Actor Matt Damon, former Harvard College student and recipient of the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal, talks of his time on campus, his lifelong desire to be an actor, and how a College playwriting course assignment later turned into the Academy Award-winning screenplay for "Good Will Hunting." Damon is nominated for an Emmy for his performance in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra." For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/08/oscar-winner-matt-damon-on-his-harvard-years/.
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Humans are 99.9% genetically identical - and yet we are all so different. How can this be? This video, taken from a lesson in Harvard Medical School’s HMX Genetics course, explains. Learn more: https://onlinelearning.hms.harvard.edu
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A team of computer scientists and engineers at Harvard University has created an autonomous robotic construction crew. The system needs no supervisor, no eye in the sky, no blueprint, and no communication: just simple robots—any number of robots—and a very smart algorithm. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/tBm8y.
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Harry L. Parker, the former Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew, was widely regarded as the premier rowing coach in the United States. In his 50 years as head coach, he led his crews to 21 undefeated regular seasons, 24 EARC Sprints varsity titles, 21 JV Sprints crowns, eight official and eight unofficial national championships, including three IRA championships since 2003, and a 42--7 record over Yale in the Harvard-Yale Boat Race. He worked with every U.S. Olympic Rowing Team from 1964 until 1992 and also served as the coach of the first U.S. women's national eight, which won a silver medal at the 1975 World Rowing Championships. He coached the women's crew again in 1976 when they won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Montreal.
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To register for the 2015 course, visit https://www.edx.org/course/justice-harvardx-er22-1x-0. Is torture ever justified? What if innocent lives are at stake? This excerpt from the BBC documentary "Justice: A Citizen's Guide to the 21st Century" examines the debate between Kantians and utilitarians on human dignity.
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Harry Yeff, an award-winning beatboxer who performs under the stage name Reeps One, arrived on campus this week for a weeklong residency as part of Office for the Arts- and Arts @ 29 Garden-sponsored Learning from Performers. The 26-year-old Yeff, who hails from London, comes to Harvard with millions of views on YouTube, and a newly created #ReepsHarvard hashtag inviting his fans to upload “sound tree” videos that he might incorporate into his residency. Earlier in the week, Yeff spoke to two classes, Aleksei Nazarov’s Sound of Language course in the department of linguistics and Ruth Lingford’s animation workshop in Visual and Environmental Studies. He created a spontaneous public art project Tuesday on the Science Plaza, and is scheduled to lead a Saturday afternoon beatboxing workshop before performing at Lowell Lecture Hall in the evening. Both events are free and open to the public.
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J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, addressed graduating students at the Harvard University Commencement in 2008. For full text of the speech, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2008/06/text-of-j-k-rowling-speech/.
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A cross-disciplinary team at Harvard University has created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. The system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10 percent efficiency, far above the one percent seen in the fastest-growing plants.
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American singer and musician Aretha Franklin, who received an honorary degree at Harvard University's 2014 Commencement, opened the Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre with a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as she sang and played piano.
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Artificial muscles could make soft robots safer and stronger. Researchers at the Wyss Institute, Harvard SEAS, and MIT CSAIL have developed a novel design approach for origami-inspired artificial muscles, capable of lifting 1000x its own weight. The muscles are made of a compressible skeleton and air or fluid medium encased in a flexible skin, and are powered by pressure difference. The muscle motions are programmed based on the structural geometry of the skeleton. Multi-directional motions can also be programmed into the material. Artificial muscles can also grip, lift, and twist objects. A variety of materials and fabrication methods can be used to create low-cost artificial muscles. These artificial muscles are fast, light-weight, and powerful, and could be used for miniature medical devices, deployable structures, or wearable robotics. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University
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Arguably best known for her work with another parrot, Alex, whose intelligence was estimated as equal to that of a 6-year-old child, Irene Pepperberg in recent decades effectively rewrote concepts of animal intelligence and how those findings could shed light on the origins of human intellect. Earlier this year she relocated her lab from Brandeis University to Harvard, where she has continued her experiments with Griffin and a new bird, Athena, who is just 6 months old. Pepperberg's most recent research, which was conducted with Harvard psychology Professor Ken Nakayama, showed that Griffin could correctly identify shapes even when they were partly obscured. This capacity likely has its origins in survival abilities — for example, in recognizing a partially hidden predator. Read more: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/12/polly-want-a-vocabulary/
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Director, producer, and screenwriter Steven Spielberg, gave his speech at Harvard's 365th Commencement on May 26, 2016 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2016/.
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Like an underwater pokéball, this origami-inspired sampling device folds up into a container for capturing delicate marine organisms. Learn more: wyss.harvard.edu/studying-aliens-of-the-deep
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A gel-based audio speaker demonstrates the capabilities of ionic conductors, long thought limited in application. Learn more: http://hvrd.me/18YJYto (Footage courtesy of Science/AAAS.)
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Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addresses Harvard's Class of 2018 on Class Day, May 23, 2018. A Nigerian-born writer whose work has been translated into more than 30 languages, Adichie is the author of the novels “Purple Hibiscus,” which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; “Half of a Yellow Sun,” which won the Orange Prize; and “Americanah,” a 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winner, which she finalized during a fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her most recent book, “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,” was published in March 2017.
