Boston Science and Engineering Lectures Archive

Thursday, September 1

9:30a.  "High-Precision Temporal Records of Magmatism, Sedimentation, and Faulting at Evolving Plate Boundaries."   A dissertation seminar.   Michael Eddy.   MIT:  54-915.   Details.

10 - 2:30p.  "Native Woody Plant Materials."   Dan Jaffe.   Garden in The Woods, Framingham.   Details.

Noon.  "Historical GIS and Digital Humanities based on Virtual Kyoto."   Keiji Yano.   Harvard:  CGIS South S354.   Details.

Noon.   "Labor of Love: A Brief History of a Creativity Research Program."   Teresa M. Amabile.   Brandeis:  Shapiro Campus Center 236.   Details.

Friday, September 2

3p.  "High-Degree Neurons Feed Cortical Computations."   John Beggs.   Brandeis, Volen 201.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "The Mammalian Cortex as a Self-Organizing Complex System: Multi-Scale Homeostatic Approaches to Criticality via Dynamical Balance of Inhibition against Excitation."   A dissertation seminar.   Tony Ng.   Brandeis:  Volen 201.   Details.

4p.  "Materials and Devices for Efficient Solar and Thermal Energy Utilization."   Gang Chen.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details.

Saturday, September 3

Noon - 4p.  "Kinetic Sculpture."   A workshop.   MIT Museum, 165 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Sunday, September 4

Noon - 4p.  "Kinetic Sculpture."   A workshop.   MIT Museum, 165 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

2p.  "Food Forest Design."   A workshop.   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, September 6

8a.  "Acupuncture Therapy for Tinnitus: Evidence-Based or Anecdote-Based?"   Hiromichi Miyashita.   BWH:  Bornstein Family Amphitheater, 45 Francis Street.   Details.

9:30a.  "Using Multiplex DNA Repair Assays to Promote Personalized Prevention and Therapy."   Zachary Nagel.   HSPH:  1-1302, 665 Huntington Ave.   Details.

12:30p.  "Replacing the World's Most Destructive Technology."   (The reference appears to be to growing meat.)   Patrick Brown.   Impossible Foods.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

1p.  "From Seed to Tree."   Dana Greenhouse Staff.   Arnold Arboretum, Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "Quantum Communication Networks: the Certifiable Road Ahead."   Stephanie Wehner.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin 119.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Active Materials: Applying the soft materials paradigm to biology."   Aparna Baskaran.   Brandeis:  Abelson 131.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Towards Optimal-Performance Next-Generation (Datacenter) Networks."   Michael Schapira.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

4:15p.  "Intergalactic Magnetic Fields as the Origin of the Matter Antimatter Asymmetry of the Universe."   Kohei Kamada.   Harvard:  Jefferson 453.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "Why the Internet Matters."   An interactive discussion with Jonathan Zittrain.   HLS:  Wasserstein Hall, 2nd floor.   Details, RSVP.   This event will be webcast.

7p.  "I’ve Been Diagnosed with OCD! Now What?"   Nathaniel Van Kirk.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

September 7 - 8.  "Digital Health."   A conference.   MIT:  Media Lab, Bldg 14.   Details, Abstarct, Registration.

Wednesday, September 7

9:30a.  "Exploring Variation in Psychotic Illness: From Big Data to Deep Data."   Justin T. Baker.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 218.   Details.

2p.  "Exploring Space with Robots: Do we need people?"   Kimberly Hambuchen.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details.

4p.  "Battling Blood in the Streets: How Can Neuroscience Promote Public Health and Support Public Policy to Prevent Community Violence?"   A forum.   HLS:  Wasserstein 1010, 1585 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Extraordinary Properties of Light: Evanescent waves and quantum spin Hall effect."   Franco Nori.   Harvard:  250 Jefferson.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "New Insights into Friction and Wear from Atomic-Scale Measurements: The role of energy barriers."   Robert W. Carpick.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Using the Visual System to Quantitatively Evaluate Cortical Function in Rett Syndrome and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex."   Charles A. Nelson.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "New Vistas in Electrochemical Energy Storage."   Linda Nazar.   MIT:  66-110.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, September 8

10 - 2:30p.  "Native Woody Plant Materials."   Dan Jaffe.   Garden in The Woods, Framingham.   Details.

