Year: 2009

  • Campus & Community

    Around the Schools: Faculty of Arts and Sciences

    Harvard College has launched a new online Plan of Study tool to help undergraduates outline the courses they will take throughout their four years at Harvard.

    1 minute
  • Health

    Forward into the past

    As it celebrates its 150th anniversary, the Museum of Comparative Zoology is acknowledging its past and looking to its future as a source of zoological knowledge.

    11 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Drawing attention

    Jytte Klausen, author and research associate at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, explored the cartoon controversy over depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper in 2005, offering her take on the unrest chronicled in her new book, “The Cartoons that Shook the World.”

    4 minutes
  • Health

    Obesity trends will snuff out health gains from decline in smoking

    If obesity trends continue, the negative effect on the health of the U.S. population will overtake the benefits gained from declining smoking rates, according to a study by Harvard and…

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Voluntary retirement program

    The Faculty of Arts and Sciences offered a customized voluntary retirement program to 127 eligible faculty members. At the same time, four of Harvard’s graduate and professional schools unveiled similar plans to eligible members of their faculties.

    3 minutes
  • Health

    Mesoamerican health plan

    Jaime Sepulveda, former Mexican health official and a current director at the Gates Foundation, outlined plans to improve health for the poorest residents of Mesoamerica.

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Q&A with retiring HBS Dean Jay Light

    On Dec. 2, Jay Light, who has been dean of the Business School for the past five years, told the HBS faculty that he is retiring in June. After shepherding the School through some of the most demanding times in its history, he said he was looking forward to having more time to write, to…

    10 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Cool science. Interesting art?

    It’s hard to tell whether the microscopic worms Brian Knep experiments with and portrays in his show at Judi Rotenberg Gallery are his material or his collaborators. And ultimately, that’s problematic.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Crimson stopped by Maryland, 2-0

    The curtain finally closed on the season for the No. 10 Harvard men’s soccer team, which fell to the Maryland Terrapins on Sunday (Nov. 29) in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Feeling lonely? Chances are you’re not alone

    Although it may sound counterintuitive, loneliness can spread from one person to another, according to research being released Tuesday that underscores the power of one person’s emotions to affect friends, family and neighbors.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Bjork named Marshall Scholar

    Harvard senior Samuel Bjork has won a prestigious Marshall Scholarship, allowing him to study for two years in the United Kingdom at the university of his choice.

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Kessler and Pucci earn ECAC honors

    Senior goaltender Christina Kessler has been named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week, while freshman defender Josephine Pucci was tabbed ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Morrison named Rookie of the Week

    For his four-goal performance in the Crimson men’s hockey team’s 6-5 overtime loss to Boston University, Harvard forward Conor Morrison ’13 was named Rookie of the Week by the ECAC on Nov. 30.

    1 minute
  • Nation & World

    Lessons from Afghanistan

    Kevin Kit Parker, U.S. Army major and bioengineering professor, offers a “ground-truth” description of how the war is being fought in Afghanistan, and a personal assessment of the challenges faced by U.S. forces.

    4 minutes
  • Health

    The deciding factor

    What, exactly, distinguishes humans from apes? It’s certainly more than just our genes, renowned anthropologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy. Hrdy, who received her A.B. in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1975 for work in Harvard’s Department of Anthropology, returned to speak on “Mothers and Others: The Origin of Emotionally Modern Humans.”

    2 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Harvard, University of Johannesburg join forces

    Education is a force for liberation, President Drew Faust told an audience Thursday (Nov. 26) at the University of Johannesburg at Soweto, where she announced that Harvard and the host university were developing an initiative to train school principals in some of South Africa’s most desperate regions.

    3 minutes
  • Nation & World

    President Faust in Africa

    Harvard President Drew Faust saw firsthand how Harvard is helping the African nation of Botswana to fight AIDS, when she toured facilities in two communities where a Harvard-Botswana partnership is operating anti-AIDS programs.

    2 minutes
  • Health

    Cancer vaccine success

    A cancer vaccine carried into the body on a carefully engineered, fingernail-sized implant is the first to successfully eliminate tumors in mammals, scientists report this week (Nov. 25) in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Business journalist fellowship funded at Harvard

    The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University has received a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to establish a new fellowship for business reporters.

    1 minute
  • Health

    First cancer vaccine to eliminate tumors in mice

    A cancer vaccine carried into the body on a carefully engineered, fingernail-sized implant is the first to successfully eliminate tumors in mammals, a team of Harvard bioengineers and biologists report…

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Dozen from New England named Rhodes Scholars

    This year, 12 of the students who won the coveted award (from the 1,500 nationwide who applied) live or attend college in New England.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    The Flu Fighters—in Your Food

    To create immune cells to fight off a specific infection, the body has to rapidly draw nutrients from the bloodstream, says Anuraj Shankar, a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Kennedy honors two

    A health care entrepreneur and the first Iraq War veteran to serve in Congress are the latest recipients of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award. Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy and Rebecca Onie, co-founder and chief executive of Project HEALTH, were honored during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

    3 minutes
  • Science & Tech

    ‘Landscapes of Energy’

    In a world marked by dams, oil fields, mines, and other energy infrastructure, scholars in a new Harvard journal begin looking at its social impact.

    6 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Levin to give Noble Lectures

    Robert D. Levin, Dwight P. Robinson Jr. Professor of Music in the Department of Music at Harvard, will deliver the annual William Belden Noble Lectures at the Memorial Church on Dec. 1-3 at 8 p.m.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Not yet done

    In its second-round NCAA tournament match against Monmouth, the men’s soccer team shows just how good it is, with a 3-0 win.

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    The Game, 1927

    Original footage the 1927 Harvard-Yale football face off inside Harvard University Stadium.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Executives Kept Wealth as Firms Failed, Study Says

    Many people on Wall Street say these examples help make the case that pay incentives were not what caused executives at these fallen firms to take excessive risks. But three professors at Harvard are disputing that logic in a new study, saying it is an urban myth that executives at Bear and Lehman were wiped…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    One lab’s trash becomes a poorer one’s treasure

    When Nina Dudnik arrived at Harvard Medical School in 2001 to pursue her doctorate, her eyes weren’t drawn to the marble hallways, the state-of-the-art facilities, or the august faculty.

    1 minute