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 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 (like exhibits or courses) 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.) 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 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: 23.2041
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Selected Groups, Clubs, Societies, & Meetups
Selected New England Museums
DIY-focused organizations & resources
April 24 - 25. "Anomaly Detection Workshop." Sri Krishnamurthy. Binney St, Cambridge. Details, Abstract, Registration.
April 24 - 25. "Designing Visualization Tools for Learners." Rahul Bhargava and Catherine D'Ignazio. State Room, 60 State St. Details.
April 24 - 29. "Harvard Climate Week." Exploring the dimensions of climate change. Various locations. Details.
Monday, April 24
11a. "Artificially Activating Memories to Alleviate Psychiatric Disease-Like States." Steve Ramirez. Brandeis: Volen 201. Details.
11a. "Forced Localization of Online Services – Is Privacy the Real Driver?" Christopher Millard. Harvard: Maxwell Dworkin 119. Details, Abstract.
11a. "Where the Policies Diverge: Canadian and U.S. Telecom Policy in a Precarious Era." Jean Pierre Blais. MIT: 32-G449. Details, Abstract. This event will be streamed.
Noon. "Climate Extremes: Trends, Physical Causes, and Societal Impacts." Deepti Singh. Harvard: Geological Museum 102. Details, Abstrat.
Noon. "Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide." Richard Newell. HKS: Belfer Bldg, Bell Hall. Details.
12:10p. "Atmospheric Deposition and Soil Nutrient Cycling in Boston: Urban Effects on Biogeochemical Cycles." Stephen Decina. Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre St. Details.
12:15p. "Wrong Way After Nuremberg: Misconceiving Research Ethics." Daniel Wikle. HKS: CGIS K262, 1737 Cambridge St. Details.
12:30p. "Causal Inference Challenges and Opportunities in Administrative Healthcare Databases." Jessica Franklin and Sebastian Schneeweiss. HMS: Countway Library, Minot Room. Details.*
2p. "Climate Ready Boston: Planning for the Challenges Ahead." Bud Ris. Harvard: GSD, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium. Details.
3p. "Icy Ocean Worlds from Gravity and Topography." Douglas Hemingway. MIT: 54-915. Details, Abstract.
3p. "The Network Architecture of Human Thought." Danielle Bassett. Complex Systems Group. Northeastern: Network Science Institute, 177 Huntington Ave., 11th flr. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Man-Made versus Naturally-Evolved Protein Folding Landscapes." George Makhatadze. Brandeis: Gerstenzang 121. Details.
4p. "Randomized Algorithms Meets Formal Verification." Justin Hsu. MIT: 32-G449. Details.
5p. "Soft Matter in Construction." Emanuela Del Gado. MIT: 1-190. Details, Abstract.
6:30p. "Clean Water, Healthy Rivers: Preventing toxic algae blooms in local waterways." A panel discussion. Tufts: Barnum 104. Details, Abstract, RSVP.
7 - 9:30p. Two Events. "Resident Brain Immune Cells in Alzheimer's Disease," with Sarah Hopp, and "The Glial Revolution," with Phil Haydon. The Field, 20 Prospect St, Cambridge. Details, Abstract, Tickets.
7p. "Hidden Figures." A Coolidge Corner Science on Screen event. Evelynn Hammonds will discuss the role of African American women in the space program. Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St, Brookline. Details.
Tuesday, April 25
10 - 12:30p. "Meeting 21st Century Municipal Internet Access Needs." Jascha Franklin-Hodge and Kevin Stokes. HLS: Wasserstein 1010. Details, Abstract, RSVP.
11a. "Dynamics, Design, and Control of Legged Robots that Rapidly Run and Climb." Jonathan Clark. MIT: 32-G449. Details.
11a. "Neural Circuitry of Emotional Behaviors in Flies and Mice." David Anderson. McLean Hospital, deMarneffe 132, 115 Mill St, Belmont. Details.
11:45a. "Smart Biomaterials: Applications in Infectious Disease and Regenerative Medicine." Anuta Shukla. The Shukla Lab for Designer Biomaterials. Harvard: Geological Museum 102. Details, Abstract.
