Boston Science and Engineering Lectures Archive

Sunday, May 1

2:30p.  "Bird Nest Botany."   Judith Sumner.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details.

May 2 - 3.  "The Origin and Early Evolution of Photosynthetic Life."   A Symposium.   Various locations.   Details, Registration.   Poster.

Monday, May 2

8:30 - 5p.  "ECEDay 2016."   BU:  Photonics Center, 9th floor.   Details, Registration.

11:30a.  "Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action."   Helen Margetts.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin 119, 33 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

12:15p.  "Evolution of Motion and Color Vision."   Claude Despian.   BCH:  Folkman Auditorium, Enders Bldg, 300 Longwood Ave.   Details.*

1p.  "A Bayesian Framework for Robust Manipulation via Contact Sensing."   Michael Koval.   MIT:  32-D463.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Neural Mechanisms Underlying Motor Skill Learning, Adaptation, and Maintenance."   Timothy Otchy.   Harvard:  Northwest B101.   Details.

2:30p.  "The Psychological Lives of the Poor."   Sendhil Mullainathan.   MIT:  6-120.   Details, Abstract.   This event will be webcast.

3p.  "The Zen of Passwords (and the Complexity of Human Computation)."   Santosh Vempala.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Human Decisions and Machine Predictions: An Exploration of using Machine Learning for Policy."   Sendhil Mullainathan.   MIT:  E51-335.   Details.

4p.  "One Plus One Equals One: Historical and modern perspectives on the evolution of eukaryotic photosynthesis."   John Archibald.   Harvard:  BioLabs Bldg, Main Lecture Hall.   Details.

4p.  "Thinking Fast Makes Changing Slow."   Lydia Villa-Komaroff.   MIT:  E14, Winter Garden Room, and Lecture Room, 6th Floor.   Details.

4:15p.  "The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change."   Nicholas Stern.   Harvard:  CGIS-S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.   Details.

5p.  "Reflections on Emerging Microbial Threats."   James M. Hughes.   MIT:  1-190.   Details.

Tuesday, May 3

Noon.  "Data and Models for Learning Attention."   Catherine Zhao.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Hierarchical Computation in Auditory Cortex."   Alex Kell.   MIT:  46-3189.  Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Turbulent Landscapes of Pheromones during Olfactory Searches."   Massimo Vergassola.   Harvard:  Northwest 243.   Details.

Noon.   "Using Modern Deep Learning Techniques to Categorize Neutrino Interactions."   Adam Aurisano.   MIT:  26-414.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Asteroid (16) Psyche: the science of visiting a metal world."   Lindy Elkins-Tanton.   Via Skype from Arizona State.   MIT:  54-517.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Engineering the Artificial Pancreas."   Francis J. Doyle.   HSPH:  Kresge G1, 677 Huntington Ave.  Details.

2 - 7p.  "Cancer Biology Symposium."   HMS:  NRB 350.   Details, Registration.*

3p.  "'Eggstreme' Mechanics of Shells."   Pedro Reis.   Harvard:  Lyman 425.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Stem Cells in Development and Disease."   George Daley.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

4p.  "The Increasing Complexity of Exoplanet Atmospheres."   Emily Rauscher.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "Common Ground for Health: Precision, Personalized, and Social Medicine."   Linn Getz and Bruce McEwen.   Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, 10 Garden Street.   Details.

6p.  "Tree Health Safety."   John DelRosso.   Arnold Arboretum:  Meadow Road.   Details, Abstract.

6:30 - 9p   "Intro to Coding Class."   CIC Boston, 50 Milk St, 5th floor Windrose, Conference Room.   Details, RSVP.

7p.  "Chasing Minerals in Colombia."   Kevin Downey.   Harvard Geological Museum, Haller Hall.   Details.

Wednesday, May 4

9 - 5p.  "SEAS Design & Project Fair."   Harvard Science Center Plaza.   Details.

11:30a.  "A Risk Analysis Perspective on Biomedical Data Privacy."   Bradley Malin.   MIT:  32-G575.   Details.

