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 (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.)   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



Last update: 23.2038

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September 22 - 23.  "Functional and Medical Foods for Chronic Diseases: Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers."   HMS:  Joseph b. Martin Conference Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.*

September 23 - 24.   "Hacking AI with IBM Watson."   A demo by IBM.   MIT:  Sloan School, 30 Memorial Drive.   Details, Registration.

Friday, September 23

Noon.  "Drones, Photogrammetry, and 3d Modeling in Archeology."   Luis Jaime Castillo Butters.   Harvard:  Tozzer 203.   Details.

12:30p.  "Machine Learning for Materials Discovery: Low-LTC Compounds, Grain Boundaries and Superlattices."   Koji Tsuda.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dwprkin G115.   Details.

2:30p.  "Free Will: Delusional or Real?"   A panel discussion.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details.

7p.  "Cartographic Grounds."   Jill Desimini and Charles Waldheim.   Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave.   Details, Abstract.


September 24 - 25.  "With the Best."   An online AI conference.   Details.

Saturday September 24

8a.  "Fall Bird Walk."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum, choice of locations.   Details.   This event will repeat October 8.

9:30 - Noon.  "The Art of Drawing Birds."   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon - 4p.  "Kinetic Sculpture."   A workshop.   MIT Museum, 165 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

1p.  "The Ig Informal Lectures."   MIT:  26-100.   Details.

1p.  "Introduction to HAM Radio."   Brandon Hockle.   Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville.   Details, Registration.

2p.  "Saving Eden from the Sixth Extinction."   A Film Screening and Discussion with film producer Mitchell Block.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, Haller Hall, 26 Oxford St.  Details, Abstract.


September 25 - October 1.   "Hubweek 2016: A Festival for the Future."   Details.

Sunday, September 25

Noon - 4p.  "Chain Reaction."   A workshop.   MIT Museum, 165 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

5p.  "Go Behind the Scenes at the Theater of Electricity."   Museum of Science, Theater of Electricity.   Details.

Monday, September 26

8:30a.  "A Quantum Leap in Diabetes Treatment."   A forum.   5 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Studying the Greenland Ice Sheet: Implications for climate past and present."   Dorthe Dahl-Jensen.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 102.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Twenty-Years of the Global Ocean Circulation: means and changes."   Carl Wunsch.   MIT:  54-923.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Unraveling the History of the Milky Way."   Yuan-Sen Ting.   MIT:  37-187.   Details.

12:10p.  "A Physiological Approach to the Ecology and Evolution of Flowers."   Adam Roddy.   Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre St.   Details.

1:15p.  "The Madhouse Effect."   Michael E. Mann.   A lecture and book signing.   MIT:  4-270.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "The Illustris Simulation and Beyond."   Mark Vogelsburger.   BU:  725 Commonwealth, Room 502.   Details.

4p.  "Mutagenic Nucleobases: Friends and Foes."   Bogdan Fedeles.   MIT:  4-270.   Details.

4p.  "The Saga of Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter."   Kev Abazajian.   MIT:  26-414.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "A Proposed Energy Conversion Process for Making Solar Energy a Major Player in Global Power Generation."   Jacob Karni.   MIT:  32-155.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Should We Engineer the Mosquito?"   Kevin Esvalt.   Sculpting Evolution Group, LabCentral, 700 Main Street.   Details.


September 27 - 28.   "Solve|MAKE."   "Solve is a live meeting series whose mission is ... to discover, evaluate, and advance technological solutions to global problems."   A Hubweek event.   MIT:  E14-674.   Details, Abstract, Registration. .

Tuesday, September 27

8a.  "The Science of Addiction: How Opiods work in the Brain."   A panel discussion.   A Hubweek event.   Ragon Institute, 400 Technology Square.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9:30a.  "Cell Jamming and Shape-Shifting in Collective Cellular Migration."   A discussion.   Jeffrey J. Fredberg and James P. Butler.   HSPH:  Building 1-1302.   Details.

