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May-June 2008

Letters

Green energy options, foreign policy, medical errors, military jurist...

The College Pump

<em>&quot;Your wooden arm you hold outstretched to shake with passers-by.&quot;</em>

Question: &ldquo;What was I, a young American student of medicine and electrical engineering&#8212;and an observant Jew&#8212;doing in the...

Treasure

The blue beauty at left is Porpita mediterranea rendered in glass, reproduced here at about twice life size. These jellies, moved by wind and...

In this Issue

It is impossible to buy a toaster that has a one-in-five chance of bursting into flames and burning down your house. But it is possible to...

George Bancroft

Brief life of a public historian: 1800-1891...

The scenes are familiar from biology textbooks. A long string of DNA is copied to form a matching strand. A virus infects a cell by stealing through its membrane.

Today&rsquo;s high-powered light microscopes bear little resemblance to the iconic instruments of high-school biology labs. This revolution...

The main house at Dumbarton Oaks.

At a serene Harvard outpost, scholars find fertile ground for Byzantine, pre-Columbian, and landscape studies...

Letters

Green energy options, foreign policy, medical errors, military jurist...

Right Now

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard often grabs headlines for its discoveries about the genetics underlying such diseases as cancer, heart...

The high central mound of Tell Brak, formed by generations of mud structures built on top of one another, rises out of the alluvial plain.

Evidence of ancient urbanism at the Mesopotamian settlement of Tell Brak....

The younger brain, below, shows more synchronized activity than the older brain, above.

Looking at the effects of aging on healthy people's brains...

Electrochemcial weathering: a new CO2 mitigation strategy...

Recent graduates may take for granted the migration of one-fifth of their classmates into finance-sector jobs, but things haven’t always...

John Harvard's Journal

The Ibn Sina building in Dubai Healthcare City houses clinic space and medical and administrative offices (top). An artist&rsquo;s rendering of the university hospital (below) that will be part of the same complex; Harvard Medical International (HMI) advised in designing the 400-bed facility, projected to be completed in 2011.

There is a revolution afoot in international healthcare. Wealthy foreigners still come to the United States&#8212;to the Mayo Clinic, say, or to...

Photograph by Stu Rosner John Chervinsky Like many people, John Chervinsky takes his work home. But what this lab engineer takes home may one...

The Fogg and Busch-Reisinger Museums at 32 Quincy Street will close their doors on June 30 for five years (see &ldquo;Art Museum...

In an historic vote, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) moved to make the articles that its members publish in scholarly journals freely...

College Dean Designated Rose Lincoln/Harvard News Office Evelynn M. Hammonds Rosenkrantz professor of the history of science and of African...

&ldquo;I am an African American,&rdquo; says Duana Fullwiley, &ldquo;but in parts of Africa, I am white.&rdquo; To do fieldwork as a medical...

Genetic tests have limits, even as tools for tracing ancient migrations. Because men don&rsquo;t move around as much as women do in patriarchal...

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra performs at Jordan Hall.

Besides sharing their love of music, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra donate the proceeds from their concerts to nonprofit organizations...

1928 Following Harvard&rsquo;s first spring reading period, the College Library reports about 650 more visitors than in the previous year. 1933...

Letters have gone out inviting senior faculty members from across the University, nominated by the deans of their respective schools, to...

China disorients the visitor. The scale and bustle of its cities&#8212;propelled by the greatest economic growth and urban migration in...

Green Goals A new task force, appointed by President Drew Faust on February 27, will examine Harvard&rsquo;s greenhouse-gas emissions and...

I remember many things from my cousin&rsquo;s wedding&#8212;my poofy bridesmaid&rsquo;s dress, the humidity, how pretty the small church looked...

Citius, Altius, Fortius&#8212;that&rsquo;s the Olympic motto: faster, higher, stronger. Altius is Becky Christensen&rsquo;s specialty. The...

An article alleging that Harvard had lowered academic standards for recruits to its men’s basketball program, and might also have skirted...

Women’s Hockey The top-ranked icewomen (32-2, 22-0 Ivy) dominated the East all season but fell to fourth ranked Wisconsin in the NCAA...

Montage

In <i>Pinkerton&rsquo;s Secret</i>, author Lerner creates a romantic backstory for the famous detective.

Screenwriter turned novelist Eric Lerner &rsquo;71 finds his voice...

Nicholas Dawidoff, in uniform here with bat at the ready at the age of 11, describes his devotion to the Red Sox in a new memoir.

Excerpt from Nicholas Dawidoff &rsquo;85 memoir <em>The Crowd Sounds Happy: A Story of Love, Madness, and Baseball</em>...

An HRO rehearsal in the early 1950s.

Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra: celebrating a fabled orchestra’s origins...

Commuters making their way through the underground corridors of the sprawling Times Square subway station in Manhattan now have some...

Yeltsin: A Life, by Timothy J. Colton, Feldberg professor of government and Russian studies (Basic Books, $35). A monumental biography of the...

Anthony Lewis&rsquo;s Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment offers a lucid and engaging overview of American...

This vice-presidential, analemmatic sundial requires a human gnomon to work

Michael Kapetan’s sundials don’t do “clock time”...

Michael Comenetz asks if the phrase &ldquo;Galloping Gordon,&rdquo; sometimes applied to British prime minister Gordon Brown, originated with...

Alumni

Photograph by Ralf-Finn Hestoft Neil Shubin and Tiktaalik In 2005, parents and school officials in Dover, Pennsylvania, were locked in a...

One hundred years ago, Henry Lee Higginson, class of 1855, founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and donor of Soldiers Field and other gifts...

This spring, alumni will choose five new Harvard Overseers and six new elected directors for the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) board. The...

University clubs offer a variety of social and intellectual events, including Harvard-affiliated speakers (please see the partial list below)...

The College Club of Boston, 117 years old, calls itself the oldest such women&rsquo;s club in America. Radcliffe was represented among the 19...

Beyondorders.org helps U.S. service members &ldquo;rise above the call of duty&rdquo; to aid Iraqi civilians. Tin-Yun Ho &rsquo;07 (&rsquo;08)...

Photograph courtesy of Pamela Wolfe Crimson hikers (from left) Anne Walston &rsquo;67, &Eacute;va Borsody Das &rsquo;63, and Ken Moller...

Sergio Troncoso &rsquo;83 showed up in Cambridge in 1979 with a suitcase full of T-shirts brought from his hometown on the Texas-Mexico border...

In college, Tim McCarthy &rsquo;93 was deeply involved in public service&#8212;as a Big Brother and head of the Freshman Urban Program steering...

The College Pump

<em>&quot;Your wooden arm you hold outstretched to shake with passers-by.&quot;</em>

Question: &ldquo;What was I, a young American student of medicine and electrical engineering&#8212;and an observant Jew&#8212;doing in the...

Treasure

The blue beauty at left is Porpita mediterranea rendered in glass, reproduced here at about twice life size. These jellies, moved by wind and...