Boston supports a pretty impressive culture of lectures and lecture-like events. The main purpose of this list is to distill from this culture a sense of the driving issues in contemporary science and technology. From time to time I include talks outside this focus that seem likely to be of interest to the technical community.
Caveats: The list is not remotely comprehensive
and selection criteria are subjective. Courses, exhibits,
and networking meetups with no special focus are not well
handled. I tend to list events that offer a physical
speaker and accommodate physical attendance. Activity falls
considerably over the summer and winter holidays.
Most critically: This is a highly volatile landscape. Important details are changed at the last minute. Some events have limited seating and get sold out. Plus I make the occasional error (word of which I would be immensely grateful to receive). For all of these reasons I strongly urge you to doublecheck the "Details" link before you head out.
There are two routes to this list: a website and a mailing list. The website carries events for the next month (roughly). I add to it several times a week. The list goes out once a week, usually Sunday nights, and carries events for the next eight days. You can subscribe here. And unsubscribe here.
Blue boxes represent events advertised as child- friendly; yellow boxes, multi-day events. I occasionally link to the site of the speaker's lab. Researchers often see these sites as their preferred medium of communication with the public and put a lot of work into them. They can carry exceptionally well-posed statements of current issues.
Please let me know if I ought to be monitoring somebody not on my list of sources.
I would appreciate your mentioning this list to people with compatible interests.
-- Fred Hapgood
Last update: 20.2028
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Selected Groups, Clubs, Societies, & Meetups
Selected New England Museums
DIY-focused organizations & resources
April 18 - 27. "Cambridge Science Festival." A rich and impressive celebration of contemporary science. Subscribers to this list should definitely check out the Festival's schedule. Various locations. Details.
Monday, April 21
10 - Noon. "Chain Reaction Contraptions." A workshop. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts. Details.
Noon. "Evolution of Behavior through Niche Construction: invertebrate architects, monkey culture, and human gossip." Mark Laidre. Background reading. Harvard: MCZ Seminar Room (101), 26 Oxford Street. Details.
12:15 - 2p. "Fat China: Who Is Making China's Obesity Science and How." Susan Greenhalgh. Harvard: Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St. Details.
1 - 2:30p. "The Responsive City: Using Data to Enhance Democracy." Susan Crawford. Harvard: 60 Oxford, Rm 330. Details, Abstract.
4 - 6p. "Conversations in Mind/Brain/Behavior." Harvard: Yenching Library Auditorium, 2 Divinity Ave. Details.
4:15p. "Food after Fukushima: Scientific Citizenship and Risk in Japan." Nicolas Sternsdorff Cisterna. Harvard: Yenching Common Room. Details.
5:30p - 7p. "Emotion: Movement and Meaning." A conversation. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts. Details.
Tuesday, April 22
11a. "Rare Genetic Variation, Serotonin and Autism: Clues to a 50-Year-Old Mystery?" Randy Blakely. McLean Hospital: deMarneffe 132, 115 Mill Street, Belmont. Details.
12:30p. "Entry into and Exit from Dormancy in Bacteria." Jonathan Dworkin. HMS: New Research Building 1031, 77 Ave. Louis Pasteur. Details.*
12:30p. "Fair Use(r): Art and Copyright online?" A Berkman Luncheon. An open discussion with Elisa Kreisinger. Webcast details. Podcast details. RSVP required for lunch. Harvard: Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Flr. Details, RSVP, Summary.
12:30 - 2p. "Future Robots, Disaster, and Demographic Crisis in Japan." Shawn Bender. Harvard: Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street. Details.
12:30p. "On the Weak Internal Structure of Rubble-Pile Asteroids and its Consequences." David Polishook. MIT: 54-517. Details.
1p. "The Neural Dynamics of Movement Generation." Mark Churchland . Harvard: Northwest 243, 52 Oxford. Details, Abstract.
