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March-April 2007

Letters

Revolution in Cancer Care I followed Ken Garabadian—the patient who was the focus of “Ken’s Story,” by David G. Nathan...

The College Pump

"Your wooden arm you hold outstretched to shake with passers-by." And you shall hear/Of the midnight ride of Paul...

Treasure

Here we see the skates and stick (blade left) of Leverett Saltonstall ’14, LL.B. ’17, LL.D. ’42, who made at least one notable...

In this Issue

Illustration by Dan Page

The compensation of top American corporate executives has soared during the past 15 years. Measured in 2005 dollars, the average annual...

Gorey and friends at home in Yarmouthport in 1992

Photograph © Steve Marsel Studio Inc.

Although he died almost seven years ago, Edward Gorey ’50 has just brought out a new book. Amphigorey Again, the fourth anthology of...

Frank Rich, lit by a bounce card and a beauty dish reflector, in the New York Times editorial boardroom

Photograph by Robert Adam Mayer

The scene, at least the one framed by the family-room proscenium of the television screen, remains indelible. President George W. Bush emerged...

President Ford meets with the Army's chief of staff, General Frederick Weyand, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in California in April 1975.

Photograph © Bettmann/CORBIS

As 2007 began, and several aspirants prepared to announce their candidacies for our nation’s highest office, Americans paused to celebrate...

Workers disinfect a Beijing street as part of the government’s effort to eradicate SARS

Photograph by Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images

The SARS epidemic provides lessons in how to combat zoonoses such as Ebola, swine, and avian flu.

Letters

Revolution in Cancer Care I followed Ken Garabadian—the patient who was the focus of “Ken’s Story,” by David G. Nathan...

Right Now

In a laboratory behind the Science Center, researchers are working on a high-stakes project at the nexus of physics and biology. If all goes...

The main baptistery doors of the Duomo in Florence, created by Lorenzo Ghiberti between 1425 and 1452, are among the masterpieces that ushered...

Stress headaches, stress fractures, and stress-induced heart attacks already register with the general public. Now new research suggests that...

Pretend that you’re five years old. A grownup in a white coat tells you about Jane, who found $5 on the sidewalk; Johnny, who was splashed...

New England Regional

Listings by category: Seasonal Theater Film Libraries Exhibitions Nature and Science Music Seasonal • March 18, at 2 p.m....

Although I have spent only a month or two here each year for four decades, I have always thought of it as home, if home is the one place that...

Cuchi Cuchi’s shtick is entertaining, the décor a retro salute to “belle epoch” and early Hollywood, the...

John Harvard's Journal

Ten million square feet of new buildings, as many as 12,000 new jobs, and many billions of dollars: the numbers alone suggest the scope of...

Historian Drew Gilpin Faust, founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, will become Harvard’s twenty-eighth president on...

Harvard planners announced in December that a new, permanent art museum would rise at 224 Western Avenue, a prime site in the University’s...

A task force on teaching proposed in late January that members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) enter into a “compact” to...

Feverish speculation notwithstanding, the Corporation did not use its regularly scheduled meeting with the Board of Overseers during the first...

Photograph by Stu Rosner N. Gregory Mankiw   After two years as chair of the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), Beren...

In January, the Harvard Corporation authorized the establishment of the Harvard University Science and Engineering Committee (HUSEC), allocating...

Financial support for degree-candidate students amounts to a half-billion-dollar-plus commitment by the University. These data, from fiscal year...

A woman repairing an automobile—and showing us the tops of her stockings! This is not a “True Woman,” domestic, docile...

An updated, second edition of Managing Harvard’s Resources—with reports from the University’s treasurer, James F. Rothenberg...

Following extensive consultation with colleagues throughout the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), the Task Force on General Education has...

An Eye on Immigration Photograph courtesy of Harvard University Art Museums © President and Fellows of Harvard College Harvard...

1922 Heywood Broun ’10, in a column reprinted in the Bulletin, rues the fact that Harvard is no longer the literary center it once was...

The compensation for the most highly paid endowment investment managers—the subject of criticism and debate in recent years—took on a...

Undergraduates will soon be able to relax in a new campus pub, scheduled to open early in April. The gathering spot is part of a $4.5-million...

Security Secretary     Juliette N. Kayyem   Kennedy School of Government lecturer in public policy Juliette N. Kayyem...

Almost every week last year I received an e-mail with the subject line “Iraq Update.” With each message, the number following that...

What a difference a year makes! In 2005, Harvard affiliates earned one Marshall Scholarship and two Rhodes Scholarships. In 2006, those numbers...

In sports, as in life, a momentary  twist of fate can change everything that follows. So it is with wrestler Olabode “Bode&rdquo...

Montage

The blip festival may be unfamiliar to you, but for lovers of “low-bit music,” it’s the world’s premier event. Late last...

Mira Nair ’79 met Sooni Taraporevala ’79 in the Lowell House dining room in the fall of 1976. The two women, both of Indian descent...

Educator James O. Freedman ’57, L ’60, who died in March of last year, was president emeritus of Dartmouth College and of the...

Peter C. Liman, M.A.T. ’63, spent his business career as a marketing executive in toiletries and over-the-counter...

Within living memory, computer programming was handicraft. Individual programmers strained to create works that were both useful and...

Breaking Open Japan: Commodore Perry, Lord Abe, and American Imperialism in 1853, by George Feifer ’56 (Smithsonian Books, $25.95)...

In Nice Big American Baby, the newest collection of short stories by Judy Budnitz ’95, the author considers mothers and babies—and...

Wayles Brown asks whether anyone can provide an exact source and the precise wording for a comment often attributed to Oscar Wilde: “The...

“These shows are funny no matter your age or upbringing,” says Casey Lurtz ’07, who has just finished her term as president of...

Alumni

But first, a word about the Florida scrub jay. “Before the invention of the air conditioner, Florida was a spectacular wilderness,&rdquo...

In 2000, David Rothenberg ’84 arrived at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh at dawn, unpacked his instruments—clarinets and...

Candidates for Election This spring, five new Harvard Overseers and six new elected directors for the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) board...

The College Pump

"Your wooden arm you hold outstretched to shake with passers-by." And you shall hear/Of the midnight ride of Paul...

Treasure

Here we see the skates and stick (blade left) of Leverett Saltonstall ’14, LL.B. ’17, LL.D. ’42, who made at least one notable...