Year: 2002

  • Health

    Men can reduce stroke risk by eating fish

    Researchers tracked the diet and health outcomes of more than 43,000 male participants for 12 years. Using detailed food frequency questionnaires, participants were asked how often they ate fish, ranging…

    1 minute
  • Health

    Hospital length of stay may not affect a newborn’s health

    Researcher Jeanne M. Madden and colleagues used seven-and-a-half years of data on 20,366 mother-infant pairs with normal vaginal deliveries within a large Massachusetts health maintenance organization to determine the effects…

    1 minute
  • Health

    Many Americans hold incorrect beliefs about smallpox and smallpox vaccine

    If physicians are reluctant to be vaccinated themselves against smallpox, large numbers of Americans will be unwilling to do it voluntarily. Also, if there are deaths from side effects of…

    1 minute
  • Science & Tech

    Young star cluster found aglow with mysterious X-ray cloud

    Known as RCW 38, a star cluster covers a region about 5 light years across. It contains thousands of stars formed less than a million years ago and appears to…

    1 minute
  • Health

    Replacing joints early may be better than waiting for some osteoarthritis sufferers

    In a study, scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Toronto Western Hospital followed the progress of patients who opted to have joint replacement surgery. They found that those…

    1 minute
  • Health

    Formin gene may explain a common cause of female infertility

    Harvard Medical School researchers Philip Leder and Benjamin Leader have discovered that oocytes from female mice without the formin gene Fmn2 cannot correctly position the metaphase I DNA-spindle. This produces…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    How not to get hooked:

    Many people imagine that Buddhist meditation aims at tranquility as an escape from the emotional pangs of everyday life. Not so, says author and teacher Pema Chödrön. My word for the Buddhist path is courage, Ani Pema told an audience of 1,600 in the Memorial Church on Friday evening (Dec. 6). Tranquility is a lucky…

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Step lightly

    Guests from the Harvard community mingle among the works on display at the Visual and Environmental Studies Student Holiday Show and Sale during the reception for the artists at the main gallery in the Carpenter Center on Dec. 5. The show runs through Dec. 19. Digest (left) by Yugon Kim, GSD 04, consisting of lightbulbs…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Weatherhead Foundation grants $6M to center

    The Weatherhead Foundation voted in September 2002 to award $6 million to the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs to provide additional support to the centers student programs and the work of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. In 1998, Albert and Celia Weatherhead and the Weatherhead Foundation had endowed the center with a…

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    After-school visions

    Community after-school providers at a recent forum held at the Business School learned about current research on how to improve academic achievement and the positive development of children through after-school programs. The Dec. 6 forum was sponsored by Bostons After-School for All Partnership, the Program in Afterschool Education and Research at the Harvard Graduate School…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    HUCE awards address environmental concerns

    The Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) has announced the recipients of its 2002 Faculty Research Project Awards. As part of its mission to promote cross-disciplinary and cross-faculty research, the HUCE instituted this annual awards competition for teams of Harvard researchers who are looking to address environmental issues of global concern. The awards are…

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Nigeria: A country at a crossroads :

    The Nigerian riots sparked by the Miss World Pageant brought global attention to the deep divisions between the nations largely Muslim north and the Christian-dominated south, highlighting regional differences that have some wondering whether Africas most populous nation can survive.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Office for the Arts announces spring grants

    The Office for the Arts (OFA) has announced its sponsorship of 44 creative projects to be held at Harvard University next spring by students in dance, music, theater, literature, and more. Projects include visual art exhibitions in the Science Center, new student publications, music projects and performances, and both classic and student-written theater pieces.

    11 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    A knight’s errand:

    According to Sir Crispin Tickell, the longtime British diplomat and leader in the debate on global climate change, there is indeed something new under the sun. Human activity is changing the natural environment in unprecedented, profound, and dangerous ways. If our species and millions of others are to survive, Tickell says, we must drastically change…

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Two students win Marshall Scholarships:

    Two Harvard seniors have accepted Marshall Scholarships that will take them to Britain next year to study computer science and social anthropology.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Tim Cross:

    The Lowest Common Denominators lead guitarists office isnt what one imagines for a rock musician. Books are neatly arranged on shelves around his desk, theres tasteful art on the wall, and photos of his kids are lined up on the windowsill.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    President Summers and Provost Hyman set office hours

    President Lawrence H. Summers and Provost Steven Hyman will hold office hours for students in their Massachusetts Hall offices from 4 to 5 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on the following dates:

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Police reports

    Following are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) for the week ending Dec. 7. The official log is located at 1060 Massachusetts Ave., sixth floor.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Making the ‘disappeared’ visible:

    At the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts Thursday (Dec. 5), slides of the work of Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo conveyed their powerful, horrible beauty: Womens worn shoes roughly sutured behind a thin membrane of animal skin … armoires filled with concrete … a battered cabinet with a zipper between its gaping seams … wooden desk…

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Gupta ’04 is HSA president:

    The Board of Directors of Harvard Student Agencies, Inc. (HSA), has elected Abhishek Gupta 04 as president for the upcoming fiscal year. He will begin his term Feb. 1, 2003, and he will lead the corporation for one year.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Memorial Minute:

    At a meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on November 12, 2002, the following Minute was placed upon the records.

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Holyoke Center to upgrade security:

    In the upcoming months, getting into the administrative offices in the Holyoke Center will take a little extra effort. But once there, employees and visitors will be much safer.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Chlamydia pneumoniae may contribute to stroke, heart attacks

    Analysis of available data suggests that Chlamydia pneumoniae, which causes walking pneumonia, may contribute to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and its complications, such as heart attack and stroke, according to a paper in the Dec. 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Senior 48 selected:

    The following students were selected as the Senior 48 by the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Harvard College:

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Hormone replacement lowers risk of degenerative eye disease

    Postmenopausal women who have taken hormone replacement therapy in the past were 50 percent less likely to develop the blinding disease related to advanced age called maculopathy (ARM), as compared with women who never used hormone therapy.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    ‘Is this a puppet which I see before me?’:

    Just a few hours before showtime, Macbeth was undergoing some last-minute plastic surgery.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Jennifer Siegal designs mobile architecture:

    Build a better mobile home and the world probably wont beat a path to your door because chances are youll have pulled up stakes and moved on. But since your e-mail address will remain the same, theyre sure to find you that way.

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Modern megaliths

    Outside the Science Center, at Harvards very own version of Stonehenge, snow-capped boulders make for a surreal landscape.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Alumni are encouraged to support priorities across the University

    Harvard has historically engaged alumni on a school-by-school basis. Those who graduate from one school have the opportunity to learn about its activities get to know its faculty, academic leaders, and fellow alumni and are encouraged to support its priorities. Alumni who graduated from the College, the Business School, and the Law School, in particular,…

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Stroke risk from obesity is now measurable

    Researchers at Brigham and Womens Hospital (BWH) in Boston have determined that obesity is a measurable risk factor for stroke in men, and have calculated that risk in terms of the popular equation used to measure obesity, known as the Body Mass Index, or BMI.

    2 minutes