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Stanford in Government celebrates 50 years of idealism

July 10th, 2013

Stanford in Government leadership and fellows gather on the steps of the National Building Museum in D.C.

More than 350 alumni, faculty, students and friends gathered in Washington, D.C., last month for the 50th anniversary celebration of Stanford in Government (SIG), a student-led affiliate of the Haas Center for Public Service dedicated to increasing political awareness and connecting students to public service. The gathering was held in the historic Great Hall of the National Building Museum.

SIG was established in 1963 when ARMIN ROSENCRANZ, JD ’62, MA ’63, PhD ’70, then student body president, secured 14 Capitol Hill internships for Stanford students. Fifty years later, the organization returned to its roots.

Attendees at the 50th anniversary celebration included Congressmen Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), MS '89; Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), '96; and Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), '80, JD '84. (Photos courtesy Stanford in Government)

SIG now offers 34 endowed fellowships and 15 internship stipends annually. It also runs civic education programs in local schools from the United States to India, hosts policy lunches with faculty and visiting scholars, and brings prominent speakers to campus such as former Sen. OLYMPIA SNOWE (R-Maine) and former Vice President AL GORE.

Speakers at the June celebration included HARRY ELAM JR., vice provost for undergraduate education; CARLOS PASCUAL, ’80, special envoy and coordinator for energy affairs at the U.S. Department of State; ELISE TIMTIM, ’13, SIG chair; and LARRY DIAMOND, Haas Center faculty co-director and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. The speakers praised SIG for inspiring generations of students to engage in public policy and civic life.

“SIG is out in front of the wave of exciting initiatives in experiential learning now underway at Stanford,” Elam said. “What defined the program of Stanford in Government some 50 years ago makes this program all the more vital now as it scripts its next 50 years.”

—STEFAN NORGAARD, Haas Center for Public Service gets a new look

July 9th, 2013

The web address is still but the look is dramatically different. A website redesign, launched Monday, features more video and easier navigation on a number of platforms.

The new offers fans an emphasis on navigation with a cleaner design and quick links to vital content and information. There’s significantly more video content available directly on the website. In addition, the redesign is intended to simplify viewing across the spectrum of devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Stanford athletics officials worked on the project in conjunction with website host NeuLion and the Pac-12 Conference. The process involved surveys with fans and usability workshops with Stanford coaches, staff and students. The unveiling of the revamped website was timed to coincide with seven other schools in the conference that also unveiled new sites this week.

“It has been a concerted effort to make visiting a better viewing experience for prospective and current student-athletes, fans, community members, alumni, coaches and media,” an article on the website says.

Read the full announcement.

Stanford community invited to learn about the origins of the computer at two free exhibits

May 17th, 2013

Take a copy of this flyer to the Computer History Museum for free admission and membership discounts

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View is hosting a weekend of free admission for members of the Stanford community.

Staff, faculty and students can enjoy the main exhibit, “Revolution: The First 2,000 years of Computing,” as well as other attractions for free Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19.

The Computer History Museum also is offering Stanford faculty, staff and students a one-time exclusive offer this weekend of two-year memberships for the price of one and discounts at the museum store and café. Just bring a Stanford ID and a copy of the attached flier.

The computer also takes center stage at a photography exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center on campus.

Through June 16, visitors can see “Lee Friedlander: The Cray Photographs,” which includes 79 works by Friedlander, who was lauded for his straightforward documentation of ordinary things.
In 1986, Cray Research Inc., then the world’s top supercomputer producer, invited Friedlander to visit its worksite in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and take photographs for a book marking Cray’s 15th anniversary. This exhibition features the vintage gelatin silver prints in the resulting set, Cray at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Admission to the Cantor Arts Center, which is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, is free.


Colleagues rally to find bone marrow match for Stanford psychology professor

April 10th, 2013

Over the past several months, colleagues and friends of Stanford psychology Professor NALINI AMBADY, who suffers from leukemia, have been trying to help her find a match for the bone-marrow donation that could save her life. Find out more about Ambady’s story by watching this video or by visiting

Seven ways to get into the Big Game spirit

November 15th, 2011

Still reeling from Saturday’s loss to the University of Oregon? Here are a few ways to move on:

1. Contribute to the “BIG DRIVE” and Support Second Harvest Food Bank: The Cardinal Council, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the Stanford Athletic Department, is sponsoring  a competitive canned food drive between Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley.  Through Thursday, Nov. 17,  donate can goods by placing them in bins located on the second floor of the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, on the first floor of the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation and on the pool deck of the Avery Aquatic Center. Student-athletes also will be collecting non-perishable food items at the women’s basketball game against Old Dominion on Nov. 17  and the women’s volleyball matchup against Oregon on Nov. 18.  The  goal is to collect more than 4,000 pounds of food, which will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

2. Attend the BIG SING, tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m., in Toyon Hall: This free concert will feature 11 a cappella groups from Stanford and Berkeley. Admission is free.

