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Harvard first-years arrive on campus

Harvard first-years arrive on campus

August 27, 2021

Valeria Barriobero looked happy, a little harried, maybe a little nervous as she moved her things across the Yard to her new home in Thayer Hall on Friday.

“Just walking around the campus already, you see so many different people who come from so many different places,” said the 18-year-old Miami native, who was getting help with her stuff from her parents and boyfriend. “I’m just so excited to be able to interact with them and learn from all of the experience that they have.”

Barriobero was part of the third and final group of first-years to move into their dorms, a process that...

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Sophomores, juniors, and seniors find their way on Move-in Day

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors find their way on Move-in Day

August 20, 2021

The first sophomores, juniors, and seniors moved into Harvard’s Houses on Friday, a welcome return to the familiar and the newly different. Some students who had taken a leave for a semester or two arrived with a change of graduation year; others who had learned virtually last year were overjoyed to see new friends in person. All were excited to be back among their peers and College routines.

“I’m Class of ’23, but social Class of ’22,” said Luke Williams, now a junior after taking the last year off to work in government in Oklahoma, his home state.

“I had finally solidified a...

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Disney Co. chief medical officer offers return-to-work strategies

Disney Co. chief medical officer offers return-to-work strategies

August 19, 2021

The array of interconnected forces and relentless uncertainty unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic has profoundly tested people’s physical and mental health over the last 19 months.

Now, as many Americans who adapted to remote work begin returning to pre-pandemic workplaces, the expected anxieties over what lies ahead are running headlong into the delta variant surge, reigniting panic about being indoors and in close contact with others. The U.S. recorded more than 911,000 new COVID-19 cases for the week ending Aug. 15, according to Washington Post tracking data, a caseload is as high...

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With delta variant dominant, COVID-19 Simulator sees surge in deaths

August 16, 2021

As delta surges, what can we expect if vaccination and mask-wearing rates don’t change?

According to investigators who previously developed the COVID-19 Simulator — which models the trajectory of the illness in the U.S. at the state and national levels — the combination of variant’s high transmissibility, low vaccination coverage in several regions, and more relaxed attitudes toward social distancing will likely lead to a surge in COVID-19–related deaths in at least 40 states.

And if current social distancing behaviors and vaccination rates...

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How to manage pandemic stressors for children

August 11, 2021

Since the pandemic began, parents and researchers have been trying to understand how it affects children’s mental health. For 18 months, children have dealt with the disruption of their daily lives, fear of COVID-19 contagion, and sometimes death in the family. The emergence and spread of the coronavirus delta variant has renewed the uncertainty about young people’s safety as schools have started to reopen across the country.

In a new paper published in PLOS ONE researchers from Harvard’s psychology...

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COVID messages from doctors change behavior across racial lines

August 10, 2021

A team led by Harvard researchers found that presentations about COVID-19 delivered by physicians improved knowledge about the disease and preventive behaviors across racial lines. But their study also discovered that messages tailored to Black audiences and presented by physicians of color did not enhance the effectiveness for minority participants.

“One of the things that we found that was very reaffirming, despite different races and ethnic minority backgrounds, despite different sort[s] of economic and political affiliations, we saw that when health care providers deliver very clear...

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How the pandemic has affected Latin America

How the pandemic has affected Latin America

July 27, 2021

COVID-19 has ravaged Latin America, killing 1.3 million people, fueling recession, and unleashing widespread political upheaval. In many countries, protests over inequality, slow growth, and corruption predated the pandemic, but during the outbreak demonstrations have intensified as people have taken to the streets to demand economic assistance and vaccines. In an interview with the Gazette, Alisha Holland, an associate professor in Harvard’s Department of Government, discussed the social and political effects of COVID...

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Harvard professor discusses science in the military

July 22, 2021

The U.S. Navy opened its wallet in the decades after World War II, unleashing a torrent of funding for ocean science that informs much of what we know about the physical structure of the oceans today. But that funding came with strings — the Navy would fund research only in areas it was interested in — which meant the studies would result in areas of rich knowledge as well as relative blank spots in our understanding of the seas. Naomi Oreskes, the Henry Charles Lee Professor of the History of Science, examined the...

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Harvard’s plan to return to campus

Harvard’s plan to return to campus

July 15, 2021

With U.S. COVID cases down from the spring but the Delta variant emerging as a serious threat, Massachusetts and the country are in a race to vaccinate as many people as possible to lock in the progress that has been made against the pandemic. Harvard, like many other institutions, will begin the fall semester by balancing fewer restrictions with continued monitoring of the virus in the community.

The Gazette spoke with Giang Nguyen, executive director of Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), about the University’s approach to vaccinations on campus, the Delta variant, and new...

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How consumer perceptions can affect the economy

How consumer perceptions can affect the economy

July 15, 2021

Many economists forecast that the U.S. economy is poised to recover, albeit somewhat unevenly, from the historic disruptions caused by the pandemic. But the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report out this week has further stoked public worry that rising inflation could hobble that progress.

Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed prices up 5.4 percent last month over June 2020, a leap not seen since the Great Recession in 2008. It’s a figure higher than the U.S. Federal Reserve, which sets monetary policy, had expected, and the...

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