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Six social science faculty awarded 2017 Walter Channing Cabot Fellowships

May 8, 2017

Ten professors in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) have been named 2017 Walter Channing Cabot Fellows. These annual awards honor distinguished faculty members for their outstanding publications in the fields of literature, history, or art. Among the ten are six from the Division of Social Science:

Center for Geographic Analysis hosts conference on using drones for academic research

Center for Geographic Analysis hosts conference on using drones for academic research

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.

A professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Geographic Analysis, Ur in recent years has used drones to quickly create 3-D maps of ancient sites in the Kurdistan region of Iraq — something that used to take days or weeks.

“This technology — both the drones and the software to stitch the images together — is now within… Read more about Center for Geographic Analysis hosts conference on using drones for academic research

Harvard’s Peabody Museum fetes 150 years with unusual exhibit

Harvard’s Peabody Museum fetes 150 years with unusual exhibit

May 5, 2017

For every remarkable object displayed in the new exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, visitors might be just as impressed by some other object they can’t so readily see.

There are more than 1.25 million items in the Peabody collections, only a choice sampling of which could fit into the display cases for the exhibition “All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology… Read more about Harvard’s Peabody Museum fetes 150 years with unusual exhibit

8 Harvard faculty named National Academy of Sciences members

8 Harvard faculty named National Academy of Sciences members

May 4, 2017

Eight Harvard University faculty, including four from Harvard Medical School, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) this year, honored for “their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research,” the NAS announced Tuesday.

Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research.

Those elected… Read more about 8 Harvard faculty named National Academy of Sciences members

Harvard president visits Southeast Asia

Harvard president visits Southeast Asia

May 4, 2017

Harvard President Drew Faust traveled to Southeast Asia in March, stopping in Singapore and Vietnam to meet with national education leaders, with Harvard alumni, and with schoolchildren, to whom she spoke about the opportunities an education can bring. Faust also spoke about the aftermath of war in a speech at the University of the Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City.

1 Harvard President Drew Faust meets with Asia Club leaders at a… Read more about Harvard president visits Southeast Asia
5 awarded Harvard College Professorships

5 awarded Harvard College Professorships

May 3, 2017

With scholarly interests ranging from the evolution of mollusks to particle physics to the culture of ghettos, the five faculty members named Harvard College Professors this month may not appear to have much in common. But one trait they all share is a talent for making their respective subjects come alive in the classroom.

Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Michael D. Smith named to the prestigious positions Amanda Claybaugh,… Read more about 5 awarded Harvard College Professorships

Pulitzer Prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed reflects on her personal history

Pulitzer Prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed reflects on her personal history

May 2, 2017

Life stories from Martin Karplus, Steven Pinker, Helen Vendler, E.O. Wilson, and many more, in the Experience series.

For as long as she can remember, Annette Gordon-Reed wanted to write. As a child, she loved words and books, especially biographies, and was all of 7 when she became an author herself. More than four decades later, “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family” brought a Pulitzer Prize and recognition as a major historian of U.S. slavery.

Gordon-Reed’s path to Harvard… Read more about Pulitzer Prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed reflects on her personal history

Study finds people equate immorality with impossibility

Study finds people equate immorality with impossibility

April 28, 2017

Imagine you’re getting hungry at work and you see a candy bar on a co-worker’s desk. Why not just eat it while she’s out of the room?

Some people might not do it because they know it’s wrong; risk might dissuade others. But a new study suggests that for many people, the immediate response might be that taking the candy isn’t even possible.

The study, co-authored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Fiery Cushman and postdoctoral fellow Jonathan… Read more about Study finds people equate immorality with impossibility

Harvard professor recognized with portrait

Harvard professor recognized with portrait

April 27, 2017

A portrait of Orlando Patterson, the John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard, is now among the University-wide collection.

To date, 17 portraits (including Patterson’s) have been commissioned and hung throughout the Harvard as part of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations’ Portraiture Project, which ensures recognition of the diversity of individuals who serve the University with distinction. They can include — but are not limited to — persons of African-American, Asian… Read more about Harvard professor recognized with portrait