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Luke W. Xu

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Approval Ratings of Admin and Departmental Breakdown

Nearly Half of Surveyed Faculty Do Not Believe Harvard Provides Sufficient Departmental Support

The survey also revealed that a majority of respondents believe University President Drew G. Faust, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana, and Dean of FAS Michael D. Smith are doing “good” or “very good” jobs.

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Eighty-Eight Percent of Surveyed Harvard Faculty Believe Trump Has Done a ‘Very Poor’ Job as President

The faculty survey revealed that the vast majority of respondents identify as “liberal” or “very liberal,” and that a similarly large majority of FAS voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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On a Run with Harvard’s Next President

Heavy rain qualifies as weather most runners would consider demoralizing. But rain plunges Bacow into a state of determination, calm, understanding, even zen.

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SEAS Dean Looks to Expand Collaborations with HBS

​In anticipation of the fall 2020 SEAS expansion to Allston, SEAS is preparing a number of collaborative initiatives with their neighbor to-be, Harvard Business School.

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SEAS Dean Doyle Looks Ahead to Allston Campus Move

Even though the Allston School of Engineering and Applied Sciences campus will not open until the fall of 2020, Dean of SEAS Francis J. Doyle III said he is already excited about “the new future of Harvard.”

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From Somerville to Allston: Bacow and the Future of SEAS

It will fall to Bacow to make sure this “unprecedented opportunity” does not become, as some faculty called it in 2013, an “Allston bomb.” Many of his colleagues at Harvard said they think he is up to the task.

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President-Elect Bacow Launches FAS Dean Search

The president-elect also formed an advisory body for the search, comprising a group of faculty who will work closely with himself and with University Provost Garber.

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Smith Details FAS Diversity Initiatives Following Report

​Dean of FAS Michael D. Smith emailed out various ways FAS is working to promote diversity following the release of a University report on diversity and inclusion.

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News Analysis: #MeToo Reaches Harvard

When recent allegations of sexual harassment against a prominent Government professor surfaced last month, Harvard saw the direct effects of the #MeToo movement for the first time.

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Doyle Reaffirms Importance of SEAS Diversity Initiatives

As its student body grows more diverse, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will continue to prioritize diversity initiatives, according to SEAS Dean Francis J. Doyle III.

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SEAS Dean Doyle Aims for Industry Partnerships

Doyle said one of his priorities is to establish a stronger connection between SEAS and corporations, a move that will bring the school more in line with traditional engineering heavyweights including Stanford and MIT.

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Harvard and the Atomic Bomb

For 70 years, the light a Harvard president helped ignite has continued to burn. Entire movements have sprung to extinguish it, as have generations of academics; neither have succeeded.

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News Analysis: Smith’s Departure Follows Historical Trend

Over the past 70 years, four presidential transitions have brought a subsequent resignation from the FAS dean—the leader of Harvard’s flagship faculty.

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Faculty Praise Dean Smith’s Leadership, 'Brilliance'

Several professors praised FAS Dean Michael D. Smith's leadership over the past decade, highlighting his handling of the 2008 financial crisis that decimated the FAS budget.

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Imitation Game

Art imitates life, but life imitates art, too. Yet art and life aren’t the only players in the imitation game—the rest of us, caught inside, can’t be hopelessly stuck. There must be some way we can break out.