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Simon J. Levien

Crimson staff writer Simon J. Levien can be reached at simon.levien@thecrimson.com. Follow him on Twitter @simonjlevien.

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Research

Harvard to Launch Ph.D. Program in Quantum Science and Engineering

Harvard will launch a Ph.D. program in Quantum Science and Engineering, which it said would be “one of the world’s first,” according to a Monday morning announcement.

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Research

SEAS Researchers Develop Method to Change the Fundamental Microscopic Shape of Materials

Researchers at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences created a new method to transform the fundamental topology of cellular material, according to their paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature last week.

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SEAS

In Photos: A Tour of the New Science and Engineering Complex

Though most students, faculty, and staff do not yet have access to Harvard’s new Science and Engineering Complex due to Covid-19 restrictions, The Crimson was granted access to tour the eight-story SEC Monday. Here is a brief look, in photos, of the SEC’s features, study spaces, and classrooms students can look forward to.

Research

Raindrops on Exoplanets Remain Similar to Those on Earth, Harvard Researchers Discover

A pair of Harvard researchers discovered that falling raindrops on other planets remain similar in size and behavior despite widely different atmospheric conditions, according to a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets last month.

Pitman Model of Harvard as It Was in 1775
Retrospection

Harvard, in Miniature

In 1950, Harvard students entering Widener Library could feast their eyes on three dioramas depicting miniaturized campus history. If they turned right, they could picture themselves standing in 1677, when Old College stood where Grays Hall is now and the original Harvard Hall had not yet burned down.

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Research

SEAS Researchers Postpone Test Flight for Controversial Geoengineering Project To Block Sun

Harvard researchers announced Wednesday they will postpone a test flight for a controversial environmental engineering project — the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment, known as “SCoPEx” — after pushback from an Indigenous peoples’ group in Sweden.

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College

Finding a Proxy: SEAS Seniors Submit Theses After Unconventional Research Year

With limited or no access to all of laboratory equipment at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, many seniors had to adapt to researching and writing their theses remotely. Some relied more on computer-aided research, while others found inventive ways to still utilize in-person experimentation.

Ending Hate, Advancing Justice Event
Race

HKS Hosts Anti-Asian Violence Webinar with Southern Poverty Law Center President

Southern Poverty Center President and CEO Margaret Huang and gun control activist Shannon Watts discussed the recent rise in anti-Asian violence and the mass shooting in Atlanta last week at a Wednesday Harvard Kennedy School webinar.

Ending Hate, Advancing Justice Event
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Ending Hate, Advancing Justice Event

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Scrutiny

The Crimson Klan

The Ku Klux Klan’s presence at Harvard throughout the twentieth century, though it waxed and waned, was clear. Yet attempts to recognize and reckon with the Crimson Klan, a brazen symbol of racism and the legacy of slavery at Harvard, appear absent from the University's recent attempts to reckon with its past.

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Harvard Law School

Harvard Reischauer Institute Notes ‘Serious Concerns’ Over Prof. Ramseyer’s ‘Comfort Women’ Article

Harvard’s Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies issued a statement last week calling on the publishing journal to “fully address” concerns raised around Harvard Law professor J. Mark Ramseyer’s contentious article on “comfort women,” and condemning online harassment that has stemmed from the controversy.

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Sciences Division

Allston Science and Engineering Complex Receives LEED Platinum Certification

Harvard’s new Science and Engineering Complex in Allston has received two top sustainability distinctions — LEED platinum status and the Living Building Challenge Petal certification, according to a Wednesday press release.

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Sciences Division

Koumoutsakos Appointed Institute of Applied Computational Science Director

Professor of Computing in Science and Engineering Petros Koumoutsakos, who joined Harvard faculty this semester, assumed the directorship of Harvard’s Institute for Applied Computational Science.

The Past, Present, and Future of Violence
Harvard Law School

Harvard Professors Help Found Nonprofit Committed to Academic Freedom

Eighteen Harvard affiliates — including Cornel R. West ’74, Steven A. Pinker, and Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. — signed on as founding members of a new nonpartisan nonprofit that officially launched Monday, the Academic Freedom Alliance.

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Student Jobs

Up in the Air: Class of 2021 Looks Ahead to a Rocky Job Market

This year’s senior class is graduating into a job market that looks radically different from what it did a year ago. In interviews, several members of the Class of 2021 described a range of experiences throughout this recruiting season: some reported it went smoothly, while others asserted the pandemic had created new bumps in the process. All reported a new sense of uncertainty.

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