Archive for March, 2010

Jayne Appel tweets from Sacramento

March 31st, 2010
Jeanette Pohlen

Jeanette Pohlen

Jayne Appel

Jayne Appel

“FINAL FOUR. Time to get me some cowboy boots!” JAYNE APPEL tweeted Monday night after her Cardinal women’s basketball team pulled out a win in the final second of the Elite Eight game against Xavier in Sacramento. The team will soon head to San Antonio for the Final Four. Another of Appel’s tweets made the news on game day when the Sacramento Bee blog “Capitol Alert” linked to her Twitter site, on which she quoted the Stanford Band: “Were gonna go play in front of the state capital – see how long it takes them to recognize us.” Not sure if the band actually played in front of the capitol, but it gave the team a spirited send-off at the hotel. You can watch it on YouTube. There’s also video of JEANETTE POHLEN’S game-winning play.

NBC’s Nancy Snyderman to give keynote at Women’s Health Forum

March 30th, 2010

Snyderman-smallWomen’s Health at Stanford, a multidisciplinary program in the School of Medicine, will hold its first Women’s Health Forum on Wednesday, May 5, from 1 to 5:15 p.m. in the Arrillaga Alumni Center. The keynote speaker for the event is Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News. Organizers are hoping to make the forum an annual event. Admission is free, but early registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, visit the website or call 725-0455.

Thomas Kailath wins $530,000 award

March 29th, 2010

ppl_kailathTHOMAS KAILATH, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, has won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Information and Communication Technologies.

In honoring Kailath with the prestigious award, the foundation described him as the author of a mathematical development enabling the production of increasingly small computing chips.

“Methods of his invention are able to pattern integrated circuits with components finer even than the light waves used in their production, rather like drawing a line that is finer than the point of the pencil,” the foundation said in its announcement. “This discovery, moreover, emerged at a time when the limits of chip miniaturization seemed close and insurmountable.”

In the field of wireless communication, Kailath’s work led to the development of a new antenna system used in now-ubiquitous Wi-Fi technology, and was also instrumental in bringing to market the GSM cell phone standard.

Kailath, the Hitachi America Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus, was cited as “that rare combination: a scientist with the ability to solve profound mathematical problems and translate them into practical applications, generating new technologies and transferring them to industry.”

In an interview with the foundation, Kailath predicted that “cell phones will get better and better, with more computing power. They will eventually replace computers.” Nonetheless, he said he is astounded by the predominance of the mobile phone.

“Nowadays people think that if you don’t answer the phone there’s something wrong. I don’t always carry mine with me because – like any technology – it has its drawbacks, but the ability to be globally connected at any time is a good thing. Less good is that today we are drowning in information but that doesn’t mean we are absorbing more.”

Stanford chemist Richard Zare also won a Frontiers of Knowledge Award, in the basic sciences category, for his pioneering work in laser-induced fluorescence.

The award includes 400,000 euros (about $530,000).

The BBVA Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of the BBVA Group, a multinational financial services corporation based in Spain. BBVA collaborated with the Spanish National Research Council in the awards process.

Law School student assists Haitians in Miami

March 26th, 2010

Like thousands of other students, KATIE PLICHTA headed to Miami this year for spring break.

But instead of spending all her time at Florida beaches and bars, the first-year Stanford Law School student participated in the University of Miami Law School’s alternative spring break program helping Haitians apply for temporary protected status.

She kept track of some of her experiences through blog postings recalling her efforts in the city’s Little Haiti district informing people how to apply for the paperwork they need to remain in the United States and obtain work authorization.

Documentary on Elizabeth Wiltsee airs Sunday on KQED

March 26th, 2010

index_01This Dust of Words, an hour-long documentary about ELIZABETH WILTSEE, a Stanford alumna whose promise as an aspiring writer took a tragic turn, will be featured this Sunday, March 28, at 6 p.m. on KQED-TV’S Truly CA. The documentary by Bill Rose is inspired by a memoir of Wiltsee by JOHN FELSTINER, professor emeritus of English at Stanford. Wiltsee, who graduated from Stanford in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in English, wrote her senior thesis on Samuel Beckett. At the time of her death at 50, she was homeless. Felstiner figures as a narrator, and parts of the film take place on the Farm.
For more Stanford book news, visit The Book Haven, arts and humanities writer CYNTHIA HAVEN‘s book blog.

