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May-June 2011


World’s Best Blogger?

Andrew Sullivan’s views are predictable in only one way: always stimulating.

by Jesse Kornbluth

Fathoming Metabolism

The study of metabolites does an end run around genomics to provide telling clues to your future health.

by Jonathan Shaw

Vita: Leverett Gleason

Brief life of a comics impresario: 1898-1971

by Brett Dakin

Why Whales?

On learning from nature and the Endangered Species Act

by Joe Roman

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Throughways for Wildlife

A winning proposal to keep cars and critters apart

The “Water Cooler” Effect

Proximity appears to foster quality.

The Dilemma of Choice

In a new book, All Things Shining, philosopher Sean Dorrance Kelly confronts modern nihilism with a guide for learning how to live a meaningful life.

John Harvard's Journal University news

ROTC Returns

As military service is opened to gays, the University agrees to end a ban dating to the Vietnam War era.

Designing from Life

Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has made a fast start.

The Yard Crew

Meet the men who tend the Yard.

Harvard’s 375th

The University plans for an anniversary.

Reenacting Early Action

Harvard College reinstates nonbinding early-action for applicants.

Learning About Teaching

Readers recall effective, innovative education—and more Faculty of Arts and Sciences “conversations” on pedagogy.

The Public’s “Hard Problems”

An online discussion and poll revise the list of “hard problems” in the social sciences drafted by scholars at a Harvard symposium last year.

Yesterday’s News

Headlines from Harvard history

Beyond Ramen Noodles

The Graduate Commons Program places faculty residents in graduate-student housing.


The passing of a University icon, Commencement speakers, Overseer leaders, humanities and arts honorands, and other University news

The Most Important Course?

Do Harvard undergraduates ponder the meaning of life?

Lefty from Cincy

Southpaw Brent Suter averages nearly a strikeout per inning.

A Pitcher’s Grips

Four pitching grips, demonstrated by Brent Suter

Historic Hoops Season

The men's basketball team wins its first Ivy title.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Pride of the Indian College

Geraldine Brooks's new novel stars Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, Harvard's first Native American graduate, A.B. 1665.

Honeybee House Hunting

An excerpt from Thomas D. Seeley's new book, Honeybee Democracy

Street-level Ballet

In Panama, Anna Pasternak helps at-risk youth through dance.

Do or Die

Sugata Bose reviews Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India, by Joseph Lelyveld.

Poetic Paschen

The Chicago poet has spread the good wordings via book, CD—and subway.

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Chapter and Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

Echoes of the Central Valley

Chicano writer Manuel Muñoz ’94 mines the “humanizing effect of literature.”

Alumni Sing Out

The Jameson Singers help rekindle a love of music.

Vote Now

The annual elections for new members of the Board of Overseers and for directors of the Harvard Alumni Association are under way.

HAA Reviews Classes

The Alumni Association is reorganizing its outreach to College alumni.

Comings and Goings

A sampling of Harvard club events

The SIGnboard

Commencement and other news from Shared Interest Groups

Crimson Olympian

Frank Gorman '59 shares his Olympic memories.

Marijuana Advocate

Dale Gieringer '68 takes his stand on libertarian and humanitarian grounds.

Hunger Fighter

John Teton '70 directs the International Food Security Treaty Campaign.

The Classes

Harvard alumni may sign in to view class notes and obituaries.