Friday Evening Lectures

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Whether you’re in Woods Hole or halfway around the world, join us for this venerable MBL lecture series.

Lectures are free and open to the public for in-person and virtual attendance. Masking for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals is required. No registration required for in-person attendance.

Suggestions for future Friday Evening Lecturers are welcome and may be sent to FEL@mbl.edu.

Doors open at 7:30 PM, lectures start at 8 PM.

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June 17 - “Be the Messenger: Tell the Truth about Independence in America and its Impact on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”

B. Chad Starks, BCS and Associates, Inc.

This lecture is presented in collaboration with the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee in celebration of Juneteenth

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June 24 - "Wings, Feathers, Flight: Using Comparative Genomics to Link Genotype and Phenotype in Birds"
Glassman Lecture

Scott Edwards, Harvard University

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July 1 - “Killer Snails: Agents of Change and Innovation”

Mandë Holford, CUNY Hunter College and The CUNY Graduate Center

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July 8 - “Stem Cell Clonality and the Niche”
Porter Lecture

Leonard Zon, Boston Children's Hospital; HHMI

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July 15 - “Big Ideas from the 'Little Brain': Insights from the Cerebellum about Learning and Meta-Learning”
Forbes Lecture

Jennifer L. Raymond, Stanford University School of Medicine

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July 22 - “How Cell Biology Resolved the Cytologist’s Dilemma and Made Molecular Explanations Possible”
E.B. Wilson History and Philosophy of Science Lecture

Karl S. Matlin, The University of Chicago

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July 29 - “50 Years of Microbial Diversity: What a Ride!”

Carrie Harwood, University of Washington

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August 5 - “Plant Roots as Underground Allies on our Changing Planet”

Zoe Cardon, Marine Biological Laboratory

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August 12 - “Pocket Doctors: Diagnosing Diseases with Mobile Phones”

Dan Fletcher, University of California, Berkeley

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All those attending this lecture in-person must be compliant with the requirement to wear a mask inside MBL buildings whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. It is important to note that public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those who are unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow the appropriate risk mitigation measures.