November 28 – Sex, Science, and the State: The Role of Science in Sexual Reproductive Health and Policymaking

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 28th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Purvaja Kavattur, Moulshri Mohan, Nambi Ndugga Graphics: Lillian Horin What do Charles Darwin, climate change, and the birth control pill have in common? They have all significantly influenced sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) policies throughout history! Join us as we take you on a journey from … Continue reading November 28 – Sex, Science, and the State: The Role of Science in Sexual Reproductive Health and Policymaking

November 14 – Brains and Bodies: How to Make Smart Robots

Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, November 14th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Buse Aktaṣ and Julia Ebert Graphics: Elayne Fivenson From Roomba to Mars rovers, robots perform a wide range of tasks from cleaning your living room to exploring the solar system. And with every new model, we expect them to be able to accomplish more with less of … Continue reading November 14 – Brains and Bodies: How to Make Smart Robots

November 7 – Fighting Back Against Climate Change: Altering Earth’s Atmosphere

Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, November 7th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Zhen Dai and Colleen Golja Graphics: Abby Knecht Solar geoengineering, the large-scale deliberate manipulation of Earth’s incoming radiation, is a contentious idea proposed as a tool to help fight the impacts of climate change. In this lecture we seek to highlight how the world is currently fighting … Continue reading November 7 – Fighting Back Against Climate Change: Altering Earth’s Atmosphere

October 24 – Designing AI-Enabled Technology for Society

Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, October 24th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Udit Gupta and Lillian Pentecost Al-Enabled technology surrounds us in everyday life — from Face ID on an iPhoneX to Google searches and tailored advertisements sent from the cloud. This means AI is implemented everywhere — from smart phones to data centers all over the globe. How … Continue reading October 24 – Designing AI-Enabled Technology for Society

October 17 – A Star Trek: A Voyage to Discover Sources of Cosmic Signals in Our Universe

Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, October 17th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Nicholas Deporzio, Nicolo Foppiani, and Zoe Zhu Gazing at the sky on a clear night, you might see the bright band of stars – that is the Milky Way, the galaxy we live in. Have you ever wondered about what the center of a galaxy really looks … Continue reading October 17 – A Star Trek: A Voyage to Discover Sources of Cosmic Signals in Our Universe

October 10 – Altered State of Mind: How psychedelics modify the brain, behavior, and perception

Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, October 10th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Jess Kanwal, Matthew Smith, and Kyobi Skutt-Kakaria For at least 7,000 years, humans around the world have chosen to ingest plants and fungi containing psychedelic compounds. In the modern era, scientists are learning more about how psychedelics alter the function of our brains. In this lecture, we … Continue reading October 10 – Altered State of Mind: How psychedelics modify the brain, behavior, and perception

October 3 – The Past and Future of Viral Outbreaks

Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, October 3rd Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Makda Gebre, Austin Manny, and Jason Nomburg Viral epidemics have killed millions of people over the course of human history. In this talk, we’ll discuss the history of viral epidemics and how we have addressed them over time, focusing on the flu outbreaks of the early and … Continue reading October 3 – The Past and Future of Viral Outbreaks

September 26 – Extremophiles: Life on the Edge of our Planet

Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, September 26th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Samantha Giffen and Francesca Tomasi Extremophiles are tiny organisms that live in pockets of the Earth where nothing else can survive. From basking in hydrothermal sea vents, volcanic springs, or the Mariana trench, to being scattered across the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, extremophiles are able not … Continue reading September 26 – Extremophiles: Life on the Edge of our Planet

May 16 – Much Ado about Mumps: Using genomics to track virus outbreaks in Massachusetts and beyond

Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 16th Location: Pfizer Hall, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Labs, 12 Oxford St, Cambridge (link to directions) Speakers: Shirlee Wohl After decades of decline, mumps — once a ubiquitous childhood illness — is on the rise again. In this lecture, we’ll focus on the recent mumps outbreak right here in Massachusetts and learn about why mumps is back, why vaccinated people are getting sick, and how … Continue reading May 16 – Much Ado about Mumps: Using genomics to track virus outbreaks in Massachusetts and beyond

May 2 – “Super Black” Birds, Spiders, and Snakes

Time: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 2nd Location: Pfizer Hall, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Labs, 12 Oxford St, Cambridge (link to directions) Speakers: Cody McCoy Incredibly dark, velvety, super-black surfaces have evolved many times in nature. What makes them so black, why did they evolve, and can engineers learn something from them? Continue reading May 2 – “Super Black” Birds, Spiders, and Snakes