Boston supports a pretty impressive culture of lectures and lecture-like events. The main purpose of this list is to distill from this culture a sense of the driving issues in contemporary science and technology. From time to time I include talks outside this focus, such as DIY initiatives, events for young people, and other talks that seem likely to be of interest to the technical community.
Caveats: The list is not remotely comprehensive
and selection criteria are subjective. Courses, exhibits,
and networking meetups with no special focus are not well
handled. I tend to list events that offer a physical
speaker and accommodate physical attendance. Activity falls
considerably over the summer and winter holidays.
Most critically: This is a highly volatile landscape. Important details are often changed at the last minute. Some events have limited seating and get sold out. Plus I make the occasional error (word of which I would be immensely grateful to receive). For all of these reasons I strongly urge you to doublecheck the "Details" link before you head out.
There are two routes to this list: a website and a mailing list. The website carries events for the next month (roughly). I add to it several times a week. The list goes out once a week, usually Sunday nights, and carries events for the next eight days. You can subscribe here. And unsubscribe here.
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.
Please let me know if I ought to be monitoring somebody not on my list of sources.
I would appreciate your mentioning this list to people with compatible interests.
-- Fred Hapgood
Last update: 06.2214
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Selected Groups, Clubs, Societies, & Meetups
Selected New England Museums
DIY-focused organizations & resources
March 6 - 8. "Digital Media and Learning Conference." Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Avenue. Details.
March 7 - 8. "MassDiGI Game Challenge." Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive. Details, Registration.
Friday, March 7
8:30a. "Recent Progress Toward the Discovery of Mew Antibiotics." Andrew Myers, FAS. Harvard: HUCE Seminar Room (24 Oxford St, Room 310). Details, RSVP.
3p. "The Virgo Cluster of Galaxies." Laura Ferrarese. Tufts: Robinson Hall 253. Details, Abstract.
March 8 - 9. "Tufts Energy Conference." Tufts, 419 Boston Ave, Medford. Details, Registration.
Saturday, March 8
7:45 - 3:50p. "Mass Audubon’s annual Birders Meeting." Several lectures. Bentley University, Waltham. Details, Registration.
8:30 - 4:30p. "Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference." Northeastern: Curry Center. Details, Tickets.
10 - Noon. "Biophysics Program Mini-Symposium." Three talks and a poster session. "Engines and Clutches: the Inner Workings of a Molecular Motor," by Andres E. Leschziner, "Clash of Populations: Host-Microbe Interactions in C. elegans," by Erel Levine, and "The Origins of Cellular Life," by Jack W. Szostak. Harvard: Biolabs 1080, 16 Divinity Avenue. Details.
Sunday, March 9
2p. "Echoes of Their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon." Joel Greenberg. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford. Details.
Monday, March 10
10a. "Transport Architectures for an Evolving Internet." Keith Winstein. Harvard: Maxwell Dworkin G125. Details, Abstract.
Noon. "What is Metabolic Syndrome, and Why are Children Getting It?" Robert Lustig. Tufts: Mezzanine Auditorium, Tufts HNRCA, 711 Washington St. Details.
12:05p. "Testing Quantum Mechanics and Bell's Inequality with Cosmological Observations." Andrew Friedman. MIT: Marlar Lounge (37-252). Details, Abstract.
1 - 3p. "Miniaturized Depth Sensors for 3D Gestural Input to Mobile Devices and Head Mounted Displays." Andrea Colaço. A thesis defense. MIT: Media Lab E14-633. Details.
1 - 2:30p. "The Password That Never Was." Ari Juels. Harvard: 60 Oxford, Room 330. Details.
3p. "Pipelines and Energy Infrastructure in Developing Countries: Risks and challenges." Tom Dimitroff. Harvard: Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369. Details.
3:30-5p. "Surveillance after Snowden: Decoding the 'Snooping Scandal'." David Lyon. MIT: Silverman Skyline (E14-648). Details, Abstract.
