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

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Monday, October 20

11:30 - 1p.  "Innovating in Health Care Technology."   Regina Herzlinger.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin 119.   Details, Abstract.

12:10p.  "Conservation Genetics of Pollination Systems."   Sevan Suni.   Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre St.   Details.

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

4p.  "“Ecological and Climate Dynamics of Oceanic Nitrogen Loss."   Curtis Deutsch.   Harvard:  Haller Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

4p.  "Smart People Behaving Badly: IQ and Health Behaviors in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study."   Pamela Herd.   Harvard:  Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow St.   Details.

4 - 6p.  "Truth, Hierarchy, and Order: The Mathematical Battle over the Shape of Modernity."   Amir Alexander.   MIT:  E51-095.  Details.

4:30p.  "Detecting Novel Relationships in Large Datasets."   Yakir Reshef.   Background reading.   MIT:  Stata Center, G4 Lounge (32-475A).   Details, Abstract.

4:30 - 6p.  "The Next Great Mass Extinction."   A forum.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

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

7p.  "Decoding the Creative Process."   Ferran Adria.   Harvard:  Science Center C.  Details, Tickets.

Tuesday, October 21

3:30 - 5p.  "Animal Artists."   First of four meetings.   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

8a.  "Autism Consortium Research."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Registation.*

8 - 5p.  "Neural Mechanisms of Behavior and Cognition."   A symposium.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (36-3002).   Details, Registration.

8 - 5:30p.  "Materials Day - New Frontiers in Metals Processing."   A symposium.   MIT:  Little Kresge Auditorium (W-16).   Details, Abstract, Registration.

11a.  "The Schizophrenic Retina."   Robert F. Miller.   McLean:  Pierce Hall, 115 Mill Street, Belmont.   Details.

Noon.  "MIT D-Lab Open Hour."   MIT:  N51, Third Flr.   Details.

Noon.  "Timing of Flowering, Fruiting and Leaf Flush in a Seasonal Tropical Forest: Why and How?"   Egbert Leigh.   Herbaria:  22 Divinity Avenue, Seminar Room 125.   Details.

12:30p.  "The Inspection House: An Impertinent Field Guide to Modern Surveillance."   Emily Horne and Tim Maly.   An author's event.   HLS:  Wasserstein 3018.   Details, RSVP.

3p.  "Camera Calibration and 3D Reconstruction with MATLAB."   Dima Lisin.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.  Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Finding Transiting Planets from the Ground."   Gaspar Bakos.   MIT:  Marlar Lounge (37-252).   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Gene Therapy for Heart Failure."   Roger Hajjar.   Background reading.   Boston Children's Hospital:  Folkman Auditorium, 300 Longwood.  Details.*

4p.  "Monsters and Monstrosities: genetic approaches in understanding form."   Matthew Harris.   Marine Science Center, Bunker Classroom, 430 Nahant Rd, Nahant.   Details.

4p.  "Morphing of Slender Structures by Swelling."   Douglas Holmes.   Harvard:  Pierce Hall 209.  Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Nanoparticles, Targeted Therapy, and Immunotherapy: Tools to Address Ovarian Cancer."   Michael Goldberg.   Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:  Jimmy Fund Auditorium.   Details.*

4:30 - 6p.  "Frontiers in RNAi."   Phil Sharp.   MIT:  E19-623.   Details.

4:30 - 6p.  "Princesses and Peas: Why are molecules in a tizzy about subtle bumps and curves along the reaction coordinate?"   G. Barratt Park.   MIT:  6-120.   Details.

5p.  "The Birth of the Pill."   Jonathan Eig.   An author's event.   HMS:  Countway Library of Medicine, Ballard Auditorium (fifth floor).   Details, Abstract, Registration.*

5p.  "Yellow on Yellow: American Witch Hazel."   Andrew Gapinski.   Arnold Arboretum.   Details, Abstract.

