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Sage S. Lattman

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Harvard Rhodes Scholarship Winners 2024

Ten Harvard Students Selected as Rhodes Scholars from U.S., Pakistan

Ten members of Harvard’s Class of 2024 have been selected as Rhodes Scholars to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford.

Graham Blanks
Around Town

On the Run with Graham Blanks

I’m buckling up my helmet when Blanks walks out of Winthrop House, wearing Harvard Cross Country gear head to toe. He tells me we’ll be “jogging” today, at a 7:21-minutes-per-mile pace. The average non-elite male runner races a 5K at 9:28 minutes per-mile pace. Blanks runs towards the river, feet pattering like a steady metronome while I pedal beside him.

The Scoop

Claim, Explained

I asked around about Claim’s business model, but no one could tell me how it worked. Why was someone willing to bankroll my PB Cup Life Alive Açai Bowl? Who were these people? The answer was Harvard Business School alumni Samuel S. Obletz and Tap Stephenson — and, spoiler alert, the answer to “why” had nothing to do with stealing data.

Embalmed Rats
Around Town

Lessons in Rat Embalming

At a Harvard Natural History Museum workshop, SSL learns how to embalm a rat.


74 Harvard Undergraduates Awarded 2023 Hoopes Prize

This year’s Hoopes Prize-winning topics include a classicist’s examination of transgender lives in ancient Rome, an astrophysicist’s research on superluminous supernovae, and a mechanical engineer’s creation of a compressed air assisted bicycle.

Embedded ethics robot
Editors' Choice

What’s Going On With Embedded EthiCS?

In 2017, two Harvard professors launched the Embedded EthiCS program, hoping to “bring ethical reasoning into the Computer Science curriculum.” But few students take the program seriously, and many even consider it “funny-bad.” At a time when tech-ethics seems more important than ever, what’s going on?

Math 55
The Scoop

What We Talk About When We Talk About Math 55

Just five years ago, the Math Department’s official word on Math 55 was that it was “probably the most difficult undergraduate math class in the country.” Now, they say, “if you’re reasonably good at math, you love it, and you have lots of time to devote to it, then Math 55 is completely fine for you.” So, what changed?

Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) Courtyard

Ex-HUFPI President Denies Financial Misconduct, But Club Says More Than Half of Funds Still Missing

Former President of the Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative Sama E.N. Kubba ’24 denied recent reporting of financial misconduct in a statement on her personal website Wednesday — though the club says they are still awaiting the return of more than half of the approximately $30,000 she transferred to her personal account.

Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative (HUFPI) Web Graphic
Student Groups

‘Still Unresolved’: Harvard Student Group Missing Approximately $30,000 After Leadership Dispute

The former president of the Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative, just weeks after the conclusion of her term, transferred approximately $30,000 from the organization’s bank account to her own. In the months since the Jan. 1 transfer, HUFPI has tried — and failed — to recover all the funds from its former president, Sama E.N. Kubba ’24.

Lowell Tea Baked Goods
Around Town

Behind the Scenes at Lowell Tea

It’s a Thursday afternoon in the Lowell House Faculty Deans’ kitchen, and bakers are whisking, sifting, and pre-heating in anticipation of a beloved house tradition: Lowell Tea.

HBS Event
On Campus

Kim Kardashian Fulfills ‘#BucketListDream’ With Visit to Harvard Business School

Students and affiliates were abuzz last Friday following a guest lecture from Kim Kardashian at Harvard Business School.

Deborah Batts

‘Deborah Was All About the Truth’: Remembering Deborah Batts, the First Openly Gay Federal Judge

Deborah A. Batts '69 — who unexpectedly died in February 2020 at age 72 due to complications from knee surgery — had an extraordinary legal career by any standard. But she also accomplished an important national first. With her confirmation to the federal bench in 1994, she became the first openly gay federal judge in the United States.

David Foster

How David Foster Grew the Harvard Forest to New Heights

The forest, Foster says, “is one of those kinds of resources that no other university has, so it’s something that Harvard should really cherish.”


The Cricket Queens of Harvard

After graduation, D’Asaro, Wang, and Meryl N. Breidbart ’13 founded Chirps, a line of cricket protein snacks now sold in retail locations across the country.

Brattle Street Florist
Harvard Square

Brattle Square Florist Returns to its Roots Under Ownership of Original Family

Days away from its scheduled Jan. 31 closure, Brattle Square Florist announced it will remain open with longtime store manager Stephen Zedros — a member of the Gomatos family who founded the shop — as the new owner.