Sunday, March 24, 2013

Energy (and Other) Events - March 24, 2013

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Monday, March 25

12pm  “Ecological Forecasting: How Science Can Help Society to Proactively Prepare for a Warmer World”
12pm  "The Effects of Energy Subsidies in Developing Countries"
12pm  The Real Estate Crisis in Spain
12pm  MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar Series (MASS)
12:30pm  Let there be Light:  Addressing the Energy Access Challenge through Innovation
4pm  The Future of the GOP: Information Technology in Politics
4:30pm  The Underclass Debate 30 Years Later
5:30pm  "The House I Live In": Film Screening and Discussion
7pm  Ignite LocationTech Boston
8pm  Nerd Nite

Tuesday, March 26

8:30am  Arctic Warming and Global Climate Change:  Deadly Dance
12pm  "The New Ecosystem of Journalism and Where It Is Leading"
12pm  Chaos or Stability: Venezuela Paving the Way for the After-Chavez
12:30pm  Permission Taken
4pm  A Deep Dive into Congressional Elections
4:15pm  Foreclosures: The Great Untold Story
cancelled - 5:30pm  “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan”
6:30pm  Cambridge Hackspace Meetup #3
6:30pm  Social Entrepreneurs Networking
7:45pm  Micro-Housing:  Rethinking Urban Living

Wednesday, March 27

3pm  Robotic Construction of Lunar and Martian Infrastructures
4:10pm   "Trade, CO2, and the Environment."

Thursday, March 28

11:30am  The Fluid Dynamics of Tornadoes
11:45am  Just Business: Human Rights and Multinational Corporations
12pm  The Plant, Farming the Future
12:15pm  Arctic Power Projection: Using Climate Change to Test Theories of Resource Competition
3pm  Water Supply and Sanitation Microbiology
3:30pm  China's Legislation on Air Pollution and Climate Change
4pm  Civil and Civic Engagement: Building Communities
4pm  How Out-of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates
4pm  Robotic Construction by Contour Crafting
4pm  Media Lab Conversations Series: Susan Crawford
5pm  COLOMBIA, land of light: documentary + discussion
6pm  River. Space. Design.: Towards a New Urban Water Culture
7pm  Join the Movement to Address Climate Change: 350MA Comes to Boston
7pm  Lightning talks: 5 minute presentations on hot apps & cool companies

Friday, March 29

12pm  Community Table
3pm  "Does the public believe in science?"
4pm  Wikiedia Meet-Up:  Women's History Edit-a-thon at the Berkman Center
6pm  MIT-CAST Spring Break Party

Saturday, March 30

9:30am  2nd Annual Boston Baseball Hack Day
11am  The 38th Annual Gardeners Gathering

Monday, April 1

12pm  "Decision-Making Under Scarcity: Navigating the Water-Energy Nexus in the Yellow River Basin, People's Republic of China"
12:30pm  Entrepreneurship as a Force for Good
4pm  Protecting Communities from Disaster: A Proactive Public Health Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction (the case of Iran and MENA region)
6pm  April Social Enterprise Lecture Series: Growing Rural Prosperity, featuring Root Capital
6pm  "The Traditional Architecture of Libya's Nafusah Mountains: Types of Dwellings and Evolution of Urban Settlements"

Tuesday, April 02

12pm  Dana Bash, chief congressional correspondent, CNN
12:30pm  The Web We Lost
4pm  "Brave Neuro World? Reality and Hype in Neuroethics"
4pm  Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture Series: Conflict, Climate, and African Development
5pm  Geoengineering Lecture Series:  "Contesting Geoengineering Governance"
5pm  Innovating for the Connected TV, Living Room and Home


Event Details

Monday, March 25

“Ecological Forecasting: How Science Can Help Society to Proactively Prepare for a Warmer World”
Monday, March 25, 2013
Northeastern University, 450 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Room 426, Boston
Brian Helmuth
Professor, Marine and Environmental Science and Public Policy, College of Science and College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Contact Northeastern Humanities


"The Effects of Energy Subsidies in Developing Countries"
Monday, March 25, 2013 
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Joe Aldy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar
Contact Name:  Louisa Lund


The Real Estate Crisis in Spain
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 25, 2013, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Cabot Room, Busch Hall, Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
COST  free
CONTACT INFO Alvaro Santana-Acu–a,
NOTE  This will be a panel discussion over a light lunch. Further details forthcoming.


MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar Series (MASS) - Dale Durran (U. Washington)
Monday, March 25, 2013
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Dale Durran (U. Washington)
MIT Atmospheric Seminar Series (MASS)
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): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars, Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC), Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee


Let there be Light:  Addressing the Energy Access Challenge through Innovation
Monday, March 25, 2013
12:30-1:45 PM
Tufts, Cabot 702, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Kartikeya Singh, Junior Research Fellow, CIERP, The Fletcher School

Two great challenges face humanity: energy access and climate change. There are 1.3 billion people who lack access to electricity, but providing them equitable and genuine access – enough to thrive, not simply survive – may conflict with existing frameworks for addressing climate change. Or, this challenge can be met through innovation in energy access. Kartikeya will draw on his research to frame the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the energy access sector and the base of the pyramid in a climate constrained world.

Kartikeya Singh, a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School and CIERP Junior Research Fellow, received his Master of Environmental Science degree at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, innovation and the geopolitics of energy use. His Master’s thesis focused on effective management of access to energy for rural communities in India through decentralized renewable energy systems. Previously, Kartikeya was a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund. He is the co-founder of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), which has served as a forum for voices of the budding youth climate movement across South Asia. He has been involved with international climate negotiations since the UN climate talks in Bali in 2007 and has served as part of the negotiating team of the government of Maldives at the climate talks from 2009 to 2012.


The Future of the GOP: Information Technology in Politics
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 25, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics, Littauer 166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
Fellows & Study Groups
SPEAKER(S)  John Murray, Spring 2013 IOP Fellow
Rob Saliterman, Head of Republican Advertising, Google
Katie Harbath, Manager-Public Policy, Facebook
Priscilla Valls, East Coast Vice President, Pandora
CONTACT INFO Eric Andersen:


The Underclass Debate 30 Years Later
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 25, 2013, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Center for Population & Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Center for Population & Development Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Douglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
COST  Free
NOTE This seminar will begin at 4:30pm.


"The House I Live In": Film Screening and Discussion
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 25, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Askwith Hall, Longfellow Building, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Ethics, Film, Law, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HGSE Critical Race Theory (CRT), HGSE Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC), HGSE Black Student Union, and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Charles Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at the Harvard Law School
DIRECTED BY  Eugene Jarecki
COST  Free and Open to the Public
CONTACT INFO Liane Hypolite:
FB event page:


Ignite LocationTech Boston
Monday, March 25, 2013
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Space With A Soul, 281 Summer Street, Boston

Open Source And Geospatial Technology In Snack Size Presentations
Join us for an evening of great 5 minute talks about open source and geospatial technologies by people who are passionate about it. Speakers will be from the local and national communities. Each presentation is 5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds a slides.

