Sunday, November 27, 2016

Energy (and Other) Events - November 27, 2016

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Monday, November 28

12pm  PAOC Colloquium - Jorge Sarmiento (Princeton)
12pm  Neoproterozoic Glaciation, Oxygenation, and the Emergence of Animals
12pm  The Geopolitics of the New Energy Abundance
12:15pm  The Promise and Peril of Human Rights Technology
2:30pm  How Data and Technology Can Help Improve Government
2:30pm  Market Structure with the Entry of Peer-to-Peer Platforms: The Case of Hotels and Airbnb
4pm  Ocean One: A Robotic Avatar for Oceanic Discovery
4pm  Nick Turse (The Intercept)- Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam
5pm  Premiere of Paradigm Shift
5:30pm  MIT Technology Review at Google: How Is Tech Affecting Kids?
6pm  A Conversation with Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, United States Surgeon General

Tuesday, November 29

Neurotech 2016
12pm  The community interactome: How fungal species interactions shape soil biogeochemistry
12pm  The Troubled Eye: The Moral Dilemmas of Reporting on War, Religion, and Social Justice
12:30pm  The Future of Urban Innovations: Harvard GSD Students Present Their Ideas for Fukuoka
2pm  xTalk: Why Old School is New School in Higher Education
4pm  Investigating past climate using cave mineral formations
4pm  The U.S. Digital Service: What We’ve Learned So Far
4pm  Innovation Through Aggregation Forum
5pm  Keeping the Ocean Safe for People and People Safe from the Ocean
5:30pm  Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Studies Program: "Under the Wall: Infrastructure as Security and as Threat on the U.S.- Mexico Border”
5:30pm  Reasoning to learn, learning to reason
5:30pm  Shining a Light on Poverty or Transforming Communities: the Energy Access Dilemma
6pm  Discussion on Trump's Impact on the Energy Industry
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - November Happy Hour
6pm  Cybersecurity in FinTech
6:15pm  Harvard Club Faculty Series: “Genetics for the Modern Man and Woman” T. Bernard Kinane, MD, Harvard Medical School
6:30pm  The Oceans in a Warming World: How are the oceans changing and what role do they play in climate change?
7:30pm  The Politics of Fear: Where to Now?

Wednesday, November 30

9am  Meet NEST: Energy Innovation of the Future
12pm  Stability and Internal Flow Variability of Ice Sheets
12pm  Captives: How Stolen People Changed the World
12pm  Coercion and Politics: Citizen Support for Political Actors with Violent Pasts
12pm  The Public Economy in Crisis
12:30pm  Chinese Climate Policy 
3:30pm  Competing Air Quality and Water Conservation Co-Benefits from Power Sector Decarbonization
4pm  New Eyes on the Early Universe
4pm  The Air Pollution Impacts of the United States' Natural Gas Transition
4:15pm  Anchored in the Past: Persistent Price Effects of Obsolete Vineyard Ratings in France
4:30pm  Susannah Catalan: "Brain on Fire: A Journalist in Search of the Self”
5pm  Transforming Our Food System
5:15pm  Where Memory Leads: A Holocaust Scholar Looks Back:  A Lecture by Saul Friedlander
6pm  Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet
6pm  BSA Committee on the Environment:  Construction and Demolition Materials Best Management Practices
6pm  Designing Games to affect Social Change
7pm  Six Ice Ages in One Billion Years, Climate Change, and Boston’s Earthquake Problem
7pm  Starr Forum: Security, Privacy, & the Internet
7pm  Film Screening and Conversation: Under the Turban

Thursday, December 1 

8am  HIV & Opioids - Crisis in Indiana, Boston, and Beyond
12pm  Ecological and Social Factors Affecting Sex Differences in Wild Chimpanzees
2pm  Catalyzing Efficiency: Market-Rate Owners 
3pm  Biomechanics of Cancer Cells
4pm  Dynamics of phenotypic and genomic evolution in a long-term experiment with E. coli
4pm  The Encoding, Storage, and Retrieval of Memories
4:15pm  American Amnesia: Forgetting What Made Us Prosper
5pm  Black + Twitter: A Cultural Informatics Approach
5:30pm  EnergyBar!
5:30pm  Smart Water—Smart Cities: A Cleantech Event
6:15pm  War Stories: Inside Campaign 2016
6:30pm  Neuroeconomics: Where Economics, Management, and Cognitive Neuroscience Intersect
7pm  The Sea-Run Fish of Massachusetts

Friday, December 2 - Saturday, December 3

Agritecture Collaborative Design Workshop

Friday, December 2

9am  Algorithms, Law and Society: Building Rights for a Digital Era 
10:30am  Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Development Goals #7: Energy
12pm  Effect of particle Morphology – in particular Liquid-liquid phase separation - on the absorption cross section of aerosol particles containing black carbon

Saturday, December 3

9am  The Next Four Years: Building Our Movements in Dangerous Times
10:30am  50th Anniversary Haley House Forum
1pm  Travels Through Two Ice Ages
4:30pm  MIT World Music Day
6:30pm  50th Anniversary Gala Celebration of Haley House
8pm  Do You Believe In Global Warming?

Sunday, December 4

10am  Haley House Reflection and Visioning
10:30am  A Waterfront for Future Generations Ferry Tour
5pm  Intellectual Snob Meetup: Global Warming: Boston/Cambridge Local
7:30pm  Newton Dialogue on Drones

Monday, December 5

12pm  How should regulators incorporate claims of value that are exogenous to the actual supply & delivery of electricity?
12pm  Street Tree Stories: On the Politics of Nature in the City
12:10pm  Outcrossing and fecundity in Pennsylvania Sedge: implications for ecological restoration
12:30pm  Feeding Illusions: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Future of Food
2:30pm  Will Ad Blocking Break the Internet?
4pm  Economic Conditions and Mortality: Evidence from 200 Years of Data
4pm  Discrimination as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Evidence from French Grocery Stores
5pm  Black Lives Matter: From Conflict to Healing
6pm  Askwith Debates – Pass/Fail: How Test-Based Accountability Stacks Up
6pm  Deep dive into Design thinking with OpenIDEO's Scott Shigeoka
6pm  TiE-Boston Deep Dive: Carbon Capture Use and Storage
6pm  The Well Tempered City: Climate Change, Health, Poverty and Our Urban Future

Tuesday, December 6

8am  Boston TechBreakfast: December 2016
12pm  Effect of particle Morphology – in particular Liquid-liquid phase separation - on the absorption cross section of aerosol particles containing black carbon
12pm  Latin American Seminar Series: "Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua's Democratic Decay”
12pm  Overcoming Unconscious Bias Through Structural Changes
3pm  xTalk: The Future of Undergraduate Education - Pathways and Possibilities
4pm  Talking about climate change through video
4pm  The Fastest Road to Finding Life Beyond Earth
5:30pm  Plan B: Fossil fuels without CO2
5:30pm  How Blockchain Technology Can Create a new Music Ecosystem
5:30pm  Smart Manufacturing TechMeeting
6pm  Boston SCORE Workshop: How to Be the Best Businesses FOR the World: The B Corp Movement 


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


Monday, November 28

PAOC Colloquium - Jorge Sarmiento (Princeton)
Monday, November 28
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Dr. Jorge L. Sarmiento is the George J. Magee Professor of  Geoscience and Geological Engineering, Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University. He obtained his PhD at the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University in 1978, and then served as a post-doc at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory/NOAA in Princeton before joining the Princeton University faculty in 1980.   He has published widely on the oceanic cycles of climatically important chemicals such as carbon dioxide, on the use of chemical tracers to study ocean circulation, and on the impact of climate change on ocean biogeochemistry.   He has participated in the scientific planning and execution of many of the large-scale multi-institutional and international oceanographic biogeochemical and tracer programs of the last two decades.   He was Director of Princeton's Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program from 1980 to 1990 and 2006 to 2015, and is Director of the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science.  He is also serves as Director of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project (SOCCOM).  He has served on the editorial board of multiple journals and as editor of Global Biogeochemical Cycles.   He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Neoproterozoic Glaciation, Oxygenation, and the Emergence of Animals
Monday, November 28
Harvard, Haller Hall (102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences hosts Francis Macdonald, Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences

EPS Colloquium

Contact Name:   Sabinna Cappo


The Geopolitics of the New Energy Abundance
Monday, November 28
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Lunch will be provided.

Energy Policy Seminar Series

Contact Name:


The Promise and Peril of Human Rights Technology
Monday, November 28
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Jay D. Aronson, Carnegie Mellon

STS Circle at Harvard

Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

The Harvard STS Circle is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Contact Name:


How Data and Technology Can Help Improve Government
Monday, November 28
Harvard, Data Privacy Lab, CGIS Knafel K354, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

This will be a brainstorming session on the ways data and technology can improve local government. The session begins with a presentation by Susan Crawford. Her recent book The Responsive City highlights the promising intersection of government and data through vivid case studies featuring municipal pioneers and big data success stories from Boston, Chicago, New York, and more. She explores topics including:
Building trust in the public sector and fostering a sustained, collective voice among communities
Using data-smart governance to preempt and predict problems while improving quality of life
Creating efficiencies and saving taxpayer money with digital tools
Spearheading these new approaches to government with innovative leadership
Holly St. Clair will respond and provide a few words about her thoughts and vision for the State of Massachusetts. 

Then, the remainder of the session will be spent brainstorming ideas for how data and technology can help improve government. What are some low-hanging opportunities?

Speakers: Susan Crawford is a professor at Harvard Law School and a co-director of the Berkman Center. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, and a contributor to’s Backchannel. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She also served as a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation and is now a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Broadband Task Force. Ms. Crawford was formerly a (Visiting) Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Michigan Law School (2008-2010). As an academic, she teaches Internet law and communications law. She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22. One of Politico’s 50 Thinkers, Doers and Visionaries Transforming Politics in 2015; one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2009); IP3 Awardee (2010); one of Prospect Magazine’s Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011); and one of TIME Magazine’s Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech (2013). Ms. Crawford received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University.

Holly St. Clair is the Director of Enterprise Level Data Management overseeing the Commonwealth of Massachusett's activities in data management, data analysis, research, and public access to data. Ms. St. Clair has pioneered the use of advanced decision support tools in Metropolitan Boston, managing a variety of projects that use scenarios modeling, community indicators, and innovative meeting formats to engage stakeholders in dialogue about policy choices. She has a excellent track record in public sector innovation and is recognized by Planetizen as one of the Leading Thinkers and Innovators in the field of Urban Planning and Technology.


Market Structure with the Entry of Peer-to-Peer Platforms: The Case of Hotels and Airbnb
Monday, November 28
MIT, Building E52-432, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Chiara Farronato (Harvard)

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


Ocean One: A Robotic Avatar for Oceanic Discovery
Monday, November 28
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Refreshments: 3:45 PM
MIT, Building 32-G449,  Patil Conference Room, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Oussama Khatib , Computer Science Department, Stanford University 
Abstract:  The promise of oceanic discovery has intrigued scientists and explorers, whether to study underwater ecology and climate change, or to uncover natural resources and historic secrets buried deep at archaeological sites. This quest to explore the oceans requires skilled human access, yet much of it is inaccessible to human divers as nearly nine-tenths of the ocean floor is at one kilometer or deeper. Accessing these depths is imperative since factors such as pollution and deep-sea trawling threaten ecology and archaeological sites. These needs demand a system that deploys human-level expertise at the depths but remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are inadequate for the task - a robotic avatar could go where humans can not, and yet embody human intelligence and intentions through immersive interfaces. To meet the challenge of accessing oceanic depths, Stanford University, working with KAUST’s Red Sea Research Center and MEKA Robotics, developed Ocean One, a bimanual force-controlled humanoid robot that affords immediate and intuitive haptic interaction in oceanic environments. Teaming with the French Ministry of Culture’s Underwater Archaeology Research Department, Stanford deployed Ocean One in an expedition in the Mediterranean to Louis XIV’s flagship Lune, lying at ninety-one meters depth off the coast of Toulon. Following extensive testing at Stanford University, Ocean One was flown to France in the spring of 2016 for its maiden deployment, where it became the first robot avatar to embody a human’s presence at the seabed. 

Bio:  Oussama Khatib received his PhD from Sup’Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His research focuses on methodologies and technologies in human-centered robotics including humanoid control architectures, human motion synthesis, interactive dynamic simulation, haptics, and human-friendly robot design. He is a Fellow of IEEE. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR) series and the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics. Professor Khatib is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR). He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the IEEE RAS Pioneer Award in Robotics and Automation, the IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation, the IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award, and the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award in Research and Development. 

Contact: Lauralyn M. Smith, 617-253-0145,


Nick Turse (The Intercept)- Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam
WHEN  Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Robinson Hall Basement Conference Room, Harvard Yard, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Education, Ethics, Humanities
SPEAKER(S)  Nick Turse (Contributing Writer at The Intercept)


Premiere of Paradigm Shift
Monday, November 28
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)
Harvard, Boylston Hall, Fong Auditorium, 1299 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

What would happen if Higher Institutions in our country, would be able to lead our Nation into the Mexico we desire to become?

We are pleased to invite you to the US premier of the documentary film ¨Paradigm Shift,¨ which is a visual record of an Applied Leadership Program in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency that took place all across Mexico from September 2014 to June 2015, where by training candidates in technology, social responsibility, business and leadership, in collaboration with The Center for Health and Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and support from the Ministry of Energy in Mexico (SENER), InTrust Global Investments was able to train 300 promising professors from Mexico´s public universities to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in their communities.


MIT Technology Review at Google: How Is Tech Affecting Kids?
Monday, November 28
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)
Google Cambridge, 355 Main Street, 5th Floor, Cambridge

Google pairs up with Kara Miller, journalist and radio host ( and MIT Technology Review to bring you an exciting thought-leadership series in the heart of Kendall Square.
You're invited to join us in Google's unique Cambridge location to explore a wide range of themes from income inequality to new research on obesity.  Come early for the networking reception, stay late to meet the panelists and network some more.

We'll look at how technology affects the brains, habits, and outlook of young people. How should parents and teachers think about and moderate the use of technology? And, is this an issue that should be considered on a policy level, beyond individual homes and schools?
Panelists:  Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
Michael Rich, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children's Hospital, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Steven Schlozman, M.D., Associate Director, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, Mass General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Course Director, MIT-HMS Program in Health, Sciences, and Technology

*This event is free of charge, but space is limited, so reserve your space today!


