Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area


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The main -- though certainly not the only -- purpose of this list is to convey a sense of the driving issues in contemporary science and technology through a schedule of talks in this area about these issues.   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 change 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.  (I advise against using an AOL address.)

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

Last update: 20.1725

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



September 20 - 21.  "Breast Pump Hackathon."   Make the breast pump not suck.   MIT:  Media lab, 75 Amherst St.   Details, Registration.

Saturday, September 20

9 - 5p.  "Software Freedom Day."   Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St, Cambridge.   Details.

10 - 11:30a.  "Early Birds."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

9 - Noon.  "Have You Heard: a Forum on Hearing and Hearing Loss."   Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, 243 Charles St.   Details.

1p.  "The Ig Informal Lectures."   MIT:  26-100.   Details.

Sunday, September 21

10:30 - Noon.   "Urban Birds."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

Monday, September 22

12:15 - 2p.  "Chicken, Egg, or Cook? Foodborne Salmonellosis and Distributed Responsibility."   Angie Boyce.   Harvard:  Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford St.   Details.

12:15p.  "Monarch Butterfly Migration: From behavior to neurons to genes."   Steven Reppert.   The Monarch Project.   Boston Children's Hospital:  Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building, 300 Longwood Avenue.   Details.*

4p.  "Neutrinos, Front and Center! Towards a New Understanding of the Quantum Universe."   Nigel Lockyer.   MIT:  26-414.   Details, Abstract.

4:30 - 6p.  "The Keys to Habitability."   Four presentations.   MIT:  2-105.   Details.

6p.  "Web Innovators Group."   A meetup.   Royal Sonesta Cambridge, 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd.   Details.

7p.  "Al Dente: When Plastic Meets Elastic."   Mark Ladner.   Harvard:  Science Center C.  Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Children of Men."   A Coolidge Science on Screen Presentation.   Commentary by David Ryley.   Coolidge Theater, 290 Harvard St, Brookline.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Dronological- The Art and Science of Unmanned Systems."   Markho Peljhan.   MIT:  Bartos Theater (E15-070).   Details.

7p.  "Urban Greening for Urban Birds."   Paige Warren.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.


September 23 - 25.  "Emtech 2014."   MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St.   Details.

Tuesday, September 23

Noon - 8p.   "Boston Data Festival."   hack/reduce, 275 Third St, Cambridge.   Details.

Noon.  "Modeling Alzheimer's Disease with Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells."   Tracy Young-Pearse.   Harvard:  Sherman-Fairchild G62, 7 Divinity Ave.   Details.

Noon.   "Shifting Dynamics of Tree Growth and Biomass Accumulator."   Joshua M. Halman.   Harvard:  Herbaria, Room 125, 22 Divinity Ave.   Details, Abstract.

12:30p.   "Digital Badges for Global Health Delivery Skills."   A Berkman Luncheon.   Rebecca Weintraub.   Webcast details.   Podcast details.   RSVP required for lunch.   Harvard: Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Flr.   Details, RSVP, Summary.

1p.  "Connectomics in Mouse Retina and Cerebral Cortex."   Moritz Helmstaedter.   Harvard:  NW 243.   Details.

2:30p.  "Evolution of the NASA Debris Radar (NDR) System."   Brian M. Kent.   Lincoln Lab Auditorium, 244 Wood Street, Lexington.   Details, Abstract.   Poster.

3:30p.  "Microscale Propulsion in Biological and Engineered Systems."   Henry Fu.   BU:  SCI 109.  Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Draining Bubbles and Capillary Bridges."   James Bird.   MIT:  3-370.   Details, Abstract.

CANCELLED.   4p.  "Following Single mRNAs in Living Cells."   Robert Singer.   MIT:  Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium (32-123).   Details.

4p.  "Galaxies on FIRE: Stellar feedback and galaxy evolution."   Dusan Keres.   MIT:  Marlar Lounge (37-252).   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Imaging the Mechanisms of Behavioral Control."   Tim Behrens.   McLean:  Pierce Hall, 115 Mill St, Belmont.   Details.

4p.  "The Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness."   Christof Koch.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details.

