Year: 2005

  • Campus & Community

    The Big Picture

    Robin Abrahams is living her dream. I always wanted to be an advice columnist, she said. As a young girl, I was always very attracted to the character of Lucy from Peanuts with her booth of psychiatric advice for five cents. I wasnt quite sure what psychiatric advice was, but I was quite sure I…

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  • Campus & Community

    Research in science and engineering program begun

    Harvard College has created the Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE) to establish a stimulating, collegial, and diverse residential community for Harvard undergraduates engaged in summer research in life science, physical science, applied science, mathematics, and engineering.

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    University reaches out to locations around globe

    With thousands of foreign scholars coming to Cambridge and Boston to study and to pursue careers in research or teaching, Harvard has long been a global university. Increasingly, in addition to being a global destination, Harvard has been extending itself to locations around the world, either in partnerships with governments and institutions or through physical…

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Harvard receives $20M gift for Islamic Studies Program

    Harvard University Monday (Dec. 12) announced the creation of a University-wide program on Islamic studies, made possible by a $20 million gift from Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud. The new program will build on Harvards strong commitment to the study of the religious traditions of the world. It will also augment Harvards existing…

    7 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    President’s office hours for 2006

    President Lawrence H. Summers will hold office hours for students in his Massachusetts Hall office on the following dates:

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  • Campus & Community

    Police reports

    Following are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department for the week ending Dec. 12. The official log is located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave., sixth floor, and is available online at http://www.hupd.harvard.edu/.

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  • Campus & Community

    This month in Harvard history

    Dec. 3, 1954 – During Radcliffe’s 75th Anniversary ceremony, Radcliffe President Wilbur Kitchener Jordan presents Ada Louise Comstock (Notestein, since her 1943 marriage), his immediate predecessor, with a citation hailing…

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  • Campus & Community

    Faculty Council notice for Dec. 14

    At its seventh meeting of the year on Dec. 14, the Faculty Council received a report from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Resources Committee and from the dean for development.

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  • Campus & Community

    Early Admission numbers return to past levels

    Just over 800 students were admitted to Harvard Colleges Class of 2010 under the Early Action program this week (Dec. 14-15), the smallest number since the Class of 1999. While the exact numbers were not available by press time as the Admissions Committee finished its final deliberations, it appears that there will be 80 or…

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Drug prevents spread of genital herpes

    A new type of treatment has been found to protect mice against a nasty strain of herpes virus common in humans. Because this genital virus is an important co-factor for…

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Stem cell issues discussed at Barker

    The second in a series of gatherings described by Michael Sandel as “conversations that transcend the areas that we normally populate” was a far cry from the first such conversation,…

    1 minute
  • Science & Tech

    Ancient humans brought bottle gourds to Americas from Asia

    Thick-skinned bottle gourds widely used as containers by prehistoric peoples were likely brought to the Americas some 10,000 years ago by individuals who arrived from Asia, according to a new…

    2 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Three weeks in tiny tunnel pay off

    After three weeks in a tiny tunnel 50 feet below an ancient Maya pyramid in the Guatemalan jungle, Peabody Museum researcher Bill Saturno finally got to view his prize. Fine…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    ‘Armored’ bubbles can exist in stable nonspherical shapes

    Researchers at Harvard University have demonstrated that gas bubbles can exist in stable non-spherical shapes without the application of external force. The micron- to millimeter-scale peapod-, doughnut-, and sausage-shaped bubbles,…

    2 minutes
  • Science & Tech

    Report documents importance of playlists

    Drawing from an early-adopter survey conducted through Gartner, Harvard College student Derek Slater and Mike McGuire, Gartner research director, found that consumer-to-consumer recommendation tools, like playlists, enable consumers to actively…

    1 minute
  • Health

    Marine biology mystery solved

    The narwhal has a tooth, or tusk, which emerges from the left side of the upper jaw and is an evolutionary mystery that defies many of the known principles of…