2:30 - 5p. "Bioinspired Materials." Javier Fernandez. Wyss Institute: 3 Blackfan Circle, Room 521. Details.
3p. "Fossil Apes and Early Hominins: Some thoughts on postcranial evolution." Sergio Almécija. Harvard: Geological Museum, Haller Hall (Rm. 102). Details, Abstract.
3:30p. "Graphene and the Magic of Physics in Two Dimensions." Eva Andrei. BU: SCI 109. Details, Abstract. Poster.
4 - 6p. "Computational Diversity and the Mesoscale Organization of the Neocortex." Gary Marcus. MIT: Singleton Auditorium (46-3002). Details.
4:15 - 6p. "The Harvard Horizons Symposium." Eight PhD students talk about their research. Harvard: Sanders Theater. Details, Tickets.
5p. "IBM’s Cognitive Computing: What Role in Education?" Jeff Eisen. HGSE: Gutman Conference Center, Appian Way. Details.
5p. "Loud Clothing and Noise-Enhanced Sensorimotor Function." James J. Collins. Harvard: Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street. 02138 Details.
5:30 - 7p. "Heart of the Matter: Innovations in Cardiovascular Science." A Cambridge Science Festival Event. HMS: Bornstein Amphitheater. Details, Registration.
6 - 7:30p. "Molecularizing Taste at the Intersection of Biochemistry and French Cuisine." Sophia Roosth. BU: CAS 326. Details.
6:30p. "The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth." John Kricher. Arnold Arboretum: Hunnewell Bldg. Details, Abstract, Registration.
7 - 9p. "Extreme Science Original Video Contest." MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave. Details.
8 - 10p. "Science Comedy Night." Thirsty Ear Pub (NW35). Details.
Wednesday, April 23
8 - 5p. "Information and Communication Technologies Conference." MIT: Tang Center (E51), 70 Memorial Drive. Details, Registration.
10 - 2p. "AeroAstro Open House." Celebrating 100 Years of MIT Aerospace. MIT: Building 33 and other locations. Details.
Noon. "3D Fabrication of Textile Devices: From Rapid Prototyping to Mass Production." Geneviève Dion. Wyss Institute: Room 330, 60 Oxford Street. Details.
Noon - 1:15p. "Digital Approaches to the Enlightenment." Dan Edelstein. BU: 226 Bay State Road, Rm 504. Details.
Noon. "Exploiting Stem Cell Technology to Model Human Neurological Disease." Clifford Woolf. Martinos Center: Seminar room 2204, 149 13th St., Charlestown Navy Yard. Details.
Noon. "How Males Manipulate Caenorhabditis Females' Longevity Programs." Coleen Murphy. Harvard: Genetics Department Seminar Room (NRB 0350). Details. *
12:10 - 1p. "New Perspectives on the Ocean's Role in Transient Climate Change." Kyle Armour. MIT: 54-915. Details, Abstract.
12:15p. "Weight Stigma: Implications for Research and Public Health." Rebecca Puhl. Tufts: Jaharis, Behrakis Auditorium. Details.
2:30 - 4p. "Exoplanets (Results from Kepler)." Sara Seager. MIT: 37-212. Details.
3p. "Genes, Genomes and Natural Selection: how they shape a complex trait." Ian Dworkin. Harvard: Main Lecture Hall, BioLabs Building. Details.
3:45 - 5p. "Unforced versus Forced Climate Trends over North America." Clara Deser. MIT: 54-915. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Multimodal Signals in Ant Communication." Bert Holldobler. Brandeis: Gerstenzang 121. Details.
4:15p. "Designing Dyes to Unlock the Secrets of the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell." Curtis Berlinguette. Harvard: Pfizer Hall. Details.
5p. "Ask for Evidence." A workshop. . Emerson College: Bill Bordy Theater. Details.
5p. "Mind/Brain/Behavior Debate." Gary Marcus and Joshua Tenenbaum. Harvard: Science Center B. Details.
