Research


Harvard Researcher Among Group Developing Material for Light-Based Computing

A team of researchers from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, McMaster University, and University of Pittsburgh has discovered a new material that can exhibit chemical and mechanical responses to light — paving the way for computing to be executed with only beams of light and no hard materials.


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.


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.


Harvard, Tufts, UVM Scientists Create Living Robots from Frogs

Scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute, Tufts University, and the University of Vermont published a study detailing their creation of programmable, living nanobots built from frog DNA on Jan. 13.


FAS Strengthens Grant Compliance Procedures

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is now giving faculty “mandatory training packets” on grant proposal disclosure responsibilities and will recommit to enforcing a rule that faculty submit their grant proposals early, Dean of Science Christopher W. Stubbs said in a Tuesday interview.


Three Finalists Announced for Allston Enterprise Research Campus Development

Harvard has selected three development teams — Alexandria Real Estate Equities and National Development, the HYM Investment Group, and Breakthrough Properties — as finalists for a bid to develop the University’s new Enterprise Research Campus in Allston.


Harvard Forms New Oversight Bodies After Federal Agency Inquires Into ‘Academic Espionage’

Harvard has formed two new oversight committees in response to National Institutes of Health inquiries into potential “academic espionage” by faculty members at American universities, Dean of Science Christopher W. Stubbs announced at the Faculty’s monthly meeting Tuesday.


HKS Panel Evaluates Causes and Future Implications of Brexit

British policy experts pointed to polarization and rising populist sentiments as causes of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union — commonly referred to as “Brexit” — during a panel Monday evening at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Ben Bellet

Graduate student Benjamin W. Bellet is conducting research at Harvard about the purportedly negligible benefits of trigger warnings. His work has been covered by numerous news outlets and sparked heated discussion online.


UC Berkeley Files Patent Motions Against Harvard, MIT

The University of California, Berkeley alleged in documents submitted Tuesday to the US Patent and Trademark Office that the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT employed “deceit” to win patent rights to CRISPR-Cas9 in eukaryotic cells.


Seventy-Two Harvard College Seniors Awarded 2019 Hoopes Prize

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences awards Hoopes Prizes annually to a select number of nominated student projects. The prizes aim to honor College seniors by “recognizing, promoting, honoring, and rewarding excellence in the work of undergraduates and their capabilities and skills in any subject.”


Harvard Medical School and MIT See Green With High Value Donation to Fund Joint Cannabis Research

The donation, given by Charles R. Broderick, is the largest independent donation ever made to fund biological study of cannabinoids on the brain and behavior.


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