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September-October 2003

Robert W. Iuliano
Jon Chase / Harvard News Office

Harvard's Attorney

After serving as acting vice president and general counsel during the 2002-2003 academic year, Robert W. Iuliano '83 was formally appointed to the post in June, concluding a search and filling out the Massachusetts Hall team of President Lawrence H. Summers. Iuliano, who took his law degree at the University of Virginia, subsequently served as a judicial law clerk, worked in a private law firm, and then joined the U.S. Attorney's office in Boston. He came to Harvard's legal department in 1994, and was appointed deputy general counsel in 2000. As acting general counsel, Iuliano was involved in filing Harvard's amicus brief in the University of Michigan affirmative action cases; informing faculty members about the USA PATRIOT Act; and reviewing the new College policies on sexual assault. He has also taught on legal subjects in the Extension School and the Graduate School of Education.

 

90 Mount Auburn Street

Designed by architects Leers Weinzapfel Associates, this geothermally heated and cooled building will house departments of the Harvard University Library, including the Weissman Preservation Center on the fourth floor, and retail space on the first. The new structure will replace two small buildings that housed retail operations. An earlier, avant-garde design for the site by prize-winning architect Hans Hollein met its end in a review by the Cambridge Historical Commission, with whom Harvard worked closely on the current design.

Rendering courtesy of Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Disciplinary Deans

Faculty of Arts and Sciences dean William C. Kirby has put into place the divisional dean structure he proposed last winter (see "Iron and Silk," March-April, page 59). Hoping to emulate the longstanding deanship of the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS), which has fostered academic planning, faculty recruiting, and interdisciplinary teaching and research, Kirby appointed Maria M. Tatar, Loeb professor of Germanic languages and literatures and Harvard College Professor, as the first dean for the humanities. David M. Cutler, professor of economics (see "Health by the Numbers," January-February 2000, page 74), is the first dean for the social sciences. DEAS dean Venkatesh Narayanamurti expands his portfolio, as he also becomes dean of the physical sciences. While a search continues for a dean for the life sciences, Douglas A. Melton, Cabot professor of the natural sciences (see "Science and Politics and Stem Cells," July-August 2001, page 62), will chair an executive committee overseeing plans in this rapidly changing field.

Anne BrunetJennifer L. Hochschild
Courtesy of Anne BrunetCourtesy of Jennifer L. Hochschild
Christina Jones-PaulyKatherine Park
Courtesy of Christina Jones-PaulyCourtesy of Katherine Park
Irene J. Winter
Courtesy of Harvard News Office

Radcliffe Roster

Forty-six women and 10 men will be fellows at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study during the 2003-2004 academic year. Eight fellows are pursuing work in the creative arts, 16 are humanities scholars, 13 social scientists, and 19 scientists. Two groups of fellows will work in common domains, like last year's physicists and cosmologists—see "A Cluster of (Scholarly) Stars," November-December 2002, page 62. Five sociologists and political scientists will concentrate on immigration in the twenty-first century. Six theoretical computer scientists will explore randomness and computation. Fellows from Harvard include Anne Brunet, a Medical School research fellow (molecular mechanisms of longevity); Jennifer L. Hochschild, professor of government (Madison's Constitution and identity politics); Christina Jones-Pauly, lecturer on law (Islamic law, women, and cultural diversity); Katherine Park, Zemurray Stone Radcliffe professor of the history of science (gender, generation, and human dissection); and Irene J. Winter, Boardman professor of fine arts (Mesopotamian aesthetics). A full list of fellows and their projects is posted on the institute website at www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/current/index.html.

 

Judith Kidd
Photo by Vera Leung
David P. Illingworth
Rose Lincoln / Harvard News Office

The College Collegium

Dean of Harvard College Benedict H. Gross has announced the principal appointments for the newly merged College and undergraduate education functions, now all reporting to him (see "Undergraduate Overseer," July-August, page 71). Georgene Herschbach continues as associate dean, responsible for College finance, administration, capital projects, staffing, and information technology. Thomas Dingman remains associate dean, overseeing the House system and working with masters and senior tutors. He is now also liaison to the University police and to undergraduate athletics. Jeffrey Wolcowitz, who previously supported Gross in undergraduate education, retains that portfolio as associate dean; he will administer the curricular review, manage the instructional budget, and oversee the Core curriculum, expository writing, the Bok Center, international programs, plus freshman seminars. Elizabeth Studley Nathans remains dean of freshmen and liaison to University Health Services. Elizabeth Doherty, director of freshman seminars, is now also special assistant coordinating the dean's senior staff meetings and serving as liaison with the president and provost. And Judith Kidd, formerly assistant dean for public service and director of Phillips Brooks House, assumes much broader responsibility for extracurriculars as acting associate dean. She will oversee student organizations and space, and will supervise several functions that had reported directly to Gross's predecessor, Harry R. Lewis: the Bureau of Study Council, the Office for the Arts, the Office for Career Services, and the Harvard Foundation. Kidd's new duties follow the departure of associate dean David P. Illingworth '71, Dv '73. After 18 years in the admissions office and 4 years in the College administration, with responsibility for student groups and extracurricular activities, Illingworth said he wished to return home to Maine to be near his elderly parents and to resume his work as an Episcopal priest.

 

All Together Now

Shortly before Commencement, an unprecedented gathering of deans of Harvard College took place in the Faculty Room of University Hall. Standing, left to right, are John B. Fox Jr., now Secretary to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Benedict H. Gross, who became dean July 1; and his immediate predecessor, Harry R. Lewis. Seated are Ernest R. May, L. Fred Jewett, Fred L. Glimp, and Charles P. Whitlock.

Rendering by Justin Ide / Harvard News Office

Nota Bene

Supreme scientist. The Inamori Foundation has named George M. Whitesides, the Mallinckrodt professor of chemistry, as winner of the 2003 Kyoto Prize in advanced technology. He was recognized for work on the self-assembly of organic molecules and the potential for using this capacity to create nanoscale materials with biological and electronic applications. The prize, and its $400,000 honorarium, will be conferred November 10.

 

Praiseworthy profs. The academic year ended with still more prizes for pedagogy, as Phi Beta Kappa conferred its teaching awards on Eric N. Jacobsen, Emery professor of chemistry and Harvard College Professor; Stephen Peter Rosen, Kaneb professor of national security and military affairs and the newly minted master of Winthrop House; and James Wilkinson, director of the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and lecturer on history and literature.

 

Radcliffe restructures. The Radcliffe Institute has laid off about a quarter of its staff—33 people, principally in technology and development—to focus on operating as an institute for advanced study.

 

Kennedy School rebounds. Dean Joseph S. Nye announced August 4 that after operating deeply in the red in FY02, the Kennedy School balanced its FY03 budget ahead of expectations, a "considerable achievement." Tighter fiscal controls, including limited salary increases and the suspension of bonuses, combined with a 92 percent increase in annual giving, better indirect cost recovery on sponsored research, increased administrative fees on restricted gifts, and a tuition increase made the difference.