Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area

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I suggest thinking of this list as a rough form of journalism.  Scan for topics of interest; when and if one is found, you can explore that interest by looking at the abstract, the speaker's personal webpage, and the webpage of his laboratory or research group.   (Researchers often see these latter sites as their preferred medium of communication with the public and put a lot of work into them.)  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: 26.2334

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Selected New England Museums
DIY-focused organizations & resources

April 26-27.  "Iluminating Space and Time in Data Science."   A conference.   Harvard:  CGIS South Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

April 27-28.  "The Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon."   MIT:  Media Lab.   Details, Abstract, .

April 27-30.  "City Nature Challenge."   Details, Abstract.

April 27-28.  "Zooetics+."   A symposium.   MIT:  E15.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, April 27

7:30a.  "Our Aging Brains: Decision-making, Fraud, and Undue Influence."   A conference.   HLS:  Wasserstein 2036.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "Optical and Computational Approaches for Mapping Brain Activity and Structure."   Young Gyu Yoon.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Computational Principles Underlying Social Cognition: similarities and differences in ASD."   Julian Jara-Ettinger.   MIT:  46-6011.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Our Aging Brains: Decision-making, Fraud, and Undue Influence."   A conference.   HLS:  Wasserstein 2036.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

12:30p.  "Texting Ourselves To Death: Is Distracted Driving a Solvable Problem or a Fact of Life?"   A symposium.   HSPH:  Kresge G-1.   Details, Abstract.

1:30-5p.  "Ambiguity and Perception in Food Trends: Are We All Talking about the Same Thing?"   A symposium.   Tufts:  Nutrition Research Center, Auditorium.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1:30p.  "Knowledge Production Through Making and Living with Other Species."   Scott Gilbert and Stefan Helmreich.   MIT:  E15-001.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Social Influences on Children's Learning."   Julia Leonard.   Gabrelli Lab.  MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Towards Practical Anonymous Messaging: AnonPoP and Beyond."   Amir Herzberg.   BU:  PHO 211.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Introduction to Server-Side Web Programming."   Susan Buck.   Harvard:  TBA.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.   This event will be streamed.

Saturday, April 28

9a. & 10:30a.  "The Science of Sight & Color."   Presented by the Lincoln Laboratory Women's Network.   Lincoln Lab.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

8a.  "Let's Go Birding."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  Arborway Gate.   Details, Registration.

9a.  "Nature Photography Workshop."   Erik Gehring.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Registration.

1p.  "City Nature Challenge: A Walk through Central Woodland."   Danny Schissler and Suzanne Mrozak.   Arnold Arboretum:  Meet at the intersection of Conifer Path and Valley Road.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "What is 6÷2(2+1)? Battles about mathematical syntax."   Oliver Knill.   Harvard University:  TBA.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

April 29-30.  "Grappling with the Futures."   BU:  Kilachand Center Colloquium Room, 610 Commonwealth Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, April 29

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

April 30-May 2.  "Smart Manufacturing."   A conference.   Boston Convention Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, April 30

7:30a.  "Reimagining the Frontier of Public Health Approaches to Eating Disorders Prevention: Transdisciplinary, Translational, Transformative."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.*

9a.  "Pierce-Hichborn House Archaeological Survey."   This is a City of Boston Archeological Dig.   It will last two weeks.   19 North Square, (next door to the Paul Revere House).   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9-12:45p.  "Road Safety For All: Innovations in Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Response Symposium."   Harvard:  Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10a.  "Environmental Influences on the Neural Basis of Language and Reading Development."   Rachel R. Romeo.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Building Circuits in C. elegans - A Hypothesis."   Oliver Hobert.   Hobert Lab.   Northeastern:  Network Science Institute, 177 Huntington Ave.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Machine Generated Culpability."   Ahmed Ghappour.   BU:  Hariri Institute for Computing, 111 Cummington Mall.   Details.

1p.  " Insights into Genetic Mosaicism through the Lens of Statistical Phasing."   Po-Ru Loh.   HMS:  Countway Library, 5th flr.   Details, Abstract.*

2p.  "Evaluating Civic Technology Design for Citizen Empowerment."   Erhardt Graeff.   MIT:  E15-050.   Details, Abstract.

4-6p.  "Innovating the Essentials, Food and Sleep."   James Mitchell and Dragana Rogulia.   LabCentral, 700 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Inception."   A Coolidge Theater Science on Screen Production.   Steve Raminez will discuss the issues touched on by the film.   Details.

Tuesday, May 1

8a.  "Integrative Psychiatry for Bipolar Disorder."   Marni Chanoff.   BWH:  Bornstein Family Amphitheater, 45 Francis Street.   Details, Abstract.*

10a.  "Computational Perception for Multimodal Document Understanding."   Zoya Bylinskii.   MIT:  36-428/462.   Details.

