Boston Science and Engineering Lectures Archive

Monday, January 4

12:15p.  "Making, Breaking and Re-Creating Neural Circuits to Treat Blindness."   Andrew Huberman.   BCH:  Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building, 300 Longwood Avenue.   Details.*

1p.  "Perfect Forward Secrecy."   Andrew Sutherland.   MIT:  4-270.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Chemistry-Driven Biological Discovery."   Christina Woo.   MIT:  56-114.   Details.

Tuesday, January 5

10:30a.  "Early Explorers."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

11a.  "Listening to the Sound of Light to Guide Surgeries."   Muyinatu Bell.   MIT:  1-390.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, January 8

3:15p.  "Trail Detectives' Club."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration..

11-2p.  "Links of Arctic Change to Midlatitude Weather."   Judah Cohen.   MIT:  48-316.   Details, Abstract.

2 - 4:30p.  "Bird Photography."   Eduardo del Solar.   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

5 - 8p.  "Grand Medical Rounds @ MIT."   A conversation.   MIT Museum:  265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Sunday, January 10

10:30a.  "Family Bird Walk."   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill Rd, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

January 11 - 15.   "IACS Computefest Skill Building Workshops."   Harvard:  Northwest B1, 52 Oxford St.   Details, Registration.

Monday, January 11

11a.  "Magnetic Fusion Energy: A Vision for Getting there Sooner."   Earl Marmar.   MIT:  1-190.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Molecular Control of Chromosome Choreography during Meiosis."   Yumi Kim.   Brandeis:  Gersztenzang 121.   Details.

1:30p.  "Hunting Ghosts: Neutrinos and the Slowest Process in the Universe."   Lindley Winslow.   MIT:  6-120.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Billions of Planets and the Red Dwarfs that Host Them."   Andrew West.   The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville.   Details.

Tuesday, January 12

10:30a.  "Early Explorers."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

10a.  "Perception, Behavior, and the Dynamics of the Awake State."   Matthew McGinley.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details, Abstract.

11a.  "Epigenetic Mechanisms in Regulation of Activity Dependent Gene Expression and Behavior."   Li-Huei Tsai.   McLean Hospital de Marneffe 132.   Details.

1:15p.  "Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves."   Scott Hughes.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Development of 'CorPath' -- a surgical robot."   Nicholas Kottenstette and Brett Prince.   Olin College, 1000 Olin Way, Needham.   Details.

6 - 8p.  "Hardware Hacking."   Kurt Keville.   MIT:  32-155.   Details.

6:30 - 8:30p.  "The Connected Soldier."   Jean-Louis “Dutch” DeGay.   MIT:  E51-345.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7:30p.  "Deconstructing Visual Signals in Social Butterflies."   Susan D. Finkbeiner.   Harvard:  MCZ 101.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, January 13

9:30a.  "Trauma Exposure and PTSD among Women Veterans: Implications for Our Understanding of Gender Differences."   Amy Street.   McLean Hospital, de Marneffe 218.   Details.

11a.  "How to Keep Secrets: Practical Secure Computation."   Debayan Gu**pta.   MIT:  36-462.   Details, Abstract.

1:30p.  "First Science Run of Advanced LIGO: sensitivity and goals."   Denis Martynov.   MIT:  2-105.   Details, Abstract.

4 - 6p.  "Civics in a Distributed Society."   A salon.   New England Complex Systems Institute, 210 Broadway, Suite 101, Cambridge.   The salon will also be streamed online.   Details, Abstract, Registration.  

Thursday, January 14

8:30a.  "New Directions in Cancer Care for Nonspecialists."   A conference.   BU:  Colloquium Room, Photonics Center.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

10a.  "Dissecting the Molecular Mechanisms of Vocal Learning and Spoken Language."   Erich Jarvis.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details, Abstract.

11a.  "SPARC: A Small Tokamak for Changing Climates."   A forum.   MIT:  NW17-218.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Current Status of Treatment and Outcome in Bipolar and Unipolar Major Depression."   Ross J. Baldessarini.   McLean Hospital:  Pierce Hall.   Details.

6p.  "Principles of Synthetic Biology."   A Meetup.   Adam Arkin and Ron Weiss.   Boston Open Science Lab:  500 Technology Square, Rm 180.   Details.   More Details.

6:30p.  "Open Analytics Boston."   A Meetup.   Anindita Mahapatra and Tom Morris.   Teradata Labs (FKA Hadapt), 330 Congress Street, 5th Fl.   Details.

Friday, January 15

11a.  "Themes and Variations in Circuits and Behavior."   Cori Bargmann.   Harvard:  Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab, Pfizer Lecture Hall, 12 Oxford Street.   Details.

