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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Tuesday, September 30

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

Noon.  "Objects between Craft, Science and Art – The Blaschka Models at Harvard University."   Florian Huber.   Harvard:  Herbaria 125, 22 Divinity Ave.   Details.

12:30 - 2p.  "Food after Fukushima: Scientific Citizenship and Risk in Japan."   A panel discussion.   Harvard:  Bowie-Vernon Conference Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street.   Details.

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.

4:30 - 6p.  "GMOs."   Sheldon Krimsky.   MIT:  E19-623.   Details.

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

6p.  "The Bee: a Natural History."   Noah Wilson-Rich.   An author talk.   BPL:  Commonwealth Salon, 700 Boylston.   Details.

6:15p.  "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.  "Why We Weren't Designed for Space..."   A meetup.   Torin Clark.   Microsoft NERD:  Abigail Adams Room (Suite 100), One Memorial Drive.   Details.

Wednesday, October 1

9:30a.  "Neurobiology of Insomnia and its Relevance to Major Depressive Disorder."   John Winkelman.   McLean:  Belmont Campus, Imaging Center Conference Room, 2nd floor.   Details.

Noon.   "The Neural Mechanisms of Object-Based Attention."   Daniel Baldauf.   Martinos Center:  Seminar room 2204, 149 13th St., Charlestown Navy Yard.   Details, Abstract.

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.

3:30p.  "Boosting Dark Matter Indirect Detection with Black Holes."   Jessie Shelton.   BU:  3 Cummington Mall 595.  Details.

3:45 - 5p.  "The Physics of Ion Electrospray Propulsion for Scalable Spacecraft Applications."   Paulo Lozano.   MIT:  54-915.  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.

4p.  "The Application of Nanoparticles to Improve the Performance of Concrete."   Konstantin Sobolev.   MIT:  1-131.   Details, Abstract.

5p.  "Mushrooms of the Arboretum."   Rosanne Healy.   Arnold Arboretum:  Washington St. Gate.  Details, Abstract, Map.

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.


October 2 - 3.  "The Future of Research."   A symposium.   BU:  CGS Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Ave.   Details, Registration.

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.

9a.  "3D Digital Nanofabrication and Scaffolding of Lipids via DNA Self-Assembly."   William Shih.   Harvard:  Naito Lab, Room 205, 12 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Brains, Babies, and Bipedalism: The Evolution of the Human Metabolic Strategy."   Herman Pontzer.   Harvard:  Haller Hall, Geol. Museum, 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Dendritic Computation."   Michael Hausser.   Harvard:  NW B103.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Dividing the Child: genomic imprinting and human development."   David Haig.   Harvard:  William James Hall 765.  Details.

Noon.   "Obama's Climate Plan: State Action, Grassroots Opportunities."   Eban Goodstein.   Tufts:  Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, Medford Campus.   Details, Abstract.

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

3p.  "Herding cats: modelling, simulation, testing and verification for weak memory."   Jade Alglave.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) G449.   Details, Abstract.

3:30p.  "Measurement of the Higgs Couplings in ATLAS and Constraints on New Physics."   Gabriella Sciolla.   BU:  3 Cummington 595.   Details.

4:00p.  "Engineering Mammalian Cell-Based Devices to Enable Design-Driven Medicine."   Josh Leonard.   Leonard Lab.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) 141.   Details.

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

4p.  "Measuring, Modeling, and Manipulating the Human Microbiome."   Eric Alm.   Harvard:  Biolabs Main Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave.   Details.

4p.  "Neuronal Ensembles: An emergent level of cortical function."   Rafael Yuste.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   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.

5p.  "Nitrogen and the Global Climate Cycle."   Wally Fulweiler.   BU:  Life Science & Engineering Building, Room B-01, 24 Cummington St.   Details.

5 - 7p.  "Resisting Data's Tyranny with Obfuscation."   Helen Nissenbaum.   MIT:  Media Lab (E14) 633.   Details, Abstract.

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

6:30 - 9p.  "Free Will: What Can Physiology Explain?"   Mark Hallett.   BWH:  Bornstein Amphitheatre, 75 Francis St.   Details, RSVP.

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

7p.  "Product Development at Polaroid Back in the Day."   Ken Laune, design engineer, Polaroid.   Waltham Museum, 25 Lexington St, Waltham.   Details.


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

Friday, October 3

11:15p.  "Mountebanks, Con Men and Heretics: an epistemology of scientific crackpottery."   Chris Miller.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.  Details.

