Time: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 17th Join us on: Zoom (password: science) or YouTube Live Speakers: Eileen Ablondi Graphics: Olivia Foster Rhoades Your DNA contains the instructions to make every part of your body. But who’s reading these instructions? How do our cells know whether to be brain cells, skin cells, or something entirely different? And what happens when things go wrong? In this lecture, … Continue reading Your Inner Gene-ius: How Cells Decipher DNA
Time: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 10th Join us on: Zoom (password: science) or YouTube Live Speakers: Jim Clark, Allegra Farrar, Heng Zuo Graphics: Allie Elchert X-ray vision, laser vision, supersonic retropropulsion, force fields and heat shields — these might sound like the powers of comic-book superheroes, but they’re actually technologies that spacecraft use to study and explore the universe! Continue reading March 10 – Spacecraft with Superpowers
Time: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 3rd Join us on: Zoom (password: science) or YouTube Live Speakers: David Mazumder Graphics: Jasmin Joseph-Chazan Doomsayers (and world experts) tell us that our future could look like the ultimate disaster movie come to life unless we take action to prevent “catastrophic global warming.” In this unfolding drama, economic costs and disruptive technologies play leading roles, but our warming world … Continue reading March 3 – Taking the Temperature: Your Health, Our Climate, and What We Can Do About It
Time: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 24th Join us on: Zoom or YouTube Live Speakers: Minghao Qiu, Brooks Clingman, Siyu Chen Graphics: Jovana Andrejevic In December 2020, Massachusetts published the 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap with the goal of combating climate change by reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. How will we reach these goals? This talk will present three tools that may lead the way: batteries, … Continue reading February 24 – Tools to Reach Climate Goals: Renewables, Batteries, and Markets
Time: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 17th Join us on: Zoom (password: science) or YouTube Live Speaker: Floor Broekgaarden Graphics: Rebecca Senft Kanye West & Kim Kardashian, and Brad Pitt & Angelie Jolie – just a few of the famous star couples who broke up their relationship. Star breakups are not only common on Earth, but also in space, where many stars exist as couples. The … Continue reading February 17 – A match made in heaven: The origin of gravitational waves
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 2nd Join us on: Zoom (password: Seminar) or YouTube Live Speaker: Aly Warr Graphics: Aly Warr With an estimated 35 million infected and over 1 million deaths, SARS-CoV-2 has ravaged the world. We are waiting for scientists to produce a life-saving vaccine that can prevent the serious illness COVID-19 and help bring this pandemic to an end. Currently, there are nearly 200 different … Continue reading December 2 – Hit Me with Your Best Shot: Vaccines and COVID-19
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 11th Join us on: Zoom (password: Antibiotic) or YouTube Live Speakers: Molly Sargen Graphics: Iryna Stryapunina The discovery of antibiotics revolutionized healthcare. Unfortunately, many antibiotics are becoming ineffective as the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance increases. In this talk, we’ll discuss how antibiotics work, how antibiotics were discovered, and how antibiotic resistance becomes a crisis. We’ll conclude with insight on the future of antibiotics … Continue reading November 11 – Antibiotics: From Cures to Crisis
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28th Join us on: Zoom (password: Seminar) or YouTube Live Speakers: JohnMark Taylor Graphics: Olivia Foster Rhoades You may not have heard of “artificial neural networks”, but if Facebook has ever automatically tagged you in a picture, you’ve definitely used one. Many experts once thought certain challenges in artificial intelligence wouldn’t be solved for decades: writing humanlike prose; recognizing people, places, and things; … Continue reading October 28 – Deep Learning, Deep Implications
Update: In accordance with Harvard guidelines regarding coronavirus, this week’s lecture will be a virtual event only. Please join us via live-stream on Youtube at the scheduled time (7 p.m.)! Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 11th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Madelyn Ray and Rachel Walker Graphics: Abby Knecht Responding appropriately in the face of fear is an … Continue reading March 11 – What’s your brain afraid of?
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 4th Location: Armenise Amphitheater at Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston (link to directions) Speakers: Maria Bauza Villalonga and Ferran Alet Graphics: Rebecca Senft Robotic hardware has made enormous progress recently, with drones being commonplace and Boston dynamics releasing impressive videos. However, robots are only present in very limited environments, which only require very repetitive actions. Through the lens of the Amazon … Continue reading March 4 – Machine learning in robotics: Current progress and challenges ahead.