A Conversation with Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, United States Surgeon General
WHEN  Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Institute of Politics
JFK Jr. Forum
SPEAKER(S) The Seymour E. and Ruth B. Harris Lecture by Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, United States Surgeon General
Amitabh Chandra (Moderator), Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Director of Health Policy Research, Harvard Kennedy School

Tuesday, November 29

Neurotech 2016
Tuesday November 29
9 am - 5 pm
Reception:  5 pm - 6 pm  
MIT, Building 46-3002 Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge 

The Neurotech 2016 symposium presents eight talks by neurotechnology pioneers whose cutting-edge innovations are changing the face of neurobiological research from molecules to cognition.

Questions:  Contact Denise MacPhail at
Registration is required and space is limited.
Canan Dagdeviren, MIT
Erik Jorgensen, University of Utah
Sridevi Sarma, Johns Hopkins
Erika Sasaki, CIEA Japan
Stephen Smith, Allen Institute
Alice Ting, Stanford
Van Wedeen, Harvard/MGH
Chris Xu, Cornell 
Symposium schedule to be posted soon.


The community interactome: How fungal species interactions shape soil biogeochemistry
Tuesday, November 29
12:00pm to  1:00pm
Harvard, HUH Seminar Room, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Jennifer Talbot, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Boston University

Editorial Comment:  Having read Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase ( I am convinced that soil chemistry and biology are essential tools in managing and possibly reversing climate change.


The Troubled Eye: The Moral Dilemmas of Reporting on War, Religion, and Social Justice
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Conference Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Center for the Study of World Religions
CONTACT CSWR: 617.495.4476
DETAILS  This presentation by Eliza Griswold, a Berggruen Fellow at Harvard this year, is the third in a CSWR series on Religion and the Media, organized by Professors Diane Moore and Frank Clooney, CSWR director.
It will be streamed live on the HDS Facebook page at


The Future of Urban Innovations: Harvard GSD Students Present Their Ideas for Fukuoka
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 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)  Toshiko Mori, Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; and Principal, Toshiko Mori Architect.
Joanne K. Cheung, Master of Architecture candidate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD)
Scarlet Ziwei Song, Master of Architecture candidate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD)
Jenny Zhan, Master of Architecture candidate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD)
Moderated by Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public


xTalk: Why Old School is New School in Higher Education
Tuesday, November 29
MIT, Building10-105, (Bush Room), 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Brandon Busteed
Extensive Gallup studies over the past couple of years have measured things that have never been measured before in education, including the largest representative study of college graduates and their long-term career and life outcomes. Surprising findings will re-shape our thinking about what elements of the higher education experience and curriculum are most important for the long-term success of graduates. 

Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development at Gallup, Brandon Busteed is also an educational entrepreneur, speaker, writer and university trustee. Brandon integrates Gallup's research to measure the educational outcomes that matter most, connect education to jobs and job creation, and promote a paradigm shift from knowledge mastery to emotional engagement in education.

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.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Office of Digital Learning, xTalks: Digital Discourses
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles


Investigating past climate using cave mineral formations
Tuesday, November 29
4:00 - 5:00pm 
BU, CAS 132, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Speaker: Corrine Wong, Boston College
Studying past climate provides context for understanding modern climate variability and provides insights into how future climate might respond to warming global temperatures. Reconstructing climate from geologic archives, such as ice cores and tree rings, extends climate records beyond periods for which there are instrumental measurements and historical observations. Cave mineral deposits, speleothems, serve as a powerful archive of terrestrial climate to complement climate information gleaned from polar, marine, and short-lived archives.

Bio:  Climate change is one of society's most pressing challenges.  Understanding how on-going climate change will impact our water resources requires an intimate understanding of the natural and anthropogenic processes that influence water availability and water quality. Furthermore, it is important to characterize the natural variability  in these processes in the past and present. Members of Dr. Wong's research group address such questions as "What climate processes govern past variability in the hydroclimate of the Americas?' and "What are the dominant sources and processes dictating urban water compositions?" To read more about specific projects, please visit our Research page.

BU’s Seminar Series on Climate Change


The U.S. Digital Service: What We’ve Learned So Far
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sever 113, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Information Technology, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Digital HKS
SPEAKER(S)  Haley Van Dyck, Deputy Administrator of the USDS
Matthew Weaver, Rogue Leader, Defense Digital Services
Mollie Ruskin, Founding Designer at USDS
Moderated by David Eaves, HKS Lecturer in Public Policy (moderator)
Nick Sinai, HKS Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Former U.S. Deputy CTO (moderator)
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  This session will look at the U.S. Digital Services (USDS) work and how it has attempted to modernize government. Born in the rescue effort of, the USDS has been working to modernize immigration, improve the veteran experience, and create better tools for students. This session will be a frank discussion about lessons learned both from successes and failures, future challenges for improving services in the U.S. and what the transition might mean.


Innovation Through Aggregation Forum
Tuesday November 29
4:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST 
MIT Samberg Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Join us as we review the A Better City-facilitated Joint Solar Power Purchase Agreement--the largest renewable-energy project ever to be constructed in the U.S. through an alliance of diverse buyers, the recent joint power power purchase agreement involving MIT, Boston Medical Center, and Friends of Post Office Square to enable a solar PV farm in North Carolina.

Contact:  Miriam Posner, A Better City


Keeping the Ocean Safe for People and People Safe from the Ocean
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Captain Claudia C. Gelzer, Commander of Sector Boston and Commander of the Port, U.S. Coast Guard
Lee Titus, Chief of Response, Sector Boston, U.S. Coast Guard
COST  Free
DETAILS  The Coast Guard is a multi-mission maritime agency with broad authority over any and all operations along the Massachusetts coast and in Boston Harbor. From finding and rescuing boaters in distress to responding to and overseeing clean-up of oil and chemical spills in our pristine waters, this fifth branch of the Armed Forces has its work cut out in the 21st century. This talk with review how the Coast Guard seeks to strike the balance between maritime safety, security, and environmental protection amidst changing climate conditions, all while facilitating the powerful economic engine of maritime commerce.


Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Studies Program: "Under the Wall: Infrastructure as Security and as Threat on the U.S.- Mexico Border”
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Speaker: Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Harvard University
Ieva Jusionyte is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Anthropology from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Political Science from Vilnius University. Between 2012 and 2016 Jusionyte was assistant professor of anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, where she coordinated the Crime, Law, and Governance in the Americas program. As a social anthropologist of Latin America, Jusionyte focuses on the ethnographic study of security, crime, statecraft and the media. Her first book, Savage Frontier: Making News and Security on the Argentine Border (University of California Press 2015; is based on ethnographic research conducted in the border area between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay between 2008 and 2014.
Moderator: Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design.
CONTACT INFO Rachel Murray-Crawford (
DETAILS  Politics of security on the U.S.-Mexico border have expanded from traditional concerns with drug trafficking and unauthorized migration to a paradigm of “all threats and hazards,” which includes wildland fires, floods, and toxic spills that can spread downwind, downhill, and downstream from Sonora to Arizona.⁠ Based on ethnographic research with emergency responders – firefighters and paramedics – in northern Mexico and southern U.S., the talk will examine the violent entanglement between statecraft, law, and topography, and trace its injurious effects on those who inhabit or trespass the militarized desert terrain of urban borderlands.


Reasoning to learn, learning to reason
Tuesday, November 29
Harvard, BioLabs 1080, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Silvia Bunge, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology & Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute,Director, Building Blocks of Cognition Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley


Shining a Light on Poverty or Transforming Communities: the Energy Access Dilemma
Tuesday, November 29
5:30 - 6:30 PM
MIT, Building E18-304, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Providing improved access to electricity holds great promise for hundreds of millions currently living without modern energy services. Yet, rural electrification programs are often criticized for their limited impact on socioeconomic development. How can energy access practitioners move from simply "shining a light on poverty" to truly enabling human development? Join us for a presentation and lively discussion on this energy access dilemma. Topics will include a new approach for participatory planning of renewable energy minigrids, along with lessons and anecdotes from the speaker's early experiences in setting up a solar energy development company in Somaliland.

Scott Kennedy is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Energy Action Partners (ENACT), an international nonprofit working to expand access to sustainable energy services for developing communities. Scott is also the Assistant Director for Educational Initiatives at the MIT & Masdar Institute Cooperative Program. Throughout his career, Scott has worked across the intersections of sustainability, higher education and human development. Past positions have included: Associate Professor and founding Dean of Research at the Masdar Institute, co-director of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, Director of the Prajnopaya Foundation, and founding head of the Energy and Environment MSc program at the Malaysia University of Science Technology. Scott received a PhD in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He also acts as an advisor and consultant to various capacity building initiatives in higher education, and energy and the environment in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.


Discussion on Trump's Impact on the Energy Industry
Tuesday, November 29
Location to be confirmed

Join the MIT Energy Club for a discussion with Professors Chris Knittel and Frank O'Sullivan on potential impacts of the Trump Administration on the energy industry. 


Boston Green Drinks - November Happy Hour
Tuesday, November 29
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Scholars, 25 School Street, Boston

We took an October break and will continue the conversation in November!
Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists. Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!
Boston Green Drinks builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues. We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


Cybersecurity in FinTech
Tuesday, November 29
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland, 420 Broadway, Cambridge
Cost:  $10 – $20

Securing the internet is now a worldwide priority – and financial institutions, who are among the most vulnerable to such attacks, are at the forefront of determining what steps must be taken to minimize this inevitable risk.
But how can the FinTech industry design regulations without impeding innovation? Does the entrepreneurial mindset to “get to the market fast,” undermine security issues? Is blockchain the next line of defense in the quest for cybersecurity? 
A panel made up of Swiss and American FinTech and cybersecurity experts will discuss the underpinnings of these challenges in digital finance. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session and networking reception. 
Cybersecurity in FinTech is the fifth event in the Future of Money series. 

Event Agenda
6:00 PM Doors open
6:20 PM Introduction and welcome address
6:30 PM Panel discussion followed by Q&A session
8:00 PM Networking reception w/ buffet

Moderator  Stuart Madnick / Director of (IC)3 at MIT 
Dr. Madnick has been actively involved in cybersecurity research since at least 1979, when he co-authored the book "Computer Security." Currently, he heads MIT's Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity — aka (IC)3. Dr. Madnick holds a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT and has been an MIT faculty member since 1972. He served as the head of MIT's Information Technologies Group in the Sloan School of Management for more than 20 years.

Panelists  Shira Kaplan / Founder and CEO of Cyverse AG
Shira is the Founder and CEO of Cyverse AG, a Zurich-based cyber-security firm which delivers state-of-the-art cyber-security solutions to global and local corporations. Shira’s technological training dates back to her service in the Elite Technology Unit of the Israeli Intelligence, where she was an Intelligence and Cyber-Security Analyst. Shira is an alumna of Harvard University and she holds an MBA from University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Spiros Margaris / World’s No.1 fintech influencer and founder of Margaris Advisory
The founder of the advisory boutique MARGARIS ADVISORY ranks as the world’s No. 1 Fintech Influencer by Onalytica (July 2016). He maintains a holistic view of the fintech industry. Spiros is a senior advisor and investor at (a B2B German fintech company with a client portfolio volume of over EUR 40 billion), (the only full-service funding marketplace in Germany) and (the leading German 'Fintech Supermarket').

Leo Taddeo / Chief Security Officer for Cryptzone
Leo Taddeo is the Chief Security Officer for Cryptzone. Former Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the FBI’s New York Office, he is responsible for analyzing the cybersecurity market to help shape Cryptzone’s vision for security solutions. Taddeo provides deep domain insight into the techniques, tactics and procedures used by cybercriminals, to help Cryptzone continue to develop disruptive solutions that enable customers to defend against advanced threats and breaches.

John Van Blaricum / VP of Global Marketing for Kudelski Security
John Van Blaricum is Vice President of Global Marketing for Kudelski Security, a global cybersecurity solutions provider with operations in Cheseaux, Switzerland, and major cities across the United States. He leads teams responsible for cybersecurity solution marketing and technology partnerships, and was instrumental in launching the company’s broader cybersecurity strategy in the United States. John has more than 20 years of high tech marketing and business experience, working internationally for public and private software, service and solutions companies.


Harvard Club Faculty Series: “Genetics for the Modern Man and Woman” T. Bernard Kinane, MD, Harvard Medical School
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
WHERE  The Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Research study, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Harvard Club of Boston
SPEAKER(S)  T. Bernard Kinane, M.D., Harvard Medical School; Associate Chief for Education, Massachusetts General Hospital
COST  Complimentary with registration
DETAILS  An international expert on the genetic basis and cutting-edge treatment of disease, T. Bernard Kinane is a native of Tipperary, Ireland. He graduated from University College Dublin and served as a post-doc fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital before joining the Harvard Medical School faculty. Now chief of pediatric pulmonary and director of the pediatric sleep program, his research focuses more broadly on the basic cause of interstitial lung disease and asthma. Deeply committed to the education of Harvard medical students, trainees, patients and the general public through formal education and social media, Dr. Kinane serves on the admissions committee of the Medical School and has been honored by its faculty and students with numerous teaching awards for his devotion and innovation.


The Oceans in a Warming World: How are the oceans changing and what role do they play in climate change?
Tuesday, November 29
6:30pm to 7:30pm
New England Aquarium: Ocean Center, Harborside Learning Lab, 1 Aquarium Wharf, Boston

Speaker:  John Marshall, MIT, EAPS
Due to its enormous heat capacity and ability to move heat around the globe, the ocean plays an out-sized role in climate and climate change. The ocean is at the center of contemporary questions such as: Why have global-mean surface temperatures not warmed in the last decade, despite CO2 continuing to rise in the atmosphere?; Why is the Arctic losing sea-ice but not the Antarctic?; Will ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream change?; How much might sea-level rise this century? In this lecture we will touch on some of these questions and review how scientists observe patterns of warming propagating down in to the ocean's interior, how the ocean is responding to that warming and what we think the future holds and why.

