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Balloons lined the main staircase of the NorthwestBuilding, enticing nearly 900 visitors to meet at the
CS50 fair, a festive showcase of nal projects from
the popular course.
The appointment of Dr. Cherry A. Mur-ray as the new dean of SEAS carrieson a long tradition in physics/appliedphysics. Murray has both of her de-grees from MIT, both in physics, andconducts research in applied physics.Past deans John Van Vleck, HarveyBrooks, and Paul Martin all earnedtheir Ph.D.s in physics from Harvardand were well known for their practi-cal approach to science. In fact, until
“It was liberating that I had accumulated skills that I could use inthe sports world. Plus, I was much more passionate about sports than I was about insurance.”—Scott Swanay ’87 (Applied Mathematics), as quoted in the
. Swanay madea major career shift from an actuary for insurance companies to managing a successfulfantasy baseball enterprise.
were common. Tracking sea turtleswith RFIDs, rationalizing complicatedcourse sections and requirements, im-proving blogging, and enjoying someretro gaming (a reinterpretation of theboard game Battleship) were also inthe mix. To generate more interest incomputer science, Malan plans to cre-ate a miniature version of the fair forprospective undergrads.
Teaching labs open theirdoors; IT gets refreshed; MDclassrooms to go the distance
The undergraduate CAD/CAM teach-ing labs debuted with a short course,“Mechanical Engineering: Introductionto Rapid Prototyping, 3-Axis Milling,and 3D Printing” (see pages 13 and 20).The IT Ofce received a long-overduemakeover, with the existing space refur-bished to better meet the needs of thecommunity. Harvard’s Division of Con-tinuing Education, which has long usedMaxwell Dworkin for evening classes,will renovate lecture halls G115 andG125 during the summer. One of the ob-jectives is to facilitate the live streamingand recording of classes, colloquia, andother events from these locations.
Chef Ferran Adrià cooksfor a crowd; families sharea love of chocolate
By some estimates, over 600 peopleshowed up for 250 rst-come, rst-served seats to hear celebrated chef Ferran Adrià discuss his innovations inmolecular gastronomy on December 9(see page 6). The annual Holiday Lecture,held four days later, offered a related cu-linary theme, “The Science of Chocolate.”The family-style talk and demonstrationwas a hit; more than 1000 adults andkids attended the presentation.
SEAS gets greener
In collaboration with the UniversityOfce of Sustainability (and its effort toreduce Harvard’s greenhouse gas emis-sions), the SEAS community has takenactive steps to make the campus moreeco-friendly. These steps include the in-stallation of water-conserving xtures;a campaign to encourage communitymembers to bring their own reusablemugs and turn off power strips andlights; and more comprehensive solu-tions, such as automatically regulatingbuilding energy use.
Buoyed by the electronica music pump-ing through the ground-level gatheringspace in the new Northwest Building,visitors made “station stops” to learnabout individual student projects.iPhone and BlackBerry apps mashingGoogle maps with social networking
1975, all led a division with “appliedphysics” in the name. Former dean Venkatesh “Venky” Narayanamurtiearned his degree in physics fromCornell, and interim dean Spaepenearned his degree in applied physicsfrom Harvard.
We take pride that some of our engi-neers end up playing politics. ShaunDonovan ’87, ’95, the current sec-retary of Housing and Urban Devel-opment, earned his undergraduatedegree in engineering sciences. Healso earned a Master of Public Ad-ministration from the Kennedy Schooland a master’s in architecture at theGraduate School of Design in 1995.Darcy Burner ’96, who graduated in1996 with a B.A. in computer science,ran for Washington’s 8th Congressio-nal district in 2006 and 2008 but lostby a narrow margin. Former teacher/ mentor Harry Lewis stumped for her(via video) during the campaign.
Shaun Donovan ’87, ’95 is helping toput America’s house in order. The cur-rent secretary of Housing and UrbanDevelopment earned his undergradu-ate degree in Engineering Sciences.
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