July 15, 1999
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July 15, 1999

Taking to the Streets
The Boston area is steeped in American history and as the nation has grown, so have its buildings, from wooden-framed colonial-era homes to public buildings of brick and stone to skyscrapers soaring over the city skyline.

Department of Architecture and Design Formed at HUAM
The University Art Museums is establishing a Department of Architecture and Design in collaboration with the Graduate School of Design. Noted architect and contemporary art collector Graham Gund has provided a $1 million gift to support architecture exhibitions at Harvard and enable the creation of the new curatorial department at the Art Museums.

Human Biological Clock Set Back an Hour
The internal clock that drives the daily activities of all living things, from wild flowers to whales, is wound by Earth’s rotation. The 24-hour cycle, tied to one turn of the planet on its axis, embodies a biological clock mimicked by timepieces invented to measure the human day.

Mysterious Bones Found In Holden
Workers gutting Holden Chapel last week in preparation for a renovation of the 1744 brick structure came upon something unexpected – a collection of human bones.

Booth to Sell Harvard Arts and Athletic Events Tickets
The former BosTix at Harvard ticket booth has been reorganized to create one central campus venue to sell tickets exclusively to Harvard events.

Joint University/HUCTW Statement on Harvard’s Casual Workforce
Discussions between the University and the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW) and a preliminary review by the University have revealed that some of Harvard’s casual employees may have inadvertently been permitted to work beyond the limits defined by established University policy.

Widener Library renovations begin, while books remain accessible
Widener Library’s Jaclyn Gay staffs the the Circulation Desk and the earplug fishbowl during renovations. The Library is offering complimentary earplugs to help ease the distraction of the inevitable construction noises from the Widener Stacks Renovation project.

B. Dreben, Former Dean of GSAS, Dies
Burton Spencer Dreben, former Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and special assistant to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Harvard, as well as professor of philosophy at Boston University, died July 11 at Massachusetts General Hospital of lymphoma. He was 71.

Agent of Change
Picture a rice field in Burma. "It has that green that’s like no other green; it’s emerald and sparkly and beautiful," says Carol Grodzins, director of international student programs at the Kennedy School of Government. "And in the midst of the fields are these 11th-century temples."

Guards Union Ratifies First Agreement
The first agreement between Harvard and the Harvard University Security, Parking and Museum Guard Union (HUSPMGU) was ratified by union members on July 9.

Faculty of Medicine – Memorial Minute
On October 13, 1997, Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and academic medicine worldwide, lost the being of Dr. Edgar Haber, one of the most brilliant medical scientists of the modern era.

Happenings Around Harvard

Harvard Helps Poland Establish New Health System
Poland is changing its health system from a Communist-era, government-run bureaucracy to a decentralized, competitive service oriented to consumers. To help with this task, the Polish government has enlisted experts from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Drugs Promise Protection Against Cancer, Heart Disease In Women
Evidence is growing that new designer drugs now being tested on women will protect them against heart disease and weakened bones in their postmenstrual years without raising their risk of breast and uterine cancer. In fact, some of these synthetic estrogens may even provide protection against invasive breast cancer.

Putting a Stamp on Irish Immigration
It’s not often that a postage stamp brings tears to people’s eyes, but that’s what happened July 8 at Harvard’s Barker Center.

Staying Afloat
How’s my backstroke look? About 100 children, from ages 7 to 17, spend time at the University’s Blodgett Pool improving their swimming technique at the Technique Swim Camp at Harvard.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences – Memorial Minute
Charles Richard Taylor, a leading experimental vertebrate physiologist, died on September 10, 1995. Born on September 8, 1939 in Phoenix, he obtained a B.A. from Occidental College in 1960.

Stepping Stones To Stardom
Harrington ’00 is the producer of the Harvard-Radcliffe Summer Theatre (HRST), the student-run repertory company that performs in the Loeb Experimental Theatre at 64 Brattle St., under the sponsorship of the Harvard- Radcliffe Dramatic Club. The summer theater program has been operating since 1980.


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