New research on the immune system suggests that the molecule interferon plays an important role in activating antiviral genes across many tissues, helping against infection.
Faculty and staff at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences sent appreciative notes and dropped off donations to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter at a pre-Thanksgiving celebration.
Researchers found that if just three outlets write about a particular major national policy topic, discussion of that topic across social media rises by more than 62 percent.
Jamie Bernstein remembered her father by heart during a visit to Harvard to discuss centennial celebrations of the legendary maestro’s life and legacy.
The Harvard poet discusses new book of poetry, life as a trans woman, and settling in as as co-poetry editor of The Nation.
Scientists at Harvard University and the Broad Institute have developed a new class of DNA base editor that can repair the type of mutations that account for half of human disease-associated point mutations. These single-letter mutations are associated with disorders ranging from genetic blindness to sickle-cell anemia to metabolic disorders to cystic fibrosis.
A conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar Stephen Greenblatt on his new book, "The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve."
A new exhibit inside the Glass Flowers gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History proves that a bad apple doesn't always spoil the bunch.
Harvard psychology chair Mahzarin Banaji is working with a research fellow to launch a new project called “Outsmarting Human Minds.”
“Maus” author Art Spiegelman discussed art, existence, and Jewish identity during a visit to Harvard.
After more than a year of renovations at Winthrop House, returning students have discovered a residence that combines neo-Georgian character with 21st-century amenities.
Harvard’s newest assistant professor of music brings years of experience as a composer, pianist, choir director, and minister.
Claire Messud, senior lecturer in the Creative Writing Program, discusses her latest novel about the joy and pain of middle school as a young woman.
Using high-speed cameras, Harvard researchers have shown that ant-mimicking jumping spiders don’t walk on six legs in an attempt to appear more ant-like, but instead walk with all eight and take tiny, 100-millisecond pauses to lift their front legs to make them resemble ant antennae.
Harvard’s first year as a chapter of Camp Kesem, a summer camp for children whose parents have battled cancer, unfolded last month in the green hills of Western Massachusetts.
Harvard jazz leader and instructor Yosvany Terry returns to his musical roots in Cuba, where his destiny was formed.
Online attackers may be able to purchase enough personal information to alter voter registration information in as many as 35 states and the District of Columbia, a new study says.
Celebrated writer Michael Pollan talks to the Gazette about joining the Creative Writing Program as the Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer.
The Harvard Jazz Bands make and learn music, absorb culture on summer tour of Cuba.
An undergraduate deciphers the meaning of Incan knots, giving long-dead native South American people a chance to speak.
Creative writing lecturer Paul Yoon talks to the Gazette about his new book, "The Mountain," and about his process, teaching, and the thinking behind his new story collection.
Grammy-winning jazz star Esperanza Spalding and flutist Claire Chase will be Harvard professors starting in the 2017-2018 academic year.
New findings point to a surprising link between a genetic variant that favors shortness and an increased risk of osteoarthritis.
Harvard and MIT study reveals that cognitive science field experiments are critical to understanding human learning and education.
A team of researchers has found that the stability plays a key role in the evolution of different protein structures.
A new study has found that, following momentary exposure to inequality, support for a "millionaire’s tax" dropped by more than 50 percent.
A new study shows that, despite having no experience using tools with their hands, the brains of people born without hands represent tools and hands much the same as seen in the brains of people born with hands.
Tom Lee, head of Harvard’s Learning from Performers program, is stepping down after 23 years.
Inspired by arthropod insects and spiders, scientists George Whitesides and Alex Nemiroski have created a type of semi-soft robot capable of walking, using drinking straws, and inflatable tubing. The team was even able to create a robotic water strider capable of pushing itself along the water’s surface.
Ideas in language, health, and astronomy are winners in this year’s Star Family Challenge, a grant that funds high-risk, high-reward research.
From 1993 to 1999, historian Frank Kidner traveled to Syria to document and study the the country's classical ruins, taking over 9,000 photographs of the architecture, topography, and people.
A team of physicists has taken a crucial step toward understanding superconductors by creating a quantum antiferromagnet from an ultracold gas of hundreds of lithium atoms.
As Harvard’s Theater, Dance & Media specialty turns 2 this spring, it graduates its first concentrators.
Sherry Turkle was the orator during Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises Tuesday at Sanders Theatre. She was joined by poet and memoirist Mark Doty.
Eduard Franz Sekler, an architecture historian and first director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, has died. He was 96.
Joshua R. Sanes, the Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and founding director of the Center for Brain Science, has been named recipient of the 2017 Gruber Neuroscience Prize.
Misty Copeland, the American Ballet Theatre’s first black principal dancer, shares her life story with students.
As Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology turns 150, a new exhibit highlights its pioneering efforts and the legacy of its cultural history.
The five faculty members named Harvard College Professors this month all share a talent for making their respective subjects come alive in the classroom.
Diane Paulus honors Harvard’s legacy of artists with an evening of entertainment.
Dan Byers has been named as the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, effective June 1.
Since 1992, Arts First has had a profound effect on more than just the students who go on to become professional artists.
Childhood cancer survivor Taylor Carol found hope through music and turned it into his thesis.
In Carpenter Center discussion, musicians Amanda Palmer and Damon Krukowski talk about what's been lost in the transition from analog to digital recording.
Aislinn Brophy was one of the first to study Theater, Dance & Media when the concentration launched two years ago, and believes her pioneering experience bodes well for the future.
The Cabot Science Library is reopening as a dynamic student commons and high-tech space for study and research.
Harvard’s Financial Aid Initiative has helped Michael Wingate make the most of his education.
Some inroads finally may be happening for women in jazz, which traditionally has been a man’s musical world.
Professors Elena Kramer and Martin Nowak have been named the recipients of the 2016 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.
Terence Davies, director of the new Emily Dickinson biopic "A Quiet Passion" talks with The Gazette about his challenges in making movies, his artistic kinship with Dickinson, and what drew him to her deeply internal, isolated life.