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

Last update: 18.1640

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September 17-18.  "Lessons Learned from Rare Disease and Personalized Medicine Approaches."   2nd World Congress.   Royal Sonesta, 40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, September 18

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

1p.  "Interpretability and Safety."   Christopher Olah.   MIT:  32G-449.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Simulation Based Design of Manufacturing Systems."   Keith Shaw and Tony Karew.   A webcast.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Sexual Harassment of Women - A Consensus Study Report of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.   A panel discussion.   MIT:  10-250.   Details.

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

4p.  "Blood from a Petri Dish."   George Q. Daley.   Jimmy Fund Auditorium, 35 Binney St.   Details.

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

4p.  "Reinforcement Learning Systems at DeepMind.   David Budden.   MIT:  32-D463.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "Impostor Syndrome: Why Capable People Suffer and How to Thrive in Spite of It."   Valerie Young.   BU:  Bakst Auditorium, 72 E. Concord St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

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

6:30p.  "Introduction to Botany."   K.N. Gandhi.   Harvard University Herbarium.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   Eight sessions.

Wednesday, September 19

11a.  "Basics of Spatial Visualization."   BC:  O’Neill Library, Digital Studio, Room 205.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "Supporting Stockpile Stewardship with High-Energy-Density Physics Experiments."   Alan Wan.   MIT:  NW17-218, 175 Albany St.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Deciphering Aging: Linking senescence with DNA damage and the cell cycle."   Sheila A. Stewart and James L. Kirkland.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

12:15p.  "Food Security and Planetary Health."   Ertharin Cousin.   Tufts:  Jaharis Bldg, Behrakis Auditorium, 150 Harrison Ave.   Details, Abstract.   This event will be streamed.

12:30p.  "Selecting the Site for Mars Sample Return for the Mars-2020 Rover Mission."   Bethany Ehlmann.   MIT:  54-517.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Examining the Relationship Between Health Policy and Cardiovascular Care Through the Lens of Data."   Robert W. Yeh.   HSPH:  Kresge 502.   Details.

4p.  "Adversaries, Extrapolation, and Language."   Percy Liang.   MIT:  32-D463.   Details, Abstract.

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

4p.  "Materials in Energy: From Nano to Macro."   Ju Li.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Metamaterials for Low Cost Electronic Scanning, Wideband Conformal Antennas, Cloaking (the Invisible Man), Stealth and WAIM."   Eli Brookner.   Lincoln Lab:  3 Forbes Rd., Lexington.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6:30p.  "Crypto News, plus our annual PGP/GnuPG Key-Signing Party."   Bill Ricker.   TBD:    Details, Abstract.

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

11a.  "Online Learning of Symbolic Concepts."   John Ksander.   Brandeis:  Volen 201.   Details.

Noon.  "Autonomous Vehicle Technology, Robotaxis, and Beyond."   Michael Wahlstrom.   MIT:  32-G370.   Details, Details.

Noon.  "Get Involved: Enter the Digital Universe of Your Tween/Teen."   Jill Walsh.   MIT:  76-156.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Splitting Patients, Unifying Communication: Moving Toward a Common Language in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder."   Blaise Aguirre.   McLean Hospital:  Service Bldg, Pierce Hall.   Details.

1p.  "The Genetic Intractability Barrier Of Bacteria – And How To Overcome It."   Christopher Johnston.   MIT:  48-316.   Details.

3p.  "Driving Exploratory Visualization through Perception & Cognition."   Danielle Albers Szafir.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Was there a Coptic Center in Medieval West Africa?   Evidence and Further Questions."   Suzanne Preston Blier.   Harvard:  Tozzer 203.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "Consilience, Model Lineages, and A Truly Integrative Phylogenetic Biology."   Erika Edwards.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1080.   Details.

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.

