by Harvard University 742 views
Jeremy Geidt, founding member of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), recounts a few memorable moments in Harvard's history. From the first intercollegiate athletic event, to the creation and continued refining of the case method, to the invention of the iron lung, members of the Harvard community have long been at the cutting edge of discoveries in a wide variety of fields.
by Harvard University 4,014 views
Our bodies repair and regenerate with the help of compound structures at the end of chromosomes called telomeres. But as these telomeres weaken, we age. Harvard swimmer Meaghan Leddy COL '12 explains how Harvard scientists are exploring ways to reverse the symptoms of aging by increasing the levels of a certain enzyme to keep our telomeres healthy. It's a program with eternal benefits.
by Harvard University 2,908 views
In a powerful new approach to scholarship, researchers at Harvard are creating a digital "fossil record" of human culture by tracking the frequency with which words appear in digitized books. Culturomics, a searchable tool developed by a team led by Erez Lieberman-Aiden, junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and Jean-Baptiste Michel, post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, that included researchers from Harvard, Google, Encyclopedia Britannica, and the American Heritage Dictionary, pinpoints undiscovered trends in history, culture, language, and thought.
by Harvard University 2,773 views
What if you could enter a decorated tomb chapel in a Giza pyramid, descend down an ancient burial shaft, or see 5,000-year-old inscriptions come to life—without ever having to travel? Peter Der Manuelian, Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is leading an effort to digitize the extensive archives available from sites in Giza to make remote antiquities more accessible. He draws on 3-D technology in Harvard's Visualization Center at the Geological Museum to create a real-time, interactive model of the pyramid site so students can immerse themselves in the rich history of the ancient Egyptians.
by Harvard University 3,199 views
Harvard researchers and clinicians collaborate across disciplines and around the globe to craft solutions to the world's toughest health challenges. They're promoting the well-being of disadvantaged children worldwide; turning the human body into a laboratory to more effectively study cells; and advocating for a more proactive approach to medicine. Together, they drive advances from the laboratory bench to the patient bedside.
Hear remarks from these Harvard faculty at the cutting edge:
Paula Johnson, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School
Jennifer Leaning, director, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights; Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School
Andrew Ellner, director, Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change; interim co-director, Center for Primary Care; instructor in medicine, Harvard Medical School
David Mooney, Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Douglas Melton, Xander University Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School; co-director, Harvard Stem Cell Institute; master of Eliot House
by Harvard University 2,635 views
Medicine, business, politics....You never know where the spark of innovation may originate at Harvard. George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, and Joseph B. Lassiter III, MBA Class of 1954 Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School and Co-Faculty Chair of the Harvard innovation lab, reflect on Harvard's role as in incubator of innovation.
by Harvard University 2,192 views
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is seeking new ways to redefine and reimagine theater for the Harvard community and beyond. As professor of the practice of theatre in the Faculty of Arts and Science's Department of English, she pursues a goal of giving every Harvard student a truly transformative experience of theater.
by Harvard University 1,492 views
Students from all disciplines flock to Computer Science 1, or "CS50," one of the most popular offerings at Harvard. Taught by David Malan, senior lecturer on computer science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the course gives participants the opportunity to become savvy programmers, creating apps and tackling new and unfamiliar problems across a wide spectrum. It culminates in the CS50 fair, where students showcase their efforts for the entire Harvard community.
by Harvard University 3,539 views
In lecture halls, laboratories, and spaces across Harvard, dedicated teachers including Kevin Kit Parker, Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and major in the U.S. Army, are creating fertile environments for innovation, championing bold ideas and encouraging students to think in new ways. They push their students to achieve extraordinary things—in the classroom and beyond.
by Harvard University 1,918 views
What can termites teach us about building complex computer systems? Radhika Nagpal, Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, explores the power of robust collective systems in nature—used by bees, fish, and even termites—and applies these principles to the design of robots and computer networks.
by Harvard University 521 views
Working at the intersection of art and science, Harvard conservators are giving new life to the rare texts, photographs, and materials in the special collections at the Harvard Library. Brenda Bernier, acting head of the Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard Library and the Paul M. and Harriet L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator, and her team use innovative technologies to protect and preserve these vital materials, ensuring that they are available for generations to come.
by Harvard University 4,554 views
Bringing electricity to remote areas in developing countries is a challenge Harvard graduates Jessica Matthews AB '10 and Julia Silverman AB '10 are tackling head on. As students, they developed sOccket, a soccer--ball--shaped device that harnesses the kinetic energy generated as users kick, dribble, or throw it around. Once the energy is stored, small electrical devices such as LED lights can be plugged into sOccket. Matthews and Silverman are now working with organizations serving resource-poor communities to distribute the ball on a larger scale.
by Harvard University 2,459 views
The roots of innovation at Harvard can often be found in its students. Putting an imaginative twist on a class project, Windsor Hanger AB '10, together with classmates Elizabeth Nowak AB '10 and Tina (Yongtian) Tan AB '10, created VertiGrow, a modular planter that can be stacked vertically in crowded urban spaces. This system allows people to grow food on the roofs and walls of their houses, all while reinforcing the structure of the building and helping to fight malnutrition.
by Harvard University 2,728 views
This video was developed to celebrate the innovative ideas and solutions that Harvard students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae are working on every day across disciplines and around the globe.
It highlights innovation at Harvard today and throughout history, including discoveries in: Health and Medicine Science Humanities Arts Harvard's History
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We hope it gives you a vivid sense of the groundbreaking work of students and faculty at Harvard today.