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

Last update: 07.1931

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

February 5 - 15.  "Boston Sci-Film Festival."   Somerville Theatre.   Details.

Monday, February 8

10a.  "From Dynamics to Computations in Excitatory-Inhibitory Networks."   Srdjan Ostojic.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

11a.  "Tales from the Edge: Boundary Terms and Entanglement Entropy."   Chris Herzog.   Brandeis:  Abelson 307.   Details.

Noon.  "Addressing the World’s Problems as an Atmospheric Scientist."   Keith Seitter.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Empirical Approaches to Aesthetic Listening."   Elizabeth Margulis.   Tufts:  Granoff Music Bldg, Varis Lecture Hall.   Details.

Noon.  "Natural Language Processing and Other Cutting Edge Approaches to Data Analytics and Decision Support."   Max Topaz.   Northeastern:  Robinson 109.   Details.

12:10p.  "Why not Wallace (or Matthew, Wells, or Hutton)? The case for Darwin’s place in history."   William (Ned) Friedman.   Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill.   Details.

3p.  "Are Black Holes as Simple as They Used To Be?"   Michael Nowak.   BU:  725 Commonwealth Ave, Room 502.   Details.

4p.  "Behavioral Signal Processing: Enabling Human-Centered Behavioral Informatics."   Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Colliding Into the Galaxy."   Philip Coleman Harris.   MIT:  26-414.  Details, Abstract.

6p.  "From Doom and Gloom to Hope: Innovations in Ocean Science and Policy."   Jane Lubchenco.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

6p.  "Mobile Technology for Ebola Response: What Did We Learn? A Mobile Monday-Hosted Event."   Jonathan Jackson.   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract.

7p.   "Using Intelligent Algorithms to Design Intelligent Algorithms."   The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville.   Details.

Tuesday, February 9

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

11a.  "Manufacturing, Actuation, Sensing, and Control for Robotic Insects."   Robert J. Wood.   Harvard Microrobotics Lab.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

11a.  "The Face of Emotion: A computational model of the production and visual perception of facial expression of emotion."   Aleix Martinez.   MIT:  46-5056.   Details, abstract.

Noon.  "How We Learn and Represent the Structure of Tasks."   Yael Niv.   Harvard:  Northwest 243.   Details.

Noon.  "Unsafe Sex and Interesting Facts about the Biology of Cave Inhabitants."   Ana Sofia Reboleira.   Harvard Herbaria, Room 125, 22 Divinity Ave.   Details.

12:30p.  "Quantifying the Importance of Ice Flow on Mars."   Mike Sori.   MIT:  54-517.   Details, Abstract.

2:30p.  "Genetic Mechanisms of Retinal Function in Health and Disease."   Timothy Cherry.   HMS:  NRB 350.   Details.*

2:30p.  "The Present & Future of Automated Driving: Technology, Policy, and the Human Factor."   A discussion with Mark Rosekind, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   MIT:  Kresge Auditorium  Details, Registration.

3:30p.  "The Proton Remains Puzzling."   Haiyan Gao.   BU:  SCI 109.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Capabilities and Science Drivers for the X-ray Surveyor Mission."   Alexey Vikhlinin.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

4:45p.  "Making Good Energy Choices: The Role of Energy Systems Analysis."   Sally M. Benson.   MIT:  4-270.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "Forensic DNA Testing: Why Are There Still Bumps in the Road?"   Robin W. Cotton.   Harvard:  Scherr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Editing Shakespeare for the Digital Age."   Stephen Greenblatt.   Harvard:  Barker Center, Thompson Room.   Details.

6 - 9p.  "The Quest Operating System for Real-Time Computing."   Richard West.   Olin College, 1000 Olin Way, Needham.  Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "A Quarter Century of Glutamate: Physiological and therapeutic implications of the PCP/NMDA model of schizophrenia."   Daniel Javitt.   Harvard:  Bio Labs 1080.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Re-Centering Human-Centered Visualization."   Lane Harrison.   IBM Research, 1 Rogers St, Cambridge.   Details.

6:30p.  "Project Night."   A Meetup.   BosLab, 339 Summer St, Somerville.   Details.

6:30p.  "Truffles."   A Meetup.   BosLab, 500 Technology Square, Rm 189.   Details, Abstract. RSVP.

7p.  "Confronting the Vacuum."   Mark Pevsner/a> and Melissa Franklin.   MIT:  Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7:30p.  "Sonic the Caterpillar and Other Insects Unheard Of."   Jayne E. Yack.   Harvard:  MCZ 101.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, February 10

9:30a.  "Translational Approaches to Fear and Fear-related Disorders."   Kerry Ressler.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 218.   Details.

