Cover stories and feature articles published in The Bulletin, the monthly newsletter for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
In an era of declining commitment to arts education in this country’s public schools, Margie Li, a second-year PhD student in chemistry and chemistry biology, has just the kind of story that arts advocates might like to hold up as an example.
“Chocolate is my truest dessert love, and I’ve had a hopeless sweet tooth for as long as I can remember,” Martin says. Martin developed her blog (www.bittersweetnotes.com) not only to celebrate “the beauty and creativity of chocolate making,” but also to explore issues of “racial and socioeconomic injustice, responsible ecological development, (and) honesty in production and marketing.”
The awards, presented on April 12, celebrate faculty who go out of their way to mentor GSAS students, supporting them professionally and personally in ways large, small, and always meaningful – doing everything from inviting them to collaborate on papers and critiquing their talks to inviting them home for Thanksgiving.
For researchers in the humanities, adapting to new technologies – assessing their potential influence on one’s own research and collaborative relationships – opens exciting areas of possibility, even as it challenges traditional academic practices. Last fall, a student-run graduate workshop in the English Department navigated the fast-changing landscape of the so-called digital humanities, exploring a range of new ideas and forms of scholarly discourse.
They still rely on the time-honored tools of pegagogy, but an increasing number of Harvard teaching fellows are bringing new forms of technology to the classroom, turning students into bloggers or filmmakers to create new kinds of assignments, intensify classroom discussions, and build community.
Valerie Weiss had always been as passionate about theater and film as she was about science, earning a dual degree in molecular biology and theater as an undergraduate at Princeton. In the end – even after completing a PhD in biophysics at Harvard in 2001 – it was film that won the day.
GSAS student group “Science in the News” explores, clarifies, and debunks modern scientific news, discoveries, and research. In: March 2011 GSAS Bulletin. Download PDF of final article or entire newsletter.
Allegations about vaccines and autism, robots that mimic bugs, how memories are formed (and lost) – these are just some of the subjects explored by Science in the News, a public service organization founded by PhD students in 2006. SITN produces a monthly e-newsletter and a popular fall seminar series that look beyond the media reports to delve more deeply into modern science, discussing issues of broad importance to our wellbeing and understanding of the world.
Final article: WeBeasties, a science blog run by GSAS students, was picked up by ScienceBlogs, the largest online community devoted to science. In: Dec 2010 GSAS Bulletin. Download PDF of final article or entire newsletter.