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Hans Weiler named Stanford’s next academic secretary

July 23rd, 2014

HANS N. WEILER, a professor emeritus of education and political science at Stanford, was recently named academic secretary of the university.

As academic secretary, Weiler will serve as the parliamentarian to the Faculty Senate, as well as the Academic Council and its committees.

The Office of the Academic Secretary also serves as the secretary, legislative archivist and institutional memory of the senate and Academic Council. It oversees the annual elections of faculty to the senate and the advisory board. The office is the central repository for records from across the university, including the minutes of the senate, Academic Council committees and ad hoc committees.

Weiler joined the Stanford faculty in 1965 after completing doctoral work at the universities of London and Freiburg.

At the School of Education (now known as the Graduate School of Education), Weiler was instrumental in developing the Stanford International Development Education program (SIDEC), which is now known as the International Comparative Education program.

Weiler delivered the Graduate School of Education's Commencement address in 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Wesselman/Stanford Graduate School of Education)

Weiler delivered the Graduate School of Education’s Commencement address in 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Wesselman/Stanford Graduate School of Education)

He served as the school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1984-1986 and as the director of the Francophone West African Educational Research Training Program from 1978-1986. Upon his retirement, Weiler became an emeritus professor in 1994.

Weiler delivered the commencement address at the Graduate School of Education in 2013.

At Stanford, he also was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and has been awarded research fellowships and grants from foundations in the United States, Japan and Europe.

In the 1970s, Weiler served as director of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning in Paris.  He has served as a consultant to a number of international organizations, including the World Bank and the African Development Bank, as well as foundations and national governments in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Weiler played a key role in the reconstruction of higher education in the former East Germany. In 1993, he was appointed a professor of comparative politics and elected the first Rektor (president) of Viadrina European University at Frankfurt. He retired as president in 1999 and is a professor emeritus of comparative politics there.

Weiler remains active as a consultant on the reform of higher education in Germany and other countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.



Paul Goldstein named head men’s tennis coach

June 25th, 2014
Paul Goldstein

Paul Goldstein

Former Cardinal standout PAUL GOLDSTEIN has been named Stanford’s men’s tennis head coach by Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics BERNARD MUIR.

Goldstein becomes the 10th head coach in school history and only the third since 1967, following a successful 10-year stint by John Whitlinger, who announced his retirement on May 29 after guiding Stanford to a 160-85 overall record and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.

“I am humbled, honored, but most of all inspired by the opportunity to lead a program with such a strong inter-generational legacy of athletic and academic excellence,” said Goldstein. “I have been a proud member of the Stanford tennis family since I first arrived on campus in 1994 and am thrilled to be returning to the Farm. I look forward to working with our student-athletes and the broader Stanford community to drive success both on and off the court.”

“Paul has enjoyed success at every level of his career and his noticeable passion for our men’s tennis program makes him a great fit to be our next head coach,” said Muir. “Paul’s infectious enthusiasm and ability to cultivate and sustain positive relationships stood out as dynamic qualities during the search process, which attracted both national and international candidates. Throughout the search, Paul’s name continued to rise above an extremely deep, talented and distinguished pool.”

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Stanford magazine showcases the summer plans of 10 students

June 19th, 2014
Sharon Wulforich

Sharon Wulfovich, ’17

Ah, summer vacation. Three months for new adventures, internships and geographies; money-making opportunities and chances to simply play it cool. Stanford magazine’s Sam Scott asked around to learn how 10 Stanford students are spending their summers. Their responses could make a working stiff green with envy.

SHARON WULFOVICH, ’17, undeclared: Wulfovich is spending the summer on a pair of trips tied to her culture and religion. First, she’ll visit Israel with members of Hillel at Stanford. Then it’s on to Poland, a trip sponsored by the country’s government, where she’ll learn how country and society moved on from the Holocaust. It will be a study in contrasts, she says, going from the Jewish homeland to a place where much of her family was exterminated. At Auschwitz II, she’ll pay respects at barrack No. 9, where her grandfather endured the horrors of the Nazi death camp. “It’s very important to see what he went through and understand,” she says.

