A new technique for observing neural activity will allow scientists to stimulate neurons and observe their firing pattern in real time. Tracing those neural pathways can help researchers answer questions about how neural signals propagate, and could one day allow doctors to design individualized treatments for a host of disorders.
A new theoretical framework outlined by a Harvard scientist could help solve the mystery of how bacterial cells coordinate processes that are critical to cellular division, such as DNA replication, and how bacteria know when to divide.
Rakesh Khurana became dean of Harvard College on July 1. On his first official day on the job, he reflected on the College’s power to transform undergraduates, and as a result to change society for the better.
Heat is a byproduct of nearly all electronic devices, yet most of it goes wasted. In an effort to recapture some of that energy and transform it into electricity, a team of Harvard and University of Sannio researchers have developed computer simulations to control the flow of heat and electrical current independently.
Their scholarly interests range from the design of programming languages to health economics to the molecular changes that influence evolutionary fitness. One thing the five faculty members who were awarded Harvard College Professorships in recent weeks have in common is a gift for instilling passion for education in their students.
Harvard physicists have suggested that a disk of dark matter may lie along the center line of the galaxy.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on April 1, 2014, the Minute honoring the life and service of the Robert Richardson Bowie, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Bowie, who founded the Center for International Affairs, combined distinguished academic achievement with professional service at the highest levels of the U.S. government, including serving as general counsel to the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany after World War II, for which Germany awarded him the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on October 1, 2013, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Bernard M. W. Knox, Professor of Greek, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Knox was the founding director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on February 4, 2014, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Nathan Keyfitz, Andelot Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of Demography at the Harvard School of Public Health, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Considered the preeminent mathematical demographer of his day, Professor Keyfitz was a pioneer in the application of mathematical methods to the study of populations.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on November 5, 2013, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late James Burleigh Thompson, Jr., Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Thompson predicted the possible existence of several hypothetical silicate minerals that were subsequently found in nature. One of these, containing triple silicate chains, was aptly named jimthompsonite.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on April 1, 2014, the Minute honoring the life and service of the Wallace Trevethic MacCaffrey, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor MacCaffrey, a definitive authority on the reign of Queen Elizabeth, was awarded the American Historical Society’s Award for Scholarly Achievement in 2004.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on December 3, 2013, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Serafín Moralejo Álvarez, Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Professor of Fine Arts, was placed upon the records. Professor Moralejo, a distinguished scholar of medieval art, devoted the greater part of his energies to the magnificent sculptural traditions of the pilgrimage route of Saint James.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on April 1, 2014, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late John Peter Huchra, Robert O. and Holly Thomis Doyle Professor of Cosmology, was placed upon the records. Professor Huchra pioneered the exploration of the universe through redshift surveys at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and played an instrumental role in the establishment of the current rate of cosmic expansion, the key ingredient in establishing the age of the Universe.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on October 1, 2013, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Daniel Bell, Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Bell was a sociologist whose analysis of the end of ideology, post-industrial society, and the cultural contradictions of capitalism shaped the perspectives of a generation of intellectuals and political leaders.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on May 6, 2014, the Minute honoring the life and service of the David Saul Landes, Coolidge Professor of History and Professor of Economics, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Landes, among the finest economic historians of his age, tackled the important question of why some nations are poor while others are rich.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on October 1, 2013, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late James Newton Butler, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Chemistry, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Butler was acclaimed for his research on ionic equilibrium and pelagic tar in the North Atlantic Ocean and Sargasso Sea.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on May 6, 2014, the Minute honoring the life and service of the Nadav Safran, Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies,Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Safran was a wide-ranging scholar of the politics of the Middle East with a deep sensitivity to the cultures and concerns on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Arthur Spirling, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Government Department, and Stacey Combes, associate professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, are this year’s winners of the Roslyn Abramson Award.
House renewal is one of the largest and most ambitious capital improvement campaigns in Harvard College history, aiming to transform the student experience by ensuring that each House can strongly support the learning and living needs of the modern undergraduate.
When the leadership of Harvard College changes hands later this summer from interim Dean Donald Pfister to incoming Dean Rakesh Khurana, undergraduates will find that while the life experiences and research backgrounds of the two couldn’t be more different, their focus on the job of dean is the same.
At Class Day ceremonies, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg urged graduates to confront hard truths and address wrongs they find in the world.