4p. "Earth's Accretion, Chemical Evolution, and Core Composition." Rebecca Fischer. Harvard: Haller Hall (Geo Museum 102). Details.
4p. "Entanglement and Geometry." Veronika Hubeny. MIT: Kolker Room (26-414). Details, Abstract.
4p. "Law, and Drama in the Frontier: A Story of the Nigerien Gendarmerie." Mirco Göpfert. Harvard: William James Hall 1550. Details.
4 - 5:30p. "The Contours of Contemporary Fertility Declines: A Fresh Assessment." John Casterline. Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street. Details.
4:30p. "Life at the Speed of Light." J. Craig Venter. J. Craig Venter Institute. Tufts: ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Intercultural Center. Details, Tickets.
CANCELLED. 5p. "Group Love." Mahzarin R. Banaji. Harvard: TBD. Details, Abstract.
7 - 9. "Structures and Signaling: How your cells work at the subatomic level." Stephen Blacklow. Blacklow Lab. The Burren, 247 Elm St, Davis Square. Details.
Tuesday, March 11
11a. "Dissecting the Neural Circuits that Mediate Motivated Behavior." Kristen Mulcahy. McLean: de Marneffe building, Room 132. Details.
Noon. "Bottom-up, Top Down & Sideways. Prespectives on Evolutionary & Ecological Process: Consequences for Conservation Policy." Charles Fenster. Harvard University Herbaria Seminar Room. Details.
12:30p. "A Roadmap to Cyberpeace." Camille François. Harvard: Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. Details, RSVP, Abstract.
4p. "China 2035." Michael Spense. Harvard: Science Center C. Details.
4p. "Exploring the Biological and Translational Potential of the Cancer Epigenome." Stephen Baylin. Dana Farber, Jimmy Fund Auditorium/b>. Details.
4p. "The Costs and Consequences of Biological Control." Arthur Lander. A videoconference. MIT: Stata Center (32) 144. Details, Abstract.
4p. "Tools in the Search for another Earth: Coronagraphic Space Telescope with Wavefront Control." Kerry Cahoy. MIT: 37-252. Details, Abstract.
5p. "Your Future Smart Wristband." Rosalind W. Picard. Harvard: Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden St. Details, Abstract.
6p. "Facing Up To Difficult Diseases." George Scangos, CEO, Biogen IDEC. Part 2 of the series Inside Cambriddge Biotechnology. MIT Museum: 265 Massachusetts Ave. Details.
6p. "How Dungeons & Dragons and Fantasy Prepare You for Law and Life." Ethan Gilsdorf, in conversation with Jonathan Zittrain. Harvard: TBA. Details, RSVP. Abstract.
6 - 9p. "SABRe – The cyborg of wind instruments." Matthias Mueller. swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge. Details, registration, summary.
6p. "Phenology, Climate Change, and Phenological Control of Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions: Insights from the PhenoCam Network." Andrew Richardson. Richardson Lab. Lincoln Laboratory Downstairs Cafeteria, 244 Wood Street Lexington. Details, Summary.
6:30p. "How Solar Systems Form: Puzzles and Possibilities." Joan Najita. Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont. Details.
7:15 - 8:30p. "Project Bird Box Israel." Motti Charter. Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton. Details.
7:30p. "The Food of the Future: Insects!" Laura D'Asaro and Rose Wang. Six Foods. HMNH: Room 101, 26 Oxford St. Details, Abstract.
Wednesday, March 12
Noon. "Commercialization of a MEMS Solid Oxide Fuel Cell." Samuel Schaevitz, Lilliputian Systems, Inc.. MIT: 34-401. Details, Abstract.
Noon - 2p. "MIT Polymer Day Poster Contest." MIT: 13-1000 (Lobby 13). Details.
3:45 - 5p. "Planet Formation through Radio Eyes." Meredith Hughes. MIT: Green Building Lecture Room (54-915). Details.
