Archive for May, 2013

Gabriel Garcia will receive medical school diversity award

May 31st, 2013

Gabriel Garcia

To an already impressive list of honors, GABRIEL GARCIA can now add one more: He is the 2013 recipient of the Dr. Augustus A. White III and Family Faculty Professionalism Award.

Garcia is a professor of gastroenterology and hepatology, and the associate dean of MD admissions for the School of Medicine. He will receive the award  during a June 3 reception.

The award is administered by the school’s Office of Diversity and Leadership, and honors a faculty member who has worked to help reduce health disparities or to enhance the effectiveness of minorities in the university community through research, education, mentoring or service. It is named for White, who was the medical school’s first African-American graduate and has been a pioneer and role model for underrepresented minorities in academic medicine.

In a letter nominating Garcia for the award, PHILIP PIZZO, former dean of the medical school, wrote that Garcia demonstrated deep commitment to admitting a highly diverse group of medical students each year. “More specifically, Dr. Garcia has championed recruiting students with broad and different backgrounds, from those deeply engaged in science and research to those committed to social justice, art and the humanities,” Pizzo wrote.

GARRY GOLD, professor of radiology, wrote that Garcia has long taken his interest in diversity beyond the borders of the campus. For instance, he noted that Garcia is the co-founder of the Patient Advocacy Program, a yearlong course that trains pre-medical and medical students in community and free clinics, including the Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto.

“Community outreach is at the core of collaborative enterprise centered on the patient, and Dr. Garcia’s local accomplishments have certainly furthered the School of Medicine’s ability to impact minority populations,” Gold wrote in his nomination letter.

Garcia has also sponsored “alternative spring break” trips for undergraduates that examine health issues of farm workers in the Salinas Valley, and a similar spring break trip for medical students to study Native American health issues at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. And he helps lead the Community Health in Oaxaca Program, which is designed for students committed to working with the immigrant Latino population in the United States.

Garcia also works closely with an organization founded by medical students in 2007 to contribute to the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health, and to advocate for LGBT patients and providers. In addition, he served as faculty director of the university’s Haas Center for Public Service from 2006 to 2010.

In 2012, he received the Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize from the Haas Center. That same year, he was named the William and Dorothy Kaye University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, part of the Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education program.

This item was originally published on the School of Medicine’s news website.


Eight students receive James W. Lyons Award for Service

May 30th, 2013

Lyons Awards winners with former dean of students Jim Lyons (photo by Susan Burk)

Eight students have received the James W. Lyons Award for Service for their exceptional contributions to the Stanford community. The James W. Lyons Award for Service was established in 1981 and named in honor of former dean of students JIM LYONS. The award recognizes service contributions made by students from a variety of schools, departments, teams, clubs, residences and community projects.

The 2013 Lyons Award recipients are:

ELISE GEITHNER: Geithner initiated a profound cultural shift within the Greek community and residences related to wellness and body image. She developed the workshop “Am I Good Enough Yet?” in collaboration with Health Promotion Services, which helped engage her sorority. The program has permeated the rest of campus, helping students shift their perspective on body image and other challenging issues.

DIANA GONZALEZ: Gonzalez mentors local youth at the East Palo Alto Stanford Academy and East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program. She is a founding member and editor of the publication El Aguila, founding member of Latinos Unidos, member of Mariachi Cardenal, peer advisor at the Haas Center, Mass and ceremony chair for Nuestra Graduación and participant in the Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Youth and Education Law Project.

CATHERINE JAN: Jan has helped make the transition to Stanford more welcoming by creating programs for New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO). As head community associate, she helped the Graduate Life Office enhance the community associate program. Jan was also recognized for her programming contributions with the Graduate Student Council and Women in Electrical Engineering.

BRIAN KOOIMAN: Kooiman enhanced the musicality and reputation of the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band as band manager. Kooiman worked logistical magic to prepare and lead the 280-person organization through appearances at the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game. He created strong partnerships with offices across campus. His commitment and leadership instilled a greater sense of shared stewardship within the organization.

BRAD MOYLAN: Moylan served as ASSU Elections Commissioner. He also enhanced the football experience by reinvigorating the Big Game Rally as a leader of the Axe Committee. Moylan also mentored student organization leaders as peer adviser for the Student Activities and Leadership office, served on such committees as the Stanford Historical Society Board and helped make the transition to Stanford a memorable experience for the class of 2015 as a freshman transition coordinator.