5:30 - 7p. "Science Meets Art." Harvard Allston Education Portal, 175 North Harvard Street, Allston. Details.
6 - 8:30p. "openLAB." A New England Digital Humanities Meetup. Exploring knowledge design. Arts@29Garden, 29 Garden St. Details.
7 - 9p. "More Than Food: exploring milk as medicine." Harvard: Pfizer Hall, Mallinckrodt. Details.
April 24 - 25. "Science, Ethnicity, and Identity: States and Citizens in Global Knowledge." A symposium. Harvard: William James Hall 1550. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Thursday, April 24
7:45a. "Genomic Analysis of Brain Metastases." Priscilla K. Brastianos. Harvard: Faculty Club, 2nd floor, Rm 10, 20 Quincy Street. Details.
Noon - 2:30p. "Adaptation to Climate Change by Sugar Maple Trees." Michael Farrell. KSG: 124 Mt. Auburn St, Rm 2000. Details.
2 - 5p. "Developmental Circuit Pruning." A symposium. Harvard: Conte Center, Northwest Bldg, 52 Oxford St. Details.
3:30p. "The Standard Model at the Large Hadron Collider: The first four years." Joao Guimaraes da Costa. BU: 3 Cummington Mall, Rm 595. Details.
4p. "Ecosystem Tipping Points, Chemical Ecology, and the Continuing Death Spiral of Coral Reefs." Mark Hay. Northeastern Marine Science Center, Bunker Classroom. Details.
4p. "Fundamental Symmetries of the Early Universe and the Origin of Matter." Michael Ramsey-Musole. MIT: 10-250. Details.
4p. "Lessons from the Large Hadron Collider: The Higgs Boson and Beyond." Matt Strassler. Northeastern: DA 114. Details, Abstract.
4p. "The Modular Logic of Cell Signaling: Learning to Rewire Cellular Behavior." Wendell Lim. MIT: Stata Center (32) 141. Details.
4:30p. "Kodak, Polaroid, and Facebook: The Shaping of Memory, Family Pictures, and Photography of the Self." Marita Sturken. BC: Cushing 001. Details.
6p. "High Speed Photography - A journey from Edgerton to Oefner." swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge. Details, registration.
7p. "The Race for Spring: How Climate Change Alters Plant Communities." Elizabeth Wolkovich. Arnold Arboretum: Hunnewell Bldg. Details, Abstract, Registration.
7:30p. "Computational Materials Design for Organic Photovoltaic Cells." Xi Lin. Hyatt Regency Cambridge. Details.
April 25 - 27. "Northeast Bioengineering Conference." Northeastern University. Various locations. Details.
Friday, April 25
10a. "Leveraging Data Across Time and Space to Build Predictive Models for Healthcare-Associated Infections." A thesis defense. Jenna Wiens. MIT: Stata Center (32) G882. Details, Abstract.
Noon. "Miniaturized Neural Interfaces and Implants in Basic and Translational Research." Thomas Stieglitz. MIT: 34-401. Details, Abstract.
1:30p. "On the Informational Completeness of Local Observables." Isaac Kim. MIT: 6C-442. Details, Abstract.
3p. "Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods." Richard B. Primack. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave. Details.
4p. "More than 50 Years of Planetary Exploration: A plasma science perspective." Margaret Kivelson. BU: CAS 502. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Toward a Whole Mouse-Brain Connectome." Winfried Denk. Harvard: Pierce 209. Details.
April 26 - 27. "MIT Press Loading Dock Sale." MIT Press Bookstore, 292 Main St, E38-176. Details.
Saturday, April 26
9 - 12:30p. "Engineering and Physical Biology." A symposium. Harvard: Northwest B101, 52 Oxford St. Details.
10 - 4p. "Rocket Day." A Cambridge Science Festival Event. Danehy Park, Cambridge. Details.
