SEAS: A look back at 2011-12

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


Summer 2011

SEAS announced the creation of a graduate secondary field in computational science and engineering.

Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and Computer Science, was named a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence of the Federal Communications Commission.

Materials scientists and applied physicists at SEAS created a device that can identify unknown liquids based on surface tension.

Jim Waldo, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, was named chief technology officer for Harvard University.

Michelle Borkin ’06, Erez Lieberman Aiden, Ph.D. ’09, and Jean-Baptiste Michel, S.M. ’06, Ph.D. ’10, presented research on “astronomical medicine” and “culturomics” at TEDxBoston (videos here and here).

A conference at SEAS celebrated the 80th birthday of Professor Michael Rabin, one of the most prominent computer scientists of the past 50 years.

Bioengineers led by Kevin Kit Parker, Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics, identified the cellular mechanisms of traumatic brain injury.