About the Speaker
John Marshall is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT.  He conducts research in climate science and the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, which he studies through the development of mathematical and numerical models of key physical and bio-geochemical processes.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Holli Flaherty


The Politics of Fear: Where to Now?
Tuesday, November 29
First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

A Fundraiser for Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Proceeds benefit CMM's social action efforts, Interfaith Youth Initiative, Values over Violence Leadership & Peacemaker Trainings and RUAH Interfaith Spirituality Programs
$50 donation includes special private reception & hors d'oeuvres with James Carroll at 6:15pm
$15 for 7:30pm talk & discussion

James Carroll is the author of eleven novels, most recently Warburg in Rome; and eight works of nonfiction, most recently Christ Actually: Reimagining Faith in the Modern Age. (“Carroll’s own reading of Jesus, at once stunningly original and strangely familiar, is a testament to the power of a critical, creative faith.” – The Boston Globe.) His periodic essays on Pope Francis are available on The New Yorker website. His work in progress is a novel to be published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. He lives in Boston with his wife, the novelist Alexandra Marshall. His talk will focus on the Presidential election and the challenge to heal a divided nation.

For more information, contact, call 617-244-3650, or visit

Wednesday, November 30

Meet NEST: Energy Innovation of the Future
Wednesday, November 30
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland, 420 Broadway, Cambridge

Join us for a presentation on NEST, given by Peter Richner, Deputy Director of Empa, Head of Department Civil and Mechanical Engineering. We'll provide light breakfast during this AM event. 
NEST is a living lab fostering the acceleration of innovation in the building sector. In this modular research and innovation building of Empa and Eawag, new technologies, materials and systems are tested, researched, honed and validated in realistic conditions. The close cooperation with partners from research, industry and the public sector helps launch innovative building and energy technologies on the market faster.

9:00 AM: Doors open, light breakfast
9:30 AM: Opening remarks by Dr. Felix Moesner, Consul and CEO of swissnex
9:35 AM: Presentation by Peter Richner, followed by Q&A and Coffee
11:00 AM: Doors Close


Stability and Internal Flow Variability of Ice Sheets
Wednesday, November 30
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Alexander Robel, MIT

SLS is a student-run weekly seminar series. Topics include climate, geophysical fluid dynamics, biogeochemistry, paleo-ceanography/climatology and physical oceanography. 

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Brian Green


Captives: How Stolen People Changed the World
Wednesday, November 30
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard, Tozzer 203, 21 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Catherine Cameron (University of Colorado Boulder)
Captives were remarkably common in ancient times. Societies of all levels of complexity took captives, most commonly women and children. Archaeologists largely overlook captives as social actors, yet captives almost certainly transformed many of the societies they unwillingly joined. Captives were important sources of social and economic power for their captors, even in small-scale societies. Using cross-cultural comparison and analogy I will explore the substantial impacts captives had on captor society. I emphasize that the presence of captives should disabuse archaeologists of ever imagining that small-scale societies were “egalitarian” and suggest ways we can investigate links between captives and power.

Harvard Archaeology Seminar Series


Coercion and Politics: Citizen Support for Political Actors with Violent Pasts
Wednesday, November 30
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Sarah Daly (Notre Dame)

SSP Wednesday Seminar Series

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:  Elina Hamilton


The Public Economy in Crisis
Wednesday, November 30
12:00 PM – 1:45 PM EST
Tufts, The Fletcher School, Cabot 702, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Development And Environment Institute for a panel discussion about the public economy.
The event will feature short talks from Neva Goodwin, GDAE Co-Director, Jenny Nguyen, University of Greenwich and June Sekera, GDAE Research Fellow, with James K. Galbraith, University of Texas, offering a longer featured presentation. 
Lunch will be served at noon and the speakers will begin at 12:30.


Chinese Climate Policy 
Wednesday, November 30
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Tufts, Mugar 200, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford

Dr. Kelly Sims Gallagher, Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School.


Competing Air Quality and Water Conservation Co-Benefits from Power Sector Decarbonization
Wednesday, November 30
3:30PM TO 4:45PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Peng Wei, Fellow at the Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS.

Co-sponsored by the China Project, SEAS, and the Environment and Natural Resources Program, HKS.

China Project Seminar Series

Contact Name:  Tiffany Chan


New Eyes on the Early Universe
WHEN  Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Robert A. Simcoe, 2016-2017 Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; Associate Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
COST  Free
DETAILS  In this talk, Simcoe explores when and where the first stars in the universe were formed. Simcoe is currently studying the strength and spatial variation of intergalactic oxygen and carbon at early epochs. His work in correlating the locations of early galaxies with heavy elements in the nearby intergalactic medium is leading to some of the first direct physical characterizations of the cycle of the galaxy formation, supernova feedback, and chemical enrichment during the peak era of star formation over cosmic time.


The Air Pollution Impacts of the United States' Natural Gas Transition
Wednesday, November 30 
4:00PM TO 5:30PM
harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford Street,  4th Floor, Cambridge

HUCE hosts a special seminar with Jennifer Burney, Assistant Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego. 
Jennifer Burney is an environmental scientist whose research focuses on simultaneously achieving global food security and mitigating climate change. She designs, implements and evaluates technologies for poverty alleviation and agricultural adaptation, and studies the links between “energy poverty” — the lack of access to modern energy services — and food or nutrition security, the mechanisms by which energy services can help alleviate poverty, the environmental impacts of food production and consumption, and climate impacts on agriculture. Much of her current research focuses on the developing world, and she is particularly interested in the science, technology and policy of short-lived climate pollutants, or SLCPs, and the role that mitigation of these compounds can play in meeting both climate and food security objectives. She is a research affiliate at UC San Diego’s Policy Design and Evaluation Laboratory, a fellow at the Center on Food Security & the Environment at Stanford University and member of the National Geographic Explorers family.

Contact Name:  Laura Hanrahan


Anchored in the Past: Persistent Price Effects of Obsolete Vineyard Ratings in France
Wednesday, November 30
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Olivier Gergaud, KEDGE Business School; Andrew Plantinga, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Aurelie Ringeval-Deluze, Universite de Reims Champagne-Adrenne 

Environmental Economics and Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Jason Chapman


Susannah Catalan: "Brain on Fire: A Journalist in Search of the Self”
Wednesday, November 30
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Northeastern University, 909 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

12th Annual Peter Burton Hanson Lecture: Susannah Cahalan: “Brain on Fire: A Journalist in Search of the Self”
Susannah Cahalan is The New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, which chronicles her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease of the brain. Her award-winning work has appeared in the New York Times, Psychology Today, Scientific American, Elle, and Biological Psychiatry. She currently works as the New York Post's books editor and is working on a new book Committed, out 2018. 

The annual Peter Burton Hanson Memorial Lectures are named in the honor and the memory of English alumnus Peter Burton Hanson (CSSH '91), who perished along with his wife, Sue Kim, and young daughter, Christine Lee, aboard United Airlines 175, on September 11, 2001. Peter’s life and values are remembered through these events. The Department of English is deeply grateful to Peter’s parents, Lee and Eunice Hanson, for their generosity in endowing the Peter Burton Hanson Lecture.


Transforming Our Food System
Wednesday, November 30
5:00PM TO 7:00PM
Harvard, Milstein East, Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Union of Concerned Scientists and the Food Law and Policy Clinic of Harvard Law School cordially invite you to a panel discussion about a national food policy. Learn about the ways a national food strategy could make sure every American has access to healthy, affordable food that is fair to workers, good for the environment, and improves farmers' livelihoods. 

The panel will be moderated by Kat Taylor and speakers will include:
Mark Bittman, UCS fellow, former New York Times food writer
Ricardo Salvador, program director, UCS Food & Environment Program
Emily Broad Leib, director, Food Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School


Where Memory Leads: A Holocaust Scholar Looks Back:  A Lecture by Saul Friedlander
WHEN  Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History
SPEAKER(S)  Saul Friedlander, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles
CONTACT INFO Peter Gordon,

Editorial Comment:  Friedlander is an award-winning historian and scholar, focusing on the Holocaust, which he lived through personally.  He may have a lot to say about the present situation in the USA and the world.  There is some confusion and this event may actually be at Harvard, Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridgeif it’s not at the Yenching Auditorium.


Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet
Wednesday, November 30
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Harvard Museum of Natural History presents Megan Epler Wood, Director, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, who will discuss her new book, Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet. Epler Wood will explore how the growth of the global tourism economy over the next 20 years will affect vital natural and social treasures worldwide. She will present visualizations of the impact of unmanaged growth and present far-reaching thoughts on the type of reforms required to lower tourism’s impacts and protect the health of local populations, ecosystems, cultures, and monuments worldwide. Presented in collaboration with the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


BSA Committee on the Environment:  Construction and Demolition Materials Best Management Practices
Wednesday, November 30
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Price: This meeting is free and open to all

Join RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts for a conversation about how to increase reuse and recycling of construction and demolition (C&D) materials. RecyclingWorks would like to hear from architects, contractors, and other building professionals to help develop best management practices for diverting this waste from disposal.

We invite you to attend a meeting of the Boston Society of Architect’s Committee on the Environment on this subject. Topics for discussion include:
Reuse: Connecting with salvage outlets to capture reusable materials.
Source Separation: What materials make sense to separate on-site and at what scale of project?
C&D Processing: Best practices for capturing high-value materials at comingled facilities

Please attend to share your experience with these or other issues related to diverting construction and demolition materials from disposal.
This meeting is open to both members of the Boston Society of Architects as well as others involved in the construction industry (contractors, C&D haulers and processors, salvage outlets, building officials, etc.)

About our speaker:
This conversation about construction and demolition waste will be facilitated by Emily Fabel, Green Business Program Lead for the Center for EcoTechnology. Emily administers two waste reduction programs funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: RecyclingWorks in MA (for businesses and institutions) and THE GREEN TEAM (for K-12 schools). Emily has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and entered the waste management field through hauling trash, food waste, and recyclables by bicycle for Pedal People Cooperative in Northampton.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

To learn more about the Committee on the Environment, visit


Wednesday, November 30
Sprout, 339R Summer Street, Somerville

Mass surveillance of the public, targeted surveillance of minorities, corporate surveillance of consumers? It seems like there is a lot to be afraid of these days, with every move we make being tracked and documented for future reference. It's clear that our digital communications are simply not secure unless we go out of our way to defend our human right to privacy.

One way to become strong is to arm ourselves with information and skills.  Despite the scary state of the world, there are things we can do to empower ourselves from the surveillance machine: We can embrace cryptography and defend our right to free speech. And what better setting to do that in than to meet other people over a slice of pizza who want to discuss such issues and take action into our own hands?

A CryptoParty (aka Encryption Potluck Night) 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 along every step of the way. Bring your questions.  Bringing a computer isn't mandatory to participate. There is lots more conversation to be had as well. We welcome experts and other curious people who want to have detailed, technical conversations about cryptography, computer science, and technology. A goal of the CryptoParty is that people
leave with actively implemented encryption tools on their devices to go start using in the real world.

Here are a few topics we'd like to cover this month (we were inspired by Noisebridge

Around 6:30 we will start introductions, where everyone can say what they're interested in learning / what they're available to teach / what topics you want to discuss (cuz there's a lot to say about crypto!)
Threat identification
Choosing good passwords and using password managers (+ two-factor authentication)
Disk encryption for your devices
Using https and installing HTTPS Everywhere
Using Tor
Using secure Skype/phone/text replacements
Smart phone security

Potluck snacks/BYOB. Kids welcome to join.

If you want to prepare before coming, you can find some encryption how-to guides here: 
Also check out EFF's Surveillance Self-Defense Guide:

We are always seeking ?Crypto Angels? who would like to share their knowledge and lead small workshops on specific topics. If you're interested in helping out at future events, come on by and meet us!


Designing Games to affect Social Change
Wednesday, November 30
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Bocoup, 201 South Street, Boston

Greetings Gamers.
Due to recent events, we're changing up our content schedule with a new event. Many of you have been asking how you can be more involved in affecting positive change in our new political climate. You can volunteer for worthy causes, you can contact your representatives, and you can design a game.
Games are unique mediums for story-telling. We love them because they are immersive and because they are interactive. Those same qualities allow them to have potent qualities in delivering a social message.


Six Ice Ages in One Billion Years, Climate Change, and Boston’s Earthquake Problem
Wednesday, November 30
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building
Cost:  $0 - $5

James Lawford Anderson,, PhD, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University


Starr Forum: Security, Privacy, & the Internet
Wednesday, November 30
MIT, Building E15-070, Media Lab Bartos Auditorium, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Joel Brenner, Deborah Hurley, Kenneth Oye, Daniel Weitzner
Panel discussion on privacy and the internet 
Discussion will consider government agencies and trade-offs across security-civil liberties; firms like Google and Facebook and trade-offs across functionality/utility of information enabled features and privacy; as well as some hacker related discussion.

CIS Starr Forum 
A public events series on pressing issues in international affairs, sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative
For more information, contact:


Film Screening and Conversation: Under the Turban
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
MIT, Building E-51, Wong Auditorium, Tang Center, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Satinder is the founder and chief executive of Elevations Development Pte Ltd., a boutique property developer known for its high-end, impeccably designed residences. With an interest in pairing upscale properties with artistic innovation Satinder has partnered with some of the world’s most renown architects and designers such as Zhaha Hadid, Robert Stern and Anouska Hemple in creating the building and interiors for the Elevations’ Properties. 

An entrepreneur at heart, Satinder began his career creating the company in 1995. brought together his background in computer science with the burgeoning needs of the Silicon Valley’s then recent creation, the Internet., a human resources company paired the needs of the emerging cyber world with programmers and developers in India. In 2000 Satinder sold the company and moved to Singapore where he currently resides. 

Interested in questions about identity in the global era, this film is Satinder’s personal investigation into Sikhism. This is his first documentary feature.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Sponsor(s): Buddhist Community at MIT, Religious Life, Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values
For more information, contact:  Linda Krause

Thursday, December 1 

HIV & Opioids - Crisis in Indiana, Boston, and Beyond
WHEN  Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,  Kresge G2, 677 Huntington Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard T. H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. John T. Brooks, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Indiana HIV/HCV Outbreak: Implications for Prevention
Dr. Lisa J. Messersmith, Boston Medical Center
From Global to Local: Understanding and Addressing the Behavioral and Structural Vulnerability to HIV among People Who Inject Drugs in Ghana
Dr. Alexander Y. Walley, Boston University School of Public Health
Applying Lessons Learned from HIV to the Overdose Crisis in Massachusetts
Moderated by Dr. Roger Shapiro, Harvard AIDS Initiative
Coffee & Breakfast Provided


Ecological and Social Factors Affecting Sex Differences in Wild Chimpanzees
Thursday, December 1
12pm - 1pm
Tufts, Rabb room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Zarin Machanda
Wild chimpanzees exhibit striking sex differences in their social relationships and behavior. Male chimpanzees have strong social bonds with one another and engage in more aggressive and cooperative behavior compared to female chimpanzees. Many of these differences can be linked to differences in how the sexes interact with their environment. This talk will examine how these sex differences are shaped by both ecological and social factors in our closest living relative.


