With a green tour and “brain break,” Harvard freshmen learn early about the importance of living sustainably.
Harvard researchers exploring the roots of religion have found that intuitive thinking leads to belief in God, while more reflective thinking points toward atheism.
An online procurement system rolls out across Harvard, saving the University $5.4 million in its first year and making life a little easier for thousands of researchers and administrators.
Harvard researchers have used genetic analysis to confirm that the Appalachian tiger swallowtail butterfly arose through hybridization of two other species, the Canadian and Eastern tiger swallowtails, highlighting a rare case of speciation through hybridization in animals.
Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds Sept. 2 congratulated Adams House Master Judith Palfrey on her appointment to lead first lady Michelle Obama’s ...
After almost a decade as dean of Harvard Divinity School, William A. Graham plans to step down at the end of this academic year. He will take a year’s leave and then return to teaching.
Students in Earth and Planetary Sciences kicked off their academic year early, spending a late-August week in paradise, observing Hawaii’s volcanoes, green and black sand beaches, and overarching geologic splendor.
Physician and historian David Jones works to bridge the gap between medical science and the social forces that shape it, as Harvard’s first A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine.
Harvard’s annual convocation ceremony gives members of the Class of 2015 their first taste of the University’s history and traditions.
Harvard College freshmen got their first taste Aug. 26 of the world of ideas awaiting them over the next four years in a talk by Professor Nicholas Christakis, who delivered the 2011 Opening Days Lecture, "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives."
Ten professors in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences have been named Walter Channing Cabot Fellows.
Harvard researchers have created an analogue of what they think the first multicellular cooperation might have looked like, showing that yeast cells — in an environment that requires them to work for their food — grow and reproduce better in multicellular clumps than singly.
The renovated and expanded facility of the Harvard Art Museums eventually will link the University’s collections under one roof.
From across the University, members of the information technology community gathered for the first Harvard IT Summit.
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has named Harvard Professors Joanna Aizenberg, Leah Price, and Robert Sampson as faculty ...
Researchers at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum have highlighted female competition among plants, saying it is a new factor that could have driven the mystifying diversity of flowering plants.
A growing community of campus support groups, especially minority affinity groups, are helping the University to understand and embrace diversity.
Mike Lichten, FAS associate dean for physical resources and planning, has shepherded graduating seniors through Commencement exercises for a quarter century.
Kevin Eggan, associate professor of stem cell and regenerative biology, and David Elmer, assistant professor of the classics, are the winners of the 2011 Roslyn Abramson Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
The renewal of Old Quincy, the neo-Georgian section of that student House, will re-create the space as more comfortable, modern, and better able to host academic and social activities. The project will begin next May and wrap up in the summer of 2013.
Reinhold Brinkmann, a distinguished scholar whose writings on music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries made an indelible mark on musicology in Germany and the United States, taught in the Department of Music at Harvard University from 1985 until his retirement in 2003, serving, after 1990, as James Edward Ditson Professor of Music and, from 1991-1994, as department Chair.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on May 3, 2011, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Barrington Moore, Jr., retired Senior Research Fellow in the Russian Research Center and Senior Lecturer on Sociology, was placed upon the records. Moore was a leader in comparative historical sociology and comparative politics.
A project details changing levels of mercury in endangered albatrosses and highlights the importance of museum specimens in understanding past conditions.
The Harvard Alumni Association will award the Harvard Medal to Albert Carnesale ’78 (hon.), Frances Fergusson ’66, Ph.D. ’73, and Peter Malkin ’55, J.D. ’58, on May 26.
Honor provides support for research, recognizes outstanding teaching of undergraduates.
President Drew Faust names Lizabeth Cohen as interim dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The current dean, Barbara J. Grosz, will step down at the end of this academic year.
Eradicating malaria from the planet is a tall order, according to a roundtable discussion on the topic that marked World Malaria Day.
Harvard President Drew Faust gathered Monday (April 25) with faculty, staff, students, and other members of the University community to celebrate the largest gift dedicated to the study of the humanities in Harvard history.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on April 5, 2011, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Muhsin Mahdi, James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Mahdi was respected for both his scholarship in Islamic philosophy and his critical translations of The Thousand and One Nights.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on April 5, 2011, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Samuel Hutchison Beer, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Beer was one of the world’s leading experts on British politics and also served as a speech writer for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
From a Medical School team that switched to reusable materials to trim waste to a Business School move to make its executive education programs sustainable, teams and individuals from around the University were recognized for their efforts to make Harvard greener in the annual Green Carpet Awards.
Friends and colleagues offered heartfelt remembrances during a memorial service for the Rev. Peter J. Gomes.
Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds and some of Harvard’s leading faculty convened at Harvard Hall on Friday (April 1) to participate in “Teaching with Collections,” a discussion of the University’s treasures and their use in the classroom.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) today (March 9) named Leslie G. Valiant the winner of the 2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his fundamental contributions to the development of computational learning theory and to the broader theory of computer science.
You no longer have to choose between cost savings and energy savings when you purchase for your lab. That's what equipment specialists said at the ...
Some of Harvard’s most impressive “unsung heroes” took the spotlight on Wednesday (March 2), when 38 Faculty of Arts and Sciences staff members were honored with Dean’s Distinction awards.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on February 15, 2011, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Sidney R. Coleman, Donner Professor of Science, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. For much of his career, Professor Coleman was the preeminent teacher of quantum field theory in the world.
Shelley Carson, a researcher in the Psychology Department and lecturer at the Extension School, has penned a how-to book on harnessing your untapped abilities.
The Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard University, died from complications arising from a stroke on Feb. 28. He was 68 years old.
Harvard College will restore early action and create a new initiative to level the playing field in early admission.
Harvard College will increase its tuition by 3.8 percent for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year, resulting in a total undergraduate package price of $52,650. More than 60 percent of students to receive need-based scholarships
The Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) today (Feb. 17) named as interim executive director David W. Ellis. Ellis is the former president of Lafayette ...
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on February 1, 2011, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Claudio Guillén, Harry Levin Professor of Literature, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Guillén was a tireless promoter of comparative literature.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on February 1, 2011, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Ernest R. May, Charles Warren Professor of American History, was placed upon the records. An expert in the field of U.S. foreign relations, Professor May held many leadership roles within the University and beyond.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on February 1, 2011, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Carroll E. Wood Jr., Professor of Biology, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Carroll Wood's innovative research project, the Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States, took a biological approach to the description of plants involving all aspects of biology, including their evolutionary history, ecology, geographic distribution, and economic uses.
The first of a series of campuswide dialogues on teaching and learning called “Conversations@FAS: Redefining Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century," featured A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus; Christopher Winship, the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology; and David Malan, lecturer on computer science.
The Office for Sustainability has announced the 10 recipients of this year’s 2010-11 Student Sustainability Grant Program. Now in its second year, the ...
Nearly 35,000 students applied for admission to Harvard College’s Class of 2015 for entry in August, an increase of nearly 15 percent over last year, and of more than 50 percent from four years ago. Financial aid program proves a major attraction.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded 15 Harvard faculty members the distinction of being named an AAAS Fellow on Jan. 11.
Harvard researchers have shed light on how the sense of smell works to induce behavior, linking patterns of electrical spikes in the brain to behavior in laboratory animals.