Boston supports a pretty impressive culture of lectures and lecture-like events (conferences, unconferences, forums, panel discussions, debates, symposia, festschrifts, workshops, poster sessions, mini-courses, roundtables, exhibitions, tech jams, demos, tours, etc.). The general purpose of this list is to publish a selection of these events that conveys a general sense of the driving issues in contemporary science and technology. From time to time I include talks on matters of interest outside this focus, such as DIY initiatives.
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 do
not list events that do not 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: 06.1238
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Selected Groups, Clubs, Societies, & Meetups
Selected New England Museums
DIY-focused organizations & resources
Friday, December 6
11 - 2p. "Using Machine Learning to Understand Biological Vision and Learning." Ethan Meyers. MIT: 46-5193. Details.
11:15a. "How Cells Use Chemistry and Physics to Break the Bones that Power their Movement." Enrique M. De La Cruz. Brandeis: Gerstenzang 121. Details. Abstract.
3p. "How Can We Formally Reason About Industrial-Scale Control Systems?" Jyotirmoy Deshmukh. BU: 8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 211. Details.
4p. "Why and How Drosophila Glia Cells Become Polypoid." Terry Orr-Weaver. MIT: 46-3002. Details.
6:30 - 8:30p. "Veganism for Omnivores." James McWilliams. Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg. Details & Registratio.
6:45p. "Conifer Swamps of Central and Western Massachusetts." Glenn Motzkin. Harvard Geological Museum 102 (Haller Hall), 24 Oxford St. Details.
December 7-8. "New England Model Train Expo." Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West (US-20), Marlborough. Details.
Saturday, December 7
8:30a. "Diagnostics for the Developing World." George Whitesides. Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Ave. Details.
9:30 - Noon. "How to Catch a Wolf." Judy Chupasko. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St. Details & Registration.
Noon. "Beyond the Athenæum: Life After the Laboratory." A panel discussion about issues in book conservation. Boston Atheneum. Details.
Sunday, December 8
9 - 12:30p. "Introduction to Winter Tree Identification." Kyle Stephens. Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg. Details & Registration.
2 - 3:30p. "Explore the Conifer Collection." Robbie Apfel, Arboretum Docent. Arnold Arboretum, Bussey St. Gate. Details & Registration.
December 9 - 15. "Computer Science Education Week." Museum of Science, Cahners ComputerPlace, Blue Wing, Level 1. Details.
Monday, December 9
Noon. "Rethinking the Role of the Cortex in Memory Processing." Adam Bero. MIT: 46-3310. Details.
12:30 - 1:45p. "Climate Implications of the United States' Oil and Gas Boom." Michael Levi. Tufts: Cabot 702, Fletcher School. Details.
3:15p. "Unmanned Aerial System Development Challenges: Small Scales and Open Architectures." Ryan Eubank, Tactical Defense Systems Group. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Beaver Works, 300 Technology Square, Suite 202 (second floor). Details.
4p. "A New Frontier: Eusociality in corals." Elizabeth Widman. Harvard: One Brattle Sq. Details.
4p. "Exploiting Clinical Data for Medical Research and Predictive Modeling." Peter Szolovits. Partners Building, 65 Landsdowne Street. Details.
4:30p. "What can We and Others Learn from Email Metadata?" Daniel Smilkov. MIT: Stata Center (32) G4 Lounge. Details.
7 - 9p. "The Accidental Chemist." Jack Bishop and Dan Souza, editors, Cook's Illustrated. An author's event. Harvard Science Center C. Details.
7p. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." A Coolidge Science on Screen Presentation. Melissa Franklin will discuss cartoon physics and its place in life. Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Massachusetts Ave. Details.
Tuesday, December 10
Noon. "Search for the Dark Side." Richard Saldahna. Background reading. MIT: 26-414 (Kolker Rm). Details.
12:30p. "Re-Thinking IPR Models for the Poor." A Berkman Luncheon. Sara Boettiger. Webcast details. Podcast details. RSVP required for lunch. Harvard: Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Flr. Details & RSVP.
2:50 - 4p. "Digitizing Biology with CMOS Circuits." Christopher Salthouse. Tufts: Halligan 102. Details.
3p. "Uncovering the Hidden Skeleton of Flow Transport." Thomas Peacock. BU: SCI 109 (1st flr lounge). Details. Poster.
4p. "How Bacteria and Cancer Cells Regulate Mutagenesis and their Ability to Evolve." Susan Rosenberg. MIT: Stata Center (32) 123. Details.
4p. "The High Redshift Universe Next Door." Joshua Simon. MIT: 37-252 (Marlar Lounge), 70 Vassar St. Details.
6p. "The Conservation of Historic Globes." T.K. McClintock. Boston Atheneum. Details.
6:30p. "How TB Bacteria Evade Treatment." Bree Aldridge. Background reading. Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont. Details.