Noon. "Building a Mega-Scale Solar Project for MIT." Kenny Habul. MIT: 1-190. Details.
Noon. "The Renovation of the French National Herbarium." Marc Jeanson, Collections Manager, National Herbarium, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle. Harvard: Herbaria Seminar Room, 22 Divinity Ave. Details, Abstract.
Noon. "Digital Expungement: Rehabilitation in the Digital Age." Eldar Haber. HLS: Wasserstein 2036. Details, Abstract, RSVP. This event will be streamed.
Noon. "Dissecting the Circuits and Algorithms that Process Visual Motion." Thomas Clandinin. Harvard: Northwest 243, 52 Oxford St. Details, Abstract.
12:30p. "Circadian Clocks: From Fruit Flies to Fly Balls." Ravi Allada. Brandeis: Goldsmith 226. Details.
2:30p. "Massive and Partially Massless Gravity." Kurt Hinterbichler. MIT: 6C-442. Details, Abstract.
3p. "Daily Monitoring of the Land Surface of the Earth." Joseph Mascaro and Andrew Zolli. Harvard: HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford Street. Details, Abstract.
3 - 5p. "Proliferation and Control of Multidrug-Resistant 'Superbugs' in Sewage Treatment Plants." Pedro Alvarez. Tufts: Nelson Auditorium 112. Details.
3p. "The Compositional Nature of Human Function Learning." Sam Gershman. Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Harvard: Pierce 209. Details, Abstract.
3p. "The Quest to Improve Rigor and Reproducibility in Biomedical Science." Richard Harris. Whitehead Institute, McGovern Auditorium. Details.
3:30p. "Telemedicine and Telehealth for Global Health: Options and Strategy." Gwen O'Keefe. MIT: 66-144. Details, Abstract. This event will be streamed.
4p. "Evolution of Olfactory Receptors and Circuits." Richard Benton. Brandeis: Gerstenzang 121. Details.
4p. "Knowledge Transfer through Labor Mobility, Social Networks and Urban Success." Balazs Lengyel. Northeastern: Network Sciences, 177 Huntington Ave., 11th flr. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Probing the Dark Universe." James Battat. Brandeis: Abelson 131. Details.
4p. "The International State of Digital Rights." David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression. A conversation. Harvard Law School. Wasserstein 2012. Details, Abstract, Registration. This event will be streamed.
4p. "The Origin Recognition Complex - where it all begins." Leemor Joshua-Tor. MIT: 32-123. Details.
6p. "Seeing and Seeing through Museum Exhibits: Lessons from Cape Town and Washington, D.C." Harvard: Geological Lecture Hall. Details.
7p. "Beach Babies: White Shark Nurseries of the Northeast Pacific." Christopher G. Lowe. New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater. Details, Abstract, Registration.
7p. Two events. "Flow Sensing in our Underwater Scaly Friends: how fishes detect water movement," by Margot Schwalbe, and "No Arm, No Problem; Lessons from Salamander Limb Regeneration," by Kimberly Johnson and Nick Leigh. Sissy K's, 4 Commercial St. Details, Abstract, Tickets.
7p. Two events. "The Power of Self-Assembly: Harnessing nature's toolkit to build tiny machines," by Emily Gehrels, and "Cosmic Memento Mori: The End State of Sun-like Stars," by Rodolfo Montez, Jr. Lord Hobo, 92 Hampshire Street, Cambridge. Details.
7:30p. "Communicating Climate Change Through Science and Technology." Brian Helmuth. Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave. Details.
7:30p. "Evidence-based Design for Evidence-Based Medicine: Evolving Design Thinking toward Sustainability in Healthcare." Bill Hartman. Essential Design, 143 South Street, 6th Floor, Boston. Details.
8p. "Wilson’s Renormalization Group Theory: Ken Wilson as I Knew Him." Michael E. Fisher. Harvard: Jefferson Lab 250. Details.
