Brenda Song says she had 'no hesitation' choosing 'The Suite Life' over Harvard
In an interview with Glamour, Song, 34, described some of the struggles she faced as the eldest child of a first-generation Thai and Hmong family pursuing her childhood dream to become an actor. While Song’s parents and grandparents had been supportive of her career, she recalled her family’s financial struggles. My grandma took everything out of her savings—$527—and took me to this acting school that was not legit at all.news.yahoo.com
Harvard students stage walkout in front of professor accused of sexual harassment
Over 100 students marched out of a Harvard classroom on Tuesday to protest the first lecture of professor John L. Comaroff this year. Comaroff, who teaches African and African American Studies at Harvard University, was found to have violated the school’s sexual harassment and professional conduct policies after two internal investigations last year. In February 2022, three anthropology graduate students — Margaret G. Czerwienski, Lilia M. Kilburn and Amulya Mandava — sued the school for allegedly ignoring complaints filed by victims against Comaroff over the years.news.yahoo.com
3 top law schools quit US News rankings over equity concerns
The University of California, Berkeley’s law school has joined the law programs at Harvard and Yale in pulling out of U.S. News & World Report’s rankings over concerns that they punish efforts to attract students from a broad range of backgrounds.
Justice Jackson Recused Herself From a Supreme Court Case. Your Move, Clarence Thomas!
Today, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments that will likely result in its overturning of affirmative action in education. The plaintiffs allege that race-conscious school admissions are a form of discrimination against White and Asian students. It’s bad! But there are actually two separate arguments today about the constitutionality about affirmative action, because Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson recused herself from one due to a potential conflict of interest. Justice Clarence Thomas is seeinnews.yahoo.com
Supreme Court to hear arguments in landmark cases that could end affirmative action in university admissions
The U.S. Supreme Court may end affirmative action in university admissions through two cases it is set to hear Monday involving suits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.foxnews.com
Billionaire Jim Koch says his Harvard MBA didn't prepare him to launch Sam Adams: Experience can 'be a lot more important than intelligence'
Self-made billionaire Jim Koch had multiple degrees from Harvard University, including an MBA, when he founded Sam Adams in 1984. They didn't help, he says.cnbc.com
Duke senior's commencement speech accused of being plagiarized from Harvard student's 2014 address
A graduating student at Duke University faced heavy criticism after delivering a commencement address that shared “striking similarities” with a Harvard University graduation speech from 2014. During her commencement ceremony on May 8, speaker Priya Parkash called her school “the Duke nation” and said it could become its own country due to its various associations and landmarks. Parkash, who is originally from Pakistan, said that “if Duke were to dig a moat around its perimeter and fill that with water, it could be its own tiny island nation, like Cuba or maybe even Sri Lanka.”news.yahoo.com
Harvard teens help Ukraine refugees find housing
Two Harvard University freshmen have launched a website that connects people fleeing Ukraine to those in safer countries willing to take them in. The platform, UkraineTakeShelter.com, is generating offers of help and housing worldwide. (April 5)news.yahoo.com
Why U.S. Colleges Are Rethinking Standardized Tests
The pandemic forced a pause on colleges requiring standardized testing, long the gold standard for admissions in the U.S. As Covid-19 restrictions ease, widespread mandatory reliance on the ACT and SAT entrance exams isn’t springing back as quickly. One reason is that schools anticipate more Covid disruptions and want to provide predictability to applicants. Another is concern over large race-related gaps in SAT scores, which have been blamed for unequal educational opportunity for non-White stuwashingtonpost.com
Science panel: Consider air cooling tech as climate back-up
AdThe report looks at three possible ways to cool the air: Putting heat-reflecting particles in the stratosphere, changing the brightness of ocean clouds and thinning high clouds. “I honestly don’t know whether or not it’s going to make sense,” said committee chairman Chris Field of Stanford University. AdTexas A&M University’s Andrew Dessler sees geoengineering as a safety feature for the planet, like car airbags you hope to never need. “Sometimes you have to examine very risky options when the stakes are as high as they are with climate change.”Ad___Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
JFK's Harvard sweater sold at auction for more than $85,000
