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  • Ocean Weather Prediction System Developed

    Oceanographer Allan Robinson stared at the front page of the newspaper showing where EgyptAir Flight 990 had plunged into the sea with 217 people aboard. He focused on a map…

  • Determining Your Risk for Cancer

    The first Web site in the country where you can get a personalized estimate of your risk for various cancers, together with advice on how to lower that risk, is now available to everyone for free.

  • Police Log

    The following are some of the incidents reported to the HUPD for the week ending Jan. 15. The official log is located at Police Headquarters, 29 Garden St. Jan. 9:…

  • Presidential Debates Get Attention, Not Enthusiasm

    The recent rash of presidential primary debates has spawned news coverage that has caught the public’s attention, but the debates have failed to generate deep voter interest or excitement, according to recent polls by the Joan Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

  • Smith To Conclude Service With Harvard Corporation

    Richard A. Smith, a member of the Harvard Corporation since 1991, will conclude his service as a Fellow of Harvard College at the end of the 1999-2000 academic year. Smith…

  • Dede To Join GSE Faculty

    Chris Dede, an expert in technology and education, will join the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a full professor in August 2000.

  • Karl Strauch, High Energy Physicist, Dies at 77

    Karl Strauch, a leading high energy physicist, and professor emeritus of physics at Harvard University, died at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston on January 3, 2000. He was 77…

  • Librarian Finds Treasure in the Stacks

    A librarian’s mundane afternoon in the Widener Library stacks and a subsequent sleepless night have thrust Harvard into the limelight throughout the Spanish-speaking literary world.

  • Studies: ‘High Stakes’ Tests Are Counterproductive Economically Disadvantaged Students

    So-called “high stakes” testing policies that require students to pass standardized tests deepen educational inequity between whites and minorities and widen the educational gap between affluent and impoverished students, according…

  • Faculty Council Jan. 12

    At its seventh meeting of the year the Faculty Council met with the Vice President for Finance, Elizabeth Huidekoper, to review the implementation of Project ADAPT in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Present for this discussion were Dan Moriarty, Assistant Provost and Chief Information Officer for the University; Sara Oseasohn, Acting Director of Project ADAPT; and Paul Bakstran, Controller.

  • For the Love of the Race

    When Alexis Todor was 10 years old, she experienced her first serious clash with authority: the principal of her elementary school reprimanded her for not throwing away her lunch (she…

  • FAS Names Two To Dean Positions

    Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Jeremy R. Knowles has announced the appointment of two new deans to oversee undergraduate and graduate education.

  • Winter Blooms

    As the elevator reaches the sixth floor of the Biological Laboratories building, it shudders, grinds, and opens up to the bright sunlight that fills the Biolab’s greenhouses. Through the glass, Harvard’s campus spreads out on all sides, but the lush jungle of plants inside the greenhouse is equally captivating. On the first of a series of benches sits a collection of fig trees from all over the world. Nearby stand smooth-trunked, leafless baobab trees from Madagascar, Africa, and Australia.

  • Landscape Architecture Establishes Hornbeck Chair

    The Graduate School of Design (GSD) has received a $1.7 million gift to establish the Peter Louis Hornbeck Fund supporting the Department of Landscape Architecture. Made through the bequest of Peter L. Hornbeck, a graduate of the Department (MLA ’59), the fund will endow the Hornbeck Professor-in-Practice of Landscape Architecture, as well as support research, exhibitions, and visiting practitioners and scholars in the Department.

  • Online Reference Shelf Will Put Historical Data at Your Fingertips

    When researchers seek historical information about Harvard or Radcliffe, or even about the history of higher education in the United States, they often turn to primary sources in the Harvard and Radcliffe Archives. Most often, the quest begins with a browse through the many volumes of annual reports of the Harvard and Radcliffe presidents.

  • Little Named Director of Center for the Study of Values in Public Life

    David Little, T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and International Conflict at the Divinity School, has been named director of the School’s Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, effective immediately.

  • Mondrian Painting Is First for Busch-Reisinger

    The Busch-Reisinger Museum has acquired its first painting by one of the century’s greatest masters of geometric abstraction, Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872-1944). Composition with Blue, Black, Yellow and Red (1922) is an exceptionally well-preserved example of the artist’s “classic” period, clearly showing Mondrian’s painterly sensibility – shiny black lines and delicately brushed fields, subtle gray hues and bold primaries, and careful adjustment of lines and planes as they reach the painting’s edge.

  • Marilyn Monroe’s Books Donated to Schlesinger Library

    Five books owned by American film icon Marilyn Monroe have been anonymously donated to the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Purchased in October at Christie’s auction house in New York, the books will be on display at the library throughout the month of January.

  • Radcliffe Professorship Established

    Terrence Murray, a 1962 graduate of Harvard College, has donated one of the largest gifts in Radcliffe history to establish the first professorship of the new Radcliffe Institute for Advanced…

  • Phillips Brooks House To Celebrate Centennial

    The Phillips Brooks House Association Inc. (PBHA), the oldest and largest volunteer public service organization at Harvard College, is rededicating its home, the historic Phillips Brooks House, on the centennial…

  • Newsmakers

    Kahn Named President of Joslin Diabetes Center C. Ronald Kahn took over as president of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston on Jan. 13. The Mary K. Iacocca Professor of…

  • 2000-01 Fellowships at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

    The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs has announced the following opportunities for fellowships during the 2000-01 academic year: Graduate Student Associate Positions The Graduate Student Associate Program provides a supportive…

  • Notes

    Office of Work and Family relocates The Office of Work and Family has relocated to 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Holyoke Center Rm. 761, Cambridge, MA 02138. The phone and fax numbers…

  • Harvard track defeats Northeastern Huskies

    The Harvard men’s and women’s track teams both defeated their Northeastern counterparts at the Gordon Track and Tennis Center Saturday. The women, led by Captain Brenda Taylor with wins in the 60 meter hurdles and 200 meters, beat the Huskies 95-30. Nicky Grant ’02 broke her own school record in the 20-pound weight toss and Kart Sllats ’04 won the highjump as the Harvard women won all but two events. <!–#include virtual=

  • Human Biological Clock Set Back an Hour

    The internal clock that drives the daily activities of all living things, from wild flowers to whales, is wound by Earth’s rotation. The 24-hour cycle, tied to one turn of…

  • Growth Factor Raises Cancer Risk

    High levels of a well-known growth factor significantly increase the risks of colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer, medical researchers have found. At the same time, they determined that a protein…

  • Two Harvard Scientists Win National Medal of Science

    The National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the United States, has been awarded to George Whitesides, Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry, and William Julius Wilson, Lewis F. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor.

  • Exercise Can Reduce Stroke Risk, Study Says

    Here’s a research finding that should bring you to your feet. A brisk, hour-long walk, five days a week, can cut your risk of having a stroke almost in half.…

  • Amartya K. Sen Wins 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics

    Sen, Lamont University Professor Emeritus and a current adjunct and visiting professor at Harvard, was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics Wednesday “for his contributions to welfare economics.” He is Harvard’s 37th Nobel laureate.

  • Children need attention and reassurance, Harvard researchers say

    America’s “let them cry” attitude toward children may lead to more fears and tears among adults, according to two Harvard Medical School researchers. Instead of letting infants cry, American parents…