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Faculty

Retrospective: Faculty in Hot Water

In light of the Venezuelan President's recent threat of legal action against a Harvard professor, here's a trip down the Harvard Faculty's extensive memory lane of lawsuits, threats, and accusations.

College

In First Meeting, Committee Discusses Reevaluating Difficulty Score

Faculty members and undergraduates discussed revisiting the decision to no longer display course difficulty scores on Wednesday at a Committee for Undergraduate Education meeting.

Music

Ph.D. Playlist

You have an Avicii fixation. Your hipster friends only listen to the latest in Albanian folk metal. Who should be repenting and who should be rocking out? FM spoke to three professors to settle the score: John T. Hamilton, creator of “Frameworks: The Art of Listening,” Vijay Iyer, a jazz composer, pianist, and 2013 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, and Hans Tutschku, an electro-acoustic composer.

Divest Harvard Assembles
Scrutiny

Arrested Divestment

Other higher education institutions, notably Stanford, are finding their stakes in fossil fuels increasingly unconscionable, but Harvard itself has made no intentions to divest. Still, the protests continue.

Gen Ed Town Hall
College

First Town Hall Reflects Confusion about Gen Ed

The meeting was hosted in Eliot House by the committee tasked with reviewing the Gen Ed program and producing a report assessing its current state.

Decisions, Decisions
Undergraduate Council

Council Votes Against Q Change, Vows Increased Transparency

The meeting marked the first official Council-wide gathering of the fall semester and featured 44 new Council members who were elected just two weeks ago.

Peabody
Museums

Pioneering Anthropologist, Prolific Teacher, Dies

Former Chair of the Anthropology Department Irven DeVore, who taught generations of Harvard undergraduates a lotteried class popularly known as “Sex”, died last week at age 80.

Tozzer Library
Social Sciences Division

Anthropology Library Reopens

The project renovated the nearly 40-year-old library and centralized the offices of the faculty in the Anthropology Department, who were previously spread across campus.

Research

Harvard Team's Big Bang Findings Called into Question

Findings from the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite indicate that the data collected by Harvard’s telescope, BICEP2, did not completely account for galactic dust.

Primitive and Intelligent Life Lecture
Events

Astronomy Chair Breaks Down Search for Other Life Forms

Abraham "Avi" Loeb highlighted several modern strategies for finding extraterrestrial life Tuesday.

Lurie
Mathematics

Math Professor Wins 'Genius' Grant

Mathematics professor Jacob A. Lurie ’00, along with three other Harvard graduates, was named a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship on Wednesday.

FAS

Recent Gifts Support Arts, Humanities

Faust made it clear in an interview on Tuesday that the humanities will be a focus for her during the academic year.

Drew Faust

At Conference, Top Admins Weigh Ups, Downs of Virtual Education

Despite voicing concerns about blending online courseware and in-person teaching, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning Peter K. Bol expressed cautious optimism for new technology’s potential in higher education at a conference on Tuesday.

Binary Lights
On Campus

Binary Lights

Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science David J. Malan demonstrates how to use binary code with programmable light bulbs.

University Finances

Faculty for Divestment Renew Call for Open Forum

Members of Harvard Faculty for Divestment called once again for an open and public forum with members of the Harvard Corporation and the Harvard Management Company on Tuesday.

Divest Harvard Assembles
Scrutiny

Arrested Divestment

Echelman string sculpture
Visual Arts

Painting the Town: Boston's Big Art

Boxes
Columns

ISIL is Not the End of the World

Difficulty Defining
Columns

The Difficulty of Defining Difficulty