Shanelle Davis, a Jamaican student in New York, has made history by becoming the First Black Valedictorian for her high school.

“‘Shanelle, take up a book,’” she recalled her parents saying. “Education was stressed in our house. I had to get good grades.” Her parents, both from the island of Jamaica, couldn't afford a college education, but were determined that Davis, 17, would be the first in the family to earn a higher degree.

According to the online edition of The Queen’s Courier, the high flying 17 year old has been selected for the honour by Benjamin Cardozo High School and will thereafter move on to Harvard University on scholarships granted by the prestigious university and several other organizations. 

>> Congratulations Shanelle!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work! :) <<

“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid!”

“I think that issues of gender have been discussed widely at Harvard. But I think I was chosen clearly on the merits, and I wish to operate as president on the merits. I think, on one level, we might say that I can affirm that women have the aptitude to do science or to do anything, including being president of Harvard.”

- Drew Gilpin Faust, American historian and President of Harvard University, the first woman to serve as Harvard’s president. 


VIDEO: Watch how researchers are engineering new “smart bandages” for burn victims and others. These flexible devices can monitor and treat chronic wounds, and communicate the healing progress wirelessly: http://science360.gov/obj/video/e13f54de-0718-46cf-bed4-d32087890084/new-smart-bandages-burn-victims-others

Harvard Accepts Record Percentage of Black Students to Class of 2018

Harvard Accepts Record Percentage of Black Students to Class of 2018

External image
College admissions letters are out, and for the Class of 2018, Harvard University has accepted a record-high percentage of black students.

According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, of Harvard’s total acceptances for the Class of 2018, 11.9 percent are black, the highest ever for the university. The journal estimates that nearly 170 black students will enter Harvard this fall.…

View On WordPress


Natalie Portman’s Harvard commencement address is epic

“People told me that ‘Black Swan’ was an artistic risk, a scary challenge to try to portray a professional ballet dancer. But it didn’t feel like courage or daring that drew me to it. I was so oblivious to my own limits that I did things I was woefully unprepared to do. And so the very inexperience that in college made me feel insecure and made me want to play by others’ rules, now was making me actually take risks I didn’t even realize were risks.”

http://u.pw/1FJ424m via: upworthy


Harvard University and XVIVO have released this video of the inner workings of a cell. This is the most detailed and accurate depiction of proteins inside a cell that’s ever been made. Amazing stuff. Love seeing the jittery movements. These are slowed down so we can see what’s going on. 

n52_w1150 by Biodiversity Heritage Library
Via Flickr:

Harvard discovers three of its library books are bound in human flesh

There’s something undeniably creepy about big, expansive libraries. The hushed whispers, the almost artificial quiet, and the smell of dusty tomes combine to create a surreal experience. But when it comes to creepy libraries, Harvard University might take the cake… you see, three of its books are bound in human flesh. A few years ago, three separate books were discovered in Harvard University’s library that had particularly strange-looking leather covers. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the smooth binding was actually human flesh… in one case, skin harvested from a man who was flayed alive. Yep, definitely the creepiest library ever.