Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area

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I suggest thinking of this list as a species of journalism.  Scan for topics of interest; when and if one is found, explore that interest first by looking at the abstract (if one is linked to the talk), the speaker's personal webpage, and the webpage of his laboratory or research group.  (Researchers often see these as their preferred medium of communication with the public and put a lot of work into them.)  If these do not exhaust your interest you might even consider attending the talk itself.  I do post lectures that have none of these resources and I sometimes include events of interest outside this focus -- such as Hackathons, DIY workshops, and events for young people.

The list 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 and/or unsubscribe by dropping a note to   If you do not receive the list after subscribing that is probably because your mailer thinks the list is spam and is bouncing it.   If you can whitelist the list please do.   Adding to your contacts list might work.  If all else fails I invite you to send me an alternate email or resort to the website.

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, but 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.  The list goes on vacation towards the ends of June and December.

In particular: 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 and lecture topics change.  Errors are introduced at every stage of the process.   I correct those I find out about, but of course sometimes my error-checking introduces a new set of errors.   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.  I occasionally link to the site of the speaker's lab.  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: 23.2201

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

October 23-24.  "Technologies for Homeland Security."   A symposium.   Crowne Plaza Woburn, 15 Middlesex Canal Park Dr, Woburn.   Details.

October 24-28.  "iGEM Giant Jamboree."   Hynes Convention Center.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, October 24

8-4:30p.  "Drug Pricing Policies in the United States and Globally: From Development to Delivery."   A conference.   HLS:  Wasserstein 2036.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9-1p.  "STEM DAY Robotics Competition."   Northeastern University, Burlington Campus, 145 South Bedford St.   Details.

11a.  "Imaging in Science and Medicine."   Tom Brennan, President, Artemis Vision.   A webcast.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Advanced Tools for Automated Analysis of Proteins."   Harvard:  Sherman-Fairchild G62, 7 Divinity Avenue.   Details.   RSVP to

Noon.  "Imaging van der Waals Heterostructures."   Brian LeRoy.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G125.   Details.

Noon.  "Supersizing Superresolution Microscopy: Open-source approaches to accelerate your microscopy research."   A panel discussion.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Understanding Biology and Disease through the Lens of Intrinsically Disordered Protein Interactions."   Julie Forman-Kay.   HMS:  New Research Building 350, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston.   Details.

12:30p.  "Latino Cardiovascular Health: Tailored Solutions for a Looming Crisis."   Lenny Lopez.   HMS:  TMEC 209.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

2p.  "Spotlight Tour: The Beautiful Brain."   Rafael Yuste.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

4p.  "AI in the Life Sciences: Next Generation Analytics Platforms."   Joseph Gormley.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details.

4p.  "A Social-Interactive Neuroscience Approach to Understanding Autism."   Elizabeth Redcay.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Multi-Agent Map-Building: Kalman Filtering Meets Gaussian Processes."   Luca Schenato.   BU:  PHO 339.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "Cold Molecules – a New Playground for Quantum and Chemical Physics."   Jun Ye.   Harvard: Jefferson 250.   Details.

5p.  "Personhood and Interpretations of Embodied Cognition."   Shaun Gallagher.   BU:  745 Commonwealth Ave. Room 325.   Details.

5:15p.  "2030 U.S. Climate Goals: Drifting further from the target— how can we get there?"   Frances Beinecke.   MIT:  Samberg Conference Center, 7th Floor, Salons M & I, Morris and Sophie Chang Building, 50 Memorial Drive.   Details.

5:15p.  "Introduction to Spatial Visualization & Analysis with Carto."   A workshop.   MIT:  14N-132.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

5:30p.  "Dialogue on Neuro-Immune Crosstalk."   HMS:  Alpert Bldg 236/.   Details.

