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Boston & Cambridge Biology Talks: June 2nd through June 8th

Every week, I compile a list of biology-related talks at the universities and museums around the Boston Metro Area.

A pdf of this week’s complete list can be found here. (PDF includes links to event details.)

This week I added a new section called “Out of Town But Intriguing” that includes talks at colleges outside of the immediate Boston Metro area like Brown, Brandeis, and Woods Hole.  The scope of that section is going to be limited to places that are either closely affiliated with the Boston universities and/or easily accessible via commuter rail, but not ALL of the science happens in Boston/Cambridge.

Anyway, here are some of this week’s highlights:

Most Intriguing Dissertation Defense Title: “Judging a Planet By Its Cover: Insights into the Lunar Crustal  Structure and Martian Climate History from Surface Features” @MIT on Tuesday, 2:00 pm

Best Pop Culture Pun: “Breaking Bad: How Aneuploidy Drives Cancer” @Harvard Medical on Thursday, 4:00 pm

Highest Buzzword Density in a Talk Title: “A Probiotic Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders?” @MIT on Wednesday, 6:00 pm

Mini-Conference  I’m Most Psyched for: 2014 Boston University Bioinformatics Student-Organized Symposium @BU Main Campus on Wednesday, 9:30 am – 5:45 pm Continue reading “Boston & Cambridge Biology Talks: June 2nd through June 8th” »

Boston & Cambridge Biology Talks: May 26th through June 1st

Every week, I compile a list of biology-related talks at the universities and museums around the Boston Metro Area.

A pdf of this week’s complete list can be found here. (PDF includes links to event details.)

There aren’t very many talks this week, because almost everybody is busy graduating and/or being on summer break, but this week’s highlights include:

Strangest Memorial Day Activity: Watching MIT students’ tiny robots compete at robot “sumo wrestling” @MIT Museum on Monday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Science Talk I’m Most Curious About:Cell Adhesion Molecules at the Synapse: Linking Synaptic Function and Diversity to Neuropsychiatric Disease” @BU Medical on Wednesday, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Non-Science Talk I’m Most Curious About:Post Arab Revolutions: What Social Media is Telling Us” @Harvard on Tuesday, 12:30 pm

New Favorite Science Phrase: “Seismic Interferometry” as in “Using Relative Traveltimes: SVD-enhanced seismic interferometry and microseismic location uncertainty” @MIT on Friday, 10:00 am

Continue reading “Boston & Cambridge Biology Talks: May 26th through June 1st” »

Do stem cell researchers ignore social inequalities? – Recap of talk by Dr. Ruha Benjamin

The Talk:

People’s Science: Bodies & Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier

In Plain English:

Sociologist investigates the tensions between the stem cell research community and racial minorities and/or low-income communities

The Speaker:

Ruha Benjamin of Boston University

The Sponsor:

BU Discoveries Lecture Series

What it covered:

Dr. Ruha Benjamin, a sociologist who studies scientists and the way they interact with marginalized communities, opened her talk with a story about a bench.

Not a lab bench. A park bench. In Berkeley.

It was a nice day, and she had a few minutes to spare after giving a talk at UC-Berkeley, so she decided to try and take a nap on the park bench. She found that she couldn’t. “Tell me why,” she said, clicking to a slide with a picture of a metal park bench with three sets of arm-rest-style dividers.

“…It has bars on it?” one audience member said tentatively.

“Right. But why do you think those bars are there?” Continue reading “Do stem cell researchers ignore social inequalities? – Recap of talk by Dr. Ruha Benjamin” »