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University People

May-June 2005

Garrett M. Graff
Courtesy of Garrett M. Graff
Susan Dackerman
Justin Ide / Harvard News Office

Crimson blogsphere. Two Harvard bloggers made the news in late winter. Garrett M. Graff ’03, a former Ledecky Undergraduate Fellow at this magazine, on March 7 became the first blogger to receive daily journalistic credentials to the White House news briefing. That recognition might prove useful to freshman Nicholas M. Ciarelli, whose ThinkSecret website, as reported, has been ordered to disclose its sources and documents as a result of litigation by Apple Computer; the website covers the company and its products.


Graduate dean graduates. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) dean Peter T. Ellison, Cowles professor of anthropology and curator of human biology in the Peabody Museum, announced his intention to step down at the completion of his five-year term in June. Faculty of Arts and Sciences dean William C. Kirby hailed Ellison for overseeing “extraordinary progress in every dimension of the GSAS: admissions, financial aid, the creation of new doctoral programs, and improvements in graduate student life.” During his tenure, the yield—offers of admission accepted—rose from 50 percent to 65 percent. A search for Ellison’s successor has begun.


Print person. Susan Dackerman becomes the new Weyerhauser curator of prints at the Fogg Art Museum in July, succeeding the retiring Marjorie B. Cohn, who also acted as director of the Harvard University Art Museums during her long tenure. Dackerman comes from the Philadelphia and Baltimore art museums.