Posts published in December, 2009

Cameron’s 'Avatar' and Stanford: Beyond Sigourney Weaver’s tank top

by on December 22, 2009 12:00 pm
James Cameron knew his blockbuster Avatar, about a fight for resources between humans and the blue Navi race on planet Pandora, was entertaining and technologically groundbreaking. But did he know when he put scientist Grace’s Navi avatar, played by SIGOURNEY WEAVER, ’72, in a Stanford tank top, how much his movie’s plotline synched with Stanford’s… Read more Cameron’s 'Avatar' and Stanford: Beyond Sigourney Weaver’s tank top

Give a gift, donate blood

by on December 22, 2009 9:34 am
The Stanford Blood Center has a slate of holiday promotions to encourage donors to give during a time of year when there’s often a shortfall in blood supplies. Currently, the blood center is below its minimum inventory in five out of eight blood types, particularly types O-negative and B-negative. During the center’s “It’s a fare… Read more Give a gift, donate blood

An officer and a funnyman

by on December 18, 2009 4:00 am
NANCI HOWE, associate dean and director of student activities, was on her way to the office earlier this week and noticed two police cars parked in front of Dinkelspiel Auditorium. She saw Deputy ALLEN JAMES of the Stanford Department of Public Safety heading back to one of the cars and questioned why they needed to… Read more An officer and a funnyman

Zhi-Xun Shen wins 2009 E.O. Lawrence Award

by on December 17, 2009 4:00 am
ZHI-XUN SHEN, a pioneer in the field of materials science, has won the U.S. Department of Energy’s most prestigious science prize, the E.O. Lawrence Award. Shen is the director of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Science, or SIMES, a joint institute of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the main Stanford campus. He is… Read more Zhi-Xun Shen wins 2009 E.O. Lawrence Award

The Marguerite driver's got jokes

by on December 16, 2009 4:00 am
A Marguerite Palm Drive Express driver cheered up his busload of passengers early Monday morning when he turned to them as he opened the doors and said, “Just remember, this is the last opportunity you’ll have this year to go to work on a Monday.” The riders cracked up as they disembarked. Have you heard… Read more The Marguerite driver's got jokes

So many books, so little coverage . . .

by on December 15, 2009 4:00 am
How do we get the word out about the exciting literary and cultural life at Stanford? CYNTHIA HAVEN, the arts and humanities writer at the News Service, has one answer:  She’s launched a Stanford book blog titled  “The Book Haven.” “Given the reduced coverage on books and book news nationwide, it’s only logical that book… Read more So many books, so little coverage . . .

No Heisman, but maybe a Hermann

by on December 14, 2009 4:00 am
While most eyes were on the Heisman Trophy sweepstakes this weekend – more specifically on whether Cardinal running back TOBY GERHART would receive the ultimate college football honor – rumors were rampant that JIM HARBAUGH was being wooed by other football programs. But he insisted Saturday that he planned to remain head coach at Stanford.… Read more

Sharing news of Stanford alumni

by on December 11, 2009 4:00 am
Undergraduate Admission recently updated its website to share news of alumni in Boston, Philadelphia and New York with prospective students. Whom did they highlight? RUBEN AMARO JR., general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, who was named among the Power Fifty by Philadelphia Magazine; JOHN CUARON, who was named among the 2009 Top Docs by Boston… Read more

"I'll be speechless."

by on December 10, 2009 4:00 am
Senior TOBY GERHART learned Monday that he is among five finalists for the Heisman Trophy, the nation’s most prestigious and well-known award in college football. Today, Thursday, Gerhart will be in Orlando, Fla., as one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award for college football’s top running back. On Saturday, he’ll be in New… Read more "I'll be speechless."

Sagan called 'rock star' of nonproliferation education

by on December 9, 2009 4:00 am
SCOTT SAGAN, the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation, has officially been labeled a “rock star.” Sagan was recently recognized by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey with an award for outstanding contributions to nonproliferation education. In presenting the award, Gaukhar… Read more Sagan called 'rock star' of nonproliferation education