6 - 9p.  "Boston Quantified Self Show & Tell."   A meetup.   General Assembly, 51 Melcher St.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "'Re-Learning' to Remodel the Adult Damaged Brain: Experience-Driven Competition in Neural Mechanisms of Stroke Recovery."   Theresa Jones.   Harvard:  Northwest B-101.   Details.

6p.  "Science of Yeast."   Jeff Pinkus.   Also a HackNight.   BOSSLab, 339r Summer St, Somerville.   Details, RSVP.

6p.  "Stories Water Tells."   Anne Neely and Robert Zimmerman, Executive Director, Charles River Watershed Association.   Broad Institute, Monadnock Room, 7 Cambridge Center.   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

6 - 7:30p.  "Why Life Got Big."   David Gold and David Johnston.   MIT Museum:  265 Mass Ave.   Details.

6:30 - 8p.  "Introduction to Lego Mindstorms."   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Dr.   Details, Registration, Summary.

7p.  "Close to Home: Indoor air quality & your health."   Gary Adamkiewicz.   Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Wednesday, October 22

10a.  "Designing for Nuclear Values: An Ethical Perspective on Nuclear Reactor Design."   Behnam Taebi.   Harvard:  Fainsod Room (Littauer 324).   Details.

10a.  "Seasonal Hurricane Prediction: Towards Regional and High-Intensity Information."   Gabriel Vecchi.   MIT:  54-915.  Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Dynamical Principles for Cognition."   Mikhail Rabinovich.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "From Hidden Hearing Loss to Cognitive Control: Understanding individual differences affecting everyday communication."   Barbara Shinn-Cunningham.   BU:  Center for Systems Neuroscience, 2 Cummington St, Rm 109.   Details.

Noon.  "Sex and Disease: Do Males and Females Read Their Genomes Differently?"   David C. Page.   HMS:  Genetics Seminar Room (NRB 0350).   Details.*

Noon.  "The Challenges and Opportunities of the Semiconductor Industry in the Mobile Era."   Roawen Chen.   MIT:  34-401 (Grier).   Details, Abstract.

4 - 6p.  "Hacking the Superconducting Nanowire: Electronics and Single-Photon Detectors."   Karl Berggren.   Harvard:  250 Jefferson.   Details.

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

4p.  "What Makes Spider Silk Stronger than Steel? A molecular insight to the spider protein building blocks."   Davoud Ebrahimi.   MIT:  1-131.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Within-Patient Diversification of Bacterial Infections."   Tami Lieberman.   MIT:  48-316, 15 Vassar St.   Details.

5p.  "Reliability of Sensory-Evoked Activity in Autism."   David Heeger.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details, Abstract.

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

7p.  "The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures."   An author's event.   Christine Kenneally.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Summary.

7p.  "'Under Quabbin' Documentary Screening."   Waterworks Museum:  2450 Beacon St.   Details, Abstract.


October 23 - 25.  "Boston Book Festival."   Details, Tickets.

Thursday, October 23

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

7:45a.  "Unlocking the Mystery of Puberty Through Genetics."   Stephanie B Seminara.   Harvard:  Faculty Club, Room 10, 2nd floor, 20 Quincy Street.   Details.

Noon.  "Credence by the Cup - Consumer Interest in Environmental Attributes of Food and Beverages."   Sean Cash.   Tufts:  Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, Medford Campus.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Reaching, Walking, and Pre-Crastinating."   David A. Rosenbaum.   Brandeis:  Shapiro Campus Center.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Stem Cell-Based Therapies for Cancer: Unraveling Hope from Hype."   Khalid Shah.   MGH Museum:  Putnam Gallery, 2 North Grove St,   Details, RSVP.

2:50 - 4p.  "Going Big on Big Data."   Sam Madden.   Tufts:  Halligan 102.   Details.

4 - 5:15p.  "Interactive ML for People: The Small Data Problem."   Emma Brunskill.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "LHC: The First Three Years And The Next Two Decades."   Beate Heinemann.   MIT:  10-250.   Details.

