The Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ 2014 renovation of the Cohen Laboratories recently received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building ...
In a surprising finding that runs counter to most climate change research, Harvard scientists examining temperature records have shown that, in regions with the most intense farming, peak summer temperatures have declined over the decades.
Erin O’Shea, the Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has been named the sixth president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
A postdoctoral fellow has launched a citizen-science project that aims to digitize thousands of pages of detailed observations on the life cycles of African trees.
Jene Golovchenko and John Johnson are the 2015 winners of the Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.
A look back at some of the Gazette’s best stories of 2015.
Using a visual test that is known to prompt different reactions in autistic and normal brains, Harvard researchers have shown that those differences were associated with a breakdown in the signaling pathway used by one of the brain’s chief inhibitory neurotransmitters.
“But I Don’t See Color! Consequences of Racial Color-Blindness,” was the topic of a talk by John Dovidio, the Carl Iver Hovland Professor of Psychology at Yale University. The discussion was part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Diversity Dialogue series.
In a question-and-answer session, two Harvard deans sat down with the Gazette late last week to talk about the impending change to the House master title that was announced at the Dec. 1 faculty meeting, and to give the thinking behind the switch.
Adams University Research Professor Christoph Wolff has been elected to Germany's Orden Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste, joining 14 Nobel ...
Staff members from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences gathered at University Hall to see friends, enjoy cider and cookies, and write notes to co-workers, in the annual Giving Thanks open house.
Former Boston Red Sox pitching great Pedro Martinez spoke with Professor Michael Sandel Tuesday about his illustrious 18-year career.
Using a simple game in which candy is distributed between two players, researchers found that children in various countries were quick to reject unfair deals, but in three countries they were also willing to reject deals unfair to others.
A team led by Harvard statistician Samuel Kou has devised a new system for tracking flu outbreaks in real time.
Harvard’s Widener Library welcomed more than 500 staff members from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for a fall celebration featuring conversation and pie.
It’s a question most attorneys wish they could answer: How and why do judges and juries arrive at their decisions? The answer, according to Joshua ...
Harvard physicist Lisa Randall discusses the research behind her new book, “Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs.”
Across Harvard, programs and researchers are mining big data, vast quantities of computerized information, often revolutionizing their fields in the process.
Though larger religions have made big inroads, African spirituality, a belief system based in openness and adaptation, endures, says Harvard religion professor Jacob Olupona.
A new study suggests that two adjacent brain regions allow humans to use a sort of conceptual algebra to construct thoughts.
Michael D. Smith, Edgerly Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, announced five new Harvard College Professors in 2015.
Harvard President Drew Faust sat down with The Gazette recently to discuss the University landscape for the coming academic year, including Harvard’s priorities for 2015-16 as well as some of the challenges ahead.
What if you can save hundreds of dollars on SAT tutoring by one weird trick? Try a different ZIP code. When researching the Princeton Review website for ...
Asians in Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., may earn on average $90 less per week or 20 percent less than white hosts when renting out similar one-bedroom ...
On Tuesday, August 11, 2015, Harvard launches the first issue of Technology Science with a series of original research papers with revelations about ...
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ 2013 renovation of one of the Museum of Comparative Zoology’s research spaces recently received LEED platinum ...
Harvard scientists have developed a method for creating a class of nanowires that could one day see applications in everything from consumer electronics to solar panels.
A global team from Harvard University, the Broad Institute, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and other institutions sequenced more than 200 additional Ebola samples to capture the fullest picture yet of how the virus is transmitted and changes over a long-term outbreak.
An international team of researchers has developed a method of fabricating nanoscale electronic scaffolds that can be injected via syringe. The scaffolds can then be connected to devices and used to monitor neural activity, stimulate tissues, or even promote regeneration of neurons.
The Harvard community celebrates John A. Paulson’s $400 million gift to boost the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the University’s largest donation ever.
A new study suggests that many of the cognitive capacities that humans use for cooking — a preference for cooked food, the ability to understand the transformation of raw food into cooked, and even the ability to save and transport food to cook it — are shared with chimpanzees.
The Harvard College deanship will be renamed the Danoff Dean of Harvard College, in recognition of the longtime dedication of Ami Kuan Danoff ’84 and William A. Danoff ’82, and their most recent generosity in support of Harvard College and House renewal.
A team of scientists has engineered a form of the genome-editing protein Cas9 that can be controlled by a small molecule and offers improved DNA specificity.
A new study has found that the financial health of Social Security, the program millions of Americans have relied on for decades as a crucial part of their income, has been dramatically overstated.
Claudine Gay, a Harvard professor of government and African and African American Studies, and a distinguished scholar of mass political behavior, has been appointed dean of social science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Roland Fryer, Harvard’s Henry Lee Professor of Economics, has been awarded the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark Medal, which is given annually to a rising young economist.
A new study shows that birds use two highly stereotyped postures to avoid obstacles in flight. The study could open the door to new ways to program drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles to avoid similar obstacles.
Using an electro-chemical process to etch materials, Harvard scientists have developed a system of patterning that works in just minutes, as opposed to the weeks needed for other techniques. Researchers can build photonic structures that control the light hitting the device and greatly increase its efficiency.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), writes The New York Times, is “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music.” On Friday ...
Catherine Dulac, Hopi Hoekstra, and Xiaowei Zhuang have received National Academy of Sciences awards.
A new arts concentration will offer classes this fall, and students will be able to declare the concentration officially in December.
Harvard researchers were able to predict when test flames in the lab were likely to switch from slow- to fast-moving fires, which could open the way to making similar predictions for forest fires.
Harvard researchers have solved the mystery of how some bacteria move across surfaces with the discovery of a rotary motor in the bacterium Flavobacterium johnsoniae.
A new study examines how different kinds of shared beliefs can affect how people cooperate, and how people use common knowledge, a type of shared understanding, to coordinate their actions.
Sixty-three Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) employees from 36 departments — representing 2.5 percent of the FAS staff — were recognized at the sixth annual awards ceremony and reception, held in the faculty room of University Hall.
New research from Harvard and MIT shows that different cognitive skills peak at different times in lifespan.
Professor Jessica E. Stern, a leading terrorism expert, talks about the growing number of young, middle-class Westerners leaving home to join the Islamic State.
A new study shows that the teeth of early hominins grew unlike those of either modern humans or apes, suggesting that neither can serve as a useful proxy for estimating the age or developmental progression of juvenile fossils.
For the second year in a row, Harvard is the leading producer of Fulbright Scholars, with 34 students ― 22 from the College, 12 in total from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Law School, Graduate School of Design, and Graduate School of Education — receiving the prestigious grants.
An assistant professor of evolutionary biology, Katie Hinde is also the creator of Mammal March Madness, a tournament that emulates the college basketball playoffs and pits species against each other in simulated combat.