This weekend: The workings of the brain, nanotechnology, and the future of science writing

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It’s been a busy couple of months. Actually, that’s a crazy understatement: It’s been a tear-my-eyes-out, I’m-so-tired-I-can’t-feel-my-feet couple of months. In addition to falling behind on several articles, grading papers, writing recommendations, and doing research, I’m also gotten out of my typical blogging rhythm. I’m hopeful that’s about to change.

In the meantime, here’s a late-in-the-game announcement about some wonderful events taking place this weekend as part of the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing‘s 10th anniversary celebration. From 2pm until 3:30pm on Saturday, Alan Lightman, one of the founders of the program, will be hosting a panel discussion on attention and memory with Robert Desimone, the director of MIT’s McGovern Institute of Brain Science; Suzanne Corkin, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at MIT; and Florian Engert, an Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology at Harvard University.

Then, from 4pm to 5:30pm, program director Marcia Bartusiak will host a panel on nanotechnology, quantum computing, and molecular biology with Angela Belcher, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT; Seth Lloyd, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT; and Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT.

The weekend’s festivities wrap up that night with a gala dinner at the MIT Museum, where I’ll moderate a discussion with Amy Harmon, a New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning science reporter, and Kurt Andersen, who, in addition to hosting Public Radio’s Studio360, writes remarkable novels and commits frequent acts of excellent journalism. We’ll be talking about science writing, covering controversies, the future of the media, and plenty more.

Details about the anniversary are here — hope you can make it!

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