Noon.  "The Rodent Hippocampus as a Model System for Planning and Inference."   Matthijs (Matt) van der Meer.   Harvard:  WJH 765.   Details.

Noon.  "The Windhover Mystery: Why are American Kestrels declining across North America?"   Tufts:  Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room.   Details.

1:30p.  "Harvard Yard Excavation Opening."   Outside Matthews Hall.   Details.

2:50p.  "Messengers of Concepts: Visual Design Mining for Learning Color Semantics."   Ali Jahanian.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "How the Mouse Got its Stripes."   Hopi Hoekstra.   Harvard:  BioLabs Main Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Regulation and Function of Neurogenesis in the Adult Hippocampus."   Fred Gage.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

4p.  "Organic Synthesis of Polymers."   Kyoko Nozaki.   MIT:  6-120.   Details.

4p.  "Quantum Crystals, Quantum Computing and Quantum Cognition."   Matthew Fisher.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Boston Security Meetup."   Location shown to registrants.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Rapid Band 14 LTE for Major Events."   Steve Kropper.   Parallel Wireless.   Verizon Technology Center, 60 Sylvan Road, Waltham.   Details.  Please send a note via e-mail with your name to John Nitzke at by COB Wednesday, September 7th.

8p.  "Popscope Program for Inner City Outreach."   Michael O'Shea.   Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Phillips Auditorium.   Details.

Friday, September 9

3p.  "Designing a Modern Introduction to EECS."   Gireeja Ranade.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G125.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Grand Challenges in Science for a Clean Energy Future."   Cherry Murray.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Tradeoffs between Fast Growth and Adaptability Shape Microbial Phenotypes."   Markus Basan.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, September 10

9 - 2p.  "Native New England Shrubs."   Roland “Boot” Boutwell.   Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon - 4p.  "App Inventor."   Develop your own app for a smartphone or tablet.   MIT Museum, 165 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Sunday, September 11

11a.  "Nahant Coastal BioBlitz."   A Citizen Science initiative focused on documenting Nahant’s marine life.   Details and updates will be posted on the following website.   Details, Registration.

Noon - 4p.  "3D Printing and Design."   A workshop.   MIT Museum, 165 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Monday, September 12

11a.  "Singularities in the Functional Organization of the Cat Visual Cortex and Their Possible Organizing Principles."   Jonathan Touboul.   Brandeis:  Volen 201.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "BITS City Competition Kickoff."   A Boston hackathon.   MIT:  E40-160.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Single-Molecule Epigenomics: Towards Cracking the 'Histone Code'."   Efat Shema.   Brandeis:  Risenstiel 118.   Details.

12:10p.  "Plant Responses to Climate from Genomic to Community Levels."   Jesse Lasky.   Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre St.   Details.

12:15p.   "Accidents of Geography: Creating Genetic Cartographies of the Middle East."   Elise K. Burton.   Harvard:  Pierce 100F.   Details.

1p.  "Ground Motions and Source Mechanisms of Earthquakes in Multiscales – Microseismicity to Macroseismicity."   Chen Gu.   A dissertation seminar.   MIT:  54-209.   Details.

4p.  "Decoding Dating: A different perspective on building relationships."   John Miller.   MIT:  E14-633.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Smartphone Proteins Connecting Gene Expression and Metabolism."   Matthias Hentze.   MGH East Building 149, Isselbacher Auditorim –7th Floor, Charlestown.   (Shuttle bus leaves MGH main campus (Blossom St.) every 15 minutes.   Details.

4:15p.   "Quantum Mechanics at Macroscopic Scales."   Mark Kasevich.   Harvard:  Jefferson 250.   Details, Abstract.

September 13 - 15.  "IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference."   Westin Hotel, Waltham, MA   Details.

Tuesday, September 13

8 - 3p.  "A Primer on Complex Trait Genetics: Principles for the Beginning Investigator."   MGH:  Simches 3.110.   Details.

CANCELLED.   9:30a.  "Surviving Severe Infections: from transcriptomes to therapeutics."   Lester Kobzik.   HSPH:  1-1302.   Details.

