Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area


This URL calls the correct files: bostonsciencelectures.com

The main purpose of this list is to convey a sense of the driving issues in contemporary science and technology, although from time to time I include events of interest 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 to it here.  And unsubscribe here.   If you can whitelist the list please do; mailers sometimes think it is spam.  Adding http://bostonsciencelectures.com to your contacts list might work.

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 (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 the last sundays of June and December.

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.)  Dates and locales change.  Speakers change their topic.  Errors are introduced at every stage of the process.   I correct those I find out about, which of course introduces yet another source of change.  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 for adults.  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



Last update: 11.2343

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, January 6

10:30a.  "Exploring Science Together: Dinosaurs!"   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, January 8

7p.  "Double Indemnity."   A Coolidge Science on Screen presentation.   Prior to the screening Lois K. Horwitz and Hal Tepfer will talk about the science behind the issues presented.   Coolidge Corner Theater.   Details.

Tuesday, January 9

4p.  "When Good Breaks Go Bad: Germline genome rearrangements."   Scott Kenney.   MIT:  Kirsch 32-123.   Details.

7p.  "Medications for OCD and Related Disorders."   Jennifer Barnes.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

Wednesday, January 10

4p.  "RNA and Protein: Molecules in Mutualism."   Loren Williams.   MIT:  54-915.   Details.

Thursday, January 11

Noon.  "Psychological Treatments for the World: Lessons from the Global South."   Vikram Patel.   McLean:  Service Building, PIerce Hall.   Details.

4p.  "The RNA World: Emergence & Evolution of Functional RNA."   Irene Chen.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food."   Rachel Herz.   Harvard Boook Store.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, January 13

2p.  "Capturing Butterflies and Moths with Pencil and Paper."   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.



*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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