Feb 11, 2018

Meet Harvard's new president: Lawrence Bacow

Lawrence Bacow in 2009. Photo: Michael Fein / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Harvard announced Sunday that Lawrence S. Bacow, an admired leader in higher education, will become the university's 29th president on July 1. Bacow was president of Tufts University from 2001 to 2011, before moving to Harvard where he currently serves Hauser Leader-in-Residence in the Center for Public Leadership.

Timing: The move ends Harvard's months-long search to replace former president Drew Gilpin Faust, the first female president in the school's 380-year history, who announced she was stepping down last June after 11 years in the role.

The New York Times writes that the decision "was greeted a safe, mainstream choice" as Bacow's reputation as a manager and institutional leader "reflects Harvard’s need for a steady hand at a time when the university must navigate the difficulties of dealing with the Trump administration’s antagonism toward elite universities like Harvard with large endowments."

William F. Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation and the chairman of the search committee, said in a statement Sunday:

“It's a time when the singular value of higher education and university research has too often been challenged and called into doubt. Such a time calls for skillful leadership, strategic thinking and disciplined execution. Larry will provide just that.”

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Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

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Buttigieg campaign claims Nevada caucuses were "plagued with errors"

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Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote a letter on Sunday asking the Nevada State Democratic Party to release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct and address certain caucus errors identified by campaigns, The Nevada Independent reports.

The big picture: The campaign alleges that the process of integrating early votes on caucus day was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies,” and says it received more than 200 incident reports from precincts around the state.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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