11a.  "High Times for Drugs: Epigenetic Imprint, Legacy, and the Brain."   Yasmin Hurd.   McLean:  Service Building - Pierce Hall.   Details.

Noon.  "Accelerator Research in the U.S. for High Energy Physics: A biased perspective."   William Barletta.   MIT:  26-414.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "American Plants for American Gardens."   The Early History of Ecological Restoration,   Laura Jane Martin.   Harvard Herbaria Seminar Room, 22 Divinity.   Details.

Noon.  "Investigating Crossover Control during Mammalian Meiosis."   Paula Cohen.   Cohen lab.   HMS:  NYB 350.   Details.*

12:30p.  "Social Learning and Trans-Generational Inheritance of Behavior in Drosophila: Revisiting Darwin's 'gemmule' hypothesis."   Giovanni Bosco.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "The Path Traveled: Forget the Stats."   Yasmin Hurd.   McLean:  Service Building - Pierce Hall.   Details.

3p.  "Materials Lab Workshop: Carbon."   Francesca Bewer.   Harvard Art Museums, Materials lab, lower level.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "A New Era of Compact Objects."   Feryal Ozel.   MIT:  36-428.   Details.

4p.  "Brown and Biege Fat: Biology and Novel Pathways of Thermogeneis."   Bruce Spiegelman.   Spiegelman lab.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

4p.  "Cosmic Inflation and Quantum Gravity."   Albion Lawrence.   Brandeis:  Abelson 131.   Details, Abstract.

4-7p.  "Solar Geoengineering and International Affairs: An Introduction."   A forum.   Harvard:  CGIS South Bldg S020, 1730 Cambridge St.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "The Emperor’s New Genes: Science, Race, Justice, and the Allure of Objectivity."   Ruha Benjamin.   Brandeis:  Mandel Lounge  Details.

6:15p.   "Technologies, Tools, and Processes for Animatronic and Electronic Toy Development."   A forum.   Hasbro, Inc., 1027 Newport Ave, Pawtucket, RI.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.   "Bioethics and the Law of Reproductive Technology and Genetics."   Glenn Cohen.   Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "How Restorative Development Can Address Climate Change."   William Moomaw.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Social Robots, Intelligent Devices and their UX Challenges."   Blade Kotelly and Todd Reily.   Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham.   Details.

7p.  "Annual Collecting Show and Tell Night." Boston Mineral Club.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall,m 24 Oxford St.   Details.

Wednesday, September 14

Noon.  "Hardware for Deep Learning."   William Dally.   MIT:  34-401.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Abrupt Climate Change and Extreme Events - the Non-Linear World."   Paul Mayewski.   BU:  CAS 132.   Details.

4p.   "Blockstack: A Global Naming and Storage System Secured by Blockchains."   Muneeb Ali.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Common Causes of Treatment Resistance and Possible Solutions."   Christopher Palmer.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Neurobiology and Genetics of Fear and PTSD: From Mice to (Wo)Man."   Kerry J. Ressler.   Harvard:  William James 1 (Basement Auditorium).   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Safe Decision Making Under Uncertainty."   Ashish Kapoor.   MIT:  32-D507.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Software Reliability: Tools and Algorithms."   Lance Fiondella.   Lincoln Lab, 3 Forbes Rd, Lexington.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Old Kingdom Burial Practises."   Marleen De Meyer.   Harvard:  Northwest B103, 52 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Glacial or Non-Glacial?  Formation of the Sedimentary Sequence of the Boston Basin."   Kenneth Galli.   Weston Observatory.   Details, RSVP.

Thursday, September 15

9 - 5:30p.  "The Role of Pharmaceuticals in Public Health."   A symposium.   BUSM:  Instructional Building, Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord St.   Details, Registration.

Noon.   "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People."   Mahzarin Banaji.   McLean:  Service Building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

2:50p.  "Eclipse Attacks on Bitcoin’s Peer-to-Peer Network."   Ethan Heilman.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Building Microbial Communities from the Bottom Up."   Jeff Gore.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Building with Artificial Atoms: The design of multifunctional nanomaterials and devices through nanocrystal self-assembly."   Christopher B. Murray.   MIT:  6-104.   Details.

