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: 19.1816

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

June 20-21.  "EurekaFest 2018."   MIT:  222 Third Street, Suite 0300 Cambridge.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, June 20

10a.  "Bitter Pills: The Global War on Counterfeit Drugs."   Muhammad Zaman.   BU:  Pardee Center, 67 Bay State Road.   Details.

10a.  "The Schizophrenia-Associated Gene, CSMD1, Encodes a Brain-Specific Complement Inhibitor."   Matthew Baum.   HMS:  Goldenson 122.   Details.

Noon.  "AI and Medicine."   Wasim Malik and Joshua Chang.   A webinar.   Details, Registration.

2p.  "Efficacy and Mechanisms of High-Intensity Training Following Stroke or Spinal Cord Injury."   T. George Hornby.   Wyss Institute:  60 Oxford St., Rm. 330.   Details, Abstract.

5:30-7:45p.  "Getting to Know Our Native Plants: The Unsung Splendor and Ecological Value of Native Shrubs."   Meredith Gallogly.   Location details sent directly to participants.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "X-Ray Astronomy and the Invisible Universe."   Jonathan McDowell.   Jonathan's Space Page.   MIT:  E51-335.   Details, Abstract.   This event will be streamed.

Thursday, June 21

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

1p.  "Trail Detectives' Club."   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10a.  "Active Plasticity and Control of Chemical Oscillators: Stepping Stones to Soft Machines."   Daniel Goldstein.   Brandeis:  Abelson 333.   Details.

12:30p.  "Molecular Mechanisms of Itch, Touch and Pain."   Diana Bautista.   HMS:  Cannon Room.   Details.*

4p.  "Exoplanets in the TESS Era."   Sam Quinn.   Center for Astrophysics:  Phillips Auditorium.  Details.

5-9p.  "Summer Solstice Celebration 2018: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture."   Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, 11 Divinity Avenue.   Details.

6p.  "The Book."   Amaranth Borsuk.   MIT Press Bookstore:  301 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

6:30p.  "I've Got Sunshine...on a solar array."   Kristie Tanner.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Are Sharks Smart? Exploring the Brain of Sharks and Their Relatives."   Kara E. Yopak.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Drones: Where Are We Now, Where Are We Headed?"   Shane Clark.   MIT:  32-G449.  Details, Abstract.   This talk will be webcast on the MIT CSAIL Youtube channel.

7p.  "Take Action! How We Can Save the Environment."   Wendy B. Jacobs.   Belmont Public Library Assembly Room.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, June 23

Noon-4p.  "Chain Reaction."   MIT Museum.   Details.

2p.  "An Open Forum on Tube Amplifier & Speaker Design."   Bob Carver.   BU:  Life Science & Engineering Bldg 103.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "The Beautiful Brain Spotlight Tour."   Francisco Martin-Martinez.   MIT Museum.   Details.

Sunday, June 24

10:30a.  "Exploring Fungi."   Arnold Arboretum:  Busssey Street Gate.   Details, Abstract.

Noon-4p.  "Chain Reaction."   MIT Museum.   Details.

1:30p.  "Tree Identification Primer."   Catherine Chamberlain and Wayne Daly.   Arnold Arboreteum, Hunnewell Building Landscape.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, June 25

1:30p.  "The Economics of Blockchain Technology."   Mark McAvoy.   Brandeis:  Abelson 333.   Details.

Tuesday, June 26

8-5p.  "Precision Medicine 2018: Assembling the Puzzle."   Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Abstract, Precision.*

Noon.  "Sustainable Development in Global Surgery."   Mark Shrime.   HMS:  Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, First floor Conference Room, 641 Huntington Avenue.   Details, Abstract.*   This event will be streamed.

6p.  "Exploring UMass Lowell’s NERVE Center & the Latest in Robotics."   Holly Yanco.   UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack Street 3rd Floor, Haverhill, MA.   Details.

Wednesday, June 27

10:30a.  "Introduction to the Geometry and Response of Origami and Thin Sheets."   Zeb Rocklin.   Brandeis:  Abelson 333.   Details.

Noon.   "New Methods for Characterizing Nanomaterials: Exploring advances in high-resolution and in situ imaging."   Ruth Schwaiger and Hrishikesh Bale.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1:30p.  "Biosphere-Geosphere Stability and Mass Extinction."   Daniel Rothman.   Rothman Group.   Brandeis:  Abelson 333.   Details, Abstract.

2:30p.  "Regulation of Lifespan by Neural Excitation and REST."   Bruce Yankner.   Yankner Lab.   BWH:  BTM 3fl conference center, 60 Fenwood Rd.   Details.

Thursday, June 28 (Tau Day)

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

1p.  "Trail Detectives' Club."   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1:30p.  "Putting Thin Sheets to Work: selected topics in origami metamaterials."   Zeb Rocklin.   Brandeis:  Abelson 333.   Details.

3p.  "The Future of Health Systems."   Rod Hochman.   BU:  Instructional Building L112.   Details, Abstract RSVP.

6:30p.  "Emerging Technology and Inclusive User Experiences: A Look Into the Crystal Ball."   Gary Aussant.   Perkins School for the Blind:  Grousbeck Center, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Friday, June 29

11-4:30p.  "Putting Patients at the Center of Research: Opportunities and Challenges for Ethical and Regulatory Oversight."   A symposium.   HLS:  Wasserstein 2036.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, June 30

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

Noon-4p.  "Visualizing the Brain."   MIT Museum.   Details.

Sunday, July 1

Noon-4p.  "App Inventor/Scratch."   MIT Museum.   Details.

Monday, July 2

4p.  "Transformative Generative Models."   Lior Wolf.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.   This event will be live streamed.

6:30p.  "Science Diplomacy from the Arctic to our World."   Paul A. Berkman.   The Burren:  247 Elm St., Somerville.   Details.

Tuesday, July 3

8a.  "Invisible Light! Can the Treatment of Depression Be Beyond What is Seen?"   Paolo Cassano.   BNH:  Bornstein Family Amphitheater.   Details.

1p.  "From Seed to Tree."   Arnold Arboretum:  Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion.   Details.

Saturday, July 7

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

Noon-4p.  "Visualizing the Brain."   MIT Museum.   Details.

July 9-13.   "Summer Science Week: Time Travelers - Viajeros en el Tiempo."   Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, July 12

7p.  "The Southern Right Whales of Argentina: A 47-Year Story Written by Biological Research and Citizen Science."   Florencia Ornela Vilches.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   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.