City Hall and the Blizzard
The blizzard this year tested City Hall's technology to its limit. This talk will detail the new challenges that the city faced and explore the lessons learned.
Michael Lawrence Evans, New Urban Mechanic, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

Michael Lawrence Evans is a developer and designer with the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. Lately, his primary focus has been on data visualization and cartography. Previously, he was a developer at Stamen, a design and technology studio in San Francisco. He was also a 2011 Fellow at Code for America, where he led the development of the Open311 Dashboard and served as a Google Summer of Code mentor. You can reach him at or @EvansML on Twitter.

Leaflet for some cats
An introduction to the Leafletjs JavaScript library so easy any feline with a working knowledge of JavaScript can understand it. Covering basics towards some fancy stuff with D3. (With apologies to Max Ogden).
Calvin Metcalf, Cartographer, MassDOT

I make maps professionally for MassDOT and also annoy my lovely girl friend by making even more maps in my free time. My weapon of choice is Leaflet, in addition to Leaflet, I also use PouchDB and D3.

The Hubway Data Visualization Challenge: an Open Data initiative for engagement and awareness about bicycle transportation.
In October 2012, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) released more than a year’s worth of trip data from Boston’s bike sharing program Hubway and launched the Hubway Data Visualization Challenge. The contest invited the interested public to explore, analyze and visualize data from more than half a million Hubway bike trips in the Boston Metro Area, and submit interesting visualizations, animations, or other kinds of creative analysis.
Christian Spanring, Metropolitan Area Planning Council(MAPC)

Christian Spanring, GIS Developer, has been with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) since 2009. His focus is introducing innovative Open Source mapping and public engagement solutions to support MAPC’s mission and projects. The variety of MAPC projects he is working on ranges from mapping tools like the MAPC Trailmap for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, over engagement tools like the MBTA Budget Calculator to urban park discovery applications or data exploration tools like the MetroBoston DataCommon.

How I started contributing to open source projects
My New Year's resolution was to begin contributing to open source software. After using FOSS tools like OGR/GDAL and PostGIS for years, I wanted to give something back and get involved with the community. In this talk, I'll walk through how I got started on my first small open source project, an HTML5 offline mapping project using Leaflet, PhoneGap, and MapBox (offline_map_poc)
Max Uhlenhuth, Founder, SilviaTerra

Max Uhlenhuth is the co-founder and technical lead of SilviaTerra, a high-tech forestry company. Often combining many diverse technologies into a single project, he enjoys working on projects ranging from robotics and cloud computing to GIS and mobile. A 2012 graduate of Yale University, Max was recently named by Forbes as one of America's top college entrepreneurs.

Going multispectral: open source multi-band satellite imaging and spectroscopy
The Public Lab community has developed both open source hardware and software to replicate some of the functions of multispectral imaging satellites and visible-infrared spectrometers, with a focus on investigating plant health and contaminated water and soil. Both techniques have geospatial aspects and Public Lab is encouraging open source publication of this data by contributors, hosting an open spectral library ( for the exchange of data as well as a suite of online tools and APIs for manipulating, interpreting, and comparing spectra. Come and find out why you need a multispectral camera or a spectrometer!
Jeffrey Warren, Co-Founder/Research Coordinator, Public Lab

The creator of and co-founder and Research Director for the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Jeff designs mapping and civic science tools and professionally flies balloons and kites. Notable software he has created include the vector-mapping framework Cartagen and orthorectification tool MapKnitter. He is a fellow at MIT's Center for Civic Media and an advocate of open source software, hardware, and data. He co-founded Vestal Design, a graphic/interaction design firm in 2004, and directed the Cut&Paste Labs project, a year-long series of workshops on opensource tools and web design in 2006-7 with Lima designer Diego Rotalde.


Nerd Nite 
Monday, March 25, 2013
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge 

Talk 1 – “Protecting Superman or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Intellectual Property” byAnderson Duff
Talk 2 – “In Case You Didn’t Pay Attention in High School: Honest Sex Ed for Grown Ups” by Claudia Lux

For more information,

Tuesday, March 26

Arctic Warming and Global Climate Change:  Deadly Dance
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Tufts University - Alumnae Hall, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford

A Edward R. Murrow Center International Inquiry
The warming Arctic is both a result of global warming and key contributor to it. Reduced sea ice in the summer occurs because of a warming atmosphere and ocean. With dark water absorbing more solar energy than reflective sea ice, it accelerates global warming as well. Calving of icebergs from glaciers and growing melting of the Greenland ice sheet is further impacting the composition and temperature of northern oceans.Thawing permafrost has become a source instead of a sink for heat trapping carbon dioxide and methane. So what can be done? As part of an ongoing Fletcher School initiative, a group of experts, policy makers, business and media will convene to examine the critical interaction of the Arctic and global climate change - and share some fresh ideas to address it!

Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University
Dalee Sambo Dorough, Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage
Kwong Byong Kwan, ForeverForest, Seoul
Robin Chase, BuzzCar, Paris
Andrew Freedman, Climate Central, New York
Craig Altemore,, Cambridge
and Fletcher faculty:
Crocker Snow - The Arctic Index
William Moomaw - “Burden Bearing to Opportunity Sharing”

Science Worst Case/Best Case
Indigenous Insights


"The New Ecosystem of Journalism and Where It Is Leading"
Tuesday, March 26
12 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Speaker series with Paul E. Steiger, executive chairman of ProPublica's board of directors; founding editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica from 2008 through 2012.


Chaos or Stability: Venezuela Paving the Way for the After-Chavez
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 26, 2013, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  1730 Cambridge Street, CGIS South, S-250, DRCLAS, Cambridge, MA
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR DRCLAS, Weatherhead for International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Leonardo Vivas and Boris Muñoz, fellows, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


Permission Taken
March 26
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

Once, personal technology and the Internet meant that we didn't need permission to compute, communicate and innovate. Now, governments and tech companies are systematically restricting our liberties, and creating an online surveillance state. In many cases, however, we're letting it happen, by trading freedom for convenience and (often the illusion of) security. Yes, we need better laws and regulations. But what steps can we take as individuals to be more secure and free -- to take back the permissions we're losing?

About Dan
Dan Gillmor teaches digital media entrepreneurship and is a founding director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Center, originally funded by the Knight Foundation and Kauffman Foundation, is working to help create a culture of innovation and risk-taking in journalism education, and in the wider media world.

