Treating children for worms yields health and financial gains

A 20-year study of Kenyan schoolchildren who receive sustained treatment against common parasitic infections grow up to achieve a higher standard of living, with long-lasting health and economic benefits that extend to their communities.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: economics fas health-medicine national-bureau-of-economic-research uc-berkeley kenya deworming edward-miguel michael-kremer

Violence and trauma in childhood accelerate puberty

Childhood violence and trauma has a direct effect on a person’s mental and physical health as they grow, with certain kinds of trauma also affecting the pace of aging.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: psychology fas health-medicine manisha-aggarwal-schifellite katie-mclaughlin natalie-colich

Study finds early Wuhan COVID cases largely undetected

Modeling study offers fresh insights into stealthy nature of coronavirus and how easily it jumps from person to person.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus fas juan-siliezar health-medicine wuhan xihong-lin asymptomatic second-wave undetected-infections

3 takes on dealing with uncertainty

In these volatile times, three Harvard professors share insights from their fields on how to handle uncertainty.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Juan Siliezar • harvard
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: astronomy neuroscience psychology fas radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study juan-siliezar health-medicine alyssa-goodman comparative-literature elizabeth-phelps german john-hamilton manisha-aggarwal-schifellite

New research explores horizontal gene transfer

Cassandra Extavour and Leo Blondel provide the strongest suggestive evidence yet that at least part of a specific gene came from bacterial genomes.

Peter Reuell • harvard
June 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-technology bacteria genes faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard peter-reuell cassandra-extavour horizontal-gene-transfer gene blondel extavour gene-transfer germ-cells leo-blondel osk-domain oskar

Harvard labs share personal protective equipment

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

Clea Simon • harvard
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

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

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 • harvard
Feb. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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

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 • harvard
Feb. 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  environments-sustainability  sea-level  flooding  science-advances  bering-strait  flood  ice  ice-sheets  paleoclimate  pico  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 • harvard
Feb. 6, 2020 ~5 min

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

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