Sunday, July 07, 2013

Energy (and Other) Events - July 7, 2013


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Swiss Solar Boat (and French Polar Pod)
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/06/1221564/-Swiss-Solar-Boat-and-French-Polar-Pod

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

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Monday, July 8
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12pm  Future City Living, Civic News Participation and Community Logistics Discussion
6pm  The Art of the Scientist

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Tuesday, July 9
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12pm  Boston Mayoral Candidates Environmental Forum
12:30pm  Creating a Law School e-Curriculum
6:30pm  Hack Boston: How to Build Features People Will Want

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Wednesday, July 10
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6pm  Help Kick Off the 2013 Bike4Life Fundraiser!
6pm  2013 Midsummer Nights' Science Lecture Series - The road to vital therapy
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights #52

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Friday, July 12
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9am  Counting Carbon: Lessons from the South African Fruit and Wine Industry Initiative
10am  Amit Zoran Thesis Defense: "Hybrid reAssemblage: Bridging Traditional Craft and Digital Design"


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Monday, July 15
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12pm  Applying Systems Thinking to World Hunger: Seeking Solutions in Agriculture, Food Production, and Sustainability
3pm  M. Ehsan Hoque Thesis Defense

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Tuesday, July 16
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4pm  Tech, Drugs & Rock n' Roll 2013
6pm  Food Day Planning Meeting
7pm  GreenPort Forum
Cambridgeport Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment:  Let Your Voice Be Heard

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Event Details

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Monday, July 8
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Future City Living, Civic News Participation and Community Logistics Discussion
Monday, July 08, 2013
12:00p–1:00p
MIT, Building E14-493

Speaker: Chris Vargo, Dr. Gary Graham, Dr. Chris Caplice, Dr. Cynthia Guanguan
Lunch will be served. The purpose of the debate will be to discuss the city role in the rapid advance of the digital economy (DE) (e.g. the Internet of things, Cloud Computing paradigm, Big Data) and the advance of futuristic urban logistics, data driven news media models and smart city designs. The primary aim of this discussion will be focused on answering the following questions:
1. In what ways are changes in digital technology (the internet and social media) impacting on the economic and social well-being of communities?
2. How can we encourage young people to become involved with the future social and economic development of their city (Boston)?
3. Will predicted improvements in technology (smart living, computer developments, and social media) benefit all members of the community?
4. What do you foresee as the major challenges that need to be overcome to enable digital-technological driven economic and social progress of cities throughout US cities?
5. Will future civic participation be a characteristic of data driven news media supply chains?
6. How will digital technology impact on community/city based modes of distribution?

Essential reading:
www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/05/27/130527fa_fact_packer
http://www.zdnet.com/zappos-ceo-suggests-how-startups-can-foster-sma
"Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century." UCLA press.

Web site:  http://ctl.mit.edu/events/future_city_living_civic_news_participation_and_community_logistics
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Center for Transportation & Logistics
For more information, contact:  Gary Graham
busgg@mit.edu 

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The Art of the Scientist
Monday, July 8, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02163
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7213631165/es2/

with Ash Maurya
If you're following Lean Startup, then you know a critical piece is running experiments to validate your assumptions. But how do you craft the right experiments? Join Ash Maurya, author of Running Lean and creator of LeanCanvas, to hear his latest ideas around crafting effective experiments that lead to breakthrough insights.

It’s no accident that some of the biggest breakthrough business ideas have evolved from seemingly small and often unintended discoveries. Iterative innovation through experimentation isn't just limited to the "starting-up" stage but can be continuously applied to any organization bringing new products to market. Companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Intuit all employ a culture of continuous experimentation in everything they do. But even though we have learned a lot about the mechanics of running innovation experiments through methodologies like the Lean Startup, crafting effective experiments that lead to breakthrough insights is still considered more art than science.

