MBL Announces 2018 Friday Evening Lecture Series


The Marine Biological Laboratory is pleased to announce the Friday Evening Lecture schedule for the summer of 2018.  The hour-long talks are geared for a diverse and engaged audience and appeal to scientists and non-scientists alike.

The 2018 lineup of speakers will explore some of the most fascinating subjects in science today including the historical origins of the U.S. opioid crisis, understanding how the brain controls parenting behavior, and how “frugal science” can improve science accessibility to better human and planetary health to communities around the world.

The series kicks off June 15, 2018 and will run each Friday through August 10. All lectures are free and will be held at 8:00 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole and live-streamed at videocenter.mbl.edu.

Friday Evening Lectures are a long-standing tradition at the MBL, dating back to 1890 and given each year since then. The tradition of excellence has continued to the present day with the roster of lecturers including more than 30 Nobel Prize winners since 1970 including John Gurdon, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, who will deliver the August 11 Friday Evening Lecture.

The schedule is below. Stay tuned to mbl.edu/FEL for lecture abstracts and speaker bios.

June 15
E.B. Wilson History and Philosophy of Science Lecture
“Pain, Opioids, and the Search for Relief: A Political History”
Keith Wailoo, Princeton University

June 22
“What do Fungi Tell us About Neurodegenerative Disease?”
Amy Gladfelter, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

June 29
“How Fish Swim…and Walk and Fly: Using Biodiversity to Understand the Neural Control of Movement”
Melina Hale, The University of Chicago; MBL

July 6
Glassman Lecture
“Can the Brain’s Structure Reveal its Function?”
Jeff Lichtman, Harvard University

July 13
“Frugal Science in the Age of Curiosity”
Manu Prakash, Stanford University

July 20
Forbes Lecture
“Neurobiology of Parenting Behavior”
Catherine Dulac, Harvard University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

July 27
“The Co-Evolution of Life and Rocks: Insights from Data-Driven Discovery”
Robert Hazen, Carnegie Institution for Science; George Mason University

August 3
Sager Lecture
“Life without Oxygen”
Dianne Newman, California Institute of Technology

August 10
Porter Lecture
“The Stability and Reversal of Cell Differentiation in Development”
John Gurdon, University of Cambridge; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2012)