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

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

Last update: 29.1724

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Monday, August 31

10a.  "Simultaneous Wireless Power Transfer for Multiple Mobile Devices."   Lixin Shi.   MIT:  32-D403.   Details.

1p.  "Communication Amid Uncertainty."   Madhu Sudan.   Harvard:  Pierce 213.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, September 1

11a.  "Measuring the Impact of Internet Censorship."   Zartash Uzmi.   Tufts:  Halligan 209.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "From Seed to Tree."   Tour of the Dana Greenhouse.   Arnold Arboretum.   Details.

6:30p.  "Social Data and Analytics in Healthcare."   A Meetup.   DataXu, 281 Summer Street, 4th Floor.   Details.

7p.  "I’ve Been Diagnosed with OCD. Now What?"   Christina Gugino.   McLean Hospital, de Marneffe 132, 115 Mill St, Belmont.   Details.

Wednesday, September 2

4p.  "Novel Genomic Paradigms for Early Detection of Acute and Chronic Disease."   Geoffrey S.Ginsburg.   HMS:  NRB 457.   Details.*

4p.  "Stability and Selection in Multiagent Learning."   Jeff S. Shamma.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G125.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "The Revolution Online."   The future of digital education.   Sanjay Sarma.   MIT:  32-155.   Details, Tickets.

Monday, September 7

7p.  "Thinking about Flavor."   A Science and Cooking Public Lecture.   Harold McGee and Dave Arnold.   Harvard:  Science Center C.   Details.

Tuesday, September 8

Noon.  "A Fundamental Micro-Circuit Computation in Neocortex and Hippocampus."   Jeffrey Magee.   Harvard:  NW 243, 52 Oxford St.   Details.

12:30p.  "Brain Tumor Exosomes: Saboteurs and biomarker."   Xandra Breakefield.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

4p.  "Health in the Era of Sustainable Development."   K. Srinath Reddy.   HSPH:  Kresge G3.  Details.*

4p.  "Quantum Materials and Devices Seminar."   Robert M. Westervelt.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details.

4p.  "The Rise of Jet Substructure: Boosting the Search for New Physics at the LHC."   Jesse Thaler.   Brandeis:  Abelson 131.   Details.

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

Wednesday, September 9

10:30a.  "Mouse Models of Autism to Test Hypotheses about Causes and to Discover Therapeutics."   Jacqueline Crawley.   Children's Hospital:  12th Floor Conference Room, 3 Blackfan Circle, Boston.   Details.

Noon.  "Identifying Early Neural Biomarkers in Infants at Risk for Autism."   Helen Tager-Flusberg.   BU:  24 Cummington Mall, Room B01.   Details.

Noon.   "Talking flies: Predator-induced changes in Drosophila social behavior and transgenerational effects."   Giovanni Bosco.   HMS:  NRB 350.   Details.*

Noon.  "Trends, Opportunities and Challenges Driving Architecture and Design of Next Generation Mobile Computing and IoT Devices."   Karim Arabi.   MIT:  34-401.  Details,Abstract.

3 - 5p.  "The Social Brain and its Disorders: Opportunities for Discovery & Technology Development."   A workshop.   MIT:  Building 46, Atrium (3rd floor).   Details, Registration.

4 - 6p.  "Building the First 'Steamship' as Part of the High Technology Revolution."   John Laurence Busch.   MIT:  Lincoln Lab, 244 Wood St, Lexington.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Pluto Revealed! Latest Results from NASA's New Horizons Mission."   Richard P. Binzel.   Background reading.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

5:30 - 8:15p.  "A New Systems Approach to Safety Analysis."   John Thomas.   MIT:  32-141.   Details, Abstract.


September 10 - 11.  "Population Health Equity."   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center.   Details, RSVP.

Thursday, September 10

7:30 - 5:30p.  "The Security of Things Forum."   Sheraton Commander, 16 Garden St, Cambridge.   Details, Registration.

Noon.  "Fast-Acting Treatments for Depression: Intravenous Injections and Electromagnetic Fields."   Michael Rohan and Arkadiy Stolyar.   McLean Hospital:  Belmont campus - Service building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

3 - 5p.  "Theo Jansen in conversation with Neri Oxman and Trevor Smith."   MIT:  Media Lab, 3rd Floor Atrium.   Details.   The talk will be webcast.

3:30 - 6p.  This lecture seems not to have a title, but Dr. Doudna is associated with development of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system.   Jennifer Doudna.   MIT:  Kresge Auditorium.   Details, Tickets.

4p.  "Molecular, Cellular, and Circuit Mechanisms that Link Memories Across Time."   Alcine Silva.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "The Ethics of Innovative Neurosurgery."   A panel discussion.   HMS:  Armenise Building D, Amphitheater, 210 Longwood Ave.   This event will be webcast.  Webcast URL TBA. &nbsol Details, RSVP.*

6 - 8p.  "UX Boston: Symmetry, Assistance, and Engineers."   Google, 5 Cambridge Center.   Details, RSVP.

