Year: 2003

  • Health

    Scientists identify hundreds of worm genes that regulate fat storage

    Findings by Harvard researchers, published in the Jan. 16, 2003 issue of Nature, represent the first survey of an entire genome for all genes that regulate fat storage. The research…

    1 minute
  • Health

    Study identifies risk factors for retained objects after surgery

    A study found that errors involving leaving surgical sponges or instruments inside patients are more likely to happen during emergency procedures, or in operations where there is a sudden change…

    1 minute
  • Health

    Kidney disease genes tied to flow sensing

    Polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, is the most common life-threatening genetic disease. It is caused by mutations in one of two genes. Though the genetic defect that causes PKD is…

    1 minute
  • Science & Tech

    New study suggests staggered boards hurt shareholders

    Staggered boards hurt shareholders of hostile bid targets even when a majority of the board is made of independent directors, and they do not appear to benefit shareholders of targets…

    1 minute
  • Science & Tech

    Strong public support for spraying against mosquitoes

    The opening study of the Project on Biological Security and the Public found that one-third (33 percent) of Americans who live in areas where there are a lot of mosquitoes…

    1 minute
  • Health

    Enzyme pair joins fight against drug-resistant bacteria

    Scientists have been striving to develop antibiotics against drug-resistant bacterial strains. Most attempts have been plagued by a lack of molecular tools for manipulating — and ultimately improving — the…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Bust a study break:

    For most of the 1,400 freshmen who joined President Lawrence H. Summers at the first-ever Reading Period Study Break in Annenberg Hall Monday night (Jan. 6), it was the food – sumptuous displays of decadent desserts and a veritable mountain of nachos – that lured them away from their books and papers.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Fish twice a month reduces risk of stroke

    Researchers from the School of Public Health studying the role of fish consumption and risk of stroke among men have found that men who eat fish as little as twice per month significantly reduce their risk for ischemic stroke compared with men who eat fish less often or not at all. The findings are in…

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Brian Sinclair dies at 62:

    Brian Sinclair 62, a Harvard employee for three decades and co-host of the popular Hillbilly at Harvard radio program on WHRB since 1966, died Dec. 28 after battling leukemia. He was 62.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Sleeping giants attack!:

    Following a trio of nightmarish defeats to Boston College, Richmond, and the Virginia Military Institute, Harvards sleeping giants were more than a little stirred in the Crimsons league opener against Dartmouth (4-7, 0-1 Ivy) this past Saturday (Jan. 4), lifting the mens basketball team past the Big Green, 67-50.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Newsmakers

    AESC awards Bartlett Christopher A. Bartlett, Thomas D. Casserly Jr. Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and Professor Sumantra Ghoshal of London Business School have won the 2002…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Police reports

    Following are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) through Jan. 3. The official log is located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave., sixth floor.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    This month in Harvard history

    Jan. 1, 1920 – The Harvard football team scores a 7-6 win over Oregon in the Crimson’s only appearance at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 12-13, 1921 –…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Testosterone drives away the blues:

    Harrison Pope, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, was looking for a few good men with severe depression and low levels of testosterone.

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Charter competition questioned:

    A study by two Harvard Law School researchers provides evidence that the vigorous competition among states over corporate charters – competition that many believe prompts rules that benefit shareholders – is largely a myth. This evidence has led the researchers to call for federal law to provide a federal incorporation option, as well as to…

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Perilous time for Afghan women:

    The hope for a better future and a break from strife that many Afghans felt with the toppling of the Taliban regime has been replaced with the reality that a difficult climb to that future lies ahead, a climb even more difficult for Afghanistans women.

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Walkin’ wavy

    Navigation around campus became more challenging when the snow started round about Dec. 5. Forecasters say its expected to let up before June.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Faculty of Arts and Sciences Standing Committees — 2002-2003

    Upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the President approved and announced the following Standing Committees at the F.A.S. Faculty Meeting of Oct. 15, 2002. Standing Committees of the Faculty are constituted to perform a continuing function. Each committee has been established by a vote of the Faculty, and…

    20 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Human rights committee seeks nominations for Scholars at Risk:

    The University Committee on Human Rights Studies, with the support of President Lawrence H. Summers, has launched an initiative to assist scholars who face persecution in their home countries. Every year, the committee provides a Scholars at Risk fellowship for at least one persecuted scholar to come to Harvard for up to a year. The…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Pros and cons of Native gaming eyed:

    Up until the 1980s, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of Highland, Calif., were dirt poor, with a 75 percent unemployment rate. The tiny tribe lived on a reservation of 740 acres in the San Bernardino hills, mostly in mud huts without electricity or running water.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Strong Women, Strong Girls:

    Lindsay Hyde 04 knows firsthand the impact of a strong female role model. She credits her impressive resume – which includes launching and developing curricula for not one but two public service organizations before she graduated from high school – to her mother.

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Anthony G. Athos dies at 68:

    Anthony George Athos, a scholar, author, and consultant widely recognized by colleagues as an outstanding teacher-lecturer, died Nov. 29 in San Francisco after a long illness. He was 68.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    ‘If I were the Carpenter Center and you were an ingenious VES student:

    The space is dark, cold, and difficult to access, a little like a suburban basement with two walls removed. But Christopher Parlato saw exciting possibilities in this dismal enclosure.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Hail and farewell:

    It is to be hoped that James Cuno isnt the kind of person who hates goodbyes, because the one he got was a doozy.

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    SPH launches new Web sites:

    The School of Public Health (SPH) has launched a new window onto its e-world with a redesigned home page that aims to direct visitors more quickly to where they want to go – for instance, a new Nutrition Source Web site unveiled this month that presents the latest scientific findings on nutrition and diet.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Residency requirement changed to enhance flexibility for new models of learning:

    A minor change to rules governing residency requirements for Harvard degrees enhances the Universitys flexibility to explore different models of learning, the Presidents Office announced. The change permits certain exceptions to the Universitys requirement that students must spend one full year in residency in order to receive a degree.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Arch glance

    Sever Halls curved doorway proffers a dynamic frame for this view of forked paths meandering off toward University Hall.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Nature, meet culture

    A snow-encrusted glove, brand name and all, adorns (?) the branches of a hardy tree outside Wadsworth House.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Meat consumption may not impact breast cancer risk:

    While for years it has been hypothesized that meat consumption is associated with breast cancer, a new study from Brigham and Womens Hospital (BWH) provides compelling evidence that diets high in animal protein may not be significantly associated with breast cancer risk. This finding is the latest result from the landmark BWH-based Nurses Health Study,…

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Boys Choir of Harlem to participate in residency:

    The Boys Choir of Harlem, the internationally acclaimed performing ensemble of the Choir Academy of Harlem, will participate in a residency at Harvard Feb. 4-8.

    2 minutes