Ash Maurya is the author of "Running Lean: How to Iterate from Plan A to a plan that works" and the founder of Spark59 whose mission is helping entrepreneurs succeed. Driven by the search for better and faster ways for building successful products, Ash has been rigorously testing Lean Startup techniques for the past 3.5 years. He serves as a mentor to several accelerators including TechStars, MaRS, Capital Factory, and has worked with companies from one-person startups to large enterprises like Intel, Dell, and Amazon. He continues to share his ongoing learning on his blog and by way of workshops and bootcamps that he teaches around the world.

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Tuesday, July 9
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Boston Mayoral Candidates Environmental Forum
Tuesday, 09 July, 2013
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at http://bostongreenmayor.eventbrite.com

As Mayor Thomas Menino steps down from 20 years of leading Boston, his leadership in the areas of energy and the environment will be missed. At the same time, the transition to a new mayor offers opportunities for enhanced programs and policies on climate protection, sustainable transportation, parklands, green jobs, air and water quality, urban agriculture, and coastal management and many more areas that so greatly affect the quality of life in our communities. At this forum, the mayoral candidates will be given a chance explore a variety of topics related to community, development, jobs, sustainability, and livability in our city.

Contact Eileen Mullen
emullen@environmentalleague.org

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Creating a Law School e-Curriculum
July 9
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/2013/07/goodenough#RSVP
The event will be webcast live (on this page) starting at 12:30pm ET on 6/9

Legal practice and legal education both face disruptive change. Much of how and what we do as lawyers and how and what we have taught as legal educators is under scrutiny.  Legal technology is an important factor in driving these challenges.  Law schools reform their curriculums law and technology is an area that is ripe for expansion in our teaching. It also provides ample room for scholarly examination. Creating opportunities for learning how technology is shaping legal practice should be a priority for any school looking to provide a useful education for the lawyers of the present, let alone the future.

About Oliver
Oliver R. Goodenough is currently a fellow at The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School and an Adjuct Professor at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.  He has also held appointments as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Neurology at Charit√© Universit√§tsmedizin, Berlin, a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge and a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a Research Fellow of the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, and heads its Planning and Programming Committee.

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Hack Boston: How to Build Features People Will Want with Ash Maurya
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
6:30pm - 8:30pm
 Microsoft NERD Center, 1st Floor One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Cost:  $5.00
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/HackBoston/events/126089582/

We're super excited to bring in Ash Maurya, techie, entrepreneur and author of Running Lean, to kick off Hack Boston! A new meetup for Boston techies, geeks & hackers interested in startups & innovation.
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Wednesday, July 10
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Help Kick Off the 2013 Bike4Life Fundraiser! 
Wednesday, July 10
6pm
Landsdowne Pub, 9 Landsdowne Street, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=8nm9mzaab&oeidk=a07e7m2u8l99cb50e9b

Help kick off this year's fundraising ride and reach the goal of $50,000 for more livable streets. RSVP for this free event. There will be free appetizers, cash bar and a raffle. Network, meet past riders, and learn more about the logistics of riding, volunteering, as well as the history behind Bike4Life. No commitment to riding or volunteering needed.

Bike4Life - a ride for livable streets - will take place on Sunday, September 15.  There will be 20 and 40 mile routes, plus 4 and 8 mile kid rides, all leaving from Auburndale Park in Newton.

What are you waiting for? RSVP now.
Can't make the event? You can still register for the ride at http://bike4life.givezooks.com/events/2013-bike4life-registration 
or donate today at http://bike4life.givezooks.com/campaigns/bike4life-boston-2013 

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2013 Midsummer Nights' Science Lecture Series - The road to vital therapy
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
6:00p–7:00p
Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center, Auditorium (1st Floor), Cambridge

Speaker: Stuart Schreiber, Jay Bradner, Aly Shamji, Mike Foley, and Brian Hubbard
Insights from human genomes reveal hints to basic questions about our origins and evolutionary history. But can this focus on human biology provide guideposts to revolutionary therapies? Leaders from the Broad's Center for the Science of Therapeutics (CSofT) will discuss the institute's current efforts and future aspirations for therapeutics research. The panel will describe "chemistry-enabled, patient-based drug discovery" and will lead an interactive discussion on how we might mitigate suffering from disease in the future.