6:30 - 8:45p.  "Native New England Shrubs."   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Roland "Boot" Boutwell.   Details, Registration.  Another Native New England Shrubs course begins September 12.

7p.  "Smart Body Sensor Object Networking."   Bhumip Khasnabish.   Verizon Technology Center Campus, Auditorium, 60 Sylvan Road, Waltham.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, September 11

Noon.  "A Free Software Platform for Big Data Science."   Brett Smith.   MIT:  32-141.   Details, Abstract.

5 - 8p.  "Living in the Future."   MIT Museum, 256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, September 12

8:30 - 5:30p.  "MindEx 2015."   Keynotes:  "What I Learned from Being Labelled Mentally Ill and My Views on Some Challenges Facing Cyberconscious Minds," by Martine Rothblatt, and "The Current State of Personal Genomics,"   by George Church.   Harvard:  Sanders Theater.   Details.

9 - 1:30p.  "Native New England Shrubs."   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Roland "Boot" Boutwell.   Details, Registration.

Sunday, September 13

10a.  "VR Devs Hackathon."   A Meetup.   Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, 346 Huntington Ave.   Details.


September 14 - 18.   "Workshop on Metagenomics."   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Abstract, Registration.*

Monday, September 14

2p.  "New Techniques for New Physics Discoveries in Run 2 at the LHC."   James Gainer.   MIT:  6c-442.   Details.

7p.  "Pasta Magic."   A Science and Cooking Public Lecture.   Mark Ladner.   Harvard:  Science Center C.   Details.


September 15 - 17.  "IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing conference."   Westin Hotel, Waltham.   Details.

Tuesday, September 15

11a.  "Pathological Consequences of Dysregulation in the Neural Circuitry of Stress."   Jamie Maguire.   McLean Hospital, deMarneffe 132, 115 Mill Street, Belmont.   Details.

6 - 9p.  "Organs-on-a-Chip: Revolutionizing the Drug Discovery Process."   Donald E. Ingber.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, RSVP, Abstract.

6:30p.  "The Formation of Stars and Planets."   Scott Kenyon.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, September 16

Noon.  "Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Neurodegenerative Disease Following Repetitive Head Impacts."   Robert Stern.   BU:  24 Cummington Mall, Room B01.   Details.

6p.  "Exploring Micro and Macro Worlds: How Does Light Advance Science?"   Adam E. Cohen and Dmitar Sasselov.   TBD.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "PGP/GnuPG Keysigning Party."   MIT:  E51-335.   Details.

Thursday, September 17

Noon.   "Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Stress and Substance Use Disorders."   Kathleen T. Brady.   McLean Hospital:  Belmont campus - Service building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

4p.  "Instruction Sets Want To Be Free: A Case for RISC-V."   David Patterson.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

5:30 - 9p.  "Fashion 4wrd."   The relation of Fashion and technology over the next ten years.   Museum of Fine Arts.   Details. Tickets.

6 - 9p.  "New Frontiers in Terahertz Technology."   Mona Jarrahi .   Terahertz Electronics Laboratory.   MIT:  Lincoln Laboratory, Forbes Road Facility, 3 Forbes Road, Lexington.  Details, Abstract.

6:15p.  "Refresh Boston: UX Insights from a Drunk Guy."   Austin Knight.   Fresh Tilled Soil, 480 Pleasant St., Suite A410, Watertown.   Details.

6:30 - 9:30p.  "Science Uncorked."   Museum of Science, Washburn Pavilion.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "The Trouble with Jellyfish."   Mark Dion and Lisa-ann Gershwin.   Opening reception of an exhibit.   Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street.   Details, RSVP.

7:30p.  "Big Data to Big Art."   Henry Winter.   Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St.   Details.

7:30p.  "Nets to Decks: Upcycling Fishing Nets in Chile."   A forum.   New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.


September 18 - 19.  "Attachment and Borderline Personality Disorder Conference."   Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Boston.   Details, Registration.

September 18 - 20.  "Hacking Eating Tracking - Symposium + Hackathon on Quantification of Human Eating."   Harvard:  Northwest Building.   Details, Registration.

Friday, September 18

Noon.  "The Curse of Dimensionality."   Hansruedi Maurer.   MIT:  54-209.   Details, Abstract.

12:15p.  "Analysis of Voluntary Behavior to Interrogate Neural Function."   A thesis defense.   David Roberson.   HMS:  Goldenson 122, 220 Longwood Ave.   Details.

