Twenty-five years after Conan O'Brien '85 graduated magna cum laude, a fan surprised him with a copy of his thesis, bringing the comedian's work at Harvard "full circle." For more about the video series, visit http://alumni.harvard.edu/stories/reconnect-video-series.
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A team of computer scientists and engineers at Harvard University has created an autonomous robotic construction crew. The system needs no supervisor, no eye in the sky, no blueprint, and no communication: just simple robots—any number of robots—and a very smart algorithm. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/tBm8y.
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The story of Phineas Gage illustrates some of the first medical knowledge gained on the relationship between personality and the functioning of the brain's frontal lobe. A construction foreman from Vermont, Gage survived an accident while laying railroad tracks, during which a 13-pound tamping iron blew straight through his head. Gage’s skull, along with the tamping iron that bore through it, are two of the approximately 15,000 artifacts and case objects conserved at the Warren Anatomical Museum, which is a part of the Center for the History of Medicine in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard.
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Harry L. Parker, the former Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew, was widely regarded as the premier rowing coach in the United States. In his 50 years as head coach, he led his crews to 21 undefeated regular seasons, 24 EARC Sprints varsity titles, 21 JV Sprints crowns, eight official and eight unofficial national championships, including three IRA championships since 2003, and a 42--7 record over Yale in the Harvard-Yale Boat Race. He worked with every U.S. Olympic Rowing Team from 1964 until 1992 and also served as the coach of the first U.S. women's national eight, which won a silver medal at the 1975 World Rowing Championships. He coached the women's crew again in 1976 when they won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Montreal.
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Harry Yeff, an award-winning beatboxer who performs under the stage name Reeps One, arrived on campus this week for a weeklong residency as part of Office for the Arts- and Arts @ 29 Garden-sponsored Learning from Performers. The 26-year-old Yeff, who hails from London, comes to Harvard with millions of views on YouTube, and a newly created #ReepsHarvard hashtag inviting his fans to upload “sound tree” videos that he might incorporate into his residency. Earlier in the week, Yeff spoke to two classes, Aleksei Nazarov’s Sound of Language course in the department of linguistics and Ruth Lingford’s animation workshop in Visual and Environmental Studies. He created a spontaneous public art project Tuesday on the Science Plaza, and is scheduled to lead a Saturday afternoon beatboxing workshop before performing at Lowell Lecture Hall in the evening. Both events are free and open to the public.
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Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addresses Harvard's Class of 2018 on Class Day, May 23, 2018. A Nigerian-born writer whose work has been translated into more than 30 languages, Adichie is the author of the novels “Purple Hibiscus,” which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; “Half of a Yellow Sun,” which won the Orange Prize; and “Americanah,” a 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winner, which she finalized during a fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her most recent book, “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,” was published in March 2017.
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Hip hop artist Nas and English professor Elisa New study Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” as part of New’s course “Poetry in America for Teachers: The City from Whitman to Hip Hop.” Here, the pair discusses the line of the poem featuring the phrase “blab of the pave.”
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J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, addressed graduating students at the Harvard University Commencement in 2008. For full text of the speech, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2008/06/text-of-j-k-rowling-speech/.
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Humans are 99.9% genetically identical - and yet we are all so different. How can this be? This video, taken from a lesson in Harvard Medical School’s HMX Genetics course, explains. Learn more: https://onlinelearning.hms.harvard.edu
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A cross-disciplinary team at Harvard University has created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. The system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10 percent efficiency, far above the one percent seen in the fastest-growing plants.
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A recent Harvard Medical School report, “Get Healthy, Get a Dog,” (http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/having-a-dog-can-help-your-heart--literally) highlights the many health and social benefits of having a dog, including reducing stress, being more active, and promoting social connection. Here we meet a few prominent members of Harvard’s canine community, and learn from Elizabeth Pegg Frates, clinical assistant professor at the Medical School, about how they might be a wonderful addition to any community.
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To register for the 2015 course, visit https://www.edx.org/course/justice-harvardx-er22-1x-0. Is torture ever justified? What if innocent lives are at stake? This excerpt from the BBC documentary "Justice: A Citizen's Guide to the 21st Century" examines the debate between Kantians and utilitarians on human dignity.
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Sacha Baron Cohen, in the persona of bad boy rapper Ali G, amused Harvard's Class of 2004 at Class Day ceremonies Wednesday, June 9 in Tercentenary Theatre.
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Artificial muscles could make soft robots safer and stronger. Researchers at the Wyss Institute, Harvard SEAS, and MIT CSAIL have developed a novel design approach for origami-inspired artificial muscles, capable of lifting 1000x its own weight. The muscles are made of a compressible skeleton and air or fluid medium encased in a flexible skin, and are powered by pressure difference. The muscle motions are programmed based on the structural geometry of the skeleton. Multi-directional motions can also be programmed into the material. Artificial muscles can also grip, lift, and twist objects. A variety of materials and fabrication methods can be used to create low-cost artificial muscles. These artificial muscles are fast, light-weight, and powerful, and could be used for miniature medical devices, deployable structures, or wearable robotics. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University
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Arguably best known for her work with another parrot, Alex, whose intelligence was estimated as equal to that of a 6-year-old child, Irene Pepperberg in recent decades effectively rewrote concepts of animal intelligence and how those findings could shed light on the origins of human intellect. Earlier this year she relocated her lab from Brandeis University to Harvard, where she has continued her experiments with Griffin and a new bird, Athena, who is just 6 months old. Pepperberg's most recent research, which was conducted with Harvard psychology Professor Ken Nakayama, showed that Griffin could correctly identify shapes even when they were partly obscured. This capacity likely has its origins in survival abilities — for example, in recognizing a partially hidden predator. Read more: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/12/polly-want-a-vocabulary/
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Undergraduate Speaker Sarah Abushaar addresses graduates at Harvard's 363rd Commencement on May 29, 2014 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/.
