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2019 Nov 13

Paleovirology: Ghosts and Gifts of Ancient Viruses

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Human genomes are ancient battlegrounds of arms races waged between viruses and their hosts for millions of years. Just as historians reconstruct battlefields to better understand historical battles, evolutionary biologists and virologists can reconstruct how ancient viruses affected their hosts by analyzing their “fossil” remains in our genomes. Paleovirology is the study of such extinct viruses. Harmit Malik will discuss what the study of these viruses can tell us about old and new viral infections, the role they have played in shaping human biology, and the insights they can provide...

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2019 Nov 07

Adversity, Belonging, and Survival among Baboons

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

The social environment—both in early life and adulthood—has major effects on human health and survival. But how and why does the social environment get “under the skin” to also affect our physical health? Susan Alberts pursues this question by studying wild baboons in Kenya. Baboons, like humans, evolved as savannah dwellers. They rely on social relationships to solve problems and—like humans—their lives depend on these relationships. Alberts will discuss how the balance between the challenges and opportunities of social life affects health and belonging in both humans and baboons....

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2019 Nov 02

Squirrel Taxidermy Workshop

10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Learn about the fantastic history of taxidermy and then get hands-on with your very own taxidermy project! Using tanned hides, students will craft their own mannikin heads and bodies and learn how to set eyes, wire limbs, groom, pose, and more. This workshop specifically focuses on mounting and finishing techniques but a skinning and tanning guide will be provided in order to supplement future projects you may choose to work on. At the conclusion of the workshop, students will keep their own squirrel mount. Your squirrel will need to dry for a few weeks before it is ready for permanent...

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2019 Oct 30

The Peril and Promise of Solar Geoengineering

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Solar geoengineering research aims to reduce the impacts of global climate change. One possibility is to put aerosols into the stratosphere to alter Earth’s energy budget. This emerging technology entails risks and uncertainties, along with serious challenges to global governance. The greatest threat, perhaps, is that it will be used as a technical fix and encourage people to avoid the emissions cuts that are fundamental to curbing long-term climate risks. David Keith will describe the simple physics underlying the climate’s response to stratospheric aerosols, the risks, and the trade-...

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2019 Oct 26

Fabulous Fungus Fair

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Explore the wondrous world of fungi! Join Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, and labs—even in our own refrigerators. This is an opportunity to investigate fungal diversity and participate in hands-on activities led by Harvard students.

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

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2019 Oct 26

The Art and Science of Mushrooms

9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Instructors: Erica Beade and Harvard graduate student James Mitchell

Learn about the science of mushrooms through observations of local fungi, and then try your hand at capturing different mushroom types. Artist and educator, Erica Beade, will introduce techniques for achieving more accuracy, volume, and texture in drawings, while Harvard scientist James Mitchell will provide an overview of local mushrooms based on specimens in hand.

$55 members/$60 nonmembers

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2019 Oct 16

National Fossil Day

(All day)

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Celebrate National Fossil Day with ancient trilobites, sea scorpions, saber-toothed cats, giant ground sloths, and more. Meet Harvard paleontologists and learn about the amazing prehistoric animals on exhibit. Bring your curiosity and questions to this event for all ages!

Regular museum admission rates apply.

2019 Oct 10

An Evolutionary Journey through Domestication

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

As the earliest farmers began to select wild plants and animals that had desirable traits, they initiated a series of genetic changes in these species that gradually made them more suitable for agriculture. Plants became easier to grow, had greater yields, and were of higher quality. Animal species exhibited favorable changes in behavior, coat color, and reproductive traits. Barbara Schaal will discuss how the artificial selection of these species—a pivotal technological achievement—has influenced their genetics, evolution, and capacity to flourish in the care of humans.

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2019 Oct 05

Handcrafted Paper Workshop Create Your Own Maple Branch

9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Create a beautiful sprig of life-like maple leaves—just in time for autumn. Use observations of freshly picked specimens and the museum’s glass flowers to understand plant forms and to translate them into paper sculptures. Learn techniques for working with crepe paper, including wire-wrapping, working on the bias, and hand-coloring. Materials and tools are provided, including templates, resources, and extra supplies for work at home. Bring your fingers and your curiosity!

$90 members/$100 nonmembers

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2019 Nov 19

E-mail Management

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Lamont Library Forum Room, 11 Quincy St, Cambridge

Objective: This workshop will introduce methods for gaining control of e-mail and managing it according to Harvard records policies as well as provide tips on how to organize your e-mail.

Length: 1 ½ hours

Who should attend: All employees who want to effectively manage their e-mail.

What you will learn

  • Methods of controlling e-mail
  • The application of the General Records Schedule to e-mail
  • Examples of types of e-mails with...
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2019 Nov 07

Out of Sight: Off-site Records Storage

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Lamont Library Forum Room, 11 Quincy St, Cambridge

Objective: This workshop will present the step-by-step process of sending records to off-site storage at the Records Center. We cover everything from how to assemble and pack a box to how to complete the deposit paperwork.

Length: 1 ½ hours

Who should attend: Employees who have not yet sent records to storage as well as anyone in charge of packing and depositing boxes who would like a refresher course.

What you will learn

  • How to identify records eligible...
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2019 Oct 22

Trash or Treasure: Guidance on Retaining Office Records

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Lamont Library Forum Room, 11 Quincy St, Cambridge

Objective: Have you ever wondered, "How long do I need to keep my office records? Can I throw them away when I am done with them?" This workshop provides tools and advice to help you determine how long to keep your records and what to do when you no longer need to hold onto them. Whether you feel like you’re drowning in information or you're concerned that you're keeping records too long or not long enough, this workshop is for you.

Length: 1 ½ hours

Who should attend: All employees who want to...

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2019 Dec 14

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building
Put down the hedge shears! Through both classroom instruction and hands-on field training, this class will include what’s, whys, and how’s of proper pruning approaches and techniques. Andrew Gapinski will focus on small ornamental trees, young shade trees, and shrubs with general approaches towards maintaining a plant’s natural form and encouraging health and vigor. Note: Pruning for fruit production will not be covered in this offering. Dress for indoor and outdoor learning.

Fee $30 member, $38 nonmember

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2019 Dec 04

Fruit from the Sands: The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

From almonds and apples to tea and rice, many foods that we consume today have histories that can be traced out of prehistoric Central Asia along the tracks of the Silk Road to kitchens in Europe, America, China, and elsewhere in East Asia. The exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient routes extends back five thousand years, and organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century BC. Robert Spengler presents a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, narrating the story of the origins...

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