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Knowledge

NO LONGER IS THINKING FOR NOW AND DOING FOR LATER. The Campaign has helped shape and secure Harvard’s future by investing in both the enduring and emerging—sustaining what we have always been, and indeed must always be, as well as challenging us and enabling us in who we must become. The select examples below illuminate some of the ways in which The Harvard Campaign has enhanced Harvard’s commitment to advancing knowledge and strengthened its impact in the world.

Stories of Impact

The Intersection of Engineering, Foundational Science, and the Liberal Arts

Through teaching and collaborative research, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences discovers, designs and creates novel technologies and approaches to societal challenges—in service to the world, the nation, and our community.

Investing in the Power of Public Health

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health brings together dedicated experts from many disciplines to educate new generations of global health leaders and produce powerful ideas that improve the lives and health of people everywhere.

Engaging with the World

The Campaign has helped ensure that Harvard is not only inherently global, but also more intentionally global—attracting talented students and faculty wherever they come from and supporting their work wherever it leads through a growing network of international institutes, centers, offices, and programs that link our teaching and research to the world beyond campus.

Overcoming Cancer Treatment Resistance

The Ludwig Center at Harvard investigates and seeks to overcome the resistance of cancer cells to current and emerging therapies. Basic scientists and physician-investigators from across Harvard Medical School work together to study how changes in the genomes of cancer cells and other unique factors within the tumor and its local environment converge to generate such resistance.

A New Commitment to Theater, Dance & Media

Theater, Dance & Media aims to launch a generation of graduates who will use their experience in storytelling, performance, and media for careers inside and outside the arts. Our courses combine critical reading and writing with art making, bringing the classroom to the studio, the studio to the classroom, and both to the stage.

Shaping the Future of Cyberspace: Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

The interdisciplinary, University-wide research center has cultivated a global reputation for its cutting-edge work on the relationships between the Internet, law, and society. Whether it’s exploring the nexus of technology and democracy, connecting hacking to the humanities, or devising new ways to preserve information for future scholars, the center is on the front lines of innovation in cyberspace.

Achieving Unprecedented Levels of Building Efficiency

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) retrofitted its headquarters, a pre-1940s house in Cambridge, MA, into a first-of-its-kind test case. Dubbed “HouseZero,” the project aims to prove that ultra-efficient retrofits can, indeed, be achieved and replicated by coupling current technologies with better design. This demonstration project attempts to address the global environmental challenge of climate change by focusing on inefficient existing buildings, which account for vast amounts of energy use and carbon pollution worldwide.

Gauging How Children Grow, Learn, Thrive

Led by the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at the Graduate School of Education, the Early Learning Study is an unprecedented, population-based examination of early childhood. The study will shed light on aspects of children’s development in several areas—language, cognition, social-emotional development, and neurophysiology—that are sensitive to the nature and quality of early learning environments.

From Idea to Impact

Bridging the gap between innovative, early-stage life science research and successful development of high-impact biomedical products, the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator creates value and benefits society by combining essential funding with development and business expertise.

Tackling the Global Challenge of Climate Change

From developing an artificial leaf that turns sunlight into energy to tracking the health of glaciers to preparing coastal cities for sea level rise and much more, Harvard’s Climate Change Solutions Fund enables innovative research that will create substantive solutions, teaching that will foster the next generation of leaders, and sustainability initiatives that are already helping to reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

Research, Ideas, and Leadership for a More Secure, Peaceful World

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the hub of Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy. The Center integrates insights and research of social scientists, natural scientists, technologists, and practitioners in government, diplomacy, the military, and business.

Catalyzing Interdisciplinary Collaboration

A bold experimentation in the burgeoning field of learning science, the Harvard Initiative for Learning & Teaching (HILT) has enabled educators to explore new modes of instruction, convene a broad academic community committed to improving teaching, and conduct research to reveal insights about how people learn. Since 2011, HILT has awarded over $3 million in grants to spark promising teaching and learning projects.

Gaining Insight Into Colonial Life

The Colonial North America Project at Harvard Library provides access to remarkable and wide-ranging materials digitized as part of an ongoing, multi-year project. When complete, the project will make available to the world approximately 470,000 digitized pages of all known archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library that relate to 17th- and 18th-century North America.