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Pam Grossman named dean of the Penn Graduate School of Education

March 27th, 2014
Pam Grossman

Pam Grossman

PAM GROSSMAN has been named dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The announcement was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.

Grossman is Stanford’s Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education. An internationally regarded scholar in the fields of teaching and teacher education and a member of the National Academy of Education, she is dedicated to demonstrating how schools of education at research-intensive universities can help improve teaching and learning at all levels. She is also committed to reaching across disciplinary boundaries to address the educational needs of children and families who live in challenging circumstances.

“With her background, vision and proven leadership skills, Dr. Grossman is a great match for Penn and our Graduate School of Education as we advance our Penn Compact 2020 vision of becoming the model of an inclusive, integrated and impactful university,” Gutmann said. “Pam’s professional career brilliantly blends service as both a K-12 teacher and a scholar at the university level, giving her particular insight into how schools of education can respond to the needs of diverse populations of educators.”

Grossman has focused her recent scholarship on the changing landscape of teacher education, especially in New York City, and the opportunities and challenges posed by multiple pathways into teaching. She has taught and written on the most important issues confronting primary and secondary education today, including the recruitment and training of teachers, the role of administrators in teacher retention, the relationship between teacher education and student achievement and the use of observation protocols for professional development.

DEBORAH STIPEK, incoming dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, said Penn is fortunate to have someone as experienced as Grossman.

“She will be missed at Stanford, but we are proud to see her assume such an important leadership role and look forward to working with her in her new position,” Stipek said.

Grossman helped found and is now faculty director of Stanford’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, which brings together faculty with an interest in research, design and development activities that improve the quality of K-12 teaching. The center is currently focused on supporting the work of early-career teachers, and recently received a large gift to launch the Hollyhock Fellowship program.


See the press release on the University of Pennsylvania news website.

Help Stanford win the PAC-12 Fitness Challenge

February 24th, 2014


Whether you walk, bike, run, swim, spin, lift weights or do any other fitness-related activity, your exercise routine can put Stanford back on top!

By tracking your exercise this week as part of the PAC-12 Fitness Challenge, you can help Stanford beat our competitors.

Stanford won first place in each of the first three challenges, but lost the title in the last two years to Arizona State and UCLA.

The Pac-12 Fitness Challenge is open to all Stanford faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters. Participants may enter up to two hours of exercise each day and all forms of exercise are accepted.

To participate, visit, sign up, and enter your exercise minutes. 

Law Professor Gould appointed to state labor board

February 20th, 2014


William B. Gould IV

William B. Gould IV (Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News)

WILLIAM B. GOULD IV, professor emeritus at Stanford Law School, has been appointed as a member and chair of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). The appointment, made this week by Gov. JERRY BROWN, is effective March 18.

“I welcome the challenge of the governor’s appointment,” Gould said. “In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to meeting other board members, the general counsel, ALRB staff throughout our state, stakeholders and elected officials, and members of the public. I shall do the best that I can to give back to California, which has given so much to my family and to me.”

A prolific scholar of labor and discrimination law, Gould has been a highly influential voice on worker-management relations for more than 40 years. Before arriving at Stanford Law School in 1972, Gould was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and the United Auto Workers. He served as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994 to 1998.

A member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970, Gould has arbitrated and mediated more than 200 labor disputes, including the 1992 and 1993 salary disputes between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee.

Gould is a critically acclaimed author of 10 books and more than 60 law review articles. His work includes a historical record of the experiences of his great-grandfather in Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor, and his own story, Labored Relations: Law, Politics and the NLRB: A Memoir. Gould’s most recent book is Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil.

—ANJALI ABRAHAM, Stanford Law School

Stanford’s documentary film program to get a forum in France

December 17th, 2013
 "Detroit Party Marching Band," a film co-directed by Stanford documentary film MFA students Katherine Gorringe and Lauren DeFilippo, will be screened in France in January.

“Detroit Party Marching Band,” a film co-directed by Stanford documentary film MFA students Katherine Gorringe and Lauren DeFilippo, will be screened in France in January.

JAN KRAWITZ, professor and director of the MFA program in documentary film and video, will be jetting off to Biarritz, France, in January with two second-year graduate students to participate in the 2014 Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) film festival. Stanford’s graduate program is one of only five film schools around the globe to be selected for the New Talents section at the festival, and this is the first-ever American program to be included since the inception of the section, which includes documentaries, fiction, animation and experimental films directed by students.

KATHERINE GORRINGE and LAUREN DEFILIPPO, both MFA ’14, are the students who will be packing their bags for that flight to France. Said DeFilippo, “We’re so thrilled by the opportunity to screen our work at such an exciting and carefully programmed festival, and to be able to represent Stanford.”

