Posts published in September, 2011

Abbas Milani shares his vision for Iran

by on September 30, 2011 4:00 am
ABBAS MILANI, director of Iranian Studies at Stanford, recently took questions on Stanford Facebook Open Office Hours. He’s responded to many of them in the videos below. Abbas Milani on Stanford Facebook Open Office Hours, Part 2 Abbas Milani on Stanford Facebook Open Office Hours, Part 3

Amos Nur awarded Maurice Ewing Medal for contributions to geophysics

by on September 29, 2011 4:00 am
AMOS NUR, the Wayne Loel Professor of Earth Sciences, Emeritus, has won the Maurice Ewing Medal, presented at the recent annual meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in San Antonio, Texas. The Ewing Medal is the highest award given by the society, and recognizes contributions to advancing the science and profession of exploration geophysics.… Read more

Abraham Verghese: A doctor's touch

by on September 28, 2011 4:00 am
Professor of medicine and best-selling author ABRAHAM VERGHESE is a strong advocate for “hands-on” medicine. His dedication to the art of the physical exam led to the development of the Medical School’s Stanford 25, an initiative designed to showcase and teach 25 fundamental physical exam skills and their diagnostic benefits to interns. In this recently… Read more

Women's soccer team's winning streaks

by on September 27, 2011 4:00 am
When the Cardinal women’s soccer team beat Arizona 7-zip on Saturday, Sept. 24, it was Coach PAUL RATCLIFFE‘s 197th career collegiate coaching victory. He’s got his eye on 200. The win also: • extended the team’s conference winning streak to 21. • brought its home winning streak to 41. • raised its regular-season unbeaten streak… Read more

Young leaders in health

by on September 26, 2011 4:00 am
The documentary The Revolutionary Optimist chronicles the story of a lawyer-turned-social entrepreneur working to empower children living in Calcutta’s poorest neighborhood to become leaders in improving health and sanitation. The video clip below highlights the story of the children’s successful drive to increase polio immunization rates in their community. The film was directed and produced… Read more

Stanford community members add their stories to 'It Gets Better' campaign

by on September 23, 2011 4:00 am
Members of the Stanford faculty and staff have added their stories of discovery, coming out and self-acceptance to the “It Gets Better” website. The website was developed in 2010 in response to the suicides of teenagers bullied because they were gay or suspected of being gay. The goal of the site is to diminish the… Read more Stanford community members add their stories to 'It Gets Better' campaign

Graduate student conference on energy shows synergy between SLAC, Stanford

by on September 22, 2011 4:00 am
Some 120 incoming and current Stanford graduate students last week enjoyed five days of presentations, discussions and networking activities relating to the wide range of energy research and teaching offered at Stanford and SLAC. The first Energy@Stanford & SLAC conference featured more than 30 presentations on topics ranging from energy-conversion science and technologies to energy… Read more

MacArthur 'geniuses' with Stanford connections

by on September 21, 2011 4:00 am
Three women with links to Stanford are among the recipients of this year’s $500,000 MacArthur “genius” fellowships. The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation made the announcement of the “no strings attached” five-year awards on Tuesday. YUKIKO YAMASHITA, 39, is studying the process of stem cell division and its role in age-related decline… Read more

What was going on 18 years ago when today's freshmen were born?

by on September 20, 2011 4:00 am
There was an audible gasp among student affairs professionals last week when Vice Provost for Student Affairs GREG BOARDMAN reminded them at their annual start-of-the-year meeting that most of this year’s freshmen were born in 1993. The widespread gasps in the Tresidder Oak Room turned to laughter when Boardman shared parts of the now-famous Beloit… Read more

Sharon Long appointed to National Medal of Science committee

by on September 19, 2011 4:00 am
SHARON LONG,  the Steere-Pfizer Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford, has been named by Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. Long, who served as Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford from 2001 until 2007,  “works at the intersection of genetics, biochemistry and cell biology to… Read more