Boston Science and Engineering Lectures Archive



Saturday, July 2

10 -1p.  "New England Plant Communities."   Weekly on Saturday until Jul 16, 2016.   Various Locations,   Details.

Wednesday, July 6

10 - 2p.   "Introduction to Plant Families."   A mini-course.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA.   Details.

6p.  "Why Microbes Matter."   Ashlee Earl.   Broad Institute Auditorium, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, July 7

10a.  "Simulations of Curved Assemblies in Soft Matter and Biological Systems."   A thesis defense.   Cong Qiao.   Brandeis:  Abelson 333.   Details.

Noon.  "Neural Circuit Control of Physiological Homeostasis."   Belinda Barbagallo.   Brandeis:  Rosenstiel 118.   Details.

1p.  "Reflecting Music Through Movement: A Body-Syntonic Approach to Playing [with] the Piano."   A thesis defense.   Xiao Xiao.   Website.   MIT:  E14-633.   Details, Abstract.

July 8 - 9.   "Survey of Grasses of the Northeast."   Dennis Magee.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, July 9

10:30a.  "Discover BEES!"   Harvard Natural History Museum.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10 - 6p.  "BostonVR and BostonAR Devs Hackathon at Wayfair."   A Meetup.   Wayfair, 4 Copley Place, Floor 7.   Details, RSVP.

Sunday, July 10

1p.  "Sensory Ethnography Lab: Experiments with Cinema."   Manakamana: a film.   Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower Level.   Details, Abstract.


July 11 - 15.  "Summer Science Week: Impressions of Nature."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, July 11

11:30a.  "From the Ising Model to Cognition: exploring attractor states in neuroscience."   Paul Miller.   Brandeis:  Abelson 229.  Details.

Noon.  "A Vertically-Integrated Approach to Climate Science: From Measurements and Machine Learning to Models and Policy."   A dissertation seminar.   Sarvesh Garimella.   MIT:  54-915.   Details.

6p.  "Polynesian Voyaging Canoe, Hokule?a."   A panel discussion.   HGSD, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, July 12

Noon.  "Tricks and Traps: Low Energy Searches for High Energy Physics."   Guy Ron.   MIT:  26-414.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "New Paradigms of Conservation."   Kamal Bawa.   Belmont Media Center 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

8p.  "Through the Portal and Back: Designing VR Experiences for Public Spaces."   A forum.   Monroe Restaurant, 450 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Wednesday, July 13

10 - 2p.  "Introduction to Plant Families."   Carol Govan.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Details.

Noon.  "The Dynamics of Climate Change-from the Political to the Personal."   John Sterman.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "New Wine into Old Wineskins: collisionless shocks in plasmas."   Antoine Bret.   MIT:  NW17-218.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Autism Spectrum Disorders: genetics of an evolving diagnosis."   Elise Robinson.   Broad Institute Auditorium, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Circuit Hacking Night."   Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler St, Somerville.   Details, Registration.

7p.  "With Mary: The Audubon of Botany."   Marjorie G. Jones.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, July 14

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

2 - 5p.  "Neurotechnology and Depression."   A panel discussion.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

5:30p.  "Sporulation, Bacterial Cell Envelopes and the Origin of Life."   Alexandre Bisson.   Harvard:  Center for the Environment, Room 310, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

6p.  "Enigmatic Acer cappadocicum."   Chase Mason.   Arnold Arboretum.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Adventures in Flatland: Bringing Atomically-Thin Graphene from Lab to Fab."   Anna Swan and Bennett Goldberg.   Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St, Somerville.   Details.

7p.  "Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos."   Priyamvada Natarajan.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, July 15

9 - 12:30p.  "Immunity and Inflammation in Disease and Tissue."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center.   Details, Registration.*

7p.  "Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies."   Sara Lewis.   An author's event.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.


July 16 - 17.  "Detecting and Exploring Microbial Behavior and Physiology."   Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St, South Hadley.   Details.

Saturday, July 16

11a.  "Family Exploration."   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract.

10 - 2p.  "New England Plant Communities."   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Details, Registration.

Sunday, July 17

1p.  "The Wonderful Water Cycle."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

Monday, July 18

1p.  "Molecular Insights into the Etiology of Nuclear Envelopathies: implications for protein quality control and cholesterol metabolism."   Christian Schlieker.   HMS:  Goldenson 122.   Details.*

4:30p.  "Technology for Health."   Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library, 500 Columbia Rd., Dorchester.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Is Internet Policy Economic Policy?"   A forum.   This event will be streamed.   MIT:  Samberg Conference Center (E52), 50 Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, July 19

Noon - 3p.  "Confidential Information - Storage, Sharing, & Publication."   Micah Altman.   MIT:  E25-401.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.   "Trends in Antarctic Subpolar Sea Sea Level: Evidence of Increasing Glacial Melt?"   Craig Rye.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Wonks, Engineers, and Innovators: Bringing New Perspectives to Governing."   A forum.   This event will be streamed.   MIT:  Samberg Center, 50 Memorial Drive.   Details.

6:30p.  "Boston Bayesians."   A Meetup.   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Dr.   Details.