4 - 6p.  "Spatial Regulation of Gene Expression in Neurons During Neuronal Plasticity."   Kelsey Martin.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).  Details, Abstract.

5p.  "Developing Indicators of Impacts and Change in the US - Sustaining National Assessments of Climate Change."   Tony Janetos.   BU:  Life Science & Engineering Building B-01, 24 Cummington Street.   Details.

6p.  "Discoveries at CERN."   A panel discussion.   Harvard Science Center D.   Details, Registration.

6p.  "Sweet and Spicy Libations: Wine in the Ancient Near East."   Andrew Koh and Joseph A. Greene, Curator, Harvard Semitic Museum..   Harvard:  Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Ave.   Details, Abstract.

6 - 8p.  "Wearables, Responsibility, and Learning Experience Design."   DockYard, 101 Tremont St.   Details, agenda.

6:30p.  "Build a Robot (#2)."   A Meetup.   Einstein's Workshop, 25 Adams St., Burlington.   Details.

6:30 - 9p.  "Vegetarian Architecture."   Simon Velez.   MIT:  7-429.   Details.

7p.  "Kelp and Climate Change: Reef Life in Your Backyard."   Jarrett Byrnes.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theatre.   Details, Abstract, Registration.


October 24-25.  "Homeostatic Regulation in Health and Disease."   A symposium.   HSPH:  Building C, Cannon Room.  Details, Registration.   Poster.*

Friday, October 24

8 - 5p.  "The Hallmarks of Cancer Symposium."   MIT:  Whitehead Institute, McGovern Auditorium, 9 Cambridge Center.   Details, Registration.

8:30a.  "Functional Amyloid Biosynthesis: A platform for materials fabrication."   Neel Joshi.   Harvard:  HUCE Seminar Room (310), 24 Oxford St.   Details.

7p.  "Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty."   An author's event.   Vikram Chandra.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Summary.

9 - 5p.  "Charles River Crypto Day."   A symposium.   MIT:  Stata Center, Hewlett (32 - G882).   Details.

9 - 11a.  "Social Equity & Health: Laying the Groundwork."   A forum.   Park Plaza Hotel, Georgian Ballroom, 50 Park Plaza.   Details, Registration.

10a.  "The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime."   Adrian Raine.   Background reading.   Tufts:  Barnum 008, 163 Packard Ave, Medford.   Details.

10:30a.  "Robots, Skills, and Symbols."   :George Konidaris.   MIT:  Stata Center, Kiva (32-G449).   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Introduction to UX Fundamentals."   Chris LaRoche.   Simmons College:  Palace Road Building, Collaboratory P-314.   Details, Tickets, Abstract.

2:30p.  "Human-Centered Computing: Using Speech to Understand Behavior."   Emily Mower Provost.   MIT:  Stata Center, Star (32-D463).   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "A PMU in Every Household? GPS Time Synchronized Wide-Area Power Grid Monitoring."   Yilu Liu.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G125.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "Hack Lore: Cows, Cars, and Cannons."   Edmund Golaski '99.   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

6p.  "Note-By-Note Cooking."   Herve This.   BU:  808 Commonwealth Ave., Demonstration Room (Room 117).   Details, Abstract, RSVP.

Saturday, October 25

10:30 - Noon.  "Fall Feathered Friends."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan.   Details.

11 - 4p.  "The Chemistry of Candy."   Boston Children's Museum.   Details.

10 - 1p.  "Fungus Fair."   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

Noon - 2:30p.  "Assistive Technology Clothing Design."   Museum of Science, Gorden Center.   Details.

2 - 3p.  "Remembering North America's Extinct Birds."   The Lost Bird Project.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, Haller Hall, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

Sunday, October 26

2p.  "Spider Web Walk."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Registration.