1p.  "Knots and Numbers."   Haynes Miller.   MIT:  4-270.   Details, Abstract.

1:30p.  "How One Black Hole can Shape Galaxy Formation on Million Light Years Scales."   Michael McDonald.   MIT:  6-120.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, January 16

7:30 - 7:30p.  "Northeast Organic Farming Association Winter Conference."   Worcester State University, Sheehan Hall, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester.   Details.

8 - 6p.  "Music And Cognition."   A Conference.   Harvard:  Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland.   Details, Abstract.

1 - 3:30p.  "Bio Blitz."   Teams of community scientists identify as many species as they can in a 24-hour period.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details.

Sunday, January 17

10a.  "Boston VR Vive Hackathon."   A Meetup.   Wayfair, 4 Copley Place, Flr 7.   Details.

10:30a.  "Exploring the Winter World."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Rd., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "The Science of Snow."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Rd, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, January 19

10:30a.  "Early Explorers."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

11a.  "Surfaces, Interfaces, Spins - Control it All, from Exchange Interaction to Quantum Transport to Molecular Spintronics."   Jagadeesh Moodera.   MIT:  NW17-218.   Details.

Noon.  "Hierarchical Bayesian Models of Brain Function and Disorder."   Thomas Yeo.   Martinos Center:  149-2204, 149 13th St.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "The Quest for Novel Antibiotics."   Kim Lewis.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

2:45p.  "The Search for Habitable Planets."   Sara Seager.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Connectomics and Psychopathology: A Tale of Many Regions."   Deanna Barch.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

6:30p.  "Probing the Large-Scale Universe."   Licia Verde.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, January 20

8:30a - Noon.  "Forum on Data Privacy Convened by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office."   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "Silicon Photonics: A Versatile Platform from the Near to the Mid Infrared."   Jaime Cardenas.   BU:  PHO 339.   Details.

Noon.  "Hierarchical Bayesian Models of Brain Function and Disorder."   Thomas Yeo.   BU:  Room B01, 24 Cummington Mall.   Details.

2p.  "Illuminating the Dark Ages and the Cosmic Dawn with Radio Interferometers."   Aaron Ewall-Wice.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract .

3 - 5:30p.  "Open House."   Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.   100 Boston Suite, G-810.   Details.

3p.  "Seeing a World in a Point of Light."   Zachory Berta-Thompson.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "A Common Model of Representational Spaces in Human Cortex."   James Haxby.   MIT:  32-D507.   Details, Abstracts.

4p.  "Deficits in Reward Learning in Mouse Models of Autism."   Ted Abel.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

6:30 - 9p.  "Functional Package Management and GNU Guix."   David Thompson.   MIT:  E51-325.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Emotion Enabling Games."   Forest Handford.   Naga, 450 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

January 21-22.  "From Fragility to Antifragility."   Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Yaneer Bar-Yam.   New England Complex Systems Institute, 210 Broadway, Suite 101.   Details, Registration.

Thursday, January 21

10a.  "Moral Decision-Making: computational insights and neural mechanisms."   Molly Crockett.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Predators in the Plankton: The Menagerie of Marine Microbial Eukaryotes."   Matt Johnson.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

12:15p.  "Repression Technology: Internet Accessibility and Strategic State Violence."   Anita Gohdes.   HKS:  Belfer Center Library, Littauer 369.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Observing Black Holes."   Victoria Grinberg.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Structural Biology at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory."   Mei Hong.   MIT:  NW17-218.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "A New Frontier in the Search for Dark Matter."   Gordan Kmjaic, Fermilab.   Northeastern:  114 Dana Research Center.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Hierarchical Bayesian Models of Brain Function and Disorder."   Thomas Yeo.   MIT:  32-D507.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Illuminating Biology at the Nanoscale with Single-Molecule and Super-Resolution Imaging."   Xiaowei Zhuang.   Harvard:  HUCE Seminar Room 310, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

6p.  "Fast Talks."   Hyatt Regency Cambridge.   Details, RSVP.

6p.  "Illuminating Biology at the Nanoscale with Single-Molecule and Super-Resolution Imaging."   Xiaowei Zhuang.   Harvard:  HUCE Seminar Room, (Rm. 310), 24 Oxford St.   Details.

6p.  "Principles of Synthetic Biology."   A Study Group.   Room 189, 500 Technology Square.   Details.

6 - 8p.  "The Healing Power of Stories."   Annie Brewster.   MGH:  Museum of Medical History, 2 North Grpve St.   Details.

