Sunday, May 12, 2013

Energy (and Other) Events - May 12, 2013


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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

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Monday, May 13
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10am  Enabling the Automobile of the Future: Recent Advances in Automotive Structural Adhesives Chemistry
12pm  Revisiting the role of the Tibetan Plateau on the South and East Asian monsoons
3pm  Offshore Mining
4pm  When the Levee Breaks: Black Migration and Economic Development in the American South
5pm  Transforming Science Coverage in the Media
5:30pm  It takes more than just Big Data - Evolving Solutions for Pharma and Healthcare
5:30pm  The Future of Science & Technology in International Development
7pm  To Divest Or Not To Divest?

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Tuesday, May 14
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12:15pm  From Obsolescence to Sustainability: A Century of Architectural Change
12:30pm  Cyber War Is Not the Answer, But What Is? Addressing Cyber Conflict While Protecting Privacy and Internet Freedom
12:45pm  Crowds, Communities, and Mixed Initiative Systems
2pm  Advances in Bioaerosol Sampling and Implications for Atmospheric Science and Human Health
4:15pm  Designing Chemically Robust Metal Oxides for Visible-Light Photocatalysis:  Toward Solar Z-Scheme Water Splitting
5:30pm  Greater Boston Ross School of Business Alumni Club (“RossBoston”) for a reception and discussion with Brian Swett, the Chief of Energy and Environment for the City of Boston
6:30pm  Public Acceptance of Wind Energy in Massachusetts: Factors, Implications
6:30pm  Social Interfaces, Social Algorithms, and Social Languages
7pm  Spring of Sustainability Teleseminar:  Snake Oil: How Big Energy's Misleading Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future
7pm  ACT Panel | Currency ~ Revolution: Spatial Strategies of Resistance

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Wednesday, May 15
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7:30am  Sustainability Breakfast Meetup
4pm  Where are the Boundaries of the Habitable Zone?
4pm  "Linking bacterial processes and dissolved organic matter in marine ecosystems"
4:30pm  SSRC Seminar: Guiding Our Veterans Home, Our National Challenge
5:30pm  The Life Aquatic: Representing the Oceans in Documentary Film (1940-1970)
6pm  Screening/Discussion: The Lab as Observational Art
6pm  The 3rd Annual Eco-Carpentry Challenge
6:30pm  "Bitcoin and Deep Web" and "Security in a Connected Vehicle System"
7pm  Tipping Point:  The End of OIl

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Thursday, May 16
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11am  Baltimore: A Healthy Food Access Case Study
12pm  FAS Environmental Movies/Brown Bag Lunch Series
12pm  Meet the new 'Boston Green' app!
5pm  "Science Serving Society: Reflections on 4 Years in Washington"
6:30pm  Dr. Temple Grandin
6:30pm  ArtCorps and EcoLogic Present: Awakening a Culture of Conservation
6:30pm  Hope Arab Springs Eternal

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Friday, May 17
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6pm  Music 2.0: Tools + Tech for Musicians, Marketers + Managers: The 2013 Edition

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Saturday, May 18
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12pm  Earthfest 2013

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Sunday, May 19
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10am  The Junior Solar Sprint 2013

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Monday, May 20
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11am  HARVARD FREECYCLE EVENT
12pm  Webinar: Software Systems Architecture in the World of Cloud Computing
12:15pm  Iran: Compliance at the Cost of Nonproliferation?
4pm  Demographic Dividend in Africa
7pm  A forum sponsored by United for Justice with Peace on the Marathon Bombings
7pm  Techno-Activism Third Mondays

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Tuesday, May 21
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5:30pm  Boston Bike Update
6pm  The Scientist Within
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - May Happy Hour
7pm  Greenport Forum:  Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

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Event Details

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Monday, May 13
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Enabling the Automobile of the Future: Recent Advances in Automotive Structural Adhesives Chemistry
Monday, May 13, 2013
10:00a–11:00a
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Chemistry in Industry Lecture: Florian Schattenmann, Dow Chemical

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Chemistry Department
For more information, contact:  Chemistry Department

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MASS Seminar: 'Revisiting the role of the Tibetan Plateau on the South and East Asian monsoons' 
Monday, May 13, 2013
12:00p–1:00p
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Simona Bordoni (Caltech)
Abstract
Land-sea thermal contrast and heating of the atmosphere over the Tibetan Plateau (TP) have long been considered fundamental drivers of the large-scale Asian monsoon circulation. Recent studies have challenged this prevailing view by suggesting that monsoons can occur even in the absence of zonal inhomogeneities in the lower boundary, and that the TP might be acting more as a barrier between the midlatitude and tropical air masses than as an elevated heat source.

Here we use reanalysis data and experiments with the AM2.1 atmospheric general circulation model to revisit the role of the TP on the South and East Asian monsoons. Simulations with and without the TP reveal a modest impact of the elevated topography on the South Asian monsoon. However, the East Asian monsoon, and in particular the so-called Meiyu-Baiu (MB) front spanning from East China to Japan and into the central north Pacific, almost disappears in late spring and early summer if the TP is removed.

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: http://eaps-www.mit.edu/paoc/events/calendars/mass
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC), MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee
mass@mit.edu 

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Offshore Mining
Monday, May 13, 2013
3:00p–4:00p
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Four representatives from De Beers Marine will discuss seabed mining in general and for diamonds in particular. A discussion will follow the presentation.

Open to: the general public
Cost: 0.00
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jacqui Taylor
617-253-2127
jtaylor@mit.edu

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When the Levee Breaks: Black Migration and Economic Development in the American South
Monday, May 13, 2013
4:00p–5:30p
MIT, E62-233, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Web site: http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/8650
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Microeconomic Applications
For more information, contact:  Theresa Beneventon
theresa@mit.edu 

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Transforming Science Coverage in the Media
Monday, May 13, 2013
5:00p–6:30p
MIT, Building 32-D462, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Rebecca Brachman, Tim Requarth, and Carl Schoonover
Today, primary scientific literature is read almost exclusively by specialists. The public can only stay abreast of research advances through the filter of the media. This system is broken, as it leaves a communication gap between scientists and the public. This workshop will explore new models for science communication in which writers partner closely with scientists to produce mainstream science coverage. We invite scientists, writers, and other interested parties to join us for a short presentation followed by workshop discussions with the current leaders of NeuWrite (www.neuwrite.org), a writing group of research scientists and professional writers based in New York. There will be food.

Free and open to the public; ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
RSVP and more information: bit.ly/sciencemediaworkshop
Hosting the event are Rebecca Brachman, Tim Requarth, and Carl Schoonover
Web site: bit.ly/sciencemediaworkshop
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): GSC Academics, Research, and Careers
For more information, contact:  Jean Yang
jeanyang [at] mit [dot] edu

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Innovation Series Event: It takes more than just Big Data - Evolving Solutions for Pharma and Healthcare
Monday, May 13, 2013
5:30p–8:00p
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Todd Cozzens, Partner, Sequoia Capital; Felix Frueh, PhD, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Third Rock Ventures
Big Data and associated measurement technologies promise to revolutionize pharma and healthcare. These new innovations have the potential to greatly improve patient care. Large scale measurements of biological state, smart phone/miniature sensor based measurements and remote monitoring of patients, and EHRs are few of these aspects that are evolving rapidly. However, the challenges of adopting these technologies are also great. New solutions and platforms in these sectors have to take into account the long product development and evolution cycles. Diverse stakeholders add to the complexity.

Hear from our panelists who are sourcing innovation as well as innovating internally in these sectors to improve patient care. Key discussion topics include:

How can these transformative technologies help improve patient care?
What are the key opportunities and changes that help Pharma operations?
What are the key problems to adoption and utilization?
How will innovators position themselves in this market as it matures over the long development and evolution cycles required?