4p.  "Engineering Entropy for Structural and Functional Complexity."   Sharon Glotzer.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "Keeping HIV Resistance in Check: The Discovery of Doravirine."   Donna Blackmond.   MIT:  6-120.   Details.

4p.  "Physics-based Manipulation."   Siddhartha Srinivasa.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Scaling Laws Predict Global Microbial Diversity."   J. T. Lennon.   MIT:  48-316.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Developmental Neuromechanics of Vocal Communication."   Asif Ghazanfar.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

6p.  "Why So Many Leaf Forms?"   Michael Donoghue.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

6:30 - 8p.  "Between Wonder and the Monstrous."   Sean Foley and Deidre Barrett.   deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7:30p.  "Please Pardon Our Dust."   Doug Finkbeiner.   Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, September 16

Noon.  "Environmental and Energy Applications of Graphene Oxide Nanoarchitectures."   Chad Vecitis.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "The Australian Lithosphere."   Brian Kennett.   MIT:  54-209.  Details.

1:30p - 3:30p.  "Wrangling Data into Maps."   Jeff Blossum.   Harvard:  Northwest B129, 52 Oxford.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3p.  "Artificial Intelligence in Robotics."   Tao Zhang.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G125.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Controlling Fusion Power."   Egemen Kolemen.   MIT:  NW17-218.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Journey to the Beginning of Time: Turning Metaphysics into Physics."   Lawrence Krauss.   Harvard:  Jefferson 250.   Details, Abstract.

September 17 - 18.   "Wild Weather Weekend."   Museum of Science.   Details.

September 17 - 18.  "HackMIT."   MIT:  Johnson Ice Rink + Kresge Oval.   Details.

Saturday, September 17

10a.  "BostonVR and BostonAR Devs Hackathon."   A Meetup.   Brookline Interactive Group, 46 Tappan St., Brookine.   Details.

11a.  "MIT Rocket Team."   Show and tell.   MIT Museum, 256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Noon.   "Building with Biology at BosLab."   BosLab, 339R Summer St, Somerville.   Details, Abstract.

Noon - 4p.  "Data Sculpture."   A workshop.   Rahul Bhargava.   MIT Museum, 165 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

6p.  "Living in the Future: Where Science Fiction Meets Science Reality."   A forum.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Sunday, September 18

12:30p.  "Tree Spotters."   A Citizen Science Training Event.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon - 4p.  "Paper Circuits."   A workshop.   MIT Museum, 165 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

1p.  "TEDxHarvardCollege: Incite Insight."   Harvard:  Sanders Theatre.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, September 19

Noon.  "Coastal Water Quality, Climate Change & Ocean Acidification along the U. S. Northeast."   Scott Doney.   Harvard:  Geological Museum, Haller Hall.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.   "How to Set Up the Perfect Spreadsheet for Data Analysis."   Tamar Roomian, Research Analyst, Division of Biostatistics and Experimental Design.   Tufts Dental:  Rachel's Amphitheater.   Details.

Noon.  "Ocean Mixing Driven by Tides."   Ruth Musgrave.   MIT:  54-923.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Probing Exoplanet Atmospheres with Raman Scattering."   Antonija Oklopcic.   MIT:  37-187.   Details, Abstract.

12:15p.  "The Competing Imaginaries of Solar Geoengineering."   Jeremy Baskin.   Harvard:  Pierce 100F.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Digital Phenotyping: Concept and Early Pilot Studies."   Jukka-Pekka Onnela.   Onnela Lab.   HMS:  Countway Library, 10 Shattuck St.   Details.

12:30p.  "How Every Clinical Visit could Advance Medical Science."   Isaac Kohane.   MIT:  32-144.   Details.

7p.  "The Science of Sugar."   A Science and Cooking lecture.   Joanna Chang.   Harvard Science Center C, One Oxford St.   Details.

7p.  "Water—and Climate—Solutions in Plain Sight."   Judith D. Schwartz.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, September 20

8:15a.  "Mechanotherapeutics: From Drugs to Wearables."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Registration.*

11a.  "Probing Circuits for Addiction and Anxiety."   Thomas Kash.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

11:45a.  "Measurement of Neuromagnetic Fields: State of the Art and Visions of the Future."   Matti Hamalainen.   MIT:  36-428.  Details.

