Sunday, May 10, 2015

Energy (and Other) Events - May 10, 2015

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Monday, May 11

12pm  MASS Seminar - Susan van den Heever (Colorado State University)
12pm  Brown Bag Talk with Micah Altman, Scholarly Communications in the Age of Big Data - Rules of Practical Information Economics
3pm  Dynamo-driven spheromaks as an alternative pathway to commercial fusion energy
3pm  Eversource MIT Clean Energy Prize Showcase & Grand Prize Award Ceremony
MIT Clean Energy Prize
4pm  The Heterogeneous Effects of Summer Jobs: Evidence from Two Field Experiments - joint with Development
4:30pm  Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Communication
5:30pm  Askwith Forum: Transforming Teaching
6:30pm  Innovative Technologies for the Food of the Future:  Approaches to Preserve Original Flavors in Mass-Produced Foods
7pm  Science by the Pint: Attending to Attention
7pm  Teach In: West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline

Tuesday, May 12

8am  Humanitarian Technology 2015
10am  Technology State House Day 2015: The Internet of Things in Massachusetts
12pm  Economic Inequality and Technology: How Knowledge Sharing Helps
12:30pm  Japan’s Search for Security
2pm  State of Energy in the Commonwealth
4pm  The Truth About Trust: A Scientific Perspective on Determining if We Can Trust Others (or Even Ourselves)
7pm  Mr. Robot

Wednesday, May 13

12pm  2015 MIT Water Club Open House
12pm  Improved Photovoltaic Performance via Downconversion and Upconversion
3pm  Light-Water Reactors on Offshore Floating Platforms: Scalable and Economic Nuclear Energy
3:30pm  Polymer Mechanochemistry and Self-Healing Materials
4pm  Re-thinking Psychology Research with Jerome Kagan - A Complex Systems Problem?
5:30pm  Smart Cities through Resiliency and Sustainability
7pm  All About Clean Energy for Your Home

Thursday, May 14

Books and/as New Media - Symposium Part I
1:30pm  At the Intersection of Data Science and Language
3pm  Leigh Abts: Design, Diversity and Digital Learning - Reframing 21st Century Education
5:30pm  Strategic Partners in Cleantech Panel Discussion #5:  Partnerships with Municipalities
6pm  Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee
7pm  The Soul of an Octopus
7pm  Boston Talks: The Bicycle Revolution
7pm  Lights to Our Future: Stories of Trial and Hope from Fukushima, Minamata, and Japan
8pm  Nerd Nite Returns

Friday, May 15

8:30am  Social Policy Lab: a systemic approach
11am  Freecycle at the Smith Center(formerly Holyoke Center)
12pm  China's Air Pollution and Its Interactions with the World
12:30pm  TELEHEALTH: How New Technologies Are Transforming Health Care

Saturday, May 16

9:30am  Wind Farm: Internet Offline Simulation Event
11am  Kite and Bike Festival
8pm  Team Bike Union Climate Ride Throw Down

Sunday, May 17

12pm  TEDxSomerville: REINVENT
3pm  From Uncertainty to Action:  What You Can Do About Climate Change

Monday, May 18

12:15pm  The Law and Politics of Refugee Crises
4pm  Fighting Diseases in the Age of Big Data
6pm  Storytelling in the Digital Age: On the Road to Immersive Journalism

Tuesday, May 19

11am  TEDxFenway: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve
12pm  Guide to U.S. Government Practice on Global Information Sharing, Second Edition
3:30pm  Japanese Noh Theatre Workshop
6pm  Citizens' Climate Lobby Faith Leaders and New Members Meeting


My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:

Global Warming Majority


Monday, May 11

MASS Seminar - Susan van den Heever (Colorado State University)
Monday, May 11
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Susan van den Heever

MASS Seminar

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars (MASS)
For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee


Brown Bag Talk with Micah Altman, Scholarly Communications in the Age of Big Data - Rules of Practical Information Economics
Monday, May 11
MIT, Building E25-401, 45 Carleton, Cambridge

Speaker: Micah Altman
More content is being created by scientists and scholars than ever -- and vastly greater collections of information are the subject of science as scholarship. Simultaneously, the community of users for and uses of this information are changing. This talk reflects on trends in the generation and use of durable information assets in scholarship and science, and on the changing relationship between consumers, purchasers and funders.

Information Science Brown Bag talks, hosted by the Program on Information Science, consists of regular discussions and brainstorming sessions on all aspects of information science and uses of information science and technology to assess and solve institutional, social and research problems. These are informal talks. Discussions are often inspired by real-world problems being faced by the lead discussant.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Libraries
For more information, contact:  Chen, Andrew


Dynamo-driven spheromaks as an alternative pathway to commercial fusion energy
Monday, May 11
MIT, Building 24-115, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Derek Sutherland University of Washington
Spheromak magnetic configurations are characterized as having plasma currents solely responsible for confinement and stability, thereby eliminating the toroidal field coil that is present in tokamak reactor designs. In removing the toroidal field coil, which requires ample neutron shielding and structural support, more compact, economical fusion reactors are possible.S pheromaks to date have been characterized by poor energy confinement during sustainment due to the breaking of closed-flux surfaces by plasma instability to allow for dynamo current drive across magnetic field. On the HIT-SI device at the University of Washington, we have implemented fully inductive non-axisymmetric helicity injection that may have solved the sustainment issue in a power efficient manner, providing a basis for the spheromak to be considered a contender in the fusion landscape. A brief history of spheromak research, use of helicity injection for non-inductive start-up on tokamaks, the new method of spheromak sustainment on HIT-SI, and a reactor vision based on the HIT-SI concept will be presented in detail.


Eversource MIT Clean Energy Prize Showcase & Grand Prize Award Ceremony
MIT Clean Energy Prize
Monday, May 11
3:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)
MIT, Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us on May 11 for the MIT Clean Energy Prize Showcase & Award Ceremony. At the showcase (3:00pm – 5:00pm) you'll have an opportunity to meet this year's semifinalist teams and to vote on your favorite team. At the Award Ceremony (5:00pm – 6:30pm) prize winners will be announced for the Audience Choice Awards, the competition Track Awards, as well as the $75,000 DOE EERE and $200,000 Eversource Grand Prize Awards. You'll also hear from our three exciting keynote speakers.
Alex Laskey, President and Founder, OPower
Jon Wellinghoff, former Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Jigar Shah, President and Co-founder, General Capital;  Founder, SunEdison


The Heterogeneous Effects of Summer Jobs: Evidence from Two Field Experiments - joint with Development
Monday, May 11
MIT, E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Sara Heller (University of Pennsylvania)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Microeconomic Applications
For more information, contact:  economics calendar


Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Communication
Monday, May 11
4:30 pm
MIT, Building E51, Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Mario J. Molina
Mario J. Molina (b. 1943) is one of the leading scientists in the world, dedicated to atmospheric chemistry. He co-authored with Frank Sherwood Rowland the 1974 Nature article predicting the depletion of the ozone layer as a direct consequence of the emissions of certain industrial gases, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The “CFC-ozone depletion theory” led to their earning the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Paul J. Crutzen. Professor Molina’s research and publications on the subject also influenced the United Nations Montreal Protocol, a landmark international agreement designed to protect the ozone layer.

Professor Molina earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a postgraduate degree from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a joint appointment at the University of California, San Diego, in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He was Institute Professor at MIT between 1989 and 2004 and has held research and teaching positions at the Universidad Autónoma de México, the University of California, Irvine, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology.

Professor Molina is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine in the United States. Since April 2011, he has been one of the 21 scientists who serve on President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. For his contribution to science, Professor Molina has received numerous awards, including more than 30 honorary degrees, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the UNEP-Sasakawa Environment Prize, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the United Nations Champion of the Earth Award. In Mexico, he presides over the Mario Molina Center for Strategic Studies on Energy and Environment, which conducts research and promotes public policies. The Center focuses on strategic studies of energy and the environment, particularly in the field of climate change and air quality.