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

1 - 2p.  "Computational Network Dynamics of the Neocortex."   Nima Dehghani.   Harvard:  Maxwell Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "The Monsters Within: The cosmic evolution of black holes, galaxies, and dark matter halos."   Ryan Hickox.   Tufts:  STC 136.   Details, Abstract.

3:15p.  "Can Robots Invent Their Own Language?"   Luc Steels.   Background reading.   MIT:  Stata Center, Kiva (32-G449).   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Tools for Mapping and Engineering the Brain."   Edward Boyden.   Harvard:  Pierce 209.   Details, Abstract.

6:45p.  "A Biogeographic Perspective on the Fern Genus Polystichum."   David S. Barrington.   Harvard Museum of Natural History:  Haller Hall, Geological Museum 102, 24 Oxford St.   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 - 6p.  "MIT Mini Maker Faire."   MIT:  North Court, Stata Center.   Details.

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.

Noon.  "The Chestnut Hill Pumping Engines."   Marcus Kempe, retired MWRA engineer.   Waterworks Museum:  2450 Beacon St.   Details.

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.*

10a.  "From Songs to Symbols, From Calls to Speech Graphs."   Sidarta Ribeiro.   MIT:  46-3189.  Details, Abstract.

3p.  "MOOCS - Open Education with Old and New Learners."   Jeff Haywood & Lori Breslow.   MIT:  4-270.   Details.

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.

4:15p.  "Particle Physics after the Higgs."   Marcela Carena.   Harvard:  Jefferson 250.  Details, Abstract.

4:30 - 6p.  "The Keys to Habitability, Reflections on the Biosphere as a System."   Tyler Volk.   MIT:  2-105.   Details, Abstract.

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

6:30p.  "Healing Bodies, Healing Spaces: Understanding Urban Religiosity in Contemporary India."   Smriti Sriniva.   Harvard:  CGIS South, S050 1730 Cambridge Street.   Details.

7p.  "Heat Transfer and Chocolate."   Enric Rovira & Cinta Forrellat, Master Chocolatiers.   Harvard Science Center C.   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

12:30p.   "The Great Firewall Inverts."   A Berkman Luncheon.   Nathan Freitas.   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 Functional Organization of Human Speech Cortex in Perception and Production."   Edward Chang.   Harvard:  NW 243.   Details.

6 - 7:30p.  "Origins of Life on Earth."   Greg Fournier and Francis Macdonald.   MIT Museum:  265 Mass Ave.   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.

7p.  "Parenting an Anxious Child."   David Stember.   McLean:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.


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

Wednesday, October 8

12:15p.  "Global Environmental Change: Impacts on Human Nutrition."   Samuel S. Myers.   Tufts:  Jaharis Family Center, Behrakis Auditorium.   Details.

3p.  "On the Biological Foundation of Risk Preferences."   Balazs Szentes.   Program for Evolutionary Dynamics:  One Brattle Square.   Details.

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

4p.  "Cortical Domains: How do we get them and what good are they?"   Margaret Livingstone.   Harvard:  William James Auditoriun 1 (Basement).   Details.

5p.  "Heroes, Villains, and Nerds: How Science is Portrayed in the Media, and How Portrayals Have Changed."   James Shanahan.   BU:  Life Science & Engineering Building, Room B-01, 24 Cummington St.   Details.

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.

7p.  "Leavitt 'Ontario' Model Unveiling."   Model Steam Engine designed by Erasmus Leavitt.   Waterworks Museum:  2450 Beacon St.   Details.

Thursday, October 9

Noon.  "The Ventral Visual Pathway: from oriented lines to objects, scenes and 'quality'."   Chris Baker.   Harvard:  William James Hall 765, 33 Kirkland.   Details.

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.  "Extracting Social Meaning from Language: The Computational Linguistics of Food and the Spread of Innovation."   Dan Jurafsky.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) G449.   Details, Abstract.

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

4p.  "The Science of Early Pyrotechnology."   Thilo Rehren.   MIT:  Chipman Room (6-104).   Details, Abstract.  

6 - 8p.  "60 Years of CERN."   Julius von Bismarck will discuss his experience as an artist in residence at CERN, following which the month long photography exhibition Inside CERN will open.   Harvard:  Science Center C.   Details, Registration.

6p.  "Population Genomics and Adaptation in Fungi."   John Taylor.   Harvard:  HUCE Seminar Room (24 Oxford St. Rm. 310).   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.

