Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area


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The purpose of this list is to convey a sense of the driving issues in contemporary science and technology by showing what people are talking about, although from time to time I include events 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 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.)   It is common for dates and locales to 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



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



July 25 - 29.  "Workshop on Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Medicine: Emerging Frontiers and Applications."   Biomaterials Innovation Research Center, 65 Landsdowne Street, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

July 25 - 29.   "Native American Technologies."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, July 26

1p.  "Fatty Bones Make Bad Skeletons: Influence of Bone-disrupting Chemicals across the Lifespan."   A forum.   A webinar.   Details.

3:30p.  "Atmospheric Nitrogen Pollution in Urban Ecosystems."   Pamela Templer and Lucy Hu.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Intro to XTRX - a tiny Software Defined Radio Board."   Alexander Chemeris.   MIT:  E15-315.   Details.

7p.  "Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants."   Peter Kramer.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Wednesday, July 27

9a.  "Birds of the World."   Exhibit opening.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.

1 - 5p.  "What Role do "Nativars" Play in an Ecological Landscape?"   A discussion.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

3p.  "Statistical and Computational tradeoffs."   Philippe Rigollet.   MIT:  2-449.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Rapid Prototyping of Thermoplastics."   Seth Fraden.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin, 2nd flr lounge.   Details, Abstracts.

6p.  "Serious Simulations and Epson."   iZotope, 60 Hampshire St, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

6p.  "Using Big Data to Understand Rare Diseases."   Daniel MacArthur.   Broad Institute Auditorium, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Drought-Tolerant Plants for the Dog Days of Summer."   Jen Kettell.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "The Bicycle Craze of the 1890s: Waltham’s Contributions to the Fastest Wheels on Earth."   Amy S. Green, Resident historian, the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innnovation.   Charles River Museum.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, July 28

3:15p.  "Visual and Vestibular Contributions to the Perception and Control of Dynamics Spatial Orientation."   Alexander Sacha Panic.   Brandeis:  Rabb, DuBois Room.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Steerable Wavelet Machines (SWM): Learning Moving Frames for Texture Classification."   Adrien Depeursinge.   MIT:  32-D407.   Details.

7p.  "Science Showdown: Trivia Night @ The MIT Museum."   MIT Museum.   Details, RSVP.

Friday, July 29

  "At the Interface of Materials and Objects in Peripheral Vision."   Shaiyan Keshvari.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.


July 30 - 31.  "Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend."   Museum of Science.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, July 30

1p.   "Go Fly a Kite!"   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details.

10a.  "Scratch Day."   The Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, July 31

10:30a.  "Summer Tree ID."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "Sensory Ethnography Lab: Experiments with Cinema."   Exploring the intersection of cinema and anthropology.   Leo Goldsmith.   Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower level.   Details, Abstract.

August 1 - 5.  "Animal Naturalists."   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, August 2

8a.  "Reiki Therapy and Conventional Medicine: An Integrative and Comprehensive Approach."   A forum.   Brigham and Women's Hospital, Bornstein Family Amphitheater, 45 Francis Street.   Details.*

9 - Noon.   "COMSOL Multiphysics Software with Application Builder."   A workshop featuring a proprietary physics simulator.   COMSOL, Inc., Training Room, 100 District Avenue, Burlington.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

August 4 - 6.   "Scratch@MIT."   MIT:  Various Locations.   Details.

Friday, August 5

10:30a.  "Adaptive Security of Yao's Garbled Circuits."   Zahra Jafargholi.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

Sunday, August 7

1p.  "Sensory Ethnography Lab: Experiments with Cinema."   Exploring the intersection of cinema and anthropology.   Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower level.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, August 8

6:30p.  "Engineering Health, Designing New Medical Technologies."   Giovanni Traverso and Daniel Kohane.   The Burren, Davis Sq, 247 Elm St, Somerville.   Details.

Tuesday, August 9

5:45p.  "Revealing and Manipulating the Costs of Gene Expression."   Tzachi Pilpel.   Lab.   A meetup of the Boston Area Group for Informatics and Modeling.   Broad Institute, Monadnock Room, 415 Main St, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

6:30p.  "Enigmas of Life: Getting It Started and Becoming Complex."   Zachary Adam.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details.

Saturday, August 13

2p.  "Interactive Clothing Solutions."   MIT Museum, 256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Sunday, August 14

1p.  "Sensory Ethnography Lab: Experiments with Cinema."   Exploring the intersection of cinema and anthropology.   Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower level.   Details, Abstract.

August 16 - 18.  "Under the Sea."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.

Tuesday, August 16

6:30p.  "How Restorative Development Can Address Climate Change."   William Moomaw.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

Sunday, August 21

11a.  "Family Exploration."   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Sensory Ethnography Lab: Experiments with Cinema."   Exploring the intersection of cinema and anthropology.   Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower level.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, August 23

1p.  "Endogenous Bioelectric Computation Controls Growth and Form in Non-Neural Tissues: opportunities for regenerative medicine and synthetic morphology."   Michael Levin.   Wyss Institute, Room 521, 3 Blackfan Circle.   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 esexton@genetics.med.harvard.edu (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 kbarry6@partnes.org.  Events in the medical area that do not carry an asterisk have announced explicitly that they are open to the general public.

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