3. Give during the RIVALS FOR LIFE BLOOD DRIVE, which takes place Wednesday Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Arrillaga Sports and Recreation Center.  See which school  — Stanford or Cal  — can  donate more blood. Each donor will receive a commemorative T-shirt. For more information, visit the Stanford Blood Center website.

4. Attend the 100th anniversary of the GAIETIES.  This year the student-written and directed musical comedy titled “Leland Junior Must Die,” is scheduled for 8 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-18,  in Memorial Auditorium.  Reminder: The program is for mature audiences. More information can be found in the Events Calendar.

5. And speaking of the Gaieties, check out the GAIETIES EXHIBIT in the Bender room on the fifth floor of Green Library’s Bing Wing through Jan. 3, 2012.

6. Take in BIG JEOPARDY, Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p. m., in GSB’s CEMEX Auditorium. Stanford vs. Cal vs. IBM’s Jeopardy-playing computer, Watson.

7. And, of course, there is the BIG GAME at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. BEAT CAL!

More details about these and other Big Game week activities are available on the Athletics website.

A close encounter with the Stanford Band

November 1st, 2011

Oh, the horror: The night before Stanford’s fabulous football victory over USC, the members of a wedding party – apparently unaware of the game – were innocently taking an elevator to the ground floor of the Pasadena Marriott for the marriage ceremony. They were quiet, dressed nicely, with an air of formality. Two cute and very young bridesmaids held flowers.

Then the elevator stopped on the second floor. The door opened, and in flowed, with instruments and in full costume, a dozen members of the ever-energetic Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band. The wedding party was wide-eyed and speechless.

A band member smiled. “This has got to be a shock,” he said.

Clever with names? Computer Science could use your help

September 6th, 2011

If you’re good at coming up with names (for children, pets, software, etc.), then the Computer Science Department is seeking your suggestions. Researchers are stumped by the task of finding a name for their ambitious new software/video approach to teaching, as described in a recent story in the Aug. 16 issue of Stanford Report. The existing name is CourseWare.

Some of the suggestions so far, forwarded to The Dish by research scholar CORNELIA LIEGL, include ProfOnDemand, uni-verse and currigo (CurriculumGo).

Also: DisCourse, TeleCourse and CourseMate.

Just guessing here, but another suggestion, ECWISM, might be a little hard to pronounce. (It stands for Educational Content with Integrated Social Media.)

Ideas? CourseWare has created an online form for you to submit your own. The deadline, which originally was Sunday, Sept. 4, has been extended a week.

For those interested, CourseWare developers also invite you to participate in a user test of the new system.

Stanford Football hosts Open House Aug. 21; scrimmage moved to Steuber Rugby Stadium

August 11th, 2011

Stanford football fans will have an opportunity to preview the Stanford football program on Sunday, Aug. 21, at an Open House event at Stanford Stadium and Steuber Rugby Stadium. The Open House will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Fans will have an opportunity to attend an open practice, participate in football skill stations and a mini fan fest, preview seat locations for season tickets and obtain player autographs.

Starting at 10 a.m., fans of Stanford football will be able to preview seat locations and purchase season tickets or mini plans—the only way to guarantee admission for marquee matchups against Oregon, California or Notre Dame. Ticket sales representatives will be on hand to assist with ticket related inquiries and purchasing. More information regarding tickets is available at

Fans can check out the 2011 squad at an open practice at Steuber Rugby Stadium from 10 a.m. to noon. Please respect the wishes of the coaching staff as no cameras, video, or cell phone use will be allowed.

Skills stations and a mini Fan Fest will start at 12:30 p.m. at Stanford Stadium. Coaches will lead skills stations for kids 8th grade and younger allowing them to showcase their skills and learn the game on the field. Photos may be taken with the 2011 Orange Bowl trophy and information about the upcoming sports season will be available.

