Events: Related Events, 2007

Listed here are related events that fit the theme of "social responsibility in science and technology."

Past related events: 2006

2007: January | February | March

March 2007

March 9 and 10, 2007
MIT Energy Conference
Kendall Square Marriott Hotel
Registration required
See the conference page for more information.

Friday March 9, 2007
MIT - New England Energy Showcase
Kendall Square Marriott Hotel, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
In conjunction with the MIT Energy Conference. Free and open to the energy-interested public! See the conference page for more information.

Wednesday March 7, 2007
Implications of the Recent Chinese ASAT Test
33-116, MIT, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
With Geoff Forden, Research Associate, Science, Technology and Global Security Working Group, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT

February 2007

Wednesday February 28, 2007
MIT Energy Club Discussion: "The Renaissance of Nuclear Energy and the Fear of the Bomb"
Thirsty Ear Pub, W1-30, 305 Memorial Drive, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
An insightful discussion of nuclear proliferation policy as it relates to the future of nuclear fission electricity.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Design for Change General Body Meeting
1-134, MIT, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
The Design for Change club at MIT is getting started for the semester. We will be discussing various plans for this term including two to three panel discussions on development, a design project, next year's Impact: Socially and Environmentally Responsible Career Expo, and an activity for the Cambridge Science Festival. We will also be reflecting on this year's Impact. Dinner will be provided.

Monday February 26, 2007
Lazy Thinking, Lazy Giving
7-338, MIT, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
With Abhijit V. Banerjee, Ford Foundation Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, MIT
It is widely claimed that foreign aid does not work. We will argue that it has never been tried seriously. Making aid work will require, among other things, a rather different intellectual attitude. The speaker, Abhijit V. Banerjee is the Ford Foundation Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at MIT, the Director of the Poverty Action Lab and the past President of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis and Development (BREAD). His areas of research are development economics, the economics of financial markets and the macroeconomics of developing countries.

February 16 - 18, 2007
Olin College of Engineering Flash Conference
Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA, 4:30pm Friday - 7:30pm Sunday
Registration Required
On February 16th, some of the Boston area's most enthusiastic thinkers, designers and planners will converge on Olin College of Engineering with little more than some previous research, some good ideas, and a desire to design some Appropriate Technology. That Sunday, they will hand off several comprehensive plans of action to a team dedicated to following through. This conference will bring together students from throughout the greater Boston area to plan solutions to specific Appropriate Technology problems in one intense weekend. Flash Conferences work by guiding the innovation process: defining the problem, bringing in the experts, forming multi-disciplinary teams, and guaranteeing a smooth handoff to the implementation group. Visit the Flash Conference home page

Friday February 16, 2007
Global warming: turning the corner in 2007
E51 (Wong Auditorium), MIT, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
With Rt Hon David Miliband MP, UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
This will be an excellent opportunity to hear the UK/European perspective on an issue that is very much in the news today. Sponsored by the Center for Global Change Science and the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

Tuesday February 13, 2007
IDEAS Generator Dinner
Morss Hall, Walker Memorial, MIT, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
RSVPs Appreciated
Develop an innovative project to help a community in need and win up to $7,500 to make your idea a reality. Smaller development grants are available to get your project rolling. Come learn about IDEAS and recruit team members or mentors. Visit the Ideas Competition home page

Tuesday February 13, 2007
MIT Energy Club Discussion: "Energy and Social Development: The View from the Bottom"
Thirsty Ear Pub, W1-30, 305 Memorial Drive, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
This discussion will re-evaluate the link between energy and development. Discussion will focus on technology, policy, and management challenges for accelerating development and energy services while restraining growth in primary energy consumption.

Tuesday February 13, 2007
Ignite Clean Energy Business Plan Competition Kickoff Event

Kirch Auditorium (32-123), MIT Stata Center, 6:00pm
Registration Requested
ICE is an unparalleled opportunity to get professional mentoring on your clean energy business idea while you develop the best investor pitch possible. No business plan required! You will meet industry leaders, pitch in front of investors... and have a shot at $150,000 in cash and other prizes! Visit the Ignite Clean Energy Competition home page

Monday February 12, 2007
Impact Career Expo Keynote
Room 56-114, MIT, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
With Todd Park, Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer, athenahealth
Representatives from MIT and Olin College created Impact in order to meet the needs of the many students who want to use their education to serve humanity and the environment. At Impact, students learn about exciting organizations and companies which are present because of their commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. The Monday keynote will be given by Todd Park, Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer of athenahealth. Visit the Impact Career Expo home page

