President Bacow commissions an external review in the wake of the Jorge Domínguez case.
A spirited moment for the women's lacrosse players. Harvard athletics plays an important role in the lives of the nearly one-fifth of undergraduates who participate in intercollegiate sports. Photograph courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications
Click on arrow at right to view full image gallery (1 of 8) The “Rocking Horse Graveyard,” in Lincoln, Massachusetts— “It’s a fun, whimsical thing with a flea- market feel,” Ocker says. “But at night it’s one of the creepiest sights on the planet.” Photograph courtesy of J.W. Ocker/OTIS
Click on arrow at right to view full image gallery (1 of 2) In “Reneepoptosis,” by animator Renee Zhan, three versions of the artist go on a quest for God, traversing an unfamiliar terrain that turns out to be her own body.
Just another hurdle: Leaping over guard Eric Wilson (68), Harvard running back Aaron Shampklin sails through a hole last season against Princeton. Shampklin had a breakout season in 2018, leading the Ivy League in rushing with 105.3 yards per game. Photograph by Gil Talbot/Harvard Athletic Communications
Today, operating out of borrowed space in Harvard’s Center for the Environment, the Microbial Sciences Initiative (www.msi.harvard.edu) funds six postdoctoral fellows who typically bridge two labs in different departments, often across schools; sponsors 12 undergraduate summer fellowships; arranges monthly seminars that bring in speakers from around the world; and hosts an annual symposium. This past summer, MSI held a workshop for high-school teachers designed to help them incorporate microbial education into their curricula. In the current academic year, the initiative will introduce two new undergraduate courses: Life Sciences 190hf, “Diverse Microbial Strategies for Metabolism, Pathogenesis and Chemical Signaling,” taught by Harvard Medical School (HMS) professor of genetics Gary Ruvkun, and Life Sciences 110, “A Microbial World,” designed for students pursuing microbial science as a secondary field and co-taught by professor of microbiology and molecular genetics Roberto Kolter and professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology Jon Clardy, both of HMS, and Cabot associate professor of earth and planetary sciences Ann Pearson, a biogeochemist in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.