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Leah Somerville Awarded an NSF CAREER Award

May 5, 2015

Assist. Prof. Leah Somerville has been awarded an NSF CAREER award for her work on Psychological and Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms of Social Influence on Adolescent Decision-Making.This is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award to support  junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their...

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Steven Pinker on Mastering Style: The Learning and Teaching of Writing

January 29, 2015

The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT), in collaboration with the Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series, welcomed Professor Steven Pinker and Visiting Professor Jill Abramson on December 9th, 2014 in a talk at Harvard titled, “Mastering Style: The Learning and Teaching of Writing.” The discussion, inspired by the recent publication of Professor Pinker’s book, ...

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Harvard’s Odyssey unlocks big data (Harvard Gazette)

Harvard’s Odyssey unlocks big data (Harvard Gazette)

January 26, 2015

As technology evolves and becomes further integrated into society, massive amounts of data are being collected and stored. From the app on your cellphone to the swipe of your credit card to the systems that monitor everyday activities, data is endlessly transmitted and interpreted. With supercomputers within easy reach and storage infinitely scalable, researchers now have the power and resources not just to collect data, but to analyze it and make important discoveries....

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What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set? (New York Times)

What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set? (New York Times)

October 22, 2014

One day in the fall of 1981, eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a vintage radio. Ed Sullivan welcomed guests on a black-and-white TV. Everything inside — including the books on the shelves and the magazines lying around — were designed to conjure 1959. This was to be the men’s home for five days as they participated in a radical experiment, cooked up by a young...

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