11:45a.  "Phototactic Guidance of a Tissue-Engineered Soft-Robotic Ray."   TK.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 102.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "FDA and Drug Approval: Is it really broken?"   A panel discussion.   A Hubweek event.   Ragon Institute, 400 Technology Square.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3p.  "Collaborating at the Intersection of Art and Science."   Todd Golub and Naoe Suzuki.   Broad Institute, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3p.  "Coming Face to Face with an Asteroid."   A forum.   A Webcast.   Details.

3p.  "Earth System Dynamics and Mass Extinctions."   David H. Rothman.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "Is Every Disease a Rare Disease?"   A panel discussion.   A Hubweek event.   Ragon Institute, 400 Technology Square.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Changing Sea Ice Conditions and Arctic Marine Ecosystems."   Jim McCarthy.   BU:  CAS 132, 725 Commonwealth Ave.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Dark Energy and Cosmic Sound."   Daniel Eisenstein.   MIT:  36-428.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Fab Lab Hub Hand-a-Thon."   A Hubweek Event.   Technology Square Atrium, 100 Technology Squarre, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Mammalian Synthetic Biology Sensors and Circuits for Cancer."   Ron Weiss.   HMS:  Jimmy Fund Auditorium.   Details.

4p.  "The Role of Metabolism in Cancer."   Matt Vander Heiden.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

6p.  "Harnessing Evolution to Solve Problems in Biotech and Therapeutics."   A panel discussion.   A Hubweek event.   Broad Institute, 415 Main St., Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Smashing Agassiz’s Boulder."   Joseph L. Graves.   Harvard:  Northwest B103, 52 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Framework Trees of New England."   Six sessions.   Karen Sebastian.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Breakthroughs in Nanotechnology."   Sameer Sonkusale.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details.

7p.  "Medical Technology Producing Hamburgers."   A Science and Cooking lecture.   Mark Post.   Harvard Science Center B.   Details.

7p.  "The Biopolis: Creative New Ideas for a Smarter City."   A Hubweek event.   Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.


September 28 - 29.   "Crowds and Climate."   A conference.   A Hubweek event.   MIT:  Samberg Conference Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, September 28

8 - 6p.  "Patient Advocacy Summit: Building a Patient-Centered Ecosystem."   Novartis:  181 Massachusetts.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9 - 6:30p.  "Crowds & Climate."   A conference.   Samberg Conference Center, Chang Building floor 6 & 7, 50 Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10 - Noon.   "Unconscious Bias."   HMS:  Countway Library. Minot Room.   Details, Abstract, Registration.*

Noon.  "Epigenetic Mechanisms in Neurodegenerative Disease."   Neil Kowall.   BU:  Center for Systems Neuroscience, Room B01, 24 Cummington Mall.   Details.

1 - 5p.  "Explore the Emerging Worlds of Augmented and Virtual Reality."   A Hubweek Event.   Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Allston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2 - 6p.  "The Hype and Promise of Blockchain."   A forum.   A Hubweek event.   Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Ave #100.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3:30p.  "Bio-Inspired Metal-Coordination Dynamics: An Easier Way to Engineer Supramolecular Mechanics?"   Niels Holten-Andersen.   MIT:  56-114.   Details.

4p.  "The Landscape of DNA Methylation Amidst a Perfect Storm of Autism Etiologies."   Janine LaSalle.   MIT:  46-3002, 43 Vassar St.   Details.

4p.  "TumbleBit: An Untrusted Bitcoin-Compatible Anonymous Payment Hub."   Ethan Heilman.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

4:15p.  "Heat Exposure and Human Capital Accumulation: Evidence from NYC public schools."   Jisung Park.   Harvard:  Room L-382, John F. Kennedy St.   Details.

4:30p.  "Upstream, Downstream: How Public Health Schools and Graduates can Suceed on Improving Health."   Joshua M. Sharfstein.   BUSM:  Instructional Building, Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street.   Details.

6p.  "Scalable Display Technologies and Lighting Talks By Startups."   A Meetup.   Mass Challenge, 21 Drydock Ave, Boston.   Details.

