Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area

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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.

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 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: 16.1935

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

October 16 - 17.  "Design for Diversity."   Opening forum and working meeting.   Northeastern University:  Egan Research Center, Raytheon Amphitheater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   This event will support remote participation.

October 16 - 18.  "Global Data Science Conference."   Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St.   Details, Tickets.

October 16 - 17.  "Immune Engineering Symposium."   MIT:  Kresge Auditorium.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

October 16 - 17.  "SCONES conference- Symposium on COntrol of Network Systems."   BU:  Photonics 906, 8 St. Mary's St.   Details.

Tuesday, October 17

9 - 5p.  "Bugs, Drugs, and Beyond; Translational Approaches to the Microbiome."   A Conference.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

9:30a.  "Integrative Functional Genomics of Asthma and Asthma Therapy."   Quan Lu.   HSPH:  1-1302.   Details.

11a.  "Synthesis for Robots: guarantees and feedback for complex behaviors."   Hadas Kress-Gazit.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

11:30a.  "Data, Technology, and the Integrity of Elections."   Charles Stewart and Eitan Hersh.   MIT: E51-345.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Noon.  "Bidirectional Interactions between the Brain and Implantable Computers."   Eberhard Fetz.   Harvard:  Northwest 243.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Cog Lunch."   Meilin Zhan, Morteza Sarafyazd, and Eghbal Hosseini.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Exclusivity and Species Taxonomy in the Face of Horizontal Gene Transfer."   David Baum.   Harvard:  Herbarium, 22 Divinity Ave.   Details.

Noon.  "Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing."   MIT:  7-238.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare."   Chung-Kang Peng.   MIT:  E25-401.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Interactive Systems based on Electrical Muscle Stimulation."   Pedro Lopes.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Next-Generation Warehouse Automation Provides Speed and Flexibility."   Jeff Hedges, President, Warehouse Automation, OPEX.   A webcast.   Details, Registration.

4p.  "Extragalactic Jets as Probes of Clusters of Galaxies."   Elizabeth Blanton.   Brandeis:  Abelson 131.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Interpreting Dwarf Galaxies."   Alyson Brooks.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Rigidity Sensing in Death and Cancer."   Michael Sheetz.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

4p.  "The Maps Inside Your Head."   Vijay Balasubramanian.   MIT:  32-141.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Measuring Value in Health Care."   Peter J. Neumann.   HMS:  Amphitheater, Armenise Building, 210 Longwood Avenue.   Details.*

6p.  "The Border Wall."   Ieva Jusionyte.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall.   Details.

7p.  "Does Your Mother Know That You Like this Stuff?"   Steven Schlozman.   WGBH’s Boston Public Library Studio, 700 Boylston St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, October 18

10:30a.  "Early Explorers."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9 - 1p.  "MIT Synthetic Biology Center Quarterly Meeting: Immune-Engineering."   MIT:  Ragon Institute Auditorium, 400 Technology Sq.   Details, Registration.

4p.  "Behavioral Intrusion Detection at Scale: Case Studies in Machine Learning."   Joseph Zadeh.   MIT:  32-D407.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Can We Synthesize Life In The Lab? How Chemistry May Become Biology."   Sijbren Otto.   Harvard:  Gological Museum, Haller Hall, 24 Oxford St.  Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Deep Mediatization: Social Order in the Age of Datafication."   Nick Couldry and Andreas Hepp.   HLS:  Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A, Room 2019.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

4p.  "Failures of Gradient-Based Deep Learning."   Ohad Shamir.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Fossil Melanin Pigments—Reconstructing Dinosaur Colouration."   Jakob Vinther.   MIT:  54-915/923.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Synthetic Biology: Life Redesigned."   James J. Collins.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Evolution, Speciation, and Adaptation of Cichlid Fish Species Flocks."   Axel Meyer.   Harvard:  Knafel Center, 10 Garden St.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Structure and Construction of Intuitive Theories: Reasoning about Objects, Agents, and Beyond."   Tomer Ullman.   Harvard:  WJH Basement Auditorium.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "The Cradle of Humanity: Why the Changing Landscape of Africa Made Us So Smart."   Mark Maslin.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1080.   Details, Abstract.

6:30 - 9p.  "Haystack Observatory Open House."   MIT Haystack Observatory, 99 Millstone Road, Westford, MA.   Details.

6:30p.  "On the Wing: Part 2."   Lorna Gibson.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "From Microwaves to Microbreweries: The science behind our food."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.

7:30p.  "Current Issues in SSL and TLS."   Rajiv Manglani.   MIT:  E51-315.   Details.

Thursday, October 19

Noon.  "Learning Abstract Properties of Object Concepts."   Sharon L. Thompson-Schill.   Brandeis:  International Lounge, Usdan.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Acting on Climate: Translating Research into Practice for Global Change."   Heather Henriksen.   Harvard Global Health Institute, 42 Church St., Cambridge.   Details, Registration.