6:30 - 9p. "Remote Collaboration at Google: Overcoming the Tyranny of Distance." Demetrios Karis. Google Cambridge, 5 Cambridge Center. Details & Registration.
6:30p. "The Development and Origins of Language Impairment in Autism Spectrum Disorder." Helen Tager-Flusberg. Harvard: Biolabs 1080, 16 Divinity. Details & Registration.
7p. "Cancer Without Disease: keeping microscopic tumors dormant." Nava Almog. St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Seton Auditorium, 736 Cambridge St. Details.
7:30p. "Life on the Leaf Edge." Sam Jaffe. Harvard: MCZ 101, 26 Oxford St. Details.
Wednesday, December 11
10 - Noon. "COMSOL Workshop." Hands-on demo of a proprietary physics simulator. COMSOL, Inc., 1 New England Executive Park, Burlington. Details & Registration.
Noon. "Ancient Lessons for a Sustainable Future in the Fire-Prone Southwest US." Christopher I. Roos. Harvard: Peabody Museum, Putnam lab. Details.
1 - 5p. "False Memories: Of Mice and Men." Susumu Tonegawa and Dan Schacter.. A Charles River Association for Memory Meeting. MIT: 46-3189, 43 Vassar St. Details & Registration.
3 - 5p. "HarvardX Town Hall." A Town Hall Meeting on course development and research. HMS: TMEC Walter Amphitheater, 260 Longwood Avenue, Longwood Medical Area. Details.
4p. "Whirlwind, Pioneering Computer and Catalyst for MIT Lincoln Laboratory." Deborah G. Douglas. Lincoln Laboratory Auditorium, 244 Wood Street, Lexington, MA. Details.
5:30 - 8:30p. "Time Machines." Stanley Greenburg. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave. Details.
5:45 - 8:45p. "Next omics – Personalized Medicine beyond Genomics." A forum. The Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center. Details & Registration.
6 - 8p. "Neutrino Hunters." Ray Jayawardhana. Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Center. Details & Registration.
6p. "Survivability for Public Safety Networks." Vanu G. Bose, CEO, Vanu Corp. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 244 Wood St, Lexington. Details & Registration.
7 - 8p. "Evolution in a Toxic World." Emily Monosson. Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg. Details & Registration.
Thursday, December 12
8 - 6p. "MIT Water Summit 2013." A conference. Whitehead Institute. Details & Registration. Poster.
Noon. "Neural Substrates of Decision-Making." Carlos Brody. Harvard: Center for Brain Science, Northwest Building B103, 52 Oxford Street. Details.
7p. "Wild Octopuses: Evidence, Myths, and Mysteries." Crissy Huffard. New England Aquarium, IMAX theater. Details & Registration.
8p. "A Multi-Color Examination of the Andromeda Galaxy." Nelson Caldwell. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St. Details.
December 13 - 14. "MassDOT Transportation Hackathon." hack/reduce, 275 3rd St, Cambridge. Details & Registration.
Friday, December 13
8 - 3p. "Future of Robotics Summit." A conference. Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive. Details & Registration.
Noon. "Microfluid Technologies for Global Health." Shashi Murthy. Northeastern: 440 Egan Research Center, 120 Forsyth St. Details.
Saturday, December 14
CANCELLED. 5a. "Catching Comet ISON." Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St. Details.
Monday, December 16
9 - 5:20p. "Computational Aspects of Biological Information." Conference and poster session. Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive. Details & Registration.
5p. "Unraveling The 'Peculiarities of Island Life': The Galapagos Tortosises." Michael Russello. Harvard Museum on Natural History, 24 Oxford St. Details.
6 - 9p. "Exploring the Human Brain." Francesco Panese. Human Brain Project. swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge. Details & Registration.
Tuesday, December 17
6:30p. "Leaving It up to Chance: How Cells Make Decisions." Jané Kondev. Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont. Details.
6:30 - 9:30p. "Medical Devices." Panel discussion. Constant Contact - Waltham, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham. Details & Registration.
Wednesday, December 18
6:30p. "Python for Systems Administration." Jerry Feldman, Associate Director, Boston Linux & Unix. MIT: E51-315. Details.
7p. "The Violent Origin of the Earth and Moon." Sarah Stewart. Harvard Science Center C. Details.
Thursday, December 19
4p. "Glaucoma: A Vascular Disease?" Alon Harris. Mass Eye & Ear: 243 Charles St., 3rd floor, Meltzer Auditorium. Details.
7:15p. Two events. "Choosing Your First Telescope." David Aguilar. Harvard-Smithsonian Center, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St. Details.
*Persons interested in events sponsored by the HMS Dept of Genetics but who not have a HMS ID should email an expression of their interest to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-432-7666 at least one day before the event.