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Michael Sandel wins Asturias Award in Social Sciences

June 11, 2018

Michael Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, has won the 2018 Princess of Asturias Award in Social Sciences from Spain for his strong work “on the normative foundations of liberal democracy as well as the defense of civic virtues and the diverse ways of conceiving good in our societies.”

“In addition to his public vision of justice, he stands out for his criticism of the excesses of the logic of the market and for promoting debate aimed at solving major moral dilemmas,” the jury wrote of Sandel in its citation.

Sandel, who joined Harvard’s Faculty of Arts...

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At annual Harvard IT Summit, tech takes a turn to the humanities

At annual Harvard IT Summit, tech takes a turn to the humanities

June 8, 2018

Sometimes technology isn’t just about making things faster, easier, or cheaper. Sometimes it’s about making them right.

That was the thrust of the eighth annual Harvard IT Summit at Sanders Theatre on Thursday. Rather than focusing on the promise or problems of innovations in information technology, they focused on the impact technology has on its users.

Specifically, keynote speakers Iris Bohnet, the Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy and...

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Harvard research examines colorful spiders

Harvard research examines colorful spiders

June 8, 2018

There is plenty that’s striking about Phoroncidia rubroargentea, starting with size — at just 3 millimeters, the spiders are barely larger than a few grains of salt.

But the reason the Madagascar species grabbed Sarah Kariko’s attention had more to do with their color.

Unlike many other species, which gradually lose their color when preserved in ethanol, the spiders dazzled with shimmering red and silver, even after decades of preservation.

“I was sorting through specimens from my expeditions to Madagascar and these little red spiders kept catching my eye,” Kariko...

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‘Dream Stela’ of Ancient Egypt inspires Harvard project

‘Dream Stela’ of Ancient Egypt inspires Harvard project

June 8, 2018

Between the paws of the six-story Great Sphinx in Giza, a slab of hieroglyphs tells the story of how King Thutmose IV dreamed his destiny.

The eight-foot Dream Stela was erected in 1401 B.C., 1,000 years after the Great Sphinx. Age has left the bottom third of the text unreadable.

Under the leadership of Harvard Semitic Museum curator Adam Aja, students created a reproduction of the monument, following a cast that dates to the 1840s. The work is now on...

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New center will address fundamental questions about living systems

New center will address fundamental questions about living systems

May 25, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Simons Foundation have awarded a grant to Harvard scientists to create a research center aimed at bringing biologists and mathematicians together to answer some of the central questions about living systems.

Dubbed the NSF-Simons Center for Mathematical and Statistical Analysis of Biology at Harvard University, the center will be one of the cornerstones of the recently announced Quantitative Biology Initiative, which is aimed at integrating mathematical, statistical, and engineering approaches with...

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Lewis and Faust urge Class of 2018 to rise to the occasion of a world in need of leadership

Lewis and Faust urge Class of 2018 to rise to the occasion of a world in need of leadership

May 24, 2018

Though their styles were different, Harvard President Drew Faust and Civil Rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis on Thursday delivered equally powerful messages to the Class of 2018 on the importance of truth, justice, and equality at a time when those values have come under assault in some corners of the country and the world.

Speaking at Afternoon Exercises of Harvard’s 367th Commencement, Lewis repeatedly called on graduates to assume leadership roles in a world that needs them, while Faust noted that this year it wasn’t just the speakers on stage urging students to get to work. The...

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Snapshots of Harvard’s 367th Commencement

Snapshots of Harvard’s 367th Commencement

May 24, 2018

Harvard’s annual Commencement is both a conclusion and a start for those graduating. But the day also is a gathering of the far-flung Crimson clan under tents and trees in a party atmosphere. Below are snippets from the festive day from start to finish, with the most recent moments at the top, presented as snapshots of the 367th Commencement.

Sunrise on life after graduation

The most memorable Commencement week moment for Govind Bindra ’18 was not when he received the diploma that he held proudly in his hands at Mather...

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