Category: In the Spotlight

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Double Dutch gains a foothold at Stanford

by on January 29, 2015 4:35 pm
For JOSH SIEGEL, there was no question what his favorite sport was. Since early grade school, he’d been in love with jump rope, performing with a traveling team that wowed crowds across Northeast Iowa. But the dawn of Siegel’s Stanford career four years ago didn’t seem like the best time to admit to such a… Read more Double Dutch gains a foothold at Stanford
Stanford neuroscientists Amit Etkin, Marion Buckwalter, Anne Brunet and Tony Wyss-Coray at the World Economic Forum in Davos. (Photo courtesy of Tony Wyss-Coray.)

Stanford brain scientists take the stage at Davos economic forum

by on January 28, 2015 4:00 am
A panel of Stanford University scientists spoke last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, about their interdisciplinary approach to tackling major brain diseases such as stroke, neurodegenerative disorders and mental illness. The panelists were all members of research teams created through the Stanford Neurosciences Institute’s Big Ideas in Neuroscience initiative. The panel… Read more Stanford brain scientists take the stage at Davos economic forum
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Stanford's Scott Sagan honored

by on January 27, 2015 4:00 am
Stanford political science Professor SCOTT SAGAN, a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, has been honored with a prestigious award from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his pioneering work addressing the risks of nuclear weapons and the causes of nuclear proliferation.… Read more Stanford's Scott Sagan honored
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Stanford scholars' influence on education discourse gets high marks

by on January 26, 2015 4:00 am
When Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy for the American Enterprise Institute released his Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings earlier this month, more than 20 Stanford scholars were on the list of 200. The rankings recognize university-based scholars who shape public discussions of education. “One small way to encourage academics to step into the fray… Read more Stanford scholars' influence on education discourse gets high marks
Bill Elder

Stanford grad joins Michelle Obama at State of the Union

by on January 22, 2015 4:04 pm
Stanford graduate BILL ELDER joined first lady MICHELLE OBAMA as a guest at the State of the Union address on Jan. 20. Elder, 27 and a third-year medical student at Wright State University, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was eight years old. He was not expected to live beyond early adulthood. But thanks… Read more Stanford grad joins Michelle Obama at State of the Union
Mindy Kahling

'The Mindy Project' features a Stanford storyline

by on January 21, 2015 4:26 pm
Fox’s television show The Mindy Project recently has been featuring a Stanford storyline. The show, which stars actress and comedian MINDY KALING, follows the hilarious adventures of Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a partner in a New York City obstetrics practice. The scripts, which feature adult humor, recently had Dr. Lahiri accept an eight-month fellowship to the Stanford Medical School.… Read more 'The Mindy Project' features a Stanford storyline
Stanford Athletics Director Bernard Muir with Jennifer Azzi and Mike Mussina

NCAA honors former Stanford athletes, current athletic director

by on January 20, 2015 9:50 pm
  Stanford alums JENNIFER AZZI and MIKE MUSSINA were among the former student athletes who were honored last Friday with the 2015 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. The award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the end of their collegiate athletic careers. Representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel… Read more NCAA honors former Stanford athletes, current athletic director
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SLAC’s Peter Rowson named American Physical Society fellow

by on January 19, 2015 7:15 pm
  SLAC staff physicist PETER ROWSON has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, the largest physics association in the world. APS confers this distinction on a small percentage of the society’s membership; it is especially significant because it is a peer-nominated honor. Rowson currently works on the Enriched Xenon Observatory experiment, which… Read more SLAC’s Peter Rowson named American Physical Society fellow
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Stanford lecturer nominated for Oscar in documentary short category

by on January 15, 2015 5:35 pm
Silver might beget gold for documentary filmmaker and Stanford lecturer J. CHRISTIAN JENSEN, MFA ’13. In June 2014 he won a silver medal from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards for his film White Earth, a winter portrait of North Dakota’s oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. Jensen is now… Read more
Headshot of Maria Gitin. She's wearing a purple sweater

Stanford King celebrations include book talks, worship services, open house

by on January 13, 2015 11:23 pm
Back in the early 1960s, MARIA GITIN had only a dim awareness of the emerging civil rights movement in America. But soon enough, the 19-year-old girl from Petaluma found herself in the midst of an inspiring effort to register disenfranchised blacks to vote against racist intimidation and violence in the South. On Jan. 28, Gitin… Read more Stanford King celebrations include book talks, worship services, open house