Tag Archive: Harvard University

Apr 29 2015

Harvard University: Presidential Panel on Climate Change

Experts from the worlds of science, government, economics, business, and history gather in Sanders Theatre for a wide-ranging panel discussion on how society in general and universities in particular can best confront the perils posed by climate change. Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in Sanders Theatre Moderator: Charlie Rose Host and Executive Producer, …

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Apr 28 2015

Harvard University: Catalyzing Climate Change Solutions

On April 7, 2014, President Drew Faust announced the creation of the Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund to support research initiatives intended to hasten the transition from carbon-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, and to propel innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy and a greener world. Seven …

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Dec 18 2014

Harvard Panel Discussion: The Great WWI Controversy: Who Was to Blame?

The origins of the First World War have aroused deep controversy for decades. On the centennial of the war, there is renewed interest in revisiting its origins. Was Germany to blame? Did Europe’s statesmen sleepwalk to war? In this panel discussion, leading historians and IR experts will weigh in on the debate and offer lessons …

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Nov 08 2014

Harvard University: Science, Humanities, and the Human Mind With Steven Pinker and Susanna Siegel

Steven Pinker (FAS/Psychology) and Susanna Siegel (FAS/Philosophy) discuss the relationship between science and the humanities. Moderated by Anne Harrington (FAS/History of Science) and organized by the Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Graduate Student Committee (Enoch Lambert & Samuel Mehr, co-chairs).  

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Nov 01 2014

Harvard University: Could World War I Happen Again?

R. Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School; Richard Rosencrance, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-editor of “The Next Great War? The Roots of World War I and the Risk of US-China Conflict”; and Etel Solingen, Thomas T. and Elizabeth …

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Oct 15 2014

Harvard University: Bioinspired Blood Repellent Coating

In this video, Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber, Core Faculty member Joanna Aizenberg, Staff Scientist Dan Leslie and Postdoctoral Fellow Anna Waterhouse explain how a coating they developed using FDA-approved materials could prevent blood clotting in medical devices without the use of blood thinners.  

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Oct 11 2014

Harvard University: Legalizing Marijuana: The Public Health Pros and Cons

With a growing number of states considering the legalization of medical marijuana and, more broadly, the decriminalization of recreational marijuana, this Forum event examined the public health pros and cons. What does science tell us about the benefits and risks of using marijuana? What are the economics at play? And what impact might decriminalization make …

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Oct 08 2014

Abraham (Avi) Loeb: New Search Methods for Primitive and Intelligent Life Far from Earth

Are we alone or is the universe teeming with life? is one of the most fundamental questions in science. The answer could have a dramatic impact on society and culture. Over the next decade, advances in technology will allow astronomers to address this question in new ways. Abraham (Avi) Loeb will describe a few novel …

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Oct 04 2014

Harvard University: The Ebola Disaster: How Did We Get Here and What’s Next?

The current Ebola outbreak is the largest outbreak of the hemorrhagic disease in history, according to the CDC. Experimental treatments and vaccine testing offer hope of relief. However, the crisis has dramatically strained healthcare systems and humanitarian efforts, while sparking deep concern in the public. How did we get here and what’s to be done …

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Sep 17 2014

Harvard University | Ebola: Can We Avoid A Global Pandemic?

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia joined Dr. Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Dyann Wirth, Professor and Chair in the School of Public Health, in a discussion about the 2014 ebola outbreak in West Africa. Moderator Sheila Burke, MPA, RN, FAAN, led the participants in considering the impacts of ebola and …

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Sep 01 2014

Harvard University Potential Diabetes Breakthrough

HSCI Co-Director Doug Melton and postdoctoral fellow Peng Yi have discovered a hormone that holds promise for a dramatically more effective treatment of type 2 diabetes. The researchers believe that the hormone might also have a role in treating type 1, or juvenile, diabetes.  

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Aug 09 2014

Harvard & MIT: Self-folding robots

A team of engineers at Harvard and MIT have designed and built a flat-packed robot that assembles itself and walks away.  

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Jul 08 2014

Harvard: Controlling free flight of a robotic fly

This is the first time a fly-sized robot — the Harvard Robobee — has carried a sensor onboard. In previous flights, the vehicle was “flying blind” — it required an array of external cameras to precisely track its trajectory to control its flight. In this paper, we used a light sensor inspired by the ocelli …

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Jun 26 2014

Harvard Institute of Politics: Generational Equity & The National Debt

Meredith Bagby, founder of the American Education Foundation, Linda Bimes, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Robert G. Romasco, President of the American Association of Retired Persons, Nick Troiano, co-founder of The Can Kicks Back, and Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute joined Trey Greyson, Director of the Institute of Politics for a discussion on …

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May 01 2014

Battling Drug-Resistant Superbugs: Can We Win?

The CDC estimates that at least 2 million people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year and at least 23,000 people die annually from these infections. Additional risks are posed from other types of organisms once sensitive to antimicrobial medicines and now resistant. This Forum event examined the public health menace posed by antimicrobial resistance …

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Apr 30 2014

Steven Pinker in a Conversation with Noam Chomsky

Believe it or not, violence has been in decline for long stretches of time, and we may be living in the most peaceful era in our species existence. Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker presents the data supporting this surprising conclusion, and explains the trends by showing how changing historical circumstances have engaged different components of …

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Mar 17 2014

Susan Hockfield: The Convergence of Biology with Engineering and the Physical Sciences

Published on Mar 14, 2014 The 21st Century’s Technology Story: The Convergence of Biology with Engineering and the Physical Sciences Susan Hockfield delivered the 2014 Godkin Lecture on the role universities will play in shaping the future. She discussed how biology combined with engineering and physical sciences can revolutionize technology and the necessity of a …

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Mar 08 2014

David Aguilar: Alien Worlds

Published on Mar 7, 2014 Are we alone? Or could life on alien worlds really exist? David A. Aguilar, space artist extraordinaire, shows readers what creatures living on extrasolar planets might be like, in his National Geographic children’s book “Alien Worlds: Your Guide to Extraterrestrial Life.” Here he describes the process of applying real-world astronomy, …

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Feb 20 2014

Harvard Institute of Politics: The State of the US Economy

Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers discussed “The State of the Economy” with Professor of Public Service and Co-director of the Center for Public Leadership David Gergen. Professor Summers discussed the implications secular stagnation, a phenomenon that he argued will continue to restrain U.S. economic performance, especially given lower labor participation rates and near-zero interest …

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Nov 25 2013

CFA: After Kepler

The Kepler spacecraft was launched in 2009 to find the first Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. In this talk hosted by Harvard University, three speakers summarize the spacecraft’s mission and highlights some of its surprising discoveries. They also talk about the planned follow-up mission called TESS. Speakers: Dimitar Sasselov, Soren Meibom, and David Latham. The …

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