Category: In the Spotlight

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What happens when economists hit the road?

by on October 22, 2014 5:10 pm
Three economists, including Stanford’s PAUL OYER, hit the road to learn about small business in America—a journey based on their book, Roadside MBA: Backroad Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives and Small Business Owners. Their adventures started in 2010, when the three lamented that most MBA case studies focus on large companies, rather than the small- and… Read more What happens when economists hit the road?
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Award honoring late Stanford climate scientist Stephen Schneider goes to former NOAA head

by on October 20, 2014 4:00 am
Vice President Joe Biden couldn’t believe his ears. It was 2010, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco had just briefed Biden on the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. “Now wait a minute,” Biden said. “I thought you were a scientist. But I just understood everything you told me.” Lubchenco, who recounted… Read more Award honoring late Stanford climate scientist Stephen Schneider goes to former NOAA head
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Stanford Professor Robert Harrison honored by the French Ministry of Culture

by on October 15, 2014 4:00 am
  ROBERT POGUE HARRISON, professor of French and Italian at Stanford, was honorifically knighted as a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Consul General last week for his commitment and dedication to French-related research fields. Established in 1957 by the French Minister of Culture, the distinction recognizes significant accomplishments in… Read more Stanford Professor Robert Harrison honored by the French Ministry of Culture
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Stanford scholars among the most cited

by on October 13, 2014 5:00 pm
Stanford professors MARK GRANOVETTER and SHOUCHENG ZHANG have been tapped by Thomson Reuters as its 2014 “Citation Laureates.” Granovetter is the Joan Butler Ford Professor and Chair of Sociology, and Zhang is the J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professor of Physics. Thomson Reuters selects its Citation Laureates based in large part on the number of… Read more Stanford scholars among the most cited
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Documentaries by Stanford affiliates to show at international film festival

by on October 8, 2014 4:00 am
The 17th United Nations Association Film Festival, an international feast of documentaries, will run Oct. 16-26 at various locations on Stanford’s campus and at other local venues. The theme of this year’s festival is “Bridging the Gap,” and films include a range of settings from Syria to Stockton. Topics run the gamut from dance and… Read more Documentaries by Stanford affiliates to show at international film festival
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AmeriCorps' roots at Stanford

by on October 7, 2014 4:00 am
    MEGAN SWEZEY FOGARTY, deputy executive director of the Haas Center for Public Service, was honored recently as a Service Trailblazer as part of AmeriCorps’ 20th anniversary celebration. She was one of 20 trailblazers honored last month by CaliforniaVolunteers, the state office that manages programs and initiatives to increase the number of California residents… Read more AmeriCorps' roots at Stanford
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Stanford anthropology professor's book on sickle cell anemia wins another prize

by on October 6, 2014 4:00 am
  The Enculturated Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa, by DUANA FULLWILEY, associate professor of anthropology at Stanford, has been awarded the Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology. The 2011 book, Fullwiley’s first, won the Amaury Talbot Prize for most valuable work of African anthropology… Read more Stanford anthropology professor's book on sickle cell anemia wins another prize
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Stanford's Condoleezza Rice wins West Point award

by on October 3, 2014 4:00 am
CONDOLEEZZA RICE, professor of political science and Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Graduate School of Business, will receive West Point’s Sylvanus Thayer Award on Monday, Oct. 6, at the U.S. Military Academy. The West Point Association of Graduates will present the award to Rice, a former U.S. Secretary of State… Read more Stanford's Condoleezza Rice wins West Point award
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Efforts to refine tools for recording brain activity get $1 million boost with NIH grant

by on October 2, 2014 4:00 am
This week 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… Read more
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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