Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area


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The purpose of this list is to convey a sense of the driving issues in contemporary science and technology by showing what people are talking about, although from time to time I include events outside this focus -- such as Hackathons, DIY workshops, and events for young people.

It 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 here.  And unsubscribe here.

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, though unusually interesting webinars might slip in.  Continuing or ongoing events and meetups with no special focus are not well handled.  Activity falls considerably over the summer and winter holidays.

Most critically:  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.)   It is common for dates and locales to change.   I strongly urge you to doublecheck the "Details" link before you head out, not that that guarantees anything.

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.

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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DIY-focused organizations & resources



Wednesday, June 29

2p.  "Ocular Drug Delivery or How to Squeeze Camels Through the Eye of a Needle."   Achim Göpferich.   Wyss Institute, 3 Blackfan Circle.   Details, Abstract.

Postponed to Thursday.   6p.  "Endless Watermelons."   Lori Shapiro.   Arnold Arboretum:  Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden.   Details.

6p.  "NVIDIA and DotProduct/WorldViz."   A demo.   Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe. nbsp; Details, Abstract, Tickets.

7p.  "Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space."   Janna Levin.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, June 30

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

Noon.  "Integrating Functional and Genomic Data to Understand Complex Disease."   Alexander (Sasha) Gusev.   Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:  Smith 308/309, 450 Brokkline Ave.   Details.

2p.  "Live from the Deep Ocean."   A Q&A.   Peter R. Girguis.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.

6p.  "Endless Watermelons."   Lori Shapiro.   Arnold Arboretum:  Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden.   Details.

Saturday, July 2

10 -1p.  "New England Plant Communities."   Weekly on Saturday until Jul 16, 2016.   Various Locations,   Details.

Wednesday, July 6

10 - 2p.   "Introduction to Plant Families."   A mini-course.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA.   Details.

6p.  "Why Microbes Matter."   Ashlee Earl.   Broad Institute Auditorium, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.


July 8 - 9.   "Survey of Grasses of the Northeast."   Dennis Magee.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, July 9

10:30a.  "Discover BEES!"   Harvard Natural History Museum.   Details, Abstract, Registration.


July 11 - 15.  "Summer Science Week: Impressions of Nature."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, July 13

6p.  "Autism Spectrum Disorders: genetics of an evolving diagnosis."   Elise Robinson.   Broad Institute Auditorium, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "With Mary: The Audubon of Botany."   Marjorie G. Jones.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, July 14

2 - 5p.  "Neurotechnology and Depression."   A panel discussion.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos."   Priyamvada Natarajan.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, July 15

9 - 12:30p.  "Immunity and Inflammation in Disease and Tissue."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center.   Details, Registration.*

7p.  "Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies."   Sara Lewis.   An author's event.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, July 16

11a.  "Family Exploration."   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details.

Wednesday, July 20

6p.  "How Epigenetics Controls our Genes in Health and Disease."   Brad Bernstein.   Broad Institute Auditorium, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, July 23

1p.  "A Walk on the Wild Side."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum, Forest Hills Gate.   Details, Registration.


July 25 - 29.  "Workshop on Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Medicine: Emerging Frontiers and Applications."   Biomaterials Innovation Research Center, 65 Landsdowne Street, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, July 27

9a.  "Birds of the World."   Exhibit opening.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.

6p.  "Using Big Data to Understand Rare Diseases."   Daniel MacArthur.   Broad Institute Auditorium, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.




*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 medical area that do not carry an asterisk have announced explicitly that they are open to the general public.

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