Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Oct
13
9:30 AM09:30

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

  • 250 Massachusetts Ave Boston, MA, 02115 United States (map)
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The Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research is a global network of seven laboratories headquartered in Cambridge, MA. As the central research wing of Novartis International AG—the Swiss multinational that leads the world in pharmaceutical sales—NIBR promotes a philosophy of clinical thinking in drug discovery and development, with an emphasis on finding scientifically tractable ways to meet unmet medical needs. The Institutes’ physician-scientists, led by NIBR President Mark Fishman, formerly chief of cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, are pursuing therapeutics in the areas of oncology (including immunooncology), regenerative medicine, hearing and vision loss, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal disorders, and neuroscience (including both psychopharmacology and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases). Tour participants will visit key laboratories at NIBR’s Cambridge headquarters, adjacent to the MIT campus, and meet with laboratory staff and scientists.

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Draper Laboratory Tour
Oct
13
9:30 AM09:30

Draper Laboratory Tour

  • 555 Technology Square Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)
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As an independent, not-for-profit engineering research and development organization, Draper Laboratory serves the interests of customers in fields such as national security, space, biomedicine, and energy. The lab leverages core capabilities in guidance and navigation, information and decision systems, high reliability systems, sensors and control, and integrated micro systems to deliver field-ready, innovative solutions. Known until 1970 as the Instrumentation Laboratory, the facility began as a teaching laboratory at MIT, and is famous for developing the guidance systems and software for the Apollo missions to the Moon. Attendees will learn about Draper’s current work in areas including navigation, bioelectronics, and human centered design & engineering.

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Biogen Tour
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Biogen Tour

  • 225 Binney St Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)
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Biogen, a Cambridge-based biotechnology company founded in 1978, focuses on the development of medicines to treat neurological and neurodegenerative conditions, including multiple sclerosis; hemophilia and related hematological conditions, such as sickle cell anemia and beta-thalassemia; and autoimmune, inflammatory, and fibrotic diseases. The company is committed to sustainability — it ranked first in Newsweek's 2015 Green Rankings — and its new headquarters building on Binney Street in Kendall Square is LEED Gold-certified. The company also nurtures STEM education through the Biogen Foundation and its "Adventures in Biotechnology" program for high school students at its Cambridge Community Lab. Participants will tour the headquarters building and meet with leading Biogen researchers.

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Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Tour
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Tour

  • 26 Oxford St Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)
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The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is a consortium of six world-renowned museums exploring the biological, geological, and cultural diversity of our planet. Participants in this tour will first meet with the HMSC’s Director of Exhibitions, Jan Sacco, in the newest Harvard Museum of Natural History exhibition Islands: Evolving in Isolation to learn about the public exhibition development process.  Participants will then choose between a ‘behind the scenes’ visit to one of the collections at the Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology or a tour of the some of the highlights within the nearby Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. 

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Tour
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Tour

  • 450 Brookline Ave Boston, MA, 02215 United States (map)
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Sidney Farber, MD, founded the Children’s Cancer Research Foundation in Boston in 1947 to provide state-of-the-art treatment to children with cancer and develop better preventatives, treatments, and cures. Later renamed in honor of its founder and its long-term supporter, the Charles A. Dana Foundation, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute today employs nearly 4,000 physicians, staff, and researchers who are involved in some 700 clinical trials and a wide array of research projects, in areas ranging from cancer immunotherapy and DNA repair to the mapping of the altered genomes of cancer cells, in the hope of finding the mutations that matter most in carcinogenesis. Participants in this tour will meet with members of Dana-Farber’s Imaging team and learn about their work to speed up development of new cancer drugs.