RICHARD SAPP: Sapp was recognized for his commitment to enhancing the lives of persons with disabilities. Through his innovative student-initiated course (HumBio 25SI) and leadership in Kids with Dreams, he has created youth programs aimed at developing lifelong athletic and social skills, while also providing Stanford students with meaningful mentorship experiences. He is a strong advocate for increased access and opportunities for students and community members with disabilities.

MONA THOMPSON: Thompson served as publicity coordinator for the Women’s Community Center, helped create the center’s femtastic blog and brought humor to discussions of feminism. She served as a peer health educator, social media guru with iThrive@Stanford and counselor, drama coordinator and unit leader for Camp Kesem. Thompson also served as an Urban Studies peer adviser and a project manager for the Sustainable Cities Service-Learning Course, and was an Impact Abroad participant.

NOEMI WALZEBUCK: Described as the “face of sustainability at Stanford,” Walzebuck co-founded the Green Consulting group, which provides sustainable resources and ideas to student organizations during their event planning. Additionally, she has worked with university partners to bring sustainability to the forefront for faculty, staff and students. She was responsible for bringing Al Gore to campus for the inaugural Stephen H. Schneider Memorial Lecture on climate science.

The students were honored at a ceremony and dinner featuring Jim Lyons. The event was hosted by Vice Provost for Student Affairs GREG BOARDMAN and Dean of Student Life CHRIS GRIFFITH.

Visit the website for a list of previous award recipients.

Nicole Gibbs goes out on top

May 29th, 2013

Nicole Gibbs Photo credit: Shirley Pefley/Stanford Athletics

When it was all said and done, junior NICOLE GIBBS saved her best for last.

On Monday, at the NCAA singles tennis championship, Gibbs defeated Nebraska’s MARY WEATHERHOLT 6-2, 6-4 to become the NCAA singles champion for the second year in a row.

The All-American from Santa Monica, Calif., Gibbs won all six of her NCAA singles contests in straight sets and closed out the year on a 14-match winning streak. In the process, she improved her career record to 30-1 during the month of May (including all NCAA team and individual play).

Gibbs’ individual accomplishment was that much more impressive, considering she was coming off the team title victory.

“I’m so happy to have won both the team and singles title,” said Gibbs. “But it was so sweet to win with the team. No memory can replace that.”

Earlier this spring, Gibbs publicly announced her decision to turn pro and forgo her senior year. She will leave behind a legacy of elite tennis.

Read the full story on the Athletics website.

Graduating seniors receive SAA achievement awards

May 28th, 2013

Graduating seniors ASHLEY LYLE, ARACELY MONDRAGON and STEPHEN TRUSHEIM have received the Stanford Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award for making a significant impact on the Stanford community.

HOWARD WOLF, vice president for alumni affairs and president of the Stanford Alumni Association, announced the award recipients at a reception on May 22.

SAA awards

Stephen Trusheim, Aracely Mondragon, Ashley Lyle and Howard Wolf

Lyle has been a program assistant with the Black Community Services Center, vice president of the nominations committee for the Associated Students (ASSU), vice president of Delta Sigma Theta, president of Stanford Students in Entertainment and a resident assistant. One of her nominators said, “Ashley has shown leadership, drive, charisma, a can-do attitude, a servant’s heart and a different side of Stanford that not many people get to experience.”

Mondragon has been an outreach liaison and active member of the Stanford Immigrant Rights Project, co-chair of the ASSU Community Action Board, an ethnic theme associate at Casa Zapata and a tutor in the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program. She also served on the steering committee for the Student Affairs Community Center Review. Mondragon also co-chaired both MEChA, a Chicano/Latino student organization, and Barrio Assistance. She is the co-founder and co-chair of Hermanas de Stanford. Her award citation recognizers her “for being genuinely respected and admired by her peers, professors, colleagues and mentors and for having that special blend of strength, positivity and grace.”

Trusheim played an integral role with the Stanford Concert Network and the revival of Frost Amphitheater. He served on the ASSU executive team, providing support in finance, elections, governing documents and the nominations committee. He has served as a SAL (Student Activities and Leadership) Peer Advisor and as a member of the Organizational Conduct Board, the Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Planning and Policy and the Class of 2013 Cabinet. One of his nominators said, “It takes a special person to turn visions and dreams into something we did not think would be possible. Stephen is one of those special people who manages to find ways to get good ideas and policies up and running. No matter how tall the task, he has been willing to go the distance.”