4p.  "Engineered Bacteriophages as Precision Antimicrobials."   Robert Citorik.   MIT:  48-316.   Details.

4p.  "How Much Groundwater is on Earth?"   Tom Gleeson.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Research at Microsoft: Beyond the Horizon."   Jeannette Wing.   MIT:  32-D463.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4:30p.  "The Lilacs and Jack Alexander."   Jack Alexander.   Arnold Arboretum:  Map Table at Dawson Pond.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Reframing Creativity as the Biography of an Idea."   Edward Clapp.   Le Lab Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7p.  "Gastropod."   Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley.   Museum of Science, Cahners Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Preventing Broken Hearts: The science behind cardiovascular disease."   Mary Gearing.   Harvard:  Pfizer Lecture Hall, 12 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.   Also via livestream.

7p.  "The Long Now and the 10,000-Year Clock."   Danny Hillis.   Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7p.  "Planting in a Post-Wild World."   Claudia West.   Cambridge Public Library.   Details.

Thursday, May 5

8:30 - 4p.  "Lung Cancer."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center.   Details, Registration.

9a.  "The Beagle in a Flask: Accessing artifacts of life’s evolutionary history through ancient-modern hybrid organisms."   Betül Kaçar.   Kacar Lab.   Harvard:  Naito Laboratory, Room 205, 12 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "D-Lab Tour."   Details.

Noon.  "The Neural and Psychophysical Bases of Memorability."   Wilma Bainbridge.   A thesis defense.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details.

Noon.  "Treatment of Severely Mentally Ill Patients with Substance Use Disorders."   Richard Ries.   McLean:  Pierce Hall.   Details.

4p.  "The Architecture of Face Processing."   Doris Tsao.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Uncovering the Secret Lives of Single-cells in Large Bacterial Communities."   Elias Manolakos.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Understanding Chronic Infections through Combinatorial Genetics of Host and Pathogen."   Christopher Sassetti.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

5 - 7p.  "Virtual Reality Meets Documentary: A Deeper Look."   A panel discussion.   MIT:  54-100.   Details.

6p.  "Intelligent Robotics Systems (Amazon Echo and self-driving cars)."   Alborz Geramifard and Sertac Karaman.   MIT:  4-270.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Natural and Induced Earthquakes: The Hidden Threat to Large Cities in the United States."   Marine Denolle.   Harvard:  Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Climate Ready Boston."   Bud Ris.   New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

May 6 - 7.  "Addictions."   A conference.   Boston Marriott Cambridge.   Details, Registration.

Friday, May 6

8:30 - 5:30p.  "Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics."   A Conference.   HLS:  Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC.   Details, Registration.

10a.  "Origin and Growth of the Continental Crust."   Stephen Parman.   MIT:  E25-119.   Details.

10 - 4:30p.  "The State of Hydropower Projects Today: Lessons from the Past for the Course Ahead."   A discussion/workshop.   MIT:  9-450.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Noon.  "Scalable High Performance Computing with FPGA-based clusters: Is it (finally) time for FPGAs in HPC?"   Martin Herbordt.   MIT:  32-124.   Details.   Abstract.

12:30p.  "Making Make-Throughs: documentation as stories of design process."   Tiffany Tseng.   A dissertation defense.   MIT:  E15-341.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Cognitive and Communicative Pressures in Natural Language."   Kyle Mahowald.   A thesis defense.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Recent Progress on the Webb Space Telescope."   Giuseppe Cataldo.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Meet the Scientists."   Tufts:  Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Ave.   Details, RSVP.

Saturday, May 7

8a.  "Calling All Birders!"   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  Peters Hill Gate.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9:30 - Noon.   "Intro to Coding Class."   CIC Boston, 50 Milk St, 5th floor Windrose, Conference Room.   Details, RSVP.   This class will repeat at 1:30 - 4p, same location.

11 - 6p.  "International Drone Day."   Innovations and Design Bldg, 23 Drydock Ave, Boston.   Details, Tickets.

Noon - 6p.  "Bird Taxidermy Workshop."   Mickey Alice Kwapis.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, May 8

Noon - 5p.  "Small Mammal Taxidermy Workshop."   Mickey Alice Kwapis.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, May 9

7:10a.  "Mercury Transit."   Details.   Live webcast.   How to look at the sun.

