Boston Science and Engineering Lectures Archive

Thursday, December 1

7:45a.  "Pharmacogenetics and the Placebo Response."   Kathryn Hall.   Harvard:  Faculty Club, Room 10, 20 Quincy St.   Details.

8a.  "HIV & Opioids: Crisis in Indiana, Boston, and Beyond."   John T. Brooks, Lisa J. Messersmith, and Alexander Walley.     HSPH:  Kresge G2.   Details.*

8:30 - 3:45p.  "How Does Where You Live Affect Your Health?"   A symposium.   BU:  72 East Concord St, Hiebert Lounge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   This event will be live streamed.

9a.  "On the Search for Informational Polymers Beyond Earth."   Chris Carr.   Natio Laboratory, Room 205, 12 Oxford Street.   Details.

Noon.  "Ecological and Social Factors Affecting Sex Differences in Wild Chimpanzees."   Zaron Machanda.   Tufts:  Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center.   Details, Abstract.   This talk will be live-streamed.

Noon.  "Human Language as a Code for Thought."   Ev Fedorenko.   Harvard:  William James Hall 765.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Quantifying Aging: The Use of Smart Technologies in Geriatric Mental Health."   Ipsit Vahia.   McLean Hospital, Service Bldg, Pierce Hall.   Details.

12:30 - 5:30p.  "Future of Robotics Summit."   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract.

2:50p.  "Combating Dark Silicon with Power-Agile Systems and Many-Accelerator Architectures."   Mark Hempstead.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Biomechanics of Cancer Cells."   Roger Kamm.   Tufts:  Anderson 112.   Details.

3p.  "Illuminating the Origins of Planets with Solar Twins."   Megan Bedell.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Dynamics of Phenotypic and Genomic Evolution in a Long-Term Experiment with E. coli."   Richard Lenski.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1080.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Enhancing Human Capability with Intelligent Machine Teammates."   Julie Shah.   Interactive Robotics Group.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Global Change: how odd are the oceans?"   Malin Pinsky.   Northeastern University, Marine Science Center, Bunker Classrrom, 430 Nahant Rd, Nahant.   Details.

4p.  "Molecular and Neural Circuit Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease."   Li-Huei.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "The BU-Sat Program."   Josh Semeter.   BU:  725 Commonwealth Ave, Room 502.   Details.

4p.  "The Encoding, Storage, and Retrieval of Memories."   Attila Losonczy.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The High-Energy X-ray View of the Galactic Center."   Kerstin Perez.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine."   Danielle Ofri.   HMS:  TMEC 227 (Mini Amphitheatre), 260 Longwood Ave.   Details, Registration.

5p.  "Using DNA to Program Pathways in Colloidal Self-Assembly."   Ben Rogers.   MIT:  3-333.   Details, Abstracts.

5:30p.  "Can Smart Water Technologies Quench the Thirst of our Modern Cities?"   A panel discussion.   MasCEC, 3rd Floor, Located in the Eastern Bank Building, 63 Franklin Street.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Human Cloning: what can we do, what should we do?"   A discussion.   Tufts:  DeWick Conference Room, 25 Latin Way, Somerville. Conference Room.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Neuroeconomics: Where Economics, Management, and Cognitive Neuroscience Intersect."   Drazen Prelec.   Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St, Somerville.   Details.

7p.  "Historical Ethnobotany of Southern New England: Recovering and Repatriating Indigenous Plant Knowledge."   Manuel Lizarralde.   Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "The Sea-Run Fish of Massachusetts."   Bradford Chase.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, December 2

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

9 - Noon.  "Algorithms, Law and Society: Building Rights for a Digital Era."   A workshop.   HLS:  Wasserstein 3016.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

10:30a.  "Rethinking Large-Scale Consensus through Blockchains."   Rafael Pass.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Computational Modeling of Nanoconfined Fluids: Big Surprises Come in (Very) Small Packages."   Jerry Wang.   MIT:  32-141.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "What's So Special About the Universe? Multiverse Theory and Catholic Theology."   Stephen Barr.   MIT:  4-163.   Details, Registration.

8p.  "Telescope Training Night."   Museum of Science, Technology Learning Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, December 3

10 - Noon.  "Science on Saturday - Physics."   MIT:  Kresge Auditorium.   Details.

