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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, an individual PhD student presents 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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  • Memoirs of a Toxin: The lasting human impact on mercury in the environment toxin-memoirs-imagePresented by Hannah Horowitz Mercury is a potent neurotoxin. For thousands of years, humans have altered mercury cycling in the environment by introducing massive amounts of mercury to surface water, soils, and air, through mining and burning coal. Once in the surface environment, mercury can threaten human and wildlife health, is transported globally through the…
  • Understanding sea level change by diving into the past diving-into-past-sea-level-imagePresented by Jacky Austermann Why does sea level change? Everyone knows that sea level rise is a threat to coastal cities, but the mechanisms of why the change happens are less often talked about. In my talk I will explain why sea level is changing, why it is changing at different rates around the globe,…
  • Addiction, OCD, and riding a bike: how opiates control your brain neuroniusPresented by Shay Neufeld Opiates, the class of molecules that includes morphine, heroin, and codeine, are arguably the most addicting drugs known to exist. This class of drugs has single-handedly started wars, forced international laws, and to this day is responsible for more drug-overdose deaths in the USA than every other drug of abuse combined.…
  • Sailing the Seas of Alien Worlds: The fate of oceans on rocky planets alien-seas-imagePresented by Laura Schaefer Searching for life in our galaxy means first finding liquid water. Water is found throughout our Solar System in many different forms, but the Earth, because of its balmy temperatures and unique geology, is the only known planet with sailable seas. Astronomers are searching far and wide for other planets that…
  • The Cell’s DNA Construction Crew: Repairing and rebuilding the genome cell-repair-imagePresented by Thomas Graham The DNA inside one of your cells, if stretched end to end, would be about two yards long and less than 1/50,000 the width of a human hair. Your cells have been following the instructions in your DNA since you began life as a single-celled embryo, and they will continue doing…
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