10 - 2p. "Undergraduate Research Symposium." MIT: 56-114. Details.
Sunday, April 27
1 - 5p. "Automatic Musical Instruments." An opening of an exhibit. 119 Gallery, 19 Chelmsford Street, Lowell, MA. Details.
Monday, April 28
10a. "The Extraction of Classical Information from Quantum States: Fundamental Limits, Adaptive and Finite-Length Measurements." Hye Won Chung. MIT: Allen Room (36-462). Details, Abstract.
Noon. "Electroacoustics for Lunch." Florian Hollerweger and Forrest Larson. MIT: Media Lab, 14E-109. Details.
12:15 - 2p. "Early Modern Climate Science: The View from British North America." Joyce Chaplin. Harvard: Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford St. Details.
1p. "Crowdsourcing Affective Responses for Predicting Media Effectiveness." Daniel McDuff. MIT: Media Lab (E14) 633. Details, Abstract.
3p. "Warrantless Searches of Personal Electronic Devices: Is the Baby Lost in the Woods?" David Abrams. HKS: K354, 1737 Cambridge St. Details, Abstract.
April 29 - 30. "GET Conference." (Genomes, Environments, Traits.) Ballroom at the Hotel Marlowe, 25 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge. Details, Registration.
Tuesday, April 29
8:30a. "BIO-IT World Conference & Expo '14." Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard. Details, Registration.
11a. "Combining Optogenetics and Pharmacology to make Blind Synapses, Neurons, and Retinas See." Richard Kramer. McLean Hospital, deMarneffe 132, 115 Mill Street, Belmont. Details.
2:30p. "Probing Inflation with Large Scale Structure." Nishant Agarwal. MIT: 6C-442. Details, Abstract.
3p. "Influenza and Pregnancy: Before and After the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic." Sonja Rasmussen. BU: Slone Epidemiology Center, 1010 Commonwealth Avenue, 4th Floor Conference Room. Details.
3:30p. "The Lord of the Rings and Mr. Higgs' Boson: What Next?" Michel Spiro. BU: SCI 109. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Are Planetary Systems Flat?" Scott Tremaine. MIT: Marlar Luonge (37-252). Details, Abstract.
4p. "Why Do We Care for the Dead?" Thomas W. Laqueur. Harvard: Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street. Details.
6p. "Between the Caves: Landscape Archaeology of the Paleolithic in the French Central Pyrenees." Margaret W. Conkey. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St. Details.
6 - 7:30p. "Silica Sounds in the Round." MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave. Glass lab. Details.
Wednesday, April 30
Noon. "Death by Chocolate?: Cacao and the Classic Maya Collapse." Eleanor Harrison-Buck. Harvard: Peabody Museum, Putnam lab. Details.
4p. "The Neurogenetics of Innate Behavior: Food, Sex, and Smell." Leslie Vosshall. HMS: Armenise Amphitheater, 210 Longwood Avenue. Details.
5p. "Geoengineering: Science and Governance." Lynn Russell. MIT: 35-225, 127 Massachusetts Ave. Details.
5:30 - 8p. "Healthcare Innovation After ObamaCare." A forum and discussion. Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center. Details, Registration.
7p. "Changing Brains: Conflict Resolution, Cooperation, and Well-Being." Richard Davidson and Betsy Levy Paluck. Museum of Science, Cahners Theater. Details, Registration, Abstract.
7p. "Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods." Richard Primack. Arnold Arboretum: Hunnewell Bldg. Details, Registration.
Thursday, May 1
9 - 10a. "Activity Based Protein Profiling and the Puzzle about the Origin of Life." Evelyn Zeiler. Youtube talk. Harvard: Naito Lab (Room 205), 12 Oxford St. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Hurricane Storm Surge Models." Joannes J. Westerink. MIT: 4-237. Details, Abstract.
4p. "The Cryptographic Lens." Shafi Goldwasser. MIT: Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium (32-123). Details, Abstract.