Web site: http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/events/data-pharma-and-healthcare/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free for full-time students with ID, $20-$45 for MITEF Members and No-members
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:  Amy Goggins
617-253-3937
agoggins@mit.edu

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The Future of Science & Technology in International Development
Monday, May 13, 2013
5:30p–8:00p
MIT, Building 34-101, 34 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Alex Dehgan, Science and Technology Adviser to the Administrator and Director at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Dr. Dehgan will discuss the potential for science and technology to address many of international development's greatest challenges, and how USAID's new Higher Education Solution Network (HESN) and MIT have the opportunity to be at the forefront of that movement.

Talk to be followed by a faculty panel discussion featuring Amos Winters, Amy Smith, Bish Sanyal, Oli de Weck and others TBA.

The event is sponsored by the Comprehensive Inititiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) and the International Development Innovators Network (IDIN). CITE and IDIN are the MIT iniitiatives of USAID's HESN.

Web site: https://d-lab.scripts.mit.edu:444/news/dr-alex-dehgan-science-and-technology-adviser-administrator-usaid-speak-mit-may-13
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): D-Lab
For more information, contact:  Nai Kalema
nai@mit.edu 

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To Divest Or Not To Divest?
Monday May 13, 7pm
First Church in Boston, Unitarian Universalist, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston
RSVP at http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5725/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=66223

Panelists:
Bob Massie, President and CEO of the New Economics Institute
Tim Brennan, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies
Stephanie Leighton, Senior Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst, Trillium Asset Management LLC
Lauren Ressler, National Organizer, Responsible Endowments Coalition
Jim Sherblom, Senior Minister, First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, Brookline, MA
Tim Smith, Senior VP, Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement, Walden Asset Management, Boston Trust
Key Questions:
What exactly do we mean by “fossil fuel divestment”?
Which companies and why?
What time horizon?
Whose behaviors are we hoping to influence and how?
What levers are we trying to pull – financial, moral, public opinion?
What are the real costs – both opportunity and financial – of divesting or not divesting?
How do we keep faith with our fiduciary responsibilities to our institutions and their future?
How does this impact shareholder activism efforts?
What are the alternative investment opportunities and their comparative risk/reward profiles?
The event is free but registration is highly encouraged.

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Tuesday, May 14
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Gallery Talk for From Obsolescence to Sustainability: A Century of Architectural Change
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
12:15p–1:00p
MIT, Building 7-338, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Gallery talk by exhibition Curator Daniel M. Abramson (Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Tufts University) in conjunction with the exhibition at the Wolk Gallery.

Web site: http://sap.mit.edu/resources/galleries/wolk_gallery/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning
For more information, contact:  Amber Sinicrope
617.258.9106
asinicro@mit.edu 

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Cyber War Is Not the Answer, But What Is? Addressing Cyber Conflict While Protecting Privacy and Internet Freedom
May 14
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/05/edgar#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

Timothy H. Edgar
What does talk of cyber war mean for our liberties?  The United States has a new military command for cyberspace, with the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) as its commander.  At the same time, the Secretary of State has announced that the “freedom to connect” is an aspect of fundamental human rights and has criticized countries that attempt to filter the Internet.  Computer networks remain insecure, as sensitive data is leaked or stolen at increasing rates.  This talk will examine the legal powers available to addressing network and computer insecurity and their impact on privacy, civil liberties and other fundamental values.

About Tim
Timothy H. Edgar is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. His work focuses on the unique policy challenges posed by growing global cyber conflict, particularly in reconciling security interests with fundamental values, including privacy and Internet freedom.

Mr. Edgar served under President Obama as the first ever Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties for the White House National Security Staff, focusing on cybersecurity, open government and data privacy initiatives. From 2006 to 2009, he was the first Deputy for Civil Liberties for the Director of National Intelligence, reviewing new surveillance authorities, the terrorist watchlist, and other sensitive programs. He has also been counsel for the information sharing environment, which facilitates the secure sharing of terrorism-related information.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Edgar was the national security and immigration counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, where he spearheaded the organization’s innovative left- right coalition advocating for safeguards for a number of post-9/11 counterterrorism initiatives, including the USA Patriot Act. He frequently testified before Congress and appeared in major television, radio and print media.

Publications include contributions to Patriot Debates (American Bar Association 2005), America’s Battle Against Terrorism (with Nadine Strossen) (Greenhaven Press 2005) and Women Immigrants in the United States (Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars 2002), and Constitutional Governance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 25 Texas International Law Journal 207-237 (with Michael D. Nicoleau) (Spring 2000).

Mr. Edgar was a law clerk to Judge Sandra Lynch, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

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Crowds, Communities, and Mixed Initiative Systems
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
12:45 - 2:00 PM EDT
MIT Building E62-446, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Haoqi Zhang
Abstract:  In this talk, I highlight opportunities for designing new forms of crowd-supported, mixed-initiative systems that tightly integrate crowd work, community process,  and machine intelligence to solve complex problems that no machine nor interested party can solve alone.

I present two examples. My first example is Mobi, a system that coordinates a crowd to plan custom trip itineraries. By using automatically generated "todo items" to focus the crowd's attention on what needs work, Mobi illustrates a novel approach for handling complex human computation tasks that are difficult to decompose.

My second example is Cobi, a system that engages an entire academic community in planning a conference. Communitysourcing applications collect preferences, constraints, and affinity data from community members, and an intelligent scheduling interface combines communitysourced data and constraint-solving to enable organizers to make informed decisions when improving the schedule. I will share findings from a recent deployment for planning CHI, the largest conference in human computer interaction.

Bio:
Haoqi Zhang is starting as an assistant professor at Northwestern EECS and the Segal Design Institute. He obtained his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard.and is currently at MIT CSAIL working with Rob Miller in the user interface design group.

Haoqi's research focuses on the design of social and economic systems on the Web to promote desired participant behaviors and outcomes. His current work focuses on engaging crowds and communities to join in problem solving efforts, and on advancing new data-driven design processes for promoting particular behaviors and outcomes.

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Advances in Bioaerosol Sampling and Implications for Atmospheric Science and Human Health
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
2:00p–3:00p
MIT, Building 54-1827 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Profesor Gedi Mainelis, Rutgers Department of Environmental Sciences
The concentration and composition of airborne microorganisms are of interest in diverse areas of research such as atmospheric processes, residential and occupational indoor air quality as well as health effects. Traditional bioaerosol sampling methods relying on impaction, impingement and filtration are known to induce biological and structural changes to biological particles which affects the accuracy of measurements and interpretation of results. Mainelis??? lab has been actively engaged in applying electrostatic method to sample bioaerosols due to its potential to minimize damage to microbial particles. Our earlier studies investigated the effects of electrostatic field and charge on the viability of microorganisms. Encouraged by those results, we recently developed a novel electrostatic collector for bioaerosols, where biological particles are electrostatically deposited onto a narrow electrode covered by a superhydrophobic substance and then removed and collected by rolling water droplets (5 to 40 microliters) to achieve high sample concentration rate. Use of this particular design allows achieving an unprecedented sample concentration rate exceeding 1 million per minute. Since the sample is concentrated in a very small amount of liquid, the sampler will be compatible with various analysis techniques, including ???laboratory-on-a-chip???. Its high concentration rate will allows detection of low microorganism concentrations in various air environments.