Askwith Forum: Transforming Teaching
WHEN  Mon., May 11, 2015, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME  Roger Falcon
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE This event is free and open to the public.
DETAILS  Moderator: Jal Mehta, Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Anthony S. Bryk, Ed.D.’77, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University; Co-Founder, Teaching Excellence Network
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
Description:  Imagine a world in which every child has a great teacher, where strong graduates choose teaching careers, and where knowledge about good teaching is readily available and accessible. In this Askwith Forum, our panel explores ways to transform the teaching profession into one that is committed to building practitioners' skills over time. Join us as we examine what it would take to develop the systems, the institutions, and the teachers we need to achieve educational equity and prepare all students for the challenges of the future.
This forum is being held in conjunction with the Building Expertise in Teaching Project. For more information, visit


Innovative Technologies for the Food of the Future:  Approaches to Preserve Original Flavors in Mass-Produced Foods
May 11, 2015
6:30pm - 9pm
MIT, Medialab, Silverman Skyline Room 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Welcome by Conference Organizers Expo Milan 2015 Presentation
Viola Buitoni
Sixth generation member of the famed Buitoni pasta & Perugina chocolate family. She will talk about the importance of transferring the original taste and regional ingredients to food mass-production. She will also share her long entrepreneurial experience.
Claudia Vitelli
President, Vitelli Foods LLC. Under her leadership the LUIGI VITELLI® brand has grown to be the leading marketer of Authentic Italian Foods. She continue to lead the effort to protect the consumer from fraudulent Italian Products.
Fiorenzo Omenetto
Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He will cover the latest expe- rimental methods to preserve foods.
Caleb Harper
Founder of the CityFARM research group within the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab and consultant for Barilla. He will provide an overview on indoor farming techniques that allow producers to grow particular flavors in produces.
Conclusions by Conference Organizers
Networking Reception


Science by the Pint: Attending to Attention
Monday, May 11
7 PM
The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

Our brains are constantly bombarded with sensory information and changing behavioral imperatives. Therefore, a fundamental challenge the brain must solve is that of managing information overload. Dr. Robert Desimone at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT studies the neural systems in humans and animals which endow them with the critical ability to meet this challenge by focusing attention on specific tasks or aspects of the environment while filtering out distractions. How does the brain allow us to find a familiar face in a sea of strangers? Why is it so dangerous to drive and text? What goes wrong with attention in psychiatric disorders such as clinical depression or schizophrenia? These are the types of questions driving research in the Desimone lab.

Science by the Pint:  Second Monday of each month


Teach In: West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline
Monday, May 11
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Theodore Parker Church, 1859 Centre Street,  West Roxbury

Join Theodore Parker Church and the West Roxbury Community to learn more about the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline.

What is the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline?  Where will it go? Will it lower our energy costs? What are the risks? Will it raise our taxes? Why are Mayor Walsh and all our elected officials concerned about it?  How can a federal agency overrule our community concerns?

The Texas-based Spectra Energy Corporation is expecting to break ground on a high-pressure gas pipeline in West Roxbury.   The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a federal agency, has overruled local concerns and granted permission to Spectra to increase the capacity of the pipeline.  But many people in our community are still not familiar with the route and community safety concerns.  And Mayor Marty Walsh has requested a rehearing with FERC citing concerns about the pipeline’s route and proximity to the quarry. Come join your neighbors and elected officials to learn more.

Below are the attending speakers and invited elected officials!

Kendra PeloJoaquin, Moderator, co-chairs the Religious Exploration committee at Theodore Parker Church and works as a pedogista (teacher coach) at Peabody Terrace Children’s Center.
Rev. Anne Bancroft is the pastor of Theodore Parker Church in West Roxbury.
Rachel Poliner, West Roxbury community activist and educator
Andrea Carlson, West Roxbury resident
Dr. Richard Clapp, epidemiologist and both an Emeritus Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Fran Cummings, Vice President of Peregrine Energy Group, an energy consulting company with a focus on energy efficiency and a unique expertise in energy data visualization.
Nathan Phillips, Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University, where he is also Acting Director of the Sustainable Neighborhood Lab.
Alissa Zimmer, 350 Mass for a Better Future, and Environmental Studies and Political Science, Northeastern University

Invited Elected Officials:
Mayor Marty Walsh (or Representative)
Boston Health Commissioner Felix Arroyo
Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley
State Rep. Ed Coppinger
State Senator Michael Rush
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Edward Markey
Representative Stephen Lynch

Tuesday, May 12

Humanitarian Technology 2015
Tuesday, May 12
8AM - 5PM
Le Méridien Cambridge

Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact is an exciting, relevant and technically focused international conference designed to explore emerging technologies that further enable global humanitarian assistance. HumTech2015 is being held on 12 – 14 May 2015 at the beautiful Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT. Anchoring the renowned University Park at MIT, the conference venue is conveniently located in Cambridge’s vibrant innovation district, home to high-tech firms and leading academic institutions.

HumTech2015 will provide a forum for scientists, engineers, field workers and policymakers to discuss current research and exchange technical ideas that advance global humanitarian action

Humanitarian Technology 2015 Tracks:
Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief
Health and Disease Management
Public Safety and Emergency Management
Emerging Technologies
International Development, Poverty Alleviation and Food Security
Water, Energy, Agriculture, Policy, Security, Education, …



Technology State House Day 2015: The Internet of Things in Massachusetts
Tuesday, May 12
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Hall of Flags, Massachusetts State House, Boston

The Tech Hub Caucus, co-chaired by Senator Spilka and Representative Ferrante, will host the 3rd Technology State House Day on the subject of "Internet of Things in Massachusetts". Meet leaders from the local tech and startup community and learn about Massachusetts-based companies leading the Internet of Things (IoT) technology revolution.
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to technology that enables devices and applications ("things") to communicate seamlessly with one another to become part of a connected whole that transfers data through the cloud and transforms it into useful information for people, business and institutions. Examples of IoT in Massachusetts are biometric wearables for healthcare, smart traffic lights for cities, and connected thermostats for energy.

The event will feature live technology demonstrations running throughout from local tech firms and home-grown startups showcasing innovative IoT technologies and devices changing the way we live and work. During the second half of the event, "Table Talk"breakouts will be led by tech companies and key legislators to focus on specific IoT applications relevant in MA today.
Program Agenda
10:00 am  Technology Demos Begin
10:30 am  Welcoming remarks by Tech Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Spilka & Representative Ferrante
10:45 am  Keynote "Internet of Things 101"  Chris Rezendes, Founder & Partner, Inex Advisors
Remarks from Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
11:45 am  Concurrent Table Talks
Government Solutions: How IoT is introducing cost savings, efficiency, and data to policymakers, state and local government.
Connected Healthcare: How wearable devices and other IoT technologies are changing healthcare delivery, managing chronic diseases, and addressing rising costs in medicine.
12:25 pm  Concurrent Table Talks
Smarter Energy: How IoT technology is improving energy delivery and efficiency while reducing costs and risks through smarter, greener and sustainable infrastructure.
Transportation: How powerful IoT solutions can transform transportation delivery and management at the state and local level.
1:00 pm  Closing Remarks


Economic Inequality and Technology: How Knowledge Sharing Helps
Tuesday, May 12
12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person vat
Event will be webcast live on at 12:00 pm.

with Jim Bessen in conversation with Karim Lakhani
Today we feel the impact of technology everywhere except in our paychecks. In the past, technological advancements dramatically increased wages, but during the last three decades, the median wage has remained stagnant. Machines have taken over much of the work of humans, destroying old jobs while increasing profits for business owners. The threat of ever-widening economic inequality looms, but in his new book, Learning by Doing: The Real Connection Between Innovation, Wages, and Wealth, James Bessen argues that it is not inevitable. Workers can benefit by acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to implement rapidly evolving technologies. Sharing knowledge is an important part of that process, including via open standards and employee job-hopping. At this event, Bessen will have a conversation with Berkman Faculty Associate Karim Lakhani about knowledge sharing, past and present, about government policies that discourage sharing, and about the broader issue of slow wage growth.

