A Virtual Lab for a Greener World: The Fletcher School’s Climate Policy Lab

At the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, one of the most unique and innovative labs does not come with benches and specimens. Rather, this virtual lab for “international comparative policy analysis” draws upon worldwide climate policy research to offer advice to lawmakers and to help develop sustainable and environmentally-friendly policy.  The Climate Policy Lab, a ground-breaking research and policy center, is currently conducting research … Continue reading A Virtual Lab for a Greener World: The Fletcher School’s Climate Policy Lab

Homologous Recombination and Alternative End-Joining: The Zero-Sum Game Between Speed and Accuracy in DNA Repair

Controversies broke out last November over the Chinese researcher He Jiankui’s self-proclaimed creation of genetically engineered babies, recalling thedystopian prophecy of Gattaca (1997). Genetics has been a popular guest of both media front covers and sci-fi star for decades. But what is genetics research really like inside the laboratories? What is its potential, and where is it heading? Dr. Mitch McVey, a professor at the … Continue reading Homologous Recombination and Alternative End-Joining: The Zero-Sum Game Between Speed and Accuracy in DNA Repair

Facing the Music: How Systems Like Spotify Know What We’ll Like

Have you ever wondered who is behind music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, and how they are able to predict what kind of songs you will like? That’s exactly what Professor Nick Seaver, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, is interested in. As an anthropologist, Professor Seaver chooses to study the individual people who create and maintain the systems rather than the … Continue reading Facing the Music: How Systems Like Spotify Know What We’ll Like

The Allen Discovery Center: An Interdisciplinary, Novel Approach to Research

What if we could stop cancer without chemotherapy? What if we could have a robot that moves around the bloodstream and scrapes plaque off artery walls, or a machine that learns to regenerate itself when damaged, just as an organism might? These may seem like far off concepts, but are just a few examples of probing questions addressed in the Allen Discovery Center. Dr. Levin, … Continue reading The Allen Discovery Center: An Interdisciplinary, Novel Approach to Research

Story Circles: A Platform for Social Change

Think of a time when you were watching a play and were captivated by the characters onstage. You weren’t questioning what you were seeing, simply enjoying the . A character reveals their true colors, and you see yourself in them. The overwhelming rush of emotion hits you in the chest. You gasp, thinking, “oh, now I understand what this has been about the whole time.” … Continue reading Story Circles: A Platform for Social Change

Child Development: Unraveling the Mystery with Dr. Mistry

When Dr. Jayanthi Mistry first began her career in child development research, people would tease that she would  be studying her entire life.  Yet, Jayanthi doesn’t mind — studying is something she loves. In fact, it’s precisely why she decided to become a professor. She is able  to learn and extend her education while simultaneously pursuing her own interests. According to Jayanthi, “when you become … Continue reading Child Development: Unraveling the Mystery with Dr. Mistry