From Embryos to Evolution: Evo-Devo

@ the Radcliffe Institute
Monday, March 5, 2012
Nicole Le Douarin, photo by Tony RinaldoNicole Le Douarin, photo by Tony Rinaldo

Scientists trying to understand the evolutionary past have gained insight from studying embryonic development—a new area of science called evo-devo. Nicole Le Douarin, a pioneer of modern developmental biology, spoke at Radcliffe on how studying embryonic development sheds light on a key innovation in vertebrate evolution: the emergence of a head and brain. 

Orderly Living

Harvard Magazine
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Image courtesy of Houghton LibraryImage courtesy of Houghton Library

In March 2010, a group of colleaguesgot together at the Radcliffe Institute for a colloquium on German manuscript illumination. The speakers visited Houghton Library, where librarians had spread out for examination virtually all of the German illuminated manuscripts the library has. These treasures knocked the socks off the assembled academics, who decided that each would choose one of the fragments before them as the subject of a short essay. 

New Venues for Jewish Music Festival

Boston Globe
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Third Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival features pianist and former fellow Donald Berman who has put together a classical evening called "From the Lower East Side to Carnegie Hall.'' 

Jeremy Lin: The Tug of War Between Taiwan and China

International Business Times
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

International Business Times spoke with two experts on China and Taiwan to discuss the Jeremy Lin phenomenon and how it relates to East Asian political issues. 

From V-2 Rocket to Moon Landing

Harvard Gazette
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Photo by Kris SnibbePhoto by Kris Snibbe

Author Diane McWhorter's latest book project, "Moon of Alabama: From Nazi Germany to Tranquility Base, via the Segregated American South," explores how German scientists from Hitler's Third Reich helped to create the rocket that shot the Apollo 11 mission into space.

Job Retraining For the Unemployed: A Popular Fix that Might Not Work

Washington Post
Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fellow Amy Goldstein's Washington Post column on job retraining for the unemployed. 

The Last Supper as Passover

Harvard Gazette
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Photo by Stephanie MitchellPhoto by Stephanie Mitchell

Anthony Grafton made a compelling case that the Christian discovery of a Jewish Jesus began in the Renaissance. A leading cultural and intellectual historian of Renaissance Europe, Grafton suggested that it was 16th-century scholar Joseph Scaliger, in particular, who helped transform the discourse around the sacred Christian meal.

Chicago as Urban Microcosm

Harvard Gazette
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Photo by Rose LincolnPhoto by Rose Lincoln

Professor Robert Sampson studies Second City to paint detailed portrait of American cities. 

Painting on a New Canvas

The New York Times
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The New York Times features "Raising Renee" and discusses the upcoming premier on HBO with painter and Radcliffe fellow Beverly McIver. The documentary, created by Radcliffe fellow Jeanne Jordan, is based on the story of the painter and her sister.  

Academic E-Books: Innovation and Transition

Publishers Weekly
Friday, February 3, 2012

There is a growing crisis in the academic monograph marketplace. College and university libraries are experiencing budget cuts; there are too many presses publishing too many titles; there's growing pressure to figure out open access (OA) solutions, particularly in the face of the outrageous Research Works Act; and, aside from crossover or trade titles from the larger presses like Oxford, there is a sense that the barely adequate supply of funding will soon start to slide off a cliff.

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