Category: Heard on Campus

Peter Thiel

Thiel says Stanford is where 'my whole life began'

by on September 30, 2014 4:51 pm
If he had it to do over again, PETER THIEL said, “I’d still go to Stanford, I’d probably go to law school.” But, he told a packed audience at Stanford on Monday night, when he was young he was probably too driven by the need for prestige. Now he believes, “There is no wisdom in… Read more Thiel says Stanford is where 'my whole life began'
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Stanford psychiatrist tells us why it is healthy to daydream

by on September 30, 2014 4:00 am
  Need to make an important decision? Have to hit that deadline? Maybe you should rest or daydream first. BeWell@Stanford spoke with VINOD MENON, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, to learn more about the different systems our minds use to solve problems and the benefits of allowing your mind to wander. In a world… Read more Stanford psychiatrist tells us why it is healthy to daydream
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Stanford music professor wins Humboldt Research Award for lifetime achievement

by on September 26, 2014 4:00 am
Music Professor KAROL BERGER has received a 2014 Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The 60,000 Euro award enables a scholar to spend a year working at a research institute in Germany and collaborating with other experts in the field. A scholar of Austro-German music, Berger intends to complete a long-term study… Read more Stanford music professor wins Humboldt Research Award for lifetime achievement
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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
Student named Toke, no last name given, who is a Stanford junior and one of the interviewees for the Office for Religious LIfe's welcome video.

Stanford's Office for Religious Life welcomes new students

by on September 16, 2014 4:00 am
The Office for Religious Life (ORL) oversees and provides support for Stanford Associated Religions (SAR), some 40 religious organizations invited to offer their spiritual services to the campus. The New Student Orientation community coordinators for ORL put together a video to welcome freshmen and transfer students to Stanford and to introduce them to Stanford’s broad… Read more Stanford's Office for Religious Life welcomes new students
Grant Miller (Photo by Linda A. Cicero, Stanford News Service)

Grant Miller to lead Stanford Center for International Development

by on September 10, 2014 4:00 am
  GRANT MILLER, associate professor of medicine, recently became the director of the Stanford Center for International Development (SCID). Longtime director NICK HOPE is stepping down, but will remain as director of the center’s China Program. SCID is one of the largest and most active centers at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR),… Read more Grant Miller to lead Stanford Center for International Development
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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.
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Fleet Street members try out the acoustics in Stanford's new library

by on September 7, 2014 10:40 pm
While scouting new campus locations for rehearsals and performances, four members of STANFORD FLEET STREET SINGERS, an all-male a cappella group, tried out the acoustics in a seminar room in the new Lathrop Library. They liked what they heard. So did ROBERT EMERY SMITH, director of technology services for the University Registrar, who encountered them… Read more Fleet Street members try out the acoustics in Stanford's new library
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'
Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen argues for the power of legal education in Kurdistan

by on August 27, 2014 4:45 pm
Three years ago in Erbil, ERIK JENSEN, professor of the practice of law and director of the Rule of Law Program, was sitting in the kitchen of Barham Salih, the former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the founder of American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). Together with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and ELI… Read more Erik Jensen argues for the power of legal education in Kurdistan