“Crimson” Striving for Research - Harvard University names Vice Provost for Research
A Provost is the senior academic administrator at many institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada and Australia. Harvard University Provost Alan Garber announced the appointment of a nationally recognized leader in Interdisciplinary Science, Research, and Entrepreneurship to serve as the University’s vice provost for research.
Richard McCullough Vice Provost for ResearchThe name is none other than of the prominent chemist Richard McCullough, currently vice president for research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. His portfolio will include Interdisciplinary Research, Research Administration and Policy, and Research Funding, starting October the 15th. McCullough, whose research has principally been focused on developing printable electronic materials, other materials called regioregular polythiophenes, and nano-electronic materials, earned a Doctorate in Organic Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. He joined Carnegie Mellon following a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University. Harvard University is an American private Ivy League research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The university comprises eleven separate academic units—ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—with campuses throughout the Boston metropolitan area. Harvard's 210-acre (85 ha) main campus is centered on Harvard Yard in Cambridge, approximately 3.4 miles (5.5 km) northwest of downtown Boston.
Rankings and Research at HarvardInternationally, Harvard ranks Third, behind MIT and University of Cambridge according to both the QS World University Rankings and the annual World's Best Universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. This university is tied with Stanford University for second in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. However, when the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings were published in partnership as the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings, Harvard was ranked first between 2004 and 2009. Harvard's Undergraduate Program is ranked first among "National Universities" by U.S. News & World Report and sixth by Forbes. The university is ranked sixth nationally by The Washington Monthly. The range of research activities at Harvard is broad and deep. Harvard scholars conduct in research in almost every field, and seek to expand human knowledge through Analysis, Innovation, and Insight. Research is supported by more than $750 million of sponsored research funds each year, and it is carried out both in the departments of the thirteen Schools and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and at more than 100 research centers, on campus and around the world. Researchers include faculty members, visiting scholars, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students, and they collaborate with colleagues across the University, at affiliated institutions, and at other research institutions. Under Richard McCullough as Vice Provost of Research, Harvard expects to thrive in the research area. “Richard McCullough will be in a special position at a unique moment to cultivate high-impact academic research in the 21st century, as he stimulates, coordinates, and supports research on campus,” said Provost Alan Garber. “I see my role as that of an advocate for, and facilitator of, Harvard’s increasing focus on interdisciplinary, cross-School exploration and development, and I am committed to addressing the need to find new sources of funding in an era of constricting federal support for research,” McCullough said.