6:30p.  "Beyond the UX Tipping Point."   Jared M. Spool.   Verizon Labs, 60 Sylvan Road, Waltham.   Details, Registration.

7:30p.  "Sweating the Small Stuff: The Fun and Fear of Near-Earth Asteroids."   Jose-Luis Galache.   Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics:    Details, Abstract.

Friday, January 22

3:15p.  "Trail Detectives' Club."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration..

8:30am.  "Design for an Aging Population."   A Meetup.   IDEO Boston, 485 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.   Details, Tickets.

9 - 5p.  "The Converging Fields of Neuroscience and Computer Science/Machine Learning."   A symposium.   Harvard Science Center B.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "Creating, Diagnosing, and Controlling High-Energy-Density Matter with the National Ignition Facility."   Mark Herrmann.   MIT:  NW17-218.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "The Role of Science and Technology in the Conservation of North Atlantic Right Whales."   Mark Baumgartner.   MIT:  54-915.   Details.

12:30p.  "Blood Lines: Fatherhood, faith and love in the time of stem cells."   Paul McLean.   HMS:  1st Floor Conference Rm, Center for Bioethics, 641 Huntington Avenue.   Details, RSVP.  Those unaffilated with Harvard need to register for this event.

1p.  "Machine Learning and Computational Pathology for Data-Driven Cancer Diagnostics."   Andrew Beck.   MIT:  McGovern Auditorium, Whitehead Institute.   Details.

1:30p.   "Symmetry and its Breaking in Many-Body Physics."   Haruki Watnabe.   MIT:  6-120.   Details.

Saturday, January 23

10:30a.  "Exploring Science Together: Dinosaurs!"   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Registration.

9 - 5p.  "GPU Hackathon."   MIT:  E51-335.   Details.

9:30a.  "Botany Blast: Observing Nature for Citizen Science."   Margaret Kosmala.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, January 25

11a.  "Nanophotonic Devices: Controlling Thermal Radiation and Light Absorption for Energy, Information and Sensing."   Aaswath P. Raman.   BU:  HHO 339.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.   "Life in the Deep: Hot Topics in Hydrothermal Vent Biology."   Lauren Mullineaux.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Use of Google Tools in Community-Based Participatory Action Research."   Neenah Estrella-Luna.   Northeastern:  109 Robinson Hall.   Details.

1p.  "Mathematical Models of Baseball Games."   Michael Brenner.   MIT:  4-270.   Details, Abstract.

1:30p.  "Our First Chance to Study the Atmosphere of a Rocky Exoplanet."   Zach Berta-Thompson.   MIT:  6-120.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "F is for Fake."   A Coolidge Science on Screen event.   Richard Newman will describe how forgeries are identified.   Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, January 26

10:30a.  "Early Explorers."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

11a.  "On the Design of Personal Health Technologies for Mental Disorders."   Jakob Bardam.   Northeastern:  177 Huntington, 12th floor conference room.   Details, Abstract.   If you do not work in 177, email if you plan to attend so your name can be added to visitor list at the front desk.  

Noon.  "Civic Technology and Community Science: building a model for public participation in environmental decision-making processes."   Shannon Dosemagen.   Harvard:  Berkman Center, 23 Everett St, 2nd flr.   A Berkman Luncheon.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Understanding Disparities: Executive function, stress reactivity, and early socioeconomic disadvantage."   Daniel Hackman.   Brandeis:  International Lounge Union.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Preventing Gun Violence: Public Health Perspectives."   A Forum.   This event is a webcast/webinar.   Details, RSVP.

2 - 4:30p.   "Science Fair Workshop."   Patricia Monteith.   Brockton Public Library:    Details, Registration.

3:30p.  "Linking Learning Outcomes and Topics across the Undergraduate Curriculum."   Karen Willcox.   Harvard:  TBD.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Circadian Rhythms: Mechanism and Behavior."   Michael Rosbash.   HMS:  Jimmey Fund Auditorium.   Details.*

4:30p.  "Advancing Public Health Science for Global Health: A Health Research Funder’s Perspective."   Alain Beaudet.   BU:  Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord.   Details.

6 - 9p.  "Remote Patient Monitoring Challenge."   Google Cambridge Headquarters, Boston Common Rm, 5 Main Street.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Gamma-Ray Bursts."   Raul Jimenez.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St.   Details.

Wednesday, January 27

8:30 - 5:30p.  "MIT on Climate = Science + Action."   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

10a.  "Developing Behavioral Flexibility."   Catherine Hartley.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Application of PET and MRI for Studying Depression."   Ramin V. Parsey.   Martinos Center:  149-2204.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Sensory Coding in the Natural Environment."   Tatyana Sharpee.   BU:  Room B01, 24 Cummington Mall.   Details.