8:30 - 6p.  "Computations: from Synapses to Systems."   A symposium.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

8:30 - 11:30a.  "Intelligent Mobility: driverless cars, ambient intelligence, transportation networks."   An ILP STEX Event.   MIT:  Industry Meeting Center, 12th flr, 1 Main St.   Details.

8:30a.  "Sustainability Research."   A conference.   BU:  Photonics Bldg, 8 St Mary's, 9th flr.   Details.

10a.  "The Cognitive Underpinnings of Cooperation."   David Rand.   MIT:  46-6011.   Details, Abstract.

10:15a.  "Rethinking Connection."   Sherry Turkle.   BC:  Robsham Theater.   Details, Registration.

Noon - 7p.  "Epigenetics in Cancer."   A conference.   Merck Research Laboratories Boston, 33 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, RSVP.

4p.  "Connecting Cellular Metabolism to Growth and Differentiation."   Craig Thompson.   HMS:  Armenise Amphitheater, 210 Longwood Avenue.   Details.*

4p.  "Making New Materials From Synthetically Modified Proteins."   Matthew B. Francis.   MIT:  56-114.   Details.

4p.  "Quarks and Color Forces with a Spin."   Zein-Eddine Meziani.   MIT:  26-414.   Details, Abstract.

May 10 - 11.   "Exponential Manufacturing."   A Conference.   Westin Waterfront.   Details, Registration.

Tuesday, May 10

10a.  "Translating Metabolic Insights into Therapies."   Craig Thompson.   HMS:  Armenise Amphitheater, 210 Longwood.   Details.*

11a.  "Reliable Robots: failing without failing."   Edwin Olson.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.   "Applying Network Science for Public Health: Toward 'social' communication strategies."   Brittany Seymour.   HLS:  Berkman Center, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C, Rm 2036.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Noon.  "Finding a Neural Basis for the Social Difficulties in Autism."   Dorit Kliemann.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "From Fieldwork to Neurobiology. A Botanical Journey with cycads."   Dennis Wm. Stevenso.   Harvard:  Herbarium Seminar Room.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "The Body Model Theory of Somatosensory Cortex."   Michael Brecht.   Harvard:  Northwest 243, 52 Oxford.   Details.

12:30p.  "Visible Wavelength Exoplanet Albedo Maps and Phase Curves."   Matt Webber.   MIT:  54-517.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Transformable Robotic/Material Systems."   Chuck Hoberman.   Supplementary viewing.    Harvard:  Northwest B101, 52 Oxford.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Biologic Architecture of Age-Related Cognitive Decline."   David Bennett.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details.

4p.  "Communication Amid Uncertainty."   Madhu Sudan.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details.

4p.  "Expansion of the Universe seen by Hubble."   Adam Riess.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "Moving from Personalized Medicine to Public Health Genomics."   Susan M. Wolf.   BU:  Hiebert Lounge, Instructional Building, 72 East Concord St.   Details.

5p.  "Jack's Lilacs."   Jack Alexander.   Arnold Arboretum, Bussey Hill Rd.   Details.

5:30 - 7p.  "IACS Project Showcase."   Harvard: Northwest Building Cafe, 52 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "A Perilous Pleasure: The Sun and Your Skin."   David A. Fisher.   MGH Museum, Putnam Gallery.   Details, Registration.

7p.  "The Mystery of Whale Eyesight and (Big) Things that Go Bump in the Night."   Scott Kraus, Vice President, Research, New England Aquarium.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theatre.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7:30p.  "Coevolution in a Bee-Orchid Mutualism."   Santiago Ramirez .   Harvard:  MCZ 101.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, May 11

11:30a.  "The Hopfield Barrier in Gene Regulation."   Jeremy Gunawardena.   MIT:  32-G575.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Cellular Automata and Physics."   Edward Fredkin.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 124.   Details.

2p.  "Non-Invasive Network Modulation."   Mark Halko.   Northeastern:  442 DA.   Detail, Abstracts.