4p. "How To Pull Off a (sort of) Successful Archaeological Hoax: The Sordid, But Silly Tale of the Cardiff Giant." Kenneth Feder. Harvard: Putnam lab, Putnam Museum. Details.
4p. "New Results on Exoplanet Microlensing." Jennifer Yee. Background viewing. MIT: Marlar Lounge (37-252). Details.
5p. "What Can We Hope to Know About the Future of the Energy System?" M. Granger Morgan. Harvard: Pfizer Lecture Hall, Mallinckrodt Laboratory, Room B23, 12 Oxford Street. Details.
6p. "Evolutionary Forces in Humans Pathogens." Pardis Sabeti. Harvard Museum on Natural History: Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St. Details, Abstract.
6p. "Mapping the Substructures of Common Affinities for ASD Population to Create Tools for Intellectual and Emotional Growth." Ron Suskind. MIT: Singleton Auditorium (46-3002). Details, Registration, Abstract. .
6 - 9p. "The Chemistry of Cocktails." Domingo-Martin Barreres and Alexei Beratis. Museum of Science: Details, Abstract, RSVP.
Thursday, March 13
11a. "Programmer, Interrupted: Data, Brains, and Tools." Chris Parnin. MIT: Stata Center, Patil/Kiva (32-G449). Details.
Noon. "Attitudes toward Atheists." Nicholas Brisbon and Jasmine Boshyan. Brandeis: Rosenstiel 118. Details.
Noon - 5p. "Genetics, Biomedicine, and the Human Experience in Space." A symposium. HMS: New Research Building, Room 350, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur. Details.*
Noon. "Psychopharmacology and Suicide Prevention." Mark Schechter. McLean: Pierce Hall. Details.
12:30p. "Riboswitches, Ribozymes, and the Ancient RNA World." Ron Breaker. HMS: Cannon Rm (Bldg C-114). Details.
4p. "Engineering Programmable Molecular Instruments." Niles Pierce. Pierce Lab. MIT: 32-141. Details.
4p. "How Mathematics Impacts Your Daily Life." Cleve Moler, co-Founder, Mathworks. MIT: 26-100. Details, Registration.
4p. "Making Molecular Prosthetics with a Small Molecule Synthesizer." Martin Burke. MIT: 6-120. Details.
4p. "Ozone Depletion: An Enduring Challenge." Susan Solomon. MIT: 48-316. Details, Abstract.
4:15 - 5:30p. "In-Class Learning of Math and Science in a Different Way." Richard Larson. MIT: E25-111. Details.
4:30 - 6p. "The Dead-Donor Rule and the Future of Organ Transplantation." Robert Truog and Edward Hundert. HMS: MEC Amphitheater, 260 Longwood Avenue. Details, RSVP.
5p. "Exploration of Marine Cloud Brightening." Phil Rasch. Harvard: Haller Hall (Geological Museum 102), 24 Oxford Street. Details, Abstract.
5p. "'Stretchy Circuits': radically innovative electronic systems that integrate with our bodies." A conversation with John A. Rogers. Northeastern: Raytheon Amphitheatre, Egan Research Center. Details.
5:30 - 7p. "Exploitation of Innate Immunity by Yersinia." Joan Mecsas. Harvard: HUCE Seminar Room, Room 310, 24 Oxford St. Details.
8p. "Our Mathematical Universe." Max Tegmark. Harvard-Smithonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St. Details.
Friday, March 14
12:30 - 2p. "Too Many Data and Too Few Parameters: Mapping and Analysing the Whole Universe, A Challenge in Computational Science." Raul Jimenez. Harvard: Maxwell Dworkin G125. Details, Abstract.
1:15 - 2:30p. "Blink: wireless programming for hardware dummies." Dimitrios Vytiniotis. MIT: Stata Center (32) G882. Details, Abstract.
3p. "Optimizing Human Performance." Marko Ahtisaari. MIT: Media Lab E14-633. Details.
