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Harvard’s Extavour debunks old hypotheses on insect eggs

July 3, 2019

Sometimes disproving an old hypothesis is as important as proving a new one. In a new paper in Nature, Cassandra G. Extavour manages to do both, while helping create a tool that will enable similar big-data studies moving forward.

In “Insect egg size and shape evolve with ecology, not developmental rate” the professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and of molecular and cellular biology and her team analyzed a huge data set to debunk untested assumptions about the eggs of insects, which make up the...

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Harvard professor’s book traces how water shaped and will shape South Asia

Harvard professor’s book traces how water shaped and will shape South Asia

July 2, 2019

The monsoon is often referred to as India’s “finance minister,” writes author Sunil Amrith, because the economy of South Asia is so deeply tied to the amount of rainfall the monsoon brings each year — filling aquifers, irrigating agriculture, and driving hydroelectricity. But climate change is threatening to shift its patterns, making it more erratic, with the potential to destabilize livelihoods throughout the region. In fact India just had its driest June in five years due to a delay in monsoon rains, according to government data. But...

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Harvard scholars reflect on the history and legacy of the Stonewall riots

Harvard scholars reflect on the history and legacy of the Stonewall riots

June 27, 2019

Michael Bronski wasn’t at Stonewall and doesn’t mind admitting it, unlike many members of the gay and lesbian community of a certain age who, he says, insist they were. The joke is that if everyone who claims they took part in the famous 1969 uprising in lower Manhattan that catalyzed America’s gay-rights movement actually had been there, the crowd, Bronski says with a laugh, “would have filled Yankee Stadium.”

In truth, the crowd that day numbered about 200, at least at first. And they weren’t protesters but mostly patrons...

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Robobee makes its first solo flight

Robobee makes its first solo flight

June 26, 2019

In the Harvard Microrobotics Lab, decades of research culminated in a moment of stress as the tiny, groundbreaking Robobee made its first solo flight.

Graduate student Elizabeth Farrell Helbling, Ph.D. ’19, and postdoctoral fellow Noah T. Jafferis from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired...

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Harvard College opening new Academic Resource Center

June 3, 2019

Harvard today announced creation of a new Academic Resource Center (ARC), which will launch in August and will provide a wide range of academic support services for students at Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The new center is aimed at helping students strengthen their academic skills, with offerings that include responsive resources, consultations, workshops, and targeted one-on-one coaching.

“The creation of the ARC was prompted by what we’ve been hearing as we meet with students and listen to their concerns,” said Amanda Claybaugh, dean of the Office of...

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Labor leader Huerta receives medal at Radcliffe Institute

Labor leader Huerta receives medal at Radcliffe Institute

May 31, 2019

¡Si, se puede! Yes, we can!

She is the woman responsible for the rallying cry that mobilized generations to fight for social justice since it was adopted as the United Farm Workers of America slogan in 1972. And she was in Cambridge on Friday, leading another appeal for solidarity and change.

“Who’s got the power?” 89-year-old activist Dolores Huerta asked a crowd gathered under a tent in Radcliffe Yard as Radcliffe Day came to an end. “We’ve got the power!” her audience shouted back. “What kind of power?” Huerta...

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At Harvard Commencement, Merkel tells grads: Break the walls that hem you in

At Harvard Commencement, Merkel tells grads: Break the walls that hem you in

May 30, 2019

As Harvard’s Class of 2019 gathered for the last time at Commencement Thursday afternoon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned the new graduates to take nothing for granted.

“Our individual liberties are not givens. Democracy is not something we can take for granted. Neither is peace, and neither is prosperity,” said Merkel, the main speaker. “But if we break down the walls that hem us in, if we step out into the open and have the courage to embrace new...

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Seven Harvard Overseers, six Alumni Association directors elected

May 30, 2019

Seven alumni have been elected as new members of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers and six as directors of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). The University announced the election results today at the HAA’s annual meeting following the University’s 368th Commencement.

The seven new Overseers are:

Alice Hm Chen, Berkeley, Calif.
M.P.H. ’01
Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Director, San Francisco Health Network 

Janet Echelman, Brookline,...

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6,665 degrees and certificates awarded at Harvard’s 368th Commencement

May 30, 2019

Today the University awarded a total of 6,665 degrees and certificates. A breakdown of degrees and programs is listed below.

Harvard College granted a total of 1,554 degrees. Degrees from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were awarded by Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Design.

All figures include degrees awarded in November 2018 and March and May 2019.

Harvard College
1,554 degrees

  • 1,494 Bachelor of Arts
  • ...
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