6:30p.  "Mapping the Heavens."   Priyamvada Natarajan.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Letís Think About What We Put on Our Feet!"   Irene Sprague Davis.   Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Wednesday, July 20

10 - 2p.  "Introduction to Plant Families."   Carol Govan.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Details.

10a.  "Uplifted Arctic Continental Margins: New Concepts & Consequences for Barents Sea Exploration."   Paul Henry Nadeau.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Forming Gels On or Inside Cells: Controlling cell fate via molecular self-assembly."   Bing Xu.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin Lounge.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "How Epigenetics Controls our Genes in Health and Disease."   Brad Bernstein.   Broad Institute Auditorium, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Impacts of Urban Sprawl Upon Public Health."   Russ Lopez.   BU:  Hariri 312, 595 Commonwealth Ave.   Details.

6p.  "Pollinators Present."   Callin Switzer.   Arnold Arboretum:  Leventritt Garden.   Details.

6:30p.  "Before We Called It a 'Cloud'."   An overview of cloud basics and cloud security.   Chris Allen and Jerry Feldman, Associate Director, Boston Linux & Unix.   MIT:  E51-315.   Details.

Thursday, July 21

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

9 - 4p.  "Paving the Way in the Big Data Era."   F. Dubois Bowman.   Yawkey Conference Center 306/307, 450 Brookline Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.*

9a.  "Wiring Variations that Enable and Constrain Neural Computation in a Sensory Microcircuit."   A dissertation seminar.   William Foster Tobin.   HMS:  Goldenson 122, 220 Longwood Ave.   Details.*

Noon.  "Disability and Health: Beyond the Numbers."   Henan Li.   Brandeis:  Rosenstiel 118.   Details.

1p.  "The Functional Architecture of Language Comprehension Mechanisms: fundamental principles revealed with fMRI."   A dissertation seminar.   Idan Blank.   MIT:  32-3002.   Details.

7p.  "The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life."   Rodney Dietert.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Friday, July 22

Noon - 7p.  "Vortic Watch Company Day."   Charles River Museum.   Details.

2p.  "Cachexia and Brown Fat: a Burning Issue in Cancer."   Serkan Kir.   BUSM:  Instructional Bldg, L-110.   Details.

Saturday, July 23

9 - 5p.  "Maker Faire."   Boston Children's Museum.   Details.

1p.  "A Walk on the Wild Side."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum, Forest Hills Gate.   Details, Registration.

Sunday, July 24

10:30a.  "Pond Life Exploration."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

Noon - 3p.  "Sewn Circuits Idea Hub."   Grace Jun.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.


July 25 - 29.  "Workshop on Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Medicine: Emerging Frontiers and Applications."   Biomaterials Innovation Research Center, 65 Landsdowne Street, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

July 25 - 29.   "Native American Technologies."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, July 26

1p.  "Fatty Bones Make Bad Skeletons: Influence of Bone-disrupting Chemicals across the Lifespan."   A forum.   A webinar.   Details.

3:30p.  "Atmospheric Nitrogen Pollution in Urban Ecosystems."   Pamela Templer and Lucy Hu.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Intro to XTRX - a tiny Software Defined Radio Board."   Alexander Chemeris.   MIT:  E15-315.   Details.

7p.  "Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants."   Peter Kramer.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Wednesday, July 27

9a.  "Birds of the World."   Exhibit opening.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.

1 - 5p.  "What Role do "Nativars" Play in an Ecological Landscape?"   A discussion.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

3p.  "Statistical and Computational tradeoffs."   Philippe Rigollet.   MIT:  2-449.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Rapid Prototyping of Thermoplastics."   Seth Fraden.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin, 2nd flr lounge.   Details, Abstracts.

6p.  "Serious Simulations and Epson."   iZotope, 60 Hampshire St, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

6p.  "Using Big Data to Understand Rare Diseases."   Daniel MacArthur.   Broad Institute Auditorium, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Drought-Tolerant Plants for the Dog Days of Summer."   Jen Kettell.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "The Bicycle Craze of the 1890s: Walthamís Contributions to the Fastest Wheels on Earth."   Amy S. Green, Resident historian, the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innnovation.   Charles River Museum.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, July 28

3:15p.  "Visual and Vestibular Contributions to the Perception and Control of Dynamics Spatial Orientation."   Alexander Sacha Panic.   Brandeis:  Rabb, DuBois Room.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Steerable Wavelet Machines (SWM): Learning Moving Frames for Texture Classification."   Adrien Depeursinge.   MIT:  32-D407.   Details.

7p.  "Science Showdown: Trivia Night @ The MIT Museum."   MIT Museum.   Details, RSVP.

Friday, July 29

  "At the Interface of Materials and Objects in Peripheral Vision."   Shaiyan Keshvari.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.


July 30 - 31.  "Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend."   Museum of Science.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, July 30

1p.   "Go Fly a Kite!"   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details.

10a.  "Scratch Day."   The Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, July 31

10:30a.  "Summer Tree ID."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "Sensory Ethnography Lab: Experiments with Cinema."   Exploring the intersection of cinema and anthropology.   Leo Goldsmith.   Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower level.   Details, Abstract.



*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 esexton@genetics.med.harvard.edu (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.

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