4:15 - 5:15p.  "Applying Theory to Practice (and Practice to Theory)."   Ronald Fagin.   MIT:  Stata Center, Patil/Kiva (32-G449).)  Details, Abstract.

4:30 - 6p.  "Digital Learning: improving access to learning and holistic educational outcomes."   A forum.   MIT:  4-231.   Details, Abstract.

4:30p.  "The Dead-Donor Rule and the Future of Organ Transplantation."   A forum.   HMS:  MEC Room 227.   Detail, RSVP.*

6 - 7:15p.  "Accelerating the Engineering of Life for Human Health Applications."   Timothy Lu.   Broad Institute, 415 Main St, Cambridge.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

CANCELLED.  6p.  "Life at Colonial Harvard: The Archaeological Evidence."   Diana Loren.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

6:30 - 8p.  "Emerald Ash Borer in Massachusetts: establishing a quarantine."   A conference.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "The Y Chromosome: Its Evolution, Survival, Implications."   David Page.   Background reading.   Belmont Media Center 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Introduction to Botany."   K.N. Gandhi.   First of eight sessions.   Harvard:  Herbaria.   Details, Registration.

7p.  "New Search Methods for Primitive and Intelligent Life Far from Earth."   Avi Loeb.   Harvard:  Science Center B.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, September 24

9:30 - 4:30p.  "COMSOL Multiphysics workshop."   An introduction to a proprietary physics simulation engine.   Residence Inn Boston Cambridge.   Details, Registration.

Noon.  "A Roadmap to Long-Term Brain-Machine Interfaces."   Jan M. Rabaey.   MIT:  Grier 34-401.   Details, Abstract.

3 - 4:30p.  "Science, Technology, and Innovation in Africa."   A forum.   MIT:  26-100.   Details, Abs tract.

4 - 6p.  "Energy, QoS and Energy-Harvesting in Computation and Communications, Part 1."   Erol Gelenbe.   BU:  Photonics Center 210, 8 St Mary's.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Targeted Genome and Epigenome Editing Using CRISPR and TALE Technologies."   Keith Joung.   Joung Lab.   Mass Eye and Ear:  Meltzer Auditorium.   Details.

5p.  A conversation with Juan Enriquez, co-founder of Synthetic Genomes Inc.   Background viewing.   Northeastern:  Admissions Visitor Center, Presentation Rm 1, 40 Leon St.   Details.

6p.  "Involvement of Cerebellar Circuit Dysfunction in Autism."   Christian Hansel.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002), 43 Vassar St.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Can We Talk? Psychotherapy Today."   Janet Witte.   McLean: Belmont campus, de Marneffe building.   Details.

7 - 9.  "Exploring the Quantum World: From plants to pulsars."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.

7p.  "The Gentleman Thief."   Apollo Robbins and John Gabriell.   Museum of Science.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "The History Of Newton Water Works."   Marcus Kempe, retired MWRA engineer.   Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Zombies and Calculus."   Colin Adams.   Harvard Coop.   Details.

Thursday, September 25

8 - 9a.  "If Every Instinct That Healthcare Has Is Wrong, Then the Opposite Would Have To Be Right ... Or Would It?"   Robert Wachter.   BIDMC-East:  Sherman Auditorium, 330 Brookline Ave.  Details.

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

Noon.  "Aviation's Carbon Neutral Growth Goals – How Do We Get There from Here?"   Kristin Lewis.   Tufts:    Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Neural Circuits for Information Seeking."   Ethan Bromberg-Martin.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Metals and Immunity."   Elizabeth Nolan.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

4p.  "Science of Rock 'n' Roll."   Ning Fang.   BC:  Merkert 130.   Details.

4p.  "The New Physics of Radiant Heat."   Steven Johnson.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

5 - 7p.  "By Design: Or, What Remote Controls Can Teach Us about the Nature of Control."   Caetlin Benson-Allott.   MIT:  E14-633.   Details, Abstract.

5:30 - 8:30p.  "Solar Impulse and the Swiss-American Aerospace Connections."   Olivier de Weck.   Novartis Auditorium, 220-250 Massachusetts Avenue.   Details.

7p.  "American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood."   Paul Greenberg and Alex Hay.   New England Aquarium,   Details, Abstract.

