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Conan O'Brien '85: Magna Cum Laude
Twenty-five years after Conan O'Brien '85 graduated magna cum laude, a fan surprised him with a copy of his thesis, bringing the comedian's work at Harvard "full circle." For more about the video series, visit http://alumni.harvard.edu/stories/reconnect-video-series.
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Home at Harvard
No matter where you come from or what you plan to do, you’ll find a home at Harvard.
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Oscar winner Matt Damon on his Harvard years
Actor Matt Damon, former Harvard College student and recipient of the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal, talks of his time on campus, his lifelong desire to be an actor, and how a College playwriting course assignment later turned into the Academy Award-winning screenplay for "Good Will Hunting." Damon is nominated for an Emmy for his performance in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra." For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/08/oscar-winner-matt-damon-on-his-harvard-years/.
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Robotics at Harvard
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences robotics faculty discuss their research and the opportunities they have for making a difference in the world.
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Aretha Franklin sings National Anthem at Harvard Commencement 2014
American singer and musician Aretha Franklin, who received an honorary degree at Harvard University's 2014 Commencement, opened the Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre with a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as she sang and played piano.
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Designing Collective Behavior in a Termite-Inspired Robotic Construction Team
A team of computer scientists and engineers at Harvard University has created an autonomous robotic construction crew. The system needs no supervisor, no eye in the sky, no blueprint, and no communication: just simple robots—any number of robots—and a very smart algorithm. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/tBm8y.
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Harry Parker: Why we row
Harry L. Parker, the former Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew, was widely regarded as the premier rowing coach in the United States. In his 50 years as head coach, he led his crews to 21 undefeated regular seasons, 24 EARC Sprints varsity titles, 21 JV Sprints crowns, eight official and eight unofficial national championships, including three IRA championships since 2003, and a 42--7 record over Yale in the Harvard-Yale Boat Race. He worked with every U.S. Olympic Rowing Team from 1964 until 1992 and also served as the coach of the first U.S. women's national eight, which won a silver medal at the 1975 World Rowing Championships. He coached the women's crew again in 1976 when they won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Montreal.
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The Cognitive Revolution
Steven Pinker Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology Harvard College Professor
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An Introduction to the Human Genome | HMX Genetics
Humans are 99.9% genetically identical - and yet we are all so different. How can this be? This video, taken from a lesson in Harvard Medical School’s HMX Genetics course, explains. Learn more: https://onlinelearning.hms.harvard.edu
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Justice with Michael Sandel - BBC:  Justice: Torture and human dignity
To register for the 2015 course, visit https://www.edx.org/course/justice-harvardx-er22-1x-0. Is torture ever justified? What if innocent lives are at stake? This excerpt from the BBC documentary "Justice: A Citizen's Guide to the 21st Century" examines the debate between Kantians and utilitarians on human dignity.
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Unraveling the mysteries of aging
Research conducted by David Sinclair and colleagues shows that, in mice, treatment with the NAD precursor NMN mitigates age-related DNA damage and averts DNA damage from radiation exposure.
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Revolutionary Financial Aid
Seventy percent of Harvard students receive some form of financial aid. A Harvard education is more affordable than a state school for 90% of American families.
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Welcome To Harvard
A welcome message from the Harvard College Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. Four Harvard College students share their stories about getting accepted, arriving on campus, and making friends.
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Reeps One’s beatboxing brilliance at Harvard
Harry Yeff, an award-winning beatboxer who performs under the stage name Reeps One, arrived on campus this week for a weeklong residency as part of Office for the Arts- and Arts @ 29 Garden-sponsored Learning from Performers. The 26-year-old Yeff, who hails from London, comes to Harvard with millions of views on YouTube, and a newly created #ReepsHarvard hashtag inviting his fans to upload “sound tree” videos that he might incorporate into his residency. Earlier in the week, Yeff spoke to two classes, Aleksei Nazarov’s Sound of Language course in the department of linguistics and Ruth Lingford’s animation workshop in Visual and Environmental Studies. He created a spontaneous public art project Tuesday on the Science Plaza, and is scheduled to lead a Saturday afternoon beatboxing workshop before performing at Lowell Lecture Hall in the evening. Both events are free and open to the public.
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Harvard report: Dogs reduce stress
A recent Harvard Medical School report, “Get Healthy, Get a Dog,” (http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/having-a-dog-can-help-your-heart--literally) highlights the many health and social benefits of having a dog, including reducing stress, being more active, and promoting social connection. Here we meet a few prominent members of Harvard’s canine community, and learn from Elizabeth Pegg Frates, clinical assistant professor at the Medical School, about how they might be a wonderful addition to any community.
