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Your independent source for Harvard news since 1898

May-June 2009


Letters from our readers

The College Pump

The classic folksong “One Meat Ball” got its start at Harvard.


Lakota drawings inspire a dramatic exhibition.

In this Issue

Three Harvard scholars trained in chemistry and physics pursue innovative approaches and tools that address problems in neuroscience.

A profile of writer James Agee, at Harvard and beyond

Comedian Andy Borowitz ’80 has moved from Hollywood success to a multifaceted life as a humorist in New York.

In April 1946, Ware represented a score of national consumer groups when she appeared before the Senate Banking and Currency Committee to testify on extending the existence of the wartime Office of Price Administration.

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A brief profile of the activist and scholar


Letters from our readers

Right Now

New three-dimensional PDF technology allows Harvard astronomers—and you—to explore worlds hundreds of light-years away.

Controls on fine particle pollution extended average lifespan in the United States by five months between 1980 and 2000.

A new technique aims to boost the body’s ability to seek out and destroy cancer cells.

Energy is the key to understanding human evolution—and to saving ourselves and our planet, says Daniel Lieberman.

John Harvard's Journal

For this systems biologist, the interaction of science and music is multiplicative.

Happenings at Harvard in Mays and Junes past

The University’s financial gap measures in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Supreme Court associate justice speaks at a Radcliffe Institute conference on gender and the law.

Curricular revisions for English and the classics

Appointments and departures

A new exhibition honors John C. Rock, the Harvard Medical School professor whose research and advocacy were instrumental in the development of modern fertility treatments and contraception.

News of the University and the Harvard community

Junior Parents’ Weekend brings The Undergraduate a new perspective on the future.

Golfer Emily Balmert, and the women’s varsity team, have reached milestones.

A novel book on golf


Filmmaker Alexander Olch has made an biographical documentary based on footage left behind by his mentor, Richard Rogers.

How Pete Seeger got his start: an excerpt from Alec Wilkinson's new biography, <em>The Protest Singer</em>

A music critic reviews composer John Adams’s memoir.

Recent books with Harvard connections

The Harvard Theatre Collection opens an exhibition and hosts a symposium on Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

Inspired by his Yup’ik heritage, Phillip Charette educates through his art.

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words


Charlene Li urges businesses to embrace social technologies.

Jonathan Newmark balances his day job and his music.

Jessi Walter has fun on the job.

Overseer and Harvard Alumni Association director slates

Celebrate with Shared Interest Groups during Commencement

Harvard Club and SIGs news

The College Pump

The classic folksong “One Meat Ball” got its start at Harvard.


Lakota drawings inspire a dramatic exhibition.