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



Last update: 22.2110

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




June 24-25.   "Boston Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon."   Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th flr, 1 Broadway, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.   Come make something we'll all regret.

Saturday, June 24

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

10a.  "Infertility Tech Hacking."   Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe, 4th flr.   Details.

10 - 3p.  "World Giraffe Day."   Franklin Park Zoo.   Details, Abstract.

Noon.  "Chain Reaction."   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

Sunday, June 25

Noon.  "Chain Reaction."   MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.   Details.

June 26-30.   "Economics and Computation."   MIT:  Stata Center.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Monday, June 26

9 - 5p.  "Mechanism Design for Social Good."   A workshop.   MIT.   Details, Abstract.

6:30 - 9p.  "The Race Across America."   Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future."   Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson.   Brattle Theater.   Details, Abstract.

Tuesday, June 27

6:30p.  "Voice Computing."   District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Wednesday, June 28

9a.  "Cell Analysis: Time for a change?"   A panel discussion.   A webinar.   Details, Registration.

7p.  "Personal Control of Digital Data."   Butler Lampson.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, June 29

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

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

4p.  "From Molecules to Fruiting Bodies: Bridging Scales in Biological Collective Behavior."   Allyson Sgro.   Brandeis:  Abelson 126.   Details.

6:30p.  "Microbes from Antarctica: exploring their role in global climate change."   Mrina Nikrad.   BosLab, 339R Summer St, Somerville.   Details. Abstract.

Friday, June 30

10:30a.  "Super-Cold Science."   Boston Public Library, Brighton Branch.   Details, Registration.

8:30 - 6:30p.  "HPC Futures."   Ideas and Planning for Research Computing at Boston area Universities, Institutes, Hospitals, and Companies.   Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Tickets.

Saturday, July 1

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

11:30a.  "From Seed to Tree."   Arnold Arboretum, Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Sunday, July 2

10:30a.  "Wildlife Detectives."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

10:30a.  "Ants in My Pants!"   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, July 6

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

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

Friday, July 7

Noon.  "A Search for Candidate Brain-Based Biomarkers of Autism."   Ev Fedorenko.   MIT:  46-6011.   Details, Abstract.

12:15p.  "Aneuploidy in Human Cells: from Down’s syndrome to cancer."   Zuzana Storchova.   HMS:  C Building, Cannon Room.   Details.   Non-Harvard affiliates should register by emailing Cell_Bio_Events@hms.harvard.edu.

Friday, July 7

11a.  "The Excitement and Challenges of Unravelling the Secrets of Huntington’s Disease through Research on the Human Brain."   Richard Fauli.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

Saturday, July 8

12:30p.  "Let's Get Buggy! Exploration of Insect Pollinators."   Ana Maria Caballero and Nancy Sableski.   Arnold Arboretum:  Visitor Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

July 10 - 14.  "Impressions of Nature."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registrations.

Monday, July 10

9:30a.  "Oceans Alive."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3:30p.  "Nanostructured Materials for Energy and Biomedical Applications."   Jackie Y. Ying.   Brandeis:  Abelson 131.   Details.

Tuesday, July 11

Noon.  "Weapons of Math Destruction."   Cathy O'Neil. .   Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Dr.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

5:30 - 8:30p.  "AI Now."   A symposium.   MIT:  E14, 6th flr.   Details, Abstract, Registration.   This event will be live streamed.

6:30p.  "Drought-Tolerant Plants for the Dog Days of Summer."   Jen Kettell.   Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.


July 12 - 13.   "Surgical Treatment of Obesity: Physiological Mechanisms and Clinical Effects."   A symposium.   HMS:  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.   Details.*

July 17 - 21.   "Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Medicine: Emerging Frontiers and Applications."   MIT:  University Park, 65 Landsdowne St.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

July 17 - 21.   "Ocean Week."   Harvard Museum of Natural History.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, July 20

Noon.   "Pathways to Parkinson's Disease: A Tale of Two Dominant Genes."   Darren Moore.   HMS:  Harvard Institutes of Medicine Research Building, Bray Room, 4 Blackfan Street.   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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