Open to: the general public
Cost: 0.00
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jacqui Taylor
617-253-2127
jtaylor@mit.edu

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Designing Chemically Robust Metal Oxides for Visible-Light Photocatalysis:  Toward Solar Z-Scheme Water Splitting
Tuesday, May 14
4:15 PM
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Bart Bartlett, Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan
Abstract
Solar driven water splitting for large-scale hydrogen fuel production from semiconductor photo-electrodes has the potential to provide energy on large scale from renewable, sustainable sources. Our research focuses on the kinetically more demanding oxygen-evolution reaction, and we prepare thin film metal oxide photoanodes by low-temperature, solution-based processes. One promising light absorber is TiO2:(Nb,N) where Nb and N substitute for Ti and O on their respective lattice sites in anatase. These materials are prepared by sol-gel processing followed by annealing in flowing ammonia. We observe a band-gap energy as low as 2.0 eV at 25% Nb and 2% N. In conjunction with a RuO2 catalyst, powdered TiO2:(Nb,N) evolves O2. A second class of materials we study is the transition-metal tungstates, and we have prepared our most promising candidate, CuWO4, by several routes: electrochemical deposition, sol-gel processing, and spray pyrolysis. These methods afford highly reproducible and robust CuWO4 thin-film electrodes on transparent conducting substrates. CuWO4 is an n–type semiconductor with a band-gap energy of ~2.4 eV. CuWO4 thin films photooxidize water with simulated solar radiation with a nearly quantitative Faradaic efficiency for O2evolution at no applied bias in the presence of the sacrificial electron acceptor, [Fe(CN)6]3–. Most important, these thin-film electrodes are stable against photocorrosion when illuminated with visible light at neutral pH, a significant improvement to the more commonly studied photoanode, WO3. Current efforts are aimed at preparing complex tungstates that absorb lower energy light to improve the quantum yield.

About the Speaker
Bart Barlett is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. The Bartlett group focuses on inorganic synthesis to prepare compositionally complex materials for applications in renewable energy. The two main thrusts of their program are electrical energy storage in ion insertion materials and solar energy conversion in light-harvesting metal oxides. A central theme of the program is the interplay between structure, composition, and physical properties such as electrochemistry and absorption. Their current efforts are aimed at controlling morphology and composition in nanoscale materials. The Bartlett Group was awarded a 2013 NSF Career Award for Synthesis of Compositionally Complex Oxides for Energy Conversion and Storage. Bartlett received his A.B. from Washington University and his Ph.D. from MIT. 

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Greater Boston Ross School of Business Alumni Club (“RossBoston”) for a reception and discussion with Brian Swett, the Chief of Energy and Environment for the City of Boston
Tuesday, May 14
5:30 pm
Presentation begins at 6:30 pm
UMASS Club, 225 Franklin Street, Boston
cost is $20.

Brian is the top energy and environment official for the City, reporting directly to Mayor Menino and will present his far-reaching plans—including bold climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts—to cultivate the Greenovate Boston movement and make Boston the greenest city in the U.S.

If you’re a Facebook user please help spread the word by clicking “Join” or “Like” at the event page:
http://bit.ly/fbgreenboston14May2013
REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

Online registration is required and closes on Saturday, May 11 at 11:59pm:  http://www.rossboston.org/store.html?event_id=365

More information at http://www.rossboston.org/article.html?aid=365

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Public Acceptance of Wind Energy in Massachusetts: Factors, Implications
Tuesday, May 14
6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center 9 Lexington Avenue, Belmont

Maria Petrova, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Environmental Research and Resource Policy - CIERP, Tufts University

Public support for renewable energies is an important consideration for policy-makers at the state and local level. Wind energy, which is particularly suitable to some areas of Massachusetts, has been broadly accepted where it has been deployed so far. However, as recent reports on Falmouth indicate, communities may differ considerably in their perceptions.

Dr. Maria Petrova considers the numerous factors that shape public attitudes toward wind energy, including economic, aesthetic and environmental concerns. In this presentation she explains differences of perception and experience in the Massachusetts communities of Falmouth, Hull and Kingston and how such views impact policy.
Maria Petrova received her PhD in Environmental Science from Oregon State University in 2010. Her research in Oregon focused on public acceptability of wave energy technology, a major renewable energy form there. She has emphasized the importance of public opinion in the shaping renewable energy policies. Dr. Petrova also does comparative research on renewable energy policies in the US and the EU. She won first place at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) in Spain in 2010.

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Social Interfaces, Social Algorithms, and Social Languages
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
6:30 – 7:00   Networking over pizza and beverages
7:00 – 8:30   Meeting
8:30 – 9:00   CHI Dessert and more networking!
Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://bostonchimay2013.eventbrite.com

Sep Kamvar, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, M.I.T. Media Lab

Abstract
Social computing has come to refer to three things: the development of algorithms that use personal and social features, the mining of social data, and the building of systems that interact with networks of people. These three branches tend to have quite different technical challenges. I'll discuss one problem from each area to highlight both the differences and the overlap between the three branches, and I'll discuss the challenges that this new field poses to research in numerical linear algebra, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and programming languages.

Bio
Sep Kamvar is the LG Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT and Director of the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab. Prior to MIT, Sep was the head of personalization at Google and a consulting professor of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of Kaltix, a personalized search company that was acquired by Google in 2003.

Sep is the author of two books and over 40 technical publications in the fields of search and social computing. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Musem in London, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. Sep received his Ph.D. in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford University and his A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University.

BostonCHI hosts Sep Kamvar, May 2013

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Spring of Sustainability Teleseminar:  Snake Oil: How Big Energy's Misleading Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 
7:00pm
Webinar at http://springofsustainability.com/

Richard Heinberg: Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute, Author
Hosted by Vinit Allen
The SPRING OF SUSTAINABILITY is an annual series of interactive teleseminars with global sustainability leaders, comprising the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. Produced by The Shift Network in partnership with the nonprofit Sustainable World Coalition, the SPRING OF SUSTAINABILITY features:
over 60 international “stars” of sustainability, from Bill McKibben to Vandana Shiva to Dennis Kucinich, in live and recorded interviews throughout the spring of 2013;
partnerships with large national and international organizations committed to sustainability, sharing revenue from the program to support their missions as they help promote the SPRING OF SUSTAINABILITY to a global audience in the tens of thousands.

The teleseminars take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7pm Eastern through June 14. Free to register for, free to attend, and there’s a free replay window for 48 hours.
Contact Name:  Steve Motenko
steve@swcoalition.org

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ACT Panel | Currency ~ Revolution: Spatial Strategies of Resistance
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
7:00p–8:30p
MIT, Building E15-001, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ana Maria Leon & Adrian Blackwell
Please join thresholds 41 REVOLUTION! editor Ana Maria Leon and Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy: 04 CURRENCY issue editor Adrian Blackwell for short presentations on the overlapping contents of their journals' latest issues and the objectives that inform their respective structures. What spatial strategies have been deployed to resist the political and economic repressions of past and present? How can journals function as research vehicles? The ensuing discussion will be moderated by Rebecca Uchill and introduced by Gediminas Urbonas and Antoni Muntadas.

Ana Maria Leon is an architect, a teacher, and a historian. She is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art group at MIT.
Adrian Blackwell is an artist, designer, and urban theorist. He teaches at the University of Waterloo and is a visiting assistant professor at the Harvard's GSD.
Rebecca Uchill is an activist, writer, and curator. She is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art group at MIT.

Web site: act.mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:  Laura Anca Chichisan
617-253-5229
act@mit.edu 

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Wednesday, May 15
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Sustainability Breakfast Meetup
Net Impact Boston Professional Chapter
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT)
Pret A Manger, 185 Franklin Street, Post Office Square, Boston
RSVP at http://nibmaybreakfast-es2005.eventbrite.com

Join us for our second informal breakfast meetup to get sustainability professionals together for networking, discussion and moral support.  It’s important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good!
So come, get a cup of coffee or a bagel, support a sustainable business and get fired up before work so we can continue trying to change the world.
This is an evolving event so your input and participation is more than welcome.  Please share any thoughts or ideas with events@netimpactboston.org.