7 - 9:30p.  "Reverberations: Spiders and Musical Webs."   Tomás Saraceno and Markus Buehler.   Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Friday, September 26

10:30a.  "Engineering of Optogenetic Probes for Visualization of Neuronal Activity."   Robert E. Campbell.   MIT:  46-3189.  Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Atmospheric Methane and Ethane: 35 Years of Global Monitoring and 12 years of Regional Measurements."   Donald Blake.   Harvard:  Pierce 100F.   Details.

3p.  "Copyright in the Digital Age: What happened to Aereo?"   David Abrams.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G-125.   Details.

3p.  "Expanding the Enzyme Universe by Evolution and Design."   Frances H. Arnold.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) 123.   Details.

Saturday, September 27

All Day.   "Rockin' with Raptors Festival."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, September 29

12:10p.  "Ecological Implications of Whole Plant Physiology from Leaf to Root."   Jessica Savage.   Arnold Arboretum:  Weld Hill.   Details.

12:15 - 2p.  "Science/Fiction: Dramatic Arts as a Medium for Translating Science."   Benjamin Morris.   Harvard:  Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford.   Details.

4 - 6p.  "Computing, Capital, and the Future of Urban Life."   Orit Halpern and Yuri Takhteyev.   MIT:  E51-095.  Details.

4p.  "Systems Vaccinology: Enabling Rational Vaccine Design with Systems Biology."   Bali Pulendran.   HMS:  NRB 1031.  Details.*

4:30 - 6p.  "Keys to Habitability: Light to Life."   Paul Falkowski.   MIT:  2-105.   Details.

4:30 - 6p.  "The Next Great Mass Extinction."   A forum.   MIT:  2-105.   Details.

5:30 - 7p.  "An Introduction to Software Defined Radio for Microwave Engineers."   Jeffrey Pawlan.   Lincoln Lab Auditorium, 244 Wood Street, Lexington.   Details, Abstract.

5:30 - 7p.   "Do Fixed Patent Terms Distort Innovation? Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials."   Heidi Williams.   Background reading.   Harvard:  Littauer M15.   Details.

6p.  "Into the Wind."   Georgie Friedman and Kerry Emanuel.   Broad Institute:  Yellowstone Room, 75 Ames St.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

7p.  "gAstronomy."   Bill Yosses and Steve Howell.   Harvard:  Science Center C.  Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, September 30

9:30 - 1p.  "The Working Cities Challenge Seminar Series (Part I)."   Microsoft NERD Center, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Registration.

12:30p.   "NymRights: Protecting Identity in the Digital Age."   A Berkman Luncheon.   aestetix.   Webcast details.   Podcast details.   RSVP required for lunch.   Harvard: Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Flr.   Details, RSVP, Summary.

1p.  "The Maps Inside Your Head."   Vijay Balasubramanian.   Harvard:  Center for Brain Science, Northwest Building 243, 52 Oxford Street.   Details.

4p.  "Neural Representations of Language Meaning."   Tom M. Mitchell.   Background video.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).  Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Rattle & Shine: Compact Binary Coalescences and Their Multiple Signals."   Luis Lehner.   MIT:  Marlar Lounge (37-252.  Details, Abstract.

5p.  "The Neurobiology of Human Altruism."   Ernst Fehr.   Harvard:  275 William James Hall, 33 Kirkland St.   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "One Brain, Many Genomes: Genomic variability between single neurons in health and disease."   Christopher A. Walsh.   Harvard:  Bio labs 1080, 16 Divinity Ave.   Details.

7p.  "'Can you hear me now?' Wireless Microphone Frequency reallocation…again!"   Joe Ciaudelli, Spectrum Affairs, Sennheiser USA.   Talamas, 145 California St, Newton.   Details.

7 - 8:30p.  "Preserving Forests in New England."   Robert A. Askins.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "The Impact of Human Bodies in Deep Space."   A meetup.   Torin Clark.   Microsoft NERD:  Abigail Adams Room (Suite 100), One Memorial Drive.   Details.

Wednesday, October 1

12:10p.  "The Effect of Clouds on Snowball Earth Deglaciation and the Inner Edge of the Habitable Zone."   Dorian Abbot.   MIT:  54-915.   Details, Abstract.