6p.  "Can We Shape the Future of Neuroscience?"   Rafael Yuste and Khara Ramos.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Designing Technologies for Global Social Inclusion."   Bill Thies and Indrani Medhi Thies.   MIT:  NW86, Sidney Pacific Multipurpose Conference Room.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "From the Rachitic Rosary to Saturnine Gout: Medical Terms with Religious Roots."   Thomas Heyne.   Russell Museum:  2 North Grove St.   Details.

6p.  "Origins of the Silk Roads."   Rowan Flad.   Harvard:  Geological Lectures Hall, 24 Oxford St.  Details.   This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.

7p.  "Designing AI-Enabled Technology for Society."   Udit Gupta and Lillian Pentecost.   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium, 200 Longwood Ave.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

7p.  "Going Down the Donut Hole... ."   Wylie Dufresne and Ted Russin.   Harvard Science Center C.   Details.

7p.  "AS1s, EQ1s, Raspberry Shakes, and More: Teaching Inquiry-Based STEM Through Seismology."   Alan Kafka.   Weston Observatory, 381 Concord Rd., Weston, MA.   Details, Registration.

October 25-26.  "Follow the Map: Reflecting on 200 Years of the Harvard Map Collection."   A symposium.   Harvard:  Lamont Library, Forum Rm.   Details.

Thursday, October 25

7:45a.  "Addressing Cannabis Use Disorder in an Era of Policy Liberalization: Clinical and Public Health Priorities."   Vaughan W. Rees.   Harvard:  Faculty Club 212.   Details.

Noon.   "Implicit Gender Bias in Preferred Linguistic Descriptions for Expected Events."   Roger Levy.   Harvard:  WJH 105.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "NIH-Wide Strategic Plan on Nutrition Research."   Christopher Lynch.   Tufts:  Jean Mayer Research Center, 711 Washington St.   Details.

Noon.  "Technology & Innovation at National Grid – Preparing for the Future of Energy."   Colette Lamontagne.   Tufts:  Curtis Hall, Multi-Purpose Room.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "The Richness of Computational Engineering at MIT – Observations on Advocacy and Stewardship."   Sidney Yip.   MIT:  3-370.   Details, Abstract.

12:15p.  "Artificial Intelligence: The Profits and Perils for Military Operations and Decision Making."   Lt. Col. Wes Adams.   One Brattle Sq., Room 350. :    Details.

12:30p.  "Archaeology Live: Harvard College Life in Colonial Times."   Harvard Yard, near the John Harvard statue..   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Ruffled Feathers: Attribute Inference on Social Networks Beyond Homophily."   Kristen Altenburger.   Network Science Institute, 177 Huntington Ave.   Details.

3p.   "Coding of Space and Time by Neurons in Cortex."   HarvardMichael Hasselmo.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Data-Driven Approaches for Uncovering Functional Variation in Protein Interactions."   Shilpa Nadimpalli Kobren.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

3-7:30p.  "NeuroBoston Fall 2018 Symposium."   Tufts:  1 Kneeland St.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

3-8:30p.  "Reality Connect."   Exploring Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality.   A mini-conference.   Venture Cafe:  One Broadway, 5th flr., Cambridge.   Details.

3p.  "The AI Index."   Yoav Shoham.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G-115.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "Spatial Competition, Innovation and Institutions: The Industrial Revolution and the Great Divergence."   Klaus Desmet.   BC:  Maloney Hall 313.   Details.

4p.  "Exploration of Microbial Diversity to Discover Novel Molecular Technologies."   Feng Sheng.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "How Misfolded Chromosomes Cause Cancer."   Brad Bernstein.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "Lunar Swirls and Lunar Exploration."   Georgiana Kramer.   BU:  725 Commonwealth Ave., Rm 502.   Details.

