Over the years, the speakers invited to this student/postdoc-run series have attracted an increasingly diverse student body with attendees' interests ranging from pure science to various aspects of engineering. Areas covered by speakers in the previous academic years have included other topics such as statistical mechanics, chemical physics, quantum chemistry, biological networks, and classical simulations.
It's our feeling that our lecture series should be an important complement to usual seminars which are mostly "results-oriented", and thus, we would like to provide the speaker plenty of time to cover the background material as completely as possible. The usual lecture is about two hours with a break in between and a small after-lecture discussion. We encourage speakers to devote the first half of their presentation to a pedagogical introduction to the topic. In fact, some lecturers in the past gave chalk talks! The second half is intended for material of current interest and active research.
The lecture is currently held at MIT, the midpoint of BU and Harvard. While Wednesday afternoon is reserved for the talk, we schedule meetings of our speakers with interested faculty of all participating schools (BU-MIT-Harvard) on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the same week.
BU: MiKyung Lee, Alexander (Sasha) Kunitsa, Angelo Ziletti
MIT: Thomas Avila, Mike Mavros, Alex Kohn, Sucheol Shin, Natasha Seelam
Harvard: Stephanie Valleau, Jennifer Wei, Jarrod McClean, Thomas Markovich, Nicolas Sawaya