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.
As one of four sponsors, Harvard will be a major player in HUBweek, hosting 18 presentations celebrating Boston area innovation.
Researchers from MIT and Harvard have identified a new cheating method in MOOCs, and they suggest how to protect course certification.
Harvard, Cambridge mayor host 40th annual senior picnic.
Cherry A. Murray, former dean of Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was nominated by President Obama to be director of the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy, a key administration post.
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.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on October 7, 2014, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late James Lawrence Medoff, Meyer Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry, was spread upon the records. Professor Medoff was an influential labor economist whose distinctive methods and broad interests expanded the vision of his field.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on November 4, 2014, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Calvert Ward Watkins, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Linguistics and the Classics, Emeritus, was spread upon the records. A larger-than-life Indo-Europeanist, Professor Watkins’s scholarship, including contributions to the American Heritage Dictionary, was a compelling blend of clarity, authority, and elegance.
At the Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on April 7, 2015, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Paul Mead Doty, Mallinckrodt Professor of Biochemistry, Emeritus, was spread upon the records. Professor Doty played a leading role in establishing the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Harvard. He was also a proponent of nuclear arms control and advised both President Eisenhower and President Kennedy on that topic.
At the Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on April 7, 2015, the Minute honoring the life and service of the Norman Foster Ramsey, Jr., Higgins Professor of Physics, Emeritus, was spread upon the records. Professor Ramsey received the Nobel Prize in 1989 for inventing the separated oscillatory field method and the hydrogen maser. He also spoke out to defend intellectual freedom during the McCarthy era.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on October 7, 2014, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister, was spread upon the records. In his four decades on campus, Reverend Gomes presided as teacher, preacher, and spiritual guide. By the end of his life, he had received 39 honorary degrees and participated in two U.S. presidential inaugurations.
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.
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.
Harvard’s motto, Veritas, has a long — and for two centuries, invisible — history.
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.
Seven Harvard faculty members were elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
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.
Thomas J. Hollister, a business executive with expertise in global financial management and banking, has been named Harvard’s chief financial officer and vice president for finance.
A Harvard College freshman reflects on a year of people, professors, pacing, and appreciating.
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.
A sample in images from the abundance of hats — Panama, pillbox, porkpie, and more — in Harvard’s holdings.
Catherine Dulac, Hopi Hoekstra, and Xiaowei Zhuang have received National Academy of Sciences awards.
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.
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.
Samples of the Wyss Institute’s human organs-on-chips were acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and are on display in MoMA’s latest Architecture and ...
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.
In a question-and-answer interview, New York Times film critic and Harvard alumnus A.O. Scott explains his craft, and how he came to it.
Around Harvard these days, the talk among administrators and facilities managers isn’t about the last snowstorm, as punishing it was. And it isn’t about the one before that, or the one before that. It’s about the next one.
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.
The fifth annual Harvard College Wintersession featured a host of events, from print-making on clay tablets to yoga classes to programming featuring prominent alumni.
For the past seven years, January has been a time when students in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences can delve into topics they might not otherwise have the chance to explore — everything from the mating habits of insects to writing grant proposals to various imaging techniques.
A new study demonstrates that infants as young as 6 months can solve the invariance problem in speech perception.
Women with post-traumatic stress disorder are nearly twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with women who don’t have PTSD, according to ...
There is an arsenal of cost-effective tools available to combat malaria but getting people to adhere to treatment regimens can be challenging, said Jessica ...
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.
The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT is now “the world’s most powerful factory for analyzing genes from people and viruses,” according to an article in ...
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the tragic death of Betsy Lehman, a health care reporter for the Boston Globe. She died from a medical error ...