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Star Family Challenge funds five high-risk, high-reward projects

Star Family Challenge funds five high-risk, high-reward projects

May 18, 2018

It’s been said that scientists see the world differently than most people.

For the faculty selected to receive funding through the Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research, sharing their vision means finding ways to make the invisible visible, from the physics of the early universe to the microbes that surround us to the telltale signs of an asteroid strike that changed Earth’s climate.

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Incoming HAA president hopes to build on predecessor’s efforts

May 16, 2018

It’s been a year full of unforgettable experiences for Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) President Susan Morris Novick ’85: sharing the Commencement stage with her daughter Olivia ’17 last May, peering into a live volcano with Harvard friends in Latin America, listening to fado with HAA European leaders in Portugal, and participating in a candlelit Hindu welcome ceremony at the opening of the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute in India, just to name a few.

“As an organization, we focused on work being done at Harvard that has a positive social impact in the world outside the gates of...

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Architect Toshiko Mori on her work, teaching, and path to Harvard

Architect Toshiko Mori on her work, teaching, and path to Harvard

May 16, 2018

Life stories from Drew Faust, Howard Gardner, Annette Gordon-Reed, Martin Karplus, Steven Pinker, E.O. Wilson, and many more, in the Experience series.

“Architecture is a noble profession, and ultimately it exists to improve the quality of life. Each opportunity we are given to build a project, we take as a gift. In return, we engage with each project with compassion, attempting to capture an ethereal vision that will carry it into the future.”...

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Ten instruments and four languages later, this GSE grad has something new to sing about

May 16, 2018

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.

A person who sings, plays many instruments, and is fluent in four languages can garner so many opportunities it’s hard to focus. What to make of one’s mastery?

Jeniris González-Alverio, 29, decided on music therapy, using the power of music and song to help children and adults recover from injuries and overcome disabilities.

“If there’s one thing my life is focused on, it’s using my...

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82% of those admitted will join Harvard’s Class of ’22

May 16, 2018

So far 82 percent of the students admitted to the Class of 2022 have notified Harvard College that they will matriculate to campus in August. The current yield is slightly below last year’s 82.8 percent, which was the highest since 1969, when 83.1 percent of those admitted to the Class of 1973 chose to attend.

Over the next few weeks, a small number of students will be admitted from the waiting list. The final statistics for the matriculants of the Class of 2022 will be determined after students arrive for orientation on Aug. 27.

“Chosen from a record applicant pool of 42,749, the...

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Doctor gets a doctorate and takes it home to Thailand

Doctor gets a doctorate and takes it home to Thailand

May 15, 2018

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.

Neither Wirun Limsawart’s knowledge as a doctor nor his work as a hospital manager could help him resolve Thailand’s national crisis over health care malpractice.

“I had experience as a physician, medical administrator, and medical activist, but all of that couldn’t solve this kind of problem,” Limsawart recalled. “I decided I should have another professional skill.”

But his path to the...

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In a migrants’ limbo, she found a way to help them and focus her ambitions

May 10, 2018

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.

The split-second pause Margot Mai ’18 took before deciding to let her cellphone go to voicemail wasn’t just the usual. The message would reveal the fate of her caller, “Kaitlyn,” a 24-year-old Nigerian woman seeking asylum in France.

Instead of taking the call in the public gallery at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), she...

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Harvard President Drew Faust on life and death

Harvard President Drew Faust on life and death

May 3, 2018

Life stories from Annette Gordon-Reed, Martin Karplus, Steven Pinker, E.O. Wilson, and many more, in the Experience series.

The setting of her childhood — Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley — instilled in Drew Faust a dual passion for history and justice.

Weekend trips to battlefields and joining her brothers to play soldier helped to deepen her interest in the Civil War. Decades later, her study of the conflict’s devastating toll in blood and grief, “This Republic of Suffering: Death...

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Rite of spring: Images from Harvard’s Arts First

Rite of spring: Images from Harvard’s Arts First

May 2, 2018

Visual and studio artists, musicians, filmmakers, and comedians staged a spectacular Arts First to weekend crowds that topped 15,000 over the festival’s four days. The annual campus rite of spring showcased everything from ancient Greek tragedy to contemporary pop soul with students and faculty celebrating creativity, beauty, identity, and the rich cultural diversity found throughout the arts.

In its 26th year, Arts First expanded its reach into Allston, with daylong events that included the unveiling of a mural by artist Paul Deo at the...

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Bridget Terry Long named dean of Harvard Ed School

May 2, 2018

Bridget Terry Long, A.M. ’97, Ph.D. ’00, a leading economist and internationally recognized scholar on the economics of higher education, will become the next dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Harvard President Drew Faust announced today.

Currently, Long is the Saris Professor of Education and Economics at HGSE. She was the School’s academic dean from 2013‒2017 and the faculty...

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