4p. "The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) High-Energy X-ray Mission: Bringing the High Energy Universe into Focus." Fiona Harrison. MIT: 10-250. Details.
7p. "Oyster and Salt Marsh Impacts on Cape Cod." Curtis S. Felix, vice chair, Comprehensive Wastewater Planning Committee, Wellfleet MA. New England Aquarium: Details, Registration.
Friday, May 2
All day. "Data Science." Tufts: Distler Performance Center, 20 Talbot Ave. Details, RSVP.
2 - 3:30p. "Media Lab Conversations Series: George Church." MIT: Media Lab, 3rd flr Atrium. Details, Abstract.
3p. "Using Cell Phone Data to Study Social Networks and Health." Jukka-Pekka Onnela. MIT: Media Lab (E14) 633. Details.
Monday, May 5
Noon. "Reverse-Engineering Visual Object Recognition." David Cox. BWH: Carrie Hall, 15 Francis St. Details.
12:05p. "Science with the Space Surveillance Telescope." Deborah Woods. MIT: Marlar lounge (37-252). Details.
12:15p. "Eye, Brain and Vision." A symposium. HMS: New Research Building, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur. Details, Registration.*
4p. "Bringing Dark Matter into Focus." Mariangela Lisanti, Asst Prof, Princeton.. MIT: Kilker Room (26-414). Details. Abstract.
7p. "Internet, Security, and Power." Bruce Schneier. Broad Institute Auditorium. Details.
Tuesday, May 6
9 - Noon. "The Frontier of Climate Change: State and Local Action in New England." The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library, Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH. Details, RSVP.
4p. "The Cool Side of Galaxy Formation." Chris Carilli. MIT: Marlar Lounge (37-252). Details, Abstract.
7p. "Shark Research Confessions: Introductions and Adventures in the Field with New England shark experts." New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Wednesday, May 7
1:30 - 3p. "Intervention of Choice for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Applied Behavior Analysis." Richard B. Graff. Judge Baker Children's Center, 53 Parker Hill Avenue. Details, Abstract.
6p. "Biochemical Biomarkers in Autism: Challenges and Pitfalls." George M. Anderson. MIT: Singleton Auditorium (46-3002). Details, Abstract.
7 - 9p. "Intestinal Microbes in Health and Immunity." Harvard: Pfizer Auditorium, Mallinckrodt Building, 12 Oxford St. Details.
7p. "The Extreme Life of the Sea." Stephen Palumbi. Harvard: Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St. Details.
May 8 - 9. "Plant Biophysics: Mechanisms, Models, and Mimetics." A symposium. Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill and the Wyss Institute, Rm 330, 60 Oxford, Cambridge. Details, Registration.
Thursday, May 8
1:30 - 3p. "Flowers: Let's Look Closely." Nancy Sableski, Manager, Children's Education. Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg. Details.
4p. "Flight of the Fruit Fly." Irai Cohen. MIT: 10-250. Details, Abstract.
4:05p. "Immune Evasion by Malaria Parasites: Integrating Transcription, Translation and DNA Repair." Kirk W. Deitsch. MIT: Stata Center (32) 141. Details.
5:30 - 7p. "Ethical Alternatives to Experiments with Novel Potential Pandemic Pathogens." Marc Lipsitch. Harvard: HUCE Seminar Room, Room 310 (24 Oxford St). Details.
7 - 9p. "Beyond the Telescope: Cosmic Explosions." Edo Berger. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park. Details, Abstract.
7p. "Volcanoes, Climate Change, and Modern Human Migrations across Africa." Christian Tryon. Harvard: Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford. Details, Abstract.
Friday, May 9
2:30 - 5:30p. "Center for Environmental Health Sciences Poster Session." MIT: Morss Hall, Walker Memorial (50-140). Details.
4p. "Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover: The Search for Ancient Habitable Environments." John Grotzinger. MIT: Stata Center (32) 123. Details.