8p.  "LIGO and Gravitational Waves & Detection."   Peter Fritschel.   Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics:  Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden.   Details, Abstract.


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

October 10 - 11.  "IndieWebCampCambridge 2014."   Building the independent web.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) D463, 32 Vassar St.   Details, RSVP.

Friday, October 10

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

11a.  "The Whole Organism Challenge: Or, Can We Computerize an Elephant?"   David Harel.   MIT:  Stata Center (32) G449.   Details, Abstract.

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

3p.  "Active Matter."   Cristina Marchetti.   Marchetti's Group.   Tufts:  STC 136.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Breaking Bad: How Aneuploidy Drives Cancer."   Stephen Elledge.   MIT:  Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center (32-123).   Details.

Monday, October 13

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

7p.  "Engineering New Microbial Life Forms."   Nikhil Nair.   The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, October 14

Noon.  "Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Quantitative Floristics in western North America."   Dylan Burge.   Harvard:  Herbarium, 22 Divinity Ave.   Details.

4p.  "Where do Galaxies End and the IGM Begin?"   Michael Shull.   MIT:  Marlar Lounge (37-252).   Details, Abstract.

6 - 7:30p.  "The Invisible Majority."   (Microbial fossils).   Ann Pearson and Giulio Mariotti.   MIT Museum:  265 Mass Ave.   Details.

6:30 - 8p.  "Adaptive Technologies: Computation's Deep Ancestry."   A panel discussion.   HSD:  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "How DNA is Folded in Cells and Why it Matters."   Jane Kondev.   Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington Ctr.   Details, abstract.

7:30p.  "Fossil Insects: Learning from the past."   Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente.   Harvard:  MCZ 101, 26 Oxfords St.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, October 15

Noon.  "Nutrient Hotspots and the Role of Ancient Herders in the Creation of African Savannas."   Fiona Marshall.   Harvard:  Tozzer Anthropology Building 203, 21 Divinity Avenue.   Details.

4p.  "Earth Meets Universe."   Caleb Scharf.   Harvard:  Haller Hall (Geological Museum 102), 24 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

4p.  "Neural Representations of Natural Self Motion: Implications for Perception and Action."   Kathleen Cullen.   Brandeis:  Gerstenzang 121.   Details.

4 - 6p.  "The State of Alzheimer's Research, 2014."   Rudy Tanzei.   Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Ave.   Details, Registration.

6p.  "Adapting Species to a Changing World: The Potential of Genome Editing."   George Church.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Abstract.

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

7p.  "The Day The MetroWest Tunnel Broke."   Marcus Kempe, former Director, MWRA's water systems.   Waterworks Museum:  2450 Beacon St.   Details.

Thursday, October 16

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

Noon.  "Temperate Forest Dynamics on a Grand Scale: the Harvard Forest Global Earth Observatory Plot."   David Orwig.   Tufts:  Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, Medford Campus.   Details, Abstract.

3p.  "Drone Warfare."   Sarah Kreps & John Kaag.   Harvard Coop:    Details.

4p.  "Spatial Neglect, the Brain, and Rehabilitation."   A. M. Barrett.   Schepens Eye Research Institute:  2nd floor conference room, 20 Staniford St.  Details.

6:30 - 8p.  "Big Cats, Panamá, and Armadillos: A Story of Climate and Life."   Peter Molnar.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Beyond Neutrality - enabling a world of connected things."   Bob Frankston.   MIT:  E51-315.   Details, Abstract.

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

7:30p.  "Red Dwarf Worlds."   Ofer Cohen and Elizabeth Newton.   Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St.   Details, Abstract.

6 - 8p.  "Energy Night @ the MIT Museum."   MIT Museum.   Details.

Saturday, October 18

10a.  "How Computers Think."   MIT:  Kresge Auditorium.   Details, Abstract.

9:30 - Noon.  "Drawing Animals."   First of three meetings.   Erica Beade.   Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.   Details, Registration, Abstract.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 22

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

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

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

6p.  "Reliability of Sensory-Evoked Activity in Autism."   David Heeger.   MIT:  Singleton Auditorium (46-3002).   Details.

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

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

Thursday, October 23

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.

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

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

Friday, October 24

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

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

Saturday, October 25

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

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

Monday, October 27

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

4:30 - 6p.  "Stewardship of Earth’s Natural Systems: the Next Front in Protecting Global Health."   Samuel Myers.   MIT:  2-105.   Details.

Tuesday, October 28

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, November 2

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

Tuesday, November 4

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

Wednesday, November 5

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

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

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



*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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