2:30p.  "A Hidden Treasure: Arnold Arboretum Herbarium of Cultivated Plants."   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2:50p.  "Creative AI: Perceptual Data-Guided Computational Design."   Craig Yu.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Active Inference and Artificial Curiosity."   Karl Friston.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Directions in Hybrid Intelligence: Discovering Blind Spots of AI."   Ece Kamar.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Disease Progression Modelling of Alzheimer's Disease Subtypes."   Razvan Valentin Marinescu.   MIT:  32-D507.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Going Crazy at Work: The History of Carbon Disulflide."   Paul Blanc.   HMS:  Countway Library, Lahey Room.   Details.*

4p.  "Hamilton's Rule."   Martin Nowak.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1080.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Lost in Translation: Repurposing Ribosomes for Synthetic Biology."   Michael C. Jewett.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "The Importance of Growing Slowly: roles for redox-active 'antibiotics' in microbial survival and development."   Dianne K. Newman.   MIT:  48-316.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "Skin and Bones: Scar Wars and Skeletal Stem Cells."   Michael Longaker.   MIT:  E25-111.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Wonders of the Microbial World."   Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.  Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "What do Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Portend?"   Kerry Emanuel.   MIT:  NW86, MP Room.   Details.

7p.  "Crazy Weather and the Arctic Meltdown: How Are They Connected?"   Jennifer Francis.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7:30p.  "Space Junk: A Traffic Crisis in Outer Space?"   Jonathan McDowell.   Astrophysical Observatory:  Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St.   Details, Abstract.

October 20 - 22.  "Hacking Hemophilia 2017."   Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel.   Details.

Friday, October 20

10 - 3p.  "Making it Digital."   A workshop for developing digital assignments.   Northeastern NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks.   Details, Abstract RSVP.

10 - 7p.  "D-Lab 15th Anniversary Symposium."   MIT:  W16-035.   Details, Abstract.

11a.  "Eradicating Polio: Reaching the Last Child."   A panel discussion.   A webcast.   Details, Abstract.   Forum video will be posted on-demand after the event.

Noon.  "Open Science Workshop and Lunch."   MIT:  14N-132.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "New Nuclear Fusion Technologies."   Eric Fell.   Harvard:  HUCE Seminar Room 440, MCZ, 26 Oxford St.   Details.   Open to the Harvard and MIT communities.

3p.  "Stellerators."   Thomas Sunn Pederson.   MIT:  NW17-218.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Finding Better Materials Faster: The example of magnetocalorics."   Ram Seshadri.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Material Challenges and Opportunities in Next Generation Electronics: from non-silicon electronics to artificial neural networks."   Jeehwan Kim.   MIT:  3-270.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, October 21

8 - Noon.  "Fall Bird Walk."   Linda Ferraresso - Brookline Bird Club.   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details.

Two sessions: 9a and 10:45a.   "The Art of Science."   Lincoln Laboratory.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Chatbot for Healthcare Hackathon."   Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, Venture Cafe, One Broadway, Cambridge.   Details.

Sunday, October 22

10:30a.  "Seed Dispersal."   Nancy Sableski, Manager, Children's Education.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Registration.

Noon.  "3D Printing and Design."   MIT Museum.   Details.

6p.  "Reports on the AES Convention."   Alvin Foster and Nick Noiseux.   BU:  Life Science & Engineering Bldg, 24 Cummington Mall, Room 103.   Details.

Monday, October 23

12:15p.  "Learning and Relearning Movement."   Amy Bastian.   Boston Children's Hospital:  Enders Bldg, Folkman Auditorium, 300 Longwood.   Details.

1p.  "Safety Nets: Rescue and Revival for Endangered Born-Digital Records."   Jefferson Bailey.   MIT:  E53-212.   Details, Abstract.

1 - 5:30p.  "The Center for Cancer Evolution Kickoff Symposium."   HMS:  Jimmy Fund Auditorium.   Details.*

5:30p.  "What to Do with Biomass Waste in India?"   Sonal Thengane.   MIT:  2-105.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Tapping into the Fountain of Youth: Does the key to reversing the aging process circulate within us?"   Lee Rubin.   The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville.   Details.

7p.  "Be as a Tree Planted by the Waters: The Magic of Roots, Leaves, and Everything in Between."   Hope Jahren.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   Submit your questions online.

Tuesday, October 24

8:30 - 12:30p.  "Real-world Machine Learning Stories."   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

9:30a.  "Why Do Solid Tumors Contain Soft Cells?"   Josef Kaes.   HSPH:  1-1302, 665 Huntington Ave.   Details.*

2p.  "Introduction to GIS and Mapping."   MIT:  14N-132.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Matrix, Mechanics, and Morphogenesis."   Andrew Putnam.   Harvard:  60 Oxford St, Room 330.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Astrophysical Signatures of Black Hole Mergers."   Manuela Campanelli.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Cell-Based Origami: Folding tissues across length scales."   Adam Martin.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

4p.  "Novel Approaches for Detecting and Treating Autism."   Karen J.Parker.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Big Data 101."   Sandy Pentland.   MIT Museum.   Details.