About Jim
James Bessen studies the economics of innovation and patents. He has also been a successful innovator and CEO of a software company. Currently, Mr. Bessen is Lecturer in Law at the Boston University School of Law.

Bessen has done research on whether patents promote innovation, why innovators share new knowledge, and how technology affected worker skills historically. His research first documented the large economic damage caused by patent trolls. His work on software patents with Eric Maskin (Nobel Laureate in Economics) and Robert Hunt has influenced policymakers in the US, Europe, and Australia. With Michael J. Meurer, Bessen wrote Patent Failure (Princeton 2008), highlighting the problems caused by poorly defined property rights. His new book, Learning by Doing: The Real Connection Between Innovation, Wages, and Wealth (Yale 2015), looks at history to understand how new technologies affect wages and skills today. Bessen’s work has been widely cited in the press as well as by the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court, judges at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Federal Trade Commission.

In 1983, Bessen developed the first commercially successful “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” PC publishing program, founding a company that delivered PC-based publishing systems to high-end commercial publishers. Intergraph Corporation acquired the company in 1993.

About Karim
Karim R. Lakhani is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He specializes in the management of technological innovation in firms and communities. His research is on distributed innovation systems and the movement of innovative activity to the edges of organizations and into communities. He has extensively studied the emergence of open source software communities and their unique innovation and product development strategies. He has also investigated how critical knowledge from outside of the organization can be accessed through innovation contests. Currently Professor Lakhani is investigating incentives and behavior in contests and the mechanisms behind scientific team formation through field experiments on the TopCoder platform and the Harvard Medical School.


Japan’s Search for Security
WHEN  Tue., May 12, 2015, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Haruo Iguchi
Nagoya University
Miri Iizuka, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Ken Usui, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Thomas Berger, associate professor of International Relations, Boston University
Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public


State of Energy in the Commonwealth
Tuesday, May 12
MA State House, Gardner Auditorium, Boston

On May 12th, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy will host its second educational hearing on energy issues in Massachusetts. Invited speakers include members from the solar industry, environmental groups, others. An agenda for the event can be found at, the website for Mass Solar.


The Truth About Trust: A Scientific Perspective on Determining if We Can Trust Others (or Even Ourselves)
Tuesday, May 12
4:00 p.m.
Northeastern, Cabral Center, 40 Leon Street, Boston

Dr. David DeSteno, Professor, Psychology


Mr. Robot
Tuesday, May 12
MIT, Building 26-100, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

This is a FREE advance screening of a TV show pilot!  Winner of the Audience Award at SXSW!

Mr. Robot follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a brilliant computer expert with a fondness for hoodies, recreational heroin use and using his internet skills for vigilante justice. Facing the world with an awkward, Zuckerberg-esque affect, Elliot hates the world in front of him and wants to change it, one asshole at a time. But when he meets the leader of "fsociety" (played by Christian Slater) ??? a hacker even more anarchic and skilled than him, who's interested in truly tearing down the whole system ??? that point of view is put to the test.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): LSC
For more information, contact:  MIT Lecture Series Committee

Wednesday, May 13

2015 MIT Water Club Open House
Wednesday, May 13
12:00 pm 
MIT, 160-H Martin Trust Center, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Are you interested in learning about and discussing the state-of-art water research ongoing on campus?
Do you have ideas on how to promote and create awareness about water challenges at MIT?
Do you enjoy MIT Water Club events and want to get involved?
Just want to hang out with cool aqua nerds?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes”, please fill out this form to RSVP for MIT Water Club’s end of year Open House where we will discussing the new positions available and the past events organized by the Club.

Food and music provided!


Improved Photovoltaic Performance via Downconversion and Upconversion
Wednesday, May 13
MIT, Building 34-401, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Dan Congreve, MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar
Despite decades of research, solar cell efficiencies struggle to get higher than 25%. This is due to two fundamental losses in the device: thermalization of high energy photons and transmission of low energy photons. In this work, we demonstrate efforts to improve both these losses, which, when fully realized, could increase power efficiencies to 35% or higher.

Sponsored by:  Microsystems Technology Laboratories
Admission:  Open to the public
Contact Valerie DiNardo


Light-Water Reactors on Offshore Floating Platforms: Scalable and Economic Nuclear Energy
Wednesday, May 13
MIT, Building 24-115, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jacopo Buongiorno Professor, Nuclear Science and Engineering Department, MIT
We are developing a new Offshore Floating Nuclear Plant (OFNP) concept with high potential for attractive economics and an unprecedented level of safety. OFNP creatively combines state-of-the-art Light Water Reactors (LWRs) and floating platforms similar to those used in offshore oil/gas operations. A reliable and cost-effective global supply chain exists for both technologies, therefore robust expansion in the use of nuclear energy becomes possible on a time scale consistent with combating climate change in the near future. OFNP is a plant that can be entirely built within a floating platform in a shipyard, transferred to the site, where it is anchored within 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the coast in relatively deep water (100 m3), and connected to the grid via submarine AC transmission cables. The crews operate in monthly or semi-monthly shifts with onboard living quarters, like on oil/gas platforms. OFNP is a reactor for the global market: it can be constructed in one country and exported internationally; it lends itself to a flexible and mobile electricity generation approach, which minimizes the need for indigenous nuclear infrastructure in the host country, and does not commit the customer to a 40 to 60 years-long project.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Science and Engineering, Student Chapter of the American Nuclear Society
For more information, contact:  Aditi Verma

Polymer Mechanochemistry and Self-Healing Materials
Wednesday, May 13
MIT, Building 54-100 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Illinois
MIT Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM)
PPSM sponsors a series of seminars covering a broad range of topics of general interest to the polymer community, featuring speakers from both on and off campus. We invite the polymer community at MIT and elsewhere to participate. For further information, contact Professor Jeremiah Johnson at All talks take place on Wednesdays.

SEMINAR 3:30 PM - REFRESHMENTS 3:00 PM NOTE: 54-100 is our location for this week and April 1st only. All other Spring 2015 PPSM seminars will take place in 56-114.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM)
For more information, contact:
Gregory Sands
(617) 253-0949


Re-thinking Psychology Research with Jerome Kagan - A Complex Systems Problem?
Wednesday, May 13
4:00-6:00 PM
NECSI 210 Broadway, Suite 101, Cambridge

Psychology research is haunted by the “ghosts" of unfounded assumptions and flawed methodologies. After a half century career as a pre-eminent researcher and author, Prof. Jerome Kagan, challenges us to free our thinking from these unnecessary ghosts, and re-evaluate the way we move forward in understanding the mind.

“Psychology’s Ghosts” presents us with a few controversial questions, but also invites us to think of psychology as a complex problem. The root cause of a psychological state lies at the intersection of multiple causal forces and observational signatures: biological, social, cultural, educational, medical, and behavioral. New data, paired with a sensitivity for identifying emergent patterns can help psychologists escape the "one-size treatment fits-all” trap. As new data collection technologies become more powerful and accessible, psychologists can learn to combine multiple methodologies and concepts and apply more advanced systems thinking and analysis to progress toward solving the "mind puzzle."

Fundamentally, understanding the mind is a complex systems problem.

We welcome you to join us for the presentation of Prof. Kagan at our Complexity Salon on Wednesday, the 13th of May. Do you have questions for one of the greatest figures of Developmental Psychology?

Get ready for one of the most exciting discussions of research, complexity science and psychology. The venue will be NECSI's offices at 210 Broadway, Cambridge, however depending on the number of attendees we may relocate to MIT's Media Lab. The event will also be streamed online.