12:15p.  "Neuronal Ensembles: An emergent level of cortical function."   Rafael Yuste.   Boston Children's Hospital:  Folkman Auditorium, Enders Bldg, 300 Longwood.   Details.*

1:30 - 3p.  "DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Bases."   Walter Kaufmann.   Judge Baker Children's Center, 53 Parker Hill Avenue.   Details.   Abstract.

4p.  "How Exponential Progress with All Things Digital is Changing Our Economies and Societies."   Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.   Harvard:  Sanders Theater, Memorial Hall, 1785 Cambridge St.   Details, abstract, tickets.

4p.  "On Growth and Form: Geometry, Physics, and Biology."   L. Mahadevan.   Harvard:  Sheer Room, Fay House, 10 Garden St.  Details.

5p.  "Neuroeconomics as a Unifying Approach Towards Understanding the Human Mind and Individual Behavior."   Ernst Fehr.   Harvard:  275 William James Hall, 33 Kirkland St.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "The Creation of Quabbin Reservoir: The End of the Swift River Valley."   J.R. Greene.   Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St.   Details, Abstract.

7 - 9.  "The (Internal) War on Cancer: Using the immune system to fight tumors."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.

Thursday, October 2

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

8:30 - 1p.  "Sustainable Models for Print Storage in the 21st Century."   A symposium.   Harvard:  Peabody Music Building, Paine Concert Hall, 1 Oxford St.   Details.

2 - 5:30p.  "Neurotransmission in Health and Disease."   A symposium.   HMS:  The Joseph B.Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, RSVP.*

4 - 5:15p.  "Machine Learning as the Next Frontier for Social Science and Vice Versa."   Sendhil Mullainathan.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details.

4p.  "Pursuing Placebo Effects."   Ted Kaptchuk.   BWH:  70 Francis St, Shapiro Breakfast Room.   Details.

4p.  "Seeing Stars Form in the Milky Way."   Alyssa Goodman.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "The Active Solar Atmosphere: Results from the First Year of IRIS Observations."   Ed Deluca.   BU:  725 Commonwealth Ave, Room 502.   Details.

4:05p.  "Engineering Mammalian Cell-Based Devices to Enable Design-Driven Medicine."   Josh Leonard.   Leonard Lab.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) 141.   Details.

6p.  "Saving Lemurs from Extinction: Conservation in Action."   Patricia Chapple Wright.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.  Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Automation and Us."   Nicholas Carr.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.


October 3 - 5.  "Hacking Arts."   Microsoft NERD Center and the MIT Media Lab.   Details, Registration.

Friday, October 3

Noon.  "Emulating Natural Systems for Geologic CO2 Capture and Storage, and to Enhance Subsurface Permeability."   Peter Keleman.   Harvard:  Pierce 100F.   Details.

8 - 10p.  "Telescope Training Night."   Museum of Science, Technology Learning Center.   Details, abstract, registration.

Saturday, October 4

9 - 6p.  "Mass Customized Healthcare - Crowdsourcing, Personalized Medicine, and Predictive Analytics."   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive.   Details, Registration.

9:30 - 12:30p.  "Nests! The Intriguing World of Avian Architecture."   Mary Caswell Stoddard and Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7:30p.  "Astronomy Day -- Uranus and Neptune."   Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.   Details.

Sunday, October 5

Noon - 5p.  "Archeological Fair."   Harvard:  Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Harvard Semitic Museum.   Details.   Poster.

Monday, October 6

9a.  "Mental Health and the Developing Brain in the Second Decade of Life."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center.   Details, Tickets.*

3:30p.  "Galactic Center Event Horizon Telescope."   Jim Moran.   BU:  CAS 502.   Details.

4p.  "Situations and Norms."   Tore Ellingsen.   Harvard:  Program for Evolutionary, Dynamics, One Brattle Square.   Details.

4:30 - 6p.  "The Past & Future Fights of Homo Sapiens."   Two presentations.   MIT:  2-105.   Details.

7p.  "Soylent Green."   A Coolidge Science on Screen event.   P.K. Newby will comment.   Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St, Brookline.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, October 7

1p.  "The Functional Organization of Human Speech Cortex in Perception and Production."   Edward Chang.   Harvard:  NW 243.   Details.