Paul J. Finnegan, a member of the Harvard Corporation, will become treasurer of the University in July. He will succeed James F. Rothenberg, who will stay on as a member of the Corporation.
Supporter James A. Star '83 was on hand at a ceremony to honor the inaugural winners in the Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research.
Tianhao He ’15, a Mather House sociology concentrator, was named a 2014 Truman Scholar. The annual prize, which recognizes college juniors with an interest in a career in public service, provides up to $30,000 toward graduate school.
Five Harvard doctoral students from across the University have been named 2014-15 recipients of the Julius B. Richmond Fellowships from the Center on the ...
Planetary scientist and former Harvard Society of Fellows Junior Fellow Sarah Stewart Johnson’s “O-Rings,” originally published in issue 43 of Harvard ...
Harvard researchers have succeeded in creating quantum switches that can be turned on and off using a single photon, an achievement that could pave the way for the creation of highly secure quantum networks.
Professor Michael McCormick will lead a project aimed at constructing the most detailed historical record yet of European climate.
A team of scientists led by Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics Amir Yacoby has developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system that can produce nanoscale images, and may one day allow researchers to peer into the atomic structure of individual molecules.
The Harvard University Department of Physics recently won a $1 million award from the Moore Foundation to study quantum systems.
The renovation of Dunster House, which will be the first full House to undergo renewal, is to begin immediately after Commencement and last 15 months. The Dunster community will be relocated for the next academic year to “swing” facilities, with its temporary hub at the former Inn at Harvard, which is undergoing a complete renovation. Other House communities will also stay at the inn during future renewals.
Harvard Senior Levent Alpoge ’14 will study mathematics at the University of Cambridge on a Churchill Scholarship.
Harvard University announced today that New York–based The Pershing Square Foundation (PSF), founded by alumni Bill Ackman ’88, M.B.A. ’92, and his wife, Karen Ackman, M.L.A. ’93, has awarded the University $17 million to catalyze the work of its Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative.
In an effort to dispel the notion that graduate school and careers in academia are generally beyond the reach of minority students, Harvard hosted the second Ivy Plus Symposium.
New research conducted at Harvard demonstrates sharing behavior in African grey parrots.
The Woodberry Poetry Room is sponsoring a series focused on rethinking the possibilities of the creative-writing workshop.
FAS Dean Michael D. Smith recognized the hard work and contributions of 52 FAS employees during the fifth annual Dean’s Distinction Awards ceremony and reception, held in University Hall on Thursday.
Female academics are less likely to collaborate across rank, a Harvard study found.
Junior Parents Weekend drew more than 1,300 relatives and guests of the Class of 2015.
New Harvard research points to a sharper method for evaluating basketball players.
In the Instructional Physics/SEAS Instrument Lab, a machine shop tucked in the basement of Lyman Laboratory, students learn to use a range of equipment — everything from lathes to laser cutters to 3-D printers.
Led by Professor David Liu, a team of researchers has developed a technique to continuously evolve biomolecules that uses negative selection — the ability to drive evolution away from certain traits — to create molecules with dramatically altered properties.
Joint exhibitions at Houghton Library and Loeb Music Library mark the 300th anniversary of composer C.P.E. Bach’s birth and the first publication of his complete works, as well as discoveries and acquisitions that were made along the way.
A new study has uncovered a previously unseen phenomenon — that curved surfaces can dramatically alter the shape of crystals as they form.
The Fromm Players at Harvard presents its annual two-concert series of new music works February 28 and March 1 at 8 p.m. in John Knowles Paine Concert ...
Originally scheduled to operate on the Red Planet’s surface for 90 Martian days, the rover Opportunity has now logged more than 3,500 days, traveled nearly 39 kilometers, and collected a trove of data that scientists have used to study the planet’s early history, particularly any past traces of water.
A new study offers the first evidence that fetal sex can affect the amount of milk cows produce, a finding that could have major economic implications for dairy farmers.
Scientists at Harvard have identified a previously unknown embryonic signal, dubbed Toddler, that instructs cells to move and reorganize themselves, through a process known as gastrulation, into three layers.
Newly revealed plans for the renewal of Dunster House show significantly expanded social and program spaces and new horizontal corridors that will complement the traditional vertical entryways.
Wintersession is the time between terms that allows students who have returned before the start of classes to experience unique opportunities they may not otherwise pursue during the semester. Once again this year, undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and alumni came together to participate in a vast array of programming.