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

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

Thursday, December 13

8-8p.  "The Future of Precision Medicine."   MIT:  Samberg Conference Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Review of the Law & Psychiatry."   Diane M. Geraghty-Hall, Esq..   McLean Hospital:  Service Building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

2p.  "Machine-Learning Enhanced Energy-Product Design."   David Tew.   MIT:  32-124.   Details.

3p.  "Streaming Data Analytics."   Erieta Liarou.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Picturing Science and Engineering."   Felice C. Frankel.   MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Friday, December 14

10a.  "Data Science Initiatives at the National Science Foundation."   Anthony Kuh.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G125.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "When is a Medical Treatment Worth $850,000?: The Value of Luxturna and Gene Therapy Treatments."   Jason I. Comander and Steven D. Pearson.   HMS:  Tosteson Medical Education Center 227.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "Theory-Based Learning in Humans and Machines."   Pedro Tsividis.   Computational Cognitive Science Group.   A thesis defense.   MIT:  46-3310.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Towards a Scalable Theory of Control."   Anders Rantzer.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G125.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "Towards Understanding Facial Movements in Real Life."   Tuan Le Mau, Brown Lab.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, December 15

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

10a.  "Entomology Workshop: Pinning and Learning."   Shoyo Sato.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration..

12-4p.  "Float Your Boat."   An Idea Hub.   MIT Museum.   Details.

1-4:30p.  "Rabbit Taxidermy Workshop."   Mickey Alice Kwapis.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6-8:30p.  "Teen Science Cafe: AI&U."   Teen Science CafĂ© connects local teens with scientists.   This event is focused on AI.   MIT Museum.   Details, Registration.   For interested high school students only.

Sunday, December 16

9a.  "Winter Bird Walks."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10a.  "Squirrel Taxidermy Workshop."   Mickey Alice Kwapis.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "Protecting Boston's Waterways."   Adriana Cillo, Educational Programs Coordinator, Boston Water and Sewer Commission.   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

12-4p.  "Float Your Boat."   An Idea Hub.   MIT Museum.   Details.

Monday, December 17

Noon.  "Superplastic Earth Hypothesis."   Takehiko Hiraga.   MIT:  54-819.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "fMRI Studies of the Relationship between Language and Theory of Mind in Adult Cognition."   Alex Paunov.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Building Micron-Scale Cellular Structures from Protein Building Blocks."   Radhika Subramanian.   HMS:  Goldenson 122.   Details.

Tuesday, December 18

4p.  "The Role of Sex and Gender in Metabolic Health and Function."   Deborah Clegg.   BWH:  Hale Bldg, 3rd Floor Conference Rm, 60 Fenwood Road.   Details.

4p.  "Tolerance and Immunity in Cancer."   Ming Li.   Jimmey Fund Auditorium, 35 Binney St.   Details.   This event will be webcast.

Wednesday, December 19

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

9:30a.  "From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Anxiety: Behavioral and Neurobiological Mechanisms of Mindfulness for Behavior Change."   Judson Brewer.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 218.   Details.

Noon.  "Meditation in Clinical Contexts."   Sara W. Lazar.   Lazar Lab BWH:  Zinner Breakout Room, Shapiro Building.   Details.

6:30p.  "Security: Rogue Device Attacks."   Federico Lucifredi.   MIT:  E51-315.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, December 20

12:30p.  "Stem Cells and Epigenetic Regulation in Development and Disease."   Rudolf Jaenisch.   HMS:  C-114.   Details.

Friday, December 21

6:30p.  "Welcome the Winter Solstice."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, December 22

12-4p.  "Paper Circuits."   An Idea Hub.   MIT Museum.   Details.

2p.  "The Beautiful Brain Spotlight Tour."   Shabir Hassan.   MIT Museum.   Details.

Sunday, December 23

12-4p.  "Paper Circuits."   An Idea Hub.   MIT Museum.   Details.

Saturday, January 5

10:30a.  "Exploring Science Together: Dinosaurs!"   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.

9-11:30a.  "Examining Tree Architecture."   An Arboretum for Educators Event.   Arnold Arboretum:    Details, Registration.

Monday, January 7

11a.  "Risk-bounded Coordination of Human-Robot Teams through Concurrent Intent Recognition and Adaptation."   Steve Levine.   MIT:  32-D463.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars."   Deep learning introduction, fundamentals, and state-of-the-art overview.   MIT:  54-100.   Details.

Tuesday, January 8

7p.  "OCD and the Family."   Laura Stamboni.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

Wednesday, January 9

9:30a.  "Neural Mechanisms of Effective and Maladaptive Emotion Regulation."   Bruna Martins.   McLean Hospital:  Administration Building, Howard Conference Room.   Details.

7p.  "Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called 'Alien'."   Jeremy N. Smith.   Harvard Book Store:    Details, Abstract.

Thursday, January 10

6:30p.  "The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression."   Edward Bullmore.   Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge.   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 (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.