4p.  "Observing Black Holes Up Close and Personal."   Ramesh Narayan.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Sharing Research: PrePrints & Data."   A forum.   HMS:  Countway Library, TMEC 209.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4:30p.  "Engineering Biomolecules as Tools to Overcome the Biological Barriers of Drug Delivery."   Rana Ghosh.   Harvrd:  60 Oxford St., Rm 330.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "How Bad Science is Corrupting the Justice System."   A forum.   HLS:  Austin Hall, Ames Courtroom.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

5:30p.  "Why is US Healthcare Spending so High, and What Can We Do About it?"   Ashish Jha.   HMS:  Countway Library, 10 Shattuck St., No. 3.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Are Animals Intelligent?"   Marie George.   MIT:  3-270.   Details, Registration.

October 26-28.  "2018 Global Community Bio Summit."   MIT:  E14, 75 Amherst St.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, October 26

9-5p.  "The Undiscovered."   Speakers from several disciplines will discuss how detect new aspects of nature.   Harvard:  Knafel Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   This event will be streamed.

10a.  "For Reproducibility, We Need the Methods Behind the Data: A hands-on workshop with"   HMS:  Countway 403.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Enabling Next-Gen Water Treatment and Resource Recovery through Novel Online Sensing using Machine Learning."   Amy Mueller.   Tufts:  Anderson 112.   Details.

Noon.  "Living Patterns."   Tufts:  Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center.   Details.

Noon.  "Sex Chromosome Evolution and Turnover and the Future of Men."   Jennifer Marshall Graves.   HMS:  Warren Alpert 563, 200 Longwood Ave.   Details*, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Archaeology Live."   Harvard College Life in Colonial Times.   Harvard Yard, steps away from the John Harvard statue.   Details.

12:30p.  "Is the Future of Clinical Cancer Research a Global Adaptive Trial?"   Jeff Shrager and Brian Alexander.   HMS:  TMEC 227.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

12:30p.  "Reproducibility for Everyone."   HMS:  Countway #403.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "One-Shot Instruction Based Action Learning in a Cognitive Robotic Architecture."   Tyler Frasca.   Tufts:  Halligan 209.   Details, Abstract.

1:30p.  "Data Science for Game Development."   Dean Wyatte.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G-115.   Details, Abstract.

1:30p.  "Developmental Origins of Human Aggression: A bio-psycho-social approach."   Richard Tremblay.   Tufts:  Robinson 253.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Doing Things with MOOCs: Utilization Strategies of Learners in Massively Open Online Courses."   Mitchell Stevens.   MIT:  3-133.   Details, Abstract.

3-4:30p.  "Archaeological Exploration of Sardis."   Harvard Art Museums.   Details.

3p.  "Climate Change and How We can Shift to a Sustainable Future."   Stephen Chu.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

4p.  "Body-Brain Interface: Neuroanatomical and Functional Insights from the Primate Insular Cortex."   Henry Evard.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Extreme Events in Complex Dynamical Systems: prediction and statistical quantification."   Themia Sapsis.   MIT:  3-370.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "General Anesthesia, Sleep and Pain."   Fan Wang.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details.

5p.  "Pasts, Presents, and Futures of Spatial Computing."   Nicholas de Monchaux.   MIT:  7-429.   Details, Abstract.

October 27-28.  "Hacking for Freedom."   A Hackathon to stop sex trafficking.   MIT:  R&D Commons, 32 Vassar St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, October 27

9-Noon.  "Art, Medicine, and Activism Workshop."   Ekua Holmes and Lachlan Forrow.   HMS:  Countway Library, Ballard Rm.   Details, Registration.

2-4p.  "Chain Reaction Contraption Construction Help Sessions."   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "Fabulous Fungus Fair."   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details.

2p.  "The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal."   Jacque Ip.   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract.

October 29-November 2.  Two courses: "Integrating Artificial and Human Intelligence." and "Reshaping Strategy in the Age of Big Data.   New England Complex Systems Institute:  277 Broadway, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, October 29

Noon.  "How Do Rainforests and Biomass Burning Aerosols Affect Rainy Season Onsets Over Tropical Continents?"   Rong Fu.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 102.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "The Political Economy of Pricing Carbon in a 2°C World."   Joe Aldy.   HKS:  Belfer Bldg., Bell Hall.   Details.   Lunch will be served.