Catalyzing Efficiency: Market-Rate Owners 
Thursday, December 1
2 PM ET 

Presenters: IMT and WegoWise 
Increasing the energy efficiency of America’s multifamily buildings could save building owners and operators, residents, governments, energy efficiency service providers, and financiers billions of dollars annually. Recognizing this, a new report from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), “Catalyzing Efficiency: Unlocking Energy Information and Value in Apartment Buildings,” presents actions that federal and local governments and energy efficiency implementers can now take to help these stakeholders better analyze and use building performance data to create significant savings. 

This webinar is one of a series of four examining the findings and recommendations of IMT's "Catalyzing Efficiency" report. Other webinars will take place on: 

December 8, 2 PM ET 
Catalyzing Efficiency: Affordable Multifamily Owners 
Presenters: IMT and Bright Power 

December 15, 2 PM ET 
Catalyzing Efficiency: Lenders and Investors 
Presenters: IMT and Community Preservation Corporation 


Biomechanics of Cancer Cells
Thursday, December 1
Tufts, Anderson 112, Nelson Auditorium, 200 College Avenue, Medford

Roger Kamm, MIT


Dynamics of phenotypic and genomic evolution in a long-term experiment with E. coli
Thursday, December 1
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Harvard, Biological Labs Main Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Richard Lenski, Michigan State University
Abstract: Evolution is an on-going process, one that can be studied experimentally in organisms with rapid generations.  We have watched 12 populations of Escherichia coli evolve in a simple environment for over 28 years and 65,000 generations.  The aims of this experiment are to characterize the tempo and mode of evolution, and to examine the repeatability of the phenotypic and genomic changes.  We have quantified the dynamics of adaptation by natural selection, documented many cases of parallel evolution, observed changes in the underlying mutation rate, and seen the appearance of a new metabolic function that transcends the usual definition of E. coli as a species.  We have sequenced hundreds of complete genomes to find the mutations in time-series of samples from the populations.  These genomic data provide insights into the dynamic coupling of phenotypic and genotypic evolution during periods of optimization and innovation.


The Encoding, Storage, and Retrieval of Memories
Thursday, December 1
4:00pm - 5:00pm
MIT, Building 46-3002, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

with Dr. Attila Losonczy
A fundamental capacity of the mammalian cerebral cortex is to process information in a form conducive to encoding, storage and retrieval of memories. A general organizational principle of cortical memory circuits states that these steps all require a precisely orchestrated spatio-temporal interaction among a large number of relatively uniform excitatory and a numerically fewer but richly diverse population of inhibitory and neuromodulatory circuit elements. However, a mechanistic understanding of how these circuit motifs interact during elementary steps of memory processing is lacking. The goal of Attila Losonczy’s laboratory is to study the functional anatomical organization of memory circuits in the rodent hippocampus and to provide a biophysically-based characterization of elementary memory processing and storage mechanisms present in individual neurons. Losonczy uses high-resolution optical and electrophysiological methods together with optogenetic manipulations of specified circuit motifs in vitro, to study how dynamic interactions among excitatory, inhibitory and neuromodulatory inputs in various subcellular domains of neurons underlie information processing and storage in the hippocampal circuit. To link these elementary computations to memory functions, Losonczy applies high-resolution functional imaging in awake mice in vivo. He plan to investigate numerous fundamental questions including: (i) the role of specific spatio-temporal patterns of inhibitory and neuromodulatory inputs in determining neuronal input-output transformations, (ii) the effect of local inhibition and global neuromodulation on the dynamics of subcellular integration and compartmentalization of inputs, and (iii) regulation of various forms of synaptic and intrinsic plasticity by inhibitory and neuromodulatory inputs in the hippocampus.

MIT Colloquium on Brain & Cognition 


American Amnesia: Forgetting What Made Us Prosper
WHEN  Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Jacob S. Hacker, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science, Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  In this lecture, Hacker will discuss the importance of an effective public sector to America’s health, wealth, and well-being and explore why so many of our economic and political leaders seem to have forgotten this practice. He will explain these concepts in the context of recent political events, the history 2016 election, and changing ideas about government itself. Register online and join us.


Black + Twitter: A Cultural Informatics Approach
Thursday, December 1
MIT, Building 3-133, 33 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge

Chris Sacca, activist investor, recently argued that Black Twitter IS Twitter. For example, African American usage of the service often dominates user metrics in the United States, despite their minority demographic numbers as computer users. This talk by Andre Brock unpacks Black Twitter use from two perspectives: analysis of the interface and associated practice alongside discourse analysis of Twitter's utility and audience. Using examples of Black Twitter practice, Brock offers that Twitter's feature set and ubiquity map closely onto Black discursive identity. Thus, Twitter's outsized function as mechanism for cultural critique and political activism can be understood as the awakening of Black digital practice and an abridging of a digital divide. 

Andre Brock is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. Brock is one of the preeminent scholars of Black cyberculture. His work bridges Science and Technology Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, showing how the communicative affordances of online media align with those of Black communication practices. Through December 2016, he is a Visiting Researcher with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre


Thursday, December 1
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville

EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' monthly networking event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community. 

Our attendees typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables. In general, if you're looking for a job in cleantech or energy, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking about starting your own energy-related company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems. 

Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual. Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation. 
Hope to see you there! 


Smart Water—Smart Cities: A Cleantech Event
Thursday, December 1 
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
MasCEC, 3rd Floor, Located in the Eastern Bank Building, 63 Franklin Street, Boston
Cost:  $0 - $30
Pre-registration is required: Free for members, students and sponsors; $30 for non-members

Can Smart Water Technologies Quench the Thirst of our Modern Cities?

“If water is the essential ingredient of life, then water supply is the essential ingredient of civilization” David Sedlak, Water 4.0

It is estimated that it will cost the US $384 billion to upgrade the US water infrastructure!   And this number is likely to increase given the stressors from increasing population, climate change and water pollution. As a result, many cities are looking to new technologies to help them address the need for, and to efficiently produce fresh, clean water for its residents.

Cities face many pressing issues regarding their water infrastructure. The most critical water issues relate to improving the fundamental components of our urban water systems:

Identifying the location of the underground pipes and mapping them (these were laid so long ago cities do not know where they are!)
Instrumenting the pipes so they and the water they carry (and leak) can be tracked and analyzed.

Upgrading the aging infrastructure: ‘U.S. water infrastructure breaks once each minute – about 540,000 times per year!
Optimizing energy and water use. Cities spend a considerable amount of money on the energy required to power the systems and pumps that make up our water infrastructure – some spend up to 30% of their energy costs just on providing water to the residents.

Advances in sensor technologies, data analytics and strategic collaborative planning will help cities to supply to the needed amount of revenue producing clean water at reasonable rates.

Join us to learn:
Why have these issues not been solved before?
How can 3-D technologies, big data and IoT help cities optimize their energy and water use?

What are the greatest challenges to making ‘Smart Water—Smart Cities’ a reality?
How can we as entrepreneurs and as a part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem help cities with these complex and sometimes impenetrable issues?

Galen Nelson, Director of Innovation, MassCEC 
Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, Research Director, Smart City Strategies, IDC
David Reckhow, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UMass Amherst; Director of the Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS)
Marcus Quigley, Founder and CEO,  Opti RC


War Stories: Inside Campaign 2016
WHEN  Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Institute of Politics, CNN
SPEAKER(S) CNN State of the Union with Jake Tapper
Kellyanne Conway, Campaign Manager, Trump-Pence
Robby Mook, Campaign Manager, Clinton-Kaine
TICKET INFO  Event is ticketed- enter the lottery before 11/27/16 at midnight


Neuroeconomics: Where Economics, Management, and Cognitive Neuroscience Intersect
Thursday, December 1
Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Drazen Prelec


The Sea-Run Fish of Massachusetts
Thursday, December 1
7:00 p.m. 
NE Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre

Bradford Chase, Marine Fisheries Biologist, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Diadromous, or sea-run fish, have the risky life strategy of leaving the ocean to migrate toward coastal rivers where humans and many types of fish and wildlife predators challenge their quest. Less than one percent of the fish on the planet have adapted to this reproductive life history, but many, such as salmon and eel species, are well known for their high value and cultural importance. Join Bradford as he discusses the diadromous fish of Massachusetts with information on their biology, management, and threats to survival, with a special focus on the iconic river herring and American eel.

Friday, December 2 - Saturday, December 3

Agritecture Collaborative Design Workshop
Friday, December 2 - Saturday, December 3
Cost:  $10- $75 has launched a series of interdisciplinary workshops focused on collaborative design and innovation in urban agriculture and vertical farming. These workshops match architects, growers, entrepreneurs, engineers, marketers, designers, planners and sustainability managers together along with a shared mission: develop a viable “agritecture” concept for a local, urban setting that demonstrates creativity, sustainability, and feasibility. Professional and student participants will benefit from a crash course in controlled environment agriculture (e.g. hydroponics, aquaponics), vertical farming, economics of urban agriculture, as well as mentorship throughout the workshop.

The workshop wraps up Saturday afternoon with each team presenting their concept to a panel of judges who selects a winner. This workshop is strictly limited to 30 participants, who will be divided into three teams. We do our best to balance the teams to include a professional from each discipline. Check out this short video to get an idea of what Agritecture workshops are all about. The Boston workshop will be co-organized by Captus Group and Blue Planet Consulting and will be hosted by Grove Labs in their space at Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA.

Can’t make the workshop? Then please be invited to join us beginning a 4:00pm, December 3rd at Greentown Labs. There will be tours, networking, speakers as well as team presentations and judging. Hear James Miner of Sasaki Associates talk about the important role of food in the design of our cities.

To register for the workshop, purchase a presentation-only ticket or learn more, go here. Students get free entry. Email from your student email to get your free ticket.

Friday, December 2

Algorithms, Law and Society: Building Rights for a Digital Era 
Friday, December 2
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Room 3016, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required at to attend in person

This workshop is being sponsored by the Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School Brazilian Studies Association, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Over the past years, the use of information and communication technology (ICT) have grown exponentially across the globe. This development provoked paradoxical transformations in the dynamics of power. On the one hand, there is hope that ICT can permeate government, law, policies, and businesses provoking more transparency and efficiency. On the other hand, the use of ICT by government, businesses and people in general can be interpreted as an expanding arena for disrespect of human rights: concerns about privacy and security are just the most salient ones; what would one think about governments deciding about social security, education and health using algorithms and big data?In this context, it seems fundamental to question how ICT shapes law and policies.

The Workshop aims at presenting some perspectives on how different actors are mobilizing ICT to change lawmaking and legal services. Therefore, the Workshop will contribute to understand the potential development of the use of ICT in these areas. The Workshop will bring together people from different backgrounds - legal academics, engineers, company representatives and former public authorities - to discuss these topics.

9:00-10:15 - Panel 1 - Digital Democracy: the Role of Algorithms  
Moderator:     Virgílio Almeida - Harvard University
Yasodara Córdova - Berkman Klein Center Fellow
Rory Van Loo - Boston University Law School 
Gabriel Magno - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Camila Araújo - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

10:30-12:00 - Panel 2 - Law without Borders: Legal Data-driven Platforms
Moderator:     Lilian Cintra de Melo - Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy
Meng Weng Wong - Berkman Klein Center Fellow,
Raphael Leite - Harvard Law School
Mariana Valente - Internet Lab and UC Berkeley School of Law

Participants include
Virgilio Almeida is currently a Visiting Professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He is also a full professor of the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. His areas of research interest include large scale distributed system, Internet Governance, social computing, algorithms accountability, autonomic computing and performance modeling and analysis. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from  Vanderbilt University, an MS in Computer Science, from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro and a BS Electrical Engineering from UFMG, Brazil. He was a visiting professor at Boston University, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona, Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

Yasodara Córdova, also known as "yaso", is an Industrial Designer and Developer. She architects software to be used as tools to assist humans constructing a better society. She is a Berkman Klein Center fellow, and member of the Collaborative Council of Coding Rights, and also of the Open Knowledge Brazil Council. She is also co-chair of the W3C Working Group for Data on the Web.

Rory Van Loo, is a Professor at Boston University School of Law, and a former Harvard Law School lecturer who worked for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and McKinsey & Co., will join the full-time faculty of Boston University School of Law as an associate professor of law. Starting this fall, he will teach Commercial Law, Contracts, and a seminar on the Law of Consumer Markets.

Gabriel Magno is a PhD student of Computer Science at Federal University of Minas Gerais  (UFMG), Brazil. He is interested in studying social interactions, language patterns and privacy issues in social media and online social networks. He received an MS and a BS in Computer Science from UFMG, Brazil. He was a research assistant at the Social Computing group of the Qatar Computing  research Institute.

Camila Araújo is a MSc Student of Computer Science at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. She received a BS in Computer Information Systems from the same university. During graduation she worked with Recommender Systems, characterizing the consumption over time in recommendation domains, and in social network analysis. Now she is interested in understanding how sociological aspects are reflected in current technologies, such as the existence of racial bias/stereotypes in search engines, and what is the role of the algorithms on the propagation of these bias/stereotypes.

Lilian Cintra de Melo is both a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of São Paulo Law School (USP).  Her Bachelor of Laws work at USP included a yearlong sojourn (2009/2010) at the Institut d`Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po, Paris).  Previously, along with serving as a USP teaching assistant, she coordinated the activities of USP’s “Law and Poverty” Research Group, which focuses especially on public policies related to the right to health and education, analyzing how legal structures may bear upon Brazil’s social inequality and poverty.  She worked as an associate attorney at PG Law, practicing Human Rights for Business and Corporate Governance.  Her research field is Law and Development, with an emphasis on Internet Regulation.  Her current research seeks to develop critical reflections on the new Brazilian legal framework that aim to regulate Internet development.

Meng Weng Wong is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and computer scientist currently working on, a LegalTech startup building client-facing legal applications based on a formal language for computational law. Recently a visiting fellow at the University of Venice, Meng has lived in Philadelphia, Palo Alto, and Singapore.

Rafael Leite is LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School, with Bachelor of Laws degree from the Federal University of Paraiba, and specialization in Public Law from the Potiguar University.  Rafael is Federal Judge in Brazil, and won the award on "Robots and Judicial Power".

