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Ned Friedman Portrait
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Fifteen Questions: Ned Friedman on the Arnold Arboretum, ‘Botanizing,’ and His Favorite Tree

The Organismic and Evolutionary Biology professor and Arboretum director took FM on a tour of the Arboretum, discussing botany, evolution, and his love of trees along the way. “Everything that is our reality has been shaped by plants,” he says.

Ned Friedman 15Q Arboretum Road
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Ned Friedman 15Q Arboretum Road

"Because these are really important trees for science and their conservation, we have to keep them alive," Friedman says.

Ned Friedman Tree Picture
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Ned Friedman Tree Picture

"It’s kind of a magical tree, and it’s a mutant tree, too," Friedman says.

Ned Friedman 15Q Arboretum Trees
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Ned Friedman 15Q Arboretum Trees

"I’m gonna take you back a different way through the conifers, so we don’t repeat anything," Friedman says.

Ned Friedman Portrait
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Ned Friedman Portrait

William “Ned” Friedman is the Director of the Arnold Arboretum and a Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

Charles River Esplanade views
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Hacking Harvard Bridge with Oliver R. Smoot

As a pledge, the fraternity made Smoot lay down on the bridge over 300 times, painting ticks at each smoot. Almost 70 years later, the Smoot markings remain, allowing pedestrians to measure their journey in “smoots.” According to a sign on the bridge, Cambridge and Boston are exactly 364.4 smoots apart.

Lee Smith Portrait
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Up Close with Lee Smith

Smith’s enduring attachment to his time is representative of his broader artistic philosophy, one of introspection and intimacy. Part of that philosophy emerged from an encounter with the groundbreaking photojournalist Gordon Parks during his visit to the yearbook staff.

Daniel Lieberman 15Q portrait
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Daniel Lieberman 15Q portrait

Daniel E. Lieberman is the chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology and professor of biological sciences.

Sarah Richardson
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Fifteen Questions: Sarah S. Richardson on Gender Equity in Science, Interdisciplinary Research, and Purring as a Superpower

The historian of science sat down with Fifteen Minutes to talk about gender, science, and her ideal superpower. "Science is done by humans in context in cultural spaces, and is inflected by those contexts," she says.

Jeannie Suk Gersen Portrait
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Jeannie Suk Gersen Portrait

Jeannie Suk Gersen is a Harvard Law School professor and a writer for The New Yorker.

Jeannie Suk Gersen Portrait
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Fifteen Questions: Jeannie Suk Gersen on Free Speech, Fast Fashion, and Getting Over Yourself

The Harvard Law School professor and New Yorker writer Jeannie Suk Gersen sat down with Fifteen Minutes to discuss her exploration of various aspects of the law. "For me, I can’t imagine in my career not having that sense of spontaneity and unpredictability about what it is I’m going to get super interested in next," she says.

Claudia Goldin Nobel Prize Press Conference
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Fifteen Questions: Claudia D. Goldin on the Nobel Prize, Women in Economics, and the Barbie Movie

Henry Lee Professor of Economics Claudia D. Goldin speaks with Fifteen Minutes about her Nobel Prize, gender gaps in economics, and the Barbie movie.

Claudia D. Goldin Portrait
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Claudia D. Goldin Portrait

Claudia D. Goldin is the 2023 Nobel Laureate in Economics and the Henry Lee Professor of Economics.

Yegvenia Albats
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Fifteen Questions: Yevgenia Albats on Journalism in the USSR, Freedom of the Press, and Her Bibliophilia

The journalist sat down with Fifteen Minutes to talk about her career, including being declared an enemy of the Russian state, investigative reporting on KGB officials, and her deep love of reading that was kindled in Widener Library’s basement. “In many countries, people are suffering because of their cruel leaders, because of injustice, because of poverty, because of absence of normal medical help,” she says. “Our job is to tell their stories.”

crespo portrait
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Andrew Manuel Crespo ’05 is a professor of criminal law and procedure at Harvard Law school, the executive faculty director of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration, and a founding editor of Inquest, a forum for advancing decarceral ideas.

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