6p.  "Pizza with a Scientist: Scott Hughes and Gravitational Waves."   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "The Future of our Past, A Vision for Boston Archaeology."   Jon Bagley.   Old State House, 206 Washington Street.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

October 25-27.   "Connected Health Conference."   Seaport World Trade Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, October 25

Noon.  "Digital and People Power: Fuel for vaccine coverage."   Subhash Chandir.   HSPH:  Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, 641 Huntington Avenue.   Details.*   WebEx option available.

Noon.  "Jomon Food Diversity, Climate Change and Long-term Sustainability: Lessons from Prehistoric Japan."   Junko Habu.   Harvard:  Tozzer 203.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Why You Don’t Know Your Carbon Footprint."   Ory Zik.   HSPH:  FXB Building, 651 Huntington Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.*

4p.  "Learning as Statistical Inference: Neural and Computational Mechanisms for Normative Learning."   Matthew Nassar.   Harvard:  WJH Basement Auditorium.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Visual Attention as a Window into Understanding Brain Development in Autism and Fragile X Syndrome."   Susan Rivera.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "What Mathematicians Reveal about Gerrymandering."   Justin Solomon.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Here Comes the Sun: Harnessing the power of renewable energy."   HMS:  Armenise Amphitheater, 200 Longwood Ave.   Details.

7p.  "Sketching Big Data."   Jelani Nelson.   Harvard Science Center C.   Details, Abstract.

October 26 - 28.  "Boston Book Festival."   Copley Square.   Details.

Thursday, October 26

2:50p.  "A Brief History on the Last 20 years of Educational Data Mining: A Personal Perspective."   Neil Heffernan.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Bringing Bioelectricity to Light."   Adam E. Cohen.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "Genomics of Parallel Adaptations and Speciation in Repeated Species Flocks of Cichlid Fishes."   Axel Meyer.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1080.   Details.

4p.  "SESAME: Opening a Source of Light in the Middle East."   Eliezer Rabinovic.   MIT:  10-250.   Details.

4p.  "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Structure."   Lise Getoor.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "Cloud Policy: Anatomy of a Regulatory Crisis."   Jennifer Holt.   MIT:  56-114.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "A Brief History of Environmental Successes."   Susan Soloman.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, October 27

9 - 5p.  "Contagion: Exploring Modern Epidemics."   A symposium.   Harvard:  Knafel Center, 10 Garden St.   Details.

12:30p.  "Reinforcement Learning for Healthcare."   Finale Doshi-Velez.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

1 - 4:40p.  "Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Exploring Open Access."   MIT:  14N-132.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "Markets, Morals, and Medicine."   Michael J. Sandel.   HMS:  Carl W. Walter Amphitheater.   Details, Abstract, Registration..

4:30p.  "The Formation, Evolution, and History of the Terrestrial Planets and Other Small Bodies."   Ben Weiss.   MIT:  54-915.   Details.

5p.  "Now for a Look at the Weather Where You Are."   Dana Tomlin.   MIT:  7-429.   Details, Abstract.

October 30 - November 3.   "AI and Beyond: The integration of artificial and human intelligence."   A conference.   Royal Sonesta, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, October 28

2p.  "Capturing Skeletons with Pencil and Paper."   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

October 30 - November 3.  "AI and Beyond: The integration of artificial and human intelligence."   Royal Sonesta, Cambridge.   Details, Registration.

Wednesday, November 1

Noon.  "Unlocking the Elusive Mind: The role of protein biomarkers in understanding neurodegenerative disease."   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "What Genes Cannot Tell: The role of epigenetics in determining who we are."   HMS:  Armenise Amphitheater, 200 Longwood Ave.   Details.

Thursday, November 2

2:50p.  "Building the Instant Internet with Machine Learning."   David Lerner.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details.

6p.  "MIT Energy Hackathon."   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Registration.

Saturday, November 4

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

9:30a.  "Drawing Birds in Colored Pencil."   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.

November 6 - 9.  "Emtech."   A conference.   MIT:  Media Lab.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, November 6

6p.  "The David Rockefeller Beetle Collection."   Brian D. Farrell.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall.   Details.

7p  "Office Space."   A Coolidge Science on Screen Presentation.   Wade Roush will discuss technological issues raised by the movie.   Details.

Wednesday, November 8

9 - 5p.  "Data Intensive Studies Center Fall Symposium."   Tufts:  Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop St, Medford.   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 (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  Events in the Longwood medical area that do not carry an asterisk have announced explicitly that they are open to the general public.