2p.  "The Signature of First Black Holes in Cosmic Backgrounds."   Nico Cappelluti.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Wandering Minds, Restless Brains and Mindful Thinking."   Joseph Keller.   A thesis defense.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Going with the Flow: The role of water in cell mechanics."   Sean Sun.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Growth in Fluctuating Environments: a look into the minute-scale responses bacteria use when faced with change."   Jen Nguyan.   MIT:  48-316.   Details.

4p.  "Ionostatic Control of the Sleep-Wake Cycle."   Maiken Nedergaard.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Directed Assembly of Nanostructured Soft Materials by Magnetic Field Interactions."   Chinedum Osuji.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin Lounge.   Details, Abstracts.

6p.  "Linking Drugs, Diseases, and the Druggable Proteome."   Tudor Oprea.   Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy St.   Details, RSVP.

7p.  "The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself."   Sean Carroll.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

May 12 - 13.   "Mastery of Nature: Promises and Problems."   A conference.   MIT:  Samberg Conference Center (E52).   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, May 12

8:15a.  "Soft Wearable Robots: a chance to connect the clinic with the community."   Conor Walsh.   Harvard Business School:  Various locations.   Details, Registration.

8:30 - 5:30p.  "Early Life Stress and Mental Health."   A symposium.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.   "A New Era? Global Climate Protection Efforts After the Paris Climate Summit."   Daniel Klingenfeld.   Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon St.   Details.

Noon.  "Emerging and Evidence-based Treatments for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Youth."   A Forum.   McLean Hospital, Pierce Hall, 115 Mill St, Belmont.   Details.

2:30p.  "The Role of 3D Chromosome Structures in Selective Gene Control."   Daniel Dadon.   A Thesis Defense.   MIT:  Whitehead Auditorium.   Details.

4p.  "Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents."   Judith Mintz.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Why Were Early Humans Successful and Other Hominids Not?"   Christian Tryon.   Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St, Somerville.   Details.

6p.  "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?"   Frans de Waal.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford.   Details, Abstract.

7 - 9p.  "Brain-Enhancing Drugs at School: Smart or Not?"   Marisa Silveri.   Museum of Science.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

8p.  "Minor Planet Center Operations."   Michael Rudenko.   Harvard-Smithsonian Center, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St.   Details.

Friday, May 13

1:30p.  "Spider Superheros."   Chelsea Public Library, 569 Broadway, Chelsea.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3p.  "Approaching the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the humanities and the sciences."   A panel discussion.   Harvard:  Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall.   Details.

3:30p.  "Seeds with Dr. Can-Do Science."   Boston Public Library, Grove Hall Branch.   Details.

May 14 - 15.  "Food Science Weekend."   Museum of Science.   Details.

Saturday, May 14

9 - 1p.  "Scratch Day."   MIT:  Media Lab, 6th flr.   Details.

9 - 3p.  "Youth Summit on Climate Change."   MIT:  34-101.   Details, Registration.

10:30a.  "Marine Life!"   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "Explorers Garden: The World on Bussey Hill."   Francis Doyle.   Arnold Arboretum, Explorers Garden at Chinese Path.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, May 15

5 - 7:30p.  "Tree Spotters Training."   Arnold Arboratum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details.

May 16 - 18.  "National Biotechnology Conference."   Sheraton Boston Hotal.   Details, Registration.

May 16 - 18.   "An Event Apart."   Three days of design, code, and content.   Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, May 16

Noon.   "Detecting and Attributing Changes in Air Pollution and Temperature Over the Eastern U.S.A. Amidst Climate Variability."   Arlene Fiore.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Design, Make, Play: Taking risks and inviting exploration at the New York Hall of Science."   Katie McMillan Culp, Chief Learning Officer, New York Hall of Science.   Tufts:  Mulligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Bee Keeping Panel."   Joseph Wilson, Olivia Messinger, and Thomas Seeley.   Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon, Central Library.   Details.