4p.  "Sleep-Dependent Memory Consolidation: oscillations and ensembles."   Sara Aton.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

4p.  "Tales of Emerging Complexity: from Self-Assembly to Evolution."   Alexei Tkachenko.   Brandeis:  Abelson 229.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Talking to Cells: Biomolecular Engineering for Non-Invasive Imaging and Control of Cellular Function."   Mikhail Shapiro.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "UV Spectroscopy & Jupiter Moon Atmospheres."   Kurt Retherford.   BU:  725 Commonwealth Ave, Room 502.   Details.

6p.  "Bits to Bitcoin."   Mark Stuart Day.   MIT Press Bookstore:  301 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

6p.  "Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises."   Jeremy Jackson.   Harvard Museum of Natural History:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.   This event will be livestreamed on the HMNH Facebook page.

6-8:30p.  "Synaptic Stories."   MIT Museum.   Details, Abstract, Registrations.

6:30p.  "Making Robots Behave: Doing for our robots what 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.

7p.  "The Science and Engineering of Intelligence."   Tomaso Poggio.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details.   This talk will be webcast on the MIT CSAIL Youtube channel.

7:30p.  "The Search for Primitive and Intelligent Life on Other Planets."   Abraham (Avi) Loeb.   Center for Astrophysics:  Phillips Auditorium.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, September 21

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

8:30a.  "So you’re a multicellular microbe …."   Nick Lyons.   Harvard:  24 Oxford St., Room 375 (formerly Room 310).   Details.

9:30a.  "Unsteady Fluid Fragmentation."   Lydia Bourouiba.   Brandeis:  Shapiro Campus Center Theater.   Details.

1:45p.  "Acoustic Noise Cancellation: theory and practice."   Robert Adams.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

2:10p.  "Engineering Soft Matter Interfaces: Particle stabilized foams to biomembranes."   Peter Beltramo.   Brandeis:  Shapiro Campus Center Theater.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Metastable Structures as Key Catalytic Sites: A Computational Perspective."   Philippe Sautet.   MIT:  66-110.   Details.

3p.  "Network Science – A Network of Sciences."   Ariel Orda.   BU:  PHO 211.   Details, Abstract.

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

Saturday, September 22

9-3p.  "A Day of Audio Events."   Boston University Photonics Center.   Details, Abstract.

9-5p.  "Boston Food Forest Coalition - Designing Plant Guilds."   Dave Jacke.   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

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

9-1p.  "Invasive Plant Identification and Management."   Chris Polatin.   The Great Hall at Cedar Hill, 265 Beaver St., Waltham.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11:30a.  "From Science Fiction to Science Fact."   Two events: "'Growing' Habitats Off Planet: Discover new ways to explore other worlds" by Lynn Rothschild, and "Triton Hopper: the mission to explore Neptune's moon Triton" by Steven Oleson.   Museum of Science:  Gordon Center.   Details.

1-5p.  "Beyond Darwin: Symbiotic Earth."   A screening and panel discussion.   Co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering and the Encyclopedia of Life.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Sept. 24-28.  "Outbreak Week."   Harvard:  Various locations.   Details, Abstract, Registrations.

September 24-27.   "The 15th International Conference on Digital Preservation."   Harvard and MIT Libraries.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, September 24

8:30-6p.  "Mitochondrial Thinktank: From Molecules to Biology."   Keynote Speaker:  Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz.   Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details.

11a.  "The Growing Need for Precision in LED Lighting."   Paul Powers, Director of Sales – Americas, Smart Vision Lights.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

12:10p.  "Invasive Plant Challenges and Opportunities in the U.S."   Jenica Allen.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill.   Details.

12:15p.  "Not-So-Big Data and Ebola Virus Disease."   Eugene T. Richardson.   Harvard:  CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge St.   Details.

2p.  "Sleeping Soundly-How to get your best sleep."   A workshop.   HMS:  Countway, Floor 5, Ballard Room.   Details.

