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May 7-13: Paleomagnetism and much more to do on the Boston science calendar


In describing the book The Origin of Aids,  The New York Times says that “Jacques Pépin sifts the blizzard of scientific papers written about AIDS, adds his own training in epidemiology, his own observations from treating patients in a bush hospital, his studies of the blood of elderly Africans, and years of digging in the archives of the European colonial powers, and works out the most likely path the virus took during the years it left almost no tracks.” He speaks at noon at Harvard School of Public Health. FXB 301


Professor James Fleming , a Colby College professor and founder the International Commission on History of Meteorology. Speaks at MIT at 4:15. Here’s an abstract of his talk:

How have scientists gained awareness and understanding of phenomena that cover the entire globe and that are constantly changing on time scales ranging from geological eras and centuries to decades, years, and seasons? How was this accomplished by individuals immersed in and surrounded by the phenomena? How were privileged positions created and defined? The answers are varied and worthy of extended reflection.

This talk argues that scientific, technological, and social dynamics play essential roles in the study of climate dynamics


 Vitaly Napadow is an assistant professor at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital…He will speak on his research into  MRI neuroimaging and his focus on evaluating brain processing underlying chronic pain states, as well as central mechanisms supporting potential therapies, such as acupuncture at 4 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital 70 Francis Street, Boston Shapiro Breakout Room


  Ford Felker is the Director of the National Wind Technology Center, the principal research center for wind energy in the United States. He offers an update on Wind Energy Research at 3 at MIT.


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