Harvard Headlines, from Romantic to Grim

Our news roundup includes articles on an online dating service founded by alums; a four-time Olympian in women's ice hockey; and a Harvard-educated neurobiologist accused of murder.

National media outlets have been covering the grim story of a University of Alabama neurobiologist who allegedly shot and killed three of her colleagues during a faculty meeting last week. Amy Bishop, Ph.D. ’93, fatally shot her own brother in 1986—his death was ruled accidental—and was questioned in 1993 after Paul Rosenberg, then her colleague at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston, received a pipe bomb at his Newton home.

In happier news, Angela Ruggiero ’04 is skating for the U.S. women's ice hockey team in her fourth Olympic Games this year; the team defeated China in its first match on Valentine's Day. Between these competitions, Ruggiero has worked in nonprofits, including one that fosters the sport of hockey in China; she is considering hanging up her skates after this year's contest, but hasn't decided for certain, she told the New York Times.

Also over Valentine's Day weekend, the New York Times wrote about OkCupid, an online dating site founded by Sam Yagan ’99 (quoted in the article) and three other Harvard alumni. The site has been getting attention with its unusual approach of evaluating what profile features—for example, a photo with a smile, or no smile?—seem to increase the chances of a successful  match, and posting its findings on a blog.

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