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Where are the Boundaries of the Habitable Zone?
WHEN  Wed., May 15, 2013, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Geological Museum, Haller Hall (Room 102), 24 Oxford Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Origins of Life Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  James Kasting, Pennsylvania State University
CONTACT INFO origins@cfa.harvard.edu
NOTE  NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has been in operation for more than 4 years, and its dataset on transiting exoplanets is becoming more and more complete. It is now becoming feasible to make estimates for Eta_Earth—the fraction of Sun-like stars that have at least one rocky planet within their habitable zone. The habitable zone, as conventionally defined, is the region around a star where liquid water can exist on a planet’s surface. Published estimates for Eta_Earth for FGK stars, based on much earlier versions of the Kepler dataset, range from 0.03 to 0.3. More recent published estimates of Eta_Earth for M stars range from 0.15 to 0.6. Why do these estimates differ by so much, and are any of them believable? One reason for disagreement has to do with how the habitable zone boundaries are defined. Theoretical limits derived from 1-D climate modeling tend to be pessimistic, whereas empirical limits based on Venus and Mars are more optimistic. I will talk about what our group has been doing on this problem recently and what we hope to accomplish in the near future.
LINK  http://origins.harvard.edu/OriginsForum.html

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"Linking bacterial processes and dissolved organic matter in marine ecosystems"
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
4:00p–5:00p
MIT, Building 48-316, Parsons, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Krista Longnecker, Research Specialist, WHOI
The Microbial Systems (and Beyond) Seminar @ Parsons
Microbial Systems Seminar
Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/microbialsystems/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering

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SSRC Seminar: Guiding Our Veterans Home, Our National Challenge
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
4:30p–5:30p
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge
Reception: 5:30-6:00p 

Speaker: Dr. Loree Sutton
Designing Systems for a Complex World
"As a nation, we send our sons and daughters to collectively act on our behalf. Embracing their needs and harnessing their strengths following deployment is a national imperative and reflects our character as citizens and as a country." - Dr. Loree Sutton

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Loree Sutton will discuss her work with Homeward Bound USA, an innovative, comprehensive program that fosters the development of resiliency-informed communities. Homeward Bound is building a new and much-needed healing culture that expands local capacity by investing in community-based peers and sustainable programs grounded in neuroscience research.

Loree Sutton, MD, is a psychiatrist whose culminating military assignment involved serving as the founding director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) from 2007 to 2010. Sutton founded Threshold GlobalWorks with Laurie Leitch, Ph.D., in 2011; she and Leitch currently serve as co-directors.

Web site: ssrc@mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Sociotechnical Systems Research Center
For more information, contact:  Keeley Rafter
6172530477
ssrcinfo@mit.edu 

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The Life Aquatic: Representing the Oceans in Documentary Film (1940-1970)
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Harvard, Cabot Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
Reception to follow

With Franziska Torma, Visiting Scholar, CES

Sponsor(s): American Council on Germany; Center for the Environment
Chaired by: Marc Redlich, Director, American Council on Germany - Boston Chapter
Contact Name:  Sarah Delude
sadelude@fas.harvard.edu
https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/#/people/profile/ftorma

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Screening/Discussion: The Lab as Observational Art
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
6:00p–8:00p
MIT, Building  6-104, Chipman Room, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Pablo Correa - Editor, El Espectador (Colombia), MIT Knight Science Journalism Program
"These Eyes Follow the Moon"
Filmed at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Peter McMurray - Music Department, Harvard University
"Glass Band"
Filmed at the MIT Glass Lab

For more information contact Emily Richmond Pollock (pollock@mit.edu)
Presented in collaboration with MIT Music and Theater Arts, the MIT Glass Lab, and the Knight Science Journalism Program
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts
For more information, contact:  Clarise Snyder
mta-request@mit.edu

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The 3rd Annual Eco-Carpentry Challenge
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 
6:00 PM
Space with a Soul, 281 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at http://eco-carpentrychallenge-es2.eventbrite.com

THE CHALLENGE
The goal of our annual Eco-Carpentry Challenge is to educate students and teachers about the value of recycling, while providing a creative opportunity for students to demonstrate their carpentry skills transforming old furniture into new products.
THE EVENT
In an effort to recognize the efforts of each school, this year we are coordinating an evening event in Boston where The Furniture Trust will judge and announce the winners of the Challenge.
THE AWARDS
After the judges have made their rounds, and the students have had an opportunity to showcase their new products, the judges will crown a winner in each of the following categories:
Best in Class | $2,500
Maximum and best reuse of raw materials | $1,000
Best commercial application | $1,000
Most unique, creative product produced | $1,000
ALL schools will receive recognition and an award for participating!

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"Bitcoin and Deep Web" and "Security in a Connected Vehicle System"
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft office, 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge
Cost: Free and includes pizza!
Reservations: Required in order to pass building security. Reserve here at Meetup or at http://boston.naisg.org/

Topics:
 1. "A Primer on Bitcoin and Deep Web," presented by Paul Bowen, board member emeritus of NAISG.
 This presentation will explain the basics of Bitcoin and Deep Web through the Tor network and .Onion domains.
 Bitcoin is a digital, crypto-currency that can be used anonymously outside the view and regulation of government. The value of bitcoin vs. traditional currencies has dramatically increased in the last few months. Anyone using or considering ecommerce should know about bitcoin.
 
 The Deep Web is a part of the Internet that is not reachable by standard methods and is the home of political dissidents, criminals and other non-mainstream elements. This presentation will show you some of the items on Deep Web and explain how to reach it, touching on sites including those offering criminal activities like hacking for hire, illegal drugs, stolen items including credit card and PayPal accounts, counterfeiting, and murder for hire. It will not go into any x-rated material or sites.
 
 NOTE: This presentation is being provided with the understanding that as a security professional, you need to know and understand where danger lies, not get involved in it.  We are not promoting the use of Deep Web; rather we are just educating our membership on its existence.  No one under the age of 18 will be allowed to stay for the Deep Web portion of the presentation.
 
 2. "Security in the Connected Vehicle System," presented by William Whyte, chief scientist of Security Innovation.
 The US Department of Transportation is considering mandating a system for inclusion in all light vehicles that would allow them to broadcast their position and velocity on a more-or-less continuous basis. The system is claimed to have the capability to prevent up to 80% of all unimpaired collisions.
 
 The decision on whether or not to move ahead with a mandate will be made by the end of this year, and if the mandate goes ahead, vehicles equipped with this technology will be on the roads starting in 2018-2020.
 
 William Whyte has been the lead communications security architect for the project for nearly ten years, interacting with the government, with OEMs, and with standardization bodies both in the US and in Europe to ensure the system will be robust when deployed.
 
 In this presentation we discuss the security needs, the constraints due to cost and other issues, and the efforts that are being made to ensure that the system will not compromise end-user privacy.

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Tipping Point:  The End of OIl
Wednesday, May 15
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Cary Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington

Back by popular demand!  You are invited to see  "Tipping Point: The End of Oil" on May 15th, 7-9pm at Cary Library, 1874 Mass. Ave., in Lexington. This Canadian documentary is about the mining of tar sands in Alberta, Canada told from the point of view of the government, corporations, indigenous Indians, physicians, and scientists.  Discussion of the film and the current controversy about the Keystone Pipeliine, which Canada and American fossil fuel corporations want to build through the center of the U. S. will follow the film.  This event is sponsored by the Lezington Global Warming Action Coalition and is free and open to the public.  For more information go to www.lexgwac.org.  For directions go tohttp://www.carylibrary.org/aboutus/directions.html.

