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March-April 2013


Placebos, memorable McKinlock bell, paramedics

The College Pump

First Lieutenant Llewellyn S. Parsons, Army Air Force, center top, completed Statistical School Class 46-1 in September 1945.

Statistically, a Harvard man—and Vigeland on MacLeish

The Classes

Harvard alumni may sign in to view class notes and obituaries.

Because of a printer’s error, some readers who should have received this section in the November-December 2015 issue did not. The missing section will be mailed to them shortly.


An item in the history of note-taking

In this Issue

David Jones holds a vascular stent (from the Warren Anatomical Museum), designed circa 1995 by radiologist Morris Simon of Harvard Medical School.

How gaps in medical knowledge affect matters of the heart

On activism, litigation, and social change in America

Rice in the field

Brief life of an Amazon explorer: 1875-1956

Real-world office: professor of sociology Bruce Western interviews former prisoners at this pizza shop in downtown Boston.

Sociologist Bruce Western rethinks incarceration in America

Right Now

The modified H5N1 virus could infect a billion people if it escaped a biocontainment lab like the Canadian facility shown above.

Modified H5N1 could infect a billion people if it escapes the lab.

Grasping cucumber tendrils coil in two different directions. Close study led to the discovery of a new type of spring.

In the plant's tendrils, L. Mahadevan and colleagues discover a new type of spring.

New study reveals just how many years of life are added by varying levels of exercise.

New England Regional

Part of the children’s arena at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

A small selection of the region’s best public gardens

Roseland Cottage's manicured look

Additional public gardens to note around New England.

From <i>Come Drink With Me</i>, at the Harvard Film Archive

Harvard arts and cultural events

Soft lights and subdued colors make Bergamot a relaxing spot to dine.

Bergamot offers fresh food and refined comfort.

John Harvard's Journal

A view of early digs in Randall Hall

At its centennial, Harvard University Press continues publishing books, while vastly expanding its digital products.


View diverse versions of HUP's logotype through time.

This image shows the foundation of the science complex shortly before construction was halted in early 2010

Harvard proposes moving the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to the University’s expanded campus.

Abigail Donovan and Laura Prager

The pediatric psychiatrists’ book depicts emergency-room experiences with mentally ill children.

Michael D. Smith

Harvard College imposes penalties severe following investigation of undergraduate academic misconduct

HarvardX, edX, and online teaching and learning proliferate.

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

Three Fellows offer a briefing on the effects of reforming the University's senior governing board.

Harvard news: Allston development, education dean departs, social investing, multimillion-dollar gifts to universities, and more

The Undergraduate reflects on mentoring and community.

Ready for a training run: Rebecca Nadler at the top of a trail at Sugarbush Resort in Vermont

Rebecca Nadler is Harvard's first NCAA gold medalist in skiing.


Jennifer Rubell with &ldquo;Prince William&rdquo; in <i>Engagement</i>

Jennifer Rubell makes art to touch, crawl into, or even drink and eat.

<i>Camponotus chromaiodes</i> (red carpenter ant), from <i>A Field Guide to the Ants of New England</i>

Recent books with Harvard connections

The Gramercy Park doorway site of the <i>Highway 61</i> cover

Bob Egan finds the original venues of iconic images.

&ldquo;Doc&rdquo; Willoughby in his home kitchen in Cambridge, a laboratory for cookbooks

“Doc” Willoughby talks grilling and writing.

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

The "Literally Psyched" columnist on Sherlock Holmes, perception, and mental prowess


Philip Slater, who says he&rsquo;s &ldquo;addicted to the ocean,&rdquo; on his morning walk in Santa Cruz, California

Philip Slater has happily progressed from fame to obscurity.

Author Philip Slater explains his views on the world

2013 Candidates for Harvard University Overseers and HAA elected directors

Harvard alumni are honored for service to clubs and Shared Interest Groups

Instructions for degree candidates and others

Alumni and their children visit Harvard

Drew Faust

A letter from President Drew Faust

Shared Interest Group events in March and April