October 27 - 28.  "Symposium on the Control of Network Systems."   BU:  Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary's.   Details, Registration.

Monday, October 27

Noon - 1:30p.  "Energy Storage: Its value to the grid and ongoing policy challenges to deployment and support of renewable energy."   Paul Denholm.   HKS:  Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK St.   Details.

Noon.  "The Glass Cage: Automation and Us."   An author's event.   Nicholas Carr.   Northeastern Law:  240 Dockser Hall.   Details, Abstract.

12:15 - 2p.  "Ecologies of Paradox: A Typology of Scientific Surprise in the Anthropocene."   Zoe Nyssa.   Harvard:  Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford St.   Details.

3:30p.  Three Events: "Development and Applications of CRISPR-Cas9 for Genome Editing," by Feng Zhang; "CRISPR-Cas9 Discovery and Development of Programmable Genome Engineering," by Jennifer Doudna; "CRISPR-Cas9: How a Bacterial Immune System Revolutionizes Life Sciences and Medicine," by Emmanuelle Charpentier.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

4:30 - 6p.  "The Next Front in Protecting Global Health."   Samuel Myers.   MIT:  2-105.   Details.

6p.  "The Secret Lives of Parasites – A Cultural Perspective."   Rosemary Drisdelle.   Hilton Garden Inn, 450 Totten Pond Rd, Waltham.   Details, Registration.

6:30 - 9p.  "Responsive Typography.".   Jason Parmental.   Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane.   Details.

7p.  "Computational Creativity.".   Karen Brennan.   Harvard Allston Education Portal, 175 North Harvard Street, Allston.   Details.

7p.  "The History of Culinary Thickeners."   Martin Breslin.   Harvard:  Science Center C.   Details, Tickets.


October 28 - 29.  "Design Driven Innovation."   A conference.   MIT Media Lab.   Details.

October 28 - 29.   "Einstein Fellowship Symposium."   Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street.   Details.

Tuesday, October 28

Noon.  "New Models of Scholarly Communication for Digital Scholarship."   Stephen Griffin.   MIT:  E25-202.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data Smart Governance."   A forum discussion and author's event.   HLS:  Langdell Library, Caspersen Room.   Details.

4p.  "Planetary Systems in 4D."   Rebekah Dawson.   MIT:  Marlar Lounge (37-252).   Details.

4 - 5:30p.  "Scientific Utopia: Improving Openness and Reproducibility in Scientific Research."   Brian Nosek.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details, Abstract.

5:30 - 8:30p.  "Responsive Design or Designing Responsibly.".   MITRE, 202 Burlington Rd, Bedford.   Details, RSVP.

6 - 7:30p.  "Life Beyond Earth."   Christopher Carr and Vlada Stamenkovic.   MIT Museum:  265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Wednesday, October 29

8 - 5p.  "Translating Neural Circuits and Pathways into Treatment."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details, Registration.*

Noon.  "Contrasting Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease: Studies of the Transcriptome, Regulome and Proteome."   Richard Myers.   BU:  Center for Systems Neuroscience, 24 Cummington Street, Room B01.   Details.

4 - 6p.  "Nanoscale Silicon as an Optical Material."   Philippe M. Fauchet.   BU:  Photonics 210, 8 St. Mary's.   Details, Abstract.   Flyer.

6p.  "The Coming Swarm: DDoS, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet."   Molly Sauter.   An author's event.   HLS:  Wasserstein 2012.  Details, RSVP.

7p.  "Fat vs Sugar: The Culture of American Dieting."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.


October 30 - November 3.  "iGEM Jamboree."   (iGEM = The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. Teams build systems that operate in living cells.)   Hynes Convention Center.   Details, Registration.

Thursday, October 30

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

9:15 - 12:30p.  "COMSOL 5.0 Workshop."   A demo of a proprietary physics simulator.   COMSOL, Inc., 1 New England Executive Park, Burlington.   Details, Registration.