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Sacha Baron Cohen, in the persona of bad boy rapper Ali G, amused Harvard's Class of 2004 at Class Day ceremonies Wednesday, June 9 in Tercentenary Theatre.
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Jon Murad delivers the Graduate Oration at Harvard's 362nd Commencement at Tercentenary Theatre on May 30, 2013. Each spring, the Harvard Commencement Office holds a competition to select an undergraduate speaker, a graduate student speaker, and a Latin speaker. At Morning Exercises on May 30, the chosen three gave their addresses before an audience of tens of thousands gathered in Tercentenary Theatre. For more information on this year's Commencement, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/.
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Undergraduate Speaker Sarah Abushaar addresses graduates at Harvard's 363rd Commencement on May 29, 2014 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/.
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Harvard’s Glass Flowers, the famed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, have returned to display in a refurbished gallery, which shows the iconic collection in new light — literally. The collection, which includes more than 4,000 models, was created by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, glass artists from Dresden Germany, over five decades beginning in 1886. Their astonishing accuracy can again be seen after the refurbished gallery reopens in the Harvard Museum of Natural History on May 21.
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Ever imagined what it might be like to graduate from Harvard? In this video, you can walk in the footsteps of a graduating senior on Commencement Day, from breakfast with the House Masters and the procession through Harvard Yard, to a behind-the-scenes vantage point at Tercentenary Theatre.
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Graduate Speaker Pete Davis addresses graduates at Harvard's 367th Commencement on May 24, 2018 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/series/commencement-2018/.
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Amy Poehler delivers Harvard University's 2011 Class Day speech at Tercentenary Theater in Harvard Yard, May 25, 2011
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John Fish ’21 uses the video-sharing site to connect with hundreds of thousands of followers. The Ontario native has become a self-help guru, sharing advice on everything from work/play balance to mental health.
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The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. Learn more at http://hvrd.me/Af6qB.
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Comedian Andy Samberg addresses graduating seniors at Harvard's Senior Class Day ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre, May 23, 2012
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To register for the 2015 course, visit https://www.edx.org/course/justice-harvardx-er22-1x-0. Should this generation of Germans take responsibility for addressing the evils perpetrated by their grandparents' generation during the Holocaust? Should this generation of Americans take responsibility for remedying the injustice of slavery? This excerpt from the BBC documentary "Justice: A Citizen's Guide to the 21st Century" asks whether moral responsibility can be collective as well as individual.
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Gaelle Desbordes, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructor in radiology at Harvard Medical School, is probing mindfulness meditation’s effect on depression, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to take before and after images of the brains of depressed patients who’ve learned to meditate. The work seeks to understand the internal brain processes affected by mindfulness meditation training in this population.
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Joe Blitzstein teaches the popular statistics class Stat 110, which provides a comprehensive introduction to probability as a medium to understand statistics, science, risk, and randomness. It has grown to over 300 students per year at Harvard and over 200,000 subscribers on iTunes U. His main research interests are in statistical inference for complex networks, with applications to social science and public health. Personally, he enjoys playing chess and is ranked in the Expert range by the US Chess Federation (the 98th percentile of all tournament players), and is the faculty adviser for the Harvard Chess Club.
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Join our students, faculty, and alumni on an intellectual and creative journey to discover the Humanities at Harvard. Through dancing, playwriting, hip-hop, and literature, these personal stories illuminate the power of the arts and humanities to ignite, inspire, and transform.
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In this video, Wyss Institute and Harvard Medical School researchers George Church and Seth Shipman explain how they engineered a new CRISPR system-based technology that enables the chronological recording of digital information, like that representing still and moving images, in living bacteria. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University For more information, please visit: https://wyss.harvard.edu/taking-cells-out-to-the-movies-with-new-crispr-technology
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Seth MacFarlane and the inhabitants of his off-color animated creation, television's "Family Guy," bid the Class of 2006 farewell during Class Day on Wednesday, June 7.
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Ivy Male Orator Samuel Clark addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 27, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2015/.
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Materials scientists at Harvard University have created lightweight cellular composites via 3D printing. These fiber-reinforced epoxy composites mimic the structure and performance of balsa wood. Because the fiber fillers align along the printing direction, their local orientation can be exquisitely controlled. These 3D composites may be useful for wind turbine, automotive and aerospace applications, where high stiffness- and strength-to-weight ratios are needed. To read more about the technology, visit http://hvrd.me/ypa2n.
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Adrian Anantawan was born without a right hand, but with an adaptive device became a renowned professional violinist. He is now enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Arts in Education Program, with the goal of helping other disabled students in their artistic and creative development.
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Undergraduate Speaker Joshuah Campbell addresses graduates at Harvard's 365th Commencement on May 26, 2016 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2016/.
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The Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education is a three-year, practice-based program created as an interdisciplinary effort that offers students access to a wide range of Harvard courses and faculty in Schools across the University.
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Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman ’03 addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 27, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2015/.
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Graduate Speaker Jiang He addresses graduates at Harvard's 365th Commencement on May 26, 2016 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2016/.
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