6p.  "Story-Telling and the Future of Medicine."   Annie Brewster.   MGH Museum of Medical History, 2 N. Grove Street, Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Can We Save Coral Reefs and If So How?"   Jeremy Jackson.   New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater.   Details.

7p.  "Detecting Wrinkles in Spacetime."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.

7p.  "The Good Life."   Results from The Harvard Study of Adult Development.   Museum of Science.   Details.

Thursday, September 29

Noon.  "Addiction, Overdose, and Suicide: We Can Do More to Prevent Deaths from Drug Self-Intoxication."   Hilary S. Connery.   McLean Hospital:  Service Building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

Noon.  "After 1492: Globalization as a Biological Process."   Charles C. Mann.   Tufts:  Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center.   Details, Abstract.   This event will be streamed and archived.

1p.  "Zika in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Beyond."   A forum.   A webcast.   Details.

3 - 5p.  "TEDx Boston."   This event will be webcast.   Details.

4p.  "An Open Discussion on Borderline Personality Disorder and Its Treatment."   Christopher Palmer.   A webinar.   Details, Registration.

4p.  "Future of Medicine: From Genomics to Nanotechnology."   A forum.   A Hubweek Event.   Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Building One, 50 Northern Avenue, Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Linking Vision and Action: The workings of a neural compass."   Vivek Jayaraman.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

4p.  "Quantitative Biology of Developmental Defects: From Molecules to Morphologies."   Stas Shvartsman.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

5:30p.  "Honey, I Shrunk the Patient."   A panel discussion.   A Hubweek event.   Harvard: Geological Museum, Lecture Hall 100.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Gold Rush or Realities? The Future of Drone Systems."   Michel Guillaume.   A lecture and panel discussion.   swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Register.

7p.  "Rigs to Reefs: A Blue Solution to Repurpose the World’s Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms."   Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstracts.

Friday, September 30

8:30a.  "Studying the Human Microbiome Using Chemistry."   Sloan Devlin.   Harvard:  Seminar Room 310, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

Noon.  "Innovations in Synthetic Biology."   Christian Rückert and Philipp Pfingstag.   A WebEx event.   Details.

4p.  "Computational Design of Materials for Chemical Transformations."   Aleksandra Vojvodic.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Social Role of Mathematical Proofs."   Kenny Easwaran.   Tufts:  206 Eaton Hall.   Details.

5:30p.  "Ageless Aging."   A forum.   A Hubweek Event.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 100.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, October 1

9 - 2p.  "Building the Hospital of the Future: a kids only Minecraft hackathon."   Museum of Science.   Details, Registration.

9 - Noon.  "Wild Edibles Walk."   Russ Cohen.   Drumlin Farm Wildlfe Sanctuary, 208 S Great Rd, Lincoln.   Details, Abstract.

11:30 & 12:30p.  "Fashion Technology with Open Style Lab."   Museum of Science, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center.   Details.

Noon - 4p.  "3D Printing and Design."   A workshop.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Sunday, October 2

Noon - 4p.  "Kinetic Sculpture."   A workshop.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, October 3

Noon.  "Bayesian Inversion for Large Scale Antarctic Ice Sheet Flow."   Omar Ghattas.   Harvard:  Geological Museum 102.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Rates of Tidal Disruption Events: Both Too High and Too Low."   Nick Stone.   MIT:  37-187.   Details.

12:10p.  "One Butterfly Species Tumbles Off an Adaptive Peak and Enters a Lethal Trap in the Course of Six Host Shifts Observed Across Half a Century."   Michael Singer.   Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre St.   Details.

7.  "A Face in the Crowd."   A Coolidge Science On Screen presentation.   Steven Schlozman will discuss the science behind the issues raised by the movie.   Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St.   Details, Abstract .

7p.  "Diffusion and Gelation in Peruvian Cooking."   A Science and Cooking lecture.   Virgilio Martinez and Malena Martinez.   Harvard Science Center C.   Details.

Tuesday, October 4

Noon.   "Methane Emission from Living Trees and Deadwood."   Krisotfer Covey.   Harvard:  Herbaria Seminar Rm, 22 Divinity Ave.   Details.

