A team of researchers from Harvard, MIT, and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris have proposed a surprisingly simple explanation for magnetic anomalies that have baffled scientists since the mid-1960s, suggesting they are remnants of a massive asteroid. As described in a paper published in Science, the researchers believe an asteroid slammed into the moon 4 billion years ago, leaving behind an enormous crater and iron-rich, highly magnetic rock.
Maya Jasanoff and her faculty colleagues gathered at the Tsai Auditorium on Feb. 16 and March 7 to consider how the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) may look in a generation. The discussions were part of the Conversations @ FAS series, which this year asks some of Harvard’s leading scholars to imagine the faculty at 400.
Daniel G. Nocera, a chemist whose work is focused on developing inexpensive new energy sources, has been appointed the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy in Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, announced March 8.
Lizabeth Cohen, an eminent scholar of 20th-century American social and political history and interim dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study since last July, has been named dean, Harvard President Drew Faust announced March 8.
The twin epidemics of obesity and its cousin, diabetes, have been the target of numerous studies at Harvard and its affiliated hospitals and institutions. Harvard researchers have produced a dizzying array of findings on the often related problems.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith honored the 44 recipients of the third annual Dean’s Distinction awards in a ceremony and reception March 1 in the Faculty Room of University Hall.
At the Feb. 29 meeting of the Faculty Council, its members approved proposals for a Ph.D. program in education and to change the schedule of regular meetings of the Faculty in the Rules of Faculty Procedure.
As reported in the online version of Nature Structural & Molecular Biology on Feb. 5, researchers have produced 3-D images of the protein system that works to repair DNA. The images reveal that the proteins can actually alter their shape in what amounts to a genetic “pat-down,” or a way for the mechanism to identify areas of the genetic code that need repair.
A team of researchers, led Harvard Professor David I. Laibson and Christopher F. Chabris of Union College, has found that virtually all claims that intelligence is associated with specific genes are wrong.
As leaders in government and business search for ways to strengthen the U.S. recovery, new research from faculty at Harvard and Columbia indicates that elementary school teachers have an impact on how much their students earn as adults and, by extension, on the nation’s economy.
Active duty Navy Commander and 2011 Harvard Extension School Master of Liberal Arts (A.L.M.) grad Ted Johnson has been selected to participate in the ...
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Allan M. Brandt, who pioneered a new approach to curricular development with the launch of the Graduate Seminars in General Education, announced Feb. 15 that he will step down as GSAS dean this spring owing to health considerations. He plans to return to the faculty when his treatment is concluded.
Kennedy School Fellow Daniele Lantagne is using her engineering background to expand on a program, partially developed by Professor Michael Kremer, to provide clean water to communities in rural areas. The soluti
Susan Greenhalgh, a new professor in Harvard’s anthropology department, studies China’s controversial one-child policy, finding lessons for American health policymakers, too.
The College Fellows Program of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 academic year.
A provocative role-playing presentation called “Inclusive Leadership: Managing Successful Teams” was designed to bring attention to workplace inequities, stereotypes, discrimination, and unconscious bias. The session was the second in a series of diversity dialogues.
Researchers in a Harvard lab have developed a device, dubbed LADY GAGA, that allows them for the first time to precisely control airborne scents. They have used the device in their work unraveling how animals make navigational decisions based on their environment.
The Harvard Initiative for Learning & Teaching sponsored a daylong conference that united experts and scholars from the University and beyond to debate, discuss, and share ideas on innovative pedagogy.
Following a host of public meetings during the fall semester, Harvard College is offering undergraduates another chance to help define the College alcohol ...
At the first Harvard Thinks Green, six Harvard professors gathered at Sanders Theatre to seek big solutions for complex and potentially intractable problems such as climate change.
Physician and Harvard Medical School Professor Arthur Kleinman delivered Harvard Divinity School’s annual William James Lecture, exploring the philosopher’s importance in the area of moral wisdom.
On Dec. 15 Connie Wong will present “Inclusive Leadership: Managing Successful Teams,” as part of the FAS series Diversity Dialogues.
In the Year Up program, high school graduates and GED recipients are provided with six months of training in professional skills and education, followed by six-month internships at their corporate partners, including Harvard.
Nearly 150 Harvard undergraduates spent 10 weeks last summer learning the nuts and bolts of academic research — from ethnography to techniques for culturing living tissue — with faculty in three immersive programs.
Harold Bolitho first taught at Harvard as the Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor in 1983-1984, joining Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 1985. He taught a variety of courses on Japanese history, including one on the Samurai that enrolled as many as 500 students. He chaired the department from 1988 to 1989 and again from 1994 to 1996 and served as the Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies from 1988 to 1991.
More than 50 administrators and staff gathered in University Hall Oct. 20 for the first of three Diversity Dialogues, a series of seminars focusing on ways to build and maintain a diverse community throughout the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Charged with enhancing undergraduate education in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning annually assists scores of faculty members and teaching fellows.
A professor studies how the structure of large proteins influences how we feel heat, examining how the proteins behave and interact with molecules around them.
David F. Elmer Assistant Professor of the Classics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Michael D. Smith Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, SEAS
Diane Paulus Artistic Director, American Repertory Theater Professor of the Practice of Theater, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Mahzarin R. Banaji Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Steven Pinker Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology Harvard College Professor
President Drew Faust announces the search for a new dean for the Harvard Divinity School. To assist in the search process, faculty members from the Divinity School and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will serve on an advisory committee.
James R. Russell Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Peter Der Manuelian Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Two alumni of Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who received their Ph.D.s from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, won the Nobel Prize for economics Oct. 10, 2011 for their work on change and the macroeconomy.
Leadership in a diverse community, unintended bias, and the impact of devaluing messages that can impair productivity are among the issues that will be addressed in Diversity Dialogues, a series of seminars to be offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Harvard Professor Jill Lepore led off a murderers’ row lineup of six Harvard professors for “GenEd at Bat: A Discussion of America’s Favorite Pastime with the Faculty of Gen Ed” at Science Center A on Tuesday.
Two young Harvard scientists will each receive $2.54 million or more in National Institutes of Health grants that will support research and overhead costs through a new program intended to accelerate the entry of outstanding junior investigators into independent researcher positions.
Nine researchers from across Harvard have received more than $15 million in special National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants designed to foster innovative research with the potential to propel fields forward and speed the translation of research into improved public health.
A Harvard study of how mice respond to scent cues from potential mates, competitors, and nearby predators has laid a foundation for further investigations that may eventually lead to a greater understanding of social recognition in the animal brain, with implications for a host of human disorders ranging from autism to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Rebecca M. Henderson of the Harvard Business School and Douglas Melton of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Medical School were named University Professors in recognition of their dedication to teaching and scholarship that crosses academic boundaries.
Archaeologist studies classical Greek art, including nudity, and what it reveals about the cultures interpreting it.
Over three decades, Cynthia Verba has advised hundreds of advanced students at Harvard. A scholar of French Enlightenment music in her own right, her guidance comes with more than a grain of salt.
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 ...