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Letters from our readers

May-June 2009


Untangling the Brain

Three Harvard scholars trained in chemistry and physics pursue innovative approaches and tools that address problems in neuroscience.

by Courtney Humphries

Vistas of Perfection

A profile of writer James Agee, at Harvard and beyond

by Adam Kirsch

April Fool Every Day

Comedian Andy Borowitz ’80 has moved from Hollywood success to a multifaceted life as a humorist in New York.

by Craig Lambert

Caroline Farrar Ware

A brief profile of the activist and scholar

by Anne Firor Scott

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Perseus in 3-D

New three-dimensional PDF technology allows Harvard astronomers—and you—to explore worlds hundreds of light-years away.

Clean Air, Longer Life

Controls on fine particle pollution extended average lifespan in the United States by five months between 1980 and 2000.

Fighting Disease in Situ

A new technique aims to boost the body’s ability to seek out and destroy cancer cells.

"Dissing Evolution"

Energy is the key to understanding human evolution—and to saving ourselves and our planet, says Daniel Lieberman.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Pardis Sabeti

For this systems biologist, the interaction of science and music is multiplicative.

Yesterday's News

Happenings at Harvard in Mays and Junes past

"A New Economic Reality"

The University’s financial gap measures in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

A Walk through History with Justice Ginsburg

The Supreme Court associate justice speaks at a Radcliffe Institute conference on gender and the law.

Humanities Rebooted

Curricular revisions for English and the classics

University People

Appointments and departures

A Pioneer in Family Planning

A new exhibition honors John C. Rock, the Harvard Medical School professor whose research and advocacy were instrumental in the development of modern fertility treatments and contraception.


News of the University and the Harvard community

Parenting, Redux

Junior Parents’ Weekend brings The Undergraduate a new perspective on the future.

Class on the Grass

Golfer Emily Balmert, and the women’s varsity team, have reached milestones.

Chasing Bogeys

A novel book on golf

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

The Windmill Movie

Filmmaker Alexander Olch has made an biographical documentary based on footage left behind by his mentor, Richard Rogers.

The Bible and the Almanac

How Pete Seeger got his start: an excerpt from Alec Wilkinson's new biography, The Protest Singer

Music, Taken Personally

A music critic reviews composer John Adams’s memoir.

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Diaghilev and His Geniuses

The Harvard Theatre Collection opens an exhibition and hosts a symposium on Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

Mnemonic Masks

Inspired by his Yup’ik heritage, Phillip Charette educates through his art.

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

Plugged In

Charlene Li urges businesses to embrace social technologies.

Life in Counterpoint

Jonathan Newmark balances his day job and his music.

Life and Cupcakes

Jessi Walter has fun on the job.

Cast Your Vote

Overseer and Harvard Alumni Association director slates

The SIGnboard

Celebrate with Shared Interest Groups during Commencement

News and Notices

Harvard Club and SIGs news