Noon.   "Issues in Curating the Open Web at Scale."   Gary Price.   MIT:  E25-401.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "The COSINUS Project: development of new NaI-based detectors for direct dark matter search."   Karoline Schaffner.   MIT:  26-414.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Thinking Fast Makes Changing Slow: Human Thought Processes Interfere with Achieving Diversity."   Lydia Villa-Komaroff.   BU:  Instructional Building, 72 East Concord Street, Hiebert Lounge.   Details, RSVP.

12:30p.  "Eating Disorders, Mental Health And Body Image: The Public Health Connections."   A forum.   HSPH:  The Leadership Studio.   Details, Registration.   This event will be webcast at

12:30p.  "Routing and Remodeling Membranes at Synapses."   Avital Rodal.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

1p.  "Dissociating Components of Visuo-Spatial Sttention."   Thomas Zhihao Luo.   HMS:  Goldenson 122, 220 Longwood Ave.   Details.*

4p.  "Improving Student Understanding of Quantum Mechanics."   Chandralekha Singh.   Brandeis:  Abelson 131.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Predisposition Genes in Breast Cancer."   Fergus Couch.   Dana-Farber Cancer Center:  Jimmy Fund Auditorium.   Details.

4:15p.  "Modern Environmental Politics: big data, behavioral science, and getting environmentalists to vote."   Nathaniel Stinnett.   MIT:  4-270.   Details.

4:30p.  "A Tour of Our Microbial Partners."   Ed Yong.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "Engineering Biomolecular Motors."   Zev Bryant.   MIT:  6-120.   Details.

6:30p.  "Introduction to Botany."   First of Eight Sessions.   K. N. Gandhi.   Harvard University Herbarium.   Details.

Wednesday, September 21

9:30a.  "What Can Realtime Monitoring Tell Us About Suicidal Thinking?"   Evan Kleiman.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 218.   Details.

Noon.  "Prefrontal Cortex and the Hierarchical Control of Behavior."   David Badre.   BU:  Center for Systems Neuroscience, Room B01, 24 Cummington Mall.   Details.

12:15p.  "Future will be Measured in Nanometers."   Vladimir Bulovic.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

12:15p.  "Like a kid in a candy shop: What do we know about how kids spend their own money?"   Sean B. Cash.   Tufts:  Behrakis Auditorium, 150 Harrison Ave.   Details.

4p.  "Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation Interactions and Climate Change."   Chris Bretherton.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Construction and Analysis of a Minimal Bacterial Cell."   Clyde Hutchinson.   Harvard:  Geological Museum, Haller Hall.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Ecological and Evolutionary Approaches to Unravel the Emergence of Pathogenic Vibrios."   Salvador Almagro-Moreno.   MIT:  48-316.   Details.

5p.  "Fleet-Wide Monitoring of Offshore Wind Farms for Failure Prognosis."   Jan Helsen.   MIT:  E19-319.   Details.

5:30p.  "Making in BioTech & MedTech."   A FabMakers Meetup.   CIC Cambridge, One Broadway, 5th floor, Havana Room.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Goatscaping on Peters Hill."   Elaine Philbrick, co-founder, The Goatscaping Company, and Pam Thompson.   Arnold Arboretum:  Peters Hill.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Transposition Cyphers in Historic Context."   Bill Ricker.   MIT:  E51-315.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday September 22

7:45a.  "A Critical look at Meta-Analysis."   David C. Hoaglin.   Harvard Faculty Club, Room 10, 20 Quincy St.   Details.

Noon.  "Gender Differences in the Relationship between Stress & Substance Use Disorders."   Kathleen Brady.   McLean Hospital, Service Building, Pierce Hall, 115 Mill St.   Details.

Noon.  "Visual Perception: a window into the autistic brain."   Caroline Robertson.   Harvard:  WJH 765.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Stress, Stressful Life Events and Addictions: A Complex Conundrum."   Kathleen T. Brady.   McLean Hospital:  Service Bldg, Pierce Hall.   Details.