April 26 - 27. "Massintelligence." A conference. UMassBoston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Wednesday, April 26
10:30 - Noon. "Robotics and Coding for Kids!" Members of the DevTech Research Group. Boston Children's Hospital. Details.
10:30a. "Early Explorers." Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan. Details, Abstract, Registration.
11:30a. "Network-Based Approaches to Identify Disease-Relevant Mechanisms." Raghavendra Hosur. MIT: 32-G575. Details, Abstract.
Noon. "Evolution of Olfactory Circuits." Richard Benton. HMS: NRB 350, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur. Details.*
1p. "Active Mechanisms of Vibration Encoding and Frequency Filtering in Central Mechanosensory Neurons." Rachel Wilson. Wilson lab. Harvard: Northwest 243, 52 Oxford St. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Out with the Old and in with the New – the Role of Circular RNAs in Psychiatric Disorders." Nikolaos Mellios. MIT: 46-3002. Details, Abstract.
5p. "Improving Agriculture in a Warmer World." David Lobell. Harvard: Science Center A. Details, Abstract.
6p. "Knocking on Heaven's Door: Scaling the Universe." Lisa Randall. Harvard Science Center D. Details, Abstract.
6p. "Saving Files in the Cloud: A Guide to Cloud Storage." Boston Public Library, Community Learning Center. Details.
6:30p. "Python for Data Science." One Broadway, 4th floor (Mandalay), Cambridge. Details, Abstract, Tickets.
7p. "Morph 3D: Building your body for the Metaverse." A Boston Virtual Reality Meetup. Wayfair, Floor 3, 4 Copley Place. Details.
7p. Two events. "Climate change and the Quality of Tea," by Eric Scott, and "Sensors, Pollution, and Everyday Life: How to hone your inner air quality superhero skillset," by Eben Cross. Jade Monkey, 1952 Beacon Street. Details, Abstract, Tickets.
7p. Two events. "Randomized Evaluations of Economic Interventions: J-PAL and the Movement for Evidence-informed Policy," by Thomas Chupein, and "Technologies for Community-Driven Ecological Engineering," by Kiven Esvelt. Sissy K's, 4 Commercial Street, Boston. Details, Abstract, Tickets.
April 27 - 28. "The Drone Revolution in Spatial Analysis." A conference. Harvard: CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Thursday, April 27
9a. "Human Health in a Changing Climate." A conference. Harvard: Jefferson 250. Details.
Noon. "Holding Hospitals Hostage: From HIPAA to Ransomware." Josephine Wolf. Harvard Law School: Details, Abstract, Registration. This event will be streamed.
2p. "Simulating Metamaterials in the Terahertz Regime." A webinar. Details, Abstract, Registration.
3p. "Materials at Their Limit." John Dear. Tufts: Anderson 112. Details.
4p. "Human Imprints on the Tree of Life: Using Evolutionary History to Understand What is Being Lost and What to Save." A panel discussion. Harvard: Geological Lecture Hall 100. Details.
4p. "ImmunoEngineering and Cell-Manufacturing: New Frontiers in Bioengineering for Transformative Advances in Human Health." Krishnendu Roy. MIT: 32-141. Details.
4p. "Optogenetic fMRI and the Investigation of Global Brain Circuit Mechanisms." Jin Hyung Lee. MIT: 46-3002. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Supercomputer Explorations of Galaxy Formation." Volker Springel. MIT: 34-101. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Virtual Bargaining in Joint Action, Communication and Fairness." Nick Chater. Harvard: WJH 765. Details, Abstract.
7p. Two events. "The Art of Byzantine Science," by Lana Sloutsky, and "Science in an Art Museum - Why?" by Richard Newman. Liquid Art House, Boston Common, 100 Arlington Street. Details, Abstract, Tickets.
April 28 - 30. "The Inaugural Planetary Health / GeoHealth Annual Meeting." A conference. HMS: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Friday, April 28
3:30p. "Trail Detectives' Club." Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan. Details, Abstract, Registration.
10a. "Neural Circuits Underlying Anxiety and Anhedonia in a Primate." Angela Roberts. MIT: 46-3002. Details.