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation Tour
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Tour

At Johnson & Johnson Innovation's network of regional centers, teams of science and business experts collaborate with innovators to accelerate cutting edge science into healthcare solutions. On this tour of Johnson & Johnson Innovation's Cambridge/Boston center, you will:

  • Learn about Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s approach to sourcing innovation—which has produced over 200 collaborations in the past three years.  Speaker: Robert Urban, PhD, Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Boston.
  • Hear how Janssen Research & Development is leading the pursing pursuit of novel therapeutics and diagnostics utilizing microbiome research.  Speaker: Dirk Gevers, PhD, Global Head, Janssen Human Microbiome Institute.
  • Find out how Janssen Research & Development is integrating innovative science, novel therapeutics, precision diagnostics and new business models to nurture disease interception solutions. Speaker: Ben Wiegand, PhD, Head, Disease Interception Accelerator
  • Watch how Ethicon is improving surgical care by better understanding surgeon behavior during surgery.  Speaker: Steve Eichmann, Senior Director, Industrial Design and Human Factors, Ethicon
  • Explore how J&J is pursuing the use of new 3D Printing manufacturing capabilities to accelerate development efforts and envision transformational new healthcare business models.  Speaker:  Paul Pandiscio, VP Supply Chain Product Management, DePuy Synthes.
  • Hear how Johnson & Johnson Consumer introduced a category game changer with a new product called Neutrogena® Hydro Boost, using hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin.
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Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Field Trip
Oct
13
7:15 AM07:15

Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Field Trip

  • 10 MBL St Woods Hole, MA, 02543 United States (map)
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Spend a day in Woods Hole, a world center for marine, biomedical, and environmental science on the southwestern corner of Cape Cod. Woods Hole’s reputation in these fields may seem out of proportion to its small size, yet the village contains two large private organizations (the Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), two federal facilities (the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Geological Survey), and many smaller scientific enterprises and labs. 

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The Story Collider
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

The Story Collider

The Story Collider is a national show featuring true stories about science, told live on stage. The organization’s podcast has been downloaded over one million times. Participants in this special field trip to the Oberon Theater in Harvard Square, Cambridge, will be able to enjoy a special ScienceWriters2015 edition of the show including NASW members as storytellers.

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Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT Tour
Oct
12
5:30 PM17:30

Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT Tour

  • 415 Main St Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)
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The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is an independent, non-profit biomedical research enterprise committed to meeting the most critical challenges in biology and medicine. Broad faculty members are all faculty members of MIT, Harvard or one of the Harvard-affiliated hospitals. These researchers pursue ambitious projects that cut across scientific disciplines and institutions. Collectively, these projects aim to: assemble a complete picture of the molecular components of life; define the biological circuits that underlie cellular responses; uncover the molecular basis of major inherited diseases; unearth all the mutations that underlie different cancer types; discover the molecular basis of major infectious diseases, and transform the process of therapeutic discovery and development.

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LabCentral Tour
Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

LabCentral Tour

  • 700 Main St Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)
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A visit to LabCentral is a glimpse of the future of entrepreneurship in the life sciences. It’s a first-of-its-kind shared laboratory space that provides a pre-built business and R&D infrastructure to roughly 30 early-stage biotech companies, each of which would otherwise be forced to equip and permit its own facilities.

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Boston University National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories Tour
Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

Boston University National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories Tour

  • 620 Albany St Boston, MA, 02118 United States (map)
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Located on BU’s Medical Campus, the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) contains Biosafety Level 3 and 4 labs that are among the most advanced in the world.  NEIDL’s BSL-3 lab has been active since 2014, and the BSL-4 lab is expected to open—and begin research on Ebola and Marburg viruses—by the fall of 2015. Participants will meet NEIDL director Ronald Corley and staff researchers and take limited tours of the facility.

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Lunch With a Luminary II
Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch With a Luminary II

This year's meeting features two days of Lunch With a Luminary sessions, where you can interact in an informal, small-group setting with leading researchers from MIT and other local institutions. When you register for the conference, you'll have the option to choose one lunch session on Sunday, and one on Monday. We'll direct you to a designated room in the MIT Student Center or MIT Building 4 to meet your chosen speaker. On your way, be sure to pick up a box lunch and drink in the Kresge Auditorium Lobby.

