Faculty and Staff News

The Blue Shield and Sutter Health impasse and what it means to Stanford employees

The recent contract renewal negotiations between Blue Shield and Sutter Health have many employees feeling uneasy. How did it get to this point, and what does it really mean?


William Maloney talking to the Faculty Senate. / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Concussions – an issue for male and female athletes alike, Stanford professor says

William Maloney, professor of orthopaedic surgery, told the Faculty Senate on Thursday that while concussions are a problem in football, they also are a big concern in other sports, including soccer, water polo and club sports, involving both male and female players. University Architect David Lenox gave a report on new buildings on campus and those under construction.


Artist's rendering of the Colonnade apartment complex/Photo courtesy of the Colonade

Campus looks to expand housing options for faculty, staff

Stanford has recently entered into an agreement to lease a 167-unit apartment complex currently under construction near the border of Los Altos, Palo Alto and Mountain View, to help make additional rental housing available for faculty and staff.


Faculty Senate to hear reports on capital planning, athletes' head trauma on Thursday


Margot Gerritsen / L.A. Cicero

Margot Gerritsen to receive 2014 Richard W. Lyman Award

The award recognizes faculty who go above and beyond to engage alumni on campus, regionally and around the world.


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.