Noon.  "Biodiversity and land conservation at the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program."   Patricia Swain, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.   Tufts:  Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, Medford Campus.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Do it once, Do it right - Building a Scalable Predictive Modeling Platform for Healthcare Applications."   Jimeng Sun.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) D463.   Details, Abstract.

3:30 - 5:30p.  "Authorship in the Digital World: How to Make It Thrive."   A panel discussion.   Harvard:  Lamont Library, Forum Room.   Details, Registration.

4p.  "Ecology and Evolution of Bacterial Populations in the Wild."   Martin Polz.   Polz lab.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) 141.   Details.

4p.  "Ecosystem Tipping Points, Chemical Ecology, and the Death Spiral of Coral Reefs."   Mark Hay.   MIT:  48-316.   Details.

4p.  "Is it Worth It? Dopamine Dynamics and the Value of Work."   Joshua D. Berke.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Quantum Mechanics and the Geometry of Spacetime."   Juan Maldacena.   MIT:  10-250.   Details.

4 - 5:30p.  "What Should We Do about Fossil Fuel CO2?"   Wally Broecker.   BU:  School of Management Auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Avenue.   Details.

4:30p.  "Autonomy’s Price: Choosing Not to Choose."   Cass R. Sunstein.   HMS:  Armenise Building, D Amphitheater, 210 Longwood Avenue.   Details, RSVP.*

5:30p.  "21st Century War: the Continuum of Pain and Other Sequelae."   Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III and Rollin M. Gallagher.   HMS:  Carl Walter Amphitheatre, Tosteson Medical Education Center, 260 Longwood Avenue.   Details, Registration.   Flyer.*

6p.  "Higgs."   Melissa Franklin.   Harvard Science Center D.   Details, Registration.

7p.  "The Bees and the Seas: Finding Similarities in Conservation Goals."   An author's event.   Noah Wilson-Rich and Randi Rotjan.   TED talk.   New England Aquarium:  IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

7 - 9p.  "Ultimate Truths: Comparing Science and the Humanities."   A discussion.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) 123.   Details.

Friday, October 31

9:30 - 12:30p.  "The Sweet Side of Chemistry – Candy."   Museum of Science, Cahners Theater.   High school field trips only.   Details.

Noon.  "Ice Age Puzzles."   George Denton.   BU:  CAS, 685 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 224.   Details.

Noon.  "Studying Aerosols, One Particle at a Time."   Jonathan Reid.   Harvard:  Pierce 100F.   Details.

7p.  "Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain."   An author's event.   Timothy Verstynen.   Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Summary.

Saturday, November 1

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

2 - 3:30p.  "Magnificient Leaves."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St.   Details, Registration.

Sunday, November 2

Noon.  "The History Of Water Treatment."   Marcus Kempe, Executive Director.   Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. :    Details, Summary.

1p & 4 p.  "The Sweet Side of Chemistry - Candy."   Bassam Shakhashiri.   Museum of Science, Cahners Theater.   Details.


November 3 - 9.  "Boston Data Festival."   Thomson Reuters, 22 Thomson Place.   Details, Registration.

Monday, November 3

Noon - 1:30p.  "How Important is Energy Storage for Decarbonization?"   David Keith.   HKS:  Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building.   Details.

Noon.  "The Neurobiology of the Memory for Sequences of Events: A synergistic approach in rats and humans."   Norbert Fortin.   BU:  2 Cummington Mall, Room 109.   Details.

12:10p.  "Adaptation, Convergence, and the Evolution of Weediness: the Case of Red Rice."   Ana Caicedo.   Caicedo lab.   Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall.   Details.

2 - 5:30p.  "Program in Genetics and Genomics Annual Symposium."   HMS:  Goldenson 122.   Details.*

4:30 - 6p.  "Environmental Dynamics of Human Evolution."   Richard Potts.   MIT:  2-105,   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "The Abyss."   A Coolidge Science on Screen event.  Graham Shimmield will discuss issues raised by the movie.   Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St, Brookline.   Details, Tickets.

