Year: 2018

  • Health

    12-step guide to keeping those resolutions

    Figure out what resolutions fit your lifestyle and then make them happen with some expert advice.

    10 minutes
    Resolutions journal
  • Campus & Community

    Breakthrough science recognized

    A series of studies conducted by Alexander Schier, the Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and members of his lab including Jeff Farrell, Yiqun Wang, Bushra Raj, and James Gagnon, and additional work of collaborators from Harvard Medical School, has been featured as the “2018 Breakthrough of the Year” by Science…

    3 minutes
    Science image
  • Science & Tech

    Stepping inside a dead star

    An astronomical team uses detailed data to create a virtual reality experience of being inside an exploded star.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Harvard Gazette’s top stories of 2018

    Celebration, exploration, reflection, and insight from the University and beyond. We look back at some reader favorites.

    4 minutes
    367th Harvard Commencement
  • Campus & Community

    Ten from Harvard named AAAS Fellows

    Ten Harvard faculty members are among the 416 scientists who have been named American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    An invitation to sound off

    An initiative to increase awareness of inclusion and belonging got its kickoff in late November, when the #consciousharvard sounding board spent a week at the Smith Center in the first of a series of planned events.

    3 minutes
    Conscious Kickoff at Smith Center
  • Science & Tech

    Robots with sticky feet can go where humans can’t

    Researchers have created a micro-robot whose electroadhesive foot pads allow it to climb on vertical and upside-down conductive surfaces, such as the inside walls of a jet engine. Groups of micro-robots could one day be used to inspect complicated machinery and detect safety issues sooner, while reducing maintenance costs.

    6 minutes
  • Health

    Study sees little danger from ondansetron during first trimester of pregnancy

    A new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital finds that pregnant women taking the common anti-nausea medication ondansetron during the first trimester have no increased risk of cardiac malformations and only a slight increased risk of oral clefts.

    3 minutes
    pregnant woman
  • Health

    Teen vaping rising fast, research says

    Amid studies showing e-cigarette use rising rapidly among teens, public health officials who recognize the devices’ potential to reduce health hazards discuss the need to tailor their message to keep the devices out of the hands of the young, according to the head of Harvard’s Center for Global Tobacco Control.

    14 minutes
    A vape pen and vape smoke
  • Nation & World

    A trip to self-discovery in South’s troubled past

    On a spring break trip sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association, two College students learn a lesson in common humanity.

    4 minutes
    Seokmin Oh
  • Health

    Widespread, occasional use of antibiotics linked to resistance

    New Harvard Chan School study supports claims that antibiotic resistance in the U.S. is linked more closely to the widespread use of these drugs than to their heavy use among a small fraction of the population.

    3 minutes
    Close-up of a Petrie dish with bacteria colonies in a lab
  • Nation & World

    Where the present meets the past

    During Israel visit, Harvard Divinity School students tracked movements of the historical Jesus.

    6 minutes
    The road to Jericho.
  • Health

    Transforming transgender care

    With a $1.5 million gift, Harvard Medical School launched the Sexual and Gender Minorities Health Equity Initiative, a three-year plan to amend the core M.D. curriculum so that all students and faculty clinicians can become exceptionally well equipped to provide high-quality, holistic health care for sexual and gender minority patients of all ages.

    10 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Faust named University Professor

    Celebrated historian Drew Faust, president emerita and Lincoln Professor of History, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor.

    5 minutes
  • Health

    ‘Exercise hormone’ found to target key bone cells

    Scientists have discovered that irisin, a hormone released by muscles during exercise, directly acts on key regulatory cells that control the breakdown and formation of bone.

    3 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Puerto Rico benefits from Harvard’s living lab

    The community group Unidos por Utuado has won $100,000 in seed funding from the Puerto Rico Big Ideas Challenge to implement a plan — designed by Harvard students — for renewable and affordable electricity.

    6 minutes
    city of Utuado
  • Campus & Community

    From sea to dining hall table

    A partnership between a local fish wholesaler and Harvard University Dining Services puts fresh seafood on students’ and faculty members’ plates twice a week.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    A bridge for foster youth

    The Ash Center for the Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School has named Works Wonders, a job-training and placement initiative for foster youth in Rhode Island, as winner of its Innovations in American Government Award.

    3 minutes
    Tobias Bear.
  • Arts & Culture

    Like it or not, it’s ‘Nutcracker’ season

    Federico Cortese, director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, explains how the choreographer George Balanchine transformed Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” into an American classic.

    5 minutes
    Ballerinas dance as snowflakes in "Nutcracker Ballet."
  • Campus & Community

    935 admitted early to College Class of ’23

    Under Harvard College’s early action program, Harvard has admitted 935 students from an applicant pool of 6,958 to the Class of 2023.

    5 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    ‘Nine Moments for Now’ offers timely inspiration

    “Nine Moments for Now,” an exhibit at the Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art in the Hutchins Center, explores social engagement, civic discourse, and the fragility of democracy.

    2 minutes
    A collage of photos
  • Health

    Nerve-signaling pathway that drives sustained pain found

    Harvard researchers have identified in mice a set of neurons responsible for sustained pain and pain-coping behaviors. The new study is the first one to map out how these responses arise outside the brain.

    6 minutes
    3D Illustration of shoulder painful,
  • Campus & Community

    For Native Americans, a duo represents

    Connor Veneski and Chance Fletcher are Native American students at Harvard Law School. Veneski is the first student from a tribal university ever admitted to the Law School and Fletcher is the first recipient of the first American Indian College Fund Law School Scholarship.

    5 minutes
    Chance Fletcher and Connor Veneski.
  • Arts & Culture

    Stitching together the stars

    A new Radcliffe exhibit reminds viewers how Harvard astronomer Henrietta Leavitt’s efforts helped unlock mysteries of the cosmos.

    5 minutes
    Artist Anna von Mertens with one of her quilts mapping stars.
  • Campus & Community

    Annual Title IX report released

    Harvard University’s Title IX Office and the Office for Dispute Resolution have released their fiscal year 2018 annual report, underscoring continued progress in shared efforts to better prevent and respond to gender-based and sexual harassment.

    4 minutes
    Nicole Merhill
  • Nation & World

    A new chief at Center for Public Leadership

    Former Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, who has held numerous top posts in the State Department and on Capitol Hill and led the U.S. negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons that resulted in a historic 2015 accord, is set to helm the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School in January. She talks to the…

    12 minutes
    Wendy R. Sherman
  • Campus & Community

    Rallying for one of their own

    On Tuesday during a fundraiser at El Jefe’s Taqueria, members of the Harvard community came out to support Ben Abercrombie ’21, a first-year safety who was seriously injured last year during his first football game for the Crimson.

    5 minutes
    People in line in front of a Mexican restaurant
  • Science & Tech

    Size a concern when replacing heart valves

    Getting the perfect-size artificial heart valve without ever actually looking at the patient’s heart was a challenge … until now. Researchers at the Wyss at Harvard University have created a 3-D printing workflow that allows cardiologists to evaluate how different valve sizes will interact with each patient’s unique anatomy

    7 minutes
    Clogged valve
  • Health

    Rewinding the brain

    Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Paola Arlotta is seeking to develop a new tool to understanding brain function and dysfunction: self-generating brain organoids.

    9 minutes
    Paola Arlotta.
  • Arts & Culture

    Stage-worthy shop talk

    Playwright Inua Ellams talks about the research behind “Barber Shop Chronicles,” which is at the American Repertory Theater through Jan. 5.

    3 minutes
    Patrice Naiambana and Tuwaine Barrett in Barber Shop Chronicles.