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A woman seated on a stool wearing traditional Mongolian garb milks a yak.

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(1 of 3) Yak milking continues in Mongolia today.

Photograph courtesy of Christina Warinner

Research

Ancient dental plaque points to the historical significance of dairy culture on the Eurasian Steppe.

8.6.20

According to the data set assembled by Harvard Law School scholars, black and Latinx people are overrepresented in Massachusetts criminal caseload compared to their population in the state. White people make up 74.3 percent of the state’s population and are defendants in in 58.7 percent of cases. Black people make up 6.5 percent of the population and are defendants in 17.1 percent of cases. Latinx people make up 8.7 percent of the population, and are defendants in in 18.3 percent of cases. Click on image to view full graphic

Source: Massachusetts Racial Disparity Report

Harvard Law School researchers identify the mechanisms that lead to longer sentences for nonwhite defendants.

9.9.20

Michael Kremer

Michael Kremer
Photograph courtesy Michael Kremer/Harvard University

Development economist pulls up roots.

8.24.20

Sonia Hernández-Díaz

Sonia Hernández-Díaz 
Photograph courtesy Sonia Hernández-Díaz

The challenges of researching the pandemic’s effects on pregnant women

8.19.20

An image of a 10-centimeter-wide glass model of Phymactis pustulata, found in intertidal zones in the Western South Atlantic.

A 10-centimeter-wide glass model of Phymactis pustulata, found in intertidal zones in the Western South Atlantic. The Blaschka model is listed in the 1878 mail-order catalog of Ward’s Natural Science Establishment.
Photograph by Peter Fried/Sketchfab.com/ARC-3D

Complementary imaging techniques combine to create 3-D models that virtual visitors can examine from any angle.

8.12.20

Photograph of Bharat Ramamurti

Bharat Ramamurti

Photograph by Jason Hornick/Courtesy of Bharat Ramamurti

Bharat Ramamurti ’03 oversees CARES Act spending—and pursues corporate reform.

September-October 2020

At Home with Harvard: Library Treasures

Our coverage of Harvard’s libraries, more relevant than ever in an online world

8.7.20

View of the Royall House and the slave quarters.

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(1 of 4) The Georgian mansion and adjacent slave quarters were once part of a 500-acre farm just north of Boston.

Photograph by Theresa Kelliher/Courtesy of the Royall House and Slave Quarters museum

Preserving black history as “an act of liberation”

September-October 2020

Illustration about meritocracy: one mother penguin and chick wear college mortarboards, while another mother penguin and her chick don’t.

Illustration by Barbara Dekeyser

Michael Sandel makes the case against meritocracy.

September-October 2020