7p.  "Emulsions and Foams."   Christina Tosi.   Harvard:  Science Center C.  Details.

Tuesday, November 4

9 - 5.  "Neurotech 2014."   A symposium.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details, Registration.

Noon.  "At Play in the Garden of Eating: Insights from carnivorous plants and the ants they eat."   Aaron Ellison.   Harvard Herbarium, 22 Divinity Ave.   Details.

4:30 - 6p.  "Communicable Disease Dynamics."   Marc Lipsitch.   MIT:  E19-623.   Details.

7p.  "Marine Conservation Action Fund: Supporting Coral Reefs in India and Coastal Dolphins in Pakistan."   Rohan Arthur and Gill Braulik.   New England Aquarium:  IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, November 5

Noon.  "Networks in Neuroscience: A Statistical Perspective."   Eric Kolaczyk.   BU:  Center for Systems Neuroscience, 24 Cummington Street, Room B01.   Details.

4p.  "Programmable DNA Compartments as Artificial Cells on a Chip."   Roy Bar-Ziv.   Harvard:  Sherr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden St.  Details, Abstract.

6p.  "Developing Targeted Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders."   Susan Faja.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details, Abstract.

6:30p.  "Great Expectations: The Large Hadron Collider 2015."   Tulika Bose.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Fracking: How cheap energy is reshaping America's environment."   HMS:  Armenise Auditorium.   Details.

7 - 9p.  "Sleep, Memory, and Dreams: How Your Brain Keeps Working All Night."   Robert Stickgold.   Museum of Science, Cahners Theater.   Details, Registration.

Thursday, November 6

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

Noon.  "Invasive species: Causes, consequences, and solutions."   Rebecca Irwin.   Tufts:  Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Tracing the Origin and Transmission of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak by Virus Deep Sequencing from 78 Patients."   Rachel Sealfon.   MIT:  E51-325.   Details, Abstract.

1:30p.  "Results Day: Harvard Yard Archaeology Project."   Harvard Yard outside Matthews Hall.   Details.

4p.  "Optical Tweezers: Gene Regulation, Studied One Molecule at a Time."   Steven Block.   MIT:  10-250.   Details, Abstract.

5 - 7p.  "Catastrophic Risks: The Downsides of Advancing Technology."   Martin Rees.  With panel discussion.   Harvard:  Jefferson 250.   Details, Abstract.

6p.  "American Canopy."   Eric Rutkow.   An Author's event.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Beautiful and Deadly: The Arts of War."   Steven A. LeBlanc.   Harvard:  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

7 - 9p.  "Fright Factors."   MIT Museum.   Details.

7 - 9p.  "The Genomics of Ebola."   Rachel Sealfon.   MIT:  E51-325.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Viruses: Threats in a Tiny Package."   John Connor.   Robbins Library, 700 Mass Ave, Arlington.   Details, Abstract.

Friday, November 7

8:30a.  "Natural Products in the Human Gut: The biology and biosynthesis of a small-molecule toxin made by E. coli."   Carolyn Brotherton.   Harvard:  Haller Hall, 24 Oxford St.   Details.

Noon.  "Illuminating Touch: Mechanosensory mechanisms in epidermal touch receptors."   Ellen Lumpkin.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

3p.  "Polymer Membranes for Large-Scale Energy Conversion and Storage."   Michael Hickner.   BU:  Room 205, 8 St. Mary’s Street.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Internal and External Sensory Systems."   Steve Liberles.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details.

Saturday, November 8

10:30 - Noon.  "Exploring Science Together: Plants!"   Wendy Derjue-Holzer, Education Director.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

9:30 - 3p.  "Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting."   Brandeis:  Lemberg Academic Center, first floor.   Details, Registration.