Dan is currently working on a new book and web project, tentatively entitled Permission Taken, about the increasing control that companies and governments are exerting over the way we use technology and communicate, and how we can take back some of that control. He has posted an outline at


A Deep Dive into Congressional Elections
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 26, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics, Faculty Dining Room, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
Fellows & Study Groups Program
SPEAKER(S)  Charlie Cook, Spring 2013 IOP Fellow
Rob Jesmer, fmr Executive Director, Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee
Guy Cecil, Executive Director, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
CONTACT INFO Eric Andersen:


Foreclosures: The Great Untold Story
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 26, 2013, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Building, Weil Town Hall, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, GSD Department of Urban Planning & Design
SPEAKER(S)  Chris Arnold, NPR housing correspondent; Bruce Marks, Gary Klein, and Mike Calhoun
COST  Free and open to the public


Event cancelled -
“The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan”
March 26th
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey followed by a discussion with representatives from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA), local businesses and elected officials. Please join us.


Foreclosures: The Great Untold Story
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 26, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Building, Weil Town Hall, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, GSD Department of Urban Planning & Design
SPEAKER(S)  Chris Arnold, NPR housing correspondent; Bruce Marks, Gary Klein, and Mike Calhoun
COST  Free and open to the public


Cambridge Hackspace Meetup #3
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 
6:30 PM (EDT)
Libboo HQ, 5 Fainwood Circle, Cambridge

Rain or shine, we're meeting again on Tuesday! Please join us and bring some stuff to hack.
What we will provide:
Some electronics (including Arduinos), basic tools, soldering iron, plus access to a full kitchen and some other crafty things (needles, fiber fill, felt).
Some storage space.
A ping pong table.
What you'll have to bring:
If you already have a specific project in mind that you want to get started on right away, bring all necessary materials. This includes food/ingredients if you plan on tinkering in the kitchen!


Social Entrepreneurs Networking
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
6:30 PM To 9:00 PM
MIT, Building 32-124, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The TIE Social Entrepreneurs Group would like to give everyone an opportunity to continue with the connections and networking. This meeting will be an opportunity for any social entrepreneur to come and present their idea. We also encourage any service providers who are willing to provide a service (legal, accounting, consulting, marketing etc.) to emerging social entrepreneurs to also pitch their company or service.

To keep the event moving, we will limit this to the first FIVE Social entrepreneurs who contact us and the first FIVE Service Providers.

Each presenter will have 2 minutes to pitch their idea or service

We will hold all questions to the end

At the end of the presentations, we will take 15 to 20 minutes to allow the audience to ask questions of the entire group of presenters

The Q&A session will end promptly to allow you to network, connect and learn more about each other and the presenters. We will spend five minutes telling you about the TIE SE group and some of our ideas for this year.

Please email to "vvdeshpande (at) gmail (dot) com"  ASAP to get a spot on the list of presenters.

Social Entrepreneurs who will be presenting at this event:
Shaun Jayachandran:
Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy ( - is the first non-profit international program in India to leverage athletic values and skill as a means to develop academic opportunities for Indian students.The main objective of Crossover Basketball is to use basketball as a vehicle of change in communities in India by combining the ideas of of a sport and imparting the values of leadership, character, communication, and teamwork with the goal of inspiring and preparing those students to continue in their educational pursuits through the university level.
Shefali Kalyani:
Doing the charity work along with a group of like minded people for last seven months. Our mission consists of two things: To feed and to cloth those in need in the U.S.A. and beyond. Currently cook for a soup kitchen; for a children's home;  host a winter clothing drive for homeless shelters and we send used Indian and American clothes to India to NGOs which we have identified.
Parul Singh:
CEO and Founder, Gradebale, The revolutionary mobile education assistant: a product which uses a mobile device to semi-automate the grading process and gather rich, actionable, daily data on student learning. We aim to allow teachers to recover 10-20% of their total time while encouraging best instructional practices which have been shown to increase standardized test scores by as much as 29%. We are more affordable, easier to implement, and more flexible than alternatives. We allow schools to make data-driven decisions about where to allocate instructional resources for maximum impact.
Gildo Teixeira:
Social entrepreneur who has developed the most advanced technologies to solving the problem of childhood malnutrition which kills a child every 6 second which translate to 5 million kids a year. We raise our own funds and are dedicated to saving the lives of children all over the world. Mission is to fight global malnutrition by nourishing the world with Real Food Technology®
Diane Hendrix:
American filmmaker Diane Hendrix is on a mission – to discover innovative startups led by young Africans in East Africa and document their experiences as they develop their innovations and businesses.  Inspired by her experiences with students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) DLab, a program at the MIT that fosters the development of appropriate technologies and sustainable solutions within the framework of international development, and the MIT Accelerated Internet Technology Initiative (AITI), Diane set out on a mission to seek out the young inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs who are charting a new future for themselves and their countries that is the opposite of what the African continent has been known for in the past – disease, war, corruption and poverty.


Micro-Housing:  Rethinking Urban Living
March 26, 2013
7:45pm - 9:45pm
Modern Theatre, 535 Washington Street, Boston

Tom Connelly, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Tamara Roy, ADD Inc
Karen Clarke, NE School of Art and Design at Suffolk University
Kelly Saito, Gerding Edlen
Kairos Shen, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Moderated by Peter Howe, NECN

Presented by the Center for Real Estate and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board

Wednesday, March 27

Robotic Construction of Lunar and Martian Infrastructures
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 27, 2013, 3 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  G-135, Maxwell-Dworkin Building, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Classes/Workshops, Environmental Sciences, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Behrokh Khoshnevis, professor, University of Southern California, director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT), University of Southern California
NOTE  Khoshnevis discusses his collaborative research project with NASA to seek economically viable and reliable building systems and tool sets centered around the Contour Crafting robotic construction technology for extraterrestrial infrastructure buildup.


 "Trade, CO2, and the Environment."
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
4:10pm - 5:30pm
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge
Joseph Shapiro, MIT
Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Contact Name:  Jason Chapman

For further information, contact Professor Stavins at the Kennedy School (495-1820), Professor Weitzman at the Department of Economics (495-5133), or the course assistant, Jason Chapman (496-8054), or visit the seminar web site.

Thursday, March 28

The Fluid Dynamics of Tornadoes 
Thursday, March 28, 2013
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Rich Rotunno (NCAR)
Abstract:  Because of the difficulty in making measurements under controlled conditions, most of what is known about the fluid dynamics of tornadoes comes from laboratory experiments that produce vortices with features similar to those observed in a tornado. Numerical simulation of laboratory experiments has become a valuable analytical tool owing to the greater ease of extracting data. The success of the numerical simulations has inspired better-defined numerical experiments capable of quantitatively describing the basic features of observed tornado vortices and has motivated simple fluid dynamical explanations. This seminar reviews the state of knowledge concerning the fluid dynamics of tornadoes as found in laboratory and numerical analogs.