3p.  "Cognitive Learning using Evolutionary Computation."   Will Browne.   MIT:  32-D507.   Details.

4p.  "The Old and New Genes."   Phillip A. Sharp.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

7p.  "Responses to Anthropogenic Climate Change: Predicting the Future Requires Knowing the Past."   Camille Parmesan.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Registration.   Members only.

Wednesday, October 5

11a.  "Meadows 101."   Kathy Connolly.   A Webinar.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Choanoflagellates and the Origin of Animal Multicellularity."."   Nicole King.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "El Ninõ - Southern Oscillation."   Marco Bianucci, University of Parma.   MIT:  54-915.  Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Extravagant Weapons: The Story behind Arms Races in Animals and People."   A lecture and book signing.   Douglas Emlen.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Beyond the Telescope: Pluto Revealed."   Richard Binzel.   Museum of Science.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Moving to Mars."   Discussion with Mars One initiative candidates.   Museum of Science.   Details.

7p.  "When Food Fights Back: Exploring Salmonella’s journey through the human body."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.


October 6 - 7.  "Symposium Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School."   HMS:  Various locations.   Details, Registration.

Thursday, October 6

11:45a.  "Innovation and Its Enemies: Why people resist new technologies."   Calestous Juma.   HKS:  Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Center, 79 JFK St.   Details.

Noon.  "Behavioral Variability as a Signature of Approximate Mental Computations."   Jan Drugowitsch.   Harvard:  WJH 765.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Into the Great Wide Open? The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering."   Wil Burns.   Tufts:  Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center.   Details, Abstract.   This event will be streamed and archived.

12:30p.  "How Do You Feel? Ion Channels that Feel the Force."   Ardem Patapoutian.   HMS:  C Building, Room 114.   Details.*

1:30 - 5:30p.  "The CRISPR/Cas9 Revolution and Gene Editing."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, New Research Building.   Details, RSVP.*

4p.  "Advances and Opportunities in Human Imaging."   Bruce Rosen.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "Genomic Scope of Adaptive Mutations in the Face of an Environmental Challenge."   Sarah Otto.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1050, 16 Divinity Ave.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Diversity, Stability and Evolution of Ecological Networks."   Andrew Gonzalez.   MIT:  48-316.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Writing Army of Judah."   Eliezer Piasetzky.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Plant Form and Function."   Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham.   Details.

7:30p.  "50 Years of Star Trek."   Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium.   Details.

Friday, October 7

9a.  "The Global Carbon Budget in a Changing Climate."   Corinne Le Quere.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Computational Lensless Imaging: Using optics for computation and computation for optics in miniature sensors and imagers."   David G. Stork.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Controlling Wind Turbines and Wind Farms for Utility Grid Reliability."   Lucy Pao.   BU:  8 St. Mary's St, PHO 210.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "A Tale of two Projects; the World’s Smallest Motor and Cheapest Catalyst."   Charles Sykes.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "A Night @ Engineering Possibilities 2016."   A Meetup.   Draper, 1 Hampshire St, :    Details.   More details.

Saturday, October 8

8a.  "Fall Bird Walk."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum, choice of locations.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9:30a.  "Drawing Animals."   First of four classes.   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Registration.

Noon - 4p.  "Paper Circuits."   A workshop.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, October 11

10a.  "Predictive Neuroimaging and Precision Medicine for Neuropsychiatric Treatments."   John Gabrieli.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

4p.  "Is Climate Change Affecting Life in The Deep Sea?"   Peter Girguis.   Girguis lab.   BU:  CAS 132, 675 Commonwealth Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, October 12

Noon.  "5G Architectures and Circuits: A path to 10 Gb/s and 100 Radios."   Aleksander Tasic.   MIT:  34-401.   Details.

4p.  "How Bitcoin enables a Machine-Payable Web."   Balaji S. Srinivasan.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "When Food Fights Back: Exploring Salmonella’s journey through the human body."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.

Thursday, October 13

Noon.  "Key Signaling Pathways in Cancer: Emerging trends in immunometabolism."   A forum.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration..

