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New Executive Director of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

April 13, 2021

Dear colleagues,
 
It’s with great excitement that I write to announce the appointment of Brenda Tindal as the next Executive Director of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, which will begin on May 17, 2021.
 
Brenda is an award-winning educator, scholar, and practitioner who leads with a passion for the work of museums as incubators of courageous inquiry. A forward-thinking leader and public historian, she brings to her work a heartfelt belief in the power of museums as profound...

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An unnamed Brazilian woman photographed by Walter Hunnewell, 1865.

Agassiz’s other daguerreotypes tell a global tale of scientific racism

March 30, 2021

Since their discovery in 1976 by staff at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, images depicting enslaved people of African descent — commissioned in 1850 by Harvard Professor Louis Agassiz as a way to prove biological racial difference — have been at the forefront of national debate over how to reckon with legacies of racism and slavery in America’s premier academic institutions and museums.... Read more about Agassiz’s other daguerreotypes tell a global tale of scientific racism

FAS Fall 2021 Planning Update

March 22, 2021

Dear members of the FAS community,

A little over a year ago, we left campus. Undergraduates packed up their belongings and said their goodbyes months earlier than planned, having no idea what would come next. Faculty, researchers, and graduate students abandoned their offices, labs, and studios and canceled their travel, classes moved online, and staff began to work from home, as we became for a time a completely “remote” community. From that moment on, we have been working tirelessly, across all departments and programs, to chart a path back to campus.

Through our many...

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Standing Against Anti-Asian Racism

March 18, 2021

Dear FAS Community,
 
Many of us woke up yesterday to the horrific news of the vicious and deadly attack in Atlanta, the latest in a wave of increasing violence targeting the Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander community. After a year of unprecedented loss and trauma, it stuns me to silence to witness once again how misplaced fears and prejudice can be weaponized to wreak havoc in our time. My heart breaks for the families and friends who lost loved ones on Tuesday night, and for the millions in the AAPI community who don’t feel safe today because of the possibility of...

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Artist rendition of twisted trilayer graphene.

Scientists use trilayer graphene configuration to observe more robust superconductivity

February 8, 2021

In 2018, the physics world was set ablaze with the discovery that when an ultrathin layer of carbon, called graphene, is stacked and twisted to a “magic angle,” that new double-layered structure converts into a superconductor, allowing electricity to flow without resistance or energy waste.... Read more about Scientists use trilayer graphene configuration to observe more robust superconductivity

Interim FAS Dean for Administration and Finance

February 3, 2021

Dear colleagues,

In September, I shared the news of Dean Leslie Kirwan’s retirement and the launch of the search for the next FAS Dean for Administration and Finance. With her departure swiftly approaching on March 31, I write to update the community on the search process and plans for the remainder of the term.

We are fortunate to have an extraordinarily accomplished and wise advisory committee engaged in the search process....

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