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Dean Mike Smith

A personal announcement from Dean Smith

March 19, 2018

Dear members of the FAS community,

 

It is with a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunity to have served the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that I write today to inform you of my decision to step down as dean. While I am genuinely excited by the promise of incoming President Bacow’s tenure, after more than a decade serving the FAS, I am very much looking forward to returning to the classroom and...

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Drone's-eye view

Drone's-eye view

May 5, 2017

 

Most people see drones as a hobby, a fun toy for photographers and videographers, or maybe even the future of package delivery.

But Jason Ur sees them as an invaluable research tool.... Read more about Drone's-eye view

Smooth fetal brain.

How, not why, the human brain folds

February 1, 2016

The distinctive troughs and crests of the human brain are not present in most animals; highly folded brains are seen only in a handful of species, including some primates, dolphins, elephants, and pigs. In humans, folding begins in fetal brains around the 20th week of gestation and is completed only when the child is about 18 months old.... Read more about How, not why, the human brain folds