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Congress Members Call on Harvard and Grad Union to ‘Resolve Their Differences’ and Settle a Contract

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Andrew S. Levin (D-Mich.) called on Harvard and its graduate student union to set apart their differences and settle the union’s first labor contract in a virtual conversation posted to Twitter in late April.


Harvard, University of Michigan Professors Discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Effect on Prisons

Heather Ann Thompson, a Pulitzer prize-winning author and University of Michigan professor, discussed the relationship between pandemics and prisons in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during a virtual event on Thursday.


Extension School Student Government Election Mired in Controversy After Assault Allegations Against Incoming President

The Harvard Extension Students Association — the official student government of the Extension School — shared Monday that Jacob Khan would serve as the next President of its executive board, after defeating his opponent Dale A. Manzo in a runoff election characterized by controversy.


Faculty to Discuss Fall Courses, Simultaneous Enrollment; Extension School Courses Likely Online Only

In its first monthly meeting since faculty and students cleared Harvard’s campus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will vote over Zoom on course lists for the fall semester Tuesday, as well as a motion to simplify procedures for simultaneous enrollment.


FAS Places Prof. Nowak On Leave After Report Finds Epstein Used His Program to Rehabilitate Image

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences placed Physics professor Martin A. Nowak on paid administrative leave Friday after a review into Harvard’s ties to Jeffrey E. Epstein found extensive and previously unreported contact between the professor and the convicted sex offender, FAS Dean Claudine Gay wrote in an email to affiliates Friday afternoon.


Researchers Discover First Known Swimming Dinosaur

An international research team that includes two Harvard professors has determined that the Spinosaurus is the first known swimming dinosaur, according to a study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature.


Harvard Extension School Has Partnered With Zoom For Years, Former Dean Says

Huntington “Hunt” D. Lambert — former Dean of the Division of Continuing Education — said in an interview last week that he believes colleges’ smooth transition to virtual education is partially owed to Harvard Extension School’s years-long partnership with videoconferencing platform Zoom.


GSAS Launches Emergency Support Initiative to Help Students Affected by Coronavirus Pandemic

Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is launching an Emergency Support Initiative to provide funding opportunities and fellowship appointments for graduate students impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, GSAS Dean Emma Dench announced in an email to students Friday morning.


Harvard Suspends Some College Fellow Searches Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Harvard has suspended some of its searches for the College Fellows Program “based on curricular needs” in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak.


Grad Union Expresses Concerns with Workload, Health Care, and Research During Pandemic

Student workers said they were concerned about workload protections, health care security, and research opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic, given the absence of a contract between Harvard and its graduate student union.


FAS Dean Gay Says Higher Ed Must Think 'Rigorously' and 'Creatively' About Fall Semester

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay said in an interview Thursday that she and other higher education administrators are looking for “rigorous and creative” solutions to ensure academic progress for all students this fall.


Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Suspends Capital Projects and Faculty Searches After University-Wide Freezes

After Harvard announced University-wide hiring and salary freezes, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences indefinitely placed faculty searches and capital projects on hold.


Search for Harvard Ethnic Studies Faculty Suspended Indefinitely Due to Pandemic

Harvard has indefinitely suspended its search for faculty specializing in ethnic studies due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to FAS Dean Claudine Gay.


Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Unable to Cover FY2020 Budget After Netting $30 Million in Coronavirus Losses

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences is unable to cover its budget for Fiscal Year 2020 after incurring more than $30 million in “unforeseen expenses and lost revenue” due to the coronavirus pandemic, FAS Dean Claudine Gay wrote in an email to faculty and staff Friday.


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