    3 minutes
  • Science & Tech

    Making the world’s smallest gadgets even smaller

    You may not have noticed, but the smallest revolution in world history is under way. Laboratories and factories have begun to make medical sensors and computer-chip components smaller than a…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    International Innovation Fund takes work abroad

    The Faculty Committee on Education Abroad and the Harvard College Office of International Programs have announced the winners of the first funding cycle of the International Innovation Fund grant program, which supports University faculty-sponsored initiatives in education abroad for undergraduates.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    HSDM recognizes Giddon for gift

    The Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) recognized Clinical Professor of Developmental Biology Donald B. Giddon for his contribution to the Defining the Future of Dental Medicine campaign by naming a conference room and adjoining office space in his honor at a Dec. 6 ceremony. The Professor Donald B. Giddon, DMD, Ph.D., Behavioral Science Research…

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  • Campus & Community

    Lin’s work ethic daunts and amazes

    Whats Maya Lin been up to since she won a national competition with her design for the Washington, D.C., Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall when she was a 21-year-old senior at Yale?

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Merton Bernfield

    The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others…

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Protecting ‘Deep Throat’ and others

    Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who as young reporters broke the Watergate scandal wide open, came together again Monday night (Dec. 5) for a Kennedy School Forum discussion on anonymous sources and journalistic integrity. Described by moderator Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center, as the most celebrated and admired reporting team in history, both…

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Sever Hall restoration completed

    Sever Hall, a National Historic Landmark widely regarded as an architectural gem, has emerged radiant and refreshed from its three-month restoration and remodeling. The façade of the 1880 building, designed by master architect Henry Hobson Richardson, was painstakingly preserved with upgrades to bricks, mortar, brownstone, terra-cotta roof tiles, and windows. Inside the building, the fourth…

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  • Campus & Community

    Scholars at Risk, undergrad interns sought

    The Harvard Scholars at Risk program connects the University to a national network that defends the human rights of scholars worldwide. Each year, the program (sponsored by the University Committee on Human Rights Studies [UCHRS]) awards one or more fellowships to scholars facing persecution.

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  • Campus & Community

    Focus on reaching out to local businesses

    Leveraging the resources of the private sector, local nonprofits, and universities was the focus of discussion Friday morning (Dec. 2) during the final day of the 16th biennial seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors held at the Kennedy School of Government.

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  • Campus & Community

    Brdar receives prestigious Canada-U.S. Fulbright Award

    Accomplished architect Sinisha Brdar has been named a 2005 Canada-U.S. Fulbright Student, a prestigious title reserved for a select few in Canada and the United States. Brdar, who was working as an urban designer and architect for Workshop – Architecture + Design, is currently studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).

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  • Campus & Community

    Juggling in Afghanistan

    While Divinity School student Zachary Warren drives his unicycle, what is driving him? A love of laughter, says the juggler, trick cyclist, and entertainer known as the Jolly Juggler. In fact, last summer Warrens love of laughter drove him all the way to Afghanistan.

    8 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Bono’s back

    U2 lead singer Bono (center), co-founder of Debt AIDS Trade Africa (DATA), meets with Harvard students and faculty on Tuesday (Dec. 6) to discuss the impact of AIDS and poverty in Africa. Over lunch, the singer, who was invited to the University by President Summers, discusses a cluster of issues with, among others, Summers (left)…

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  • Campus & Community

    John E. Mack

    On September 27, 2004 John Mack was struck and killed by a car in London, a vehicle operated by a man under the influence of alcohol. He would have turned 75 years-old the following week, an event which friends, colleagues, and students were eagerly anticipating to celebrate. His tragic and unanticipated death, at a time…

    8 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    ‘Towering figure’ in Latin literature Bailey dies at 87

    David Roy Shackleton Bailey, Pope Professor of Latin Language and Literature Emeritus at Harvard University, died at 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 28, at the age of 87. Since his retirement from Harvard in 1988 he had been a resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., where he had taught and continued to write as an adjunct professor…

    5 minutes