The Outstanding Achievement Award was created in 2011 to honor members of the graduating class who have made a significant impact on the Stanford community.

—CARA HANELIN, Stanford Alumni Association

ACLS recognizes faculty member and doctoral candidate

May 24th, 2013
Priya Satia

Priya Satia

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the nation’s leading private supporter of humanities and social sciences scholarship, has awarded PRIYA SATIA a year-long ACLS Fellowship for her research Guns: The British Imperial State and the Industrial Revolution.

Satia, an associate professor of history, uses the British gun industry to investigate the relationship between 18th-century war and economic development. Her research focuses on the Galton firm of Birmingham, England’s largest gun firm serving both the state and private clients, including slave traders. The Galton family were Quakers who wrestled publicly about the ethics of gun making, highlighting 18th-century notions about war and the economy. Satia, who will be on sabbatical, also received a 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for the project.

ANDREW BRICKER, a doctoral candidate in English, has received a year-long Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his research, titled “Producing and Litigating Satire, 1670-1760.” Bricker’s dissertation reveals how statutory and common law developed at the end of the 17th century and the 18th century to target Augustan satire. Writers and booksellers evaded these legal advances by devising new rhetorical and bibliographic strategies that helped stymie potential prosecutions. Bricker was also recently awarded a Rare Book School fellowship.

—LISA TREI, School of Humanities and Sciences

French scholar receives award from the French Ministry of Culture

May 23rd, 2013
Marie-Pierre Ulloa

Marie-Pierre Ulloa (by Steve Castillo)

MARIE-PIERRE ULLOA, lecturer in the French Department and associate director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, was recently awarded the honorific title of “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Republic–Minister of Culture and Communication.

A scholar of Francophone and North African history and literature, Ulloa is being recognized for her contributions to the diffusion of French and Francophone culture in the United States.

Established in 1957, the award is given to those who “significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance,” regardless of their nationality.

“I’m happy and honored,” said Ulloa, who sees the award as recognizing both her research and her role as a facilitator of French culture on campus, which she said has been a “true team effort,” with an array of university department and organizations.

Since coming to Stanford in 2004, Ulloa has facilitated visits by Francophone historians, scholars, intellectuals and artists, including scholars Benjamin Stora and Olivier Roy and bestselling Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra.

By drawing attention to the contributions of Francophone artists and scholars, Ulloa said she wanted to induce the campus community to “think about French culture beyond the Euro-centric view.”

Ulloa is the author of “Francis Jeanson, a Dissident Intellectual from the French Resistance to the Algerian War (Stanford University Press, 2008). She is currently working on a book that investigates North African communities in California.

The award and accompanying medallion will be conferred in a ceremony administered by the French Consulate.

—CORRIE GOLDMAN, the Human Experience

Ernestine Fu, Martin Fischer receive Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship

May 22nd, 2013
Ernestine Fu

Ernestine Fu

ERNESTINE FU, a PhD student in civil and environmental engineering, and MARTIN FISCHER, professor of civil and environmental engineering, have been chosen to receive one of the first Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowships.

The fellowship is an international postgraduate fellowship on the circular economy for design, engineering and business students.

Funded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Schmidt Family Foundation, the fellowships are designed to challenge postgraduate students and their academic mentors to innovate for a circular economy.

Each student receives a fellowship to help him or her undertake a circular economy innovation project with access to an online learning platform, mentoring support from his or her university and an invitation to a week-long intensive summer school in London in June. Fellowship recipients will share their learning experiences and developing projects on the MacArthur Foundation website.

On the foundation website, Fu explains, “I am a student at Stanford University pursuing a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I recently completed my undergraduate and master’s studies in the fields of energy strategy, management science and engineering. With the support of the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship, I am excited to create a class focused on circular economy at Stanford, to be taught this upcoming academic year with Professor Martin Fischer.”

Fu has been widely profiled in the media for her work as an entrepreneur, including in Forbes and the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation website, the “circular economy is a generic term for an industrial economy that is, by design or intention, restorative and in which materials flows are of two types, biological nutrients, designed to reenter the biosphere safely, and technical nutrients, which are designed to circulate at high quality without entering the biosphere.”

