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How do these fish help Harvard researchers discover treatments for muscular dystrophy? Find out during our Facebook Live broadcast today around 2:15pm EST. 🐠

#Harvard #fish #aquarium

From the @harvardartmuseums, a look up at the Triangle Constellation sculpture by Carlos Amorales in the Calderwood Courtyard. The glass roof beyond shows a fresh dusting of snow, courtesy of this past weekend's winter storm.

In this installation, Amorales has greatly enlarged the traditional musical triangle, creating a mobile of suspended forms, which, as the artist explains, “create the visual idea of sound, a notion that can be realized so that the piece becomes performative as well.” Amorales conceived Triangle Constellation for the Calderwood Courtyard as a means of creating a collective experience. The sculpture can be played with a long stick, producing music that filters from the courtyard into the surrounding galleries, and unifying these spaces with vivid elements of sound and performance.

#Harvard #art #museum

Molly Antopol, a fellow at Harvard's @radcliffe.institute and author of "The UnAmericans", recently sat down with the Gazette to talk about how her stories take shape.

When asked what matters most when she is writing, Antopol said "Compassion. I often feel that writing forces me to be a better version of myself, which is to say that I can’t be dismissive of people, I can’t be quick to judge. In order to write the kind of fiction I’m really trying to write, I have to feel compassion for even the least sympathetic people, and spend time trying to understand their psychological makeup. If there’s one thing that links all of the writers I admire that I just mentioned, it’s that they have enormous empathy for every one of their characters." #Harvard

We wish you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year! Here's to a thoughtful and compassionate 2017.


Jackie Lender, the first Harvard Presidential City of Boston Fellow, heads through Copley Square to attend Mayor Martin Walsh’s speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce at the Westin Hotel. She has worked on mayoral projects such as Imagine Boston 2030, the city’s first major citywide planning effort in 50 years, wherein she has created GIS maps, participated in community engagement events, and assisted with internal coordination efforts.


Club Oberon, known for its over-the-top disco performances, wide-open comedy specials, and colorful drag shows, took a break from the edgy this month to host the Harvard-Radcliffe Drama Club’s production of “Into the Woods.” Before the troupe pulled back the curtain for evening audiences, The Gazette pulled back the curtain on the troupe itself to see what exactly goes into a drama club production. Here, Cinderella, played by Arianna Paz, recounts details of The Prince’s festival to the Baker’s Wife, played by Eliza Manta. 🎭

#Harvard #theater

Jenny Schloss (right) and Matthew Turner have been researching how to use quantum sensors to trace neural activity. The Ph.D. candidates at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are co-authors of a recent paper on using nitrogen vacancy centers — atomic-scale impurities in diamond — to track brain activity. “We want to understand the brain from the single-neuron level all the way up, so we envision that this could become a tool useful both in biophysics labs and in medical studies,” said Schloss.


Lowell House and the roof of the Malkin Athletic Center are illuminated by the pale light of the setting Winter sun.


Snow arrives at Harvard. Thanks to @dahect for sharing this photo of the gates to the Yard after the first major snowfall of the season. ❄️ #Harvard #snow #winter

Kathryn Taylor, a visiting scientist at HSPH, has worked on a Harvard study of Boston's bicycling safety, finding that fewer riders are getting injured on the city's streets.

Once ranked among America’s worst bicycling cities, Boston has cleaned up its act in recent years, becoming a safer place to bike to work, according to a Harvard Chan School study of injuries to bicycle commuters between 2009 and 2012. 🚴🏿 #Harvard #cycling #bicycle

Freshman Oliver Hansen, a member of the men’s lightweight crew team, makes adjustments to a boat inside the Newell Boathouse before practice.


Members of the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society rehearse in Sanders Theatre for the premiere of a newly commissioned piece of classical music from alumnus Paul Moravec ’79.

Moravec, the winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for music who served as assistant conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum while an undergraduate, composed for the choruses “Winter Songs,” a three-movement work setting poems by Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, and William Shakespeare. “Having written this new piece with the Harvard Glee Club and the Radcliffe Choral Society, I’ve come home,” he said.

Andrew Clark, director of the glee club and choral society, said the commission — a project two years in the making — was intended “to create a new body of work to complement the sacred music people love to hear this time of year and to create secular pieces that weren’t necessarily about Frosty and Rudolph but still captured the vivid imagery of the year.” ❄️ #Harvard #choir #music #singing

Buddhist monks walk through Harvard Yard at Harvard University.