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The Ingredients for Innovation in Kendall Square
Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

The Ingredients for Innovation in Kendall Square

  • La Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center (map)
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This special panel, part of the second day of Lunch With a Luminary talks, looks at the business side of the the booming science and engineering scene in Cambridge.

In 1960, the Kendall Square area bordering the MIT campus was a blighted wasteland of empty lots and outmoded warehouses and factories. Today it's home to the offices of international companies like Akamai, Amazon, Amgen, Apple, Biogen, EMC, Facebook, Genzyme, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Novartis, Oracle, Pfizer, Philips, Sanofi, Schlumberger, VMware, and Yahoo, not to mention hundreds of smaller startups and investment firms.

How did this derelict district transform itself, in just 50 years, into the world's leading cluster of biotechnology and information technology research and innovation — surpassing even Silicon Valley in density? You'll hear answers to that question from four key contributors to Kendall Square's innovation culture, representing the the life sciences, the information technology industry, and the world of angel and venture investing. The session is designed for all science writers who want to understand the fundamental conditions for innovation and commercialization.

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Boston University Photonics Center Tour
Oct
12
10:30 AM10:30

Boston University Photonics Center Tour

  • 8 St Marys St Boston, MA, 02215 United States (map)
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Researchers at the Boston University Photonics Center specialize in the science and engineering of light, developing advanced photonic device prototypes for commercial, military, and healthcare applications. Ground-breaking research conducted at the Center includes work on science and technology for solid state source and detector materials, quantum cryptography, subsurface imaging, adaptive optics, micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS), high-speed modulation and sensing, bioorganic chemistry, nanophotonic devices, and biomedical applications of photonics. Researchers at the Photonics Center will lead participants through shared facilities including the Optoelectronics Processing Facility, the Precision Measurement Laboratory, the FIB/TEM Facility, and the Integrated Optics Laboratory.

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Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Tour
Oct
12
9:30 AM09:30

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Tour

  • 29 Oxford St Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)
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Participants in this tour will break into three groups that will rotate between three labs within Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. (The school was recently renamed after Harvard received a widely publicized $400 million gift from hedge fund manager John Paulson.) 

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ScienceWriters Party, Hosted by Stat
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

ScienceWriters Party, Hosted by Stat

The traditional ScienceWriters Sunday night bash is hosted this year by Stat, a new national health and science publication from Boston Globe Media. Expect drinks, hors d'ouevres, and dance music in the swank three-story atrium at Boston Globe headquarters, where you'll also be able to tour the newspaper's printing press and the Stat newsroom. 

Music by Toast and Jam courtesy of New England Science Writers and Jackson Laboratory.

(Buses depart from Hyatt Regency Cambridge in several waves, starting at 6:40 pm)

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Lunch with a Luminary I
Oct
11
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch with a Luminary I

This year's meeting features two days of Lunch With a Luminary sessions, where you can interact in an informal, small-group setting with leading researchers from MIT and other local institutions. When you register for the conference, you'll have the option to choose one lunch session on Sunday, and one on Monday. We'll direct you to a designated room in the MIT Student Center or MIT Building 4 to meet your chosen speaker. On your way, be sure to pick up a box lunch and drink in the Kresge Auditorium Lobby.

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MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Tour
Oct
11
12:00 PM12:00

MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Tour

Today, we are closer than ever to realizing the dream of harnessing the nuclear process that powers our sun. This stellar process, called fusion, produces minimal waste and offers the hope of an almost limitless supply of safe, dependable energy. For 40 years MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) has been exploring nuclear fusion as a source of energy through a series of tokamaks, devices that use magnets to confine hot plasma in a donut-shaped chamber. 

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ILLUMINUS
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

ILLUMINUS

  • Lansdowne St Boston, MA, 02215 United States (map)
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ILLUMINUS, Boston’s nighttime contemporary art festival, presents innovative and imaginative art interventions that are site-specific and multi-sensory. Established in the SoWa Arts District, the festival takes over Lansdowne Street the weekend of October 3rd to kickoff HUBweek.