Contact Info Anne Fisher
Email:  anne.fisher@rcn.com
Phone: 781-910-8630
Website: http://lexgwac.org

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Thursday, May 16
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Baltimore: A Healthy Food Access Case Study
Thursday, May 16
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific / 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Webinar
Register at https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=d9obhkv83gsq

Baltimore offers an important example of a city that has successfully implemented an inter-governmental initiative to increase access to healthy and affordable foods in underserved neighborhoods.

This webinar offers an in-depth exploration of Baltimore’s healthy food retail programs and accomplishments including its virtual supermarket program, the financing of two recent healthy food markets, and a just released study mapping food quality in Baltimore food markets.
Presenters Include:
Laura Fox, Director, Baltimore Office of Chronic Disease Prevention
Amanda Behrens, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Maryland Food System Mapping Project
Dana Johnson, Market Leader Baltimore, The Reinvestment Fund
Patricia Smith, Senior Policy Advisory, The Reinvestment Fund

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FAS Environmental Movies/Brown Bag Lunch Series
WHEN  Thu., May 16, 2013, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Mallinckrodt Room 102, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Film, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR FAS Green Program
Doris Kim Sung: Metal that Breathes
Dan Phillips: Creative houses from reclaimed stuff
Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic sustainability
Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture
NOTE  Join the FAS Green Program for screenings of the most inspiring TED talks on a variety of environmental topics. Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 12-1 p.m.
LINK http://green.harvard.edu/node/5814

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Meet the new 'Boston Green' app!
Thursday May 16, 2013 
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
MAPC 3rd Floor Conference Room, 60 Temple Place, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=jqfo5obab&oeidk=a07e7gpo6amffde1dcc&oseq=a024xog6b2uvo1

Join MAPC for a Hubway update and a preview of our brand new open space app for Greater Boston!

As Hubway's third season gets rolling, we will take a look back at the results of the first two seasons. Does Hubway make it easier for people to get around? Are Metro-Boston residents getting more exercise because of Hubway? Who is using Hubway, and who isn't? We will look at these questions and more, including the environmental and economic impact of Hubway, and whether Hubway is making the Boston region more bike-friendly.

Looking to explore your neighborhood and get outside more? The Boston Green Map contains a detailed and easy-to-use listing of all parks and open spaces in Greater Boston, as well as information about the facilities they contain, such as playing fields, walking trails, beaches, and much more! Currently the website covers all neighborhoods in Boston and seven surrounding municipalities: Arlington, Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Somerville, and Watertown. More communities will be added soon. With a planned release later in the summer, the website is an active work in progress, and we invite comments and suggestions.

Contact Jessica Robertson
617-933-0745
jrobertson@mapc.org

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"Science Serving Society: Reflections on 4 Years in Washington"
Thursday, May 16, 2013 
5:00pm
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin Lessin Room G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

HUCE Special Lecture with Jane Lubchenco
Dr. Jane Lubchenco is the Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State University and former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dr. Lubchenco was the under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and administrator of NOAA from 2009 through February 2013. Nominated by President Obama in December 2008 as part of his “Science Team,” she is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist by training, with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She received her B.A. in biology from Colorado College, her M.S. in zoology from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University. Her academic career as a professor began at Harvard University (1975-1977) and continued at Oregon State University (1977-2009) until her appointment as NOAA administrator. She has now returned to her teaching post at Oregon State.

Under her leadership, NOAA focused on restoring fisheries to sustainability and profitability, restoring oceans and coasts to a healthy state, ensuring continuity of the nation’s weather and other environmental satellites, developing a Weather-Ready Nation, promoting climate science and delivering quality climate products, strengthening science and ensuring scientific integrity at NOAA, and delivering the highest quality science, services and stewardship possible. Healthy oceans and coasts and a nation prepared for severe weather, disasters and climate change are keys to economic recovery and prosperity.

Lubchenco has served as president for the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Council for Science, and the Ecological Society of America, and was a board member for 10 years on the National Science Board.  She also served on the National Academy of Sciences’ study on “Policy Implications of Global Warming” under the administration of George H.W. Bush. She served on several commissions, including the Pew Oceans Commission, the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative, the Aspen Institute Arctic Commission, and the Council of Advisors for Google Ocean.

Contact Name:  Lisa Matthews
matthew@fas.harvard.edu

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Dr. Temple Grandin
Thursday, May 16, 2013
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall, Cambridge

Temple Grandin talks about her new book The Autistic Brain:  Thinking Across the Spectrum

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ArtCorps and EcoLogic Present: Awakening a Culture of Conservation
Thursday, May 16, 2013
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at http://creativeconservation-es2.eventbrite.com/

ArtCorps and Ecologic Development Fund invite you to join us for a spectacular visual journey and learn about how we are working together to protect natural resources and Mayan culture in Totonicapan, Guatemala.
Pick up a copy of Wisdom of the Rocky Hillsides, a collection of stories from K’iche’ Maya oral tradition illustrated by our Young Leaders in Conservation.
Take a spectacular journey through the photography of ArtCorps Artist Isabel CarriĆ³ to witness community efforts to preserve the environmental and cultural heritage of the Guatemalan highlands.Learn more about the ArtCorps-EcoLogic creative collaboration.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in a community art activity with ArtCorps Alumnae Andrea Shigeko Landin, win door prizes such as delicious Taza chocolate sustainably sourced from Central America or a $100 gift certificate to Ole Mexican Grill in Cambridge, and sign up with Renew Boston for a free home energy assessment.
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. All ages welcome. We hope to see you on May 16th!

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Hope Arab Springs Eternal
Thursday, May 16
6:30-8 pm
C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents Hope Arab Springs Eternal with Elizabeth F. Thompson; discussion moderated by Robert Laffey.

How much closer are Middle Eastern countries to having functioning constitutional governments than they were in the spring of 2011? How will such governments impact their economies? What unique challenges and opportunities has each country faced in building new government? How has the culture played into the emerging politics?

Elizabeth F. Thompson (author, Justice Interrupted) joins us to provide an update on happenings in the Middle East, particularly in terms of consequences we did not foresee two years ago. Robert Laffey (Assistant Professor of Government, Suffolk University) guides this discussion on post-Arab Spring sociopolitical changes and mines Thompson’s book for answers.

Further background information on the participants:
Elizabeth F. Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. Thompson specializes in the 20th-century Middle Eastern history including social movements, and the public sphere. She graduated from Harvard in 1981 and completed her M.I.A. and Ph.D at Columbia. She is the author of Justice Interrupted:  The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East and Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege, and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon. Thompson has received awards from such sources as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the United States Institute of Peace, and The Carnegie Corporation of New York. She is currently involved in several projects that approach issues of citizenship, state formation, and foreign intervention in the 20th-century Middle East.

Robert Laffey is an Assistant Professor in the Government Department at Suffolk University. His fields of interest include international relations, Middle Eastern politics, and U.S. foreign policy, and his research interests are U.S. and Middle East relations and the U.S. and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Laffey's presentations include "Christian Communities in the Middle East" at the Paulist Center in 2003 and "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Historical Perspective" at Providence College in 2002. He is currently working on a paper entitled, "The U.S. Senate and Its Support for Israel."

For more information, contact Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University: 617-557-2007, www.fordhallforum.org

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Friday, May 17
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Music 2.0: Tools + Tech for Musicians, Marketers + Managers: The 2013 Edition
Friday, May 17, 2013 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
328 Mass Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge
RSVP at http://music2-2013-es2.eventbrite.com/

Boston + New England has an impressive number of companies creating tools and technologies to help promote, create, and share music.
We also have a vibrant and diverse music community.

Let's keep connecting the two for the benefit of both.

In 2010, 2011, and 2012 we held Music 2.0 events. With 200+ attendees at each, they were terrific evenings, pulling together many of the music, tech, and event companies from Greater Boston.

