Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area


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The main purpose of this effort is to convey a sense of the driving issues in contemporary science and technology, although from time to time I include events outside this focus -- such as DIY workshops -- that seem likely to be of interest to the technical community.

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.

The list goes on vacation in the last weeks of June and December and the first weeks of July and January.

-- Fred Hapgood

Last update: 24.2027

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



Tuesday, May 26

10:30a.  "Urban Cyber-Physical Systems: Addressing Sustainability Challenges by Urban Systems with Urban Data."   Desheng Zhang.   Northeastern:  442DA.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "The Legionella Pneumophila Strategy: molecular mimicry to hijack host-signaling pathways."   Carmen Buchrieser.   HMS:  NRB 1031.   Details.*

2 - 4p.  "Teen Video Gaming Club."   BPL:  Menino Hall, Hyde Park Branch, 35 Harvard Ave.   Details.

7p.  "Investigating Urban Carbon Cycles."   Lucy Hutyra.   Cafe Artscience, 650 Kendall St, Cambridge.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

Wednesday, May 27

Noon.   "Cortical Rhythms Facilitate Bottom-Up and Top-Down Processing."   Nancy Kopell.   Martinos Center:  Seminar room 2204, 149 13th St., Charlestown Navy Yard.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Redesigning Education for Creative Learners, Not Test Takers."   A salon.   New England Complex Systems Institute, 210 Broadway, Suite 101, Cambridge.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

6p.  "Building a Proactive Cyber Defense Strategy, from Tools to Tactics."   A forum.   MIT:  Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

6 - 8p.  "Free Circuit Hacking Night."   Jimmie Rodgers.   Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville.   Details, RSVP.

6 - 10p.  "Motion Tracking for Medical VR."   A Meetup.   Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Floor.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

7p;  "Aesthetics and Engineering: Form and Function in the Metropolitan Waterworks."   Robert Allison.   Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St.   Details.


May 28 - 29.  "IBM Hackathon."   hack/reduce, 275 Third St, Cambridge.   Details.

Thursday, May 28

10:30 - Noon.  "Early Explorers."   Adam Leiterman.   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10:30a.  "Thursday Tech Training: Overdrive."   BPL:  Egleston Square Branch, 2044 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury.   Details.

Noon.  "Searching for the Etiology of Alcoholism: Evolution of a Career."   Marc A. Schuckit.   McLean Hospital:  Pierce Hall, Service Building.   Details.

5p.  "24 Hours in the Life of a Swiss Cuckoo."   Lysianne Léchot Hirt.   Northeastern University, Gallery 360, 360 Huntington Ave.   Details.

7p.  "Wernicke's Area and the Anatomy of Language Comprehension."   M. Marsel Mesulam.   Brigham and Women's Hospital, Bornstein Amphitheater, 75 Francis St.   Details.*


May 29 - 30.  "Addictions in 2015."   A conference.   Cambridge Marriot Hotel.   Details.

May 30 - 31.  "Open Data Science Conference."   Boston Convention Center.   Details.

Saturday, May 30

10 - 3p.  "Youth Summit on Climate Change."   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Registration.

8a.  "Calling All Birders!"   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  Arborway Gate.   Details, Register.

Sunday, May 31

Noon.  "The History of the Boston Water System."   Boston Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St.   Details.

Monday, June 1

3p.  "Digital Futures Consortium."   Harvard:  Lamont Library Forum Room.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, June 2

10a.  "Implicit Brain-Computer Interfaces for Adaptive Systems: Improving Performance through Physiological Sensing."   Dan Afergan.   Tufts:  196 Boston Avenue, 4th floor.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, June 3

10 - 5p.  "Bioinformatics Student-Organized Symposium."   BU:  LSEB-B01.   Details.

4p.  "Batsuits, Bike Frames and Boogie Boards: New Materials built from the Atom Up."   Kate Ziemer.   Northeastern:  Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Center.   Details.


June 4 - 5.   "SHINE Summit 2015: Innovating for NetPositive."   Radcliffe:  Knafel Center, 18 Mason Street, Cambridge.   Details, Tickets.

Thursday, June 4

10:30 - Noon.  "Early Explorers."   Adam Leiterman.   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

8:30 - 5:30p.   "IT Summit."   Open to the Harvard University community and public sector organizations only. Harvard:  Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street.   Details.

