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Helen X. Yang

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Student Groups

Myth Busters Defend Logic

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman—famous for blowing things up and testing popular myths on their show “MythBusters”—were honored for their work in propagating humanist values Friday evening by the Harvard Secular Society and the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy.


Drinkers Gain Less Weight

A glass of wine with dinner might not be a bad idea for your waistline, according to a new study by Harvard researchers, which found that middle-aged and older women who drink moderately experience significantly less weight gain than those who abstain.


Harvard Graduate Student Wins MIT Award

After winning the 2010 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize on Wednesday, inventor Erez Lieberman-Aiden will now have an additional $30,000 to pour into his creative efforts.


New Lab Device Improves Experiment Speed

A group including several Harvard researchers has developed a new microfluidic screening device that can run biochemical experiments on a much smaller, faster, and more cost-effective scale.

Visual Arts

Scientific Image Wins Photo Prize

A electron microscope image taken by Harvard scientists recently won first place in the photography category of the prestigious International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.


Study Links Gene with Aggressive Prostate Cancer

A team of Harvard researchers recently identified a gene that may play a direct role in developing aggressive prostate cancer—a discovery they said could lead to a more accurate technique to test for the disease.

School of Public Health

Fear of H1N1 Has Abated, Poll Says

Almost half of Americans believe that the H1N1 swine flu outbreak has passed, and only one-third remain “somewhat” or “very” concerned about catching the virus, reflecting a significant reduction in levels of concern about the pandemic compared to last fall.

School of Public Health

Protein Found To Induce Tissue Stress

Harvard School of Public Health researchers found discovered an enzyme's role in triggering inflammation related to metabolic diseases.

Office of Career Services

OCS Gives Advice In Tough Job Market

The anxiety of recruiting season has descended upon the campus, but a networking event organized by the Office of Career Services yesterday sought to dispel the pressure to find the perfect job immediately after graduation and encouraged students to keep an open mind when considering career options.


Chronic Sleep Loss Causes Slowed Reaction Time

Researchers at Harvard-affiliate Brigham and Women's Hospital find that chronic sleep loss over several weeks causes reaction time to slow almost tenfold, increasing the risk of fatigue-related accidents.


Findings on HIV Mutations May Provide Leads in Drug Research

Scientists at Harvard and the University of California, San Diego have discovered that mutations in the HIV virus work together to induce drug resistance—a finding that may offer new leads in HIV drug research and therapy.

Harvard Medical School

Unequal Distribution of Assisted Living Homes Hints at Problems, Study Says

A recent Harvard Medical School study examining the unequal distribution of senior assisted living homes raised potentially troubling issues regarding the nation’s longterm care for the elderly.


Harvard Researchers Use Innovative Method to Follow Genetic Footprint

A team of Harvard researchers have recently developed a novel way to pinpoint, with greater accuracy than ever before, genetic mutations that drive evolution—and the new method of examining natural selection’s footprint may have tremendous implications for biomedicine and studies of human evolutionary history.

Swine Flu

Poll Shows Travellers More Mindful of H1N1

Travelers in the midst of the current H1N1 pandemic and flu season are taking significantly more health precautions against contracting and spreading the disease, according to a recent Harvard School of Public Health poll.


Severity of H1N1 Reassesed

The current H1N1 outbreak in the U.S. may be much less severe than originally anticipated, according to a recent study ...