Mariana Valente is a Director at InternetLab, a think tank for Internet policy in São Paulo, Brazil, and a Visiting Researcher at the UC Berkeley School of Law. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology of Law at the University of São Paulo, where she also earned her Masters degree, and co-coordinates the Law, Internet and Society Nucleus (NDIS-USP). She worked for the Center of Technology and Society of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (CTS/FGV) as a project lead, a professor and one of the legal coordinators of Creative Commons Brazil. Mariana is also a researcher at the Nucleus for Law and Democracy of the Brazilian Center of Law and Democracy for Analysis and Planning (NDD/CEBRAP). She specializes in intellectual property, access to knowledge and cultural industries and in the intersection of gender, race and other social markers with the digital environment.


Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Development Goals #7: Energy
Friday, December 2
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
MIT, Building E70-1275, 12th Floor, One Broadway, Cambridge

The Legatum Center is holding the final event of the Fall 2016 Speaker Series on the contributions of entrepreneurship to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal targets. The theme of the panel is SDG #7: Energy.

This event features Professor Rob Stoner, as well as students, MIT faculty and alumni entrepreneurs who will share their insights into how innovation may solve complex challenges and opportunities for new ventures.
Guest Speakers:
Sorin Grama, Co-founder of Greentown Labs and Promethean Power Systems, MIT Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Mark Vasu, Executive Vice President, Greentown Labs

Brunch will be available.


Effect of particle Morphology – in particular Liquid-liquid phase separation - on the absorption cross section of aerosol particles containing black carbon
Friday, December 2
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Ulrich Krieger, ETH Zurich.
While it is well known that absorption by light absorbing black carbon (BC) increases when the carbon is internally mixed with other material (e.g. Bond et al. 2013), the magnitude of this enhancement is still under debate (e.g. Cappa et al., 2013). Understanding the large variability of measured absorption enhancement in the field relies on an appropriate representation of carbon morphology and mixing with other materials (Scarnato et al., 2013). Here we investigate how liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) influences the absorption cross section of particles containing black carbon aggregates. Recently, we showed that black carbon (BC) preferentially segregates into the organic phase upon LLPS in micron size particles (Brunamonti et al. 2015), resulting in an “inverted core-shell structure”, in which a transparent aqueous core is surrounded by a BC-containing absorbing shell. In the Brunamonti et al. study, the radiative effect for accumulation size particles was estimated assuming the BC-absorption to be volume mixed within the shell. We will compare this with a more realistic treatment of the black carbon as fractal aggregate and also study configurations in which the black carbon is only partially embedded in the organic liquid phase.

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar

Contact Name:  Adam Birdsall

Editorial Comment:  Black carbon is particularly important in the atmosphere.  It is a short-lived greenhouse gas, resident in the atmosphere for a few weeks or months, but has a strong effect especially on glaciers, ice, and snow.  Cleaner cookstoves and more efficient diesel engines are two of the ways to reduce black carbon pollution.  They also have additional human health benefits which more than pay for themselves.

Saturday, December 3

The Next Four Years: Building Our Movements in Dangerous Times
Saturday, December 3 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Simmons College, Paresky Conference Center, 300 the Fenway, Boston

Featured Speakers Bob Wing Social and racial justice organizer; Founder of Color Lines and War Times; Co-author of "Organizing on Shifting Terrain";  
Mariama White-Hammond Pastor, Bethel A.M.E. Bethel Church, Jamaica Plain;
convener,  Massachusetts Moral Revival 
Paul Robeson Ford Pastor, Union Baptist Church, Cambridge Mike Connolly Attorney; State Representative-Elect; endorsed by Our Revolution; Joseph Gerson Peace and
Disarmament Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee.  Bernie Sanders' 
campaign ignited a widespread hope that our corrupted democracy, where
money and power rule, could be taken back and transformed into?


50th Anniversary Haley House Forum
Saturday, December 3
10:30AM - 2:30PM
Bruce C Bolling Building, 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury

Morning  panels
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Food Access & Health
Community & Activism
Afternoon  panels  
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Housing & Homelessness
Mass Incarceration

Free & open to the public.

Please register & order lunch here:


Travels Through Two Ice Ages
Saturday, December 3
1:00PM TO 3:00PM
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain

Walk through the Arnold Arboretum with James Lawford Anderson, Boston University, as he explains the geology of two ice ages and shows evidence of these in the rocks and landforms in the landscape. Participants must be able to walk approximately 3 miles, both on and off trails. 

Fee: $10 member, $30 nonmember. Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Contact Name:
(617) 524-1718


MIT World Music Day
Saturday, December 3
 Kresge Auditorium and Lobdell Hall

Speaker: Sumie Kaneko, Gamelan Galak Tika, Rambax
4:30pm: Gamelan Galak Tika (w/Cambridge Youth Gamelan) 
Sumie Kaneko (solo), Sumie Kaneko w/Gamelan Galak Tika 
MIT Kresge Auditorium, W16 
48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

6pm: African and Indonesian Food Festival 
Lobdell Hall, Stratton Student Center, W20 
84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Registration available soon 

7:30pm: MITs Rambax 
Lobdell Hall, Stratton Student Center, W20 
84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

MIT Sounding 
MIT Sounding is sponsored by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology and MIT Music and Theater Arts.

A showcase of diverse musical cultures, World Music Day brings together traditional and new music from Bali, Senegal, and Japan, featuring MIT ensembles in performance with master musicians Sumie Kaneko, Samuel Solomon, and Lamine Tour??. Highlights include world premieres by Evan Ziporyn and Sam Schmetterer, traditional Balinese and Senegalese dance, a solo set by koto master Sumie Kaneko, and the debut of Cambridge's new youth gamelan, Anak Tika.

Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE 
Tickets: Food festival tickets coming soon 
Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts, MIT CAST (Center for Art, Science & Technology), Arts at MIT
For more information, contact:  Leah Talatinian


50th Anniversary Gala Celebration of Haley House
Saturday, December 3
6:30PM - 11:00PM
Boston College High School, 150 William T Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

Celebrating 50 years of food with purpose and the power of community. Help us set the table for the next 50 years!
Can’t come but want to support Haley House? Visit
Honoring Kathe McKenna, co-founder of Haley House
Appetizer stations presented by Boston chefs
Dinner & dessert from
Haley House Bakery Cafe
A silent auction featuring
artwork donated by local artists
Music from The Fulani Haynes
Jazz Collaborative + Dancing
To order tickets:

Stay connected!
#HH50  #HaleyHouse50
(617) 807?1173 or
For sponsorship:


Do You Believe In Global Warming?
Saturday, December 3
8:00 PM

We will discuss three questions:
1. Do you believe in global warming? 
2. Why do you think people have a different opinion about global warming? 
3. What would you say to your counterpart who believes/does not believe in global warming?

Simple enough... Right? 

Sunday, December 4

Haley House Reflection and Visioning
Sunday, December 4
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Bruce C Bolling Building, 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury

A non-denominational time of reflection and visioning, led by Rev. Christine Evans Hribar and Lama Rod Owens
10:00AM gathering
11:00AM program
Free & open to the public


A Waterfront for Future Generations Ferry Tour
 Sunday, December 4
10:30am-1:00 pm
Piers Park, East Boston

Join Imagine Boston on a ferry ride departing from East Boston’s Piers Park and learn more about how the waterfront can be a place for new open spaces, continued job and housing growth, and proactive climate planning. 


Intellectual Snob Meetup: Global Warming: Boston/Cambridge Local
Sunday, December 4
5:00 PM
John Harvard's Brew House, 33 Dunster Street, Cambridge

Host’s invitation:  "I'll be wearing a big black hat.

"The past 14 months have been the warmest in recorded history.   

"I  hosted a 'fall colors' walking event in mid October but many of the leaves hadn't begun to ‘turn' yet. (Cold would trigger that). There is an explosion of the rabbit population in the Cambridge/ greater Boston area. A few days ago I saw a flock of seven turkeys grazing a lawn near Central Square, Cambridge.  

"Christmases are very rarely ‘white' anymore near here.   

"The entire railway systems designed around Jamaica Pond, Spy Pond, and Fresh Pond ‘Ice Fields’ in the nineteen hundreds were created around the incredibly lucrative market of "Ice Harvesting". Layers of ice many feet thick existed and there were shacks built on the ice and then there was a group of people who literally made these ice sections into territory. This ice was shipped all around the world.  Obviously this was before refrigeration... it was kept fresh using hay and could last intact a year. Years later, there were ice deliveries.  
Obviously anyone who walks around these ponds will see there is no safely walkable ice anymore in the wintertime.  

"I lived in Geneva NY in the year around 1970 and we used to DRIVE on the ice then... I mean me and my dad. (well, he was a bit nuts). So this global warming is rapid, that was relatively recent.  

"I don't remember wearing a winter jacket or even needing boots last winter. Slush maybe... and then there was the global warming storm we all remember from two years ago... and as a result of all the workdays off, the baby boom nine months later...  

"The ice harvesters had a railway bed  part of which is now the Minuteman Trail."


Newton Dialogue on Drones
Sunday, December 4
Eliot Church of Newton, 474 Centre Street, (Corner of Centre and Church Streets), Newton

Newton Dialogues will present a program of information and response to our government's drone assassination program with a talk by Christopher Aaron, a former drone program analyst for the C.I.A., excerpts from the film "Drone", followed by discussion.  Our speaker is a former counter-terrorism officer for the CIA and Department of Defense droneprogram. He deployed twice to Afghanistan and Iraq from 2006 - 2009, serving as an intelligence analyst and liaison between the military and the intelligence community in Washington, DC. He resigned in 2009 due to ethical objections to the conduct of the wars.

Find out more at 

Monday, December 5

Monday, December 5
7:30 AM – 10:00 
FOLEY HOAG LLP, Seaport West, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
Cost:  $40 – $55

The microbiome is the focus of many researchers interested in how ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms interact with our immune systems and contribute to the rise of multiple disorders. This research could have profound therapeutic implications in the treatment of cancer, diabetes, autoimmune and inflammatory disease. 
But what does this disruptive technology really mean for healthcare? 
Will engineered probiotic bacteria correct missing or dysfunctional metabolic activities throughout the body?
Human Microbiome Project Initiative – what can Federal involvement due to enable research?
What opportunities are there to develop new therapeutics for patients across multiple disease areas? 
Do inflammatory microbes in our gut increase our risk for diabetes and autoimmune disorders and can intervention prevent these diseases? 
What can we learn from the hygiene hypothesis and modify our lifestyles and live longer? 
Will therapeutic options for care lead to lower cost and improved patient outcomes?
Come join this timely, lively, blue ribbon panel of experts. Ask them questions and contribute your insights during the audience interactive segment.
Keynote Speaker:  James J. Collins, Ph.D., Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering & Science, Professor, Department of Biological Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Moderator:  John Brooks, Managing Director, Healthcare Capital
Panelists:  David Barry, General Partner, Flagship Ventures
JC Gutiérrez-Ramos, Ph.D., CEO, Synlogic Therapeutics

Who Should Attend:
CEOs, CTOs, CFOs, clinicians, technologists, investors, and business experts seeking a better understanding of the potential of the microbiome to change the lives of patients. 

Biographies:  David Berry, General Partner, Flagship Ventures
David Berry joined Flagship in 2005 where he focuses on innovating, entrepreneuring, and investing in new ventures in life sciences and sustainability. He is a founder of Flagship portfolio companies Joule Unlimited, Eleven Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ: EBIO), Seres Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MCRB), Axcella Health, LS9 (acquired by Renewable Energy Group) and Indigo. David has served as founding CEO of Joule, Axcella Health and Seres. He currently serves on the boards of Eleven, Axcella Health and Avedro. He was previously a Board member of CGI Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Gilead), Joule, Seres and Indigo.
Prior to Flagship, David received an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD from the MIT Biological Engineering Division, working in the laboratories of Professors Ram Sasisekharan and Bob Langer, completing the dual degree in just over 5 years.
David currently serves on the Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is currently on the Boards of the Hackley School and the Juventas New Music Ensemble, and has served on the MIT Corporation, its Board of Trustees as well as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.
David was elected a 2014 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Previously, David was named the Innovator of the Year by Technology Review, and received the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for invention and innovation. He was also selected by the US State Department as 1 of 12 Innovators Helping to Reshape Reality.
John L. Brooks III is the Managing Director of Healthcare Capital LLC
Mr. Brooks advises early-stage life sciences companies. Healthcare Capital specializes in advancing disruptive and innovative solutions in healthcare, especially in obesity, pre-diabetes, and diabetes. Mr. Brooks is on the board of a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Brooks is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Joslin Diabetes Center, a Boston based diabetes research, clinical care, and education organization.
Mr. Brooks is a well-known life sciences executive. He has co-founded seven life sciences companies, including Insulet (PODD), a disruptive insulin delivery company. He was a co-founder of Prism Venture Partners, a $1.25B venture capital firm.
James J. Collins, Ph.D., Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering & Science, Professor, Department of Biological Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology
James J. Collins is Termeer Professor of Bioengineering in the Department of Biological Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering & Science. He is also affiliated with the Broad Institute and the Wyss Institute. His research group works in synthetic biology and systems biology, with a particular focus on using network biology approaches to study antibiotic action, bacterial defense mechanisms, and the emergence of resistance. Professor Collins' patented technologies have been licensed by over 25 biotech, pharma and medical devices companies, and he has helped to launched a number of companies, including Sample6 Technologies, Synlogic and EnBiotix. He has received numerous awards and honors, including a Rhodes Scholarship, a MacArthur "Genius" Award, an NIH Director's Pioneer Award, a Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award, as well as several teaching awards. Professor Collins is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
The Collins research group works in synthetic biology and systems biology, with a particular focus on using network biology approaches to study antibiotic action, bacterial defense mechanisms, and the emergence of resistance.
JC Gutiérrez-Ramos, Ph.D., CEO, Synlogic Therapeutics
Dr. Gutiérrez-Ramos joins Synlogic from Pfizer, where he served as Group Senior Vice President and global head of the BioTherapeutics Research. In that role, he held responsibility for more than 25 novel programs across the full spectrum of clinical development, re-launched efforts in Rare Disease Discovery and Development and founded the Centers for Therapeutic Innovation. He oversaw and enhanced the biologics platform for the company from early discovery to entry in manufacturing. He previously held the position of Senior Vice President and Head of the Immuno-inflammation Center for Drug Discovery (iiCEDD) at GSK, where he founded entrepreneurial units such as Epinova and Tempero focused in translating novel areas of science (Epigenetics, Tregs, etc) into therapeutics. Prior to his work in the pharmaceutical industry, JC held senior leadership positions at several biotech companies; He was Senior Vice President and Head of R&D at Avidia Inc. and Peptimmune Inc. where he led a significant efforts focused on the discovery of novel protein therapeutics and peptides for autoimmune disease, including multiple sclerosis and diabetes. He began his career in the drug industry at Millennium Pharmaceuticals serving as Vice President of Inflammation Drug Discovery. In that capacity he was responsible for advancing preclinical candidates in inflammation and immunology into human clinical trials and advancing compounds (small molecules and antibodies) from discovery through clinical development. JC began his career in academia as part of the Faculty at the Genetics department of Harvard Medical School. He was member of the Basel Institute for Immunology in Basel, Switzerland, and a fellow at the Max-Plank Institute in Freiburg, Germany. He has co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. JC holds a PhD in immunochemistry from the Autonoma University in Madrid, Spain.


