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Jessica A. Barzilay

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Science

‘Breakthough Prize’ Grants $3 Million to Univ. Researchers

The awards were given to 12 recipients in in the celebrity-studded “Breakthrough Prize Ceremony” on Nov. 9.

Physics professor Jenny Hoffman ‘99
Faculty

Physics Prof Wins 24-Hour Run, Funds for Special Olympics

For Physics professor, mother of three, and ultrarunner Jenny Hoffman ’99, “time is [her] most limited resource.”

Doug Melton Stem Cells
Health

Melton Lab Cells Could Help Cure Type 1 Diabetes

A team of Harvard researchers developed a scalable technique for creating human insulin-producing beta cells in vitro, a huge stride towards an effective treatment for type 1 diabetes.

Sciences Division

Molecular and Cellular Bio Updates Receive Good Reviews

Administrators behind the revamping of Molecular and Cellular Biology did not have to wait long to gauge the popularity of their new programs, courses, and requirement changes, said Alexander F. Schier, department chair of MCB

Research

Wyss Institute Robotic Suit Wins $2.9 Million Contract

The robotic suit is designed to help soldiers travel farther, conserve energy, and shoulder heavy loads with less strain.

University Finances

Pershing Square Foundation Gives $17 Million To Fund Human Behavior Initiative

The gift will fund three new professorships and give grants to Harvard faculty and graduate students.

Sciences Division

MCB To Revamp Requirements, Programming, and Concentration Name

The Molecular and Cellular Biology concentration will revamp its requirements and extracurricular programming to allow concentrators greater flexibility and incorporate recent “astonishing changes in biomedical research,” MCB head tutors Susan Mango and Rachelle Gaudet announced in an email to concentrators on Monday.

Sciences Division

OEB Concentration Renamed Integrative Biology

The Organismic and Evolutionary Biology concentration will be renamed Integrative Biology, according to an email announcement sent to concentrators Thursday.

SEAS

TERMES Project Models Robots Based on Collective Intelligence of Termites

Though typically associated with the destruction of structures, termite colonies may have just inspired the next big innovation in construction. A team of engineers and computer scientists at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering built a “colony” of autonomous, interchangeable robots—coined the TERMES project—based on the construction strategies of termites and other insect species, according to a report published in Science earlier this month.

Research

Study Links Fetal Gender to Milk Production in Cows

The report—which draws on both Bradford’s specialty in dairy nutrition and Hinde’s expertise in evolutionary biology—focused on dairy farms, one of America’s longest running industries.

Research

Professors Mull NIH Proposal To Change Grant Awards Structure

Harvard professors said proposed changes to the National Institute of Health’s grant giving policy would increase the flexibility given to Harvard’s senior faculty while posing new challenges for younger researchers and associate professors just starting their labs.

Sciences Division

Review of Life Sciences Concentrations Presented to Faculty

Student interest and satisfaction have both increased since the restructuring of concentrations and advising within the life sciences. In 2012, the life sciences concentrations graduated 52 percent more students than in 2006. Concentration satisfaction—a major concern before the restructuring—has also risen significantly, according to the report.

College

Pre-Med Students Readjust Concentration Choices

Like many pre-medical students not in a science concentration, Haley P. Brown ’15 has struggled to balance her science courseload with classes for her Classics concentration and Spanish citation. As a result of the burden on students like Brown, the number of non-science-concentrating pre-meds has fallen by two-thirds over the past decade, according to the Office of Career Services.

FAS

MCB80.1x Brings Innovation to the edX Platform

David D. Cox ’00, an assistant professor of MCB and computer science, is leading MCB80.1x, a new online counterpart to the Harvard classroom course MCB 80: “Neurobiology of Behavior,” as part of Harvard’s continually growing involvement in edX.

Office of Career Services

Bee Day Generates Buzz

Tuesday’s Bee Day was an all-day celebration of honeybees, including local honey samples, tours of hives, a joint screening, and a presentation on ongoing research.

Eldo Kim
Crime

News Analysis: Could Eldo Kim Return to Harvard?

Protestors on Mass Ave
Race

Seen and Heard: Harvard's March Through Cambridge

OKWELOGU
Track and Cross Country

Decorated Thrower Looks To Continue Success

Protest
Columns

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