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Christina Gao: No Regrets

7.27.15

Christina Gao ’16-17 used to be a skater first, a student second. Ever since her parents signed her up for figure-skating lessons at age seven, her life has been as much of a balancing act as the sport itself. Growing up, the slender girl from Cincinnati often missed school to make time for her training sessions in Kentucky. In high school, Gao moved with her father to Toronto, where she could take advantage of the longer ice time to train.

Bodies Electric

7.27.15

In the depths of the Harvard Art Museums, a troupe of Buster Keatons moves jerkily across the screen. Projected into the dark space of Menschel Hall, the hapless comedian—who, by an early trick of cinematic magic, plays every role in a small orchestra—seems out of place in this sharply contemporary auditorium, with its placoid ceiling and steel gray walls.

HarvardMagazine.com Gets a Makeover

7.21.15

For more than a year, a group of Harvard Magazine staffers have collaborated to create a new, streamlined version of harvardmagazine.com. The clean, straightforward design makes the new site much more visual, offering larger images and beautiful photo galleries, as well as dynamic multimedia. New features such as “On Readers’ Radar” and “You Might Also Like” allow visitors to readily view popular articles and easily find content similar to what they’re currently perusing or have recently read.

Other key enhancements include: 

When Harvard Becomes “Ha Fu”

7.20.15

Whenever I see throngs of Chinese tourists jostling to take pictures with the John Harvard statue, I am reminded of the Buddhist temples in China that I sometimes visited as a child. Touching the shiny tip of John Harvard’s shoe is almost akin to crouching in front of a golden Buddha—in both cases, worshippers are paying respect in the hope that the act will bring them good luck.

The Tiger Daughter, Intact

7.20.15

Lulu Chua-Rubenfeld ’18 was once considered one of the most abused children in the Western world. A main character in her mother’s bestselling parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Lulu starred in many anecdotes that drew slings and arrows to the “Chinese way” of childrearing that Amy Chua ’84, J.D. ’87, champions in the book. At three, Chua locked Lulu outside in 20-degree weather after she disobeyed. At seven, she threatened to donate Lulu’s dollhouse to the Salvation Army bit by bit if she couldn’t master a piano piece.

Turbines, Bats, and Rubber Stamps

7.17.15

International court hearings don’t typically fall within the purview of American legal education. Yet in my three years at Harvard Law School, I managed to line up legal internships in Thailand, Myanmar, Hong Kong, and India—so when a friend from a German nonprofit invited me to observe a provincial court hearing just one week before graduation in May, it seemed an apt conclusion to my studies.

Harvard: The Land Where Nothing Is On Time

7.16.15

I ’ve learned many things at Harvard, but punctuality was not among them.

In Harvardspeak, “on Harvard time” means seven minutes after the scheduled hour—the traditional starting time for all classes, giving students a few extra minutes to shuttle between classrooms. This is a sensible arrangement, given that a student may have back-to-back classes at opposite ends of the campus.

Harvard Study: For Cost-effectiveness, Treat Half of U.S. Adults with Statins

7.14.15

One in three American adults have high LDL cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. A new study by researchers at the Harvard T.H.

The Art of Healing

7.9.15

Suzanne Koven has a novel role. The primary-care physician and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) is also the “writer-in-residence” at Massachusetts General Hospital’s division of general internal medicine—the first in the hospital’s 200-year-plus history.

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