Gorringe and DeFilippo will join their professor for a presentation after a screening of six Stanford student films, including their short documentary Detroit Party Marching Band, described by the co-directors as a portrait of “a radical marching band, its members, and the city that shapes them.” The film debuted at the quarterly screening last winter quarter and was shown again at “Party on the Edge” at the Cantor Arts Center in October.

“The festival is a great opportunity for us to showcase our program to an international audience of professionals in the field,” Krawitz said. In particular, she noted that FIPA showcases work that highlights the authors’ point of view and concern for form. “It dovetails perfectly with our priorities for student work.”

Documentary film and video students complete four major projects over the course of the two-year MFA program – one each quarter in the first year, and a thesis project in their second year. Many of these projects are recognized as award-winning films before the students even graduate.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be included in the New Talents section,” Gorringe said. “I am most looking forward to meeting the other up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the world, and of course showcasing our work about the people of Detroit.”

The other five Stanford student films being screened at FIPA are: Installation, directed and produced by LAURA GREEN, MFA ’12, which explores the process of constructing Richard Serra’s steel sculpture Sequence at the Cantor Arts Center; White Earth, directed by J. CHRISTIAN JENSEN, MFA ’13, a winter portrait of North Dakota’s oil boom seen through unexpected eyes; Bug People, directed by PAUL MEYERS, MFA ’12, an investigation of our culture’s discomfort with all things many-legged; Bhiwani Junction, directed by ABHI SINGH, MFA ’13, about a 12-year-old boy who aspires to win an Olympic Boxing medal and trains at India’s leading boxing gym; and Grave Goods, directed by LESLIE TAI, ’13, a personal film about the objects the director’s grandmother left behind after death.


Stanford’s 2013 Nobel laureates feted in Stockholm

December 16th, 2013


Alexander Mahmoud / © Nobel Media AB

Stanford’s Thomas Südhof, professor of molecular and cellular physiology, won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.


Michael Levitt, professor of structural biology in the Stanford School of Medicine, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Michael Levitt, professor of structural biology in the Stanford School of Medicine, won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

MICHAEL LEVITT, professor of structural biology at the School of Medicine, and THOMAS SÜDHOF, professor of molecular and cellular physiology, were presented with 2013 Nobel Prizes at the Dec. 10 ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

Levitt, who earned the prize in chemistry, and Südhof, who earned it in physiology or medicine, had arrived in Sweden several days earlier to give their Nobel lectures at the Karolinska Institute and prepare for the ceremony, which was followed by a banquet at Stockholm City Hall.

During his banquet speech, Levitt, with characteristic levity, said he loves “the Swedish people for their detective novels, their archipelago, their sense of humor, their carbonated vodka and most especially for their wonderful hospitality.”

Levitt shared his prize, which was announced Oct. 9, with MARTIN KARPLUS, of the University of Strasbourg in France and Harvard University, and ARIEH WARSHEL, of the University of Southern California, “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.”

Südhof shared his prize, which was announced Oct. 7, with JAMES ROTHMAN, of Yale University, and RANDY SCHEKMAN, of UC-Berkeley, “for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells.”

This item was originally posted on the School of Medicine’s news website.

Photos: Alexander Mahmoud / © Nobel Media AB


Grimes takes on new role at Brown Institute, moderates panel today on data-driven journalism

December 3rd, 2013
On Election Day 2012, Undergraduate Sam Fisher, left, visiting lecturer R.B. Brenner and Ann Grimes, then director of the Graduate Program in Journalism, discussed the data visualization that Fisher prepared for a story on Silicon Valley money in the election.

On Election Day 2012, Undergraduate Sam Fisher, left, visiting lecturer R.B. Brenner and Ann Grimes, then director of the Graduate Program in Journalism, discussed the data visualization that Fisher prepared for a story on Silicon Valley money in the election. (Photo by Linda Cicero/Stanford News)

Stanford communications Professor ANN GRIMES, has been named associate director of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation in Stanford’s School of Engineering. Grimes has been an affiliated faculty member with the institute since its inception in 2012.

The Brown Institute was established as a collaboration between Stanford and Columbia University to encourage and support new endeavors in media innovation. As envisioned by the Browns in their endowment, the primary focus at Stanford is on media technology, and the institute is anchored in the School of Engineering. At Columbia, the primary focus is on content, and the institute is anchored in the Graduate School of Journalism.

“We are delighted that Ann has agreed to join the institute,” said Professor BERND GIROD, the Robert L. and Audrey S. Hancock Professor in Stanford’s School of Engineering. “In this role, Professor Grimes will help the Institute realize synergies in computational journalism and help Stanford build stronger connections between engineering and journalism both inside the university and with Columbia. She also will coordinate with media organizations and industry experts outside of academia.”

