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, although from time to time I include events of interest outside this focus -- such as Hackathons, DIY workshops, and events for young people.

It 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 to it here.  And unsubscribe here.

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, though 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.

Most critically:  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 change.  Speakers change their topic.  Errors are introduced at every stage of the process.   I correct those I find out about, which of course introduces yet another source of change.  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 for adults.  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



July 24 - 28.  "Native American Technologies."   Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

July 24 - 28.   "Earth Explorers."   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, July 24

9:30a.  "Stem Cells & Organoids."   A panel discussion.   Rangon Institute:  Room 146, 400 Tech Square.   Details.

9:30a.  "Synthetic Biology."   A conference.   Synthetic Biology Center.   Ragon Institute - Auditorium (400 Tech Sq., Room 146).   Details.

Noon.  "Global Data Flows and the Implications for Health Access in Developing Countries."   Mark Wu.   Harvard:  Global Health Institute, Conference Room, 42 Church.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

1p.  "Information and Prediction Limits in Online Social Activity."   Jim Bagrow.   Northeastern University:  Network Science Institute, 177 Huntington, 11th flr.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy: The other amyloid."   Steven Greenberg.   Brigham and Women's Hospital: Building for Transformative Medicine, Room 03002, 60 Fenwood Road.   Details.

7p.  "Why?: What Makes Us Curious."   Mario Livio.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, July 25

6:30 - 8p.  "Medicine,Wellness & You: Cardiology and Gastroenterology Health Forum."   Stephanie Moore and Kyle Staller.     Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, July 26

10:30a.  "Owls."   Boston Public Library, Brighton branch, 40 Academy Hill Road.   Details.

2p.  "Citizen Science with Eclipse Mob."   Center for Astrophysics, Wolbach Library Collaboration Space, 60 Garden St.   Details.

6p.  "Precision Medicine in Diabetes."   Jose Florez.   Broad Institute, 415 Main St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.


July 28-30.  "Hacking Emergency Response."   A Hackathon.   MIT Media Lab, 6th flr.   Details.

Thursday, July 27

1p.  "Trail Detectives' Club."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10a.  "Entanglement in Quantum Field Theory and Holography."   Cesar Agon.   A thesis defense.   Brandeis:  Abelson 333.   Details.

10a.  "Reproduction and Seed Development in the Water Lily Nymphaea thermarum – a New Perspective on the Evolution of Flowering Plant Seeds."   Rebecca Povilus.   A dissertation defense.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street.   Details, Abstract.

11a.  "Using Image Subtraction to Search for Planets and Variables in Crowded Stellar Fields."   Melinda Soares-Furtado.   Center for Astrophysics:  Pratt Conference Room.   Details.

12:15p.  "Flowers--Lavish or Minimalist?"   Natalie McMann and Jessica Savage.   Arnold Arboretum:  Arboretum Landscape, Near Arborway Gate.   Details, Abstract.

2:30p.  "The Flavor Network 2.0 - from shared compounds to shared receptors."   Sebastian Ahnert.   Northeastern University:  Network Science Institute, 177 Huntington Ave., 11th flr.   Details, Abstract.


July 29 - August 4.  "Synthetic Biology."   A Gordon Research Conference and Seminar.   Stoweflake Conference Center, Stowe, Vermont.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, July 29

Noon.   "Programming with Scratch."   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

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

10 - 4p.  "Hackerspace Health."   Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 4th floor, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract.

Sunday, July 30

Noon.   "Kinetic Sculptures."   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.


July 31 - August 4.   "Animal Naturalists."   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street.   Details.

Monday, July 31

11a.  "Next Generation WiFi."   Arogyaswami J. Paulraj.   Tufts:  Halligan 209.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Mammalian Inner Ear Regeneration: Does function follow form?"   Alan Cheng.   Boston Children's Hospital:  Center for Life Sciences, 12th Floor Conference Room, 3 Blackfan Circle.   Details.*

Noon.  "Trump's ‘America First’ Trade Agenda: What It Means for Access to Medicines."   John Stubbs.   Harvard:  Global Health Institute, Conference Room, 42 Church St.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Tuesday, August 1

8a.  "The Ethics of the Commercialization of CRISPR."   A panel discussion.   BioLabs:  300 Technology Sq, 8th flr.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Live from the Deep Ocean."   Peter R. Girguis and Jennifer Berglund.   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Networked Playscapes: Redefining the Playground."   Edwina Portocarrero.   A dissertation defense.   MIT:  E15-050.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, August 2

Noon.  "The Science of Pain: Complexities and Therapies."   Harvard Medical School, REB Auditorium, 190 Longwood Ave.   Details.*

2p.  "How Biological Memory really works: Insights from the Man with the World's Greatest Memory."   Tony Dottino and Jim Karol.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details.

Thursday, August 3

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

1p.  "Trail Detectives' Club."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

5:20p.  "Fermentable foods II - Beer and chocolate."   Harvard Biolabs:  16 Divinity Ave., Meet by volleyball court.   Details.

7p.  "African Manatees and Sea Turtles: Conservation Challenges and Successes."   Lucy Keith-Diagne and Tomas Diagne.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, August 5 and August 6.   "Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend."   Museum of Science, Blue Wing, Lower level.   Details.

August 7 - 11.  "Amazing Animals."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

August 7 - 11.  "Peabody Explorers."   Explore the life of the ancient Maya people through hands-on activities.   Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

August 7 - 13.  "Machine Intelligence."   Five aspects of Artificial Intelligence.   Lightbox Gallery, Harvard Art Museums.   Gallery talks and a launch event on Monday August 7th at the Berkman Klein Center.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, August 10

10 - 5p.  "Future of Outbreak Response."   A symposium.   Hosted by the Sabeti Lab.   Broad Institute, 415 Main St.   Details.

August 14 - 18.  "Super Scientists."   Spend a week exploring science like a scientist!   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Reservations.

August 14 - 18.  "Geology, Gems, and Jewelry."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details.



*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 esexton@genetics.med.harvard.edu (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 kbarry6@partnes.org.  Events in the Longwood medical area that do not carry an asterisk have announced explicitly that they are open to the general public.

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