The exterior of Fenway’s “Green Monster” will be transformed into a 3-story percussion instrument, a multidimensional screen for projection, and a canvas for a diverse range of immersive art installations. ILLUMINUS will include performances by musicians working in collaboration with visual artists creating an evolving light and sound environment. Interactive and participatory projects will showcase designers working at the intersection of art and technology.

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Engineering & Entrepreneurship: Making Robotics Fly
Oct
10
12:00 PM12:00

Engineering & Entrepreneurship: Making Robotics Fly

Robots and drones are part of daily life in more ways than most of us realize, provoking emotions ranging from fear to fascination. What are their practical applications? Ubiquitous use of robotics is poised to transform the way we live, work and play during the next 20 years much as the Internet did in last 20 years. This event is meant to entertain, educate, and demystify by showcasing a range of robotics, with an emphasis on unmanned aerial vehicles. The Harvard Business School and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will place this emerging field in the perspective of engineering and entrepreneurship and the role that Boston can play in the emerging robotics ecosystem. This event is co-hosted by Xfund. Learn more and register here.

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Astronomy After Hours
Oct
9
8:30 PM20:30

Astronomy After Hours

On weather-cooperative Fridays, between 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm, visit the Gilliland Observatory on the roof of the Museum of Science parking garage for a free evening of astronomy-themed fun. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the museum's Observatory, and participate in astronomy-related activities run by the knowledgeable staff. To find out if Astronomy After Hours is running on a given Friday, call our hotline, 617-589-0267. The hotline is updated each Friday by 5:30 pm with the evening’s plans. More information here.

Flickr photo by Bob Familiar.

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Knight Science Journalism Welcome Reception
Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

Knight Science Journalism Welcome Reception

Arrive at MIT in style and hang out with old friends and colleagues at historic Morss Hall in MIT's Walker Memorial.

Meeting attendees arriving in Boston on Friday, Oct. 9, after 6:00 pm may wish to proceed directly to Walker Memorial rather than checking in first at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. A check-in/registration table will be located at Walker Memorial during the reception, and a holding area will be available for luggage. Walker Memorial is three blocks / 0.3 miles from the Kendall/MIT subway station.

Special event sponsor: Johnson & Johnson Innovation 

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Beantown Throwdown
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

Beantown Throwdown

Entrepreneurship and innovation will be celebrated HUB-style as aspiring business moguls from Greater Boston’s top public and private educational institutions gather for the 3rd annual Beantown Throwdown, hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge.

The evening will begin with a fireside chat about startups and entrepreneurship, followed by student pitches. Following the student presentations, winners will be determined by audience vote using play money to “invest” in the most exceptional ideas. More than 200 executives from public and private companies, angel and venture investors, members of the media, top service providers, students and others will be in attendance. In addition to market exposure, winning teams will receive a range of prizes to help launch and build their companies.

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Effective Scientific Communication in the Digital Era
Oct
9
3:30 PM15:30

Effective Scientific Communication in the Digital Era

This is the opening panel at ComSciCon-SciWri15, featuring insights from communication experts Wade Roush (from MIT’s Knight Science Journalism program), Christie Aschwanden (FiveThirtyEight), and Joe Palca (NPR) on how scientists can best utilize the evolving digital landscape to disseminate their work and reach out to non-scientific audiences. After an initial perspective is provided by each of the panelists, audience members will have the opportunity to engage with the experts through an interactive question and answer session. 

ComSci-Con-SciWri15 is a pilot program from ComSciCon designed to give alumni of the ComSciCon graduate student conferences a chance to build on their experiences through additional writing practice and interactions with professional science writers.

For more details on the keynote panel and ComSciCon-SciWri15 go here.

