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Paul Kalanithi

A conversation with a cancer patient about palliative care

by on October 24, 2014 4:16 pm
The doctor and patient sat in comfortable leather armchairs, facing each other onstage in the School of Medicine’s Berg Hall. Timothy Quill, MD, a palliative care specialist, leaned forward, hands clasped on his knees, head tilted to one side. For about an hour, he asked short, pointed questions of PAUL KALANITHI, MD, a 37-year-old Stanford… Read more A conversation with a cancer patient about palliative care
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Women's swim team makes a bike helmet commitment

by on October 23, 2014 4:25 pm
If you see an undergraduate wearing a helmet while riding a bike on campus, chances are good that it could be a member of the women’s swim team. Members of the team recently committed to wearing helmets, thanks to the encouragement of Coach GREG MEEHAN and the support of the Stanford Department of Public Safety… Read more Women's swim team makes a bike helmet commitment
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What happens when economists hit the road?

by on October 22, 2014 5:10 pm
Three economists, including Stanford’s PAUL OYER, hit the road to learn about small business in America—a journey based on their book, Roadside MBA: Backroad Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives and Small Business Owners. Their adventures started in 2010, when the three lamented that most MBA case studies focus on large companies, rather than the small- and… Read more What happens when economists hit the road?
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Sanitation solution for urban slums gets national recognition

by on October 21, 2014 4:25 pm
In many of the world’s overcrowded urban slums, residents must choose between open defecation, crowded public toilets or expensive private pit latrines that can’t be emptied safely. A Stanford team working on a sustainable solution recently won a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the opportunity to compete for up to… Read more Sanitation solution for urban slums gets national recognition
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Eric Lambin wins 2014 Volvo Environmental Prize

by on October 20, 2014 4:44 pm
A pioneer in developing methods of analyzing satellite images of Earth and linking them to socioeconomic data, ERIC LAMBIN has been named recipient of the 2014 Volvo Environmental Prize. Lambin, a faculty member at both Stanford and Université Catholique de Louvain in his native Belgium, and his research colleagues use the advanced imaging methods to… Read more Eric Lambin wins 2014 Volvo Environmental Prize
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Award honoring late Stanford climate scientist Stephen Schneider goes to former NOAA head

by on October 20, 2014 4:00 am
Vice President Joe Biden couldn’t believe his ears. It was 2010, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco had just briefed Biden on the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. “Now wait a minute,” Biden said. “I thought you were a scientist. But I just understood everything you told me.” Lubchenco, who recounted… Read more Award honoring late Stanford climate scientist Stephen Schneider goes to former NOAA head
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Stanford’s Knight Fellowships program gets $1.8 million boost

by on October 16, 2014 4:45 pm
The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University will be better prepared to spread its impact thanks to $1.8 million in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Knight Fellowships each year bring 20 domestic and international journalists and journalism entrepreneurs to Stanford for 10 months. During that time they… Read more Stanford’s Knight Fellowships program gets $1.8 million boost
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Chemistry Department celebrates W.E. Moerner's Nobel win

by on October 15, 2014 5:15 pm
For quite some time, members of the Chemistry Department had been planning an intimate party to acknowledge W.E. MOERNER’s remarkably fruitful three-year run as department chair. But when Moerner won the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry last week, that plan was scrapped in lieu of a grander affair. On Monday, several hundred faculty and students,… Read more Chemistry Department celebrates W.E. Moerner's Nobel win
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Stanford Professor Robert Harrison honored by the French Ministry of Culture

by on October 15, 2014 4:00 am
  ROBERT POGUE HARRISON, professor of French and Italian at Stanford, was honorifically knighted as a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Consul General last week for his commitment and dedication to French-related research fields. Established in 1957 by the French Minister of Culture, the distinction recognizes significant accomplishments in… Read more Stanford Professor Robert Harrison honored by the French Ministry of Culture
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Stanford scholars among the most cited

by on October 13, 2014 5:00 pm
Stanford professors MARK GRANOVETTER and SHOUCHENG ZHANG have been tapped by Thomson Reuters as its 2014 “Citation Laureates.” Granovetter is the Joan Butler Ford Professor and Chair of Sociology, and Zhang is the J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professor of Physics. Thomson Reuters selects its Citation Laureates based in large part on the number of… Read more Stanford scholars among the most cited