Year: 2005

  • Campus & Community

    Alleviating poverty one house at a time

    This is the second in a series of Gazette articles highlighting some of the many initiatives and charities that Harvard affiliates can support through this months Community Gifts Through Harvard Campaign.

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  • Campus & Community

    ‘Single-choice’ early admission policy stabilizes numbers

    For the third year in a row, close to 4,000 students have applied for admission to Harvard under its nonbinding Early Action program. This number is in stark contrast to the fall of 2002, when early application numbers soared to over 7,600. At that time, Harvard followed a now-modified requirement of the National Association of…

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  • Campus & Community

    President Summers holds office hours today

    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 Nov. 14. 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

    Nov. 4, 1949 – On the eve of the Princeton football game, Harvard has its first riot in more than a decade. Fueled by a Harvard pep rally, visiting Princetonians,…

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  • Campus & Community

    Faculty Council meeting Nov. 16

    At its fifth meeting of the year on Nov. 16, the Faculty Council received a report of its Allston Subcommittee on their visit to the Harvard in Allston exhibit room, held further discussion of the report of the Committee on General Education, and voted to approve the Harvard Summer School Courses of Instruction for 2006.

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  • Campus & Community

    Heavenly bodies

    Burnished by a setting sun and keeping company with a rising moon, the Kirkland House tower looks very handsome indeed.

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  • Campus & Community

    ‘Gold standard’ of dietary recommendations found

    In the mid-1990s, researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Johns Hopkins University, and colleagues presented what is now considered a “gold standard” of dietary recommendations for reducing high…

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  • Campus & Community

    Neuroscientist Buckner named professor of psychology

    Randy L. Buckner, a neuroscientist noted for his innovative use of new imaging techniques to map human memory formation and retrieval, has been named professor of psychology in Harvard University’s…

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  • Campus & Community

    Cancer link to ‘protein promiscuity’ being studied

    When found at abnormally high concentrations, two proteins implicated in many human cancers have the potential to spur indiscriminate biochemical signaling inside cells, chemists at Harvard University have found. Their…

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  • Campus & Community

    African health status explored

    The triple scourges of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria pose the greatest threats to the health of the African people, according to Luís Gomes Sambo, the World Health Organization’s regional director…

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  • Campus & Community

    HSPH find AIDS drugs work well in Botswana

    Africa’s first large-scale public program to distribute critical AIDS drugs to a developing nation is as successful as similar programs in industrialized countries, a Harvard School of Public Health study has shown, helping put to rest concerns that such programs can’t work in developing nations.

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  • Health

    International multi-center study confirms value of blood test to diagnose heart failure

    Congestive heart failure, which occurs when an impaired heart muscle cannot pump blood efficiently, is a growing health problem and major cause of cardiac death. The diagnosis of heart failure…

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  • Health

    Brain protein may play role in innate and learned fear

    In a paper published in the November 2005 issue of Cell, researchers reported that the protein stathmin is essential for the fear response – both the expression of innate fear…

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Beckert tracks cotton trail

    Sven Beckert, a professor of history with an expertise in 19th century America, is hoping to understand the roots of the global economic ties that bind the world today by…

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  • Campus & Community

    Waking up to how we sleep and dream

    The Oct. 27, 2005 issue of the prestigious science journal Nature devotes almost 40 pages to bringing readers up-to-date on what happens during sleep. Three of the articles are by Harvard Medical School scientists who discuss such things as an on-off sleep switch, and learning while we sleep.

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  • Science & Tech

    Einstein’s rings in space

    In a 1936 paper, Albert Einstein described how the gravitational field from a massive object can warp space and thereby deflect light. In special cases, the light from a distant…

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  • Campus & Community

    Sexual attraction a matter of scent

    An unexpected finding may settle an ongoing scientific debate by providing evidence that key reproductive behaviors in mice arise predominantly, if not exclusively, from olfactory input instead of input from the vomeronasal, visual, or auditory senses.

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  • Science & Tech

    A harvest of dozens of new stars

    A new infrared image of the reflection nebula NGC 1333, located about 1,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, reveals dozens of stars like the Sun but much younger.…

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  • Campus & Community

    Digging into Harvard Yard

    It looks like the stuff any gardener might find while turning over a new tomato bed: rusty nails, chunks of glass, maybe a sprinkler head or two. But to these Harvard anthropology students, it is a potential gold mine of information.

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  • Campus & Community

    Day of the Dead full of life

    The Peabody Museums Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration is always a spirited affair – with its live marimba music, bouquets of flowers, and powerful images. But last weeks event, hosted by the museum and the Consulate General of Mexico, was particularly dynamic, featuring two inspirational altar installations created by artist Eric…

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  • Campus & Community

    Students recognized for essays

    Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Kodansha Publishers recently hosted the 11th annual Edwin O. Reischauer/Kodansha Ltd. Commemorative Symposium and the tenth annual awarding of the Noma-Reischauer Prizes in Japanese Studies.

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  • Campus & Community

    Globalization and monetary policy discussed

    Maybe it wasnt quite the end of history that Richard Fisher described during the Manshel Lecture in American Foreign Policy last week (Nov. 3).

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  • Campus & Community

    Challenges of a modern storyteller

    Salman Rushdie was at the First Parish Church in Cambridge on Monday (Nov. 7), to read from his new novel, Shalimar the Clown, and to discuss the challenges facing a storyteller in a politically troubled and morally perplexing world.

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  • Campus & Community

    Bunting papers given to Radcliffe

    The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study recently celebrated the life and legacy of Mary Ingraham Bunting-Smith (1910 – 1998), known to the Harvard-Radcliffe community as Polly Bunting, president of Radcliffe College from 1960 to 1972. The event included remarks by Elaine Yaffe, author of Mary Ingraham Bunting: Her Two Lives (Frederic C. Beil, 2005), the…

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  • Campus & Community

    Harvey Brooks

    At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences May 17, 2005, the following Minute was placed upon the records.

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  • Campus & Community

    Radcliffe examines role of gender in the ‘War Zone’

    Geraldine Brooks recalled lying on a Kurdish rooftop in 1991, looking down at a tank below and hearing rifle and rifle-propelled-grenade fire. She was with a group of male reporters, who were excitedly talking about getting to the lines where Kurds were engaging Saddam Husseins government troops.

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  • Campus & Community

    In brief

    FAS forum open to students, faculty on Nov. 16 Students and faculty are invited to a Faculty of Arts and Sciences Forum on General Education and Concentrations Wednesday (Nov. 16)…

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  • Campus & Community

    Newsmakers

    Herzlinger named one of health care’s most powerful people Modern Healthcare magazine has named Regina E. Herzlinger, the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration, one of the 100 most…

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