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

7 - 7:30p.  "The Future of People."   A conference.   MIT:  Media Lab. 75 Amherst St.   Details, Registration.

8 - 8p.  "Web 1.0 Conference."   MIT:  E14, 4rd flr Atrium.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9:30 - 12:30p.  "Investigating the Science of Avian Coloration through Observational Drawing."   Allison Shultz and Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10 - 5p.  "Bird Taxidermy."   Mickey Alice Kwapis.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   Must be age 18+ to participate.

10a.  "Science on Saturday - Physics."   Explore Physics with MIT's Women In Physics.   MIT:  Kresge Auditorium.   Details.

Noon - 4p.  "Paper Circuits."   Jie Qi.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

1p.  "Travels Through Two Ice Ages."   James Lawford Anderson.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, December 4

10 - 5p.  "Bird Taxidermy."   Mickey Alice Kwapis.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   Must be age 18+ to participate.

Noon - 4p.  "Paper Circuits."   Jie Qi.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

1p.  "City Gardening with New England Natives."   David Falk.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Details, Abstract. .

Monday, December 5

7:30 - 10a.  "The Human Microbiome: is it the panacea for cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory disease?"   James. J. Collins.   Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Blvd., Seaport West, Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9:30a.  "Digital Humanities and Libraries: New Models of Collaboration."   Bob Scott, Head, Digital Humanities Center, Columbia University.   Harvard:  Lamont Forum.   Details, Abstract.   If you wish to attend this event and do not have a Harvard ID, please email Angela Dressen at:

10a.  "Multi-Modality Brain Imaging as a Window into Cognitive Aging and Preclinical Alzheimer's Disease."   Julius (Trey) Hedden.   Brandeis:  Alumni Lounge, Usdan Campus Center.   Details.

Noon.  "Atmospheric Waves and Turbulence."   Tiffany Shaw.   MIT:  54-923.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Ice Sheet Hydrology from Top to Bottom."   Robin Elizabeth Bell.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 102.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Social Familiarity and Social Memory."   Teruhiro Okuyama.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details, Abstract.

2:30p.  "Will Ad Blocking Break the Internet?"   Benjamin Shiller.   MIT:  E52-432.   Details.

4p.  "Economic Conditions and Mortality: Evidence from 200 Years of Data."   David Cutler.   Harvard Center for Population Studies, 9 Bow St.   Details.

5p.  "Translating a Trillion Points of Data into Therapies, Diagnostics, and New Insights into Disease."   Atul Butte.   HMS:  Countway Library, Minot Room, 10 Shattuck Street.   Details.

6 - 9p.  "The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life."   A panel discussion.   HMS:  Martin Center, Rotunda Room, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Ball of Fire."   A Coolidge Theater Science on Screen presentation.   Ben Zimmer will discuss techniques used by scholars to hunt for slang and neologisms at the time of the film and today.   Coolidge Corner Theater:  290 Harvard St.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, December 6

11a.  "From High-Level Tasks to Robot Motions: Combined Task and Motion Planning as Hybrid Search over Discrete and Continuous Spaces."   Erion Plaku.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

11:45a.  "Genetic Engineering of Therapeutic T cells using Synthetic Nanoparticles."   Matthias Stephan.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 102.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Probing Physics at the TeV scale - and above - with Room-Scale Experiments."   David DeMille.   MIT:  26-414.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "The Penumbra of Learning."   Sam Gershman.   Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab.   Harvard:  Northwest 243, 52 Oxford St.  Details, Abstract.

12:30a.  "How Plants Get Around."   Elizabeth Farnsworth.   Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemingway Rd, Framingham.   Details, Abstract.

12:30a.  "Identifying New Brain Mechanisms for Sensory Processing and Motivating Behaviors."   Daniel Wesson.   Brandeis:  Goldsmith 226.   Details.

2:30p.  "Does It Really Matter? Cognitive Technologies, Thinking and Time."   Martin-J Sepulveda.   HMS:  Tosteson Medical Education Center 227, 260 Longwood Ave.   Details.

3p.  "Global Health: Challenges in Cancer Care."   A forum.   Dana-Farber:  Smith 308, 450 Brookline Ave.  Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Proteostasis Function and Disfunction: the delicate art of mantaining a healty proteome."   Judith Frydman.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

4p.  "Shape from Mechanics: Designing and Understanding Self-Folding Origami."   Chris Santangelo.   Brandeis:  Abelson 131.   Details.

