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

Saturday, August 18

8a.  "Coastal Bird Walks at Belle Isle Marsh."   Belle Isle Marsh, 1399 Bennington St., East Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9a.  "From Algebraic Geometry to Vision and AI: A Symposium Celebrating the Mathematical Work of David Mumford."   A day of talks on Vision, AI and brain sciences.   Harvard:  Science Center B.   Details, Registration.

10a.  "Boston Area Beekeepers Association Open Hives."   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

August 19-23.  "Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, & Beyond."   An ACS National Meeting and & Expo.   Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, August 19

1-3p.  "Nex-Gen Sequencing workshop."   Eric Harness.   BosLab:  339R Summer St.   Details.

August 20-24.   "Native American Technologies."   Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, August 20

9a.  "From Algebraic Geometry to Vision and AI: A Symposium Celebrating the Mathematical Work of David Mumford."   A day of talks on math.   Harvard:  Science Center B.   Details, Registration.

10a.  "Did the Emperor of Morocco Really Father 888 Children?"   Marc Abrahams and Gus Rancatore.   Toscanini’s Ice Cream, 159 First St., Cambridge.   Details.

1p.  "Visualizing the Brain at 7 Tesla: Technical Developments and Clinical Applications."   Priti Balchandani.   Martinos Center:  149 13th St., Room 2204, Charlestown.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, August 21

9-3p.  "Northeast Region Perennial Plant Symposium."   Massachusetts Horticultural Society, The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley. Details.

12:30p.  "What Do Machines See When They Look at Art?"   Jeff Stewart.   Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "When Industry Hides the Facts about Toxins."   Phillippe Grandjean.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St., Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Energy, Education and Empowerment for Off-Grid Communities."   Robin Podmore.   National Grid (Rooms: Valley A&B), 40 Sylvan Rd., Waltham.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Wednesday, August 22

11a.  "Industrial Internet of Things: A look at the role of machine vision technologies in the IIoT."   Tom Brennan.   A webcast.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "Wearable Electrochemical Sensors: Toward Labs on the Skin or in the Mouth."   Joseph Wang.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Getting Under the Skin of Dermatological Disease Using Protein Biomarkers."   Emma Guttman.   James G. Krueger.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, August 23

9-2p.  "Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) Outreach Meeting."   HMS:  Warren Alpert 563.   Details, RSVP.*

6:30p.  "How Genetics Can Teach Us What Makes People Get Sick."   Ben Neale.   Aeronaut, 14 Tyler St, Somerville.   Details.

7:30p.  "Exploring the Future: technologies that will change our lives by 2030."   Panel discussion.   A Webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, August 24

Noon.  "A Brief Probe into Digital Humanities in University Libraries."   Xiaoyang Wang.   Harvard-Yenching Library Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave.   Details.   This event will be delivered in Chinese.

Saturday, August 25

1p.  "Tremendous Trees."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, August 26

6p.  "A Systems Approach to Audio."   Robert Bean.   BU:  Life Science & Engineering Bldg, 24 Cummington Mall, Room 103.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, August 27

10a.  "On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit."   Marc Abrahams and Gus Rancatore.   Toscanini’s Ice Cream, 159 First St., Cambridge.   Details.

Tuesday, August 28

10-2:30p.  "Native Woody Plant Materials."   Dan Jaffe.   Garden in the Woods, Framingham.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

2p.  "The Beautiful Brain Spotlight Tour."   Satrajit Ghosh.   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract.

8p.  "The Future of Medical Cannabis Research."   WeWork, One Beacon St., Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, September 4

10a.  "Linking (Social) Cognition and Perception to Understand (Face) Recognition."   Galit Yovel.   MIT:  46-3189.   Details.

Wednesday, September 5

9:30a.  "Brain Circuit Mechanisms for Self-Control Failure in Disinhibitory Syndromes."   Joshua Buckholtz.   McLean Hospital:  McLean Imaging Center, Second Floor Conference Room.   Details.

Thursday, September 6

Noon.  "Suicidal Subtypes: Delineating Phenotypes to Identify Underlying Biosignatures."   Maria Oquendo.   McLean Hospital:  Service Building, Pierece Hall.   Details.

4p.  "Brain & Cognition."   Matthew Chafee.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  Two Events.   "Bioinspired Asymmetric Catalysis" by Helma Wennemers and "New Methodology Development on the Road to a Safe and Scalable Drug Substance Synthesis" by Jonathan Reeves.   MIT:  6-120.   Details.

4:30p.  "A Conversation on Being Mortal with Dr. Atul Gawande."   Harvard:  Memorial Hall, Sanders Theater.   Details, Tickets.

6p.  "Math of Big Data: Spreadsheets, Databases, Matrices, and Graphs."   Jeremy Kepner.   MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

7p.  "Cirque du Science: The Innovators Summer Spectacular."   Museum of Science, Washburn Pavilion on the Charles.   Details.