5 - 8p. "The Art and Science of Solar Lights." Olafur Eliasson.. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts. Details.
6p. "The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition." David Sibley. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St. Details, Tickets, Summary.
March 15 - 16. "JoomlaDay Boston." Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive. Details, Registration, Summary.
Saturday, March 15
1 - 3p. "Imaginary Maps." A workshop. Emily Garfield. Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville. Details, Tickets.
Sunday, March 16
Noon. "The History Of Water Treatment." Marcus Kempe, MWRA engineer. Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. Details, Summary.
Monday, March 17
Noon. "Gene by Environment Interaction and the Genomic Basis of Local Adaptation in Plants." David Des Marais. Arnold Arboretum: Weld Hall lecture hall. Details.
4p. "At the Nano-Bio Interface: probing live cells with nanosensors." Bianxiao Cui. MIT: 56-114. Details.
4p. "First Science Results from the LUX Dark Matter Experiment." Dan McKinsey. MIT: Kolker Room (26-414). Details.
4p. "How Are Chromosomes Held Together?" Kim A. Nasmyth. HMS: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center- Amphitheatre, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur. Details, RSVP.
Tuesday, March 18
12:30p. "Governments Pwn the Web: A Constitutional Right to IT-Security?" A Berkman Luncheon. Axel Arnbak. Webcast details. Podcast details. RSVP required for lunch. Harvard: Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Flr. Details, RSVP, Abstract.
4p. "The Build-up of Galaxies over the Past 10 Billion Years." Pieter van Dokkum. MIT: Marlar Lounge (37-252). Details, Abstract.
6:30p. "Energy Storage Policy." Richard Fioravanti. National Grid, 40 Sylvan Road, Waltham. Details, Abstract.
6:30p. "Leaving It Up to Chance: How Cells Make Decisions." Jane Kondev. Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont. Details, Summary.
7 - 9. "Descience - The Fusion of Fashion and Science." A panel discussion. Doffie Studio, 243 Bent Street, Cambridge. Details.
Wednesday, March 19
4p. "Small and Short-Range Radar Systems." G. L. Charvat. Lincoln Lab Auditorium, 244 Wood Street, Lexington. Details.
4:15 - 5:30p. "Discovering Our Way to Greatness: Better Healthcare for More People More Affordably." Steven Spear. MIT: E38-615. Details, Abstract.
6p. "A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach to the Early Identification of Autism." Charles Nelson. MIT: Singleton Auditorium (46-3002). Details, Abstract.
6 - 9p. "Flesh, Bone, and Synthetics: Transforming medicine through engineering." Robet Langer and Ralph Muller. MIT: Koch Institute Auditorium, 500 Main St. Details, RSVP, Abstract.
7p. "The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew." Alan Lightman. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave. Details.
Thursday, March 20
4p. "Sunsets on Saturn – a new perspective on the upper atmosphere from Cassini UVIS occultations." T. T. Koskinen. BU: CAS 502, 725 Commonwealth Ave. Details. Poster.
4p. "The Measure of All Things: Measurement Standards and the Origins of Scientific Values." Ken Adler. MIT: 10-250. Details.
5 - 8p. "Water Night." Posters presenting research in water-related fields. MIT: Walker Memorial (Bldg 20). Details.
6p. "Designing the Next Generation of Wearable Devices." A forum. Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive. Details, Registration, Summary.
7:30p. "A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos." Dava Sobel. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium. Details.
March 21 - 23. "Vericon." A student-run science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction convention. Harvard: Various locations. Details, Registration. Poster.
March 21 - 23. "Cold Fusion /Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reaction Colloquium." MIT. Details, Registration.
Friday, March 21
7 - 9p. "In-APP-ropriate: A Question Forum on Children and Mobile Devices." Science Museum. Details, Registration.
March 22 - 23. "LibrePlanet 2014." A conference about free software. Location TBA. Details, Registration.
