Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area


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The main purpose of this list is to convey a sense of the driving issues in contemporary science and technology through a schedule of talks in this area about these issues.   From time to time I include events outside this focus that seem likely to be of interest to the technical community.

Caveats: The list is not remotely comprehensive and selection criteria are subjective.  I tend to list events that offer a physical speaker and accommodate physical attendance, though unusually interesting webinars might slip in.  Courses, exhibits, and networking 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.  Important details change at the last minute;  some events have limited seating and get sold out.  There is no way I can stay on top of these changes.  Plus I make the occasional error myself (word of which I would be immensely grateful to receive).  For all of these reasons I strongly urge you to doublecheck the "Details" link before you head out.

There are two routes to this list: a website and a mailing list.  The website carries events for the next month (roughly).  I add to it several times a week.  The list goes out once a week, usually Sunday nights, and carries events for the next eight days.  You can subscribe here.  And unsubscribe here.

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: 20.1111

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Saturday, December 20

1 - 3p.  "Kids learn to code (CoderDojo)."   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Aqueducts: A History Of Bringing Water To The People."   Marcus Kempe, Executive Director.   Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, January 6

2p.  "Searching for Gravitational Waves with LIGO."   Adam Libson.   MIT:  Marlar Lounge (37-252).   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Molecular Control of Heart Development, Disease and Regeneration."   Eric Olson.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) 123.   Details.

Wednesday, January 7

1:30p.  "Skill Not Will: Rethinking Children with Challenging Behavior."   J. Stuart Ablon and Alisha Pollastri.   Judge Baker Children's Center, 53 Parker Hill Avenue.   Details.

Thursday, January 8

8a.  "Four Decades in Cancer Medicine: Summitting the Mountain, Leaving Sisyphus Behind."   Lowell Schnipper.   BIDMC:  Sherman Auditorium, 330 Brookline Ave.   Details.

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

4p.  "Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain."   Robert Saper.   Brigham and Women's Hospital, 70 Francis Street, Shapiro Breakout Room.   Details.

6p.  "Boston Quantified Self Show & Tell."   A Meetup.   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details.

Friday, January 9

5 - 8p.  "Small Instruments."   Pawel Romanczuk.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Saturday, January 10

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

2p.  "A Wild Winter."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, January 11

9a.  "Winter Wonderland Bird Walk."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum, Arborway Gate.   Details, Registration, Abstract.


January 12 - 16.  "Computefest Workshops."   Harvard:  Northwest B1.   Details, Registration.

Monday, January 12

1p.  "Immune and Neural Epigenomics of Alzheimer’s Disease."   Li-Huei Tsai.   Whitehead Institute, McGovern Auditorium.   Details.

6:30p.  "Web Innovators Group 44."   Royal Sonesta Cambridge, 40 Edwin H Land Blvd.   Details, Registration.

7p.  "Mutants in our Midst: Darwin, Horticulture, and Evolution."   William (Ned) Friedman.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Building.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Using Math to Answer Scientific Questions From Bird Beaks and Droplet Splashing to the Science of Cooking."   Michael Brenner.   The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville.   Details.

Tuesday, January 13

12:30p.   "The Great Firewall Inverts."   A Berkman Luncheon.   Nathan Freitas.   Webcast details.   Podcast details.   RSVP required for lunch.   Harvard: Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Flr.   Details, RSVP, Abstract.

12:30p.  "Toward a Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine."   Peter Palese.   HMS:  NRB 1031.   Details.*

2p.  "Gravitational Mirages."   Paul Schechter.   MIT:  Marlar Lounge (37-252).   Details, Abstract.

2:30p.  "Stellar Archaeology: New Science with Old Stars."   Anna Frebel.   MIT:  Marlar Lounge (37-252).   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Boston Quantified Self Show & Tell."   A Meetup.   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details.

7p.  "Forward and Backward: Two Strategies by which Social Insects Share Their Immunity."   Rebeca Rosengaus.   Northeastern:  Marine Science Center, Murphy Bunker Classroom, 430 Nahant Rd, Nahant.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, January 14

2p.  "Creating an Apple Pie from Scratch: A Universe in a Supercomputer."   Brendan Griffen.   MIT:  Marlar Lounge (37-252).   Details, Abstract.

2:30p.  "Seeing the Formation of the Universe with Radio Eyes."   Abraham Neben.   MIT:  Marlar Lounge (37-252).   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "How to Address the Evolving Cyber Security Threat."   John Moynihan.   One Federal Street, 38th Floor.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, January 15

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

7p.  "Is Design Metrically Opposed?"   The conflicts between metrics and analytics and design.   Jared M. Spool.   Constant Contact, Reservoir Place, Waltham.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

7:30p.  "Science Unshackled: How Obscure, Abstract, Seemingly Useless Scientific Research Turned Out to Be the Basis for Modern Life."   C. Renee James.   Harvard-Smithsonian Center:  Phillips Center, 60 Garden St.   Details.

Friday, January 16

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

Tuesday, January 20

12:30p.   "Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap."   A Berkman Luncheon.   Carrie James.   Webcast details.   Podcast details.   RSVP required for lunch.   Harvard: Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Flr.   Details, RSVP, Abstract.

2p.  "Complex Genetics and Systems Medicine."   Edison Liu.   BU:  Bakst Auditorium.   Details.

2:30p.  "High-Resolution X-Ray Optics at the Space Nanotechnology Laboratory: From nanometers to gigaparsecs."   Ralf Heilman.   MIT:  Marlar Lounge (37-252).   Details.

Wednesday, January 21

4p.  "The Functional Organization of Neurons that Underlie the Sense of Touch."   David Ginty.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

6:30p.  "Fotoxx Update."   Dick and Jill Miller, partners, Miller Microcomputer Services.   MIT:  E51-325.   Details.

7p.  "The Thrill of the Find: Murals and Mysteries of the Maya."   William Saturno.   Museum of Science, Cahners Theater.   Details, Tickets.



*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 esexton@genetics.med.harvard.edu (or call 617-432- 7666) at least one day before the event.  Events in the medical area that do not carry an asterisk appear (to me) willing to accept the unaffiliated.

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