Stanford in the News

Stanford's most popular class isn't computer science - it's something much more important

This article features the Stanford course "Designing Your Life" for Stanford juniors and seniors that is grounded in design-thinking concepts and techniques.

The musical 'The Demo' at Stanford re-creates the dawn of the digital age

This article features the upcoming performance at Bing Concert Hall of "The Demo," a musical retelling the story of Douglas Engelbart's landmark demonstration interactive computing; Engelbart was a former researcher at the Stanford Research Institute.

New robo wing could revolutionize flying robots

This article features research by David Lentink, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on his recent paper co-authored with graduate student Amanda Stowers, on developing a robo-wing that folds up when it strikes an object, allowing micro-vehicles to behave more like a bird or a bat and keep on flying.

Finland's radical new plan to change school means an end to subjects

This article quotes Larry Cuban, professor emeritus of education, on how the idea of combining classroom subjects dates back to the American philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey.

Expert: Silicon Valley bias suit spurs closer look by firms

This article quotes Deborah Rhode, professor of law, on Ellen Pao's sex discrimination lawsuit against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Despite regulatory advances, experts say risk remains a danger to large banks

This article quotes Anat Admati, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on the difference between banks' risk-taking and entrepreneurs' risk-taking.

Most Boston residents prefer life term over death penalty in marathon case, poll shows

This article quotes John J. Donohue III, professor of law, on how liberal politics and higher education correlate with anti-death penalty sentiment.

Tiny internal tornadoes bring drops to life

This article features research by Manu Prakash, assistant professor of bioengineering; Adrien Benusiglio, postdoctoral scholar in bioengineering; and Nate Cira, graduate student in bioengineering, on discovering why tiny drops of water, dyed with food color and placed on glass, move in a dancing motion.

Inside the psychology of productivity

This article quotes John Perry, professor emeritus of philosophy, on how perfectionists "are people who fantasize about doing something perfectly," rather than doing something perfectly.

Obama promised to curb the influence of lobbyists. Has he succeeded?

This article quotes Bruce Cain, professor of political science and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on how political actors strategically adapt to some rules.

'Not living a life that's full of regrets': Legendary psychotherapist Irvin Yalom on the challenges of living in fear

This article is an interview with Irvin Yalom, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on his newest book "Creatures of a Day."

No, California won't run out of water in a year

This article quotes Leon Szeptycki, professor of the practice at the Stanford Woods Institute and director of Water in the West, on how just because California is not exhausting its water supply does not signify the state is not in a crisis.

Russian cutoff from banking backbone said to be ruled out

This article quotes Darrell Duffie, professor at the Graduate School of Business and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on how shutting Russian banks out of a core part of an international banking-payment system network could cripple the nation's financial system.

An app helps the blind to type quickly and efficiently on an iPad

This article quotes Adrian Lew, associate professor of mechanical engineering, on assisting alumnus Sohan Dharmaraja in a prototype flat screen Brailler.

Karole Armitage's new dance work traces steps for a greener path

This article quotes Paul Ehrlich, professor of biology and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on collaborating with dancer and choreographer Karole Armitage and the American Museum of Natural History for a performance-art ballet about climate change.

Silicon Valley entrepreneur course comes to London

This article notes that Stanford's Graduate School of business will launch its Stanford Ignite entrepreneurship course in London this year.

California could power itself three to five times over with solar

This article features research by Chris Field, professor of biology and of environmental Earth system science, and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Precourt Institute for Energy, and Rebecca Hernandez, graduate student in Environmental Earth System Science, on assessing California's land to see how suitable it would be for solar power projects using either of the two main forms of solar power generation.

As California drought enters fourth year, conservation efforts and worries increase

This article quotes Noah Diffenbaugh, associate professor of environmental Earth system science and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on the effects of long-term warming in California.

Aging is not death. Stop conflating the two.

This article quotes Laura Carstensen, professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, on how our retirement model was designed for short lives, rather than long ones.

Not a tsunami, but...

This article features President John L. Hennessy's keynote address at the American Council on Education's annual meeting Sunday.

Stanford chief wants higher ed to be 'affordable, accessible, adaptable'

This article features President John L. Hennessy's keynote address at the American Council on Education's annual meeting Sunday.

The Ellen Pao trial: What do we mean by "discrimination"?

This article quotes Deborah Rhode, professor of law, on how the evidence present in the case of Ellen Pao is very typical of what is present in Silicon Valley.

White House expands protections for California's 'Blue Serengeti'

This article quotes Barbara Block, professor at the Hopkins Marine Station, on coining the term "blue Serengeti" to describe two federal marine sanctuaries off California's north-central coast.

How Agile and Zara are transforming the US fashion industry

This article cites Warren Hausman, professor of management science and engineering, on his research quantifying the financial value of fast fashion to reduce unwanted markdowns and lost sales, enabling firms to increase profits.

Half-baked marijuana edibles policies pose public health risk, studies say

This article features research co-authored by Robert MacCoun, professor of law and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, that explains the complex legal and public health implications of legalized marijuana "edibles," given the lack of reliable data and patchwork regulation of the drug in the United States.