Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor John McDonough looks at the latest Supreme Court challenge to Obama’s signature health care reform law, being argued in court this week.
Dutch sociologist Abram de Swaan spoke with the Gazette about his new book, “The Killing Compartments,” ahead of a lecture at the Center for European Studies.
A pair of Harvard seniors, aided by Harvard’s innovation environment, have launched a company that helps people make sense of Congress by gathering in one place diverse information on representatives, districts, bills, and legislative proceedings.
Anti-malaria efforts have made progress in recent years, but authorities have to keep up the pressure if they are to defeat an illness that is not only ancient, but resilient, speakers at Harvard said.
Harvard Professor Walter Willett underlined the distinction between dietary and blood cholesterol, and stressed whole foods rather than any single nutrient as key to a healthy diet.
Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Professor Emery N. Brown, who also holds appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was named to the National Academy of Engineering in early February.
Harvard psychiatrist Jacqueline Olds offers some tips for coping with the snow and the dark days of winter.
Escaped slave and abolitionist Lewis Hayden’s work goes on, through the students who receive the scholarship established in his name at Harvard Medical School.
Harvard and Brazilian students spent 10 days visiting sustainability-related sites around São Paulo as part of a field course sponsored by Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the University of São Paulo.
Dyann Wirth, chair of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, discusses what’s behind the resurgence of measles in the United States.
Growing evidence points to a role for volcanoes in dinosaur extinction, said planetary scientist Mark Richards in a Harvard lecture.
For doctoral student Sarah Rugheimer, the study of atmosphere holds deep promise in the search for extrasolar life.
A southpaw science writer comes to terms with research on handedness by the Kennedy School’s Joshua Goodman.
It is often said that the modern era began in the death and devastation of World War I, but Harvard President Drew Faust said during a speech at the University of Cambridge that such destruction started in the American Civil War.
Harvard researchers are pushing for a closer look at links between green spaces and health in cities.
The Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine provides support for junior faculty amid life’s crunch time, when demanding research labs, children at home, and other duties all clamor for attention.
Bill Lee reflects on his first six months as senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation, and on challenges and opportunities facing the University in the months and years to come.
With Harvard’s Vivek Murthy confirmed as the next surgeon general, health experts shared their views on areas where his focus and influence are most needed.
Harvard physicists look toward new frontiers as they anticipate the restart of the Large Hadron Collider and their ATLAS experiment in spring 2015.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics scientist Jonathan McDowell answers questions on the Orion test run and prospects for getting to Mars.
Harvard’s Ernst Mayr Library is involved in a collaborative effort to digitize the handwritten journals of ornithologist William Brewster. The collaboration uses crowdsourcing for the transcription and video games as a way to check the work’s accuracy.
Nobel winner Steven Weinberg brought his thoughts on a “theory of everything” to the Physics Department’s Lee Historical Lecture.
Geneticists David Reich and Nick Patterson detailed recent work on human migrations that led to the populations of today’s Europe.
Robert McDonald, new U.S. secretary of veterans affairs, detailed initial progress in reforming the department, which has been scarred by revelations of mismanagement and lengthy, perhaps life-threatening, waits for veterans needing care.
The recipient of a bilateral arm transplant and his surgeons appeared at a news conference on Tuesday to thank the donor’s family and to discuss the procedure.
Vaughan Rees of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shares his thoughts on the intense debate in Westminster over a push to ban tobacco sales. The ban was defeated, but the battle is not yet over.
A Gen Ed course linked to the South Asia Institute takes an interdisciplinary approach to the region’s challenges.
The Kennedy School is working with the government of Albania to help the nation put an end to a long period of economic dysfunction.
Steve Ballmer was joined by President Drew Faust and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Dean Cherry Murray at an iLab event to formally announce that the University will increase its computer science faculty by 50 percent over the next few years, to 36 from 24.
Researchers from around the world came to Harvard to examine the rise of international court cases on issues of sexual and reproductive rights.
Investment experts at Harvard Business School explored alternatives for investors interested in climate change, from divestment to engagement, as ways to change corporate behavior.
Harvard faculty and scholars gathered with Burmese refugees to discuss the ongoing mistreatment of that country’s Rohingya minority, which speakers called a “slow-burning genocide.” A Harvard Law School report said the country’s Karen minority also are under siege.
Graduate School of Education alumna Jessi Hanson traveled to Liberia to help set up a program to provide art and play therapy to children held in isolation after their family members died from Ebola. She shared her experiences in Liberia — and now in self-quarantine in the United States — with the Gazette.
Harvard-affiliated surgeon and writer Atul Gawande explores big questions around end-of-life care in “Being Mortal.”
“Birds of the World” opened in September as a permanent exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
A Russian analyst talks about the deteriorating relationship between Washington and the Kremlin.
New research illuminates the mixing with Neanderthals in early human prehistory, narrowing the window of time when they crossbred to between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago.
Scientist Peter Del Tredici collaborated with artist Teri Rueb on a mobile sound tour of Bussey Brook Meadow.
Harvard geneticist George Church discussed the future of genetic engineering, including possible technological applications allowing new treatment techniques. He saw the potential to improve human health, revolutionize pest management, and perhaps even bring back the mammoth and other extinct species.
This month, the Harvard Physics Department and swissnex Boston, a cultural and technological exchange effort by the Swiss consulate, are sponsoring a photo exhibit that focuses on the people of CERN — laughing, napping, and thinking — and the sometimes ordinary-looking places where they unearth the extraordinary.
Professors Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus came together to discuss the legal future of the nation’s most ambitious action on climate change to date.
Research led by Harvard investigators has found six new genes underlying coffee-drinking behavior.
The Dallas Ebola case was a black eye for emergency room workers who sent a Liberian man home even though they were told he had just arrived from the epidemic zone. But the case could act as a wake-up call for emergency workers around the country, panelists say.
Three nonprofits with strong Harvard ties have joined forces at the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Harvard’s i-lab is a safe place for students to take risks and explore potentially commercial ideas, like cricket chips, aerial drone service and repair, or a public service-oriented website to connect voters and officials.
A new study of heat waves found a strong correlation between excess deaths and poverty, poor housing quality, hypertension, and impervious land cover.
Bangladesh has used stepped-up surveillance, an understanding of transmission routes, and expert advice on cultural and traditional practices to devise interventions against Nipah, an Ebola-like virus with a high mortality rate.
New research from the lab of David Reich challenges the prevailing view among archaeologists that there were no major influxes of new peoples into Europe after the advent of agriculture.
President Drew Faust discussed challenges facing Harvard at the start of a new academic year in a conversation with journalist Nicholas Kristof at Sanders Theatre.
Harvard researchers working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have uncovered nine rare genetic mutations that dramatically increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The discovery of the mutations highlights the dizzying genetic diversity of a disease rapidly spreading around the world.