On Dec. 3, Grimes, the Lorry I. Lokey Professor of the Practice in the university’s Department of Communication, will moderate a conversation on computation, journalism and the future of news. Participants will include JURE LESKOVEC, assistant professor of computer science at Stanford; Krishna Bahrat, distinguished research scientist at Google Inc. and founder of Google News; Jennifer LaFleur, senior editor at the Data Center for Investigative Reporting; and JAMES T. HAMILTON, Hearst Professor of Communication and director of the journalism program at Stanford. The discussion will begin at 4:15 p.m. at the Clark Center Auditorium, 318 Campus Drive.

Grimes, who will remain an active faculty member of Stanford’s journalism program, joined the Stanford faculty in 2005. She is an award-winning journalist who previously held several senior editorial positions at The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. She directed Stanford’s Graduate Program in Journalism from 2006 to 2013. She is an affiliated faculty member of Stanford Medical School’s Center for Innovation in Global Health. She is the author of “Running Mates,” a book about the 1988 presidential campaign. In 1997-1998 she was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford.

This story is posted on the Stanford Engineering website.


Stanford Medical response team heads to the Philippines

November 26th, 2013

Last weekend, several members of Stanford’s emergency-response team headed to the Philippines to provide medical assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Stanford Hospital videographer TODD HOLLAND was on the scene as the team prepared, and he captured the beginning of the journey in a video posted on the Medical School’s SCOPE blog.

The day the Duck dynasty fell at Stanford

November 8th, 2013
Members of the Stanford Axe committee and the Stanford Band perform during the noon rally.

Members of the Stanford Axe Committee and the Stanford Band perform during the noon rally.

The excitement for the gridiron faceoff between the Stanford Cardinal and the Oregon Ducks on Nov. 7 grew during a noon rally in White Plaza and then continued to climb through the evening game. Cardinal fans cheered the team to a 26-20 victory over the previously undefeated Ducks. Photographers LINDA CICERO and AARON KEHOE  captured some of the festivities in this slideshow.

Catch up with 23 Cardinal players now in the NFL

October 22nd, 2013
Andrew Luck photo

Andrew Luck is one of 23 former Cardinal football players now active on NFL rosters. (Photo: Courtesy ICON Sports)

According to the Stanford Athletics’ website, there are 23 former Stanford student-athletes on active NFL rosters. Based on their Twitter postings, more than a few were watching the Cardinal beat UCLA on Saturday.

Among the former Cardinal stars playing in the NFL is former quarterback ANDREW LUCK. On Sunday, Luck threw a touchdown pass to former Cardinal tight-end COBY FLEENER. Both now play for the Indianapolis Colts and were key to the Colts’ victory over the Denver Broncos.

Among the other former Cardinal players who had big games? San Diego Charger linebacker THOMAS KEISER had two sacks in a victory over Jacksonville, while Seattle Seahawk RICHARD SHERMAN recorded seven tackles against Arizona.

Check out more news about former Cardinal players now in the NFL on the Stanford Athletics’ website.

Roland Hsu named new associate director of the Stanford Humanities Center

October 9th, 2013

Roland Hsu (Photo: Kent Safford)

Earlier this month ROLAND HSU, a scholar in European history, assumed the role of associate director of the Stanford Humanities Center.

Before joining the Humanities Center on Oct. 4, Hsu was associate director of the Europe Center, a program of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and of the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies.

In his more than seven years of research and administrative leadership there, Hsu helped build the Europe Center from its founding as the European Forum, through its subsequent growth to the Forum on Contemporary Europe, and finally to its position as a full research center at FSI.

Hsu’s current research focuses on immigration and ethnic identity formation. His publications combine humanistic and social science methods and materials to uncover the history and contemporary crises of mass movements of peoples, political responses, and experience of dislocation and integration.

In his role at the Europe Center, Hsu was dedicated to fostering humanities research and to bringing creative and multidisciplinary thinking to the challenge of international cultural dialogue. Hsu sees his Humanities Center appointment as an opportunity to continue to widen the bridge that connects Stanford researchers in the humanities and the social sciences.

“At Stanford,” Hsu noted, “we have a rich community of humanists in multiple departments, centers and schools who are committed to addressing today’s social, political, local and international crises.”

Hsu, who received his doctorate in modern European history from the University of Chicago, is looking forward to supporting the Humanities Center as the “indispensable hub for humanists, social scientists and colleagues across Stanford and beyond that fosters partnerships and advances our understanding of our history and changing world.”

In addition to developing multiple research scholar exchanges and fellowships for residencies at the Europe Center, Hsu cultivated institutional partnerships with more than six European universities for ongoing cooperative programming and scholar exchange.

CAROLINE WINTERER, director of the Humanities Center, praised Hsu’s “breadth of academic and administrative experience which will have an immediate impact on the fellows, staff and programs at the Center.  We are thrilled to have him join us.”

Hsu succeeds KATJA ZELLJADT, who served as associate director of the Humanities Center from 2010 to 2013. She resigned the position in September to relocate with her family to Washington, D.C.

—CORRIE GOLDMAN, The Humanities at Stanford