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Honkfest
Oct
9
to Oct 11

Honkfest

Honk! is a non-profit, grassroots festival of activist street bands that has its roots in Somerville, MA. The movement describes itself as "outrageous and inclusive, bass and brash, percussive and persuasive." In 2014, bands performed in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday and then paraded to Harvard Square on Sunday to join up with the Oktoberfest celebration. For details on this year's Honk! events visit http://honkfest.org.

Flickr photo by Peter Lee.

 

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Dispatches from the Front Lines of Life Sciences
Oct
9
3:00 PM15:00

Dispatches from the Front Lines of Life Sciences

  • The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard (map)
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STAT, a Boston Globe Media website focusing on Life Sciences, is hosting its first panel and Q&A, in partnership with HUBweek this October 2015.

The event, entitled Dispatches from the Front Lines of Life Sciences, will include a panel moderated by STAT editor Rick Berke, exploring the current and future state of life sciences on a local and national level. Panelists include:

  • Carl Zimmer - STAT national correspondent, author and New York Times science columnist
  • Sharon Begley - STAT senior writer and author

Following the panel, guests will be invited to stay for an exclusive Q&A with Eric Lander, founding director of Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard, and Seth Mnookin, lead STAT writer, author, and co-director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing.

STAT is reserving seats at this special event for ScienceWriters2015 attendees. To register, go to Stat's Eventbrite registration page, click "Enter promotional code" in the "Ticket Information" section, and enter the code SCIENCE.

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Kavli Workshop on Nanotechnology
Oct
9
8:00 AM08:00

Kavli Workshop on Nanotechnology

The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT is hosting a fast-moving mini-workshop on the latest advances in nanotechnology on October 9, from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. With funding from the Kavli Foundation, the workshop features a line-up of leading scientists—including MIT’s Paula Hammond, Robert Langer, and Vladimir Bulovic—discussing new applications ranging from medicine to smart materials and their scientific and ethical implications.  

For more details please visit http://ksj.mit.edu/workshops/

Update 9/3/15: Registration for the Kavli workshop is now full.

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From the Neolithic Era to the Apocalypse: How to Prepare for the Future by Studying the Past
Oct
8
5:00 PM17:00

From the Neolithic Era to the Apocalypse: How to Prepare for the Future by Studying the Past

For thousands of years, humans have experienced cycles of empire building and retreat, from the neolithic settlers of Levant and the Indus Valley to the ancient Cahokia and Maya civilizations. What can new discoveries teach us about how to plan our next thousand years as a global civilization? Authors Charles C. Mann and Annalee Newitz will talk about how ancient civilizations shed light on current problems with urbanization, food security, and environmental change.

The event, a part of the MIT Communications Forum series, is free and open to the public; more information here.

Speakers

Charles C. Mann is the author, most recently, of 1493, a New York Times best-seller, and 1491, winner of the National Academies of Science's Keck award for best book of the year. His next project, The Wizard and the Prophet, is a book about the future that makes no predictions. An early version of the introductory chapter was a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

Annalee Newitz writes science nonfiction and science fiction. She's editor-in-chief of Gizmodo and founding editor of io9. She's the author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, which was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her work has appeared in publications from The New Yorker and Technology Review to 2600 and Lightspeed Magazine. Her next book is a novel about robots, pirates, and the future of property laws.

Moderator: Tom Levenson is the director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing. His next book, The Hunt for Vulcan: How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe, comes out in November.

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The Future Is Now
Oct
8
12:00 PM12:00

The Future Is Now

  • Russell Museum of Natural History and Innovation (map)
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Clinical investigators in Boston hospitals and universities are working together to deepen the understanding and treatment of brain disorder, disease and injury. Examine the latest science on the role of genetics in mental illness. Learn about new deep brain stimulation treatment for veterans with PTSD. Discover new technology that uses thought to control movement in patients with severe spinal cord injuries. Join a trio of experts to discuss science and technology that was once science fiction and is now being used in treatment, and hear their predictions about what’s the next big thing in neuroscience. More information here.

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