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Bionic Leaf Turns Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel
A cross-disciplinary team at Harvard University has created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. The system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10 percent efficiency, far above the one percent seen in the fastest-growing plants.
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J.K. Rowling Harvard Commencement Speech | Harvard University Commencement 2008
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, addressed graduating students at the Harvard University Commencement in 2008. For full text of the speech, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2008/06/text-of-j-k-rowling-speech/.
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In the Harvard Houses
Experience House life at Harvard, where communities of students and faculty eat, sleep, study and play together under the same roof.
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Origami-Inspired Artificial Muscles
Artificial muscles could make soft robots safer and stronger. Researchers at the Wyss Institute, Harvard SEAS, and MIT CSAIL have developed a novel design approach for origami-inspired artificial muscles, capable of lifting 1000x its own weight. The muscles are made of a compressible skeleton and air or fluid medium encased in a flexible skin, and are powered by pressure difference. The muscle motions are programmed based on the structural geometry of the skeleton. Multi-directional motions can also be programmed into the material. Artificial muscles can also grip, lift, and twist objects. A variety of materials and fabrication methods can be used to create low-cost artificial muscles. These artificial muscles are fast, light-weight, and powerful, and could be used for miniature medical devices, deployable structures, or wearable robotics. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University
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Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G) Class Day | Harvard Commencement 2004
Sacha Baron Cohen, in the persona of bad boy rapper Ali G, amused Harvard's Class of 2004 at Class Day ceremonies Wednesday, June 9 in Tercentenary Theatre.
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Soft Robotics Toolkit
Discover the Soft Robotics Toolkit, a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices.
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Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addresses Harvard's Class of 2018
Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addresses Harvard's Class of 2018 on Class Day, May 23, 2018. A Nigerian-born writer whose work has been translated into more than 30 languages, Adichie is the author of the novels “Purple Hibiscus,” which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; “Half of a Yellow Sun,” which won the Orange Prize; and “Americanah,” a 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winner, which she finalized during a fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her most recent book, “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,” was published in March 2017.
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A Valentine from Möbius || Radcliffe Institute
In a simple demonstration, Radcliffe Institute fellow and mathematician Tadashi Tokieda uses paper, tape, and scissors to get some surprising results. Try it yourself and share with your loved ones on Valentine's Day.
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Undergraduate Speaker Sarah Abushaar | Harvard Commencement 2014
Undergraduate Speaker Sarah Abushaar addresses graduates at Harvard's 363rd Commencement on May 29, 2014 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/.
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RAD Sampler: Rotary-actuated device for investigating delicate marine organisms
Like an underwater pokéball, this origami-inspired sampling device folds up into a container for capturing delicate marine organisms. Learn more: wyss.harvard.edu/studying-aliens-of-the-deep
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Harvard Commencement 2012
Scenes from the 2012 Harvard University Commencement exercises. Production by Ned Brown / Senior Multimedia Producer, Harvard University
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Filmmaker Steven Spielberg Speech | Harvard Commencement 2016
Director, producer, and screenwriter Steven Spielberg, gave his speech at Harvard's 365th Commencement on May 26, 2016 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2016/.
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Harvard restores its famed Glass Flowers
Harvard’s Glass Flowers, the famed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, have returned to display in a refurbished gallery, which shows the iconic collection in new light — literally. The collection, which includes more than 4,000 models, was created by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, glass artists from Dresden Germany, over five decades beginning in 1886. Their astonishing accuracy can again be seen after the refurbished gallery reopens in the Harvard Museum of Natural History on May 21.
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Graduate Speaker Pete Davis | Harvard Commencement 2018
Graduate Speaker Pete Davis addresses graduates at Harvard's 367th Commencement on May 24, 2018 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/series/commencement-2018/.
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Transparent loudspeaker | Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
A gel-based audio speaker demonstrates the capabilities of ionic conductors, long thought limited in application. Learn more: http://hvrd.me/18YJYto (Footage courtesy of Science/AAAS.)
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Andy Samberg Class Day || Harvard Commencement 2012
Comedian Andy Samberg addresses graduating seniors at Harvard's Senior Class Day ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre, May 23, 2012
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Harvard University 2011 Class Day Speech by Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler delivers Harvard University's 2011 Class Day speech at Tercentenary Theater in Harvard Yard, May 25, 2011
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Graduate Address: Jon Murad | Harvard Commencement 2013
Jon Murad delivers the Graduate Oration at Harvard's 362nd Commencement at Tercentenary Theatre on May 30, 2013. Each spring, the Harvard Commencement Office holds a competition to select an undergraduate speaker, a graduate student speaker, and a Latin speaker. At Morning Exercises on May 30, the chosen three gave their addresses before an audience of tens of thousands gathered in Tercentenary Theatre. For more information on this year's Commencement, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/.
