Boston supports a pretty impressive culture of lectures and lecture-like events (conferences, unconferences, forums, panel discussions, debates, symposia, festschrifts, workshops, poster sessions, mini-courses, roundtables, exhibitions, tech jams, demos, tours, etc.). The general purpose of this list is to publish a selection of these events that conveys a general sense of the driving issues in contemporary science and technology. From time to time I include talks on matters of interest outside this focus, such as DIY initiatives.
Caveats: The list is not remotely comprehensive
and selection criteria are subjective. Courses, exhibits, and networking
meetups with no special focus are not well handled. I do
not list events that do not offer a physical speaker and
accommodate physical attendance. Activity falls
considerably over the summer and winter holidays.
Most critically: This is a highly volatile landscape. Important details are often changed at the last minute. Some events have limited seating and get sold out. Plus I make the occasional error (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.
Please let me know if I ought to be monitoring somebody not on my list of sources.
I would appreciate your mentioning this list to people with compatible interests.
-- Fred Hapgood
Last update: 11.2019
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Selected Groups, Clubs, Societies, & Meetups
Selected New England Museums
DIY-focused organizations & resources
December 9 - 15. "Computer Science Education Week." Museum of Science, Cahners ComputerPlace, Blue Wing, Level 1. Details.
Thursday, December 12
8 - 6p. "MIT Water Summit 2013." A conference. Whitehead Institute. Details & Registration. Poster.
Noon. "Crowd Sourced Mapping for Open Government." Micah Altman. MIT: E25-401. Details.
Noon. "Neural Substrates of Decision-Making." Carlos Brody. Harvard: Center for Brain Science, Northwest Building B103, 52 Oxford Street. Details.
Noon. "When You aren't Stupid, You don't Do Stupid Things: Implicative Uses of Evaluative Factive Adjectives." Annie Zaenen. Brandeis: Volen 101. Details & Abstract.
1:45 - 3p. "Co-Adaptive Instruments: Can we reinvent the graphical user interface?" Wendy Mackay. MIT: Stata Center, Patil/Kiva (32-G449). Details & Abstract.
3:30 - 4:15p. "Taming MOOC Big Data while Fostering Collaboration in Online Education Research." Una-May O'Reilly. MIT: 4-231. Details.
4p. "Scalable Data Management for High-Throughput Genomics." Uwe Roehm. MIT: Stata Center (32) D463. Details & Abstract.
4:30 - 6p. "The 'Snowden Affair': Intelligence and Privacy in a Wired World." A panel discussion. MIT: E14-674. Details.
5p. "Is the Fetus Really an Organ Transplant? The Limits of Self-Talk in Immunology and Microchimerism Research." Aryn Martin. Harvard: Plimpton Room (room 133), Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street. Details & Abstract.
7p. "Capacity, Finances, and the Elderly: Brain Science Meets the Law." A panel discussion. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Amphitheater, 75 Francis Street, Boston. Details, Abstract, RSVP. Poster.
7p. "Wild Octopuses: Evidence, Myths, and Mysteries." Crissy Huffard. New England Aquarium, IMAX theater. Details & Registration.
8p. "A Multi-Color Examination of the Andromeda Galaxy." Nelson Caldwell. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St. Details.
8p. "When Science Really Hurts." Five sketches. Oberon Theater, Cambridge. Details & Tickets.
December 13 - 14. "MassDOT Visualizing Transportation Hackathon." hack/reduce, 275 3rd St, Cambridge. Details & Registration. More Details.
Friday, December 13
8 - 3p. "Future of Robotics Summit." A conference. Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive. Details & Registration.
Noon. "Beyond Shallow Semantics." Martha Palmer. Brandeis: Volen 101. Details & Abstract.
Noon. "Microfluid Technologies for Global Health." Shashi Murthy. Northeastern: 440 Egan Research Center, 120 Forsyth St. Details.
