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.
Harvard’s Houghton Library contains a lush Peter Pan portfolio, a collection of vivid drawings by noted illustrator Arthur Rackham. The images are from the children’s book “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens,” published by J.M. Barrie in 1906.
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.
Edward Glaeser, an economics, government, and public policy expert at Harvard Kennedy School, and Jerold Kayden, an urban planning and design professor at the Graduate School of Design, discuss findings from a new Brookings Institution study on the rise of innovation districts across the nation.
Harvard chemist Cynthia Friend has been awarded a major center grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences’ Energy Frontier Research Centers program, which is designed “to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy.”
For the past several years, Mary Brinton, Radcliffe fellow and chair of Harvard’s sociology department, and a team of collaborators have been exploring declining fertility rates in postindustrial societies.
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.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History has opened a permanent exhibition of the glass sea creatures created by famed artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka more than a century ago.
A team at Harvard Stem Cell Institute recently found that transplanting mesenchymal stem cells along with blood-vessel-forming cells naturally found in circulation improves results. This co-transplantation keeps the mesenchymal stem cells alive longer in mice after engraftment, up to a few weeks compared with hours without co-transplantation.
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 Professor David Edwards and a former engineering student, Rachel Field, added another sense to digital communications, sending a smell across the Atlantic, where a scent generator called an oPhone reproduced it.
Forest growth is starting to show the effects of climate change, new research finds.
A team of researchers led by David J. Mooney, Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has identified a possible mechanism by which normal cells turn malignant in mammary epithelial tissues, those frequently involved in breast cancer.
Harvard Heroes ceremony celebrates 64 unsung staffers for their unusual and valuable contributions to University life.
Harvard physicists have suggested that a disk of dark matter may lie along the center line of the galaxy.
Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists collaborating with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a “genome-editing” approach for permanently reducing cholesterol levels in mice through a single injection, a development with the potential to reduce the risk of heart attacks in humans by 40 to 90 percent.
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.
The Harvard Library launched the Pforzheimer Fellows program this summer, which will bring together humanities graduate students who will have the ...
Harvard University captures some of its most memorable moments from the 2013-14 academic year.
Astronomers announced Monday that they have discovered a new type of planet — a rocky world weighing 17 times as much as Earth. This planet is all solids and much bigger than previously discovered “super-Earths,” making it a “mega-Earth.”
Interview with Professor Stephen Greenblatt as part of the Experience series.
Five seniors will soon head to foreign shores as part of a fellowship program that emphasizes experience over work and independence over comfort.
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.
A look at what Harvard faculty members will be reading in their downtime this summer.
Harvard scientists have discovered a compound that inhibits insulin-degrading enzyme from breaking down insulin in the body.
The Minerva Academy on Tuesday named Eric Mazur the first winner of the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education.
Interview with Professor Melissa Franklin as part of the Experience series.
As part of the traditional daylong May Day celebration, a poetry reading by the Lowell House Poemical Society took place May 1 at Lowell House, with festivities also featuring an early morning waltz on the Weeks Bridge, a bacchanal, and a recital with the historic Lowell House bells.
Will Clerx ’14 studied how going without sleep for long periods affects undergraduates.
Beginning this fall, Harvard undergraduates will be able to select a secondary field of study in energy and environment, which will allow students in an array of concentrations to gain exposure to issues such as climate change.
It could be that the key to being a better parent is all in your head, Harvard researchers say.
Rabbi Angela W. Buchdahl, senior rabbi-designate at New York City’s Central Synagogue; Sheik Yasir Qadhi, dean of academic affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute; and the Rev. J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, gathered for a discussion on the role of religion in public life.
Harvard scientists have merged stem cell and “organ-on-a-chip” technologies to grow, for the first time, functioning human heart tissue carrying an inherited cardiovascular disease. The research appears to be a big step forward for personalized medicine, because it is working proof that a chunk of tissue containing a patient’s specific genetic disorder can be replicated in the laboratory.
Astronomers have created the first realistic virtual universe using a computer simulation called Illustris. Illustris can re-create 13 billion years of cosmic evolution in a cube 350 million light-years on a side with unprecedented resolution.
Nearly 82 percent of the students admitted to the Class of 2018 will matriculate at Harvard College, which would be the highest percentage to attend since slightly more than 83 percent of those admitted to the Class of 1973 came in 1969.
Music blared, LEDs blinked, and jaws dropped Tuesday at the SEAS Design and Project Fair, a celebration of creative problem-solving by students at the ...
The Bureau of Study Counsel awarded Keerthi Reddy ’14 and Daniel Wilson ’14 the Joseph L. Barrett Award on May 5.
Successful businesswoman, best-selling author, and Harvard alumna Sheryl Sandberg ’91, M.B.A. ’95, has been chosen as the 2014 Class Day speaker. Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org, will address seniors in Tercentenary Theatre on May 28, the day before Harvard’s 363rd Commencement.
Climate specialists came together at the Geological Lecture Hall to consider a dangerous milestone in carbon dioxide levels.
Interview with Professor Steven Pinker as part of the Experience series.
Harvard's Wyss Institute researchers find that a fully degradable bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells could provide a solution to planet-clogging plastics.
Researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have shown that a protein, one they previously demonstrated can make failing hearts in aging mice appear more like those of young and healthy mice, similarly improves brain and skeletal muscle function in aging mice.
Harvard College sophomore Wilder Wohns grew up in Tacoma, Wash. with a globe in his bedroom -- a hand-me-down from his brothers. To him, its most striking ...
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.
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev spoke at Harvard about her work with exhibit “dOCUMENTA (13," launching a new annual program on curatorial practice.
Despite this year’s long winter and slow-warming spring, Harvard experts say that climate change hasn’t gone on hiatus. Long-term evidence indicates that spring in Boston has begun coming weeks earlier over the last century. The Gazette spoke with Elizabeth Wolkovich, a recently appointed assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, about spring’s arrival, climate change, and nature’s life cycles.
Novelist and essayist Jamaica Kincaid was among the participants in a panel on the first day of Harvard LitFest, which continues through Thursday .
Illuminating the Dark Ages: NEH grant will help display and digitize Boston-area medieval manuscripts
If a single illuminated manuscript can give a glimpse of the art, literature, religion and history of Western culture during the Middle Ages, imagine what ...