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  • FBI director underlines importance of National Security Letters

    At the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Thursday (April 26), Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert S. Mueller III outlined terrorism threats, described how the FBI was fighting them — and how at the same time the agency was protecting civil liberties.

  • Thomas Edward Cheatham Jr.

    At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on April 18, 2006, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Thomas Edward Cheatham, Jr., Gordon McKay Research Professor of Computer Science, was placed upon the records. Cheatham’s research and teaching bridged the divide between software theory and practice.

  • Grillo memorial service set for May 3

    A celebration of the life of Hermes C. Grillo, professor of surgery emeritus, will be held May 3 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Church. Grillo died in Italy in October 2006.

  • GSD awards waterfront project its Green Prize

    Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced that the firm of Weiss/Manfredi will receive the ninth Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design in recognition of the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Transforming a dilapidated brownfield site, the park creates a new landscape for art within the urban infrastructure, reconnecting the city to the Puget Sound waterfront. This is the first time the winning project has been located in the United States.

  • SUP builds safe, exciting, productive summers for kids

    As summer heats up and school lets out, public officials throughout the Boston area scramble for new ways to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble through summer jobs and activities. As in years past, Harvard undergraduates are answering the call, mentoring low-income children, and recruiting and working with teenage counselors throughout Boston and Cambridge in community-based day camps.

  • Corpus team overcomes scanning snags

    A multicolored tent made of tarps and rope and tree branches and duct tape rose above Yaxchilan’s unique pinkish stalactite stela. On the last day of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology’s expedition to the ancient Maya city of Yaxchilan, team members were doing something at which they had proven themselves adept: improvising.

  • Big cities are havens for aging population

    The phrase “retirement communities” calls to mind a number of different kinds of places — high-end gated communities or whole cities built from scratch in Sun Belt states like Florida and Arizona. Or perhaps even dismal trailer parks under the hot breath of a developer who wants to turn the whole place into high-rise condos.

  • HGSE makes creative efforts visible

    The eighth annual anthology of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s ALANA (African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American Alliance) organization was released Friday afternoon (April 20) in a multimedia celebration in the Eliot Lyman Room of Longfellow Hall.

  • Vanished kingdoms redux

    Janet Elliott, the daughter of a turn-of-the-century railroad tycoon and a member of New York’s social register, had her life pretty well mapped out for her, and aside from deciding which of the eligible young men of her class she would consent to marry, it wasn’t a life with a whole lot of choices.

  • It takes a community commitment to turn a university green

    Harvard College Environmental Action Committee’s Earth Day 2007 events and entertainment

  • Green milestones

    1991: University Committee on the Environment established to encourage and coordinate University-wide environment-related activities and scholarship.

  • Conservation progress the fruit of many Harvard hands

    Seven years into the new millennium, Harvard has taken steps to lessen its impact on the environment. These are already bearing fruit, putting the University at the forefront of the national move to create environmentally friendly practices, buildings, and institutions.

  • Bridge-crossing

    The Harvard Bridge to Learning and Literacy recently celebrated the success of its pilot program ‘SEIU Career Pathways at The Bridge.’

  • Through a child’s eye

    At first glimpse, the photos don’t seem particularly revealing: a fish on a plate, a television, clean dishes on a rack, a toddler with outstretched arms, a lighted porch. But to Wendy Luttrell, these pictures — and 1,600 others like them in her data base at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) — open a window onto a largely secret world of childhood.

  • Students help the grass roots grow in New Orleans

    Statistics may cause some people to grow bleary-eyed, but not a group of New Orleans residents at a recent community meeting where they listened to Harvard students talk about post-Hurricane Katrina recovery rates in their neighborhood.

  • KSG pledges ongoing action in New Orleans, Broadmoor Project

    The Kennedy School of Government (KSG) recently announced that the Broadmoor Project is being launched to formalize the School’s existing relationship with residents of the New Orleans neighborhood that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. KSG students and staff will spend March 25-31 in New Orleans to continue the work of the ongoing project.

  • Slippin’ and slidin’

    Allston-Brighton’s youngest hockey fans and their families enjoyed skating on Crimson ice at the 18th Allston-Brighton Family Skating Party at Harvard last week. The annual event, held at the Bright Hockey Center, is a popular night out for neighboring families.

