Crimson staff writer

Rebecca D. Robbins

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Gen Ed

The Science of General Education

While some science professors are embracing Gen Ed by using innovative teaching methods, other faculty members have kept their courses—holdovers from the nearly defunct Core Curriculum—virtually unchanged.


Summa What?

After several changes to Latin honors designed to standardize the process, some faculty members are advocating further reform of what they say is a flawed system.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Harvard Kennedy School

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Calls on Harvard Graduates To Be Hopeful, Resilient

Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged Harvard’s Class of 2011 to be hopeful, resilient, and daring in facing life’s obstacles.

Commencement 2011

Remembering the Challenger Disaster

The Challenger—with McNair, high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, and five other astronauts onboard—had exploded 73 seconds into its flight. As news of the tragedy spread across Harvard’s campus, the disaster set into motion emotional, professional, and institutional changes in how students and researchers viewed the space program.

Student Life

85 Undergraduates Receive Hoopes Prize

The award—which is funded by the estate of Thomas T. Hoopes ’19—comes with a prize of $4000 for student recipients and $1000 for their advisors.


Freshmen Conduct Original Research in Expository Writing Courses

As the deadlines for Expository Writing 20 final papers approach, freshmen in social science-themed sections are increasingly using surveys and interviews to conduct original research on the Harvard community.

The Evolution of Medicine and More
College Life

Gen Ed SLS 21 Presents Projects

Students presented their “novel hypotheses”—original interpretations based on research on diseases—for SLS 21.

Student Life

New MCAT Means Few Changes

In response to proposed changes to the MCAT, faculty who teach popular pre-med courses say they are unlikely to dramatically change their course curricula.

Harvard Medical School

Overhauled MCAT to Be Released in 2015

Recently proposed changes to the MCAT could result in a longer and more comprehensive version of the test, to be released in 2015.


Richardson Backs Libyan Intervention

Despite expressing some concerns with United States policy in Libya, former Democratic Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson affirmed his support for the intervention at a “Pizza and Politics” event last night in Kirkland House.


Study Finds No Anti-Conservative Discrimination in Graduate School

Conservatives are less likely to pursue a Ph.D. than liberals not because of discriminatory hiring practices, but because they perceive academia as a liberal bastion, according to two studies released by Harvard Sociology graduate student Ethan A. Fosse and University of British Columbia associate Sociology professor Neil Gross.


Faculty Await Liberian President's Commencement Speech

On May 26, nearly forty years after that first pivotal graduation speech at her old high school, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will be the principal speaker at Harvard’s 360th Commencement.

College Administration

Fall Grade Submissions Date May Change

The official deadline for professors to submit grades may be earlier next fall semester, according to Tengbo Li ’12, the Undergraduate Council’s Education Committee chair.

Gen Ed

Number of Seniors In Gen Ed Doubles

The proportion of seniors completing the General Education program has doubled from 10 to 20 percent since the start of the academic year, according to the Gen Ed office.


Students Study ‘Tangible Things’

After teaching fellows distributed chips to the roughly 300 students in the audience, history professor Laurel T. Ulrich and senior lecturer Ivan Gaskell, who co-teach the course, instructed students to write down observations about the chips they held in their hands.