Faculty and Staff News

Report of the President: Academic Council Professoriate appointments

The Academic Council Professoriate appointments, promotions, and reappointments for the periods indicated were reviewed by the Advisory Board of the Academic Council on September 9, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 21, and November 4, 2014, and were approved by the President.


Ronald McKinnon / Sunny Scott

Conference, memorial set for Ron McKinnon

A Jan. 9-10 conference and memorial are planned in honor of Stanford economist Ron McKinnon, who died Oct. 1 at age 79. McKinnon was an applied economist whose primary interests were international economics and economic development.


Franklin Orr / Ed Lallo

Stanford Professor Lynn Orr confirmed as head of DOE science and energy research

After a yearlong delay, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Lynn Orr as under secretary for science and energy in the U.S. Department of Energy.


Stanford forms new Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

By combining resources of the Center for Teaching and Learning, parts of Academic Computing Services, the CourseWork engineering team and the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning, the new organization will provide better coordination between groups that support teaching, learning and reaching learners online.


Harry Elam speaking to the Faculty Senate / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Faculty survey finds high engagement, interest in undergraduate teaching

Stanford faculty members want to spend more time teaching undergraduates and are interested in improving the way they teach, but the professoriate also recommends that teaching receive more recognition within the university culture, according to the first systematic study of undergraduate teaching across all seven Stanford schools.


Ashton Carter / Rod Searcey

Obama names Stanford's Ashton Carter as secretary of defense

If confirmed by the Senate, Ashton Carter, a Stanford visiting scholar with deep experience in international defense issues, will become the U.S. secretary of defense.


Faculty Senate to discuss undergraduate teaching survey, athletics


Gerhard Casper / L.A. Cicero

Stanford President Emeritus Gerhard Casper named president of American Academy in Berlin

Stanford President Emeritus Gerhard Casper will become president of the American Academy in Berlin in July 2015. The academy is a center for advanced study that contributes to intellectual exchange between the United States and Germany.


Jim Plummer portrait/Photo: John Todd

Stanford's Jim Plummer to be awarded IEEE Founders Medal

Former dean of School of Engineering honored for his role in fostering innovative, interdisciplinary, and globally focused education.


Fernando Lopez-Lezcano

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano to receive 2014 Marsh O'Neill Award

Lopez-Lezcano, the systems administrator at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, has won the annual prize given to staff members who have made outstanding contributions to Stanford's research mission.


Professor Sheri Sheppard

Stanford honors engineering professor and LGBT center with 2014 President's Awards for Excellence Through Diversity

This year's individual winner is Sheri D. Sheppard, a professor of mechanical engineering. The 2014 program winner is the LGBT Community Resources Center.


Five Stanford professors named fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science

Election as an AAAS fellow is an honor bestowed upon members of the association by their peers.


Susan Fleischmann talking to the Faculty Senate./ Photo: L. A. Cicero

Faculty Senate hears update on student judicial affairs process

Improving overall understanding of the Fundamental Standard and Honor Code is important, the senate hears. Meanwhile, the Office of Community Standards also is working to identify further ways of strengthening the process for student conduct cases.


Colin Bucks / Courtesy Colin Bucks

Treating Ebola patients in Liberia: A Stanford physician's story

Dr. Colin Bucks, who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Liberia, said the local caregivers were his heroes because of their determination in the face of daily threat of deisease.


Making educated choices about health care during Open Enrollment at Stanford

Thorough information about medical, dental and vision plans for 2015 is available online to help Stanford employees make decisions.