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.

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 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



Last update: 24.1811

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



May 23 - 24.   "Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles."   A conference.   Boston Convention Center.   Details, Registration.

Wednesday, May 24

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

Noon.  "Connectomic Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Depression."   Cameron McIntyre.   Martinos Center:  149 13th St, Rm 2204.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Exploring DSX, a Platform for Data Scientists using Open Source Technologies."   A webinar.   Details, Abstract.

Two sessions: Noon & 5p. "360 Video & Virtual Reality Workshop."   Metro Meeting Centers-Boston, 101 Federal St, Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Streaming and Sharing – Stuff Every Developer Should Know About Live Streaming."   Seth Sivak.   Intrepid Pursuits, American Twine Building, 222 Third Street, #4000.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, May 25

8:45 - 6p.  "The Relationship Between Executive Functions And Language Processing."   A workshop.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

1p.  "The Role of Attention In Creating and Retrieving Memories."   Benjamin Hutchinson.   Northeastern:  Network Science Institute, 177 Huntington Ave, 11th flr.   Details, Abstract.   This event will repeat at 4pm..

3-8p.  "Through the Looking Glass with Virtual and Augmented Reality."   A conference.   Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Flr.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

4p.  "Nuclear Physics as Precision Science."   Ulf-G. Meissner.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "Compassion Fatigue."   Lois W. Choi-Kain.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Total Immersion: Building virtual reality environments for basic science and clinical research."   Researchers from the STRIVE Center.   Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St, Somerville.   Details.

7p.  "Seeing Deeper into the World of the Great White Shark."   Greg Skomal.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, May 26

3:30p.  "Trail Detective's Club."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Steps Towards a Vision-based Assistant."   Kevin Murphy.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

Saturday, May 27

Noon - 4p.  "3D Printing."   MIT Museum.   Details.

1p.  "Wild Edibles."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

Sunday, May 28

Noon - 4p.  "Paper Circuits."   MIT Museum.   Details.

Tuesday, May 30

9:30a.  "Cell Mechanics for Drug Delivery."   Chan Park.   HSPH:  Bldg 1-1302.   Details.

6p.  "Can We Be Everywhere, All the Time, with Autonomous Satellites?"   Kerri Cahoy.   Lincoln Lab, 3 Forbes Rd.   Details, Abstract.

6P.  "Intelligent Healthcare."   A Boston Augmented/Mixed Reality Meetup.   MassChallenge, 21 Drydock Ave.   Details.

Wednesday, May 31

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

9:30a.  "Sequence Monitoring in the Frontal Cortex."   Theresa Desrochers.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 218.   Details.

5:30 - 8:30p.  "MIT Technology Review’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017."   Jason Pontin.   Broad Institute, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Zebras and Unicorns: Rare maladies and a physician-scientist's search for answers."   Anna Greka.   Broad Institute.   Details, Abstract, Registrations.

7p.  "Hope in a New Ecology."   Oswald J. Schmitz.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, June 1

Noon.  "What's Next for Whole Genome Sequencing? Moving from Research to Diagnostics and Beyond."   A panel discussion.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Poetry and the Ocean."   Robert Pinsky and Stefan Helmreich.   MIT:  Bartos Theatre.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7p.  "Sharks – From Shadow to Light."   Brian Skerry.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, June 2

Noon - 3p.  "Computational Metablomics of Cancer and the Microbiome."   A workshop.   Dana Farber:  Yawkey 306.   Details.   RSVP by May 26.

Saturday, June 3

9a.  "Internet of Things Hackathon."   MIT:  32-124 and 32-144.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.   RSVP by May 26, 2017.

10 - Noon.  "Boston Area Beekeepers Association Open Hives."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

Sunday, June 4

8:30p.  "Arlington Astronomy Night."   Robbins Farm Park.   Details.

Monday, June 5

8 - 5p.  "The Digital Factory."   A conference.   MIT:  Media Lab, 6th flr.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6 - 10p.  "Leap Motion: Crafting VR you can Touch."   A Boston VR Meetup.   Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, June 6

8 - 8p.  "Formlabs User Conference."   MIT:  Media Lab.   Details, Tickets.

9:30a.  "Obesity and Asthma: Microbiome-Metabolome Interactions."   Stephanie A. Shore.   HSPH:  1-1302.   Details.

11a.  "From Genetics to New Therapy for Schizophrenia and Related Illnesses."   Edward Scolnick.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

Wednesday, June 7

9:30 - 5:30p.  "Bioinformatics."   A symposium.   BU:  24 Cummington Mall, B01.   Details.

6:30p.  "The Science of Cooking: Ice Cream & Aioli."   Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston. Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, June 8

Noon.  "BU Libraries Wikipedia Meetup."   BU:  Mugar Library Conference Room.   Details, RSVP.   If you do not have a Wikipedia account, please create one before the event.

5:30p.  "Explore Web VR at the Public VR Lab."   Brookline Interactive Group, 46 Tappan St, Brookline.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

6:30p.  "Scaling Optical Networks into the Next Decade and Beyond."   Peter J. Winzer.   Lincol Labs:  3 Forbes Rd, Lexington.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Robo-Shark: How High-Tech Tags Are Revealing the Secret Lives of Sharks."   Nick Whitney.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, June 9

1 - 5p.   "Chatter Symposium."   This event will engage groups with interests in autism and autism research.   Northeastern University:  John D. O'Bryant African American Institute, Cabral Center, 40 Leon Street.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   Apply by May 16.

1 - 5p.   "Design Challenge."   The presentation and discussion of technologies that support relationships.   Northeastern University:  John D. O'Bryant African American Institute, Cabral Center, 40 Leon Street.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   Apply by May 16.

Saturday, June 10

10 - Noon.  "Boston Area Beekeepers Association Open Hives."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

10 - 4:30p.  "DayCon 2017: Planet Earth."   A conference.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, June 11

9 - 4p.  "Sea Level Rise and Extreme Precipitation: Preparing for Boston's Uncertain Future."   A conference.   Museum of Science.   Details, Abstract.

10a.  "Bee-come a Pollinator."   Ruthann Sneider.   Arnold Arboretum, Visitor Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.


June 15 - 17.   "Psychiatry in 2017."   A conference.   Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.   Details, Registration.

Thursday, June 15

3:30p.  "Trail Detective's Club."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

5 - 9p.  "Life Sciences Global Pitch Fest."   The Majesty, Long Wharf.   Details, Registration.

Friday, June 16

2p.  "Reinforcement Learning."   Sam Gershman.   A computational tutorial.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, June 17

10 - Noon.  "Boston Area Beekeepers Association Open Hives."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

11 - 4:30p.  "EurekaFest™ 2017."   High school students design, build, and test wind-powered devices.   Museum of Science.   Details.

1p.  "Natural Engineering."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, June 19

6:30p.  "From Egg to Insect: The evolution of development and reproduction."   Cassandra Extravour.   The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville.   Details.

June 26-30.   "Economics and Computation."   MIT:  Stata Center.   Details.

Monday, June 26

  "Mechanism Design for Social Good."   A workshop.   MIT.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future."   Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson.   Brattle Theater.   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 Longwood medical area that do not carry an asterisk have announced explicitly that they are open to the general public.

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