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.
In a question-and-answer session, HarvardX head Peter Bol outlines the challenges ahead for the online platform and for teaching and learning.
A Harvard and MIT study’s findings suggest that teachers often constitute a significant portion of the participants in MOOCs; that learner intentions matter; and that those with financial stakes have higher completion rates.
Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers have demonstrated that adult cells, reprogrammed into another cell type in a living animal, can remain functional over a long period. The work is an important advance in the effort to develop cell-based therapies for tissue repair, and specifically in the effort to develop improved treatment for diabetes.
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.
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.
A conference co-hosted by Harvard looked at the future of sustainability efforts at universities and other large institutions.
Interview with Professor Steven Pinker as part of the Experience series.
The Google Glass and Warrior Web projects highlight the annual Radcliffe Science Symposium, which focused on the integration of technology with “smart clothes.”
American philanthropists and entrepreneurs Eli and Edythe Broad announced on Thursday they are investing an additional $100 million into the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT to launch a new decade of transformative work to harness recent biomedical discoveries to benefit patients.
The president of edX, Anant Agarwal, sees the transformative possibilities of online education as also reshaping the way educators think about teaching and learning.
The National Science Foundation is awarding grants to create three new science and technology centers this year, with two of them based in Cambridge. The two multi-institutional grants total $45 million over five years.
The city of Cambridge, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have signed a “Community Compact for a Sustainable Future,” aimed at leveraging the intellectual and entrepreneurial capacity of the public-private sectors in Cambridge to build a healthy, livable, and sustainable future.
In online education, the future is now. That was an overriding message Harvard and MIT hosted a summit on March 3 and 4 titled “Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education.”
As research funding dwindles, scientists need to rethink their methods for supporting the most promising projects, and how they communicate their work to the public, Nobel Prize–winning geneticist Paul Nurse told an audience of Harvard scientists.
Harvard School of Public Health’s new online course, “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research,” an introduction to ...
Harvard President Drew Faust — with a mischievous gift in tow — helped the Massachusetts Institute of Technology welcome its new president, L. Rafael Reif, at his inauguration on Friday.
In honor of Rafael Reif’s inauguration as the 17th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the iconic John Harvard Statue seated in Harvard Yard was decked out with an MIT cap, scarf, and pennant.
Susan Hockfield, who served as the 16th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been named the Marie Curie Visiting Professor at ...
In the synthetic biology lab of Professor Pamela Silver, researchers are looking for ways to make biological engineering faster, cheaper, and more predictable.
EdX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and launched in May, announced today the addition of the University of California, Berkeley, to its platform.
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today announced the launch of edX, a transformational partnership in online education. Through edX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.
Violinist Adrian Anantawan was born without a right hand, but has become a renowned professional violinist. He now is enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Arts in Education Program, with the goal of helping other disabled students in their artistic and creative development.
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.
Harvard researchers find that a subpopulation of the immune cells targeted by HIV may play an important role in controlling viral loads after initial infection, potentially helping to determine how quickly infection will progress.
Opportunities for women and people of color to pursue careers in science have improved in recent years, but still lag behind those of white men, Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds told a crowd at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in her keynote address at the Institute Diversity Summit.
A Harvard undergrad explains how visiting other lands has helped to shape her College experience.
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.
The National Institute of Statistical Sciences has presented the 2011 Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research to Emery N. Brown of MIT and Harvard.
Harvard biologist Alfred W. Crompton shows that dogs drink not with a messy scoop of the tongue, but in a way similar to that of cats — by using adhesion and inertia to pull water from the bowl into their mouths.
Harvard Medical School researchers believe that identifying the properties of the herpes viruses found in Africa could open the door to developing a more potent vaccine against an infection now rampant in sub-Saharan Africa.
Walter H. Abelmann, professor of medicine emeritus at Harvard Medical School and member of the faculty of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences Technology, died on Jan. 6. He was 89.
The Harvard Library has joined the Borrow Direct Partnership, which will enable faculty, staff, and students to search a combined catalog of more than 50 million volumes at nine institutions and request circulating items.
Provost Steven E. Hyman, who spurred an expansion of interdisciplinary research at Harvard and has overseen the revitalization of the University’s libraries and many of its museums and cultural institutions, plans to leave his post after nearly a decade.
Study finds that bank foreclosures reduce a house’s price by an average of 27 percent, and nearby homes see their prices cut by an average of 1 percent.
Members of Professor Ann Pearson’s lab switched from science to art recently, decorating the slate panels outside the Hoffman Laboratory with depictions of three great eras in Earth’s history: the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic.
A Harvard and MIT research team demonstrates how a single thin sheet composed of interconnected triangular sections can transform itself into another shape, without the help of skilled fingers, in a kind of origami robotics.
Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced today (April 13) a plan to expand the Kennedy Scholarship Program, which brings scholars from the United Kingdom to the two institutions.