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Letters from our readers

September-October 2010


The Social Epidemic

Harvard professors and students take aim at the social and behavioral factors that contribute to HIV.

by Elizabeth Gudrais

The Mindfulness Chronicles

Psychologist Ellen Langer's unconventional research. Plus, read about applying mindfulness techniques to eating.

by Cara Feinberg

Urban Utopias

Two Beijing photographers interpret China's breakneck change from Communist revolution to market-based consumerism.

by John S. Rosenberg

Francis Cabot Lowell

Brief life of an American entrepreneur: 1775-1817

by Dan Yaeger

In the Wake of War

Father and son, lawyer and philosopher debate torture, surveillance, and presidential power

by Charles Fried , Gregory Fried

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Making Memories

Neurobiologist Michael Greenberg investigates how memories form at a molecular level, and discovers a new class of RNA.

Ecosystem Patterns and Productivity

Robert Pringle says the grid-like distribution of Kenyan termite mounds helps answer an old question about ecosystems.

“Good” Cells Gone “Bad”

David Scadden studies the environmental cues that can cause normal cells to become diseased.

John Harvard's Journal University news


Gutting the Fogg Art Museum on the way to renovating it

Conflicts of Interest, Revisited

As corporate relationships with researchers and doctors come under more scrutiny, Harvard Medical School updates its policies.

The New Tenure Track

Revised promotion policies transform younger faculty members' lives—and promise sweeping changes in the professoriate as a whole.

Josh Kantor

Meet the Law School librarian who plays for the Red Sox.

Activist Administrator

Executive vice president Katie Lapp is swiftly altering the ways Harvard budgets, builds, computes, and more.

Yesterday's News

Headlines from Harvard history

In Other Financial News…

Waiting to hear about faculty retirements; a new HUCTW contract; and a cash infusion for the Medical School from its affiliated hospitals


Canaday's solar roof, a rare giant flower, oil-spill commissioner, and more

Subtraction and Decision

The Undergraduate, halfway through the College, finds time speeding up, in academics and in life.

New Fellows

Two sterling student writers join the magazine as Berta Greenwald Ledecky Undergraduate Fellows.

Muse of Movement

Dawn Murdock Stenis directs Harvard’s extensive fitness programs.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Tropical Abstractions

Painter George Oommen creates distinctive images of Kerala, India—his homeland. With video of the artist at work.


The band Soulfège has international sound and a positive message. With a music video.

On Babies' Behavior

Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton's breakthrough in understanding newborns as complex, capable beings

A Garden of Prose

Francine Prose writes fiction and nonfiction in many forms. With an audio clip of the author discussing her writing process.

Chapter and Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

Wrought from Ruins

A Kennedy School alumnus tries to revive a Rust Belt town.

Connecting the Harvard Dots

Harvard Alumni Association president Robert R. Bowie Jr. is passionate about the “Harvard network.”

Asian American Alumni to Gather

President Drew Faust will welcome attendees as the Shared Interest Group hosts its inaugural conference (October 15-17).

Hiram Hunn Awards

Nine alumni will be recognized by the College admissions office for their long and loyal service in recruiting and interviewing prospective students.

The SIGnboard

Early fall Shared Interest Group events

Physician Poet

Experiences as patient and doctor have shaped David Moolten’s commitment to writing.

An Unexpected Farmer

How Manhattan journalist Kristin Kimball found the best job in the world.

Internet Sheriff

Entrepreneur and author Michael Fertik aims to help folks keep their reputations safe online.

The Classes

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