On 2012 Commencement, journalist and author Fareed Zakaria, Ph.D. '93, LL.D. '12, gave an upbeat assessment of world affairs. But Phi Beta Kappa orator Derek Bok and Radcliffe Medalist Margaret H. Marshall detailed serious concerns about American democracy. Medical and dental graduates heard a searing call to service. And there were lighter moments, too.
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A novel coating that repels almost every type of liquid and solid, from blood and crude oil to ice and bacteria, has received a 2012 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. Called SLIPS, the coating was developed by the Radcliffe Institute's Joanna Aizenberg and was inspired by the slippery surface of the carnivorous pitcher plant.
The depth of my alienation from home hit me last January, when Alabama shut out Louisiana State for the college football championship. Even in the familiar afterglow of 'Bama's second title in three years, I had to ask myself, what right did my state have to brag, about anything?
The Broadway musical ONCE took eight Tony Awards at the American Theatre Wing's annual ceremony, held on June 10. John Tiffany, director of ONCE, received the Tony for Best Director of a Musical; he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute during 2010-2011.
"Once," which won eight Tonys, was developed at the A.R.T. by director and Radcliffe Institute fellow John Tiffany before it headed to New York.
Harvard students commemorate Adrienne C. Rich '51, who was one of the twentieth century's most compelling and controversial poetic voices. You can find Rich's archives at Schlesinger library, in the same Yard where she attended class.
Two Broadway shows with origins at Harvard cleaned up at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" and "Once" took home 10 awards in total, including the prizes for best musical revival and best musical, respectively.
A team of researchers from Harvard University invented a way to keep any metal surface free of ice and frost, with direct implications for metal surfaces such as those used in refrigeration systems, wind turbines, aircraft, marine vessels, and the construction industry.
John Tiffany RI '11 has won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Once.
Harvard Magazine reports Natasha Trethewey, a 2001 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, has been named poet laureate of the United States.