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New book explores the impact of geography on politics, psychology, behavior

New book explores the impact of geography on politics, psychology, behavior

January 9, 2018

Understanding geography is fundamental to understanding the world, says Ryan Enos, assistant professor of government and a specialist in American politics. People often classify places or neighborhoods simply by who lives in them, he says, and build their allegiances by asking, “Are they one of us?”

In his new book “The Space Between Us,” Enos discusses the strong influence of social geography on psychology, behavior, and politics, and explains how an “us versus them” mentality can be tightly connected to a “here versus there” paradigm of...

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Professor becomes first responder on the U.S.-Mexico border

Professor becomes first responder on the U.S.-Mexico border

January 9, 2018

Ieva Jusionyte has always been drawn to border tensions. As a graduate student, she went right to the heart of the drug and human smuggling nexus of Puerto Iguazú, a town at the tri-border area of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, to research how the media reported on crime. While there, she developed a deep interest in the experiences of firefighters and rescue workers, and later, in the U.S., trained to become a certified emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, and wildland firefighter.

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Bol to step down as vice provost for advances in learning

Bol to step down as vice provost for advances in learning

January 5, 2018

Peter K. Bol, the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, will step down at the end of the summer as vice provost for advances in learning to return to the faculty and to his teaching and research on China’s history.

As vice provost for five years, Bol has played a key role in advancing Harvard’s excellence in teaching and learning on campus and online. He has overseen HarvardX, the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT), and VPAL Research. His leadership helped fuel impressive growth for HarvardX, the University-wide strategic...

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#MeToo surge could change society in pivotal ways, Harvard analysts say

#MeToo surge could change society in pivotal ways, Harvard analysts say

December 21, 2017

When allegations of serial sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein broke in October, they triggered an intense national reckoning over sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and beyond. In the weeks since, women have leveled charges against many high-profile men in entertainment and media, in business and politics. As the accusations continue to erupt through the burgeoning #MeToo social media movement, many observers are wondering if the nation is finally beginning to deal with gender inequity.

Recognizing inappropriate behavior as harassment was a radical...

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Harvard president voices concern after endowment tax passes

Harvard president voices concern after endowment tax passes

December 20, 2017

Graduate students across the nation dodged a financial bullet Wednesday, even as dozens of prominent universities took a hit in the form of a new tax on university endowments and other investment income. The tax will weaken financial aid, faculty and research initiatives, and other institutional programs that support students, professors, and medical and scientific studies.

Harvard President Drew Faust, who worked against the graduate and endowment taxes, warned that the new endowment tax represents an unprecedented attack on the tax-exempt status of nonprofits and charities...

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Harvard researchers intrigued by possible link between brain lesions, criminal behavior

Harvard researchers intrigued by possible link between brain lesions, criminal behavior

December 19, 2017

Research examining brain lesions in individuals with a history of criminal behavior found a common link to a network involved in moral decision-making. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Our lab has developed a new technique for understanding neuropsychiatric symptoms based on focal brain lesions and a wiring diagram of the human brain,” said senior author...

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Harvard signs memorandum of understanding with Cuban Ministry of Higher Ed

Harvard signs memorandum of understanding with Cuban Ministry of Higher Ed

December 18, 2017

Representatives from Harvard University traveled to Havana last weekend to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education. The agreement signals renewed commitment between Harvard’s 12 Schools and the ministry to support faculty and student research and study in Cuba.

The memorandum also enables expanded opportunities for potential collaborative research and cooperation between Harvard and Cuban universities, such as short courses, internships, research visits, publication of research articles, and academic workshops and conferences. The agreement...

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Longtime University Marshal Jackie O’Neill to retire at year’s end

Longtime University Marshal Jackie O’Neill to retire at year’s end

December 14, 2017

As chief of protocol since 2004, Jackie O’Neill has welcomed thousands of foreign dignitaries, overseen three Harvard presidential inaugurations, and orchestrated and emceed 14 Commencements, becoming the University’s quintessential host and grand diplomat in the process.

Even though she’s been the official keeper of Harvard’s traditions for so long, people still ask her what the University Marshal’s job entails. O’Neill fields the question with characteristic wit.

“I’m acutely aware of the fact that nobody really knows what a marshal does,” she said at her recent going-away...

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Harvard releases annual report by Title IX Office and Office for Dispute Resolution

Harvard releases annual report by Title IX Office and Office for Dispute Resolution

December 13, 2017

Harvard University’s Title IX Office and the Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) released their 2016–2017 joint annual report today, highlighting the growth in University-wide educational outreach initiatives on Title IX policies and services.

“Sexual harassment and sexual assault degrade human dignity, and they have no place at Harvard,” said Harvard President Drew Faust in a letter to the...

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