4p.  "New Physics Gets a Boost: Jet Substructure at the Large Hadron Collider."   Jesse Thaler.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Validation: Making Sense of the Emotional Turmoil in Borderline Personality Disorder."   Gillian Galen.   A webinar.   Details, Registration.

6p.  "District Energy in Cities: Unlocking Efficiency, Sustainability and Resiliency through Infrastructure Investment."   Rob Thornton, President & CEO, International District Energy Association.   BU:  SAR 102, 635 Commonwealth Avenue.   Details.

6p.  "Sharing the Rough."   Film Screening and Panel Discussion.   Harvard Museum of Natural History:  Geological Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "The Intelligent Integrated Store: An IoT Event."   A conference.   MIT:  Stata Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7:30p.  "Bogs and Fens: New England’s Most Pristine Ecosystems."   Ronald B. Davis.   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.  


October 14 - 15.  "Archaeology Fair."   Museum of Science.   Details.

October 14 - 15.   "Boston Book Festival."   Copley Square.   Details.

Monday, October 17

12:10p.  "Evolution of an Old World Pathogen to a New World Host."   Lori Shapiro.   Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre St.   Details.

7.  "Chinatown."   A Coolidge Science On Screen presentation.   Betsy Reilley will discuss the science behind the issues raised by the movie.   Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Confluence."   A Science and Cooking lecture.   Margarita Fores.   Harvard Science Center C. :    Details.


October 18 - 20.  "EmTech."   A conference on emerging technologies.   MIT Media Lab.   Details, Registration.

Tuesday, October 18

4p.  "Climate Change, Water Quality and Ocean Acidification for the Coastal Ocean along the US Northeast."   Scott Doney.   BU:  CAS 132, 675 Commonwealth Ave.   Details, Abstract.

5:15p.  "Creating Language in Man and Machine."   A panel discussion.   Harvard:  110 Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall.   Details.

6p.  "Climate, Water, and the Evolution of Early Societies: From the Tropical Maya Lowlands to the Arid Puebloan Southwest."   Vernon Scarborough.   Harvard:  Geological Museum Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Moth+Flame and Paracosm at Laugh Boston."   A VR Meetup.   Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St, Boston.   Details.

7p.  "The Effects of Early Adversity on Life-long Development."   Charles Nelson III.   Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, October 19

7p.  "Charting the Hidden World of the Brain: A tale of lasers, magnets, and fish."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.

Thursday, October 20

4p.  "Probing the Dark Universe with Galaxy Surveys."   TK.   MIT:  10-250.   Details.

6p.  "Lessons from the Dodo: Saving Species and Rebuilding Ecosystems in Mauritius."   Carl Jones.   Harvard:  Geological Museum lecture haa, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

7:30p.  "America's Coast-to-Coast Total Solar Eclipse."   Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope.   Center for Astrophysics:  Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, October 21

8:30a.  "Anthropological Change as a Driver of Pathogen Emergence."   Lori Shapiro.   Harvard:  HUCE 310.   Details.

1p.  "Socially Assistive Robotics."   Maja Mataric.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "The Dynamics of Microtubule/Motor-Protein Assemblies."   Mike Shelley.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, October 24

3p.  "Major Transitions in Political Order."   Simon De Deo.   A Cognitive Science Colloquium event.   Tufts:  Cohen Auditorium.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Viscosity and Polymers."   A Science and Cooking lecture.   Bill Yosses and Vayu Maini Rekdal.   Harvard Science Center C.   Details.

Tuesday, October 25

8:30 - 5p.  "The Neurobiology of Neurological Disease."   A symposium.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract. Registration.

4p.  "Climate Threats and Solutions at the Community Level."   Bradley Campbell, President, Conservation Law Foundation.   BU:  CAS 132, 675 Commonwealth Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, October 26

7p.  "The Music of Medicine: Tuning the body to light and sound."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.

Thursday, October 27

4p.  "What Should We Do with a Small Quantum Computer?"   Aram Harrow.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, October 29

  "Music Therapy."   A conference.   Lesley University.   Details.



*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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