Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area


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I suggest thinking of this list as a species of journalism.  Scan for topics of interest; when and if one is found, explore that interest first by looking at the abstract (if one is linked to the talk), the speaker's personal webpage, and the webpage of his laboratory or research group.  (Researchers often see these as their preferred medium of communication with the public and put a lot of work into them.)  If these do not exhaust your interest you might even consider attending the talk itself.  I do post lectures that have none of these resources and I sometimes include events of interest outside this focus -- such as Hackathons, DIY workshops, and events for young people.

The list can be accessed in two ways: as a website and a mailing list.  The website carries events for the next month (roughly).  I add to it several times a week.  The mailing list goes out once a week, usually Sunday nights, and carries events for the next eight days.  You can subscribe and/or unsubscribe by dropping a note to hapgood@pobox.com.   If you do not receive the list after subscribing that is probably because your mailer thinks the list is spam and is bouncing it.   If you can whitelist the list please do.   Adding http://bostonsciencelectures.com to your contacts list might work.  If all else fails I invite you to send me an alternate email or resort to the website.

Caveats: The list is not remotely comprehensive and selection criteria are subjective.  I tend to include events that offer a physical speaker and accommodate physical attendance, but unusually interesting webinars might slip in.  Continuing or ongoing events like exhibits or courses and meetups with no special focus are not well handled.  Activity falls considerably over the summer and winter holidays.  The list goes on vacation towards the ends of June and December.

In particular: This is a volatile landscape.  Many events are announced at the last minute.  (Some of these get posted to the website, but not many make the weekly mailing.)  Dates and locales and lecture topics change.  Errors are introduced at every stage of the process.   I correct those I find out about, but of course sometimes my error-checking introduces a new set of errors.   I strongly urge you to doublecheck the "Details" link before you head out, not that that guarantees anything.

Blue boxes represent all events advertised as child-friendly; yellow boxes, multi-day events.  I occasionally link to the site of the speaker's lab.  If you see an event that you think I should know about but is not on the website please let me know.  Ditto if you know of a site I ought to be monitoring but does not appear on my list of sources.

I would appreciate your mentioning this list to people with compatible interests.

-- Fred Hapgood



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Selected Groups, Clubs, Societies, & Meetups
Selected New England Museums
DIY-focused organizations & resources



July 16-20.  "Spineless Wonders."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

July 16-20.  "Game Design."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, July 16

9-8p.  "International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium."   MIT:  Kresge Auditorium.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, July 17

10a.  "Technology Breakthrough of the Year."   Panel discussion.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1:30p.  "Reversing Reductionism with the Council on Extended Intelligence."   A webinar.   Details, Abstractm Registration.

Wednesday, July 18

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

9a.  "Tree Health Assessment."   Jerry Bond.   Urban Forest Analytics.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill Reserach Building.  Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "From Evolution of Protein Kinases to New Concepts in Drug Design."   Marc Hoemberger.   Kern Group.   Brandeis:  Rosenstiel Penthouse.   Details.

5:30-8:30p.  "Blockchain Technology: Patents vs. Open Source."   A panel discussion.   MIT:  32-124.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   This event will be streamed.

6:30p.  "Make More Plants: Easy Propagation Methods for Gardeners."   Sean Halloran.   Arnold Arboretum:  Dana Greenhouse and Nursery Facility.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder."   Karestan Koenen.   Broad Institute.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Short Takes: Fotoxx Update; Application Containerization."   Dick Miller and Jerry Feldman.   MIT:  E51-335.  Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Learning Circle: Introduction to Biology 1."   BosLab:  339R Summer St.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, July 19

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

1p.  "Trail Detectives' Club."   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill Street., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9a.  "Tree Load in Risk Assessment."   Jerry Bond.   Urban Forest Analytics.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill Reserach Building.  Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "Quick and Dirty Data Management: the 5 things you should absolutely be doing with your data now."   MIT:  14N-132.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Modeling the Universe: Cosmological Simulations of Elemental Production."   Jill Naiman.   Astrophysical Observatory:  Phillips Auditorium.   Details.

7p.  "Early Life and the Environment."   Kristin Bergmann.   Aeronaut:  14 Tyler St., Somerville.   Details.

7p.  "The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet."   Paul Greenberg.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7:30-10p.  "MicroChefs."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract.


July 20-21.  "Cellular Agriculture."   MIT:  E14-6th floor.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

July 20-22.  "PGP Hackathon."   Harvard Medical School.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   Application deadline is July 6.

Friday, July 20

6:30-9:30p.  "Mind Myths."   An evening of short presentations and fast-paced conversations about the mind.   MIT Museum:  265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, July 21

8a.  "Coastal Bird Walks at Belle Isle Marsh."   Belle Isle Marsh, 1399 Bennington St. East Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10a.  "Boston Area Beekeepers Association Open Hives."   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon-4p.  "Visualizing the Brain."   MIT Museum.   Details.

