Viruses: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Paul Turner, Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Microbiology Program Faculty Member, Yale University Viruses are the tiniest but most numerous inhabitants of Earth. Although notorious for causing deadly epidemics, not all viruses are bad. Many are beneficial to their hosts and several play key roles in maintaining the health of ecosystems. Paul […]

Ancient Egyptian Gardens

Christian E. Loeben, Egyptologist and Keeper of Egyptian and Islamic Arts, Museum August Kestner, Hanover, Germany The oldest documented gardens in the world are from ancient Egypt. Gardens were described in hieroglyphic texts and depicted in paintings, and many have been recovered through archaeology. From these sources we know that ancient Egyptians maintained gardens at […]

Art and Science Converge in the Deep Sea

Lily Simonson, Painter Peter R. Girguis, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University Lily Simonson and Peter Girguis exemplify the long tradition of artists and scientists working in tandem to explore new worlds—in their case, the magnificent deep sea. Simonson will discuss how the immersive, glowing canvases in her current exhibition at the Harvard […]

The Care of Foreigners: Immigrant Physicians and the U.S. Health Care System

Eram Alam, Assistant Professor of History of Science, Harvard University In 1965, the United States invited thousands of physicians from other countries to fill vacancies that could not be filled with American doctors. While this strategy was meant to be a short-term solution, it became a permanent feature of the U.S. health care system. Today, […]

Making the Earth and Moon

Rebecca A. Fischer, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago in a series of giant collisions between other planetary bodies, the last of which produced the Moon. The fingerprints of this process can be seen in the chemical compositions of Earth and the […]

Evolution Matters: David Quammen and Carl Zimmer

David Quammen, Author and Journalist Carl Zimmer, Author and New York Times Columnist Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Evolution Matters Lecture Series, two of the world’s best-known science writers will engage in a lively and wide-ranging conversation. From a discussion of their latest books on heredity and the history of life on Earth to […]

The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes

Mark Plotkin, Co-Founder and President of the Amazon Conservation Team Brian Hettler, GIS and New Technologies Manager of the Amazon Conservation Team Richard Evans Schultes—ethnobotanist, taxonomist, writer, photographer, and Harvard professor—is regarded as one of the most important plant explorers of the twentieth century. In 1941, Schultes traveled to the Amazon rainforest on a mission […]

February School Vacation Week

This event occurs from 11:00AM to 4:00PM on Sunday, February 17–Friday, February 22, and on Sunday, February 24 (closed on Saturday, February 23). The Harvard Semitic Museum is closed on Saturdays. Free, fun, family activities allow visitors to explore arts from the ancient Near East. Activities change daily: make Egyptian accessories, hear a story, inscribe […]

I Heart Science

A Museum Festival for All Ages Awaken your love of science with activities led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers. Meet scientists who investigate fossils, microbes, and carnivorous plants. Hear short talks on current research at Harvard. Observe tiny, tough tardigrades (microscopic “water bears”), and make your own model of one. Bring your […]

‘Summer In the City’ Lineup Announced

Cambridge Arts has announced the lineup for the 27th annual “Summer In the City” program, which aims to make the arts accessible to all residents through free, outdoor events. “A big tenet of Cambridge Arts is to make sure that arts are accessible to everyone in Cambridge, and so by offering this free programming in […]

Sprouting Healthy Eating

CitySprouts brings the outdoors into local elementary schools “So pretty,” a kindergartener at the King School exclaims as her class troops onto the school’s rooftop garden on a warm April morning. She jumps up and down several times. “Finally, we get to go to the garden!” CitySprouts Garden Coordinator Solomon Montagno asks which of the […]

EurekaFest InvenTeams and Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Showcase

Join the Lemelson-MIT Program for EurekaFest 2018 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to celebrate high school and collegiate inventors from across the country who will showcase their inventions to the public on Thursday, June 21 at the Kresge Auditorium from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.