Talks & Lectures

2016 Sep 29

Special Kavli/AM Seminar

4:00pm

Location: 

Pierce 306

Oren Raz

University of Maryland

The Markovian Mpemba effect

Under certain conditions, it takes less time to cool a hot system than to cool the same system initiated at a lower temperature. This phenomenon – the “Mpemba Effect”, has been observed in a variety of systems, including water, magnetic alloys and carbon nano-tube resonators. So far, no single generic mechanism to explain this counter-intuitive behavior was suggested. Using the theoretical framework of nonequilibrium thermodynamics, we construct a minimal model that describes this behavior and… Read more about Special Kavli/AM Seminar

2016 Oct 26

NEUROSCIENCE ACROSS THE CHARLES

1:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Goldenson Building, Room 122, 220 Longwood Ave, Boston

A Special Symposium Highlighting Collaborative Neurobiology Research
Generously supported by Alice and Rodman W. Moorhead III

Dopamine and Timing Naoshige Uchida, PhD and John Assad, PhD - Joint Lecture

Maturation of Connectivity within a Neural Circuit Rachel Wilson, PhD and Aravinthan Samuel, PhD - Joint Lecture

Molecular Profiling of Neuronal Diversity Lisa Goodrich, PhD and Paola Arlotta, PhD - Lecture by Dr. Goodrich

The Evolution, Genetics and Neurobiology of Social Behaviors Bob Datta, MD, PhD and Hopi Hoekstra, PhD - Lecture by Dr. Datta

Oxygen,… Read more about NEUROSCIENCE ACROSS THE CHARLES

2016 Oct 13

Mitochondria position and function play instructive roles in presynaptic release properties and axon morphogenesis

12:00pm

Location: 

NORTHWEST B103

 

Franck Polleux
Columbia University

My laboratory is focusing on the cellular, molecular and evolutionary mechanisms underlying the establishment of cortical connectivity. I will present recent published and unpublished results uncovering a new signaling pathway regulating terminal axon branching and presynaptic function through the regulation of mitochondria position, structure and function. Our results demonstrate that (1) the presynaptic capture of mitochondria plays a critical role during terminal axon branching, (2) presynaptic mitochondria… Read more about Mitochondria position and function play instructive roles in presynaptic release properties and axon morphogenesis

2016 Oct 04

THE FUNCTIONAL ORGANIZATION OF THE HUMAN BRAIN AS A WINDOW INTO THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE MIND

4:00pm

Location: 

The Biological Labs, Room 1080 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

CONTE-CBS COLLOQUIUM ON MENTAL HEALTH

THE FUNCTIONAL ORGANIZATION OF THE HUMAN BRAIN AS A WINDOW INTO THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE MIND


Nancy Kanwisher, PhD
PROFESSOR OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF BRAIN & COGNITIVE SCIENCES AT MIT

Cookies and Coffee at 3:30 pm
Discussion Session at 5:15 pm
Register at
http://conte.harvard.edu/events/

Nancy Kanwisher is the Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences… Read more about THE FUNCTIONAL ORGANIZATION OF THE HUMAN BRAIN AS A WINDOW INTO THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE MIND

2017 May 31

Kavli Koffee Hour

Repeats every week every Wednesday, 90 times .
12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Kavli Meeting Room, Pierce Hall 306

Kavli Koffee Hour

The Kavli Koffee hour is a weekly meeting that aims to bring together experimentalists and theorists from around Harvard to discuss current research. Unlike usual seminars, speakers are required to talk about something that… Read more about Kavli Koffee Hour

2015 Sep 30

One brain, many genomes: genomic variability between single neurons in health and disease

6:30pm

Location: 

The Biological Labs, Room 1080 - 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Christopher A. Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Division of Genetics and Genomics, Children's Hospital Boston
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Bullard Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology, Harvard Medical School
 
As soon as the fertilized egg divides for the first time, the genomes of cells start accumulating spontaneous mutations, due to errors in DNA replication or other causes.  In principle, every cell in the body has its own distinct genome defined by spontaneous mutations.  Though… Read more about One brain, many genomes: genomic variability between single neurons in health and disease

2015 Oct 31

Engineering Proteins for Bidirectional Neuro-optical Interfaces

4:00pm

Location: 

Pierce Hall, Room 209

Adam Cohen, CCB and Physics at Harvard.
CCB and Physics at Harvard
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
 

In the wild, microbial rhodopsin proteins convert sunlight into biochemical signals in their host organisms. Some microbial rhodopsins convert sunlight into changes in membrane voltage. We engineered a microbial rhodopsin to run in reverse: to convert changes in membrane voltage into optical signals that are readily detected in a microscope. These proteins have very strong optical nonlinearities, enabling new approaches to… Read more about Engineering Proteins for Bidirectional Neuro-optical Interfaces

2015 Jan 14

Studies of genome processing using recent developments of in vitro and in vivo single-molecule techniques

2:00pm

Location: 

Room 521, Wyss Institute 3 Blackfan Circle, Boston, MA 02115

Host: William Shih, Ph.D.

Nynke Dekker, Professor of Physics from the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology, will explore innovations in determining the genes that make up the genotype of a particular organism by using recent advances in in vivo and in vitro single-molecule techniques.

2015 Feb 06

KIBST Lectureship Series

5:00pm

Location: 

Pfizer Lecture Hall

R.B. Woodward Lectures in the Chemical Sciences, Harvard/MIT Physical Chemistry Seminar.

Professor Cees Dekker, Delft University of Technology; Kavli Institute of Nanoscience.

2015 Mar 25

Cellulose Photonics: from nature to applications

12:15pm

Location: 

Kavli Conference Room 29 Oxford Street, Pierce Hall 306

Host: Michael Brenner

Dr. Silvia Vignolini
Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW, UK
 
Nature’s most vivid colours are produced when light repeatedly scatters against periodically organized interfaces within nanostructured materials. This brilliant iridescent colouration is frequently used in many insect and animals but also in different species of plants. 
One of the most striking example is… Read more about Cellulose Photonics: from nature to applications

2015 Apr 22

Experiments at the Intersection of Geometry, Mechanics, and Microstructure

12:15pm

Location: 

Kavli Conference Room 29 Oxford Street, Pierce Hall 306
Host: Michael Brenner
Jesse L. Silverberg

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

Climbing cucumbers, popping pollen grains, wrinkled fingers, and curly hair.  At heart, the modern revival of mechanics covers a diverse range of subjects at the intersection of function and form.  It's at this point – where geometry, mechanics, and microstructure meet – that we find buckling… Read more about Experiments at the Intersection of Geometry, Mechanics, and Microstructure

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