Category: Great reads

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Stanford researchers uncover secrets in the brains of sleeping seniors

by Tracie White on April 3, 2016 5:57 pm
Sometimes scientists discover the best new stuff by disproving their own hypotheses. This seems to be what happened for a group of sleep researchers who recently set out to study sleep in the senior population. The plan was for the researchers to set up high-tech equipment in the bedrooms of 150 older adults and examine a phenomenon… Read more Stanford researchers uncover secrets in the brains of sleeping seniors
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Stanford's Bill Lane Center hosts conference on rural Western issues

by Geoff McGhee on March 31, 2016 9:40 pm
Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West recently held its fourth annual scholarly conference on rural Western issues. The Eccles Rural West Conference took place March 17-19 in Missoula, Montana, bringing together more than 70 scholars, journalists, lawyers, and policymakers from across the western United States. Stanford political scientists BRUCE E. CAIN, DAVID BRADY,… Read more Stanford's Bill Lane Center hosts conference on rural Western issues
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New device developed by a Stanford researcher improves family planning options for women in the developing world

by Ruthann Richter on March 29, 2016 4:00 am
Many women in the developing world say they don’t want to get pregnant in the 18 months after childbirth, but they don’t have access to family planning services. Now a Stanford researcher has invented a new, low-cost option for these women that would enable them to obtain long-term contraception just after delivery. The device consists… Read more New device developed by a Stanford researcher improves family planning options for women in the developing world
Katie Ransohoff , and Patrick Sullivan, celebrate at Match Day 2016, on  Friday, March 18, 2016, at Berg Hall at Stanford School of Medicine at Stanford University. ( Norbert von der Groeben / Stanford School of Medicine )

Match Day pride

by Tracie White on March 21, 2016 8:00 pm
At exactly 9:05 a.m. on Friday, March 18, JACOB ROSENBERG, a soon-to-be Stanford medical school graduate, ran a finger across the envelope that held his future. He looked around the table at his friends and family, paused for dramatic effect, then ripped it open. “Hah!” he laughed, throwing back his head. Then he turned a… Read more Match Day pride
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How the 'Broccoli Forest' Happened

by Staff on March 16, 2016 4:11 pm
In the current issue of Stanford magazine, writer KELLI ANDERSON explains the story behind the 1990 naming of the Enchanted Broccoli Forest, which she notes is “a pioneer in Stanford’s brief history of whimsically named student residences.” The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, with 53 residents, is one of the largest co-ops at Stanford. It is located… Read more How the 'Broccoli Forest' Happened
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Stanford English professor named finalist for PEN/Faulkner Award

by Tanu Wakefield on March 15, 2016 5:45 pm
Stanford Creative Writing professor ELIZABETH TALLENT has been named a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Tallent earned the nomination for her latest short story collection, Mendocino Fire. The PEN/Faulkner Award is one of the highest honors available to American fiction writers. Three writers, serving as judges, selected Tallent and four other finalists… Read more Stanford English professor named finalist for PEN/Faulkner Award
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Stanford partners with Univision, Televisa Foundation to promote STEM education

by Brooke Donald on March 10, 2016 5:31 pm
Nearly everyone who gathered last week at Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) for a discussion on getting Latinos into STEM careers had a smartphone. Before the opening presentation, the crowd of more than 200 texted; they snapped photos; they browsed social media; they listened to music and they played games. But when the lights… Read more Stanford partners with Univision, Televisa Foundation to promote STEM education
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Hoover fellow describes life under the Soviet police state

by Jennifer Mayfield on March 9, 2016 4:50 pm
MARK HARRISON’s new book, One Day We Will Live Without Fear, tells what daily life was like for people under the regime of the Soviet police state. Harrison, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, draws on Soviet Communist Party and secret police records housed at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. In his work,… Read more Hoover fellow describes life under the Soviet police state
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John Taylor recognized for monetary policy research

by Jennifer Mayfield on March 8, 2016 11:00 pm
Economist JOHN TAYLOR has been recognized with the 2016 Central Banking Award for Economics. The award, given by Central Banking Publications, recognizes “the most significant contribution to economics within the field of central banking.” The George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution, Taylor received the award for his paper “A Rules-Based… Read more John Taylor recognized for monetary policy research
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Stanford Law School database provides insight on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

by Terry Nagel on March 6, 2016 10:00 pm
“Foreign corruption is a pervasive and growing problem,” says JOSEPH A. GRUNDFEST, a professor of law and business at Stanford Law School. Grundfest led a team that recently launched a free public database that fosters awareness of the fight against global corruption. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Clearinghouse allows users to search and sort data… Read more Stanford Law School database provides insight on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act