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.
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative researchers polled residents of a war-torn part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, finding that though many think the security situation has improved, trust in government is at a low ebb.
The fight to end the Ebola epidemic is not just about saving lives, it’s also about heading off a potentially broader humanitarian crisis, according to a Harvard Kennedy School panel.
Rain or shine, slush or mush, the mail gets through, only it's not the U.S. Postal Service that goes the last mile to your door, it's Harvard Mail Services.
Beetle biologist Brian Farrell is taking the reins of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, with an eye toward increasing collaboration between Harvard scientists and those at institutions in the region. The center will also get a new executive director, Ned Strong, former director of the Chilean office.
The Harvard School of Public Health announced its — and Harvard University’s — largest-ever gift, $350 million from The Morningside Foundation, which will rename the School and foster programs to improve health in several key areas.
For 30 years, the Victims of Violence program at Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance has been a force in trauma care.
In the Hunnewell Building is the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library, whose books, papers, and photographs ― stored near living collections of many of the same plants they describe ― draw scholars from around the world.
The protective gear needed to get Sierra Leone’s health clinics reopened, coupled with public education about the Ebola epidemic, are the greatest areas of need, according to a Harvard Fulbright Fellow and physician from Sierra Leone.
The Gazette spoke with Arboretum officials about the recent arrival of the emerald ash borer.
Dan Shore, who has been Harvard’s chief financial officer and vice president for finance, will leave the University this fall.
Harvard researchers have devised an inexpensive medical detector that costs a fraction of the price of existing devices, and can be used in poor settings around the world.
Harvard researchers have joined with counterparts in the U.S. and Botswana governments to conduct a major evaluation of AIDS treatment targeted specifically to reduce infectivity.
A novella co-authored by Professor Naomi Oreskes imagines the long-term consequences of inaction on climate change.
To David Altshuler, the recent discovery of a genetic mutation that protects against type 2 diabetes offers hope in fighting more than just diabetes. It ...
The Harvard Museum of Natural History has opened a permanent exhibition of the glass sea creatures created by famed artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka more than a century ago.
Will Lautzenheiser, a former Boston University film professor who lost his arms and legs from an infection, has been cleared by the Institutional Review Board at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital for a double arm transplant, a complex procedure requiring 12 to 16 hours of work by a team of surgeons.
Harvard Professor David Edwards and a former engineering student, Rachel Field, added another sense to digital communications, sending a smell across the Atlantic, where a scent generator called an oPhone reproduced it.