4p.  "The Fastest Road to Finding Life Beyond Earth."   Jonathine Lunine.   MIT:  37-252.   Details.

4:30p.  "Modes of Information Transfer across Neurons and Circuits."   Richard Tsien.   HMS:  Armenise Amphitheatrer, 210 Longwood Ave.   Details.*   Dr. Tsien's talk is the keynote of the Lefler Symposium.   The symposium begins at 2 PM.

5 - 7:30p.  "Transparency in Music – Powered by Blockchain."   A panel discussion.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

5:30p.  "Plan B: Fossil fuels without CO2."   Eric McFarland.   MIT:  32-155.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Learn about Noodl for #IOT @MIT."   David Rose.   MIT:  Media Lab.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Eyewire: citizen-science gaming to map neurons."   Will Silversmith.   BosLab, 339R Summer St, Somerville.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Fossils of New York State."   Tom Rich.   Harvard:  Geological Museum, Haller Hall.   Details.

7p.  "CBT Treatment for Hoarding Disorder."   Jordana Muroff.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

Wednesday, December 7

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

9 - Noon.  "Intro to COMSOL Multiphysics."   A workshop demonstrating a proprietary physics simulator.   COMSOL, 100 District Ave, Burlington.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Building Futures, Saving Pasts: Archaeology in a Neoliberal World."   Larry Coben.   Harvard:  Tozzer 203.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Characterizing the Maternal Immune Environment during Pregnancy: Implications for autism spectrum disorders."   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

12:30p.  "Clinical Trial Data Sharing and Reproducibility."   A forum.   HMS:  TMEC Walter Amphitheater, 260 Longwood Ave.   Details, Abstract.*

12:30p.  "Interactive Data Visualization."   Jeff Steward.   Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.   Details.

4p.  "Progression in Alzheimer's Disease."   Bradley Hyman.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details.

4p.  "Rethinking the American Diet: Optimally Unifying Environmental and Nutritional Science."   Gidon Eshel.   Harvard:  Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden St.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Topological Mechanical Metamaterials."   Sebastian Huber.   Condensed Matter Theory and Quantum Optics.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "Adding Fuel to the Fire: Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Problems."   Rocco A. Iannucci.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   This webinar will be archived here.

Thursday, December 8

10 - 3p.  "Meadows 1 2 3."   Kathy Connelly.   Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemingway Rd, Framingham.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Modifiable Risk Factors and Prevention in Late-Life Depression."   Olivia I. Okereke.   McLean Hospital, Service Building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

2:50p.  "Methods for Identifying Combinations of Driver Mutations in Cancer."   Max Leiserson.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Improving Learning Experience in MOOCs with Educational Content Linking."   Shang-Wen (Daniel) Li.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Coupling Sensation to Action in the Olfactory System."   Bob Datta.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Extracting the Universe from the Wave Function."   Sean Carroll.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Strategies for Measuring Quality: Learning From Across the Globe."   A panel.   HMS:  Cannon Room, Building C114, 240 Longwood Ave.   Details, Registration.

4:30p.  "Climate Engineering: Anticipating Future Governance Challenges."   Ted Parson.   Harvard:  Weatherhead Center, Room 400, 20 Oxford St.  Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, Heal."   Erik Vance.   Author's event.   MIT:  E19-623.   Details.

6p.  "Building the First Microprocessor that Communicates using Light."   Miloš A. Popovic.   MIT:  Lincoln Lab, Forbes Rd, Lexington.   Details.

6p.  "Understanding Human Variation: Then and Now."   Maryellen Ruvolo.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Music Math."   Dennis Miller and Hubert Ho.   MIT:  Bartos Theater.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7p.  "Science Showdown: Trivia Night @ the MIT Museum."   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7p.  "Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape."   Jill Jonnes.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Building.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

8p.  "The Story of WD 1145+017 – Destruction of an Exoplanet."   Andrew Vanderburg.   Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, December 9

2p.  "Performance Matters."   Emery Berger.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "A Role for Cortical Feedback in Thalamic Development."   Chinfei Chen.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

4:30p.  "Creating a Path to Understanding Diet and Health."   Walter C. Willett.   HSPH:  Kresge G1, 677 Huntington Ave.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future."   David Grinspoon.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

December 10 - 11.   "Computer Science Education Weekend."   Museum of Science:  Locations throughout the Museum.   Details.

