Boston's best innovation-oriented networking, live music from Kingsley Flood, crowdfunding their second full-length album, and 12 crowdfunders on display!
Founders Less than Three
 Silo – From Board Game To Video Game
 LittleBonsai Toothbrush
Stump Chunks "Raise The Barn" 
 Find Your Missing Child
 ZoomTilt: The TV Reset Project
This adds up to good fun, interaction with people who havecool ideas to back, and a showing of our unique brand of local support.

Everyone will receive a special-edition "Crowdfunding Innovation" Flashdrive Wristband fully loaded with a digital "Crowdfunding Innovation Starter Kit".
Who should attend? Everyone involved in a crowdfunding effort! Fans and Friends, Professional Services, Marketers, Backers, and Supporters.


Food Systems Networks That Work: Accelerating Learning and Increasing Commerce NGFN Interactive Webinar
Sept. 20
3:30p EDT
Webinar at

Learn how joining or fostering a food hub or food system network can improve your regional food economy and the strength of each member organization or business. This webinar will feature conveners of food systems networks at the local, state, regional, and even national level. The networks they’ve built have boosted triple bottom lines of member businesses and organizations.

- Rich Pirog, Senior Associate Director, C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Systems, Michigan State University
- Marty Gerencer, Principal, Morse Marketing Connections
- Corry Bregendahl, Assistant Scientist, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University
- Karen Lehman, Director, Fresh Taste


Simulation and Natural Ventilation
Thursday, Sept 20
6pm-8:30pm EST
MIT, Building 1 Room 390, corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Munchies provided.

Presentation Synopses:
Liam Buckley's presentation entitled “Simulating Natural Ventilation” will cover a brief introduction to naturally ventilated buildings; why to naturally ventilate, when to apply natural ventilation strategies and when not to. Liam will also investigate and challenge the recommended codes and standards for naturally ventilated buildings. This presentation will conclude with strategies to naturally ventilate buildings, examine some case studies and discuss the lessons learned.

Stephen Ray's presentation briefly surveys natural ventilation simulation techniques before focusing on CFD, airflow network models, and simple analytical calculations. Specific attention is given to relevant simplifications, complexities that deserve attention, practical modeling tips, and advice for effectively communicating results with clients. The presentation is interspersed with lessons learned from the design of two Japanese office buildings and various MIT experiments.

Speaker Bios:
Liam Buckley – M.Eng., C.Eng. MIEI, ASHRAE BEMP
Liam is a Business Development and Project Manager for IES Ltd.  His consulting work includes detailed HVAC energy analysis & optimization, mechanical & natural ventilation analysis, renewable energy systems, occupant thermal comfort, computational fluid dynamics, daylight analysis and artificial lighting design. Liam has experience with multiple natural ventilation design projects on buildings in Europe, Australia and North America.

Stephen Ray, Ph.D., is an MIT postdoctoral researcher whose research focuses on modeling natural ventilation (NV) and monitoring a recently completed NV building in Japan. He has used a variety of NV modeling techniques including CFD, airflow network models, small-scale models, and full-scale mockups to aid the design of two office buildings in Tokyo. Steve worked closely with Taisei, Nikken Sekkei, and Takenaka during these projects and offers a unique perspective on the use of NV simulation among Japan’s best design firms. As part of his Ph.D. research, he helped develop CoolVent, an MIT-designed airflow network model, and validated various CFD models using both full-scale and small-scale experiments.


New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable

Friday, September 21, 2012
9:00am - 12:30pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston
Better Aligning Capacity Markets with Policy/Planning Objectives

Perhaps no development in the history of electricity markets in New England and throughout the US has been more controversial than the emergence of capacity markets. With New England contemplating numerous changes to its capacity market design (partially in response to a FERC order, and partially due to the efforts of ISO and other stakeholders to better align capacity markets with planning and policy objectives), now is a perfect time for a dedicated Roundtable on capacity markets.

In our first panel we will explore evolving regional capacity markets in three ISOs: New England, New York, and PJM. To share both the lessons ISOs are learning and the improvements they are contemplating, we are very pleased to have joining us President and CEO of the New York ISO, Stephen Whitley; Vice President of Market Operations and Demand Response at PJM, Stu Bresler; and Vice President of Market Development at ISO New England, Robert Ethier. We have asked Johannes Pfeifenberger, Principal at the Brattle Group, who has worked with many ISOs in the U.S. and beyond, to lead off the panel with an overview of the role of capacity markets and an "apples-to-apples" comparison of the three ISOs' capacity market designs and performances to date.