The event will conclude with an autograph session with the 2011 squad from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Stanford Stadium. In order to expedite the process and accommodate as many fans as possible, autographs are limited to one item per person. Players will be grouped by jersey numbers with numbers 2-30 signing on the East concourse, 31-60 on the East sideline and 61-99 on the West sideline. 2011 football posters will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Access to Stanford Stadium is through Gate 1 only, which is located on the south side of the stadium adjacent to the Sunken Diamond parking lot. Due to other athletic events taking place (Field Hockey exhibition vs. Pacific at 12:00 p.m. and Women’s Soccer vs. Pacific at 1 p.m.), all lots surrounding Stanford Stadium will be open for free parking.

For Open House details and schedule updates, visit the Open House website.

Calling all kids: Super Spikers volleyball clinic dates set

April 28th, 2011

Stanford women’s volleyball welcomes all kids K-8th grade to participate in the 2011 Super Spikers Volleyball Clinic Aug. 14 and 21.

Each clinic runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at a cost of $20 per clinic. The clinics will focus on ball control, spiking, passing, setting, serving, digging and blocking. The Aug. 14 clinic, which will be preceded by a Stanford women’s volleyball practice at 11 a.m., will be held at Burnham Pavilion. For an additional $10, kids who attend the Aug. 14 clinic can stick around and enjoy a BBQ with the team at 5 p.m.

The Aug. 21 clinic will be at Maples Pavilion. All participants will receive a free Super Spikers T-shirt.

Team Cardinal is the official kids fan club of the 2011 Stanford women’s volleyball team. For a $25 membership fee, kids get a 2011 Team Cardinal T-shirt and receive free admission to most Stanford regular season sports, including soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and baseball, as well as select football and men’s basketball games. Some games may not be eligible for free admission. Check the Team Cardinal events page for full listing of eligible events.

Super Spikers are eligible for a $10 discount if they register online for Team Cardinal. For additional information, contact Jason Mansfield at (408) 410-0329 or

For more Team Cardinal information, contact Erin Blecha at (650) 725-2876.

Anirudh Rao’s first-hand account of the quake in Japan

March 14th, 2011

dish_Tokyo_233Doctoral student ANIRUDH RAO is back on the Farm safe and sound following a harrowing trip to Japan. Rao, who is working on his PhD in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was in Tokyo last week for a conference on urban earthquake engineering. He was on his way home and had just cleared security at Narita International Airport when what he called a “megaquake” hit Japan, followed by a tsunami.

In an email he sent to colleagues on Friday, Rao wrote:

“After a few seconds of confusion somebody shouted “Earthquake” and I looked around for an exit – the nearest one was 100 ft away. Meanwhile, my legs turned to jelly. Stuff started falling off desks and a couple of windows at the adjoining terminal fell off. We ran out of the building holding the plastic trays from security over our heads. The epicenter was 400 km from Tokyo, but the motion was really violent, the airport building shook for at least a couple of minutes and everyone was scared. 

I went in to get my stuff after the shaking stopped (I had [left]my passport and all documents, laptop etc. inside the building), but after 20 minutes the aftershocks started arriving. The largest aftershock was M7.1 and everyone rushed out again. Then all flights got cancelled and the airport was evacuated.

Structural engineers arrived at the airport in an hour, and after about 90 minutes of inspection started letting a few people in to use the restrooms. Then it started raining outside and the authorities finally let everyone come back inside the airport. Everyone is sleeping in the airport today at least it seems. They are distributing food, water and sleeping bags now. All transportation in and out of the airport (and I think all of Tokyo) is shut down. Internet access is flaky at best and news relating to the quake has been limited in reaching us stranded at the airport. “

Rao noted that there were regular updates. For the first three hours those messages were in Japanese, but after that they were translated into English.

He sent the News Service a few updates and photos he took with his cell phone.  And on Sunday afternoon he wrote to say that he had made it back to Stanford Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, Stanford continues to monitor events related to the earthquake and tsunami, as well as damage to nuclear power plants.

JOHN PEARSON, director of Bechtel International Center sent an email on Friday to all international students and post-docs from Japan expressing concern for those who might have loved ones affected by this tragedy:

“We are very saddened to hear the news of the major earthquake in your country. We hope that you have been able to make contact with your family and that they are safe. 
 If you feel there is anything at all that Bechtel, or other campus offices, can help you with, please do not hesitate to let us know. 

To find out about community members who may be affected by the disaster, or if you have been affected, contact Pearson or SHALINI BHUTANI, student services officer at Bechtel International Center.