Friday Evening Lectures – 2021


 
Whether you’re in Woods Hole or halfway around the world, join us for this venerable MBL event bringing our local and global communities together live from the newly named Cornelia Clapp Auditorium.

Please note: Due to decreased space capacity and social distancing guidelines, in-person Friday Evening Lecture attendance will be limited to registered MBL students, faculty, Whitman scientists, and resident faculty and staff until further notice.

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All of the lectures will be livestreamed on the MBL’s YouTube page.

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


Date:

Speaker:

June
18

E.B. Wilson History and Philosophy of Science Lecture
“The Biological Revolution in Mental Health Care and its Aftermath: Why It Happened, Why it Stalled, and What Might Happen Next”
Anne Harrington, Harvard University

June
25

Glassman Lecture
“How I Have Scientific Fun: Discoveries, Mechanisms, Therapeutics, and Learning”
Timothy Springer, Harvard Medical School

July
2

Segal Lecture
“Understanding Human Origins, From the Bottom of the Sea”
Peter de Menocal, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

July
9

Porter Lecture
“A Liquid Paradigm for Biological Organization”
Clifford Brangwynne, Princeton University; HHMI

July
23

"How Do You Feel: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Itch, Touch and Pain"
Diana Bautista, University of California, Berkeley

July
30

“Epigenetic Pathways as Targets in Human Disease”
Shelley Berger, University of Pennsylvania

August
13

“Big, Diverse, and Standardized: The Use of NEON Data in Scientific Discovery”
Paula Mabee, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), Battelle

 

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Cornelia Clapp Auditorium

The Cornelia Clapp Auditorium (formerly known as the Lillie Auditorium) honors Cornelia Clapp, the first scientist to arrive in Woods Hole in 1888 for the MBL’s inaugural summer.

A Lifetime of Service and Dedication

Cornelia Clapp came to the MBL nearly every summer from 1888 until her death in 1934. She served as the MBL’s first librarian, taught in the Embryology course, and in 1910, was elected the first woman trustee. Clapp was highly regarded as a researcher and gifted teacher at a time when few women pursued science. She inspired students with innovative and interactive teaching, and it is within these walls that her legacy will continue to inspire.