Smart Cities through Resiliency and Sustainability
Wednesday, May 13
UK Trade & Investment, One Broadway, 7th Floor, Cambridge
Cost:  0 - $30

Join us to learn:
What are the critical challenges to resolve: political, technological, and behavioral?
Where are the opportunities for entrepreneurs and what are the new innovations in microgrid, cloud technologies, sensors and analytics?
How can we best leverage our substantial ecosystem?
How to aggregate data, connect the city, provide actionable information and, of course, bring down the cost?
About exciting new technologies from intelligent trash cans to connected cars to nano-grids.
Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, Research Director Smart City Strategies at IDC

Ryan Chin, Managing Director, City Science Initiative, MIT Media Lab
Jascha Franklin-Hodge, CIO, City of Boston and MIT Alumni
Brian Phillips, EVP Strategic Planning and Marketing, Bigbelly
Bic Stevens, Principal, Stevens Capital Advisors

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


All About Clean Energy for Your Home
Wednesday, May 13
7-9 pm
Senior Center, 27 Maple Street, Arlington

An exciting Sustainable Arlington EcoFest follow-up event 

Do you want to make your home energy more sustainable but are overwhelmed by the choices? A panel of trustworthy experts will sort it out for you. Options can include solar panels, energy efficiency, community solar, community aggregation electricity, switching your electric bill to local wind power and more, and how to choose a plan or combination of methods right for your family.  Decreasing reliance on fossil fuels and increasing demand for sustainable energy is critical for our future. You can make a difference!

Moderator: Clarissa Rowe, former Selectman
Clarke Doody, Julie vonFettweis, Mass Save: home energy efficiency
Anne Goodwin, Mothers Out Front: your electric bill choices
Elizabeth Youngblood, Clean Energy Center: community shared solar
Mark Sandeen, Sustainable Lexington: community aggregation

Co-sponsors: Massachusetts Climate Action Network, Sustainable Middlesex, Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate

Thursday, May 14 

Books and/as New Media - Symposium Part I
Thursday, May 14 at 09:00 - Friday, May 15 at 17:00 (EDT)
Harvard, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

For the last 500 years, printed books have been the default means of circulating knowledge. In the last 15 years, this has ceased to be the case. We are now living through a moment of media change as significant as the invention of printing itself. But we will not understand this moment until we situate it in historical perspective.

These twinned symposia aim to do that, by bringing together leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic working on book history, media, literature and digital humanities. All of them will attend both symposia, with the speakers at one event becoming the interlocutors at the other.
Re-embedding the book in the changing media ecology, these symposia explore the long history of new media – from a time when the printed codex was the new medium, through the book’s encounters with the new media of photography, lithography and sound recording, to the digital revolution. In doing so they offer a more nuanced and historicized account of the book’s place in the shifting mediascape.

Get more information, read abstracts and register to participate in either event at


At the Intersection of Data Science and Language
Thursday, May 14
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Refreshments: 1:15 PM
MIT, Building 32-G882 Hewlett Room (Stata Center), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Kathleen R. McKeown , Columbia University
Data science holds the promise to solve many of society’s most pressing challenges, but much of the necessary data is locked within the volumes of text and speech on the web. Thus, analysis of language is a critical component of any data science effort. In this talk, I will describe research projects that draw from language data along a continuum from fact to fiction. I will present a system that predicts the future impact of a scientific concept—represented as a technical term—based on the information available in recently published research articles, research on automatic description of disasters from both objective and personal views, and research on the use of data science in a far different discipline, the field of literature.

Kathleen R. McKeown is the Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University and she also serves as the Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. She served as Department Chair from 1998-2003 and as Vice Dean for Research for the School of Engineering and Applied Science for two years. Prof. McKeown received the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and has been at Columbia since then. Her research interests include text summarization, natural language generation, multi-media explanation, question-answering and multi-lingual applications. In 1985 she received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, in 1991 she received a National Science Foundation Faculty Award for Women, in 1994 she was selected as a AAAI Fellow, in 2003 she was elected as an ACM Fellow, and in 2012 she was selected as one of the founding Fellows of the Association for Computational Linguistics. In 2010, she received the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award in Innovation for her work on text summarization. Kathleen R. McKeown is also quite active nationally. She has served as President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Computational. She also served as a board member of the Computing Research Association and as secretary of the board.

Contact: Marcia G. Davidson, 617-253-3049,


Leigh Abts: Design, Diversity and Digital Learning - Reframing 21st Century Education
Thursday, May 14
MIT, Building 3-270, 33 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge
Webcast at

Speaker: Leigh Abts
Design is a verb and a noun. Design is a process and a product. Design is best served as inclusive. Design can be taught and practiced in the classroom or a remote setting using technology. Design can potentially reframe education and transform the 21st century workforce, starting with a universally accepted ???credit??? for design, such as an Advanced Placement (AP).

ODL xTalks: Digital Discourses
The xTalks series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): OEIT- Office of Educational Innovation and Technology, Office of Digital Learning
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles
(617) 594-4698 


Strategic Partners in Cleantech Panel Discussion #5:  Partnerships with Municipalities
May 14, 2015
5:30 – 8:30PM
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane St, Somerville

Learn how to work with cities, towns, and local government to pilot test your technologies!
Networking: 5:30 – 6:30PM
Panel Discussion: 6:30 – 7:30PM
Networking to follow

Confirmed panelists include:
Paul McManus, Sr Lecturer of Strategy & Innovation, Boston University, Moderator
Oliver Sellers-Garcia, Director of Sustainability & Environment, City of Somerville
Jeremy McDiarmid, Sr Director for Innovation & Industry Support, Massachusetts Clean Energy CenterCammy Peterson, Clean Energy Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

The panel discussion will shed light on how startups can work with municipalities to test and demonstrate their early-stage technologies. Startups will explore the role of the municipality as a potential early adopter. Representatives from local municipalities and local agencies will share models for collaboration that have succeeded or are currently being shaped.

This is the LAST installment of a five-part speaker series sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Our previous panels featured a discussion on Corporate Strategic Partners versus Venture Capitalists, IP and Legal Considerations in Dealmaking with Strategic Partners, How to Pitch to Strategic Partners, and How to Raise Mission-Driven Capital.


Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee
Thursday, May 14
6:00 pm
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor meeting room, Cambridge  

The meeting will focus on consideration of a solar recommendation and updates on the Net Zero Task Force report and the Climate CoLab urban heat island contest.  The agenda for the meeting will be posted on the Community Development Department website at


The Soul of an Octopus
Thursday, May 14
NE Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston

Sy Montgomery, author
After a 2011 Orion magazine piece, “Deep Intellect,” about the sensitive sweet-natured giant Pacific octopus at the New England Aquarium went viral, Sy knew she had her next book idea. In The Soul of an Octopus, Sy chronicles a growing scientific appreciation of the octopus’s intelligence, personality and memory. She also tells a love story about coming to know a complex and spirited creature. Join Sy on her journey from behind the scenes at the New England Aquarium’s octopus exhibit to the exotic waters of French Polynesia. 

*Book signing to follow


Boston Talks: The Bicycle Revolution
Thursday, May 14
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
WGBH, 1 Guest Street, Boston
Cost:  $11.54

Grab your friends and join us for WGBH’s take on happy hour—inspiring conversation plus wine and local craft brews for $5 a glass. Hear from and connect with local experts in a variety of fields while enjoying the great company of your neighbors from Boston and beyond.

BostonTalks: The Bicycle Revolution
Now bigger than ever in Boston — where the "Car is no longer the king" — bicycling is a hot topic in and outside the city, and we're going to explore it from a variety of perspectives. Join the founder of the bike tourism company Bikabout, Megan Ramey and others to discuss the bicycle revolution.

Meet the Host
Edgar Herwick is the guy behind WGBH's Curiosity Desk, where the quest is to dig a little deeper into (and sometimes look a little askew at) topics in the news, and search for answers to questions posed by the world around us. His features can be seen on WGBH's Greater Boston and heard on 89.7 WGBH's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He also appears regularly with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Follow him on Twitter @ebherwick3.

