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Finding Your Inner Yeast: How Do New Traits Evolve?

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Wed., July 30, 2014, 6 – 7 p.m. To understand human biology we must tackle an important question: how do we look at an organism’s DNA sequence – it’s genotype – and understand how it produces the organism’s traits and behaviors, or phenotype? Humans share a lot of genes with other organisms like dogs, apes, and even yeast. We have the same genetic toolbox, yet remain very different. These differences can be attributed to gene expression – when genes get turned on or off – that gets rewired over the course of evolution to produce new phenotypes. Dawn Thompson will discuss recent work that investigates how changes in gene expression have given rise to interesting phenotypes such ...
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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Twelfth Night

Boston Common Tue., July 29, 2014, 8 – 11 p.m. Join us on the Boston Common for Bard’s classic comedy of love in disguise. Follow the journey of Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, as they encounter loss and love in their new homeland—the mythical and magical land of Illyria. Directed by Steven Maler. Pack your picnic, stake out your spot early and join us for pre-show music and Greenshow. This performance is FREE and open to the public. CSC will offer ASL-Interpreted and Audio-Described performances of Twelfth Night this summer. The ASL-Interpreted performances are on August 3 and August 8. The Audio-Described performance is July 27. General Day and Time Info: Commonwealth Concerts sponsored by New England ...
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Finding Neverland

American Repertory Theater64 Brattle StreetCambridge, MA 02138 Tue., July 29, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Based on the Miramax film by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the real-life relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, one of the most beloved stories of all time. Staged by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus with music by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and choreography by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance"), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up. Finding Neverland is presented by the A.R.T. by special arrangement ...
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Through the living room

Learning from a renowned master of the yangqin - a Chinese hammered dulcimer - Reylon Yount '16 can't help but feel inspired in Beijing.
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Some Things That 'The New Republic' Author Got Wrong About the Ivy League

The New Republic's William Deresiewicz came out swinging this week. "Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League," the Ivy League-educated former Yale professor wrote. The jarring headline was accompanied by an image of a Harvard flag set aflame — a...
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We Can Do Better

It’s official. The “surge” of unaccompanied minors from Central America is a humanitarian crisis—according to President Obama. The administration estimates that at least 80,000 children (internationally defined as people under 18) will attempt to cross the border on their own this year. At least 57,000 crossed between October 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, a 106 percent increase from last year and a tenfold increase above the flows of a decade ago. Like the tragic case of refugees from Syria, this is an emergency for which recent history should have prepared us. We have decades of experience in dealing with unaccompanied minors from Central America. We know the main causes driving their migration and we know some of the solutions. But unlike the countries bordering Syria, the United States is not ...
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A scenic setting for creating scenery

This summer at Cobalt Studios in Bethel, New York, Artist Development Fellow Christina Rodriguez '15 learns the fine art of scenic painting.
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Harvard Arts Blog

This ‘Rhinoceros’ is a horn of plenty

Running through August 3, HRST's production of Ionesco's absurdist classic provides collaborative freedom for student actors and their director.
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Homing In on Harvard

While roaming Harvard Square on a bright early-June afternoon, I walked past a street musician playing The Beatles’ hit “Here Comes the Sun.” I remember reckoning that the song was quite suited to the time. A bitter winter had dragged on until not too long before, and a short brisk spring was just about to turn into summer. I knew I would be spending the next two months on campus, and I was excited to see Harvard in—quite literally—a new light. “Cambridge is so beautiful in the summer,” many told me cheerfully upon hearing my summer plans. They were right, in more than one way. The city, like most places, is undoubtedly more eye-pleasing during the warm season than in other times of the year. But being on ...
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Broad Institute Receives $650M, the Largest-Ever Gift in Psychiatric Research

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced Tuesday a globally groundbreaking gift. The Cambridge-based biomedical research center has received a $650 million commitment from philanthropist Ted Stanley — the largest-ever gift in...
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Dunster Demolition

Approximately seven weeks after the construction project began, the renewal of Dunster House is in full swing. The perimeter of one of the oldest dormitories for upperclassmen is almost completely scaffolded; only its iconic red and white tower looks intact. Trees and plants have been removed from the courtyard, and the grass has been covered with gravel to accommodate equipment and the construction workers. The monumental iron gate facing the Charles River is no longer in place—nor is the iron fence that used to separate the House from Memorial Drive. According to the on-site bulletin, workers are currently performing excavation and plumbing activities, selectively demolishing the interiors, and restoring walls, roofs, and chimneys. The dining hall has had some of its panels removed and the library is now empty. Following the restoration ...
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Brutally honest, and encouraging

Studying composition in Berlin this summer, Artist Development Fellow Phillip Golub '16 learns musical lessons and more with master teacher Samuel Adler.
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Harvard Management Company turns 40

University and Harvard Management Company officials gathered Thursday to mark the anniversary of the latter’s founding, which made Harvard one of the first universities with a specialized organization to oversee its institutional investments.
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Harvard Gazette

Mendillo to step down

After six years as the helm of Harvard Management Company, which oversees Harvard University’s endowment, President and Chief Executive Officer Jane Mendillo says she will step down at the end of the year.
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