Noon.  "Thermodynamics and Machine Learning."   Alex Alemi.   MIT:  4-331.   Details, Abstract.   X.

12:10.  "Ecology and Evolution of Species Range Limits."   Monica Geber.   Geber Lab.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Lecture Hall.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

12:30p.  "Architectural Robotics-Embodied Computation."   Axel Kilian.   MIT:  7-429.   Details, Abstract.

1-5p.  "A Processual Revolution in Biology."   A conference.   BU:  Kilachand Center, Room 101, 610 Commonwealth Ave.   Details.

1p.  "Feedback Driven Graph Learning."   Rajmonda Caceres.   Northeastern:  Network Science Institute, 177 Huntington Ave.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Computing with Assemblies."   Christos Papadimitriou.   MIT:  32-155.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Order in the Genome!"   Ting Wu.   MIT:  4-270.   Details.

4:30p.  "Carpooling and the Economics of Self-Driving Cars."   Michael Ostrovsky and Michael Schwarz.   Harvard:  Littauer, Hansen-Mason Room.   Details.

5:15p.  "Why DNA Has So Far Failed to Provide Clear Insights About Distinctively Human Traits."   David Reich.   HLS:  Wasserstein 1019.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, October 30

8:30-5p.  "Boston Children's Hospital IDDRC 50th Anniversary Symposium."   BCH:  Folkman Auditorium.   Details, Registration.

11a.  "Is It Schizophrenia or Psychosis?"   Carol Tamminga.   McLean Hospital: Pierce Hall, 115 Mill St., Belmont.   Details.

Noon.  "Axon Degeneration: Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutic Potential."   Aaron DiAntonio.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1080.   Details.

Noon.  "Recommendation Systems for Hydrologic Data."   Zhaokun Xue.   Tufts:  Halligan 209.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Human-Centered Autonomous Vehicles."   Lex Fridman.   MIT:  32-G449.  Details, Abstract.

2:30p.  "Neural Networks for Interpretable Physics Discovery."   J. Nathan Kutz.   MIT:  2-136.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Autonomous Vehicles: BostInno's State of Innovation."   Analog Garage:  125 Summer St, Floor 21.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

6p.  "Explainable AI: Why Do Deep Models Make Certain Decisions?"   Sarah Bargal.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, October 31

9:30a.  "Sense of Self in Dissociative Identity Disorder."   Lauren Lebois.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 218.   Details.

2:30p.  "Toward Sustainable Seafood: The limits and possibilities of aquaculture certification."   Md. Saidul Islam.   MIT:  66-360.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "The Future of Cities."   David Miller and Malcolm Smith.   BU:  Florence and Chafetz Hillel House, 213 Bay State Rd, Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4:30p.  "Towards Better Reinforcement Learning for High Stakes Domains."   Emma Brunskill.   MIT:  34-101.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, November 1

11:45a.  "Expecting the Unexpected: Emissions Uncertainty and Environmental Market Design."   Severin Borenstein.   HKS:  Belfer, Bell Hall.   Details.   RSVP to

Noon.  "How to Have Fun and Make a Difference in Environmental Protection."   Arleen O'Donnell.   Tufts:  Curtis Hall, Multi-Purpose Rm.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Women in Computing & Engineering Wikipedia Edit-a-thon."   MIT:  12-0168.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

1p.  "Microbial Systems."   Michelle Meyer.   MIT:  48-316.   Details.

