Collin Binkley, Associated Press Updated 12:16 pm PDT, Friday, November 2, 2018 FILE - In this March 7, 2017 file photo, rowers paddle down the Charles River past the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. A federal judge in Boston is scheduled to hear closing arguments Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in a highly publicized lawsuit alleging that elite Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans. Much of the spotlight has been on affluent Chinese-Americans with stellar academic scores who say the college rejects Asians in favor of lesser-qualified applicants. They say factoring in race hurts Asian-Americans. less FILE - In this March 7, 2017 file photo, rowers paddle down the Charles River past the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. A federal judge in Boston is scheduled to hear closing arguments Friday, ... more Photo: Charles Krupa, AP FILE - In this March 13, 2016 file photo, a sculpture … [Read more...] about Harvard bias suit now in judge’s hands
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Two freshman friends sat across from each other in a common room, comparing notes on how exactly they got into Harvard. In some ways, their situations were opposites: One was a “double legacy,” with two parents who had received Harvard degrees. The other was the son of a police officer and on full financial aid. The legacy student, Iman Lavery, remembered feeling self-conscious during a conversation when she first arrived at school: A classmate had contrasted people who were “super qualified to be here” with legacies. For her friend on financial aid, Joseph Felkers, it had been the frequent questions from new acquaintances of “What’s your thing?” — how did you get in? — that set him on edge, making him wonder if his “thing” was his passion for poetry or simply that he was poor. For many freshmen at Harvard who have started school as a lawsuit challenging the university’s use of affirmative … [Read more...] about For 5 Harvard freshmen, a personal examination of how they got in
Viet Nam News MIDLAND, United States — Each year, more than 200 past and present Santas converge on a little town in the US state of Michigan for intensive study of what it takes to portray Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. The sea of white beards and copious bellies arrives in October for three days of training. The students and alumni (who come for the annual reunion) learn the history of Santa Claus, proper dress and how best to below: "Ho Ho Ho!" They also exchange tricks of the trade and practice, practice, practice – everything from beard keeping, toy making, and riding a sleigh. "They are portraying this image of one of the world’s most famous characters," Tom Valent, dean of The Charles W Howard Santa Claus School, says. "We teach a little bit about the history of Santa so they understand who they are and what it is that we are portraying." The Santas come from all over the US, as well as Canada and Europe, for what is billed as the oldest Santa training … [Read more...] about ‘Harvard’ of Santa Claus schools teaches Christmas spirit
For Dr. Piero Anversa, the fall from scientific grace has been long, and the landing hard. Researchers worldwide once hailed his research as revolutionary, promising the seemingly impossible: a way to grow new heart cells to replace those lost in heart attacks and heart failure, leading killers in the United States. But Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, his former employers, this month accused Anversa and his laboratory of massive scientific malpractice. More than 30 research studies produced over more than a decade contain falsified or fabricated data, officials concluded, and should be retracted. In 2017, the hospital paid a $10 million settlement to the federal government after the Department of Justice alleged that Anversa and two members of his team were responsible for fraudulently obtaining research funding from the National Institutes of Health. “The number of papers is extraordinary,” said Dr. Jeffrey Flier, until 2016 the … [Read more...] about He promised to restore damaged hearts. Harvard says it was scientific malpractice.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Deirdre Fernandes Globe Staff October 28, 2018 Take Greek instead of coding. Skip the figure-skating lessons, play hockey. Move to Wyoming, get a part-time job, develop spark, cultivate grit, learn with joy!And if you can afford to buy Harvard University a new building, do. Ambitious students and their anxious parents have been trying to crack the Harvard admissions code for ages, spending millions of dollars on private counselors and scouring Internet message boards for hints to gain the slightest advantage. Advertisement But in the past two weeks, as the trial over whether Harvard’s admissions process discriminates against Asian-Americans has unfolded, the university’s own gatekeepers have been forced to tell all. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. Thank … [Read more...] about Harvard weighs more than 200 variables from applicants. Here’s how you can get in