Year: 2010

  • Campus & Community

    FAS Dean Smith looks ahead

    As it emerges from the worst of the global financial crisis, Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is renewing its focus on priorities ranging from House Renewal to innovative pedagogy. With the release of the 2010 FAS annual report, Dean Michael D. Smith, John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, spoke…

    10 minutes
  • Health

    ‘Another set of fingers’

    An interdisciplinary group of leading Harvard geneticists and stem cell researchers has found a new genetic aspect of cell reprogramming that may ultimately help in the fine-tuning of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) into specific cell types.

    4 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Giving children ‘Room to Read’

    Building on the library model developed by industrialist Andrew Carnegie in the late 1800s, philanthropist John Wood and his nonprofit, Room to Read, are aiding education in the developing world.

    4 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Setting the stage for Roe v. Wade

    Linda Greenhouse, a former New York Times reporter and now the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale University, and Reva Siegel, the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale, provided new perspectives on interpreting Roe v. Wade during the 2010-11 Maurine and Robert Rothschild Lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at…

    4 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Alumni go to Washington

    Harvard alumni elected to Washington offices, governorships.

    2 minutes
  • Health

    Obesity rate will reach at least 42%

    Researchers at Harvard University say America’s obesity epidemic won’t plateau until at least 42 percent of adults are obese, an estimate derived by applying mathematical modeling to 40 years of Framingham Heart Study data.

    3 minutes
  • Nation & World

    The rights of women

    UNESCO director-general cites progress on international rights, but says gender equality lags in regions like sub-Saharan Africa, where as many as 12 million girls never attend school.

    4 minutes
  • Science & Tech

    The looming water shortage

    The head of Nestlé explored ways to address a looming worldwide water crisis during a discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School.

    3 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    The measure of the man

    James Kloppenberg, chair of Harvard’s History Department, is out with a new book called “Reading Obama,” which parses the American president through his own writings.

    3 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    Principles of Brownfield Regeneration: Cleanup, Design, and Reuse of Derelict Land

    Professor of Landscape Architecture Niall Kirkwood and co. argue that brownfields — idle property typically contaminated — are central to a sustainable planning strategy of thwarting sprawl, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and more.

    1 minute
  • Arts & Culture

    The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History

    Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, tells the story of the centuries-long struggle over the meaning of the nation’s founding, including the battle waged by the tea party, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and evangelical Christians to “take back America.”

    1 minute
  • Nation & World

    Trading places

    Economist Marc Melitz improves models of international trade by viewing broad trends in tandem with the behavior of individual corporations.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    David Turnbull

    At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on October 19, 2010, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late David Turnbull, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Turnbull was a pioneer in the development of multi-disciplinary materials science.

    5 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory

    Stanley Cavell, the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value Emeritus, presents an autobiography that details his musical studies before discovering philosophy, and his many, many years at Harvard.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    A look inside: Adams House

    Drag Night in Adams House lets its residents really strut their stuff.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Fakhri A. Bazzaz

    At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on October 19, 2010, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Fakhri A. Bazzaz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Biology, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Bazzaz was an ecologist who greatly influenced scientific thought and public policy on climate change.

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    When one sentence just won’t do

    A Harvard College senior discusses the difficulties of explaining her senior thesis in the sciences, particularly since the topic can make people cringe.

    3 minutes
  • Science & Tech

    The search for China’s roots

    Archaeologist Rowan Flad is seeking early traces of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Wild Harvard

    Nature watchers around campus, open to the hard-to-see creatures nearby, deliver a message of attention and affection.

    5 minutes
  • Health

    Bird, meet cousin alligator

    Assistant professor Arkhat Abzhanov looks to birds’ relatives by way of dinosaurs — alligators — for clues to their evolution.

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Food for thought

    Harvard graduate and Food Literacy Project administrator Dara Olmsted loves working with food and helping others connect to the environmental and nutritional implications of what they eat.

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    No ordinary leader

    Dominant. That’s the only word to describe the Harvard women’s basketball team over the past 25 years. The team has won 11 Ivy League championships since 1986 — a little less than one every other year — and 70 percent of its games in interleague play.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    No ceilings

    In 2004, Harvard announced an initiative to make the University more accessible to low-income families by expanding recruitment and eliminating parental contributions for eligible students. Since then, 1,900 students have taken advantage of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative. Here’s how the program changed the lives of some of its first alumni.

    16 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    ‘Outstanding Women’ honored

    Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds and Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), received the Outstanding Women Award from the YWCA Cambridge on Oct. 29.

    2 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    The whither and why of books

    A Harvard conference discusses venerable, vulnerable print and its fate in the digital age.

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Getting out the vote

    Cambridge residents, University students vote at two campus locations during midterm elections.

    1 minute
  • Nation & World

    The danger of us against them

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York and former congressman Joe Scarborough, now the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” identified big problems with the U.S. political system and traded ideas on how to address them during a discussion at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    ‘Treat and Greet’ in Allston

    Harvard hosts a Halloween “Treat and Greet” celebration and open house in the Barry’s Corner section of Allston, a get-together that drew flocks of costumed local residents and children.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    A witchin’ good time

    Pirates, witches, ninjas, and skeletons invaded Harvard Yard Friday (Oct. 29) as part of the Phillips Brooks House Association’s (PBHA) Halloween Party. PBHA organizers host the extravaganza each year, inviting students from their after-school and in-school programs to campus for an afternoon of crafts projects, tasty treats, and face-painting fun.

    1 minute