ISABEL ARJMAND, ’16, management science and engineering: Next year, she may take a resume-buffing research position. But after much debate, she decided this was the moment for a road less traveled. In July, Arjmand will embark on a two-day journey to the island nation of Mauritius, 1,200 miles off the coast of Africa, where she will teach English. For someone interested in education, it gives her the chance to lead a classroom. Of course, she could have done that closer to home—or in China, where she also had a teaching opportunity. But she can imagine visiting China later in life, she says. Living with a family on an island in the Indian Ocean? Not so much. “I feel like this was the summer to try something different.”

Read the entire story by Sam Scott on the Stanford magazine website.

Two graduating seniors celebrate their commencement on the Arctic Ocean

June 15th, 2014

On a bright, frigid Tuesday afternoon, two Stanford seniors were honored in their own private commencement ceremony aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a polar icebreaker located in the Arctic Ocean, some 3,400 miles from Stanford’s main campus.

For the past several weeks, the students, ERIN DILLON and CAROLINE FERGUSON, have been active members on a scientific research project called SUBICE that is searching for large under-ice algae blooms in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea. The massive blooms, which scientists think have only become possible in recent decades due to thinning ice caused by climate change-driven ocean warming, could have implications for the global carbon cycle.

“We’re here to follow up on a discovery made in 2011 related to blooms of under-ice phytoplankton,” said KEVIN ARRIGO, professor of Earth sciences and the mission’s chief scientist. “That was a very unexpected result and something we didn’t understand very well but turns out is probably very important for the ecosystem. So we decided to come back to study it a little more comprehensively.”

Dillon and Ferguson have been critical members of the SUBICE team, Arrigo said. “They do most of the actual work in terms of processing the seawater samples. It’s a difficult thing to do a research cruise when you’re working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, for six weeks on end. They were two that I certainly thought could handle the stress.”

Being in the Arctic prevented Dillon and Ferguson from graduating with their peers at Stanford on Sunday. So Arrigo hatched a plan to honor them before he left on the polar research expedition.

“It’s a really big deal to miss your graduation, and the students are giving up a lot to be a part of this research,” Arrigo said. “I wondered if there were something we could do to help make up for the fact that they’re missing events at home. So I thought we might be able to hold a ceremony on the Healy.”

From left, Cmdr. Greg Stanclik, Healy executive officer; Kevin Arrigo, professor of Earth sciences and co-director of the Earth Systems Program; graduating seniors Erin Dillon and Caroline Ferguson, and Capt. John Reeves, Healy commanding officer. (Photo credit: Carolina Nobre)

From left, Cmdr. Greg Stanclik, Healy executive officer; Kevin Arrigo, professor of Earth sciences and co-director of the Earth Systems Program; graduating seniors Erin Dillon and Caroline Ferguson, and Capt. John Reeves, Healy commanding officer. (Photo credit: Carolina Nobre)


Healy officers, with the Coast Guard crew standing in formation, as well as scientific researchers and staff. Arrigo and the students walked out of the icebreaker’s hold dressed in full graduation regalia brought all the way from Stanford. Pinned to their gowns was the Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal, a gold medallion they received for serving more than 21 days above the Arctic Circle.

“Caroline and Erin, we honor you here in the Arctic as you wear the traditional cap and gown commemorating your upcoming graduation,” Arrigo said during his remarks. “To our knowledge, you are the first two people to be so honored in Stanford University’s history.”

Healy Commanding Officer Capt. JOHN REEVES also spoke at the ceremony. “As the grandson of a Stanford alum, and an icebreaker sailor myself, it’s my privilege to bring these two worlds together in a ceremony that is befitting of the occasion and the location,” he said.

Dillon and Ferguson, who will receive a BS in biology and a BA in human biology, respectively, said they were surprised and filled with gratitude by the extraordinary efforts undertaken on their behalf.

“We thought maybe it would be us and Kevin,” said Ferguson, who is continuing work toward a co-terminal master’s degree in Earth systems. “But everyone worked tirelessly to make us feel special. The kitchen got involved and baked a cake, and everyone congratulated us. We also received fake flowers – because flowers don’t grow here – so it’s been really, really special.”

Ferguson said she couldn’t imagine a better or more personal way to celebrate the occasion. “When we received our diploma cases, we opened them to discover a touching letter written by Kevin, which was even more meaningful than an actual diploma,” she said. “I’m sad to be missing Stanford traditions like watching the movie The Graduate and attending the senior dinner on the Quad, but I wouldn’t trade this experience for a hundred commencement ceremonies back on campus.”

