Year: 2006

  • Nation & World

    University-wide staff survey to measure employee engagement

    Harvard staff: Whats your Harvard like? Do you tell people great things about working at Harvard? Do you recommend Harvard as a place to work? Do you ever think about leaving Harvard? Do you do your best work every day? Do you regularly go above and beyond at work?

    5 minutes
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    Gossip, litigiousness, the invention of the address

    How did we get here from there? Thats the question that preoccupies historian Daniel Lord Smail, who joined Harvards Faculty of Arts and Sciences as professor of history on Jan. 1.

    6 minutes
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    President Summers’ office hours in April

    President Lawrence H. Summers will hold office hours for students in his Massachusetts Hall office on the following dates: Thursday, April 20, 4-5 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 4-5 p.m. Sign-up…

    1 minute
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    Memorial services set for Langstaff, Stone

    Memorial service for John Langstaff on Saturday A memorial service for John Langstaff, founder of The Christmas Revels, will be held at the Memorial Church on March 18 at 2…

    1 minute
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    This month in Harvard history

    March 3, 1939 – Spurred by a bet, Lothrop Withington Jr. 42 slurps down a four-inch goldfish – and unwittingly starts the national goldfish-swallowing college craze. March 1, 1942 –…

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    Mad, hot ballroom steams up MAC

    Accompanied by the dazzle of gowns and the pounding of their own hearts, some of the very best collegiate and amateur dancers in the United States whirled around the Malkin Athletic Center at the recent Hanlon-Ford Winter Ball.

    1 minute
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    Distinguished panel explores ‘martyrdom’

    If suicide terrorism is to be held in check, what’s needed is an engaging, exciting “counterperformance” – whatever that might be – that can be offered in place of the “theater of violence” exemplified by the al-Qaida attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    6 minutes
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    DeWolfe Howe Fund seeks proposals for 2006-07

    The Mark DeWolfe Howe Fund for Study and Research in Civil Rights-Civil Liberties and Legal History is currently accepting proposals for either the coming summer or for the 2006-07 academic year.

    1 minute
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    Crimson find redemption in Saints

    In the latest leg of this seasons ECAC Hockey League title run, a best-of-three quarterfinal series against visiting St. Lawrence University on March 10-12, the Harvard mens hockey team took a bad spill, got up, and then proceeded to dust the competition. For the resilient and then-some Crimson, the redemptive powers of beating the Saints…

    2 minutes
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    A tour of human history, with guide Jared Diamond

    Some time around 1680, an Easter Islander cut down the islands last tree, dooming any hopes of an environmental recovery on the remote Pacific Ocean speck and condemning his descendants to poverty, civil war, and cannibalism.

    5 minutes
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    Police reports

    Following are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department for the week ending March 13. The official log is located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave., sixth floor, and is available online at http://www.hupd.harvard.edu/.

    1 minute
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    Attempted abduction reported on JFK St.

    On March 9 at approximately 2 a.m., a female unaffiliated with the University reported to the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) that she was the victim of an attempted abduction near 80 John F. Kennedy St.

    2 minutes
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    Fossil fuels, conservation in energy future

    The BP Group Executive Director Iain Conn forecasts an energy future where fossil fuels still make up the bulk of world energy production, but in which demand is far higher,…

    2 minutes
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    Stem cell researchers collaborate across continents

    In order to advance its mission of promoting stem cell research across the scientific community, five junior Harvard stem cell researchers last week (March 9-11) hosted five of their University…

    1 minute
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    Investigating canals across time, from space

    The view from space of an ancient canal network is recasting archaeologists’ understanding of the Assyrian capital of Nineveh and of the farming economy that supported it at its height of power almost 3,000 years ago.

    2 minutes
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    Molecule by molecule, new assay shows real-time gene activity

    Chemists at Harvard University have developed the first technique providing a real-time, molecule-by-molecule “movie” of protein production in live cells. Their direct observation of fluorescently tagged molecules in single cells…

    1 minute
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    Smoke-free pubs keep Irish eyes smiling

    A survey of air pollution levels in “Irish pubs” around the world has found that indoor air pollution in authentic Irish pubs in Ireland, where a smoke-free law has been…

    1 minute
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    Researchers uncover cause of asthma

    Medical experts have been baffled by what causes asthma. Most of them favor the idea that it stems from “helper” cells that have gone awry. But researchers at Harvard Medical…

    2 minutes
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    IOP student report raises U.S. sexual slavery profile

    A group of Harvard undergraduates studying sexual slavery in the United States has recommended that states set up task forces of state, federal, and local officials as well as victims…

    2 minutes
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    Spar takes on boom in baby biz

    The field of reproductive technologies has become a fast- growing and profitable economic sector. “Parents choose for different traits, clinics woo clients, and specialized providers earn millions of dollars,” points…

    1 minute
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    Arnold Arboretum: A winter tour

    In 1872, whaling merchant James Arnold’s will transferred a section of his Jamaic Plain estate to the fellows and president of Harvard College,. The Arnold Arboretum has since performed a unique function as Boston’s own living open-air museum.

    1 minute
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    Super-Earths may be three times more common than Jupiters

    Astronomers have discovered a new “super-Earth” orbiting a red dwarf star located about 9,000 light-years away. This newfound world weighs about 13 times the mass of the Earth and is…

    1 minute
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    Ancient molecules guide new synapse growth

    Recent research has shifted the understanding of a group of specialized molecules in the extracellular matrix, recasting them from scaffolding only to key cue-providers that help guide the formation of…

    1 minute
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    RNA sequence restrains fatal encephalitis

    One short sequence of RNA protected mice from deadly brain inflammation caused by West Nile virus and Japanese encephalitis virus, report Priti Kumar, Manjunath Swamy, and Premlata Shankar. The findings,…

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    Kennedy School launches Native American public service fellowship

    The Kennedy School of Government (KSG) has announced a new full-tuition Native American Public Service Fellowship (NAPSF), to be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to matters of concern to Native American tribes. Areas of focus may include (but are not limited to) tribal self-governance and policy.

    2 minutes
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    Decoding ‘complex emergencies’

    Peter Salama, M.P.H. 97, is an expert on the epidemiology of conflict and famine in complex emergencies, which is to say that he studies what kills people when things like war and droughts happen. On March 2, Salama visited the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as part of the Voices of Public Intellectuals lecture series…

    5 minutes
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    Sports in brief

    Grapplers grab EIWA titles Harvard wrestlers Bode Ogunwole ’07 and Andrew Flanagan ’09 captured individual championships at the 102nd Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) championships at Lehigh University on March…

    1 minute
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    Mora named acting vice president for finance

    Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs Elizabeth Mora has agreed to serve as acting vice president for finance while the search for a permanent successor to outgoing Vice President for Finance Ann Berman proceeds. Mora will assume her new role on April 1.

    2 minutes
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    Police reports

    Following are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department for the week ending March 6. The official log is located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave., sixth floor, and is available online at http://www.hupd.harvard.edu/.

    1 minute
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    This month in Harvard history

    March 9, 1857 – The faculty adopts the recommendation of a joint faculty/Overseers committee that annual examinations of each Class in each subject before an Overseers Visiting Committee be in…

    2 minutes