3-5p.  "Digital Scholarship Group and the NULab Center for Texts, Maps and Networks kickoff event."   Northeastern:  Snell Library, Room 90.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3:30p.  "Land-use Regimes and the Future of New England’s Forest Carbon."   Jonathan Thompson.   BU:  CAS 132.   Details.

4:30p.  "The Future of Food and Nutrition: Implications for Science, Dietary Guidelines, and Food Policy."   Dariush Mozaffarian.   Museum of Science:   Cahners Theater.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

5p.  "Science Sounds Strange: The History of the Theremin."   John Huth and Dorit Chrysler.   Harvard:  Knafel Center, 10 Garden St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "AR for the Operating Room & DICOM VR."   Molly Flexman.   Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe, One Broadway.   Details.

6p.  "Conflict and the Global Threat of Pandemics."   Michele Barry.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Ace in the Hole."   Deb Roy will discuss the science issues touched on by the film.   Coolidge Corner Theater.   Details.

September 25-27.  "Global Blockchain Conference."   Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

September 25-27.  "IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference."   Westin Hotel, Waltham, MA.   Details, Registration.

Tuesday, September 25

Noon.  "Cortical-Amygdala Circuitry in Reward Encoding and Retrieval."   Kate Wassum.   Harvard:  Northwest B103, 52 Oxford Street.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Recovering Resources Embedded in Wastewater."   Jeanette Brown.   MIT:  1-134.   Details.

2:30p.  "What do Guitar Strings and Balloons have in Common with Biological Networks and Tissues?"   Lisa Manning.   MIT:  2-136.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Intro to Tableau."   BC:  O’Neill Library, Digital Studio, Room 205.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Resiliency with Microgrids: A Peek Inside."   Schneider Electric, Boston One Campus, 800 Federal Street, Andover.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Creating a King for Eternity."   Florence D. Friedman.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

7-8:30p.  "Dancing with the Future."   Harvard:  Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke St.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Wednesday, September 26

10-1p.  "Media in the Age of Contagions."   A symposium.   HLS:  Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West (2019), 1585 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

12:15p.  "COMPACT: Childhood Obesity Modeling for Prevention and Community Transformation."   Christina Economos.   Tufts:  Jaharis Center, Behrakis Auditorium.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

1-5p.  "Sex Differences and the Brain."   A symposium.   B&W:  Hale Bldg., 60 Fenwood Rd.   Details, Registration.

1:30p.  "The Dynamics of Affect in Online Learning."   Ryan Baker.   MIT:  66-144.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "Edge, Fog and Cloud."   Mung Chiang.   BU:  PHO 906.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Integrative Epigenomic Analyses Support the Early Developmental Origin of Autism Spectrum Disorders."   Alika Maunakea.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Trump Administration's Rollback of U.S. Climate Policy."   A panel discussion.   Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus.   HLS:  Austin Hall 101, 1515 Mass Ave.   Details.

4p.  "Working with Post-Traumatic Medication Beliefs."   Kathryn Kieran.   McLean Hospital:  Service Bldg, Pierce Hall.   Details.

5:30-8p.  "Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: The Sooner the Better."   Panel duscussion.   TBA.   Details, Registration.   This event will be live streamed.

6p.  "The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy."   Lisa Barsotti.   Harvard Science Center C.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

7p.  "Extremophiles: Life on the Edge of our Planet."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium, 200 Longwood Ave.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

7p.  "Kerstin and the Giant Manta Rays."   Kerstin Forsberg.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX THeater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "The Poison Squad."   Deborah Blum.   Museum of Science:  Cahners Theater.   Details, Abstract.

September 27-28.   "50th Anniversary of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program."   MIT:  E-51, Wong Auditorium.   Details.