11a.  "Psychosis Vulnerability and Deficits in a Basic Neural Mechanism."   Judith M. Ford.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

Noon.  "Quantum Chemistry: Status and Perspectives."   Walter Thiel.   BU:  Hariri Institute for Computing, Room 180, 111 Cummington Mall.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "The Law and Ethics of Digital Piracy."   Dariusz Jemielniak and Jérôme Herguex.   HLS:  Wasserstein 2019.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.   This event will be streamed.

1p.  "From Seed to Tree."   Arnold Arboretum:  . Meet at the Bonsai and Penjing Collection above the Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "The (Speculative) Futures of Libraries and Archives."   A workshop.   MIT:  1-242.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2-5p.  "DNA Damage and Genome Stability."   Three talks.   Dana Farber:  Jimmy Fund Auditorium.   Details.*

3p.  "The Constant Atlas: Mapping Public Data for Individuals and Their Cities."   Jia Zhang.   MIT:  E14-493.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Epigenetic Pathways as Target in Human Disease."   Shelly Berger.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

5p.  "Inclusive Entrepreneurship."   Bill Aulet.   MIT:  E51-335.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Intro to Apple’s ARKit."   Erin Kinney.   Brookline Interactive Group:  46 Tappan St.  Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "A Gut Feeling: How Microbes Impact Human Health."   Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Newsfeed Cafe.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, May 2

3p.  "Designed Chemical Synthesis and Assembly of Inorganic Nanomaterials for Medical Applications."   Taeghwan Hyeon.   Wyss Institute:  60 Oxford, Rm 330.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Public Health, Science and Society: Are we at a Crossroads?"   Margaret A. Hamburg.   MGH:  Kresge G1.   Details.

4:30p.  "From Utopia to Dystopia in 29 Short Years."   Tim Berners-Lee.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Radionavigation and the Politics of Geographic Knowledge."   William Rankin.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract.   This event will be streamed.

7p.  "Much Ado About Mumps: Using Genomics to Track Virus Outbreaks in Massachusetts & Beyond."   Harvard:  Pfizer Hall, Mallinckrodt Labs, 12 Oxford St.   Details.

7p.  "'Super Black' Birds, Spiders, and Snakes."   Harvard:  Pfizer Hall, Mallinckrodt Labs, 12 Oxford St.   Details.

Thursday, May 3

Noon.  "Mixed Features in Mood Disorders: Historical and Current Clinical Implications."   Ross J. Baldessarini.   McLean Hospital:  Service Building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

Noon.  "The Convergence of Medical Devices & Drugs: Advances in Drug Delivery."   Michael J. Cima.   Westin Waltham Boston, 70 3rd Avenue, Waltham.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Bioengineered Hydrogels for Regenerative Medicine."   Andrés García .   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "Ecological Principle for Sustainable Crop Production: Insights from Pollination Studies."   Lucas Garibaldi.   Harvard:  HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge.   Details.

4p.  "Interpretable Representation Learning for Visual Intelligence."   Bolei Zhou.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Putting the Electron's Spin to Work."   Daniel Ralph.   MIT:  10-250.   Details.

6p.  "Apples: A New England History."   Rowan Jacobsen.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Autonomous Vehicles + City Streets: Greenways or Gridlock?"   BSA:  290 Congress St.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

6p.  "Straight Talk on Hydrangeas."   Jen Kettell.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Building and Leventritt Garden.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, May 4

8-5:30p.  "Failing Forward: Experimentation & Creativity in Libraries."   A conference.   Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, Plymouth.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10a.  "Microbial Diversity."   Jennifer Biddle.   MIT:  E25-119.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Self-Driving Cars: Pros and Cons for the Public's Health."   A webcast.   Details, Abstract.   An on-demand video will be posted afterwards on the event website. A searchable transcript will be posted there a few days after the event.

2p.  "Learning Representations of the Visual World."   Jon Shlens.   MIT:  46-3002.  Details, Abstract.

May 5-6.  "Mammalian Synthetic Biology Workshop."   HMS:  Joseph Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, May 5

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

8a.  "Let's Go Birding."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  Peters Hill Gate.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9a.  "Arboretum for Educators: Exploring Ponds."   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Registration.

Noon-4p.  "Kinetic Sculptures."   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Weighing the Facts of Obesity."   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, New Research Building, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Registration.

Sunday, May 6

8a.  "Let's Go Birding."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  South Street Gate, Bussey Brook Meadow.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2:15p.  "Lilacs, Lilacs, and Lilacs, Oh My!"   Chris McArdle, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  Map Table by the ponds.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, May 7

10-5p.  "Machine Learning Day."   A conference.   Microsoft Research, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

12:30p.  "Digital Advertising: A View From the Inside."   John Byers.   BU Law:  15th floor Faculty Lounge.   Details.

