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Ulrich Petersen, 89

At a meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Nov. 7, 2023, the following tribute to the life and service of the late Ulrich Petersen was spread upon the permanent records of the Faculty. Ulrich Petersen was born in Negritos, Peru, to parents Georg Petersen, a petrogeologist, and Harriet Bluhme.  A lifelong love […]

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John Emery Murdoch, 83

At a meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Dec. 5, 2023, the following tribute to the life and service of the late John Emery Murdoch was spread upon the permanent records of the Faculty. John Emery Murdoch has been described by his former students Christoph Lüthy and Hans Thijssen as Harvard’s “historian […]

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How to engage in cool-headed debates on hot topics

Eric Beerbohm, a professor of government and faculty director of the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, has been named senior adviser for civil discourse, Hopi Hoekstra, the Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, announced Tuesday. In the new role, Beerbohm will launch a series of initiatives designed to advance […]

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How serious is FDA warning about revolutionary blood-cancer treatment?

The Food and Drug Administration announced last week that it’s investigating reports of secondary cancers in patients who received CAR T-cell therapy, one of a suite of immunotherapies that have revolutionized cancer care over the past decade. The treatment reprograms a patient’s T cells, a key part of the immune system, to recognize and attack […]

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Don’t need high cholesterol to benefit from statins

Two new studies found that statins, the most prescribed class of drugs to treat high cholesterol, are protective for high-risk groups who haven’t yet had a heart attack or stroke but could be at risk of one, according to Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The results provide additional context to a longstanding debate among the […]

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Solving a mystery of 19th-century literary history

Gregg Hecimovich first regarded the project with skepticism. In 2002, Henry Louis Gates Jr., now the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, published a remarkable 19th-century manuscript titled “The Bondwoman’s Narrative.” Gates, a recognized authority on Black American literature and history, relied on contextual clues and archival work before theorizing the 1850s text to be the earliest […]

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‘Antisemitism and other forms of hate have no place at Harvard’

Harvard President Claudine Gay condemned campus antisemitism on Tuesday, saying vigorous debate between opposing viewpoints is an important part of a university education but that threats, violence, and bigotry will not be tolerated. In written and oral testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Gay detailed steps Harvard has taken to […]

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Why virtual isn’t actual, especially when it comes to friends

It can help clean a house, drive a car, write a school essay, help read a CT scan. It can also promise to be a good friend. But MIT Professor Sherry Turkle advises drawing a hard line on artificial-intelligence applications on that last one. Turkle, a pioneer in the study of the impact of technology […]

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‘I am currently on the high seas … your email will definitely not be read’

Email Professor Florian Engert these days, and receive the following out-of-office reply: “I am currently on the high seas, somewhere on the Southern Ocean, and your email will definitely not be read and most likely be deleted … If you urgently need to get in touch with me, you probably have to send the Navy. […]

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Call it summer school in public service

One shepherded accused people through the criminal justice system at the federal Public Defender’s Office in Washington, D.C.; another helped Medicaid enrollees and others denied treatment and medication cut through red tape to get services; and a third worked at under-resourced rural schools in the Navajo and Hopi nations. These are some of the summer […]

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