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Star-spangled beauty

Star-spangled beauty

September 15, 2014

During the War of 1812, on the rainy morning of Sept. 13, 1814, British troops launched a land and sea attack on Fort McHenry, a star-shaped U.S. stronghold built to guard Baltimore from naval assault. Despite the relentless cannonade, the fort’s commander, George Armistead, refused to surrender.

“The British bombardment went on until the morning of September 14, when their guns fell silent” writes author A.J. Langguth in his book “Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence.”

The biologist in charge

The biologist in charge

September 15, 2014

Biology Professor Brian Farrell has taken the reins of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), with an eye toward strengthening scientific ties between Harvard and Mexico, the Caribbean, and the nations of Central and South America.

Farrell, who has conducted extensive molecular and ecological research on beetles and other insects from Central America and the Caribbean, is just part of the changed leadership team at the center. Ned Strong, longtime director of the center’s office in Santiago, Chile, took over as executive director when Farrell became director on July 1.

Orientations go green

September 5, 2014
Sustainability orientation activities reach thousands of undergraduate and graduate students across all of Harvard's 12 Schools and departments each year. More than 3,000 reusable mugs and water bottles and over 2,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs were distributed across campus these past two weeks...
Magnetic attraction

Magnetic attraction

September 2, 2014

While assembly lines have been the gold standard in manufacturing for more than a century, and have put together everything from Model T’s to tablet computers, one aspect of their operation has remained constant: the need for a hand, robotic or human, to manipulate objects.

If Anand Bala Subramaniam, a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry and chemical biology, has his way, however, that could soon change.

Freshmen urged forward

Freshmen urged forward

September 1, 2014

As the bell at Memorial Church rang out, the Class of 2018 — 1,667 members strong — streamed through Harvard Yard on Monday, bound for Freshman Convocation at the Science Center Plaza. The newcomers found their seats to a raucous welcome from the Harvard University Band.

“Every day I wake up I say to myself, ‘I can’t believe I am here at Harvard,’” said Kamran Jamil ’18. “I’m excited; I’m ready to go.”

Sitting next to Jamil was Nian Hu ’18, who said the convocation was a nice way to end Opening Days.

FAS seeks community input

FAS seeks community input

August 28, 2014

This summer, Harvard adopted the first University-wide Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy and created a new, centralized body — the Office of Dispute Resolution — to investigate incidents of sexual misconduct. Each School at Harvard is undertaking the process of incorporating the University-wide policy and procedures into its individual standards and protocols.

To accomplish this task at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), History Professor Alison Johnson is leading a committee of students, faculty, and staff from across the College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Division of Continuing Education.

Sampling the scholar’s life

Sampling the scholar’s life

August 27, 2014

When he was in high school, Ozdemir Vayisoglu ’16 dug into the past, uncovering buried secrets at an archaeological site in his native Turkey. This summer, he was digging again. But instead of carefully sifting through dirt thousands of miles away, he was poring over archives at Harvard’s Semitic Museum. 

Working with its director, Peter Der Manuelian, Vayisoglu helped research and develop an exhibit that examines the museum’s founding in 1903 by Professor David Gordon Lyon.