How should regulators incorporate claims of value that are exogenous to the actual supply & delivery of electricity?
Monday, December 5
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Travis Kavulla, Commissioner, Montana Public Service Commission, and President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016)


Street Tree Stories: On the Politics of Nature in the City
Monday, December 5
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room (440), MCZ, 29 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge

with Sonja Duempelmann (GSD)

Environmental History Working Group

Contact Name:  Laura Martin


Outcrossing and fecundity in Pennsylvania Sedge: implications for ecological restoration
Monday, December 5
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Daniel Buonaiuto, Wolkovich Lab

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk

Contact Name:
(617) 524-1718


Feeding Illusions: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Future of Food
Monday, December 5
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM EST
Tufts, The Fletcher School, Cabot 703, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

If the agreed goal is to help farmers in developing countries grow more of their own food, why do our leaders consistently promote policies that favor large-scale agriculture over small-scale food production? For the last three years, Timothy A. Wise has traveled the world to research this question for a forthcoming book. He will present key findings, from Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, India, and Mexico.
Lunch will be served.


Will Ad Blocking Break the Internet?
Monday, December 5
MIT, Building E52-432, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Benjamin Shiller (Brandeis University)

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


Economic Conditions and Mortality: Evidence from 200 Years of Data
WHEN  Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, HCPDS, 9 Bow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
SPEAKER(S)  David Cutler, PhD, Harvard College professor and Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University,
CONTACT INFO Nicole Goguen
DETAILS  David Cutler, Ph.D., Harvard College professor and Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics at Harvard University, will present on economic conditions and mortality. Using data covering over 100 birth-cohorts in 32 countries, the short- and long-term effects of economic conditions on mortality are examined. Air pollution and alcohol consumption increase during booms, and small (but not large) booms were found to increase contemporary mortality. Yet booms from birth to age 25, particularly those during adolescence, were found to lower adult mortality. Booms in adolescence raise adult incomes and improve social relations and mental health, suggesting these mechanisms dominate in the long run.


Discrimination as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Evidence from French Grocery Stores
Monday, December 5
MIT, Building E52-432, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Amanda Pallais (Harvard)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Public Finance/Labor Workshop
For more information, contact:  economics calendar


Black Lives Matter: From Conflict to Healing
Monday, December 5
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EST
BU, GSU Auditorium 2nd Floor, 735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Human Rights Day on December 10th commemorates the occasion on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Human Rights Day calls on us to stand up for everyone’s rights.
We would like to engage Boston University, as well as the community at large, in a discussion specific to Black Lives Matter in its relation to Human Rights issues worldwide. In what ways does the Black Lives Matter movement engage all of us?
In a broader sense, how do we develop resilience after trauma? How do we learn from past historical events, such as the Holocaust and genocides in Armenia, Rwanda and Bosnia? How do we repair damage done by recent attacks on people of color in this country? Can thinking about the dynamics of trauma help us confront deep issues about living in what feels like a broken world for those whose lives have been wounded by the structural and personal injustices of racism? What is the power of resilience, and how and where do we find healing practices that are helpful during this era of conflict, oppression and misunderstanding?

Joining this discussion are:
Keith Magee, Director, Social Justice Institute and Visiting Researcher, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, panel moderator
Hank Knight, Director, Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College
Pamela Lightsey, Associate Dean, Boston University School of Theology
Simon Payaslian, Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature, Department of History, Boston University
Desiré Hinkson, (CFA ’18), BU African American Studies Program minor


Askwith Debates – Pass/Fail: How Test-Based Accountability Stacks Up
WHEN  Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT Forum, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME  Roger Falcon
CONTACT PHONEnn617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE This event is free and open to the public.
**Note the 6 p.m. start time.**
Mitchell Chester, Ed.M.'88, Ed.D.'91, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Rebecca Holcombe, Ed.M.'90, Ed.D.'16, Secretary of Education, Vermont 
Thomas Kane, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics, HGSE
Daniel Koretz, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education, HGSE
Moderator: Andrew Ho, Professor of Education, HGSE
Test-based accountability has been a cornerstone of education policy in the United States for decades, and testing now has a tremendous influence on daily life in schools. With the replacement of No Child Left Behind with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have more leeway than previously to change the ways in which they use testing. This shift provides an ideal time to take stock of the effects of high-stakes testing and to rethink how testing is used. Proponents and skeptics will debate the pros and cons of high-stakes testing. How much has student learning really improved? Can we trust the increases in scores that states and districts and individual schools often report? What have been the effects of high-stakes testing, both good and bad, on the practices of educators? What impact does test-based accountability have on children, families, and teachers?


Deep dive into Design thinking with OpenIDEO's Scott Shigeoka
Monday, December 5
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Impact Hub, 50 Milk Street, Boston
Cost:  $3.00 /per person

We have a great treat for you! We have a pretty cool guest coming to host our next event! Scott Shigeoka - OpenIDEO's community designer/storyteller will be doing a deep dive into design thinking. We will be working on the higher education challenge.  

It has been argued that postsecondary education is one of the best investments a person can make, serving as a gateway to social mobility and economic opportunity. This year, U.S. public high schools recorded a graduation rate of 83.2 percent, the highest number ever in recorded history. As these students transition into the American workforce, they’re likely to have four job changes in less than 10 years. Of those jobs, two billion will disappear by 2030—that’s approximately 50 percent of employment opportunities today.  

The economic landscape is changing rapidly but our education system hasn't seen any significant changes in years. Only 27% of college grads end up in fields they majored in. There are ever growing online education platforms but most of the employers are uncomfortable with online degrees. Higher education is also causing a lot of student debt. Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 44 million borrowers. In fact, the average Class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up six percent from last year. 

As a recent graduate and a millennial I am very passionate about this topic. OpenIDEO in partnership with US Department of education is providing us with a opportunity to have a voice. Come hang out with us and OpenIDEO's Scott Shigeoka to learn more about design thinking and how you can use design thinking as a tool to re-imagine higher education! It will be an evening of fun, creativity and innovation.

Note: We are charging $3 for this event to ensure attendance. Usually the cheaper events have a huge waiting list . If you would like to pay in cash - send me a message at [masked] I will edit your RSVP. All funds will go towards food and drinks.


TiE-Boston Deep Dive: Carbon Capture Use and Storage
Monday, December 5
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MIT, Building 66-110, 35 Ames Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 - $20

Vivek Soni, Managing Partner, Boston Cleantech Partners
Phil Duffy, President and Executive Director Woods Hole Research Center
Howard Herzog, Senior Research Engineer, MIT Energy Initiative


The Well Tempered City: Climate Change, Health, Poverty and Our Urban Future
Monday, December 5
6pm - 9pm
Harvard, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Rotunda Room, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston

Steve Curwood, Host, NPR’s Living on Earth
Dr. Jack Spengler, Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment
Jonathan Rose, Author, The Well Tempered City
Student winner of Courtyard Design Contest
Limited seats, registration required.

Sustainability For Health Leadership Series: Climate Change, Health, Poverty and Our Urban Future

The environments in which we live are changing fast. To keep people healthy and alive, we must prevent diseases caused by turbulent weather, pollution, and increasingly crowded cities.

Hear from a panel of experts including Jonathan Rose, Jack Spengler, and moderated by Steve Curwood, and learn about our new Master of Public Health in Sustainability and the Global Environment.

This speaker series will celebrate the Center for Health and the Global Environment’s 20th year, and introduce you to pressing issues students will explore in the Sustainability, Health, and the Global Environment program at the Harvard School of Public Health. In this program students will learn the latest research techniques, and have opportunities to connect with leading edge thinkers in global businesses and governments who are focused on the connection between people, their health, and their surroundings. We are accepting applications beginning Fall 2016. 

Join us to learn from leading global health experts, and talk with faculty members actively working to solve some of the greatest public health challenges facing us today. To learn about other topics in the series visit

Reception following lecture.

Tuesday, December 6

Boston TechBreakfast: December 2016
Tuesday, December 6
8:00 am – 11:00 am 
Microsoft NERD, Horace Mann Room, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge


Effect of particle Morphology – in particular Liquid-liquid phase separation - on the absorption cross section of aerosol particles containing black carbon
Friday, December 2
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Ulrich Krieger, ETH Zurich
While it is well known that absorption by light absorbing black carbon (BC) increases when the carbon is internally mixed with other material (e.g. Bond et al. 2013), the magnitude of this enhancement is still under debate (e.g. Cappa et al., 2013). Understanding the large variability of measured absorption enhancement in the field relies on an appropriate representation of carbon morphology and mixing with other materials (Scarnato et al., 2013). Here we investigate how liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) influences the absorption cross section of particles containing black carbon aggregates. Recently, we showed that black carbon (BC) preferentially segregates into the organic phase upon LLPS in micron size particles (Brunamonti et al. 2015), resulting in an “inverted core-shell structure”, in which a transparent aqueous core is surrounded by a BC-containing absorbing shell. In the Brunamonti et al. study, the radiative effect for accumulation size particles was estimated assuming the BC-absorption to be volume mixed within the shell. We will compare this with a more realistic treatment of the black carbon as fractal aggregate and also study configurations in which the black carbon is only partially embedded in the organic liquid phase.

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar

Contact Name:  Adam Birdsall


Latin American Seminar Series: "Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua's Democratic Decay”
WHEN  Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Kai Thaler, Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Harvard University
Kai Thaler is a Democracy Doctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School and a PhD Candidate in the Harvard University Department of Government. He is also a Graduate Student Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. He works on civil wars, state-building, regimes and regime transitions, political violence, and the politics of development, focused on Latin America and Africa. He has been conducting research in Nicaragua since 2012. Kai holds an A.M. in Government from Harvard University, an in Sociology from the University of Cape Town, and a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University. Prior to coming to Harvard, he worked in Portugal, South Africa, Colombia, and the United States as a researcher and consultant on social and political violence.
CONTACT INFO Isade Salcedo (
DETAILS  Nicaragua's 2016 election season has seen the continued weakening of the opposition and further consolidation of power by President Daniel Ortega and his family. Ortega has become increasingly authoritarian, yet remains popular among much of the population. How and why has this erstwhile revolutionary moved Nicaragua closer to the type of dictatorship he once helped topple, and what are the prospects for reinvigorating democracy in the country?

Editorial Comment:  I have been tracking the hollowing out of democracy in various countries around the world, starting with Hungary and now, possibly, including the USA.  This is a global trend of authoritarian nationalism and may have determining characteristics that can be useful for those who wish to rebuild democracy.


Overcoming Unconscious Bias Through Structural Changes
Tuesday, December 6
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Simmons College, 300 Fenway, SOM, 501, Boston

Please join the CGO and Iris Bohnet, Professor of Practice and behavioral economist at Harvard Kennedy School for an engaging discussion on unconscious bias. Ms. Bohnet will discuss her new book, "What Works: Gender Equality by Design.” 

Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back, and de-biasing people’s minds has proven to be difficult and expensive. Diversity training programs have had limited success, and individual effort alone often invites backlash. Behavioral design offers a new solution. By de-biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts. Presenting research-based solutions, Ms. Bohnet hands us the tools we need to move the needle in classrooms and boardrooms, in hiring and promotion, benefiting businesses, governments, and the lives of millions.

"What Works" is built on new insights into the human mind. It draws on data collected by companies, universities, and governments in Australia, India, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, and other countries, often in randomized controlled trials. It points out dozens of evidence-based interventions that could be adopted right now and demonstrates how research is addressing gender bias, improving lives and performance. What Works shows what more can be done—often at shockingly low cost and surprisingly high speed.
Lunch and subsidized parking will be provided. Copies of Ms. Bohnet's book will be available for purchase.


xTalk: The Future of Undergraduate Education - Pathways and Possibilities
Tuesday, December 6
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Francesca Purcell & Eliza Berg
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences is in the midst of a three-year project entitled The Future of Undergraduate Education to examine the state of post-secondary education in the U.S., and to provide ideas for how to ensure that individual Americans receive the education needed to thrive in the twenty-first century. 

The Commission's first publication, A Primer on the College Student Journey, is a comprehensive and data-rich portrait of American postsecondary education --incorporating quantitative and qualitative studies that examine student trends into, through, and out of college. This talk will highlight this and other aspects of the Commission's work and also solicit feedback from the audience on their perspectives on the future of college and its possibilities. 

Francesca Purcell is Director of the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education and Program Officer, Education Policy. Eliza Berg is Program Coordinator, Education Policy.

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: The Future of Undergraduate Education: Pathways and Possibilities
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Office of Digital Learning, xTalks: Digital Discourses
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles


Talking about climate change through video
Tuesday, December 6
4:00 - 5:00pm 
BU, CAS 132, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Speaker: Alex Griswold, Research Associate and Multimedia Producer, Harvard University Center for the Environment

While the scientific facts are undisputed, in the public arena, climate change has become extremely polarized and politicized when it doesn’t have to be. Part of the reason is the way climate change information is communicated, without regard to the impact of underlying messages and values that frame the discussion.   Examples of videos that push the wrong buttons abound. Presenting solutions, being aware of audience preconceptions, and understanding the values the audience brings to the discussion are alternative ways to move the needle toward a solution. While there is no one formula for talking about climate change using the medium of video, I will discuss different approaches and show examples that attempt to point a way toward a more inclusive understanding of this critical topic.