2p.  "The Beautiful Brain Spotlight Tour."   Alex Gomez-Marin.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.


July 22-27.  "International Conference on Complex Systems."   Hyatt Regency.   Details, Registration.

July 23-27.  "Earth Explorers."   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

July 23-27.  "Blue Planet: Life in the Sea."   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

July 23-26.  "Virtual Reality Games & Entertainment Extravaganza '18."   A webcast.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, July 23

Noon-4p.  "Visualizing the Brain."   MIT Museum.   Details.

5:30p.  "Comics & Medicine: An Introduction."   Matthew Noe.   HMS:  Countway Library, Minot Room.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6-10p.  "AR & VR in Museums."   A forum.   Alley powered by Verizon, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, July 24

11a.  "What Information Dynamics can Tell Us about ... Brains."   Joseph T. Lizier.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Value Representations in Visual Association Cortex."   Rohan Ramesh.   HMS:  Goldenson 122, 220 Longwood Avenue, Boston.   Details.*

3p.  "Learning to Transform 2D Nanomaterials for Medicine Using Imaging and Pharmacology."   Kostas Kostarelos.   NanoMedicine Lab.   Wyss Institute:  60 Oxford St., Room 330.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Digital Endpoint."   Melissa Ceruolo, VP, Software Engineering, MC10.   Cambridge Innovation Center, Havana Room, One Broadway, Cambridge.   Details.

Wednesday, July 25

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

11a.  "Make a Map in Minutes."   MIT:  14N-132.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Pediatric Brain Cancer."   Pratiti (Mimi) Bandopadhayay.   Bandopadhayay Lab .   Broad Institute.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, July 26

9-5p.  "Workshop on Blockchain Networks and Information Flow."   Hyatt Regency, 575 Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Understanding and Decoding the Dynamic Brain in Action and in Context: Applications to Neural Interfaces and Neuroesthetics."   Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal.   Schepens Eye Research Institute, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 20 Staniford Street, Boston.   Details.

7p.  "The Remarkable Life and Work of Ellen Swallow Richards and Her Role in Shaping Public Health at the Chestnut Hill Water Station and Beyond."   Susan Murcott.   Waterworks Museum.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, July 28

10a.  "Boston Area Beekeepers Association Open Hives."   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "Butterfly Gardens."   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.


July 30-August 3.   "Amazing Animals."   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, July 30

9:30-Noon.  "Geology, Gems, and Jewelry."   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "Activity-Dependent Transcription in the Brain."   Mark Aurel Nagy.   HMS:  Goldenson 122, 220 Longwood Avenue, Boston.   Details.*

6p.  "Shadow Libraries."   Joe Karaganis and Evelin Heidel.   MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, July 31

10a.  "Introduction to Virtual Reality."   MIT:  7-238.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "The Beautiful Brain Spotlight Tour."   Julie Pryor.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

7p.  "Crop Diseases That Threaten Global Food Security (and Your Breakfast)."   A panel discussion.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter."   Ben Goldfarb.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, August 1

6-8:30p.  "Editing our Evolution - A Building with Biology forum."   A conversation.   Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Somerville.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Genetic-Guided Development of Therapeutics."   Jesse Boehm.   Broad Institute:  415 Main St., Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, August 2

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

1p.  "Trail Detectives' Club."   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill Street., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "The Search for Unmodeled Gravitational-Wave Transients in the Advanced LIGO-Virgo era."   Ryan Christopher Lynch.   MIT:  37-252.   Details.


August 5-7.  "Innovation, Economic Complexity and Economic Geography Workshop."   MIT:  Media Lab E14-633.   Details.

Monday, August 6

9:30-Noon.  "Ocean Week."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Tumor Metabolism: How cancer cells fuel their growth."   Members of Marcia Haigis' Group.   The Burren:  247 Elm St., The Burren, Somerville.   Details.

6:30p.  " The GIANT Consortium."   (GIANT = The Genetic Investigation of ANthropometric Traits consortium seeks to identify genetic loci that modulate human body size and shape, including height and measures of obesity.)   Joel Hirschhorn.   Broad Institute:  415 Main St., Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, August 11

9-4p.  "World Robot Olympiad MA & CT Competition and STEM Event."   Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, 1 Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn.   Details, Abstract.


August 13-17.   "Super Scientists."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, August 13

Noon.  "Numerical Methods for Modeling, Simulation and Control for Deformable Robots."   Christian Duriez.   Wyss Institute, 60 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.



*Admission to buildings in Harvard's medical area 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, do not invite registration, have sponsors with whom they have no experience, and who are unsure if their ID will guarantee access, might want to email the person cited in the details page and ask.  Inquiries directed at the HMS Dept of Genetics should be emailed to esexton@genetics.med.harvard.edu (or call 617-432- 7666) at least one day before the event.  Inquiries pertaining to events at Harvard's New Research Building should be directed to Karen Barry at kbarry6@partnes.org.  Events in the Longwood medical area that do not carry an asterisk have announced explicitly that they are open to the general public.

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