Web site: http://broad.io/midsummer
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): IS&T Computing Help Desk, Broad Institute
For more information, contact:  Monica Concepcion
(617) 714-7156
events@broadinstitute.org 

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Mass Innovation Nights #52
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 
6:00pm - 8:30pm
LogMeIn 320 Summer Street Boston, MA
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/july-10-2013-mass-innovation-nights-min52

Every month ten companies bring new products to the event and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook statuses, and otherwise help spread the word. In the last two years, the events have helped to:
Launch more than 500 products
Connect dozens of job seekers and hiring managers
Profile dozens of local experts
Launch a wave of Innovation Nights events around the world (coming soon)

Held once a month (usually the second Wednesday of the month) registration and networking at 6:00 p.m., presentations start showing at 7:00 p.m., the live events allow companies to show off Massachusetts-based innovation. The Experts Corner team has one-on-one conversations with start-ups and entrepreneurs. Innovation Nights are held on site at various venues who donate their space to further the cause of local innovation.

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Friday, July 12
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Counting Carbon: Lessons from the South African Fruit and Wine Industry Initiative
July 12, 2013
9am ET
Webinar
RSVP at https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=39390858&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Speaker: Shelly Fuller, Project Manager for the Confronting Climate Change: Fruit & Wine Industry Initiative
The South African fruit and wine industry exports 2.2 megatons of fruit and 412,000,000 liters of wine each year. As the threat of climate change continues to mount, governmental bodies and retailers are beginning to consider labeling schemes and other measures to track and reduce carbon emissions. In addition, the price of fuel will likely continue to rise, providing a potentially more significant incentive to reduce fossil fuel consumption. In response, the South African Fruit and Wine Industry worked together to develop a calculation methodology and local data set to help growers understand their carbon footprints and look for ways to reduce emissions and costs. Shelly Fuller will join us to explain their work to date as well as their next steps for the future.
Registration is available here: https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=39390858&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

Suzanne Greene, Project Manager, Environmental Footprinting Initiative
MIT Materials Systems Laboratory | Center for Transportation & Logistics
Phone:  (617) 715-5473
Email:  segreene@mit.edu

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Amit Zoran Thesis Defense: "Hybrid reAssemblage: Bridging Traditional Craft and Digital Design"
Friday, July 12, 2013 
10:00am - 12:00pm
MIT Media Lab, E14-240
Speaker:  Amit Zoran
Participant(s)/Committee:
Leah Buechley
Sherry Turkle

Hybrid reAssemblage is a design gestalt that lies at the cross-section of digital design practice and the tactile qualities of traditional craft. Zoran hopes to posit a new hybrid territory–a territory in which the value of artifacts is produced by both machine and man, through automated production as well as human subjectivity. This work is an exploration of two divergent realms: that of emerging computational technologies, and traditional hand-hewn practice. Hybrid reAssemblage proposes a new way of thinking about these polarities: the machine, as generator of control and efficiency, and the unpredictable and singular nature of the raw and the manual.

FreeD is a digital handheld milling device for carving, guided and monitored by a computer while preserving the maker’s freedom to manipulate the work in many creative ways. It reintroduces craft techniques to digital fabrication, proposing a hybrid human-computer interaction experience. In addition to the technology, Zoran presents a user study demonstrating how FreeD enables personalization and expression as an inherent part of the fabrication process.

Chameleon Guitar exploits acoustic properties via a replaceable resonator and by a simulated shape, merging real-wood acoustic qualities with a simulated guitar body. It provides the digital freedom with the uniqueness of acoustic instruments, and demonstrates a hybrid functionality platform. Focusing on the production of sonic qualities, this project is evaluated acoustically, pointing to the significance of attention to detail such as craft and wood qualities.

