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By adamg - 5/21/20 - 9:53 am

A Harvard student who claims to have been wronged by online classes has sued Harvard to get part of her spring tuition back. Read more.

By adamg - 5/13/20 - 2:25 pm

Deans at Harvard's medical and dental schools told students today that due to Covid-19, the fall semester for incoming students will start with only online classes - a couple weeks after a Harvard University official said that the main Harvard campus would be open to students in September. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/20 - 9:13 pm

In a letter to the Harvard community today, university Executive Vice President Kate Lapp said that a university commitment to keep dining, custodial and security workers employed through May 25 has been extended to June 25, but cautioned that with Covid-19-related losses now expected to reach more than $1 billion, the school might have to look at the possibility of "furloughs and layoffs of some members of our workforce." Read more.

By adamg - 5/1/20 - 9:39 pm

The disgraced and now dead convicted molester had his own office at Harvard, WBZ reports.

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By adamg - 4/28/20 - 12:00 pm

Starting this week, some people going in for Covid-19 testing in New York City will be asked to have two swabs stuck up their noses, one a traditional plastic stick tipped with cotton or nylon, the other also a plastic stick, but one that ends in a corkscrew design rather than having something absorbent attached to it, and designed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute, based at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Read more.

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By adamg - 4/6/20 - 12:25 pm

Harvard President Larry Bacow discusses what surviving Covid-19 was like, starting with the surprise of being diagnosed since he and his wife had basically shut themselves at home and had not seen anybody else for 10 days.

He adds he was tested not because he's president of Harvard but because he has an autoimmune disorder - and he discusses how Harvard began preparing for coronavirus in January.

By adamg - 3/31/20 - 9:50 am

The Crimson reports Harvard scientists have found that olfactory nerve cells that detect odors and relay the information to the brain have a couple of types of proteins on their surfaces that Covid-19 seems particularly adept at latching onto and using as a gateway to turn cells into virus-producing machines. So a person scratches his nose or breathes in some particles, the virus lands on these cells and attacks and eventually kills them - sometimes long before before the invaders reach the throat and lungs and wreak more serious damage.

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 2:52 pm

The state's four medical schools - at Harvard, Tufts, BU and UMass - have agreed to push their normal May graduations into April at the request of state officials, who in turn have promised an expedited licensing process for people who stay in Massachusetts, to get new doctors into the front lines of the war against Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 4:14 pm

Andrew Facini was on hand for what might be "the closest thing to commencement they';re going to get this year:" Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/20 - 3:02 pm

The Harvard Art, Semitic and Natural History museums will all be closed "until further notice" starting tomorrow due to Covide-19 concerns.

By adamg - 3/10/20 - 8:55 am

Harvard President Larry Bacow announced this morning that Harvard is moving to online classes for the rest of spring semester to reduce the risks of a Covid-19 outbreak. Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/20 - 1:36 pm

Science reports that a Chinese development company is giving a consortium of Boston-area researchers $115 million to investigate Covid-19 and figure out how to fight it. Read more.

By adamg - 3/7/20 - 3:24 pm

Coro Allegro, which had scheduled a performance tomorrow of Robert Stern's oratorio, Shofar at the Sanders Theater at Harvard, has had to cancel the event because Harvard is no longer allowing large public gatherings on its campus due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 3/7/20 - 12:58 pm

Harvard University yesterday told students and staff at its Cambridge and Boston campuses that it's banned all school-related international travel and "non-essential domestic travel" due to Covid-19 concerrns - and that it might be a good idea to cancel any on-campus meetings of 100 people or more, although lecture classes will go on as usual. Read more.

By adamg - 3/6/20 - 11:06 am

Some news on the Robot Overlords front from local researchers: Dexai Robotics of Somerville has raised $5.5 million for its robotic sous-chef replacement, called Alfred. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/20 - 9:55 pm

Boston Magazine breaks new ground in the saga of Charles Lieber: When not busy running the chemistry department at Harvard and setting up a program at a university in China,the professor indicted last week was busy was growing giant pumpkins, the sort you'd go up to the Topsfield Fair to see.

Innocent, etc.

By adamg - 2/1/20 - 1:08 pm

A federal judge in Worcester yesterday ordered that Zaosong Zheng, a Chinese doctor doing post-graduate research at Beth Israel Hospital, remain locked up for the time being, denying his request for bail for a second time following his arrest at Logan Airport in December. Read more.

By adamg - 1/28/20 - 2:48 pm
Lieber in Wuhan

Lieber in Wuhan in 2011. Source.

Two Chinese nationals were charged - and a Harvard professor arrested - today in connection with what the US Attorney's office alleges are Chinese efforts to purloin US data and intelligence. Read more.

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