Astrophysicist works to make science understandable

Harvard’s educational mission is bringing the universe’s strangest creation to the world, as short videos about black holes have been seen by millions.

Alvin Powell | Jan. 28, 2020 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology alex-rosenthal alvin-powell black-hole black-hole-initiative center-for-astrophysics-harvard-smithsonian fabio-pacucci physics science-education teded video

Harvard researchers find ways to improve on soap and water

Harvard researchers have devised what they hope is a better way to disinfect hands, using tiny aerosolized nanodroplets of water and nontoxic disinfectants that not only leave hands sterile, but use so little water the hands stay dry.

Alvin Powell | Jan. 23, 2020 | harvard
~11 mins   

Tags: health-medicine aerosol alvin-powell basic-research center-for-nanotechnology-and-nanotoxicology hand-hygiene hand-washing harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health philip-demokritou runze-huang water

Partnership aims to accelerate cell and gene therapy

Innovative public-private partnership led by Harvard and MIT aims to bolster state’s role as a leading region globally for life sciences.

Alvin Powell | Nov. 25, 2019 | harvard
~13 mins   

Tags: science-technology alan-garber alvin-powell arlene-sharpe cell-manufacturing center-for-advanced-cell-innovation-and-manufacturing checkpoint-inhibitor massachusetts-life-sciences-strategies-group terry-mcguire

Grand Challenge encourages innovation in aging

The National Academy of Medicine is mounting a Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge that seeks to boost innovation on healthier aging.

Alvin Powell | Nov. 20, 2019 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: health-medicine aging alvin-powell harvard-medical-school healthy-longevity-global-grand-challenge hebrew-senior-life national-academy-of-medicine sharon-inouye

Harvard weighs in on Google’s ‘quantum supremacy’

Google engineers claimed to have created a quantum computer that exhibited “quantum supremacy.” The Gazette spoke with Harvard Quantum Initiative Co-Director Mikhail Lukin about the achievement, about similar work at Harvard.

Alvin Powell | Oct. 29, 2019 | harvard
~15 mins   

Tags: science-technology alvin-powell google harvard-quantum-initiative ibm mikhail-lukin quantum-computer quantum-mechanics quantum-supremacy superposition

Radcliffe symposium examines rapid advances brought by CRISPR

CRISPR gene-editing technology has conquered the lab and is poised to lead to new treatments for human disease. Experts consider the promise and peril at Radcliffe.

Alvin Powell | Oct. 28, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology alvin-powell crispr gene-editing gene-therapy immaculata-de-vivo jonathan-kimmelman kiran-musunuru radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study sylvain-moineau vence-bonham

How new plant species get their names

Kanchi Gandhi is one of a small group of global experts who referees the rules of naming new plant species.

Alvin Powell | Oct. 25, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology alvin-powell botany department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences kanchi-gandhi nomenclature

Stigma of opioids keeps users from seeking help, taints views of medical professionals

“Can you think of all the tax dollars it’s cost for you to go to detox?” the doctor asked Raina McMahan when she arrived at the clinic in Revere seeking help for her 15-year heroin addiction. “What is the matter with you?” McMahan, now six years into her recovery and a certified recovery coach at […]

Alvin Powell | Oct. 11, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell buprenorphine drug-treatment fxb-center-for-health-and-human-rights harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health heroin howard-koh khalil-gibran-muhammad larry-bacow mary-bassett medication-assisted-treatment methadone michelle-williams naloxone opioid-summit opioids raina-mcmahan richard-frank university-of-michigan

Summit to take wide-ranging look at factors of race, stigma, policy, and the lived experience of patients

A conference sponsored by Harvard and the University of Michigan will examine the role that stigma plays in the nation’s opioid crisis and ways it slows and alters responses.

Alvin Powell | Oct. 8, 2019 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell harvard-university heroin mary-bassett medication-assisted-treatment opioids overdose university-of-michigan

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