Finally, Fused Crafts is a collection of artifacts that are part handcrafted and part 3D printed, visually demonstrating the potential of combining these practices to create hybrid aesthetics. Zoran illustrates this visual concept with two examples: intentionally broken ceramic artifacts with 3D printed restoration, and a 3D printed structures that are designed to allow the application of hand‐woven patterns. This project is a search for an approach where both technologies can benefit from each other aesthetically, enriching the final product with new qualities.

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Monday, July 15
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Applying Systems Thinking to World Hunger: Seeking Solutions in Agriculture, Food Production, and Sustainability
July 15, 2013
Noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Webinar
RSVP at https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=227203197&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Hank Roark, senior staff systems engineer and researcher, Deere & Co., and SDM alumnus

Systems thinking offers possibilities for simultaneously addressing the increasingly urgent and interrelated issues of world hunger and sustainability. This approach can help categorize complex components, such as:
global population, which is projected to increase from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050
agricultural production, which will likely need to double—largely in the same land area—to provide enough food, fuel, and fiber for all
technological, business, and socio-political challenges that will need to be overcome to sustainably satisfy human needs

This webinar will discuss how to use a systems framework to categorize these components. Sample issues to be explored include:
water productivity improvements
value chain challenges in sugar production
ways to identify the many intersecting engineering systems involved using a socio-technical approach

One goal of the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series is to frame methodologies and ways of thinking about issues that attendees can apply in any domain. In addition, this webinar is designed to spark attendees' interest in agriculture, food production, and sustainability.

About the Speaker
Hank Roark has almost 20 years' experience working for large corporations and startups. Most recently, his work and passion have focused on applying systems thinking to address the food needs of the world's growing population. Previous experience includes leading multinational software product development teams, cofounding two companies, and providing consulting services in global finance, telecommunications, and travel and leisure. He has an S.M. from MIT SDM in engineering and management and a B.S. in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

About the Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program 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.

Register for this meeting at
https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=227203197&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:
https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=227203197&RG=1&UID=0&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

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M. Ehsan Hoque Thesis Defense
Monday, July 15, 2013
3:00p–5:00p
MIT, Building E14-633

Speaker: M. Ehsan Hoque
Human nonverbal behaviors are subtle, fleeting, and often contradictory. Is it possible for computers to not only sense, translate and interpret human nonverbal behaviors, but also help us improve these behaviors? This thesis presents a computational framework and a user-centric evaluation to answer that question.

Web site: http://www.media.mit.edu/events/2013/07/15/ehsan-hoque-thesis-defense
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Media Lab
For more information, contact:  Jess Sousa
events-admin@media.mit.edu

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Tuesday, July 16
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Tech, Drugs & Rock n' Roll 2013
Tuesday July 16th, 2013
4:00PM to 8:00PM EDT
Ziskind Lounge, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e76zqw5acf6e149e

Boston University's Office of Technology Development announces the 4th annual Tech, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll networking event.

This is a unique event where we celebrate innovation in a high energy fashion. The atmosphere encourages interaction between the business and science communities to build lasting relationships that lead to innovative collaborations.

The Innovator of the Year Award will be announced by Boston University Provost Jean Morrison.

In addition, there will be exhibits by various applied and translational research centers.

This year's musical entertainment will be provided by
Brendan James, an emerging singer/songwriter who specializes in folked-based piano music. For more information, visit his website at http://www.brendanjames.com/

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Food Day Planning Meeting
July 16
6:00-7:30 pm
45 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge (The Democracy Center)

Food Day is a national campaign for healthy, affordable, and fairly produced food, and it’s back and stronger than ever!

This is one of the fastest growing national food movements and our kick-off meetings across Massachusetts have been bringing together folks from many sectors, because like you, they care about our food system.

This is round 3 for community meetings and the excitement and participation level is exceeding last year, great collaborations and lots of networking! (new dates and locations below)

The 3rd annual Food Day will take place on October 24, 2013 and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is coordinating the statewide organizing and we’re beginning our organizing with you!

What happened on Food Day 2012?

Last year, Massachusetts led the country with the number of events (over 500). We were blown away by the level of engagement and diversity of varied activities throughout Massachusetts, including community potlucks, food drives, compelling food discussions and forums held at universities, as well as activities held at over 200 schools, and participation as well as official proclamations by Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino.

