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See as well as be seen, advises President Faust at Baccalaureate Service

See as well as be seen, advises President Faust at Baccalaureate Service

May 23, 2017

In the age of social media and selfies, Harvard President Drew Faust urged graduating seniors gathered in Memorial Church on Tuesday to embrace the value of noticing rather than being noticed, of seeing rather than being seen.

“Remember, the art of noticing is not a job,” Faust told Harvard College’s Class of 2017 during the Baccalaureate Service, an annual tradition leading to Thursday’s Commencement ceremonies. “It is a way of being, a habit of moving through the world, alert and unbounded and open to others, and to discoveries that impel you to learn and to change.… Read more about See as well as be seen, advises President Faust at Baccalaureate Service

Meet the student orators for Harvard’s 366th Commencement

Meet the student orators for Harvard’s 366th Commencement

May 22, 2017

Continuing a cherished tradition that dates back more than 360 years, three students will deliver orations to the Class of 2017 during Morning Exercises at Commencement.

The students, who were chosen by a panel of judges during a speech-writing competition, are two Harvard College seniors and a graduate student from Harvard Divinity School. They will deliver their orations, one in Latin and two in English, before graduates, family, friends, and members of the Harvard community in Tercentenary Theatre.

Once, students delivered… Read more about Meet the student orators for Harvard’s 366th Commencement

Harvard faculty share the books that keep them coming back

Harvard faculty share the books that keep them coming back

May 19, 2017

Words stick with us, from pithy quips to epic monologues. The power of a great book or poem lies in its eloquence and accessibility. But, like a favorite song—even one memorized by heart—reminiscing never quite matches the real thing. With this in mind, the Gazette asked a few Harvard faculty members to talk about the piece of literature that they have reread the most, and what about it that keeps them coming back.

Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity; Director, Center for the Study of World Religions

The Bible may… Read more about Harvard faculty share the books that keep them coming back

Harvard College student combines art, science, and public service

Harvard College student combines art, science, and public service

May 12, 2017

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

On the walls of Mather House hangs a painting by one of its residents. Julia Grotto ’17 has layered acrylic paint onto paper, transforming the exterior of the House’s Brutalism architecture in an intricate play of light and shadow.

The painting’s mix of light and dark also reflects peaks of achievement and valleys of struggle in… Read more about Harvard College student combines art, science, and public service

Faculty to Tackle Marijuana Policy, Vaping

May 12, 2017

The student handbook currently states that the “possession, use, or distribution” of marijuana is a violation of Harvard policy. Proposed handbook changes would keep this prohibition, but add a clarifying statement about the change in state law.

Donors and students gather for annual Celebration of Scholarships dinner

Donors and students gather for annual Celebration of Scholarships dinner

May 11, 2017

Few students have traveled farther than Justus Uwayesu ’18 to reach a Harvard classroom.

A native of Rwanda, Uwayesu lost both parents in the 1994 genocide, and at age 7 walked from his home village to the capital of Kigali, where he found himself living in a garbage dump. When a humanitarian visited and asked what she could do to help, Uwayesu told her he wanted to go to school.

The educational journey he began that day will come to an end next year, when he receives his diploma from Harvard College.

“When I was done with high school in Rwanda and deciding… Read more about Donors and students gather for annual Celebration of Scholarships dinner

Devastating chain of events found in Alzheimer’s path

Devastating chain of events found in Alzheimer’s path

May 11, 2017

Sixth in an occasional series on how Harvard researchers are tackling the problematic issues of aging.

What if the bad-boy protein of Alzheimer’s disease — amyloid beta — isn’t so bad after all?

Harvard researchers found themselves asking that question several years ago after noticing remarkable similarities between amyloid beta, thought to be a major player in the disease’s progression, and proteins active in the body’s immune system.

That discovery has blossomed into a new avenue of… Read more about Devastating chain of events found in Alzheimer’s path

Researchers work to create kidney filtration barrier on a chip

Researchers work to create kidney filtration barrier on a chip

May 10, 2017

The kidney, made up of about a million tiny units that work to filter blood, constantly rids the body of undesired waste products to form urine. During the process, it also holds back blood cells and valuable proteins and controls the body’s fluid content.

Key to each of these units is a structure known as the glomerulus, in which so-called podocyte cells wrap themselves tightly around a tuft of capillaries. Separated by a thin membrane composed of extracellular matrix, slits are left between them to build an actual filtration barrier. The podocytes are also the target of… Read more about Researchers work to create kidney filtration barrier on a chip