Saturday, September 19

10:30a.  "Exploring Science Together: Owls!"   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, And An Epic Journey."   Deboral Cramer.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

Sunday, September 20

10 - Noon.  "Contraption Construction Session #1."   Designing entries for the After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction.   MIT Museum, 256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Monday, September 21

12:05p.  "New Insights on Galaxy Formation from Comparisons of Simulated and Observed Galaxies."   Joel Primack.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "In How Far Can We Make Nanoparticles Mimic Molecules?"   Zhihong Nie.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

6p.  "Ancient Eclipses, Roman Fish Tanks, And The Enigma Of Global Sea Level Rise."   Jerry Mitrovica.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Harold and Maude."   A Coolidge Science on Screen presentation.   Joshua Hartshorne will address the science behind the film.   Coolidge Corner, 290 Harvard St, Brookline.   Details.

7p.  "The Science of Sugar."   A Science and Cooking Public Lecture.   Joanna Chang.   Harvard:  Science Center C.   Details.

Tuesday, September 22

Noon.  "Attentional Neurons and Circuits."   Julius Zhu.   Harvard:  Northwest 243, 52 Oxford St.   Details.

1p.  "Searching for the Neural Basis of Depression."   Huda Akil.   McLean Hospital, Pierce Hall, 115 Mill Street, Belmont.   Details.

5:30p.  "Emotion inside out: From cartoon neuroscience to the predictive brain."   Lisa Barrett.   Location TBA.   Details.

Wednesday, September 23

Noon.  "Beyond the Sensory-Motor Loop: The inseparable link between vision and action."   Michele Rucci.   BU:  24 Cummington Mall, Room B01.   Details.

4p.  "Understanding & Managing Cancer Heterogeneity."   Joe W. Gray.   HMS:  Jimmy Fund Auditorium, 35 Binney St.   Details.*

5:30 - 8:15p.  "LENR Phenomena and Potential Applications."   Peter Hagelstein and Louis DeChiaro.   Teradyne, 600 Riverpark Drive, North Reading.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency."   Annie Jacobsen.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Thursday, September 24

Noon.  "Neurogenetic Approaches to Understanding Fear and PTSD: From Mice to (Wo)Man."   Kerry J. Ressler.   McLean:  Belmont campus- Service building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

3p.  "Towards Data-Driven Autonomics in Exascale Data Centers."   Ozalp Babaoglu.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Life at the Single Molecule Level: single cell genomics."   Xiaoliang Sunney Xie.   MIT:  32-141  Details.

7p.  "Genomic Messages: How the Evolving Science of Genetics Affects Our Health, Families, and Future."   George Annas and Sherman Elias.   Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

7 - 9p.  "The Hidden Code."   A world premiere.   Paul Miller.   Museum of Science, Charles Hayden Planetarium.   Details.

7p.  "The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab and an Epic Journey."   Deboral Cramer.   New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX.   Details, Abstract, Register.


September 25 - 27.  "Critical Care Datathon."   MIT:  E25.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, September 25

8 - 6p.  "Nanomaterials in Medicine: Improving Healthcare Through SMALL Innovations."   A conference.   BU:  Photonics Center 906.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

9 - 5p.  "Societal Impact through Computing Research."   A symposium.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin, 33 Oxford St.   Details, Registration.


September 26 - 27.   "Wild Weather Weekend."   Museum of Science, Gorden Center.   Details.

Saturday, September 26

1p.  "Olmsted and the Arboretum."   Florrie Wescoat, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

Sunday, September 27

1 - 3p.  "Collections Up Close: Viburnums All Around."   Sue Pfeiffer.   Arnold Arboretum, Centre Street Gate.   Details.

9:30p.  "Lunar Eclipse Viewing."   Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St. Phillips Auditorium. Details.


September 28 - 29.  "Severe Mental Illness: From Genetics to Translational Biology."   Broad Institute, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, September 28

4p.  "From Troubled Teens to Tsarnaev: Promises and Perils of Adolescent Neuroscience and Law."   A panel discussion.   Harvard Law School:  Wasserstein 1015.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Tuesday, September 29

Noon.  "Cortical Ensemble Dynamics of Naturalistic Decision-making."   Donald Katz.   Harvard:  NW 243, 52 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "Turning the Tide: New Directions in Population Health."   Judith Kasper.   BU:  Hiebert Lounge.   Details.

5p.  Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will give a lecture and lead a discussion about her book.   Harvard:  Knafel Center, 10 Garden St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Biology of Culture: Bridging Art and Science."   Brian D. Farrell.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford.   Details.

Wednesday, September 30

Noon.  "Non-Human Primates in Research: Legal and Ethical Considerations."   A panel discussion.   HLS:  Wasserstein 1010.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Moore’s Law and Radiation Effects on Microelectronics."   Daniel Fleetwood.   BU:  PHO 205.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, October 2

9a.  "The Past, Present, and Future of DNA."   A conference.   Harvard:  Knafel Center, 10 Garden St.   Details, Registration.




*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 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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