3p.  "Markov Chains and Emergent Behavior in Programmable Matter."   Sarah Cannon.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "Darnit, I'm A Biologist Not An Engineer: Or...How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Deep Sea Biology."   Peter Girguis.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1080.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Empowering Life on Earth Through Engineering Quantitative Controls & Sustainable Water Production in a Plant Chassis."   June Medford.   Medford Lab.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "Learning Through The Grapevine: The Impact of Message Mutation, Transmission Failure, and Deliberate Bias."   Matt Jackson.   Harvard:  Littauer M16, 1805 Cambridge St.   Details.

4:30-8:30p.  "Elections and Technology."   MIT:  E15, Bartos Theater.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "The Limits of Ethical A.I."   A panel discussion.   Harvard:  Emerson 105.   Details.

Friday, November 2

1:30p.  "Machine Learning in the Healthcare Enterprise."   Mark Michalski.   Harvard:  MD G115.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Off-Site Materials Lab Workshop: Hands-On Silverworking Demonstration."   Adam Whitney.   Harvard Ceramic Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston.   Details.

4p.  "Unconventional Materials and Paradigms for Water Purification and Quality Control in the 21st Century."   Rohit Karnik.   MIT:  3-270.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, November 3

10:30a.  "Exploring Science Together: The Ice Age!"   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9a.  "Seed Dispersal: Mechanisms of Flight".   An Arboretum for Educators event.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Registration.

9:30-Noon.  "Herpetological Investigation at the Museum of Comparative Zoology."   Joe Martinez and Sofia Prado-Irwin.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11-4p.  "Girls Day."   The world of neuroscience.   MIT Museum.   Details.

Monday, November 5

Noon.  "California's Cap-and-Trade Program and Emission Leakage: An Empirical Analysis."   Chiara Lo Prete.   HKS:  Belfer Bldg, 5th flr., Bell Hall.   Details.   Lunch will be served.

12:15p.  "'Perfect Woman': Female Robots, Alluring Androids, and Electronic Eves."   Julie Wosk.   Harvard:  CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street.   Details.

12:30p.  "Can We Heat our Buildings with Renewable Electricity Cheaper than with Natural Gas?"   K. Max Zhang.   MIT:  7-429.   Details, Abstract.

1-4p.  "CRISPR Gene Editing for Studying Disease Pathology and Treating Human Disease."   HMS:  Building C, Cannon Room.   Details, Registration.

2:30p.  "Next In Evolution."   Harvard:  Knafel Center, 10 Garden St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3p.  "New Technologies Won’t Reduce Scarcity, but Here’s Something That Might."   Vasilis Kostakis.   MIT:  3-133.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Software Exploitation: Hardware is the New Black."   Cristiano Giuffrida.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural."   Peter Bebergal.   Center for the Study of World Religions:  Common Room, 42 Francis Ave.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Gastronomic Sciences: The Interdisciplinary Approach of the Basque Culinary Center to Research and Innovation."   Harvard Science Center C.   Details.

7p.  "Climate Change and the Future of the Boston Coastline."   Paul Kirshen and Kirk Bosna.   Innovation Center, One Broadway.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Tuesday, November 6

3p.  "Data Science, Humanely."   Carlos Scheidegger.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "The eSports Technology Revolution."   A conference.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   This event will be streamed.

November 7-10.  "All Hands on Deck."   Leaders and changemakers in ocean exploration, entertainment, recreation, and art will imagine new ways to empower an open, inclusive global community of ocean explorers.   MIT:  Media Lab.  Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, November 7

10a.  "Addressing Adolescent Mental Health Beyond the Clinic: Lessons from the Global South."   Vikram Patel.   Judge Baker Children’s Center, 53 Parker Hill Avenue.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

10a.  "Introduction to GitHub."   Cara Marta Messina.   Northeastern University:  422 Snell Library.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Photographing Tutankhamun: How the Camera Helped Create 'King Tut'."   Christina Riggs.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

6:30p.  "The New Market of Hearing Healthcare."   Panel discussion.   Mass Eye & Ear:  Starr Center, 185 Cambridge St., 2nd flr, Boston.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Fighting Back Against Climate Change: Altering Earth’s Atmosphere."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium, 200 Longwood Ave.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

Thursday, November 8

noon.  "Bringing the Ocean Ashore: Ichthyology and Infrastructure in Pacific Waters."   Anthony Medrano.   Tufts:  Curtis Hall, Multi-Purpose Rm.   Details, Abstract.

