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Central Administration

Harvard Lobbying Steady in 2012

Harvard’s Office of Federal Relations spent about $510,000 on lobbying in Washington D.C. in the calendar year of 2012, approximately the same amount as in 2011, according to public records filed with Congress.

Politics

Protests Against Calderon's Fellowship Appointment Continue

As former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón arrives in Cambridge this week to begin a fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, human rights activists and the school’s officials continue to engage in a back-and-forth over his appointment.

Harvard Law School

Law School Debuts First Online Course

Harvard Law School’s first ever online course launched Monday, opening up “Copyright,” a class taught by Law School professor William W. Fisher, III, to hundreds of people worldwide.

Harvard Kennedy School

Samore Appointed Belfer Center Executive Director

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs announced Tuesday that Dr. Gary S. Samore has been tapped to lead the center as its executive director.

Labor

HUCTW Urges University to Agree with Favorable Contract Negotiations

Members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers and student supporters protested outside of Massachusetts Hall all day on Tuesday to urge the University to agree to favorable terms in continuing contract negotiations.

Harvard in the World

Faust Travels to Davos for World Economic Forum

Harvard University President Drew G. Faust attended the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland last week, sharing her thoughts on the future of higher education and women in economic leadership with high-profile leaders and thinkers from around the world.

Harvard Medical School

NFL Players Association Gives Harvard $100 Million Grant To Study Player Health

The National Football League Players Association has issued Harvard Medical School a $100 million grant to establish a 10-year research initiative aimed at finding solutions to players’ health problems.

John Huey
Politics

HKS Announces Spring Shorenstein Fellows

CNN political reporter Peter Hamby, former TIME Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey, and four other prominent figures in journalism and politics will spend the semester on campus as spring fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, the Kennedy School announced Monday.

Harvard Law School

HLS Professor Files DOMA Amicus Brief

Harvard Law School professor Vicki C. Jackson filed an amicus brief Thursday arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court does not have the constitutional power to rule on United States v. Windsor, the landmark case challenging the way marriage is defined in the Defense of Marriage Act.

The Future of Supercomputers
Computer Science

Computation Talk Stresses Applications

Delivering the keynote speech at a symposium Friday on the future of computation, hedge fund founder and scientist David E. Shaw predicted that researchers will increasingly rely on high-speed simulation to probe biological questions.

Central Administration

Students, Corporation To Discuss Social Choice Fund

Five students will meet with the Harvard Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility this Friday to discuss the details of a social choice fund, the creation of which the University announced in December.

Politics

Study Examines ACA Support

Although divisions over the Affordable Care Act persist along party lines, there is widespread public support for the extension and revision of Medicare, according to a recent joint survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and two partner organizations.

Research

HMS Professor Quashes Neanderthal Cloning Rumors

When Harvard Medical School genetics professor George M. Church was interviewed by the German magazine Der Spiegel about his new book, he had no idea that a misinterpretation of something he said would set off a worldwide media firestorm.

Gospel of Jesus' Wife
Religion

'Jesus's Wife' Parchment Continues to Ignite Controversy

The Harvard Theological Review continues to hold off on publishing the long-awaited article on the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” a scrap of papyrus that if authenticated would provide evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married.

Grad School of Education

Ed School Dean To Leave for Smith College

Dean of the Graduate School of Education Kathleen McCartney will leave her post at Harvard to become president of Smith College next summer.

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