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We host interactive lectures in the spring and fall. Our spring seminars are in Cambridge on Harvard’s main campus, and our fall seminars are in Boston at Harvard Medical School. During our fall lectures, teams of three PhD students present current information and ongoing research on a given topic at each lecture, pausing for questions throughout. In our spring seminar series (2012), an individual PhD student will present his or her recent work, going into detail about the experiments that led to new conclusions. Our seminars are open to audience members of any age, though a high school level of science education would be beneficial.


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  • The Physics of Evolution: Equations shed new light on nature’s mysteries physics-of-evolutionPresented by Jeong-Mo Choi, Bryan Weinstein, and Amy Gilson Did you know that principles and equations from physics can be used to study evolution? We'll describe how physics-based models can be used to predict evolution, on the level of individual molecules and whole populations. First, Jeong-Mo will describe how scientists began to use quantitative models…
  • More Than a Messenger: The secret life of RNA secret-life-rna-imagePresented by Radhika Mathur, Ilana Kelsey, and Matt Schwartz DNA contains the information your cells need to perform their functions but if every cell in your body contains identical DNA, how can one cell become a blood cell, another a muscle cell, and even another a brain cell?! The answer lies in RNA, the dynamic…
  • Fracking: How cheap energy is reshaping America’s environment fracking-imagePresented by Jared Atkinson, Natasha Goss, and Jordan Wilkerson The advent of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has led to the development of previously inaccessible resources, significantly increasing world gas and oil reserves. Despite the positive impact on energy reserves, questions about the long-term environmental effects of these extraction methods are…
  • Fat vs. Sugar: The culture of American dieting fatsugardiet-imagePresented by Katherine Richeson, Mary Gearing, and Abbe Clark Nutrition is currently one of the most popular science topics in mainstream media, as it is intimately tied to lifestyle, health and personal appearance. However, this popularity has led to a proliferation of inaccurate and sensationalized information. Our aim with this lecture is to provide the…
  • Forever Young: How long can humans live? foreveryoung-imagePresented by Michael Schultz, Tyler Huycke, and Ryoji Amamato Imagine a future where you can take a pill that halts the aging process, and if your organs do wear down, they can be replaced like car parts; a future where you can expect to stay healthy well past your first century of life. Our lecture…
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