Chemistry


Post-Lieber Arrest, Bacow Says He Stands By Harvard’s Funding Disclosure Policies

In the wake of federal charges brought against Chemistry department chair Charles M. Lieber for failing to disclose funding from a Chinese university, University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Monday that Harvard relies upon the “honesty and good faith” of its faculty to disclose external funding.


In Wake of Lieber Leave, Betley and Kahne Appointed Interim Harvard Chemistry Department Chairs

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay announced the replacements for chemistry department chair Charles M. Lieber at a faculty meeting Tuesday. Lieber was placed on administrative leave last week after being charged in federal court with failing to disclose funding from the Chinese government.


Harvard Professor Lieber's Arrest Part of Ongoing Crackdown on Academic Espionage, Experts Say

Lieber’s arrest marked merely the latest development in an ongoing crackdown by the United States government and American universities on “academic espionage,” the process by which scientists pass academic research at American universities to foreign governments.


Lieber News Analysis

Charles M. Lieber, Harvard's Chemistry department chair, was recently charged by the federal government for allegedly failing to disclose funding from the Chinese government.


Judge Sets $1 Million Bail for Chemistry Chair Charged With Lying About China Ties

A federal judge set bail for Harvard Chemistry department chair Charles M. Lieber — who is charged with concealing funding he received from the Chinese government — at $1 million cash in a hearing Thursday afternoon.


Organic Chemistry Problem Sets No Longer Graded

This fall, students in Chemistry 17: “Principles of Organic Chemistry” will have one less worry as they take on the notoriously difficult course: For the first time in three years, its problem sets will not be graded.


Years-Long Royalties Dispute Moves to Questions of Liability and Relief

After a federal judge allowed two claims to move forward last month in a multimillion-dollar patent royalties lawsuit filed against Harvard by a former graduate student, both parties filed statements on Monday, highlighting sharp, unresolved divides on issues of liability and relief.


Integrated Science

Approximately 25 students attend the second lecture of Life Science 50a, the first half of an intensive two-semester, double course incorporating topics in biology, chemistry, math, computing, and physics.


Andrew W. Murray

Molecular Genetics professor Andrew W. Murray, course head of Life Science 50a, demonstrates examples of rule-based symbol transformation during the course’s second lecture.


Chemistry Professor Lights Neural Activities with Proteins

Chemistry professor Adam Cohen creates visualizations of neural activity by using proteins from the Dead Sea to cause cells to flash with light.


Scientist Discusses Health, Campus Sustainability

Arlene D. Blum discussed her work to reduce use of what she called harmful flame retardant chemicals in consumer products, which she praised Harvard for moving away from in recent years.


Chemistry and Chemical Biology Professor named Sloan Fellow

Professor Ni researches ultracold atoms, which she said will help scientists better understand other physical systems.


Term Time: LS1A

The folks behind LS1A—Harvard’s popular introductory life sciences course—have become known for renaming various ordinary aspects of their class, such as tests (“ICEs”) and homework (“pre-games”). Confused by all these unfamiliar terms? Never fear—we’ve created a handy guide to the LS1A lexicon, and added a few suggestions of our own.


America's Next Top Nobel

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or a pile of p-sets in the corner of Lamont), you’ve probably heard that chemistry professor emeritus Martin Karplus just won a Nobel Prize. This, according to The Crimson, was for his innovations in “computer simulations using classical physics and quantum mechanics that could improve scientists’ understanding of complex reactions and the development of new drugs." If you’re anything like us, you’re very impressed, and also have no idea what this actually means. For your benefit, we’ve broken down this scientific jargon into language even Folklore and Mythology concentrators can understand. WARNING: The following definitions have been provided by a sarcastic humanities concentrator who has only ever stepped foot in the Science Center to buy chai tea lattés from the Greenhouse Café.


The Nobel Prize Winner

Chemistry professor emeritus Martin Karplus ’51 speaks to the media in the Harvard University Chemistry Library on Wednesday, just hours after the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that he had won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.


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