12:30p.  "Mass Spectrometry - its Roles in Structural Biology and Drug Discovery."   Dame Carol Robinson.   HMS:  Cannon Room, C-114.   Details.   Guests planning to attend but with no Harvard affilation please email

4p.  "The Central Dogma Decentralized: New Perspectives on RNA Function and Local Translation in Neurons."   Erin Schuman.   Schuman Dept.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

4p.  "Towards Quantum Computing with Superconducting Circuits: Extending the Lifetime of Information Through Quantum Error Correction."   Robert Schoelkopf.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

CANCELLED.  4p.  "Working Towards a Resolved Animal Tree of Life: Big challenges and possible solutions."   Gonzalo Giribet.   Harvard:  BioLabs, Main Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Saving Eden: A Work in Progress."   Film Screening and Discussion.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.   "26th First Annual Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony."   Harvard:  Sanders Theater.   Details, Tickets.   This event will be webcast.

6:30 - 9:45p.  "Survival Symposium."   WGBH Yawkey Theater, 1 Guest St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "BigDAWG Polystore: programmer productivity for complex, heterogeneous big data applications."   Tim Mattson.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

September 22 - 23.  "Functional and Medical Foods for Chronic Diseases: Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers."   HMS:  Joseph b. Martin Conference Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.*

September 23 - 24.   "Hacking AI with IBM Watson."   A demo by IBM.   MIT:  Sloan School, 30 Memorial Drive.   Details, Registration.

Friday, September 23

Noon.  "Drones, Photogrammetry, and 3d Modeling in Archeology."   Luis Jaime Castillo Butters.   Harvard:  Tozzer 203.   Details.

12:30p.  "Machine Learning for Materials Discovery: Low-LTC Compounds, Grain Boundaries and Superlattices."   Koji Tsuda.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dwprkin G115.   Details.

2:30p.  "Free Will: Delusional or Real?"   A panel discussion.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details.

7p.  "Cartographic Grounds."   Jill Desimini and Charles Waldheim.   Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave.   Details, Abstract.

September 24 - 25.  "With the Best."   An online AI conference.   Details.

Saturday September 24

8a.  "Fall Bird Walk."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum, choice of locations.   Details.   This event will repeat October 8.

9:30 - Noon.  "The Art of Drawing Birds."   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon - 4p.  "Kinetic Sculpture."   A workshop.   MIT Museum, 165 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

1p.  "The Ig Informal Lectures."   MIT:  26-100.   Details.

1p.  "Introduction to HAM Radio."   Brandon Hockle.   Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville.   Details, Registration.

2p.  "Saving Eden from the Sixth Extinction."   A Film Screening and Discussion with film producer Mitchell Block.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, Haller Hall, 26 Oxford St.  Details, Abstract.

Sunday, September 25

Noon - 4p.  "Chain Reaction."   A workshop.   MIT Museum, 165 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

5p.  "Go Behind the Scenes at the Theater of Electricity."   Museum of Science, Theater of Electricity.   Details.

Monday, September 26

8:30a.  "A Quantum Leap in Diabetes Treatment."   A forum.   5 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Studying the Greenland Ice Sheet: Implications for climate past and present."   Dorthe Dahl-Jensen.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 102.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Twenty-Years of the Global Ocean Circulation: means and changes."   Carl Wunsch.   MIT:  54-923.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Unraveling the Cryptic Genome of a Neglected Parasite."   Sebastian Lourido.   Brandeis:  Rosenstiel 118.   Details.

Noon.  "Unraveling the History of the Milky Way."   Yuan-Sen Ting.   MIT:  37-187.   Details.

12:10p.  "A Physiological Approach to the Ecology and Evolution of Flowers."   Adam Roddy.   Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre St.   Details.

1:15p.  "The Madhouse Effect."   Michael E. Mann.   A lecture and book signing.   MIT:  4-270.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "The Illustris Simulation and Beyond."   Mark Vogelsburger.   BU:  725 Commonwealth, Room 502.   Details.

4p.  "Mutagenic Nucleobases: Friends and Foes."   Bogdan Fedeles.   MIT:  4-270.   Details.

4p.  "The Saga of Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter."   Kev Abazajian.   MIT:  26-414.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "A Proposed Energy Conversion Process for Making Solar Energy a Major Player in Global Power Generation."   Jacob Karni.   MIT:  32-155.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Should We Engineer the Mosquito?"   Kevin Esvalt.   Sculpting Evolution Group, LabCentral, 700 Main Street.   Details.