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


Just Business: Human Rights and Multinational Corporations
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 28, 2013, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government and The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
SPEAKER(S)  John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor of Human Rights and International Affairs, HKS
COST  Free; RSVP to


The Plant, Farming the Future
March 28, 2013
Tufts, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

John Edel, Owner and Developer, Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center

What happens when you combine urban agriculture, alternative energy and a food business incubator? Mr. Edel will discuss The Plant, a project combining adaptive industrial reuse and aquaponics to create the nation's first vertical farm. Located in a century old meatpacking facility in Chicago's historic Stockyards, is exploring the intersection of recycling, job creation, and local growing. By harnessing food waste, this 95,000 sq. ft. vertical farm is shooting for net-zero energy use while recycling waste products, energy and gasses within the structure between manufacturing, office and growing areas. Nothing leaves but food!

John Edel is both an eco and social entrepreneur. He is the owner and developer of the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center, a green business incubator in the Stockyards Industrial Corridor. As General Contractor, he took the facility from a burnt-out shell to 100% occupancy while using a mixture of waste-stream recycled materials and leading edge technology to make the building exceptionally energy efficient and pleasantly non-toxic. The renovation was assisted by a core group of volunteers and by bartering with suppliers, tenants, and scrappers. The building's green roof is a photo of Edel's daughter, Zoe, rendered in 9,600 sedum plants, each of which is a pixel in her image.

In previous careers, Mr. Edel taught computer graphics, designed sets for broadcast television, art directed video games and worked as a chef on private railroad cars. He has a lifelong dream of combining industrial preservation, agriculture and food production in a sustainable fashion.


Arctic Power Projection: Using Climate Change to Test Theories of Resource Competition
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 28, 2013, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369 at HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Jonathan Markowitz, research fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project


Water Supply and Sanitation Microbiology
Thursday, March 28, 2013 
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Tufts University, Anderson Hall, Nelson Auditorium, 200 College Avenue, Medford

Huw Taylor, vice-chair of the International Water Association Water Safety Planning Specialist Group, on "Water supply and sanitation microbiology:  Barriers to disease transmission in Haiti and Malawi"

Huw Taylor is the vice-chair of the International Water Association Water Safety Planning Specialist Group. For the past fifteen years he has led the Environment and Public Health Research Unit at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom, where he investigates the application of microbial ecology expertise to prevent human waterborne disease transmission.  In Europe, this work has focused on combining microbial source tracking and watershed modeling to predict incidents of human wastewater contamination of rivers and coasts.  More recently his group has used bacteriophages of human origin as novel surrogates of pathogenic viruses in shellfish waters and wastewater treatment systems, most notably at the site of the London Olympics.

In this talk, Huw will discuss his recent collaborations with engineers in two very different contexts: the Caribbean and Africa.  Both the treatment of cholera treatment wastewaters in emergency settings and the day-to-day provision of safe drinking water for low-income rural communities require engineers and microbiologists to work together. Huw will explain what these projects have achieved to date, and what more might be achieved by effective collaboration.

Contact Name:  Daniele Lantagne

China's Legislation on Air Pollution and Climate Change
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 28, 2013, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Law, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR China Project (Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) and East Asian Legal Studies Program (Harvard Law School)
SPEAKER(S)  ZHU Xiaoqin, visiting Fulbright Scholar, East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School; professor, School of Law, Xiamen University


Civil and Civic Engagement: Building Communities
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 28, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics, Littauer 166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
Fellows & Study Groups
SPEAKER(S)  Steve Kerrigan, Spring 2013 IOP Fellow
Alan Khazei, co-Founder and fmr CEO of City Year, Current CEO of Be the Change, Inc.
Michael Brown, co-Founder and CEO of City Year
CONTACT INFO Eric Andersen:

How Out-of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates - Elliot Washor and Charlie Mojkowski co-authors of the new book "Leaving to Learn"
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 28, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Askwith Hall
TYPE OF EVENT Lecture, Presentation, Question & Answer Session
BUILDING/ROOM  Askwith Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
CONTACT NAME  Andrew Frishman
CONTACT PHONE  4017438136
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION/DEPARTMENT Experiential Learning Student Organization, EdLD Program
NOTE  It’s an alarming fact: in the U.S., one student drops out of school every 12 seconds. One proven, innovative solution for stemming the flow of drop-outs and breaking the cycle of disengagement is "Leaving to Learn." In order to retain students through to graduation, schools must offer experiences where students do some of their learning outside of school. Leaving to Learn helps us deeply understand the real reasons kids drop out and the essential conditions for productive learning that today’s adolescents require.
“We have a bold strategy for revitalizing schools and for graduating and preparing young people for success in their future learning and work. This “leaving to learn” strategy is driven by our image of that future. Our goal is not merely to graduate every student but to prepare graduates who are uncommonly ready for success in their workplaces and their communities.”
—Elliot Washor and Charles Mojkowski


Robotic Construction by Contour Crafting
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 28, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  S153, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Behrokh Khoshnevis, director, Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies and professor, University of Southern California

Editorial Comment:  I heard Dr Khoshnevis speak at MIT in 2008 on this process.  It will be interesting to discover how he's progressed since then.  Contour Crafting is essentially pouring a building inch by inch with quick-drying cement or concrete shaped by a specially built nozzle.


Media Lab Conversations Series: Susan Crawford
Thursday, March 28, 2013
MIT, Building E14-300, Third-Floor Atrium, E14, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Susan Crawford
Susan Crawford is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a co-director of the Berkman Center. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, and a contributor to Bloomberg View and . She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009), and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She is a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg???s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation.Crawford was formerly a (Visiting) Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard???s Kennedy School, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and a professor at the University of Michigan Law School (2008-2010). As an academic, she teaches Internet law and communications law. She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each September 22. She is one of Prospect Magazine???s Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011). Crawford received her BA and JD from Yale. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the US District Court for the Eastern District
Web site:

MIT Media Lab Conversations Series
All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.
This talk will be webcast.
Join us on Twitter: #MLTalks
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Media Lab
For more information, contact:  Jess Sousa 


COLOMBIA, land of light: documentary + discussion
Thursday, March 28, 2013
MIT Building 7-338, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please join us on Thursday, March 28 at 5:00 in the Stella Room for a screening and discussion of COLOMBIA, land of light, a documentary by artist Santiago Escobar Jaramillo. The film (28 min.) includes footage, images, and sounds from his work, which consists of a series of symbolic acts of support for victims of violence and displacement in towns all over Colombia. Santiago will join us for a discussion of his project, its origins, and implications for those affected by the armed conflict ( ).

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Organized by the MIT Community Innovators Lab and the Colombian Association of MIT. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Council of MIT.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:  Alyssa Bryson


River. Space. Design.: Towards a New Urban Water Culture
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 28, 2013, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museum of Natural History 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Lecture, Science, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Museum of Natural History
SPEAKER(S)  Antje Stokman, Stuttgart University, Germany
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO 617.495.3045
NOTE  For the New Directions in EcoPlanning Annual Lecture, Antje Stokman (Stuttgart University, Germany) will discuss how different cultural contexts of our human relationship with water results in very different landscape and city forms. Prof. Stokman will also outline a vision how to reintegrate the dynamics of water into our cities in order to meet broader human, ecological and aesthetic objectives.