September 27-28.   "Tata Center for Technology & Design 4th Annual Symposium and Workshop."   The first day’s program will begin with a Symposium focussed on bringing new technologies to market in the developing world.   MIT:  Samberg Conference Center, 6th flr Dining Rms 3 & 4.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, September 27

11a.  "Embedded and Mobile Vision System Enabling Technologies and Applications."   Tom Brennan.   A webcast.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "Introduction to Spatial Visualization & Analysis."   BC:  O’Neill Library, Digital Studio, Room 205.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Violence Risk Assessment and Gun Conundra: High Risk, High Anxiety, High Uncertainty."   David Rosmarin.   McLean Hospital:  Service Bldg, Pierce Hall.   Details.

12:30p.  "What's Next in Healthcare IT?"   John Halamka.   A webinar.   Details, Registration.

2p.  "Translational Biology of Cancer Stem Cells."   William Matsui.   BWH:  Hale Conference Room, 60 Fenwood Rd.   Details.*

3-8:30p.  "Robotics Connect."   A conference.   One Broadway, 5th flr, Cambridge.   Details, RSVP.

3:30p.  "The Current Changing Landscape at NSF with Focus on Geosciences."   William E. Easterling, III.   BU:  Trustee Lounge, 1 Silber Way.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "WASTE: A New Media Primer."   Roberto Simanowski.   MIT Press Bookstore.   Details.

Friday, September 28

8-5:30p.  "The Oceans' Turn."   A conference.   (The ocean as an avenue, an arena, and a source.)   Tufts:  Fletcher School, Alumnae Lounge, 40 Talbot Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11:15a.  "Mycobacterial Metabolomics: Chemical biology at the intersection of pathogen biology and drug development."   Kyu Rhee.   Brandeis:  Rosensteil 118.  Details.

1:30p.  "Fluid Mechanics with Turbulence, Reduced Models, and Machine Learning."   David Sondak.   TBA:    TBA Details.

1:45p.  "Flexible Radios & Flexible Networks."   Alyssa Apsel.   Apsel Lab.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Behaviors, Circuits, and Molecular Rhythms in the Circadian Neuronal Network of Drosophila melanogaster."   Kyu Rhee.   Brandeis:  Rosenstiel 118.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Some Recent Advances on the Application of Game Theory to Networking."   Ariel Orda.   BU:  PHO 211, 8 St. Mary's St.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals."   Sy Montgomery.   Harvard Book Store:  1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, September 29

8a.  "Fall Birding."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  Arborway Gate.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

12:30p.  "Learn to Observe: Tree Spotter Shrub Route Training."   Suzanne Mrozak and Danny Schissler.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "Medicinal Plants at the Arnold Arboretum: An Exploration of the Wild and Cultivated Remedies Growing Beneath our Feet."   John de la Parra.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, September 30

1p.  "Collections Up Close: The Arboretum Oaks."   Marty Amdur, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  Oak Collection, Centre Street Gate.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, October 1

Noon.  "Mineralogy Inspires Physics."   Michael Norman.   MIT:  4-331.   Details.

12:15p.  "Animals as Patients, Models and Infrastructure in Precision Bioscience."   Declan Kuch.   Harvard:  CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street.   Details.

4p.  "Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations."   Thomas L. Friedman.   MIT:  Kresge Auditorium.   Details.

6p.  "Amazon Robotics - Company Presentation."   MIT:  3-270.   Details.

7p.  "Killing Cancer with Cannabis."   David (Dedi) Meiri.   Museum of Science:  Cahners Theater.   Details.

7p.  "The Knife Edge of Value Alignment in AI: Utopia or Extinction."   Richard Mallah and Lucas Perry.   Cafe ArtScience, 650 E Kendall Street, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Tuesday, October 2

Noon.  "Neural Circuits of Dexterity."   Adam Hantman.   Hantman Lab.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1080.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Life and Near Death Experiences at the Cellular Level."   Denise Montell.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most."   Steven Johnson.   Harvard Book Store:  1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Beyond the Telescope: Galaxies Across Cosmic Time."   Anna Sajina.   Museum of Science:  Charles Hayden Planetarium.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Do‘s and Don’ts of OCD Medications."   Paul Cannistraro.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

Wednesday, October 3

9:30a.  "Framing the Behavioral and Neural Constituents of Spatial Navigation."   Derek Hamilton.   McLean Hospital:  Imaging Center, 2nd floor conference room.   Details.