September 27 - 28.   "Solve|MAKE."   "Solve is a live meeting series whose mission is ... to discover, evaluate, and advance technological solutions to global problems."   A Hubweek event.   MIT:  E14-674.   Details, Abstract, Registration. .

Tuesday, September 27

8a.  "The Science of Addiction: How Opiods work in the Brain."   A panel discussion.   A Hubweek event.   Ragon Institute, 400 Technology Square.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9:30a.  "Cell Jamming and Shape-Shifting in Collective Cellular Migration."   A discussion.   Jeffrey J. Fredberg and James P. Butler.   HSPH:  Building 1-1302.   Details.

11:45a.  "Phototactic Guidance of a Tissue-Engineered Soft-Robotic Ray."   Sung Jin Park.   Disease Biophysics Group.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 102.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Choosing Which Way to Go: the development of direction selectivity."   Stephen Van Hooser.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

2p.  "FDA and Drug Approval: Is it really broken?"   A panel discussion.   A Hubweek event.   Ragon Institute, 400 Technology Square.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3p.  "Collaborating at the Intersection of Art and Science."   Todd Golub and Naoe Suzuki.   Broad Institute, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3p.  "Coming Face to Face with an Asteroid."   A forum.   A Webcast.   Details.

3p.  "Earth System Dynamics and Mass Extinctions."   David H. Rothman.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "Is Every Disease a Rare Disease?"   A panel discussion.   A Hubweek event.   Ragon Institute, 400 Technology Square.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Changing Sea Ice Conditions and Arctic Marine Ecosystems."   Jim McCarthy.   BU:  CAS 132, 725 Commonwealth Ave.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Dark Energy and Cosmic Sound."   Daniel Eisenstein.   MIT:  36-428.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Fab Lab Hub Hand-a-Thon."   A Hubweek Event.   Technology Square Atrium, 100 Technology Squarre, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Mammalian Synthetic Biology Sensors and Circuits for Cancer."   Ron Weiss.   HMS:  Jimmy Fund Auditorium.   Details.

4p.  "The Role of Metabolism in Cancer."   Matt Vander Heiden.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

6p.  "Harnessing Evolution to Solve Problems in Biotech and Therapeutics."   A panel discussion.   A Hubweek event.   Broad Institute, 415 Main St., Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Smashing Agassiz’s Boulder."   Joseph L. Graves.   Harvard:  Northwest B103, 52 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Framework Trees of New England."   Six sessions.   Karen Sebastian.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Breakthroughs in Nanotechnology."   Sameer Sonkusale.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details.

7p.  "Medical Technology Producing Hamburgers."   A Science and Cooking lecture.   Mark Post.   Harvard Science Center B.   Details.

7p.  "The Biopolis: Creative New Ideas for a Smarter City."   A Hubweek event.   Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

September 28 - 29.   "Crowds and Climate."   A conference.   A Hubweek event.   MIT:  Samberg Conference Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, September 28

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

8 - 6p.  "Patient Advocacy Summit: Building a Patient-Centered Ecosystem."   Novartis:  181 Massachusetts.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9 - 6:30p.  "Crowds & Climate."   A conference.   Samberg Conference Center, Chang Building floor 6 & 7, 50 Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10 - Noon.   "Unconscious Bias."   HMS:  Countway Library. Minot Room.   Details, Abstract, Registration.*

Noon.  "Epigenetic Mechanisms in Neurodegenerative Disease."   Neil Kowall.   BU:  Center for Systems Neuroscience, Room B01, 24 Cummington Mall.   Details.

1 - 5p.  "The Emerging Worlds of Augmented and Virtual Reality."   A Hubweek Event.   Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Allston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2 - 6p.  "The Hype and Promise of Blockchain."   A forum.   A Hubweek event.   Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Ave #100.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3:30p.  "Bio-Inspired Metal-Coordination Dynamics: An Easier Way to Engineer Supramolecular Mechanics?"   Niels Holten-Andersen.   MIT:  56-114.   Details.