And the Fidler goes to … Megan Swezey Fogarty

May 21st, 2013
Megan Swezey Fogarty

Megan Swezey Fogarty (by Joy Leighton)

At the annual Student Affairs Service Awards breakfast last week, MEGAN SWEZEY FOGARTY received the Margaret Ann Fidler Award for Distinguished Service in Student Affairs.

Fogarty, who first joined Stanford’s staff in 1986, became the director of fellowships and postgraduate public service at the Haas Center for Public Service in 2008.

The award, named for MARGARET ANN FIDLER, former associate vice provost for administration in Student Affairs, recognizes those who “demonstrate extraordinary dedication to their work and the mission of the university and whose work reflects integrity and a sincere belief in the value of teamwork and collaboration.”

The name of the winner is kept secret – revealed only after the citation has been read aloud to the audience. Fidler, who retired in 2001, presented the award.

Fogarty, who was sitting in the audience, said she was trying to figure out the identity of this year’s winner as Fidler read the citation:

“For a unique and natural ability to engage, to build effective relationships and to work collaboratively; for exemplary energy and passion as a champion for the student voice; for challenging and inspiring students to embrace service as an integral part of the Stanford experience; for personally embodying public service as key to a fulfilling life and to effective community involvement; and for ‘WOO’-ing Stanford students, staff and community partners.”

Fogarty said she was “utterly and totally surprised” to receive the award.

“I knew and looked up to Margaret Ann Fidler as both a student and young professional at Stanford,” she said. “To receive this award that honors her legacy is at once a deep honor and extremely humbling.”

Fogarty said “WOO-ing” refers to a “talent theme” identified by StrengthsQuest, a program – used by some units in Student Affairs – designed to help people use their talents to achieve personal and professional success. People strong in the WOO theme enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over.

Fogarty will join Fidler and previous winners of the award for lunch. She also will receive a $1,000 prize.

Stanford Humanities Center fellows represent a diverse range of scholarship

May 20th, 2013

Stanford Humanities Center

The Stanford Humanities Center recently named the 28 scholars who will pursue individual research and writing projects at the center during the 2013-2014 academic year as residential fellows.

The group’s proposed research topics range from race in American theater to autism under Nazism, from the history of same-sex unions in 18th-century China to cognitive neuroscience in relation to Victorian literature.

Chosen from a pool of over 400 applicants, the group is one of the largest cohorts to date, as well as one of the most diverse. The 10 internal faculty fellows represent three of Stanford’s schools: Humanities and Sciences, Law and Education, and the 10 external faculty fellows come from eight different states and France.

Through participation in workshops, lectures and courses, Humanities Center fellows foster collaborations and develop campus-wide academic connections.

ARON RODRIGUE, a history professor and the center director noted, “The scope and diversity of scholarship among next year’s fellows speaks to one of the center’s core missions of fostering an interdisciplinary research environment.”

The center’s fellowship program also is open to current Stanford graduate students working on their dissertations. Next year’s fellows will spend their time at the center completing their dissertations while also contributing to the intellectual life of the Stanford community.

In addition to the yearlong fellowships, the Humanities Center and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies will host five international visitors to participate in four-week residencies. During their time at Stanford, these scholars will give lectures in conjunction with the departments and research centers that nominated them.

Find out more about the incoming fellows on the Humanities Center website.

—VERONICA MARIAN, the Humanities at Stanford


Stanford community invited to learn about the origins of the computer at two free exhibits

May 17th, 2013

Take a copy of this flyer to the Computer History Museum for free admission and membership discounts

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View is hosting a weekend of free admission for members of the Stanford community.

Staff, faculty and students can enjoy the main exhibit, “Revolution: The First 2,000 years of Computing,” as well as other attractions for free Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19.

The Computer History Museum also is offering Stanford faculty, staff and students a one-time exclusive offer this weekend of two-year memberships for the price of one and discounts at the museum store and café. Just bring a Stanford ID and a copy of the attached flier.

The computer also takes center stage at a photography exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center on campus.

Through June 16, visitors can see “Lee Friedlander: The Cray Photographs,” which includes 79 works by Friedlander, who was lauded for his straightforward documentation of ordinary things.
In 1986, Cray Research Inc., then the world’s top supercomputer producer, invited Friedlander to visit its worksite in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and take photographs for a book marking Cray’s 15th anniversary. This exhibition features the vintage gelatin silver prints in the resulting set, Cray at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Admission to the Cantor Arts Center, which is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, is free.