3p.  "Responsibility Sensitive Safety of Self-Driving Cars."   Shai Shalev-Shwartz.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Chaperoning Viral Protein Evolution."   Angela Phillips.   MIT:  4-270.   Details.

6:30p.  "Trust but Verify: Using blockchain technology to derisk financial lending in emerging markets."   Mark Weber.   The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville.   Details.

7p.  "Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto."   Alan Stern and David Grinspoon.   Harvard Book Store:  1256 Mass Ave.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "The Influence of Technology on our Moral Norms."   Loren J Samons II and Juan Enriquez.   Le Laboratoire - 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge.   Details.

Tuesday, May 8

8:30-5p.  "Natural History Collections in the Anthropocene."   A symposium.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3p.  "A Rationally Designed Biomolecular Integral Feedback Control System for Robust Gene Regulation."   Mustafa Khammash.   MIT:  32-141.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Natural Products as Probes of the Pain Pathway: From Physiology to Atomic Structure."   David Julius.   MIT:  32-123.   Details.

4p.  "The MOSFIRE Deep Evolution Field (MOSDEF) Survey: A Detailed Census of the Physics of Galaxy Formation in the Early Universe."   Alice Shapley.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Nanotechnology Advances for Healthcare and Environment."   Sameer Sonkusale.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Chasing New Horizons."   David Grinspoon and Alan Stern.   Museum of Science:  Hayden Planetarium.   Details, Abstract.

7:30p.  "Herbivorous Insects: Studies in the Evolution of Diversity."   Douglas Futuyma.   Harvard:  MCZ 101, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, May 9

9-5p.  "Early Life Stress & Mental Health."   A symposium.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "The Evolving Landscape of Epigenomics: Measuring and manipulating methylation."   Alexander Meissner and Christopher Mason.   A webinar.   Details, Registration.

4p.  "Deep Reinforcement Learning: Recent developments and some implications for psychology."   Matthew M. Botvinick.   Harvard:  WJH, Basement Auditorium.   Details.

6p.  "Weighing the Facts of Obesity."   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, New Research Building, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Registration.

Thursday, May 10

12:30p.  "Natural Products as Probes of the Pain Pathway: Exploiting Toxins to Understand Gut Feelings."   David Julius.   HMS:  Tosteson Medical Education Center, Walter Amphitheater, 260 Longwood Avenue.   Details.*

4p.  "Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex PTSD: Differentiation and Treatment."   Lois W. Choi-Kain.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Probing Cosmology with the Dark Energy Survey."   Joshua Frieman.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Understanding and Manipulating the Human Gut Microbiota with Chemistry."   Emily Balskus.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

5p.  "Humans Need Not Apply: Reflections on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work."   A symposium.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Atlantic Salmon -- Lost at Sea."   A film screening and discussion.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, May 11

10:30a.  "Physics of Cybersecurity: Sensors, Acoustics, Cuba."   Kevin Fu.   MIT:  32-G882.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, May 12

9a.  "Lilacs, Lilacs, and Lilacs, Oh My!"   Chris McArdle, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  Map Table by the ponds.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon-4p.  "Paper Circuits."   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, May 14

12:30p.  "Robot Lawyers: Automating Legal Compliance for Transferring Private Data."   Stephen Chong.   BU Law:  765 Commonwealth Ave., Room 203.   Details.

Tuesday, May 15

8:30-1p.  "Code of Conduct on Humanitarian Drones."   Swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway.   Details.

1:30-5p.  "Aerial AI and Big Data in Humanitarian Action."   Swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway.   Details.

Wednesday, May 16

4p.  "The Genome of the Last Common Ancestor: il catalogo è questo."   Antonio Lazcano.   Harvard:  Geological Museum, Haller Hall.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Transcriptional and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Depression."   Eric J. Nestler.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

7p.  "How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence."   Michael Pollan.   First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Thursday, May 17

1p.  "Open Space: The Global Effort for Open Access to Environmental Satellite Data."   Mariel Borowitz.   MIT:  E14, Bartos Theater.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Von Neumann and the Origin of Life."   Hyman Hartman.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought."   Jim Holt.   Harvard Book Store:  1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

7:30p.  "Extreme Spacecrafting: NASA's Parker Solar Probe."   Tony Case and Kelly Korreck.   Center for Astrophysics:  Philips Auditorium.   Details.

May 18-20.  "Hacking the Opioid Crisis."   Northeastern:  Egan Research Center, Raytheon Ampitheater, 120 Forsyth Street.   Details.

Saturday, May 19

Noon-4p.  "3D Printing."   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract.

Sunday, May 20

8a.  "Let's Go Birding."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  Peters Hill Gate.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1:30p.  "Tree Identification Primer."   Catherine Chamberlain.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, May 21

6-10p.  "VRHealth presens Virtual Treatment and Exercise Rooms."   Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor.   Details.

Tuesday, May 22

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