Dillon called the experience “surreal” and said she thought it was an appropriate way to mark the end of her undergraduate years. “I have spent a significant chunk of my time at Stanford studying abroad and these experiences have been the defining moments of my time as an undergraduate,” she said, “so it only seems fitting that I graduate in my element doing research and traveling.

“In 10 years, when people ask, ‘What did you do for graduation?’ we’re going to have an incredible story to tell.”

Read the original story on the School of Earth Sciences website.

— BY KER THAN, associate director of communications for the School of Earth Sciences.



Stanford’s ‘robo-shuttle’ goes to Washington

June 10th, 2014

Engineers have spent the last decade developing and improving autonomous vehicles that use sensors and software systems to replace human drivers.

Now one Stanford professor is working on the next challenge: developing software systems to manage fleets of autonomous taxis, buses or shuttles.

“The work that we do can be viewed essentially as a giant dispatch system, whereby we are dispatching autonomous vehicles throughout an entire transportation network,” said MARCO PAVONE, an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford.

Pavone is part of a government-industry-academic consortium that is collaborating to create a test bed for an autonomous shuttle system. (See and learn more about the Stanford software in the accompanying video.) That effort is called ARIBO, short for Applied Robotics for Installations and Base Operations. Its goal is to study how autonomous vehicles perform in real environments, such as a military base or college campus.

On Wednesday, June 11, Pavone will join his ARIBO teammates in Washington, D.C., to take part in the SmartAmerica Challenge Summit, an event organized by the Presidential Innovation Fellows project. SmartAmerica is highlighting key advances in so-called Cyber-Physical Systems – the Internet of Things – applications where networked technologies are revolutionizing everyday activities such as, in this case, riding in a robo-shuttle controlled entirely by software.

With RICK ZHANG, a graduate student in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford, Pavone has developed systems to manage fleets of autonomous vehicles and prevent them, for instance, from bunching up at popular drop-off points or the end of the line. At the moment his “fleet” consists of fist-sized models that scurry around the mock streets of a fake town in the basement of his Stanford lab.

“This test bed is a small-scale demonstration of what we hope to achieve on a real scale,” Zhang said.

After the SmartAmerica event, Pavone and Zhang will present their dispatch and control software at the Robotics: Science and Systems Conference in Berkeley, where their research has been nominated for best paper. 

BY TOM ABATE, Stanford Engineering




More than 2,034 Stanford bicyclists participate in Bike to Work Day

May 19th, 2014
Bike to Work Day at Stanford, May 8, 2014

Bike to Work Day at Stanford, May 8, 2014 (Photo courtesy of Parking & Transportation Services)

During the Bay Area’s 20th annual Bike to Work Day on May 8, Stanford’s bicycle program recorded 2,034 bicycle commuters and 133 walkers coming onto campus. Bicyclists logged a total of 8,783 miles and averaged nearly 11 miles per trip. By biking instead of driving, these commuters eliminated an estimated 7,958* pounds of CO2 emissions that day.

Riders and walkers stopped at one of a dozen Stanford Energizer Stations, which were co-hosted by the university, Stanford Hospital, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.  To date, more than 420 Stanford bicyclists have pledged to wear their helmets for every ride and follow the rules of the road.

Stanford affiliates who take Stanford’s bike safety pledge during May, National Bike Month, will be entered into a drawing to win a free Breezer Downtown EX bicycle. The deadline to pledge is May 31. Parking & Transportation Services will conduct prize drawings for Bike to Work Day and the bike safety pledge on June 9.

* The per-mile emissions factor used for automobiles is 0.411 kg CO2/mile (or 0.906 lb. CO2/mile). This is based upon an average passenger vehicle fuel economy of 21.4 mpg (2011) figure from U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics).


Stanford graduating seniors Hunter Kodama, Chiney Ogwumike, win Alumni Association’s Sterling Award

May 16th, 2014
Howard Wolf, director of the Stanford Alumni Association with Hunter Kodama, '14, a 2014 Sterling Award winner.

Howard Wolf, president of the Stanford Alumni Association, with Hunter Kodama, ’14, a 2014 Sterling Award winner. He shared the award with Chiney Ogwumike ’14.