1p. "Brain States and Circuit Mechanisms Underlying Sleep and General Anesthesia." Laura Lewis. A thesis defense. MIT: 46-3189. Details.
3p. "Microplasmas: a lot of physics in a small package." Jeffrey Hopwood. MIT: NW17-218. Details.
6:30 - 8p. "The Overview Effect: Environmental Awareness and the Changing Blue Marble." A panel discussion. Harvard: Northwest Science Bldg B103, 52 Oxford St. Details.
Saturday, December 14
CANCELLED. 5a. "Catching Comet ISON." Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St. Details.
Monday, December 16
9 - 5:20p. "Computational Aspects of Biological Information." Conference and poster session. Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive. Details & Registration.
Noon. "Tracking Time in Sensorimotor Function." Mehrdad Jazayeri. Harvard: Center for Brain Science, Northwest Building 243, 52 Oxford St. Details.
1:30p. "Development of an Outcomes-based edX MOOC using LaTeX." David Darmofal and Chad Lieberman. Whitehead Institute Auditorium. Details.
5p. "Unraveling The 'Peculiarities of Island Life': The Galapagos Tortoises." Michael Russello. Harvard Museum on Natural History, 24 Oxford St. Details.
6 - 9p. "Exploring the Human Brain." Francesco Panese. Human Brain Project. swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge. Details & Registration.
Tuesday, December 17
11a. "Cognitive Control Over Learning and Action in Fronto-Striatal Circuits." Michael Frank. McLean Hospital, 115 Mill St, Belmont. Details.
1 - 5p. "Genetic Approaches to the Neural Circuitry of Aggression." David J. Anderson. David Anderson Research Group. TedX talk. The Anderson talk will be the keynote address of the 2013 Khodadad Symposium. There will be three other talks on the same theme. Harvard Medical School, Armenise Amphitheater, 210 Longwood Avenue. Details.
4p. "Primary Progressive Aphasia: Neurodegenerative Diseases Targeting Language Networks." Brad Dickerson. MIT: 46-3189. Details & Abstract.
6:30p. "Leaving It up to Chance: How Cells Make Decisions." Jané Kondev. Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont. Details.
6:30 - 9:30p. "Medical Devices." Panel discussion. Constant Contact - Waltham, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham. Details & Registration.
6:30 - 8p. "Scaling Healthcare Systems Engineering Nationally." James Benneyan. Northeastern: Alumni Center, 716 Columbus Place, 6th flr. Details, Abstract, Registration.
Wednesday, December 18
Noon - 1:30p. "The NSA, Snowden, and Surveillance." Bruce Schneier. Harvard: Maxwell Dworkin 119. Details.
6:30p. "Python for Systems Administration." Jerry Feldman, Associate Director, Boston Linux & Unix. MIT: E51-315. Details.
7p. "The Violent Origin of the Earth and Moon." Sarah Stewart. Harvard Science Center C. Details.
Thursday, December 19
4p. "Glaucoma: A Vascular Disease?" Alon Harris. Mass Eye & Ear: 243 Charles St., 3rd floor, Meltzer Auditorium. Details.
7:15p. "Choosing Your First Telescope." David Aguilar. Harvard-Smithsonian Center, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St. Details.
Friday, December 20
Noon. "Rethinking the Epidemiology of Preterm Birth with Examples from Environmental Toxicology in Reproductive Outcomes." Thomas McElrath. Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St. Details.
Monday, January 6
1:30p. "Diagnosis of Mood Disorders in DSM-5: Highlights and Review of the Evidence for Change." Jeffrey Hunt. Judge Baker Children's Center, 53 Parker Hill Avenue. Details & Abstract.
Wednesday, January 8
Noon. "What Can Epigenomics Teach Us About Human Development and Variation." Joanna Wysocka. HMS: Genetics Dept Seminar Rm (NRB 0350). Details.*
*Persons interested in events sponsored by the HMS Dept of Genetics but who not have a HMS ID should email an expression of their interest to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-432-7666 at least one day before the event.