7p. "The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery." Sam Kean. Harvard Book Store: 1256 Massachusetts Ave. Details, Abstract.
Saturday, May 10
9 - 3p. "Youth Summit on Global Climate Change." MIT: Stata Center (32). Details, Registration.
9 - 11a. "Sketching Trees." First meeting of a four session course. Erica Beade. Mout Auburn Cemetery. Details, Registratiob.
10 - Noon. "Resilient Garden Systems." City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan. Details, Registration.
Noon - 4p. "The Art of Science: Girls Day @ the MIT Museum." MIt Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave. Details, registration.
2p. "A Window on Eternity: Exploring Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park." Edward O. Wilson. Harvard Museum of Natural History. Details.
4:30p. "Clay Center Astronomy Day 2014." Dexter Southfield School, Clay Center Observatory, 20 Newton St., Brookline. Details.
Monday, May 12
3p. "How Casinos Use Your Personal Data to Keep You Coming Back for More." Adam Tanner and John Acres. Background reading. Kennedy School: K354, 1737 Cambridge St. Details, Abstract.
7p. "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation." Michael Pollan. First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Ave. Details.
Tuesday, May 13
8a. "Early Life Stress and Mental Health." A symposium. MIT: Singleton Auditorium (46-3002). Details, Abstract, Registration.
5p. "Ice Sheets and Sea Level: Is the Long Tail Attached to a Dragon?" Richard Alley. MIT: Bartos Theater (E15-070). Details.
6:30p. "Plant Nomenclature: Determination of the Correct Name of a Known Plant." First meeting of a five session course. K. N. Gandhi. Harvard University Herbaria. Details, Registration.
6:30 - 9p. "UI Patterns: A Practical Toolkit." Jim O’Neill, Creative Director, Above the Fold. Nokia, One Main St. Details, Registration.
7p. "There Will Be Blood: Seal and Sea Lion Healthcare at the New England Aquarium." Jenny Montague. New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Thursday, May 15
10 - 12:30p. "Looking Closely at Trees: Buds, Branches, Bark, Form." Rebecca Arnoldi. The first of four classes. Feel free to attend whichever ones you can. Arnold Arboretum, Dana Greenhouses. Details, Registration.
4p. "Building with Crystals of Light: From Clocks to Computers." Ana Maria Rey. Rey Theory Group. MIT: 10-250. Details.
Saturday, May 17
9 - 11a. "Drawing for Understanding in Field Science: A workshop for middle and high school educators." Donna Sartanowicz and Jill Sifantus, Educators, Brookline High School. Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg. Details, Registration.
9:30 - Noon. "Where Did All These Apples Come From?" Harvard Museum of Natural History. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Sunday, May 18
3 - 5p. "Technology and Microbiology: A Public Discussion at the 2014 American Society for Microbiology Meeting." Museum of Science, One Science Park. : Details, Abstract.
Monday, May 19
7p. "Big." A Coolidge Science on Screen presentation. Eric Rosenbaum will review what science has to say about the issues raised by the film. Coolidge Corner Theater: 290 Harvard St. Details.
Tuesday, May 20
5 - 9p. "Boston Quantified Self Show & Tell." Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive. Details, Abstract.
6p. "Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge." David R. Foster and Aaron Ellison. Harvard: Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford. Details, Abstract.
7p. "Why Consumers Alone Can’t Save Our Fish." Jennifer Jacquet. New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater. Details, Abstract, Registration.
*Note that Admission to HMS's New Research Building requires an ID from a Harvard-affilated institution, such as MIT or a teaching hospital. (There does not seem to be a central list of such institutions, or at least not one that Harvard can produce upon inquiry.) Also, persons interested in events sponsored by the HMS Dept of Genetics but who do not have an ID as described above should email an expression of their interest to email@example.com or call 617-432-7666 at least one day before the event.