6p.  "NERVE Center Open House and Valkyrie Unveiling."   UMass Lowell NERVE Center, 1001 Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Innovation at the Intersection of Art, Design and Biology."   A forum.   Le Laboratoire Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Tuesday, May 17

Noon.  "Disneyland, Measles, and Parents’ Choice not to Vaccinate."   Richard Pan, CA State Senator, and Brittany Seymour.   Harvard School of Dental Medicine, REB Auditorium, 188 Longwood Ave.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Noon.  "Head Lice and Lousy Information."   Richard Pollack.   46 Blackstone St. (South building; Room 415), Cambridge.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Claude Shannnon."   Sergio Verdu.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

4:30p.  "Learning Atomistic Secrets from Nanosolids."   Prashant Jain.   Jain Lab.   MIT:  6-120.   Details.

5p.  "The Development of Shannon's Information Theory."   A conference.   MIT:  34-401.   Details.

7p.  "Me Want it, But Me Wait: Defining, Measuring, and Improving Self-Regulation in Early Childhood."   Dana Charles McCoy.   Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, May 18

10a.  "Neuronal Underpinnings of Social Interactions."   Keren Haroush.   MIT:  46-3189.  Details, Abstract.

10:30a.  "Dissociable Neural Mechanisms to Explain Age-Related Auditory Declines."   Kathy Harris.   BU:  ERB 203, 44 Cunnington Mall.   Details, Abstract.

10:30a.  "Games, Protocols, and Quantum Entanglement."   Henry Yuen.   A thesis defense.   MIT:  32-D463.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Rank Dynamics of Language."   Carlos Gershenson.   New England Complex Systems Institute, 210 Broadway Suite 101, Cambridge.     Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Potassium Isotopic Evidence for the Origin of the Moon."   Kun Wang.   Harvard:  Geological Museum, Haller Hall.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Evolutionary History and Future of Microbial Communities."   Gabriel Leventhal.   MIT:  48-316.   Details.

4:30p.  "Tales of Our Forefathers."   Not a mathematics talk; instead a talk for mathematicians.   Barry Simon.   MIT:  2-190.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Medical Interpretation of Human Genomes."   Heidi Rehm.   Broad Auditorium, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "The Gene: An Intimate History."   Siddhartha Mukherjee.   Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

6:30p.  "An Esocartography."   Robert Pietrusko.   Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 Eart Kendall.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7p.  "3-D Printer Primer."   A Meetup.   Christopher Haid, Chief Operating Officer, NVBOTS®.   Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Bruce Bolling Building, Dudley Square.   Details.

7p.  "The Study of Instinct: Unravelling how the brain generates behavior."   Harvard:  Pfizer Lecture Hall, 12 Oxford St.   Details.

Thursday, May 19

8 - 6:15p.  "Blazing Trails toward Cures."   A Retreat.   Harvard:  NW B103.   Details, Registration.

9 - 9p.  "New Technologies Boot Camp."   Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), New England Section.   Dedham Holiday Inn, Terrace Room.   Details.

Noon.  "'10% of the Time It Works Every time' - Recognizing Sloppy Science (or how to read a scientific paper)."   C. Glenn Begley, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, TetraLogic Pharmaceutical Corporation.   BUSM:  72 East Concord St, L-112.   Details.

Noon.  "Mechanisms of Transgenerational Epigenetic Memory and Forgetting in Worms and Somatic Mutation in Tumors."   Ben Lehner.   Harvard:  NW B-103.   Details.

Noon.  "Trans 101."   A forum.   HSPH:  Kresge G-1.   Details, RSVP.

12:30p.  "Constructed to Deconstruct: The 26S proteasome as a coordinated degradation machine."   Andreas Martin.   HMS:  Cannon Room.  Details.*

3p.  ""Never Calculate Without Already Knowing the Answer!"   Sanjoy Mahajan.   MIT:  4-370.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Young Blood for Old Brains."   Tony Wyss-Coray.   Tufts:  Behrakis Auditorium, Jaharis Family Center.   Details.

4:30p.  "Late Lessons from Early Warnings about Hazards to Health and Environment."   David Gee.   HSPH:  Kresge G2, 677 Huntington Ave.  Details.*

6p.  "10 Breakthrough Technologies with MIT Technology Review."   Jason Pontin.   Ragon Institute Auditorium, 400 Technology Square, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6 - 9p.  "Startup Spotlight."   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Registration.