Join the Movement to Address Climate Change: 350MA Comes to Boston
Thursday, March 28, 2013
NATE Smith House, 155 Lamartine Street, Jamaica Plain

Concerned about the climate crisis? Join us for the first meeting of a potential Boston-based node of 350 Massachusetts!, the global climate action movement, has sprouted several statewide nodes and 350MA is linking groups across the state. Join us to connect with 350MA’s ongoing work and share your ideas for a Boston-based 350MA action group.

Learn about 350MA’s work on the Tar Sands Oil Pipelines, Divestment, and Carbon Tax legislation, talk with other climate activists and groups based in south-of-the-Charles communities, and share your ideas for ramping up climate action in our neighborhoods. Join us to get inspired, find new sources of hope, and have fun!


Lightning talks: 5 minute presentations on hot apps & cool companies
Thursday, March 28, 2013
7:00 PM
Lippmann House, 1 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
Rescheduled from March 7. If you plan to attend, please RSVP, even if you RSVP'd for the last event at

Also, there will be a reception, starting at 6:30 pm.

Using MuckRock to get public records
Michael Morisy, founder: MuckRock is a tool used by journalists, activists and researchers to make the government more transparent through easier public records requests. Users can easily click and file to discover everything from how government is spending tax dollars to insight into the FBI's files on prominent figures, and publicly track and share the progress and results of their request.

Matt Stempeck, MIT: LazyTruth is a Chrome extension for Gmail that gives you verified debunks of common chain forwards.We’ve built an inbox extension that surfaces quality information when you receive an email forward full of political myths, urban legends, or security threats. People who consulted fact-checking sites in the 2012 election had a better understanding of candidates’ positions, even after controlling for party, ideology, interest in the election, gender, age, education, and race. LazyTruth brings this knowledge to you. We’ve built a Chrome extension for Gmail, and we’re looking to expand to other mail providers and browsers.

Bringing News to a News Desert
Saul Tannenbaum, Cambridge: “Using aggregating to simulate a newspaper.” Cambridge is effectively a news desert. It's not that there isn't a lot of Cambridge news, it's' that there is so much of it spread across so many sources with no one "paper" of record. I've been experimenting with, a news aggregation service, to build a Cambridge-centric news compendium and will describe how it works, how to build your own news site, and some of the positives and pitfalls.

Twitter Metrics
Joel Abrams,,, and a study on the impact of writing good tweets and tweeting a second time.

#Bigbirds never die: understanding the dynamics of emergent hashtags
Brian Keegan, Northeastern U: The study examines the emergence, growth, and lifetime of emergent hashtags during the 2012 presidential debates. We examine 256 exogenously created, emergent hashtags in terms of their growth, survival and interaction with their environment. We find that emergent tags can be classified into two categories: "winners," that grow rapidly and sustain growth over a substantial period of time, and "also-rans" tags that start with a burst but quickly die out.

Data vs. the Volcano
Hjalmar Gislason, founder & CEO, DataMarket: I was working on an earthquake visualization late at night when I noticed some weird things in the Icelandic earthquake feed. Posting this on Facebook, I quickly had scientist friends, emergency response team leaders and others commenting and analyzing and for the next 90 minutes my Facebook thread was the only place with coverage of the beginning of the now infamous Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

Nate Aune. Mediathread is an innovative, open-source platform for exploration, analysis, and organization of web-based multimedia content. Mediathread connects to a variety of image and video collections (such as YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest, and library databases), enabling users to lift items out of these collections and into an analysis environment. In Mediathread, items can then be clipped, annotated, organized, and embedded into essays and other written analysis.

Cascading Tree Sheets
Ted Benson, MIT: Cascading Tree Sheets does for web structure what CSS does for style. It helps you create interactive widgets and themes that can easily be reused and customized just by adding a few CSS classes to your website. For journalists, this offers a way to weave interactives into your web content without having to write custom plugins for your CMS.

Dynamics of shared attention on Twitter during media events
Yu-Ru Lin, Northeastern U.: Media events such as political debates generate conditions of shared attention as many users simultaneously tune in with the dual screens of broadcast and social media to view and participate. Using data from about 200,000 Twitter users, we compare features of their behavior during eight major events during the 2012 U.S. presidential election to examine (1) the impact “media events” have on patterns of social media use compared to “typical” time and (2) whether changes during media events are attributable to changes in behavior across the entire population or an artifact of changes in elite users’ behavior. Our findings suggest that while users across the system become more active during media events, this additional activity reflects concentrated attention to a handful of users, hashtags, and tweets.

Vine for Journalism
Joanna Kao, MIT. How newsrooms are using Vine, ways it can be used in reporting. Joanna will also talk also about (and maybe show the beginnings of) a tool for journalists using Vine.

The event is sponsored by Hacks/Hackers Boston and the Nieman-Berkman Fellowship.

Friday, March 29

Community Table
Friday, March 29th 2013
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Whole Foods Market, 340 River Street, Community Room, Cambridge

Calling all students of food across Boston and beyond!
Free and open to the public:
Community Table is a hub and resource for students pursuing a personal or professional food focus. Conversation will center on what students of food policy, law, nutrition science, technology, business and entrepreneurship are up to in the field and directly support what each is working on (e.g. class, project, internship, job) with ideas, feedback and connections. Community Table is designed to be a relaxed, open brainstorming forum.  Format is drop-in, so attendees should feel free to come and go as their calendars permit.

HOSTS:  Members of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Food Sol at Babson College

For more information on the concept:

RSVP To:  Rachel Greenberger
Director, Food Sol at Babson College
774-270-0139 |
Boston Sustainable Agriculture Examiner


"Does the public believe in science?"
March 29, 2013 
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Harvard University, Northwest Building, Room B101, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Welcome and introduction:
Brock Reeve, Executive Director, HSCI
M. William Lensch, Faculty Director of Education, HSCI
Dan Vergano
Science Writer, USA Today
Seth Mnookin
Co-Director, MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing
Author, The Panic Virus:  The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy
Daniel P. Schrag
Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and
Professor of Environmental Science and Enginnering, Harvard University
David T. Scadden
Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, HSCI
Co-Chair, HSCRB, Harvard University

Program Abstract:
Is the relationship between science and the public on a solid footing, or is it in crisis?  Recent studies suggest that despite the positive role that research plays in society, certain areas of science are experiencing an erosion of public confidence.  This panel will explore the state of the relationship between science and the public in three hot button areas:  stem cell research, vaccination, and climate change.  The goal is to understand better how today's public obtains and analyzes scientific information and how a clearer understanding of that process could lead to more effective public engagement by scientists.