This undated photo released by RR Auction shows a Harvard University letter sweater that once belonged to former President John F. Kennedy, up for auction between Feb. 11-18, 2021, by the Boston-based auction firm. (Nikki Brickett/RR Auction via AP)BOSTON – John F. Kennedy's Harvard University sweater, given away to a television cameraman who mentioned that he was chilly while interviewing Jacqueline Kennedy, has sold at auction for more than $85,000. The crimson wool cardigan, featuring a large black block-letter “H” and eight white mother-of-pearl buttons, was one of several mementos from U.S. presidents sold during a President's Day auction that ended Thursday, according to Boston-based RR Auction. AdJFK's Harvard sweater, with his surname sewn into the collar, was acquired by Herman Lang, a CBS cameraman who filmed an interview with Jacqueline Kennedy in 1964, the year after the 35th president's assassination in Dallas. It is believed that because the interview was outdoors, Lang mentioned that he was cold and was offered the sweater, according to RR Auction.
Biden picks Samantha Power, former UN envoy, for US aid post
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2017 file photo, Harvard professor Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, addresses an audience at a forum on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. President-elect Joe Biden has selected Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, to run the U.S. Agency for International Development. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he has picked Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, to run the agency overseeing American foreign humanitarian and development aid. Biden said USAID will coordinate America's work to lead a global response to combat the coronavirus and help the most vulnerable nations.
Harvard petition demands scrutiny of ex-Trump officials
FILE In this May 30, 2019 file photo, graduates of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government hold aloft inflatable globes as they celebrate graduating during Harvard University's commencement exercises in Cambridge, Mass. A petition circulating at Harvard University demands that school officials create new accountability standards for former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an idea that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
Harvard petition demands scrutiny of ex-Trump officials
A petition circulating at Harvard University demands that school officials create new accountability standards for former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an idea that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON – A petition circulating at Harvard University demands new accountability standards for former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an idea that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives. The new petition argues that Trump officials deserves more scrutiny than those tied to past presidents. Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary and a Harvard Law School graduate, urged Harvard to reject the petition. “This is not an administration whose officers can be treated normally.”The Harvard petition goes further in demanding additional scrutiny of speakers and fellows, not just faculty.
Appeals court clears Harvard of racial bias in admissions
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, students walk near the Widener Library at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. A federal appeals court on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 has upheld a district court decision clearing Harvard University of intentional discrimination against Asian American applicants. Both sides have been preparing for a possible review by the Supreme Court, and some legal scholars say the issue is ripe to be revisited. In multiple decisions spanning decades, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that colleges can consider race as a limited factor in order to promote campus diversity. In close calls between students, some underrepresented students may get a “tip” in their favor, school officials have said, but students’ race is never counted against them.
Professor charged in China case sues Harvard over legal fees
BOSTON – A Harvard University professor charged with hiding his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program sued the Ivy League school on Friday over its refusal to pay his legal defense costs, accusing it of “turning its back on a dedicated faculty member." "Employees who find themselves accused of wrongdoing rely on their employers' promises to pay their defense costs," the complaint says. Authorities say Lieber was paid $50,000 a month by the Wuhan University of Technology in China under his Thousand Talents Program contract and awarded more than $1.5 million to establish a research lab at the Chinese university. In exchange, prosecutors say, Lieber agreed to apply for patents and do other work on behalf of the Chinese university. Authorities say Lieber lied about ties to the program and the Chinese university, telling federal authorities that he was never asked to participate in the Thousand Talents Plan.