For our second panel we have invited a cross-section of leading stakeholder group representatives to share their perspectives on how to better align capacity markets in New England to ensure resource adequacy, while also meeting other important regional policy/planning objectives. Our illustrious panel will include:

Chairman Thomas Welch, Maine Public Utilities Commission
Commissioner Elizabeth Miller, VT Deptartment of Public Service
Peter Fuller, Director of Regulatory Affairs, NRG Energy
James Daly, VP Energy Supply, Northeast Utilities

We have also asked Bob Ethier to join this 2nd panel for the Q & A and discussion among the panelists.

Contact Name:  Susan Rivo


10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Description: Co-presented by MIT Game Lab and Boston Indies, Boston Festival of Indie Games is a debut celebration of independent game development with emphasis on the New England region. Boston Festival of Indie Games seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers by providing a free public event that encourages attendees to share and interact with games in various media. Boston Festival of Indie Games is focused on creating an intersection between community, academic and independent interests in game play. At the Microsoft NERD Center, the public can view and play games in our Digital Games Showcase and vote for their favorites.

Register at (for presenters)


Tuesday, September 25, 2012
6:00 PM To 9:00 PM
Microsoft N.E.R.D. Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Because social media is essentially 'real-time' information, it provides an efficiency mechanism to reduce intelligence time to action if it can be harvested effectively. Fusing social media with traditional intelligence information provides additional context and connections of entities and events, which increases quality, relevance and predictability.
Learn how with IKANOW's open source platform, Infinit.e, your organization can gain valuable intelligence by fusing social media data with traditional enterprise data.
Presentation will be given by one of IKANOW's Intelligence Analysts and food and drinks will be provided by IKANOW.

Register at


Solidarity And Green Economy (SAGE) 2nd annual conference "Another World Is Possible"
9am-4pm Saturday, October 13th, 2012
in Worcester, MA
Much more:

A day of resource sharing, alliance building, and collective visioning to create and organize around equitable, democratic, and sustainable community economies.

The conference brings together activists, organizers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, local government, non-profits, and other individuals and organizations committed to forging more equitable and sustainable ways of organizing our communities.

***Call for workshop proposals!***
Please fill out your workshop ideas/proposals by 5pm September 12th here:

Matt Feinstein
Co-director, Media and Organizing Coordinator
Worcester Roots Project
w: 508-343-0035
c: 508-335-7783

5 Pleasant St 3rd floor
Worcester, MA 01609

What's a co-director and a staff collective?  Find out more here:


Hello Makers and Hacker/Makerspaces!

Artisans Asylum, the City of Somerville, and the Somerville Arts Council are hosting the first Somerville Mini Maker Faire in Somerville's Union Square (near Boston), Saturday October 13th 3-7pm, and we're looking for makers!

To make this a success we need YOU, the makers of the area, to come and show off all your cool stuff! If you've got anything you think the greater world of both makers and non-makers might enjoy, this is the place to show it off.

Tell you friends, members, spread the word! The more the merrier, even if its just to stop by and see what the greater New England area had drummed up.

Answer the Call Here:

More info here:



Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!

Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


Boiler Rebate
If your boiler is from 1983 or earlier, Mass Save will give a $1,750 to $4,000 rebate to switch it out for a new efficient boiler that uses the same fuel (i.e. if you have oil, you have to continue to use oil) so long as it is installed by July 31, 2012.

Call Mass Save (866 527-7283) to sign up for a home energy assessment or sign-up online at  and HEET will receive a $10 contribution from Next Step Living for every completed assessment.

This is a great way to reduce climate change emissions for the next 20 or so years the boiler lasts, while saving money.


CEA Solar Hot Water Grants
Cambridge, through the Cambridge Energy Alliance initiative, is offering a limited number of grants to residents and businesses for solar hot water systems.  The grants will cover 50% of the remaining out of pocket costs of the system after other incentives, up to $2,000.

Applications will be accepted up to November 19, 2012 and are available on a first come, first serve basis until funding runs out.  The Cambridge grant will complement other incentives including the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center solar thermal grants.  For more information, see


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).


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


HEET has partnered with NSTAR and Mass Save participating contractor Next Step Living to deliver no-cost Home Energy Assessments to Cambridge residents.

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap
If you get electricity from NSTAR, National Grid or Western Mass Electric, you already pay for these assessments through a surcharge on your energy bills.  You might as well use the service.

Please sign up at or call Next Step Living at 866-867-8729.  A Next Step Living Representative will call to schedule your assessment.

HEET will help answer any questions and ensure you get all the services and rebates possible.

(The information collected will only be used to help you get a Home Energy Assessment.  We won’t keep the data or sell it.)

(If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call HEET’s Jason Taylor at 617 441 0614.)




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.


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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