Posts published in February, 2011

OpenIDEO joins Stanford bone marrow effort

by on February 28, 2011 4:00 am
The Haas Center for Public Service is working with Graduate School of Business Professor JENNIFER AAKER and a team of student advisers to develop a large-scale bone marrow registrant drive. One Hundred Thousand Cheeks is a Stanford-based student group dedicated to getting 100,000 people signed up with the national bone marrow donor registry by June.… Read more

Love coffee: Love your brain

by on February 25, 2011 4:00 am
“Unleash your inner dork” and  “Love coffee: Love your brain” are slogans for today’s Helmet Hookup, an event designed to promote the benefits of wearing a bike helmet. “I have been dreaming of a helmet event since the beginning of the year, when I started wearing my helmet routinely,” said ELISE MARIE GEITHNER, ASSU executive… Read more Love coffee: Love your brain

VanDerveer named finalist for Basketball Hall of Fame

by on February 24, 2011 4:00 am
Stanford women’s basketball head coach TARA VANDERVEER was named one of 12 finalists to be considered for election to the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Hall announced last Friday in Los Angeles. The Hall’s Class of 2011 will be announced April 4 at a news conference in Houston prior to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship… Read more

Stanford scholars, alum appointed to educational equity commission

by on February 23, 2011 4:00 am
School of Education Professor LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND, law Professor MARIANO-FLORENTINO CUÉLLAR and Hoover Senior Fellow ERIC HANUSHEK are among the 28 scholars, civil rights leaders, advocates and corporate executives who were appointed last week to the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. The commission will examine the impact of school finance on educational opportunity and… Read more

'Klepto Kitty' visits Stanford Video

by on February 22, 2011 4:00 am
If any video equipment turns up missing at Stanford Video, the staff should look no further than Dusty, the “Klepto Kitty.” Videos of Dusty, a four-legged cat burglar, have gone viral on the Internet. He’s also been a hit on Animal Planet and the local news. Dusty, who lives with his owners in San Mateo,… Read more

President Hennessy dines with Obama

by on February 18, 2011 4:00 am
University President JOHN HENNESSY was among the guests who had dinner with President Barack Obama in Silicon Valley Thursday evening. Obama met with the tech industry’s über-pioneers to pick their brains about innovation. In addition to Hennessy, the guest list included alums REED HASTINGS, MS ’88, MA ’98, CEO of NetFlix, and STEVE WESTLY, AB… Read more

Stanford psychologists receive grants from McDonnell Foundation

by on February 17, 2011 4:00 am
Two Stanford psychologists are among 35 recipients of the 2010 21st Century Science Initiative grants from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. Assistant Professors LERA BORODITSKY and NOAH GOODMAN each will receive $600,000 over the next six years for their work in understanding human cognition. The researchers were “identified by their peers as likely to continue… Read more Stanford psychologists receive grants from McDonnell Foundation

Six researchers awarded Sloan Fellowships

by on February 16, 2011 4:00 am
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has chosen six Stanford scholars to receive Sloan Research Fellowships. FEI-FEI LI, MANUEL AMADOR, SEEMA JAYACHANDRAN, MICHAEL OSTROVSKY, NANCY RUONAN ZHANG and SEAN HARTNOLL are among the 118 early-career scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada to receive $50,000 in unrestricted research grants over the next two years.… Read more Six researchers awarded Sloan Fellowships

Alum Christopher Tin makes history at the Grammy Awards

by on February 15, 2011 12:00 am
CHRISTOPHER TIN, BA ’98, MA ’99, won two Grammys Sunday night. His composition “Baba Yetu” won for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists. The song features the Soweto Gospel Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. However, its biggest claim to fame is that the song is the opening music for the video game Civilization IV, making… Read more Alum Christopher Tin makes history at the Grammy Awards

Alumnae from the ’50s share what it was like to be female students at Stanford

by on February 14, 2011 7:35 am
Betty Friedan coined the term “the Feminine Mystique” to describe the ideal woman of the ’50s, educated or not, as one whose main fulfillment was marriage and family. Sociologist Mirra Komarovsky described the “best-adjusted girl” this way: “She is intelligent enough to do well in school but not so brilliant as to get all A’s… Read more Alumnae from the ’50s share what it was like to be female students at Stanford