More About the Series
BostonTalks is throwing the formal panel discussion out the window. Each event combines short speaking programs, drinks, and a chance for you to join the conversation. Think happy hour, but smarter.


Lights to Our Future: Stories of Trial and Hope from Fukushima, Minamata, and Japan
Thursday, May 14 
Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist; 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Bruce Allen will tell stories of trial and hope based on Japanese environmental incidents, including those in Fukushima and Minamata.  His talk will incorporate segments from a recent documentary film about Ishimure Michiko, Japan's foremost environmental writer-activist, who is known as the "Rachel Carson of Japan."  The film shows efforts of Japanese to come to terms with environmental and energy challenges, and to nurture reconciliation and hope for the future.

Bruce Allen is Professor of English at Seisen University in Japan, where he teaches courses in translation and environmental literature.  Originally from the Boston area, he has lived in Japan for the past 32 years.  He has specialized in the work of Japanese environmental writer-activist Ishimure Michiko and has translated several of her works, including her autobiographical documentary film "Towards the Paradise of Flowers," from which he will show selections dealing with Minamata, Fukushima, and the hope for finding alternative paths to our future.

Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum

Contact: Mike Higgins


Nerd Nite Returns
Thursday, May 14
Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston
Cost:  $5

No matter what you call yourself, we here at Nerd Nite Boston wish to continue in our tradition of evidence based entertainment. Join us on May 14th at 8 PM, upstairs at Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Newbury street for the triumphant return of the original Nerd Nite.

We've got two talks lined up, and this month, they're all about putting the sex in insects [Edit - We tried to convince Tim not to use that line, honestly, we did.] First, Renee Ricciardi gives us a talk on her artwork, and how it relates to and relies on bee sex. Here's a similar talk she gave at Nerd Nite Milan last year

Second, Perrine Marcenac talks about her research at Harvard that's all about Mosquito mating. 
Talk 1 - "Art, Photography and Bee Sex" by Renee Ricciardi
Talk 2 - Mosquito Mating by Perrine Marcenac.

So, come one, come all - Be there and Be Square!

Friday, May 15

Social Policy Lab: a systemic approach
Friday, May 15
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge
RSVP by May 12th at

Speaker: Various speakers mostly from MIT
Social security currently faces a variety of emerging risks. To date, the solutions proposed by social scientists to address these risks have failed to employ a truly multi-entity and interdisciplinary approach.

Additionally, said approaches often failed to take into account key fields of knowledge such as medicine and the biological sciences. In an effort to achieve a cross-functional approach, leading scientists in the fields of healthcare, biology, aging, economics and education will meet to discuss and evaluate the main risks currently faced by social protection. The goal is to generate innovative policies that promote societal well being

Registration required by May 12th:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT-Mexico Program, Center for International Studies, CISS, US Social Security Administration
For more information, contact:  Griselda Gomez


Freecycle at the Smith Center(formerly Holyoke Center)
Friday, May 15
11 am–2 pm
Harvard, Smith Center, 75 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge

Bring any and all surplus furniture, supplies, and equipment to the Harvard Information Center in the Smith Campus Center Arcade.b Clothing, computers, books, kitchen goods, toys, baby supplies, tools, hardware and any-thing else reusable is welcome here. Whether or not you donate, you are welcome to take anything you want for free. These Freecycles save money, reduce Harvard’s waste, and conserve the embodied natural resources and energy in manufactured goods.

Donations welcome after 10 am.

More at:


China's Air Pollution and Its Interactions with the World
Friday, May 15
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
with Lin Jintai, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, School of Physics, Peking University
Abstract: China has become the world’s top emitter of anthropogenic aerosol and gaseous pollution. The severity of China’s pollution not only has caused dramatic domestic environmental problems, but has also raised concerns of long-range pollution transport to downwind regions. China is also the world’s top trading country, and it manufactures and exports large amounts of industrial products to supply foreign consumption. This means significant implicit pollution transport from foreign countries to China through international trade. China’s domestic pollution is further complicated by inter-provincial trade that supplies both Chinese and foreign consumption. In this study, we will analyze China’s pollution sources and transport by combining satellite measurements, chemical transport modeling, emission calculation, and economic analysis. We will demonstrate that China’s pollution is connected to other countries via both atmospheric and economic mechanisms. Solving global pollution problems needs interdisciplinary and comprehensive thinking.

Co-hosted by the Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar Series and the China Project, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Contact Name:  Chris Nielsen
More at:


TELEHEALTH: How New Technologies Are Transforming Health Care
WHEN  Fri., May 15, 2015, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  The Leadership Studio, Kresge Building, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Information Technology, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S)  Ashish Jha, professor of international health, and director, Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Marc Mitchell, founder and president of D-tree International, and lecturer, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Randall Moore, president of Mercy Virtual
Steve Crossan, Google Social Impact Team, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Meredith Melnick, editorial director, Healthy Living, The Huffington Post
This panel will include additional expert participants to be announced.
COST  Free; RSVP to
DETAILS  Telehealth combines telecommunications and health systems to deliver care and support across distances. However, this simple definition belies the complexity of this rapidly evolving field. A cadre of increasingly sophisticated technologies, — matched with a need to reduce healthcare costs, serve more patients, and improve quality — drives the field in both high-income and low-income countries. Panelists in this Forum event will examine aspects of telehealth in the U.S., including doctor and patient buy-in and the impact of the Affordable Care Act, and in other high-income countries. They also will take a look at the role of telehealth in low-income countries, where technologies such as mobile phones can serve as vital tools for healthcare workers to ensure and evaluate standards of care in the diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses.
E-mail questions for the expert participants any time before or during the live webcast to Or Tweet them to @ForumHSPH using #telehealthforum. We’ll also be conducting a live chat on this page.

Saturday, May 16

Wind Farm: Internet Offline Simulation Event
Saturday, May 16
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Berkman Center For Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge

Have you ever been in a situation where there was no functioning mobile phone service or Internet? Maybe it was during an emergency situation or caused by a force of nature... or perhaps you were in a part of the world where communication services are expensive, hard to find or just not available...or maybe you are you are frustrated with how dependent you are on Verizon, AT&T, Starbucks Wifi, and the like.
If any of these descriptions applies to you, and you would like to start building your skills and knowledge of solutions, then the Wind Farm's Internet Offline Simulation day is for you. This free workshop will include hands-on trainings and talks on both existing and under development apps and services that you can use on your own devices to connect with people around you directly without using the Internet. We'll be out on the Harvard campus, using these tools to practice and role-play a variety of situations and events. Through playing games and hands-on learning, we will share ideas about how to build more types of nearby networks in more places, used and operated by more people and communities.
Wind Farm's Internet Offline Simulation is a fun and interactive day for people of all ages and backgrounds. The only requirement is an open mind and optimistic view of what might be possible. You can be part of helping shape and design what we are calling "Wind", the offline counterpart to the Web, that is free, plentiful and unblockable.

Donuts, coffee, water and snacks will be provided, and there are many food options on campus nearby.
Our last event, was held at Eyebeam NYC in 2014, and was covered by the Verge:

Learn more and join the discussion about Wind Farm at:


Kite and Bike Festival
Saturday, May, 16
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Franklin Park Playstead, Playstead & Pierpont Roads,  Dorchester

The Annual Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival – always the Saturday after Mother’s Day. Bring a kite or buy one in the park. Ride to the festival or rent a bike for free from Boston Bikes and join a bike tour of the park. Bikes for all ages available, even for little ones with training wheels. Food trucks, craft vendors, the Boston tap water truck, and more. Barbecues welcome. It’s a family day in Franklin Park!

The Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival is co-organized by Discover Roxbury and the Franklin Park Coalition with participation from Boston Bikes, Sparc! the art mobile, Future Boston Alliance, and Boston Parks & Recreation.
Franklin Park Coalition
Phone:  617-442-4141


Team Bike Union Climate Ride Throw Down
Saturday, May 16
8:00 PM
Hub Bicycle Company, 1036 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $9.43

Bike Shop Partaaaaaay!
We're having a throw-down party at Hub Bicycle Co & fueld by Aeronaut Brewing Co. to raise the roof and some money to send Team Bike Union on their epic Climate Ride journey from Maine to Boston. Bring your dancing shoes because the Boston Bike Party music trailer will be rockin' the house. (Remember the January Bike Party?... yeah, pretty much THAT).  We're doing Eventbrite to manage attendance because this will sell out quick.

Your $8 entry ticket gets you 1 drink OR 5 raffle tickets. Choice is yours to make at the door.

Bring extra cash to purchase raffle tickets.

Raffle items (so far)
- Bern helmets
- Custom clothing items
- Restaurant gifters
- Custom made bike holders
- Aquarium passes
- Autographed swag
- Theater tickets
- More to come... mOAr!

See you at HUB!

Team Bike Union

Sunday, May 17

TEDxSomerville: REINVENT
Sunday, May 17
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
Assembly Row, 450 Artisan Way, Somerville
Cost:  $43.00, $49.00 after Friday April 3, 2015, $100.00ticket upgrade

TEDxSomerville is an event celebrating the exciting ideas, art, initiatives, inventions, and other creativity that surrounds Somerville. This year, the theme is "Reinvent." Speakers, artists and musicians from around the community will share their passions, talents and ideas with diverse group of attendees.

We'll be announcing our full list of speakers soon, but in the meantime here's a sneak peak at four TEDxSomerville REINVENT presenters:
David Delmar, the founder and executive director of  Resilient Coders.
Hannah Chung, co-founder and chief creative officer of Sproutel, the creator of Jerry the Bear - an interactive learning companion for kids with chronic illnesses.
Jay Acunzo, head of platform and community at Boston's leading seed-stage VC firm, NextView Ventures.
Katie Martell, co-founder and CMO of customer intelligence platform Cintell.
Call for Artists Closes on April 15

First off, we'd like to thank all of the artists who have already contacted us. For any other visual artists, dancers, musicians and performers who are interested in learning more about the TEDxSomerville call for artists, visit our Facebook page:


From Uncertainty to Action:  What You Can Do About Climate Change
Sunday, May 17
3-7 PM
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton
Cost:  $18 (suggested donation)

A Jewish response to climate change
Diverse workshops led by climate activists
Climate change as a social justice issue
Special workshop for youth
Deep networking
Environmental organizations and businesses

More information at

Monday, May 18

The Law and Politics of Refugee Crises
WHEN  Mon., May 18, 2015, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 160, Room 105
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Jill Goldenziel, research fellow, International Security Program


Fighting Diseases in the Age of Big Data
Monday, May 18
Northeastern, Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston

Alex Vespignani


Storytelling in the Digital Age: On the Road to Immersive Journalism
Monday, May 18
MIT, Building E51-315, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Cost:  free for students and members, $30 others

Multimedia, new graphic tools, visual storylines, interactive content, automated story-writing software, hyperlinks and emerging virtual reality are just some of the new capabilities that journalists use today to tell a story.

Journalism is being digitally disrupted just as the music, movie, publishing and television industries were. How will the legacy industry respond to these digital challenges? What are the tools in use today that help journalists take advantage of digital storytelling? When an event occurs and citizens are telling the story in real time, how do journalists shift from being in control of the story to being part of the conversation? Where is innovation in the digital journalism curriculum?

Is all this a precursor to Immersive Journalism? Why read about it when you can put yourself into the story? Will Virtual Reality fundamentally change journalism?

We'll explore the world of digital journalism during our May event. What's here now? What's on the horizon? What are the opportunities for entrepreneurs to impact digital journalism? Join us to explore journalism in the digital age and the road to Immersive Journalism.

Tiffany Campbell, Managing Editor, Digital for WBUR
Patrick Garvin, designer and graphic artist, The Boston Globe

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

Tuesday, May 19

TEDxFenway: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve
Tuesday, May 19
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Berklee College of Music, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

Supported by The Fenway Alliance and FA-Member Berklee College of Music, TEDxFenway: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve will be held in Berklee’s newest building on 160 Massachusetts Avenue in the Fenway Cultural District. This year, TEDxFenway is focusing on the process, versus the product, of navigating the oftentimes complex task of addressing the necessary changes needed to promote progress. TEDxFenway: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve will take a deep dive into the behind-the-scenes actions of problem-solving, consensus-building, back-tracking, loss of ground, and reassessment of history that leads to true evolution in a variety of social movements, arts and technological disciplines.

The event will feature nine distinguished speakers, including three speakers from our unique audition event PreXFenway. Speakers will share their experience as an “agitator,” stepping in to introduce ideas that did not confirm to established practices; or, as someone who redirected an idea back to its source to evaluate the foundation and applicability of an obsolete solution. Topics will include gender wage inequality, working as an emerging playwright in Boston’s theatre community, policy-making and setting the design context for the City of Boston, and the influence of a STEAM-based curriculum in promoting outside-the-box thinking.
Speakers for TEDxFenway include the following:

Michael Dukakis
Former Governor of Massachusetts, US Presidential Candidate
David Hacin
Founding Principal and President, Hacin + Associates
Ted Landsmark
Board Member, Boston Redevelopment Authority; President Emeritus, Boston Architectural College
Debby Irving
Racial Justice Educator & Writer; Author of Waking Up White
Erika Ebbel Angle, PhD
Founder, Chairman and Executive Director, Science from Scientists; Co-Founder and CEO, CounterPoint Health Solutions
Ruth Jacobs Malloy, PhD
Global Managing Director, Leadership and Talent, Hay Group
Obehi Janice
Writer/Actress/Comedian, Creator and Performer of FUFU & OREOS
Dr. Nettrice Gaskins
STEAM Education Lab Director, Boston Arts Academy
Jimmy Tingle
Comedian, Commentator, Activist and Entrepreneur


Guide to U.S. Government Practice on Global Information Sharing, Second Edition
Tuesday, May 19
12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
Event will be webcast live on at 12:00 pm.

with authors John Kropf and Neal Cohen
The recently published, “Guide to U.S. Government Practice on Global Sharing of Personal Information, Second Edition”, provides an introduction to the principles, practices, and agreements behind how the U.S. government shares personal information with foreign governments - for purposes ranging from tax to counter terrorism and cyber-crime.  This information sharing is not only necessary to strengthen relations with foreign governments but to protect the country from threats, foreign and domestic.  In the past year, these issues have been most readily visible in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and the renegotiation of the Safe Harbor Framework.

About John
John Kropf has worked in privacy and information law and policy since 1995. He serves as the Corporate Privacy Executive for Northrop Grumman. Previously, Kropf worked as deputy chief counsel for Privacy and Information Governance for Reed Elsevier and as a career member of the Senior Executive Service working as Deputy Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Adviser on International Privacy Policy for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Before joining DHS, Kropf worked for 10 years as an international lawyer with the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Legal Adviser.

About Neal
Neal Cohen is a New York and English qualified lawyer in the Privacy & Security practice group at Perkins Coie LLP and a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His law practice and academic research focus on the global harmonization of data protection and privacy law. Prior to joining Perkins Coie LLP, Neal spent several years practicing data protection and privacy law in London at another multinational law firm and before that, Neal clerked in the Privacy Office at the Department of Homeland Security.


Japanese Noh Theatre Workshop
Tuesday, May 19
MIT, Building W20-491, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Kanji Shimizu
Come take a break from your finals and immerse yourself in Japanese theatre. Master Kanji Shimizu will be giving a workshop on Noh: The art of traditional Japanese theatre by the Tessen-kai Noh group.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT-Japan Program
For more information, contact:  Christine Pilcavage


Citizens' Climate Lobby Faith Leaders and New Members Meeting
Tuesday, May 19
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Congregation Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard Street, Novakoff Hall (right side entrance, follow path), Brookline

On May 19th, the Boston chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby will be holding a special new members meeting for faith leaders and other new and potential members of CCL.