6:30p.  "Spring Migration of Coastal Waterbirds."   Katharine Parsons, Director, Coastal Waterbird Progam, Mass Audubon.   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

7p.  "The Biomolecular Prototyping Unit (BPU) - Rapidly Asking Questions with DNA."   Peter Carr.   Broad Institute Auditorium.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "The Phoenix Islands Protected Area: X Marks the Spot."   A panel discussion.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theatre.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7:30p.  "The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy's Big Questions."   David Eicher.   An Author's Night.   Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden.   Details.

May 20 - 22.  "Open Data Science Conference."   Boston Convention Center.   Details, Registration.

Friday, May 20

7:30a.  PSA: How to turn a great marker into a public health fiasco (and how to turn it back).   Prostate Cancer Symposium.   Andrew Vickers.   Marriot Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Ave.   Details, Registration.

8 - 1p.  "Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Graduate Program Symposium."   Joe V. Selby.   This event will also feature presentations and posters by students.   Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St, Wolff Auditorium.   Details.

10:30a.  "Accessing Data while Preserving Privacy."   Kobbi Nissim.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Kepler's Multiple Planet Systems."   Jack Lissauer.   MIT:  54-517.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Rank Dynamics of Language."   Carlos Gershenson.   New England Complex Systems Institute, 210 Broadway Suite 101, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

May 21 - 22.  "Mammalian Synthetic Biology."   A workshop.   MIT:  E51-115.   Details, Abstract.

May 21 - 22.   "MetroHacks."   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, May 21

9a.  "Reopening of the Glass Flowers Exhibit."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.

10 - 8p.  "BostonVR Devs May Hackathon."   Fresh Tilled Soil, 480 Pleasant Street, Suite A410, Watertown.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Sunday, May 22

9 - 1p.  "Identifying the 25 Most Common Trees in Boston."   Kyle Port.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details.

1p.  "Collections Up Close: Bonsai and Penjing Collection."   Steven Schneider.   Arnold Arboretum, Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, May 23

8:30a.  "Inflammation."   A symposium.   BUSM:  Bakst Auditorium.   Details, Abstract.   Register by 5/20/16.

12:30p.  "DNA Nanodevices Measure Protein Activity in Living Organisms."   Yamuna Krishnan.   HMS:  Cannon Room.  Details.*

2p.  "Precise Bioengineering of Functional Materials and Biomimetic Environments."   Alvaro Mata.   Wyss Institute:  3 Blackfan Circle 521.   Details.

5p.  "The Complex 3D Hierarchical Oganization of Bone: Surprising Structure-Function Relations."   Steve Weiner.   MIT 2-190. :    Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Mobile Phones in Ebola Response - What Did We Learn?"   A panel discussion.   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "The World According to Star Wars."   Cass Sunstein.   An author's event.   Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St.   Details, Tickets.

7p.  "Will the Bats Come Back? Confronting White-Nose Syndrome."   Christina Kocer.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract.

7:30p.  "Baskets and Chandeliers," by Shruti Muralidhar.   Asgard Irish Pub, 350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.   Details, Tickets, Abstracts.

7:30p.  "Caught in the Act: the proteins behind Alzheimer's Disease," by Eloise Hudry.   Asgard Irish Pub, 350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.   Details, Tickets, Abstracts.

7:30p.  "Happiness and Helping: a Field Guide," by Samantha Karlin.   Sissy K's, 6 Commercial St, Boston.   Details, Tickets, Abstract.

7:30p.  "Sex and the Struggle for Existence," by David Clapham.   Sissy K's, 6 Commercial St, Boston.   Details, Tickets, Abstract.

May 24 - 25.  "Hippocampus: 25 Years of Progress."   A conference.   More information to follow.