6:30p.  "Genetics and Social Responsibility."   Jon Beckwith.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont MA.   Details.

7 - 8:30p.  "Ecologies in Flux: What is the role of exotic plants in urban and suburban landscapes?"   A panel discussion.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Registration, Abstract.


October 8 - 10.  "COMSOL Conference."   Boston Marriott Newton.   Details, Registration.

Wednesday, October 8

4p.  "Biomineralization."   Pupa Gilbert.   Radcliffe Institute:  Sherr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden St.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: So many genes involved."   Stephen Scherer.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details.   Abstract.

7 - 9.  "Inputs and Outputs: How the brain allows us to interact with the world."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.

Thursday, October 9

4 - 5:15p.  "Applying Theory to Practice (and Practice to Theory)."   Ronald Fagin.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Early Cancer Diagnostic: Changes in Nuclear Cell Nanoarchitecture - a simple biophysicist approach to a complex problem."   Igal Szleifer.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) 141.   Details.

4p.  "Mapping the Arts: Archives, Artists, and Digital Technologies."   Lara Stein Pardo.   Harvard:  Robinson Hall, Basement Conference Room.   Details.

6p.  "Strung Together: Multicellularity and String Quartets."   A forum.   Harvard:  Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall.   Details.

7p.  "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End."   Atul Gawande.   First Parish Church:  1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Ocean Stewardship Spotlight: What Does Adapting to Climate Change Look Like?"   Allie Goldstein and Kirsten Howard.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theatre.   Details, Abstract.

October 10th-11th.   "Digital Experimentation."   A conference.   MIT:  Sloan Bldg (E62), 100 Main St.   Details, Registration.

Friday, October 10

9 - 6p.  "Cyborg Camp."   An unconference.   MIT:  Media Lab, 3rd flr Atrium, 75 Amherst.   Details, Registration.

Noon.  "Ice Age Climates and Climate Oscillators."   Richard Peltier.   Harvard:  Pierce 100F.   Details.

Monday, October 13

Noon - 4:30p.  "Zooarchaeology Laboratory Open House."   Harvard:  Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.   Details.

Tuesday, October 14

  "How DNA is Folded in Cells and Why it Matters."   Jane Kondev.   Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington Ctr.   Details, abstract.

Wednesday, October 15

7p.  "Our Universe's Story: Cosmos from Chaos."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.

Thursday, October 16

8a.  "Cancer Immunotherapy: The End of the Beginning."   Jedd Wolchok.   BIDMC:  Sherman Auditorium, 330 Brookline Ave.   Details.*

7p.  "The Origins and Legacy of the Catskill Forest Preserve."   Paul K. Barten.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bulding.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, October 18

1 - 3p.  "Other Order: A Sound Walk in Bussey Brook Meadow."   Created by media artist Teri Rueb.   Background reading.   Arnold Arboretum, Bussey Brook Meadow.   Details.

Sunday, October 19

1 - 3p.  "Collections Up Close: Considering Crabapples."   Arnold Arboretum:  Peters Hill.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, October 20

12:15 - 2p.  "Bridging the Basic-Applied Dichotomy and the Cycle of Discovery and Invention."   Venkatesh Narayanamurti.   Harvard: Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford St.   Details.

7p.  "America's Founding Fruit: The Cranberry in a New Environment."   Susan Playfair.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

Tuesday, October 21

8 - 3p.  "Autism Consortium Research."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur Boston.   Details, Tickets.*

Wednesday, October 22

4p.  "Searching for Atmospheric Signatures of Other Worlds."   Mercedes Lopez-Morales.   Harvard:  Sherr Roo, Fay House, 10 Garden St.   Details, Abstract.

7 - 9.  "Forever Young: How long can humans live?"   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.



*Admission to Harvard's medical area buildings 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, 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.  Inquiries directed at the HMS Dept of Genetics should be emailed to esexton@genetics.med.harvard.edu (or 617-432-7666) at least one day before the event.  Events in the medical area that do not carry an asterisk are those that I think are prepared to receive the unaffiliated.

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