Tag: Harvard University

The New Old Age: Hospitals Stopped Readmitting So Many Medicare Patients. Did That Cost Lives?

ImageCreditCraig Frazier It was a well-intended policy. Almost all parties agree on that much. A decade ago, when Medicare beneficiaries were discharged from hospitals, one in five returned within a month. Older people faced the risks of hospitalization all over again: infections, deconditioning, delirium, subsequent nursing home stays. And preventable readmissions were costing Medicare a […]

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Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps?

PART I 1. The Ghosts of Teouma A faint aura of destiny seems to hover over Teouma Bay. It’s not so much the landscape, with its ravishing if boilerplate tropical splendor — banana and mango trees, coconut and pandanus palms, bougainvillea, the apprehensive trill of the gray-eared honeyeater — as it is the shape of […]

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Rise of the Golden Jackal

On a hill above Trieste, Italy, at the western edge of Slovenia, I heard the golden jackals howl. This was my second night out with Miha Krofel, a conservation biologist at the University of Ljubljana, driving rural roads through farmland and forests. The night before, along with two volunteer researchers — one a photographer who […]

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Consider Firing Your Male Broker

When people picture a financial adviser, they typically think of a gray-haired guy who looks like Bernie Madoff, or perhaps a younger man like Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The imagined portrait rarely resembles someone like me, a woman. And that underlying perception is fairly accurate. Roughly less than 20 percent […]

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Kansas Boy, 16, Is Set to Graduate in the Spring From High School — and Harvard

In many ways, Braxton Moral seems a lot like other teenagers. Most days, he goes to sleep around 11 p.m. and wakes up around 7 or 8 a.m. He likes to play video games, particularly World of Warcraft. He hangs out with his friends and goes to the movies. But the similarities between Braxton and […]

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The New Old Age: This Type of Illiteracy Could Hurt You

ImageCreditCraig Frazier Every time her parents pick up a new prescription at a Walgreens in Houston, they follow Duyen Pham-Madden’s standing instructions: Use the iPad she bought for them, log onto FaceTime, hold up the pill bottles for her examination. Her mother, 79, and father, 77, need numerous medications, but have trouble grasping when and […]

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Roland Fryer, Accused of Harassment at Harvard, Quits Economics Panel

Roland G. Fryer Jr., a prominent economist who is under investigation at Harvard University over allegations of sexual harassment, resigned on Tuesday as a leader of the most prestigious organization in academic economics. The group, the American Economic Association, published a two-sentence statement on its website saying that Dr. Fryer was stepping down from the […]

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Star Economist at Harvard Faces Sexual Harassment Complaints

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Before he turned 40, Roland G. Fryer Jr. had earned tenure at Harvard, received a MacArthur “genius” grant and won the most prestigious award for young American economists. He stoked a national debate by concluding that police officers show no bias in the shootings of black men. But his rapid ascent has […]

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Is Harvard Whitewashing a Russian Oligarch’s Fortune?

By now, most Americans are aware of the deep and disturbing connections between Russia’s oligarchs and the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, thanks to an onslaught of news coverage and a growing list of sanctions aimed at them and their business empires. Yet a surprising number of respected American institutions don’t seem to get it, including […]

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For the First Time, a Black Woman Will Lead The Harvard Crimson

Writers and editors at The Harvard Crimson have gone on to be presidents (John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt), tech billionaires (Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft), news media bosses (Jeff Zucker, the head of CNN) and a number of my colleagues at The New York Times. But what the newspaper had in […]

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A Conversation With: Steven Pinker Thinks the Future Is Looking Bright

Steven Pinker, a cognitive psychologist at Harvard, has been known to take provocative positions. He has argued that women are intrinsically different from men, that we are more driven by our genes than academics like to acknowledge, and that society is getting less violent over time — despite the mass shootings and other atrocities we […]

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Matter: Crossing From Asia, the First Americans Rushed Into the Unknown

Nearly 11,000 years ago, a man died in what is now Nevada. Wrapped in a rabbit-skin blanket and reed mats, he was buried in a place called Spirit Cave. Now scientists have recovered and analyzed his DNA, along with that of 70 other ancient people whose remains were discovered throughout the Americas. The findings lend […]

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Getting Into Harvard Is Hard. Here Are 4 Ways Applicants Get an Edge.

For three weeks in October, Harvard’s admissions system was on trial before an often standing-room-only crowd in a federal courtroom in Boston. Harvard was accused of discriminating against Asian-American applicants, but the university firmly denied this throughout the trial, which ended last week. Through testimony and internal documents, the case provided an eye-opening look into […]

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The Harvard Trial: A Double-Edged Sword for College Admissions

BOSTON — For the past three weeks, a succession of officials, students and academics have taken the witness stand in a federal trial here that has shaken the foundations of college admissions and explored what diversity means in America. The case, which examines whether Harvard limits Asian-American applicants to make room for students of other […]

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5 Harvard Friends, and a Frank Talk About How They Got In

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Two freshman friends sat across from each other in a common room, comparing notes on how exactly they got into Harvard. In some ways, their situations were opposites: One was a “double legacy,” with two parents who had received Harvard degrees. The other was the son of a police officer and on […]

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Liberal Hypocrisy in College Admissions?

We progressives hail opportunity, egalitarianism and diversity. Yet here’s our dirty little secret: Some of our most liberal bastions in America rely on a system of inherited privilege that benefits rich whites at the expense of almost everyone else. I’m talking about “legacy preferences” that elite universities give to children of graduates. These universities constitute […]

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The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to A.I.

SAN FRANCISCO — Countless dollars and entire scientific careers have been dedicated to predicting where and when the next big earthquake will strike. But unlike weather forecasting, which has significantly improved with the use of better satellites and more powerful mathematical models, earthquake prediction has been marred by repeated failure. Some of the world’s most […]

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Is an Extroverted Applicant Better Suited for Harvard Than a Shy One?

BOSTON — Days before the opening of a trial accusing Harvard of discriminating against Asian-American applicants, the college issued new guidance to its admissions officers earlier this month on what personalities it is seeking in its incoming freshmen, a question at the heart of the case. The new guidelines for the Class of 2023 caution […]

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