Posts published in August, 2012

Washington Monthly ranks Stanford high for its contributions to the public good

by on August 30, 2012 4:00 am
It seems every college ranking has a different twist to offer. Washington Monthly purports to measure the contributions of colleges and universities nationwide to the public good. And, according to the magazine, Stanford ranks No. 3 among national universities—behind the University of California-San Diego and Texas A&M. Washington Monthly’s methodology claims to measure a college’s… Read more

Newly acquired book includes original Manet etching

by on August 29, 2012 4:00 am
There’s a new cat at the Art and Architecture Library in the Cummings Art Building—and it’s well over 100 years old. The 1869 cat is featured in an original etching by the famous French artist ÉDOUARD MANET (1832-1883). The feline is hidden away between the pages of a newly acquired book, the deluxe edition of… Read more Newly acquired book includes original Manet etching

What scholar athletes do during their summer break

by on August 27, 2012 4:00 am
Stanford football players JORDAN PRATT and BRENT SEALS had plenty on their plates this summer preparing for the 2012 season. Almost the entire team stuck around for summer conditioning to get a jump on the season opener against San Jose State. Pratt, a sophomore wide receiver from Monmouth, Ore., and Seals, a junior safety from… Read more

Chueh named one of world's top innovators under 35

by on August 23, 2012 4:00 am
Technology Review has named WILLIAM CHUEH, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, to its annual TR35 list of 35 top innovators under age 35. Chueh was honored for developing a technology using heat that is otherwise wasted to boost the efficiency of solar fuel production. Most current approaches to solar energy rely on the… Read more

Powerhouse in the pool: Roy Perkins to compete in Paralympics 2012

by on August 22, 2012 4:00 am
It’s difficult to believe that ROY PERKINS, ’13, was once terrified of putting his face in the water and didn’t learn to swim until he was 12. Now he’s preparing to compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle events, 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly at the 2012 Paralympics, which begin next week. Born without… Read more

Rice admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club

by on August 21, 2012 4:00 am
For the first time in its 80-year history, the Augusta National Golf Club will have women as members. One of them is former U.S. Secretary of State CONDOLEEZZA RICE. “I have long admired the important role Augusta National has played in the traditions and history of golf. I also have an immense respect for the… Read more Rice admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club

Poet Eavan Boland wins PEN award for essay collection

by on August 20, 2012 4:00 am
EAVAN BOLAND, director of Stanford’s Creative Writing program and one of Ireland’s leading poets, has won a 2012 PEN Award for creative nonfiction with her acclaimed collection of essays, A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet, published last year by W.W. Norton. PEN Center USA will fete three honorees and give 11 awards… Read more Poet Eavan Boland wins PEN award for essay collection

Sierra magazine says Stanford is among the nation's greenest universities

by on August 16, 2012 4:00 am
SIERRA magazine has ranked Stanford among the 10 greenest universities in the nation. According to the magazine’s website, the ranking of “Cool Schools” is a collaborative effort among the Sierra Club, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Endowments Institute and the Princeton Review. Specifically, Stanford ranked third, following… Read more Sierra magazine says Stanford is among the nation's greenest universities

Congratulations to Stanford's Olympic athletes

by on August 15, 2012 4:00 am
Fifteen Stanford athletes – past and present – came home from London with 16 Olympic medals. Twelve Stanford athletes brought home gold, in beach volleyball, women’s rowing, women’s soccer, men’s tennis and women’s water polo. There were two silver medals, both in women’s volleyball, and two bronze, in men’s mixed doubles tennis and men’s synchronized… Read more Congratulations to Stanford's Olympic athletes

On video: 'Plato, democracy and me'; 'The positive effects of stress'

by on August 14, 2012 4:00 am
During TEDxStanford in May, philosophy Professor KENNETH TAYLOR offered the audience a few challenges that put their beliefs to the test. During TED@Vancouver in June, FIRDAUS DHABHAR, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, gave a primer on how to maximize the positive aspects of stress. Watch and learn.