Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area

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Boston supports a pretty impressive culture of lectures and lecture-like events.  The main purpose of this list is to distill from this culture a sense of the driving issues in contemporary science and technology.  From time to time I include talks 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.  Courses, exhibits, and networking meetups with no special focus are not well handled.  I tend to list events that 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 changed 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.  (Subscriptions from Yahoo! email addresses behave unpredictably.)

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

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

Through August 15.  Mon - Fri.   "Idea Hub: Hands-on Engineering and Design."   For ages 8 and up.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Tuesday, July 29

12:30p.   "Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains."   A Berkman Luncheon.   Tressie McMillan Cottom.   Webcast details.   Podcast details.   RSVP required for lunch.   Harvard: Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Flr.   Details, RSVP, Summary.

1:30p.  "DNA Origami meets Single Molecule Fluorescence."   Philip Tinnefeld.   Wyss Institute:  3 Blackfan Circle, Rm 521.   Details, Abstract.

CANCELLED.  3p.  "Reconstruction of a Neo-Cortical Microcircuit."   Henry Markham.   TED talk.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details.   Abstract.

Wednesday, July 30

2p.  "Mad Scientist Lab."   Boston Public Library, Faneuil Hall Branch.   Details.   Other Mad Scientist labs.

10a.  "The Human Brain Project."   Henry Markram.   TED talk.   MGH:  Richard B. Simches Research Center, Room 3110, Charles River Plaza, 185 Cambridge Street.  Details.

1p.  "Improving the Performance and Reliability of Mobile Applications."   Lenin Ravindranath Sivalingam.   A thesis defense.   MIT:  Stata Center, Star (32-D463).   Details, Abstract.

5:30 - 7p.  "Neponset River Geology Walk."   Les Tyrala.   Milton T stop, Red Line, Downstairs.   Details, Registration.

5:30p.  "Photonic Balls."   Nicolas Vogel.   Harvard:  2nd floor lounge (3rd level), Maxwell Dworkin, 33 Oxford St.   Details.

6p.  "Finding Your Inner Yeast: How Do New Traits Evolve?"   Dawn Thompson.   Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6 - 9p.  "Painting Squirrels Purple: The Evolution of UX Hard/Soft Skills."   Mobiquity, 51 Sawyer Rd., Waltham.   Details, Registration.

Thursday, July 31

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

10:30a.  "Spoken Word Recognition: A Window into the Aging Brain and Ear."   Amanda Lash.   Brandeis:  Volen 201.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Cognitive Computing Infrastructure."   A Meetup.   Microsoft NERD, 11th Floor, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Registration.

6p.  "Uber Intriguing: Virginia Roundleaf Birch."   Nancy Rose.   Arnold Arboretum:  Bussey Hill.  Details, Abstract.

Friday, August 1

9 - 12:30p.  "Immunity and Inflammation in Disease and Tissue."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 3rd Floor Rotunda, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details.*

Noon.   Two Events: "Protein Structure and Enzyme Mechanisms," by Jen Beierlein, and "Genome Engineering in Drosophila melanogaster Using CRISPR," by Kate Koles.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.  Details.

August 2 - 7.  "2014 Joint Statistical Meeting."   Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street.   Details, Registration.   Program.

Saturday, August 2

8 - 10a.  "Nature Photography Workshop."   Eduardo del Solar.   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St.  Details, Registration.

Sunday, August 3

2 - 4p.  "Kids in the Hive."   Sadie Richards and Jacqueline Beaupre.   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St.   Details.

Noon.  "The World Of Water Tanks: An Under-appreciated Art Form."   Marcus Kempe, retired MWRA engineer.   Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon.   Details.

Monday, August 4

9:30 - Noon.  "Animal Naturalists."   A one-week class.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.

Tuesday, August 5

2:30 - 4p.  "Replicability analysis for 'omics' research."   Ruth Heller.   Broad Institute :  Yosemite Room (7CC, Second Floor).   Details.

6p.  "'Talk and Do' Science."   Tour BOSSLab.   Boston's Open-Source Science Center.   BOSSLab, 339r Summer St, Somerville.   Details.

Thursday, August 7

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

1p.  "Interactions Between Learning and Decision Making."   Theja Tulabhandhula.   A thesis defense.   MIT:  32D-463.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, August 9

10 - 4p.  "Butterfly Festival."   Broad Meadow Brook, 414 Massasoit Rd, Worcester.   Details.

August 12 - 14.  "Workshops for Middle and High School Students."   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Tuesday, August 19

6:30p.  "Natural Mathematics: Intuition and Insight."   Sanjoy Mahajan.   TED talk.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details.

Wednesday, August 20

1 - 4p.  "COMSOL Physics Simulation."   Demo of a proprietary physics simulator.   Marriott Boston Burlington, 1 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington.   Details, Registration.

6:30p.  "AMD Night."   Shankar Viswan and Dave Jessel.   MIT:  E51-335.   Details.

Saturday, August 23

10:30 - Noon.  "Bugs!"   Amy Gunzelmann.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

*Admission to Harvard's medical area buildings often requires an 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.  Events in the medical area that do not carry an asterisk are those that I think are prepared to receive the unaffiliated.