Check out our newly released Food Day 2012 Report for highlights of what was accomplished here in Massachusetts and around the country. The report has many ideas to share and/or borrow! And for those who “do this every day”, Food Day is a great opportunity to build on the current work you and local organizations do—just on a bigger “stage”, as part of a growing network, to reach more Massachusetts residents!

Why Food Day?

Food Day aims to transform the “American Diet”. It’s Time for America to Eat Real! All Americans—regardless of their age, race, income or geographic location—should be able to select healthy diets and avoid obesity, heart disease, and other diet related conditions.

Food Day Priorities:
Promote safer, healthier diets
Support sustainable and local farms
Reduce hunger and increase access to healthy food
Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

Food Day 2013 planning meetings are bringing together last year’s participants, as well as new partners, to brainstorm and share ideas for you or your group’s participation on October 24 (or the days around it).Your participation at these planning meetings will help us shape the Food Day 2013 campaign.

The kick-off meetings will address how you want Food Day to take place locally; ways to build off last year’s activities, identify key groups and priorities to target, and how your organization can use Food Day to promote your current work for a sustainable food system in Massachusetts. Get involved and make a difference!

Dorchester : July 18- 11:00am-12:30pm, 25 Leonard St. Dorchester, MA 02122 ( St. Ambrose Family Inn)
Transportation: Fields Corner MBTA or Parking off of Dickens St., behind St Ambrose Church)

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GreenPort Forum
Cambridgeport Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment:  LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
7 PM
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, corner of Magazine St and Putnam Avenue, Cambridge

The first step to make Cambridgeport more resilient and adaptable to climate change is to understand how we are vulnerable or resilient in terms of impacts resulting from increased temperatures, more intense storms, and storm surge flooding associated with sea level rise. The City of Cambridge is looking at impacts on people, infrastructure, public health, and the local economy. The City is undertaking a climate change vulnerability assessment, which will run to the end of 2013 and serve as the foundation for a climate change resilience and adaptation plan.

Greenport is holding this public workshop presented by city staff, to solicit feedback from the Cambridgeport community.

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

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Sustainability Breakfast Meetup
Net Impact Boston Professional Chapter
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT)
Pret A Manger, 185 Franklin Street, Post Office Square, Boston
RSVP at http://nibjulybreakfast-es2.eventbrite.com

Join us for our fourth informal breakfast meetup of 2013 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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2013 Midsummer Nights' Science Lecture Series - Exploring the genome's "dark matter": What the frontiers of genomic research are revealing about cancer
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
6:00p–7:00p
Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center, Auditorium (first floor), Cambridge

Speaker: Levi Garraway
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, accounting for more than 9,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Finding its biological underpinnings - the triggers that allow cancer cells to divide indefinitely - is essential to understanding the disease and conceiving of potential treatments. Levi Garraway will discuss his recent work on the genes involved in melanoma growth, and will talk more generally about how genomic research is helping to reveal some of cancer's long-held secrets.

Web site: http://broad.io/midsummer
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): IS&T Computing Help Desk, Broad Institute
For more information, contact:  Monica Concepcion
(617) 714-7156
events@broadinstitute.org

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Food Day Organizing Meeting
July 18
11:00am-12:30pm
25 Leonard Street, Dorchester, MA 02122 ( St. Ambrose Family Inn)

Food Day is a national campaign for healthy, affordable, and fairly produced food, and it’s back and stronger than ever!

This is one of the fastest growing national food movements and our kick-off meetings across Massachusetts have been bringing together folks from many sectors, because like you, they care about our food system.

This is round 3 for community meetings and the excitement and participation level is exceeding last year, great collaborations and lots of networking! (new dates and locations below)

The 3rd annual Food Day will take place on October 24, 2013 and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is coordinating the statewide organizing and we’re beginning our organizing with you!

What happened on Food Day 2012?