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Amy Poehler delivers Harvard University's 2011 Class Day speech at Tercentenary Theater in Harvard Yard, May 25, 2011
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Jon Murad delivers the Graduate Oration at Harvard's 362nd Commencement at Tercentenary Theatre on May 30, 2013. Each spring, the Harvard Commencement Office holds a competition to select an undergraduate speaker, a graduate student speaker, and a Latin speaker. At Morning Exercises on May 30, the chosen three gave their addresses before an audience of tens of thousands gathered in Tercentenary Theatre. For more information on this year's Commencement, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/.
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Graduate Speaker Pete Davis addresses graduates at Harvard's 367th Commencement on May 24, 2018 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/series/commencement-2018/.
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Director, producer, and screenwriter Steven Spielberg, gave his speech at Harvard's 365th Commencement on May 26, 2016 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2016/.
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Comedian Andy Samberg addresses graduating seniors at Harvard's Senior Class Day ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre, May 23, 2012
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Harvard’s Glass Flowers, the famed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, have returned to display in a refurbished gallery, which shows the iconic collection in new light — literally. The collection, which includes more than 4,000 models, was created by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, glass artists from Dresden Germany, over five decades beginning in 1886. Their astonishing accuracy can again be seen after the refurbished gallery reopens in the Harvard Museum of Natural History on May 21.
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In this video, Wyss Institute and Harvard Medical School researchers George Church and Seth Shipman explain how they engineered a new CRISPR system-based technology that enables the chronological recording of digital information, like that representing still and moving images, in living bacteria. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University For more information, please visit: https://wyss.harvard.edu/taking-cells-out-to-the-movies-with-new-crispr-technology
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Engineers at Harvard’s School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed the world’s first untethered soft robot – and demonstrated that the quadruped, which can literally stand up and walk away from its designers, can walk through snow, fire and even be run over by a car. The hope is that such robots might one day serve as a search and rescue tool following disasters. Learn more at: http://hvrd.me/Bndpp
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In a simple demonstration, Radcliffe Institute fellow and mathematician Tadashi Tokieda uses paper, tape, and scissors to get some surprising results. Try it yourself and share with your loved ones on Valentine's Day.
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Graduate Speaker Jiang He addresses graduates at Harvard's 365th Commencement on May 26, 2016 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2016/.
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Undergraduate Speaker Joshuah Campbell addresses graduates at Harvard's 365th Commencement on May 26, 2016 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2016/.
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Seth MacFarlane and the inhabitants of his off-color animated creation, television's "Family Guy," bid the Class of 2006 farewell during Class Day on Wednesday, June 7.
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Join our students, faculty, and alumni on an intellectual and creative journey to discover the Humanities at Harvard. Through dancing, playwriting, hip-hop, and literature, these personal stories illuminate the power of the arts and humanities to ignite, inspire, and transform.
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Hundreds of students — hackers and newcomers alike — showed off their programming chops at Monday's CS50 Fair, a raucous exhibit of mobile apps, websites, and other projects created for Harvard's wildly popular computer science class. Read more in the Harvard Gazette: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/12/for-a-day-geek-is-chic/
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Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman ’03 addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 27, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2015/.
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In this video, Harvard faculty member Conor Walsh and members of his team explain how the biologically inspired Soft Exosuit targets enhancing the mobility of healthy individuals and restoring the mobility of those with physical disabilities. Credit: Harvard's Wyss Institute. Note: This technology is currently in the research and development phase and is not available commercially. Any suggested or implied claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Muscle Activation During Gait animation credit: K. Oberhofer, K. Mithraratne, N. S. Stott, I. A. Anderson (2009). Anatomically-based musculoskeletal modeling: prediction and validation of muscle deformation during walking. The Visual Computer, 25(9), 843 – 851
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Narrated by John Lithgow ’67, "In the Library" by Charles Simic is a love letter to libraries that celebrates books and those who watch over them. We share this while marking the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, Harvard’s flagship library. Built with a gift from Eleanor Elkins Widener, the library is a memorial to her son, Harry, Class of 1907, an enthusiastic young bibliophile who perished aboard the Titanic. Today, his legacy constitutes the heart of the vast Harvard system of more than 70 libraries that support research, teaching, learning, and innovation. On June 19, the Harvard Library will celebrate the Widener centennial with a community event. For more information: http://library.harvard.edu/library-calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D114809422
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Joe Blitzstein teaches the popular statistics class Stat 110, which provides a comprehensive introduction to probability as a medium to understand statistics, science, risk, and randomness. It has grown to over 300 students per year at Harvard and over 200,000 subscribers on iTunes U. His main research interests are in statistical inference for complex networks, with applications to social science and public health. Personally, he enjoys playing chess and is ranked in the Expert range by the US Chess Federation (the 98th percentile of all tournament players), and is the faculty adviser for the Harvard Chess Club.
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Gaelle Desbordes, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructor in radiology at Harvard Medical School, is probing mindfulness meditation’s effect on depression, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to take before and after images of the brains of depressed patients who’ve learned to meditate. The work seeks to understand the internal brain processes affected by mindfulness meditation training in this population.
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The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. Learn more at http://hvrd.me/Af6qB.
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Oprah Winfrey, who has used her success as a talk show host and media entrepreneur to promote education, civic engagement, and charitable works, addresses graduates at Harvard's 362nd Commencement on May 30, 2013 at Tercentenary Theatre.
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