This event is offered free of charge and is open to the public.


Wikiedia Meet-Up:  Women's History Edit-a-thon at the Berkman Center
 Fri Mar 29
4:00 PM
Berkman Center For Internet & Society, 23 Everett St # 2, Cambridge

In conjunction with WikiWomen's History Month, please join us at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University to edit and create Wikipedia entries on notable women in history! All experience levels welcome. For full details, see our announcement page: LEARN MORE


MIT-CAST Spring Break Party
Friday, March 29, 2013
MIT, Building W20-307, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Chinese Association of Science and Technology is organizing this spring break party. This party will feature social network, cultural interaction, board games. Delicious Chinese food will be provided. Please feel free to join us with your friends and families, and enjoy the happy spring break before you start to work again!

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Chinese Association of Science and Technology, GSC Funding Board
For more information, contact:  CAST Board

Saturday, March 30

2nd Annual Boston Baseball Hack Day
Saturday, March 30, 2013
9:30 AM To 7:00 PM
Thoughtbot, 41 Winter Street, 7th floor, Boston
Register at

Are you a web developer, designer, or a programmer who is interested in baseball? Or a passionate baseball fan with ideas?

Boston Baseball Hack Day on March 30, 2013, is the second annual hacking event where area baseball minds come together, form a team, and collaborate to create baseball-related project and bring an idea to life. The goal of the day is to bring creative minds into one room and see what they can produce within a limited time. The project could be (but is not limited to) a tool, simple web app, website, or data visualization. See what we did in 2012 to get an idea.

It is also a great opportunity to network and socialize among like-minded people. Projects will be judged by area experts, and a brief awards ceremony (with prizes courtesy of our sponsors) will conclude the program.

At the end of the day, projects will be judged by area experts, and a brief awards ceremony will conclude the event.

Baseball Hack Day is a free event thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.  Registration is required and seating is limited. So Register NOW!


The 38th Annual Gardeners Gathering
Saturday, March 30
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Egan Center & Shillman Hall, 115 Forsyth Street, Northeastern University, Boston

The Gardeners Gathering is a FREE citywide event for community gardeners and other garden enthusiasts. Held in the spring of each year, the event brings together over 400 gardeners to kick-off the growing season. Join us for over two-dozen skill building workshops on topics from seed starting and composting to urban beekeeping, land access and youth empowerment through gardens. The full schedule of workshop will be posted here the week of the event.

In addition to a full afternoon of workshops, the Gathering features the 11th Annual Community Garden Awards. Presented by Mayor Thomas Menino, these awards honor those who have made great contributions to Boston community gardens. The Gardeners Gathering is FREE and open to the public. Walk-in registration includes a free pair of gardening gloves. For more information email or call Boston Natural Areas Network at 617-542-7696.

Download Gardeners Gathering 2013 event card at
Monday, April 1

"Decision-Making Under Scarcity: Navigating the Water-Energy Nexus in the Yellow River Basin, People's Republic of China"
Monday, April 1, 2013 
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Scott Moore, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group, Harvard Belfer Center
ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund


Entrepreneurship as a Force for Good
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 1, 2013, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Pierce Hall 213, Brooks Room, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Larry Sullivan, chairman, COINS Global and COINS Foundation
CONTACT INFO 617.496.6579
NOTE  Sullivan will speak on his career path and entrepreneurial journey, from selling ice-cream as a student in Chicago to founding six niche market software houses, and the social responsibility that comes with any form of privilege.


Protecting Communities from Disaster: A Proactive Public Health Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction (the case of Iran and MENA region)
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 1, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard School of Public Health, Longwood Campus, Kresge 502, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Humanitarian Academy at Harvard, Department of Global Health and Population
SPEAKER(S)  Hani Mowafi, Ali Ardalan, Mark Keim, Qudsia Huda
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO 617.496.1355


April Social Enterprise Lecture Series: Growing Rural Prosperity, featuring Root Capital
Monday, April 1, 2013
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
716 Columbus Place, 6th Floor, Alumni Center, Boston

Join the Social Enterprise Institute as we welcome Brian Milder, Vice President of Strategy, Knowledge, and Innovation at Root Capital, for the April Social Enterprise Lecture Series, Growing Rural Prosperity. Root Capital is an innovative social enterprise that provides financing for rural SMEs in the “missing middle” – businesses that are too big for microfinance, but too small for commercial loans. Root Capital also provides financial advisory services coupled with market access to help grow rural prosperity for businesses in their value chain. By 2016, Root Capital aims to increase their lending portfolio to $190m in order to reach 650 businesses to improve livelihoods for over two million families. In this lecture, Mr. Milder will provide an overview of the organization, answer questions from the audience, and discuss Root Capital’s innovative growth strategy for the future.



"The Traditional Architecture of Libya's Nafusah Mountains: Types of Dwellings and Evolution of Urban Settlements"
Monday, April 01, 2013
MIT, Building 3-133, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Beniamino Polimeni, Universita Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy - AKPIA@MIT Fellow 2012-13

Lectures by the 2012-2013 AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellows
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
For more information, contact:  Jose Luis Arguello

Tuesday, April 02

Dana Bash, chief congressional correspondent, CNN
Tuesday, April 2
12 p.m.  
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge


The Web We Lost
April 2nd
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

Anil Dash will present at the Berkman Center Luncheon Series.

About Anil
Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, technologist and writer acknolwedged as a "blogging pioneer" by the New Yorker for having started his site in 1999 as one of the earliest and most influential blogs on the Internet. Today his work focuses on applying the techniques and technologies of the startup world to the transformation the major institutions of society and culture.

Dash is cofounder of Activate, the strategy consulting firm which helps the world's major media and technology companies reinvent their businesses, and cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, a new app which helps people get more meaning out of the time they spend on social networking. In addition, Dash is an active advisor to several of the most prominent and innovative technology startups and non-profit organizations and has been a columnist for Wired magazine.


"Brave Neuro World? Reality and Hype in Neuroethics" 
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
MIT, Building E14-674, Media Lab, 6th Floor, MultiPurpose Room, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

2013 Arthur Miller Lecture
Speaker: Martha Farah, University of Pennsylvania
Advances in neuroscience have increased our ability to understand, predict and influence human behavior. In principle such advances can be applied to any field of endeavor that depends on human behavior, for example economics, education, law and warfare. In this talk I will raise, and attempt to answer, the following questions: How are these advances being used in practice? Which ethical problems have so far occupied the field of neuroethics, and which are relevant to current and plausible near-term uses of neuroscience? Does contemporary neuroscience raise any new ethical issues, not already familiar to scholars of bioethics or STS?

