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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

Center for Geographic Analysis hosts conference on using drones for academic research

Center for Geographic Analysis hosts conference on using drones for academic research

May 5, 2017

Most people see drones as a hobby, a fun toy for photographers and videographers, or maybe even the future of package delivery.

But Jason Ur sees them as an invaluable research tool.

A professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Geographic Analysis, Ur in recent years has used drones to quickly create 3-D maps of ancient sites in the Kurdistan region of Iraq — something that used to take days or weeks.

“This technology — both the drones and the software to stitch the images together — is now within… Read more about Center for Geographic Analysis hosts conference on using drones for academic research

Harvard’s Peabody Museum fetes 150 years with unusual exhibit

Harvard’s Peabody Museum fetes 150 years with unusual exhibit

May 5, 2017

For every remarkable object displayed in the new exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, visitors might be just as impressed by some other object they can’t so readily see.

There are more than 1.25 million items in the Peabody collections, only a choice sampling of which could fit into the display cases for the exhibition “All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology… Read more about Harvard’s Peabody Museum fetes 150 years with unusual exhibit

8 Harvard faculty named National Academy of Sciences members

8 Harvard faculty named National Academy of Sciences members

May 4, 2017

Eight Harvard University faculty, including four from Harvard Medical School, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) this year, honored for “their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research,” the NAS announced Tuesday.

Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research.

Those elected… Read more about 8 Harvard faculty named National Academy of Sciences members