Judges scrutinize suit's claims in Harvard racial bias case
BOSTON – A panel of appeals court judges on Wednesday repeatedly challenged the legal claims of a group that accuses Harvard University of intentional discrimination against Asian American students who apply to the Ivy League school. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston appeared skeptical of arguments made by Students for Fair Admissions, which says Harvard imposes a “racial penalty” on Asian Americans. When a lawyer for the group accused the school of racial stereotyping against Asian American applicants, a judge interrupted and questioned the basis of the claim. The group's lawsuit alleges that Harvard admissions officers use a subjective “personal rating” assigned to each student to discriminate against Asian Americans. But Judge Sandra L. Lynch challenged that allegation, saying that, presented with competing statistical models from both sides, the trial court judge sided with Harvard's.
Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students
The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. New visas would not be issued to students at schools planning to provide all classes online, which includes Harvard. The rule creates a dilemma for thousands of foreign students who stayed in the U.S. after their colleges shifted to remote learning last spring. They say the rule is consistent with existing law barring international students from taking classes entirely online. Federal officials say they are providing leniency by allowing students to keep their visas even if they study online from abroad this fall.
Judge to hear arguments in challenge to foreign student rule
New visas would not be issued to students at schools planning to provide all classes online, which includes Harvard. Colleges say the policy puts students safety at risk and hurts schools financially. Immigration officials, however, say they told colleges all along that any guidance prompted by the pandemic was subject to change. They say the rule is consistent with existing law barring international students from taking classes entirely online. Federal officials say they are providing leniency by allowing students to keep their visas even if they study online from abroad this fall.
More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, pedestrians walk through the gates of Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The schools have signed court briefs supporting Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as they sue U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in federal court in Boston. The lawsuit challenges a recently announced directive saying international students cannot stay in the U.S. if they take all their classes online this fall. They collectively enroll more than 213,000 international students, according to the brief. International students typically pay the highest tuition rates and rarely are eligible for scholarships.
More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule
The lawsuit challenges a recently announced directive saying international students cannot stay in the U.S. if they take all their classes online this fall. If the judge does not suspend the rule, colleges across the U.S. will have until Wednesday to notify ICE if they plan to be fully online this fall. They collectively enroll more than 213,000 international students, according to the brief. International students typically pay the highest tuition rates and rarely are eligible for scholarships. Under the new rule, international students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools operate entirely online this fall.
Air conditioning units could be spreading COVID-19, a study suggests
Could air conditioning units be contributing to the spread of COVID-19? He's done in-depth research on how air conditioning units contribute to the spread of airborne infections. Nardell said air conditioning can help airborne viruses spread in three ways, according to a report by WFTS. The second problem is that air conditioning brings in very little outside air, according to Nardell. "You are not socially distanced as much, but you're re-breathing the same air that someone else just exhaled," Nardell said.
Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students
The lawsuit, filed in Boston's federal court, seeks to prevent federal immigration authorities from enforcing the rule. The guidance says international students won't be exempt even if an outbreak forces their schools online during the fall term. The guidance was released the same day Harvard announced it would be keeping its classes online this fall. Many schools have also come to depend on tuition revenue from international students, who typically pay higher tuition rates. It creates an urgent dilemma for thousands of international students who became stranded in the U.S. last spring after the coronavirus forced their schools to move online.
Mathematicians behind JPEG files honored by Spanish award
In this May 30, 2019 file photo, Mathematician Ingrid Daubechies is presented with an honorary Doctor of Science degree during Harvard University commencement exercises. The Spanish foundation that organizes the annual awards announced Tuesday that the 2020 prize for Scientific and Technical Investigation will go to Yves Meyer, Ingrid Daubechies, Terence Tao and Emmanuel Candes. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)MADRID An international team of mathematicians whose theories have improved the compression of large digital files of data, including images and sound, will be recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in the Spanish-speaking world. The Spanish foundation that organizes the annual Princess of Asturias awards said Tuesday that the 2020 prize for Scientific and Technical Investigation will go to Yves Meyer, Ingrid Daubechies, Terence Tao and Emmanuel Candes. The annual awards, named after crown heir Princess Leonor, are handed in eight different categories ranging from arts to sports.