Noon. "The Predictive Impairment in Autism hypothesis: An empirical assessment." A forum. MIT: 46-6011. Details, Abstract.
1 - 5p. "Experimental Metaphysics 30 Years On." A conference. BU: 8 St. Mary's, Rm 906. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Coastal Ecosystems in Changing Times." Linda Deegan. Northeastern: Marine Science Center, Murphy Bunker. Details, Abstract.
Saturday, April 29
2p. "Capturing Big Cats and Dogs with Pencil and Paper." Erica Beade. Harvard Museum of Natural History. Details, Abstract, Registration.
1p. "Create Your Own Worm Bin." Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan. Details, Abstract, Registration.
11 - 1p. "OrigaMIT." MIT's origami club demonstrate their interests and achievements. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave. Details.
Noon. "Paper Circuits." MIT Museum. Details.
Sunday, April 30
10:30a. "Spring Tree Identification." Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street. Detailsm Abstract, Registration.
Noon. "Kinetic Sculptures." MIT Museum. Details.
Monday, May 1
8:30 - 6:30p. "Digital Regulation of Everyday Life." A conference. Northeastern: Raytheon Amphitheater. Details, Abstract, Registration.
12:15p. "The Utility of the Future." Ignacio Perez-Arriaga. HKS: Belfer Bldg, Bell Hall. Details.
6:30p. "The Engineering of Transportation Infrastructure: Processes, Strategies & Politics." Andy Card and Ray LaHood. Tufts: Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop St. Details.
6:30p. "The Future of Nature: The Energy We Need." A panel discussion. Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive. Details, Abstract, Tickets.
Tuesday, May 2
3p. "Beyond Reinforcement Learning in Worms and Birds." Ilya Nemenman- Emory. Harvard: Lymna 425. Details, Abstract.
3:30p. "Gemstone Gallery Tour." Raquel Alonso-Perez. Harvard Museum of Natural History. Details, Abstract.
3:30p. "Telemedicine: Addressing Regulatory Complexities." Lisa Robin. MIT: 66-144. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Engineering Stem Cell Therapies for Heart Repair." Ke Cheng. Wyss Institute, Room 330, 66 Oxford Street. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Getting through the Cell Cycle, One Step at a Time." Dave Morgan. MIT: 32-123. Details.
4p. "The Restoration of Early Sound Recordings using Optical Metrology and Image Analysis." Carl Haber. Brandeis: Abelson 131. Details.
6p. "The Evolution and Migration of the Irish Potato Famine Pathogen." Jean Beagle Ristaino. Harvard Science Center D. Details, Abstract.
Wednesday, May 3
10:30a. "Early Explorers." Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan. Details, Abstract, Registration.
All Day. "Size Matters: The Long History of Compression and Storage." A conference. Harvard: Barker 133. Details, Registration.
Noon. "Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Reveals About Who We Really Are." Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. HBS: Cutting Conference Room. Details, Abstract.
Noon. "Getting the Best Data from your Cells: From tissue culture to final analysis." A webinar. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Noon. "This Is Your Brain on Drugs: Psychedelics in Clinical Science and Literature." Charlotte Harrison and Nate Greenslit. Tufts: Chase Center, Carmichael Hall. Details, Abstract.
2p. "ApoE and Alzheimer’s Disease: Genes, Pathogenesis and New Treatments." Steve Paul, President, CEO, Voyager Therapeutics,Inc. BU: Keefer E-111. Details.
4p. "Global Sustainable Bioenergy." A panel discussion. HKS: Belfer Bldg, BL-1. Details, Abstract, Registration.
6:30p. "Conifer Pollination: Sex among Evergreens." Andrew Leslie. Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Bldg. Details, Abstract.
7p. "Photographing a Black Hole." Sheperd Doeleman and Katherine Bourman. Museum of Science, Cahners Theater. Details, Abstract, Tickets.
7p. "The Challenge of a Public Native Plant Garden: Maintenance, Interpretation, and Compromise." Michael Hagen, Curator, Native Plant Garden at the NYBG. Cambridge Public Library. Details, Abstract.