2p.  "Eight Extraordinary Years of Scientific Travel: Alfred Russel Wallace's Malay Archipelago."   Andrew Berry .   Harvard Museum of Natural History, Haller Hall, 26 Oxford.   Details, Abstract.

Monday, November 10

12:15 - 2:15p.  "'I can Feel the Mafia But I Can’t See It': An Anthropology of Forensic Knowledge."   Naor Ben-Yehoyada.   Harvard:  Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford St.   Details.

4:15p.  "Uploading for the Dead: Cyberancestors, Mazatec Muertos Music, and 'Digital Activism' in Mexico."   Paja Faudree.   Harvard:  Tozzer 203, 21 Divinity Ave.   Details.

7p.  "Where is the Acid?"   Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park.   Harvard:  Science Center C.  Details.

Wednesday, November 12

Noon.  "Molecular Basis of Progression in Alzheimer’s Disease."   Bradley T. Hyman.   BUSM:  72 East Concord St., Room L-110.   Details.

Noon.  "The Maps Inside your Head."   Vijay Balasubramanian.   BU:  Center for Systems Neuroscience, 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109.   Details.

Noon.  "Trade and the Role of Weights in the Third Millennium BC."   Lorenz Rahmstorf.   Harvard:  Tozzer 203.   Details.

3:30 - 5p.  "What do Astrocytes do?"   Ben Barres.   HMS:  Armenise Amphitheater.   Details.*

4p.  "Programming Is not Just Coding."   Leslie Lamport.   MIT:  Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium (32-123).   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "More than a Messenger: The Secret Life of RNA."   HMS:  Armenise Theater, 200 Longwood Ave.   Details.*

Thursday, November 13

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

4p.  "How’s Your Sleep? The Answer Might Surprise You."   Matt T. Bianchi.   BWH:  Shapiro Breakout Room, 70 Francis St.   Details.

4p.  "Integrating Chemistry and Evolution to Illuminate and Program Biology."   David Liu.   Liu Group.   MIT:  32-141.   Details.

6p.  "Mummies, Mildews, Manna, and Mosses: Four Kingdoms under One Roof."   Donald Pfister.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details.

7p.  "Penguins as Ocean Sentinels: What Penguins Are Telling Us."   P. Dee Boersma.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Registration, Summary. .

Friday, November 14

8a.  "Lost and Found: A Science Symposium about Navigation."   Harvard:  Knafel Center, 10 Garden St.   Details, Registration.

5 - 8p.  "Always Connected - The Promise of Wearable Technology."   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Saturday, November 15

2p.  "Capturing Birds of Prey with Pencil and Paper."   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Registration.

9:30 - Noon.  "Mammals: A Sketching Workshop."   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Registration.

1p.  "The Art and Science of the Unfeathered Bird."   Katrina van Grouw.   An author's event.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, Haller Hall, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

Sunday, November 16

Noon.  "Water Supplies At Risk."   Marcus Kempe, Executive Director.   Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St.   Details, Summary.

Monday, November 17

4:15p.  "1,000,000 Years of Music: The Emergence of Human Modernity."   Gary Tomlinson.   Harvard:  Loeb Music Library, Davison Room (2nd flr).   Details.

Tuesday, November 18

5p.  "Death and Diversity in Civil War Medicine."   Margaret Humphreys.   HMS:  Countway Library of Medicine, Lahey Room (fifth floor), 10 Shattuck St.   Details, Registration.*

6:30p.  "Creating Public Doubt about Scientific Facts."   Naomi Oreskes.   Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington, Belmont.   Details.

Wednesday, November 19

9:30a.  "Psychiatric Genetics and Nosology: Drawing Lines in the Sand."   Jordan Smoller.   McLean:  Belmont campus, de Marneffe 218.   Details.

6:30p.  "Security in Development."   Jeff Schiller.   MIT:  E51-325.   Details.



*Admission to Harvard's medical area buildings often (but, confusingly, not always) 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 seem prepared to accept the unaffiliated.

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