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Harvard grad shines spotlight on underrepresented artists

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. La’Toya Princess Jackson may be most at home onstage or in a recording studio. But when the writer,...

Two Harvard seniors reflect on four years of mistaken identity

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Getting to know someone is a lot easier when you accidentally get her mail and emails, her W-9s,...

Harvard study shows exactly how poverty impacts children’s success

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Social scientists have long understood that a child’s environment — in particular growing up in poverty — can have long-lasting effects on their success later in life. What’s less well understood is exactly...

Musical about 2011 Egyptian uprising to premiere at American Repertory Theater

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Love. Music. Freedom. These are the universal themes at the heart of “We Live in Cairo,” a new musical by Daniel and Patrick Lazour, which is having its world premiere at the...

Harvard grad student earns master’s, wins Miss Massachusetts International Pageant

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Nicole Johnson’s secret to being her best self? Keeping busy. It’s what fueled her journey to Harvard in...

Incoming HAA president is looking at the job from a global perspective

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Meeting alumni where they are has been a priority for every Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) president since John Quincy Adams led the organization upon its founding in 1840. Today, with around 60,000 Harvard...

For new Harvard grad, ministry means music as well as preaching

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. If one mission of a minister is to bring people together, Aric Bernard Flemming Jr., M.Div. ’19, was...

Harvard grad considers inclusivity in exploring the arts

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Most people prefer to avoid difficult conversations. Not Mahnoor Ali. She graduates with a concentration in comparative literature, a...

New novel tells of a little-known Harvard alumnus and war hero

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Author Julie Orringer’s “The Flight Portfolio” is rooted in history. The novel tells the story of Harvard graduate Varian Fry ’30, a journalist and editor who was sometimes referred to as the “American...

Members of the Harvard community talk about their favorite spots on campus

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  Video by Justin Saglio/Harvard Staff Harvard Forest David Foster Director, Harvard Forest The walk-up tower in the center of the Harvard Forest’s 4,000-acre laboratory and classroom [in Petersham] provides the perfect venue...

Family and theory combine in Harvard grad’s criminal justice cause

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Dominique Erney was a child when she saw the devastating effects of the criminal justice system on incarcerated people...

Harvard professor pays it forward by creating fellowship for student

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When Catherine Dulac was named the Lee and Ezpeleta Professor of Arts and Sciences last year, she wanted to make a difference. She had learned that donors Kewsong Lee ’86, M.B.A. ’90, and...

Harvard grad pictures history through a personal lens

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Wonik Son ’19 reads a photograph the way others read a textbook. He is interested in stories and...

Harvard grad is fighting for humane mental health treatment

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. When Faraaz Mahomed surveys the global health landscape, one area jumps out at him, an area where stigma...

Harvard President Larry Bacow reflects on his first year at helm

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During an in-depth interview, Harvard President Larry Bacow looks back on his first year in office. He also discusses the importance of truth as a principle, his commitment to public service, and...

Truman Burrage, Indigenous activist, thrives at Harvard

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.  Arriving at Harvard from a small city of 15,000 in southern Oklahoma, Truman Burrage experienced a shock of sorts,...

Nothing lonely about this long distance runner

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.  Liz Roux lives by the codes of optimism and resiliency. They have guided her through childhood tragedies and toward...

Air Force major completes Harvard Ph.D. in three years

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This is the one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Maj. Bradley DeWees knows what it’s like to perform under pressure. DeWees grew up in New Mexico...

Harvard senior reflects on how a call changed his life

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Dylan Wile learned he’d been accepted to Harvard 30 minutes before starting his shift at a local sports...

Those who have known Angela Merkel describe her rise to prominence

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World War II was at a critical juncture when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill traveled to Harvard in September 1943 at the urging of his ally and friend President Franklin D. Roosevelt...

Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa ceremony honors 168 students

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Giving their black caps and gowns a trial run, the graduating seniors inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) were honored for their exceptional academic achievements Tuesday morning during the 229th Literary Exercises at...

Harvard’s president to seniors: Live your lives to the fullest

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Harvard President Larry Bacow called on graduating seniors during their Baccalaureate Service on Tuesday to live their own lives to the fullest by defying master plans and other people’s expectations, and instead following...

Q&A: ‘Universities would rather highlight work of men’

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Award-winning Palestinian researcher Amira Shaheen says patriarchy remains a major obstacle for Arab women in science.

Funding Africa’s mHealth innovators only half solution

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Despite increasing use of mobile technologies in African healthcare, key challenges remain, writes Laura Owings.

Children hooked on heavily processed food in Brazil

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Overweight child who often eat ultra-processed food show signs of addiction similar to drugs, Brazilian study finds.

Video: C&EN tested one dog's genetics and got weird results

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Difference in results among genetic-testing services highlights limits of the tests' accuracy

University of Texas can't take away former student's PhD

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Court bases decision on 50-year-old Texas case

From our archives: An essay on manganese, by Joan Selverstone Valentine

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To celebrate the International year of the Periodic Table, C&EN is re-releasing its favorite essays from a special 2003 collectors' issue celebrating the elements