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Animation illustrates how countries can make progress on global climate cooperation

by on September 24, 2014 4:00 am
KENNETH SCHEVE thought a comic animation could help make serious discussions about global warming action more productive at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York City this week. Such international climate negotiations have been much maligned for ineffectiveness, but there is a clear path to achieving breakthroughs, according to a study co-authored by Scheve, a political science professor… Read more Animation illustrates how countries can make progress on global climate cooperation
Photo of a couple looking at a sculpture titled Plumb Bob in the lobby of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University

The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is a feast with all the trimmings

by on September 23, 2014 4:00 am
One of HUNK ANDERSON’s favorite observations about the remarkable artwork that once hung in his dining room, including Jackson Pollock’s Lucifer and Willem de Kooning’s Woman Standing – Pink, among others, is that one could enjoy a feast in the room without ever having a meal, thanks to the rich visual display. The feast proved… Read more The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is a feast with all the trimmings
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Stanford Graduate School of Education scholar to be honored for research on teaching history

by on September 19, 2014 4:00 am
The National Council for the Social Studies recently named JOEL BREAKSTONE a recipient of its 2014 Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award for his doctoral research at Stanford Graduate School of Education on the use of formative assessments in the teaching of history. Breakstone, who earned his doctorate from the school in 2013, is now director… Read more Stanford Graduate School of Education scholar to be honored for research on teaching history
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Stanford lecturer named a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award winner

by on September 18, 2014 4:00 am
Poet SOLMAZ SHARIF, a current Jones Lecturer in Stanford’s Creative Writing Program, and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, has received a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. The award is given annually to six women writers who demonstrate exceptional talent in the early stages of their careers. Sharif will receive the $30,000 award on Sept.… Read more Stanford lecturer named a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award winner
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Stanford grad student sitting pretty after international design competition

by on September 17, 2014 4:00 am
XANDER BREMER, a product design master’s student and a teaching assistant in the Product Realization Lab, was awarded second prize in the International Design Awards’ Home Interior Products competition for his Cirro Chair. The IDA jury examined more than 1,000 entries submitted by architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products and graphics from 52 countries… Read more Stanford grad student sitting pretty after international design competition
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Margot Gerritsen at TEDxStanford: 'The beauty I see in algebra'

by on September 9, 2014 12:00 am
At TEDxStanford in May, MARGOT GERRITSEN, associate professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford, took the audience “back to class” with a talk about the beauty of algebra. Her talk is highlighted as one of this week’s Editor’s Picks on the TEDxTalks website.
Margot Gerritsen, director of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford, speaks during a celebration of the institute's 10th anniversary. (Photo: Norbert von der Groeben)

Stanford Engineering institute celebrates 10 years of using 'big math'

by on September 5, 2014 4:00 am
The Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME) was founded in 2004 to bring advanced mathematics and computing techniques to bear in understanding and solving a wide array of complex problems. Ten years later, it remains grounded in computational mathematics – a set of tools and techniques with a myriad of applications such as simulating… Read more Stanford Engineering institute celebrates 10 years of using 'big math'
Henry Samueli, co-founder, chairman of the board and chief technical officer of Broadcom, with  Stanford graduate student Jonathon Spaulding

Stanford Engineering student wins international competition for efforts to miniaturize ultrasound device

by on August 18, 2014 4:00 am
A Stanford Engineering student won the $10,000 first place prize at the third annual Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition. JONATHON SPAULDING, a Stanford doctoral  candidate in electrical engineering, hopes to build smaller, cheaper and more efficient handheld ultrasound systems. “Imagine having these devices in every doctor’s office, or taking ultrasound scanners into the field where… Read more Stanford Engineering student wins international competition for efforts to miniaturize ultrasound device
Anat Admati at TEDxStanford

Anat Admati: 'I need you to help me scream.'

by on August 14, 2014 6:30 pm
ANAT ADMATI is the coauthor of The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It. She says policymakers have failed to protect the public and reduce the harm inflicted by a reckless financial system. Admati believes that explaining the issues to a broad audience is essential for bringing about policy… Read more Anat Admati: 'I need you to help me scream.'
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Late Stanford climate expert to be inducted into California Hall of Fame

by on July 24, 2014 4:00 am
Renowned Stanford climate scientist, the late STEPHEN H. SCHNEIDER will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame, GOV. JERRY BROWN announced recently. Other individuals who will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 1 in Sacramento include basketball legend KAREEM ABDUL JABAR, author JOAN DIDION and film director FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, as well as… Read more Late Stanford climate expert to be inducted into California Hall of Fame