Friday, September 7

11:15a.  "Synergistic Innate and Adaptive Immunotherapy of Cancer."   K. Dane Wittrup.   Brandeis:  Rosenstiel 118.   Details.

4p.  "Fracking and Physics."   Michael Marder.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, September 10

7:30-4p.  "Wastewater Collection Systems Specialty Seminar & Exhibit."   Boxborough Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough.   Details.

Noon.  "The Impact of Fine-Scale Processes on Large-Scale Dynamics ."   Naomi Levine.   MIT:  54-915/923.   Details.

12:10p.  "The Mystery of Smith’s Aspen: uncovering the genetic identity and climate change vulnerability of a hybrid Pleistocene relic."   Jake Grossman.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill Lecture Hall.   Details.

5:30p.  "Get Smart on Crowdfunding."   Michael Burtov.   MIT:  E51-149.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know."   P.K. Newby.   Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

September 11-12.   "COMSOL Multiphysics Intensive."   COMSOL, 100 District Avenue, Burlington, Massachusetts.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

September 11-14.  "Emtech."   MIT:  Media Lab.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, September 11

9-5p.  "Perspectives on Human Brain Evolution."   A conference.   Merck Research Laboratories, 33 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston.   Details, Registration.

11a.  "Yin and Yang of Cannabis: Abuse-Related Effects and Therapeutic Potential."   Margaret Haney.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

6p.  "Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World."   Bruce Schneier.   Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  ""Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy."   Siva Vaidhyanathan.   Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, September 12

4p.  "Social Transmission of Stress."   Jadeep Bains.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, September 13

3:30p.  "What 5 Insects Told Us About How A Native Plant Copes With Real-World Problems."   Ian T. Baldwin.   Harvard:  BioLabs Lecture Hall 1080.   Details.

6p.  "Showcasing Robotics, AI and Clean/Green Energy Products."   A Meetup.   Mathworks, 3 Apple Hill Drive, Natick.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "Up Close with the Northern Fur Seal."   Roger L. Gentry.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, September 14

10a.  "Future of Library Spaces."   Janette S. Blackburn and Luke Voiland.   Harvard:  Lamont Library, Form Room, 11 Quincy St.   Details.

11:15a.  "Bringing Bioelectricity to Light."   Adam E. Cohen.   Brandeis:  Rosenstiel 118.   Details.

Noon.  "Photochemical and Dark Ageing of Organic Aerosols."   Sergey Nizkorodov.   Harvard:  Pierce 100F.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.  "The US Opioid Epidemic: Where Do We Go from Here?"   Andrew Kolodny and Jessie M. Gaeta.   HMS:  Countway Library, Minot Room, Shattuck St.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.*

September 15-17.   "City Robotics: Designing for People-Centric Mobility."   MIT:  Media Lab.   Details.

Saturday, September 15

10:30a.  "Exploring Science Together: Owls!."   Amy Gunzelmann.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11-4p.  "Rat Taxidermy Workshop."   Mickey Alice Kwapis.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, September 16

10a.  "Cabinet of Curiosities."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1:30-4:30p.  "Small Mammal Bust Taxidermy."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, September 17

12:10p.  "Aligning Production Methods & Urban Tree Planting Objectives."   Rich Harper.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill  Details.

6:30p.  "Role of Clouds and Particles in Climate…with a Dash of Fog."   Daniel Ciczo.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Register.

Tuesday, September 18

12:30p.  "Functional Interactions of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Learning and Memory."   Craig Heller.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

3:30p.  "Hard/Soft Interfaces as Exploration Tools for Physical Biology and Material Dynamics."   Bozhi Tian.   MIT:  66-110.   Details.

4p.  "NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter: What's Inside the Giant Planet?"   Fran Bagenal.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

5:30p.  "Blockchain Technology: Patents vs. Open Source."   MIT:  32-124.   Details, Registration.   This event will be streamed.

Wednesday, September 19

4p.  "Exoplanets and the Search for Biosignature Gases: An Astronomer’s Journey through Chemical Space."   Sara Seager.   Harvard:  Agazzi Theater, 5 James St.   Details.

6:30p.  "Hemlock Hospice: Landscape Ecology, Art, and Design."   David Buckley Borden and Aaron M. Ellison.   Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Thursday, September 20

4p.  "BlueTech New England: Innovating Oceans & Waterfronts with Cutting-Edge Tech."   A Meetup.   Cambridge Innovation C Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Making Robots Behave: Doing for our robots wha Nature did for us."   Leslie Kaelbling.   Aeronaut:  !4 Tyler St., Somerville.   Details.

7p.  "Chasing Coral."   James W. Porter and Zachery Rago.   Screening and discussion.   New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, September 21

8:15-6:15p.  "Molecular Robotics."   A symposium.   Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.*

4p.  "Neuromorphic Computing with Memristive Devices and Arrays."   Joshua Yang.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details.

Saturday, September 22

9-5p.  "Cooling a Warming Planet? Public Perspectives on Climate Intervention Research."   Museum of Science.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

*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.