Calendar for Monday March 29th to Sunday April 4th 2010.

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Please RSVP for Chris Mooney’s Talk. 6pm Wednesday April 7th 2010

Chris Mooney
Blogger, freelance journalist and author.
6pm Wednesday April 7th 2010. Please RSVP to eugenie dot reich at gmail dot com
Chris Mooney blogs at and is the author of three books, including the bestseller The Republican War on Science. He writes about science and politics. He is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for 2009/2010.
Location: Seminar Room D463 (STAR) in the Stata Center (Building 32) at MIT. To reach the STAR room, enter the Stata building at 32 Vassar Street. Make sure that you are in the Dreyfoos part of the building, which is directly opposite the sign for 43 Vassar street and has three central elevators (If you find you are in the Gates building, you will need to walk to the other end of the building to find Dreyfoos.) Take the elevator to the Fourth Floor. Turn left out of the elevators, then immediately right, through a set of double doors, following signs to “R&D Common.” Walk past a pool table on the right towards an open area straight ahead with a red-orange carpet. Just before reaching the red-orange carpet, turn right, and walk straight ahead to 32-463, the STAR conference room.

Cost $5 pizza provided. Please RSVP to eugenie dot reich at gmail dot com

Calendar for Monday March 22nd – Sunday March 28th 2010.

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New NESW Web site and social media

Welcome to the new NESW Web site. NESW is now on four popular social media platforms:

NESW online home ( — The blog platform includes the new NESW weekly calendar (Wednesday deadline), NESW announcements and events, and links to member blogs, member Web sites, and other sites of special interest to NESW members. (Please send links and other suggestions to cruzan dot morton at verizon dot net.)

New England Science Writers @ Facebook — Fan NESW. This is your water cooler and more.

NEsciWriters @ Twitter (– Follow NESW

New England Science Writers @ LinkedIn — Search under “new england science writers” and look for instructions to join the informal group.

Calendar for Monday March 15th to Sunday March 21st 2010.

To suggest events, send the information  to by Wednesday for events occurring the following week.

Monday March 15th, 2010.
Building Technology Lecture Series
“The Future of Architecture in a Warming Planet”
Nobert Lechner, Architect and Professor Emeritus, Auburn University
Location: MIT Building 7 Room 431, AVT
For more information, contact: Alexandra Mulcahy 617-253-0463

Monday March 15th, 2010.
“Observing the Dimensionality of Our Parent Vacuum”
Surjeet Rajendran, MIT-CTP
Location: MIT 6c-442 Center for Theoretical Physics Cosman Seminar Room
For more information: Joyce Berggren 617 253-4827

Monday March 15th, 2010.
Plasma Science & Fusion Center Seminar
“Plasma Control in ITER”
Joseph Snipes, ITER
Location: NW17-218
For more information: Paul Rivenberg 617-253-8101 

Monday, March 15th , 2010.
Biological Chemistry Seminar Series
“How do cells fold proteins into membranes?”
Dan Kahne, Harvard University Department of Chemistry
Location: MIT 56-114
For more information: Chemistry Department

Monday March 15th, 2010.
A Science on the Screen Event
“Best In Show”
Intro by veterinarian behaviorist Nicholas Dodman
Coolidge Theater, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline.
$9.75 regular admission, $7.75 for seniors, students and Museum of Science members, free for members of the Coolidge Corner Theater

Tuesday, March 16th , 2010.
Transportation@MIT Seminar Series
“Modeling Human Mobility.”
Marta Gonzalez, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Location: MIT Building 3-270
For more information: Rebecca Fearing

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010.
Department of Biology Colloquium Series
“Reversing dysfunction of aged stem cells”
Amy Wagers, HMS Joslin Diabetes Center
Location: 32-123
For more information: Kassandra Tilton

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010.
CTL Distinguished Speaker Series
“The New Industrial Revolution: Why Atoms are the New Bits”
Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Wired Magazine
Location: MIT Building E14-633 (Media Lab Extension Building, 6th floor)

Tuesday March 16th 2010.
6:30 PM
Science For the Public
“Earthquakes: What Causes Them, What We Can Learn from Them”
Professor Colleen Dalton of the Department of Earth Sciences, Boston University
Location: Belmont Media Center in Waverly Square, Belmont. 
Reservations required:

Tuesday March 16th, 2010.
“SuperStars: The Biggest, Hottest, Brightest, and Most Explosive Stars in the Milky Way”
David Aguilar, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Location: Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge MA
For more information: 617-495-7461

Wednesday March 17th, 2010.
Department of Epidemiology Seminar Series
“The Developmental Origins of Cancer”
Karin Michels, ScD, PhD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School 
Location: Harvard Medical School Department of Epidemiology Room FXB G-13

Wednesday, March 17th , 2010.
String/Gravity Theory Seminar
“Calabi-Yau metrics for dummies”
Matthew Headrick, Brandeis University
Location: 6c-442, Cosman Seminar Room, Center for Theoretical Physics
For more information: Joyce Berggren  617 253-4827

