1. Future of the Electric Grid - MIT Club of Northern California


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    Speakers: MIT Prof. John Kassakian, MIT Sloan Prof. Dick Schmalensee What key technologies will drive the evolution of the grid in the coming decades? What state & federal policies are necessary for efficient development & deployment? Our current electric grid is fairly robust and efficient, but will need to change significantly in the next 20 years to meet the emerging opportunities and challenges of distributed & large scale renewable energy generation, emergence of electric vehicles, dynamic retail pricing, interregional system planning and data communications privacy & security. Profs. Kassakian & Schmalensee, co-leaders of the newly released MIT study, The Future of the Electric Grid, will present its findings on the challenges facing our grid and the recommended technologies and government policies required to meet them. Biographies Dr. John Kassakianis an MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and former Director of the MIT Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems. He is the Founding President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is the recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal, the IEEE William E. Newell Award, the IEEE Power Electronics Society’s Distinguished Service Award, and the IEEE Millennium Medal. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. John has published extensively in the areas of power electronics and is a co-author of the textbook Principles of Power Electronics. He is a consultant to industry and government and serves on the boards of several public companies and ISO-NE, the operator of the New England power grid. Dr. Richard Schmalensee is MIT’s Howard W. Johnson Professor of Economics & Management , a member of the MIT Energy Council, and Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. He served as the Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1998 through 2007 and was a Member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers with primary responsibility for energy and environmental policy from 1989 through 1991. Professor Schmalensee has published 11 books and more than 120 articles; his work focuses on industrial organization economics and its policy applications. Dick has served as a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy, the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association, and the EPA’s Environmental Economics Advisory Committee.

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    • Deniz Ülke Arıboğan - Kelebek Etkisi - SKYTürk360 - 13 Şubat 2012


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      Prof.Dr.Deniz Ülke Arıboğan, SkyTürk360 ekranlarında İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Küresel Sorunlar Platformu tarafından hazırlanan, her pazartesi 21:15'te yayınlanacak programda bu hafta İsmet Berkan ve Hasan Koni ile birlikte AB Bakanı ve Başmüzakereci Egemen Bağışı konuk etti. Programda geniş persektifle güdemdeki tüm sıcak gelişmeler ele alındı. http://www.denizulkearibogan.net

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      • Zooetics


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        Zooetics is a five-year interdisciplinary project studying the interactions between humans and other species. The project is headed by the Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program in partnership with Kaunas University of Technology.  http://www.zooetics.net/

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        • Clean Tech Investing: Emerging Trends - New Strategies - MIT Club of Northern California


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          Investors have learned, sometimes bitterly, that the investment life cycle for certain technology and/or manufacturing-based clean technology companies is not the same as software and information technology. Time horizons are longer and usually much more capital investment is required to launch the company. Consequently, investor priorities have shifted to companies focused on business models that are less capital intensive and deliver more immediate value to customers – in market segments like efficiency, recovery, recycling and services. Additionally, many young companies are finding that funding is becoming increasingly more difficult for them. It's no secret that many venture capital firms have left the energy & cleantech space, so some companies are looking to non-traditional investors, such as hedge funds and corporate strategics, to make up the difference. Please join us on December 5th to hear from some of Silicon Valley’s most insightful investors about the changing funding trends in the industry and the new strategies being adopted by both companies and investors alike. Pierre Lamond – Khosla Ventures Scott Jacobs – EFW Partners Joel Conkling – Google.org Stuart Bernstein – Goldman Sachs Moderator: Eric Wesoff – Chief Editor, Greentech Media

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          • Peter Thiel


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            • Seth Lloyd: Programming the Universe


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              In the traditional scientific account, the universe is composed of matter and energy. However, there is another key ingredient: information. Every atom and elementary particle carries with it bits of information, and when two atoms collide, those bits flip. The universe computes. The history of the universe is an intricate dance in which energy and information twirl and entwine. By understanding how and why the universe computes, we gain insight into the nature of reality itself. Dr. Seth Lloyd was the first person to develop a realizable model for quantum computation and is working with a variety of groups to construct and operate quantum computers and quantum communication systems. Dr. Lloyd’s interests include the application of information theory to physical systems, quantum coherence in photosynthesis, and the characterization of complex systems. He is the author of over 100 scientific papers, and of Programming the Universe, (Knopf, 2004). Dr. Lloyd is a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, and an adjunct faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute. He is currently the director of the W.M. Keck Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory (xQIT) at MIT. Curator: Emily Zimmerman http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/other-words/seth-lloyd

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              • Ideas Matter - The Path to Full Employment


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                The Ideas Matter lecture series is a joint project of Boston Review and the MIT Political Science Department. The global economy continues to reel from the financial and housing crises, and unemployment remains rampant in the United States. What is the solution? A government-supported push for full employment, says economist Robert Pollin, reviving a critical but long-dormant debate. With Ron Blackwell, David Autor, and Thomas Kochan. Moderated by Richard Locke.

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                • What We KNOW About Climate Change - Kerry Emanuel - MIT Club of Northern California


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                  Professor Kerry Emanuel has been known for his "Show me the data!" approach to climate science. In this talk, he will present a long term, evidence-driven view of Earth's climate change, culminating in a discussion of current risks and implications. An extensive audience Q&A will follow the presentation. Professor Emanuel is an award-winning meteorologist and climate scientist and the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT. His research focuses on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. Emanuel has a PhD from MIT, has been a faculty member since 1981 and has served as the Director of the Center for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography and the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate. He is co-founder of the MIT Lorenz Center, which fosters creative approaches to fundamental science devoted to understanding how climate works. He was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Influential People who Shape Our World in 2006. In 2007, he was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is an author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and two books, including What We Know about Climate Change, recently hailed by the NY Times as "... the single best thing written about climate change for a general audience.”

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                  • Richard Locke Book Panel - The Promise and Limits of Private Power


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                    The Promise and Limits of Private Power examines and evaluates various private initiatives to enforce fair labor standards within global supply chains. Using unique data (internal audit reports, and access to more than 120 supply chain factories and 700 interviews in 14 countries) from several major global brands, including NIKE, HP, and the International Labor Organization's Factory Improvement Programme in Vietnam, the book examines both the promise and the limitations of different approaches to actually improve working conditions, wages, and working hours for the millions of workers employed in today's global supply chains. Through a careful, empirically grounded analysis of these programs, Locke illustrates the mix of private and public regulation needed to address these complex issues in a global economy. Richard M. Locke is deputy dean of the Sloan School of Management and head of the Political Science Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the incoming director of the Watson Institute at Brown University, effective July 1, 2013. With panelists Mark Blyth, Watson Institute (moderator) Margaret Levi, University of Washington, Seattle, and University of Sydney Charles Sabel, Columbia Law School

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                    • Are open source communities sexist?


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                      Open source has been accused of being anti-capitalist, the saviour of government, and a way of breaking vendor lock-in and saving money in a down economy. This panel discussion involving senior leaders from open source organizations will explore these themes and provide valuable insights. Open source is often touted as inclusive and meritocratic thus one might expect it to be more inclusive of women and minorities. In response to a great question from Greg Wilson in the audience about why ratios of men:women in open source are *worse* than in corporate projects, we had a great discussion of why that might be. We'll revisit this important issue in the future. Panelists included: * Ingres CEO - Roger Burkhardt * Mozilla Executive Director - Mark Surman * Eclipse Executive Director - Mike Milinkovich * IBM Software Developer - Lawrence Mandel * i365, A Seagate Company Software Developer - Austin Ziegler * Redhat, Solutions Architect - Andrew Jennings The panel was chaired by Andrew Ross

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