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): SHASS Dean's Office, HASTS
For more information, contact:  Randyn Miller


Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture Series: Conflict, Climate, and African Development
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 2, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Hall 201, Harvard Yard
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Department of Economics
SPEAKER(S)  Edward Miguel, University of California Berkeley
COST  Free and open to the public


Geoengineering Lecture Series:  "Contesting Geoengineering Governance"
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 
MIT, Building 66, Room 110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge
with Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science & Civilization and Director, Institute for Science, Innovation & Society, Oxford University.

Rayner will consider various alternative framings of geoengineering (broadly defined to include both solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal techniques) and explore the "definitional politics" of including or excluding various kinds of technology under the "Geoengineering" heading, its relationship to mitigation and adaptation, and whether the category itself is helpful, robust, etc. His talk will also explore some of the emerging social science characterisations of geoengineering, particularly solar radiation management which may prematurely close down debate. The presentation will conclude with consideration of a range of alternative approaches to "next steps."

Steve Rayner is James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at Oxford University from where he also Co-directs the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship and the Oxford Geoengineering Programme. He is a Professorial Fellow of Keble College. He is also Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Society at the University of Copenhagen and Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute of Oakland, California. He previously held senior research positions in two US National Laboratories and has taught at leading US universities.

Contact Name:  Lisa Matthews


Innovating for the Connected TV, Living Room and Home
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Cambridge Innovation Center, 4th Floor, One Broadway Cambridge

What can you do with 100+mpbs downloads and houses where just about everything that can be connected is connected?

Are you an entrepreneur, developer, investor, tech executive or other professional with a brilliant idea, product or service for the digital living room or smart home? Bring your best ideas to one of the only events focused on how to build and roll out new products and services for today's high-speed IP-connected home.

Please note that we will have senior Verizon executives in attendance to talk to you about your service or app (yes, including connected TV apps) and innovating for the future. Invited guests also include venture capitalists and strategic investors. Mingle with executives and fellow entrepreneurs to share your experiences, exchange ideas, and build your professional network. Enjoy some snacks, drinks and networking!

Are you interested in presenting your idea at our event? To be considered to showcase a demo highlighting connected TV, second screen and smart home apps/services please email

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:  Amy Goggins


The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 3, 2013, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
SPEAKER(S)  David Karpf, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
COST  Free and open to the public
NOTE  Online politics is neither limited to "clicktivism" nor comprised of "organizing without organizations." In David Karpf's new book, he presents evidence that the new media environment has given rise to a new generation of political advocacy groups. These organizations have redefined membership and fundraising regimes. They have established novel tools for gauging supporter opinion and pioneered nimble mobilization tactics that keep pace with the accelerated media cycle. These tactical innovations have not spread equally to older interest groups. Nor have they spread equally across the political spectrum—"netroots" political organizations are much stronger on the left than the right. In Karpf's research presentation, he will highlight key findings and ongoing puzzles regarding the nature and scope of the "MoveOn Effect" in American politics.


Landscaping with Climate in Mind
April 3
7:00 pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Sue Reed, Author of Energy-Wise Landscape Design.
Learn how to manage your landscape to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint—essential actions in this era of climate change.

Sponsored by Grow Native Massachusetts


Food Access & Health Impacts: Trends and New Research
Thursday, April 4
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific / 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Webinar - register at

Limited retail access to healthy foods affects the dietary patterns and health outcomes of many Americans.  Join us to learn how new research and evaluation practices are helping to generate innovative solutions that stimulate change in local communities.  

Presenters Include:
Allison Karpyn, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, The Food Trust
Erin Hagan, PhD, Senior Associate, PolicyLink
Giridhar Mallya, MD, Director of Policy and Planning, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago


Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement Lecture:  Dianne Dumanoski
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 10:00am
Contact Name:  Kitty Beer
Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement, Harvard Extension School, 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge

Dianne Dumanoski is an author and environmental journalist whose work in the field dates back to the first Earth Day in 1970. She has reported on a wide range of environmental and energy issues for broadcast and print media and has been among the pioneers reporting on a new generation of global environmental issues.


Boston Cleanweb Hackathon and Challenge
 Friday, April 5, 2013 - 12:00am - Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 12:00am
Cost:  $20/general; $10/students
Register at

The Boston Cleanweb Hackathon is a weekend event that demonstrates the impact of applying information technologies to energy and resource constraints, known as the cleanweb. We bring together developers, designers, and business professionals and help the create web and mobile applications to solve some of our biggest energy and sustainability problems.

Last year’s roundup: $11,000 to the winning team, 150 total participants, 75 hackers, 18 presenting teams, the launch of several companies, and talented participants who were recruited to local, high- profile companies -- all of which helped spawn a cleanweb movement worldwide. This year, we expect more than 200 participants to gather, share knowledge, develop applications, network with peers, discover new business opportunities, and launch more new companies. The Hackathon is hosted again at Greentown Labs, Boston’s first clean technology incubator.

Kicking off with challenge presentations and a team formation mixer, participants will have 30 hours to create an application that addresses energy, waste, water, transportation, food or other energy and sustainability issues using web, data analytics, and mobile technologies. From allowing homeowners to monitor and reduce energy usage, to giving people a way to price comparison shop for solar panels, the apps that participants create address energy, waste, water, and other sustainability issues utilizing data analytics and web and mobile technologies.

This year, the most promising teams from the Hackathon will be invited to keep working on their applications for sixty to ninety days in a Challenge Competition. At the end of this, your team will have the chance to win even more prize money and maybe even turn your work into a startup company. Check our website for more details.

There is no energy expertise required! This event is designed to introduce you to a whole new world of opportunities available in clean energy.


RootsCamp MA - For Organizers, By Organizers
April 6-7, 2013
1199 SEIU, Dorchester

Attendees Call tjn he Shots at Progressive “Un-Conference”

Calling all progressive organizers! RootsCamp MA shakes up the traditional conference model. No need to submit workshop proposals in advance. Instead attendees decide an agenda together each morning of the conference. This allows participants to have meaningful and in-the-moment conversations about their work.

This is progressive cross-issue movement building, where all attendees bring what they know and what they are curious about. They establish lasting new partnerships with other organizers from all over the state. This model builds on the success of 2012 RootsCamp National,  2010 RootsCamp MA and “unconferences” dating back to 2006.

“Unconferences take advantage of the fact that we all have ideas and talents to contribute, as well as things to learn,” said Jessica Critcher, co-organizer of Socializing for Justice, one of several lead sponsors of the conference. 

Organized in just a couple of months, this event has gained the support of many including Gold Sponsors: ACLU of Massachusetts, Socializing for Justice, Third Sector New England, Tufts Peace and Justice Studies; Silver Sponsors: Echo Ditto, Future Boston Alliance, Mass Vote; and Bronze Sponsors: Boston NAACP, Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee, New Leaders Council Boston Chapter, Political Research Associates and The Definition Of Nyce. Partner organizations include: Common Cause Massachusetts, Drinking Liberally Boston Chapter, MIRA Coalition, and the New 
Organizing Institute.

