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, although from time to time I include events outside this focus -- such as DIY workshops -- that seem likely to be of interest to the technical community.

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.  The list goes on vacation in the last weeks of June and December and the first weeks of July and January.

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: 02.1616

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

August 3 - 7.  "Animal Naturalists."   Two sections: one for grades 4-5 and one for grades 6-8.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details.

August 3 - 9.  "Fab 11 Lab Conference and Symposium."   Reggie Lewis Center and other locations.   Details, Registration.

Monday, August 3

2p.  "Searching for Cortical Representation of Speech Objects."   Bo Hong.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details.

Tuesday, August 4

11 - 1p.  "Deep Learning."   Jürgen Schmidhuber.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "From Seed to Tree."   Arnold Arboretum:  Dana Greenhouse, Bonsai House.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, August 5

1p.  "Trail Detectives' Club."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

11 - 1p.  "A Formal Theory of Fun."   Jürgen Schmidhuber.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, August 6

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

8 - 5p.  "How to Make (Almost) Anything."   A Symposium.   Symphony Hall.   Details, Tickets.

10a.  "Computational Design to Fabrication."   Kristina Shea.   MIT:  7-429.   Details, Abstract.

3 - 5p.  "Design, Optimization, and Experimental Testing of an Origami-Inspired Deployable Shelter."   Ashley P. Thrall.   MIT:  7-429.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "Targeting the Skin with Nanopatches for Needle-Free Vaccine Delivery."   Mark Kendall.   Wyss Institute:  3 Blackfan Circle, Room 521.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "New England Model Engineering Society."   Monthly Meeting.   Waltham Library, 735 Main St.   Details.

Saturday, August 8

9a.  "Tree Spotters Citizen Science Launch."   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7:30p.  "Go Bats!"   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

Sunday, August 9

1p.  "Science Experiments."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

10a.  "Boston VR Devs August Hackathon."   British Consulate-General Boston, 1 Broadway, Cambridge.   Details.

Thursday, August 13

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

7:30p.  "Living Fossil and Blue Blood: The Story of the Horseshoe Crab and Human Health."   Kathryn Tuxbury and John Dubczak.   New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, August 14

5 - 8p.  "A Celebration of Polaroid and Edwin Land."   MIT Museum, 256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, August 15

2 - 4p.  "Interactive Clothing."   Clothing solutions created with and for people with disabilities.   Open Style lab.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Sunday, August 16

1p.  "Natural Engineering."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Lifting Water: The History of Water Pumping."   Marcus Kempe, Museum Director.   Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St.   Details.

Wednesday, August 19

6:30p.  "OpenWRT: The Linux distribution for embedded, connected devices."   MIT:  E51-335.   Details.

6:30p.  "Traces of the Old Boston Water System."   Marcus Kempe, Museum Director.  Details.

Saturday, August 22

10 - 1p.  "Introduction to Bonsai."   Glen Lord, Horticulturist and Bonsai Specialist.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Registration.

Noon.  "Metropolitan Area Water Supplies."   Marcus Kempe, Director.   Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St.   Details.

*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 contact 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.