Gary Rucinski, the founder of CCL Boston and now the NE region coordinator, will be leading the orientation session, the first such local event since the group started in 2011.

The orientation program covers CCL’s origins, its emphasis on shared values, its philosophy of bipartisanship grounded in gratitude and respect for public service, its focus on citizen lobbying for carbon fee and dividend legislation (along with the mechanics and economic basis of the legislation), its methodologies of active listening, learning and sharing information, all in order to develop relationships with members of Congress, relationships with the media and with the public (and the public includes farm associations, rotary clubs, oil/gas companies, unions, you name it) — because we’re certain that by building relationships we will help get this legislation passed.
Multiple faith leaders and other new members have already signed up for the event. Veteran CCL members will also be on hand to introduce you to the group and explain how you can participate.
If you're aware of any others who would like to participate, please share the invite with them and/or send them our way.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 20

May Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, May 20
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT)
Pret A Manger, 185 Franklin Street, Boston

Join us for the May Boston Sustainability breakfast, an informal breakfast meetup of 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. Feel free to drop by any time any time between 7:30 and 830 a.m.


Boston Urban Ag Visioning Steering Committee & Public Meeting
Northbound Ventures
Wednesday, May 20
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley Street, Boston

The next meeting of the Boston Urban Ag Visioning Steering Committee & Public Meeting will be held at the Kroc Corps Community Center on May 20, 2015. This event is free to all and all are encouraged to attend. RSVP is requested by 5/20/2015.

Four monthly meetings have been held since January 2015 addressing the overall objectives of the visioning process, current urban ag activity, metrics and goals for measuring progress, and best practices. In the remaining four meetings, we will delve deeper into best practices, address unresolved barriers to growth, integrate the vision with other local, state, and regional food system initiatives, and determine specfic projects to be realized over the next several years.


Metabolic inference: Can we bridge the gap between microbial community structure and ecosystem function?
Wednesday, May 20
MIT, Building 48-316, Parsons Lab, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jeff Bowman, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Microbial Systems Seminar

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
For more information, contact:  Kathryn Kauffman


What is Best Learned Online & What Types of Students Benefit from Online Learning
Wednesday, May 20
MIT, Building 4-270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Speaker: Dan Butin, Bror Saxberg & Shanna Smith-Jaggars
ODL's xTalks: Digital Discourses
The xTalks series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies.

Panel discussion with Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer, Kaplan, Inc.; Shanna Smith-Jaggars, Assistant Director, Community College Research Center; and Dan Butin, Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy, Merrimack College. Moderated by Vijay Kumar, Director of Special Educational Initiatives, ODL

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Office of Digital Learning, OEIT- Office of Educational Innovation and Technology
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles
(617) 594-4698


Misbehaving:  The Making of Behavioral Economics
Wednesday, May 20
6:00 PM  (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Ticket pre-sales begin April 14 at 9am online only ($28.75, book included), $5.00 - On Sale April 28, 2015

Harvard Book Store welcomes economist, behavioral scientist and co-author of Nudge RICHARD H. THALER for a discussion of his latest book, Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics. He is joined in conversation by DANIEL GILBERT, author of Stumbling on Happiness, and NPR's ROBIN YOUNG.
Get ready to change the way you think about economics.

Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans—predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth—and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.

Traditional economics assumes rational actors. Early in his research, Thaler realized these Spock-like automatons were nothing like real people. Whether buying a clock radio, selling basketball tickets, or applying for a mortgage, we all succumb to biases and make decisions that deviate from the standards of rationality assumed by economists. In other words, we misbehave. More importantly, our misbehavior has serious consequences. Dismissed at first by economists as an amusing sideshow, the study of human miscalculations and their effects on markets now drives efforts to make better decisions in our lives, our businesses, and our governments.

Coupling recent discoveries in human psychology with a practical understanding of incentives and market behavior, Thaler enlightens readers about how to make smarter decisions in an increasingly mystifying world. He reveals how behavioral economic analysis opens up new ways to look at everything from household finance to assigning faculty offices in a new building, to TV game shows, the NFL draft, and businesses like Uber.
Laced with antic stories of Thaler’s spirited battles with the bastions of traditional economic thinking, Misbehaving is a singular look into profound human foibles. When economics meets psychology, the implications for individuals, managers, and policy makers are both profound and entertaining.


Shapes and Flow: Art, Science, Technology
Wednesday, May 20
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Honeycomb, Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at!programs/c18hu

L. Mahadevan
Core faculty from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University will participate in a four part lecture series hosted by Le Laboratoire Cambridge on how the arts and design are informing the frontiers of science. 


Roosevelt Boston: Net neutrality policy discussion & networking
Wednesday, May 20
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, Boston

Come grab a drink, network and join a net neutrality policy discussion with expert Dan Lyons. Prof. Lyons will talk about what net neutrality is, how it works, recent FCC rulings, the pros and cons of this system, and what the future holds for information access on the Internet.

When: Wednesday, May 20th from 6:30-8 PM
Where: Impact Hub Boston 50 Milk St, Boston, MA 02109
Please RSVP, so we know how much food and drink to get.

Professor Lyons teaches at Boston College Law School where he specializes in telecommunications, Internet regulation and administrative law, and is also a visiting fellow with the American Enterprise Institute's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy.


Rebuilding the Local Food System
Wednesday, May 20
 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Join the Creative Somerville Series in one of our monthly 'fireside chats’ with Colin Davis of Something GUD.

Colin Davis is a founder, and the CEO of Something GUD, based out of the Aeronuat Foods Hub. GUD enables anyone to opt out of the global, corporate food system with weekly home or office deliveries of groceries from local farms, fishermen, bakers and chefs.

Colin is also launching an aquaponic (fish + hydroponic vegetable) farm called Redemption Fish Co. and previously started a software company to automate energy efficiency studies of buildings. All of Colin's projects are based on the goal of using business to build a more sustainable world.
7pm, event doors open, grab a beer at Aeronaut. 7:15pm, talk begins.

Creative Somerville Series

Thursday, May 21

The Mysteries of Chronic Illness
WHEN  Thu., May 21, 2015, 7:45 – 9:15 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Room 10, 2nd floor
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Wellness/Work Life
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Technology Assessment Seminar Series
Final Meeting AY 2015
SPEAKER(S)  Meghan O'Rourke, Radcliffe Institute Fellow 2014-2015
DETAILS  Breakfast served.


Arts and a Changing Boston, Featuring Dr. Manuel Pastor
Thursday, May 21
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT)
The Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington Street, Boston

Already a majority-minority city, Boston’s demographics are continually evolving. Yet, the profile of artists, producing and presenting organizations, arts audiences and supporters, has lagged this change.
What does that mean for the future of our city and our sector? And, what roles can we each play to create a more equitable, diverse and inclusive cultural sector?

Drawing on population and economic data, Dr. Pastor will explore present and future demographic scenarios for Boston, together with strategies for creating greater equity and inclusion in the arts, which we all know can be powerful contributors to economic and social sustainability.

Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC and co-directs USC’s Center for Study of Immigrant Integration. Dr. Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities.


One Nation Under God: How Religious Nationalism Imperils International Order
WHEN  Thu., May 21, 2015, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Haravard, HKS, Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Religion, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Ahsan I. Butt, Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom


Ending Alzheimer’s Together
WHEN  Thu., May 21, 2015, 3 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  2nd floor conference room, Schepens Eye Research Institute, 20 Staniford Street, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mass. Eye and Ear/Schepens Eye Research Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Eric M. Reiman, CEO of Banner Health; executive director of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute


Crypto Party
Thursday, May 21
6-9pm. Free event
Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Avenue, Somerville

Privacy is a basic human right. In this post-Snowden world that we live in, it's clear that our digital communications are not safe from unwanted government surveillance. Despite the scary state of the world, there are things we can do to empower ourselves: We can embrace cryptography and defend our right to free speech.

