In the fall of 2003, William R. Fitzsimmons, Harvard’s dean of admissions and financial aid, visited Austin, Texas, on a recruiting trip. After Fitzsimmons spoke, the parent of a prospective student stood up. “Harvard sounds wonderful,” the man said. “But I can send my daughter to the University of Texas for a third of the cost or less.” Read more about A Harvard education, without worry
Harvard stem cell scientists have successfully converted skins cells from patients with early onset Alzheimer’s into the types of neurons that are affected by the disease, making it possible for the first time to study this leading form of dementia in living human cells. This may also make it possible to develop therapies more quickly and accurately than before. Read more about Alzheimer’s in a dish
Plenty of strange diets have captured the public imagination over the years, but Harvard scientists have identified what may be the strangest of them all — sunlight and electricity. Read more about Getting to the source
A bomb threat last December necessitated the evacuation and sweep of four Harvard University buildings by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. It happened on the first day of finals, with 2,300 students scheduled to sit for exams — a number of them in three of the four affected buildings. Read more about With distinction
Women of different social or professional “ranks” within academic departments collaborate less than men do, according to a new Harvard study, suggesting that female full professors prefer to work on academic papers with other female full professors rather than assistant professors. When the pool was narrowed to women of the same rank, collaboration was equal to that of men. Read more about Hierarchical differences
Graduation may be on the minds of some members of the Class of 2015, but as they — and their parents — were reminded this past weekend, their remaining time at Harvard College is rich with opportunity. Read more about Moments to seize
Luke Bornn isn’t the coach of a top-flight NBA team, a general manager with an eye for talent, or an agent representing the next up-and-coming superstar. In fact, he’s only recently become a basketball fan.
But Bornn, an assistant professor of statistics, is part of a team of Harvard researchers poised to rewrite the rules of how coaches, players, and fans think about the game. Read more about Bringing order to the court
Most students, by the time they leave Harvard, can speak intelligently across a range of topics, from special relativity to the foundations of ethical reasoning. Only a few graduate with the ability to bend a chunk of steel to the limits of imagination.
For years, researchers have worked to develop novel molecules for therapeutic or research purposes, and have relied on directed evolution as a powerful technique for generating molecules that exhibit the properties they want. Read more about Negative plus
In 2005, Griffin Matthews was hoping to change the world for the better. But three days into his work at a Ugandan orphanage, he said he discovered that its director was embezzling money.
Stunned, the 20-something New York City actor took a walk to try to clear his head. On the road, he met a group of curious, young Ugandans who changed his life. They called him mzungu, white person, and peppered him with questions about his visit there and his life in the United States. Read more about A musical is born, slowly