Boston Science and Engineering Lectures Archive

Saturday, December 2

2p.  "Capturing Minerals with Pencil and Paper."   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Registration.

9a.  "Trees Inside and Out."   Arboretum for Educators.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10-5p.  "Chatbots for Health Challenges--SmartBot Hackathon."   Cambridge Innovation Center, 15th floor, 101 Main St.   Details.

Noon.  "Kinetic Sculptures."   MIT Museum.   Details.

6p.  "Teen Science Cafe."   The Science of Sound and Music.   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, December 4

Noon.  "Mitigation Versus Solar Geoengineering: Role of Risk Aversion and Time Preference."   Mariia Belaia.   HKS:  Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building.   Details.

12:10p.  "Trade-offs in Evolutionary Ecology."   Anurag Agrewal.   Arnold ArboretumHarvard:  Weld Hill Lecture Hall.   Details.

12:15p.  "Cognitive Aging: Mechanisms of Memory Impairment."   Teal Eich.   Brandeis:  International Lounge, Usdan.   Details, Abstract.

12:15p.  "Starting New Actions and Learning From It."   Rui Costa.   Boston Children's Hospital:   Enders Bldg, Folkman Auditorium, 300 Longwood Avenue.   Details.*

3:30p.  "Spiral Structure of the Milky Way and Other Galaxies."   Mark Reid.   BU:  CAS 502.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "The Future of Immersive Computing at Autodesk and HP's Mars Home Planet initiative."   Radha Mistry.   Autodesk BUILD Space, 23 Dry Dock Avenue.   Details.

7p.  "Of Monarchs and Milkweed: A Story of Coevolution, Cultural History, and Conservation."   Anurag Agrawal.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, December 5

9a.  "Development and Validation of a Computational Approach to Predicting the Synthesis of Inorganic Materials."   Daniil Kitchaev.   A dissertation defense.   MIT:  6-104.   Details.

11a.  "Pushing the Limits of Electron Microscopy to Enable New Atomic Scale Insights into Material Properties."   James LeBeau.   MIT:  6-104.   Details, Abstract.

CANCELLED.  11a.  "Toward Personal Robots and Daily Life."   Cynthia Breazeal.   MIT:  32-G449.  Details, Abstract.

11:45a.  "Microwave Photonics Technology and Applications."   Paul Juodawlkis.   MIT:  35-225.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Black Users, Enclaving, and Methodological Challenges in a Shifting Digital Landscape."   Sarah Florini.   HLS:  Wasserstein 1010.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

12:30p.  "Listening for Bolides: Infrasound Detection of Small Earth Impactors."   Eliot Young.   MIT:  54-517.   Details.

12:30p.  "The Health Data Revolution: Improving Outcomes, Protecting Privacy."   A online forum.   Details, Abstract.

CANCELLED.   2p.  "Design Thinking with and for Children: From Human-Computer Interaction to Strategic Leadership for Change."   Allison Druin.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Controlling Human Microbiota."   Yang-Yu Liu.   Northeastern:  Network Science Institute, 177 Huntington Ave, 11th floor.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Kinetochore Structure."   Stephen Harrison.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

4p.  "Neutrinos: from zeros to heroes?"   Roxanne Guenette.   Brandeis:  Abelson 131.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Marijuana Technology."   A conference.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

7p.  "My Journey Through Intensive OCD Treatment."   Lindsey A.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

Wednesday, December 6

10a.  "Machine Learning and AI in Risk Management."   Stuart Kozola.   TBA.   Details, Abstract.

10:15a.  "Dendrite Patterning as a Model for Self-Organizing Systems."   Zhiqi (Candice) Yip.   HMS:  New Research Building 350, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details.*

12:30-5:45p.  "What's Hot in Cybersecurity."   A conference.   WGBH, 1 Guest Street.   Details, Registration.

Noon.  "TB and the Vitamin A Connection."   Megan Murray.   HMS:  TMEC, Walter Amphitheater.   Details.