Noon.  "Driving Precision Medicine through Biostatistics: Translating multiomics biomarker data into breakthrough knowledge."   Eric Fauman and Jasper Tromp.   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

12:15p.  "Impact of Sodium & Potassium on Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality."   Salim Yusuf.   Tufts:  Jaharis Center, Behrakis Auditorium, 150 Harrison Ave.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

1:30.  "2018 Lefler Symposium."   Presentations include "Gene Therapy for Hereditary Hearing Loss," by Bence Gyorgy and "Putting the Brain Together: Illuminating mechanisms underlying the precision of neural connectivity," by Matthew Picot.   HMS:  Goldenson 122, 220 Longwood Avenue, Boston.   Details.*

3:30p.  "Synaptic Cell Adhesion Molecules Shaping Synapse Formation and Specification."   Thomas C. Südhof.   Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details.*

4p.  "Social Order in the Age of Big Data: Exploring the Knowledge Problem and the Freedom Problem."   Nick Couldry.   One Memorial Drive, Cambridge.   Details.

7p.  "How Birds Migrate."   Lorna Gibson.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7p.  "The Past and Future of Viral Outbreaks."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium, 200 Longwood Ave.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

Thursday, October 4

Noon.  "Bacterial Pathogens Hijack Host Machinery to Promote Cell-to-Cell Spread."   Becky Lamason.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

Noon.  "Harvard Medical School in 2028."   George Q. Daley.   McLean Hospital:  Service Building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

3:30p.  "What Glows Below: New Insights on Biodiversity and Biooptics of Deep-Sea Plankton."   Steven Haddock.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1080.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Cubesats-NASA/SMD policy."   Larry Kepko.   BU:  725 Commonwealth Ave., Room 502.   Details.

4p.  "Following Nature’s Lead – Designing Biomaterials for Nerve Injury."   Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

6p.  "Conserving Biodiversity: A Global Priority."   Russell A. Mittermeier.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract.

6-9p.  "Blockchain & AI - Insights, Pitching, Opportunities & Networking."   Cambridge Innovation Center, 11th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7:30p.  "Fake Science with ImprovBoston."   Museum of Science, Charles Hayden Planetarium.   Details.

Friday, October 5

Noon.  "A Computational Investigation of Electro-Mechanical Coupling in Neural Engineering."   Ilaria Cinelli.   Tufts:  Anderson 112.   Details.

Noon.  "Searching the Neural Basis of ASD from Genetically Engineered Model Systems."   Yang Zhou.   MIT:  46-6011.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Bumblebees and Vehicular Networking: Intelligent Connectivity on the Road."   Alexander Wyglinski.   BU:  PHO 211.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, October 6

9:30a.  "Drawing the Animals."   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   A four week course.

October 8-9.  "The Drone Frontier."   Boston District Hall.   Details.

October 8-9.  "Change Maker Conference."   TBA.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

October 8-14.  "HUBweek 2018 Open Doors."   City Hall Plaza.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, October 8

6:30p.  "The Notion of Vision: Dreaming and Seeing."   A panel discussion.   Broad Institute, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Tuesday, October 9

Noon.   "Frontostriatal Interactions in Learning and Decision Making."   Michael Frank.   Harvard:  BioLabs 1080.   Details.

Noon.  "Tropical Pitcher Plants as an Ecological Filter."   Kadeem Gilbert.   Harvard Herbarium 125.   Details.

