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September-October 2008

Letters

Tuberculosis, space and time, military matters...

The College Pump

Seventy years ago, on September 21, came the New England Hurricane of 1938: a.k.a. the Long Island Express...

Treasure

Broadsides and hangings in old England...

In this Issue

Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Challenges facing the next president

Market-based policies for air-pollution control

Brief life of a museum impresario: 1839-1914

Ian Frazier combines an historian's discipline with an original comic mind...

Art historian Yukio Lippit in the Japanese merchant's house at the Boston Children's Museum.

Architecture and ecology in Japan...

Letters

Tuberculosis, space and time, military matters...

Right Now

It’s a paradoxical time of development. These are people with very sharp brains, but they’re not quite sure what to do with them...

Richard L. Taylor’s work connects two discrete domains of mathematics: curved spaces, from geometry, and modular arithmetic, which has to do with counting...

This unorthodox de-mining team avoids most of the traditional pitfalls. Metal detectors give too many false alarms, fooled by bullets or other debris. Hand-held ground-penetrating radar machines are too expensive. Dogs weigh enough to trigger mines, injuring or killing themselves and their handlers.

Standing outside a Sri Lankan army base in the spring of 2007, Thrishantha Nanayakkara mapped an entire minefield without once setting foot in it.

Daniel Carpenter

In recent years, safety recalls of widely prescribed drugs like the pain-killer Vioxx have sent an unsettling message to consumers.

New England Regional

Autumn events

New England’s auctions thrive

An Italian restaurant on Beacon Hill offers great food with its wine...

John Harvard's Journal

On the sweltering afternoon of July 8, more than 100 onlookers crowded Winthrop Street to watch the Lowell House bells descend...

A new master's program and expansion of the M.D./Ph.D. program are two among many changes to emerge from the Harvard Medical School (HMS) strategic-planning process...

A few years ago, instructor of medicine Pieter Cohen began noticing a strange pattern of symptoms among some of his Brazilian immigrant patients...

Alvin Roth loves how open economics is to people and ideas from different fields...

An injury endangers a striker's season...

From the pages of the <i>Harvard Alumni Bulletin</i> and <i>Harvard Magazine</i>...

Football and soccer previews...

Edward C. Forst &rsquo;82 has been named Harvard&rsquo;s first executive vice president, effective September 1.

Harvard is already trying many green initiatives; it will need to do much more to meet its new greenhouse-gas emissions goal. Above: solar panels on the roof of the Business School’s Shad Hall.

Harvard is already trying many green initiatives; it will need to do much more to meet its new greenhouse-gas emissions goal...

As FAS dean Michael D. Smith illustrated with these figures, social sciences (economics, government, history, and so on) attract the largest number of College concentrators...

Jean-Jacques Audubon did not become the internationally celebrated John James Audubon of <i>The Birds of America</i> overnight...

The 10-year tenure of Venkatesh Narayanamurti, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), will end in September...

Harvard on July 1 opened the newest in an expanding network of international offices, in Shanghai, and is scheduled to launch another in Beijing...

The first Allston science laboratories, now under construction, will present a rectilinear face to the surrounding streets...

I realized that college was over when I opened up the large diploma case to show my family the product of four years&rsquo; labor and found...

<i>Harvard Magazine&rsquo;</i>s Berta Greenwald Ledecky Undergraduate Fellows for the 2008-2009 academic year will be Brittney Moraski &rsquo;09 and Christian Flow &rsquo;10...

Montage

Julie Lineberger and Joseph Cincotta in the studio of their architectural firm.

In &ldquo;The Three Little Pigs,&rdquo; the big, bad wolf huffs and puffs and easily blows down the first piglet&rsquo;s straw house.

A small home for good writing

Enron and other capitalist calamities

An art forger's success has less to do with his prowess as a visual artist than with his use and misuse of history.

Recent books with Harvard connections

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Lauren Mechling writes in the thriving young-adult genre.

Alumni

Three alumnae rabbis help redefine an ancient calling...

The Harvard Alumni Association’s new president is Walter H. Morris Jr. ’73, M.B.A. ’75...

Megan Berthold &rsquo;84 is director of research and a therapist for the Program for Torture Victims (PTV) in Los Angeles.

Joel Derfner&rsquo;s new book reveals some hidden depths.

Afam Onyema &rsquo;01 has a job that he wakes up &ldquo;hungry&rdquo; to pursue, that has become the passion of his life.

Amanda Fields &rsquo;09, of Lowell House and Vista, California, and John Sheffield &rsquo;09, of Pforzheimer House and Fayetteville, North Carolina, are this year&rsquo;s David Aloian Memorial Scholars.

Harvard clubs offer a variety of social and intellectual events...

Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to remember Henry C. Moses, dean of freshmen at Harvard College from 1977 to 1991.

Six alumni will receive this year&rsquo;s Hiram S. Hunn Memorial Schools and Scholarships Awards...

The College Pump

Seventy years ago, on September 21, came the New England Hurricane of 1938: a.k.a. the Long Island Express...

Treasure

Broadsides and hangings in old England...