7p.   "Conditions and Trends in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay."   Samantha Woods, Executive Director, North and South Rivers Watershed Association, and Pam DiBona, Executive Director, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program.   New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX theater.   Details, Register.

Friday, June 5

9a.  "Conquering Diabetes: From flies to humans."   Seung K. Kim.   HMS:  NRB 350.   Details.

11a.  "Brain-Machine Interfaces: From basic science to neurological rehabilitation."   Miguel Nicolelis.   Nicolelis Lab.   Harvard:  Northwest B101.   Details.

Saturday, June 6

2:30p.  "Inspired by Bees."   Brynmore Williams and Rachael Bonoan .   deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.   Details.

Monday, June 8

4p.  "Measuring and Understanding Personalization of Web Services."   Christo Wilson.   Northeastern:  Egan Research Center, Raytheon Ampitheater, 120 Forsyth St.   Details, Abstract.


June 10 - 12.   "Neural Processing in Humans, Animals and Machines."   A symposium.   BU:  School of Management Trustee Ballroom, One Silber Way, 9th Floor.   Details.

June 10 - 13.  "Psychiatry in 2015."   A conference.   Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.   Details, Registration.

June 10 - 13.  "Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution and Design."   A symposium.   Boston Park Plaza, 50 Park Plaza.   Details.

June 10 - 12.  "Neural Processing in Humans, Animals, and Machines."   A conference.   BU:  Questrom School, One Silbur Way, 9th floor.   Details, Registration.

Wednesday, June 10

1:30 - 4:30p.  "Metabolomics: an exciting and novel approach for the exploration of human nutrition, health and disease."   HSPH:  FXB G12.   Details.*

7p.  "The Evolutionary Race between Pests and Poisons."   Andy Dyer.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "What was Distinctive about the Industrial Revolution in America."   Merrit Roe Smith.   Waterworks Museum, 2456 Beacon St.   Details.

Thursday, June 11

4 - 9p.  "BOS/TECHJAM 2015."   Boston City Plaza.   Details, Registration.

Saturday, June 13

8:30 - 5p.   "StarConn Annual Conference."   Wesleyan University: 150 Exley Science Center, Middletown, CT.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "Exploring South America’s Pantanal."   Ossian Lindholm.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, Haller Hall, 24 Oxford.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Linux in Supercomputing: Trends in High Performance Computing."   Kurt Keville.   MIT:  E51-335.   Details.


June 15 - 16.  "Healthcare and the Gordian Knot."   A conference.   HMS:  Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Registration.*

Monday, June 15

7p.  "Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World."   Brooke Borel.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave.   Details.

Tuesday, June 16

6p.  "Big Data Gets Personal: Transforming Healthcare in the Age of Wearable Tech."   A panel discussion.   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Origami: Art and Science."   Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan.   Applied Math Lab.   Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Ave, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, June 17

4p.  "Genetic and Regenerative Medicine of Eye Disease."   Robert MacLaren.   Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Meltzer Auditorium, 243 Charles Street.   Details.

Thursday, June 18

7 - 9p.  "Lessons Learned from Successful Failures."   Dana Chisnell and Matt Weaver.   MIT:  E51-315.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice."   Adam Benforado.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, June 20

11 - 4p.  "EurekaFest™ 2015: Duck ‘n’ Hover Competition III."   Museum of Science.   Details.


June 21 - 24.  "ACM SIGCHI Interaction Design and Children."   A conference.   Tufts, 419 Boston Ave, Medford.   Details.

Monday, June 22

6p.  "Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever In An Age of Google."   John Palfrey.   Harvard Law School:  Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Tuesday, June 23

6:30 - 10p.  "Web Innovators Group 10th Anniversary."   District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.   Details, RSVP.

Thursday, June 25

9 - Noon.  "Foraging, Visual Search, Memory, and Decision."   A symposium.   BU:  2 Cummington St, Room 109.   Details, Abstract.

10 - 5p.  "#Screentime: Integrated Communication, Digital Diffusion, and the Networked Era."   A conference.   BU College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave.   Details.



*Admission to buildings in Harvard's medical area often (but, confusingly, not always) 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 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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