#Harvard #buddhism

Thanks to the efforts of the entire Harvard community, we achieved our ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across campus by 30%. Our target was science-based, stemming from what climate scientists said was necessary, instead of what was achievable through on-campus reductions alone. Thousands of students, staff, and faculty throughout the University embraced the challenge, helping us achieve our goal.


Harvard announced that it has achieved its goal, set in 2008, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. Aldís Elfarsdóttir, pictured, is currently serving as a student representative on a Task Force of students, faculty, and staff convened by President Drew Faust to determine the next phase of our climate commitment. Acting on climate change has united our students, faculty, and staff around a common purpose. Through #HarvardClimateStories, spearheaded by @greenharvard, you can meet the people working to help pilot promising new solutions on campus.

Q. Ten years from now, when you look back at your time at Harvard, what do you want your personal climate impact to have been and where do you see your path taking you?

A. Ten years from now, I’d like to look back and see my push for a waste-conscious and energy-accountable campus as part of the broader discourse and action of climate change mobilization. I’d like such initiatives to resonate in the student body on a higher level: as a mindset and collective goal of reducing material waste and energy demand, and handling discarded resources properly. This is not only for the sake of the environment damaged by resource extraction, but for the sake of the largely poor and minority communities that have been disproportionately and historically impacted by society’s waste infrastructure and hazardous dumps.

I want to make sure that even as an engineer in training concerned with quantitative analytics and models, I stay tuned to the realities of the people and broader systems with whom and within which I work. Whether I become a sanitary landfill or renewable energy engineer or a member of a local or federal governing body that coordinates waste and energy management, the opportunity to work for social and #environmentaljustice and equity in the areas of energy and waste appeals to me in a way that I think has stemmed from the opportunity to work with campus energy and waste operations through the Office for Sustainability. 🍃

Aldís Elfarsdóttir
College, ‘18
Environmental Science and Engineering

#Harvard #GreenHarvard #HarvardClimateStories

Acclaimed chef Joanne Chang ’91 (@joannebchang) turned her Harvard studies in applied mathematics and economics into a winning recipe of six Flour bakeries in Boston and Cambridge. In celebration of #NationalPastryDay, Chang gives a tutorial on baking her award-winning sticky buns. They are made from brioche dough, and dipped in a “goo” of pecans and brown sugar. Chang said @flourbakeryandcafe​ serves up 1,000 sticky buns every day!

#harvard #baking #flour #pastry #sweet #dough #brioche #treat #instagood #foodstagram #satisfeed #stickybun #nom @harvardalumni

The Memorial Church tower is pictured at dusk in Harvard Yard from Widener Library at Harvard University. ⛪️ #Harvard #church #dusk

Reylon Yount '17 (left) and Maille Radford '17 have both been awarded Marshall Scholarships, which support up to two years of study in the United Kingdom. They are pictured here on the steps of Widener Library at Harvard University.

While in the UK, both plan to study subjects — including art conservation, film production, and the ways in which arts can support social movements and community development — aimed at helping to bridge the divide between the arts and sciences.


Students dig rectangular pits in Harvard Yard as part of the class “Anthropology 1130: The Archaeology of Harvard Yard.” By learning more about the refuse of daily life, researchers and students can better understand the role of learning in early American colonization. With no maps or drawings existing for the Yard in the 17th century, archaeology contributes key information on the early life of students and their College.

#Harvard #archaeology

College student Brynn Elliott ’18 (@brynnelliottmusic) brings a philosophical depth to her songwriting at Harvard. “I wanted to research songs,” said Elliott ’18, who started guitar at 16 and performs with a self-titled band. “I have written very personal songs, but the songs I’m most proud of are rooted in a deeper tradition than my own life.” Philosophy courses have provided much of the inspiration for Elliott’s lyrics. “I get the artistic freedom of expression in my songwriting,” said Elliott. “It challenges me to think in a new way.” Carving out a music career while keeping up with her philosophy studies might seem like an identity split, but Elliott feels deeply rooted in both.


For the #BostonInstaswap, @harvardartmuseums visited the USS Constitution Museum (@usscm), which maintains an active crew of 90 sailors that work to promote understanding of the Navy's role in war and peace through educational tours and historical demonstrations.

#Harvard #museuminstaswap #ussconstitution #usnavy #activeduty #charlestownnavyyard #oldironsides #artmeetshistory #bostonhistory

Thanks to @100daysofharvard for sharing this photo and many more of Harvard's campus! Jasper Johnston, a Harvard College freshman, has been documenting his first semester as a Harvard student on @Instagram.