A Crypto Party is a space to hang out and teach each other practical tools of digital security, such as how to set up email encryption on your computer and how to browse the web anonymously. Don't know much about computers? Don't worry! We will use accessible language and help you in every step of the way.

Introductions/ What do you want to learn?/ What can you teach?
6-7pm workshop: basic introduction to crypto, the impacts of surveillance on everyday people, and deconstructing the idea of “but I have nothing to hide.”
after that: bust out the laptops/devices and get to work! Helping each other in a non-heirarchical way
Potluck snacks/BYOB. Kids welcome to join. There will also be a table of zines on digital security.

Parts and Crafts is a makerspace and community workshop in Somerville. On this night, the usually kid-filled space is inviting grown-ups to come participate here. We ask that all grown-ups who use the space keep this in mind and respect the kid-friendly environment.


Heist:  Who Stole the American Dream?
Thursday, May 21
doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor, entrance on Windsor

HEIST traces the worldwide economic collapse to a 1971 secret memo entitled "Attack on American Free Enterprise System". Written over 40 years ago by future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, at the behest of the US Chamber of Commerce, the 6-page memo, called for a big business makeover of government through corporate control of the media, academia, the pulpit, arts and sciences and destruction of organized labor and consumer protection groups.

HEIST exposes the systemic implementation of Powell's memo by BOTH U.S. political parties culminating in the deregulation of industry, outsourcing of jobs and regressive taxation. All of which led us to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the continued dismantling of the American middle class. Today, politics is the playground of the rich and powerful, with no thought given to the hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans.

US democracy has been sold to the highest bidder.

"Wherever one's politics fall on the spectrum, there is much in here - such as a maddening video clip in which an American law firm offers counsel on how to avoid hiring American workers - likely to give one pause." ~Mindy Farabee, LA Times

"See this film and you may begin entertaining the notion of public hangings." ~Pacific Sun

"HEIST is a one-stop summary of reasons for ordinary Americans to be furious at our financial systems. Its last third turns from compiling past outrages to encouraging activism, making this snappy, solid docu an ideal candidate for savvy distribs to jump on immediately." ~Dennis Harvey, Variety

"For those who have not paid attention to 'the man behind the curtain,' or those who have swallowed The Matrix's Blue Pill, HEIST is an absolute must-see." ~D. Schwartz, cine source

See trailer at

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
free film & free door prizes [donations are encouraged]
feel free to bring your own snacks and soft drinks - no alcohol allowed

"You can't legislate good will - that comes through education." ~ Malcolm X
UPandOUT film series - see


Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved
Thursday, May 21
7:30 pm
Harvard, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge

Marcia Bartusiak
For more than half a century, physicists and astronomers engaged in heated dispute over the possibility of black holes in the universe. The weirdly alien notion of a space-time abyss from which nothing escapes - not even light - seemed to confound all logic. This engrossing book tells the story of the fierce black hole debates and the contributions of Einstein, Hawking, and other leading thinkers who completely altered our view of the cosmos. Marcia Bartusiak's numerous works include The Day We Found the Universe, Archives of the Universe, and Einstein's Unfinished Symphony.

Friday, May 22

Visual Communications:  A Workshop for Developing Art, Research, and Innovation
Friday, May 22
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Harvard innovation lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston

Jonathan Harris, Digital Artist
Sepandar Kamvar, LG Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
Gregor Hochmuth, Engineer and Artist
Max Schorr, Founder GOOD Inc.
Sarah Schorr, Photographer and PhD Fellow in Media Studies, Aarhus Universitet

How do images and stories shift in the landscape of new media? In an environment proliferated by images, which ideas, structures, and pieces stand out? In this workshop, panelists will discuss their work on visual communication. Each of the five panel participants will give a brief presentation with some points of inspiration regarding a work-in-progress, and pose discussion questions for the group. An open conversation will follow the presentations.

Saturday, May 23

Dialogue with Lester Brown & HEEC End-of-Semester Social
Saturday, May 23
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Hall C, Cambridge

Harvard Extension Environmental Club

Wednesday, May 27

Building a Proactive Cyber Defense Strategy, from Tools to Tactics
Wednesday, May 27
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Cost:   Free for Students; $20 Members, $45 Non-members

Cyber attacks against companies of all sizes appear to hit without warning, leaving management teams in a state of crisis. Though, what if it were possible to predict an attack before the first shot was fired and if so, what would a proactive cyber defense strategy look like? Our panel of renowned experts will provide an actionable primer that highlights the tools and tactics to help your team stay a step ahead.

Moderator:  Lori Glover, Managing Director of Alliances, MIT CSAIL / Executive Director, CyberSecurity@CSAIL
Christopher Ahlberg, CEO, Recorded Future
Alex Jordan, Senior Scientist, Raytheon BBN
Paul Paget, CEO, Pwnie Express
Corey Thomas, CEO, Rapid7
Michele Whitham, Partner, Foley Hoag

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free for Students; $20 Members, $45 Non-members
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:  Amy Goggins


The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website ( that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.

The website contains:

A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily -
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations -

Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities

The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.

Please feel free to email our organization at if you have any questions!


Intern with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate!
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate (BLC) is a nonprofit based in the Cambridge, MA area. Our mission is to mobilize the biosphere to restore ecosystems and reverse global warming.
Education, public information campaigns, organizing, scientific investigation, collaboration with like-minded organizations, research and policy development are all elements of our strategy.

Background: Soils are the largest terrestrial carbon sink on the planet. Restoring the complex ecology of soils is the only way to safely and quickly remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the ground, where it’s desperately needed to regenerate the health of billions of acres of degraded lands. Restoring carbon to soils and regenerating ecosystems are how we can restore a healthy hydrologic cycle and cool local and planetary climates safely, naturally, and in time to ensure a livable climate now and in the future.

Our Work: immediate plans include
Organizing the First International Biodiversity, Soil Carbon and Climate Week, October 31-November 9, 2014, and a kick-off conference in the Boston area, “Mobilizing the Biosphere to Reverse Global Warming: A Biodiversity, Water, Soil Carbon and Climate Conference – and Call to Action” to expand the mainstream climate conversation to include the power of biology, and to help initiate intensive worldwide efforts to return atmospheric carbon to the soils.
Coordination of a global fund to directly assist local farmers and herders in learning and applying carbon farming approaches that not only benefit the climate, but improve the health and productivity of the land and the people who depend on it.
Collaboration with individuals and organizations on addressing eco-restoration and the regeneration of water and carbon cycles; such projects may include application of practices such as Holistic Management for restoration of billions of acres of degraded grasslands, reforestation of exploited forest areas, and restoring ocean food chains.

Please contact Helen D. Silver, for further information.


Climate Stories Project

What's your Climate Story?
Climate Stories Project is a forum that gives a voice to the emotional and personal impacts that climate change is having on our lives. Often, we only discuss climate change from the impersonal perspective of science or the contentious realm of politics. Today, more and more of us are feeling the effects of climate change on an personal level. Climate Stories Project allows people from around the world to share their stories and to engage with climate change in a personal, direct way.


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.


Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


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

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

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

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

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

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

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


Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

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

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


Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while controlling for how cold the weather is). You get a short friendly email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.


Boston Food System

"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships, programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."

The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food, farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health, environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on week-to-week is not always well publicized.
Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let everyone know about these activities.  Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of subscribers.  Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and other posting guidelines will be provided as well.

It's easy to subscribe right now at


Artisan Asylum

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation, contact

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


Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents

Thanks to

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area:

MIT Events:

MIT Energy Club:

Harvard Events:

Harvard Environment:

Sustainability at Harvard:

Mass Climate Action:



Microsoft NERD Center:

Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:

Cambridge Civic Journal:

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Cambridge Community Calendar:

Boston Area Computer User Groups:

Arts and Cultural Events List:

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