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“Old” Food Reduces Lifespan

2.17.17

What causes aging? “Scientists have been thinking about this question for centuries,” says Harvard professor of medicine Vadim Gladyshev. It sounds almost simple, but in fact it’s thorny and complicated, and although several theories have emerged—that organisms are “programmed” by nature to die, or that aging is the result of “hyperfunction” of biological activities, or that it’s controlled by genetics—there are as yet no settled answers.

Reporting on the Environment in Trump’s America

2.15.17

Conversations about climate change are no longer limited to academics. Yesterday, members from various corners of the Harvard community gathered at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy to listen to Washington Post journalists Juliet Eilperin and Chris Mooney talk about climate, energy, and the media in the age of Donald Trump. “It feels like already an age, but it’s really only been three and a half long weeks,” began Eilperin, who is the Post’s Washington bureau chief.

“How Do You Last 35 Years?”

2.13.17

Late last Saturday evening, Harvard women’s basketball head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith stood in the front of the lounge of Dillon Field House and raised a toast to the dozens of former players gathered for the team’s alumnae weekend.

“How do I last 35 years?” she asked. “I last 35 years because of you.”

The Everyday Dignity of Helen Zughaib’s Refugees

2.9.17

During a lecture this week at Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS), Helen Zughaib recalled being asked by the State Department for a painting. Then-Secretary of State John Kerry was about to enter a new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks; could she produce something to present to the leaders of each side? The resulting work, Re Imagined Peace, depicts a cityscape of domed buildings and minarets in bright colors, painted over with geometric and floral patterns.

Trends in Harvard’s Hiring and Promotion of Women and Minority Faculty

2.8.17

With a possibly contentious debate over the College’s current policy sanctioning student members of unrecognized single-gender social organizations averted, the main focus of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) on February 7 was a report on the hiring and promotion of women and minority faculty members.

Readers Reflect: How Should Harvard Respond to the Immigration Ban?

2.6.17

Last week, this magazine asked readers for their views on President Drew Faust’s letter to the Harvard community last week that affirmed “We Are All Harvard” in response to a White House immigration ban affecting students, faculty, and staff directly and indirectly. (In the interval since the question was posted, the University has filed an amicus brief to Loughalam v.

A Perfect Storm

2.5.17

Princeton senior Steven Cook called it a “perfect miss.”

To the Harvard men’s basketball team, it was more of a perfect storm.

With seven ticks remaining in Saturday’s game at Lavietes Pavilion, Cook’s teammate, sophomore guard Myles Stephens—who had just hit a layup and drawn a blocking foul—waited at the free throw line, with the Tigers trailing 56-55.  

Stephens eyed the basket, spun the ball in his hands, and took two dribbles before launching the shot.

Harvard Files Amicus Brief in Case Against Immigration Ban

2.3.17

Harvard and seven other Massachusetts universities have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Louhghalam v. Trump, one of the lawsuits challenging President Donald J. Trump’s executive order banning travel and immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

Harvard College Opera Celebrates 25th Anniversary

2.3.17

This weekend, the curtains will open in Agassiz Theatre to reveal a series of tall gray arches, set against a painted backdrop of a sky that looks borrowed from Magritte. Far above the heads of the singers in the Harvard College Opera’s Le Nozze di Figaro, a partially lowered screen shows the English translation of their characters’ laments, squabbles, and prevarications. The mistaken identity, cross-dressing comedy is a standby for the all-student group, which turns 25 this year. Every half-decade or so, they reincarnate Figaro.

Does Journalism Still Have a Future?

2.1.17

Sanders Theatre was more than packed to the brim Tuesday afternoon. The line of students waiting to get into “The Future of News: Journalism in a Post-Truth Era,” sponsored by President Drew Faust’s office trailed through the snowy Science Center plaza and spilled into an overflow room in the basement.

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