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.
Using the principle of natural selection, researchers have outlined a new model of the disease suggesting that mitochondria — power plants for cells — might be at its center.
Harvard researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind model, dubbed the “envelope game,” that can help researchers to understand not only why humans evolved to be cooperative but why people evolved to cooperate in a principled way.
The renewal process is beginning for Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s oldest undergraduate dorms.
The fossilized hipbone of an ape called Sivapithecus is raising a host of new questions about whether the upright body plan of apes may have evolved multiple times.
Jeffrey Hamburger, the Kuno Francke Professor of German Art and Culture and a world authority on the religious art of the Middle Ages, is among this year’s recipients of the Anneliese Maier Research Award.
While seeking economic relief for the middle class during his State of the Union address, Obama formally proposes making community college tuition-free.
Harvard Professor Michael Sandel led members of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons and House of Lords, along with students and members of the public, through an intense discussion on the nature and importance of democracy, as part of a first-of-its-kind program held in the Speaker’s House in Parliament.
Michael Sandel, the renowned political philosopher and professor, will debate the meaning of democracy at the Palace of Westminster in London as part of the BBC’s “Democracy Day.”
A new study demonstrates that infants as young as 6 months can solve the invariance problem in speech perception.
Political theorist Danielle S. Allen has been appointed both to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as a professor in the Government Department and to Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics as its director.
Harvard faculty members react to the surprising news from President Barack Obama that the United States plans to end 50 years of diplomatic and economic sanctions against Cuba.
A new study, authored by Collin McCabe, a doctoral student in Harvard’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, suggests that increased exposure to disease has played an important role in the evolution of culture in both humans and non-human primates.
When compared with a solitary strategy of producing offspring who then go on to produce their own offspring, a new Harvard study has found that eusociality is a high-risk, high-reward gamble.
Rhodes Scholars Ruth Fong and Benjamin Sprung-Keyser both are driven by a desire to improve the world around them.
A team of researchers has identified a key genetic variation that helps mosquitoes “smell” humans. The study could open the door to new strategies to ward off the pests.
Steven Shapin, the Franklin L. Ford Research Professor in the History of Science, whose scholarship has had a wide-reaching impact on both the history and sociology of science, has been awarded the 2014 Sarton Medal for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement by the History of Science Society.
Families converged in Cambridge for Freshman Parents Weekend, the annual welcoming of parents that features faculty presentations, tours of the libraries and museums, and the opportunity to sit in on classes. Approximately 2,000 family members came to Harvard to visit their student over the weekend.
Faced with stiff competition from an invading species, a Harvard study has found that green anoles evolved larger toe pads equipped with more sticky scales to allow for better climbing in just 20 generations over 15 years.
A new study by S. Allen Counter, clinical professor of neurology and director of the Harvard Foundation, shows that high levels of lead, as well as other toxic metals such as mercury and cadmium, can pass from mother to child through breast milk.
Led by David Liu, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, a team of Harvard researchers developed a system that uses commercially available molecules called cationic lipids to deliver genome-editing proteins into cells.
Professor Andrew Murray was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor and will receive $1 million in funding for innovation in undergraduate science education.
Four scientists from across Harvard will receive nearly $8 million in grant funding through the National Institutes of Health’s High Risk-High Reward program to support research into a variety of biomedical questions, ranging from how the bacterial cell wall is constructed to how the blood-brain barrier works.
New research shows that trade is one of the major drivers of biodiversity among lizard species in the Caribbean islands.
In recognition of the long, sustained support of Paul B. Edgerley, M.B.A. ’83, and Sandra Matejic Edgerley ’84, M.B.A. ’89, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences deanship will be named in honor of the Edgerley family. This is the first of Harvard’s deanships to be named.
Using simple hydrodynamics, a team of Harvard researchers was able to show that a handful of principles govern how virtually every animal — from the tiniest fish to birds to the largest whales — propel themselves through the water.
Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall re-opened to students at the beginning of the academic year after 15 months of reconstruction. McKinlock is the second completed project in the House renewal initiative, which is one of the largest and most ambitious capital improvement campaigns in Harvard College history and a major campaign priority.
Harvard scientists have developed a system for using magnetic levitation technology to manipulate nonmagnetic materials, potentially enabling manufacturing with materials that are too fragile for traditional methods.
Harvard scientists have developed a new test for sickle cell disease that provides results in just 12 minutes and costs as little as 50 cents — far faster and cheaper than other tests.
The Class of 2018 gathered at Freshman Convocation to hear from University leaders on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
The Gazette recently sat down with Professor Alison Johnson to discuss her committee, which is charged with examining issues of sexual misconduct and other forms of gender discrimination for Harvard College and the rest of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
A new study conducted by Harvard scientists shows that in deer mice, a species known to be highly promiscuous, sperm clump together to swim in a more linear fashion, increasing their chances of fertilization.
A new study by Harvard scientists suggests that, from a young age, children are biased in favor of their own social groups when they intervene in what they believe are unfair situations. But as they get older, they can learn to become more impartial.
Adam Cohen, professor of chemistry and chemical biology and of physics, has been named one of three winners of the 2014 Blavatnik National Awards, which honor young scientists and engineers who have demonstrated important insights in their respective fields and who show exceptional promise going forward.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith and Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development Tamara Elliott Rogers have announced O’Neil A.S. Outar will become the new senior associate dean and director of development for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) effective Sept. 8.
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.