3-8p.  "Energy Connect."   A mini-conference.   Venture Cafe:  One Broadway, 5th flr., Cambridge.   Details.

3p.  "Wearable Interactions Using Touch without a Touchscreen."   Xing-Dong Yang.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past."   David Reich.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract.

6-8:30p.  "Why Aren't We Moving? An inside look at the MBTA."   Matthew Ciborowski.   Alley powered by Verizon, 10 Ware St., Cambridge.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, November 9

9-4:15p.  "MassIntelligence: the Age of Machine Learning."   The Federal Reserve.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Dynamic Regulation of Gene Expression by Long Non-Coding RNAs."   Elizabeth Tran.   Tran Lab.   HMS:    Details* and Abstract.

3p.  "Extracting Energy from Water: Electricity Generation from Wastewaters, Using Microbial Fuel Cells, and from Natural or Engineered Salinity Gradients."   Bruce E. Logan.   MIT:  66-110.   Details, Abstract.

November 10-11.  "Sourcing Boston: A Food Security and Resilience Hackathon."   Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, November 10

2-4p.  "Chain Reaction Contraption Construction Help Sessions."   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal."   Dana Boebringer.   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract.

November 11-15.  "Eleventh International Conference on Atomic and Molecular Data and Their Applications."   Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, November 12

Noon.  "Digital Resistance: How the Internet Facilitates Responses to Racial Microaggression."   Robert Eschmann.   BU:  96 Cummington Hall, Rm. SOC241.   Details, Abstract.

12:15p.  "Cultures of Nuclear Security: How Different Countries Decide How to Protect their Nuclear Facilities."   Matthew Bunn.   Harvard:  CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street.   Details, RSVP.

7p.  "From Low and Slow Smoking to High Heat Wok Cooking: Explore the Transfer of Heat and Application of Fire and Smoke. No Mirrors."   Tiffani Faison.   Harvard Science Center C.   Details.

Tuesday, November 13

10a.  "Tropy: Research Photo Management for Librarians and Archivists."   Abby Mullen.   Northeastern:  440 Egan.  Details, RSVP.

11a.  "How Exercise and Social Interactions Help Us Promote Brain Health: A focus on Parkinson's Disease."   Michael Zigmond.   McLean:  deMarneffe 132.   Details.

Noon.  "Insect Flight: From Newton's Law to Neurons."   Jane Wang.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1080.  Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Physics-Informed Learning Machines for Physical Systems."   George Karniadakis.   MIT:  3-370.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Tropy: Research Photo Management for Faculty."   Abby Mullen.   Northeastern:  440 Egan.  Details, RSVP.

6p.  "Accelerating Drug Discovery through the Power of Microscopy Images."   Anne Carpenter.   Broad Institute, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, November 14

4p.  "Autism Heterogeneity: genetic insights and next steps."   Elise Robinson.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Brains and Bodies: How to Make Smart Robots."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium, 200 Longwood.   Details.

November 15-16.  "Thirsty Cities."   MIT:  E51-115.   Details.

Thursday, November 15

Noon.   "In Search of "Safe Enough": Quantifying the Probability of a Nuclear Reactor Accident."   Thomas Wellock.   Tufts:  Curtis Hall, Multi-Purpose Room.   Details.

6p.  "MIT Water Innovation Prize - Kickoff Dinner."   MIT:  E14, 6th flr.  Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7p.  "WGBH BostonTalks: Robots."   A panel discussion.   WGBH Educational Foundation, 1 Guest St., Brighton.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

*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.