Saturday, December 10

10:30a.  "Animal Adaptations."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "Capturing Imaginary Animals with Pencil and Paper."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10:30 - Noon.  "Hidden Diversity: Amphibian Adaptations."   Mara Laslo.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "VR and AR Devs Hack Day at Brookline Interactive."   A Meetup.   Brookline Interactive Group, 46 Tappan St., Brookine.   Details, Abstract.

Noon - 4p.  "App Inventor."   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Sunday, December 11

1p.  "Reptiles of the BNC."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon - 4p.  "Scratch."   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Monday, December 12

Noon.  "Single Cell Optogenetics via Molecular and Optical Focusing."   Or Shemesh.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "The Multisensory Scaffolding for Perception, Sensory Substitution and Memory."   Micah Murray.   Martinos Center:  149-2204.   Details, Abstract.

12:05p.  "Orbital Dynamics In the Habitable Zone."   Stephen Kane.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

12:10p.  "Once and Future Forests: A Four-Dimensional Perspective on Plant Community Response to Global Change."   Jacquelyn Gill.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 300 Centre St.   Details.

1p.  "Learning Theory in the age of Neural Networks: Results and Challenges."   Amit Daniely.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin 123.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "Breaking Through Exoplanetary Atmospheres."   Mercedes Lopez-Morales.   BU:  Room 502, 725 Commonwealth Avenue.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "Toward Human-Level Learning of Atari Games."   Pedro Tsividis.   MIT:  32-G474A.   Details.

6:30p.  "Linking Music, Reading, and Cognitive Function in the Developing Brain."   Nadine Gaab.   The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville.   Details, Abstract.

December 13 - 15.  "Computational Drug Development 2016."   A Conference.   Aloft Seaport Boston, 401-403 D St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, December 13

8a.  "The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic: Finding Solutions with New Technologies in Formulation & Delivery Science."   A Forum.   MassBio, 300 Technology Square, Floor 8, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9 - 1p.  "Capturing the Carbon Dividend: Health Benefits of Climate Mitigation."   A symposium.   HLS:  Wasserstein Hall, 2019 Milstein West AB, 1585 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Registration.

10a.  "Characterizing and Modulating Brain Networks with Noninvasive Brain Stimulation."   Alvaro Pascual-Leone.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

10a.  "The Multisensory Scaffolding for Perception, Sensory Substitution, and Memory."   Micah Murray.   Harvard:  William James Hall 940, 33 Kirkland Ave.   Details.

10:30a.  "From Compression to Acceleration: Efficient Methods for Deep Learning."   Song Han.   MIT:  36-428.   Details, Abstract.

11a.  "Diversity, Privacy, and Resilience in Robot Networks."   Amanda Prorok.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "The Neural Basis of Probabilistic Computation."   Weiji Ma.   Harvard:  Northwest 243, 52 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Mapping the Infinite City: Nonstop Metropolis."   Joshua Jelly-Schapiro and Garnette Cadogan.   MIT:  9-255.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "The Future of Food: Feeding the Planet during Climate Change."   A webcast.   Details, Abstract.

1:30p.  "Restraining Cyber Operations Through International Law."   A panel discussion.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Evolution of Exoplanets Orbiting Low-mass Stars."   Philip Muirhead.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Fast Quantification of Uncertainty and Robustness with Variational Bayes."   Tamara Broderick.   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Unlocking User-Centered Design Methods for Cybersecurity."   Vincent Mancuso.   Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

7:30p.  "Specialization and Trade-Offs in Plant-feeding Insects."   Daniel Peterson.   Harvard:  MCZ 101, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, December 14

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

11a.  "Advancing Wellbeing Seminar Series: Andy Walshe of Red Bull."   MIT:  E14-633.   Details, Abstract.

11a.  "Low-Maintenance Plants."   Dan Jaffe.   A Webinar.   Details.

Noon.  "How the Road Directs Traffic: Control of axonal transport by microtubule patterns and dynamics."   Shaul Yogev.   Brandeis:  Rosenstiel 118.   Details.

