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March-April 2019

Letters

Letters on care after the ICU, artificial intelligence, belonging, and more

President Bacow on Harvard and excellence

Wanted: Big ideas from the humanities

The College Pump

Photograph by Brian Smith

Harvard’s Tiger deans, the prophetic Richard Pipes, and a high-tech egg

Treasure

Photograph by Matthew Monteith

A tribute to the art museums’ Calderwood Courtyard

In this Issue

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, physician Scott Weiner has worked to improve emergency-room guidelines for issuing opioid prescriptions.
Photograph by Jim Harrison

Medicine’s response to America’s largest public-health crisis

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(1 of 9) Typography instructor Herbert Bayer’s design for a cinema (c. 1924-1925) is a stark contrast to the elaborate theaters of the 1920s.
Image courtesy of the Harvard Art Museums and Busch-Reisinger Museum, ©President and Fellows of Harvard College

Exploring the Bauhaus and Harvard

Samuel Stouffer

Photograph courtesy of Ann Stouffer Bisconti ’62.

Brief life of Samuel Stouffer, survey researcher: 1900-1960

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(1 of 5) State police gather in front of Widener Library near sunrise on April 10.

Photograph courtesy of Harvard University Archives. HUA 969.71 Image 3

Recalling a time of trial, and its continuing resonances

Letters

Letters on care after the ICU, artificial intelligence, belonging, and more

President Bacow on Harvard and excellence

Wanted: Big ideas from the humanities

Right Now

Illustration by Peter and Maria Hoey

Economists look to new explanations for wage stagnation.

Illustration by Rocco Baviera

Advances in editing DNA propel consideration of the technology’s use in humans.

Illustration by Michael Paraskevas 

Debora Spar argues that social change has always been driven by technology.

Harvard Squared

Last year, ArtWeek featured “art in the dark” projections on Boston Common.

Photographs courtesy of ArtWeek

ArtWeek 2019 offers hundreds of events around Massachusetts.

Pianist Angela Hewitt

Photograph by Richard Termine

Free spring concerts hosted by Harvard’s music department

Enjoy an early spring stroll at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.

Photograph courtesy of Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Exploring nature through Mass Audubon

Howardena Pindell’s Untitled #4D

Image courtesy of the artist and the Rose Art Museum

Works by Howardena Pindell at the Rose Art Museum

Chef Vinh Le in the kitchen

Photograph courtesy of Nem Kitchen

Boston-area Vietnamese cuisine

John Harvard's Journal

Semma Therapeutics CEO Bastiano Sanna with Xander University Professor Douglas Melton, scientific founder of the startup. The company is working to commercialize a diabetes therapy.

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Robust licensing revenue and corporate alliances boost translational research.

Amy Wagers

Photograph by Jon Chase/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications

The skydiving Forst Family professor studies the pathophysiology of aging.

Harvard College Gen Ed curriculum nears, and faculty members rethink course registration.

Illustration by Mark Steele

Cooking for the culinarily challenged…and other headlines from Harvard’s history

Anthony Abraham Jack

Photograph by Jill Anderson

Anthony Jack’s new book on the “doubly disadvantaged”

Angela Merkel
Photograph by 360B/Alamy Stock Photo

Merkel at Commencement, University Professor Faust, Arts First honorand Tracy K. Smith, and more University news

Illustration by Manon de Jong

The Undergraduate considers the Smith Campus Center

A.J. Mleczko interviews Buffalo Sabre Jason Pominville before a November game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Her broadcasting career began in 2005 with a cold call from NBC.

Photograph by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images

Hockey champion A.J. Mleczko in the broadcast booth

Montage

Illustration by Gaby D’Alessandro

The continuing appeal of novelist Rachel Ingalls

Photograph by Sasi/iStock

Navigating the challenges of caring for a child who is very ill

Paolo Pasco

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Paolo Pasco and the art of making crosswords

Illustration by Matt Chinworth

Unpacking “what art does to us”

Since 2016, says showrunner David Mandel, shown here with Veep stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale (below), it has become increasingly difficult for the show to outrun reality.

Photograph by Justin M Lubin/HBO

Showrunner David Mandel guides the final season of Veep—and finds himself politicized.

The multitalented Edward Gorey in September 1977, on the distinctive set he designed for the Broadway production of Dracula—for which he won a Tony Award for best costume design

Photograph by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

An idiosyncratic new biography of Edward Gorey

California dreamin’: an 1883 poster extolling land, climate, and the virtues of immigration

Photograph by Pictorial Press Ltd. / Alamy Stock Photo

Recent books with Harvard connections

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Alumni

David Garza on the roof of Henry Street Settlement’s youth-services building, with public housing and St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church beyond

Photograph by Robert Adam Mayer

At Henry Street Settlement, David Garza ’86 is not locking anyone out.

A celebration of notable alumni and shared interest groups

The official 2019 slates

Guidelines for this year’s May gala

Michele Forman (center) and her students filmed at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, for a project to raise awareness about the history of lynching.

Photograph by Kenzie Greer

Michele Forman ’93 offers her UAB film students technical competency and ethical context.

The College Pump

Photograph by Brian Smith

Harvard’s Tiger deans, the prophetic Richard Pipes, and a high-tech egg

Treasure

Photograph by Matthew Monteith

A tribute to the art museums’ Calderwood Courtyard