Dan River HS valedictorian set to attend Harvard featured on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – You saw it on “The Kelly Clarkson Show" Thursday at 4 p.m.A young woman from Danville is being recognized for her acceptance into Harvard -- a dream the valedictorian had, since elementary school. She applied to six universities, but none of them mattered after she was accepted into Harvard at the end of March. Her principal says she is the first person in the area to be accepted into Harvard in 20 years. He would always call her “future Harvard” and “little Harvard”. If all works out with the pandemic, she will head to Harvard at the end of August and start classes on September 2.
Pete Buttigieg and Colin Jost crossing paths 15 years later
Buttigieg and Jost have known each other for almost two decades. After being asked how he responds to criticism that he is not "gay in the right way," Jost says, "I have heard that. Ran in different circlesDespite both being involved, Buttigieg and Jost were not incredibly close at Harvard, according to people who knew them at the time. As for Buttigieg, Koh said it was clear he had political goals, but even he -- one of his best friends -- never envisioned him being where he is now. "I bet Trump's impression of those two agents," he joked, "is about as accurate as my impression of Pete Buttigieg."
Harvard to honor Queen Latifah
(CNN) - Queen Latifah will be awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal by Harvard University for her contributions to black history and culture on Tuesday. The icon, whose real name is Dana Owens, wrote "Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman" and hosted her talk show, "The Queen Latifah Show", for almost four years. Du Bois, a scholar, writer, and civil rights activist who was the first black student to earn a doctorate from Harvard in 1895. Du Bois Medal include Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Dave Chappelle, Octavia Hudson and Nasir "Nas" Jones.
Harvard Freshman Reunites With Campus Cop She Met as a Toddler
A freshman at Harvard University recreated a photo with a campus police officer she met when she was just a toddler. Crystal Wang, 18, said that when she was 3 years old, her father, Jin Wang, visited Boston on a business trip and stopped at Harvard. My dad then showed me the photo around April before I came to visit Harvard," Wang told InsideEdition.com. Wang's dad said that if she could find the cop in the original picture, thatd be such a cool full-circle moment. We bonded over the picture and he told me about his life working for the Harvard University Police Department."
Harvard faculty member received hateful note
William B. Plowman/Getty Images(CNN) - A faculty member at Harvard University walked up to her office to find a note on the door insulting her ethnicity and immigration status, according to university officials. The woman was walking with a group of graduate students Thursday when she saw the obscene, hateful note that "challenged her right to be at Harvard and wished her ill," Harvard's statement said. The university did not identify the faculty member. "We condemn this hateful act and all forms of hate speech," Harvard President Lawrence Bacow and Dean Claudine Gay wrote in a joint letter to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences community. "Attacks of this kind are both personally damaging for those who experience them and an assault on our faculty's fundamental commitments to academic excellence," Bacow and Gay wrote.
Ig Nobel prizes poke gentle fun at science
Shigeru Watanabe, of Japan, receives the Ig Nobel award in chemistry for estimating the total saliva volume produced per day by a typical five-year-old, at the 29th annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony at Harvard University. - Pizza might protect against cancer, why wombats poop in cubes and a diaper changing machine that can be used on human babies -- these are just some of the research and inventions awarded at this year's Ig Nobel Prizes, a spoof of the actual Nobel Prize awards. The Ig Nobels are "intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology," according to its website. Winners accept their prizes from "genuinely bemused genuine Nobel Laureates," the website reads. Though some may sound ridiculous, the magazine holds that they're not trying to make fun of science or its achievements.