4p.  "Building Secure Systems from Memory Enclaves."   Sergey Gorbunov.   MIT:  32-D463.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Anthropology at the Chicago World’s Fair (1893 )."   An exhibit.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.  Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "The Future."   Nick Montfort.   MIT Press Book Store, 301 Mass Ave.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

7p.  "Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome."   Museum of Science.   Details, Abstract.

December 7-8.  "What Feeds Allergies?"   Broad Institute, 415 Main St, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, December 7

8:30-11:30a.  "Cracking Cancer 2.0."   A Startup Exchange Workshop.   MIT:  E90-1200.   Details.

9a.  "Exoplanet Atmosphere Characterization, Present and Future"."   Laura Kreidberg.   Harvard:  Naito Lab 205, 12 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

10a.  "New Genres For Scholarship."   A forum.   Harvard:  Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall.   Details, Abstract.

10a.  "Population Oscillations, Synchronization, and Range Expansion in a Bacterial Cross-Protection Mutualism."   Arolyn Conwill.   A thesis defense.   MIT:  2-105.   Details.

11a.  "Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder."   Nina Lewis-Schroeder and Amy Dierberger.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Register.

11a.  "Deep Learning and Machine Vision Software Advancements and Benefits Q&A."   Tom Brennan, President, Artemis Vision.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Galaxies as High-Resolution Telescopes."   Anna Barnacka.   Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium.   Details.

12:30p.  "Pore! What is it Good For?"   Nick Loman.   HMS:  Countway Library, Ballard Room.   Details.

1:30p.  "Design and Analysis of Randomized Experiments on Large Networks."   Edoardo M. Airoldi.   Northeastern:  Network Science Institute, 177 Huntington Ave, 11th floor.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Arcus: Exploring the Formation and Evolution of Clusters, Galaxies and Stars."   Randall Smith.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Medlars Maligned."   Robert Dowell.   Arnold Arboretum:  Bradley Rosaceous Collection.   Details, Abstract.

2-7p.  "Pancreatic Cancer Symposium."   675 West Kendall Street, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2:50p.  "Holding Algorithms Accountable."   Cathy O’Neil.   Tufts:  Tisch 304.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "The Branding and Identity of the Nobel Prize."   Stephen Greyser and Mats Urde.   BU:  COM 209, 640 Commonwealth Ave.   Details.

4p.  "Holding Algorithms Accountable."   Cathy O’Neil.   Tufts:  Tisch 304.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "How to Make and Protect Human Beta Cells for Transplantation Into Diabetics."   Douglas Melton.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "How We Connect: the Biology of Friendship."   Michael Platt.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Number Theory and Spacetime."   Steven Gubser.   MIT:  34-101.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "The Mathematics of Making a Mess."   Persi Diaconis.   MIT:  2-190.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "How Phonetic Learners Should Use Their Input."   A colloquium.   Naomi Feldman.   BU:  24 Cummington Mall, B01.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us."   Tim O'Reilly.   MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Ave. :    Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts."   Joe Bagley.   Boston Public Library:  Roslindale Branch, 4238 Washington St.   Details.

6:30p.  "The Resistance Movement: What antibiotic resistance means for medicine."   William Hanage.   Aeronaut, 14 Tyler, Somerville.   Details.

7p.  "Probabilistic Programming."   Theo Giannakopoulos, Principal Research Engineer, BAE Systems.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "The Water will Come."   Jeff Goodell.   Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusets Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, December 8

11:45a.  ""A Microfluidic System for Modeling Human Atherosclerosis and Pathophysiology."   Sarvesh Varma.   A dissertation defense.   MIT:  36-428/462.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "3D Technology Decoding Maya Hieroglyphs."   Barbara Fash.   Harvard:  William James Hall B1.   Details.

Noon.  "IoT Disruption in the Digital Economy."   Kaan Terzioglu, CEO, Turkcell and Brian Subirama.   MIT:  3-333.   Details.