Monday February 12, 2007
MIT Re-Generator
R&D Common, MIT Stata Center Floor 4, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Do you have an idea of how to green MIT's campus? Do you want to connect with people that do? The first MIT Generator in Fall 2006 was a huge success, with over ten working groups created on everything from energy controls to funding mechanisms. The Re-Generator will give the MIT community a chance to learn about and plug into groups working on green buildings, energy usage audits, visions for campus and personal sustainability, and much more. This event is designed specifically for the MIT community; if you are not a member and would like to participate in the Re-Generator, please email the organizers and . Visit the MIT Re-Generator home page

Friday February 2, 2007
Film Screening: How Little We Know of Our Neighbors
Joan Jonas Performance Hall, N51-337 (enter through N52), MIT, 6:30pm
How Little We Know of Our Neighbours is an experimental documentary about Britain's Mass Observation movement and its relationship to contemporary issues regarding surveillance, public self-disclosure, and privacy. Mass Observation was an eccentric social science enterprise founded in the late 1930's in England that combined surrealism with anthropology. Sponsored by the Center for Advanced Visual Studies and iKatun.

Thursday February 1, 2007
Protocols and Standards for Emerging Technologies:   Issues in Synthetic Biology and the Future Internet 
Bartos Theater, MIT, 10:15am - 12:45pm
Recommended readings online
Many emerging technologies present a challenging set of potential applications and technical design choices that call for broadly applied standards and usage protocols, whether for regulatory purposes or in order to optimize the interoperability of technology-driven products. This seminar includes three coordinated talks and a discussion period that will explore these issues. Speakers will focus on two current technologies (future Internet and synthetic biology) as well as a retrospective examination of examples from the past. See the seminar web page for further information and a full list of speakers. Sponsored by the MIT Program on Emerging Technologies.

Wednesday January 31, 2007
Energy Myths & Realities: How are We Really Going to Deal with the Challenge of Global Warming?
32-155, MIT, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Leading energy experts will discuss and debate the CO2 emissions reduction that key energy technologies can realistically provide over the next 25 years.

January 2007

Monday January 22, 2007
We All Live In Bhopal
4-237, MIT, 7:30pm
With Rachna Dhingra, Spokesperson For International Campaign For Justice In Bhopal
Rachna Dhingra is working in Bhopal with survivors from the world's worst industrial disaster - the gas leak from Union Carbide's plant that has killed 20,000 people since 1984 and impacted over 200,000 people. A compassionate, determined and resourceful woman, Rachna moved to Bhopal from Ann Arbor in January 2003. Since then, she has immersed herself in getting the balance of compensation to survivors, initiating efforts for clean drinking water, generating employment, and mobilizing local and global communities. She has become a key organizer for the campaign, and her enthusiasm and energy is an inspiration to all. Event is free and open to the public. For more info on Bhopal, visit: or Sponsored by Association For India's Development (MIT and Boston Chapters), Amnesty International MIT Chapter, and Boston Coalition For Justice In Bhopal.

Monday January 22, 2007
Fueling the Future: What DOD is doing in Renewable Energy
4-237, MIT, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Did you know...
- that the US Military is the largest consumer of Renewable Energy in the US?
- that Dyess AFB in Texas is powered entirely by Renewables?
- that the Department of Defense is moving to displace the majority of their fossil fuel usage this decade?
Come and find out what the DoD is doing in the research and fielding of Wind, Solar, and Hydrogen resources and meet subject matter experts on same. Sponsored by the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies.

Thursday January 18, 2007
Climate Change 101: Economics and Policy
E40-496, MIT, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
With Valerie J. Karplus, MIT Technology and Policy Program
Concerned about climate change but unsure how our policy options stack up? This session presents the basic economics of climate policy design and offers several techniques for comparing among alternatives. Topics to be covered include emissions taxes versus caps, the Kyoto Protocol, and the role of developing countries. No formal economics training is required. See the course page for further information. Sponsored by the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.

Wednesday January 17, 2007
MIT Energy Club Social
Muddy Charles Pub, MIT, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cosponsored by IAP Course “Photovoltaics in 2012.” Email for more information.

Tuesday January 16, 2007
RecycleMania 2007 Recruitment Night
Rec Room, Sydney-Pacific, MIT, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

RecycleManiacs Wanted!!! Come join us on Tuesday, January 16 th from 6-8pm at Sidney Pacific Rec-Room for our RecycleMania 2007 Recruitment Night. This is a great chance to learn more about the RecycleMania competition, how you can get involved, how many schools MIT is up against this year and what YOU can do for the competition to beat them all. This year the intercollegiate competition runs from January 28 th through April 7th. If you're new to RecycleMania and can't wait for Tuesday's get together, check out the official RecycleMania 2007 website or the MIT site. Please RSVP if you plan to join us for pizza and brainstorming on Tuesday evening.

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