Tuesday, May 24

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

Noon - 5:30p.  "Responsible Conduct of 'Omics' Research."   HMS:  Cannon Amphitheater, 240 Longwood.   Details.  (Those wishing to attend/audit should email Bethany Bramhavar at

2 - 5p.  "From Genetics to Epigenetics to Targeted Therapeutics."   A Conference.   HMS:  Jimmy Fund Auditorium.   Details.*

3p.  "Deriving Cortical Interneurons from Stem Cells, Using Them to Reduce Psychosis-Related Behaviors in Rodents, and Accelerating their Post-Mitotic Maturation."   Stewart Anderson.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

5:30 - 8p.  "Tree Spotters Citizen Science Program."   Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway.   Details.

7:30p.   "Deviant DNA: When Friend Becomes Foe," by Simran Kaushal.   Asgard Irish Pub, 350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.   Details, Tickets, Abstract.

7:30p.  "DNA Repair -- Gotta Have it!" by Bevin Engelward.   Asgard Irish Pub, 350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.   Details, Tickets, Abstract.

7:30p.   "Making Mini-Organs in a Dish," by Adrian Ranga.   Sissy K's, 6 Commercial St, Boston.   Details, Tickets, Abstract.

7:30p.   "Preventing Progression: the Potential of Natural Materials and Stem Cells for Prevention of Heart Failure," by Whitney Stoppel.   Sissy K's, 6 Commercial St, Boston.   Details, Tickets, Abstract.

Wednesday, May 25

2p.  "Illuminating Functional Neuronal Circuits in Huntington’s Disease."   Michael S. Levine.   BUSM:  Instructional L110, 72 East Concord.   Details.

4p.  "The Pursuit of Neurophenotypes in Autism Spectrum Disorder."   David Amaral.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "What can Metabolomics Teach Us about Microbial Activity in the Ocean?"   Winn Johnson.   MIT:  48-316.   Details.

6p.  "Through the Virtual Reality Looking Glass."   A Meetup.   Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th floor.   Details.

6p.  "Tinkering with Tolerance in Azaleas."   Alexander Susko.   Arnold Arboretum:  Meadow Rd.   Details.

7:30p.  "Building With Fluids," by Pierre-Thomas Brun. Sissy K's, 6 Commercial St, Boston.   Details, Tickets.

7:30p.  "Expanding the Web of Silk" by David Kaplan, Asgard Irish Pub, 350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

7:30p.  "How do Computers Compute so Fast?" by Michael Shah.   Asgard Irish Pub, 350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

7:30p.  "How do Honey Bees Deal with Heat Stress?," by Rachael Bonoan.   Sissy K's, 6 Commercial St, Boston.   Details, Tickets.

Thursday, May 26

Noon.  "D-Lab Tour."   MIT:  N-51.   Details.

Noon.  "NASA's Journey to Mars: Exploring Today for Tomorrow."   Dava Newman.   MIT:  10-250.   Details.

2p.  "Modeling of Laminar and Turbulent Reacting Flows."   A webinar.   Details, Registration.   A recorded version will be available.

7p.  "Real Mermaids: Dugongs in Australia."   Elizabeth Burgess, Postdoctoral Researcher, New England Aquarium.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theatre.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "The Interface Between Neurology and Psychiatry in the 21st Century."   Bruce Price and David Silbersweig.   BWH:  Bornstein Amphitheater, 75 Francis St.   Details.*

Friday, May 27

1p.  "How Scientists can Work with Physicians to Identify Unmet Medical Needs."   Ailis Tweed-Kent.   MIT:  4-145.   Details.

1p.  "The Digital Liberal Arts Exchange."   A discussion.   BU:  Mugar Library, PAL Study Kounge, 3rd flr.   Details, RSVP.

Saturday, May 28

9:45a.  "Massachusetts Butterfly Club Field Trip."   Target species: Early Hairstreak.   Meet at Mt. Greylock Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA parking lot.   Details.

Tuesday, May 31

11a.  "Neurobiology of Narcolepsy."   Thomas Scammell.   McLean:  deMarneffe 132.   Details.

1 - 5p.  "Preparing Health Systems for an Aging Global Population Symposium."   HLS:  WCC 2019 Milstein West A, 1585 Massachusetts Ave.   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.