Sweet Sixteen in Sacramento and on ESPN

March 25th, 2010

4729326The Cardinal Women battle Georgia in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament Saturday at 6 p.m. Information about tickets and transportation is available on the Athletics website. If you can’t make it to Sacramento,  tune in on ESPN.

Stanford loses one Gerhart, but Cardinal softball has two others

March 25th, 2010
Teagan Gerhart

Teagan Gerhart

Football star TOBY GERHART, who thrilled Cardinal fans this past season with his record-breaking exploits, may be moving on to the NFL, but Stanford will not be without a Gerhart to cheer on.

Freshman softball player TEAGAN GERHART last weekend threw three consecutive no-hitters, all shutouts in the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic. The recent Stanford Athletics Farm Report says Gerhart’s 20 1/3-inning hitless streak was finally snapped by Cal Poly to lead off the third inning of the fifth game encompassing the streak. Gerhart, the Pac-10 Player of the Week, beat Santa Clara 8-0 on Friday (six innings), Princeton 7-0 on Saturday (seven innings) and Saint Mary’s 8-0 later the same day (five innings). And get this: Toby and Teagan’s sister, KELSEY, is also a member of the Cardinal softball team.

You can catch the Gerharts and the rest of the Cardinal softball team in action during the Stanford Invitational at the Smith Family Stadium on campus Friday, against Cal State Bakersfield at 2:30 p.m. and against BYU at 4:45 p.m. On Saturday, they play UC-Santa Barbara at 1:30 p.m. and Cal State Bakersfield at 6 p.m. On Sunday, softball plays against Pacific at 1:30 p.m.

Stanford, California dreamin’

March 24th, 2010

High school students and their parents agree on at least one thing – their dream college. Stanford ranked No. 1 in The Princeton Review’s 2010 “College Hopes & Worries Survey.” All but one of the questions in the 15-question survey were multiple choice. In the one in which respondents were asked to fill in the blank, both college applicants and the parents of applicants indicated that if all other considerations such as cost were set aside, and if acceptance was a given, the school most students and parents consider the “dream college” would be Stanford. Here are the results:
The schools most named by students as their “Dream Colleges” were:
1. Stanford University
2. Harvard College
3. New York University
4. Princeton University
5. Brown University
6. Yale University
7. University of California-Los Angeles
8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
9. University of Southern California
10. Cornell University
The schools most named by parents as their “Dream Colleges” were:
1. Stanford University
2. Princeton University
3. Harvard College
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5. Yale University
6. University of California-Los Angeles
7. University of Notre Dame
8. Brown University
9. University of Southern California
10. New York University
The Princeton Review has conducted its “College Hopes & Worries Survey” since 2003. Findings this year are based on 12,174 surveys completed on paper or online by 9,132 college applicants and 3,042 parents of applicants from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The survey ran in the Princeton Review book Best 371 Colleges (Random House, July 2009) and on The Princeton Review website from late January to mid-March.

Marguerite photo contest winners

March 23rd, 2010
first place

Rodriguez: "The reflection of trees in the bus windows echoes the spirit of environmental conservation our new hybrids represent. I love it!"

DEYRA N. RODRIGUEZ, a graduate student in genetics, won first prize in Parking & Transportation’s Marguerite Photo Contest.
WAQAS MUSTAFEEZ, a graduate student in electrical engineering, placed second.

Honorable mention: ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, a graduate student in the School of Education; BARBARA BARTLETT, an administrative associate in ophthalmology; RAMON GYSEL, a postdoc in materials science and engineering; and LEI LIU, a graduate student in chemistry.

Look for their photos on future Marguerite schedules or on the P&TS website. View all of the winning entries online.

Garcia-Molina named to “Most Important Hispanics in Technology List”

March 22nd, 2010

Hector Garcia-Molina

Hector Garcia-Molina

HECTOR GARCIA-MOLINA, the Leonard Bosack and Sandra K. Lerner Professor in the School of Engineering, has been named to the “Most Important Hispanics in Technology List” by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology.

The editors of the magazine say they chose Garcia-Molina after “extensive research was done on thousands of employees from 100 candidate companies. HE&IT editors then evaluated and ranked the highest-achieving Hispanic executives, technologists and researchers in industry, government and academia – women and men who have demonstrated leadership on a broad front, in the workplace and in their communities.”

Garcia-Molina served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from January 2001 to December 2004. From 1997 to 2001 he was a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Stanford, he was a faculty member at Princeton. His research interests include distributed computing systems, digital libraries and database systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.