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  • Young Scholars Find Challenges, Acceptance at Extension School

    Extension School students David Colt and Amos Lichtman strolled into Sever Hall on their way to their College Algebra class. A little early, they plunked themselves down on the wooden…

  • Librarian Finds Treasure in the Stacks

    A librarian’s mundane afternoon in the Widener Library stacks and a subsequent sleepless night have thrust Harvard into the limelight throughout the Spanish-speaking literary world.

  • Studies: ‘High Stakes’ Tests Are Counterproductive Economically Disadvantaged Students

    So-called “high stakes” testing policies that require students to pass standardized tests deepen educational inequity between whites and minorities and widen the educational gap between affluent and impoverished students, according…

  • Faculty Council Jan. 12

    At its seventh meeting of the year the Faculty Council met with the Vice President for Finance, Elizabeth Huidekoper, to review the implementation of Project ADAPT in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Present for this discussion were Dan Moriarty, Assistant Provost and Chief Information Officer for the University; Sara Oseasohn, Acting Director of Project ADAPT; and Paul Bakstran, Controller.

  • For the Love of the Race

    When Alexis Todor was 10 years old, she experienced her first serious clash with authority: the principal of her elementary school reprimanded her for not throwing away her lunch (she…

  • FAS Names Two To Dean Positions

    Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Jeremy R. Knowles has announced the appointment of two new deans to oversee undergraduate and graduate education.

  • Winter Blooms

    As the elevator reaches the sixth floor of the Biological Laboratories building, it shudders, grinds, and opens up to the bright sunlight that fills the Biolab’s greenhouses. Through the glass, Harvard’s campus spreads out on all sides, but the lush jungle of plants inside the greenhouse is equally captivating. On the first of a series of benches sits a collection of fig trees from all over the world. Nearby stand smooth-trunked, leafless baobab trees from Madagascar, Africa, and Australia.

  • Landscape Architecture Establishes Hornbeck Chair

    The Graduate School of Design (GSD) has received a $1.7 million gift to establish the Peter Louis Hornbeck Fund supporting the Department of Landscape Architecture. Made through the bequest of Peter L. Hornbeck, a graduate of the Department (MLA ’59), the fund will endow the Hornbeck Professor-in-Practice of Landscape Architecture, as well as support research, exhibitions, and visiting practitioners and scholars in the Department.

  • Online Reference Shelf Will Put Historical Data at Your Fingertips

    When researchers seek historical information about Harvard or Radcliffe, or even about the history of higher education in the United States, they often turn to primary sources in the Harvard and Radcliffe Archives. Most often, the quest begins with a browse through the many volumes of annual reports of the Harvard and Radcliffe presidents.

  • Little Named Director of Center for the Study of Values in Public Life

    David Little, T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and International Conflict at the Divinity School, has been named director of the School’s Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, effective immediately.

  • Mondrian Painting Is First for Busch-Reisinger

    The Busch-Reisinger Museum has acquired its first painting by one of the century’s greatest masters of geometric abstraction, Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872-1944). Composition with Blue, Black, Yellow and Red (1922) is an exceptionally well-preserved example of the artist’s “classic” period, clearly showing Mondrian’s painterly sensibility – shiny black lines and delicately brushed fields, subtle gray hues and bold primaries, and careful adjustment of lines and planes as they reach the painting’s edge.

  • Harvard track defeats Northeastern Huskies

    The Harvard men’s and women’s track teams both defeated their Northeastern counterparts at the Gordon Track and Tennis Center Saturday. The women, led by Captain Brenda Taylor with wins in the 60 meter hurdles and 200 meters, beat the Huskies 95-30. Nicky Grant ’02 broke her own school record in the 20-pound weight toss and Kart Sllats ’04 won the highjump as the Harvard women won all but two events. <!–#include virtual=

  • Human Biological Clock Set Back an Hour

    The internal clock that drives the daily activities of all living things, from wild flowers to whales, is wound by Earth’s rotation. The 24-hour cycle, tied to one turn of…

  • Growth Factor Raises Cancer Risk

    High levels of a well-known growth factor significantly increase the risks of colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer, medical researchers have found. At the same time, they determined that a protein…

  • Two Harvard Scientists Win National Medal of Science

    The National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the United States, has been awarded to George Whitesides, Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry, and William Julius Wilson, Lewis F. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor.

  • Exercise Can Reduce Stroke Risk, Study Says

    Here’s a research finding that should bring you to your feet. A brisk, hour-long walk, five days a week, can cut your risk of having a stroke almost in half.…

  • Amartya K. Sen Wins 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics

    Sen, Lamont University Professor Emeritus and a current adjunct and visiting professor at Harvard, was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics Wednesday “for his contributions to welfare economics.” He is Harvard’s 37th Nobel laureate.

  • Children need attention and reassurance, Harvard researchers say

    America’s “let them cry” attitude toward children may lead to more fears and tears among adults, according to two Harvard Medical School researchers. Instead of letting infants cry, American parents…

  • Business Professor R. Jaikumar Dies on Mountaineering Trip

    Ramchandran Jaikumar, the Daewoo Professor of Business Administration at the Business School and a renowned authority on manufacturing management and technology, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, of a heart attack while…

  • Jessye Norman To Receive Radcliffe Medal

    Concert and opera singer Jessye Norman will receive the Radcliffe Medal from the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association (RCAA) on Friday, June 6, at the RCAA’s annual luncheon in Radcliffe Yard.…

  • Cultivating friendship amid diversity

    Since its inception, the Harvard Foundation has worked to promote cultural understanding and harmony among students, faculty, and staff. It has done so through a variety of lectures, debates, dinners, and arts festivals, and through support for student cultural organizations.

  • Newsmakers

    John T. McGreevy, Dunwalke Associate Professor of American History, has won the American Catholic Historical Association’s John Gilmary Shea Prize for his book, Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race…