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At Harvard, FAS Dean Smith to step down

March 19, 2018

Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), has announced he will step down as leader of Harvard’s largest School to return full-time to teaching.

“I am extremely proud to be part of this community, which has constantly strived to ask the ever-bigger, ever-more-important questions, from climate change to inequality,” he said in a letter to the community. “Especially in our learning mission, through an embrace of making, doing, and performing, Harvard has remained anything but passive. It has been an...

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Inauguration date set for Harvard’s 29th president

Inauguration date set for Harvard’s 29th president

March 19, 2018

The inauguration events for Harvard’s 29th president, Lawrence S. Bacow, will take place on Friday, Oct. 5.  All members of the Harvard community are invited to attend the afternoon installation ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre.  More details will be made available as plans progress.

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Bacow meets the press

As hundreds...

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Plan approved for Harvard Enterprise Research Campus

Plan approved for Harvard Enterprise Research Campus

March 15, 2018

Harvard’s initial regulatory document for an Enterprise Research Campus (ERC), located a stone’s throw from the rising Allston home of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board on Thursday evening.

The planned development area master plan approved by the city agency includes details for new infrastructure, streets, and open space supporting an initial 900,000-square-foot, mixed-use development of office and lab space, residential units, and a...

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President’s Administrative Innovation Fund seeks applications that embrace problem-solving

President’s Administrative Innovation Fund seeks applications that embrace problem-solving

March 14, 2018

The President’s Administrative Innovation Fund kicked off its third application period with an open house on Feb. 27. The fund, which began in 2016 as a One Harvard initiative, invites projects from staff members that offer innovative solutions to persistent administrative challenges across the University.

The fund’s goal is to enhance innovation and collaboration at Harvard and to support teams of...

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Harvard’s Cass Sunstein wins Holberg Prize

March 14, 2018

BERGEN, Norway — Harvard legal scholar Cass Sunstein has been named this year’s winner of the Holberg Prize, one of the largest international awards given to an outstanding researcher in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, law, or theology.

Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, is being given the prize for his wide-ranging, original, prolific, and influential research. Not only has his research redefined several...

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U.S. pays more for health care with worse population health outcomes

U.S. pays more for health care with worse population health outcomes

March 13, 2018

In 2016, the U.S. spent nearly twice as much on health care as other high-income countries, yet had poorer population health outcomes.

  • The main drivers of higher health care spending in the U.S. are generally high prices — for salaries of physicians and nurses, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and administration.
  • Contrary to commonly held beliefs, high utilization of health care services and low spending on social services do not appear to play a significant role in higher U.S. health care costs.
  • In addition, despite poor population health outcomes, quality of...
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At Harvard, hints of revival for 1932 opera of African-American life

At Harvard, hints of revival for 1932 opera of African-American life

March 12, 2018

Davóne Tines ’09, a bass-baritone with American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), stepped to the microphone in the Horner Room, a rehearsal space at Radcliffe Institute, and began to sing:

Listen to the distant tom-tom
And answer quickly when they call you
Beat more loudly on your tom-tom|
And tell us if there’s danger near.

These are the opening lines of...

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To probe Harvard Yard digs, there’ll soon be an app for that

To probe Harvard Yard digs, there’ll soon be an app for that

March 12, 2018

The trenches have been hard to miss. Dug nearly every other year since 2005 between the trees and pathways crossing venerable Harvard Yard, these excavations have begun to offer insight into its history. Next September, when work begins again, visitors will have a new tool with which to peek into the past: an augmented-reality app that will re-create these excavations and shed light on some of their more interesting finds.

A collaboration among Harvard’s Peabody Museum, Cambridge startup Archimedes Digital, and the digital scholarship...

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Dench named dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

March 8, 2018

By her own account, Emma Dench was a strong-willed child who was fascinated with mortality, with languages, and with roaming the English countryside exploring ancient churches and ruins during her father’s travels with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

It was one particular jaunt to South West England when she was 7 that helped set Dench on her career path to the past.

“I learned to swim in a Roman bath. It was amazing. I had been trying to swim for ages, and I actually cracked it there, in Bath,” said Dench, McLean Professor of Ancient...

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