Noon.  "Seawater Wireless Power Transfer."   MIT:  E38, 3rd flr Conference Room.   Details, Abstract.   This event will be webcast.

12:30p.  "LGBT Aging 101: What You Need to Know About Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging."   A forum.   HMS:  Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Mineral Records of Metabolisms and Environmental Conditions before the Rise of Atmospheric Oxygen."   Tanja Bosak.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 102.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, December 15

10a.  "Probing Local Group Galactic Substructure with Cosmological Simulations."   Gregory Dooley.   A thesis defense.   MIT:  37-252.   Details.

Noon.  "Maternal Obesity and the Fetal Brain: sex and diet matter!"   Andrea Edlow.   Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St. Stearns Auditorium, Farnsworth 1.   Details.

CANCELLED.  2p.  "Creating a European Research Infrastructure to Decode the Human Brain."   Christoph Ebell.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details.

2p.  "Surgical Robotics and the Digital OR."   A webcast.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

5:30p.  "Joint Public VR Lab & Boston VR Meetup!"   Mike Festa.   Brookline Interactive Group, 46 Tappan St, Brookline.   Details.

6:30 - 9p.  "The Connected City: The Future of IoT in Boston."   Nigel Jacobs and Ruthbea Yesner Clarke.   WeWork - Fort Point, 51 Melcher St, Boston.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7p.  "The Vulnerable Brain: Capacity, Coercion, and the Elderly."   A forum.   Brigham & Women's Hospital:  Bornstein Amphitheater, 45 Francis St.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Friday, December 16

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

11:15a.  "Printing Proteins: Creating biomolecular models for teaching and research using desktop 3D printers."   Eduardo Beltrame.   Brandeis:  Rosenstiel 118.   Details.

Noon and 6p.  "The Third Tower: Solving the Mystery of WTC 7."   Richard Gage and Leroy Hulsey.   BSA Space, 290 Cobgress St. #200.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, December 17

Noon - 4p.  "Data Sculptures."   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Noon.  "Molecular Biology 101."   Bos|Lab, 339r Summer St, Somerville.   Details, Abstract, Enrollment.

1p.  "Saving Tapirs and Wild Places in Nicaragua."   Christopher Jordan.   Franklin Park Zoo.   Details.

Sunday, December 18

Noon - 4p.  "Paper Circuits."   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Monday, December 19

4p.  "The Sensory Neurons of Touch."   David D. Ginty.   MGH East Bldg 149, Issebacher Auditorium.   (Charlestown Navy Yard.)   Details.   Shuttle bus leaves MGH Main Campus (Blossom St.) every 15 minutes.

December 20 - 21.  "BioTech 101."   Donald Kirsch.   MassBio Offices, 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, December 20

Noon.  "Making Data Simple in the Cognitive Era."   Gerardo Rodríguez Díaz.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Astrophysics Knowns and Unknowns."   Priyamvada Natarajan.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, December 21

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

Noon.  "Bridging the Gap between Molecular and Systems Levels in Neuropsychiatry: the utility of simultaneous MR/PET imaging combined with neurostimulation."   Mark Eldaief.   Brigham & Women's Hospital:  Shapiro Breakout Room, Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, 70 Francis Street.   Details.

2:30p.  "Interrogation of CRISPR-Cas Targeting Specificity for Mammalian Genome Engineering."   David A. Scott.   A thesis defense.   MIT:  Broad Institute 5001.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Deep Learning."   A tutorial.   Anchor Room 121, 50 Milk Street, Boston.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Microsoft and Linux... Better Together."   Dan Stolts.   MIT:  E51-315.   Details.

December 25 - 26.  "2016 Nobel-Pauling Biotech Christmas Symposium."   To allow those who cannot be with their families for Christmas to speak with and learn from local scientists.   Location for confirmed attendees.   Details, Registration.

Wednesday, December 28

6 - 9p.  "CryptoParty."   Encuentro, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston.   Details.

7p.  "Preserving the Image — Archiving America's Visual History."   James Snyder.   WCVB-TV, 5 TV Place, Needham.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, December 29

2p.  "Eyes on Owls."   Boston Public Library:  Faneuil Hall Branch, 419 Faneuil St.   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.