For 2013, we're holding the event during the Together Festival (May 12-19, 2013) with new presentations, updates from some companies that have presented in years past, and more time to see and meet friends new and old.

Presenters include:
Bill Marx, Editor in Chief, The Arts Fuse + @theartsfuse
Mike Wyatt II, Director of Design, Bandframe + @bandframe
Erin Genett, Managing Interactive Producer, Online Learning, Berklee College of Music, Berklee Pulse + @berkleepulse
Dave Kusek, CEO, Create Biz + @createbizschool
Daniel Adler-Golden, Grouptones
Veronica Pierni, COO & Co-founder, JamHub and BandLab
Eric Spicuzza, Director, Illumina Live
Mike Reilly, CEO, iMYurDj
Dan Crocker, Attorney, New Leaf Legal
Ben Maitland-Lewis, CEO, Presskit.to + @presskitto
Mike Truskowski and Paul Cowgill of Raftout + @raftout
Eva Papp, Customer and Technical Support, Sales and Marketing, Spinitron
Matt Bridges, CTO, Timbre + @timbreapp

Updates from past presenters include:
Jack Kelly, CEO, Adva Mobile
Paul Kamp, Vice President, Business Development, Corporate Counsel, Backbone Radio Network
Jay Ziskrout, Founder and CEO, Charitable Checkout

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Saturday, May 18
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Earthfest 2013
Saturday, May 18
12pm
Hatch Shell, Boston
http://www.myradio929.com/earthfest.aspx

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Sunday, May 19
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The Junior Solar Sprint 2013
10am
MIT, Henry Steinbrenner Stadium & Track Cambridge, MA

The 2013 Jr Solar Sprint race for Eastern Mass will be on Sunday May 19th (no rain-date)

The Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a national hands-on educational program that encourages students to develop theoretical and applied engineering skills.  Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade have the opportunity to design, build, and race solar powered model cars.   The top 60-100 cars from participating Eastern Massachusetts schools compete in area competition sponsored by BASEA and this year by MIT. 

JSS was originally created by the United States Department of Energy in an effort to educate young people about renewable energy and the environment.  Since its inception in 1990, the program has moved from a predominantly publicly funded program to an almost entirely privately funded program.

Any questions, please email hkv@basea.org

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Monday, May 20
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HARVARD FREECYCLE EVENT
Friday, May 17, 2013
11 am-2 pm
Harvard Information Center, Holyoke Center Arcade, Cambridge

Bring your unwanted office supplies and equipment to Holyoke Center and take away some you need! Also bring kitchen supplies including pots and pans, silverware, plates, crockery, glassware, books, CDs, clothing, toys, unopened cosmetics, non-perishable food, linens, tools and all other reusables! Harvard Recycling will deliver a good “seed supply” at 11 am and will take away all unclaimed goods at 2 pm. Help reuse, save your department money, and build community by FreeCycling!

Contact: Rob Gogan

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Webinar: Software Systems Architecture in the World of Cloud Computing
Monday, May 20, 2013
12:00p–1:00p
RSVP at http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_052013/miyachi-webinar-cloud-computing.html

Speaker: Christine Miyachi, Principal systems engineer and architect, Xerox Corporation, and SDM alumna

MIT SDM System Thinking Webinar Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program's Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Cloud computing is a disruptive technology that is emerging with new opportunities. Companies that move to the cloud can save both time and money.

This webinar will provide:
An introduction to several cloud computing basics;
A look at various architecture tradeoffs to consider when moving a software system to the cloud, including security, cost, and performance;
An overview of architecture principles that can be used in designing software for the cloud.
We invite you to join us.
Web site:  http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_052013/miyachi-webinar-cloud-computing.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: See url above
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management Program
For more information, contact:  Lois Slavin
617.253.0812
lslavin@mit.edu 

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Iran: Compliance at the Cost of Nonproliferation?
WHEN  Mon., May 20, 2013, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Neustadt Class Rm, Rubenstein G20 at HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Tytti Erasto, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
CONTACT INFO susan_lynch@harvard.edu
LINK http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/6086/iran.html

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Demographic Dividend in Africa
WHEN  Mon., May 20, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
SPEAKER(S)  David Canning, Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences, and professor of economics and international health, Department of Global Health and Population, and associate director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/population-development/events/pop-center-seminars/

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A forum sponsored by United for Justice with Peace on the Marathon Bombings
Monday, May 20
7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park (off Brattle St)

As we continue to grieve the devastating impact the Marathon bombings have had so many families and communities affected here in Boston, we are also aware of the need to examine the impact of those bombings on peace and justice issues - in our communities, campaigns and organizing.

This forum will include presentations that provide analysis and ideas for response from the immigrants' rights, civil liberties, antiwar, and Budget for All movements, and the Muslim community. Can we change the negative discourse? Are there new ways we can work together? There will be ample time for discussion and everyone is invited.

Speakers to include:
Carlos and Melida Arredondo* are members of Military Families Speak Out.  Carlos' quick action saved a life during the bombing. They became anti-war activists after Carlos' 20-year-old eldest son Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo died in action in Iraq in 2004. Carlos was at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing and helped save the life of a victim, Jeff Bauman.
Joseph Gerson* directs the Peace and Economic Security Program at the American Friends Service Committee. He lives four houses from the boat in which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured and had a resident's eye view of the massive Watertown manhunt
Gladys Vega* is Executive Director of the Chelsea Collaborative and a tireless advocate for immigrant rights.
Cyrus McGoldrick* is Civil Rights Manager at the New York chapter of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations. A recent graduate of Columbia University, he is an American Muslim activist and lyrical artist of Iranian and Irish descent. Cyrus also serves on the Advisory Council for Getting Out & Staying Out, a program dedicated to helping young men coming out of prison stay out of prison, and he performs original music as The Raskol Khan, blending reggae and jazz melodies with hip-hop lyrics and Islamic activism.
An attorney with the *National Lawyers Guild* will address civil liberties issues raised by the bombing and aftermath.

$5-10 donation requested, no one turned away. For info write UJP at
info@justicewithpeace.org [1] or call 617-383-4857

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Techno-Activism Third Mondays
May 20
7pm
MIT, Building 14-363, third floor of the Media Lab by Center for Civic Media, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup that occurs on the same date in many cities worldwide. It is designed to connect techno-activists and hacktivists who work on or with circumvention tools, and/or are interested in anti-censorship and anti-surveillance technology. Currently, TA3M are held in New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Madison, Wisconsin, with Boston and Seattle being planned in the near future.

If you are interested in hosting your own 3rd Mondays, contact SandraOrdonez [at] openitp [dot] org.

Goals include:
Networking opportunities for people in the techno-activism and circumvention tools communities.
Provide individuals with space for collaborative problem solving, to meet new friends, and recruit for projects.
Introduce newbies into the community so as to diversify the circumvention tech community.

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Tuesday, May 21
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Boston Bike Update
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
5:30 PM Doors Open - bike valet provided
6:00-8:30PM Presentations followed by Q & A
Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall & conference room, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

8:30-10:00 PM
LivableStreets Member Social @ Solas Irish Pub
Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance
Free & open to the public.  RSVP please at info@LivableStreets.info

For the fifth year in a row, LivableStreets Alliance will host the annual Boston Bike Update event with the Director of the Boston Bikes Program, Nicole Freedman. Yes, she left for a little while, but she's back! Find out how Nicole has jumped back in to keep all of the City's goals on track. Hear the latest on the Bike Network Plan, Climate Action Goal, Hubway bike share, parking facilities, youth programs, festivals and more. 

Join us at this public forum on bicycle planning in Boston, and get your questions answered. 
Volunteer at the event - email thushy@livablestreets.info for more details.

