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Leadership lessons from Harvard’s president

Leadership lessons from Harvard’s president

January 31, 2019

Do the right thing, even when it’s hard. Invest in the success of those around you. And never underestimate the persuasive power of reframing controversial questions.

Those were the take-home messages Wednesday from Harvard President Larry Bacow, who, despite having led both Harvard and Tufts and having been MIT’s chancellor, said he still considers himself something of an “accidental president.”

Bacow, who appeared on a webcast...

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Harvard workshops explore data and computational science

January 17, 2019

Data is one of the most powerful tools any organization or business can utilize to make decisions, demonstrate results, or create computational breakthroughs, such as algorithms that can predict medical conditions in patients.

As the demands around data and computational science expand, so does the need for a community of experts well-versed in implementing best practices and carrying out innovations that arise from research.

To develop such skills and knowledge in practitioners, the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) at...

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Three from Harvard earn international Rhodes Scholarships

January 8, 2019

On the heels of the announcement that two American undergraduates from Harvard had been awarded Rhodes Scholarships, three international Harvard College students have been informed that they too will head to Oxford in the fall.

The Gazette talked with Michael Liu, Mattea Mrkusic, and Olga Romanova about their interests and their plans.

Michael Liu

Senior Michael Liu has a passion for helping others, and for finding creative solutions to complex medical and societal issues. It’s something he has worked on both in and out of the classrooms at Harvard — he...

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Drew Faust named Harvard University Professor

December 17, 2018

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

Faust, who was Harvard’s 28th president from 2007 through last June, will become the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor on Jan 1. She succeeds Helen Vendler, who stepped down on July 1 to become Porter University Professor Emerita.

Faust’s groundbreaking scholarship has addressed questions central to American life...

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Harvard students create plan for renewable electricity in Puerto Rico

Harvard students create plan for renewable electricity in Puerto Rico

December 14, 2018

A plan designed by a team of Harvard University students to create a reliable source of renewable, affordable electricity for a Puerto Rican community hammered in 2017 by Hurricane Maria has moved a step closer to reality.

The community group Unidos por Utuado has won $100,000 in seed funding from the Puerto Rico Big Ideas Challenge to implement the plan by students enrolled in Harvard’s...

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935 admitted early to Harvard College Class of ’23

December 13, 2018

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

“The Class of 2023 is off to a promising start,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “They are exceptionally talented in every way, and they bring with them remarkable diversity of lived experiences and backgrounds to share with their classmates over the next four years.”

This year, women constitute 51.3 percent of those students admitted early, compared with 47.2...

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Carpenter Center show reflects racial disparities that helped fuel James Baldwin’s writing

Carpenter Center show reflects racial disparities that helped fuel James Baldwin’s writing

November 26, 2018

James Baldwin’s 1964 essay “Nothing Personal” critiqued a country divided by suspicion, greed, hatred, fear, violence, oppression, and racism. But it also acknowledged the light in humanity. More than 50 years later, it remains relevant and fresh.

Now through Dec. 30 at Harvard’s Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, a series of photos shines a light on the America the author and social critic was responding to with his words, as well as on the present climate. “Time is...

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Back at Harvard, former Colombian president shares lessons of war, peace

Back at Harvard, former Colombian president shares lessons of war, peace

November 21, 2018

Juan Manuel Santos, the former president of Colombia and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize winner for his efforts to end more than 50 years of civil war in his country, has returned to Harvard.

This year, Santos is the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where he is sharing the lessons he learned as president and working on issues related to peace and reconciliation, poverty, human rights, and the environment.

Santos earned a mid-career master’s in public administration from HKS in 1981. He also was a Nieman Fellow in 1988, a year he said he still...

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A fond sendoff for former Harvard dean

A fond sendoff for former Harvard dean

November 20, 2018

At the beginning of last week’s faculty reception that celebrated Michael D. Smith’s deanship of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Harvard President Larry Bacow joked about the long line of presenters — “47 of them” — prepared to offer praise and appreciation for the former leader.

Though the group actually taking the podium would in fact number only six, their shared stories resonated deeply with an audience who responded with extended applause and heartfelt laughter.

Bacow led the program with an anecdote about first meeting Smith at an honorary-degree dinner at Annenberg...

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Harvard undergrads share their Rhodes reactions

Harvard undergrads share their Rhodes reactions

November 18, 2018

Brittany Ellis ’19 and Jin K. Park ’18/’19 are Oxford-bound after being named Rhodes Scholars, along with 30 other Americans, on Saturday. They will begin their studies next October. This year’s awards bring the ranks of Harvard’s Rhodes Scholars to 364.

In interviews with the Gazette, the students shared their reactions to winning the prestigious honor, gave thanks for key mentors at Harvard, and discussed their plans for making the most of their time at Oxford.

Brittany Ellis

Kirkland House resident and anthropology concentrator Brittany Ellis looks forward to using her...

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