With the help of these sponsors, RootsCamp organizers are committed to making this an accessible event for a diverse group of attendees. 
Tickets are priced on a sliding scale of $10-$20, which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks for two days. Children are welcome to attend. Bilingual presentations are encouraged. Transportation and housing assistance provided to attendees outside of metro Boston area.

More information about the event, as well as the most up to date list of sponsors and partner organizations, may be found at Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased at 

Contact:  Robbie Samuels
RootsCamp MA Lead Organizer


Saturday, April 6
10 am – 2 pm
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street, Cambridge

Want to grow your own fresh food? Even in a tiny space? Come learn how!
Get tips on composting, improving your soil, container gardens, and starting seedlings.
Swap seeds.  Meet a chicken. Watch the bees.  Fall in love with mushrooms.
No space of your own? You can work with neighbors: harvest local fruit and veg, spruce up city spaces, share a garden space.  Come find out how!  And LOTS more! WinterFarmersMarket


Kitchen Gardeners Get-Together
Tuesday, April 9th
6:30 - 8:30pm
Central Square Branch of the Cambridge Public Library
45 Pearl Street (off Massachusetts Avenue)
Free and Open to the Public
April Topic: getting ready for spring planting

As spring approaches, many of us are thinking about starting our gardens.  Some of us are beginners with a lot of questions.  Some of us have a lot of experience to share.  A lot of us would love the opportunity to talk to other gardeners about our common interest.

Jules Kobek of DIO Skillshare will be facilitating a monthly get-together of kitchen gardeners to discuss informally our practices, problems, and successes as vegetable gardeners.  Each monthly meeting will have a specific topic for general discussion, but there will also be time set aside for individual questions.

Topics can include:  deciding what vegetables to grow for your specific situation and needs; soil fertility; insects, good and bad;  plant diseases; and succession planting.

Topics will be limited to kitchen gardening: growing food for yourself, family, and friends.

Participants will be sharing from their own experience.  There will be no formal presentations.

Not covered: commercial growing, fruit and nut trees, beekeeping, chickens, or other animals.  These are all specialized areas that requires a different set of skills and knowledge.

This will be a pilot project of three months.  If there is sufficient interest, we'll continue year-round.

Call Jules at 617-492-2340 for more information


"A Better Future for A Better Cambridge"
Thursday, April 11th
7:00 P.M.
Cambridge College, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

How can we plan for urban growth in Cambridge to promote a more diverse, livable, and sustainable city for all residents?

An esteemed panel will address the coming demographic shifts that will put further pressure on the Cambridge's housing market and our transportation systems, and talk about solutions that can make Cambridge a leader in defining a new urban America in the age of climate change.
Frederick Salvucci, Former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation and current MIT Professor of Civil Engineering
Barry Bluestone, Founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University
Andre Leroux, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance

All are welcome! Please register Online to let us know you'll be participating in the discussion:

Sponsored by A Better Cambridge | Working to build a more diverse and dynamic Cambridge on the path toward sustainable growth.
web: | facebook: | twitter: @ABetterCambMA


Cambridge Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, April 13
Noon - 4pm
Tennis courts outside Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School/Cambridge Public Library


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

Description: Refresh Boston welcomes the founders of Design Museum Boston for our April event.
Sam Aquillano & Derek Cascio, founders of Design Museum Boston, will talk about what it takes to create and run a decentralized collection of exhibits across the Boston area, why they started the museum, and where it's going next. They'll also show some behind the scenes planning for Street Seats, an exhibit opening in late April.


Thursday, April 18
6:30-8 pm
Suffolk University Law School, Main Function Room, 120 Tremont Street, Boston

w/ Guy Maytal, M.D. and Marcia Angell, M.D.
moderator Jack Wrobel

With the vote on the physician-assisted suicide initiative coming down to a slim margin this past November, voters of Massachusetts appear torn. Is this dignity or playing God? Mercy or giving up too soon?

Does it give people who are suffering a way to control their own destinies, or people with hidden agendas a way to do away with the vulnerable? And how soon will this issue arise again in our state?

Jack Wrobel, Ford Hall Forum Vice President, moderates a debate that elucidates the issue from each side. Marcia Angell, M.D. (supporter for “Prescribing Medication to End Life” initiative) and Guy Maytal, M.D. (opponent to “Prescribing Medication to End Life” initiative) discuss facts, feelings, and unintended effects while the audience decides for themselves whether physician-assisted suicide should ever be Massachusetts law.

Further background information on the participants:
Marcia Angell, M. D., is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine on June 30, 2000. A graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, she trained in both internal medicine and anatomic pathology and is a board-certified pathologist. She joined the editorial staff of the New England Journal of Medicine in 1979, became Executive Editor in 1988, and Editor-in-Chief in 1999. Angell is a member of the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of the Sciences, the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society, and is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Guy Maytal, M.D. is an attending psychiatrist and director of the Psychiatry Urgent Care Clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital as well as Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received his M.D. at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at MGH. Maytal also completed a fellowship in Psycho-oncology and Psychosomatic Medicine at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He has been an active member of the MGH Optimum Care Committee since 2008 and cares for patients with cancer and life-threatening illnesses. His interest is in investigating the tension between medical paternalism and patient autonomy as well as ethical issues surrounding resource allocation.

Jack Wrobel is a retired Air Force officer and a retired Vice President at the consulting firm Shipley Associates. He holds a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Space Physics. Wrobel has served as a Selectman in Westford for nine years and is a is trustee of the J. V. Fletcher Library. He currently is a pro-bono Consultant for nonprofits. An advocate of “life long learning,” Jack has been member of the Ford Hall Forum since 1991 and now serves as a Vice President of the Forum.

Admission is free and open to all. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station.
For more information, contact Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University: 617-557-2007,



Save the Date: Friday 19 April, 2013
20th Anniversary Celebration of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP)
Convened in Honor of CIERP’s Director, Professor William Moomaw

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On the afternoon of Friday, April 19, the Fletcher community will host a symposium on campus celebrating CIERP’s 20th Anniversary and honoring the distinguished career of William "Bill" Moomaw,Professor of International Environmental Policy and CIERP’s Founder and Director. The event will be themed around scaling renewable energy.

Please mark your calendars! More details to follow. All are welcome.

The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), established in 1992 at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, develops innovative approaches to shifting global development onto an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable path. We analyze how economic and social activities impact the environment, and design strategies for meeting human needs without straining the planet’s resources. CIERP advances theory, turns it into practice, educates the international community, and prepares students for careers as global leaders and citizens.


3rd Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference
2nd Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses Conference
April 24, 2013
8am - 4pm
DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Conference details at
Register early and save at
Cost:  $45 to $75




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


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

Cambridge Civic Journal

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