4p.  "The Landscape of DNA Methylation Amidst a Perfect Storm of Autism Etiologies."   Janine LaSalle.   MIT:  46-3002, 43 Vassar St.   Details.

4p.  "TumbleBit: An Untrusted Bitcoin-Compatible Anonymous Payment Hub."   Ethan Heilman.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

4:15p.  "Heat Exposure and Human Capital Accumulation: Evidence from NYC public schools."   Jisung Park.   Harvard:  Room L-382, John F. Kennedy St.   Details.

4:30p.  "Upstream, Downstream: How Public Health Schools and Graduates can Suceed on Improving Health."   Joshua M. Sharfstein.   BUSM:  Instructional Building, Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street.   Details.

6p.  "Transmission (of Disease)."   Caroline Buckee and Angela Early, Postdoctoral Fellow, Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases, Broad Institute.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

6p.  "Scalable Display Technologies and Lighting Talks By Startups."   A Meetup.   Mass Challenge, 21 Drydock Ave, Boston.   Details.

6p.  "Story-Telling and the Future of Medicine."   Annie Brewster.   MGH Museum of Medical History, 2 N. Grove Street, Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Can We Save Coral Reefs and If So How?"   Jeremy Jackson.   New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater.   Details.

7p.  "Detecting Wrinkles in Spacetime."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.

7p.  "The Good Life."   Results from The Harvard Study of Adult Development.   Museum of Science.   Details.

Thursday, September 29

Noon.  "Addiction, Overdose, and Suicide: We Can Do More to Prevent Deaths from Drug Self-Intoxication."   Hilary S. Connery.   McLean Hospital:  Service Building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

Noon.  "After 1492: Globalization as a Biological Process."   Charles C. Mann.   Tufts:  Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center.   Details, Abstract.   This event will be streamed and archived.

1p.  "Zika in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Beyond."   A forum.   A webcast.   Details.

2:30p.  "The World’s Emergency Room."   Michael VanRooyen.   Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

3p.  "Anhydrobiosis: How to survive in extreme desiccation."   Takahiro Kikawada.   HMS:  NRB 350.   Details.*

3 - 5p.  "TEDx Boston."   This event will be webcast.   Details.

4p.  "An Open Discussion on Borderline Personality Disorder and Its Treatment."   Christopher Palmer.   A webinar.   Details, Registration.

4p.  "Future of Medicine: From Genomics to Nanotechnology."   A forum.   A Hubweek Event.   Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Building One, 50 Northern Avenue, Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Linking Vision and Action: The workings of a neural compass."   Vivek Jayaraman.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

4p.  "Quantitative Biology of Developmental Defects: From Molecules to Morphologies."   Stas Shvartsman.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "Winning the War on Error: Solving the Halting Problem and Curing Cancer."   Matthew Might.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Honey, I Shrunk the Patient."   A panel discussion.   A Hubweek event.   Harvard: Geological Museum, Lecture Hall 100.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Gold Rush or Realities? The Future of Drone Systems."   Michel Guillaume.   A lecture and panel discussion.   swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Register.

6:30p.  "Plant Form and Function."   Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham.   Details.

7p.  "Rigs to Reefs: A Blue Solution to Repurpose the World’s Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms."   Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstracts.

Friday, September 30

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

8:30 - 2:30p.  "Engineering and Entrepreneurship: The Internet of Things."   A symposium.   Harvard:  Northwest B103.   Details.

8:30a.  "Studying the Human Microbiome Using Chemistry."   Sloan Devlin.   Harvard:  Seminar Room 310, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

Noon.  "Innovations in Synthetic Biology."   Christian Rückert and Philipp Pfingstag.   A WebEx event.   Details.

1:45p.  "3D Electroluminescent Living Cellular Devices (ELICD) for Multicellular Systems Biology Research."   Nurdan Ozkucur.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details.

3p.  "LEDs and the New World of Engineered Lighting."   Morgan Pattison.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G125.   Details.

4p.  "Computational Design of Materials for Chemical Transformations."   Aleksandra Vojvodic.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Social Role of Mathematical Proofs."   Kenny Easwaran.   Tufts:  206 Eaton Hall.   Details.

5:30p.  "Ageless Aging."   A forum.   A Hubweek Event.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 100.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

*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.