To me, these expenses were more than a waste of money—they were conspicuous consumption, evidence of a misplaced value on extravagance. But, I wondered, couldn’t my roommate level the same criticism at me, with my habitual venti chai lattes?
With the concentrations for the class of 2013 officially declared and tallied, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has seen a 12-percent bump in its total concentrators, continuing a three-year growth trend.
Two of Harvard’s biomedical engineering professors have been awarded a $3.3 million federally funded grant to develop a “Heart-Lung Micromachine” that can test the effectiveness and safety of cardiopulmonary drugs.
A new secondary field in energy and the environment will likely be available to students by next fall, following a review of the proposed requirements by a diverse group of faculty in the humanities and the sciences.
The University has advised its schools to plan for a 4 percent rise in the value of the endowment payout for the next fiscal year, marking the first yearly increase since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008.
Reforms to the advising structures in the two largest undergraduate concentrations—Economics and Government—have been launched this fall, with the introduction of a dedicated staff concentration adviser in economics and the creation of a Peer Concentration Counseling (PCC) program in government. These changes will impact roughly one in four Harvard students.