Promoting Engagement

Courtesy of Immaculata De VivoCourtesy of Immaculata De Vivo
By Casey Campbell

As experts in their fields of study, Radcliffe Institute faculty directors develop innovative programming across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences that engages researchers, students, and the public. They are committed to creating connections among scholars, schools, and disciplines at Harvard University and around the world.

Immaculata De Vivo has been appointed interim faculty codirector of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute. She also holds positions at Harvard Medical School as a professor of medicine and at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a professor of epidemiology. 

As an international leader in the molecular and genetic epidemiology of cancer, De Vivo applies a uniquely interdisciplinary approach, combining molecular biology, genetics, and epidemiology. Recognized by the American Cancer Society, her research focuses on how the environment can interact with genetic factors, which has the potential to influence a person’s vulnerability to hormonal cancers.  

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony RinaldoAlyssa A. Goodman AM ’86, PhD ’89, RI ’17 codirects Radcliffe’s science program. Goodman is the Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In 2016–2017, she was the Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellow at Radcliffe. Before joining Harvard’s faculty, she was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.

Goodman’s work spans astronomy, data visualization, science education, and the use of technology in academic research and teaching. Recently, she has focused on the history of prediction, ranging from Mesopotamia in ancient times to the modern era. In her astrophysical research, Goodman works on understanding how interstellar gas arranges itself into new stars and finding new techniques for measuring the structure of the galaxy. 


Photo by Kevin GradyPhoto by Kevin GradyShigehisa Kuriyama ’77, AM ’78, PhD ’86 was appointed faculty director of the humanities program at the Radcliffe Institute. He is a Japanologist and a historian of medicine. Kuriyama is also the Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Kuriyama’s work explores broad philosophical issues—such as being and time, representations and reality, knowing and feeling—through the lens of specific topics in comparative medical history. Since joining the Harvard faculty, in 2005, Kuriyama has also been actively engaged in expanding the horizons of teaching and scholarly communication through the creative use of digital technologies.

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