  • Arts of the Islamic World: A Workshop for Children

    In conjunction with the exhibition “Overlapping Realms: Arts of the Islamic World and India, 900-1900,” the Sackler Museum is offering a workshop in Islamic art for children ages 9 to 12. Children will learn to recognize several elements of design in Islamic art including tessellations, linear repeat patterns, and arabesques. The workshop will include a guided look at the artworks in the exhibition, gallery activities, and a hands-on art project to take home. The same workshop will be repeated each Sunday, so please register for only one.

  • Arts of the Islamic World: A Workshop for Children

    In conjunction with the exhibition “Overlapping Realms: Arts of the Islamic World and India, 900-1900,” the Sackler Museum is offering a workshop in Islamic art for children ages 9 to 12.

  • Daffodil Days marks 20 years of fighting cancer

    Although yellow is not often associated with the drab winter months, Community Affairs has gone a long way in helping to change that perception on Harvard’s campus. This early spring, those efforts reach a milestone as Harvard celebrates two decades as a key participant in the annual Daffodil Days fundraiser.

  • HRES proposes 2007-08 rents for Affiliated Housing

    Per University policy, Harvard Real Estate Services (HRES) is required to charge market rent for its housing. To establish proposed rents for 2007-08, HRES performed a regression analysis on three years of market rents for more than 4,000 neighboring apartments, all of which were voluntary postings at the Harvard Housing Office by non-Harvard property owners. The results of this analysis were reviewed and endorsed by an external expert, Jayendu Patel of Economic, Financial, & Statistical Consulting Services. Furthermore, HRES conducted an additional study of private rental market apartments of similar size and quality to HRES apartments. The results of the market research demonstrate that market rents are increasing at a moderate but steady rate and that HRES rents must rise to keep pace.

  • Harold Amos

    Harold Amos, scientist, educator, mentor, and avid Francophile, was born in Pennsauken, New Jersey, the second of nine children of Howard R. Amos Sr., who worked in the Philadelphia post office, and his wife Iola Johnson. Iola had been adopted by, and worked for, a prominent Philadelphia Quaker family who home schooled her with their own children. This family remained lifelong friends of Iola and kept the young Amos family well supplied with books, including a biography of Louis Pasteur, which stimulated fourth-grader Harold’s interest in science. Harold did confide that an important factor in his becoming enchanted with microbiology and immunology at such a young age was the combination of Pasteur’s use of goats as experimental animals and his own dislike of the family goat.

  • RiverSing welcomes fall with voice and light

    The third annual RiverSing, a free and open-to-the-public event celebrating the first day of autumn and the beauty of the Charles River parklands, will be held Sept. 21 along the Weeks Memorial Footbridge linking Allston and Cambridge. Presented by the Revels and the Charles River Conservancy, the theme of this year’s RiverSing is “Bridging the Charles with Voice and Light.”

  • Design School students lend a helping eye to nonprofits

    Six Graduate School of Design (GSD) students have been spending their summer applying design skills that they spend the rest of the year acquiring. In communities throughout the area, from Boston’s Chinatown to Lowell to Hyannis, the students are turning theory into reality as they go ahead with proposals that won them summer funding.

  • PBHA program turns kids into counselors

    As summer draws to a close and young people across the area begin to think about returning to school, a group of more than 1,000 students ranging in age from 6 to 21 will head back to the classroom having spent another full summer with the Summer Urban Program (SUP) of the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA).

  • Sackler smacks of fun for Boston-area kids

    University museums as a summer fun destination for kids? At Harvard University they are. For the past several years, Harvard University Art Museums (HUAM) has offered free museum activities for children visiting from Boston-area summer camps.

  • Summer Academy renews commitment

    The free ice cream wasn’t the primary draw of the day, though it was a definite plus. No, on Aug. 9, a jubilant crowd of 100 Cambridge teenagers at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS) celebrated first and foremost the successful end of six weeks of summer school.

  • Two teams address Harvard planning and development

    To meet the increased physical planning and development needs of the faculties and departments on Harvard’s existing campus while simultaneously preparing for first-phase development in Allston, the Harvard Planning + Allston Initiative (HPAI) – the team that coordinated University-wide physical planning – has been reconfigured into two University organizations.