In a profile by the Harvard Gazette, Johnston said that the project “came from the idea of the first 100 days in political office or a job being really crucial and important ... When I got here, I was just so inspired by the buildings and surroundings. Usually, I love soft shapes, like clouds and sunsets and trees. But here, [architecture] is what has been incorporated more into the photos because it’s what’s in the environment ... If it’s not cheating, I might restart when we get back in January. We’ve gone through this transition where we’ve had these leaves in the summer to fall and now no leaves. I’d like to see the reverse effect happen in the spring. ‘Another 100 Days of Harvard,’ just because.” #Harvard

"Indonesia's Urban Story", an exhibit at the Harvard Plaza in Cambridge, describes the trends and challenges related to urban development in one of the most rapidly urbanizing and the largest Muslim majority country in the world. Using data visualizations, text and photographs, the exhibit suggests that economic growth in the country as a whole is in part limited by the capacity of its cities to cope with rapid urban growth and development.
The exhibit was developed in conjunction with a @worldbank publication “Indonesia’s Urban Story” (2016) and made possible with the generous support by Harvard Common Spaces and the Department of Urban Planning and Design.


Residents at the Center for the Study of World Religions chat in the center's courtyard. From left: Melissa Coles, a student at Harvard Divinity School; the Ven. Changshen Shi Wang, visiting assistant professor at HDS; and Sara Klingenstein, a student at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. “Residents are a microcosm of the larger community at @harvarddivinity: a non-sectarian school of religious and theological studies that is home to a diverse community of scholars and practitioners,” Coles said.

#Harvard #religion #spirituality

Thank you @aureliapaquette for sharing this beautiful photo with us before the end of the fall season! 🍂

#HarvardInAutumn #harvard

Steve Murphy gives a hands-on lesson in wheel-throwing to anthropology students @harvardceramics. Matt Liebmann, John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, and Rowan K. Flad, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, brought the students to the Ceramics Studio as part of their course study of archaeological methods and reasoning.

#Harvard #pottery #ceramics #handmade #potteryvideos #instapottery

Wampanoag chef Sherry Pocknett cooks corn cakes and other traditional foods to share with students at Pforzheimer House as part of the Native American House Fellows Program. The Wampanoags were the tribe who dined with the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, and their farming and hunting techniques helped the Europeans survive their first harsh winter in Plymouth. “I loved cooking for my brothers,” said Pocknett, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and a chef at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, in Mashantucket, Conn. “I love sharing the food I grew up with, and my culture with others.” #Harvard #nativeamerican #thanksgiving @harvardnatives

Artist Wendy Jacob has created an installation at @radcliffe.institute with the blind and hearing impaired in mind. "Calm. Smoke rises vertically" features vibrating walls and architectural models from schools for the blind. The installation opens the door to inclusivity through social connections and shared experiences, and gives visitors permission to use the sense least indulged at most art exhibits: touch.


Wilma and Aaron Tosa, Native American potters from the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico, give anthropology students a hands-on lesson in hand-coiling at Harvard’s Ceramic Studio. Matt Liebmann, John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, and Rowan K. Flad, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, brought the couple to Harvard as part of their course on archaeological methods and reasoning. Students learned the basic technique and the art of sgraffito (hand-etching) Wilma uses to decorate her pots and wedding vases.

@harvardceramics #harvard #pottery #ceramics #handmade #artisan #clay #art #craft #instapottery #potsinaction #potteryvideos

Alfredo Garcia, an undocumented @harvarddivinity student, talked to the Harvard Gazette recently about his journey from Mexico to Cambridge, and of the summer house painting that feeds his drive to learn.

Born and raised in San Alberto, a rural town of about 500 people in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, he immigrated to the United States to join his father, who had moved to Austin in search of a better future. Eight years later, Garcia graduated magna cum laude as an undergraduate research scholar with bachelor’s degrees in economics and philosophy from Texas A&M and membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In the fall of 2015, he came to Harvard to explore the role of faith in the immigrant experience, a topic he knows well. “Immigrants have been romanticized or dehumanized, but we have the power to act," he says. "We still have ... the agency to decide how to respond to our circumstances.” #Harvard

Visit Harvard on Facebook for a 360° view of today's Harvard-Yale game!

#Harvard #GoCrimson #HarvardYale

The team heads to the field for #HarvardYale. #GoCrimson! 📷: @harvardathletics

Renowned political philosopher Danielle Allen, director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, professor of government in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and professor of education at the Graduate School of Education, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor.

Harvard President Drew Faust continued, “We are fortunate to benefit from her remarkable intellect, her humane vision, and her University citizenship, and I’m very pleased to welcome her to the ranks of our University Professors.” #Harvard

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