Framingham Heart Study, PNAS Early Edition, Harvard Medical School Investigators working to unravel the impact of genetics versus environment on traits such as obesity may also need to consider a new factor: when individuals were born.
A team of researchers led by Harvard geneticist George Church at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard Medical School has made big strides toward a future in which the predominant chemical factories of the world are colonies of genetically engineered bacteria.
Drawn from a series of family correspondence, letters, diaries, and journals, a new exhibit at the Schlesinger Library offers firsthand accounts of men, women, soldiers, and slaves caught up in the Civil War.
Harvard researchers are pushing for a closer look at links between green spaces and health in cities.
A new study led by Harvard researchers identifies a key molecular mechanism behind the health benefits of dietary restriction, or reduced food intake without malnutrition.
In 2014, the Harvard Gazette featured major news from the University. From treatments for diabetes and depression to snapshots of Commencement, the Gazette captured the essence of the Harvard community.
A Harvard study found that men who did 20 minutes of daily weight training had less increase in age-related abdominal fat than men who spent the same amount of time doing aerobic activities.
The Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine provides support for junior faculty amid life’s crunch time, when demanding research labs, children at home, and other duties all clamor for attention.
Bill Lee reflects on his first six months as senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation, and on challenges and opportunities facing the University in the months and years to come.
For students so young, an old war — captured in a history and literature course on Vietnam this fall — continues to have resonance and to provide “a punch in the gut.”
Ninety-one College seniors were honored at the Midyear Graduates Recognition Ceremony at Knafel Center on Dec. 5.
Naomi Klein, author and syndicated columnist, says she hopes that once people understand the enormity of climate change, it will spark conversation on how they can chart a path to deal with it.
Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, the Kepler spacecraft is alive and working. The evidence comes from the discovery of a new super-Earth using data collected during Kepler’s “second life.”
Political theorist Danielle S. Allen has been appointed both to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as a professor in the Government Department and to Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics as its director.
The Harvard Semitic Museum, hosting a retrospective exhibit on its long history and founder David Gordon Lyon, is refurbished, reordered, and increasingly ready for the future.
The 2014 Annual Report of the Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, a subcommittee of the President and Fellows, is now available on the Shareholder Responsibility Committees’ website.
Harvard faculty members react to the surprising news from President Barack Obama that the United States plans to end 50 years of diplomatic and economic sanctions against Cuba.
With Harvard’s Vivek Murthy confirmed as the next surgeon general, health experts shared their views on areas where his focus and influence are most needed.
The director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center evaluates a new survey of citizens from 30 countries, including China, and how they rank the performances of the world’s best-known political leaders.
A recent HKS and HBS working paper studies the art of leveraging the truth to gain the upper hand in negotiations.
Harvard undergrads joined a showcase of work they helped develop as part of the Ed Portal’s mentoring program.
Harvard physicists look toward new frontiers as they anticipate the restart of the Large Hadron Collider and their ATLAS experiment in spring 2015.
A recent Harvard Business School survey on U.S. competitiveness looks at how business is engaged with helping boost K-12 public education and whether these efforts are effective.
Author and economist Sendhil Mullainathan talks about the research behind “Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives.”
At the annual CS50 Fair, students of history, literature, music, and more create tools to share knowledge across fields.
As protests around the nation continued in the wake of decisions by grand juries in Missouri and New York not to indict police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men, hundreds of Harvard community members expressed their own anger, frustration, and desire for changes in the criminal justice system with a range of campus activities.
Harvard will partner with Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and The Boston Globe for a new, weeklong festival of big ideas and bold solutions next October.
Particularly at the holidays, managers need to be sensitive and aware, while welcoming diversity, speaker says.
Harvard’s Sacvan Bercovitch, an influential scholar of Puritan America, dies at 81.
Humanities 10, a new two-semester offering, is a big class on the big books, with time out for small seminars.
Harvard College on Dec. 11 sent admission notifications to 977 prospective students through its Early Action program.
A new study, authored by Collin McCabe, a doctoral student in Harvard’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, suggests that increased exposure to disease has played an important role in the evolution of culture in both humans and non-human primates.
Researchers have assembled the first high-resolution, 3-D maps of entire folded genomes and found a structural basis for gene regulation, a kind of “genomic origami” that allows the same genome to produce different types of cells.
On Dec. 10 the members of the Faculty Council met in camera to discuss student disciplinary cases.
This past fall, more than a dozen Boston sixth- and seventh-graders got a taste of life as journalists. Participating in a program called Project Lede, the students learned just how much hard work goes into creating and publishing a newspaper, thanks to Project Lede founders who hail from Harvard and the University of Delaware.
Alberto Mora, a top civilian lawyer for the U.S. Navy in the administration of President George W. Bush and an early critic of the CIA torture program, assesses the findings and conclusions of the newly released Senate Intelligence Committee report.
Visual artist Kara Walker talks about “A Subtlety,” her provocative public art project staged at a defunct Domino sugar factory in Brooklyn last summer.
Expanded medical care could greatly reduce Ebola fatalities, says Paul Farmer of Partners In Health.
Howard Stone returned to Harvard to lead the annual holiday lecture at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, with hundreds of family and community members in attendance.
When compared with a solitary strategy of producing offspring who then go on to produce their own offspring, a new Harvard study has found that eusociality is a high-risk, high-reward gamble.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics scientist Jonathan McDowell answers questions on the Orion test run and prospects for getting to Mars.
Poet and memoirist Meghan O’Rourke is using her time as a Radcliffe Fellow to write “What’s Wrong With Me,” a chronicle of her struggles with autoimmune disease.
Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall reopened to students at the beginning of the academic year after 15 months of reconstruction. McKinlock is the second ...
Journalist Walter Isaacson and College students talk about the achievements and challenges for women in the field of computer science, including pioneer Grace Hopper.
Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers have taken what they describe as “the first step toward a pill that can replace the treadmill” for the control of obesity.
A national faculty survey produced by Higher Education Research Institute implies that changes in teaching may be afoot, as lecturers increasingly adopt student-centered and team-based teaching practices. In fact, this recalibration of the pedagogical universe is happening at Harvard, too.
Harvard’s Ernst Mayr Library is involved in a collaborative effort to digitize the handwritten journals of ornithologist William Brewster. The collaboration uses crowdsourcing for the transcription and video games as a way to check the work’s accuracy.
Warning of myriad international problems, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Harvard faculty and students to continue research on such issues and use what they learn to help improve living and environmental conditions.
Nobel winner Steven Weinberg brought his thoughts on a “theory of everything” to the Physics Department’s Lee Historical Lecture.
Last month the Harvard Dance Project performed “LOOK UP,” a two-hour improvisational piece based on a series of “set choreographed phrases” and inspired by the works of architect Louis Kahn, Professor Stephen Greenblatt’s 2012 book “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” and recent research into how the brain perceives digital media.