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3D Printing of Lightweight Cellular Composites
Materials scientists at Harvard University have created lightweight cellular composites via 3D printing. These fiber-reinforced epoxy composites mimic the structure and performance of balsa wood. Because the fiber fillers align along the printing direction, their local orientation can be exquisitely controlled. These 3D composites may be useful for wind turbine, automotive and aerospace applications, where high stiffness- and strength-to-weight ratios are needed. To read more about the technology, visit http://hvrd.me/ypa2n.
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To Graduate From Harvard
Ever imagined what it might be like to graduate from Harvard? In this video, you can walk in the footsteps of a graduating senior on Commencement Day, from breakfast with the House Masters and the procession through Harvard Yard, to a behind-the-scenes vantage point at Tercentenary Theatre.
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Discover the Humanities at Harvard
Join our students, faculty, and alumni on an intellectual and creative journey to discover the Humanities at Harvard. Through dancing, playwriting, hip-hop, and literature, these personal stories illuminate the power of the arts and humanities to ignite, inspire, and transform.
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Programmable self-assembly in a thousand-robot swarm
The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. Learn more at http://hvrd.me/Af6qB.
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Mindfulness research probes depression benefits
Gaelle Desbordes, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructor in radiology at Harvard Medical School, is probing mindfulness meditation’s effect on depression, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to take before and after images of the brains of depressed patients who’ve learned to meditate. The work seeks to understand the internal brain processes affected by mindfulness meditation training in this population.
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Facebook CEO visits Harvard
Former Harvard student and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stopped by his old stomping grounds to answer a few questions.
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Justice with Michael Sandel - BBC: Fair pay?
To register for the 2015 course, visit https://www.edx.org/course/justice-harvardx-er22-1x-0. Should celebrities and sports stars be paid more than service workers? Is fair pay determined by supply and demand? In this excerpt from the BBC program "Fairness and the Big Society," Sandel uses the pay of a famous soccer star to explore the meaning of fairness with a London studio audience.
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A Day in the Life of a First-Year Student
From breakfast in Annenberg Hall to class to spending time with friends, experience the daily life of one first-year student at Harvard.
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Ivy Male Orator Samuel Clark | Harvard Commencement 2015
Ivy Male Orator Samuel Clark addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 27, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2015/.
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Graduate Speaker Jiang He  | Harvard Commencement 2016
Graduate Speaker Jiang He addresses graduates at Harvard's 365th Commencement on May 26, 2016 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2016/.
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"Family Guy" Creator Seth MacFarlane Class Day | Harvard Commencement 2006
Seth MacFarlane and the inhabitants of his off-color animated creation, television's "Family Guy," bid the Class of 2006 farewell during Class Day on Wednesday, June 7.
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Justice with Michael Sandel - BBC: Justice: Collective responsibility
To register for the 2015 course, visit https://www.edx.org/course/justice-harvardx-er22-1x-0. Should this generation of Germans take responsibility for addressing the evils perpetrated by their grandparents' generation during the Holocaust? Should this generation of Americans take responsibility for remedying the injustice of slavery? This excerpt from the BBC documentary "Justice: A Citizen's Guide to the 21st Century" asks whether moral responsibility can be collective as well as individual.
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Manchester United visits Harvard University
English soccer champions Manchester United made a brief stop at Harvard University as part of their U.S. pre-season tour, during which they faced several Major League Soccer teams including the Massachusetts-based New England Revolution. Sir Alex Ferguson led the star-studded squad through Harvard Yard, stopping at the statue of John Harvard for a photograph. Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Park Ji-Sung and Rio Ferdinand were among the crowd.
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Leadership in Education: Re-Imagining Learning | One Harvard
The Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education is a three-year, practice-based program created as an interdisciplinary effort that offers students access to a wide range of Harvard courses and faculty in Schools across the University.
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Undergraduate Speaker Joshuah Campbell | Harvard Commencement 2016
Undergraduate Speaker Joshuah Campbell addresses graduates at Harvard's 365th Commencement on May 26, 2016 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2016/.
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Untethered soft robot
Engineers at Harvard’s School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed the world’s first untethered soft robot – and demonstrated that the quadruped, which can literally stand up and walk away from its designers, can walk through snow, fire and even be run over by a car. The hope is that such robots might one day serve as a search and rescue tool following disasters. Learn more at: http://hvrd.me/Bndpp
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Natalie Portman Harvard Commencement Speech | Harvard Commencement 2015
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman ’03 addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 27, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/topic/commencement-2015/.
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