Last year, Massachusetts led the country with the number of events (over 500). We were blown away by the level of engagement and diversity of varied activities throughout Massachusetts, including community potlucks, food drives, compelling food discussions and forums held at universities, as well as activities held at over 200 schools, and participation as well as official proclamations by Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino.

Check out our newly released Food Day 2012 Report for highlights of what was accomplished here in Massachusetts and around the country. The report has many ideas to share and/or borrow! And for those who “do this every day”, Food Day is a great opportunity to build on the current work you and local organizations do—just on a bigger “stage”, as part of a growing network, to reach more Massachusetts residents!

Why Food Day?

Food Day aims to transform the “American Diet”. It’s Time for America to Eat Real! All Americans—regardless of their age, race, income or geographic location—should be able to select healthy diets and avoid obesity, heart disease, and other diet related conditions.

Food Day Priorities:
Promote safer, healthier diets
Support sustainable and local farms
Reduce hunger and increase access to healthy food
Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

Food Day 2013 planning meetings are bringing together last year’s participants, as well as new partners, to brainstorm and share ideas for you or your group’s participation on October 24 (or the days around it).Your participation at these planning meetings will help us shape the Food Day 2013 campaign.

The kick-off meetings will address how you want Food Day to take place locally; ways to build off last year’s activities, identify key groups and priorities to target, and how your organization can use Food Day to promote your current work for a sustainable food system in Massachusetts. Get involved and make a difference!

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"Storage and monitoring (geological, ocean, terrestrial), geologic sequestration of CO2"
July 18, 2013
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MIT, Building 68-181, 31 Ames Street, Cambridge

Presenter Ruben Juanes

More information at https://biology.mit.edu/about/events/open_co2_seminar_series_6

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Creative Mornings
July 19, 2013
8:30 -10:00am
Microsoft NERD Center, Sampson and Paul Room, 1 Memorial Drive #1, Cambridge

Get inspired, before work.

Our July presenter is Gihan Amarasiriwardena of Ministry of Supply.
Free tickets will be available Monday, July 15th, starting at 7:00 AM.

Having studied Chemical-Biological Engineering at MIT and grown up as a Boy Scout and a collegiate long-distance runner, Gihan is passionate about performance apparel. He has worked for various research and product design firms including the Sports Technology Institute (UK) and IDEO and started his own outdoor clothing company, Ascendure Mountain Technologies. Amazed that performance materials hadn’t been used in formal wear, he sewed the first dress shirt prototype in his fraternity’s chapter room. An inventor at heart, Gihan strives to marry science with design and leads product and creative direction at Ministry of Supply.

Bringing Engineering & the Design Process to Fashion. Traditionally, the fashion creative process has been very linear with limited consumer and market engagement. At Ministry of Supply, they’ve challenged that by bringing lean product design and iterative engineering processes to create products that are both innovative and align with customer needs. At this CreativeMornings event, they’ll discuss their approach within the confines of a startup and their thoughts to date.

CreativeMornings is a monthly morning gathering for creative types. Each event includes a 20 minute lecture, followed by a 20 minute group discussion. The gathering begins at 8:30am with the topic presentation starting at 9:00am and everyone taking off for work at 10am. CreativeMornings are free of charge!

There are chapters around the world including Zurich, LosAngeles, NewYork, San Francisco and now Boston! Follow us on Twitter (@Boston_CM) to be among the first to hear about upcoming events. Missed a previous event? Want to check out what chapters in other cities are up to? Videos are available oncreativemornings.com.

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The Green Neighbors Solar Talk
 Monday, July 22, 2013
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain
Cosponsors:   GNEC; Boston Climate Action Network; Foundation for a Green Future

Solar for the whole planet
1. Adventures in teaching solar as a cottage industry in the developing world!
2. Hands-on workshop learning to build solar panels in Dorchester.
3. Sustainable Development in Liberia. Send Dr. Komp to Liberia fundraiser.

