Harvard labs share personal protective equipment

As University facilities close, faculty and staff gather gear to pass along amid a nationwide shortage.

Clea Simon
March 25, 2020 | harvard

~4 mins   

Tags: health-medicine coronavirus covid-19 donations douglas-finkbeiner fas health-care laboratories mema n95-masks ppe sarah-elwell science seas

Online demos can be as effective as classroom teaching

In a new paper, Harvard researchers show for the first time that research-based online STEM demonstrations not only can teach students more, but can be just as effective as classroom teaching.

Anna Fiorentino
Feb. 28, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology anna-fiorentino basic-research demonstrations fas greg-kestin louis-deslauriers proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences science-education teaching

Ancient records of Bering Strait flooding offer fresh insights

Tamara Pico, a postdoctoral fellow, is using records of flooding in the Bering Strait to make inferences about how the ice sheets that covered North America responded to the warming climate, and how their melting might have contributed to climate changes.

Peter Reuell
Feb. 26, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology bering-strait environments-sustainability faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas flood flooding harvard ice ice-sheets paleoclimate peter-reuell pico reuell science-advances sea-level tamara-pico younger-dryas

Why an undergrad flooded government websites with bot comments

Though no expert coder, Max Weiss ’20, a government concentrator uses bots to show an agency its website vulnerability.

Clea Simon
Feb. 6, 2020 | harvard

~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research bots clea-simon department-of-government fas iqss latanya-sweeney max-weiss public-policy technology-science

How a grad student choreographs life in science and art

Ph.D. student Frederick Moss brings together the incongruous worlds of science and art.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Jan. 30, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology art caitlin-mcdermott-murphy chemistry dance fas frederick-moss graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences learning music profile teaching

New findings suggest how stress may trigger gray hair

Harvard scientists have found evidence to support long-standing anecdotes that stress turns hair gray.

Jessica Lau
Jan. 22, 2020 | harvard

~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology bing-zhang fas gray-hair hair isaac-chiu jessica-lau nature scrb stem-cells stress ya-chieh-hsu

Historical view reshapes beliefs about colonization

A new study overturns long-held beliefs about the role humans played in shaping the landscape pre- and post- European colonization.

Clarisse Hart
Jan. 20, 2020 | harvard

~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology biodiversity david-foster environments-sustainability fas forests harvard-forest land-management nature-sustainability new-england

Uncovering the switch that controls brain state

A team of researchers led by two Harvard alumni uncover a switch that controls brain states.

Juan Siliezar
Dec. 18, 2019 | harvard

~8 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research drew-robson faculty-of-arts-and-sciences harvard-fas jennifer-li max-planck-institute-for-biological-cybernetics neuroscience rowland-institute science zebrafish

Researcher looks at plaque to gain insight about the past

Christina Warinner says ancient dental plaque offers insights into diets, disease, dairying, and women’s roles of the period.

Peter Reuell
Nov. 19, 2019 | harvard

~11 mins   

Tags: science-technology anthropology basic-research christina-warinner dental-calculus fas gsas peter-reuell plaque

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