Bio: Alex Griswold is a documentary producer with over 30 years experience focused on science and social issues.  For two decades, he was part of the science education team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), where he contributed to the development of “A Private Universe” – a short ground-breaking film showing how even the most touted education can fail to address serious misconceptions in basic scientific concepts. He was producer or executive producer of over 100 science education video projects. Griswold is currently a research associate and multimedia
producer at the Harvard University Center for the Environment working on projects to improve environmental science education for the Harvard Center for the Environment and on a new, multimedia exhibit on climate change for the Harvard University Museums of Science and Culture.

BU’s Seminar Series on Climate Change


The Fastest Road to Finding Life Beyond Earth
Tuesday, December 6
MIT, Building 37-252, 70 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jonathan Lunine, Director, Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Joint MKI/EAPS Colloquium

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Brandon Milardo


Plan B: Fossil fuels without CO2
Tuesday, December 6
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Eric McFarland
There is no evidence that significant reductions in the carbon dioxide emissions associated with power generation will be achieved using current commercial alternatives to abundant and low-cost fossil fuels. The massive infrastructure and equipment changes required for such a transition would require multiple decades of work if and when a serious commitment is made and an economical transition pathway is identified. The stored chemical potential in fossil fuels from thermonuclear derived solar energy may be utilized by less conventional means without producing carbon dioxide. Chemical pathways to produce hydrogen or ammonia from hydrocarbons without co-production of carbon dioxide are possible in new process configurations. Such processes may be more cost effective than other options and more readily implemented. Professor Eric McFarland will highlight areas where science and engineering innovation could have enormous impact on global use of fossil resources into the future and will show results of recent investigations on methane conversion.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, IHS
For more information, contact:  MIT Energy Initiative


How Blockchain Technology Can Create a new Music Ecosystem
Tuesday, December 6 
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
$20 Members; $45 Non-members: free for students

Big Changes Coming to Music Economics
We have seen technology fundamentally disrupt the music industry, and, for the musician, this hasn't always been good news. Think Napster, which helped promote music piracy, and streaming services that redefined the business model in ways that have not always been helpful to Artists. What if technology were applied to the mission of helping musicians and other creative performers  and IP owners move towards an economic model that enables them to achieve a new potential for financial health?

What's needed is new, holistic thinking about a music ecosystem that identifies music rights owners and simplifies how they might be compensated, particularly in an environment that might offer only micropayments for each particular performance. Very promising initial efforts to apply new technology to this problem have begun, and if successful and adopted, may result in sustainable models for artists, entrepreneurs, and music businesses. To achieve this vision, everyone involved will need to be …. involved.

Join us on Tuesday evening , December 6 and learn from leading proponents of new music rights and distribution models. Where are we trying to get to, and how can technology take us there? We'll learn about -  and see an example of - how blockchain technology can be used by the music industry  to protect music creators and performers. And, we'll close out the evening with another demonstration  - an art form we all love - LIVE MUSIC. Come learn and rock out.

Dan Harple, Founder and CEO, Context Labs
Panos Panay, Founding Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship
Benji Rogers, Co-Founder, dotBLOCKCHAINmusic

Event Schedule
5:30 - 6:00 pm Registration, Networking & Light Snacks
6:00 - 7:00 pm Intros and Q&A with the panel
7:00 - 7:30 pm Blockchain and music rights demo
7:30 - 8:00pm Live music
8:00 - 9:00 More Networking in the R&D Pub, 4th Floor of the MIT Stata Center


Smart Manufacturing TechMeeting
Tuesday, December 6
5:30PM – 8:30PM 
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, 1st floor, Anchor space behind Render Coffee, Boston
Cost:  $10 – $20

Foster business relationships between startups, corporations and VCs in the field of Smart Manufacturing. Bring visibility to the best of French-American technology and Innovation.
05.30pm: Registration 
06.00pm: Introduction Open Innovation Club
06.10pm: Panel of corporations and research labs on Smart Manufacturing
06.40pm: 5+ Startups Pitches (3-min pitch and 1 min Q&A)
07.15pm: Networking Cocktail


Boston SCORE Workshop: How to Be the Best Businesses FOR the World: The B Corp Movement 
Tuesday December 6
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Boston Public Library / Kirstein Business Library, 700 Boylston Street, Commonwealth Salon, Boston

You may have heard the terms or found a Certified B Corp logo on a package. Or had a friend tell you that Patagonia or Ben & Jerry's are B Corps. Perhaps heard the "using business as a force for good" tagline. The movement is growing, but not yet a household name.

If you're a business owner or leader, does becoming a B Corp make sense for you? What are the benefits, challenges, and requirements of being part of the movement?

During this interactive workshops, we'll talk about the nuts and bolts of becoming a B Corp, the difference between B Corp and Benefit Corporation, and dive into the assessment used to certify B Corps. We'll wrap up with plenty of time for questions and answers with members of Boston-based B Corps.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Boston Chapter of SCORE and the Kirstein Business Library at the Boston Public Library, and presented by Drew Bonfiglio.  Drew is the co-founder of Emzingo, a social enterprise and certified B Corp focused on creating the next generation of responsible leaders. He and his colleagues work with businesses, universities, individuals, and professional organizations to design and deliver experiences that instill the mindset of responsible leadership, drive employee engagement, promote social innovation and environmental awareness, and create a culture of collaboration. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 7

Rethinking the American Diet: Optimally Unifying Environmental and Nutritional Sciences
Wednesday, December 7
Radcliffe, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Gidon Eshel, Hrdy Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, will give a talk as part of the 2016–2017 Fellows' Presentation Series.

At Radcliffe, Gidon Eshel is collaborating with scientists from the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on developing multi-objective metrics of diet. The metrics combine disparate environmental impacts (e.g., greenhouse gas emissions or water and land use) with health outcomes (e.g., cardio- and cerebrovascular diseases or diabetes) in a manner most suitable for using in optimizations designed to improve public health while easing environmental burdens.

Free and open to the public.


The Social Innovation Forum's 13th Annual Winter Reception!
Wednesday, December 7
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Join us for...
The formal announcement of the 2017 Social Innovators
and a celebration of the achievements of our portfolio organizations!
Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a night of celebration
We look forward to raising a glass to each of you - our incredible community of leaders, friends, volunteers, and supporters.


StreetTalk 10-in-1
Wednesday, December 7
6:00 - 8:30PM
Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston
Cost: $15 general admission; LivableStreets members get in for FREE

Now, more than ever, we need great ideas and leaders striving to improve our communities.

We invite you to hear from some of the best and brightest in Boston’s transportation world at LivableStreets’ StreetTalk 10-in-1 on December 7th at the Old South Meeting House.

Building on the Meeting House’s long tradition of hosting spirited, thought-provoking discussions, this annual event will feature 10 short-form presentations highlighting the innovative ideas that are improving our streets. The speaker line-up will be released soon, but you can check out last year’s participants and keep posted on updates here.

Additionally, we are very honored to announce that we will be releasing the first Vision Zero Boston Progress Report on behalf of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition at this event. 

We promise that you won't want to miss it! Register today! 

LivableStreets Alliance


The Chibok Girls:  The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria
Wednesday, December 7
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes the award-winning author of Oil on Water, Measuring Time, and Waiting for an Angel HELON HABILA for a discussion of his latest book, The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria.
About The Chibok Girls

On April 14, 2014, 276 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in northern Nigeria were kidnapped by Boko Haram, the world's deadliest terrorist group. Most were never heard from again. Acclaimed Nigerian novelist Helon Habila, who grew up in northern Nigeria, returned to Chibok and gained intimate access to the families of the kidnapped to offer a devastating account of this tragedy that stunned the world. With compassion and deep understanding of historical context, Habila tells the stories of the girls and the anguish of their parents; chronicles the rise of Boko Haram and the Nigerian government's inept response; and captures the indifference of the media and the international community whose attention has moved on.

Employing a fiction writer's sensibility and a journalist's curiosity, The Chibok Girls provides poignant portraits of everyday Nigerians whose lives have been transformed by extremist forces. Habila illuminates the long history of colonialism—and unmasks cultural and religious dynamics—that gave rise to the conflicts that have ravaged the region to this day.

Thursday, December 8

Urban Sustainability Ratings:  ‘Measurementality’,  transparency, and unexpected  outcomes at the knowledge-policy interface
Thursday, December 8
12pm - 1pm
Tufts, Rabb room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Laureen Elgert
This research examines a new addition to the growing number of ‘sustainable city’ rating programs called STAR (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating) communities.  The research examines how and why such discourses of sustainability that rely on standardized, data-based measurement, and that promote ‘measurementality’, privilege cities that have greater access to resources to invest in data collection.  Instead of creating a “high bar which cities can work towards achieving”, STAR reinforces existing inequalities and creates new inequalities within and between municipalities.


Catalyzing Efficiency: Affordable Multifamily Owners 
Thursday, December 8
2 PM ET 

Presenters: Presenters: IMT and Bright Power 
Increasing the energy efficiency of America’s multifamily buildings could save building owners and operators, residents, governments, energy efficiency service providers, and financiers billions of dollars annually. Recognizing this, a new report from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), “Catalyzing Efficiency: Unlocking Energy Information and Value in Apartment Buildings,” presents actions that federal and local governments and energy efficiency implementers can now take to help these stakeholders better analyze and use building performance data to create significant savings. 

This webinar is one of a series of four examining the findings and recommendations of IMT's "Catalyzing Efficiency" report. Other webinars will take place on: 

December 15, 2 PM ET 
Catalyzing Efficiency: Lenders and Investors 
Presenters: IMT and Community Preservation Corporation 


Askwith Forums: What is a Good Citizen and How Do You Create One?
WHEN  Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT Forum, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME  Roger Falcon
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE This event is free and open to the public.
DETAILS   Speakers:  Callie Crossley, radio and TV host, WGBH; media commentator
Michelle Fine, distinguished professor, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, director, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
Moderator: Meira Levinson, professor of education, HGSE
The election – whatever its outcome –  highlights deep divisions in American society. As we think about civic education we must take stock of these challenges: especially around  diversity, divided parties,  digital democracy, and the pressures for more global perspectives. The panel members will bring expertise from research, practice, communication and policy to the discussion.


The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center presents Jedediah Purdy, "Post-Natural Nature Writing and the Politics of the Anthropocene"
WHEN  Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Tsai Auditorium S010, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Jedediah Purdy, Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
CONTACT INFO, 617-495-0738
DETAILS  The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center is convened by Robin Kelsey (Dean of Arts and Humanities, Harvard University) and Ian Jared Miller (Professor of History, Harvard University).


Sustainability Collaborative
Thursday, December 8
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Venture Cafe at Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
Cost:  $8 - $16

Join us each month for the Coalesce Sustainability Collaborative. Come back for more info on this month’s guest as we get closer and email Sierra Flanigan at ( for more info.Next Level Business Forum,Venture Cafe at Cambridge Innovation Center


Eat Local, Shop Local:  A Startup Stir Holiday Popup
Thursday, December 8
6:30 PM to 8:30
Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $10-$20

Startup Stir is decking the halls with our annual Eat Local, Shop Local Holiday Popup.  We're celebrating local movers and makers by supporting their efforts with merry making and libations.

We're featuring a selection of the best locally made and sold goods from the Greater Boston area.  You'll hobnob with local startup founders, browse their wares, sample local beverages and have a chance to win a selection of great door prizes.


Music and Math | Dennis Miller and Hubert Ho
Thursday, December 8
MIT, Building E-15, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

What is the nature of knowledge? Where does music lead the mind? Dennis Miller and Hubert Ho think about these big questions through the particular lens of music. Music relates to many other fields – to visual art, moving images, to mathematics. In a formal sense they both embrace music composition as a problem solving challenge – aiming to create a unified whole which communicates to the audience. On the one hand a composition defines its own authority. But broader concepts, spanning disciplines, such as form, pattern-recognition, symmetry, and recursion can be identified through music. 

Both Miller and Ho address the relationship between mathematics and music, looking at their art form through the lens of another discipline. Incorporating mathematical insights, however, does not preclude the necessity, possibility, or desirability of a spiritual or emotional connection to music. Does mathematics have a role in what they experience internally as composers, and in listeners’ experiences of resulting musical compositions?

Dennis Miller received his Doctorate in Music Composition from Columbia University and is currently is on the faculty on the Music faculty of Northeastern University. His mixed media artworks, which combine his own imagery and music, have been screened around the world, most recently at the 2016 Punta y Raya Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany; the 2016 Madatac Festival, Madrid; and the 2016 London Experimental Film Festival. They were also an Official Selection of the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival 2016, Fall edition.

Hubert Ho’s music has been performed in Carnegie Hall under the Pro Musicis Foundation series and at the Kennedy Center for the Arts. A former Fulbright Student Scholar and United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His music has also been performed in many festivals including: Music and Sound Art (Karlsruhe, Germany), the “Other Voices” Festival (Prague, CZ), the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Conference, Aspen School of Music Advanced Master Class Program, Ernest Bloch Festival, Arcosanti New Music Workshop, and New Music North. His music has been performed by Prague Modern, the New York New Music Ensemble, EarUnit, Konvergence, and pianist Barbara Lieurance. He also presents work in music theory, psychoacoustics, and music pedagogy at international and national conferences. Dr. Ho received his degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard College. He is currently on the Music faculty of Northeastern University, where he is currently a Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research Faculty Scholar. 

This program is organized in conjunction with the Suffolk University Gallery current exhibit, Mathematics and Art: Searching For Pattern, co-curated by Deborah Davidson and George Fifield.


Renewables for All in Boston Kickoff 
Thursday, December 8
7 pm
First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain (next to the post office)

People want green energy, and there is a simple way for everyone to get it. Massachusetts law allows a city council to decide that all the electric customers in the city will get some of their power from clean, fossil fuel-free sources. That means everyone in Boston can get renewable electricity, even if they can’t put a solar panel on their roof or switch to wind power. And it means we’ll cut Boston’s greenhouse gas emissions – fast.  (If a resident or business wants to opt out, they can.)

By passing a city ordinance, Boston can get every electric customer using more renewable energy at no added cost. This will
quickly lower the city’s greenhouse gas footprint, and
bring renewable power to communities that can’t afford rooftop solar panels, heat pumps, etc.

So it’s a climate mitigation project and a climate justice project. 
We just have to convince the City Council to vote “yes” for climate justice and clean energy.

