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Science Center Renovations
Sciences Division

‘Less Exciting and Less Fun’: Undergraduates Voice Frustrations with Science Lab Renovations

Ongoing renovations in Harvard’s Science Center have disrupted numerous science courses by closing off first and second floor teaching laboratories, eliciting frustration from undergraduates.

60 Oxford Street Renovations
Research

Harvard Quantum Initiative Construction Set to be Completed in the Spring

Construction on 60 Oxford Street — the new home of the Harvard Quantum Initiative in Science and Engineering (HQI) — is set to be completed this Spring, in accordance with its expected timeline.

Professor Haim Sompolinsky
Research

‘Closure of a Circle’: Harvard Professor Haim Sompolinsky Wins Brain Prize for Neuroscience Research

Harvard professor Haim Sompolinsky was named a 2024 recipient of the Brain Prize — the world’s most prestigious honor for neuroscience research — by the Lundbeck Foundation on March 5.

Science Center Renovations
FAS

‘Science on Display’: Renovations to Teaching Labs Continue in Science Center

Harvard began renovations to the Science Center teaching laboratories in December 2023, closing off much of the first and second floors of the building. The ongoing construction is part of a longer renovation of the Science Center expected to end in the summer of 2025.

Harvard Herbaria
Sciences Division

Luxury Brands Will Fund Harvard Lab’s Medicinal Plant Research in 3-Year Agreement

Luxury giants LVMH and Christian Dior will fund the Harvard Davis Lab’s research on the genetic barcoding of nearly 2,000 edible and medicinal plants.

Toast to MethaneSAT Event
FAS

Harvard Team Celebrates Launch of Methane-Detecting Satellite at SEC Event

Dozens of Harvard affiliates gathered at a Friday reception at the Science and Engineering Complex to celebrate the launch of MethaneSAT, one of the world’s most advanced methane-detecting satellites.

Dean Stubbs
FAS

Harvard Science Dean Christopher Stubbs Reflects on Tenure, Gives Advice to Successor

Harvard Dean of Science Christopher W. Stubbs discussed his decision to step down and urged his successor to beware of slow institutional change in a Thursday interview with The Crimson.

Dean Hopi Hoekstra Interview
FAS

Hoekstra Likely to Pick Arts and Humanities, Science Deans In ‘Next Few Months’

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Hopi E. Hoekstra hopes to select two new divisional deans — in Science and in Arts and Humanities — within “the next few months,” she said in a Wednesday interview.

Radcliffe Institute
Research

‘The Wave is Waving’: Harvard Astronomers Discover Radcliffe Wave’s Oscillation

An international group of astronomers led by a Harvard PhD student reported their discovery that the Radcliffe Wave — a nine-thousand-light-year-long gaseous structure in the Milky Way — moves in an oscillating pattern in a paper published in Nature Tuesday morning.

Harvard Yard University Hall

Ten Stories That Shaped 2023

In 2023, Harvard had a tumultuous year. Claudine Gay’s first semester ended amid a leadership crisis as she came under fire for her response to tensions on a campus divided by the Israel-Hamas war and faced allegations of plagiarism. Harvard’s legacy and donor preferences in admissions also faced national scrutiny following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling striking down the University’s affirmative action policy. Across campus, scandal after scandal hit parts of the University. Here, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped 2023 at Harvard.

Dean Stubbs
FAS

Harvard Dean of Science Christopher Stubbs to Step Down at End of Academic Year

Harvard’s Dean of Science Christopher W. Stubbs is stepping down at the end of the academic year, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Hopi E. Hoekstra announced at a faculty meeting Tuesday.

Dean Stubbs
FAS

Harvard Sciences Dean Stubbs Says Generative AI is ‘Top of the List’ of Challenges

Harvard Dean of Science Christopher W. Stubbs said that incorporating generative AI was “top of the list” of his challenges in an interview with The Crimson last Wednesday.

Hopi E. Hoekstra
FAS

‘The Total Package’: Harvard Faculty Hail Hoekstra’s Selection as Next FAS Dean

From the sciences to the humanities, Harvard professors are praising Hopi E. Hoekstra, a professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology who was announced Monday as the University’s next dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Science Center
On Campus

‘Capable of Change and Evolution’: The Debut of Harvard’s Undergraduate Science Center

Today, having a class in the Science Center is a staple of the Harvard College experience. But when the Class of 1973 arrived at Harvard, construction had not even begun on what is now an iconic feature of the University.

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FAS

Who the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Want as Harvard’s Most Powerful Dean

As Claudine Gay prepares to move from her station in University Hall to the president’s office across Harvard Yard, one of her most important tasks will be to select her own successor as the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. With the search now in motion, several FAS professors spoke with The Crimson about their hopes for the successor to Harvard’s most powerful dean.

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