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Book cover:The Enculturated Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa

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 Efforts to refine tools for recording brain activity get $1 million boost with NIH grant
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Thiel says Stanford is where 'my whole life began'

by on September 30, 2014 4:51 pm
If he had it to do over again, PETER THIEL said, “I’d still go to Stanford, I’d probably go to law school.” But, he told a packed audience at Stanford on Monday night, when he was young he was probably too driven by the need for prestige. Now he believes, “There is no wisdom in… Read more Thiel says Stanford is where 'my whole life began'
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Stanford psychiatrist tells us why it is healthy to daydream

by on September 30, 2014 4:00 am
  Need to make an important decision? Have to hit that deadline? Maybe you should rest or daydream first. BeWell@Stanford spoke with VINOD MENON, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, to learn more about the different systems our minds use to solve problems and the benefits of allowing your mind to wander. In a world… Read more Stanford psychiatrist tells us why it is healthy to daydream
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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 Stanford freshwater solution gets global recognition
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Stanford music professor wins Humboldt Research Award for lifetime achievement

by on September 26, 2014 4:00 am
Music Professor KAROL BERGER has received a 2014 Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The 60,000 Euro award enables a scholar to spend a year working at a research institute in Germany and collaborating with other experts in the field. A scholar of Austro-German music, Berger intends to complete a long-term study… Read more Stanford music professor wins Humboldt Research Award for lifetime achievement
Photo of Leonardo DiCaprio with a beard. Photo by Mark Garten. Courtesy of the United Nations.

Leonardo DiCaprio takes Stanford research to the UN

by on September 24, 2014 5:00 pm
His breakout role was in Titanic, so LEONARDO DICAPRIO should know about looming disasters. The uber-celebrity and recently named UN “messenger of peace” addressed the opening of the body’s Climate Summit on Sept. 23, urging the delegates to make meaningful progress toward solutions. “The good news is that renewable energy is not only achievable but… Read more Leonardo DiCaprio takes Stanford research to the UN
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Animation illustrates how countries can make progress on global climate cooperation

by on September 24, 2014 4:00 am
KENNETH SCHEVE thought a comic animation could help make serious discussions about global warming action more productive at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York City this week. Such international climate negotiations have been much maligned for ineffectiveness, but there is a clear path to achieving breakthroughs, according to a study co-authored by Scheve, a political science professor… Read more Animation illustrates how countries can make progress on global climate cooperation
Photo of a couple looking at a sculpture titled Plumb Bob in the lobby of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University

The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is a feast with all the trimmings

by on September 23, 2014 4:00 am
One of HUNK ANDERSON’s favorite observations about the remarkable artwork that once hung in his dining room, including Jackson Pollock’s Lucifer and Willem de Kooning’s Woman Standing – Pink, among others, is that one could enjoy a feast in the room without ever having a meal, thanks to the rich visual display. The feast proved… Read more The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is a feast with all the trimmings