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Bevspot at iLab
Harvard Business School

New Platform Bridges Alcohol Distribution, Retail

BevSpot, an online software platform formed by Harvard affiliates to help enable licensed alcohol distributors to sell products to restaurants and bars, recently received $720,000 in seed funding.

Harvard in the World

EdX Joins Professional Education Market

Anant Agarwal, the platform’s CEO, announced the launch of the new courses on the edX blog Tuesday.

Academics

edX Study: Online Course Comparable to On-Campus Counterpart

A free virtual classroom can be just as conducive to learning as a traditional university setting, according to a study conducted by MIT researchers concerning MOOCs.

Research

Record-Setting $650M Donation Paves Way for Psychiatric Research at Broad

The donation is the largest ever given for psychiatric research, according to the institute’s press release, and promises to put the Cambridge-based biological research foundation on stable footing for years to come.

Anant Agarwal
Higher Education

Q & A with Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal, an MIT computer science professor who has served as CEO of edX since its establishment, sat down to recount the challenges of creating courses for an online learning environment, discuss the non-profit’s business model, and speculate about what the future might hold for edX.

Rothko and Holyoke
Museums

Art Museums Will Display Digitally Restored Rothko Murals in Inaugural Exhibition

Including the five murals commissioned by the University, the exhibition will display 38 of Rothko’s works created between 1961 and 1962 and many of the artist’s related studies on paper and canvas.

Books

In Talk, Greenwald Blames Government, Media for Distorting Snowden's Intentions

Glenn Greenwald blamed both the government and the media for distorting Snowden’s intentions while debuting his book, “No Place to Hide.”

Coop Election
Books

Low Voter Turnout in Coop Elections is Concerning but Familiar

With a week left until the end of elections for the Harvard Coop’s board of directors on April 24, candidates and Coop management remain uncertain whether enough members will ultimately vote in the elections.

MIT Gangnam Style
FlyBy Blog

MIT Gangnam Style

Get down with nerds

MIT Gangnam Style
MIT

Tiny Crossbows, Silly String Lava War, and 2am Topology: Crashing MIT Campus Preview Weekend

Even the most seasoned Harvard partiers need a break from Mount Auburn Street once in a while. Here’s your guide to an unconventional--and surprisingly educational--three days at the trade school down the road.

College

Happiness Challenge Expands To New Campuses

The Happiness Project, a Harvard wellness group, has partnered with student organizations at MIT, UCLA, Wellesley, and Yale to expand the student health initiative The Happiness Challenge to those four college campuses this spring.

Losing Grip
Admissions

Is Harvard Losing Its Grip?

Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania all saw a rise in their early application pools; Harvard was the only Ivy League school to face a decrease in the number of its early decision applications, by 3 percent.

Events

Journalists Describe Changing State of Media

Coates, a senior editor at “The Atlantic,” and Hertzberg, a senior editor at “The New Yorker” and former Crimson managing editor, discussed the shifting state of journalism in the United States at a lecture in MIT’s Stata Center Tuesday evening.

Research

Mexican Billionaire Donates $74 Million to Broad for Disease Research

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helú has donated $74 million to the Broad Institute to continue studying the genomic basis of human disease—the second gift he has given for this effort—according to an announcement made by Slim and Broad President and Director Eric S. Lander at the Broad Institute on Monday.

Science

Physics Professors Approach Real-Life Lightsaber

More than 40 years after the Star Wars saga's debut, Harvard physics professor Mikhail Lukin and MIT physics professor Vladan Vuletić say that they are closer to making the film’s iconic lightsaber a reality.

Free Time
Columns

In Search of Lost Time

Larry, In His Element
Scrutiny

Professor Summers

Data Sculpture
Visual Arts

Painting by the Numbers: Data Visualization

School at School
Columns

What We Forget About School: School