Noon.  "The Era of Machines That See: Opportunities and Challenges in Embedded Vision."   Jeff Bier, Founder, President, Embedded Vision Alliance.   A webinar.   Details, Registration.

12:15p.  "The 2015 Dietary Guidelines."   Dariush Mozaffarian and Alice Lichtenstein.   Tufts:  Jaharis, Behrakis Auditorium, Boston Campus.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Using Networks to Learn Properties of Biological Systems."   John Quackenbush.   BU:  BUSM (72 East Concord St) L-110.   Details.

4p.  "Teaching & Learning with the Digital Public Library of America."   Franky Abbott.   Phillips Academy, 180 Main Street. Kemper Auditorium. Andover.   Details, Abstract Registration.

6 - 9p.  "Crypto Party."   An introduction to crypto.   Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Wayfair & Google Project Tango."   A VR Meetup.   Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge.   Details.

7p.  "Psychiatric Diagnoses: How Useful Are They?"   Claude Spiro.   Four Burgers, 704 Mass Ave, Central Sq.   Details, Abstract.

January 28 - 29.  "LIDS Student Conference."   A student organized, student run conference during which MIT graduate students present their research.   MIT:  32-141 & 31-144.   Details.

Thursday, January 28

7:45 - 9:15a.  "The Genetics and Epigenetics of Malignant Tumors."   Mario L. Suva.   Harvard Club, Washington Room, 3rd Floor, 374 Commonwealth Avenue.   Details, Abstract.

noon.  "Integrating Medical and Psychiatric Care: A Global Perspective."   Paul Summergrad.   McLean Hospital:  Pierce Hall.   Details.

12:30p.  "Language Deprivation Syndrome: Identifying a Clinical Entity."   Sanjay Gulati.   HMS:  Tosteson Medical Center 250.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.*

12:30p.  "Mitochondria, Metabolism and Cellular Decisions: Entwined in Health and Disease."   Jared Rutter.   HMS:  C-114 (Cannon Room).   Details.*

2:50p.  "The Next Generation of Brain-Computer Interfaces: Responding Implicitly to Users' Cognitive State."   Beste Filiz Yukse.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Machine Learning: Art or Science?"   Shivani Agarwal.   Harvard:  MD G115.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Radiation Physics Today for Material Sciences Tomorrow."   Mingda Li.   MIT:  34-101.   Details, Abstract.

4 - 8p.  "TI Hackathon."   MIT:  32-155.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "Functional 3D Renal Proximal Tubules via Bioprinting."   Jennifer Lewis.   HMS:  NRB 350.   Details, Abstract.*

7p.  "The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet."   Justin Peters.   Workbar:  45 Prospect St, First flr.   Details.

January 29 - 31.   "Hack for Urban Fitness."   MIT Media Lab.   Details.

Friday, January 29

8:30a.  "Can Experimental Evolution Reveal Anything about Evolution outside the Lab?"   Andrew Murray.   Harvard:  HUCE Seminar Room (310), 24 Oxford St.   Details.

10a.  "Label-free Spectroscopic Imaging: An Emerging Platform for Biology and Medicine."   Ji-Xin Cheng.   BU:  PHO 901.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "A Systems Approach to Innate Immunity."   Sagi Shapira.   MIT:  McGovern Auditorium.   Details.

1:30p.  "Crash, Boom, Bang: Impacts & the Formation of Planets at home and abroad."   Hilke Schlichting.   MIT:  6-120.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Quantum Squeezing of Motion."   Keith Schwab.   Harvard:  MD G115.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, January 30

9 - 12:30p.  "Hide and Seek: Negotiating Isolation and Connection in a Patient with Panic Disorder."   David Van Norstrand.   MGH O'Keeffe Auditorium.   Details, Registration.*

9:30a.  "The Art of Drawing Birds."   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details.

10:30a.  "Winter Backyard Birding."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Rd, Mattapan. Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "Experimazing: Fun Indoor and Outdoor Experiments!"   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Rd, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, January 31

7p.  "Under the Night Sky."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Drive, Mattapan.   Details.

*Admission to Harvard's medical area buildings often requires ID issued by a "Harvard Medical School Affiliate".  A list of these institutions can be consulted here.   Persons interested in events in the medical area that are not explicitly public, that have sponsors with whom they have no experience, and who are unsure if their ID will guarantee access, might want to email the contact person cited in the details page and ask.  Inquiries directed at the HMS Dept of Genetics should be emailed to (or 617-432-7666) at least one day before the event.  Events in the medical area that do not carry an asterisk are those that I think are prepared to receive the unaffiliated.