11:30a.  "Causal Inference and Gene Regulation."   Caroline Uhler.   MIT:  32-D463.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Fetal Pain: An Update on the Science and Legal Implications."   Amanda Pustilnik.   HLS:  Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (2036), 1585 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Nanoscaled-Engineered Materials."   Evelyn Hu.   MIT:  34-101.   Details.

Noon.  "Paternal Transmission of the Effects of Social Stress Across Generations."   Larry Feig.   HMS:  NRB 350.   Details.*

4p.  "Early Regression and Worsening in Autism Spectrum Disorders."   Catherine Lord.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Molecular Organization at the Nano-Scale: From Degenerative Diseases to Novel Materials – and Back to Metabolic Disorders."   Ehud Gazit.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Planet Nine from Outer Space."   Mike Brown.   MIT:  54-100.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Synthetic Biology Tools to Study Microbial Systems and Engineer Probiotic Bacteria."   Ewen Cameron.   MIT:  48-316.   Details.

4p.  "The Quest to Eradicate Malaria: a progress report."   Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, U.S. Malaria Coordinator, President's Malaria Initiative.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Rotunda Room.   Details, Registration.*

6:30p.  "Our Robots, Ourselves."   David A. Mindell.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington, Belmont.   Details.

Thursday, February 11

Noon.  "Linking Neural Variability to Behavior."   Tatiana Engel.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Suicide Prevention."   Mathew Nock.   McLean Hospital, Pierce Hall, 115 Mill St.   Details.

Noon.  "X Marks the Spot - Science in the Central Pacific."   Randi D. Rotjan.   Tufts:  Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Atom Trap, Krypton-81, and Global Groundwater."   Zheng-Tian Lu.   MIT:  34-101.   Details.

4p.  "Stamping Out Concurrency Bugs."   Baris Kasikci.   BU:  Photonics Center 339, 8 St. Mary's St.  Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Unlocking the Secrets of Cancer."   Tyler Jacks.   MIT:  10-250.   Details.

4p.  "Wireless Systems that Extend Our Senses: Seeing Through Walls, Gesture Control, and Vital Sign Monitoring."   Fadel Adib.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Appreciating Wine and the Microbes that Make It."   David Mills and Deborah Hansen.   Harvard:  HUCE Seminar Room 310, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstracts, Tickets.

6p.  "Future of the Library."   A forum.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Man of Steel."   Albert Paley.   MIT:  54-100.   Details.

7:15 - 9:45p.  "Einstein's Playground."   Gerd Kortemeyer.   Museum of Science, Charles Hayden Planetarium.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

8p.  "The World At Night (TWAN)."   Babak Tafreshi.   Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Phillips Auditorium.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, February 12

11a.  "Roots of Diversity: Mechanisms of Neuronal Subtype Diversification in the Neocortex."   Ulrich Muller.   Harvard:  Mallinckrodt Building, Pfizer Lecture Hall, 12 Oxford Street.   Details.

11:30a.  "Virus Yoga and Checkmating Flu."   Tijana Ivanovic.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 122.   Details.

12:30p.  "Predicting Public Transit Delays: Designing a Data-Driven App for Caltrain."   Jeff Yau and Harrison Mebane.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details.

3p.  "Towards the Humanoid Robots of Science Fiction."   Aaron Ames.   BU:  8 St. Mary's, PHO 203.   Details, Abstract.

5 - 8p.  "Building Community in 140 Characters or Less."   A conversation.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, February 13

10 - 4p.  "I (heart) Science."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.   Speaker Schedule.

2p.  "Tracks and Signs: Unfolding a Story."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan. :    Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, February 14

10:30a.  "Wonderful Winter Trees."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

February 15 - 19.   "Vacation Camp."   Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave.   Details, Registration.

February 15 - 20.  "How to Build a City in Six Days."   A workshop for middle students.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

February 16 - 19.  "HMNH Game Design Week."   Kellian Adams.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, February 16

8:30 - 5:30p.  "Owls, Hawks, and Falcons."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

8:30 - 5:30p.  "Ravens and Adventurers."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10a.  "Targeted Top-Down Control of Memory Retrieval."   Priya Rajasethupathy.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Climate Change and Viticulture. Impacts and adaptations."   Iñaki García de Cortazar Atuari.   Harvard Herbaria, Seminar Room, 22 Divinity Ave.   Details.