12:30p.  "Exploring the Ecology of Star Formation."   Megan Reiter.   Center for Astrophysics, M-340, 160 Concord Ave.   Details.

12:30p.  "Revolutionizing the Delivery of Health Care."   Donald M. Berwick.   HMS:  Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room.   Details, Registration.*

1:30-5p.  "Data Sharing in the Context of Clinical Trials."   Jeffrey M. Drazen.   HMS:  Kresge G1, Synder Auditorium.   Details.

3p.  "The Advanced Tokamak Path to a Compact Fusion Pilot Plant."   Richard Buttery.   MIT:  NW17-218.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "The Clean Energy Transformation."   Ernest J. Moniz.   MIT:  34-101.   Details.

3:30p.  "Smartphone-based Digital Phenotyping."   Jukka-Pekka "JP" Onnela.   Northeastern:  Network Science Institute, 177 Huntington Ave, 11th floor.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Sleep and Wake Coordinated by Glia."   Phil Haydon.   Philip Haydon lab.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

December 9-10.  "Computer Science Education Weekend."   Museum of Science.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, December 9

9a & 10:45a.  "Real-World Robotics."   A Science on Saturday Event.   Lincoln Laboratory Cafeteria.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9:45-4p.  "IEEE Brain Data Bank Competition – Boston."   Analyze neuroscience data and win $800.   Charles River Analytics, 625 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9:30-Noon.  "Consider the Lizard."   Joe Martinez.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

10a.  "VR/AR Hack Day at Brookline Interactive."   A Meetup.   Brookline Interactive Group, 46 Tappan St., Brookine.   Details, Registration.

Noon.  "App Inventor."   MIT Museum.   Details.

1:30p.  "Speed, Sweat, and Stamina: How Animals Are Adapted to Run."   A forum.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

Sunday, December 10

11a and/or 2p.  "Hold your Temper: Celebrating the Science of Chocolate."   Harvard Science Center B.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, December 11

8:30a.  "Emerging Technologies."   A conference.   HKS:  Starr Auditorium, 79 JFK St.   Details.   Please doublecheck date and time.

8:30-5:30p.  "Privacy Tools for Data Sharing: Lessons Learned and Directions Forward."   A conference.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10 - 4p.  "The Intersection of IoT and Robotics: How Sensors, Data, and Intelligence Are Redefining Industry."   A conference.   Alley Powered by Verizon, 10 Ware St, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "Targeting MicroRNA in the Brain: From Brain Tumors to Neurodegeneration of Aging."   Anna M. Krichevsky.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

Noon.  "Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World."   Geoff Mulgan.   Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200 North, Cambridge.   Details.

Noon.  "Developing Prophylactics Against Stress-Induced Depression: Ketamine modifies memory traces in the ventral hippocampus."   Christine Denny.   BU:  610 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 610.   Details.

Noon.  "New Insights into the Carbon Cycle and Overturning Circulation in the Southern Ocean."   Alison Gray.   MIT:  54-923.   Details, Abstract.

12:10p.  "Plasticity in Polygonum: eco-devo insights into adaptive diversity."   Sonia Sultan.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill.  Details.

12:15p.  "Topographic Sensation in the Olfactory System."   Timothy Holy.   BCH:  Enders, Bldg, Folkman Auditorium, 300 Longwood Avenue.   Details.

12:30p.  "Technology and the City."   Sarah Williams.   MIT:  9-255.  Details.

3:30p.  "Seeing Galaxies as Collections of Stars."   Jason Kalirai.   BU:  CAS 502.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Laws of the Lizard."   Preview screening plus Q&A with filmmakers and Jonathan Lodos.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Sleepless Night and Determined Days."   Ed Damiano.   Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, Havana Room, One Broadway.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

6p.  "Tech Invention & Innovation Forum 2017."   Harvard i-Lab:  125 Western Ave., Allston.   Details, Tickets.