Graduating seniors HUNTER KODAMA and CHINEY OGWUIMKE have received the Stanford Alumni Association’s 2014 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for outstanding service to Stanford.
HOWARD WOLF, president of the Alumni Association and vice president for alumni affairs, presented the awards at the SAA Board Meeting on Thursday, May 15.
Kodama, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in public policy, has been actively involved in campus life. He was a Junior Class President, a Freshman Transition Coordinator, a four-year member of the Dance Marathon planning team, the 2014 Associated Students elections commissioner and is currently a Senior Gift co-chair.
“He’s both an individualist and entrepreneurial. He is the definition of what it is to be a student leader at Stanford,” one of his nominators wrote. Other references commented on his warmth and humility, compassion, work ethic, genuine nature and enthusiasm for Stanford.
The Sterling Award cites Hunter“…For the deep level of respect and trust afforded him by his classmates, due not only to the countless ways he has served them and his university, but also to the gracious sincerity and generous spirit he brought to this work.
Ogwumike, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, has been a stand-out student-athlete. She was a member of the varsity women’s basketball team for four years and received numerous honors on the conference and national levels. She was a captain of the team for two years, a member and committee co-chair of the Cardinal Council and was  an active participant in community volunteer engagements. She was the driving force behind Nerd Nation.
One of her nominators described some of the ways in which Chiney is a stand-out leader: “Chiney has a magnetic personality that makes people want to be around her.  Not only does she have high standards for herself, but also she helps make others around her better.  She is selfless, encouraging, motivating, inspiring and most of all, a person with unquestioned integrity.”
The Sterling Award cites Chiney for being an “incredible role model to young girls,” and “for teaching us all that life is about playing hard, working hard….And for saying with unmitigated love and pride ‘I am Stanford!’ while everyone everywhere agrees unanimously, ‘Yes, you are Stanford.’”
Ogwumike was unable to attend the May 15 dinner becasue she is busy training with the Connecticut Sun, the WNBA team that selected her as the Number One draft pick in April.
The Alumni Association presents the Sterling Award annually to a graduating senior whose undergraduate activities have made an impact on campus and who demonstrates the strong potential for continued service to the university and the alumni community. This is the first time since 1999 that the award has been presented to two seniors.
The award is named for the late J.E. Wallace Sterling, who served as Stanford’s president from 1949 to 1968.

 — BY CARA HANELIN, Stanford Alumni Association

Stanford alumnus Michael Tubbs the subject of ‘True Son’ documentary; screening and discussion Sunday

May 14th, 2014

44345On Sunday, May 18, at 3:30 p.m. in CEMEX Auditorium on Stanford’s campus, there will be a screening of True Son, a documenatary that chronicles MICHAEL TUBBS‘s, campaign to win a seat on the Stockton, Calif. City Council.

Tubbs, ’12, MA ’12, ran for office while completing his bachelor’s degree in comparative studies in race and ethnicity and a master’s in the Graduate School of Education. He won the election in 2012, becoming the youngest person to gain a seat on that troubled city’s council.

True Son follows Tubbs’ campaign, which took place during a year of record homicides and impending bankruptcy. The film premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

In addition to the screening, Sunday’s event will include a panel moderated by Stanford President JOHN HENNESSY. The documentary’s filmmakers  – all Stanford grads – will participate in the discussion along with Tubbs himself. Tickets for the event are free, but registration requested. More details are available here:

Stanford community comes out for Cardinal Walk 2014

May 10th, 2014

Members of the Stanford community brought their walking shoes and good cheer to the eighth annual Cardinal Walk. Walkers gathered at Stanford Stadium before embarking on the 1.5-mile trek around campus. The event, which took place Friday, May 9, was sponsored by BeWell at Stanford. University Photographer LINDA A. CICERO captured the spirit in pictures.

Knight Journalism Fellows named

April 29th, 2014

James Bettinger

Twelve U.S. journalists and innovators have won John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Knight Fellowships program champions innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in journalism, by helping fellows pursue their ideas – known in the program as “journalism challenges” – to improve the quality of news and information reaching the public. Fellows collaborate with each other, with Stanford faculty and students and with Silicon Valley engineers and entrepreneurs to advance their ideas.

“The selection of fellows from so many ‘legacy’ news organizations shows that innovation is highly valued in those organizations,” said Knight Fellowships Director  JAMES BETTINGER. “We’re pleased that we will be working with journalists who can have an immediate impact as well as being effective far into the future.”

The U.S. fellows join eight international fellows who were announced earlier this month. Fellows participate fully in the intellectual life of the university, through classes, lectures and symposiums, and individual research.