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: 22.1247

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

Tuesday, May 22

11a.  "Brain-Immune Interactions in Neurodevelopment: Order and Disorder."   Staci D. Bilbo.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

11a.  "Modeling Common Ground for Multimodal Communication."   James Pustejovsky.   Gordon Institute, Seminar Room, 200 Boston Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Art that Imitates Art: Computational Creativity and Creative Contracting."   Jessica Fjeld and Mason Kortz.   HLS:  Wasserstein 1015.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.   Event will be recorded and posted.

Noon.  "How Black Holes Shape Globular Clusters."   Kyle Kremer.   Center for Astrophysics:  Pratt Conference Room.   Details.

5:30-8p.  "Virtual Reality Partnerships."   Nutter McClennen & Fish, Seaport West 5th Floor, Louis D. Brandeis Conference Center, 155 Seaport Boulevard.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "The Changing Energy Landscape in Massachusetts."   Judith Judson, Commissioner, Department of Energy Resources.   Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline, 1200 Beacon St.   Details.

6:30p.  "What's In Your Fish?"   Museum of Science.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Beyond the Telescope: Spectacular Saturn."   Richard French.   Boston Museum of Science:  Charles Hayden Planetarium.   Details, Abstract.

May 23-24.  "Robotics Summit & Showcase."   The Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St, Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, May 23

10a.  "The Effects of Natural Selection on Human Y Chromosome Amplicons."   Levi Teitz.   Whitehead Institute, McGovern Auditorium.   Details.

6:30p.  "Ecology and Sonic Practice."   D. Edward Davis and Jennie Gottschalk.   Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, May 24

11a.  "Launching a Network Approach to Electoral Redistricting."   Moon Duchin.   Northeastern University:  Network Science Institute, 177 Huntington St.   Details, Abstract.

11:30-4:30p.  "GDPR Hack Day."   MIT:  Media Lab 514b.   Details.

1p.  "Rapid In Vivo Assessment of the Nano/Bio Interface to Help Develop Safer Nanomaterials."   Robert Tanguay.   HSPH:  1-1302, 665 Huntington Ave.   Details, Abstract.*   This event will be streamed.

4p.  "Inpatient Hospitalizations: Providing a Crash Course in Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder."   Rebecca Schulman.   A webinar.   Details.

4p.  "Little Big Data in Infectious Disease Research."   Kristian G. Anderson.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

6:30p.  "How Grain Boundary Segregation Enables 3D Printing of Bulk Nanostructured Metals."   Christopher A. Schuh.   Hyatt Regency Hotel, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Neuron Paint Night."   Daniela Gamba.   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, May 25

8a.  "Cancer Immunotherapy: The End of the Beginning."   Laurie Glimcher.   BWH:  Bornstein Amphitheater.   Details.*

Noon.  "How did Inflammation Get into the Business of Pregnancy?"   Gunter Wagner.   Tufts Medical Center, Stearns Auditorium, 800 Washington St.   Details.

4p.  "Robots of the Future."   Marc Raibert.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

1-5p.  "Magnify Microlife."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.

Saturday, May 26

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

1p.  "Local Medicinal Plants: Weed Walk at the Boston Food Forest."   Su Cousineau.   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "Science and the Arboretum in the 1800s."   Esther Miller, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Building.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "The Beautiful Brain Spotlight Tour."   Marion Boulicault.   MIT Museum.   Details.

Sunday, May 27

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

10a.  "Plant Propagation at the Arboretum: Campaign Collections to Planting in the Landscape."   Sean Halloran, Plant Progagator.   Arnold Arboretum:  Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

May 29-30.  "Metabolism and Life."   Harvard:  Memorial Hall.   Details, Registration.

May 29-June 1.  "Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference."   MIT.   Details, Registration.

Tuesday, May 29

11a.  "Who Doesn't Want Another Arm?"   Kenneth Salisbury.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details.

4p.  "Lipid Trafficking, Dopamine Signaling, and Parkinson's Disease."   Mike Ehlers.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Vision-Based Mapping and Planning for Micro-Aerial Vehicle Search and Rescue."   Helen Oleynikova.   MIT:  32-D463.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, May 30

9-2p.  "Robotic 3D Printing for Your Foundry."   A meetup.   Courtyard by Marriott Boston Woburn/Boston North, 700 Unicorn Park Dr., Woburn.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9:30a.  "Improving Acute Psychiatric Care Via Patient-Centered Treatment Development."   Courtney Beard.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 218.   Details.

5:30p.  "Blockchain Technology: Patents vs. Open Source."   Christian Wentz and Sam Abbasi.   MIT:  Stata Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   This event will be streamed.