12:30p.  "How Tiling of Radial Glial Cells Sculpts Cerebral Cortical Development."   Eva Anton.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

4p.  "Building and Repairing the Human Brain: From pluripotency to cell therapy."   Lorenz Studer.   Brandeis:  Shapiro Campus Center Theater, 415 South Street, Waltham.   Details.

4p.  "Cosmology in the Era of Multi-Messenger Astronomy with Gravitational Waves."   Marcelle Soares-Santos.   MIT:  37-252.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Immune control and immune failure in HIV infection."   Bruce Walker.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Arboretum-Japan Connection."   Michael Dosmann.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence."   A panel discussion.   A Hubweek event.   UMass Club:  Lowell Room, One Beacon St., 32nd floor.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-Created."   Patrick E. McGovern.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Wednesday, October 10

4p.  "Lessons from Pelicans: Multilevel Theorizing for the Expertise Economy."   Janet Fulk.   BU:  213 Bay State Road, Castle/Bay State Room.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Genes, Cognition, and Human Brain Evolution."   Christopher A. Walsh.   Christopher Walsh Laboratory.   Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

7p.  "Altered State of Mind: How Psychedelics Modify the Brain, Behavior, and Perception."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium, 200 Longwood Ave.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

Thursday, October 11

Noon.  "Birth Outcomes Among Pregnant Women With Mood and Anxiety Disorder."   Kimberly Yonkers.   McLean Hospital:  Service Building, Pierce Hall.   Details.

1-5:30p.  "Bridging Theory and Data in Neuroscience."   Harvard Brain Science Initiative, Student Organization Center, Hilles, 59 Shepard Street, Cambridge.   Details.

7p.  "Searching for Ancient Life on Mars."   John P. Grotzinger.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, October 12

7:30p.  "Fifty Shades of Green: Tales from the Hothouse."   Terry Huang.   Arnold Arboretum:    Details, Abstract, Registration.

7:30p.  "The Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelics."   Michael Pollen.   Copley Square, 560 Boylston St.   Details, Tickets.

October 13-14.  "Biotech for Beginners."   A two-day class.   BosLab, 339r Summer St., Somerville.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, October 13

8a.  "Fall Birding."   Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent.   Arnold Arboretum:  Peters Hill Gate.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, October 14

1-4p.  "Earth Stories: A Museum Mini-Festival."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, October 15

12:15p.  "Interpretability, or Learning to Listen to Algorithms."   Nick Seaver.   Harvard:  CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street.   Details.

6p.  "Can Baby Corals Improve the Reefs of Tomorrow?"   Aaron Hartmann.   Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

6p.  "Contemporizing Traditional Water Architecture: Indigenous Ingenuity in Harvesting the Elusive Rain in the Indian Desert."   A. Mridul.   MIT:  TBA.   Details.

7p.  "Shaun of the Dead."   A Coolidge Science on Screen Presentation.   Colin Adams will show how calculus can help you survive the zombie apocalypse.   Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.   Details.

Tuesday, October 16

3p.  "Intro to Tableau."   BC:  O’Neill Library, Digital Studio, Room 205.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

4p.  "Metabolism, the Microbiome and the Circadian Clock."   Lara Hooper.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Nature vs. Fiction in Sci-Fi Movies."   Miaki Ishii.   Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

7p.  "Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech."   Jamie Susskind.   Harvard Book Store:  1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "A Star Trek: A Voyage to Discover Sources of Cosmic Signals in Our Universe."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium, 200 Longwood Ave.   Details.   This event will be streamed.

6p.  "Memories of the Kings and Queens of Kush."   Geoff Emberling.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

7:30p.  "Quantum Tools to Explore the Universe…and Help Life on Earth."   Ronald Walsworth.   Astrophysical Observatory:  Phillips Auditorium.   Details.

Friday, October 19

6:30-9:30p.  "MIT Energy Night 2018."   This event presents MIT's ongoing and upcoming innovations in energy.   MIT Museum, 256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract, Register.

*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.