Year: 2009

  • Health

    Orphan army ants join nearby colonies

    Normal 0 0 1 415 2369 19 4 2909 11.1282 0 0 0 Colonies of army ants, whose long columns and marauding habits are the stuff of natural-history legend, are…

    2 minutes
  • Science & Tech

    Devastation by degrees

    The head of the Natural Resources Defense Council examines the implications of climate change and the best ways forward for the passage of congressional legislation to combat it.

    3 minutes
  • Nation & World

    The future of news

    Experts in print, television, and the social media look at the troubled present of news, and peer ahead at its future.

    6 minutes
  • Health

    Health progress for women

    Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, touts global progress on women’s health issues, though more challenges lie ahead.

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Alex Killorn named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week

    Alex Killorn ’12 was named the ECAC player of the week on Nov. 2 after notching two goals and an assist in the Crimson’s 5-3 victory over Dartmouth on Oct. 30.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Kuss Middle School students learn about astronomy in science program

    Fall River — An extended day program at Matthew J. Kuss Middle School has a group of students shooting for the stars. On Oct. 21, science teachers Sarah Chapin and Sandy Sullivan brought 26 students from their Astronomy 2 class to Harvard University to learn about a robotic telescope they are able to control from…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    In fight over credit rules, she wields a plan

    CAMBRIDGE – Her critics portray her as an ivory tower elitist intent on disrupting the American Dream. But to her legions of fans in the Democratic Party, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren is the nation’s leading economic David, fighting to protect middle-class families from corporate Goliaths…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Crimson rally against Dartmouth to clinch share of Ivy title

    Junior Katherine Sheeleigh scored two goals including the game-winning tally in the 87th minute on Oct. 31 to lead the Harvard women’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over Dartmouth. With the win, the Crimson earn at least a share of the Ivy League title and the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Football pounds Dartmouth, 42-21

    For a second straight season, Harvard’s offensive line and running backs dictated play as the Crimson collected 315 yards via the ground en route to a 42-21 whitewashing of Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium on Saturday (Oct. 31).

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Harvard to become largest institutional buyer of wind power in New England

    Harvard University announced today (Nov. 2) that more than 10 percent of the electricity consumed on its Cambridge and Allston campuses soon will be supplied from a wind farm in northern Maine

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Men’s soccer tops Dartmouth, 2-1

    In the 83rd edition of the Harvard-Dartmouth rivalry, No. 14 Harvard downed No. 21 Dartmouth, 2-1, in Ivy League men’s soccer action Saturday (Oct. 31).

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    New Group Helps US Monitor Swine Flu Shot Safety

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Independent health advisers begin monitoring safety of the swine flu vaccine on Monday, an extra step the government promised in this year’s unprecedented program to watch for possible side effects… ”Given the rapidity with which this particular vaccine was rolled out, there seems to be an extra-special obligation to make sure things…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Findings on Mysterious Haze at Galaxy’s Center

    In the latest episode of their continuing efforts to embrace and understand the dark side of creation, astronomers sifting data from a new satellite say they have discerned the existence of a mysterious haze of high-energy particles surrounding the center of the Milky Way galaxy… “Obviously we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t think…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Harvard vs. Princeton – Men’s Soccer

    Harvard falls to Princeton in a tough, mid-Fall battle.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    GQ Ranks Elizabeth Warren Among D.C.’s Most Powerful

    Harvard Law School professor and bankruptcy expert Elizabeth Warren took the 30th spot on GQ’s biennial list for her role as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel on the Troubled Asset Relief Program…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Swine Flu Hit Millions in Spring, Agency Says

    There were 1.8 million to 5.7 million cases of swine flu in the country during the epidemic’s first spring wave, according to a new estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday… From 9,000 to 21,000 people were hospitalized as a result, and up to 800 died from April to July, when…

    1 minute
  • Science & Tech

    Face it:

    Gay men are most attracted to the most masculine-faced men, while straight men prefer the most feminine-faced women, according to the results of a new study by a Harvard researcher.…

    2 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    Treasures unearthed

    Students display results from a semester-long dig in Harvard Yard, including a musket ball, a slate pencil, and a piece of print type with the letter “o.”

    4 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    Ecologies of value

    Radcliffe Fellow and anthropologist Heather Paxson is studying small artisanal cheese operations as “ecologies of production” that are both commercial and moral.

    5 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    Up Close, part 3

    In the fast pace of our daily lives we may overlook the details that, collectively, create a stunning backdrop for all that happens within the University. See the inner workings of Harvard’s pianos up close, while enjoying a melodic feast for the ears.

    1 minute
  • Science & Tech

    Facing your preferences

    Researchers discover that similar qualities of observation drive gay and straight men in their judgments on attractiveness.

    2 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in Public Service

    Who says the government doesn’t need to work better? After Hurricane Katrina, intelligence failures, and security lapses, Bilmes and Gould argue that hiring a capable federal workforce is central to serving the nation properly.

    1 minute
  • Health

    Venomous bite

    Biologists have shown that independent but similar molecular changes turned a harmless digestive enzyme into a toxin in two unrelated species — a shrew and a lizard, giving each a venomous bite

    3 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature

    Thornber whisks us to Asia at the turn of the 20th century, where she documents how Japan’s literature interacted with China, Korea, and Taiwan, thus challenging Japan’s cultural authority.

    1 minute
  • Arts & Culture

    Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning

    A new teaching model inspired by medical rounds performed by physicians? Check. These authors dissect education and offer up their pioneering and pain-free prescription.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Around the Schools: Harvard Medical School

    When programmers at the Informatics Solutions Group at Children’s Hospital Boston were asked to create a grants database for researchers, they knew where to start. They simply asked the hospital’s affiliated Harvard Medical School (HMS) professors about their Facebook-surfing habits.

    1 minute
  • Science & Tech

    Physician training 2.0

    Doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital team up with the New England Journal of Medicine to create online medical cases that can teach better than lectures.

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    The piano man

    Austin Grimes is one of four technicians who travel across Harvard’s campus, keeping its 200 pianos in tune.

    4 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Rebel with a cause

    Before Greg Epstein became chaplain at Harvard’s Humanist Chaplaincy, he was a rock star. Now he’s written a book on Humanism, a religious philosophy that rejects supernaturalism while encouraging virtuous actions and decisions.

    2 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Lessons from the East

    On an internship from the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Peter Bernard ’11 traveled to Japan where he worked at a bookstore and learned that “the culture of books and print is alive and well.”

    3 minutes