7p.  "She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity."   Carl Zimmer.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Sourdough Microbiome with the Herman Project."   Gabriel Leventhal.   The Herman Project.   BosLab, 339R Summer St, Somerville.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, May 31

9a.  "Bees!"   Opening of an exhibit.   Harvad Museum of Natural History.   Details.

9-5p.  "COMSOL Day."   COMSOL, Inc., 100 District Avenue, Burlington.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Mental Illness and Employment in an Evolving Economy."   Richard G. Frank.   McLean Hospital:  Service Building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

4p.  "Slimming Down Through Frustration."   Martin Lenz.   Brandeis:  Abelson 229.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Distance Vision and the Early Origins of Awareness."   David Edelman.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, June 1

8-5p.  "Beyond Disadvantage: Disability, Law, and Bioethics."   HLS:  Wasserstein 2036.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Neuromodulatory Control of Social Behavior in Amygdala."   Jeong-Tae Kwon.   MIT:  46-6011.   Details.

2p.  "Identifying Ferns of the Arnold Arboretum."   Jacob Suissa.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill Research Building.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

5:30 & 7:30p.   "All about Ancient Crocs."   Museum of Science.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, June 2

9-11:30a.  "Pollinator Diversity."   An Arboretum for Educators event.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Building.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10-4:30p.  "Tomorrow’s Tech, Today."   A conference.   Harvard:  Northwest Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

June 3-6.  "NEWEA Spring Meeting & Exhibit."   (NEWEA = New England Water Environment Association.)   Goat Island, Newport, RI.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, June 3

8-5:30p.  "Water and Climate Change: Connecting the Paleoclimate Record to Future Projections."   Endicott House, Dedham.   Details, Abstract.

June 4-7.  "2018 BIO International Convention."   Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

June 4-5.  "AI, Robotics, and the Future of Work."   MIT:  Media Lab.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

June 4-5.  "Quantum Information Science & Technology."   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details.

Monday, June 4

3:30p.  "The Evolutionarily and Epigenetic Dynamics of X-Chromosome Inactivation."   Edith Heard.   HMS:  Walter Amphitheatre, Tosteson Medical Education Center, 260 Longwood Avenue.   Details.*

7p.  "Playing with Light at the Nanoscale: Finding Photons in Unusual Places."   Evelyn Hu.   The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville.   Details.

June 5-7.  "LEGO Education Symposium and Tufts STEM Education Conference."   Tufts:  Cohen Auditorium, 40 Talbot Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, June 5

11a.  "Inferring Internal from External State Using Motion Sequencing."   Sandeep Robert Datta.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

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

2p.  "The Beautiful Brain Spotlight Tour."   Kelsey Allen.   MIT Museum.   Details.

5p.  "Who We Are and How We Got Here."   David Reich.   HMS:  Countway Library, Minot Room.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7p.  "The Lurking Saboteur: Ruminative Response Style in OCD."   Jason Krompinger.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

Thursday, June 8

7p.  "Marine Mammals in the Anthropocene: Keeping Endangered from Becoming Extinct."   Scott Kraus.   New England Aquarium:    Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, June 9

10a.  "The Bees Have It: Pollination at the Arboretum!"   Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children's Education.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, abstract, Registration.

9:30-1p.  "The American Oaks: Diversity, Ecology, and Identification."   Tim Boland, Executive Director, Polly Hill Arboretum.   Bentley University:  Jennison Hall, 175 Forest St, Waltham.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "Native Pollinator Habitats: Management at the Arnold Arboretum."   Branden Keegan, Arboretum Gardener.   Arnold Arboretum:    Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, June 11

9:30a-7p.  "Machine Learning Accessibility Hackathon."   Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, June 12

11a.  "Complement Genes, Cells, and Schizophrenia."   Steven McCarroll.   McCarroll Lab.   McLean Hospital:  deMarneffe 132, 115 Mill Street, Belmont.  Details.

6:30-9p.  "Inside Out."   Kay Tye.   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, June 13

8-6p.  "Data-Powered Strategies to Counteract Antibiotic Resistance."   A Symposium.   Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

June 14-16.  "Psychiatry 2018 Conference."   Fairmont Copley Plaza.   Details, Abstract, Registation.

Thursday, June 14

7p.  "Red Pill/Blue Pill: How the Brain Incorporates Experience to Guide Our Actions."   Bernado Sabatini.   Aeronaut Brewing:  14 Tyler St., Somerville.   Details.

7p.  "The Intentional Brain: The Basis for Understanding Modern Neuropsychiatry."   Michael Trimble.   BWH:  Bornstein Amphitheater, 45 Francis Street, Boston.   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 (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.