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Building outward

Building outward

October 20, 2014

James Voorhies was looking down the ramp from the third floor of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, toward the Prescott Street entrance of the new Harvard Art Museums. “How can you not want to walk up this ramp if you don’t know what it is?” he asked with obvious excitement.

A walk on the wild side

A walk on the wild side

October 17, 2014

Can a botanical garden have an alter ego? If so, what would it look and sound like?

Peter Del Tredici, retired senior scientist at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, and artist Teri Rueb think the Arnold Arboretum’s alter ego sits nearby in Jamaica Plain, just across South Street, in the 24-acre Bussey Brook Meadow.

Miles to go

Miles to go

October 16, 2014

For plenty of runners, covering the 26.2 miles of a marathon is the ultimate achievement, something they might do once in a lifetime, if at all.

For Jenny Hoffman ’99, a marathon was just a good place to start.

Community spirit shines through

Community spirit shines through

October 16, 2014

Hundreds of Cambridge and Allston-Brighton residents didn’t let Saturday’s weather dampen their spirits as they watched Harvard beat Cornell 24-7 as part of Community Football Day. The annual event, now closing in on 25 years, offered not only free admission to the stadium, but lunch, raffles, face painting, and more.

Challenges remain, but connections are key

Challenges remain, but connections are key

October 16, 2014

It was described as a historic event as hundreds of black alumni from across generations gathered at Harvard University over the weekend, many representing its graduate Schools.

“This is an opportunity for African-American alumni from across all of Harvard’s 14 Schools to come together, not only for fellowship, but also to exchange ideas and really engage in today’s issues,” said Lawrence Adjah ’06, president of the Harvard Black Alumni Society.

Six decades of science as diplomacy

Six decades of science as diplomacy

October 16, 2014

When you think of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland, you may think of cutting-edge equipment and particles circling unimaginably fast, colliding into each other to make bosons and other elements of the secrets of the universe.

But you may not think of the people.

Of course they’re there, and essential — thousands of scientists and support personnel, including Harvard physicists and students, some of whom played important roles in the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, the heaviest and most elusive particle discovered so far.

From Mexico to Harvard, and back

From Mexico to Harvard, and back

October 15, 2014

Third in a series on Harvard’s deepening connections to Mexico.

MEXICO CITY — Three times larger than Texas, Mexico is home to 120 million people. Just over 1,200 of them are Harvard graduates, and yet many of these alumni wield outsized power and influence.

Part of that comes with recognition of the name, said Mexico City social entrepreneur Juan de Dios Vázquez, Ph.D. ’09, who stays in touch with more than 100 fellow graduates. “In the States, it’s very elite,” he said of the significance of the University’s reputation. “In Mexico, even more.”

Financial Aid Office renamed in honor of Ken Griffin

Financial Aid Office renamed in honor of Ken Griffin

October 10, 2014

In recognition of his historic gift to Harvard College, the School officially renamed its Financial Aid Office in honor of Ken Griffin ’89 on Thursday. This past February, Griffin made a gift of $150 million to the University, principally supporting need-based financial aid for undergraduates.

University leaders, friends, alumni, and students gathered at 86 Brattle St. — outside the office now bearing Griffin’s name — to thank him and recognize the impact this gift will have for generations to come.