Category: In the Spotlight

Photo of brain activity with glowing trails of light spreading between connected nerves.

Efforts to refine tools for recording brain activity get $1 million boost with NIH grant

by on October 2, 2014 4:00 am
Yesterday the National Institutes of Health handed out the first $46 million in funding for their BRAIN initiative, announced in 2013. Stanford got one of those awards worth almost $1 million to develop improved ways of recording activity in the brain. That award went to MARK SCHNITZER, associate professor of biology and of applied physics,… Read more Efforts to refine tools for recording brain activity get $1 million boost with NIH grant
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Stanford freshwater solution gets global recognition

by on September 29, 2014 4:00 am
Water is wealth. Wherever access to freshwater is scarce, food production, human health and education – economic underpinnings – generally suffer. Ending water poverty – more than 750 million people lack access to clean drinking water – is the only way to level the playing field. During World Water Week in Stockholm recently, the Stanford… Read more Stanford freshwater solution gets global recognition
Photo of Leonardo DiCaprio with a beard. Photo by Mark Garten. Courtesy of the United Nations.

Leonardo DiCaprio takes Stanford research to the UN

by on September 24, 2014 5:00 pm
His breakout role was in Titanic, so LEONARDO DICAPRIO should know about looming disasters. The uber-celebrity and recently named UN “messenger of peace” addressed the opening of the body’s Climate Summit on Sept. 23, urging the delegates to make meaningful progress toward solutions. “The good news is that renewable energy is not only achievable but… Read more Leonardo DiCaprio takes Stanford research to the UN
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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
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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
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
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Stanford study finds that clean energy is good politics

by on September 15, 2014 4:00 am
Renewable energy seems like good politics on either side of the aisle, according to a new Stanford study that scrutinized how states across America use clean energy. Dubbed The State Clean Energy Cookbook, the study was created by Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy… Read more Stanford study finds that clean energy is good politics
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Stanford researchers explore how the Affordable Care Act affects young adults

by on September 12, 2014 4:00 am
One of the earliest – and most popular – parts of the Affordable Care Act allowed young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until their 26th birthday. Recently, Stanford researchers led by TINA HERNANDEZ-BOUSSARD, assistant professor (research) of surgery in the Stanford School of Medicine, published a paper in the journal Health Affairs that… Read more Stanford researchers explore how the Affordable Care Act affects young adults
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.