February 16, 2018
Victoria Hwang and Annie Stephenson use bird plumage as the inspiration for their work on structural color. It turns out that replicating some of nature's most impressive colors is actually pretty tricky.
February 9, 2018
In this episode, PhD student Dakota McCoy, who studies Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, asks why birds of paradise evolved to have brightly colored feathers. Then she asks an even bigger question: Why did some of these brightly colored birds also develop super-black feathers?
February 8, 2018
Witches and plucky girls, princesses and vampires: In fairy tales, at least, females have power. While feminism has long mined fables and folk tales for both archetypes and answers, filmmakers have done the same to create arresting heroines and...
February 1, 2018
Nancy F. Koehn , PhD ’90, the James E. Robison Chair of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, is a historian who studies effective leadership and how leaders, past and present, craft lives of purpose, worth, and impact. Colloquy...
January 25, 2018
Applied labor economist Linda Bell, PhD '86, discovered that the gender gap in pay seen among top executives disappeared in companies run by women. As provost of Barnard College, she continues to delve into the reasons behind this finding while...
January 25, 2018
The new age of big data was supposed to make decisions easier, and in some ways it has. Data tells you how much you’re going to like a new film on Netflix. Data lets you know when you can stop running on that treadmill. Data helps predict hurricanes...
January 25, 2018
As a child, Mitra Akhtari and her family immigrated to the United States. Back in Iran, her mother had practiced medicine, but in the US, she needed to pass three board exams and complete a residency before she could continue her career. Akhtari...
January 25, 2018
Ewedihalew, yene konjo, ewedihalew yene fikir fikir fikir, yene fikir fikir fikir That lilting verse, though written in Amharic, would be familiar to the millions of American fans of the Canadian Grammy-winning R&B artist The Weeknd. Sung by a...
January 25, 2018
Bill Foster didn’t plan on a career in politics. He founded and ran a successful business for several years before returning to his first love: physics. After earning his PhD from Harvard, he started yet another career: as a US Congressman...
January 24, 2018
Catherine Hartmann was first exposed to Buddhism in a church Bible study group. “We were reading a book about other world religions and why they were wrong,” Hartmann says. According to the PhD candidate in the study of religion, the...

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