Noon.   "Security and Privacy in the World-Sized Web."   A Berkman Luncheon.   Bruce Schneier.   Webcast details.   Podcast details.   RSVP required for lunch.   Harvard: Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Flr.   Details, RSVP, Summary.

12:30p.  "Cloaked Ceres: Experiments Predict Extensive Impactor Contamination on Ceres."   Terik Daly.   MIT:  54-517.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Energy Transitions in Germany and Japan Five Years after Fukushima."   Miranda Schreurs.   HKS:  Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Bldg, 1737 Cambridge St.   Details.

3p.  "Eyelashes Keep Your Eyes Wet."   David Hu.   Harvard:  Lyman 425.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "It's About Time."   Eric Blackmer.   BC:  Devlin 026.  Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Using Software Defined Relationships to Build the Internet of Things."   Bob Frankston.   Verizon Technology Center, 60 Sylvan Rd, Waltham.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

Wednesday, February 17

Noon.  "Muscle Mechanosensors Mastermind Skeletal Regeneration and Homeostasis."   Elazar Zelzer.   HMS:  NRB 350.   Details.*

2:45p.  "Channeling Fisher: Randomization Tests and the Statistical Insignificance of Seemingly Significant Experimental Results."   Alwyn Young.   MIT:  E51-395.   Details.

4p.  "Earthquakes and the Hazards They Pose to Population."   Marine Denolle.   MIT:  54-915.  Details.

4p.  "From Genes to Etiology in Autism."   Stephen Sanders.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

6 - 9p.  "Transportation Showcase."   A presentation of MIT's transportation research.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

6:30p.  "Responsibility, Art, & the Sciences of Intentional Extinction, De-Extinction & Aging."   George Church.   Honeycomb, Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "RISC-V Update."   Arun Thomas.   MIT:  E51-315.   Details.

7:30p.  "Unintended Consequences of Science and Technology."   Ronald Latanision.   John Harvard's Brew House, Shoppers World, 1 Worcester Rd, Framingham.   Details, Abstract, Reservations.

Thursday, February 18

7 - 9p.  "Using Software Defined Relationships to Build the Internet of Things."   Karen Safina.   Verizon Technology Center, 60 Sylvan Rd, Waltham.   Details.

7:30p.  "Big Data to Big Art."   Henry "Trae" Winter.   Harvard:  Center for Astrophysics.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, February 19

8:30a.  "HIV/AIDS in Africa: Viral genetic linkage to monitor treatment as prevention."   Max Essex.   Harvard:  HUCE Seminar Room 310, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

4:30p.  "The Origin of Cellular Life."   Jack Szostak.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, February 20

9 - 4p.  "World IA Day."   A conference.   District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

10 - 4p.  "Annual New England Model Engineering Show."   Charles River Museum of Industry.   Details.

1 - 4p.  "Mapapalooza!"   Exploring maps in many different ways.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

February 21 - 27.   "National Engineers Week."   Museum of Science.   Details.

Sunday, February 21

7p.  "Under the Night Sky."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan. Details, Abstract.

Monday, February 22

10a.  "Neurocomputational Systems for Decision-Making."   Bradley Doll.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

5:30-8:30p.  "The Blockchain: Enabling a Distributed & Connected Energy Future."   Joi Ito.   MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, February 23

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

Noon.   "Developing Effective Citizen Responses to Discrimination and Harassment Online."   A Berkman Luncheon.   Nathan Matias.   Webcast details.   Podcast details.   RSVP required for lunch.   Harvard: Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Flr.   Details, RSVP, Summary.

3p.  "Problems in Human Motion Planning."   Brian Skinner.   Harvard:  Lyman 425.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "CRISPR Biology and the Future of Genome Engineering."   Jennifer Doudna.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

4p.  "What Should We Do with a Small Quantum Computer?"   Aram Harrow.   Brandeis:  Abelson 131.   Details.

6:30p.  "Reconstructing Evolution: Molecular Time Machine."   Betul Kacar.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, February 24

10a.  "A Computational and Neural Model of Momentary Subjective Well-Being."   Robb Rutledge.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.

4:15p.  "Are There Environmental Benefits from Driving Electric Vehicles? The Importance of Local Factors."   Erin Mansur.   HKS:  Littauer 382.   Details.

6p.  "Altspace VR."   Bruce Wooden.   A VR Meetup.   Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Floor.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

6p.  "The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter."   Joseph Henrich.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "The Impact of Thermal Management in Electronics Design from Wearable Electronics, loT to Data Centers."   Kaveh Azar, President, CEO, Founder, Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc.   Constant Contact, Great Room South, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham.   Details.