Thursday, March 18th , 2010.
Organic Chemistry Seminar
“Strategies and Tactics Inspired by Complex Natural Products”
Richmond Sarpond, University of California, Berkeley
Location: MIT Building 6-120
For more information: Tyler 617-253-1879

Thursday, March 18th , 2010.
4:15 PM
The David and Edith Harris Physics Colloquium Series
“Exploring New Frontiers of Quantum Optical Science”
Mikhail Lukin of Harvard University
Location: MIT Building 10, Room 250 

Thursday March 18th, 2010.
“Government Transparency and Collaborative Journalism
Linda Fantin, director of public insight journalism at Minnesota Public Radio, Ellen Miller, executive director of the Washington-based Sunlight Foundation. Moderated by Chris Csikszentmihalyi, director of the MIT Center for Future Civic Media.
Location: MIT Building 32-155

Thursday March 18th, 2010.
“Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy. Author Talk and Gallery Social with Melissa Milgrom”
Author Melissa Milgrom
Location: Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA
Free for Members, $20 for non-members. Advance reservation required. RSVP to or 617-496-6972

Thursday March 18th, 2010.
The Longwood Seminars 2010
“Body Building: When Engineering Meets Medicine”
Donald Ingber, Jeffrey Karp, John Parrish
Location: The Joseph B Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston MA 02115
For More Information:
Reservations Recommended on 617-432-3038

Thursday, March 18th, 2010.
7:30 pm
Monthly Observatory Night
“Searching for Planets with Kepler”
Andrea Dupree, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Location: Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge MA
For more information: 617-495-7461 

Sunday March 21st, 2010.
“Zombie Insects and Disgusted Humans: How Parasites Affect Behavior “
David Hughes
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Location: Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA

Calendar for March 8th- March 12th

Send events to by the end of Wednesday for inclusion in the calendar for the following week.

Monday March 8th, 2010.
Health Sciences Lecture
“Re-evaluating the Link Between Malaria and Climate”
Krijn Paaijmans, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University
Location: Room 907, Harvard School of Public Health Kresge Building, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
For more information: 617-432-7143,

2:00 pm
Monday, March 8, 2:00PM
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nuclear and Particle Theory Seminar
“Direct photon production and precision jet physics at the LHC”
Matthew Schwartz, Harvard University
Location: Center for Theoretical Physics, MIT Building 6c-442 Cosman seminar room

Monday March 8th, 2010
Nuclear and Particle Theory Colloquium
“First CMS Results on pp Collisions at the LHC”
Gunther Roland, MIT
Room 26-414. Kolker Room

Monday, March 8, 2010
4:15 pm
Harvard University Department of Physics Colloquium
“Bottled Lightning: Modernizing the Electrical Grid”
Phillip Schewe, American Institute of Physics
Tea will be served in Jefferson 450 at 3:30 pm
Location: Harvard’s Jefferson Laboratory, Room-250.

Monday, March 8th, 2010.
“Reality Check: How the Facts of Life on a Tough New Planet Shape Our Choices”
Bill McKibben, scholar in residence at Middlebury College and American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. A response will be given by Daniel Schrag, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
Location: Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue
For more information: 617-495-4476,
Free but reservations required at

Tuesday March 9th, 2010
Shorenstein Speaker Series
“Military and the Media.”
Daphne Benoit, Pentagon correspondent, Agence France Press (AFP).
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, Joan Shorenstein Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School

Tuesday March 9th, 2010
“Genome-Wide Analysis of Self-Renewal and Tumorigenesis in Drosophila Neural Stem Cells”
Juergen Knoblich, The Institute of Molecular Biotechnology
Room 32-123, MIT’s Stata Center Kirsch Auditorium.

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010.
“From the State House to the White House: Digital Governance”
Panel Discussion with Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the United States; Teri Takai, Chief Information Officer of the State of California; Anne Margulies, Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Moderated by Jerry Mechling, Harvard Kennedy School. Co-sponsored by the Gov 2.0 PIC.
Location: John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Joan Shorenstein Center, Kennedy School, Harvard

Thursday March 11th, 2010
Center for Astrophysics Colloquium
“Understanding the Star Formation Rate”
Mark Krumholz from the University of California, Santa Cruz
Location: Phillips Auditorium, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
More information: Stella Offner

Thursday March 11th 2010
Hallam L. Movius Jr Lecture
“Hunters and Artists of Late Ice Age Europe: The Magdalenian World””
Lawrence Guy Straus, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Location: Peabody Museum Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA

Thursday March 11th, 2010
Evolution Matters Lecture Series
“The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma”
Marc Kirschner, Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School
Location: Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA.
For more information: or

Friday March 12th, 2010
3:00 pm
Tufts University Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
“The Intersection of Physics, Public Policy and National Security”
Lisbeth Gronlund of the Union of Concerned Scientists and the MIT Program on Science, Technology, and Society
Tufts University’s Nelson Auditorium, Anderson Hall
Refreshments served in Robinson 251 at 2:30 pm

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