Posts published in December, 2011

McFaul confirmed as next ambassador to Russia

by on December 19, 2011 10:28 am
MICHAEL MCFAUL, a Stanford political science professor and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Dec. 17 to be the next ambassador to Russia. “Mike will bring to his new posting in Moscow the same intensity, clarity of vision and imagination that he demonstrated as… Read more McFaul confirmed as next ambassador to Russia

First North American website launched at SLAC 20 years ago

by on December 15, 2011 4:00 am
Its creators saw it as a great way to share information among the world’s widespread particle physics community. But World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee calls it the Web’s first “killer app.” On Monday, Dec. 12, North America’s first website – the first site opened outside of Europe – celebrated its 20th anniversary. Intended to… Read more First North American website launched at SLAC 20 years ago

Basketball lives

by on December 14, 2011 4:00 am
They are not desperate and they are not housewives. The Real Ladies of Maples are 15 women’s basketball players who “share the same locker room, the same love of basketball, the same hotel rooms on the road, and the same joy that comes with four straight Final Four appearances and 11 straight conference titles.” In… Read more Basketball lives

Taylor and Noyola named finalists for Hermann Trophy

by on December 12, 2011 4:00 am
“Maybe LT and Teresa should arm-wrestle for it,” Stanford’s women’s soccer coach Paul Ratcliffe said on the news that LINDSAY TAYLOR and TERESA NOYOLA were both named finalists for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s answer to the Heisman. “They’re both deserving. LT and Teresa together are a fantastic combination. “Teresa Noyola has been our playmaker… Read more Taylor and Noyola named finalists for Hermann Trophy

David Shaw named regional coach of the year; finalist for national honor

by on December 9, 2011 4:00 am
The American Football Coaches Association has named Stanford’s head football coach DAVID SHAW one of five regional Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches of the year. Shaw, the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football, is now a finalist for National Coach of the Year. The 2011 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at… Read more David Shaw named regional coach of the year; finalist for national honor

Banners signal SLAC's upcoming 50th anniversary

by on December 8, 2011 4:00 am
Recently, 30 banners went up around the campus of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to prepare for the fast-approaching celebration of the lab’s 50th anniversary in 2012.  Festivities will begin next year.  

Researchers use mouthpieces to study football head impacts

by on December 7, 2011 4:00 am
Stanford researchers recently outfitted about two dozen Cardinal football players with high-tech mouthpieces to measure the number, force and direction of head impacts during games and practices. In the ABC Nightly News segment below, DAN GARZA, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Stanford, discusses how researchers are using data from the mouthpieces, which are equipped with… Read more Researchers use mouthpieces to study football head impacts

Luck a finalist for the Heisman

by on December 6, 2011 4:00 am
ANDREW LUCK, who led Stanford to an 11-1 record this season and its second consecutive Bowl Championship Series bowl, has been named one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which honors the nation’s most outstanding college football player. Luck, who finished second in last year’s Heisman Trophy balloting behind Auburn University’s Cam Newton, joins… Read more Luck a finalist for the Heisman

Teaching students to be inventive

by on December 5, 2011 4:00 am
“I wonder what would happen if instead of waking up every day and going to school to learn yet another formula, yet another piece of information, kids would wake up every day to go to school to invent something new . . . every day, a new invention, every day, a big idea,” said PAULO… Read more Teaching students to be inventive

Richter to be honored for climate change book

by on December 2, 2011 4:00 am
SLAC Director Emeritus BURTON RICHTER will be in Washington, D.C., today, Dec. 2, to receive the 2011 Phi Beta Kappa Book Award in Science for Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century. The award comes with a $10,000 prize, given annually by the academic honor society for outstanding contributions by… Read more Richter to be honored for climate change book