SEAS 2010-11: Year in review

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Highlights from a year of innovative teaching, breakthrough research, inventive student projects, and global impact

Summer 2010

President Obama appointed SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray to serve on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

Applied physicist Lene Hau, known for stopping light, was named World Dane 2010.

September 2010

A lecture by world–famous chef Ferran Adrià kicked off the wildly popular new general education course “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter” (photo at right).

Student-created sOccket, a soccer ball that generates electricity, was honored with Popular Mechanics‘ Breakthrough Award.

Scot Martin and colleagues, “archaeologists of the air,” isolated pristine aerosol particles in the Amazon Basin.

October 2010

Graduate students and recent alumni won first, second, and third prizes at the 2010 Collegiate Inventors awards for their innovations in tissue engineering, genomics, and intracellular probing.

A collaboration between Harvard and Tsinghua University showed China’s progress toward highly publicized energy efficiency goals. Measurements of the ratio of CO2 to CO indicated a sharp improvement in industrial combustion efficiency.

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