Join the Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc. and our Guest Speaker Dr. Richard Komp (mainesolar.org & skyheat.org) world renowned solar expert; inventor and teacher for a talk on bringing solar technology to remote and not so remote parts of the world. With video, slides and more Dr. Komp will show how solar photovoltaic panels, and other devices, can be built anywhere, by anyone and improve the lives of people with no or poor access to the grid.

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How to Assemble a PV module in the Jungle
Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24, 2013
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Unity Sports and Cultural Club, 10 Dunbar Street, Codman Square, Dorchester
Costs:  $100.00 per attendee (discounted from the normal fee).
Reply or Call to hold your seat to Owen Toney:  otoney@comcast.net, (617) 427-6293

Dr. Richard Komp will show us ‘How to Assemble a PV module in the Jungle’. This is a two-day hands-on training where we will build a solar panel during the workshop. The solar panel will be donated to The Urban Farming Institute for their Aquaculture project on Lindsey Street in Dorchester. Attendees will also receive a piece of EVA to encapsulate their own solar panel when they make it.

Dr. Komp will teach his full month long training on solar PV in Liberia in October.

Please feel free to forward this email.

Please also consider making a tax-deductible donation to provide a scholarship for one of the non-profits or neighborhood folks who want to participate in our solar panel workshop.

To make a Tax-Deductible donation, or sponsor someone for the workshop go to: https://www.communityroom.net/   Find Green Neighbors – click on highlighted name – click on give button - Follow directions.

Or, mail a check made out to:
The Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc.
281 Humboldt Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02121-2241

Owen Toney
Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc.
281 Humboldt Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02121
(617) 427-6293
otoney@comcast.net

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Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #13 (NERD)
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Bring ID and come to 1st floor
Price: $5.00/per person
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BostonQS/events/121586872/

Please come join us on July 23rd for another fun night of self-tracking presentations, sharing ideas, and showing tools. If you are self-tracking in any way -- health stats, biofeedback, life-logging, mood monitoring, biometrics, athletics, etc. -- come and share your methods, results and insights.

6:00 - 7:00 pm DEMO HOUR & SOCIAL TIME
Are you a toolmaker? Come demo your self-tracking gadget, app, project or idea that you're working on and share with others in our "science fair for adults." If you are making something useful for self-trackers – software, hardware, web services, or data standards – please demo it in this workshop portion of the Show&Tell. Please let us know you will be bringing something to the Show&Tell, so we can be prepared for you.

7:00 - 8:00 pm QS SHOW&TELL TALKS
If you'd like to talk about your personal self-tracking story, please let us know in your RSVP or email me (JoshuaKot at gmail dot com), so we can discuss your topic and how much time you'll need. In your talk, you should answer the three prime questions: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?

If you've never been to a meetup before, you can get a sense of what the talks are like from watching videos of previous QS talks.

8:00 - 9:00 pm MORE SOCIAL TIME & NETWORKING
Talk to the speakers, chat with new and old friends, ask other people what they're tracking, and generally hang out and have a great time.

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"Effect of CO2 on the ocean, especially effects of the pH change, changes in ocean carbonate chemistry since the Industrial Revolution, biogeochemical consequences of ocean acidification and feedbacks to the Earth system"
Thursday, July 25, 2013
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MIT, Building 68-181, 31 Ames Street, Cambridge

Presenter Richard Zeebe

More information at https://biology.mit.edu/about/events/open_co2_seminar_series_7

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Nerd Nite
Thursday, July 25, 2013!
6PM
Trident Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston 
$13

WHAT IS A SUPERHERO? A Science Author Salon

Join us for a super awesome collaboration with the Museum of Science and Social Wines. Meet author Robin Rosenberg, PhD, ABPP, and chat with her about her new book, What is a Superhero?
Enjoy a tasting of super brews from a specially curated list of craft beers.
Select from menu items appreciated by mutants, aliens, armor-clad super-geniuses, thunder gods, and super-soldiers alike.
Use superior powers of conversation to socialize with some alter egos.
Snag a signed copy of What is a Superhero.

More information at http://boston.nerdnite.com/2013/07/02/science-author-salon-with-robin-rosenberg/

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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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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.

Contact http://www.heetma.com

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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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