Most unusual and hilarious scientific research winners
Shigeru Watanabe, of Japan, receives the Ig Nobel award in chemistry for estimating the total saliva volume produced per day by a typical five-year-old, at the 29th annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony at Harvard University. (CNN) - Pizza might protect against cancer, why wombats poop in cubes and a diaper changing machine that can be used on human babies -- these are just some of the research and inventions awarded at this year's Ig Nobel Prizes, a spoof of the actual Nobel Prize awards. The Ig Nobels are "intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology," according to its website. The winners are always sure to cause a few laughs, and this year's are no different. Though some may sound ridiculous, the magazine holds that they're not trying to make fun of science or its achievements.
Harvard says it rejected Epstein donations
- Harvard University received almost $9 million in gifts from Jeffrey Epstein, but none after he pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in 2008 in Florida, the school's president said. Epstein gave gifts between 1998 and 2007, but the university rejected a donation from Epstein after his 2008 guilty plea, President Lawrence Bacow said in a message to the Harvard community Thursday. Two weeks ago Bacow ordered a review of all Epstein donations to Harvard. Bacow's message comes amid an ongoing investigation at MIT, by an outside law firm hired by the university, related to Epstein donations. Epstein faced sex trafficking accusations in Florida in 2007 but signed a deal that year with federal prosecutors in Miami allowing him to avoid federal sex trafficking charges and plead guilty to lesser state prostitution charges.
Harvard student denied entry to US on campus for classes
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (CNN) - The Harvard University student who was previously denied entry to the United States is now on campus for the school's 2019 academic year, Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane said. He thanked Harvard, the nonprofit organization AMIDEAST, the US Embassy in Beirut and the "outpouring of international media and popular support." When Ajjawi was initially denied entry into the US, Harvard's newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, reported he was a "17-year-old Palestinian resident of Tyre, Lebanon." According to the Crimson, Ajjawi said he was detained for eight hours before being turned away. According to the Crimson, Ajjawi alleged he was told that there were "political points of view that oppose the US" expressed by people he follows on social media.
Harvard Freshman, 17, Detained at Airport, Deported to Lebanon After Being Questioned for Hours
An incoming Harvard University freshman says he was blocked from entering the United States and ultimately deported after being questioned for hours about his religious beliefs and online comments made by his friends. Ismail Ajjawi, 17, says he was detained at Boston's Logan International Airport and his cellphone and laptop were confiscated by immigration officials. The Palestinian refugee had been awarded an undergraduate scholarship to the prestigious college by Amideast, a nonprofit U.S. group. The teen is now in Lebanon and trying to rectify his situation through lawyers with Harvard and the nonprofit group. Veteran Left on Mexican Roadside With No MoneyMother of 4 Living in U.S. for 17 Years Deported to Mexico Following Traffic StopJudge Orders Veteran Who Served in Afghanistan to Be Deported
Incoming Harvard freshman denied entry by immigration officials
(CNN) - When Harvard University's dorms opened their doors to first-year students on Tuesday, one was missing. Ismail Ajjawi, an incoming first-year student, was denied entry to the United States last week, according to the university. "This individual was deemed inadmissible to the United States based on information discovered during the CBP inspection," the agency said in a statement. The university's newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, describes Ajjawi as a "17-year-old Palestinian resident of Tyre, Lebanon." Legal representatives for Ajjawi could not be immediately reached for comment and attempts to reach Ajjawi directly were not immediately successful.
Harvard's RoboBee is lightest machine to ever take flight
Harvard University's RoboBee has became the lightest vehicle to ever achieve sustained untethered flight, not requiring jumping or liftoff. Harvard University's RoboBee has became the lightest vehicle to ever achieve sustained untethered flight, not requiring jumping or liftoff. That meant RoboBee, which weighs 259 milligrams and is a project in Harvard's Microrobotics Lab, has never been able to have true freedom, and its flight has been limited. But the RoboBee needs the power of about three Earth suns to fly, which is why outdoor flight isn't possible at the moment. Next, the group will be working on decreasing the power the RoboBee requires and adding on-board control to allow it to fly outside.