Dean of freshmen Elizabeth Studley Nathans "will conclude her service" at the end of the academic year, the College announced on September 12, just as the current first-years settled into Harvard Yard. Nathans, who took office in 1992, oversees academic and residential life and advising for 1,650 students annually. A successor will be identified by Benedict H. Gross, dean of Harvard College, who also leads the review of the undergraduate curriculum. That effort (see "Addition by Subtraction," July-August, page 55) may effect changes in students' housing assignments, the timing of their concentration choice, their interactions with upperclassmen in the Houses, and the structure of academic counseling in their first few College semesters.
Iacocca professor of medicine C. Ronald Kahn, president and director of Joslin Diabetes Center, received the Bernard Medal from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, recognizing his research on insulin signal transduction and the mechanisms of altered signaling in disease.
Popular Science has named chemist David R. Liu, Loeb associate professor of the natural sciences, one of its "brilliant 10" young researchers. The magazine cited his use of strands of DNA as a scaffold to direct chemical reactions and syntheses precisely.
Fixing Medical Mix-ups
Adjunct professor of health policy Lucian L. Leape, of the School of Public Health, has received the individual achievement award of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Quality Forum for "fundamental conceptual contributions" to the understanding of medical errors and efforts to improve patient safety.