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Alicia M. Chen

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Weike Wang on Art, Science, and Career Changes

“Science as its best, can be art. The best experiments are really beautiful and simple. One of the things I learned from synthetic organic chemistry, like with mathematical proofs, was how beautiful something could be on one page. And that’s kind of what I want to achieve with writing.”

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Ninety-Six Hours in November

Last month, we asked our writers to record Election Day — and the days that followed — as they experienced it, from wherever they were in the country.

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Who is Joe Blitzstein and Why Does Everyone Love Him So Much?

A conversation with Professor Joe K. Blitzstein about teaching during the pandemic, advising, Harvard Confessions, and memes.

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The Pandemic-Era Allure of Productivity YouTube

This is how, in the early phases of the pandemic, I stumble upon the productivity side of YouTube. Over the last seven months, I have somehow found myself spending more time watching videos that tell me how to optimize my life — how to take notes, stack habits, sleep better, focus on work — than ever before.

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500 Days of Mismatched Expectations

My first reaction after watching “500 Days of Summer” was that I didn’t like Summer. But how would I feel if the genders were reversed?

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Summer Postcard: Organ Meats

I have been thinking about organ meats a lot this summer because I have been thinking about my grandfather, who was recently diagnosed with rapidly progressing dementia.

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Summer Postcards 2019

Summer Postcard: Cambridge

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Summer Postcard: Hometown Changes

The phrase “coming home” has a connotation of something familiar and stable, like a soft couch you sit in after a long and full day.

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Summer Postcards 2018

Summer Postcard: Cary

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The Big Boil Down

The other Boil Down attendees are either 10 years younger or 10 years older than I am. I’d predicted this: It’s Saturday morning. But I am not fazed.

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Operation Match

In 1965, two Harvard students created the very first computer-based matchmaking service in the United States. They called it Operation Match.

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Good Places for Families to Live

For FM's "Contemporary Romance" feature, AMC revisits the closest thing she has to a hometown.

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Give a Shit

Pooping is a part of life everywhere, but I get the sense that here, it’s a lifestyle.

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Techno-HUDS: College Dining in the Digital Age

HUDS knows when and what you're going to eat tonight.


The Ties that Bind: Welcoming Freshmen into House Life

For some first-year students, the transition to House life is difficult. The Houses are larger than most freshman dorms, and further from the Yard. Most importantly, they can be intimidating.