Posts published in December, 2012

The ‘Under 30’ set

by on December 21, 2012 4:00 am
In “Energy,” postdoctoral scholar YANIV SCHERSON, a member of the Stanford Nitrogen Group, was honored for inventing a process that uses wastewater treatment byproducts to generate electricity. In “Law and Policy,” EVGENY MOROZOV, visiting scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford, was honored for his book The Net Delusion, which questioned… Read more

NSF grant will help researchers improve the human-robot relationship

by on December 20, 2012 4:00 am
Harmony in the workplace can be difficult enough in an office full of humans. But how will it be achieved when robots, whose behavior is guided by computers, join the workforce? With an eye toward enhanced safety and greater productivity, ALLISON OKAMURA, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and colleagues at four other universities are working… Read more

Two researchers receive $6 million in state stem cell funds

by on December 18, 2012 4:00 am
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) awarded two School of Medicine professors about $3 million each to pursue translational stem cell research for hearing loss and for cognitive dysfunction caused by chemotherapy. ALAN CHENG, assistant professor of otolaryngology, will receive $3.1 million to investigate the biology of hair cells and their progenitors in the… Read more

How cool would it be to have Stepfan Taylor at your birthday party?

by on December 17, 2012 4:00 am
We all know that STEPFAN TAYLOR is one of the top running backs in college football and one of Stanford’s all-time leading rushers. In fact, this year, he became the first Cardinal back to gain at least 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. But he is also a very nice man. When kindergartener BEN LEVIN,… Read more How cool would it be to have Stepfan Taylor at your birthday party?

Carstensen, Rice among AARP’s ‘50 Over 50’ list of 'Influentials'

by on December 14, 2012 4:00 am
In the December 2012 issue of its magazine, the AARP named 50 “Influentials,” all over the age of 50, who have “a huge impact on our daily lives and futures.” Among the honorees were LAURA CARSTENSEN, Stanford psychology professor and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and former U.S. Secretary of State CONDOLEEZZA RICE,… Read more Carstensen, Rice among AARP’s ‘50 Over 50’ list of 'Influentials'

This is what a bird sees while flying over Hoover Tower

by on December 13, 2012 4:00 am
Current JD/MBA student ARI SEGAL recently produced this amazing shot of Hoover Tower using a specially designed camera mounted on a mini-helicopter. Segal, working with business partners from Sweden, used such campus locations as Hoover Tower, the Science and Engineering Quadrangle, the Knight Management Center and Stanford Stadium to test a new 3-D imaging technology… Read more

Darling-Hammond to chair California agency on teacher standards

by on December 12, 2012 4:00 am
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing works to ensure that the state’s principals, assistant principals and teachers are appropriately prepared for their jobs. They have elected School of Education Professor LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND to lead the effort. On Friday, Darling-Hammond was elected chair of the commission, which sets standards for educator preparation for the state’s public… Read more

In Stockholm, Nobel laureates acknowledge those who helped them along the way

by on December 11, 2012 4:00 am
Last week, Stanford’s newest Nobel Prize winners, ALVIN ROTH and BRIAN KOBILKA, were in Stockholm for the culmination of the magical two months since their prizes were announced. The Nobel festivities, which began last Wednesday, included lectures, interviews and symposia, a concert and the Nobel Prize Banquet. In his lecture on Dec. 8, Kobilka, professor… Read more In Stockholm, Nobel laureates acknowledge those who helped them along the way

Stanford historian Peter Duus honored with the Order of the Rising Sun

by on December 10, 2012 4:00 am
The Japanese government is honoring the work of PETER DUUS, a Stanford scholar of modern Japanese history, with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. The William H. Bonsall Professor of History, Emeritus, at Stanford, Duus is being recognized for his contributions “to Japan Studies in the United States and the… Read more Stanford historian Peter Duus honored with the Order of the Rising Sun

Team awarded grant to develop clean drinking water technology

by on December 7, 2012 4:00 am
A research team made up largely of Stanford undergraduate students received prestigious federal recognition recently. They are working on low-cost technology to provide safe drinking water to millions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $15,000 grant and the opportunity to compete for up to $90,000 to a team advised by JENNA DAVIS, associate… Read more