7p.  "Rising Tide: Planning for Boston's Uncertain Future."   A conference.   Museum of Science.   Details.

Thursday, February 25

12:30p.  "Navigating the Cellular Landscape Through New Imaging Technologies."   Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz.   HMS:  Building C, Cannon Room (Rm 114).   Details.*

6p.  "Signs of a Warming World."   Benjamin I. Cook.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7 - 9p.  "Landscaping with Native Shrubs: They are Tougher Than You Think."   Jessica Lubell.   UMass Waltham Field Station, 240 Beaver Street, Waltham.   Details, Registration.

Friday, February 26

3:15p.  "Trail Detectives' Club."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details.

Noon.  "Toward a Human Cell Atlas: lessons from the nervous system."   Aviv Regev.   MIT:  46-6011.   Details.

12:30p.  "How Machine Learning Helps Count Casualties in Syria."   Megan Price.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details.

February 27 - 28.  "Global Cancer Hack-a-thon."   MGH.   Details.   Flyer.

Saturday, February 27

2p.  "Capturing Imaginary Animals with Pencil and Paper."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9:30 - Noon.  "Butterflies and Moths Color Workshop."   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10:30a.  "Nature Myths."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St.   Details, Abstract.

10 - Noon.  "Intro to Ham Radio."   Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave.   Details, Registration.

11 - 1p.  "Spring Into Science - Biology."   MIT's Biology Undergraduate Student Association. .   MIT MUseum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

3 - 5:30p.  "Tree Spotters Citizen Science."   Arnold Arboretum.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, February 29

7p.  "Trainspotting."   Kathryn McHugh will discuss the issues the film raises about addiction.   A Coolidge Corner Theater Science on Screen event.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, March 1

Noon.   "The Big Reverse of the Web: Are Our Policies and Standards Ready?"   A Berkman Luncheon.   Dries Buytaert.   Webcast details.   Podcast details.   RSVP required for lunch.   Harvard: Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Flr.   Details, RSVP, Summary.

Noon.  "The Future of Floating Forests in a Changing World."   Jarrett Byrnes.   Byrnes Lab.   Harvard Herbaria:  22 Divinity Ave.   Details.

4p.  "Recurrently Breaking Genes in Neural Progenitors that may Contribute to Diversity and Disease."   Fred Alt.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

4p.  "The Dark Energy Survey and Gravitational Waves."   Marcelle Soares-Santos.   Brandeis:  Abelson 131.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, March 2

7p.  "Grave Matters."   Sheldon Soloman.   Museum of Science, Cahners Theater.   Details.

7.  "Restoring Nature's Relationships at Home."   Douglas Tallamy.   Cambridge Public Library.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, March 3

7p.  "Civic Ecology: Healing and Growing in Community."   Marianne E. Krasny.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

March 4 - 6.  "Emotional Intelligence Hackathon."   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

Friday, March 4

2 - 6p.  "New Ideas Symposium."   Tufts Center for for Cognitive Studies, 51 Winthrop St, Medford. Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Life in the Fast Brain: Mechanisms and Temporal Codes Underlying Sound Localization."   Nace Golding.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

Saturday, March 5

10a.  "Materials with Magical Properties."   MIT:  Kresge Auditorium.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, March 7

5p.  "Mind Control: Past, Present, and Future."   A panel discussion.   Harvard:  Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South Room S010, 1737 Cambridge Street.   Details.

Tuesday, March 8

Noon.  "Directed Evolution of New Viruses for Therapeutic Gene Delivery."   David Schaffer.   Harvard:  Geological Museum. Haller Hall.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "The Co-Evolution of Organisms and Their Environments."   Andrew Knoll.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, March 9

6:30p.  "Fashion Meets Function: Using Soft Materials in Wearable Robots."   Conor Walsh.   Honeycomb, Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street.   Details.

Thursday, March 10

Noon.  "Surrogate Neuromotor Markers at Everyone's Fingertips."   Luca Giancardo.   Martinos Center:  149 13th Street, 149-2204.   Details, Abstract.

2:30p.  "Exotic, Non-Native, and Invasive Species As (A)Historical Categories."   Zach Nowak.   Harvard:  HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street 3rd Floor.   Details.

Saturday, March 12

10a.  "What's New in Alzheimer's and MS - Updates for Patients, Caregivers and Friends."   A forum.   Newton Marriott Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton.   Details, Reservations.

*Admission to buildings in Harvard's medical area often (but, confusingly, not always) 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, that 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 medical area that do not carry an asterisk have announced explicitly that they are open to the general public.