Top Gazette stories of 2020

first_imgThe danger of ‘misinformation, disinformation, delusions, and deceit’By Alvin PowellCommencement speaker Martin Baron, editor of The Washington Post, sends along the Class of 2020 with the message that facts and the truth matter and are worth fighting for.,An enduring bondBy Rose Lincoln, with photos by Jon Chase, Rose Lincoln, Stephanie Mitchell, and Kris SnibbeStudents we interviewed in 2017, now seniors, reflect on the friendships forged with their first-year roommates.Lessons for decision-makers The fire this timeBy Christina PazzaneseLawrence D. Bobo, dean of social science and the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, dissects police killings of Black men and the history and cognitive forces behind racial bigotry and violence, and why he sees signs of hope.,Why America can’t escape its racist rootsBy Liz MineoOrlando Patterson, the John Cowles Professor of Sociology, says there’s been progress, but the nation needs to reject white supremacist ideology, bigotry in policing, and segregation.A high-stakes election,After a hard election, the real work beginsBy Harvard StaffScholars from a range of fields look for hints of future prospects in the past and predict what lies ahead in economy, health care, equity, and more.How might the election change the nation’s place on world stage?By Christina PazzaneseExperts and analysts from the Harvard Kennedy School and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies examine possibilities in foreign policy, intelligence, and defense.Brighter days for arts forecast in Biden administrationBy Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Colleen WalshExperts say cultural resources may help heal battered nation after brutal 2020.Health & Medicine Feel like kids, spouse, work giving you gray hair? They may beBy Jessica LauNew findings involving nervous system and stem cells suggest just how stress may trigger the change.What we know and don’t know about potBy Alvin PowellKevin Hill, associate professor of psychiatry, talks about fearmongering and rosy myths, safe use and addiction.,How caffeine changed the worldBy Colleen WalshAuthor Michael Pollan discusses his latest work on the world’s most-used psychoactive substance.Science & Technology The Gazette ran its first story on the coronavirus outbreak on Jan. 30, a Q&A with the Chan School’s Marc Lipsitch outlining what experts knew (and didn’t) about the disease at the time. The picture sharpened in the following weeks. And the deadly pandemic dominated our coverage, touching as it did every part of our lives and shining a harsh spotlight on social, political, and economic inequities. It also had a major role in the two other big stories of the year: the national reckoning over race and the high-stakes presidential election. In addition to all that, there were scientific discoveries, achievements in the arts, academic milestones, and a virtual celebration honoring the Class of 2020. But the larger theme running throughout felt familiar: members of the community rising to challenges and striving to make things better, both on campus and in the wider world, with thoughtfulness and creativity. Here’s a look back at an extraordinary year through a sampling of some of our most-read stories.COVID-19 hits home A new threat to beesBy Juan SiliezarBut murder hornets are nothing compared with pesticides, climate change, Harvard experts say.,When a bird brain tops Harvard students on a testBy Juan Siliezar with video by Justin SaglioExperiment tests human vs. parrot memory in a complex shell game.State of the nation Do justices really set aside personal beliefs? Nope, legal scholar saysBy Liz MineoMichael Klarman, an authority on constitutional law and history and Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, sees trouble ahead in large conservative majority on Supreme Court.Two-parent homes aren’t the key for allBy Manisha Aggarwal-SchifelliteWhy single-parent homes don’t affect Black children as negatively as white kids.Earth Day turns 50,How Earth Day gave birth to environmental movementBy Christina PazzaneseDenis Hayes, one of the event’s founders, recalls the first and how its influence spread.Harvard endowment to go greenhouse gas-neutral by 2050By Colleen WalshUniversity’s efforts to eliminate carbon footprint extend to investment portfolio.Photography,Life along the Charles from sunrise to sunsetBy Rose Lincoln with photos by Rose Lincoln and Stephanie MitchellGazette photographers record the life that teems along the waterway.,History in a snap … or twoBy Anna Burgess with photos by Stephanie MitchellNine Harvard buildings, two photographers, 88 years apart.center_img ‘I thought: This is going to be interesting’By Colleen WalshPresident Bacow shares his own experience having COVID-19.,‘Unsteady,’ ‘lucky,’ and ‘overwhelmed’By Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Jill RadskenIn March, students reflect on the shift to online classes and unplanned move home.A day in the life of an ER docBy Colleen WalshThird-year resident Anita Chary describes the personal and professional trials brought by the pandemic.Emotional toll of pandemic Feeling more anxious and stressed? You’re not aloneBy Alvin PowellChan School’s Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology, discusses rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era.,What pandemic dreams may comeBy Colleen WalshHarvard researcher Deirdre Barrett, assistant professor of psychology, says many are having nights full of bugs, masks, and natural disasters.Staying connected,Harbingers of Housing DayBy Juan Siliezar with photos by Stephanie MitchellA Who’s Who of the Big 12 — mascots, that is.Creating community in the virtual classroomBy Manisha Aggarwal-SchifelliteFaculty adapt their courses to bring students together.Postcards from hereHarvard undergrads tell us about the changes brought by the pandemic back home and how they’re keeping in touch with friends from the College.Honoring the Class of 2020 Time to fix American education with race-for-space resolveBy Liz MineoPaul Reville, former secretary of education for Massachusetts, says COVID-19 school closures have turned a spotlight on inequities and other shortcomings.How COVID turned a spotlight on weak worker rightsBy Liz MineoSharon Block, executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program, and Benjamin Sachs, the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry, point to flaws in the social safety net, an indifferent OSHA, and a system that favors employers over employees.A brave new world,What will the new post-pandemic normal look like?By Alvin PowellOutbreak forced changes big and small, some of which are here to stay.What might COVID cost the U.S.? Try $16 trillionBy Alvin PowellDavid Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, and Lawrence Summers, the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and former U.S. Treasury secretary, say national testing, contact tracing could make huge difference in saving costs.Quest for racial justice The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img

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