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Lawrence Lessig receives two Harvard appointments

Lawrence Lessig receives two Harvard appointments

Lawrence Lessig receives two Harvard

36/ Harvard University Gazette December 18, 2008-February 4, 2009AntarcticaThe researchteam is collectingsamplesfrom theMcMurdo DryValleys. Theymust makeprecise descriptionsofthe locationand setting ofevery sampleso that thesource canlater be analyzedfor exposureage anderosion rate.(Continued from previous page)straints in mid-September, Mukhopadhyay invited Middleton tojoin the expedition. “I immediately had to sit down,” she says, “because,otherwise, I probably would have fainted.” Going to Antarcticahas been a lifelong ambition. “I remember being like 6 andtelling my grandma, ‘I want to go to Antarctica.’”Although young, Middleton and Pope already have polar experience.Both spent 10 weeks on the northern glaciers with theJuneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP). They received credit forthe program through Harvard’s Earth and Planetary Science Department.“[JIRP is] definitely what helped me decide that I wantedto go to grad school on this type of thing,” says Pope. Pope receivedthe requisite training for this trip through his thesis research; Middletonhas been doing an independent study with Mukhopadhyaythis past semester. Neither student had much trouble convincingprofessors and advisers that the once-in-a-lifetime experiencewould be worth the missed school time.Ackert, however, claims that it might not be oncein-a-lifetime.“They might get addicted,” he jokes.Ackert, too, first visited the ice continent as an undergraduate;from then on, he was hooked. “I’m actuallyreally excited about bringing Jennifer and Aldown because, to a certain extent, it is a little bit oldhat for me. And I think seeing other people beingreally excited is contagious. It’s fun to be able toshare your knowledge and excitement about thingsand expose them to the same things that I was exposedto and really excited me.... So, I feel like I’mkind of closing the loop after all these years.”Caitlin Adara Rotman is a member of the HarvardCollege Class of 2010, concentrating in Earth Scienceand Media. Her passion is to enliven the earth sciencesthrough a variety of media including photography,documentary, and print.To share their adventure, Pope and Middletonhave been keeping a blog of the expedition. Toview photographs and follow their journey, andlearn more about the trip, visit www.epsinantarctica.blogspot.com/.Camp is set up on the barren Ross Ice Shelfduring a survival training course before theMukhopadhyay team can take to the Dry Valleysand get to work.Blog entry posted Dec. 12: To setthe scene — this place looks like acombination of Canyonlands NationalPark and Mars due to the combinationof impressive sandstone buttesand the black/brown/red oxidizeddolerites littering the ground.Photos courtesy of Jennifer Middleton and Allen PopeRobert Ackertrappels a cliff inSessrumnir Valleyin order tosample rocksfrom a varietyof elevations.Below him liesa perpetuallyfrozen pond.On the NibelungenValley floor, blownsnow highlightscracks caused byfreezing and thawing.Freeze-thawweathering is oneform of erosion thatthe group is consideringwhen trying tounravel the glacialhistory of the area.GazetteHarvard UniversityDecember 18, 2008-February 4, 2009-Feb www.harvard.edu Vol. CIV No. 14Blog entry from Dec. 9: We’ve started to develop a nice routine down here: Wake up at 7:00 am(or as close to that as we can), eat a hot breakfast of instant oatmeal, check in with Mac Ops overthe radio, pack for the day, and then head out into the field. When it’s time for lunch we try to finda spot out of the wind and whip out our hot thermoses and such cold friendly foods as beef jerky,frozen Swiss cheese, Froodles (a noodley fruit snack we’d never heard of until we got here), cabinbread, peanut butter, and chocolate bars. At the end of the day (defined as 5:00 pm as we cannot goby the setting sun) we head back to camp, unload the samples from our packs, and start heatingwater for dinner. By 9:00 pm we’re mostly done washing up and unwinding and then it’s off to bed.Courtesy of Jennifer Middleton and Allen PopeIn the Nibelungen Valley, the Mukhopadhyay research team is graced with sunny weather as they conduct their research. Insteadof precipitation, wind is the real weather hazard, as it tears across the barren desert landscape.Lawrence Lessig receives two Harvard appointments©Tecklesphoto.comLawrence Lessig — ‘one of the mostbrilliant and important legal scholars ofour time’ — has joint appointments.Named HLS professor of law,director of Edmond J. SafraFoundation Center for EthicsRenowned legal scholar LawrenceLessig has been appointed to the faculty ofHarvard Law School, and as the faculty directorof Harvard University’s Edmond J.Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.The announcement was made jointlyDec. 12 by Harvard University ProvostSteven E. Hyman and Harvard Law SchoolDean Elena Kagan.Lessig — a widely acclaimed expert inconstitutional law, cyberlaw, and intellectualproperty — comes to Harvard from thefaculty of Stanford Law School. Prior tojoining the Stanford faculty in 2000, he wason the faculty of the University of ChicagoLaw School and Harvard Law School.“Harvard is fortunate to have such anoutstanding scholar at the helm of one of itsfinest organizations,’’ said Hyman of thecenter appointment. “Lawrence bringswith him tremendous vision and administrativeexperience, which will serve thecenter well as he continues to build upon itsremarkable success.”Researchersstudy glacierson Earth’scoldest desertCaitlin Rotman ’10 reports on a Harvard researchteam, including junior Jenny Middleton,that began wending its way to Antarcticain late November and will return toward themiddle of January — with information thatwill help date and describe the evolution ofthe continent’s ancient glaciers.By Caitlin RotmanSpecial to the Harvard News OfficeIt’s December, andundergraduate JennyMiddleton bundles upto face the cold. Whileall across campus, students,and faculty dontheir winter gear, Middletonis not preparingfor the New Englandwinter; she is preparingfor an expeditionMiddletonthrough the Earth’scoldest desert: the McMurdo Dry Valleys inAntarctica.“Occasionally, like when the wind is blowingso hard that you can hear the harmonicsof a 50-gallon drum as if it were an empty Cokebottle and you can’t see anything due to all theblowing snow, we wonder what we’ve gottenourselves into,” the Harvard junior jokes in arecent communication from the McMurdoStation, a research center on Antarctica’s RossIsland.Middleton, an Earth and Planetary Scienceconcentrator, has come to McMurdowith two other Harvard researchers fromStephanie Mitchell/HNO(See Antarctica, page 35)“Larry Lessig is one of the most brilliantand important legal scholars of our time,”Kagan said. “His work has recast the veryterms of discussion and debate in multipleareas of law, ranging from intellectualproperty to constitutional theory. His newfocus on questions of governance and corruptionwill be similarly transformative,and I am thrilled that he is returning toHarvard Law School and assuming the directorshipof the center to advance thoseefforts.”(See Lessig, page 8)Inside&ONLINEGreen chiefAn interview withHeather A. Henriksen,the director of Harvard’snew Office forSustainability.Page 5Celebrating rightsA semester-long celebrationof the 60-yearoldDeclaration ofHuman Rights closeswith talk and song.Page 17Gimme shelterPBHA’s entirely student-runhomelessshelter gives solace,succor, and counsel toarea homeless.Page 18

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