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The Scientist Within
WHEN  Tue., May 21, 2013, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Richard Holmes, best-selling author, "The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science"
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2013-richard-holmes-lecture

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Boston Green Drinks - May Happy Hour
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Pasta Beach, 30 Rowes Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://bgdmay13-es2.eventbrite.com/

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!
Keep sending feedback to Lyn@bostongreendrinks.com for ideas about speakers or content for the future and mark your calendar for drinks on the last Tuesday of every month.  Also, if you RSVP and can't make it, e-mail us to let us know.

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

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Greenport Forum:  Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign
Tuesday, May 21
7:00pm
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Avenue, (corner of Magazine St. and Putnam Ave), Cambridge

The national fossil fuel divestment campaign calls on colleges, churches and municipal governments to end any investment in the world’s 200 largest fossil fuel companies. The campaign, spearheaded by 350 MA, has taken off on campuses and in churches in Cambridge. A group has approached the City to ask that Cambridge join the ranks of communities like San Francisco in pledging to divest from a fossil fuel industry which is leading to global climate catastrophe. 
Join Malcolm Bliss, who is directing the Massachusetts campaign, and activists engaged in local churches and working for City pension divestment, to discuss this burgeoning response to climate change.  350 MA is the Massachusetts response to Bill McKibben's international 350 organizing.  Among its activities are organizing protests against Tar Sands pipelines and a do-the-math campaign.

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Wineman at steven.wineman@gmail.com

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EcoLogic Green Bag:  How to build a project from the ground up in Mexico
May 22, 2013
12:30-1:30 pm
EcoLogic Headquarters, 25 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 203, Cambridge
and online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join/246036277

Join us as we discuss how EcoLogic is planning, coordinating, and will execute our latest project in the Chinantla highlands in Oaxaca, Mexico. EcoLogic's Program Officer in Mexico, Marco Acevedo, will outline the project area, goals, and long-term strategy for sustainable conservation.

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The Future of Bioethics
WHEN  Wed., May 22, 2013, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Medical School, Tosteson Medical Education Center, Carl W. Walter Amphitheater, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Sponsored by the HMS Division of Medical Ethics
SPEAKER(S)  Dan W. Brock, Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, HMS
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO RSVP to DME@hms.harvard.edu
NOTE  The 2013 George W. Gay Lecture in Medical Ethics.

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The Deans' Health and Life Sciences Challenge
WHEN  Wed., May 22, 2013, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard innovation lab, 125 Western Avenue, Batten Hall, Allston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Award Ceremonies, Business, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard innovation lab
SPEAKER(S)  Gordon Jones, managing director of the i-lab; Dean Flier, Dean of Harvard Medical School; Dean Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5979750595
CONTACT INFO vsar@harvard.edu
NOTE  We are pleased to invite you to the Deans' Health and Life Sciences Challenge Demo Day here at the i-lab. At the Demo Day, finalist student teams will show their projects to the Harvard and local communities and share their ideas during a reception.
The grand prize winner and runner(s)-up will be announced on the night!
LINK http://ilab.harvard.edu/deans-health-and-life-sciences-challenge

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The Diet Climate Connection by David Freudberg
Wednesday, 22 May, 2013
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont

David recently wrote and produced a 4-part series under this title for public radio. He will present a condensed version of his research. Click here for the full length program. The Huffington Post also recently did a piece on his work.

Event Contact Sustainable Belmont
Email:  sustainablebelmont@gmail.com
Website: http://sustainablebelmont.net

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Weatherization Barnraising
Saturday, May 25
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Roxbury Presbyterian, 328 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA

We'll work on: Window and door weatherization, programmable thermostats, insulating attic hatches, duct repair, potentially mortar with a professional mason, and efficient computer settings.

Sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGVSZURVV0MtU1E2cHhkTmxVMmtFb2c6MA#gid=0&utm_source=Special+HEET+eNewsletter+April+25+2013&utm_campaign=HEET+eNewsletter&utm_medium=email

More information at http://www.heetma.com

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RISD/Boston STEAM
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Microsoft New England Development + Research (NERD) Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://risdsteamboston.eventbrite.com

RISD has been talking a lot about STEAM lately, but what is it really? STEAM is a RISD-led initiative to add Art and Design to the national agenda ofSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and research in America.
STEM + Art = STEAM. The goal is to foster the true innovation that comes with combining the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an artist or designer. RISD President John Maeda and other members of the community have been championing the idea that STEM expands into STEAM when art is part of the equation.
OK, now what does it mean really? We've brought together 4 members of the RISD community - faculty, alumni and students - who will share with you how they are using their art and design education to explore new solutions  to current economic, social, political, organizational and environmental challenges.Come on out and be part of the conversation!

Light refreshments will be served.  Panelists are:
Ryan Scott Barsdley 98 ID
Ryan is a researcher who's work is dedicated to making the field of medicine safer. For the past 15 years, he has worked to improve medical education through the advancement of simulation technologies for both the Massachusetts General Hospital and the U.S. Army. He is currently tinkering in surgical gesture recognition, 6mm cardiac ablation robots, and an ultra low-flow infusion monitoring system. He lives in Boston with his wife and two fine sons.
Samantha Dempsey 13 IL
Samantha Dempsey is a senior in Illustration at RISD and a Maharam STEAM Fellow. She is a fierce advocate for collaboration between designers and medical professionals and spent the last summer working with the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation to develop new methods of visual communication between doctors and patients. She is always looking for the fuzzy areas where art and science combine and most recently found this at the TEDMED conference where she performed as a graphic facilitator.
Catherine Schmidt 14 GD
Catherine is a rising senior in Graphic Design at RISD and the president of the RISD STEAM club. With Sarah Pease 13 FD, she is working to develop a vision for STEAM in K-12 schools and at the university level. Catherine is interested in non-latin scripts and the relationship between design & code.
Lucy Spelman
Lucy is a biologist with an unusual background: she is one of a handful of veterinarians certified in zoological medicine. Her patients have included giant pandas in China, Asian elephants in Burma, giant river otters in Guyana, and mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She is also a writer and an educator with a keen interest in exploring new ways to use the arts to communicate and interpret science.

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Rise Of The Individual 
Thursday, May 30
6:30-8:00 pm
C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston
Admission is free and open to all. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station.

Nicco Mele and Kevin Bankston ; discussion moderated by Dharmishta Rood.
The invention of the internet has opened an entirely new world of communication and, therefore, organization. With so much power now in the hands of the individual, one questions whether we need institutions anymore. As this technology progresses, we face an inevitable need to restructure our government systems, safety measures, and concept of ownership, as well as their attached legal implications. But while the world touts the internet as the prime conveyer of a bold, new democracy, we consider how it also ushers in sharper methods of surveillance and control.

Moderator Dharmishta Rood (Fellow, Harvard University Psychology Department) leads Nicco Mele (Founder, EchoDitto and author, The End of Big) and Kevin Bankston(Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology) in a bold discussion on how the internet is giving rise to the individual.

Further background information on the participants:
Nicco Mele, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, is a leading expert in the integration of social media and Web 2.0 with politics, business, and communications. As the internet operations director for Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential race, Mele and the campaign team pioneered the use of technology and social media that revolutionized political fundraising and American politics. Later that year, Mele founded EchoDitto, a leading internet strategy consulting company. Melo also co-foundedGeniusRocket.com, which uses the internet to solicit advertising creative, and launched ProxyDemocracy.com, an online resource for proxy voting and shareholder resolutions.

Kevin Bankston is Senior Counsel and Director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). Prior to joining CDT in February 2012, he was a Senior Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) specializing in free speech and privacy law. From 2003-05, he was EFF's Equal Justice Works/Bruce J. Ennis Fellow, studying the impact of post-9/11 anti-terrorism surveillance initiatives on online privacy and free expression. Before joining EFF, Bankston was the Justice William J. Brennan First Amendment Fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union, where he litigated Internet-related free speech cases.

