Category: Great reads

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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
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Herzog@Stanford; now on YouTube

by Cynthia Haven on March 3, 2016 4:00 am
Celebrated filmmaker WERNER HERZOG isn’t generally regarded as a literary tastemaker – so his February appearance as a guest of Stanford’s Another Look book club caused surprise as well as excitement. The topic for the public conversation was one of his favorite books: J.A. Baker’s The Peregrine, required reading for his Rogue Film School. Another… Read more Herzog@Stanford; now on YouTube
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Alumna and others with Stanford ties win validation for their work on Oscar night

by Kendra Davidson on March 1, 2016 5:20 pm
On Sunday, Stanford alumna SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY took home her second Oscar after winning Best Documentary Short for her film, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. But Obaid-Chinoy, an alumna of both the International Policy Studies (‘03) and Communications (‘04) programs at Stanford, won more than a gold statuette and bragging rights. After… Read more Alumna and others with Stanford ties win validation for their work on Oscar night
Stanford alumnus and U.S. Senator Cory Booker '91 with ABC’s Nightline anchor and alumna Juju Chang '87 in an OpenXChange conversation at Dinkelspiel Auditorium. 
"United: Saturday with Senator Cory Booker" is sponsored by OpenXChange in partnership with the Stanford Alumni Association, the Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford in Government (SIG), and the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU).

Cory Booker encourages students to use their moral imaginations to work for good

by Elaine Ray on February 24, 2016 5:06 pm
At 46, CORY BOOKER has an impressive list of academic and professional accomplishments: He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford; won a Rhodes Scholarship; graduated from Yale Law School; served as mayor of Newark, New Jersey; and won a seat in the U.S. Senate. His message to a largely Stanford student audience last Saturday,… Read more Cory Booker encourages students to use their moral imaginations to work for good
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Stanford researchers contribute to a definitive guide to California's ecosystems

by Rob Jordan on February 22, 2016 9:32 pm
With the world’s oldest and biggest trees, North America’s lowest point and the highest peak in the contiguous United States, California is a land of superlatives. Ecosystems of California, a definitive new guide co-edited by Stanford ecologist HAROLD “HAL” MOONEY and with myriad Stanford contributors, provides the first-ever encyclopedic overview of the Golden State’s awe-inspiring… Read more Stanford researchers contribute to a definitive guide to California's ecosystems
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Stanford junior wins James Robinson Award for Student Journalists

by Elaine Ray on February 16, 2016 4:00 am
ERICA EVANS, a junior majoring in international relations with a minor in communications, is the 2015 winner of the James Robinson Award for Student Journalists. Evans, who has worked as a reporter and editor for the Stanford Daily, wrote a series of articles about the university’s judicial process and the Honor Code. The award was… Read more Stanford junior wins James Robinson Award for Student Journalists