Harvard professors discuss how a hormone affects society

 From Harvard Gazette Carole Hooven and Dan Gilbert discuss testosterone’s impact on individuals, as well as on wider society. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Testosterone plays major role in male aggressiveness, violence, evolutionary biologist says BY Alvin PowellHarvard Staff Writer Hooven, lecturer and co-director of undergraduate studies in Human Evolutionary Biology, waded directly into the nature versus nurture debate Thursday evening, laying out her case for the hormone’s function as a foundation for aspects of male behavior. She traced the role of testosterone in the natural world, pointing out its role in…

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Harvard Art Museums names new curator of American collection

From The Harvard Gazette “We had this idea in our home that no matter where we were, one could walk into an art museum and feel connected to the entire world …,” said Horace D. Ballard, a newly appointed associate curator at the Harvard Art Museums. Ballard wants to inspire fresh looks at what pieces say about gender, culture, politics Museums have long been a place of passion, community, and connection for Horace D. Ballard, the newly appointed Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Associate Curator of American Art at the Harvard…

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Famous Cornel West Resigns from Harvard

Culled from Daily Mail The famous public intellectual Cornel West has dramatically quit his job at Harvard University following a tenure dispute, accusing the esteemed school of ‘spiritual rot’ and ‘superficial diversity.’ In a resignation letter he shared publicly on Monday night, 68-year-old West slammed Harvard’s administration and revealed a litany of personal and professional complaints. ‘How sad it is to see our beloved Harvard Divinity School in such decline and decay,’ he wrote in the letter. ‘The disarray of a scattered curriculum, the disenchantment of talented yet deferential faculty,…

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Harvard Wins Appeals Fight Over Race in College Admissions

Culled from Bloomberg.com/Microsoft News Patricia Hurtado   (Bloomberg) — Harvard University can continue to consider race in its admissions decisions after a federal appeals court ruled that it isn’t discriminating against Asian-Americans.© Bloomberg Demonstrators protest Harvard University’s admission process at Copley Square in Boston in 2018. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston on Thursday agreed with a lower court that the nation’s oldest college complies with the law in weighing race as one factor among many to select a diverse class.https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533 “Race is one piece of Harvard’s interest in diversity,” the court…

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Harvard, MIT sue Trump administration over rule that strips visas from international students

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the Trump administration over guidelines that would strip international students of their visas if their coursework was entirely online as the U.S. was still reeling with the coronavirus pandemic.© Provided by NBC News The lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief against the Trump administration’s policy, which was announced Monday. The lawsuit is also seeking an order vacating the policy…

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Harvard University Moving Classes Online Amid Coronavirus (HCOVID-19) Concerns

Harvard University Website President Larry Bacow Addresses Harvard University Community March 10, 2020 Dear Members of the Harvard Community, Like all of you, I have been intently following reports of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and considering the many ways in which its future course might alter my life and the lives of those closest to me. These past few weeks have been a powerful reminder of just how connected we are to one another—and how our choices today determine our options tomorrow. Fortunately, a group of extremely dedicated people has…

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Beyond Pavlov: Artificial intelligence researchers and neurobiologists share data on how we sort our options and make decisions

Harvard University Gazette Science & Technology Zeb Kurth-Nelson (from left), Matthew Botvinick, Naoshige Uchida, and Will Dubney at Google in London./Courtesy of Naoshige Uchida By Clea Simon Harvard Correspondent Researchers have been able to prove that the brain learns from experience since Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov conditioned dogs to drool in anticipation of food. In the 100-plus years since, however, scientists studying the brain and the emerging field of artificial intelligence (AI) have been homing in how that happens. A new paper in Nature, “A distributional code for value in…

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Free “LabXchange” Science Education Accelerator Launched By Amgen Foundation and Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Harvard U Press Release/January 22 LabXchange by Amgen Foundation and Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Reimagines the Science Experience for Students around the Globe Purpose-built to Address Educational Barriers with Personalized Instruction Virtual Lab Simulations Help Students Develop the Science Skills Needed to Solve Tomorrow’s Challenges THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Amgen Foundation and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University (Harvard FAS) today announced the global launch of LabXchange™, a free online science education platform that provides users with access to personalized instruction,…

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