7p. "Quantum Chemistry and Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics on Graphical Processing Units." Todd J. Martinez. An Infomatics and Modelling Meetup. Vertex Pharmaceuticals, 50 Northern Avenue, Boston. Details, Abstract, RSVP.
7p. "The Cancer Treatment Playbook: Why we still don’t have a cure." Harvard: Pfizer Hall, 12 Oxford St. Details. This event will be streamed.
Thursday, May 4
10 - 2p. "New England Habitats." Carol Govan. Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham. Details, Abstract.
1 - 5p. "Advances in Neuro-Imaging: From Molecules to Organisms." A symposium. HMS: Walter Amphitheater, Tosteson Medical Education Center, 260 Longwood Avenue. Details.*
4p. "New Views of the Universe." Dragab Huterer. MIT: 10-250. Details, Abstract.
7p. "A Stroll through the New Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument." Peter Auster and Scott Kraus. New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater. Details, Abstract, Registration.
May 6 - 7. "The Fourth International Workshop on Mammalian Synthetic Biology." BU: Rafik Hariri Bldg, Questrom 105. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Saturday, May 6
Noon. "Data Sculptures." MIT Museum. Details.
Sunday, May 7
Noon. "3D Printing and Design." MIT Museum. Details.
Tuesday, May 9
6p. "The Knowledge Illusion." Steven Sloman. MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Ave. Details, Abstract, Tickets.
Wednesday, May 10
9 - 5p. "Memory and the Cognitive Map." A symposium. BU: Room to be determined. Details, Registration.
4p. "Autism in Tuberous Sclerosis: From Circuits to Treatments." Mustafa Sahin. MIT: 46-3002. Details, Abstract.
4p. "The Physics of Granular Clogging." Douglas J. Durian. Durian Research Group. Harvard: Pierce 209. Details, Abstract.
Thursday, May 11
9 - 5p. "Annual Tufts Neuroscience Symposium & William Shucart Lecture." Tufts: Behrakis Auditorium. Details, Registration.
9:30a - 7p. "Machine Learning Hackathon: Hacking Bias in ML." Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive. Details, Abstract, Registration.
7p. "Amazing Aquatic Athletes in the Anthropocene." Jodie Rummer. New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Friday, May 12
7 - 1p. "Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Symposium." Boston Marriott Copley Place. Details, Registration.
10 - 5p. "Machine Learning Day." A conference. Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Monday, May 15
"Hack Secure OpenSec 2017." A conference. Hatch Fenway. Details, Abstract, Registration.
6p. "Access to Justice Through Technology." A Boston and Cambridge Legal Hackers Meetup. A panel discussion. Social Law Library, 1 Pemberton Sq., Boston. Details, Abstract, RSVP.
Tuesday, May 16
9 - 5p. "Neuromodulators- Key Regulators of Brain and Behavior." A conference. MIT: 46-3002. Details, Abstract, Registration. Registration ends May 1.
6:30p. "How Glaciers Affect Earth and Climate." Jack Ridge. Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont. Details, Abstract.
7p. "Diving Deep: How Do Seals Protect Their Hearts and Brains Without Oxygen?" Allyson Hindle and Manu Buys. New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Wednesday, May 17
Noon. "Generating CRISPR Mouse Models: Challenges and solutions." A webinar. Details, Abstract, Registration.
6:30p. "Fotoxx Update 2017." Dick Miller, Jill Miller, Miller Microcomputer Services. MIT: E51-325. Details, Abstract.
7p. "One in a Million: The battle against antibiotic resistance." Harvard: Pfizer Hall, 12 Oxford St. Details. This event will be streamed.
Saturday, May 20
"The Sound of Science."
Parental/adult escort is required for all children. Electronic devices are not allowed in the facility. Pre-registration is required for these events. Children under the age of 5 are not admitted. Adults must present a valid government-issued photo I.D.
Monday, May 22
4p. "Ant vs. Colony: Who makes the calls?" Ofer Feinerman. MIT: 32-D463. 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 email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Events in the Longwood medical area that do not carry an asterisk have announced explicitly that they are open to the general public.