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Photographer adds clarity, insight to contemporary Native American

Photographer adds clarity, insight to contemporary Native American

May 5, 2016

When Matika Wilbur and her fellow teachers at Tulalip Heritage High School in Washington state reviewed their curriculum, what they found was crushing.

“We could not find one single source that represented our people with dignity and honor and integrity and respect,” said Wilbur, a photographer and a member of the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes in Washington.

For groups in conflict, genes matter

For groups in conflict, genes matter

May 5, 2016

Genetics could play an important role in the dynamics of human conflict, new research suggests.

A study led by Sasha Kimel, a visiting professor in Harvard’s Psychology Department and a former Harvard College Fellow, shows that giving groups in conflict information about their genetic similarities or differences can tilt them toward conflict or peacemaking. The findings are described in a May paper in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

She followed her star

She followed her star

April 29, 2016

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.

Unfortunately for Moiya McTier, reality doesn’t always imitate fiction. Sometimes in life — in McTier’s life, anyway — the galaxy throws you a curve.

Advancing ingenuity

Advancing ingenuity

April 28, 2016

Between academic discovery and product development lurks a lull in research funding that inventors call the “chasm of death,” where a prototype or a proof of concept can feel just out of reach.

Faust Signs Agreement to Recognize Air Force ROTC

April 28, 2016

University President Drew G. Faust signed an agreement Friday with Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to formally recognize the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Harvard, ending a decades long separation between the two institutions born from Vietnam War-era protest.

SurgiBox wins $70,000 President’s Challenge

SurgiBox wins $70,000 President’s Challenge

April 27, 2016

Although its eye-catching prototype on display at the President’s Challenge Demo Day at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) attracted a lot of interest Monday night, the team representing SurgiBox — a collapsible, safe, and aseptic surgery device — didn’t think it had much of a chance at this year’s $70,000 award.

So when President Drew Faust announced that it had won the grand prize, the excitement and surprise was so intense that it had yet to subside 15 minutes after the company’s name had been read to the crowd gathered at the i-lab.

New weapons against agricultural pests

New weapons against agricultural pests

April 27, 2016

Harvard scientists have developed molecules that may help to solve one of the most pressing problems in modern agriculture: the rise of insects that are resistant to traits that were engineered to help crops withstand pests.

Using phage-assisted continuous evolution (PACE) technology developed by Harvard’s David Liu, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, and his co-workers, a team of researchers evolved new forms of a natural insecticidal protein called “Bt toxin.” The proteins can be used to assist in controlling Bt toxin resistance in insects.