Dharmishta Rood is a Masters student at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, studying social media tools and their applications for informal learning. With this interest in new media, she also works at the Berkman Center as a research assistant for Yochai Benkler, delving into online cooperation. She is the co-founder of Populous, a Knight Foundation-funded project that aims to provide collegiate and small town newspapers with the tools they need to survive in a web 2.0 environment. Rood was recently a Knight News Challenge Fellow at MIT's Center for Civic Media.

About Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University:
Ford Hall Forum is the nation's oldest free public lecture series. The Forum provides an open venue for sharing opinions and discussing controversial points of view. It advances the First Amendment through freedom of expression, encouraging attendees to engage directly with speakers. Ford Hall Forum discussions illuminate the key issues facing our society by bringing to its podium knowledgeable and thought-provoking orators from a broad range of perspectives. These experts participate for free, and in settings that promote a culture of involvement in a non-partisan environment.

The Forum began in 1908 as a series of Sunday evening public meetings held at the Ford Hall, which once stood on Beacon Hill in Boston. While the original building no longer exists, the public conversations have continued throughout the Boston area with the generous support from state agencies, foundations, corporations, academic institutions, and individuals. In its 104th year of programming, the Forum continues to build upon its partnership with Suffolk University. Suffolk is now housing the Forum's administrative offices just a block away from where the original Ford Hall once stood.

Ford Hall Forum programs are made possible through the generous contributions from individual members as well as corporations and foundations, including American International Group (AIG), AMES Hotel, Broadway Video, Compass Eight, The Fred & Marty Corneel Fund, Gray Media, Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Helen Rees Literary Agency, Iron Mountain, Jackson & Company, LCMG Certified Public Accountants, The Lowell Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Penny Pimentel, The Pfizer Foundation, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation, Prince Lobel & Tye, Saturday Night Live, Suffolk University, True North,  and WBUR 90.9 FM.

For more information on Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, visit www.fordhallforum.org. Information about Suffolk University’s partnership with the Ford Hall Forum can be obtained by contacting Mariellen Norris, (617) 573-8450, mnorris@suffolk.edu.

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Weatherization Barnraising
Saturday, June 1
10 am - 2 pm
Saint James Church, 1991 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

We'll work on: Door weatherization, thermostat programming, closing up wide open damper that looks like it has been open since the church was built, basement air-sealing with masonry and spray foam, and grading some of the ground outside so the water runs away from the foundation.

Sign up to participate at
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEdncEo1d1pWRzljTjYtd3ZxLTYzR3c6MA#gid=0&utm_source=HEET+eNewsletter+April+2013&utm_campaign=HEET+eNewsletter&utm_medium=email

More information at http://www.heetma.com

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From Blogger.com to Kim Dotcom: Legal Considerations of Digital Publishing
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/hackshackersboston/events/118533072/

Amy Mugherini and Larry Stanley of Bingham McCutchen will lead an engaging discussion concerning legal considerations and implications associated with journalism in the digital age and the ever-evolving scope of the internet and publishing content online.  The discussion will address not only the protection of your work and brand in a proactive manner but also how to defend yourselves against claims made against you as a result of your reporting.  In particular, we will explore how to protect your content and/or your website, the development of terms of use for your website, and what privacy laws may apply to the information you collect. We will also discuss legal issues that may arise as a result of your journalism, including the standards for copyright and trademark infringement, what to do when someone infringes your intellectual property, what to do when you have been accused of infringing someone else’s intellectual property, what fair use defenses apply under the law, and social media issues and cybercrimes that every hack/hacker should be familiar with.

Ms. Mugherini and Mr. Stanley hope this will be an interactive discussion, with lots of comments and questions from people in the room.

Bios:  Amy Mugherini is a partner in Bingham McCutchen’s corporate practice group.  Ms. Mugherini focuses her practice on domestic and international technology, including licensing, acquisition and development transactions, and outsourcing, consulting and distribution arrangements. Ms. Mugherini advises clients on several different topics regarding both intellectual property and information technology and the day-to-day operation of their business in a multitude of fields, both product and service oriented.  She has experience drafting and negotiating commercial technology agreements from both the in-house counsel and outside counsel perspective, including a wide variety of IP and software license agreements; development agreements; outsourcing and distribution agreements; manufacturing, supply and sales agreements; and non-disclosure agreements.

Larry Stanley is a counsel in Bingham McCutchen’s intellectual property group.  Mr. Stanley’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including specifically patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, false advertising and trade secret matters.  Mr. Stanley has represented a wide variety of clients with matters in state and federal courts as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board and the International Trade Commission. He is registered to prosecute patents before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has been involved in client counseling and providing infringement, validity, patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions. Representative technology areas in which Larry has litigated and counseled clients include medical devices, computer software, electronic trading platforms, electronic patient diaries, consumer electronics, electrical safety circuits, fuse indicator labels, brightness enhancement films, flash memory products and sporting goods.

For more information on Amy Mugherini and Larry Stanley, please see the links to their bios below:

http://www.bingham.com/People/Mugherini-Amy

http://www.bingham.com/People/Stanley-Lawrence

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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.
https://sites.google.com/site/somervilleyogurtcoop/home

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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  www.nextsteplivinginc.com/HEET  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.

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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
http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/additional-resources/solar-hot-water-grant-program

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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 Sagewell.com.  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).

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Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHhwM202dDYxdUZJVGFscnY1VGZ3aXc6MQ

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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 http://nextsteplivinginc.com/heet/?outreach=HEET 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.)


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Cambridge Solar Challenge

We're working to get 100 solar-panel installations on residential roofs in Cambridge this summer.

Because of the scale of the project, we've managed to bargain with Next Step Living (the solar installer) to get a:
20% discount for Cambridge residents from May 1st until August 1st. (That's 20% below the state average price per watt installed.)  The discount applies whether the solar is purchased outright or leased.

$300 donation to any nonprofit for any solar installations that result from their referral.  So, if your church, preschool or other nonprofit persuades a family in its community to sign up for a solar evaluation, and the family ends up installing solar, the nonprofit will earn $300 for its sustainability needs (such as adding insulation, installing efficient lighting, creating a garden, etc.). In this way we double the amount of good we are doing.

You can easily look up your home's solar potential through MIT's solar map (http://www.cambridgema.gov/solar/). Then email us (heet.cambridge@gmail.com) to sign up for a free solar assessment with an expert.

If you are associated with a nonprofit and want to help sign up solar assessments to increase the renewable energy  in Cambridge as well as earn money for your nonprofit, email us with questions or to get started.

We will happily attend events at your nonprofit in order to explain how solar works, figure out who has good solar potential and explain how it can save residents money.

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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: http://www.localgreenguide.org
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at adritha@sbnboston.org

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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.

https://www.carbonsalon.com/

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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 https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/bfs

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Artisan Asylum  http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project  http://www.transformationcentral.org/solidarity/mapping/mapping.html
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation, contact jmatthaei@wellesley.edu

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Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/

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Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents   http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area  http://www.BostonScienceLectures.com

Boston Area Computer User Groups  http://www.bugc.org/

Arts and Cultural Events List  http://aacel.blogspot.com/

Cambridge Civic Journal  http://www.rwinters.com

http://www.massclimateaction.net/calendar/events/index.php

http://www.mitenergyclub.org/calendar/mit_events_template

http://www.environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/

http://green.harvard.edu/events

http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/tabid/57/Default.aspx

http://boston.nerdnite.com/

http://www.meetup.com/

http://www.eventbrite.com/

http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/calendar

http://harddatafactory.com/Johnny_Monsarrat/index.html

http://bostoneventsinsider.com/boston_events/


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