Psychedelics, AI and viral outbreaks: Harvard grad student with Science in the News explain it all via its 20th public lecture series @SITN Boston

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All fall lectures will be held on Wednesday evenings in Armenise Auditorium at Harvard Medical School from 7 to 9:00 p.m. Please see the “directions” link … for instructions on how to access Armenise Auditorium (in Goldenson Hall) and the lecture hall, located at 200 Longwood Ave in Boston.

This semester’s series will feature eight lectures:
September 26 – Extremophiles: Life on the Edge of our Planet
October 3 – The Past and Future of Viral Outbreaks
October 10 – Altered State of Mind: How Psychedelics Modify the
Brain, Behavior, and Perception
October 17 – A Star Trek: A Voyage to Discover Sources of Cosmic Signals in Our Universe
October 24 – Designing AI-Enabled Technology for Society
November 7 – Fighting Back Against Climate Change: Altering Earth’s Atmosphere
November 14 – Brains and Bodies: How to Make Smart Robots
November 28 – Sex, Science, and the State: The Role of Science in Sexual Reproductive Health and Policymaking

Long before Carrie Bradshaw, there was Cynthia Heimel. In the early ’80s, she gifted us “ribald commentary on sex, romance and late-century womanhood.”

Sorry to read of the death of Cynthia Heimel, author of 1983’s “Sex Tips for Girls.” From The Washington Post:

download.jpgCynthia Heimel, a humor columnist whose biting, ribald commentary on sex, romance and late-century womanhood were collected in books including “Sex Tips for Girls” and “Get Your Tongue out of My Mouth, I’m Kissing You Good-Bye,” died Feb. 25 at an assisted-living community in Los Angeles. She was 70.

The cause was complications from dementia, said her son Brodie Ransom. Ms. Heimel had been diagnosed about a year ago.

In her books and columns, Ms. Heimel wrote about bad boys, bad dates, bad sex and bad birth control, with the occasional reminiscence of blissed-out pleasure thrown in. “God protects drunks, infants and feisty girls,” she once observed, and in a tumultuous, three-decade writing career, she was feistier than most.

“Everyone in the world seems to think that they are codependent and that they come from dysfunctional families,” she wrote in one 1989 column for Playboy. “They call it codependency, I call it the human condition.”

Why don’t male TV #news #anchors #dress in tight-fitting party outfits?

If you are journalist, salesperson, doctor, or entrepreneur,  you may not want to arrive at work dressed like you are going to a party.  Women and men should be able to dress however they like.  But at most jobs, you want people to take you seriously. For women –young and old —  that’s still hard sometimes. The workplace is still home to a few leering bosses or co-workers — or viewers.  At the risk of blaming the victim — Why encourage it?

When it’s a personal choice, so be it. But, as Beth Teitell notes in today’s Boston Globe, sometimes, the TV news boss insists. We welcome her story on broadcast wardrobe requirement that might seem undignified to many journalists.

She writes:

“Should a TV anchorwoman be required to dress for work in a cocktail dress? Or stilettos? What about body-hugging tops?…It is no revelation that TV news personalities work in a field where looks and appearance matter, but many women in broadcasting say that pressures to dress sexier for the camera have been ratcheting up for at least a decade and have come to a point that they can seem pervasive.”