 If you want to get involved right away and help build this event, email us today.


Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape
Thursday, December 8
7–8:30 p.m
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain

The Arnold Arboretum welcomes Jill Jonnes, PhD, Historian and Journalist, who will speak on the history of the trees in American cities over the course of the past two centuries.

Trees, nature's largest and longest-lived creations, play an extraordinarily important role in our cityscapes. These living landmarks define space, cool the air, and connect us to nature and our past. Today, four out of five Americans live in or near cities, surrounded by millions of trees that make up urban forests. But most of us take them for granted and know little of their natural history or civic virtues. Jill Jonnes will speak about the history of the trees in American cities over the course of the past two centuries, delving into the presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, and nurserymen—whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the nation's cities.

Fee: Free member and student, $10 nonmember. Register at or call 617-384-5277


Sustainable Business Network Winter Gala!
Thursday, December 8
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville
Cost:  $30 - $1000

SBN is excited to host our annual fundraising event at the Center for Arts at the Armory. The Armory has become the perfect backdrop for a celebration of all things local! The Gala will also feature the 2nd Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Business of the Year Presentations where four businesses will be recognized for their work toward a local, green & fair economy!

What can you expect?
Delicious, locally sourced buffet from Basil Tree Catering
Dessert from Dancing Deer & chocolate from Equal Exchange
Live, local music
Live & silent auctions featuring new items & experiences!
A plethora of local drinks
Catching up with friends, old & new
General local merriment! 

Friday, December 9 

TRUST (the presence of secrets) is a metaLAB installation that will debut on Friday, December 9
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

The interactive installation contends with digital correspondence, surprise, and the distributed nature of personal data. The work evokes questions around trust, identity, public/private space, and the ways in which data is mediated by machines and platforms. The installation is also progressive; its content and functionality will change over time, and through visitor interaction.


Personalizing Education at Scale: Learning from International System Strategies
WHEN  Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, 10 – 11 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Larsen 203, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Research study
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
SPEAKER(S)  Professor Paul Reville & Author Amelia Peterson
DETAILS  Please join the Education Redesign Lab for the release of its first report, Personalizing Education at Scale: Learning from International System Strategies, on Dec. 9, 10–11 a.m., in Larsen 203. The report features a series of case studies that explore personalized education efforts across the globe, including Every Child Matters in England, Schools for Tomorrow in Brazil, and Getting it Right for Children in Scotland. The report will be presented by its author, Amelia Peterson, with opening remarks by Professor Paul Reville, Director of the Education Redesign Lab, and Lynne Sacks, Associate Director for Research at the Education Redesign Lab. Light refreshments will be served.


Armed Politics: Violence, Order, and the State in Southern Asia
Friday, December 9
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Paul Staniland
Paul Staniland is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago, where he codirects the Program on International Security Policy. He is a cofounder of the Program on Political Violence. His research focuses on political violence, international security, and state formation, primarily in South and Southeast Asia. His book, Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse, was published by Cornell University Press in 2014. He is currently writing a book about armed politics and the state in southern Asia.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:


D-Lab Fall Student Showcase & Open House
Friday, December 9
MIT, Building N51-310, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

D-Lab challenges talented students to use their math, science, engineering, social science, and business skills to tackle a broad range of global poverty issues. Come see the projects our students are working on! 

Final presentations and working prototypes from current D-Lab students from the following 6 fall courses: D-Lab: Development, D-Lab: Gender, D-Lab: Mobility, D-Lab: Supply Chains, D-Lab: Waste, Design for Scale. 

Attendees will be able to view all the working prototypes on display throughout the D-Lab space! All welcome. 


Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Sponsor(s): D-Lab
For more information, contact:  Nancy Adams


Earth in Human Hands:  Shaping Our Planet's Future
Friday, December 9
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author and astrobiologist DAVID GRINSPOON—author of Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life—for a discussion of his latest book, Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future.
About Earth in Human Hands

For the first time in Earth's history, our planet is experiencing a confluence of rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. Climate change is only the most visible of the modifications we've made—up until this point, inadvertently—to the planet. And our current behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures. By comparing Earth's story to those of other planets, astrobiologist David Grinspoon shows what a strange and novel development it is for a species to evolve to build machines, and ultimately, global societies with world-shaping influence.

Without minimizing the challenges of the next century, Grinspoon suggests that our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential, especially when viewed from a 10,000-year perspective. Our species has surmounted the threat of extinction before, thanks to our innate ingenuity and ability to adapt, and there's every reason to believe we can do so again.

Our challenge now is to awaken to our role as a force of planetary change, and to grow into this task. We must become graceful planetary engineers, conscious shapers of our environment and caretakers of Earth's biosphere. This is a perspective that begs us to ask not just what future do we want to avoid, but what do we seek to build? What kind of world do we want? Are humans the worst thing or the best thing to ever happen to our planet? Today we stand at a pivotal juncture, and the answer will depend on the choices we make.

Saturday, December 10

Submarines vs Subways: Reviving Federal Investment in Public Transportation
Saturday, December 10
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join us for a substantive panel discussion on federal spending, national priorities and mass transit. We will warmly welcome Governor Mike Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts and long-time advocate of public transportation and Fred Salvucci, former Secretary of Transportation, Massachusetts and long-time faculty member in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Additional panelists to be announced.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Radius/T&C
For more information, contact:  Patricia-Maria Weinmann


Massachusetts Mothers Out Front Statewide Action on Gas Leaks
Saturday, December 10

Let us know if you'd like to be part of the organizing - it's going to be big,
attention-getting, media-savvy, and fun!  Contact Kristine Jelstrup to offer your
organizing/creative skills at
We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers who can spare an hour now and then to help at meetings and events.   Specifically, this month, we can use help with:
meeting with local officials about gas leaks updates
meeting with Eversource executives to hear about their plans for gas repairs
organizing the November 14th open community meeting
tabling at the December 9th benefit at the glassblowing studio
working with a team to create a big and bold action on December 10th
If you can pitch in, please let us know!   (use specific contacts given above or contact co-coordinators Leslie Bliss ( or Zeyneb Magavi ( 

Alternative Data - The Raw Currency of FinTech
Monday, December 12, 2016
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WeWork, 745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor, Boston

Join us for a panel discussion on the identification and use of Alternative Data! Certain to be insightful, we'll hear from a set of startups leading the way in developing and using non-traditional data sets.   Our panelists will include:
Evan Schnidman is CEO of Prattle, which “provides sentiment data that predicts the market impact of central bank and corporate communications through an interactive web portal, email alerts, and an API.”
Chris Mannion is CTO + Co-Founder of Hive Maritime which is “a predictive analytics platform for maritime intelligence.”
David Potere is CEO + Co-Founder of Tellus Labs, which “turns satellite imagery and other Earth data into the basis for better decisions.” 

These company heads and their teams are pioneering advances in machine learning to build models that provide unique and valuable insights to institutional investors. This is a meet-up you won't want to miss!

Dryland Farming Magic: Add Microbes, Not Water! - Potluck and Discussion
Sunday, December 11
6:00 PM
Helen Snively's House, 1Fayette Park, Cambridge

Long-term permaculturist Charlotte Anthony is visiting from her farm in Eastern Oregon.  She recently spent two years in India learning a traditional method of dryland farming, which rapidly increases soil carbon without fertilizer or irrigation - yet produces high yields!  This method is so effective that it will even work in the desert.  It works by innoculating microbes into the soil.  The soil then holds as much as 250,000 gallons of water per acre which is why irrigation is not necessary.

Charlotte is currently conducting experiments on her farm, where there are 8-14 inches of rain a year (by comparison, Massachusetts gets around 45 inches of rain a year).  These methods work better than industrial agriculture, regenerating the soil and sequestering massive amounts of carbon.  It is a hope for the future.    

Learn more about Charlotte on her Facebook page at

Biodiversity for a LIvable Climate is a small non-profit so a $10 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away based on ability to pay.  

Tuesday, December 13

Capturing the Carbon Dividend: Health Benefits of Climate Mitigation 
Tuesday, December 13
9:00am to  1:00pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, 2019 Milstein West AB, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Confirmed Speakers:
Aaron Bernstein
Marcia Castro
Francesca Dominici
Ashish Jha
Francine Laden
Roni Neff
Holly Samuelson
Rainer Sauerborn
Michelle Williams


Boston New Technology December 2016 Startup Showcase #BNT72
Tuesday, December 13
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston

Foley Hoag is in the Seaport West building (entrance on B Street). Please bring identification and check in at our desk in the lobby. Then, take an elevator to the 13th floor. Enter the glass doors and walk down the hall to your right.
Free event! Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community!  Prithvi and Erica from Foley Hoag LLP will spend a couple minutes discussing incorporation for startups - Why Delaware? Why a C-Corp? 

Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Q&A.


“Economic Democracy: The Cooperative Alternative”, is going live on 29 November, hosted by edX.
The link is and the hashtag is #COOPsx . The course is a collaboration between Edinburgh University, St. Andrews University and the James Hutton Institute.

Once the course starts on 29th November, it’ll run as an open, free, self-paced course, with automated quizzes and community forums, monitored by the academic team and their teaching assistants. 


Discounted Solar for Somerville

As part of the State’s Solarize Mass program, local volunteers and the City of Somerville recently launched the Solarize Somerville campaign to make it easier and cheaper for residents and small businesses to install solar panels.

The program, which is offering information and guidance, free site consultations, and solar panel discounts through November, has set an ambitious goal to inspire at least 200 property owners to sign up for solar —and each of those private solar installations will also benefit the community directly. For every 400 kW in signed private contracts through the program, the program’s solar vendor SolarFlair will donate a system of up to 5 kW for a public or community purpose. All are invited to the program kickoff at a Meet the Installer event on Tuesday, July 26 at 6-7:30 p.m., 167 Holland St. Additional events on topics such as solar basics, financing, and solar for multifamily homes will be announced.

Unique to the program is its neighbor-to-neighbor approach: trained resident volunteers and a designated volunteer Solar Coach are available essentially as mentors. They can, for example, walk anyone through the process, provide general loan program and tax incentive information, and share their own solar experiences. The campaign’s webpage and blog offers useful information, tips, and a link to websites where you can estimate the solar potential of your home and roughly calculate how much solar could save you on your energy bills at

Somerville is one of the most urban communities ever to participate in Solarize Mass, which makes the neighbor-to-neighbor approach especially helpful due to some of the unique challenges here such as multi-family houses with more than one owner. Winter Hill resident Mary Mangan, the program’s volunteer Solar Coach, went through that process and is ready to share helpful tips.

"I'm excited to work with our eager volunteers to help our neighbors understand the benefits of solar power. As a co-owner of a two-family home with solar, I can also offer some insights about how that process went for us," said Mangan.

Also key to the program is the selection of a designated vendor, which allows the program to offer reduced cost installation through bulk purchasing. Through a competitive process, SolarFlair, based in Ashland, MA, was selected. They were also the selected installer for the communities of Arlington, Hopkinton, Mendon, Brookline, Carlisle-Chelmsford, Newton, and Quincy.

"We're excited to be the selected installer for Solarize Somerville, and look forward to speaking with any home or business owners that are interested in reducing their electric bills while also making a great investment," said Matt Arner, the owner and President of SolarFlair.

Quick facts:
Solar systems can be purchased outright (with a payback of about 4-5 years). The Mass Solar Loan program offers rates of 3.25% or less. 
Or, for no money down owners can choose a power purchase agreement (PPA), where the system is owned and maintained by a third party, and residents buy back the electricity at a discounted price.   
More on-site renewable energy is critical to reducing carbon emissions.  It also saves money for residents.

Tax incentives for solar installations include:
Federal Tax Credit: A 30 percent federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is available for qualified residential and commercial projects
Massachusetts Personal Income Tax Credit: The lesser of 15% of the total cost of the solar electric system or $1,000, for qualified clean energy projects
Five-year Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS): Business owners can depreciate solar electric systems over a five-year schedule

For more information or to sign up for a free site consultation:

Visit the Solarize Somerville webpage at for
Helpful information and FAQs
To contact a volunteer or Solar Coach Mary Mangan to discuss solar options and incentives
To set up an appointment for a free site consultation directly with SolarFlair
To find out about events
To volunteer for Solarize Somerville


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.

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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  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

Solar map of Cambridge, MA


Hey Cambridge residents!

Did you know the City of Cambridge is trying to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize? It was created to develop a cleaner and more efficient energy future. Energy efficiency and conservation are the best ways to save energy and minimize environmental impact. In that effort, Cambridge is hoping all residents will get a no-cost energy assessment in order to make their homes more efficient and comfortable. Let us know you're interested here:

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

Again, let us know you're interested here: and someone will be in contact with you shortly to give you personally tailored contact information on how you can get your no-cost home energy assessment. Renters are also eligible!

Any action to save energy in the home will help Cambridge win this competition while protecting the environment. For additional ideas on how to save energy, please see the Cambridge Energy Alliance website at

Please share with your Cambridge friends and family and ask them to get a free energy assessment!

Want to be more involved? Become a neighborhood Block Captain! Block Captains help their community members sign up for and complete no-cost home energy assessments through the MassSave program. Our team will give you the tools and guidance needed to recruit neighbors to get an assessment and improve the efficiency of their homes. Participation is welcome at whatever level you are able to commit to.
If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain, please fill out the form at and someone from the Cambridge Energy Alliance will be in contact with you shortly. If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity!

Questions? Contact

Cambridge Energy Alliance


Sunny Cambridge has just launched! Sunny Cambridge is the city-wide initiative that makes it easy for all types of residents to get solar power for their homes. Cambridge has lined up local solar installers through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, which helps you request, receive, and compare solar quotes 100% online with support available every step of the way.

The City of Cambridge is working on many levels to reduce energy use and GHG emissions to make the city more sustainable. As a semifinalist in the nationwide competition for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, Cambridge Energy Alliance is encouraging residents to take actions to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Get involved by signing up for a no-cost home energy assessment at the Cambridge Energy Alliance home page (
and going solar at 


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


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


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!


BASEN / Boston Solidarity Network Economy:'s Guide to Boston:


Links to events at over 50 colleges and universities at Hubevents:

Thanks to
Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area:
MIT Events:
Sustainability at Harvard:
Microsoft NERD Center:
Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:
Cambridge Civic Journal:
Cambridge Happenings:
Cambridge Community Calendar:

If you have an event you would like to see here, the submission deadline is 12 PM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.