Saturday, March 22
1p. "Author Signings for Vericon XIV." Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave. Details.
March 24 - 25. "Sandbox Summit." Inspirations for playful learning. MIT: Stata Center. Details, Registration.
Monday, March 24
12:15 - 2p. "A Singular Patient? (Dis)assembling Diseases in the Postgenomic Era." Alberto Cambrosio. Harvard: Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford St. Details.
7 - 8:30p. "Darwin in the City: How Modern Civilization Drives Evolution." Carl Zimmer. Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg. Details.
Tuesday, March 25
8a. "Biomanufacturing, Robots, and 4D Printing: The Next Decade of Disruptive Innovation." A conference. MIT: Tang Center (E51), Wong Auditorium. Details, Register.
7 - 9p. "Net Neutrality and the Future of Internet Access." A panel discussion. Tufts: Tisch Library, 35 Professors Row (Room 304). Details.
Wednesday, March 26
4p. "Decoding the Motor System." Mei Zhen. Zhen lab. Harvard: Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden St. Details, Summary.
6:30 - 8:30p. "Flow: For the Love of Water." A screening and a panel discussion. Boston Natural Areas Network, 62 Summer Street, Downtown Crossing. Details, Registration.
Thursday, March 27
9 - 6:30p. "Babson Energy & Environmental Conference." Babson: Various locations. Details, Registration.
6 - 7:30p. "Digital Landscapes and Imagined Identities." D. Fox Harrell and Todd Harper.. MIR Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave. : Details.
6p. "Forgotten but Not Lost: Unearthing an Ancient Village Preserved by Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano." Gabriela Uruñuela and Patricia Plunket Nagoda. Harvard: Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford. Details, Abstract.
6p. "Wireless Control of Lighting." Sivakumar (Siv) Thangavelu. Merrimack College, Mendel Building, Room M210, 315 Turnpike Road, North Andover. Details, Registration, Summary.
Friday, March 28
7 - 9. "Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer." A film screening. MIT: 4-270. Details.
Saturday, March 29
10:30 - Noon. "Exploring Science Together: Owls." A HMNH Family Program. Amy Gunzelmann, Education Specialist. Harvard: Details, Summary.
Monday, March 31
6:30 - 8:30p. "Using Topological mapping to decipher BigData." Anthony Bak, Senior Data Scientist, Ayasdi. Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Tuesday, April 1
4p. "The Mathematical Universe." Max Tegmark. MIT: 10-250. Details.
Wednesday, April 2
6p. "Early Intervention and Brain Plasticity in Autism Spectrum Disorders." Geraldine Dawson. MIT: Singleton Auditorium (46-3002). Details, Abstract.
6p. "From Darwin to DNA." Hopi Hoekstra. Harvard: Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St. Details, Abstract.
7p. "American Oaks: A Genus to Love." Tim Boland. Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge. Details. Flyer.
7p. "Bamboo: History, Horticulture, and Invention." Susanne Lucas. Arnold Arboretum: Hunnewell Bldg. Details, Registration.
Thursday, April 3
4p. "Normal Brain Aging: Impact on circuits critical for memory across species." Carol A. Barnes. MIT: Singleton Auditorium (46-3002). Details, Abstract.
4:05. "Poison in the Well: Exposure, Consequences and Remediation of Arsenic in Bangladesh." Joseph Graziano. More. MIT: 32-141. Details.
5:15 - 7:15p. "Science in Fiction." A forum. MIT: TBA. Details.
Saturday, April 5
11 - 3p. "NanoDays 2014." Museum of Science. Details.
*Note that Admission to HMS's New Research Building requires a Harvard, MIT, or Harvard-affiliated ID, such as from a teaching hospital or an affiliated organization. Also, persons interested in events sponsored by the HMS Dept of Genetics but who do not have an ID as described above should email an expression of their interest to email@example.com or call 617-432-7666 at least one day before the event.