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Your independent source for Harvard news since 1898

January-February 2011

Letters

The psyche, kindergarten, more mushroom verse

The College Pump

Steven Coit's portraits diversify Harvard's walls, and the 1947 football team defies racism.

Treasure

For centuries, a simple technology permitted people to survive the Arctic.

In this Issue

Daniel Lieberman tracks the evolution of the human head.

Brief life of a Harvard conspirator: 1916-2000

Students grapple with the fate of the rainforest in a changing climate.

Understanding suicide and self-injury

Letters

The psyche, kindergarten, more mushroom verse

Right Now

Chemist Charles Lieber and his colleagues have developed a nanoscale transistor so small it can enter, probe, and communicate with cells without harming them.

A multidimensional poverty index, based on the ideas of Amartya Sen, reveals a different map of the world's poor.

At Children's Hospital Boston, a video game offers emotionally explosive youths methods of self-control.

New England Regional

For third-agers, changing careers is exciting, scary, and challenging.

Winter happenings at and around Harvard

Cambridge restaurant East by Northeast offers multisensory delights.

John Harvard's Journal

The senior governing board revises its "composition, structure, and practices."

A new squash coach has arrived from Canada.

Highlights from a recent report on faculty development and diversity

A quarter of the eligible senior faculty accept Harvard's retirement offer.

Leaders of research libraries, foundations, and national cultural institutions gathered at Harvard to discuss the feasibility of creating a national digital library.

The Task Force on University Libraries recommends a coordinated management structure for the entire system.

Headlines from Harvard history

The University's annual financial report portrays an institution adapting to an era of reduced revenues and expenses.

The University's offerings will refinance debt and finance various capital projects.

HBS building boomlet and innovation lab, Rhodes and Marshall Scholars, HMS Center for Primary Care, studying "institutional corruption," and other University news

The Undergraduate and her law-student mom ponder career choices.

Recognition for three distinguished contributors

A spectacular kickoff return inspirits another triumph over Yale.

Montage

A tense thriller, with ballerinas

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Librettist John Weidman writes books for the best.

"In Motion: The Experience of Travel," by Tony Hiss, makes the case for mindful attention to one's environs—even the most ordinary.

The great experiment in constitution-making

Recent books with Harvard connections

Singer David Berkeley's songs glow with a strange light.

Alumni

Avi Steinberg's memoir of life as a prison librarian

An update on alumni on Capitol Hill

A three-day summit draws more than 400 participants from across six decades.

The fourth annual gathering focuses on the global economy in the Middle East.

Harvard's Cuban-American Undergraduate Student Association hosts its first alumni conference.

Early information on Commencement

Shared Interest Group winter events

Constance Adams seeks creative solutions for extreme problems, and new ideas for this planet.

Daniel Rasmussen's new book rescues the forgotten facts of the largest slave revolt in U.S. history.

Stephanie Kaplan, Windsor Hanger, and Annie Wang founded and run the popular Internet site Her Campus.

Harvard alumni may sign in to view class notes and obituaries.

The College Pump

Steven Coit's portraits diversify Harvard's walls, and the 1947 football team defies racism.

Treasure

For centuries, a simple technology permitted people to survive the Arctic.