December 12-13.  "The Next Wave in Adaptive Biomedical Innovation: Advancing Platform Trials into End to End Rapid Learning Systems."   A forum.   Boston Marriott Cambridge, 50 Broadway.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, December 12

Noon.  "A Pessimist’s Guide to the Future of Technology."   Ian Bogost.   HLS:  Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C.   Details.   Event will be webcast; RSVP required to attend in person.

Noon.  "A-to-I RNA Editing: Common, Hidden Mutations."   Erez Levanon.   Brandeis:  Rosenstiel 118.   Details.

Noon.  "Charting Changes in Conceptual Structure: The development of reasoning about mental life between 4-9 years of age."   Kara Weisman, Ellen Markman, and Carol Dweck.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.   "Human in the Data Loop."   Joseph Cottam.   196 Boston Ave, Room 4014.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Perturbation and Control of Human Brain Network Dynamics."   Danielle Bassett.   Harvard:  Northwest 243.   Details, Abstract.

12:05p.  "The Effects of Stereotype Threat on Older Adults' Memory."   Sarah J. Barber.   Brandeis:  Levine-Ross, Hassenfeld.   Details.

12:30p.  "Ask a Statistician."   Katy McKeough and Luis Campos.   Center for Astrophysics library.   Details.

1p.  "Implementation Science to Reduce the Population Cancer Burden: The San Francisco Cancer Initiative SF-CAN."   Robert A. Hiatt.   HSPH:  Kresge G3, 677 Huntington.   Details, Abstract.*

4p.  "Asymmetric Stem Cell Division and Germ Cell Immortality."   Yukiko Yamashita.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

4p.  "Prioritizing Variants in Personal Genomes."   Mark Gerstein.   HMS:  Jimmy Fund Auditorium.   Details.*

4p.  "Technology meets Neuroscience - A Vision of the Future of Brain Optimization."   Adam Gazzaley.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Processes Underpinning the Production of Renewable Fuels."   Jillian Dempsey.   MIT:  36-428.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "Achieving the Paris Climate Goals: The engine of ambition."   Nate Hultman.   MIT 66-110.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Cubes In Space."   Amber Agee-DeHart.   (Cubes in Space is a competition in which students design space experiments.)   A Skype session.   Details.

7:30p.  "Things that Go Thump in the Night: Vibrational communication in the New Zealand giant weta."   Daniel R. Howard and Carrie L. Hall.   Harvard:  MCZ 101, 26 Oxford St.   Details.

Wednesday, December 13

10-4p.  "Nanoscale Science and Engineering."   A conference.   MIT:  13-2137.  Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "Keys to Success with Vision-Guided Robotics for Flexible Automation."   David Dechow, Staff Engineer, Intelligent Robotics/Machine Vision, FANUC America Corporation.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "Materials Imaging and Control: The Information Dimension."   Sergei V. Kalinin.   MIT:  6-104.   Details, Abstract.

11a.  "What Drives the Formation of Massive Stars and Clusters?"   Bram Ochsendorf.   CfA:  Room M-340, 160 Concord Ave.   Details.

Noon.  "Human Proteomics: From Biology to Chemistry to Big Data to Personalized Healthcare."   Larry Gold.   Harvard:  Northwest B-103.   Details, Abstract.

1-5p.  "Natural Language Processing Symposium."   BU:  Rm 112, 72 East Concord St.   Details.

2p.  "Exploring the Hidden Side of Lived Experience through Micro-phenomenology."   Claire Petitmengin.   MIT:  1-242.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "A Little Bit More About Big Data."   Jim Isaak.   Lincoln Lab Main Cafeteria, 244 Wood Street, Lexington.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Ancient Habitability of Mars: Science Results from the Mars Exploration Rover Mission."   Stephen Squyres.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 102, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Psychology of Offender Motivation."   Ann Wolbert Burgess.   McLean Hospital:  Service Building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

Thursday, December 14

Noon.  "Race and Sexuality Matters in Psychotherapy."   Cecil R. Webster.   McLean Hospital:  Service Building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

1-5p.  "A Computational Archival Science Unconference."   HLS:  Pound 201.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1:30-5:15p.  "Lefler Symposium."   A number of talks will be given on neurodegenerative and developmental research.   The keynote address will be delivered by Constance Cepko.   HMS:  Armenise Amphitheater.   Details.*

4p.  "Anatomical Vulnerability As a Key to Alzheimer’s Disease."   Scott A. Small.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details.

