Adam Anderson
Whitney Henry
Ashok Kumar
Tom Norman
Heather Olins
Danny Orbach
David Roberson
Sarah Rugheimer

The 2014 Harvard Horizons Symposium

Celebrating the impact of new discoveries at Harvard

We invite you to delve into the world of ideas with young scholars from across the disciplines. Hear how new discoveries and unexpected connections are fueling new possibilities in health care, new notions of the role of technology and the arts, and new insight into conflict and resolution.


Watch the 2014 Harvard Horizons Symposium and learn more about the 2014 Horizon Scholars.

On April 22, 2014, Harvard's academic leaders gathered at Sanders Theatre to join the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for the second annual Harvard Horizons Symposium, a celebration of the power of new ideas—and the innovations of the PhD students who are generating them. These students—selected after a rigorous competition and training process—form the 2014 class of Horizon Scholars, embodying the achievements of Harvard's PhD programs.



Eight talented PhD students • Eight new ideas • Eight compelling talks • Unlimited potential


Adam Anderson, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
"The Old Assyrian Social Network: an Analysis Based on the Texts from Kültepe (Kanesh), Turkey"
Whitney Henry, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
"Understanding the Chemotherapeutic Benefit of Aspirin in Mutant PIK3CA breast cancer"
Ashok Kumar, Applied Physics
"Simple Technology to Tackle Sickle Cell Disease"
Tom Norman, Systems Biology
"Decisions, Decisions: The Eclectic Lives of Individual Cells" 
Heather Olins, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
"Life without Light: Microbes at Deep Sea Volcanoes"
Danny Orbach, History
"Culture of Disobedience: Rebellions, Defiance and Assassinations in the Japanese Army, 1858–1931" 
David Roberson, Neuroscience
"A Magic Bullet for Pain and Itch"
Sarah Rugheimer, Astronomy
"Spectral Fingerprints of Another Earth"

Read the announcement of the 2014 Horizon Scholars. And read more about Harvard Horizons and the 2014 application, selection, and mentoring process.

Photographs by Ben Gebo