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January-February 2009

Letters

Communications from our readers

The College Pump

A restoration is in progress of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s undergraduate rooms at Harvard, and Ralph Nader sets a speech-making Guinness World Record.

Treasure

The late Stuart Cary Welch was a connoisseur of lovers’ picnics and the world of Persian and Indian art.

In this Issue

In the fight against terrorists, habeas corpus has played a key role in efforts to balance civil liberties against national security.

How the first female Cabinet member helped shape the New Deal

Bioengineering--at the intersection of biology, medical science, and engineering--is where scientists Joseph Vacanti, Pamela Silver, Kit Parker, David Mooney, Joanna Aizenberg, and Radhika Nagpal are defining a new field.

Art historian Robin Kelsey examines photographs of all kinds to reveal what they say about human history, society, and culture.

Letters

Communications from our readers

Right Now

Harvard Medical School’s Bruce Spiegelman studies brown fat, a little-known type of tissue with health-promoting potential.

Skeptical of both defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans, Harvard Business School professor Robert Merton proposes a hybrid, SmartNest, to overcome the shortcomings of each.

In The Cure Within, historian of science Anne Harrington explores the medical history of the mind-body connection.

McKay professor of applied biology Ralph Mitchell and postdoctoral fellow Nick Konkol work with preservation librarians to develop a test that can detect damaging mold in books before it becomes visible.

New England Regional

Things to do, see, and hear, in and around campus

A look at the world of dating for those over 45

Highland Kitchen, a Southern-inspired restaurant-bar, satisfyingly fills a Somerville niche.

John Harvard's Journal

With a public appearance and speech in Tercentenary Theatre, Nobel Prize-winning environmental activist Al Gore ’69, LL.D. ’94, helped launch Harvard’s commitment to sustainability.

An update on the University’s initial responses to the worsening economic climate

(Sidebar) The shrinking Harvard endowment affects the University's different schools differently.

The Chiara String Quartet are Harvard's current Blodgett Artists-in-Residence.

Harvard College rolls out the new general education curriculum for undergraduates.

Art historian and former museum curator Emily Rauh Pulitzer gives the Harvard Art Museum 31 important works of modern and contemporary art and $45 million, enhancing a tradition she shared with her late husband, Joseph Pulitzer Jr

Happenings at Harvard in Januarys and Februarys past

In a special Harvard convocation, Senator Edward M. Kennedy receives an honorary degree.

In speeches at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, President Drew Faust outlines her vision of professional education, service, and responsibility.

Harvardians in the 111th Congress

An innovative housing initiative with deep Harvard ties lets families in Chile who once lived illegally become homeowners.

Two new education centers, run by Roland Fryer and Thomas Kane, and an existing center, run by Paul Peterson, bring Harvard’s analytic resources to bear on public education issues: student achievement, teacher recruitment, and school choice.

News of the University and the Harvard community

Undergraduate columnist Christian Flow ponders the strange social science of mingling.

Quiz Bowl’s quirky intellectualism and hard-driving competitiveness energize a strong Harvard team.

Defensive prowess helps the football team to a share of the Ivy crown.

Soccer and basketball updates

Montage

Aerial photographer Alex MacLean documents the effects of the American lifestyle on the American landscape.

In this excerpt from her new book, <em>Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture,</em> Cammy Brothers discusses how the artist demonstrated the possibility for architecture to be a vehicle for the imagination equal to painting or sculpture.

Sara Houghteling’s first novel, <em>Pictures at an Exhibition,</em> tells the story of a young man who searches post-war Paris for both his lost love and his father’s stolen art collection.

An editorial sampling of recent books with Harvard connections

Pan Tianshu reviews Leslie Chang's new book <em>Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China</em>

A correspondence corner for not-so-famous lost words

Alumni

Through his work at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Teny Gross is keeping kids alive.

Anthony C. Woods has initiated his own dismissal from the U.S. Army under the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Teresa Clarke helps talented but low-income South African children through the Student Sponsorship Programme.

With her Naturally Nora cake and frosting mixes, Nora Schultz aims to provide quick and wholesome desserts.

News from Shared Interest Groups

Marie Rutkoski blends sixteenth-century history with fantasy in <em>The Cabinet of Wonders,</em> a new novel for young adults.

Farewell to Walter Seward, Harvard's longest-lived alumnus

A sampling of forthcoming Harvard Club events around the country

The College Pump

A restoration is in progress of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s undergraduate rooms at Harvard, and Ralph Nader sets a speech-making Guinness World Record.

Treasure

The late Stuart Cary Welch was a connoisseur of lovers’ picnics and the world of Persian and Indian art.