6p.  "Imagine Design Create 2017 - Boston."   Autodesk Boston Office, 23 Dry Dock Avenue, Suite 610E.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "High-Resolution Retinal Imaging – Visualizing Cellular Structures In the Living Eyes."   Mircea Mujat.   MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 3 Forbes Rd, Lexington.   Details, Abstract.

8p.  "Meteorites 101: What they are, Where they come from, & How we find them."   Peter Scherff.   Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium.   Details.

Friday, December 15

2p.  "Dirty Data, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence."   Sanjay Krishnan.   MIT:  32-D463.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Space and Astrophysical Plasmas."   Matthew Kunz.   MIT:  NW17-218.   Details, Abstract.

3:15p.  "The Statistical Foundations of Learning to Control."   Benjamin Recht.   MIT:  32-155.   Details.

4p.  "Have We Missed Most of What the Neocortex Does? Allocentric Location as the Basis of Perception."   Jeff Hawkins.   A Brains, Minds and Machines Seminar.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, December 16

Noon.  "Paper Circuits."   MIT Museum.   Details.

2p.  "Introduction to Python."   Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, December 18

1p.  "Computational Sensorimotor Learning."   Pulkit Agrawal.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details.

3p.  "Teaching Science and Engineering with Flipped Classrooms."   olfgang Ketterle and Lorna Gibson.   MIT:  4-163.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Laying Down the Law: Navigating the intersection of science and the legal system."   Kara Swanson.   The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville.   Details.

7p.  "Safe."   A Coolidge Science on Screen event.   Laura Vanderburg will discuss how early life exposures to chemicals can predispose individuals to diseases.   Coolidge Theater.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, December 19

10a.  "Toward Practical Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computation."   Theodore Yoder.   A dissertation defense.   MIT:  TBA.   Details.

11a.  "A Conversation with Graham Walker."   (Professor Walker's interests include DNA repair, mutagenesis, and cellular responses to DNA damage.)   The Walker Lab.   MIT:  68-181.   Details.

2:30p.  "Re-thinking Machine Learning Algorithms for Scalability."   Jean-Baptiste Tristan.   MIT:  34-401A.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Our Rising Seas."   Andrew Kemp.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "From Stressed to Depressed."   Erin Dunn.   Dunn Lab.   WGBH’s Boston Public Library Studio, 700 Boylston St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, December 20

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

6p.  "Health Innovators Brainstorm and Networking."   Cambridge Innovation Center, 11th flr, 1 Broadway.   Details.

6:30p.  "Boston Futurology & Transhumanism."   A Meetup.   Andala Coffee House, 286 Franklin Street.   Details.

Thursday, December 21

10a.  "Work Before Love: How Getting a Job Facilitates Recovery in Borderline Personality Disorder."   A webinar.   Details.

2p.  "Using Galaxy Clusters as a Cosmological Laboratory."   Michelle Ntampaka.   MIT:  37-252.   Details.

4p.  "Building Scalable Machine Learning Solutions for Data Curation."   Ihab F. Ilyas.   MIT:  32-D463.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Basics of 3d Printing with TinkerCAD."   Boston Public Library:  The Exchange, Lower Level, Johnson Building.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Neurobiology of Mindfulness and Other Mind/Body Techniques."   Greg Fricchione and John Denniger.   Brigham and Women's Hospital:  Bornstein Amphitheater, 45 Francis Street.   Details.*

Saturday, December 30

Noon.  "Chain Reaction."   MIT Museum.   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.