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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.

By adamg - 12/9/19 - 9:54 am

Last Thursday, Tufts University announced it would remove the Sackler name everywhere it appears on its campuses, because of the family's ties to the opioid crisis.

The next day, the president of Harvard, who was previously the president of Tufts, said nope, doing what Tufts did would be "inappropriate."

By adamg - 12/5/19 - 9:39 am

Cambridge Police report that around 4 a.m., a car crashed through a fence and into a tree on Harvard grounds at 1270 Massachusetts Ave. in Harvard Square. Read more.

By adamg - 10/21/19 - 8:57 am

The Harvard Gazette reports a scientist picked to judge a competition on the Food Network said his experience got him to thinking about applying ideas developed for regrowing new organs to lab-grown meat - and that now his lab has "grown rabbit and cow muscle cells on edible gelatin scaffolds that mimic the texture and consistency of meat, demonstrating that realistic meat products may eventually be produced without the need to raise and slaughter animals."

More details.

By adamg - 10/1/19 - 5:25 pm

The Harvard Crimson reports a federal judge in Boston has upheld Harvard's attempts to ensure diverse classes through "race-conscious admissions policies" are legal - and meet guidelines set down by the Supreme Court. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/19 - 9:50 am

No, not John Quincy Adams, but Charles Adams. J.L. Bell is recounting Good Time Charlie's problems while attending Harvard. Why, at one pre-Thanksgiving feast, he was one of several students who were "extremely disorderly and riotous, making tumultuous and indecent noises, breaking the windows of the Hall, throwing the benches out of the windows into the yard &c."

By adamg - 9/2/19 - 7:48 pm

And will start classes tomorrow, the Harvard Crimson reports. The Crimson doesn't say how Harvard convinced the Trump administration to change its mind and let Ismail Ajjawi back into the US.

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