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Your independent source for Harvard news since 1898

January-February 2010


Letters from our readers

The College Pump

What made Sam Beer and Charles Townsend Copeland great


A stained-glass window in Harvard's Memorial Hall

In this Issue

Stem cells are being used as tools in regenerative medicine and drug discovery.

Brief life of a pioneering pharmacologist: 1518-1593

In words and images, George M. Whitesides and Felice. C. Frankel explicate tools, concepts, and applications in nanoscience.

Harvard’s Monuments Men at war


Letters from our readers

Right Now

Harvard and UMass researchers elucidate DNA's ability to file data and fit into the nucleus.

Research on work-life balance casts the financial sector in a harsh light.

Researchers may have found the viruses' Achilles heel

Heather Paxson explores the anthropology of American artisanal cheese.

New England Regional

Researchers study the benefits of this mind-body exercise.

Winter activities at and around Harvard

Tupelo, a new arrival, is a standout Southern restaurant in Inman Square, Cambridge.

John Harvard's Journal

The University's financial crisis is exacerbating existing problems in expanding, coordinating, and technologically improving the collections.

Meet the director of Harvard Dining Services’ Food Literacy Project.

Headlines from Harvard history

The Harvard University Financial Report for fiscal year 2009 documents losses not previously detailed.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith presents his annual report.

The annual report of the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity shows gains for women, slow progress elsewhere

Short takes on recent Harvard news

Harvard’s former sister college celebrates its first decade as an institute for advanced study.

Harvard undergraduates and the "great books" puzzle

Alex, Mike, and Danny Biega, a talented trio of brothers, play ice hockey for Harvard.

The men's and women's squads lead the Ivy League.

Yale saved its best for last. So did Harvard.

Ellen Kennelly ’85 has created a new glass sculpture for Weld Boathouse.

Vin Ferrara ’95 manufactures the Xenith football helmet to protect players from concussions.


Three Harvard graduates help create the weekly humor of NPR’s <em>Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!</em>

An excerpt from A Hole in the Head: More Tales in the History of Neuroscience, by Charles Gross ’57

Three Harvard Advocate alumni helped found a highbrow literary periodical.

David Warsh reviews This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff.

Recent books with Harvard connections

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words


Bruce Corsino promotes "usable, efficient, and transparent" writing inside government and out.

Harvard's alumni website has a new look and a new home.

The Harvard Alumni Association's plans a global public-service initiative

A plaque honoring Harvard’s Medal of Honor recipients is dedicated in Memorial Church.

Advocates for Harvard ROTC seek information on Harvard alumni who hold military awards for valor.

Rare-book dealers Jon and Margaret Richardson are fans of the Bloomsbury Group.

Sportscaster J.B. Brown writes about his "Role of a Lifetime"

Jerusalem city councilor Laura Wharton seeks a more open and pluralistic city.

News from Shared Interest Groups

The College Pump

What made Sam Beer and Charles Townsend Copeland great


A stained-glass window in Harvard's Memorial Hall