Year: 2002

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    This month in Harvard History

    Jan. 18, 1943 – At Radcliffe, Briggs Hall becomes home to 75 Waves (all commissioned officers) studying at the Navy Supply Corps School at the Business School. The women will become disbursing officers and assistants in Navy storehouses. Another 75 are due to arrive on April 1.

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    Powerful mutagen found in Massachusetts water

    Mutagen X, a by-product of chemicals used to disinfect public water supplies, is not monitored or regulated in the U.S. water supply. A new report from researchers at Harvard’s School…

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    Pigment plays role in Xenopus development

    Harvard Medical School researchers have discovered that a pigment contained in the egg of the South African claw-toed frog is indispensable for development. Witout the pigment, called biliverdin, which is…

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    Cell surface proteins can have pro- and anti-angiogenic face

    Angiogenesis is the process by which cancer tumors develop a network of blood vessels to feed them, so that they may continue their growth. The strategy that cancer cells use…

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    Mutation reported with AIDS vaccine

    Researchers are working feverishly to develop an effective vaccine against the AIDS virus. Various vaccines have been tested. One of the more promising vaccine trials involved eight monkeys. When one…

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    Mouse model devised that develops asthma

    A Harvard research team led by Laurie Glimcher, Irene Heinz Given professor of immunology at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Harvard Medical School professor of medicine, two…

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    Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. honored

    It is an ancient custom, as ancient as the Roman Empire, to idolize those whom we honor, to make them larger than life, to give their marvelous accomplishments a magical and mystical origin. By exalting the accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. into a legendary tale that is annually told, we fail to recognize his…

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    Faculty of Arts and Sciences – Memorial Minute

    At a meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on December 11, 2001, the following Minute was placed upon the records.

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    The Big Picture

    Janis Sacco, head of exhibition planning and interpretation at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH), loves her job.

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    When utility equals beauty

    Michael Brenner is one of those rare people who does something different almost every day, and has fun doing it.

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    Teach For America seeks seniors ready to make an immediate impact

    Teach For America seeks seniors ready to make an immediate impact

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    Observatory nights put stars in community’s eyes

    If I learn one new thing, it makes my night, Cheryl Haberman, a Waltham kindergarten teacher, said on the roof of the Harvard College Observatory Thursday night (Jan. 17). Ive never walked away disappointed.

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    Gish Jen, American

    As the audience questions escalated from softball (How did you start writing?) to hardball (How do you manage multiple points of view in your narrative?) to curveball (Why is there a disproportionate representation of Asian Americans among novelists all of a sudden?), novelist Gish Jen 77 responded thoughtfully, respectfully, insightfully.

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    SPH analyzes area tap water

    Environmental epidemiologists from the Harvard School of Public Health (SPH) analyzing tap water samples from 36 surface water systems throughout Massachusetts have found high levels of disinfection by-products (DBPs), which form during water treatment and transport, and a wide range of by-product activity in the water supplies they tested. The study appears in the February…

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    Rockefeller Center names grant winners

    The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies has awarded 23 grants to Harvard students with research projects in Latin America. These travel grants support academic research to be conducted as part of a regular Harvard thesis degree program, such as a senior honors thesis, dissertation, or a professional school thesis-equivalent.

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    Reading ancient textiles

    Hidden away in the storerooms of the Peabody Museum are nearly 5,000 ancient Peruvian textile pieces, perhaps the largest such collection outside Lima.

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    Meet Linda Spencer

    Its not the destination, its the journey.

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    American Historical Association honors Keyssar

    Alexander Keyssar, the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, received the Albert J. Beveridge Award at the 116th annual meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA) on Jan. 4 in San Francisco.

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    Spalding Gray works magic at Sanders

    In the spirit of his signature confessional monologues, Spalding Gray told a nearly full house at Sanders Theatre that not long ago, he thought he was out of stories. He expected to settle down in Long Island, a life-modifying venture that was the subject of his monologue Morning, Noon and Night, which premiered in 1999.…

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    A voice for the wilderness

    The world is on the road to becoming a barren, overcrowded, and lonely place for humanity, but famed biologist Edward O. Wilson is optimistic we will alter our path and emerge better stewards of the Earth, its creatures, and by doing so, ourselves.

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    Newsmakers

    Catalan government honors Professor Bisson

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    Police reports

    Following are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department for the week ending Saturday, Jan. 19.

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    In Brief

    HBSs Michael Watkins to discuss anti-terror coalition on Jan. 30

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    Recession takes toll on remodeling activity

    Remodeling expenditures by homeowners declined again in the fourth quarter of 2001. The drop in remodeling, according to the Remodeling Activity Indicator (RAI) devised by Harvards Joint Center for Housing Studies, reflects the slowing economy and reduced consumer spending. While spending has not fallen off precipitously, we are in the midst of a modest downturn,…

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    This month in Harvard history

    Jan. 9, 1943 – To help alleviate a shortage of qualified teachers in mathematics and the physical sciences, the Graduate School of Education opens two 15-week retraining programs for experienced…

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    Toto beware!

    Alfred (left) and Georgia, two hungry hawks who haunt the Holyoke Center, perch on their 10th floor lookout ledge keeping their sharp eyes peeled for small game.

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    Faculty council notice for jan. 23

    At its eighth meeting of the year, the Faculty Council discussed with Dean Harry Lewis (computer science and Harvard College) proposed changes in the rules for Advanced Standing and Advanced Placement.

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    Ernest J. Brown, emeritus law professor, dies at 95

    Ernest Joseph Brown, Langdell Professor of Law Emeritus, died in Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 31. He was 95.

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    Philosopher Robert Nozick dies at 63

    University Professor Robert Nozick, one of the late 20th centurys most influential thinkers, died on the morning of Jan. 23 at the age of 63. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1994.

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    Researchers find better way to predict childhood brain tumor outcomes

    About 2,000 children a year are diagnosed with medulloblastoma, or brain tumor. In a study, researchers examined gene expression patterns from 99 patient tumor samples of three different types of…

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